How To Wrap A Beautiful Gift

Tamera Mowry Holiday

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I know I’m not alone when I say, I love gift giving! There is just something so special about seeing the joy in someone’s eyes when they open a gift that you have thoughtfully picked out. I genuinely enjoy searching for a special and meaningful gift — The whole process always gets me to focus on that person’s personality and character, and dig deep to find that perfect present … As an added personal bonus, I also find myself thinking of all the reasons I am thankful to have that person in my life as I am searching for a great gift for them.

Call me crazy, but I also enjoy wrapping gifts! I believe that the wrapping is an extension of the gift. The presentation adds that final personal touch, and I think it makes it even more special. That’s why I am so excited to share with you all my tips for wrapping a beautiful gift — And just in time for the holidays!

I hope that this guide helps you all step up your wrapping game! If you try my tips, let me know! I would love to see how your wrapping turns out.

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Tamera

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What you will need:

  1. Wrapping paper (3 different patterns … I used Sugar Paper for Target)
  2. Scissors
  3. Double sided tape
  4. Twine
  5. Gift tag

Wrapping:

  1. Start wrapping your gift like you traditionally would. Place the gift, top-side down, in the center of the wrapping paper. Wrap the paper around the gift until it completely surrounds it. Cut the wrapping paper, leaving a little extra (about an inch), but not too much (don’t waste the paper!).
  2. When you are folding the long edges up, start by taping one edge to the box. With the other long edge, pull tightly, and fold the end under so the crease runs along the edge of the box and you get a clean line. Line the edge of the box with double-sided tape and then press the creased paper onto the tape.
  3. Next, fold in the smaller ends of the paper by laying the gift on its side. Starting at one end, fold a short side toward the center of the box, creating a crisp, pointed end at the corner of each long end of the paper, and tape down. Repeat this step for the remaining short ends on each side of the gift. Fold the bottom flap up on each side and secure with double-sided tape. Then fold the top flaps down, securing again with double-sided tape.

The big takeaway from these steps is to use double-sided tape! It will make your gift look much cleaner.

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Decorate:

  1. Once the gift is wrapped, you can start decorating! I like to pick 3-4 different types of paper that have different patterns, but are complimentary. I start by cutting two strips of wrapping paper from 2 of the different wrapping paper patterns. Make sure your strips are slightly different sizes (like in the image above).
  2. Take the first and largest strip and wrap around the gift, securing it on the bottom side with tape
  3. Repeat the above step with the 2nd To add texture, I suggest ripping the side to create a raw edge look.
  4. Next, I create a bow with the 3rd patterned piece that you cut out. This isn’t as hard as you may think! Here is a great how-to video on making a wrapping paper bow.
  5. Last, add the name tag! Use a thin twine and a fairly plain tag that matches the theme of the wrapping paper. I like to write the names big for a clean look!

 

My Guide To Online Shopping

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I am a big fan of shopping online … I love that I can curl up with my computer, and in one sitting get a whole bunch of things bought for myself, my friends and my family. With my busy schedule as a working mom, I can actually order everything I need in a fraction of the time it would take me to go out and buy from an actual store. It has gotten to the point that I feel like I have become somewhat of an expert at picking out pretty much anything and everything for my family and myself online.

I know that sometimes it is nicer to actually go to a store and shop around and experience the fun of a market or mall — But, I find that it is just so much more convenient to do most things online.  Especially when it comes to gifts. Often times I want to send someone a gift, and to be able to pick it out online, and ship it right to the recipient. It’s so simple! With most stores offering free shipping, free returns and even gift wrapping, it’s hard not to make online shopping my go-to method for most purchases.

Since I feel like I have become somewhat of a self-proclaimed online shopping pro, I wanted to share with you guys all my favorite online stores that I shop online at the most!

 

FOR KIDS:

Zara Kids — Definitely a brand for the most trendsetting kiddo. They offer unique and fashionable styles that are affordable.

Gap Kids — Durable, long lasting, timeless kid’s pieces.

Old Navy — Fun and trendy kids clothing that make great seasonal staples.

Cotton On & Co — A trendy Australian-based store that has a strong focus on ethics, sustainability and giving back to their communities.

Target — We all know that Target has everything at incredible prices. They are perfect for buying every day clothing plus toys, home décor, etc.

Etsy — Perfect place to find fun and unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. My husband turned me on to Etsy, and now I am totally addicted!

 

FOR YOU:

Zara — A variety of on-trend pieces that look like they came straight off the runway, but at an extremely reasonable prices.

Revolve Clothing — They carry a wide range of top designers, and are known for their trendy pieces.

ASOS — This U.K. based store carries pieces that are very fashion-forward and well-priced. They have a U.S. site with domestic shipping!

Wildfox — Known for their fun, vintage inspired pieces with fun sayings and a retro vibe. Also, all of their fabrics are insanely soft!

Shopbop — They have a huge selection of designer pieces with a variety of price points. They are owned by Amazon, so they also offer shipping through your Amazon Prime account.

Madewell —  They make the best denim (my favorite jeans are by them). Their styles are classic and timeless.

Nordstrom – The classic ‘has-it-all’ department store, and their clothing is no exception. They offer a variety of designers and price points.

 

HOME DÉCOR:

Pottery Barn — Furniture, decor and housewares at a great value. They offer exceptionally crafted and fashionable pieces with a warm and homey feel.

Restoration Hardware — Modern and industrial-style luxury furniture and decor. Getting something from them is a worthwhile investment!

The Land of Nod — They offer adorable, Pinterest-worthy children’s bedding, décor and furniture. All with a very cozy and dreamy feel.

Zara Home —Just like their clothing, they offer gorgeous and unique pieces without the higher price tags.

 

DISCOUNT SITES:

Zulily —  They offer exclusive deals on variety of rotating products and brands.

Gilt – Find top designers and emerging brands at up to 70% off. They are known to have some great deals on handbags, shoes and their housewares are often at an amazing discount! They also offer ‘Gilt City’ deals which I love.

TJ MAXX — A mix of everything for your family / home. From home décor to kitchen and clothing, you will find amazing deals on name brand items

Amazon — Let’s be honest, Amazon is life. You can find everything at incredible prices, plus speedy shipping. I literally use Amazon for everything!

 

FOOD:

iGourmet – A huge, comprehensive specialty-foods store with gourmet and hard-to-find products

Instacart – Instacart will literally go to the store for you, and deliver your groceries right to your door! They have low delivery fees too which makes them so convenient!

Amazon Fresh — No surprise that Amazon makes it easy to order food online too! I order all of our staple kitchen items off Amazon, and have them on reoccurring shipping settings so we never run out!

 

Where do you guys like to shop online? If you have a good store suggestion for me, please let me know in the comments below!

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Tam

My Fall Reading List

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I love to read, and lately I have been trying to make more of an effort to carve out the time to curl up with a good book. My love of reading began in high school when we read George Orwell’s 1984, and since then, I have been hooked.  Once I had my children, my moments for reading became few and far between (something I think other moms can relate to). However, now that my children are getting a little bit older and are not babies anymore, I really want to make reading a regular practice again.

Reading just feels good for the soul … I have never regretted reading a book. With every book I read, I always learn something new, and expand my knowledge. It doesn’t matter if I am reading a literary classic, a biography or a beach read — Books always stimulate my mind and expand my view of the world in one way or another!

Since I am getting really excited about all the new books I can’t wait to read this fall (and I am deep into Amazon book ordering right now), I wanted to share with you guys some recommendations. I have some titles to recommend to you that I have read and love, and then I have other titles on the list that I am really excited to read next.

Let me know if you guys have read any of the books on my list, or if you have other recommendations for me! I would love to know!

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Tamera

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— BOOKS THAT I HAVE READ AND LOVE —

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living By Shauna NiequistI am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. (via Amazon)

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The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection By C.S. Lewis — This set is a classic and I always feel like re-reading things that you read as a child is an amazing experience … You almost get to re-live a little piece of your childhood.

This collection contains all seven books in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia without art, to appeal to older readers. This special ebook edition includes an introduction by C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, and full text and art for Lewis’s very first work—Boxen! (via Amazon)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou — Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. (via Amazon)

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Water for Elephants: A Novel Kindle Edition By Sara GruenJacob Janowski’s luck had run out–orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. (via Amazon)

— WHAT’S NEXT ON MY READING LIST —

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart TolleA word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better. (via Amazon)

 

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The Book Thief By Markus ZusakThe extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. (via Amazon)

 

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. (via Amazon)

 

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brene BrownNew York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough. (via Amazon)

Quotes That Inspire Me

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“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
— Yehuda Berg

Reading beautiful quotes has always resonated with me. Often if I am having a so-so day, I can read some inspiring words, and instantly feel motivated and reminded to be the best version of myself.

I love that fact that to feel inspired by quotes, all I have to do is go on Instagram or Pinterest and see an absolutely flood of positivity … It is actually one of my favorite things about technology — Someone can post something incredible, and there is no telling how many people will see it and be impacted by it.

I really wanted to share with you guys some of the quotes that have been inspiring me lately. I hope they hit home for you too, and that you enjoy and pass them on!

What are some of your all-time favorite quotes?

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Tamera

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Daily Planner Printouts To Keep You Organized

Daily Planner Printouts

I am big fan of making lists! Without jotting down all of my to-do’s and goals each day, I feel totally lost and unorganized. I am also someone who still likes to hand write out my daily tasks … There is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper, as opposed to making a list in my phone or on my computer.

I really enjoy taking a few minutes each morning to write out my daily agenda. In addition to my schedule, I also tend to jot down my goals I have for the day, things I am thankful for, and any other little notes that come to mind. It’s amazing what you can accomplish and realize about yourself when you stop to think your thoughts and feelings each day. In a way, writing out your daily schedule like this is similar to having a mini daily journal entry.

Never able to find a daily planner that has everything I need on one page, I recently decided to just create my own daily planner printouts! I wanted to share them with you guys so that hopefully you can print them out and enjoy them as much as I do!

To download them, just right click, save and then print!

Let me know in the comments below if these help you feel more organized and balanced!

Xx
Tamera

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Summer Phone Wallpaper Downloads

Hi Guys! I am so excited to share with you my new summer phone wallpaper designs!  I love to change up my phone’s home screen and lock screen wallpapers on a regular basis, and I am always on the hunt for cute new designs and images — Then I thought, why not create some myself? I hope these digital wallpapers brighten your day (and your phone)!

To download the images on the computer, right click to save. From mobile, press on the image to save.

Let me know if you like these, and would like to see more downloads like this on tameramowry.com! 

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Tamera  

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