Saturday, October 03, 2009

Las Vegas Valley Homeschool Network Great Clothing Swap

The Las Vegas Valley Homeschool Network is having their first Clothing Swap

When: October 16th, Friday from 8 am till 8:30pm
Where: LDS's Viking Chapel's Recreational Hall at 3901 E. Viking Rd. Las Vegas, NV
How: Your choice. You can donate, you can swap, or you can donate, swap, and volunteer. You can also volunteer your time assisting us with making this happen and in return acquire some clothing.

Preteens and teens that volunteer will receive a letter acknowledging their assistance with the event.

Contact to donate your clothes prior to the event and receive your entrance ticket.

Friday, October 02, 2009

My Job Search Journey So Far!

After emailing and faxing 50+ resumes I had one face-to-face interview, one interview cancellation and one reject letter.

When I interviewed for the part time customer service position. The manager told me that she had 7 great candidates and she would pick the person that fit perfectly in the position. Obviously I wasn't the perfect fit but that's okay.

Remember that it's not you.

Stay positive. This one can be difficult but surround yourself with positive people, exercise, get plenty of sleep, pray and seek support from others in the same situation. Also, don't spend every moment and day looking. I know that the Unemployment Department says it should be your fulltime job but there's other ways to job search such as networking, talking with friends, neighbors and even strangers.

Let me share this story...a guy was out of work, attends his local church service and shared his story of unemployment. It just so happen one of the members owns a construction company and needed to hire extra laborers. He got a job!

Consider having your resume redone. My husband took my advice and shortened his 3 page resume to one page and has been getting an increase of phone responses. There's also lots of resume writing websites and message boards that provide free advise.

Just keep on trucking!

Computers - We Love Them and Hate Them

Okay, we couldn't end the month of September without additional computer issues. As I mentioned earlier this month our computer monitor decided to die one morning. Well, I remember that I still had a four year warranty on a second monitor. Once we found the warranty we headed over to the storage unit. It took us awhile to find it ~ it's always stored in the last place you look!

We then headed to Best Buy and dropped it off at Geek Squad. They informed us that it was covered and could take 2-3 weeks till we have either a repaired or replacement unit.

Then, the following week, the laptop power adaptor dies! Marcus and I went on an online hunt to find one that wasn't going to cost alot and we could get quickly.

So, as you can see I'm back online since we found one at Frys. They even had a special shipping promotion, second day for $4!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Intimate Weddings - My Last Wedding Based Post for the Day

Our renewal ceremony dinner at Landry's Seafood House - October 12, 2008

I promise that this is the last one but I just had to add it. You'll find that whether your guest list is 2 or 40 people you can still do a small wedding for an affordable budget and even enjoy yourselves and guests!

Stop by Intimate Weddings Blog and see some of my favorites like Angeline & Kevin, who planned a wedding in a week!

A Recession Wedding - Beautifully Done!

An Autumn theme bouquet

Here's a couple that decided to have a very small intimate wedding. Their budget ~ $2000!

I think they did a fantastic job and the photographer captured the day beautifully!

I wish them the very best!

Economic Bridal Blogs - It Makes Sense

These days people are cutting back on the expenses for their weddings, wanting to add more of their personalitites to the event and looking for ways to lessen their personal footprint on Mother Earth.

If you're planning a wedding or a renewal ceremony and want to put your personal touches on the event let me recommend a few bridal blogs.

2000 Dollar Wedding ~ You'll find lots of DIY project, green and fun ideas here, like a potluck reception!

The Broke Ass Bride ~ Do you want people to know they're at your wedding? Well stop here for some suggestions that might spark your creative juices!

Intimate Weddings ~ Small weddings can be more fun but there's still planning to be done.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Rona's Book Review - The Preacher's Daughter

It's been two years since I was able to finish a book within a few days. I decided to give The Preacher's Daughter by Beverly Lewis a go. This is the first book in the Annie's People series.

Mrs. Lewis never disappoints me. I find myself devouring this book. I so wanted to know what Annie's final decision was regarding her first love ~ art.

You'll love the other characters including Louisa, Annie's pen pal.

I highly recommend it as a good read to add to your reading list. So, what are you reading?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fresh & Easy Shop for Schools Charity Program

It's that time again for our favorite grocery store to launch Shop for Schools. Last year, fresh & easy raise $30,000 for local, participating schools in Las Vegas.

Read more about the program - courtesy of fresh & easy. October 1, 2009 deadline for registeration is quickly approaching.

For every $20 spent at your local fresh&easy™ from September 15, 2009 through December 31, 2009, participating schools will get a $1 cash donation. The more you spend at our stores, the more money you can raise for your school. We have sent registration information to qualifying K-8th grade schools within a three-mile radius of every fresh&easy™ store. Check with your school administrator or PTA/parent group representative to see if your school is participating. The last day to register your school is October 1, 2009.

Good Things Do Happen

I had my blood pressure taken like I always do at the doctor's intake station and was pleasantly surprised to see my blood pressure was 120/80! In the last 6 months it was around 170/90. I was having a difficult time managing my anxiety. I even ended up in the hospital because of it.

Now, I realize that the job was extremely stressful but I had no idea it was causing me to suffer like this!

I'm not sad that I no longer work for the company or have to deal with them. I feel like I release a heavy weight from my chest.

I told my husband that I'm glad that we were fired before something serious happened to me. See good things do happen!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - September 28, 2009

Well, especially during these difficult economic times I need to have a menu plan. Charles has recently found a part time retail job and his unemployment benefits have finally started. We've been receiving mine but using it towards rent and living off savings.

We are so over chicken and would love some variety. I've decided to return to Menu Plan Mondays for inspiration, as well as some healthy, affordable meals for my family of three.

Rustic Italian Tortellini Soup ~ thanks to Organizing Junkie

Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Meatless Sauce

Omlets with Fillings of Your Choice

BLT and Macaroni Salad

The Unemployment Benefit Dance Continues

Okay, on Friday, around 6pm we received an email response that they had removed the hold from Charles' benefits. Great news!

Now we're waiting for the payments to be posted onto his debit card. Some responses to when that will occur is within 48 hours or only on Mondays-Fridays. UGH!

This is definitely a dance I would have rather sat out!

The Good Wife - Did You See It?

I loved it! Lots has been written about the slap but there's more to this show. The writing is smart and realistic. The acting is terrific.

So have you seen the first episode of "The Good Wife" starring Julianne Marguiles? Catch up by watching the full online episode.

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