Every Tuesday on our social media accounts I share my tips and tricks related to our monthly theme. So that you don't miss any of our tips, I am also putting them together in this blog post. I hope you enjoy them.
This month our theme is Holiday Joy, I hope you enjoy my tips. Please also share in the comments your best tips for a stress-free and joyful holiday season.
This tip may seem like a no brainer but it is really easy to forget, so here is your reminder. Make sure you schedule the life you want instead of letting others fill your days. Time is our most precious resource and during the holiday time it is so easy to spend a lot of it doing things that other people want to or what you think you should be doing. Instead, take out that calendar and start filling it with all the things that bring you joy. This can be activities such as decorating cookies, looking at Christmas lights or maybe just watching a holiday movie. Once you have these activities on your calendar you can then fill in the space around them as you get invites or other things come up. The rule I like to follow when I get an invite is that if it doesn't illicit a "Hell yes" response, then I treat it as a "no" and decline. Make the decision right away so that you don't have to waste time revisiting it later. Time is way to precious to waste doing things that you don't enjoy.
What are you scheduling this season? Some of the things I am most excited for are visiting the Humane Society's annual Christmas party (did you notice my awesome calendar, I just love all the cute animals, especially the guinea pigs), Zoolights, trip to visit Santa, lots of holiday movies with the family and as many visits with friends I can get in.
I don't know about you but when I used to hear there was going to be a potluck I immediately panicked and tried to think of the most complicated dish I could make that not only looked Instagram ready but also tasted like it took 4 hours to prepare. My entire cooking ability would forever be based off of the one dish I took, right? Silly isn't it. Now that I am a mom of two my goal is bring a dish that doesn't come out of a box (or at least obviously so). That is why I was so excited about the concept of creating a fantastic hot chocolate bar! I went to a work potluck a few years ago and this is what my coworker brought. She used a slow-cooker to keep the hot chocolate warm (she had made hers from scratch) and had everything from fancy chocolate stir sticks to chocolate drizzle for the top. The picture above is my lame attempt at recreating it when I had a few people over. That is the beauty about this idea, it can be really complicated or very simple. Either way you know people are going to love it as they can create their perfect drink.
What are your go to potluck items? Please share your recipes.
As Christmas gets closer this is one that I always like to do as early as possible and if I am disorganized (which I usually am) I won't go to bed the night before I am hosting until I have set my dinning room table. My logic is that if the dinning room looks nice, people will overlook the burned food and dirty floors as everything tastes better when the table is nicely set. It also gives me time to figure out where people are going to sit so that I can find high chairs, locate the folding chairs and ensure I have enough clean dishes to set the table. This all means that I sleep better and am much relaxed to host when the big day arrives.
My mom is one of those amazing people whose house is always beautifully decorated for the season. I get many of my decorating tips from her; this is one of them. Take those beautiful holiday cards that you got in the mail and put them in a frame for a decoration that is easy and makes your house look festive. Here is a collection of snowman that are hanging in my moms bathroom. Doesn't this look awesome?
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