The term 'holidays' can feel misleading if you’re a parent. While you may have associated this time of year with endless gifts and celebrations growing up, adulthood comes with the responsibility of making that magic happen.
And this year in particular is set to be one of the busiest in recent memory - as the world fully drops pandemic restrictions and welcomes traditional gatherings once again, it's the first time in a long time that many people have been able to celebrate the season in full force.
But where does that leave you?
We've all been there – triple booking friends, family and kids’ activities at the same time. Add in extra holiday tasks and seasonal obligations, and you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed!
Fortunately, Eggy is here to help. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the toughest pain points for parents during the holiday season along with some helpful hacks and tips that can make them easier to manage.
Food and groceries
The holidays wouldn't be the holidays without food - from baking banana bread at home to mastering your grandmother’s famous recipe, food is an essential part of the festivities.
Shopping for ingredients, preparing and cooking meals, hosting guests - it can all add up to be a lot of work!
The best solution to this problem? Planning. While it definitely requires an upfront commitment of time, which can be hard to find as a parent, thinking ahead to strategize meals and snacks will save you a lot of time. Think easy to-to-put-together and serve fruit bowls, cheese and crackers, sausage rolls and sandwiches.
As for shopping, make it easier on yourself by planning out your grocery lists in advance with Eggy. Built for busy parents to help survive every week of the year, Eggy's list function allows you to quickly compile shopping lists of what you need and tick them off as they're bought. Use it as you're walking through the grocery store or cross-check when shopping online. You can even save lists for future purchases, ensuring you never forget a thing!
With school out and an expectation for all-things-fun at an all-time-high, the holidays are a prime time for get- togethers with family, friends and colleagues. And while connecting with those closest to you is a highlight of the season, it can also be an added stressor if you don't plan it properly.
Again, Eggy can take some of the load offis here to help. With its intuitive calendar feature, you can easily keep track of the events you’re attending, where to go and when. You can even add reminders for yourself so that you never forget a special occasion. And now you can also add links into the Notes section for things like addresses and locations of events.
Better still, if you share the event in Eggy with your family members, everyone will get the reminders and all the info they need to make it there. This takes the stress off you having to reminder everyone about that family dinner at the pub or the Christmas concert at the school.
While everything else may go on break during the holiday season, bills, expenses, and installed payments unfortunately do not. It's important to remember the holidays are just a pause in your normal routine, not an excuse to forget about it!
Eggy can help you stay on top of your finances with its personal vault feature. All you need to do is screenshot your bill and save it to the ‘Finance’ section. This saves hours of time scrolling through thousands of emails. You can then schedule a reminder in your calendar to make a payment on pay day to ensure you don’t get stung with a late payment fee!
In some cases, the holidays bring more work, not just play - especially when it comes to household chores. With kids, presents, toys, and visitors abound, it's not hard for your house to turn into a hot mess in the blink of an eye.
The key here? Delegation. Assign tasks to everyone in your family - even if it's as small as one person being in charge of unpacking the dishwasher. Eggy's shared lists are useful here, allowing you to share responsibilities to your partner, mum, dad, bestie or neighbour. Simply share the list or task with them in Eggy and you will literally be on the same page.
From dinners and presents to get-togethers, festivities, and more, there's so much to keep track of - and worry about - during the holiday season. But like all things, a little bit of organisation and preparation can go a long way - and Eggy is here to make it that much easier.
With its easy-to-use features, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the season knowing that everything is taken care of. Happy Holidays!