How to Host a Friendsgiving!

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The Holiday Season is here! It’s time to embrace old traditions and start some new ones for yourself and your friends. You should host Friendsgiving! What is a Friendsgiving Party? It is exactly what it sounds like: Thanksgiving with your friends.

It is often held on a day other than Thanksgiving but can be the main event for those who don’t have a family dinner to attend on actual Thanksgiving. To host the perfect Friendsgiving, you can either embrace a traditional dinner style held during the afternoon or a party style held in the evening. Either way, your Friendsgiving will be a crowd pleaser with your close friends. Why not make it an all-day event. Guests can arrive to the hosts house by around 11am. Eat appetizers and sip wine, talk and play games while the turkey finishes cooking.

Even though hosting anyone at your house causes a little stress, these ideas are meant to keep things fun and easy so you can enjoy yourself too. BONUS: Most of these tips work for celebrating Thanksgiving too!

How Do You Host a Friendsgiving?

Usually, the Host will cook the turkey and whatever else they choose, while everyone else brings a side dish or dessert to share.

LOCATION

Make sure to pick a location with a big table and kitchen. Whether you have five friends or 15, choosing the perfect location is crucial. Make sure you have plenty of room for all guests and the food of course. This should definitely be the first step of your planning.

INVITATIONS

Send out some form of an invitation. You can mail out invitations on a holiday themed card or send out an E-vite to all of your besties. For a less traditional route, make a group text of Facebook group with all of your friends to get the word out.

PLAN AHEAD

No matter how much time I give myself to get prepared the day of a party, I’m always way less stressed if I’ve done most of the work the day before. Make a plan to do the work ahead of time. The only thing I’ll leave until the day of the party is the food prep for whatever part of the meal, I’m in charge of that can’t be done ahead of time. By getting the majority of the to-do list out of the way, when the stress level is low, you’re setting yourself up for success.

KEEP THINGS SIMPLE

No matter how elaborate the plans are in your head, nobody else knows what you set out to do. Life gets in the way and and sometimes keeping things simple truly is the best way to ensure that you have success.

THE FOOD

Consider having a potluck. A potluck is a way to make everyone feel included and take some of the pressure off of you. Spend a minute doing a little organization to make sure you don’t end up with 14 pies. When someone only has to bring one or two things, they tend to pull out all the stops and make delicious dishes. This could be the key to having a stress-free Friendsgiving party. Trust me, your friends won’t mind bringing a dish and it will save you so much time/money. If you have a friend that maybe isn’t into cooking, just have them bring a pie they can get at the grocery store.

Party Tip: Be prepared to share your recipes with the others so they can add it to their holiday menu. Print out a few copies beforehand so you can hand them out.

Hostess Tip: Have some disposable containers on hand so guests can take home leftovers for lunch the next day.

Serve your Food Buffet Style

This is the easiest way to serve food because people can just get up and get more food when they’re ready. Set up a table that is specifically for all the food. It works out great.

Set up a Drink Station

A serve-yourself drink station is such a great idea. People are happy when they have something to sip on, so make it super easy for them.

WHAT TO WEAR

Pick out your best Friendsgiving outfit. The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones while dressing warm and cute. Pull out that cozy sweater and leggings for that friend group photo. For bonus points, organize a theme with your friends so that you have a consistent color palette in photos. Try wearing warm fall colors or jewel tones.

DECOR

Make your home festive with decor. Who says you can’t go all out when you Host a Friendsgiving?

PLAYLIST

When you host a Friendsgiving having music is key. Pick out a perfect playlist to get the holiday vibes going. Is it really a party without music.

CAPTURING THE MEMORIES

Make lasting memories with your besties. Friendsgiving is an event where you can truly express to your friends how much they mean to you. Be sure to take pictures so you can reminisce in the years to come.

FRIENDSGIVING ACTIVITIES

Usually, Friendsgiving guests come from your close friend group. But in case there are people who may be newer to the crowd, think about having a few activities to help break the ice.

  • Play a game of football. Our house is pretty small so getting at least some of the people outside from time to time keeps everything feeling a little less cramped. Plus, it’s fun to do something active.
  • Plan a game night. This is a great time to play with lots of people and have a chance to laugh and just enjoy each other’s company.
  • ‘These Cards Will get you Drunk
  • The Best Friend Game: What could be a better game than this for Friendsgiving?!
  • Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: If there will be kids at the party, you should have something for them to do.
  • Friendsgiving: Such a sweet book to read with your littles about Friendsgiving and why you should do it.
  • Thanksgiving Party Scratch off cards: This is such a fun and different game to have.
  • Conversation starters for friends: This game would be great if you have a mix of friends that don’t know each other.

CLEANING UP

Organize a cleanup crew. Unfortunately, your delicious feast will come to an end at some point, and then it will be time to clean up. Divide and conquer amongst your friends so that cleanup is a quick and easy process. Make sure to wrap up all the leftovers and send some home with each guest.

After all of this fun, schedule what you need to Host a Friendsgiving next year. Even though Friendsgiving may be over for this year, you can start planning out next year’s event to make it bigger and better.

Planning the Ultimate Halloween Movie Night!

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Halloween starts off the Holiday Season. This means all of the fun family movie nights can start. This is such a fun tradition to start with your family and friends this year. One thing I love about being a mom now, is I get to enjoy all of the fun holiday things with a little boy that sees all the magic for the first time. This is my favorite time of year, and I cannot wait to celebrate. There are so many fun ways to take your Halloween Movie Night to the next level. Follow these steps to put together the Ultimate Halloween Movie Party.

Set the Scene-Halloween Style

The first step of setting up any party scene is to set the mood. Decorate!! You can decorate your home for Halloween without spending too much money. You can also pick up some inexpensive Halloween tableware to use for your movie night snacks.

Halloween Decor

Fake Spider Web: You can use fake spider webs all over for Halloween Decor. It is one of my favorites when decorating for the holiday.

Get the Room Ready for Halloween Movie Night

Whenever you are entertaining, you don’t have to keep your furniture in the same spot it is every day. Move your couch back and add pillows and blankets to the floor. Create a fun new space for your party. You could dress up your space with a scary theme or merge your fall decor with Halloween decor.

Bonus Tip: You can head outside for your Movie night. Get a projector and a white screen. Use your lawn chairs, pillows, and blankets. Spread them all over the yard. There are many ways you can decorate your space for an outdoor movie night with a Halloween theme.

Outside Decor

Home Theater Projector: What a great deal! You will have the freedom to set up movies inside or outside your home.

Inflatable Blow up Movie Projector Screen: This screen is great for indoor and outdoor. You can blow it up in a few minutes and it can stay inflated throughout the movie while plugged in.

Purple and Orange String Lights: These would look great to look at outside. They are a Halloween version of twinkle lights.

Food and Snacks

Get popcorn, candy, and set up a concession stand. They are must haves at a movie night. You can offer some appetizers for parents and some finger foods for kids. Keep in simple and focus on the snacks. Serve your popcorn in a witch’s cauldron!

Bonus Tip: A fun option is to create Halloween Movie Buckets. Instead of having everyone standing around near the food, they each have their own movie buckets. How fun would this idea be for little kids. They can load up all of their favorite items onto their own tray.

Some fun ideas to add to the Halloween Movie Buckets would be Halloween stickers, pencils and other goodies.

Halloween Food and Snacks

Glow in the dark Halloween cups: These are perfect for a movie night. You can use them outside or inside with the lights off. HOW FUN?!

Halloween Dinnerware Set: This set serves 16 guests. It includes 9 inch paper plates, 7 inch paper plates, paper napkins, 9 oz paper cups, and paper straws.

Plastic Syringe: These would be so fun for taking shots or fun drinks.

Halloween IV blood bag: These would be so fun for a vampire themed red drink.

Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Snacks: These are great for a party. They come in a pack of 12 Variety Snack Packs. They include Zebra Popcorn, Cheddar Cheese Popcorn, Caramel Popcorn, and Kettle Corn Popcorn.

Halloween Candy Buckets:  These mini candy buckets have Halloween elements like black cats, skulls, Jack o Lanterns and more. They are compact and really cute for your candy set up.

Movie Choices

Make sure to keep the Movie choices fun and not scary. No Parent wants to go to a party and come home with a child who will no longer sleep in their own bed. With the number of streaming services now, it is super easy to find Halloween movies to watch. You can even check out the lists I created for you.

For younger children:

  • Casper
  • Spookley the Square Pumpkin
  • Curious George – A Halloween Adventure
  • It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

For older children:

  • Hocus Pocus 1 and 2
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Goosebumps
  • Ghostbusters
  • Harry Potter
  • Halloween Town

Check out Halloween Movies and Shows from all your Streaming Devices Here!

Here are a few extra tips to keep in mind for entertaining:

  • When possible, make sure to set up multiple snack stations. This will help reduce guests all staying in the same area.
  • Space out seats across your yard or living room. Make sure to give everyone plenty of space to relax.
  • If it’s a little colder out, encourage guests to bring jackets and their blankets.

Putting something together that is cute doesn’t have to take a ton of effort. For the kids, getting to invite some friends over for treats and a movie will make them feel special. What a total win!

Check out our Halloween Bucket List here and get Halloween Movie Night checked off your list.

Check out more Halloween Decor items here!

Black and Gold Spider Plates

Orange Pumpkin Paper Plates

Black and White Tableware Set

Pumpkin, Vampire Bat, and Frankenstein Paper Cups

Black, Orange, and Black Tableware

Orange Fuzzy Faux Fur Rectangular Throw Blanket

Buffalo Check Farmhouse Throw

Black and Orange Bat Throw

Black and White Striped Throw

Spooky Pop Halloween Black & Orange Popcorn

Halloween Popcorn Balls

Smartfood Popcorn Flamin’ Hot & White Cheddar Variety Pack

Orville Redenbacher’s Ultimate Butter Flavored Microwave Popcorn

SkinnyPop Popcorn, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Black Galvanized Buckets

Halloween Snack Cups

Black and White Striped Paper Cups

Black and White Striped Popcorn Boxes

Red and White Popcorn Boxes

Baby’s First Birthday: Must Take Photos

Your baby’s First Birthday is a huge milestone: Issue the Tissues. Your baby won’t remember the party but having the photos to look back on will be something you cherish forever. There’s probably not going to be a year as magical as the first one in your little one’s life. I know the first year in my son’s life was the greatest year I have ever had.

You may be busy planning the decor and making sure you have the perfect Smash cake; but don’t forget about the photos you should definitely take. You want to document the memories you will have forever. Whether you hire a photographer or take the photos yourself, this list is a must for making sure you get all of the photos you want.

Important Firsts

  • Baby’s First Party Hat
  • Baby with a wrapped gift
  • Baby with a ‘I’m 1 Today’ sign
  • First taste of Birthday Cake
  • Blowing out 1st candle
  • Cake Smash
  • Baby with Birthday Cake
  • Baby opening First Present

Before Guests Arrive

  • Party Invitations and Stationary
  • Food and Beverages
  • Cake and Desserts
  • Decor
  • Party Favors

Family Portraits

  • Baby with Parents
  • Individual shots with Parents
  • Baby with Grandparents
  • Individual shots with Grandparents
  • Baby with Aunts and Uncles
  • Individuals with Aunts and Uncles
  • Baby with Cousins
  • Group shot of all guests
  • Lineup all babies at the party

Candids

  • Parents greeting guests
  • Guests interacting with each other
  • Guests interacting with baby
  • Parents lighting candles
  • Decor details
  • Babies interacting
  • Little hands and feet

YAY! You did it! You survived the first year with your little one, now take amazing photos for your memories. I have a list of Amazon Photo Shoot items to use for your little one’s party. I also have a PDF that you can print out of the First Birthday Photo Shoot List.

Amazon Photo Shoot Items

Baby Girl Romper Outfit: This is such a cute outfit for your little girl to wear for her first birthday pictures.

Baby Boy Outfit: This outfit is so cute for first birthday pictures.

My First Year Photo Moments Baby Keepsake Picture Frame: I love this frame because you can keep all your child’s first year photos in one place.

Tiny Ideas Baby’s First Year Picture Frame, First Year by Month: This is another great keepsake for your little one.

My first birthday Bib: This is such a cute bib for taking pictures.

Gold First Birthday Bib: This is so cute for your little one’s cake smash photos.

Dinosaur Wrapping Paper: How cute is this wrapping paper?!

Gold and Pink Wrapping Paper: This paper would look so cute in photos.

Polka Dot Candle: This candle would look so cute with so many color schemes.

Blue Candle: This candle looks like a balloon and it’s so cute.

Pink and Gold Candle: This would look so cute with a pink theme.

Birthday Chalkboard sign: This would be great for all birthdays to come over the years.

Chalkboard Pens: These are great to use on your chalkboard sign.

Gold Birthday Hat: So stinking cute!

Gold Birthday Crown: This crown is so cute.

Polka Dot Hat: This hat is so cute with confetti and a pom pom hat.

The Ultimate GirlBoss Gift Guide!

Christmas is right around the corner so you know what that means-gift giving time. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the amazing GirlBoss in your life, you’re in luck. In this post you will find a curated gift guide for the Ultimate GirlBoss in your life.

The GirlBoss is the one who knows what she brings to the table and is not afraid to prove herself. If you have any GirlBoss’s in your life or you are the girl boss wanting to give your friends and family a little hint this post is for you.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Girl Boss

Noise-Cancelling Headphones – Focusing can be hard with a house full of people. Tune everything out with these noise-cancelling headphones so you can get in the zone and get more done.

Circadian Optics Light – This is great for someone with seasonal depression. If you’re working in a low-light area and want the room to feel like a bright sunny day this lamp will light up your world. Sunlight regulates the cycles of our bodies. People are spending more time indoors due to the pandemic and it’s important to make sure our bodies get what they need.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug – As a working from home mom I am always leaving my cup of coffee and letting it get cold. You can pair your smart phone with this mug and set the temperature on your mug. This mug has a slightly higher price tag but it might be the coolest office accessory I have ever seen.

Read about the Ultimate GirlBoss with the Book Below

#GIRLBOSS book – I love this book and it personally gave me a lot of inspiration in my own business. There is no better entrepreneur gift than a good book. All good entrepreneurs know just how important self-development is.

Planner – While there are many apps to use to plan your life, I am an old-fashioned paper and pen girl. This Happy Planner is amazing and has so many cute cover options. You can fully customize the planner and make it unique from the inside out. The disc-bound spine allows you to add, remove, or rearrange the pages.

Notebooks/Journals – I go through so many notebooks and journals. I am a visual learner so I write everything down and map everything out. You can never have too many beautiful journals.

Portable Charger – This is a lifesaver for an entrepreneur who is on the go running errands. A good portable charger can be used for a phone, laptop, or headphones. It is essential to help an entrepreneur run their business from anywhere.

Laptop Case – Having a beautiful laptop case is essential to any business. It is great when you are running on the go and need a place to hold all of the things.

Selfie Ring Light – This light has 33 different lighting modes. It is a great accessory to have when you want to film those beautiful instagram videos or even a zoom call.

Magazine File Holder – Who doesn’t need more organization in their office? I know that I can always use some more space. These cute gold ones will look really good. There are many other options available as well.

File Folders – You need file folders now to put in your file holders. These ones are so dang adorable.

Pens – You can never have too many pens. These felt ones are my favorite. They write amazing and will look adorable with that new planner you get.

I hope this list will assist you in shopping for that special GirlBoss in your life. Or print it out and give it to your loved one as a hint. Whatever you choose please know that Christmas is about more than gifts. It is about spending time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays!

The Holiday Bucket List!

It is December! Holy Moly this year went by so fast. I have a little 6 month old…my first baby and I can’t wait to tackle this list with him. It is his first Christmas and my first year as a Mom. I already love Christmas but being able to watch all my favorite things through his eyes is something I have looked forward to forever.

In this post you will find The Holiday bucket list. Follow along with me and let me know which ones you accomplish.

  1. Bake and Decorate Christmas Cookies
  2. Drink Hot Chocolate
  3. Wear Santa Hats
  4. Decorate a Gingerbread House
  5. Make a Christmas Ornament
  6. Watch Christmas Movies
  7. Build a Snowmen
  8. Send a Letter to Santa
  9. Write Christmas Cards
  10. Roast Marshmallows
  11. Decorate a Christmas Tree
  12. Eat Candy Canes
  13. Drive around to see Lights
  14. Hang Christmas Lights
  15. Go Caroling
  16. Go Ice Skating
  17. Listen to Christmas Music
  18. Wear Matching PJs
  19. Host a Christmas Party
  20. Take Family Pictures
  21. Hang Stockings
  22. Kiss under the Mistletoe
  23. Take Photos with Santa
  24. Decorate the Christmas Tree
  25. Do a Cookie Swap
  26. Cut Paper Snowflakes
  27. Decorate the House
  28. Leave out Cookies for Santa

Download this Holiday Bucket List and hang it on your fridge for your family to see. Please share in the comments if you do any of these fun things this Holiday Season.

The Spooktacular Halloween Bucket List!

It is October 1st which means it’s the start of Halloween….basically. Do we really have to wait 31 more days to enjoy this Spooktacular Holiday? With this list you won’t have to. Tackle this list with your little ones and you can experience Halloween all month long.

In this post you will find The Spooktacular Halloween bucket list. Follow along with me and let me know which ones you accomplish.

  1. ‘Boo’ a Neighbor.
  2. Dress up for Halloween.
  3. Decorate a Haunted Gingerbread House.
  4. Have a Halloween Crafting Session.
  5. Plan a fun Halloween Movie Night.
  6. Paint Pumpkins
  7. Make a Special Halloween Treat.
  8. Have a Halloween Photo Shoot.
  9. Decorate your House for Halloween.
  10. Bake Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  11. Make a Halloween Breakfast.
  12. Read Halloween Books.
  13. Go to a Pumpkin Patch.
  14. Do a Spooky Craft.
  15. Make Halloween Playdough.
  16. Wear Halloween Pajamas.
  17. Roast Pumpkin Seeds.
  18. Carve a Pumpkin.
  19. Color Halloween Pictures.
  20. Make Caramel Apples.
  21. Decorate your Porch.
  22. Wear Orange and Black.
  23. Bake Pumpkin Bread.
  24. Fingerpaint a Pumpkin Picture.
  25. Decorate Sugar Cookies.
  26. Make Orange and Black Popcorn Balls.
  27. Pick out Pumpkins.
  28. Drink Spooky Hot Chocolate.
  29. Go to a Haunted House.
  30. Eat Candy Corn.
  31. Go Trick or Treating.

Download this Spooktacular Halloween Bucket List and hang it on your fridge for your family to see. On the last page you can fill in your own things you want to do this Halloween. This list will be updated throughout the season with links to these fun activities. Which ones are you planning on doing with your family? Please share in the comments if you do any of these fun things this Halloween.

The Ultimate Fall Bucket List

Fall is here…which means the start of the holiday season. Here in Las Vegas the weather is officially below 100. That means you can actually look at the cozy sweaters and boots in your closet and dream about wearing them.

I am extra excited for this years holiday season because I get to experience all the firsts with my new little sweetie-pie. I have a 4 month old at home and I can’t wait to share all these fall experiences with him.

Today’s post is all about the Ultimate Fall Bucket List and everything that I’m hoping to do in the next few months.

  1. Go on a Bike Ride.
  2. Go Bowling.
  3. Visit an Apple Orchard.
  4. Make a Fall Wreath.
  5. Go on a Nature Walk.
  6. Jump in a pile of Leaves.
  7. Make Apple Cider.
  8. Create a Leaf Craft.
  9. Read Outdoors.
  10. Roast Marshmallows.
  11. Make soup.
  12. Have a picnic at the Park.
  13. Bake Cookies.
  14. Go on a Hay Ride.
  15. Cook with Pumpkin.
  16. Buy a Cozy Sweater.
  17. Make Chili.
  18. Do some ‘Turkey’ Crafting.
  19. Go on a Leaf Hunt.
  20. Drink a Pumpkin Spiced Latte.
  21. Make Cinnamon Rolls.
  22. Make Campfire S’mores.
  23. Build a Blanket Fort.
  24. Bake Pumpkin Bread.
  25. Decorate your Front Porch.
  26. Light Fall Candles.
  27. Go Camping.
  28. Watch Football.
  29. Create a fun Thanksgiving Placement for the big day.

Download this Fall Bucket List PDF and hang it on your fridge for your family to see. On the last page you can fill in your own things you want to do this Fall. Please share in the comments if you do any of these fun things this fall.

Summer Bucket List for Kids!

School is out which means it’s time for fun with your kids. You have the first week fully packed full but the next Monday hits and you are lost for what to do. I created this fun Summer Bucket List for Kids! You can print out the PDF to keep for yourself. This Printable would be great to hang on the wall and getting your kids in on the action. You can even fill out the blank sheet with your own fun family traditions!

DOWNLOAD HERE

How to Upload SVG files in Cricut Design Space!

Did you know that you can find cut file designs for your Cricut Machine outside of Cricut Access Library? SVG Files are a type of vector file that can be used by most cutting programs, including Cricut Design Space. Do you have trouble figuring out how to upload SVG files in Cricut Design Space? One of my favorite places to find a new SVG is CreativeFabrica. If you’re new to your Cricut machine follow this easy tutorial that will show you how to upload SVG files in Cricut Design Space. Get busy crafting!

How to Download SVG Files

So you’ve found some awesome SVG’s…but how do you download them and open them in Cricut Design Space? Check out Creative Fabrica for your SVG’s. There are so many awesome images and you can even get some images for free!!

Scroll down the page and explore. There are so many FUN and FREE images to choose from!! You can check out where to find the Freebie SVG here!

Once you figure out what image you want, click on it. The page will have a download button like the one below. Click on it and it will download.

This will open a navigation window that allows you to specify where you want the file to be saved on your computer. Choose where you want the file to go and click ‘save’. Be sure to choose a location that is easy to find. Have a file folder for your SVG’s. I love to organize them by theme. It makes it so much easier to locate when you need to.

Most SVGs will download as a zip file. After downloading, you will need to unzip to use the files inside.

Click on the zip file and it Extract all. It will unzip the folder for you.

You can see below the files that come in the folder. The files will be labeled for you. The bottom one is the SVG image and the one you will upload into Cricut Design Space.

Uploading your new SVG into Design Space

Then you can head to Design Space. Sign in and click New Project to open up the Canvas.

Click the “Upload” button on the bottom left side of the page.

On the Upload page, choose “Upload Image”.

Then click the “Browse” button to navigate to where you saved the SVG file on your computer (or drag & drop the file).

Be sure to choose the SVG format file. Some computers may display SVG files using web browser icons (Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc), however they are actually SVG files and should still upload correctly in Design Space.

On the Upload Image page, you can name the image, and add tags. When you are ready, click “Save”. This is such a great resource. The more tags you add the easier it is to find the specific image when you need it.

The uploaded image will then appear in your “Recently uploaded images” section, where you can click on the thumbnail and choose “Insert Image” to place the design on your Canvas.

The SVG design will now open in your new blank canvas.

That’s it! Make any desired changes to the design for the project you are creating, and when you’re ready to cut, click “Make it”.

Let’s get to crafting!! I can’t wait to see what awesome SVG’s you get from Creative Fabrica to craft with.

7 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season!

BLOGMAS 2020 Day 1

This Holiday Season has definitely been different from previous ones. There are no big parties or Christmas festivals. Many businesses are having to close their doors or limit hours because the demand is just not as high. There also happens to be a pandemic going on. With your kids at home and trying to balance every thing at once…life is crazy. This can all lead to added stress which is something you don’t want this time of year. This list will give you ways to survive the Holiday Season.

Tip 1: Maintain Contact with Friends and Family during Quarantine

We may not be able to have in-person parties or travel to family this holiday season, but this gives us more reason to connect virtually. Have a holiday dinner together by cooking the same means and enjoying them together on zoom. Share your favorite recipes with loved ones and try new traditions from other families and friends. Staying in contact with the most important people in your life can really help with your mental health this time of year.

Have a stress free holiday season!

Tip 2: Plan Ahead

Your first step for a stress-free holiday season is to plan ahead. Make the Christmas/Holiday food menu now. Get your holiday shopping out of the way or make a list of what you need to get. When I list everything, I find it is easier to accomplish those tasks. I love to use good ole pen and paper. I also love the feeling of checking off those items. This is such a good way to survive the Holiday Season.

Tip 3: Make a budget

Make a budget….and stick to it. I know it is hard but sticking to a budget will create some relief in your mind. Overspending can create extra stress. Help yourself and your financial situation by not spending more then you should.

Tip 4: Prioritize me time

This doesn’t have to be for an hour and it doesn’t have to be a fancy massage. Just taking 15 minutes to read a book..or anything that constitutes as something special for yourself will work. Try writing down at least 5 things that you’re grateful for during the 2020 holiday season. Spread extra positivity and gratitude by letting people know that you are grateful for them.

Tip 5: Find time to exercise

Staying healthy should be a priority everyday. This winter season, exercise is even more important. With the winter flu season and corona virus it is important to keep your body healthy. It is great for your body and a big stress reliever. Double-win.

Keep yourself healthy physically and mentally.

Tip 6: Be Kind to Yourself

Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with my first baby and I get tired easily. I constantly have to remind myself to take it easy and that rest is ok. The key for me is to find ways to cope during the Holiday Season. If you don’t feel like shopping in the stores stay home and order online. When you are tired, sleep in. If you want that cookie with your afternoon coffee…eat it. If you don’t want to cook tonight. Get some pizza to throw in the oven and take the pressure off yourself.

Tip 7: Remember what the holidays are really about

Go with the flow. Safely hang out with family, decorate for Christmas, bake and eat all those yummy cookies, play in the snow… and just have fun.

The holidays are a time to focus on the positive, amid quarantine and Covid. Even though quarantine is not ideal, there’s still plenty of positivity to focus on. Focusing on positivity is a big way to protect your mental health.

Stay Safe and Healthy Everyone.