November 17, 2014

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Transitioning from Stay-at-Home Mom to Healthcare Professional

Once the kids have gone to grade school, some stay-at-home moms decide to return to the workforce. Returning to a job after being away can seem daunting, but it’s very possible with the right preparation. If you were a healthcare professional, like a nurse, and you’re looking to start up your career again, here are a few tips to jumpstart your journey.

Research the Industry

When you go back to work, practices, patient care, and data implementation will have changed. Depending on how long it’s been since you worked in the healthcare industry, the changes may be small or they may be significant. Prepare for this by doing research. Ask your friends who still work in healthcare what has changed, or brush up online to make sure you don’t need to get any new certifications or training.

Consider Online Class

If you want to change careers or give yourself a leg up when reentering the work force, online class is a great place to start. You may just want to take one or two so you’re current with the industry, or you may want to go in for a whole new degree. If you’re a nurse, try looking at online DNP programs. A new degree can help jumpstart your career or change your employment direction after time away from nursing.

Prepare for the Interview

Going to a job interview is nerve-wracking for everyone. Learn about the job and the company before entering the interview. Prepare for questions relating to your time spent away from the workforce. Demonstrate current knowledge of the industry and clear reasons for wanting to return to healthcare. Project confidence, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about the job or the company when the time comes. Remember not to be discouraged, either. The job market may be a little tougher than you remember, but the right preparation and perseverance will take you far.

Try Telecommuting

Perhaps going back to an office or a hospital doesn’t sound appealing. Medical transcription, consulting, data entry, and management over the phone are all possibilities. Some jobs will require you to come in for a few days a week and allow you to telecommute for the rest. Oftentimes, positions organizing case files or working with patient data can be done from home, so check the job postings for your local hospital and clinics.

Make Family Time

Your kids are probably in school all day now, and with a new job, it might feel like you go from seeing your family all the time to not seeing them enough. Sit down with your family and set aside family time. Perhaps a family outing every Saturday afternoon, or two nights a week when everyone is home for dinner. 
Before you start applying for jobs, decide whether you want full-time or part-time work, and consider the logistics of transportation as well. Change can be hard, but just remember why you loved your healthcare job in the first place, and reignite a passion for disease prevention or patient care.

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May 7, 2014

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Work, Work, Work

Hello. Remember me? Yeah, I’ve been hiding. Behind a desk in a cubicle, that is. It’s a long ways away from that garden and kitchen renovation work, let me tell you. But a gal’s gotta do what she’s gotta do. And even though I’m definitely a “do it yourself” kinda gal, there are some repairs and renovations slowly starting to pop up that I’m not going to touch, like the roof. When I was younger, I had no qualms about skipping over the asphalt shingles with hammer in hand. But I’m a bit older now, and I’ll let the roofing experts manage that job.

Here are a few other updates that might interest you.

1. YES, Livvy is still with us. Here she is as her usual, charismatic self:

Livvy not pleased

And looking cute in the warm laundry:

Livvy in da baskey

She hasn’t acclimated to my working schedule, yet. She’s very clingy and wakes me up VERY early every morning. Ugh.

2. We have been fixing a few odds and ends around the house, but nothing major. We sided the exterior part of the house (where we’d installed the new kitchen window a few years ago). We painted window trim, and finished the bookcases with trim. There’s still a lot of the kitchen that needs trimming. The husband would like us to finish all these small projects before undertaking the next large one.

3. Our next large project will probably involve converting our garage into living space. And then we have yet to gut and renovate the upstairs of the house. I think that my demolition/renovation days are over, but I will rather serve a supervisory role as the offspring do all the work. Oh yeah, and I’ll be working so I can pay for all of this, too. :-p

So blogging has really taken a down turn for almost a year now. I shut down almost all my other blogs. Who knows what else I’ll dismantle! It’s been a fun ride, but a gal’s gotta eat. :) Making money through blogging was a blast, but short-lived. Onward!

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March 18, 2014

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A Cowhide Rug Adds Natural Beauty And Luxury

Home decorating can be a tricky process. Deciding on an overall look as well as the details of your intended look is not particularly easy. Many people aim
for décor that is warm, inviting and yet sophisticated at the same time. One of the best ways to achieve this aim is with the use of the right details.
Thoughtful attention to detail can make any room feel lived in and yet hold great appeal for guests when entertaining.

Good use of detail centers on the use of items like rugs. Rugs can add many qualities to a room. A rug can make a room feel more luxurious or give it a
more natural look. A rug can also serve as both a place to place your feet and a focal point at the same time. A cowhide rug is one of the most popular
types of rugs. Cowhide rugs are made from traditional materials that have long been used as flooring and decoration. A cow skin can provide a touch of the
western style to any room.

Cowhide rugs have many advantages. Unlike some other types of rugs, they are both durable and yet made from natural materials. A cowhide rug is made from animal skins, meaning that it is all natural and ecologically sensible at the same time. The cowhide rug is also
easy to clean. Buyers need only use a damp sponge to remove any stains. This means they can be used in high traffic areas such as the entrance to a room.

A cow hide rug can also be used in many other areas as well, making them highly versatile. Many people use the cowhide rug to cover an entire small table
or place at the center of a much larger table and thus serve as a startling and memorable focal point for that room.

A cowhide rug can also act as a highly luxurious throw for a couch or a bed, providing
the user with a deliciously comforting texture that invites peace and relaxation in any room. The rug may serve as a toddler’s favorite sitting space or a
throw on your beloved chair where the texture provides a sense of comfort.

Cowhide rugs
also come in varying colors and sizes. Many people like to use them as original artwork in a room. The cow skin rug can be easily framed and protected from
dust and wear under a glass covering. A cowhide rug can also be set in wood or metal frame and stretched across the sides of the frame. The resulting
picture can then be hung on the walls to draw the eye upward.

When thinking about décor consider using a cowhide rug to add life and texture.

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March 1, 2014

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Cabin Fever Daydreaming

I know I’m speaking to most of the folks in the United States when I say this has been one long winter. I love this season, but when even I am sick of the brutal winds from the Arctic Circle and the never-ending trickle of lake effect snow from the Great Lakes, you KNOW it’s […]

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February 5, 2014

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The Walipini

The name sounds a little weird, but the concept is AMAZING! It’s a walipini! Have you ever heard of it before? This solves a lot of problems for us in the Northern Hemisphere. A walipini is an underground greenhouse. In general, it’s a wide trench, six to eight feet deep, with a slanted, plastic roof. […]

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November 10, 2013


Find the Kitty Friday, Again!

Betcha it will take you a minute. Did you find her? By the way, did you happen to notice my beee-yoo-teeful bookshelves? I can’t remember if I bragged about them on this blog or on the social networks *blush* but we are so very happy they actually turned out OK! Miracles do happen!! And we […]

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November 7, 2013

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Winter Cleaning Prep: Tips For a Sparkly, Holiday Home!

This post brought to you by North American Property Services. All opinions are 100% mine. Winter is here, and it’s a great time to do some deep cleaning to help keep your home germ-free. North American Property Services, one of the top janitorial service companies in the United States, has ten key tips for cleaning […]

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October 25, 2013


Find the Kitty Friday!

It’s cooooooold. So where do you think she could be?! Look a little closer. Ah! Yes, of course! If you like this post, please share it!

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October 12, 2013

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Harvesting Apples

Am I the only one who finds grocery store produce bland? For years, I never noticed how bland and uninteresting that shelf-laden stuff is until I planted my own stuff. I just ate it (or my dad forced me to eat it!) and thought nothing of it. But what a difference your own produce makes! […]

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October 11, 2013


Bookcases – DONE!

And thus finalizes my living room magnus opus: the 17-foot-long, 9-foot-high sets of bookcases made of oak. Voila! It’s my first *real* carpentry project. There were a number of bumps along the way and it took me a full year to finally complete everything… but it’s done! And you can probably see that I still […]

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