Puppy Bath Time + $100 Ace Giveaway!

At the tail end of last year, Scott and I participated in Ace Hardware‘s first ever Blogger Panel – which, by the way, was a blast. Working with the company – a local one at that! – was an amazing opportunity to test drive their Clark+Kensington paint line, a handful of new-to-us tools (hello, paint sprayer!) and talk shop with a crew of fellow home-lovers. We were beyond thankful for the opportunity, so when they asked us back for 2014, we said yes, please! Not only do we love any excuse to go to the hardware store (if you’re in Logan Square, stop into Gillman’s Ace and say hi to Al; he’s the best!), but we love that Ace is so willing to spread the love with you, too (exhibit A: this very post). Aw, it’s a big ol’ love fest, really.

To kick off a fresh year of projects (albeit a few months into the year, but still), we were asked to go to Ace and pick up something – anything – unexpected. As Ace is, in our opinion, a truly unique hardware store (full of surprises, we tell you!), we honest to goodness threw caution to the wind and went with no agenda. We walked up and down the aisles, getting caught up in new power tools, scented candles, storage shelving systems, kitchen blenders and, oddly enough, a big booth of sunglasses.

In the end? We came home with a new shower head – oh, to be an adult! – choosing the Delta In2ition with a detachable sprayer for one very specific reason – puppy bath time! Note: Since every Ace holds different inventory, check out their online selection.

Our bathrooms, both of them, have seen better days (although when?), but after fixing so many structural issues with the house last fall, they’ve fallen to the back burner until we can save up enough money to do them properly. Easy upgrades like this, though? They make all the difference.

For longer than we’d like to admit, we’d been using a watering can to bathe Jack, which was replaced with a measuring cup when that can got lost in the moving shuffle. (Just, ugh.) Puppy bath time wasn’t fun for anyone, and now with CC in the picture, that needed to change – and fast.

We attempted to bathe them both together – because, why not? We had a detachable sprayer, yeah! – which led to the most ridiculous series of events (in which one CC flew from the tub with the most acrobatic grace, then immediately floundered and slipped over the soapy tile), giving us both a good belly laugh. And for that, it was totally, completely worth it.

Because Ace Hardware is all about spreading the love, together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader!  The giveaway runs through Friday, March 21st at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Good luck and happy entering!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel. Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. Cute puppies are an added bonus.

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  • caroline [the diy nurse]3.18.14 - 7:05 AM

    It really is all about the details! We recently changed ours and it helps to make the bathroom feel newer. Perfect bathtime photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kim3.18.14 - 7:44 AM

    I totally missed the post about CC! Congrats! Our pitty Posey will be getting a pitty friend here soon since we bought a house and now also have a yard. Can’t wait! Here’s Po in case you want to see how awesome she is lol.

  • Katie3.18.14 - 7:48 AM

    This is actually genius, and I don’t know why I haven’t thought of it before! Because I’m not as smart as you, I guess. We have been bathing the dog with the same thing we got to bathe our toddler. This upgrade is definitely going on my list!ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.18.14 - 8:20 AM

      Katie, it made ALL the difference – especially for getting their puppy bellies.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Goldman3.18.14 - 9:19 AM

    Haha. I was going to comment/ ask about how it went with BOTH dogs in the bath. Maybe I should try with all three of ours and see what happens?!ReplyCancel

  • carrie @ brick city love3.18.14 - 9:28 AM

    Haha!! They’re both too cute.ReplyCancel

  • Awesome shower head, that would be perfect in our rental house (I’m sure our landlord wouldn’t mind an upgrade)!

    I can just picture this bath time for the two dogs…ReplyCancel

  • Jen3.18.14 - 10:05 AM

    $100 would be enough to buy paint for my kitchen! I love our ace hardware!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K.3.18.14 - 11:11 AM

    CC looks none too happy to be getting a bath!!ReplyCancel

  • Haley3.18.14 - 11:52 AM

    Kim – That FACE! So precious!

    I could use one of these for my cat. Long hair takes forever to rinse with a cup.ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.18.14 - 3:04 PM

      Haley, WHOA. Bathing kitties is not our idea of a good time! (Libby was so mad at us the last time, she wouldn’t snuggle for days.)ReplyCancel

      • Marie3.18.14 - 9:02 PM

        Fortunately, cats almost never need to be bathed – apart from what we would call “accidents”.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri3.18.14 - 12:07 PM

    that face! i’ll need to take a look at this shower head. our puppy sprayer broke and we’ve had to bathe them on the deck here the last couple of times (but we live in florida so it’s been pretty warm here, thankfully!)ReplyCancel

  • Haley3.18.14 - 12:45 PM

    I’m lucky. My cat doesn’t like it but she doesn’t get “sharp” with me. Excuse my pun. She will try to run out if you turn your back and then lay on you later for body heat. Like I said I’m a lucky girl!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Wilson3.18.14 - 1:33 PM

    We moved last summer, and I so miss our shower sprayer from the old house. Bathing my long haired dogs with a cup for rinsing is ridiculous. I actually bought a sprayer at Lowes, discovered that it leaked, and then never returned it. Now I hesitate to buy a second one, but it’s definitely needed!ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.18.14 - 2:53 PM

      Sarah, don’t give up! It was a game changer for us.ReplyCancel

  • Amy3.18.14 - 2:51 PM

    So cute! With all the snow melting around here, my little beagle has been coming back from walks all coated in mud, and I’ve been “bathing” her by collecting water in my hands and kind of splashing it up on her belly. Yeah, not the most efficient way to go about it. Clearly I could use a detachable shower head too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kristin3.18.14 - 4:06 PM

    After reading this post, I started to wonder if you had been peeking in our windows. :o) I have used a watering can to bathe my dogs too and had bought this exact same bath faucet for my new home! It really made me laugh out loud and glad to hear it works well as I haven’t tried mine out yet.ReplyCancel

  • Monique3.18.14 - 4:37 PM

    Love those pics of your pups. They’re adorable. If you’re not using one, a bath mat helps my pup gain a grip on the tub without scratching the tub.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda3.19.14 - 7:33 PM

    My birthday is on Friday and I never win anything! Do you think it could be a sign?ReplyCancel


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