Do you know what time it is? ….

Christmas in July PicWow!  I can’t believe we are just over halfway through the year already!  I can still feel the chill of the cold from the never-ending winter we had!  I’m not complaining though.  Hot weather and I are just not friends.  Give me a nice, cool, breezy Spring or Fall day any day of the year and I’m a happy girl!

activity-316723_640[2]Well, even though we are smack-dab in the middle of the “dog-days” of summer … Fall will be here before you know it and then … (Dare I say it?) … so will Christmas!  UGH!  SHE SAID IT!!!  WHY LISA?  Why ruin our perfectly good, middle of summer relaxation mood that we got going on here … huh?  Some of you may literally be reading this post right now with your feet dug into the sand as you sit on your beach chairs.  I know … I’m a horrible person … right?

Relax.  I’m not going to tell you to drop everything and go start your Christmas shopping (yet, anyway) … but a little bit of prep now will save you BIG TIME when you are in the crunch of the holiday season desperately trying to get everything done while still actually trying to ENJOY the season itself.

So what SHOULD you be doing now to prepare for the coming months?

First off, buy yourself an expanding file folder and a thin, three-ring binder that will easily fit into the first pocket of the file folder.  This is a great time of year to locate these because of all the back-to-school sales.  This folder is going to be your Holiday Command Center.  Now, you may want to decorate the outside or buy one that is green or red … DON’T DO IT!  You want it to be as inconspicuous as possible so prying eyes won’t be tempted to know what lies within.

Once you have your file folder … label the section tabs with everything you usually need to buy or do during the coming months like … recipes, school parties, shopping lists, wish lists, to-do list, calendar to organize your time, etc.

That’s it for now!  Soon, I will post a calendar of the month ahead that will have daily/weekly tasks on them to complete to get ready for back-to-school AND the holidays ahead!  Stay with us and we will help keep you cool, calm, and collected during those normally hectic and frazzled last few months of the year.

You GOT this!


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