Working Momma Diaries: Last Minute Holiday Prep & To-Do List Solutions
Due to popular demand I'm continuing this series - the Working Momma Diaries - to share some of the things I've learned while balancing work and being a momma.
For those that don't know me well, I travel for work. I used to travel every week and took a role for the current year where I travel about 1-2 times a month instead. My husband also travels for work 100% of the week. Needless to say, we have spent the past few months figuring out a new routine and balancing crazy travel, airplanes, nap times, family time, bedtime, and trying to find time for friends and romance. I looked around and realized a lot of my momma friends work and figured I'd share some of the best tips I've learned from them and my time so far.
Anyone else still not ready for Christmas? I hope it's not just me!! For those who still have some items left on their to-do lists, I've linked some of my favorite quick fixes. Specifically, if you're looking for holiday decor OR help with prepping for the day itself, check out some suggestions for the busy working momma below. Most importantly remember, your family isn't going to remember all the fancy cookies, decor, prezzies, etc in years to come. They just want to spend time with you so give yourself some grace that it's ok if things aren't perfect (my mantra this week) in exchange for everyone's sanity and happiness. Jesus is the reason for the season! love you all!!
Christmas To-Do List Help
1. Wrapping presents? SOLUTION: Outsource it!
In fact, do you or someone you know need to save time during this busy holiday season? Holly Lahrman, Founder and CEO of Holly Would P.A., has a unique, one-time or many-time hire, personal assistant service based in South Austin. She is currently offering holiday gift wrapping throughout the month of December. You drop the packages at her door and within 48 hours she inventories your items, wraps, and bows your gifts…and in coordinating paper to boot! Pick-up and delivery options are also available. Holly offers other personal assistant type services throughout the year, including personal shopping and returns, deliveries, event planning, and more. Contact Holly for gift wrapping or your other personal assistant needs at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 937.269.6582.
2. Need local Santa photos in Austin? SOLUTION: Go to Texas Keeper Cidery
Grab a cider, listen to some tunes and get your santa photo done at our favorite South Austin cidery, Texas Keepers Cidery, TODAY 12/15 from 2-6pm . PS - need to actually buy the puppy on your kiddos wish list? Fuzzy Texan Animal Rescue will be there with pets to adopt, too. WIN / WIN! BOOM, MOMMA.
3. Need last minute Christmas Eve or Day Dinner without having to shop, prep, cook and clean? SOLUTION: Order from Central Market or HEB or your local grocery store!
We have ordered holiday meals from the grocery stores a few times; the first was for our first Thanksgiving and Easter that we hosted -- with a newborn. The food is delicious, nutritious, and you can order it online - apps, dinner AND dessert
4. Need a last minute pet sitter OR grooming to reduce the amount of house fur before the guests arrive?
Try rover - the uber of pet sitting - where you can hire someone to come to your house or drop off your pets at their house for anywhere from, $25-$50/night AND/OR the mobile pet solution in Austin, Sir Fur Pets, where a grooming truck comes straight to your house. You can hire your pet sitter and get your pet groomed in between conference calls or....while you're on them if you're waiting for the grooming to be done!
5. Need more Christmas decor? SOLUTION: Run to Target.
Run to target and check out my favorite staple home decor pieces from Target for the busy momma are linked below.