December 17, 2014

Merry Christmas Lay Offs

That's right.  Last week my work had another round of lay offs.  This is the 4th round in about a year and a half.  I'm lucky to have made it through and still be employed.  I feel horrible for the people that were let go just 2 weeks before Christmas.

I had planned to take a break from the job hunt until March when we return from our cruise but I think I might start sending resumes out again after New Years.  From what I experienced before it can take some companies months to go through the interview and hiring process.

December 16, 2014

Saving $9.83 each month!

Mr. R and I are up to be able to renew our 2 year contract with Verizon.  Both our phones have been giving us problems.  My camera on my phone isn't very good and our regular camera broke so I wanted new phones with nice cameras.  And heck, let's be honest, we just wanted some new phones.

I checked around for other plans with different companies but I am very happy with our coverage so we decided to stay with Verizon.

We each got a new phone for free for renewing our 2 year contract.  And by Free I mean $30 each because of an "upgrade charge".  Funny how they always find something for you to pay.  But the phones are a lot nicer and the reviews are great.

Verizon's website is a lot easier to use to compare plans now.  Two years ago, it was really misleading what my monthly total was going to be.  So hopefully I figured it out right this year.  The plan we were on was for 700 shared minutes which we barely used, 250 text messages per phone which one of us usually went over each month, 2 GB each of data (even though we were only using 1 GB each, and $2 per month for VZ Navigator.  I love VZ Navigator.  I'm horrible with directions so I use this many times a month.

Our new plan has unlimited talk and text plus 2 GB shared data and VZ Navigator is free.  According to the Verizon website, we should be saving $9.83 per month on our bill.  Yay!!!  Now, it will be interesting to see our next bill and find out if this is actually true.

December 9, 2014

Homemade Christmas Gifts: Body Butter

I'm not sure where I saw this recipe first.  I found a few variations online but it was so easy I just made it from memory.

I put the last of my coconut oil into a large bowl and added a little bit of vanilla extract and some peppermint essential oil.  Using a hand mixture with the whisk attachment, I mixed this for about 10 minutes.  Six tins of body butter will be used for gifts.  I am giving the jar to my sister since she crocheted 6 chap stick holders for me.  I had a little of the body butter left over for my self.  But not near as much as I had wanted so I need to buy some more coconut oil to make another batch.