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Holiday Gift Wrap

One thing that I’m trying to get a head start on is my holiday gift wrapping situation. I don’t think I’m spending Christmas at home for the first time in my entire life (completely mixed feelings on this) and so I have to be on top of my gift giving! In year’s past, I’ve had all gifts shipped to my parent’s house and then when I get there I spend an afternoon wrapping everything. I think I’m going to have to get my mom in on my wrapping this year. (And hopefully, wrangle my sister into wrapping my mom’s.)

Picking out paper and ribbon and spending the time to wrap the gifts is so much fun. Sometimes I go to Target or Paper Source, but I think I’m going to buy everything online this year. I got some wrapping paper sheets from Minted last year and loved the quality and cuteness. Seriously stood out– so much better than a cheap roll!


On My Radar

Wow… I can’t believe we’re less than a week out from Thanksgiving. I’m flying down to Tampa on Tuesday. I’m pretty excited to be down there, mostly to see my family but also for the sunshine! These early nights are killing me already. Doesn’t bode well for the winter. The day before Thanksgiving I’m doing…


Carly the Prepster

Have you guys noticed the new changes around here? I recently underwent a mini rebrand. I didn’t want to make a big deal about it because, in a lot of ways, it’s not a big deal. My goal for the rebrand was to make it feel very seamless because nothing was really changing except for the…

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Gift Guide: For You

It’s the first gift guide of the season. And I’m starting with you. Who better to kick off the gift guide than with gifts for yourself. Surprisingly, this is my most requested post year after year. You can use it to put together your own wishlist or send along to a significant other/aunt/mom/whomever. Or spoil yourself!


Big Savings this Holiday Season

Okay, I have a pretty big confession with this outfit post. I totally stole the whole idea for the outfit from a friend. She wore this once, head to toe, and I have been obsessed with the outfit ever since. I’ve tried to recreate a few times but couldn’t find the right pieces. This post…


What to Do with Advice That You Didn’t Ask For

I think all of us have experienced getting unsolicited advice at one point or another. Sometimes it’s helpful, but often it’s completely unwanted. I always think in my head, “If I wanted your advice, I would have asked.” I try to catch myself before offering advice to other people, especially friends when they haven’t asked. Sometimes people…

Cold Weather

Patagonia on Sale!

Backcountry is offering 20% off one item right now, and that includes PATAGONIA! This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a gift for someone (or yourself). Backcountry has the best gear on the market with free two-day shipping. I make a few purchases throughout the winter for new ski stuff, maybe a new coat to fill the void, and always for a gift or two.