Holiday craziness and stress: Let’s sloooooow things down a little, please? | Spawned ep 174

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If you feel like the holiday season came sooner this year — along with the holiday ads, the holiday sales, the Mariah Carey videos, and the holiday pressure, it’s not in your head. There are lots of reasons we’re feeling it more this year, and social media isn’t entirely to blame.

So we got together this week to (complain) discuss some helpful ways to take some pressure off this year, and some resources to help you manage the biggest holiday stresses: Gifts, money, family, and external pressures/expectations.


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Links to some topics we discuss this week

– The APA guide to managing holiday stress
– From Black Friday to Black November. What?
– The National Retail Federation survey results about tariff fears and its impact on gift prices
-The Pocket app for bookmarking gift ideas as you see them
– The wonderful “3 gift theory” from Gabby Blair of Design Mom
Liz’s new dress (that fits!)
– A top search on our site right now: Grandmother gifts. (Maybe they’ll help you too!)
Experience gift ideas for kids
– My Kindness Calendar for Advent, and the free printable acts of kindness Christmas countdown calendar
Expressing gratitude as a way to keep things in perspective
Gifts under $15 for kids and adults to help keep you on budget
Free budget tracking apps for the holidays
Our own best tips to help you save money on holiday gifts and Black Friday shopping


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Our Cool Picks of the Week

Liz: The “Got It Covered” album download supporting BBC Children in Need features favorite British celebs performing covers of amazing songs — but especially be sure to watch this behind-the-scenes video of Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Olivia Colman covering Portishead on ukulele. Also, Downton Abbey’s Jodi Whittaker being surprised by Coldplay while…she covers Coldplay!

Kristen: These colorful, affordable leggings have pockets (available from our affiliate Amazon). Kristen is living in them, and not just for workouts — she bought the camo and is ordering more. Did we mention pockets??

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