While your little one goes to sleep decorate your windows and blame a little elf did it! Watch their eyes light up!
4. Random gifts
Head to Dollar Tree to get some candy and individually wrap them in simple decorations. Walk around your neighborhood and leave on your neighbors stoop. You can also leave some behind at a cafe, library or in a shopping cart. There is nothing more magical then the gift of kindness.
5. Reindeer food
Make some reindeer food for when they come on Christmas! You can mix in some sprinkles with oats or dried fruit to make it more environmentally friendly. Store in an air tight container.
The Big Blanket Co has the largest blanket I have ever used and the whole family got to enjoy it! With the size of 10’x10’ no one was fighting over it, including the pups! Use code NICOLE25 for $25 off your purchase.
You have to make some snacks while to bundle up on the couch, so why don’t you just stay there and do it from your phone! We are entering 2022 and it is about time we have an air fryer that is WiFi enabled!
Sore muscles call for a deep tissue massage. This massage gun is perfect for any aches and pains.
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Do the upcoming holidays have you feeling a little anxious? I get it if you are. All I have been hearing is how there is going to be a product shortage and honestly, I don’t want to stress about that.
To make things simpler while still giving my son a magical and memorable holiday, I am doing the 5 gift rule this year.
Over the years I’ve noticed that Franco played with only a quarter of the gifts he received. Although I shopped second hand, it still didn’t feel right to get so many things.
The 5 gift rule is a great way to spend less money, have less stress, and celebrate more with family and friends.
We still went through all of the holiday toy circulars and Franco got to pick some things he wanted.
The idea of the 5 gift rule is:
something they want
something they need
something to wear
something to read
something that is a surprise
There are different variations and adaptations of the rules but I like this one because it is practical and I still get to see the pure magical excitement on Franco’s face when he opens his surprise gift.
I am sharing some ideas below of what the 5 gift rule looks like for the holidays. I am also sharing free wish list and gift tags printable below.
The ideas I am sharing are literally just that- ideas. Do what you can afford and remember, the holidays are more than just gifts. Family and health is most important and I have realized this more after the past two years.
My name is Nicole and I am a full time working mom to my toddler Franco. I love creating and sharing ideas. You can find me rummaging at estate sales, binge-watching The Golden Girls while chugging Diet Coke, listening to old school hip hop, supporting small businesses and being an advocate for maternal mental health.