DIY Bathroom Remodeling

We moved into our house 13 years ago.  13 years ago my husband was taking a shower in the kids bathroom (we had grand plans of remodeling the master bath) when all of a sudden the soap dish fell off the wall to reveal a rotted mess on the other side.  So needless to say, our master bathroom got put on hold.  The kids bathroom has been completed for a few years now!  With all the traveling my husband does with his job, it makes these DIY bathroom remodeling projects take a little longer than most.  Now that the kids bathroom is finished, we can finally focus on our bathroom and begin planning it out.  Of course I went to Pinterest to get my inspiration!

bathroom remodeling

DIY Bathroom Remodeling

Heat Sensitive Tiles

You read that right…heat sensitive tiles! I have yet to find anything like that in the store, but think about it. How awesome would it be to take a shower and have the tiles around you changing color, kind of like the Northern Lights (or those hyper color t-shirtsbathroom remodeling)?!? A much cheaper option is this color changing shower head. I’m ordering mine today!

 

Parit LED Shower Water 7 Colors Changing Bathroom Colorful Romantic Head Glow LightParit LED Shower Water 7 Colors Changing Bathroom Colorful Romantic Head Glow Light

Think about how relaxing your shower will be!

Spice Rack Shelves

Do you have a lot of hair products and lotions in your bathroom? My husband is convinced I’m addicted to hair products, and I kind of am. I always want to try new stuff. We don’t have a lot of cabinet space in our bathroom, so attaching spice racks on the wall to hold the products is genius! The spice racks width are perfect for holding the various bottles and tubes!

 

DecoBros 2 Pack Wall Mount Single Tier Mesh Spice Rack, BronzeDecoBros 2 Pack Wall Mount Single Tier Mesh Spice Rack, BronzeIkea 400.701.85 Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4Ikea 400.701.85 Bekvam Spice Rack, Birch, Set of 4DecoBros 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack, BronzeDecoBros 3 Tier Wall Mounted Spice Rack, Bronze

 2nd Floor Laundry

This is my favorite thing I found and probably the most doable bathroom remodeling idea I’ve found!  Currently our laundry room is in the basement (which I hate) so one of the things I want to do in our bathroom is make a laundry area.  Our bathroom is rather large and a lot of the space is wasted space, so what better way to take up the space, and keep me out of the basement, than to move the laundry room into the bathroom?!?  And how cool would it be to have access to the closet like that??? As I was searching Pinterest, I found this great way to store the dirty clothes in the closet, but access them in the bathroom/laundry room area! If you like this idea as much as I do, be sure to pick up this 5-pack of knobs from Amazon. They are on sale and a really good price!

5Pack Goldenwarm Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Drawer Handle Stainless Steel Modern Hardware for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Cupboard, Center to Center 6-1/4in(160mm)5Pack Goldenwarm Black Square Bar Cabinet Pull Drawer Handle Stainless Steel Modern Hardware for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets Cupboard, Center to Center 6-1/4in(160mm)

Have you remodeled your bathroom recently? What are some of the things you did in there? Did you go with really large, oversized tiles, or smaller tiles? I’d love to hear some of your bathroom remodeling tips! Check out our most recently DIY project with our wood wall in our family room.


How to Make Super Cute and Easy Elmo Cupcakes

When my friend Cali showed me the Elmo cupcakes she made for her niece’s first birthday, I just KNEW I had to post them for all to see!  Now I am HORRIBLE at cake decorating and I know I could make these!

All you need is:

  • Your favorite cake mix
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Oreo cookies
  • Red frosting
  • Reece Piece’s
elmo cupcakes

Aren’t they cute?  The amazing photo’s are taking by an awesome photographer, Jesse Green.

Here are the super easy steps on how to make these Elmo Cupcakes:

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the package directions.  Make sure to let them cool completely before frosting them (don’t be impatient like I usually am!).
  2. While they are cooling, you can prep the eyes and the mouth.  To make the mouth, simply break apart the Oreo’s and scrape off all the cream and discard (or eat).  Next break each side of the cookie in half.  You have to do this by hand…using a knife does not work well.  To prep the eyes, simply cut the marshmallows in half and using a dab of frosting, place a brown Reece Piece in the center of each marshmallow.
  3. Now that the cupcakes are cooled, frost with the red frosting.  Cali frosted them with the back of a spoon, making sure to leave little “peaks” to make it look hairy.
  4. After they have been frosted, place one half of the Oreo for the mouth.
  5. Take small frosting bag and pipe on the nose, placing an orange Reece Piece in the center.
  6. Lastly, put on the marshmallow eyes!

Yep…it’s that easy!  You can do something similar, but use blue frosting and make Cookie Monster or use green and make Oscar the Grouch.  The possibilities are endless!

My Diabetic Diet

I’ve gotten a few emails and comments asking what exactly I do for the Diabetic diet.  So I decided to post it for you all to see since I am having such great success on it, both with losing weight AND keeping my sugar in check.

When I was pregnant with my daughter 5 years ago, I failed the 1 hour glucose test (that test where they make you drink the nasty stuff) so they sent me to do the 3 hour test.  Yep…failed that one too.  So I got put on the Diabetic Diet.  At that time, much like I felt a month ago, I thought my world had come to an end…yes I realize I am a tad dramatic!  But I quickly fell into a routine of what I can eat and can’t eat, and it worked because each week I went to get blood drawn and never ONCE since going on that diet did I have any issues with high sugar.  Plus I only gained 12lbs with that pregnancy…so much better than the 55lbs I gained with my son.  Here’s a picture of me about 1 month before I had my daughter.  My face is thinner in this picture than it is of me now (but I’m getting back there).

So back to the Diabetic Diet info.  When I was told that my sugar was high, they recommended I watch my carbohydrate intake.  Since I had already been down this road before, I knew “watch your carbohydrate intake” was code for, give up all the yummy food you used to eat and go on the Diabetic Diet.  Being that I got these test results right before my 30th birthday, all I could think about was the cake I was NOT going to get to eat.  Sad isn’t it?  After a few days of completely freaking out about food, I bought a book called What Do I Eat Now?that is put out by the America Diabetic Association and really breaks down what to eat, when to eat it, etc.  It refreshed my memory of what I did 5 years ago and I’ve followed it pretty strictly (with the occasional treat here and there) ever since.

Here is what I do in a nutshell:

  • 30-45 carbs per mealwhen I was pregnant with my daughter, I saw a nutritionist and I vaguely remember her telling me to only eat 15 carbs for breakfast.  I don’t remember why, but I didn’t read that in my new book so I do try to stay at the 30 carb mark for breakfast, but 45 for lunch and dinner. 
  • ONE 15 carb snack…I try to make sure this snack has protein and fiber…that way I stay fuller longer.
  • Diet pop (which I know has it’s own debates right now, but I can only give up one thing at a time)…my drink of choice, Diet Mt. Dew.  
  • Lots of veggies…though you have to watch the starchy veggies and baby carrots.  They have carbs.
  • Limit your fruit and make sure you eat your fruit with protein…apples, blueberries and cherries are EXCELLENT fruits to help keep your blood sugar in check.
  • Drink LOTS of water…I’ve been VERY thirsty lately.  So while I do drink Diet Pop which is 0 sugar and 0 carbs, I only really drink ONE per day…the rest is water.
  • Use MyFitnessPal.com to log all of my food and exercise…I love the android app for my phone!  There is a barcode thingy where I can scan a food and it inputs all of the stats for that food!

Let me tell you, after just one day or two following this diet, I have felt SOOOOOO much better.  As soon as I cheat and have something I shouldn’t that is maybe WAY too many carbs, I feel all bloated and nasty.  So while it stinks sometimes, it really is for the best.  So now, all I have to do is get my Vitamin D level up, lose some more weight and I will be pretty healthy (for the most part).

Which, by the way…for those of you that read my post on my Vitamin D level…you also need to look into and ask your doctor about taking Magnesium along with Vitamin D to help alleviate some of the HORRIBLE headaches and side effects I am feeling from having such a low level of Vitamin D.

If you have any questions, please ask!  I don’t mind answering from my point of view.  But please note, I am not a doctor and you should always take the advice of your doctor.  But I do recommend clicking on the link for the book I posted above and consider purchasing it.  It really is a big help, but SUPER easy to read and follow.

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How to Plan a Silent Auction Event part two

In part one of “How to Plan a Silent Auction Event” I told you the importance of making sure you convert PDF.  I really can’t stress how important that is.  One of the things I did was grab a Metro Parent magazine and email EVERY local advertiser to see if they would be interested in giving a donation to the auction.  Had I not converted the files to a PDF, anyone of those locations could have edited my donation letter, if they wanted to (I doubt they would have, but they still could have).  Not sure how to convert a file to a PDF?  Check out this Free PDF trial!

Besides making sure your files are in a PDF format, you also want to make sure that on the day of the auction, you don’t set out the actual gift cards businesses donated.  Things get hectic at the end of an auction.  No matter how much you plan and prepare, you will always have people coming to get their donations or trying to help hand out donations.  That gets crazy.  So instead, I created a nifty template that I could fill out for each donation and print on cardstock.  Then, once the winner is determined AND they have paid, you hand them the actual gift card they won.  Works out so much better in the end and you don’t have to worry about donations ending up missing.

Here’s what I created for the “fake” gift cards:

To go along with the “fake” gift cards, I also made sure that EACH donation that had a gift card had their own manila envelope labeled with the bid sheet number, what the actual donation was, and the retail value.  This not only kept me organized, but it made it so much easier at the time of distribution after someone paid for their items, to make sure they got everything they were supposed to get.

Finally, it is important to know your location.  Know exactly where you want your guests to sit and enjoy dinner, where your entertainment will take place, and where you want the actual auction items to be at.  I recommend you have one spot where people both enter and exit your auction items.  It keeps everything contained in one area and at check out time, it makes things more manageable.  If I could do one thing over, I would make sure that a table was pulled in front of the entrance/exit so at distribution time, only the people handing auction items out are able to be in that area.

But above all, relax and enjoy your event.  The event that you spent so much time planning!

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How to Plan a Silent Auction Event part one

For months and months and months I have been planning a silent auction for my daughters school.  I have to say, when I started…I was a nervous wreck.  I had NEVER done anything like this before that I was solely in charge of.  Sure I had other board members at the school, but this was my gig.  Talk about stressful.  There were times when I seriously was like “I can’t do this”.  But as the months went by and we got closer and closer to the date of the auction, I started to calm down and realize that not only did I plan everything to a T, but I had kept my things really organized, making it so much easier on myself to execute things and get things done.

There are a few things I learned that are a MUST if you are planning an event like this:

  1. Stay organized…being organized is paramount in the success of an event.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help…that was a problem for me.  I never wanted to inconvenience anyone by asking for help…but now I know…ASK!
  3. Convert to PDF.  When you are mailing or emailing out donation request letters, you don’t want anyone to have the ability to change any of your letters.  Anyone can read PDF with an Adobe reader.

I have to say, the auction was a HUGE success.  Sure we had a few snafu’s with Paypal at checkout, but it all got handled and we made a nice amount of money for the school!  But above all…I learned that I had one it takes to plan and execute an event like this!!

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