Tag Holiday

4 Ways to Make Traveling Less Stressful

I’ve had anxiety issues for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it’s manageable, sometimes it becomes so overwhelming I can hardly catch my breath. If there’s one thing that stresses me out the most, it’s traveling. And holiday travel? Yikes. Stress-o-rama. Traveling can be a huge, stressful ordeal, especially if you have children with you. And if you happen to be traveling for the holidays, you have the added pressures of cooking, cleaning, and shopping, not to mention the business and professional responsibilities you have on your plate to fulfill before the end of the year — it’s no wonder so many people battle anxiety during this time of year! The good news is that there are several things you can do to ease the stress of traveling. The key is to plan ahead as much as possible and, of course, try to stay patient. That’s easier said than

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5 Tips to Put the Cheer Back into Holiday Hosting

Hosting. When I think about it, my skin crawls. It crawls mainly because of all the cleanup. Dishes are my nemesis. I’ll let them pile up and start to smell before I wash them.  If only they can magically sparkle and put themselves away, this girl would be happy. And the stress! I don’t even know why I put makeup on. I sweat buckets running around ensuring everyone is having a holly jolly time. I crack a smile while pouring them another mug of hot cocoa and quietly whisper, “help me,” between my teeth. RELATED: 5 Tips for Managing Stress Around the Holidays Literally, help a girl out. The feet are on fire. When the moment comes for me to finally sit down and prop up the feet, I look around and the guests are gone {smh}. Where did the Christmas fun go? Then the Grinch lady surfaces and swears she

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8 Stylish, Affordable and Easy DIY Gift Ideas!

Small budget this holiday season? I can relate! A new house, a few new things for the new house (because of course, right?), plus a whole lot of unexpected expenses that tend to crop up (without fail!) just before spendy season arrives, and, well let’s just say Christmas this year will be less about waiting at the check out and more about lining up some easy and stylish handcrafted gifts. ‘Tis officially the season to share your creativity, your time, and handiwork with these great DIY gift ideas! A little note before we start- DIY and I have traditionally had a rocky relationship, so when it came time to rounding up DIY gift ideas for small budgets this Christmas, my main requirements were to find projects that were affordable (natch) but also ones that were easy and quick. I think I’ve got a good selection here! Ready? Let’s get into

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#GemFinds: #ShopSmall and Support Small Business Saturday

It’s one of our favorite days of the year, Small Business Saturday! And while I believe everyone should support small businesses each and every day, an extra day of recognition never hurts! =) Before we get into the good stuff, I just have one shameless self promo… If you’re a small business, here’s our Small Business Saturday deal for you! Get 50% OFF your first month of VIP Gem Nation membership with code SHINE at checkout! It can be your holiday gift to your business! Join our community of inspiring entrepreneurs. Membership details here. BUSINESS: 50% of website packages from Save Your Time Biz Solutions 35% off your entire cart of $25+ with coupon code SHOPREVERIEBLACKFRIDAY at Reverie Lane Designs $10 Styled Stock Photos at Diva Gone Domestic BLOGGING: Pay what you can blog planner from Gumroad, Inc! Three different sheets available – print out as many as you need.  BEAUTY: Give

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STYLE: Holiday Trends

Sharing some of my favorite trends I’m loving this season. Enjoy!  Happy holidays <3  Winter Whites by allynlewis featuring xmas ornaments