Christmas is less than one week away and New Years is close after that. Family will be arriving soon or you might be getting ready to pack up the car and head out of town. For many this is a stressful time of year, but it’s suppose to be a fun and enjoyable time. This holiday survival guide is what I use to make sure that this time is nothing but magical.
Plan easy and fun activites
We enjoyed our local Trail of Lights as a famiy. We purchased the fast passes so that we could start early and beat the rush. It was a great activity for family members of all ages. Look for local activites like a gingerbread house workshop or fireworks in your community to ring in the new year.
Cook and bake ahead of time
I pulled up a chair to the kitchen counter and let the little one assist me with our holiday baking. We had a
great messy time and we laughed together. After all of my baking was done we participated in a fun cookie exchange with my mom’s group. So instead of 4 dozen reindeer brownies, I have a nice assortment of cookies to enjoy and share with neighbors.
Make the most of your time
Grocery shopping is hard with a toddler in tow. I call dibs on a solo shopping trip and I stock up while I’m there to minimize shopping trips when the stores are at their busiest. I also like to use the Ibotta App to help save on my grocery and household purchases. I make a list of for my regular groceries as well as all of my holiday cooking that requires ingredients I may not have in, my pantry. Don’t forget to grab extra paper goods too. Kleenex to have around the house so it’s handy (they have super cute containers for the holidays and it’s almost a decoration!), extra toilet paper to make sure you don’t run out with all the extra company at your house. Cottonelle and Scott both have money saving deals on the Ibotta App and are easy to find at Wal-mart.
Take some me time
As mom’s we take on a lot this time of year. In most households we do the majority of the shopping, decorating and food prep. Not to mention getting the house ready for company! My husband actually hung our Christmas lights (the only decorations we put up with the toddler). A little me time can go a long way when we are super busy, get a pedicure, grab a cup of coffee or schedule a massage. This will help you recharge and you will be ready to tackle tomorrow with joy.
Which tip from the holiday survival guide will help you most?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.