There once was a time when a DIY holiday gift was somewhat unpopular and undesirable. People looked upon them with disregard, considering them to be the fruitcake of gifts. The kind few wanted to unwrap Christmas morning. Oh, how times have changed. DIY holiday gifts are no longer banished and forgotten, but coveted and showcased. Done right, they can become some of your most well-received gifts without breaking your piggy bank.
Tis the season for Christmas carols, mistletoe and repeated viewings of Elf. What can I say — a bowl full of spaghetti and maple syrup sounds delicious! Or not. I like my spaghetti and maple syrup separate from one another, as most people, who are not elves or Will Ferrell, likely do. Two things that I do know belong together, even if they seem quite opposite at first blush, are fabulous and frugal. Yes Virginia, hosting a wildly fabulous and frugal holiday party is possible with a little ingenuity and planning.
Living in LA, you see both extremes of affluence and poverty. I can stand at a stoplight and watch a Rolls Royce Phantom glide by while being approached by a homeless person, asking if I can spare a dollar. It serves as a constant reminder how fortunate I am, which is why I incorporate daily gratitude exercises into my life so I never forget. When things go wrong, my natural inclination isn’t to jump to gratitude and to give thanks for all the things going right in my life. My first thought is what did I do wrong and why it’s all my fault. It’s probably a bit narcissistic to think everything is about me. 🙂 All jokes aside, it’s why developing and maintaining a gratitude mindset is important to me.
Thanksgiving is almost here. I’ve got my stretchy Thanksgiving pants ready to go, so I can stuff myself silly with … well, stuffing. 🙂 Before I put myself into a food coma, I wanted to share with you what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I consider myself to be a grateful person, but I don’t always take the time to express my gratitude or give thanks for my blessings as I should. It’s why one of my annual Thanksgiving rituals is to write a list of all the things I am grateful for in my life.
The holiday season is officially upon us, folks. Thanksgiving is next week and millions are gearing up to not only stuff their faces with turkey and pumpkin pie, but also to shop until they drop on Black Friday. I won’t be venturing out on Black Friday, mostly because I have a date with my sofa and Max, and we plan to slip into another food coma. My Thanksgiving eating is a serious, two-day love affair, and no sale can compete with it! But I know many consider Black Friday a family tradition that they look forward to every year. Done right, it can be an epic adventure with victorious tales of finding good parking and short checkout lines and the happiest of endings with money saved and great gifts purchased. I’ve put together a few guidelines and some tools and apps to help you win on Black Friday.
I tend to be a people pleaser, which is both bad and good. It’s good because there is nothing wrong with wanting to make others happy, except when you put their needs and opinions before your own, then it becomes bad. There have been instances where my people pleasing ways have gotten me into trouble, like when I used to tease my hair to Jersey Girl heights to fit in and be taller. I kid; I kid. Sort of. It did technically make me taller. 🙂 All kidding aside, my desire to please others also made me more susceptible to following the herd, especially when it came to how I spent my money. And that is bad.