Good morning, happy Monday! How was your week?
It’s hard to believe that it is DECEMBER already! The year really flew by tho, well I think so! When I think about the last year I have to think that yap it went by fast! Another crazy wonky year but, I am looking forward to 2022!
This year I am trying to be jolly but, it’s not as whoop whoop! There is just a lot of loose ends to tie up for the end of 2021!
When in doubt put tinsel up lol! I did my decorating before December again this year but, for different reasons!
I had said in a previous blog that my son wants his birthday at his grandparents house this year! With that coming up well he has it when you are reading this his birthday is the beginning of December!
I have not set up our trees yet! Yap, Trees! lol
Let me explain this one! Last year we were not going to get a real tree! Now we have always had a real tree. 🌳 I grew up with only a fake tree and my husband only had real trees!
So, when we had got a fake tree and set it up my hubby didn’t really jive it so off him and our son went to get a tree! Well my fake tree was already up and dedicated right so, we had 2 trees haha. A kid one the fake tree and then the big one for the presents the real tree! How this happened was we had some friends over on night while talking about getting a real treeand I had said that I I think we should just keep both then and they could still go out and get a tree but, I felt that we should do both with a room of girls it was no big discussion and we then had two trees!
This year I still have all intentions of having both trees on just not sure on if they will be both in living room again!
I has thought about not decorating until we were back but then I would not of been putting up any decorations until the 7th! This would of been fine don’t get me wrong but I didn’t want to come home and need to feel rushed vs taking the days that I did!
The weekend after the 7th we are going to look for our rear tree so I feel I would of felt rushed on this!
We also had a toy pickup at toys R us on our way home! So that is another reason with so many packages coming in I didn’t want to have too much on my plate!
I already sat down and broke up my weeks! This is one of the tips for saving money through the holidays!
Did you catch last week’s blog on HOW TO SAVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS? I will leave a link down below!
To break down your weeks to put your tasks in each week will not only save you time and stress but it will save you money! This is because if you have the time to prep and do something the chances are you won’t spend the money to go and buy vs doing it at home!
Back to the point is I didn’t want to much going on that I already know would of been overwhelming and hard to do it all!
With all of that said I think it’s a good time to show my Christmas decorations! A lot is years old some sitting at almost 40 years old lol, I do hit the dollar stores and get asked new peices every year because we’ll I can lol! There is usually something…. as long as I get there early enough in the season… that catches my eyes and I want it lol! Yes Christmas problems lol!
Let’s start some Christmas decoration pictures!
If some of the pictures for some reason don’t load on the page then just click it! It should load the pictures from what I can tell lol. Stay with me I’m not the best computer person lol.
This is set kinda from walking from one end to the next in my house for the decorations!
I hope you enjoyed my holiday post! I will leave links for my other pages down below come join over on the other social media pages I try to post more personal daily tasks and goals. What I’m using to clean and some tips and tricks with it all.
Hope this struck some holiday cheer and some holiday motivation!
I would love to see your favorite decorations!
Until next week
Have a great day, a wonderful weekend and a productive week!
Bye for now!
Hi good morning!
I hope you all had a wonderful week! Did you happen to catch last week’s blog about holiday prep?
I have been slowly very slowly starting to think about my Christmas prep and in between all of that I still need to try to get Christmas presents and not go broke for food and bills still to come!
Does this sound familiar at all? I find the holiday season it’s either all or nothing it comes in big bulks of everything all at once with a flipping bow on top!
Through the last couple years and adding a couple more kids I have learnt that there is definitely some budget-friendly things that I can do around the holiday season that really nobody’s going to notice miss or argue over!
I am here today to hopefully give you some positive vibes when it comes to holiday season!
Some of these things I put into full force through the years that we were pulling ourselves at a dead tons of debt, you guys and you know what though we did! That’s not my story here today but oh, I have kept some of these budget-friendly tips and tricks in my life and I don’t know if I will ever let them go now!
The first but I have to say is the most important one for holiday season is too
SET A BUDGET FOR PRESENTS!
This one can be done as detailed or as little as you want but the more detail in the more budgeting that you set out the more success you will have at the end! It can be hard not to just go and grab whatever toys you think whoever is going to watch and toss some of the cars but you know what reality check is if it’s all about budget sorry it’s out of the budget! If it’s in the budget and that’s the only gift at the kids going to get well then you have to make a choice oh, nobody said anything was fun or easy especially around the holidays. So one of the first things that I do is to set out of budget for presents.
PLAN YOUR FOOD AND TREATS!
This is something that I find really creeps up into the budget without overly expecting it! I don’t know why I don’t expect it every year who just keeps going up and up and up so not getting cheaper and just like everything around the holidays who didn’t get much cheaper just like those toys aren’t cheaper! So, I like to sit down and figure out what you were going to eat and when. What are you going to have Christmas Eve, Christmas dinner, what cookies are you going to make what desserts are you going to make! I like to do this because then I can see how much I have in my pantry maybe you can go off of your treats and food from just what you already have and just do fillers! If you have recipes that you were wanting to do it is usually so much cheaper depending to make your treats your cookies for the holiday then to go and buy from the store! Maybe you don’t beg at all that’s okay most baking that you can buy almost all baking that you can buy you can freeze. This is where you need to start looking for these goodies on sale ahead of time and freeze them for the holidays. I guarantee you nobody is going to know if those sugar cookies came out of the freezer the night before or if you had made them.
PLAN YOUR WEEKS!
This is something that does not see important until it is! When doing this I find it is good to break up your week to how you would for your house! So, I mean if your weeks are a typical Monday to Sunday then that will be how it is broken up! However, not everyone does! If your week ends on say a Wednesday because of shifts or what not then that is how you will break your week up! This is too make your weeks more productive not to try to do more! This is to allow you to figure out not only the items or baking supplies or whatever it is that you’re doing that you need bit, also allows your to find a time to do it! Hopefully with less stress and chaos! This will help save money because, if you have the time to prep and the time to do it you will be less tempted to just go out and buy what you were going to do okay. If you have a time scheduled to make sugar cookies you will more likely make those sugar cookies vs going out and buying some!
USE CASH BACK APPS!
I have heard of all sorts of different cash back apps that you can use! I do find it harder to find one that you can use in Canada. There might be more maybe I just didn’t look as hard as what maybe one could LOL but, they are out there! They are wonderful apps who doesn’t want money back for shopping? And I do use one maybe that’s why I’ve never really dove into finding more because there is one that I used and it works and it’s awesome!This year why not make money buying Christmas gifts!
Try Rakuten! You get money when you sign up, and then you get money when you spend your first certain amount! Double money starting up and using it. They pay you a check every quarter of the year and all you do is sign into the website and they have thousands of stores that they have partnered with that you get a certain percent cash-back when you purchase something online! I use this every year Amazon orders and kick myself in the butt because I forget to use them all through the year and not just at Christmas. I will have the link here and at the bottom of the blog!
FIND THOSE DEALS!
Christmas time it seems got the prices go up and then they kind of seemed on sale and then they go again! I find this happens through months of Christmas prep! Everything is starting to get a little better price, and then you have Black Friday and Cyber Monday and then it seems like everything goes back up in price the last couple weeks if you really need it before Christmas! Don’t worry about not getting something as soon as it is out! Depending on what it is mind you! But, most of the time you can shop around and find a little better deal if not the same price! Something that I have learned is to look for the shipping and how fast it comes! If you are in a store use a app to look for better deals in the area! I used to use the app flip! This allows you to price check an item in a area instead of driving to the stores to price check! Use the sale days black Friday and cyber Monday are times that I will try to get some hard to find or pricier items!
Those are some of my holiday saving tips that I have found really help me out around this time of year. This time of year gets hard all of my kids birthdays in the winter we have one in December, two in January and one in February so winter gets busy and expensive fast.
Do you have some Christmas shopping advice?
I would love to hear how you keep a budget intact for the holiday season.
Do you start your shopping early?
Do you do it all as close to Christmas as you can?
Make sure to head over to one of my social media pages to follow along for the Christmas fun that is going to be occurring in my house. I love Christmas I find it a very fun holiday for the kids and it’s a great reminder to be adults to just have fun. This is something I have to tell myself all the time not to make myself crazy over Christmas, Christmas is all about family and the love and being together and for some reason I still stressed like a crazy pig LOL.
I tried to post your daily tips and tricks cleaning motivation In This Moment In Love with life over on my Facebook page. Make sure to head over and follow the page, I also will have an Instagram link so I don’t use it very much but it’s there. I will also have a link of for Rakuten at the bottom and a link for monat there is also some really good Christmas deals happening over there too.
I hope you are having a great day I hope you bought some fun times planned over the next few weeks!
Until next week
have a great day a wonderful weekend and productive week!
Bye for now!
Hi good morning?
Can you believe that November is almost over already!
This is the time of year I get more and more ancy about my holiday to do list! I am not sure why, it’s not overly stressful these years as it is getting smaller well simplified over the years!
Gatherings are smaller, treat are less too so I don’t just eat it all lol! I don’t worry as much about having so many kinds of cookies or if the decorations are perfect on the tree…. the toddlers will rearrange them daily anyways lol.
I think I get more ancy because my son has his birthday in the beginning of December and I’m always worried that I’m not going to make it as great as what I should because it’s close to Christmas!
I am always try to plan his birthday in November to get the ball rolling right, then for some reason November flies by and I have nothing planned yet!
This year I do have some plans and they are calm plans which is nice! My son wants a birthday at his grandparents house! l I thought was such a cute idea, they don’t live here but not super far so it works nice!
However, I almost feel bad now because he doesn’t want to pick a birthday party he doesn’t want me to try to rent some place or to have his friends over! I realize I shouldn’t feel bad about this because it was his idea and he’s really excited about it!
My days have been totally blurred together lately like I said I can’t even believe it’s the end of November already! Where did the time really go there? I have been trying to sit down with my planner and just get everything planned out all skippity boo and then I got to get into my planner and my brain goes blank and I have no clue what I’m supposed to be doing! And then I get frustrated and overwhelmed hahaha.
The other day I just had to sit down and do a brain dump of not only the things that I to do but the places that I have to be! Not even like appointments and stuff like that other things like when I’m going to get to the city for groceries, when are we doing Christmas pictures and getting them ordered and sent out oh, what about Christmas shopping you know there is only two paychecks if being paid monthly until Christmas! Not to scare you but yeah!
Then there is still the daily stuff that needs to be done and, other running around!
Another thing that I’m trying to sit down and gather my head around is what cookies were going to make for treats what we’re going to do with Christmas meals! Just really trying to wrap my head around that who what where when and how of Christmas this year!
This year surprise surprise I’m not ready yet! I am not as worried tho or as stressed this round!
I was starting to get a little ancy when all of a sudden it is the end of November! However, I am trying to not panic at least not yet haha. I am planning on getting my lists ready, I am finally going to use my Christmas book I got A LONG TIME AGO lol its more of a permanent book vs the ones I have made in the past! I will post these over on my Facebook page, I’ll leave a link at the bottom!
I am trying to take each day step by step, and just wrap my head around what NEEDS to be done, what SHOULD be done and then WHAT I would like done!
I feel the next 4 weeks I am going to try as hard as I can to make my plans but have realistic plans for not only each day but each week!
I find I will get overwhelmed and not plan my days out as proper or productively as I should or could be!
I am excited about Christmas this year and I don’t want to just be a ball of stress and not enjoy it all this year!
Are you preparing for Christmas?
How early do you start?
I am going to start with planning then decorations and baking!
What do you start with?
I can’t believe Christmas is like 4 weeks away so so!
I hope you enjoyed the holiday blog! I will be sharing more of my Christmas prep through the next couple weeks over on my other pages!
I try to post more daily cleaning motivation, what I’m tackling, and just some mom day stuff over there too!
Make sure you follow the blog but, also follow over there too I will have the links below!
Until next week
Have a great day, a wonderful weekend and a productive week!
Bye for now