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Four Creative Ways to Wrap Gifts (No Wrapping Paper Required)

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Maybe you want to be a little more eco-friendly this year, maybe you’ve never really understood the point of buying wrapping paper only to have people rip it off a gift, ball it up, and throw it away… Maybe you’re just looking for a unique way to display your presents this year, or maybe you just ran out of wrapping paper and it’s too cold to go out and get more. Whatever description best describes you best, we have four ways to help you wrap your gifts with items you probably have around your house. Turn on the radio, and let’s get wrapping!

1) It may have once been an old joke to wrap gifts with newspaper at the last minute, but you can definitely pull off a great (and purposeful) clean look with just a page of newsprint. The black and white design makes a great backdrop for a brightly colored ribbon or other fun details for a pop of color. You can even use a sprig of evergreen from your Christmas tree to add a fresh detail.

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 (Also, if you’re careful, you can curl paper like you curl ribbon!)

2) Cloth/a scarf. What’s better than a gift wrapped in another gift? It’s like the Turducken of the holidays! Simply wrap the scarf around the box/item and tie a good knot. Simple, and nothing to throw away after unwrapping! Or, you can go to a fabric store and pick up some scraps for a low price. Wrap the gift as though it’s paper and secure with safety pins. Hopefully, your gift recipient will save the cloth to use as a patch or make into something else.

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(We recommend using safety pins instead of sewing pins, pictured above. Safety pins will be much safer.)

3) If you’re anything like me, you have tons of old magazines lying around. Magazines are great to use as wrapping paper because it’s a little more structured, meaning you can accessories your gifts with your own handmade baubles. Check out this very easy tutorial for making your own fun bow (featured in the photo).

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(You can make variations of this by stopping at step 5, then cutting the additional straight pieces slightly shorter)

 

4) Your kids may be too young to wrap gifts this year, but if you want to include them in the ritual, you can use construction paper or white printer paper to wrap the present, then hand it over to your kids to decorate with colored pencils, crayons, glitter, construction paper shapes, whatever their little hearts desire! Be cautious handing over the pens though. It’s best to put the gift in a box that can take any bleeding ink so you don’t have to worry about the crafting damaging the gift.

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(The photo above features “The Big Bang Theory” themed wrapping/hand drawn details)

 

No matter what, don’t forget the very important tool that is the free SteerList app. We are doing everything we can to make this your least stressful holiday season ever by simply doing what we do best—being a reliable and easy-to-use list app. We use location based reminders so you don’t forget to get that perfect toy from Toys “R” Us, you’re reminded to stock up on tape when you drive by Target, and you take time to stop by your best friend’s house to pick up her extra magazines for your wrapping needs!

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No-stress Travel Tips

We all know that the start of the Holiday Season is almost upon us. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or whatever you may personally celebrate, all mean travel plans that are probably being booked as we speak. Often, traveling also means the dreaded, white-knuckled horror that is braving a trip to the airport. No need to stress, SteerList is here to help.

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The number one rule of traveling is to be prepared ahead of time. This means that you go through your closets or immunization records at least a month before your trip so you can make a note of what you have and what you may need to pick up (such as Dramamine, a new bathing suit, snow shows, or a flu shot). The free SteerList organization app allows you to program these items by location so you remember to get them when you drive nearby, so you don’t have to run out on a twisted scavenger hunt the night before your trip.

IMG_0432Packing is the next hurdle you have to overcome in getting ready for your trip. If you’re checking a bag, make sure that anything you may need on the plane isn’t packed inside! Bring a oversized bag, purse, or backpack for the items you need within arm’s reach. To help you remember what is where, keep a list of important items by bag so you know exactly where everything is and don’t accidentally pack something important away. You don’t want to have to open your carefully packed carry on luggage for a show of your personal belongings as you frantically dig through it on the plane. If you’re checking a bag, store your liquids in it to avoid the whole 3.4-oz.-security-zip-lock mess. Tip: When planning an outfit to fly in, include a jacket with pockets. I’ll get into this later in the security portion.
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If you’re flying to visit family or going on vacation, my biggest, most important and golden rule is to get to the airport early. Remember that the time of your flight isn’t when you need to “be there by.” That’s the time the plane is saying “bye-bye.” Boarding time is commonly half an hour before the flight time, and before you even get there you need to check your baggage/check in and get through security. Don’t make it hard on yourself. Blood pressure rises when you panic, and running late is something that will make your pulse skyrocket. Plan to be at the airport about two hours before your flight. At worst, you’ll get to your gate early and have to relax before your flight!

Security is the reason most people hate flying nowadays. Standing in line makes people reminisce about being able to wave goodbye at the gate, but the reality is that this is the norm and the best thing you can do is be prepared for it. I recommended a jacket with pockets earlier, because it is easy to take off. No rooting through your jeans and holding up the line, simply put everything in the jacket pockets so you don’t even have to scramble to take everything out of the metal detector bins and cram them back into your pockets afterwards (risking accidentally leaving something behind). Be ready to slip off your shoes (varies at different airports) and items like computers need to be easily accessible to take out of your bag if you plan on flying with one.

Just feeling prepared can make travel a lot easier than when you’re running around at the last minute. Flying doesn’t have to feel like you’re being chased or in a race, it can be easy and feel like second nature if you’re ready for it.

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Easy DIY Halloween Decor!

Halloween is around the corner, and part of the fun is not only dressing yourself up, but your house as well! Whether you just want to add some thrill to your décor or are throwing a big Halloween bash, here are some really easy and festive DIY projects that will make your house look a little creepy, but not over-the-top.

 The Shadow Hand

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This a really cool effect, because we all know the haunting feeling of seeing a shadow move out of the corner of our eyet. All it takes to achieve is scissors, tape, and a pencil (or white chalk, which will be easier to see on the black paper). Simply pick a place and how you want to position your hand (or a partner’s if you’d rather trace someone else’s) then trace the hand onto the black paper. Stop at your nails to make a more dramatic manicure if you want to make it look like a witch’s or woman’s hand. When you’re done, cut it out and tape and you’ll have a creepy shadow that will make your trick-or-treaters do a double-take.

 A Colony of Bats

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As easy as the hand, these bats can make a fun decoration that is what we call “creepy couture.” Simply find or draw your own template (we like this one from onecharmingparty.com) then trace it on to your black paper. Tape however you want, and enjoy the atmosphere of a festive-but-refined haunted house. Tip: You can slightly bend the wings and only tape the body to create a 3-D effect.

Cutie/Mandarin Orange Pumpkins

One of these is more for decoration (though you can certainly munch on them at a party), the other is perfect for a healthy party snack!

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1) Take a bag of Cuties or oranges and grab a permanent pen. Leaving the rind on, draw fun jack-o-lantern designs on the oranges for a fast and easy treat. These are great for a kid’s class party, for their lunch, or even just to have sitting around the house.

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(Photo courtesy of Pinterest, origin unkown)

2) The second option is much more autumnal. If you don’t want your guest to have to do the work of peeling their own orange, simply do it for them. Then, with the segments of your orange exposed and resembling a cute pumpkin, take a small piece of celery and stick it in the top to finish the look! In the photo, they are served alongside banana “ghosts” with chocolate chip features.

Ghostly Hand in the Punch Bowl

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(Photo courtesy of the Simply Stated blog)

I love this really chilling detail. Simply freeze a rubber glove full of water to make the hand-shaped ice. I have never tried this personally, but I’d warn you to rinse the glove a few times first, or run the ice hand under cold water for a bit to get the first layer off. Sometimes rubber gloves have that powdery coating that probably doesn’t taste that great. Opt for a latex-free glove if possible, just in case anyone has an allergy.

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Baking A Pie Isn’t As Scary As You Might Think!

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Now that it’s autumn, it’s time to let the baking bug take over. It’s wonderful to fill our homes with the scent of freshly made cookies, loaves, and pies… To smell the sweet perfume of some delectable treat just waiting to be cooled on the windowsill. Making your own pie from scratch may sound daunting. Today, a lot of people may go to the store to get a pie, or even get a frozen one from the grocery store. There’s no shame in admitting it! But making your own pie can be a lot easier than most people realize, and you’ll feel really proud of yourself.

The first step to making a great pie is a great crust. You can get frozen crust from the grocery store (we won’t consider this cheating as long as you make the filling yourself), or you can make your own. Again, it’s surprisingly easy and you only need flour, unsalted butter, salt, and ice water. I’ll explain how to make your own crust below, but I just want to remind those of you who may opt for crust from the grocery store to read the directions. Frozen crusts need to be thawed to roll out properly or they’ll break or crumble. If they fall apart though, don’t panic! You can kneed it back together into a ball and roll it out flat again.

Make your own pie crust:

(This recipe comes from “Dana” on Allrecipes.com, and I’ve personally used it many times.)

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter, cubed (one stick)

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup ice water

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Directions:

Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture looks crumb-like (you can use your hands to achieve this too). Cutting the butter into the flour is what makes those yummy flakey layers. Stir in water a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture forms a ball. Don’t just dump all the water in! You might not need it all, and then your dough will be too wet. Finally, wrap the pie dough in plastic and refrigerate. You need to use ice water and refrigerate the dough to keep the butter in the crust cool.

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Next comes the filling. You can look up any recipe you want (I always recommend checking out Allreceipes.com because the recipes are rated by people who have tried making them, so you get a good idea of the best recipes out there), whether they be sweet or savory. The best part? You can pretty much put anything you like in a pie. I once read about a family that makes “Thanksgiving leftover pie’ with turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and cranberry sauce. I personally opt for a vegetable pot pie, where I just sauté whatever vegetables I want with garlic and onion, add seasoning, and pop the whole thing in the oven. Unless otherwise advised, it’s usually best to at least partially cook your savory filling before putting it in your pie, to ensure that everything is cooked properly when the pie is done (especially if you’re using meat).

When your filling is ready, get your dough and divide it in half to roll flat. A rookie mistake is rolling out all the dough, filling your pie, then realizing you forgot the top!If your filling looks very wet, you can bake your crust a little (about ten minutes) before you add your filling so it doesn’t come out gooey, wet, or under-baked. Some people brush egg white over the top of their pie before putting it in the oven so they get a glossy top, but you don’t have to.

Bake at 425 degrees for half an hour, and sit back and enjoy the wonderful smells that fill the house!

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Five FREE Fall Activities!

It’s October 1st, and for most people that marks the official beginning of fall. We suddenly have a strong craving for pumpkin flavored things, along with apple cider and candy corn. It’s a magical time of year, where the leaves change colors and even adults can enjoy jumping into a big pile of leaves. So while we’re all daydreaming of crisp afternoons and walks in the rain, here are some fun FREE autumnal activities to enjoy by yourself or with your family. Be sure to add this list to your free SteerList organization app so you remember to take time and have some fun!

1) Collecting leaves is an activity as simple as taking a walk or driving to a nearby park. Take a stroll and pick up leaves that catch your eye, whether they be red, orange, or yellow. To turn them into a work of art and prolong their life, Family Fun magazine suggests ironing them between sheets of wax paper or sealing them with mod-podge.

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(Photo courtesy of Family Fun Magazine)

 2) Jumping into a pile of leaves. Simply get a rake or broom and sweep the fallen leaves into a pile, then allow your kids to kick and throw or jump into them. Be careful of jumping, though, and be aware of what your pile is on. Lawn is preferable to cement if your kids plan on diving in, and make sure you have a substantial pile to cushion their jump.

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 3) Enjoy a hot beverage on a rainy day. There’s something simply satisfying about drinking a nice hot cider, tea, pumpkin spice latte, or hot chocolate. Feeling the warmth spread down your throat and into your body is a small happiness. Open the windows and listen to the rain.

 4) Go to a pumpkin patch. My family would just pick a pumpkin at the grocery store, but recently I’ve learned the joy of going to a local pumpkin patch instead. They are usually free to enter and look around, and sometimes have things like hay bale rides, petting zoos, and corn mazes (though they may cost a little). Indulge a little and spend the day surrounded by fun and other families.

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5) Go puddle jumping. Kids love jumping in puddles, but aren’t always encouraged to do so. One day, dress your kids in rain boots and let them go to town walking through the water and splashing like a duck. You can even take a walk in the rain or let your kids go and run in the yard without an umbrella, but be sure to hustle them into a warm bath right after so your little ones don’t catch a cold!

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Get the Kids to School on Time

All moms know the sounds of a typical weekday morning: Birds chirping, bacon sizzling, and the desperate shouts of “TIME TO GET UP! NOW!” from moms heard ‘round the world. For those with kids, we know that the morning is a race against the school bell, with many obstacles to overcome before making it to the front door. A single missing shoe can be the defining moment that guarantees a walk of shame to the principal’s office for a tardy note. Here are some of our tips and tricks to helping you get your kids to school on time.

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The best weapon you have in your mommy belt is to prep ahead. Bedtime needs to become a ritual of picking out clothes and laying them out for the next day (including the full set of shoes and socks), making sure all homework is packed, and that lunches are made and ready to be grabbed from the fridge. Consider this your training for the morning marathon. If nothing else, the clothes are key. Simply picking out an outfit and shoes can eat up time quickly, even as an adult. Just getting that done ahead of time can save you a good fifteen minutes to half an hour, and you’ll get the “But I don’t wanna wear that” out of the way. If you have older kids, make sure they’ve picked out their own clothes the night before.

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 The next morning, set your kids’ alarms for about fifteen minutes before they need to get up. This eliminates the frantic yelling and dragging them out of bed by the foot. It will wake them up, but allow them that extra “five more minutes,” to gently wake up. It will give a little warning head’s up, rather than suddenly being awoken. No one likes having to jump right out of bed. Another tip? Open the blinds or turn on the light, the brightness which will pull them out of sleep. Consider this the stretching.

Finally, the moment of truth begins from the second your kids’ feet touch the floor. That’s when you’re off and running. Pack their lunches in backpacks while they’re getting ready so you don’t forget— we want to avoid the second trip to school to drop off a forgotten lunch bag. Have a variety of healthy options that are fast for breakfast, such as microwaveable oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, or fruit that can be taken in the car or on the bus if need-be. Kids like to have choices, and for your sanity, don’t let yourself fall into the “I don’t feel like pancakes, can you make me eggs?” trap. As wonderful as it is to make breakfast for them every morning, make sure you have a fast plan B if they refuse to eat it and you don’t miss a beat.

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 Hopefully some of these tips will help your morning roll a little smoother. A free organization app like SteerList can really help with a morning checklist so nothing is forgotten. The morning reminders can make sure you sign and pack a permission slip for the upcoming field trip, or remember to stop by the office to put some money on the kids’ lunch cards. Being on top of your morning routine guarantees a strong finish, rather than frantically tripping over the finish line.

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