Monday, December 10, 2018

15+ Ways to Stay Calm During the Holiday Season

It is no secret that the holiday season can be stressful and frustrating. As a concierge in a big city like Houston, I am pulled 5 million different directions constantly. Here are some ways to stay calm during the holiday season.
  • Begin your day by meditating.
  • Go for a 30 minute walk.
  • Jump on a trampoline for 15 minutes.
  • Read a book.
  • Cook or bake a new recipe. 
  • Sit and watch a movie with no distractions.
  • Go for a bike ride.
  • Do yoga.
  • Write down what you are thankful for.
  • Write a letter to someone who did something nice for you.
  • Give back.
  • Talk to a neighbor, friend or family on the phone you.
  • Say thank you.
  • Decorate your house a little at a time.
  • Choose to look at the positive of the holiday season.
  • So NO to things you don't want to do.

Friday, December 7, 2018

15+ Tips for an Eco Friendly Holiday Season

The holidays can revolve around a lot of material things. Here are some eco friendly was to make your holiday season a little more eco friendly by choosing greener options.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree. 
  • Buy energy efficient LED lights.
  • Give back. 
  • Use recycled materials like recycled paper or cloth when wrapping presents.
  • Buy carbon credits from sites like TerraPass if you are traveling this holiday season. 
  • If you are deciding on where to travel choose and eco friendly or green destination.
  • Support local when having your holiday feast. 
  • Sponsor a family in need. 
  • Give experience gifts rather than stuff. 
  • Draw names and only give one gift. This reduces waste and lessens the stress.
  • Utilize timers to save on usage. 
  • Use nature as a way to decorate. 
  • If you are going to different holiday activities with others, carpool.
  • Compost leftovers.
  • Send digital cards.
  • Use non-disposable plates, glasses, flatware and napkins.
  • Buy organic or biodynamic wine and alcohol. 
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 Holiday Bucket List

I love the coziness of the holidays (well here in Houston sometimes it's still hot & humid). Here is what is on my holiday bucket list this year.

  • Sit by the fireplace more.
  • Have dinner outdoors and utilize the fire pit.
  • Go ice skating at Discovery Green.
  • Look at Christmas lights in River Oaks.
  • Do some fun holiday activity in The Heights.
  • Visit the Zoo Lights.
  • Make cookies with my grandparents.
  • Cut down our Christmas tree.
  • Watch holiday movies.
  • Host an outdoor movie night.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

2018 Holiday Intention

I talked about my holiday intention last year and did really well planning early again this year, especially on the gift giving side of things and with my calendar. Of course there will always be chaos that ensues, but for now I hope to be well prepared as possible for the busy holiday season.  This year my holiday intention was to give back more and it came in unexpected ways.

I am the philanthropy director for the National Concierge Association of Greater Houston and this year our give back project is to bring donations for MD Anderson's Children's Cancer Hospital to our December meeting. Plus, I am rallying my neighbor's like I do most years and some of them will be contributing this year as well. 

Then I was helping Heroes for Children this year and decided to sponsor a whole family instead of a child. Hope this family will have some holiday joy. 

Then of course, there will be volunteer projects sprinkled in this holiday season. 

What is your holiday intention?

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to all of my clients, colleagues and friends!

Friday, November 30, 2018

15+ Ways a Personal Concierge can help you stay sane during the holidays

The is a repost from years past, but still relevant. This time of year is super busy for so many people and you can get overwhelmed really quickly. I have many clients here in Houston who use me for various daily tasks and the holidays are no exception. Hiring a personal concierge is easy there are several in Houston and all over. Here are some things that they can help you with.
  • Gift Research. I often times get hired to research various gifts, but have an extensive list of go to gifts that I like to give or that I know are a hit. Here in Houston there are various stores I know that I can find the perfect gifts.
  • Shop. This is one of the biggest things I get utilized for during the holidays. There are so many gifts that get bought and given 
  • Help Decorate. Sometimes you just can't do it all and need help. 
  • Donation Drop Off. There is a ton of giving back during the holidays and I often drop off donations for others.
  • Organize. Since I am a professional organizer, I often help with general organization in businesses and around the home. This really helps clients destress and not worry as much during the holidays. 
  • Gift Wrapping. The key is to find stores like Kuhl-Linscomb that gift wrap for free, but if not then use a personal concierge. I often do this for clients and have so much fun.
  • Shipping. I ship a TON during the holidays. The key is to ship early when lines are not as long. Many of personal concierges charge by the hour, so shipping early can save you time and money. 
  • Write, Address, Stamp and Mail Holiday Cards. This gets outsourced a lot because usually when people send out holiday cards they send out a lot. 
  • Corporate Gift Buying. Lots of companies give gifts to employees, clients and colleagues and this is something they use concierges to assist them with. 
  • Party Prep. This is a big one because so many people host holiday parties. 
  • Book Travel. A ton of people travel during the holidays and a concierge can help with flights, hotel reservations, car rental, booking activities, etc. 
  • Grocery Shop. So many groceries to be bought during the holidays. 
  • Guest Prep. If you have guests coming into town a personal concierge can help with prepping for their arrival from getting rooms organized to arranging pick up for them to buying gifts. 
  • Basic Errands. I help clients with all kinds of basic errands they just don't have time to do. 

Virtual Concierge Help
I have had others hire me to help them with holiday tasks virtually as well. Here are some holiday things that I often get asked to help with virtually.

  • Buy and Ship Gifts. If there are items that can be purchased and shipped online, then that is what I help with.
  • Order and Mail Holiday Cards. This often times can be done anywhere.
  • Arrange for Professional Services. I often help arrange for services like house cleaning, organizing, catering, etc. to come in and help during the holidays. 
  • Book Travel. Just like above this is something that a concierge can help with.
  • Send Alcohol and Flowers. I arrange for bottles of wine and liquor to be delivered for clients. As well as, flowers and plants. 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Hey! Today is #GivingTuesday. For those who don't know, it is a global day of giving.  It happens on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. For the past several years I have tried to gather toys for MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital. This year has been the best year yet. YAY!!!