Friday, December 15, 2017

Wrap your presents with pizzazz: Easy gift-wrapping ideas



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Here are some simple ideas to jazz up your Christmas gifts this holiday season. They aren't professional-level wrapping techniques, which makes them doable for any of us mortals; they use materials that are easy to source; and they still add a snazzy touch to your presented presents.




The first and easiest way is to buy interesting ribbon.
Even a simple bow will look fancy if the ribbon is.
about being too matchy-matchy to the paper
as long as the color scheme works together.

To tie a nice bow: Cross the ribbon strand you're using
right over left, then left over right.
Repeat as needed for knots or double knots,
always switching sides for what's on top.
I say this because I recently overheard some teen girls
who didn't know how to tie a bow that lies flat,
and I really, really wanted to help!


Another easy option is to use multiple colors of the same ribbon.
This works well if you have plain ribbon to make it look more interesting.
You can wrap all the colors around the entire gift,
or you can choose to tie the contrasting colors only around the knot at the end.
Curl the ends to make a nice poof of color.
I find you can get curly ribbon to stay put in a nice round shape
if you interweave the ringlets a bit, tucking any errant strands
under the ribbon crossing the package as needed.
If they aren't staying nicely, you can always affix parts in place.
Tiny bits of double-stick tape, glue dots, or other mini adhesives
would be easiest for such tasks.


Combine the two steps above by using multiple strands
of an interesting ribbon, such as this shimmering cloth variety.
Bonus: The recipient can reuse cloth ribbon if desired.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Growing with their trees: A height comparison through a decade



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We bought a baby Christmas tree for Mikko's first Christmas, so we did the same for Alrik and Karsten. Here's how their measurements are keeping up over the years.


First, a look back: 6-month-old Mikko's baby tree.


2 and a half years old


3-and-a-half-year-old Mikko with his now bigger tree.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wild Dill: 40% off natural, fair-trade baby clothes & toys {Hobo Mama's Gift Guide}

It's time for my annual roundup of coupons and deals sent to me by my affiliate partners. These are companies I support and recommend and whose savings I'd like to pass along to you for your holiday shopping! If you shop through my links, it costs you nothing extra and I get a little reward from the company to support my blogging. Thank you!

Wild Dill: Natural, fair-trade clothes & toys for babies & children



'Tis the season for Black Friday/Cyber Monday celebration! This year Wild Dill is going all out with a 40% off deal on some of our most popular toys and all clothing through this secret Black Friday sale link.

Wild Dill is an online boutique specializing in organic, fair-trade, natural and Made in USA gifts for babies & kids. Shop indie brands making beautiful heirloom items, perfect for holiday gift giving.

Shop here for all Black Friday Deals!

15% off Truth in the Tinsel: Advent activity ebook {Hobo Mama's Gift Guide}

It's time for my annual roundup of coupons and deals sent to me by my affiliate partners. These are companies I support and recommend and whose savings I'd like to pass along to you for your holiday shopping! If you shop through my links, it costs you nothing extra and I get a little reward from the company to support my blogging. Thank you!

Truth in the Tinsel: Advent activity ebook for families

If your family practices the Christian faith and is looking for a kid-friendly guided Advent resource for December, try out Truth in the Tinsel!

This is "an Advent experience for little hands," because it offers a faith-based activity and Bible reading each day to reinforce the reason for the season and lead children into a celebration of Christmas and Jesus' birth.

Truth in the Tinsel is regularly only $9.99 as an ebook download (also available in German and Spanish if you're studying a language with your kids), and you can print out sweet ornaments for your kids to color for $4.99 or whimsical Advent Christmas trees designed for large-scale printing for $6. A bundle of the ebook, printable ornaments and Advent trees is a discounted $19. This year, you can also decorate a holiday party in style with these ornament-swap party decorations for $25. I love the charming designs!




Plus, you can get 15% off any items, including the bundle, in this incredible Black Friday deal below:

Enter code TINSEL2017 for 15% off
your entire cart from 11/24-11/27!


Hope you and your families have a joyful week celebrating this thankful season and a delightful kickstart to the holidays!




Thursday, November 23, 2017

10% off sitewide on learning toys at Educents {Hobo Mama's Gift Guide}

It's time for my annual roundup of coupons and deals sent to me by my affiliate partners. These are companies I support and recommend and whose savings I'd like to pass along to you for your holiday shopping! If you shop through my links, it costs you nothing extra and I get a little reward from the company to support my blogging. Thank you!

Educents: Homeschooling resources, supplies, & toys


The sale is now on at Educents! Head to these three pages:


Plus, remember to use your coupon:

Get 10% off sitewide
with code HOLIDAY
through December 15.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

60% off KiwiCo project subscriptions {Hobo Mama's Gift Guide}

It's time for my annual roundup of coupons and deals sent to me by my affiliate partners. These are companies I support and recommend and whose savings I'd like to pass along to you for your holiday shopping! If you shop through my links, it costs you nothing extra and I get a little reward from the company to support my blogging. Thank you!

KiwiCo: Science & art project subscriptions for ages 3 to teen



KiwiCo offers four different hands-on subscription models for little kids on up through big ones. And you can try it out for your kids or gift a subscription at a substantial savings right now:

Get 60% off the first month
of any KiwiCo subscription.
Expires Nov. 28.