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

November is a gift and a reason to be thankful

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As November has snuck its way in, your Facebook and Twitter timelines have been full of reasons why people are thankful. It’s no secret; this is the month to reflect on your life and express why you are grateful. And that is why we think November is one of the most inspirational months of the year.

As much as we’d love to sit at your dining room tables and celebrate Thanksgiving with you, we have families who want to see us. So, we decided to take a few moments to share with you why we are thankful this year. So put down your turkey leg for just a few minutes, and have a read.

 

 “I am thankful for my son, Liam, and husband, Ty! They are my people! I'm also incredibly thankful for my work family and the gift they have given me to be able to work and be apart of the LifeSquire family and still be with Liam.” ~ Lauren

 

“I'm grateful for changing seasons and new beginnings, my dear husband, and my friends and family.” ~ Jalaena

 

“I'm thankful for the two best dogs in the world and a supportive friend group that feels more like family.” ~ Jae

 

“I’m thankful for my dog-son Cash and how much joy he brings us, for the great season OU has been having (knock on wood), for John and how well he takes care of me, and that I have a job that I love to go to every day.”
~ Ally

 

“I'm thankful for friends and family who have shown up and been supportive of me throughout the year. Whether I'm happy or cranky, I have people who are always there.” ~ Katie

 

“I'm thankful for my family and being able to love on so many dogs because of this job.” ~ Liz

 

“This year has been incredibly difficult for me personally.  I'm forever thankful that I'm surrounded by such encouraging family and friends and for all of the grace that they've shown me.” ~ Ashlyn

 

“This year I am most thankful for my daughter. After almost two years in the foster care system, we were finally able to become a forever family. At only two years old, she has taught me more about love, understanding, forgiveness, perseverance, and patience than I had ever known before. She is my most treasured gift, and I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to be her mother.” ~ Brea

 

“I'm thankful for all of the men and women in the armed forces who are away protecting our freedoms, especially during the holidays. I’m thankful for my husband’s health and safety while he is deployed. I’m thankful to be close to my family, for my dogs and my home, and for my friends.”
~ Allison

 

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Strategist

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