WRAPPING up your Holidays with Ease!

Wrapping presents! Oh the BOXES, the BAGS, the PAPER, the TAGS! I’m COVERED with TAPE from my HEAD to my TOE! The GIFTS I must wrap? Well they FILL me with WOE! and it SHOULD NOT BE SO! Are you just a smidge overwhelmed at Holiday time with wrapping all those presents in an easy and yet creative way? STOP! DON’T get your TINSEL in a TANGLE! Here are a few GIFTWRAP HACKS to try that can calm you right down! THE WRAPPING STATION A wrapping station is a wonderful thing! This designated space will keep you organized and sane in your most frantic wrapping moments! How? You get to leave all your stuff out! No ‘putting it all away’ after a marathon wrapping session! With a station, you can store purchased gifts under the table, then wrap as the mood strikes! Believe it or not, most of us can scrape together things we have from...

A Holiday on the Town!

Are your stockings all hung? Are your bows tied and your cookies frosted? Then maybe this year you’ll have time to get out on the town for some frolicking with your family! It’s not too late to enjoy some Greater Phoenix Area festivities. HOLIDAY LIGHTS– Do you love to pack all the kids in the SUV with blankets and hot cocoa, but not sure where to go? Well, there’s an app for that! Nextdoor is a free app that allows you to type in your local area and open a map of holiday attractions.  Neat! My favorite is definitely Glendale Glitters in Historic Glendale. This free display of thousands of twinkling lights is located in the heart of quaint restaurants and lovely antique stores that keep their doors open every night of the weekends before Christmas! This is a fabulous, not-to-miss event! Another great holiday festivity is Christmas at the Princess . This  Scottsdale Resort is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a musical...

No-Nonsense Holiday Decorating

December is Celebration Time! Hanukkah, Christmas, whatever your celebration, we’ve got some great, easy, budget friendly ideas to make your home festive this season! DECORATING ON A BUDGET I like to change-it-up a little yearly, but who can afford all new décor every Christmas? One easy way to throw some new life into your decorations is by switching colors, or adding in another color! If all your décor is “Country Style”, try adding in silver! Add plain silver ornaments to the tree. Purchase tall, wide glass vases or assorted jars from the dollar store and fill with plain, silver balls. Place them around your house-on the coffee tables, mantle, or place three varying height jars on the dining table. Add in sprigs of artificial pine branches in keeping with the Country theme, and there you go! Any theme can be altered with color. Add in bright turquoise, yellow, and orange balls and stringed beads for a...

8 Tips for Taking Down a Christmas Tree

That evergreen can’t stay up forever! When it comes to holiday decorations, what goes up must come down. Taking down a Christmas tree can be quite a chore, but there are ways to make the process as painless as possible.  8 Tips: Remove “dressings” in order – topper, ornaments, garland(s), then lights Organize ornaments – use plastic cups contained in a box to keep your ornaments safely stowed Wrap lights neatly – coffee cans, hangers, and cardboard are all great for preventing those troublesome tangled lights! Or use a Christmas light winder Don’t battle the box – there are alternatives to stuffing your artificial tree back into its original packaging, like getting a tree storage bag  Use a sturdy step stool – you don’t want anyone shouting “timber” at you! Have a helper – men vs. tree is more promising than man vs. tree Store strategically – storing boxes so they can be accessed in the order that they are needed...