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Monday, November 21, 2016

7 Easy Ways to Make the Holidays Simpler {& Pioneer Woman Holiday Cheer Giftcard Giveaway!}




Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner--let the fun and festivities begin, right? Well, not always. For some it can be a very stressful time. So today we are sharing a few tips to manage the holidays and make them easier and simpler!

It is easy to lose your joy during the holidays with all the planning, prepping, shopping, and everything else on your to-do list.



1. Keep Jesus the center of it all - ever notice how much more peaceful a day goes when you start your day out with Him? I know that is true for me. I need something to ground me for the day that lies ahead and I know that I cannot accomplish my day without God! I need to keep my focus and have a heavenly perspective especially during this time.



2. Say "no" to the things that don't matter - Don't try to be everywhere and do everything. You don't need to attend every Christmas play known to man. This also goes for signing up for things too! Be wise and pick and choose.

3. Slow down - There is no need to rush. Be in the moment with your family. Life is not a list to be checked off.

4. Give yourself grace - it's okay if you didn't cook 50 dozen cookies for the cookie exchange this year. Life will still go on. Find out what your family really enjoys most Christmas (hint: it's probably not the cookie exchange) and focus on what really blesses them.




5. Simplify - Try to simplify what you can. Around the holidays I liked to take some special time off of our regular school schedule to focus on the holidays and include baking, holiday reading, etc. The most important thing to remember is to try not to do it all!

6. Enjoy Yourself - sometimes we can get so caught up with everything we think we are supposed to do that we forget to just enjoy ourselves. The other day I picked up this Pioneer Woman mug from her NEW  Holiday Cheer Collection:






I really enjoy this mug and I love relaxing and starting out my day with a nice warm cup of coffee. Actually I think the whole line is adorable:












This collection is also listed in The NEW Wise Woman Christmas Gift Guide this year Holiday tip #7-- another way to make the holidays simpler!).







And today we are having a Walmart Giftcard Giveaway for you to get something special from her collection to kick off our Early Week of Christmas Giveaways!



You can enter below:



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31 comments:

  1. I love Pioneer woman's Christmas set and I love the Choose hope/Choose joy.

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  2. Enjoy your blog so much.

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  3. Pick Your Plum looks very interesting.

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  4. I really like the Lila Rose hair things.

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  5. I love Young Living essential oils. My whole family uses them and I use Thieves oil as perfume!

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  6. I love the Pioneer Woman Christmas Cheer collection! ❤️🎄

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  7. Love your blog and the gift guide. I think I would like Grandma Bea's Natural products.

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  8. It would be lovely to win some Poineer Woman stuff!! Thanks for all you do.

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  9. I really like the art work of Arabella Calligraphy!

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  10. My favorite?.... Hmm, I know this is a bit if a cop out, but my favorite part is just having the list! 😘

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  11. Love those red gingham dishes - darling!

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  12. The pie plates, without a doubt! I had a chance to pick up a catalog at our local Walmart and I fell in love with the pie plates. I also love her tea bin and been hinting already to my husband :)

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  13. I am new to your blog. So far I love everything 💗

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  14. I'm new to your blog but so far I love everything 💗

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  15. I love essential oils, but the Pioneer Woman line is simply divine!!

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  16. I really like the Fruitful Vine Creations.

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  17. i like the Pioneer Woman's Holiday collection.
    Thanks for the tips.
    Marion

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  18. I love young living oils and Pioneer Woman everything, especially the red gingham dishes!

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  19. My favorite item is the Pioneer Woman's collection of dishes! I would LOVE to have a set of Christmas dishes to set my table with for our family and friends Christmas-season dinners!

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  20. I love the pioneer woman collection! Especially the items that depict her dog ��

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  21. I have ordered the 2017 Daily Planner through Vision Publishers.

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  22. I love reading your blog. We definitely need to learn to slow down during Christmas to just enjoy the season. I love the Pioneer Woman's collection.

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  23. I am new to your blog but love it all (love the pioneer stuff)

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  24. My favorite from the list is the The Pioneer Woman NEW HOLIDAY CHEER COLLECTION.

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