This post was sponsored by Big Lots in celebration of its #BIGHoliday campaign for National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week.

I love the holiday season! Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are some of my favorite holidays. When this season comes around I can’t wait to decorate. It sets the mood and makes my home feel so inviting and warm.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a variety of ways that allow me to enjoy the season.  These tips have helped me maintain my zen, and allowed me to enjoy my family, while others are running around willy nilly. Hope they help you out as well!

5 Tips for Holiday Decorating that Will Save Your Sanity and Money



1. Pick a Color Scheme:

Your color scheme will help you maintain consistency, allowing your decorations to flow from one holiday, to another. To update the look per season add a pop of color. This year I chose  warm, natural colors with a bright red to make it pop.  The year before I used a bright turquoise. However, you can use any color! Big Lots has a fantastic variety of items that can help you set it up.


Big Lots Chalk It Up Mugs #BIGHoliday | Latina On a Mission

2. Repurpose:

This is one of my faves! You can create unique, one of a kind, decorations to showcase your flair and style by re-purposing wrapping paper, ornaments, and even mugs. Use your imagination and get creative! See above mugs that were used as planters.


Easy Romantic Holiday Centerpiece #BIGHoliday | LatinaOnaMission.com

3. Create a Centerpiece:

I love having one item, in every room, that draws the eye. This year I created a beautiful centerpiece with flameless remote controlled candles. The colors used in the centerpiece work well for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!



4. Incorporate Nature into Your Decorations

Winter is the central theme in all three holidays. Why not bring it into your home? Incorporate acorns, branches, twigs, evergreens and mistletoe into your decorations. Simple, yet chic.


5. Shop Early

To get the choicest decorations, shop early! It’s also a great way to avoid the holiday chaos, helping you maintain your zen during the holidays. I highly recommend Big Lots. It’s a one stop shop, with decorating options for every room. So, you don’t have to run from store to store!



Let’s talk! What suggestions do YOU have for holiday decorating that help you save your sanity and money?  Leave your tips in a comment so we can learn from one another!

Click to follow Latina On a Mission, and 6 other bloggers, on our #BIGHoliday decorating journey!

{ 1 comment }

@BigLots #BIGHoliday Twitter Party & Selfie Sweepstakes! #Ad

I’ve had an amazing time working with Big Lots to decorate my kitchen for the holidays! If you followed along, I’m sure you saw the teaser! We’re having a #BIGHoliday Twitter party to kick-off National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week! The Twitter party will feature conversations about holiday décor with the opportunity to […]

Sabroso Nestlé Nido Kinder 1+ #Giveaway

My youngest and I recently had the opportunity to review the Nestlé Nido Kinder 1+. I had never tasted it before the sponsored opportunity. One word: Sabroso. / Tasty. Since we’ve received it, I’ve used it in my coffee, in my oatmeal and even created this super yummy Banana Blueberry Greek Smoothie. You should click […]

Join the Bilingual #PurplePurse Twitter Party!

Latina On a Mission is honored to join forces with the Allstate Foundation, Latina Bloggers Connect, Deborah Deras, and Jeanette Kaplun to host a sponsored #PurplePurse Twitter Party. The topic – domestic violence. Domestic violence impacts millions. On average, it occurs at least 145 times every hour in the U.S. Sadly, 3 women die every […]

DIY Tutorial: Party Poppers, Pillow Boxes + More! (VIDEO)

The most critical element of any party is, of course, fun; however, we can’t disregard the importance of memorable mementos that make your parties and gathering stand out from the rest. Thankfully, there are frugal ways to make your gathering sparkle, including making a DIY party favor, pillow box and more from everyday items that […]

#LifeReimagined at Any Age and Situation

Years ago, I was divorced, overworked, stressed and exhausted. My career in the legal field was not what I imagined. I was no Erin Brockovich, traipsing around the city investigating a case that would impact thousands of lives. Nor was I working to  right the wrongs committed against countless citizens across the United States. No, […]

6 Ways Smartphones Help You Parent

As a Mom, I’m the first to admit I need all the support I can get to raise my sons. Sometimes that support comes from family and friends, but oftentimes it comes from the one thing we all use, our smartphones. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a Cricket Wireless in-store event about […]

The Redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona: Exhilaration Behind the Wheel #WhatsYourSedona

Living in an urban oasis, surrounded by public transportation, with the theater district, the fashion district and a bit of the countryside (Central Park) near me means that I can find almost anything within 30 minutes. Yet, that almost is so very, very important to note. That almost means something is missing. And, the only […]

Repurpose and Upcycle To Organize (VIDEO)

I have something to admit. I’m a secret upcycler. (Is that even a word? Spell check says it isn’t.) I love taking castaways and recycling them into something useful. Perfect example: toilet paper rolls. We all know what to do with toilet paper (I hope!), but what about the rolls? Do you toss them? I […]

Cricket: Spend Less, Get More in 2014

“Spend Less, Get More” is my 2014 motto. Can you imagine spending less and getting more shoes? Or, more … well, anything? As one of the newest Cricket Wireless Ambassadors, I’ve learned that Half is More. As a frugal, savvy, single Latina Blogger in New York City, it’s no small feat to “Spend Less, Get […]