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Be Merry and Bright with these 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

7 tips for a stress-free Christmas

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.

Wrapping party

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

LifeSquire Thanksgiving traditions you’ll want to steal

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.

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

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