How to wrap the perfect present {tutorial + giveaway}

The holiday season is the most popular time of year to give gifts. For many people wrapping a present seems like a lot of work so they opt for the traditional gift bag. Growing up, I learned how to wrap a present at the very early age of five. My mother’s first job in high school was working in the gift wrapping department at JCPenney. So our gifts in my household were always perfectly wrapped with a fancy bow.

To make your holiday season this year headache-free. I’ve partnered with Greentop Gifts to show you how to wrap the perfect present. This step by step tutorial will show you how easy it is to wrap a gift.

1. Gather your wrapping materials (Wrapping paper, double-sided tape, scissors, bows, and name tags)

2. Lay the box face down on the gift wrap to measure how much wrapping paper you need. Fold the paper over the box to make sure you have the right amount . Cut the paper along one side but make sure not to cut too much.


3. Fold the cut edge over the box and crease the edge (as seen pictured). Using double-sided tape, tape the creased edge to the box. Bring the other edge to meet the already wrapped end. Trim the open ends of the box, if you have to much paper hanging over the box (estimated about 1 inch)

How to Wrap a Gift

4. Push the sides of the paper inward creating 45 degree-angle creased flaps (pictured above). Fold down the top flap to meet the bottom edge of the box. Trim the paper along the bottom crease of the box to make sure each flap measures parallel.  Adhere to the box. Fold under any excess paper on the bottom or top flap so that each side lines up perfectly. Apply double-sided tape to the bottom of the flap, then fold it over the top flap and seal with tape.

5. Repeat step 4 on both sides.


6. Now that you’ve wrapped your present, its time to add the finishing touches. Top your present with a bow and a name tag. Here is a great video with a few tips on how to tie the perfect bow for your present.

How to wrap a present

How to wrap a present

Throughout this holiday season, I will be giving away several gifts away to my social media followers. So head over to my Instagram and Facebook pages today to learn how you can win a prize pack from Greentop Gifts this holiday season. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is sponsored by Greentop Gifts

Just Call Me Martha: DIY Lip Scrub

I’m kicking off a new series called ” Just Call Me Martha,” I’ll be sharing easy DIY projects on the blog occasionally. This series was inspired by a nickname given to me by my friends; they call me “Martha” because of my love of cooking, crafts, and home decor. Lately, I’ve been into trying out new all natural beauty regimes. A few months in a magazine, I saw several recipes for at home masks and scrubs. During the change of the seasons, I suffer from really dry skin and lips. So I decided to create my own lip scrub using ingredients from my pantry.



DIY Lip Scrub

DIY Lip Scrub

DIY Lip Scrub

DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

1 tablespoon honey

Peppermint essential oil (optional)

Small glass or plastic container from the travel section of your drugstore


In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until you’ve got a smooth consistency. Store at room temperature. 

How to create a vision board

As I mentioned in my last blog post on finding inspiration for creating vision board, I hosted my first vision board party on Sunday. I invited a few friends over to create our boards and books together. I’m a bit of a magazine hoarder, so this was also an opportunity to get rid of the stacks piling up. I decided to create a vision board this year rather than setting new years resolutions. I wanted to be able to visualize, pray and meditate over my goals on a daily basis. I’ve heard how transformational vision boards were and wanted to try it for myself. 

How to Create a Vision Board

How to Create a Vision Board with Clean Eat Magazine and Good Housekeeping

How to Create a Vision Board


How to create a vision board

  1. Gather your supplies – Head to your local grocery or craft store to pick up the essentials for making your vision board. You’ll need scissors, glue, magazines, poster board. I decided to frame my board so I can hang it above my desk. One of my friends decided to do hers on a push pin board so she can change her board as needed another one created a vision board book so each year she can add a page. I got most of my items at Target, Marshalls and Hobby Lobby. 
  2. Plan your goals– Write out the goals that you would like to work toward this year on a sheet of paper. I knew that for 2016 to I wanted to make strides in my career, travel, my relationships, and staying balanced. 
  3. Choose a color theme- I ran out of room on my vision board but my goal was incorporate fabrics that matched my home office/guest room. I brought green and gold fabrics to add to the board. I think adding color to the board allows it to pop but also match the area where your board will be. 
  4. Start clipping and collecting– Flip through your favorite magazines to find quotes and images that are inspiring to you. Clip them and set aside. I started looking through my favorite magazines days ahead and putting the clippings in a ziplock page. 
  5. Have fun!- Have fun when organizing your board. I had a little bit to much fun and ran out of places to put all of my clippings. 
  6. Find a place to hang your board- Lastly find a place to hang your board. Make sure it’s a private area that’s your visit everyday. Some great places are your bathroom, your closet, or an extra room. 

If you create a vision board, share it with me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram