Can you believe that Halloween was Monday night, and that we are going to blink and it will be Thanksgiving…and shortly after that CHRISTMAS? What, huh!?!? How does that happen? I feel like we roll through a lazy summer, and then all of a sudden the kids go back to school and the race of seasons and holidays begins…SO NUTS!
Piper and I (well mostly Piper) started trying on her sisters’ older winter clothes, which made me realize that it has been WAAAAAAAY to long since I’ve done a monthly “To Do List”
Would love to know what’s going on your “To Do List” for November. Here are a 10 things going on my (abbreviated) list (you know you all have one like me that is about 25 pages long…):
- Holiday Cards ~ Ours arrived from Tiny Prints (family) & Minted (work) a few weeks ago. Now I need to update the address list, stuff the cards, address or label, and stamp. (Oh is THAT all??)
- Order a return address stamp ~ I actually already have one, but YOU need to get one if you don’t. You will use this ALL YEAR LONG! Lots of great designs and so helpful for the Holidays, Birthdays, Thank You notes, etc.
- Order stamps for Holiday Cards from USPS. ~ Do you know for $1 you can have your stamps delivered to your house? You can also figure out the extra postage you may need for international cards. Love using USPS (and love things that come to my door). You can also use Stamps.com to make a custom stamp.
- Finalize Thanksgiving plans with family ~ Who is hosting and who is in charge of bringing what. I usually print out whatever recipes I’m in charge of, and make a shopping list. Then to be totally type A, I schedule a time to shop and make it all on my calendar so I’m not panicked trying to fit it in last minute.
- Register for the Turkey Trot ~ Different cities offer this race (we’re doing Dana Point). A friend convinced me to do this with her this year (CRAZY! Did I mention I’m not a runner?). Her point was it’s a 10K, but you can run or run/walk. It’s more laid back since it’s on Turkey Day, a lot of people actually dress up. And because it’s early in the morning, you’re back in time for your family. But most of all, you’ve gotten a GREAT workout in and can feel good about eating that slice of pie. So grab a friend and go for it!
- Make a list for Holiday gift shopping. ~ I know this sounds crazy, but seriously, Thanksgiving is going to be here and then BOOM, the Holidays! I hate scrambling in December. I start making my list now of who I need to buy for as well as ideas, then I can start to chip away at it each week and actually enjoy the holidays rather than completely hyperventilating (which I’ll probably do for other reasons). Plus lots of companies and websites offer great early shopping promo codes and/or free shipping. Take advantage!!
- Check and update winter clothes ~ Do your kids grow like weeds like mine?? I’m going to guess YES. Dig out the winter ski clothes box. What can be passed down? What friends/family have kids that you can “buy consignment” from, or offer a trade? What things do you need to buy or replace? Do YOU still fit in YOUR clothes?
- Stock pile a few dinners in the freezer ~ Since this time of year becomes a little more hectic (I think we had 8 Halloween parties last week). It’s nice to know there are a few meals in the freezer waiting for you. For the past 3 weeks, I’ve started taking Mondays as my kid and cooking day. Each Monday I make something with the kids for dinner that night (or for that week), putting half in the freezer for later. We currently have Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Spaghetti, and Chili happily waiting for us. There’s always something the kids can do and it’s such a nice feeling knowing the dinners are there!
- Book your hair next appointment ~ It’s highly likely you have a cut or color appointment coming up in the next few months. Now check your calendar for where you might have a holiday party or something that would be nice to have your hair done for…go ahead and book your appointment (now!) for that day. It’s not going to cost you anymore, and you will feel totally put together at your event. Hair appointments always fill up closer to the holidays, schedule them now and your safe. Also check with your hair stylist for blowout costs. If it’s within your budget, go ahead and book 1 or 2 for other parties. Key is to do it NOW.
- Remember to ENJOY the month. Don’t stress out so much that you forget to have fun (I will be telling myself this all month long, trust me.)
So what things are on your list??