Staying Fresh During the Holiday Season

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.

Staying Fresh During the Holiday Season by Boston style blogger Elisabeth McKnight

Staying Fresh During the Holiday Season by Boston style blogger Elisabeth McKnight


One of the great things about the holiday season is all of the activity! There are merry festivities everywhere you look, and with young kids I’m always trying to maximize our Christmas experiences. I mean, they’re only young once, right?

As we run from one activity to another, I’ve found it absolutely essential to care for myself and staying fresh so that I can keep up with our schedule and enjoy each of the holiday experiences to the fullest. If I feel like I’m run completely ragged then it doesn’t seem worth all of the effort in the first place.

Here are some of the ways for staying fresh and engaged during the hustle and bustle of the season:

Get my sleep!

This beauty secret has been known for generations, yet it is especially hard for me. I work from home  and my “work hours” are often whenever I can fit them in around the kids’ schedules. Add on the responsibilities of gift buying, meal prepping and travel plans, and the hours seem to disappear.

The truth is though, I’m completely useless to all of the above if I don’t get at least a descent night’s sleep. During the holiday season, I’ve found I really need to set a time where I just call it a night and get my sleep. It might mean a gift doesn’t get purchased until the next morning, but it’ll still be there in my cart when I wake up.

Use Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

When I’m running from event to event, it’s a lot of work. I don’t just mean the to-do list, but I mean the physical activity of picking up each toddler, loading them into their car seats, setting up the stroller, etc. That’s one of the reasons I do not leave the house without using Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. Dove Advanced Care provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection, plus added skin care benefits for softer, smoother underarms. I’ve used this product for years and wouldn’t trust anything else…especially during this more hectic season.

You can check out Dove Advanced Care here.

Dove Dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba, is an expert in skincare, and she has some additional tips for your skin.  She reminds us to care for our underarms. “Underarm skin is sensitive and an area that shouldn’t be overlooked. Textures and fabrics in sweaters, undergarments and t-shirts can irritate the skin. Underneath all those layers, you’ll need a product that keeps you hydrated and protected. Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant is formulated with moisturizers to help alleviate irritation and leave you with softer and smoother underarms.”

We also can’t forget our skin! Dry skin is more than just annoying and uncomfortable, it can lead to serious skin problems such as worsening of eczema, psoriasis and can be a major cause of winter itch. Dr Barba recommends using a hydrating cleanser and make sure to moisturize the skin after cleansing or gently exfoliating.

Choose the activities that mean the most to you

I think we all have a tendency to overextend ourselves, and the holidays are no exception! In fact, it seems to get worse around this season because there are so many events and so many people you want to make happy + spend time with.

That’s one of the reasons I sit down and plan out the most important activities ahead of time. We choose the events that are truly traditions, and we are not afraid to say no to things that do not hold as much meaning to us or that interfere with the bigger events.

Not only does this make me happier, it makes the kids happier too. They are not rushing from each activity to the next, and they can really savor each moment. It also allows me to be more present. I can spend time taking photos at each event, watch their little expressions as they interact and partake in all of the holiday goodies.

Choose comfort

I love getting dressed up for fancy holiday events. There are a few events that I pull out the heels for and worry less about the comfort level, but for most events comfort is key. I’ve talked about my momiform here on the blog before, and that does not change much during this season.

I always try to wear comfortable shoes because most of the time I’m on my feet the entire holiday party chasing after two toddlers. I’ve purchased some beautiful oversized sweaters and dresses with a bit of stretch that allow for movement and engagement. When I wear these items to an event, I feel so much more at ease. Plus, a cute hairstyle and a few pieces of jewelry can really add to any ensemble.

Find “me time”

One of my biggest goals lately is finding “me time” in all of the craziness. Normally I like to embrace the chaos, but I do need some time to just unplug from it all. Don’t we all?

The hour (or twenty minutes) before bed works best for me. I make myself a cup a tea and indulge in a good book or favorite magazine. This gives me the luxury to unwind before the festivities start all over again the next morning.

Find time to exercise

When things get busy one of the first things to do is my workouts and I’m working extra hard this month to keep those as a priority. The days I exercise I have more energy, more patience, and more motivation to make healthier choices at the dessert table.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt to feel a bit more confident when donning holiday outfits. I find it matters a lot less what I actually look like and it’s more about how I feel. Clothes always feel better after I’ve  worked out ;).

Maybe with all the added events you can’t make it to your regular gym classes but schedule out a few minutes in the morning before your kids wake up for a short online workout or take advantage of a gym with free child drop off while you exercise and count those minutes as “me time,” too.

Do you find yourself more stressed during the holidays? Is there anything you do to find a bit of calm amid the crazy? What tips to do you have for staying fresh during the holiday season? Did I miss anything? Over the next few weeks be sure to take a few minutes for yourself and see which of these tips will help you enjoy the magic of the season just a little bit more 🙂


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant.


  1. Out of your last ten posts I think eight have been sponsored. Honestly, that’s just too much, however good the posts may be. I really get wanting to make money and take advantage of the season, but you have got to balance off your content more. Somebody recently even posted about this lack of balance with your blog on Reddit – and to speak frankly, it seems like they were right in their assessment. Also, I distinctly remember that you talked about balancing content in the podcast you did, maybe you should just follow your own advice…
    I recently went back in your archives and it made me remember why I started following you. I feel like quite a few of your readers miss the old and personal feeling of your blog – at this point it sadly often feels like an advertisement. 🙁

    1. Elisabeth McKnight says:

      Thanks for your feedback, Joanne – shooting you an email in case you don’t come back to see this 🙂

      1. Elisabeth McKnight says:

        Hmmm – it looks like the email bounced 🙁

        Hi Joanne,

        Thanks so much for your comment earlier on my Dove post. I’m happy to hear you like the personal, unsponsored content enough to miss it… and I’m sorry it feels like so much of an advertisement to you recently. I’m with you, as a rule 6/10 sponsored to total posts is too high of a ratio. What do you think is a better balance?

        Also, I’d really love to know what kind of unsponsored content you’d like to see more of. What did you like in the archives that you don’t see as much of anymore? Are there any topics or parts of life you’d be interested in having me spend more time on?

        Thanks again,

        1. Hi Elisabeth,

          Thank you so much for your kind reply! I really appreciate it! Also, sorry for the problem with the email adress, I have been told quite a few times that emails keep bouncing and I don’t know why 🙁 But I just put in a different one (my fun email adress 😉 ) and hopefully that’ll work!

          Regarding the ratio – I think one sponsored post for maybe every four or five non sponsored posts would be a good ratio. Obviously that’s not always realistic but in an ideal world I would enjoy that ratio. I think you know that you tend to do sponsored posts better than quite a few other bloggers (and you really do!) but I also feel like you sometimes uses that as an “excuse” to post more sponsored content. However, at least in my option, sponsored content will nearly always feel less real – even more so the more sponsored posts you do (sometimes even with competing products on the same topic, saying they are your “favorites”).

          The posts I mostly miss are your personal posts when you talked about your family, your day trips and your relationship. Your most recent post was a nice example of that! I also think that talking about tough moments can bring in an interesting perspective as well. Also, I would love to hear more about your’s and Ben’s experience of him being back in school and what your further plans are as this is an interesting and exciting situation.

          Thanks again for your nice response!

  2. I’ve always loved Dove products, I feel like I’m staying fresh while running around doing everything. Like you I am utterly worthless if I don’t get enough sleep! I also tend to get sick if I’m running on little sleep.

  3. Dove always has the best stuff! I love their dry shampoo, and now I think I need to try their deodorant. Always looking for a good one!


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