Happy Birthday From Me to You

Crossing an item off my bucket list this week as I spend four days in NYC!

I’ve visited the Big Apple many times but never during the holidays. BONUS: my brother lives in Manhattan so I have a personal tour guide to All the Things.

I can’t wait to window shop, see the tree, decorations and soak up everything Christmas!

I’m writing this from the airport where I arrived two hours early because I was so excited to unwrap this fabulous birthday present. But I want you guys to have a present to open too, so I came up with something special just for you.

For the next five days, December 13- 17, I have scheduled a FREE PROMOTION for my Kindle book http://holidazedbook.com, just in time for your holiday preparations!


When there's so many Christmas presents you have to call a timeout, you know its too much


Here’s what you’ll get when you open your gift:

  • Stop the Insanity Tips
  • Holiday spending reality check
  • Hospitality w/o the hassle
  • Unique & frugal gift-giving ideas
  • Traditions that transcend
  • Grocery shopping advice so you don’t overspend
  • Humorous stories
  • Stocking your pantry
  • Easy recipes for busy weekdays
  • Loads of time tested holiday recipes
  • How to tame the time crunch
  • Organization tips galore
  • How to put the merry back into Christmas


This all-encompassing holiday guide will be a reference you’ll pull out for years to come:

“Everybody needs to hear what you have to say. Nobody rocks a holiday with as much balance as you do… Susan Ely is the holiday master.”

“I just finished re-reading Holidazed as I get ready for the Christmas season. So much inspiration to be found here.”

Here’s your link to HOLIDAY EASE and an EASY HOLIDAY!


Thank you all for your love and support as I pursue my writing path. Happy birthday from me to you and a very Merry Christmas!

How to give the PERFECT present

If you’ve ever worked retail at Christmas you know how easy it is to become jaded about gift giving.

When I was newly married, I worked at a small, family-owned drug store and I remember being appalled at the number of men who came in on Christmas Eve and asked ME to pick out something for THEIR wives. Reaally?! Because back in 1972 drug stores weren’t exactly miniature Wal-Marts; Evening in Paris gift sets were about it for a last-minute gift option. Recently I read a statistic which said that 23 million people typically go shopping on Christmas Eve! Hey, I may be a procrastinator but even I don’t do that. 

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My hard-won advice on how to make this the Best. Christmas. Ever.

“Ugh!” I groaned when I read the advertisement for yet another Christmas holiday how-to book, guaranteed to result in the “BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!”

Shaking my head and murmuring to myself, I headed downstairs to spread a little Christmas cheer to my unsuspecting husband.

“Can you believe this?” I fumed. “How To Have the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER?!” 

“The pressure the media puts on women: do more, spend moredecorate more, craft more, bake more... Like it’s a competition!  Like any of that has anything to do with Christmas!” (I might have been just a tad over-caffeinated.)

“Um hum,” he mumbled, without looking up from his coffee.

“You know what? I should write a book about how to celebrate a stress-free Christmas. I could do it with my eyes closed!”

“Do it,” he said.

And so I did.

But I should probably back up a minute.

Hi. My name is Susan. I’m a Christmas-aholic. It’s been eight years since my last “stressed out” holiday.

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