Friday, December 14

5 Ways to Reduce Stress During The Holidays

The holiday season is a big and important time for most families. There are many things on our to do list, shop for gifts, plan family gatherings, cook fabulous meals, remain happy and bubbly! For some, this can be a big source of stress coupled with other life factors. I've put together a list of a few small things that you can do to reduce your holiday stress. Check them out below.

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Eat healthy meals
  As mush as we would probably love to live on coffee alone, our bodies will  repay us by being sluggish and cranky. In order to survive the holidays, we have to start waking up and preparing a healthy breakfast for ourselves and the family. Oatmeal is always a family favorite, it's easy to make and is nutritious. Also, have a plan in mind for lunch and dinner so you won't feel rushed later on into the day and turn to eating junk food.


Get a good nights sleep
  This is easier said than done. I'm normally and early sleeper and an early riser but lately I've been finding myself going to bed at 11pm sometimes! Going to sleep this late makes me exhausted in the morning. To help myself go to sleep earlier, I've been putting down my phone and turning off my computer at about 8pm, this helps with being able to relax my mind. A cup of chamomile tea helps with relaxation. Having a nighttime routine for your children will not only be beneficial for their sleep habits but will also help you sleep better. If the kids are in the bed at a certain time every night, then you will begin to unwind at a certain time every night, leading to longer and better sleep.

 Reduce time on social media
  The holidays are some of the best times to look at beautiful pictures of happy families, fabulous gifts, and extravagant vacations on social media. But, these beautiful pictures can sometimes lead to feelings of enviousness, unworthiness, and even jealousy if you begin to compare your life to those in the pictures. We have to remember that social media is a highlight  reel of your life's best moments and even though someone's life may seem "perfect", we should be grateful for the life that we currently have. Reducing time spent on social media will improve your feelings of gratefulness and overall self worth.


 Say "NO" to some holiday activities
  This is a big one for me! My little lady and I are always on the go, we love exploring and attending different events around the city. I'm getting emails daily about holiday plays, tree lightings, parades, holiday parties, and Santa visits. Of course, I want to take my daughter  to ALL the holiday things, but I have to learn to say no! Mainly because Atlanta traffic can be so terrible, it makes a typical 20 minute ride drag out for 30 and 45 minutes! Another reason is because my pockets just can't handle all the things and holiday gifts lol. So we have to choose! I'm picking a few free and affordable events to attend during the holidays and I am saying "no" to anything that makes me feel stressed about going.

Spend time with your friends
  Yes, the holidays are for spending time with your family, but don't let your friendships fall to the backburner! Hanging out with friends can be a refreshing twist to daily mom life. So plan a few friend dates this holiday season!

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This holiday season, lets not run on fumes, but actually enjoy our family and friends. Lets create good memories and always look forward to this time of year. Until next time.


April K.
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Friday, November 23

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

Happy Happy Holidays everyone! I wanted to share a few things to put on your preschool girl's holiday wish list. I think every 4 year old girl would love these items whether she loves to read or play outside. Have a look at my Holiday Gift Guide for Preschool Girls below!
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The gifts are categorized for your convenience. I have personally done gift themes for gift giving during the holidays. One year my daughter only got books, another year she only got art supplies, she really enjoyed it. Click the pictures to see prices. *This blog post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through them, at no further cost to you, helps support TheDailyAprilNAva.

For the girl who loves to read:
Any girl who loves to read would be happy to receive the Prime Book Box for Kids. This is fabulous subscription service that delivers books to your home for your child every 1, 2, or 3 months! Prime Book Box saves you up to 40% off list price and provides the best value on hardcover books sold by Amazon.com.

 

1. Princess Truly in My Magical, Sparkling Curls
2. If Kids Ran the World
3. Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life


4. Fancy Nancy: 5-Minute Fancy Nancy Stories
5. Pinkalicious: 5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories: Includes 12 Pinkatastic Stories!
6. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!


For the girl who loves to play pretend:

7. Madame Alexander Middleton Doll Newborn Baby Lavender African American
8. Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Time to Eat Doll Accessories Feeding Set (8 pcs)
9. KidKraft Lil' Doll High Chair
10. Baby Doll Clothes for 14-15-16 Inch Doll
11. Mommy & Me My First Doll Stroller



For the girl who loves STEM:
Any STEM loving little girl would love a toy subscription. The Amazon STEM Club Toy Subscription is a service that delivers high-quality, age appropriate, STEM toys to your door that encourages learning through play.

     

     


12. Skoolzy Straws and Connectors Building Kits
13. MIBOTE 110pcs Magnetic Building Blocks Educational Magnet Tiles
14. Wonder Workshop Dash – Coding Robot for Kids
15. Crayola Color Chemistry Set for Kids

For the girl who loves games:

   

16. Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game
17. Hatchimals Eggventure Game Set
18. Shopkins Big Roll Bingo

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I'm definitely not a little girl but I would totally want all of these gifts under my tree, especially the coding robot! What are you all giving your littles for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.


April K.
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