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Activities To Do With Your Children This Season

Nashville has become a hot spot for many families during the past few years with lots of fun things to do. The holidays offer so many special activities for you and your family! Here are a few of those special events in Nashville for you to enjoy!

Ice! At Opryland Hotel

This event is great fun for parents and children, together. Every year, the Opryland Hotel has a themed exhibit featuring over two million pounds of colorful Ice Sculptures, hand carved by 40 artisans from China! This year’s theme is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Don’t worry about getting too cold because of the chilly 9-degree temp inside the exhibit. Upon entering, they provide each person with an insulated, hooded jacket. You will be so glad they did!

Since you are already on the property, be sure to plan a walk around the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Hotel and experience the lavish holiday displays inside and outside the hotel. Can you imagine? There are more than 2 million twinkling lights and festive décor. There are also numerous spectacular holiday events going inside the hotel, so be sure to enjoy those, as well.

Outdoor Ice Skating Downtown

Nothing prepares you for a winter wonderland like bundling up and going ice skating, right? Nashville has a fabulous outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of downtown, conveniently located right outside of Bridgestone Arena. You will find countless things to see and do while you are downtown! Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride….one of my favorites!

The Nashville Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker  

This is always the highlight of the season for many of us! So many young, aspiring ballerinas fill the audience with big, star-struck eyes dreaming of one day being “one of those ballerinas”. [...]

3 Ways to Save Time This Holiday Season

It seems like the days go by much faster this time of year, doesn’t it? Perhaps it is because of all the social events that come with the holiday season. Most of us find ourselves wondering where our time has gone, more often, than not!  Here are a few “timesavers” we want to share with you to help you get more out of your days, especially now, when time is precious.

Prepare Food Ahead of Time

Food prep can be one of the most time-consuming parts of someone’s day, do you agree? Sometimes, the last thing you want to do when you get home after a busy day, is start cooking a meal or baking those cookies for the party you have tomorrow night! We suggest taking a couple of hours once a week to prepare all your meals and “goodies” for the following days. Remember, freezing food is not a bad thing, either. Don’t be afraid to store those cookies for next week’s party in the freezer. No one will ever know. Of course, that is, if you just remember to take them out in time to thaw before the party!

Use the “One Stop Shop” Holiday Card Companies

Yes! That’s right! Not only are there websites that will help you create fancy cards, but some of them can mail your cards for you. We all know that getting holiday cards out before the holidays is easier said than done. A few sites we love are TinyPrints, Shutterfly, and Snapfish. There are several great holiday card templates these websites offer, all you need is a photo!  Of course, you can always call a professional service such as Penterman Professional Care to get your cards “signed-sealed-delivered”.

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    Fun and Engaging Activities to do with your Children during the Upcoming Holiday Season

Fun and Engaging Activities to do with your Children during the Upcoming Holiday Season

Thanksgiving:

Children love doing crafts of all kinds. The activity can be as easy or as hard as you make it. It is great to provide the children the opportunity to learn new skills needed to successfully complete the activity! Allowing them to do most of the work will help build their confidence and give them a great feeling of accomplishment.  It is always a joy to see the excitement and pride they have on their face when they have finished!

Making scarecrow puppets out of paper bags is a big hit with young children.   They also love making a turkey by tracing the child’s hand on paper, then coloring it.

Having a “family tradition” provides a great memory for all of us as we grow older. A great tradition to start with your children for Thanksgiving is to allow them to help make the dessert for all the children attending dinner. It can be as simple as making cookies and putting candy on top, to making/decorating cupcakes. Holiday themed cookies, such as turkeys for Thanksgiving, are always a big hit. It is always fun to write a name each turkey so that when the children select the one they want, they can make their choice by their favorite name. See some great kid-friendly holiday cookie recipes your kids can help make.

Christmas and Hanukkah:

Many families set out Christmas cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve. You can use this opportunity to talk about how it would be good to leave Santa a healthy treat, in addition to the cookies. We all want Santa to have enough energy for his long trip, right? What a great time to talk about the difference in snack food/healthy food choices! [...]

Concierge Services Help Save Time with Your Move

So many people are moving to Nashville these days! Why wouldn’t they, though? Nashville is so “hot” right now, which is why roughly 85 people move to the greater Nashville area per day. Where do they go, you ask? We don’t always know, but we can help these folks move into their new homes. Moving can be extremely stressful and time consuming, taking time out of a person’s day that they don’t always have available. No worries! We are here for you! Are you already a resident of Nashville, but looking for some help in moving? No problem. We got you covered, too.

Whether you’re moving just down the street or you’re new to town, we are here to make your move as streamlined as possible, We know it can take days to fully unpack your house once you have moved, taking you away from work, family and even your pet (pets are family too, you know). Just think, what if you had someone to take care of getting it all done for you without you having to even lift a finger? How wonderful that would be!

In short, if you’re looking to save yourself a whole lot of time with your move, our concierge services might be the perfect solution for you and your family.

Penterman Professional Care – we take care of your “to do list” with carefully screened, insured, skilled and trusted employees.

Click here to find out more about our Concierge Services for Professionals.

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Employees

There are several ways to maximize productivity in the workplace. While you cannot control how productive your employees are, you can control the environment he or she works in.  Here are five ways you can get the most out of your employees in the workplace.
1. Feedback
Why not ask your employees for their feedback? A good manager is always open to feedback. Gathering this from your employees before, during and after big changes are made that affect them, shows that you care and value their input. When that employee feedback is implemented, it shows that you listened, which in turn makes your employees feel respected. Doing this also helps the employee remain loyal to the company.
2. Communication
Only communicating with someone when there’s an issue isn’t very fun, right? It is important in the workplace to open all communication channels so that conversations can go both ways between the employee and manager. Maintaining an “open door” policy is a great way to ensure things are running smoothly between you and your employees.
3. Incentives
Offering incentives to your employees could be a huge benefit to them. For example, rewarding your most productive employee every month or rewarding one of the specific teams for an accomplishment, creates a goal that everyone can strive for. It is important that you not let productivity or hard work go unnoticed, as acknowledgement is of value to your employees. Be creative. Have a pizza party.  Have an office “happy hour”.  Reward them for being the awesome team that they are.
4. Less Micromanaging
When hiring new employees, there will always be a learning curve, as training is usually always necessary.  Make sure that you remain available to [...]

Penterman and BOHAN Team up to Enhance Benefits

Penterman Professional Care joins BOHAN Advertising to enhance their employee benefits program

BOHAN Advertising is partnering with Penterman Professional Care to provide additional employee benefits as part of their Employee Assistance Program. “We wanted to create a program to help with work-life balance,” said Shari Day, CEO at BOHAN, an independent shop with 80 employees. “It’s the right thing to do for employees.”

The program has been a great success with BOHAN employees, providing everything from taking a car for service to preparing meals and assisting in packing for a move. Sandra Wilson, Manager of Human Resources said “it’s one of the best things we have ever done. The employees rave over it!“

Christened “Call Aunt Tilley,” in honor of chairman David Bohan’s aunt, Penterman Professional Care was recently featured in ADWEEK, America’s weekly advertising trade publication.

Click here to read the AdWeek article

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    Kaye Grable, Concierge Manager, also an Accomplished Pianist

Kaye Grable, Concierge Manager, also an Accomplished Pianist

Penterman Professional Care welcomes our new Concierge Manager, Kaye Grable. Along with her many other talents, Kaye is an accomplished jazz pianist.

“Music is my soul, and everything about who I am. As a 3-year-old child, I began to learn how to play the piano and read music before I knew how to read words. Thankfully, I don’t know life without music. I am thankful to have been blessed with the God-given gift of music and the opportunities to use that gift to serve Him and bless others?”

Kaye accredits her career as a musician to parents who sacrificed much to see that all 4 of their children were given piano lessons, and a piano teacher who invested in us, her teaching expertise and patience, her love for music and the ability to recognize God-given talent in a young kid! “After my older sister practiced her piano lesson, I would crawl upon the bench and by ear, pick out what she had been playing. At that point ‘Mrs. Vesta’ decided to take me in and start working with me to develop my playing by ear first. That was the first of a lifetime of successes as a professional pianist! Having a degree in classical piano coupled with a keen ear, commonly referred to as “perfect pitch” gave me the best of both worlds!”

Throughout their childhood and teenage years, “The Grable Sisters”, as they were referred to, began to play for events across the state of Missouri separately, and as a duo piano team. “It seems like yesterday that I remember the weekly routine of one of the high school choir members walking across the street from the high school to the grade school, to get me [...]

Improving Employee Quality of Work Experience

Improving the quality of work-life balance and the quality of work experience is a big part of recruiting and retaining quality staff. Smart businesses focus on what they need to do to keep employees happy and engaged.

To understand the benefits of concierge services for organizations, it is helpful to consider both the employee and employer perspectives. For employees, a concierge can save the day, removing loads of stress that may have been building up for hours or even days. And for an employer, a concierge service shows employees they are valued which increases engagement.

Less Stress – Imagine your employees have a notepad with a list of five personal tasks to complete this week on top of a detailed project at work. The mounting pressure from needing to complete all of the to-do’s can really take a toll on them mentally. If a few tasks, such as picking up dry cleaning and getting an oil change, could be completed by a concierge, an instant weight would be lifted off of their shoulders. Instead of stressing over errands they don’t have time to complete, employees have peace of mind and newfound time.

More Time – Less stress is a great benefit on its own, but a concierge service also saves an employee time. Instead of spending time during lunch, after work or on the weekends running errands, a concierge service allows employees to take a break and have more time to focus on what matters to them.

Employees are More Productive and Focused – So that employee who had the list of five tasks and a major project at work to complete? A concierge service is designed to complete personal to-do lists so that employees like the one [...]

10 Great Things to do with Kids in Nashville

Nashville is a community built for families, with over 1000 people moving here each month. Alphamom has a great post with 50 things for kids to do in Nashville before they grow up. We narrowed it down to our top 10 favorites and recommend finding time in your schedule for these fun ideas:

Science really is fun at the Adventure Science Center. The senses are quite literally overloaded with the exhibits, activities and experiments that will fully engage you kids.
Relive the good old days of country music at the Grand Ole Opry, or brush up on your historical knowledge at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Visit the Nashville Zoo, especially for their special events like Zoofari Slumber, an overnight camping experience for you and your kids. They will never forget sleeping just feet away from the animals.
Sing along with a peanut gallery of puppets during the Nashville Main Library’s Story Time. Experienced story tellers rivet their audiences with tales to delight the kids.
Visit the Bicentennial Mall and run through the fountains or play tag on the United States map carved in the concrete. If you get hungry, visit the Farmer’s Market for some fresh eats.
Take the plunge at Nashville Shores. Thrilling water slides, and a restful beach area offer something for the thrill seeker, as well as the more laid back kid.
Feed the ducks at Centennial Park. In the summer, bring a picnic supper to the park and watch an outdoor family movie.
Opryland’s vast conservatories are the perfect place to wander aimlessly on a rainy day. Beautifully decorated for the holidays, November and December are perfect months to visit.
Partake of possibly the very best biscuits on the [...]

Concierge Services Improve Work-Life Balance

These days, work-life balance can seem like an impossible feat. Technology makes workers accessible around the clock. Fears of job loss incentivize longer hours. In fact, a whopping 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey. Experts agree: the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.

The following statistics illustrate just how time-crunched we all are in this increasingly go-go society:

Nearly 50% of all U.S. workers feel overwhelmed by a growing number of job tasks and longer working hours, according to the Families and Work Institute.

88% of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life, according to a survey from Aon Consulting.

Since 1969, family time for a working couple has shrunk an average of 22 hours a week, according to the U.S. Government.

One-third of Americans work 10 hours a day or longer, and one in five spend another 10 hours per week working from home, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Time on the road is another factor contributing to the great American time crunch. The average commute time is more than 45 minutes per day—and is much longer in large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

These findings make it painfully apparent that as a professional, you need to take care of yourself as well. What’s the solution? Work life balance: The fine (and elusive) art of finding just the right mix of work, family, leisure and personal time in your life.

Penterman Concierge Care is here to help. Whether you call [...]