The holidays are a joyous time of year, but let’s be honest, they can also be the busiest time of year. Whether we are raising children full-time, balancing careers and family at the same time, working part-time, entering the workforce for the first time, or venturing out on our own—we are all trying to make our households run smoothly while meeting everyone’s expectations.

Living in the new era of Pinterest—where DIY has escalated to a whole new level— I realize there’s a lot of pressure on us … especially during the holidays. It’s hard not feel guilty when there is so much to do and celebrate, and just not enough time to get it done.

So this holiday, instead of doing it all yourself, we’ll take some of that work for you. We have time-saving tips, gifts on the go, inspiration and games for fun family activities (think long car ride distractions), and recipes for DIY nuggets—for clarification, that’s “Dress It Yourself” not “Do It Yourself.”

We hope our holiday site will serve as your go-to resource over the next several weeks and enable you to be part of the fun, feel crafty, and enjoy all that you’ve worked so hard to create this season.

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Managing Your Time and Your Family This Holiday

By Dr Henry Cloud

Ok, let’s be honest: holidays can be the best and the worst of times, though most often they’re a mixture. While we are able to spend time with the people who give us the most meaning, fun and fulfillment, we also “get to” spend time with those who can do the opposite. Additionally, there are the activities that bring great fulfillment and some that don’t. Again, we tend to find ourselves squeezed between competing wishes and priorities. So, what to do? Here are five tips to get you through.

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Approaching the Holidays Like a Pro

With holiday celebrations just around the corner, time is running out for getting it all done. So if you’re feeling a little like Santa without the workshop full of elves, we’re here to help.

Mothers from around the country shared with us their strategies for not only surviving the holidays, but creating time to enjoy them. There are only three rules here: Plan ahead, expect the unexpected, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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Grab-and-Go Gifts

Avoid the crowds (and the cold) by picking up your holiday gifts in the Drive-thru. That’s right. You don’t even have to get out of the car.

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Cures for Car Time

If you’re spending more time in the car than you’d like over the holidays, here are some fun ways to cure those car ride blues.

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Homemade for the Holidays: Treat Your Kids to Traditions with Supplies from the Kitchen Drawer

While you’re busy working on the feast, your kids can create placemats for each person sitting down for a holiday dinner.

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Chopstick Chicken

Break out the tinsel as you try these Thai-inspired dishes in the comfort of your home.

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Simply Budgeted Blog author Beth gives her husband full credit for crafting this beautiful, brightly-colored dish. With purple cabbage, orange carrots and bright green Bibb lettuce, we’re thinking this is grilled love. For the full recipe:

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Chicken Nugget Fiesta

You don’t have to call your mom this holiday to ask her what to bring to the party or the tailgate. We’ve already done it for you. Moms from across the country participated in our “Dress Your Nuggets Challenge.” The requirements were simple: don’t “do it yourself” just “dress it yourself”. That’s it— they provide the steps, the recipe and a photo—and we’re here to do the sharing. Mom approved.

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5 Ways to Pay it Forward to Teachers

This is a great time of year to love on teachers. They do so much for us all year long. Here are five fun sneaky ways to surprise and delight your teachers this season:

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Gifts for Everyday Heroes

The holidays are a time when we want to show people in our lives that we love them and appreciate them. That can be overwhelming for many of us – how can I uniquely make sure everyone in my life feels appreciated and loved? And how can I do this with my already limited amount of time and budget?

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