How to Tie Bows for Presents

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every year i host a Wrapping Party for some of my close friends were we get together and wrap our Christmas gifts. it is one thing i look forward to every year. i like to make a nice dinner, we sit and chat for a bit and then get to wrapping…helping each other get all our gifts ready for giving. i usually end up with the task of the bows, i love making large pretty bows…i also think that gifts that look prettier are more fun to open.

to get ready for my party, i went over to Walgreens to stock up on wrapping supplies. i love having all the presents under my tree match, so each year i pick out a color scheme and buy 4-5 wrapping papers, ribbons, and tags that all match. Walgreens had all sorts of great items to create some beautiful and creative gifts. lots of wrapping paper choices…and they weren’t those cheesy grandma prints either.

i was able to find 4 different but matching wrapping papers, coordinating ribbon and tags…plus i found some great novelty items to top my gifts.

let me show you some of my finished gifts. for this one, i used sparkly fabric ribbon and red snowflake wrapping paper. to add a little bit of excitement, i attached this Santa hat ornament i found at Walgreens for just $1. it really made to present look festive.

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then i found this great polka dot wrapping paper and some red wrapping yarn. i also loved this “no peeking” gift tag.  adding a small novelty item on top of your presents can really make them stand out. when i saw these holiday gum balls, i knew they would look great with the polka dots. i really love how this present turned out.

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if you don’t want to spend a lot of time wrapping, Walgreens has these great large stick-on bows that are 7″ round. so much better than the little ones (however they have those too). i decided to use a hologram candy cane striped wrapping paper. i topped it off with this gigantic 12″ candy cane i found for just $1. perfect combo.

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using a red and green striped paper, i used one of those large stick on bows and a Santa tag for this present. i also added this cute mini stocking i found for a $1 and placed a gift card in it. i am really not a fan of gift cards because i like to spend the time finding the perfect gift, but adding a gift card to a gift is great. and the stocking made a great holder for it.

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these are just some of the many options i found at Walgreens. there was so much more….like this Hallmark line of holiday bags, wrapping papers and pre-tied ribbons.

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and it was even better that some Walgreens are opened 24-hours a day. i did all my shopping at 12 am.  i had a little too much fun…cheek it out.

now to show you how to make pretty bows for your presents. it’s pretty simple, and i am not an expert at it, but nevertheless, here is how i do it….

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first, you are going to want to tie the ribbon around your gift with a simple knot.  then cut the ends leaving 6-8 inch tails.  you can use any type of ribbon to do this technique, but I love to use wide ribbon (with or without wired edges) to wrap my gifts with.  i purchased the sparkly wired ribbon at Walgreens. beside being my favorite color for the holidays, i also love the glitter and wired edges because they help the bow stay big and full.

second, make the first loop of your bow. hold the end of the ribbon and fold it over to make a loop.

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next, continuing to hold the first loop, make more loops by folding up the ribbon back and forth and holding it in the center. you can make as many loops as you want or can hold. cut the ribbon after your last loop leaving an extra inch long tail. for this bow, i made eight loops….four loops on each side.

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now, place your almost finished bow on the center of your package on top of the knot you created. continue to hold the center of the loops.

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using the tails of the ribbon tied around your package, tie a knot around the center of your bow loops. your bow will now be attached to your package.

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trim the tails to look nice…either at a slant or a “v” like the photo below. you now can fluff up your bow by opening and rounding out the loops. continue to do so until your bow looks pretty and polished.

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i am thrilled with how my gifts turned out! thanks Walgreens for the great selections.

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Dress Up with Children’s Place for the Holidays

we’re getting ready for the holidays next week! and i love to dress the boys up so they look cute in pictures.  we headed over to

Children’s Place to check out their new holiday line up and i was thrilled to see so many great choices for boys.

i mean, Children’s Place has really done a good job with there holiday line!

i love the bright colors…

the adorable hats…

and the fact that i can get the kiddies character shirts that aren’t cheesy. they have some great vintage styles and so many choices of my kids favorite action heros.

i had such a fun time shopping with my boys. especially this cutie. and i was able to get matching outfits for all three of my boys that were not so “matchy.”

i was thrilled! check out my quick little photo shoot i had with my boys in their new dress up clothes. all ready for the holidays. yes….they are a bit silly.

and the best thing about Children’s Place was the prices. i was able to outfit all three boys for the holidays, plus a couple sweaters, a pair of shoes and 3 shirts for under $100!

{disclosure: i received a gift certificate in order to facilitate this review. all thought and opinions are mine. this post was not compensated.}

The Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Science Center

guest what has opened for the holiday season…..a fun activity your kiddes can enjoy this holiday. go to the Discovery Science Center and explore their current exhibit “The Science of Gingerbread.”
as you walk in the door, the smell of sweet gingerbread will be wafting through the air. kiddies can view dozens and dozens of amazing gingerbread houses and other gingerbread creations, play among kid-sized gingerbread houses, decorate cookies and participate in a gingerbread car derby! plus, as always, you can also enjoy the rest of the museum….there are so many great exhibits, including Indiana Jones or the Bob the Builder exhibit.
check out some of the gingerbread houses from past years….

plus, there are some special gingerbread events that will be happening at Discovery Science Center….

every weekend through December 6, 2012 & daily December 15 – January 6, 2013
• visit Santa and take your photo with him
• see our “Matter of Taste” Stage Show
• build and race your own candy car in the Gingerbread Derby
• learn all about the science of smell
• decorate holiday cookies and eat them too!

 

wanna go? here’s the info….
The Science of Gingerbread
november 26, 2012 – January 6, 2012
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
714.542.2823
more information about the Science of Gingerbread

 

Christmas at the OC Zoo

it’s Christmas time for the animals at the OC Zoo and you’re invited to celebrate Christmas at the Zoo! this is a very special Orange County event for families and kids.
this Saturday, december 8, 2012 you can visit the OC Zoo and see the animals receive presents and treats.  some even get there own Christmas tree and will get the search for their hidden gifts. guests will also get to see Santa and have a special storytime with Mrs. Claus.  there will also be face painting and Christmas crafts for kids.
my contributor Laura took her son to preview this fun event….look at what will be happening at the zoo this weekend.
the bears got Christmas gifts…..
they were so excited.
looks like the mountain lions like getting present too!
park rangers are there to answer your questions and have demonstrations with the OC Zoo animals….
and you can even meet Flynn the hedgehog. it’s his 1st Christmas!
wanna go? here’s the info…
Christmas as the Zoo
december 8th, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 
OC Zoo
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange CA 92862
(7140 973-6846
admission 
admission to the zoo is $2  •  Christmas activities included in addmission
parking $5 per vehicle

Caring Santa Event for Children with Special Needs

do you have a child with special needs who would love to meet Santa, but would rather meet him in an environment that is geared towards them? Westminster Mall will hold a special Caring Santa™ event tomorrow, December 2nd from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 

Caring Santa is a special event dedicated to families that have children with special needs, providing a subdued environment to visit “The Santa Photo Experience.”  many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for the children’s magical visit with Santa. during the duration of the event, Simon Mall will take important steps such as:

• turning off in-mall music
• stopping escalators located near the Santa set
• dimming the lights
• shutting down fountains
• eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system so that guests approach the set when their number is called

special activities and stories geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.

this will be the second year for the Caring Santa program at many Simon malls, this event was very successful last year. participants are encouraged to RSVP (but is not necessary) for the Caring Santa event at Westminster Mall by going to www.AbilityPath.org.