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Available now! Upstairs apartment at Capri Temporary Housing!

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.

 

Call 830-768-7799 for pricing information!

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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!

Secluded Hideaway

“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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What Happens When You Need to Break A Lease

The first time someone broke a lease with me, I was furious! The tenant claimed that an “expert” verified there was mold in her house, and she felt the house was hazardous to her health. The expert turned out to be a contractor of questionable reputation, and the real reason she wanted to leave was to return to Chicago to be with her friends. Was that grounds to break her lease??
In the life of a landlord, this situation invariably comes up. Sometimes, there are legitimate reasons for terminating your contract early, however, here are some tips to keep in mind.
  • Leases are legal contracts. When you sign a lease, you are saying in good faith that you intend to pay the rent on time until your lease expires and you give your landlord the proper written notice. Unless you and your landlord agree otherwise, you must pay the rent whether you live there or not..

    Signing-a-Lease

    A lease is a binding legal contract.

  • Read your lease before calling your landlord.
    • Relet fees. Depending on your lease, you may be responsible for a reletting fee. This fee is considered legal damages for early termination of the lease. You will still liable to pay rent until the unit has been rerented or your lease expires.
    • Security deposit. Some landlords will simply keep your security deposit and let you leave. If that is the case, make sure you get it in writing. Oral agreements do not stand up in court if you find yourself being sued for lost rent.
    • Military clause. Active duty military can terminate a lease with 30 days written notice and a copy of official orders. Read your lease for provisions for early termination.
  • Thinking about skipping out? Think again!
    • Collections:  After 30 days of nonpayment, your account can be turned over to a collection agency. If payment is not made, this action becomes a negative remark on your credit report.
    • Credit report: If you intend to rent again, a broken lease shows up on your credit report as well. Landlords who see that you have broken a lease in the past are less likely to rent to you.
    • Landlords can seek a judgment against you. With an airtight lease, and proof that you left on bad terms, the court will often rule in their favor.
There are costs to breaking a lease like the costs to canceling your cell phone contract. Make sure you know those costs when you are deciding to break your lease. Realize your landlord is not obliged to work with you beyond the terms of the lease. Talk to your landlord as soon as you know you need to leave. Follow up with a written notice of your intention.
Willingness to work with you landlord can go a long way to leaving on friendly terms and getting a recommendation for your next rental.
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5 Ways to Stay Healthy During December

Want to stay healthy this holiday season? We want you to, also! Finishing the year strong includes taking care of yourself during the busy holiday season. Here are a few reminders of little actions that go a long way to wellness this December.

1) Drink plenty of water.Health tip: Drink more water.
A number of factors work against you in the winter to dehydrate you, making you more vulnerable to illness. Travel, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your body which reduces your mucous membranes’ ability to fight colds and flu. When traveling, drink at least 8 oz of water every hour. For every latte you drink, drink an equal amount of water. Same for alcohol. Then strive to drink at least 8 more glasses of water everyday to stay well hydrated. Drinking water has the added benefit of reducing your appetite, too. It’s just good for you all around!

2) Exercise  5 days a week.
A strong body is a healthy body. Exercise has a couple of wonderful effects! First, you will feel better knowing that the extra holiday eating will get burned off. Exercise also oxygenates your blood, helping you think more clearly and feel happier! Getting out in sunshine gives you a healthy dose of Vitamin D, a key to healthy immunity and elevated mood.

Winter fruits boost immunity.3) Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Winter fruits and vegetables are loaded with Vitamin A and Vitamin C, important nutrients that boost your immunity. Grapefruit and pomegranates pack healthy doses of antioxidants. Seasonal veggies like pumpkin and butternut squash supply powerful doses of Vitamin A, essential for the production of white blood cells. Fruits and veggies also help in another way. They reduce your appetite for all those high calorie desserts that add inches to your waistline. Want to eat less this holiday season? Then eat more fruits and vegetables. (Picture source: foodista.com)

4) Take time to relax.
Much science has shown that elevated stress contributes significantly to illness. That nasty hormone, cortisol, creates all kinds of health problems. Consider getting a massage, or practicing some form of meditation. These practices have been show to lower levels of cortisol and boost the production of white blood cells.

5) Get plenty of sleep.Sleep for health.
If you’re tired, you can skip the office party for a good night’s rest. A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours nightly were three times less likely to catch a cold than those who snoozed for less than seven. (source: Health.com) Additionally, sleep helps reduce inflammation in your body. Want to stay healthy? Sleep 8 hours every night.

Staying healthy during the holidays, especially if you are traveling can be a challenge. Finishing those important projects requires you stay well.

At Capri, we care about the whole person. Sign up for our newsletter for tips and information to help not just during the holidays, but throughout the year. Click here to join!

Do you have any tips you’d like to share? Comment below, and we’ll include them in a future post!

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3 Easy Actions to Help You Be Safe This Holiday Season

In the wake of the tragedy in Paris, many people are  thinking about personal safety. It’s on all our minds!

Capri Cares!

Because we serve travelers year round, we created this audio to share 3 simple actions you can take to stay safe while you are in public. Let’s face it. During the holidays, our to do list and travel plans keep us from focusing on the present moment. These distractions, however, create the perfect cover for crime. As a corporate housing provider, we are invested in the travel safety of our clients and friends, and so we created this audio for you.  This audio is for informational purposes, so you can be better prepared to avoid interpersonal violence.

What about the Police?

That’s a great question. Yes, law enforcement is there to deal with the bad guys that can ruin a perfectly good vacation! Wouldn’t it be nice if they could be everywhere to catch criminals! The fact is that the few tips we share in the audio below can go a long ways in helping them do their job. The simple tips which you can exercise whenever you are in public will lessen the likelihood that you will need the police to come.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Family Thanksgiving (source--Flickr.com)

Disclaimer: None of the information given can be construed as legal or professional advice. We make no guarantees for your personal safety if you act on this information. Rather, consider it as a tool kit that you can use to lessen the chance of falling victim to crime.

Click below to listen to 3 tips to help you stay safe in Public.

 

Here are some resources for you to get more information:

No Nonsense Self Defense

Refuse to be a Victim Seminar

Corporate Travel Safety

We wish you  a happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Corporate apartments offer another level of security for the frequent traveler. Apartments are more private, often located in gated communities. We have apartments across the South Central Texas area. Let us know how we can serve you if you are traveling in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, or Laredo, Texas,  over the holidays. Check out our availability here.

What do you do to prevent crime when you are traveling? Comment below and we may include your suggestions in a future blog!

 

 

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5 More Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

In our last blog post, we shared 5 tips for people traveling with pets. As a pet owner myself, I often forget that not everyone views our dog as a member of the family. and this can present challenges while you are traveling. But a little forethought and preparation can lead to a more pleasant trip and help your pet adjust to your new home much sooner.

When traveling by car, consider kenneling your pet.Travel-Nursing-Pets_521x373

A kennel helps keep your pet safe during travel. If your furry companion is not familiar with one, begin to acclimate him or her several days in advance with their temporary quarters. Keep in mind that the kennel needs to be a welcoming place, not a punishment. So take the time necessary to train your animal to go into the kennel willingly. A frightened pet makes for a difficult ride.

When traveling by car, take frequent breaks.

If you travel a lot, it’s very tempting to reduce your travel time by taking fewer breaks. When you are driving with your pet, you want to keep him exercised so he will be calmer while you travel. Just like children, regular breaks give you the chance to walk the dog, go to the bathroom, and relieve any pent up energy. Taking time to attend to your dog’s basic needs goes a long way for a more pleasant trip for both of you.

When traveling by air, check with your airlines guidelines for traveling with pets.

Travel by air requires extra planning. Most airlines have pet friendly policies, but you want to know exactly what the policies are. Each airline has its own procedures in terms of how to transport your pet, whether you can transport your pet as cargo or bring it in the cabin with you. Check with your vet and the USDA for travel guidelines. (content: petco.com)

Bring something familiar to your pet for the transition.

Just like a child, when your pet has her familiar toys she will feel more like she is at home. If you have to leave your pet alone in your new apartment, leave a blanket or article of clothing with your familiar scent on it. It becomes a way for the pet to know you will be back. And smelling you is almost as good as being with you.

Spend extra time with you pet when you are settling in.

New sights and sounds can be very disorienting and stressful for your pet.  If it has been a long day, turn on the TV and relax with Snowball close by. Nothing is more comforting and reassuring to your pet than time spent with you!Take long walks in your new place, too. Long walks, especially when you first arrive, give your pet time to grow accustomed to the area and give you both needed exercise. Time spent with your pet in a new home and its surroundings will pay big dividends in the long run.

Traveling with pets requires thinking ahead, but the rewards can’t be numbered! We often work with pet owners for temporary lodging. Click on this link and sign up for our newsletter to get more information about traveling and options available to you.

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Personalizing your Furnished Apartment When You Travel

Finding quality short term housing is a challenge for traveling medical professionals. Budget and comforts don’t always work together.  Here are some great ideas by Ashley Lovely, Account Manager for Aureus Medical Nursing Division. for personalizing your apartment or extended stay when you are away from home.land-nursing-jobs

  1. Bring your own sheets and comforter. Even with the comforts of home we provide, there is no better feeling than snuggling under your own sheets and comforter! In our furnished apartments, you have your own washer and dryer to launder them. And you will definitely have a cozy feeling of home.
  2. Bring decor that reflects your style! Do you have a live plant that you take with you around the country? How about silk plants, or flameless candles? Little touches make your temporary space an expression of you.

    A wreath makes you feel at home.

  3. Add a wreath to your door. Wreaths are particularly festive in the fall and winter months. Make your own or go to a local home decor store for something already made. Bright decorations cheer you up after a long day.
  4. Bring your own dishes. I love colorful pottery plates! What is your style? Flowers? Stoneware? Eating supper you cooked yourself on your own plates is so much more tasty than going to a local diner.
  5. Buy an eye catching centerpiece for your eating area. Fresh flowers or colorful table runners can be inexpensive and will lighten your load at the end of the day.

As a  traveling medical traveling professional,  you don’t have to sacrifice cost for comfort. Let these ideas be the springboard for creating your own space when you are on the road.

Whatever brings you to stay with us, we want to make you feel at home. Thanks to Ashley from Aureus Medical Group for suggesting these budget friendly ideas.

We’d love to hear your comments! Let us know what you do to personalize your space when you travel.

 

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Diez y Seis–A Day to Celebrate and Remember

The year is 1810 in a small town in Guanjuato, Mexico. People stream into la Parraquia de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores  (the Parish Church of Our Lady of Sorrows) to the ringing of the church bell. Miguel Hidalgo, parish priest, is sounding El Grito, the cry that would eventually mobilize tens of thousands of people to rise up and make Mexico an independent nation.

 Miguel Hidalgo was the parish priest in Dolores, small town in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. He was a criollo, a person of Spanish ancestry born in Mexico. Distressed by the New Spain’s treatment of the Mexican natives, Hidalgo worked to improve the lives of his parishioners. He introduced new industries like wool weaving, carpentry and bee keeping to the indigenous people.  In addition to enriching the lives of the poor parishioners, he also started reading societies among the criollos.

do-hid-grito-muesoDuring the Napoleonic years of Spain, the growing turmoil in Spain united the criollos and mestizos leaders of New Spain, who met in the reading societies started by Hidalgo.In these societies, participants studied and discussed nationalism and political liberty. A declaration for revolution was planned for December of 1810. When the plot for revolution was discovered authorities began to move to arrest Hidalgo. Instead of being arrested, the priest-leader rang the bell of his church on 16 December 1810, calling parishioners to mass and to arms. The cry he sounded is known as “El Grito”.  Every year, the president of Mexico addresses the Mexican people with a modern version of El Grito on September 16th.

diez y seis

How is Mexican Independence celebrated? Diez y seis is celebrated much like our own 4th of July. People dress in traditional Mexican clothing, eat special festive dishes, play games and shoot fireworks. If you are visiting a border town, check out the local celebration for entertainment.

Living along the border offers many unique opportunities to learn about Mexican culture.  Check out our pages about Del Rio and Eagle Pass to learn about local festivities for this important Mexican holiday. Along the Texas-Mexico border, we love to  celebrate our neighbor’s independence!

If you are coming to Del Rio, Eagle Pass or Laredo and you need a place to stay, give us a call. We have furnished apartments that are fully serviced in all three locations. Check out our availability and call us to find out how we can help you during your next stay along our border cities. Call 800-258-3959 or email us.

Viva Mexico!

 

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