Today was biZZy! We were having our [belated] family Hanukah party today at the early-bird-special time of 4:00pm! I didn’t do shopping before coming to Cleveland because it’s always so hard to travel with gifts, so there wasn’t much time to get things together.
Something I started doing last year is creative packaging. The family loves it and I think it just adds such a fun personal touch. Plus I saved a few bucks and some space in a landfill by re-using various shopping bags.
For the crazy spiked bows, I cut off the handles from plastic shopping bags and cut them into shreds, then tied in them in middle. Easy + funky! I wrapped my uncle’s gift in a Victoria’s Secret bag to be funny, and he got a good kick out of that. Since AJ’s name is short, I spelled it in tape, instead of writing on the bag with marker. And cards? Really? My family knows I love them and they just get thrown out anyways. :) Typically for the bags, I just cut them down 1 side, then cut the bottom out and wrap away. I also like to reattach the handles so they still look like shopping bags, hehe.
The rest of the gifts. These were all mine…muahahaha. Just kidding..they were split between 10 people. :)
Blue + silver ornaments around before the red + green on the tree go up. Yes, we do both holidays. Don’t ask. ;)
AJ, Jenna, Dad
My Aunt Sherie’s mom, Aunt Sherie, My grandma
Josh [brother] with my two grandmas. So cute.
My dad took this and it’s just oh so lovely…..at least the new mug is cute!!
Square bowl and a few other fun things from Crate + Barrel of course!
I wasn’t really focused on taking photos tonight. There was SO much going on and I wanted to relax!
Monday you can look forward to a new flavor of an old favorite. [not nut butter!]
And a DIY project that will cost you $ZERO and take you about 2 hours. It is awesome!
Tomorrow, my mom, Aunt, Jenna, and I are off to Pittsburgh to hit up IKEA and meet up with Abby + Jessica!! I’m so excited to see them again. They both visited the last time I was at home, and we had a blast. Yay!
Time to catch some zZzzzZZ’s…