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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Lena Austin

How To Have a Stress-Free Holiday Tradition

There are simple, easy things to do to avoid stress now, and in the future, while creating an heirloom to be passed down. Stop depending on your memory. Your brain won't be around after you're gone.

Take one ring binder with paper, a few page protectors, one ring binder zipper pocket, and a small clasp envelope. Now, as your holiday progresses, write down your memory aids in the binder, stick the recipes in the page protectors, and your receipts in the clasp envelope.

Some examples are: 1) a copy of your holiday card list, 2) your family traditions like lighting a bayberry candle or driving around town looking at decorated homes, 3) your gift list, and 4) all those family recipes, even the ones in your cookbooks. Keep a pen in the zipper pocket, and even your gift cards if you use them in place of money can be put in the pocket as well.

Your holiday binder doesn't have to be perfect. The goal is to save information. It took me three years to find all the recipes, and make photocopies. I enlarged one of the recipes off the back of a can of sweet potatoes that was fading and becoming difficult to read. I saved myself the horrible stress of digging through my entire cookbook collection and whimpering, "Where is it? Where is it?"

I now have six years of stress-free holidays under my belt. I kept the menu lists, and it brings a smile to my face to remember laughing in the kitchen with my daughters, slapping masculine hands attempting a quick taste-test, and the locations of where certain decorations work best.

Best of all, I now have an heirloom that's easily shared with all three of my daughters and grandchildren.

Lena Austin

I'll be giving away any ebook from my backlist or my latest ebook release, Protect and Serve: Don't Need A Hero-- Winner's choice. Just leave a comment and let me know which you would rather have.


Debby said...

I like this idea. I am going to start one for each of my daughters.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Mountain Laurel said...

Great idea...after-all I am a consent organizer...I place everything in books and this will help me with one more step from stress. Thanks for sharing!

Jean P said...

What a great idea, would certainly help with the stress level.

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Joanne said...

Great idea. I would like the latest release if I won. Thanks for the giveaway.


elaing8 said...

That is a great idea.
I'd love to win Protect and Serve: Don't Need A Hero.

Cathy M said...

Anything that puts the joy back in the holidays gets my vote of approval. I would love to read your new release.

caity_mack at yahoo dot com

shadow_kohler said...

what a great idea! im gonna have to do this. itll definitely cut the stress. thanks for sharing! happy holidays!

June M. said...

That is a terrific idea! I am not the most organized person so keeping everything together and easy to find would be great. Especially receipts where they are easy to get to if something needs to be returned or exchanged.
Have a wonderful, safe New Year's
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wanda f said...

Fantastic idea I cant wait to do this both myself and my daughter are no where near organized lol.Happy Holidays

VampedChik said...

Thanks so much for sharing! That's a great idea! Oh and LOVE the cover!

flchen1 said...

What a clever idea, Lena! I'm going to have to try that out :) It's certainly better organized than I could be now!

As for your titles, they all sound amazing--I'd have to choose either your Dragon collection or Bodyguard (love those scifi stories!)

Hope your celebrating's been merry and memorable, and wishing you a joyful and all together fabulous new year, Lena!

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