Frappuccino Fun with Amy

Hi… Jennifer, here… I couldn’t help but comment on this post before it ever gets started! When Amy read the rough draft to me over the phone this afternoon, at first I shrieked. But by the time she had finished what she will be sharing with us, I sighed a peaceful sigh and thought to myself… I’m going to be different this year. IT’s going to be different this year. The things I’ve learned through”Frappuccino Fun with Amy” postings have been a lot like having my own personal “life coach,” and I’m SO thankful to have her guiding all of us to “sanity” during the season! I pray that she blesses you as much as she blesses me! 🙂
Seven Sanity Savers for the Season

Fall break is over and it’s time to get down to business. There are 35 days until Thanksgiving and 63 days until Christmas. (Insert shriek, here.) If these numbers send panic through your body…HOLD ON – there’s hope ahead. (Praise God!) (O.K. I’ll be quiet from now on!)
It’s the weirdest thing…after every holiday, party or big event. I analyze it. I wonder (hummm) could it have gone smoother, what would I do different next time, could I have spent less money, etc, etc.
You see, the holidays have not always been my favorite time of year. The expectation of the “perfect” Christmas – from the Martha Stewart decor to the “Norman Rockwell” Christmas Card picture about sent me (and my poor family) over the edge! I’ve changed a lot in the last 10 years and so have our holidays. Over the next two months, I’m going to share some “Sanity Savers” so you can have more “FRAPPUCINO FUN” this season!

Here we go…

1. Make a list NOW – who are you going to buy for? In this economy, many families are drawing names, making homemade gifts and avoiding frivolous spending. Put teachers, neighbors and friends on your list (It’s never the gift but the thought behind the gift that leaves a lasting memory) *Don’t even think about going Christmas shopping without a list!

2. Gather your family this WEEKEND and take a picture for your Christmas card. You cannot imagine how relieved you will feel. In the weeks to come, I am going to devote a whole Friday post to those “nightmare” Christmas letters!

3. Do your shopping in one trip. Back and forth errands waste time, gas and money (and make moms and kids very irritable!).

4. Sit down with your calendar and put all concerts, parties and gatherings on appropriate dates. Do NOT over commit yourself. One weekend night every week should be spent at home. All families need adequate sleep and down time together.

5. Check your supplies – buy wrapping paper, tape and ribbon and put it in a place where you can find it! Recently, I went to Dollar Tree and purchased 3 new pairs of scissors (they disappear in my house). There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find your supplies when you need to wrap!

6. Look for great ornaments and decor now. How many ornament swaps have you been to and waited till the last minute to pick up an ornament? The cute ones go early! My favorite ornament stores are Wal-mart, Dollar Tree and Cracker Barrel.

7. If you are the mom of any child between the ages of 5 and 80 that want a Wii System for Christmas, start looking now and buy the first one you see. They are in short supply.

Okay…that’s our first seven… More to come! (And I, for one, can’t wait! Thanks, Amy!)


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