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Big changes, new services at LifeSquire

LifeSquire Service

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

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.

LifeSquire Connect

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.

LifeSquire Academy

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

The 10 best handy tips from the LifeSquire handyman

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Recently the LifeSquire handyman grabbed his tool belt and came to our office one night after work to share some of his knowledge. At LifeSquire, we do a lot of tasks for our clients, but we also always strive to push the boundaries and do more. So when our handyman said he’d like to teach us some tricks of the trade, we dropped the grocery bags (not really) and joined him for a learning session.

After the class, we decided the tips we learned were so valuable that we had to share them with you. So here are ten handy tips from our handyman.

Picture perfect

  • When hanging a picture or something else on the wall, always put the nail at a little bit of an angle to take the pressure off of the drywall.

  • Don’t just hang a picture on the wall with a nail, use a hook as well. Using a hook will keep the sheetrock from tearing. Make sure you check the weight limitations for the hooks.

  • Make picture hanging easier when you mark the top of the picture on the wall. Use a pencil and draw a line at the top of the frame. Measure, on the picture, from the top of the frame to the hanger and use this measurement for proper hook placement. Make sure you put the bottom of the hook at the measured mark so that the picture will be in the proper location.

Wall repair

  • If you need to fix cracks in your walls, fill them with painter’s caulking. Make sure it isn’t silicone based, otherwise you won’t be able to paint over it.

  • Holes in wood are easily fixed with the help of water putty. Once the putty is dry, just sand and paint over the spot. It’s an instant fix.

  • Do you need to touch up some paint, but forgot what color your walls are? Pick a place in the room that is a low traffic area. Use a box knife to cut into the wall until the tip of the blade is white. Cut a square that is at least an inch wide. Peel the paint off and take it to your paint store. They can analyze it and get you the matching color. Use spackle to patch the spot and paint over it with your new paint.

Miscellaneous tips

  • Toothpicks are for more than your teeth. If you have a screw that won’t stay, add a toothpick. A stripped screw can be really annoying, so just put a toothpick or two in the hole before putting the screw back in. The toothpicks will help secure the screw.

  • Clogged drains are an easy fix when you have a wet-dry vacuum. Remove the drain cover and use the vacuum to remove the clogs. If you need extra suction, seal around the nozzle with a wet rag.

  • When the lights go out, you can easily find your flashlight if you wrap glow in the dark tape around the handle. The tape will glow for about 8 hours.

  • Get light scratches out of wood with the help of a walnut. Break the walnut open and rub it on the scratch several times. Rub your finger along the scratch to heat up the oil the walnut left. Once it’s warm, the wood will soak up the oil, and the scratch will fade.

 

These are just a few of the tips we learned from our handyman, and we hope they help you. If you need handyman service, contact us. Our professional handyman is taking appointments and will get the job done.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist

 

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

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

11 Things Personal Assistants Do Better

To say that you love your job and to mean it is two very different things. To be a personal assistant is to love your job. The best personal assistants absolutely love what they do. There is a thrill in providing service for others, there is pride in accomplishing multiple tasks a day, and there is a love for being a support system for others.

Being a personal assistant is a demanding job that will keep a person on their toes, but it is a crucial role to fill. There are just some things a personal assistant can do better, and we want to share those things with you.

Scheduling mavens

If there is one thing that personal assistants are professionals at, it’s time management. They not only make sure they have time to complete all of their client’s tasks each and every day, but they also schedule appointments, travel, and service appointments regularly. They can keep track of when your pet needs to see the groomer, when your child has to be picked up from school, and when your car needs maintenance. Sure, they may use planners to keep them on track, but you can’t slide an extra meeting into a busy day without them noticing. And when they see it, they will make sure you can fit that meeting into your schedule easily.

Organization masterminds

We’ve all found ourselves in a disorganized and cluttered home from time-to-time. Life gets in the way, you get super busy, and the house tends to be the first thing knocked off of the list. But for a personal assistant, organization always tops the list. You may not even realize your bookshelf is a complete mess, but your assistant will. Your assistant will come in, put their organization skills to work, and in no time it will be organized by color and probably height too. If there was a degree in home and life organization, our assistants would have it.

Continually adaptable

Change happens constantly, and we expect it. Personal assistants have to accept change in their day-to-day job. There will be days that everything will go perfect and there will be days that are a total disaster. Either way, they know how to handle the situation. They also go into every job knowing that the client’s needs are ever evolving and what they initially thought they would be doing could be instantly pushed to a later date. They love that no day is ever the same and that it will always provide a challenge. Things can change at a moment’s notice, and they are always prepared for it.  

Planning pros

No matter what you are planning, personal assistants will help you make it happen. If you are taking a huge family vacation, they will work out the details of the trip. If you are planning a birthday party or a huge gala, they will make the contacts to get everything just the way you want it. You could also call them miracle workers. They understand that it will be difficult for a client to give up the control of planning, but with the constant communication your personal assistant will provide, you will know everything is being done to your liking.

Bring smiles to faces

Personal assistants are born with a service heart and feel great satisfaction when they make their clients happy. They often go above and beyond what is required to ensure this happens regularly. Sometimes an assistant may show up with a client’s favorite treat, other times they will do a project the client didn’t expect them to do. They anticipate the wants and needs of the client so that their service is always better than anticipated.

Lifesavers

A personal assistant may be the one person that always has your back. Did you forget to order the wine for the girls’ luncheon? Your personal assistant will be there to save the day and make sure the girls don’t run out of their favorite wine. They come through for you on things you may have forgotten and often save the day.

Problem solvers

We aren’t talking about math homework when we say that assistants are problem solvers, although I’m sure helping with math homework could be worked into their schedule. Instead, personal assistants tend to make the impossible possible. They go above and beyond to make sure their client’s needs are met, and everything is done correctly. Assistants are the ones that make sure the cake gets ordered and delivered on time, they are the people who search all over town for the contractor needed to do a particular job, they are the ones that project manages your household or office. And when a problem comes up, personal assistants create a backup plan and quickly execute it. They do all of these things to keep their client’s lives as normal as possible.

Mind readers

A client could almost think their personal assistant is a mind reader. And truthfully, a good personal assistant does just that. They can anticipate the needs of their client’s without being told. Have a big trip coming up? It is likely that your personal assistant will have your luggage out, products you needs for your trip ready, and itineraries printed before you even think to do those things. That’s just one example of the many things you’re thinking, but don’t have to vocalize to your assistant. They also know how to read their client’s facial expressions. This allows them to know when the best time to approach a client is. They aren’t in the business to pester, so they have to know when the timing is right.

Knowledge seekers

With a variety of jobs comes a wealth of experience. A personal assistant craves the change, but also the knowledge they need to fulfill their tasks. Whether it is learning a new software so that they can work in their client’s office or it is learning how to trim a rose bush, personal assistants seek all of the knowledge.

Pet lovers

If you want a person that loves your pets as you do, you won’t find anyone better than your personal assistant. They are there to not only love and snuggle them but to help you take care of them. Does Fluffy need a vet appointment? Your personal assistant will make sure she is taken care of. They want your pets healthy and happy too.

The errand bosses

Whether it is making a list and heading to the grocery store, going to the post office, or returning purchased products, your personal assistant has you covered. They spend their work day doing the things you don’t have time to get done or the things you want to give up so that you will have more time with your family and friends. If you feel like your errands are overtaking your life, consider hiring an errand boss.

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If you are looking at all of these things and thinking to yourself that you could use someone in your life that can fulfill those needs, reach out and contact LifeSquire today. We have the personal assistants that will make your life easier.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, LifeSquire Digital Media Strategist

October in OK!

If you're like us, you love indulging in a little Halloween fun come October! And we know the kiddos like the sweet treats. But there's more to the holiday than one night of trick-or-treating. Oklahoma has more Halloween fun than we know what to do with! Here are 13 spooktacularly fun things to do in and around Oklahoma City this year.

Storybook Village, Edmond

Lake Arcadia’s Spring Creek Park is the perfect setting for this Halloween fun. The candy trail leads guests to a hayride that takes them to a mini carnival area where the kids can play free games to win cool Halloween themed prizes (glow in the dark vampire teeth, anyone?). The best part of the Storybook Village is the end: individual campfires are set up so you and your family can slow down and enjoy roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire. Runs October 23rd-30th from 5:30-8:30 PM

Castle of Muskogee, Muskogee

This treasure hosts a plethora of haunted houses that range from G-rated family fun to downright terrifying zombie chases! With enough behind castle walls to fill your whole day, this place is really worth the trip. Open Fridays and Saturdays through October 29th, 6-10 PM.

Ghost Tours, Guthrie

Guthrie hosts the most haunt for your gas mileage. There are guided ghost tours downtown, which include a visit to the Blue Belle Saloon. After your ghost tour, check in for a night at the Stone Lion Inn, the funeral home turned B&B. Other stops to make on your Guthrie ghost trek are the Dominion house, First Territorial Prison, Logan County Memorial Hospital and Old Sante Fe Depot!

Fright Fest at Frontier City, OKC

Beginning October 1st, this frightfully delightful events runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween eve, featuring costumed ghouls and monsters, a trick-or-treat trail for the kids and a great haunted house for the older ones. Admission to activities is free with park admission (extra charge for the haunted house).

Haunt the Zoo, OKC

Bring the kids for some top-rate safe Halloween fun! Admission is $7 for kids and accompanying adults get free. Runs 6:30 - 8:30 PM each night from the 26th through the 31st, featuring several days of trick-or-treating.

PumPkinville at Myriad Gardens, OKC

This event is a wonder for kids and adults alike! The Myriad Botanical Gardens has transformed the grounds into a Halloween wonderland! Filled with arts and crafts, pumpkin painting, train rides, and storytelling, the kids will be sure to enjoy. Runs October 7th-23rd from 10 AM-5 PM. Admission is $6 or free for members.

Not-So-FRIghtening-Fun at Science Museum, OKC

Held on October 29th, this overnight event features special experiments, including making swamp goo! Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, and check-in is at 6 PM. Call (405) 602-3760 to register.

Haunt the RiveR Cruises, OKC

For more adult-friendly fun, every Saturday in October adults can get dressed up and enjoy a costumed Oklahoma River cruise. Haunt the River Cruises are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and include entertainment and cash bar.

Booville at Frontier City, OKC

For the younger ones heading to Frontier City (specifically 54” and under according to their website), dress up and follow the Trick-Or-Treat trail in Kiddie Land to grab some goodies. It’s included with park admission. Runs from October 1st-30th, Saturday and Sunday from 4-6 PM.

Halloween Train Ride, OKC

Put on your Halloween costume and enjoy a train ride at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. The train leaves Oakwood Depot on October 31st at 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Brick or Treat, OKC

From 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25th, take the kids to Bricktown for trick-or-treating at district businesses. Kids must be in costume and under 14 to participate, and the annual event also includes pumpkin painting.

Haunt the Harn, OKC

This is a classic Halloween experience at the Harn Homestead Museum! Go for hayrides, games, bobbing for apples, marshmallow roasting by the fire, crafts, and trick-or-treating. Family members of all ages can have a great time on Thursday, October 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Spooktacular Halloween Carnival, Mustang

Mustang's annual Halloween carnival has petting zoo, train rides, games and more, all absolutely free. Held at Wild Horse Park and organized by the city's Parks and Recreation Department, it includes a special area for the younger kids.