13 Clever Ways to Use Leftover Wrapping Paper

December 26th, 2017

It’s the morning after Christmas with the family happily enjoying their gifts in the den… and oodles of leftover shimmery, shiny wrapping paper. You thought filigreed wrapping paper from a posh boutique for your mother-in-law was an extempore, noble gift, but now you have a whole roll left! So, what to do?

We know many creatives out there will have their guests unwrap gifts slowly and carefully not ruin the wrapping paper! Why save wrapping paper? Well, there are many uses for wrapping paper; here are our thirteen top suggestions.

13. One use for leftover wrapping paper is saving it for the next season. Many people end up developing a collection of glittery rolls after many Christmases. You can find wrapping paper storage containers as specialty stores, or even on Walmart’s website here. Read More >

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Eight Ways to Keep Restless Kids Happy During a Family Holiday Event

December 18th, 2017


The holidays are a wonderful time for the family to get together and enjoy each other’s company. But if you don’t make some plans for the smallest members of the family, their shenanigans at the kid’s table could get out of hand. Here are eight ways to keep restless kids happy during all your big and festive family holiday get-togethers.

1. Set out a unique table runner.

Run brown or white kraft paper down the length of the kids’ table and place crayons or washable markers at each child’s setting. Encourage the kids to decorate however they like; after the meal, hang the masterpiece along a wall or above the fireplace so everyone can admire the budding artists in the family. (Use removable poster tape or strips to hang the art so your wall doesn’t get damaged.)

2. Print out placemats.

You don’t need to be extra fancy – of course you can design your own custom placemats, but you can also simply paste coloring pages, one with each child’s name, on heavier-duty butcher or kraft paper. If you don’t already plan to have colored pencils, crayons or markers out, integrate three or four into a napkin ring or cup for each child that will serve as extra decor on the table. Read More >

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9 Ways to Pull Off Winter Fashion Trends Even in Our Warm Climate

December 11th, 2017

Southern California is a great place to live no matter the time of year. Yet, you might find yourself, at times, a little envious of your friends who can wear great winter fashions without getting too hot (although not envious enough to trade your flip-flops and the sun for snow and icy roads). Fortunately, there are at least nine ways you can embrace winter fashion in our area without overheating.

1. Ditch the Sleeves

If you want to wear great winter apparel, get it in the sleeveless variety. This includes sleeveless coats, turtlenecks, sweaters, and other clothing. Vests layered over other clothing are also a great way to enjoy the winter look while not getting too warm. Read More >

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Buying and Selling Real Estate

December 4th, 2017

It’s interesting to think there are “seasons” when it comes to the housing market, but that’s exactly what you’re going to be dealing with when you either start selling or buying a home. It’s not as clear as the fashion seasons, so to speak, but there are definitely considerations to take into account when it comes determining the best time to buy or sell a home.

Buying Is Better in Spring and Fall
Purchasing a home isn’t something you can really time. It’s not like going to a store and buying a new computer or a phone. The process takes time, from finding the home you want to buy to closing on it. In some cases, it can take months. New houses come onto the market at any given time, and buyers come in at all times of the year as well. Read More >

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