Creating an In-Home Spa

Harsh reality: I only have two more months to enjoy my 3 soaking tub-clad bathrooms that have been transformed from “ho-hum” to “oh wow!”

Photo proof? Got it.
Before

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After

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See what I mean? We DIYed it all; Ripped out the fiberglass surrounds, installed gorgeous porcelain tile, restained cabinets, framed mirrors, installed built in medicine cabinets, got new lights, and painted the rooms light gray. I can feel the calm just describing it!

So now what makes the perfect in-home spa? I think it varies for everyone.

My perfect slice of relaxation heaven? Lots of candles, bath oil or a bath bomb, and spa music (thanks Spa Radio on Pandora!). Follow that with painting my nails and doing my hair and I’d have to say….
You’re dreaming! Who has that much time? 😉

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But in all seriousness, take some time to spoil yourself. Enjoy an in-Home spa experience with some of these products and instructables!

Bath Bombs
LUSH – I cannot wait to splurge on some of these bath bombs and bubble bars! I’ve heard amazing things, though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little afraid of the color dying my tub…any of you have experience with LUSH bath products? Ease my worries please!

DIY it! Naturally Martha Stewart knows how! She has great tips on where to find ingredients and a great cocktail of fragrance options!

Bubbles

My favorite way of getting the light layer of bubbles I love is with Neutrogena’s Body Oil. Go easy, as a little of this sesame-based oil goes a loooooong way. If you overdo it, you could climb out of the bath smelling a bit like your fave Chinese take-out.

DIY it! This recipe from Live Laugh Rowe sounds super luxe! With easy ingredients and directions, this would make a perfect gift for others….or yourself!

Burn, Baby, Burn! Candles, that is.

Don’t get me started on my love for all things scented. My home is filled with Glade/Febreeze candles (keeps the rooms smelling neutral and fresh) and it’s a good thing my husband keeps me in check and doesn’t let me roam unattended in the candle section of any store. If you asked, though, my fave brands for spa-time are Voluspa for Anthropologie (whichever scent fits your mood) and my wedding candle (shown above) from World Market that’s submerged in coffee beans that fills my bathroom with a Madagascar Vanilla and Coffee Bean scent that is oh-so-intoxicatingly-subtle.

DIY it! Live Simply has combined my fave scent ever (rosemary, mmmm) and has spa-ed it with the addition of lavender into an amazingly rich soy candle. I think when I make this I might just add in a bit of lemon zest to really make it my own!

Some DIY extras for fun? Why not! Indulge!
Vanilla Rose Body Scrub
Whipped Body Butter
Vanilla Bath Salts
Cocoa Butter Bath Truffles

What products do you love to achieve an in-home spa experience? Leave me a comment below!

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Laundry Room Renovation

Happy Friday y’all!

Instead of sulking over the fact that I’m “not allowed” to do any physical activity that involves ankles (i.e. Almost everything…) I’m going to share with you our newly renovated laundry room.

Now, apologies ahead of time that I didn’t think to take “Before” pictures besides when we first moved in which resulted in photos that look like I was on some type of “take the most pictures in 2 minutes” kind of game show. They are obviously horrible the best quality photos ever!

Ha! Sarcasm! Love it.

Anywho, here’s what our “laundry room” looked like before we moved in…

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Since those pictures suck, I also used my amazing drawing skills to make you a blueprint of the layout…

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I know, I know….I excelled in art class…it’s no big deal…I mean, look at those flowers!

When we first moved in I was pretty bummed to see that our laundry was off the garage because the concrete floor was just filled with dirt that sunk into the pores of the surface. All I could see was clean laundry dropping on the floor when I was removing it from the dryer and having to rewash it. What a hassle!

So I came up with a plan for Jeff (and I) to work on. I asked for a sealed/epoxy or tiled floor, a place to fold laundry within the room, and some shelving to hang my dried clothing and laundry supplies. I also wanted the area to look like an intentional room, not just a slab above the garage.

Here’s what we did, in two days (total time), for under $300.

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We got most of the big items from Home Depot including the Paint (Behr Paint + Primer In One “Zen”), Floor Epoxy Paint (Behr Concrete Epoxy in Silver Gray – not recommended for our use though after completing…), Molding, Table Top, and Cabinet to make the “Folding” Table. We already had both wire shelving units and the large cabinet by the washer and dryer. As for the decor, I bought the clock and vase from Target, the art on the walls from Kohls, and the clothes pins and jar from WalMart.

For under $300 and not seeing very good “before” photos, what do y’all think?!

a huge “thanks!” goes out to my amazing husband for constructing my folding area and putting everything up on the walls. He really is the best guys!

GWC Day 42 – Projects

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today was a rest day for BodyRocking, but I did take my babies on our normal 3 mile walk in the morning.

Other than that, it was a pretty uneventful day, filled with starting our renovation of our on-suite garage laundry room! Pictures will come soon! Here’s a few “before” shots for now and a completed “after” set of photos will be coming your way this weekend!

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Enjoy your week!

Making Treasure from Trash (and other household hacks)

One thing most of you guys know about me is that I love decorating my home. Hopefully soon, we will have a home that we own to decorate as well (yay for no more renting in the future!)

Another thing you may know about me is that I hate spending more money than I have to on home decor. Just check out our curtain fiasco in my previous Around the House post here

So I have vowed to take thrift store finds or other inexpensive home decor and make it into the best declarations ever! Here’s what I mean:

IKEA hacks

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Ikeahackers is a great resource for DIY projects from items that can be bought from IKEA and upgraded to look more unique and expensive.

Thrift Store Treasures

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Not only are thrift stores like Goodwill, AMVETS, and The Salvation Army great causes to donate your gently used and unwanted items, but they are usually a great place to find one of a kind and vintage pieces that are great on their own or spruced up to become something new! I found a great set of three pillar candle stands at Goodwill for $10 for the set! Super Steal!

The blog Pennies and Blessings (photo credit) also has a great list of things to look for!

Flea Market Finds

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See my post all about my best friend’s amazing Flea Market Finds here!

Let’s hear about your favorite thrifty home decor! Share your stories below!

Creative Housewarming Gifts

As we continue our search for a home here in California, I have started thinking about all of our friends who are also new or looking-to-be-new homeowners. Since we live far from many of our family and East Coast friends who are on the hunt for a new home, I got to looking around for fun, creative, or unique housewarming gifts that I could send them. Here are a few of my favorites:

DIY & Drinks

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A bottle of wine or their favorite spirit with a hand-tool is a great gift! A cute saying like the one above makes it funny and memorable for years to come!

Welcome Home!

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An inexpensive, plain doormat painted with the couple’s initials really helps make the threshold feel like home.

Burlap & Monogram

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A scrap piece of burlap, a dollar store frame, and a mat from the craft store help make this easy DIY project a unique way to commemorate the year your friends bought their new place!

The Small Things Gift Basket

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A basket or package filled with small, commonly used (but forgotten) items is great for those people who are embarking on their very first home purchase. A flashlight, batteries, Goo Gone, hand soap, and other miscellaneous items are a life-saver for those times when you think you have it all, but don’t!

Have any other great gift ideas for new homeowners? Comment below!

Dream Kitchen

Happy Wednesday! As some of you may know, Jeff and I are house hunting since a mortgage on many beautiful townhomes are less expensive than our current rent. We have put a few bids down so far, but no luck yet. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can get a place by Christmas! The biggest changes that we have been wanting to make in these early 2000 townhomes are details in the kitchen. Now while the appliances are nice, many of these places come with tile counters (eewwwww…), yellowish wood (I think they were going for pine??), and tiled white floors (can you say dirt?!)

We’ve decided if faced with these challenges in our eventual home, here is what we will be doing; aptly named “Modern Country”

thank you Pinterest for the ideas…

Concrete or Butcherblock Countertops

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Dark Wood Laminate Floors

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White Cabinets with Brushed Nickel Hardware

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Extras
Mason Jar Chandelier

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Glass Tile Backsplash

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Over the Sink Utensil Rack

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What do you think? Any changes you’d make? Keep your fingers crossed for us as we are supposed to hear back on a great home that we bid on this Friday!!

New Tuesdays and Puppy Corner

Hi guys!

Yesterday I spent all day thinking about what on Earth I could use as my new Tuesday topic since I haven’t had any suggestions. I would love if you all could put in a comment “vote” for the idea you like best:

1. Topic Train – Every Tuesday I will take some current event topics in the news and give my opinion. I love being informed and having lively, respectful debates, so this one would be extremely open for commenting and sharing!

2. Tuesday Tester – I will review a product that I use. You will get the good, the bad, and the ugly of home, personal care, pet, clothing, and grocery products.

As for today, I will be talking about our Puppy Corner!

Since having Rhea, we have dealt with a few big changes and have needed to buy another crate for her to sleep in. We knew we wanted hers to be right next to Atlas’s so she would not get anxious while we were at work.

We still have some work to do, but its coming along nicely! Eventually we are going to put up a small corner shelf to hold one of our surround sound speakers and a tribute statue for the pups. I’ll make sure to do a complete “before and after” post with pictures when we are done!

Here is some inspiration for your home if you would like to create a space especially for your dogs!

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Catch up!

Remember that time I swore I wouldn’t get behind on blogging again? I don’t know how, but somehow between what felt like two hours, it went from being Sunday to being Thursday! Yikes!

Ever have weeks like these? They seems to be more often lately for me 🙂

Here what you I missed on the blog this week:

Monday: I have put myself on yet another shopping fast that is currently indefinite. Since we bought the truck and are trying the pay off our (healthy) debts, I cannot warrant shopping for new items. Besides that, I go to work every day in soft-as-silk tees and a pair of jeans; plenty of which I have. So here’s to recycling and rewearing outfits umpteen-thousand ways until you’ve exhausted ever mix and match combination! If you’re interested in this kind of Fashion Lifestyle, check out this awesome blog I found, Putting Me Together. This girl is a fashion genius!!!

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Tuesday: Oh what to do, what to do. I’m kind of looking for a little help here. The school year has started for many kiddos around the country, but I am not teaching this year, making it like salt in a wound for me to post about teaching tips on Tuesdays. I’m looking for suggestions on a new Tuesday Topic. If I choose yours, I will send goodies your way! Leave me a comment!!

Wednesday: Not so much a picture tour of something amazing in our home, but a funny story instead. Last Friday we heard a huge BOOM in our kitchen. We checked the cabinets and the garage (attached) and saw nothing so we figured the guy who lives above us dropped about ten bowling balls simultaneously. It could happen, right?!?! When I went to get dressed the next morning, however, I realized something was blocking our closet door from being opened. That is when we discovered that the big BOOM was, in fact, our entire closet shelf that had ripped itself off the wall. It was obvious why, though, because we later saw that it was only being held up by some construction adhesive and a few brad nails, none of which were in studs! Yikes! It’s all fixed now, but what an adventure!

Today (Thursday): I have noticed that most of my pins have been focused on Splurge Worthy Foods lately…not so healthy, but I haven’t made any of them yet, so I’m still good, right?

I’m thinking about making one of these amazing splurges, eating one and then sending the rest off to my friends! I’m such a good friend, right?! 😉

S’mores Ice Cream Cake

Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary Chicken

Puppy Chow Bars

Let me know what you guys think for the new Tuesday feature and I hope you all have had an adventurous and amazing week!

Garage Organization

Today little E spent 2.5 hours napping in the morning so it gave me a ton of time to think about what I wanted to blog about. I know I still have a few more rooms in our house to show you, but I totally forgot to take pictures of guest room while there was still some natural light…

However, in the hour I spent pinning amazing things, I came upon this great article for tips to help organize your garage. I know growing up, our garage was organized, but home to many of our toys as well as my dad’s tools, his motorcycle, and my mom’s car. If a basketball went flying, most likely it was going to get stuck or burst. Not so fun! Today, our garage has just enough room for my car and J’s tools. I’ll get around to showing you all that room soon enough 🙂

To give you guys some great ideas on how to organize your garage, shoot on over to listotic.com to read about 28 Brilliant Garage Organization Ideas. They really are inventive and useful!

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In the name of being exhausted, I’m headed to bed, but I’d love to hear which of the ideas was your favorite! Mine is a tie between #3 and #8!

Week-Long Recap

I had great ideas for every post this week.

I was going to post each morning and knock your socks off with my amazing, witty posts.

I was going to have ten million comments and twenty million new followers.

..that might be a little exaggerated…

But, I was going to do it, and I got busy.

Doesn’t that happen to everyone? You get so caught up in all the cool, fun things you’re doing (or laundry, and dinners, and other chores) and you just run out of time in the day! Before you know it, your good intentions turn into its-5-minutes-until-10-and-Im-thoroughly-exhausted-from-today and you choose to go to bed instead of completing the task you planned on.

So here’s what you missed this week (the abridged version):

Monday – Wardrobe Weeding
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his one I did on time! Woo-hoo! But in case you missed it, check it out here

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Tuesday – 3T: Grown Up Fun
I know many of you have cute little ones running around your home and I normally post about fun things to do with them during the summer, but I wanted to focus this week on the Adults of the group. If you’re like Jeff and I, you’re still enjoying being just the two of you. We want kids, just not right at this moment. I think we both want a chance to be totally selfish and on our own schedules a few more years. I found this list of 41 Things To Do Before You Have Kids on The Nest and I love it. Some are practical, some are a little racy, but all are great ideas!

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Wednesday – Master Bath Before & After
Inspiration Post: Dream Master Bath
How it Turned Out: A little less “WOW!” when you walk in than I’d like, but it’s serene and nature-like.

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Thursday – Pinterest Post: The Best Rum Punch EVER!
Tried it. Loved It. Will DEFINITELY make it again!
Strawberry Blood Orange Rum Punch from The Bojon Gourmet

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Friday – Building Endurance as a New Runner
I’m trying guys, I really am. I want to be one of the super cute, fit, easy-to-watch runners in San Diego. I just have zero endurance right now! I found this awesome article on fitsugar that I think will really help! Check it out here!

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So….yea! That was this week. Next week is going to be hella-busy, too, as I’ve got my cupcake tasting at the apartment to promote the cupcakery, and I start my new job full time on Thursday, but I will do my best to post every day!

Love you guys!