[note] This giveaway was donated by FACES Skin Care & Massage in Texas Corners. Who couldn’t  use some “me” time this holiday season?


by Robin B



It’s that time of year again – holiday time – and often with it comes added stress from trying to get everything done with all of the activities, meal preparation, family visits, shopping….the list goes on! Childhood holiday memories stay with us our whole lives.


So as parents, we want to be sure our children remember happy times, not ones filled with holiday stress. We’ve got a few tips for you to make it a healthy and happy time.

Tips For a No Stress Holiday


  1. Modify your expectations – learn to say “NO” – it’s ok to turn down requests if you’re overcommitted.
  2. Lists, Lists, and more Lists! Sit down with your calendar and make a list of big upcoming events for both work and home. Then tag each entry with a ‘things to do’ list, along with a due date so you can keep track of deadlines.
  3. Last, but not least, schedule some “ME” time. Sara Arundel, owner of FACES Skin Care & Massage in Texas Corners, has a couple quick tips on how to keep stress to a minimum:
  • Meditate. It can be done throughout the day and it’s as simple as sitting still, closing your eyes and breathing. Deep breathing slows the heart rate and will help you focus in order to clear your mind.
  • Allow time to decompress at the end of the day. Put a heat wrap around your neck & shoulders, soak your feet in Epsom salts or unwind with a warm cup of tea. Taking just 10 minutes of quiet time to reflect and recharge will help you to stay centered and calm in times of high stress!


More Information About Spa

Treatments at FACES Skin Care & Massage are centered on caring for you; mind, body & soul. FACES Skin Care & Massage offers a variety of customized skin care and body care treatments using an all organic skin care line, Eminence Organic Skin Care.

Massage treatments rage from a 5 minute chair massage to a 90 minute table massage, allowing you to choose the level of pain relief or relaxation. A complimentary foot soak before your session will help melt the stress away! A personal favorite massage treatment for reducing stress and clearing the mind is the Thai Poultice Massage. A handmade Thai-poultice ball is filled with herbs and spice and heated for compressions throughout the massage. This 90 minute treatment Ahh-maz-ing!


To Enter This Giveaway

FACES is giving away this amazing 90-minute Thai Poultice Massage (Value $120). To enter, post a comment on how you manage to keep stress out at the holiday time.


This giveaway will close on December 17 at midnight and the winner will be notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond by email accepting the prize. No purchase necessary to enter the contest. Leaving a comment on this blog post is not a requirement of entry. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to KZOOkids.com and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used to enter the contest and notify winners. Entrants will release Facebook from all liability. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Michigan. Only one entry per household. Entrants may also enter the contest by sending an email to jill@KZOOkids.com containing their name, address, phone number and email address along with the words: No Stress Holiday in the subject line. KZOO Kids’ liability is limited to the value of the prize.




By | 2014-12-02T18:19:19+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Newly Published, Win!|28 Comments

About the Author:

Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.


  1. Sarah December 2, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    We keep stress out by doing some of the things in this post, but most importantly, by remembering to stop and pray when the days of planning/shopping/wrapping/baking/party-going get overwhelming.

  2. Amanda W. December 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

    We try to keep stress out of the holidays by keeping things simple. I get stressed out easily & have to remind myself to breathe. 🙂

  3. Jen T. December 3, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I destress by remembering the reason for the season and enjoying all of the extra time with my family that does not live in town.

  4. Nicole December 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    We try to schedule “hibernation” days- days when we make zero plans and stay in to play games and hang out, enjoying the season as a family without any pressure.

  5. Julie December 4, 2014 at 10:48 am

    We destress by doing something good for others…a volunteer project, or picking out a toy for the Angel Tree. It helps keep perspective.

  6. Kristen December 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    We de-stress by keeping things simple. Our girls are still very young (3 years old) and are happy and excited over the simplest things! We love to spend time as a family & we do schedule “down-time” to keep things relaxed and keep all of us less frazzled.

  7. Nicole C December 7, 2014 at 7:25 am

    We try to practice simplicity around the holidays as much as possible, minimizing the number of gifts we buy and give, especially for our kids so they’re not overwhelmed by the holidays. We instead emphasize experiences as a family and time spent with relatives…and good meals shared together!

  8. Katie R December 7, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    We keep stress out of our holiday by using LOTS of lists and making sure we enjoy the little things like Christmas lights and the time with our families.

  9. Felicia December 7, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I manage to keep my stress down by waking up every morning at least 30 minutes before the rest of the family. I enjoy my coffee while I get the kids things around for school. It’s especially peaceful this time of year because it’s still dark out and I can enjoy all the Christmas decorations and drink my coffee by the tree. It starts my day out right

    • Jill P December 20, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Hi Felicia, You are our winner. Please send us your address and we will drop the gift certificate in the mail. Congrats!

      Jill, KZOOkids.com

  10. Meg brake December 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I keep the stress away but working hard not to over commit and to remember the holidays are supposed to be fun!

  11. Lindsey C December 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    We are trying to minimize stress this year by planning ahead and not over committing ourselves. A quiet day with no plans and no expectations is usually what we need to regroup and destress as a family. Or, we drop everything and bake some Christmas cookies. It’s always a welcomed activity here 🙂

  12. Becka December 7, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    We reduce stress by planning ahead and having days that we plan nothing and just spend time together at home.

  13. Brianna L. December 7, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    We de-stress by taking a “family day” every sunday to relax and have fun together. We also try shopping without kids (every parent knows how stressful that is!)

  14. mikayla schultzen December 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I pray a lot when I’m stressed it really helps!

  15. nicole December 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    We try to keep stress at bay by enjoying every moment we can with our one year old. Seeing the look of joy and amazement on his face throughout his first holiday season reminds us to keep it together for him!

  16. Tesla W. December 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    As a single parent I know that money is tight so I started buying gifts last month that way it doesn’t stress me out with money all at once and I don’t have to drag my son through the store. We also end the night with a book or a Elmo movie!

  17. Beth December 8, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Taking deep breaths. Remembering the Reason for the season. Not sweating the small stuff.

  18. Ronda December 8, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    I enjoy music so I play (sometimes pound) the piano.

  19. Julie S December 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I make a lot of lists to keep organized, keep gifts to 1-2 per person, and make sure that I spend a lot of time looking at my daughter’s face who is fascinated by all of the beautiful lights and displays and trees 🙂

  20. Jamie December 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    First step of keeping stress at bay, shop EARLY, if I can be done before December 1st I am. If I can’t be done by December 1st I do online shopping for the rest. Next, I avoid Westnedge at all costs as the traffic and madness sends me over the edge quicker than most anything else. Finally, on Christmas we don’t have a big dinner like we do on Thanksgiving. When our son was a baby we decided to start a family tradition of having sandwiches for Christmas dinner. So, we each pick 1 type of deli meat (typically roast beef, chicken and salami but whatever sounds good at the time), a variety of cheeses (our teen son loves cheeses of all kinds so we usually let him pick those, bread from Great Harvest, and all the toppings we think sound good when we go to purchase them on Christmas Eve. Christmas day is a practice in grazing and spending time with one another. Parents deserve a nice holiday not spent in the kitchen too. 🙂

  21. Joanne P December 12, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    i de-stress this time of year by making sure I get some “me” time in before I start my day. Enjoy some coffee and peace and quiet. I also make sure to play with my kids a lot and see the Holidays through their eyes!!!

  22. Laura R December 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    It is hard to keep the stress away during the holidays, but one thing our family has done is eliminate gift giving amongst the adults. This cuts down the stress of buying the perfect gift, and allows us to just enjoy spending time together.

  23. Doug December 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    We’ve cut back on the amount of visiting we do during the holidays and instead invite friends and family to come to our house. Trying to be in five places in one day was exhausting.

  24. elisha z December 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    We make thing simple, don’t go overboard on the gifts, always remember the reason for the season, and stop and enjoy every moment with family and friends.

  25. Sheila R. December 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I destress by playing lots and lots of Christmas music. Doesn’t matter if I’m at home, at work, in the car, etc. If I’m stressed it’s Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby to my rescue!

  26. Erin December 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    To keep stress away over the holidays remind yourself of the reason for the season to help put things in perspective. Another great tip is to keep up on your exercise routine, even if it has to be shortened a bit.

  27. Tina Dove December 17, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I just have a organized plan to get things done. I focus on just that, that way no distractions are made and things get done. Plus christmas music, that helps.

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