How To Remove A Wall-Mounted Sink

We finally got everything that we needed to install our new sink, so we were able to take down the old nasty one. This was not hard, but not easy either when we didn't know what we were doing. I had to google search how to do it, and there just wasn't enough relevant tutorials on how to do it so I figured I should make my own. So here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove an old wall-mounted sink, pictures included. You're welcome.


So before I start, I think it's totally necessary to show you pictures of our old sink so you can understand why this had to happen. Obviously there are more pressing matters I could attend to here at the house, but this was one of the less expensive ones and made a huge difference in bringing the bathroom up to speed with the modern world.


 Besides how ugly and just unclean this sink looked, there were two different faucets. I mean, come on, we couldn't even have warm water.



So that's why I decided to buy a new sink. Well, also because I got the vanity on a crazy flash sale at Lowe's for $39 and how the heck could I pass that up? I couldn't.



1. First things first, TURN OFF THE WATER SUPPLY. There should be two knobs for hot and cold, just turn them both off and turn the faucet(s) on and let the water run until it stops.




2. Unscrew the supply lines from the sink and the knobs that you just turned off.




3. Unscrew the P-Pipe from the drain pipe.




4. Now this is the part that is going to require some muscle. The sink is actually mounted to the wall, so there is a wall-mount that it is hanging on. You have to lift the sink straight up to get it off the mount and disconnect it from the pipes. So once you do that, you should see what should look similar to this. Don't forget to put a bucket under the pipes if they're leaking at all because it could take you a while to install the new sink and you don't want any water damage.




5. Now just unscrew the bolts holding it into the wall.




6. And there you have it. You should find plenty of dirt and grossness where your old sink used to be. If not, you probably did something wrong (totally kidding).




Thanks for reading, I hope this helps someone who has no idea what they're doing like I didn't. Stay-tuned for my next post on how to install a new sink.

10 Ideas For Small Bathrooms

Let's face it--we don't all have the money to hire someone to come remodel our bathrooms.
I think most of us can also agree that whoever designed the floor-plan for our house didn't make our bathroom as efficient and spacious as possible. I certainly can relate to both of these things.
While my bathroom is in working condition, there are definitely some improvements that could be made.
Here are 10 things that you can do yourself to make the most use of space in your bathroom.





1. Above-The-Toilet Cabinet

Having a cabinet above your toilet is one of the most efficient uses of space in your bathroom. You can use it for storing all your Bath And Body Works lotions you bought during the semi-annual sale or you can just use it for sitting all your decorations that don't really belong anywhere else in your house. You can find one like this for under $100 at Wal-Mart.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Heritage-Wall-Cabinet-with-Doors-and-Shelf-White/10740452


2. Vanity Sink

If you have sink in your bathroom and you do not have a cabinet under that sink you are wasting precious space, my friend. Pedestal sinks are okay, but vanity sinks are better. Think of all the possibilities, you could have so much more room for activities (and toilet paper)! I scored this vanity sink on clearance at Lowe's for $39 not too long ago and you can too if you just believe.

http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10051&langId=-1&productId=50180459&partNumber=573274-66150-BAD+VBCU2418&storeId=10151&N=0

3. Medicine Cabinet

Medicine cabinets don't have to be for medicine, but they can definitely also be for medicine. They're pretty great, almost like a secret passageway. They're mirrors, but they also hold unknown wonders behind their hidden doors. You too can have your own magical mirror cabinet, like this one from IKEA. Simple, stylish, and super affordable.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10189039/

4. Taking The Door Off The Closet

I first got this idea from my sister-in-law, who moved into a tiny duplex apartment and came up with this since her bedroom closet had no door. I thought it was so super cute, but we were living in an apartment ourselves at the time and all our closet doors were intact. When we moved-in to this house, the upstairs bathroom door and bathroom closet door were just too close together. The bathroom is very narrow as it is, so another door in this space was just too much. When I saw this pin, it caught my eye because of how much it reminded me of my bathroom. I have taken the closet door off, but I have yet to get a tension rod and hang a curtain. It still looks better than the door, though. You can click the picture to find the mastermind behind this space-saver curtain door hack.

http://www.cape27blog.com/2011/02/better-late-than-never/

5. Shelves

If you don't have the space, make the space. Walls are a great thing. They keep the outside out and the inside in, but they also can be used for hanging shelves which serve as a storage area for whatever you want. Whether you put them above the toilet, next to the sink, or in the shower they can hold all your knick-knacks and q-tips and cotton balls. Check out this great use of empty space next to the toilet over at Apartment Therapy from their post '7 Clever Renovating Ideas For A Small Bathroom'.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/renovating-ideas-for-your-small-bathroom-215038?crlt.pid=camp.DfmjYq0T0fFb

6. Closet Storage Baskets

Storage baskets or boxes in your bathroom closet are super awesome. Just decide what kind of stuff you're going to throw in there and just shove it all in and nobody will see it. It uses a lot less space and it totally de-clutters your closet. Check out this fancy-schmancy closet. Oh wait. That's mine. Read more about it and find out where I got those cute baskets from, here. (Sorry for the ugliest picture on this post)

http://diaryofadiymom.blogspot.com/2015/04/bathroom-closet-makeover.html

7. Over-The-Door Towel Holders

 These are a great way to use the space behind your door that you didn't know you had. Whether it's an over-the-door or mounted to the door, towel hooks on your door are great for space-saving as they take up virtually no room at all. Find one like this at Wal-Mart.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/19613410?registryId=99571805223&listId=66f8b561-0dd7-4877-9f55-f0018104a417&listType=WL&listItemId=95df64b4-5418-4b34-b42e-4bc35aed7efe

8. Tiered Trays

I absolutely love this one because it is super stylish and clears your counter-tops right off. Here is a beautiful example from a super awesome blog that I found on Instagram. She is really nice and crazy talented. I just adore her!
https://instagram.com/p/6aaVu9y3nz/?taken-by=hambyhomedecor

9. Shelves Between Studs

This is more of a little renovating project than it is a DIY idea, but it's still super cool and a great way to use space that wasn't being used before. Love this idea! I wish I knew where this came from so I could link back to them, maybe they had a tutorial on how to do this project.


10. Over-The-Faucet Storage

Some of you may like this idea, or you may hate it. Either way, it is a great way to save some counter space in your bathroom. You can find this item at Wal-Mart.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/17324425?registryId=99571805223&listId=66f8b561-0dd7-4877-9f55-f0018104a417&listType=WL&listItemId=bbb5ec86-16b9-4770-a68f-5dafcbafe4d5

Pin Of The Week (7/17/15)

Hey, it's been a while! Sorry for the silence. I have been super busy these past few weeks getting ready for my son's 2nd birthday party (post about that coming later). I have totally been forgetting to do the Pin Of The Week for the last 2 or 3 Fridays now. I am back, things are much calmer and slower now and I have been taking the past week to enjoy it and relax. Well, try to, anyways. There's always stuff to do around here.

Anyways, this weeks pin is something that I found while google-ing (Google'ing? Googling? Googleing? Whatever, you know what I mean.) for something I could make with Vanilla Wafers. I picked them up at the store while shopping for party food and don't really know why or what for. I also happened to pick up some cool whip that I didn't need for anything either. Luckily, this recipe calls for both! The only other ingredient is chocolate candy bars, which I already had in the fridge!

http://themamasgirls.com/cool-whip-truffles/
This picture is from her blog. Mine did not look nearly this good, lol.

Ingredients:

2 – 4.25 oz. Symphony Bars (or other chocolate bars of your choice)
1 – regular size container of Cool Whip
1/3 – box crushed vanilla wafers
1 – 2.25 oz. pkg. pecan chips or finely chopped pecans (optional)

Now, she said to use 2 4.25 oz chocolate bars, but the dark chocolate Hershey Bars that I had on hand were only about 1.45 oz or somewhere around there. I believe I used 6 to get as close to that measurement as possible, but is there really such thing as too much chocolate?

She also used a double boiler to melt the chocolate (which I don't have), so I played it by ear and melted them in the microwave. I could not tell you how long it took, I just kept mixing them up and popping them back in there until it was all melted down.

It was pretty simple to make, but I didn't leave it in the fridge long enough because it was a last minute idea, so when I tried scooping it out it was very sticky and messy. I wish I had had more time because they would have been even better if I had done them right.

I didn't use any nuts on mine, I'm not sure what difference that would have made. I thought they were delicious, either way. Cool whip and chocolate mixed together is like a chocolate cloud from Heaven itself. I could've eaten just that without the vanilla wafers. They were pretty popular at the party (after everyone asked me what it was).

Have you ever made anything similar to this?

Pin Of The Week (7/3/15)

Hey, guys! Sorry I'm a day late on this one, but I found the perfect pin to share with you all today on this beautiful (and not insanely hot) Independence Day!

This one comes from Buzzfeed, 31 Last-Minute Fourth Of July Entertaining Hacks.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/last-minute-fourth-of-july-decorating-tricks?sub=3355525_3200506#.waDqdqb1w

There are some really great (and easy) ideas on that list. Check it out and see if you can do any of these last minute tricks.

Have fun and be safe! Happy 4th of July! :)

Living Room Reveal

Hello, there.

Well, before I begin, I just want to let you all know that I have been pretty busy lately so my posts have been slowing down. I have been working hard to get some content to share and here is what I have for you now.

A lot of hard work has gone into the living room these past few weeks. We have managed to finish painting the walls and trim, as well as pull up the carpet to reveal the beautiful hardwood underneath. My wonderful husband helped a lot with this project and made sure to keep me on task so that we could get this done in a timely manner.

For anyone wondering, the paneling is vinyl, we did not sand before painting, and it took two coats of paint to cover the dark panel color. It was much easier than we expected. In the future when we remove the drop tile ceiling, we will take the paneling down and paint the walls underneath. Until then, this is what we're working with.

I am super excited about this because it is the most used room in the house and also one of the first rooms you see when entering. I had a goal to finish it before Ezra's second birthday and with help from my hubby, I was able to achieve that goal. (My next short-term goal is to paint the trim in the entry way before the party.)

Below you will find before and after pictures of my brand spanking new living room that I am just loving! I still can't get over how much brighter it is in here and how much more welcoming it feels. Enjoy. :)


Before and after.



After pulling up the carpet, painting the walls and trim.



View from the entryway.


When we first moved in, before any of our furniture was in the house.


I have really learned to love the stained glass. I obsessed over this TV stand for a while and got it as a wedding gift.


Old wedding decorations are now being used for TV stand decor.


More recycled wedding decor.


Tealight lantern from IKEA.


I recycled these Starbucks bottles and hot glued some rope yarn (or whatever it's called) and painted them white. I got the branch lights from Kohl's on clearance for $3, score!


This is the flower basket and ring bearer pillow from our wedding. I used scrabble pieces and hot glued them onto the pillow and tied our rings into the bow. You can pick it up at Walmart.


My couch needs a good cleaning, click here to find my "pin of the week" post with a DIY cleaning solution.


I would like to start collecting more books, I love to read. The bookshelf is from IKEA. It is very affordable (currently on sale for $29) and extremely sturdy.


My husband bought this wall art from Kohl's and I like reading it when I'm laying on the couch. It is a nice reminder of true love.


I picked up the silver owl from the dollar store and the scentsy warmer was a wedding gift.


My husband made these himself, he says. I'm not sure if it was some kind of kit or if he actually bought the candles, rocks, glass jars, and mirrored tray with the intentions of turning them into this cute little decoration. Either way, I can't bring myself to light these candles because I just love the look of this on my bookshelf.


My husband got this clock from Kohl's before we met, but as you can see we have lost the pendulum during one of our many moves. A new wall clock is in our future, though I do love this one.




Let me know what you think, I hope you love our new living room as much as I do! :)

Pin Of The Week (6/19/15)

Okay. I have not tried this yet, but my son's birthday is in a few weeks and I REFUSE to have a bunch of people over without cleaning my couch up. So I was searching Pinterest for a DIY couch cleaner and this is the one I found and it makes it seem so much simpler than I was expecting it would be.


This is what her couch looked like BEFORE.

http://551eastdesign.blogspot.ca/2012/05/how-to-clean-microfiber-couch.html
Click the picture to go to the original post


And this is what it looked like AFTER a simple cleaning solution and some scrubbing.

http://551eastdesign.blogspot.ca/2012/05/how-to-clean-microfiber-couch.html
Click the picture to go to the original post


I really hope this works, I am excited to try it. Let me know in the comments if you know another way to clean microfiber couches!

Pin Of The Week (6/12/15)

Hello, all!

I have decided that as a way to keep my blog active and continue posting when I have nothing to report on the house, I will be sharing with you all a favorite pin of mine every Friday. I think it will be a great conversation starter and a way to share some really great info to those who may not use Pinterest.

So, today for the first of many "Pin Friday's" to come I bring you a pin that I found the other day on how to make your own mason jar citronella candles to repel mosquitoes. With Summer just around the corner and the temperatures rising, mosquitoes have been becoming quite bothersome when I'm trying to enjoy some outside time with my son. I was talking to my husband about buying some citronella candles when I came across this.

Here is the pin, which links to the site with more info and detailed instructions on how to make these super cute and effective mosquito repellants.

Picture by Marty's Musings


I have not tried this yet, but I do plan on it soon. Let me know if you've tried it, how it worked for you, and what the cost was versus buying a pre-made citronella candle. Post pics if you have them. :)

Virginia Is For Lovers

If you are someone who likes to travel or have an upcoming vacation, Williamsburg, VA is a spot you have to check out!



Williamsburg is a part of the "Historic Triangle" along with Jamestown and Yorktown which is where the first pilgrims settled in America. You can read more about the history of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown by clicking on their names which are linked to their Wikipedia's. :)

Williamsburg is also a short driving distance to Busch Gardens and Watercountry USA, a theme park and water park owned by Seaworld Parks.

I'm going to be completely honest, it is most definitely the biggest tourist trap I have ever been to in my entire life and I grew up near St. Pete Beach in Florida. They literally have a price tag on everything.

When we first got to Williamsburg, we were completely exhausted. We had been driving all night, for about 9-10 hours, so all we wanted to do when we finally arrived at our hotel at 7:30 in the morning was sleep. We get our son and all our bags out of the car, go inside, I tell the front desk man that we have a reservation and are there to check-in.. he steps aside and points to a little piece of paper and tells us that we can't check in until 3PM! I did not hear a word he said after that because I was so angry and upset. I literally started crying, you do not understand how tired I was. This was the worst, being nearly 600 miles away from our own beds and being told that we can't sleep after being awake for over 24 hours now. We had to drive around in some place foreign to us with both of our phone batteries just about dead. I was half-tempted to try and find somewhere quiet and with little/no traffic and sleep in the car until we could check-in.

We ended up finding the Jamestown Settlement which is a museum and yet another money hungry stop in the Historic Triangle. This place is the Bermuda Triangle for your money, it just disappears. I believe the prices were about $20 (give or take) per person to walk through the museum. We immediately walked back out and started walking back to the car when I noticed a path. We turned and followed it. There was a trail between the trees with the most beautiful smells I have ever inhaled. There is so much honeysuckle! I was breathing in so much of the sweet-smelling air that me and my husband joked that we were going to have to pay for all that extra oxygen I had used. We came upon a sign that said there was a "glass house" ahead. So we kept following the trail and what we found was not what we thought, but actually a bit better than what I had in mind (an actual house made of glass). It was an old building that the pilgrims used to make actual glass products to sell for profit. It was pretty cool watching the modern-day glassblowers make glass jars and vases from scratch. It was also right on the water, so there was a beautiful view of the James River which is connected to the North Atlantic Ocean. I've only ever been to beaches on the Gulf of Mexico (not sure if there's some kind of difference? lol). We had fun exploring here to try to pass the time.

We tried to walk through what is now a bunch of shops in the college town of Williamsburg, VA and were told that we needed to purchase two $40 wristbands to give ourselves a tour. I could live the rest of my life without seeing a lot of things for that ridiculous price. They wanted $80 so we could walk around for a half an hour and peek our heads in some old houses... Uhhh, NO THANK YOU.

I have to tell you, Williamsburg is the weirdest place I've ever been to. There was literally nothing but pancake houses, seafood places, and Christmas shops.. I honestly wish we would have counted. It was seriously the funniest thing. That was the first thing we noticed when we got there was just how many pancake and seafood restaurants there were, and then we started seeing the Christmas stores everywhere. It was really strange. We joked about it the whole time we were there. The first place we ate was a place called "Astronomical Pancakes". It was very expensive (as everything there was, as we would come to find out), but the portions were pretty decent and the pancakes were good. I'm not complaining, I just wish we would have been able to take a to-go box because I would have enjoyed those leftover pancakes (maybe), lol. I was really hungry.

Once we were finally able to check-in to our hotel, we went to our room and straight to sleep.

We woke up around 5 or 6pm. I googled the closest beach to our hotel and it was a little place called Yorktown Beach. We got ready and left, ready to start our vacation. We had no time to waste. It wasn't exactly the kind of beach I was expecting, but it fulfilled our craving for a little salty air and sun and Ezra really loved playing in the sand and throwing water everywhere. Yorktown Beach is located on York River, which is also connected the North Atlantic Ocean. We came. We saw. We got Ben & Jerry's. We went back to our hotel. End of day 1.

We spent the rest of our trip at Busch Gardens, Watercountry USA, exploring the area, and visiting local thrift stores. We even scored a VCR for $5 (which I've been wanting since I discovered the hundreds of VHS's in the basement). All-in-all, it was a very good and much needed vacation. There was definitely some crazy and stressful times during the trip, but there were just as many beautiful and fun memories made. :)

Click here to view pictures from our trip.


P.S. I am currently working mostly on outside while the weather is still nice, so the next posts I do will be progress on the garage and my garden. Bear with me please. I'm working hard to post as much as possible!

10 Gift Ideas For Mother's Day

With Mother's Day fast approaching, you're probably wondering what to get for the woman that raised you. Every woman is different and of course it's never about the gifts, but who doesn't like a day all about them? Here are some great gifts I've found, I had to convince myself not to buy my own Mother's Day present on some of them.




1. Origami Owl necklaces are super cute and we all know a distributor or two, but let's be honest.. They can get pretty expensive and the only reason anyone would pay that price is to help out a friend. Kohl's has a cheap alternative. The Blue La Rue collection has charm locket necklaces and bracelets. You can buy a pre-made locket or make your own. Either way, they are a great way to show mom how much you love and appreciate her and it will make her think of her kiddos when she wears it.

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2190168/blue-la-rue-crystal-stainless-steel-125-in-round-1-mom-charm-locket-made-with-swarovski-elements.jsp





2. Being a mom is a 24/7 job. Sometimes, a lady just wants to be comfy and relax for a little (while she can). That's why a robe is a great gift for mom. Maybe you could get some nice, soft slippers to go with it too.. :)

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-waffle-knit-robe-gilligan-o-malley/-/A-16481818#prodSlot=_1_6





3. You know how you smell something and it takes you back to a memory? I'm sure most can agree that mom had a favorite perfume or lotion when you were a kid that you smelled as an adult and it reminded you of the time when you were 12 and your mom dropped you off for school everyday before work (or something like that). Perfume is a great gift for any woman in your life.

http://www.sephora.com/daisy-P191858?skuId=1029941





4. CHOCOLATE. Everybody loves chocolate, especially women, especially women who are moms. While this basket is a little costly, it looks just delectable. I couldn't stop myself from adding this one to the list. I would be totally okay with receiving a big basket of these delicious goodies for Mother's Day. Some people want diamond rings, I just want everything in this basket of chocolate. And who says you have to buy it from a store pre-made? Get creative, make it yourself! Throw some goodies together. Mom will love seeing you put your baking skills--that she most likely taught you--to good use.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306620441&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446244572&R=457021131372&P_name=Mrs.+Prindable%27s&N=306620441&bmUID=kQfTp5w





5. If you can't afford for someone else to pamper your mother, you could always give her all the tools she needs to pamper herself. Gift sets like this are perfect for a Friday night when mom just wants to relax after a long week.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/burt%27s-bees-tips-n%27-toes-kit/ID=prod6061306-product





6. If you can afford to send mom for a day of pampering, get her a gift card for a well-deserved massage or send her for a mani/pedi treat at her favorite salon.

https://www.massageenvy.com/gift-cards.aspx





7. Not a lot of people like grocery shopping. Grab your mom's shopping list and go grocery shopping for her! Imagine her surprise when you show up with bags of groceries for her to put away that she didn't have to shop or pay for. What a thoughtful gift, you thoughtful child, you.






8. Wash her car and fill up the gas tank! It's almost summer, April showers are bringing May flowers. Spring cleaning isn't over just yet. Make her car all shiny and new, maybe get one of those smelly things that hang from the rearview mirror, vacuum the carpets, and make her gas go from E to F(ree gas). Who wouldn't like that? This is assuming your mother will let you borrow her car.






9. Take her on a date! She's your mother, take her out somewhere special and talk about good memories you have together. It will make her feel good and you might even make her cry (happy tears!). Quality time is always the greatest gift you can give your mother, especially when you're out on your own living your own grown-up life.






10. Last, but certainly not least, there's always the classic: flowers and a card. Even better if you pick the flowers from mom's garden and make the card yourself. :)






I hope you like some of these ideas, and if not, maybe this will get your creative juices flowing and will help you come up with some great ideas for mom this Mother's Day.


Happy Mother's Day to all the mommy superheroes out there!