Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays...to remind yourself why you and your extended family live under separate roofs.





Don't get us wrong, we love our families and we're always excited to see them. But at a certain point, it's easy to understand where Kevin McAllister was coming from...

















If you relate, here are some family scenarios you may encounter this holiday season, along with THE Surviving Not Thriving way of dealing with them:





SCENARIO #1: You don't have to count how many glasses of champagne you've had because your mother-in-law passive-aggressively does that job for you.





SOLUTION: Pour it into an insulated cup with a lid and pass it off as coffee or water.














SCENARIO #2: It's only been an hour and your uncle is already trying to stage a full-on political debate.





SOLUTION: Be the hero who distracts everyone with a game the entire family can enjoy. It's impossible to continue fighting about politics when grandpa was dealt the Taylor Swift card in a game of charades.














SCENARIO #3: Your kids keep complaining that their sweaters are itching them. THE SWEATERS THAT YOU PAID GOOD MONEY FOR AND SPENT DAYS PICKING OUT.





SOLUTION: Keep it cute and festive and let them wear matching pajamas instead. Buy yourself some, too, and use it as the perfect Instagram photo opp that lets people know you are having a better time than you actually are. (Btw, all the pajama models you see below are actually Target employees and their families. HOW ADORABLE IS THAT?!)














SCENARIO #4: You are staying at your in-laws' house and the only shower amenities they offer include a bar of soap, a 2-in-1 shampoo conditioner, and an old loofah.





SOLUTION: First off, toss the loofah and never look back. It's a bio-hazard as far as you're concerned. Then, unpack your favorite travel-sized toiletries, including a few extras to leave behind as a subtle suggestion.














SCENARIO #5: Your cousin has cornered you and is going back and forth between bragging about her kids and complaining about her husband.





SOLUTION: Bring up a new book you are reading and feel free to go in-depth about the synopsis and character development. Your cousin will get bored with you and make her exit. I suggest using one of Reese Witherspoon's book club picks as your sweet escape.














SCENARIO #6: Almost every family member has a cold or is getting over a cold and all of the runny noses (and your fear of germs) are ruining your holiday spirit.





SOLUTION: Pack immune supplements and travel sanitizers, and pass them out as stocking stuffers. Or just quarantine yourself in a room and only emerge when necessary.









SCENARIO #7: Someone buys your kids a gift that you 100% don't want coming back to your house, i.e. anything with glitter or slime, an annoying musical instrument, something that could tear a hole through the wall or land a kid in the emergency room.





SOLUTION: The more you act like you don't like it, the more they will want it. That's why you let them play with it and get it out of their system...at someone else's house.










Wishing you luck!





xo, clea + joanna


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

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Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
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Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
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White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
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Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
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Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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Custom Labels
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Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

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What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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