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Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I know I did. We worked hard to get it all done, didn’t we? Well, now that Christmas day is past, we can slow down, relax, and hopefully get some quality time with our families. I love this week between Christmas and New Year’s. I love Christmas, of course, but after all the work of getting ready, it’s actually nice to just slow down and take a break before the new year gets started. So, if at all possible, I encourage you to take just a few days to rest from the Christmas hustle and bustle. Enjoy your family. Relax. Read a book. Eat some Christmas goodies and hot cocoa by the fire. Don’t feel guilty. You’ve earned this time. Aah! 

Planning For The New Year

The first few days of this week are great for resting and spending time with family but, for a lot of us planners, by the end of the week, we’re already thinking ahead to the new year and wanting to start making plans. Of course, you could wait till January 1, but if you’ve got some free time, why not start planning for the new year? Start making plans now, and then on January 1st or 2nd, you’ll be ready to dive into your goals and plans for the new year. So, here is how I like to plan for the new year.

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Welcome back to the holiday planning series. If you’re new here, you might want to go back and read the entire Holiday Planning Checklist. Today, I’ve got a checklist to help you through the week before Christmas. This checklist should help get everybody caught up in the plan, regardless of what progress you’ve made so far.

The Week Before Christmas Checklist

With Christmas just a little over a week away, we all have the same deadline. This should cover most of the things we all need to get done before Christmas Eve. Of course, if you’ve got overnight company coming, be sure to read the Quick Cleaning Checklist

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Welcome back to the Holiday Planning Series! Today, I’ve got tips to help minimize holiday stress. If you feel like you’re already behind schedule, be sure to check out my Holiday Planning Checklist for the entire plan for the season. Then, just start wherever you are.

Tips To Minimize Holiday Stress

 If you just read that checklist and feel overwhelmed, I want you to sit back, take a break, and read on for how to deal with holiday stress. We’re all feeling it, myself included. It’s not supposed to be this way. We should be joyful, singing, and smiling with our fuzzy red sweaters, scarves, and mittens.

Today, I’ve got tips for dealing with the holiday stress. These tips are practical because, after all, we still have to get things done, right? These are to help you get things done in a calm, organized way so you can still enjoy the season. Read on for how to finish out the season with less stress and more joy.

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Welcome back to the Holiday Planning Series. If you’re new here, be sure to check out my entire Holiday Planning Checklist 2017  Also, check out all the other posts in the series for your shopping, cooking, cleaning, and preparing for guests.

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 I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I did! Spending time with my family is my absolute favorite thing to do. Did you have time to get your Christmas tree and decorations out? I know it can be really overwhelming, but it can also be a lot of fun. Today, I’ve got some tips for decorating your home for Christmas. Whether you’re almost done or just getting started, read on for some tips for keeping your decorating simple and organized.

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Welcome back to the Holiday Planning series. Before you get started on your Black Friday Shopping Plan, you might want to read my previous Holiday Planning Checklist 2017.  This gives you a plan and checklist for the entire holiday season.

Black Friday Shopping Guide

With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to start planning for Black Friday sales.  I actually enjoy shopping and sort of like getting out there on Black Friday. It puts me in the Christmas spirit with all the Christmas music and hustle and bustle of all the other shoppers. But it can be overwhelming.

Today, I’ve got a strategy for those of you who are brave and plan on doing some Black Friday shopping. It’s such a busy shopping day with all the crowds, so it really helps to put together a plan before heading out for the day. Thanksgiving Day, after dinner, while everyone else is relaxing or napping, is the perfect time to put together your plan. Then, early on Friday morning, you’ll  be all set to go out and get those gifts crossed off your list! So, today I’m sharing with you my 10 step plan for putting together a Black Friday shopping strategy. I hope you find it helpful.

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Welcome back to the Holiday Planning Series. Today we’re going to focus on Thanksgiving by going through my Thanksgiving week countdown. If you’re new to the series, go here  first and see the overall Holiday Planning Checklist 2017. From the checklist, you can see we’ve made our master plan, started some Christmas shopping (hopefully), and now we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving week.

Thanksgiving week checklist


Today’s countdown will take you from the end of week 2 all the way through week 3, which is Thanksgiving week. In next week’s posts, I’ll have more helpful tips for shopping Black Friday sales and Christmas decorating. But, for now, lets get started with our Thanksgiving Week Checklist.

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With Thanksgiving coming up next week, you might be preparing for overnight holiday guests. If  you’re having overnight guests who are staying for a few days, you really need a plan. Today, I’ve got a checklist to help us all slow down, get organized, and get everything ready so we can enjoy our time with our family and friends. 

Preparing for holiday guests

Let’s get started by taking a look at everything that needs to get done and making a plan. The following is a checklist for when you’re having overnight holiday guests. These can usually be done in a week or less. The key is to start early, so let’s get started!

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Welcome back to the next part in the 2017 Holiday Planning Series, Tips For Christmas Gift Shopping. If you’re new here, you might want to go back here and read the Holiday Planning Checklist 2017.  After you’ve made your plan for the entire season, you’re ready to start on the gift shopping.

Christmas Gift Shopping Guide


Today, I’m going to tell you my system for getting this part of the season organized and ready. This part of our plan is usually the most stressful and time-consuming. Honestly, it is for me too. That’s why I’ve come up with a plan to make it easier and more fun. So, put on some Christmas music, read through the tips for Christmas gift shopping, and let’s get organized!

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Welcome to my Holiday Planning Checklist 2017.  Throughout November and December, I’m going to have several posts covering all the preparations needed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. This is the same process that I go through every year to get organized and go through the season being more prepared and less stressed.

Holiday Planning Checklist

I start in early November by spending about an hour to make a plan for the next two months for getting everything done. I try to keep the process simple, organized, and fun. I put everything in my planner and go through the plan, step by step, and one day at a time. 

The very first step is to make a master holiday plan. This is the master checklist that takes you all the way from November to New Year’s Day. Later, we’ll get into specific details for each step in the process. I’ll have several posts throughout the season with more tips to stay organized. So, put on some music, grab your calendar, and let’s get ready for a fantastic Holiday season!

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Welcome back to part 3 of my series on Fall and Winter Wardrobes On A Budget. If you’re new here, I recommend you go back and read part 1, Fall And Winter Wardrobe On A Budget and part 2, Shopping For Fall And Winter Clothes On A Budget.

Fall And Winter Wardrobe

Today, in part 3, I want to help you make the absolute most of your fall and winter wardrobe, whether you’re starting out with the basics or you’ve already got a ton of options. Besides, sometimes it doesn’t really matter how many clothes you have in your closet. If you stand in your closet every morning and feel unsure about how to put together an outfit, then all the clothes in the world will just leave you feeling confused.

If you’re starting with the basics and have a long list of clothing items still to buy, don’t worry. Were going to start where you are and take what you have, and learn how to make the most of what you’ve got. We’re going to get creative and see several different ways to approach your closet and put together outfits.

Mixing and matching and trying new combinations will make you look like you have more than you actually do. You’ll feel like you have plenty  to wear and won’t get bored, wearing the same outfits all the time. Are you ready for some styling fun?

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