White and Gold Modern Bathroom Remodel

Since moving into our home we have remodeled essentially the entire house. We have done the kitchen and laundry room, the flooring, the landscaping in the front and back yards, and now we finished our second remodeled bathroom the master bath. I’d love to say I am now an expert at what to expect when doing a remodel, but the truth is you never can know what to expect. One thing I have learned though it all is it will usually be twice as long as you expected and double your budget.

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This remodel was no different! Everything I wanted for it was always more expensive and hard to find! However, this time I was ready for it, and didn’t rush anything or stress myself out. Our faucets were a little more expensive, and the shower head to match was impossible to get shipped to California because of the drought issue (even though it didn’t come with a valve that controlled the water regulation.) Three weeks later and a few phone calls to my contractor to help find just what I wanted, we had it here and installed!

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Next step were the counter tops. We had to visit a few places because they all said they couldn’t get me the quartz Calcutta Gold I wanted, for the small size I wanted. Home Depot could get it for me but I had to spend a minimum of 1,500 for a small countertop. I was ready to spend it, when.. my contractor’s countertop guy found one in Bakersfield! This is an hour drive from me but a quick stop on our way home from Disneyland!

Incase you are wondering why I wanted this countertop so badly its because we have quartz in our kitchen that we did back in 2013 before it was as popular and I have been obsessed with it. I cut right on it and use food coloring along with other wear and tear, and it never stains and leaves a scratch. Flash forward to 2017 and I had to have the marble look in our guest bathroom. It was the worst choice ever! It was scratched before our bathroom was even finished (poor choice in contractors) and cannot be polished out. I have talked to several countertop specialists. It probably wouldn’t be noticeable to anyone who visits but I know, and knowing means that that's all you’ll see everytime you go in there now. So, now 2 years later I still wanted that marble look but without the upkeep and having to be extremely careful with it. So we went with quartz again and found a gorgeous tile to match!

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Now the bathroom was all done and I needed to decorate. Joanna Gains and Target came in handy having affordable and adorable pieces to finish it off! Let’s face it, after the rest of that remodel some affordable décor was welcomed LOL. Another little touch was some of the cutest toilet paper from No. 2, which I now have in my guest bathroom as well! So cute!!

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I hope this helps with your next bathroom remodel and doesn’t discourage you in one bit! Although there will always be a few bumps in the road, its always worth the drive!

Happy Remodeling, Amanda Warren

Laundry Worth Fighting Over

Starting in high school my Mom and I often wore similar sizes, so I found myself borrowing her clothes all the time. Even though I totally had more than enough of my own clothes! (Mama’s take care of their babies) She seemed to act like she didnt mind much except I wouldn’t really wash them the way she wanted and probably took care of them far less than she would. Now, flash forward about a decade and I live in the house behind her, and we still share clothes, and she’s STILLL telling me how to wash them! As a nice bartering gift I decided we both deserved a nice laundry caddy and that we could both put them to good use! Clevermade has the best bags! We always use them for errand running, as well as work and pleasure. From on sight weddings i’m doing hair for (see previous post here) to over night travel! When I saw they had collapsible laundry bags I had to get my hands on them! You can see in the photos below the bag collapses down flat for easy storage and when in use has snaps on the sides that keep it sturdy! These are the best bags ever!! Shop all Clevermade here. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see Mama Helen’s laundry tip!

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Tip from Mom on Laundry: Use Dawn dish soap if you get grease or oil on your clothing! It will help cut the grease and remove the stain.

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Decorating a power girl's Office

Now that I am working more from home I decided I needed to redecorate my office and make a creative space for me to work out of. I needed a bright space with touches of pink!

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I added a rack for my clothing to shoot soon or to use when I am picking out clothes for our next trip. I also added these cute Scout storage boxes. The bottom box is to store all of my Matrix supplies and the top for my paperwork, files and taxes. I was lucky enough to find everything pretty much at Amazon (all linked below just click on photo)

The photos above are from   Desenio.com   and can be found on their website.

The photos above are from Desenio.com and can be found on their website.

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I needed a space that was functional and helped inspire me! It truly changes your outlook when you have a place to work from everyday that keeps you happy and upbeat!

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The Perfect Gift For The Man Who Has Everything!

The Holiday season is upon us and the last gift I always have to buy is for the most difficult man to shop for. He’s the one who needs nothing and has everything. Sound familiar?? I came up with a fun gift for that exact man that is practical, and something he will love!

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I’d like to start this gift by picking a cute and light weight toiletry bag. He can use this at home to hold all of his products. It’s also great for travel when he is on the road and exploring! I fill it with hair products, brushes, and all the things you know come in handy for anyone… Not sure which hair care items will be the right one for him? Let me narrow that list down for you!

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First, I start with a shampoo. The shampoo I love to for a man’s gift is “Grow” shampoo by Johnny B. It contains plant extracts that deeply cleanse the scalp. It also removes impurities from the hair bulb letting hair growth continue to happen. This shampoo is not just for the man who is needing help with growth but a great choice for all men looing to keep their hair optimally healthy and strong.

Next, I pair the shampoo with a conditioner. I like the “Conditional” by Johnny B. Their special formula contains Jojoba for treating dryness, amino acids for shine, and hops for thicker looking hair. This can be used on all hair types to give healthy shiny hair. Perfect for ANY man!

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Now that you have a shampoo and conditioner picked out I like to add a styling aid. This can be a little harder to pick out if you don’t know what he uses. So I narrow this down to two different types.

  1. Control, which is a gel. This will be more for someone who enjoys volume. As well as long lasting hold, that never gets flaky ( thanks to its alcohol free formula). This gel is easy to wash out, and never gets sticky, greasy or oily. It also gives hydration to all hair types and volume to fine hair.

  2. Molding Paste is for the man you’re shopping for that likes natural shine with heavy duty hold! This paste accentuates the natural hair texture to create any edgy look. Great for every rocked out style with maximum hold.

Both of these products can work in so many ways. You really can’t go wrong with either! Johnny B is my favorite go- to for all the men I have sit in my chair. The smells of each product are clean and never over powering. They don’t lose their hold or get runny or flaky during the day as you are sweating and keeping up a busy life. This makes them a great choice for all ages!

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Lastly, I like to add something in the bag that every man can use… a brush or comb! In this gift I went with the Feels Brush. This brush is soft, flexible and gentle. It’s great for anyone and an ideal accessory for those with sensitive scalp who want to promote less breakage and add more shine.

These are my favorite things to give to the man who has it all! Other cute things to add in could be:

  • A protein bar (who doesn’t love a snack)

  • Johnny B Shave Cream, has medicinal-like ingredients that help with a friction free shave.

  • Johnny B Beard Oil (helps with conditioning, hydrating and growth)

  • After Shave, Johnny B has a great one that smells amazing and doesn’t use alcohol

  • Mouth wash and/or tooth paste

I hope this helps with shopping ideas during this crazy time of year! Have a Merry Christmas and have fun shopping for the man who has it all!