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The Holidays, Family And Your Sanity: Can They Co-exist?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 24, 2014 | Categories: Family

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The holiday season provides a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together, but this can also lead to a lot of issues, especially if you have a gathering in a relatively small place. Fortunately, taking a proactive approach will provide you with many ways to alleviate the stress of the holiday season.

Five Tips for Having a Harmonious Holiday Family Get-Together:

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Ask Everyone to Fill out a Quick Online Survey

Putting together a holiday dinner is difficult enough without needing to be concerned about whether or not you are making something that is appropriate for everyone’s dietary needs.

Therefore, it makes sense to send each of your guests a short online survey at least a few weeks in advance so that you can learn about any allergies or special diets that need to be considered.

Keep in mind that even close family members can be unaware of allergies that could trigger a trip to the emergency room. A simple survey can make sure that everyone’s needs are taken into account, and this will also help you avoid having a vegetarian guest end up with nothing to eat.

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Limit the Amount of Alcohol Served

Research indicates that the total amount of DUIs and alcohol-related accidents increase during the holiday season, so you need to be a responsible host and limit the amount of alcohol that your guests can consume. Make sure that you also encourage anyone who has had too much to drink to spend the night so that they do not find themselves in a car accident after their intoxicated drive home.

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Utilize a White Elephant Exchange

One of the major things that stress people out about the holidays is trying to come up with enough money and gift ideas to satisfy everyone.

This is a problem that you can almost completely eliminate by organizing a white elephant gift exchange. Instead of purchasing for everyone, each guest will only need to bring one gift, and you can set a dollar limit to keep people from spending an exorbitant amount of money.

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Be Cognizant of Family Conflicts

It is almost inevitable that a large group of people from multiple generations will contain at least one or two individuals who seem to enjoy bickering during the holidays. You can help reduce the odds of dealing with a big fight by carefully organizing a seating chart.

Additionally, it is a good idea to use multiple rooms in your home in order to provide space for people to bond while enjoying their favorite activities. For example, some people can watch football in the living room, and you can use another room for people who prefer being crafty together.

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Have a Potluck Meal

Another perfect way to remove some of your stress and to ensure that everyone has something to eat that they like is to turn your holiday meal into a potluck. You should also consider doing something outside the box to help people relax such as inviting everyone over for brunch and asking them to wear their pajamas or comfortable clothing as opposed to getting dressed up.

Holiday stress can sometimes make it difficult to appreciate having everyone together in one place, but you can make this year’s gathering more relaxed by utilizing the previously listed tips. You can also create an environment that encourages people to talk to each other by having everyone check their cell phones at the door.

Just make sure that you give everyone a chance to grab their phone when it is time to take pictures!

11 Small Dog Must Haves #BBNshops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Animals, Dogs
small dog must haves

Do you own a small dog (or two, or three)? I never had a small dog before… we always had more medium sized dogs that were always outside dogs, until about 16 years ago we got a basset hound. Sadly she passed away in 2007. Then last year we decided our son was old enough […]

12 Soups and Chowders Perfect for Fall and Winter Weather

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Food, Recipes
Roasted acorn squash & wild rice soup recipe

Check out 12 Soups and Chowders Perfect for Fall and Winter Weather by DonnaChaffins at Foodie.com As soon as the temperatures start to drop, I start making soups (and chowders). Soups are a fall staple in my home. A good soup makes me feel all warm and cozy on a cool fall or cold winter’s […]

How about Grass for Indoor Flooring? The Magic of Bamboo

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 22, 2014 | Categories: Home and Garden
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Guest Post Bamboo is a popular flooring choice for many decors. From rustic to contemporary homes, many people choose bamboo for it unique and stylish look, not realizing they are actually selecting a grass for their floors. Bamboo is one of the world’s most versatile and rugged plants, growing in practically every climate and weather […]

Roasted Acorn Squash and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Food, Recipes
Roasted acorn squash & wild rice soup recipe

Roasted acorn squash stuffed with wild rice and cheese is my favorite fall meal, but I don’t care for the leftovers. One of my goals this week was to take this favorite and redo it in a way that was just as delicious as the first time. My solution: Roasted Acorn Squash and Wild Rice […]

Fall Radiant: Show Off Your Sun-Kissed Glow with the Help of These 7 Products

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: | Categories: Beauty, Shopping
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This post is brought to you by beautyencounter.com. Fall can get your skin all dried up and pale. However, you’ll be pleased to know there are products out there than can make your skin glow like it’s just been kissed by the sun! At Beauty Encounter, your favorite discount fragrance shop, you can find tons […]

Halloween for Grown Ups #BBNshops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 21, 2014 | Categories: Fun, Holidays and Observances, Shopping
Halloween for Adults

Halloween is for kids of all ages; from the young to the… not so young. Just because you don’t have kids or you’re empty-nesters doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Halloween. In fact, couples can, and should enjoy Halloween. Dress up in matching Halloween costumes for couples (either to go to a party or just to […]

$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway Ends 11/14

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 20, 2014 | Categories: Giveaways
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I’ve teamed up with some really awesome fellow bloggers to bring you this great giveaway — this time you could win a $100 Visa Gift Card! Maybe you can get an early start on your holiday shopping, spend a day at the spa or tuck it away for a rainy day. The Prize: One (1) […]

The Best Halloween Costumes for Couples #BBNshops

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 19, 2014 | Categories: Fashion, Fun, Holidays and Observances, Shopping
Best Halloween Costumes for Couples

I love seeing couples dressed up on Halloween with coordinating costumes. It’s fun just trying to figure out a couples costume that fits you and your significant others personality. I could see my husband as Popeye because he so strong and he’s my protector, but me as Olive Oyl? Maybe 15 years ago, but not […]

Calling all Instagram addicts! Moldiv’s Instagram Photo Contest #ILoveMoldiv

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 17, 2014 | Categories: Giveaways
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Calling all Instagram addicts? I have the perfect contest for you! I know I love looking through all my friends Instagram photos, especially are those adorable babies and cute kiddos. Moldiv is sponsoring an Instagram photo contest where you can submit a collage of your baby photos OR your favorite selfies made with Moldiv and […]