How To Survive the Holidays in 3 Easy Steps. Plus, a Giveaway to Help Pay Your #HolidayBills!

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Nov 16, 2016

Just thinking about holiday cooking and shopping was stressing us out. Luckily, a couple of weeks ago, we asked you for your favorite holiday #SurvivalTips and as usual, you did not disasapoint. We read through them all, and figured out an easy Three-Step Plan to get us through to January 2.

Since you were so forthcoming with your assistance, we decided to pay it back. Enter our giveaway, and a lucky winner will receive $150 to help pay off some holiday bills!

Step 1: Plan early

That goes for cooking... "Plan plan plan ahead. I make the desserts ahead of time and put in the freezer. I also do slow cooker mashed potatoes, and make the turkey the day before, slice, and put it in gravy. On turkey day I heat everything up. I can visit and relax with my guests." - apeski

And shopping... "The best advice is that you can never start Christmas shopping too early. If you see items at good prices in September, scoop them up and that is one less present you have to buy." - sweetlee

Step 2: Don't Go It Alone

When friends or family offer to help, say yes... "Don't be afraid to accept their help when they offer. Some of my favorite conversations have taken place while doing dishes with my grandmother and aunts!" - MomOnTheEdge

And if they aren't offering, ask them... "Do not kill yourself trying to make a whole Thanksgiving (or Christmas) meal on your own, even if you are the hostess. Ask others to bring the side dishes and you won't be stuck in the kitchen the whole day." - Neyephe

Step 3: Treat Yourself Right

Give yourself a time out... "Always be sure to take care of yourself; eat healthfully, sleep soundly, and take time to do the things that make you feel best, whether it is reading a book, going for a bike ride, or lounging around watching your favorite TV show!" - stylinstar53

Get outside... "Best holiday survival tip: Take a walk!! Stressful family visit? Take a walk. Fussy, overstimulated kids? Take them for a walk. Ate too much at a holiday meal? Take a walk. First holiday without a loved one? Take a walk. Fresh air + nature + movement = stress zapper!!" - aneube

And when all else fails... "My holiday survival go to is a lot of chocolate and red wine. This chocolate and wine combo saves me from the stresses of the holiday season. It helps alleviate all the chaos from dinner parties, holiday shopping and the in-laws. I don't think I would survive without my wine and chocolate. " - Amanda5683

Luckily, there are so many wonderful things about the holiday season. What is your favorite? Tell us and you'll be entered for the chance to win $150 to help with your holiday bills!

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us what you love about the holidays.

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "Learned how to survive the holidays + entered a #HolidayBills giveaway, thx to @SheSpeaksUp! bit.ly/2fp91Pn

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive $150 through PayPal, or in the form of a Visa or Amazon gift card (winner's choice.) Giveaway is open through December 4th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

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by Dtatro92 | Albuquerque, NM
Dec 04, 2016

What I love about the holidays is being with family and being grateful that we have each other.

by Babypaige333 | Fostoria, OH
Dec 04, 2016

It's the small things you do on the holidays that matter.

by Vhay2007 | PARAGOULD, AR
Dec 04, 2016

I love spending time with my family. It's so much fun sitting around the table playing board games and eating Holiday leftovers!

by misseswright | Bremen , IN
Dec 04, 2016

Sharing quality time and a nice meal with all the family together and the grandchildren.

by Peggy194 | OAK HILL, OH
Dec 04, 2016

spending time with family and relaxing watching football

by Rueben | Belle Vernon, PA
Dec 04, 2016

I love watching the children dream about Santa coming and how happy they are!

by Rueben | Belle Vernon, PA
Dec 04, 2016

I love watching the children dream about Santa coming and how happy they are!

by Hletts2011 | Sumrall , MS
Dec 04, 2016

Soending time with my family, giving and receiving gifts, and the smells of baking!!

by JacquelynKH | Wichita, KS
Dec 04, 2016

My favorite part of the holidays is always getting to spend time with my family!

by Aalvarez680 | Longmont, CO
Dec 04, 2016

I love the time spent with family and friends. Just sitting around catching up and enjoying each others company.

by Katie13 | Tacoma , WA
Dec 04, 2016

What i love about the holiday is spending time with family and friends

by RF73110 | VANCOUVER, WA
Dec 04, 2016

What I love about the Holidays is spending time with friends and family that I don't see often enough.

by Micamae426 | Winston Salem, NC
Dec 04, 2016

I love seeing lights with my little ones

by Jojosprinkler | Fort Polk, LA
Dec 04, 2016

My favorite thing about the holidays is my family getting together.

by CatelynnGibson | De Pere, WI
Dec 04, 2016

I love that we focus on our families and children, and about traditions.

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