DIY Kid Party Hats

04.01.2015 by Emily |

What is cuter than a baby with rosy cheeks and pearly teeth?

All of the above plus a party hat!

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After a failed attempt to find cute hats for the twins’ first birthday party (HERE), we decided to make our own.

We used THIS template from Oh Happy Day and attached ribbons to help the babies keep their hats on.

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Of course, the paper hats were way too tempting for the one-year olds, but the older kiddies loved them for all the birthday festivities.

Oh Hannah, you are a cheeky baby girl and somehow even more so in your little party hat!

Mini Makeover: Making My Living Room Kid Friendly!

03.30.2015 by Sarah |

I’m such a neutral-color-lover when it comes to my house, my clothes and even my car; but now that kids are on the seen, color is a must. Instead of trying to hide it, I’m slowly trying to embrace this new era, and delighting in the fact this living room isn’t just mine anymore!

Kid-proofing my bookcase was on my list of things to do this week, since the girlies are now on their feet. All breakables have been moved to new heights, and the bookcase that always catches their attention is now home to baskets of toys and a diaper station.

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Adding a ‘pop’ of color with my favorite books on the top shelf, helps blend in the color of the toys, and makes it look more intentional.

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 These durable baskets were a find from DI (local thrift shop), they’ve be perfect for housing the smaller toys. The metal structure has proved to be extremely kid-friendly, and still is intact after many many hours of abuse!

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 A pretty glass container can turn everyday objects into something special. These are toys I grab when I’m running out of the house, a little something for them to play with in the car.

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I really enjoyed this little exercise of making something functional and pretty. Never would I have thought I’d have a pair of red shoes on my bookcase, but we’re all happy how it turned out.

Any tips and tricks from you mummy’s. Do share!

PS. Nanny, don’t worry the bookcase is also anchored to the wall, safety first!

EASY Homemade Gluten-Free Granola Bars

03.27.2015 by Sarah |

Breakfast has become increasingly harder with the babies on board. Does anyone else have this problem?

We need something we can literally grab on the way out the door on a busy morning that will give us energy to start our day. These simple granola bars are perfect!

boxwood clippings homemade granola bars

INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 c rice cereal

  2 c oats

1/2 c peanut butter

1/2 c honey

1/2 c brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Add ons:

1/2 c raisins/dried fruit

1/2 c chocolate/yogurt chips

nuts/seeds

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl measure out rice cereal and oats (we like THESE gluten free ones).

In a saucepan on med-high heat stir honey and brown sugar until a rolling boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

Pour liquid mixture over dry and stir to incorporate. Add desired mix-ins and press mixture into an ungreased 9×13 pan.

Leave to set at room temperature for about an hour before cutting. Makes 16 bars. Store in air-tight container for up to a week.

Do you have a simple recipe you’d like to share?! Please email us!

mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com

Thanks to Suzy and Becky for the amazing recipe!

Glamming Up our iPhones

03.25.2015 by Sarah |

Our favorite iPhone cases are these cheap and chic elago sleeves.

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We promise you will love them, and no one will ever guess the price!

Bright ‘Bees and Bugs’ Easter Baskets

03.23.2015 by Sarah |

Easter is less than two weeks away…eeek! We cannot wait!

It’s time to start prepping those Easter baskets as you know as well as we do that every store runs out of our FAVORITE Easter chocolate the week of!

We’ve gone bright for our little bugs’ Easter baskets this year…

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boxwood clippings small child easter basket

Jellycat stuffed animals HERE

large chocolate eggs HERE

Lindt chocolates HERE

basic watercolor set HERE

fun crayons (similar HERE)

Do you have something you love to add to your baskets every year? Please share, we love a good tradition!!!

Power Smoothies

03.20.2015 by sarah and emily |

We are loving smoothies more than ever! They are fast, delicious and a great way to pack in those fruits and veggies!

boxwood clippings power smoothies

We keep our freezers stocked with bulk fruit from Costco, but also stock up when we see smaller packs of smoothie starters and fruit medleys on sale.

We loved THIS peach, carrot and mango combo, which we just added a cup of orange juice and half a banana to.

THIS kale, strawberry and blueberry smoothie wasn’t quite as sweet, but had all of the good stuff!

THIS is still our go-to simple green smoothie recipe we use almost every day, and Sarah found THESE wide straws that are cheap and perfect for smoothies!

Seriously, THIS blender has changed our lives!

Do you have any smoothie tips? We’d love to hear!!!!

Swim Time for Baby

03.18.2015 by Emily |

I am a sucker for a cute swimsuit, and with all these baby girls I am in trouble!

Swimwear has hit stores, and here are my favorites…

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1. Really? Mini polka dot flip-flops for $2. Sold!

2. A sunhat is a must for baby. Old Navy has us covered for $7.

3. Love this Burt’s Bees hooded towel to bring to the pool. Love THIS Skip Hop one too!

4. THIS is my pick from Nordstrom, but it is sold out! Hopefully will be back soon.

5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS fringe swimsuit!

6. Isn’t THIS ruffly tankini the cutest?

7. See how much we love Saltwater sandals HERE. Can’t decide which color?!

8. THIS pineapple Honest company swim diaper is adorable!

Swim sells out fast, so make sure to buy your favorites now!!!

EASY Mini Chocolate Easter Eggs

03.17.2015 by Emily |

Did we over-face you with too much chocolate yesterday, or are you ready for more?!

Either way, THIS mini egg mold makes the cutest little chocolate Easter eggs you ever did see!

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We filled the mini molds full with melted chocolate (milk HERE and white HERE) and put them into the freezer to set.

We then popped them out of the mold and drizzled them with chocolate in different designs.

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This is the perfect Easter activity to do with kiddies…EASY, EASY, EASY!

We’ll be putting a few in cellophane bags and tying them up with pretty ribbon for Easter gifts.

We love a good five-minute, affordable and adorable gift idea!!!

Guest Post at GYGI: Large Chocolate Easter Eggs

03.16.2015 by Sarah |

Good morning friends!

Today we are guest posting on Gygi’s blog today talking about how we made these large chocolate Easter eggs!

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We hope you’ll stop by and see how easy they are HERE!

Chocolate Chip Cookies to Die For

03.13.2015 by Sarah |

In an effort not to consume all the chocolate chips in my house before baking, I decided to bake.

I quickly ‘googled’ a recipe for the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie, when I came across this one (see HERE).

And fell in love.

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They are heavenly.

You HAVE to try.

Whip up a batch this weekend, and blame the calories on me!

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*Tip: Use Guittard milk chocolate chips. That’s what makes the ‘heavenly’ effect!

Traditional Inspired Mid-Mod Home with Ikea

03.12.2015 by Emily |

Did we tell you guys our sister Helen moved back to Utah from California?! We have been having way too much fun having our lady back for lunch dates and snuggles with the babies.

She has moved from a custom colonial-style home to a real 60’s fixer upper on the Provo bench. Walnut wall panelling, tiled ceilings and pink bathrooms…you get the picture!

We’ll be helping with the design process as she tackles this fixer-upper and using her traditional style to influence this mid-century home. We cannot wait!

Ikea is always our first stop in starting with any project. Their prices are exactly what we want to be spending and their style is amazing. Here are a few things on the list for this traditional inspired mid-mod home!

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1. Almost every light in this house needs replacing and no where beats Ikea prices for pendant lights. Loving THIS large white pendant for only $39, and THIS smaller shiny black one. Basic and bold.

2. The Kivik sofa is amazing. It’s sturdy, comfortable and we love the modular pieces that you can mix and match to work in any space. Don’t even get us started about machine washable covers and the 10-year warranty!

3.  We’re pretty confident THESE tables will work in almost any living room. $59 for the pair!

4. The base of any room is the floor covering. THIS 7′ x 10′ rug is neutral and bold, and the perfect backdrop for any decor. It is also 100% wool, so we are hoping it lasts a long time. $249…crazy!!!

5. We need lots and lots of house plants in this space. Ferns and succulents, and we love THIS palm for only $12.

6. We love, love, love THIS cabinet. Is will be perfect with two lamps either end and a mirror int he middle, giving our sis the traditional look she likes while using modern pieces.

7. We can’t get enough nesting tables! THESE walnut veneer ones are a little splurge for Ikea, but are so perfect for this home.

8. Isn’t THIS side chair a beaut?! Love the lines of this piece.

Do you need decorating advice, but are on a tight budget?

Email us at mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com to inquire about our $100 design consultations!

We are so, so excited for this project! Can’t wait to show you more.

Costco Flowers

03.11.2015 by Sarah |

Isn’t having fresh flowers in the home the absolute best? How can we resist such pretty blooms at such great Costco prices?

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Lilies have always been a favorite in our home growing up at Easter. They are a symbol of re-birth, not to mention they smell divine and last forever (no pun intended…hehe).

They should be in the warehouse very soon for $9.99 a bunch!

Do you have a favorite spring flower you are keeping your eyes peeled for?

Spring Giveaway Time!!!

03.10.2015 by Sarah |

 

 

This morning we got together and thought it was a perfect sunny day to host a giveaway!!!

Head over to our Instagram account for details (click HERE!)

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We believe in luck! Do you?!

Metallic Easter Decorations by Emily

03.09.2015 by Emily |

Who is excited for Spring? Easter is just a few weeks away so it’s time to get those decorations out!

It seems every year I like things more simple. Easy put up and down is priority!

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This year I bought large paper mache eggs from Hobby Lobby (HERE), painted them with my favorite gold paint (HERE) and hung them to our dining light with lace and tulle.

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I love copper right now. I put out my Jelly molds and set them on white cake stands for the centerpiece.

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How could I pass up this copper bunny Jelly mold for $1 at the thrift store?!

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boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

How are you decorating this Easter?

Dressing up Costco’s Chocolate Cake

03.06.2015 by Sarah |

Last week was my birthday, so I asked Brock to get me my favorite cake from Costco. Usually we make our cakes but this one is just too good not to indulge in at least once a year.

It is so decadent and beautiful on it’s own, but as it was my birthday I thought I’d dress it up a bit.

I used some wooden skewers and scraps of ribbon and made little flag-like decorations.

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boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

 It was so pretty, but we had to be careful where we lit the candle!

This is such a versatile idea, and can be made to go with any color scheme or theme.

We love a simple spruce!

Worth The Splurge: Mustela for Mommy and Baby

03.04.2015 by Sarah |

One of the nicest compliments we get is that our babies smell so good! It makes us feel like at least we are doing something right in keeping our babies clean and fresh.

We owe it all to our favorite baby products by Mustela. They are gentle, smell delicious and are super concentrated so they last a really long time.

Our favorites are THIS hair and body wash and THIS Musti “baby perfume”, which is perfect for a quick refresher in between baths.

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Nothing beats picking up your baby in the middle of the night to a yummy fresh baby smell…heaven! One thing is for sure, you will love these baby products so much, you’ll want to use them too!

Have you tried any Mustela products? Please share your favorites!

Holler Dollar: Easter Ribbon at the Dollar Tree

03.03.2015 by Sarah |

Another great find at the Dollar Tree, this scalloped ribbon.

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It comes in yellow and lavender too.

Perfect for this time of year.

I love how ‘Springy’ I’m feeling this year, color is in the air!

Five-Minute Easter Garland

03.02.2015 by Sarah |

Happy Monday everyone! It may be snowing outside, but inside we are thinking of spring!

We made the EASIEST garland for Easter, and LOVE that it only took five mins!

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boxwood clippings easter egg garland

SUPPLIES:

We used THESE eggs. So cute and less than $5 for the dozen!

Jute rope (HERE)

Pearl pins (HERE)

HOW TO:

These eggs are made of foam and are light-weight, which made them perfect to pin onto a rope.

Decorating for holidays in just a few mins with just a few dollars is our absolute favorite, how about you?

Cilantro Lime Soup

02.27.2015 by Sarah |

Are you ready for a taste-bud explosion?

This soup is insane, it received five stars from our family!

boxwood clippings: cilantro lime soup

Ingredients

2 TBSP olive oil

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

80 oz chicken broth

14 oz can diced tomatoes

7 oz can diced green chilis

4 chicken breasts

4 limes

2 c cooked rice

1 bunch fresh cilantro

ground cumin, salt and pepper

tortilla chips, sour cream, avocado, cheddar cheese to garnish

Directions

Cook chicken and shred, or to save time use a rotisserie chicken! Next warm olive oil in a large pan and cook diced onion and garlic. Add cooked chicken, cooked rice, chicken broth, tomatoes (not drained), chilis, juice from the limes (about 1 cup) and bring to the boil. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste. Add chopped cilantro before serving, top with avocado and cheese and serve with tortilla chips. Thanks to Kumari for the wonderful recipe!

Holler Dollar: Floral Stationary at the Target Dollar Spot

02.25.2015 by Sarah |

Watercolor and florals are going nowhere this spring! The trends are still going strong and our eyes get a little brighter when we see them, are you the same?!

Look at these pretties we just found at Target’s Dollar Spot:

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Wouldn’t this grouping make the cutest $3 present?

Writing thank you notes is also a little easier when you have new and pretty cards you are excited about, don’t you agree?!

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 Thanks to Target for bringing us such little beauties that won’t break the bank!