3 Moms Share Expert Hacks for Stress-Free Holidays

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I have seven siblings, so naturally – the holidays can be a bit chaotic for us. Determined to have a stress-free holiday season, I called in the recruits! I posed the following question to several of my mom friends who seem to just have it all figured out. They didn’t disappoint!

How does one maintain a semblance of peace during stressful holidays?

Lisa, mom of 4:

Don’t sweat the small stuff. If something is stressing you out, take a moment to decide whether or not it’ll matter in a day or two. If not, then it’s not that important to stress over. Keep the kiddos safe, but let them be kids.

Jodi, mom of 2

I create a document with a list of everyone I need or want to purchase presents for. Names in black mean I’ve already purchased their gifts. Names in red means I still have to purchase those items. This keeps my mind clear and avoids 4am frantic thoughts about whether or not I purchased a gift for so-and-so! This really helps keep everything in one spot.

Brenda, mom of 5

After playing outside in the cold, we love to sip on some hot cocoa. This is quickly followed by a nice, warm bubble bath for everyone. That’s my trick for staying zen during the holidays!

My fave tip of all, though? My own:

Use Amazon Prime! Because I live in the middle-of-nowhere, Iowa – I don’t have the luxury of being able to just pick something up anywhere, last minute. With Amazon Prime, I can ship just about anything, anywhere, within 2 days. I love sending things to my mom in Portland because she can do Amazon Prime Now. This really came in handy during my kid sister’s breakup – within an hour I had a goodie box full of chocolate and ice cream to give comfort and solace.

If you’re unsure of what to get your loved ones, just visit amazon.com/gifts to see an enormous selection of gift ideas. I do just about all of my gift shopping this way. Amazon has free same day delivery and one-day shipping in 10,000 cities and towns on three million items.

Amazon is committed to #DeliveringSmiles this holiday season. Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve had delivered this week:
All-New Echo Dot (3rd Gen)

We got our first Echo Dot during Black Friday 2017. Since then, it’s been a pretty fierce battle over who gets to have it in their room. The solution? An Echo Dot for everyone! It’s pretty and functional enough to be displayed on a shelf, or you can nestle it in a wreath on the table like I did. This only cost us $29.99!

ProductWorks 32-Inch Holiday Décor Rudolph Pre-Lit Christmas Yard Art with 80 Lights, Bumble

Our children really wanted to decorate our yard this year. We live in a tiny, affluent town and most residents decorate their yards. I couldn’t resist getting this little fella. The nostalgia alone is worth it!

Godiva Chocolatier Christmas Chocolate Truffle Flight, 6-Count

After divvying up a piece to each of the kids, I promptly hid myself in the bathroom to devour the rest. These truffles were absolutely decadent and difficult to share. Why not take these into a bubble bath with you?

Amazon is committed to #DeliveringSmiles this holiday season. Amazon will be watching for ways to help this holiday season – simply post a photo with #AmazonDeliver.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Amazon. As always, all opinions and photos are my own. I have been an Amazon Prime member for several years and LOVE it!

2 thoughts on “3 Moms Share Expert Hacks for Stress-Free Holidays”

  1. Amazon Prime is a lifesaver for the Christmas Season. I love the convenience of shopping online, getting the best prices and fast shipping. You’ve given me an idea for a gift, those Godiva Chocolates would be great for many friends.

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