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Schedule It! PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
Christmas is nine days away and Hanukkah begins tomorrow!  It's likely you still have dozens of errands and tasks to do before the holidays officially arrive. 

Instead of trying to haphazardly squeeze your to-dos into your day - schedule them. Literally, write them into your calendar to ensure you give yourself the time you need to get the tasks done.  

One of the things I used to always get caught by is wrapping gifts.  Every Christmas Eve I'd scramble to get it done right before walking out the door to go to Paul's dad's for dinner.  A task that should be fun became a stressful chore.  After learning a time management tip from a friend - to block out travel time on your calendar for out of the office events such as lunch meetings, it dawned on me that I could apply the same technique for tasks such as wrapping gifts, holiday shopping and more. That simple habit has made all the difference in the world allowing me to enjoy the holidays so much more!   

For more ideas on how to thrive during the holidays, download a copy of Thriving During the Holidays.  The eBook is filled with easy-to-implement, time and money saving ideas to help you turn the holidays from something you survive, to a time to thrive. There’s no reason why kids should have all the fun during this time of year! The goal of the Thriving During the Holidays eBook is to help you turn the holidays into something you enjoy just as much as the children around you. 
Thriving During the Holidays shows you how to: 
  • Create a holiday budget.
  • Save your sanity and your cash when shopping.
  • Strategies for making holiday travel as smooth as possible.
You will also learn how to:
  • Plan your meals to save time and money.
  • Stay in control of your schedule.
  • Donate more than just cash to charity.
Find out how to save money on:
  • Holiday Cards
  • Gift Wrap
  • Decorations
We also share our favorite:
  • Holiday Websites
  • Shopping Spots
  • After Holiday Sales Strategies
There's also an entire chapter dedicated to tips on how to relax and enjoy the holiday season so much more. 
Thriving During the Holidays is available at the affordable price of just $4.95. To purchase and immediately download your copy, click here: 
Smart Winter Skin Care PDF Print E-mail

As great as it feels to go in from the cold, heaters can cause skin to get dry and flaky.  It's tempting to head to the drug store or beauty counter and drop money on anything that claims it will help.  Before doing that,check out this article from the experts at WebMD: 10 Winter Skin Care Tips

In additon to offering advice that includes items you likely already have at home, it also includes one of our favorite tips for skin care - see a specialist!  A dermatologist can save you hundreds of dollars by suggesting products they know will work for your skin - rather than a potentially very expensive trial and error method.

Save Money, Time & Calories PDF Print E-mail

Slow cookers were made for cold, busy December days. Endless to-do lists and crazy holiday traffic turn the idea of making dinner when you get home into a Herculean effort!  No wonder we tend to go out to eat more the last month of the year.  But going out to eat takes time and effort as well.  It also takes money that you'd probably rather spend on something more important than grabbing lunch or dinner on the go.

If you don't already have one, pick up a slow cooker the next time you're at Macy's or Target - or order one online.  This 6 quart slow cooker by Crock-Pot is programmable.  Place your ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning before work and set the timer.  Walk in the door after work and be greeted by the smell of dinner which is ready to go. 

As for recipes, our go-to website for slow cooker meal ideas is A Year of Slow Cooking

Save time, money and calories this December by getting that slow cooker to work for you. Every kitchen should have one! 



Simple Pleasures of the Holiday Season PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti

It's so easy to get swept away by holiday to-dos and must-attends. But what about your holiday want-tos?

If you haven't already, free up a few hours in the next two weeks and take time for the simple, affordable pleasures of the holiday season. Need ideas? Here are a few of our favorites:

Holiday TV
Stay in for the night, make a batch of popcorn and watch a holiday movie and at least one holiday cartoon.

Outdoor Décor
Jump in the car for a tour of your neighbors’ outdoor holiday decorations.

Go caroling. Seriously! Drag your family and friends out to spread some holiday cheer.

Holiday Stories
Read holiday stories to your kids. Don't have kids? Try your nieces and nephews. They will love the attention.

Ice Skating
Nothing will put you in the mood faster than gliding (or sliding) across the ice.

Hot Cocoa
Take a few minutes for yourself and enjoy a mug of homemade hot cocoa. Don't use the stuff that comes in an envelope. Instead, make it yourself with fresh whole milk, a few tablespoons of cocoa and just enough sugar to taste. Marshmallows or whipped cream make a perfect topping.

Remember, you're in control of your schedule. It's important to pencil in the things you really want to do otherwise, something will always get in the way. Don't let it. Make the time to do what you want and you'll enjoy the entire holiday season so much more.
10 Gift Ideas from Amazon PDF Print E-mail
By Melissa Tosetti
I love to give books as gifts.  I'm almost always able to find a title that's perfect for those on my list.  If you're struggling to come up with gift ideas, the list of books below may be able to help.  It includes everything from biographies to cookbooks, children's classics and soon to be classics. 
By Cary Elwes - $15.60
For anyone who has said: "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."  
By Sarah Goldschadt - $16.44
For your craft loving friends and family members.
By Tristan Stephenson - $16.73 
For your cocktail loving, loved ones.
By Mark Bittman
$21 on Amazon
For those who would love to cook, if they "had the time". 
By Hans Christian Andersen - $13.36
A book every home should have.
By Dr. Seuss - $11.33
A wonderful gift for adults as well as children.
By Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill - $24.68
For the fans of the book or television series.
By Potter Style - $6.49 
For the book lover.
By Elizabeth Foy Larsen - $14.50
For children who could use a break from technology based entertainment.
And finally, a book for the that friend or family member who loves to learn "stuff".
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