Ms. Elaine Kneeous

Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful young daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.

Guest Post: The most wonderful time of the year...sort of

I often find myself in conversations with people who have a lot of “obligations” during the holidays to go here and there.  It’s not something I really understand because I grew up far away from my extended family, and really don’t have that much extended family to begin with (literally, I have no first cousins.)  My parents’ philosophy was, this is what we’re doing and where we’ll be.   You can join us, or not, but we won’t be travelling for the holidays and we’ll see you in the summer.  So, I feel bad for people who get stressed this time of year trying to do everything and be everywhere.  I get daily tips sent to me via email through my fitness center, and I thought this one was good to share: 


The holiday season should be a fun time, but for many, it can also be chaotic and stressful.  One common response to stress is overeating.

We often don’t even realize that we are doing it. If you find the demands of shopping, holiday parties and family obligations to be a little overwhelming, consider these stress-reducing tips:  1) Make a list and prioritize the important activities; 2) Be realistic about what you can and cannot do; and 3) Make time for yourself to do things you truly enjoy!


I put the kibosh on lots of holiday activities after my daughter’s first Christmas.  Between three family celebrations on my husband’s side and one on mine, we were running around for two straight days and didn’t have a chance to relax and enjoy the holiday.  Plus, as the kids got older, I wanted to ensure we’d be home for Christmas morning gift opening and church.  Thankfully, my in-laws are very understanding people and graciously agreed to celebrate Christmas the weekend before the actual holiday.  Come Christmas time, we know what we’re going to do, and we don’t have to try to coordinate multiple family schedules to get together.  Now, my family - the four of us - get to celebrate on Christmas morning before we either pile in the car for a trip to Illinois, or start preparing for my family to come over.  We’re able to slow down and enjoy the holiday - and for a whole week!  No one needs to rush off anywhere or feel bad about missing something else.


As the holiday approaches, I hope you are able to relax and enjoy it with the people who are most important to you.  Safe travels if you go anywhere, and enjoy the spirit of the season.

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