Smart Phones vs. Dumb Phones

Smart Phones vs. Dumb Phones

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I swear, every time I pick up my "Smart Phone"...I feel dumb... What else can these tech geniuses put inside these small contraptions. They can take pictures, get email, send instant messages, surf the internet, find you when you are lost, pay your bills, tell you the time anywhere in the world, play music, stream movies....and the list goes on and on and on... But you have to know how to work your smart phone to make all these options work.

Well, I'm not sure all these things are a good thing. There are times when I have an urgent call to make and I can't figure out how to find the person I am calling, let alone dial it. Now a days, who knows anyone's phone number. They are stored in your "smart phone". But when you need to call your neighbor because there is water spraying like a fountain in their yard, who can remember that number? I'm lucky to remember 9-1-1. Do you know your neighbor's number?

Now think about this... what happens if you drop your phone in water. Who do you call? What is their number? What do you do? That "Smart Phone" is not so smart during a time like this. All that info you need during this situation is in that water logged phone, which probably won't turn on now. 

Also, having a phone that can store a zillion photos and videos of your family on vacation is wonderful. But what do you do with them once your phone storage is full? Is there a button to push so the photos magically appear in prints or are transferred to your computer? I think not!!! The brilliant tech people forgot to teach us where those buttons are. 

These are just some situations that I have run into over the years as I have converted to a smart phone. And through a lot of trial and error, I have come to love many of the advantages that come with one of these phones. Don't get me wrong, I miss the age of having a phone that just made calls. Those so called "Dumb Phones" were part of a simpler time. A time when people just used their phones to make calls, not to run their life hour by hour. These phones were part of a time when you took pictures with a camera and had prints made. These phones were part of a time when we wrote letters to our loved ones instead of email or instant messages. 

Well, times have changed!!! We have these smart phones now and it only makes sense to learn how to use them and put these "advantages" to work for us. It definitely is helpful to know how to use Google Maps when driving to Chattanooga. And it sure is cool to wish your niece a happy birthday through Facetime. Also, being able to order a pizza before you get home can really be a life saver... if you are starving.

So, are you ready to make that leap into the "Smart Phone" and bury your "Dumb Phone" in the backyard? Are you having a small panic attack wondering how to absorb all the information about your new phone? Are you ready to get rid of your camera, phone book, road maps, etc... and become a fearless techy? 

We, at Rediscovered Moments Concierge, are here to help you in any way you may need. If you just need assistance on the basics of a smart phone or more advanced learning of apps, we have the right person for you. Don't let all this tech stuff overwhelm you. We are here to make this transition easy for you. 

 


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Written by: Kimberly Lapointe, Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.

Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.

Personal Assistant to Wellness

Lately, there seems to be a lot of germs going around. Many people have been sick with the flu or seasonal allergies. We have entered that time of year where we are trying to escape the winter colds and enter the blissfulness of springtime. Every time I turn around, I find another person who is isolated to their home because of some sort of “disease” inhabiting their body.

I know that when our bodies catch these evil germs, we can be sidelined for what seems like weeks. Just to roll out of bed seems like the biggest mountain to climb. And we tell ourselves that we must because:

1. the kids need to eat

2. the kids need to get to school

3. my bedroom is filled with a mountain of dirty clothes

4. the dishes are starting to “walk” off the counter

5. I have to get to work - need to pay the mortgage

6. the refrigerator shelves are empty

7. the lawn is taller than my toddler

8. the bills are past due

9. I need some medicine

10. HELPPPP!!!

Truthfully, the list can go on and on and on… 

In times like these, I want to hide under my blankets and pretend that I have a personal assistant who will come and just make everything ok. I imagine that my assistant will bring my medicine, fix chicken noodle soup and have a large glass of ginger ale sitting by the bed when I wake. I envision that the laundry has been sorted and washed, the dishes are gleaming in the cupboards and my toddler doesn’t get lost in the grass, because someone has mowed it. And just think, how cool would it be to open the refrigerator and there actually is food in it!!! Wow!!!

Well, guess what! This is all possible. Hiring a personal assistant just for a few hours or a few days is exactly what Rediscovered Moments Concierge is about. It seems that we, as humans, have a flaw. We will hire a plumber when we have a water leak or a mechanic when the car won’t start. But do we hire anyone when our bodies are broken down? Usually not…because we think we can always take care of ourselves. 

We should be honoring ourselves and believing we are worth the time to recuperate without killing ourselves “to get everything done”. Doesn’t the doctor always say…”Rest is the best medicine!”? Well, we believe it is. So, next time the dreaded germs have taken you over, remember, Rediscovered Moments Concierge is only a phone call or email away. Let us help you get back on your feet and scare those germs back to where they belong.

 
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Written by: Kimberly Lapointe

Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.

Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.

Picture Perfect Planning

Ok Ladies and Gentlemen! We all have had these visions of the "perfect party" and being the "perfect host". Dreams of a gorgeous tablescape with decadent pastries and mouth watering hors d'oeuvres. Images of yourself beautifully dressed in a designer outfit while mingling with your guests. An essence of peace and tranquility oozes from you while a sumptuous 5 course dinner is served.

  ...and then you wake up!!! Is this dream really possible??? Of course it is, but....

Having a party that seems effortless is very difficult. Do we live in an age when we are taught the art of being a host? I don't think so...that was in the 70's. Now a days, we are taught how to multitask and manage a career while running our children to their activities. And there's nothing wrong with that. But do we really have the time it takes to plan a " Picture Perfect Party"?

So what should you do the next time you want to have a dinner party, or have a tea party for your daughter's 5th birthday? I suggest to begin with making an outline of what the party is about. Start with the following questions:

1. What is the purpose of the party...Birthday, graduation, dinner with friends, etc...?

2. When will the party be...day, time?

3. Where will the party be? 

4. What is the theme? Who will decorate?

5. How many guests?

6. What food will be served and who will make it?

7. What kind of entertainment?

So after trying to answer these questions, do you feel ready to plan every detail or overwhelmed by all that has to be done? Are you excited to dive into the preparations or are you gasping at the thought of trying to pull this all together? Does the idea of cooking a 5 course meal or designing a tablescape make you smile or want to hide under the blankets? Do you even know what the word "tablescape" means? Well, if you do, than that is awesome!!! I would recommend searching Pinterest for some inspiration. There are some amazing pictures with beautiful themes for you to draw from. And if you don't know what "tablescape" means and feel the need for some help, then we at Rediscovered Moments Concierge are available.

Our team of party planners are available to help you plan and execute every detail of your party. Or, we can just be your hands and feet the day of the party. We have people experienced in putting together the smallest of dinner engagements to a large cocktail party for the whole company. Whether you want to have "A Night in Paris" or a backyard barbecue, Rediscovered Moments Concierge can provide you with the help to throw the best and most remembered party. We can help you to be that "Picture Perfect Host" you deserve to be. Don't you think you deserve to relax and enjoy your next get together?

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Written by: Kimberly Lapointe
Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

 

Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience
gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.

Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.

Grocery shopping woes!!!

Picture this....it's raining outside, the kids are screaming and you have run out of milk, bread, and peanut butter. Your head is aching as your 6 year old is grabbing your leg yelling "I'm hungry Mommy!!!". Meanwhile, you are trying to figure out what to make for dinner. What can you possibly make that will be somewhat nutritious for your children?

So you start rummaging through the cupboards and refrigerator to find....really nothing that looks like a meal that anyone will eat, let alone 3 hungry children. So you retreat to old faithful. Hmmm..... peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!!! That has fruit, peanuts and dairy. Score! But oops...you're out of peanut butter and bread. Strike one. So what is the next option...

How about....oh, mac and cheese! That has milk and cheese. That sounds pretty healthy, right? Milk is good for their bones and teeth. The dentist will love this. Sounds like a great plan, right??? But...you're out of milk. Strike two.

Next option...order pizza to be delivered. Oh yeah...this is going to be great! We can order one with vegetables and it has cheese. The crust has grains. This is a very healthy choice..... hahahaha!!! Pizza should really be on the food pyramid, don't you think? Sooooo, you call for delivery. By the time you get through on the phone, there is at least a 2 hour wait because of the rain and they only have 1 delivery driver tonight. What??? Can this get any worse? Strike three.

So what do you do now before the kids absolutely lose it? What can you do that will quiet the kids and relieve your headache? What can possibly help this situation without locking yourself in the closet? Hmmmm.....I'm thinking popsicles and a quick car ride to the store to pick up some groceries. Am I crazy? How could this possibly be a good plan? Sugar, rain and 3 kids in the store?

Well, if you are a parent like myself, you have been in a situation like this at one time or another. And the last thing you want to do with a headache and 3 screaming children is go to the grocery store in the rain. Trust me...it's not fun. But what other choice do you have? The Grocery Fairy isn't just going to show up at the front door with everything you need...or will she?

Sometimes I like to think of the Rediscovered Moments Concierge Team as our clients' personal Fairies. We can make an inconvenient and sometimes time consuming errand into a breeze for you. If you give us a call, we can pick up the groceries for you...from 1 store or multiple stores...in the same trip, on the same day. And while you are waiting for them to be delivered to your door, you can be splashing in the rain and jumping in puddles (while eating popsicles) with your children. You can "rediscover some moments" with your children while we take care of your shopping. Let us help you create happy memories with your children...not memories of dragging your screaming children to the grocery store.

Let us be your personal concierge team. We are here to help you live a happier and less stressed life.


Written by: Kimberly Lapointe
Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.

Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.

Dangerous space...the junk drawer!

 
From this...

From this...

....to this!

....to this!

 

Everyone has that drawer where we toss things quickly because we don't have a space for it. A drawer that seems to be a bottomless pit of "things" that we'd need one day or just can't throw out.... things like endless pens, old batteries, sandwich bag ties, take out menus, power cords, ear buds, etc...

This drawer is often located in the kitchen. Families come home from a busy day and we head to the kitchen, throw our stuff on the counter and grab some food. The mail collects in a huge pile in one corner, which usually falls over before we have time to sort through it. Books and school supplies spill out everywhere as the kids rush to get their homework done. And the parents' phones, tablets, cords and keys are left on the other counter to be claimed later on.

After going through this cycle most nights of the week, the last thing anyone wants to do is organize the random items left behind on those kitchen counters. Our weekends were not meant to be about finding homes for all these things. Our weekends were not meant to be controlled by the unsightly mounds of random stuff. So we succumb to this mess and shove it in the closest drawer...

This drawer can be a dangerous space...a space to be pricked by pins and poked bypencils. This space can be a source of frustration and lack of order. This bottomless pit that has everything, but nothing when we actually need it.

So how do we fix this? How do we take back this drawer and make it a useful space? How do we conquer this space before it conquers us? Well....I have 4 ideas:

Ideas for a CLUTTER FREE Drawer:

  1. Empty everything out of the drawer...if you haven't used it in the last 6 months, throw it out! WHO NEEDS 50 PENS (most of which don't work) or batteries that expired 10 years ago. When your smoke detector is beeping and you need a new battery NOW!!!, you'll be lucky if that expired battery is your saving grace.
  2. Pick a color/style scheme for your drawer. Use bins and drawer dividers to section the space into several compartments and use 2 sided tape to hold them in place.
  3. On your counter, organize all the items into piles and like items. Why would you put zip lock bags in the same spot as your ear buds? Do ear buds somehow work with food? Think about how you want the space to feel and function. Make it easy to find like items.
  4. Commit to keeping your space organized. Once you see that everything has a home, make sure they keep their homes. It is so calming when you can open that drawer and not feel like you'll be attacked by whatever is waiting to pop out at you....

We, at Rediscovered Moments Concierge, also understand that sometimes these "Dangerous Spaces" are too overwhelming to fix. Sometimes it takes a fresh set of eyes to take that stressful, unorganized spot and turn it into a place of order and beauty. Whether it is the junk drawer, a closet, the pantry or laundry room, we have a team that is happy to help you take those "Dangerous Spaces" and style them into functional and gorgeous areas that you'll be proud to share.


Written by: Kimberly Lapointe
Concierge Specialist, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

 

Kimberly Lapointe's career of over 20 years as an LPGA Golf professional combined with being a small business owner has developed her skills in customer service and business management. She is especially skilled in organization, financial and time management, and teaching. Kimberly's background as an assistant professor at Wellesley College has helped her develop her abilities in teaching others to succeed. In addition, Kimberly has an extensive background in merchandise displaying for golf stores and resorts. This experience gives her knowledge in improving spacial use and organization of personal items.

Kimberly also takes pride in the management and care of her home. From the day to day management of finances to organization of storage areas, Kimberly has a passion for creating ease and a sense of peace in her home for her family.

Our new blog!

Welcome to our new blog page! Our blog will give us a unique opportunity to share helpful tips, advice, company updates, and mindful living content while giving us a place to interact with our wonderful community! 

As we continue to build our blog, we welcome your feedback and interactions! If you are interested in becoming a guest blogger, reach out to us at info@rediscoveredmoments.com

Many thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to growing with you as we embark on this new journey! 


Written by: Ashley McCollum
CEO, Rediscovered Moments Concierge

Having worked in education, finance and business, Ashley is no stranger to balancing multiple responsibilities - both at work and at home. Even currently, she manages Rediscovered Moments Concierge, is a Senior Vice-President of an educational services company, and is a Professor for various Universities. Ashley has experienced first-hand the fundamental difference that organization, workflows, and an extra set of hands can make in the lives and businesses of our clients.

Whether you need an event coordinator, assistance around the office/home, or a guest speaker for your company training, Ashley has built a rock star team to assist you with your every need! Let us know how we can help you!