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We’ve had a look around lovely Hertfordshire, home of Hour Hands HQ, for local Easter activities. Our love of chocolate has dominated the search, so here is our pick of the local Easter Egg Hunts. [Read more…] about Easter Egg Hunts Hertfordshire
Mother’s day 26th March 2017
Mother’s day is still a few weeks away, but we like to be organised and provide you with some Mother’s Day Gift ideas. In case you have missed out on Valentine’s day it’s even more important to get Mother’s Day sorted! A homemade card and present from the children or grandchildren is always a lovely thought. Combined with a voucher or present it becomes the perfect gift. Not to forget the addition of a lovely lie in for a mum followed by breakfast in bed. Whatever the mum in question tells you she will enjoy some attention on the day!
6 o’clock drink – Gin lovers present
For a Mum that likes G&T these Gin Gift set may be a nice present.
Here are some present ideas for a bit of pampering. The perfume “Eccentric Molecules” available from Liberty is a very unique fragrance that smells different yet no less delicious on every wearer.
Charlotte Tilbury’s “Quick ‘N’ Easy Natural Glowing Look” a quick and easy make up bag ideal for a busy mum.
Some “Me-Time” presents
Something most mums don’t have a lot of is time for themselves. Either while the children are little and need attention 24/7 or when returning to work Mum’s are always busy. A gift for some “Me-time” will be very appreciated. Be aware though this needs to come with a plan who looking after the kids!
Spa – pick a local spa and get a nice spa day voucher ideally to take a friend as well. A girly Spa day away from nappies or homework can be pure bliss. Alternatively a massage or a nice facial in a nice beauty salon is also a lovely treat.
Candle Making – Jo Loves (the new brand by Jo Malone) offers some very unique experiences. The “Fragrance Tapas Bar” or “The Candle Shot Studio” make a great day out in London with a friend for a Jo Malone fan.
A new skill – whether it is Biscuit decorating, Chocolate Making, Cocktail Making lesson, a coaching session or a crafty activity the list is long. Some time out to do something new and fun or to return to an old hobby is a real treat for a busy mum.
Someone to do the jobs – often all a mum wants is some time. Time to read a book, have a bath or go out. But while the list of jobs is never ending – dry cleaning needs picking up, insurance need renewing, kids party need organising – it is hard to relax. So getting someone else to do it and giving a busy mum the present of time may well be exactly what she needs.
And don’t forget – The Flowers
If you don’t have a good florist nearby or need to send a gift, here are some luxuious flower gifts that a mum that likes flowers will love.
The Hat Box from Jane Packer from £55 or a beautiful bouquet from Appleyard from £ 34.99. A unusual alternative to flowers is a tree! The Present Tree has a tree for every occasion. We especially like the “Tree Hugs”
We hope some of these ideas for Mother’s day gifts will give you some inspiration. As always if you are short of time or still don’t know what to get give the team at Hour Hands a call. With our Present Buying Service we are always here to help
Getting organised with to-do list apps
Time is probably that one commodity that we would all like more of. Most of us would probably say we’d like to have a better work life balance or to simply just get through our never ending to-do-list. But that can be hard to achieve with modern life’s hectic schedules. Writing a list helps. Having a list on an app so you have it to hand everywhere and share it with your colleagues or other half helps even more! To-do list apps is what you need!
There are a number of apps available which can streamline your list of tasks leaving your more time for the important things and actually give you some free time. So here is Hour Hands’ ultimate guide to to-do list Apps.
This free app allows you to manage your work flow easily and simply. You can use the app to create various projects and tasks and even follow their progress on different devises. This makes it useful for sharing with co-workers or even the family. This user friendly app allows you break down your tasks into multiple subtasks so you can keep track of what needs to be done and when you need to do it.
Trello is another great app to help manage your projects. This to-do list app works a lot like having various post-it notes around only it’s all digital; a bit like Pinterest for your projects. You can create your long lists and then break it down into various boards. That way you can track each aspect of the project and keep all the information and links you need in one place. You can even share the app with co-workers and family members so everyone is on the same page. The best features on Trello are free.
Wunderlist is a cross-platform app that works on both on your desktop and mobile device and is one of the simplest of the to-do list apps for beginners to use.
Creating and sharing your lists is simple. You can also create a deadline for the tasks and then set regular reminders. That way you won’t forget to action items on your list!! It’s really simple to share your lists with others and even has smartwatch mode so you can easily check your lists when out and about, all for £3.99 a month.
This is more than a to-do list app as it works a lot like Evernote. Google Keep allows you to keep (hence its name) notes, photos and even audio recordings that you don’t want to lose all in one place. However, what’s great about the app is that you can also use it to keep track of tasks. If you are using Gmail there is a similar system of labels and colours which allows you to separate your work into different areas, for example family and business tasks. It also has some handy alert features such as location based alerts. If you walk past a supermarket it can even remind you to buy milk!
Any of these apps – and there are more – give you the ability to share and prioritise tasks. In busy times it’s easy for things to get missed. With the help of a list you are forced to prioritise and focus. Thanks to technology delegating has never been easier. At Hour Hands we use To-Do list apps not just to keep on track of our own tasks but also to share lists with our clients. They can easily move a task from their list to ours and keep on track of progress.
Getting your home ready for Christmas
The Christmas adverts are coming out thick and fast so it is probably start talking about Christmas. While it seems a long way off, now is the time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the festive season so that everything runs smoothly when the time arrives. Whether you have guest staying over or not now is a good time to think what House Preparation for Christmas is needed to avoid a last minute panic.
House Preparations for Christmas – Our tips
Get ready for your guests
If you are hosting your family this year you might want to think about how you going to put them up. For example do you have space for them to sleep? Perhaps your spare room is more of a dumping ground then a space to put up guests? Well now is the time to think about decluttering the space to make it a restful room for your guests to stay in. Spend time going through all those things you have put in your spare room and getting rid of all of those bits and pieces that you no longer need. This will give you the space you need to ensure you can host even the pickiest of guests.
However, if you don’t have time to do it yourself, as in the run up to Christmas things can get very busy, Hour Hands can assist with decluttering. We’ll take all the stress and hassle out of it for you; we’ll either recycle, give to charity or sell anything of value for you.
If you need extra space for your guests then why not look at investing in a sofa bed so you can easily turn your living room into a sleeping space. Now is the time to order a new sofa so you can ensure it is delivered in time for December. And if you don’t have time to wait in for your delivery, Hour Hands can even help with that.
Check your cooker and service your boiler
When you need to prepare such an important meal the last thing you want is for your kitchen to let you down. Therefore, why not get your cooker checked or you could even think about getting a new one fitted. That way you know that when you most need it you can be sure that everything will work as it should. At Hour Hands we can help you source the right tradesman for the job so you know that your kitchen is in safe hands and that on Christmas day the only thing for you to worry about is the turkey.
No one wants to wake up in a cold house on any winter day; but Christmas morning is probably the worst morning to find out your boiler has packed up! Now is the time to book in your yearly boiler check.
Stage your home
Now is also a good time to make sure your home is warm and cosy and most of all festive. You may not want to start putting up the christmas decorations and lights just yet but by investing in a few key pieces such as cushions and throws your home will feel warm and welcoming. Especially if you’re expecting a stream of guests as they’ll be very impressed by your cosy home.
If you want to get your home spruced up (sorry couldn’t resist) for the festive season, at Hour Hands we can take care of your House Preparation for Christmas. We will make sure it goes smoothly and stress free so that you can enjoy Christmas without the hassle.
Putting the home back into your house
They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle, but sometimes our houses can feel simply like a roof over your head. If your home feels cluttered and messy or you have jobs that need doing, but you simply don’t have the time to tackle them, your house can stop feeling like a home. That’s why at Hour Hands we have launched a new Home Improvement Service.
Whether you’re decluttering, updating
a room, getting ready to sell, or project managing building works we can help take some of the stress out of your home improvements. Thanks to our bespoke services we can ensure that your house is the home you want but without all the hassle. We can offer you a range of services to suit your needs.
One way that your home could feel less than homely is if it needs decluttering. If you feel that you are starting to feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have in your home it could be time to declutter.
We can all be guilty of holding on to things because we think they might come in handy or because we simply can’t get round to sorting and clearing them out. But decluttering can take time which often means we often don’t get round to doing it so end up living in a disorganised, chaotic home. Hour Hands Decluttering Service can help you regain valuable space and realise your home’s full potential. You don’t even need to worry about what happens to your unwanted things as we either recycle, sell anything of value or give it to charity. We’ll even suggest storage solutions for what’s left – making the whole process simple and pain free.
Home styling services
If it’s not clutter that is bothering you but simply your décor then we can help there too. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes to take your home from drab to fab.Our Home Styling Services will help you restyle your home without hiring costly
interior designers. Whether you are
staging your home to sell, rent out or simply to live; our role is to pay attention to the little details that can make a big difference to your home.
Tradesmen Sourcing Service
Finding a tradesmen can be a time consuming process – from researching and finding the right firm, getting numerous quotes, waiting in for them to carry out the work and not to mention the organisation of the delivery of items needed for the project takes a lot of time to get jobs done in the house. However, at Hour Hands we can take away all this stress. We’ll even wait in for them so you don’t have to.
Moving House Services
According to research one of the most stressful things you can do is move house, in fact many people think it causes more anxiety then a relationship breakdown, divorce or even starting a new job. If you want to make your move a breeze we can take away the stress for you. With our Moving House Service we can help you find solicitors, surveyors, estate agents, financial advisors and removal companies. Using our list of contacts we can offer advice on who is best fit for the job in hand at the most affordable price. We’ll help you declutter, source tradespeople, stage your home for selling and we’ll even take care of the packing and unpacking so all you need to do is enjoy your new home and forget about the stress.
If you have lost someone close to you the last thing you want to worry about is how to go about selling their home. Our Probate Services can help executors through what can be a very emotional process. We can help organise possessions saving anything treasured and disposing of the rest. Also we can present the home for a fast and effective sale and even help you with the paperwork. Our approach offers a professional and sympathetic approach to at what can be a very difficult time.
With our new Home Improvement Service we can make sure your home is truly your castle. Why not get in touch to find out more? Contact@hourhands.co.uk