Laura

Sep 092013
 

towels

June is a month when you may find yourself searching for the perfect gift for one of numerous occasions that mark the start of a new chapter in someone’s life. Whether you have a relative who is graduating and living on his own for the first time, a dear friend who is getting married or someone who is buying their first home, a towel cake is a great way to turn a gift of necessities into a chic, creative masterpiece that other guest will envy and the recipient will surely appreciate.

Towel cakes can be a variety of sizes and can be made to fit any theme, taste or budget. To begin, you will need to organize your ingredients. The following description is for a moderately sized three layer “cake.” However, the “recipe” can be tweaked to make other variations.

2 large bath towels
3 hand towels
3 wash cloths
Large Safety pins
Long straight pins (decorative pins, those with pearls or colorful balls for heads are ideal.)
Ribbon – Satin or organza work well
Decorative items and finishing touches that only you can add

1. For the base layer, you will use the large bath towels. Each one needs to be folded in half lengthwise twice. Pin the ends together then roll it into a tight coil, using pins to anchor it. Then repeat with the other towel.

2. For the second layer, use the hand towels and the wash cloths will serve as the top layer. For each layer repeat the folding, rolling and pinning.

3. Place each coiled layer on top of the larger layer and pin it to the previous one, to add stability. Be sure you are using a tray or cake stand so it can be easily transported. The tray or stand can be another gift for the recipient.

4. With the foundation complete, add ribbon around each layer for aesthetics and add any other decorative items that will complete your theme.

5. In addition to towels, you can add kitchen utensils, decorative soaps, scented candles, toiletries, tools, office supplies, or any other items that strike your fancy and may be useful to the receiver. There are no rules about what can or cannot be added, have fun with it and use your imagination to make it a one of a kind gift that is both attractive and practical and not likely to be found anywhere else.

May 082013
 

matsThere’s nothing quite as nice for any bathroom as a quality bath mat. High quality mats come in bamboo, Egyptian cotton, supima, organic and more. But one thing that you’ll find with all the good bath mats is a lack of a rubber backing. It’s a sure sign of quality, because there are a number of problems associated with mats that have rubber backs. What are reasons to avoid rubber backed bathroom mats?

Mats with rubber backings can’t go in the dryer

If you like to throw your bathroom mat in the dryer, chances are you’re ignoring the fact that its rubber backing will eventually deteriorate. You’re probably telling yourself,”I didn’t pay that much for this mat. So it doesn’t matter.”

Change your attitude and invest in a quality bath mat. Purchase one that can be washed and dried with ease. If it looks flat after cleaning, give your bath mat a vigorous shake.

The rubber backing of a bath mat gets moldy over time

Even if you’ve never put your bath mat with a rubber backing in the dryer, you’ve got another problem. Rubber backings get moldy over time. You’re not going to want a mat with a moldy backing. So you’ll throw it out and get a new one. Buy a superior mat instead, and get rid of the mold problem forever.

A rubber backing can discolor your bathroom floor

Your bathroom floors are important. So why buy a bathroom mat that could stain it? A good reason to avoid rubber backed bath mats is because they can discolor your bathroom floor.

Dirt is hard to get out of the rubber of a bath mat

You’ve got small kids, a cat or a dog. Accidents happen, and when urine comes in contact with the rubber backing of a bath mat, you’re headed for trouble. You can try getting rid of the odor with vinegar and water or water and ammonia, but why not just buy a decent bath mat with no rubber backing so that you can wash urine out easily?

Apr 182013
 

bath towels

These days, remodeling a bathroom can cost many thousands of dollars. With the economy still rather fragile, some people are simply unable to afford such a luxury. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here are six tips for improving a bathroom on a budget.

Wallpaper

Remove the old wallpaper by renting a steamer. Then paint the walls with a color that matches your towels.

Bathroom

Go to one of the popular DIY centers and replace your old toilet with a new one. Check the sales papers beforehand for discounts. You’re sure to find a toilet for sale at an affordable price.

Vanity

After you’ve replaced your toilet, do the same thing with your old vanity. Again, check the sales papers and visit one of the popular DIY centers. There are always lots of vanity options to choose from.

Old towels

Invest in a good set of towels. These will cost you more than cheap alternatives. However, the cost will be worth it in the long run. So throw out those old ones and consider Egyptian, Supima, Bamboo or other quality types. The best place to find them is online for the largest selection.

Grungy bathtub

This doesn’t mean replacing the bathtub, because to do so would cost big money. Instead, give your bathtub a good cleaning. You’ll be surprised at how much you like your bathtub once you clean it out.

Old shower curtain or shower door

Replace your old shower curtain with a new one that matches your towels. Or replace your old shower door with a new shower door.

Mar 152012
 

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You’ve heard of Egyptian cotton or Turkish cotton, but how about Supima. If you’re a lover of good quality cotton, Supima cotton products are products you should check out.

Supima is actually a licensed trademark owned by Supima. It is an abbreviation for Superior Pima. It is products made of 100 percent American Pima cotton.

Supima cotton has extra-long staple or ELS and it’s grown in the Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas as well as in other locations such as Australia. In the United States, if the cotton is at least an inch and 3/8 or longer, it’s ELS or American Pima.

Good quality cotton lasts longer after washing, gets softer with increased use and feels great against the skin. It also is void of harmful chemicals. So it is good for the skin. To buy Supima towels, all you have to do is look for 100% American Superior Pima Cotton. Look for it in stores, but one of the best places to find it are high quality towel sites.

Also, look for towel sets, such as 3-piece towel sets that include one bath, one hand, and one washcloth. Consider monogramming and also be sure to coordinate the color of your towels with the look of your bathroom.

 

Mar 022012
 

Kids Robe

As you age, you probably worry about the health of your skin. But what about your kids? Caring for the skin should begin at a young age, and that includes worrying about the sun. Yes, the sun is a beautiful thing, but it’s one of the main causes of skin damage, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

One of the best ways to teach your kids a valuable lesson is to lead by example. What are some things you can do to show your kids how to protect their skin from painful sunburns?

Sunscreen

A sunscreen with an SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, of at least 30 is important. Sunscreen filters the sun’s harmful rays, causing less of it to injure the skin.

Teach your kids how to apply it, and do it at least 15 to 20 minutes before sun exposure. Teach them the importance of reapplying often, about every two hours, and especially after a dip in the water. Help them to apply the sunscreen in areas of the body that are difficult to reach, and make sure they don’t forget places like the tips of the ears and the back of the neck.

Some kid sunscreens are scented. Let your child pick one out! Also, sunscreen sticks are fun for them to use as well.

Hats

Hats are always a smart buy for protecting the skin from the sun. A colorful, fun hat will be loved and desired by your child. Let your child choose the hat, but look for a hat with a brim all around to protect not only the scalp, but the ears, forehead, eyes and nose. Some hats have added fabric to protect the neck.

Kids Robes

When your child is done swimming in a pool, lake or ocean, give them a kids robe to wear. A comfy hooded kids robe, such as one made of velour out of 100% Turkish cotton, is a fun way to protect your child from the sun’s rays.

As you can tell, showing your kids that sun protection is important will teach them to protect their skin when they are older. Allow them to have fun under the sun, but be sure to keep them safe.

 

Jan 202012
 

Quality Towel Sets

You’re the owner of a new home. You’ve worked hard and saved to buy your American dream, and now all that working and saving has paid off. Congratulations!

However, you know that owning a new house is just the beginning. Now it’s time for the fun part – furnishing and decorating.

Let’s take a look at the bathroom. One of the things you’ll need are towels. Everyone uses them: to dry off the body, to dry hair or to dry hands after washing. But what is the best way to buy towels?

Consider quality 3-piece towel sets. They are a good way to make sure you have all the towels you’ll need for your new bathroom. A 3-piece towel set includes a washcloth, a hand towel and a bath towel.

Where should I buy 3-piece towel sets?

Look online. You will find that purchasing 3-piece towel sets online will give you the widest selection at the best prices. Some sites even offer free shipping when your order totals a specified amount.

How many 3-piece towel sets do I need?

Look at your household count. Are you moving into the house alone? One 3-piece towel set is fine. However, if you’d like to have two sets, consider buying a 6-piece towel set. That way, while one washcloth, hand towel and bath towel are in the laundry, you’ll have another set handy. If it’s you and a spouse in the new home, go for one or two 6-piece towel sets. Also, some towel sets include the bath mat. This is an excellent way to get a matching bath mat to go along with your towels. When the mat matches the towels, it gives your bathroom a put-together look.

How much should I spend on a 3-piece towel set?

Although funds may be tight now that you’ve spent it on a new home, skimping on bath towels is not always a smart idea. Sure you’ll spend less money initially, but cheap towels are less absorbent, are thin, are not as soft as quality towels, and they deteriorate faster. In the end, you’ll have to buy new towels faster than if you’d bought quality towels from the start.

Look for Egyptian or Supima towels for supreme softness. Other good towels to look for are Bamboo or Organic. These towels are eco-friendly, don’t contain lots of chemicals and are good for the body.

What color 3-piece towel sets should I choose?

What is the color scheme of your bathroom? To really pull the look together, choose towels to match the dominate color. Towels and bath mats that don’t match the color of the bathroom ruin the overall appearance of the room.

Oct 072011
 

Hooded Bathrobes

Chances are you’ve owned a robe or two in your lifetime, but have you ever owned a hooded bathrobe? You may ask yourself why a bathrobe with a hood is something you would need. Well…you don’t need such a robe, but they sure are nice to have.

A hooded bathrobe made of quality fabric, such as Turkish cotton, is an item you’ll own for many years. You’ll love wrapping yourself in the luxury and the softness. You can have a robe waiting for you when you dry off from your bath or shower. Or, you can slip into one as a substitute for a towel.

Then, once you’re inside a fluffy bathrobe, cover your wet hair with the hood. With a hooded bathrobe, you can wrap your wet body in a cozy fabric and stay nice and comfortable before you change into other clothing.

Bathrobes with hoods are great for the bathroom, but they’re also wonderful poolside or at the hot tub. You’ll love a luxury hooded bathrobe so much you may find yourself wearing it all day.

May 212011
 

Organic Towel

Good quality white towels are the standard at top hotels. However, white towels are not only for hotel guests. You can incorporate the look into your own life. Towels of this color brighten up a room and look fresh and clean. Here are a few tips:

By the Tub

Is your bathroom an oasis? Have you outfitted it with a sunken tub, complete with whirlpool? Chances are your tub is the perfect place for you to escape after a hard days’ work. Keep a small pile of white towels by your tub. Three is always a good number. Folded and neatly stacked, they will give you the feeling that you’re being pampered, just like at a spa. If there is no place on your tub, put them in an attractive wicker basket.

Black and White

Black and white towels look great together. Consider incorporating black and white touches to a white bathroom or black if you have one. For an extra touch, consider monogramming your white and black towels. Use black thread on the white and white thread on the black.

Health Club

Instead of bringing your worst towels to the health club to wipe the sweat off your brow, bring good quality white hand towels. They will feel good against your skin and look good next to your attractive workout suit.

Stay Looking Nicer Longer Than Colored

Often white towels stay looking fresher longer than colored towels which often lose their original color over time. You don’t have to use bleach on your white towels, which is harmful to the environment. Try adding vinegar to the wash instead.

 

May 182011
 

Bamboo Towels

If you’re interested in luxury bath linens, you’ve probably heard about bamboo towels, and you wonder what all the fuss is about. You see that articles and ads of bamboo bath and kitchen products popping up all over. Why are bamboo towels becoming more and more popular?

When we finish with our shower or bath, we want a soft towel. Bamboo towels and bathrobes are naturally soft, and therefore, feel great on the skin. In addition, bamboo towels and robes are absorbent, even more so than cotton. And each time you use them, they get even more absorbent.

One fundamental reason for their popularity is because bamboo towels were advertised as naturally antibacterial due to their fibers. These ads were especially for newborn babies or people with sensitive skin or medical conditions, such as ringworm or athletes foot.

According to some sellers, due to the fact that bamboo towels are antibacterial and sustainable, they are also eco-friendly. Most people are interested in protecting and saving the environment, so many people thought that buying bamboo towels is one way to do that.

A bamboo plant can grow several feet in one day during its season. Therefore, they are easy to restore. The downside to using bamboo is that it is imported, and there are chemicals needed to make bamboo into towels. Bamboo fibers are hard by nature and they need to be processed with chemicals to make soft bamboo rayon from them. When bamboo becomes bamboo rayon, it is not antibacterial any more. Experts agree that when it comes to environmentally friendly options, the use of bamboo rayon as a textile fiber does not qualify.

Although they don’t qualify as antibacterial or eco-friendly, they absorb more water and they are softer than cotton towels. Quality continues to be one of the best ways to get the most out of your money. Bamboo towels are towels of quality. Yes, they cost more, but their construction is better and they last for a long time. Therefore, it is money well spent.  However, make sure you buy your bamboo towels from a company you can trust. Imitations exist in a variety of ways, and the same can happen to bamboo towels.

May 052011
 

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The best bath towels are towels that are soft. They add to the pleasure of a bath or shower. However, not all towels feel good against the body and nice to the touch. What are 5 ways to get soft towels?

1. Wash your towels before the first use. If you choose material that is of the highest quality, this step may not be necessary.

2. Avoid fabric softeners. They leave a waxy residue which interferes with the quality and softness of the material.

3. Place your towels in the dryer after each wash. Hanging towels on the line typically does not create a soft result.

4. Choose top quality cotton, such as Egyptian or Supima. Avoid synthetic material, because this type of material is not as soft as good quality cotton. You will also find that towels, such as Egyptian cotton towels, get softer with each wash.

5. Choose heavier towels for softer towels. Once again, this is where quality matters.

 

May 022011
 

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What does it mean to be eco friendly? It means choosing natural products to use during your life. It is not only good for the environment, living an eco friendly life is also good for your health.

When is the best time to start living this way? Now! If you start slowly, eventually you will have a lifestyle change that you will enjoy and feel good about.

Decide to reduce the amount of products you’re using that are harmful to the environment. Look at what you can reuse instead of throw away. Start recycling if you aren’t already. Join “green” organizations that put the environment as their focus. Finally, choose eco friendly products. One area to focus on is the bathroom.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a good product to choose for an eco friendly life, because it is cultivated with no pesticides or chemicals. It requires only natural rainfall, which means that water does not have to be piped in. Bamboo is highly renewable. When a cane is cut, it grows up to 12 inches a day. In addition, material made from Bamboo is good for people with skin conditions, because it has a natural antibacterial component. Bamboo rayon is used in bathrobes and towels. The result is a soft, high quality towel or bathrobe.

Organic towels

Look for organic towels made from 100 percent organic cotton. Cotton that is not grown organically is grown with pesticides that are damaging to the soil, air and water.

Soap, shampoo and conditioner

Take a look at the soap, shampoo and conditioner you’re using. Are they eco friendly? Many of these cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals that can be irritating to the skin and harmful to the environment. Instead, choose soaps, shampoos and conditioners made from plants or vegetable oils. Look for homemade products.

Apr 282011
 

Robe

Some online stores offer a free monogram with a bathrobe purchase. Consider taking them up on the offer. A quality bathrobe is an excellent purchase, but monogrammed robes make great gifts too.

Two opportunities that are suitable for this type of gift are weddings and anniversaries. If you’re stuck on the perfect gift to give to a newlywed couple, consider putting a monogram on a bathrobe for each of them.

Choose a quality robe in bamboo, supima or terry kimono, for examples. If you know the color of the couple’s bathroom, pick robes that will match this color, because many people opt to hang their robes in the bathroom in plain view. Otherwise, consider white as the color for the robes. White is reminiscent of luxurious hotel robes.

You can have lots of fun deciding on the monogram, because there are a number of options to choose from for the words and style. You can go for the traditional “His” and “Hers”. Or, try putting the first name of each member of the couple on the robes.

Monogrammed robes are also terrific gifts for an anniversary present, especially the second anniversary, because “something cotton” is the custom. A supima cotton robe, for example, is the ultimate in luxury and will last for many years to come.

There are other occasions when monogrammed bathrobes are perfect. How about giving one to an employee for a job well done? A new mom would love a luxurious bathrobe with monogram. Motherhood is hard work, and a new mom would love the treat. Finally, a monogrammed bathrobe is a delightful gift for yourself.

Apr 222011
 

hand towels

Do you use hand towels? Chances are the answer is “no”. It seems, more and more, that people reach for bath towels and sometimes washcloths, but rarely hand towels. However, hand towels serve more than one purpose.

Here are three reasons why hand towels are still important:

Better for your face

After you wash your face, you want it to be clean. Taking the bath towel that you just used on your body and putting it to your face may not be the best idea, especially if you want blemish free skin. Air drying your wet face is the best way. Otherwise, use a clean hand towel.

Choose hand towels over washcloths to save money

When it comes to towels, you want to buy quality. As a result, your budget may only include enough for the bath towels and the washcloths. Ask yourself how often you use washcloths. Are you really a loofah person, or do you just use your hands? A good quality, clean hand towel is a good choice for patting your face dry.

Great for guests

Hand towels are excellent for guest bathrooms. Instead of taking bath towels, which are large in size, and hanging them for your guests, choose hand towels. They are the traditional size for guest bathrooms and are easy for your guests to manage.

Mar 302011
 

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on April 29, and everyone is catching the Royal Wedding fever. Although few people are royal members of the world, it’s nice to treat yourself like a king or queen. One way to do that is with products used in your bathroom. Here’s how:

Bathrobes

When you wrap yourself in a bathrobe, after a shower or bath, you just feel better. Bathrobes are cozy, and they keep you warm while covering you up. They’re so comfortable, you may keep yours on all day. To get the most out of a comfy robe, choose Egyptian, Supima or Turkish cotton bathrobes. You treat yourself like royalty when you wear a quality bathrobe.

Towels

No royal bathroom experience is complete without quality towels. Those towels that you find at the chain stores aren’t all of quality. They may lose their color, softness and even mildew over time. A royal bathroom experience includes quality towels of pure luxurious cotton. Egyptian, Supima and Turkish cotton are excellent choices. Quality towels are also made with bamboo and other organic materials. You get what you pay for when it comes to quality towels, so spend the money and treat yourself well. Find a large variety of quality towels at an online retailer.

Bath Mats

Don’t forget a quality bath mat for your royal bathroom experience. As with bathrobes and towels, the best mats are made of bamboo, Supima, Egyptian and more. When you step out of the bath or shower, you want to step onto clean, absorbent and soft bath mats. Match the color of your bath mat with your towels.

The Extras

Once you’ve taken care of the basics, don’t forget the extras. Invest in quality, natural bath products to cleanse your body and hair.

Give yourself a total royal bathroom experience. You deserve it!