Archive for June, 2012

Queen Anne’s lace at Whole Foods

Friday, June 29th, 2012

I have been more than impressed with Whole Foods Floral department lately. All of their floral bouquets are incredibly fresh, bounteous and affordable.

I am always excited to see the latest seasonal flowers and this week was happy to find one of my all time faves: Queen Anne’s lace.

At $4 a bunch and a week of fresh blooms on our table, I am a fan! Do you have a favorite place to pick up flowers?

Red, White + Blue

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

With the 4th of July right around the corner and Brad and I both glued to the Olympic trials things are getting pretty patriotic around here. Too bad we are rooting for different teams!

 I am majorly wishing I could deck out the house like this for the summer:


I’m not biased or anything! Maybe we should just stick to the red, white and blue gumball garland :)

DIY 4th of July Gumball Garland

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

We’re feeling all kinds of patriotic around here, as there’s so much to celebrate this time of year on both sides of the pond. I’m just grateful that the Union Jack and American Flag sport the same colours; red, white and blue are doing double duty in this house!

This garland was so simple to make, even your little ones could help out. Simply poke holes in the gum balls with a needle, then let the kidoes string them on some thread or fishing wire. Hang with nails or tacks and you’re done!

A bag 3.5lb bag of red, white and blue gumballs is only $10.99 at Gygi (see HERE). I used maybe 1/3 of the bag for the garland you can see above, so there’s still plenty to use for other crafts, or perhaps as favors for your 4th of July festivities.

Remember to use code ‘BOXWOOD10′ at checkout to receive 10% off all orders. Free pick up in store available.

Home Depot Adirondack Chair $29!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

For years I’ve been a fan of the Adirondack chair. They just scream summer, and look good anywhere: beach, lake side and your own back yard.

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These chairs usually run over $100, but the other day at the Home Depot, I spied these at only $29!

The unfinished wood allows you to choose what colour or finish you’d like. I’d like to think I go with a rainbow of sorbet colours; but when it comes down to it I’d choose classic white…and if I get really crazy, I’d add some coloured cushions!


Monday, June 25th, 2012

In the rising temperatures of the past week I have noticed a lot of awnings going up on the older homes in our neighborhood. I am simply loving the look.

It seems like awnings on homes are a trend of the past. Nowadays they are mostly used for shop fronts and cafes.

I suppose this is due to modern air conditioning, the time and expense for placing awnings over windows and doors each summer, as well as the cost of replacing them as I’m sure they get considerably worn by the sun over time.

Here are three reasons why I think awning are still pretty cool (haha, no pun intended)

 1. Aesthetically pretty and summery.

2. Provide shade + conserve electricity.

3. Allow you to use outdoor spaces such as patios or decks in high temperatures.

Do you have any experience with awnings?  Do the pros outweigh the cons or is there a reason for the dying trend?

New 7-Eleven Slurpees

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Don’t you just love getting a Slurpee in the summer? For me, it brings back a thousand memories of midnight 7-Eleven runs in college and lots of date nights with Brad.

Have you seen the billboards around for the new 7-Eleven Slurpee flavors? I was a total sucker and headed straight for the closest sticky-floored 7-Eleven to try them out.

I am happy to report the new flavors are delicious.

With my watermelon-obsessed husband loving the new Watermelon-Lime and the sugar-free Mango for me, 7-Eleven may be seeing a little more of us this summer! What’s your favorite summer treat?

A Story of a Seed

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

I’m a person who believes in many things. Some real, some maybe not…but I always lean on the more believing side of things. Things like the Loch Ness Monster or Big Foot, don’t sound as off the charts to me, as maybe they do to a lot of you. But there’s somethings I don’t really believe in, and it’s weird because I totally know these things are real, just not when it comes to me. Things like planting a seed, and it actually growing.

About a month ago I was outside with the chill of the evening, handing Brock pumpkin seeds one by one, he was planting them as fast as possible into the ground. Other than a few miniature attempts, this was our first real shot at gardening or growing anything. We’d manage to plant two rows of four seeds, but now the sun was fading fast and we were both eager to return to warmth. As we got in the groove, the planning process became much faster, and suddenly I was down to our last seed.

Before I hurried it down our little assembly line, I gave it a little kiss and said “grow little seed, grow”. Brock then placed it  in the ground, covered it with dirt and fertilizer. Just as he had with the 24 that went before.

Two weeks later we had a our own little miracle…

young green leafs, breaking through the ground.

And suddenly I was a believer. Even if it was just one success out of the 25.

That night while I was dozing into bliss, I suddenly remembered my lunatic moment of talking to a seed, and even the kiss, and then it hit me…the seed I talked to was the ONLY one that had sprouted. And then I felt very proud that I perhaps had a hand in our little miracle.

It took almost two weeks later for the others to appear. And although we’re happy to see them, I still have my favorite. :)

A Modern Baby Shower: Decorations + Food

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

When I’m throwing a party, decorations are a must, but they don’t have to be a budget-buster. In fact, here’s how I decorated using mostly items that were already purchased for the shower.

These checkered beverage napkins doubled as a banner. I simply cut the napkins in half, hung them from a strand of ribbon, and secured them with tiny clothes pins.

The garland was made by stringing gum balls, which were left over from the invites (see HERE), and separating them with shortened paper straws.

The display above our kitchen island was made from: paper lanterns and Christmas baubles that I already had; a green dot garland, made with stickers and ribbon; and silver lids (used for aluminum food containers), to make the bigger dots.

They were all strung with baker’s twine, which was again left over from the invites.

The food was mostly made by Tyler, Kumari’s hubby. It was an unusual shower feast of bbq ribs, corn, etc. … that didn’t even last long enough for a photo!

The desserts were more traditional and equally delish! Perfect and delectable cupcakes from The Sweet Tooth Fairy (our favorite local cupcakes), and homemade mini fruit meringues.

The invites and favors for the shower can be seen HERE and HERE.

We were happy with how easily this party came together. With adorable products, and just a bit of imagination, it’s nice to create such fun events.

Again we’d like to remind you that Gygi is offering our readers 10% off all online orders. Just use the promo code “BOXWOOD10″ at checkout. Check out what we got below:

Complete list of products used from Gygi:

Baker’s Twine, $13.99; Candy Boxes, $8.99 for 25; Gumballs, $10.99 per 3.5 lb bag; Taffy, $7.99 per 3 lb bag; Decorative Bags, $5.00 for 20; Paper Straws, $9.99 for 144; 7″ Round Card Stock Lids, 15¢ each; and Black Checkered Beverage Napkins, $3.99 for 50.

A Summer Classic: Old Navy Plaid Shirt

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

The classic plaid shirt is a fashion statement that never goes out of style. This summer is no different, except I am seeing the casual plaid being dressed up in new sophisticated ways.

Old Navy has THE MOST PERFECT lightweight plaid shirts available right now.

I bought one about a month ago, and literally cannot stop wearing it…to the Laundromat with cut-offs, date night with jeans, and off to church nicely tucked in to a pencil skirt.

With its flattering cut, no layering tanks required, lightweight and durable fabric, price tag of under $25, and go-with-anything style it is my number one clothing pick this summer.

On the future hot days that will soon be upon us I think you will like it too!

Get the Look: Pottery Barn’s Stripe Duvet vs. Ikea’s Emmie

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I saw this bedroom in the recent Pottery Barn catalog, and instantly wanted to take a nap. So summer breezy, and relaxing.

The duvet cover is the eye catcher, but at $149 it’s out of the question on this student budget.


Have no fear, Ikea is near! Their twist on the classic stripe is to add a gingham on one side. This really adds a nice touch, as you can swap out the look as often as you make your bed. To top it off, their set includes pillow covers and it’s priced at only $39! See HERE.

There’s no doubt the Pottery Barn would win on quality; but if you’re looking for a quick switch, we’d go with Ikea, especially if it’s just seasonal.

Have you fallen in love with a look that’s out of your budget? Pop us an email, and we’ll see if we can suggest a thrifty version.


Happy Father’s Day 2012

Friday, June 15th, 2012

We are so looking forward to this weekend to celebrate this handsome devil:

Through the years he has taught us by example to be hard working, responsible, and dependable while not to take life or ourselves too seriously.

 Thanks Dad for loving us, for always being our number one fan, and for putting up with with all our girly craziness!

We hope you all have a lovely weekend celebrating too!

Holler Dollar: Gift Bags

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

A few weeks away from Target and it’s like Christmas morning all over again..oohing and ahhing over all the new merchandise.

On my last visit I was happy to discover these small gift bags in the dollor section:

Two bags for one dollar! Perfect for Father’s Day, any summer occasion and even for autumn or Halloween with the addition of brown or black tissue paper.

Crate & Barrel Mini Bowls

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I spotted THESE bright little bowls at Crate & Barrel, and thought they were so cute and cheeky. Priced at just $1.95 each, they’d be perfect for any dessert.

Choosing just one colour, or a whole rainbow is part of the fun. How about pairing just the red + blue ones? Filled with berry cobbler and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, very 4th of July!

A Modern Baby Shower: Favors

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Last Saturday we had my friend Kumari’s shower at our house. I wanted to have little favors for our guests, and needed something cute and easy we could put together without any fuss.

We once again headed over to Gygi, where we found these adorable paper bags, and bulk candy. We choose white taffy, and grey bags to match with our theme, and ta-da a cute little favor that couldn’t have been easier.

If you’re planning a party or get together you’ll have to stop by Gygi, especially since they are still offering our readers a 10% discount online with code “BOXWOOD10″…whoot whoot!!! (Remember you can pick up in store so you don’t have to pay shipping.)

PS. Did you see Gygi featured on the Today show last week? We love locals on national telly :) see HERE.

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Anne Made Jam at Brambles

Monday, June 11th, 2012

We discovered Anne Made Jam at Brambles, and were immediately smitten. The local jam company’s intriguing flavor combos and adorable packaging had us sold.

We think they would make a lovely Father’s Day gift for any fella in your life, especially paired with our favorite homemade bread.

Usually these jams retail for $8, but Brambles is currently offering 20% off your choice of jam just in time for Father’s Day.

Just mention Boxwood Clippings for your discount through June.

Thrift Store Find: Louis Chairs

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Don’t you hate it when you go on a blog and see an awesome DIY before and after picture of a piece of furniture that you think you could never find?

Well I am living proof that with a little persistence you will eventually find a great piece!


These chairs are originals, made in Salt Lake City in 1950 and I am so excited to pretty them up and have them in our home!

I am totally digging the mustard velvet fabric (no joke), but as it is definitely passed its best I am debating between traditional vs trendy and fun re-upholstery.

 I think I might go a little crazy with this pair, at least a fun pattern on the back. Which do you like best?

BOGO at Pei Wei and McDonald’s

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

It’s that time again for BOGO at Pei Wei and McDonald’s!

Pei Wei is offering a Free Hong Kong BBQ Diner Select Entree with another Entree purchase.

For your BOGO coupon, click HERE, next click on ‘Create Passport’ button or log in to an existing account. Next open your passport guide, click on the BBQ Fanatic stamp, click on the “Go to China” button and watch a short clip. The coupon will be emailed to you within a day.

Happy BOGO recipients:

Over at McD’s, their cool and delicious real fruit smoothies are BOGO. Click HERE for coupon.

The last time we had this coupon we had a hard time using it in Utah county. However, in Salt Lake county we had no problems at all. Make sure to ask before purchase if they accept the coupon at your location.

Downeast Tent Sale Deals

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Downeast Tent sales are not to be missed, Orem and Ogden start today and run thru Satuday.

Every year I’m guaranteed to find a bargain in mint condition, and this year was no exception. Here’s what we found at Draper last week:

Both Em and our friend scored this West Elm couch for only $125!

While I was happy with my $5 find, this curtain rod that is usually priced at $99 HERE.


No.1 If you’re short on time, skip the bins of clothes and fabrics and head straight to the bigger items.

No.2 There’s tons of boxes in the tent, be sure to read the box because sometimes they don’t have a display item out.

No.3 Always check the price with sales associate. My curtain rod had a price tag of $35, but I thought that sounded high for tent prices, so I checked and low and behold it was only $5…holler holler!

I’d be sure to check out the sales if you’re near by, and let us know if you find any treasures!

A Bit of Brit

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

This summer I have plenty of reasons to be homesick. First, the queen’s diamond jubilee (which is today), and later Olympic games.

I hate to think I’m missing out on a whole country partying. However, getting my eye candy on pinterest has kept me going, when I’m feeling extra patriotic.

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I’m craving hanging up my union jack all summer long, do you think it’ll look weird with the american flag right next to it? At least they’re the same colours right?


House Beautiful: June

Monday, June 4th, 2012

I was absolutely floored by House Beautiful’s June edition. Page after page of jaw-dropping eye candy. This is a Boxwood-approved impulse buy when you’re checking out at the store! I was particularly taken by this amazing Atlanta home:

The ceilings in this house are incredible. High gloss paint helps accentuate the arch windows and curved ceiling.

Here is another view of the living room. I like the quilt thrown onto the sofa to add a casual vibe (as well as pet-friendly) to the otherwise formal decor.

The homeowner wanted a casual kitchen and dining space, which worked out beautifully. I am so in love with the glass and steel windows and rustic glass cabinets.

This bathroom is the perfect blend of rustic elegance. I love the creamy paint and heavy drapes to warm up the cold, steel french doors.

Every square inch of this home has been designed to perfection. Each room has it’s own style and tone, yet the home flows cohesively.

You can follow the talented, designer of the home, Beth Webb on Pinterest HERE.