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How To Beat The Holiday Bah Humbug

How To Beat The Holiday Bah Humbug

To beat the holiday bah humbug you need to surround yourself with the things you love about the holidays. Once you’ve done that I’ll show you how to use them to make things better.

Make a list of your happy holiday memories

Write as many down as you can think of. Consider family gatherings, gifts exchanged, cookies enjoyed, stockings opened and holiday entertainment you love. Keep the list handy in your phone or a notebook in your purse or wallet.

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When you begin to feel the holiday bah humbug or the stress of preparing for the holiday bring out your list and choose one memory. Fill your mind with that memory and envision yourself in it. See the people, the sights, the smells, and sounds of that memory. Now make the memory even bigger and brighter. Most likely you will feel yourself getting lighter and happier as you begin to relive that wonderful time.

Success, you’ve chased the bah humbug away. Repeat this step any time holiday stress begins to take over, choosing any memory you like.

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Create a holiday playlist of your favorite holiday songs

Music has a powerful way of changing our mood. Use this playlist to accompany your holiday preparations. Hearing your favorite songs will get you singing along and help keep the bah humbug away. Don’t forget to explore some new holiday music as well. Pandora is a great place to create a radio station of your favorites and hear some new songs as well, as Pandora offers song suggestions based on your preferences.

Pull out your favorite holiday movies/specials

There are so many good ones to choose from. Add some holiday show time to your schedule. We have family movie night once a week and as the holidays approach, we fill this slot with our holiday favorites.

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Since you’ve seen these shows so many times, consider watching them while filling out your holiday cards or perform other holiday preparations. (I love to put on the Grinch Who Stole Christmas movie while we decorate the tree)

Don’t forget to treat yourself to some downtime during the holiday season as well. Schedule a massage, take a few baths, get your favorite seasonal beverage (eggnog or Candy Cane Lane tea anyone?).

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Featured photo credit: Pretty blond girl wearing a christmas hat via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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