Holiday Season

  • Bah Humbug: I Hate Christmas. Here Are 10 Reasons Why

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    I’ma just come right out the gate and say it, I hate Christmas. Did you gasp? Most people gasp at the disbelief that there’s someone who openly admits their disdain for the holiday season. I can’t tell you why or when my hatred for Christmas started, but what I do know is, the closer November and December get the more aggravated I become as I consider them the worst months of the year.

    Why do I hate Christmas so much? Well, I’m so glad you asked.

    Christmas people

    You know who these people are. They’re the ones who start the Christmas countdown in June and go on incessantly about their love of the holiday season. And for this reason, I avoid these people like the fucking plague since I’m trying to enjoy summer, fall, daylight savings, Halloween and most importantly Thanksgiving.

    And what I wanna know is, you know Santa isn’t real so what the fuck are you so excited about?

    Black Friday

    There’s nothing more hypocritical than people giving thanks for the shit they have on Thursday and before the turkey digests, they’re at the mall Thursday night/Friday morning fighting someone over a fucking big-screen television. That’s not how any of this works but commercialism says otherwise and people fall for it every year.

    And answer me honestly, do you really need all that shit you elbowing people over?

    Christmas music

    I’m trying to figure out why people get all excited over holiday music. It’s literally the same 7 fucking songs sung in different tones. They all say the same shit – Santa on a sleigh, Jack Frost, and a mistletoe. The worst are the radio stations that play non-stop holiday music. Ughhh, all I want for Christmas is your regular musical rotation.

    I’m looking at you Lite FM.

    Christmas bells

    Nothing rolls my eyes harder than hearing holiday bells. They’re annoying and it seems like there’s a person on every corner ringing one.

    Christmas shopping

    I hate Christmas shopping for people, which is why I give out gift cards. I don’t know what you like and since I don’t here’s some cash, treat yoself. After all, it makes better sense for you to get your own gift rather than me give you some shit you can’t use, which you’ll probably end up regifting anyway. And let’s not talk about those who say, “money isn’t a gift.” Um, the fuck it ain’t?! But since you feel that way, I’ll keep my money in my pocket.

    Spending obscene amounts of money

    Speaking of gifts, why do people feel the need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on presents? Don’t get me wrong, pricey gifts here and there are great, especially if its something someone really wanted. But random expensive gifts for everyone? Every year? Nah son, chill. The expectation to get that $300 fantasy gift that person will use once over the $40 practical one they’ll use every day is real. There’s no reason why folks are po broke from buying gifts. I’m shopping what I can afford, and for immediate family only.

    Crowds and tourists

    People flock to NYC during the holiday season like they’ve never seen damn Christmas decorations before. It’s just a tree with lights and garland. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Relax. The influx of tourists also makes traveling around the city unbearable. Thankfully, I live in Brooklyn so it’s not so bad in certain spots. But I won’t go into Manhattan until after everyone’s said Happy New Year and goes home.

    Spending time with people you can’t stand

    Just because it’s Christmas that shouldn’t mean that I have to look at your mug across the dinner table. I mean, if I didn’t like you Jan 1st – Dec 24th why would I want to spend time with you on Dec 25th? The answer is, I’m not. Which is why I don’t spend holiday time with my in-laws, but that’s another conversation for a different post.

    The “war” on Christmas people

    These are the people who wait on bated breath each year to see what kind of cup Starbucks puts out so they can boycott it. Why? Cause it ain’t Christmassy enough. Ma’am, it’s a damn cup. Stop it. Get some help. No one has ever or will ever stop you from saying Merry Christmas. There is NO war on Christmas.

    Romantic Christmas movies 

    All of these movies are the same, a big city girl who feels incomplete moves to small-town no man’s land meets a lumberjack (who may or may not be a secret millionaire, they fight then fall in love and live happily ever after. Give me a damn break. It’s the same plot for every movie yet people watch full of excitement like they don’t know what’s gonna happen.

    But all of that aside, there is a silverling to the holiday season, and that’s, the END of the holiday season.


    Oh please, don’t act like you’re not the least bit excited when the holiday season ends. I know you are cause I hear quite a few of y’all talking about happy you are for it to be over. It’s okay to admit it. Cause the truth is, it IS the best time of the year. Besides all your guests going home and your kids preoccupied with the new toys they got you also get, next year’s holiday shit for 75% off, plus those beauty gift sets and clothing for at least 50% off. It’s a gotdamn free-for-all, and I live for it!

    How many of you hate Christmas? I know I can’t be the only one out here.
  • Holiday Stress Got You Down? Here Are Some Ways To Manage It

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    The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the dreaded holiday stress. For many people, this means dealing with a lot more stress than usual. On top of your everyday stresses, you’re now faced with planning or attending holiday dinners, getting gifts for everyone, keeping the kids occupied on winter vacation, and of course, your in-laws. If you like your in-laws consider yourself lucky for one less stress in your life. For the rest of us, their visit cannot end fast enough.

    These overwhelming challenges undoubtedly make us feel stretched too thin as we’re pulled in multiple directions at once. Fortunately, there are things we can do to minimize stress from now through the new year.

    Ten Ways To Manage Holiday Stress:

    Don’t Be Afraid To Say No, And Mean It

    If you don’t want to host dinner, go to someone else’s for dinner, or simply can’t do something due to lack of time or funds just say, no. You in no way should feel obligated to do things that won’t allow you to maintain your boundaries. After you say no you’ll probably be pressured into doing whatever it is you don’t want to do, but stand firm. Let it be known that your no is your final answer and there is no going back on it. Putting limitations on what you will and will not do, in general, but especially during the holiday season will save your sanity.

    Unplug To Take Time For You

    The holiday season is hectic so taking some time for you to regroup is important. Let family and friends know that you’re going to be unreachable for a day or so. Unplugging from emails and social media will allow your mind and body to get back in sync with each other. Enjoy the time you spend alone rejuvenating yourself. No matter how you decide to spend the time, the important thing is you’re doing something for YOU.

    Treat Yourself

    The holiday season is about doing something for others but let’s not forget that it’s also equally important that you do something for yourself. In other words, treat yourself. Whether it be that luxury item you’ve been eyeing all year or a stack of new books or hobby materials. The point is, you’re showing yourself a bit of appreciation, after all, you earned it.

    Make A List Of Everything You Need To Do Starting With The Most Important

    There’s a lot more to the holiday season than just gathering with loved ones and opening presents. The behind-the-scenes work can be chaotic, overwhelming, and draining. So for this reason it’s best that you create a to-do list or use a planner to help plan your holiday calendar and to track your tasks. Writing down your tasks and checking them off as you complete them may seem like extra work but it will alleviate the stress of having to remember everything and rushing to get things done at the last minute.

    Don’t Set Impossible Goals

    Now that you have your to-do list and your planner ready try not to overfill it with goals and tasks. I know in your mind you have a lot of things you want to be done but you have to be realistic about your ability to actually do them. Trying to do too much in a small window of time is a sure-fire way to quickly burn yourself out. Set goals that make sense that you know can be completed without additional hassle.

    Try To Keep Your Regular Routine

    Following your normal routine will help you feel more relaxed and in control. When you don’t get enough sleep, eat right, or cram too much in a single day or week it can leave you feeling sad, stressed, and depressed. So take a look at your daily schedule and add your holiday to-dos in between. Don’t overflow your daily schedule even if your day is empty. Keeping your schedule light and flexible will help keep the holiday stress and chaos to a minimum.

    Maintain Your Boundaries And Stay Away From Toxic Relatives

    Just because it’s the holidays that doesn’t mean that you have to spend time with toxic relatives. If someone you wish to avoid is attending the same holiday dinner as you protect your boundaries and cancel. Dealing with toxic people is draining and the last thing you want to be is stressed because of someone’s negative views and disposition.

    Get Some Exercise

    Exercising helps to clear your mind and improve your overall mood. After a walk or jog around your neighborhood, you’ll feel more energetic and clear-headed. Hitting the gym is also a great place to release pent-up frustration. If getting out locally or even making it to the gym seems impossible, not to worry take a time out and give these health and wellness podcasts a listen.

     Set A Budget

    Setting a budget for the holidays is crucial. A lot of stress is centered around the lack of money or because you’ve overspent. Whichever your situation look at your financials and see what you can afford to spend and not spend. Keep track of this. Even if it means reducing the number of gifts you buy. Remember, it’s not about how many gifts you give but the thought you put into what you give. So instead of 5 gifts seek out one item. It could be something the person has been asking for or something that will compliment what they already have.


    Live In The Moment

    The holiday season should be a time of joy and happiness. Be sure that you’re present and connecting. Living in the moment is how you’ll ensure that you and everyone else around you is truly basking in the holiday spirit.

  • Quick & Easy DIY Holiday Home Spa Gift Basket

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    Christmas is almost here and you still don’t have gift? How about make your own! Calm down all you non-DIYers, this project is super easy and you don’t have to be an expert to pull it off. The project I’m talking about are gift baskets. You can usually buy these but I like making them because you 1. don’t have to spend a lot of money (unless you want to) and 2. I can put my own little special something in there.

    Making baskets can be fun because you can buy a nice mixture of items to include it in. They can be products the person loves or something new for them to discover. The possibilities are endless.

    For this super simple tutorial I’m going to make a spa themed basket. I chose this because I spent all year saying I was going to the spa and I never got there. I know I can’t be the only person in this position. So I’ll make a basket to have the spa experience at home. You can make your basket theme whatever you want it to be.

    Let’s get started….

    Step One: Get A Large Basket

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    The basket should be large and sturdy. It should have handles of some sort for easy carrying, and also make sure the wicker has enough holes that so that you can additional decoration.

    Step Two: Weave Decoration Into Basket

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    As gently as you can weave in your basket decorations. I only used this one holiday flower to decorate one side. If they had one more I would have added it to the other handle as well. But I think it looks nice as is. Don’t worry about seeing the stem now. You won’t see it after the next step.

    Step Three: Layer The Basket

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    Since its the holiday season I used the white glittery fluffy tree base cover thing. I call it the tree stump cover. Fold this and place it inside the basket. This is why it doesn’t matter if you saw the stem from the flower decoration from the previous step.

    Step Four: Fill The Basket

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    Remember to get enough items to fill your basket. It doesn’t have to be filled to the brim. But let it be just enough to complete the experience. Also add some holiday ribbon and candy canes to complete your basket decor.

    The last step is to wrap in clear cellophane wrap and add a bow and tag. I’ll go to Michael’s for these two items and add a card. It’s nothing perfect (cause I suck at DIY) but no one is looking at that. It’s truly the thought that counts and the usefulness of everything within the basket.

    I hope this quick how-to will help you with your last minute gift giving ideas. If you make a basket what theme are your considering?

    *This basket featured Westlab, The Spa Dress, Petal Fresh and Dip Into Pretty, who were all mentioned in the 2017 Holiday Guide. Additional items featured: A Mindful Eveningcandle (candle in pic is from Target) and Revlon nail polish

  • The Mommy R+R 2017 Holiday Gift Guide For Moms

    The 2017 holiday season is in full swing. Find great gifts for your mom friends, or hell yourself. This is a YUUUUUUGE guide! It spans 18 categories and features products in beauty, fashion, wellness, tech and wine! This guide features products and services from big and small brands, with a wide price range. There is literally something for every type of mom.

    Shop 2017 Mommy R+R Holiday Gift Guide

    If you wanna learn more about a product simply tap the page to increase the page size and get clickable links OR you can click on the product links found under each page to be taken directly to the product page. You can also download the complete holiday guide so that you’ll have it saved.

    *FYI: This guide contains affiliate links which goes towards maintaining Mommy R+R.   

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    Sweater | Jeans | Boots

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    Watch | Hat | Gloves | Necklace

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    Handbag | Luxury Tote | Backpack

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    Refill Fragrance Bottle | Achi Nail Polish | Liquid Suede | Mood Polish

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    Shower Gel | Body Butter | Blackhead Remover

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    Spa Dress | Toe Separators | Bath Salt

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    Nursing Bra | Belly Oil | Stork Bag | Pregnant Activity Bookholiday gift guide

    Bag & Yoga Mat | Fitbit | Pillow

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    Wine Tote | Cocktail Ornaments | Candles

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    Tea | Tea Pot | Mug | Hoodie

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    Baking Set | Tipsy Scoop | Stroopwafels | Chocolate

    Pillow | Mood Light | Blackout Curtains

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    Google Home Mini | Digital Frame | Digital Camera

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    Mindful Notebook | 52 Lists Project | You’re Weird | Gratitude

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    Mug | Notebook | Wrapping Paper

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    Dogipack | Texts From Mittens

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    Golden Girls | Party Cards | Tee Shirt | Wine Tote

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