Most of the stores have their shelves filled with holiday merchandise. From wrapping paper to holiday cards…it’s there. You would think they’d at least wait until Halloween is over. But, no. They don’t. We crack jokes about it, however, we all know that it’s there for a reason. The holiday season is right around the corner and it’s time to start tackling your holiday list. Early holiday sales and coupons are surfacing and, if you want to save some cash, the time to shop is NOW!
While the holidays are generally a time for rejoicing, they are also a time for travel and enclosed spaces, which can lead to un-joyful grumblings. Fortunately, if you have the task of staying at a family member or friend’s home this season, the situation is under your control. For the second part of my holiday survival guide, here are some tips for being a great house guest.
- Be Over-Prepared—Just as I noted in Part I, you can’t always expect others to provide the obvious. If you have a certain allergy, dietary need, or medication, be sure to bring it, as you can’t assume that your harried host will remember. Also, try not to forget any essential sundries, which can lead to awkward borrowing.
- BE RESPECTFUL—This rule cannot be stressed enough. Between cooking a big dinner, buying presents, and having people staying at their house, your host is sure to be crazed. Make their job as easy as possible by being helpful when you can, and knowing when to give them space. Bring a book or hobby with you so you have something independent to do.
- Bring/Send a Thank-You Gift—Manners never go out of style, so don’t forget to thank your host graciously when you arrive and when you leave. Aside from the words, bring them something nice from your own city, treat them to a meal when you are in town, or send them a thank-you note with some sort of fruit basket after you’ve returned home. You will definitely be invited over next year!
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Dana also writes a vintage fashion blog at www.woodstockwardrobe.com
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The holidays are coming. This means engorged stomachs, festive movies and songs, and, most importantly, some much-needed time spent with family and friends. While this time of year can be amazing, finally catching up with out-of-town loved ones, eating delicious food, it can also be stressful when you have to host house guests. Even your favorite people can become annoying if they are constantly underfoot. Luckily, there are some failsafe suggestions that can insure that this holiday season will be a stress-free one. Also be sure to check Part II, on how to be a great house guest yourself!
- Be Over-Prepared—Travelling can be extremely stressful, and your guests may not remember everything that they need for the weekend. Always have extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo, and soap on hand just in case. Also, if there are small children or elderly family members visiting, stock up on some essentials that cater to that demographic.
- Make their Room Feel Homey—The reason family members and friends choose to stay with you over a hotel is for a sense of comfort (okay and maybe also the cost). Make them feel welcome by creating an atmosphere with candles, nice clean bedding, and anything special you know they would enjoy. The more considerate you are, the more likely they are to be respectful of your home.
- Show Off Your Town—This can be anything from taking a tour of a local exhibit to showing off some of the delectable treats from nearby bakeries or restaurants. Travel is expensive, so make it worth their while (and yours) by giving them a real vacation.
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Dana also writes her own vintage fashion blog at woodstockwardrobe.com.
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Thanksgiving is all about turkey, family, and being grateful for everything you have. The day after Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is about shopping, and scoring the best deals possible. Stores are going to be packed with shoppers all trying to buy the best gifts at the lowest prices. Don’t let that psyche you out, though. Here are a few tips to getting through the Black Friday shopping frenzy with your sanity (and wallet) intact:
Develop a shopping strategy. All those deals can be very tempting, but just because the item is cheap doesn’t mean you need it. Before you hit the stores, make a list of the people for whom you need to buy gifts.
Think carefully about your recipient’s interests. Just because a model airplane set is on sale doesn’t mean that your foodie nephew will be into it.
Set a limit on how much you can spend per person- there’s no reason to go into debt over holiday gifts.
Use your smart phone or computer to surf zuuzs.com. Every day, zuuzs.com offers incredible deals at companies like Old Navy, Airfare.com, Barnes and Noble, Famous Footwear and Wal-Mart. Just sign up- it’s free- and start saving!
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With Halloween behind us, and Thanksgiving just next week, it seems stores are already prepping for a glitz and glam Holiday Season and New Years Eve. Creator of always classic designs, the Gap, has introduced several more luxe pieces to their Fall/Winter collection, and we like!
From the faux fur, to the sleek cords, the sequined tops and sweater knit tights, the sleek leather jacket and silk pleated pants, even the booties are downright fabulous!