Month: May 2007

Road to Success

Philippians 4:13 — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The road to success is not straight.

There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family.

You will have flats called jobs.

But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, Insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.

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Which end did THAT come from?

My son, who reminds us daily that he is going to be FIVE! YEARS! OLD! in three months told me tonight as he was looking at his plate that he no longer wishes to eat beans because they make his bootie (our term for butt) sore.

I asked him how beans could possibly make his bootie hurt when he rarely eats them anyway. My husband smiled knowingly from his end of the couch and said to me, “Instinct.”

To which my son replied, “Yeah, mom…end stinks!”

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Tonight my husband called me from Wal-Mart to tell me about two sing-along Veggie Tales movies that he thought our kids would like.

As he was reading the description on the back to me, someone came over the intercom and said, “Bob and Larry, please come to the Garden Center right away.”

It doesn’t get any better than that, people. THAT is entertainment.

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“, Inc. a leading provider of on-demand compensation management solutions, announced today the 2007 Mom Salary survey. Based on its survey of more than 40,000 mothers, determined that the time mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual salary of $138,095 for a stay-at-home mom. This is a three percent increase over the 2006 salary of $134,121, but still nearly one percentage point below employers’ predictions of an average 3.9 percent annual pay increase, according to a survey. Working mom’s “at-home” salary is $85,939 in 2007— an increase of only $63 from last year; this is in addition to the salary they earn in the workplace.

This is’s 7th year looking at the value of mom’s work, and there’s always a surprise element,” said Bill Coleman, senior vice president and chief compensation officer at “Mom works multiple jobs and rarely gets a break from the action, working an average of 52 hours of overtime. The lower-than-average merit increase reflects that many of the ‘mom jobs’ are not as highly valued as the management, non-exempt and executive jobs performed by most U.S. employees.”

A large portion of mom’s salary is from the amount of overtime worked. According to the survey, stay-at-home moms work a 92 hour “workweek” – more than half her time spent on the job is overtime. Working moms, however, logged more than nine hours of overtime for an average 49 hour mom workweek, beyond their full-time paying jobs.”

So who’s going to pay mom’s salary? Similac has stepped up to the challenge and is holding a “Similac Mom’s $135K Payday” contest. Click on the link above to enter.

And this is my FAVORITE. THING. EVER. You can print a check for mom (complete with paystub) since Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

Use the Mom Salary Wizard to create a paycheck that allows you to price the “mom job” based on your location and personal hours worked in each of the 10 roles. You can even email it if you want.

So there ya have it. I would be tickled to earn $135K a year to do what I love, but then again…I must love it, because I’m doing it for free.

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Since this week’s WFMW is about Birthday tips, I thought I’d share with you two things I have found that really work for me.

Don’t you hate it when the cake is cut and all anybody is waiting for is a scoop of ice cream? One way I save time is to scoop it beforehand. Place each scoop in a paper baking cup and place the cups in a muffin tin. Place the tin in the freezer, pull it out right before serving and drop the baking cups onto waiting plates.

I used to make goody bags for every little guest that would come, but after tallying up the cost, I realized I was spending somewhere between $5-7 on each bag! Instead, I pick a game (like Uno) or a toy (like a frisbee) and have a bunch in a basket and each child gets one before they leave. I just think this is something they are more likely to use and maybe they’ll remember their friend when they play with it.

Do you have anything that works for you? Head on over to Shannon’s for more WFMW Birthday tips!

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