Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Season of Serenity (Now) at Home- New Series!

Welcome to my new holiday series, A Season of Serenity (Now) at Home. My goal is to share creative tips and tricks to bring some Serenity to your home this holiday season!

"'Tis the season to be jolly."

That's the quote, right? Why do so many of us find ourselves stressed out, over-committed, and just plain tired this time of year? When I felt the annual guilt and anxiety start to creep in, I knew it was time to do something about it.

As my friend Kate so aptly said, with all of the distractions that can pop up at Christmastime, our goal should be to "prioritize our time spent together-it's more important than anything else."

I enjoy writing this blog and creating little projects and recipes to share here, but my number one priority this Christmas season is to make lasting memories with my children. In twenty years, they won't remember those yummy cookies Mommy posted about in December of '11, but they will remember snuggling on the couch to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, or driving around to see Christmas lights.

I still want to provide you guys with some fun reads this next month, so don't worry--I do have lots of posts planned for you. I also have a very exciting group of guest posters who will be contributing their own holidays tips and tricks.

We are all looking forward to sharing fun projects, activities, recipes, and more...things that will keep your stress levels low and invite some Serenity (Now) into your home for Christmas!

I'll be posting the links for each post in the series here, so please check back in here if you miss one:

#1 Metal Tin Advent Calendar
#2 How to Stay Joyful (and Sane) this Christmas Season
#3 Sausage Stuffing (a Simple Holiday Side Dish)
#4 Christmas Organizing Tips and Tricks
#5 How to Throw a Less Stressful Holiday Party
#6 Decorative Chalkboard Tin
#7 Vintage Silhouette Ornament Tutorial
#8 Holiday Style Guide
#9 Christmas and Holiday Card Display Craft
#10 Christmas Tinsel Garland Wreath (Dollar Tree Decor)
#11 Adding Flair to Your Christmas Gift Wrap
#12 Affordable Tablescape Tips and Ideas
#13 Series Wrap-Up and Holiday Inspiration

May you and your family enjoy a blessed and stress-free Christmas together!


  1. I'm really looking forward to this series, Amanda. We all need to gather round each other and help one another prioritize. It's easy to get lost in trying to make our holidays bigger and better and more photo-worthy and blog-post-worthy. While a little of that is fine (since our families do benefit from the Christmas decorations), most of that is NOT fine--it's a distraction from what we really ought to be doing. Thank you for taking the lead in saying "Enough!"

  2. I am so excited for this blog series. I am adamant about creating a meaningful Christmas this year. Can't wait for your tips and inspiration!

  3. I can't wait to see everyone's tips and tricks! The holidays can be so crazy here...I need to remember to slow down and enjoy it more:)

  4. The holidays are indeed a stressful time for everyone. I'm looking forward this series!

  5. Sounds like a great series.

    I hope you enjoy lots of wonderful memory-making time with your family this Christmas season. I have sort of a Christmas bucket list for my family in the coming weeks. Lots of fun things to do to enjoy the season and make sweet memories :)


  6. I love your Series so I'm really looking forward to read this one!

  7. Brilliant idea my friend! Yes, you're right, it is all about making those memories that they cherish for life, I'm with you! *linking arm in arm* Thanks for the shout out too, always a delight! Looking forward to the series so much!

  8. You are a genius! I'm so excited to see where this leads. :)

  9. You are so right! Enjoy your holidays with your family. It's the most important part of this time of year!

  10. I totally agree! Can't wait to make memories with my own kids some day (: Excited for the series! xo M

  11. Several Christmas's ago, I kept bugging my husband- I asked "Do you think they'll remember this?" 3452 times. Finally, he said "Probably not, but they'll remember the feeling."
    That is what I try to keep in mind.
    Kerry at HouseTalkN


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