Gift Guide: Bathroom Luxuries & Relaxation

If your friend or family member enjoys nights spent relaxing in the tub, skip the spa gift certificate and gift them something a little more personal this holiday season. From bath pillows to monogrammed slippers, here are some Modern Bathroom-approved bathroom luxuries that your friend or family member is sure to love. While you’re at it, throw in a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne or a bottle of their favorite wine, because who doesn’t love to sip on some bubbly while relaxing in the tub?

Bath Pillow

If your friend or family member loves to read or meditate while in the bath, they already know there’s nothing worse than having to stop because of a crick in their neck. So instead of being forced to cut their bath time in half, why not purchase them a comfortable bath pillow? The Original GORILLA GRIP Non-Slip Bath Pillow features a powerful gripping technology, so the pillow won’t gradually slip into the water with use. Ultra-soft and sooth to the touch, the bath pillow is manufactured from more than 2” of luxurious padded foam. Designed with shoulder and neck support in mind, these non-slip bath pillows are guaranteed to fit any size bathtub.

Clarisonic

Clarisonic’s line of sonic face and skin cleansing and exfoliating brushes are the perfect gift for the men, women, or teenagers on your list. Available with customizable brush heads manufactured specifically for reducing dark spots, treating sensitive skin, cleansing deep into pores, prepping the skin for shaving, or treating acne-prone skin, there’s something for everyone on your list in Clarisonic’s line of products. Clarisonic also sells gift sets so you can gift your friend or family member everything they’ll need to get started. Plus, if you sign up for auto-delivery of replacement brush heads, you’ll receive 20% savings and complimentary shipping.

Monogrammed Slippers

If you’re looking for a truly personalized gift, you can’t go wrong with a pair of monogrammed slippers- just double check the spelling of your friend or family member’s first and last name first! (We’re looking at you, Catie spelled with a “C”!) This gift is especially perfect for a newlywed couple and can easily be paired with a matching, monogrammed robe. There are a wide variety of monogrammed slippers available for sale on Etsy, and some can even be purchased in bulk or with a matching robe. For a gift that screams “luxury” head to Nordstrom, choose a pair of premium slippers, and have them monogrammed separately by a local seamstress.

LUSH Gift Set

LUSH is a company known for their line of fresh, all-natural, and organic bath, shower, and make-up products. If the friend or family member on your list is vegan or staunchly opposes animal testing, click on over to LUSH’s website as many of their products are vegan-friendly and every single one is cruelty-free. A perennial LUSH favorite is their line of bath bombs- a ball that you toss in the bath and is exploding with essential oils, flower petals, and tons of fizzy fun. Plus, if you’re too busy (or lazy!) to wrap the gift yourself, LUSH has a huge selection of pre-wrapped gifts that come fully wrapped and ready-to-gift.

Gift Guide: Bathroom Tech & Fun

Everyone has at least one tech geek in their life, so why not surprise them with a techy Christmas present instead of the usual gift card? The gadget-obsessed spend a lot of time thinking about the living room, kitchen, and home security, but an impressive bathroom is just as important as state-of-the-art kitchen appliances. Here are some Modern Bathroom-approved bathroom gadgets and gift ideas for the techies on your Christmas list. If you’re tired of gifting American Express gift cards, surprise your friends and family with one of the hi-tech bathroom gadgets below.

Simplehuman Sensor Mirror

You’ve probably heard that natural light is the best type of light for the bathroom, but what if your friend or family member’s bathroom is sans windows or a skylight? The Simplehuman Sensor Mirror uses an innovative light system to stimulate natural sunlight so men and women alike can see their full color variation. Plus, the mirror automatically lights up when a user’s face approaches the mirror and, since the cordless mirror packs a long-lasting LED that can apparently last for up to 100 years, battery life won’t be a problem. With up to 5X magnification, the mirror will allow your friend or family member to see their entire face all at once or a specific feature in exceptional detail.

Kolibree Smart Toothbrush

Perfect for younger children on your list, the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush makes brushing teeth an enjoyable experience with games, coaching, and real-time feedback. The toothbrush syncs with free Android and iOS apps to keep kids motivated with games, collectable badges, and score levels. Plus, the app will actually teach the child how to brush their teeth properly using built-in 3D motion sensors. Weighing in at less than 2.5 ounces, the Kolibree Smart Toothbrush is compact enough to fit even the tiniest hands. Good brushing habits can limit trips to the dentist and cut back on costly dental expenses- something the child’s parents will be grateful for.

CTA Digital Pedestal Stand for iPad

We all have that one friend who takes their iPad with them everywhere- the bathroom included. To cut back on the ick factor, purchase them a CTA Digital Pedestal Stand for iPad- it’ll keep their hands free and even includes a built-in toilet paper roll holder. The elegant chrome pedestal won’t be an eye-sore in the bathroom, and is sure to seamlessly fit in with all types of décor. The Bendable 10” gooseneck tube allows for multi-directional adjustment, so your friend or family member can adjust the placement of the iPad accordingly. Note: this particular iPad holder is compatible with 2nd-4th generation iPads, and isn’t compatible with iPad Air or Mini.

Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker

If your friend or family member enjoys listening to music in the shower, the Kohler Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker maybe the perfect gift for them. It delivers up to 7 hours of music, news, and more by pairing wirelessly with a Bluetooth enabled device. In addition to providing great sound, the spray face features 60 angled nozzles that deliver the full-bodied spray that’s virtually expected from a Kohler showerhead. For the eco-conscious, the showerhead is available in a water-saving spray that lets you save water without sacrificing performance (or sound!) The attractive, streamlined design of the Kohler Moxie Showerhead is the most chic and useful way to listen to music while in the shower.

Halloween Decoration Ideas for Your Bathroom

With Halloween right around the corner, you may be searching for the perfect way to take your household decorating to the next level. Whether you’re throwing your annual Halloween bash or want to decorate a bit for the kids or grandkids, the bathroom is an often an overlooked space for decorating. Although it will catch many off guard, your guests and friends will enjoy being greeted by a bit of Halloween cheer when they enter your bathroom. Think outside the box and try one of these spooky ideas for decorating your bathroom this Halloween.

Stage a Murder Scene

Depending on the age of your guests, this may be a bit too scary- so proceed with caution. If your guests aren’t frightened very easily, staging a murder scene is an easy way to scare those who enter your bathroom. Simply purchase a cheap shower curtain, find an old towel, and use a mixture of acrylic paint and red food coloring to create the “gore”. Hang the shower curtain and towels outdoors, and get to work. Splatter the paint on the shower curtain so it looks like streaks of blood and, for an added effect, add a pair of hand prints to the curtain. Once dry, place the shower curtain and towel in your bathroom, and add some leftover “gore” to the mirror.

Spider Egg Sacs

Petrify your friends and family members when they open the bathroom door, only to be greeted by these home-made creations hanging in your bathroom. This inexpensive, yet effective, scare is an easy Halloween DIY project you can do with your kids. All you’ll need is a foam egg, white batting, white stocking, plastic spiders of various sizes, pushpins, and a glue gun. To make the eggs, wrap a foam egg in white batting, pull a white stocking over the ball, position the plastic spiders inside, between the batting and stocking, and use the hot glue gun to glue larger ones on the outside. Then, use the pushpins to hang the creepy eggs from the ceiling.

Toilet Paper Hands

What’s creepier than someone else’s hands holding the toilet paper roll? These “magic” hands appear to cradle your precious toilet paper, and is actually quite simple for you and your family to create on your own. All you’ll need is an old pair of mittens, aluminum foil, and a few scraps of fabric. Stuff the aluminum into the fingers of the mittens to give them a shape- for “fatter” fingers (or bigger gloves) wrap the aluminum in the fabric scraps first for some extra thickness. When your “hands” are complete, place them on either end of the toilet paper dispenser, add a brand new roll of toilet paper, and your helpful hands are good to go!

Roaches...Everywhere!

Following the theme of disgusting and creepy decorations, what’s grosser than a hoard of cockroaches running around your bathroom? Probably nothing, and that’s what makes this a great choice for creeping out your guests. You can purchase a handful of hideous roaches at virtually any Halloween store. Once you do, dab a small amount of removable-adhesive to their bottoms and stick them onto your bathroom floor, wall, ceiling, or vanity countertops. Arrange them in a way that looks realistic whenever someone turns on the light. Sit back, relax, and wait for some screams!

Decorated Pumpkins

Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with some nicely decorated pumpkins. If you don’t have time to set up the roaches or the resources to stage a murder scene, a nicely carved or decorated pumpkin is a super easy way to bring a bit of Halloween spirit into your bathroom. Whether you carve scary faces or paint a black cat directly onto the pumpkins, they can be displayed on the vanity, the edge of the bathtub, or on top of the toilet tank. Since flowers are always a beautiful addition to any bathroom, you can even carve a pumpkin and use it as a DIY vase for your freshly cut flowers.

Company’s Coming! Clean Your Bathroom in Five Steps

For many homeowners and renters, cleaning the bathroom is their least favorite chore- one that’s often put off until it absolutely must be cleaned. But, what happens when your in-laws call to say they’re on their way and you don’t have the time, patience, or products required for the deep clean your bathroom deserves? If you’re crunched for time and your housekeeping reputation is on the line, here are some tips that will make your bathroom sparkle in minutes so you can put on a pot of tea and welcome your mother-in-law with open arms.

1. Remove Any Countertop Clutter

For best results, start at one end of the bathroom and make your way to the other side, removing anything that’s cluttering the countertops along the way. Toss any eye wrinkle creams, toothpaste containers, or mascara tubes into a bucket or container and place the container under the sink. If you think your visitors will take a peek behind the shower curtain, organize the shower caddy and remove any shampoo or body wash containers that may be sitting on the edge of the bathtub. While you’re at it, empty the trash can and straighten any hand towels you may have hanging for guests.

2. Dust and Sweep

To get rid of dust, especially in hard-to-reach places, grab a duster with a long handle and remove any cobwebs or visible dust accumulation. If you, your partner, or your children blow-dry or straighten their hair on a daily basis, there’s probably a lot of hair that’s accumulated on the floor. Instead of sweeping the hair into a dust bin, which often takes more time than it should, run the vacuum across the floor until the hair is gone. To save time, vacuum the area outside of the bathroom and any carpet in the living room or family room while you have the vacuum available and/or plugged in.

3. Alka-Seltzer in the Toilet Bowl?

Believe it or not, dropping a couple tablets of Alka-Seltzer in the toilet bowl is a quick and easy way to get rid of nasty toilet bowl rings- even if they’ve been neglected for a while. While the inside of the toilet bowl is important, don’t forget to clean under the seat and along the sides- areas where prying eyes may take a peak if they’re on the nosy side. This doesn’t have to be a complicated task- simply spray the outside of the toilet with all-purpose cleaner, and wipe with a clean cloth. If you have air freshener handy, spray a couple puffs into the toilet bowl before you close the lid; whoever uses the toilet next will be pleasantly surprised by the scent.

4. Pay Attention to the Mirrors

Since whoever uses the bathroom will likely look at themselves in the mirror while washing their hands, make sure that soap scum and toothpaste aren’t staring right back at them. Spray the mirrors with glass cleaner and rub in circles to prevent unsightly streaking. Then, use the same cloth to wipe over the rest of the vanity and the sink to pick up hairs, powder, and toothpaste residue. Grab a sanitizing wipe and focus on the faucet handles, the wall behind the faucet, and any light fixtures.

5. Focus on the Aesthetics

Now that your bathroom is (relatively) spick and span, at least to the naked eye, you can focus on sprucing up the area with flowers, candles, or air freshener. Although the space may be clean, certain smells may linger- especially if someone used the restroom a few minutes before your surprise visitors knock at the door. If you have a garden, run outside and pick some flowers and display them neatly on the vanity countertop. If you don’t have access to fresh flowers, light a candle or spray a few puffs of deodorizing spray to neutralize the odor.

Now that your bathroom is ready for visitors, take a second to survey the rest of the home. After all, a clean bathroom won’t matter much if the beds are unmade or the kitchen counters are cluttered with empty cans.

How to Transform Your Bathroom for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you haven’t made dinner reservations or pre-ordered a dozen long stemmed roses for your significant other, don’t worry – there’s still time to surprise your partner with a romantic and relaxing night in. Whether you cook dinner at home or have their favorite food delivered, there’s no better way to cap off the night than with a relaxing bubble bath. From champagne and mood music to candles and paying attention to the details, here are some tips for transforming your master bath into a romantic Valentine’s Day escape.

Mood Music

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, skip the music you typically listen to while relaxing in the bath and create a playlist of the songs that mean the most to you and your partner. Whether it’s a “best of” mix from the band you saw on your first date or your favorite songs from your wedding day, it’s important to make these songs personal – after all, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating the love you share with your partner. If you’re in a pinch or aren’t feeling very creative, there are plenty of romantic playlists to choose from on streaming services like Spotify or Pandora.

The Details

Nothing says “I love you” like a steaming bath with rose petals and a bottle of champagne. When it comes to pampering your loved one, it’s important to pay attention to the details – if he or she loves a certain type of flower, skip the roses altogether and place a bouquet of their favorite flowers on the vanity. The same goes for candy and chocolate – if they have a sweet tooth, create a gift basket of their favorite candies and pull it all together with a big red bow. If you’re unsure of their preference, you can never go wrong with the classics – chocolate dipped strawberries and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

Lighting

If you’re fortunate enough to have a fireplace in your master bath, this is all the lighting you’ll need. Simply light the fire and turn off the lights – the dim glow of the fireplace is guaranteed to set a romantic mood. For those without a fireplace, consider dimming the lights and placing candles throughout the room. Before doing so, ensure there’s adequate ventilation and that the candles aren’t placed near towels or fabrics. While accidentally starting a fire would certainly make this Valentine’s Day one for the books, your partner would be remembering it for all the wrong reasons.

Add Your Own Touch...

...Literally! One of the most romantic things you could do on Valentine’s Day is pamper your loved one with a massage. Whether you head to the local spa, make an appointment with a masseuse who makes house calls, or use your own hands, a massage is relaxing, romantic, and can reduce stress and anxiety. If you’re unsure of where to start, ask your partner where they’re feeling especially tense and start there. With romantic music, chocolate and champagne, the glow of candles, a bubble bath, and a relaxing massage, this Valentine’s Day is sure to be one to remember.