My Holiday Mantra | Less Variety - Larger Quantities

by Renee Bloomquist

Happy HOLIDAYS, KitGirls! It is time to make those holiday lists and check them twice! I’m kicking off the season with a solid holiday plan. Creating a plan before the start of the hustle and bustle will save me time, stop me from overspending and help me FINISH STRONG!

This year I’ve adopted a new holiday mantra; less variety, larger quantities. Apart from the kids in my family, I will be bulk buying gifts. The adults on my gift list will receive a little self-care bundle which includes one Truly Hard Seltzer or Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider, one facial sheet mask and one chocolate bar. Prices may vary but in Northern California, this comes out to about $1.75/gift and makes this holiday budgeter sing, self-care JOY TO THE WORLD!


My KitLife 2019-2020 Holiday Planner includes the most adorable, rustic gift tags. I added an extra layer of cuteness using craft supplies I had on hand and wrapped up the gifts in leftover cello bags from last year. Right after Thanksgiving I will setup a wrapping station and organize my wrapping supplies. Once my wrapping is finished for the season, I make an inventory list of leftover supplies on a Post-It note and stick it to my November 2020 monthly spread in my KitLife Planner, setting myself up to not purchase unnecessary supplies in 2020. #TeamReese

As the invitations for holiday parties and potlucks start to roll-in, I will continue to (jelly) roll with my holiday mantra; less variety, larger quantities. My plan is to do make-ahead pies and cookie dough. When it’s time to party, I’m bringing the dessert! Buying the ingredients in bulk and taking a few hours to prep for the month not only saves money, it leads to happy and healthy holiday sanity! No more last-minute trips to the grocery store and time wasted standing in line. Don’t care to prep? Take and Bake all the way! This is a no-judgement zone. Frozen pies and cookie dough are usually on sale this time of year. Stock up now!

Since I’m at the top of Santa’s “nice list,” self-proclaimed no less, I will be sure to carve out some time on Sundays for a little holiday rest, relaxation and self-care. Sundays tend to be quiet around my house and it is the perfect day to indulge in a holiday-themed bubble bath! Thanks to Charlotte over at “Milk and Honey Life,” this practice has become ritual in my home. If you haven’t already, check out her Instagram and YouTube channel for inspo, she will not disappoint! I love to wind down with a face mask, a silky bath bomb, sparkling water, hot cocoa and a holiday movie. This is a way to treat myself for not overspending and not overcommitting.

As the remaining days of 2019 fly by, I encourage you to create a plan, slow down and savor this wonderful season!