Archive for July, 2013

Cover Girl BB Cream

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

For the first time in 12 years I’ve been converted to a new foundation. Cover Girls BB Cream is light, none greasy and basically all you could ask for in a tinted moisturizer and it’s only around $7…holler!

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It was a big step jumping from my trusty Clinique, but their prices keep going up and their products smaller and smaller.

Have any of you switched from a trusty fave to a new found love? We’d love to hear why you made the switch!

How To Always Have a Fresh Hand Towel

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

It’s no surprise that we LOVE white towels, and generally speaking they require no additional care than another color, but for some reason it’s really hard to keep the hand towel size looking nice and white.

The area that gets used starts to look greyish after only one or two uses and it just looks ugly and dirty, and can be embarrassing if guests stop by.

And that’s why I’ve adopted the washcloth one use program:

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Use once, and throw in basket

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Mum started using washcloths instead of towels several years ago, (she was obviously inspired by some fancy hotel or restaurant) and I think it’s somewhat genius.

They are so small they hardly take up any room in my regular wash, I even think it’s more eco friendly because I’m washing the bigger towel less.

We all love the pack of RE Washcloths at Target that run round $3

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And as soon as they start the grey attitude, they make it into the rag pile.

win and win!

Non-Hideous Ceiling Fans

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Ceiling fans are usually a huge no-no in interior design. However, their functionality is fantastic in the hot months as they can be a life saver in circulating air and saving energy. I also think they can look great in any space. Here’s a few examples of how ceiling fans can work:

The Subtle Fan:

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At first glance at a white ceiling fan at the store, you may think ‘cheap-o’ and move on without a second thought, but doesn’t this white fan look great? I love how it just blends into this beautiful ceiling and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Another perk to a white ceiling fan is they are usually super inexpensive. This ceiling fan is similar to the one above, and this one is only $37!

The Feature Fan:

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Sometimes a bold fan can work in a space..really well. This fan completely changes the feel from a regular traditional room to a breezy, casual Caribbean feel. This fan is a great comparable.

The Complimentary Fan

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This fan neither blends or screams for attention. It fits perfectly with the minimal room and just works with the space. This basic fan would work great in almost any space. I also like this fan for a little more contemporary feel.

My verdict is there are a lot of bad and expensive fans out there, but some great ones too! How do you feel about them? Do you love it or hate it?

If you design need help finding a fan please email us at mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com.

Home Depot Rocking Chairs

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

I saw these rocking chairs at the beginning of the season at Home Depot. I fell in love with them, but decided I should probably do some research before an impulse buy. I looked long and hard and in the end came back to the same chairs!

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I am thrilled with the construction, comfort and price of these chairs. We’ve had some major thunderstorms since we’ve had them and there’s nothing better than grabbing a blanket and watching the storm out on the porch. I love Utah summers!

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I sometimes think these rockers are too nice to have out on the porch getting all dusty and weather-worn. They are definitely nice enough for inside use and have a few ideas brewing for where to put them in the winter months.

The rocker is also available in white and maple and are sold in-store for $99, but I really wanted black which is only sold online for $20 more :( . Luckily I had a 20% off coupon (you can sign up for coupons HERE).

Do you have any outdoor furniture that you love this time of year?

Guest Post from a Salad Queen

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Kimberly is our talented sister-in-law who not only do we love dearly, but whom we’re constantly amazed by. Her creativity is unique, beautiful and comes straight from her heart.

Today we’re crowning her the title ‘Salad Queen’ because almost on a weekly basis she dazzles us with a new salad creation. And best of all we’re not the only ones who notice, this woman successfully has her four boys munching away on greens without any complaints. We give you Kimberly…

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Hi everyone, I’m excited to be here today to share with you what I’ve learned about making a great salad. You can make a delicious salad with whatever you have in your kitchen.

Don’t just look in your refrigerator, but also in your pantry (any kind of bean will make your salad more filling, and of course dried fruit can be a great addition) and in your freezer (frozen peas and corn thaw in a jiffy).
THE BASIC ANATOMY OF A SALAD:
 
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GREENS + FRUIT OR VEG + CHEESE + CRUNCH = YUM!

A few notes:

People seem to like shredded cabbage mixed with any other lettuce. Makes for a fresh bite, but not too strong.

Lots of fruits and vegetables mix nicely, but you only need one ingredient in this category to pull off a salad.

When I say crunch I am referring to croutons, sunflower seeds, toasted ramen noodles, and nuts. Choose one.

 

DRESSINGS: 

I have tried more and more to stay away from store bought dressings. You know its always better for your family when you use real ingredients.

Three Fast and Easy Recipes:

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Balsamic & Lime Vinaigrette from My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil

Coarse salt

Freshly ground pepper

Whisk together and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Wilted Spinach Salad Dressing from The Essential Mormon Cookbook by Julie Badge Jensen

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon mustard

1 tablespoon chopped or grated onion

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Keeps in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

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Ranch Dressing by Me, Kimberly Clayton

Sour Cream

Garlic Salt

Sugar

Red Wine Vinegar

Dried Parsley

Pepper

Depending on how many people are at your dinner table, spoon out a couple or more scoops of sour cream into a bowl. Sprinkle with garlic salt (just a bit), and sugar and a teaspoon or two of red wine vinegar. You can also add dried parsley and freshly ground pepper, more for visual effect. Whisk and then carefully add a little bit a milk until you are happy with the consistency. Taste test and add more garlic salt or sugar as desired.

Hope you like!