Two Easy DIY Gifts

A special shout-out to my loved ones who will be receiving the gifts mentioned below. Rest assured, these gifts were not last minute. I’ve been busy prepping and tying bows for weeks. That being said, these giftscan be made very last minute.

  1. We ordered personalized wine labels from Etsy . I spent under $10 for 8 labels, and they shipped fast. Since you’re most likely in a crunch for time if your’e reading this, you can easily buy a PDF file from Etsy and print your own. I purchased budget-friendly wine at the liquor store and then soaked the labels off in cool water. I added a simple gold bow to make them look more festive. These are perfect hostess gifts. Since my extended family is so big, we don’t gift-give for adults anymore. I still like to get a little something for my cousins, and this is the perfect small Christmas token.  

2. Who doesn’t love chocolate this time of year? I saw these on Pinterest last month. Since I’m the Queen of Pinterest Fails, these seemed like a safe bet. I printed these tags from Etsy  after an emotional visit to the Staples Print Center. In a nutshell, it took me 45 minutes to print 3 sheets of labels. (It’s all good though. I’m not bitter. Nor is there any sarcasm in the previous comments.) I will be attaching these to a few gifts and giving them out to a few coworkers at school. These are also perfect for the little ones I tutor for in the afternoons.  

My End-Year-Resolution: Be on Time with JORD Watches

(Backstory: I got a new watch from JORD a few weeks ago, and it has inspired me to be on-time.)

TwentyFivePlusFive Jord Watch Collab 1Ben laughed out loud when he heard the title of this blog post. I’m consistently running 10 minutes late. Self-awareness is my speciality, so I’ve learned ways to cope. I’ve started to set my watch 10 minutes ahead or tell myself that events start half-an-hour earlier than they actually do. (I’m completely serious).

December is always such a busy month filled with an overload of food, fun, and family. Some days we are literally driving all over the state or hopping on the train to get into the city. It may be the blind leading the blind, but here are my tips to stay on schedule when life gets hectic this holiday season…

1. Make a list (and check it twice…or three times)

I would be lost without all my lists. During December, the number of lists I have seems to multiply. I try to check my work lists before leaving each day. Similarly, I check my lists at home every night. The last thing I want to do is forget a Christmas gift or neglect to bring the roasted brussels sprouts to Christmas Eve dinner.

2. Get yourself a watch

It’s been a whopping 26 days since I last had the glass repaired on my Iphone. No joke, I drop it all the time. For that reason, I tend to keep my phone away in my purse when we are on-the-go. I decided to start wearing a watch again to help keep on track this month.

A few weeks ago, I received a gorgeous wooden watch from JORD Watches.  I was able to customize the watch and picked a blue backplate, which I love. Most of their watch backplates can be engraved. The coolest thing is that you get to customize your own watch style based on your liking. Click here if you’d like to be entered to win a $100 toward a JORD watch for you or someone you love.

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JORD watches are unique, beautiful wooden watches

3. Your calendar is your best friend

Personally, I can’t handle managing a Google Calendar or one on my iPhone. I love a good, old-fashioned paper calendar. I keep it in my bag and take it everywhere. I would probably forget to show up for Christmas if it wasn’t for my calendar.

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Wooden Wrist Watch