Less stress: More Joy. 10 tips for reducing holiday stress

 Less stress: More Joy. 10 tips for reducing holiday stress

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, family, faith and food. But it can so easily turn into a season of stress and anxiety. 

A couple weeks ago I asked my readers things they do to reduce holiday stress. Of course, you guys came up with GREAT tips. I am not surprised in the slightest because you are all wonderful. 

 

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Simplifying Christmas: 4 tips for keeping the holidays in control and stress free

Simplifying Christmas: 4 tips for keeping the holidays in control and stress free

I remember the day Christmas finally broke me. There were four places my family needed to be. We had play practice, this a local event, a parade, and a party. I felt like as soon as we got somewhere it was time to leave and then drive across town to the new event. By the time the day was over we were all cranky, exhausted and I was snapping at everyone. 

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Teaching advent to Preschoolers: 5-Day Little People Advent + Free Printable

Teaching advent to Preschoolers: 5-Day Little People Advent + Free Printable

The Christmas season has been more exciting this year because my children are really starting to understand more, ask questions and get excited about the season. 

We are really emphasizing that in our family we celebrate the birth of Jesus. I have been trying to talk to my son about the nativity, and the Christmas story according to Gospel of Luke. 

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Counting your blessings when there seem to be none

Counting your blessings when there seem to be none

It’s the season of thankfulness and this is one of my favorite times of year. Thanksgiving seems to be the one holiday focused solely on what we already have and not what we want.

But if you’re walking through a particularly difficult season of life, counting blessings might be the furthest thing on your mind. But this is when you need to count them the most.

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3 tips for getting out the door faster (with small children)

3 tips for getting out the door faster (with small children)

Today, I wanted to share with you some tips on getting yourself and your kids out the door on time -- not early -- but on time. I have three kids now and, of course, that has done nothing to simplify my life.

I asked you guys for suggestions -- and boy! did you deliver. So I have implemented some of those into my life and I'm going to share with you what has worked.

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Budget giving: Reasons to Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and what to put in it

Budget giving: Reasons to Pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and what to put in it

Now that I'm a mom I have worked to continue the tradition with my own kids. This year is the first year my five-year-old really understands. He was excited to give Legos and Play-do (two of his favorite things) to a "friend on the other side of the world." 

There is still plenty of time this week to pack a shoe box and I wanted to give you a few reasons you would want to. 

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