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10 quick and easy ways to practice self-care every day

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With the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to neglect yourself. After spending extra hours in the office, your nights end up looking like a whirlwind of activity from cooking to wrangling children into bed by bedtime. And after all that, your bed and Netflix look more and more attractive.

While it is extremely important to get those tasks done on a daily basis, it is even more important to make time for some self-care. Now you’re probably thinking, I don’t have the time to spend days at the spa or going on regular shopping sprees, but self-care is more than just an outing.  Here are some self-care ideas to add to your daily to-do list:

Write about it

No matter how bad your day has been, there will always be something that makes you feel grateful.  So whether it is the fact that you are still breathing or you won the lottery, grab a journal and write down five positive things in your life each day. When you write down positive things in your life, it puts more emphasis on the things you are grateful for instead of the stressors in your life. Focus on the good.

A positive morning

Start every day with something positive. Whether you read inspirational quotes, stories or you indulge in your favorite coffee drink, try to start each morning with something that makes you feel good. You can do this while sipping your morning coffee and not have to add any extra time to your already busy morning.

Give back

If you want a quick positivity boost, do something for someone else. Volunteer once a month or help a friend or loved one out with a project they can’t do alone. Sharing your talents and giving back to the community is good for your soul.

Go on a technology detox

In most situations, you can’t imagine turning your cellphone off and taking a break from social media, but sometimes one way to make the craziness of the world stop turning is to take a break from the center of it. As much as you love social media, it can play a real role in your mood. Don’t be afraid to take a break, even if it is just for one hour.

Just say no

To all of the overachievers out there, it is okay to say no when someone asks to make plans with you. We often find ourselves wanting to do more than we are actually capable of doing. So while you don’t have to give a solid no, don’t be afraid to ask for that night out for a later date.

Playtime with pets

Pets have this furry covered way of soothing the soul. When you spend time petting and playing with your pets, you’ll easily forget the stresses of the day. If you don’t have a pet, visit your local rescue for all the playtime you can handle.

Have a self-date

It may sound a little weird, but you should always date yourself. Spend an hour alone doing something that feeds your soul. Maybe it is taking the time to read that new book you’ve been dying to start or relaxing in a bubble bath with a glass of wine. Do something that is for you and only you.

Just dance

Turn on your favorite song, and dance like no one is watching. Not only is music good for your soul, but dancing can put a little bounce in your step. Never deny yourself a mini dance party.

Take a road trip

There are likely some beautiful places within a short drive of you. Do some research for local sites to see and plan a short day trip over the weekend. So when the weather is nice, load up the car with your family or some close friends and hit the road.

Get in the right mindset

Download a meditation app on your phone and start your mornings with some peaceful relaxation before hitting the stress-filled traffic on your way to work.  Better yet, get to work a little early and listen to your meditation app before heading into the office. You’ll be a lot calmer, and it will be easier to start tackling your day.

A little goes a long way

Self-care is vital to your well-being. It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair to be considered self-care.   Just do a little something every day of the week, and you’ll quickly feel that stress fog lift. Make sure you add self-care to your to-do list daily and make it a priority in your life. 

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

Tutorial: How to Beautifully Wrap a Present

How to Wrap a Present

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:

  • Double-sided tape

  • Scissors

  • Wrapping Paper

  • Item to wrap

Instructions:

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.

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

Back-to-school tips

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.

Lunch Bites: Tips and Tricks to Make School Lunches Simple

Your alarm goes off and after hitting snooze three times, you roll out of bed to realize you are late. You still have to get your kids ready, get yourself ready, make breakfast, pack lunches, and somehow make time for coffee. Does this sound like a typical morning? We’ve been there.

Packing lunches for your kids is a chore that must be done, but don’t you wish there was a way to make this task easier? Well, at least less time consuming during your hectic and rushed mornings. So today is your lucky day, LifeSquire is here to give you tips and tricks to make this necessary chore easier.

Make use of leftovers

You cooked that delicious dinner, so don’t let it go to waste. Use your leftovers to create easy to pack lunches for the next day.

Ask the kids

If you find the lunch boxes coming home full of food, chances are your kids aren’t enjoying their meals. Asking what they would in their lunches could help in the long run. They may tell you ten things they like to eat, but this will give an idea that they enjoy a variety of foods. If they tell you one or two things they like, then maybe they just need more of two basic foods.

Lunch calendar

Remember the days of getting the lunch calendar at school? You remember how excited you were on pizza day? Well, you can still bring your kids that joy by making your own lunch calendar. This will help you keep on track, and give them lunches to look forward to.

Stop the browning

If you child prefers sliced apples, you can keep them from browning after slicing by using a rubber band to hold the apple together.

Keep it chill

It is important that lunches stay cool, but instead of purchasing expensive ice packs, there are alternatives. You child will need a drink with lunch, so consider saving room in the lunch pail by freezing the drinks and letting them thaw until lunch time. Alternatively, you can freeze a wet sponge in a sandwich bag to use as an ice pack also.

Let them pick

Pre-package snacks and put them into a plastic container in the fridge. When it is time to pack the lunch, let the kids decide what snacks they want to take. A variety of options and the chance to decide will keep the kids happy and healthy.

Jazz it up

Kids love fun shapes. If your child is a picky eater and doesn’t want to eat what you provide, use cookie cutters to turn their lunches into a work of art. They may be more apt to trying new things if it is in the form of a fun shape.

Make lunches at night

Finally, consider making lunches before bed instead of early in the morning. Your time is often short, you are running around trying to get yourself and your kids ready, and you never know what you may face when the sun rises. Instead of potentially having to hand out lunch money, get those lunches packed before bed to make your mornings a little smoother.

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If you don’t have time to do the meal planning or lunch packing, let LifeSquire personal assistants do the job. We will make sure your coffee pot is set, so you’ll have rich caffeinated goodness in the morning.

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Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist