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Friday, December 21, 2012

It's a Wrap

 

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I'm sure you thought I abandoned you for greener pastures readers, but that is the farthest from the truth.  Since I left, I have gotten a new job, moved to a new city, and am going through some huge life changes at the moment.  So, I appreciate your patience.

In case you have not heard, Christmas is only a few days away.  I hope that you are farther ahead with your Christmas shopping/prep than I am (I think maybe i'm in denial).  I'm sure you have completely finished all of you shopping and now all that's needed is a little wrappage and you're all set! 

Everyone has their own gift wrap strategy, but for me, I like a theme for all of my gifts.  I'm still trying to decide my schematic for this year, so I've been perusing pinterest for some gift wrap inspiration.  Maybe you are need some inspiration as well, so here were some of my favorite ideas...
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 I love this color scheme, although I might switch the yellow for red to make it a little more festive.  I also am in love with the different yet coordinated ribbons and such.


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I did the craft paper theme last year, and these little poms might be just the update for this year!


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First of all, I am IN LOVE with that grey/blue with the white!  And I love those little poms with the washi tape...I'm definitely thinking washi tape with be in my gift wrapping future.

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I love the burlap newspaper combo, but I am 100% certain I will not be taking the time to spray paint pinecones.  Maybe I'll just buy some?  I know that's not very environmental of me, but time is precious at this point!


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Always the crazy one for polka dots, I heart that fabric!  And that is a cute gift tag idea (and probably really inexpensive).

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Again with the polka dots! All though I'm not crazy about that puff-string sitch.  And another cute gift tag idea...especially if you had a stamp (which I just happen to have, ha ha!)
 
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I like the red and white with the craft paper, and that candy cane just pulls it all together! It's like a little insurance...if for some reason their gift doesn't work out, at least they have the candy cane!
 

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That ribbon with those leaves is adorabs!  I am a little concerned that in the traveling those leaves might just turn into crumbles and it might look like it was just dropped on the ground!
 
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I like this dolie-ish look with the cutout paper.  Sadly, I cannot see myself really enjoying that cutout process, maybe I could do a more simple cutout...I can already feel my perfectionism rising up just thinking about having to cut those curves.

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While I usually do not care for traditional store bought gift wrap, if I were to go that rought, this is definitely what I would do! I just can't resist those polkas!
 
Hopefully this was just enough inspiration to get you movin' in the gift wrap direction, so go out there get to wrapping...those gifts won't wrap themselves!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

iPhone Love

When I bought my iPhone I thought "I'll get a black case, nice and classic." Well, over a year (and a new phone) later, I am sick to death of that black case.  I have been keeping my eyes peeled for something cute, but haven't really found anything until today.

I ran across Zazzle.com today, and let me tell you, they have the mother-load when it comes to selection in cases!  I mean, we're talking thousands of options.  And, if you can't seem to find something you like amongst the myriad of options, you can even design your own case!

 Also, most of the cases come in a Barely There option (thin, simple case), Case-Mate ID (which has a slit at the top of the case for a debit card or ID), or a Case-Mate Tough option for the more clumsy slippery fingered among us.

I perused the website today and here are a few of may favs...

iPhone Love

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tales of the Traveling Pen

First, I want to say that I am so sorry for being MIA the last few months.  A lot of things have happened in my life during this time and maybe sometime I'll share them with you, but not today.  Just remember this...when you are going through a hard time in your life, it may feel like it in the moment, but it will not last forever.  One day you'll wake up and realize that maybe the hardest part is over, and the struggle you went through made you so much stronger and wiser to handle each new day that you face. While you may never wish to redo those hard times, you might find yourself thankful for those days because you were able to see your strength at its best and learn the most valuable lessons that could not have been taught on any other path. 

With that said, I want to introduce a new series I'm calling "Tales of the Traveling Pen." Let me give you a little background.  My Dad works for a local pharmacy that had did like most businesses and had pens printed with their name/logo.  I'm not sure how many they originally had produced, but these pens have the strangest way of multiplying.  My parents' always joked how there would be one pharmacy pen on the table before they went to bed and the next morning there would be two or three!  My sister has even said her roommate will open her backpack only to find a office supply store sized stock of these pens, but the only problem is, she never had one of those pens to start with! 

I have seen these pharmacy pens in liquor stores, in the middle of the road, in other cities, in my work facility, and numerous other crazy places.  So, this series is going to be about the sitings of these well traveled pens.  You may be wondering what a pharmacy pen has to do with the rest of this blog, and the truth is nothing really.  This pen situation has just been a hillarious ongoing story in my family and I thought you might get a little chuckle out of it too!

So, here's the first installment...




















Yesterday, I was at the grocery store picking up a few things and just as I was about to pay for my purchase, realized that my debit card was MIA (no worries, I later realized I had left it in my car).  In a panic and not meaning to hold up the check-out line, I decided to write a check and asked for a pen.  What do you think they handed me?  Of course! A pharmacy pen!!!  How did that pen become the designated writing utensil for that cash register? It's just further proof that those pens make there way around!\

I hope you enjoyed the first installment, and hopefully this little series will bring a chuckle to your day!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Goodbye 2011 and Welcome 2012

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Is it just me or did 2011 go by at a rapid pace?  It seems like yesterday (um, maybe more like last week) that we were sitting around writing New Year's Resolutions for 2011.  In trying to decide 2012's resolutions, I've spent a lot of time thinking about 2011, what went well, what went wrong, and what could have been better.

2011 was a tough year for me in so many ways.  It was tough professionally (I was promoted and took on a heck of a lot more responsibility), it was tough physically, emotionally, financially, you name it.  It seemed like the entire year was an uphill struggle.  They say that how you ring in the New Year is a precursor to how you will spend the entire year.  Last year, I worked 5pm - 5am at a CRAZY New Year's Eve party, and I thought that meant the next year would be filled with prosperity and opportunity.  Looking back though, it was really filled with struggle.

With all of that said, 2011 did have some great moments...as I mentioned earlier, I was promoted at work, so I was fortunate enough to plan some really cool and meaningful events for my clients.  My sister got married in September, and had the privilege of helping her with the planning and enjoying all the great festivities, especially her bachelorette party at the beach!

Last year was also a huge learning experience for me.  I learned to push myself farther mentally and physically than I thought I could go, but I also learned that it is okay to ask for help.  I learned that it is okay to say "I don't know" and "I'm sorry, I made a mistake."  I've learned that I have such great friends in my life that have been amazingly supportive, and I learned that I have to invest time and energy in those relationships for them to continue to grow.  I learned that you don't always have to work harder and longer than everyone else and to know when to say "I've had enough." I've learned that sometimes its worth taking a risk to make a difference in someone's life.

So, what about 2012? This year, I want to spend more time taking care of me.  Meaning, I want to make time to take of my body and my health.  I want to make my needs a priority instead of always myself on the back-burner.  I want to take time for breaks when I need them and take time to refresh without feeling guilty for not burning the midnight oil.  I want to live with boundaries so that my yes's are with my whole heart and my no's are because it is not the best decision for me. The number 12 is supposed to be the number of order, and I think for me, 2012, will be about getting things in my life in the best order for me and my success.

It's time to lay 2011 to rest and say hello to 2012.  I'm ready for a new year and a new start.

Happy New Year!