Before/After: Bathroom Refresh With Lowe’s

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s. All thoughts, opinions, and stories are 100% my own.

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When we first walked up the path to our now-home, we fell head over heels in love.

You’re not supposed to do that, “they” say. You’re not supposed to lead with your emotions because there are no guarantees in real estate, but I ask you – how can you not? With your three-year-old’s hand in yours, and a pregnancy so early it’s barely detectable, how do you not fall in love with your particular dream home? In our case, it was an A-frame in a clearing in the woods – reminiscent of every great ski lodge we’d ever visited. It was private, quiet, and full of potential.

I could almost already see moose antlers on the wall next to a “Home Sweet Home” sign.

Lowe's is a GREAT place to buy bath products on a budget. Check out our small bathroom storage update and the products we scored at Lowe's AD #BathOnaBudget

And of course on that day of the open house, Mother Nature had brought her A-game on this A-frame. (sorry, had to) The tall trees danced shadows on the green, green grass on this calm September day. The trails in the woods seemed abuzz with a glow that looked like fairy light. All three of us were smitten! We bought our first home, bypassing the “starter home”, and wanted to make this ours for keeps. Or for a long time. Without the glow of the September sun, and without the perfect staging by the real estate company, we realized we had work to do. And I was six weeks pregnant, so tasks were pushed off.

And on our second night in our brand new home, there was a freak October blizzard and we lost power for 48 hours!

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(This was OCTOBER!)

Debacles and cleaning aside, we have grown with our house, and our house has grown with us. I love the open kitchen and my loft office, but I haven’t fallen madly in love with all rooms in this house. The upstairs bathroom has always left a lot to be desired! It’s small and clean, but has no storage situation. Generally, the kids leave towels and rolls of toilet paper on the floor or on the toilet. The shower isn’t big enough for a lot of varieties of bath products. We need STORAGE solutions!

Lowe's Bath

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As you can see above, there’s no place for linens, toilet paper, toiletries, and cleaning products. There’s a pedestal sink but no vanity or cupboards. There’s also an empty corner, as shown above, that is a good place to start. So we went to Lowe’s! I specifically was looking for shelving and/or linen cabinets. I was thinking I’d be happier if every item had its own place. And, it would look nicer too! I’m happy with what we found at Lowe’s for our bathroom storage upgrade/refresh.

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Our first item was a Linen Cabinet, and we loved this freestanding one:





Next, I needed a place to store products. The medicine cabinet was full, and we were attached to it. That said, I wanted attractive and simple shelving to store products, extra toilet paper, extra linens, etc. We struck gold with that too:


I love everything about it! It looks awesome in our bathroom.



All in all, I feel happier to walk into the bathroom and see things in their right place.

Lowe’s is an AMAZING place to buy bath products at a great price. During these dog days of summer, enjoy their air conditioning and tackle a small bathroom upgrade/refresh. These are simple and powerful ways to update your bathroom.

And, it gives us more time to focus on all of the good things this summer.

What’s the first thing you’d update in your bathroom? Check out Lowe’s Bath and let me know in the comments!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Happy Bathroom Decorating!

7 Ways We Protect What Matters To Us Most

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Here are 7 ways to protect your home and family. Iris by Lowe's is an affordable home security system to give us the peace of mind we need AD MyIrisSecurity

It’s funny, isn’t it? This building a life thing. It really ramps up in your 20’s and 30’s. Sometimes you’re completely ready for it, or so you think. You plan ahead, you apply for things, you sign paperwork on dotted lines, and you make joint decisions.

Sometimes you’re ready for it.

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And, sometimes you’re not.

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When we bought our first house five years ago, after years of renting various places in New Jersey, San Francisco, and even Massachusetts, Scarlet was two-years-old and I was six weeks pregnant with Des. It took some time to get used to living in the woods and away from people, but we have embraced our gorgeous nature landscape and we enjoy working on the home. I write about outdoors projects, but recently we began an indoors project – a DIY smart home + security system.

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There are a few reasons we made this decision. For one, we’ve been homeowners for five years now and needed better security. We are planning a full upstairs renovation during the next few months, and our chicken coop is still under construction. We have people coming and going quite a bit. Also, next year we will have two kids in elementary school! Summer is coming and will bring some key opportunities for travel. There are so many reasons to explore these avenues! So much of life is out of our control, but there’s power in being able to add protection and security to our home and family.

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Here are 7 Ways We Protect What Matters To Us Most:

Here are 7 ways to protect your home and family. Iris by Lowe's is an affordable home security system to give us the peace of mind we need AD MyIrisSecurity

1 – Iris by Lowe’s. What is it? Iris is a simple, customizable smart home system by Lowe’s that can grow with your family. You can start with a single lightbulb or a complete home security system – simply add new devices to your network and sync them with the Iris Smart Hub. Maybe you’re about to remodel a house or move into a new home. Maybe you have experienced crime or a life event that has encouraged you to seek home security options. And maybe you’re planning for a baby or for summer travel. How do you protect what matters most? With customizable smart home devices alongside affordable home security.

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Iris connects an entire range of Iris-compatible smart devices in your home through a single app. It delivers all the benefits of professional security monitoring with a home management system, but without the long-term contract that security systems require. Iris customers can now enroll in the professional monitoring plan. It’s $14.95 per month – and the best value among smart home security systems. With Lowe’s, you can expect great support and customer service – so it’s not surprising that Iris is designed for easy setup and use – with a single mobile app to manage all your home security needs.

I love that you can build your smart home at your own pace, as Iris works with 100+ smart devices.

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We have the Smart Switch to connect directly to the Iris cloud using our home Wi-Fi. We downloaded the free Iris app to get started, and no hub was required. With the app, you can use your smartphone to schedule your lights to turn on and off. This helps you monitor and conserve energy while saving on electricity costs. You can control lights, appliances and electronics on your phone! And Iris works with Amazon Alexa. And this is why Iris by Lowe’s continues to help us sleep better at night!

2 – We have Athena! She isn’t so tough once you get to know her, but a barking dog can do wonders for security! In my old house, my childhood dog once barked and scared away a burglar who had broken into our car. Nothing was stolen!

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3 – Be mindful of who has access to your home keys. Limit that access.

4 – Know your neighbors. We actually have quite a few, even though many of our other neighbors are bears, deer, and skunks. Good neighbors will keep an eye on each other’s houses. Our neighbors always tell us when they’re going on vacation.

5 – Look into strengthening your doors and reinforcing your home windows.

Here are 7 ways to protect your home and family. Iris by Lowe's is an affordable home security system to give us the peace of mind we need AD MyIrisSecurity

6 – Safeguard your hazardous home areas. This could be swimming pool, ponds and streams. This could be garages, sheds or construction areas.

7 – Protect your home from fire. Install a smoke detector and have a fire escape plan.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Iris by Lowe’s.

What do you do to protect your home?