August 29, 2014

My Dear, you Have the Grim

Do you have a journal?
What is a journal?

I think a blog can be one so I have that. It is a combination of thoughts that I place down on a piece of "paper" 

The reason I was thinking of these was because I randomly watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the other night and then blogged about Harry Potter...

P.S I use Amazon Instant Video! Anyone out there with me?!?

Emma Thompson's character Professor Trelawney reminds me of an experience with journaling in the 10th grade. 
Back then I thought a journal was only a journal if you said it was. 

My 10th grade English teacher made us keep a dream journal. She wanted us to record all the crazy things that go through our head during the night before they disappeared every morning. She also wanted our interpretations along side the facts.

Harry Potter DWELL on DREAMS Quote modern by modernhomeprints

I never remember having dreams, but she wanted something written, so I would make dreams up. Every time my dream would interpret to my teacher that I was going to die or that bad things were going to happen to me, etc... I could come up with the happiest dreams and for some reason her "interpretation" would be a sad, horrific one. 

Needless to say since I would interpret a made up dream about finding gold at the end of a rainbow as a happy dream of me feeling lucky and loved and rich with my surrounding heritage (I am Irish), I got bad grades on all my dream journals. I think she said that dream indicated poverty I could never get out of and had false hope to do so. And that when I got to the end of my "rainbow" I would die. 

Terrible right?!?

So since then I think I have never wanted to call anything a journal, but realize that this blog is a combination of many types of journalistic efforts on my part. Here are a list of some of the "types" of journals I keep.

Commonplace book via this blog
I have a common place collection of inspirational bits. Quotes, song lyrics, passages from books or speeches, etc. find their way onto these pages. When you need some motivation, an emotional boost, or whatever else, you can flip back through and find what you need. I also do this on Pinterest and back on paper during years of angst in middle school. Now it is fun to look back and see what songs or quotes spoke to you during a certain time of life.

Scripture/prayer journal
Probably one of the most well known types of journals, scripture or prayer journals are a great way to dive deeper into relationship with God. They can help you work through hard times in life as well as remember your blessings. You can examine your conscience, record your spiritual struggles, or just thank God for the happy moments. Writing down your prayers also enables you to recognize when you receive answers. Some people use this type of journal to help them study or memorize scripture, too.

Gratitude journal
It’s always easier to turn to a journal when things are hard—for some reason, adversity awakens our desire to confide. But it can be a little depressing if all you have to look back on are pages and pages filled with your struggles and complaints. A gratitude journal counters that negativity by helping you acknowledge the positives of daily life, however small they may be at times. Set a goal and, as regularly as works for you, write down a certain number of things you’re grateful for. 

Daily log
I mean this is the definition of a lifestyle blogger right? We right down what has happened in our daily lives. 

Travel journal
I love writing about when I travel here on the blog. Most recently about my Alaska Trip! Not only does this create a unique, personal record of your trip, it allows you to savor those moments in a more in depth way. 

Photo journal
Sometimes photos can just say it all!

Anniversary or birthday journal
I have a paper journal of Kevin and mines celebrations and cards and continue that here on the blog writing down what we did to celebrate as well as several highlights from the year.

List journal
I love making lists, and my blog has lots of them.

Journals I don't keep but could one day or used to back in middle school angst years:

Pregnancy journal
Those nine months of carrying your little one are drastically different from other periods of life. You’re going through a lot of physical, emotional, and lifestyle changes in a relatively short period of time. Journaling can be a great way to both work through those changes and create a record of memories to look back on when your wee one is grown. Be sure to write down the basics (when you found out you were pregnant, your thoughts when you found out the gender, the lists of potential names you and your partner make), but also include the things you’re sure you’ll never forget (Exactly how bad was that morning sickness? What did your husband say the first time you sent him to the grocery store in the middle of the night to satisfy a craving?). Because you probably will forget them over time unless you put them in your journal.

Motherhood journal
A motherhood journal can take several different forms. You can write to your children with the intention of giving it to them one day or you can simply record your thoughts and emotions about being a mom. You can include things your children say or do, or you can write completely from your personal perspective.

Reading journal
I see other bloggers do this and used to keep one myself back in middle school. You can write down your thoughts and reactions to the books you read. You can write down your favorite passages, your thoughts on different characters or scenes, or general observations about the book.

Random Crap Journal
Another journal I used to keep in middle school! I collected scraps from my daily life. I would put everything in there: receipts, leaves, candy wrappers, ticket stubs, etc. Now I think the OCD and minimalist in me would have a cow...

Bucket list journal
If you have a bucket list, you might like to keep a journal documenting your experience each time you cross an item off the list. This will be great to look back on later!

Are you drawn to any of the journal types on this list? 
Do you know of or keep another type of journal?

August 28, 2014

I Don't Like Thinking of Titles For Blog Posts

Seriously, sometimes isn't it the hardest to come up with blog post titles?!?
I also don't like...

The bra I am wearing
That chocolate has so many calories
That I never have time to do my nails
When people say "Wow your hair is so long!" every 10 seconds
All the junk emails I get
That it isn't quite the weekend yet

Blogging slumps
That no one else can do my job
Google Plus
Wasting water
Inconsiderate people
When my phone freezes
Summer temperatures in Arizona
That as soon as I hit publish I will think of something else.

August 27, 2014

Two Years

Two years of work. I feel like these years have absolutely flown by.  I have done, seen, and learned so many things; too many to name, but here are a few things I am so happy that I've experienced along the way:

I have learned how to get what I want from doctors.
I have learned to listen to the older nurses, even if they aren't nice.
I have learned to go with my gut, always.
I have learned to check, double check, and recheck my meds.
I have learned that two hands are better than one, and four are better than two.
I have witnessed families coming apart, and families coming together.
I have cared for people who have no one in the world.
I have cared for the alcoholic, the drug addict, the illegal immigrant, and the mentally ill.
I have had days where I questioned myself on end, and days where I didn't.
I have received praise for my work, and reprimand for my mistakes.
I have learned that it's okay when you don't know everything, and it doesn't hurt to ask.
I have cracked ribs.
I have learned what teamwork really means.
I have pushed meds.
I have been called names, good ones and bad ones.
I have seen people who are at their worst, still give their best.
I have had people lift me up, when it should have been the other way around.
I have called codes, called ambulances, and called families.
I have held patients as they took their first breaths, and others as they took their last.
I have learned that I love what I do.

August 26, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie.
Always a staple in my opinion. 

I have never wanted to invest the time to make my own pie crust for it and I have been using biscuits as crust since I could cook. I think because of that I prefer it to a more traditional crust.

Others may disagree, but no doubt that using canned biscuits make Chicken Pot Pie something attainable for a weeknight meal!

Traditionally this would be a recipe I am most often making/sharing in the fall or winter months, but here in Arizona we really only have summer as a season, so you are getting in on the recipe now!

In pulling up this recipe I smile. I have this one compiled in my OneNote on my computer.
Anyone remember OneNote?! I used it almost exclusively like I use Pinterest/my blog.
Darn I could have made millions with this Pinterest idea ;-)

Chicken Pot Pie

1/4 cup of margarine or butter
1/3 cup flour
1 can of chicken broth (or bouillon) I use about 10 oz
3/4 cup milk
1.5-2 cups of mixed vegetables (or however much you want!)
Chopped Chicken (however much you want)
Dash of Pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large skillet, melt the butter, stir in the flour and pepper. Cook, stirring consistently, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually add chicken broth and milk. Cook until mixture boils and thickens stirring consistently. Add the chicken and then the vegetables and cook until hot and bubbly. Empty mixture into your casserole dish.**
3. Flatten out your biscuits and lay on top of mixture.
4. Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

**I like to use a smaller casserole dish because I love lots of thick flavorful pie, but you may use your judgement there.

I have never met someone who does not like Chicken Pot Pie.
Are there any of you out there?

August 25, 2014


Like many builder grade homes, our kitchen was a sea of boring and bad.  
What we liked about this kitchen was the massive amount of cabinets and we love the floor tile. We didn't like everything else.

Now we couldn't afford to change out the appliances, but maybe one day when someone wants to fund that...anyone?! Any takers?!

To give the space some much needed beauty, we traded in the laminate counter tops for granite.  This was a pricey upgrade.  Some things are just worth the money.

I mean the laminate counter tops were the pattern of camouflage. Even my dad who hunts was not impressed.

We chose "Cashmere White" granite.  We also added a granite composite under mount sink, stained the cabinets, upgraded the faucet, and added a backsplash. I would post about doing the backsplash, except for I had NOTHING to do with it. Kevin took that puppy on. If you have any backsplash questions, let me know and I will forward them onto him and get you an answer. :-) We Kevin also put under cabinet lighting in. Too bad this man doesn't want to guest post because the under cabinet lighting it my favorite thing in the whole house!

Kitchen we really went all out on you!

Anyway back to the counter tops...We picked out our slabs and got excited. Then we my dad and Kevin took off the old counter tops. The granite guys came and measured and then the counters went in!

They went in and it made me most everything does!
They sealed them, but I re-sealed them. (can you tell I have issues yet?)
Double protection doesn't hurt and other then that I am able just to disinfect with my granite cleaner or a sponge with warm water. 

Totally helped lighten the space perfectly in my opinion!

Any pricey upgrades in your house that you just had/have to have?

August 22, 2014

Cleaning my Wedding Ring

My rings mean so much to me. I love my engagement ring that Kevin surprised me with. Looking down everyday is a reminder of how much he loves me. Then there is my wedding band that I got to look like my mother's. 
My late grandmother, me, my mom

Well looking down almost everyday. Sometimes I don't always wear them working and sometimes if I know it is going to get super hot I don't wear them. For some reason I swell like no ones business. When it is cold they are loose and when it is hot the constrict. Yay weird fingers...not!

Anyway, I used to be the person to clean my rings in the jewelry solution or ensure that I went and got it done by the jeweler. But it got to be a lot of hassle and more money than just DIYing it.

And yes, you can DIY safely and effectively!

You can use ammonia I have heard. I have been too nervous to do so though. I instead use some water and dish soap in this jewelry cleaner.

They aren't paying me to say this, but it really works and works splendidly and for an EXCELLENT cost in my mind.

This post was brought to you by the word tada!
Have a great weekend!

August 21, 2014

Gravel or Grass

Gravel or Grass?

Ever since I started thinking about landscaping the backyard, my mind kind of went to grass. We have some beautiful trees here in our backyard and when their leaves, pods, and spines (we are in the desert after all) fall at all different times of the year, it is darn near impossible to scrape them all up from the gravel. 

Currently we have gravel. I thought it made sense, after all, it cuts down on water, it looks quite nice, and it seems like an overall low-maintenance option especially for a black thumb like myself. However, it seems to look good and then be harder to maintain. You have to fight with the trees and weeds among the gravel.

Well, that seemed to contradict everything you would think, but I will say that my lawn is definitely prone to some weeds, so it kind of makes sense. But then again, how much would it be to put all that grass in and then maintain it?

Anyone have any advice for me?
It would be much appreciated! 

August 20, 2014

Harry Potter and Lauren's Childhood

I am a Potter nerd all the way. I love Harry Potter. I started reading the books in elementary school, and I was instantly in love. I laughed, cursed, and cried during the series of the seven books. 

And those who don't know I cried a lot as a middle schooler and since then haven't cried. I guess I got all cried out!

Anyway, back to it...Harry’s story is special to me. I grew up nearly at the same pace as the characters did, and the story became sort of woven into my own life. I learned from the books. I learned about friendship, family, loyalty, bravery, love, selflessness. The stories were complex and beautiful and there are truths that reach through you and touch your very soul.

TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL HARRY POTTER QUOTES ★    “Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect” -Luna Lovegood

These days, when I feel myself getting down or wishing for a simpler time, I pull out my old copies of the Harry Potter books. I have read them so many times I have lost count...each one in the double digits at least. Every time, I see the story and the characters in a slightly different way. It is also so comfortable to me like a security blanket. There’s a sense of peace in that familiarity. Somehow it makes me believe that I can put the world on hold for a while, that I really can escape. It’s like taking a vacation, except instead of going to an exotic location, you’re going back in time to when the words and the story were new to you. It’s a wonderful feeling, and I’m so glad that I can call on it at any time, just by opening a book.

I also love at anytime escaping and drawing on watching the movies. It isn't as complex and soothing as the books, but it does the trick in a pinch.

Are there words or books that touch you in that way?

August 19, 2014

Excellent Watermelon Margarita

I cannot believe summer is winding down already (well for everyone in parts of the country not Arizona. We have summer almost year round!) Summer has been flying at warp speed.

I put excellent in front of this drink, because that is what it is, pure excellence... 
It is easy to make.
It is almost healthy.
It is a perfect taste of summer.
It tastes good.

Seriously let me just stop and do an unpaid PSA for watermelon...
It is so healthy! It has so many antioxidants, it is an excellent source of many vitamins including A (helps eliminate free radicals in your body), B (helps your energy production and magnesium), and C (helps your immune system), it is 92% water and is rich in electrolytes, (I prefer my watermelon to any Sports Drink any day!) and because of that water it is an excellent diuretic helping your body to flush out harmful toxins. Best part?!? Watermelon has the best caloric value ever! 

Well....okay not the best caloric value when you add it with alcohol, but it is oh so good!
No worries, you can garnish your drink with plenty of watermelon slices!

Enjoy and gulp the last few bits of summer with me! 
I know I am excited for some cooler temps!

August 18, 2014

Tennis Times

I have had lots of tennis go on lately!
I watched my beautiful, youngest sister play her last tennis match ever. She has retired at the ripe old age of 18 just like her older sister did and just like her oldest sister did with swimming.

The Fam Bam.

Bookends missing our middle.

Social media time!!

Youngest and oldest strike again!

My man and I.

I also actually picked up a racket myself and played. This is something that has not gone on in quite a while. In fact I wore my Junior Team Tennis Champs shirt which was probably the last time I truly played properly. That was about 10 years old for me by the way...
But who is counting...

Perfect day to play! Clouds were rolling in for a storm!

I could never dream to be a fraction of how good my sisters are, but I love it because it is a great workout and it is fun to do with others. 

Anyone else enjoy tennis?

August 15, 2014

Using Dove Meat

I don't like to get into politics or hot topics much here on this blog. I hold my opinions strongly, but I don't want to hold them here.

But I am sure most have you have heard about the controversy regarding girls who hunt
This recipe is for all you hunters out there!

My dad has always hunted and has truly shown and educated me on wildlife and the way to respect and love the land and provide for one's family. Today is his birthday! I love him more and more each day!

My dad shows his love to people by feeding them. I never leave hungry or without food for later when I see him. I had some Dove meat in my freezer that I was wanting to use from him. My dad's classic recipe is to wrap the Dove in bacon. But I saw some jalapenos on sale and and decided to incorporate them.

It is so hot here in Arizona that I knew I wanted to grill. I try not to use the oven too much! So I took the core out of the peppers and stuffed them!

Now mind you when you grill peppers for those of you scared of the heat a jalapeno gives off, the longer you grill your peppers, the less spicy they are. I grilled them for 15 minutes and was good. I like heat, but this was more something I wanted to be a cheesy goodness kind of dish.

Cut off the stems of your jalapenos, remove the seeds and the membranes. (DO NOT touch anything with those jalapeno hands and be sure to wash them extra well or you could be very sorry!)

I placed a slice of cheddar cheese and then placed dove over it in the holed out jalapeno. Then I wrapped the jalapeno in bacon. I think next time I will make a mixture of cheese by beating some cream cheese and ranch powder till creamy, then stir in some shredded cheddar cheese and your Dove. I may also precook the judge and finely chop it with the food process.

But I digress...

Cover with foil and place on the grill for 15-25 minutes or about 375 if you won't die of heat exhaustion using your oven! :-)

August 14, 2014

Ingredient Substitutions

We have all been there, it is like the biggest kitchen nightmare...trying to scrounge up a decent meal and go through it all the way to find you are missing an ingredient?!?

No?! Well good going you super planner you!
For the rest of us poor souls that forget we don't have an ingredient (maybe like every meal almost) learn to adapt!

So to you I present my ingredient substitutions list!

Allspice, ground: ground cinnamon, dash ground nutmeg, or dash ground cloves

Cinnamon, ground: For 1 teaspoon, substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or ground allspice.

Chili powder: dash bottled hot pepper sauce plus a combination of dried oregano and ground cumin

Cloves, ground: ground allspice, ground cinnamon, or ground nutmeg

Cumin, ground: chili powder

Poultry seasoning: For 1 teaspoon, substitute 3/4 teaspoon dried sage plus a 1/4 teaspoon blend of any of these: dried thyme, dried marjoram, dried savory, ground black pepper, and dried rosemary.

Garlic salt: Garlic powder

Buttermilk: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to equal one cup. Let that sit 5 minutes before using. 

Brown Sugar: White sugar in equal amount. This will cause your cookies to be a little crispier. I have heard you can add two tablespoons of molasses for every cup of white sugar to fix this, but if you don't have brown sugar, how do you have molasses?!? 

Soy Sauce: Four tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce mixed with one tablespoon of water equals 1/2 cup of Soy Sauce

Cream Cheese: Same oz ratio of Neufchatel or Riccota cheese.

Does anyone else have any other substitutions that they cannot live without?

August 13, 2014

What I Learned Being a Lifeguard

I cannot believe how fast this summer has sped by.
I am and most likely will never be a student again, but still summer came and is going by super fast!

I convinced my sister to take lifeguarding as she enters her first year of college.
I was a lifeguard as a job during school and I absolutely LOVED it.

If you were a lifeguard, you would know...

There is nothing more beautiful than the sound of thunder and the sight of lightning.
Not even perfume can hide that smell of chlorine.
If a coworker forgets their sunglasses, let them use yours on the stand. This is lifeguard code of decency.
The best way for a lifeguard to make money is private swim lessons. Such entrepreneurs!
Peeing in a pool is not all that bad. We all do it and we're still alive. 
Being a lifeguard you will become pro at card games. Rummy anyone?
Shake and minnows is your action packed, violent firm of entertainment.
Walk please!
Climbing up and down a stand gracefully is an art.
Anything in lost found is fair game!
Leftover food from parties makes up a crucial part of your diet.
People forget your sitting up there. Flies on the wall get some pretty juicy gossip.
Someone always does up 30 min before closing and swims maps till the last minute. Yay closing shift...
Sunscreen is s gift from the Gods.
If a kid is doing something annoying you can make up your own rules: "Keep that water in the pool please!!"

May the force be with all you tan, burnt, hardworking lifeguards!
What was a job that only people who have held that job truly understand?

August 12, 2014


Please tell me there are some out there like me!
My sister thankfully did my makeup for my wedding.

I totally envy those of you out there who can fearlessly and flawlessly apply makeup.
It is a trade I wish I had. 

If you are like me and unable to manage the execution applying makeup, you understand the frustrations....
For instance...

Eyeliner is our worst nightmare.
And being able to put liquid eyeliner on evenly is completely out of the question.

Contouring tutorials you see on Pinterest would look like clown makeup should we try that.

Applying blush comes in two amounts: 1. I cannot see it at all and 2. I am about to perform in a ballet recital.

The only highlighters we know how to use are yellow for paper.
The only highlighters that you can use correctly are the yellow ones you use in school.

Even if you get all the lipstick off of your teeth, it still finds a way to get back to your teeth!

Concealer means smearing a substance all over your darn face.

We can't even take off our makeup gracefully.
21 Things Only People Who Suck At Makeup Will Understand

Anyone out there relate to this?
What are some other problems those less made up have?

August 11, 2014

Replacing Faucets

House saga continues....

The woman we bought the house from sure loved her gold. There was gold fixtures EVERYWHERE. I couldn't stand the faucets being gold.

And it didn't look any better after we stained the cabinets
Read all about that {here}

So we just set out to replace the things. I decided right then and there that I wanted new ones right now. I made Kevin go to Lowe's with me and told him we weren't coming back empty handed. Very impulsive, but thankfully it worked out! I am sure had I done research and waited for the perfect one to come along, it may have, but I just desperately didn't want to wait or go through that process.

But I also think that plumbing projects are measured in how many trips you take to the hardware store and not how many hours it takes to complete the project. Thankfully more trips than hours!! So long as you aren't dealing with a super old house with super old problems....

Anyway, we replaced the two pictured here in our master bath and the one in the guest bath. We replaced them all with the same silver one we found on sale at Lowe's.

My parents were in town so my dad was able to help Kevin while my mom and I continued painting.

I really wish I took more pictures of everything we did, including this process. Granted I was not in anyway shape or form apart of this process, except for the choosing of the new faucets. It would have been nice to go through the removal and put in process step by step with pictures. But eh forgot to take pictures.

The basic gist is:
--Turn the water off to the sink. Two valves are there one for hot and one for cold water.
--Then remove any bolts and stuff. Every faucet is different and then remove the old faucet.
--Then remove the bolts to remove the old drain.
--Clean up any mess and then install your new drain. Place plumbers putty on the underside of the drain. No worries if there is too much or it spreads because it doesn't dry and you can always remove it.
--Follow the instructions that come with your faucet to finish your installation.
Simple as that and you have a classy new look to your bathroom!!

No butt cracks were harmed in the making of this process.

August 8, 2014

All Relationships of Life

There are many types of people that we have to encounter in this world. Some nice, some mean, but I have thankfully never encountered a nasty comment on this blog. Knock on wood. No, we might not all agree with one another all the time. And no, my blog probably doesn’t appeal to everyone out there. But those who choose to visit and who take the time to comment have been nothing but kind and respectful of me and of each other. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! You guys are super incredible and it is why I come back each and everyday to my blog to hang with you.
Thank you all for being positive and respectful. I wish that some people in my real life could be the same way. But, through all walks of life we meet all sorts of different people.

You just have to:

Free yourself from negative people.
Let go of those who are already gone.

Give people you don't know a fair chance.
Show everyone kind and respect.
Accept people just the way the are.

Encourage others and cheer for them.
Be your imperfectly perfect self.
Forgive people and move forward.

Do little things every day for others.
Always be loyal.
Stay in better touch with people who matter to you.

Keep promises and tell the truth.
Give what you want to receive.
Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Allow others to make their decisions.
Talk a little less and listen more.
Leave petty arguments alone.

Pay attention to your relationship with yourself.
Pay attention to who your real friends are.

August 7, 2014

10 Things I Wish my Patients Knew About me

Some days as a nurse can be challenging to say the least. I work with a population of elderly people where most have psychiatric diagnoses. I have been called every name in the book. I have had every sort of bodily fluid thrown at me. (yes I did say thrown, as in purposefully!)

Some of these below might sound harsh, but trust me in seeing how myself and my colleagues handle some of the toughest people and situations, I truly believe that these are simple truths.

Other nurses will probably feel me!

To start off, we are not sitting and playing on the computer, I am charting every detail about you. This is very important to me. Please let me have this time!

Also, the H stands for hospital and not for hotel. This means I am not here to get your visitors unlimited food, drink, blankets, or something for their headache.

I assure you, your pain is not a 10 if I had to wake you up.

Furthermore, I do not get paid enough or as much as you seem to think.

Sadly, you are not the only person I am taking care of tonight.

Your pain medication used to be yellow and now it is green. Trust me, I am giving you the right medication! It just changed color...that happens.

Yes, the blood pressure cuff gets tight...its taking your blood pressure.

Oh, and if you pretend to have chest pain or a seizure just to get my'll get it but you may not want it. Just read this for my full opinion.

I will not be judgmental, so please, be totally honest about your physical and psycho/social history. Withholding information could affect your care. 

Finally, I care more than you think I do. I may be flustered, I may be in a hurry, but I always care. I love my profession even with all of its difficulties. You make my job worth it.

Nursing makes me happy, my patients will never understand all of these things, but hey, that's why I have to exercise patience and more patience every day!

What do you fellow nurses out there wish your patients knew?
What do others wish their clients (or whomever they serve) knew?

August 6, 2014

Troubling Transitions

Continuing on in the home improvement project saga...
Oh boy did we have trouble here...
Thanks Taylor Swift for making me sing the word trouble...

First off, I did not know how expensive hard wood floor transitions cost! Boy oh boy!
They seriously cost as much as the floor (almost).
I guess I should probably admit I did not know what transitions were in the first place.
Cut me some slack, this is my first wood floor. Everyone does tile and carpet here in the Southwest.

Since I had never had a wood floor in my life, I had very little knowledge of how transitions worked.
I had an even harder time imagining the concept in a small open floor plan area.
You can read about how we put them in {HERE} and how I keep them clean {HERE}
Kevin did all the work himself. We needed really long pieces along the area where the living room met the kitchen. Therefore, those had to be really secure so that no one stepped on them and accidentally cracked them in half.

At first we Kevin used a water based construction adhesive (kind of a liquid nails type product) and it kept coming up in places. Then he re-did it with an oil-based construction adhesive and Bam! we have been in business ever since!

Anyone else out there digging the wood floor look for your home?

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