Getting Rid of My Pants

30 September 2013

This weekend was one of the fastest in history. Seriously on Friday I was emailing a friend about weekend plans and now it's Monday! What happened to Saturday and Sunday?!!

After doing photo work nonstop this was a weekend for me to rest. I did attend small group on Saturday and if I have not mentioned it before we are reading the Beth Moore study on Secrets. This study is mind blowing and convicting!! I won't get into details here I will save that for another post. Seriously though if you aren't in a small group you have to find one its such a wonderful experience! I also did a little grocery shopping and picked up some fruits from our food co-op. The picture above shows me heading out to do my shopping, no car just a bag, a wallet, and a metrocard.

Anyhow last week I shared my goals for the week.

  • Retouch my hubby and I's photos.
  • Pack clothes that no longer fit and take them to Goodwill.
  • Organize desk, put stuff in drawers.
  • Bake something.
  • Relax without YouTube.

I did not manage to find the time to go through the photos that I took of my husband and I. So I will shuffle that over to this weeks goals. I did pack up all my clothes that do not fit but I have not taken them to Goodwill yet. I plan on getting rid of them this week because I do not want them hanging around to much longer. These clothes are actually the ones that are too big for me since I lost weight. So getting rid of them will help me to not feel comfortable enough to gain the weight back. Besides that I like having clothes that fit me well and aren't made of stretchy material because I find it to be rather itchy.

I completed the last three things on my list. On Sunday I relaxed, washed my hair and watched a Bollywood movie and I also managed to bake something to share with you all this week. I posted the ingredients I used below. Any guesses to what I made?

My goals for this week are:

  • Retouch photos/Take Clothes to Goodwill
  • Organize Recipes to transfer from card to recipe book.
  • Complete small group homework.
  • Read more blogs.
These goals sound fairly easy right? Here's to hoping I actually get them all done.

Your Turn: What's on you to do list this week? Did your weekend go by really fast? If so what did you do?

Faithful Friday: Gentle and Quiet

27 September 2013

I've mulled over what it means to have a gentle and quiet spirit many times. I come from a line of woman who were anything but gentle or quiet. I am not putting them down because that is what their circumstances in the world told them they needed to be. These women carried my family line alone so I have great respect for them and whatever they needed to do to survive.

While watching them growing up I decided that I too would be that way - stronger and louder making sure my voice was heard and my presence felt. After all I knew no other way. Being strong and loud was definitely a hard role to fill and I have always felt out of place. Looking back I can see there was absolutely no beauty in those aspects of my character. Yes being loud and strong got many jobs done, and kept people that would have prey on my kindness at bay. But again there was absolutely no beauty there, and definitely no reflection of God.

As I grew closer to God and embarked on my journey to being a godly wife I have seen this scripture in 1 Peter 3 more times than I can count. I always thought what does it truly mean have a gentle and quiet spirit? I am way too loud and too mean to fall into that category and I am too set in my ways to change.

Later I realized that quiet was not only meant in the literal sense but also as in a new awareness. When our mouths are closed our ears can hear better and our eyes can see more. Spiritual quietness brings on more awareness and in that awareness wisdom emerges. It's awfully hard to have a revelation from God in the midst of chatter whether it's from you talking or from your environment. 

The scripture also says that we should not be overly concerned with our outward appearance. It doesn't mean that we cannot seek to look our best, but I believe the message behind a quiet spirit also means being quiet in the way we dress. Even the way that we cloth ourselves should reflect Christ. We should not be flashy, or overly consumed with clothing, jewels, and labels. Above all in clothing ourselves we should not be revealing our bodies which are God's temples. Honestly how we look on the outside is worth nothing if we are completely broken on the inside, so that should never be our top priority.

I now know that quiet Spirit is one that reflects the beauty of God both inwardly and outwardly. A quiet spirit is one that has self control. A gentle and quiet spirit is the beauty that God wants us to be concerned with, it's the beauty that he wants us to find attractive, it's also the only beauty that last forever. 

I did not originally have the spirit of gentleness or quietness but as those are fruits of the spirit the closer I am to God the more I can bear his fruit. In turn I have realized that having a quiet spirit doesn't mean women can never speak up but it means that when we do our words should be wise and carefully chosen. Being a woman with a gentle spirit does not mean we can never be strong but it means that in our strength we are good natured, kind, and considerate.

In the quietness and gentleness of our spirit our actions are on display to the people around us. This inner spirit of godliness will be the thing in us that attracts others to Christ.

I am joining Susannah, for this linkup.

Your Turn: What does a gentle and quiet spirit mean to you? Do you feel that gentleness and quietness is a part of your character?

Today I am linking up with the ladies over at the The Quiet Place blog for the share your story linkup. This is a monthly link up where we share about what God has done, is doing or how He came into our lives. We would be delighted if your would share your story either old or new and link it up too.

You can read more of my story here.

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Chipotle & Word With Friends

26 September 2013

A few of my bloggy pals asked me to share what was on my iPhone, I know this is a truly random post but if you are curious like me you might enjoy this. I always like seeing what's on other people's phones - I like to know what apps they find useful, how many pictures they've taken and which games they find fun. Just looking at the homepage of my iPhone I am sure it's evident that I am a minimalist. Of course you can have like 1000+ pages of apps on the iPhone but I hate having to do all that scrolling. So I only have one and if it does not fit on the first page it does not belong on my phone. In recent changes to the iPhone they added the Facetime app, I find that it's totally useless and threw off my organized 4 column by 4 row home screen. I've also organized my apps by color to the best of my ability (there's a little of my OCD shining through, hmph!).

So here are some generic Q&As to what's on my iPhone.

What's your wallpaper? A simple drawing of a Mason Jar with flowers created by Bonnie from the Going Home to Roost Blog. Again I like something that's really simple, before this one I used the monthly calendars that were made by Bonnie. She releases a new one each month when the one for October is ready you can find it here.

What apps do you have organized on your home page? On my home page I have my calendar, clock, camera, settings, photos, newsstand, INSTAGRAM, passbook, and eight sub-folders. You can see more of that below.

What's on your bottom bar? I have my phone, messages, mail, and safari icon's. These are the ones that I most frequently use so they need to be easily accessible.

What are your most used apps? My most used apps are Instagram, the apps in the Ordering, Wellness, and Social sub folders.

What apps do you have listed on second page of your phone? None. I'm a one page woman.

What apps do you most recommend? If you are a photo lover like me INSTAGRAM, I also recommend the Bloglovin app when it's working right, the VSCO cam app for in phone editing, Twitter, Rhonna Designs App, the Youversion Bible app, the Lose it app, the Pink Pad App, and the Chipotle App. Hey don't give me the side eye about the Chipotle one, seriously it's really great to order your food through the app and then pick it up without waiting in line. Take that!

Where can we find you? I can be found on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Words with Friends when I have time.

Like I said I know this was totally random but I hope you enjoyed seeing what's on my phone as much as I enjoyed sharing it. Feel free to do the post yourself I would really like to see what's on your phone too.

Your Turn: What kind of cellphone do you use? What are your top three apps?

Peanut Butter and Jelly?

25 September 2013

Sorry there is no jelly here only this really simple peanut butter cookie recipe - I suppose if you'd like to you could add a bit of jelly between two of these cookies. That sounds like it would be a unique cookie combination, but it's definitely something I was not bold enough to try.

I originally got the idea to try making peanut butter cookies from my mom. We both are clean eating so as a reward for when we finished I wanted to send her a few baked goods. So I asked what her favorite cookie was and she told me peanut butter cookies. Having never made them I looked high and low for a vegan recipe. I found a simple recipe to tweak, and then after working with it I realized that there are two types of peanut butter cookies. There is a crunchy one and then there is a chewy one. This recipe is the crunchy one. I actually prefer my cookies crunchy so that I can dip them into cold milk but after trying this cookie I think the peanut butter flavor is better served in a chewy cookie. But that's totally my opinion!

Even though these cookies weren't what I was hoping for they were a welcomed surprise. Once I realized the cookies came out crunchy I decided to use them to make a few peanut butter cookie sandwiches. I did this by spreading fresh peanut butter between the center of two cookies. When my husband came home from work he had a cookie sandwich before dinner and told me that there were delicious.

They are the most beautiful treat I have every made but these tiny cookies pack a mighty punch. The best thing about this recipe is that is vegan, uses few ingredients, and takes little time to whip up. The peanut flavor is really rich so before you make these cookies make sure you have some type of milk on hand - it's required. If you like crunchy cookies this is definitely the recipe for you. In the recipe you can use either natural crunchy or creamy peanut butter it's totally your choice. I used creamy peanut butter, in hindsight I think bits of peanuts would have made this recipe tastier.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg*
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

*All ingredients used for this recipe are vegan. Egg is Egg Replacer or a flax egg. I typically use whatever I have on hand, both work great in this recipe.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees before prepping your ingredients. Move cooking racks to the upper third of the oven to insure cookies are cooked evenly.

In a bowl mix the egg, peanut butter, sugar, and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

Once mixed spoon 1 TBSP of the mixture on a parchment or silpat mat lined cookie sheet. Make sure the cookies are at least 1.5 inches apart. This recipe should make about 18-20 cookies.

After you have scooped the cookie dough balls onto the sheet flatten them with a fork or your thumb.

Then bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Be sure to watch these cookies for the full ten minutes. I had the best results when I switched position of the cookie sheet 5 minutes into baking while babysitting them to make sure they did not burn.

When the cookies have fully baked place on cooling rack immediately to prevent charring.

Pour a huge glass of milk, eat, and enjoy!

Your Turn: What is your favorite cookie? Do you prefer cookies chewy or crunchy?

A Dripping Faucet

24 September 2013

Today marks another month completed of marriage goals. I am somewhat pleased with the progress, besides a few slips up here and with nagging or being short in patience. Overall I feel as though just making an effort in having more self control has made me a better wife and friend to my husband.

In August I set goals to listen, to be more patient, and to be kinder. My goal for this month was to serve my husband in every way I could think of. This week was another busy week and likely the last for a while as I think the changes of season will help things settle down photography wise. However in my busyness I made more of an effort to extend myself to my husband. I tried to help him at home however I could - I cooked, cleaned, and ran errands for him when I was in town to do it.

My biggest feat by far in serving him was making sure to serve him with peace more than anything else. Nagging is so easy to do but after last week I found a scripture to mediate on so that I could do better for this week.

 A nagging wife is as annoying as the constant dripping on a rainy day. Proverbs 27:15 NLT

I really don't want to be compared to a dripping faucet, or a rainy day. I want to be sunshine in my husband's life. Some days I was very much annoyed when he came home, mostly with things that had nothing to do with him. Thankfully by the grace of God I was given the self control to resist ranting about what went wrong in my day or to complain about things I felt he had done wrong. My husband usually does ask how my day was and when he does I just blab out everything good or bad. When he asked how my days had gone this week I told him it was good if it was and if it wasn't I said it was okay and left it at that. Sure he asked but reliving all the problems would have done absolutely nothing for either of us. My husband is a closet worrier, he's admitted before that he worries about me when I'm stressed out. So I decided to help him have a peace of mind by omitting the details of a bad day. There was absolutely nothing he could do about it so no sense in having him worry.

From these goals I have learned so much about my husband and a lot about myself. In serving him for this month I have learned that he diligently seeks to make my life easier. Even the times that I have sacrificed to serve him he's come back to do things for me that I did not expect. When I spent the day with him at his work picnic he came home and cleaned the house so that I could relax. When he didn't come through last week for brunch he brought me some small gifts and took me out for dinner. I am happy for his displays of gratitude and affection. I now see that there is great reward in serving others and I don't mean the gifts, but the feeling of joy that comes when you put others first. While I was on this journey to serving my husband I feel that I have grown closer to God. Seriously there is just something godly about sacrificing your needs and wants for others - when we die to ourselves we can live for God and do what He wills us to.

This journey of service, patience, listening, and kindness is far from over. I have been journaling my feelings to God about this change since August and I honestly can't wait to look back and see how far He's brought me and my marriage from.

Your Turn: Did you set any goals for this month, are you working on being better in someway? Tell me all about it below.

Linking up with the wonderful Kalyn and Amberly.

Vegging out on YouTube!

23 September 2013

Two weeks ago I shared with you all my first weekly wishes. I was overwhelmed and feeling pulled in every direction but I knew that it was time to get some stuff taken care of. I did not have a chance to report back to say how that was all going but by the grace of God I go a lot of stuff done.

My wishes were to:
Order, Organize, and Occupy.

I needed to Order several things from Amazon and Vitacost. So that was a check.

I also needed to Organize my photos and archive some of them. I also needed to organize my home. That was also a check.

I said that I wanted to Occupy my free time with doing more productive things. That was a fail!

This week I had about 10 hours that were free and I wasted them again watching YouTube videos. I mean it could be worst I could have been vegging out on episodes of Pretty Little Liars instead, hehe. Honestly after a long day of shooting that's the one thing that I do to relax, but it's not productive at all. That same week I did some portraits of my husband and I, they still have not been retouched. So I could have used a few hours for that instead.

So my wishes for this week are:

To retouch our photos so they can be ready for Christmas Cards and sent to people that have not had a photo of us since our wedding in 2005.

I also need to pack up the clothes that no longer fit and take them to Goodwill.

My desk need to be organized too. Seriously I have ten drawers on my desk but nothing is in them everything is on top! I am usually more of a tidy person than this but I have had no time.

To bake again, it's been more than a week since I made something. I am mulling over making my first fall related recipe since it's officially Fall, so stay tuned for that.

My last wish for this week is to relax without vegging out to YouTube or any electronic source. I am hoping for a date with a book in Bryant Park this week. I hope it can happen.

Your Turn: What are your wishes for this week? What do you need to get done?

Faithful Friday: White Rainbow

20 September 2013

Eight years ago when I married the love of my life my Father was not there to give me away but my Pastor was. He had been married for 42 years at the time that my husband and I vowed to love each other forever. My Pastor and his Wife were our role models for a godly marriage and what they instilled in us through counseling and conversations was priceless. Less than two months after being married I received a call letting me know that our beloved PawPaw had died. While I was crushed and devastated about his death, at the wake I started to feel even more broken after seeing the way his wife MawMaw had pretty much withered away. She was all cried out at this point and devoid of emotion, she sat there slumped over in her seat  undoubtedly praying for God to take her too. I could never imagine the pain of living without my husband of 2 months. So I couldn't think about what that pain would feel like after 42 years of marriage. It's God's desire for us to become one in marriage so when you achieve that oneness and then your spouse dies, I imagine it's like dying yourself.

A few months later I found a scripture about widows that solidified what God was already telling me. I was to care for widows.

So I contacted MawMaw who has no granddaughters, and I just continue to be kind to her. To let her know I cared about her and loved her. She was like another grandma to me. Even though MawMaw had experienced a great loss she was still blessed. She had a son, daughter, and grandchildren who loved her immensely. She could still be loved, she could still be seen in public and be treated like a human being, unlike the widows of India.

Widows in India are never consoled after the loss of their husbands. They are thrown to the wayside and sentence to a life of suffering until they die. They are forbidden to remarry, wear colorful clothing, eat foods that are tasty, or to look beautiful (jewelry, makeup, and long hair is prohibited). They are typically shunned in public, looked at as a bad omen  basically they are believed to be useless. Widows in India are discarded and with no one to care for them they are typically poor, abused, and even sold into human trafficking. Many of these widows were already victimized by being child brides, some of them have children from their husband or as a result of rape  these children suffer alongside their mothers in poverty. In India a city called Vrindavan is known as "The City of Widows", where there about 30,000 widows living on the streets  homeless, hungry, and deprived of all their basic needs. Many of these woman survive on the streets by begging, prostituting, singing or dancing in 4-8 hour increments only to be given a bowl of rice.

[The above photo is of a child widow portrayed in the movie Water via]
There are only a few organizations that are supporting widows in India and they are in need of resources and exposure about the plight of these women. As Christians we are called by God to care for widows.
If a Christian woman has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for widows who are truly alone. ~ 1Timothy 5:16 NLT
One of the organization that I support is a Christian organization called The White Rainbow Project. They are a group of people who bring the word of God and resources to these Widows in India. They provide them with their physical and spiritual needs and train them so that they can obtain jobs to care for themselves and their children.

To help you can donate and spread the word about the Widows in India, if you are interested in sponsoring a widow you can do that individually or with a group from your church or family. All information about sponsoring can be found on The White Rainbow Project site.

Check out the short video below to learn about what these women endure. If you want to learn more watch these two movies that are true depictions of the lives of widows (White Rainbow and Water) they are both available on Netflix.

I hope this cause truly touches your heart and sets you into action. My pastor's wife's time as a widow came to a happy ending when she remarried a few years ago. While I do not discount that she still grieves her first husband I do know she comforted by God, her new husband, and her children. Let's give these Widows and their children a happy ending, let us work together to help the oppressed like God has called us to do. 
Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. ~ Isaiah 1:17 NLT
This issue sits on my heart daily as I imagine these women being deprived of love. It's wrecks me to think that they are hungry, cold, and unloved - but through our mercy, compassion and kindness they can experience God's love.

Your Turn: Tell me about a cause that is near and dear to your heart. How did you find it? Feel free to link your own post about it in the comments so I can check it out.

Absolutely No Bread.

19 September 2013

Counting the days until I can say Happy Fall Y'all! Although the weather has been in the 50's Fall does not officially start until the 22 of this month. So we Fall lovers have 3 more days to go.

Loving that I have talked to my brother on the phone for the past three days. I miss the fun we had together when we were kids. We used to be so close, my heart always skips a beat when I see Big Bro on my caller ID. I love him!!

Planning my next DIY project. So excited to share it with you all.

Studying how to love like Jesus loves. Learning is easy applying what I have learned is the challenge.

Hoping for Christmas vacation to come soon because I really miss my family.

Wanting to have some bread. I am almost done with clean eating but these last few days are tough. I am craving pasta, garlic bread, and toast like nobodies business - but I can't have bread. At least not yet.

Shopping for jeans, I never find jeans that fit but now I have. Excited to be reaping the rewards of clean eating.

Learning that what we do while we are waiting counts. Thanks for the wonderful reminder Kalyn.

Writing all my recipes down in my new recipe journal hoping to finally get my foods organized. Thinking I should take small pictures of each dish and print them for the journal. Thoughts?

Expecting life to get back to normal and for the busyness of this season to fade away - I am feeling slightly worn like I am in need of a sabbatical.

Praying for a deeper relationship with God.

Preparing to start a small group. I am nervous yet excited all at the same time.

Desiring more time with the people I love.

Drinking peppermint tea without sugar. It could be so much better if it were sweet.

Wearing my wonderful 100% cotton robe from IKEA. Don't give me the side eye this robe is wonderful and plush, definitely spa and hotel quality.

Your Turn: What are you currently up to? Any awesome plans for today?

Who's Birthday Is It?

18 September 2013

Actually it's no ones birthday, does it have to be someone's birthday to eat cake? In my household that was a resounding NO. We rebel and eat cake whenever we want to!

It's been a while since I had cake and right now I still can't have any cake but I thought I would share my favorite vegan recipe with you all. I have given this recipe to several friends who will testify to how yummy it is. This recipe is also perfect for making cupcakes too.

It's so delicious you would not know it was vegan if I didn't tell you. Most of the time when people think about vegan cakes they think dry or tasteless. I assure you this cake is moist and the flavor though vanilla packs a mighty punch. Not to mention the frosting is a mock butter-cream that melts in your mouth. 

Making this cake is really simple and I bet you have all if not most of these ingredients in your kitchen right now. So be a rebel, and eat Cake - try the recipe I have written below.

White Vegan Cake


Cake Batter 
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup coconut oil, warmed
1 ¼teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 ½ cups almond milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder

½  cup vegan shortening
½ cup vegan margarine
3 ½cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 ½teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup plain almond milk or creamer


Cake Batter: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a cake pan or prepare a muffin pan for 24 cupcakes. 

Measure the apple cider vinegar into a 2 cup measuring cup. Fill the rest of the way with almond milk until you get to the 1 ½ cup mark. Allow the almond milk and vinegar to sit for 5-7 minutes or until curdled.

 In a large bowl, Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a another bowl, mix together together the almond milk/vinegar mixture, coconut oil and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Spoon the batter into the cake pan or prepared cups, dividing evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven until the top of cake pops up when pressed, about 15 to 20 minutes for cup cakes 35-45 minutes for a single cake. Cool in the pan set over a wire rack. 

Frosting: Whip ingredients together until you have a thick and creamy frosting. Cold ingredients work best for this frosting.

When the cake or cupcakes are cool, frost them with vegan frosting. Frosting and cake can be colored to suit your needs.


Even reliving these photos makes my mouth water. I can't wait to have cake again.
Your Turn: What is your favorite cake flavor? What other recipes would you like to see me make vegan?

You're Such A Nag!

17 September 2013

I don't know about you but I can hardly stand when someone is really whiny and nagging all the time. It's just really annoying. Now imagine dealing with nagging and whining after you have worked a full 8-12 hour shift, wouldn't that just send you over the top? Well my husband fortunately stays cool as a cucumber no matter how much I get on his nerves. This week once again my own life and schedule seemed so hectic that I could hardly contain myself. My photography season is actually settling down now but it's been crazy trying to get all this last minute stuff done, while maintaining my home and social life. I found myself complaining a lot more to my husband when he came home.

I complained about his one dish that was in the sink. I complained about a few of his chin hairs that I found on the bathroom floor. I also complained about how we can't even seem to finish a movie on Netflix because we both have been super busy. Instead of complaining I should have been making my husband glad to come home, I should have told him how much I really miss him when he's gone for about 15 hours working to provide for us. I should have cherished anytime that we had together, but instead I complained.

It took me a few days to realize how much I was failing this week because I simply could not keep all my negative thoughts to myself. My goal to serve my husband extends beyond fixing him a plate of food or washing his clothes. I realized that I also needed to serve him some PEACE and peace does not include nagging, complaining, and whining.

On Sunday I was fortunate enough to snap out of my funk because for another week I will be away handling photography business. I decided to make the most of being home with my hubby bear and decided that we would sleep in and have brunch. Right before I started cooking he got called away for work, he said he would be back before I realized it. As he walked out of the door a test walked right on in. Do you remember last month when I said I was going to work on my patience? Well I guess God just wanted to see how far I had come with that. My husband did not get back home until around 3pm, brunch was a fail and I had fallen asleep.

I didn't even notice when he came home and honestly I was not the least bit upset. I had prayed to wear love that morning when I awoke so I was ready for whatever came my way. My husband was likely expecting me to turn into the HULK so he came home with an olive branch to make it up to me. As I awoke and walked into the living room to start editing some photos I found two gifts laid out for me.

I was really happy for the gifts but at the same I don't want my to be the kind of nagging wife to make my husband feel like he's always doing something wrong. Even though he seemed to tiptoe around me when he came home I fawned over him so that he knew I was okay. I didn't grill him about why he brought the gifts, I just graciously accepted them, I am thankful for a husband that is so thoughtful no matter the case.

This week may not have been as great as I expected it to be but I have learned a lot in the process. By no means do I think my husband is perfect or that I am a terrible wife, I am just a flawed human seeking to be better at the one thing that matters most in my life.

Your Turn: How are you doing in your marriage goals? What are you working on this week?

 Marriage & Relationship Goals

A Bathroom Makeover Story

16 September 2013

We have been in our tiny apartment for over a year now. Originally we were not sure how permanent it would be so we just brought some of our things from Florida and somewhat settled in. This year I feel as though God has been speaking to me to enjoy the things that he has given us no matter how big or small. Our apartment falls into the "small" category. My husband and I decided we would be staying in the city for another year and that's when it hit me. A year is a long time to continue living as if we would be moving out tomorrow  and I am over it. 

I want to make this apartment feel like a home and decided to start making over the spaces we used the most, that's the whole apartment. I narrowed that down a bit and came to the conclusion that our one tiny bathroom needed some love.

This bathroom is by far the tiniest I have ever had. It's so tiny that it took three or more panoramic photos to capture the whole thing. Seriously, the half bath at our home in Florida is larger than this, and the bathroom in our first apartment was larger than this. I guess that's the trade off of living in the city, smaller everything. The biggest issue in our bathroom is lack of storage, we have no where to put most of our toiletries so they spilled over into our bedroom. With that in mind I headed to IKEA to search for a solution to our storage problem. In the beginning I had my mind set on this cabinet for over the toilet but I later realized that it was not deep enough to be functional. My husband and I finally found a two piece cabinet that we thought worked perfectly and the bonus was that the bottom cabinet had mirrors. That was a definite way to make the bathroom seem larger than what it is.

Once we got the storage taken care of I started to visit some of my favorite home decorating stores to look for a new shower curtain. I wanted something with a little design that was fun yet still neutral. Unfortunately I had no luck at my favorite store HomeGoods – almost a week later I found a nice Cynthia Rowley curtain at Marshalls. I continued to look for waste baskets and did not find any cute ones, my husband mentioned that I should just use the one we already had. Leave it to Mr.Fixit to come up with the bright ideas, so we headed to Home Depot to pick up primer and a little spray paint to update the garbage can and q-tip holder.

Even though I know paint on the walls would have made this makeover sweeter we decided against it. It's just too much to paint the walls and then have to repaint them white when we leave. So for now we've decided that white walls are okay. Another issue we ran into was having a place to hang our washcloths. We only have one towel bar and we surely don't want our washcloths on display when our guest come over and use the bathroom. So far whenever we invite people over I scramble to remove our cloths from the bathroom and hang them over the radiator in our bedroom. Did I mention I was over that too? We found a nice handy towel bar and toiletry holder that didn't have to be drilled in – it's suction cupped to the shower walls. Part of me wonders why we didn't think of it sooner. We also got towel hooks for the bathroom door since the over the door hanger was not allowing the door to close.

After Mr.Fixit took care of the storage issue by putting up the towel bar and cabinet it was my turn to assemble the decor and to reorganize the storage shelves. I still have not found the type of wall decor that I wanted but the bathroom still looks tons better than when we started. So far I am happy with the outcome.

Things We Added:
  • Shower Curtain  Cynthia Rowley Emma Medallion from Marshalls
  • Curtain Hooks –  Maytex Metal Rings from Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Upper Cabinet  Lillangen One Door from IKEA
  • Lower Cabinet Lillangen Two Door from IKEA
  • Bamboo Boxes   Dragan from Ikea
  • Towel Rack  Stugvik from IKEA
  • Toiletry Basket Stugvik from IKEA
  • Towel Hooks Blecka from IKEA
  • Bathmat Toftbo from IKEA
  • Soap Dispenser Savern from IKEA Can you tell we love IKEA?
  • Trash Can & QTip Holder – very old from Walmart

Your turn: Which room in your home do you most want to make over? Which store is your favorite for home decor?
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