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New Kitchen Update

Happy New Year everyone! Hope everyone’s year is off to a great start. I have some updates on our new kitchen. While the demo and everything in the house is going to take another 8 weeks at least, we are making headway with our kitchen decisions.

I believe, I shared our choice of Wood-Mode Custom Cabinetry for our kitchen. We are going with their Brookhaven line and our door style is Winter Haven Raised.

The first time I went into the kitchen design center and started working with Regina, our kitchen designer, I was sure I was going with Antique White. Yesterday, when my husband and I were there together making final decisions, I changed my color choice. I am going with Vintage Lace.

Wood-Mode’s Vintage Opaque is a distinctive glaze applied over the base color which in our case is Lace and adds a brushed appearance to the surface while highlighting the details of the door style and architectural elements.

It is funny because the first time I was there, I was sure I did not want that look and yet, the second time, I was sold on it. I feel that is why it is so important to meet with your kitchen designer multiple times in the planning stages of your project. So far, we have been to the kitchen showroom 2 times and Regina has been out to our house once to take measurements.

Now, that we are getting closer to putting the order in, she will come out again to make sure everything is correct. It is so nice to work with a kitchen designer who has experience and guides you along through the process. Yesterday, I remember clearly  saying to myself, “Wow, I am so glad she thought of that!”

The other thing is, they can give you great advice that can save you money and headaches. For instance, since my cooktop is mounted against an outside wall, she advised me not to go with a pot filler. I was not sold on one either, you may remember my earlier post.

The reason is, living in upstate New York, there is a danger of the pipes freezing which would cause extensive damage to our kitchen. Dealing with the damage from a leak is something we are familiar with and do not wish to deal with again if we can help it.

I know you can mount them on deck but I don’t want that sticking out of the counter top. Truthfully, the more I read about them, the more I am glad to have that reason for not putting one in. You still need to carry the water back to your sink. We decided to add an island prep sink which is behind the stove area. This will allow us to fill pots even if someone is at the kitchen sink.  I am good with that.

I am really excited about how I was able to utilize a lot of what I considered dead space in my old kitchen. My kitchen did have a lot of bells and whistles but there were some things  I wanted to change. We have so many baking trays, cookie sheets, cutting boards, cooling racks etc. In my old kitchen, I did have a tray cabinet but it was not large enough for everything we had.

It is not a matter of getting rid of some of it because we cook and bake all the time and use it all. So we added more slotted storage to our kitchen. The cabinet above the refrigerator is one that we hardly used. It contained some light bulbs and a container of glue. We  added tray storage up there and I think it is going to be great.

We also have a bottom tray cabinet next to the stove as we did before and over the ovens we put more slotted storage. We have an oven drawer under the double ovens as we did before to handle frequently used pans and sheets.

Something else I am super excited about, are the great pull out cabinets we put on the other side of our cooktop. If you think our tray situation was excessive, our collection of spatulas, ladles, cooking spoons and other cooking tools rivals it. Currently, we had two large utensil drawers and 2 large crocks on the counter. I wanted to find a more useful and out-of-sight way to store what we needed.

Browsing Pinterest, I found these great pull out cabinets with crocks built-in. I showed them to my kitchen designer who incorporated them into the design. Next to that we have another pull out cabinet that can handle our cooking oils, sprays etc. In an upper cabinet to the right of the cook top we have a swing out spice cabinet.

Being tall, I hate having to stoop down to see all the way to the back of lower cabinets. In my current kitchen, there are only three cabinets I had to do that. The rest all had roll outs or were drawer units. In this kitchen we made sure that there are no cabinets that would cause me to lay on the floor or crawl into to see what is in the back.

I eliminated the desk area and glass door cabinet that was above it from my current kitchen. We did not use the desk and it was a catch-all for everything as were the glass door cabinets. In its place we added some more pull out pantry storage which I am crazy about.

The new refrigerator is being set into cabinets to give it a built-in look. On the side of my fridge in my other kitchen, I had decorative raised panels that matched the cabinets. In our new kitchen design we added some useful storage.  We are putting in a functioning cabinet that will have lower storage for our broom, dust pan etc and upper storage for cleaning supplies, garbage bags etc. Something similar to this design I saw on Pinterest.

In the new kitchen we have extended all our upper cabinets to 42″. This extra cabinet space will give us the room we need to store appliances that we don’t use every day. We are removing the extended sofits to make room for the taller cabinets. On top of the cabinets we will add a very nice crown molding.

We are in the process of picking out our new quartz counters. In my old kitchen I had quartz counters and I love them. However, I want a little more movement in the new ones. I think I have found my countertop but not 100% sure.

Regina had me bring home my door sample and a large sample of the counter to look at it in the kitchen to make it easier for me to decide.

We are putting in a Farmhouse sink from Nantucket sinks and it has a really nice drain that we also chose from their website that never lets your hands touch the mess in the drain. Really cool and that is not all!

The sink has two front sides so you can choose what design you want. The smooth front of the Hyannis or the decorative side of the Chatham. I still have to pick the faucet. Oh, all the decisions!

We love the built-in butcher block we have in our old kitchen and so we went with one in this design also. It will be built into the side of the island to the right of the prep sink. We placed the pull out waste and recycling underneath so you can peel and chop and then just shove scraps right into the trash. To the side of the cutting board we put a large knife storage drawer and next to that, we put our utensil storage.

Another big change we are making is using one of the large island drawers to hold our dishes with a peg drawer insert. This will make it easier to set the table and for the kids to get dishes themselves without having to climb up to reach them in upper cabinets. We added about 9 inches to the length of our island and this allowed us to put a 12 inch cabinet on the end with doors to store serving pieces, dishes and glasses.

Over the cooktop we have an English Country Elliptical Range Hood that matches the cabinets. I am not certain we are going with this style but I am leaning toward it.

The microwave will be hung over the counter next to the double ovens.

All of the cabinet doors and drawers are soft close and the doors are the full overlay style. We picked out our hardware too and I really like the way it looks and feels. The drawer pulls are nice and large and can accommodate hands of all sizes.

We have a large storage pantry in the same spot we did before but instead of having those wooden racks that pull and slide out to hold cans, we have added slide out shelf pull outs that our designer tells me I will find much more useful.

We are using commercial style appliances and I will update you on those in another post. For the flooring we are going to do a wood look porcelain tile. It is someone like the one I have but darker which I think will make the cabinets pop!

I think this is a long enough update for now. We have some exciting things to share regarding lighting with you soon. Let me know what you think of what we have picked out so far.



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Out of Sight Kitchen Trash Ideas!

What do you think of having your garbage or recyclables at your fingertips but also out of sight. Check out these great products from rev a shelf trash. I think it is an awesome idea if you have enough room and are not sacrificing cabinet space you need. I think under the sink would be a great place. There are so many neat options for the bathroom too. I am getting a lot of ideas!

trash under cabin


trash under cab



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Make These Easy Easter Cupcakes & Learn How To Bake Eggs For Coloring!!!

If you are looking for an easy, festive treat to make for Easter, you still have plenty of time to make these adorable cupcakes.

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Just make your favorite flavor cupcakes and then get your frosting ready.  I use my own buttercream but you can use canned if you do not like to make your own.

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Cupcakes Easter 1

Get a decorating bag ready and use  a Wilton Multi-Opening Decorating Tip 233.  Tint your frosting green with Wilton Gel Coloring or you can use liquid food coloring if you want.  Then just squeeze and pull up to create grass.  

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In the grass you can put a PEEPS bunny or chick, little M & M eggs,  Robin’s Eggs, Jelly Beans, or chocolate covered almonds.  You can also use some white buttercream and make little nests with an open crown tip and fill with candy eggs.  You can sprinkle the nests with sugar decor to make them sparkle or coconut flakes.  

Another great tip I got from a friend is to bake your eggs instead of boiling for coloring. You just put your eggs in a muffin tin and bake at 325 degrees for exactly 25 minutes. Do not over bake!  You will get great eggs with no cracks!  I tried it and love it!



Happy Easter from Mommy Ramblings!!!

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Some Practical Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day!!! Travalo Fragrance Atomizer Giveaway!!!

When one thinks about Valentine’s Day Gifts, they think about chocolate filled satin hearts, roses, and stuffed animals bearing loving sentiments.   Where is the practicality?  Okay, I know…most want to be showered with candy, flowers and stuffed bears but for those who are looking for some different ideas, we have some!


Want your man to look his best all the time.  With the ShaveTech, innovative electric razor he can get that smooth as a baby look and feel anywhere!  Sleek, fashion forward styling make this razor no larger than a smart phone but no smart phone can do what this can!  Perfect for home or travel and the handy usb charging arm flips right out and in so everything he needs is right in one unit!  Available in white or black with brushed silver trim.

ShaveTech Black

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The ShaveTech uses USB powered state-of-the-art technology, so that it can be charged anywhere! Just by plugging the ShaveTech into any standard USB port, he can charge his electric razor with ease, free of the frustration of finding an unoccupied electrical outlet and packing any bulky adaptors.  When not charging, the ShaveTech USB port flips up directly into the razor itself, making it easy to grip for a close shave.


With its sleek, lightweight design and compact body, he can take the ShaveTech with him wherever he goes.  The lightweight and portability make it great for the gym, work or travel. The ShaveTech comes with a soft pouch for protection and a cleaning brush to keep the ShaveTech operating at its peak cutting capability.  You can follow Shave Tech on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Another great idea for travel is the Travalo.  If you receive some perfume for Valentine’s Day the Travalo will help you take it along with you wherever you go with no leaks.  This pocket sized refillable fragrance atomizer can be refilled in seconds directly from a big fragrance spray bottle.


Refilling the Travalo is easy and you will not need a funnel or anything else!  Now you can keep the Travalo in your purse, gym bag, car or office so you can freshen your scent from anywhere!  Follow Travalo on Facebook and Pinterest.


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Okay now a practical gift for men or women who really value practicality.  The Smart Sizzors are Scissors that do just about everything.Smart ‘Cut Anything’ Sizzors are multi-function scissors for general purpose use in the home, kitchen, office or workshop. The hardened, curved blades are razor-sharp and perform brilliantly where other scissors just won’t cut it.  Smart Sizzors’ sharp, professional grade hardened steel blades are so effective, you can cut through anything from paper to tough materials like blister packs, credit cards, tough boxes – even chicken bones!


The curved blades are designed for safety and ease of use and prevent any cut edges touching your hands during use. The comfortable soft grip handles work equally well for left or right handed people, and an adjustable tension bolt allows you to tighten them up if they ever work loose, so they keep on working for years.

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An array of useful everyday tools such as a built-in bottle opener, nutcracker, garlic tool and wire stripper make the Smart Sizzors surprisingly handy for a whole host of odd jobs.  Follow AnySharp on Facebook.


If you like any of these ideas here are some discounts codes for you to use:

Valentine’s Discount Codes!

All Codes are good for 35% off your order through Valentine’s Day!







Would you like the chance to win a Travalo?  If so enter our giveaway below.  One lucky blog reader will win their own Travelo fragrance atomizer!  Thank you to the PR company for supplying the review products and for sponsoring this sweet giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Share the Love this Valentine’s Day with New Treats from Nestlé!

Valentine’s Day is upon us!  If you are looking for some tasty ideas to celebrate with the ones you love, then read on.  Nestlé has some great Valentine’s Day themed candy you can use to create some scrumptious holiday treats.  I was recently sent some  SweeTarts Hearts, SweeTarts Heart Gummies and an assorted bag of ready to give Butterfinger, Baby Ruth and Nestle Crunch bars.

The candy bars are all ready for Valentine exchanges, so you can give a Valentine and a tasty chocolate treat in one neat little package.  Great for kids and classroom exchanges with friends and classmates.  The SweeTarts hearts looked so great on the strawberry cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream frosting I made.  They really dressed them up and let everyone know they were a sweetie!

Follow Nestlé on Facebook and Twitter to stay up on the latest news and product information!!!





All ready for Valentine's Day exchanges!!!

All ready for Valentine’s Day exchanges!!!


Yummy, Tangy and Sweet!!!

Yummy, Tangy and Sweet!!!






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Master Bath Renovation Update, Vanity Decisions!!! #CurbAppeal

It has been a very busy few days on the master bath renovation front.  We finally decided on a whirlpool tub and vanity!!!  The tile was supposed to start tomorrow but I had to hold him off due to our indecision with the tub and the vanity.  The other big part that was in limbo until today was what to do with the upper portion of the vanity.  Mirrors, medicine cabinets, lighting and logistics had me feeling like my head would explode.  I felt so out of it last night because I just could not find anything that would work.  I mean, I had renderings putting cabinets that matched the lower cabinets on top and it did not look good even though it did in my mind.  We thought about a large framed mirror but I did not like the look of that.  I also wanted upper storage in the way of a medicine chest.  I looked at the typical options and they looked dated and so I felt like calling it all off, lol.

Today however, while browsing through Houzz I found inspiration even though the other 999 times I didn’t.  We have now made a decision on what will be on top.  Well I should say we narrowed it down.  We also made a small change to the vanity.  The center drawer we were keeping at the same level but we decided to drop it down like the pictures below.

We are going to do three mirrors similar to the ones above and what we want to do for the medicine cabinets, since our vanity is the same layout as the ones above with a wall on either end.  We are going to build a concealed cabinet to the side with some decorative piece of artwork as a door that hides the recessed cabinet.  The top picture has a neat idea too with the corner cabinets and so that is something I am still thinking about but at least right now I feel like I have some clear plan and a vision about what I want.

Now I just have to find the mirrors and I don’t know that I am going to  just go with the rectangular kind shown .  I may find what I want and paint it and glaze it to match the vanity.  I think I am going mirror shopping tomorrow or Thursday and I want to go to Hobby Lobby and Home Goods to see what they have to use as a door for the concealed cabinet in the size we need.  The next step after that will be the lighting but I want to get the mirrors first.

The whirlpool we choose is from Hydro Systems and the story behind how we did will be a post in itself.  I never spent as much time picking one out as I did this time.  The first time, there was no Internet, it was go to the plumbing supply showroom and they just showed you a couple, you picked it out and boom you were done.  I have literally spent months going from brand to brand, comparing features, prices, shapes, sizes and Saturday we had the Eureka moment!

We decided on the Makyla from Hydro Systems and they are building the tub to order as we speak in California.  Like I said, I will post about it and share what I learned in the event it can help someone pick out the right tub for them.  One of the best things with this company is since the tubs are built to order you can change the placement of jets, add things, move things around etc.  You really have a chance to make it your own, like they say,”If you can dream it,we can build it.”  Oh and one of the great features we are getting is 2 neck masseuse pillows on either end.  These pillows send hydro massaging water in three different pulse settings to your neck for a soothing to ultra stress relieving neck massage.  I think that with the chromotherapy feature is going to be the first thing I indulge in when all this is finished.

So tell me what are your thoughts on mirrors?  Favorite places to shop for accessories?  How about off beat places where you have found something great? Please share, I love to hear your stories.

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A Place For Everything & Everything In Its Place AKA A Girl Can Dream!!!


Organization is something so many of us struggle with.  I know there are people who have no issues with having a place for everything and everything in its place.  If you are like me, you often have the best of intentions, bought the label maker, various sized bins and baskets and poured over Pinterest for inspiration.  Somehow, though it just never seems to come together the way it should.  I know two areas I struggle with are my walk in closet in the master bedroom and my studio/craft room.

I see craft rooms with such beautiful storage for ribbons, buttons, paints, brushes, papers and more.  Everything neat and easy to find.  I seem to end up with various baskets, totes, containers and boxes full of my craft and sewing supplies.  Then when I want to start a project it is difficult to find what I need.

Photo from California Closet Website

Photo from California Closet Website

My studio needs major help with prop organization.  I am thinking a wall unit of storage with lots of cubbies for the smaller props, maybe a hanging area for the colorful throws I use under my subjects as well as storage for the rolled back drops, extra bulbs and other supplies.  Something like that would save me so much frustration and stop wasting minutes and hours of my time searching for something that’s misplaced in a sea of bins that are just overflowing with no rhyme or reason.

I would also love to see something similar for the craft/sewing side of the room with an eye-catching way to store all my notions that will just inspire me to create!  A nice crafting table with high stools and more storage would be ideal and allow me the room to cut fabric, pin patterns, paint, decoupage or work with the kids on projects.  Again, what a time and sanity saver that would end the futile searching and wasted money spent to buy supplies over and over because I can’t find what I need.

Photo Courtesy of California Closet Website

Photo Courtesy of California Closet Website

The other area I am in desperate need of an intervention for, is our walk in closet.  When I built the house I thought I had enough built-in shelves but I am seriously lacking in the closet design area.  I have lots of room to hang things but I need closet organizers, more shelves, cubbies and drawer units to store things properly.  I would also like some cabinets on the top of the closet above the top shelves for seasonal items and things that I need to store but don’t want to gather dust.  Shoe storage is also something needed as what I have is not sufficient.

Photo From California Closet Website

Photo From California Closet Website

Photo From California Closet

Photo From California Closet


Photo From California Closet Website

Photo From California Closet Website


I promise myself I will tackle all this and as we approach the New Year, I would like to think that this year will be the year I finally do it.  How about you?  Are you struggling with some of the same issues or are you a place for everything and everything in its place person?  Leave a comment and let us know.


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