Published September 4th, 2014
Ania's tips on how to make your mornings easier and less stressful.
1. Do not turn on your TV
2. Do not turn on your computer
3. Do not check your voice mail
Back to school is stressful enough. When getting your children ready for school turning on 'noise' will add time to your routine. We always suggest to our clients that struggle with time management to do their top 2 things on their daily to-do lists PRIOR to checking email or starting your social media participation. Once we start responding to inquiries, concerns etc. it is hard to walk away to do other things.
This month we are lucky to be able to spotlight a local business. Robin Stankowski, owner of RLN Organizing, shares with us some tips for seasonal organization for your car.
1. Clean the car out
2. Re-Stock all of your essentials
3. Create an emergency kit
4. Grocery shopping strategy
5. Seasonal sport equipment
For more information on those tips click here.
Published: May 27, 2014
Tips for a child friendly event!
Summer months are almost here - are you ready? The next 4
months are busy with outdoor events, communion and graduation parties, company picnics and family reunions. It takes a lot of time and energy to put together a successful party: between food, drinks,
location and entertainment we sometimes might not know where to start.
Beach/summer/picnic themed ideas:
Arts-n-crafts - Paper Plate Aquarium:
Give the kids a paper plate and have them create an aquarium scene on the top side of the plate. They can decorate with markers, stickers, yarn, tissue paper, googly eyes, etc. Then over that plate tape a second plate that you have cut out a hole at the top (can cover with Plastic wrap). This makes it look like your looking into an aquarium.
Arts-n-crafts – Leis:
Cut out squares of different colored tissue paper and punch a hole through the middle (you can use a pencil or hole punch). Then let the children string the paper onto the yarn creating a great leis. Some children will use all one color, some will vary their colors, some will make unique patterns - one thing that is for sure is that they all will be unique.
What You Need: yarn (long enough to reach around children's necks), tissue paper
Arts-n-crafts – Sunglasses:
Buy a pack of cheap children’s sunglasses (could be paper or plastic ones) and glue on sparkle gems, stickers, ribbon, decorate with markers, etc. (can probably get a lot of this stuff at the Dollar Tree)
You can buy a pack of seashells at the dollar store and write numbers 1-10 on the inside of the shells. Also, at the dollar store you can buy a pack of pearls/marbles/etc. Have children put the correct number of pearls into each numbered shell.
Letters of the Alphabet Activity:
Use a beach ball (dollar stores usually have packs of beach balls) and use a Sharpie marker to write the letters of the alphabet on the ball (can also write numbers). There are all sorts of games that can be played with these balls, like throwing the ball back and forth and the first letter or number that is in front of the child, when caught, they would name it out loud. (see pictures below)
Build-a-Snack Snack Time - Make a Jello ocean and then eat it:
Give each child a small bowl/cup of blue Jell-O and a plate with tiny/cut up pieces of fruit/food to represent what you would find in the ocean: grape fish, apple rocks and sand, carrot coral, celery seaweed, banana whales and so on.
Materials: Blue Jello, grape, apple, carrot, celery, banana (all cut up/in small pieces)
Acting out/Movement activity – Ocean Animals:
Have the children act out/pretend they are certain ocean animals. Call out what the animals are/what they do and see how the children interpret them. For example:
Science Activity - Sink or Float?
Fill a large plastic container with water. Supply a variety of household objects and invite children to discover which items sink and which will float. After they test each object they can sort them into two containers. Label the containers with simple pictures such as a boat for the FLOAT container and an anchor for the SINK container (probably best to do this outside).
By letting your guests know ahead of the time that a ‘’children’s area’ will be provided it will increase the participation and attendance. Especially if event is put together by a business in hopes to raise awareness/educate or to celebrate a milestone, doing this extra step can mean a higher attendance.
Our staff focuses on putting together a customized event plan based on the age and amount of children attending the event. We can bring games, snacks, arts-n-crafts, books and provide an educational yet fun experience for the little ones. We do have a 1 staff to 5 children ratio – with a minimum of 2 staff members present. This allows us to provide a safe environment and attention needed. If you are interested in finding out more information about our team of Personal Assistants we would be happy to schedule a complimentary meet-n-greet. Let us handle your event needs while you focus on your guests. As always, there are no minimums to utilize our services. Please note, on average it takes us 4-6 weeks to on-board a new client. Contact us early to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to go through our process. We look forward to hearing from you soon!