2018 - Like Honey

3 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Gift Wrapping Game

Have you started wrapping those Christmas presents, yet? Have you even gone shopping? If you're like me and find yourself procrastinating year after year, you'll know that by the time you actually have the presents, there's little to no time left to wrap them! You'll end up slapping whatever roll of holiday paper you had lying around from last year on them and accept defeat.

Well NOT this year! I may still be waiting until the last minute to purchase the presents, but this year, I'm making these gifts look professionally wrapped, with absolutely no effort! Here are 3 ways to elevate your gift wrapping game and look like the next Martha Stewart in no time:


Starting out with a sturdy, beautiful paper will immediately make your gift look polished and fancy! Quality wrapping paper doesn't have to be expensive: I purchased both of these rolls from TJ Maxx for just about $3 each. They are a thick paper with a light texture/gold foil printing which feels super luxe, plus the inside has a grid pattern for easy measuring--another important factor to professional looking presents! Be sure to take your time cutting, measuring, and securing the paper so that you have no tears or lumps.


For the smaller gift, I simply wrapped a large strand of ribbon around the box, keeping the crossing point off center, and tied it down. Once the box was tied with ribbon, I took a small scrap piece of ribbon, strung 3 jingle bells onto it, and tied the small piece onto the crossing point of the original ribbon. Cut the ends of the small piece off completely or taper the ends like I did here to finish the look. I love the way this looks off center, but you could easily recreate it with a centered ribbon. Try a few pinecones or a floral pic instead of bells for a less whimsical look.

For the larger gift, I swapped the gold foil paper for a beautiful festive plaid. If you're looking for simple, this is where it's at: simply tape down a nice gift bow (this one is a stiff, sturdy ribbon with lots of glitter), tape a floral pick underneath it, and add a small tag if necessary. Talk about easy! Once again, quality toppers can really take a present's wrapping from cheap to luxe without breaking the bank. This gold bow was $2 at Hobby Lobby and the greenery pick was only 98 cents at Walmart!


While I suppose this one would be easy enough to DIY, sometimes you just gotta settle for store-bought! This glitzy gift card holder was a Target dollar spot find a couple of years ago, and I'm so glad I held onto it! It came in so handy when I needed a quick wrap for a gift card. To finish it off and keep the top of the holder closed, I tied ribbon the same way as mentioned above, only on a much smaller scale. I opted for a simple bow in the center this time to give it a neat, clean finish.

So to wrap things up (get it?), investing in a quality wrapping paper, grabbing a few toppers + ribbon, and finding a few store-bought aids can completely elevate your gift wrapping game with little to no effort or added cost! I just love wrapping presents (it was a job requirement for a few of my past jobs and I loved it!) and creating a beautiful presentation whenever I can, so I hope this little guide is helpful to you!

Now, are you ready to get your wrap on? Or do you still have a list to cross off? Check out this year's gift guides for new ideas that won't break the bank!

Leith Dress Dupe + Plaid Wrap Scarf


Okay, I know we've all seen the cult-favorite Leith dresses that are taking over wardrobes everywhere, but I actually found this dress at Forever 21 for about 1/3 of the cost! It's shockingly good quality, too--thick material with a lot of stretch and feels really well made! I'm super happy with it and tempted to go back for one of the other colors, too! I knew I had to have this dark green color for the holidays, though. I love it paired with neutrals like you see here, but it would also be darling with red, burgundy, or gold for holiday parties or Christmas photos!

I've shared this wrap scarf combo before but since ponchos are all the rage right now, I just had to wear it again (I mean, I wear all of my stuff more than once--what's the point otherwise!) and I really love how it looks with the deep forest green. It can be worn as a wrap/poncho thanks to the arm holes, but you can also just toss it on as a scarf like the second to last photo above! Also added these taupe over-the-knee boots from Forever 21 that are super comfortable. I've worn them about 10 times since I got them, a couple of times for the whole day with lots of walking, and can't get enough! Like most OTK boots, they do slide down when you walk, especially when worn without pants, but I'm going to look into some DIY boot bra options and get back to y'all on what works best!

Do you have a favorite high end wardrobe dupe? Are you loyal to the Leith dress or open to knockoffs?


Easy Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

Fun Fact: I'm the world's pickiest eater. The list of foods I do like is a lot shorter than the list of foods I despise, and like most toddlers, I struggle to get in all of my fruits and veggies. Thankfully, I've found quite a few recipes over the years that make getting my greens fun and delicious and today's recipe is one even my kiddos have praised! It's all thanks to the addition of savory and authentic Parmesan Reggiano® cheese.

Parmesan Reggiano® is not your average parmesan cheese. This stuff is the real deal, imported straight from Parma, Italy and it even has the pin-dots on the rind to prove it! I love the flavor of Parmesan Reggiano® and the tanginess it adds to plain green beans, but did you know that parmesan cheese is actually pretty good for you? It's naturally lactose free thanks to it's long aging process, making it easy to digest, as well as being packed with added protein and calcium! You can read more about the health benefits of parmesan cheese here. Isn't it great that I can make a healthy food like green beans taste even better with another healthy ingredient? Who knew?!

These Parmesan Roasted Green Beans are such a quick and easy side dish to go with you next meal. Even your kids will be asking for seconds! The fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano® gives it such an intense flavor that really takes this dish from average to outstanding, and also fun to make! Download the recipe below to try it for yourself:

If you're a fan of fettuccine alfredo, chicken parmesan, fondue, cheese platters, or any other parmesan-worthy dish, try Parmesan Reggiano! It will completely change how you look at typical pre-grated parmesan!

*Thank you to Parmesan Reggiano® for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting Like Honey!*


The Great Thanksgiving Sweater

I despise turtlenecks, y'all. Like really can't stand them. They look so adorable on other people, but when I wear them I just look like an actual turtle and it honestly makes me a little claustrophobic! But I love the trend and I don't like having a cold neck, so when I saw this darling "mock neck" poncho sweater at JCPenney, I just had to scoop it up! It looks JUST like a pricier LOFT sweater that everyone's obsessing over but I paid less than $20 for mine! You can shop both sweater options down below.

Of course, Lucy had to match me! I found the cutest little wool hat for her at Target and knew she would love it since it looked like mine. Her sweater is also a Target find that I scored on clearance for under $5! I accidentally got her a size too big but it worked out! I love how much she loves to match me and hope she never outgrows it--my mom and I still match a lot since we wear a lot of the same stuff!

This whole look would really be perfect for Thanksgiving, too! The sweater is flowy and forgiving in a flattering way, warm and cozy, and even long enough for leggings if you size up like I did! I love the heather grey color and I know I'll be wearing this one a ton this fall and winter.

Do you know what you're wearing for Thanksgiving yet? What would you wear to the pumpkin patch?


The Retro Mini Skirt

Y'all know how much I love everything vintage, so when I saw that fabrics like corduroy and suede were coming back I had to hop on board! I'm also really into the multi-stripe sweater trend, particularly these ribbed knits and tighter fits. I just had to pair these two together for a fun, retro look and I love the 70's/90's vibes this whole outfit gives off! My sweater is completely sold out, but I've linked several other super affordable options below along with my exact skirt + a few others! The skirt runs mostly TTS but if you're in between I would size up. I went with a large and I'm glad I did because I can tuck in thicker sweaters than I would have been able to in my usual medium.


Not fashion related: Have you tried Scooter's coffee? They're a drive-thru only coffee shop with lots of amazing flavors, including a "Candy Bar" menu where you can ask for any candy bar you can think of and they make your drink taste like that bar! This isn't sponsored, by the way, I just love Scooter's! Their prices are great, too, and the service is always friendly and speedy so if you're looking to support a new local coffee shop, find your local Scooter's franchise here and give it a try! If you sign up for their email list you even get a free drink (+ a freebie on your birthday, too)! I got a milky way coffee this time and it was the perfect mix of mocha and caramel! My favorites are Heath Bar and Kit Kat.

Back to the outfit: Can we talk about these cute buttons? I think that detail is just so fun and makes this skirt so different! I'm working on a round up of different ways to wear this burgundy mini skirt for fall and winter so you can really rock the trend in multiple ways! Let me know if you'd be interested in that post or tell me how you would style it in the comments!

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