Six Christmas Tips and Tricks

It's almost Christmas...have you finished your shopping? Are you baking goodies for family and friends?  Hitting the party circuit?

I have to admit, I've made this holiday season very low-key. Mostly because I was finishing revisions on a book and needed to focus on that, but also because my husband and I like to make our holidays as stress-free as possible. However, I did get stuck in a very long line at the post office yesterday -- probably should've gone early in the day, not at the end when people were leaving work early to mail packages. That's my theory, anyway.

Below are some tips and tricks that can help you save time, cut corners or are just plain fun. Happy Holidays!

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Frozen Grapes to Chill Wine and Champagne

Freeze green grapes, then plop them into a glass of vino or champagne to keep it chilled without watering it down.

Cut Up Old Christmas Cards for Gift Tags

I've done this a lot--it's a great way to reuse old Christmas cards.

Make Granola, Listen to Tunes & Send Cards Without Leaving Your Kitchen

Red Stamp offers all three in this fun holiday blog: A link to their playlist (you'll need to set up an account on Spotify), a Granola recipe with step-by-step instructions, and a link to their online holiday cards that you can personalize and if you want, they'll address and mail for you! To check it out, click link below:

Granola Recipe, Tunes and Cards

Free Ebooks App

I love reading ebooks on my iPad, but finding free ebooks is hit and miss for me. Sometimes I see an author offering their ebook free on Twitter, or I troll Amazon seeing what ebooks are free. This app, eBook Search Pro, looks like a great way to automate downloading free ebooks. I haven't tried it, but as it's only 99 cents, looks like a cheap investment for a lot of free books.  Available for iPhones and iPads.

Click link below to read more:

eBook Search Pro

Free Christmas Game App

Like playing Hangman? Here's a free Christmas-theme Hangman app, available on iPhone and iPad.  Click link below:

Christmas Hangman Deluxe App

Easy One-Pan Breakfast for Christmas Morning

An easy, no-need-to-chop anything one-pan breakfast that takes 15 minutes to make. That's my idea of cooking! Click on link for recipe:

One-Pan English Breakfast

Happy Holidays!