Sunday, June 30, 2013

Finally!

Okay folks, if you have read my past interview experiences (check them out here and here) you would know that I have had a few go with finding a job.  I have loved, LOVED staying home with my boys, but I also would like the opportunity to:

1.  Make sure that I went to college for a reason and use my degree for a full-time job.  (I did enjoy teaching in Kansas but the part I paid thousands of dollars to my college...and am STILL paying...was really only 1/3 of my job there.)

2.  Pay off my college loans BEFORE my children are in college.

3.  Start saving for the future, because goodness knows there won't be any Social Security to help me out when I am old enough.

4.  See if I really want to use my degree or if I should go back to school, get new loans, and then borrow from my children's college fund :)

Well, I finally get the chance to do that! 

This past week I interviewed at two school districts and was offered two jobs!  The choice was made clear after comparing SEVERAL factors (class size, student body size, technology available, resources, etc.) and I will begin teaching full-time in a school district about 10-15 minutes away.  Yay for an easy commute!

I'm still a bit in shock.  It has been a long time coming.  I've been crying buckets the last few days because I'm worried about my littlest boy (only 9 months old) but I know once I have a safe place for him I will get to the excited part.

I finally get to move all of my teaching boxes out of the attic.  I had been debating whether or not to keep my stash or give it away...and I get to use it!  Whew, glad I kept it around for the last three years.

The thing I am most excited about....school shopping!  I can't wait to buy some new crayons. 

Anyway, hopefully I won't have any more terrible interviews to write about! 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I just need to whine it out

I was originally writing this as my Facebook status and then as it grew and grew I thought I might need a little more space for my thoughts to whine.

I know that I am EXTREMELY blessed with what I have in my life.  With the tornadoes in Oklahoma I can't even imagine having to pick through the pieces and start completely over.  I have a roof over my head, air condition during the hottest part of the day, and the luxury of wireless internet.  God has given me two healthy children, the talent to perform, and a husband that provides for my family.

I should be thankful for what I have, and I AM, but then this little thought pops in my head.  "Sometimes I wish we had more money.  I wish that I had a full-time job and that we had two incomes."  GASP!  Okay, I know it isn't the worst thing in the world, but I do wish it...a lot.  Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for the time that I get to spend with my boys.  Yes, I know they grow up fast and I'll only have this moment for a brief time.  (I only say that because that is 95% of the responses I get deal with those two remarks.)  I love seeing how much they grow and change on a daily basis.  But then the "wants" make there way in to the picture along with the "gimmes" and "what ifs" and topped off with a sprinkling of "needs."



"Oh, I want matching picture frames for all of our family photos.  It will be an investment."  ($30)

"Okay, we are not college students anymore.  I think it is time to get a headboard for the bed.  What if we went ahead and just got an entire bedroom suite so it would match."  ($2,000+)

"We need to do something about these drawers.  They aren't functional so maybe we should have new doors put up instead."  ($400)

"Ummm...maybe we should just make them in to open shelves and put pretty baskets."  (way less than $400)

"Oh, a walkway would be nice too for the front yard.  And bunting, and an umbrella, and tear up the concrete to make a patio, and....."  (+++)

"Darn it our lawn mower just died and we NEED to replace it."  ($350)

"What if we had all of our student loans paid off AND we were able to create college funds for the kiddos."  ($40,000, and then ???)

"We want to have a date night, so we need to get dinner for the kids, and ourselves, and then find  baby sitter."  (easily $50 and then the possibility of doing this several times for the summer...)

~~~~~~Please note that we didn't actually do these things on the list.  Well, we did have to buy a new lawn mower, but everything else is just wishful thinking.



Ugh, it sounds so pathetic and selfish when it is all written out, but I can't help but think how different life would be with just one additional paycheck each month.  A new (to us) car could be purchased to accommodate our family, we could make repairs on our home, not feeling guilty about going out for dinner and ruining the grocery budget.  It is so hard NOT to feel bad about those little things.  It is hard to want and then not want to "keep up with the Jones's."

Would life really be better if we had more money?  No, it wouldn't...I know that.  With the struggles that I have had trying to find a job (in my area of "expertise") in my community, it just hurts.  I know that God wants our family's income to be exactly what it is at the moment, but I wish he would tell my heart and my brain that.  I have a thick skull. 

I also just need to be able to rein it in a bit.  "No, I don't need matching picture frames.  Yes, we do need that new lawn mower but we can sell the other one for parts (hopefully).  We can just put up some shelves and I can do without the baskets.  And, movie nights will just have to be at home with friends and the kids.  Redbox + making dinner at home + the kids playing in the bedroom will have to do.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

I LOVE freebies!  I love getting things in the mail!  So, when I heard about Influenster (over two years ago now) I knew it was a match made in heaven.  What is Influenster?  Well, it is easier for them to explain. 


Taken right from their website...

Influenster [in-floo-uhn-ster]

noun
An exclusive online community where tastemakers and trendsetters (such as yourself) come to share the latest and greatest news, places, products, and reviews with each other. 2. The hotspot you just bookmarked on your web browser that turns your social influence into sweet rewards.

Basically, Influenster is a place for culture junkies to come together and share their unique opinions of products and experiences. Active members of Influenster get exclusive access to deals, promotions, and swag from brands that thrive off the input (the good, the bad, and the ugly -- they just want to know what's up).


Just last week I was given a new product to try.

Rimmel London's Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara

So I gave it a shot.  I don't wear much make up.  Usually I just put a swipe of mascara on and I am out the door.  This was perfect for me to try!  It did take a while to get used to the "lash-catching brush" but I got the hang of it eventually. 

This mascara has a "grow-lash complex of Procapil, keratin and antioxidants.  After 30 days, lashes appear longer, stronger and more numerous."

It hasn't been 30 days, but I'm not quite sure about the "appear" part.  Does it mean that they only look longer and stronger or will they actually BE longer and stronger.  We'll have to see about that.

Does it pass the test?  I think so.  I am TERRIBLE about washing my mascara off each night and usually when I wake up I have raccoon eyes, dark mascara flecks all around.  I can fall asleep and wake up and look just as good as when I went to bed.  On the flip side of that though, when I do actually take the time to wash, it took quite a bit of scrubbing to get the mascara off.  I don't own eye makeup remover, but I think I may have to invest in some if I continue to wear Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara. 

I really do like it though!