We never planned on staying in our rancher for long. It was a great investment property and a perfect stepping stone for us financially. While in the rancher I tried not to buy any large pieces or new appliances (other than those purchased for our kitchen remodel). I had one goal in mind, save every penny so it could be combined with the money we made from our prime real estate little house. Moving into our traditional forever house last month, one of the must buys on our list was a new vacuum! When I learned about the opportunity to visit Miele’s headquarters in New Jersey, I immediately signed up! I knew that Miele’s quality was unmatched! Below is the group of bloggers that were totally stoked to join the #PureAirBlog Team…and in the middle, Nick Ord, President and CEO, Miele, Princeton — a totally amazing man!
These were the stars of the show for the couple of days we spent at Miele, in Princeton, New Jersey. Miele is a family owned business that invests far more into research than marketing! Their products are top of the line because their goal is to give consumers a product that will work well for them for many years to come. Most vacuums last two years, Miele vacuums last 20+ years! The seals used to trap the dust is top of the line and when tested against competitors stands in a league of its own. After exploring these vacuums inside – out, I am totally sold and can’t wait for mine to arrive! I am going to deep clean my house like never before!
Dinner the first night was at Eno Terra, “from farm to table – eat local, drink global!” The food and conversation was perfect!
While in Princeton, Mimi was our tour guide both on and off campus! There were so many cool facts she shared, but what impressed me most was the love that their city had for the differences amongst all people and children! They even have the entire third floor of the library soundproof because the people of Princeton believe children should never be hushed while in a learning environment. (Below — Ashlee from I Love You More Than Carrots and I wearing our ear buds for the tour – high style)!
Below is a little glimpse of the two people groups in Princeton, New Jersey — on the left, the Tycoons and on the right, the geniuses! You can tell it all from the landscape! Mimi — I loved your tour!
Back at the Miele Headquarters, we had first hand experience with all of Miele’s high quality, German craftsmanship appliances. I’m totally ready to makeover the kitchen in my forever house NOW! Holly made us a Frittata that was amazing — and she made it in the Steam Oven — I want one! They don’t put off heat in the kitchen, cook extremely fast, and it’s impossible to burn anything in this oven! A total microwave substitute!
Breakfast was perfect, complete with a Mimosa!
Beyond learning about the Miele, we also took a trip to New York and toured the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. At the institute, we enjoyed brunch with the editor of the magazine, Rosemary Ellis and many other ladies involved in keeping this seal to the highest standard. One of the fun little tidbits shared was that every First Lady and all but two Presidents had dined around the exact same dining table since the Roosevelt Era, 1920s! What a huge treat!
Touring the 1800 square foot facility was amazing! So much work goes into testing every product that comes into the institute! The vacuum test was totally impressive! Different flooring is embedded with dirt and each vacuum is run and crashed thirty times to see if the cleaning performance lessened over time. Every result from every product is shared on the Good Housekeeping website for us to benefit from when purchasing, household cleaners, toys, electronics, food and more!!!
“Good Housekeeping evaluates more than 1,000 products every year – but not all are winners.” Here is one of the products that raised red flags because of false claims. Others are not approved because of dangerous design. Below is a towel line that shows the product when purchased on the left, and on the right, the product after only three washes! The shrinking towel would be a huge problem for consumers! This product is no longer available on the market because Good Housekeeping helped them see that it was not in our best interest for them to sell it! Lots of claims are made about sheets every year. If it the thread count sounds to good to be true, it probably is! (I’ve totally fallen for it in the past – Ugh!) I am obsessed with Good Housekeeping for their mission to educate and protect consumers — this magazine is seriously one of my forever favorites — I love facts that I totally need, but didn’t even know I needed!
With a few hours left on my first “business trip,” Samantha from Crafty Texas Girls and I made our way through the streets of New York City!
My three sweet B’s totally wanted me to go see the Statue of Liberty, but we ended up having a real short stay in New York so the pic below had to suffice — Little Lady Liberty was next door to where we enjoyed the most perfect slice of New York Style Pizza (and a Cannoli because I needed something sweet after all that walking)!
While I was away, Stud started painting — I’ll share more soon, but for now you can see my paint options here.