Wednesday: Do it Yourself Challenge!

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I don’t know about you, but I am really missing my spa days, and although we will be heading into stage three of reopening on Friday, I will definitely not be first in the lineups:( I’ll take my time and see how safe it is to have things back to normal, but until then, what could be done for spa days? We need to get really creative with this idea because spas hold high luxury standards that we simply cannot ignore. Everything from exotic body scrubs to aromatic essential oils, play a big role in ultimate relaxation.

A hot and steamy shower can recreate a treatment at its best, and I believe most of you have a shower at home that will definitely do the trick. An essential oil diffuser that can be used in the shower will make your steam a more pleasurable experience, so be sure to look into one. Body scrubs and oils are a must for this pampering, so I decided to share a few natural recipes you could put together that is both cost effective, and that you can make in your own kitchen.

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Rosemary Lavender Salt Scrub

1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp culinary grade lavender extract
1 tbsp rosemary leaves, chopped

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Peppermint Scrub

1/4 cup grapeseed oil
2 tbsp spearmint essential oil
1/2 cup sugar

*Recipes taken from self.com

How to make your own herbal bath oils

Herbal Bath Oil

12 drops Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
8 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
4 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Skin Nourishing Bath Oil

  • 12 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 6 drops Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • 6 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)

*Recipe taken from lovingessentialoils.com

The recipes are straightfoward and simple to make, so preparation should be a cinch. If you happen to have a tub, you are really in for a treat! You can use this recipe for an amazing bath bomb that will leave you feeling like a million bucks!

Fool proof homemade bath bombs

Homemade Bath Bombs

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. baking soda
  • 2 oz. corn starch
  • 2 oz. citric acid
  • 2 oz. Epsom salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 5-10 drops essential oil of choice
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon oil I like coconut or olive oil here
  • 1-2 drops food coloring optional

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients (the first four listed above). Whisk to remove any clumps—corn starch tends to be clumpy. In a small glass jar, stir together the wet ingredients (the last four ingredients listed). If you’re using coconut oil, give it a quick melt in the microwave or stove top first so it will more easily combine with the other ingredients. Slowly pour the liquid mixture in with the dry mixture, whisking as you go. If you see the mixture fizz or foam, you may be adding the liquid too quickly. Once all the wet ingredients are combined with the dry, take a small amount in your hand and squeeze it together. It should stick together fairly well in one or two big chunks. If it’s still too powdery to hold together, just add a tiny bit more water and mix until it does hold together. If you find that adding the liquid slowly is difficult use a spray bottle to add them instead of pouring. 
  2. Then, fill each half of your bath bomb mold with the mixture until it’s just overflowing a little. Press together, then gently remove one side of the mold. Place the bath bomb on a tray and allow to dry out before removing the other side. Wait one hour and then see if the bath bomb easily removes from the mold without breaking. If it breaks, just press into the mold again and let it dry out longer. The goal here is to get the bath bomb out of the mold so it can further dry out overnight. I’ve found that if you leave them in the mold too long they can begin to stick and then it’s more difficult to remove without cracking. So, find the balance here and remember that if something cracks at this point it’s totally OK to just press the mixture back into the mold. No worries!
  3. Once you are ready to remove the other side, gently invert the bath bomb so the uncovered side is facing down, then gently remove the other half of the mold from the top. The key word, if you haven’t noticed, is gently. These can fall apart on you very easily if you’re not careful. If a bath bomb does crack in half while you’re removing it, you can gently press it back on top of the other half, or remove all the mixture back to the mixing bowl and start the molding process again. I had this happen to a few, so don’t fret, it’s easy to fix.
  4. Once they are completely out of the mold, allow them to dry out for 8 hours or overnight. Once very dry, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and store in a dry place until you’re ready to use them, or you can gift them to friends.

*Recipe taken from abeautifulmess.com

All of the tools you need are right here for a next-level experience in spa treatments! Get in the zone and warm towels in the dryer for the extra comfort after your bath. Light your candles and play nature sounds, as you let your mind drift into a quiet place. This spa is all about you, and no matter where you go, you could never find any place like home that suits you more. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday: What’s for Dinner?

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On a tiny island between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic ocean, lies a paradise beyond your wildest dreams. The clear blue waters echo the vast blue skies above, the sand is like powder between your toes, and the deep green of the tropical forests take your very breath away. This island is St.Lucia, and if you’ve never been, luck now has you on your way to a little piece of heaven on earth.

Surrounded by the neighbouring islands of St.Vincent and Barbados, St.Lucia spans only 616 kilometers in length, but is home to roughly 200,000 people. The major cities are Gros Islet, Soufrière, Vieux Fort, and the capital city of Castries. The city names tell of a past French influence over the island, which also played a major role in the “Creole” language that is primarily spoken. The people are warm and full of life that boasts in the vibrancy of the city streets, and the food can be summed up in one word, “Comfort.”

Yes, we are now at the heart of the culture, where the flavours speak volumes of their African descent. Dishes such as: Green figs and saltfish, Callaloo, and Bouyon soup are colourful, and full of delicious goodness that fill the belly and warm the heart. St.Lucia holds a special place in my heart because it is my mother’s home, and the meals she cooked are those as I’ve described, which floods memories of flavours I only wish you could experience for yourself. Out of this world! The one dish in particular that our family could never get enough of is Accra and Floats. It is commonly served in the morning, but us kids would eat it any time of the day, no problem! A favourite from my childhood to your kitchen.

guyana float bake recipe

FLOATS: CREOLE FOOD, KWEYOL FOOD, LOCAL FOOD INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • *2 tbsp baking powder
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the flour into a large bowl, add the baking soda then mix the butter and sugar into the flour. Dissolve the salt into the water then gradually pour the water and salt mixture into the flour, butter and sugar mixture, mix together and knead until the dough becomes nice and soft. But not too soft!…
  2. If the dough is too soft add some more flour until dough is smooth, soft and does not stick on your hand. Cover the dough with a damp tea-towel for about 15 minutes.
  3. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat. When the pan gets hot add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan to about 1 cm deep.
  4. Cut the dough into small pieces a little bigger than the size of a table-tennis or golf ball.
  5. Using your hands, roll and shape dough into a ball then flatten and shape into a disk about 1cm thick. Place the flat circular dough into the frying pan of hot oil, when one side is golden brown, turn on the other side. Once both sides are golden brown bake is ready.
  6. Your delicious bakes can be eaten almost straight away – just allow to cool a bit! Whether you eat them plain or with the traditional cheddar cheese or delicious stewed saltfish and cucumber garnish, you will fall in love with this delicious local treat.

NOTESSubstitutions
*When yeast is used instead of baking powder the result is float which is lighter and fluffier than bake. When yeast is used, add the yeast to a little of the warm water and sugar, let sit for 5 minutes then add to the flour mixture. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and leave for 30 minutes to rise. The Float dough is ready to be separated, shaped and fried once the dough rises to about twice the size of the original dough.
Sugar: Traditionally white sugar would be used, but substitute brown if you prefer.
Flour: Traditionally white all-purpose flour would be used, but for a gluten and grain-free alternative, I normally replace white flour with a mix of ⅓ each of coconut flour, cassava flour, plantain flour…
Additions: You could add herbs or other things if you like, why not? Experiment! Have fun!

*Recipe taken from islandeffect.com

Saltfish Accra Recipe - Great British Chefs

Accras “Fish Cakes”

Accras ‘Fish Cakes’

Accras are great with bakes as an appetizer or breakfast dish.
 
Ingredients

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 lb chopped shredded saltfish
2 scallions chopped
1/4 cup green pepper chopped
1 small onions chopped
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp parsley
hot pepper sauce to taste
black pepper to taste
water
oil for frying

The Method

1. Combine the chopped green pepper, scallions, onions,garlic in bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients except water and mix thoroughly. Add hot pepper sauce and water making sure that the mixture reaches a thick consistency.

 3. Beat the mixture until is smooth.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan and drop by spoonfuls into hot oil and fry until both sides are brown.

5. Drain excess oil on paper towel.

*Recipe taken from tastestlucia.wordpress.com

I thought this would make up for not being able to travel these days, but as soon as we are able to take trips again, I suggest you head to St.Lucia. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy your evening and happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday:Confessions of a Shopping Diva

Staying cool is the name of the game this summer, and what better way than to invest in a pool! The thought has been kicking around my house for some time, but for those of you who are seriously thinking about the investment, I have some neat ideas for you. Let’s face it, if we had the cash for a fabulous pool with all the upgrades, we would be swimming in it! I’m offering you a plan “b”, or alternative to spending a fortune, but not compromising on taste. Tank pools are both inexpensive, and innovative way to make your swimming fantasies a reality. Here are a few ideas to tantalize your senses:

Stock tanks were originally used on farms to water livestock, but have now become a popular way to have a pool in your own backyard! Look at all of the things you could do to make a real statement, and it doesn’t have to cost much if you put creativity into the space you are dreaming of. Tanks could cost you anywhere between $200-$500 and would need to be lined to prevent rusting, and a pump, to ensure that the water stays clean and fresh. They come in various sizes, and some even come bottomless for those who are interested in making their pool a bit deeper. It is important to read up on how to properly install and care for a stock tank pool, so that you can really reap the benefits.

I thought I’d share a trending idea in the world of pools because it will be a a little while before we are able to swim publically again. The easy solution is to try something new and bold in order to keep the “f” in fun all summer long! I hope you all enjoy designing the backyard of your dreams! Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday: At Home

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I woke up before the sun rose this morning, to my son crying about the bad dream he had. He was hysterical, and my husband and I had no choice but to make room in the center of the bed for him to sleep. I think that the kids sleeping over on our bed worked when they were toddlers, but not when they’re nine! I could barely shift in place, in danger of falling right off the side, so I took my pillow and high-tailed it to my son’s bed for some proper rest. A few hours later, I opened my eyes to numbness in my right arm, and serious back pain! It just goes to show that kids’ beds are made for kids;) Do any of you parents and caregivers out there experience sleepless nights due to nightmares? Crazy right? I hear you. Needless to say that at almost forty, a sleepless night for me equals an unproductive day.

No energy, lots of coffee, and bumming out on the couch, pretty much sums up what my day has turned out to be. I’m cool with that because It’s Sunday. I managed to bake a cake yesterday. Carrot. It was delish! The cake was made impromptu for a friend’s birthday, and I even made sure I baked extra for us at home. A storm washed over us around midday, which made my experience in front of the tv more snuggly! I love rain when I’m under the covers. Don’t you? My schedule may not have been crazy today, but I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed life in slow motion. Cheers! Happy Sunday everyone!

Saturday: Reflections

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Have you ever been caught between the idea of speaking the truth, and holding your tongue? Depends on the situation, right? The thought came to me as I was watching a show called, “Doctor Foster” on Netflix recently. It is basically about a woman whose husband is having an affair. When she found out that her husband was unfaithful, she also discovered that her closest friends were also in on the secret.

Using the scenario as an example, I’m wondering if it is better for someone to know the truth about what is happening behind their back, or should they be sheltered by silence? There is a lot of responsibility in speaking the truth, as it could cause permanent damage to a relationship that would ultimately be on your hands. It may also be the reason why a friend would be able to see the situation for what it truly is, so that he or she could make the best decision for their own life.

If you choose to keep silent, how do you look to the friend when the truth finally comes to light? Would you be okay with knowing that you are a co-conspirator in their eyes? It may not be your truth to tell, but if you know it, wouldn’t it just be a truth you chose not to share? Of course, we also have to put ourselves in the friend’s shoes, who has been left in the dark. Would you want that friend to tell you if the tables were turned?

The truth hurts, and it seems impossible to be truthful under many circumstances, knowing that it could very well break the person you care about. However, doesn’t everyone deserve to know the truth about things that involve them? Is it up to us to decide which truths people can handle, and which they can’t? I’d love for you to weigh in on this blog, and share with me how you really feel about the topic. The concept is more common in life than you think. Until next time, happy Saturday everyone!

Friday: The Socialite

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Another Friday, and the weekend is upon us. Many people are on their way to the cottage, judging by the traffic going east today! If you don’t have a cottage like me, and you didn’t get an invite, you may be wondering what you could do with your time. Well, I have a pretty cool solution! Backyard camping. Yes, I said it! Setting up tent in the comfort of your own backyard could be very exciting if you do it right. For those of you who don’t have a backyard, why couldn’t you set up a small tent on the balcony? I’m a little petrified when it comes to heights, but you might have the most amazing camping view from your apartment.

What do we need for our on-site excursion? A tent, blow up mattress, flashlights, and some campfire stories are a must! If we are going to reenact a camping trip you must also have food, and lots of it! I found a few recipes that you can try in order to create that outdoor ambiance.

Rich tasting s'mores bars with a traditional buttery graham cracker crust, thick chocolate ganache center and toasted marshmallow top.

EASY S’MORES BARS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE GANACHE

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

FOR THE CRUST

  • 4 ounces graham crackers whole
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Lightly butter an 8×8 baking pan and line with parchment paper.
  • In a small pot warm the cream over a medium flame.
  • When the cream starts to bubble around the edges turn of the heat.
  • Add the chocolate chips and slowly stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until it becomes a thick and well combined.
  • Set the ganache aside to cool a little.
  • Crush the graham crackers to fine crumbs and transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the sugar and melted butter.
  • Mix well until all of the graham crackers are moist.
  • Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared baking pan and press the crumbs down gently with a cup or any flat bottomed vessel.
  • Bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes and then let cool.
  • Once the crumbs are cool, pour the ganache on top of the crumbs and spread out evenly.
  • Place the pan in the fridge until the ganache becomes firm.
  • Place the marshmallows on top of the ganache making sure to cover as much of the ganache as you can. Pack the marshmallows in but keep them to one layer.
  • Place the pan under a preheated broiler and broil until the marshmallows turn toasted golden in color. Do not leave them because they only take a minute or less to brown.
  • Cut the bars into squares and serve at once or keep in the fridge for easier cutting later or next day.

*Recipe taken from foodnessgracious.com

camping breakfast burrito recipe

CAMPING BREAKFAST BURRITOS

Ingredients

  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 4 potatoes peeled, chopped, cooked
  • 1 lb bacon browned and crumbled
  • 8 eggs scrambled
  • 1-1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • Pinch salt & pepper
  • green onions sliced
  • Toppings
  • salsa or hot sauce for serving optional
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Mix all cooked ingredients together.
  2. Fold in a tortilla. Wrap in foil
  3. Add to plastic zipper bag or portable container. Until ready to eat.
  4. Take out when ready to eat.
  5. Cook 10-15 min or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

*Recipe taken from theadventurebite.com

Everything is so much better when there’s good food to enjoy! The best part about camping from home is that you don’t have to use porta potties, and all of the ingredients you need for your meals are right at your fingertips! I know, the idea sounds a little wild, but I plan on giving it a try with my family next weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes;) Have a great evening and happy Friday everyone!

Thursday: What’s Baking?

Anyone who has been in my kitchen knows that I have a passion for cakes! The more unique, the better! I was browsing through a list of fifty delicious cakes, and I found one in particular that made my mouth water! It’s called, “Almond Honey Cakes with Srrawberry Ripple Cream.” Sounds scrumptious, right?

Well, honey cakes date back to the prehistoric times, with the basic ingredients of honey, flour and oil. The cakes were simple back then, but have taken on a more elaborate look over time. The Russian honey cake is about ten thin layers high, with a burnt honey and dulce de leche whipped icing in between. In Figi, the honey cake is baked like a loaf with sliced almonds, and a touch of nutmeg. Any way you slice it, it’s all good to me!

Here is the honey cake recipe I had in mind for you to try. I hope you enjoy! Happy Thursday everyone!

Almond Honey Cake with Strawberry Ripple Cream

INGREDIENTS

CAKE

STRAWBERRY CREAM

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces creme fresh
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries diced + more for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease one 8-inch round cake pan. Line with parchment paper, then butter/spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey, lemon zest and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at time, beating after each until incorporated. Add the flour and beat until combined. Add the almond meal, baking soda and salt, beating until just combined and smooth. Pour in 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons [Almond Breeze Almondmilk Hint of Honey Vanilla | https://www.almondbreeze.com/?navid=592&pid=593%5D and beat until combined and smooth. The batter should be thick.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cake is golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake.
  5. Remove from the oven and use a chopstick or fork to poke about 12 holes all over the cake. Drizzle the remaining honey over the cake and allow it to cool in the pan, at least 20 minutes.
  6. To make the cream, add the heavy cream and creme fresh to a mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Beat in the powdered sugar until just combined. Stir in the strawberries.
  7. Turn the cake out onto a serving plate. In a bowl, mix together the 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon honey almond milk until combined. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and then drizzle with a little honey. Sprinkle on the toasted almonds. Now spread the cream over the cake and top with fresh strawberries. Enjoy with more honey for serving. The cake can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.

*Recipe taken from halfbakedharvest.com

Tuesday: What’s for Dinner?

Tonight, my kids requested a simple mac and cheese dinner that meets their picky standards! Kids can be such downers when it comes to creativity in recipes. Nobody likes brussel sprouts, rapini, steak, green peas, or even couscous! Anything that does not align with the Mac and Cheese concept is a “no go” for them. For all the parents or caregivers out there who are dealing with this picky eating situation, how have you been coping with the fuss? Are you really serving kraft dinner everyday? I’m cooking like a 5 star chef in here, and they’re looking for Mr. Noodles to eat for dinner! Crazy!

Experts say that when children are born, they have taste buds in their entire mouths, as opposed to just the tongue when they become adults. Could this be the reason why most foods are a problem? Maybe they are just too sensitive to taste, but I figure a medium well steak would be more appealing than hot dogs! As I think of those all over the world, attempting to prepare a dinner that is acceptable to the child they are feeding, I have found a mac and cheese recipe that might help your situation.

mac-and-cheese-recipe

The BEST Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 16 oz elbow macaroni, cooked (or other tubular pasta)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (or regular paprika)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a large 3 qt or 4 qt baking dish and set aside.Combine shredded cheeses in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta one minute shy of al dente according to the package instructions. Remove from heat, drain, and place in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle pasta with olive oil and stir to coat pasta. Set aside to cool while preparing cheese sauce.
  • Melt butter in a deep saucepan, dutch oven, or stock pot.
  • Whisk in flour over medium heat and continue whisking for about 1 minute until bubbly and golden.
  • Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream until nice and smooth. Continue whisking until you see bubbles on the surface and then continue cooking and whisking for another 2 minutes. Whisk in salt and pepper.
  • Add two cups of shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Add another two cups of shredded cheese and continue whisking until creamy and smooth. Sauce should be nice and thick.
  • Stir in the cooled pasta until combined and pasta is fully coated with the cheese sauce.
  • Pour half of the mac and cheese into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 2 cups of shredded cheese and then the remaining mac and cheese.
  • In a small bowl, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over the top and bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

*Recipe taken from momontimeout.com

The website name is so fitting for the topic, I couldn’t help but notice that! Let’s keep it simple today. Not too fancy for the wee ones. Although they require a lot, they don’t ask for much (a paradox if you ask me), so we always have to be one step ahead. Be prepared for the “What’s for dinner?” question, with the answer, “Mac and cheese,” and your life will be a whole lot easier;) Happy Tuesday everyone!

Monday: Confessions of a Shopping Diva

For those of you who saw my dilemma yesterday, you could guess that the topic of today’s blog is all about “bathrooms.” Not just any bathroom, but the master bath, otherwise known as the ensuite. Now the point of this particular bathroom is to have self-care luxury from the comfort of your own master bedroom, but what do we consider to be luxury? Some say that an upscale shower, complete with rain faucet to make them swoon. Others enjoy a double vanity, where both parties have their own counter space and sink to pamper themselves. For me, it’s all about the soaker tub! It is the ultimate enjoyment to fill a tub with fine salts, soaps, and hot water, sinking into its depths for comfort. Along with candlelight, soft music and a good book, bathroom luxury doesn’t get any better than that!

If you had to choose the tub of your dreams, which one would it be? I have a list of favourites that I want you to vote on. Let’s see which of these is the most popular overall.

1.

Tyrrell and Laing Slipper Stone Freestanding Soaker Tub
Tyrell and Laing Slipper Stone Freestanding Soaker Tub, $7182.95



2.

LYON 67" clawfoot bathtub
Traditional Freestanding Soaker Tub by Bath Depot, $769

3.

Jade Bath Piper 67 inch Acrylic Rectangular Freestanding Soaker ...
Piper Freestanding Soaker Tub by Home Depot, $1602.00

4.

Maax Ella Sleek Freestanding Bathtub #105744
Maax Ella Sleek Freestanding Tub, $1764.00

I’m personally leaning towards number 4 because I love a good statement piece! A black exterior puts the “l” in luxury, thus making it a very swanky space to unwind. If you choose number 1, you might love the zen feel, with the egg shaped tub that cuddles the body into relaxation. Tub number 2 is super traditional, but très chic for that sophisticated design. Number 3 is ultra modern, with clean, sleek lines that define the space’s contemporary simplicity.

Choices! Choices! There are many, but there is always one that truly reflects your personal style. Imagine soaking in the ambiance of a good bath that calls your name! You know that’s luxury! You can’t deny it. I hope I convinced you to consider adding a tub to your bathroom if you haven’t already. You will definitely thank me for it later! Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday: At Home

I woke up early this morning to catch Costco before the morning rush. By the time it opened, there were roughly 100 people in line waiting to go in. I was immediately discouraged:( I understand the lineups, but I hate them! I found myself listening to music, which helped alleviate some of the anxiety. It was hot, my friends, and I was out there baking at 400 degrees celcius! When I got home, I made myself an iced coffee and did a quick check on the hubby who was fixing a minor crack in our master ensuite shower, and this is what I walked into:

What the #*@*?!!! I feel like I’m in knee deep the twilight zone without a hope or a prayer! This was not part of the “fixer up” deal, but he claimed that there was significant water damage to most of the drywall. It has to be done. So, what do you do when you have really elaborate dreams about your ensuite, but you are forced to take the simple route that will still cost you what you don’t have today? We will find out soon enough! Let me just say that this bathroom may take months to complete, because as I mentioned to you when the deck was finally completed, my husband is a BIG procrastinator!

Well, looking on the brighter side of things, at least I won’t have to worry about the shower portion of my ensuite makeover. It will definitely have a head start on the finished product! We have to take things one day at a time to get through life’s little surprises. Otherwise, we just won’t make it in this world! I think this calls for a nice glass of wine, and a first draft budget. We are definitely in for one crazy ride! Happy Sunday everyone!