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Remodeling a bathroom {diy on a budget}

One of the things I love about our home is it was built in the 50’s but the one thing I could leave in the past was our bathroom. We all know the Pepto Bismol bathroom from the 50’s, pink sinks, pink bathrooms, and weird color combo tiles like our black and pink trim tiled wall. We wanted to revamp our bathroom but wanted to do a more affordable approach for now since we have plans of expanding onto the house one day.

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So we found a way to do it with having to demo the whole entire bathroom. Instead of gutting and ripping out the tile and buying a new bathtub we decided our best bet was to paint the tile and tub white. All you have to do is prep the tile by sanding it with 120 grade sandpaper. Once the tiles are prepped, begin with an epoxy or urethane bonding prime.

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And I must say its much brighter in there now too!

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imageOh and this rain shower head by Waterpik has got to be the best part to the whole reno!!!!imageI am more than thrilled with how it turned out.

 

Glitter champagne bottles


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I made these sparkly champagne bottles for my sisters bridal shower. I wanted to use them as a focal point on the bar as well as drink them too.

To get started.  I soaked all my bottles in water overnight in a cooler, this is so it would be easier to peel off the labels.  You want a smooth surface to work with. I had a little trouble with the sticky glue not coming off of the bottles so I used Goof off ( you can get this at any home improvement store)

After I peeled of my labels I spayed some of remover onto the bottle and was able to rid it of all paper and glue.

imageNow it’s time to apply the Mod Podge. Try to put in a thick coat and avoid too much streaks. After apply this at the base sprinkle on your glitter color of choice. I made a few of my first bottles gold but then decided I wanted them to be more rose gold.  So I added some pink glitter in with the gold and mixed it around evenly before sprinkling onto my bottle.  Do this over a piece of cardboard. That way any excess you just put back into your prepaid container and can reuse. The reason for this is you don’t want to have to make a new mixture because you won’t get the same exact color as the first batch. TRUST ME. I TRIED IT AND MADE A SORT OF OMBRÉ BOTTLE THAT WASNT REALLY OMBRÉ.

While it’s drying if you see any imperfections you can go over it by litghly tapping your finger and then take a dab of Mod Podge onto the affected area and sprinkle more glitter.  Don’t get disappointed. The bottles don’t have to be perfect.

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Oh and if you don’t mind covering your whole body in glitter don’t do on a windy day.

 

Cheers,

Lauren

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A Trip to Disney World

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So we did! Our first Disney trip. Braving the Magic Kingdom with a toddler might sound stressful, tricky and overwhelming but if you are prepared it can be worth your while.

I decided to pack Lucca’s suitcase a week early one day when he was taking a nap. I did not want to forget anything and be stressed thinking about the dreaded packing. I mean who seriously enjoys packing or unpacking? I planned for shirts and shorts to be ruined throughtout the day and packed 3 shirts per day we were going to be there (a morning shirt, an after lunch; taking a nap in stroller shirt and dinner shirt). Also I brought a baggy full of OxyClean ( any moms lifesaver secret stain fighter) that way I could soak any of the clothing he get dirty from lollipops to chocolate. For us we were able to overpack since we are only a few hours away form Disney World.

Since it was his very first Disney trip and he probably will not have a memory of it my goal was to capture so beautiful, candid moments seen through the eyes of a toddler. I brought my professional camera and snapped away. I also used my iphone as well. I packed a backpack with empty tupperware so if he had leftover food and snacks we bought at the park we could pack them up and save for later in the day. Most people do not want to bring their own personal stroller, however we did. Lucca loves his stroller to take naps in it. It reclines and has a UV shade.  It was the best decision we made. I have a huge storage basket underneath so I wasn’t stuck carrying around diapers, camera, souvenirs and all the other odds and ends we gathered throughout the day. We went with my in-laws so there was always someone with the stroller at all times.

The first thing we bought was a huge Mylar Mickey Mouse balloon. Lucca gave the lady the money and she handed him his balloon.

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Our first ride was Dumbo. The wait wasn’t long at all. There is a gathering area inside the circus tent where kids can play before getting on the ride. Nice way to pass some time. When we got on the ride Lucca had no reaction. I had no idea what he was thinking. the ride began and our control button wasn’t working. So we were not able to bring our Dumbo lower to the ground. Then all of a sudden it lifted all the way up. Of course that scared him and he started crying. I was a little nervous because he was squirming and even though we were seat belted and he was on my lap the fear of the unknown with your child is scary. After we were done I asked him for a high-five and he gave me several. In my book that means he was ok and happy he did it and it was over. Daddy bought him a Dumbo popcorn holder afterwards and said ” here’s a souvenir, you survived Dumbo!’

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It was on to “It’s a Small World” and the line was short. Lucca fell asleep right before boarding the boat but we decided to go on it anyways. immediately after we grabbed our stroller and he took a 2 hour nap. So this was my time to go grab his Mickey ears and have them embroidered.

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When he woke from his nap we took him on “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Again I wasn’t sure how this would go over. He loves boats so I kept saying we are going on a boat. However the ride is dark and the unknown is scary to a kid. He held me tight and wrapped his arms around my neck. Surprisingly the roller coaster drop didn’t scare him. Towards the end of the ride he loosened up. He got to see the boats, and dogs, and the burning street fire. As we were getting off he kept repeating “allllll done! allll done!” “bye bye” and waved. And then our day was done. That’s all Lucca, mommy and daddy could take.

The following day we did Epcot. This was a very relaxing day. We took our time and camped out in different cities. I laid out our blanket and we would just sit and eat snacks and drink and Lucca would run around looking at the ducks and flowers. HGTV put on a beautiful display of flowers all around the park.

On our last park day we went to Disney Hollywood Studios. All we did here was stalk all the characters and get pictures with them. Lucca gave them all high-fives and blew them kisses. he was really excited to meet Mickey and Buzz Lightyear.

It was so fun to live through the eyes of my child and brought back so many memories of when I went to Disney World as a kid. I use to love riding Splash Mountain and The Haunted House but this trip we stuck to Its A Small World, the Teacups, Dumbo and stalking Mickey and all the characters for photos. Don’t expect to ride every ride you planned on. Enjoy as much as you can and be grateful for that.

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Ribba picture ledge DIY bookshelves

I spent the other day organizing Lucca’s bedroom. I bought the Ribba picture ledge from Ikea and turned it into bookshelves. We had an awkward wall in his room between the closet and window. I decided to utilize that space since he doesn’t have a large room.

So easy to do. What you need:
A level
Hammer drill
Ribbed plastic anchors and screws (doesn’t come with ribba ledge)
Tape measure

Also seen in photo Haba tent Neiman Marcus,Monkey toy bag 3 sprouts, giraffe Bellini, rug home goods

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building memories

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The past month has been trying. Sleepless nights, a teething baby (4 teeth now) booking lots of jobs and trying to juggle it all. I have never been a morning person and am starting to learn an except getting up before the sun rises is actually really nice. I find myself looking at the time and thinking I need to go grab lunch or make a phone call but realize its only 9 am which feel like noon by that time. There are moments mid-day I want to crawl back into bed take a nap but can’t cause I have a baby crawling and climbing up everything or laundry to finish. The crawling took me a while to be ok with, not because I have to keep an eye on him getting into everything but because no matter if I just mopped Lucca seems to prove to me I am not that great of a cleaner. And I seem to feel I am failing in the co-sleeping midway through the night. It just seems easier that when I get up to go to my baby and nurse him to sleep the spot next to me in bed is calling his name. And there we sleep next to each other. At the end of the day I don’t want to be hard on myself.

Whether I am sticking to what I said I would do or not do. It doesn’t really matter. In the moments where you feel overwhelmed with motherhood and trying to hold down the fort. What matters is enjoying the ride and living in the moment. We are building memories, for good or bad.

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Citrus lane

I just received my first Citrus Lane box! I love everything that was tucked away in the box. I did some research to see how much each product was. When I totaled everything it was over $31. My membership is only $21/month. So not only did i get 5 products I had never heard of before, I basically got them at a discount!! I’m a happy mom. who doesn’t like receiving deliveries, especially when you are a stay at home mom? 

one other thing that Citrus Lane is known for is striving to give you the best for you and your little ones!  Everything is either organic, or BPA free. The Green eats set were made in the USA from recycled milk cartons and sized perfectly for tiny hands.

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IMGP1733^^ Green Eats set of 4 snack bowls  ^^

 

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^^ Ella’s kitchen smooth puree Goodbyn snack containers Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer (for me) ^^

 

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Tips on using Vine App

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Last week Twitter launched its app Vine. Its very similar to Instagram, but with video instead. Many of the Insta-grammers I follow made accounts. @LSpace swim, @Hello Apparel, @targetdoesitagain, and @Taza to name a few. I joined today and I have to say I like it. 

When creating your Vine video hold your finger down on the screen. As long as your finger is touching the screen it is recording.   It only allows you a 6 sec video clip so when I tried to make a video I ran out of time. I think the most successful videos are ones that are shot using a bunch of 1/100 sec clips. Think about it, if you want a bunch of content in your video you have to make each snippet quick and short.

Here are some tips other tips that helped me when using Vine.

Share your first post with the hashtag #firstpost this is the initiation post–everyone’s still getting the hang of 6 second video, and it’s fun to see who is joining.

Display Name. Keep your name the same as your Instagram account that way people have an easier time finding you!

Use Vine’s hashtags to make your posts more visible–and share your videos right away. On the explore page, Vine has a list of hashtags it automatically takes you to–these are the videos that are more likely to be seen.

Tap on a video to pause it. This is a quicker way to mute the sound oar stop content from playing.

Sound When recording make sure you are somewhere quiet or have something on in the background that compliments your video. 

You can find me at @Lauren Benoit

Happy Vining!!