Kitchen Floor Update

Now that I’m trying to figure out a plan for Bambino #2’s nursery, it’s got me thinking about the longevity of things.  And since I’ve been focusing on picking out a rug for the nursery, I’ve been trying to see how rugs hold up.  Now, that could be a whole ‘nother post, so I’ll try to stick to the title of this one.

And with that, it’s been just about three years, and I have to say that I’m still in love with our kitchen floor.  Remember when we had it installed (see here)?

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Well, through multiple winters, parties, and Idiot Nation assaults, our floor still looks brand new:

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It actually makes me regret that we didn’t just install it in our whole house instead of having our wood floors refinished.  Sigh.  Those haven’t held up so well, but that’s a story for another day.

Oh, and I realized that I never gave any details about what type of flooring it is, so here goes:

It’s the Exalt Luxury Vinyl Tile in Woodland Gray (unfortunately they have since discontinued this color, but they’ve replaced it with Grey Pine which I actually might like even better).  It’s a click-together, no-glue floating floor, which is why it was so easy to install and only took our contractors one day.  The best thing about it is that it is completely impervious to all types of kitchen spills–water has no effect on it, food and spills wipe right up with water, and even salt from Buffalo winters cleans easily.  It’s a commercial grade flooring which I think is also the reason it’s held up so well–it was more expensive than the cheap-o luxury vinyl tile you can find in home improvement stores, but there’s a reason for that price.  It’s so much thicker and more cushiony than the thinner stuff.

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So now my mission is to find a rug with equal staying power.  Any suggestions?

And along the lines of updates, here’s a recent picture of Mini Bunches–this was her first glimpse of what Santa brought her on Christmas morning.

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Nursery Ideas for Number Two

It’s been a long time since I actually wrote a blog post.  Maybe it’s because I have a two-and-a-half year-old, maybe it’s because the demise of the blog world has me feeling a little foolish, or maybe it’s because I’m growing another human inside me; I guess it doesn’t really matter what the reason for the hiatus has been, because what really matters is I’m back.  At least for a little bit.  I think I’m nesting, which might be a little early, but considering that last time I was pregnant we remodeled our kitchen and bathroom, it’s probably about time.

As with Mini Bunches, we’ve elected to wait to find out the sex of baby #2.  But of course we have our predictions–I’m officially predicting boy while Mr. Bunches and Mini Bunches are officially on the girl train.  My in-laws (almost all of them anyways) predict boy as does much of my family.  So we’ll see who’s right in a few more months.  Either way, we need another nursery.  And that means I’m back into mood boards.  But I have to admit, I’m struggling here.

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I’ve decided on a magical woodland theme (loosely of course–I still want the room to be modern and be able to grow with the kid), but I’m a little stuck.  I’ve found some great inspiration online, so I just need to start getting some things into the room and then we’ll see where we end up.  Right now, the only items that I’m definitely going to get from the mood board are the Restoration Hardware faux taxidermy heads and the Ikea Hemnes dresser.  Oh, and since the baby will be taking over our guest room, the paint color is going to stay (Benjamin Moore’s Ocean Air that we used on the ceiling in Mini B’s Nursery).

Anyways, here are some rooms I’m digging:

Delia Hauser’s Nursery

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DIY on the Cheap’s Gray and Gold Nursery

A Modern Woodland Nursery from San Diego

Keane’s Modern Woodland Nursery (love this graphic crib sheet)

So any thoughts? Suggestions always welcome . . .

2014 Blog Stats

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  I had nothing to do with it, and since it automatically creates a draft post, I’m going with it.  Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to doing some more projects and actually post something about them. Then again, with another bambino on the way, maybe I’m just fooling myself?

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Midsummer Night’s Tasting

I don’t blog about much these days, but Hurd Orchards deserves a post.  Especially because they fed me dinner the other night, and that dinner consisted of 22 courses.  Yes, I said 22.  It was insane.  Insanely good.

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Mr. Bunches and I can take absolutely ZERO credit for discovering this place.  All the credit goes to our good friends B&A; they first introduced us to Hurd Orchards last November when we attended our first farm tasting meal.  That meal was titled “Abundance” and let’s just say that it was an appropriate name.  This summer’s tasting was titled “Delightful Surprises” and it also didn’t disappoint.

So here’s the deal: Hurd Orchards is a family-run fruit farm, and the Hurds have been hosting these bi-annual tasting dinners since 1985.  And they are amazing!  You can get more details here.  Basically, you make reservations in advance, bring your own wine and an empty stomach, and then you get to taste 20+ courses of farm fresh delicacies, all while soaking in the ambience of a centuries-old barn.  It’s basically magical.

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Armed with a tin plate, you make your way to each station, which contains a full mini meal (from appetizer to entree to dessert).  Some are inside, some are outside.

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You dine in a beautiful old barn, with live music to help you savor each bite (this meal included the most amazing harpist).

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In addition to growing many different varieties of fruit, Hurd Orchards also has 20+ acres of flowers, so the arrangements on each of the tables were just breathtaking.

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At the end of the meal, the owners (a mother and daughter) come around with a recipe book for everything we tasted that night.  My three favorite items of the night were the soups: 1) South American Coconut, Corn and Summer Squash Soup; 2) Cold Cucumber Soup; and 3) Peach and Raspberry Gazpacho.  They were so divine; my mouth is watering now just thinking about them.

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Needless to say, Hurd Orchards’ Tasting meals have officially become a tradition of ours, and we can’t wait to visit the farm again this fall for the Thanksgiving tasting.  Yum.  Thanks again to B&A for introducing us to this place!

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Step It Up

I haven’t blogged in about 10 million years.  Okay, so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get the idea.  So here’s a quickie–a little update I did that took two naps to complete, so about 4 hours for a regular person (that’s just for the vinyl sticker application; the rest of the steps were slowly completed over the past three years).  First, where we started when we bought the house:

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And where we are today, after stripping the carpet, painting the doors and trim, painting the stairwell and upstairs landing, and adding some chevron-tastic details:

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Big difference, huh?  The chevrons aren’t painted on (I don’t have that kind of patience or time these days, and I also didn’t want something that would take a lot of effort to remove if I didn’t like it); instead, they’re vinyl stickers from here.  Yep, Pot & Kettle Studios made them custom to fit my risers, and they were super easy to install.  And when I’m sick of them, they’ll be super easy to peel off.

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Here’s a shot of them in black from their etsy shop:

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So there you have it–proof that we’re still alive and still making some changes around here . . .

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Embrace the Camera Challenge

My favorite blogger/photographer has set up another “Embrace the Camera” challenge (you can read all about it here).  And this time I thought I would partake.

She loves to do whatever I’m doing.  And taking pictures is no exception.  So it’s been hard lately to get her to let me take her picture (we usually end up with her helping me take pictures of Minnie and Daisy).  But then I remembered that I had a camera remote, and since the girl loves all things remote, we managed to grab a few keepers.

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I’m glad that I got some of our Lego time (or, as she calls them: “Yegos”).  They are by far her favorite toy these days, particularly the “Pinky Yegos” i.e. the ones that we keep in the pink box.

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It will be fun one day when she’s really old enough to cook with me, but since stirring is another of her favorite pastimes, I welcomed her help (and made sure to use a deep enough bowl to prevent the frequent over-zealous stirs of a toddler).

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I like the reminder to get out from behind the camera.  Hopefully I’ll make it more of a regular occurrence.  Happy Friday all!  Oh, and GO WAHOOS!!!

Ruby Slippers

Everyone keeps asking when we’re going to get her a dog.

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And no one ever likes the answer, which is usually some form of “Never!” but in a much more polite way.  It’s not that we don’t love dogs (because we do), it’s just that it isn’t right for our family right now.  See how politely I did that?  But with the occasional doggie visitor, and all our neighbors, she seems to be managing just fine without one of her own.

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Although I have to admit that this is pretty cute.

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Or is it just the footwear that’s pulling on my heart strings?

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Thanks for visiting Ruby!

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