Simple ideas and tips to stay fit, look great, eat well, and enjoy a lovely holiday home!
Hey, there. I had this brilliant idea: Let’s celebrate the holiday season together!
Yes, I know…we live all over the world, are different ages, have varying lifestyles, and we celebrate different holidays, too…but you know what? We can still enjoy the season together, in a manner of speaking, by focusing on the things that can create beautiful, lasting memories.
And yes, I know…it is early November as I write this, so you’re probably thinking, “it’s w-a-a-a-a-y too early to talk about the holidays!”
But, seriously. I’m not suggesting that you put the turkey in the oven or unbox the Christmas tree, although if you choose to do that now, go for it!
What I AM suggesting, however, is that planning ahead for this busy, always stressful time of year will go a long, long way toward reducing that stress and giving us the gift of a happy holiday with more joy.
And if we’re going to plan ahead, let’s cover a variety of holiday-related potential pain points, ladies, and do it right! Topics like Christmas decor trends for 2019, dressing up for a holiday soiree, the tastiest recipes, and of course, taking care of ourselves throughout this hectic time of year.
I’ve created four categories, the four F’s, that will be the foundation for this series of posts for the next seven weeks. That will take us through Thanksgiving and up to the week before Christmas.
What are those fabulous F’s?
Each post will cover these four themes and offer suggestions for staying fit through the holiday season, treating ourselves well, looking lovely, dressing for the occasion, yummy recipes for celebrating with family and friends, and the best holiday decorating ideas I can find!
Let’s have fun with it, shall we? Who knows? You might find the perfect party dress, or appetizer recipe, or maybe the holiday decor update you’ve been searching for.
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Prefer to Read Something Non-Holiday Related?
No worries, I’ve got you covered!
Here are a few well-read posts from the blog:
- Fitness After 60 – Exercise and Strength Training That Keeps Me in Shape
- My Favorite Little Black Dresses for Women Over 50
- How to Increase Your Metabolism After 50 – The Ultimate Guide for Women
Ready? Here are your four fabulous holiday tips:
FITNESS: A Quick Morning Workout
As our schedules get busier and filled with holiday commitments, something usually has to give. Unfortunately, that can result in less time spent doing the things that are beneficial to us, like our exercise routine.
A simple morning routine that includes just 15 minutes or so of exercise can do wonders toward helping keep us not only fit and strong but also keep the stress level under control.
Even if you have to set the alarm clock to wake up 15 minutes earlier, your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it.
I’ve been using this strength training workout for women over 50 for a number of months, and find that it targets both strength training and functional fitness. If you’re strapped for time, just once through the circuit will provide benefits that will last all day.
Remember to do some stretching first, and if you already have a short workout that you love, opt for that one. The goal is this: keep those workouts going, even if it’s just three times per week. But don’t let the hectic holiday rob you of the self-care you need.
FASHION: Holiday Dresses 2019
I’m not one to wear a dress often, so when I do, particularly for a special occasion, I want it to be a very special dress.
These holiday suggestions are indeed special, with designs, fabrics, and embellishments that will put you in the mood to celebrate!
- Roselle Ruched Waist Detail Crepe Dress: Scuba crepe fabric, fully lined with a back zipper, $99
- Faux Pearl Trim 2-Piece Dress Suit: Side wrap envelope collar with faux pearl trim, 3/4 sleeves with faux pearl trim cuffs, $200
- Stretch All Over Sequin Faux Wrap Dress: Lined (except for sleeves), long cuffed sleeves, polyester fabric, ruched back bodice, $218
- Lace & Velvet Sheath Dress: fully lined, hidden back zip closure, $138
- Velvet Sequin Sheath Dress: velvet striped in sequins, 3/4 sleeves, lined with scoop neck, polyester/spandex blend, $118
- Velvet Sequin Long Sleeve Faux Wrap Dress: shape-enhancing twist in front, long sleeves, tulip skirt, $128
- Angled Ruffle Sheath Dress: Bateau neck, 3/4 sleeves, lined, angled peplum, $138
- Rib Long Sleeve Midi Dress: allover sparkle fabric, long sleeves, twisted front detail, surplice neckline, $59
FOOD: Make-Ahead Appetizers
The holidays always bring with them the “too much to do, not enough time” challenge. So whether you’re the lovely hostess or you’re bringing an appetizer to the party, these make-ahead options can save the day!
I found a number of yummy make-ahead appetizers on this post from FoodNetwork.ca. Here are just a few that caught my eye (and my palate!)
We have many opportunities to eat way too much during this time of year, so take advantage of some simple ways to burn off calories!
FESTIVITIES: Trendy Holiday Decorating Ideas
I thought it would be fun to see what’s trending this year in the holiday decorating world, so spent some time perusing the subject.
If you’re contemplating some updates to your holiday decor, these ideas might spark some inspiration:
- LESS IS MORE, WITH A NOD TO SUSTAINABILITY – simple, elegant, natural and somewhat minimalist
- DEEP COLORS AND HUES – burgundy, dark blue, deep aqua, grey, rust, and forest green
- METAL MATERIALS – without the shine, but with an aged glow like the warmer feel of patina, rust, and oxygenic iron
- VINTAGE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS – bring out the old and well-loved ornaments from the past, many with treasured memories
- DIY Decor – mainly with natural and organic elements like pine cones, twigs, branches, moss and such
Christmas Decor Trends and Ideas for 2019
Even if you’re not ready to decorate your home for the holidays, it can be helpful, and smart, to get a bit of a head start on the craziness. That said, I hope you found a few morsels of practical planning ideas here.
Read more of the series, A Time to Celebrate:
- Edition 1: A Time to Celebrate – Plan for the Holidays
- Edition 2: A Time to Celebrate – Make Your Holiday Festive, Fabulous & Fun!
- Edition 3: A Time to Celebrate – Holiday Brunch Ideas & More
- Edition 4: A Time to Celebrate – Busy Schedule Workout Plan
- Edition 5: A Time to Celebrate – Healthy Holiday Treats & More
- Edition 6: A Time to Celebrate – Easy Holiday Appetizers & More
The next edition of “A Time to Celebrate” will include tips on managing the holidays without gaining weight, some pretty holiday hairstyles, yummy holiday drinks, and centerpiece ideas.
Bookmark or pin this post so you’ll be able to find it quickly when it’s time to put these holiday ideas into action!
And, I’m always looking for your suggestions, too. What holiday ideas are you searching for?