Interview: Holiday Sanity Saving Strategies with Family Planning Expert Deb Geigis Berry

Have you started to feel a little overwhelmed this season with endless parties, holiday entertaining and staying on budget when shopping? Family planning expert Deb Geigis Berry joined me this week to share some of her top tips for staying sane over the holiday season!



Family planning expert Deb Geigis Berry shares holiday sanity saving tips.

Family planning expert Deb Geigis Berry shares holiday sanity saving tips.






Candace Rose: The holidays can be so stressful that we miss out on what matters most, our families. Do you have any advice on how we can take time out for what’s important to us?

Deb Geigis Berry: “Well, here’s what I do- I have a lot left to do including sending holiday cards. I try to turn tasks into fun, family oriented events. For example, for the greeting cards we’re going to sit around the table, make a big bowl of popcorn; someone’s going to do the addressing, someone will do the stamping and decorating with stickers. In other words we’re getting the job done, but we’re doing it as a family and we’re spending some time together. I think that helps because if you’re missing togetherness you’re missing the reason for the season.”


Candace Rose: We all have that one loved one or family member we realized we forgot at the last minute. Do you have any last minute gift ideas?

Deb Geigis Berry: “Well, this happens to everybody. You’re not alone. It could be a teacher, a cousin or a cat. You have to remember your cats. I have two cats at home and I put my kids in charge of stuffing the cats stockings. The cats love gravy just as much as we do at holiday meals so I love the 3 oz. cans of Fancy Feast. There are five varieties of Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers including Turkey Feast and Roasted Turkey flavored gravy. The cats just love this so they get all excited when they see their bulging stocking with Fancy Feast.

Additionally Fancy Feast has issued this beautiful collectible holiday ornament and Fancy Feast has been doing this for more than 25 years. They’ve been issuing ornaments to celebrate the unique bond between cat owners and cats, and you can order the ornament by going to”


Candace Rose: And as you mentioned many of us shop for a number of people (and pets) during the holidays, what can we do to stay on budget this season?

Deb Geigis Berry: “It’s a great question because there are a lot of discounts and sales around, but who wants to be parking in a zillion different places? I like one stop shopping, and that’s why I like Family Dollar. You park there and everything is under one roof. It’s a great value. They have tons of name brand toys for $10 and under. They have Monster High dolls, they have Kenya dolls. Four of the dolls are exclusive to Family Dollar. The accessories start at $5 and up, and there are tons of household and food items.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any suggestions for staying sane this holiday season?

Deb Geigis Berry: “I would say take a hard look at your to do list. See if there’s anything that you can cross off that list. It may be ideal to make all of your holiday cookies, but maybe cross that off. Buy them instead and spend that time watching a holiday movie with your kids and your cats, and really soaking up some of the fun of the season. If it’s not fun it’s not worth it.”


Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?

Deb Geigis Berry: “Sure! If you go to you can get some more tips, and Merry Christmas, Candace!”


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