Christmas is right around the corner! Can you believe it? I realize it’s only November but if your schedule is anything like mine, it fills up really fast during this time of year with holiday parties, family get-togethers, kids’ events — music programs, piano recitals, classroom parties and holiday projects. Let’s not forget the time it takes to decorate the house and produce a Christmas card photo!
I might sound like I hate this time of year but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love this time of year! I love the parties, chaos and shopping til midnight. I love Christmas music filling my house, cuddling with the kids by the lit fireplace and the fragrant pomander ball on the stove.
I avoid the stress of it all by starting my Christmas shopping early. I look at November as my time to shop (an enjoyable task when not strapped for time). My goal is to be finished with my shopping by the end of November so I can be fully present to enjoy the social month of Christmas.
Here’s what works for me:
1. Make a List (include a budget)
I list out EVERYONE from the housecleaner, kids’ school and piano teachers, grandparents, nieces and nephews to my husband and kids. I include a budget for each person and stick to it!
2. Don’t Procrastinate.
If you tell yourself you have plenty of time then you won’t pull the trigger and make the purchase. You’ll think “That’s cute but maybe I can find something better”. I always buy NOW knowing if later I change my mind I can return it. I rarely, if ever, do.
3. Buy Online
I like to go to stores with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays so I make sure to carve out time to do that but I also order a lot online. I make sure it’s an “experience” too.
For example, my husband and I like to share a bottle of wine by the fireplace with Christmas music in the background and buy fun, practical gifts together online. Now, that’s a date night and we didn’t even have to pay for a babysitter! ☺
How do you get all of your shopping done for the holidays? How do you make all the new commitments fit into your already busy schedule? Do you love the holidays as much as I do?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Let’s share ideas!
Mother’s Day is a very special day for me. With three young kids (9, 7 and 5), I look forward to spending the whole day with them and their daddy uninterrupted. One of my favorite things the kids like to do for me is…”Spa Day”. The kids have me wear my robe, they brush my hair, massage my shoulders, and serve me tea while relaxing music plays in the background. After my pampering, they send me off to take a relaxing bubble bath with all of my “spa” essentials set out. Pictured here are some things I love and I thought it would be fun to share with you. I included links to show you where you can buy but I do not earn money through these links. (Well, unless of course you buy DripKnots. :-) ) What will you be doing on Mother’s Day?
1. This tray is great to hold all of mom’s spa essentials.
2. I use my DripKnots headband to keep my hair dry during my bubble bath.
I just got back from my mini-vacation with the family in Sun Valley. It was beautiful and relaxing! The whole family went skiing but there were no celeb sightings, darn it. Here’s a picture of me with my little girl who went on the chairlift with (just) her brothers for the first time while her dad and I sat at the base of the mountain. Amazing milestone! Parental freedom!
In honor of this amazing start to Spring, DripKnots are 25% off at DripKnots.com! All patterns! Use code: (Expired but we’ll have another sale soon. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified.).
We are in over 1500 stores now (Yippee!!) and I encourage you to visit a store near you. Many are having spring sales of their own. If you want to know what stores in your area carry DripKnots, ask in the comment section of my blog and I will let you know right away. If you own/operate a store and would like me to share your location and/or spring sales, please let me know and I will share with all on my blog, FB and Twitter. I look forward to hearing from you!!
Alrighty, I told you that I’d show you an embarrassing photo and here it is. My husband took a picture of me while we were on vacation, jammies and all, and I am sharing with you because, well, I thought it would be fun. DripKnots are the real deal in my home and on vacation. Never leave home without them!
I’d love to hear from you in the comment section. Did you go any where for Spring Break. Where? Did you bring your DripKnots? Have you taken kids to Las Vegas? I ask because we are going there when school gets out and I would love any ideas on where we can take the kids. Thanks a bunch for any ideas!
Spring break is right around the corner and I’m so excited! Are you going anywhere tropical and fun? I’m going to Sun Valley, Idaho with my family. Not exactly tropical but definitely somewhere fun. It’s a 2-hour drive from home so it’s quick and easy, lots to do (skiing, ice-skating, sledding, hiking, listening to bands at the base of the mountain (my fave), etc.) and exciting…always a good chance at a celeb spotting.
I want to give a shout out to my new friend, Sarah at Total Basset Case. Sarah named DripKnots as one of her “newest favorite products” and what a response we got! I love some of the comments:
“DRIP KNOTs???? GENIUS! I dread night time simply because I hate getting wet before I get in bed.” By The Sweetest Thing
“omg, where have dripknots been my whole life?!?! I’m right there with you that sometimes I’m just lazy bc it’s so messy and such a big ordeal I get annoyed sometimes! I seriously want some now!!!” by Erin
Thank you Sarah! I will be donating DripKnots to one of Sarah’s lucky giveaway winners this week so go check her out if you want a chance to win.
I am having a DripKnots giveaway too and the winners are (insert drumroll here): Janet B., Pam K., Siva L., Nancy J. and Jennifer B. I have emailed you all. Congrats!
I would love to stay connected with you on Facebook and Twitter. Post pics of DripKnots in your store or in use at home and I will share them! You can find me at Twitter and Facebook. Follow me so I can follow you.
I hope your new year is off to a groovy (in a 1950’s kinda way) start and you have big plans for 2013! I have a great feeling about this year. AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta was a huge success! We’re still tallying numbers, but this was the best show ever for DripKnots.
We’re proud to be partnered with One Coast, the gift industry’s most prestigious national sales rep firm, and I’m giddy over how lovely the DripKnots display looked in their showroom. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
I’m excited to spread the lovely and get on to the DripKnots giveaways. The lucky winners were selected randomly and are…Judy Y., Amie E., Megan F., Amanda W. and Jennifer C. I just sent each of you an email so if you see your name here but you haven’t received an email from me, let me know! As soon as I hear back from you, I will get your DripKnots mailed out to you right away.
If you’re not one of the 5 lucky winners today stay tuned for our next newsletter where we will giveaway 5 MORE DripKnots!