The joys of home renovations. I know…I feel silly complaining because I should consider myself lucky to even have the option to pick out the floors we want to install. I shouldn’t complain, but ya know what, I need to vent!
Home projects are a lot of work. There is no getting around that. I think our projects were going so well that the universe felt it needed to bring us back down to reality. Planning was going great, our laminate flooring came in on time, the floor contractor got bumped up a week early and we were all set to move in on March 14th. Then, right when I was about to share this post on Sunday night, my mother-in-law told David she just watched a segment on 60 minutes about the laminate flooring we’d just unloaded into our living room to acclimate to our house before being installed this week. Allegedly the floors we bought that were made in China contain too much formaldehyde for the CA limit. Hmm…that’s a bit concerning. We just bought 1,2oo square feet of this “toxic” flooring and we had no clue laminate even contained formaldehyde. After hours of researching, discussions between David and I and our families we decided to return our laminate today.
It was a tad awkward and I felt really bad. I felt bad that we had to return the flooring to the guy who was super helpful to us. I felt bad thinking they might all lose their jobs. I felt bad that no one was in the store. I felt bad that all the floors had sale tickets on them. Overall, I feel bad about the situation. I know it’s not my fault, and I shouldn’t feel bad about what this company allegedly did, but I just can’t help feel bad for those employees who are innocent and will end up paying the price.
We’re now about to order some American made Hickory solid hardwoods. Our pocket book will cry out a little in pain, but we know deep down we’ll feel better about the purchase. I’m not going to have to worry about our floors releasing too much off gasses that could cause cancer to Ryder by laying on them all the time or our future kids or US. Overall, we’ll feel more confident about what’s installed in our home.
The worst part about this whole ordeal is the fact that now our move in date is pushed out. At this point we don’t even know when we’ll move in! I’m hoping it’ll only push us out until the end of March but who knows. It’s also a tad scary on the timing since we’re opening up offers on our condo tomorrow and have to decide on one.
The moral of the story is to make sure you’re educated on the products you buy for your house. David and I really had no clue that tons of wood products contain formaldehyde and who knows what else! We’re definitely going to be way more careful in the future when we start looking for new furniture. I think we’ll be looking at antique stores more closely now.
Since we’re always aware of what kind of food we’re putting into our bodies it only makes sense to care about the products we install in our house as well. These nut balls are super healthy and a great snack to hold you over until lunch. When I first told David I was going to use apricots in our nut balls one week he was not impressed. The first day we had these for our snacks he texted me and told me that they are SO GOOD and his new favorite! I was surprised, to say the least. I told him I thought they were too vanilla-y but he insisted I leave the vanilla amount the same. The vanilla really does provide a great aroma each time you bite into one. I love the addition of apricots, since sometimes I get tired of making the same type of energy balls week after week with dates. I hope you give these ones a try!
- 1 1/2 cups almonds
- 6 oz apricots
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1-2 tablespoons water, if needed
- In a food processor; pulse almonds until chopped up. Add in apricots, coconut flakes, coconut oil, and vanilla. Process until it comes together into a ball. You may need to add some water to help it come together.
- Roll out 1 tablespoon balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in freezer for at least two hours. Remove and enjoy.
- These store well in the freezer until ready to eat. This batch makes over a dozen balls. I bought a 6 oz bag of dried apricots which I think was about 1 1/4 cup.