5 Quick Steps On How To Set Up A Romantic Bath

“No, I won’t join you in the bathtub” – said no husband ever. Let’s be honest, taking a bath with your significant other is an unbelievably romantic, intimate, and personal experience. And it should be done right.

Nothing kills the mood more than an awkward bath-time situation. A misplaced foot here, a tight squeeze there, and BAM!, moment dead. Such a romantic situation like this deserves adequate preparation.

Below, check out some super simple steps you can take to ensure that your bathtub rendezvous goes blissfully perfect.

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1. Clean Your Bathtub

Nothing says romance quite like a tub filled with grime and soap scum. Seriously, make sure your bathroom is spotless. From the tub to the walls, get-a-scrubbin’.

2. Select A Perfect Time

This isn’t college, Attempting to set up a romantic time with the risk of being caught is no longer exciting. It’s just annoying. Make sure the kids are away, the roommates are busy, and no one will barge in.

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3. Setting The Mood

Kill the lights and surround your bathroom with some beautifully lit, intensely romantic candles. Just imagine the entire room solely illuminated by the flickering of tiny, enticing flames. And while you’re at it, create a playlist consisting of both of your favorite songs, allowing the music to soundtrack your intimate night.

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wixtastic

4. Don’t Over Do It

Rose petals on top of the water are a given. You know this already. But don’t go crazy dumping product after product into the water. Too many additions will result in overly fragrant water. Let the petals do the work for you. They will naturally scent your bath water brilliantly.

5. An Extra Touch

If you really want to put a cherry on top of this perfect night, consider throwing your bathrobes or towels in the dryer before you step in. That way, you and your significant other will be warm and cozy after jumping out of the tub.

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The Valentine’s Day Guide To The Bathroom

Valentine’s Day, a glorious occasion where Hallmark’s stock skyrockets, romantic comedies flood your local movie house, and men, nationwide, will travel home from work with a bouquet of roses clutched within their arms.

Despite how you feel about this holiday’s origin, Valentine’s Day is for romance. A day where you should make it your number 1 priority to cherish the person you love most in this world.

Now, you can spend Valentine’s Day like everyone else: Fancy dinner at an expensive restaurant. Tickets to an extravagant play. A couples massage. Or you can be completely original, and create a truly intimate atmosphere in a totally unexpected place… the bathroom.

Or more specifically, the bathtub. Just picture it. The sounds from the outside world completely fading away. A steaming tub just waiting to soothe you. And nothing but the water and the bubbles separating you from the person you love.

Below, check out some incredible Valentine’s Day decorating ideas for your bathroom that will completely astonish the love of your life.

Rose Petals

Naturally, no Valentine’s Day bathtub is complete without a beautiful array of rose petals sitting gracefully atop the water. That’s a given. But if you don’t have the time to pluck each and every individual petal off the rose, consider grabbing some silk petals that are remarkably realistic and easy to clean up. Learn more here.

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etsy

V-Day Soap

Whenever I think of Valentine’s Day, I’m instantly taken back to elementary school, praying that someone would give me those adorable candy hearts with the messages written on them. Today, I still believe that this grade school gift is an incredibly romantic gesture. But instead of handing out chalk flavored candy, consider filling your bathtub up with these deliciously scented candy heart soaps. I think you’ll love the results. Learn more here.

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etsy

Bubble Bath Bar

No romantic bath is complete without the addition of luscious, frothy bubbles filling your tub. Just simply crack this bar under hot running water to allow a plethora of suds to produce within seconds. Learn more here.

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etsy

His and Hers Towels

Nothing makes a couples’ bathroom cuter than separate, labeled accessories. And is there anything truly cuter than this towel set? The answer is no. Check them out here.

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etsy

And make sure you show them off in style with this elegant double robe hook here.

19cb37f6-a6a4-487e-8bd3-ab224243df48_300Shower For Two

Not everyone has a bathtub. And I get that. But that doesn’t mean you should let it get in the way of some bathroom romance. Two headed shower combos are the ideal solution to cohesive bathing. Whether you prefer a handheld shower head, or one that is fixed to the wall, these babies will ensure you can always enjoy a romantic experience together. Learn more here.

Neo Combination Shower

Neo Combination Shower

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5 Weird, Strange, and Unique Bathroom Products That You’ll Oddly Fall In Love With

We’ve relentlessly searched through Amazon, Buzzfeed, and The Huffington Post to find some of the most unusual bathroom products the World Wide Web has to offer.

But be forewarned… You may find yourself compelled to spontaneously purchase any or all of these unnecessary products (or lose yourself in a fit of rage that you didn’t come up with these ideas on your own).

But in any case, enjoy.

1. AquaNotes Waterproof Paper and Pencil

via Amazon

via Amazon

Never allow your shower time ideas to dump down the drain again. When bath time creativity strikes, you’ll be ready with this incredible product. For more, visit here.

2. Shaving Pedestal

via Frontgate

via Frontgate

Built in storage for razors, adhesive strips require no tools for installation, and bathroom routines get taken to a whole new level of ease. Ladies, you’re welcome. For more, visit here.

3. Razor Shaped Bathroom Mirror Cleaner

via BaronBob

via BaronBob

Completely unnecessary, mildly ridiculous, 100% amazing. Never be frustrated by the foggy condensation that clouds your bathroom mirror again with this outstanding product here.

4. AquaSense Massage Bath Mat

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via AquaSense

You’ll never have a logical reason for leaving the shower again. For more, visit here.

5. Runny Nose Shower Gel Dispenser

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via Amazon

Perfect for the man who has zero aspirations of ever getting married, this absurd product can complete your frat house bathroom here.

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5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends of 2014

It’s that special time of year when your New Year’s Resolution becomes a laughable thing of the past, your neighbors who still have their Christmas decorations up go from pleasantly festive to unbearably lazy, and you’re potentially in the opening phases of planning your home renovation.

But before you start swiping your credit card on fads that will fizzle by the end of next week, check out these 2014 design trends that are sure to stick around for the foreseeable future… Or at least until 2015.

1. Kick It To The Curb

More and more, we are seeing homeowners opting for the curbless shower. It’s intimate and artistic, and seems to be a staple in every modern home.

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2. The Tub Stands Alone

Although the bathtub seems to be disappearing in the modern home, if a homeowner does opt to cozy up to a warm bath and a good book, they’ll probably decide to install a free standing tub.

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3. The Color Purple

And no, we don’t mean the beautifully moving Oprah film, we mean Pantone’s purplish/pink 2014 Color Of The Year: Radian Orchid. Consider adding a splash to your bathroom or even some decorative wall art that utilizes the shade.

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Pantone.com

4. The U-Socket

Chances are, most of the devices currently ruling your life charge by use of a USB cable. In a world where USB reigns supreme, U-Sockets will be the wave of the future. So whether you’re rocking out to your favorite T-Swift song on iTunes, or simply keeping your Kindle charged while reading in the tub, you’ll definitely want to install a U-Socket.

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5. It’s Hip To Be Square

Square shower heads that is. Unique, geometric shapes are becoming the norm in both traditional and modern bathrooms. They are eye-popping, head-turning rock stars that will command your attention immediately.

The Edge Shower Head

The Edge Shower Head

To check out some fixtures from The Edge Collection, visit here.

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5 Signs It’s Definitely Time To Update Your Bathroom

Sometimes, reasons to update your bathroom may seem obvious. Your toilet stops flushing, the tiles on your bathroom floor are peeling up, your drains are so clogged that you’ve seriously considered constructing an ark for the next time you shower.

But other times, your problems may seem so small, they often go unnoticed, resulting in cataclysmic events the likes of which have never been seen.

So before your bathroom suddenly implodes overnight, check out some subtle signs that may signal that your bathroom may be in need of a serious update.

1. Old Or Faulty Fixtures

Is your bathroom beginning to look like a dungeon from the Middle Ages? Is your shower head or faucet beginning to chip or rust? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it may be time for an update.

When bits of rust and metal begin infusing into your water streams, it can cause a potential health hazard. Replacing these fixtures can be simple and often require zero professional assistance. To check out some beautiful new shower heads and faucets for your bathroom, please visit here.

The Edge Shower Head

The Edge Shower Head

The Edge Single Lever Bathroom Faucet

The Edge Single Lever Bathroom Faucet

2. Leaking Water

Have you been kept awake by the incessant sound of dripping water? Each splashing drop seeming louder than the last? A virtual ticking time bomb driving you to the verge of insanity? If your sink or shower head is consistently dripping, even at a near unnoticeable rate, there’s something wrong. It’s possible that the valve which controls the on/off setting can be broken. If you find yourself inching closer and closer to a mental breakdown, you may want to consider installing a new shower valve and trim. For more, visit here.

Neo Shower Valve and Trim

Neo Shower Valve and Trim

3. You’re Stuck In The Past

While it’s true that trends from yesteryear often resurface, some things are better left in the past. If your bathroom decor resembles something out of Ron Burgundy’s apartment, with shag carpets, many leather-bound books, and the smell of rich mahogany, it may be time to update your fixtures. Check out some stylish, ultra-modern bathroom fixtures here.

Tiber Collection

Tiber Collection

4. Your Needs Shift

As life progresses, so will your needs. Perhaps there’s a baby on the way, or maybe you’re realizing you’re not as nimble as you once were, but one thing is for sure, that one person stand-up shower in your studio apartment just isn’t gonna cut it. As your needs change, your bathroom will need to change with it. Handheld shower heads provide true versatility for bathing the little ones. And ADA Grab Bar Combination Shower Systems are ideal for those seeing their mobility on the decline.

Caspian Handheld Shower Head

Caspian Handheld Shower Head

5. Your Bathroom Just Isn’t You Anymore

Maybe it’s because you stuck with the fixtures your place came with, or maybe your taste in design just isn’t the same, but for whatever reason, your bathroom just isn’t “you” anymore. Your bathroom should be a destination for inspiration. It should embody your personality and encourage your creativity. So go crazy, have fun, be spontaneous and find that perfect look that really shows off the person you’re proud to be. Tickle your fancy here.

The Edge Collection

The Edge Collection

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3 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To This Year

This is it. This is the year. I’m gonna lose weight and eat healthier. I’m gonna drink less and quit smoking. I’m gonna save money, get rid of my debt, and finally go on that trip I’ve been dreaming of.

But it’s tough. And I get it. New Year’s Resolutions almost never last, destined to become the latest joke you can’t wait to Tweet out. But I’m definitely not here to judge. I completely understand the temptation of that Monday morning doughnut screaming your name. It’s nearly impossible to resist.

And as much as I encourage every single one of you to make a drastic lifestyle change for the better, maybe it’s possible to enhance your life by changing just a few aspects of your day-to-day routine. And you can start in the bathroom

The bathroom you say? Yes, the bathroom. Most likely, your day begins and ends in the bathroom (I hope). And all it takes is a few quick updates to your Lou to potentially get the ball rolling on your other resolutions.

1. Organic Bath Products

Did you know that most commercial soap companies leave out essential ingredients in order to make room for artificial scents and unnecessary chemicals? And these chemicals actually result in cracked and dry skin. Rid your life from the shackles of consumerism and make the switch to organic bathroom products. Your skin will become undeniably fresher and you’ll never imagine a world without handmade products. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself converting to organic food as well.

Cucumber Melon Soap

Cucumber Melon Soap

Mediterranean Soap

Mediterranean Soap

Visit Etsy.com to check out their wide array of products, or even run down to your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to see what they have to offer.

2. Eliminate The Clutter

Bathrooms lay home to an endless amount of products: hair products, face products, toothbrushes, toothpastes, razors, and who knows how many more. The problem is, many bathrooms tend to be small, so finding adequate storage for items may seem impossible.

Lucky for you, there are plenty of creative storage ideas that you can do yourself with items that are already laying around your house. And a clutter free room will create a clutter free life, free of stress and aggravation.

Check out some bathroom storage ideas below:

Create toothbrush holders out of bottle caps

Create toothbrush holders out of bottle caps

Use a candle holder filled with coffee beans to hold your makeup

Use a candle holder filled with coffee beans to hold your makeup

And for even more incredible DIY storage solutions, check out this amazing article from Buzzfeed here.

3. Update Your Fixtures

How many times have you longed for a hot shower? To be drenched in an array of powerful sprays. A good shower goes a long way. But a luxurious shower goes even further. It’s scientifically proven that when you take a truly amazing shower, your mind is at ease, your sense are subdued, and you are given the time you need to actually relax.

This year, take your shower to another level. Treat your mind, body, and soul to a high pressure shower head. You’ll be amazed by it’s benefits. Check out some incredible options below:

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Icon Anystream Shower Head

Anystream Vintage Shower Head

Anystream Vintage Shower Head

And all January long on SpeakmanShowers.com, all of our signature shower heads will be 15% off when you use the promo code “2014”. To browse our large selection of powerful shower heads, please visit here.

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10 Ways To Easily Organize Your Bathroom For 2014

It’s 2014 people! And that means it’s time to get your life together. No more excuses. No more saying “tomorrow is the day.” Make tomorrow today! And start by eliminating the clutter in your life.

Your friend who is constantly posting pictures of their lunch on Instagram… Gone. That one Facebook friend who continually feels the need to alert you on how many “burpees” they did at Crossfit… Gone. The person you follow on Twitter who Tweets a live play-by-play from every professional sporting event… #Gone #SorryNotSorry.

Your life needs less clutter. Less clutter leads to less stress. And a great way to start eliminating clutter is by getting organized. And where better to start than in the bathroom? Home to an endless array of products that never seem to have a proper home, the bathroom is a location that needs organization.

Below, check out these quick, cheap, DIY bathroom storage ideas that do not require any remodeling or expensive furniture pieces.

1. Attach a magnet to the inside of your cabinet to store tweezers or nail clippers

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2. Use a magnetic rack to store additional tools

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3. Use PVC pipe to hold curlers and hair straighteners

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4. Or use a magazine rack on the inside of your cabinets

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5. Make adorable, modern wall storage out of mason jars

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6. Use old glass bottles to hold hair ties and bracelets

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7. Put a shelf on the top of your door for extra storage

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8. Hang baskets on a rail to hold towels

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9. Use old bottle caps to hold up your toothbrushes

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10. Take an old votive holder filled with coffee beans to hold makeup accessories

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For more amazingly creative storage ideas, make sure you check out this awesome Buzzfeed article here.

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