A New Way to Request a Caregiver

Requesting a Caregiver is Now Easier and More Transparent

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Poppy connects families to the best caregivers when they need them. Behind the scenes, it’s a complex process, involving schedules, preferences and qualifications.

We’re excited to share a new process that makes requesting a booking easier and more transparent. Now, when you click Request a Poppy, you’ll see a list of caregivers who are likely a good fit with your neighborhood, needs and preferences. Choose the best options for you, reorder, add details to share directly with your caregiver.

How it Works

1. Use Filters to Customize Your Request
Use the Date/Time, Kids, Address filters to add details for your request. You can also specify desired Tiers or favorite caregivers from the additional Filters tab.

2. Select Caregivers to Ask
See all the caregivers that are a fit for your parameters based on their inputted schedule. Select as many caregivers to ask as you’d like. TIP: adding more caregivers increases your chances of getting a confirmation, because schedules can change. 

3. Reorder Caregivers Based on Who You Want to Ask First
Before you send out the asks, you can change up the ask order – each caregiver will be given 30 minutes to respond before the next caregiver is sent the request.

4. Add Details for the Caregivers to See
If there are important notes to share you’ll be able to add those details so caregivers are able to see that when they review your request.

5. Check Status of Your Request in Your Account
The most real-time way to find out about the status of your request is in your Poppy Account. We’ll show the status of who has been asked, and will also show if the booking has been confirmed.

With this new process we hope you’ll be able to connect more easily and directly with the caregivers that work best for your family’s needs. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!

Request a Caregiver

Get Your Poppy Payments Reimbursed Through Your Dependent Care FSA

Many employers offer Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (often referred to as a Dependent Care FSA) as a benefit. It’s a way to earmark pre-tax dollars, so you can put those funds toward childcare. For those of you who are taking advantage of this benefit, did you know that Poppy spending is often an eligible expense?

 

Poppy makes it super easy to download a history of your charges as a PDF, so you can submit it to your (likely pretty old-school) FSA provider.

 

  • Step 1: Log into your Poppy Account
  • Step 2: Go to the main menu and select “Bookings” 
  • Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of your bookings to “FULL YEAR BOOKING SUMMARY”
What’s a Dependent Care FSA?
Poppy is not the expert on this — we just focus on providing amazing childcare! Here’s what we do know: 
Every little bit helps when it comes to covering childcare, we’ve all felt that. There’s so much American companies and law makers could do to help lighten the load, but there actually is an existing U.S. benefit that can help a tad with caregiver expenses…. and it is shockingly undersold and under-utilized.

 

About 70% of companies offer this benefit, but only a tiny fraction of employees sign up, and even among those signed up, a lot of people don’t submit the claims to get that money back.

 

Many employers offer “Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts” (often referred to as a Dependent Care FSA) as a benefit. It’s a way to earmark pre-tax dollars, so you can put those funds toward childcare. If you’re familiar with Health FSAs then you probably can make some guesses on how this works, but because there are many options for childcare, it’s currently a very manual, pretty annoying process. 

The catch is that super-busy parents, and you forget to submit those claims by the deadline… the money goes away. Poof. (You do typically have a grace period after the end of the year).

Many companies are actually now in Open Enrollment Season, so it’s a good idea ask whoever manages benefits if they offer a Dependent Care FSA and how you might enroll for it. If your company needs some education on the Dependent Care FSA, two companies we know of that offer managed programs are Gusto and Kinside.

 

P.S. Poppy also often partners with Seattle companies to offer Poppy as a benefit to their employees, so feel free to put them in touch with us at hello@meetpoppy.com

Upcoming events in Seattle – Poppy’s picks for great kid-friendly and grown-up friendly events: October 24 – Nov 6

We’ve found Seattle’s best events – with or without the kiddos

We’ve found Seattle’s best events – with or without the kiddos


Our picks for dress-up fun 

Hilloween in Capitol Hill: Carnival, costume parade, live performances, fun games — trick-or-treat all along Broadway, Pike & Pine streets. Saturday.

Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum: Kids can join a costume parade, dissect owl pellets, play with potions and slime. Saturday and Sunday.

Pumpkin Bash at the ZooHead to the zoo in costume and kiddos receive free admission with each paying adult. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating as well as watching animals munch on Pumpkins. Saturday and Sunday. 



📌 Tickets Running Low: The Lion King
Running from December 13, 2018 – Jan 6, 2019 @ the Paramount Theater

If you want to blow your little ones’ mind with a holiday-sized double dose of Broadway + Disney, you better jump on this. Official Tickets Here (a lot of the family-friendly times are running low), Stubhub has tickets too, but obviously there’s a markup.

 

 


 


Three Little Pigs
October 20 – November 18

Several locations: Fremont district, Kirkland, Shoreline, Renton
StoryBook Theater’s musicals are 55-mins and for ages 3-10. Based on familiar fairy tales, each show focuses on a life lesson and has a happy ending. With catchy songs and clever stories, StoryBook Theater shows are fun for the whole family.  See more info here.



Featured event
Super Bueno Brunch plus Poppy!
Sundays: Oct 14th + 21st | 11am-2pm
Super Bueno – 3627 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Poppy teams up again with the folks at Super Bueno to Bring Back Brunch. We’ll have two Poppies onsite to play with the kids so you can enjoy brunch. For kids 2 years and up. See more info here.



This is Halloween
October 19 through October 31, 2018
The Triple Door, Seattle, WA 

This adaptation of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas features cabaret and burlesque styles, as well as a live orchestra. See more info here.

Learn how to solve a Rubix Cube with the beginner method, using only six algorithms.


 

Haunted Chocolate Factory Tour
October 25–28, Tours run between 5pm – 9pm
Seattle Chocolate

The Haunted Chocolate Factory Tour allows guests to come to the factory after hours and learn about the ghosts and gremlins that haunt Seattle’s beloved chocolate makers. Wander through the haunted factory after hours and search for hidden clues to find the secret treasure—but beware the otherworldly spirits that lurk beyond… Not recommended for kiddos under age 8. See more info here.

 

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Upcoming events in Seattle – Poppy’s picks for great kid-friendly and grown-up friendly events: October 10 – 23

We found some great events for you this week. From superheroes to woodcarving and beyond.

We found some great events for you this week.

🎃 In case you missed it 🎃

  • We featured pumpkin patches last time but check those out in this post if you haven’t yet.
  • If pumpkin carving is on your list this weekend, we have a Product Review of a heavy-duty Pumpkin Carving Kit on our Instagram story highlights (spoiler alert: you won’t believe you’ve put up with the grocery-store carving kits this long!)

Have an event you’d like us to feature in an upcoming email? Respond back to this one and tell us about it.


Halloween at Pacific Science Center 
now through October 31 @ 10am
Pacific Science Center 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Pacific Science Center is celebrating Halloween all October long by exploring the science behind the eerie and haunted. Plan your visit today to discover the science behind illusionsmeet a tarantula and build your own monster in the Tinker Tank. More info here.



GeekGirlCon 2018
October 27 & 28 | 9am-7pm
Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle, WA
GeekGirlCon is setting up in the heart of downtown Seattle to celebrate every geek and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; game play and game design; and beyond. $40/day, $10/child ages 6–12, ages 5 and under free. See more info here.



Featured event
Super Bueno Brunch plus Poppy!
Sundays: Oct 14th + 21st | 11am-2pm
Super Bueno – 3627 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Poppy teams up again with the folks at Super Bueno to Bring Back Brunch. We’ll have two Poppies onsite to play with the kids so you can enjoy brunch. For kids 2 years and up. More Info here.


 



ATK Seattle EATS Festival
November 3rd | 2pm-5pm
Bell Harbor & Pier 66, Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 
America’s Test Kitchen has both Friday and Saturday programming for you to eat and drink your way through offerings from Seattle’s top restaurants, cooking demos, live music, and more. Tickets start at $100. (This event is 21+). See more info here.

 



Ornamental Woodcarving Class at Seattle’s new Nordic Museum
October 14, 21, 28 (Sundays) | 10:30am–5pm
Learn Baroque Acanthus, Rococo, and Viking/Dragon woodcarving styles in this class (for adults). Woodcarvers at all levels are welcome. Tool sharpening and basic carving techniques will be covered for beginners. Continuing students will develop their own projects. No tools or experience necessary. Tickets: $45 per student. See more info here.

 

 

Have fun out there!
-The Poppy Team

P.S. Share this with your friends! If they haven’t tried out Poppy, remember that we give $20 to both of you when they make their first booking. Log in to tell a friend.

 

Upcoming events in Seattle – Poppy’s picks for great kid-friendly and grown-up friendly events: Sept 26 – Oct 9

We’ve found Seattle’s best events – with or without the kiddos

Have an event you’d like us to feature in an upcoming email? Respond back to this one and tell us about it.


 

Featured: Pumpkin Picking in Snohomish with 💯 Bonus Activities now through October 31
Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm 10917 Elliott Road, Snohomish, WA 98296
The journey out of the city will likely be well worth the oh-so-many activities available to you and the kiddos at Bob’s. To name a few: U-pick pumpkins, cow train, kids corn maze, grown-up corn maze, Apple cannon and fire-pit rentals. See you there. Prices vary for activities, and wristbands that get you into multiple attractions start at $10 (weekdays) and $15 (weekends) More info here. 

Here are some more Pumpkin Picking (+Bonus Activities) Spots:

Featured event
Super Bueno Brunch plus Poppy!
Sundays: Sept 30 and Oct 7, from 11am-2pm
Super Bueno – 3627 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Poppy teams up again with the folks at Super Bueno to Bring Back Brunch. We’ll have two Poppies onsite to play with the kids so you can enjoy brunch. For kids 2 years and up. More Info here.


Annual Maple Festival 
October 4th through 14th (daily activities for Maple fun)
Seattle Japanese Garden – 1075 Lake Washington Boulevard East, Seattle, WA
There are maple-related activities every day (e.g., Maple Scavenger Hunt & Maple Origami). The event activities are free with Seattle Japanese Garden admission. See more info here.


 


Brew at the Zoo
Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sample imports, domestics, microbrews and ciders from 60+ different breweries. Don’t mention to your kiddos where you’re going, as this one is ages 21+ only, BUT hold on to your Brew at the Zoo ticket after the event; if you bring it to the zoo from Oct. 5 to Dec. 31, 2018, you get $3.00 off one general zoo admission. See more info here.


Chocolate for Dinner with Chef Justin Khanna
Saturday – September 29, 2018
A unique and innovative culinary dinner experience, highlighting local Pacific Northwest chefs as they incorporate chocolate into each course right in front of you. Taste these delicious chocolate creations which feature Pike Place Market produce and local ingredients. Tickets are $60 and availability is limited. See more info here.


 

Have fun out there!
-The Poppy Team

P.S. Share Poppy with friends! If they haven’t tried out Poppy, remember that we give $20 to both of you when they make their first booking. Log in to tell a friend.

 

Bring Back Brunch with Super Bueno and Poppy

Poppy and SUPER BUENO
Join us for brunch, and we’ll watch your kiddos!
This event has been hugely popular with parents, and we hope you can swing by to join in on the fun. (details below)

 

Details:

WHEN:
Sundays in August, September and October from 11am-2pm
WHERE: 
SUPER BUENO
3627 STONE WAY N
SEATTLE, WA 98103
HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Just reserve or grab a table for brunch
  2. Then swing upstairs to drop off your kiddo
  3. Sign in your kiddo with the Poppies on site
  4. Stick on a nametag
  5. Everyone has a blast
  6. Come back in 30-45 mins to pick up your little one.

AGES:

Ages 2+

Qs?

Any questions, just email us at hello@meetpoppy.com
$20 off your first Poppy Booking
If you take advantage of Bring Back Brunch, we’ll give you a $20 promo code in your confirmation email (after you sign in your kiddo).At Poppy, our mission is to Build the Modern Village by finding the most rave-worthy caregivers and matching them to families like you when you need childcare. Whether it’s for a weekly date night, when the nanny is on vacation or simply running errands while the kids play, let Poppy build you a village full of talented, trustworthy caregivers.

Book a sitter with PoppyVisit Super Bueno (& the super kids’ play area)

 

Using Amazon Alexa for a Mini Storytime at Home

“Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story” …. is what it takes to make mornings happen,  make snack prep happen, just a helpful thing to buy you 5 minutes.

How it works: You’ll set up on the Alexa app, then activate skill with your lovely voice…

“Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story” …. is what it takes to make mornings happen,  make snack prep happen, just a helpful thing to buy you 5 minutes.

How it works: If you have an Alexa device (like an Amazon Echo), go to the Alexa app on your iPhone/Android, click on the menu in top-left corner and go to “Skills and Games” search for any of the below “Skills.” Once you’ve enabled them, you then need to remember the exact words you need to say to activate the skills…yes.  You have to fit these phrases in your brain -OR- print out / grab a screenshot of the below.

Story selections are pretty limited, and don’t expect an award-winning performance (we’ve noted the narration style in the far-right column if you want to pick and choose). But lots of kiddos are enthralled even by the Alexa voice reading a story… and you’ll be shocked how quickly they start interacting with the story. 💗

Alexa “Skill” Name

Voice Commands

Narration Style

search for these on the Alexa mobile app say this to your Alexa device once you’ve enabled the skill on your mobile app what to expect
Amazon Storytime Say: “Alexa, Open Amazon Storytime” or “Alexa, ask Amazon Storytime to read me a story” professionally narrated stories with sound effects
Baby Einstein Story Time Say: “Alexa, launch story time” or “Alexa, start story time” Professional narration, asks listener some “choose your own adventure” questions, but there’s not much of a plot
Tale of Peter Rabbit Say: “Alexa, begin Peter Rabbit” or “Alexa, open Peter Rabbit” Read by creepy Alexa voice, but asks the listener some “choose your own adventure” questions
Three Little Pigs Say: “Alexa, begin Three Little Pigs” or “Alexa, open Three Little Pigs” Classic tale read by creepy Alexa voice. Asks listener, “should I continue?” prompting kiddo to shout “yes!”
Short Bedtime Stories Say: “Alexa, open bedtime stories” or “Alexa, ask bedtime stories to list all stories” Classic tale read by creepy Alexa voice. Asks listener, “should I continue?” prompting kiddo to shout “yes!”

 

 

Thanks to Poppy Parent and staffer, Sharon Pope, for the tip #whatittakes #poppyhacks

This story originally appeared on our Instagram — follow us there @meetpoppy

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