Holiday Tips & Tricks with TwitterMoms & Staples

Monday, November 30, 2009
TwitterMoms and Staples are co-sponsoring another great contest, and I'm jumping in on this one for a chance to win a $100 Staples gift card and quite possibly a $25 gift card if I'm one of the first 50 to post on my blog. I love Staples for the wide variety of products ranging from printer cartridges to stationary products to school supplies to DVD's and software.

It's such a busy time of year for everyone. From shopping to parties to pageants, adults and kids are swamped. Over the years and as my family has grown and my holiday responsibilities have grown with my family, I've adopted a few tips and tricks to help get me through the hectic weeks ahead.

1) Wrap as you buy. There is absolutely nothing worse than waiting until Christmas Eve to wrap all of your gifts. When you should be relaxing with family enjoying a glass of bubbly, you're holed up in your bedroom tangled in ribbon because you procrastinated. Not good.

2) Set a budget, make a list, and stick to both!!! The last thing you want is to be wandering around the shops looking for gifts on Christmas Eve. Budget for money and time so that you stay within the limitations of both. Harried is the last thing you want to be at the holidays!

3) Plan ahead. Tomorrow I will make a list of what I want to bake this holiday season. I'll also prepare a shopping plan including baking items, gifts and food for Christmas Eve and Day meals. Of course, the lists will include time lines for each.

4) Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Take in a local choral concert, tree lighting or similar holiday event. Most are free, and they are a great way to kick off the holiday season. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, it's important to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures of the holidays.

For more information on how you can participate, go to TwitterMoms for details.

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