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Dec 9, 201510:00 AM
Bon Vivant

Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

Holiday Essentials

Tips and tricks for staving off seasonal stress and staying sane

It’s that time of year again when in addition to the usual day-to-day tasks, chores and obligations, there are the seasonal jobs of decorating, gathering thoughtful gifts for your loved ones and travel, as well as countless social commitments such as hosting and attending holiday parties. Since most of us will likely be pulled in seven directions on any given day from now until the New Year, it’s also a great time to remember to take care of yourself. It’s not selfish to engage in self-care. Rather, it’s essential if you want to be present, happy and healthy for your family and friends at the holidays or any time. Here’s a roundup of several Bon Vivant posts devoted to the art of relaxation, pampering and those little things that help keep you grounded:

 

Morning rituals: Click here for tried-and-true tips to craft a morning ritual that will get your day started off on the right foot.

Catching quality time: Click here to read about the importance of alone time and for some ideas.

Cozy nook: Click here to discover inspiration for carving out a calming little corner of your abode. 

Soak it up: Click here for the ingredients to the perfect bath.

Sleep tight: Click here for the elements of a great night’s sleep.

Sip and savor: When all else fails, click here for the recipe for my favorite cocktail, the French 75.

 

Do one or all of the above and I guarantee your holiday season will be blissful, whether you were naughty or nice.

 

  

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Bon Vivant

Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

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Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 16 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as a media member of the board of directors. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 16 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. Click here to like Spencer's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @MelanieSpencer. 

 

You can reach her at melanie@myneworleans.com.

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