How You Can Redecorate For Little To No Cost.

Do you ever watch an entire episode of Fixer Upper and then dream for hours about how you could redecorate your home?  And then cry all night over a pint of Ben and Jerry’s trying to figure out how you can wake up with a million dollars? Unfortunately stuff costs money, and redecorating can really break the bank.  You want my secret?  Sell your stuff.

So I bought these lamps a few months ago because I was rushing to get some lamps when we first moved in.   I have the patience of a toddler, and rushed to fill the apartment before really taking the time and picking something I wanted.

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Don’t get me wrong, they’re cute, but they’re kinda traditional.  I wanted something a little more industrial, and so I decided if I wanted new lamps, I had to sell these first. You know, so my husband wouldn’t kill me, because I do this A LOT.

And so I did, for the EXACT same price as I bought them.  I also ended up selling some frames that were in the picture and so I ended up with some extra change at the end of the day.  (Oh, Snap!) I went online, purchased my new lamps, and the package came and I opened it before I had my morning coffee like it was the first day of christmas.

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I started assembling those suckers, I couldn’t wait!

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And TA DA!  My new lamps from Ikea baby!  You can get these here, but sorry guys looks like the price went up $7 since I purchased them last.

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Ok so how did I sell these?  Like Magic!  JK.

There was a time when I put everything on craigslist.  However, a few years ago, I found an App called Offerup, and it has literally changed my life.  My first sale was for $600, and ever since then I have been hooked.  Here’s how it works:

1.  Download the App.

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It’s called OfferUp.  What I love about this app, is you don’t have to share personal information, and you communicate solely through the app.  What’s even cooler, is you can see how people are rated (it’s a star system), how many purchases and sales they’ve done, and what they’re selling (if they have anything posted).

2. Upload your pictures.

Because it’s an app on your phone, it’s SO EASY to upload the pictures.  Be sure not to take crappy photos though. You need to take a few with good lighting like below.

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Then take a few of what they would look like in a home..

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Be sure to zoom in on certain parts of whatever you’re selling.  For example, this is a zoomed in picture of the shade.

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And then one of the base, so they can really see the lamp.

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3. Type up a description.

I put as much info on there as possible.  I ALWAYS provide dimensions, the current condition, and how long I’ve had it.  I also like to add if whatever I’m posting has multiple uses too.

4. Price

For this app, picture yourself at a flea market.  No one is ever going to pay full price.  Therefore, yes, always post it for more than you want to sell it for.  ALWAYS.

5.  Click finish and it’s posted within minutes!

What’s also cool about this app, is you can see how many views your post is getting.  You get notifications when you have an offer, and you communicate directly through the app.  It’s also cool because you can see if the message has been read or not, it looks just like a text message.

Lastly, I did not get paid to talk about OfferUp, and if you know of any better Apps for selling stuff, let me know!  However, I really do love this app.  I hope you check it out, and end up buying something new and thinking of me.

Love,

Deema

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The Stuff Inside Your Cabinet Should Be Pretty Too.

I don’t know about you, but there was a time in my life when my mug selection consisted of a bunch of random mugs that I had collected over the years.  My cabinet literally looked like a cluttered garage sale table packed up on my shelves.  Well, at some point I decided I wanted to be an adult, and I wanted all my mugs to match.  And just like my post about Reusable Grocery Bags, I said bye-bye to all those random mugs, and hello to a nice set of matching mugs.  Besides, do you really want your guests drinking from a bunch of different mugs with random logos and markers on them?  I know I don’t.  And if you’re in the market for new mugs, below are some of my favorites currently on the market.

1. Alphabet Mugs From Pottery Barn

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Pottery Barn was my first love when it came to home stuff, and they are never short of quality, super cute pieces.  These are $7 a piece, and you can get them here.

2. Monogram Mug From Anthropologie

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Love Anthropologie?  Didn’t know they have home stuff?  Well they do, and these are super cute.  These are $8 a piece, and you can get them here.

3. Teverson Mugs from Wayfair

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I’ve always loved clear mugs.  I think they’re the coolest thing ever, and I don’t see them enough.  I also love the shape of these.  You can get a set of 4 for $27.99 at Wayfair here.  These may be my favorite on this list.

4.  All In Good Taste Deco Dot Mug from Kate Spade

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I LOVE Kate Spade.  Always have, and always will.  These are simple, chic, and I bet you would feel fancy drinking from them.  You can get these for $7 each on Wayfair here.

5. Rae Dunn Mugs

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I’m sure you’ve seen these all over the place.  You can find them on some random sites, but I intentionally didn’t list one here because Marshalls, TJMaxx, AND HomeGoods all have them for much cheaper.

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I see them all the time, and they’re typically $3 to $5 a piece.  I love the font, love the size, and of course the neutral colors.  They come in so many different words.

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6.  Speckled Monogram Mug from World Market

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Last, but not least, you can get these for $3.98 at World Market here.  The current mugs I own are actually from World Market too, but unfortunately a few years old and not sold in stores anymore.  They have lasted me a really long time, and are great quality.

Alright guys, I hope I’ve inspired you to go home and match up those mugs.  I promise you, it’s the adult thing to do.

Love,

Deema

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10 Reasons To Check Out Painted Fox Home

I recently joined Instagram, and every day I discover new shops that I absolutely fall in love with.  One in particular, is Painted Fox Home.  Rarely do I find a store where I literally love almost everything I see.  Literally, everything.  They have everything from home decor, to lighting, furniture, bags, kitchen & dining stuff, window coverings…etc.

They have a very antique farmhouse vintage feel, and honestly some really unique finds.  They also have some great industrial pieces and lighting.  And while it was truly difficult to only highlight 10 things, below is just a taste of why I fell in love with Painted Fox Home.

1.  Bags

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First of all, I travel a lot, and I would definitely use every single one they have to offer.  Second of all, as a home decor junkie, I first saw this bag used as a home prop on a bench and was instantly in love.  It’s basically a 2 for 1.  And the only reason I haven’t bought one yet, is because I can’t decide on which one I like the best.  Check out all the bags with different colors and words and styles here.

2.  Cheeky Home Accents

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I instantly fell in love with this.  For those of you who aren’t Mean Girls fanatics, this is totally a reference.  And if you’ve read any of my other posts, you know how much I love cheeky home accessories.

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This one’s totally my second favorite.  You can get this here.

3.  Stop Watch Clock

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I love clocks, especially large wall clocks.  I thought this clock was super cute and unique, and if I didn’t already have multiple wall clocks, I would’ve bought it.  You can get this stop watch clock here.

4.  Cotton Decor

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I LOVE these!!!!

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They have more, but these are just a few of the ones I saw and loved.

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You can get these super cute cotton stems here.

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You can totally use this one outside, on your door, in your home, for the holidays, or really anywhere.  I love burlap, I love my neutrals, and these are seriously so cute.  Link is here.

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Lastly, another cotton wreath, but minus the burlap.  You can get this one here.

5. Sylvester Mirror

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I LOVE mirrors, and this rustic mirror isn’t like anything I have seen before.  You can get it here.

6.  Iris Wall Shelf

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I love wall shelves, and I love neutral colors.  These are beautiful, and you can get them here.

7.  Coat Rack

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I thought this was such a unique coat rack.  You can check it out and other angles here.  Such a cute idea.

8.  Oxford Roll

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I’m obsessed with brown paper.

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This would be such a cute addition to a kitchen, hallway, laundry room, or even a kid’s room.  Check it out here.

9.  Lighting

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I’m not even sure if this is my favorite, they have SO MANY great ones.  I love the industrial style.  You can get this one here, but check out all their lighting here.  They’re not just ceiling lights, they have wall, table, and standing lights.

10.  Cellar Tray

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This would look great on my farmhouse kitchen table, for organizing decor, serving cheese or bread, or many other things.  I LOVE trays, and I love this one.  Check it out here.

Alright guys, I did not get paid to do this post, I just fell in love with this store.  Check out everything else on their website here, and be sure to follow them on Instagram.  I hope you go shopping, I know I will.

Love,

Deema

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If You Love Michaels, Read This. 6 Tips For A Great Deal.

I’ve always loved Michaels.  In the past I have gone for DIY accessories, and all my baking needs.  And more recently, I’ve been going for all my framing needs. However, just a few weeks ago, the corner of my eye caught a glimpse of some of their home decor stuff.

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I was literally carrying two large heavy frames, about to walk out the door, and turned back just to walk down the aisle of Home Decor.

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Guys, they have really cute stuff.  Especially if you like farmhouse style Decor.  BUT, I was a little bummed how expensive everything was.  I’m so used to the great deals I get at HomeGoods, and I was not loving the prices.  However, I’ve learned that they ALWAYS have a sale, and you can ALWAYS use a coupon.  So if you’re not into paying full price for anything, and love Michaels, please read on.

1.  Coupons

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After most purchases in the store, you almost always get a coupon.  Save those, you can use them for the next purchase.  Sometimes they’re lame, sometimes they’re really good ones like 40% or 50% coupons.

2.  Online purchases are always cheaper

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Ok, so this is the big one.  Most of the good deals are online, and you will not see them in the store–AND you can combine both.  Just the other day I was about to buy a clock in the store that I saw was 40% off.

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Because I had been checking the website so often, I knew they had a 20% off sale (including sale items) that wasn’t available in the store.  So what did I do?  I literally bought it from my phone and did In Store Pickup.  If I purchased it in the store, it would have only been 40% off (gasp).  Moral of the story?  Check the website for all the good discounts.  That wall clock is still listed online for $80 (I got it for $32), you can check it out here.

3.  Email alerts

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If you don’t want to check the website everyday, sign up for email alerts for all the good discounts.  This is how I got my frames for so cheap, I did their buy one get the other 50% off sale.

4.  Price match

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Many of you may not know this, but Michael’s also offers a price match guarantee.  If you find the same thing at another retailer for cheaper, they will match it.

5.  Everyday Value

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They have stuff that’s always cheap and never goes on sale.  This is kind of like that section at Target when you first walk in.  You know what I’m talking about?  That super cheap section where everything is around a buck each?  I got a 12-pack of 16 ounce mason jars the other day for only $9.  Check out their website, they have a ton of stuff for just a dollar each too.

6.  Bulk packs

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Ok, this is not something I have utilized,  but I did notice they have.  So if you buy stuff in bulk, I see they have stuff for 50%.  I don’t have a ton of stuff I buy in bulk, but if you are into crafts or are a big DIYer, that’s probably something you should check out.

Alright guys, I wish I could’ve copy and pasted every single thing I loved on their website, but there were too many.  All the pictures (except the two in home pictures)  were taken from their website so check them out here.  And, no, I did not get paid to promote Michaels or any of the items here.

Love,

Deema

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7 Reasons You Need A Letter Board In Your Life.

Have you seen those letter boards all over the internet?  If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out.  They have brought such joy to my life, almost more than my own children.  After obsessing over them for weeks, I finally bought one.  And I can assure you, I did not regret it.

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You want one?  I got mine at Amazon.  However, you can get them at Target or anywhere else you probably already shop anyway.  They come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and colors.  I got mine HERE, and it came with the board, 620 letters/numbers/symbols (lower and upper case), two letter bags, AND a lifetime warranty.  Not sure if you want one?  Let me convince you…

1.  Cost 

They definitely don’t break the bank.  They start at $12.99, and I got the large one for $30.  There’s actually a larger one at Khol’s for $24.99.  However, the one from Amazon has 4 times as many letters/numbers/symbols included, and that’s important.  They also come with these little bags to store all those pieces in..

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2.  Reusable

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It’s really the gift that keeps on giving.  I just got mine 10 days ago and I’ve already changed the quote roughly 1,567 times.

3.  Easy

OMG, you have no idea.  Again, I’m reviewing the one I bought on Amazon.  It is incredibly easy to put the letters on and off.  They’re basically letters with something poking out the back like this..

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And you simply insert them into one of the lines on the board in half a second.  They go in and out super quick.

4.  Eye Candy

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No matter where you end up putting your sign, it really lightens up a room.  And depending on the quote, it’s really the central focus of a room.

5.  Totally versatile

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On the note of it lighting up a room, you can really move this from room to room, and from the wall  (yes it has a hook on the back), to a table, a shelf, a chair…etc.  You can use it for a grocery list, a menu, a to do list for the week, in your office…etc

6.  Great prop for pictures

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I’m already thinking of the different ways I can use this sign for guests, parties, and special occasions.  This really highlights a picture.  Look how it really lifts up my cheek bones, knocks years off my age, and makes me look super skinny.  It’s like magic.

7.  Drives Creativity

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Look, a ton of people use them for inspirational quotes, and I really love those.  However, sarcasm is more my style, and this board really gets me excited to share some of that dry humor.  And creativity is good for the brain, and since helping your brain is good, I’m convinced this letter board will make you live longer.  And well, that’s enough of a reason to buy one in my opinion.

Alright guys, go out and buy one.  I promise you won’t regret it.   And no, I did not get paid to review these.

Love,
Deema

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Guest Bathroom Decor Ideas + Inspiration. (Or At Least A Good Laugh)

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you really love your guest bathroom?  Like, are you super excited for guests to use it, or are you hoping they have a large bladder?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten a little creative with ours.  Partly because I wanted a cute bathroom, but also because I always like a good laugh.  Continue reading “Guest Bathroom Decor Ideas + Inspiration. (Or At Least A Good Laugh)”

5 Cute Travel Accessories You Need

You know how when the entire plane is empty and someone decides to sit next to you in the middle seat, because well, they’re obviously a savage.  And then they talk your ear off and show you a million pictures of their child?  Traveling can be hard.  Buy cute travel accessories.

I am currently in a hotel room, and I thought it would be fitting to share some fun Travel accessories that I’ve been eyeing for a long time.

1. Luggage Tag

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You know how you’re waiting at baggage claim and a bunch of suitcases have random markers?  But not like the cute ones, like the random ribbons, or God knows what else.  I don’t know about you, but I love luggage tags, and have yet to buy any.  And this was obviously made for me.  Check it out here.

2.  Travel bags

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I. Need. Every. Single. One. Of. These.  I don’t know about you, but I always use a random plastic bag for my laundry.  And that’s if I didn’t forget one.

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And I always wish I had a cover for my shoes, and everything else I pack.  And seriously these are the cutest things I have ever seen.  I first saw them online a month or so ago, and I’ve been obsessing since.  Check them out here.  And seriously, check out that entire site by Designs By Maria, they have super cute stuff.

3.  Weekender Bag

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Ok I have been in love with this bag for a month.  They literally have a TON of cute weekender bags.  To top it off, I’ve seen them placed as decor in homes on a cute bench or in an entryway.  So, it’s basically a two for one.

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You can get the bag here, but seriously, check out Painted Fox Home and their entire site.  They have a ton of cool stuff.

4.  Passport Cover

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Because who doesn’t need a cute passport cover?  And, looks like you’re in luck, it’s basically on clearance for $5.99, check it out here.

5.  Makeup Bag

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I know I’ve posted this before, but I don’t know why it has not gotten old.  And I’m pretty sure that list of people has gotten longer.  And every time I travel I wish I had it.  Check it out here.

I didn’t get paid to promote any of these products, I just have an online shopping problem.

Love,
Deema

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Posters, But Like, For Adults (DIY)

You know how when you were a kid you had posters all over your wall and you thought it was the hottest thing ever?  That cheap wrinkled piece of paper was literally what made your room slightly more impressive than the kid from down the street.  But as an adult, it’s pretty tough to find some high quality wall decor that’s comparable at $5 or less.  Unfortunately, most of the ones I love, are super expensive.  And, well, I HATE paying full price for anything.  So how did I get the adult version of posters in my home for super cheap?  I totally have a DIY cheap solution for you in 4 simple steps.

**Bonus canvass option at the end, that costs a little bit more.

Step 1:  Digital Copy

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Search for the images you want, and then get a digital copy.  There are a TON of digital copies online, but I got mine specifically at a shop on Etsy called SMUZI.  You basically purchase the copy, and you get an instant download to your email.  This shop had them for $6 each, but 40% off if you buy 3, so I ended up ONLY paying $3.66 for each one.  Basically, peanuts.

Step 2: Print 

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For printing, there are a ton of places online, but I chose Staples.  My prints were pretty large (18 X 24) and I got them printed for $14.99 each and they were literally done within the hour.

Step 3: Buy some frames

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I went to Michaels because they had a buy one, get one free deal.  I got two large (24X36, with a 18X24 Mat) frames for only $25 each with the deal.  The link for the frame is here.

Step 4:  Insert & ready to hang

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Put it in the frame, and hang it up.  Total cost? $43.60!  And guys, if you didn’t do it yourself, it would’ve cost WAY more.  And, you likely wouldn’t have found the size you wanted either.  You can find this download of Brigitte Bardot here.

A few others…

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This digital download above of Brigitte Bardot can be found here at this link.

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This picture of Naomi Campbell you can find here.

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And this badass Jack Nicholson photo, is here.  I got Jack larger at 24X36, so the frame I got was different.  And let me tell you something, don’t do the same mistake.

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I got a super cheap poster frame, and the cover is not glass.  So when you look at it from an angle, it looks a little wrinkled.  Don’t make the same mistake I did, make sure yours is always glass.

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Last, but definitely not least, I was literally obsessing over this Roger Moore print for months.  So I bought the digital copy at the same store here.  BUT, I live in California, and well, glass above your head is never a good idea when earthquakes happen.  So, I got this made on a canvass.  And, you can’t really tell, but this is huge.  It’s 36 X 36.

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I got this custom made on Shutterfly for $105 (including tax), and for the size and quality, that is super cheap.  All you do is upload the digital copy online and start selecting the sizes and materials you want. Be sure to look out for deals on Shutterfly, they have some every week.  That’s how I got the above print for 50% off.  Be patient, just check the site often.

Alright guys, I hope that was helpful.  I did not get paid to mention any of the above shops.  Oh, and if you’re good at taking photos, please call me.  I really need to up my game, it’s pathetic.

Love,
Deema

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5 Essentials To Wrap Gifts For ANY Occasion

I don’t know about you, but the way I wrap gifts is a big deal to me.  There is seriously nothing worse than buying the perfect gift, wrapping it in some hideous paper, throwing it in some tacky gift bag, or even worse, (GASP) placing it the original bag you purchased it from.  Unless it’s some fancy brand with a super cute logo that you want to show off, no Susan, we don’t need to know you bought that frame from Target.  Please wrap that up like a proper adult.  And seriously?  Look like you put some effort into it.  Continue reading “5 Essentials To Wrap Gifts For ANY Occasion”