How To Wrap A Beautiful Gift

Tamera Mowry Holiday

how to wrap a gift

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.

Xx
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.

beautiful gift wrapping

gift wrapping tips

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!

 

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp

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skillet apple crisp

One of the many reasons I love fall is because of the baking! This time of year always inspires me to get creative in the kitchen and to use seasonal ingredients like apples and pumpkins in my recipes. I also love to experiment in the kitchen, and try out recipes ahead of time that I think would be good for Thanksgiving. However, I am also doing my best to make sure that my family and I are eating as healthy as we can. That’s why I was so excited to come across this recipe for Easy Skillet Apple Crisp from Every Last Bite.

The recipe is paleo, vegan and refined sugar free — And you would seriously never know it! It is unbelievably delicious, and has just the right amount of sweetness. I love that I could serve or bring it to any holiday dinner, and it would comply with almost any dietary restriction (which is very hard to do with a dessert!). The recipe uses almond flour, walnuts and shredded coconut to create a crispy topping, that you would never know didn’t have grains or dairy in it.

When I made this recipe, I prepared 1.5x the amount of topping, because my skillet was pretty large, and I needed more topping to fill it. I would recommend having extra topping ingredients on hand, just in case you find that you also need a little more.

You can also prep this recipe the night before if you need to! Simply cook your apples 80% of the way, remove the skillet from heat, and cover tightly with tin foil. For the topping, make it ahead of time, and then store it in an air-tight container in the fridge. When you are ready to finish your recipe, re-heat your apples, finish cooking them on the stovetop, and then add your crisp topping and bake in the oven.

I will definitely be making this Easy Skillet Apple Crisp again this holiday season! I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did!

Please let me know if you make this recipe, and how it turns out for you! I would love to see!     

Xx
Tamera

everylastbite recipe

Easy Skillet Apple Crisp | Prep time 5 mins | Cook time 20 mins | Total time 25 mins | Serves: 4

Grain/Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, SCD Legal, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free
Recipe created by Every Last Bite

 

INGREDIENTS

Apple Filling

  • 5 apples
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 11/2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ Tsp nutmeg

 

Crisp Topping

  • ¼ Cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 Tbsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ Cup almond flour
  • ¼ Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ Cup walnuts, roughly chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat the oven to 390 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Peel and core the apples and cut them into small chunks. Place them in a bowl and top with the lemon juice to stop them browning.
  • Place the skillet on the stove on medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet and cook for approximately 2 minutes until hot then add in the apple pieces and stir to coat them in the sauce.
  • Cook the apples for approximately 8 minutes until they are soft.
  • While the apples are cooking, in a bowl stir together all of the ingredients for the topping. Spoon the mixture evenly over the apples. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the topping is golden in color.
  • Serve the crisp topped with coconut whip or lemon cream

DIY Painted Pumpkin Vases

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pumpkin vase

I love to try different DIY home décor projects … Especially ones that are seasonal or holiday related. There is something so fun about being festive, and getting into the spirit of each season. Little home DIY projects are a great way to subtly make your home feel like it is decorated and embracing the time of year, without adding a bunch of expensive new décor.

That’s why I got so excited about this pumpkin flower vase! This simple project only takes about an hour to make from start to finish, and the final result looks adorable both indoors or outdoors! I used my vase as a table centerpiece, and then moved it outside to decorate my front porch.

painted pumpkin vase

The steps are very easy, and totally customizable!

Simply start by cutting off the top of your pumpkin, and cleaning out the inside (exactly like you would if you were going to carve a Jack-O-Lantern). Next, you can paint the outside of your pumpkin however you would like to! I suggest that you use an acrylic based paint, so that it will adhere well to the outside of the pumpkin. There are literally endless possibilities on how you could paint and decorate — I went with a metallic paint, but pure white would look nice, or even a bright and bold color.

For my pumpkin, I chose to spray paint the outside with a metallic finish silver spray paint. Once the silver paint had dried (about 20 minutes), I then used a metallic rose gold paint marker to add little polka dots to the pumpkin. It was as quick and easy as that! The end result was an adorable pumpkin that doubles as a lovely flower vase.

Please let me know if you guys try this DIY, and how your pumpkin vase turns out! I would love to see your different artistic spins on this project!  

Xx
Tamera

9 Show Stopping New Years Eve Outfit Ideas

Hope you guys all had an amazing Christmas and holiday season. Can you believe we’re already coming up on our last holiday of the year?! If you’re planning to host a party or go out this New Years Eve, you’re probably using this week to decide on what to wear. See my handy guide below to choose an ensemble that’s just as exciting as this last hurrah.

New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Satin Jumpsuit

Jumpsuit - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Pinstripe Jumpsuit - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Pinstripe Jumpsuit

Try a jumpsuit. Can’t find the perfect dress for New Years Eve? Enter jumpsuits! If you’ve been wanting to step outside your comfort zone, this is your last chance to do so in 2016 (no pressure…) – and New Years Eve is the perfect time to test the waters when it comes to style. Everyone will be donning something just as bold, so choosing something a little more daring than your typical going out look will fit right in. The trick to pulling off a jumpsuit? Fit. It has to fit perfectly. This is one outfit it will be totally worth having a tailor put the finishing touches on.

Sequins - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Sequin Neck Shift Dress

Sequin Jacket - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Sequin Draped Blazer

Sequin Dress from Modcloth - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Sequin Dress

Reimagine sequins. Loved wearing sequins for my E! holiday segment, and it made me realize just how many ways there are to pull it off. From a full-on sequin covered jacket to a pop of sparkle on your collar or bodice, you can really go as subtle or as bold as you want to when it comes rocking them.

Red Waterfall Coat - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Red Waterfall Coat

Blue Sequins - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

All Over Lace Tee

Red Free People Maxi Dress - New Years Eve Outfit Ideas - Tamera Mowry

Free People Maxi Dress

Add a pop of color. Although all-over black is a chic look for NYE, some of us crave color. Red is an obvious go-to (that dress and coat at the end of my slideshow would be fabulous ways to turn heads) but you can also opt for greens, purples, blues, or even gold too. If black isn’t your thing, don’t be afraid to flaunt the colors of the season for this holiday too.  

 

Which look is your fave? This is the outfit you’ll be ringing in the new year with – wherever you are, make sure it’s fun!

Xx,
Tamera

Transforming Your Home for the Holidays

As you might’ve seen from my post last Friday, I love decorating our home for Christmas. Red, green, and gold are fun to throw around this time of year, but there’s a catch – our home has a coastal, beach chic vibe throughout. Combining these two themes isn’t the easiest, but instead of doing away with our beachy everyday décor, we decided to roll with it and create our very own Christmas design.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

We placed our tree near our nautical built-ins and a big window so that it would stay just as light and bright as the rest of the space. Natural light is a MUST for me, so keeping the tree we’ll gather around on Christmas makes it even more inspiring.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

One tip? Find unexpected places to hang things like bows and garlands from. That way you don’t have to rearrange much at all.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Yup, that would be 3 A’s and a T up on our mantel…

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Because our everyday décor is full of nautical colors like red and blue, it actually mixed in well with the festive accents. (See my tips for mixing prints here!)

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

No need to take down current décor if there’s a way you can work in greenery and other winter accents. Love how this turned out!

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Here’s that centerpiece I mentioned before that we shared on Facebook.

My Christmas Decor 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Only in California, hehe.

See more photos from my holiday house tour here.

Xx,
Tamera

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Hope you enjoyed my holiday gift guide for little ones (check it out here if you still need gift ideas). This last gift guide is for her, whether she’s a momma or not. I went the girly, romantic pink and gold route with this one, as you can probably tell…

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Portable diffuser / Knit snood / Welcome guest towel / Beaded bracelet set / Felicia collar / ‘Enchanted Garden’ watch / Classic rose pen / ‘Laurel’ scented jar candle / Herbivore Botanicals lip conditioner / Fig + Yarrow pink love salts / Set of 4 pink martini glasses

You don’t have to come up with the trendiest item or spend a ton of money to achieve a thoughtful gift for a girlfriend, sister, co-worker or any other important woman in your life. When shopping, it’s easy to over think it, so I wanted to share some classic gift ideas – like this scarf, candle, and jewelry – that have been updated in a chic, modern way. And if you’re trying to come up with a gift package that has that “wow factor” you can combine several of these into a themed box – entertaining, pampering, fashion etc.

If this gift guide brought any of your girlfriends to mind, she probably deserves it. Our girls are so important!

Who do you still have to shop for? Hopefully these guides have helped!

Xx,
Tamera