Organize + Energize: Dealing With Holiday Stress
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Save this article and refer to it when the holidays are over. Think about the following and think about how you can make the holidays next year a little less stressful and overwhelming and more enjoyable and relaxing. Did you do any of the following this year?
Did you plan ahead?
If you know you have to bake, cook, or host a party, prepare anything ahead of time that you can. Write out menus and food shopping lists. If you have tons of gifts to purchase, start keeping a list of whom you have to buy for and what you might like to buy them.
Did you prepare?
Anything you can prepare ahead of time, do it!
Did you keep to-do lists and follow through?
These daily to-do lists will keep you on track. Crossing items off the list will give you a feeling of accomplishment.
Did you maintain a calendar?
Get everything out of your head and onto paper. Never forget an important date again during the holidays. Let go of that mental clutter.
Did you maintain a clutter free and organized home?
If your home is organized, it’s one less thing you have to worry about during the holidays. You won’t be shoving items in a closet when you know company is arriving. Imagine never having to do that again. You can now focus on other holiday preparations.
Did you make unnecessary trips to the market or mall?
Make your list and check it twice. Do you really want to head out during peak traffic hours during the holidays because you forgot the most important ingredient to your recipe or that special gift you were supposed to purchase?
Did you waste money?
You will waste money if you are disorganized. You will probably be searching for items in a rush during the holiday season and when you can’t find it, you will just go out and purchase another item, which will lead to wasted money.
Did you create unnecessary stress for yourself?
The holidays bring unwanted stress. You could eliminate one unnecessary stressor in your life just by becoming organized.
Even if you choose two of the above and work on them next year it will make a difference! Make notes and save this and refer to it next year. Take small baby steps and those baby steps will get you energized to move forward with more organizing projects!
2013 Gift Guide: Great Gifts for Her
Are you looking to find a memorable gift for that special woman in your life? Why not get her a customizable charm bangle bracelet from Alex and Ani? Bracelets come in either gold or silver, while Alex and Ani offers a nearly endless variety of charms. From spiritual symbols to birthstones, Alex and Ani allows you to pick the charm the best embodies special someone.
Warm her up with a gift of comfort and joy. Check out the vividly hued hats, scarves and gloves at Karol Richardson in Newport. This joyous boutique will find you pondering between eternity scarves and fingerless mitts by Wooden Ships in great crayon colors sure to brighten up her dreary winter day.
Buy it from: Karol Richardson, 24 Washington Sq., Newport
Whether it's a nightgown for Mom or a sexy bra set for sis, a well-crafted piece of lingerie is an utterly luxurious gift. But don't leave yourself off Santa's list. Let a stunning lace chemise find its way into your shopping bag when you search for girly gifts for others. You will get thanks galore on Christmas Eve!
But it from: Deborah Winthrop Lingerie, 424 Thames St., Newport
Who doesn't want a little bling under the tree on Christmas morning? Flatter her with your best-things-come-in-small-packages sensibility and choose something unique from this lovely little shop. Our suggestion would be a gemstone necklace or ring in their signature lollipop colors. It doesn't have to be fancy; just sweet and adorable.
Price: Beginning at $900
Buy it from: Tiffany Peay Jewelry, 3851 Main Rd., Tiverton Four Corners
Think outside the perfume box this year and fete her with a special “niche” fragrance that is out of the ordinary. Mignonette carries Caron perfumes from the old world Paris perfume house. If nothing tickles your fancy, splurge on Caron’s beautiful and extravagant powder puff instead.
Buy it from: Mignonette, 301 Wickenden St., Providence
Farmaesthetics is Rhode Island’s pride and joy as a premier natural skin care line. What we love about it is its greenness, localness, AND sophistication. Show her you understand her needs with their Seasonable Salt Cabinet web special. Make her long winter baths spa-worthy right at home while you take on the kids and their new toys. Or shop their inspiring Newport store and come away with their Big, Beautiful Box of Everything. She may just find a big, beautiful way to thank you!
Price: Bath Salts Gift Set $25; Big Beautiful Box of Everything $275
Buy it from: Farmaesthetics, 114 Bellevue Ave., Newport.
Fanciful Evening Bags
With New Year’s Eve looming, a darling evening bag is a coveted gift. These are not your mother's bags—most are handmade and textural with velvety fabrics, feathers, and sequins. But if you think an unpretentious bag is the chicest, a black envelope of boiled wool with a little tone-on-tone lace lets her get her Chanel on! It will look gorgeous tucked under her arm for that midnight champagne toast.
Buy it from: Blue Hydrangea, Main St., Wickford.
Each holiday season, venerable cosmetic company, Estée Lauder releases their series of limited edition compacts. This year’s array includes several whimsical versions filled with pressed powder or solid perfume. These miniature works of art look like they came from an elegant art museum shop. They will surely captivate her imagination and she just might be found kissing Santa Claus under the tree after the kids are in bed!
Buy it from: Nordstrom, 6 Providence Place, Providence
Luxurious Facial Cream
Enter Roses - not the flowering variety but the bare essence of the thirty roses that go into each tube of Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. This lush emulsion has a major cult following and for good reasons: the delicate rose fragrance will delight the senses while the cream protects delicate outer skin against harsh winter weather. She’ll toss it in her bag for those outdoor Kennedy Plaza skating sessions. The entire Hauschka celebrity-endorsed line will be a welcome sight under her tree.
Price: Rose Day Cream $42.95
Buy it from: All That Matters, 315 Main St., Wakefield
This gossamer sweater may be the ultimate in plush decadence but what better way to say I love you than to wrap her shoulders in its filaments of sparkly warmth? The neutral grey go-with-anything hue will look party lovely over a winter white dress on New Year’s Eve or with a tank and jeans on the couch before the fire. Wherever you clink your champagne glasses and share that midnight kiss, you’ve given her a piece that will stand the test of time. And isn’t she worth that?
Price: Blissful loveliness for $1,500.
Buy it from: R.G.E., 1775 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick
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