Advice on how to beat holiday stress

Samantha Ettus, MBA discusses handling stress, planning ahead, and saving money during the holidays.
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Advice on how to beat holiday stress

The holidays are very stressful for everyone, especially for working parents. And so, I always recommend doing as much in advance as possible. For example, months ahead of time, I've started my list of what I'm getting my kids for holidays. And so, doing that all year around, keeping a running list makes it much more stress free for you. I'm a huge fan of online shopping. If you are a working mom, you are doing all of your shopping. Everything from teacher gifts to your family gifts should be done online. And then if budget is an issue over the holidays and you're really strapped for cash I always recommend doing a day that you talk about weeks in advance with your kids, that's going to be holiday baking day. And it could be cookie decorating holiday baking. But that is one festive party that you can do for your family and it just has nothing to do with finances. It is all about just enjoying being together and really getting the kids to have something to look forward to. And what better gift than homemade cookies. So find a cute tin, put a bow on it and that's an excellent holiday gift.

Samantha Ettus, MBA discusses handling stress, planning ahead, and saving money during the holidays.


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Samantha Ettus, MBA

Lifestyle Expert for Working Moms

Sam is the leading lifestyle and parenting expert for working women. Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has coached thousands of women - celebrities, entrepreneurs, top CEO's and professional athletes - who aim to perform at the highest levels in both their professional and personal lives.

Sam is a bestselling author of four Random House books and a Contributor to Forbes and Disney’s parenting site, Babble. She hosts a nationally syndicated radio show for working moms and the Conference for Women’s monthly radio show, “Office Hours.”

Sam hosted leading online talk show, Obsessed TV and is known for her interviewing skills. She has interviewed countless luminaries from Al Roker to Bethenny Frankel and Mary J. Blige. Sam has made hundreds of local and national TV appearances and is a sought after speaker at corporations, conferences and colleges.

Sam aims to practice what she preaches in her daily life as a mother of three and wife of entrepreneur, Mitch Jacobs. 

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