How to Survive Christmas: 101

Good morning!  How strange to be posting on a Wednesday! We haven’t posted on Wednesdays for a while now but here we go! Remember to head over to the original 12 Days of Christmas post here to look at all the other hosts and their ideas, to print out calendars and to enter the giveaway! Also, there is an inlinkz at the bottom of the post where you can add your ideas of how to survive the holidays!

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  This is day 2 of 12 and we are talking about the best tips on Surviving Christmas!  Christmas is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year and this year will be no different.  While everyone is trying to complete their Christmas list (for themselves and shopping for others), here is a short list of things you can do to make your Christmas go smoothly.

Order All of Your Gifts Early and Keep a Checklist

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I think this is probably the biggest thing to help keep you sanity during Christmas.  I like to write down everything that I want to get for people and mark it off when I have received the item.  So for my checklist this year, I wrote down my sister, my mom, my dad, my Secret Santa for work, and my cats (you can’t forget them).  Under each person I put what I am planning on getting them and put a check mark next to it when I have purchased the item.  If you have a price limit for the gift, I like to write the price next to their name so I don’t overspend.  And don’t forget to order way ahead of time!  If you are planning on getting gifts from websites like Amazon, make sure you order them early so they have time to arrive.  You would hate to order a very important Christmas gift a week before Christmas and it not arrive on time!

Set Up a Time to Wrap All of the Presents

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This is something that my mom does every year.  Once she has collected all of the gifts, she finds a day where she isn’t doing too much and wraps ALL of them.  When my sister and I lived at home, mom would lock herself in her bedroom to wrap all of the presents.  But make sure you have all of the things you would need to wrap.  Paper, tape, ribbon, scissors, tags, boxes, bags, and tissue paper.  Make sure you have all of your stuff so you don’t have to keep leaving the room.   Make sure you have some water and a possible snack and some good music to listen to!

Make a Checklist of Christmas Activities You Want to Do

More checklists!  Personally, I love making checklists or to do lists so this is definitely something I do.  Your checklist can be as big or small as you would like.  You can add things like visit a nativity, bake cookies, watch a Christmas movie, go caroling, and many many more.  You can add as many or as few things as you would like to your list.  This year, my Christmas list actually looks like a Christmas tree coloring page.  All of the things I want to are ornaments on the tree and I get to color one in when I’ve completed it.  And guess what?  You can use it too!  I placed it below so you can print out your own Christmas Tree Checklist!

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Christmas To Do Coloring Page

Pick One or Two Days to Stay Home

With all of the craziness of the Christmas season, it is easy to get stressed out from going places and doing things.  Take some time for yourself and stay home.  Plan a day to stay home and bake Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, read Christmas stories, stay in Christmas pajamas all day, drink hot cocoa, among other things.  You don’t always have to be crazy busy.  Make sure you take time for yourself and relax for a day.

If You are Hosting, Enlist Help

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During the crazy Christmas season we are always attending parties.  If it’s just hosting Christmas at your house or hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange, it can still take a lot of work.  And it’s tiring to do it all yourself.  Don’t forget to enlist the help of others to prepare for your party.  Have your family help you clean (even if that means getting the kids to just tidy up their toys), ask some friends or family who are attending if they would be willing to help you prep, and asking others to help supply food.  For our families Christmas, we separate the food duties out between all of the families attending.  It makes life just a little easier when it comes to the actual day of the party.  That it one less thing you have to worry about the day of the party.  It makes the day less stressful and the party easier to enjoy!

Buy Wrapping Paper WAY Ahead of Time

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Something my mom and I do is we actually buy wrapping paper AFTER Christmas.  This is the perfect time get huge discounts on wrapping paper and other supplies for your Christmas presents.  Ribbon, bows, paper, boxes, bags, you name it you can get it discounted.  Now, I know it’s too late now, but I highly recommend buying your wrapping paper sooner rather than later.  The sooner that you have your wrapping paper, the sooner you will feel less stressed.

And that’s it!  These are just a couple ideas on how you survive the Christmas holiday season.  There are more things you can do to help make the season less stressful.  But these are my top things to help keep my sanity.  So I hope you enjoy and let me know if you are going to try any of these this season!

Here’s the inlinkz! See what the other ideas there are for surviving the holidays!

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MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only.

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50 DIY Holiday Ideas For You!

Good morning! Lauren and I are so excited to join the 12 Days of Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! This is our first year joining in and we have been very busy! Do you need some holiday ideas? There are ideas for decorating, crafting, cooking, games, baking and the grand finale will be our Christmas Trees! We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

It’s the fifth year of the Holiday Ideas Blog Hop! If you aren’t familiar with this annual blog hop, it’s a 4 week event where 50+ bloggers share Christmas ideas 3x a week. Scroll down to meet this year’s Holiday Ideas Team and grab the free printable event calendars! The official Holiday Ideas Blog Hop starts Monday, November 11, with all sorts of Gift Guides! In the mean time, enjoy this round-up of the Best DIY Holiday Ideas from this year’s hosts and get started on your DIY holiday projects!

Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Kickoff

Intelligent Domestications  ~  My Pinterventures  ~  Chicken Scratch That Fit Fam
An Alli Event Domestically Creative  ~  Rosewood and Grace  ~
From House To Home  ~  Happily Ever After, Etc Across the Blvd  ~  Farm Girl Reformed
Creative Cynchronicity  ~  Country Hill Cottage  ~  My Humble Home and Garden
 PolkaDot Poplars  ~  Family Around the Table  ~  Domestic Deadline
Purple Hues and Me  ~  Glitter On A Dime  ~  Sparkle Living ~ Crafting Is My Therapy

As For Me and My Homestead  ~  Cookies, Coffee and Crafts  ~  The Aspiring Home
Practically Homemade  ~  The Fresh Cooky  ~  Simply Inspired Meals 
Love My Little Cottage  ~  Mom Home Guide   ~  Blogghetti
Nourish and Nestle  ~  My Family Thyme  ~  Simple Nature Decor
Interior Frugalista  ~  Elle Marie Home  ~  DIY Adulation  ~  Through My Front Porch
Weekend Craft Our Crafty Mom  ~  For the Love of Food  ~  Tikkido
Home on the Corner  ~  Adventures of a DIY Mom  ~  My Hubbard Home  ~  Hello Central Avenue
Harbour Breeze Home This Autoimmune Life  ~  Creative Ramblings
Radiant Pearl Living  ~  Super Mom – No Cape  ~  Little Vintage Cottage  ~  Christmas Tree Lane

Get the FREE November and December Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendar at the end of the post.

50+ Best DIY Holiday Ideas

Holiday Decor Projects

Holiday Signs

Best DIY Holiday Ideas - Rustic signs 1

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Signs 2

Misc. Holiday Decor

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Decor 1

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Decor 2

Holiday Wreaths & A Tree

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Wreaths

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Best DIY Holiday Ideas Wreath 3

Crafts

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Crafts 1

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Crafts - Wood Christmas Tree Signs and rustic luminaries

Ornaments & Tree

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Ornaments 1

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Ornaments 2

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Ornaments 3

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Ornaments 4

Games

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Games

Gift Ideas

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Gifts 1

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Gifts 2

Recipes

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Recipes 1

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Cookies

Best DIY Holiday Ideas Recipes 3

Hope you enjoyed these holiday ideas. Remember to check back on November 11 for Gift Guides!

Printable Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Events Calendar

Print these Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendars and stick them on your fridge! It’s a great way to have all the holiday topics and post dates!

Just click on the image to view and print out the November and December Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Event Calendars.

November Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendar

December Holiday Ideas Blog Hop Calendar

 MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

 

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only. Terms and Conditions.

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I hope you are all as excited as we are! I can’t wait to see all the different ideas these talented ladies come up with! See you on Monday!

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How I Organized My Tool Cabinet

Good morning! I hope you all had a fun and family filled Easter! It was such a beautiful day here. Perfect for hunting eggs! I was able to accomplish a few projects while I was off for spring break.

This locker cabinet was one of my projects. What a mess! I was constantly having to dig through all this to find the one tool or item I needed. There are small tools that I use in the house, a few painting supplies, batteries, and other miscellaneous items. I finally decided it was time to do something about it.

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I found this divided box and knew it would work perfectly for all the small pieces I had in the locker. I started out putting the smaller items in the small squares. Items such as nails, screws, hooks and eyes fit perfectly in these compartments.

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Once I finished with the smaller pieces, I had several larger items. I was able to take some of the dividers out to make larger spaces. I placed razor blades, zip ties and larger hooks in these compartments.

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I also had a small clear plastic box that I filled with the larger tools like the hammer, screwdrivers, levels, wire cutters and sandpaper.

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I also had a divided box for batteries. I have had this organizer for awhile and I don’t know why I didn’t think of it for the other items.

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What a difference! It’s amazing how two little organizers could make this much of a difference! It’s so much easier to find what I need now. I have the batteries on the top shelf and hung up a few extra packs on the hook. I also have a few painting supplies and the staple gun in here.

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I placed the divided box and the tool box on the bottom shelf.

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Such a simple solution to a big messy problem! I’m so glad to have this one project done.

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Have you organized any areas in your house lately? Do you have any simple solutions for keeping your items neat? Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a great week!

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Here are a few other posts you might like:

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Disney Wall Inspiration

Hello!  How is everyone doing?  I hope you are all doing well and are ready for the weekend, because I know I am!

So this week’s post is because I am depressed because I am not in Disneyland.  Crazy…I know… but I am working on trying to help my Disney depression by building a gallery wall.  In my hallway.  So!  I needed some inspiration and decided to share my inspiration with all of you!  Now, some of these things were too cool not to share, but they unfortunately don’t have any links.  So enjoy!

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Mickey Mouse String Art from Yoho Disney

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Minnie Ears Stair Display

Steamboat Willie

Steamboat Willie Pin Board

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Disney Wall from @vickiethomp5on on Instagram

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Photo Castle

Ears Wall

Minnie Ears Framed from @pinsndisney on Instagram

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UP Inspired Smashed Penny Picture

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Disney Pin Shadow Boxes from Savoring the Good

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Disney Gallery Wall from @jadedaisy on Instagram

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Disney Ride Signs

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Guest Room Complete & Canvas Giveaway

Good morning! Hope you all had a good weekend! We had lots and lots of rain, which we do need so badly. Thankfully, it stops for awhile in between storms so the water has time to drain. And guess what!? It’s our 2 Year Blogiversary!!! I can hardly believe it! Thank you to all our wonderful followers and supporters! Obviously we couldn’t keep going if it wasn’t for all of you! You are so appreciated and we really have enjoyed getting to know you and reading all your sweet comments.

Since I couldn’t get out much, I was able to get a little more done in my house. I mostly worked on the guest room/craft room/Lauren’s room. It’s basically the same as it was at the other house, but this room is much larger. So nice! I actually have room to stretch out a bit!

*The contents of this blog are sponsored by CanvasFactory.com.*

Before we moved to our new house, I was contacted by CanvasFactory.com. They offered to send me a 16 X 20 canvas of my choice. I could either upload my own picture to be placed on a canvas or use one of their 20 million wall art prints. There are so many sizes and styles to choose from! There are canvas, acrylic glass, aluminum or collages. You can order a single print, like I did, a split canvas, or a do a whole canvas display. Plus, CanvasFactory is giving away a 16 X 20 canvas of your choice! Just enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post. Good luck!

It took me awhile to go through the different prints they offered, but I finally decided on an old-fashioned bicycle. Even then, I had to choose between what color bicycle and what style. I finally chose black and white.

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The quality of this canvas is so great! The background is very white, so the black bicycle really stands out. There is even a bit of a sparkle to it!

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Here you can see some of the great detail.

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Even the back is finished nicely. There is black velvet all around the back edge to protect your walls and a sturdy hanger too.

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I would love to have a few more of these around! They really look nice and add a great element to your room.  Continue reading to find out how you can win a canvas of your own from Canvas Factory!

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Okay, on to the guest room! Obviously, I hung this CanvasFactory.com print in the guest room, so now I will show you the rest of it. It started out as quite a mess! I really hadn’t done anything to it since we had the painting (Benjamin Moore, Simply White)done. So I unloaded everything from the desk and put it onto the bed.

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Then I started with my ribbon basket. I took everything out and gave it a good dusting. I did get rid of a few rolls and then secured all my other rolls with straight pins so I wouldn’t have pieces of ribbon hanging all over.

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Much better!

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What a difference a good cleaning can make!

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I used the same bedding and curtains I had before.

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I did change up the dresser a bit though. I used a lot of the same things, just rearranged them a bit.

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I really like how fresh and clean the room is now. It feels ready to take on a new craft project! Slowly, but surely, the house is coming together. We have several big projects to tackle, and several little ones, but it’s nice to see some progress.

I have added some links to some items similar to what I have in my guest room if you are interested. I earn a little bit from each sale, but there is no extra charge for you. Thanks for taking a look!

Azar 300703 3 Tiered Round Wire Dump Bins, White

Catalina Printed Cork Board

Ball Mason Jar-32 oz. Aqua Blue Glass Ball Collection Elite Color Series Wide Mouth

Howard Elliott 2146W Dorsiere Oval Mirror, Glossy White

Best Home Fashion Room Darkening Morrocan Print Curtains – Antique Bronze Grommet Top – Navy- 52″W X 63″L – (1 Panel)

Finally, the fun stuff!  Canvas Factory was kind enough to give us a second coupon code to give out to one lucky person!  This will get you a free 16 X 20 canvas.  There are thousands to choose from and as you can tell from our experience, they are awesome!  Click on the link below to enter!  Good luck!

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Here are some other posts you might want to look at!

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