Valentine’s Day Gift – 5 Senses

So Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and I typically am not a fan of this made up holiday, but I have new man in my life and I thought I would do a little something for him. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money since we will be going on vacation together in March.

I decided to give him 5 small gifts that coordinated with your 5 senses (Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight, and Sound).


I went and bought lavender massage oil. I wrote on a piece of white paper “To initiate weekly massages” with red and pink sharpie markers and then cut with fancy scissors.



I went and bought a big bag of his favorite candy, Kit Kat bars. On a piece paper using same markers and scissors it said “You’re the Kit to my Kat”



Every movie night we light a candle and turn off the lights. I have loved that ever since the first time he did it. We burned through that candle quickly. What can I say we love movies. I went and bought a new candle to replace the old and wrote on the tag “For our movie nights”.



For sight I decided to have a picture printed off of us from New Years Eve. I found a frame at Marshall’s that said “you’re my favorite”. It was the perfect find.



For sound, I bought him an Itunes gift card and wrote “So you can download legally”. Inside joke. 🙂


Put it all together

I bought 3 polka bags and 2 stripped bags from Target and found deep pinkish red tissue paper. I placed 1 gift in each bag and added the tissue paper. I also found tags at Target in the $1 bin. On each tag I wrote the sense and tied it to its appropriate bag.


Can’t wait to see what he thinks on Sunday!

Happy Valentines Day!


Apartment Bathroom Upgrades

As many of you know I live in a small studio apartment but decorate and design like I live in a house. I absolutely love my apartment. It is the perfect size for me and the upgrades I have made in the last 5 years have really made it comfy and cozy.

I never really did anything with the bathroom when I moved in 5 years ago, so I guess it was time. My off white walls in the bathroom were starting to look dingy and were starting to chip. I absolutely love all grey hues. My living area is also a soft gray. The color I chose for the walls was a slate gray with a blue hint and I did the chair rail a bright white. Just with painting it felt brand new, fresh and clean.


I was at the Ronald McDonald Household sale during the week and found this wood shelf for $6.00. It was the perfect size for the wall above the toilet. I sanded it down and  gave it several coats of the same white paint I used on the walls.


Now I hate to measure when hanging things. And I am actually pretty awful at it. LOL. I took a piece of painters tape and placed it on the back of the shelf where the screw holes were. I then took a sharpie and marked on the tape where the holes were located.


I then took the tape off the shelf and brought it over to the wall and got out my drill. I drilled through the tape marked holes and into the wall.


I then removed the painters tape and hung the shelf.


Now the fun part, STAGING!!!  The top shelf I used a silver candle holder and soft blue washcloths that I already had on hand.


The second shelf I bought a gray soap dish at the $1 store, used a soap that my aunt gave me and placed a terracotta pot with a fake succulent in it. I actually found the pots at the same Ronald McDonald House sale and got 4 for $.50. I painted the pots the same white as shelf and walls.


The third shelf I used glass jars that I found in Target’s $1.00 bins and filled them with cotton balls, Epsom salts, and q-tips (which I already had on hand).


The bottom shelf was another pot with a succulent and the remainder of the soft blue washcloths.


The finished product was way more than I imagined. I am in love with it. It totally fit my spa-like vision.

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I added some cream hand towels to the bar.


I then bought a new white shower curtain from Bed Bath and Beyond. It actually didn’t cost me anything, as I had a gift card.


On the opposite wall of the shelf I had a piece of artwork that was hanging prior to upgrades. I also have 2 small throw rugs that are the same color as the washcloths on the shelf.

I just need to do a window covering but it is such a small window that it may be complicated. I am going to brainstorm on it, so be on the look out for a new how-to.

It was a very easy and frugal upgrade to my bathroom. I can’t stop going in and just staring at it from the doorway. I can’t wait to take a bath with my bath salts.

Paint:    $20.00

Shelf:    $6.00

Pots:   $.50

Succulents:    $6.00

Soap dish:   $1.00

Jars:   $3.00

Total: $36.50