After many years of being a stay-at-home mom, I’m now back in the work force. It’s been two years but I still haven’t figured out all of my routines. Last year, I was so overwhelmed that I didn’t do my usual neighbor Christmas gifts at all! (Thank goodness we’d moved and my new neighbors didn’t know what they were missing.) Since I work 50-60 hours at my job and spend most of the other waking hours balancing family and pixels2Pages commitments,
I knew if I was going to do neighbor gifts this year, I had to find speedier ways than I’ve done things in the past.
In past years, I have baked all sorts of delicious goodies – mixed plates of cookies and treats, huge roaster-size pans of homemade cinnamon rolls, homemade cookie-in-a-jar kits with a big batch of cookies to accompany them, large tins of homemade caramel corn, and more. This year, all of that seemed too overwhelming so I made simple sugar cookies, quicker caramel corn, and easy pretzel treats. Instead of including handwritten recipe cards, I used StoryBook and sent them to my local drug store for 1-hour printing. Instead of typing and printing a separate Christmas letter and including it in my Christmas card mailing, I used StoryBook and wrote my Christmas letter and printed it on the card itself. Finally, I made sure I had help! Usually, I make and deliver everything myself but this year the children helped. Now my neighbors know I’m more than just a mini-van that leaves early in the morning and comes home late at night. I’m someone who wants to brighten their holiday season.
I’d love for you to share some of your tips for making homemade and personalized gifts in a faster way. I need all the advice I can get!