Do you have a plan for the holidays?

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How does one celebrate the winter holidays without getting a migraine, busting the budget, or alienating the entire extended family? With great care, of course! And a savvy plan for the holidays.

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We interrupt your Pumpkin Spice Latte to bring you a special message from Holiday Headquarters….

You matter. Your dollar matters. How you spend this holiday season is of utmost importance — and scrutiny — to retailers this year. In fact, they’re banking on your spending 4% more than you did last year which was up to 10% more than the year before.

In plain English: US retailers are counting on you to spend more on stuff this year than you did in years past. That’s all well and good for the stores, but is that good for YOU and YOUR POCKETBOOK?

I’m a big fan of Christmas and Christmas gifts and peppermint mochas and twinkly lights. I’m an even bigger fan of pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes and gravy.

And my utmost diehard love? It goes to a balanced budget. Particularly MY BALANCED BUDGET.

While it may only be October and there are still 70-some shopping days until Christmas, I know that you and I can’t enjoy the pumpkin pie or the twinkly lights if it means we’re getting ourselves into debt or spending more than we should.

We must have a plan for the holidays.

Do you have a plan for the holidays? Life as Mom

Okay, so maybe money is no object; you’re independently wealthy and you can spare no expense when it comes to gift giving. Hallelujah. That’s an awesome place to be.

Know what’s NOT an awesome place to be? Pulled between family units who all want you to spend the holidays with them? Wondering which parent you need to invite to the kids’ Christmas program or how to manage three holiday parties on the same day?

While it may only be October and there are still 70-some days until Christmas, I know that we can’t be two places at once. I know that it can be crazy to make all the extended family happy when there are so many different agendas and competing events.

We must have a plan for the holidays.

So, money’s no object and your family all love each other and get along so it’s all Kumbaya and candlelight when you gather together. How awesome is that?!

Yet, there’s still this thing called TIME. And that feeling like there’s not enough of it.

How does one manage the day-to-day of drop off and pick-up, piano lessons, and soccer practice, AND work in Christmas cookies, Christmas shopping, and Christmas decorating.

There are already not enough hours in the day, how in the world do we add more into an already full schedule?!

We must have a plan for the holidays.

I think my point is clear.

It may seem like the holiday season is months away, it’s really not. And if you’re going to keep a balanced budget, enjoy peaceful moments with your peeps as well as your extended family, and make room for the fun stuff of the holidays, you’re going to need to plan.

In advance.

Like now.

Do you have a plan for the holidays? Life as Mom

A Simpler Season provides you with practically EVERYTHING YOU NEED to get from Thanksgiving to New Year’s in a calm, cool, collected manner.

Calm? Cool? Collected? Not usually how you celebrate the season? You’re in for a treat then!

A Simpler Season is your guide to planning the winter holidays.

In 200 pages, A Simpler Season provides creative ideas, time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, it provides recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, printable planning pages, doable (and budget-friendly) gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts.

Bring the fun back to your winter holidays!

Do you have a plan for the holidays? Life as Mom

When you put A Simpler Season into action, you will

  • Enjoy more meaningful celebrations as you pare down to what’s MOST IMPORTANT to you and your family is THIS stage of life.
  • Let go of the have-to’s and should-have’s as you learn to PRIORITIZE and do what’s best for your children and yourself, even if it’s NOT what you “always do”.
  • Experience the WONDER of the holiday season with fresh eyes as you count down the days with easy, actionable family nights.
  • BLESS others with fun gifts that are easy on the wallet and your schedule.
  • Have thoughtful devotions and books to enjoy with your FAMILY every night of the season.
  • CELEBRATE simply so you can enjoy the peace that the holidays is supposed to be.

The ideas in A Simpler Season are varied and wide in scope. What might make you feel overwhelmed becomes very doable since ALL THE WORK IS DONE FOR YOU. Well, almost all.

You get to bake the cookies yourself. 🙂

Do you have a plan for the holidays? Life as Mom

I like to think that A Simpler Season does “the heavy lifting” for you, so that you can just enjoy the holiday with your family.

Here’s what you’ll get in A Simpler Season:

  • Creative ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
  • Over 150 pages of ideas, recipes, and inspiration for planning a special holiday season with your family
  • 70+ printable pages: calendars, to do sheets, inventories, and planning pages are all here for you to print and get going
  • Budget-friendly games and activities to do with the kids
  • 24+ family activity cards to print and do over the month of December
  • Printable recipe and gift cards to help you make edible gifts
  • A variety of family devotional ideas to explore with your family
  • A list of children’s books to enjoy as well as extension activities to do with your children after the reading
  • Family-friendly recipes for the each of the winter holidays
  • Questions to get you thinking about how you really want to spend your time this year
  • Easy downloadable format in pdf or on kindle

You can view a sample here.

Do you have a plan for the holidays? Life as Mom

Do you have a plan for the holidays? Life as Mom

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