Between hustling around to all of the local shops, baking cookies for the Christmas party, and preparing your Christmas feast, you are likely feeling a little worn out. Let’s be honest, while this time of year is truly magical, it can also be…exhausting! I did pretty well keeping things simple this year, but I’ll admit, I am still feeling a little fatigued after the fact. If you’re in the same boat, join me in taking a few simple steps to recover from holiday fatigue and feel great as we head into the new year. Continue reading
With all that the holidays entail, it can be easy to simply “go through the motions” of the holidays without recognizing why we set aside this holiday in the first place. I enjoy the gift giving, the décor and revelry, and the sweet treats as much as the next person, but each year, I find something missing until I’ve focused in on the real reason for the season. If you feel like something has been missing in your holiday season, give some of my favorite traditions for keeping Christ in Christmas. Continue reading
Okay, so we all know that part of the stress of the holidays is trying to get your home ready for guests. The cleaning, rearranging, and organizing can be overwhelming if you don’t have a system in place, and especially if you’re not much into that type of work and you don’t have much time to get it done. Well, I’m here to let you in on a little secret…You can get your home holiday ready in as little as 5 days (remember, there are only 5 days left until Christmas) in just minutes a day!
I like to consider myself somewhat of a maintenance cleaner. You know, I’m not one that deep cleans every week, scrubbing the floors and wiping down the walls. But, what I do actually do is a little bit of cleaning each day to keep my home clean all the time. So, today, I’m sharing a few of my tips for doing light cleaning each day to get your home holiday ready in 5 days or less. Plus, you won’t have to spend hours cleaning to get there! Continue reading
Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week and are getting ready to enjoy at least a bit of down town with your family for the holidays. No matter what you are doing to celebrate, I encourage you to maintain your focus and not lose sight of what Christmas is truly about. It can be easy to get caught up in all of the gift giving and revelry, but take some time this year to sit and reflect on Jesus’ birth as well as all of the blessings that you’ve been given throughout the year. Even if it’s been a particularly hard year, I’m sure you can find at least a few things that have made it worthwhile. Continue reading
Every year it’s our focus to make Christmas more about experiences and memories rather than the presents and festivities. One of the best ways I have found to maintain this focus, particularly with little ones, is creating Christmas crafts. Along with that practice, though, I’ve also discovered that more often than not, the simplest crafts make the best activities. (I’ve had one too many projects go awry that I’ve spent hours planning and putting together.)
This year, I put together a fast and frugal Christmas keepsake craft to do with a few of the kids I work with. It turned out so cute, I decided I just had to share. Continue reading