I don’t know about you but it feels like Christmas has really snuck up on me (blame it on 2020, amiright?!?)
So I’ve created something that I hope will help keep things more manageable, and less last minute for you this year! I’ve created a last minute Christmas Survival Guide- literally a last minute approach to getting it ALL DONE.
In this FREE guide you’ll find:
- a checklist to get everything done even if you have not started yet
- a budget and gift list to keep you organized
- a place to store your Christmas card list so you aren’t saving little bits of torn paper from envelopes every year (aka ME UNTIL THIS YEAR)
To grab yours, just enter your email below!
I know it’s a weird year where you might be mourning the loss of what Christmas could be. And logistics might be a bit more to navigate this year. But none of that needs to stop the joy, the love, the peace and the hope.
I hope this Last Minute Christmas Survival Guide brings you lots of peace and joy!
PS- and don’t forget to take a peek at The Possibility Mom 2020 Gift Guide! I hope it saves you some time shopping for the people on your list.
SOOOOOOO I know this Christmas is so much different than we all pictured- and while we might be mourning what it could have been, there’s no reason it cannot be filled with joy, beauty, peace and love. And gifts we buy online LOL. I’ve created this gift guide with items I either use personally, or are 100% on my wish list. Here we go!
FOR THE MOM WHO NEEDS A BREAK
I mean we ALL need a break, right? So let’s do self care REALLY well in 2021.
This Beauty Counter Countertime Deluxe Mini Set ($169) will pamper any tired mom- the mini size gives a taste of Beauty Counter’s best-selling, age-defying regimen. This is the product I use daily!
Lemongrass is a great scent for soothing the nervous system- so this Beauty Counter Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass ($40) makes me all kinds of happy.
These Certified international Artisan Ceramic Mugs ($39) have a beautiful handmade quality about them- I just want all the homemade things!
This beautiful Pure Merino Wool Blanket by House of Royals Co ($400) is so stunning. We were gifted one and it is just the most luxurious blanket- so much cozy for a tired mama.
I LOVE relaxing with the sent of soothing essential oils in my home! Grab this Essential Oil Diffuser for just $30.
FOR THE WORK FROM HOME MOM
Keep all your goals for the week visible with this Wall Pops wall decal dry erase calendar ($29)
For all you possibility mamas out there, here’s a little motivation to keep on your desk! Grab the brand new Possibility Mom mugs with two important sayings to get you through the day.
Everyone loves a pretty pen, right? I was given this rose gold pen as a gift before I left Toronto and it is the pen I literally hide from my children LOL.
I was introduced to the Promptly Journals by Loom Journal founder Kim Christenson at my August Possibility Mom Conference- and they are so beautiful and encourage the beautiful habit of GRATITUDE. Grab this journal for $32.
If you are looking to up your work from home situation, here are a few really affordable, and really pretty options. This white and gold desk has been great for grown up zoom meetings and kids’ zoom classes alike. This white and gold desk chair is comfy and stylish at the same time. This Globe task lamp in gold and white makes me so happy as do these marble shelves, gold brackets and bulletin board! And if you want a playful addition to your walls, these decals by Urban Wall Decals will brighten any work from home situation!!!!!
Give the gift of productivity with a copy of my book, or my signature time management course Conquer Your Calendar.
FOR THE MOM WHO MISSES DRESSING UP
This necklace is probably my favourite thing in my jewelry box right now. Created by Toronto mom Rebekah Price the Multi Rivoli necklace goes with basically everything. This faux leather a-line green skirt is my most popular item in my like.to.know.it and these Cari Snake Print Cut Out Booties are a close runner up.
I have just started using Beauty Counter’s new Beyond Lipgloss line and oh my word does it make a statement (even if it’s under your mask) for $29.
This palette makes an incredible above the mask statement- the pigment and blending ability in Beauty Counter’s eyeshadows is exceptional- and it’s made from CLEAN ingredients which makes everything better. This Beauty Counter Velvet Eyeshadow palette at $50 is worth every penny.
Ladies… these are $14! These affordable Time and Tru Animal Print Feather Flats are such a good staple in a wardrobe. And $14, I mean…
And from this same affordable Walmart line this Eyelash Sweater (again only $14!!!!) is a fun way to incorporate this animal print trend.
FOR THE MOM WHO WANTS TO STAY COMFY
I mean we’ve got to stay cozy at home, right? This AE Waffle Oversize Crew Sweater in Holiday Heather Brown is sooooo comfy I want to get this in all the colours.
I mean we all know most people are keeping it business on top for Zoom meetings, and cozy on the bottom, right? These White Velvet pom pom slippers are just too cute.
I just had to. You’re on mute is the PHRASE OF 2020 amiright?!?!? This t-shirt for just $10 would make such a good gift this year.
These are the comfiest jeans I own. Period. Like in my entire life of owning jeans- these Women’s High-Rise Cropped Straight Jeans are SOOOOOOO COMFY.
FOR THE CATHOLIC MOM
Catholic Family Crate is one of my FAVOURITE Catholic companies out there- the product they produce, a monthly subscription box, with modern liturgical art, crafts for the feast days, family activities and more is such a beautiful surprise every month. They are gifting one month free right now when you buy 5 and it is such a high quality product- grab yours here!
I’ve been a fan of Catholic online shop House of Joppa for a long time and this new bracelet is as beautiful as it is meaningful. Depicting the beautiful Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rose Gold, this would make a gorgeous statement on any Catholic mama’s wrist for $29.
Earlier this year House of Royals and I partnered on my bedroom above. This Face of God on the Cross in this gorgeous gold frame would be an incredible, luxurious gift.
Be a Heart is known for her modern hand drawn approach to design and this Holy Family Tapestry is no exception. You can hang this as a wall tapestry, or wear it as a scarf! I am kind of obsessed and at $40 it is a beautiful way to support a Catholic designer.
I know a lot of mamas know and love Krstin Reilly from One Hail Mary at a Time (you might remember this fun NY Times article she and I were both featured in about large family life). Did you know she has merch??? This sweatshirt depicts the virtues associated with each of the mysteries of the rosary. I’ve got this $34 Virtue Pots Sweatshirt on my list this Christmas.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I am big on having a growth mindset- and so when I saw Metanoia Catholic is releasing their own journal in the new year, you better believe I pre-ordered my copy.
FOR THE PICKY HUSBAND
This is single-handedly the BEST purchase we made during quarantine in 2020. Originally bought as a Father’s Day gift for my husband, it ended up being a gift for me. My Traeger Grill has turned me into a full on culinary queen of the cul-de-sac so to speak. It’s helped me to feel confident at providing healthful, delicious meals that honestly rival restaurant quality sometimes- and if you know me, you know what an incredible feat this is LOL because prior to this I burned basically everything. A Traeger is definitely an investment, but when you think about how many meals we cook during lockdown, this thing is a gift that keeps on giving.
I think a lot of people are looking for more nostalgia, and more tactile experiences. My husband has this on his list- a record player that plays actual records as well as connects to your Bluetooth.
Yeti has established itself as a leader in keeping drinks hot or cold- so regardless of your climate right now, this thermos will aim to please.
Beautiful to look at and beautiful use, this decanter set will look great on the counter and great in your hubby’s hand.
I hope this list helps make your shopping easier, so you can continue to find peace in this beautiful season of HOPE and JOY.
IT’S HERE The third room in my #casacanning house transformation is finally complete! And oh boy am I excited. I made progress on my living room and my bedroom doing this wild thing called the One Room Challenge, where in 6 short weeks you makeover one room in your space.
This room was QUITE the transformation (click here for the before). This large open space on my second floor kinda just became the place where all the free furniture I kept collecting from local FB Groups would go to die. It was a pretty sad space to see as soon as you got to the top of the stairs… but NOW!!!!!
Everything started with this beautiful Urban Wall Decal Large Paint Brush Strokes in Emerald. I LOVE this Canadian company (owned by an awesome mama), and after wrapping my bedroom in the Bohemian Palm print, I knew another room had to get the same “interior decal-ator” treatment.
This room is LARGE, so it took 6 orders to cover each wall in this expansive space. If you look carefully in each photo, you will see that the decals are strategically covering where pencil and crayon marks are LOL (and some are still showing through bahaha).
OK we need to talk about these window coverings. As you might recall, Budget Blinds is a company that I have had a long standing relationship with- I have done dozens of projects over the years with them in Toronto, and was so excited to work with their Naples Franchise here in Florida.
My favourite thing about Budget Blinds is they bring EVERYTHING TO YOU. Especially in this Covid reality world, to not have to bring small kids to a showroom, to not have to drive anywhere, to not have to make more decisions than necessary is SUCH A GIFT. I was thrilled when they agreed to partner with me on this project.
For this space, I went with a roller shade in a gorgeous neutral with hints of gold and shimmer, which picks up on some of the other metallic finishes in the room so nicely. Since it gets so hot here in Florida, I really wanted blackout shades to help cool the room down during the day, and provide full privacy in the night. But the coolest part about these roller shades is that they are…
…motorized!!!! Because of the size of the room, and how much light this room gets, I wanted to ensure the windows could be opened and closed with ease! I can control the number of shades that open and close and the height of each individual shade- plus, it is all run on rechargeable batteries that don’t require hard wiring and are charged the same way i would charge my cell phone.
The possibilities are ENDLESS with window coverings and they really do add to the form and function of a space. To book your own FREE in-home consultation with Budget Blinds, visit their website here.
The next piece that entered this space was this sofa, and if you been following me on instagram (@lisacanning) you know this guy used to be black! I ended up grabbing a white cover set for this discontinued Ikea Karlstad sofa and I am so glad I did! It is so fresh, and fun, and yes I know I have 8 children and this will only stay white for 5 minutes but it’s a slipcover so yeah baby!
Across from the sofa I wanted a pop of colour and these green velvet swivel chairs have not disappointed! They are so convenient for when the kids have their friends over and want to swing around and play on our old school SNES. And how fun is this TV stand? This was one is originally from Restoration Hardware, but check out this one (at a fraction of the price tag).
The pillows were all HomeGoods and Target and this coffee table and end tables are PERFECT for my active kids who literally run circles.
Just behind this EPIC chair I got off FB Marketplace (PS, the local FB Marketplace in Florida is INCREDIBLE- this chair is MGBW and is like $$$$ and I got it for $385 NEW IN THE BOX WHAT WHAT) I created a small office / homework station / craft area. Originally, this was all gong to be used for toy storage- we were going to built-ins but couldn’t get them installed in time- so I shopped my house. This desk was in our guest room, the chair was in my front office, the shelves I bought at Cost Plus World market (they are marble and SO PRETTY), I have a fiddle I promise I am not going to kill this time LOL. It’s a cute little area and I am so excited about it.
These marble shelves with these gold brackets are such a cute little addition- and let’s talk about this print by The Verse Prints. So inspiring for this space.
THAT IS A WRAP. Now go check out all the other One Room Challenge guest participants reveals here!
It is week 5 of the One Room Challenge, a really fun blogging challenge that I have participated in for many years. It is down to the wire (I have loads still to do) but I am PRETT EXCITED about the outcome.
Well decals are up and oh my word, I love them. Love them even more with this light fixture.
We grabbed some pillows and fun goodies to complement the decal palette. I am a little obsessed with it. I am thinking I am going to swap out this coffee table although it will have to be something I can get in time for next week’s reveal!
And the kids are making good use of it. : )
Come back next week for the full reveal- I am doing something pretty dramatic to the sofa that was a totally last minute play… will I get it done in time?????
Go check out what all the other participants are doing as we race to the finish. It’s such a fun challenge to be a part of!!!!!