My Two Cents: Surviving the Holidays

by Christina Brown

whataboutmommys-holiday-photoI am so excited to present fellow mommy blogger Jewel Gould of What About Mommys. Jewel is a wife and mother of three (see her family above!) and decided to turn the painful experience of losing her mom into a positive outlet to celebrate motherhood with her blog What About Mommys. Here she gives us some great advice about surviving the holidays as a parent. It's that time of the year where we put up our lights, sip on pumpkin lattes, indulge in all the Holiday foods, and engage in lots of shopping! But more than anything else this season is truly a time to embrace special moments, make new memories, and simply enjoy your family, friends, and loved ones. Often times we allow ourselves to get overwhelmed or we neglect the things that truly matter most. Yes, as parents, we want to make sure that our kids get all their hearts desire. But it's also important to maintain your sanity throughout the process as well! Here are some simple tips and tricks to help you along the way: 1. Shift your focus. holiday-relax

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Yes we're decorating, putting up the tree, and buying presents. But remember that there's a lot more to the season than just the material things. Focus on the "little things". Making some hot chocolate and snuggling up with the family on a chilly night - truly a priceless memory. 2. Find ways to stay indoors. A great Holiday movie with some popcorn and laughter is a great choice. Staying indoors around this time eliminates the stresses of being out during the crazy holiday hustle and bustle. It also helps you to save! 3. Adopt the motto: "What's meant to be will be." surviving-holidays

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Sometimes we have panic attacks over trying to find the "perfect present" for our little ones. But what's meant to be will be. There's that perfect doll or truck just waiting to be theirs. So don't worry, it will all work out. 4. Don't neglect yourself. Make certain that you still take care of yourself, even amidst all of the holiday activities. Eat healthy meals, incorporate some physical activity. And simply engage in things that makes you happy. exercise

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5. Stick to your list! Now this one is a big one. We can find so many unnecessary things that we need to buy when we don't stick to our lists! Carefully make your list and stick to it! We're trying to eliminate stress, so we don't need the added pressure of buying any extra merchandise.

So there you have it! Have a healthy, happy and stress free Holiday!

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