Everyone knows the holidays start weeks before the actual day of celebration. Every day leading up to that point can be either stressful or fun filled events that get you ready for the big event. As a mom of 4 I have been doing this for over 10 years, and can honestly say, “it’s always what you make it”. Here is my Mom Survival Guide For The Holidays.
Checklist. To survive the holiday’s I always make a checklist. I make my list and check it twice, trying to figure out have I already done that chore or not lol. I found that putting things in writing and reading the tasks daily helped me stay on track. I seem to be one of those people where I do better with assigned tasks versus winging it. Or so I think that about myself since I feel less pressured and less stressed as the days countdown to Christmas Day. Since my kids are out of school a week before Christmas, I came up with fun ways to entertain the kids as I prepped the house and got things in order for my out of town family members.
Movies. One thing I know about my kids is, if you put on a good movie will keep them occupied and entertained long enough for me to complete 1 or 2 tasks a day. The weekend before the kids get out of school for winter break, I take them to pick out a selection of movies everyone can enjoy. This year we managed to agree on 6 movies woohoo! A step up from last year when we only managed to find 4.
Snacks. Snacks are a must and actually double as a fun way to keep the kids active and helpful. This is the time where the kids get to get their hands dirty and make some delicious recipes. My tip is to get them to make double whatever batch you are making, so when a few cookies or cupcakes disappear no one really notices.
Marshmallow Cupcakes. This cupcake is so simple to make yet so cute, all you want to do is share! I used a basic boxed cake and decorated it with whipped marshmallow frosting and a cute gingerbread marshmallow I picked up at Walmart. Sprinkled on some awesome sprinkles and Wahlaa! Full Recipe Here.
Hot Chocolate Station. This is perfect for the kids during the winter break and do when your guests arrive. Creating a simple hot chocolate station where visitors can grab what they need and then head to the kitchen for hot water, is what every little kid loves! Throw in some cute stirring straws with Gingerbread man Marshmallows on top and you have a kid friendly drink!
Grinch Cookies. These cookies are so easy to make and oh so delicious, it’s just so wrong yet I don’t want to be right. Each batch yields 36 cookies and oh so many smiles! I split them up into groups of three and then tied a ribbon around them. These made them take home friendly as well as fun to look at. Full Recipe Here.
Edible Rudolf. Oh what fun it is to make, these red nose reindeer! The best part is they are edible! Oh yeah, that’s awesome! I stumbled upon this cute edible DIY by accident when my kids were almost dying (mmhmm that’s what they kept saying lol) of boredom and I happened to have a few candy’s on hand. I decided to pull out what we had and see what we could do. Then Wahla! We have Rudolf! Just please remind your little ones to remove the candy’s from the wrappers BEFORE they begin to dig in. Full Tutorial Here.
Kids DIY Ornaments. How much fun are these?! I used to make them when I was little in daycare. It was so much fun interchanging the colors. Switching up how many popsicle sticks we used and even testing out new designs. I really like these for my kids to do since you can get a few bundles of yarn for less than $10, and then popsicle sticks for $.88! This is also fun for your out of town little visitors to do and bring home to put on their own Christmas Trees. Full Tutorial Here.
Enough Toilet Paper. How horrible would it be to hear a little one scream from the bathroom “We’re out!”. Oh man, I dread those days and hope to never have one. When I look for toilet paper to fit my families needs, I offer two different choices for comfort. I personally like the plush toilet paper type, so when I shop I look for Ultra Plush Cottonelle Toilet Paper.
I also offer Scott 1000 Sheet Toilet Paper, for those who hate (you know who you are lol) my ultra plush choice. I load up a tray and set it in the bathroom for everyone to have access to. It offers that clean feeling with no mess and no stress. As the kids, grandmother stated, “I love it because it never clogs my toilet”. I didn’t forget about your nose! Nose, you’re just as special as our bums and to cater to your needs, I provided these super cute Holiday Theme Kleenex Canisters. Oh, so cute and oh so much comfort for our noses.
Enough Paper Towels. During the holiday prep session, Viva Paper Towels are my go to
Tissues for those holiday prep messes, and everything in between. Cause hey! Life happens and sometimes all if takes is a few paper towels to handle the job. To save myself some dish washing, I let the kids grab their snacks and place them on paper towels. It doubles as a plate and a towel for their faces and tiny hands.
Take Me Home Bag. At the end of the party/visit I usually provide a few White Elephant Gifts for the little ones. This year it’s all about playdough for my little ones, so that’s what we gifted. Along with the DIY Craft’s the kids made, the grinch cookies as well as some take me home hot chocolate yum! There were so many goodies to take home I wish we would have given bigger bags at the end.
To find my Survival Supplies I visited our local Walmart. The savings are amazing and the products are a must for my bid for survival this holiday season. It’s my go-to place when I am looking the Kimberly Clark products I need. There is also an awesome saving going on whenever you buy Cottonelle, Kleenex, Scott and Viva Products in the Ibotta App.
Ibotta is a FREE app you can download on your phone, whenever your purchase a product featured on the Ibotta app. You can upload your recipe and claim each offer available for the products you purchased. All savings add up and can mean more Christmas shopping money! Or maybe a Mom Spa Day! Right now these are the available coupons for these awesome products.
With the Ibotta app, get:
- $1 off Cottonelle 12-ct or larger
- $1 off Scott 12-ct or larger
- $1 off Viva 6-ct or larger
- Buy two products and get an extra dollar back
What do you use to help you survive the holidays? Do you have the Ibotta app yet? When’s the last time you visited Walmart?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.