First thought out of every reader's head is here we go again with more tips about cranberry sauce and all the trimmings? Puhlease. This busy momma doesn’t do a lot of robust recipe exploration because I work. And that’s OK.
Here are six Thanksgiving tips for working moms who don’t have time to Pinterest it out.
1. Order a Thanksgiving meal.
Why are you running yourself ragged trying to do it all? Stop the people pleasing. Let it go, and let AmazonFresh do it for you. Or any other grocery store or restaurant in your area. Seriously, it doesn’t cost a fortune and saves you time with your family and friends. I guarantee you my kids don’t care if mommy cooks the turkey.
2. Avoid Black Friday retail.
Go cyber shopping instead. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to sleep in, because that doesn’t ever happen in our house, but it is amazing to wake up at a normal time, versus 3am to get in line for deals, and shop online. (Or just wait for those Cyber Monday Deals or go to Amazon.com who has the deals going on right now!) Best. Thing. Ever.
3. Get a gallon of lemonade from Chick-fil-A.
Just because that stuff’s the bomb. So, give thanks for CFA and amazing lemonade.
4. Paper plates.
My family recycles. We care about the environment. But I also love my fancy Thanksgiving plastic silverware and plates from Amazon.com. You can use your nice plates on Thanksgiving Day, but for leftovers use paper plates. Nobody wants to be doing dishes during the holidays.
5. Put up your Christmas tree.
I love Christmas, and it’s too much work decorating to enjoy it for only a couple of weeks. So yank out the tree and decorations and make it a party with your kids. They’ll have a blast putting up the ornaments, unless you’re Type A and need to control that for OCD purposes.
6. Watch movies and relax.
The holidays are stressful when they should be a time of laughter, reflection, and blessings. So, don’t get caught up in the hype and buy, buy, buy. Get some good movies and relax.
Enjoy Thanksgiving this year. Sure, you are “the mom” and want to make it nice for your family. But “the mom” is also part of that family, so try to experience it with them. Any investments you make into purchasing meals and ensuring your time is spent with them, you’ll yield a huge return in memories for years to come.