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Found a Diamond in the Desert!!!

We recently had the pleasure of dealing with Blue Diamond Air Solutions when we realized our HVAC air filters were in need of replacement.  

From the moment they arrived they were very kind and professional.  They worked quickly to pull the old, dirty filters out, clean the cover, degrease the air intake vent and finally place the new filters.  I was surprised at how instant and noticeable the increased airflow through each vent was.  They also explained the many benefits of keeping a clean filter, including much cleaner air to breathe and reduction in energy costs due to higher efficiency of the increased airflow.  Being the mother of a child with allergies, the cleaner air is a HUGE benefit and a relief to me.  Our son even got a kick out of the installation, saying it looked like we had a ghostbuster in our house! 

"Who you gonna call?"

“Who you gonna call?”

They recommend changing the filters quarterly or if there are pets in the home, bi-monthly.  The overall cost for us would only be $30 each time! ($5 per filter and a $20 service fee).  BDAS has been in business for a little over six months but they were very knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions I had for them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone I know. You can find them:

Online: http://www.bluediamondair.net/

Facebook: Blue Diamond Air Solutions

IG: @bluediamondair

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Online Dating is a Full Time Job That Doesn’t Pay Well

online dating, single mom, single dad, hazards of online dating, expectationsWait, it doesn’t even pay to date online. In fact, you’re just waiting and hoping for the possibility of the bonus to last a lifetime. Well, eventually anyway! In case you missed it, I am officially back on the market! I think it took me a record two weeks of ‘seeing what’s out there’ to be more or less over it! I know, I know, “Don’t give up!” & “You can’t let a few setbacks turn you off to the whole idea entirely”…blah blah blah…I cannot become a jaded single online dater this early in the game. (No, I don’t think this is a game – I’m serious about finding the One.) I just need to revisit my profile page and maybe tweak my search to draw the proper potential suitors into the realm of possibility.

How exactly am I presenting myself? Do I sound needy? I really go back and forth on this: I’m a single mom. That is a fact. I am not saying I am a victim. I honestly think my son is one of the best parts of me. He is always going to be the center of my universe. Perhaps a single dad is really the way to go. There is actually a setting in one dating app that allows you to set the criteria of only dating single parents. I am actually fine if someone is my age and does not have any children, but if they say they do not want a child, I am obviously not that woman for you. So let’s see, am I boring? I see all these world travelers and entrepreneurs and I have an outdated passport and can barely spell ‘entrepreneur’! I sometimes shy away from approaching the over-achiever wondering if the agree that a movie on the couch with a great bottle of wine and cuddle buddy sounds divine. Would I want to date me? I am not quite sure what parts of me to really sell or if I am secretly hoping it comes out in our witty exchange over emails. Speaking of emails…
Do I need to evolve my strategy to immediately give my phone number out? I have gotten into some debates about whether or not this is the best practice. Mostly, from men who want my number and I do not feel comfortable giving it to them. For one, I like my phone number. I am attached to my phone on a daily basis and cannot imagine having to ditch my number to avoid someone. I have heard horror stories so I have been erring on the side of caution for this specific rule. I figured if I meet you in person, say for coffee or a juice date, and we feel like we can move forward from that first interlude, then yes, exchanging

If I had only seen this before launching my search...

If I had only seen this before launching my search…

numbers at that time sounds perfect. I have a tendency to be too polite and in sticking to this policy, I have gotten some strange reactions that truly surprised me. One man thought it be a good time to insult me by saying that I “must only date psychos if I am worried about divulging too much personal information” and another man (I should really say boy since he is more than ten years my junior, but that is a separate blog post…something with “Cougar” in the title…) simply asked if we could exchange numbers so he could send me pictures A-hem, of himself…that he promised I would like it…and other not so subtle suggestions. Now, let’s just be clear here. I am no prude – in fact, exchanging sexy pictures can be…well, sexy! But I would not do that with just anyone, let alone a complete stranger! How weird…
This process is surely helping me become focused and clear about what I am looking for and what I am not. I am not going to compromise myself, I am too old for that! I am set on certain things, but not on others. I know there is someone out there for me and I am hopeful I will meet him – whether it is online or off! Wish me luck!
What sort of parameters do you set for yourself? Would you have found your current love if you had stuck to your ‘plan’?!