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Planning the Holidays

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Let me start with my giving you my two cents on the Holidays. A few years ago I heard the expression “we do the holidays we don’t buy them”  I like this. I don’t want it to be about things, I want it to be about our family and friends spending time with each other. Doing things and having fun. Secondly am not getting into any debate of who celebrates what or who celebrated it first or anything like that. What ever you celebrate is fine with me.

So if you have a long list of activities or crafts that you want to do this month. Or maybe you have board on Pinterest  full of Yule tide fun (If you don’t click on any of those links to get some really good ideas.) So you have all these ideas and good intentions, but how to get it all done? Well let me tell you what works for me.

First up find 15 free minuets and get your family calendar. Now gather your Book of Days or computer or where ever you have your ideas. Go through your calendar and find out where to plug activities in. I have a few different ways I organize these activities One is color code. I use
Green for Holidays and birthdays,
Red for all of my events/ things I need to do,
purple for meals,
and Orange for Little.

I also try to follow our Weekly rhythm that we honor the rest of the year:
Monday: Baking or make food
Tuesday: Painting
Wednesday: Adventure
Thursday: Garden day
Friday: Craft
Saturday: Market day
Sunday: rest

And so for example. Tomorrow the first we as a family are going to decorate and go though he house to find things to donate. Little and I are probably going to hit up a few craft fairs. Sunday I hope to do a little more scavenger hunt for more items to donate.  Monday we are going to try again to bake up either some clay or salt dough ornaments to give as gifts. We will probably bake up a batch of cookies to give to someone. On Tuesday we will paint said ornaments and maybe some paper to wrap gifts with. Wednesday I am hoping we will be going to the Zoo to see the reindeer. If not Maybe go and visit some of the local stores that are doing toy drives. Thursday is garden day and so we will make some bird feeders for our little feathered friends. Friday I am going to try to teach her to finger weave and if that doesn’t work we are going to cut out snow flakes and put them up on the windows. Maybe make a paper garlend to decorate with. 

As you can see it is just one little (or big) thing a day, but it makes the holidays memorable  full of fun. Having it all planned out means I know we will get to it all and I can slow down and enjoy the activity we are participating in at the moment. Hope this helps you enjoy your holiday season.

(Note: the calendar above is the oh so awesome Flylady calendar you can get at the shop on Flylady.net, The framed sheet above has my list of chores to do morning, before dinner, and after dinner, next to that is a grocery list holder that my grandfather made, below that the rainbow sheet has our weekly rhythm posted)

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Friday things I love and Saturday housekeeping

i hope everyone had a great week and is going to have a wonderful weekend. I am so excited for Egg Day tomorrow. I will be taking a ton of pictures to share with you all. Today I want to share one of the biggest blessings in my life.

FlyLady cartoon flylady.net

I love her and her crew! While I have always known that a clean house is not just what I want but what I need as well, I didn’t quite know how to make that happen. It was not something I learned as a small child and it did not come naturally to me as it does for some folks. I also want to spend my time with the people I love, not keeping house. Many years ago I found Flylady. I can honestly say she has changed my life. I am completely in awe of this woman and how she is able to pour so much love on so many while teaching us how to take care of ourselves. Did I mention she dose this fro free? Amazing.

From her I have learned; to do a laundry every day. To swish and swipe my bathroom everyday. To start dinner by setting nice table and then running a sink full of hot soapy water. Dirty dishes go in as I cook and I clean as I cook and when I’m done cooking my kitchen is clean. I cook at least 3 times a day so that was rather profound. I reaffirmed that holidays are about doing not about buying. That simple is really wonderful, less is more and it is ok to decluttered.

In fact decluttering has been a big key for me. I had/ have so much stuff that is just stuff. It is not stuff I love,I don’t use it,  it doesn’t have meaning to me and it doesn’t really fit my life but it was living here in my house taking up space. My house is 800sq feet so its not like we have room for a lot for things. Now don’t get me wrong. My house is not clean all the time and everything is peaceful and happy every day. House work is still work and I work on it every day. I have learned that if I do a little everyday it works.

In all honestly I can never express just how much this woman has provided for me a perfect stranger.bags, toiletries were in their home. I can tell you when my father called to say mom was being airlifted to a hospital, I was able to get a bag packed in just a few minuets. Cloths were clean and put away and I can tell you our Yule/Christmas/New years was very calm and that all the plans were done by thanksgiving. We were able to be with family and just enjoy. I can tell you that I get to spend my weekends with my family and my days playing with my daughter ( and educating her) instead of scrubbing the house. I can tell you Flylday brought our house a sense of peace. For this blessings she has given us I am truly thankful and feel blessed.

 

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