Anyone else up to their eyeballs in stress trying to prep for Christmas? As you all probably know by now, we moved back home to Indiana this past Spring and that means this holiday season is a busy one. Now that we’re home, we will spend a lot of time driving to and fro as we make our way to see family! While I am so excited to be able to spend some time with our families, I am also a little frazzled. Those travelling days always seem to be so much effort and general chaos, so I thought I would talk a little bit about how I will be saving time through those busy days.
- If you know your general holiday plans, you should also know what dish you’re bringing to your relatives house. I try to do these things as in advance as possible. That way I can prep the night before, throw it in the fridge and grab it on our way out of the house. This also brings me to an item that is definitely on my “Please, Santa?!” list. The Samsung 4-Door Flex™ is seriously a food prepper’s dream fridge. Do you see that space? Do you?! Even if you are hosting your own Christmas dinner, you could literally make everything ahead of time and store it in this fridge. Plus, the Black Stainless Steel line from hhgregg resists fingerprint marks. If you’re in the market for a new fridge or are remodeling, this should definitely be a contender. Just don’t tell me if you get it, because I will be forever jealous.
2) Another way I save time, especially with the kids and Jake, is to lay outfits out ahead of time. I do this if we have anything important to do. It keeps them (all 3, yes) from asking me where each piece of clothing is. I go as far as to keep the girl’s hair pretties on top of their outfits, because who wants to have just finished their makeup only to ruin it by running through the house looking for the correct hair bow? Not me, that’s who.
3) If you’re travelling long distances, so like 20 minutes away, make sure electronics are charged. Also, if you are planning to leave them in the car, have this conversation before you pull into your relatives driveway. Must. Avoid. Meltdowns.
4) Get up early. I mean early early. Try to get up a few hours before everyone else. I do this because if I don’t, I very quickly become a frazzled mess. I try and take this time to have my coffee, and get myself and any other last minute things ready to go. Otherwise, a scene very similar to the McCallister’s in Home Alone happens. People run amok, people get left at home. It’s a mess.
5) Try to take everything with a grain of salt. Nothing is more important than spending time with your family. It can be stressful to get everything ready to go and make it to your destination, but try to remember to breathe in the togetherness. Because it will be over too quickly!
Tell me below, are you as obsessed with that fridge as I am? But really, w’hat is your tip for making travelling a more smooth experience?
Also, before you go, visit the hhgregg website, check out the new Black Stainless Steel line and tell me which you would choose for your kitchen! You can win a $25 hhgregg gift card by leaving your answer in the comments below!