I can’t tell you how many times people say to me “I just don’t know how you do it all!” Honestly, it happens at least once a day. I’m really not trying to “do it all,” I’m just one of those chicks who likes doing 10 things at once. The truth is that I don’t sleep much. Between a husband and two little ones, a demanding career, and The Clueless Chick, there really aren’t enough hours in the day, so I’ve turned the night into working hours :-)
I jokingly tell people that The Clueless Chick is my 9pm to 2am job, but most weeks that is true. But what can I say, this is my passion, and we always find time for what we are passionate about, and thanks to Starbucks and a super supportive husband I’m able to make it work.
How do I “do it all”? Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize, which is even more important around the holidays with so many demands on our time and pressure to make everything perfect. The most important thing to do is to determine what is most important to you – the way I see it is if you are just too busy playing with the little ones to ever get the ornaments hung on the Christmas tree, oh well :-)
So here’s one of the ways I make it all happen:
I LOVE cooking all day for Thanksgiving, roasting the turkey, pealing and mashing potatoes, but in order to get away with doing all of that work I had to make a deal with my husband. He doesn’t like the idea of me “slaving over the stove” all day, and since he’s no cook, his solution is to order in so that we can kick back and watch football all day. HA! That is sooooo not happening in my house…or so I thought.
Two years ago we made a deal – if I could cook all day for Thanksgiving, we would order a fully cooked Turkey dinner from Whole Foods for Christmas dinner. O.M.G. this has been one of the best deals ever. I still make our favorite side dishes: Pineapple Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, Baked Brie, etc. but we’ll spend most of the day watching White Christmas, teaching the kids to play Go Fish and just enjoying spending time with family from out of town. Not a bad deal for $120 ;-) I don’t know about you, but I usually spend at least that much on groceries for the holidays + hours and hours and hours of prep time and cooking.
This morning I got up (after being up half the night with a toddler who has a fever of 102...), got ready, headed to my local Whole Foods to pick up dinner, and now I’m home, writing this blog and chillin’ like a villain with the fam.
My Christmas wish for you is that you will be able to find a little way that you can uncomplicate your life to save yourself time and stress so that you can enjoy yourself. Worry less about making sure everything is perfect and more about spending time with your loved ones!
Happy Holidays from The Clueless Chick!
Until next time,
Jenniferaka Chick #1