Stress-Less Holiday Shopping Tips, How To Survive The Holidays


The holidays should be the time we are enjoying family and friends but
often it is the most stressful time there is for many. 

Shopping, cooking, planning - it all can take its toll. But there are some things that can be done to make the holidays a bit more stress-free.  Here are some simple ideas can make your holidays more relaxing.

Start Planning Early

Early planning can make a real difference; especially if you have a large number of people you are either shopping for or having over for dinner. Starting a few months ahead of time is wise. That way you can take advantage of Black Friday sales when buying gifts.  The earlier you get your shopping done the more time you have for fun.

Create Lists

Lists make life so much easier. For the holidays make the following lists and check off each item as it is completed.
•   Gift Shopping List
•   Christmas Card List
•   Black Friday Deal List
•   Food Purchase List
•   Christmas Dinner Dish List (including who is bringing what)

You may need lists that pertain only to your family as well. Get a small notebook and carry it with you. That way if you are out and find a bargain you can cross that item off your list immediately.

Christmas Dinner

Plan Christmas dinner early too. Keep it simple. Use tried and true recipes and delegate the cooking so everyone shares and brings a dish. Make sure you write down who is bringing which dish. The last thing you need is ten green bean casseroles. Create a timeline of cooking, working backward from when you want to eat. Consider using store-made items like pies to lighten your load.

Holiday Decorating

There are two ways of doing the decorating. Start small doing a room or area each day for a few days or throw a decorating party and get it all done at once.  Keep in mind why you decorate. It's to enjoy the season not to stress yourself. If you aren't able to put out all 100 of Uncle Ed's trains, then don't.

Plan Your Shopping

Don't go shopping when you are rushed, such as during your work lunch break. Go when you have the time to do what you need to do. Shop online and have it delivered right to your door. Consider smaller, handcrafted or homemade gifts. Keep the gift giving simple.

Enjoy Your Family

Plan for family fun. Schedule the things you want to do and mark them on the calendar. Whether it's a night out Christmas Caroling or an evening in watching holiday movies and baking cookies, put it on the schedule. Let the children see what is coming up and that you are planning on spending time with them.  Have family and friends over for cookies and coffee.  This is what the holidays are all about. All the gift giving, busyness and running around means nothing if you have no time to relax and enjoy the season.




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Christmas Gifts for Teachers

Christmas is a great time to show your child's teacher how much you appreciate all the effort he or she gives the class every day. 

A thoughtful gift expresses your thanks for the teacher's patient instruction, encouraging words and time spent outside of work grading papers and tests. 

While it can be tough to find just the right present, here are a few practical ideas that are sure to be a hit.

Edible Gifts

A box of tasty, good quality chocolates, a package of cookies from the local bakery or a gift basket filled with treats make wonderful gifts. Your child's teacher can eat them right away, savor one a day for a few weeks or share them with family at the holiday get-together.

Gift Cards

Most teachers love to get gift cards for coffee, goodies or lunch. They can choose the specific item they most prefer, and if they get several cards, they can use them throughout the year. The local Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery, Applebee's, Panera or similar establishments are all great sources for gift cards. 

Vouchers or Gift Certificates

Give the teacher a voucher or gift certificate for a fun activity she can enjoy with her family. If the family has younger kids, a voucher to a zoo or aquarium might be appreciated. If the teacher likes a little adventure, then a voucher or gift certificate for zip lining or a rock climbing wall could be the perfect gift

Classroom Items

Teachers frequently spend their own money to decorate the classroom and provide supplies to make it a welcoming, nurturing environment for young learners. The price of colorful dry-erase markers, cheerful Post-it notes, stickers, books for the classroom library, tissues and hand sanitizer can add up over time.  Ask for a classroom wish list and purchase a few items off the list. If you'd like to give a larger, more costly item for the classroom, recruit the other classroom families to chip in for a group gift.

Consult your child's teacher for ideas, or make a few suggestions. Perhaps the classroom could use an entire set of the hottest new book series or standing desk converters so students can reap benefits like improved physical and mental well-being and decreased sedentary habits.

This year, rather than giving your child's teacher another mug or apple ornament, try giving a practical gift that can be put to good use.


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    Have You Fallen In Love With Fall? Festive and Fun Fall Gift Ideas.

    A Fall Harvest of Great Autumn Gifts 

    Giving a seasonal gift reflects a special time of year and sets it apart from more ordinary gifts. 

    If you have fallen in love with the fall and want to give a special seasonal gift, there are plenty of items available that are ideally suited to autumn. 

    The following gift suggestions can be found to suit a wide range of budgets, but all imply fall and are ideal for autumn birthdays, celebrations or other special events.

    As fall is the traditional harvest season, giving the bountiful gift of food and drink is always appreciated and is suitable for a full range of recipients. Attending a late September soiree? 

    Treat your hostess to a bottle of crisp chardonnay along with a delicious spice cake on a platter strewn with autumn leaves. Or, another version of this gift might be a fine bottle of merlot accompanying a tray of pumpkin bread. Fruit and vegetables heaping from a basket decorated with orange and brown ribbon is always a great remembrance.

    Be sure to stock your Fall gift pantry with some autumn mugs and packs or gourmet apple cider. A mug designed with acorns, some cider mix, and a few cinnamon sticks is a fantastic all-purpose remembrance that is seasonally thoughtful. A bottle of liquor or gourmet pumpkin spice coffee are other beverage choices to consider. To bolster up a small gift of this nature, give a recipe book filled with great drinks for cool weather to make at home. Keep in mind, that when giving a basket of food and drink, your garnishes will help give it autumn appeal—acorns, small ornamental gourds and dried fall flowers are perfect accompaniments.

    Fall scented candles are all-purpose gifts as well. Stock your pantry with mulberry, evergreen, vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg fragranced candles in a variety of sizes. These can also be given in fall baskets along with a small trinket like a leaf-shaped candy dish, a small wreath of fall flowers, some native corn or even a small tin of candy corn. To bolster up this simple gift, add a hurricane, glass fairy lamp, tea light and votive candleholders, candle lighter, snuffer, etc…

    A great gift for someone special with a Fall birthday could be a real maple leave covered in copper—great for a dresser or desk ornament. Jewelry with a fall motif is also a great idea: leaf, acorn and pumpkin pins; beads in fall colors; even acrylic pieces holding real dried fall flowers can be found. Of course, books are great birthday gifts too—give your favorite gardener a novelty book about scarecrows, your favorite hostess a book about autumn accents and your favorite kid a book about farms during the harvest season.

    Some other gift items that can be given can easily be found designed for fall images: quilts or throws for cool autumn evenings, mugs and plates, welcome mats, sweaters, scarves, vests, jackets, socks, plant containers, pitchers, framed prints, book bags, wreath of fall flowers, table centerpiece, maple leaf stationary, rugs, picture frames, gourmet blend of nuts and nutcracker, leaf-shaped soaps, fall stamps and stickers, all-purpose ceramic bowls, etc…


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    How to be Truly Thankful at Thanksgiving and Throughout the Year



    Being thankful at Thanksgiving seems like a no-brainer; that is, after all, what the holiday is all about. 

    If you're like many people, however, there's a good chance that you're just going through the motions of gratitude while secretly feeling guilty that you just can't seem to muster up any sincere emotion on the matter. 

    While there may be a variety of reasons why someone may struggle with true thanksgiving, the good news is that you can take some proactive steps to overcoming the struggle. Here's how:



    Be Honest with Yourself

    You know that you should be thankful that you have A, B, or C, but somehow you just aren't overcome with gratitude about it. In fact, you often find yourself complaining in one way or another about the very thing that should inspire gratitude. Rather than rationalize excuses or try to make yourself believe you feel something that you don't, own up to the truth. You're not going to get any better if you lie to yourself.

    Once you've admitted to yourself that your thankful muscle is weak, you can work on stretching and flexing it. It's not the end of the world that you aren't as grateful as you should be, as long as you're aware of the fact and are taking steps to correct it.

    Practice Gratitude Actively

    Make a list of things that you currently have that you would not enjoy living without. Start with the big, obvious things such as a place to live and food in the fridge. Then work your way down to the smaller things we can often take for granted. This might include your toothbrush, deodorant, or even your silverware. Make it a point to find something new each day to add to your list, and contemplate what it would be like not to have that item. You might even try doing without one or more of these things for a while if you're having a hard time appreciating them.

    Once you've gotten the material things down, start working on the more intangible or irreplaceable items. The big ones might include your family, friends, and pets. Have you considered the air you breathe every day? What if you lost your sense of smell or taste? Try to imagine losing one or more of these things, and really spend some time thinking about what it would be like. Now think about how glad you are that you do have them, even in all of their imperfection. This is where becoming truly thankful begins.

    Catch Yourself Complaining

    Pay purposeful attention to your thoughts and words. Did you get caught at a traffic light when you were in a hurry? When you catch yourself complaining about the light, use it as an opportunity to consider what traffic would be like if that light was not there. Yes, it may be a bit inconvenient at the moment, but imagine the chaos that would ensue should it suddenly cease to exist. You may not feel overjoyed about having to stop, but you will probably feel a tad more grateful knowing that same light is a guarantee that you will get to continue onward in just a couple of minutes--and continue in safety.

    Use this principle whenever you find yourself unsatisfied with a situation. Complaint is the mortal enemy of gratitude; if you can recognize it when it arises, then you can deal with it before it gets out of hand. You don't have to convince yourself to be euphoric in every situation no matter what. You just have to make a deliberate effort to choose to see the positive that's there no matter what.

    Be Conscious and Present

    How many times have you said "thank you" out of habit without actually being thankful? The answer is far too often, most likely. Whenever those words or any variation of them come from your mouth, pause to think why.

    Do you really appreciate that person holding the door for you? Are you glad that he or she did? Let yourself feel it, and smile with sincerity as you express your thanks. Mindlessness can rob you of many opportunities to experience true gratitude in what may seem like insignificant situations.

    Serve Others

    Giving to or serving others brings with it a strange anomaly of causing you to feel more fulfilled and grateful. Something about giving of your own time and resources brings great joy. Perhaps it is knowing that you've helped a fellow human being who was less fortunate or that you've done something meaningful that would otherwise never been done. It could be that the more you do for others, the more you notice what others do for you.

    Whatever the reason is for this phenomenon, the fact remains that serving others is one of the best ways to experience true gratitude personally. Find a cause that's meaningful to you and embrace it. From churches and shelters to nursing homes and hospitals, opportunities are everywhere to give of yourself to others.

    Above all, be gracious with yourself. You aren't going to go from self-focused to saint of gratitude overnight. If you follow these steps, however, you will find yourself becoming more truly thankful this Thanksgiving season, and growing in gratitude all through the coming year. Don't stop what you have learned and practiced once November's come and gone--blessings aren't seasonal, after all, and neither is thankfulness.




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    Forget Diapering A Doll, Spice Up Your Baby Shower With These Fun Games

    5 Awesome Baby Shower Games - Tired of the same old baby shower games? Forget diapering a doll or guessing how big around the mother-to-be is. It’s time for some new traditions. Spice up your baby shower with these fun games.
    • Guess the Baby. Grab a dozen celebrity baby photos off the Internet and hang them on a bulletin board. Number them and give each guest a piece of paper with the same numbers running down the side. Tell the guests to write the names of the celebrities they think are on the board. You can make things a little easier by providing a list of celebrity names to be matched with the photos.
    Alternatively, you could have guests bring their baby photos and have everyone guess who is who. The person with the most correct names on their list is the winner.

    1. Create a story. Write a simple fairy tale about the mother and her little one. Add blanks wherever there would be adjectives, verbs or adverbs. Have people call out words to fill in the blank. Read the completed story aloud to the group for a good laugh. If you have a lot of guests, try dividing them into two or three groups to finish the stories and read them all aloud.
    2. Baby taboo. As each guest arrives, give them a string to put around their neck. Place a baby themed charm on each string. This could be anything from a baby bottle or stork to a bassinette or pacifier. Inform the guests that they are not allowed to say the word “baby” for the duration of the shower. If someone says the taboo word and is overheard, the listener takes their charm and adds it to their string. The person with the most charms at the end of the party wins.
    3. Time the birth. The night before the party, get some baby charms. Put one in each section of an ice cube tray and fill with water. Freeze the baby ice cubes overnight.
    At the shower, each guest is given a glass of water and a baby ice cube. Have each person write down how long they think it will take for their baby to be born. As each ice cube melts, call out the time and mark it. Compare each person’s guess with their actual time. The person with the closest guess wins.
      1. Match the socks. Dump 10-20 pairs of different baby socks into a basket. Each guest will have 1 minute to match as many as they can. The socks are an excellent gift for the pregnant mother when the game is over.
    These fun baby shower games will have everyone enjoying themselves. You don’t have to resort to tacky blindfolded feeding, or toilet paper wraps to have a good time at a baby shower.

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    Don't forget the New Mom

    Choose from adorable baby gifts for the new arrival to pampering gifts for the new mom. While both parents obviously deserve congratulations, we think Mom deserves some special relaxation all of her own. New mother gift baskets allow you to treat the lady of the moment to a bit of indulgence, after those long months of pregnancy.

    Adorable Gift Baskets offers a huge number of pampering gift baskets, bulging with relaxing treatments and sweet surprises. New moms will love the chance to grab a little me time and turn their bathroom into a haven of peace and tranquility. Baskets are also available which cater for Mom and Baby so combining luxurious spa products for Mom and commemorative items for your baby.

    And if Dad is feeling a little left out, don't worry; there are gift baskets for him too! With so many adorable gift baskets available for delivery you'll know that the new parents won't have to wait too long for this arrival!

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    Gobble 'Til You Wobble, Make Thanksgiving Come Alive This Year!

    Whether you're spending Thanksgiving with friends, a few family members, or a massive extended family, it's always nice to add a Fall Gift Basket with vibrant autumn colors and delicious gourmet goodness.

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    Thanksgiving Day Gift Baskets

    Share the warmth of Thanksgiving with anyone you want to surprise or bring along a Thanksgiving gift basket to a family or office gathering. Turkey might be the main course of your Thanksgiving meal, but who says you and your loved ones can't enjoy some delectable goodies after the big meal?
    At Adorable Gift Baskets, you'll discover a variety of Thanksgiving holiday baskets filled with foods and other mouth-watering holiday delights for the whole family to enjoy.

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    Many of the Thanksgiving gift baskets at Adorable Gift Baskets include gourmet coffee or hot herbal tea, which can warm the heart of your recipient. You might decide to present a basket as a gift to the host of your Thanksgiving party or surprise your spouse on Thanksgiving morning with a basket garnished with their favorite fall items. Many of our gift snacks come packaged with fall themes such as colorful leaves in brown, orange and red.

    Adorable Gift Baskets offers finely crafted wicker baskets, fall leaves gift boxes filled with Thanksgiving snacks, fall harvest gift tins, fall flower arrangements, and even an autumn cornucopia filled with beautiful flowers. If your recipient prefers fruit, opt for one of our heart-warming Thanksgiving fruit baskets. With so many choices, it's easy to pick a basket that's appropriate for your friend or loved one.

    Send Thanksgiving Gifts By Mail

    A lovely basket that will make them smile is our Thanksgiving Gourmet Food Gift Basket filled with an assortment of wonderfully delicious foods and treats. Adorable Gift Baskets can have a Thanksgiving gift basket delivered to your loved one just in time for the holiday event, or we can deliver it directly to you if you'd prefer to give your gift in person. With our large fall and Thanksgiving basket selection, it's easy to delight your loved one during this special time of thanks!

    Autumn never fails to illicit warm and cozy memories and feelings. Thanksgiving isn't only a time of sharing with the ones you love; it's also a time to express thanks to God and to those you feel have been a blessing to you along life's way. An excellent way to show appreciation is to send a Thanksgiving gift basket from Adorable Gift Baskets.

    Thanksgiving baskets have an autumn-like theme with festive fall harvest colors.
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    A Thanksgiving gift basket delivery will show them that you are thankful to have them in your life. Remember someone special this Thanksgiving with a beautiful gift basket. A gift basket delivery for Thanksgiving is a thoughtful gift, it's always in style and always appreciated.

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    How To Comfort Those Going Through Tough Times

    Reach out to your friends during times of grief to let them know that your thoughts are with them. Any time a person loses someone close to them, it is a devastating event. When that loss is a member of the immediate family, the devastation is intensified.

    Bereavement Gift Baskets Comforting gifts and beautifully packaged sympathy gifts are an excellent way to convey your condolences and respect. Send comfort gifts, gift baskets, care packages and presents packed with gourmet foods, fresh fruits, coffee, tea, flowers and booklets of encouragement and inspiration.

    How to Express Concern That Feels Like You Mean It

    It is typically difficult to watch someone you love going through a painful experience. It is hard to find the right words to say or the right thing to do. Quite often, it is easier not to say or do anything to avoid the uncertainty and fear of doing the wrong thing. Unfortunately, this type of behavior isn't going to help much. Instead, why not learn how to act and what to say to make someone feel better when they are going through a difficult time.

    Whether your friend or relative is going through a divorce, battling cancer, or experiencing the death of a loved one, it is important to do or say something so that you can make a positive difference in the way that this person feels. After all, if you donÌt do or say anything at all, how is your friend or relative going to know that you care?

    Express Concern, Sympathy, or Support

    Despite how difficult this might be for you, express your concern, sympathy, or support for this individual so that she knows that you are there if she needs you. You do not have to make a speech or go into a lengthy discussion. Instead, make a simple statement that mentions your care and concern for the individual or offer your help in a short, heartfelt sentence. The tone of your voice is more important than the words at this point. Speak in a soft, gentle manner in a soothing tone of voice.

    Later, after time has passed, you should make another attempt to offer your help and support. This second offer reinforces the sincerity of your concern. Remember that even small comments allow the other person to know that someone is thinking about them, a fact that offers some solace.

    Another way that you can express your concern or sympathy is to send occasional emails or notes in the mail. This way, you are keeping the line of communication open without being overbearing or annoying. This type of repeat communication tells the individual who is going through a difficult time that you genuinely care.

    Listen, Listen, Listen

    Once you offer your sympathy or condolences, listen to the other person. Allow him to express his pain without interrupting him. Additionally, as you listen, avoid the urge to say that you understand how he is feeling. While you might have gone through similar circumstances, you do not know exactly how he is feeling. You might have an idea, but you are not going to know exactly how he is feeling.

    You should also remember that sometimes listening to the other person includes listening to his silence. If he needs to just be near him without talking, this is what you should do. Sometimes, silence is just as important as having a conversation.

    Essential Words to Use When Expressing Your Concern

    Knowing just the right phrases to say and how to say them can be difficult for anyone in a trying situation. Always speak in a personal tone of voice. Avoid negative words or negative comments. Try not to use the word but when speaking since it negates the part of the sentence that goes with it. You should use the word and instead to express your concern in a more positive way. Instead of saying something such as ÏI know it hurts now, but you will feel better later,  say I know it hurts now, and I know that you will discover the strength to get through it. Although it is a difficult time for your friend, you should focus on comforting words that make mention of pleasant times or circumstances.

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