Renovation Series. Ensuite Makeover and Wayfair GIVEAWAY !

I am really excited about today’s blog post! Not only will I be sharing the details on our budget-friendly ensuite makeover but I have partnered with Wayfair to give away $150! So have a read, get inspired and find out how you can enter to win!

When doing a massive renovation often people will invest their money into spaces that will give them a good return, kitchens and bathrooms are typically at the top of that list. As you all know we did a major overhaul on our entire house and basically stripped it back to its original bones. When creating the budget for our monster reno we needed to be smart about trying to salvage things that weren’t too dated.

 

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Original Master Bathroom

 

The master bathroom was one of the areas that had a lot of opportunities to save money. The previous owner had renovated the ensuite about 5 years prior and invested quite a pretty penny into it. It would have been irresponsible and ridiculous of us to completely gut the space. However, the truth is, this space didn’t really jive with the rest of the house design. We had to work in a small amount of money to the budget to revamp the space and give it a more modern, and fresh feel.

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The one thing I really didn’t like about the bathroom was the newish steam shower. I mean, I was kind of excited about the idea of inheriting a steam shower…but, on the other hand, I was far from excited about the tile choice the previous owner had picked. I looked into so many options to possibly cover or replace it but the cost to demo and redo the shower was double our entire ensuite budget. I was stuck having to use the shower as the focal point and overall color scheme.

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The vanity was also something that needed to be updated. I didn’t want to replace the vanity as it was really well built of solid wood. I removed the center countertop piece and sold the old granite and sinks online. I kept the main bottom piece to the vanity and had our painter spray and paint it light gray. I picked up some utensil storage organizers for the drawers to keep the space clean and organized. I also picked up some inexpensive handles and knobs from Lowe’s and easily replaced the old ones on my own.

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Our electricians wired some lighting in the mirror wall that I asked to be centred to the new sinks. I chose an affordable light option that I was able to find on Wayfair and our glass and mirror friend, Rodger, was able to create cutouts for the fixtures so that the lights appear to be coming out of the mirror.

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I removed all the old linoleum tiles myself from the space and had our electrician add the in-floor heating. We chose a very affordable, simple, white speckled grey 12×24 porcelain tile for flooring. The tile needed to tie in the busy shower and pull from the grey vanity. This tile wouldn’t be my first choice but it ended up working out nicely and keeping the space simple and bright.

In order to stay on budget, we went with an entry level brilliant white quartz for our countertops. We purchased new undermount bathroom sinks in a square shape to give it a more modern feel. The previous owner had purchased all high-end Grohe bathroom fixtures so we were able to reuse these and they worked out perfectly.

In the end, we were able to stay on budget and the total overhaul for the ensuite renovation came to just under $2500. This space now has a similar flow and feel to the rest of the house and we didn’t have to spend a fortune. Is this my dream bathroom? No, but it’s clean, simple, modern and very functional.

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS! Now I am giving YOU the opportunity to get yourself some bathroom or vanity organization stuff… lighting, towels, vanity trays, or anything you really want or need from WAYFAIR!!

In partnership with Wayfair, I am giving you the chance to win a $150 Wayfair gift card! All you have to do is:

  • Follow @Move.Play.Mom and @Wayfair 
  • Like my Bathroom Vanity Instagram Post
  • Tag a friend – Tag as many individual friends as you want, each new tag counts as an entry!
  • Follow the blog for an extra entry!

Contest closes Wednesday, August 15th! Winner will be announced live on Instagram Stories Wednesday night so stay tuned!

Till the next post,

moveplaymom

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Back To School. Make life a little easier by gearing up for back to school lunches with simple, eco-friendly​ and sustainable​ choices!

School lunches are not what they used to be. I was born into an Italian family who owned a grocery store. You can only imagine what my lunches looked like. Paninis packed with provolone, eggplants, mortadella, mustard, salami, the list can go on.

My dad would pack my lunch daily at the store and would always throw in a couple of bocconcini, salametti slices, tomatoes, yogurt and pear nectar juice. First off the smell emanating from my plastic baggy wasn’t one a kid in grade 6 wanted to share. Children don’t particularly appreciate the pungent scents of roasted garlic, sauteed onions or cured smoked prosciutto. Secondly, there was a lot of garbage…plastics utensils, cellophane, aluminum…left over that ended up in the landfill and didn’t get recycled. Hey…it was the 80’s…

Today, our household tries to keep things as simple and zero waste as possible, and that includes the SCHOOL and CAMP Lunches. We have been using most of these products for just over 2 years and they still look pretty much brand new! How’s that for reusable! Today I’m sharing with you how you can make your children’s (and yours!) lunches equally environmentally friendly. Check out my list and links below.

Here are my top 5 ways that can make lunches sustainable, eco-friendly, healthy and fun for everyone in your home!

  1. First of all, don’t be an Italian dad who owns a grocery store! Include your child in the lunch making decisions. It’s time spent together, talking about healthy choices and teaching your little one new skills! We love to use a bento-style lunch box at our home. Both my 6 and 10-year-old love being able to chop their veggies, cut their wrap sandwiches and pick out their snacks and fruit. We use the YUMBOX. There are so many bento style boxes on the market but I did the research for you! I wanted to get something that was leak proof (am I right moms?!) Something that would have more than two or three compartments, this one has 6!  YUMBOX checked off all the right boxes (pun intended!) We got ours on the Cute Kid Stuff Website, Click here to see the YUMBOX BENTO STYLE BOXES. unnamed-1

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  2. Bambu Kids Fork and Spoon sets. When I was a kid my mom would literally put a brand new plastic spoon daily into my lunch bag for my yogurt. My kids love taking applesauce (which can go in the Yumbox and it will not spill over) They also enjoy taking yogurt as well. So we opted to get some certified organic, PVC and BPA free, no phthalates; bamboo spoons, and forks. My boys literally use the 18+ m spoons listed here. I love that they are a small, cute, compact, easy to pack and easy to wash! We got ours online at Earth Hero, BAMBU FORK AND SPOON SET.
  3. S’ip by Swell, or any reusable water bottle. Gone are the days of juice boxes and glass pear nectar bottles (by noon, on a hot day, these were gross btw! thanks dad, haha) My boys like to have COLD COLD water! I love the S’ip by Swell, the prints are cute and the water is cold and ice sometimes doesn’t melt! Water stays cold all day long. There are a ton of great options on the market for water bottles. We picked ours up at Indigo in Canada, click here for the Rocket Power model!  S’ip by Swell 

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  4. Beeswax wraps! I have been using Bee’s Wrap – available online at Earth Hero or Beeswrap.com. These reusable wraps will replace your plastic baggies, cellophane wraps or aluminum (oh yes my dad wrapped that smelly panini up in aluminum) These help store your food safely and sustainably. You can wrap a sandwich, cheese, produce…YES!

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  5. Bumkins Snack Bags. These are the only snack bags we use. The kids can pack almost anything into these super cute pouches. These are a fun way to replace single-use plastic baggies. Eco-friendly, BPA, PVC, Vinyl free…These are super easy to clean with a great liner made from easy to wipe fabric. You can toss these in the dishwasher top rack to clean. They are easy to zip (because let’s be honest my boys never get the ziplock closed properly…and the snacks end up everywhere!) These are also from CUTE KID STUFF…check them out here, BUMKINS REUSABLE SNACK BAGS. There are different sizes and styles to choose from!

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    So many fun prints and options! photo from Cute Kid Stuff Website.

Easy Peasy, Eco-friendly, Reusable and Fun Lunches! We pack all these items into their lunch kits (the yumbox will fit perfectly into most lunch kit) and off they go!

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I am a huge fan of the website, Earth Hero, they have done an amazing job of curating all the best products for a zero waste, eco-lifestyle. For those of you interested in a 10% discount on your next order at EARTHERO.COM use my code: MOVEPLAYMOM

Till the next post,

moveplaymom

 

Mompreneur Series. Five words to keep you motivated and positive, even when it gets hard.

When someone asks you to name 5 words about how you feel in your role as a mompreneur, or entrepreneur, or business owner…what five words immediately come to mind?

I know what you are thinking…

  • busy
  • overwhelmed
  • pressured
  • overworked
  • guilty

I know this because recently I sat with two moms who are launching their own business and THESE were their exact emotions. These beautiful ladies should have been reveling in all the excitement of starting something. We decided at that moment to make a change. I stopped them both and asked them to really reflect on the positives. We had a wonderful coffee together, and they left feeling totally different. They felt excited about this exercise and it forced them to really come back to why it was they chose to take on being mompreneurs in the first place! Well mama’s we got each other’s backs, and now I got yours too…

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Sure we all feel the emotions listed above! Starting or owning a business can be busy, and overwhelming at times. There is a lot of pressure that one can put on themselves to be successful and often that leads us to become overworked. Of course lastly, especially as a mom, we feel guilt. Guilt that we aren’t spending time with our family, not getting chores done around the house, guilt that you might not make it your child’s hockey game. Clearly, I’ve been there (and I AM Canadian), we have all been there!

I challenge you today to stop choosing the words that carry a negative vibe! If you are on a mission; You have a product you believe in, a service to offer that you want to pursue, you have a skill or idea to share…then do it! and take ownership of how amazing it is that you are putting this out into the world. Sure, we will all feel those five emotions up there at some point on our journey, if we didn’t, I would think something is off…

But it’s time to think of 5 emotions that boosts your confidence. 5 words that will harness your positive energy around your project, that makes you want to continue to make a difference…reach out for support, lean into your fears, let go of the guilt…5 positive emotions.

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here’s mine:

  • determined
  • ambitious
  • collaborative
  • motivated
  • inspired

Alright, girls, I am putting this one back on you! I really want you to take the time to reflect. Maybe ask a friend and work on this together. Nothing better than a great excuse to get together with your bestie to open up, support one another and empower each other.

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Reflect on your 5 words. These are your 5 special words. Write them down and maybe post them by your workspace as a gentle reminder to you that even when it’s hard…you can feel amazing! If you would like maybe comment here and share your words with us, I would be honored to hear! or please share what you think!

till the next post,

moveplaymom