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The holidays, such a lovely time of year! Everyone is happy and cheerful, right? Well yes, but it can also be stressful. As a mom, with two small children I know first hand how crazy it can be to prepare for the gatherings that we all attend or host! So I wanted to share my best practices for preparation!
My Tips for a Stress-free Holiday!
I am not a fiscally minded individual, by nature. Luckily, my husband is! We determine and set aside, our holiday budget in advance. (Make sure to always account for some small unforeseen events!)
For this we account for:
- travel expenses
- household (food and supplies)
#2 Plan Agenda
This is my specialty, I spend some time planning menus and finding my favorite recipes! This year, Thanksgiving dinner was at my sister’s house and we divided up the meals for 18 people. Sometimes it is impossible to do it all yourself- so ask for help or share the responsibility! This way it is actually, the more the merrier!
4 year-old Hayden loves to help with baking, so I try to include him as much as possible! Not only does that provide lots of quality time and learning opportunities, PLUS it gives mom some assistance in the kitchen!
I also decide in advance, what ingredients and goods would be on my list, so I can minimize trips to the store. Who wants to run to the store last minute? Not me!
When brand matters, I make sure I have my coupons ready and then pair them up with store deals! I found a great deal on Charmin Ultra Soft and Charmin Ultra Strong and made sure to stock up! This helps alleviate expenses with our budget! Yeah!
Our Christmas dinner will be a smaller fare, but I now already have some of my key necessities!
#3 Organize and de-clutter!
Starting early November, I will “clean sweep” my house! It is a BIG job, but allowing plenty of time, makes the job easier! What this means for my house is storing, packing and sorting and any spring/summer goods into labeled totes and preparing closets and room with wall/winter essentials.
We donate a lot of items that have lost luster & wonder in our home, but may still have use for others- especially important around the holidays.
By starting with a de-cluttered space, it is amazing how everyday surface cleaning seems easier- especially with little my “tornadoes” and family to arrive!
#4 Try to Relax
My recipes are chosen, my home stocked and organized! I am ready to enjoy the family and the blessings around!
Well, sort of relax….
Even with all of the hoopla of the holiday season and visitors to arrive my mom moments continue! Henry is on the edge of potty training! Yikes! Hayden potty trained in two days with the help of jelly beans. Henry is REALLY excited to flush toilet paper! Seriously. Henry…oh that child is the one to watch carefully!
Luckily, Charmin Ultra Soft and Ultra Strong are both clog-free and septic safe!
Charmin is also endorsed by Roto-Rooter! As you may recall, we got to know Roto-Rooter a few months back when they helped with our sewer line in an emergency! No offense to these fine professionals but I REALLY don’t want to have to make an emergency call during our Christmas gathering!