How many times have you seen a beautifully wrapped gift and felt a pang of jealousy? From perfectly folded edges to the beautiful displays around the tag, there is so much prettiness that can be achieved with proper wrapping.
So how do you get the store bought look at home? You’re in luck! We’ve made an easy step-by-step tutorial to achieve gift wrapping greatness.
What you need:
Item to wrap
Measure and cut paper. Start by putting the item on the edge of the paper. Roll the item along the paper until all four sides have touched the paper. This is the length of paper you will need, so go ahead and cut it. Make sure the sides are also covered by lifting the edges of the paper. The paper should reach the top of the sides.
The perfect crease. Start by tapping a piece of the paper to the top of the gift. Continue to roll the package until you reach the end. Make sure you crease every edge of the paper. The creases give the gift a polished look.
Seamless presentation. Take the last creased edge and fold it under so that it lines up with the top of the remaining edge. When you tape this side, you will have prevented an unnecessary seam and instead created a finished edge.
Finishing the edges. Push the sides of the paper in with your pointer fingers to start the fold. Crease the top and bottom edges so that the paper creates a point. Fold down the raw edges and use a piece of tape to attach one side to the gift. Secure the other flap with another piece of tape. Repeat on the other side.
Spruce it up. Now that your gift is wrapped take the time to spruce it up a bit. Place a nice gift tag; add some ribbon, some garnish, or other objects to give it that extra special touch.
We all wish Santa could do more than just deliver gifts. How nice would it be for him to bring all the people on his nice list a Hooville Christmas?
Unfortunately, you’re the one that is creating the Christmas magic. From planning the party to cooking the meals, your days will be filled with work and holiday cheer. But as the minutes tick away, and the days pass by, your stress levels will go up as the Christmas countdown goes on. So how do you turn your holiday stress into merriness? Follow these seven stress-free Christmas tips:
Christmas movies and chill
Pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and grab your most comfy blanket, it’s time for Christmas movies and relaxation. Christmas movies often take the doom and gloom out of life by embracing the Christmas spirit. Take time for yourself or make it a family event, but turn on the Netflix and get into the holiday spirit.
Embrace the time-savers
Your Christmas feast can be quite the feat. Skip making everything from scratch and embrace going to some local businesses and order some of your Christmas foods. You can save a lot of time by getting the classic pumpkin pie from a local bakery or by ordering a cooked turkey instead of baking your own. Stick to making those special dishes only you can make and let some other experts handle the rest.
Calm the playful puppy
A tired pooch is a calm pooch. Instead of having your dog barking and excited to see your guests tire them out. Take your dog outside for some intense playtime and treat them with a toy that dispenses treats (like a Kong) before your guests arrive.
Put the fa-la-la in your playlist
Turning on your favorite playlist and relaxing or having an impromptu dance fest is a great mood boost. And while you probably still want to listen to the hottest new Spotify tunes, don’t forget to add the fa-la-la. Check out some Christmas playlists this month to put you into the Christmas spirit. You can also check out the LifeSquire December Playlist for a mix of modern and jolly tunes.
Sweat it out
Brave the cold and head outdoors for a little exercise. Not only is exercise outside more enjoyable, but you’ll get the added benefit of some Vitamin D. Even a five-minute trip outdoors can boost your mood and help lower your anxiety levels. Don’t put it off, just get out there and enjoy a nice walk.
Make gift wrapping fun! Turn on some of your favorite Christmas movies, pour a glass of your favorite holiday drink, and enjoy some sweet Christmas treats. Have all the bow, labels, and tape ready to conquer the gift pile. Instead of seeing wrapping as another holiday chore, take the time to enjoy yourself by making it fun.
If gift wrapping isn’t your thing, your LifeSquire is available to wrap all of your holiday gifts.
Call Santa’s helpers
Adulting is hard and often extremely busy. When you add the holiday season on top of normal activities, the amount of free time you have can dramatically decrease. You’re not alone through the holiday season, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have your family members help cook holiday dinners, have your kids help wrap gifts for other family members, have your LifeSquire personal assistant run your errands, help you plan your parties, and other miscellaneous holiday-related tasks. Asking for help may be difficult, but you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders when you reach out.
Even though the holidays can be stressful, try to take the time to enjoy yourself, see the lights, and embrace the Christmas magic.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager
'Twas a month before Christmas, & all through the town
the Squires were hurrying and rushing around;
The gifts were all purchased & wrapped with great care,
To Do lists were handled, no need to despair!
The houses were clean. They had made all the beds,
The laundry was folded. And the pets were all fed.
The dog had been walked. The clothes put away.
They had dinner ready at the end of your day.
They replaced burnt out light bulbs from atop tall ladders,
You’ll know when they come that nothing’s the matter.
They polished the silver and took out the trash.
They moved through the houses as quick as a flash,
With a mix of assistants, all lively and quick,
You know in a moment that they’re the best pick.
More rapid than eagles, the Squires they came,
And organized everything, so order could reign.
"Now, DISHES! Now, DUSTING! Now, done with the kitchen!
With checklists for tasks, there’s nothing that’s missing!
We’ve swept the front porch and tidied the hall.
Now cross it off! Cross it off! Cross it off all!
They handle it all, those tasks under roof,
And send you a wrap-up, in case you need proof.
They come to your space, and they turn it around,
They tidy, declutter, organization abounds!
Your tasks are all handled, So go and be merry!
Rest easy; they’ve got this! They’re your personal fairy.
And surely your mouth will draw up like a bow,
When you see all your ducks that they’ve put in a row.
They sprang to their sleighs, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Now hear them exclaim, as they drive out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!
Poem Reimagined By Ashlyn Johnson
From a traditional meal to afternoon naps, you probably already have your own way of celebrating Thanksgiving. Maybe you follow what your mom has always done, your spouse may have encouraged something new, or maybe a close friend has suggested a change, no matter what you’ve taken the traditions and made them your own.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our Squires what their favorite traditions are, and to be honest, we were overwhelmed with the great ideas. So if you’re thinking of starting something new to add to your holiday, here are some ways our Squires celebrate:
Tiffanie: My family rents a movie together, and we eat the random appetizers that are in the freezer the night before Thanksgiving.
Ashlyn: We skip the traditional spread, and we have sushi or we grill steaks.
Kayla: We all go play capture the flag in the backyard before Thanksgiving dinner.
Hien: After cooking and cleaning all day, I have my cousins over, and we get to relax and enjoy our time together.
Liz: My favorite tradition is that we eat brisket instead of turkey.
Kaci: I love to break the wishbone with my mom.
Mitch: My brother and I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my siblings and parents, and we don’t have to do anything after 3 p.m.
Ally: I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year with all of my nieces and nephews.
Chelsi: My brother, my Dad, and I sneak out of the house early in the morning to go play golf.
Kasie: Every year we do a game night with my husband’s family. We bring appetizers and hang out and have a lot of fun.
Imagine this. You’ve spent a long, hard day at work and you’re ready to come home to relax and kick off your shoes. You walk in the door of your home and see piles of mail, books in disarray, dirty dishes, and a pile of laundry on the bed. It gets even worse, you’re looking for your newest book and can’t find it. You also can’t find your favorite house slippers. Your home is an unorganized mess, and nothing has a proper home.
We all know that you suffer from stress from finances, your job, and other things happening in your life. When you come home, you want to relax, but when you live in a poorly decorated, extremely cluttered, and disorganized house, it is nearly impossible to relax. Disorganization can lead to reduced happiness levels and increased stress. This article tells why living this way only adds to your stress.
Clutter brings on the stress
It’s hard to imagine that a cluttered house can bring on stress, but it can. When home, you will likely remain in a state of overwhelm as your brain takes in all of the information around you. Once your brain has processed the clutter, you’ll quickly realize how much work you have to do on your home. The more mess you see, the higher the stress levels. When your home is organized, and each item has a home, you will save time looking for items, but also you will feel a sense of peace in your nice calming home.
The social butterfly
Do you like to host social gatherings but avoid them because of a cluttered house? When you take the time to organize, you’ll be more excited about having friends and family over. Those Sunday family dinners and wine down Wednesday social settings will be more exciting than dreadful.
The last-minute visitor
Not everyone sticks by the ‘contact first before showing up at your house’ rule, and you may have an unexpected doorbell ringer. Other times your kids beg to have friends over after school without notice. The last-minute visitor is a real obstacle when your home is an unorganized mess. Once you’re aware of your visitor, you’ll begin to feel your stress levels increase. You’ll likely see things you find so horribly placed and wonder if your guest notices them as well. While they probably don’t care about what kind of condition your house is in, you will feel like they do.
What? An organized house can increase your exercise? The answer is, yes. How? The biggest barrier to living a healthy lifestyle is a lack of time. As adults, we have a lot on our plates and gym time often gets put on the back burner. When you are living an organized life, you will have more free time to take that spin class or yoga class you’ve had your eye on. You won’t be coming home to cleaning and organization projects instead.
Fewer family conflicts
Have you ever gotten into an argument over the location of an item that seems lost? You have one place in mind for that object and your spouse or other family member has another. When that item is needed and cannot be found, this may create and amplify a family conflict. When everything has a place, the chance of arguments happening because you can’t find your keys, your favorite pair of shoes, or even your tax documents will significantly decrease.
How do you fix it?
Now that you know why you need to organize your house, you may not know where to start. You’ll start with going through your items and donating what you don’t need. From there, you find containers and places to put items that are left.
You can spend your evenings and weekends taking trips to The Container Store and embark on a mission to organize your house, but what if you don’t have time? This is where LifeSquire steps in. We are professional organizers and can take your house from mess to success. If you’d like information about our organization services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager
LifeSquire is dedicated to being your assistant resource, and in order to do so we are adding new services to fully encompass that.
Don’t worry, we will continue to provide you with well-trained and professional personal assistants we always have, but now we are offering so much more. Take a look at the new services we are offering:
LifeSquire Direct offers a variety of services that will fulfill the needs of your home or office. We cater to busy individuals, working professionals, and businesses big and small to provide you with top quality personal assistants.
LifeSquire on Demand
Never find yourself in a bind again. LifeSquire on Demand provides immediate assistant service seven days a week. When you use our S.O.S. function, a Squire will stop what they are doing to make sure your task is done right away.
Finding the wrong employee and turnover gets expensive. LifeSquire Connect draws upon our experience to recruit the right employee to meet your individual needs. Our job placement program will recruit, interview, personality test, and more to ensure we find the right employee to meet your support staff needs.
Backed by eight years of assistant experience, LifeSquire has developed a professional online or on location training program for your current and aspiring assistants. Through LifeSquire Academy, your assistant will learn how to meet and exceed your expectations.
There will be more information about each of these services to come, but feel free to contact us for more information.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager
Have you ever been lying in bed, knowing how badly you need some rest but you just can’t drift off to dreamland? You lay there going over your to-do list and not knowing how you are going to do it all. Next comes prioritizing what has to be done, because you know you have to make up for the lost sleep. As the days go by, it can turn into an endless cycle of overwhelm. More sleepless nights, less time with the family, and never feeling like you are getting ahead, it doesn’t seem to stop.
From your work life to your personal life, you have so many tasks to accomplish in a week, and unfortunately, none of us can stop time. So, when you are feeling overwhelmed, it is time to consider getting a personal assistant. Your personal assistant will not only help you with your tasks but will give you peace-of-mind. While there are a ton of things a personal assistant can do for you, here are five ways having one can change your life:
Piles and piles of laundry are a burden, and after the washing comes the folding. Ugh. Think about how many hours a week you spend making sure your family doesn’t leave with smelly dirt covered clothing. But, laundry doesn’t have to be dreadful, and not just because you really love the smell of Tide. In fact, you don’t have to do your laundry at all. Your LifeSquire personal assistant is trained to wash and fold your laundry and will follow whatever specifications you want.
The little things
You’d be surprised how much time is spent doing the little things. Researching flights, hotels, reservations, oil changes, waiting for service providers, paying bills, and more add up to hours and hours of your time. Instead of worrying about how you are going to get to Florida to hop on your next cruise vacation, you can focus on having fun. All of these tasks can be delegated to your assistant. The little things are often more a time taker than the major things. Crazy, huh? Giving your assistant the ability to handle the little things, and even anticipate future tasks will take a lot off of your mind.
It’s easy for email to take over your life. From spam mail to important emails, it never seems to stop rolling in. As the emails pile up, there is a good chance you will miss important ones. Instead of rushing through or hitting delete all, delegate email management to your personal assistant. You can set-up an organization system to make sure you see all the important emails, and your assistant can help clear up the inevitable spam.
Entertaining is a lot of work. Think about how much time you spend scheduling the providers, addressing invitations, collecting RSVPs, and more. And even worse, you get stressed during the event because you aren’t sure things are running right. Did you know your events can be managed by your personal assistant? They will do the scheduling, invitation management, and whatever else needs to be done. On the day of the event, they can also make sure things run smoothly. Stress-free events may never happy, but a personal assistant can help reduce your stress levels.
Probably the most important way a personal assistant can change your life is by getting you an appropriate work/life balance. We know, it seems impossible, but we promise it can happen. We spend a lot of our time working and doing chores in our free time which often turns into less time for ourselves, for friends, and family. And when your availability suffers, your relationships also suffer. While we can’t extend the number of hours in the day, we do have a solution. Your personal assistant will give you more time by keeping you on schedule, reducing stress, running errands, school transportation for the kids, shopping, doing your errands, and more.
For more information about personal assistant service, email LifeSquire at email@example.com.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialis
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