Quick Tip Tuesday: Laundry Basket Room Rescue

When your kids have strung their toys and your shoes all through the house, and you have company coming over (or not), gather up all the things that don’t belong in the living room and place them in a laundry basket. Then set the basket in another room to hide it until you can focus on putting those things away. If you really want to get into it, buy a small laundry basket for each kid and yourself. Then you can place each person’s things into their own basket and take it to the proper room to be put away.

Foodie Friday: October Menu

I love Fall and I love October!! I love this October menu and I hope you will love it too.
This past month, I had two different family members ask me where to start for menu planning. I told both of them they should print out my monthly menu and then white-out the things they don’t like and add in their own ideas there. It’s a great place to start… then I realized that I have been uploading a jpeg version of the menu and not a printable pdf. This month, I am doing both. As always, the recipes can be found on my October Menu Pinterest Board.

October Menu

You can print this menu by clicking the link below:

Oct Menu PDF

Some of the highlights of this month’s menu include the Apple Cheddar Pork Burgers and the Rosemary Garlic Butter Steaks.

Apple Cheddar Burgers: I am so looking forward to those! I am planning to do them a little differently than the recipe. First, I am using pork instead of turkey. Also, I think I am going to shred the cheese and chop the apples really small and mix them into the meat instead of just using them as a topping.

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew: The recipe doesn’t say slow-cooker. What I plan to do is brown the meat in a skillet-just to put some color on it, then throw everything into my slow cooker for the day. Mondays are long days for me so dinner has to be ready when I get home. I will probably do the mashed potatoes on Sunday night and just microwave them before we eat.

Rosemary Garlic Butter Steaks: October 30 is my birthday! I will be making my own birthday dinner and this is what I want!

Interview Tips

There is sort of an art to interviewing well, and I want to share some of my tips with you. Some of them are popular, and you’ve probably heard them before… but some may be new to you! They are all simple and will help you show your best self in an interview.

  • Smile.
  • Make eye contact. Nobody likes to feel that they aren’t being listened to, or that the person they are interviewing doesn’t care.
  • Shake hands firmly, but not so firmly that the other person feels their bones crack. I have noticed that some people do not  know how to properly shake hands. Sometimes men give the “wet noodle” when shaking hands with women and this can come off as condescending. Sometimes people shake too firmly and it hurts. There is a happy medium that you should try to find. Also- grip with your whole hand, not just the fingers. If your interviewer does not offer their hand, offer yours. This is an important tool to make an impression! It’s not a bad idea to offer your hand to shake as you are leaving, too.
  • Arrive early, but not too early. Showing up 5-7 minutes early is good practice. Showing up 20 minutes early could make people uncomfortable.
  • Call your references ahead of time. Ask permission to list them as a reference. The last thing you want is for one of your references to say something negative, or worse: say they don’t remember you!
  • Dress appropriately and modestly. This may mean wearing a suit, but it may not. If you are interviewing for a professional job out of college, a suit is great. If you are a teenager interviewing for your first part-time job, some pressed slacks and a nice shirt are fine. BE MODEST! In today’s culture, many young women feel that they should be able to wear whatever they want and nobody should say anything. Maybe it is your right to bare it all, but you probably won’t get hired. Wear something that is cut high enough to cover your cleavage (or for men, your collar bone) and skirts should come to the knee. Wear closed-toe shoes. Sandals and peep-toe are not appropriate for all jobs and you want to make sure you are appropriate. Clothes should be clean and pressed. Wrinkles are sloppy and may  make you appear dirty, unkempt and disorganized. Have your clothes professionally dry-cleaned if possible. Keep jewelry to a minimum and keep your hairstyle neat and simple.
  • No cologne/perfume! You want to be clean and smell fresh, but some people get headaches from colognes and perfumes. It would be awful to give the interviewer a headache. They might not hear a word you say.
  • Research the company you are interviewing with. It’s important that you know a little bit about who you are wanting to work for. It will make you look informed and responsible.
  • Ask questions. Come prepared with at least one question about the company or the position. Bonus points if it is a good one. It needs to be more than “What is a typical day like?” Remember, you are worthy of the job and you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. A good fit is a great way to ensure longevity. If you are in a position or company that is not a good fit, you will most likely be starting your job search over again really soon.
  • Send a thank-you note. A short note to than the interviewer for his/her time is a nice touch. You want to have it all done and mailed same day, so that it gets to the interviewer before they have made their hiring decision.

I hope these tips help you in your next interview process. Feel free to share your own tips in the comments!!

Quick Tip Tuesday: Home Inventory

Last week, I drove my daughter home from gymnastics in one of those really nasty, fall thunderstorms that we sometimes have in Oklahoma. It felt a lot like our spring thunderstorms that can quickly turn to violent tornadoes. It made me think of this website that I just have to tell you about!

Inventory your home using http://www.knowyourstuff.org. It’s a great tool to help you list what you have and what it’s worth in case you are ever in the position to have to make an insurance claim to replace it- like after a tornado or fire. The best part? This is totally free!