Yikes! Does the title of this post make you anxious? Me too. I can’t believe it’s the first week of November and I’m already preparing for the holidays. Most of the things on my list are fun and the ones that aren’t (I’m looking at you #8) I probably won’t do! Ha! What are you doing to prepare for the holiday season?
#1 Everyone Get a Haircut, NOW. 1 of 10You should see the haircut my husband just gave my son. YIKES! Good thing we have a few weeks to grow it out. Better now than the day before family portraits! Speaking of family portraits. . .
#2 Book Your Family Portraits 2 of 10It's time to at least book the portraits! The good photographers know how to get genuine smiles in the pictures despite the craziness of the day. But they get booked fast. Snatch them up while you can!
Family portrait by NYC photographer Lesley Colvin. She's Fabulous!
#3 Test Out a New Recipe 3 of 10I would love to bake something special for the potluck at my kid's school. I just checked out Martha Stewarts list of holiday appetizers: There's 74! AH! I have a lot of testing to do before I find that perfect recipe.
This Roasted Pears and Red Onions recipe might be the one! From Martha Stewart
#4 Take A Class 4 of 10I love the idea of learning something new this time of year. Whether it's to learn how to make a new centerpiece, how to make an entire Thanksgiving meal, or even how to wrap a present, now's the time to sign up before they fill up.
Picture from the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC
#5 Plan Out A Holiday Agenda 5 of 10I just saw all the events that are happening in NYC. It's overwhelming! I need to plan now so I don't miss out or overbook my life. Nothing good will come of that!
Buy this huge wall calendar from Simple Shapes
#6 Make Room for New Toys 6 of 10I just cleaned out my kids bedroom. Four garbage bags later, it looked great! I'm sure nice parents involve their kids in this task. I don't! They want to keep everything, even that broken Buzz Lightyear. Send it to the trash! Do you involve your kids?
#7 Clothes Maintenance Time 7 of 10I checked out my clothes recently for missing buttons, stains, and zipper mishaps. I don't want any surprises!
#8 Figure Out the Budget and Keep to It! 8 of 10I do my budgeting in my head. That's not working. I love the idea of budget envelopes like the ones in the picture. Have you ever tried something like this?
Find cash systems envelopes on Etsy
#9 Make a Naughty and Nice List 9 of 10I'm not one of those people that have all their shopping done by Thanksgiving. But! I like to figure out what I want to get everyone early into the season. That's the fun part!
Buy this adorable notepad to get you started from The Zesty Desk
#10 Create A Centerpiece 10 of 10There's plenty of centerpiece ideas that will last the whole season. Making it now would be fun so my family can enjoy it the entire season! Ok, honestly, I won't make a centerpiece. But I could buy one that looks homemade!
Anyone want to make this centerpiece for me from Martha Stewart?
Here’s to hoping this holiday season doesn’t come up to surprise me. I’m going to try my best to be ready this year! What did I miss from my list?