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Scrubbing a stranger: my twist on Tinder’s disposable dating culture

I went on a Tinder date with a heartbroken, griefstricken stranger. There was no chemistry, but there was clearly… something.

So for our second date, I did something weird.

How can I make my uncomfortable tub more relaxing for a comfy soak?

My apartment’s bathtub is not conducive to a relaxing soak. The back wall of the tub goes straight up at a ninety degree angle, with a little ledge before the wall.

The search and rescue mission for a tiny bathtub for my tiny home

One of the aspects of building a tiny house is the difficulty in finding products and materials suited to a tiny space. Take, for example, our tub. With the 4′ footprint allowed by the space in my bathroom, I went shopping for a cheap, deep, small tub.

Help me find a bathtub that is cheap, septic tank-friendly, and preferably DIY

I would love to have a bathtub, but we have a septic tank that is small like the rest of our house.

Do you know of anyway that we make/buy a bathtub that deals with grey water a la the amazing inventions of Burning Man?

My bathtub is wasting precious space!

My bathtub is wasting precious space!

We’ve just moved into a new rental place and it has a separate bath and shower. I’m excited about having a tub, but I can’t see us using the tub more than once every couple of weeks. I was wondering if anyone has found a… dust cover? Or something that you could put over a tub? Or some way of covering the tub between uses so that the space could get used as a bench or something?

Water your house plants with bathwater

My son takes a bath every night. Last night, as the tub was draining and I was thinking over my chores I needed to execute that evening (because that’s how I treat my chores: EXECUTION!) I realized that I could kill two birds with one stone and use the lukewarm bathwater to water the houseplants.

Puerto Rico’s unobtainable bathtubs

Last month I took a press trip to Puerto Rico to tour destination wedding and honeymoon venues (full Offbeat Bride post coming in a couple days!). It was a lovely trip, but I was keenly aware that many of the venues we were touring were TOTALLY out of range for 99% of my readership. We’re talking $3000/night hotel rooms, $15,000 ballrooms, etc.

Rather than get frustrated, I decided I would start taking photos of some of these lovely venues’ beautiful bathtubs so that we could all admire and be inspired. Most of these tubs are not in places most of us can afford, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t amazing!

Vintage 1955 cottage in the Hollywood Hills

I recently went to the open house for this adorable Robert Byrd-style cottage built in 1955 and kept in incredible original condition tucked away in the Hollywood Hills. There are wonderful little vintage surprises all over this amazing home. Hidden lazy Susans in an unexpected location, beyond unusual doorframes, and the coolest/most dangerous bathtub I’ve ever seen.