Friday, February 01, 2008

I Love My Home Management Binder!

I really am enjoying having a home management binder. I now know what cleaning jobs I'll do everyday. No longer do I feel like I have to do everything in one day. I also have a cleaning project per day. Today, I throughly cleaned our bathroom.

It not only has cleaning tips but homemade cleaning solutions.

Maybe I should make one for Marcus when he 'flies from the nest'.

IHOP National Pancake Day - February 12

Mark your calendar that on February 12, Tuesday,from 7am to 10pm, IHOP invites you to 'flip' for a short stack of its mouth-watering buttermilk pancakes for FREE!

Guests are encouraged to make a donation to local charities, including the Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that is committed to saving and improving the lives of children. Visit the IHOP website for more details and times. Spread the word!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tips for Keeping Your Resume & Cover Letter Looking Great When Sending Via Email - Nell Taliercio

When Charles and I were reviewing resumes, for our Assistant Manager position, we were shocked at the amount of errors people had on them. Regardless of their experience and education we filed them in the wastebasket. Please read Nell's article for tips on avoiding this fate.

Tips for Keeping Your Resume & Cover Letter Looking Great When Sending Via Email
By: Nell Taliercio

According to recent World Internet Usage and Population Statistics there are approximately 233,188,086 internet users in North America. With 70% of the population using the internet it's no wonder that more and more employers are utilizing electronic resume and cover letter submissions.

We like to use email because it's faster and easier, right? Such convenience may come at a price if your resume and cover letter don't travel well (electronically!) Follow these four tips to ensure your electronic personal representation bodes well when sending via email.

While Word .docs may be your word process or choice, make sure you save both your resume and cover letter as a txt file. Not everyone uses words and depending on a number of variables it may not arrive in the same format as it was originally sent. Also replace all formatted items that mess up (like bullets) with dashes (-), asterisks (*) or arrows (>) – those are more universal symbols.

Again, it may look like a masterpiece on your end. That does not mean the receiver will view that same Pièce de résistance! Use a simple divider to designate where the cover letter ends and the resume begins. This will alleviate confusing the recipient. (=== Begin Resume ===)

Keep the width of your cover letter to about 65-70 characters wide. As a point of reference – a standard page with 1.25 left and right margins, font size 12, typically holds 75 characters without spaces included and 90 with spaces.

Address the hiring person by name. Make every effort to find out the name of the person reviewing the document. It will show that you've done your homework and may give you an extra edge. Many people just say Dear Employer… too impersonal! Dear Mr. Boyd – is much better. By all means, avoid using To Whom It May Concern. That just screams Form Letter!

Putting together a winning cover letter and resume takes quite an investment of time, creativity and in some cases financial resources. If you're investing time preparing these important documents – and you should put substantial effort into this step – follow the above tips to ensure it gets read by the reviewing official.

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Nell Taliercio is the author of “Careers at Home” which is a weekly telecommuting newsletter that shares vital strategies for finding work at home jobs. In addition to the weekly advice and jobs you’ll also receive instant free access to the “Data Entry Answers” e-book package. Go to to claim your free subscription today.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Modern Marvels: Silver Mines - History Channel

Modern Marvels: Silver Mines Wednesday, January 30th at 8PM/7c

Silver is one of the most versatile metals on earth—its uses
range from technology to construction to photography, and the
decorative arts. Modern Marvels: Silver Mines explores the history of
this resource, tracing its many uses and changes over time. This one
hour program introduces the methods and machines that have been
employed to extract this precious resource from the earth. In Northern
Idaho's Lucky Friday mine, workers toil more than a mile underground
in an around-the-clock cycle of blasting and hauling silver laden
rock. In the wilds of northern Nevada, large machines and even larger
ore loads make the vast Rochester open pit mine one of the most
productive silver mines in the United States. Both these facilities
owe their methods to the silver strike that started it all: Nevada's
famous Comstock Lode of the mid 19th Century. This documentary draws
connections between the silver strikes of the 19th century and the
contemporary process of mining silver, showing how these processes
have transformed over time. Educators may want to use clips from this
program for their course units on the Industrial Revolution and
Westward expansion.

Curriculum Links:
Modern Marvels: Silver Mines is appropriate for middle school and high
school students. It would be useful for History, Science, Astronomy,
Social Studies, and Technology courses. It fulfills several National
Standards guidelines as outlined by the National Council for History
Education including 1) Civilization, Cultural Diffusion, and
Innovation, and 2) Human Interaction with the Environment.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - January 28, 2008

Tomorrow is my birthday! Yupe, I'm turning 46 years old and loving it. Life and God are good. The Lord has and continues to bless us.

Hubby and the kidlet are making me dinner. They're great cooks.

Marcus has been accepted into Odyssey Charter High School, for the second semester. The catch is he'll also be attending Keystone High School, while he's finishing his first semester. He's required to attend courses, on campus, one day a week. He also started attending a Study Skill course at the local community college, this week. This is one busy teen.

Question: Did you hear about Starbucks testing a $1 cup of coffee, in response to the drop in profits and competition from McDonald's? Are you willing to try it or skip it?

Now onto the menu! Thanks to Organizing Junkie!

Chili and cornbread

Rona's Birthday dinner

Soup and Sandwiches

Mango Chicken with Brown Rice

Beef Strognoff, Salad

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Listen to Parenting My Teen Internet Talk Radio Show - January 21

Aurelia Williams, Parenting My Teen, chats with LaTara Ham-Ying about communicating with our teenage sons and dealing with the many challenges they face.

I suggest all moms of teenage son listen to this one. You'll probably be doing alot of knodding yes like I did.

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