Monday, July 16, 2018

It's Amazon Prime day! Come see my favorites!

Well hey there friends! It's one of the best shopping days of the year! Another Amazon Prime day has arrived, and as always, I like to share my current favorites. Many of these I've shared with you before, but it's fun to gather them again...especially because I'm still using them and most I've had for years. That's a good sign of something that works! 

I always take advantage of Prime day every year because they have amazing deals. And you don't have to leave your couch -- score! I usually do some Christmas shopping and plan to do even more this time. 

If you don't have Amazon Prime and want it, you can use go here to find out more about it and get a free 30 day trial. We LOVE the quick and free shipping. Many times we'll order something and have it by the end of the day. 

Here's a few of my favorite Amazon items that I thought you'd like! (Affiliate links included.) I got a lot of questions about the bench on my porch when I shared the tour of our exterior a couple weeks ago. I couldn't find the link for this one at the time but did today!:
folding porch bench

It's more than 40 percent off right now! Edited to add: I thought for sure I had the right link but unfortunately this one is slightly different! The design on the back is different than ours. Still a pretty bench though! 
Dark gray house white trim

My tub caddy is one of my all time favorite Amazon finds! I keep it on our tub at all times because I think it looks cool: 
Soaking tub with wood tub caddy

It expands pretty wide so it fits most tubs. It has a spot for a book or device to lean (and it's adjustable), a spot for soap or a candle and (the best part) your wine glass slides in at the other end. Everything you could need for a relaxing bath!

I talk about this book all the time, I know, but it's because it's made such a difference in our lives. This book about the Konmari method is a super quick and easy read too:
Tidying up book Komari method

It will change how you look at all the stuff in your home!

This is a fun one and is always a conversation starter at our house. Poo-pouri is a natural spray that you use before you "go" to the bathroom...and it prevents the bad scents from escaping: 
Poopouri toilet spray

It is especially useful when you have company or when traveling with others. I keep a travel version in my bag at all times. :) It really does work and lasts a long time. 

I've shared my love of the Amazon Dash buttons before -- they are such a great convenience! You can pick from hundreds of options and when you run low on an item you just push the button and a new one will been to you by the next day (usually): 
Amazon dash buttons

I use it for things around the house that we run out of most often -- and they are items that you don't want to be without. Toilet paper, detergent, tissues and cat litter are my favorites. I absolutely LOVE this little invention. AND they are usually $5 each and during this sale they're only a buck. I've never paid more than that for one. 

Anyone else have the travel pillows that you put around your neck? And they don't seem to ever work well enough? My head was never propped up enough and they never stayed where I wanted them. We tried brand after brand and I hated them. I was so thankful when I decided to give this Jintop travel pillow a try: 
BEST travel pillow

It's totally different because it's mostly flat -- not a pillow at all. It's got boning in it that supports your whole head/neck and it is a game changer. You wrap it around your next and secure it with Velcro. You can put it wherever you want it. I prefer it in the front, but you can move it from side to side. It's the only travel "pillow" I've found that works and is comfortable. 

I shared this leather purse with you a few years ago and it still looks like the day I got it: 
Best leather purse Amazon

If anything, it looks better as the leather has softened up a bit. It comes in a few colors but this brown is just luscious. It's got long handles and deep pockets. Big devices and even smaller laptops fit easily. I LOVE this purse and use it every year. That says a lot because usually I'll get a purse and it will be worn out within months. I usually pull this one out about now for the fall and winter season and it still looks so good. 

And finally, I love this little doodad! It's a tool that's a quick and easy way to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes
Makeup brush cleaner

You use one of the grips (it comes with a ton of sizes) and attach it to the brush. I put water and some hand soap in the pot and then push the button to spin it: 
tool to clean make up brushes

I did it by hand in the past and didn't get it close to this clean. If you've ever tried to clean out a paint brush you know how much stuff is inside you can't get to. It's SO much easier to dry them too -- just pull it out of the water and spin while it's in the pot. The brushes keep their shape and dry much faster. 

There you go! Some of my all time favorite Amazon finds! Have you used any of these? Do you have a favorite item from the 'Zon? 

If you don't have Prime you can use this link to get a free 30 day trial. The Prime sale goes through tomorrow (Tuesday) night. Happy shopping my friends! Let me know if you find anything good! 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tour our new master bathroom!

Hey there my friends! Hope you had a great July 4th! I'm off to the Haven Conference this week, this time in Charleston! Funny story...I just realized today that I booked my flight to CHARLOTTE. That would be North Carolina. Not Charleston...South Carolina. Thankfully my husband has a bajillion miles with the airline so we got it worked out. I legit would have gotten on the flight and gone to the wrong city state. I knew where I was supposed to go and kept looking at Charlotte thinking something wasn't right. 

So yeah, crisis averted. Let's take a look at our master bath, shall we? 😁 This room is one of the biggest upgrades we made with this house. Our old master was really the only room in our last house that I hadn't really touched. Not sure why -- probably because it was going to be expensive and be inconvenient and take a long time since I try to do most of the projects myself. OK, I do know why. ;)

Anyway, the master bath in this house feels like a fancy spa to us! There are also so many things I want to do in here to give it more personality and character.  It's nicer than anything we've ever had, but there's still a lot I plan to do to it...because, ME

We had a tub with jets in the old house and actually used and loved them. I loved the idea of a stand alone tub for this house, but my husband really wanted the jets. To get both was going to be another $2500 so that was nixed from the list. :) I have to tell you though...I've taken more baths in this tub by far! It's SO DEEP and I'm obsessed with it: 
Deep soaking tub with wood caddy

I went with a basic faucet on the tub that I may upgrade someday. But again, the depth of the tub makes for up for no jets. I was so excited to get a caddy for the tub -- our old one was wide so they never fit. This caddy is awesome -- we can prop up a book or device, plus it has a spot for a candle/soap and a wine glass. YES!

I shared how I pseudo-upgraded the light over the tub (safely) a few months ago. That pop of black is a hint of things to come in here: 
Freestanding soaking tub

Another big upgrade was the shower. The first time we walked through this house I was guessing where the shower would go (I was correct) and I did a happy dance at the thought of it. It's the size of a walk-in closet. And it. has. a. bench. No more balancing on one leg like a flamingo to shave! This right here makes us feel completely spoiled:
Marble lookalike in walk in shower

I went with marble hexagon tiles for the floor and the faux marble tiles for the walls: 
Hexagon tiles shower floor

The other aspect we consider an upgrade are the separate vanities. We love having our own space -- it wasn't a problem before at all, but we have a ton more room now. I love that they flank the tub: 
Tall light gray vanities in bathroom

Another detail you can't really see here is how tall they are -- I had always planned on raising our old master vanity because my husband and I are tall. I hear a lot of builders are going with this higher cabinet now, but if you're tall and planning to build, I would make sure! 

I have very few regrets in this house -- and most of them are in this room! One of them would be to have more drawers in our bathroom vanities. Those lower cabinets don't hold much -- I'm concocting a plan to make them work better. 

Also, I wish we would have done a rain head in the shower. Neither one of us had ever used one until we were on a short trip right before we moved out of our old house. My husband loved it! But by then we were overwhelmed and stressing about adding anything else to the bottom line, so we didn't do it. 

The third thing -- I forgot to ask our builder not to install towel rings and bars for the bath towels. I prefer hooks and we could have saved a few hundred bucks throughout the house. (I've already taken down a couple of them.) There used to be one here -- I installed the hooks right over the anchors from the towel bar: 
Hooks for towels instead of bars

I just find hooks prettier, easier to use, and I think towels dry quicker. Not a big thing but I was kicking myself after we moved in. 

The paint color is the same as the whole house -- agreeable gray by Sherwin-Williams. It works so well in every space!: 
Master bath with marble tile and light gray vanities

By the way, the mirrors are not hung. I made both of these years ago and really want to use them in here...but they are about half an inch too tall. They both hit the lights over the vanities. I's SO close. I hate to buy something new when we have these, so they will continue to lean until I figure out what to do. 

Remember the little bamboo table from the Habitat store I redid a couple years ago? It fits perfectly in here and holds our towels and some bath items:
Large walk in shower in master bath

Our linen closet in this bathroom is half the size of our old one, so towels stay out. I have plans for that spot that will give us a lot more storage!

Our vanity light fixtures are one of my favorite things in here -- they have an old school vibe with the white globes. I found similar lights I'll link below if you're interested: 
Faux marble 12x24 tile

We love how clean, bright and fresh this room is, and I'm not going to mess with that as I add to it. I plan to add a bigger rug in the middle of the room, and I want to find coordinating rugs for in front of the vanities. I want to add some contrast, and definitely some trim. Crown molding for sure, and perhaps something on the walls. Gotta decide exactly what I want. It will come to me eventually -- it always does!

We feel very spoiled when we walk in here -- we've never had anything like this! That shower...I still do a little dance in there because it's so I can. 😂
Freestanding soaking tub with separate vanities

I hope you enjoyed the little tour! I think this is one of the only rooms I haven't shared with you in our new house. Is there anything you would change about your bathroom? Any details you really love?

I tried to gather all the sources for items and projects -- if I forgot anything let me know! Some affiliate links are included for your convenience:

Rug, small stool -- HomeGoods
Cat -- free to anyone who wants him (just kidding, mostly)
Waste baskets -- IKEA 
Granite on vanities -- Grey Sky