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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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