The team at Your Happy Nest is excited to share some tips on how to manage your social media accounts to help present yourself in the *best* light to your current and future employers.
Your presence on social media is very important because it is a representation of who you are as a professional. Not only does it represent yourself, it also represents your employers and Your Happy Nest (if you are one of our registered nannies or sitters.)
One of the first things a new employer or nanny agency will do is search for you on social media.
What they see can directly affect whether you will get your dream job or not.
Many of us see social media as an outlet, and a way to tell the world who we are personally ... but there is a danger in sharing TOO much.
Because of that, we want to offer you some advice on how to get your social media accounts to work FOR you, not against you.
Start With These Tips:
A. Have a polished, professional looking photo as your main picture.
B. Share uplifting, positive, cute/funny posts.
C. Share photos of your volunteer work, outdoor adventures, and other positive life stories.
Things to Avoid:
A. Strong political statements or rants.
B. Photos of partying, showing alcohol or other excessive behaviors.
C. "Sexy" photos
D. Excessive selfies
E. Foul language
And MOST importantly: Never post photos of your charges without permission from the parents, and never share your location while you are working. If you have any questions about this always talk to your current employer about their wishes concerning photos of their children.
Follow these tips to maintain a positive social media presence and you are certain to be on your way to success!
Looking for some extra help around the holidays? We've got you covered! And for the rest of November and for December 2016, if you book 3 days of daytime fill in help, we will give you one night time babysitter booking free! Just fill out this short BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM so we have all of your info and we will get you set up! Use PROMO CODE: HOLIDAY HELP on your contact form to get your free babysitting booking!
We have a fantastic new candidate for November's nanny of the month! Christiane is a seasoned nanny who has experience caring for children of all ages. She enjoys spending quality time with children, doing arts & crafts, creative play, reading books, trips to museums, parks and the library. Christiane is a humanitarian at heart. She has a passion for helping the less fortunate and assisting with nonprofit organizations. Christiane resides in the Cincinnati area and is a seeking a long term full time or part time position. Schedule an interview with her asap through Your Happy Nest before another family snatches her up!
Where are you from originally?
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, although I haven’t lived in Cincinnati my whole life. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to live in several states around the country, as well as, overseas in Africa and Europe.
How long have you been a nanny?
I have been a nanny for eighteen years.
When did you know that working with children was your calling?
As a teenager, I volunteered at the YMCA. Several of us were there looking after the children, although most of the kids wanted to play with me. That’s when I realized kids were drawn to me and it was something I was naturally good at. Also during that time I realized how rewarding and fun it was to work with kids.
Do you have a favorite age and why?
I love four year olds! They love learning and have lots of curiosity! It’s exciting to see them grow in independence and I appreciate their excitement in trying new things.
Funniest nanny moment:
I’m not sure if it was the funniest or the most embarrassing moment. A parent came home unexpectedly to find me and the kids dressed up in costume, dancing and singing to music. We had the music up pretty loud so I didn’t hear them come in. I was completely startled when I noticed them and screamed out loud, then, of course, laughed at the fact that they caught me acting so silly.
Favorite thing about being a nanny:
I enjoy spending quality time with children: doing arts & crafts, creative play, dancing, giving hugs and high-fives, telling stories, reading books, riding bikes, skating, swimming, hiking, taking trips to museums, parks and the library. None of that sounds like work, does it?
What is your strongest quality as a nanny?
Some of my strengths would be that I am patient, kind, calm and consistent. I believe it's important to instill morals and good values into a child's life. I do my best to help them learn to make good choices, treat others with respect, and be compassionate. Also I would say that I am very responsible and can be counted on. I follow through and stay true to my word. I am dependable.
Favorite place to bring children on an outing:
There are so many fun places around our city. It’s hard to pick a favorite! I love taking the kids to Union Terminal. The Natural History & Science Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and the Children’s Museum are all located there. There are unlimited options for educational activities to do and the kids love going. Hiking at any of our Cincinnati Parks and going to the Ohio Renaissance Festival are great outings too!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am a humanitarian at heart and have spent most of my life volunteering my time to help the less fortunate and assist nonprofits. I’ve spent time overseas as an International Humanitarian Aid Worker. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the country and around the world. I also enjoy the arts, adventure, and accomplishments. I was a supernumerary for the Cincinnati Opera. I once was a competitive bodyboarder and played a semi-professional sport for the Cincinnati Rollergirls. I am a photographer, avid ballroom dancer, artist and entrepreneur. I like to be creative and enjoy interior design. I love organization, cleaning out people's closets and making their home more functional. Animals and children have always been a big part of my life. I read daily and enjoy being outdoors.
Who is your hero?
First and foremost Jesus Christ is my hero and then I’d have to say Corrie Ten Boom.
If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
A dry aged NY strip; lobster mac-n-cheese; salad with Asian pears, spiced walnuts, and gorgonzola; and cheesecake for dessert from the Capital Grille.
When are you available to start a new position?
YOUR HAPPY NEST CINCINNATI HAS CREATED A LIST OF CHILD FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
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December 31st and January 1st 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM
RICKmas is a fun holiday attraction that provides a place for LEGO lovers of all sizes to come celebrate one of the world's favorite toys and see some awesome LEGO displays.
BRICKmas features more than 13 large-scale LEGO displays and is the largest display of its kind in the surrounding states. Two of the more notable displays include a 30 ft. model of the iconic Roebling Bridge and the popular Music Hall display, which will also boast a replica of Washington Park.
The attraction also features an interactive area where children can build their own “brick” masterpieces; color and decorate
December 4-6; December 12-13
Bring your family and celebrate Christmas with our live rendition of your favorite holiday special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down - Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all about what’s most important during this Yuletide season. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
November 14- January 2016
Create a holiday tradition for your family! See the magic of Christmas at the home of the World's Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a "Journey to the North Pole", where you can can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. See our "Main Street Holiday Trains" displays which offers some beautiful winter train displays that are FREE to the public. Extended Hours! From December 12th through December 23rd and December 26th through December 30th we will remain open until 9pm. The Junction is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day and closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Santa goes on vacation after Christmas.
November 21-January 2
The Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo has become the region's largest and most anticipated holiday event with 2.5 million lights sparkling well past Christmas. The special holiday entertainment, carolers, children's activities, Gingerbread Village, reindeer, train rides, the NEW Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake.
October 30-Febuary 15
The Fountain Square ice rink is located in the center of the redesigned Square, in view of the fountain. At 7,000 square feet, it is about the size of the rink at New York's Rockefeller Center. Amenities include skate rental, lockers, benches, and a heated tent with vending machines for snacks and drinks. Hot drinks and sweets are available at Graeter's on the Square and at Ingredients across the street.
Ho ! Ho! Ho! It’s Santa at Macy’s Fountain Place!
Fridays and Saturdays, November 27—December 19, 12-8 p.m. Sundays, November 29—December 20; 12-6 p.m. Monday – Thursday, December 21-24, 12-5 p.m.
FREE! Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting.Courtesy of Macy’s.
Visit with an African American Santa from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17!
Story time with Mrs. Claus at Macy’s Fountain Place
Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine Street, Third Floor
Saturdays, November 2 8, December 5 and 12
Immediately following Macy’s Downtown Dazzle fireworks
FREE! Courtesy of Macy’s.
Weekend Carriage Rides at Macy’s Celebration Station
Boards at corner of Fifth and Race Streets
November 2 7-29, December 5-6, 12-13, noon–5 p.m.
(Final boarding at 4:45 p.m.–please arrive early!)
FREE! Enjoy free horse-drawn trolley carriage rides through the heart of the city. Courtesy of Macy’s.
November 6-January 3
The Cincinnati Museum Center hosts an annual celebration of model trains each holiday season. Enjoy the four-level, multi-train layout with vintage trains traveling through one-of-a-kind towns, through hills and mountains, and across bridges. A four-level layout of simultaneously running trains, two dioramas recreating pages from the Lionel train "wish books," and a display of some of the oldest model trains ever produced inspire visitors of every age. Children will enjoy special activities designed just for them, including a journey by train through a winter wonderland and crafts in the Kids' Corner.
November 20-January 2
Built over a mile of wooded roadway, the holiday themed displays of fantastic seasonal color adorns the woods, depicting everything from Santa Claus and his elves to every animal on the ark. There's no need to bundle up to enjoy Holiday in Lights; simply warm up the car, turn your radio dial to Warm 98
November 14-January 3
The 2015 Holiday Show at Krohn is blossoming with the sweet twist of peppermint this season! Hop on the Poinsettia Express and explore a landscape of swirling trees and striped blooms of deep reds and rich chartreuse. Candy cane striped amaryllis, crimson poinsettias dappled in white, spiral junipers, and speckled caladiums create a charming floral setting for this year’s interactive train display and botanical architecture. Trains carrying peppermint candies interweave with fascinating “gingerbread” houses made of all natural materials. Refresh your holiday spirit with your family and friends this year at Krohn Conservatory!
Visitors will also experience local musicians, the Schmalz Family holiday display, extended “candlelight” hours and great photo opportunities.
November 27th, 6pm-9pm
This annual lighting of the holiday tree, sparkling with more than 20,000 lights and an illuminated, five-foot-tall red star, on Fountain Square officially welcomes the holiday season. Festivities will begin at 6:00pm with live music, food, and music by local bands. Followed by the official tree lighting ceremony and fireworks show!
Saturday, December 5th, 10am-12pm
Create your own flapjack masterpiece at our pancake buffet, enjoy family-friendly hands-on activities and take photos with the jolly man in the red suit, Santa Claus. Treat your guests to a first class experience with one private hour in Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains and the Art of the Brick.
Dec 9th, 6:30PM
The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.
Friday, November 27th, 2015
The holidays just aren’t the holidays until Santa Claus arrives! Join us the day after Thanksgiving as Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by helicopter at the base of Union Terminal's fountain, turn on the Christmas tree in our Grand Rotunda and usher in the holiday season here at Cincinnati Museum Center. It's a family tradition that you won't want to miss!
November 28th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Who needs long lines, pricey photo sets, grumpy kids? This year, ditch your annual trip to the mall and venture down to Washington Park. Why? To see Santa Claus of course!
That’s right — every Saturday in December, Santa and is merry band of Elves will be spending time in Washington Park making gifts, ornaments and other fun creations from 1pm to 3pm, Santa. Bring your family, bring your wish lists, but most all–be sure to bring your cameras!
2015 Activity Schedule:
November 28th: Rudolph & Friends
December 12th: Frozen Fun
Activity: Make your own wrapping paper with Happen, Inc. or take photos with your favorite characters from Frozen.
December 19th: Let It Snow
Activity: Design your own holiday stocking with Happen, Inc. or enjoy story time with the Cincinnati Public Library
Opening November 20th!
Snow Tubing is a fun and exciting wintertime activity that brings people together and creates amazing memories. It is just like sledding – only it’s faster and more accessible. Beach Mountain has OVER 100,000 Christmas lights on our property!
November 27-December 31
Located on five beautiful acres, The Christmas Ranch offers visitors more than 1 million dancing lights which are synchronized to music using state-of-the-art technology! This true winter wonderland has been featured nationally on HGTV and ABC's Good Morning America!
November 27-December 31
Discover the magic of the all-NEW Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa® as Newport Aquarium presents a holiday celebration under the sea. It’s an experience that's overflowing with enchantment and fun new experiences the whole family will love.
Join the fun as Scuba Santa fills his air tank with magic bubbles - and sends them throughout the Aquarium creating an enchanted Water Wonderland. Be amazed as you're surrounded by lights and bubbles dancing to holiday music in Shark Ray Bay Theater, where you'll also have the opportunity to meet Scuba Santa one-on-one.
The undersea celebration continues with holiday music and more magical bubbles as you journey through the Bizarre and Beautiful Gallery, where the ceiling is filled with hundreds of twinkling sea creature lights. The white gators in Gator Alley are having fun with a truckload of seasonal cheer and special decorations. Now even Mighty Mike loves the holidays. It’s squiggly wiggly jiggly fun in the Jellyfish Gallery as the jellyfish dance and float in rhythm to their very own holiday soundtrack creating a living light show.
The all-new Water Wonderland with Scuba Santa is a truly wondrous experience where families connect and interact with the magic of an undersea holiday celebration.
All Abroad The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) Train Ride
November 20 - December 20
The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) returns this holiday season with service to the North Pole. The POLAR EXPRESS(TM) comes to life when the train departs Connersville's Grand Central Station for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special stop at the "North Pole" to allow Santa Claus to board the POLAR EXPRESS. Guests on board will enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie while listening and reading along with the magical story.
Experience the joy of watching the children's faces when the train arrives at the "North Pole," where Santa Claus and his helpers will be waiting. Santa will board the POLAR EXPRESS(TM) where he will greet each child and hand them the special first gift of Christmas during the return to the station. You will surely want to make this an annual holiday tradition.
Santa Claus Limited
Saturday November 28, 2015
Board the train at Grand Central Station in Connersville to pick up Santa Claus along the way. Once on board Santa will come and visit with each child on the train. Train departs at 9:30am, 11:45am and 2pm. Purchase Santa Claus Limited Tickets ONLINE or call 765-825-2054 To Order By Phone.
(NOTE: These trains are not affiliated with the POLAR EXPRESS)
Your Happy Nest is excited to announce we are now serving the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Metropolitan Area! Meet Kristina, our placement provider in Cincinnati, OH. Kristina has been working with our Atlanta branch since July of 2014. Kristina recently decided to relocate back to Cincinnati to be near family and lifelong friends. Take a look at Kristina's bio below and please spread the exciting news to families and nannies who live in the greater Cincinnati area.
I am excited to annouce that Your Happy Nest is expanding to my hometown of Cincinnati, OH! I was first introduced to Your Happy Nest when I volunteered to be an organizer for the National Nanny Training Day event in Atlanta that was hosted in 2014. While organizing the event I became acquainted with the staff at Your Happy Nest and felt they were a quality type of agency that supports both the nannies and families needs! Before working with the agency I was a profesional nanny in the Cincinnati area for 8 years and in 2010 I accepted a nanny position in Atlanta, GA. My favorite part of being a nanny is the special relationships that I am able to develop with the children I am caring for. Working with Your Happy Nest has given me the opportunity to help others find the same wonderful experience I enjoy so much. In August of 2013 I welcomed my first child just 8 minutes before my birthday. As a new mother I can relate to a parents needs and concerns when hiring someone to care for their child. As a placement provider my goal is to take the stress out of finding an exceptional nanny so that parents can go to work with a peace of mind knowing their child will be in great hands.