Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Bathroom Makeover, 5 Bathroom Must-Haves, and a GIVEAWAY

Whew! That's a lot packed into one post! Let's get started... (Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway.)

After moving to our new house almost one year ago, the to-do list has been never ending. A bathroom remodel was on the list and after a few months we got to it. Well, we got to hiring someone to do the bulk of it! We did paint, change light fixtures, and decorate.

While spending more time in my newly renovated bathroom, I got thinking about which bathroom items I absolutely love and wanted to share.

1. Clarisonic MIA Cleansing Device

The first time I used my MIA it felt like I had unveiled a new layer of skin. I compared the old way I was washing my face (just using some soap and my fingers) to brushing my teeth with just my finger. I don't know why it took me so long to find out about this tool! Hopefully, you'll take my tip and get one too, so your skin can feel fresh, clean, and healthier than ever!

2. Coconut Oil

I have a little bowl full of coconut oil on my countertop that is my go-to body lotion every morning after the shower. You can also use it to oil pull if you start feeling a little under the weather. Just take 1-2 fingerfuls and swish around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. I had a sore throat coming on and noticed a big improvement after doing this. You can Google the term "oil pulling" if you want to learn more. 

3.  Squatty Potty

After hearing about this product a few times and chalking it up as gross, I finally decided to take the plunge (pun intended). And I'm glad I did! I won't go into details, because that would be TMI. I'll leave it at - I love it! You can learn more about it here.

4.  Redmond Clay Toothpaste & Face Mask


I am a huge fan of Redmond Heritage Farms. They own my favorite grocery store, Real Foods, where they sell their raw milk and cheese. They are the manufacturers of many fabulous products, including Real Salt and Redmond Clay.

I love the Redmond Clay toothpaste in Peppermint. Katie loves it too - in any flavor. And I don't have to worry if she swallows it because it is completely natural and beneficial. I let her have a couple toothbrushes full and she gets her daily dose of clay.

I also love their clay used as a face mask. I just mix it 1 part clay to 2 parts water, apply it to my face liberally, wait 10 minutes and wash it off. My face feels tingly, clean, detoxed and fresher than ever. I notice a huge improvement on any blemishes after using the mask.

5. Jamie Sager's All Natural Wrinkle Cream Moisturizing Face Cream

I met Jamie when I was teaching an intro to Dressing Your Truth at a retreat my friend was hosting and she so kindly gave me a free bottle of her hand-crafted face cream. I was excited to try it, as it is made of all natural ingredients featuring oils, herbs, and essential oils specifically chosen to improve the elasticity of the skin. After applying my skin gets tingly and I can feel the natural ingredients working their magic on my face!

Well, those are my top 5 bathroom faves! I am still on the hunt for a favorite face wash. Please share any face wash suggestions! And share your bathroom favorites!

Now, onto the GIVEAWAY!!!

Jamie (the creator of the magic face cream) has been so kind to donate a 2 oz. bottle worth $24 to one lucky reader. Thank you, Jamie! She has also extended a 30% off coupon code for all readers that can be used at her Etsy Store. Use the code: ANNEBROWN to get the discount.

To enter the giveaway do one or all of the following:

1. Make a comment
2. Subscribe to my blog
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(If you do #2 and/or #3 comment to say you did it and that will enter you in the giveaway up to 3 times.)

A winner will be chosen next Sunday, April 13th.

Thanks for reading!


  1. Love the Redmond clay products as well! I'll have to try the clarosonic face brush. I just use a wash cloth to exfoliate. It's pretty cheap but it works. I'd love to try that face cream too!

  2. love the clarisonic too! That squatty potty, although making me laugh a bit at first, sounds like the perfect gift for my parents :).

  3. Wow! I learned a lot from this post! lol I am intrigued to try a few of these products:) Your bathroom looks great!

  4. Brigitte MoralesApril 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Awesome post Anne! I too love Redmond clay and Real Salt, the potty intrigues me. I am still searching for a facial moisturizer that works for me.. And I would add this to the list of favorites: dry skin brush! This brush should have natural bristles, you brush your whole body before you shower, always towards the lymph nodes. It exfoliates the skin, wakes you up, and gets the lymph going.

  5. Thanks for the list! Loved it! And your bathroom is HUGE! (Who puts carpet in a bathroom anyway?? lol)
    I suggest Younique's Facial Cleanser for a good face wash. It's AMAZING! I won't ever change b/c it's THAT good. It's made with Garden Chrysanthemum, Aloe Vera, and Licorice Root. I can send you a sample if you're interested. And you can see more of it (ingredients, directions, etc) here:

  6. I want to try! What a great giveaway!

  7. I LOVE the Squatty Potty! I found this last year and I agree; it's a bathroom must :)

  8. That is fabulous - thanks for sharing! (and I LOVE LOVE your bathroom, I would be in there lots too)!
    It is so funny that you posted the Squatty Potty, I am currently in the mode of beggin my sweetheart to "make" me one!!! Thanks for the post!

  9. love your new bathroom! Thanks for the great ideas!

  10. Awesome! Shared on Facebook and subscribed!!

  11. Beautiful bathroom! And I share your love of coconut oil and earthpaste. I bought the whole pack of it and so far tried lemon (my toddler's favorite) and peppermint. Cinnamon and wintergreen to go.

  12. I'm always looking for great, healthy products. Thanks for the tip!

  13. Thank you for this giveaway! I love your bathroom and your product recommendations. I will have to give them a try.

  14. I subscribe to your blog. Thank you for this giveaway!

  15. Great post. Your bathroom looks lovely. I like oil pulling and I've been wanting to get a squatty potty. I have heard great things about Redmond Clay. I am excited to win the face cream. :) I have subscribed to your blog and shared this post on fb. Count me 3 times. :) Take care!

  16. I love my Clarisonic Mia too! I will be researching your other suggestions. Love reading your blog.

  17. I have been washing my face with honey and moisturizing with grapeseed oil for over a year now and I have loved it. Here's a link to what got me started:
    Also, she has a way to remove makeup:
    And, here's a deodorant recipe my husband and I have liked. We also put a drop of oil on our finger before putting it on for added good smell all day. I did it with her update of no baking soda b/c it was burning our pits and it has been so much better with the arrow root. Here's the link:
    Hope you enjoy!

  18. Also, you said you use coconut oil. I never found that super satisfying for my skin, so I started making whipped body butter and I really like it better. So, if you want to give it a try here is the recipe:
    And, for my hands, I don't feel like the body butter does it, so I use a lotion bar, and here's that recipe:

  19. I have a Mia, but I haven't been using it because when I did it made my skin all angry and bumpy. May I ask what you use as a cleanser with it and how often you use the Mia?

  20. Hi Anne. I am really connecting with how you are switching over to natural products. I've been using coconut oil for many years and like you, love the benefits. What about hair color. I would like to continue coloring my hair but the toxins are quite strong. How are you approaching this? Thanks.

  21. Hi Anne, Thank you for being so willing to share, in detail, things that you love it your life. I love that! You've inspired me to share one of mine. An amazing natural exfoliator, the Baiden Mitten. Watch the video, it really does work that well! I am also a type 2, with sensitive skin and this thing is great, promise ;-)

  22. I've been thinking about it for a year, and finally purchased a Squatty Potty. It was the most bizarre thing I ever purchased and couldn't figure out how to explain to my husband what this thing is in our bathroom. Well. It's been 4 months, and I have to tell you, I don't know that I want to live without it if given the choice. I love the darn thing. Thanks!