Monday, 17 December 2018

Simple Holiday Season- Lend a Helping Hand

It is easy to get caught up in our own lives during the holiday season.  We all have many things expected us at this time of year and these things can take over.  It is important to remember how fortunate we are and that we have a responsibility to give to others.

There are a great number of charitable organizations who would appreciate any help that you can give.  If you are strapped for cash, many organizations would happily have you volunteer your time or talents.  If you are strapped for time, you could always make a commitment for January when things quiet down.  Simple acts, such as helping a friend with child care, shoveling a neighbour's sidewalk or visiting someone who is sick, can be the embodiment of the Christmas Spirit.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Frugal Friday- A Gentle Holiday Reminder

We are down to the last few days before Christmas.  I want to remind you that you don't need to buy ALL the things in order for the people in your life to have a magical holiday season.  Toys and gifts are lovely but not necessary. The people in your life need love and attention and little else.  Don't try to keep up with the Jones', don't spend outside of your means and don't feel guilty if what you have to offer seems "less" than what others have.  We should use our holiday season to connect, show love and things will never be able to do that.  Take a deep breath and know that you are enough.  Enjoy the free magic that the season has to offer.  Beautiful lights, singing Christmas songs, and spending time with the people we love is the best gift of all.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Simple Holiday Season- Make Yourself Cozy

Winter is the perfect time to make yourself feel cozy at home.  Take an evening off from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and create your own comfortable hideaway.

Here are my favourite ways to create a cozy evening:

  • Put on your warmest pajamas, fluffiest socks or slippers.
  • Light a fire in the fireplace, light a couple of candles, or turn on the fireplace channel.
  • Make a warm cup of tea, cocoa or cider to enjoy.
  • Grab your book, magazine or any other quiet activity that you enjoy.
  • Play soft music or simply enjoy the quiet. 
Taking an evening to relax can really help slow down this busy season.  We can learn to appreciate the quiet and embrace the more subtle aspects of the holidays.  A quiet evening allows time to reflect on the season.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Holiday Season- Capsule Wardrobe Reveal.

This is quite a small capsule wardrobe.  I will wear it for about 8 weeks so I didn't think it was necessary to overload it with clothing.  You can find the planning for this wardrobe on my Instagram account on the "highlights" button.







That is it.  24 pieces that I hope will get me through the holiday season.  I have been wearing this wardrobe for 2 weeks and so far, so good.  Happy Wednesday, friends!

Monday, 3 December 2018

Simple Holiday Season- Prioritize Your Health

The holiday can be killer on one's health.  There are so many opportunities to indulge in delicious foods that are high in fat and sugar.  We have many events to attend and often push aside exercise and sleep in all the craziness.  This week I am challenging you to make your health a priority.

Try to eat some plant matter.  Fruits and vegetables are so important, especially during cold/flu season!  Enjoy some of your favourite holiday treats, but try to really savour them.  You don't need to overindulge to enjoy the season, especially if you are mindful while eating.  Enjoy the taste and texture and truly appreciate the treat.

The other thing to remember is to move.  Walk, take the stairs and do some morning stretches.  If you have time to hit the gym, great!  If you don't, then try to incorporate more activity into your daily life.  Movement is key to feeling good and we often skip it this time of year.

Last, but certainly not least, get some sleep!  Sleep is so important to our mental health and your body's well-being.  We heal, fight off germs and regenerate while we are sleeping.  I know that it can be difficult but make a reasonable bed time and stick to it.

I encourage you to take care of yourself this season so that you can truly enjoy it!

Monday, 26 November 2018

Simple Holiday Season-Nature

The holidays have many natural elements that add to the magic of the season.  Snow, trees, garland greenery and pine cones are prevalent in decor at this time of year.  We are intimately tied to nature and that relationship plays out in many ways over the holiday season.

I love to spend time in nature.  It can make the fast-paced holiday season feel calm.  Spending time in nature allows us to experience many different emotions.  It can gift us with a moment to breathe and recollect our thoughts.  It can bring us exhilaration and joy.  Nature is a wonderful teacher, a terrific playground and a place of peace. 

I try to go outdoors with my two young daughters every day, even when it is cold.  Sometimes we don't stay out for long, but I feel that it is important for us to be in nature every day that we can.  Here are some of our favourite outdoor activities:

-Walks (Walking is excellent exercise and a great way to explore your neighbourhood.)
-Making snow angels.
-Building snowmen
-Playing at the playground.
-Looking for birds.
-Checking out animal tracks in the snow. (We have a local park that has its fair share of small wildlife!)
-Cross country skiing or snow-shoeing
-Looking for pinecones
-Checking out frosty trees.

This week I challenge you to spend a little time in nature.  Even if you only enjoy a few moments outside; try to breathe in the calm, admire the beauty and maybe even have a little fun. 

Monday, 19 November 2018

Simple Holiday Season 2018

As the holiday season approaches, many people feel their stress levels rise.  It is a busy time of year and we often bite off more than we can chew.  I know that many of us wish we could have more time to relax and truly enjoy our holiday season.  I hope that this 'Simple Holiday Season' series will inspire you to enjoy the little things in your holiday season.

In my 'Frugal Friday' posts I have encouraged people to identify what is most important during the holiday season to them and their family.  I then asked them to focus their finances on what they thought was most important to them this holiday season.  I ask you to do the same thing with your time.  Cut out activities that don't align with your focus.  Say no when you are stretched too thin.  We can't make more time, but we can use our time wisely.  There will be obligations that are unavoidable, but not everything can be a priority this holiday season.

This week's task:

Sit down with your calendar this week and sort out all of your obligations, engagements and things you want to achieve.  Schedule in time to relax and practice self care (sleep, exercise, etc.).  Treat it with the same respect that you would give any other calendar obligation.  Plan your family fun.  Give serious thought to the items on your calendar and decide if they truly are necessary.  You are in control of your schedule and you can choose to say no to anything that detracts from your well-being.