Applying for a New Job in 5 Simple Steps

Since I have graduated college at Penn State in Spring of 2012, I have worked in 4 different full-time teaching jobs in 3 different states.  I have also worked in 3 different part-time jobs in 2 different states.  In order to continue to set myself up for success, I need to organize my previous employment information.  I am currently applying for jobs where I am moving in Pennsylvania.  Here is what I do:

  1.  Organize your files-use a file cabinet and computer folders into categories according to previous places of work/company names.  Then add number of years worked there and dates.  I also add the state in the title because I move os much!  For example, I have “Montessori 2012-2013.”
  2. Get your important letters-fill your folder with important documents that pertain to the job you have worked in.  I put my recommendation letters and letters of service.
  3. Add certificates-get any important certifications or test scores for the state or job you were working for.
  4. Buy resume paper-update your resume adding your latest job and skill information.
  5. Time to write-make sure you get your cover letter written to match and highlight your resume.  Just remember, you will want to personalize it to the job title/position and company you are applying for.  So each time you apply or print this letter, be sure to make appropriate changes.

Now you are ready to get online and search for job openings!  I personally like using Indeed and SchoolSpring for the teachers out there!  Keeping all of this organized helps me easily apply for new jobs each time I move.  I believe that finding the next step in your career stems from organizing your credentials from your past career(s).

How To Store & Treasure Your Big Wedding Day in Small Boxes


After your big day, what do you do with all your big stuff???  That was my big question after tying the knot with my husband.  The day after my wedding had ended, the venue had packed up my car with boxes of things that had to be returned to me.  I was very overwhelmed and of course, sad it was over.  I wanted to keep all of my memorabilia.

It took me about a year to get it all organized to store.  I couldn’t part with my beautiful bouquet of flowers.  I kept them in the refrigerator until they all died.  I kept them about a full month.  I had my pictures of my both sets of grandparents still in my bouquet along with my “something borrowed” gold pin from my mother-in-law.  I also saved my husband’s boutonniere.  Then, I found a deep shadowbox. that I could pin these flowers in to save forever.  My plan is to hang it in my closet in my new home.

I used a brown box to save all my wedding day fun (my fans for the hot day of the ceremony, glow sticks, sunglasses, hats, specialty napkins, etc.)  Then, I bought small, pretty storage boxes for my personal wedding outfits.  I have one for my hair and jewelry from my wedding day.  I also added my invitation on top and some white flowers from gifts to keep to make it look fun and special when I visit my box.  I also have a “bachelorette” box.  I wasn’t ready to let go of my fun weekend with the girls!

My wedding dress is in an archived box after being cleaned.  And, my wedding shoes are in one of my special plastic shoe storage boxes that I have written about in my “shoes organization” post.

I had such an amazing wedding, and now I get to revisit it in my many boxes!  (Just to clarify, there are 6 boxes in total of wedding memories!)

You can re-create my wedding storage on Amazon!  These ways are super easy and affordable!




A Lonely Move


Have you ever felt like half of you is missing when you significant other is gone?  Have you spent time counting down the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until you can be re-united?

This is how my husband and I are handling our current move-ALONE.  Since the movers have come, my husband is finishing his work in Rhode Island, and I am spending time at my parents’ house in New Jersey.  It has been a full week since we have seen each other.  We won’t be re-united until the end of this week.

We are counting down util we can see each other again.  It is always hard to be apart, but it feels especially difficult when you are making a huge life change as a couple, but you are taking the journey on your own.  I am currently living out of suitcases, boxes, and bags of pieces of my life that aren’t in a moving truck.  And my husband is living out of suitcases in a hotel.

The closing date on our house is February 23.  We are anxiously awaiting moving into our house.  In preparation, we are going to begin getting some new things for our house. The first order of business this coming weekend is purchasing a mailbox that adheres to the guidelines of the HOA in our neighborhood.  We are going to begin budgeting for items to furnish and decorate our new house.

Since I had to quit my teaching job in Rhode Island for this move, we are currently living on one income until I get a new job.  So I really need to make sure that I am sticking with our budget to make our house warm and beautiful.

I will keep you posted on my budget as I tackle the job of making our bare house a home!

Top 5 Things You Need to Know When Considering Where to Move


  1. Spend a weekend-stay at a hotel or Air B&B where you are thinking of living
  2. Live like the locals-check out the local grocery stores, breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, and exercise spots (ex. Yoga or health/fitness clubs)
  3. Meander around-drive and walk around town as much as possible. Think about what you are looking for in your move and the stage in life.  For example, are you looking to live by young professionals, young families, empty nesters, or a retirement community
  4. Make sure it’s safe-go online and look up crime rates in the area
  5. Location, location, location-is there a long commute?  How close are you to your work?  How long are you from the best restaurants and shopping?

Car Catastrophe

My car was so crowded with all of my bags and boxes organized by category.  The only way to get them all to fit was to just pile them on top of each other.  It was very overwhelming to see this morning!

The reason that my car was packed is because I am headed to my parents’ house.  A great tip to save money and get to visit your family is to temporarily move-in with them during a move.  My husband and I are both only children and are so lucky to be close with our parents.  My parents are from New Jersey and my husband’s parents are from Pennsylvania.

I am driving to my parent’s house in New Jersey 12 days ahead of my husband.  He will be meeting me here when he completes his job in Rhode Island.  He is currently staying at a hotel.  Once he is finished working, he will join me at my parents’ for a few nights so we can avoid hotel night fees on our own dime.  We will head to Pennsylvania on the Monday morning of his first “official” day of work at his new job.

My car was packed to the gills with all of my valuable like my file cabinet (yes the entire file cabinet), my wedding dress in an archived box, my wedding boxes of memorabilia, my purses, and my jewelry.  All of these valuables would be stored safely at my parents’ house during these 12 days as opposed to a hotel parking lot.  Staying in New Jersey also gives me lots of time to get things done and get my life organized since the move.  I am finally able to unload my car and get into a cozy house with furniture, space, and cable tv!  So exciting.  And the best part is I get to visit with my parents.

Pro-tip: If possible, rely on family and/or friends during an extended moving period.  This will save you money from staying in a hotel and will give you some extra bonding time!


Moving Bloopers

Hey everyone!  I always share about all the right tips to help you move and get organized.  Today I wanted to share a moving blooper with you.  My husband and I both have our cars in Rhode Island packed and ready to drive.  Like I have discussed in my previous posts, our cars are filled with our most valuable items:my wedding dress, purses, jewelry, and of course our bags of clothes and toiletries to live out of for about a month.  The last things that we had to jam in our cars were all of the liquids the packers wouldn’t pack.  The packers left us some boxes for this.

What I haven’t told you is since my husband travels so much for work, he collects hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, etc.  Basically anything the hotel will give you for FREE during your stay.  He collects them each night he stays in a hotel.  Multiply this by TWO years and that is the amount we have collected.  I told my husband that he is a hoarder-but he would argue otherwise.  These soaps are in our guest bathroom.  We often get compliments on our wide variety from our guests.  This also saves us money so we don’t have to provide soaps for guests.

So back to the blooper, my husband and I were trying to get ready to drive our cars out of the apartment parking deck earlier.  He was re-arranging some boxes in his car for the drive.  He was trying to get a box to fit behind his driver seat, and he was growing frustrated.  He continued to jam the box in this tight space causing the bottom of the box to get squeezed by the backseat and driver seat.  All of a sudden, a flood of the precious soaps and hair products that he had been saving were flowing out the bottom of the box. Unluckily, they were not just falling out, but falling on the parking deck ground and under the car.  My husband was in panic and started trying to wiggle the box up and out which caused the rest of the contents to fall out.  This was what we were left to clean up.


We were able to recover the box and use tape to refold and sturdy the box.  It took us about 15 minutes to crawl around the group and pick them up all and re-pack the car.  My husband was so happy we were able to re-cover them.  They were undamaged and my husband is a very happy man.  The weekend has been saved!

I would love to hear any funny moving bloopers that you all might have had along the way.  Please leave me your stories here.  I can’t wait to read them!

Moving Day 1 Completed


Ok, so today the packers got to my apartment at 8:30 a.m.  It was great timing!  They were able to come and start packing ASAP.  The catch is, there were only 2 packers!  I couldn’t believe it!  Like literally couldn’t believe it, after they walked in, I kept holding the door open and they had to tell me I could close the door because no one else was coming.  They were very nice and were working hard.  Something that I didn’t think of was the WIFI.  Packers like listening to music on their headphones while packing and I had already returned my cable boxes and internet a few days ago!  So, I put on my personal hotspot and let them use that to play their music.

They started packing room by room and did a great job.  Around 11 a.m. the packers for our tv’s and vase came.  Yes, the moving companies have to hire separate people for this. They pack these items very carefully.  They left a little before noon.  Around noon the movers were getting hungry, so I ordered a pizza for them and a salad for me.

Around 4, the packers were wrapping up.  There were lots of liquids that weren’t able to be packed by this company.  So they left me boxes so I could pack them and drive them there-back to the crazy car game of how much can we jam in and still see?  So I just finished packing boxes of bathroom soaps, all my candles, any room sprays, light bulbs, kitchen soaps, and laundry and cleaning supplies-phew!

The packers forgot to do a couple things that I found when they left.  They forgot to pack a few of my dishes and they forgot to pack the shower curtain rings.  Oh and by accident they packed one of my zippered boxspring protector!  I had to tear open a box to get my zippered protector out.  The reason I didn’t put it on yet was because my husband and I were planning on sleeping in our apartment for our last night.  But, I got amazing news from my husband today-instead of sitting on our floor all night with no cable, internet, or areas to sit besides our bed, he got us a hotel!  This is so much fun-I get to watch tv!  Also, there is no room for us to stay here.

Now it’s about 5:30 and my husband is home from work and I’m finishing laundry and wiping down the apartment.  Movers will be here at 8 a.m. tomorrow!  I can’t wait to get to the hotel and relax tonight!  What a day!


(excuse the dark pictures-they took our light bulbs out of our lights so we only have lights from our living room and bathroom working)