Happy December!

Christmas is upon us and there are always a million things to do! Whether you’re hosting the holidays at your home or traveling to a loved one, things just never seem to slow down and before we know it, we can end up feeling more like the Grinch versus any of those little cute Who’s running around. I’ve been there too.

But, not this year! This Christmas you’re going to have the best tools in your back pocket to be able to enjoy this holiday season with your family.

We’ve created a One-Stop Holiday Guide that focuses on taking the pressure off with incredibly delicious recipes the whole family will love, provide a stress-free shopping experience, keep the kids entertained, and set yourself up for success at home to focus on what matters most – family. Amongst any traveling to visit extended family, remember to make time to have fun decorating the tree together, making cookies, and sipping your favorite beverages together in your cozy pajamas! Let’s bring back the essence of Christmas this year.

Here’s the breakdown of this month’s issue:

HOME 101

If you love holiday decor then check out Simple, Chic & Cheap – 9 Holiday Decorating Ideas that Look Expensive. When it comes to gift-giving, here are 10 Gifts You Can Make for $10 or Less and find out How To Save Money on Wrapping Paper (6 Genius Tips!). If the home is feeling a little cluttered after getting out all the Christmas decorations, Yes, You CAN Get Rid of That! How to Declutter Without Feeling Guilty. And lastly, as the month ends, How’d You Do This Year? 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Ring in the New Year.

FOOD MADE SIMPLE

Wouldn’t it be great to create amazing dishes without spending hours in the kitchen? You can with Our Best Make-Ahead Holiday Recipes, Easy Slow-Cooker Cranberry Chicken (It’s Freezer Friendly Too!), and this amazing Overnight Croissant Breakfast Casserole with Easy Sausage Gravy. We have the best desserts too! Try out 8 Sweet (& Quick) Holiday Cookie Recipes, 5 Ingredient Mint Brownie Cookies, and keep it super simple with Hot Cocoa Truffles (Just 4 Easy Ingredients!).

SMART MONEY 

Remove all gift-giving stress with 50 Perfect Gifts Under $50 – Something Special for Everyone on Your List. If the kids are home and/or the littles are feeling cooped up, check out 15 Fun and (Almost) Free Things to Do with your Kids Over Christmas Break. Lastly, Finish the Year Strong – 7 Simple Ways to Make December Count.

LIFE, ETC.

Keep life simple this month with Your Holiday Stop-Doing List: 10 Traditions it’s Okay to Skip This Year (Plus 5 Worth Keeping), and of course entertaining with Our Top 10 Family Games (Ages 7+). If you’re still feeling more like the Grinch because of the holiday, take some time and ask yourself Why Aren’t You Happy? How to Take the Pressure Off this Holiday Season.

This issue is full of great resources designed to help you enjoy this holiday season with a calmer heart and stress-free spirit.

As always, I’d love to hear what articles have resonated most with you! Feel free to reach out at ruth@ruthsoukup.com, or message me on Instagram!

xoxo, Ruth

P.S. If you haven’t downloaded our 2019 Holiday Planner be sure to do so now before it’s gone!

The Holidays are upon us and our December issue is all about providing you with everything you need in one place! From decorating to dinner to shopping for the perfect gift, fill this holiday year with more joy and less stress, so you can enjoy the most important thing: Family. With the best tools in your back pocket, there's nothing you can't do. #holiday #giftgivingguide #bestgifts #christmas2019 #easyholidaydinners #stressfreeholiday #family #cookies

Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
Ruth Soukup