Back to School = Back to the Grind!

Back to school

The school bells are ringing again. Welcome to a new school year. Whether you are sending off your little one for the first time, are lamenting over the fact you now have a high school senior, or anything in between, with a new school year comes a new rhythm. If you are like most families, getting kids up and out the door is now as challenging as the schedule shuffle that takes place after school with all of the extracurricular activities kids participate in every week. Do any kids just come home after school and get time to play? No kids we know!

To help manage the craziness of the back to school grind, we offer these helpful tips:

1. It’s all about the schedule – get organized! Make sure everyone in the family has access to the same family schedule and you note every practice, game, performance, rehearsal, school nights, test dates and major projects. Don’t forget to add Mom and Dad’s schedules too. This will highlight any transportation challenges that might arise.

2. Get organized in the kitchen – after a long day at work, followed by the after-school shuffle of activities, the last thing you want to do is come home to the burden of deciding what you want to cook for dinner. Plan ahead with weekly menu planning and go old school – bring out your Crock Pot and let the cooking happen while you are away.

3. The dinner table is sacred space – put away your cell phones, turn off the tv and engage as a family. As a child, my parents created an environment where the time around the dinner table was the most memorable. It was a place where we could talk about our days, laugh at memories and talk about family issues. To this day, the whole family comes home to my parents house on Sunday nights for family dinner. It is a cherished tradition and provides a safe space where after all the running around and juggling of balls we do all week long, we know all is right with the world around the dinner table.

4.  The Rapid 15!  Make a game about getting organized for the next day. Set a timer for 15 minutes before bed time and challenge everyone in the family to get organized — all backpacks by the door, school clothes laid out for the next day, all sports bags and school lunches packed. You could make it a family competition and give points to the family member who can get organized in the rapid 15 the fastest.

5. Take time for you! I remember the days when my parents would actually drop us off at soccer practice and come back 2-hours later to pick us up. There was never a line of parents lined up on the sidelines just to watch our practice. Hello helicopter parents! I know my mom cherished that 2-hours she had while we were at practice; whether she ran to do errands, went home for free time or jammed to the gym to get in a workout, my mom took the time for herself. It’s perfectly fine to be the parent that just does the drop off and actually takes practice time to focus on you! Go for a run, take a yoga class, grab a coffee with a friend or just go home and enjoy the peace and quiet. We promise your soccer star is going to be just fine at practice without you watching every shot on goal!

What other tips have worked for you? We want to know! Share your tips in the comment box below!

 

Meet Ms. Henley…

With our new branding, comes the introduction of Ms. Henley….MsHenley_Final

 

Ms. Henley is the ambassador for The Henley Co. She is the magic behind the brand and she is a connoisseur of living the good life. She has her finger on the pulse for current events, unique experiences and creating a lifestyle, not just a life. When Ms. Henley gives her approval, she is endorsing a product or service of distinction.

Ms. Henley is your go-to girl. She is sophisticated, and super connected. She always knows what fun is going on, and you can always count on her to bring any event or task to the next level. She is your Wonder Woman who makes magic happen.

Ms. Henley is the extra set of hands everyone needs and their secret superhero. She is savvy and smart, poised and professional, impeccably fashionable and contemporary.

The Henley Co., through Ms. Henley, champions the spirit of its visionary founder, Nicole Matthews. The personality of Nicole is infused in this personification of the brand, and Ms. Henley represents the level of poise and creativity that everyone in the company aspires to.

Fans of the brand can spot Ms. Henley around town making magic happen. Be sure to follow her on all Henley Co. social media sites.

 

Twitter:       @henleyco

Instagram:   @mshenleyco

Web:              www.TheHenleyCompany.com

 

What can Ms. Henley do for you?

 

 

The NEW Henley Co!

Happy 7th Anniversary to us!

On July 13, 2007, The Henley Company hung out our shingle and opened the first event management AND concierge firm based in San Diego. It has been an amazing journey, and we are more excited than ever about the future. Over time, our brand and website seemed to get the seven-year itch so we decided to make a change! Without hesitation, we called up the super-talented, design-genius, Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York and asked for her creative brilliance as we started to re-brand!

You might have known us as:

 

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But effective July 1, 2014, it’s out with the old and in with the new! We are delighted to introduce you to the NEW Henley Co!

 

TheHenleyCompany

 

Operating now as an event, travel and lifestyle concierge firm, Henley Co. has a new look and a beautiful new website: www.TheHenleyCompany.com We are still delivering the same level of first-rate experiences for our clients; we are just doing it now in a cuter outfit!

 

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Check out our new site and let us know what you think! Oh, and do us a favor, invite your friends to check out our new website by posting the following on your social media accounts:

“Ready to live the life you want? Check out @HenleyCo ‘s new website http://www.TheHenleyCompany.com!”

 

Cheers!

 

11 Meaningful Flowers For Earth Day & Why You Should Immediately Fill Your Home With Them

April 22nd is Earth Day! Take a minute to enjoy these beautiful mementos from nature and celebrate the day to give thanks to the earth! Wouldn’t you agree that flowers help to brighten up any room?

11 Meaningful Flowers For Earth Day & Why You Should Immediately Fill Your Home With Them.

Part 3: Take the Daze Out of the Holidays – Ms. Henley’s Guide to A Stress Free Holiday

Day 3 of our Take the Daze Out of the Holidays – Ms. Henley’s Guide To A Stress Free Holiday Season focuses on shopping. With the benefit of technology, making lists and having the ability to shop online just got easier.  We love Pinterest, so it’s not surprising we would incorporate a wish board into our Top-10 list.

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#4.         Pin:                                                                         

Make your shopping efforts easier this holiday season by creating a private Pinterest Board for your family. Task everyone with pinning their wish list to your board so that you have all of their wants, needs and desires in one easy location. Be sure to download the Pinterest App so you have the information at your fingertips. You can also go directly from the Pins to the website so you can order online.

Follow our Pinterest board at to check out our favorite things!

 

#3.         Shop:                                                                         

Tackle your shopping by being organized before you set foot in the mall. Create a gift-giving spreadsheet with the names of everyone you need to buy for and their current sizes. Keep a list as you buy that not only tracks who gets what, but also how much is being spent, what needs to be mailed and/or ordered on-line.

Helpful hint: Keep an envelope in your purse that keeps all of your receipts in one spot. Immediately, on the receipt, write the name of whom the gift is being given so that you have an easy record if a return is needed.

 

#2.         Eat:

Take the stress off of holiday meal planning by turning them into potlucks. Guests always ask, “what can we bring?” Now is the time to take them up on the offer. Also, create a meal-planning list so you have all of your recipes and shopping lists in one central location.

If you are the guest asking, “what can we bring?” you can decide on one-appetizer or one side dish that you are going to take to all holiday parties. Don’t stress over trying to get creative for every party. Buy ingredients in bulk so you have enough to make several dishes.

 

How is your holiday planning coming along? Let us know!

Take the Daze Out of the Holidays – Ms. Henley’s Guide To A Stress Free Holiday (Part 2)

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In yesterday’s post, we gave you the first installment of Ms. Henley’s Guide to a Stress Free Holiday Season. We continue today with #’s 5-7 of the Top-10 List.

7.         Blink:                                                                         

Save yourself a ton of time by getting your lashes done for the holidays. These semi-permanent additions to your look will have you feeling fresh and bright-eyed without spending lots of time in front of the mirror. Most lashes last 2-3 weeks. Don’t forget to book your blow out appointments to save yourself a bad hair day. We all know a good blow out will last a few days – super time saver!

6.         Decorate:                                                                   

Holiday decorating does not have to be stressful. Keep it simple and stress-free by using what you already have around the house and repurposing from one holiday to the next. We have a ton of ideas if you need any help! Simple things like colored rubber bands can change the look of a basic glass vase or Washi tape around a frame can create a more festive feel to a basic frame or chalk board.

5.         Give:   

Be a good guest and remember to bring a hostess gift to any parties you are invited to throughout the year, especially during the holidays. With a little pre-planning you can have easy gifts on hand. Think about gifts that are useful not just decorative. We like useable items! On a recent trip to Target we found an adorable cookies for Santa tray; which we paired with the ingredients for making and decorating sugar cookies. Wrapped up in a festive bow and you have an easy, yet functional, hostess gift that will be appreciated.

 

“Think back to when you were a child – do you remember the gifts you opened or do you remember the moments spent with family, friends and enjoying the merriment? Keeping the holidays simple is a choice! Let this be the year that you delegate the “stuff” and focus on being “present” in every moment. “

~Nicole Matthews, Lifestyle Architect
The Henley Company

26 Days in Brazil….

IMG_2644I just had the great fortune of working in Brazil for nearly 4 weeks on a project for the FIFA Confederation Cup, which allowed me to travel to Fortaleza (northeast corner of Brazil) and to Rio. This was my first trip to Brazil and it was a privilege to work and play in one of the world’s emerging markets. Brazil is everything you would expect…beautiful beaches, perfect sunsets, warm and friendly people and a colorful spirit from music to artwork. My team and I were welcomed with open arms by the people we worked with and those we had the pleasure of hosting. As a lifelong soccer fan, finding both Copacabana Beach and Ipanema Beach covered with soccer nets was a joy. Sport is a national past time in Brazil and when in doubt, the natives can be found on the beach, wearing as little as possible, playing either footie or beach volleyball.

I was not prepared for the significant discrepancies of wealth that haunts the country. You need not travel very far before baring witness to million dollars homes shadowed by the favelas that crawl up the hills. One of the most significant parts of my trip was a tour of the favelas in Rio. I wanted to truly understand the social significance of the favelas and these infamous neighborhoods that pepper every direction you turn. On average, those living in favelas earn no more than $200 per month and everything that can be used to build a house is secured; from banners to garage doors being used as walls. Social services are incredibly limited in favelas; which was a major spark of the recent protests. The government has chosen to build stadiums instead of providing basic social needs to residents. Yet, when you walk through the favelas, there is still very much a Brazilian spirit present. These neighborhoods may house the poorest of the poor financially, but they resonate with the richness and vibrancy that makes Brazil a very unique place.

Like every visitor to Rio, I enjoyed a visit to both Sugar Loaf and Christ the Redeemer. The view of Rio from both locations is breathtaking. Standing at the foot of the Christ with my arms spread wide (because that’s of course how you have to have your picture taken!) offered one of those unique moments when you realize that you are seeing one of the great man-made wonders in the world – not through the vessel of a book or tv, but instead with your own eyes. In a word, awesome!

Brazil being the soccer-loving country it is, the atmosphere in the stadiums for the matches was electric. One highlight had to be at the final match of the Confederation Cup, which was the game between Brazil and Spain. When the Brazilian national anthem began being played, the entire stadium – all 70,000 yellow shirt wearing fans – began to sing. The patriotism and enthusiasm for both country and sport was electric.

I look forward to returning next summer for World Cup so I best start learning more Portuguese!

Obrigada Brasil!