Saturday, October 18, 2014

31 Days to a Peaceful Holiday Season: Planning for flu season

Welcome back to Almond Place! This month, I'm focusing on ways of making our holidays a low stress and peaceful time for our family. You can check out all of the other posts in the series HERE.

Today's task is a simple but important one....plan for illness.

It's that time of year where illness lurks in every corner and our little germ lovers are been lured by those nasty bugs on every surface. 

I don't know about you but it always seems like when I get one kid sick, it's fast acting and I am often surprised by it. I hate not having the supplies on hand I need to help the kidlets feel better.

Once the business of the holiday season is upon us, not being prepared can be one of the biggest stressors for all of us...especially Moms.

So, go stock up on your illness blasters....for us, that looks like advil, decongestant, tums, our Shaklee supplements and Young Living essential oils. If you have any questions about Shaklee or Young Living feel free to ask in the comments. 

I know I don't want to be caught off guard when one of the kids is down and out. By stocking up today, I know I'll be ready!

Friday, October 17, 2014

31 Days to a Peaceful Holiday Season: Christmas Decorations

Welcome back to Almond Place! This month, I'm doing a series as part of Write 31 Days and I'm focusing on planning a peaceful holiday season.  You can find all of the posts from my series HERE.

This weekend, I'm tackling a slightly bigger item on my to-do list. I'm pulling out all of our holiday decorations. I'm talking all of my fall stuff, and Christmas stuff. I want to evaluate everything we have, purge what we no longer use or don't absolutely love and make sure I have what I need.

We've already seen the huge Christmas displays at Target, and Costco and Hobby Lobby.  It can be easy to roam those aisles and toss random items into our carts. Believe me when I say it takes everything in my power to avoid doing this.  I LOVE Christmas decorations.

By assessing everything now, I can plan ahead and not be scrambling the night we set up our tree only to find out all of our lights are busted.

This whole process is going to take me about three days. I also went ahead and got our annual ornaments ordered from Lisa Leonard Designs and Amos Pewter. I can't wait to share those with you when they come in!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

31 Days to a Peaceful Holiday Season: Guest Preparation

Welcome to Almond Place!  This month, you can find me writing as part of the Write 31 Days series on trying to make our holidays more peaceful.  You can find the rest of the posts in my October series HERE.

I'm all about action items this week because I've got a relatively laid back week.  So far we've started looking for gifts, booking travel, making sure our clothes are ready and our kitchen is well stocked.

Now let's focus on preparing for guests.  Are you blessed to be expecting some company this holiday season? Are you dreading it maybe just a little bit?!

We all know that this time of year can bring out both the best and the worst in all of us.  Nothing can make a holiday go south faster than a difficult visit. We've all been there :-)

Our holidays as a whole are relatively "guest free". Our parents and extended families live thousands of miles away from us and we are not traveling this year. Our holidays will be quiet this year and as much fun as it can be to visit others, we love simply staying home with our little family unit.

That being said, we will be having my Mom visit us in about 2 weeks and this is a good reminder to get stuff ready.  We also will be entertaining at our home over the holidays and while we won't have people sleeping over, I want our guests to feel welcome and have what they need.

Now is a great time to double check those spare linens...bedding, sheets, towels.  Do you have enough? Do you need some new stuff? It's time to run those "fancy" sets through the wash to spruce them up! I love to buy new pillows this time of year!

I also read somewhere that you should keep a plunger within easy reach of your toilet...make it easy for guests to find, just in case. There's nothing more embarrassing as a guest than needing to ask your host one!

It's a great time to stock up on some essentials...toilet paper, kleenex, paper towels, hand soap, some candles, room spray and some welcoming magazines.  I have always thought this sign from I Rock So What for your guest room would be cute! She has a free printable on her blog.

Find out what your guests like to eat and stock up on some extras for them so they don't have to always be asking you for something to snack on. This is particularly important for guests with little kids. Make sure those littles are taken care of, too! Find out what they need...sleeping arrangements? Special gear: car seats? Winter clothing? Specific food?

Do you have any special tips for making your holiday guests feel at home?