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Well, you did it….you survived Thanksgiving 2010.  I won’t even ask if you ate too much (smile).  Hopefully, your Thanksgiving was a wonderful celebration of food, fun, family and friends!  Now, I know the holiday isn’t over yet because the celebrating is going to continue for the rest of the weekend.  Let’s just check in to make sure that this weekend’s celebration doesn’t ruin your waistline. (Hey, I’m writing this not only to you but to myself.  I had 2 pieces of sweet potato pie and I’m making a spice cake).  Here are some ways for us to reign it in!!!

  • Change your mindset.  Many of us think that if we skip breakfast and lunch for a couple of days we can chow down on anything we want and all will balance out. This is not so. Overindulging is not a habit you want to cultivate even once during the year. Eat your meals each day, but decide that you will try a little bit of everything instead of a lot of all of it.
  • Drink water.  Water is your friend. It can make your stomach feel just full enough to keep you from grabbing the biggest piece of sweet potato pie on the table. Try downing a couple of glasses right before dinner. With your stomach partially filled, your plate won’t be.
  • Eat slowly.  Most of the time, we are so busy talking that we don’t realize how fast we are eating. It’s also a choking hazard, so when you talk, put your fork down. As your stomach fills with air, you won’t want to eat as much as you once thought. Also, as you chew, consciously taste each bite of grandma’s sweet potato pie and thoroughly enjoy every bite! That sensation will go a long way even if you only have a few spoonfuls.
  • Take an after-dinner walk.  When we feel full and overeat, we feel miserable. Fit in a little exercise with a walk in the clean, crisp air. Your food gets a chance to be digested and you can get tired out from something healthy instead of fatty foods.

The holidays are about food, fun, family and friends so don’t suffer on account of that meal. There are ways to enjoy the holidays without adding pounds or feeling guilty.

Your Balance Partner,

Deona

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I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and the retailers already have the Christmas decorations out but there is one thing you should think about sooner rather than later.  And that is how much you are gonna spend this holiday season.  The best way for you, the very busy mom, to get a jump on holiday shopping is to begin with a holiday savings fund. This will ensure that you have the money that you need for holiday shopping before the very last shopping day!

Rather than trying to squeeze holiday shopping into the budget in December, get a jump on your planning early and you’ll have a much better experience.

What is a Holiday Savings Fund?

Simply put, a holiday savings fund is money saved specifically for holiday shopping. You can put money away for gift giving, entertainment, food, decorating, and any other aspect of the holiday beforehand. This will ensure that you’re not scrambling to find bargains at the last moment when you should be enjoying yourself instead!  And this season it’s all about making sure that you, the busy mom gets to enjoy yourself this year!

Try these tips for starting your own holiday savings fund:

1. Make a list. Start with basic categories, like Entertaining, Gifts, Greeting Cards, and Food. From here, you can make a list of what you need to buy for each category. List with as much detail as possible, as this will benefit you in the long run.

  • Give each category a thorough list of items. For the Gifts category, include every gift recipient you plan to give a gift to. Then plan what to give each person or set a spending limit for each gift.
  • Your Food list can include categories for different events and a full list of the groceries and other food items that you need for each event.

2. Formulate a budget. Now that you have thorough lists for each need during the holiday season, assign a rough estimated price to each item and formulate a budget. How much money do you need to fulfill all of your goals for the holiday season?

3. Figure out a savings plan. Now that you know how much you need in total, you can figure out how much you need to put away every week to achieve your goal. Divide your total by the number of weeks left until Christmas. That’s how much you need to save each week.  Alternatively, break your totals down into smaller chunks. For example, you can put away $20 per week  for food for three weeks, or $75 for gifts per week in the lead-up to Christmas.

4. Put it into action. Now put your plan into action. As you save money, keep a tally of what you’ve saved and where each saved dollar is going to go. This will help keep you on track from month to month as you prepare for the holidays.

5. Tweak as necessary. You may need to tweak your plan for various reasons. Your budget needs may change, or the amount of income you’re bringing in may change. If this happens, just tweak your plan to address the changes and keep going.

The closer you get to your savings goal, the better off you’ll be in the long run. Keep close track of your numbers so you can make tweaks and changes as soon as the need arises rather than after the fact.

A holiday savings fund will simplify the holiday planning process. The more details you put into your plan, the better the results will be. A holiday savings fund can be a lifesaver, preventing you from becoming overwhelmed at the last minute.

If you plan and prepare ahead of time for the parties, meals, decorations and gifts, then you can ensure that you have the money early enough to make it happen.

Your Balance Partner,

Deona

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Can you believe it’s almost November?  As busy mothers, with all ready full plates, we are about to enter one of the busiest times of the year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.  Are you ready?

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As long as it’s a “healthy” suggestion (smile) make your child’s favorite dinner this month.  Just another way to show you care…..

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Make sure to say it with a hug!

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