How to deal with that holiday stress.


shein skirt express crop
iiiiiiiittttsss that time of year when the world falls in love and each song you hear seems to say, Merry Christmas. ANd something something, dahhhhh dun dun. And now that song is stuck in your head, Happy Holidays. OK, lets talk stress. Holiday stress, That stress that comes with this time of year. The stress of buying presents for the holiday gatherings. Not just Christmas but also for those who don’t celebrate Christmas, etc. It isn’t just the Christmas rollers that have it, others too. Anyways, today’s blog post is about stress.

It can happen to the best of us, we all have that moment of stress as much as we get that moment of zen.

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As much as I love this time of year, I started to loath it when my family wasn’t having that “normal” holiday experience. No, I am not talking about no snow, we live in FL.I gave up on that idea, we all know it would never snow here! But the over stimulation and too much going on. Rushing  to point a to point b. And thanks to my son’s OT he has gotten better with it. No, seeing Santa may still be out of the question. And going to one side of the family home is out of the question when there are over 20 people in a tiny room. Too much. We have to be careful what we do. Familiarity is what the little one needs. And that is fine, the family understands.

Anyways, there is so much to think of other than presents. And really he doesn’t ask for anything, and so creating memories are the way to go, He went to Grinchmas and friends he did so WELL!!!!! AHHH! I am proud. Plus we are definitely doing the pj holiday box , only with Star wars themed pj’s .  Got to compromise with the hubby. Plus we all know how much of a dork I am.

I forgot lipstick(derp)

So how to handle the holiday stress? What can you do about it? It’s easy, find that happy medium. If you don’t want to split the day up on Christmas day and eve with family A and family B, do Christmas Eve with one and Christmas day at the other.  Instead of fretting over the perfect presents, get something small for everyone. Especially if money is tight. That is the thing that baffles me, when money is needed elsewhere, people think they still HAVE to get something for people. NO. STOP. Take a step back and think, if you can not do presents for the 10mil people in your family say so. Say in mass text to family ” I’m sorry family, but due to financial issues I cant get anyone anything.” They will probably not think twice, or maybe already knew. And if you REALLY must do something, then go to the dollar store and make a goodie box. Or if they love that Starbucks or Dunkin get a $5 gc. Done.

The holidays can be so stressful. And really they shouldn’t be. Think about when you were a kid. Go on think. What did you do? Play in the snow? GO DO IT! Get on those gloves, put on the snowshoes, and grab that sled! And have fun!! In the South? There are lots of  things that are fun! Go to a local parade, go do what we loved to do and go Christmas light looking. See an outdoor orchestra. It is worth the time outside and relaxation.

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SKirt: SHEIN // Crop Express//shoes:luckybrand similar// Hair irresistible me

Make a hot cup of cocoa and read a bit. Listen to a Christmas station on Pandora and just relax. Slow down bake something like these cranberry and white chocolate cookies. I think in this day and age, we try too much to be in that competition of the best everything we forget what is important. And that isn’t to say that gifts are not awesome and giving isn’t. But, really think about it.

Via 25days of Christmas

These past couple of years since my lo diagnosis, has really put holidays in perspective. Now I know I have posted wish lists and gift guides, but there is a time when we need to distress. And we put so much stress on ourselves now that it gets overwhelming. Don’t you think?

I do.

I am stressed.

I am dressed like it is summer.

Which brings me to this repeat of an outfit. I wore this yesterday, and I know it is on repeat. But I needed something bright and cheery, Plus it was summery again. With all the stuff I have been dealing with I am needing a moment of zen. Just a moment.

just a moment,

just one.

A walk in nature uninterrupted, no shoes on.

Pure bliss.



  • adele December 7, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Too stunning, I love the skirt! You are doing a wonderful job with your blog, keep it up lovely! x


    • Stephanie December 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

      Thank you so much Adele!

  • yuka December 7, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    I love your skirt! the colors are so pretty!
    and yes I love the idea of getting something small for everyone. It just makes the most sense!


    • Stephanie December 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      Thank you so much! And yes it does!It can also be better for the wallet. 😉

  • Cara December 8, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    I love this post soo much and I can definitely relate, girl! It can be such a fun time, but can quickly turn into a stress overload if you let it overwhelm you. Trying to do too much really gets me down, so I try to schedule things out to where our family (my husband and boys) still get to enjoy downtime+ togetherness in our own home. Also, I’m one of those who tells people not to buy me anything because I much prefer just spending time together and eating a good meal or something. Hope your holiday season is wonderful!

    • Stephanie December 9, 2016 at 6:24 PM

      So true cara. Downtime. People don’t seem to remember that downtime.


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