Gift Buying Worksheet

Gifts Printable

Staying organized and sticking to a budget this holiday season isn't always easy.  Not only do we have to balance all of our normal responsibilities, we have to shop for everyone we love AND attend parties, host feasts and decorate our homes.  No wonder you're stressed out!  Here's a printable worksheet to make your life (and budgeting) just a little bit easier. Print this whatever size you need! ...

10 Steps To An Organized (And FUN!) Holiday

Christmas Survival Guide

The holidays are rough.  Yes, they are filled with parties, family and friends, food and fun.  However, they are often the cause of a lot of stress.  If don't read anything else this holiday season, read this quick and easy guide to having a stress free holiday! 1.  Check your wrapping paper inventory BEFORE you sit down to wrap.  So often people sit down to wrap and have nothing OR (and ...

Christmas Card Caddy

Staples Desk Organizer

So every year I'm trying to get my Christmas cards done and I sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and put a holiday DVD in.  Then I remember, I want to use a special pen.  Then, I forget to get the seals for the envelopes.  Next, it's the address labels.  I've also been known to not count my supplies ahead of time and have to place an order and wait for it to arrive before finishing this process. ...

Create Your Own Advent Calendar (It’s easier than you think!)

Advent Calendar

Celebrating the advent is an amazing way to celebrate the holiday season with your family.  It helps keep you organized, helps kids count down the days and if you lay it out in time, really keeps the season on track. I'm going to share with you some advent ideas and techniques used by a friend of mine.  She has four kids, all younger than school age!  Let's call her ...

The Last Minute

The Last Minute

Yes Christmas is literally hours away.  However if you are feeling stressed out and behind the eight ball, you CAN still have a great holiday!  Here a few tips for things you can do quickly and easily that will make a big difference.  Remember, done is better than perfect!   1.  Have your kids help out.  If you already have house guests ask them to help too with the small tasks. ...

Tips for Easy Wrapping

Feather Trees

A lot of time wrapping takes place at the last minute, the night before the presents are going to be opened.  I am going to give you some tips to make wrapping a little more bearable this year. Before you start wrapping, consider these statistics: Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste ...

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Hanging Christmas lights requires a little planning and preparation. However, the effect that lights give outside your home on a cold winter night is stunning. Kids and adults love Christmas lights. Hanging them is well worth the effort. Follow these tips to make the process easy and enjoyable. The first step is to gather tools. Even if you need to head to the store, gather your tools ...

Wrapping Caddy

Wrapping Caddy

If you liked our Christmas Card Caddy, you'll also love our wrapping caddy.  It's all about checking your supplies and gathering them before you start the wrapping process.  I find that doing this allows me to pick up anything I need the next time I'm out and about running errands (instead of making a separate trip out). I started with a small stackable tray from Storables.com.  You can ...

After Christmas Tips

After Christmas Tips

That's it, the big day has gone by.  Hard to believe huh?  Now it's time to focus on cleaning up, putting away, doing the returns and making the most of sales.  Before you head out to the stores and go crazy, here are a few tips and ideas to keep in mind. 1.  Take a photo id with you. Many places prevent fraud by asking for this now.  It's common practice so make sure you have it on hand and ...