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Star Wars Inspired Gift Wrapping Tutorial

Monday, December 18, 2017

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My husband Brent has always been a fan of Star Wars. I remember the first year we were married, he tried to have me watch Star Wars and I fell asleep… 😉 There is a new Star Wars movie out this month, and I will accept his invitation to watch it with him. I think that will be my gift to him. 😉  With the new movie out, I wanted to share a Star Wars inspired gift wrapping tutorial on my blog. You can use it this Holiday season for your presents to loved ones, who are avid fans of Star Wars. Whether you’re wrapping a gift for Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, etc., this idea is totally fun and easy to make.


Kraft Paper

Darth Vader Photo (saw this free printable from this site and made a layout (See below) for you to print for your gift wrapping)




Red Straw

Black Paper


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STEP 1 Wrap your presents with kraft paper and seal with tape.

STEP 2 Use this FREE printable Darth Vader layout with a standard sized paper and cut the image out. It comes in two sizes, so that it will work with small or large gifts.

STEP 3 Glue the Darth Vader print out and place on top of the gift wrapped item.

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STEP 4 For the lightsaber, cut the red straw in half and cover the bottom with a piece black paper, using glue to stick.

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STEP 5 Wrap twine around the gift wrap and stick on the DIY Darth Vader lightsaber.

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STEP 6 This is optional: You can paint the initials of the person you are giving the gift to on the bottom of lightsaber, to serve as the name tag.

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That’s it! Easy and fun to create for Star Wars fans out there.

Have you watched the new Star Wars movie already? Please convince me to watch it. 😉

Check out more of my DIY gift wrapping ideas: Christmas Wreath Inspired / DIY Christmas Wrapper / Santa, Reindeer, Star Wars 


7 Husbands Reveal What They Want for Christmas…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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I’m always clueless about what a man really wants for Christmas, and by man, I mean my husband. I mostly give him what I “think” he should have, such as men’s facial wash, moisturizer, a nice watch, etc. As it turns out, these are things he rarely uses. Today, I want to share what my blogger friends’ husbands really want for Christmas and why. And yes, I included my husband too. But oh boy, his wish is out of my budget. 😉 Enjoy browsing!

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1) “I’d love some leather motorcycle gloves for riding that keep my hands warm. I’d also love this beard kit from Zeus Deluxe Beard Grooming Kit for Men. Their products are amazing and help me keep my beard looking the way I like.” – Jake, husband of Bethany of Waves and Lilacs

2) “For Christmas I’d love to have a Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It’s an excellent phone for jotting down notes at work, taking high-quality pictures of family, and viewing media on its huge display.” – Brent, my husband 😉

3) “A Google Home so we can link all our smart devices together and so I don’t have to get up or use an app to turn our lights on and off.” – J.C., husband of Dee of Enjoy Mamahood

4) “I’d love to get a treadmill for Christmas this year. Taking care of myself physically  is important but with two kids getting time to go to the gym is nearly impossible. If I could workout at home I’d be more motivated!” – Hashem, husband of Deseree of Vivela Mama

5) “I want a big screen 4k TV for Christmas. I like to watch movies and my favorite shows in ultra HD.” – Andrew, husband of Cristina of Style Anthropy

6) “We moved from an apartment to a house this year and we had been waiting to get a grill, until I could get the kind that I want, without apartment restrictions. We enjoyed grilling out with friends and family, and the George Foreman grill isn’t cutting it anymore. ;)” Husband of Jenn of Harper Hadley Events

7) “I would really like to have a wooden display case to put all my watches because I like to have a nice box to put them all in.” –  Husband of Maryann of Arroyo Adventures





Gift Guide: 7 Pretty Gifts For Her

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Top sponsored by Pink Blush.

I made a list on my blog post today about some of the gift ideas for the women in your life. These are great, whether they’re for your wife, mom, best friend, sister, or in-laws! There are many products popping out this season and I know it can be overwhelming. That’s why I wanted to help by giving you some ideas for your shopping list, to surprise the special women in your life.

7 pretty gifts for her gift guide


  1. Sleek Petite OrganizerThis a 12-month planner, spanning from January to December 2018. It comes with a gorgeous golden metallic pen and pen loop. It is sleek and would be perfect to hand-carry and easily fits inside the purse or bag.
  2. Best of brushes set  – These brush sets are perfect for gifting, including yourself (Why not?! You deserve good brushes too!). It comes with a powder brush, angled brush (to contour some bronzer), and two kinds of eyeshadow brushes. Most brushes are expensive when you buy them individually, so the set is a good deal, as you get four brushes for under $60! It’s a limited edition release, so they are only available this Holiday season.
  3. Photo Clip Firefly String Lights – If you want a gift that involves pictures, this is a great way for gifting printed photos. String together memories from the past year with these fun Photo Clip String Lights. These can be use on the living room wall, a workspace, or even bedroom wall.
  4. Poppy lip duoThis set is a perfect lip duo of lipstick and lip gloss, that are just in time for  the Holiday season.The shade of pink-red is good for every type of skin tone.  All products contain natural ingredients and are safe to use, so you are not only giving gorgeous makeup this Christmas, but are also sharing a clean and safe product for your loved ones.
  5. Fringe Boots – Neutral colored booties are easy to style and match for this season. If you have someone who loves to dress up, from casual to flowy dresses, this is fun to wear because of its boho style fringe! I like how the heels aren’t so high and can be worn by moms with little kids.
  6. Bubble Wrap Calendar 2018 – A clever and fun idea to mark each day. This poster-size Bubble Wrap Calendar allows you to pop dates throughout the year. A fun gift for women who love unique Christmas gifts.
  7. White Marble Phone CoverMarble has been so popular, and this white marble cover gives your phone a sophisticated look!

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What’s your favorite product from the list?



Succulent Thank You Gift Idea With Free Printable Tag

Monday, July 10, 2017

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Today, I’m sharing with you all a tutorial on how to wrap a succulent plant, as a thank you gift idea. It’s so easy to do with only a few materials needed. I also want to share a free printable “Thank You” tag that you can print and use, to finish your gift wrapping. This succulent plant thank you gift idea is perfect for baby shower hosts, teacher’s appreciation, or to anyone else you appreciate.



Succulent Plant

Kraft Paper




Natural Burlap Fabric


Thank you tag

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The way you cut your paper will depend on the size of your succulent. For my plant, I measured and cut a 14”x 14” kraft paper using scissors, and put the pot in the center. Then, I wrapped it around the plant container as seen in the image above. Try to cut your paper so that it can wrap around your plant container like that. succulent thank you gift with printable 2 succulent thank you gift with printable 9

I used a natural burlap fabric (leftover from my DIY Christmas Tree Skirt) to use as a ribbon or bandana styling to help seal the kraft paper around the plant container. succulent thank you gift with printable 7 succulent thank you gift with printable 10

Print the “Thank You” tag (Here’s a FREE printable you may use and print) and use a clothespin or something similar, to attach it to the gift wrapping or burlap fabric. I printed my tag on standard paper and glued it onto kraft paper to make it look nicer. That’s it!

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Who do you want to give this succulent thank you gift to?

Here’s a “Merry Christmas” tag for you to use for Christmas 🙂


6 Gift Ideas for Padre Under $30

Thursday, June 15, 2017


My kids are truly blessed to have a dad who works hard, shares his faith, and is a good role model for them. Today, I thought to share items that will save you some time looking for a for a Father’s day gift. Read on and let me know what you think!


  1. Leather Wallet with Magnetic Clip – Brent has this kind of wallet and he likes it because it is easy to use, carry around, and it’s not bulky.
  1. Personalized Mug : I think this will be a perfect gift for any dad, especially first-time dads. It’s not only a great idea for Father’s day, but can also be a baby shower gift for him too. You can customize the year on the mug, and it is microwave and dishwasher safe.
  1. Sriracha on-the-go If your man loves to make his food spicy all the time, Sriracha has on-the-go packaging containers that are refillable! It’s convenient to use when he goes out, since not all restaurants offers spicy condiments.
  1. Graphic Tee – One of the easiest gifts for Dad is a graphic t shirt. Check out Old Navy’s site where they have different, cool graphic designs to choose from. You’ll find one that dad will surely enjoy wearing.
  1. Klean Kanteen Insulated TumblerDads need something to boost their energy, especially for work. My husband Brent loves his Klean Kanteen container for his coffee or tea. He says that his drink remains hot throughout the day.
  1. Beard Bib – Does Dad like to shave his beard and make a lot of mess in the bathroom sink? Well, give Dad a men’s grooming tool that is easy to clean up after shaving. Goodbye to messy and time consuming shaving!

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S In celebration of Father’s Day this weekend, I asked my husband Brent to be my guest on my Instagram stories. 😉 I’ll be asking him some questions regarding life as a dad and he will probably share his tips/advice, especially from his background as a child psychologist. We’ll be posting videos soon, follow me in Instagram! See you there!


Gift Ideas for 3 Year-Olds

Monday, March 27, 2017

My eldest son is turning 3 years old this month. Truly, time goes by so fast. He went from a baby to a big, sweet (and hyper) boy, who is also a good helper.  I still remember when I was pregnant with him. It was different than with my second child because I was actually pregnant not only with my eldest, but with another one as well. I also remember Brent’s facial expression when I shared the news with him. His jaw dropped and he couldn’t talk for a few seconds. Haha! I wasn’t familiar with the type of pregnancy I had until I experienced it myself. It was called Vanishing Twin Syndrome. Even though we went through that, God has always been good to Brent and to me. He is always there for us, helping raise our children. If you have met my eldest, he is sweet, although he can be very active (He has so much energy!). As some people say, boys will be boys. 😉 Here are a few gift ideas for 3 year-old toddlers that you will want to check out.


ONE Waterfall Discovery Wall

My kids totally love water! I think this is something we would like to consider getting him, especially now that winter is over, and he and his brother can play outside.

TWO Play-doh

My son loves to play with this together. He requests for us to make snakes or alligators, while his little brother only requests for a ball.

THREE Play-mags

Another cool thing to check out is this magnetic toy, where you can build towers and other structures. I saw this on a playdate with a friend and my son loves it.

FOUR Magnetic Letters and Numbers

They got this last year and I use this mostly when I’m trying to cook. I let them play with these on the fridge door while I cook.

FIVE Books (Harold and the purple crayon)

Books are always a great gift idea. My eldest loves storytime, which I’m so happy about because I’m not into books. 😉 Here’s a book he got from his cousin. He loves this book because of its creative story.

SIX Water Paint Reveal Pads 

No-mess painting for toddlers! I first heard about this from a friend who suggested I get it for my travel to the Philippines. I didn’t have the chance to get one, but it’s a good thing Korea Airlines offered a similar item for our kids in the plane. They totally LOVED it!

SEVEN Magnetic Wooden Block Set 

I think this is good toy to build their imaginations. I would like to have this for him!

EIGHT  Trampoline

My boys have this and they love it. It’s a good way for them to release their energy, and is better than having them from jumping on the bed and sofa 😉

Do you have any gift ideas you like to give for a toddler? I’d love to hear them. 🙂


Gift Ideas: What To Get Mom For Christmas

Saturday, December 17, 2016


If you are a husband, family member, or a friend who still doesn’t know what to give for the wonderful woman in your life called “Mom,” here are 7 great gift guides that I put together!

  1. Comfortable Sneakers –  Running and chasing after small kids is definitely exhausting, especially if Mom is with her kid/s in the park or doing errands. Wearing comfortable sneakers is a must, and a gift that will surely be appreciated.
  2. Classic Watch –  I love wearing watches all the time because I can track the time (I like old fashioned 😉 ) for daily activities with my kids. I have my black Swatch, but I think this brown classic watch is perfect for matching with casual outfits on a date night with husband.
  3. Liquid Lipcolor – As a mom, it’s hard to find the time to look in the mirror and put something on our face, just to look awake. I recommend this liquid lipcolor as a gift for Mom because it’s easy to apply.  I also use it as my blush for instant glow on my cheeks.
  4. Mom Mug:  This copper mug with the word “Mom” etched on the side is a cute gift for the mothers in your life.
  5. Inspiring Journal: I like this journal because of its cover which says, “‘Cast your anxiety on Him because he cares for you’ 1 Peter 5:7”  I would like to have this journal for writing down inspiring quotes or Bible verses, important happenings with my family or motherhood, or even for doodling and sketching.
  6. Wireless Bluetooth Headset: I think this is a cool and helpful present for mothers with little ones. I would totally love to have this so that I can talk on the phone hands-free while cooking, preparing meals, changing diapers, or even trying to remove koala bears from my legs. 😉
  7. Hello Fresh : I tried this when my sister-in-law sent me 2 meal plans. The ingredients and instructions will be sent to you in packages and all you need is to follow the instructions and cook what they deliver. No chopping needed! I love that idea! If you are far away from your friend who is a mom,  surprise her by sending a gift card!

What is the coolest, but also helpful gift you ever received as a mom? What do you like to give to other moms with little ones?



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