Spinach, Egg + Bacon Salad

04.18.2014 by Sarah |

Today we’re sharing another recent salad combo. Can we just say one word…”bacon!”

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Spinach

Hard boiled eggs

Bacon

Mushrooms

Red onion

Poppy seed dressing (we love Briannas)

This is one killing combination. We’ve tried subbing spinach for romaine or eliminating the onions and it just doesn’t taste as good. If you’re ready to give your taste buds a kick, give this delicious salad a try!

Gift Idea: Bud Vase

04.17.2014 by Sarah |

Don’t you just love the smell of fresh flowers? I’ve been totally addicted to them ever since my hospital stay, and have continued to be spoiled since I’ve been home. Em bought over some amazing ones the other day and said “you really do NEED these in your house, they drown out the dirty nappy smell”!

Anyhow, we all know a huge bouquet is pretty hard to beat, but sometimes the simplicity of a few stems can compete. Aunty Kimberly bought each twin their very own arrangement when they were just a day old, how cute is that?!

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This bud vase is from Ikea, but you can find similar anywhere for well under $5. Add a couple of bucks on flowers you have a pretty cost friendly gift that any woman would be happy to receive.

Heck, that’s cheap enough for us to treat ourselves…I’m adding flowers to my weekly grocery list!

$119 Patio Set

04.16.2014 by Emily |

Don’t you just love when the hardware store stocks up for spring? The smell of mulch and pansies and the aisles filled with planters, garden tools and patio furniture??  Ahh I just love it!

Designed to sell, it does just that and has me dreaming of endless possibilities for the backyard. A manicured lawn, a picture-worthy patio, oh and a fireplace would be nice too! ;)  Something rather similar to this:

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A girl can dream, right?!

The other night I was stunned while browsing ikea.com to find this patio set for $119!!!

boxwoodclippings_$119 ikea patio setSolid Acacia Wood Patio Set

Dreams can definitely become a reality with prices like this! Too good of a deal not to share!

Dining Chairs under $100

04.15.2014 by Emily |

There is scarcely a week that goes by that I don’t fall in love with some sort of side chair. I love how they are so versatile and can be moved around the house to change up decor in a flash. Here are a few I am currently loving, all under 100 bucks!

boxwood clippings_9 dining chairs under $100

1. trendig chair $59 (very close to this)

2. tufted + upholstered $85 (available in gray, blue or taupe)

3. basic slipcovered chair $89

4. mod stackable $99

5. white arm chair $89

6. black rattan $99

7. cane side chair $75

8. metal arm chair $50 (also loving the copper and black colors)

9. modern windsor $85 (reminded me of this much more expensive chair)

Do you need help choosing furniture for your space? Shoot us an email to find out more about our design services.

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Easy Spring Garland

04.14.2014 by Sarah |

Today, we’re sharing this springy bunting that we whipped up in just a few minutes…

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We know a classic bunting is overdone, but hey, it’s timeless and hard to beat!

Sarah had remnants of this yellow gingham fabric which was our starting point. We simply cut into triangles and cut two little holes in each piece to thread the twine through.

Next we tied yellow, tan and cream ribbons onto the twine for a fuller look.

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We love how this simple garland brightens up the home for spring, especially because we only used what materials we already had! Now we just need a vase of bright daffodils!

How are you decorating this spring?

Gluten Free Pasta Salad

04.11.2014 by sarah and emily |

These days two little girls are giving us a hard time getting out the door for our usual lunches. The other day we got creative when the fridge was looking sparse, but we wanted something fresh and filling. We came up with this gluten free pasta salad that turned out delicious!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Gluten Free Pasta (we used Barilla’s GF Penne and were pretty impressed)

Any vegetables you have on hand

Italian Salad Dressing

Cheese for garnish

We cooked our pasta, tossed with pepper and olive oil and added fresh tomatoes, celery and beets. We then added canned corn and black beans, tossed everything together with Italian salad dressing and garnished with Parmesan cheese.

When we make this again, we will for sure add beets at the very end with the cheese, as it made the pasta a little purple while being tossed together.

This was so simple and delicious, we hope you’ll give it a try! A large serving is definitely filling enough as a main course or this would be a great side dish to serve at any occasion.

Girls Spring Dresses

04.10.2014 by Sarah |

After 7 years of fertility issues we really had no preference when it came to genders,  but when we found out we were having twin girls the dress dreams began flooding in!!!

This year, I’m lucky to have the most adorable hand-me-down dresses, but that didn’t stop me from looking anyhow! Dress No.1 below comes in both baby blue and pink, to DIE for for twin girls don’t you think? Originally priced at $44 it was a “no way”, but now it’s on sale for $33 (HERE) and was as low as $26 on Ralph Lauren this week.

Which has me asking the question: what is your price point for dresses? Or any clothing items for your children for that matter?

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Dresses 2,3 and 4 are ALL UNDER $25! Which I think is pretty amazing. What do you guys think?

(No.1: $33.75 HERE, No.2: $16.87 HERE, No.3: $23.99 HERE, No.4: $24.99 HERE)

Please share your tips and tricks!

$5 Botanical Art for Spring

04.09.2014 by Emily |

While at Ikea a few weeks ago, I found these botanical posters on clearance for $3.99 for the set!!!

boxwoodclippings_botanical postersThey are called the ‘Trilling’ posters but unfortunately are no longer available online. As you know I’m super weird about art work in our house. I rarely find anything I fall in love with, but at this price I was happy to fall in love, at least for the spring!

I picked up the nyttja frames to frame each poster. I love how lightweight each of these frames are, how inexpensive they are ($4 for 11 x 15), and that they have a plastic insert instead of glass! Absolutely perfect for an art commitment-phobe like myself who hangs everything with command strips! I love being able to move things around at the drop of a hat without making a gazillion holes in the walls.

Five bucks and five minutes later I was hanging all three pieces in the downstairs loo.

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If you’d like yourself some spring $5 botanicals, head to Ikea ASAP-y!

Emily’s Nursery Inspiration

04.08.2014 by Emily |

It’s hard to believe baby Jane will be here in just a few months. Actually, that’s wishful thinking. It’s still 3.5 months away! Boo!

Anyway, time to get going on the nursery! I want the nursery to be mostly coral and tan and will for sure be adding pops of espresso and white for my normal ‘high contrast’ look.

Number one on the priority list is keeping cost to a minimum. Here are a few pieces I am looking at:

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jenny lind espresso crib $166

something similar to this chair.

cream bean bag $44 (I bought this already in store on clearance for $14)

coral posters $9

linen lamp $25

mirrored accent table $190

sugarboo framed art $20 (Sugarboo at Target…holler)

peachy rug 5×8 $60

benjamin moore coral buff paint

Do you have any recommendations in the nursery for furniture or decor? I’d love to hear your advice!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Easter!

04.07.2014 by Sarah |

As you know, I love gathering bits and pieces from around the house to make little festive displays, and now I get to do that in my little one’s nursery.

A book, letter blocks and soft bunny arranged together help things feel seasonal and springy!

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These little cards are from Paper Source, and too cute not to have out on display!

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 Their Easter dresses are quite possibly the world’s cutest hand-me-downs ever!

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 Pink baby ballet flats. Does it get any cuter…I think not!!!

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Spring is in the air and we’re loving life :)

Hearty Cobb Salad

04.04.2014 by Emily |

As the weather warms, I’m finding my taste buds are loving the cold, fresh crisp of a scrumptious salad again. Isn’t there just something to hate about being cold in the winter and trying to eat ice cold vegetables?…brrrr!

Most of the time, my salads are simple and calorie conscious, but for dinner a few nights ago I loaded on the cheese and went to town with a classic cobb salad.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Salad base – plain arugula, spring mix or anything you like.

Protein – chicken, ham, cheese, hard-boiled eggs etc.

Veggies – pack on all your faves.

Dressing – Simple flavors are best. We love Kraft Ranch and it’s a fraction of the price of Hidden Valley.

This salad can hold its own! It’s packed with nutrients, protein and calories! No need to serve with anything else. Brad and I both had a hard time finishing our plates. Which made me think why do I almost always go skimpy on salad toppings?

Adding more volume adds more nutrients. Extra calories on cheese and dressing are worth not being hungry in an hour, which inevitably leads to searching the pantry for treats!

This salad definitely equals satisfaction! Do you have any salad tricks up your sleeve that steers away the mundane, boring salad?

Nautical at Old Navy

04.03.2014 by Emily |

I was thrilled to visit Old Navy last week and see all the looks for spring. Can’t beat Old Navy prices! I have never seen so much nautical in stores and I am loving it!

boxwood clippings_old navy nautical

1. striped hoodie for women

2. chambray baby girl romper

3. polka dot romper for toddler girl

4. anchor bermudas

5. toddler boy stripe shorts

6. manly stripe rugby tee

Do you love nautical as much as me?

5 Great Children’s Books for Spring

04.02.2014 by Sarah |

Children’s books have always held a special place in my heart. The illustrations are always the first to win me over, but a there’s nothing as beautiful as a great story.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed collecting on trips were books for our future children, how happy I am now to have someone to read them to! It’s been really fun starting to build the girls library, and really fun to receive books as gifts, as I love seeing what everyone else’s favorites are!

Here are some we have on our shelves, perfect for Spring don’t you think?!

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No.1: Make Way for Ducklings

No.2: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

No.3: Guess How Much I Love You

No.4: Flower Fairies of the Spring

No.5: Baby Touch and Feel Farm

These would make perfect additions to a Easter basket don’t you think?!

Free Printable Easter Cards

03.31.2014 by Sarah |

It’s funny, but whenever I make something I’ve seen on Pinterest, it gives me a sense of productivity, like I’ve accomplished something!

I’d pinned these free printable Easter cards years ago, and this year I actually got around to printing  them out and adding a ribbon. Aren’t they adorbs?!

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 (Click HERE for printable)

Have you done anything lately that’s been on your list a while?!

Van’s Gluten Free Crackers

03.28.2014 by Emily |

I’ve been gluten free for six years now. The first year was so rough, but it has become so much easier through the years, especially with the help of new gluten free products coming out all the time.

I picked up these crackers at Target recently and discovered they are manna from heaven!

boxwoodclippings_vans say cheese crackersI had forgotten how delicious a cheesy cracker is…yum, yum, yum!

Not only do these crackers taste delicious, they are packed with whole grains and boast no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.

With a price tag similar to “normal” crackers, these are for sure my new favorite gluten free treat.

For any of my gluten free fellows out there or anyone that wants a healthy treat, you HAVE TO give these a try!

Awesome Kid Spaces

03.26.2014 by Emily |

We have the most adorable nephews EVER! I guess it’s possible that we may be biased, but all of our nephews are insanely handsome, sweet and hilarious.

Our brother, Daniel’s three oldest boys are finally old enough to migrate to the third level of their home – the loft. This is one large room where I’m sure the boys will get up to all sorts of mischief, it even has a ladder and a look-out tower for star-gazing! While I’m sure the boys are dreaming of all of their future adventures, I am dreaming of incredible children’s spaces:

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All images via my Pinterest Kids board HERE.

A lot has happened recently has make me think we all grow up too fast. These spaces speak youth and innocence and make me want to treasure every day of childhood of every child I know.  I have so many great memories from sharing bedrooms with my siblings, and can’t wait for the new memories the boys will create. I guess this is the point in my pregnancy when I start getting all emotional and sappy!

Hope you have so much fun in your new room boys xxx

5 Must-Have Items For Your Newborn

03.25.2014 by Sarah |

My sweet baby girls turned 6 weeks today!!! They’ve been some of the busiest and happiest weeks we’ve experienced and can’t believe they are already growing up so fast!

boxwood clippings_jessica peterson photographyPhotograph by Jessica Peterson

In preparation for their arrival, I was determined to be fully prepared as far as gear and supplies go. My advice is to ask advice of what others use, and what to skip.

Now that I’m an experienced Mum (yeah, right!), I’m sharing my top 5 favorite picks of what products I’ve LOVED and wouldn’t have wanted to live without this past month. Here goes!

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1. Target Diapers: This one was highly recommended by a friend, but took the test of comparing them to Huggies in person to believe how great they are. Our babies were 6lbs 15oz and 5lbs 7oz, so definitely on the small side. These diapers didn’t swallow them up, but kept them nice and snug and held up great for those fully loaded nightmares! Buying in bulk and on sale, these cost around 11.7 cents each, making them the cheapest out there. Holler Target, yet again! Also, as an added bonus, they are mostly white, which makes them great for photographs. No Micky Mouse or Pooh Bear anywhere! (see HERE).

2. Tommee Tippee Steam Sterilizer: We’ve really loved a lot of the Tommee Tippee products, but this one takes the cake. Mum found this one, and it has truly been amazing. Feeding 2 babies is no small task, so time shortcuts are a must. Pop this baby in the microwave for 4 minutes and then let stand for 3 and you have yourself perfectly sterilized bottles, binkies and pump accessories! The kit also comes with a bottle and binky and is only $22!!! (see HERE).

3. Burp Cloths: Mum told us we could never have too many, and even with us doing laundry every day, it’s so true! We have about 12 per baby and use them everywhere for everything. Under heads for sleeps, under necks for feeds, over shoulders for burps! They cut down on the wash-load for bigger items and it’s nice to always have a clean place for baby’s head to spit up on! Any burp cloth would do the job. These cloth diapers are perfect and great value for around $2.60 each (see HERE).

4. Swaddle Blankets: Again, Mum said I couldn’t have enough and with 8 per baby she was right! Size is EVERYTHING; the smaller ones don’t work half as well. You need the big ones to fully get those babies in a swaddle they can’t get out of! Life is easier with a swaddled baby, trust me! Unfortunately, the good ones are also the pricey ones, but the money you save buying cheap diapers can help fill the gap! These Aden + Anais ones are amazing (see HERE): nice and thin. The thicker ones by Swaddle Designs are also a must, and you can often find deals in their clearance section HERE.

5. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion: Another friend recommendation, and I’m totally in love. Babies smell delicious on their own, but adding this to the mix after bath time is amazing. Plus, I think the lavender helps baby sleep which is always a plus:) This feels luxurious, but it’s quite the deal at around $6 (see HERE).

I hope these recommendations come in handy, either for you or a loved one.

What items are on your go-to list for newborns? Do tell!

Holler Dollar: Modern Note Cards at Target

03.24.2014 by Emily |

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I saw blossoms this weekend and I couldn’t be happier spring is officially here!

Another thing to brighten my day are these lovely geometric coral note cards from the Dollar Spot at Target.

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Look at those cute envelopes! I’m obsessed with peachy corals every spring time.

8 note cards and envelopes for a dollar. Holler!

Soft Boiled Egg and Toasted Soldiers

03.21.2014 by sarah and emily |

 As a follow up from last week’s post we had lots of requests for the soft boiled egg recipe, aka “egg and soldiers”.

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Directions:

Boil your egg for about half the time of a hard boiled egg. This time will vary per altitude, in Utah we wait til the water gets to a rolling boil, add egg (slowly with a spoon so it doesn’t crack) and let it cook for 4 mins. Next, remove the egg and place in egg cup to slightly cool. With a normal knife, slice off the top of your egg, garnish with S+P and go to town dipping your “soldiers” (strips of buttered toast) in the egg.

Will you be adventurous and give it a try?

Holler Dollar: Beatrix Potter Colouring Books and Jigsaw

03.19.2014 by Sarah |

We love Beatrix Potter throughout the year, but especially at Easter.

Now at Targets Dollar Spot you can find all kinds of goodies with her beautiful illustrations, any of which would be ideal to add to an Easter basket.

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Holler Dollar: Beatrix Potter Jigsaw and Colouring Books

At this price, why not add a few?!