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Pregnant and Moving!

Uhaul

As of April 1st I will be a pregnant moving woman!!! We are yet again making the cross-country move to Atlanta to be closer to family since our little family will be expanding by one little boy making his debut around July 26th! It will be a very teary-eyed goodbye too all of the great friends we’ve made in our little town of 5,000 but we are excited for all the change and new friends we will make!

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My Search for Employment

Hello friends,

Today I was thinking about all of the different jobs that I have held..and I thought I would share my latest ventures in case any of them may interest you. To be clear, I do have a bachelor’s degree but honestly none of the positions that I’ve had required anything over a High School diploma or GED. So let’s get started..since moving out to Cali about a year and a half ago I have had exactly THREE jobs. The first was a high school volleyball coach that was only seasonal (lasted 4 months) the only requirement here was that I knew the game, passed a background check and had a few references available to prove that I was not going to kidnap any teenagers! I’ll be honest in case you are wondering how much it pays…it was around $2,300 and you do not get paid anything until the end of the season to guarantee that you won’t walk off if things start getting rough. It was a great part time job and with games usually starting around 5 it would be possible for you to hold down another day job.

coaching high school volleyballThe second and briefest job I held was being a medical scribe in the ER at my local hospital. It was by far one of the most interesting job experiences I’ve had. I have a degree in Health and had been considering going back to school for nursing so some friends recommended that I apply to be a Scribe for “in hospital” experience. Welllll first off, I would only recommend this position to someone that is planning on becoming a Doctor not a nurse…almost all the other scribes I met were trying to get into Med School so they were using this job as a way to get VERY VALUABLE doctor references from the contacts that they would make in the hospital. I guess that would explain why they were willing to be paid minimum wage, work only a few part time hours, nights and weekends required and mandatory Holidays. Needless to say I made it about 2 weeks and decided this was not for me. I realized quickly I would rather volunteer in a hospital than make $8 an hour chasing around an ER doctor while holding a heavy laptop and filling out medical charts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are young Pre-Med students out there where this would be considered there dream job but unfortunately my financial situation doesn’t allow me jobs like this one. (feel free to ask any questions about the training for this job below)

Medical Scribe-Finally, my latest and current job and the one that I have been enjoying the most is being a K-12 Substitute teacher. It has been a wonderful job and experience! Very flexible since you decide when you work (although you need to try to be available whenever they call or you could find yourself on “the black list” where you never get called). The pay is also great, my district pays $100 a day and the hours are usually 7:45AM-2:30PM. The process of getting certified did take around 2 months, you are required to sign up and take a CBEST test or whichever test your state requires, the CBEST is just a standardized test to make sure you understand some basic Math and English concepts. They did like that I had a bachelors but depending on your area they may not care if you have one or not. You are also usually required to get a fingerprint/background test and a TB test and that’s it! It’s well worth the few hoops that you have to jump through!

Well I hope you enjoyed this post, and feel free to ask me any questions about any of these jobs below. Trust me, I know the path to employment can be really frustrating and overwhelming but I wish you the best of luck in finding your dream job! :)

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Mecca Hills Painted Canyon / Ladder Canyon Hike

Last weekend a friend from Palm Springs took us on a beautiful hike in Mecca (just South of Palm Springs, right above the Salton Sea). It was awesome and I loved that it only took around 3 hours total…so it wasn’t too intense for someone that rarely hikes. The unique thing about this hike is that you must scale several ladders to get though the canyon to the scenic top where you can catch view of the Salton Sea. In the past, the only way to get to the top was to use wooden ladders but someone recently replaced them with sturdier aluminum ones….many still have the wooden ones right next to the new ones which was neat to see. I would make sure to take plenty of water, sunglasses and a snack or two…even though you’re shaded by the canyon walls for a lot of the hike, it’s still a good idea to take some sunblock. Enjoy!

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House Love

A Lot has been changing in our little townhouse the past few months so I thought I would share a few shots of my favorite updates…here goesImage

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chalkboard quote from Frost

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two new metal shelves from ikea ($14.99)Image

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a new gallery wall in the living room..the DIY mode podge Map was a DIY project that I did a previous post on

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a DIY burlap wreath and a white pumpkin are keeping my entryway seasonal

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Craigslist Furniture Find

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Before and After Pics

Hello, I apologize for being so MIA lately. I was jet-setting off to New Jersey and Atlanta for the past month to try and escape the heat of the desert. I am back for good now (except I leave next Thursday for job training in Dallas, TX) yay! :) Whilst I was in Atlanta visiting my parents I made time to visit of my favorite GoodWills.  On one such visit I scored this beautiful wooden TV stand. It reminded me of something I had seen in Pottery Barn so I grabbed it for $20. After re-painting it with two coats of black paint here she is in all of her re-furbished glory!

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DIY Chalk Paint with Minwax Stain

Okay, as you can see, I’m still on my Chalk Paint kick. My hubby is out of town this week so I was able to knock this dresser out in two days! I just used green and white acrylic paint mixed with my Plaster of Paris Chalk Paint recipe. (2 tbs of PoP, 2tbs of water to 1 cup of paint) I also used a Minwax Kona stain after I applied one coat of clear Minwax to give it a darker, worn appearance. Here is this finished look.

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DIY Chalk Paint Project (Part Two)

Happy Monday! We were able to finish up our DIY Chalk Board Paint Kitchen table over the weekend! YAY! I finally decided to just paint the top a safe Black color. I finished up waxing it this morning to keep it protected from any scratches or water damage since this table gets a lot of use. Here are a few pics of the finished table. Click here for the DIY Chalk Paint Recipe we used.

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DIY Chalk Paint Project (Part One)

Here is an update on my DIY Chalk Paint Project. I started out with three small tables that were all different shades. I decided to start with just painting the bases my pretty Bali Bliss teal color. I’m still undecided what color to do on the tops..maybe I’ll just do black. I was given two of the tables and the smallest one was a really cheap purchase from Target so at least I’m not too worried if it turns into a hot mess! :)

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DIY Chalk Paint Project

I’ve found a new DIY project that I’m really excited to try- DIY Chalk Paint! I think the most popular brand that people use is the Ann Sloan chalk paint brand but after talking to my sister she let me in on a little “not so well kept” secret- You can make your own chalk paint for wayyyy cheaper than name brands. You just use Plaster of Paris, Hot Water, Finishing Wax and your Paint! Super Easy! Here is recipe I found online and you are able to use this paint on almost any surface with no primer…wood, metal, glass, vinyl, leather, fabric.

http://www.patricia-krank.blogspot.ca/2012/07/3-homemade-chalk-paint-recipes-reviewed.html

photo credit: Patricia-Krank Blog

I’m still trying to decide what my colors should be but here are a few pictures that I’m using for inspiration.

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http://www.turnstylevogue.com/2013/04/furniture-debut-sunny-daze/photo credit: Decorating-Ideas-Made-Easy.com

http://relovedrubbish.blogspot.com/photo credit: RelovedRubish

I have already purchased 2 BEHR Premium Plus Flat Paint samples for $2.95 each in a a dark yellow and a teal color. I also purchased my Plaster of Paris for $9.95 and my Miniwax Finishing Wax for around $9 all at Home Depot. The process seams pretty simple, you mix your recipe, paint the item, wax, then sand for a distressed look if desired. (no priming usually needed). I’ll let you know how it turns our with some pics soon! Have a great day! ~Hope

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Yearly Ambitions

July 1st will mark the end of our first year here in California! There is something about milestones like this that make me get reflective on what I have or haven’t accomplished. Looking back over the last year I can’t help but wish that I had spent a little extra time investing in my future. Maybe taken some classes, or gone out for a job that I had to reach for or was a little intimidating to apply for. Well enough is enough! :) Today I’m going to take some active steps to make sure that next year ends with a few less regrets a lot more celebrating!

Here is a great motivational video that correlates exactly to what I’m talking about. I found this video through a blog and thought it was a great “kick in the pants”. Enjoy…