Gift Wrapping Styles

One of my absolute favorite things about the Holiday Season is wrapping presents!  I know it sounds crazy but I really look forward to doing it and making it as pretty as possible.  This love of gift wrapping began at the age of twelve.  It was during this time in my life that my mom put me in charge of wrapping all the presents besides my own. A responsibility I held until I left home for college.  During these years at home, I found myself wanting to do it differently every time.  I also wanted to wrap each gift according to the personality of the individual that would be receiving it.

The tradition of wrapping gifts is something that was done in China as soon as paper was invented in 105 A.D.   Modern gift wrapping as we know it was invented by Hallmark in 1917.  Gift wrapping paper became the first product that Hallmark made aside from Cards and it was a complete accident like many successful and new innovations.

To kick off the Holiday Season, I wanted to give all of you some fun gift wrapping ideas that range from simple to more challenging! I hope you will be inspired to “think outside of the box” and have a little fun wrapping your presents.  After all, if you are going to do it, might as well have a little fun.  An added bonus is that the receiver will remember your wrapping and speak of it for months to come.  You can check out our gift wrapping ideas on our Pinterest board for more fun and unique ways to wrap your holiday presents.

Traditional Wrapping

This style can be achieved by using traditional wrapping paper that is elegant and simple.  Colors for this type of paper are limited to one or two color combinations.  You can use a gorgeous ribbon or bow to wrap around a gift box.  Because of the clean edges and corners of the box, this look can make a powerful yet subtle statement.  For embellishments, use gold or jewel tone ribbons, braided rope or tassels to add finishing touches on clean and crisp wrapped boxes.

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Green or Eco-friendly wrapping

Let’s be honest, wrapping presents creates a lot of waste.  According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, household waste increases by more than 25% from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  If you want to leave a smaller carbon footprint, consider going green for your gift wrapping this year.  This can be achieved by using recycled paper, biodegradable paper, newspapers, or empty food packaging boxes.  You can also use leftover fabric you might have lying around or shop the remnant section of your local fabric store for great deals.  Another way to find material is to visit your local thrift store.  For toppers, get creative and use what you find around the house.

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Bright Colors

Who says you have to stick to wrapping paper in traditional Holiday colors.  Gift wrapping should be a creative experience and can also be a stress reliever (just don’t wait until the last minute).  To wrap presents using this style, find bright color wrapping paper and ribbons.  You can get as bright and as loud as you want.  Just keep in mind the taste of the person you are wrapping for to guide your choices.

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Wild

In my opinion, this style is the most fun and allows for so much creativity.  Remember how much fun you had in kindergarten putting as many colors as you could in your drawing without caring if they went together?  Well this is the same thing.  Go ahead and mix prints, use nontraditional prints while matching or not matching bows and toppers.  The choice is up to you.  Just have fun creating!

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Toppers

I saved the best and my personal favorite for last, toppers!  When it comes to topers for your holiday gifts, you can skip the store bought, premade bow and get creative.  This is a category that is limitless! Get the kids involved by having them help you create fun toppers.  Just make sure you don’t use the toppers they create on their gifts from Santa (this is how my daughter discovered mommy and daddy were Santa).  You can look at some of the images from the other categories as well for topper ideas.

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Thanks for taking the time to read this post.  We would love to hear your gift wrapping ideas.  Feel free to comment and send us pictures of the type of wrappings you love.

6 Hair Colors To Try This Fall

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When I was in sixth or seventh grade, I dressed up as a witch for Halloween. Nothing special about that right? Plenty of kids dress up as witches during Halloween. But it was special, at least to me. I was very timid and introverted at school. I tried not to draw too much attention to myself. A teacher calling on me in class was sometimes enough reason for me to quake in my boots. And yet there I was wearing green paint on my face, afro hair, with a black witch outfit, and carrying around a broom. But during Halloween, I let my inhibitions go and displayed my feathers like a proud peacock.

Fall has always represented adventure to me. I took chances, tried new things and put myself out there. Perhaps it’s because it’s a season of beautiful change. Some of the changes I made were small, but made me ecstatically happy. One of the changes I made one year that made a ton of difference? Changing my hairstyle. I did not think it would look good on me, but it was quite flattering. I hope you will take a chance with your hair in the next little bit. I wanted to give you 6 Hair colors to try this fall. Try a color you have been dying to try but have not had the courage to do. Now is your chance.

 

1. Copper

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2. Multi-tonal blond

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3. Full hightlights

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4. Dark Brunette

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5. Black

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6. Light Brown

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LauLaureen Oliphant writes, markets, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

Autumn DIY Creation

 

shutterstock_108554648As fall is approaching, I cannot help but get excited as I think of the change in colors, the jacket inducing breeze, and the change of decor in our homes. I think making a fall candle would be a great way to welcome fall which starts tomorrow.

Here is what you will need:

 

Mason jars (whatever size you desire)

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Glue (such as Mod Podge)

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Fall leaves (real or fake)

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Paint brush or sponge

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Step One: Clean & dry mason jars

Step Two: Brush or paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the outside of your jar. Once that layer is sticky, you are ready for the next step.

Step Three: Press your autumn leaf into your Mod Podge layer until the leaf is flat. Make sure your leaves are soft and malleable.

Step Four: Once one leaf has stuck, then add more leaves either mostly on top of the other leaf or slightly touching. This part is up to you. What pleases your artistic eye the most? Then do that.

Step Five: After your leaves are completely glued on and dried, then add ribbon, string, or whatever extra decorative piece you wish to the top of your jar.

Step Six: Place a candle on the inside of your masterpiece.

And voila! Enjoy your fall welcoming creation!

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LauLaureen Oliphant writes, markets, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

The Little Cake Shop

We are excited to start our three week blog series! We will be sharing information about our latest Bridal/Bridesmaid Photoshoot. We will be sharing our interview with the florist, cake shop, and venue. Today we are sharing our interview with the wedding cake shop, The Little Cake Shop.

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What type of service do you offer Brides for their Weddings?

We help the bride and groom to make come true their vision in how they want the cake to look and to taste.

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What do you enjoy about helping Brides for their special day?

We enjoy to be able to talk and charring that special moments with two people that are excited to begin they life together.

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What makes your service unique from others?

We provide a unique service that if the bride and groom wants a different and not traditional wedding cake we can make it for them and in addition to the wedding cake we can create a unique and fun groom’s cake.

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What is best way to contact you?

You can contact us via email thelittlecakeshoput@gmail.com or call us at 801 662 9692. You can take a look of our work, follow, and like us on Instagram and Facebook.

Raising Socially Conscious Children

shutterstock_44645335One day, one of my friends found out that two of her employees was stealing from her. She was hurt, disappointed, and upset. When she confronted them to fire them, she was shocked by the responses. One employee said, “Well, you are obligated to give me a two weeks notice so I can find another job.” The other said, “So what, I always work whenever you ask me to. What’s the big deal if I take a product here or there?!”

When my friend told me about it, I couldn’t help but start to wonder at what point these employees started having an entitlement attitude. What made them think they deserve all good things but do not need to take responsibility for anything? In my search for knowledge on this topic, I’ve spent the last couple of years asking questions and observing parents. Here are a few things I’ve noticed about socially conscious kids.

1. They learned how to earn

shutterstock_157728536I observed parents who made their kids do chores or worked somewhere outside the home. Now, I’m not saying that your kids have to earn every single thing you give them. But they have to earn something. One parent I know, had her 9-year-old daughter work on a farm for two hours a week during the summer. Her daughter loved it! She wants to grow up to be a vet, so it was the perfect job for her. And she liked earning money that she could spend on whatever she wanted.

2. They take part in consequencesshutterstock_267543887Another friend of mine sits down with her child and together they decide what the consequences of her doing or not doing something is going to be. For instance, if she made a mess in the kitchen then she, without her parents’ help, would handle cleaning it up. My friend was unsure about how this style of parenting was going. But then one day, her and her daughter were having an argument. Her little girl of 5 stopped and said, “Mommy, I’m having a hard day and am not acting nice. I think I’ll go to my room to have a time out.”

I was astonished at this mature behavior! Since they had decided together what the consequence of misbehaving was, her child did not feel like she was being “punished” when sent to time out.

3. Follow-through

shutterstock_177100892Following through is one that I have a hard time applying. When I see a child’s sad face, my heart melts and hurts. I want to do all in my power to take their sadness away. I no longer desire to follow through with any of the consequences we agreed on if they would suffer if they did not behave. But that is the wrong attitude. It is those moments of sadness that helps them understand that the kind of behavior they were participating in would not lead to happiness. From that point on, they will try to avoid that behavior.

4. Time

shutterstock_182476226There is no set guide to parenting. Not every child will respond the same to words, actions, gifts, or looks. I believe the number one thing a parent can do to raise a responsible, kind, and thoughtful child is to get to know them. Spend time with your kids. Love them. Follow through with what you’ll say you’ll do, whether it’s good or bad. Try not to lose your temper and threaten consequences you will not want to follow through.

Take the time to know the kind of kids or people outside of your home that are having an influence on your child. Because who your child becomes is not only about the way you parent, but the friends they hang out with. Get to know your kids friends and be a positive influence on them as well. Who your child is tomorrow has a lot to do with what you do with them today.

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, markets, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

How to Fall In love In Less Than 2 Hours

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Rushing into my room after I got home from my date, I closed the door and jumped in my bed as my heart raced with anticipation, nerves, and excitement. I could not get his image out of my head. Not as I tried to sleep that night, or when I attempted to eat breakfast in the morning, or when I went for a jog that night. I was in love.

Have you had that experience? Whether you were in love or not, what made your heart start warming up at the thought of a special someone? Or your mind flash images of them throughout your day?

Back in 1997, a psychologist conducted a study about the science of falling in love. He paired strangers up and had them do specific acts in an hour and a half period to cause them to feel in love. He divided the experiment into three sets. Want to experiment? Grab a partner and do the following (warning, make sure you are both able to have a relationship with each other if this leads somewhere):

 

1. Self-disclosure

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In both the first, second, and third set, the couples ask deep and intimate questions about each other. They had to open up. It can be difficult to open up about your inner thoughts and private experiences. But once you do, feelings of closeness start to exist. Are you afraid to be yourself and to talk about your real desires, wants, and experiences? During this experiment, push beyond this fear. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and see where it leads.

 

2. Listen

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Looking back at the moments when I felt strongly about someone, it was because they asked me questions about myself and appeared to care about what the answer was.

Ever been on a date where the person never stopped talking about themselves? In the end, they might want to take you out on another date, but you couldn’t care less whether you saw them again or not. They are puzzled and wonder what went wrong. They had a great time and thought you did too. Of course they did. They shared everything about themselves and never gave you a chance to open up! That feeling of closeness never took place within you.

 

3. Intimacy related behaviors

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Stare into each other’s eyes as you answer each question. This might make you uncomfortable at first, but don’t look away. Lean close to one another, as if you are sharing secrets only for your ears and on one else’s. This part was always hard for me when I was starting a relationship. I could feel myself blushing. And my heart felt like horses were galloping inside and would burst out of my chest at any moment. It felt so intimate…but oh so good.

Non-verbal communication is one of the most important parts of relationships. How you look at someone, how you act towards them, the simple things you do for them, those make a difference in whether someone wants to be with you or no.
Did you try this experiment? I would love to hear your results. If you did not attempt it, I would love to know what you thought about it. Open up and share;-)

(Follow this link to go to the article. The questions are located in the appendix section http://psp.sagepub.com/content/23/4/363.full.pdf+html).

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, markets, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

Barbwire and Lace

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We are excited to start our three week blog series! We will be sharing information about our latest Bridal/Bridesmaid Photoshoot. We will be sharing our interview with the florist, cake shop, and venue. Today we are sharing our interview with the wedding venue Barbwire and Lace.

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What type of service do you offer Brides for their Weddings?

At Barbwire and Lace I have all the cute prop’s for the bride’s to make the weddings magical! The place is always decorated.

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What do you enjoy about helping Brides for their special day?

I love to help them decorate.

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What makes your service unique from others?

Barbwire and Lace is unique because it can be rustic and have the elegant look. It’s a very relaxing atmosphere.

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What is best way to contact you?

The Bride’s can contact me by text or a phone call 801-787-7325 They can check out the website www.barbwireandlace.com

 

6 Things To Do By September 22nd

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The other day, my husband and I took our little boy to the park. We were surprised to see how chilly it has gotten! Where did summer go? As I watched my little boy go down the slides, I started reflecting back to all the things I wanted to get done when summer started – my summer bucket list. September 22nd is the last day of summer. I thought about 6 things to do before September 22nd.

 

Go swimming

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I sat by the pool as my husband played in the water with my son. I had shorts and a t-shirt on and just planned on dipping my feet in the water. I did not feel like my body was ready for the swimming pool. I still have a bunch of weight that I want to lose from having my baby. But you know what? I cannot stop my self-image keep me from having fun and enjoying my present. And so guess what I did? Yep, I went swimming. I jumped in the pool with all my clothes on. It. Was. A. Blast! Don’t let summer end without visiting the pool or the beach.

 

Attend a concert

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Every summer there are paid and free concerts in my city. Unfortunately, my schedule is always too crazy to take advantage of these activities. And every year I think the same thing, “I’ll try to attend one next summer. And that has not come true yet. Don’t let that happen to you. Turn on your computer, do a google search for concerts in your area, and attend one. Can’t find one that fits your taste or schedule? Organize one. Make it a summer you’ll never forget.

 

Take a trip

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You don’t have to go far. It could be the city over. You just have to go somewhere. One year, I attended a food tasting in a town thirty minutes from my house. We signed up with a group to taste food from seven different restaurants (I am salivating as I write. The food was so good). Although I did not expect much from the trip since it close to home (wrong attitude), it was one of my more memorable trips. I still can’t stop talking about it.

 

Have a bbq

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Grilled pineapple, hamburgers, grilled portobello mushrooms (great if you’re vegetarian, vegan, or if you like delicious food), ribs, grilled corn, and much more. In other words, delicious food. Summer is one of the few times when you can sit outside with family and friends and cook divine food while you socialize outside. I love when it starts to get dark, and the backyard lights turn on and everyone sits around talking and eating until way too late in the night…or morning ;-). If you have not done one yet, I highly recommend you plan one ASAP.

 

Enjoy the outdoors

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Go camping, or if you’re like me and not much of a camper, play a game in the park. I love tennis and spend as much time as I can playing it. But maybe you’re into fishing or kayaking. Whatever it is, just do it. Go outside and enjoy this beautiful earth in which we live.

 

Participate in a gallery stroll

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Have you ever attended a gallery stroll? They’re always free. The way they work is that individual galleries will participate to be part of a public art stroll. People will walk down a street (or a couple of streets) and stop at whatever gallery sparks their interest. The gallery strolls are usually listed online and in the newspapers. In some places, they are scheduled on select Fridays during the summer. I’ve discovered artists that have moved me beyond words.

Have you been able to accomplish your summer bucket list? If not, what is one thing from the list that you don’t want to miss out on accomplishing? Comment below.

 

LauLaureen Oliphant writes, markets, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.

Hannah’s Wedding & Event Flowers

We are excited to start our three week blog series! We will be sharing information about our latest Bridal/Bridesmaid Photoshoot. We will be sharing our interview with the florist, cake shop, and venue. Today we are sharing our interview with Hannah from Hannah’s Wedding & Event Flowers.

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What type of service do you offer Brides for their Weddings?

Anything that has to do with flowers! Bouquets, hair pieces, boutonnières, bridesmaid bouquets, cake flowers, centerpieces, arches etc.

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What do you enjoy about helping Brides for their special day?

I love getting to know every bride that I work with, but most of all I love that I get to help create each brides “dream wedding”.

 

What makes your service unique from others?

Because I believe every bride deserves a beautiful wedding, not only is each floral piece personally hand crafted by me, the flowers I do are also cost friendly! No matter what budget you are working with I can find a way to get you the most bang for your buck!

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What is best way to contact you?

Call me at 801-388-8261

Or email me at hannahsweddingflowers@gmail.com

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Where can Brides learn more about you and follow for more information?

Find on me on Facebook: Hannah’s Wedding & Event Flowers

website: http://hannahsweddingflow.wix.com/flowers

7 Healthy Snacks That Will Help You Curb Your Sugar Cravings.

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Before leaving the hospital after giving birth, I had my son circumcised (my poor husband witnessed it and almost passed out). Before performing the circumcision, the physician put a sugary pacifier in his mouth. He said it was because the sweet taste distracted babies from the pain. I was very surprised to know that babies naturally loved sweet things. But to the point that they ignore discomfort and pain?

Sugar is a type of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates stimulate the release of a few chemicals (serotonin & endorphins) that helps us to feel good, happy and relaxed. We crave sugar because it helps us deal with stress, makes us feel good, and taste great. But when you eat sugary snacks (a quick carb), your body has a tendency to keep craving sweets an hour or so after. It can become a vicious cycle that’s hard to control. Eating sweets is not bad in moderation, as with any food. How do you break that sugary cycle? By eating other things besides chocolate, Doritos, pie, or whatever your preference is. I wanted to mention 7 healthy snacks that will help you curb your sugar cravings.

 

 

Fresh fruits

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Nuts

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Seeds

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Popcorn with Parmesan cheese

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Salsa

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Mashed sweet potatoes

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LauLaureen Oliphant writes, markets, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.