Pack Breakables With Plastic Food Wrap

As some of you may know I moved into my own condo last year. While packing my dishes and glassware, I ran out of packing tape. Since it was nearly 2AM and no store near me was open. I wanted to continue packing so I started scavenging through drawers, closets and kitchen cabinets in hopes to find a roll of pacing tape. I was about to give up when noticed the 8 rolls of plastic food wrap that I bought a while back from costco but had hardly ever used.

Staring at the rolls I had an “idea!” moment where I thought of using plastic wrap instead of tape to pack. It not only worked great, but made me wonder why I hadn’t been doing this all along. In a few hours I had wrapped breakables like plates, glasses, vases, candlesticks, spices, and even used it to protect clothes that had beads and sequin in shrink-wrap-style. It even made items fit in boxes better and I ended up saving tons of money.

Plastic Wrap for packing

Here are a few pics to illustrate how you can use plastic wrap to pack for a move.


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Have you stretched plastic wrap beyond the kitchen for similar uses? Would love to know!




Happy 2015

Happy new year! I took most of 2014 off from blogging to heal and take care of myself and feel revived from having done so.  I have missed being here and look forward to catching up with those of you who still visit from time time, those who have patiently waited to hear back from me, and the many many of you that continued to support me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


I have lots to share with you!

Here’s to a great 2015 together. xoxo

Thanksgiving Table Decor : Rustic-Glam Edition


Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! While food takes center stage on TG, a pretty table is a must. Is that where all the action happens anyway? So add a couple of thoughtful decorating details to your place settings that elevate the experience for everyone. Here are a couple of tips that you can easily recreate in your homes.





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Deck the Halls: Holiday Decorating Tips

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it will be Thanksgiving, and Christmas before we know it. Already, department stores are sewn with the warming scent of cinnamon and decorations for this holiday season are adorning window displays. By now, most of you know if you are traveling for the holidays or staying home to host. If you’re planning on hosting the family for Christmas, there are some preparations that you can make for a comfortable, magical nook that could tempt even Santa Claus to linger for a mulled wine. It’s time to make your winter wonderland. Here are simple steps to create that perfect holiday feel while staying stress-free and keeping spirits bright.

Clear out the clutter

Before hanging the decorations and sending out the invites for the mulled wine mixer, you need to make sure your living space is as inviting as a house made of gingerbread. Christmas is a great excuse to round on all those outstanding chores. Give away surplus ornaments; they’re just gathering dust. Hire a carpet cleaner to revitalize your rugs. Paint that flaking door frame, and have the chimney swept in preparation for gathering around the fireplace.

Nail the tree

It’s the centerpiece decoration of the festive season, so don’t neglect to start the search or your perfect tree as early as possible. Real fir trees do smell divine, but their needles shed everywhere. If you don’t want to be vacuuming daily, consider going for high quality pre-decorated Christmas trees, available at stores like Tesco, which offers a wide range of pre-decorated Christmas trees.

Become a Christmas elf

There’s nothing like filling the long, cold, wintry evenings with a sense of purpose, and Christmas is the perfect goal to set. Make a simple, beautiful wreath with little more than wire, fir branches and a pair of pliers. Trace delicate silver snowflakes onto an organza runner to drape over the Christmas table.  Knit some thick, woolly stockings to hang from the fireplace, or make the ultimate Christmas pudding and stash it in the freezer.

A little extra

If your guests are leaving their homes behind to visit over Christmas, make their stay a delight with a few extra comforts to make them feel welcome. Stock the bathroom with fluffy towels, luxurious hand moisturizer and spare toiletries. Leave a scented candle and a stack of reading materials by the bedside. And the golden rule? Make more than one TV available to avoid disagreements on what holiday show/movies to watch are resolved easily and without frowny faces. Of course, at the most wonderful time of the year all that really matters is being with loved-ones. While getting everything spick, span and sparkly is a fun diversion, if your garlands wilt or the turkey gets cremated, remember not to take things too seriously. Stock up on ingredients for your fav holiday beverages to keep eggnogs flowing.