Thanksgiving preparation tips to make your celebration flawless

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Can you believe it? It is almost Thanksgiving. We aren’t really sure what happened with the last few months, but they are flying by. But, this is no time to panic. You have plenty of time to create the perfect holiday feast.

Since time is of the essence, we thought you might want a little help with organizing your time up until the big day.  So we consulted the pros, the LiveSquire Mavens, and put together the perfect schedule for your dinner prep. Here is what we suggest to keep you on track:

One week ahead:

  • Confirm your guest list.
  • Check to make sure you have enough tables and chairs for your guests.
  • Make sure you have all of the serving dishes, flatware, and glassware that you need.
  • Clean the items that need to be washed, so they are ready for the big day.
  • Finish up the decorations.
  • Buy your nonperishable food items.
  • If children are coming, collect items to keep them entertained.
  • Check thawing time on the turkey to make sure you give it plenty of time to thaw.
  • Thaw the turkey when it is appropriate.
  • Start deep cleaning and organizing the house
  • Create a plan for dinner leftovers. Get containers for storage.

Two days ahead:

  • Put all of the beverages in the refrigerator so they will be chilled for dinner.
  • If you are getting real flowers for the table, today is the day to buy them.
  • Make a trip to the store to grab all of those perishable items you will need for cooking.
  • Clean your vegetables. Slice and prep the vegetables that won’t brown.
  • If you are making it homemade, today is the day to make the cranberry sauce.
  • Put up your decorations if you haven’t already.

One day ahead

  • Prepare the ingredients for the stuffing.
  • Peel and place potatoes in a pot of cold water. Put the pot in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare any dishes that can be done early. Desserts can almost always be made early.
  • Do a light round of house cleaning and make sure there are extra paper goods for the bathroom.
  • Set the table exactly how you want it.
  • Set-up the area where the drinks and desserts will be, don’t forget to include cups, flatware, and plates.
  • Find a place for your guests to put their coats and handbags.

The big day

  • Start the day by cooking the turkey. Make sure to follow the directions.
  • Assign someone to answer the door, so that you won’t have to worry about it while cooking.
  • Finish preparation for the side dishes and start cooking.
  • Fill condiment dishes with items you may need. Cover them and put them in the refrigerator until they are needed.
  • If you run out of burner spaces, heat up side dishes in the microwave quickly.
  • Heat rolls and other bread items before dinner and as needed.
  • Pour the drinks and slice the turkey.
  • Enjoy !

 

If you don’t have time to do all of these things and believe me we understand, we have personal assistants that will help you get everything ready for the big day.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

S.O.S., can someone please help me?

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Have you ever felt like you’ve been stuck on a desert island with a ton of things to do, but no one can help? How would you like to have a lifeboat available anytime you needed it? Instead of collecting all of the rocks to write S.O.S. in the sand and hoping for a plane to fly by, you can send it to us. LifeSquire spent a year building that lifeboat just for you.

Now you can send all of the LifeSquire personal assistants an S.O.S. request, and we will send all of the support you need. S.O.S. help is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.  seven days a week. This service is all possible through our app. You can download it right now from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Sign up

If you are a current client, you should already have access to the app, but we are also allowing others to use us for the S.O.S. feature. To request access to this service, send an email request to info@lifesquire.com.

Do you need help?

When you use the S.O.S. button, a notification will go out to all of our personal assistants that you need help immediately. One of the LifeSquires will accept and stop what they are doing to get to your request immediately.  Rest assured that your task will be fulfilled without delay.   Here are examples of how this new feature can help you:

  • Your children forgot their lunch or school project at home.
  • You have a meeting or have to work late, and your children need to be picked up from school or daycare.
  • It’s time to celebrate a birthday or anniversary and need a gift immediately.
  • You are planning a date night or dinner meeting and need reservations.
  • A great party is happening, and you are running low on cups, ice, beverages, etc. for the event.
  • After visiting your doctor, you need to have your prescriptions to be picked up.
  • When your major appliances need repair, and you need someone to schedule or meet them at your home.
  • You the S.O.S.  when you need last minute babysitting.
  • You need an item shipped immediately.
  • Your catering order for a luncheon needs to be ordered and picked up.
  • You’re getting ready for an important function, and your dry cleaning is still at the shop.

Learn more

If you want to find out more about the LifeSquire app and the S.O.S capabilities, please visit our FAQ page or feel free to contact us for more information.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist.

Fall is for fun: October happenings in Oklahoma City

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Different places around the Oklahoma City Metro are jumping on board with the changing weather and are hosting fall events. From outdoor pumpkin patches to haunted houses, there are so many things to do this season. So grab your comfiest sweater, your pumpkin spice latte, and get out to enjoy one of the best times of the year.

Here are a few of our favorite events that are happening this year:

Pumpkinville at Myriad Gardens

Pumpkinville is celebrating all things pumpkin and fall this season. On top of the imaginative displays, events are happening every weekend, such as crafts, story time, and a cider press.  This event continues until Oct. 22.

Pirate Island at Riversport Adventures

Pirate Island is a kid-friendly event that features inflatables, treasure hunting, and a youth adventure zone down by the Oklahoma River. This event is open weekends until Oct. 29. 

Fall Fun at Orr Family Farm

The Orr Family Farm is celebrating all things fall. Enjoy events like the corn maze, zombie paintball, fireworks, and so much more. This event is open weekends until Oct. 28. 

Trail of Fears: Voodoo in the Bayou

Head to the Little River Park for a fright when you walk through their haunted trail. This event is best suited for children ages 12 and up, younger children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is one night only, on Oct. 20. 

An Affair of the Heart

Make your way to the fairgrounds to see unique crafts, sample delicious foods, browse antiques, and more during the three-day shopping event.  An Affair of the Heart is held Oct. 20-22.

Haunt the Zoo

Dress up in costume as a family and head to the Oklahoma City Zoo for Haunt the Zoo. You will visit fantasy-themed booths, stop for photo ops, and trick-or-treating. Haunt the Zoo is on Oct. 21 & 22. 

Pooch Parade

On Oct. 22 at the Myriad Gardens, there will be a Pooch Parade. Dress your dog up and take him or her over to the park. Judges will pick the best costumes. 

Brick or Treat

More than 40 Bricktown businesses will be hosting Trick-or-Treating in downtown Oklahoma City. Dress-up in costume and visit for sweet treats, pumpkin painting, photo booths, and more.  The event to be held Oct. 24. 

Mall-O-Ween

If the weather gets too cold, take your trick-or-treating indoors at Penn Square Mall. Costumes are encouraged, but only during the event hours on Oct. 25.

Magic Lantern Celebration

The Paseo Arts District is celebrating with a Magic Lantern Celebration on Oct. 29. Children are invited to come as they are and transform themselves into something magical with the help of local artists. There will also be a costume parade and labyrinth painted on the streets. 

 

These are only a few of the many events happening in the Oklahoma City area. Don’t forget about haunted houses, trunk-or-treats, and pumpkin patches to liven up your October.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist.

Fall into the rhythm

The temperatures are starting to change, and the leaves will soon start to follow. Starbucks has brought back the pumpkin spice latte, and well almost everything out now has pumpkin spice. Halloween costumes will start to take over the shelves, and before you know it you will have to drag out your favorite jacket. What we are trying to say is, fall is here. And with fall comes nights on the patio with fire, adventures to pumpkin patches, and possibly haunted houses. But, what goes well with fall adventure? Music, of course. Here is the September LifeSquire playlist. 

We hope you have enjoyed the tunes filling our airwaves lately, and if you have any ideas on how to make our playlists even better, send them our way. We are always updating the lists, so listen often. Also, follow us on Spotify.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

Just when you think it can’t get better, the LifeSquire App appears

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What would you say if LifeSquire could make your life easier? No, no, no we aren’t talking about why you need a personal assistant this time because honestly, we both know you need one. Instead, we are talking about our newest creation, the LifeSquire App.

If you have followed our social media and have subscribed to our newsletters, you’ve heard the rumors it is coming, and we are here to tell you it is now a reality. In fact, you can download it right now from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Why you need the app

The primary goal of the app is to make your life easier with the use of technology. But what does it do? Here are a few ways our app will benefit you:

  • Make your requests easier by filling out to-do lists for your assistant. You can create them for current and present-day tasks and deadlines.
  • When your assistant makes purchases for you, you will be able to track their spending through the app.
  • Worried you are running low on hours? Now you will be notified when your assistant is clocked in for you, and how many hours you have used.
  • Communication with your assistant is super easy. The app allows a chat feature, so you will be able to stay in contact with them.
  • If you need handyman services, you can use the app to make your requests quickly.
  • Each personal assistant has a profile, so you will be able to learn more about yours.
  • Invoices for our service also will be up-to-date.

S.O.S., I need help

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Our most exciting new feature is the S.O.S. option. If you find yourself in a bind and need help at a moment’s notice, we will have your back. All you have to do is make use of the S.O.S. feature.

When you use the S.O.S. button, a notification will go out to all of our personal assistants that you need help immediately. When this happens, one of the LifeSquires will accept and get to your request immediately.  Rest assured that your task will be fulfilled without delay.

Learn more

If you want to find out more about the LifeSquire app, feel free to contact us for more information on how to use it.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

Back-to-School Beats

Summer break may be over, but music will always have your back. And LIfeSquire is going to help you with your back-to-school blues with our newest playlist. 

This playlist is a mix of all things fun. We have new and old tunes that will have you screaming, "that's my jam!" So, put in those earbuds and get ready to jam out to our fresh beats.

We hope you have enjoyed the tunes filling our airwaves lately, and if you have any ideas on how to make our playlists even better, send them our way. We are always updating the lists, so listen often. Also, follow us on Spotify.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

Alarm Bells a Ringing, Kids a Screaming: Tips to Get Your Kids Back into Their Routine

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Summer is ending, and school has started. The kids are eager to learn and get more time with their friends, but by now summer has taken its toll. Your kids got used to the carefree summer life that didn’t involve alarm clocks, bedtimes, or the dreaded homework. They spent most of their days playing outside, going to various activities, and even staying up all night watching movies. But now the time has come, and they must gain some normalcy.

Getting into the vibe of school can be difficult, but after some time they will be back into the swing of things. Even though we know it will take an adjustment period, we thought we would share with you some tips on how to get their routine back.

Take advantage of the night

Taking advantage of their nights can be the best way to have a calm-ish morning. Here are some ways the nights can be used to get ahead:

  • Have them pick out their outfits for the next day.
  • Make sure homework is completed, and their backpack has all of the necessary supplies for the next day.
  • Pack their lunches. Read our Lunch Bites: Tips and Tricks to Make School Lunches Simple
  • Make DIY breakfasts. Set out supplies your kids will need to make themselves breakfast, think cereal, bowls, silverware, fruit, etc.
  • Check the school calendar to finish preparations for the next day.
  • Bath time happens at night. Having your kids bathe at night will not only ensure you get a hot shower, but it will also save you time in the morning.

Create your calendar

Your lives don’t stop once the school bell rings. This means you will still have events on the outside plus school events. Having two separate calendars can make this confusing and cause you to miss events. We suggest that you take your calendar and the school’s calendar and create a centralized one. This will help you stay on track of all your upcoming events.

Stick to the bedtime

Weekends mean they can stay up later, right? This may be true in most cases, but during the early transition, you should have your children stick to the same bedtime every night. Once they get in the habit of this sleep schedule, you can extend the hours for the weekend.

Create a homework station

Setting up a homework station will allow your children to be the most productive they can be. This station should be a dedicated spot in your house that they will always do their homework at. It should have the supplies they may need for most of their assignments, and provide them with a quiet work environment.

Plan those snacks

When the kids get home, the first thing they will want is a snack. They won't be heading to the homework station; instead, they will be opening up the refrigerator. Prepare for this by getting those snacks ready ahead of time. Pack them in snack size bags, so that when they open the refrigerator they have a variety of snacks to pick from.

Alone time

The last thing is to remember that you need some alone time. Getting some time alone will allow you to regain your focus and plan. Everyone needs “me time,” so don’t forget to take advantage of it.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

Lunch Bites: Tips and Tricks to Make School Lunches Simple

Your alarm goes off and after hitting snooze three times, you roll out of bed to realize you are late. You still have to get your kids ready, get yourself ready, make breakfast, pack lunches, and somehow make time for coffee. Does this sound like a typical morning? We’ve been there.

Packing lunches for your kids is a chore that must be done, but don’t you wish there was a way to make this task easier? Well, at least less time consuming during your hectic and rushed mornings. So today is your lucky day, LifeSquire is here to give you tips and tricks to make this necessary chore easier.

Make use of leftovers

You cooked that delicious dinner, so don’t let it go to waste. Use your leftovers to create easy to pack lunches for the next day.

Ask the kids

If you find the lunch boxes coming home full of food, chances are your kids aren’t enjoying their meals. Asking what they would in their lunches could help in the long run. They may tell you ten things they like to eat, but this will give an idea that they enjoy a variety of foods. If they tell you one or two things they like, then maybe they just need more of two basic foods.

Lunch calendar

Remember the days of getting the lunch calendar at school? You remember how excited you were on pizza day? Well, you can still bring your kids that joy by making your own lunch calendar. This will help you keep on track, and give them lunches to look forward to.

Stop the browning

If you child prefers sliced apples, you can keep them from browning after slicing by using a rubber band to hold the apple together.

Keep it chill

It is important that lunches stay cool, but instead of purchasing expensive ice packs, there are alternatives. You child will need a drink with lunch, so consider saving room in the lunch pail by freezing the drinks and letting them thaw until lunch time. Alternatively, you can freeze a wet sponge in a sandwich bag to use as an ice pack also.

Let them pick

Pre-package snacks and put them into a plastic container in the fridge. When it is time to pack the lunch, let the kids decide what snacks they want to take. A variety of options and the chance to decide will keep the kids happy and healthy.

Jazz it up

Kids love fun shapes. If your child is a picky eater and doesn’t want to eat what you provide, use cookie cutters to turn their lunches into a work of art. They may be more apt to trying new things if it is in the form of a fun shape.

Make lunches at night

Finally, consider making lunches before bed instead of early in the morning. Your time is often short, you are running around trying to get yourself and your kids ready, and you never know what you may face when the sun rises. Instead of potentially having to hand out lunch money, get those lunches packed before bed to make your mornings a little smoother.

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If you don’t have time to do the meal planning or lunch packing, let LifeSquire personal assistants do the job. We will make sure your coffee pot is set, so you’ll have rich caffeinated goodness in the morning.

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Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

Tunes to Fuel Your Summer

It's hot and hopefully you are spending as much time at the pool as you can. But what is better than a pool party? A pool party with awesome tunes of course. This is our official invitation to kick back, crank up the radio, and enjoy our playlist for July.

We hope you have enjoyed the tunes filling our airwaves lately, and if you have any ideas on how to make our playlists even better, send them our way. We are always updating the lists, so listen often. Also, follow us on Spotify.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist