Tomorrow is December 1, and I am so excited for Christmas I am close to bursting!! My front room is prepped for the tree to go up, hopefully today, and the Christmas music has been playing for a couple of weeks already. Next steps - finish the decorating (indoors and out this year - another single mom issue and new to me), finish the gift shopping, bake the cookies, and plan the entertaining. Phew! There's a bunch to be done, for sure, but it's all stuff I enjoy.
This will be an interesting year, as the first without my husband. I don't want to muck around with our family traditions too much at this stage, but I do think it's important to add some new distractions to keep us all busy and excited. I need to counteract the bad days that are sure to come. I'll be saying yes to more invitations out, and am planning a couple of get-togethers here at our place as well. And of course I'm budgeting for it all in our new single income + pension financial situation. But I know I've got it under control, and have set up a budget to follow, including a promise to myself to not add new decorations this year. We'll see how I do on that one :)
To help you get ready for your holiday decorating and entertaining, I'm sharing these tips from Church & Dwight. They have great products to help you clean up and prep your home for guests. And after all the hard work is done, I know I'll be lathering on my Rub A535 to help with my sore muscles. I rely on it! Here are their suggestions to help you prep while staying on budget -
Revive Outdoor Décor
Love your holiday décor from last season? Don’t be afraid to reuse it again this year to help save time and money. To revive last year’s décor and keep it looking like new, try using OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover Powder. It’s the perfect solution to remove dirt, dust and grime from decorations that were sitting in storage or outside since you put them away.
Woo Overnight Guests
Fresh blankets and sheets is an inexpensive and cheerful way to help your guest feel like they’re staying at a hotel. To help freshen stale sheets and towels from the back of the linen closet, use Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Unit Dose Power Paks in Fresh Scent for a refreshing clean.
Take it one step further, and provide a basket with fresh towels and toiletry items they may have forgotten, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. The new Arm& Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ lineup of products are sure to impress. The Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush™ are the perfect combination with a refreshing and clean mint flavour that provides long lasting freshness guests will love!
Host a Potluck Christmas Dinner
Make this year’s turkey dinner a team effort! Get your guests involved in the party and arrange a potluck so that everyone pitches in. As the host, take charge by preparing the turkey and have guests bring the fixings, sides and desserts (and wine)!
When it comes to clean-up, cut back on the time you spend in the kitchen by using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster to remove the toughest stuck on foods and stains. There’s no pre-rinsing or pre-washing necessary.
Dress to Impress
From family gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties, holiday spills and accidents are bound to happen. This year, don’t let a fear of spills and stains keep you from wearing your favourite party clothes. Instead, use quality laundry detergent such as OxiClean™ HD Liquid Laundry Detergent to remove any dried-on stains the first time and keep clothes looking vivid and bright.
To accessorize your favourite party outfit, pair it with your best bling! For a quick, easy and effective jewelry refresher, try mixing Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda with hot water and leave your jewelry to sit for a few minutes. In no time, your diamonds will be sparkling bright and looking like new.
Schedule Some “Me Time”
The hustle and bustle of the holidays is sure to leave any host tired, even when entertaining is kept simple. Enjoy some well-deserved “me time” and opt for a hot bubble bath with candles and reach for some Rub A535 Anti Inflammatory Heating Cream to soothe your aching muscles.
There are countless ways to lessen stress and save money during the holidays. What are some of your best kept tips to save money and reduce your stress?
Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.