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Father’s Day: Bathroom Gadgets for Dad

Whether your dad is technologically savvy or new to the tech game, these bathroom gadgets are guaranteed to make the perfect Father’s Day gift, no matter his experience level. Forget about embarrassing him with another funky tie or cliché Hallmark card, and really put some thought into his gift this year. Here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser

With a heated shaving cream dispenser, your dad’s favorite foam or gel will be warmed for a luxurious, close shave each and every morning. The product works with virtually any brand of foam or gel, and even comes with two separate nozzles. With an attractive, chrome-like appearance, the design of this shaving cream dispenser is sure to blend in with virtually any bathroom design. Setting up the dispenser is simple: use the included tool to pop the top off any standard can, attach the proper nozzle, adjust the heating preference, and in about two minutes the heated gel or foam will be ready to dispense.

The iPad Musical Shower Curtain

If you’d like to turn your dad’s shower into a media-rich bathing event, get him this iPad shower curtain. This shower curtain comes with built-in speakers and a waterproof pocket for an iPad. The shower-facing side of the pocket is made of touch-enabled material so he can navigate through a movie, jump from song to song on his favorite playlist, or even take a call while washing his hair. The integral audio cable of this product connects an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or MP3 player to two speakers in the upper left and right hand corners of the curtain, so he’ll never be bored in the shower ever again.

Single-Handed Soap Dispenser

If your dad’s a bit of a self-proclaimed germaphobe, he’ll love the unique design of this soap dispenser that can be operated with the back of one hand. To use, your dad will just have to place his hand into the C-shaped opening and press down firmly to dispense soap onto his fingers or into the palm of his hand. The dispenser is easy to fill and clean, comes with a soap-level indicator so he’ll never have to worry about running out of soap, and is suitable for all types of liquid hand soap. Additionally, this single-handed soap dispenser will keep the top of the pump cleaner and more hygienic.

Eco-Friendly Water Pebble

For the eco-conscious dad, this palm-sized pebble will take the guesswork out of water conservation by tracking exactly how much water he’s using during his daily shower. Programming the water pebble is easy: simply click the restart button on its base and place it near the shower drain. The pebble will measure his water usage and will flash future finishing times against this benchmark, reducing suggested stop times by 5-7 seconds each time he showers. Before your dad knows it, he’ll be enjoying shorter showers and conserving water in the process.

Towel Spa Towel Warmer

For dads who live in exceptionally cold areas of the United States (or those who just prefer to stay warm after a shower), this towel warmer will produce toasty towels, robes, and small blankets in just a few minutes. Traditional towel warmers take up to twenty minutes to work, but this product will warm your dad’s towels in less than six minutes – more than enough time for him to hop in the shower and enjoy a warm towel upon completion. This towel warmer is small enough to move from room to room, and can conveniently fit on dad’s bathroom counter. Something tells us mom is going to love this one, too!

Is There a "Best Time" to Remodel Your Bathroom?

While a bathroom renovation can technically take place at any time of the year, planning to renovate at specific times can help facilitate the process. Any type of home improvement project can take a great deal of time to complete – from hiring the contractors to choosing and ordering the products, it can be upward of six months before a renovation project has been completed. Homeowners who time their projects just right can take advantage of slow times in the design industry while capitalizing on deals.

The Best Time to Purchase Products

The best time of the year to purchase products, such as plumbing hardware or tile, is usually in the winter, after the holidays. The fall is a busy time for the design industry, since many homeowners are trying to complete their renovation projects before the holiday season. By holding off on purchasing products until December through March, you'll enjoy emptier showrooms, more attention from design consultants, and you may even be able to get products at lower prices through negotiation.

In an effort to move products quickly, many showrooms hold winter sales or specials and some may even offer flexible pricing. During this time, showrooms tend to experience a decline in foot traffic, making it easier for homeowners to take their time and get extra assistance from sales people. Even if you don't plan on starting the bathroom renovation project until the early summer, ordering products in the winter can save valuable time and money. In some instances, specific products can take over a month to arrive, so by planning ahead you'll also have a greater selection of products to choose from.

The Best Time to Hire a Contractor

Obviously, planning a project during contractors' busiest times is not a good idea. If your contractor is juggling a few other jobs in addition to yours, they're more likely to make a mistake. Additionally, when every contractor within a ten mile radius is putting in orders for toilets or sinks, there's a greater chance orders will be postponed or mixed up, causing all parties involved to experience aggravation and delays.

Ask any contractor their schedule, and usually they'll be booked from August to November. Fall is the busiest time of the year for home renovations of any type, due to the upcoming holiday season. To ensure the best contractor is able to take on your project, consider waiting until the spring to begin renovating. Slow times for contractors could also mean a reduction in pricing. If you're planning on renovating during the late summer or fall, be sure to book the contractor well in advance. Waiting too long can mean being forced to settle for a contractor, or paying more for the services offered.

The Benefits of Spring/Early Summer

The benefits of remodeling in the spring or early summer are too great to ignore. In addition to contractors being available and products being easily purchased, the days are longer and the weather in most areas of the United States is cooperative. If you're planning for a spring or early summer remodel, remember it's not unusual to book a job as early as six months in advance. That way, you’ll avoid having to scramble to get everything done before the start date. Happy remodeling!

Clean Bathroom? Check.

Whether you clean your bathroom in a few hours or spread the task out over a few days, it can be hard remembering to scrub every tile, dust every surface, and wash every towel. By using this handy daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly bathroom cleaning checklist, you’ll keep work to a minimum and give yourself the time you need to do the things you love. If you have a larger family, consider handing parts of this checklist to family members, delegate tasks, and ensure everyone sticks to the schedule.

Daily:

  • Wipe down sink, tub, and faucets after each use
  • Wipe down counters
  • Spray shower and shower curtain/door with cleaning mist after use
  • Wipe down counters

Weekly:

  • Scrub bathtub/shower/tiles
  • Scrub & disinfect the sink & toilet
  • Clean mirrors & faucets
  • Wipe down & disinfect counters
  • Wash toothbrush holders & cups used for rinsing
  • Wash & refill soap dispenser or soap dish
  • Wipe down & disinfect door & doorknobs
  • Empty & wipe down the wastebasket
  • Vacuum, sweep, or mop the floor
  • Wipe down any switch plates, moldings, or baseboards
  • Replace & wash towels
  • Dust windowsills & other exposed surfaces
  • Wash any rugs or mats, if necessary (Some prefer to wash rugs bi-weekly)

Monthly:

  • Wipe down & disinfect the fronts of cabinets & drawers
  • Organize medicine cabinets, linen towers & items in drawers
  • Deal with any mold & mildew in the bathroom
  • Check & restock supplies, including toiletries & cleaning supplies

Quarterly:

  • Clean & re-seal grout (if needed)
  • Dispose of expired or old medication, cosmetics & toiletries
  • Change or launder the shower curtain & liner
  • Wash walls & ceiling
  • Launder window curtains, if applicable

Yearly:

  • Wash windows inside & out
  • Replace torn mats & rugs
  • Replace torn window curtains, if applicable
  • Clean out/vacuum ventilator
  • Deep-clean carpet, if applicable

Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

If your bathroom is small enough to touch both walls while standing inside, you’re not alone. Bathrooms tend to be the smallest room in the house, yet are used to store the most varied collection of times. Whether your bathroom is standard sized or smaller than average, you’ll probably have to create enough space to store extra linens, make-up, beauty supplies, and toiletries. While traditional storage cabinets may provide much-needed storage space, many bathrooms can still use more. For those whose bathrooms are low on space, here’s some creative storage solutions for your small bathroom.

Shelf above the Door

If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings in your bathroom, the space above your bathroom door is prime real estate. Although this space isn’t realistic for items you use every day, it’s a great space to store cleaning supplies bought in bulk, extra rolls of toilet paper, or old magazines. Installation is simple: use wood screws to secure a pair of wooden shelf brackets to either side of the door frames. Then screw the shelf to the brackets and voila! You’ll have yourself a convenient above-the-door shelf in no time. To make retrieval of items easier, consider keeping items in small, handled boxes.

Towel Bars

Very few bathrooms have enough space to hang towels –especially if the bathroom is used by more than one person. If you find yourself with inadequate space to store towels, consider installing a few towel bars behind your bathroom door. By stacking towel bars behind closed doors, you’ll remedy the space shortage issue and be able to use space more efficiently. In order for this to work effectively, the door should be flat or single-paneled. Additionally, it’s easier to affix towel racks to a wooden door rather than a wallboard or plaster wall.

Mason Jars for Small Items

Ideal for smaller items like cotton balls and Q-Tips, mason jars affixed to a wall are a great space-saving solution. For those interested in adding a bit of functional flair to the bathroom, antique mason jars in different styles and colors can be found in most antique stores. By fixing mason jars to a piece of wood and nailing the piece of wood to a bare wall, all bathroom items will be within reaching distance. For the style-conscious, the wood and jars can be painted or decorated to match your bathroom’s color scheme.

Shoe Organizers

If you don’t have enough space to add shelves or live in an apartment and aren’t allowed to drill holes into your walls, you can get a ton of storage without drilling holes by using an over-the-door shoe organizer to store your bathroom items. By utilizing an over-the-door organizer, your make-up and bathroom products will be kept off the countertops and out of view. For additional convenience, use a clear organizer so you can see exactly where everything is without having to dig through the pockets.

On the Wall Storage

In most cases, the sink or vanity countertop is generally the only countertop surface in the bathroom. By paying attention to space on the walls and installing a shelf or dishwasher-safe wall-hung containers, your bathroom items will still be within reach without sacrificing precious counter space. In lieu of a shelf, consider installing spice racks to store the items you use on an everyday basis. By adding a coat of paint or stain, you can color-coordinate the spice racks with the rest of your bathroom decor.

Four Spa-Inspired Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. For most of us, this usually means hunting down a last-minute gift and scribbling sentiments of love and appreciation in a mass-produced card. This year, do something a little different by going the extra mile and showing your mom how much she really means to you. While a luxurious day at the spa is a popular gift for mothers, help her create a spa-like atmosphere at home instead with these bath accessories perfect for any mom. Pick and choose which you think she’d prefer, or combine them all into an oversized gift basket that’s sure to make her smile.

1) Luxury Spa Robe
No spa day would be complete without a robe that exudes luxury and comfort. Offered in traditional, kimono and wrap designs, and in materials that include velour, terry cloth, and cotton, you’re sure to find a Luxury Spa Robe that will match your mom’s style and personality. No matter which design or color you choose, their robes are built to last and will evoke the same relaxing sensation she’ll get at a luxury hotel or spa. As an added bonus, ground shipping at LuxurySpaRobes.com is free on orders that exceed $100 and there’s a 30-day money back guarantee.

2) Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit
This four-piece lip-conditioning set includes a foaming cleanser, sugar lip scrub, instant lip plumper, and softening lip balm. After just a few uses, your mom's lips will be fuller, softer, and more beautiful than ever before. Designed to lift impurities and remove dead skin, her lips will reach new levels of moisture and health. For women concerned about lines around the lips, Bliss Fabulips may help reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well. And, with a $74 value for just $45, you might just have enough cash left over to treat your mom to a beautiful Sunday brunch.

3) Flavor Infuser Water Bottle
With this flavor-infusing water bottle, anyone can be a mixologist. Whether your mom likes her water with lemon, strawberries, or mint, this sleek water bottle will infuse her water with flavor in just a few minutes. Now, mommy dearest can treat herself to a refreshing, mid-day pick-me-up after a trip to the gym, or a soothing mint and chamomile concoction while relaxing in the bath. Not only will you be giving mom a delicious treat, but you’ll be treating the environment as well – this sleek, glass bottle will reduce her dependence on plastic water bottles!

4) Crabtree & Evelyn ‘Hand Therapy’ Box Set
This beautiful box of 12 ultra-moisturizing hand lotions is guaranteed to nourish and pamper your mom’s skin. With eclectic scents that range from avocado, olive oil, and basil to pomegranate and grape seed, this box set is the perfect gift for the one you love. With ingredients that include shea butter and macadamia nut oil, her hands will be noticeably softer and smoother with each use. Not only is the Crabtree & Evelyn ‘Hand Therapy’ Paint Tin Box Set a great value, but mom can re-use the tin to store other items once she’s used all the lotions.

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