10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

No Scaredy-Cats Allowed Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let's face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 10 easy tips. 1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate -- especially baking or dark chocolate -- can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of ...

Your Halloween Budget Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

Halloween Budget

This year Halloween doesn't have to bust your budget.  According to MSN Money, Americans spend $7 Billion on Halloween.  Most of that goes unused, uneaten and become clutter.  This year, spend your money and time wisely.  Here are some tips to get you moving in the right direction. Do you have a way that you save money on Halloween?  Share it with us in the comments below! Costumes •Since most ...

Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve

The holiday is upon us.  It's time to let all of the stress melt away and enjoy this time with your family and friends.  I wanted to give you some Christmas Even traditions that you can do, even with little to no preparation.  These are easy and fun ideas that everyone will love. Read A Christmas Story Not only does reading a Christmas story help you put the little ones to bed, it helps you ...

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. ...

6 Tips To A Sparkling Clean Holiday

One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is having guests over.  I don't mean the guests are stressful, I mean the preparation FOR the guests is stressful.  Everyone likes presenting a clean home to friends and family.  On top of wrapping, cards, decorations, AND cooking, cleaning can seem next to impossible. Enlist Assistance Enlist help.  You can hire a ...

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 ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 12-Relax

Day 6

So you've already been going a million miles an hour and the holiday season is flying by you.  This is your official reminder, from The Joyful Organizer and Elf on the Shelf, to take some time for you.  Relax and have a cup of peppermint mocha.  Meet a friend to chat about your year or go for a manicure.  This task isn't about racing to the next event or spending a lot of money, it's about taking ...

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 ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 11-Christmas Goes to the Dogs

This is your official reminder not to forget your pets when holiday shopping.  Not only is it a great idea to get them something special for the holiday, it's important to remember to bring them in from the cold.  Don't leave them outside if it's a cold evening and don't leave them in your car while shopping. If you would be cold outside, they are too. Buying your pets presents doesn't have to ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 10-Wrap It Up

Wrapping is one of those tasks that some people love and some people hate.  Regardless of how you feel about it, wrapping is a necessary part of the holiday.  This year I want to offer you some wrapping tips to make it more bearable. 1.  Use gift bags or boxes.  Lots of stores (even discount stores) sell beautifully decorated boxes and bags that can be used over and over again.  Simply put in a ...