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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas here at the Corner House. This year is all about staying organized and stress-free! I hope you got a chance to look at the printables that you will find listed on my homepage. (the last tab on the right, save them to your computer then print)

I have been using mine religiously every day. Checking off my to-do list and I feel so on top of it all right now!! (With a little help – read on!)

While I was in Florida entertaining my Canadian friends Shack Shine  www.shackshine.com was busy putting up my Christmas lights…they did a little extra (not shown) this year for an event that I have coming up….stay tuned for that!

Do you know I have never met the guys from Shack Shine other than the one young man that came knocking at my door one day to introduce me to their service? Whoever they are they are very detailed :)…not a bulb out of place. I had a choice of the type and colour of lights I wanted. I let the girls choose between white and colour. Obviously, they went with colour and I am thrilled. Shack Shine purchased the lights, installed them and put them on timers. After Christmas, they come back, wrap them all up nice an neat and put them in a labelled bin for me and then put them in my shed till next year. Hanging lights just got really easy!!

Today I had my new handyman here working on some things needing to be done around the house…and NO!!! You cannot have his number. This one is all mine. Not because he looks like Brad Pitt (Mo’s apparently does) but because they are so hard to come by and I am putting him on speed dial! LOL It was a very busy and productive day around the Corner House…and I didn’t have to do a thing…lol…is that bad?

While my new guy was busy working I also had the Dirt Diva here! www.dirtdiva.ca  Christina does some fabulous work and claims ‘she likes to do your dirty work’. You can also find her on FaceBook. I must admit…it was a bit hard asking her for help. Anyone that knows me, knows I like to be in control and I can never admit that someone can do anything better than me! HA….what a load!! This lady is truly the expert.

I took some pics along the way so that you can see how she created these beauts. There is no doubt in my mind that I will be calling on her in the spring to give me some gardening advice. I am already excited.

The first thing Christina did was completely clean out all my fall plantings. She added some extra dirt around the boxwoods to protect them over the winter.

She added some fir branches along the back to give it some height. This is really nice from the inside of the house. The boxes are lower than the windows…with the height of these greens I can peek at it from my kitchen or living room.

Not sure of my pines…lol..but I think Christina added some White Pine next as filler in between and in front of the Boxwood. It’s already starting to take shape!

This photo really shows the angle in which she places the pine in order for them to have a draping effect over the front of the boxes.

She added some cedar and incorporated the sweet little reindeer that I have used for the past few years…this might be their last year as being the showpiece of the window boxes – just to change it up a bit. But for this year, I just love what she did.

Next…Magnolia leaves, pine cones, gold balls and gold picks… they catch the sunlight beautifully! I say that like it was just simply thrown together. I can assure you Christina spent quite some time fussing around and rearranging to make sure everything was perfect. She has a real eye for detail.

….and boy did it pay off!! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I could NEVER have done anything even close to this!! We have a lot of natural elements with a bit of glam placed in. I love it.

So there you have it…my very busy day with a lot of check marks on my ‘daily to do list’ available on my homepage.  Next up is my front and side porches this weekend. I haven’t a clue yet on what I’ll be doing…but I’ll share with you in time for you to enjoy with your Monday morning tea.

Five pointers for being stress-free this Christmas….( well look at that…I just noticed I can add coloured font…duh)

1-Take advantage of outside services. It creates ‘shopping locally’. It gives you time to do something else or even better enjoy some ‘you’ time and gives someone a chance to work and be appreciated.

2-Celebrate the reason for the season. No matter what religion you practice; if you are partaking in the holidays it is a time to celebrate family and friends. Embrace the magic of the season.

3-Give…so many charities out there need assistance. If you don’t know who to call, try the Salvation Army. They always need sorters in the warehouse and all the food/toys being dropped off at fire-halls, grocery stores and etc. need to be picked up. When you give your time YOU reap the most reward…The Grinch and his heart that grows three times its size will have nothing on how full your heart feels.

4-Know when enough is enough. If you have company coming at 8:00 pm for some holiday cheer and you are still in the kitchen at 6:30…you are probably running on stress. Stop!! You have done all that you can do. Turn on your tree lights, crank up some Christmas tunes and pour yourself a glass of wine. Whatever hasn’t been done at this point really doesn’t need to be done at all. Obviously, this doesn’t include putting the nibblies and ice out right before your guests arrive.

5-You Time…seriously ladies…let’s face it. The majority of the celebrations, shopping, entertaining and etc. is on us. Book that after Christmas day – spa time. Go for a massage, a mani or pedi…or just meet some of your peeps for a glass of wine. The point is to relax and pat yourself on the back for a job well done (hmmm…I seem to mention wine a lot…why not?)

What do you do to make your Christmas season easier on you and a bit more stress-free? Leave a comment below and share with the rest of us. We can never have too many pointers…especially at this time of the year! Cheers everyone.

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  • Reply
    Kelly Hie
    November 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Great read. My stress free tip is not to worry about perfection. Remember your guests are there to see you and wont even notice if all the T’s arent crossed and the I’s arent dotted. Enjoy

    • Reply
      November 30, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      I agree with you, Kelly! And those that do notice….serves them right! LOL…when you think about your best times they are usually impromptu…times when you never expected guests…and nobody gave two hoots about what your home looked like right? Thanks for your tip, Kelly! xo

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    Joan Livermore
    November 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    You’re window box looks fabulous!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks, Joan…I am really happy with them as well. You must be so excited to decorate this year… your first year in the new digs! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments!!

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    Suzanne Colasimone
    November 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    It’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Corner House. I have to say that my biggest friend through this busy season is definitely notebook & pen and just LIST LIST LIST…… it really helps keep me on track. Oh and I could never do it without Aaron Neville’s “A Soulful Christmas “ Nothing like Christmas 🎄 tunes to put you in the holiday spirit.

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      November 30, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Well….my biggest friend through this busy season is YOU!!! Sue to the rescue with some wheels for me! LOL
      ….and now I am going to go and download A soulful Christmas and give it a listen while I update my to-do list!! xo Luv ya Sue!!

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    Mary Lynn
    November 30, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I agree i love Christmas music and i sing along in my loudest voice…since i can’t carry a tune it is a VERY good thing i live on my own. My stress is trying to figure out what to get for my eight grandchildren, i walk around the mall aimlessly with my glass of wine 😂
    Reading your blog makes my day……LOVE LOVE LOVE….your place looks amazing, can’t wait to see inside.

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      November 30, 2018 at 5:05 pm

      They let you walk around the mall with a glass of wine????? I want to shop where you shop ML!!! LOL…I have no doubt in my mind that when all is said and done and wrapped up with a bow….you got your grandchildren….all 8 of them….exactly what they wanted. You are a wonderful Nan!! I am sure they all know it too.
      OK…and that compliment???? Seriously my friend…It is YOU that just made MY day!! Have a super great weekend ML…who knows…maybe I’ll see you at the mall…:)

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    marion hunter
    November 30, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Once i have decorated the house , tree up and lit, every evening I take just a few moments and turn out all the lights except for the tree. I curl up on the sofa and just take a deep breathe and gaze at the tree. Memories of childhood and other Christmases flood in and I bask in gratefulness. I remember wonderful people that have been in my life and I go off to bed feeling peaceful and happy . 💕🎄🎶

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      November 30, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      I love this Marion. I think a lot of us that are of a ‘savvy’ age appreciate and take advantage of these moments. Thanks for you comments…I always love to read your thoughts:)

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