Monday mission: do something now to make next week easier


This holiday season I’ve been giving myself some Monday missions, simple things to do that will make life around here a bit less complicated for the kids and I.

I’m inviting you to join in and accept the Monday Mission challenge if you want to and I hope we’re all going to be a little happier for it.

This week my mission is to do something now that will make next week easier.

We love decorating cookies at our house and it can become an evening long event, as my kids turn them into edible works of art.

However, if I’m being honest, while I love a good, crafty mess as much as the next creative mama, right now with a two year old in tow it isn’t easy and I’m not really a big fan of the baking and cleaning work that goes along with cookies anyway.

And, asking my kids to be patient and allow the next batch to cool when they’ve got visions of icing covered gingerbread men dancing in their hands?  Not an easy task.


So, this week I’m going to pick an evening after the kids are in bed, pour myself a glass of something festive, and spend some time baking cookies for us to decorate next week.

My plan is to stick the fully baked cookies into the freezer after they’ve cooled, and then pull them out a few dozen at a time for us to decorate during Christmas week.  No one will have to worry about timers, cooling down, or the logistics of getting the next batch cut out and in the oven before the toddler dumps the sprinkles out all over the table.

I also plan to get some of the holiday gift wrapping done, because the 11pm Christmas Eve mad dash gift wrapping tradition that my husband and I stumbled into isn’t exactly one of my favorites about the holiday season, ha ha!

So, your mission this week is do something that will make next week, during the holiday hustle and bustle, a little bit easier for you.  Maybe having a late night once this week will help you to have a calmer Christmas Eve?

BONUS:  give yourself some grace this week.  For me, that means any shortcuts I can take this holiday season, I’m taking guilt-free.   Yes, our gingerbread house came from a kit, some of our cookies have been from a mix, there’s even icing in a can (gasp!), and I’m using more than a few gift bags, crossing my fingers I’m not recycling them back to the original gifter who gave them to us, ha ha! And you know what? That sounds good to me!  No mama-guilt at the holidays, okay?  Remember the 80/20 rule and just enjoy the merry and bright!

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. Your Christmas Eve mad dash wrapping sounds a lot like mine! Of course it does make for funny stories like the year my husband was on nights so I was home alone wrapping, and I realized that I had run out of tape at midnight. With little ones all asleep I couldn’t just run to the open all night store, so I got bundled all up and walked up and down my street looking for people that were still up and then knocked on their doors begging for tape! It was the story that kept the neighborhood laughing for months! years even! Oh well. It is my goal this week to get at least half of the wrapping done before the 24th.
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  2. I’m making a list and checking it twice. I tend to come up with all these great plans, even buy the stuff to do it, and then forget what all I was planning on doing or simply run out of time. Today I’m going to make a list and include even the little things, then plan out my week with what I can get done thoughout the week so I can actually enjoy my weekend. Thanks for the mission!

  3. congratulations smart momma. how smart to do this while the little ones are still at home and you can make some more relaxed memories. three cheers.

  4. Great post Kara! Thanks for this 🙂

  5. I like it……sometimes it seems like just trying to be simple is going totally against the grain. Kids don’t care about a lot of the things that we think are so important. To spend a little time thinking about how to simplify life is an important contribution that a parent can make. Thanks for mentioning it!!!!!