Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittlecalminthegreatandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariefiebach.Hellofriends,welcometothefeedyourfamilytonightpodcastepisode106talkaboutholidaygift-givinginthefeedyourfamilytonightholidayplanningguidethereisalargesectionaboutgift-giving.Ilovepresents.Ilovetogivepresents.Ilovetoreceivepresents.Ifyouarefamiliarwiththefivelovelanguages,itsabookbydr.GaryChapmanwherehetalksabouttherearefivewaysthatpeoplegiveandreceiveloveloveispresentsthoughtfulpresentsatmyhusbandhaspickeduponthisandwillgivemenotexpensiveoranythinglikethatonetime.HesetanalarmonmyphonethatIdidntknowaboutthealarmwentoffanditsaidgolookinthetoycabinetandinthetoycabinetwasawreck.BoxofyellowdishglovesBlakefromthedollarstore.ItwasadollarpresentthatheknewthatIhadgottenaholeinmydishglovesthatIneededanewpairofglovesandhesurprisedmewiththemandIwasdelightedbyapairofyellowdishgloves.Soitdoesnthavetobegiftssofunaswethinkabouttheholidays,especiallyifyouhavechildrenthegiftcangetreallyreallyoverwhelmingyouhaveoftentimes.AtleastIdoIhavegrandparentsandauntsandunclesthatareaskingforgiftideasformychildrenandtheiraskingforgiftideasforme.Itcangetreallyoverwhelmingreallyfastovertheyears.Ihavemanagedthisoverwhelmed.AlotofdifferentwaysonewaywasjusttokindofkeepitinmyheadandstartthrowingoutsuggestionsandthatwasadisasterbecauseIwouldrepeatsuggestionstodifferentpeopleandmykidswouldendupwithlikethreeofthesamegiftandIwasthenIfeltlikeIwasupatwork.Ihavedonespreadsheetsonthecomputer.IhavedonenotesonmyphoneandIhavedonethatfeedyourfamilytonightgift-givinglistfromtheholidayplanningguideforme.Thegift-givinglisthavebeenthetoolthathasworkedthebestandtheresacouplereasonswhythefirstoneisthatIneedtogettheideasoutofmyheadandontopaper.DoyoukeeparunningnoteinmyiPhoneandIwilltakehisideasandtransferthemtothepaper,butthepaperhelpsmetoseemore.YearlywhatsuggestionsIhaveformychildrenandthendippinginthemuptothepeoplethataregoingtobegivingmychildrengiftsaccordingtothetypeofgiftsthattheyliketogivemegivemeanexampleofthatparticularsweatshirtthathereallywantedandIfindacoupleonlineandsendthemtomeandIllsendthosetooneofyourgrandparentsonesideofthefamilyisreallygoodatpickingoutclosing.Myfather-in-lawhastakenmysontothatstoreandpickedoutadressshirtandthentakingthatdressshirttothetailortomakesurethatitfitshimproperlythatsideofthefamilyisreallygoodatpickingouthigh-qualitybeautifulclothingandsoismychildiswantingaqualitypieceofclothing.Ioftensuggestedtothatsideofthefamily.Mymotherisgoodatfindingbargain.Soifyourewantingsomethingthatisalittleoutofyourbudget,mymotherisusuallythepersonthatcanfinditatabargainsomewhere.Sooftengiveherthosetreasurehuntideasandshelikestogoonthetreasurehunttofindthings.Itsjustfunnyhowdifferentpeopleliketogivealloftheseideasonthesegift-givinglistithelpmesorttheinformationbetter.Ihaveprintedforme14giftyouarecrazy.ButletmeexplainwhatIdoisIprintonesheetforeachmemberofmyfamily.Iprintedsheetformyhusbandsideofthefamilyassheeatformysideofthefamily.Iputoneformyhusbandsco-workersandoneformyco-workersandoneforneighborsandonefortheteachersandthenIcankindofstar.ListingallofthepeoplethatIneedtogivegiftstoallofthegiftideasforcategoryneighborsorco-workersorwhatevercategoryyouhavethenithasalistforthepersonthatisinthatcategoryorformeonmykids.ItsthepersonthatIsuggestedthatgiftideasothatpersoncankindofgobackandforthaplacetolistallofthegiftideaswhereyoucanbuyit.Whatsyourbudgetis,whichhonestlyweshouldbestartingthere.Haveyouboughtitandwheredidyouputit?Haveyouwrappedit?AndwheredidyouputitandhasitbeendeliveredorgivenhowmanytimeshavewepurchasesomethingearlyintheseasonandwecannotforthelifeofusrememberwhereweputitandthenwefinditinlikeJanuary.IIhavedoneit.IknowyouhavedoneandIhopesomeofyouarejustasyourelisteningjustnoddingyourheadsayingtotallyhashappenedtomeforme.Ivedoneafewthingstohelpmanagethatbesideshavethesespacesonthegift-givingsheetssothatIcankeeptrackwhenIbuygiftformychildrenonline.IhavethemshippedtomymothershouseandmymotherandIhavekindofacodeifitisshippedtoherhouse,butithasmynameonit.ThensheknowsshecanjustputthatasideandIllhavetogoandgetitifitisshippedtoherhouseandithashernameonit.Thatmeansissomethingthatperhapsshehasquote-unquotepurchaseformychill.Idontknowaboutyou,butmygrandparentsinourhouseoffofthestate.WillyoujustbuyitandIwillpayyouforit.AndsoIllbuyitandIhaveitshippedtoherhouseanditllhavehernameonitandshecanopenitupandwrapitherself.Itworksformebecausemymomisahalfamileformeanditseasyformetogobackandforthinthisyearofdemickyouwanttodoanyonlineshoppingearlybecausethesupplychainisgoingtobealittlebitdistracted.Itisalwaysextrabusyforshippingthistimeofyear.ButaddedthepandemicontopofitisgoingtobeamuchslowerprocessthanwhatweareoftenusedtoIjustwantyoutobeawareofthat.TherearesomelowestcostofadeadlineearlyasDecember13th,ifyouarewantingitemstobetherebyChristmas,Ihighlyrecommendthatyoubuythembeforethe15thofDecemberevenearlierifpossiblelastyear.Iboughtsomethingonth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blynotthethingtosendthatIhavefoundthatpuppychowisjustareallyfunrecipethatpeoplelovetoeat.Theyoftendontthinktomakeforthemselves.ItsfastandeasyandsimpleisaswellasyouregoingtogetIhavedonecandiednuts.Ihaveamaplecandiednut,butbasicallyhasnutsandseasaltandmaplesyrup.ItwasallWholeFoods.Itspaleofriendly.Ihavemadethoseandputthemintoprettysellbagsandgiventhosetwopeople.MymotherisTheCookieLadywhenshegivesyoucookies.Shegivesyouaplatteroffourorfivedifferentkindsofcookiestalkonthepodcastabouthowmymotherwilltakeanapandmakelike76batchesofcookiedoughandhaveitinthefreezerandthenshewilljustgetuponemorningatlike3or4inthemorningandjustbakecookiesalldayandthenshewillwrapthemupsomeshewillmailandshewilldeliver.Thatshowshelikestogivecookies.MymotheralsomakesalotofcandymymotherandmyauntarebothMastercandymakersmyauntactuallysellshercandyprofessionallyinaprofessionalkitchenlikeshehastakenherrecipestoprofession.Bakeriesinstartedmakinghercandythereforthem.Shemakes5andtoffeeandmymommakesfudgeandtoffeeandcaramel.ShehasacinnamoncandythattasteskindoflikeacinnamonJollyRancher.Thatssogoodandpeanutbrittlecandyshipsreally.Soifyouarewantingtomakeatreatthatgetsreallywellcandydoesntnecessarilybreaktoomuchandsoitsjustreallywell.Sothatssomethingtoconsider.OtherideasforgiftsincludeChexMixmydearfriendandmakesomeofthebestTex-Mexyouhaveeverhad.IhavearecipeonmywebsiteforperfectpartynextthatsreallyreallygoodanditsnothardbutitstillbringsthelightsnacksbecauseitsalittlebitSavoryratherthansweet.Somanytimesattheholidays.WeareinundatedwithWheatsandsosomethingSavoryiskindofnice.KindofalongdayatSavoryideaisTacomixIhavemybigbatchTacoMexandIwillmakethatandputitintolittle1/2cupjarswithmyrecipefortacomeatandthatskindofafunlittlegifts.Ivehadpeoplegivemespecialquickbreads.Wehaveaoldfriendofthefamily.Shewouldmakeinherbreadmakerthisspecialhoneywholewheatbread.Thatwasabsolutelydelicious.Shewouldgivethatanotherfriendofmymothersmakesthemostamazingbriochebreadyouhaveeverhadinyourlifesomeday.IneedtogetherrecipebecauseitisRichandbutteryandsogood.Soifyouhaveaspecialbreadrecipethatmightbefun.IamtoyingwithtryingtogetakitformybeerbreadwhereIhaveallofthedryingredientsmixedupandthencangiveittosomeonewithaBattleofbeerandalltheyhavetoaddtoitthenisastickofmeltedbutteratsomethingthatkindofisImtoyingwithkindofamixidea.Thatmightbefine.StricklerofnaptimekitchenwilloftengifthermotherssaladdressingandIhaveacoupleofsaladdressingsthatIreallylikedandImseriouslyconsideringgettingsaladdressingtoourneighbors.Thisyearissomethingthathastoberefrigerated.Soitprobablywouldntbegoodtogivetoletco-workerscuzyoudontwantitsittingatpeoplesdesksalldayifitssomeonethatsgoingtohitbeclosetorefrigeratororlikeaneighbor.Imreallythinkingthatsaladdressingmightbefun.Ifyouhaveplannedaheadisalittlelatetostartitnow,buthomemadevanillaissomethingthatIhavegiveninthepastasgiftsatChristmastime.Imakeahomemadevanillathatrecipesonthewebsitetooutsidetheboxalittlebitthinkaboutthatarefunandeasyandagaintryandthinkaboutmakingthingsthatbringtolight.Youdonthavetobefancy.Theydontevenhavetobesweet.Butfoodgiftscanbesomethingthatsreallyfun.Icantwaittohearwhatkindoffoodgivesyouliketogiveandhowyouorganizeyourgift-givinginthefeedyourfamilytonightFacebookgroup.Joinmeoverthereandwewilltalkaboutholidaygiftsovernowfriends.Takecare.Pictureyourselfsittinginyourdecoratedhomeinthemidstoftheholidayseason,allofyourgiftsarepurchasedandwrappeddinnersintheovenandyoureenjoyingamomentofrestorspendingqualitytimewithyourfamilyover.Well,justcallthefuturefamilytonightholidayplanningguideisheretohelpyoumanage.Thehundredsoflittletasksthatcomewiththeholidayseasonfromshippingtoroastingaturkey.Wehavegotyoucovered.Yourplanyourgiftyourmealsyourdecoratingandsomuchmoreandnewthisyear.WeveaddedthecountdowntoChristmasworksheetswhetheryourestartinginOctoberorstartinginDecember.Theseweresheetswillhelpyougetoutoftheoverwhelmedandfocusonthethingsthataremostimportanttoyouthisholidayseason.Formoreinformation.Doesitfeedyourfamilytonight.CALMholidayandgetyourowncopyoftheholidayplanningguide.ThanksforlisteningtofeedyourfamilytonightpodcastwithyourhoesMariefiebach.Ifyouliketheshowand1/2nomore.Pleasevisitfeedyourfamilytonight.Calmifyoudliketohelpsupporttheshow.PleaseleavearatingorreviewoniTunesorapplepodcastithelpedspreadthewordthatyoucanfeedyourfamilytonight.

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