Wow - I can't believe it's been a year! While I haven't put as much time as I would have liked into my little spot on the blogiverse, I am happy that I have made it an entire year. I am also planning to continue it and actually get somewhat organized so I can post more often.
Thank you to everyone who reads, or has read, just one post.
Thank you to those of you who take the time to leave me a comment, or follow me on Twitter or like my Facebook page.
I write this blog for me but it’s still nice to know that people out there actually read it.
Here’s to another year!
In 2008, my husband and I bought our house from my mom. I always loved this house. It is a 4-bedroom ranch tucked away from the road. My parents had the house built in the late 80's, so it needed some updating. The kitchen was the biggest area that needed updating. The cabinets are the original oak cabinets that came with the house, and I have to say they are in great condition for being 25-years-old. But after looking at them for just as long, I desperately needed a change.
Here is the old kitchen (took the pics after some doors were already removed - oops!):
Being a Pinterest addict, I had seen posts about people who had used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations system. One day, my husband received an e-mail from Home Depot that they had the kits for half off. After doing a little research and reading a lot of reviews, we decided to get the kit and take the time to redo the cabinets and the island.
We ordered the Espresso kit. It is a deep dark brown color.
There is a small list of items you need to purchase in addition to the kit, such as paint brushes and plastic. I believe we spent an extra $20. It is definitely not a quick fix. I would strongly recommend watching the DVD that comes with the kit. It explains everything very clearly. The process was simple but took many, many hours. The kit comes with an optional glaze coat. I have read tons of reviews and some people say it's not necessary, but we did it and I am so glad we did. It brought out the grain in the wood and made the color a smidge deeper.
The results were well worth the effort...
It is basically like having new cabinets! I am totally in love with my new kitchen. It even seems brighter. If anyone is pondering doing this, I would recommend it.
And a very big THANK YOU to my husband, who took the days to perform this magic!
Since April 2012 I have been unemployed. I thought that I would find something rather quickly. Silly girl! Fast forward a year later and I was still unemployed, with no prospects.
A friend of mine had told me about a recruiter named Abby Kohut (known as Absolutely Abby), who has made it her mission to help unemployed people get back to work. She teaches them what recruiters are looking for and some mistakes people make that get them immediately put aside. I signed up for her mailing list and received an invitation to a webinar she was presenting one night. It was about how to turn being overqualified into being "Absolutely Qualified". Since I have a lot of different experiences in my work history, I knew this was part of my problem, and decided to listen in. Continue reading
Hello! I am Erin, a 36-year-old who loves dogs, shopping, parties and Pinterest. I am married to my soulmate, Jason. We have 2 fur babies, Bear (a black lab) & Butters (a yellow lab) and live in Central New Jersey near the Jersey Shore.
I worked in Finance for over 12 years. I left a good job to try something new that didn’t work out but found a job I liked as a District Manager helping people start their own businesses shortly after. For 4 years I saw amazing things. People were taking control of their lives and incomes. I got laid off from that job in April of 2012 and with my severance, I wasn’t too worried about finding a job. I applied to some jobs but basically took the summer off to get projects done around the house (read: major decluttering!). Once August rolled around, I starting applying to more positions, confident that I would have a job by Christmas. Surprise! That did not happen. Thank God for Ebay – I sold a lot of my stuff from my “projects” and that is pretty much how I funded our Christmas presents. So, now it is April of 2013 - still no job. I did get one call last month for a pre-interview but no dice. It doesn’t make sense to worry about it since it will all fall into place. And so, I keep applying. That is where Sweet Erindipity comes in. Continue reading