1 In DIY/ home decor

Easy Modern Farmhouse Bathroom update

easy diy bathroom update
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I’m so excited to FINALLY share with you guys the details of our Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom update! (I had all intentions of getting this up sooner, but ya know, life.)

So when we first moved in to our new house, I loved that we had a master bath. It needed some work, but being that we just did a huge bathroom renovation at our previous home, and expecting a baby, we put it off.

One weekend after watching Marie Kondo, I was going through our house on a whirlwind. I mean I literally ripped through every room. I stepped into our bathroom, and well, one thing led to another.  We (I say “we” but I mean “me) decided to do a quick little bathroom update for just under $200.

This is what it looked like before.

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It wasn’t terrible, but it needed a little refresh.

  • First thing I did was pull out this shelving unit over the toilet and paint. The color we chose was Sherwin Williams Passive Gray. I love this color because it has a nice cool tone to it. I wanted something very airy and clean looking with some touches of rustic/earthy elements to it for a modern farmhouse feel.
  • Next, we painted the bathroom vanity. Our vanity takes up a great deal of space in our bathroom.  To give the space a brighter look I decided to transform it by painting it white and then doing the hardware darker to give it some contrast. For the cabinets we used Rust-oleum cabinet transformations kit in pure white (we had some left over from our DIY distressed bedroom furniture we did in the fall).

bathroom update

easy diy bathroom update

 

  • Our shower is the main focal point of our bathroom. I desperately wanted to get rid of the glass shower door but because there was no tub, and we were just looking to do a quick weekend update, I left it. Instead, I put up a cute shower curtain to cover the glass door to dress it up a little.

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  • Next, I added some shelving. To decorate the shelves, I got some apothecary jars and baskets to help organize some of our personal items. I also found a cute little vintage sign and some greenery.

 

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I love the way it came out and for a little under $200, it looks like a totally different space! Not bad for a weekend 😉

I’ve linked some of my bathroom faves below:

shower curtain

floating shelves

Vintage bathroom sign

apothecary jars

soap dispenser

 

modern farmhouse bathroom update

0 In travel

4 tips for planning your visit to the Ice Castles

ice castles

Last weekend we visited the Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire. The Ice Castles are man-made using over hundreds of thousands of icicles to create these breathtaking sculptures, archways and tunnels. It was absolutely beautiful, and definitely a must-see with your family in the winter time. I’m sharing some tips for planning for own visit.

ice castles

If you’re not in the northeast, Ice Castles also offers other locations including:

Dillon, CO, Edmonton, AB, Excelsior, MN, Lake Geneva, WI, and Midway, UT.

Here are 4 tips for planning your own visit to the Ice Castles:

1.) Buy tickets online and make reservations ahead of time.

You definitely want to buy your tickets online. You can buy tickets here.  We went at 1pm right when they opened on a weekend and it was super busy.  (I hear going during the weekday is the best if you can swing it). If you go later in the afternoon/evening, they have a really cool light display and light up all the castles.

We also made plans to stay overnight as it was a 4 hour drive for us. We stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites in Plymouth. It was an easy 25 minute drive from the castles.

ice castles

2.) Dress warm.

Inside the Ice Castles, it’s 15 degrees cooler than it is outside so dress warm. (One good thing is that it definitely wasn’t as windy once you’re in the castles). Dress the kids in snowpants and other snow gear so that they can get down and explore. They had lots of tunnels and a slide. And be sure to wear boots as it is all ice. (Get my boots here. I have them in wheat/black).

And check out these comfy sweaters on Amazon

ice castles

3.) Hit up the slide first

When you get there, they offer a horse and carriage ride that goes around the castles and the surrounding property.  We did that first and then went inside the castles. They also have a big slide. I recommend doing that first once you’re in as the line is long. And then go and explore. You can stay in as long as you’d like, but once you exit, you can’t go back in.

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4.) Take lots and lots of pictures

The photo opportunities are endless. They have lots of archways, a couple balconies, and even a little ice couch so bring your camera!

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ice castles

 

ice castles

ice castles

 

ice castles

2 In food/ Recipes

2 tried and true recipes to get your family to eat more plants

easy plant based recipes

This post is sponsored by Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Anyone who knows me knows that carbs are my love language! Give me a nice warm bowl of pasta and I am one happy girl. However, what I don’t love is the way carbs make me feel tired and pack on those pounds. I recently discovered Barilla’s new chickpea pasta and suddenly I don’t feel so bad about eating all that pasta.  Made with one ingredient, (chick peas), it’s a nice low-carb pasta alternative and offers up some plant-based protein too.  Plus, it’s a great way to sneak those veggies in for your kids.

Here are two easy recipes your whole family (including the picky little ones) will be sure to love.

Pesto pasta with peppers, artichokes and pine nuts

plant based

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsps of chopped garlic
  • 2 peppers diced
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • 2 tbsps of pine nuts
  • 4 tbsps of basil pesto

Directions:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • Add 1 box of Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a saucepan, warm some EVOO over medium heat
  • When the EVOO and pan is warm, add 2 tsps of chopped garlic and lightly brown.
  • Once the garlic is brown, add the peppers and artichoke hearts to the pan and lightly roast on both sides then reduce heat.
  • When the pasta is al dente (about 7-8 minutes), drain in a colander.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pasta, roasted garlic, peppers, artichokes and pine nuts. Stir in basil pesto. (I used about 4 tbsps but you can use as much or as little as you want to taste).
  • Optional: Add some fresh grated cheese (I love parmesan) and some chopped parsley.

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Lemon oregano rotini

plant based

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • chopped oregano (about 2 1tbsp)
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  • Bring a  pot of water to a boil.
  • Add 1 box of Barilla chickpea pasta.
  • Cook pasta until al dente (about 7-8 minutes).
  • Drain pasta in a colander.
  • While the pasta is cooking, dice up the cherry tomatoes (about 1 cup) and cucumber.
  • In a separate small bowl, take the juice of 2 lemons and mix with about 2 tbsps of EVOO. Add some chopped oregano, salt and pepper, stirring together.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pasta, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add the lemon juice/EVOO mixture, combine well.
  • Optional: top with some chopped oregano, grate lemon peel and shredded mozzerella cheese.

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What are some ways you get your family to eat more veggies?

Click here to buy some Chickpea pasta for your family

easy plant based recipes

1 In home

I tried the KonMari method – here’s what I learned

living room

I recently watched Marie Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up”.  The series features this pint sized Japanese woman Marie Kondo who is an organizational guru and believes in the KonMari method of tidying your home.  The first episode was about a young couple, their two toddlers and their household clutter and how it has impacted their lives.  Honestly, they were so relatable. When you have children, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in toys and baby gear.

Throughout the episode, Kondo went through their closets, their drawers, their garage, etc. and encouraged them to only keep the things that “spark joy”.  Messy closets and cabinets with haphazardly strewn tupperware were soon transformed in an orderly fashion and it made me swoon. The episode spoke to me and I was hooked. It was the kick in the rear I needed to set off and tidy up my own home.

I didn’t totally KonMari my whole house, but I did adopt little bits and pieces here and there.

Here’s what I learned:

  • Instead of waiting for nap time to fold and put away the laundry, do it in front of the kids.  Children model our behaviors and what better way to get them in the habit of folding and putting away their clothes.  This was huge for me!
  • If it doesn’t spark joy, get rid of it – I didn’t have alot of stuff to get rid of since we had just moved less than 6 months ago and I had downsized some stuff before then. But there was still some stuff that I purged and it felt so good. For instance, I don’t like top sheets on the bed. I despise the way you get tangled in them in your sleep and they seem useless to me. Yet I had a whole shelf of them in my linen closet. I didn’t toss all of them. I kept a few for our guest bed but chucked the rest.

kon mari closet

  • You can make more room by stacking – Our dresser drawers and my tupperware cabinet were the biggest culprits here. Kondo believes that by stacking things in an orderly fashion, not only can you fit more, but you can clearly see what you have. While I am not in love with Kondo’s method of folding clothes, I truly can fit more in my drawers.

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  • Going forward, be more mindful– After KonMari’ing my home, the cynical side in me came out. “Sure it’s all organized now, but give it to the end of the week and this house will soon be a mess again”.  But I refuse to let that happen.  It’s a work in progress, but I’m taking a few simple steps to make sure I don’t go back to my old ways. Instead of throwing my clothes on the floor when I get changed, I’m more mindful of either hanging them back up or putting them in the laundry basket. At the end of the day before going to bed, I pick everything up and make sure not to leave any dishes in the sink. And this may be the hardest, but before buying think “do I really need this?”.
  • Having a tidy, organized home can spark joy – When I was home on maternity leave I learned alot about myself, but one of the biggest lessons I learned was that clutter causes an overwhelming sense of anxiety for me.  Our homes should be our havens, a place that brings us calm and where we can relax and unwind with family and friends. When everything is in it’s place it truly brings me happiness and makes my home a place I never want to leave. And for that, I thank you Marie Kondo.
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what I learned from KonMari