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DIY Wooden Shower Caddy

DIY Wooden Shower Caddy

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It is time to treat yourself and make this adorable but simple DIY Wooden Shower Caddy for a little ‘Me Time’. Fill the caddy with your favorite AVEENO® products like AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel to help turn your daily shower into a mini spa-like experience.

As a busy mother of two young children, ‘Me Time’ is rare. Relaxing for a few moments in the shower is sometimes the only time of day that I am not catering to someone else. I decided to make this DIY Wooden Shower Caddy to help me relax just a bit and do something for myself.

On my weekly shopping trip to my local Walmart, I got an idea to make a pretty shower caddy that would look great in my bathroom. I wanted a small, white, wooden container with rustic handles and a chalkboard detail framed out beautifully. If I am making myself a gorgeous shower caddy, I would need some great products to go into it. A browse through the personal care aisle is just what I needed!

You can find the AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel next to the razor section. I went with AVEENO® because not only is it the #1 recommended over the counter shave gel brand by Dermatologists in the USA, but it leaves my legs feeling silky smooth and fantastic.

More reasons to pick AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel :

  • This specially formulated shave gel helps you shave less often and helps prevent shaving irritation, so your skin stays softer and smoother for longer.
  • It contains an exclusive combination of natural soy extract, oat, aloe, vitamins E and skin conditioners and has been shown to naturally minimize the reappearance of unwanted hair with continued use so you can shave less often. It immediately softens and conditions hair, making it easier for you to get a close, smooth shave.
  • It also helps protect skin against nicks, cuts, and even razor bumps.
  • It soothes your skin to help it look and feel healthier.
  • Offers a light, natural scent.
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin.

A shower isn’t complete without a fantastic body cleanser. AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash is a favorite of mine because it is hypoallergenic and gentle on my sensitive skin. More reasons to pick AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash as your go-to body cleanser :

  • This creamy body wash gently but effectively cleanses while leaving itchy, dry skin feeling soothed and moisturized. The unique formula is designed to work with your skin to remove dirt and impurities without disrupting skin’s natural moisture barrier for skin that is soft, smooth and healthy-looking.
  • Has a new look and even gentler formula.
  • Fragrance-Free.
  • Dye-Free.
  • Soap-Free.

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DIY Wooden Shower Caddy

I found some amazing products to fill my DIY Wooden Shower Caddy, now to make the caddy itself. I love DIY projects for many reasons but mostly because I can create exactly what I want to fit into my home seamlessly. You can pick your own caddy color, handles of choice and a frame that you love to create something that is all yours.

Wooden Shower Caddy Supplies needed:

  • 4- 2.5 inch by 12 inch utility wood (sides)
  • 5.25 inch by 12 inch utility wood (bottom)
  • 4.5 inch by 9.5 inch utility wood, cut in half (ends)
  • +/- 3.5 inch by 4.5 inch frame of choice
  • chalk paint
  • 2 small handles
  • white spray paint
  • fast acting multi-use adhesive
  • sandpaper
  • chalk to write with
  • small paint brush

Begin by putting your box together. Start with the sides and end pieces. Using your glue, adhere the sides and ends together by stacking 2 side pieces, gluing one side and using slight pressure until the glue begins to dry. Complete the frame.

You will notice that the end pieces do not match up perfectly. We want a space between the bottom and side pieces to act as a vent and to drain any excess water. Trapping moisture may cause mold so make sure you are leaving that excess space.

Glue the bottom piece on and let the box sit until glue is completely set. Once your glue is dry, smooth the box with sandpaper. Find a well ventilated area to spray paint. I like to go outside when doing this task. Shake your spray paint bottle and spray an even coat. Let dry.  Repeat until you get your desired result. I did 3 coats total with the spray paint. You can even use the sandpaper after painting to create a more weathered effect if you wish.

Once the paint has dried, glue the handles on each end piece. I eyeball what centered is but you can certainly measure each side to ensure both sides are even.

Create your chalkboard detail. Take your frame and pencil out the area that needs chalkboard paint by using the frame as a template. Two coats of chalkboard paint should be efficient. Let the paint dry and glue the frame over top. Write a message to yourself with the chalk on the chalkboard. I chose ‘Me Time’ as a reminder that I deserve time to myself everyday! ‘Bath’, ‘Wash’, ‘Blessed’ would also be great messaging to write.

Fill the DIY Wooden Shower Caddy with your must-have shower products. AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel  are a must. Also add a pumice for your heels, a scented candle to fill the room with your favorite scent, a razor, hand towel and shower sponge.

Is shower time a relaxing daily moment for you? When do you find ‘Me time’?

10 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Borax

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10 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Borax

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoostWithBorax #CollectiveBias

It is well known that 20 Mule Team® Borax is commonly used in the laundry room but today I am sharing 10 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Borax. From the floors to kitchen sink to coffee maker and fridge. We are cleaning it all with just one product!

I recently saw a hilarious but very accurate meme on social media. You may have seen it, ” Cleaning your house with kids is like brushing your teeth while eating cookies.” Oh how true it is! My house is wrecked after the kids being on summer vacation and I am doing some much needed scrubbing.

To start my “back to school” cleaning mission, I stopped by my local Meijer to pick up Borax which is found down the laundry aisle with “additives”. I have two major reasons to reach for Borax to help clean my messy house. Borax is a Multi-Purpose Household Cleaner that can used in a variety of ways and is an “All Natural” product. Plus, it gets the job done!

I also picked up a set of gloves, lemon, sponge, spray bottle, small bucket and vinegar. Oh and coffee. The coffee is for my motivation, not cleaning.

I recommend visiting Borax online to get more cleaning inspiration and see all the ways you can use Borax in your home to help you can clean.

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10 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Borax

The kids are in school, coffee is brewing and this mom is ready to get cleaning! I did a quick reorganization of the counter space and got out my supplies.

  1. Garbage Disposal. Place 3 tablespoons Borax down the garbage disposal, wait 15 minutes and run lukewarm water through. You can add some lemon peels and turn the garbage disposal on to help clean and freshen up the sink.
  2. Sink.  As you wait for the Borax in the garbage disposal to settle, make a paste to help clean the entire sink. Use .5 cup Borax to 1/8 cup lemon juice to create the paste and place on a sponge and scrub.
  3. Dishwasher. Using your paste, scrub the inside door of the dishwasher. Sprinkle Borax at the bottom and run cycle as normal.
  4. Garbage. Place 3 tablespoons Borax on the bottom of the trash can to help deodorize.
  5. Coffee Maker. Sprinkle Borax on coffee maker and wipe clean with a sponge. Run equal parts vinegar and water through a half a brew cycle. Let sit for 1 hour and complete the brew cycle. Run one more cycle with water only.
  6. Counter Tops. In a bucket, mix .5 cup Borax to 1 gallon hot water. Scrub counters with a sponge and wipe clean.
  7. Floor. Using the bucket solution, scrub floors.
  8. Pots and Pans. The bucket solution can also help clean your pots and pans.
  9. Fridge. Dip your sponge in a solution of 1 quart water to 1 tablespoon Borax to help clean and deodorize messes in the fridge. There were some mysterious spills in my fridge that are now gone!
  10. Unclog a drain. Have a clog? Place .5 cup Borax with 2 cups hot water into the drain, let sit 15 minutes and run hot water to help unclog.

You now have 10 Ways to Clean Your Kitchen with Borax but that is just the beginning of how Borax can help you get your house clean! Have Borax help you clean the microwave, oven, china and take to the rest of the house. Use it on mattresses, in bathrooms and the laundry room! The list goes on and on so visit Borax to find more uses.

Date Night with a Twist

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Date Night with a Twist

The husband and I just had an amazing Date Night with a Twist! With two young children at home and jobs and family and friends and the everyday chaos, we really don’t get out much. Time with just us two is slim to non existent. I found a really fun way to bring date night back with Painting with a Twist!

Painting with a Twist is a painting studio with locations all over the country. There are 2 hour classes offered with numerous types of classes from Luau Night, which is what we attended, to paint your pet and classes for children or even date nights. You can also hold private events like Birthday Parties or employee bonding out of the office.

Check out Painting with a Twist and find a location near you!

 

I am far from an artist. My husband has a little more skill than me in this department but you don’t have to be an artist to attend a class with painting with a Twist! I promise. Half the class had no idea what they were doing like myself but the instructor walks you through step by step so you can create a masterpiece. Well…. maybe mine wasn’t quite a masterpiece but close enough.  There was a second instructor walking around to give advice and answer questions too. Both the ladies teaching the class were so nice and made the night a great one.

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What really made our Date Night at Painting with a Twist over the top were the little things. You are allowed to bring your own wine, beer and snacks. I can definetly use a glass of wine when I get a couple hours away from the kids. No offense to my kids but they drive me bonkers. There is also a fun box with funny hats and other items to dress up and be a silly bit silly. The studio itself has paintings all over the wall that is really bright and inspiring. You get to pick your apron with funny saying and characters like my Ariel apron. The all around tone of the studio is so laid back and fun!

Everyone gets their own easel, canvas, 2 paint brushes and a variety of different colors of acrylic paints. In your online reservation, make sure to add in the names of people you want to sit next to if you are going with a group. This would be a great night out with friends or family for a truly unique experience.

My next Painting with a Twist visit will be with my oldest child and I can’t wait! This studio is child friendly and I know he will have a blast with me.

Visit Painting with a Twist to sign up for a class!

 

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Why You Need the Petcube for Your Home

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Why You Need the Petcube for Your Home

This shop was given this item from Petcube. This color was personally picked by me and all opinions are mine alone. #petcube

The Petcube Play is a small device that allows you to speak, play and watch your pets from your smartphone anytime. The Petcube offers 1080p HD video, night vision, 2-way audio, and laser. Also available in multiple colors like this rose gold to blend in seamlessly into your home décor.

We should begin with some background of my pets. Today, my models are Chance and Sandy. Chance is a lab-boxer mix with some serious separation anxiety issues. Sandy is my sons ferret who thinks she is cat.

Chance is the perfect dog – obedient, protective, sweet and well mannered….. while we are home. Once we leave the house, he is a completely different dog. Here is a list of some damage that has occurred while home alone:

  • Has ripped apart not one but 4 sets of wooden blinds. I gave up on blinds and now just have curtains.
  • Has torn the framework/molding off the door leading into the garage. We had to completely replace it all.
  • Has gnawed apart not one but 3 door knobs. I don’t even know how he accomplishes this.
  • Countless loafs of bread, boxes of crackers and so on have gone completely missing with just a small shred of the box left as evidence.

I am sure if I sat here for a bit longer, I could think of many, many more damages that have occurred while we have been out. The Petcube Play gives us the opportunity to spy on our dog while we away. I downloaded the Petcube app on my smartphone and connected the device within seconds to stream a live feed where I can play with the laser or speak to him. Pretty cool, right?

Here is some live footage testing out the Petcube Play while I was in the other room to see how Chance would react. You can see that my daughter had equally as much fun playing with the Petcube! The picture and sound quality is great and the laser is easy to handle from your smartphone. Check it out below:

 

 

Sandy got some playtime too. She is a busy little ferret with loads of energy. My son as curious what she does at night while everyone is sleeping. We propped up the Petcube to overlook the cage to take a peak in at her. The night picture quality is great! We tried to play with the laser but she wasn’t all that interested in it. She was curious for a moment and went back to the hammock to nap. Check out the footage below:

 

Why You Need the Petcube for Your Home

My overall impression on the Petcube Play is that it is a really fun product for pet owners. You can check on your pets while at work and say hello or play with them during your lunch hour with the laser. The Petcube always also acts as a simple security system and will alert you with new movement which is nice while you are away from the home to have notification if something is going on. You can log into the live feed and see what the Petcube sees at anytime.

There is also a large Petcube community within the app. Once you have created your account, you can connect with other pet owners or keep private. I was hesitant at first about connecting by device within the community but I realized you can set it as private and share it with only people you approve.

Check out the Petcube website HERE for more information on the different products offered!

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Why You Should Always Buy White Bedding {Even with Kids}

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Why you should always buy white bedding even with kids! I have two messy children, two rambunctious dogs and a crazy little ferret in my home. I always buy white bedding for the master suite and I am sharing with you why you should also!

  1. Brightens up your space.
  2. Establishes a classic, crisp and polished look.
  3. Easy to accessorize and makes feature items or colors in the bedroom pop!
  4. It is effortless.
  5. Easily cleaned.
  6. Pieces are easily replaced or updated.

 

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Everything gets a little messy with kids around. ” They’re always sticky like they’ve got jam on their hands. Even if there’s no jam in the house, somehow, they’ve always got jam on their hands! I’m not the right guy to deal with that. I have no patience for jam hands!”- Luke, Gilmore Girls. Where my Gilmore Girl fans at?

Here is the thing with all white bedding. Jam will magically appear on whatever you buy. Period. White bedding is easy to clean and if damage happens to be irreversible, you don’t have to buy an entire new bedding set. No, simply replace the damaged item with another piece of white.

How to keep white your white bedding…well, white? Do not bleach, use a spray stain remover if needed, dry on low temperature settings, and use cold water.  Most importantly, do not wash bedding with anything else.  This means you do not throw a towel or hoodie in the wash with your bedding! Take care of your bedding and it can last for years.

 

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Here is what I have on my bed right now:

  1. A duvet with cover. [Similar: Target Texture Duvet Cover Set]
  2. Two Euro sized shams with covers that correspond with that duvet cover. [Target Texture Euro Shams]
  3. Bedskirt. [Same product: Target Tailored 14″ Bedskirt]
  4. Sheet and fitted sheet that correspond with two of the pillows. [Similar: JC Penny Ultrafit Performace Sheet Set]
  5. Lumbar pillow for décor. [Fun idea: Zazzle White Leather texture Lumbar Pillow]
  6. Coverlet that corresponds with two more pillow shams. Yes, I have a coverlet and also a duvet. [Coverlets and quilts from Wayfair]
  7. Throw blanket. [Similar: TacheNew Faux Fur Sherpa Throw]

 

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I literally have mix matched sets of bedding from six places? They all work great together. Think of different textures when going all white. Do something with more detail, something classic, and something fuzzy. Always need a fuzzy touch. Extra pillows and blankets add more depth and comfort.

Make your master bedroom a serene spot in your home to relax and unwind. Lavender or vanilla scented candles, classic white bedding, beautiful flowers and a piece of art you absolutely love is all you need. Keep it simple and enjoy your bedroom!

 

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Do you dare to all go white in the bedroom? I promise, you won’t ever look back!

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