FAMILY DAY HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT STRATEGIES
February 7, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAMILY DAY HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT STRATEGIES
BRAMPTON, Ontario - February 7, 2008 - The raging debate over the Ontario government's newly legislated Family Day holiday on February 18, 2008 has left many families questioning whether they deserve time off, or indeed, get the time off that they deserve.
Some employers aren't happy and are refusing to honour the holiday since they already grant employees more than the standard nine holidays. Others are griping about the loss of employee productivity during downtime.
Professional Organizer Karen Sencich offers practical strategies for making the most of this refreshing mid-winter opportunity to focus on family related activities. She points out that this holiday is unspoiled by greeting card displays, gift exchanges or fancy dinner preparations so it's important not to set expectations too high or establish elaborate precedents for next year.
To maximize this new employee benefit, it's advisable to report back to work on Tuesday noticeably refreshed after a chance to unwind. Try to avoid spending the holiday crossing obligations from your To Do list.
The key to enjoying the day is to keep activities simple. Sencich recommends beginning by asking yourself, "when was the last time I had a day off to indulge in something I've always wanted to do but seldom have time to enjoy?"
Focus on Family
- Set a completely different tone to make the day memorable. Make it backwards day where the children get to boss the parents around for the day or eat dessert before dinner.
- Stay in PJs and read novels all day or leisurely flip through magazines.
- Explore the origin of your family or create a family tree.
- Tell stories about the special achievements of family members past and present.
- Reminisce by flipping through old photos, home videos or ancient 8 millimeter films.
- Take turns pampering each other with a manicure, pedicure, facial or a massage.
- Haul out the board games and pass on old fashioned fun to the younger generation.
- Bake something just for the joy of eating it afterwards. Comfort food is so relaxing.
- Start a new hobby - learn to knit, do a puzzle or try Suduko for the first time.
- Call a far off friend just to chat.
Karen Sencich, owner of Havoc to Harmony, is an award winning Professional Organizer specializing in family management since 1999. Her "tackle it now" motivational tips enable clients to easily implement her simple strategies to overcome organizing obstacles at home, work and school.
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Pack and Go
Now that winter is winding down, many families are planning a spring get away. The key to a relaxing get away is to pack effectively. A personal packing list simplifies the packing process.
- Buy sturdy, lightweight suitcases on wheels, ones that nest together for easy storage.
- Invest in luggage straps to securely strap smaller luggage onto bigger rolling pieces.
- Pack only what you can comfortably carry and lift by yourself.
- There is lots of walking through airports, so wear your most comfortable shoes (remember that you'll have to take them off to go through security).
- Dress in layers for comfort on the plane.
- Plastic compression bags are the best new invention for compact packing. Vacuum pack or roll wrinkle-proof items like underwear, bathing suits, bulky sweaters or socks. Coming home, use the bags to compress dirty laundry to make room to pack souvenirs.
- Pack a roomy, waterproof tote or backpack for necessary carry on items, ID, tickets and mini sized cosmetics. You can use it again as a beach bag or when sightseeing.
- Carry personal prescriptions with you at all times. Include motion sickness remedies available in pills, patch or a magnetic bracelet.
- Remember that you can only carry on a total of 100 ml. of liquids, stored in a see through zip lock baggie. Obtain current international luggage restrictions regarding carrying fluids at www.tc.gc.ca . Also check with your airline for their specific baggage weight regulations and charges since the rules frequently change.
- Have a friend or family member drive you to the airport so you can leave winter wear in the car until you return from the sun. No sense lugging the extra weight of bulky coats.
SAFETY & SECURITY
- Label identification tags using a work address and cell phone number in case luggage is misplaced. (For security reasons never use your home address.)
- On bus tours and cruises luggage is often left unsupervised, so invest in good quality locks.
- Will a safe be available in your room? This may determine whether you travel with real or costume jewellery.
- Don't take a bulky wallet, instead pare down to the essentials: license, health card, ATM and charge cards.
- Code your cell phone with an ICE number (In Case of Emergency contact)
- Pack a flashlight or nightlight to navigate in dark, unfamiliar places
- Check if your destination or cruise ship has a dress code in effect requiring dress jackets and ties for men. When sightseeing find out if there are clothing restrictions, i.e. shorts may not be appropriate in some locations and women may have to cover their heads to enter a church. Be prepared with a pashmina that can double as a scarf or evening shawl.
- Begin with the "Classic Packing Rule of Nine"
- 3 bottoms (skirts, slacks or shorts)
- 4 tops (shirt, blouse, T-shirt, shell or tank top)
- 2 jackets (one weatherproof windbreaker and a jacket, blazer or cardigan)
- Mix and match outfits starting with coordinating classic colours: black, navy, white, and then add bright contrasts. Accessorize to glamorize using belts, scarves, or shawls for a burst of colour. A dressy cardigan with a bit of glitter can dress up any outfit for evening.
- Plan double duty items - an oversize shirt can double as a bathing suit cover or a housecoat.
- Pack one pair of dressy, low heeled sandals
- Pack flip flops instead of slippers and tuck them into your backpack for comfortable sightseeing when your feet tire of walking shoes.
Professional Organizer Karen Sencich is owner of Havoc to Harmony. www.havoctoharmony.com