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Wrapping and ribbons and bows, oh my!

17 Dec

Confession: I LOVE wrapping gifts. Even though it will be ripped to shreds in a few seconds, I like spending time to make each package look pretty. This year I’m going the more traditional route with Kraft paper, but there is still a lot you can do to make each gift unique.

Christmas Presents  | www.the-wild-child.com

Here are a few wrapping ideas:

-Seasonal Foliage-

Berry Present  | www.the-wild-child.com

I had some fake berries left over from my Halloween costume that I added to a few packages. Pine cones or an evergreen bough tied with ribbon would also look nice.

-Puffy Paint-

Puffy Paint Present | www.the-wild-child.com

Need I say more? Doesn’t puffy paint make any craft project better? Just be careful to apply lightly so it doesn’t soak through the paper. You could also use a metallic marker.


Stickers Present  | www.the-wild-child.com

I own an unreasonable amount of stickers for a 26-year-old, but I just can’t help it. I bought these adorable ones from Rifle Paper Co. last year, and I still love them.


Ribbon Present | www.the-wild-child.com

You can always keep it simple by adding a nice ribbon. Sometimes simple is best.

Happy wrapping!

Feeling festive

16 Dec

Christmas is in 9 days! Say what?! I hope everyone is feeling the holiday spirit, spending time with family and friends and eating lots of treats. I finally got around to sending Christmas cards and wrapping gifts. Definitely feeling the good vibes of the season.

Thought I’d share some of my apartment decorations if you’d care to see…

Santa Claus  | www.the-wild-child.com

Christmas Tree | www.the-wild-child.com

Ornaments | www.the-wild-child.com

Reindeer  | www.the-wild-child.com

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that puts a smile on this girl’s face.

Holiday Gift Guide: Travelers

28 Nov

Traveler Gift Ideas  | www.the-wild-child.com

Are you out enjoying the madness of Black Friday? I’m inside with my family watching movies and staying warm. I’d rather do a little online shopping than face the crowds. If you are out and about, here are some gift ideas for the traveler in your life:

  1. Gorgeous weekend bag for the perfect getaway, $120.
  2. Scratch map to keep track of their travels, $19.
  3. Travel journal to document their journeys, $18.
  4. The New York Times Europe guide, $32.
  5. Cute passport holder, $35.
  6. 4-in-1 adapter because you always need one, $25.
  7. Luggage scale to keep them in check, $20.
  8. Personalized luggage tag to prevent baggage claim guessing, $25.
  9. Mini steamer for a polished look anywhere, $35.
  10. Noise canceling headphones for obvious reasons, $99.

Anything you would add to the list? Happy shopping!

Here’s to February

1 Feb

Every time February arrives, I think of the time my brother said this:

“It’s pretty unfair that February gets less days than all the other months.”

It still makes me laugh out loud, but in all honesty, he had a good point. Poor February really gets gypped. At least it has some unique celebrations like Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl. Plus one of my favorites – Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s a cheesy holiday that you either love or hate, but I can appreciate a day that celebrates love. And doesn’t everyone need more of it in their life?

As the song goes:

So here’s to February, the month that celebrates love and football and a little, furry rodent.

Have a lovely weekend! xoxo

My favorite time of year

18 Dec

The house is decorated, the gifts are wrapped, and I’m eagerly waiting the coming days. This truly is my favorite time of year, and not just because it’s Christmas. The holiday season is a time spent with family and friends, and after the tragic events of last week, there is nothing I want more than to hug those closest to me.

My little brother comes home tomorrow (yippee!), and we’ve already made plans to see “Monsters Inc.” and go tubing together. A few other holiday plans include hanging out with my best friends, attending some awesome Christmas parties, a Kent State roomie reunion and of course Christmas day with my family (my favorite day!).

The best, however, comes after Christmas when Sebastian arrives back in the states (8 days and counting). Even better is that we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve in Florida! I’m so excited to take another trip together and spend time with my German over the holidays.

There’s so much to look forward to, I can hardly contain my excitement. So if a random girl gives you a big smile and a Christmas greeting, it’s probably me. Merry Christmas! xoxo

P.S. Any recommendations for things to do in Orlando are definitely welcome! And don’t worry, we already have Disney World covered :-)


Deck the halls

6 Nov

I know, I know, Halloween was only last week, Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened, and the department stores are already putting up their holiday displays. I’m going to let you in on a little secret though… I love it. I was out this past weekend and was so happy to see all the trees, decorations and presents. I even enjoyed the Christmas music playing over the speakers.

I just can’t help it. Ask my family – I have always loved Christmas. There is just something about the season that makes me so incredibly happy. I think it has a lot to do with all the wonderful memories I have from when I was a kid.

So just the sight of green and red has already begun lifting my spirits. So much so, I was half tempted to decorate the entire house already. Both of my siblings will be here for Thanksgiving, but Grace won’t be home for Christmas. Part of me thinks it would be fun to have all the decorations up when all of us will be here.

Looking at all I need to get done though, I doubt I’ll get everything up in time. But I couldn’t help myself and had to start some holiday decorating this week. While my dad is visiting my sister in Oregon, I thought it might be fun to give his new deer mount a little holiday makeover. ‘Tis the season, right?

Cheers to the holiday spirit!