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Happy Fourth of July

It is that time of year again to celebrate America with parades, BBQs, and Fireworks!  We know everyone’s got their own special traditions and twists for their celebrations, but we thought we’d suggest some fresh new ideas to add to your 4th of July bash!

Check out this collection of recipes and quick ideas that will have your party guests singing your praises all year long!

Berry Patriotic:

These adorable fruit kabobs are the perfect appetizer and will give your party the ultimate patriotic edge. Simply thread 4 blueberries, 2 mini- marshmallows and 2 raspberries on each of five 10-inch wooden skewers. On the remaining sticks, thread 4 raspberries, and 3 marshmallows to create this delicious treat.

https://www.familycircle.com/recipe/berry-patriotic/

4th of July Firecracker Hot Dogs

Be the talk of the town with this creative take on the traditional party favorite: the hot dog.

Start by putting your hot dogs on a skewer leaving about an inch and a half exposed at the top of each dog. Then take breadstick dough or croissant dough and wrap each hot dog until you get to the top. Place the wrapped dogs on a nonstick pan or parchment paper and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees (cooking times may vary).

Cut out star-shaped cheese. You may need to have your cheese sliced at the deli counter (have them cut to 1/4″-3/8″ thick).

Make sure the hot dogs have cooled and place the star on the top of the skewers and wallah a patriotic take on the traditional hot dog.

https://www.handmadeintheheartland.com/4th-of-july-firecracker-dogs/



Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch

We can’t forget that perfect summer drink and we found the perfect one. You may need to channel your inner scientist for this one but it is well worth it. You will need to find colored drinks with different sugar contents to create that layered effect.

Start by filling your glasses about 1/4-1/3 of the way up with the drink with the highest sugar content per serving.

Then fill the cup full of ice and pour the drink with the next highest sugar content into the cup very slowly to avoid the colors combining.

Repeat with the next color. If you want to add a little extra flair add some Twizzlers as a straw.

https://www.momendeavors.com/kid-friendly-patriotic-punch/



M & M Flag Cake

We can’t forget the most important part of any party… the dessert! Look like a professional cake maker with this super cute M&M Flag cake!

Start by making a square cake (any flavor you like). Once the cake cools put on white frosting or buttercream. Then the fun part of placing your colored M&Ms. Place a border of blue M&Ms around the edge of the cake. Then add a square of blue to represent the stars of the flag. Use two rows of red and white alternating each other and then there you have it.

We hope you enjoy these recipes and they make you the talk of the town. No time to make them, that’s okay also. Our Fancy Hands Virtual Assistants can help you find a caterer in your area to ensure you still have the best 4th of July shindig in town. Check us out https://www.fancyhands.com/pricing!



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Teacher Gift Ideas

Teacher Gift Ideas

Can you believe it? It is the end to yet another school year and boy did it fly by. But what should you get for the teacher that taught your child all year? Let us take the guesswork out of it for you and give you some great ideas

What teacher wouldn’t benefit from an Amazon gift card and Amazon now has a bookmark shaped card which is perfect for any teacher!

      • We all know a teacher who deserves the “Golden Apple Award” and now you can give it to them

      • This adorable book that can be filled out by your student (or you can get the entire class involved) would make the perfect end of year keepsake for any teacher

      • Teachers truly can be the angels among us and what better way to show your appreciation than with this amazing figure they can display proudly year after year

      • Let’s face it teaching can be a tough job but you can help ease the stress with this morning and afternoon cup duo

These are just a few quick ideas we came up with for you but with Fancy Hands the possibilities are endless. Our amazing virtual assistants can help you find and order the perfect gift for any occasion.

To learn more about some of the common tasks we can help you with please make sure to visit our website here https://www.fancyhands.com/common. Remember no matter what it is Fancy Hands has you covered!

Best of the Best Dad Jokes

Best of the Best Dad Jokes

We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best dad jokes! Read on for a chuckle, even if it’s a cheesy one!

-What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta

-Want to hear a joke about paper? Nevermind it's tearable.

-How does a penguin build it's house? Igloos it together.

-Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.

-What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine.

-To whoever stole my copy of Microsoft Office, I will find you. You have my Word!

-How many apples grow on a tree? All of them.

-Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? They say he made a mint!

-My friend says to me, “What rhymes with orange?” And I told him, “No it doesn’t!”

-I know a lot of jokes about retired people…but none of them work!

-After dinner. my wife asked if I could clear the table. I needed a running start, but I made it!

-If you see a robbery at an Apple Store does that make you…an iWitness?!

-Did you know the first French fries weren't actually cooked in France? They were cooked in Greece.

-I ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. I’ll let you know.

-3 unwritten rules of life...

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2.

3.

(this would be great for an email or text!)

-What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday? AYE MATEY

-What do you call a dog that can do magic? A Labracadabrador.

-Why couldn't the bike stand up by itself? It was two tired.

-When you ask a dad if he's alright: "No, I’m half left.”

-Two guys walk into a bar, the third one ducks.

-Want to hear a joke about pizza? Nevermind, it’s cheesy.

-What did the buffalo say to his son when he dropped him off at school? Bison.

Hilarious Father's Day Gifts

Hilarious Father's Day Gifts

With Mother’s Day just having passed, graduation season upon us, and Father’s Day quickly approaching, you are probably in gift buying overload mode! Check out these ideas for hilarious Father’s Day gifts. Need help ordering something for the father in your life? We’ve got you covered!

-Custom Super Dad Face Socks $15.95

-Dad Joke Uploading Mug $8.60

-Tattoupees for Bald Guys $6.99

-Emergency Beard Guards $5.99

-Manly Mints $2.99

-Goodnight Brew Book - A Parody for Beer People $16.95

-Instant Underpants $3.99

-Borrow My Pen? $7.99

-Gin And Titonic Ice Tray $9.99

-Bad Dog Wisdom Tumblers $35

-Beeropoly $35

-Classical painting, King, Renaissance portraits, Medieval portraits, Victorian portraits $41.61

-Dad Jokes: Terribly Good Dad Jokes $4.99

-Compendium Of Lines For All Occasions: Insults, Excuses, Rejections, Mind Games, Put-Downs, Cop-Outs $15.99

-Soap For A Man’s Man $9.99

-Are You Dumber Than A Box Of Rocks Game $14.99











Memorial Day Festivities

Memorial Day became an official holiday in 1971 and celebrates U.S. military members that have given their lives to fight for our freedom. It is also generally thought of as the start of summer. Besides the traditional cook-outs and fireworks, see what else you can do for the holiday:

  • On Memorial Day Eve (5/26/19 at 8 pm EST on PBS), check out the national concert. You can expect to see performances, watch documentaries, and hear stories about honoring the military

  • Organize a “thank you” letter event from the children in your neighborhood. Check out A Million Thanks for more information

  • Send a care package from Operation Gratitude

  • Honor the veteran in your life with a patriotic dish

  • Listen to veterans share their stories on StoryCorps

  • Participate in the 1 minute National Moment of Silence which happens at 3 pm in your time zone

  • Donate or sponsor flowers to a veteran cemetery near you

  • Show your support by going to a parade

  • Donate to a local veterans hospital or organization

  • Download this list of patriotic songs for your party

  • Organize a neighborhood event and charge an entry fee and/or have raffled items. Donate all proceeds to a military organization

  • Visit a historical military museum


Don’t forget to let us know if you need help with any planning or researching any of the above activities!

Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time of year again...Spring! And with the change of seasons and warmer temperatures, there are things you haven’t had to worry about since last year. Need help getting the following items checked off of your list, and want to save money while doing it? Let our Fancy Hands Assistants help. Click here to find out how.

  • Clean the refrigerator and air conditioner coils

  • Get your HVAC system checked

  • Clean your gutters

  • Have a roof inspection

  • Check around the outside of your house for water or other damage (foundation and chimney included)

  • Clean your dryer vent

  • Plant a tree to help with cooling costs

  • Recaulk your doors and windows

  • Fix leaky faucets

  • Check your attic and basement for moisture or pest issues

  • Clean the outside of your windows

  • Clean your curtains and/or blinds

  • Do a thorough dusting of tops of cabinets, ceiling fans, and otherwise neglected areas

  • Inspect your deck and get it power washed

  • Clean your lawn furniture

  • Perform landscaping and lawn maintenance

  • Clean your grill

  • Check your driveway for necessary repairs

  • Get your carpets cleaned

  • Repair or replace damaged screens

  • Change the direction of your ceiling fans

  • Freshen up the outside of your house by painting the front door or updating the house numbers or outside fixtures

  • Make an appointment with a pest control company for the prevention of pests (vermin, insects, termites, etc)

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

  • Have your hot water tank serviced and cleaned

Fancy Spring Cleaning Tips

Fancy Spring Cleaning Tips

It is that time of year again: Spring cleaning! Keeping your home tidy can become overwhelming and we are here to help. Here are some tips and tricks we have come up with for you to make your life a little easier the Fancy Hands way.

Make Yourself a Schedule: We all know it is hard to stay on track. We recommend making a schedule for your cleaning. You can start by looking through your home to see which rooms you need to focus more on. Once you have a schedule and game plan you are more likely to stay on track. They are also great for that extra happy feeling of accomplishment when you can mark a task complete.

Declutter:  With the Konmari Method by Marie Kondo, you can gather all of your belongings (one category at a time) and keep only what “sparks joy.” Don’t be afraid to get rid of items that do not bring you happiness. You will not only declutter your home but you will gain happiness and live in a less stressful home.

Donate:  Now that you have cleaned and de-cluttered you need to figure out what to do with all your unwanted items. What better way to get rid of it then to donate it? For information on where you can donate items such as old clothes please look here.

Check Out These Other Cleaning Trends:

  • KonMari Method which says “clean by category, not by location”. Watch the video here.

  • Rachel Hoffman’s 20-10 Method in which you set a timer and clean for 20 minutes and take a break for 10.



Of course, we all can get super busy and just have no time for spring cleaning. If you are one of those people please have no fear! That is where Fancy Hands can benefit you. We can help find someone in your area to come and clean your home so you can sit back and relax and have time to stop and smell all the beautiful spring flowers. From all of us here at Fancy Hands we wish you a Happy Spring!

Funny Mother's Day Gifts

Funny Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Tired of getting your mom the same old, same old for Mother’s Day? Does she or do you have a sense of humor? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for the funniest Mother’s Day Gifts! Need help purchasing one of them? We’ve got you covered, click here to find out more.

Mother's Day 2019



Mother's Day 2019

ALERT: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th, 2019. Do you know what you’re getting the moms in your life yet? Our Fancy Hands Assistants can help you find the perfect gift!



But first, a brief history of Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis (who by the way never married or had children) created the Americanized holiday in 1908 but it didn’t become official until 1914. She then tried to get it removed because she didn’t like the commercialization of it. The tradition of honoring mothers actually started with the early Greek and Roman festivals which honored Rhea and Cybele, who were mother goddesses. The Mother’s Day that we now celebrate stems from a Christian festival called Mothering Sunday.

Fun Facts:

  • More calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year (there’s a  37% spike of phone traffic).

  • Worldwide in most languages, mother starts with the letter M.

  • Flowers make up about one quarter of sales for florists for the holiday.

  • Carnations are the most popular flower for the holiday. Red and pink for living mothers and white for those who have passed.

  • In the former Yugoslavia, children tied up their mothers on Mother’s Day and she had to pay her children in treats to get free.

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Valentine's Day Made Easy

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Let Fancy Hands take care of you!

It's a special time of year to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. Let us show how much we appreciate you by letting Fancy Hands make your Valentine's Day planning a cinch.

DIY: DIY homemade gifts are always a great way of showing someone how much you care. We'll help you find awesome DIY project ideas that'll blow Michael's away. 

DANCE WITH SOMEBODY: We'll help you plan a special Date Night. Whether it's dancing under the stars, a spa day or even a stay-cation at a nice BnB, Fancy Hands has you covered. 

THE KEY TO YOUR HEART: Reservations for 2? You've got that right! We can make dinner reservations at your favorite restaurant or at a new place in town. Let us know the place & time and we'll get you set up for an unforgettable dinner.  

SPECIAL DELIVERY: We'll help you find the best chocolates, fresh flower bouquets, tasty fruit bouquets...even a singing telegram! We'll have it delivered right to your loved one. 

GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME: If you're doing some last-minute shopping, there's always the option of gifting your loved one a Fancy Hands gift subscription. Easy, personal, unique and delivered right away or when you choose: https://www.fancyhands.com/gift 

We know, there is so much to do in such little time... no need to stress yourself out when you have helpful assistants at the click of a button! 

Holiday Helper

Buying gifts, coordinating travel, hosting (and going to!) parties.

Let's face it: we could all use some extra help around the holidays. That's why we've released our 2016 Holiday Helper, full of request ideas for the holidays. 

Here are just a few of the holiday tasks we can help take off your plate: 

  • Figuring out where and when Santa will be taking photos near you
  • Finding and booking a cleaning service before and/or after the holidays
  • Helping you get food and alcohol delivered for your party
  • Researching volunteer opportunities near you, or suggesting organizations to which you can donate
  • Coordinating last-minute travel
  • Putting together shopping lists based off of your holiday recipes
  • Planning the perfect holiday menu
  • Finding possible discounts on your holiday gift list
  • Researching and booking a last-minute venue for your office holiday party

Want to see the rest? Check out our 2016 Holiday Helper and ease your way through the holidays! 

PS: Looking for a personal, useful and unique gift? Take advantage of our Discount-down and get discounted Fancy Hands gift subscriptions for everyone on your list this year. They're easy to send, and won't break the bank. Buy now to save more- the discount drops 1% every day! 

Last-Minute Thanksgiving

Yes! It really is the week of Thanksgiving. 

Whether you need help cleaning, figuring out a recipe or finding last minute accommodations, we're here for you. 

Here's a shortlist of last-minute Thanksgiving items we can help you with: 

  • Finding a cleaning service to come before (and/or after) Thanksgiving to make your home so fresh and so clean
  • Researching dietary-restriction friendly recipes of traditional Thanksgiving fare 
  • Putting together shopping lists based off of your recipes
  • Researching open restaurants and making a last-minute reservation for you and your Thanksgiving crew
  • Ordering pies and other sweet treats from your local bakery 
  • Helping you find last-minute hotel or AirBnB accommodations
  • Creating a menu for Thanksgiving dinner
  • Finding the best Black Friday deals 

We can help with all of these, plus a bunch more. Let us know what you need and we'll help make your Thanksgiving as easy as...pie. 

VOTE: Important Info for November 8th

If you haven't heard, this Tuesday, November 8th, is Election Day! 

Here's everything you need to know for the big day: 

Confirm Voter Registration: If you're uncertain about your voter registration, you can figure out your status here.  

Find Your Polling Location: Now that you know you're registered, it's time to get to the polls! Google makes it easy to find your polling place with this link.

Enter your address, and you'll see your polling location, as well as requirements for voting, and who's on the ballot.

You can also find your polling location here.

Get Educated: The Presidential race isn't the only important one in this election. Get up to speed on who's running on state and local levels, as well as important ballot and local measures.

Ballotpedia gives you a view of your sample ballot, who stands for what, and any other information you might need to know in order to make an informed decision on Election Day.

VOTE: All of this information is only useful if you get out there and vote on the 8th. Happy voting!  

 

Growing Your Business with Fancy Hands

Sourcing and generating leads is one of the most time consuming, yet crucial, tasks for any business. Finding qualified companies, pinpointing the right contact person and reaching out can take days, or even weeks. When you've got a million other things to watch over to ensure business is running smoothly, you don't have time for weeks. 

Luckily, you've got your Fancy Hands assistants who can help grow your business, while you take care of the rest. 

How? 

Your assistants can do a number of things to help: 

  • Create target lists of potential clients, and find the contact info for the appropriate contact
  • Reach out via email or phone call to each contact on that list with sales materials to potentially schedule an intro meeting
  • Coordinate an intro phone call or meeting between you and the interested potential clients
  • Update a spreadsheet or your CRM database with all acquired information

Ready to watch your business grow? Get started now.

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 22nd

It’s the last full week of summer! Learn how Fancy Hands can help you get a jump-start on a productive fall without giving up any time of what’s left for some fun in the sun! Check off your to-do list by simply sending in an email, text message, or phone call and one of our assistants will get to work for you right away. While you soak in some of the last rays of summer, we’ll be hard at work preparing you for weeks to come. 

Monday: We'll help you find back to school supplies! Know that you got the best price for all back to school necessities. 

Tuesday: We'll help you fix your computer! We can schedule an appointment with a tech professional to get your computer back up and running ASAP.

Wednesday: We'll help you find a daycare! Find the best place around for your child with the help of an assistant. 

Thursday: We'll help you sign up for an exercise class! We'll find time in your busy schedule for a zumba class here and there. 

Friday: We'll help you get to work quicker! An assistant can help find a new rout with less traffic.

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 15th

Looking for new ways to incorporate Fancy Hands into your life? Here are a few new request ideas that you may have never thought of before. We’re here for you from the smallest tasks to the largest requests; there is almost no limit to what can be done! Put one of our assistants to work right away on one of these task ideas. 

Monday: We'll help you find a place to volunteer! With all this free time you now have, spend some of it giving back. 

Tuesday: We'll help you find a place to hike! Find trails perfect for all experience levels with just a push of a button. 

Wednesday: We'll help you get tickets to a play! We can make sure you get the best seats for the best price.

Thursday: We'll help you get your air conditioning fixed! Don't sweat the heat any longer. We can schedule an appointment with a great HVAC company ASAP.

Friday: We'll help you move your high school grad into college! We'll find you a truck to rent so you can haul everything to school in just one trip.

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 8th

The theme of this week’s suggested requests is planning, planning, planning! Make plans effortlessly with the help of a Fancy Hands Assistant. You have hundreds of assistants right at your fingertips that will take the stress out of your week. You’ll amaze yourself at what you can accomplish with just a push of a button.  

Monday: We'll help you schedule a dentist appointment

Tuesday: We'll help you plan a marriage proposal

Wednesday: We'll help you plan a birthday party

Thursday: We'll help you find a caterer for your barbecue   

Friday: We'll help you plan date night

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Suggested Requests for the Week of August 1st

This week Fancy Hands wants to help you make the most of your summer! Get to where you want to be faster and easier than you would ever expect. Requesting help from an assistant minimizes research time and propels the process of planning your summer activities. From planning vacations to preparing for parties, our assistants are ready to help 24/7. 

Monday: We'll help you reserve a karaoke room

Tuesday: We'll help you find vacation rental homes

Wednesday: We'll help you find the perfect wedding gift 

Thursday: We'll help you book swimming lessons 

Friday: We'll help you plan a camping trip

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of!

Suggested Requests for the Week of July 25th

Believe it or not, July is already coming to an end! Make the most of your dwindling summer time by delegating tasks you may have never thought of requesting before. Our assistants are great at anything from creating social media content to finding a new best friend! Check into your Dashboard every day for a new suggested request and find out how we can save you time and money with just a few clicks of your mouse! 

Monday: We'll help you find coupons for the grocery store

Tuesday: We'll help you find a great landscaper  

Wednesday: We'll help you find a new puppy

Thursday: We'll help you create social media content  

Friday: We'll help you find a birthday present

Check out your dashboard for a new suggested request everyday. You may be surprised with what a Fancy Hands Assistant is capable of! 

Vacation Planning!

Summer is finally here and that means travel season! Whether you are looking to take a quick weekend trip or a long relaxing vaca we can help. The hardest part of taking a vacation is always planning one so let us take care of the details! Here are a few ways we can help:

  1. Not sure where exactly you would like to go? We can research the top travel locations in your area, in America, or around the world! What ever type of travel you are looking for we can help you make the best of your time off by helping to pick a sick location. After we can also help you pick the perfect hotel for your stay. 

  1. Okay, so now you know where you want to go… but how will you get there? We can help with that too! Our assistants are able to help you find car rentals, flight itinerary, or train schedules to get you out of work and in that beach chair as quickly as possible!

  1. Eating out can be a hassle especially in a place you have never been before. Allow us to help by finding highly recommended restaurants in your destination and make your reservations. Don’t waste your valuable vacation time on an hour wait list or even worse… at the joint that serves the fish tacos with a side of food poisoning! 

  1. Allow us to help you make the most of your vacation by researching any and all tourist attractions, events, or “off the beaten path” activities to personalize your days off. We can find the cheapest boat rentals around, find tickets to your favorite band you just found out will be in town, or compile a list of the top museums in your destination. 

  1. So you had a blast on vacation but now you’re back and reality has caught up to you! Allow us to help you call back those people who left angry voicemails, find someone to pick all those weeds that have seemed to grow exponentially since you left, and reschedule those doctor appointments you had put on hold. 

There is nothing easy about planning your vacation but allow Fancy Hands to make your life easier before, during, and after your time off!

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