Making a Christmas Planner? Get Inspired!

Christmas Planner

Will you be joining one of our holiday plans to prepare for the coming Christmas season? Get ready! Long-time readers know that creating a planner for Christmas organizing is the first step to an organized holiday season.

We've got help! Check our focus site, ChristmasPlanner.com!

To make easy to create and use your Christmas organizing power tool, check the site's Make It! Christmas planner section, which offers a complete guide to making a Christmas planner notebook. You'll find how-to articles and supply lists and divider ideas.

To help you fill your Christmas notebook, we're gathering the Web's best free printables and resources in our new Print It! section.

Don't miss our growing list of Christmas checklists. Our Plan It! feature is designed to be a quick and easy guideline for holiday planning.

Most of all, this site showcases you: the Web's best and most creative Christmas organizers. In the Tour It! section, you'll find planner tours and tutorials from the Web. Whether it's a simple Christmas notebook or creative holiday planner printables, you'll find inspiration to guide you as you make your own holiday planner.

Welcome! It's time to get organized for the holiday season ... with a Christmas planner!

Recycle Halloween Candy: Harvest S'Mores In A Jar!

Harvest S'Mores in a Jar

Making seasonal S'Mores In A Jar for any holiday is easy--if Peeps ® brand Marshmallow Candies are available for the celebration of your choice. Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Valentines Day are on the list, but so far, Thanksgiving Day is not.

Until JustBorn, manufacturer of Marshmallow Peeps, gets with the harvest holiday, we have a work-around for you!

Better yet, it's a frugal way to repurpose extra Jack O'Lantern Peeps left over from Halloween.

These Harvest S'Mores In A Jar are created using the back side of Halloween Pumpkin Peeps. Pointing the Jack O'Lantern faces to the inside of the jar creates a pretty harvest jar gift.

Better still, with Halloween Peeps on sale at clearance prices after October 31, it's a frugal and festive way to say "Happy Thanksgiving!"

To make it easy, our printable gift tag includes the S'mores in a Jar recipe.

Candy Overload? Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul!

Recycle Halloween Candy

Halloween is coming ... and so is the morning of November 1st! For parents, that's the time when the excitement of Trick-or-Treat night gives way to post-Halloween reality: what to do with all that Halloween candy?

Whether they're worried about tooth decay and nutrition, or simply want to avoid the stress of a week of candy-fueled behavior from the little ones, smart parents put strategies in place to handle the Trick-or-Treat haul.

Here are some of our favorite ideas to repurpose, recycle and reduce the amount of Halloween candy in your organized home.

Master Gift List: A Holiday Shopper's Best Friend

Master Gift List

Every family has one: a gift-giver of extraordinary flair and creativity. Year after year, this paragon finds just the right gift, large or small, for every friend and relation, and all without breaking the bank.

Her “just because” offerings are tiny jewels, she’s hip to the latest teen trends—and she never, ever hears the double-barbed response, “Oh, you shouldn't have--you really shouldn’t have!”

What’s her secret? A master gift list.

Before The Season: Focus On Holiday Values

holiday values

What do you really want for Christmas? Our ideas may differ in the details, but most of us want much the same thing: a seasonal celebration focused on faith, family and friends.

We want the excitement of the season without the disruption that too often comes with it. We want to draw closer to those around us, not to be thrust apart by hectic schedules. We want to enjoy as well as to prepare, and to keep the Christmas season in a manner that is joyous and spiritually centered.

Problem is, it’s easy to get caught up in the seasonal whirlwind! Tradition, the media, family expectations and the economy lean on our decision-making, each with a different agenda. Unconscious forces can distort our celebration for reasons that have nothing to do with what we truly want from the holiday.

Schedule Smart for Stress-Free Holidays

holiday scheduling

When you think about Christmas from a few weeks away, there’s a luxurious feeling of “plenty of time”, but as December draws near, the season’s pace quickens exponentially. Where did the time go?

Time takes on a slippery quality as the holiday season approaches.

Being proactive--and early--saves time and stress as the season's pace quickens.

Take major action against the seasonal time crunch with a pre-season scheduling session. The goal: to arrange for all those little appointments that slip the mind so easily.

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