Elf Gets Organized-Day 5-Do The Dishes

If you use a separate set of serving or holiday dishes, now is the time to get them out.  Start running them through the dishwasher, a little bit every day with your normal loads. There is nothing worse than having to race through cleaning all the dishes at the last minute.  Doing this early also allows you to check what you have for inventory and gives you enough time to find replacements or ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 4-Christmas Cards

Most people don't enjoy sending out Christmas cards.  I used to LOVE writing all those addresses, stamping, sealing and so on.  Eventually, as I got busier and busier with work, getting the holiday cards ready seemed more and more like admin work to me.  I was dreading it a bit this year.  So, instead of doing it all at once like I used to, I changed my thoughts and process. I first sat ...

Eight Tiny (But Meaningful) Holiday Entertaining Tips

Small but meaningful steps to prepare for the holidays

Preparing to have family over for a holiday celebration is one of the most stressful things you will do all year.  The holidays are celebrations.  However, the cooking, cleaning and entertaining that come with the holidays can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  Even if you don't have a lot of time there are a few things you can do quickly and easily, that will make a big ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 2-Grocery Shopping

Most people need to buy more groceries during the holiday season.  Even if you're not hosting a meal, you're probably having guests, kids coming home from college or maybe you're just baking.  Regardless, you're going to need more food! There are lots of sales that go on during the holidays.  They usually even start before Thanksgiving.  Think ahead about what you're going to need and want to ...

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. ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 1-Cleaning

Cleaning isn't fun.  No one likes cleaning.  However, you know that you'll want to have a clean home for your friends and family this holiday season.  The first thing we want you to do is make a list of what needs to be cleaned.  This isn't meant to overwhelm you.  However, it's meant to give you an idea of the amount of time you're going to need. Next, ask yourself a few questions; Can you ...

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 ...

Four Paws Up for Santa Snacks This Holiday

This post is sponsored by BLUE Santa Snacks® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. This post is sponsored by BLUE Santa Snacks® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Blue Buffalo Santa Snack, but we only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers Blue Buffalo is not responsible for the content of this article. My dogs are ...

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 ...