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Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas

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After making my list and checking it twice this week, I realized I had a few more Christmas presents to purchase. With most of my holiday shopping already done, I still needed a present for my teenage niece. It’s not always easy to think of a perfect gift for a fifteen year old girl. Years ago, a trip to the toy store would always yield something she loved, but I don’t think that a holiday Barbie or stuffed unicorn would be appropriate this year.

With no concrete gift ideas in mind, and a list of more family and friends to shop for, I headed off to Walmart with my helpers to see what last minute Christmas presents I could find.


Best Fragrance Gift Sets

Let the hunting begin, I thought, as I headed toward the holiday gift section of Walmart. Immediately my attention was caught by the display of the best holiday fragrance gift sets. This was it. The answer to my last-minute Christmas present dilemma came in the form of these great perfume and cologne gift sets, and at an amazing price!

My niece is a huge Justin Bieber fan, and before I could grab the box of Someday by Justin Bieber Perfume Gift Set, my helper was a step ahead of me.

And at only $19.88 for the set, I still had room in my budget to get her another gift.



Free Celebrity Voice Ringtone

My daughter was the first to point out that a free celebrity voice holiday ringtone came with each fragrance gift set. The ringtone redemption code is located inside the gift set. Now, my niece will think of me each time Justin Bieber’s voice lets her know that she has an incoming phone call.

For a complete list of holiday fragrance gift sets available, visit www.scentsavings.net.





Holiday eGuide

For more last minute holiday gift ideas, check out this eGuide for some amazing ideas.

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A Mom’s Guide to Planning Ahead & Being Prepared This Holiday Season- Family Size

Who Knew A Family Size Lasagna Could Make A Difference This Holiday? – This Mom Does I am a member of the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and advertiser.2013-12-07 15.41.23 Each year my holiday wish list is the same:

  1. I wish I had more time.
  2. I wish I was more organized.
  3. I wish I were better prepared.

In the past, this is the time of year for me when my best intentions give way to just getting through the holidays. It’s also the time of year when I want to schedule that holiday play date for my kids best friends, or invite my friends over for a girls night. But when “just getting through the holidays” becomes the best you can do, next thing you know it’s February and time to wish for a more organized next year. This year, I’ve decided to plan ahead and share my guide to being prepared this holiday with the help of Nestle #PlanAhead solutions at meals.com. So, for all my fellow busy moms out there who want more time to enjoy the holidays with friends and family this year, I’m sharing these simple steps.

Step 1:

While decorating for the holidays early in December, set out all of your most festive serving ware as if you were decorating for a party, and keep it that way throughout the month. I always like to have my table and buffet set with my best holiday party dishes.


Step 2:

Keep easy and delicious meals in the freezer so that at a moments notice, you can have hot and healthy food to serve to guests. No more planning a menu for that play date or cocktail party, or running by the grocery store on your way home from work or dance class to pick up days-old veggie trays. Here are a few items I picked up at Walmart to keep on hand this year:

Stouffer’s Party Size Macaroni & Cheese

Stourffers Family Size Macaroni and Cheese

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Stouffer’s Party Size Lasagna with Meat Sauce

Family Size Lasagna

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Digiorno Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Family Size Pizza

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Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream in A Very Merry Eggnog and Peppermint Wonderland

Peppermint Ice cream

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Step 3:

Serve food on your most festive holiday platters, plates and bowls. The table and buffet are already set with your best holiday dishes, so why not use them? This is the one time of year to use those beautiful red glasses, so go ahead and get them dirty!

Peppermint Ice cream

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The desire to be prepared during the holidays is something I share in common with every mom I personally know. The old saying “a stitch in time saves nine” has always resonated with me because I know that just a few simple steps to plan ahead will create a ripple effect that saves me nine times that in the end.


Walmart shopping trip to #PlanAhead

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