How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets with NO SANDING?

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How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets with NO SANDING?

 

6 years ago we moved into our new house… it was great!

The house was brand new, however, we did not get to pick any colors!

While I liked that our kitchen cabinets were real maple… I HATED the boring color!

 

We painted the walls in an effort to make them look better… but no matter

what we did I was never quite happy with how they looked.

 

We also Built our Own Island (that always had a funny mismatched white cap on it… So I set out to research how to refinish kitchen cabinets…. without breaking the bank, and hopefully tie all the elements of the kitchen together.

 

I jumped online and saw this awesome cabinet transformation kit… that did not require ANY Sanding!! I Hate sanding so this was an interesting product.

Click here to check it out on Amazon

I read review after review, and decided to buy it… I ordered my product, and decided to have it tinted to KONA. (one down from black on the box selection)  If you would prefer lighter cabinet colors you can see those here – Click Here

DIY Bathroom Makeover

When I got my Tinted Box to Refinish my Kitchen I was SCARED!

 

What if my kitchen turned out a complete MESS???

 

So instead of starting in my kitchen I started in the Bathroom!

My bathroom has the same cabinets as the kitchen…

I decided to start there to see if I liked it before I took on the entire kitchen!

This turned out to be a great idea… sadly I did not take any before pictures!!

However I do have an after picture. I love how it made the countertops look great, and the tile backsplash had new life!

 

I accented the bathroom with some great teal Towels I found and I LOVED the final result!

 

I loved the bathroom so much that I could not wait to start the kitchen!

 

 

 

 

How To Refinish Kitchen Cabinets with Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations?

For under $80 almost everything you need comes in the kit – Order Yours by Clicking here

I used one kit for my bathroom, and kitchen cabinets. I have all the glaze left over as the glaze made such a small difference

on the dark color I decided to leave it out.

Inside the kit you fill find all the items pictured here:

How to paint Kitchen Cabinets

You will Need a Few additional Supplies

 

The Extra supplies I recommend are…

  • More Green scrub pads – I found these at the dollar store for 6 to a pack for a $1.
  • 2″ Synthetic Paint Brushes (3 of them)  Do NOT Skimp on quality here! Get the best you can afford. I paid $20 for 4 brushes.
  • A 2″ Foam brush for the glaze (if you choose to glaze)
  • Drop Cloths… (I used old sheets and newspaper that I had lying around… I certainly would not recommend you buy a drop cloth)
  • Plastic cups – yes disposable cups (to prop your cabinet doors on while you paint)
  • Smooth 2 Inch painters tape (1 Roll is probably enough)
  • Disposable gloves (to protect your hands) Dollar store is good for these.

 

 

Here is my Kitchen before I knew how to refinish kitchen cabinets!

refinish kitchen cabinets No Sanding!

I could not believe I did NOT have to SAND!!

 

This project took me about 3 days to complete…

I did it entirely 100% myself while my 2 year old napped, my 6 year old attended

school, and my husband was at work – and then I worked on it more when

the kids were in bed at night.

 

Here is my Schedule to completely refinish my cabinets in 3 days!

 

Day 1  -

Step 1 – I got my daughter playing with toys and removed every cabinet door from the hinges. I made sure that I knew exactly where they went my marking a paper and taping the paper to the newspaper that I laid the cabinet faces on so I would not get confused where they went.  As I removed the doors I completed STEP 1 – DEGLOSS before I laid them on their cups to dry waiting for the first base coat of paint.

 

Step 2 – Put my daughter to nap and the cabinet faces were ready to start painting on the base coat – I put my cabinets face down (so I started with the backside) and proped them up on 2-4 disposable cups. (the cabinets were laid all over my dining room floor, with newspaper under them to act as drop sheets)

Step 3 – My 2 year old is up from naps just as I finish the first coat on all the doors.. wow.. perfect timing… I make some supper, and when my husband comes home he bathes the girls and gets them ready for bed… and I get back to work. At this point I de-gloss my cabinet frames, including the white melamine ends of the island, and all the kickplates, and cupboard faces. While they are drying, I put the second coat of base coat on the cabinet doors. Now before heading to bed I paint my first coat of basecoat on the cabinet frames in the entire kitchen.

Its been a long day, but super productive!

 

Day 2 –

Step 1 – I flip my cabinet faces over early determined to get my first coat of base coat on before naptime – Success my 2 year old is watching Elmo! During naptime I finish painting the cabinet faces, and I also get the second coat of base coat on the entire cabinet frame.

 

Step 2 – After naptime my older daughter How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets CHEAP!came home from school, and I had both my girls playing in their playroom, so I was able to get the second coat of base coat on the cabinet fronts.

Step 3 – After supper I was ready to start the sealant (as I was skipping the glazing step) I started sealing the cabinet frames first (as they had been drying the longest)  I flipped my cabinets to the backside, and did the sealant on the backside and that was it for the day.

 

Day 3 -

Step 1 – Flip the cabinet doors back to the front for their sealant coat. Paint on the sealant and wait 8 hours for them to dry! This is a good time to LEAVE THE HOUSE! :)  I knew if I stayed home I would be tempted to put the cabinets on too early… so I left and ran errands.

 

Just before supper I re-assembled all the cabinets, and drawer faces to the kitchen, and it was COMPLETE! A long 3 days but the result was stunning!

 

I LOVED Everything about my kitchen!! I loved that this ENTIRE LOOK was achieved for under $150!!

refinish kitchen cabinets no sanding!How Does this Process Hold up to Wear and Tear?

I tackled this project in December 2013.

I was hesitant to put it up on my website because I was not sure how the cabinets were going to hold up to a busy house with 2 young girls, and a pretty clean mom.

 

I am happy to say that they look as fabulous today, as the day I redid them… Its been over 10 months, and they still LOOK AMAZING!

In fact here is a picture from just a few days ago…

Since we have updated the kitchen we have also changed the light fixture over the sink.

If you want to get the same color we did, we used KONA as our color!

Click here to buy this box – Its under $80, and I used a small box for both my kitchen and the bathroom, and I have LEFTOVERS to do any touchups over the years!  It goes a long way!

 

I hope I have inspired you to take on your kitchen, or bathroom. I would love to see your before and after shots….

I definitely recommend taking before shots! I am kicking myself that I did not take a before of the bathroom!!

 

Have fun with your projects!

 

Amanda

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  • (3) 2″ Synthetic Paint Brushes – Premium Quality
  • (1) 2″ Foam Paint Brush (for optional glaze)
  • Smooth Painter’s Tape (2″ size)
  • Drop Cloths
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Lint-Free Rags
  • Disposable Paint Containers

– See more at: http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.ca/kit-contents.php#sthash.bxrpN5e8.dpuf

  • (3) 2″ Synthetic Paint Brushes – Premium Quality
  • (1) 2″ Foam Paint Brush (for optional glaze)
  • Smooth Painter’s Tape (2″ size)
  • Drop Cloths
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Lint-Free Rags
  • Disposable Paint Containers

– See more at: http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.ca/kit-contents.php#sthash.bxrpN5e8.dpuf

 

Start Saving With Canadian Coupons?

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Start Saving With Canadian Coupons?

 

Canadian CouponsStart Saving With Canadian Coupons and Cash Back offers!

As a mom of 2 kids, I am budget conscious!

Afterall we prefer to spend our money vacationing rather than spending it unnecessarily on items that manufacturers offer Coupons for.

Everything from Toilet Paper to Beer has coupons available… if you know where to look!

 

There are several resources for Canadian Coupons… if you have time and want to make an effort you can save your family a bundle!

I am not kidding when I say that couponing affords our family of 4 at least one vacation a year (with the savings)

That to us is a lifestyle change!

 

I have been couponing to save our family money for about 3 years. It has changed how we look at spending money!

 

One of my favorite Canadian Coupons is really not even a coupon its an APP – Available on I-tunes, or Google Play – Its Called Checkout 51Click here to open your FREE account and start getting CASH BACK on purchases!

 

Checkout 51 offers cash back on new offers every week… and sometimes the same offer is available week after week…. SCORE!

Some of my favorite offers I have been able to take advantage of recently:

 

Coupon For Iced CoffeeInternational Delights Iced Coffee 1.89L beverages had $1 or $2  Cashback!! SCORE!!

Often they were on sale for $3.99 and there were several coupons available for print here

– www.smartsource.ca ($1 off)

so I would use the $1 coupon pay $2.99 at the store,

upload my receipt to Checkout 51, and BOOM another $1 or $2 back!!

 

 

Canadian 24 Pack of Citrus beer – Yes even alcohol is included sometimes… Sobey’s had this beer on sale for $19.99 bought it on 10% Tuesday so I paid $18 + tax and deposit… then I used the $5 CASHBACK on Checkout 51, and got a great deal on some summer beer for camping!

 

Sign up for your FREE Checkout 51 Account now. You can even have one for yourself and one for your spouse (so you can get double the deals!)

Once you have $25 in your Checkout 51 Account you can redeem it for a check that is mailed right to your home! So far I have made back about $80 using Checkout 51 in only a few months time…

 

Sign up to my blog for updates, and deals :)

 

Post about your savings… would love to hear how much CASH you get back now that you can make money with every shopping trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do you Choose a Lifepath?

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How do you choose a lifepath

How Do You Choose a Lifepath? It’s a question every single person has probably asked themselves while young, and some of us continually as ourselves this question, even into our 50’s and 60’s.

 

If you are a new reader here you may not know, my husband and I were foster parents for 6 years, and over that time we had many fantastic youth come into our home, that we were able to mentor, and we learned a great deal from them…

 

It Starts When We are Young?

The thought for this post, came from a culmination of being a foster parent of teenage children, and having my own very determined children to help them reach and grow into the adults they will one day become.

I enjoyed many conversations with our foster children over the years, and both my husband and I have fond memories of chatting in the car… in fact one of my favorite places to have a family discussion is in the car… why? Well most time everyone remains calmer, and we get much more accomplished.

During our time with our foster kids we had time to discuss with them their dreams, and plans… focus on their talents, and direct them toward using those talents to succeed in life.

Sometimes the message probably went in one ear and out the other… as the saying goes…

However, as these kids have gotten older, have left our home, and are now adults, and creating their life, I see glimpses into conversations we have had, and special moments we shared…

I see their lives are shaped even if some small bit, by the influence we had and the dreams we nurtured together.

 

As a nearly 40 something adult I too still sometimes find myself wondering, how do you choose a lifepath…

 

Today I watched a video that was insanely powerful! It embodies everything I want my own children to know, and everything I want myself to know! Chase what you love!!

I am not going to say anything more about this video, because I cannot do it justice… you have to see this! :) Click Play

I LOVE this speech because its about empowerment, its about courage, and its about enjoying life!

I love that Jim Carrey speaks of his father’s life and how his ‘safe choice’ ultimately caused stress in the family.

I love that he does NOT say – Do what you love because its SAFE… he is basically saying Do what you love because nothing is safe!

 

Life is about taking chances, and decisions that make you happy!

 

So Here is my answer to this Question – How do you Choose Your Lifepath?

 

First you figure out what you love… don’t live your life wondering what if… live your life knowing that you made

those choices, because you LOVE it… for when you LOVE it you will not experience nearly as much sadness!

 

Create thinkers!

Keep following your dreams, and encourage your children to follow their passion.

I believe one of the greatest skills a parent can share with their children is the ability to be a thinker! Encourage their love of whatever their passion is… even if those passions change 100 times between 2 and 20!

I believe a parents job is to cheer for their children, and encourage their wildest dreams. (even if you think its absolutely crazy!)

 

Experience Joy when you Encourage Their Dreams!

Living their dreamMy oldest daughter would absolutely be in heaven if TODAY she could be an Orca Whale Trainer? WHY?

I have no idea!! We do not live near an ocean, nor do we even have a fish.

My daughter has been to Sea World many, many times, and she loves and adores those Orca Whales.

We encourage her to keep her dream alive… for today she wants to do that more than anything in the world.

At some point her dreams may change, but right now we are having fun encouraging her to learn more about Orca whales, and how she can actually become an Orca trainer.

The picture here is a recent trip to SeaWorld, where Jaycee  (our daughter) got to spend about 30 minutes absorbing information from an Orca Trainer, who taught her all about Orca Whale behaviors, and bonding with mother and baby Orca’s and more.

She absolutely loved every moment of it. She was so sad when we had to leave, and she can’t wait to go back to see the Orca’s.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this post :) I had so much fun sharing some of my family with you! :)

 

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Can I Take A Walk In Your Shoes?

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Can I Take a Walk in Your Shoes?

 

someone elses shoesEver heard it – Take a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes? Well Can I take a walk in your Shoes, is a reflection of my experience recently at an Entrepreneur Adventure Camp Weekend.

Its human nature to see others lives better than we see our own.

Recently I attended a powerful weekend with many Entrepreneurs that I admire, respect, and look up to!

These were my peers, but I had a surprise revelation that I want to share with you!

While I was on this Adventurepreneur Retreat I had the chance to chat with all of these people, and get to know many of them better.

 

Can I take a Walk in Your Shoes Listening Experiment….

As I sat and listened to each persons story I was impressed to hear so many of their lives, as I sat there and thought…

Glad that’s not me…

Sure Glad I never had to deal with that.

I don’t think I could handle that… thank goodness I have never had that struggle.

 

And sometimes the longer we chatted… I found myself thinking Gee they sure have it all… I wish I had that,

I wish my life was like that!

 

I wish I could take a walk in your shoes!!!

 

The Hike!

 

On the second day of our Camp we did a group 1.5KM hike. It was challenging but not impossible.

It was great to chat with my peers and get to know them better. It was an experience, watching some struggle

more than others.

 

I witnessed great people uplifing others! I watched as the seemingly impossible happened… and I watched first hand

the power of people, when people come together for good.

 

We Celebrated our WIN

We enjoyed a minute of wisdom from our inspirational leader Mark Hoverson… who shared his High School and College Basketball

stories of success… then he asked for some inspirational challenges that other group members had overcome.

 

I know my own story is not all that interesting to me anymore… why? well because it seems like old news to me…so I sat in silence.

An awesome guy shared his story of how his young son (who is 9 years old) had an issue with his leg, and have to have a portion of

his leg removed, and how his family overcame that challenge… and I thought WOW glad that was not me!!

 

The woman and meA Woman started Speaking

The woman shared how she had a child at age 10 with Wilms Tumor and was told would not survive her cancer Diagnosis…

The crowd listened on, to how this child (the oldest of 6) not only beat her cancer diagnosis, but is alive, healthy, and in fact

standing in the crowd with all of you!

The crowd grew quiet having no understanding of what this woman was talking about!

But I knew… How did I know?

I had the incredible experience of climbing this mountain with my MOM!

The girls she spoke of was me!

You see very few people on that mountain even knew that this woman was my mom, I spoke up and told them it was me… and

I was shocked at how many people were moved by MY LIFE!!  I could not believe it!!

You see my life happened to me! It was a long time ago, (27 years almost to the day at the time of writing) and I am a healthy person.

 

Another Lady of 50 years of Age

Shared her story of overcoming age as a number, and that she made a goal to run a marathon! At age 50 she had completed 2 marathons,

and that was a life challenge for her, and she was proud she accomplished it!

 

Then something happened…

I was not quite ready for it, and in fact the more I have reflected on it in the weeks since it happened it has oddly impacted me more?

We had a member of our group a wonderful 75 Year old lady who decided she was too old and presumably out of shape to conquer

the hike, but she would go for as long as she felt she was able, and then turn around.

 

Many of us were celebrating at the top of the mountain, reveling in our ‘WIN’. When one of our friends came barging up the hill….

Carolyn is coming! Carolyn is coming! (this is the 75 Year old Lady).

 

We had climbed over boulders, loose rocks, and steep inclines to get to the top of this mountain… it took those of us in better shape just

under an hour to get to the top… Carolyn took longer! But the point is she made it!!

 

So Can I Take A walk in Your Shoes?

 

Surprisingly I prefer my own!

But I would love to hear your story of Challenge and how you overcame obstacles to WIN!!!

 

Amanda Evans

 

 

 

 

 

Where Can I Find Anna and Elsa at Disneyland? (Disney World)

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Where Can I Find Anna and Elsa at Disneyland?

Meet Anna and Elsa at DisneyworldWhere Can I Find Anna and Elsa at Disneyland – is probably one of the most asked questions from my readers.

So many of you have looked at the DIY Anna Costume and the DIY Elsa Costume Tutorial.

Remember to check out the DIY Tutorials if you would like to have your daughter ‘dressed as a character’ for your vacation.

 

If you are wanting to take your Princess to see the ‘real’ Royal Sisters here is where you will find them hanging out.

 

The good news is you can find Anna and Elsa at Disneyland and at Disney World, so no matter which park you plan to go to you will have the chance to see them.

 

Anna and Elsa at Disneyland -

 

Anna and Elsa are located in Fantasyland near the Pinocchio ride there is a brand new ‘frosty spot’ inside Disneyland Park (the original park) they do not make appearances at California Adventure!

 

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Anna and Elsa at Disneyland

Anna and Elsa are also characters at the Magic Kingdom Park!

They are located at the Princess Fairytale Hall  (along with other Disney Princesses)

 

There are 4 parks in Orlando so make sure you go to Magic Kingdom (the original park) to see this awesome sisters!

 

Regardless whether you choose to go to visit Anna and Elsa at Disneyland or Disney World its sure to be a magical experience for you and your little princess!

 

Enjoy the Disney Parks! I hope your family loves them as much as we do.

 

 

 

 

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Make Toddler Headphones Fit!! Solving Every Moms Nightmare….

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Make Toddler Headphones Fit! Solving Every Moms Nightmare!

Toddler Headphones

Learn How to turn any over the head style headphones into comfortable custom toddler headphones!

So you are excited you finally have a DVD system in your vehicle, and you are ready for some fun….

Go to put the headphones on, and discover they are HUGE, and don’t come anywhere near fitting your Toddler!

With this quick tutorial I am going to show you how to turn any over the head headphones into awesome toddler headphones!

 

This works for older kids too… and they are moveable to any headsets you have… including the corded ones for their tablet or ipad!

No more listening to Dora, Sesame Street, Disney Movies, or children’s songs while you are driving around! Yay for mom’s sanity!

Listen to what you want, while your kids watch their tablets, or DVD system in silence!! AH doesn’t that sound GREAT!!

My Girls (nearly 3 and 7) seem to have small heads, and no matter what I do I cannot find cheap (because they will surely break them) headsets (headphones) that FIT!

So rather than spend copious amounts of money on headphones for their tablets… I went to the dollar store and picked up a super cute pair of headphones (the old school kind that go over the head) as there is NO WAY I am going to get those little in the ear kind to stay in!!

The last time we rented a van in Orlando we had a DVD Player with headsets and they did not fit… so I have the ultimate hack for you… its cheap, easy, and more importantly it works!!

 

For this super fun Toddler Headphones DIY Project you will need:

Toddler Headphones diy

 

  • a piece of fabric 7 inches by 7 inches
  • Scrap batting, or a solid piece that is 2-3 inches thick by 6 inches when scrunched up
  • a strip of velco (both sides) that is 5.5 inches wide.
  • and of course a pair of over the head headphones.

This is moveable from headset to headset (and the fabric will be washable)

 

 

 

So to make this project you will want to have an idea of how much space you are trying to fill (most headsets have adjustable bands so this is not really an exact science)

 

Step 1 -

If you have a serger, serge around the fabric piece. If you don’t have a serger you will want to turn under and ‘hem’ all the way around to hide the raw edges.

 

Step 3 loop velcro

Step 2

 

Add the loops (hard side of the velcro) to the wrong side of the fabric,

and sew around it

(since its a square it really doesn’t matter what you decide

is ‘up’ I decided this based on my pattern on my fabric)

 

 

 

 

step 4 soft velcro

 Step 3 -

Sew the soft velcro side to the RIGHT side of the fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toddler Headphones cover

Step 4

Roll your batting so it forms a nice soft cushion for the top of your childs head (this will fill the gap between the top of their headphones and their head)

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5 roll over headphones

 Step 5

Put the batting under the headphones, and wrap the fabric around it,

with the velcro closure on the top of the headphones…

and boom thats it!

Try it on your child and see how it feels to them.

 

 

 

 

You can make several toddler headphones covers, and they are even washable. My girls LOVE them, and it makes their headphones so comfortable!

 

This toddler headphones idea is going to make our upcoming plane ride to San Diego glorious!!

The girls will be glued to their tablets, which are preloaded with all kinds of great things for them to play, watch, color and do while we are traveling. (their dad takes care of all the techy stuff)

I hope you enjoy this simple idea to make your toddler headphones fit perfectly!

I would love to see your photos when you try this for yourself. :)

 

This is a great projects for leftover fabric, and quilt batting. :)

 

Have an awesome day!

 

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The Secret to Buy Back Freedom and Create Wealth

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The Secret to Buy Back Freedom and Create Wealth

freedom and create wealthThe Secret to Buy Back Freedom and create wealth is probably not what you think!

The information in this post is NOT for someone who only desires to make $50,000 – $100,000/year… not because its not great information but because $50,000 to 100,000/year is not an empowering level of income.

Today I am speaking to you if you are someone who wants to Ethically, Legally, Honestly, and Morally create true wealth, and do it with Integrity!

You are someone who sees yourself making Millions through personal growth, and development of yourself and your buyers.

The Secret to buy back freedom is simple! It’s often overlooked and it does look an awful lot like work, however, it is very rewarding and when done properly it will create yourself wealth beyond imagination!

 

I am attending ILN Online University, and today I took Code #1 – Supremacy of Speed.  {You can find the course here}

The Secret to Manifesting the Life You Deserve

You deserve to have it all, as a human on this planet you deserve that! The good news is everything you want, desire and deserve can be yours when you implement these simple secrets in your life.

To manifest a change in your life you need to make speedy changes! You cannot drag them out ho-hum for years on end and expect a miraculous change!

To empower the supremacy of speed simply means taking action NOW! The ancient principle of why wait until tomorrow the things you can get done today?

Who is waiting on You?

At this very moment someone is waiting on you…. who is that? Subconsciously these people, things, projects, or chores weigh on you, and deplete your ability to manifest the life you deserve and help you create wealth!

Write a list of all the unfinished tasks, promises, chores, odd jobs, etc that you have that someone is waiting on you for…

Some examples could be your kids needing new boots for winter, your car needing to be vacuumed, the taxes need to be filed, the paperwork you have left for weeks, the clients you need to talk to, the scrapbook you wanted to finish, etc, etc, etc, the list will probably be lengthy… (which is ok)

The object write now is to get it out of your brain and onto a list!  Making this list opens space in your brain for creativity to flow! After you have made this list you need to do what you have on it that is undone as FAST as possible! Do not procrastinate!

Your wealth depends on you clearing your unfinished tasks!

 

Who are YOU waiting on?

Chances are there is someone you are waiting on. Perhaps you ordered something and you are waiting on delivery. Maybe you are waiting on a friend to return something they borrowed. Or maybe you are waiting on your spouse to fix something.

Whoever you are waiting on needs to go on a new list…

And again… Contact these people and employ the because, because, because strategy (you will need to get this course to see what that is)  and ensure you get these tasks done.

 

Most People STOP at the Integration Phase!

Most people STOP here, they read the post, look at the work and decide that the secret to buy back freedom and create wealth is too hard, too much work, and too time consuming!

I believe if you apply the steps I have outlined here you will be more productive, and have a much more fulfilling life!

So the secret to buy back freedom and create wealth starts with Code #1 – Supremacy of Speed…. Get it here!

I highly recommend that you get this course – It will change your life!!

The Solomon 10 Million Plus course is completely changing the way I think about wealth, and how its created! It is available exclusively thru  The Internet Lifestyle Network – Click Here

Here is a short video I put together for you –

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on the course.

 

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Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe – Homemade Frappuccino Copycat!

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Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe – Homemade Frappuccino Copycat!

homemade frappuccino

 

I am addicted to Starbucks Frappuccino’s and Caramel Macciato’s however I knew there had to be a way to make Starbucks Frappuccino copycat recipe at home and healthier…

so I set out to create it!!

There is an average of 500 calories in a Starbucks Frappuccino! That is a whopping number!!

I have a Blendtec Blender that is the same as Starbucks uses in their commercial stores (however I have the home version)  You can get one here from Amazon.

I recommend a good blender because it will allow you to crush the ice and make this drink a similar consistency to our Starbucks counterpart!

This blender is amazing and does so much more than just Frappuccino beverages…. so if you have the money… invest in one!! Great kitchen purchase!

 

Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe -Homemade Frappuccino!

This is for 1 serving, to be made in a high quality blender.

  • Starbucks intant coffee packet (of your choice)  I have used Mocka, Pumpkin Spice, Caramel, Plain
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 scoop (serving) of your favorite Vanilla protein powder
  • Fill to the 2 cup line with milk of choice. I have used white cows milk, but my preference is almond milk (use sweetened milk)

Put the Blendtec blender on SMOOTHIE setting and turn on…. 30 seconds later…. HEAVEN!!

 

The calorie breakdown is as follows:

– Starbucks coffee packet 60 Calories

– 1 Cup Almond Milk – 60 Calories

– 1 Serving protein powder – 120 Calories (for mine)

Total Calories – 240!! Isn’t that fantastic!!!  This makes a serving equal in size to a VENTI!

I make this nearly every morning for breakfast! I do not add any additional sweetener to mine… however if I feel like I really want to be indulgent and have a treat with it… I add some caramel drizzle on top or on the sides of my cup! YUM! I love caramel!

 

I can’t wait to hear how you like this… Its easy to make, and sooo much better for you than the real deal!

Enjoy Making your Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe… please share. :)

 

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How to Become A Successful Entrepreneur?

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How to Become A Successful Entrepreneur?

Mark HoversonHow to Become a Successful Entrepreneur is really much simpler than most will admit!

The secret lies in a few key tools, and systems that when implemented success is sure to follow!

First a successful Entrepreneur invests in themselves!

How do they do that? Simple. You find the tools, education, and people that are the best for the RESULT you are looking to achieve!

What do I mean by that? Well if you wanted to be a master chef, you would source out the best education you could find, and would proudly display your education credentials when you apply for a position.

Not much is different in the Entrepreneurial world! You want to find those who have honed their craft, and may not yet be masters, but are definitely emulating leadership that inspires you to be better tomorrow than you are today!

I choose to affiliate myself with two great mentors, the first is Mark Hoverson, and the second is Vincent Ortega Jr.

Today I had the opportunity to listen to Mark Hoverson’s NEWEST training in his Solomon 10 Million Course – Available here.

Mark shared valuable insight that I want to share with you!

Today he taught on the principle of Minimum – Maximum.   While working to become a successful Entrepreneur this information is invaluable in finding your success!

Mark taught that you must always be thinking of the minimum – maximum philosophy

 

EntrepreneurshipWhat is the Minimum – Maximum Philosophy?

Simply put the Minimum Maximum philosophy is that you do the minimum work to get the maximum result. Whatever your product, or business is.

Mark sites some fantastic real world examples, one was simple but profound. He touched on Valentine’s Day and he had 2 dozen roses, rather than take 1 Dozen roses to his wife, and 1 dozen to his grandmother, he split those 2 dozen roses up and gave several roses to several women (who impacted his life for greatness) he mentions his wife, his mother, his grandmother, and a few widows who were his grandmothers friends, and impacted him as a young man.

While delivering one of the few roses to a widow he explained that even though her husband (who had passed on) was not here to give her these roses personally, he (meaning Mark) knew that her husband would want her to have them.

Such a simple gesture, but yet is was powerful!

I created a little video with my thoughts have a peek – would love to hear your comments.

How to become a successful Entrepreneur while implementing this idea?

When you implement the Minimum – Maximum in your business you need to find ways to become more productive, figure out those activities that will produce the most income for you with the least effort and spend your time there! Don’t waste your precious time focusing on activities that produce little value (in terms of financial gain) and no time on the income producing activities!

To get immediate access to this training – Join our Entrepreneur Community here.

 

Creating SuccessIf Its Not FUN – You Need to Let it Go!!

A successful Entrepreneur is almost always having FUN! Your business should invigorate you, excite you a motivate you daily!  If its not fun and bringing you pleasure its almost certainly bringing you pain, discomfort, and dragging you down!

Some times in business the successful Entrepreneur knows when its time to let it go… maybe you just have not taken a Daily Business crap! Mark had me laughing out loud as I was listening to his explanation of your Beautiful Business Body!

Think of your business this way – The money you earn is Nutrition for your business, and your business operates similar to that of a body… so the new money, and residual income streams coming in are the lifeblood of your business!

The muscles are build from your culture, education and wisdom.

Every human body needs to crap, and so does your business!

Every Successful Entrepreneur needs to make sure their business is taking a DAILY Crap!

I just about died, when Mark said this!! But as he went on to explain the nature of what he meant it made total sense! You have crap in your business, that you need to eliminate!

If you fail to expel the crap it will become a drain on you, your business, and ultimately your success!  Your Business will become toxic, and in time will fail to function at all!

Be sure to join our community now - and  get access to Mark’s Solomon 10 Million University Course and you will find all these fabulous tips and exactly How to become a successful Entrepreneur from a 7 Figure a Year earner (that is 10,000,000+ so yes Mark knows his stuff!)

 

Think of your Top 3 Value Offers you can give your clients BEFORE they are clients?

This will be different for every person reading this, as I am sure you have a different primary business from me. (which is great by the way) So right now, I want you to think about the top 3 value offers you can give your clients before they are your clients, or customers!

This is my 3 Value Offers:

1. _Videos__ – I create videos that provide my subscribers with tips and ideas on how they can become better business people, and create value in their marketplace – Subscribe to my channel here.

2. _Ads__ – I used ads to market products, and services that I feel are beneficial to my audience.

3. _Blog Posts__ – like the one you are reading right now. Sharing some information of value for the reader (you of course)

 

Implementation is how to become a Successful Entrepreneur!

If you found something of value in this post today I would love your feedback below, even more than your feedback I encourage you to take ACTION!!

Don’t delay do something different today than you did yesterday!

Here are my 3 favorite tips to get results in your business right away – (this will require effort on your part)

  1. Decide what you can do in your business that will give you a DAILY Minimum – Maximum result
  2. Make sure your business is FUN – and you truly love it  (if not find a business, product, or service you do love)
  3. Figure out your TOP 3 Value tools for your business, and implement daily!

 

Cheers to your success!

 

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P.S – Here is the link to our Awesome community – Once inside you will have access to Mark Hoverson’s Exclusive training University! (this is for ANY Entrepreneur it is not business specific)  - Click Here

 

Beauty Without Cruelty – Yes its Possible!

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Beauty without CrueltyBeauty Without Cruelty – Yes its Possible!

A new line of cosmetics is here and it offers Beauty without Cruelty!

The products are NOT tested on Animals, many are Vegan Friendly, and even Gluten Free!

Younique is a line of Cosmetics available through purchase online – Click Here

Younique becoming very well known for its line of Moonstruck 3D Mascara! For good reason.

This mascara will increase your lashes up to 300%!

That is a dramatic increase!

At a price of only $29USD/$35CDN this product will surely blow you away! I have found THE Same product available at Amazon with good reviews…. and a cuter case! Its Leopard 3D Lashes.. Younique used to have its product made in China, but they are trying to bring the manufacturing to the USA to convince people to spend the $29USD on the product… On Amazon its under $7 INCLUDING DELIVERY!!

Love Alpha Leopard Case Transplanting Gel & Natural Fiber Mascara Set

Younique also offers mineral pigments that create beautiful eye looks with none of the fillers, talc, and other products that you would not want!

What makes Younique products a company that truly offers Beauty without cruelty?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the response from our product development team regarding the CRUELTY FREE nature of our brushes.
“No animals are harmed for the purposes of making Younique brushes, the hair is clipped or trimmed from domesticated animals.
Duel Eye Brush Shade End- First Cut Pony Hair
Duel Eye Brush Liner End- Synthetic
Deluxe Eye Brush – First Cut Pony
Crease Brush – First Cut Goat
Concealer Brush- Synthetic
Powder Puff Brush- First Cut Capra
Blusher Brush-First Cut Capra

Capra Makeup Brushes
Capra or goat hair makeup brushes provide optimum bristles which basically makes it impossible to get a bad application! The softest goat hair is, known as capra, or the first-cut with the tips still intact. This top quality bristle is hand-made like any other high quality cosmetic brush to preserve their precious tips. Luxuriously soft, goat hair provides a medium to full application for both the face and body.

Pony Makeup Brushes
Pony Hair is soft but strong, from mature animals at least two years of age. It is primarily used for blush or eye brushes. The wonderful bristle strength and strong snap makes the bristle prefect for contouring. The versatile bristles can create a variety of different captivating looks. Dampen the brush to provide opaque coverage or use dry to create a light wash of color or a soft, foiled effect The versatile bristles give the flexibility to achieve dramatic matte color or a soft, smoky look.

Synthetic Makeup Brush Bristles
Synthetics are man-made of either nylon or polyester filaments. They can be tapered, tipped, flagged, abraded or etched to increase color carrying ability. Often, synthetic filaments are dyed and baked to make them softer and more absorbent. Advantages of synthetic brushes are: 1: They are less prone to damage from makeup and solvents. 2: They are easier to keep clean than natural hair brushes because the filaments don’t trap or absorb pigment. 3: They are better suited for soft layering of powder color or cream color and concealer.”


I think its fabulous a company values animals in such high regard, and I love that they share the reasons for the use of synthetic products when necessary.  These products really do offer Beauty without Cruelty!

 

Younique offers Beauty without Cruelty shopping 24/7 online – they also offer ONLINE Parties (think Tupperware, Mary Kay, etc) but in a whole new social way!

No house to clean, no friends to invite over… simply set up a party online here – and share it socially… orders ship directly to your friends anywhere in the USA or Canada (UK and Australia opening soon).

It really is that simple to get hostess credits and get products for FREE!

 

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