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3 bedroom 2 bath apartment located on Veterans Blvd. Just 10 minutes from Lake Amistad.

 

 

Amenities include:

  • Queen beds in each bedroom. Sleeps up to 6 people.
  • Utilities, cable TV, wifi included.
  • Washer and Dryer for your convenience. 
  • Near Lake Amistad
  • Just minutes from Walmart
  • Next door to the Blue Oasis Restaurant.

 

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Nifty Thanksgiving Tips

Family around the tableWhether you’re having Thanksgiving with family or friends, cooking the meal can be a real chore! Even with nine sets of hands like Anna’s family has, cooking, baking and cleanup can take hours upon hours the day of. For a quicker, easier, more relaxed Thanksgiving day with little to no hassle try some of these tips this year.

Tip 1: Baked Potatoes!

To make things easier the day-of, bake your potatoes in foil the night before and warm them up in the oven or just turn them straightaway into Mashed Potatoes. The foil keeps the skins from drying out and you can avoid using precious oven space by just keep them warm with the rest of the food!

Tip 2: Pies done?

Pie crusts can be frozen! Put the pie crust in your tin(Or buy pre-made pie tins!) and then freeze it until you’re ready to bake. Make the filling for your pies a few days early, then store them in your refrigerator and throw the pie together day of for a fresh tasting and little-hassle pie!

Tip 3: Get the Turkey going!The Perfect Turkey

If you’re having a hard time getting your turkey flavorful and moist all at the same time, start marinating your turkey the night before you cook it and pour a beer of your favorite brand in the roaster to keep it moist!

Tip 4: Cleaning!

Keep the kitchen as clean as you can throughout the entire day, washing as you go to make as little mess to clean up at the end as possible. And to avoid cleaning a thousand plates, stop at the store to pick up some Chinet plates. You can look like glass and classy while still being disposable!

Tip 5: The Cranberry Sauce!Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce has to chill anyway, so why not make it a few days in advance if you’re having homemade sauce? No mess day of and easily stored in the fridge!

Tip 6: A Perfect Gravy!

Getting a lump-free gravy can seem almost impossible during the holidays! However, if you’re cautious about how much liquid you add at a time to your recipe and keep a constant quick stirring hand on it(A fork or whisk works best here), stirring until all the liquid is absorbed into the flour(Or cornstarch) and butter mixture, you should find yourself with a pleasantly smooth gravy.

Tip 7: THANKSgiving!

Really take some time to stop whatever you’re doing, before the meal or after or any time during the day, and remember everything you have to be thankful for. While this may seem like a silly, or almost obvious tip, it’s every bit as important if not more so than the rest of the tips in this blog. Giving thanks helps us to take the focus off ourselves, to remember the blessings in our lives and to think on the reason that we’re having everyone come to our place for a big happy meal.

Just a few tips to make your Thanksgiving stress-free and easier, we hope that they help you this year! What are your nifty Thanksgiving tips for making things easier and more enjoyable? Share your tips in the comments below!

Susannah Scheller is the social media manager for Capri Temporary Housing. Passionate about music, anime and dogs, she keeps our social media hopping! Connect with her on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/capritemporaryhousing

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Great Places to Stay in Ireland

Irish Hospitality.

I must say, I never felt so welcome as I did when I arrived in Ireland.

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Here are some of the places I stayed as I made my way around the Emerald Isle

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Samantha Kelly (the Tweetinggoddess) and Catherine at City North Hotel

 
City North Hotel
Our first three nights we stayed at the City North Hotel. Being accustomed to American hotel rooms, we were delighted to find a queen size bed and a twin bed for our stay. On the table were 3 bottles of water and a fruit basket which was replenished each day. Catherine, the sales director, went out of her way to make me feel at home. Breakfast served in the restaurant offered traditional Irish foods as well as cereals, juices, coffee and tea. What I liked best? The smile of each staff member as they helped me and my family get acclimated during our first few days in Ireland 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Killiane Castle
Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Our lovely hostess, Kathleen, at Killiane Castle

Probably the most interesting place we stayed during our visit to Ireland, Killiane Castle is located on a farm just outside Wexford. Breakfast at the castle was quite a treat. Freshly squeezed juices assorted bowls of stewed fruits and fruit salad as well as homemade granola and muesli needed us our first morning there as if that were not enough our host Paul brought out menus for a hot breakfast my favorite was the baked eggs but I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the choices. I learned that Kathleen cook everything herself who gets to stay at an Irish Castle we were also told of a Friendly Ghost that haunts the castle but we never saw it. Walking around the ground was like taking a step back in time. Check out the pictures at 

 
 
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Friendly staff

Wellington Park Hotel

 
After a long day of travel and a late arrival, we were greeted by friendly front desk staff. To my relief, they arranged our bus tour for the next day. Due to our brief stay, we couldn’t avail ourselves of the attractions within walking distance which included Ulster Museum, Queen’s University, and the Botanic Gardens. We’ll have to return and check them out during our next visit. The Wellington Park Hotel is a warm and inviting place for your stay in Belfast
 
 
 
Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

Quiet retreat in Clontarf, Dublin, just minutes from public transport.

 
 
 
Aishling House
 Our friendly host, Bob, will make you glad you chose to stay with them. Away from the beaten path and nestled in a residential area Aishling House offered a quiet respite from busy days of sightseeing and walking around Dublin. Being close to public transportation made it easy to get in and out of Dublin City Centre. Breakfast was a combination of cold entrees available on the buffet, and hot dishes prepared by the Bob and Fran. Victorian style decorations invited us to a step away to a simpler era, adding to the feeling of quiet and peace here .
  
Our trip to Ireland put us on the receiving end of hospitality. Here are some lessons learned:
  1. Make every guest feel particularly welcome. From bottles of water to arranging taxis, we appreciated every gesture that said, “We’re glad you chose to stay with us.”
  2.  Clean fresh accommodations help weary travelers feel comfortable and refreshed. Thirsty towels and crisp sheets invited us to feel at home.
  3. Little details make a difference. Offering to get buses and taxis took a load off my mind when we arrived in each City. What a relief for me as a traveler.

I want to thank Samantha Kelly and Ursula Brierty for helping us find accommodations. It was nice having someone else make arrangements for us. Thank you, Ladies.

If you are traveling for work or relocating to a new location, you can have a friendly face to help. At Capri, we want to make your stay as stress free as possible. Contact us for your next project, and let us show you professionally furnished apartments at exceptional prices! Like our Facebook page at https://www.Facebook.com/capritemporaryhousing

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Time Management Truths

 

Time Management Truths

I remember the day I bought a “Daytimer”. The black bonded leather of the binder felt cool under my hand. When I opened it, the leather creaked a bit as I put the calendar pages in to start my productive life. The excitement of making my “To Do List” and scheduling my tasks was almost intoxicating. Finally, I was going to get everything done I needed to do! What a feeling.

After a couple of weeks, fewer and fewer things got checked off. My lists got longer, and I was running out of lines to write down all the tasks on my ever growing “Not Getting Done” list. There didn’t seem to be enough time in my day to get everything done! My exhilaration at the thought of getting everything done turned into frustration that I couldn’t trust myself to get anything done. By the end of the first month, the binder collected dust on my dresser. Everytime I looked at it, a pang of guilt swept over me as i walked past it. If only I had 1 more hour in my day. I could get it all done.

The truth is, we all wish we had more hours in the day. Most of us fill out calendars with more to do than we have time for. And at the end of the day, we look at everything we haven’t done, and transfer our incomplete tasks to the next day. Our “To Do List” grows, and our “Not Getting Done” list gets even longer. What can we do?

We need to start with the simple acceptance that we only have 24 hours in a day.That’s it. Nothing we can do will change that. Prayer doesn’t give us more (unless you are Joshua in the Bible, and he only got one extra day), and rubbing magic lamps doesn’t work. This simple act of acceptance frees us from the illusion that we are all powerful and can do it all. Knowing our limits is the first step to managing our time.

Over the next few weeks, I will be blogging sharing with you tips I have learned from my own work and from other people more successful than me, to help you do what you need to, and have an enjoyable life. All through a few time management truths.

Anna is the founder of Capri Temporary Housing, headquartered in Del Rio, TX. Capri procures and manages lodging for individuals and companies so they can contain costs, be more productive, spending time on revenue producing activity while working away from home. Contact us to learn how we can free up your time so you can enjoy doing the things you get paid for while you are on the road.

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What “Amenities” Really Means!

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“Light and Airy”

I thought I’d find some travel humor to share with you for this week’s blog. I found the following “translations” on https://www.divetrip.com/humor.htm. See if you laugh, too!

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the Travel-L list. Jack Kolb posted the following definitions for tourists:………… TERM …………………………… TRANSLATION

Old world charm …………………………… No bath
Tropical ……………………………………… Rainy
Majestic setting …………………………… A long way from town
Options galore …………………………….. Nothing is included in the itinerary
Secluded hideaway ………………………. Impossible to find or get to
Pre-registered rooms …………………….. Already occupied
Explore on your own ……………………… Pay for it yourself
Knowledgeable trip hosts ……………….. They’ve flown in an airplane before
No extra fees ………………………………. No extras
Nominal fee ………………………………… Outrageous charge
Standard ……………………………………. Sub-standard
Deluxe ………………………………………. Standard
Superior …………………………………….. One free shower cap
All the amenities ………………………….. Two free shower caps
Plush ………………………………………… Top and bottom sheets
Gentle breezes ……………………………. Occasional Gale-force winds
Light and airy ………………………………. No air conditioning
Picturesque ………………………………… Theme park nearby
Open bar ……………………………………. Free ice cubes

 What funny things have you encountered in your travels? Share them here and let us know.
Anna Scheller is the founder of Capri Temporary Housing, headquartered in Del Rio, TX. Capri is a full service lodging company for project personnel including hotels and corporate apartments. Click this link to request more information! Let us help you increase profitability while giving your employees the best stay possible when they have to work away from home.
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Rules for Success from a Hospitality Magnate

Slide1I’m always looking for ways to improve my business and my life. I figure that the things that make me successful in business make me successful in life. So when I came across this blog by Bill Marriott, I thought, “This is good stuff.” Like Bill, I love lists, and what helps the leader of an international organization be successful can help all of us who are hungry to be better.

No one accidentally becomes a good leader.  Bill Marriott

Marriott says, “No one accidentally becomes a good leader. It takes dedication and discipline.” I agree. As a business owner and a martial artist, I have discovered this painful truth. Discipline requires forethought, and doing what is necessary whether you feel like it or not.  It means doing what others won’t to serve the ones you lead. I wish that was easy. But the list Mr. Marriott shares can provide structure to the important focus you need for that discipline.

Here is his list:

  1. Challenge your team to do better. And do it often.
  2. Take good care of your associates, and they will take good care of your customers. And they will come back.
  3. Celebrate your people’s success, and not your own.
  4. Know what you are good at and keep improving.
  5. Take action now! Err on the side of doing. Indecision paralyzes. Got with your gut, and move forward.
  6. Communicate by listening to your customers, associates and competitors.
  7. See and be seen. Get out from behind your desk, and be accessible.
  8. Focus on the details. Success is in the details.
  9. Customer needs vary, but their expectation of quality does not.
  10. Always hire people who are smarter than you are.
  11. It’s more important to hire people for their qualities than for their experience.
  12. View every problem as an opportunity to grow.

To become the leader we want to be, we need a plan, determination and discipline. I love this list! It helps to keep our focus on what is truly important as we realize success in business and life. Which of these items do you feel comfortable with? Which one do you feel requires some work? I’d love to hear your response! Comment below and let me know what you think.

Thanks, Bill, for these words of wisdom. To read his blog, go to http://www.blogs.marriott.com/

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Having Trouble Getting It All Done? 9 Tips to Help Busy Professionals

dreamstime_s_9894256Busy professionals. Do we ever feel like we will get it all done? Today’s business professionals are plagued by fatigue, stress and forgetfulness. Forgetting we are only human, we try to do more and more only to discover the more we try, the less we do. The warning signs that we are out of sorts start as simple as forgetting things or yelling at your spouse.
The following is a list of common signals that our to do list has taken over our life. If you experience one of these signals, try the simple remedy to help you.
Having trouble focusing? Then drink a glass of water
     A glass of water helps us focus better. Our biology textbook said it: our bodies are 75% water. When we are even slightly dehydrated (maybe from those 5 cups of coffee we drank to stay awake at work), we have more difficulty focusing on work. Getting at least 64 oz of water a day will do wonders for staying on task.Health tip: Drink more water.
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Forgetting things? Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
     A surprising benefit of getting enough sleep is improved memory. When we are sleep deprived, we tend to forget little details that may be important (like picking up the groceries on the way home). Getting enough sleep is critical to our peak performance, so do what it takes to get enough rest every night.
Winter fruits boost immunity.
Feeling irritable? Add color to your diet.
     Vegetables have vitamins that empower you to deal with stress more effectively. The B vitamins and omega 3-fatty acids fight anxiety and depression. These as well as magnesium (essential for proper nerve function) are found in abundance in a variety of vegetables. Don’t be tempted to rely on vitamin supplements. Stick with the real thing.
Can’t solve a problem? Go for a walk.
     Exercise does more than reduce your waistline. Increased blood flow to your brain supplies oxygen necessary to think better. It also releases dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitter, into our blood stream, giving us a sense of well-being. When we feel better, the cloud of our negative mindset lifts so we can see better solutions.
 
Overwhelmed by your to do list? Take time to meditate/pray.474231-bigthumbnail
     Science has proven that meditation helps us be more aware of the present moment. When the fear of “not getting it all done” overtakes us, meditation brings us back to the present.
Kids misbehaving? Schedule family time.
     Now more than ever, we need to connect with our family. More and more companies understand when we have to step away from the job to take care of family issues, But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We can focus on work better if we are not worried about our family’s wellbeing.
Tired of going to work? Take one day off every week.mother-and-daughter-working-in-garden_shutterstock_71162299
     We need rest. Not just the 7 or 8 hours at night, but one whole day a week. A day off helps us recharge our batteries. The rest energizes us to tackle the challenges of the week with power. That is the strength rest gives us.
Feel you’re on a treadmill? Take up a hobby
     Are you an artist? A gardener? A poet? Indulge the creative side of you. Not only does it provide relief from the daily grind, but it also rests your brain from problem solving. Often the problem that is dragging you down will find a solution when “thinking” mind is preoccupied wi
Feeling out of control? Track your time:writing-828911_960_720
     Awareness is the first step to taking control of your life. Tracking your time makes you more aware of what you are doing, so you choose activities that are more meaningful for you. Start by keeping a notebook of your to do list. Write down start and stop times for each activity. At the end of the week, schedule time to look at your “time diary” and make adjustments to get back control of your life.
Use these signals to trigger a new response to your hectic life. You will be amazed at how much more productive and in control of your life you will be!
What do you do to maintain balance in your life? Post a comment in the thread below. Share your wisdom with others!
Anna Scheller, CCHP, is a business owner, martial artist, author, and mother of 7 children. When she is not running 2 businesses and prepping for radio shows, she and her husband, Phillip, serve as youth pastors in their church. And tries to grow herbs without killing them in the hot Texas sun. You can reach Anna at anna@capritemporaryhousing.com
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10 Tips for Busy Business Travelers

I love to travel. Seeing new places, meeting new colleagues, making new friends are all part of the excitement of business trips. On the flip side, travel can be very tiring. Hectic schedules, late nights and close contact with other travelers on airplanes can run down a road warrior’s immune system, making him more susceptible to illness.Business Travel

In this blog, I’ve compiled top tips from 10 different sources to help you navigate the trials of business travel with less stress.

  1. Keep essentials packed at all times. If you travel a lot, you want to remember crucial items. The best way is to keep them packed in your suitcase when you empty it after your trip. Then you never have to worry about forgetting essential items when you drop onto your bed at midnight after a long day of travel. (courtesy of US News)passport
  2. Back up important documents in electronic form. Identity theft occurs more and more frequently. Passports, credit cards, and immunization records can be stolen, so keep a scanned copy on your phone or a cloud based storage site, like Dropbox. If something does happen, you will have your information at your fingertips. (Source: Independent Traveler)
  3. Charge up all devices before you go. Smartphones and laptops use battery quickly. Before you get on your flight or start driving, charge up so you don’t lose vital communication while you are traveling. Keep in mind, a dead phone can be confiscated by TSA as a security precaution, too! (Source: The Telegraph)airplane
  4. Know the difference between nonstop and direct flights. Did you ever find yourself on a flight, thinking there were no stops when the plane lands at another airport first? Direct flights take you to your destination, but make one or 2 stops along the way. Nonstop flights fly to your destination without landing at other airports. When you book your flight, choose nonstop if it is within your budget. (Source: Business Insider)
  5. Eat right. Healthy eating gives us the fuel to navigate the stresses of travel with more grace. Eating light and staying away from alcohol help make for more comfortable travel, and a better adjustment to your next destination. (Source: Fast Company)healthy snacks
  6. Always hydrate. Dehydration plagues most travelers. You might be too busy to remember to drink or that Starbuck grande latte is the only thing keeping you awake. Plan ahead to bring a water bottle, and fill it up after you go through airport security. Avoid alcohol to reduce loss of body fluids. You want to feel your best when you get to where you are going. (Source: Forbes)
  7. Get enough sleep. When children need sleep, they get cranky. The same goes for adults. Adults require seven to eight hours of sleep to function well. Find ways to get sleep so you are at your best for your meeting or new job assignment when you arrive. Need some help? Read this article for some great tips: “Sleep Well While You Travel”Sleep for health.
  8. Pack a spare change of clothes in your carry on. Unexpected situations can cause delays, so your checked luggage doesn’t always get off the same plane you do. Undergarments, and clothes for the event you are attending give peace of mind in the event you baggage arrives at the airport later than you. (Source: Huffington Post)
  9. Take your time getting off the plane. Tempted to stand up when the plane stops at the gate? Relax. Take your time. Sometimes, it can take a while to open the door, so you could be standing for quite some time. Slowing down a little can help you get centered, and open up the opportunity for a random act of kindness. That alone can help you feel better! (Source: NY Times)
  10. Fully Furnished Short Term ApartmentLook for alternatives to hotels. More and more business travelers are looking for more home like accommodations. “Apartments or rooms in private homes are where the savvy travellers rest their heads these days,” says Sam Baldwin, travel editor for Skyscanner.

 

Companies like Capri can help you find more space to stretch out in, as well as save you money. Check out our offerings in South Central Texas. Not headed there? No problem, we can set you up anywhere in the country! Click here to tell us your needs, and let us help you on your next business trip!

 

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Three Tips to stay safe While You Visit the Mexican Border

Holiday travel can be exciting and fun. The Mexican border is a popular vacation site during any holiday. Use these three tips to stay safe while you spend your holidays here.    Border

#1. Exercise caution:

  • Stay aware of your surroundings. Put your smartphone away. Being distracted on your cellphone makes you an easy target for a watchful thief.
  • Dress nice, but not too nice. Don’t wear expensive looking jewelry. Criminals are looking for targets who appear to have more money to steal. Expensive  jewelry operates like a sign that says to a criminal, “Pick me! Pick me!”
  • Keep your camera in a bag or purse. Looking like a tourist makes you an easy mark for a would be thief.

#2 Ensure you have all your documents when you travel.

  • Documents. Make copies of your travel docs and give the copies to someone for safe keeping. While we all expect to return from our trips, not every trip goes as expected. If you lose your documents or become ill, a quick phone call to a trusted friend or relative can save untold misery if an emergency arises.
  • Money. Exchange money at your bank or a reputable exchange service. Shop around for good exchange services, if you plan to use cash. Even better, use a dummy wallet with a little bit of change that you can throw to a mugger. If you never have to use it, great. If you do, it may save your life!
  • At Customs: Have the docs ready when you cross back into the US. Without documents, you WILL be delayed returning to the US until someone in the US can prove your citizenship. Sitting in a customs waiting area can put a big damper on your holiday plans!

#3 Deny predators anonymity!

  • Travel in a group. Numbers provide safety when you are in an unfamiliar country. Predators look for people who are by themselves. It gives them anonymity. Staying with a group makes you a less attractive target.
  • Stay in well traveled, well-lit locations. Again, this denies a criminal a place to lurk.
  • Get home before dark. Enough said there!

While you stay with us, we want you to have the best holiday yet! If you have plans to be in Del Rio for 4th of July, check out our short term fully furnished apartments for the week you are here. Our locations are in safe neighborhoods and provide your own place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Capri Temporary Housing. Let us be your home away from home.

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