Tween Bedroom Design

07.27.2015 by Emily |

Our first room design for our sister’s reno is the girls’ bedroom. This is one of the only rooms in the house that doesn’t need structural changes, making it the perfect place to start!

The room is on the smaller size and doesn’t get a lot of natural light so we plan to brighten it up with white walls, light flooring, white furniture and a few pops of color. The girls, aged 8 and 11, are right at that age wanting less pinks and more blues…

boxwood clippings | tween girls bedroom decor

headboards ($140) HERE
pom-pom pillow ($45) HEREpink stripe pillow ($22) HERE
lamps ($30) HERE
dresser ($80) HERE
art ($22) HERE and ($20) HERE
chair ($40) HERE
rug ($57) HERE
trunks ($200) HERE
garland ($15) HERE

Our design budget is $1,000 so we will be shopping the sales, and making our dollars stretch with great basics at Ikea and Target.

We can’t wait to show you how it turns out!

Do you have a tiny design budget, but would love some professional help?
Shoot us an email: mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com, we’d love to help!!!

Holler Dollar: Succulent Plant

07.22.2015 by Sarah |

We are always looking to add more greenery and life to our homes.

Faux succulents look pretty close to the real thing and require ZERO maintenance.

One less thing to worry about….holler to that!
boxwood clippings | holler dollar succulent
We found this little beauty at the Dollar Tree and popped it in a cement pot, so cute right?

The dollar store has a good selection of these, and we want them in every room of the house! How about you?

Garden Clippings Gift Wrap

07.20.2015 by Sarah |

Is there anything more beautiful than nature?

These little gifts were adorned by just a few clippings from my yard

and couldn’t be more perfect in our opinion.

boxwood clippings | garden clippings gift wrap

boxwood clippings | garden clippings gift wrap

boxwood clippings | garden clippings gift wrap

 Most clippings will last several hours, so have gift ready and then snip snip right before you give to recipient.

Is there anything greenery can’t transform? It breathes life like no other! We can’t get enough!

Rosemary Shortbread

07.17.2015 by Sarah |

When we were traveling the California coast a few months ago, we stopped at the cutest deli for lunch. They were serving Rosemary Shortbread and since Brock is such a sucker for anything Rosemary we gave it a try.

I was instantly in love.

Shortbread alone is such a simple taste of rich butter and flaky crumbs, and the Rosemary complimented it’s simplicity perfectly!

boxwood clippings | rosemary shortbread



1 cup butter, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp of dried rosemary


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together flour and salt in a small bowl, add rosemary. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy. Add flour mixture gradually, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed.

  2. With dough, make 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Press down firmly with palm of hand or spatular or if you want to get fancy a cookie stamp like what we used. (See HERE)
  3. Bake for about 20 mins, until they are just barley turning brown. Let cool slightly. Enjoy with a glass of milk!


I’m now dying to try it with dried lavender. Doesn’t that sound good?!

Oh and of course we need a gluten free alternative for Em, we’ll keep you posted!

My FAVORITE Car Seat: Maxi Cosi Pria now on Sale!!!

07.13.2015 by Sarah |

You guys we missed you last week! Our ‘week to ourselves’ turned into week of hell, as a major sickness (we’ll spare you the details) hit both our lil families and lots of other family members. About 15 in total! This 4th of July weekend will go down as the time we ALL got sick!!! Ugh!


We did however have the Nordstrom sale on our radar, and even that can be viewed from the sick bed! I was sooo surprised to see my FAVORITE CAR SEAT on sale that it really really deserved a blog post, because, well, I was thinking of doing one anyhow!


The process of changing the twins from their infant carseats to the big ones proved to be quiet the process last year. Though lots of research and some trial and testing we finally found our perfect seats and 6 months in, we’re still in love.

Introducing the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat:

 boxwood clippings | my favorite car seat

On Sale now at Nordies $205.90 (Usually $279)


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Things we Considered when Shopping:

No.1 Safety: I’m guessing this is everyones first priority too. The good news is on this subject is that carseats these days are pretty amazing. As long as you are buying in this class, there’s little difference in safety ratings. The rule of thumb is “the safest carseat is the one installed correctly”. Make sure to know all the current regulations since they do change up frequently. 
No. 2 Size: Not all carseats fit into your car the best. We love our 7 seater Highlander, but we soon found out that 7 seats does NOT mean 7 carseats, these things take up some space!!! With our trunk seats down (to fit in stroller) and 2 of these bad boys in the middle row, that basically just leaves us with driver and passenger seats, which by the way we can no longer recline! The carseats have to be rear facing the first couple of years so that is really where the concern comes in. The space between the middle row headrests and the front row is what you are working with.
At first we got a slimmer seat so we wouldn’t feel so scrunched in, but then we found that when the girls fell asleep their heads wouldn’t be supported and would flop forward. No sleeping babies in car is a major fail! This is one of the reasons why we love this seat, because even though it fills the space, it reclines nicely so the girls are supper sung and off to dreamy-land in no time. 
No. 3 Color and Look: This of course is a vain consideration. But hello, you’re going to be looking at these things for years AND they cost a pretty penny so you have to like it! We went with the Brown (see HERE) to match the interior of our car. I like it a lot because they really do look like they belong and they are nice and light and hide little dirt spots well. We also thought it’d be better to buy gender neutral just in case we need them again. Having said that, our sister Helen invested in her ‘good’ car seat with her first baby, and then switched out the covers for each child. Usually the manufactures recommend a 6 year life on the seats (as long as they haven’t been in a crash), so that might passed down one or twice!
No.4 Baby Approval: These are their seats after all, and yes my babies had different reactions to different seats! So it’s nice to test them out (buy buy baby is a great place to do this) and let them see what they like. We found that a cup holder and comfy shoulder straps went a long way! 
No.5 Places to Shop: Because these are such big ticket and important items we recommend shopping at the places with the best return policies. We always recommend: Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby and Costco. Returning merchandise is never our favorite errand, but for us this take a little experimenting to find the perfect seat, so it’s nice to know that these places make returns pleasant! 
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Our girlies love their seats, can you tell?!

Good luck on your search, email us if you have more questions!!!

Happy 4th America!

07.03.2015 by Sarah |

boxwood clippings | happy 4th of July

As Brits, we get asked A LOT how we feel about the 4th of July.

Fireworks and a day off in Summer?…We’re ALL IN!!!

We couldn’t be happier or more proud of our British heritage AND our new home here in the states!



Wishing you all a happy and safe Independence Day.


We’re taking a little week to ourselves. See you soon. x


Dirt-tay Diet Coke Float!!!

07.02.2015 by sarah and emily |

Isn’t summer the best?! But man can it be exhausting!
The heat, the kids….time for a refresher…

Dirty Diet Coke Float

boxwood clippings | dirty coke floatINGREDIENTS

diet Coke
fresh lemons/limes
coconut syrup (HERE)
vanilla ice-cream


Pour a glass of coke and 1/4 lemon or lime juice. Add one drop of coconut syrup and a big scoop of ice-cream.

Perfect Mommy treat on a hot summer afternoon…and well deserved might we add! ;)

A Bridal Shower for Kristina

07.01.2015 by Sarah |

Here are a few details of the shower for our new sis, Kristina last week.

Because the shower was the week of the wedding we wanted to keep it extra simple, and we loved the result.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

We served rosemary and lemon water, which was perfect for the hot, hot day!

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower
Lemon bars from Costco to keep things really simple…

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Our two current favorite salads: decadent strawberry, watermelon + grape.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Green and white fresh flowers doubled as favors (see HERE)

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

We all wrote a little note to Kristina in a mini homemade book that she’ll be able to remember the shower by.

boxwood clippings | greenery bridal shower

Our Mum and sister, Helen helped us with the food, which made this party so stress-free. We hung a few ferns, and called it good!

There was zero prep right before guests arrived, so we were relaxed and ready to party.
We can’t tell you how chill and easy this was, such a fun night!

Congrats Stina! So glad you are officially our sister!!!!

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.

boxwood clippings | bridal shower invitation

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).

boxwood clippings | bridal shower gift

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!!!

boxwood clippings | pantry organization 1

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!

boxwood clippings | pantry organization 2

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


green grapes
feta crumbles
citrus vinaigrette
shredded chicken (optional)



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.

boxwood clippings | old navy favorite baby shorts

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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!

boxwood clippings | california coast

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.

boxwood clippings | california coast

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

boxwood clippings | postcard for memory box

Placed safely in their memory box once we return home.

boxwood clippings | postcard for memory box

A 5 minute project to last forever.

boxwood clippings | california coast

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

A lifetime collection.


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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boxwood clippings | luggage tags

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


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


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…

boxwood clippings | target tuesday

 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!


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.

boxwood clippings | easy father's day diy gift

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

Simple. Easy. Affordable. Sentimental.


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 :)