Shopping List Organizer

Shopping List Organizer – A DIY Project And turn an empty toilet paper roll into a pen holder, too!

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

Need some organization in your kitchen?  Who doesn’t?!  I like to have everything I need to make my shopping list in the same place and it definitely has to be in the kitchen.  So, I made this easy project to corral my shopping list, post-its, pens, and coupons on my refrigerator in an easy-to-reach location.  Scroll down to see how I used a $1 cookie sheet, scrap cardboard, and an empty toilet paper roll to create a Shopping List Organizer.

What a Crazy Few Weeks It Has Been

I must tell you that the last few weeks – really ever since Christmas – have been filled with holidays, snow days, and sick days.  We have not had one full week of our normal schedule since before Christmas.  And, since I thrive on a schedule, I tend to fall apart without one.  Nonetheless, the last few weeks have been a little rough for me getting things accomplished.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

I have also started a new venture – one that is just a little too new to mention just yet.  However, I have added one more activity to my already overflowing schedule.  This is a good change, but I always need a little more time than most to acclimate to change.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

So, for my first post in a while, I have chosen a really easy project but one that can be very useful.  Organization is one thing (one of many) that keeps me sane.  In my life, everything has its place and when there is an item out of place, I get a bit upset.  Ok, I freak out – just a little bit.  I mean how hard is it to put your skateboard tools IN the drawer instead of ON TOP of the stand?  Or hang your sweatshirt on a hook instead of on the back of a chair?  Looking around at my house, it must be extremely difficult!

One example of an area that needed some organization is where I keep my shopping list.  I had a note pad hanging on the side of the refrigerator with a basket with miscellaneous pens, post-its, coupons, etc.  Just about everything I needed was there, but it was not organized and definitely not pretty (and if you have read any of my previous posts you know that I need my things to be pretty).  So, I decided to spruce it up a bit and add a little organization (and prettiness) with a Shopping List Organizer.

Shopping List Organizer

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Awhile back, I pinned How to DIY a Magnetic Organizer from a Dollar Store Cookie Sheet  from The Crazy Craft Lady. That was the inspiration for this project.  However, I added a box to store my Post-Its and a container for my pens and pencils to round out my Shopping List Organizer.

Supplies

  • 13” x 9” cookie sheet
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper or other decorative paper
  • Cardboard scraps
  • An empty toilet paper roll
  • A roll of magnetic tape

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

I started with a cookie sheet I picked up at Walmart for $0.88 (ooh –$0.12 cheaper than the Dollar Tree!) and a roll of Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) Project Paper in the Postcards pattern.  However, I have not used Mod Podge like this in a LONG time.  But I thought I could figure it out.  Boy, was I wrong!  I coated the cookie sheet in Mod Podge, added the paper, and put on a top coat of Mod Podge – and my cookie sheet was covered in bubbles!  It was bad – really bad.  I thought it might have been the paper I was using (it is a little on the thick side).  So, I ripped up the paper and tried again with regular scrapbook paper.  Again, FAIL!

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

Now, at this point I was ready to give up.  But, I really wanted to do this project, so I Googled “how to apply Mod Podge without getting bubbles”.  Well, I found so many different suggestions to help keep the bubbles at bay.  After reading a bunch of different pages and posts, I decided to try a few of the techniques I read.

If you get bubbles with Mod Podge, try this:

  1. Using a spray can of acrylic sealer, spray both the front and back sides of the paper. I used two thin coats and then allowed to dry overnight.
  2. Using a paint brush, apply a medium layer of Mod Podge to both the surface you are adhering to and the back of the paper.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Place the paper on the surface and smooth it out with your hands.
  2. If you still have bubbles like I did, use a roller or something with a flat edge (I used an applicator for vinyl, but you could also use a credit card) to smooth out the bubbles.

I still had a few bubbles

But they were barely noticeable, and I had also read that as the Mod Podge dries, some of the bubbles will disappear.  So, I stopped there.  But the most important tip is this last step:

  1. Wait to apply the top coat of Mod Podge until the first coat is dry! This makes a huge difference with the bubbles but also the paper does not rip as easily because it is not wet.

I had started this project one night after dinner and after my two failed attempts, I only had time to spray my paper with acrylic sealer before going to bed.  Then, the next morning I applied the Mod Podge to the cookie sheet and the paper, adhered the paper, and smoothed out most of the bubbles.  I waited a few hours and then applied the top coat of Mod Podge.  And it worked!  I had a few tiny bubbles, but with the pattern on the paper I could barely see them.  This was a WIN!

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

Now that I had finished my cookie sheet (finally), I added some magnet strips to the back and part one was ready to go.

Next up for my Shopping List Organizer, I wanted to make a box to hold my Post-Its.  The box was relatively easy.  I measured the square Post-It Note pad, added a little to the sides, and cut some cardboard.  Instead of writing it out here, I made a pattern with the directions and you can download it below.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

And lastly, I wanted a container for my pens and pencils.  This was the tricky part.  I didn’t want another box and I wanted something rounded.  But couldn’t find anything on Pinterest or a round container that would work.  I’m not sure how I decided to use an empty toilet paper roll, but it worked perfectly.

Make your container for pens and pencils:

  1. Cut a 1” section out of the toilet paper roll.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Score a line at ½” from each edge. Fold in and crease well.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Trace and cut a 2” diameter circle and a 2” x 4” rectangle out of cardboard. (Cereal boxes and the cardboard squares that come in Fat Quarters work well.) Cut the circle in half.
  2. Cover the toilet paper roll and rectangle with scrapbook paper (I just used an Elmer’s glue stick and tape).
    • Make sure to overlap 1-2” on the top curve so you won’t see the bare cardboard when finished.
    • Also, to make it easier to fit around the curve, cut notches around the edge.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Trace the half-circle and cut it out the scrapbook paper – but do not adhere it yet!
  2. Attach the straight side of the half-circle to the short side of the back piece
  3. Use a hot glue gun to attach the half-circle to the bottom edge of the curved piece.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Adhere the sides of the toilet paper roll to the back piece with hot glue.
    • Use a ruler or pencil to hold the top to the back to make sure the entire side is attached.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

  1. Cover the bottom with the half-circle piece of paper.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

 

Now that my Post-It Box and Pen & Pencil Container were finished, I added some magnetic strips to the back, so they will attach to my Shopping List Organizer.

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

All I had left to do was set it up the way I wanted it.  In addition to my Post-It Box and Pen & Pencil Container, I attached a notepad for my shopping list, used a magnetic clip to hang a mini calendar, added one of my Polaroid Photo Clothespin Magnets to hang coupons, and added one of my Quote Magnets just because 😊

Here is the before picture: (it is a bad photo – not just because it is cluttered but the lighting in my kitchen is not conducive to photos)

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

And here is the finished product – A Shopping List Organizer:

Magnetic Shopping List Organizer

I am quite pleased with the finished product.  It is much prettier than my cluttered area and I have everything I need at my fingertips when I write my shopping list.

Where do you keep your shopping list?

Is it as cluttered and messy as mine was?  How do you keep your shopping list organized?  Let me know in the comments below!

I hope you enjoyed this project and Add a Little Shimmer to your life today by making a Shopping List Organizer.

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Need Stocking Stuffer Ideas? I’ve Got 'em Right Here

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

What’s inside: For me, choosing and buying stocking stuffers is one of the hardest parts of Christmas shopping.  This year I have compiled a list of over 75 stocking stuffer ideas and created a printable to keep track of what I have and what I need to buy.  Scroll down to check out my ideas for stocking stuffers for this Christmas.

After I stopped working full-time, I was a little lost.

When I was teaching or counseling, I felt like I was helping people.  But, when I stopped teaching and counseling, I really didn’t feel like I was making the impact that I was before.  To compensate for that need, I began volunteering in both boys’ classrooms and did so for the past few years.  But last year, when Straight Shooter moved to our intermediate school, I was no longer needed in his classroom.  And this year, Skater Boy’s teacher does not have classroom volunteers at all.

Luckily, a little over a year ago, my mom suggested I “help out” at the City Thrift Shop where she volunteers one day a week.  I gave it a try and immediately fell in love with the CEO, staff, and the work.  Ever since, I spend a few hours every Friday volunteering at the City Thrift Shop.  This has really been good for me because I really feel like I am doing some good.  As an added bonus, this past summer the boys went with me most Fridays and volunteered, too.  Now that I have gotten the community service bug, I am always searching for more ways I can help others.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Giving a Little More

Like donating candy to our deployed troops at Halloween (in this post), I wanted to give a little more this Christmas as well.  So, my family will be doing a Reverse Advent Calendar this year.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

For a Reverse Advent Calendar, we will give items each day from December 1st to Christmas instead of receiving them.  I mean, do my boys really need a piece of candy or a little toy each day before they get a load of presents on Christmas?  Uh, no.  Starting December 1st, we are going to add at least 1 item a day to a box.  These items can be toys they no longer play with, outgrown clothing, non-perishable food items, bath and body products, etc.  Then, by Christmas we will have at least 25 items that we can then donate to Skater Boy’s school’s food drive, a local homeless organization, and of course the City Thrift Shop.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Stocking Stuffers

But, Christmas is also about giving presents to our family and loved ones.  And part of that is finding and purchasing stocking stuffers.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

 

I hate buying junk just to fill stockings, but I also do not want to spend a ton of money just on stocking stuffers.  Also, filling a stocking with candy is not ideal.  So, I decided that instead of waiting until the last-minute and picking up cheap stuff that nobody will use or want, I am getting ahead of the game and making a list of ideas now.  Then, I can keep track of each stocking I need to stuff and make sure that the gifts are 1) not junk and 2) not too expensive for a stocking stuffer.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

For organizational purposes, I made a list by category: boys, girls, teens/tweens, men, women, and everybody.  Of course, ideas from each category can be used for any other category – I just listed them in the most “appropriate” category.  All the stocking stuffers on my list can be purchased for $15 or less (most of them for $10 or $5 and less).  These stocking stuffer ideas can also be a good ideas if you have children who want to buy gifts for friends and family members but do not have a lot of money to spend.

Below you will find my stocking stuffer ideas, by category. But, of course, this list is only a snapshot of all the neat stocking stuffer ideas out there.  If you need more ideas, just search “stocking stuffers” on Google, Pinterest, Amazon, or any other search engine or shopping website and you will get a ton of ideas.  And the stores in general can be a great source of inspiration.  While I am out Christmas shopping or just on my weekly errands, I like to check out the Dollar Tree, Five Below, Target Dollar Spot, AC Moore, and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store (just to name a few) for great stocking stuffers as well.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Boys

  • Hot wheels
  • Mini Lego sets
  • Bubbles
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons/markers
  • Model kit (AC Moore has small metal models $10 but $5-6 with coupon)
  • Play-doh
  • Yo-yo
  • Crazy straw
  • Superball
  • Magnifying glass

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Girls

  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss
  • Anything makeup or jewelry
  • Small craft kits (Perler beads, bracelet kit, foam kits)
  • Stickers
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Glitter or gel pens
  • Character band aids
  • Silly shape or character cookie cutters
  • Stuffed animals
  • Character mini figures
  • Hair accessories
  • Brush

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Teens and Tweens

  • Flash drive
  • Hair color
  • Movie tickets
  • DVD
  • Body spray
  • Journal
  • Beanie
  • Headphone splitter
  • Playing cards

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Men

  • Shaving accessories
  • Lottery tickets
  • Car air freshener
  • Money clip
  • Flashlight
  • Golf balls/tees
  • Bottle opener
  • Nail clippers
  • Playing cards
  • Shoe polish
  • Measuring tape

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Women

  • Facial cleaning power brush
  • Face mask packets
  • Facial cleansing wipes
  • Silicone beauty sponges
  • Body or hand lotion
  • Adult coloring book & colored pencils
  • Manicure set

Everybody

  • Handwarmers
  • Cold weather accessories (hat, gloves, etc)
  • Tea, cocoa, coffee (cute mini coffee creamers)
  • Comb/brush
  • Toothbrush
  • Mini Bluetooth speaker
  • Phone, tablet, iPod accessories (extra charging cables, double USB wall mounts, HDMI cables, portable charging stations, phone case, screen protector)
  • Cute tissue packets
  • Antibacterial Wipes or gel
  • Socks
  • Cool logo or saying t-shirt
  • Touch screen gloves
  • Puzzle books(crossword, Sudoku, hidden word)
  • Bookmark
  • Book light
  • Keychain
  • Snacks

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

One of my many “therapies” is retail therapy.  And one of my favorite things is Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. But, after years working in retail at a mall, I hate going out on Black Friday to actually buy them.  So, I spent a lot of time over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend checking out the web for great deals and found some pretty incredible stocking stuffer ideas.

Below is a list of a few very cool, unique gifts from around the web:

  • Kids and adults alike can make their very own Flip Book. Flip Book Kits, in styles such as Robot & Rocket, Dinosaurs, Butterfly & Frog, etc. are $14.99 on Amazon
  • The Tubshroom is also another cool invention to keep the loose hair in the tub out of the drain. Although this may be a bit gross, at $13 on Amazon, it would be a great gift for someone who struggles with clogged drains frequently.  (I would love one of these in my stocking)
  • Anti-Stress Fidget Cubes are great for kids and adults alike. Whether we like it or not, we all deal with stress and Fidget Cubes are all the rage (now that fidget spinners are  so done).  You can find one for $7.95 on Amazon.
  • With everyone using technology these days, touch screen gloves are definitely a winter must (I know I need a good pair for sitting at the skatepark in the cold winter months). I found a nice pair for only $6.99 on Amazon.
  • If someone you love wears glasses and his glasses are constantly falling down his nose, this is the perfect stocking stuffer. Nerd Wax Stop Slipping Glasses for $10.99 on Amazon was a product that debuted on Shark Tank and does just what it says – stops glasses from slipping. I should probably invest in some of this (or maybe Hubby -hint, hint- can stuff one in my stocking) – my glasses are always falling down my face!
  • What girl doesn’t need a hair tie? The Invisibobble “Original” Hair Tie for $7.43 on Amazon holds all hair types with super strength and does not leave a mark when you take it out.  Again, I wouldn’t mind one of these in my stocking this year.
  • Have a real feminist in the family? I may not be a radical feminist, but I love seeing strong women in action breaking that ever-present glass ceiling.  Rad American Women A-Z Postcards are a great gift for any woman like me.  And, they are only $11.25 on Amazon.
  • The Evriholder Kitchen Kritter Ketchup Character Cap ($4.97 on Amazon) is super-cool cap for your ketchup bottle. When attached, ketchup pours out of his mouth. Since Hubby and both boys love their ketchup, someone will be getting this in his stocking this year.
  • I know brushing teeth can sometimes be a struggle with younger kids. That is why I think GUM Crayola Squeeze-A-Color Toothpaste for $6.50 on Amazon is a great idea.  Add a little fun to brushing and maybe they will fight it a little less.  I wish I knew about this when my kids were younger.
  • Who doesn’t love scented markers and crayons. Amazon has a huge selection starting at about $3.50.  Just search “scented markers for kids” and you will find a ton.
  • A few years ago, Skater Boy was obsessed with all things “spy”. This would have been great for him.  The Draw a Secret Message Invisible Spy Ink Pen with UV light is only $5.49 for a set of 4 pens on Amazon.  With these pens kids can write secret messages to each other and only a person with another pen with the UV light will be able to read it.  For $5.49 I might get these for my boys and give each of them 2 pens.
  • I love anything that gets kids talking. I found 2 great products on Amazon that do just that.  Chat Pack for Kids is $10.49 and Table Topics To Go is $9.00. Either one would be a great stocking stuffer for the kid who needs a little help getting the conversation started.
  • When I saw first saw this journal Between Mom & Me: Mother Daughter Journal ($14.46), I was a bit jealous. Then I found the boy’s counterpart: Between Mom & Me: Mother Son Journal ($12.84).  Whether you have a boy or girl, these journals are a great way to keep communication open.
  • Another product I wish I knew about a few years ago – Lego Tape. For $6.99 on Amazon, Lego Tape is reusable, adhesive strips of silicone that kids can attach anywhere and then build on any surface imaginable.
  • My family loves games and I especially love word games. I found 2 word games that I really like for Christmas this year.  The Scrabble Twist Game ($14.85) is an electronic Scrabble game for 1-8 people.   and the Quiddler Mini Card Game ($5.83) is a smaller version of the original game. It only takes about 15 minutes for each player to form words out of his hand of letter cards.

*Just a quick note – I have no affiliation with any of these products or the sellers.  I just spent way too much time surfing the web finding super cool gifts*

Of course, while you compile your stocking stuffer lists, you need a way to organize what you have and what you need to buy.  I made this Stocking Stuffer Inventory printable to add to my Christmas Planning Notebook from my post 2 weeks ago.  Download and print it to keep track of your stocking stuffers, too!

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Do you have any other unique ideas for stocking stuffers?  Let me know in the comments below.

Add a Little Shimmer to your life today while picking up great stocking stuffers at great prices!

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas

I have a ton of great Christmas ideas and projects planned for the coming weeks.  And, I will post my best ones in the next 3 weeks.  Keep checking back to see what I have in store for you!

 

Nicole Warren-Missimer

Adding Shimmer to Life: A DIY lifestyle blog helping you add some shimmer to your everyday life.

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Christmas is Coming – Let’s Plan! FREE Printables Included

What’s inside: Christmas is coming sooner than you think.  Did you know we only have 19 days until Christmas?  Wow!  So, let’s make this year’s Christmas less stressful by planning and organizing.  I will help you get started Christmas planning and even give you a bunch of free planning printables.

I have to be honest, I have never really been a fan of Christmas.  Since my birthday is only 11 days before Christmas, my birthday and Christmas have always been kind-of lumped together.   As adults, we plan for the parties, bake the cookies, purchase and wrap the gifts.  We spend so much time preparing for Christmas (so much so that I need a special notebook just to keep organized) and then it is over.  Like that.  For me, it’s kind-of a let-down.  And now that the kids are older, they open their gifts so fast.  I even try to make them wait and take turns just to make it last a little bit longer, but that only goes so far.

Christmas Planning

And, of course, there is the clean-up.  I hate any type of cleaning. I mean I HATE it.  If I could pay someone to do my cleaning, dishes, and laundry, I would do it in an instant.  And there just seems to be so much extra cleaning after Christmas is over.  Extra dishes from cooking and baking, pine needles falling from the tree, little scraps of wrapping paper left over from that odd-shaped present, and the list goes on.

Christmas Planning

But I do love the decorations – the colors, the lights, even the smells of Christmas.  I love decorating the house, the tree, and outside. And I enjoy making new decorations and ornaments each year.   But, when Christmas is over, we need to haul the boxes back down from the attic, pack up everything, and hoist them back up into the attic.  Nevertheless, no one is as excited to put the decorations away as they were to get them out.

Christmas Planning

Don’t get me wrong, I do like Christmas.  I truly enjoy purchasing or making gifts that are meaningful and then giving them to my loved ones.  And, of course, getting gifts isn’t so bad either.

But over the years, especially since I had kids, Christmas has become more and more stressful.  I needed a way to make the holiday season just a little bit less stressful.  From that need came my Christmas Planning Notebook.  A lot of my inspiration for the notebook and some of the printables comes from Taylor at Household Management 101.  She has great resources for planning all holidays and an awesome 6 week series to plan for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Christmas Planning

I try to start planning at the beginning of November, but my goal is to have a detailed plan by Thanksgiving.  This year I printed out all of my printables, punched holes, and made a notebook.  After I organized my notebook, I sat down and completed everything. When I was finished, I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders.  I have a plan and everything I need is in one place.

Christmas Planning

Now, this is how I did it – hopefully you will get some useful ideas to make your Christmas planning less stressful as well.  First, I organized my notebook into 5 sections with tab dividers in a 3 ring binder.  I bought the dividers that have pockets because I can put my random scratch paper notes, receipts, and coupons right where I can find them.  My sections I used are:  Calendars, Budgets, Homemade, Food, and Shopping Lists. And, this notebook is not only a 1-year and done deal.  You can keep this year’s planning and use it as a starting point for next year.  I am hoping to keep this year-to-year and update annually.

Christmas Planning

I will introduce each of the 15 printables within the 5 sections as I have them organized and give some of the tips and tricks I used when planning my Christmas Notebook.  .

Okay, let’s dig in…

Calendars

November 2017 Calendar, December 2017 Calendar, Week Before Christmas, Week After Christmas

I am using the November 2017 Calendar  and December 2017 Calendar calendars to schedule when I will make homemade gifts, bake cookies, shop, wrap, etc.

Christmas PlanningChristmas Planning

I included a Week Before Christmas Calendar especially because this is “crunch time” for me.  If I didn’t do it by then, I better get it done this week.  And making a daily to do helps me get it all done.  I also plan the tasks like making ice (so we have a stockpile for Christmas Eve), the boys’ days off, etc.

Christmas Planning

And the Week After Christmas Calendar is mainly for scheduling the clean-up from our Christmas Eve party, putting gifts away, washing new clothing, and possibly taking down the decorations.  And since the kids will be home this entire week, I like to have an idea what activities they can do to keep them busy.  I also am keeping track of special offers, coupons, and Groupons that we can use that week.  And, of course, there is a section for planning for New Year’s Eve.  We really do not do anything exciting – last year I was the only one awake to see the ball drop – but there are some activities that I like to do.

Christmas Planning

BUDGETING

Christmas Budget and Gift Budget

I use the main Christmas Budget page to estimate how much I will spend on items such as food, wrapping, and gifts for teachers, neighbors, and family.  After I come up with an amount for all of that, I can then see how much of the money we have saved for Christmas we can spend on the boys.

Christmas Planning

I use the Gift Budget to keep track of my spending throughout the season and also to keep notes (such as where I purchased a gift and if it is returnable).  This is especially useful for keeping track of buying gifts for my boys.  We really try to keep the amount we spend on each of them as equal as possible and this helps me make sure that we do.  And most importantly, keeping track of what we buy helps us from overspending.

Christmas Planning

HOMEMADE

Homemade Gift Planner

Probably my most favorite part of Christmas is the homemade aspect.  I love to baking, cooking, and especially making handmade gifts.  I think these gifts are more personal and show the recipient that I really took the time and thought to give him or her a special gift.  This also gives me an excuse to craft, sew, and DIY.  And it is a productive way to justify all of the hours I spend on Pinterest.  Usually, the boys and I make gifts for my parents, neighbors, friends, and their teachers, bus drivers, and other helpers (secretaries, mail carriers, garbage men).  I also like to have a few to have on-hand – just in case I forget anyone in my planning.

Christmas Planning

I use these Homemade Gift Planner pages to plan each homemade gift so I know what I need to purchase and how much time I will need to complete each project.  Then I can schedule when I will work on each to ensure it is finished on time.  In the notes and resources section I write things such as where the instructions are located (Pinterest, Facebook, or one of the many organization apps I use) and how I can break down larger projects into steps.  I try to write everything related to the project on these planner pages, including special packaging if necessary.

FOOD

Christmas Menu Planning & Shopping Lists

Menu Planning pages for Christmas Eve, Christmas Breakfast, and Christmas Dinner and Shopping List pages for Christmas Eve, Christmas Breakfast, and Christmas Dinner.

In our family, we host a Christmas Eve party for Hubby’s side of the family.  Compared to my family, Hubby’s is huge.  Besides his parents, he has 2 brothers, a sister, 5 nieces, and 2 nephews (so far!)  Needless to say, our house is bursting at the seams on Christmas Eve and we need lots of food and drink for everyone.  We do a pot-luck kind of dinner where everyone brings something.  The Menu Planning page is a great way to make sure that we have all of our bases covered and don’t end up without forks and drinks on Christmas Eve.  This is the only meal that we are responsible for, but I included pages to plan for a Christmas breakfast and a dinner if you host one of those.

Christmas Planning

I also like to break down the menu planning page into a Shopping List.  Once I have this list, I know exactly what I need for Christmas Eve.

Christmas Planning

SHOPPING

Grocery List & Homemade Shopping List.

I know the Christmas Grocery List may be redundant, but if you are planning more than one party, combining all of those lists in one place makes it easier to manage.  I used the grocery list last year so I could pick up non-perishable items throughout the season, especially when they were on sale!  I really prefer buying items over time instead of going on one big shopping trip right before Christmas – no crowds, fewer bags to carry, and most importantly less time!

Christmas Planning

I added the Homemade Shopping List this year so I can pick up these items here and there when I make my regular trips to the dollar store, Walmart, and grocery store.

Christmas Planning

But, most importantly, I like to plan my craft store purchases to maximize my coupon usage.  If I am anywhere near Joann, AC Moore, or Michaels (the 3 craft stores we have locally) I will run in and pick up just 1 item if I can use a coupon and not have it go to waste (an unused coupon is a travesty).  This way, I don’t have to take special trips and I can get most of the items for 40-50% off.  Hey – we work hard to save that money, I like to make every cent count!

Downloads

If you only want to use a few of the printables, you can easily download just those in each section above.  Or I have created a multi-page PDF file that includes all 15 printables (the whole kit & caboodle).  If you want them all, here they are:

Christmas Planning Notebook 2017

And last, but not least – you absolutely must make your Christmas Planning Notebook as pretty on the outside as it is useful on the inside.  Here is a Cover Page for the Christmas Planning Notebook.

Christmas Notebook Cover

So, now that you know exactly how I am making Christmas a little less stressful by planning and organizing now, how are you going to lessen the stress of the holidays?  Are you planning and organizing like me or do you have another great tip or trick?  Let me know how you make the holidays less stressful in the comments below.

Add a Little Shimmer to your life today by making a pretty and useful Christmas Planning Notebook.

A note:  My boys will be home all next week, so I will not be posting.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll see you after the holiday!

Nicole Warren-Missimer

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*As promised, I will be sharing information regarding Mental Health in every post.  Click on the image below and be directed to the National Institute for Mental Health‘s A-Z Guide of mental health conditions.  The NIMH website is a great resource for anyone who suffers from a mental health disease, believes she may have a mental health disease, or cares and loves for someone with a mental health disease.  Please use this guide for informational purposes only; diagnosis and treatment decisions should always be made by a health professional.

NIMH Mental Health A-Z Guide

 

 

Nicole Warren-Missimer

Adding Shimmer to Life: A DIY lifestyle blog helping you add some shimmer to your everyday life.

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