Support Omaha Local

I sat here for a few minutes wondering exactly how to start this blog post. I’ve already started and deleted many sentences because this topic is so near and dear to my heart. So here is what I WILL say. We love our Omaha and we want our city to succeed and thrive! So how can we help our city thrive? How can we help Omaha thrive?

We can support local!

How do we do that? Why would we do that?

Local businesses are essential for our economy. Local businesses create employment, growth and innovation! Local businesses are what make OUR city unique!

It’s also fun to support local. If you want something unique, support local! Here are some of my favorite local Omaha spots. Have you been to a spot you love? Tell me. Trevor and I would love to try it out on one of our date nights.

Stories Coffeehouse- Stories Coffee Co. โ€“ Coffee With A Purpose (storiescoffeecompany.com)

Big Mamas- Big Mama’s Kitchen & Catering โ€“ Meals Prepared Just for You

Pitch- Pitch (pitchpizzeria.com)

Karma Koffee- I have a special place in my heart for this business as they donated to a local heart organization we are apart of. Karma Koffee – Home | Facebook

Mixins Rolled Ice Cream- Mixins – Home | Facebook

Coneflower Creamery- Home – Coneflower Creamery

Nicola’s- Nicolas – Home (nicolasomaha.com)

Greek Islands- Greek Islands Restaurant (greekislandsomaha.com)

The hour at which I’m writing this blog post is silly because my stomach is aching for some of these delicious foods. Let’s turn up the noise on supporting local! Tell me your best local Omaha spot, I’d love to hear!

-Michelle Phillips

Laminate Floor Care & Maintenance

Congratulations! You have a brand new Laminate floor!! Yay! Now what? It’s silly to expect any material to get their full years’ of use without proper care. If you have a Laminate floor, keep reading for maintenance tips! It’s easier to maintain than you might think.

Follow routine maintenance guidelines to clean your laminate flooring

*Use a damp cloth to blot up spills as soon as they happen. Never allow liquids to stand on your floor.

*Sweep, dust, or vacuum the floor regularly with the hard floor attachment (not the beater bar) to prevent accumulation of dirt and grit that can scratch or dull the floor finish.

*Do not wash or wet mop the floor with soap, water, oil-soap detergent, or any other liquid cleaning material. This could cause swelling, warping, delamination, and joint-line separation, and void the warranty.

*Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, or strong ammoniated or chlorinated type cleaners.

*Do not use any type of buffing or polishing machine.

*For spots such as candle wax or chewing gum, harden the spot with ice and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper, such as a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the flooring surface. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

*A more frequent dust-mopping or vacuuming schedule may be required in very sandy areas such as a beach or lake home.

Ways to protect your laminate flooring to keep it looking like new!

*To prevent slippage of area rugs, use an approved vinyl rug underlayment.

*Use floor protectors and wide-load bearing leg bases/rollers to minimize the chance of indentations and scratches from heavy objects. As a rule, the heavier the object, the wider the floor protector.

*Maintain a normal indoor relative humidity level between 35% and 65% throughout the year to minimize the natural expansion and contraction of the wood.

*Avoid excessive exposure to water during periods of inclement weather.

*Keep your petsโ€™ nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching your floor.

*Never try to slide heavy objects across the floor.

*A protective mat should be used for furniture or chairs with casters.

Hopefully you found a few of these tips helpful and useful. As always, please contact us or comment below if you have further questions!

~Phillips Tile & Stone Team

Laminate basement floor

10 Facts about Phillips Tile & Stone

1. Our commitment to a satisfied client is so strong, we go as far as to back up our craftsmanship. It’s your investment and it’s our name! As a company we are proud to bring you excellence in every area we bring to the table. Craftsmanship and customer service being our top two. We understand good design but it takes skill to take that beautiful design and make it a reality. We will always be honest with our clients and their investments.

2. Our commitment to our wonderful employees is huge to us. Construction is difficult. We appreciate our crew! When we hire, we hire individuals that are honest and ready to learn. We are proud of our work crew!

3. All the pictures you see on our website and socials are our own work! (With the exception of stories.) It’s important that our clients are inspired by beautiful design. Inspiration is important but execution is what we deliver, daily. Not everyone can install masterpieces like we can. ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. Integrity is what we strive for daily. Plain and simple.

5. We are a simple company that wants to provide extraordinary craftsmanship for our clientele.

6. A good design will always knock our socks off.

7. Trevor sometimes takes the kidsโ€™ lunchboxes to the job site. Itโ€™s ok for a grown man to carry a Spider-Man lunchbox. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

8. Yes, we do projects in other states! Don’t let the miles hinder you from a free estimate. If you want quality work, we bring that to you. Wherever you are, but we call Omaha, Nebraska home.

9. Strong communities are what we love to see. Thatโ€™s why we enjoy volunteering when we can!

10. We adore that we get to do this for a living. Thank you for allowing our family the privilege to serve your family since 2010.

Standing the test of time.

In the Midwest, we get all types of weather. September came in strong and hot, then made us all cold one week with a side of rain. Now we Omahaian’s are feeling the crisp autumn air and it’s showing. I smell more bonfires in our neighborhood. The pumpkin patches have opened up and today I saw organic pumpkin at Costco, so fall has officially arrived!

We’ve been in the swing of school for a few weeks now and have gotten a schedule down that works for us all. In case you did not know. We choose to homeschool. Not just because of a worldwide pandemic. But because kids grow up way too fast and what better way for me to use my teaching degrees than to teach our own littles for the time being. Late last Thursday evening, I decided to take the kids to Markman Pumpkin Patch. It must have been the pumpkin spice latte I had at HyVee that snapped out my summer mood into fall-ish desires because we haven’t looked back as summer trades her green leaves for cooler temps.

Our co-op took their first field trip of the school year to Washington County Historical Museum. I was fascinated by the original tile flooring in what use to be the town bank. Our company is dedicated to installing materials that will last decades. I often wonder how many of OUR projects could still be around in 100 years. I know my husband installs masterpieces weekly. His projects have the ability to withstand the test of time. But to SEE a 100 year old tile floor is honestly amazing. Check out this gorgeous floor! I am thoroughly impressed with the craftmanship poured into it. You must go see it for yourself! Here is their website to set up your own tour!

The tile floor doesn’t even look 100 years old! It was in beautiful condition.

I can’t leave without showing you all just a few of our latest projects. After all, this is the website of Phillips Tile & Stone. We are a family business. We know the importance of work/family balance. So I’m hoping you felt that in this blog post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wouldn’t it be amazing for these spaces we’ve installed were to be used and enjoyed for decades to come? That is our desire and wish for ALL who use our services.

May your September be full of pumpkin patches, apple orchards, yummy hot drinks and home remodels. Fall is my favorite season. So don’t be alarmed if you see a few more blog posts. ๐Ÿ™‚ Soon the holidays will be here! The Midwest girl in me plans on enjoying this weather before it turns again.

-Michelle Phillips

Change is coming…

I’m seeing many fall lovers anxiously pull out their fall decorations. I love fall. We got married in the fall! But goodness, this Midwest girl wants to hang on to summer as long as I can! So instead of seeing all things fall on this post, you’ll see how we are hanging on to all things sunny and warm before we step into my favorite season, fall.

In addition to owning a business, we also homeschool. We have unofficially started the school year, because our kids ASKED to start school! If that doesn’t make a mama’s heart smile, I don’t know what would. So I obliged and we have slowly started incorporating school into our day. Our official start date will be after Labor Day weekend. Here is our 4th grader working hard on vocabulary words.

No matter how you are spending your last few weeks of summer, we hope you are all staying healthy and well. Soon, we will be ready to welcome fall! Let me savor these fleeting moments of summer. ๐Ÿ™‚

~Michelle Phillips

Co-Owner of Phillips Tile & Stone

We Are Hiring!

The construction business is alive and well and we need to add to our already gifted team! We are looking to hire a Skilled Tile Setter. When we say skilled, we mean it. A minimum of two years tile setting experience is needed to apply. We will pay generously and offer PTO. This career will allow you to show off your craftsmanship while leaving the headache of business to us to handle.

Please help us spread the word, tell all your skilled friends! Send them here to apply https://phillipstilestone.com/we-are-hiring/

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Need Party Help?

I love planning parties! You know what else I love doing? Doing what I can to make my life easier while planning said parties. Sometimes I make the cake, sometimes I order it from a bakery. Sometimes I decorate for the party myself and sometimes I want something different (or easier). This past weekend, I had Party Ambiance out to decorate for our kid’s birthday party/heart anniversary! I first met Lena as I was talking to my neighbor in my front lawn. My neighbor said, “Well, look at all those balloons!” and I turned around and was warmly welcomed by Lena, who was carrying two large and fabulous balloon decorations for our party. She made the planning part easy and all online. The day I met her, she worked quickly in our home and left us party ready! I still stare at the creations she made and it’s been two days since she installed the balloons. They are just so FUN and happy! If you love having unique decorations for your parties, she is your gal!

Find her on Instagram!

Our kids and party guests loved it! I loved that I could take some ‘hats’ off my head. As a mama, we wear many hats. Party decorations does not need to be one of those hats. Thanks Party Ambiance!

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Happy Birthday USA!

Are things starting to open up where you live? Are you ready to get some summer fun planned? Our family is gearing up for one of our favorite holidays. Where we get to wear all our favorite colors (legit red, white and blue are some of our family’s favorite colors) and eat delicious food. We love getting to spend time around our extended family and lighting off fireworks together! So go dig through your closet to find the most patriot outfit in anticipation of the celebration!

Now, if you are looking for a transportable side dish, look no further. This could even work as your main dish! If you are planning a camping trip this summer, I like to make a big bowl of this to take with us as it makes for an easy meal. My husband loves Italian subs and this dish calls for everything he’d normally put on his Italian sub sandwich.

Stay safe and Happy Birthday America!

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a53657/classic-italian-pasta-salad-recipe/