Sunday Funday?

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Nap time

Apparently, I missed the nap time memo.

Upcycled Woodworks

This is a review for Upcycled Woodworks:

 
5 out of 5 stars 

Coffee TableI was sent a beautiful, handmade coffee table as a wedding gift that I’d registered for on Etsy from Upcycled Woodworks. They specialize in custom pallet wood furniture and decor for your home. Really beautiful stuff.

Unfortunately, either someone during the delivery process or some lowly person moseying by our home decided they would rather take our 50 lb packaged coffee table for themselves. So, a couple weeks after it was supposed to arrive, we were left wondering, “Where is it and why is it taking so long to get here?”

After contacting Upcylced Woodworks, we realized it was showing up as delivered, so I went into detective mode calling FedEx to fight my way through transfers from person to person to person and ridiculously long amounts of waiting in between. After being told something different from every person I talked to and never once receiving a callback from any person who promised one, I eventually dug up the info to call our local sorting facility and had them contact the driver. He said he was “100% positive he delivered it to the correct house”, so the only thing FedEx would do after that was say the sender (Upcycled Woodworks) had to file a claim and take care of it on their end.

When I relayed this info to Upcycled Woodworks, they interestingly enough had been told the EXACT OPPOSITE by FedEx and could barely get anyone to return their calls as well. So after over a month, between myself and Upcycled Woodworks, having to stay on top of FedEx weekly and sometimes daily, they were finally able to get their claim approved, reimbursed and send me a new coffee table.

This story is important to my review of Upcycled Woodworks because most businesses (and even people) that I know wouldn’t have dealt with this difficult and tedious of a situation. Regardless of how long it took or how hard it was, they still got it done and went out of their way to make sure I received the product I was originally supposed to receive. They even threw in a free set of wood pallet coasters, even though none of this was their fault by any means.

I really respect when a business shows they care about their customers. And to top it off, they’re a small, personal business that makes their own items, which are absolutely beautiful, custom and fairly priced.

Definitely check them out for some new home decor, furniture or even a unique gift idea now or in the future.

Upcycled Woodworks

This is a picture of our awesome custom coffee table (before the trough was decorated) with a wood pallet coaster in the corner. Click to visit Upcycled Woodworks’ shop!

You can visit Upcycled Woodworks’ shop by clicking the links or picture above.
You can visit Upcycled Woodworks’ Facebook page here.
You can read other reviews on Upcycled Woodworks here.

 
 
 

Student’s University of Georgia Build-A-Bear Survey

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Here’s a chance to do a review of your own…
This is a survey being done by a student at the University of Georgia, and I more than want to help her out because
1. She’s a college student, obviously working hard to finish her education
2. She’s doing primary research
3. This helps and targets mothers (parents) and young children

So, please read through what she has to say below if you want but definitely take the survey!

My name is Channing Jones, and I am a senior undergraduate student studying advertising at the University of Georgia. As part of our capstone advertising campaigns class, we are responsible for developing a full advertising campaign for our client. Part of this includes conducting primary research.

We are working with the corporate office at Build-A-Bear and our target is mothers with young children … we wanted to reach out to you … All answers and information will be treated anonymously and will not be published. We believe you … could provide us with some valuable insights into your demographic that would help us and Build-A-Bear better cater to your needs.”

Click here to take the survey!

The Little Things We Do that Make No Logical Sense

Courtesy of this picture goes to But Not Yet.

Courtesy of this picture goes to But Not Yet.

1. Very slowly flipping on a light switch, thinking for some reason it will make the light less harsh*Cat hiss* when the light is still far too bright.

2. Same goes for trying to slowly turn on the garbage disposal for fear a fork will be stuck in it, even though it won’t change the speed of the garbage disposal once it turns on… I think it’s somewhat logical to check before I turn it on, but I just don’t want to stick my hand down the garbage disposal and get it all wet and slimy when chances are there’s nothing in it.

3. Opening our mouths as wide as possible when folding a towel under our chin, putting in contacts or putting on mascara
The only time I can really control this is if I’m consciously thinking about it while I’m doing those things, but otherwise, I catch myself doing it every time.

4. Uncontrollably counting the steps to whatever staircase(s) you walk up and down almost every day
“Oh, there’s one less step today. Maybe one of the steps stayed home sick.” Not.

5. Turning down the music in a vehicle, when you’re lost or trying to find/see something
This one could be logical in that you’re trying to concentrate, but I’ve still always found it odd to change something that affects my ears so I can better use my eyes.

6. Completely avoiding a certain word because you’re not sure how to use it or spell it correctly
This one’s funny to me, especially since I’ve totally done it AND I’m an English major. It doesn’t make a lot of sense because it probably takes longer to figure out how to avoid using the word than it does to just look it up.

7. Saying “I’m only 10 minutes away” when you’re really 20 minutes+ away
I used to do this when I was younger because, well, 10 minutes sounds so much closer and makes the person feel more at ease/less frazzled … at first. However, through experience on the other side of this situation, I’ve learned I’d much rather someone just say 20 minutes if it’s going to be 20 minutes. Even if there’s an initial frustration the person is still 20 minutes away, at least I can plan accordingly, maybe get something done or not sit there impatiently waiting 10 extra minutes. Plus if someone’s just straight forward about it once, the next time they say they’re only a few minutes away, I’ll believe it.

8. Driving to the gym
The majority of people I know live less than a mile or a few miles from the gym they use. Now, I understand driving for a number of reasons (kids, beginner, sports, straight to/from work, have a ton of equipment, etc.) or if you live somewhat far away, but especially for those less than a mile or 2 from the gym, it makes more sense to walk or run there considering you’re going there to workout and do just that anyway.

9. Continuing to use your phone to navigate the Web when your computer is within arm’s reach
When I’m using my apps, most of the time it’s just as easy if not easier to use my phone. However, when I’m trying to use the Web or look something up, my phone takes a significantly longer amount of time. I don’t really do this one too much, but I have seen it quite a bit and can only contribute it to laziness.

10. Going back to a place repeatedly, even though you hate it every single time
For myself and every person I’ve known a significant amount of time, it seems like there’s always that one place or thing they regret going to or doing EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Yet they always keep “trying” it.

11. Shoving something somewhere to avoid having to see it
Sometimes I do this because I don’t want to take care of something right then, and I don’t want to keep looking at it–like shoving a sock under the bed or putting a piece of trash under a coaster. I very rarely do this, but every time I do, I legitimately laugh at myself because I know that no matter how many times I tell myself I won’t forget about it, I will.

12. Hitting the snooze button just one or two or three more times
I don’t know about you, but my snooze button is only set between 5-10 minutes. What is 5-10 more minutes of sleep really going to help?

13. Laughing at the pain of your foot falling asleep, hitting your elbow or stubbing your toe
Anytime I’ve been around someone or had my own foot fall asleep, hit my elbow or stubbed my toe, I’m saying “ouch” through laughter instead of tears (most of the time). I’m sure there’s a scientific or anatomy related explanation, but it’s still odd.

14. Moving with your phone or console controller when playing a game
When I’m playing a game on Xbox, Wii or my phone, I always move with the game like it’s going to help me move better in the game. It’s definitely amusing for other people.

Any odd quirks you can think of? Share them in the comments below if so!

Get Inspired Weekend Pinning Party #12

I’m co-hosting the pinning party this week so don’t forget to link up and pin away! You can visit Mommy Mentionables to view the full party and link up, or you can link up here by clicking the blue Inlinkz button–located right under this sentence and at the very bottom of this post!

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Interview Etiquette

Interview Etiquette

There are many people getting ready to graduate from college or simply just trying to get somewhere new in the professional world today, and I’m often surprised by how little they realize their actions and presentation of themselves reflect on whether or not they become successful. I am in no way a successful millionaire (yet), but I’ve learned quite a bit from my professional experience on getting where you want, what you want and how to do it. Here are 10 simple tips to go by when entering the professional world or interviewing for a new position.

1. Remember, first impressions last, whether they’re a correct portrayal of you or not, so make them good. You have to know that when you first see someone or talk to them, your first impression of them always sticks. Whether it’s my best friend, my husband or someone I never saw again, I can’t say I’ve ever really forgotten a first impression or how it made me feel. Simply conduct yourself in a professional manner, dress-up and be polite. Also, be knowledgable and prepared, which I will cover in the next tip. Use correct grammar. I understand people use slang and incorrect grammar in their personal lives, but when you do it in a professional setting, no matter how smart you are, it leaves the impression that you’re unintelligent. Finally, your physical appearance is the start of your first impression. People see you before you have a chance to speak. So maintain good posture, shoulders back, make eye contact and make sure your attire is appropriate. As a general rule, no sleeveless tops or cleavage showing, no open-toed shoes, no jeans and if you wear a skirt, it should go no higher than the knee region.

2. Always, always come into an interview prepared, which means a number of things: First and foremost, have a copy of your resume (covered in #5), a copy of the job description and qualifications, a filled out copy of any possible employment application or background check waiver you can find for the company online and a pen/something to write on. You should always do some research on the company and position beforehand, so you’re able to talk about the company and statistics or interesting facts for your position. If it’s a position and company you really want to work for, this should  be something you want to be knowledgeable on anyway. Bring any past item you can to show off your experience–portfolio, charts, pictures, etc. and always do whatever you can for the company beforehand. If you can promote them in some small way or incorporate a clever design into your presentation or resume, do it. It only shows that you care that much more.

3. Never answer an interview question negatively. When my husband is asked a question, he tries to answer as neutral and business-like as possible. So, this is something he taught me. When you’re at an interview, or in a business situation in general, and asked a question that’s meant to bring out something negative, always answer as positive and neutral as possible. For example, if you’re asked, “What was something an employer did that you didn’t agree with and how did you handle it?” Don’t start bashing an employer or talking about how awful a company was. Don’t even state the company you’re talking about. Simply come up with the most positive and neutral spin to your answer for that question. No company wants to hire someone they think might portray them in a negative light in the future. No matter how awful a past boss might have been, this isn’t an opportunity for you to bash on them.

4. Wear something that fits or portrays the place you’re interviewing for. This one seems pretty self explanatory, but if you’re interviewing at a company whose company color is dark blue, wear a dark blue shirt or dark blue accessories. If you Interview Colors appeal to the company, even in a subtle way like that, in turn you can appeal to the person interviewing you and seem like an asset or part of the company already. If there’s not a specific color, there’s a chart on the right that explains what certain colors can portray when you wear them. Normally, subconsciously, and even sometimes consciously, strategically wearing a certain color will stick with people in a positive way. For example, political and presidential candidates are always told to wear a certain color tie or shirt to subtly and subconsciously appeal to the general public. The same idea works here.

5. Bring more than one copy of your resume and put it in a nice folder or binder. Always, always, always bring a copy (or two or three) of your resume and as a side note, always bring something to write with and on. You always want to look prepared and like you actually spent some time getting ready for an interview. Even though some employers will print out your resume beforehand, to reference #7 below, better safe than sorry. Always prepare for the worst possible outcome and expect the best. So, in this case, bring three extra copies of your resume and expect to not hand any of them out. Also, put them in something nice like a folder with the company’s logo on it or a clear holder or whatever you think is cool and would make you look business-awesome. It never hurts when you go the extra mile.

6. Brand yourself and find subtle ways to stick out that will keep you on an employer’s mind. Always find a creative way to stick out (positively) and stay on someone’s mind. Personally, I boldly put my name at the beginning of every resume in color (normally a color that appeals to the business or position I’m applying for). I highlight key aspects of my resume that coincide both with my background AND the job/company description. Don’t be afraid to put every little awesome thing in your resume … that’s what it’s for and that’s your chance to show off. Best of all, if you don’t get too tongue-tied, come up with an awesome speech to end your interview with that will make the potential employer remember you. Be confident and tell them why you’re the right person for the position.

7. Better safe than sorry. If you’re not sure about what to bring, what to wear, what to say or even what you’ll need, it’s always best to cover all your bases. Even if it takes extra time, do the extra research, print one more copy, go with the safe outfit and bring EVERYTHING you could potentially need. Even if it doesn’t necessarily end up benefiting you at the time, at least you knew and at least you were prepared, and that’s all that an employer wants. From my experience and personal opinion, it always shows when you’ve gone the extra mile versus when you’re just hoping you’ve done enough. What type of person would you want in your life–someone who goes the extra mile or someone who only does the bare minimum?

8. Don’t be an idiot with your social media sites, even if you think they’re “private”, there are ways. I have friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. who post very scandalous and even illegal things, and every single time, I think “WHY?!” Whatever you do privately is your business–it’s not my job to judge you. However, an employer’s job IS to judge you and how you’ll benefit their business. Chances are they’re not going to want to hire someone who is doing something that could reflect badly on them, especially when they’re very publicly open about it. I’m not saying change who you are. I’m simply saying if you’re doing something that the government or your grandma wouldn’t consider appropriate, don’t post it for the world (or a potential employer) to see!

9. In an interview especially, keep your personal life to yourself as much as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying be a wet rag and have no personality. Be yourself and express your unique personality *strengths*, but sometimes being too open with your personal life can hurt your chances at getting hired. For example, when I was pregnant (something I definitely could NOT hide) and finally got a temporary position, the manager who hired me shared some interesting information with me when she eventually took a position at a different company. She told me that when the owner of the company found out I was pregnant he privately asked her to find a way to fire me. However, she couldn’t and wouldn’t because I was a good employee, she had no reason to let me go and obviously couldn’t fire me for being pregnant because that’s illegal. I was lucky she had already hired me, because otherwise, something personal that had absolutely nothing to do with my professionalism would’ve prevented that.
Case and point: Keep your private life private (as much as possible), even if it’s not negative and wouldn’t change your professional life, some people are quick to make judgments–sometimes for an understandable reason, sometimes just simply because they have no clue.

10. Be confident. I know all of these tips seem like a lot to fulfill, but they’re really not. Chances are if you care enough to be reading this and trying to prepare for an interview, you’re already ahead of the game. Overall, just remember to dress well, act professional and be prepared by bringing the right things and doing the correct research. It’s really not hard–it just takes effort. Effort that, in my opinion, any hire-worthy employee should want to do. Be yourself (not TOO overboard though) and most importantly, be confident. Everyone gets nervous, but the trick is to channel that nervousness into being prepared and confident. If you’ve done your research and brought the things you need, there’s no reason to be nervous. If it’s something you really want and you’re fit for, it will show.

This is a helpful TED TALK I watched on basically preparing yourself for success. It talks about being nervous and how to push yourself past it and into success, and it also talks about how you represent yourself (body language, actions) can come across to someone else. Really, it’s the perfect thing to watch when going into a professional situation or interview.

Also remember, those who are successful don’t normally get there on the first try. No matter how qualified you are or how right you are for a position, it doesn’t always mean you’re going to get it. At some point, you’ll probably get rejected or a position will go to someone else, you shouldn’t take it personally. Chances are it wasn’t anything you did wrong, an employer just chose to go a different direction for whatever reason. You should never let that stop you or hold you back.

Chronic Grump-Face and a Seussical Lyric to Help You Understand

I’m a very clean and organized person. Overall, I truly enjoy working, keeping my home and daughter clean and keeping myself and family organized. Luckily, for the both of us, my husband  and I both enjoy cooking, finding new recipes and making new things weekly. However, like many others, I don’t always necessarily enjoy doing dishes or even laundry if it piles up too high, and I’ve noticed in general and especially when doing these mundane tasks that if I’m not in public or consciously making an effort, I have something many people call chronic grump-face.  I don’t smile ear to ear, all day long when going about my daily tasks at home, but I do think that’s perfectly normal and okay. The only problem I run across from time to time is that my husband sometimes thinks my chronic grump-face means I’m unhappy about something when I’m really not. So, this Seussical lyric is to remind you otherwise:

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“Chronic Grump-Face” picture at very top is a picture from Kris Atomic’s hilarious blog