Archives for December 2010

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

My girls and I saw some fun ideas for gift wrapping and tags over at Style Me Pretty awhile back. We wanted to use what we had to wrap this year, so this inspired us to get creative! We gathered up scraps of fabric, twine, ribbon, fringe, fuzzy pom poms, brown grocery sacks and other things we found stashed here and there at home.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

My oldest daughter cut tags out of thin cardboard and she drew a free hand reindeer (inspired by a photo she found) on the tag as a silhouette.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

We used all sorts of trims, fringe, burlap, and ribbons from previous projects to create ribbons and bows.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

For the paper itself, we used festive brown paper Trader Joes bags, as well as heavy duty white printer paper for the white wrap.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Doilies we picked up at HomeGoods, assorted jingle bells, buttons and decorative brads found their way on to our packages.

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

We didn’t have to spend a dime, but each package looked special and unique!

Finding Peace

Finding Peace

Finding Peace

The feeling I think I’m craving the most around our house this Christmas is peace. So how am I going to find it?

Here are five “just say no” strategies I am using this week to
avoid the stress and find the peace I crave this Christmas:

1) Just say no to the internet. I’m telling you the truth, the internet can suck the life out of me if I let it. When I avoid Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and Skype like I’ve been trying to do the past few days, suddenly I feel more peace because there is not so much competing for my time, energy or attention. I love the internet, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes I just have to say no to all the little things that steal my focus and energy.

2) Just say no to more. There are so many things I could do in the next few days.¬† But when I feel my stress level rise just a little bit at the thought of DOING something, I need to find a more simple solution or not do it at all. I want to spend more time BEING and enjoying the holiday, so I’m just saying no to things that involve more time than I actually have, things I cannot afford or stress I don’t need.

3) Just say no to high expectations. I want our holiday to feel something close to perfect, it is in my nature to want to create a magical experience for my family. I could feel a little disappointed in myself  for any number of things that I could have done better. But letting myself get bogged down by unnecessarily high expectations or get frustrated for being imperfect (whether it is self-imposed or put upon me by others) is too much of a burden for me around the holidays!

4) Just say no to worrying about tomorrow. Sometimes around the holidays when life in general is a little stressful (when we have financial worries or other concerns about our life), I tend to forget to find and embrace peace in the moment. When I just say no to thinking too much about looming worries, I can appreciate the more important and meaningful things about today.

5) Just say no to any projects or tasks that can wait until AFTER the holidays! I am used to being busy all the time. I’m always thinking ahead to the next thing I “should” do with my time. It is hard for me to slow down and take a break! But many “things” can wait for a week or two. Right now, it is time to celebrate Christmas and find peace in the season.

How are you finding peace this week?
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