Butternut Squash + Potato Side Dish

10.31.2014 by Sarah |

Happy Halloween everyone!

Today we’re sharing this delicious side dish for when you want to take your taters up a notch!

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What You’ll Need:

2 lbs potatoes

2 lbs butternut squash

2 c cheddar cheese

2 c cream (half and half would work too)

4 large sage sprigs

3 cloves of garlic (smashed)

Directions:

First makes your sauce by slowly bringing cream, garlic cloves and sage sprigs to a boil over medium heat. As soon as it starts to bubble remove from heat and set aside. Next peel and slice potatoes and butternut squash, toss with 1 cup of cheese and salt and paper and place in greased baking dish.

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Remove sage and garlic cloves from sauce and pour over potatoes and squash. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400, for 45 mins until veggies are tender.

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Two words: COMFORT FOOD!

We love this for a special occasion like today, a Sunday meal or Thanksgiving. Hope you love it too!

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  Adapted from THIS Rachael Ray recipe.

Style Inspiration: Pendleton Wool

10.30.2014 by Emily |

We can spot Pendleton a mile away! Are you the same?

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boxwoodclippings_pendleton fabric

The graphic Native-American style prints and classic plaids and tartans get us giddy this time of year, we want it all!

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Oh man…they even make notebooks.

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We are obsessed! Brad surprised Emily with THIS classic throw for her B-day and  we are in love!

For a ticket to Pendleton wanderlust see their full site HERE.

 Pendleton’s Pinterest page is pretty phenomenal too! (see HERE)

Bunnies By The Bay Pretty Posy Blanket

10.29.2014 by Sarah |

We were delighted when Bunnies By the Bay sent us their new Pretty Posy Blanket (link HERE) to review, and the little Boxwood ladies drew straws to see who’d be the lucky lady for the job!

Jane won, and was smitten by the softness of this luxurious throw, while we were in love with the details and the sentiments behind it.

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The entire ‘Pretty Girl’ line is focused on what true beauty is, and as new mothers of three darling ladies, we couldn’t agree more with their mission statement:

What makes a girl pretty? We believe that prettiness comes from the inside. Our NEW Pretty Girl Collection is adorable fresh and delightfully designed to remind little ones what is important. Stitched within each garment is a simple message: Share, Listen, Be Patient and Care for Others. That is what makes a Pretty Girl.”

Check out their whole line HERE.

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 Don’t you just want to die with the cuteness?!

To top it off, their packaging is totes adorbs! When this arrives in the mail, you really feel spoilt.

We’re dying over these little dolls for our girls, if you have a special little lady on your list, you might want to pop over for some early Chirstmas shopping.

You’ll be in love too…we promise.

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Thanks to Bunnies for spoiling our little Janey, she’s more than content on this chilly day snuggled up like a princess.

Lucky girl!

DIY Leather Feather Magnets

10.28.2014 by Sarah |

Today we are sharing this fun autumn project we came up with using leather scraps!

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You will need:

Leather scraps (Hobby Lobby HERE)

sharp scissors

Magnets

Glue gun + glue

pegs (optional)

Directions:

1. Roughly sketch outline of feather on back side of leather.

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2. Cut outline and then freehand the feather spaces.

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3. Hot glue magnet strip directly to back of feather or add a peg in between if you would like.

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boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

Ta Dah..your bits n’ bobs on your fridge or magnet board just got an upgrade  for the season!

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These would be fun for kids to make to hold their artwork and would make cute little pressies too. Hope you likey!

$10 Basket Wall Art

10.27.2014 by Emily |

I decided to spruce things up a bit in our master bedroom by hanging THESE bamboo baskets I found at The Dollar Tree.

boxwood clippings_basket wall from the dollar tree

boxwood clippings_basket wall from the dollar tree

I hung the baskets by cutting command strips into little strips and attaching two to the back of each basket. I only used two strips total. I arranged the baskets by starting in the center and just eyeballing my way outward.

9 Baskets + 2 Command strips = $10!

I love the way this turned out to make such a huge statement that only cost $10!!!

Holler to The Dollar Tree once again!

No-Fuss BBQ Shreded Chicken

10.24.2014 by Sarah |

There is nothing as tasty on a brisk autumn evening than a warm, slow-cooker meal .

This BBQ shredded chicken is as simple and delicious as it gets.

No-Fuss BBQ Shreded Chicken

Ingredients:

4-6 chicken breast (depending on size)

20 oz barbeque sauce (our favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s)

20 oz original Coke

Directions:

Put all ingredients in crock-pot and cook on low for 6 hours. Shred chicken. You can drain the liquid before shredding if you like, but we like to keep it saucy.

Serve on a roll, salad, rice…the possibilities are endless. This is such an easy and inexpensive meal, we love it!

Recipe adapted from HERE.

DIY Coat Hanger Wreath over at Lil Luna

10.23.2014 by Sarah |

This wreath is so perfect and simple for fall,

Join me over at Lil Luna (click HERE) for a short tutorial.

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Food Station for Babies

10.21.2014 by Sarah |

Feeding two young babies at the table can be challenging. When Brock’s home, he has one and I have the other, but it’s a constant battle of ‘please pass this” and “are you done with that?”. To help relieve some of the crazy I put together this food station that has helped us out tremendously!

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I got a tray that fits nicely on our lazy Suzanne, and then stocked it with all of the essentials. Our goal is to never have to leave the table mid-feed once we’re there with our homemade baby food (link HERE).

Our Go-To Items Are:

Bowls

Spoons

Bibs

Wipes

Snacks

Oatmeal

I must say this system has been WORKING!!! We’re getting the feeding down like magic!

Have you guys been re-organizing or tweaking a problem area in your homes? Do share!

Bits of Fall in our Homes

10.20.2014 by Sarah |

It’s perfect Fall weather here in Utah, and we can’t help but want to bring a little festivity to our homes.

Here’s a few little details we’ve been enjoying.

First up Em’s home:

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boxwood clippings_diy thumb tack art

boxwood clippings_pinecone wreath

 

And a little of Sarah’s:

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boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

Have you been dolling your place up? Or are you already exited for the December holidays?!

We admit we’ve been thinking too much of Christmas this year, hello babies and Christmas…eeeek!!!

How to Make Homemade Baby Food: Stage One

10.17.2014 by sarah and emily |

We knew making our own baby food would be healthier choice for the girls, but we had no idea would be so easy, fast, and how much money it would save!!!

The girls’ favorite right now is pureed butternut squash…here’s how to make it.

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First prep squash: peel, de-seed, and cube.

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Next, steam until tender.

Finally, blend with a little of the water left from steaming to puree.

THESE BPA-free Munchkin trays are perfect to freeze the puree.

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Just pop out 1-2 cubes per serving, and you can always mix in a little rice cereal if you want it to be more filling.

We’re sure your babe will be squealing with delight, and you’ll be squealing too!

Hollar Dollar: Night Light

10.16.2014 by Emily |

This waking up in the night business with a baby is a whole new ball game for me.

Turn on a lamp and Jane is bright-eyed and bushy tailed…for hours!

Enter…the night light!

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 THIS dollar night light gives us just the amount of light in the nursery to help me avoid injury when I’m walking around like a zombie, and keeps Janey in sleepy mode.

It has the Good Housekeeping seal of approval and mine too!

Hallelujah for The Dollar Tree!

Lovely Black Leggings for $5

10.15.2014 by Sarah |

These days I keep myself pretty low-key until it’s time to leave the door.

It’s kinda a ‘mummy uniform’ and usually entails black leggings and a tee. Simple and comfortable without looking like a Hobo is my goal!

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My favorite pair of leggings are actually from Walgreens (link HERE) and are 2 for $10…holler!

For that price it’s way do-able to have several ‘go-to’ pairs for quick changes after these lil’ munchkins get me all messy cakes!

Do you have a go-to look? Do share!

 

Black Walls

10.14.2014 by Sarah |

One of my favorite boards on my Pinterest, is labeled ‘black’ (see HERE).

I’m constantly amazed by how dramatic and powerful a black wall can be. I’m dying to give it a try in my house, but can’t decide on just the right spot.

These images have me drooling:

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Are you in love too?

I think fall is the perfect time to think about adding a little mood color. It’s so chic and yet cozy.

Maybe I’ll come to a decision soon…hopefully!

Gift Idea: Custom Pillow from Tiny Prints

10.13.2014 by Sarah |

We were thrilled to hear the news that Tiny Prints launched a home decor line!

We have a major obsession with throw pillows and anything monogrammed or personalized, so naturally we fell in love with their custom pillows…

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boxwood clippings_black and white living room: personalized pillow from tiny prints

I am in love with this ‘Bold Crossing’ pillow in my living room! (link HERE)

Wouldn’t a personalized pillow make the best Christmas presents?!

As our family grows larger by the year, we love buying a family Christmas gift instead of individual presents. It is so much easier and works out to be so much less expensive. You cannot beat a personalized gift, it makes a gift a thousand times better!

See full collection of custom pillows HERE.

The 5 Minute Stewed Apple

10.10.2014 by Sarah |

One of our go-to desserts this time of year are delicious stewed apples…

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Ingredients:

apples (any type)

1 tbsp brown sugar

sliver of butter

dash of cinnamon

dash of ground cloves

Directions:

Core your apple and place in microwavable dish.

Blend sugar and spices. Play around with amounts and different spices, to make your own special blend.

Layer inside cored apple teeny dabs of butter and sugar blend.

Microwave 4-5 mins and allow to cool a little before serving.

This is a perfect and warm dessert that isn’t too heavy or calorie-ridden. Although…you could always serve with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream for extra deliciousness ;)

Holler Dollar: Fairy Wings

10.08.2014 by Sarah |

I was undecided on the girls’ Halloween costumes this year, but knew I wanted something easy and adorable.

The Dollar Tree came to my rescue again with these fairy wings (link HERE). Matched with clothes they already had: a onesie, cardigan, tutu, leggings and ballet shoes…Elizabeth transformed into one pretty cute fairy!

boxwood clippings_holler dollar fairy wings

boxwood clippings_holler dollar fairy wings

I think the only thing cuter will be when we double the fun on the actual night. Hannah was asleep for the dress rehearsal!

 Do you have any quick and thrifty costume ideas? Do share!

Target Tuesday

10.07.2014 by Emily |

For a shopaholic like myself, the change of season always brings a little heart palpitation when I see the new things at Target! The store is packed full of cozy goodness right now! Here are just a few things I am dying over…
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 Aztec Weekender (link HERE).

In love with THESE copper bar stools.

I love copper measuring cups! See HERE and measuring spoons HERE.

Bark wreath (link HERE).

Lovely Threshold plaid throw HERE.

 Have you had any great Target finds lately?

 

$2 Witchy Halloween Display

10.06.2014 by Emily |

The kids in my neighborhood really get a kick when I make our front living room creepy for Halloween.

This year I’ve decided to really freak them out with floating witch hats over my bookcase!

boxwood clippings_diy witch hat decorations

boxwood clippings_diy floating witches hat decorations

You Will Need:

Black construction paper (2 yards at Zurchers $.59/yd)

Tape or double sided tape (your preference)

Scissors

Fishing wire, thread or ribbon to hang

.How To:

1. Make a cone shape as small or large as you would like and secure with tape.

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2. Cut around the base of the cone so it is pretty even and can stand up.

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3. Cut and fold flaps into the base of the cone to create a shelf for the brim of the hat to sit.

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4. Cut a circle of how big you would like the brim of the hat to be. Fold circle in half and cut a hole in the center.

You want this to be smaller than the base of the hat, so it can fit snugly. Start small, and make bigger as needed.

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6. You’re done! Now just thread fishing wire through the cone to suspend and tape to the ceiling.

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Haha, yes I know that I’m a nerd!

With fishing wire, tape and paper used I estimate this project to be less than $2!!!

Can’t beat that, Holler!!!

The Easier and Tastier S’more!

10.03.2014 by Sarah |

Did you know that in England we don’t have Graham Crackers?

Our husbands think it’s nuts that we grew up without this simple cookie, but we don’t feel deprived because the English equivalent is much better! The Digestive. The name really doesn’t do it justice but trust us…they’re delish.

Anyhow, the milk chocolate version are perfect for s’mores because the chocolate melts fast and is the perfect amount paired with the roasted marshmallow.

boxwood clippings_the cheating way to make a delishous s'more!

boxwood clippings_the cheating way to make a delishous s'more!

I’ve been craving a campfire up the canyon all summer but it didn’t happen. However these little babies made at home over my stove where honestly just as great.

YUM!

Luckily, you can find Digestives at Walmart for about $3, and also at World Market.

Enjoy!

$10 Statement Necklace

10.02.2014 by Emily |

Grocery shopping becomes so much more exciting when you find a pretty little something!

I spied THIS necklace at my local Walmart for only $10!!!

boxwood clippings_$10 statement necklace from walmart

It’s perfect to jazz up my basics, and would make a wonderful present too. Anyone Christmas shopping yet?