Smart Thinking Lifestyle Tips…

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It’s that time of the year again… Holiday time…

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years…Oh My
I know as Mom’s we sometimes feel it more than others.

I have the tendency to overbook our Holiday’s because I don’t want anyone to feel left out.
I would hate to not see all our family and friends.
In reality this is miserable for my husband, kids, and myself.
Too much running around is not enjoyable for anyone.
This year I thought I would take some time before the crazy scheduled starts
and try and think of what is best for our family.

During my “research” aka googling the sentence “best holiday planning tips for Moms”
I found some advice I thought was too good to not share with you…
*disclaimer these are not my ideas, they were stolen fair and square from searching other blogs!*

best holiday planning tips for Moms (no specific order)

* Earn gift cards throughout the year by doing surveys and points programs. Then hold onto the gift cards until Christmas time when you can give them as gifts or use them to do your holiday shopping.

* Order your Christmas cards early and work on addressing them and stamping them while you’re watching TV. Then you won’t be trying to write out 50 Christmas cards three days before Christmas – or worse yet – never sending them out at all.

* Decide which holiday traditions you are going to take and which holiday traditions are going to be left behind. You do not have to do everything your parents did, but you may want to hang on to the ones that you have fond memories of.  What traditions do you want to pass down to your children?

* Relax –It will be over before you know it! Don’t let stress keep you from enjoying the moment and time with your family and friends. Smile, laugh, and forget all of your troubles, that’s what the holidays are for.

* Get rid of old toys – chances are your kids will be getting new toys for the holidays. Start clearing out the toys and games they don’t play with anymore and donate them.  Other kids will enjoy their “new” toys, and you will have room to store the new items your kids get.

* Plan your budget. We all love to dream big and you might even have a list of “dream holidays”, places you would love to visit someday. Be realistic with yourself though, if these places are not in your holiday budget they will have to wait until later.
* Consider making Christmas gifts this year. Everyone loves handmade gifts and it saves you money! Look through magazines or search Pinterest for great ideas and buy the supplies you will need to make them.

* (She’s) Making a List.  I’m a huge list maker.  I love crossing things off, so when all else fails, make a list.  Check it twice. Then get to it.

What advice do you have?
What are your families traditions?
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Sinner turned saint. Lover of Jesus. DIY crafter. Mom of 3. Blogger. Friend. married to her high school sweetheart. I blogs to share about the things I love. My hope is that my love for crafting, Jesus, family, and food will inspire you to try something new. If you enjoy what you read, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!

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