July 30, 2014

Job Search 2014 - Obsessed

I didn't get that job that I had a 3 hour interview for last week.  Oh well.  I really wanted it... or at least I really wanted to be offered it.   Not 100% sure I would have taken it.  It would have been perfect for me except I kind of felt like I didn't click with the person that interviewed me and she would have been my boss. And when they asked what my salary requirement was and I told them.  I was told..."That's a bit high for this position.  This is really just an entry level position... A way to get your foot in the door."

Hmmmm... Note to HR Personnel and Hiring Managers - Don't advertise a position with the requirements of having a Bachelor's Degree and 5 + years experience if you only want to pay for an entry level employee.

I'm still really excited to be on the job hunt.  I had never planned on staying with the company that I work for as long as I have.  After getting my MBA, I had planned on working off the 2 years that I had to stay since I used tuition reimbursement and then getting the heck out of there.

But then we started having kids and my work is extremely convenient, so I've stayed and never really tried to find another job.

I'm kind of at the point where there is no where else for me to go in the company and I haven't had a raise in years.  So I'm  so excited for all the opportunities that are out there and the potential to get into a company that really values its employees. Plus the chance to increase my income will be nice too.

I check the job sites multiple times a day.  Like 10...  I'm totally obsessed.

July 29, 2014

Shell Fuel Rewards Program

I found out about the Shell Fuel Rewards Program from Newlyweds...on a Budget.  I just signed up and I'm excited to start saving on gas.

What I like about the Shell Fuel Rewards Program:

  • It's Free
  • After registering your credit card, debit card or other store rewards cards, you start to earn money towards your fuel purchase just by purchasing the things you would normally purchase
  • You can earn rewards from tons of locations not just by shopping at Shell
  • It's simple.  After signing up, I don't have to think about this again until I'm ready to use my rewards.
We don't have a Shell station close to us.  The closest is about a 10 mile drive.  I'm going to see how much money in rewards I can accumulate before we go on vacation and use the rewards to help cut back on our fuel costs.  With a 7 hour drive to New York, I'm sure we will be able to stop at a Shell Station.

To sign up for the Shell Rewards Program click here.

Or, go to Newlyweds...on a budget before August 20, use that link to sign up and find out how to win a Shell Gift Card.

July 28, 2014

Rainy Day Activities Using What You Have On-Hand

  1. Homemade Scented Play Dough from Crockin' Moms  - We have tons of drink packets.  Mr. R used to make them a lot but we quit using them because of all the sugar.  This will be a fun thing for the kids to make to use them up.
  2. Mess Free Ziploc Bag Painting from Crockin' Moms - My girls love to paint, but I hate the mess.  This is a great solution. 
  3. Find the Blue's Clues - When our oldest daughter was younger, she loved Blue's clues.  I would make 3 blue paw prints on a piece of paper and cut them out.  Then I would have her leave the room while I taped the paw prints to different items in the room.  When she came back in, she had to find the "clues".  At the time she was too young to actually figure out what the clues were telling her, so I didn't bother with that.  She had a blast just trying to find the paw prints.
  4. Dance Party - Go to Pandora.com and create a free music station with kid friendly music. Then...dance, dance, dance.
  5. Alphabet Hunt - I used to do this with Big R to help teach her the letters of the alphabet.  We used foam building blocks that had letters on them. But you could also use alphabet flash cards or you could make your own by cutting some paper into squares and writing 1 letter on each square.  Then spread the letters around the room.  The older the child, the harder you can make this.  Name a letter and have your child find it.  If you have more than one child, similar in age, you could make this a race to see who can find each letter the fastest.
  6. Indoor Picnic - I don't know why eating on the floor is so fun for kids.  But to make lunch extra special, I will put a blanket on the floor in the play room and serve the girls picnic food for lunch. They love this every time.
  7. Indoor Basketball - Use a laundry basket or box and 1 or more balls
  8. Craft Supplies- Your little artists want to make some master pieces, but art supplies are running low? Here are some great recipes to make art supplies out of common household ingredients:
What are some of your favorite activities to do with the kids on a rainy day?