The Best Holiday Thank You Cards

This is one of my most favorite quotes from the movie Elf. (There’s also, “You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card!”)

When it comes to spreading cheer, I couldn’t agree more. The best way IS singing loud for all to hear.

The second best way is to share your gratitude.

In this season of giving, it’s good to be ready at a moment’s notice to respond with a thoughtful “thank you.” And even if gifts aren’t exchanged, it’s nice to send a year-end thank you to all of your helper angels, like carpool mamas, hair dresser, vet, pediatrician, postman, etc.

So…I like to stock up on pretty thank you notes. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite holiday-themed cards in case you’d like to shop and stock up, too!

(PS. None of these are affiliate links. I just really like these cards.)

Best Holiday Thank You Cards

{ONE} Wonderful Wreath & Rose Gold

If you haven’t shopped at Minted, yet, you definitely need to check it out. It’s a marketplace of independent artists who sell their designs as art, stationery, invites, gifts, home decor and more.

I stumbled upon this pretty wreath design with rose gold foil stamping. You can even personalize these, which is always a nice touch. Depending on how many you order, they’re about $3 per card. The price goes down per card with higher quantities.

{TWO} Whimsical Greenery

This is another personalized card that has a simpler design compared to the first option (no foil stamping).

These sweet thank you notes are from tinyprints and are closer to $1.99 per card.

{THREE} Golden Garden

It wouldn’t be a proper card roundup without including Rifle Paper Co., of which I have a slight obsession. In fact, I can’t believe I didn’t lead with this one.

This gorgeous number has a rose gold design on soft white paper. You can buy individual cards, for those super special people in your life, for $4.50 each. There’s also a boxed set of 8 cards for $16.

Since they’re not overly Christmasy, you could use them any time. Maybe add a fun holiday stamp on the outside to make it more seasonal? Check out these joyful stamps from Minted. >

{FOUR} Lovely Chalkboard

Aren’t these so pretty? I actually ordered these earlier in the week.

Much like option #3, they don’t scream “Christmas.” So I’ll use them throughout the year. I bought a packet of 36 cards for $9.99. Super deal.

The cards came with brown Kraft paper envelopes, which are cool but not very festive. So I picked up some of these pretty A6 red envelopes from Office Max (below). They’re $5.99 for a pack of 26.

I’ll use a gold Sharpie to fancy-up the address a bit. Yay!

{FIVE} A Couple for the Kids

I like teaching my kids to write thank you notes, too. So I plan to get them some of their own cards.

I love these “Herbie and Friends” cards from Papyrus that are accented with a blue border and fun polka-dots. The envelope is built into the card, so once you write your note, you just fold it up and put a stamp on it.

As a bonus, these are currently on sale for $6 for a box of 10 cards!

Here’s a closeup of the illustrated woodland creatures. >

Now, a simpler route (maybe for younger kids) would be to download these free printables. The note has prompts, making it super easy to fill out and personalize. 🙂

That’s a wrap! I hope you have a holly, jolly weekend, my lovelies. Go spread plenty of Christmas cheer.

Thankfully yours,

Kate

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Shaping Your Holiday Wishlist for New Year’s Resolutions

I’m excited to share this guest post from a fellow blogger, Julie Morris. She’s a life and career coach who thrives on helping others live their best lives. Today she shares some thoughts with us on creating the most helpful holiday wishlist.

Hopefully this gives you some inspiration on some last-minute gift shopping – for others and yourself!


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It’s that time of year again…

The days are shorter and the malls are more crowded: the holiday season is upon us once again! Not only do you get presents, but also the fresh start of a new year come January 1st.

New Year’s resolutions are about shaping your life to be more like you want it to be. Whether you’d like to get back in shape, become more creative, learn a new skill, or simply take time to be more present, you can give yourself a little head start on your resolutions this year by crafting your holiday wishlist to include things that will help get you there.

Here are some of our favorite ideas.

If You Would Like To Get Back In Shape…

Ask your loved ones for the gift of fitness with your very own kettlebell! Kettlebells are all the rage right now. You can get a full-body workout from the comfort of your own home. You can build strength using full-body movements that work various muscle groups at the same time. Check out this free workout tutorial from PopSugar and see just how fun and effective kettlebells can be.

If You Would Like To Be More Creative…

To help ignite your imagination, ask for art supplies this holiday season! Getting new supplies will inspire you to use them and you can explore where your mind goes from there. What kind of art supplies depends on your preference, but if you really want to push your mind’s boundaries get something you’ve never worked with before. If you’re already pretty good at drawing, ask for modeling clay that you can use to create unique shapes. From there you can transcribe your vision in other ways. There’s no better inspiration than yourself!

If You Would Like To Add More Music To Your Life…

Put an instrument on your wishlist this year! Stringed instruments (like a guitar or ukulele) are affordable options for your friends and family. Plus, there are endless online lessons that can teach you how to play from the comfort of your own home.

Ukuleles in particular are a great option if you are just starting out. These smaller guitars help you establish the finger dexterity you need in order to move up to a full-sized guitar. Plus, they are super cute. Not sure what kind of ukulele is right for you? Check out this helpful guide to explore your options then put the best one on that wishlist!

If You Would Like To Be More Mindful…

Coloring books for adults are a fun, inexpensive gift to add to your wishlist this year. Coloring has many benefits for mental health, including reducing anxiety and improving focus. However, one of the reasons it’s a huge trend right now is how it promotes everyday mindfulness. If stressing out over hypotheticals and the future was a regular occurrence in your life this year, a coloring book could be just the gift you need to put things in perspective looking forward.

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It may be a coincidence, but it’s pretty cool how the biggest gift-giving season falls next to the biggest starting day for self-improvement. Merge the two this year by asking for gifts that will help you realize your goals. Whatever they are for the year ahead, take advantage this of the season and ask for things that will help you achieve them.


Great advice, Julie! I personally want to exercise more, so I’m going to look into those kettlebells.

Friends, I hope this was helpful. What would you add to your wishlist this year?

Blessings,

-Kate

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Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Tween Girls

As a mom of twin tween girls, I continue to learn what’s cool lit these days. It’s a never ending process, as things can turn from amazing to boring in a hot minute.

But, I have some good news for the upcoming holiday season!

According to my sources, the following items would make pretty much any girl between the ages of 9-12 happy campers come Christmas morning.

So…if you still have some shopping to do for the sweet little girls in your life (who are teetering on becoming full-fledged teens) you can start here!

(PS. I don’t have any affiliation with these products or stores, so it’s truly non-solicited.)

{ONE} Personalized PopSocket

A pop what?! PopSocket…it’s a phone grip, stand and mount – all in one. I didn’t realize how much I needed one of these until I recently bought one. It’s so much easier to hold your phone. Really, truly.

Here’s a good look at one. The bottom sticks right to your phone. And your fingers grip around the base. You can also get a mount for your car dashboard. But my girls aren’t driving, yet. We’ll hold on that – for as long as humanly possible!! >>
I know the girls will love having them for their silly selfies and Musical.ly videos. It makes a big difference for the reach-and-record. 🙂

Another cool thing about this brand is that they give to Parkinson’s research. Don’t you love supporting brands that give back?

PopSocket offers lots of fun designs, but I decided to go the custom route.

I uploaded a pic of Avery’s favorite bear (Mr. Fluffers) and made this for her. She’s going to freak smooth out. >>

Clara is more into monogrammed items…my Southern belle. So I hopped over to this darling store on Etsy to have one customized for her.

{TWO} Unicorn Fizzy Bath Dust

This gift is super girly and combines two favorite hits for tweens right now: unicorns and bath bombs! As a side note, anything with unicorns is “totally and utterly amazing.” And here’s a list to check out.

This fizzy dust is more like a deconstructed bath bomb. It comes loose in a plastic (non-breakable) jar that you can keep right on the ledge of the bathtub and scoop as desired.

Once this stuff hits the water, it releases a fruity fragrance. And more importantly, it FIZZLES in the water like some sort of magic potion!!

We bought a jar at a local boutique, but you can also get it here.

{THREE} Squishies

Clara has always had a funny obsession with squishing things. When she was a baby, I’d catch her squeezing packages of bread in the store as I wheeled her stroller through the aisle. Still cracks me up. So the invention of “squishies” is so up her alley.

Plus they’re adorable! >>

I don’t even know how the girls discovered these, but they wanted to give some to a friend for her birthday. I ordered online and when they arrived, we almost had to keep the gift.

It’s super calming and satisfying to squeeze these things – and to watch them slooooooowly go back to their original shape. My girls think it’s more fun than playing with slime (which is still a thing, too!)

PS. Slime ingredients make great stocking stuffers. (We don’t use the Borax recipe…we use use clear glue, baking soda, contact solution and food coloring / glitter for accents.)

{FOUR} Animal Onesies

This has been a longer-lasting trend than I had anticipated. The girls wanted bear onesies last year. We found some that were more like coats than jammies, though. They’re pretty thick. In fact, they wore them for Halloween with homemade TY-brand tags. Haha!!

Anyway, they wanted new ones to wear to bed, and the search was so much easier this year. (Trending, I guess!) I ended up finding these darling jams from Justice. >>

{FIVE} Board Games

While iPads and apps are still a source of entertainment for the girls and their friends, ol’ fashioned board games are making a huge comeback.

Here are a few on our gift list. >>

Spontuneous – No talent required, this song filled game capitalizes on the random lyrics that get stuck in your head. It’s a race to blurt out and play a crazy, updated version of Name That Tune but with lyrics as the challenge. It was the #2 Amazon bestseller last year, and is still wildly popular.

Not Parent Approved – Think Cards Against Humanity but in a clean, kid appropriate version. Crazy laughs and memories waiting to be made.

Hearing Things – Just new this year, this game is a lip reading challenge that involves wearing special headphones. Players take turns wearing noise cancelling headphones and have to guess what the other player is saying, as they read the phrases on the cards. Sounds sure to get lots of laughs – which is music to a mama’s ears.

That’s a wrap! What fun items would you add to this list?

XoXo with smiley emojis on top,

Kate

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A December Digital Detox

As we lit our first Advent candle on Sunday, we were prompted to turn off the electricity so we could see the light. I thought that was such a beautiful message.

In order for us to really see the light…light that is good, light that brings hope, light that delivers truth…we needed to power down for a moment.

What if we did this for the entire season of Christmas?

In the midst of such busyness and excess, what if we stopped for a minute and did nothing but breathe? What if we decided to put down our devices and enjoy the real, living faces that are in front of us? As someone who’s probably (okay, very likely) on my phone waaay too much, I’d like to find out.

Studies are telling us that social media appears to promote narcissism, smartphones could be causing insomnia, and screens seem to be making our kids less empathetic and more depressed. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to head down such a sad and tired path – and I certainly don’t want my kids there.

So what do we do? We learn to unplug every now and then.

I’m going to try a digital detox for the month of December. If you’d like to join me, come back each Tuesday for a weekly challenge. (You can log off once you’ve read each post. I definitely see the irony. Lol!)

For now, let’s start with this…

This week’s challenge: Pick one day (each week of December) where we go Facebook free. If FB isn’t your jam, select the social channel of choice – one that you typically can’t live without.

Don’t check notices, post any statuses, or respond to someone tagging you in a photo. Turn off your notifications and spend the day being present. Maybe even try some bullet journaling?!

I’m going to pick Friday, which is the day I tend to post the most often. And it’s the day when I really should be enjoying and doing other things. Like this! >>

And spend more eye-to-eye time with these sweet faces…

So it’s Facebook-Free Fridays for me!! I’m already kind of nervous, which means I definitely need this detox. I hope you’ll join me.

Here’s to a more relaxed week for all of us, sitting in our true light, feeling the hope arise.

Blessings,

Kate

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LHOTW (Life Hacks of the Week)

It’s one of those “other” days, y’all. As my sweet Southern friends and I would say, “I’m praisin’ the Lord it’s Friday.”

That and, “Where’s my margarita?”

Somehow I managed to squeak by this week…even with a sick kid, no voice from a nagging cough, a full work schedule, and Christmas inching closer. Eek!

Thanks to a few glorious hacks, I found my way to Friday with some sanity in tact. Or at least I think so?

Here are five life hacks I relied on this week:

{ONE} Sunglasses Holder > Cord Wrangler

On Monday, I got to work and realized I didn’t have my phone charger or earbuds…oh, my!

When I got home, I made a little cord wrangler using one of my sunglasses cases. I know, first-world problems, but this hack really came in handy.

Oh, and notice I used loom bands to hold the cords together…a hack inside of a hack. >

LOOK! It goes in my purse in a snap. >>

{TWO} Neck Pillow > Stomach Soother

My son came down with the stomach flu early in the week, which was no fun!! Between moments of getting sick, his stomach would cramp up. Poor thing. I didn’t want to leave a heating pad turned on in his room, so I warmed up my neck pillow in the microwave. It fit perfectly across his stomach!

And since it’s filled with lavender, it smelled good and probably helped him get some extra rest along the way.

This is the back side of the pillow, which is silky soft. >

{THREE} Baking Soda > Laundry Detergent

We went to Nebraska last week for Thanksgiving, so we had a decent pile of laundry to clean when we got home. I also wanted to wash my son’s sheets and blankets once he started feeling better to freshen up his room. Needless to say, it was a big laundry week, and I wasn’t quite prepared.

I ran out of detergent at one point and decided to DIY my way through the next load or two until I could get to the store.

Did you know baking soda makes a great detergent? One cup of baking soda did the trick for a full load. I bypassed the soap dispenser and just sprinkled it in with our clothes. They came out clean and smelling fresh.

{FOUR} Appointment Reminder > Library Notice

My girls needed books (ASAP) for their reading assignment at school, so we hauled it over to the library. At the checkout desk, we realized we had a book (or two) overdue. Oops! Why do I always forget about those darn things?

After I paid our fine, I decided to put the due dates for the newly checked items in my phone. I just made myself an appointment to “return books.”

Now our books will be returned on time. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! >>

{FIVE} Paper Clip > Ornament Hangers

Is it just me, or are there never enough ornament hangers when it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree? As I found myself decorating this week, which was a miracle in and of itself, I realized I was short a few hooks (sounds like a euphemism – haha!) and I didn’t want to run to the store.*

*Do you see a theme with some of these hacks? “Ways to not to have go to the grocery store.”

Anyway, I decided to raid my office supplies. It turns out, paper clips are a gem for the job.

I gently pulled the middle of the clip up, to make it into an “s” shape, like below. Hook the smaller loop through the ornament and use the larger loop for the tree.

That’s a wrap. Enjoy your weekend, lovelies. I hope you get some decorating done, if you haven’t already.

And most importantly, kick those heels up for a spell.

Cheers!

Kate

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Get Your Christmas in Gear with a Planner

Ho, ho, happy holidays! Friday is already December 1st, which means it’s go time, girls.

As we put up our festive flair, bake delicious treats, and make our lists and check them twice, I thought it I’d share a few fantastic planners to help keep us organized. At least we’ll try, right?!

I live by, swear by lists – especially this time of year. Having things written down somehow takes the pressure off. I can relax knowing two things: 1) I can only do one thing at at time, and 2) I have a list to guide me along.

I also try to stick to being realistic about what I can and can’t do. Some things on my “to-do” list are more of a “wish to-to” list. So if they don’t get done, my world won’t crash down. #perspective

Here are three planners that I’d recommend this season. >>

{ONE} From Yellow Bliss Road

I found this on the blog Yellow Bliss Road, and I just ordered it. I love how it includes so much more than a checklist.

Kristin @ YBR describes it as “a 28-Page Christmas Planner to keep you organized for the holidays! There are calendars, a weekly agenda, budget and gift trackers, and so much more! There is even an editable Christmas Card AND editable gift tags! All available in the YBR Designs Shop.”

Did you see the part about a budget tracker?! And it all has such a pretty design. She forgot to mention that part. The planner and gift tags cost me $8.99 to download, which was a small price to pay for my sanity.

PS. I downloaded the smaller, A5 size so I could slip it in the front pocket of my Day Designer. Which, btw, they have super fun designs for their 2018 planners. Check them out!

{TWO} From Cottage Market

Aren’t these super cute? I think my kids would like them, too. I plan to print them for their own personal gift lists.

I also like that this has an order tracker (to keep up with all of those online purchases). And it includes a a planner for handmade items, so you can plan out everything you want to make for gifts. Love it!

Oh, and did I mention this one is free? It is! Thank you, Cottage Market for this darling bundle.

{THREE} From Any Bookstore!

This idea is more of a DIY. It’s called a bullet journal. So you’re free to craft your own lists as you go.

Bullet journals are ideal for people who like to doodle, journal and keep lots of little to-do lists going. If you’re still not sure what a bullet journal is, this graphic might shed some light. >

Also, this article is helpful (and funny…and has some language…but funny). You can use this approach to not only plan your holiday, but also document the season to reminisce later.

Here are some great ideas for a holiday-themed bullet journal (and they’re all from this article if you want more details!)

Christmas bullet journal idea

{record family gift ideas and purchases}

Christmas bullet journal idea

{keep track of gifts received for prompt thank yous!}

Christmas bullet journal idea

{have a list of last-minute gift ideas ready to shop}

Christmas bullet journal idea

{include your Christmas card roster}

Christmas bullet journal idea

{spend some time making personal goals}

Christmas bullet journal idea

{keep track of your favorite holiday recipes}

Christmas bullet journal idea

{remember the things you’re grateful for}

Christmas bullet journal doodle ideas

{…and doodle ’til your heart’s content!! You can find more design ideas here.}

I’m off to do some planning…and doodling. Let me know what tips and tricks you use to stay organized through the holidays!

XoXo,

Kate

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5 Ways to Decorate with Corn Husks

{This beautiful print can be purchased here}

As a graduate of the University of Nebraska, you could say I have a deep appreciation for corn husks. (Go Cornhuskers!)

This fact also brings me to a slight confession. I’ve never really decorated with them. Crazy, right?

You would have thought this craft-loving alumna had rooms wallpapered in husks – or at the very least multiple craft bins dedicated to various shapes, sizes and colors of husks. Sadly, no.

After spending several years surrounded by fields of corn, it took moving to Northwest Arkansas and having some amazing, authentic, homemade tamales (which are steamed in corn husks) to fully appreciate the versatility of a corn husk.

And now that we’re in harvest season, I can’t help but have husks on my mind!

So…this is the year I’m finally going to decorate with them. I’ve rounded up lots of ideas – all with links to their DIY instructions!

Which one is your favorite??

{ONE} Rock Them Around a Wreath

(above) This reminds me of a giant sunflower! And I love the pinecones in the center. So pretty!

(below) This project is an Anthropologie look-a-like, which instantly makes it Pinworthy. I like the idea of a grapevine wreath as the base, too. Smart.

{TWO} Cover Your Candles

Now I could totally see these on my dining room table or lined on the mantel. The feathers add just the right amount of softness next to the grainy texture of the husks. Yes and yes.

{THREE} Fashion Them Into Flowers

If I can summon the patience to make these, I can already think of a bazillion places where I can glue, tuck and tie these beautiful blooms. (on wreaths, in vases, on napkin rings, etc.)

Remember the time I made flowers out of pumpkin seeds?? I still keep finding places to use them. Most recently, I tucked one on the top of a birthday gift for my sweet Mom.

{FOUR} Gather Them In a Garland

(above) Isn’t this such a cool idea?! The concept is to loop the corn husks – like you would for a wreath – but instead of securing them to a wreath form, you attach them to each other and form a swag or bunting or garland – whatever you like to call these things!

(below) This is a wider shot so you can see the big picture here. (Cool clock, too.)

{FIVE} Create for Christmas

I have a feeling if I started something like this now, it will be ready in time for Christmas. Maybe?

I really like these little trees and could see them in a display with a wooden nativity or as part of a “winter woodland scene” on a buffet table. Don’t you think?

Oh, and quick tips on husks >

Shopping: Buy packs of dried corn husks (used to make tamales) in the international foods section of a grocery store or at Walmart or from this Etsy seller if you have time to wait for the shipping.

Using: Soak husks in water until they are pliable, then shape for your projects.

That’s a wrap! I honestly don’t know which project I’ll start first. Maybe the wreath?

Have a fantastic weekend.

Blessings,

Kate

PS. I’m linking up with all of these fantastic bloggers again this week. Be sure to check them out. >>

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All I Want for Christmas…

What am I asking for this year? It’s not a white Christmas or even my two front teeth. (Although, there was a time when our Avery was missing her front teeth at Christmas. We got a lot of mileage out of that joke – and song – that year.)

My list was inspired by a beautiful post that has been showing up on Facebook lately. It outlines exactly what most parents wants for Christmas. I’ve seen it on a few of my friends’ timelines and it warms my heart each time I read it.

I’m sharing it here for two reasons: 1) In case you haven’t seen it, and 2) If you want to copy and paste it on your Facebook page – or just print it and share it with your kids. You can grab it here:

“Each year, my daughter [or son] asks me the same question. After thinking about it, I decided I’d give my real answer:

What do I want for Christmas? I want you. I want you to keep coming around, I want you to bring your kids around, (when you have them, no rush). I want you to ask me questions, ask my advice, tell me your problems, ask for my opinion, ask for my help. I want you to come over and rant about your problems, rant about life, whatever. Tell me about your job, your worries, your spouse, your kids, your fur babies. I want you to continue sharing your life with me. Come over and laugh with me, or laugh at me, I don’t care. Hearing you laugh is music to me.

I spent the better part of my life raising you the best way I knew how, and I’m not bragging, but I did a pretty darn good job. Now, give me time to sit back and admire my work, I’m pretty proud of it.

Raid my refrigerator, help yourself, I really don’t mind. In fact, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I want you to spend your money making a better life for you and your family, I have the things I need. I want to see you happy and healthy. When you ask me what I want for Christmas, I say “nothing” because you’ve already been giving me my gift all year. I want you.

If you feel the same way, feel free to copy and paste… I did!”

How great is that? It makes me want to hug my kids and tell them all of this. Christmas, birthdays, or any other gift-giving holiday, this is how I feel. My kids aren’t even grown up, yet. I have twin tweens and an official teen in the house, but I can still imagine all of this in our future.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you get everything you want this year and always.

XoXoXo,

Kate

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5 Fun Holiday Gifts to Make for Friends

Last year I made batches of simmering scents for my friends, neighbors and teachers. They were easy to pull together and made our house smell yummy. So if you’re looking for a sweet gift idea, definitely check out the DIY instrux.

I’m feeling a little more ambitious at the moment, though. So I plan to make a variety of gifts that are a bit more unique.

Check ’em out, and maybe you’ll be inspired to do the same?

{ONE} Star Wars Snowflakes

Avery’s teacher is obsessed with Star Wars. With Rogue One just hitting the theaters, we thought making a few of these snowflakes will brighten his classroom – and his sprits!

I saw the idea on my niece’s Facebook feed. {Thank you, Mallory!} We’ll tie them right onto Mr. Kelley’s gift bag filled with treats and a gift card to his favorite restaurant.

{TWO} Mason Jar Cocktails

Nooooow we’re talkin’. This is the perfect gift for my group of friends whom I lovingly call Twisted Sisters. Each person has a special go-to drink, so I can easily personalize the gift and wrap it with love.

If you want to make some, too, you don’t have to jump on an airplane or sneak into a hotel room to get those mini spirits. Any liquor store should stock a variety of options. Cheers!

{THREE} Felt Hand Warmers

I thought about making plates of cookies for our neighbor friends, but I’m leaning toward this darling idea. Many of our neighbors have little ones, and with freezing temperatures on the way, I think these felt hand warmers would be a welcomed gift.

I can recycle old sweaters and fill them with lavender and uncooked rice. Then I’ll include instructions to microwave for 30 seconds before slipping into a coat pocket or mittens. Yay for warm hannies!

{FOUR} Paper Flowers

A few of my friends live far away, and I thought this would be a fun way to ship them seasonal flowers – like a few long stems of amaryllis or a bundle of paperwhites for the long cold winter.

All it takes is finding some pretty flower prints online and then printing them on photo paper. Once I drop them in the mail, I’ll have my friends roll and tuck their flowers into a vase. It’s a bit kitchy, I know, but something about it totally makes me smile. I would love getting this in the mail. #becauseflowers

{FIVE} Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Okay, this might be the easiest indulgent gift to make for friends – and even myself. It only requires three-ingredients plus a jar:

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 12-15 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil in a medium bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds and let cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in sugar and essential oil until evenly combined.
  3. Package up into air-tight jars.

Isn’t that a cinch? I think this would do the trick for my tired and dry skin, too. Now that the heat is constantly blowing in our house, my lips and hands are so dry. Peppermint sugar scrub to the rescue.

That’s it for now, sweet bunnies. I hope holiday preparations are coming along smoothly and that you’re not too stressed out.

Remember, you can always tuck one of these babies in your pocket. I do. >>

XoXoXo,

Kate

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5 Ways to Jazz Up Kraft Paper Wrap

Well, hello!! It’s Friday and I finally popped my head up from the flurry of activity around here. Holiday parties, school plays, and shopping pandemonium are all in full swing. Signs of December!

Now that I’ve done a little shopping and shipping boxes are arriving at my doorstep, I have some gifts to wrap this weekend. And I looooove wrapping presents!

I’ve decided to simplify things a bit this year and just use Kraft paper. I bought a ginormous roll from Hob Lob that should cover all of my gifts, and then I’ll embellish with things already on hand – like ribbons, fabric scraps, papers and even fresh greens from the garden. I can’t wait to get all MacGyver with my craft supplies. 

Here are five ways I plan to jazz up my packages >>

{ONE} Layer on the scraps

I have a stash of wrapping paper scraps, and I plan to use them like wrappers to add a splash of color to my brown paper packages tied up with strings. Or in this case, tied up with pretty white ribbons.

{TWO} Lace it up

I had all intentions of embellishing a t-shirt with strips of lace…nearly six months ago. The sewing part proved more challenging than I thought, so now the lace is going to make its debut on a gift – and hopefully make someone smile.

I added a green ribbon to make it more Christmasy, but I think a white satin ribbon would be nice, too. I could add a red or green gift tag to bring in the holiday cheer. Hmm…I might have to do that.

{THREE} Personalize with pizazz

The southern girl in me loves monogramming everything – especially gifts! Instead of spending tons of money on stickers, I cut this letter out of scrap paper and glued it on to the package. I think adding a super fun bow, like this tulle pom pom, makes it even more festive. Party!

{FOUR} Glitter and glam

I saw an idea on Pinterest that used strips of double-sided tape that was sprinkled with glitter to decorate a gift. I thought it looked so pretty, and I headed to the craft store to pickup some supplies.

As I stood in the glitter aisle, I spotted rolls of glitter washi tape. Um…bingo! So much easier, and I didn’t have to deal with a glitter explosion. I just secured a few strips of tape to the gift, added a gold sparkly bow and called it gorgeous.

{FIVE} Simple chalk talk

This miiiiight be my favorite idea so far. I’m really digging the black and white bow that coordinates with the chalk label. I bought these from Hob Lob, btw. They just stick right to your paper and you can write on them with chalk or a chalk marker.

I decided to add some holly leaves to punch up the holiday flair. I have a holly tree on the side of our house, so I plan to use plenty of boughs of holly this season 😉

Hopefully this sparked some ideas for you. My girls said they want to use stamps on their packages, which is awesome. I can’t wait to see how they’ll add their personal touch to each of their gifts.

Have an awesome weekend, my friends. Here’s to t-minus 16 days and counting ’til Christmas!!!

XoXoXo,

Kate

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