playlist for the shower

Show of hands, everyone. How many of you sing in the shower with or without audio accompaniment (and with or without singing talent)? I do, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! A home spa experience complete with steam shower, scented soap and candles, and massage tools are great. But, music just brings that level of relaxation to a whole other dimension.

Are you the type of person who prefers to have Mozart and Liszt playing in the background. Classical music is soothing, but can also be lively and energizing. Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” (Finale) … yes, cannons and all!

Now that you’re awake, how about a funk, disco, jazz mix? Earth, Wind, and Fire’s upbeat “September” will definitely get your vocal cords warmed up for a day of talking and singing. Just be extra careful dancing in the shower … it’s slippery in there!

That was fun. But, it’s not over. B.o.B with “So Good” just keeps those good vibes flowing. These lyrics are simple, easy to learn, and catchy.

That should do it, right? You’re probably about ready to hop out of the shower. So, let’s go with one final song. This time, try a slower beat, something that will help you transition from the shower to the rest of your morning routine. This version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole is so beautiful.

Now, you’re sure to have a great day no matter what happens!

What are your favorite songs to listen to in the morning?

 

hawaiian spa

 

Have you been lucky enough to visit Hawaii? Unfortunately for me, I haven’t yet been. I would love to drag my toes through the sand and watch the surfers ride huge waves! There’s an upside to my Hawaii-less life (so far), though. I can have a Hawaii-inspired steam shower and spa experience right in my very own home.

I’ve got some tips to help you bring Hawaii right into your very own bathroom. It doesn’t even matter how big or small your bathroom is, all you need is a few well-placed items and, before you know it, you’ll be hearing the sound of surf on the sand. Let’s get started!

The first product you’ll need to buy is sea salt. If you prefer to soak in your bathtub, just pour a tablespoon or two of sea salt into the hot water. You can actually buy Hawaiian sea salt. It’s typically a combination of Hawaiian herbal extracts and Hawaiian red sea salt. The natural sea salt will soften your skin. It’s also loaded with healthful minerals which will give your skin a nutrient-rich drink.

If you have a steam shower, activate the steam, pour the salt mixture onto a damp cloth and gently rub it all over your body. Both the salt and the cloth act as exfoliants which will give you vibrant looking skin.

Once you’re done exfoliating, use a toner to help completely remove any remaining dead skin cells, oil or dirt. A Hawaiian toner will consist of kaolin or bentonite clay mixed with Hawaiian herbal extracts. Spread the mixture all over your body then rinse off.

Finally, make sure you moisturize. Any body butter that’s made from natural ingredients will nourish and hydrate your skin.

Of course, a trip to Hawaii would just be awesome. But, failing that, this Hawaiian home spa experience will at least make you feel like you’re right there luxuriating in the warm sunshine.

Photo: plumbworld.co.uk

Photo: plumbworld.co.uk

You’ve just picked out your steam shower and the color and style of fixtures that will make your bathroom look like its jumped right out of the pages of your favorite design magazine. But, you’re not quite done yet. The next step is figuring out which material will cover your bathroom walls.

Tile

Tile is the standard go-to for bathrooms, isn’t it? Easy to clean and clean-looking, it’s also waterproof and, if properly installed, is guaranteed to last a lifetime. All you need to do is perhaps clean the grout every year or so. I say “perhaps” because it is possible to seal the grout as a way to minimize the dust and dirt that might accumulate in between those beautiful tiles. There are myriad tile options today depending on whether you’re after a modern or traditional look or something in between. Even color choice is pretty open to personal preference. All of these points explain why tile is the perfect bathroom wall covering.

Acrylic or Drywall

Your other option is to go for either acrylic or drywall wall coverings. There’s little difference in cost between either of these choices. Or, for that matter, between these choices and tile. How much you end up spending will depend on how large your bathroom is and how expensive the actual tile or type of wall material is. Drywall, for instance, can end up costing the same as the most expensive tile … and sometimes it’s cheaper. The key here is to do your homework. Search around for the wall covering you want at the most reasonable price. Don’t go too cheap, though. In the end, you do get what you pay for!

As for acrylic wall coverings … that’s definitely something you don’t see too often. Acrylic or other kind of hard plastic is typically used in the construction of shower walls, but there’s no reason why you can’t install it as a half-wall around your bathroom in place of tile.

Drywall might not seem very feasible in the bathroom, which is usually the wettest room in the home. Drywall makes a very elegant wall covering as long as it’s protected by paint that protects against mold and mildew.

Over to you: What covers the walls of your dream bathroom?