Did you see that video on the internet that makes fun of moms around the holiday season who frantically clean, and stress-ball to the MAX in order to get everything ready for the holidays?
It’s meant to be funny, but it’s also so very real.
We’ve been there, we’ve been stressed TFO and anything that gets in our path of cleaning right before a holiday party gets bulldozed. We mostly do this because we want our friends and family to feel comfortable in our space, but we get so anxious that we only end up relaxing by the end of the party (when everything is clean again, am I right?)
Okay, so this year is totally different!
We decided that we’re not going to let the feelings of stress and anxiety take over, so we’ve pre-planned and finalized all of our online shopping (which saved us a lot of time) early on to get our home ready for whatever the holidays throw at us.
Random aunt that pops by? Ready.
Impromptu holiday party? Totally ready.
Keeping it healthy with quick meals and snacks? Absolutely ready.
How did we get so ready for the holidays? Well, we did a one stop shop at iHerb – an online natural products store that carries everything from supplements to food to home goods, and even a variety of gift sets for any occasion.
WHY A ONE-STOP-SHOP?
If you haven’t heard of iHerb yet, it’s a global leader for all of your health and wellness needs. Think your local health food store, but with more selection, and affordable prices. As a matter of fact, they have a value guarantee so you know you’re getting the best natural brand names out there.
iHerb ships natural products globally to over 150 countries (check out the video below to see our purchase), which is important to us since we are Canadian-based. If you are out of the US, you can pop into their shipping options to see how you can get delivery in your country here.
We also like to get behind companies that have solid guarantees. Their Triple Guarantee ensures we are 100% satisfied with our order in terms of getting the best overall value; their Quality Guarantee ensures products are authentic; and their Delivery Guarantee ensures your package arrives, no excuses.
Oh yeah, and discounted or free shipping for over 150 countries, worldwide! We’re sold, iHerb is where it’s at for natural health products.
Want to see what we received? This year we wanted to show you how to get your home ready for the holidays in style, and with some natural health products that leave you feeling pretty awesome!
Here’s a peek at what we got to keep our homes clean, ready, and relaxing for the random guest pop-ins, to holiday parties. Check out our digs.
HERE’S HOW TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS, WITH STYLE
KEEP IT CLEAN WITH NON-TOXIC SUPPLIES
There’s nothing more pleasing than settling into a nice cup of tea, or curling up by the fireplace in a spotless home. But one thing that’s often forgotten when it comes to cleaning is that a lot of the conventional products we use contain harsh chemicals that are not only bad for the environment, but may cause sensitivities and reactions in our friends and families. That’s why we use products like ATTITUDE’s All Purpose Cleaner.
And use natural, non-toxic multi-surface cleaning cloths that are made from plant-based pulp.
HAVE A WARM & INVITING HOME WITH HOLISTIC SCENTS
Getting your home ready for the holidays in a healthy way means keeping it smelling amazing, without the harsh chemicals! This not only helps to protect the environment (less waste, and more biodegradable scents), but also ensures respecting those who pop by with allergies or sensitivities to scents.
Here are our favourite ways to add scents to our homes in a holistic way:
Diffuse oils. You can create a very mild scent with just 1-2 drops of essential oils in water and diffuse it through a diffuser. If you want a stronger scent, you simply add a few more drops to the water. Also, just check out how gorgeous these diffusers here are, they can fit effortlessly into your home décor.
Scented Soy Candles are much better to burn as they contain no toxic chemical by products, carcinogens or pollutants (which can trigger allergic reactions). We snatched up this Mercato Winter Berry Candle to create a nice peaceful, yet fruity scent in our homes.
Or if you don’t want to do the diffuser or candle thing, you can simply just spray your room before and after the party. Check out this invigorating Ginger & Mint Room Spray that’s made with water and essential oils.
HAVE QUICK, SIMPLE & DELICIOUS SNACKS ON HAND, AT ALL TIMES
There has to be a food element to getting your home ready for the holidays, and since we’re busy healthy gals, we love having easy and healthy snacks on hand, at all times.
All you need is a pre-packed dip mix with some yogurt or avocado, and a side of nacho chips or crackers and you can whip up a snack on the whim. iHerb has so many Simply Organic packs like this Guacamole Mix, which we think is just perfect for quick snacking and is ready in seconds.
Healthier Chip & Cracker Options
Think about it this way, someone pops by and you have chips, crackers and dips… What do you do? You create a delicious artisanal board and become the host of the century.
We tried some of these amazing snacks, and decided they were the perfect fit for a last minute artisanal board.
- Hippeas Organic Vegan Cheddar Chickpea Puffs
- Julian Bakery Paleo Thin Crackers
- Made-in-Nature Organic Veggie Pops
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a must in our homes, and we love dressed up mixes that are much healthier (think candied pecans, but way better for you), such as these Sahale Thai Spiced Cashews that are a hit on their own, with a glass of bubbly, or some kombucha.
Healthy Dark Chocolate Dipped Fruits
Dark chocolate dipped fruits like these Strawberries Dipped in Dark Choco are not only yummy, but they’re a healthier way to get your sweet fix in around the holidays, and everyone will surely love them.
KEEP YOUR GUESTS COZY WITH SPICED COFFEE & TEAS
We know the holidays come with their fair share of drinks and cocktails. So, offering a cozy and holiday inspired pick-me-up is definitely a must.
You can add a little holiday flavour to your coffee with the Pre-Brew Chai Spices made with cinnamon, fennel, ginger, cloves and other warming spices. All you need to do is add 1 to 1.5 tsp of the mix to fresh coffee before brewing. This is for a 12-cup pot, but you can adjust to taste.
Or, you can make a delicious and creamy Chai Latte with this Decaf Chai Tea. Also, tastes delicious with some liqueur, bourbon or Irish cream added.
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HAVE EASY & DELICIOUS RECIPES HANDY
And since the holidays are all about more food combined with friends and family time, our last tip to get your home ready for the holidays is to ensure you have a database of simple and easy holiday inspired recipes. That’s why we created the Ultimate Healthy Holiday Cookbook that will eliminate the stress of having to worry about what to cook.
It’s filled with over 25 recipes that don’t skimp out on stuffing, roasts, chocolate and cocktails, because we know that no one wants to diet over the holidays (or ever for that matter). You can download your cookbook and celebrate the holidays in style below.
What are your favourite tips to get your home ready for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.