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DIY Great Gift Wrapping


Looking for a little bit of gift wrapping inspiration as the holiday season quickly approaches? Then look no further! Head on over to Best Friends for Frosting where you’ll see tips on how to stay organized during your busy gift wrapping season!

“I know I’m not alone when I say that gift wrapping a present is just as important as the actual gift. In many ways, creating the perfect gift giving experience often starts with the packaging. As a crafter, I love the opportunity to get creative and make the most out of any basic paper or box. One could say that I actually gift wrap for sport. With that being said, I’m happy to offer up some pretty basic tips that will come right on time as we enter into the official gift giving season! Two of the most important things to keep in mind: keep it thoughtful and festive.”

See my tips HERE!


Artist Love – Tori Bowman

Tori Bowman is one modern mom. Living in Seattle, Washington with her husband and two children, she’s owner of the Piccoli blog and shop and also designs alongside her husband at Tori Bee Design. Impressed yet? She only gets better.

Tori’s super down to earth — not one to gush about getting it all done or how to achieve that work/life balance stuff. Instead, she effortlessly shares a thoughtful life that is happy + design-y – just the way we like it.

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MOPA Holiday 2014

Get Minted This Christmas

Whew – what a whirlwind week it’s been. Just back from a speaking engagement in Atlanta and I almost forgot that this week is the week to pick out our holiday card. Ok, I didn’t almost forget really. I L O V E holiday card season because it brings together the happiest time of year and really good design (yes!).

The whole holiday card process is pretty rad: making, mailing, signing, sending and receiving. I just love all of it. And one thing we did this year, is actually got in on the photo with Nate & Charlie. Bold moves for two camera shy parents, but very important. :)

So what’s just as important as getting in front of the camera with your kids during the holiday season? Selecting the perfect holiday card design to go along with it. Over at Minted, they make it so easy (and so hard) – because the designs options are all top notch. Trust me, they just don’t quit.

Here’s a look at a few of my favorites.


Gold Foil! Not going to lie – this year I’m just a wee-bit obsessed with everything gold foil. With even the most subtle reflection of light these beautiful cards offer up some amazing shine that may just land your card front and center on any given display. Minted also offer a rose gold option on a few designs and from what I understand rose gold is the new gold. See their latest holiday designs here.


When it comes to picking out the perfect holiday card year after year, it’s true that I have a pattern. I’m pretty consistent when and lean towards things that are simple. But here’s one thing to remember – design and the holiday season in general can be pretty darn fun – so go there. Last year, I went for color and lots of pattern, and it’s one of my faves to date. Here’s a few color faves from Minted.


Another trend that I’m in love with right now is anything green, lush and natural. Off the heels of the trendy pineapple motif you can see how this verdant trend stays relevant even during the holidays. See some of my faves from this trend collection.

So here’s what I love about Minted – they are even more than an on-trend stationary retailer. They offer a variety of design decor and textiles for the home, and an artist marketplace. It’s all very cool, but don’t take my word for it – be sure to visit the site, shop their amazing holiday collection and send a card to everyone you love.

Shop the foil designs right now and save 20%! Oh, and stay tuned because I’ll be sharing our new family Christmas card soon!


Pretty Little Shin-Dig

I’ve been so busy flexing some entertaining muscle for my good friends over at Best Friends For Frosting. One of our latest projects for Delta Faucet was all about celebrating the #HappiMess! I’m totally on board because who doesn’t want to have fun, make a mess with friends? I know I do, but I also love the idea of an easy clean up. I share all my favorite tips for hosting a social gathering right here. Cheers!

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