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Holidays can be a hectic time for everyone, especially Moms- there’s family pictures, and relatives in and out of your house, cookies to be baked, hams to be cooked, gifts to be bought, and did I mention more food to be made?? I know that I have spent many, many, late nights and early mornings staying up baking , cooking and decorating for the holidays. It’s absolutely exhausting.
To make things a little easier, (and help you get a bit more sleep and enjoyment out of the holidays) I’ve made a list of tips for preparing for the holidays for busy moms.
Make a Grand Entrance – you only have once to make a good first impression. So making sure that the outside of your home and entry way is clean, organized and decorated is key. If you are too busy to get everything done with the decorations that you want, having the main part of your home decorated and cleaned will keep you from feeling completely overwhelmed.
Follow the “Party Path” – So you may not have time to clean the entire house from top to bottom before the in-laws come in town for the big Thanksgiving feast. Concentrate on the ‘party path’. Walk into each room/entry way/hallway your guest will be in and take a look around – does the door to the bathroom have dirt marks on the bottom from your son kicking it open with his muddy boot? Are there smudgy chocolate hand prints on the cabinet from when your daughter got herself a glass of milk after eating cookies? Take care of the major issues from room to room – including the ceilings,walls and light fixtures. You will feel a lot more comfortable the time you have to clean.
Beautify the Bathroom – Especially focus on the vanity and the sink, tuck stray items from the countertop into drawers, clean the mirror, wipe down the counter, sink and fixtures. Have fresh towels, extra toilet tissue, clean fresh rugs, and air freshener available.
Hit the Kitchen – making sure that your kitchen is sparkling clean (floors, baseboards, cabinets, frig) dishes are washed, and groceries are bought. You (and your guests) will probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen. With the hours upon hours of cooking and baking that you’ll have to do, you want to make sure you have everything you need to be successful, and quick.
One thing that I’ve always wanted was something to make the cooking and baking easier – and I completely am in love with some of the latest appliance technology they are offering at Best Buy. The Frigidaire FGIF3061NF has induction cooking that enables you to boil water in less than two minutes, plus induction reduces clean up time because spills don’t burn on. This Frigidaire range also includes a convection oven which circulates the air in the oven for quicker baking time. Another great innovation within cooking are double ovens that let you cook two dishes at two different temperatures at once like the Whirlpool WGG555S0BS but still fits within the space of a standard range. All of this technology will allow you to get the food the way you want it prepared and saves you time so you can spend it with the ones you love.