This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com. All these holiday ready ideas and thoughts are my own.
1. Take a break from cleaning
Got your attention, right? While you might not be able to take a break from ALL the cleaning, there’s a handy little machine that can take a good chunk of it off your hands and leave you more time to ENJOY the holidays! ECOVACS has the best robot vacuum, the DEEBOT 900, that will SWEEP AND VACUUM YOUR FLOORS. Sweeping is the bane of my existence, and I never knew quite how much I needed one of these DEEBOT robot vacuums in my life. My kitchen floor is always clean, there are no crumbs in the dining room and for the first time since I left my mother’s house, underneath my sofa is fully vacuumed. AMAZING.
DEEBOT for perpetually clean holiday floors
got a smart home? DEEBOT is smart, too.
deebot will lend an ear
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2. make the house smell like holiday baking
- Best banana bread ever
- Cherry chocolate chunk cookies
- Gross anatomy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
- Peanut butter cup cupcakes
Did you laugh about that a little bit?
You’re probably too busy (like we all are) to bake all the time. Here’s a much better alternative. A good quality candle!
3. make the guest bedroom extra nice
luxe for less than you think
luxe for even less than that with this $20 off $50 discount
other details to nice up the guest room
4. Set the holiday mood with good lighting
Lighting is a wholly underappreciated part of home decor. The right sort of lighting can create a comfortable, cozy mood or one that makes you want to party! My favorite house we’ve ever lived in had a brilliant lighting design with lots of recessed lights that you could switch on and off depending on the kind of mood you wanted to set. The lights made such an impact to the feel of that house!
We haven’t had that kind of lighting design since because, well, putting them all in can be hugely expensive. But there are lights out there now that do just as good a job of creating mood without cutting drywall or running wires. The Sengled Element Color Plus 2pk kit can add a pop of color or warm-to-cool lighting in any living space with just a few wireless lighting bulbs. They are perfect for setting the holiday mood!
The Element Color Plus 2pk starter kit comes with two smart light bulbs and a hub to run them and any other color LED bulb you add on–you can buy tons! Every lightbulb is wirelessly synced to the hub and you can program them to do just what you want from your phone on the Sengled Home app. If you have a smart home system like Amazon Echo, Google Home, SmartThings, etc. the Sengled bulbs will sync with your system so you can turn lights on and off with voice commands.
Want it romantic in the room? Turn the lights pink. Want is warm and cozy? There’s a great yellow color cast. Feeling cool for movie night? Choose blue! From the Sengled Home app, you can schedule lights to turn on and off (like when you head out on vacation) and adjust your preferred lighting room by room with a swipe of your finger.
Amazing lighting and mood choices inexpensively!
party in a light bulb: solo color plus
This color LED bulb was so unique, I admit it has been a topic of conversation with more than a few people since I’ve had it to play with. The Solo Color Plus is a color LED bulb AND a speaker all in one. My kids (and I) were fascinated.
We plugged it in and a dance party ensued. The Sengled Pulse app controls this smart light bulb and after you connect it through your bluetooth, it will play music for you. You can set it to pulse and change color to the music, too, which makes it all kinds of fun in having impromptu dance parties in your living room.
Just like the Element Color set, the Solo Color Plus can be used with your Amazon Echo, and is a great alternative for speakers on the Echo Dot. Yell out, “Alexa, it’s time to party!” and your Solo Color Plus will bring it on. It’s a crazy little piece of technology that is great at home, but will also make a pretty awesome gift. Every holiday ready home needs a holiday dance party!
screaming sengled deals!
Sengled is going to be running two really great you-can’t-pass-them-up deals on the Element Color Plus and the Solo Color Plus sets:
Here’s what to look for on November 23rd:
• Buy Echo device, get Element Classic 2 pk A19 for $10 (at 12:01am PT). This offer will run until 12/31.
• Get 25%-30% off Sengled Element products on Amazon
Cyber Monday Deal of the Day
Check out the Cyber Monday Sengled deal of the day. You can score 35% off for 24 hours on select Element products, like the Echo Dot v2/v3, and Echo v2 bundle with Element Classic 2 pack kits.
5. put the good crystal on the bottom shelf
Life is too short to save the good crystal for some random dinner you’ll eat in the formal dining room five years from now. Use it now and enjoy it!! But, ya know, use it carefully and take good care of it so it sticks around. During the holidays, it’s a great idea to move that crystal and other good china pieces to lower shelves in your cupboard so you can easily get them in and out.
Since these fine dishes are going to go in a high-use area, you’ll want to put down some non-adhesive liner so the glasses and such stay put. The Duck Brand makes a product called the Smooth Top® Easy Liner® Shelf Liner that’s easy to cut and reposition in the cabinet. So if you’d rather have those glasses back on the top shelf after the holidays, you can move the shelf liner along with the glasses. The liner has a smooth surface that make clean-ups a breeze and are machine washable if the mess gets that far.
The Easy Liner Shelf Liner is perfect for all sorts of places: kitchen cabinets, pantries, shelves, drawers, under the sink, bathroom and medicine cabinets, linen closets, desk drawers and more. For about $5 or $6 you can make a couple of shelves for your crystal a little safer for the glasses. For more information and additional organization ideas, visit the Duck Brand website.
6. Add some good quality greenery
Easy care is definitely the way to go during the holidays. While you have to love the smell of all that fresh pine, it’s hard to love sap and dried up pine needles. So when you find some greenery to spruce up the house that looks as good as the real thing, you have to jump on it! This mini green pine Christmas tree from Christmas Central checks all the boxes. It’s got realistic PE branches, a light dusting of “snow” for a frosty look, and comes in a galvanized bucket so it will be totally on-trend with the rustic Christmas decor so popular this year.
The 25″ Iced Mini Pine Artificial Christmas Tree in a Galvanized Bucket by Northlight (say that three times fast!!) is very flexible. You can use it naked just like it comes, or decorate it with ribbons or bulbs. It’ll fit in anywhere and perfect for making your home holiday ready.
Christmas Central has tens of thousands of options for decorating during the holidays–and you can get everything year round. Movie studios and national magazine shop there for their styling needs and you can, too! After the Christmas season, they’ll cover all the holidays the rest of the year for you as well.
Make the happiest of holidays!
Pick up one or all of these great ideas for cozying up and making the holidays bright! There are cookies to bake, company to have and memories to make to last a lifetime.