Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Every Girl Loves Some Sparkle!- (without the mess!)

What little girl doesn't love glitter! Well, I love to scrapbook and am still infatuated with glitter. Here are a few pieces I recently worked on.

Here's the key to my glittered pieces. I am always trying to do better and more with my shapes and how detailed I can get them with glitter and glitter alone. Now my secret is to use a nice thick glue...I prefer mod podge- which you can get at any craft store or even wal-mart.

Then I glitter the area...let dry for a good few hours. Handle as little as possiable! I prefer the super-fine glitter for most projects. Then I take a clear acrylic sealer spray also available everywhere and spray the shapes evenly and be sure to get along the edges. Let them sit for a few hours. Now most of the sprays do smell so I do this on the porch.....then they can dry and air out a bit so as to not smell up the house....keep in mind it will not stink after a bit! Promise!

Now you have great looking glittered pieces- by the way this works on just about every type of material....so go nuts!!!!! I use stencils to do clothes and shoes for my 3year old to add sparkle to her items as well....cause she loves glitter to!

Also, the sealers come in flat and glossy....and the glitter does not use any of its sparkle or anything after being sprayed, actually makes the glitter more intense....but it does stay in place...with none rubbing off onto scrapbook pages or your hands or anything! Its just great!

Just thought I'd share! More helpful hints to come!

The Price of a Mom

The price of a mom: $138,095

A report assigns a salary to a stay-at-home mother, based on the jobs she does in a normal week.What's a mom worth?According to one report, $138,095 a year.

That's the figure in a study put out by Salary.com, which calculates the wages that would have been paid a stay-at-home mom in 2007 if she were compensated for all the elements of her "job." That total was up 3% from 2006's salary of $134,121.Moms who have jobs outside the house would earn another $85,939 for their mothering work, beyond what they bring home in existing salary.

Talk back: What's your "mom work" worth?The job descriptions that Salary.com used to determine a mom's salary includes 10 jobs that moms do on an average day: housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, CEO and psychologist.

Plenty of overtime In calculating a mom's wages, Salary.com looked at the "overtime" that both working and stay-at-home moms put in each week."Mom works multiple jobs and rarely gets a break from the action, working an average of 52 hours of overtime," said Bill Coleman, senior vice president at Salary.com, in a statement.

According to the Salary.com survey, stay-at-home moms work a 92-hour week, with more than half the workweek spent in overtime. Working moms, meanwhile, logged more than nine hours of "overtime," with an average 49-hour "mom" work week -- on top of their full-time paying jobs.

For the Salary.com survey, more than 40,000 moms quantified their hours per job description; Salary.com benchmarked the median salaries for each job to the national median salary for each position as reported by employers. The final salary was calculated by weighting the salaries and hours worked in each role.

Updated Oct. 1, 2008

I just thought this was very interesting...makes me feel a bit better...always knowing I do alot but also being "worth" more compared to years ago when people gave being a stay at home mom or work at home mom no value at all other than it being an obligation! I choose to be here and lvoe every minute and love knowing hmmmmm I would actualy make alot of money...lol