Jo Alcorn’s Master Bathroom Reveal

Two years ago when we purchased this home we knew ONE day we’d get to our master bathroom. It was dated and needed a good reno but we felt we could ‘live with it’ for a few years. Well, that one day finally came and we couldn’t be happier.

THE PLAN

When planning out our space, I looked at a few different configurations. Ultimately, I was thinking I’d put a shower at the far end of our bathroom, install a smaller vanity, scooch the toilet over and have a claw foot tub where the existing bath was. I think this would have made for a really functional space. That thought changed pretty quickly over a weekend when we bought a new house. Surprise…WE’RE MOVING AGAIN!! With that said, we wanted to keep this reno on a tight budget. Things would stay where they were so that we wouldn’t need to move any plumbing and we could get things started right away.

TILE

First off, I fell in love with these tiles from StoneImpressions. They were a quick ship option, I LOVED the pattern and they were unlike anything I had seen before. I started playing with the idea of using the Avery tile as a feature wall and didn’t look back. I reached out to Stone Impressions and was over the moon when they wanted to collaborate on our project. They shipped us the hand selected carrara marble tiles all the way from San Diego. When I opened up the package I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes. The pattern on each individual tile looked so hand crafted and luxurious. I swear, we’re going to miss them in our new home.

VANITY

Next up, the vanity. We went with the 60″ Ashburn Vanity from Foremost, available online at The Home Depot Canada. It was the perfect size for our space and the color is GORGEOUS! My favorite part? That it has feet. It really looks like a piece of furniture. We decided to add an additional sink and it’s so functional for us. Before, we had so much counter space that we really didn’t need. We ordered the vanity online and it was shipped to our door (countertop, sinks and all).

FAUCETS &
HARDWARE

When it came to our faucets I decided to go with matte black. I really love that the faucets don’t match the hardware on the vanity. The mixed metals work so well in our bathroom. This also allowed me to incorporate a polished nickel shower head and some polished nickel in our vanity light. We ordered towel racks and our toilet paper holder in the same matte black collection from Pfister. They’re stunning! The moments of black in the room really work so well with everything else we have going on. It’s exclusive to The Home Depot Canada and I couldn’t be more thrilled to recommend it. The water ribbons as it pours, the design can work with any bathroom aesthetic, it came with an easy to install push to seal drain, it has a lifetime warranty AND there are other finishes to choose from. Major win!

SANIFLO

When planning our bathroom reno, we thought we’d be able to incorporate Saniflo into our project. When they explained to me how it worked, I jumped on the opportunity for a collaboration. In the end, we didn’t end up moving any plumbing and didn’t need to use their system but I can assure you… we’ll be using it in our next home and I’ll be telling my friends about it. What is it exactly? Let me explain:

The Saniflo Sanicompact macerating toilet is the system that I’m referring to. Get this, if you’re looking to install a toilet in a trailer, a cottage, a basement or anywhere else that typically requires you to move plumbing, the Sanicompact allows you to quickly and easily add a new bathroom without any major construction! There is no need to break the concrete or move plumbing lines because the Sanicompact can tie into your existing lines. The best part about this system is the tankless design which makes it great for smaller spaces – and looks very modern, too. Sounds pretty great right? I thought so. 

Well, that’s a wrap. Thanks so much for checking out our Master Bathroom Reno. We love it! Stay tuned for future renos in our new house. I can’t wait to start planning. 

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Neurologist-turned-photographer Rohina Hoffman knows the power of a hairdo.

At 7, her hair was chopped to a short “boy’s haircut,” and she was devastated. “The trauma of losing control of my identity has stayed with me my entire life,” Hoffman writes in the introduction to her book, Hair Stories.

In photographing and interviewing dozens of women about their own experiences with their hair, Hoffman discovered the seemingly endless roles hair plays—as a cloak of comfort, a statement of creativity, a link to faith, or a badge of honor.

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Did Prince Charles just accidentally reveal Meghan Markle’s due date?

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Meghan Markle has set tongues wagging over her due date and when we can expect the royal baby to arrive.

Some believe she has already gone into labour, especially after her Suits dad recently jetted to London, but we will continue to question their every move because the Duchess of Sussex has insisted she will not publicly announce the arrival of her little one in the traditional way outside the Lindo wing.

Cue Prince Charles.  Prince Harry’s dad has seemingly hinted to Meghan’s due date and we are losing our minds!

Charles announced he and Duchess Camilla will be jetting off to Germany at the very start of May.

As part of their upcoming trip the duo will embark on a three-day tour across Berlin, Leipzig and Munich before heading back home to the UK.

The couple will be jetting off on May 7, royalcentral.co.uk reported.

This has led people to believe the royal baby will be here within the next three weeks, as the public insist Charles will not leave the country when his daughter-in-law goes into labour, and his grandchild arrives.

Charles and Meghan have a very special bond, with the pair often gushing over one another, with the proof of their strong relationship evident at the royal wedding last year, which saw Charles walk Meghan down the aisle on her wedding day in the absence of her biological father Thomas Markle.

It makes sense therefore that he would want to be nearby.

The countdown is on…

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Brain scans may reveal concussion damage in living athletes

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Doctors May Have Found a Way to Reveal Concussion Damage in Living Football Players

Researchers may be closing in on a way to check athletes while they’re alive for signs of a degenerative brain disease that’s been linked to frequent head blows. Experimental scans found higher levels of an abnormal protein tied to the disease in a study of former National Football League players who were having mood and thinking problems.

It’s the first time a major study has tested these scans for detecting chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is only diagnosed now after death, with brain autopsies.

Doctors are searching for a way to tell when players, veterans or others with concussions or other head injuries are at risk for permanent damage. It’s too soon to know if the scans will enable that — so far they only show that these athletes are different as a group; they can’t be used to say a particular player does or does not have CTE.

“We’re not there yet,” said Boston University neuroscientist Robert Stern. “It is not ready to be used for individual diagnosis in the clinic.”

He led the study, published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

“It’s an encouraging advance. It looks like they have detected CTE in living players,” said Dr. Gil Rabinovici, a neurologist and imaging expert at the University of California, San Francisco, who is doing other research using the scans.

“It’s hugely important to be able to detect the disease in living people” to know how common it is and to research treatments, he said.

The study was done in Massachusetts and Arizona and involved 26 former NFL players with thinking, mood or behavior problems, and 31 similarly aged men without these symptoms or head injuries.

They were given positron emission tomography, or PET scans, in which a radioactive tracer is injected that binds to various substances and makes them visible on the scans. Several of these tracers are used now to look for a protein called beta amyloid in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. An experimental tracer that doctors are testing binds to another protein, tau, which is the key one that’s been implicated in CTE.

Men in the study had both types of tracers. Tau levels were higher in the players compared to the others, but their amyloid levels were similar, confirming that CTE is a different disease than Alzheimer’s.

Researchers also saw a relationship to years of play.

“The more years of play in tackle football across all levels, the greater the amount of tau detected,” Stern said.

However, there was no relationship between tau levels and the severity of mood and thinking symptoms. Researchers think the study may have been too small to detect a difference or that tau may not be the only factor involved.

“There’s a lot more work to be done to develop a diagnostic” tool using these scans, said Dr. Michael Weiner an imaging expert at UCSF who is involved in other CTE research.

Government grants and Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, which makes the tracers, funded the study. Some authors work or consult for the company.

A larger study of former NFL and college football players is underway; first results are expected early next year.

Mike Adamle, a former running back for the Chicago Bears and sports announcer, has been told he has symptoms consistent with CTE, and has been evaluated by Stern at the Boston research center though he was not part of the current study.

“I had more than a few” concussions, Adamle said. “If you were running, everybody kind of led with their head. Back then, it was a test of your macho man stuff.”

The illness has been devastating, said his wife, Kim. “He couldn’t remember his lunch or he couldn’t remember his lines on the air,” and lost multiple jobs, she said.

If a test could have shown he was at risk and given him a chance to consider quitting play, “I would have definitely taken note,” Mike Adamle said.

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Borderland Showdown: Trump & Beto’s Dueling Texas Rallies Reveal Immigration Divide

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In a city separated from Mexico by a river that’s a mere 50 yards wide, dueling rallies hosted by President Donald Trump and former congressman Beto O’Rourke demonstrated just how far apart the debate over immigration has become.

Trump, standing beneath twin crimson banners emblazoned “FINISH THE WALL,” framed the creation of his long-promised border wall as a humanitarian emergency—and called his opponents’ positions “dangerous and immoral.”

“Both parties should come together to finally create a safe and lawful system of immigration,” Trump said. “We need Democrat votes to do it.”

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Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Reveal the New Rules of Royal Dressing

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What does Meghan Markle wear when she’s at home, baking her famous banana bread or roasting a chicken with Prince Harry, as the couple is known to do? It’s hard to imagine Meghan kicking back in a pair of old sweats and a Northwestern hoodie. Maybe her loungewear of choice is somewhat athleisure-ly—after all, in 2015 the former actress did declare “Yoga is my thing.”

It’s understandable if you’re bored at the thought of Markle looking a lot like you do, watching true crime on a weeknight in her telltale messy bun. We like it when Markle, per her tabloid moniker, sparkles.

This week, the Duchess of Sussex reminded us that she can do just that when, at five months pregnant, she stepped out in a head-to-toe sequined gown by Roland Mouret.

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Celebrity Astrology Experts Reveal The Four Worst Zodiac Couples

 

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Some romances just aren’t written in the stars. Literally. Celebrity astrologists for Bustle , Kristin West and Skye Alexander, reveal the zodiac couples that are destined to have the worst relationships. Of course, compatibility ultimately falls on a couple’s ability to manage each other’s differences and make compromises–but these zodiac signs have fundamental issues that are prone to clash.

Aries & Scorpio 

According to astrologists, this pairing spells drama.

“They’re both heavily influenced by Mars, the planet of conflict,” West says.

“Aries is very straightforward while Scorpio tends to keep things hidden or in reserve,” West says. “Over time, it can even lead to trust issues, especially since both signs may find themselves attracted to others. Inciting jealousy could be a big issue for this coupling as well,” West says.

Taurus & Sagittarius  

These two clash where stability meets wild.

“Taurus folks tend to be homebodies who enjoy stability and creature comforts, whereas Sagittarians are wanderers and adventurers,” Skye Alexander, astrologer and author of Magickal Astrology, told Bustle.

Leo & Capricorn

This couple battles with resentment and jealousy.

“Leo, ruled by the sun, “likes to be recognized as the leader, but Capricorn, ruled by Saturn, is a workaholic [and] likes to pay their dues and put in their time,” West said to Bustle.

“Both want to be ‘on top’ but Capricorn often feels like Leo hasn’t earned it or that Leo’s dazzling personality sometimes gives them an unfair advantage — all flash and no substance.”

Cancer & Aquarius 

This couple’s fundamental values compete with each other.

“Cancer people are traditionalists, who find security in the status-quo,” Alexander told Bustle.

“Aquarians are free spirits, who look to the future.”


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HTGAWM’s Viola Davis and Aja Naomi King Reveal When They Feel Their Best

A little self-love and care goes a long way! Viola Davis and Aja Naomi King both spoke to Us Weekly about when they feel like their best selves and what goes into it. And the two actresses who star alongside each other in Shonda Rhimes hit show How to Get Away With Murder had similar sentiments to share.

Davis, 53, admitted she feels her most powerful when she’s just being herself. “When I can be myself and I am comfortable being myself, when I can totally be in the moment, that’s what makes me feel powerful,” she said at The Hollywood Reporter’s 27th Annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Hollywood.

King has certainly taken note. “Viola is kind to every single person she encounters, the 33-year-old actress explained. “She loves to joke, she loves to dance. She is just fun to be around. I think it comes from self confidence. She’s not afraid of making a fool of herself. Not trying to pretend to be cool. She’s silly and just incredible.

For the two ladies to feel like their most authentic selves, they love to be surrounded by women who support them.

“A lot of times what’s aligned is if I’m in the company [of people] who understand and encourage my authenticity and a lot of times its me, just sort of talking to myself and honoring my inner voice,” she said at the Fiji-sponsored event.

As for King? “I value myself. I typically surround myself with people who value themselves. The way that I am with my friends. … I hope that everyone has that experience. To be surrounded by people who are like ‘Yeah, you’re special. You’re worth it,’” she told me Us at the L’Oréal Paris Thirteenth Annual Women of Worth Awards.

If the two ladies ever need that extra confidence boost, they’re all about taking a little time out for self-care. Davis’ activity of choice? “Epsom salt baths. Oh, my God. The best, absolutely,” she exclaimed. And King enjoys letting her mind rest for a moment. “Sometimes I get really stressed out. Stress wreaks havoc on the body. I’m trying to be more mindful about how I let things affect me … and just breathe through everything because a problem is only a problem if you make it one,” she explained.

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Could this common reaction reveal whether or not you’re a psychopath?

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How To Spot A Psychopath

There is a lot of information out there about psychopaths and how to work out whether or not you know one. One study revealed how to tell if your workmate is a psychopath, and another suggested that psychopaths most enjoy these two pop songs.

There’s also research that suggests if this is your partners usual coffee order, they could be a psychopath.

Yes, really.

But if you’re unsure of someone’s musical taste, and if your other half doesn’t even drink coffee, how can you tell?

A new study has determined one very simple way to tell if someone is a psychopath. And it’s something most people do pretty regularly.

Can you guess what it is? Yawning.

Research published in Personality and Individual Differences showed that when we see someone else yawning, we tend to find we’ve got one coming on ourselves. Why? Because a mirroring yawn is seen as empathetic and a sign of bonding. We’re not alone, either – lots of social animals behave this way.

However, psychopaths lack empathy, meaning that they’re less likely to yawn back at you.

Brian Rundle, lead researcher, explained: ‘You may yawn, even if you don’t have to. We all know it and always wonder why.

‘I thought, “If it’s true that yawning is related to empathy, I’ll bet that psychopaths yawn a lot less.” So I put it to the test.’

The experiment saw 135 college students take part in a test, answering 156 questions before being shown videos of other people reacting to situations. The clips showed people laughing, yawning, or staying neutral, and the results showed that participants who were less empathetic were unlikely to yawn, even after seeing someone else doing it.

So the next time you yawn, take a quick look and see whether the people around you do the same.

But before you start accusing anyone who doesn’t yawn of being a psychopath, Rundle warns: ‘The take-home lesson is not that if you yawn and someone else doesn’t, the other person is a psychopath.

‘A lot of people didn’t yawn, and we know that we’re not very likely to yawn in response to a stranger we don’t have empathetic connections with.

‘But what we found tells us there is a neurological connection — some overlap — between psychopathy and contagious yawning. This is a good starting point to ask more questions.’

Noted.

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Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have developed a DNA analysis technique that could provide a valuable weapon in the fight against crime. “We know that some people pass on more of their DNA because when they touch something, more of their cells are left behind,” Professor Adrian Linacre, chair of forensic DNA technology at…
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Too Lit! Border Agent Pleads Guilty to Accidentally Starting a Wildfire During a Gender Reveal Party, Fined $220K

An Arizona border patrol agent accidentally started a wildfire with a firearm and explosives during a gender reveal party and has been ordered to pay a hefty fine.

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Arizona Daily Star reports that border patrol agent Dennis Dickey was off-duty at the time of the incident that resulted in a massive fire that quickly spread.

Dickey reportedly shot at the explosive Tannerite, with the color of the subsequent powder plume to reveal the expected sex of the baby. Blue symbolized boy and pink for girl. Things didn’t go exactly as planned.

At the time the blaze began, the National Weather Service had issued a fire watch warning. When Dickey shot at the target, the colored explosion ignited. Dickey reported the fire at the time of the incident, which went down back in April of 2017 close to Madera Canyon, and admitted he was responsible for the blaze.

“It was a complete accident,” Dickey said to the judge. “I feel absolutely horrible about it. It was probably one of the worst days of my life.” Dickey pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense of causing a fire without a permit, and has been ordered to pay a cool $ 220,000 in restitution. He will also serve five years of probation.

According to the Department of Justice, the Sawmill Fire that he caused resulted in over $ 8 million in damages. It eventually spread across an astonishing 47,000 acres over a week and around 800 firefighters were called on to fight the blaze.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

For those wondering, none of the news articles we’ve read about this story indicate whether he had a boy or a girl.

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