10 Great Finds at World Market

09.02.2014 by Emily |

World Market is always our first stop when looking for accent furniture and decor for a project.

Their style is always bold and current, and prices are amazing!!!

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1. THESE tapestries are impressive in person. My favorites are NY and FERNS.

2. Best price around for a bead chandelier!

3. THIS marble + wood combo is amazing.

4. THIS little mirror could go anywhere. I want to use it in a mudroom.

5. THIS cloche lamp is super fun.

6. I love THIS wooden state map.

7. THIS pestle+mortar is oh so pretty and only $6!

8. THIS ivory canister gives a similar look of this beauty at a fraction of the price.

9. I recently used THESE bar stools in a project. They are sturdy, comfy and give any traditional kitchen a little industrial edge. Great value!

10. I’m obsessed with THIS $10 accent rug! I literally want it in every room of my house.

It was so hard to choose just 10 favorite things. The store and site are packed with great finds. Head over and take a look yourself!

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08.26.2014 by Sarah |

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Hey Ya’ll, we needed to savor this last week of summer and spend some extra time with our little ones, see you next week!

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In the mean time be sure to come see us on our new instagram, for more pretty and thrifty living tips!

click HERE.

Victoria Sponge Cake

08.22.2014 by Sarah |

No summer is complete without a ‘Vicky Sponge’.

If you want to feel British, whip up this cake!

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It’s the most basic of recipes and has us once again believing that simple is always best!

We followed THIS recipe

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Ooooh I’m off for seconds, anyone want to join me?!

The Perfect $10 Blouse

08.21.2014 by Emily |

For some reason I’m a little embarrassed that I wear black all the time. People always seem to make little comments and challenge me to wear color.

Somehow, despite efforts to branch out, this black beauty arrived on my doorstep this week.

boxwoodclippings_black crepe blouseIt looks pretty simple and basic, but it is perfection in my eyes!

It’s slight boat-neck, loose fit, exposed zipper on the back and lightweight polyester fabric give it a 60′s feel, and I know it is going to be my favorite thing to wear all fall.

And…it was only $10!

Haters will hate, but I still love black!

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My first Mommy selfie..uggh. I feel like a poser, but wanted you to see what it looks like in person…right before Jane christened it with spit-up!

If you want to jump on this bandwagon, click HERE for your $10 blouse!

$5 Lack Tables at Ikea

08.20.2014 by Emily |

One of our favorite items at Ikea is only $4.99 this month with your family card.boxwoodclippings_ikea lack side table

We love to use this little table all around our houses. Here are a few pinterest images of how people are using theirs..

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If you don’t have a family card there are kiosks throughout Ikea where you can get one and use the same day! See all family card deals HERE.

Holler Dollar: 4 Baby Items You Should be Buying!

08.19.2014 by Sarah |

There are sooooo many great baby items on the market these days that it’s hard not to get carried away.

These 4 items from the Dollar Tree, (although not all are specifically made for baby) have not only been a relief on the wallet, but have been some of the most used items in our homes this year.

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1. Mini Tubs are sooo freaking handy dandy!

We’ve used them to store binkies, formula, and now rice cereal. They’re 10 for $1…

Holler!!!

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2. Plastic Bin, these have been so great for lots of things, but primarily carrying dirty bottles to and fro, upstairs to down.

In the early days we also kept one in the shower with oxyclean in, whenever the girls had a blowout we’d just pop dirty clothing item in their to soak until the next wash. Worked wonders and very proud to report we have very little stained items. :)

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3. Diaper Bags (see HERE) we opted for these instead of a diaper genie type because we have “diaper changing stations” all over the house. Simply pop the diaper in and tie it up. They actually work pretty well for holding in the stench!

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4. Mesh Wastebaskets (see HERE) these are perfect for holding all those bagged diapers, and easy to empty every day or so.

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So there you have it! Our very thrifty and handy baby finds.

If you have anymore, please do share!

Simple Solution: Coat Rack for Hanging Wet Clothes

08.18.2014 by Sarah |

The laundry room has become a busy room in the Faubus house since the girls arrived. Two little ladies sure know how to dirty clothes!

Usually I throw most of the clothes in the dryer, but recently I’ve noticed the baby clothes have been shrinking even when we wash on cold. So the room has been covered with wet clothes hanging from anywhere I could find. Usually, the ironing board and cupboard doors!

We nipped into Ikea to see what solutions they had, and this coat rack (found HERE) won me over with a modest price tag of $12.99. Holler!

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Now when the clothes come out of the washer, they go straight on a hanger until dried, then either into the dryer for a “fluff up” or into the ironing pile.

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This simple and cheap solution has been working so well. Most of the time the room is looking quite decent and tidy.

See, no staging for this pic!

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Another thing I liked about this option is that it’s not permanent. That rack will come in handy whenever we have extra house guests. :)

Lunch For a Working Gal

08.15.2014 by Emily |

I find my day goes so much smoother (and healthier) when I pack a lunch for work. Eating out every day gets really expensive, takes a lot of time and often ends up with an overworked tummy and a sluggish afternoon. :(

Instead, I leave work lunches for special occasions and bring from home a protein-packed salad that helps get me through the day strong!

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This salad is just arugula and spinach greens topped with rotisserie chicken, cucumber, grapes, craisens, sunflower seeds with one of my favorite GF dressings, see HERE. Another favorite salad is THIS ONE…it never gets old!

I also pack a piece of fruit or handful of nuts for a mid-morning snack, and a little treat for mid-afternoon. And although I haven’t kicked my soda habit completely, I also sneak in a can of diet pepsi. This is my little treat mid-day and is so much better for me than running to the gas station for a 44oz!

Even though it takes a little prep the night before, I’m always so much happier with my day when I’ve planned my meals. Do you have any good tips for thrifty and healthy lunches?

Worth the Splurge: Sophie La Giraffe

08.14.2014 by Sarah |

I’d seen this little Sophie everywhere, but a rubber toy for $25. I don’t think so!

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Randomly, my little ones both started teething around the 3 month mark. Not having much control over their little fingers they had a hard time holding onto things, so their hands became their only teething toy.

Luckliy, Nanny knew better and turned up one day with a pressy for each of the patients. The toy I swore we’d never own!

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Little Sophie is magical, and my girls are both in love.

I wonder did her creator know exactly what he was doing? Her leg size make it perfect for tiny fingers to grasp, making her the 1st and only toy my little ladies could hold on to for quite sometime.

They really go to town, and I love hearing the soft squeaky noises of their gums while chewing the rubber.

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I guess next time, I should not be so stubborn. And trust that if something has been around for about 50 years, it’s be tried and tested and is still winning…

go Soph!

(see HERE to order!)

Mrs Meyers Peony Soap + Lotion

08.13.2014 by Emily |

Mrs Meyers has done it again with this pretty duo…

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Mrs Meyers Peony Hand Soap + Lotion

Perfectly pretty enough to gift, and smells like floral heaven.

$3.99 each and look out for $1.50 off two products coupons that are often attached to products!

Available at Target.

Design Dilemma: Bed Shopping

08.12.2014 by Emily |

We recently purchased a king mattress set for our master bedroom and now it’s time for a new bed! I am going back and forth a lot with deciding what I want and weighing up cost etc. Here are my favorite options:

No. 1 Classic Wooden Bed

Classic and timeless, I do love theway a wooden bed looks. Downside is a wooden headboard…not too comfy.

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No. 2 Upholstered Headboard

An upholstered headboard paired with a basic metal frame and bedskirt is the most affordable option.

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No. 3 Upholstered Bed

A full upholstered bed oozes comfort and luxury to me, but costs a significantly more than just a headboard.

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Ahhh, I love them all. It’s hard to weigh up aesthetics/comfort/affordability. I need your vote please!

Thrifty Black & White finds at Ikea!

08.11.2014 by Sarah |

Browsing though my pinterest page yesterday I noticed that most of my favorite spaces are black and white. (This wasn’t really that much of a shock…just a realization!) This most classic combination is timeless, chic, modern and all that we love.

Here are some amazing (and cheap) pieces I found at Ikea.

 

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1. Dying over this light (see HERE). Replacing the builder grade lighting has always been on our list, and room by room we’re getting there. I just need to find the perfect spot for this.

2. These lamps are PERFECTION (see HERE), and will be a contender for above our nightstands when we re-do our master this Fall…yay!!!

3. These place mats (see HERE) were added to our home the week the twins began solid food. Too cute and handy and only $1.49! Holler!!!

4. Lack tables are a must in any home. Ever so versatile and handy for temporary arrangements like house guests or parties. They’re on sale this month with your Ikea family card for only $4.99!!!!!!! Time to stock up. I’m getting 4! (see HERE.)

5-8. Beautiful cushion covers to ump up the contrast in any room. I’ll be getting some for the Master. Such a great deal from $4.99-$14.99)

(5. HERE. 6. HERE. 7. HERE. 8. HERE.)

5 Minute Pita Pizza

08.08.2014 by Sarah |

I’m such a fan of fast, fresh, yummy dinners.

This one has been my go-to lately, because it’s sooooo yummy!

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I simply pop a pita in the oven on broil and let it lightly toast one side as I rummage through my fridge for ingredients.

As you know, personalizing a pizza is lots of fun, but it’s also a great way to use up odds and ends from your week of cooking.

For this Pizza I used:

1 pita bread

bbq sauce

mozzarella cheese

tomato

red onion

chicken breast

pepper, basil and parmesan to finish :)

Once the one side is nice and toasty, pop on your toppings and place back in the oven for another couple of mins until the cheese is bubbling.

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I’ve been promising our nephews a sleep over for some time.

One day we’ll get around to it,

and I think this will be the perfect dinner that they can help make.

Very fun don’t you think?

 

The Dollar Tree Gift Wrap

08.07.2014 by Emily |

Most of the time we keep our gift wrapping really simple, but sometimes we like to go all out. Either way, our first stop for supplies is The Dollar Tree.

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This gift wrap all came from The Dollar Tree: a roll of craft paper, black grosgrain ribbon (usually 5 yrds/dollar), and silk blooms. $3 total and oodles to spare for the next time I want to go cray-cray with summery florals.

The Dollar tree is a great place for basics such as colored paper, ribbon and gift bags, but does run out of things occasionally. We try to make a visit at least once a month to stock up on a few basics and see what’s new for the season. We try to look at items individually rather than an aisle full of not so great stuff. There are diamonds in the rough, and finding them is part of the fun.

Gift wrap is so much fun when you’re not spending a fortune on it!

 

Holler Dollar: Staples Notebooks

08.06.2014 by Emily |

I was checking out at Staples the other day when I spied these adorable 2-pack of notebooks for $1.

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Aren’t they just the sweetest?!

They have many designs and we thought they’d be the perfect little notebook to keep lists in your purse or to give as a gift.

Love cute and little unexpected finds!

Target Tuesday

08.05.2014 by Emily |

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target tuesday_august 20141. This rug would make a statement anywhere.

2. This lightweight scarf is perfect to add a little summer to any outfit. Obsessed with pom-poms right now, and it’s on clearance! $5.94!!!

3. I NEED THIS LAMP!!!

4. It seems like we can never find a good wire basket at a reasonable price when we need one. Perfect for kitchen, laundry and bath. Great price, only $11 each!

5. I have three little babies in mind for these three polka dot bows :) $1.67 each!

6. This lattice pillow is the perfect blend of modern and traditional.

7. Love this summery tote.

Have you had any great finds at Target lately?

 

Simple Soloution: Recipe Book for Printed Recipes

08.04.2014 by Sarah |

Browsing through a beautiful recipe book is inspiring and motivating,

but a lot of the time I turn to the web for spur of the moment recipes and ideas.

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It’s no surprise that many of these recipes become favorites and need a home,

and I’m really proud that I have found the perfect one!

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These portfolios (see HERE) are perfection.

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The plastic sleeves not only protect from flying ingredients,

but also make it really easy to flip through the recipes.

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I added tabs and made it even more user friendly. :)

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Now that this problem is fixed, I can see I’m going to go ‘print crazy’.

Maybe I’ll need a book for each category soon.

Oooh I think I like that idea!

Chicken Pesto Panini

08.01.2014 by Emily |

We are so excited to share with you the most delicious, easiest and affordable panini recipe ever.

Honestly, we think it is restaurant worthy!

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Ingredients:

Sandwich bread (we used Udi’s gluten-free)

Rotisserie chicken

Store-bought Pesto

Cheese slice (we like Harvarti)

Tomato slices

Spinach

Red onion

Olive oil or butter

Directions:

Start with spreading Pesto like you would mayo or mustard on you bread. Layer ingredients, as much or as little as you would like and sandwich bread together. Brush olive oil on sides of bread that will be toasted (or just spread butter). Last use your panini press or grill on a frying pan until cheese melts.

We’re telling ya, this is amazing! Hope you likey!

Em’s Pantry: Take Two!

07.30.2014 by Sarah |

I absolutely hate it when I’ve just been grocery shopping and come back staring at the pantry like I have nothing to eat. It makes me feel like I have no idea what I just all that money on!

To streamline our pantry’s snack options I picked up THIS chalkboard sticker.

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Not only does it help me keep track of pantry inventory, it is also easier to make smart food choices. Instead of immediately diving into the chocolate bin, I at least consider the healthier snack options!

Do you have a food inventory system? We’d love to hear how you organize your pantry!

Summer White Interiors

07.29.2014 by Emily |

My heart skips a beat at a crisp white room, especially during summer. Here are a few gasp-worthy spaces:boxwoodclippings_white kitchen

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boxwoodclippings_white kitchenimages via my pinterest white board HERE.

Do you love an all-white palette?