Living A Luxurious Life

I know the title sounds pretentious but continue reading on to find out how I’m living the luxurious life.

First of all, my definition of luxury is freedom of time and space. If luxury for you is about jet-setting to different parts of the world at a drop of a hat or constantly shopping for unnecessary things or eating out regularly in expensive restaurants then this particular blog post isn’t for you. Bye! LOL

Luxury for me is about quality time and having the space to enjoy different activities. Let me share with you my real-life experiences on living a life of luxury:

• I can’t think of anything more luxurious than playing boardgames with my family.

• Having afternoon tea in the patio with my husband.
• Wearing my best tunics and caftans at home (tattered or old tees and loose shorts make me look and feel like a bum, haha! Joke!)
• Biking or riding the kick-scooter in the park with my children.

• Reading a book or magazine in the wee hours of the morning (I’m usually up before sunrise)
• Creating gourmet-style, home-cooked meals
• Eating on fine bone china and drinking juice or wine in my best crystals everyday! I don’t need an occasion to bust out my best tableware.

• Listening to music instead of gossiping (luxury is all about having time and listening to “chismis” or gossiping about other people for me is a waste of time and energy). I believe that true luxury does not co-exist with chaos and drama.
• Sleeping on clean and beautiful beddings

• Daydreaming
• Surrounding myself with beauty and order. As much as possible, my helpers and my family and I clean and organize our space everyday. My rule: Maison Epperson should always be 10 minutes away from being guest-ready
• Dining al freso at home

• Table for one (I love reserving a table in a resto and eating by myself)
• Watching Classic DVD movies
• Lunch or dinner with friends
• Guilt-free vacations by myself and having a room all to myself

• Having the time and money to help those in need and keeping it as a secret. I love secrets!
• Mani/pedi
• Pampering my skin with the best beauty and skin products at home.
• Having fresh fruits and flowers at home. They are nature’s Chanel and Tom Ford.

• Studying and learning new things
• Booking a spa appointment or home service massage since it costs nothing compared to prices abroad.
• Popping a bottle of bubbly for no reason
• Decorating using what we have at home and rearranging the furniture to refresh the look of our space.

• Making a living doing what I love
• Working with positive and creative people
• Blogging and having the time to write this post

Luxury is for anyone to define. It may even have nothing to do with expensive bags and shoes or exclusive escapes but however you define it, allow more of it in your life. The reason should always come from a place of celebration and being in the moment. You deserve it. We all do.

I love my life!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, how does your life of luxury look?

All photos are from my Instagram account where some of my best moments in life are documented and shared.

New Year, New Maison Epperson

Happy New Year!

We spent the new year in the new Maison Epperson. It was a big change since in the past, we would always book a hotel room and celebrate the holidays ordering room service and clad in fluffy bathrobes or Tom and I would attend the NYE countdown party of the hotel. Sometimes, we would also go to our friend who owns a building on Ayala Avenue and watch the fireworks from their helipad. It was a nice change to welcome the new year at home. It was just like any other day in the house only with sparklers and a torotot.

The Epperson's blackboard art for NYE by Tom and Aryanna

Oh, it was also the first time that we took down our Christmas tree before New Year. I just felt that I wanted the house to be fresh and uncluttered. I replaced our Christmas tree with a center table and arranged a vignette of fresh flowers, fruits and other fun knick-knacks.

I went to Dangwa flower market and bought some amazing greens, flowers and berries. I made three different arrangements for the foyer, the center table near the staircase and the dining area.

Our foyer is still incomplete. I’m contemplating on whether to put a mirror, artwork or an enormous ceramic plate between the vintage brass and crystals scones. What are your thoughts on this? For now, I’m leaving it bare. I placed an old credenza table we’ve had for years to hold mail and the monochromatic floral arrangement in a champagne cooler with stand.

Dylan: “I love these flowers, Mom! Take a picture of me!”

My favorite floral and fruit arrangement is the one in the dining area. I found baby pineapples, berries and lovely Everlasting flowers! It took time to make it but my husband loved the rustic centerpiece.

We always have 13 different fruits in our dining table for abundance and luck!

NYE dinner set-up: Everything round and colorful for luck!

For New Year’s Eve dinner, we follow my late grandparents’ tradition of cooking something red, some noodles, serving sweet ham and sweet desserts as they symbolize luck, abundance and a long, healthy life. For our dinner menu, I was pretty proud that I thought of making Spaghetti and Meatballs. Since it is red, with noodles and the pork and beef meatballs are round; it’s like hitting three birds with one stone! Or in this case, one big meatball! LOL

There’s no messing with our meatballs—they are big, moist and flavorful! Mmm…

We also had store-bought sweet honey ham (my favorite!!!), crispy dinner rolls (heat them using the Airfryer. It’s life-changing!) with garlic butter and Funfetti cookies that Aryanna baked. Soooo gooood!

Our New Year’s countdown was fun. Before midnight, we woke Dylan up and finally gave him his torotot (we’ve kept it from him as long as we could as we didn’t want him to blow out our eardrums before the new year, haha!). 

Aryanna and I bought sparklers and some auspicious fountain sparklers for prosperity and happiness. I also prepared a bowl with grapes for everyone to partake at the stroke of midnight for prosperity.

Happy New Year from the Epperson’s!

Winner fireworks from the neighbors! However, the firecracker spectacle fizzled quickly in the city. We all went to bed after ringing in the new year.

Good morning 2015!

New Year’s brunch is still about red and round food.

One of my favorite plato-platuhan sets at home is the Marimekko’s Siirtolapuutarha plates I bought in Guam. I could only hand-carry six pieces and wish I got their Räsymatto dinnerware by designer Maija Louekari as well. Sigh. Maybe it’s time to plan a trip back to Guam!

Aryanna bought a new board game called The Game of Life Fame Edition as a joke. According to her, since she is now an MTV VJ, she needs to learn the how to live the life of a star. LOL! It’s actually a fun, short game. We love it! Even our 4-year old son Dylan was able to play with us.

Tip: Read the rules before playing.

How to play:

• The Game of Life Fame Edition lets you play as a supermodel, pop singer or various other celebrity careers
• Build an entourage in your limo to get money, fame and VIP access
• Collect a salary and live the life of a star
• You’ll have to sing, dance or rap depending on the Action Cards you draw
• Collect 5 Star Cards to win

We played the entire holiday vacation. It’s good for all ages and great fun turning sections (you flip portions of the board throughout) of the board. Most of all, we loved the bonding time.

Now, time to get back to the real game of life! Looking forward to an exciting year and remember, be your own star!

Shoppingero/shoppingera, what New Year traditions do you follow?

Life Is A Beautiful Ride With My Son

The holiday vacation has been great for my family as it allowed us to spend more time with each other. The last few weeks were all about participating in life and having fun.

For Christmas, my husband gifted me a retro-style bicycle! Santa also gave Dylan a new kickscooter as his old one is already battered from doing tricks.

Since we got our new rides, we’ve been hitting the streets in our village and the park and getting active. It also allowed me to teach my son to become street smart, literally. I know that parents worry about traffic danger. But teach them about road safety and have fun riding with them, and there’s no reason why children can’t enjoy the freedom of cycling and riding the kickscooter.

This is how the Epperson's roll

Once your child is confident on their bike or kickscooter, getting them used to riding on the roads will develop them in many ways. Not only will they gain a sense of freedom and independence, they’ll also improve their confidence and fitness.

The family that rides together

I’m proud that my son has been consistent in following road safety by reading different traffic signs. He also recognizes intersections on the road and knows how to stop, look and listen for incoming vehicles. Riding his kickscooter, reading road signs while having fun shows multiple intelligence. What an achievement! Bravo, dahling!

Developing a child’s multiple intelligence is important as well as raising up kids that are Brain Smart, Body Smart and People Smart because life is not just about knowing the rules but applying them then using what you have learned to make a difference.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, how do you support the development of your child’s multiple intelligence? Share them in the comments box.

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The Moistest Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake Using Bertolli Olive Oil

If there is one cupcake/cake flavor that I absolutely love, it’s Red Velvet!

Thanks to my daughter Aryanna for coming up with another Tea Cup Cake recipe (remember our 70-Second Microwave Tea Cup Chocolate Cake?) that I can make any time of the day and is super duper easy too! The ingredients are pretty light on the calories and not as rich as most Red Velvet cupcakes that are commercially sold. The idea of single-serving recipe is perf for post-holiday diet.

The challenge was to make the cake super moist and I’m happy to report that I found the secret ingredient! Find out below:

The Moistest Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake Using Bertolli Olive Oil

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons Bertolli Classico Olive Oil or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil
5 drops red food coloring
white chocolate chips
1 tablespoon cream cheese

Secret ingredient: 1 1/2 tablespoons Bertolli Classico Olive Oil or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil. Adding it to the mixture will make the Red Velvet Cake super duper moist!

Warning: Don’t use extra virgin olive oil for this recipe as the flavor is too strong.

Easy peasy:

Follow from left to right

Step 1: In a medium-sized tea cup, whisk (with a small whisk or large fork) together the milk and distilled white vinegar. Set aside.

Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt). Add to the milk and vinegar mixture.

Step 3: Add the Bertolli Classico Olive Oil Bertolli or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil and red food coloring. Whisk until smooth.

Step 4: Add a dollop of cream cheese on top and white chocolate chips

Step 5: Cook in the microwave on high for 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Remember: This recipe will rise and then deflate slightly since it’s being cooked in the microwave. Serve immediately!

OMG! This Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake is soooooo moist and yummy!

Feel free to close your eyes and savor the goodness.

Simut-sarap!

Don’t forget to use Bertolli Olive Oil Classico Olive Oil Bertolli or Bertolli Extra Light Olive Oil for best results.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, try this Red Velvet Tea Cup Cake recipe using Bertolli Olive Oil and take a photo of it and upload it on Instagram then tag me! I’ll post them here on my blog.

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My Word For The Year

Every year, my best friend Tim and I think of a word that will anchor us for the rest of the year: one word that will inspire and motivate us. The last time I spoke to Tim, he was still contemplating on what his word for the year is going to be. He is currently at the beach for his annual “muni-muni” (I’m also going to the beach soon, Timmie! #Alamona) and I’m sure he will be ready to conquer 2015 when he gets back.

As for me, it took some time to find my word for the year. It came to me during New Year’s eve. It was the first time we celebrated the new year in the new Maison Epperson and as I lit one of the fountain sparklers, I felt a spark of positive energy run through my entire body. It’s hard to explain but I believe I have a strong third eye. Being a mom, I’m attuned to my instincts and that night, I felt extremely happy, positive and energized. The word “spark” also came to mind.

It was also around November when I was blogging a new category in my blog that I felt a renewed energy. To be honest, over the last two years, I felt bored and unmotivated (yes, sa dami-dami ng nagawa ko last year, bored pa ako ng lagay na yan! LOL). This year, I felt the passion back! Oh, how I’ve missed that feeling. YES!!! Something sparked that day while I was writing and everything fell into place. It was serendipity.

With so many positive events that has occurred to me in 2014, I believe that only amazing things can happen this new year. I’m so excited!

Here are some of my favorite quotes that may also help spark hope, kindness, inspiration and love for 2015:

“From my point of view, God is the light that illuminates the darkness, even if it does not dissolve it, and a spark of divine light is within each of us.” – Pope Francis

“A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark.” – Dante Alighieri

“There is in every woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.” – Washington Irving

“I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.” – Paul Wellstone

“Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.” – Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

“If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.” – Bruce Barton

“When I get home, I’m not the boss like I am at work – I slip into a more feminine role. I take everything off and put on my Stella McCartney silk robe. I’ll put on a red lip or red nails, and it lifts my mood. Sexy underwear also gives you a spark.” – Miranda Kerr

Shoppingero/shoppingera, let’s get started!

Amazing Readers On Instagram

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Starting my 2015 blog post with Amazing Readers who inspire me:

Thank you @iamrebeccarose for tagging me on both of your IG photos. The Christmas table setting is fab! Like what I always say, when building your “plato-platuhan” collection, do it slowly and beautifully!

Dear @elbadiaries, your photo is so chic. This recipe is one of the easiest and most favorite!

I’ve met so many Amazing Readers during my talks. Em Sulit is one of them. I remember her because during the 2nd Mompreneur Manila Summit she asked me a great question (read below). It’s been almost two years since that talk and I was delighted with her latest Instagram post:

From: @emmsulit

“NEW BLOG UP: “You cannot and will not develop your own voice when you keep on listening to other voices. Stay true to who you are. Start now! Create your own dream!” – By: @jenniepperson www.icecreamandchocolates.com #HappyMorselsForInspiredEverydays”

 

3/365: Happy Morsels For Inspired Everydays | Finding Your Voice

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“You cannot and will not develop your own voice when you keep on listening to other voices. Stay true to who you are. Start now! Create your own dream!” – Jenni Epperson

Last 2013, I attended the Mompreneur Summit, organized by Ms. Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo. One of the speakers was Jenni Epperson.

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Jenni is one of the top bloggers in our country. Her talk was very inspirational and she changed my perception about bloggers. After her talk I asked her how she mustered the courage to blog considering all the noise and clutter in the Internet. And how she managed to stand out from the rest.

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Photo by: Mompreneur Manila

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Sidenote: Yes. Even back then, as a Mompreneur, I’m already bringing my baby to events :)

Photo by: Mompreneur Manila

Her answer started with a story, about how her husband Tom advised her, not to force herself into a group that does not seem to want her. To walk her own walk and to use her own voice. Thus to answer my question, her advise were the following:

1) Just START. “You cannot go anywhere without starting, so take that first step and just start.” And this is true and applicable to everything we want to achieve in life.

2) Look at inspirational blogs whom you want to emulate. Take note of “emulate” not “copy.” If it’s not about writing or blogging, find what drives you, what inspires you. Look for pegs. Look for role models.

3) Then just keep on writing until you become good at it. “Practice, practice and more practice makes perfect.” 

4) Somewhere along your journey, if you are consistent on it, you will find your voice. And if you are truthful and speak from the heart, your very own unique voice will show. People will see it. And people will appreciate it. Authenticity, consistency, truthfulness and heart are the key.

Those are my key takeaways from her talk that day. I mustered the courage to start blogging because of that. So cheers to people who inspires us, in one way or another – big or small. Hopefully my blog will one day inspire and help someone in the future too.

If you are reading this, feel free to repost or share with anyone whom you think might need to read one or more of the items here. Let’s help each other have #HappyMorselsForInspiredEverydays

Thank you Amazing Readers for always tagging me on Instagram with your lovely photos and meaningful messages. I am grateful for all of you. If I missed out on your picture, please tag me again. I would love to post them here on the blog.

It’s Monday, people. Time to get started!

First Christmas In The New Maison Epperson

We celebrated Christmas in our new old house. I thought it was going to feel a bit weird in a sense that having more square feet would make it feel less cozy. We’ve been so used to spending the holidays in our small condo for many years, crammed in a space where the living and dining rooms were literally one step away and we’re always on top of each other. We loved it!

I have to admit though that having more rooms and areas to hangout in the new Maison Epperson felt relaxing. Everyone was chill and it was easier to wrap each others presents in private, haha!

Here’s how we spent Christmas in the new house:

December 23

Christmas countdown. One of the best thing we installed in our kitchen is the DIY blackboard (we couldn’t find black-colored blackboard paint so Tom mixed his own. He just Googled how-tos) on our China Closet (another cool and practical area in our new house) door. We all doodle and make blackboard art and we even had a Christmas countdown!

December 24

Cozy set-up. Our new formal living room is quite spacious. The idea of having a Santa Stakeout there seemed too cold. Since our family room is still bare (I decided to have some of our furniture custom made and I’ll be sharing with you this exciting project soon!), it was the perfect area to bring out our mattresses, snuggle up to each other and keep our tradition.

Not exactly the way I wanted to decorate the room for the holidays but it will do for now.

Bed weather. For this year, I decided to spice things up by using colorful beddings for the holidays. We changed our all-white Marshmallow Palace (aka our bed) to some printed pillows and blankets and pastel-colored bedsheets (to keep with the marshmallow look. LOL).

Cheers! I also set up a hot cocoa station for the fam but we ended up not drinking any because we got so full from our dinner. Food coma lang ang peg.

Christmas movie marathon. This year’s playlist: “The Polar Express”, “Home Alone 1″, “Elf” and “Arthur Christmas.”

Christmas Eve dinner “plato-platuhan”. I always wanted to decorate using fresh pine branches and pine cones. I’m glad I found some in the flower market.

I used my old Spode “Christmas Tree” collection mixed in with my new copper-colored placemats and pine cone-printed table napkins I got in Pottery Barn. I also went for a mismatched stemware using glass goblets I bought years ago in The Landmark and my new Camille Wine Glasses from Crate & Barrel. I usually use unscented candles for the dining table but for Christmas, I lit red, apple cinnamon-scented tea candles.

Christmas Eve dinner. Tom usually cooks turkey for Christmas but we were all “turkey-ed” out from last Thanksgiving. This year, we all decided to cook something different: Lasagna!

Holidays at The Epperson’s are always stress-free especially in the kitchen. Our menu is simple (usually one or two dishes only) but special. We don’t believe in slaving in the kitchen. Cooking is always a joy and the less time we spend cooking and baking, the more free time we have with each other.

Since it’s Christmas, I made my luxe version of lasagna using assorted cheeses (fresh mozzarella squares, freshly grated parmesan cheese, ricotta and some cottage cheese mixed with egg and parsley.) I also whipped up some bechamel cheese sauce on the side. It’s safe to say that our arteries worked overtime, haha!

Tom made garlic bread with French butter, parsley and fresh garlic paste.

Hug or headlock?

My biggest blessings

Santa and reindeer food. After dinner, the kids left milk and cookies for some expected guests. ;) Then we continued with our movie marathon (as you can see in the jalousie reflection “Elf” was showing) and waited for Santa until we all fall asleep.

December 25

Wake up! It’s Christmas morning!!!

The long wait is over! Merry Christmas from the Epperson’s!

Rockin’ around the Christmas Peppermint tree

Santa came to Maison Epperson!!! Check out the face of my son Dylan! Priceless.

You’re never too old to believe.

They saw mommy kissing Santa Claus!

Our helper, “The Liza 2000″ had a holly, jolly Christmas!

Tom just missed Santa but he bumped into him on his way out. ;)

The madness. Time to open the prezzies!!!

Christmas brunch “plato-platuhan”. I think I woke up way too early or I must have been excited about Christmas that I forgot the napkins, stemware and flatware when I took a shot of the tablescape! LOL

Christmas won’t be the same without bacon! LOL

And with these pictures from our Christmas home, I am wishing you all a happy holiday. May all your wishes come true…

Whether it’s an old house or new home, small space or big space, Christmas is all about being with the ones you love.

Shoppingero/shoppingera, how did you spend Christmas?

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Shoppingero/shoppingera, see you at the mall!

 

Last-Minute Holiday Style Tips From Friends

Is it just me or is Christmas approaching faster than a speeding bullet? One moment it was just October then BOOM! December 22 naaaa!

If you’re like me who is still working and haven’t totally prepared for the big day (WHAT TO WEAR?!!), I’ve asked a little help from my friends (they are the best in the industry) to give all of us some ideas and inspiration to keep sane and stylish at the same time during Christmas.

Dressed in Holiday Style by Pauline Juan, Editor-in-Chief of Preview magazine

Holiday dressing should be about wearing your favorites.

#OOTD: Betina tee, Charina Sarte trousers, necklaces from Fah Luxe and Forever 21, bracelet from Cova and pointy toe pumps from a trip to Turkey.

It’s all in the details

Festive Food by Bea Ledesma, Hinge Group Publisher

This is a pretty staple dish I prepare when entertaining, simply because it’s easy but high-impact. It looks like it takes a lot of effort but once you’ve mastered the art of boiling the perfect egg, it’s easier than making pie.

Steps:
1. Boil eggs. It’s safe to estimate that 11/2 eggs are good per person. Place eggs in a roomy saucepan or whatever. Make sure it’s covered completely in fresh tap water. Let boil for a good 7-8 minutes then shut off heat and let it steep for another 8-10 minutes. This way you don’t get that ugly gray core that comes from over-boiling your eggs.

2.Peel eggs and then halve them.

3. Scoop out the hardened yolks (though they should be soft and fluffy actually). Mash and mix with mayonnaise. I don’t really measure, I tend to eyeball it but for people who demand measurement, around 3 tablespoons for 4 eggs seems fair.

4. Finely chop some onion, combine with the egg-mayo mixture. For mayo, it’s important to use the good quality kind. I like the one sold at Cibo which is really ritz if you know what I mean. (“it tastes rich,” I say to my mom after she’s all like “will you talk like a normal person, please.”) But if you’re not willing to schlep to Cibo, then go for the Japanese mayo that’s probably in your pantry. Throw in some sea salt and pepper to taste.

5. Once mixed, spoon on top of the white part of the egg. Top with fresh dill.

6. Some people like to add smoked salmon (or any kind of preferred smoked fish) to deviled eggs, which is great too. But if you don’t have it in your fridge then this basic version (which tastes far from basic if done right) is perfectly good.

7. Stuff your face. (Try to do this part in private.)

Christmas Look by Agoo Bengzon, Preview and Cosmo Contributing Beauty Editor/Director-at-Large

The holidays don’t exactly allow you the luxury of time to do a full-on face so opt for a statement lip instead–all it requires is good skin (a swipe off BB cream will do) and curled lashes. Apply an unusual hue like a deep purple, and you’re good to go.

Zoya Pixie Dust
Perfect for days when you don’t have time to get your nails done–I swear, this is the easiest to apply and longest-wearing polish (sans a top coat!) in my book.

Pond’s Age Miracle BB Cream
Packing on the foundation for dressy events just isn’t cool anymore these days. Remember, the more natural, the better. This helps you look ten years younger AND is easy to blend too!

Mac Heroine
I love a good statement lip because it’s a lot easier to do than a smoky eye. This purple hue is a nice break from the all too predictable reds.

Burberry fragrance
Model greats Kate Moss and Cara Delevigne adore this scent. Enough said.

Shu Uemura Eyeliner
International Artistic Director for Shu Uemura Kakuyasu Uchiide visited Manila recently, and revealed that the cateye is making a huge comeback this season. I’m going to wear it every single day.

Thank you ladies for all your help! I agree on what Pauline said, style is all about wearing your favorites! I’m donning my favorite Christmas pajamas and putting on the brightest red lipstick and I will be stuffing my face (in private as Bea suggested) with everything on the Christmas dinner table!

Happy holidays!

Repost: “Hallmark Presents…Wrap Star: Jenni Epperson”

First of all, I am thrilled and delighted to work on a project with Hallmark. When it comes to gift wrapping, greeting cards and all things fun, fab and personalized, Hallmark makes it so easy and simple to create playful packaging for presents and cards.

I spent a half a day last week creating super easy packaging for Christmas and taking photos and videos too (watch out for them on IG!) It was so much fun! I live for creative moments like this!

Photo taken from Instagram

I’d like to thank Trina Licauco-Alindogan for inspiring me to create something special for the holidays! That drive home (we just realized we were neighbors!) from a Christmas party that we both attended was serendipity. Thanks too to Kathleen Bautista of Filstar for organizing all the wonderful Hallmark goodies!

Ladies and gentlemen, guess who’s this season’s “Wrap Star,” haha

The Christmas shopping is done. It’s now crunch time! Time to wrap some presents!

For this project, my idea was to create easy, fun and fab gift wrapping designs—minimal effort but maximum impact. This is a fool-proof, no-fuss process for creating wrapped-up presents perfect for last minute gift wrapping.

Repost from Hallmark:

Hallmark Presents…Wrap Star: Jenni Epperson

A few more days till Christmas and you’re running out of time to wrap last-minute gifts or worse, you haven’t started gift wrapping award-winning Lifestyle blogger (www.JenniEpperson.com), stylist and mom Jenni Epperson has got some easy-peasy ideas to wrap those presents in a snap!

To get started, here’s what you need:

Hallmark musts!

Gift bags, gift tags and meaningful greeting cards are the ingredients to last-minute gift wrapping.

Pretty bows pack a punch. Use these cute gift-toppers to instantly make your present sparkle!

Good things come in boxes. It’s a simple as 1, 2, 3: Unfold the box, seal with a ribbon, et violá!

Send some nostalgia by making your recipient feel “beary cozy” with this warm and fuzzy friend.

Sometimes words don’t come easy — that’s what Hallmark greeting cards are for. They are also cute and festive! These Bic multi-colour pens add fun to writing Christmas messages.

If you want to finish your gift wrapping fast, get your kids these Art Attack markers and pens and they’ll be off your back in no time. Plus, it gets their creative juices flowing!

Let’s get this gift wrapping party started!

The easiest way to gift wrap is the two-step process: Bag it then tag it!

Need a no-fuss, fool-proof way to bundle up your gifts? These printed gift bags are perfect for fast and trouble-free wrapping.

Tip: Design your own gift bag using plain colored bags and place on 3D stickers on the paper bag!

People, listen up! For minimum effort and maximum impact you need to buy collapsible and pre-made boxes and assorted bows as gift toppers!

Box + bow = fun and flirty prezzies

No one told me about the Paper Flower gift topper? So beautiful and so easy to use!

Pre-made boxes + Fancy gift topper = The Ultimate Christmas Box

Sending out some food in a jar or wine? Printed cellophane, sash and bows are the shiz! You can also jazz up the jar with cute chalkboard sticker labels.

3D effect collapsible boxes also make the easiest and most wonderful packaging!

Stop the press! Battery-operated Flashing Bow is this season’s showstopper! Ahhhhhh!!!

It’s a wrap!

Shop for Hallmark at your nearest National Book Store branch!

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