December is in full swing! That means the holiday “cheer” is in full swing too.
However, if you don’t plan ahead the stress of holiday parties, holiday shopping and holiday crowds can turn your “cheer”s into tears. With careful planning and using our smart tips, you can get through this holiday season not only with a smile, but also without adding a notch to your belt buckle. We have tackled all the major categories that can cause holiday stress and came up with the best ways to move through them with awareness, enjoyment and ease.
HOSTING • OVERNIGHT FAMILY & OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS[checklist icon=”star” iconcolor=”#43a527″ circle=”no”]
- Plan ahead and get your guest space ready a few days in advance. Just light some candles an hour before arrival to have your home smelling like the holidays!
- Don’t worry about over-cleaning. We are all human and this is a busy time of year. If the house is not sparkling – your guests probably won’t notice. Again, dim the lights… and light those candles!
- Don’t go buying a ton of extra food or food you “think” your guests need. When things are not available, people work with what they have. If you have eggs, bacon & fruit – chances are they will be happy! If they complain, give them more bacon.
HOSTING • HOLIDAY DINNER AT YOUR HOME[checklist icon=”star” iconcolor=”#43a527″ circle=”no”]
- Make your party a potluck or dole out jobs to all of your friends and family. Delegate instead of trying to do everything yourself.
- Only make foods that are easy & compliant so there is no temptation on your part. If you are eating healthy, you are in better condition to deal with the stress of different personalities. Plus, you’ll have something to eat!
- Remember that not everyone will understand your new lifestyle. If someone makes an off handed remark, love them for who they are and just know that deep down they are impressed at your resolve :) Just smile and nod.
- If you start to feel stressed remember QUALITY over QUANTITY. People will remember how you made them feel… not how much money you spent. For example, play a fun game instead of spending lots of money on decor. Or do a $20 hilarious gift exchange instead of buying every friend & family member a holiday present.
ATTENDING • HOLIDAY PARTIES & GET TOGETHERS[checklist icon=”star” iconcolor=”#43a527″ circle=”no”]
- Eat ahead of time! If you are hungry you are setting yourself up for poor decision making.
- Wear one of your most figure forming outfits- even if you are a guy! That way you are super aware of your eating. Okay, this may not be the best advice ;)
Bring a compliant dish! (But make sure to ask the host first.)
- Bring a compliant dish! (But make sure to ask the host first.)
- If you do try the food, ask yourself these questions, “Do I really like this food? How will I feel in the morning? Is it worth the calories?” If the answers are negative then save indulgence for yummy compliant pancakes in the morning.
- If you are drinking, bring a giant water bottle that you are dedicated to finishing. Make a white wine spritzer with soda water. Bring a yummy tea or coconut milk latte to have in hand to stall your drinking so that you drink less. Start the dance party so it’s impossible to drink as much.
- Instead of drinking, promise to be the designated driver in exchange for another promise- such as your friend or significant other making you amazing & compliant pancakes in the morning!
BUDGET-FRIENDLY PARTY IDEA: FINGER FOODS!
It’s easy to spend too much money on food during the holidays. Who doesn’t love a grandiose meal? But therein lies the rub: While it’s easy to shell out very serious coin on edibles, it’s also the easiest place to cut back. Make a reasonable budget, and then stick to it. Check out The 30 Clean’s APPETIZER PINTEREST BOARD!
PRESENTS CAN BE FANCY & FRUGAL!
With a little bit of planning you can create thoughtful, personalized gifts that will hail you as the holiday hero for years to come. Here are a couple of websites that have great suggestions for jar presents that can be fun to make… and eat! (Also, consider the best gift of all – a gift of The 30 Clean Challenge!)
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