Reinventing Myself 2019 Style

Back in 2005 when I started in my Vemma business, we used a system called Vemma Builder. It was such a cool tool that did all my follow up for me. All I had to do was get people to opt into my page and voila, my Online Marketing system was done. I got a personal autoresponder through Get Response and at that time I believe I was able to import the opt ins into the system.

As Online Marketing progressed and I started making money, I had my own opt in page built so that I could have people opt in directly to my page the image I have included in this post is a screen shot of that page. I started to work on branding myself and not a company. I had heard this was the thing to do to build an audience or following so to speak. Read up on my history here: About Me

Email marketing was booming and I was able to build a niche for myself and anyone who joined my team. I had the money to have websites designed and even had an awesome website designed for people who had joined my team.

Today is a whole different story. With social media you can build a nice business without spending a ton of money. I am learning new skills and different online marketing systems to build a business in 2019. One thing I can say about social media, and doing the free marketing, it does take time. I have committed to an hour or two a day following a system using social media.

If you’d like to join me on this journey learning new things about Online Marketing in 2019 Click Here!

Why I chose a CBD Business!

I’ve been involved in Network Marketing since 2004, I’ve seen many companies come and go over the course of these 15 years. I’ve been involved with some winners, some average companies and some flops. But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would witness what is happening with a specific product.

If you had mentioned CBD oil 2 or 3 years ago to anyone, they would not have even heard of it or even understood it. Now if you mention CBD Oil at least 50% of the people you are talking to would of heard something about CBD Oil. I mean crikes, you see CBD oil being sold at a gas station now. I am proud to say I am involved with a company that cares about the quality of their products and that means alot to me. People are now educated about CBD Oil and know that there is no psychoactive effects and they won’t get high.

I have been a customer of Hempworx since 2017, specifically because of the CBD Oil. I wasn’t sure 100% if I wanted to build the business or even get involved marketing it. Hempworx is a part of MyDailyChoice. MyDailyChoice is the “umbrella” company that Hempworx falls under and they offer a variety of products. MyDailyChoice operates more like an affiliate program which I support.

I am offering you an opportunity to join me to help spread the word about these amazing products and company. MyDailyChoice has a very generous compensation plan! There are dozens of 6 and 7 figure earners in this company and I expect all of us to be on that list soon!

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Burned Out In Network Marketing?

 

burned-out /b…ôrnd out/

adjective
  • (of a vehicle or building) destroyed or badly damaged by fire; gutted.
    • (of an electrical device or component) having failed through overheating.
    • (of a person) in a state of physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. “she felt burned out, an empty shell”

      Have you every just felt burnt out?¬† If you’ve been involved with Network Marketing or Affiliate Marketing in the past I am sure you have felt this way at one time or another.

      To be honest, I was burned out for 6 years.  I have been involved in Network Marketing since joining Vemma back in 2005.  I stayed in Vemma until 2009. I dabbled here and there in different companies after leaving Vemma.  In late 2010 I joined SBC and stayed until 2013.   My end of my relationship with that company is what made me decide to stay away from Network Marketing.

      I’ve sat on the sidelines watching my friends, cheering on their success but never really having it in my heart to try again.¬† ¬†To try everything it entails when you start a home based business.

      But I’m ready…¬† I have 2 great opportunities on my site.¬† One is a booming Network Marketing company that is in the CBD/Hemp industry which is forecasted to be a HUGE Billion dollar industry (they also have other great products) and also an affiliate program for a weight loss company.¬† Both links can be found here on this site.

      Join me if you’re ready to stop being burned out!

       

Sizzling Down with Sizzle Slim!

Sizzling Down makes me think of summer time and trying to get into a bathing suit.  Like sizzling hot cement or sand on the beach!

Sizzle Nutrition has been getting in some testimonials lately, and as you know since it's a new company with a new product these will take some time.  Same thing my company went through in 2014.  But so far the ones that have been coming in are amazing!  I trust the people who are sharing them and know they have integrity and are showing their results.  So here is a couple for you to see.

JoAnne M says:  "I have been using Sizzle Slim for 3 weeks and I now have to remind myself to eat ! My digestive issues had returned full force and within one week with Sizzle I am back to normal. I must use non scale victories because of my heart failure and the way the scale moves but pictures are my proof and have mercy. I am feeling fantastic !! And others are seeing the difference !! I love it"

Angie K says:  "I had been losing on my own but got to a stubborn plateau. Sizzle has me on track. 12 lbs in April alone! I try to avoid carbs but I don't worry too much. So lucky to have this product!"

 

I have to get more consistent myself and take the product every single day.   It's one of my biggest issues even when having to take a medication that is prescribed by a doctor.  But after seeing some of these Sizzle Slim testimonials and knowing when I actually take the product it is helping me with my digestive issues.  I'm going to do whatever I can to remain consistent!

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Is the Quality of Glucomannan Important?

Glucomannan

Why is the Quality of Glucomannan important?

It is extremely important if you want a product that works! ¬†I’ve been involved with several companies selling or have sold weight loss products¬†that have Glucomannan as an ingredient since 2010. ¬†Including my own company in 2014 which sold a product that contained Glucomannan, because I believe in this ingredient so much. ¬†When you are around products with certain ingredients for a long time you become somewhat of an expert.

Many manufacturing plants which make supplements can buy ingredients from a variety of places. ¬†Depending on what you want to spend, the quality may not be that great. ¬†I’m not sure you’ve ever heard this expression but I believe 100% in the saying “You Get What you Pay for”. ¬†So if a manufacturing plant wants top quality ingredients, they will have to pay more than if they purchased the lower quality ingredient.

Glucomannan for Weight Loss

As you can imagine, you can find many different companies who now sell products which contain Glucomannan.  In fact when I checked on Amazon, there was hundreds of supplements that showed up in my search.  The reason for this is because there has been so much research done and available on this ingredient.  The claims of using this ingredient is that it makes you feel full so that you eat less.  If you think of the reasons why people are overweight or obese, portion control or over eating is one of the top reasons.

What is Glucomannan?

Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber extracted from the roots of the elephant yam, also known as konjac.

It is available as a supplement, to put in drinks in the form of mixes and is also added to food products, such as pasta and flour. It is also the main ingredient in .  Glucomannan comprises 40% of the dry weight of the elephant yam, which is originally from Southeast Asia. It has a long history of use in herbal mixtures and traditional foods like tofu, noodles, and konjac jelly.

After the fiber has been extracted from the plant, it looks something like this:

In addition to being sold as a dietary supplement, it can be used as a food additive ‚ÄĒ an emulsifier or thickener.

Glucomannan has an exceptional ability to absorb water and is one of the most viscous dietary fibers known.  It absorbs so much liquid that if you empty a glucomannan capsule into a small glass of water, the entire thing turns into a gel. These unique properties are believed to mediate its effects on weight loss.

The quality of the Glucomannan in your weight loss supplement can be tested by simply adding it to water. ¬†You can either empty the capsules contents into the water or put the capsule directly into the water. ¬†If it doesn’t turn into a gel then the quality may not be that great!

How does Glucomannan help with Weight Loss?

Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber.  Like other soluble fibers, it is believed to promote weight loss via the below:

  1. It has a very low calorie content.
  2. It promotes a feeling of fullness (satiety), helping with reducing portion size (intake).
  3. It delays emptying of the stomach, contributing to increased satiety (1).
  4. Like other soluble fibers, it reduces the absorption of protein and fat (2).

It also feeds the friendly bacteria in the intestine, which turn it into short-chain fatty acids like butyrate, shown to protect against fat gain in some animal studies (3, 4).

Feeding the friendly gut bacteria may also have other benefits, and some studies have shown a correlation between altered gut bacteria and body weight (5, 6).

Does it Really Work?

Studying mechanisms is always interesting, but what we really want to know is if this stuff leads to actual pounds being lost.

Fortunately, we have several randomized controlled trials on glucomannan. These types of studies are the ‚Äúgold standard‚ÄĚ of scientific experimentation in humans.

In the biggest one, 176 healthy overweight people were randomly assigned to ingest either a supplement with glucomannan, or placebo (a dummy pill), while on a calorie-restricted diet (7).

Three different glucomannan supplements were tested, with varying dosages. Some also had other fibers added to them.

These were the results after 5 weeks:

Glucomannan Trials

As you can see, weight loss was significantly greater in the Glucomannan groups.

There are several other studies that agree with this. Glucomannan causes modest weight loss in overweight and obese individuals when regularly ingested before a meal (8, 9, 10).  It is especially effective when combined with a weight-reducing diet and/or exercise.

Are there other Benefits to Glucomannan?

In addition to promoting weight loss, glucomannan may improve a number of risk factors for heart disease.

According to a systematic review of 14 studies, glucomannan can (11):

  • Lower total cholesterol by 19 mg/dL (0.5 mmol/L).
  • Lower LDL cholesterol by 16 mg/dL (0.4 mmol/L).
  • Lower triglycerides by 11 mg/dL (0.12 mmol/L).
  • Fasting blood sugar by 7.4 mg/dL (0.4 mmol/L).

The main mechanism by which it reduces blood cholesterol is by decreasing absorption of cholesterol in the gut. According to these studies, adding glucomannan to your diet could potentially lower the risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Being a water-soluble fiber, glucomannan has also been successfully used to treat constipation (12, 13).

How to take it

In contact with water, glucomannan expands and can absorb up to 50 times its weight. Therefore, the recommended dosage of glucomannan is lower compared to other fiber supplements.

Glucomannan does not have any effect on weight loss unless it is taken before a meal. Timing recommendations range from 15 minutes to 1 hour before a meal (14, 7). ¬†I highly suggest at least 30 – 60 minutes before a meal. ¬†As with all Fiber Supplements they do have warnings, if glucomannan expands before reaching the stomach, it may cause choking or blockage of the throat and esophagus, if you have no issues taking capsules or pills then this shouldn’t be an issue. ¬†But ALL Fiber based supplements must have this warning.

To prevent this, it should be washed down with 1-2 glasses of water or other non-calorie liquid.  The liquid also helps in turning the Glucomannan to the gel.  Some people may experience mild side effects, such as bloating, flatulence, soft stools or diarrhea, but this is usually uncommon.  Glucomannan can also reduce the absorption of oral medications. This can be avoided by taking the medication at least 4 hours after or one hour before ingesting glucomannan.

Should you try it?

Heck Yes!! Sizzle Slim  has top quality Glucomannan in it! I know this because my personal friend Jackie Stewart is the owner of the company.

If you’d like to give this product a try I HIGHLY recommend it. ¬†Not only will you get top quality Glucomannan, you also get the following:

Sizzle SlimDigestive Enzyme Blend 300 mg blend mgs per 2 capsule serving – breaks down our food into nutrients so that our bodies can absorb them. Digestive enzymes play a huge role in weight loss – we need these enzymes but most of today’s food has been stripped of nutrients.

Carraluma 500 mgs per 2 capsule serving Рa succulent plant (cactus) from India. Traditionally, Indian tribes chewed chunks of caralluma to keep from being hungry during a long hunt. Today caralluma is used to decrease appetite for weight loss. It is also used to quench thirst and to increase endurance.

Chromium Picolinate 100 mcgs per 2 capsule serving Рused in alternative medicine as an aid to lowering cholesterol or improving the body’s use of glucose (sugar). It is also commonly used as a weight-loss supplement that aids in reducing body fat and increasing lean muscle.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Who doesn’t love Casseroles? ¬†So easy to make and quick! ¬†Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole is like having a cheeseburger with out the carbs of the bun! ¬†Keto Approved and Low Carb.

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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound bacon cooked and chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 ounces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese grated and divided

Course Main Dish

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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound bacon cooked and chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can tomato paste 6 ounces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese grated and divided

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  1. Cook bacon in oven. Using Baking Bacon Pan see Recipe Notes Below

  2. Brown ground beef in Cast Iron Skillet with garlic powder and onion powder. Drain (optional)

  3. To create the sauce: In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until well combined. Stir 8 ounces of the grated cheese into egg mixture.

  4. Mix your sauce and cooked hamburger together and place mixture into casserole dish.

  5. Sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon over top.

  6. Bake at 350¬įF for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top


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Make Over your Kitchen on a Budget

My husband and I bought our house back in 2014. ¬†It’s in the neighborhood where we wanted to live and our back yard butts up against the playground for the school that my kids were attending.

When we first looked at the house the kitchen didn’t really bother me. ¬†It was old and the counter top was outdated (which looked like it was from the 70’s) and the cabinets were painted white. After living here for 3 years, I had to make over the kitchen. ¬†But I didn’t have $20,000 for new cabinets and counter tops. ¬† So I started doing some research and discovered you can paint counter tops, tile and of course cabinets.

 

 

 

This is the Kitchen picture ¬†that was on the Realtors website when we purchased it. ¬† Not sure if you can see it from this picture but the tile back splash (from the counter top to the bottom of the cabinet is a puke green color). ¬†None of the tile was broken and there were no chips in the counter tops. So they were in very good shape. ¬†So you can understand at the time in 2014 we were in a super rush to buy a house and had to close within 30 days. ¬†Out of all the houses we looked at, this one wasn’t so bad as far as the kitchen went. ¬† So I figured I could live with it for a while.

 

 

Here is the actual counter top before I started. ¬†There is the same Puke Green Color in the counter top which is why they put up the Green Tiles behind it. – See what I mean about the 70’s style? There is some orange color in there too and a few other colors. ¬†I wanted to get Granite Counter Tops but I didn’t have that kind of money to spend! ¬†I found a company named Giani Granite¬† as you can see there is so many options! ¬†I will discuss later in the post when I cover painting the counter top how no 2 people’s counters will look the same. ¬†There are 5 different color options. ¬†I chose the .

Each color shows what it looks like when clicking on the image above, click on the arrows either way to see the 5 colors, if you are reading this from a cell phone, it shows up in a list. What I ended up doing was making a collage of the cabinet colors and the counter top colors that I liked. ¬† The same Company Giani Granite also has some cabinet paint called Nuvo. ¬†I only bought (1) box and it was enough to paint all the cabinets, doors and drawers! ¬†The cabinet paint kit comes with rollers and a brush. ¬†There is only 2 quarts of paint, but don’t panic it will be enough.

I was undecided between doing the Sicilian Sand Counter Top Paint & A La Mocha Cabinets vs the Chocolate Brown Counter Top Paint & Euro Taupe Cabinet Paint.  Here is the comparison I made.

I threw a color of almond there on this because I knew I was going to paint the tile. ¬†Obviously by what you see painted below my tile didn’t turn out this color Almond!

 

 

Since my kitchen appeared to be so big already and the cabinets used to be painted white I decided to go with the dark color cabinets and the light counter top color. ¬†I mentioned earlier in my post, that no 2 people’s counter tops will look the same when you paint them and that is simply because each person ends up doing the pattern differently. ¬†I did love the Chocolate Counter Top Paint and the Euro Taupe so I purchased that combination for the other house I own and will be doing very soon! ¬†More DIY photos coming!

Click on the arrows to see all the 8 different Cabinet Colors they Offer!  If you are reading this from a cell phone, it shows up in a list.

The cabinet doors and drawers were very plain looking they were painted white with silver handles on them.

So the first thing I had to do before I started this whole project was to strip the white paint off the cabinet doors, drawers and the cabinets themselves.  I took down all the cabinet doors, took out the drawers and took off all hardware.

Here is a list of things you’ll need for Stripping Paint!

  1. Depending on how many cabinets, doors & drawers you have, you may need 2 of these.
  2. – You’ll be scraping off a lot of old Paint, these are also good for patching any holes in walls.
  3. – I didn’t have these elbow gloves when I started and I truly wish I had! ¬†Some of the stripper got onto my arm and it really does burn!
  4. – You’ll be wearing these alot!

Before you start doing any stripping and scraping.  Make sure you are in a well ventilated area.  I ended up setting up shop in my garage, and just left my cabinets bare without any doors on them for a couple of weeks.

Once I got all the paint off, I realized my cabinets were solid wood. ¬†When you are wanting to paint cabinets you’re supposed to lightly sand them with a 300 grit sandpaper. ¬†I decided to go rougher with a 120 grit sand paper because I wanted to get a lot of the old ‘stain’ off of them. ¬†After I stripped them all I was in amazement on how beautiful the wood actually was, but I did end up painting them again.

Here are the items I actually purchased to do the sanding.  (I still used my safety Googles from before!)  They really do come in handy.

  1. Р This is the sander I used myself.  I used this in several different phases, which I will explain more in the post.
  2. Р  I bought this bigger package and not the actual size for the Hand Sander because I wanted to be able to cut it down myself.  Meaning using some smaller pieces for other parts of the cabinets.
  3. РThis was the best $30 I spent on the entire project.  I had to use this to actually sand the cabinets.  I also had to use it a few times on the doors, and my husband used it on the drawer fronts.  I did enlist him to help me with some of the sanding project.
  4. Р After you are done doing all this sanding, you have to make sure you wipe any dust from the cabinet doors before you start painting them.

Ok so if you’re anything like me with little kids in the house the stripping and sanding took a few days. ¬†I decided to do them all at once because I didn’t want to be sniffing in that paint stripper for more than a couple of days. ¬†If you are very sensitive to smell you can get this for the paint stripper, I actually used it when I painted the tiles (more on this later!).

Once I got the cabinet doors naked. ¬†(lol) ¬†I didn’t want them to be so plain anymore. ¬†I wanted to give them a face lift so to speak, so I decided to start watching YouTube videos on how to make Shaker Style cabinets. ¬†Now if you have cabinet doors that are not wood similar to formica or laminate you can also do what I am about to tell you to them. ¬†If you want to paint them, you will have to scuff them up by sanding them and adding a to them. ¬†There are many things you can do to your cabinet doors to make them more modern. ¬†You can add 1/4 inch wood or a picture frame style, I highly suggest doing some searching on YouTube to see which style suits you.

This was the style I was going for on the left. ¬†It’s called Shaker Style Cabinets, but you can get really¬†fancy¬†in what you turn your¬†cabinet doors into. ¬†Obviously the picture frame style cabinets would require more wood but they would end up looking something like this on the right. There would be 2 pieces of wood you glue on, the small trim around the edge and then the picture frame butted up next to it. ¬†You’ll have to decide which style suits you and the look you are going for in your kitchen cabinet doors.

Financially the only mistake I made in this whole project was not reading more up on what type of wood to buy to make these Shaker style cabinets.  I think I ended up at Home Depot about 20 times during the course of this project.

The most inexpensive way to make the Shaker Style cabinets is to buy a 1/4 inch sheet of Plywood and have them cut it for you before you leave! The mill work department at either Home Depot or Lowe’s will cut it for you. ¬†The most common size is: 1/4 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft you would then have them cut 2 1/2 or 3 inch strips. ¬†You will end up with a lot of strips! ¬†Make sure you pick out a good piece of Plywood, 4 x 8 sheet of plywood is only $20 approximately. ¬†When I first started I was in their lumber area buying 1/4 lattice pine molding (which was flat) for almost $3 a foot! ¬†So I was a few hundred dollars into the project when I realized I should of done this cheaper! ¬†I personally put the frame work around my drawers too, so the wood width was 2 1/2 inches for the doors and 1 1/2 inches for the drawers.

Here are the items I needed to make the cabinet doors & drawer fronts.

  1. – If you don’t have one or you can’t borrow one then I highly suggest buying one for this project. ¬†I borrowed our neighbors but I had to bug him for about 3 days to get all the wood cut. ¬†Remember the old saying, Measure Twice – Cut Once! ¬†I am actually pretty proud of myself because I did all these cuts myself!
  2. – I ended up using 2 bottles.
  3. – You will use this to fill in any holes (if you are changing hardware handles like I did) or if there are any nicks or scratches in the wood.
  4. – Make sure it’s paintable caulk. ¬†Some caulk cannot be painted.

Make sure to fill in and repair any damage to the doors and drawers before you start gluing down the trim. ¬†You sand this filler once it is dried. ¬†And it’s stainable or paintable.

Here is a couple of the doors as I was trying to figure out where to place the handles. (they aren’t drilled in yet)

As you can see here I have glued down the trim. ¬†Once you glue down the trim you will caulk the inside edges of the trim ¬†you glued on. ¬†As you can see the picture on the left is when I was using the more expensive Pine Lattice Molding. ¬† The picture on the right is when I found some (I think it was fake wood) to save some money. ¬†I used this type on the bottom cabinet doors/drawers. ¬†You can even see some of my measurements that I wrote on the molding. ¬†The length of the molding goes to the bottom of the door or drawer and then the smaller piece goes on the width of the door/drawer. ¬†In the picture on the right you can see the smaller doors that go above the refrigerator and the stove. ¬†I also took out the long piece of wood that goes on right below the sink. ¬†I guess it’s an access door and mine was removable. ¬† Once¬†I got all the wood trim glued on. ¬†I went over all the trim and doors again in ¬†**Unless you are perfect in your measurements you may have to use the wood filler on where the edges meet (frames).

Here are all the drawers. ¬†We had 6 small drawers which I used the 1 1/2 inch trim and there were 2 bigger drawers. ¬†I decided to use the 2 1/2 inch trim around these doors because I thought the smaller width trim wouldn’t be big enough. ¬†Once you see the finished image you’ll understand why I chose this! ¬†You can see in the image below, I plugged up the old handle holes with , I wanted to go with a single knob instead of a handle.

So now I’ve got all the doors and drawers sanded. ¬†Had to go inside from the garage (enlisting Ken again) to help me finish sanding the sides and fronts of the cabinets themselves. ¬†At this point I felt like I was living in the garage! lol

Once everything was sanded and wiped down with the (I did end up wiping them down afterward with the cloth wet) just to make sure I got it all. Once that was done it was time to start priming!

 

 

If you have a laminate or formica style cabinets you will have to use an (this primer is good but very stinky!) use your when using this primer! ¬†If you’re going to be painting any tiles like I did you’re going to need it!

Because my cabinets were real wood I used a , ¬†I used this primer for all the cabinets, doors and drawers. ¬†I did not paint the inside of the cabinets themselves. ¬†I left them the original stain color. ¬†They were never painted before so I felt like if it wasn’t broken before, why fix it!

In order to paint all the cabinet doors at the same time, I bought 2 packs of these so I can paint all of the doors at the same time.  These truly did come in handy!

As you can see from the primed doors to the left, I no longer had holes for the knobs.  I needed to drill these.  I bought the to use to mark my new holes for the drawer and door knobs .  You have NO IDEA how handy this little tool made things for me!  As you know I did all this by myself.

I had decided when I actually got to painting the real color of the cabinets I was going to go from the top down. ¬†So I painted the frames and sides of the upper cabinets. ¬†As I was coming down, I painted the Ugly Green Tile! ¬†Not sure if I even mentioned that I did that anywhere else in this post but I did. ¬†There are only 2 colors to choose from when using this tile paint. ¬†White or Almond. ¬†I did end up buying both because I was going to use the white in our bathroom upstairs. ¬† As you can see to the right, that’s the ugly green tile. ¬†This product was only able to be purchased online also. ¬† Make sure to read the actual instructions when mixing this Epoxy Acrylic paint, ¬†ONLY mix what you are going to use and you must use it within 6 hours of mixing it. ¬†I HIGHLY suggest using a , and when putting on your 2nd coat. ¬†My first coat came out beautiful. ¬†I waited 2 hours but like a ding bat I used the same pan, roller and brush. ¬†This caused drips and some weird marks which had to be sanded off! ¬†ALSO you must be in a well ventilated area. ¬†If you don’t have windows to open, make sure to use some fans! ¬†Also a is a MUST! ¬† ¬†

The Tile paint color I used was Almond.  Now remember I am trying to cover Green Tile so the Green has bled through a little. But I think you can see the huge difference between the left and the right side.  You can see in this picture how I had already painted the top cabinet frames the .

So that was the first coat. ¬†It came out great! ¬†2 hours later, like I said, I didn’t use a new brush, roller or pan. The acrylic started to dry on the roller and pan and I didn’t know it. ¬†So my 2nd coat left drip marks which had to be sanded with ¬† once I got all the tiles painted with 2 coats. Then I moved onto the Counter Tops!

These are the 3 phases of the same counter top! ¬†You can see the before/after! (also, for some reason the middle pic didn’t show the green bleeding through too bad) BUT IT REALLY DOES! ¬† The last picture here of the counter top was before I put the Top Coat on. ¬†All of the items you need to do the counter top are all in your counter top kit from Giani including a roller and brush!

Now I have to admit, the counter top painting really had me scared shit less. ¬†For some reason I was super scared I was going to mess it up and it wasn’t going to look good. ¬†But as you can see it came out AWESOME!! ¬†Once I got this little counter top (which sits by itself next the fridge) done I wanted to see what it would look like with the color paint I chose for the cabinets. ¬†So I painted the bottom side of that cabinet.

I finished off the rest of the counter tops.  I painted all the doors and drawers.  I decided to go with a Football shaped knob and after much discussion and voting from my Facebook Friends I put the drawer knobs on horizontally and the door knobs on vertically.  Like the directions they were with the handles.

I had to put all the drawer slides and hardware back on the drawers and put them back into all the cabinets.  There was actually one of the drawer fronts that was broken that I ended up fixing with my Wood Glue!

I used the wood filler on a few spots within the cabinets too.

This was the little cabinet I had been working on and using for my testing purposes since it was off by itself!  Once I put the drawers back in!  I pretty much knew I was going to love this Face Lift!  You can see on the image below why I went with the bigger 2 1/2 inch trim around those bigger drawers!   For some reason it took me a little long to finish the bottom doors!   As you can see here they were still missing some of them!  At this point I am pretty excited I am almost done!   I had to struggle for some reason with the hinges for the doors!  I reused the old Silver ones that were on the white cabinets.

                                           

And then FINALLY I WAS DONE!!!

My pooch Dexter wanted to be in the shot!  There is 2 more things I am going to do!  I am going to paint the tiles White over the Almond.   There is a lot more white in the counter top the way I did it than I though there would be.  Also, I am going to Polyurethane the counter tops one more time because I just want more protection from any hot objects or water.

 

 

 

 

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Herb and Garlic Cucumber Bites

These Herb and Garlic Cucumber Bites are sinfully delicious but healthy! The perfect low carb appetizer or snack that will keep you on track!

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Herb and Garlic Cucumber Bites
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Ingredients
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese Softened to room temperature - 1 Brick
  • 1/4 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tbs Dill Thyme is excellent also
  • 3-4 Large English Cucumbers Skinned and Sliced into thirty 1 inch slices
  • 15 Large Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp Sprinkle of Salt Careful little goes a long way
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika OR a Cajun Spice Mix for garnish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese Softened to room temperature - 1 Brick
  • 1/4 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tbs Dill Thyme is excellent also
  • 3-4 Large English Cucumbers Skinned and Sliced into thirty 1 inch slices
  • 15 Large Cherry Tomatoes Sliced in half
  • 1/2 tsp Sprinkle of Salt Careful little goes a long way
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika OR a Cajun Spice Mix for garnish
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
  1. Mix softened Cream Cheese with the Ranch dressing and herbs in a stand mixer.
  2. Mix until well combined, then spoon into a piping bag with a star tip.
  3. Remove cucumber peels, then using a fork, score the sides.
  4. Slice into 1 inch pieces. Using a melon baller, remove a portion of the center of one side of the piece of cucumber, leaving a half moon crater.
  5. Pipe the Herb Cream Cheese into the crater. Enough to stick out of the top about 1/2 inch.
  6. Slice cherry Tomatoes in half and place partially buried into the Herb Cream Cheese
  7. Sprinkle additional salt, herbs and spice mix for additional color.
  8. Chill cucumber bites in the fridge until ready to serve.
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