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Our little bathroom

We’ve lived here in our little house for nine and a half years now. I’ll be honest, we never intended to stay for more than about two or three. LOL. Life being what it is though, we just kept feeling more and more like this was where we needed to be.

One of the first things we did when we moved in was to rip apart the bathroom. Seriously, the one that was here was downright scary. LOL. No way was I even going to pee in that room, forget taking a bath… and there was no shower. We added a new soaker tub, built in a surround, added a wall to enclose the plumbing for a shower, put down new flooring, built a vanity, painted and sewed… and just like that. One crazy busy long weekend later? We had a bathroom we could actually use.

Today I built a second vanity (yes, I built the first one myself too) for the girl. Hers, unlike my built-in one, was modified from a towel rack kit. But I have to say, I think it’s going to do the job quite nicely.

Now all the bathroom needs is another new floor and hopefully it will get us through the next several years. 🙂

Want some visuals? Here’s the bathroom:

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A Vanity for Lily-Ann

Well, tonight the girl and I went shopping.  It was after supper, so we knew even if we were successful on our hunt, that our project wouldn’t actually get started tonight, but it was worth going to look – just the same.  We spent a couple hours checking out all our options before making a choice, and I think it will be workable.

The vanity I built myself when we first bought the house has been overloaded the last couple of years as Lily-Ann amasses more and more of her own things, and further develops her own style.  My vanity now overflows with things belonging to both of us, in containers, in piles, stuck in travel totes because there’s no room for it all.  Something had to change.  And with the girl’s fifth birthday around the corner, the two of us figure it’s time she had a vanity of her own.  Hence the shopping trip.

We live in a small space, so purchasing a vanity just isn’t an option.  That’s why I built mine to begin with.  It’s small, and is basically a glorified shelf jutting out of the wall at the right height with a couple more shelves on the side for storage of large non-everyday essentials.  Hers needs to be even smaller.

It took a lot of imagining…  checking out what we could find, how we could repurpose it, what we could change, what we couldn’t.  And I think we may have found something that we can make work.  It’s supposed to be a towel caddy, for hanging multiple bath towels.  But by pulling out the lower shelf, and adding something over the top (like a breakfast tray), I think we’ll be able to make it work perfectly for her.  It wasn’t quite what I imagined, but I think it will work just fine.

I love living in our small house.  Though it can be a challenge at times, I like how close it helps us to be.  There isn’t room to get away from one another, so we are physically and emotionally closer.  But there are times – like trying to make the most out of our bathroom space – when it can present some inspiring quandaries.

Wanted: “pretty” bathroom in Saskatoon

I’m looking for a pretty bathroom.  And no, it’s not some weird fetishistic behaviour.  It’s for a photo shoot…  one that’s very important to me.  One that I desperately need your help to complete.

There is a particular shot I have in mind for my Power of SHe project…  and a rather vital shot at that, quite important to my vision of the exhibition this project is to become.  I require this pretty, serene space to capture that calm quiet feminine feeling.  It is essential to the project.

So, if you live in Saskatoon and you have a pretty, delicate, lovely, feminine powder room, please consider allowing me use of the space for just a little while.  I’ll do my best to be in and out as quickly as possible, and with as little disruption to your life as possible.  I promise to be respectful, and will treat your space with the utmost care.  Nothing will be damaged or ruined, and I’ll leave everything just as I found it.  I will do my best to honor any requests by the home owner, and will be very thankful and appreciative.

The counter, in particular, is of special importance.  White.  It must be white.  White with delicate pastel accents.  Perhaps pink, lavender, blue, green, or yellow.  Maybe an accent of lace here or there.  Flowers.  Delicate and lovely.  The ultimate girlie powder room.

Here are a couple of reference photos I’ve found online (each photograph is set to link to the original location of the image).  None of the following images are mine, all were found through a simple Bing image search, all are shared simply to help you (my reader) create a mental image of the type of space I am searching for for this project.

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I am desperate to find this perfect, pretty space.  And like I said, the counter space, around the sink is the most important element.  And it’s the over-all feel of the space that really matters….  please, if you have a bathroom that might just work – even if you think there’s only a small possibility that it might be what I’m looking for – please drop me a line.  It could be exactly the space I need.

photographer at tobi-dawne dot com

Review – The Squatty Potty

From time to time I get the chance to try a new product.  I love doing reviews, in fact, that’s how I got my start writing professionally way back when.  I wrote reviews for the Chihuahua News, a publication that catered to Chihuahua fanciers.  I don’t do them very often these days – but I do still enjoy them…  Firstly because I get to check out some cool new products, but also for the nostalgia.

So onto today’s blog post – which fittingly, is a review (wouldn’t you have been shocked if it hadn’t been?).  LOL  Now…  another bit of info before I get right into it.  This post may be considered TMI for some folk.  But you know me, I don’t have much of a filter.  I’m generally happy to share about almost anything.  And, well…  if you chose to read on, be prepared for the potential of an over-share or two.  😉

About a month or so ago I was sent something called the “Squatty Potty“.  It claims it can help with bowel disease, hemorrhoids, and just generally make “going” a faster, easier experience.  I’ll admit.  It piqued my interest.

The Squatty Potty toilet stool.Now, why wait for so long before writing my review?  Well, to be honest I wasn’t sure what I was going to write.  My daughter likes it because it makes it easier for her child-sized self to use an adult-sized toilet.  My husband doesn’t like it because he’s too tall for the model we have (he’s over a foot taller than I am, and in a product like this that makes a big difference).  I thought it was okay, but didn’t really notice a big difference.  So what to say…  right?  Well.  All that changed the weekend of the Breaking the Silence conference.

Oh my goodness!

Going back to using a toilet WITHOUT the Squatty Potty???  It was miserable!  It felt weird, it was messy, and I couldn’t wait to get home to my toilet – with my wonderful, comfortable, ingenious Squatty Potty tucked around the bowl.

Seriously, I figured at first I’d just write about the fact that it’s cleaner going to the bathroom (for a one or a two) when using the Squatty.  Because that’s something I noticed pretty early on – and it gets better the more you go into an actual squat vs. a sit.  But I didn’t even notice how great the Squatty Potty was until I had to go back to using a toilet without one.

Bet you didn’t think you’d log onto my blog to find me raving about something designed to make taking a deuce a better experience, did ya!?!  Yet here you are, and here I am – doing just that.  Seriously.  My daughter and I love our Squatty Potty, and I think my husband would too if we had a shorter model that accommodated his long legs.

My advice?  Even if you aren’t interested in it for yourself, get one for the little ones in your life.  The fact that it just wraps around the toilet bowl – tucked out of the way – when it’s not in use is worth the price.  The kid feels so much more secure on the toilet using the Squatty vs. our old bathroom stool…  and truly, if there is one place we should feel secure and safe, it’s when we’re doing our business.  😉  All the extra added benefits are just gravy (okay, just realized that could be seen as a really NASTY pun).  Ooops.  LMAO

So yeah, whenever my husband passes me and glances into the bathroom where I’m comfortably squatting (yes, we have an open door policy) he giggles a little over how silly it looks…  but it’s worth it.  It really is.  😉

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