The holiday season is always a busy one, with one commitment, responsibility and get-together after another. When you have children, there's even more to do and enjoy. But you can simplify your holiday plan by taking a few short cuts. Below are ways you can give yourself a little extra time to spend on yourself, with your kids, or preparing for that family get-together.
If you're going to make it through the Holiday season, you need to be prepared for everything. You can organize your holiday plan by expecting the unexpected, shopping early, and putting your child in charge of a project or two. Make a list early in the season and commit to completing one or two items on the list every week. By the time the holidays roll around, you'll be ready for anything.
Kids can get stressed out during the holidays, but knowing that now will help you plan your time more responsibly. If your child tends to prefer staying at home, minimize commitments or commit to spending as much time at home as possible. Allow your tween privacy, and a chance to escape guests when they visit, and remember that you don't have to participate in every activity that's presented to you.
Shopping doesn't have to take all day. Here's how to make the most of your shopping time, so that you can leave time for other things.
You can craft and decorate and cook until you're beaten down and exhausted. Or, you can pick a simple project or two for fun and memory making. This recipe for reindeer food takes only minutes to make, but it's a fun project for you and your tween to do together.
Getting through the holiday season happily is all about understanding time management. This primer helps you focus, and tackle all the "must-dos" on your list.
The holidays don't let us out of all those everyday tasks we're responsible for - such as helping with homework or getting dinner on the table. But you can get a square meal on the dinner table fast, whether you're trying to feed the clan before the Christmas pageant, or entertaining drop-ins from the neighborhood.
Are you tired of all the typical fare you find at potluck gatherings? Fear not. You can offer family and friends a variety of tasty choices, including Healthful Veggie Pasta and Yummy Tacos, all with the potluck crowd in mind.
Are you convinced that you have to attend every school function, party or family gathering? Well, you don't. And, you don't have to feel guilty about it either. Here's why skipping out on certain get-togethers isn't a bad idea.
Working parents or parents who run super busy households just can't get to all the holiday crafts or projects that they hope to. But there are several projects you can do, no matter how busy or craft-challenged you may be. These gingerbread houses are fun to make, and so simple you barely need instructions. Enjoy your project, just make sure the kids have plenty of table space to create their crafty, and tasty homes.
Make a tasty meal and get in the holiday spirit all at the same time with this recipe for Christmas Tree Mini-Pizzas. They're more than just pretty, they're tasty, too!
These candy cane breadsticks make a great side to any easy-to-assemble pasta dinner. Just throw in a tossed salad, and you're done.