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Quick holiday safety tips

Winter holiday’s are one of my favorite times of the year. My family and I go and buy a tree to decorate, hang  lights, bake, head to the mountains, and shop till we drop!

The last thing on my mind is safety when I am having so much fun! Holidays are fun, but it is important to remember that there are also added hazards that you don’t have the rest of the year.  Some general reminders that I would like to share with you all to help you have a safe and fun holiday are:

  • If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire resistant
  • Place fire-prone decorations like paper snowflakes, wrapping paper, and your tree away from electrical outlets and the fireplace
  • Be sure to keep small decorations and toys away from children as they can be a choking hazard
  • If your cooking or going out for the holiday, don’t eat food that has been sitting out for more than 4 hours
  • Try to stay as stress free as possible (hard to do I know)

Keep these quick safety tips in mind so you and your loved ones can have a happy holiday! Any safety tips to add to my list?

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Don’t say “achoo” because you can beat the cold and flu!

It is the time of year when everyone is starting to catch a cold, or is recovering from one. I am somewhat of a germaphobe, so being in the office this time of year makes my germ senses go off the radar.

How do I get over my germ phobia? First of all, I try not to think about it too much and I definitely don’t go anywhere without my hand sanitizer! Some other things that I make sure to do are:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Get enough Zzz’s
  • Get my flu shot
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Wash my hands constantly (and then apply hand sanitizer)
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Wish on my lucky stars that I don’t get the cold or flu!

This has been a good strategy for me the last few years and I have not had the flu while using this method (knocking on wood now). I hope these simple little tips will also help you fend off the cold and flu this season!

Do you have any methods to avoid the cold and flu this season? This germaphobe would appreciate any tips and tricks to staying healthy all the way through the holidays!

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Stress less this holiday season

Holidays can be as exciting and fun as they are stressful. If you are anything like me, you wait until the last minute to get all of your holiday arrangements together. This year I am attempting a new tradition: planning ahead!

Some tips I will be following this season that I hope can help you too are:

  1. Make a to-do list with what you have for holidays and what you still need (ex: wrapping paper, gifts, food, tags, etc.)
  2. Set a budget for your gift list and how much you plan to spend on each of your loved ones. This will help keep you from overspending and make sure everyone is taken care of.
  3. Wrap as you go, but leave the tags and bows for last so you can easily store them. If you don’t like wrapping, try using gift bags.
  4. Have some  back up gifts on hand in case you accidentally leave someone out.  Gift cards, cookies, or holiday mugs are always good options that everyone enjoys.
  5. Having a holiday party? Try cleaning the day before and leave the last minute things for the next day. Get your dishware ready to go, clean the restrooms, but leave the sweeping and kitchen for last!
  6. Take time for yourself. Holiday’s are stressful so you need to make time for you. Go for a massage, walk, or read a book. Do something that is just for you.

These are just a few ideas to help get you through the holidays this year! Have any tricks or tips that I didn’t think of? Let me know!

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The Grateful Challenge

When was the last time you stopped to think about what you are grateful for?

My family has a tradition around Thanksgiving and Christmas to go around the table and say what we are thankful for. This always makes me appreciate my family so much more, but it  also makes me wonder why we limit ourselves to just the holiday seasons to tell each other.

The challenge this week is to write down something you are thankful for each day. Write it down in a journal, on a piece of paper, or on your computer. Just thinking about these and writing them down will help lift your mood.

I will share one of mine with you now. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to write these posts and share my thoughts my with. Kind of cheesy I know, but to me the small things make all the difference.

If you feel up to it, share something you are grateful for, and see how it lifts your mood!

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Talkin’ Turkey Safety

Untold thousands of turkeys will be prepared for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Safe turkey preparation requires special knowledge since it is a large item that is typically frozen prior to cooking and, with the exception of holidays, is not commonly prepared. Here are some helpful tips:

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The 95210 Holiday Challenge!

Many people throughout the blogosphere, twitter, and even on YouTube have been talking about the same thing this week. Your holiday meal this year may have as many as 4,500 calories! And you might have also heard that the average person gains 5-7 pounds over the holidays, each year! With this in mind, I want to challenge my readers to The 95210 Challenge! Read on for details. Read More