A Mom’s Guide to Making it Through the Holidays with Your Sanity (What’s Left of it, Anyway)

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Beating the Stress of the HoliDAZE!

This time of year is busy, busy, busy. Between the shopping, entertaining, traveling and other events happening this month, you might be left feeling more frazzled than festive. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the hectic schedule of the season, and the feeling of being pulled in too many directions, here are a few things you can do to preserve your sanity.

4 Tips for Surviving the Holiday Season

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Say NO

You don’t have to go to every party you are invited to or event that is happening. Pick the few things that really mean a lot to your family and do them. It is better to have a few really special traditions than to attend every get-together and party you hear about, which will leave you exhausted.

Shop early and online

Start thinking about what you need to buy and make a list. Buying things online is a great time saver. Also, a trick that I have is that I wrap what has been delivered and store the wrapped gifts in the box they came in. A cardboard box is less enticing than a visible wrapped present for little ones who might try and peek. Also, be up front with people in advance about gift giving. Rather than buying a gift for everyone in the family, organize a Secret Santa or other fun tradition. Everyone else is feeling just as stretched (both for time and cash) as you are, so they will be happy with a suggestion like this.

Cook and bake ahead of time

If you are planning a big dinner for family and friends, cook as many things as you can before-hand. Also, take people up on their offer to bring something. If you find yourself really short on time, you can always buy some of the things. Rather than spending 2 hours in the kitchen making an apple pie from scratch, buy one that is just as delicious from a bakery.

Stock up on the WINE!!

Okay, I typed that with a little too much enthusiasm. But, the holidays are for you to enjoy, too. So, take some time to sit back and relax for a few minutes. After all, the holidays are a time for being together with family and friends.
 
Enjoy this special time of year! Remember that no one is perfect and the holidays are supposed to be fun!
 
 
Meet The Bella Behind the Blog: Kristen Farley is a mother of three and a domestic goddess. She is a former teacher who enjoys spending lots of time with her kids, healthy eating, volunteering at school, and mommy blogging for the masses.

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