A Beautiful World

June 28, 2012

How to stage a bathroom:

  • Clear off the counters. Store daily use items in a basket, out of sight, inside cabinet.
  • Remove all medicines to a safe, private place.
  • Remove any and ALL items you are not using, or do not need. Hide feminine protection items.
  • Put cleaning supplies into a new, clean bucket.
  • Clean the bathroom till it looks like new. Tiles, grout, switch plates, air vent covers (these are usually rusty- remove, clean, and spray paint them glossy white).
  • Repair walls and paint, replace missing grout, add new caulking, replace old toilet seat (mandatory).
  • If tub is chipped or stains won't lift, hire someone to re-enamel the tub.
  • Don't store your clothes hamper in the bathroom. Store clothes in laundry room next to washing machine.
  • If your toilet paper holder, towel bars, light fixture, or cabinet knobs are outdated or have seen better days, replace them.
  • Add a new white or neutral shower curtain, as well as fresh towels.
  • Use plush rugs.
  • Tri-fold the towels so the edges are in the rear on the rod.
  • Add greenery. Flowers, ferns.
  • Beach shells are a nice touch.

Create a bath that you'd buy the house for,
just so you could have the bathroom that goes with it!

June 27, 2012


4 large cucumbers, sliced thin
1 medium tomato diced
1 medium onion diced
1 Tbsp salt

1/2 cup cider vinegar
4 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2-1 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Put sliced cucumbers in a strainer and toss with 1 Tbsp salt. Let stand for 30+ minutes. (This draws all the water out of the cucumbers, so either put it on a plate to catch the water or in the sink. I like it on a plate in the fridge so the cucumbers stay cold)
In a large bowl, combine diced tomatoes and onions.

In a small bowl whisk together all the dressing ingredients. When you are ready to serve, rinse the cucumbers to get all the salt off and drain. Add to tomatoes and onions. Toss with dressing.

June 7, 2012

Looking Glam for less!

I absolutely LOVE this idea.  It just makes your bathroom so much more elegant.  Hanging two shower curtains instead of one, gives the illusion of custom made curtains in your bathroom.  Be sure to have chip clips in the shower so you can properly shut both liners together, so you don't have a puddle on the floor after you suds up!
By the way, isn't yellow and gray, a wonderful combo?

June 5, 2012

Organizing can be fun!!!!

OK, it's not a cartwheel but hey, finding your stuff when you need it is...rewarding!!!  Or, maybe not rewarding, but less time consuming.   How about this little trick.  Go buy some inexpensive containers from wally world or target.  If you are like me, you won't get out of there without spending about $100 on other stuff, but I digress.  Buy 6 matching ones, clear boxes!!!!  Shoebox size.  There are countless items in your home you can organize with them!!!!
How about cords?
How about light bulbs???
You know as well as I do, you have STUFF!!!  Lots of STUFF, you can store in these boxes....Here's another idea...
Who doesn't have 10,000 batteries around the house?  People without kids, I guess.  We always have and need batteries.

Anyway, think of how cool this would look in your linen closet?  You would look so..."Martha"!!!  (as in Stewart)  You might even find yourself, doing a cartwheel afterwards.  :)  Happy Organizing....

June 2, 2012

Amazingly Healthy Cold Salad!
In a large serving bowl, whisk together:
5 Tbsp red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1/3 cup cilantro
2 limes juiced
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic

Set aside

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add edamame and boil for 3 minutes.  Add corn to the boiling water and continue cooking for 1 more minute.  Drain very well and pour into the bowl with the dressing.  Gently mix in the cherry tomato's, green onions and black beans.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving!

1 LB package frozen shelled edamame
3 cups Frzn corn
1 pint cherry tomato's
2 cups chick peas
1 can black beans