Christmas in July: Planning Ahead

I’m a bit of a Christmas addict, okay I’m like Buddy the Elf when it comes to Christmas. My husband and I decorate right after Halloween, yes we skip right over Thanksgiving. I mean I make a meal for us and our in-laws and go to things with my family, but we have the house decorated for Christmas.

So that I can enjoy the holiday as much as possible I try to start planning very early. I wanted to plan started a few months ago but I’ve just been so busy. I’m determined to start now! And I may be listening to my Spotify Christmas playlist right now, because why not?!

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The first thing I do when planning is get my planner set up. I started using this last year and really like it, it takes out a lot of the stress. I just use free printables which I put in my household binder.

I had already printed out some of the printables after last year but I found more to add this year and printed them the other day. Here is what I keep in my Christmas planner.

These are some of the printables I’ve found the most useful but you can find even more on my Christmas Planner Pinterest board. I will likely add even more now through Christmas.

I’m also starting to look for gifts, new decor, and hoping to start making some gifts. I really hope to have most things done by the end of October so I can just enjoy the season.

Do you plan for Christmas very early? If so, how early? Do you have a Christmas planner? I’d love to hear what is in your’s if you do.

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Christmas in July with Zulily

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I’m to share some tips for planning ahead for Christmas this week. And while working on that I saw that Zulily is having some Christmas in July deals. I had to share these deals before they were gone because there are some cool eco-friendly items. The event ends in just over 2 days so be sure to check it out while you still can.

Are you already thinking about Christmas? Do you like to shop ahead of time or wait until close to Christmas? Share in the comments below or on my Facebook page. And be sure to check back this week for more Christmas in July fun.

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Winter Wonderland Tag

Winter Wonderland Tag

I love watching tags on YouTube and even though this is a blog, clearly, I’m not one for rules so I’m going to do it anyway.

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Favorite thing about winter? Christmas! I’m like Buddy the Elf crazy about Christmas. I love decorating, baking, buying gifts, crafting, watching Christmas movies, and all that awesome stuff.

Scarves or Beanies? Scarves. I will wear a beanie if it’s really cold but I prefer scarves and have a pretty big collection.

Favorite holiday movie? I can’t pick one. I love Home Alone 1 & 2, Miracle on 34th Street (1994), It’s a Wonderful Life, Santa Clause, I could go on and on!

Favorite winter nail polish? I don’t paint my finger nails often and honestly I’m still building up my non-toxic nail polish collection so I don’t really have “winter” nail polish.

Favorite Starbucks Holiday Drink? I really am not a Starbucks fan. I can’t stand their coffee and I prefer local businesses. I will sometimes get a white hot chocolate but very rarely. From a local coffee shop I really like hot chocolate. I prefer french press coffee so rarely drink coffee away from home. At home I really like a chocolate cafe au lait.

What are your top 3 winter essentials? My Patagonia coat (they don’t make it anymore), Patagonia boots (they also don’t make them anymore), and hand lotion! My hands are SO dry this year so my Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream is with me pretty much all of the time and at night I put on Theraganics whipped shea butter.

Name one item on your wish list this year? This is tough, my wish list is really just some of small gifts. I asked for a rag rug from Etsy, I think that’s the biggest item I asked for? I really often ask for pretty practical gifts, Pyrex ends up on there a lot ha.

Favorite holiday song? Again this is tough. I really like all the classics and I’m a huge fan of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, etc… A newer song I’ve been enjoying is “Christmas Lights” Coldplay, this year.

Did you go Black Friday shopping this year? No! I don’t like crowds or mornings.

Must have winter lip product? Three! Like my hands my lips are very dry during the winter. I use my DIY lip scrub, coconut oil at night, and during the day I like Juice Beauty’s SPF 8 Lip Moisturizers.

Will you be rocking an ugly Christmas sweater this year? Nope, I don’t own any and I don’t think I’m going to any ugly sweater parties.

Have you ever had a white Christmas where you live? Yes. We did last year and we have a few other years. It’s not looking like we will this year, which makes me happy because we go to my parents Christmas morning and they live pretty far outside of town and their road gets pretty bad when it snows.

Favorite winter candle scent? I love spice soy essential oil, soy candles. I’m allergic to pine scents so stay away from those ha. I also really like peppermint and vanilla.

How will you be celebrating this holiday? Tomorrow my husband and I are going to go to Branson for a few days. Then I’m not 100% sure our plans on Christmas Eve but often I go to my cousin’s in the afternoon and we go to my parent’s church at night. We always drive around and look at Christmas lights as well. On Christmas we go to my parent’s house in the morning and have waffles and mimosas and open gifts, then we spend the afternoon with my in-laws, I normally cook a nice meal and we open gifts.

And I tag anyone that wants to do this, just post your video or blog post in the comments below.

Be sure to check back all month for more Green Holiday Guide posts. And check out the Green Holiday Guide board on Pinterest for even more green holiday tips. And be sure to enter to win an infinity scarf.

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Chocolate Café Au Lait

I love to drink lots of hot drinks during the holidays. While tea is my favorite hot drink, I do enjoy coffee from time to time and this is one of my favorite ways to drink it.

chocolate Café Au Lait

 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strong hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup of milk (a little less if frothing the milk)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

  1. Brew coffee. I recommend a using a french press.
  2. While the coffee brews heat your milk, add the cocoa powder and sugar. Don’t let boil.
  3. Once the milk is heated and everything is well mixed, if you are frothing it go ahead and do so.
  4. If possible, pour the milk and coffee into the cup at the same time.

This can be made sweeter or less sweet depending on your taste. I highly recommend frothing the milk, it really does make a difference. You can get a milk frother for under $20 on Amazon. Some people may call this a mocha but mocha should be made with espresso so this is really just a chocolate version of café au lait , which is my favorite coffee drink. It’s a great drink for the holidays, you can even add a little bit of peppermint extract for an extra treat.

Be sure to check back all month for more Green Holiday Guide posts. And check out the Green Holiday Guide board on Pinterest for even more green holiday tips. And be sure to enter to win an infinity scarf.

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Last Minute Deals

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Today is the shipping deadline for many stores so there are a lot of great deals out there for the last minute shoppers. Here are some I have found. Most of these end tonight so don’t delay!

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Abe’s Market- Free shipping store wide and save 10% with code JINGLEBELLS
Expires 12-16-13 at 11:59 pm/PT

Reuseit- 15% off store wide and free shipping on orders over $49 with code RUMERRY3
Expires 12-16-13 at 11:59 pm/EST

Natural Candy Store- Sales on select candy, no code needed.
Ends- 12-30-13

PlanetShoes- An extra 25% off sale items with code DAY4
Expires- 12-16-13

The Land of Nod- Free shipping, excludes furniture
Expires- 12-16-13

William Sonoma- Free shipping with code FREESHIP
Expires 12-18-13 at 11:59 pm/PT

25% off cookware + free shipping with code COOKWARE
Expires 12-16-13

Juice Beauty- All peels 10% off

The Container Store- Take 10% off your order at the Container Store. Valid 12/16 only

GreenCupboards- Free Shipping
Ends 12-16-13

Gifts with Humanity- Save 15% store wide with code HURRY15

Crate & Barrel- 25% off & Free Shipping

CleanWell- Save 10% on All CleanWell Hand Sanitizers and Wipes, code GIFT10AA
Expires 12-19-13

The Ultimate Green Store- Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50. Coupon only valid for UPS Ground Shipping. Coupon does not include furniture, over-sized items and orders shipping outside of the contiguous 48 United States. Code HOLIDAY2013
Expires 12-31-13

Receive 10% off of your purchase at The Ultimate Green Store with coupon code: GREENLIVING
Expires 12-31-13

Gaiam- Save 10% Off On Any Order Of $50 Or More Now At Gaiam.com! Click Here! Use Code: AF13410OFF50 At Checkout!
Expires 12-31-13

Be sure to check back all month for more Green Holiday Guide posts. And check out the Green Holiday Guide board on Pinterest for even more green holiday tips. And be sure to enter to win an infinity scarf.

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