Greetabl – A Personalized Gift Box

Thank you to Greetabl for gifting me with this awesome Greetabl of my own to share with you.

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Mother’s Day is around the corner and I’m sure you’re on the hunt for something special for all of the mom’s in your life. Well, let me introduce you to Greetabl. Greetabl is an online one-stop shop for creative and personalized gifts and greetings that are personalized with pictures. One of their mottos is “Better than a greeting card. More personal than flowers.” It is a simple three step process and you end up with a personalized Greetabl that is sent directly to the deserving recipient.

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Build

Choose the print that you want your Greetabl box to have. There are TONS of patterns, colors and scripts to choose from. There is most certainly something for everyone on your list!

paris rose greetabl print

paris rose print by greetabl

Personalize

In the personalize step you get to pick the gift that you want to send. There are so many unique and fun things to choose from. Candles, bath bombs, chocolates, and socks to name a few. Prices range from $3 up to $30.

Next, it’s time to add in your pictures and personal greeting. There is room to add up to three pictures that the recipient can tear off and keep. If you don’t want to add pics that’s fine too, the pattern will just be printed on those sections.

personalized greetabl

Review

In the review step, it’s exactly as it sounds.  Proofread your copy, double check your pictures and you’re good to go.  You can now enter the address for the lucky recipient and Greetabl will send on your behalf for them to receive!

greetabl you got this socks

you got this socks from greetabl

the personalized gift company called greetabl

Pictures by Liz Olson Photography

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How to use removable wallpaper

We are halfway through the week friends, woohoo!  Today I’m changing things up just a tad and sharing our recent bathroom wallpaper project.  It took a little convincing with the husband to let me wallpaper one wall of our half bathroom since 6 years ago we were removing wallpaper from the same bathroom. But he caved, and he even agreed to helping me with this project!  Without further adieu, here is our experience with wallpapering our half bath.

Measure the space before buying wallpaper

Before purchasing your wallpaper, be sure to measure the walls in which you’re wallpapering.  In our case, we were only putting wallpaper on one wall.   Most wallpaper rolls will tell you how much square footage it will cover.  Our space was 48 square feet but we opted for two rolls anyways because I would still like to wallpaper a small wall in our foyer (and mistakes happen).  🙂

Prep the space

Be sure to remove any existing wallpaper (do not attempt to cover over it).  In our case we chose to repaint the entire room (EXCEPT for the wall that we were wallpapering).  We did wipe the wall down prior to starting the project to make sure it was clean and dry. We also moved out our vanity and toilet as those items were on the wall we were covering.

Supplies needed:

  • Razor blade
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Painting tarp
  • Dry wash cloths
  • Straight Edge / Level

wallpaper prep

 

Begin the wallpaper process

We chose to use this 56 sq. ft black and white watercolor check by Magnolia Home.  This particular wallpaper was 20.5″ wide for reference.  The steps below are what we followed when using this particular wallpaper.  If you’re using a different brand, consult those specific instructions that come with the product.

Step 1:

If possible, choose the least conspicuous corner of the room in which you are applying wallpaper (i.e. behind a door, furniture etc).  You will want to measure out from the corner that you’re starting in, make a pencil mark 1″ less than the width of the wallpaper in order for the first strip to wrap 1″ into the corner.  In our case, we made our mark at 19.5″.  Make several marks on the wall and connect these with a straight edge.  This vertical line will be where you line up your first strand.  Not all walls are square, so this is a great way to ensure your wallpaper doesn’t go on crooked.​

Step 2:

Roll out the wallpaper to the length of the wall that you’re covering, plus an additional 4″.  This will give you 2 extra inches at the top and bottom for trimming once you have it on the wall.  Cut the strip.

measuring wallpaper

Step 3:

With the pattern side down (as shown in the picture above) on a flat surface begin to spray water on the back in a fine mist and pay close attention to the edges.

Step 4:

Loosely fold each end of wallpaper to the middle (hamburger style).  You should avoid creasing the paper and let it sit for 3 minutes.  This begins to activate the paste.

Step 5:

Carry your wallpaper strip to the wall that you plan to cover. Begin to unfold the top half of the folded strip which aligns with your vertical line that you wrote on the wall in Step 1.  The paper will allow for you to reposition as necessary to get it as level with that line as possible.  Start to unfold the bottom half of the strip and stick the wallpaper to the wall making sure you are placing it into and around the corner of the wall. ​You will have excess paper at the ceiling, at the baseboard, and in the corner. You will trim with your razor blade (this happens a little later).

Step 6:

Begin to smooth the wallpaper out using a clean towel. You will likely see air bubbles, but you should be able to work those out by working diagonally from the top of the wall down. Once you have all wrinkles and bubbles out, you can trim the excess paper with your razor blade and straight edge.

Step 7:

Now you’re ready to cut your next strip.  Be sure to use the pattern to match at either the baseboard or ceiling next to the strip you already placed on the wall.  Then, measure out your length from the start of the pattern (+ an additional 4″ again) and cut your piece.  Repeat steps 3-6, making sure you line up the pattern right next to the strip already on the wall.  Do NOT overlap the seams.

Step 8:

That’s it!  Move your belongings back into the room and enjoy!  Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy to answer!

magnolia home wallpaper

 

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How to host a virtual baby shower

You guys, this was by far one of the coolest and most special things I’ve ever been a part of.  My dear friend/college roommate lives in London and is expecting her first baby in December.  As much as we would’ve all loved to travel abroad to see her, that just wasn’t feasible haha.  Enter the virtual baby shower idea!  Myself and another gal pal got the wheels in motion for this and it just snowballed into amazing-ness from there.  We all have friends/family that live near and far and throwing a virtual baby shower is a great option!

STEP 1:  Send an invitation to attendees

In our case we decided to surprise the mom to be so we worked with her husband and he was great at keeping a secret.  I whipped up an invitation using Canva (a free online tool that allows you to design all sorts of fun things – including invitations). I then attached it to an email that I sent to the guests (+ dad to be).  The email had additional details around gift collection (we sent them an Amazon gift card via email), plus info on how to join the Facebook Messenger Video Chat.  The tutorial linked here was super easy to follow.  The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you can only see up to 6 people.  Once more than six people are on the call, just the dominant speaker is shown to all participants.

STEP 2:  Shop for party decorations + treats

I grabbed a pink pom pom banner from Target + pink paper plates.  I bought two of each of these and sent one set to the UK so they could have the same matching party decs we had at our house! A few of the other attendees bought the same banner too.

Trader Joe’s is ALWAYS my go to for fresh flowers and they didn’t disappoint with these beautiful pink roses (30 of them for $10)! Say what?! I was able to make two vases full. Their sparkling pink lemonade is delish, and how cute are the pink and white shortbread sprinkle cookies?!  These are all great options for a girly party of any kind.

I snagged these cute (and yummy) strawberry cupcakes from the bakery at my local grocery store ($1.25 / ea) and then just displayed them on a little cake platter.

STEP 3:  Celebrate!

Let the shower begin!  Our call lasted about 45 min and we only had a few bad moments where the reception wasn’t great.  It was so fun to surprise the mom-to-be and still give her a memorable shower experience even from afar.  Technology is simply amazing!

 

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