Monday, November 22, 2010

Aly and Molly's Christmas Blog Challenge!

I'm linking up with Aly and Molly in their
There are 14 days of the challenge:

Day 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips & Tricks
Day 3: Most meaningful gift/best gift you've received
Day 4: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly holiday season
Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Day 6: Gift ideas (what do YOU want? We all have family/friends reading our let them know!)
Day 7: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don't make anything, what do you WISH you could make?)
Day 8: Least favorite thing about the Holidays
Day 9: Favorite Holiday recipe
Day 10: Favorite Christmas Songs/Caroles
Day 11: New Year Resolutions
Day 12: Show us your decorations (indoor/outside)
Day 13: Favorite Cookie Recipe
Day 14: Oprah's Favorite Things: What item(s) would you want if you were in the audience?

From Molly's Blog:

Days 1 -3 are November 22 - 24
**** NO BLOG CHALLENGE ON Thanksgiving! ****
Day 4 will pick back up on November 26th!!
PS- Yes, I realize there are 14 entries and it's the '12 Days of Christmas' ... Aly and I just couldn't cut any of the topics!!
You know I'm up for ANYTHING to do with Christmas, so here I go! :) 
# 1: Christmas/Holiday traditions
I'm actually going to cheat because I literally just wrote a blog about this very same topic! Please see it here

# 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips and Tricks
Oooh yes, I LOVE this one!

-STARBUCKS!!!! Obviously, if you are getting up at 3am the morning after you have been in a food coma, you NEED caffeine!

-Wear comfy shoes and clothes! Personally, I get a little warm after the coffee and the crowds of crazed shoppers, so I make sure to dress in layers and wear comfy shoes and/or favorite hard soled slippers :)

-Plot your route! It's better to look at the ads the night before and plot your route, make a list of the things that you are getting at each store. This is going to maximize your time in the store and ensure you leave with what you went in for! :)

-Take back up! Example: Mom, sister, friend, husband(Yeah right, Bryan up at 3am to shop?! Please... LOL) Not only are they there for moral support but they can help give ideas for gifts! My mom is the best at this!

I hope these helped! These are my few tips after years of experience! Check back tomorrow for the most meaningful gift I've ever received, and I can't wait to hear yours too!

PS - 365 Days in Pictures is BAAAACK! Please see my HP7 Experience here! I'm not gonna lie, there is more than one photo because I couldn't choose just one!


  1. Thanks for joining the challenge girl! Love your tips for shopping, pretty similar to what mine will be :)


  2. Great tips and such! Starbucks is great any day! Love the post!

  3. Molly - I'm SO excited to be apart of it! Thank you for such a great idea! :)

    Liv- Thanks girl! I hope you are feeling better!!!

  4. Love your traditions! I have never gone shopping on Black Friday...I have been too intimidated :)

  5. I wanna do this! this is a cute idea!!

  6. i think i will have to do this fun blog challenge too. girl...i LOVE that you love black friday as much as me! i will be thinking of ya while i'm out at 4am! hope we get some good deals! hehe! :)

  7. So You Are one of those BlackFridayCrazies... lol ;)