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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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Welcome back to part 2 of my 3-part series, Fall and Winter Wardrobe On A Budget. If you’re new here, go here and check out part 1, how to put together your “starter”, capsule fall and winter wardrobe. In part 2, you’ll get 10 tips for shopping for fall and winter clothes on a budget.

Tips for shopping for fall and winter clothes on a budget

Now that you’ve got your wardrobe organized into categories and have a shopping list, you might be running to the door, eager to start shopping. Well, let’s slow down for a minute and start with a plan. A plan for shopping will save you time, money, and frustration. 

Read on for my best tips for shopping for fall and winter clothes on a budget. 

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Would you like to put together a fall and winter wardrobe on a budget? Are you wondering if that’s possible? Well, today, I’ve got part 1 of a 3-part series for updating and making the most of your fall and winter wardrobe, on a budget. Part 1 will help you get your wardrobe organized and ready, starting with your current wardrobe. In Part 2, I will give you shopping tips and a plan for adding to your current wardrobe. Part 3 will help you maintain, wear, and enjoy your wardrobe for the rest of the season. 

Fall And Winter Wardrobe On A Budget


Now that the weather is finally turning cool, you’re probably starting to put away your short sleeve tops and replacing them with sweaters. Now is the time when we start to see what we realistically need in our closets. On the other hand, we see the holidays coming and don’t want to spend a ton of money. What’s a girl to do? I think we can have a great wardrobe and some money left for Christmas shopping. We just need a good plan.

My goal is to help you have a wardrobe that you feel good about without spending a ton of money. So, let’s get started with part 1.

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The busy Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be here soon. We’ll soon be shopping, decorating, cooking, baking, and celebrating. It can get a little stressful, but for the most part, I love it! 

Fall Projects

To make the most of your time before the holiday season, I’ve got a list of projects to do now, in the fall, before the busy holidays. If you get these things done now and out of the way, come November, you’ll be set up for a smooth, organized, calm, holiday season. Just prioritize and choose the areas you feel need the most work in your life. 

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Now that summer is winding down, kids are going back to school, and our summer plans are almost over, you may be thinking about how to get back to fall goals and routines. Most of us have been so busy, we just live each day spontaneously, doing the best we can. That’s a lot of fun but, if you love a little more structure to your days, now is the perfect time to slow down and get back to fall goals and routines.

How To Get Back To Fall Goals And Routines


Most people do resolutions on January 1, but I actually like to do this in August or September. I love fall, and after a busy summer, it feels like the perfect time to get organized and make plans and goals. If you start new goals and routines in the fall, they’ll become a normal part of your life before the busy holiday season. If you have kids in school, it’s a new start for them and can also be a new start for you. 

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This week as I was out shopping for a few more things for summer, I realized we’re already at the end of the summer season. They were already putting out the fall clothes. The good news, though, is that the summer clothes are now on clearance. That makes this time of year the perfect time for shopping summer clearance sales and finding amazing bargains.  

Tips For Shopping Summer Clearance Sales

Today, I’ve got tips for shopping summer clearance sales. With these tips, you should be able to buy a few new pieces to rev up your summer wardrobe and get a head start on next summer. Before you head out to the stores, I recommend that you start with a plan. Here’s how I plan my summer clearance shopping. 

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