Thursday, November 7, 2013

De-Stress Your Holidays

I realize that hate is a strong word but it really is how I feel about December. I love Halloween and Thanksgiving (candy and comfort food--who knew?) but I dread what follows. Connie E. Sokol's new book, Simplify and Savor the Season gives me hope. Hope for a more Christ-centered holiday, hope for peace during the holidays, hope for organization of the typical chaos that rules the month for me. Her new book contains formulae for creating the holiday YOU and your family want and a take-along workbook that completely simplifies the whole process is also available. 

Make this holiday season one to remember and Savor. (I know I'm going to!)


Leave a comment here and be entered in a hat-drawing for a free copy of the e-book Simplify and Savor the Season

You can also enter to win the Back to Basics Holiday Gift Set. This festive collection includes three e-books, each with a specific tool to create a meaningful season:Simplify & Savor the Season to organize; 40 Days with the Savior to spiritually focus; and the Life Is Too Short collection to lighten up if you need to. 
Visit and either 1) email a way you’ve simplified the holidays, or 2) sign up for our weekly e-letter. Winners chosen weekly!

BACK of the BOOK:
Ready for the holidays? Would you like to be?
This year, organize and re-energize with Simplify & Savor the Season, a three-part holiday planner to help you savor the celebrations!  
First, get ready by brainstorming what’s needed for each of the Big Four—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Then detail the to-dos, including menu and gift planning, with quick tips on how to lose the unnecessary and focus on the essential. Keep all your notes in this book or its workbook companion, Simplify & Savor Take-along.
After organizing, sit back and enjoy the season with “5 Holiday Juicers”—tips that teach how to keep life joyful, not stressful. Then curl up and relax with “Savory Suggestions, Snippets, and Stories,” a collection of laugh-out-loud anecdotes including “How the Real Halloween Fright Happened the Next Day,” “Thankful for Warbling,” and “Let Go of the Cookie-Cutter Christmas.”
Make your holiday celebrations meaningful and memorable as you Simplify & Savor the Season!
What people are saying:

“Connie's inspiring stories and practical tips will help you do exactly that. She has a wonderful way of speaking to women's souls, and de-cluttering our minds and hearts.”

–Trina Boice, author of How to Stay UP in a DOWN Economy

“Reading Simplify & Savor the Season is like getting an early holiday gift: permission to let go of meaningless frills and pageantry and instead, focus on family and love. And it helps the most diehard procrastinators get organized in time to enjoy the holidays.”
Elyssa Andrusauthor of Happy Homemaking: An LDS Girl’s Guide
“Love it!  I don’t have to hold my breath anymore. Connie is the master at bringing clarity to the chaotic. This book brings to light the little things that make all the difference. I want to tell all women that serenity during the holidays really can happen. What a gift!
–Kalli Wilson, International Wellness Coach


  1. Cute, I like how you say it's a hat drawing. That's what mine are too. The book looks good, who wouldn't like a stress free holiday.

  2. Oooh that sounds like an essential book to have! December gives me tingly happy excited feelings mixed with panic and dread. Who knew you could feel all of those things together?

  3. So… I'm moving to another state 5 days before Christmas. Not only do I have all the stress usually associated with the holidays, but all the guilt and stress of moving my family, too. Will this book help with that? ;)

  4. The more I hear about it the more I want to have it. :)

  5. Karen! I can't believe you are moving (and to another state) and 5 days before Christmas. This book may help, but I'm sure you're super organized anyway.

  6. Congratulations to Diane Anderson, the winner of Connie E. Sokol's ebook Savor the Season. (she commented via email)

  7. This is the reason I like to start my Christmas "season" before Thanksgiving. If I wait until after that holiday to begin, then I will be overwhelmed and hate the holiday. My mother, who died when I was 14, was a Christmas baby. I want that day to be special for her and another Christmas baby. :D

  8. Bless you Donna! What great reasons to appreciate the season.


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