So, this week is coming to a close. This was a very eventful week. We started with a birthday, went on to have another birthday, survived the election night, and had a blast going to a show for our baby. Today I am busy working on the blog, and a lot of updates (including a special new Holiday Planning Printable) – stay tuned.

I find when weeks are busy, I often lose track of what needs to be done. When you have a job, a busy household full of kids, and their activities, and have to plan a lot of holiday celebrations, things can easily get out of hand.

One important point is to stay organized, and try to plan everything out, as much as possible. I also find that it is so important to stay focused, and calm through the holidays, and try to take control of your emotional state using a little help from easy shortcuts, tricks, and aids that you can find. I am hoping to make your life a little easier with this post.

I would love to help you out, and show how I am getting ready for holidays, showing a little peak into my preparation list, and what I am doing to feel more comfortable throughout the holiday celebrations.

Christmas Trees with Holiday Planning Printable

1. Be sure to make a checklist for your planning needs. This checklist can include activities you are planning to have during the holiday week, recipes you would like to try out making, little games and ideas to entertain your guests. Preparing beforehand can make all of the difference – you will not be nervous at all the week of the holidays as you would have everything written down, and would just need to go along with your planning.

I have prepared a little Holiday Planning Printable to use for your celebrations. You can decide on the guest list, recipes for your celebration day, list out your chores to do for the day, all of the ingredients you are still missing for your dishes, and plan out what you can do in your prep work ahead of the time. A lot of the recipes can be done as far as a week ahead, and then frozen. All your veggie peeling and cutting can also be done one day ahead. Cakes can be ordered or have to be made ahead of the time so that your layers can soak in your filling better.

Hope this printable can help out in your preparation. Please, let me know in your comments if you would like me to modify the printable in any way, or add anything to it.

2. Plan out your meals beforehand. Be sure to check the ingredient lists, and check that you have all of the utensils that you may need. We are lucky that we have stores all around us that are always open, so we can take a quick drive to a store when we are missing anything, but this does happen all too often. The best way to go about it is to have a list ready, do all of the shopping beforehand, and only have to put the meals together.

If you are struggling with what to make for the holidays, and are tired of same old ideas and recipes, be sure to check out my recent posts with a few ideas.

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3. On the day of the celebrations be sure to make a treat just for yourself to start the day off on the right note. You will probably be packing presents, doing all the last minute cleaning, and cooking a lot on the day of your celebration. A small treat in the morning can set the tone for all of your amazing plans. This is the time to have a few treats – the holidays, when else?

We went shopping to Walmart this past week, and were able to get a few new products to try out to sweeten up our days.

Cinnamon buns with Holiday Planning Printable

Cinnamon buns  with Holiday Planning Printable

4. One of the most important things for me about holidays is feeling my best. I cannot imagine having a down-in-the dumps day during holidays because of discomfort. The whole week before the holidays we are usually so busy running around, and being active. We always go to celebrations with kids, various sports activities, performances, and events, often spanning over many hours during the day. I wouldn’t be able to go through my holidays not having all of the comfort and relief I need to stay active, and have fun with the family without having to think about minor health issues concerning bladder control when I dance, stay active, laugh or sneeze.

The same trip to Walmart helped me stock up for my holidays with an Impressa sizing kit, here is how to get it – It is so inexpensive, and even includes a coupon for a full pack that I can use once I have figured out the size I need.

Impressa will help you to get through the holidays with Holiday Planning Printable

Impressa will help you to get through the holidays with Holiday Planning Printable

Impressa Bladder Support helps so many women to stay active – and it is so helpful for the holiday season!


Hope that the advice I can give is helpful, and you can use the printable, the recipe ideas to help you with the holiday season planning. Please, be sure to let me know in your comments if you have any other special tips for the holidays that you would like to share! 

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