Happy New Year’s everyone! I’m a little late to the game getting this year’s calendar up- wedding planning is taking up more of a chunk of my vacation than I thought. This year I was inspired by the pinnacle of inspiration, Pinterest!
Each month has a Pinterest inspired goal. Things like ‘Try a new recipe’ or ‘Plan a staycation’ to keep 2017 a year of discovery. Under each month are a few lines available for your own monthly goals as well. Download the 8.5×11 printable here.
Also, a shoutout to my mom who made the mini arrangements for our engagement party! The eucalyptus and roses filled the whole place with an amazing scent.
The last gift guide of the year is dedicated to all the badass bosses in your life. Do you know someone working hard on their dreams? Maybe you are the dreamer? Either way, these gift ideas will help get the new year off to a productive start.
And the best part? You could find any of these pieces at your local Target, bookstore, art store, or corner store!
Everyone needs encouragement sometimes. Show the love and support with some motivational phrases. Beyond poster prints, message boards and compliment postcards can be scaled up or down for the occasion.
The absence of a Christmas tree will do things to a person. As I mentioned in the Holiday Wall Art post Michael and I are going home to Florida for 2 weeks. We couldn’t justify buying a tree, setting it up, fussing over ornaments (that one’s on me) for such a short Holiday season in the apartment. And so the free trimmings a la Home Depot became my outlet. A couple branches as garland, a few as gift toppers, and now a seasonal bouquet that will last us until we leave!
Taking a snowy walk to gather supplies might have been the most fun part. Michael and I just went up and down a few parks with a tote bag and gardening shears and started collecting anything that looked interesting. Double check you’re not taking plants from someone’s private property or that you’re grabbing anything poisonous! Apartment Therapy has a good technique for cleaning your finds afterwards.
foraged clippings floral wire/tape
1| Lay your evergreen trimmings on a sheet of tissue paper with the paper’s corner pointing ‘up’. I used a mix of Douglas and Blue Pine from Home Depot’s trimming bin (trimmings are free near their tree cutting area).
2| Layer your other finding throughout the main bunch. Stemmed pieces won’t need anything extra, but small things like berries or pinecones can be attached with floral wine or tape. Hot glue also works great on pinecones in a pinch!
3| Follow the 3 step folding technique demonstrated below, making sure that the bottom of the bouquet is right up against the first fold to ensure the arrangement is snug in the wrapping.
4| Tie together with twine and there you go!
I’ve made a few for hostess gifts and put one bouquet in a vase with water and small ornaments for our apartment. The trimmings make a perfect mini tree and help carry the holiday scents throughout the house.
9 more days until Christmas! Does it feel like the weeks are stretching out longer to keep you from vacation or barreling towards you with an overwhelming amount of ‘to-do’s’? Either way everyone could use a little bit of TLC.
This ‘Perfect Addition Gift Guide’ has small, pampering touches to carve tiny moments of zen out of someone’s day. Or your own. I’d be lying if I said a huge part of this post isn’t a personal wish list 😉
Soaps + Displays
The number of scents, shapes, colors, and ways to personalize soap are endless- they’re like little gems just perfect for gifting! As a quick hostess or coworker gift, wrap the soap with a dish.
I’m most intrigued by the loofah soap. There might be a diy on my take after the holidays.
If soap is too ho-hum, check out these other shower and bath goodies. Bath bombs are always classic, but have you tried smoothies, jellies, or bars? Sounds like the kitchen is becoming the spa!
A fun surprise like these are awesome stocking stuffers on their own or diy large batches for a group gift exchange.
Moisturize Me After the bath, lock in all the goodness with oils, masks, and body butters. I love how quickly body oils are absorbed and have been using the cedarwood + black pepper oil as a hand oil all week. So far no scaly hands in Chicago’s 0 ºF winter. I also couldn’t resist a little Doctor Who joke ;).
I was looking for Christmas gifts and kept seeing beard oils popping up everywhere. They seemed liked the perfect gift! Until I realized they were $25-$40. For1 oz. A little digging convinced me this was an easy diy.