Back-to-school tips to start this school year right

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As summer comes to an end, it’s time to start planning for the back-to-school season.  We know, we know, it isn’t easy to end your summer fun, and you may want to deny that it’s ending until the very last moment, but we’re here to say you shouldn’t.

Coming up with a plan and marking tasks off of your to-do list will ensure you and your kids will start the school year off right. But how do you get started? You follow our tips, of course!

Get into a routine

Getting back into a routine isn’t easy when you’ve had a summer full of fun and late nights. It’s hard to convince yourself and your kids that they need to go to sleep earlier and get up sometimes before the sun rises. And while a proper bedtime is important, preparing for school is much more than just your sleep schedule. Here are some ways you can easily get back into your routine:

  • Start your sleep schedule early. Get your children on a bedtime and wake-up schedule at least two weeks before school starts.
  • Establish a designated homework time and make sure your children give all of their attention to their assignments. Until school starts, have your children start reading books.
  • Create a family calendar and have your children help. Put all of your activities on the calendar and continue to do so all year.
  • Talk to your kids about their screen time rules and start to reduce their screen time before school starts. Also, make sure they know what is allowed during school days.
  • For more tips on getting back into your school routine, read our post: Tips to get your kids back into their routine.

Before the first day

As the big day approaches, you need to do more than just get into a new routine. You need to make a to-do list. Don’t be overwhelmed because your to-do list may overflow, but conquering that list will be well worth it when the first bell rings. So get your paper and pen ready, and start making your list, but don’t forget these things:

  • Visit the school and help your children get a feel for their new environment.
  • Share some stories about your school days with your children, and tell them about what they can expect on their first day.
  • Get the school supplies list and go shopping or pass it along to your LifeSquire if you don’t have time to shop.
  • Create a dedicated homework area that is free from distractions and has all the supplies your child will need.
  • Determine what you need for after-school care. LifeSquire provides school transports so that you won’t have to leave work. If you need a babysitter or after school program, you should research and get that scheduled quickly.
  • Establish rules and locations for their school items. Have them put their lunchboxes, backpacks, sports equipment, shoes, and other items in designated areas.
  • Hire a tutor to help your child navigate through homework time and strengthen weak areas. We recommend Matchless Learning for all of your tutoring needs.
  • Go through their closets and donate items they have outgrown. Replace the discarded articles of clothing with new ones that they may need for the year. Once you get the new items, make sure their closet is color coordinated.
  • Create a budget for back-to-school shopping and make sure you stick to it when you shop.

Making days easier

The day to day will often be a struggle. Each morning, you will never know how you will start your day, your kids will have days that they won’t want to go to school, they will get sick, or they may be so tired they take extra-long to get ready. It’s easier to make it through these unexpected situations by planning. Here are some ways you can make the school days easier:

  • Teach your kids how to prioritize their homework assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines. Forgotten assignments will be a thing of the past.
  • Have your children pick out their outfits for the next day before bed.
  • Get copies of the school lunch menu and decide what days you will be packing lunches.
  • Prepare school lunches and snacks the night before. If you need tips on how to do this efficiently, read Lunch Bites: Tips and Tricks to Make School Lunches Simple
  • Go through old homework assignments once a month and discard unneeded work.
  • Talk openly with your kids about school. Let them express things they love and their worries without judgment.
  • Keep night lights, white noise machines, and fans in your children’s rooms for those sleepless nights.
  • Encourage school involvement in after-school activities such as clubs and sports.

If you’d rather spend the last few weeks soaking up your free time with your kiddos, (we totally understand) LifeSquire can run your errands and pick up the supplies you need.  We can also handle a lot of your projects so that you have more time to focus on your family. For more information on personal assistant service, email us at info@lifesquire.com.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialis

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School Tips

10 tips to make this school year easier for you and the kids.

Your weekend means freedom, here’s how to make the best of it

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Are you stuck in a pattern of feeling like your weekends go by too quickly, and you never get the recharge you crave? Often we clock out, go home, and get back to work.  And if you ask us, that just isn’t right.

There are 60 hours from the time the weekend starts at 6 p.m. Friday until your alarm clock goes off at 6 a.m. on Monday. Sounds like a lot of hours, right? It is! Even with sleep, there is still a lot of time to make the most of. Not sure how to go about that?

Here are five ways to make the most of your time away from the office:

Don’t do chores

Grocery shopping, lawn mowing, laundry, and cleaning the list never ends. For most people, weekends have been all about scrubbing the toilets instead of enjoying their freedom. While it’s easy to put your chores off until the weekend, we’re here to say that it’s not a good idea. Your time off should be for you; it’s a time to recharge.  This means taking a bit of time every night after work to do the things you spend your weekend doing.  It won’t be fun, but it will free up your days for fun and relaxing.

If you have a hard time fitting it all in during the week, and many do, we have a pro-tip for you. It might be time to hire a personal assistant. A personal assistant will run your errands, prep your meals, fold your clothes, and more. If you are interested in personal assistant service, contact LifeSquire.

Your Monday starts Friday

If you’re like us, you start counting your Friday down at about 8:30 a.m. Friday is the day we all look forward to; it’s the day before freedom. As the minutes get closer to the start of the weekend, your anticipation will increase, so why think about Monday?

Monday is the start of the week, and usually, it begins with meetings and other important things. So while you’re watching the minutes tick by on Friday afternoon, take time to focus on Monday. How many Sunday’s do you spend prepping for your Monday meeting? Those are minutes you can’t get back. Not wasting time on Friday, will help you get even more weekend freedom.

Turn off the tech

Gasp! We said it! Take time every weekend to unplug and get away from the screen, and no sleep time doesn’t count as unplugging. Getting away from social media and other technology can help boost your mood. How many times have you surfed Facebook on Sunday evening and felt bad you didn’t spend your weekend doing all of the fun things your friends did? Instead of wasting time comparing your weekend to others, spend that time competing. You won’t regret it.

Plan something fun

We all need lazy weekends, but not every weekend should be lazy. If you make plans, you are less likely to spend the entire weekend with Netflix.  Whether you plan a hiking trip or time with your friends, make the most of it. Do something you enjoy with people you enjoy. Take photos for memories and live it up. Your weekend is meant for you, so don’t waste it doing things you don’t enjoy.

You can also avoid the Sunday blues by planning something fun during the week. If your routine is to work and only work, the week will always be a drag. Planning a dinner out with friends or something else you enjoy can make your week go by faster. Always be looking forward to something.

Schedule some downtime

Weekends aren’t just about going nonstop from one fun activity to another. If you are always on the go, you will eventually burn yourself out. Make sure your weekend has time for you to relax. Sundays are a great day for relaxing. If you find yourself too busy, actually schedule your relaxation. Your personal assistant can put this in your calendar for you.

 

These are just a few tips on how to make the most of your weekend. Download our tip sheet for more weekend fun and relaxation tips.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

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Weekend Tips

Get the most out of your weekend with 10 tips on how to make the most of it.

8 ways to make moving a breeze

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Now that you have found your new place, it’s time to start packing for the big move. Overwhelming right? Even though it sounds like a daunting task, you can get your house packed one box at a time.

Not sure where to start? This is where we come in. Packing isn’t just about throwing your stuff into a box to get it from one place to another. Instead, there are a lot of tricks out there to make your move easier. We thought we would share some of our favorites with you.

We need you, first

Don’t lose your important, need right now, items in a sea of boxes. Consider using clear plastic bins to pack your immediate need items. Using the bins will separate the important stuff from the decorations so that you don’t spend hours hunting for your toilet paper. Pack these bins with items like phone chargers, eating and cooking utensils, important cookware, toilet paper, tools, and other items you will need right after the move. 

Mostly shatterproof

Save money on newspaper and bubble wrap by using your clothes to wrap all of your breakables. You can also use clean socks to wrap to wrap your glasses and stemware.  Also, for added safety, stack your plates vertically like you do in the dishwasher. It helps keep them from breaking.

Who? What? Where?

When packing your boxes, you want to make sure you label them with the items in the box, who the box belongs to, and what room the box goes in. Consider purchasing different colored tape to help make the rooms more distinguishable when unloading. Correct labeling will help the unpacking and organizing be a breeze.  

Unpack by room

All of your boxes will be stacked up and in your way, and this may cause you a bit of anxiety.  But when it comes to unpacking, make sure you unpack by room. Doing this will make the unpacking process much easier and give you a greater feeling of satisfaction than just randomly unpacking boxes.

Saran wrap to the rescue

Avoid the dreaded leakage by using a little saran wrap. Open up your toiletries and liquid items. Take a piece of saran wrap and place it over the opening of the bottle. Replace the lid on the product, and it will help keep the liquids where they belong.

Think outside the bag

Don’t spend time taking your clothes off of the hanger, folding them, and then putting them into a box. Instead, grab some trash bags and slide them over a bundle of clothes hanging on the rod. Tie the bag at the top, and it will make your clothes easy to transport.

Luggage is your friend

We all have those heavy items or items that are an awkward shape making them almost impossible to pack. This is where your luggage comes in handy. If you need to pack something that just won’t fit in a box or would be easier to transport on wheels, put it in your luggage.  Your items will stay safe, and they will be easier to move.

Pack an overnight bag

Don’t get stuck without a toothbrush or a pair of pajamas. When you get into your new home, your stuff will be spread all over the house. Instead of spending hours trying to find your necessities, pack an overnight bag. Also, try to get in the house and clean your kitchen and bathroom before the move. That way you can have a nice long shower after all of the hard work

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If you need an extra hand when it comes to packing and unpacking,  our LifeSquires have the tape and sharpies ready to help. Contact us for more information on moving services.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

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Don't get stuck in a pile of half packed boxed. Download our handy moving tip sheet below to help keep your sane during the moving process.

The 10 best handy tips from the LifeSquire handyman

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Recently the LifeSquire handyman grabbed his tool belt and came to our office one night after work to share some of his knowledge. At LifeSquire, we do a lot of tasks for our clients, but we also always strive to push the boundaries and do more. So when our handyman said he’d like to teach us some tricks of the trade, we dropped the grocery bags (not really) and joined him for a learning session.

After the class, we decided the tips we learned were so valuable that we had to share them with you. So here are ten handy tips from our handyman.

Picture perfect

  • When hanging a picture or something else on the wall, always put the nail at a little bit of an angle to take the pressure off of the drywall.
  • Don’t just hang a picture on the wall with a nail, use a hook as well. Using a hook will keep the sheetrock from tearing. Make sure you check the weight limitations for the hooks.
  • Make picture hanging easier when you mark the top of the picture on the wall. Use a pencil and draw a line at the top of the frame. Measure, on the picture, from the top of the frame to the hanger and use this measurement for proper hook placement. Make sure you put the bottom of the hook at the measured mark so that the picture will be in the proper location.

Wall repair

  • If you need to fix cracks in your walls, fill them with painter’s caulking. Make sure it isn’t silicone based, otherwise you won’t be able to paint over it.
  • Holes in wood are easily fixed with the help of water putty. Once the putty is dry, just sand and paint over the spot. It’s an instant fix.
  • Do you need to touch up some paint, but forgot what color your walls are? Pick a place in the room that is a low traffic area. Use a box knife to cut into the wall until the tip of the blade is white. Cut a square that is at least an inch wide. Peel the paint off and take it to your paint store. They can analyze it and get you the matching color. Use spackle to patch the spot and paint over it with your new paint.

Miscellaneous tips

  • Toothpicks are for more than your teeth. If you have a screw that won’t stay, add a toothpick. A stripped screw can be really annoying, so just put a toothpick or two in the hole before putting the screw back in. The toothpicks will help secure the screw.
  • Clogged drains are an easy fix when you have a wet-dry vacuum. Remove the drain cover and use the vacuum to remove the clogs. If you need extra suction, seal around the nozzle with a wet rag.
  • When the lights go out, you can easily find your flashlight if you wrap glow in the dark tape around the handle.  The tape will glow for about 8 hours.
  • Get light scratches out of wood with the help of a walnut. Break the walnut open and rub it on the scratch several times. Rub your finger along the scratch to heat up the oil the walnut left. Once it’s warm, the wood will soak up the oil, and the scratch will fade.

 

These are just a few of the tips we learned from our handyman, and we hope they help you. If you need handyman service, contact us. Our professional handyman is taking appointments and will get the job done.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

 

Why technology can’t replace your assistant

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As technology advances, offices are constantly changing. It’s no lie that smart assistants are rapidly joining the workplace, and they are quite attractive. They offer the freedom to talk to your phone, they will place orders for you, they will research topics for you, they will set-up conference calls without much effort, and they even offer help without having to pay a salary.

And while this all sounds very nice, the reality is that this technology just can’t do it all. Your assistant does way more for you than the Alexas, Siris, and Google Homes of the world. So before you start thinking about cutting that salary, we want to explain why your assistant is more beneficial to you than you think.

The right connection

Building a strong connection with your assistant is important.  With a strong connection comes good communication and mind reading. Ok, so not really mind reading, but instead anticipating your needs. How would it make you feel to have someone that knew exactly what you needed before you even knew it?

For example, your assistant will see on your calendar that you have a meeting with XYZ client and can pull all of the files and history you may need about the client and the topic for the meeting. Instead of having to go to your assistant’s desk and ask for those materials, the materials will be there waiting. This is the kind of connection that is important in the assistant/boss relationship.

With a smart assistant, you have to tell it everything you want and sometimes more. And even after you ask, there is a chance the information it provides will still be inaccurate. Questions have to be said in short, extremely clear sentences instead of in the language you are accustomed to. Your smart assistant can’t read your mind, and it will never shave time off of your day by anticipating your needs.

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Smart assistants just aren’t that smart. There, we said it. How many times have you pulled out your phone and asked Siri a question and she gave you the most random answer? No Siri, I didn’t ask for computer reliability, I asked for company resilience. While Siri does her best, she just can’t keep up.

You can spend your time arguing with your phone about what subject you really need, or you can hand it over to your assistant. Your assistant won’t be holding a magic wand that convinces Siri to look up the right information, but he/she could easily find the information or more for you while you get back to other tasks and forget about your phone.

Until technology gets smart enough to distinguish accents and other speech barriers, you can’t rely on a smart assistant to always find the answers you seek.

Calendar control

When running your own business, your calendar quickly becomes the life source of your job.  Without a proper calendar you could lose track of your meetings, overbook, or constantly stay in a state of confusion. So why not have your smart assistant handle it?

That sounds good in theory, but your smart assistant won’t truly have control of your calendar. Sure it can add and remove tasks off of your schedule, and send reminders, but that is about the extent of it. A good assistant can maintain your schedule, prepare you for meetings, rearrange your schedule when needed, can reschedule canceled appointments, book travel arrangements for upcoming trips, and anticipate all of your needs with calendar access.

Task matters

We don’t have to tell you that your smart assistant abilities are very limited, but we are going to tell you anyway. Having a real assistant provides more benefits to you than an Alexa.

Your assistant will come with a varied background, and with the LifeSquire Academy training program they will know how to help you in both your office and your home.  This type of work can range from making copies, working on projects, doing errands, and so much more.

Since your smart assistant is a piece of technology and it cannot help you with all of your needs. This means that you will be putting in more hours to fulfill them. More work means less family and personal time. That leads to higher stress levels and unhappiness. It’s a spiral that can easily be stopped with support from the right person.   

In the end

You have a lot on your plate, and while a smart assistant is an asset that will benefit your company, it isn’t one that can replace your assistant.  Your assistant is the support system that helps give you your time back, so don’t be lured by the hype of a smart assistant. Until we enter the IRobot era, you need your assistant more than your phone.

If you need help finding the perfect assistant or if you need help training your current assistant, contact LifeSquire, your resource for all things assistant.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

Here are five things you aren’t disinfecting, and why you should

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It’s no secret that Influenza has hit us hard this year. Schools have closed for sick days, hospitals have long wait times, and there is a high chance that someone in your family has been ill this season. Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that 42 states in the United States have high Influenza activity; Oklahoma is included.

Even though you may want to wear a mask and gloves whenever you walk outside of your bubble, we hate to break the news that your home could be just as germy as the public places you visit. Yep, you read that right. You may be going after the normal spots with the Clorox Wipes to prevent another round of illness, but have you considered sanitizing these five areas?

Bottom of shoes

Your shoes carry you everywhere, so it only makes sense that they also carry a lot of germs. Don’t bring the school playground or the grocery store germs into your house. Instead, leave your shoes at the door and take a few minutes to sanitize the bottoms before they get too far into your house. A simple way to disinfect your shoes is by spraying Lysol on the bottom or using an antibacterial wipe.

Television and Game System Remotes

When the illness hits, the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. So what happens? You lie in bed, and you watch television or play video games. And while you are mending, you keep using the remotes, but do you ever sanitize them? Another family member may grab those remotes, and then your germs have spread. Your remotes are considered “high traffic areas,” but they usually don’t get a lot of cleaning attention.

Toothbrushes

Even though you’re sick, the dentist still makes you brush your teeth. But every time you pop your toothbrush into your mouth you are facing possible reinfection. Cleaning your toothbrush will help lower the risk of getting sick again. Just boil your toothbrush for three minutes, and it will kill most of the germs hiding in your brush.

Doorknobs and Light Switches

While touching doorknobs or light switches may not seem like the culprits of a germ infestation, it’s very possible that they are. Target the high traffic areas like bedrooms and bathrooms first, and use an antibacterial wipe for quick sanitization.

Cell phone

Your cell phone goes everywhere with you; you constantly use it without washing your hands, you may even take it into the bathroom with you. Your cell phone can be germ carrier without you even realizing it. You should do a deep clean on your phone to get rid of all the hidden bacteria. Unfortunately, you can’t just spray a cleaner on your phone and call it good, so make sure you follow instructions from the manufacturer before you begin.

The bottom line is that germs are everywhere, and it may be hard to keep them out of your house, but you do have a fighting chance. Keep the flu out, and stay healthy. If you need help with sanitizing your home, your personal assistant can take on that task.  Stay healthy, everyone.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

8 simple ways to remain committed to your 2018 goals

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January is the best time of the year to determine what you plan to accomplish. It is the time of refresh, renew, and change. Some say you have to have all of your goals ready by January 1st, but that simply isn’t true. Instead, this month you should focus on the goals and plan your path to achieve them. That is why we are providing you with eight simple ways to stick to your goals this year.

Choose realistic goals

There is nothing wrong with seeing the big picture, but sometimes you have to scale it back to get to that dream. When picking your goals, remember to pick ones you can actually achieve in a year or whatever time frame you have set in mind. If you don’t set goals that are achievable, you will quickly give up and never achieve them. How do you create realistic goals? By taking that big dream and breaking it up into actionable steps. Your first goal will be the first step.

Write down your goals

There is something to be said for writing down things on paper. Not only does it help you remember the things you have learned, but it also can be used as a daily reminder of what you are trying to accomplish. Don’t type out your goals, instead get out the trusty notebook and pen and handwrite each of your goals.  Post the paper somewhere you will see it regularly, that way you never forget what you are working to achieve.

“Step one, write your goals down. Step two, look at them every single day,” said Valerie Riley, Founder of LifeSquire.

Block out time

Put your goals at the forefront of your mind by scheduling time to work on them. You will be surprised what 15 minutes a day can do for your success rate. Of course, some goals may require more time, so make sure you schedule the amount necessary to achieve greatness.

Repeat until it is a habit

Once you have time set aside, the next step is to stick to it. Even when you don’t feel like working on your goals, just remind yourself it is a short amount of time and commit to it. Once you do this over and over again, it becomes a habit and apart of your routine. This is where the miracle happens, and you start to see results from these actions.

Use your social support system

Don’t be afraid to get others involved with your goals. If you need help, ask for it. If you want some motivation, your friends and family can be your biggest encouragement. Telling people what you are trying to achieve, will garner you the support you need even when you feel like you are failing at it. Try to be open with those around you. If you want an outsiders perspective, because honestly sometimes your loved ones are too nice, consider looking for Facebook groups that will provide a support system for that particular goal topic.

“I am a big dreamer, so I always have to ask for help in execution and accountability of my goals, or I get in the vision,” says Riley.

And while your family and friends will always support you, don’t forget your personal assistant is there to help you as well. Your personal assistant will help you with whatever you need to succeed. If you aren’t sure how they can help, take a peek at the “How LifeSquire can Help You with your New Year Resolutions” post. 

Download an app

Technology has taken over our world so much that there is more than likely an app that will help you with your specific goals. From weight loss to writing there is an app for that. So if you find yourself struggling, consider looking in your app store to see if there is something there that can help.

Remain focused on the why

Even with a fail-safe plan, there will be days you feel like you just can’t do it, that you should give up, or that you will never be successful. But the way to get that out of your head is to think about why you have picked that goal, why you are working to achieve it, and what the outcome will be. Your goals were important to you the day you set them, and even when you are discouraged, they are still important. Don’t forget that.

Reward yourself

As you reach milestones, don’t forget to reward yourself with something. When you are at work, and you accomplish big goals, you are often rewarded, so why not do that in your personal life as well? Celebrate your wins, because you deserve it.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

 

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How LifeSquire can Help You with Your New Year Resolutions

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The start of a new year is arguably one of the best times to begin something new.  It is the perfect time to reflect on yourself and make personal goals for growth and change.  Now is the time to not only figure out what you want to accomplish but plan out a path for success this year.

Unfortunately, life and work can get in the way, and your goals can end up farther and farther down the list until they no longer exist. But did you know that your personal assistant can help you stay on track? Here’s how:

Do it All

When you hear, “do it all,” you instantly think of that bucket list you have been making for years now, but that isn’t what we mean. Instead, we want you to be able to do all of the things in your day-to-day life that you want to do. That means becoming the best boss, attending your children’s concerts and games, going to events around the city you want to attend, and anything else you rarely have time to do. But how do you accomplish that? You make more time. Hand over your chores to your personal assistant so that you can make time for other things you want to do.

Relax More

Relaxing is important to your health, and this year we hope that you will take more time to do just like that. Not only does relaxing help rejuvenate you, but it also protects your heart, it lowers your risk of getting a cold, it boosts your memory, lowers your risk of a stroke, and many other beneficial things. So, as you can see, relaxation is important.  Make 2018 the year you focus on making time for relaxing by giving your personal assistant more tasks.

For more tips on how to relax more, read our 8 Healthy Habits for a Relaxing Life post.

Eat More Healthily

It’s tough to eat healthy when the days are loaded with chores, work, and taking care of the kids. Don’t forget having to go to the grocery store and then actually cooking the food. Your personal assistant can take command of the kitchen and handle your meal planning.  Personal assistants will take your grocery list, pick up all of the food, prepare and put it away for you. Your personal assistant can also help with cooking your meals, so you don’t have to worry about doing it after a long day of work.  Packing lunches and healthy snacks will also become obsolete when your personal assistant is in control.

Exercise

Getting more exercise is often a resolution people make each year. And while your personal assistant doesn’t come with a personal trainer license, she can help you find the perfect trainer for you. She can also find you a gym that fits your needs, and she will make sure you schedule exercise time as often as you want it.

Get Organized

Let’s beat the clutter and get organized this year. Home, office, and even digital organization are easy with the help of your personal assistant. You won’t have to do the dirty work; you will instead reap the benefits. Our personal assistants are professionally trained in organization, and they will get your life organized as quickly as possible.

Spend Quality Time with Family

From events in the city, to soccer games, to summers at the waterpark, you can do it all this year. Your kids will see you as the super mom and dad (we will even find you a cape). Being super doesn’t take a lot of work, it just takes your time. Put your assistant to work with finding local fun activities, making reservations, getting passes, packing picnics, gathering supplies, and whatever else you may need to make your quality time shine.

Travel somewhere new

See new sites and travel without the stress. There are so many amazing places to see in this world, and maybe you have had your eyes on a new location. Give your personal assistant the dates, location, and things you want to do, and we will plan your dream vacation. Hate packing? We can handle that too. You will just show up at the airport and travel in style.

 

These are just a few resolutions that you may make to start 2018 off, but we do wish you all success with all of your goals this year. Let us know how we can help you. Good luck and Happy New Year.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, DIgital Media Specialist

10 Christmas Traditions that will make your heart cheery

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When people say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, they aren’t lying. You hear stories about people coming together to help one another, you see people giving back to the community, people often have a pep in their step, and even though you may hate hanging up those Christmas lights, they bring a smile to your face whenever you see them.

But one thing you don’t see during your trips to the toy stores or standing in line at the Post Office is the holiday traditions. It is said that traditions are important because they create a strong family bond and life-long memories. Not sure what traditions you should start? Here are ten traditions to begin: 

Christmas movie surprises

Wrap up some of the Christmas movies you already own. Sit down with your family and pick a movie out of the pile. Unwrap and watch it.

Put together a night before Christmas box

Put together a box of items you can use to prepare for the arrival of Santa. Consider items like snacks, pajamas, movies, games, and anything else that promises a fun evening.

Send a letter or card of gratitude

A lot of people protect this country, and they would love to hear from you. Visit Operation Gratitude for more information on how you can send soldiers, veterans, and first responders thank yous.

Create Christmas hope notes

Before you put the stockings away, have each member of your family write a note about something they hope will happen before next Christmas. Wait until Christmas day the following year to read and share the notes.

Christmas crafts              

Get out the paints, glitter, and whatever else you need to make the perfect Christmas crafts. Surf Pinterest for craft ideas the whole family can enjoy. Leading up to Christmas, schedule a craft night with your friends and family.

Get a new ornament every year

Find an ornament every year that has special meaning to your family. Whether you snag one from a vacation you enjoyed, see one that memorializes a special moment or even just one from your favorite show, you will add something special to your tree annually. You can even grab a Sharpie and write on it the year you purchased it.

Christmas baking

Do you have recipes you have to make every Christmas? Maybe you’re the only one that can make it the way you do? Instead of letting that recipe disappear, gather your children or close family members and bake the item together. This will create lasting memories and a fondness for the special dish.

Christmas donation

Since Christmas brings new presents and toys, go through your home and find at least one item per family member to donate to a local charity. Giving back to the community not only makes you feel good, but it also is a great way to celebrate the gift of the holiday season.

Make a gingerbread house

Creating a gingerbread house has never been easier. So many stores sell kits, so all you have to do is the fun part. Grab a kit and spend the night decorating the house. Try your best to keep the candy on the house and out of your mouth.

Send out Christmas cards

In this day and age, everything is so digital we have almost forgotten how nice it is to receive something in the mail. So to fight the digital takeover, grab some cards and handwrite a message to your loved ones.

 

Now it’s your turn to share some of your Christmas traditions with us on our social media pages. Merry Christmas everyone!

 

Post Written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

Tis the season for a holiday helper

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And while it is the time of the year we all look forward to, it also can bring a lot of stress. Ugh, stress. But instead of being a stress ball just waiting for the holidays to be over, you can be as bright as your star tree topper.

LifeSquire personal assistants are available to help with your everyday tasks and holiday preparation. Hand us the tasks so that you can focus on your family and the gatherings that will bring your holiday cheer all month long. Not sure how we can help during this time of year? Here are a few ways a personal assistant can help you:

Decorating

Nothing puts you in the holiday mood like holiday decorations. From Christmas trees to table décor, the holiday spirit will brighten everyone’s day. While putting the ornaments on the Christmas tree is the fun part, the set-up isn’t. Your personal assistant can get the set-up done, so your family can decorate the tree after dinner.

Gift purchasing and wrapping

During the next month, the lines at the checkout counters will get longer and longer as people purchase gifts for their friends and family. Gift-giving is one of the best feelings in the world, but shopping all day can be taxing. Did you know your personal assistant is available to purchase and return gifts for you?

Also, LifeSquire personal assistants recently took a training class on gift wrapping, so you could pretty much call us experts. So instead of letting those gifts pile up for a last minute wrap fest, let us know you need help. You’ll be able to focus on your family instead of the wrapping.

Pet and babysitting

Holiday parties and holiday travel become worry-free and fun when you use LifeSquire. You can schedule LifeSquires to take care of your pets and children without fear. Our assistants are CPR certified and have experience with both child and pet care.

Party planning

Tis the season for holiday parties, family gatherings, and a lot of fun. If you need help with planning your events, have your personal assistant help. Not only do our assistants love planning a party, we also have trusted vendors to ensure your party goes smoothly.

Grocery shopping and food preparation

Loading up the list and having your food put away has never been easier. Create a task on our app and put a checklist of items you need from the store. LifeSquire personal assistants will pick up the groceries you need and organize your cabinets too. You can also have our assistants help you with meal preparation and baking. If ordering holiday dinner is more your style, let your assistant know so they can get your order in ASAP.

Office support

Not only is this the season for celebration, but it is also the season for vacation. A lot of workers are using their vacation time to see family members or just to get away. With a lot of people away, you may need extra help in the office. Let LifeSquire know if you need one of our assistants to fill-in and provide administrative help.

 

There are a number of things our assistants can do for you, just let us know what kind of help you need. For more information about personal assistants read our FAQ page

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist