The Simplest Bridal Shower Invitation

06.29.2015 by Sarah |

 These past few weeks have wild and magical time for our family!

We started last week with a bridal shower and kept it as simple as possible from start to finish.

A handwritten invitation started our organic and simple theme beautifully.

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We wrote our note and made black and white copies.

Then we finished off each one with a pop of green colored pencil on the wreath.

With no computer needed, sometimes the good old fashion ways are the easiest, turn out just as beautiful and are fun too!

Stay tuned for more party fun…

Our Favorite Things Bridal Shower Gift

06.25.2015 by Sarah |

This week we had a little shower for our soon-t0-be sis, Kristina (wedding on Friday!!!).

We loved this opportunity to get together the ladies on both sides of the family and shower the bride.

For our gift, we put together a few of our favorite things to help her set up house.

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boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

Favorite Things Basket

greatest towels ever (HERE)
working glasses (HERE)
cutest timer (HERE)
Mrs Meyers’ soap (HERE)
mixing bowls (target, not longer avail)
porcelain egg crate (home goods)
handmade chalkboard
dish towels (HERE)
metal caddy (similar HERE)

We topped it off with a ‘C’ for ‘Clayton’ with our favorite Pottery Barn glitter ornaments (HERE).

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We are so looking forward to Friday and the celebrations….follow us on INSTA on the big day!!!

Organization: Sarah’s Pantry Overhaul!

06.22.2015 by Sarah |

About 2 months ago I woke up to find a nightmare in my pantry. BUGS!!!

Warehouse bugs.

It was traumatic.

It look a while to get rid of them.

But now we’re bug-free and neater than ever, as this was a great excuse to have a pantry overhaul.

Ooooh pretty!!!

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One of the things I learned, was that I really needed plastic containers to prevent it happening again.

(The bugs were in a box of cereal. Yuck.)

Containers can keep the food air-tight, fresher for longer…and just feels clean!

We’d been wanting these OXO (click HERE) containers for years but they are pricey. We were thrilled with our find at Costco, a pack of 8 containers for $48. Which is great because usually they are about $15 each!

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For smaller prepackaged items our favorite $1 bins (link HERE) are perfection.

They keep things in their place, and also protect from those ‘lil pests.

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To finish it off we added wrapping paper to the shelves. Much cuter and cheaper than liners, but will probably have to be replaced every other year or so.

And just because we couldn’t get enough stripes we added a notice board to match!

Since we removed ours in the hallway for the peg rail (see HERE) I’ve been desperate for a place for invitations and such.

We simply covered a notice board in fabric and hung with command strips.

So handy, and cute.

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We’d been eating out a ton and keeping what little food we had on the other side of the kitchen, so it’s nice to finally feel back to normal.

Relaxed and clean again!

Watermelon + Grape Salad

06.19.2015 by Emily |

Ok salad fans, this is a new fave for the two of us. Sarah came up with the combo and we are addicted!

Fruity, zesty and bursting with flavor, you have to give this one a try!

boxwood clippings | watermelon and grape salad

INGREDIENTS

spinach
watermelon
green grapes
feta crumbles
citrus vinaigrette
shredded chicken (optional)

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DIRECTIONS

Start with spinach as your base and add fruit toppings.
Finish with feta cheese and drizzle citrus vinaigrette over salad just before serving.

This is summer perfections, hope you likey!

Bubble Shorts for Babies

06.18.2015 by Emily |

We are super impressed with THESE denim shorts for the babies.
They match everything, fit great, and have become our every day go-to.

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Do you have a little one that needs some booty shorts for summer?

A Little Keepsake for Big Memories

06.17.2015 by Sarah |

We were so excited to bring our girlies to the California Coast over Memorial Day.

2 Babies, 1 long road proved to be pretty amazing.

We loved the little stops along the way and of course the fabulous landscape!

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I could have written journals about all our little adventures, but who has time for that?!

So I settled on a new tradition for my girls.

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Just a postcard each from a favorite spot, and a few words about our trip and what the baby experienced.

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Placed safely in their memory box once we return home.

boxwood clippings | postcard for memory box

A 5 minute project to last forever.

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How fun would it be to do this for every trip and put them all in an album together?!

A lifetime collection.

WOW!

A New Way to Pack with Kids

06.15.2015 by Sarah |

One of our favorite clients introduced us to this amazing idea…packing family style for vacation.

Instead of each having individual bags to lug in and out of the car and hotels…packing one family bag per day instead.

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We laminated THESE tags from Ikea, to make it easy to identify each bag.

This idea is genius and makes traveling SO much easier!

Do you have a summer vacay planned? Give this method a try!

Gluten-Free Berry + Rosemary Crumble

06.12.2015 by Emily |

One of our favorite things about summer is fresh berries! Who’s with us?!

Here’s an easy-peasy recipe that will wow your taste buds!

boxwood clippings | gluten free berry and rosemary crumble

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
1 c GF flour (we use THIS)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c GF oats (we use THIS)
2 tsp dried rosemary
vanilla ice-cream

.DIRECTIONS

Divide berries into individual ramekins or place in pie dish.
Mix dry ingredients together, then blend in the butter with fingertips to resemble breadcrumbs.
Spread oat mixture evenly on top of berries.
Bake in oven at 350 until golden brown (ramekins ~15 mins, pie dish ~ 30 mins).

.Serve with fresh vanilla ice-cream.

We recommend prepping ahead, then popping the crumble in the oven while you’re eating dinner so it is nice and warm for dessert. This makes about 6-8 servings.

Yum, yum!

Boxwood Patriotic DIY’s

06.11.2015 by Emily |

Hey y’all! Who’s ready for a red, white and blue summer?

Here’s a round-up of our easy ways to bring a little patriotic flare into your home for the summer!

Gumball Garland | Boxwood Clippingsgumball garland

DIY Stars + Stripes Garland | Boxwood Clippingsstars + stripes garland

4th July Decorations | Boxwood Clippingsdot garland + lanterns

DIY Origami Stars | Boxwood Clippingspaper origami stars

DIY No-Sew Patriotic Garland | Boxwood Clippingsno-sew bandana garland

DIY Patriotic Napkings | Boxwood Clippingsstars + stripes napkins

DIY Simple Patriotic Garland | Boxwood Clippingspaper bunting

patriotic cupcakes | Boxwood Clippingspatriotic cupcakes

Wahoo for summer!!!

Target Tuesday: Sunny Black and White

06.09.2015 by Emily |

We’re always fans of black and white, but Target is really helping us!

Here’s a few favorite finds for summer…

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 1. Party time! THIS 10-count set of party hats are only $4! Totes adorbs!

2. Pineapples and fishies for the littles…HERE.

3. Cannot get enough flutter sleeves or embroidery either! (HERE)

4. Time for a shower curtain upgrade. (HERE)

5. Our favorites from last year and back! (Online only HERE)

6. I’m already eyeing THIS accent table for Janey’s big girl room.

7. The perfect accessory for summer HERE.

8. How do you feel about jersey sheets? THESE are only $40 for a king set!

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Have you found anything fabulous as of late? We’d love to hear your faves!

An Easy Father’s Day DIY Gift

06.08.2015 by Sarah |

Still looking for that little something, for that big guy in your life?!

Em created this cute card of Jane’s handprint for her daddy.

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Paired with a frame, it can become a permanent piece of artwork in the house or at the office.

Simple. Easy. Affordable. Sentimental.

PERFECTION!

Grilled, Juicy Pineapple

06.05.2015 by Sarah |

As a side, or a simple dessert it’s hard to beat warm, juicy pineapple straight from the grill!

Easy Grilled Pineapple | Boxwood Clippings

Some people are put off by pineapple because it’s a lot of work…here’s how we cut up ours that’s really easy and quick..

1. Cut off top and bottom of pineapple (leaves and base).

2. Stand pineapple up onto new flat base and cut skin/peel off in strips working from top to bottom.

3. Cut pineapple into long strips working around the core.

4. Cube if desired!

To grill we simple sprinkle strips with brown sugar and either lemon or lime juice and grill for 5-10 mins on the grill outside, or on broil in the oven.

The easiest way to sweeten any summer meal :)

Cheap Sunnies at Nordies!

06.04.2015 by Sarah |

When it comes to cheap sunnies, we’re a fan.

There’s a time and place for everything; and this is the time of year to have them at your finger tips…everywhere!

Glove box, beach bag, purse…you get the picture.

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This year we’re LOVING the BP collection at Nordstrom, all priced at $12…Holler!!!

boxwood clippings | nordstrom cheap sunnies

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boxwood clippings | nordstrom cheap sunglasses

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boxwood clippings | nordstrom sunglasses

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.It seems there was a bigger collection in store, but let’s not forget the best thing about Nordstrom.com is shipping is always free,

Gotta LOVE that!

Summer Staple: Fringe Cardi

06.02.2015 by Sarah |

Hi everyone! It’s heating up here in Utah, how about where you are?

I should preface this post by saying, I know I’m not a model. In fact, I’m a size 12, which makes me a little embarrassed posting pictures of myself.

Summer is always a challenge for me to dress comfortably and cool without looking a complete wreck, but I just found a super light-weight swing cardi at Nordstroms that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long!

summer cardi from nordstrom | boxwood clippings

I can layer THIS cardi over everything, including my swimsuit to give me the coverage I want and still keeping cool.

Just wanted to share with you..in case you need a new summer staple too!

Handmade Pineapple Gift Wrap

06.01.2015 by Sarah |

We are feeling the Aloha around here lately.

Rattan, pineapples, and Mai Tais…yes please!

We are celebrating the first day of June and many sunny days ahead with some fun gift wrap…

pineapple gift wrap | boxwood clippings

pineapple gift wrap | boxwood clippings

We made the pineapple wrapping from green butcher paper and THIS stamping method and paired it with green, yellow, white and a hint of gold.

Who is excited for summer?!!!!

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Guittard Chocolate Pots De Creme

05.29.2015 by Sarah |

One day while nibbling on our favorite chocolate chips (bad habit), we noticed three words of a recipe on the back of the package. Chocolate. Milk. Butter. SOLD!

This dessert is perfect for a summer’s eve. Large party or intimate gathering, it will not disappoint. Quick, decadent and divine….

boxwood clippings | chocolate pot de la cream

INGREDIENTS:

2 c Guittard milk chocolate chips

3/4 c whole milk

1/4 c butter

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat while stirring to boil.
Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Pour into tiny glasses and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
Garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh fruit (we used mango above).

A tiny little treat everyone will love, and no one will know the recipe is so simple!!!

New Collection at Ikea

05.27.2015 by Emily |

We were DYING on our last trip to Ikea with the new NIPPRIG collection.

Bold statement pieces at crazy low prices. We want it all!

Love THIS chair for only $49!

Ikea NIPPRIG chair | Boxwood ClippingsTHESE $2.99 hooks are bought and ready to put up in my master bath. $2.99!

Ikea NIPPRIG hook | Boxwood ClippingsI think THIS $24.99 large shade is going to perfect in our stairway.

Ikea NIPPRIG shade | Boxwood Clippings

We picked up THESE huge beach bags and straw hats for pool. $8 total!

Ikea NIPPRIG straw hat | Boxwood ClippingsMind-blown, I tell you. Check out the whole collection HERE.

NEW Boxwood Clippings Pinterest Page!!!

05.26.2015 by Sarah |

We’re really excited to announce our NEW and official Pinterest page!

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Please come over and check out our latest and greatest projects and inspiration boards HERE!!!!

Happy Memorial Day!

05.25.2015 by Sarah |

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3 words for our 3 ladies:

POOLS ARE OPEN!!!

Wishing you all the sunniest and happiest day!

x x x

Easy Meals to Stop you going to the Drive Thru!

05.22.2015 by sarah and emily |

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Life is busy! Even though we’d love to have a perfectly nutritious and delicious meal prepared for our families each night, sometimes there just isn’t time to think and prepare an amazing meal, let alone shop.

For those nights that fast food seems the easiest/only option, here’s a healthier and cheaper meal plan with prep 5 mins or less that will get you through with just one trip to Costco.

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1. kale salad mix + rotisserie chicken

2. take-n-bake or frozen pizza + side salad

3. frozen taquitos + salsa + fruit

4. easy cheesy eggs + salsa + fruit

5. soup + grilled cheese

6. dressed up bagel + green smoothie

7. pasta + fresh tomatoes (HERE)

COSTCO SHOPPING LIST

pineapple
watermelon
bananas
tomatoes
spinach
kale salad mix
cheese (sliced or loaf)
rotisserie chicken
take-n-bake pizza
frozen strawberries
frozen taquitos
soup (THIS is our Costco fave)
bagels
bread
pasta
eggs

 We hope this helps your busy family!

We’d love to hear your easy Costco meal in the comments below!