Get Crafty in the Kitchen

I wanted to transform my countertops with the Rust-Oleum kit when I saw it a Lowes. The though of recycling my old countertops was first and foremost! I checked the prices online and found it cheaper on Amazon. So I ordered it up in Onyx. I decided I dont want dark cabinets anymore, because the kitchen wasn’t bright enough for me. My counters were light and I never cared for them before, but couldn’t do anything about them because of price and instalation, what a fuss. I needed a product that I can do myself and get her done! In the dvd instuctions provided, they made it seem like you had to do all of it in a certain time, or else! That kind of made me nervous. If I could go back, I would relax and take my time! So live and learn from my mistakes people, because I do recommend this product, just with a whole different point of view.

First, don’t be lazy like I was, and cover your floor with plastic and tape it off! I always want to get right to the project and skip the prep work. Wrong! This thing is messy, but worth it. Then make sure you have the right brushes and rollers! If you use what you have handy, you will mess it up period. I was thinking… as I was hand-sanding everything and working up a sweat… that there has to be a fine sandpaper I can use with an electric sander (and I think I have one in the garage), so why am I not stopping to get? I kept going because I figured it was good exercise! Ya, an electric sander couldn’t hurt for preping the counters. Then I painted on the “paint adhesive” with a high density roller when I should of used a furry one that holds more paint, because I needed a thick, thick coat on that sucker. I don’t remember what they said to use, but it should be a furry roller! This is when the dvd made me nervous because it said to work fast. I tried to go so fast, I forgot to spray on the “wetting agent” on some parts, no bueno. You should wear this spray bottle around your neck with a bell, to remind you! Or have a helper that is in charge of just that! And then spray it on good and don’t be afraid of spraying too much becasue you want the chips to stick the first time to avoid causing you to do touch ups. And working in small sections would be smart.

Overall I am happy, it’s not perfect, but its may fault. Nosey family members seem to have a big opinon about the flaws, but where were they when you needed their support? I always say, “never point out your mistakes and nobody will notice.” I have gotten compliments on the countertops and I smile and say, thank-you. So I got my dark countertops and it wouldn’t of happened any other way. Thanks Rust-Oleum for helping me transform and recycle and reuse my old countertops!

Wait.. I’m not done yet. Now that I have dark countertops I needed to lighten up my cabinets. I went from dark chocolate brown to the pale pink, ya I know, pink. My old man gave me his blessings, because he said if he didn’t I would just do it anyway. Going from very dark to light was so easy with the right paint. Valspar is awesome, in case you didn’t know! Primer is inside the paint and it took a normal two coats to get her done! If I ever find Valspar on “OOPS” sale, I do a little dance! Now none of this has taken away from the center of attraction, my pink KitchenAid. She looks even better on the black counter top.

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Making my house a home

I love to make my old stuff look new again… or “more like me.” If I have to look at it everyday, then I should enjoy what I see. After seeing a picture online of a repainted china hutch, I was inspired! My family had nothing nice to say as I began brushing the paint on. I said the worst thing that can happen is, if I die in the middle of this project, I have a vision. Let me enjoy my life. It turned out just like I had envisioned. Light and airy and beachy, just how I like it! Besides painting and distressing, I covered the mirrored back of the hutch with contact paper, removed the doors and wood inlays and added crystal knobs. No regrets…I love it! This is so so fun! Let the furniture make-overs begin!

Easy Caramel Apple Cupcakes

This one little box will result in so many of your new favorite recipes – cakes, cookies, squares, crisps and more!
• Make with apples, blueberries or strawberries
At Two Sisters Gourmet® By PartyLite® there is a recipe box of over 25 free recipes on what you can do with this one product. I’ll tell you what I did… cupcakes of course! I followed the instructions, but I added 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of sour cream and 3 eggs added a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and a little water and 2 Tablespoons oil. Baked cupcakes at 325 for approx. 20 minutes. They were wonderful, high quality, gourmet cupcakes and anyone can make these, even if you can’t bake! This is my first dessert selection from Two Sisters, because usually I like to bake from scratch. This was worth the shortcut! I topped my cupcakes with homemade cream cheese frosting and drizzled them with Two Sisters “Incredible Creamy Caramel Sauce.” That is better than homemade but unavailable right now. Items come and go, so don’t wait to get your goodies!  www.partylite.biz/virginiakocen

Two Sisters

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Sick of the same old, same old? No I’m not talking about your husband, I’m talking about the food you cook! I ordered up some Two Sisters Gourmet from PartyLite and added some change to the same old things that I make! I actually tried more products than I’m telling you about, but my momma always … Continue reading

Living

 

Living without a cell phone

It’s peaceful, it’s possible. It’s how I live. If you want to get a hold of me, call me at the house. If I’m not there, then I’m out running errands in peace, maybe buying a blouse. I’ll be back when I get back. I don’t like anyone calling me and asking, “where you at?” I know where I’m going before I leave. If I do get lost, I ask directions at a gas station., I keep it old school, really old fashion. If there is an emergency, everyone around me can call. I’ve got angels watching over me and that is all. Leave a message after the beep and I may or may not get back to you. Please don’t take it personal, it means nothing but I’m lazy. I know it’s crazy… living without a cell phone. Tweet you later!

what are you?

 

DUPLICATE: The double of anything. Identically copied from an original. An identical copy; a facsimile. (adj) duplicatable (doo-pli-kuh-buhl) One that corresponds exactly to another, especially an original

 

o·rig·i·nal  [uh-rij-uh-nl]

new; fresh; inventive; novel: an original way of advertising. arising or proceeding independently of anything else. Capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner: an original thinker. Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual. Preceding all others in time; first. Productive of new things or new ideas: an original mind, a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity: a unique or eccentric person

irreplaceable   adj. too good, rare; unable to be replaced if lost or damaged. Cannot be replaced, incapable of being replaced; unique: an irreplaceable item. unreplaceable; impossible to replace; indispensable, invaluable, priceless, a rare and irreplaceable jewel

Reality check, check!

I know most of you have your expensive “must have” brands in beauty… but if you want to actually afford your make-up and stuff, order Avon. Nobody (but your ego) is going to know that your mascara cost $5 instead of $25 and your eye cream is under $100. Come back down to earth ladies, you are not a Celebutante! Keep it real, keep it Avon.

 http://virginiakocen.avonrepresentative.com/

I AM…

I am a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, a friend, a niece, and a daughter of Christ. I’m a counselor, a nurse, dry cleaner, a maid and sometimes my life is made in the shade. I’m a business woman, a baker, a chef and a caretaker… Santa Clause and more, what else can you really ask for? Oh wait! I’m a waiter, a judge, a bully, a bitch. I’m not going to put up with a teenagers bulls**t! I’m a laugher, a dreamer, victorious, simple and real. I try not to make everything a big deal! I am forgiven, I’m strong, smart and of good courage. An ambassador for Christ, I am ready to flourish. I’m an organizer, a janitor, a chauffeur and a teacher and sometimes even a bit of a preacher. I am driven to make an impact on the youth and always make sure I’m telling the truth. I am loud and I’m sassy, I have a twinkle in my eye… I’m not of this world, I’m a heavenly spy. I’m a psychologist, a ref, and a coach ~I try to take a different approach. I am set free, I am born of God. Event Coordinator and manager, I am not. God is in control, I’m nobody’s savior, but please do me this favor… accept the invitation and RSVP and live for Him and not for just “me.” I am reconciled to God and I want that for you. I am His beloved and you can be too!

The Perfect Cup

Boom, boom, boom goes my head…as three very loud teenagers are yipping away in the back seat. This car is so big, but they seem so close to my head. Hang in there… you are going to get free bras and free icecream. It’s strange what kind of events I will go to get free things. Why not? As long as I don’t have to drive! The event was called The “Perfect Cup” by Skinny Cow. Now if you don’t know what Skinny Cow is, it is yummy lowfat icecream in perfect portioned servings, sold at your supermarket. What does that have to do with bras, you ask? 8 of10 women are wearing the wrong bra size so they combined the two and came up “The Perfect Cup.” A perfect cup of icecream and a perfect cup for your boobies! I love the concept. After a crazy car ride over, filled with hysterical laughter, which intensified the headache, but was well worth it…we arrive to be treated like VIP’s. The vibe was that of a swanky cocktail party. The girls sipped their lemonade with their pinkies held high. Your dream of eating all the free icecream has been granted, then we are called for our fitting. 1 out of our 5 was wearing the wrong cup size, (but that was her mammas fault, we don’t want our babies to grow up.) So now that we are all wearing the perfect cupsize and had our fill of icecream, we grab our swag bags… and off to Macy’s to redeem our free bra certificate. The cashier mentions she has seen quite a few of these today and asked what kind of event was it for? Instantly Skinny Cow is brought up, but she hasn’t heard of it, so with no hesitation we all explain to her… “it’s wonderful, it’s yummy, it’s lowfat, you should get some!” And then it all clicks in my head…What a genius way of advertising!

Now, you don’t want to miss out and you should join me next time.! So sign yourself up for Club Skinny at http://www.skinnycow.com/

Another recommended product by me!

Momma ain’t no sucka!

 

The phone rings… waking me from my comfy cat nap, and I clear my voice to make sure I don’t sound sleepy (incase it’s my sister, who gets annoyed with my leisurely lifestyle.) It’s an enthusiastic lady, asking me if I’m motivated to make money, I said, “sure”. She starts to tell me about this great new product that blocks calls from telemarketers and I’m thinking, wish I had it right now, as she coughs up a lung with some excuse that the windstorms are bad where she lives. On with it, lets here about this great device… she said, “do you know that there are more than a 1,000 ways to make money on the internet for advertising?” I confidently replied, “yes, and when I find a product I love I will tell everyone about it, so you can advertise on my blog and let me try out your product for free!” There was a long pause, untill she says, “after selling a certain amount of our product, you can get one free.” I said, “how am I going to promote or sell a product that I’ve never used or heard of?” She hesitantly replies, “Oh our rep will tell you all about it and you will get your own website to sell it on.” Hmm, how much will that be? I thought. Instead I repeated myself, “how am I going to sell a product that I’ve never used?” Another long pause, “well… you can buy one at Radio Shack for $400!” What the heck kind of scam is this? I didn’t say that out loud, that tends to put them in an uproar! “Oh, I don’t think this deal is going to happen”, I told her. She seemed frustrated and thanked me for my time. I hung up and walked by my cat and said, “that lady is dumb!” Although I do wish I had that device that blocks those annoying calls that ruin my naps!