Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Business...Super Stoked!!!

I didn't think life could get any better.  When I initially lost my job a year ago, after the shock wore off, I settled into life as a stay at home mom.  Being home with my girls, getting involved with their school activities, finding a love for HGTV, and blogging....What more can a girl ask for?? 

As you have seen in my previous posts, I'm in DESPERATE need of a garage if I want to continue all of my projects...So the Mr. said that if I want a garage, I will need a job.  Argh!  We didn't want to put our girls back in daycare and go back to 7 PM dinners, etc, etc. 

BUT... then I found Rodan + Fields Dermatologists!  And after being with them for a short period of time (and I mean short, like less than a week) I am already feeling my life changing!  I am so excited and the companies momentum is contagious!!!

What makes this opportunity with Rodan + Fields so unique and powerful:

Credibility of the Doctors
  • Proven leadership in both the skincare industry and in business --- Stanford trained dermatologists still practicing
  • Legacy of success and strong name brand recognition as the creators of Proactiv
Products that create results
  • Clinically proven - guaranteed results
  • Anti Age industry is a 2.5 billion dollar industry expected to double in next five years
  • What the doctors did for acne, they are now doing for aging skin and sun damage
  • The Doctors purposely chose direct selling as their business model because they are committed to independent business ownership.  They are true entrepreneurs and want to help create successful entrepreneurs
  • 14 million people in the US own a direct selling business and more millionaires are made in this industry than any other
  • Because this is a ground floor opportunity, we are able to take a lead position as we expand across the US, their is power in being first.  Not to mention the momentum we will have when the company goes global
  • The company already has a millionaire and she leads our team and success leaves clues
  • In spite of the recession, Rodan + Fields grew over 400% and paid out more than 3.5 million in commissions in 2009.  Last year the company grew by 1000 % and this year we are breaking all of last year's records.
So far my absolute FAVORITE product is the Anti-age regimen with the AMP MD...Can we say bye-bye botox??

Check out the before and afters

And this....

Anywho, if you are reading this and are interested (which I'm sure you will be!)  Check out my websites!

If your interested in learning more about our Anti-Aging Regmin, visit me here

If you are interested in the business opportunity, visit me here

you can always contact me and I will get back with you asap!

Happy to be wrinkle free!

Jennifer :)

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Yay! Another Craigslist find!

Ok, so I say "Yay!" to another craigslist find, but the Mr. isn't quite as excited as's not my fault! Really...It's Design on a Dime's fault! You see, they were redoing a back patio to have a "beachy cottage" feel to it. AND, I thought how perfect would that be for our patio...I could be like a little extension of our family room :) They had found a china hutch, painted it white, distressed it and used it as an outdoor piece of furniture! Why haven't I ever thought about that! So, as you have probably guessed from the title of my post, that is exactly what I bought on Craigslist (insert big, happy, smile here).

So here she is in all her glory for $40

What did I do to her? Well, I used a litte of my beadboard wallpaper (I had been dying to try this out), switched out the leaded glass doors, and painted her white!! 

What happened to the leaded glass you ask?  Well I found some MDF in the clearance section of Home Depot for only $0.60!  Using the leaded glass windows as a template, I jigged out the boards to fit.  then added some beadboard wallpaper and tah-dah! 

More beadboard on the buffett sections

and on the sides


Oh, and for the knobs I used some rope and googled "how to tie a monkey's fist."  A few tutorials and 2 episodes of Grey's Anatomy later, I had a set of knobs!  Yay!

So again, the before:

And After

Of course, the glass doors will be saved for another project...I don't know what yet, but I'm sure it will be something absolutely fabulicious!

Jennifer :)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Beach Wall Art

I have always liked my dining room, but HATED the wall art thingy that was hanging behind it...Now with this little addition, I think I can officially say "Yay!  I'm done!!!"

As you probably remember from my headboard project, I had my plywood cut down (for free, remember!) which left me with a few extra pieces.  So the extra pieces sat in my living for what seemed like a year (really, it was about 3 weeks) until I finally decided what I wanted to do with them.   I knew I wanted something that looked a little like subway art, and I definitely wanted to use the names of the local beach cities.....Sooooo, this is what I came up with.

I started out with one of the leftover plywood pieces from my headboard project (so far, this project is free!)

Next paint...Not wanting to spend hardly any money at all on this project, I stumbled across the oops! section in the Lowes paint department and found this perfect color for only a buck!!

After 2 coats and letting it dry, it was time for some lettering.  Now I have had my Cricut Cake for about 6 months it has been sitting in the closest, in its box the whole time.  After toying with the idea of returning it for a Cricut Expression, I decided to research the possibility of the Cricut Cake cutting paper, vinyl, etc....Turns out it can and all you need is a different mat and different blade!  Yay!!!  What did I use for the lettering??  At first I was going to use vinyl but it was a little to pricey for my budget...Then I stumbled across a $3.99 roll of contact paper at the grocery store and Woo-Hoo!!  It worked perfectly!

I typed and peeled, typed and peeled, typed and peeled (this took 1 episode of Army Wives, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters which were all recorded on the DVR) and of course also watched in amazement as my little machine was cutting away until I ended up with this:

Ahhhh...Isn't she pretty??  I was pretty happy with the way it looked before the coat of black!  But it needed to be black to go on my brown wall....2 coats of black paint (leftover from all of the furniture projects) and then 45 minutes of peeling off all of my contact paper lettering and my wall art looked AMAZING!

I LOVE it!!!

Again, the before (see the metal thingy on the wall):

And the After:
And the old wall piece is now on the porch...I painted the frames using the some more of the paint from the $1 Oops can :)  Much Better :)

Happy Spring Break Everyone!!!

Jennifer :)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DIY Hollywood Regency Upholstered Headboard

Yay!!!  I have been dying to make this for our master bedroom and I just finished it.  The best part about it was that it was super easy!

Step 1 - I went down to the hardware store and bought a piece of plywood and had them cut it to the size I wanted the headboard to be (most hardware stores do this for free!).  I opted to have the headboard very tall so the dimensions were 64"X40" (we have a queen size mattress).

Step 2 - If you want your headboard to be tufted (like mine is) you will need to drill holes in your plywood.

I LOVE my drill...It's not very powerful but perfect for all of my little projects.  The best part was that it was on clearance for on $17 and it came with a stud finder!  SCORE!  OK, back to the project...Mark on your board where you want your buttons to go and start drilling.  Of course, I had to take ANOTHER trip to the store because the Mr. failed to tell me that all of his drill bits were dull (another story on why I couldn't use his drill) and after trying to drill the same hole for about 20 minutes (really it was probably about 1 or 2 minutes but it seemed like 20) he then shared that information with me...Ugh.

Step 3 - Once you have your wholes drilled, you are ready to glue the foam down.  I decided to use 1" foam and I bought it 50% off almost a month ago (Thank you Joanns!).

I sprayed the whole board with spray adhesive and then laid the foam on top. You will need to trim the foam around the edges.  The best (and easiest) way to do this is to use an electric knife.

Ahhh...Finally found it! Seriously, I spent more time digging around in my kitchen trying to find the electric knife than it took to complete the entire headboard! I have since then decided to store the knife with all of my DIY tools instead of in the kitchen.  Next time I won't need to spend an hour looking for it...Problem solved :)

Step 4 - Once all the foam is trimmed, you will need to lay your fabric out on the floor, lay the batten on top, then lay your foam covered plywood on top (foam side down).  Now you are ready to start stapling.  Start in the middle of one of the sides and put in your first staple.

Continue stapling all across the first side.  Once complete, switch and begin stapling (starting in the middle) of the adjacent side.  Add more staples to your staple gun and continue stapling a bazillion staples along the other sides.  **Important Note** - Make sure you don't pull your fabric too tight or it will pucker, you want it to be taught, not tight.

Step 5 - Now here comes the best part of the project...Tufting! OK, well it's best part because it gives the headboard a really expensive look, but this is by far the most time consuming part. If you choose not to do it, congrats, your now done!  But if you do decide to do it, take a deep breath and realize that you are almost done!

You will need a needle, embroidery thread, your buttons (that you will sew on your headboard) and some random buttons (to hold the knot and keep your "decorative" buttons tight since now you want so show the puckering).

Luckily, I had this giant box of buttons on hand because the Diva needed A LOT of buttons for a 100 day of school project a few years ago :)  Start by pushing your threaded needle throw the hole that you previously drilled into the board.  Once through to the other side, attach your decorative button, and stick the needle back through to the other side....This is where it got really time consuming...No matter how big you drill the hole, it seems impossible to find with going back through the other direction.  Thread your "random" button, and pull it REALLY tight before knotting it.  NOTE ** When trying to tighten your thread/button, have your 6 year old princess push the button "in" to take the pressure off of the thread or it will snap. (Yes, this happened at least twice!)

If done correctly (pulling really tight to get the puckered look), the back will look like the above, and the other side will look like the below.

Isn't the fabric beautiful!!! (Also, 50% off at Joanns!)

Add some wall hanging brackets too the back and All Done!!!  It's perfect!  The exact look I wanted for my Hollywood Regency themed bedroom!!!

Ready for the sneak peak.....

Psst....Don't tell the Mr., but now I'm starting to re-think my bedding too....SHHH!

Jennifer :)

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