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‘Hand Crafted’~’Heart Felt’ ~ 3 Perfect Tips For Self-Care During The Holidays

Before the crash of 2008, we had years where ‘D’ received generous holiday bonuses, sometimes even twice a year.  When the construction industry came to a screaming halt, that all ended.  We ended up having to walk away from our home at that time as did so many other people in the country, and we were faced with a Christmas that looked completely different financially than the years before.  And you know what? It was better.  No seriously, clichés aside, not having an excess of cash was actually liberating.

It’s strange how paradoxical life can be at times.  It would make sense in our minds that the more pennies you have in your bank account the happier you will be.  Truly, I have found this time and again not to be the case.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if one does not have the means to feed their family or pay the bills they are better off.  That’s ridiculous, and were I to make such a claim you could firmly declare that ‘The cheese done’ slipped off my cracka’.  No, I am talking about having to be creative and prioritize in the face of a lack of excess.  There was less pressure to ‘buy’ that year and limits were put on wish lists.  The boys were given an amount we were able to spend on gifts and adjusted their lists in accordance with that.  It worked out so well, that even in the improving years we stuck to those guidelines.  The focus of Christmas shifted from how many presents were under the tree, to finding the one or two gifts that had meaning and thought behind them.Craft final

This is why I love giving and receiving hand made presents.  No one takes the time and energy to craft you something awesome if you are not dear to them.  I have a friend who makes the best gifts, and I look with anticipation every year to see what she will come up with.  Last year she showed up on Christmas afternoon with what was probably one of the coolest things I have ever been given.  Here it is proudly occupying center stage on my dining table: (make one yourself!)

3 awesome self-care tips to get you through the holidays

Tips For Practicing ‘Self-Care’ During The Holidays ~

  1. Carve out time at night to take really hot wonderful baths with delicious smelling holiday themed bath bubbles (buy them for you too, not just as gift for others)~ 
  2. Eat 90/10: 90% healthy whole foods and 10% wondrous delectable holiday ‘tasties’  (it will be worth it to your emotional and physical state to not gain the obligatory 10lbs Oct-Dec~
  3.  Make the time to sit quietly alone with the lights dimmed, the tree lights on, and your favorite Christmas music playing in the back round while you relax and take a ‘break’ from it all~


*Photo courtesy of Julep*

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  • Reply
    August 7 at 3:58 pm

    Merry and happy – I like that! Thanks for linking up at Fibro Friday again, we love to have your unique viewpoint to help spread fibro awareness far and wide.

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      August 7 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Lee! 😉

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    August 11 at 5:04 pm

    I love posts that are raw like this- such a human connection. Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Kim | http://peeledwellness.com

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      August 12 at 12:10 am

      Thanks Kim 😉

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    Emma T
    August 12 at 1:32 pm

    That’s a lovely gift. I’d love to receive something like that (although I’m not sure my OH’s well versed in homemade gifts…he prefers practical (read, dull!) presents. #sharewithme

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      August 12 at 2:38 pm

      Ha! Ha! I know what you mean Emma. I HATE practical gifts! Gift should be something awesome that you would usually never get on your own. I have two daughter-in-laws who LOVE practical gifts. I try to balance between the two so it doesn’t seem like they’re getting ‘socks’ 😉

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    chantelle hazelden
    August 13 at 1:13 am

    I love handmade presents, so much more meaningful!! #sharewithme

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      August 13 at 6:48 am

      Thanks for stoppin’ Chantelle! 🙂

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    Brandi Clevinger
    August 13 at 8:01 am

    Again, loving the talk about the holidays. What kind of aroma can you put in the bath? Like bath salts or something? That would be lovely to soak in a hot bath that smelled like Christmas. The happiest time for our family was when we were unemployed for two years. We had little to no money, but we had the most fun. It definitely proved that money does not have to buy happiness. Our Christmas gifts are much more conservative since then and we enjoy Christmas more now than before.

    Thank you for sharing your post at #ChronicFridayLinkup! I pinned this to the Chronic Friday Linkup board at http://www.Pinterest.com/beingfibromom

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      August 13 at 9:55 am

      I know exactly what you mean, we grip so hard onto what we have but when we are forced to do with less, we find we survive and actually enjoy what we have even more! Ulta and Target will start selling holiday bath bubbles here soon, or you can add essential oils to Epsom salt to create a natural and healthy bath fragrance. 😉

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    Kris, Neighbor Chick
    August 13 at 5:39 pm

    The more stuff you have, the more you have to worry about. Give me simple any day! And what a sweet friend you have to lovingly hand-make your gifts!

    Have a neighborly day!

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      August 13 at 9:09 pm

      She is great, very blessed to have her friendship 🙂

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    August 17 at 10:53 am

    What a lovely gift. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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      August 17 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Jenny! 🙂

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    September 27 at 4:09 pm

    I love giving and receiving holiday gifts, it means so much to make something with your own hands. A gift that the receiver can take with them from home to home and look upon with affection and love for the person that crafted it.

    The gift you received is lovely and unique, what a fantastic present.!

    Your spoonie holiday tips are great, I take baths each night, it helps to calm and soothe me before bed. I also want to add, think ahead for your Holiday gifts. Nothing more stressful than still working on gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve! Especially for a Spoonie!

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      September 27 at 6:01 pm

      Exactly Nikki! I found it helpful to have a plan for Christmas preparation before chronic illness, but now, it’s imperative!

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