Try these creative and practical ways to wrap baby gifts. There is nothing wrong with wrapping a gift in beautiful paper, but why not try one of these useful and unusual baby wraps. Each wrap idea makes part of the gift into the wrapping in a fun and unique way. Blanket Wrap Receiving blankets are soft, cute and make great gift wrap that can be used and used. For a beautiful way to wrap a medium-sized baby gift, set it in the center of an unfolded baby blanket; lift the blanket up around the gift and bundle the excess fabric at the top. Use a wide ribbon to secure the bundled blanket and tie it in a large bow. Tie a small stuffed animal or rattle to the outside of the package for extra pizzazz.
Tub of presents Planning to give a baby bathtub for a shower gift along with some other items? Place all of the small items inside the tub. Wrap translucent cellophane or sheer tulle around the bathtub, gathering the excess material at the top of the package. Tie a ribbon around the package, sealing the items inside the tub. Use an extra piece of ribbon to tie a small, attractive bath toy to the bow.
Storage and supply basket Babies have a lot of stuff and storage is always at a premium. Consider giving a set of nesting storage baskets with beautiful fabric liners as a baby gift. Storage baskets can be used at the changing table, on shelves and even just placed on the floor to organize all of baby's gear. To prepare the gift, nest the baskets, keeping the liner of the bottom-most basket pulled up around the other baskets; fill the top basket with a selection of practical items like diapers, diaper cream, bibs, grooming kits, infant pain reliever or wipes. Pull the sides of the cloth liner from the bottom basket up so it holds all of other the baskets. Cinch the liner so it creates a wrap for the gifts tucked into the baskets. Add a bow or small toy to the top of the package.
Diaper Bag A diaper bag is a must for any mom. Instead of wrapping a diaper bag when you give it as a gift, use it as your gift wrap. Tuck handy items such as diapers, portable wipes container, disposable bibs and pacifiers into the bag and tie a large ribbon and bow around the bag. This is a gift that will get used every day!
Towel of toiletries Want to get the new parents all ready for bath time? Purchase a large hooded towel and use it to wrap up baby soap, shampoo, soft washcloths and a rubber ducky. Fold the towel in half and place the bath items towel in a row, a third of the way up the towel, keeping them at least four inches from each edge. Start at the bottom edge of the towel and roll it up, enclosing the bath items inside. Secure the roll at each end by securing ribbons around it and tying them into bows.
Framed gift Gift certificates are great gifts for new parents; they help out with those unexpected necessities. For a fun and memorable way to "wrap" a gift certificate, purchase an appropriately sized baby motif picture frame. Place the gift certificate in the frame where a picture will ultimately reside. Finish the gift by attaching a large bow to the frame. For a more "finished" look, bundle the frame in sheer pastel organza before tying it with a ribbon. This is a perfect wrap for a gift certificate to a local photography studio specializing in babies!
Things to Do to Get Your House Ready for Warmer Weather
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a chore. Here are some easy tips for cleaning your home.
When spring is in the air and the cold days of winter have finally passed, it's time to get your home ready for spring. When the urge to throw open the windows and let the warmer air in hits, be sure that those windows are clean, as well as the rest of your home. Following are some spring cleaning projects to do around your house.
Wash windows and mirrors. Wash away the grime from the winter from your windows. Mix together a one part each white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use to scrub the windows. For a streak-free shine, dry windows with newspapers. This process works great on mirrors as well.
Wash curtains and blinds. Take down curtains and launder or dry clean them, and dust or vacuum blinds.
Sweep and mop floors, vacuum rugs and carpet, and deep clean carpet. Rent a carpet shampoo machine at your local home improvement big box or grocery store and give your carpet and rugs a good deep cleaning. Vacuum thoroughly, including baseboards, air vents and upholstered furniture such as the sofa or chairs.
Thoroughly wash linens. Remove the sheets, mattress pads, comforter covers, dust ruffles, pillow shams and pillowcase covers from beds and launder. Also wash any slip covers, blankets or throw rugs. Add a cup of vinegar to the final rinse cycle for an extra burst of freshness. Also be sure to rotate mattresses.
Dust. It is amazing how much dust can accumulate in even the cleanest of homes. Dust your home thoroughly, including lamps and light bulbs, ceiling fans, moldings, behind and underneath furniture, and shelves.
De-clutter. Sort through stacks of mail, magazines, toys or other things that have built up on surfaces or in the corners, deciding what to pitch, shred, recycle, or give away. Try to only touch each item once before finding a permanent home for it.
Polish furniture. Restore your wood furniture's luster with a good polish, using a product that is safe for the wood's finish.
Clean the cupboards. Go through every cabinet in the kitchen and pantry, removing every item before cleaning the inside of the cupboard and putting it back. Consider each item as well: have you used it in the past six months or is it just collecting dust? Pitch or donate what you aren't using.
Clean out the fridge. Take everything out from the refrigerator and inspect it. Has the expiration date passed? Is it dripping, leaking or otherwise unsanitary or unsavory? Toss out old leftovers and expired food, and reorganize the refrigerator so that commonly used items are easy to access. Also give the refrigerator shelves and inside drawers a good scrub to remove debris and spills or stains.
Sanitize. Wipe down door knobs or handles, telephones, cabinet door handles and drawer pulls, refrigerator doors, light switches, and other high contact surfaces with disinfecting wipes.
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