This is a great trick to use during the holidays!
First of all~ a BIG theme to me is Wedding,Baby Boy,Baby Girl,Christmas. To organize all the myriad of scrapbooking stuff for each BIG theme, I have to divide each theme into 3 categories and then EACH CATEGORY OF THAT THEME gets an IRIS box[ those see-through thick containers that store materials for scrapbooking HORIZONTALLY]. For example,Wedding has a box for PAPER, a second box for EMBELLISHMENTS [flat & 3-D grouped together] and a third box for RUB-ONS/STICKERS. This way when I go to ...
Use storage boxes that are easily identifiable as Christmas storage. The plastic storage containers come in all colors now. If you already have plain boxes, tape some wrapping paper to the outside where you can easily see it. Or if the boxes are plain enough have the kids draw or paint some Christmas pictures on the outside.
After your celebration, make notes about what went well and the traditions you'd like to continue. Think about things that you can buy throughout the year to save money. Look for after Christmas sales for items you can buy and use for next year or even solid-colored items that can be used for other holidays. Maybe rather than buying during the year, you'd do better to put aside $25 or 50 or 100 each month so you have money to buy presents next November/December without going into debt. Plan now!
When sweet cravings hit, 'once you cop, you can't stop!!' When the craving (or temptation hits for the first time, I tell myself, "I will, but in 30 minutes". I keep this up as long as I can. By the time I give in, I still do less damage than I would have done. Sugar has NO nutritional value!!! So it's not a necessity, but a luxury. Let's make it worth it and enjoy it even more!
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Make your usual pumpkin filling using non-fat condensed milk & egg whites (2 = 1 whole egg) or Eggbeaters. Use Splenda or Stivia instead of sugar ---and you can cut down on the amount by 1/4 to 1/2. Instead of making a pie shell, use glass or ceramic custard cups sprayed with Pam. Place the cups in a long cake pan. Fill each with 1/2 c. of pumpkin mixture for portion control. Fill the cake pan around the cups with boiling water (not too full.) Bake as recommended in your usual... (continued)
About 20 years ago my entire extended family decided that being together is our present to ourselves & we no longer needed to exchange gifts outside of our immediate families. When that joint decision was made, it was one of the happier days of my life. I was always stressed before the holidays ---there was too much to do at home, at work, at school ---and then buy presents, too. Gifts are not essential for the holidays... (click title for more)
Now is the time to plan the crafts you want to make and give as gifts. Work on them before time gets away from you. Now is the time to pick up a gift that's on sale and store it away. Now is the time to pick up an extra food staple item to use in your holiday baking. Small purchases now save $$ later