4 5 Steps to "Fall" into Christmas Planning

I’d like to extend a big welcome to Trina from a few miner adjustments. First off, isn’t Trina a lovely name? Maybe it’s just so close to mine that I fell so hard. Anyway, Trina is a jack of all trades- you know the kind that’s crafty, creative, AND organized. Cheah, she could lend a few of those brain cells and I wouldn’t mind.

I’m excited to have her here at Black and White Obsession. Today, she’s here to share her tips on getting holiday ready right now so you can have more time to actually enjoy the holidays. Before you know it we’ll be singing Christmas Carols and sipping on Candy Cane Lattes Martinis.

For those of you just tuning in, or confused by the beautiful faces gracing my blog- they’re here to help me get ahead on any kind of blog schedule-- er give y’all a break from all of my pipsqueak voice.

Enough chit chat, here’s Trina with her amazing tips:

Hi, Friends! I’m Trina from a few miner adjustments. By day I am a reading teacher and by night I am a DIY blogger.
I met my husband at a summer fraternity party and now we have two beautiful sons.
 I’ve never met a stripe I didn’t like.
Working makes me a better mom and blogging lets me spread my creative wings and fly.
Thanks for hanging with me today!

It's still summer until September 22nd, even though we are back to school and fall decor is trending all over Pinterest. And all to soon we will be going apple picking, to the pumpkin patch, and possibly hit up a house or 50 on Halloween. For right now though, it is a good time to "fall" into Christmas planning.

In past years, I have been known to start shopping for Christmas in January.  I have also been the first on Facebook to announce that I have started my shopping. That was not the case last year. The kids are busy, playing sports and going to birthday parties and I have little energy time to think about stockings and gifts now. However, the countdown has begun.  So let's make a few Miner adjustments this year and get in the right mindset! Are you with me?

1. Set a budget 

Going into debt for 5 minutes of joy on your kid's face, isn't worth it. The stomach aches and stress of paying the bill will just about kill you. Set yourself free by making a budget for overall spending (what can you afford if you only had cash). Then break that budget down per person. Start saving that money now.

2. Make a list

Brainstorm a list of people you are buying for and what they want. Then search the internet for the best prices. When you save the list, save the web address with it.  I bet you could do most of your shopping in your jammies! Wait a little while to start shopping, most sites will offer free shipping closer to the holidays.
{Oh, and going back to #1, if the mailman and the daycare teachers are going to put you over budget...cut them from the list!  Are you giving me the stink eye right now? I probably said something crazy, but truly....stay in your budget. Those people are doing a job. They get paid for that job. A thank you note for said job is enough.}

3. Use Pinterest for ideas

My friends on Pinterest are constantly pinning jewelry or shoe pictures. Why not take that as your cue to shop for that item. Most pictures are linked to a site or etsy shop. Ta Da! They told you what they want without you having to ask! 

4. Shop over time

See a good stocking stuffer in the dollar aisle at Target? Have a great coupon at Joann's Fabrics? Pick it up now and put it away. I've heard people say "I just can't wait till Christmas to give it, though". Yes you can!  
Buy it, keep it in the bag, walk into the house and put it where the gifts live. Then walk away.
{That's right....back away from the presents.} 
The kids will never know it's there. And you will be one step closer to finishing your shopping.

5. Stop shopping

The hardest part about getting organized early is the need to continue buying presents as Christmas gets closer. You suddenly discover something that your snuggle bum just couldn't live without. Well, yes they can. Or you feel like you just didn't buy enough. When your list is finished...stop shopping.  
If you feel the need to continue shopping, go get some new wrapping paper. Then start wrapping the gifts. Maybe you forgot exactly what you've got. Wrapping will help you remember and make you feel better about what you have bought already.

Now you can sit back, relax and think about New Year's Eve while everyone else scrambles the week before Christmas to get it all done.
Happy Holidays {early}!
Be sure to stop by Trina’s blog for a plethora of projects like her Pottery Barn Knock off Flash Card Art or her cute and fun Noodle Lawn Game.

So do you have Christmas on your brain? Or are you, like me, struggling to get a grasp on time-- what kids are back in school already?! Who votes the Trina as the name of my firstborn daughter?

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  1. Thank you for having over at your place today! It was fun! I hope we can work together again in the future. And yes, you should totally use Trina if you have a daughter ;)

    Thank you for the lovely, thoughtful words!
    Trina Miner

  2. Hey I nominated you for an Liebster Award


    1. Thanks for the nomination! Hope I can pass the torch with dignity!
      Much love, Trisha D.


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