As we are right in the trenches of holiday shopping and all together holiday prep, I wanted to share a few tips for making this season a bit easier.
#1. Holiday Cards- As always, you have some options. You can buy cards (and upload your images) online in a 'one stop shop' like minted.com or vistaprint.com complete with printing and shipping, create your own template (I have used Microsoft Publisher) to send to your printer or you can buy stock cards without personalization (Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc.). Well there is a NEW, affordable, time efficient option: using a professional template. Blue Brush Studio on etsy.com offers uploadable templates on sale for as little as $3 and range up to $18! I'm so excited about this new discovery, the one time purchase allows you to customize with your own photo(s) and print to your own printer instead of paying the printing and shipping fees associated with online card shops. For that small template price, you can even splurge and print the cards off at a professional store like Staples or Kinko's.
#2. Gift tags- don't buy them. Seriously. They are such a waste since they are a one time use item. My solution is for gift bags with tissue paper, fold a corner and write the 'to and from' on the tissue paper. That way, the recipient can cut off that small section and re-use the tissue paper later.
#3. Quick & easy recipes for your holiday parties- Most of us don't have time to make an elaborate dish for every holiday gathering this season. While my tried & true recipe involves chocolate-covering pretzels and chips, I'm trying to expand my horizons. Here are a few quick links to my favorite holiday recipes I've seen recently & I'm dying to try out!
http://theplungeproject.com/fab-friday-finds-cake-batter-recipe-roundup this link has 5 recipes!