2 Weeks of Sacrifice with Blood:Water Mission

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Does everyone remember my post featuring Blood:Water Mission from last week?

I am happy to announce my decision to participate in the 2 Weeks of Sacrifice program Blood:Water Mission sponsors.  The basic idea is to give up drinking anything but tap water for 2 weeks.

 The goal is to:

  1. Become more appreciative of how easily accessible clean water is in the United States.
  2. Save the money you would normally spend on drinks throughout the 2 weeks and send it to Blood:Water Mission.  Considering that every $1 gives 1 person water for 1 year… think about how so little [in our eyes] can create a huge impact!

I am hoping to start sometime soonwhy the delay?  I was wondering if any of you would like to take this journey with me!?

For both seasoned and new humanitarians alike this should be easy peezy!  Such an effortless and simple solution to such a serious problem.  Just think if you save $1 a day, that would be $14 at the end of two weeks… which would mean 14 lives that you have positively impacted!

I don’t know about you but I think cutting out the Coke Zero [mmm] and the sweet tea for two weeks is well worth the cause!  Besides what a healthy initiative!

Leave a comment below if you would also like to participate in 2 Weeks of Sacrifice.  I will send an email with the “logistics” of the fundraiser.  I will also create an email group for everyone who participates to send updates on the process and the savings!   Then at the end of the two weeks the blog will announce how much we raised as a group + testimonials and personal stories from you!!  

So start thinking about how important soda/coffee/tea is to you and consider joining this initiative!  Then pass it along to your friends and family as well! 

Bethany

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Bathroom Inspiration

July 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

What’s a bathroom makeover without some inspiration?  I have become completely addicted to Pinterest, which is where I’m getting a lot of my inspiration for all sorts of projects and makeovers.  So naturally, I headed over to Pinterest this week to get some ideas for my bathroom.  I won’t be able to carry out a lot of these ideas but they are still great motivators all the same.  Check out some of the bathrooms I fell in love below:

Love almost everything about this bathroom from Desire to Inspire… especially the mirrors and light fixture.  Thinking about doing something similar to the under-counter curtains for my own bath!

How cool is this bathroom?!?  Such a great way to carry out a vintage/rustic theme in your house.  Props goes to this handmade home in Santa Monica… check out the rest of their home here.

Such a great bathroom! Absolutely love that key!!! via

Another great look at curtains under cabinet effect.  Love it!  Sorry, wasn’t able to find the source for this picture!

Love the bunting!!!

I was having a hard time finding bathrooms with my expected color scheme.  This is basically the colors I would like to use + a warm brown and replace pink with a fitting orange.  I love design seeds— so great for color inspiration.

Let’s take a look at a couple shelving options I am considering:

Love this and seems simple enough!  via

What a creative and unique idea! Once again.. love it.  via

Over-the-door shelving is both pretty and space saving!

This shelving is exactly my style.   I wonder if dad could help me get this started?  via

Thank you BH&G for this beautiful bathroom storage / organization.

Of course I’ll be using art to pull it all together… looking for something simple and probably something I could do myself.  I like the look of these:

Probably wouldn’t use the coral… but a simple print would be cool… via

What a great and simple print.  Feel like it would be pretty easy to pull off too.  Check out this and other art at this etsy shop

I couldn’t like this painting any more… its absolutely perfect.  Thank you!

Well that’s all I’ve got for now!! Can’t wait to put some of these ideas into works!!

Bethany

Old Bathroom, New Solutions!

July 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

So as I’ve said before in the tour of my apartment… my apartment building is pretty old and was built probably in the 1950s.  It definitely has its quirks as any old apartment would.  One of those quirks [in my opinion] is the bathroom.  While fully functional– there are definite ups and downs to this space.

Lets just take a look at some of the obstacles I am hoping to overcome in the next few weeks:

So here it is in all its glory.  The space is kind of hard to take pictures of because it is long but not very wide.  Literally the first thing I notice when I look at this picture is how high the toilet paper holder is.  You would think that would be an easy task to accomplish… moving the TP.  Not so easy when the thing has been there for who knows how long.  Unscrewing the TP holder would mean taking about half an inch of paint and molding with it.  Who knows what I’ll do– probably just settle for reaching for the TP.

Another thing I hate about this bathroom is the lack of cabinets underneath the counter… how attractive is that?!?!    You can also see how the bathroom has been slightly renovated previously.  I’m pretty sure that it used to be pedestal sink because of the towel bar you see on the left.  Why else would it be there?! It is awkwardly close to the counter and really bothers me!!

Oh yea… this is another thing I hate about the bathroom… this awkward shelf / mirror.  It’s terrible for two reasons: 1) when you look in the mirror your body is distorted because the 2 levels of mirrors and 2) when you sit on the toilet you have to look at yourself… awwwkwwaaard.

Another thing that shows how old this apartment is… the wrap around shower.  Good luck trying to find a shower curtain to fit this bad boy.  Still not sure how I’m going to fix this one.

Another unattractive thing about this apartment is the base-board heating.  Oh well.

So lets go over the things I hope to accomplish–

Checklist:

  1. Curtains for the window– need some color!
  2. Figure out how to cover the underneath of the counters– probably curtains!
  3. Paint the mirrored shelf.
  4. Add new hardware to the shelf
  5. Shelf for towels / accessories
  6. Paint ?
  7. Bathmats / towels / etc
  8. Solution to shower curtain extension

Budget:

Since I already have many of the items needed to re-do the bathroom… I would like to keep the budget under $75.  

I hope you enjoy reading about how I transform this bathroom (as much as I am able to).  Also if you have any ideas on ways  to accomplish some of my goals please let me know in the comment section– or email me at projectrejuvenate@gmail.com

Thanks!

Bethany

PS. Be sure to check out the rest of my bathroom makeover over at http://www.projectrejuvenate.net 

 

 

 

Check, Check, Check it out!

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

I just entered my post, In Living [Room] Color, to this linky partay! There are already some amazing posts linked up and I’m sure there are many many more to come– super exciting stuff!

 Head over to the handmade home— Ashley has amazing taste and I am so impressed by her paintings– I wish I had that kind of talent!!  The Handmade Home is definitely one of those blogs that keeps you coming back for more, if ya know what I mean, so check it out!

Thanks y’all!

Bethany

It all began in Switzerland… European Adventure Part 1

July 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am so excited!!!!

I cannot wait to tell everyone all about my European adventures from Summer 2010.  As I mentioned before in the little bit of background about me, I travelled to the Dominican Republic in 2005.  It was my first real taste of international traveling… I immediately fell in love with it.  There are hardly any words to describe the delight I have in traveling.  It is this delight and love that pushed me to raise money for four years to study abroad.

Studying abroad will always be one of the best experiences of my life.  It was without a doubt unforgettable.  There were so many choices to be made in order to  study abroad– should I go for a summer, a semester, an entire year?  Where should I go?  When should I go?  Should I try to travel while I’m there, etc etc.  My mind was constantly changing on what I should do.  I finally decided that I would study in Florence, Italy for an entire month during the Summer of 2010.  Knowing that a meager four weeks would not be nearly enough for me, I recruited a travel partner [a fabulous one at that] and we planned a European excursion for the 2 weeks before the program.  I will admit that planning this trip basically consumed my life for the months prior– but it was completely worth it in the end.  I will leave our route a surprise as I recapture the experiences of the trip.  I hope you enjoy my stories, advice, and pictures [note that I did not have that great of a camera].  And as you may notice by the title… our first destination was Zurich, Switzerland.

May 16, 2010

Our plane left around 1 pm for Zurich.  Because they are 6 hours ahead, we would be landing in Switzerland around 8:30 am.  I remember being on the plane… furious because I couldn’t sleep.  Anxious to get there.  Nervous to be away from home for 6 weeks… away from family, friends, my church, and of course, boyfriend.  I remember thinking at one point, is this the right decision?  Obviously it was too late for second guesses.  I blame most of this worry on my mother [naturally] because she she is a worrier by nature [usually for good reasons].  But more likely it was sparked because at that moment I was entering an entirely different world from my own.  And while this truth is incredibly exciting, it is also equally intimidating.  I was about to go backpacking around Europe with a girl I barely knew and I was admittedly a wee bit scared.  However, all of that changed the next day…

May 17, 2010

To me, this picture is the perfect description of Switzerland and the way it makes me feel.  Completely beautiful, natural, clean, happy, lovely… basically any positive adjective that you can think of.  

Alyssa and I safely arrived in Zurich without any problems.  We were able to take a [very expensive] taxi to our hostel and check into our room several hours early.  It was nice to be able to put our stuff down, change out of our nasty airplane/airport clothing, and freshen up a bit before hitting the streets.  Alyssa and I agreed that we would not have jet lag– we knew we couldn’t afford to waste any valuable time sleeping.  So despite only getting 2 hours of sleep on the plane we made a full day of exploring the streets of Zurich together.  We grabbed a map, a coffee, some Swedish bakery treats, and were on our way.  Deciding to ramble our way into the main city, called “Old  City,” was probably one of the best decisions we made during the entire trip.  We wondered through neighborhoods, alleyways, walked along the waterside of Lake Zurich, and saw some of the most beautiful scenery we otherwise would have never seen.  Like the picture above.

Alyssa and I made a pretty great team.  We were both interested in doing and seeing the same things.  Plus, we were really able to get to know each other throughout the whole trip.  There was hardly a silent moment between us during the two weeks that we travelled and we became great friends.  I would travel with her any time, any day, any where if she asked me!

After about a 30 minute walk from the hostel we finally reached “Old City” and I think both Alyssa and I were taken back, not only by the beauty of the city, but by the realization that we were in Europe– it was super surreal.

One activity that Alyssa and I made a habit throughout the trip was climbing to a very high point in every city.  In this case one of the church steeples– Grossmünster– which is the church with the double steeples on the right.  

Once again, doing this every where we went, was absolutely amazing, and definitely worth the hike up all those stairs.  Once we got to the top we could see everything more clearly and for miles and miles.   It was amazing how the view from the top completely changed the perspective of the beautiful churches from the street.  It was so much easier to appreciate their beauty when you could see all of the architecture.  The day was absolutely perfect.  We enjoyed every second of walking around… taking it all in.  By the end of the day… after running on 2 hours of sleep… we were exhausted.  I think we both fell asleep by 9:30 pm.  It was the most incredible day to start our adventures and it really set the stage for the rest of our trip.

Keep a look out for Day 2 of my fantastic adventures in Europe coming soon!!

Bethany

In Living [Room] Color

July 25, 2011 § 16 Comments

Hey y’all.

I wanted to share with you guys some of my inspiration for color in my living room!  I use a lot of color… basically every one you can think of.  I believe color can make or break a room.  In my living room I wanted to make sure it was not matchy matchy, I wanted it to be… lets call it “elegantly thrown together”.  Which is actually pretty easy to do since I’m a college student and I use what I’ve got and buy things that are on sale!  I have achieved the look I wanted with  new items, newly renovated items, and also a lot of things that I’ve had for years.  I think it is a lot of fun to bring it all together to create a unique and personal vibe.

Take a look at it below:

A lot of my inspiration came from the following three pieces: The first bit of color[inspi]ration is this trunk I bought around 3 years ago at HomeGoods [of course] and I still luuuuurve it so much.  It pretty much captures all the colors used in my living room to a tee!

Secondly, I really loved my table cloth that I got from Target about a year ago.  I loved the combination of colors and really wanted to try to capture that combo with the rest of my living area.

And finally, my last bit of inspiration came from this vintage paper I bought when I was in Florence, Italy.  Once again I loved color’s role in making this piece stand out.  When I saw it, I knew I had to have it… not even intending to frame it.

It wasn’t until I saw all three  pieces together that I knew I had something really going with my color scheme [if you can call basically all the colors a scheme].  I  house-shopped, combining a lot of knick knacks I already owned and picked up a few things at Marshalls or HomeGoods. Which amounted to basically everything on the walls, windowsills, and side tables.

Tying the rest of it together was pretty easy!  It simply required taking the old boring brown from the furniture and jazzing it up.  I tackled the couches first by adding some color with bright and fun pillows and making a new slipcover for an old ottoman.  You may remember those recent posts which you can find here and here.   Just those pillows alone brought a lot of pizzazz to my living room without being too overbearing.  

The next step was painting some hand-me-down furniture from my parents’ house.  Isn’t that old [ginormous] atlas fun in the coffee table?  Plus, it brings out the colors of the room too!And a little bit of blue and new hardware for this side table!
The final step was adding a rug which I found at Lowes for $25!  It is a lighter shade of the blue that I used to paint the table above!
And here is the finished product:
And all together again:
I’m certain that I will continue adding pieces here and there… maybe a few more pillows, etc etc. BUT I am so pleased with how everything has come together.  It really speaks to my personality and the things I really enjoy in life!
Let me know what y’all think! And tell me what you use as color[inspi]ration for your home!!
I hope your Monday was colorful 🙂

Bethany

PS. Check out http://www.projectrejuvenate.net to keep following my adventures in design 🙂 

 

When window units aren’t enough…

July 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

As mentioned before in Le Tourre of my esteemed dwellings… my apartment is without Central Air.  Up until this point my window units have treated me fantastically.  They have been so kind to me, cooling my home faithfully for the past two months.  I have even been keeping the setting on “low” because I never needed more.  And while my window units have not failed me [completely] they are falling short a bit.  Little did I know how things could change so quickly… fall apart so suddenly… as did the comfortable, cool air of my apartment.

Both Thursday and Friday set record high temperatures and Saturday was even hotter.  Actual temperatures in the low 100s with heat index around 110 degrees– I think we can all agree that its been miserable.  And it’s basically nationwide… that’s right people that’s at 7 PM… shouldn’t it be a little cooler by then?

Now… despite all of my window units hard work… its just not cutting it!  With both units on full blast my apartment is still stifling hot.  I had to make an executive decision about what to do next… buy fans and cool my apartment or buy cute home decor?

Well… fans it was.  Who knew how expensive fans were… $40 for two fans [what?!?!]… $40 that could have been spent on so many beautiful things…

Like one of these…

Or plants to fill my strawberry planter…

And I seriously had my eyes on this fabric for new pillows…

But alas… I could not buy any of those lovely things… I had to stay within my budget for the week… so fans it was.  And while I am bummed about things I’m not able to do this week because I don’t have fundage… the fans seem to be making my apartment a bit cooler.   There is at least some more air circulation.  Kinda?  I’m just praying that it cools down a little bit… although the forecast doesn’t show much hope for that possibility 😦

Stay cool and hydrated out there folks!

Bethany