Spaaaaah

December 13, 2011

You know how we re-caulked attempted to re-caulk the bathtub upstairs? Well it didn’t look so hot. So last night Matt scraped it all off and will re-do it tonight with some painters tape. I swear there’s not a single DIY project that has gone smoothly for us – from hanging frames to painting the rooms in our Charlotte house.

Anyways, the consequence of re-caulking means we’ve been showering in the downstairs bathroom:

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It’s modern and chic and the shower in there – while a bit small – is totally awesome!!!!!!! I have Whole Foods lavender shampoo and mint conditioner in there along with a bar of jasmine soap that Matt’s step mother bought us and the whole experience has been so spa-like. Both Matt and I commented on how good the shower head is.

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I’m normally one of those folks who hates showering. Sure it feels good after a sweaty day, but I generally don’t like the whole getting wet process and the repetition day after day. Ironically I’m a a wee bit obsessed with being clean, so I have never skipped a day without a shower. Maybe overuse is my problem!?

So I’m curious to know – what shower products do you guys use that just MAKE your shower? I do use the Alba Sea Minerals face wash and love the smell, but that’s not enough to make my showers wonderful all the time.

Before my blissful shower, I went on a smelly run around town. It was tough today – cold weather is not going away. I miss my 90* runs!

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Lunch was a salad with candied nuts and bleu cheese and a hunk of Spinach Feta pretending to be a roll

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Half of a jumbo grapefruit. I LOOOOVE grapefruits and learned to love them when I realized they don’t have to be eaten in bowl-and-spoon form. Peeling like an orange is so much easier – add sugar on top if you must but I think they are sweet as they are.

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Siggi’s Orange is also a favorite. Topped with some Hemp Plus granola.

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The team is here staining our front door again. I think it looks fine, but the painter says it needs more coats. This means I have another afternoon of freezing door-less house ahead of me. I think I’m just going to leave this time!

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1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

J’adore grapefruits. So fresh!

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2 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

really my only shower must have is cetaphil. in terms of shampoo/conditioner, i buy what’s on sale! my favorite is aveda… but only on special occasions :)

i love siggi’s! my favorite greek yogurt.

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3 Krissy @ Shiawase Life December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Me and my sister LOVE LOVE LOVE h20+ products – they are used at Disney resorts & the Disney Cruise Line. So luxurious :D Remind me to bring you some samplers sometime from our recent stay at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii!!

http://www.h2oplus.com/

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4 Jenny December 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Second the h20+ products – I love clean water/rain type scents but they have great fruit and oil based scents as well.

For non-specialty, I’ve found the Nivea diamond blossom scent bodywash to be amazing! You can always “spa” the basic stuff by using fancy dispensers.

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5 Jenni December 13, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I agree with my sis (hey krissy!)…H2o+ is amazing!!! best bath products ever!

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6 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Your bathroom looks great. You are so creative.

Your lunch looks fantastic as well. I just adore grapefruit season. They are like little pink gifts.

Enjoy your day. I have a lot of no baking ahead of me. (Raw protein bars!)

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7 Mattie December 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I am not a huge fan of showers either. I was just thinking about it in the shower this morning. I hate the process especially dealing with my wet hair, but I do love how good it feels to just relax under the hot water.
Your bathroom looks fabulous!

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8 Melissa @ HerGreenLife December 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

My husband introduced me to the peel-and-eat grapefruit method, although he also removes the thin membrane around each section. It’s kind-of a pain, but it does reduce the grapefruit to the juiciest, most delicious part.

I share your dislike of the whole showering day after day thing, but my solution is just to NOT shower every day, especially in the winter. Less-frequent showers will probably do more for skin health than any product you can buy or make :)

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9 Lindsay December 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

OH MY GOODNESS – I had no idea anyone else ate grapefruit this way! I eat grapefruit just like your husband does. I started doing it as a kid. Its so hard to eat it that way at work for a snack, because its so messy and time consuming, but it really tastes so good!!

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10 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I have the same issues with showering! In the winter it’s even worse since getting out of a warm shower and being cold is probably my least favorite feeling in the world, haha!

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11 Kelsey December 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Oh how I wish I would have known about this face wash 3 days ago.. I’ve been on a hunt for a new one + have already purchased 3!!!!!! The last one I picked up is okkkay.. but this will be my next one for sure!

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12 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I like slathering coconut oil on myself post shower in the winter. Greasy but natural and you smell amazing.

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13 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

i’m with ya on the dislike of showering every single day, but moreso just because i hate getting ready all over again. ha! doing my hair, make up, and all that is one of my least favorite things to do in my day.

i just recently realized the fact you don’t have to eat a grapefruit with a spoon in a bowl as well, and i’m SO glad i discovered this. i eat them so much more now than i used to because eating them with a spoon in a bowl is somewhat of a pain.

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14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Your bathroom looks so pretty! I love showering on a cold morning because my bathroom gets so warm when the heat is turned on. :) Showers in the morning is the only wake to wake me up for work.

Your lunch looks tasty! I love that piece of bread. It looks yummy.

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15 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

The bathroom is very spa-like. I am not a huge shower fan either. Spa? Well, a girl can only dream :D

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16 Jamie December 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

It is very dry where I live right now. This means that my my pre-shower routine involves rubbing honey into the dry spots and rinsing it off in the shower. With the warmth of the water the smell of honey fills the room and I instantly relax.

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17 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

“Whole Foods lavender shampoo and mint conditioner in there along with a bar of jasmine soap” —

lavendar, mint, and jasmine are three of my FAVE scents.

along with vanilla.

I like showers but the act of showering, shaving, then doing my hair, then doing the towel laundry (not every time of course) but yes, the ‘process’ isn’t always “zen” like. I hear you on that!

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18 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I love shower products that make me want to stand in there for ages! One that never gets old for me is the Body Shop’s satsuma scented line. I adore that smell!

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19 Dom December 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Happy Tuesday! I was wondering what you have learned about Vit d. Why do some people need it more than others? Do you have to take it in conjunction with something else in order for it to work properly? Can you explain d3 and all that (if you have time, of course.) Your lunch looks delicious. I had kefir with flax flakes, banana and TJ’s sun butter for breakfast-so yummy! Thanks for the combination idea.

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20 Erin December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

My rough understanding (I’m not an RD, though) is that we need sunlight to produce vitamin D. If you live in a northern climate that’s dark during the winter, your body may not produce enough vitamin D, which can leave you feeling lethargic. Vitamin D isn’t found in a lot of food. I think your best bet is to eat lots of fatty fish (like salmon), drink milk, or take a supplement. Kath, you must have lots of good RD knowledge to share. I’d love to see you write about nutrition issues like vitamin D deficiency!

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21 Kelly December 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

i was just talking with someone about Vitamin D3 and learned some interesting facts. “Vitamin” D is actually a hormone and you need 200IU daily. If you take a supplement, make sure it contains potassium as well since it helps absorbs it. This information is off the top of my head..hope it helps.. I’m not a dietitian but i graduated with a degree in dietetics!

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22 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Hey Dom,

Erin is correct – you get it from food and from the sun. Vitamin D3 is the form that is synthesized by the sun. This article at the Mayo Clinic is very thorough and summarizes some of the research on VD – including dosage recommendations.

And yes, sardines are a good source!!

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23 Bridget December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm

call me a boring girl, but i just love regular old Olay products! I usually buy Target brand body wash and that works for me!

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24 RunEatRepeat December 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I had a ton of Siggi’s coupons and I want to love it, but it’s still too tart :(

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25 Elisabeth December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Now I happen to LOVE a good shower! It’s actually my favorite way to relax (especially if I’m not going anywhere & can let my hair air dry) and some of my favorite products to help me do that are:

Bath & Body works Aromatherapy shower gels
Philosophy – practically any of the 3-in-1 products, but especially Cinnamon roll
Redken Blonde Glam shampoo/conditioner (I’ve got blonde highlights) – smells like grapefruit!
Paul Mitchell – any of the Tea Tree products & Color Care shampoo/conditioner (which smells like sunflowers)

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26 Jess December 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Philosophy is the best! This time of year? GINGERBREAD!

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27 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews December 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love your bathroom! Very spalike

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28 Candice @ Sailing on Paper December 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Home remodeling and DIY projects always have complications, so don’t feel bad that things haven’t gone smoothly! It’s hard to work on and live in your home at the same time. It will all be worth it once you’ve completed all of your projects, though :)

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29 katie @KatieDid December 13, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Have you ever been to a Lush store? They make amazing handmade bath products, with all natural ingredients. And all the smells and combos are really fun and interesting.

http://www.lushusa.com/shop

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30 Kelly Michele December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm

i second this! Lush is amazing! :)

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31 Ali December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Oh man, I disagree! I find their stuff WAY too heavily scented…I can’t walk past one of their stores without feeling ill from the strong smell! I know some people love it, but I have to say I just don’t get it. To each their own, though!

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32 Jen December 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I agree – cautioun! haha. Lush is REALLY strong – not for sensitive skin and noses!

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33 Krystina December 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I’m not the best person to ask because I use Aussie moist shampoo + conditioner and Dove soap. :P I like making my own facial masks/scrubs sometimes, though.

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34 Amy December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Honestly? Dove bar soap. The pink kind. There’s nothing else like it.

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35 Anna December 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I have been loving a grapefruit in the morning lately..eaten a la orange peeled style..so much better then cutting and using a grapefruit spoon!

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36 Cheryl December 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

That salad looks awesome! Think I will make one up for dinner tonight.
My favorite bath treat is philosphy 3 in 1… really loving the sparkling pear right now. Smells great in the shower, but just leaves me smelling clean when I get out.

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37 Betsy December 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Lunch looks delish & nutrish! I just adore hemp plus granola. I lived off of that during my Nordic ski racing days. I even peel the pith from my grapefruit segments – a lot of extra work, yes, but SO tasty when you finish! My one shower recommendation would be Aveeno Shave cream (the best!)

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38 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 13, 2011 at 3:36 pm

I have the clarisonic face brush, and I just love it! I also love the Burts Bees conditioner, makes my hair so silky (even during the dry winter)!

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39 Christena December 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Clarisonic twice daily + Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar is my favorite beauty ritual. I can tell a noticeable difference in my skin.

I love body wash instead of soap for the shower – but I do think Caress soap smells soooo good. My mom always used it growing up, so it reminds me of her. Right now I’m using Bath & Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel scent…I LOVE that it smells like Christmas!

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40 bitt December 13, 2011 at 3:40 pm

shi kai body wash has been so luxurious. just found it this spring. lots of fun flavors too.

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41 Connie December 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I”m financially struggling to break even and make the bills, so I am a buyer of cheap soap bars and that’s it. I wash my hair only every 2-3 days, but I shower daily.

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42 Alyse December 13, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Homemade soap from Etsy makes shower time fun!

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43 jojo December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I hate taking shower when I’m tired and just want to go to bed. But most of the time, I actually like it. I like being under the warm water and relax.
When I have a stressful day, I like to imagine washing off all the negativity & stress off of me.
It’s a cleansing process physically and mentally that way :)

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44 Rachel December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

that’s exactly how i eat my grapefruit! people always think it’s really weird though.

my absolute FAVORITE shower product is kiss my face mint and citrus body wash… it’s beyond refreshing!

http://www.kissmyface.com/product/item/87

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45 Bridget December 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

You’ve never in your adult life gone a day without a shower?! I’ve probably skipped a couple times each year — mostly on cold winter days when I don’t have a reason to leave my apartment.

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46 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Nope!!! Maybe once when I camped overnight – but I took one the morning before and the evening after.

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47 Angel7 December 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I am all about the spa!!!

I do not use anything fancy in our shower, but like fruity or not-too-fragrant soaps. The overly fragrant soaps are too much for me! However, soaps that are overly fragrant do not give me a headache like potent lotions, shampoos and conditioners, and any other body products do, because they are washed down the drain, whereas the others pretty much stay on your body–I know that shampoos and conditioners are washed down the drain as well, but the smell lingers because it is right by my nose.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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48 Amanda December 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I agree that the bath products make a huge difference. I love the Pacifica line of body washes. The mango grapefruit and Indian coconut scents are amazing.

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49 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I just LOVE your bathroom! So very stylish and elegant!

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50 Laura @Foodsnobstl December 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I have ALL Aveda products in my shower. They smell so good and make me feel like I’m at the spa.

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51 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Yah, just leave! That’d be WAY too cold for me.

I use Bath and BodyWorks black raspberry vanilla for shower gel, and essentials oil shampoo and conditioner for my hair–makes it SO shiny and full and alive (i have straight, not thick hair. hah)

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52 Johanna B December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Ummm, blackraspberry vanilla – must head over to B & BW. We actually have one here.

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53 Beaty December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Ok, you might know this, but have Matt fill the bathtub with water before caulking it. We learned this after having caulked a couple times, so maybe I can help some else learn it more quickly : ) It weighs the tub down and causes the caulk to have less pulling on it when the tub is filled,thus, hopefully helping your caulk job last longer : ) (The tub obviously does not move much when filled, but we were told this can help and it seemed worth trying. Have not had to re-caulk that tub yet!)

Good luck!

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54 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Geez, didn’t read this in time!!!!!! Hope we don’t have to do it a third time!

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55 Jen December 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I’ve spent years looking for good facial cleansers and I found two winners from Burt’s Bees. Orange Essence is great in the morning, it smells just like a glass of OJ. Unfortunately the texture is paste-like so you’ll need a good wash cloth to get it off your face. I’d recommend it for dry skin or people that like citrus scents. They also make Soap Bark and Chamomile face cleanser that smells like blueberries! It’s better for sensitive skin than orange essence, and easier to remove.

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56 Sarah C December 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm

You’re lunches always look amazing. Can I come over for lunch, please? ;)

I have recently started using Sibu daytime facial cream. My skin feels like a dream and it smells and feels super luxurious. A few of other recent shower time favorites include: TJ’s Tea Tree Facial Cleanser, Tom’s Moisture Bar (soap), my Clarisonic and dry brush, and Burt’s Bees Hand Salve (I use this on my feet just before bed…my family has incredibly dry heels and this stuff has helped a lot this winter).

I am still looking for the perfect lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. I will have to check Whole Foods out when I go to CA for Christmas. Thanks for the recommendation!

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57 Meagan December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm

That salad looks so fresh :)

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58 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm

you miss 90* runs!? ahh, you’re crazy ;)

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59 Morgan @ momentsofmmm December 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I am the SAME way with showering. While I am pertinent about taking a shower everyday, I really dread the whole process. Especially drying my hair when I have to get out the door quickly!! Gah. My fiance recently bought me a bag full of handmade soaps that were made here in Phoenix. They just feel really special and fun! The smells are divine and each one is beautifully made. It does make me look forward to the whole chore of getting ready when I use them.

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60 Cait's Plate December 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

LOVE it!! What’s better than a spa?! A spa in your own home!!

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61 Hillary December 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm

When I went to Israel last summer, I made sure to stock up on some Dead Sea salt bath stuff. It is the BEST I have ever used. Ever. You can try Ahavah products—they’re fabulous!

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62 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

I am the same way about showering! I just hate having to do it Over and over every day! Haha

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63 Lindsay December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I adore a LONG hot shower. My products include a MUST of facial scrubbing, something that has exfoliating beads in it. I also love my Aveda body wash. When winter gets too cold, this helps keep my skin from drying out. ANd I wait as long as possible to wash my hair, because it gets really dry too! This past week I took an amazing bath at a Korean Bath House, yup..they have those here. It was WILD but fun, and bc most Korean homes don’t have bathes, this is very common. I just had to adjust my western ideals of being naked and sitting in a tub with a bunch of other ladies!! when in a foreign country…

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64 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I think I am one of the few people who actually likes cutting grapefruits. I tried peeling it like an orange once but prefer cutting the little sections.

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65 Jennifer December 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I know I’ve said it a hundred times but you really know how to decorate. That bathroom is beautiful and looks like something you’d see in a home magazine.

I’m not a shower loving person either. I find it a chore but if you put me in some hotel showers, I feel totally different and can’t wait to take one. :) Maybe that’s a sign to redo our shower. (haha)

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66 Jen December 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I agree. You could be an interior decorator on the side Kath.

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67 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Thanks y’all

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68 Alicia @culinarybliss December 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Gosh I’d love a bathroom that big! Funny how something like size is relative :)
I make any bath products myself that I can. I’ve recently started cleaning my face exclusively with oil. For now I mix sweet almond and castor oils with a little lavender essential oils for smell.
This website has a great walkthrough and other awesome recipes for homemade shower stuff: http://www.crunchybetty.com/nitty-gritty-on-the-oil-cleansing-method
Essential oils are my favorite to put in my bath for smells. Mint or citrus would be awesome for early morning showers!

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69 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Oh the bathroom is huge! The shower stall is small :)

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70 Stephanie C December 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I’m so interested in seeing everyone’s responses! I love showers, but haven’t found the best combo for products. Recently my hair has changed (hormones? I’m in my mid 20’s) and so I’ve been using H&S. For body wash I use Dr Bronner’s Lavender Soap. I love the smell (though it’s still more minty than lavender) but it doesn’t last.. the smell just disappears. For facewash I’ve always sworn by Jurlique, but again.. my face is changing and I need to find something else because I’m getting dry patches! They were worse last year, but after Hope in a Jar it’s a lot better. But even THAT doesn’t work anymore.. it’s too thick and just LAYS on my skin.

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71 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Love siggi’s yogurt!! Wish it wasn’t so pricey.

I am a total shower person (hate taking baths). Our guest bathroom shower head is WAY better than the one in our master bath. I am tempted sometimes just to move my stuff in there since I enjoy it so much. I shower often but I don’t wash my hair every day. My stylist told me (and I have also read) that hair does better when washed just a few times a week. Probably easier for me though since I am not as physically active (running, exercises classes, etc) as you are! :)

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72 Kathy W. December 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I’ve found that if I take a shower every day, but wash my hair only every other day, it makes it 70% less onerous. No shampooing/conditioning/wet hair/blow-drying. I just collect those disposable hotel shower caps from trips and reuse them a few times. (You can also buy a bag of those cheap at places like Sally beauty supply.)

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73 Kathy W. December 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm

(of course, this only works on non-sweaty days!)

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74 emily December 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I love love love EO’s french lavender shampoo and conditioner!

Though I will say that I hate showers too. And I can NOT say that I never miss one ;)

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75 ashley December 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Can you please clarify? You said so nonchalantly…”I have never skipped a day without a shower.” Not one?!? Holy !*@*!*$

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76 Army Amy* December 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Ditto! I was reading through the comments and couldn’t believe that no one said anything about that sooner!*

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77 Christena December 13, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Me too!!!

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78 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I haven’t!!! I just feel so gross and my blonde hair needs washing everyday. I guess after my foot surgery I might have gone a few days?

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79 Jillian December 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I have barely ever gone without a shower- aside from a few days after having surgery 3 years ago, I would say the total is probably 5-10 times, maybe. I do not camp :P
That being said, I am obsessed with soap, shower gel and bath stuff in general! I work as a sales rep in the natural products industry and about a decade ago, when I worked for roughly 20 bodycare companies, I once counted (I am not joking) 42 bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in my bathroom. I only use natural stuff, though- my favorite new thing is Pangea Organics Matcha Tea Mask- I don’t love the smell, but it’s amaaaaazing stuff, totally transformed my skin. My favorite shower gel is probably John Masters Organics Blood Orange and Vanilla. Dr. Hauschka is my absolute favorite skincare company. I think I’ve used almost everything in my industry at this point, though, and worked for almost every company, so sometimes I get bored :P I want to use Lush products, but (despite their claim of being “natural”) they do use synthetic fragrances and my nose knows the difference too well. I’m gonna check out their masks this weekend, though- I’m on a mask kick now ;)

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80 Jul December 14, 2011 at 3:22 pm

this is sort of INSANE to me that all of you claim to never go a day without showering. have you never had a really busy day and just couldn’t make time to shower and thought oh well, ill do it the next morning?

i usually shower every other day, but can easily skip 2 days too….thats what dry shampoo is for. it is probably because i dont really work out regularly but when i do, i time it to the day i plan on showering! haha. im just curious of the people who said they shower every day, do you also work out and get sweaty every day? im also a grad student and am currently holed up in my apartment doing nothing but studying for 2 weeks straight. who am i supposed to shower for? i consider showering a curtesy for other people around me. i dont smell bad to myself haha.

i basically only shower when i think my hair looks greasy. as a result, i have incredibly healthy hair and dont even really need conditioner (but ill use it anyway haphazardly).

different strokes for different folks. you probably all think im gross and smelly haha.

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81 KathEats December 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm

When I was a study-hard college student, I’d just take a 2 minute shower and then throw on sweats – no make-up or hair drying :)

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82 Jillian December 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Naw, it’s just a person thing- I never care whether other people do or not, and I’ve definitely dated several guys who didn’t shower very regularly! I can take a 2 minute shower, though, and since it makes me feel so good, theres never any reason for me not to, and I just wear a shower cap if I’m not washing my hair that day. It’s all about what makes you happy, like anything else :D I do stuff for myself, though- even make-up and doing my hair- it’s always whatever I feel like and not for a guy or anybody else.

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83 Jul December 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm

wow see this is very interesting to me bc everytime i shower, it is like a 25 minute ordeal. ive never been fast enough to shower in 2 minutes! probably bc i have to shave and do everything thoroughly to make sure im clean again on top of moisturizing afterward and drying hair. i feel like this is some kind of thing that is fostered in you when you are a little kid or something. perhaps i have spent my whole life thinking showering takes up so much time, which for me, it does!

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84 Jillian December 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Yeahhhh…to be honest, it often takes me a lonnng time to get ready- I had extensions for the past year and it took forever to dry my hair, plus I like make-up a lot- I just adjust my routine to whatever time I have or get up earlier. I think part of it may have been having oily skin and a lot of break-outs when I was younger- I felt *gross* if I didn’t bathe regularly, and I grew up dancing, so after wearing tights and leotards for hours and (for modern dance) rolling around on a dirty floor, it became something I enjoyed.

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85 sarah (the SHU box) December 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

loooooove fresh shower gels. they are pricey but just smell amazing. sugar lemon is my favorite! http://www.fresh.com/bodycare/bodycare-sugar-lemon

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86 sarah (the SHU box) December 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

oh, and i love showers :) they never get old to me! except when i get paged in the middle of one.

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87 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

That greek yogurt looks great! I have to get some!

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88 Mel December 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Anything by L’Occitane is fantastic. Their almond oil shower gel is probably the best stuff I’ve ever had.

With regard to the recaulking, DON’T do the painter’s tape thing. If you’ve taken the trouble scrape it all off, here’s some tips.

FILL the tub and get in it as if you’re having a bath. This will “weight” the tub. If you try and caulk when it’s empty, you’re only get in there when it’s full and the caulk is going to pull away from the wall. (This is experience talking here.)

Use a caulking gun. I’m assuming you’re using one, otherwise you’re just wasting your time. They’re about $6 bucks. And get a WHITE SILICONE caulk (just make sure you’re not planning on painting over any part of where the caulk is going – you can’t paint over silicone, no way, no how).

When you cut off the tip of the caulking tube, keep it small. You want to use as fine a bead as possible. Run a fine line with a steady hand around all the areas you want to caulk.

Now here’s the big tip (from my dad): WET YOUR FINGER and smooth out the caulk. Wipe off your caulky finger with a damp towel periodically to keep things neat.

Don’t attempt to use the tub for a good 48 hours so it can cure properly. If you do all of the above, you shouldn’t have to re-caulk for at least a couple years.

Caulking is a pain in the ass. But if take some time to get it right, it can be your best friend.

Caulk tips. Oh the hilarity!

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89 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Thanks for the tips Mel

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90 Bridget December 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I just adore my Arbonne face wash and moisturizers! clean clear smlls and so moisturizing!!!

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91 Dee December 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

I love reading through all the comments on this post. I’m with you on the shower. I’ve skipped a few (especially in the cold) although those were the days I didn’t work out.

Off to research some of these products. Fun times! I’m not kidding. I love doing these type of things. Lol.

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92 Kathy S December 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Why not try baths if you hate showers?? And before people chime in with “you sit in dirty water,” how many of you go to bed every night without getting clean one way or another? I think sleeping dirty in the bed, night after night, is a lot more gross than soaking in a tub and toweling dry.

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93 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

It’s the whole getting wet thing that I hate most :( I do like bathes though!

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94 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I love the WF hair/body products. But what makes my showers/baths are products from http://www.rockriversoap.com – all handmade in Wisconsin. Scott is awesome to work with and will custom make all sorts of things for you. I’ve been using no other soap than theirs for ten years. So fantastic!

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95 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love gratefruits…my mom used to cut one in half for me every morning as a child. I would have it with sugar sprinkled on top…now I prefer it without. I also love showers…Aveda products would be my top picks…a luxury item for sure! They are on my wish list!

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96 Kathryn December 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’m happy to hear that you guys are no good at DIY projects (just like my husband and I!). You guys seem to have it so together with everything else – nice to know you have minor flaws that we’re very familiar with ourselves :)

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97 Mandie December 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

If I didn’t need to wash my hair, I don’t think showering would be such a pain. I love feeling the water, but hate the time consuming acts of soaping up, shampooing, conditioning and shaving.

Also I love that this whole post was posted in my blog roll and not just the first 3 sentences!

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98 Laura @ southern girl bakes December 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Bumble & Bumble Creme de Coco shampoo and conditioner make me want to shower every night. Unfortunately I only wash my hair twice a week, so I don’t get to look forward to it that often.

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99 Karen December 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

B+B Creme de Coco gets my vote too (and I only wash my uber-thick hair every third day too!)

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100 Elizabeth December 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm

What type/brand of shower head do you have? I’m in the market for a new one.

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101 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I’m not sure of the brand – it’s not marked :(

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102 Jacqueline December 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

TOo bad you don’t live in Canada but the Pure and Simple line of products is probably the best ever and makes just washing your face a spa experience!

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103 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Thanks for all of your recommendations!

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104 Jackie December 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I use Philosophy face scrub, aveeno body wash and aveda hair products – like a spa every day!

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105 Becky O'Brien December 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm

All in all, a very “refreshing” post! : ) I love the Shaklee Enfuselle skin care and personal care products. The Moisturizing Shower Gel is to die for. Coconut, essential sea minerals, super-gentle, concentrated. I put just a little on my white shower sponge and I get the most luscious bubbles. My skin is highly moisturized. When I step out of the shower and put the Enfuselle Hand and Body Lotion on my damp skin, my skin literally stays moisturized all day long, without having to reapply. Plus, I know I’m not getting stuff like parabens in my blood stream. There’s also a Spa Shea Butter Cream I love.

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106 Abby F December 13, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Be care with grapefruits! I love them too, but MANY medications react with them, so check with your physican or pharmacist before eatting them when starting a new medication :-) I was suprised too!!

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107 Lauren @ Vaguely Vegan December 13, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Wow…it’s so simple but I’ve never thought to peel a grapefruit like an orange! Usually it’s so much hassle to eat one (special grapefruit knife, special grapefruit spoon, mess of juice) I’m definitely trying this tomorrow.

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108 shelly December 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

The chore of taking a shower is a pain sometimes but the feeling afterwards is so nice! Kinda like working out. I take 2 showers a day everyday. I don’t feel like myself if I don’t. I’m not faithful to any one shower product really. I love trying new things that aren’t too pricey

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109 Linda December 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I use Origins Perfect World Face Cleanser and Modern Friction Face Scrub 2 or 3 times a week. It’s a little pricey, but a dab will do ya, so it last forever. Your skin feels so clean and soft afterwards.

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110 Jess December 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I love to shower! I am a summer baby and love the water, so maybe thats it? I recently got a body wash (just the the supermarket) that smells like nectarine and white ginger. Maybe Dove? It smells like fruit juice: I love it!

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111 jenna k December 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

i LOVE showering, but my dry skin/hair can’t take it 7 days a week. i just started using EOS shaving cream, and it’s way better than anything else at that (cheap) price. i also just started using a dab of baby oil on my legs right out of the shower, and it’s working a lot better than lotion.
i’m hoping to find a good job soon so i can afford to buy a more expensive toiletry item every once in awhile. i love girly things like that :)

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112 Lorin December 14, 2011 at 12:43 am

I have a feeling you wouldn’t do good backpacking for a few days. Although, I’ve gone backpacking and camped by a lake and just washed off there. After one trip I was taking a shower in the hotel that we were at and there was a bunch of dirt everywhere. It’s worth it though :)

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113 Khushboo December 14, 2011 at 12:52 am

I love showering…especially when I’m washing my hair…but then again, I’m slightly OCD about personal hygiene!

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114 seana December 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

My favorite shower goody is Pampered Hearts Lemongrass Spa Body Polish. It’s a salt scrub w/ oils that smells delish. No lotion needed after using this in the shower. Saves a step. Hard to stay hydrated in our harsh upstate NY snowy and cold winters :)

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115 tracy December 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

Is there a guest bedroom downstairs?

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116 KathEats December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Yes

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117 Paula December 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

Three things:
Mel had the best tips for caulking, Take it from a house painter(and caulker for 22 years). There is no need for tape, just a good caulking gun and a wet finger. I might suggest getting a “no-drip” gun. After all it is just caulk and can get wiped right out while it is wet, if it goes wonky.
Find someone who makes real soap. Everything you buy in the store is detergent and added “stuff” to make you smell good and think you feel good. I make my own with lye, water and olive oil. All soap has lye in it so don’t panic.
If you can find one, buy a Plumelo! They are the best grapefruit EVER for peeling and eating. I am addicted and can’t find them. Sam’s club carried them for two years and Winn Dixie had them one season and now they are GONE.

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118 KathEats December 14, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Thanks Paula. We didn’t weight the tub with water, but hoping Matt’s body weight was good enough.

I do have some handmade soaps and love them!

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119 Paula December 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I should have mentioned that we never weighted a customer’s tub with water either. So that tip I might have left out. :)

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120 Katie @ Kate and the Finn December 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

I can’t believe no one has asked about that AWESOME bench/stool in your bathroom! Tell me more! I love a little pop of vintage in a clean, modern space – well done.

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121 KathEats December 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Thanks! it was a wedding gift that Matt’s fraternity brother brought us back from Egypt!

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122 April December 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

You’ve gotta try Beauty Without Cruelty Lavender Highland Shampoo & Conditioner. They’re 100% natural and 100% vegetarian and they smell great!

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123 Jen December 14, 2011 at 11:30 am

Speaking of grapefruits… I have the pink grapefruit/citrus body wash from Burts Bees and I LOVE it! Totally makes my mornings and the scent wakes me right up!

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124 Sandy December 15, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I was loving grapefruit earlier in the fall but then starting loving the apples and then the clementines. I think grapefruit is going back on my grocery list. It sounds wonderful right now.

I am definitely OCD about showers. I have to have one as soon as I work out in the morning. Actually I can’t go out in public (my walk doesn’t count) without a shower so I take a four mile power walk, get a quick 3 minute shower and go to Jazzercise or yoga every morning. Crazy. Then I will shower after a sweaty class and start fresh again. I also re-shower right before dinner if I have time so I am fresh and refreshed when my husband comes home. It gives me more evening energy. AND as crazy as it is I can’t go to bed without showering just before I climb under those clean sheets which I change and wash every single day! Maybe OCD doesn’t begin to describe me.

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