Christ Centered Christmas Wrap Ideas

Christmas is around the corner, gifts are bought and there's just one thing left to do... wrap! I don't know if this makes me crazy, but I personally love laying out all the gifts we bought for our loved ones and wrapping all of them. I hate to admit this, but last year was the very first time that I really thought about what I was wrapping my gifts with. Usually my wrapping paper, gift tags, and bags are decked out in snowflakes, ho-ho-ho, Santa Claus, and snowmen. Now don't get me wrong, I love ALL things Christmas (from Jesus to Santa and everything in between)! I think it's such a fun time of year and I personally don't find a ton of harm in enjoying it all and singing along to Santa Clause Is Comin' To Town.  But this year I thought it would be fun to show my true heart through my gifts. Christmas is Jesus's birthday... I hope that is not news to any of you. That is literally (as you hear people say) the reason for the season... So I thought it'd be fun to share some DIY Christmas wrap ideas with you all, to add a sweet little reminder to us all what this season is truly about. 


DIY Stamp Gift Bags

You can find a ton of different stamps at your local hobby store, Hobby Lobby had a lot of Christ centered stamps, from scriptures to actual pictures of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. I bought a stamp that said Joy to the World THE LORD has come.  You can purchase some simple brown bags any size and stamp them. You really can't mess this one up and there are so many ways you could add the stamps to the bags, I staggered them and covered the whole bag (see photos below). 

Add Ornaments

I love adding ornaments to the outside of a wrapped gift because it adds a little something special and takes the whole present to another level. Purchase some lovely Christian ornaments, pop them on a gift bag or a wrapped box and BAM! You're all set. That's such a simple way to add a sweet little reminder of what Christmas is all about. Then you're loved ones have a little something for their tree. 


When In Doubt... Ribbon

You can find so many beautiful ribbons that are focused on Jesus. Hobby Lobby (this post is not sponsored btw, I just love them) had an amazing selection of ornaments and ribbons. I loved adding the fancy ribbon with the simple parcel paper. 


Write Scripture

Adding you're favorite scripture to a gift tag or even the wrapping paper itself is a great way to add a personal touch to your wrapping. I have the WORST handwriting ever so I had to do a mock up of what would be cute on a gift tag- haha but for those of you who write better than a third grader, have at it! 


I hope you all have a blessed Christmas this year. I pray it's filled with love, family, giving, laughter and tons of great memories. This year I am reminded that God is so good, as it's our baby boy's first Christmas and I couldn't feel more blessed to have such a happy, healthy little man. Praise Jesus!

Thank you for reading, comment below if you have other fun ideas on how else to bring the focus on Jesus during Christmas. 

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Christmas Party Inspiration

My absolute favorite aspect of Christmas time is the festivities. Spending extra time with friends and family over food and drinks, picking out cute outfits for all your holiday parties, wrapping your gifts for the ones you love, baking goodies, Christmas music...The list of fun things going on around the holidays goes on and on. My absolute favorite is the Christmas parties. There's something about gathering in the cozy comfort of a friend's home for a Christmas party that sets the tone for a wonderful night of laughs (and I mean the kind of laughing that leaves your cheeks sore) and tons of storytelling. It's always a good time when there's the Christmas ambiance in the house, yummy snacks and festive holiday drinks. 

This year I had the chance to hang out with some other Denver bloggers at a Christmas inspired networking event. I am always so grateful when I get the chance to make new friends in the blogging world. All of the Denver bloggers that I've met through the years have been wonderful, kind, and a ton of fun. I had met Hannah ( @littleleebook ) before, we first met at the blogger event I hosted last summer. It was so nice to see her again and get to catch up! That night was my first time meeting Bethan ( @sipswithstyle ) and Alex ( @FeelinHaute ). These amazing women are incredibly smart, outgoing, super fun to be around and of course have impecable style (see pictures below for holiday party outfit inspiration). 



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I hope these photos inspire you to plan your own Christmas get-together. Even if it's a small gathering, getting the people you love together and making new friends is the best part of the holiday season. If you get inspired to plan a Christmas event, make sure to tag me in your photos so I can see everyone's fun this Christmas!

Thank you Katie Hutt ( @Katieleighhutt ) for being the photographer on this fun night and for putting this networking event together!  Also, thank you to the brands who took part in the networking event. Here is their info below! 

Cheese & Provisions: @cheeseandprovisions • Pearl Street Lights: @pearlstreetlights • Revo Sunglasses: @revo • Whiskey Barrel Coffee: @Whiskeybarrelcoffee

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15 Favorite Posts From 3 Years of According To D

A few weeks ago, on October 13th 2017, I celebrated my three year blog anniversary. I've shared so much with you all throughout the years, 128 blog posts and 923 Instagram photos to be exact. My plan is to continue sharing more and more throughout the years to come. For now though, I thought it'd be fun to take a trip down memory lane and pick my 15 favorite blog posts from the past three years of Let's hop right into it!

In no particular order, drum-roll please... 

Thank you for following along the past three years, and if you are new to my blog... welcome!! These are my favorite 15 posts from my blog so far, I can't wait to share the next three years of my life with y'all. 

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