31 Days to a Stress-Free Holiday : Gather a Size List

Today is a beautiful day! It actually really feels like fall! It actually feels a little more like our winters out there. It will be gone as quick as it came, so I’m enjoying it while I can. I left the back door open this morning while we were getting ready for church, lit the pumpkin spice candle, made a nice big pot of coffee, and had some awesome worship music playing (Bethel Music’s “The Loft Sessions” – I highly recommend it!). It was the perfect way to start our day! Macy {the dog} loves it, too! She just kept running laps around the backyard and in and out of the house. :)

Well, I made it a whole week in the 31 day writing challenge! The task I have for you today is quick and easy, but will end up saving you some trouble. All you need to do is gather all of your family’s sizes – shirt, pants, and shoes. If someone wants to buy clothes for your or your family as a Christmas, you have everyone’s size for everything in one place without even having to think. :)

I have a printable again today that you can download here : {size list} and add to your Holiday prep folder or binder.

I have a fun surprise for you tomorrow, but you’ll have to stop by to find out what it is! :) Until then, enjoy your Sunday evening!

31 Days to a Stress-Free Holiday : Intro

I’m really excited to be participating in The Nester’s 31 day writing challenge. My topic actually came to me fairly quickly. My favorite time of the year is approaching — the Holiday season.

The Holidays are about family, reflection, gratitude, and giving.  At some point in time, we’ve allowed the Holidays to become about obligations, busyness, and stress. I know that there are people out there that don’t even enjoy the Holidays, or dread them, because of the stress that comes along with them. I’m basically like a kid when it comes to Christmas, in that I think about it all year-long, cannot wait, would make a paper countdown chain starting in February if it were socially appropriate…..but I’m even guilty of overdoing it and stressing myself out about it all. The first Holidays after Tim and I were married were absolutely insane. I started with hosting Thanksgiving in our new home for both families after a bout of the stomach flu, then we completely loaded up the calendar in December. I think there were for real only 3 days that we didn’t have an event marked on our calendar. Insane. Since then, I’ve been on a mission to simplify and to learn how to say no to things, so that when January rolls around I don’t feel like a crazy person.

This really is possible to do! It takes planning ahead, starting early, simplifying, and accomplishing things in baby steps. It may take a little more effort in the beginning, but the result will be a happy, relaxing, memorable Holiday season with your family and friends. Overall, it will be a much more meaningful season for you.

I recommend beginning this process in early November. It’s possible that you could be done with your Holiday prep by the beginning of December. Now, there will always be things that pop up or that you can’t do until a certain date, but you will be so much more prepared to take care of these things because everything else is already done! You don’t necessarily have to do all of these things in the order that I post them. With any kind of organizational plan, you have to adjust it to what works for you and your family. This is what works for me and is a great base to work your way to a fantastic Holiday season.

I’ll be covering topics like budgets, food prep, gifts lists, events, and your Holiday wardrobe. I will link up to each post back here on this one, so that it’s all in one place for you to find.

I’m really looking forward to tackling this with you all! I want your feedback, too! Let me know what works for you, or what issues you run into. I hope each of you has an amazingly enjoyable, stress-free Holiday season!



Day 2 : Clean House

Day 3 : Stock up on Essentials

Day 4 : Establish a Holiday Budget {and stick to it!}

Day 5 : Assess Your Calendar {protect your time!}

Day 6 : Make a Gift List

Day 7 : Gather a Size List

Day 8 : Plan Your Holiday Wardrobe

Day 9 : Purge

Day 10 : Make Travel Plans

Day 11 : Plan Devotional or Advent Activities

Day 12 : Create Holiday Menus and Grocery List

Day 13 : Gift Wrap Inventory

Day 14 : Decor Inventory

Day 15 : Create a Christmas Playlist

Day 16 : Greeting Cards

Day 17 : Start Making Handmade Gifts

Day 18 : Plan Charitable Giving

Day 19 : Plan Must-Do Family Activities and Traditions

Day 20 : Plan Freezer and Slow Cooker Meals

Day 21 : Make Pre-Made Dough and Snacks

Day 22 : Do All of Your Online Shopping

Day 23 : Plan Table Settings

Day 24 : Black Friday

Day 25 : Make Any Christmas Decor

Day 26 : Food Prep

Day 27 : Decorate the Tree

Day 28 : Decorate the Inside of the House

Day 29 : Decorate the Outside of the House

Day 30 : Wrap and Ship All Gifts

Day 31 : Relax and Reflect

Fall Front Porch Decor

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week! It’s been sunny and cool and much less humid than usual – it gets this Texas girl extra excited about Fall!

I love the traditional colors of Fall – reds, oranges, golds, browns….I think they’re part of what makes Fall feel so warm. I usually stick to these colors and natural elements when I’m working on my Fall decor, especially when it comes to decorating outdoors and on the front porch. There’s just something about seeing stacks of pumpkins and gourds and rows of mums that pumps me full of adrenaline. I just love it all!

My front door is pretty much the same every year. I always start with a leaf garland and Autumn wreath. This wreath was very quick and easy to make. I bought a grapevine wreath and some Fall picks from Hobby Lobby (all 40-50% off) and just stuck them in-between the vines and rearranged until I got the look I was going for.

Last summer, I painted our front door black and frosted the window panes and it made me love having these decorations out there even more. It just made it look so much better.

I think deep down inside, I’m really a country girl. I appreciate rustic, country, pumpkin patch looks.

I gave the pumpkin on the right a little bit of height by flipping over an apple basket for it to sit on.

I bought the mums for $1.38 each at Home Depot. Once it’s time to take down the Fall decorations, I’m going to plant them in my flower beds to see how they’ll do. I didn’t want to spend any unnecessary money on flower pots that will only get used for a couple of months, but I couldn’t leave them as is. I found some left over burlap scraps and ribbon and just created a little sack for them to sit in. It’s definitely an homage to rustic and pumpkin patch, and was free. Win, win!

I found a wooden crate at Michael’s on sale for $9.99 to add a little extra character, interest, and height. I can reuse it once we’ve moved on from Fall. I’m thinking maybe staining it and adding some casters to hold blankets? We’ll see! I love this huge, orange and grey gourd. It was fun to add something different to sit with my typical orange pumpkins.

This guy might look familiar to you. I, of course, had to make my own. I like to change what it says or add little doodles depending on the time of year. I don’t know that I will ever grow old of chalk boards — they’re just too dang cute!

I’m so happy with how it turned out and I had a blast pulling it all together. Have y’all started decorating for Fall yet? Do you go all out at your house? Let me know what you’re up to! I just can’t get enough. It’s a disease. Haha!

I’m also linking up at:

Somewhat Simple

Love and Laundry

The Thriftiness Miss