3 Ways to Revitalize Your Vanity With A’vant

Home upgrades, especially bathroom upgrades can be tough to maneuver! Thank you to VT Industries and their A’vant Vanities for sponsoring this post, and providing much-needed inspiration as we embark on our home renovation journey.

Planning a bathroom renovation/upgrade? Here's 3 ways to revitalize your vanity with A'vant Vanities from VT Industries. Above all have FUN #ad #avantvanity

As you are well aware of now, we are upgrading our master bedroom/bathroom later this month.

It keeps coming closer and closer, and I’m a bit in shock about how much our lives will change soon. I’m nervous about the displacement and the changes, but I’m also super excited. Things will be different! And better! We have spent weeks looking on Houzz. I’m not even sure what’s most fun – picking out medicine cabinets and mirrors, picking out tubs, or picking out vanities. The vanity is a place you spend a lot of your life! It’s often where you start your day, and where you end it too.

Cassidy and I love to talk about single or double sinks, and what kinds of faucets we might love. Ultimately, replacing our dull or barely-existent vanities will bring new life to our bathroom. That’s why I love A’vant products. They bring new life to your bathroom! A’vant Vanity Surfaces will rejuvenate your bathroom with their stunning colors and natural textures.

Their products are solid surface bathroom vanities, created with durable quartz and granite. The surfaces are proven to maintain their color and consistency for years, and are available in 15 on-trend hues – ranging from wintry whites to earthy browns! There are custom and standard pairings, and A’vant vanities come in five standard sizes. Delivery is quick and nationwide, and sinks are available in two different shapes as well as two different elegant color options to complete this one-of-a-kind look! The shapes are rectangular or circular, paired with your choice of a modern white or bisque color.

Here are three ways to revitalize your vanity!

1 – Replace your vanity top. This is a simple way to totally change the look of your bathroom. A’vant Vanities make so many different statements. We browse Houzz to look at different styles for our house – like modern, rustic, farmhouse, etc.

This is a simple and fun way for DIYers to revitalize their bathrooms.

2 – Replace your faucet. We’ve had to do this in the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. Sometimes you go into a bathroom and you instantly notice if they have a cool sink/faucet! Ours had been badly in need of updating for ages!

3 – Buy new accessories. Before the renovation planning, we did a bathroom refresh so that it would be more fun in the remaining months we had with it the way it was. I had fun picking out a new trash can, new soap dispensers, colorful new towels, a new shower curtain, and a matching bath mat. It’s amazing how those little touches make big changes.

It turns out that remodeling your bathroom is easier than you think, and A’vant Vanities make the process even easier! I LOVE their custom and standard sizes, and their awesome colors. I love how they appeal to our various styles.

Make sure you stay in touch with VT Industries on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Houzz! (I love Houzz so much) And find your local dealer for VT Industries at this link, so that you can begin your own vanity project!

Have you seen A’vant vanities’ 15 colors here? Which one is your favorite?

Happy Revitalizing!

You See, I Am the Butterfly

Our first four butterflies hatched beautifully within the first few days of having them.

I waited until Scarlet came home from camp and invited her best friend/best friend’s mom to join us. We had been waiting for a sunny, warm day. I hadn’t expected the rush I got watching that first one take off from Ella’s (Scarlet’s best friend) outstretched hand, and then swirl into a gold and black vision against the trees. The other three followed suit – and one from my own hand. I sort of wanted to cry, but I didn’t. It’s amazing how often that happens. And when I cry, I CRY.

I don’t think I’m a pretty crier either, although I’ve been told I am. I never will be because I can’t breathe when I cry.

And that’s the reason I’m afraid of most things. What if I can’t breathe if it happens? What if I can’t breathe at the dentist? Or on a roller coaster? With a stomach virus? During a speech? In a deep kiss? Actually, that’s the best kind of not-breathing.

Then there’s the worst.

The thing is, I had to euthanize a butterfly today, and it takes my breath away in the worst way.

The fifth butterfly hatched, probably around the fifth day. It was the smallest chrysalis, but probably the prettiest. Scarlet was here when it started, and she hadn’t seen the other four hatch in her own butterfly garden. This butterfly struggled. I helped, as gently as I could, by pulling off pieces of chrysalis that seemed to be suffocating the butterfly and keeping it down. I was trying hard not to touch her and I think I succeeded, but her “birth” (rebirth?) seemed to take forever. She was born late in the day – and didn’t get the luxury of drying her wings against the sun. When we woke up today, I thought she was dead. Then she moved and tried to open her wings. They’re withered and small, but they’re wings. They’re her wings.

I wanted to see what she could do. I read up about what to do, and everyone had the same wisdom – don’t let her suffer for hours or days. Put her to “sleep” in a low temp, and she’ll pass away gently in her sleep. Gentle wings, gentle soul.

I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry. I would have given you every fighting chance.


I didn’t expect to have my breath taken away by the first butterflies in flight, and I didn’t expect to have it sucked back in the worst way with this last, weaker butterfly. Kristi from “Finish the Sentence Friday” is asking us to talk about the August things right now. The topic this week is “It’s August, and I can’t believe..” and here’s a post I wrote four years ago:

Don’t make me say goodbye to summer just yet.

A year ago this week, I had a crippling nightmare. I dreamed it was December. Christmas time. It was dark at 4:45 pm and I had the trace of a winter sniffle – Desmond’s cheeks were red and raw. I felt like I couldn’t breathe, like a school bus was on my chest. And in typical dream form, a school bus was actually on my chest! Don’t you love dreams?

And then I woke up, and I looked out the window and it was August. And you know what I’m talking about – August has a particular look, a particular sound, a particular smell and a particular feel. There’s probably even a taste in there somewhere. I was afraid of the cold and darkness. I thought they would go through my skin to my heart. I thought winter would make me cold and dark. It’s not what happened. It’s been a wonderful year. In many ways. These kids. These friends.

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For the most part, I truly believe my default setting is of joy. That doesn’t mean the chill doesn’t get in and stay anywhere from two minutes to two years. I started writing this last week when I had a dark few days. And now that I’m continuing these August thoughts, I don’t feel the darkness as much, if at all. This year was filled with just as much, if not more, of the pitfalls of living and loving – sickness, financial trouble, deaths, frustrations, excruciatingly low self-esteem.

There is no such thing as immunity. Not if you love, and you love so much.

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I used to get crazy butterflies when nervous as a kid. I can feel short of breath or very nauseous when nervous as an adult.

I shudder to think that the stress reactions could get worse and worse, but I do believe we can fight it by adding more items to our toolbelts. I do believe I can get stronger and more able to effectively manage the hard times. I do believe that just as the depths of sadness can exist, so can the heights of ecstasy. There is always a lower, sure. And there is always a higher.

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Last week when the fall air came in at night and people went back-to-school crazy, I felt it – that hint of doubt in my strength. The fear of December, which by the way, I do always enjoy while it’s happening in all of its festive frenzy. I think I just started mourning the loss of summer before it really ended. I feel steady ground more often these days – and that’s no metaphor. I mean my anxiety used to make me feel a little off-balance. I feel sturdier right now. I feel full right now. I feel in motion. I feel connected. Just a step backwards and I fear the worst. I fear I’ll lose it all. I fear I’ll disappear again.

Little by little. There’s just too much good in here. It’s almost too much to handle.

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These are my August things. I fear the chill always, but I feel my inner core has warmed to withstand it more.

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday or #FTSF. This week’s topic is “It’s August, and I can’t believe.” And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin on the matter: HERE.

What can’t you believe this August?