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Mix Up Cookie Dough Before Bed

Make a batch of dough before bed, and put it in the fridge for the next day. Then, when you come home from work, school, life, you can easily get those cookies baked and have a sweet treat in no time.

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Address Christmas Card Envelopes At Once

Get yourself a glass of wine or tea, and sit down with an hour or two, and address Christmas card envelopes all at once. You’ll knock it out fairly quickly if you force yourself to focus on it.

Pay Your Bills Early

While talking with one of my credit card companies, the woman was kind enough to inform me that you get better credit if you pay your bills early, rather than waiting until the due date, even if it’s not a full payment.

Travel Etiquette

Travel Etiquette

Now that we are in the holiday season, traveling is beginning to get hectic. Whether you only travel for the holidays or you travel year-round for work, I have some travel etiquette tips that will help you and others’ travel go smoothly.

Travel Etiquette Do’s:

  • Be prepared when you reach the front of TSA. Don’t slow down the line by fumbling for your boarding pass and ID, have it handy.
  • Grab your bags quickly when you get in the aisle. Don’t meander about, get up, grab your bag, and start walking. Everyone wants off the plane.
  • Stick to your space. You paid for a seat, and so did the person next to you, so stay in yours and out of theirs.
  • Let people with connecting flights off before you if you are at your final destination.
  • Use headphones. No one wants to hear your game of Candy Crush on a three hour flight.

Travel Etiquette Don’ts:

  • Don’t stand in the aisle near the bathroom. People need to be able to pass through.
  • Don’t bring more than the allotted amount of baggage.
  • Don’t kick someone’s seat repeatedly.
  • Don’t take your shoes and socks off and put them near people. That is disgusting.
  • Don’t talk over someone between you and your friends/family. Ask them to switch, that way they can enjoy their flight as well.
  • Don’t cut off others who are exiting the plane. We all want to get out of the airport. Mowing people down doesn’t help.
  • Don’t bring stinky food on a plane. The smell permeates through the air, and can affect people with sensitive stomachs or smells.
  • Don’t wear heavy perfume. Be sensitive to allergies that others may have.

We’re all in this together when it comes to a plane flight, so be considerate, and others will do the same for you. Unless you have a private plane that just you fly on, you will have to be around others, and a little bit of etiquette goes a long way in making friends.

 

Read a Book While Working Out

Everyone always tells you how important it is to read a bit each day, and one of the best ways to do that is while you’re on a piece of cardio equipment. I read while on the exercise bike, that way I’m enriching my body and brain at once.

Braid Your Hair the Night Before for Beachy Waves

One of my least favorite things is drying my hair, as it is very thick, and long, so if there’s ever a way to find a cute hairstyle, with minimal effort, I’m interested. Separate your slightly damp hair into two pigtails, and French braid both sections. Go to bed, and when you wake up, take out the braids, add some hairspray and fluff your hair a bit. You’ll have gorgeous beach waves. I generally need about 10 hours overnight for my hair to mostly dry, it all depends on the thickness of your hair. I also use a leave in condition and hemp oil in my hair before braiding.

Practice Yoga or Meditation

Take a few minutes, unroll your yoga mat, and practice some yoga or meditation. Give yourself a few minutes of finding your Zen and relaxing after the busy couple of days you’ve had. Holidays can be rough, so stay calm.

Decorate One Room at a Time

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you can officially decorate for Christmas! (If you couldn’t hold off that long, it’s ok) . Pick one room at a time to decorate, and completely finish that room with your color and decor scheme.

Black Friday- Be Kind

If you’re braving the stores and shopping this morning, please remember to be kind. Having worked retail myself for years, I can tell you, this day is a marathon for many workers there, and a kind smile can really help when you’re running around like crazy (on very little sleep I might add).

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