Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him And Her

custom made jewelryValentine’s Day is already stressing on its own. And we don’t want you keep getting stressing on what to give your loved ones when there are other things to think of such as what to wear on Valentine’s Day, where to go on valentines and so much Valentine’s Day stuff.
The most treasured gifts are those that have been well thought out. They are personalized. This year, turn this day into a really memorable event with some of this personal gifts.

Private Movie Screening

This valentine gift highly depends on the region you live in and the theaters that are in close proximity. Request to talk to the movie theater manager and ask for a private screening. This is often done in the afternoons before other movies start. It may cost you about $50-$100, but be sure you speak to the manager. I have friends who have done this and I highly recommend it. It’s really a unique Valentine’s Day gift.

Custom Made Jewelry

Jewelry is one gift you may want to avoid giving as its quite common, but you can customize it which can make it really meaningful. Pick your partners favorite earrings, necklaces or rings and take them to your local jeweler. Ask your jeweler to personalize what you have. This way, your partner will feel you actually gave it a thought. You just didn’t rush into a shop to buy a box of jewelry.

Photo Book

There are lots of websites that will create photo books from uploaded photos. I’ve actually done this and it’s straightforward and simple to upload photos and create a book. You can customize the pages, text boxes, page formatting and captions. In the end, you will have made a personal photo book for your partner that has lots of memories of your relationship.

photo book

Well-designed T-Shirt Quilt

A lot of people have lots of t-shirts in their closets. Often, we don’t get to wear them as we are afraid that they will get ruined or they have perhaps stopped fitting and we are hoping they will fit again. There are companies that will make those unused t-shirts quilts so you can still use them.

Wine of the Month Club

If you loved one loves wine, why not get them a wine of the month club subscription? These clubs provide a great deal of personification when it comes to the types of wines that are shipped right to your door step. You can add a beautiful wine rack to this gift. Wine racks are affordable and they come in different stylish designs to match any kitchen and dining room. Wine clubs are usually offered through memberships which are purchased annually. Some companies will provide the option for several years, but I think one year subscription is great.

Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your loved ones. Do not obsess so much on the gift especially if you can’t afford it. You can as well stay indoors, cook some nice dinner and enjoy. But if you have to give a gift, make it personalized and meaningful. It does matter.

How To Succeed In Your Job Interview

job interview tipsRecently, I was in the job market, searching for a job and though I finally landed a job, there are a few things that I learned. I would love to share with you how you can succeed in your job interview whether you are a recent graduate or one who has been in several interview panels. I know interviews are quite intimidating but with good preparation, you can get over any fears. Here are some tips to help you ace that interview you are dreading.

Enough preparation is vital

A basic interview tip is to appear smart, clean and on time. No matter how you think your unique way of dressing matters, it’s important to keep it official.

Carry out research on the company

Before you go for your interview, ensure you thoroughly research the company. This research may include what they do, team structure, the company’s values and culture and even their competitors. Familiarize yourself with your interviewer so that you have some prior understanding of their exact role in the company and the type of professional relationship you may have with them in case you land the job.

You will impress the interviewer if you know about the company’s past , any ongoing projects and can share some innovative ideas on how you can be of importance to them in their operations.

Your Body language speaks volumes

candidates in a job interview
Body language can easily tell a lot about what you are actually thinking or feeling. Pay a keen attention to your interviewer’s behavior to assess how the interview is progressing. If you notice they are fidgeting, this is a clear sign that they are beginning to lose interest in what you are saying so it’s best to conclude. Still, if they cross their arms, it’s likely they are uncomfortable. Check your body language too as your interest in the job can be interpreted by the way you present yourself.
Eye contact is also important so that you can establish a connection with your interviewer and it makes you look sure of what you are saying. Keep minimal direct eye contact as too much of it may look like you are challenging your interviewer.

Check requirements

Carefully read all the information about the interview and ensure you have all the necessary items they have requested you to bring. Don’t do this the last minute as you may not be able to find a vital document that you need.

Answer the Interviewer’s Questions

Lastly, ensure you give answers for the questions that are being asked. You may think you are on the right track, but it’s so easy for interviewees who are inexperienced to say a lot when responding to a question without actually realizing that they have not answered it. Do not also be afraid of asking the interviewer to clarify a question especially if you did not understand what they meant. Then try to answer it concisely without offering too much information that’s not necessary. If they need more, they will definitely ask for it.

Tips For Landing Your Dream Job

find your dream jobAbout four months ago, I was in a new city, with no job…I had to begin the search for a job all over again. And you all know nowadays jobs are hard to come by. But I’m glad I was finally able to get a job as a personal assistant and I love it. There are a few things I learned in my search for a new job that I’d love to share with you…
So where do you begin? Here are the simple tips that will help you get that job you want.

Update your resume

Your resume should have all the important information. If you have worked before, update your resume to show your most recent jobs. If you are straight from college, include all the activities you were involved in while in college.
While still searching for a job, keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry you are interested in. Your resume should also contain any new skills you have acquired on your job search. For instance, if you are a bank teller and have learned book keeping after your graduation, be sure to mention it on your resume.

Don’t stop applying for the many jobs advertised

A job search is really tiring and one can get tempted to slow down or easily give up. But bear in mind that every job you apply for is always a new opportunity and every new experience allows you to determine what works for other applications in the future.

Be open minded

You may always have a perfect picture of your dream job in mind, but a successful search for a job after college needs you to be flexible. Broaden your search to different other positions in the same field or other different jobs that need similar skill sets like the job you want.

Being open minded will enable you to open other possibilities that will give you more options. Attending interviews for different jobs instead of only your favorites provides you with more practice and preparation for other interviews.

Maintain your job network

Always keep in touch with people who are in the same career as you are. Whether they are past co-workers, friends or family; this can be a great way to learn about new opportunities that you may not see advertised in any job boards.dream job
Always update your friends from college on your job search and also get to know other people seeking for jobs. Keeping in touch with your job contacts even after college will help them to always remember you when a new opportunity arises which they think you might be interested in.

Be on the lookout for career fairs

Job fairs allow you to interact one-on- one with hiring managers giving you the opportunity to ask any questions that will match your skills with their companies. There are lots of websites that have lists of job fairs all over the US.

Apply to several jobs each week and remain up to date with the contacts you have made in the course of your job search. Remaining focused and positive is the best way to ensure your job search is truly productive.

Not Always Half Full

Now that the weekend is over, I finally have some dirt on this city. Today was my first day of work and it was sorta blah and made me angry. I will be spending the next two weeks training, although I am almost 100% sure that if I were in japan or hong kong, where company/worker efficiency is taken seriously, i could be done with training in 1 week. I’m not saying that what they are covering is easy or should be taken lightly, but all that “company etiquette” and mumbo jumbo on “kitchen rules” could probably be summed up in 1 bullet, rather than 5. And I am thinking that the point of having hard-copy documents is so that I can read the information, I am not so hearing impaired that I require an auditory-copy of the powerpoint presentation. AND, I think that “Don’t give anyone your email password” is sorta redundant and um. i dunno, redundant.

Ok fine. i’m just pissy because i am used to 10(30)-5ish work hours with a 1.5 hour lunch break. I am certainly not ok with being told I need to look at some youtube videos 20 minutes past my supposed departure time. Blah. Why do BR talk so freaking much?

blahblahahblabh. i’m complaining today, leave me alone.
OH and when did a carton of soft tofu become $2.40?!? WHen WHEN?! whine whine whine. I miss my cheap asian groceries. Does anyone know if TJs in the city is as cheap as CA?
needless to say, I miss this guy:

Not Always Half Full

On Weddings And Personal Relations

I bought my mom 2 tickets to see jersey boys for mothers day, hopefully the music will help her relive the good old days. but seriously, who really needs cultural events when we have people getting married and each trying to make theirs memorable and “something special.” weddings are hard work. i’ve never planned one, but i stress out planning a simple dinner party for 2, so multiplied by 150-200 and my head is spinning around with steam billowing from my ears..much like grandpa from ‘the munsters’. (now the theme song is in my head: dee neer neer neer neer neeer nerrr etcetc) so, a thousand points to all brides. i am under the assumption that when planning a wedding, its very easy to get boggled down by the intricacies: flowers are magenta instead of merlot, linens are cream beige instead of cottage cream, i wanted 3×5 cards, not 4×6!! etc..etc… in all honesty, it seems very hard to throw a “bad” wedding, and very easy to throw a typical one…one that people will sort of remember. looking back at the collection of weddings i’ve been to, i can honestly say that its one big blur. i’m sorry, i dont mean to offend. maybe i dont have attn to detail?

well, the last few weddings i have been to have been somewhat ’special’ in that one had one of the maids of honor, also a reknown salsa dancer change into her dancing spandex and teach the guests how to salsa. i guess thats one way of getting ppl on the dance floor. more recently, i went to a wedding that replecated all the hoopla and gander of chinese tradition by including dragon dance along w/ percussionist to complement the brides change into a chi-pao. interesting and unique, but also kinda cheesy, in my opinion.

i’m not a fan of the choreographed 1st dance, especially when the dancers are asian. lets face it, were good at math and cleaning meat off bones, but dancing is something best left to the more limber races, ie. latino/as and blacks. it is espeically awkward to see a couple waltzing to modern day ballads. i’m just saying. …

Money Saving Tips For Moms

Being a mom, you need to keep your family well taken care of in terms of their finances, food and all that other stuff that comes with being mommy. Most times, you find that spending time with your kids can stretch the family budget way beyond and you don’t want to go there every time. If you are a stay at home mom, saving each penny is more important because you are living off on one paycheck. That has been my case.

Recently, I had to quit my job to take care of our two boys. This means we are now four people depending on one pay check. I can tell it has not been easy living off my husband’s pay check when we can barely afford it, but I would never trade all those magic moments I share with my little boys as they grow up.
So here are the things I’m doing to save my family expenses. You too can!

Making my own toys

making toys at home
I know you are probably wondering how you can get time to sit down and make a toy while you barely have time to shower. Well, it’s actually possible to have some spare time if you plan your day ahead. By making your own toys, you get double fun with your kids. The kids will enjoy the time spend making crafts and they will also have a new toy to play with once they are done.

Clip Coupons

As a mom, you can save lots of money on groceries. When you use coupons, it’s usually like you have been given a bag of money absolutely free of charge. Coupons can now easily be found online apart from the newspapers. So grab that opportunity. They are not only limited to groceries. You can use them for computers, clothes and so many other things.

Avoid eating out often

Having one lunch or dinner out every week provides something for the kids to look forward to. However, it’s good to limit it to just once in a week or even twice in a month. Still, you don’t have to go to the most expensive restaurants.

Go to the ATM only once in a week

Pick a particular day in the week to go to the ATM and withdraw your week’s cash. When the money runs out before the week ends, then it’s gone. Do not visit the ATM again. If there is any money left, keep it and take out less money in the week that follows.

Buy in Bulk

Form a group of moms in your area and go to the market and buy in bulk, that’s what I do with a couple of my friends. We like to shop at wholesalers and then divide the stuff among ourselves when we get home. This way, we are able to save lots of money.

in the kitchen with my son
As a stay at home mom, I have learnt to distribute the little money that my husband makes and even have some left to save for a rainy day. Are you are working or stay at home mom? What are your top money saving tips? I’d love to hear from you my readers!

How Do I Teach My Kids How To Save

ipad savings-jarMy son loves saving money! Yeah! Isn’t that every parents wish? Well, I think mine has started to learn this important virtue early and I’m glad he has. He loves watching dollars pile on his recycled home bank and when it’s time to take it to the bank, he is always excited. This is one thing I want to teach his little brother when he grows up.
I know you are probably wondering how I actually taught him this important skill. Well it has not being an overnight thing; it’s something that even up to date we still teach him. Any mom would agree with me that money is hard to come by these days and the earlier you start teaching your kids money saving tips, then you can rest assured of raising adults who know how to take care of their finances.
One thing though is that you must make saving fun for your kids. Furthermore, the earlier you start teaching your kids how to save money, the better they will be. Even a toddler can do it, but you will have to start teaching them in a simple way. As your child grows up, you can start bringing up other complicated methods of savings.
Here are some ways you can start teaching your kids how to save.

Let your kids work for their money

When they are really young, they will not be able to do any chores, but you can still start teaching them how to save money. However, from 2 years, they can start to do some small chores such as putting dishes in the kitchen sink. Although it may be wise to wait until they are 5years before you can start giving them an allowance, encouraging then to do some house chores is a great thing.
Your child will start to learn and appreciate the value of money once they start to work for it. These house chores are a great way to teach them.

Be a good example

Young kids thrive my imitating what their parents are doing, so if they see you saving, they will want to start saving. You can have your own savings jar next to theirs to make it a fun activity. I always budget for the weekly groceries with my kids and they know how much we need every week for groceries.

Allow them to make money spending mistakes

Now that you have given your kids the chance to earn money and they have saved some, allow them to make mistakes. When I go out shopping, I always tell my son to bring along his money so that he can spend it on what he wants (limited though!). This way he learns how to spend what he has saved but within reason. Sometimes I let him buy cheap toys that break even before we get home. This creates some way for me to explain to him about quality.

Use Different Jars

how to teach kids saving
You already know envelop budgeting system for your own money, but did you know it can still work for your kids? Let your kid draw pictures of what they are saving for. Explain to them that some items may require that they save for longer.

Reward them for saving money

When your kid hits their target, be generous and reward them. You can offer specific prizes for your kids. This way you will motivate your child and they will be happy to save.
It has worked with my first son and I’m slowly teaching the younger one. Your kids will thank you later so teach them.