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How Can You Support the Cause?

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How Can I Support the Cause?

 October is a wonderful month for many reasons. One of my favorites is that everyone draws a little closer together with Breast Cancer Awareness. I wish we were always aware and supporting the cause, but I am grateful for October being the focus month.

 It’s safe to say 8/10 people probably know someone who has spent time fighting cancer. It is very near and dear to us that know someone or if we are that person. Knowing someone and not knowing someone, both can be a blessing. Cancer allows many lessons to be learned in the times of hardship. Families, friends, and communities unite together.

 If you know someone struggling with cancer, here are a few ways you can help them and support the cause:

  1. Be a Listener
  • Sometimes a listening ear can make the world of difference. It is very beneficial for people to just talk out their feelings to someone they trust, even if it doesn’t make sense or is not even related. Being there for someone you love and listening can help them make new discoveries about themselves or situation.

      2. Open Ended Invitations

  • Most fighters don’t know how they will feel by tomorrow or even the end of the day. Let them know whenever they want to, they can come watch a movie or go grab a bite to eat. This lets them know you are their support.

      3. Connect those you know with Breast Cancer to a survivor

  • Many fighters will say they don’t want help or need it. Again, present the opportunity. They can think about it and reach out when they need it.

      4. Offer to buy groceries for them

  • Many fighters have special diets or restrictions. As much as they would appreciate a homemade lasagna, they would appreciate it more if you came and got their grocery list from them.

 

Now what about us that don’t know someone who is fighting against cancer? There are still may ways to help!

  1. Participate in the Cancer Walks
  • These events occur more than you know. Just research to find one in the local area and go walk! All the funding of this event goes to researching for a cure. You are making a wonderful contribution just by walking. Who knows, you might even meet some new lifelong friends!

     2. Donatations

     3.Volunteer

 

Whether you know someone one fighting cancer or not, you have all the power to make a difference. The greatest thing is you can start today! Help support the cause! Fight Cancer with us.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

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Meg here, and I know just how much work goes into running an office. Not only do you have all the employees, but clients, vendors, property managers and more. Our office administrator is our savior for all these things. Here are a couple reasons we love our office administrator and ways to make their day a little better as we celebrate national Administrative Professionals Day!

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  • Gift Shower: A card is a great start, but this year you can take it a step further and throw a little gift shower. The gifts don’t need to be big, even the smallest personalized gifts can make an impact. Whether you have a basket waiting on their desk at the beginning of the day or have various coworkers stop by with little surprises and notes throughout the day, your office administrator will feel appreciated all day long.

 

  • A Day Off: While it may seem that your office work flow will crumble without them at the helm, your office administrator surely deserves a little break! Whether you can manage an afternoon or even a full day, let your office admin schedule some downtime out of the office. You can also surprise them with tickets to an event, a spa pass or a gift certificate for a sweet treat to enjoy during their time off.

 

  • Help Out: Take a day to walk in their shoes! While your whole office appreciates all the work that your office administrator takes on, it’s a different story when it comes to experiencing it yourselves. Create a schedule and have each member of the office sign up to take over or help out with various tasks that your office admin works through daily. Not only will you give them a break, you’ll have a new appreciation for all the hard work they do every day.

 

  • Update Supplies: It may seem like a small gesture but new supplies will make your office administrator’s job easier. A great place to start is by replacing storage boxes or bringing in a few new ones for those stubborn files that need a home. One of my favorites is Bankers Box®. Those boxes get worn out so quickly with every day use and a few new ones will go a long way in making your office administrator’s job a little less stressful. A new set of pens, a stylish new desk organizer, or even a cute new notepad will make a big difference as well.

 

Administrative Professionals Day is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for all that your office administrator does to make each day flow smoothly. With these tips, your office administrator will feel appreciated all day long. I think it’s a great idea to keep that appreciation flowing all year round by remembering to thank them for their hard work each day. If you’re looking for a few other ways to make this day extra special check out these great ideas CLICK HERE.

 

Until next time,

Meg

 

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    Holiday Traditions

    Do you have some traditions your family celebrate every year or are you looking for fun new ones for your family to start? We’ve gathered a few of our favorites with even more below!

    1.Advent Calendar

    2. Gingerbread Houses

    3. Caroling

    4. Classic Christmas movies

    5.White Elephant gift parties

    Click here for fun food, community and gift traditions!

    Holiday Recipes

    Start to plan your Thanksgiving Meal with some of our favorite holiday recipes!

    Shallot-Sage Accordion Potatoes

    To prep ahead, bake through step 2. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before proceeding as directed.

    • Prep Time 30 minutes
    • Total Time 1 3/4 hours
    • Yield Serves 8

    Ingredients

    • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
    • 6 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make deep cuts into each potato, 1/4 inch apart, without completely cutting through. Place shallots in each cut (using about half the shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, cut sides down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Scatter remaining shallots around potatoes.
    2. Tightly cover dish with foil and bake until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    3. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sage and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Top potatoes with sage butter; scoop up loose shallots and divide among potatoes, then bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more.

    Double Cranberry-Apple Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
    • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
    • 1 small lemon, sliced and seeded
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

    Preparation

    1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
    2. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in sweetened dried cranberries. Cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
    3. Note: Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    And now for the turkey….

    Make the bird the way you like it: this step-by-step guide from Food Network Magazine leads to thousands of possibilities!

    1. Pick a turkey

    2. Thaw

    3. Brine

    4. Make a butter

    5. Roast the bird

    Click here for the full article including brining tips, butter recipes and more!

     

    Summer Safety Tips

    “Nearly 70 percent of Americans, according to the American Red Cross, have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites to heat stroke and other life-threatening situations.

    But what can you do if you find yourself facing a summer emergency?

    CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton shared the tips below on how to keep your family safe and healthy all summer-long:

    HOW TO HYDRATE
    • Drink plenty of fluid. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
    • If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour
    • Avoid liquids with alcohol or sugar — they will cause you to lose more body fluid.
    • Stay away from very cold drinks — they can cause stomach cramps.

    Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Monitor young children and elderly people because they are more sensitive to the heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Body temperature can rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. A very important tip for summer health is to drink enough fluids — hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

    HOW TO RECOGNIZE HEAT STROKE
    If they have a body temperature above 103 degrees Farenheit, red, hot dry skin, and there’s no sweating — which means that the body’s sweating mechanism is failing, and the body is unable to cool down. If the person has a rapid strong pulse, headache, dizziness or nausea — call 911 and get the victim to a shady area in the meantime. Try to cool the victim rapidly using whatever methods you can like spraying them with cool water from a hose.

    SYMPTOMS
    • Body temp > 103°F
    • Red/hot/dry skin
    • No sweating
    • Rapid pulse
    • Headache/dizziness/nausea

    HOW TO ALLEVIATE SUNBURN
    There’s no fast “cure” for sunburns — it may take days for your skin to heal. To treat the pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and keep the area moisturized with aloe or other lotions. Keep the skin cool by using cold compresses or taking a cold bath. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan.” Unprotected sun exposure causes premature aging of the skin

    HOW TO IDENTIFY POISONOUS PLANTS
    A good rule of thumb is “leaves of three, let it be.” Poison oak and ivy usually are clustered in leaves of three. They contain an oil that when gets on your skin can cause an allergic reaction. You only need to be exposed to a very, very little of this poisonous oil — less than one grain of table salt — for it to develop a rash. If you do get it on your skin, immediately rinse skin with rubbing alcohol or a degreasing soap like dishwashing soap and lots of water. Rinse frequently so that wash solutions do not dry on the skin and further spread the urushiol. An antihistamine can be taken to help relieve itching.

    BEST WAY TO REMOVE AN INSECT STINGER
    NEVER squeeze the area or use tweezers because it may push more venom into the skin. Remove the stinger by either scraping your fingernail over the area or using a straight edge like a credit card. You want to wash the area with soap and water — if there’s swelling, apply ice. Try not to scratch because it may cause an infection.

    LEARN CPR
    Learn how to do Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, or CPR. This year marks the 50th anniversary of its invention. According to the American Heart Association, “about 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings,” so knowing how to perform CPR can mean the difference between life and death. It also can resuscitate someone who has suffers a near-drowning — and as we know, summertime means a lot of time at pools. You can find a class at your local American Heart Association chapter or the American Red Cross.”

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    What’s on your Memorial Day BBQ menu?

    We’re getting our list ready for this weekend and just to make sure you get the most out of your BBQ we have a checklist and the best recipes for you too!

    IF it’s for a potluck BBQ at work on Friday, or a cookout with the family on Monday, make sure you’re well stocked with the essentials…

     

    And now the BEST Memorial Day BBQ recipes!

    Cedar Planked Salmon Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs

    Bacon Ranch Chicken Skewers Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

    The Significance of Earth Day

    Earth Day, first launched on April 22nd, 1970 when 20 million Americans came together and demonstrated for more environmental action, is considered the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Landmark acts such as Clear Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other ground breaking laws soon passed as a result of this remarkable event. Today, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

    100% Recycled Storage Boxes

    Also did you know that 74% of office paper is recycled, but it is still the largest single product going to landfills. Recycling one ton of paper saves three cubic yards of landfill space, 20 trees, 60 pounds of air pollutants, 7,000 gallons of water, ans saves enough energy to power the average home for six months? If your office isn’t recycling, start a program today! Find out other head-spinning green facts at http://www.goinggreentoday.com/blog/10-green-facts-that-will-make-your-head-spin

    Going Green is just good business…

    As most buisnesses now realize, it makes good business sense to reduce waste and use recosources more efficiently. Both large and small officdes can save money, improve morale by creating a healthier and more productive work environment, and appeal to green consumersm, all by “going green” themselves. Here are some ideas to minimize your impact on the Earth and maximize your impact in your business:

    ENERGY

    Lighting: Purchase compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 66 percent less energy than standard bulbs (this is one place where you save money: each CFL you buy will save you about $45 over the long life of the bulb, since they last 13 times as long as incandescent bulbs).recycle

    Electricity: Turn off computers and other office equipment when you leave your office. Set your computer or printer to “sleep” mode when not in use. By plugging hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch, your whole desktop setup can be turned off at once.

    Travel: Minimize your business travel by taking advantage of telecommuniting tools, such as instant messaging, video conferencing, etc. If you work in a traditional office environment, arrange for bicycle storage and an on-site shower to make cycling or walking to work a better option. Encourage employees to take public transportation by offering stipends. And if you do drive, consider carpooling with a nearby associate.

    RECYCLING

    Paper and printing: Paper and other paper supplies made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled content is often teh same price as regular paper, and you can buy bulk to save money. Be responsible and recycle old printer cartidges. Most large office supply sttores recycle toner cartridges for free, and buying recycled replacements tent to be cheaper than new ones.

    Reusing or donating: Use shipping boxes for your outgoing mail, donate excess supplies to lcoal community nonprofits and school, and consider donating your computers, office furniture, and other equpiment when yuou update.

    Daily Waste:Consider installing recycling bins and everyone’s desk for ease of use and setting up a recycling program with your building if one does not already exist.

    COMMUNITY

    Breakroom: Bring lunch to work in reusable contrainers, invest in fiar trade coffee, and eliminate disposable dishes and silverware (even if it means setting up a clean-up schedule). If you order out, consider doing a large order for several colleagues to reduce mulitple delivery tips.

    Sharing: Arrange an office carpool or group bike commute and post friendly reminders for everyone nto to waste energy or resources, even simple ones like remembering to turn off the lights. Simple tasks can save energy and money all at once!

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    How to choose the RIGHT binder

    There are so many options when it comes to binders that you just want to get what you need and get on with it. These three easy steps will help you find the exact binder you need for the project or task at hand- pain free!

    1. PICK The Right Application

         –Presentation binders: for proposals, presentations, and reports

         – Reference Binders: for frequently used documents like manuals and files

         – Storage Binders: for documents that are accessed infrequently like annual records

     

    2. CHOOSE The Ring Style To Fit Your Needs

         – Round Ring is most common. Standard capactiy. Ring is usually mounted to the spine

         – EZ- TURN Ring allows for smoother page turning. Ring is mounted on the back for flat pages

         – Slant Ring holds up to 25% more than round ring. Ring is mounted the back for flat pages

         – EXD Ring holds up to 50% more than round rings and pages turn easily with Gap Free Rings

         – Gapless Ring has no gaps. Pages flow smoothly and rings will not open if binder is dropped

     

    3. SELET The Correct Size Binder