Nordies Knock-off Salad

04.17.2015 by Sarah |

One of our favorite places to lunch is Nordstom’s Cafe, they have the yummiest salads…and fries :)

Here’s our stay-at-home version that is almost as tasty as the real thing…

boxwood clippings salad

Ingredients:

arugula

roasted chicken breast

granny smith apple

candied pecans (instructions HERE)

craisens

shavings of parmesan/sharp white cheddar

Dressing:

3/4 c canola oil

1/4 c champagne vineagar

1/2 shallot (about 1/4 c diced)

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp sugar

dash of salt and white pepper

Directions:

Blend dressing ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.

Slice apple into extra thin slices and layer onto a bed of arugula.

Layer chicken, craisens, candied pecans, cheese and dressing.

Top with s+p and serve.

Enjoy!

Holler Dollar: Spiral Notebooks

04.15.2015 by Emily |

We are constantly making little ‘to-do’ notes in our phone that inevitably get lost and forgotten about.

Sometimes nothing beats good old fashioned paper and pen, right?! THESE $.79 notebooks from Ikea are perfect to keep our week and priorities straight!

boxwood clippings hollar dollar ikea notebooks

We love a good notebook and a list to check off, how about you?

A Broken Mirror, Fixed!

04.14.2015 by Sarah |

<<<   Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for sponsoring this post  >>>

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Do you guys believe in the whole ‘7 years bad luck thing’ when you break a mirror?

It took me 7 years to get pregnant with our girls, so I’m constantly trying to think back on what mirror I broke! Ha! Kidding…but only kind of!

 

I found this mirror years ago. It’s beautiful, apart from the middle was totally broken. Still, at $20 I thought it was a deal. When I got home I looked it up and discovered it was this one (see HERE) from Williams Sonoma, priced at $395! Score for me!

It sat in my basement for years, until one day I took it over to Jones Paint and Glass. I think I sat on it so long because I thought it was going to be pretty pricey to fix, but it was under $30!!!! Including clean up and installation! Wahoo!

 BEFORE:
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AFTER:

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It’s really one of the “wow” features in our new master, and adds the glam factor.

(Jones also cuts glass to custom size for all those random photo frames you may have lying around. I used them a ton in college when I was too afraid to cut my own glass in my framing class!!!)

Moral of the story: Fix things and enjoy them asap, rather than clog up your storage. Ugh, I’ve got a couch next on my list. How about you?

Sarah’s Master Bedroom Makeover Reveal!

04.13.2015 by Sarah |


<<<   Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for sponsoring this post  >>>

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You guys, my bedroom is finally finished!!!

Last night after editing these photos, I crawled into bed and thought: what a lucky lady I am!

The bedroom of my dreams: white, bright, fresh, cozy, glam, modern, and traditional — all here in my sleepy place!

Take a peek!

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

 

We’ve been in our house almost 8 years, and this was one of the original rooms we painted. It was a blueish-grey (see HERE). I loved the contrast of the paint against the molding, but as time went on the darker color wasn’t doing it for me; I craved white and airy.

Brock was not super-excited about going back to white, but with the molding I assured him it would look a lot different than the track home we moved into. I’d lie in bed and visualize different molding options, and this one just seemed right, kinda like a Swiss chalet, or a crisp farmhouse. I’m happy to report I was spot on! The low windows and vault always looked a little awkward before, but now the molding totally complements the character of the room. Don’t you think?

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

All of our original furniture worked great in the new room, saving us a lot of money! We only splurged on the nightstand lamps for $20 each! (See HERE). Then I just painted some basic artwork for my frames and repaired a broken mirror I had in storage (but more on that tomorrow).

It constantly amazes me how paint and molding can really transform a space, and it’s really the best way to get the most “bang for your buck”.

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

 Do you guys have any painting projects you’ve been thinking of sinking your teeth into?

If you do, I hope you find our makeover inspiring! Get to work!!!

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We’d love to give Jones Paint and Glass a major shout out! We have been going there for years and love to shop where all the professionals go. There’s a big world of paint out there, and Jones is the best of the best! We always leave happy and more educated. Thank you, Jones!

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Sources: 

PAINT: Benjamin Moore Regal Select Paint, Semi Gloss. (Custom mixed to match our existing trim work) Such a GREAT paint, especially when painting over a darker color.

MOLDING: Paneling, from a local lumber yard. Sold in 16′ lengths, 3″ wide. Brock ripped these in half vertically to save $$$!

BED: Pottery Barn Antonia Canopy (see HERE). Lucky find at Down East!

NIGHT STAND LAMPS: Ikea Barometer Work Lamp (see HERE).

STATEMENT CUSHION: Currently at the Gatehouse (see HERE).

MIRROR: Williams-Sonoma Channing Mirror (see HERE). Again a lucky Down East find (more tomorrow)!

(All others items are not currently stocked in stores)

Dressing up Plain Yogurt

04.10.2015 by Sarah |

We are big fans of yogurt around here and even more so now the babies are around!

Rather than buying individual expensive and sugar-laden flavored yogurts, we are opting for the big tub of plain and dressing it up with our own toppings…

boxwood clippings dressing up plain yogurt
We start by adding fresh fruit for the babies, but for ours we are coming up with all sorts of flavor combos with nuts, sunflower seeds, honey and granola.

Our favorite is 1/2 c yogurt mixed with apple, raw sunflower seeds, a dash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon…so satisfying and refreshing!

Kroger stores seem to have the best price around for yogurt at about $2 for 32 oz.

We dare you to trade to plain!

Worth the Splurge: World’s Best Sippy Cup, Lollacups!

04.09.2015 by Sarah |

Do you guys watch Shark Tank?

Love that show.

Anyhow, a few years back they had on the inventors of the Lollacup, a sippy cup with a weighted straw that allowed it’s young users easier accessibility to their drink. I was sold on the spot (as were the Sharks) and made a mental note to get one when I eventually had a baby.

Fast forward to having TWINS! With double the fun comes double the cost, and since these lil bad boys run at $16 each, I dragged my feet. Fortunately, Santa knew best and my girls got theirs at Christmas. Then 10 months old and still not successfully using any sippy we introduced the Lollacup. After just a couple of ‘practice sessions’ they got the hang of it and haven’t looked back.

boxwood clippings lola cups

We just use it for water, but it’s seriously the girls favorite treat of the day. They just love using the straw, and I love their independence.

They make the cutest faces while sucking too, and have to come up for a big gasp of air!

boxwood clippings lolla cup

We’ve officially added this to our list of “must-haves” and would much rather have one good cup than a dozen crappy ones!

Find out more by popping over to their website HERE, or to see on amazon HERE.

PS. Just a reminder that this WAS NOT a sponsored post, I just got really really giddy about this find! Nerdy Mama! 

Spring Spruce: The Kitchen Sink

04.08.2015 by Emily |

Spring screams all things fresh, green and bright and makes Mrs Meyer’s Lemon Verbena products our absolute favorite this time of year.

boxwood clippings products for kitchen sink in the spring

hand soap (HERE)

dish soap (HERE)

 favorite dish wand (HERE)

dish towels (HERE)

A few new products and a fresh basil plant puts us is in the right mood to tackle dust bunnies under the couch and plan easy and light spring meals.

We say a few dollars well spent! Who’s with us?

Holler Doller: Spiral Notebooks

04.07.2015 by Emily |

We are constantly making little ‘to-do’ notes in our phone that inevitably get lost and forgotten about.

Sometimes nothing beats good old fashioned paper and pen, right?! THESE $.79 notebooks from Ikea are perfect to keep our week and priorities straight!

boxwood clippings hollar dollar ikea notebooks

We love a good notebook and a list to check off, how about you?

 

A Spring Spruce for our Family Room

04.06.2015 by Emily |

Don’t you just love the days getting longer and light streaming into your home?

We get evening light in our family room, and this weekend it was time to spruce it up for spring!

 Away went the furry throw pillows and pine cones and out came the lightweight white and creams.

boxwood clippings spring living room

I’m couldn’t resist this white pom-pom throw from Target (HERE).

I added a few botanical prints to our gallery wall and dotted a few leather ferns around that l at the grocery store…just a few can bring so much life into a space!

boxwood clippings spring living room

boxwood clippings spring living room

boxwood clippings spring living room

I pulled out these white blossoms that were hibernating in the basement for the winter. I got them at Target last year and love that they make a big statement.

boxwood clippings spring living room

boxwood clippings spring living room

We love playing and soaking up the sunlight in this room in the afternoon and I love it a little more now it’s ready for spring!

boxwood clippings spring living room

How are you sprucing up your spaces for spring?

Favorite Breakfast: Easy Cheesy Eggs!

04.03.2015 by sarah and emily |

What can you make for breakfast that’s packed with protein, veggies, super cheaps and always in your fridge? Scrambled eggs!

Eggs have fast become our favorite breakfast. They are packed with nutrients and are high in choline which is important for fetal brain development..hence making eggs the perfect breakfast for pregnant or nursing mamas!

Here is our favorite way to prepare them…

boxwood clippings cheesy eggs

INGREDIENTS

3 eggs

1/8 c milk

salt & pepper to taste

2 handfuls of spinach

1 slice  of havarti cheese (you could sub for your favorite)

salsa

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DIRECTIONS

Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and cook on medium-high, tossing occasionally until they start to cook.

Add spinach and cheese and cook until firm.

Serve with salsa on the side.

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What’s your favorite way to serve eggs?

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We hope you have an eggcelent Easter weekend!
(hehe, sorry, we couldn’t resist)

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.

boxwoodclippings_kid party hats

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.

boxwood clippings_making a space kid-friendly

 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!

boxwood clippings_making a space kid-friendly

 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.

boxwood clippings_making a space kid-friendly

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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.

boxwood clippings favorite phone cases

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.

boxwood clippings easter eggs

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!

boxwood clippings chocolate easter eggs

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.

boxwood clippings chocolate chip cookies

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!