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Gift Wrap: Pink and Gold for Valentines

Monday, January 12th, 2015

We always try extra-hard to anticipate special events and holidays during the winter months…we need something to look forward to!

Here’s a little pink and gold wrapping inspiration we’ve created to get us excited for Valentine’s Day!

boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day
boxwood clippings_pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day

boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day

We pulled a few gold sprigs and wrapping paper from our Christmas supplies and added it to our pink and white supplies. The fabric blush flower was a hair clip we found on clearance at Claire’s for .$50 and the gold heart is a pendant from an old necklace.

Ha! Now we can’t wait to start making plans for the month of looove!! How about you?

Gift Wrap: Brown Paper and String

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Yesterday morning I was finishing up some gift wrap and was impressed by how simple things always look so good.

Brown paper, basic string, a clipping from outside and a small bauble (just to be fancy) is all you need.

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

 Of course a personalized tag is always fun.

Get yourself a nice thin pen (like THIS one) that will help flatter your handwriting.

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

Wishing you happy wrapping, from our homes to yours!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

Friday, December 19th, 2014

We are in love with THIS recipe for making homemade chocolates.

They are easy, so fun to make and the final result looks so profesh…making them a perfect Christmas gift idea!

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We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:

Ingredients:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp orange cream oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, orange cream oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place on foiled cookie sheet. Refrigerate again for about an hour.

After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your chocolates from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to dish out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolates on the cookie sheet to set. We used a round dipping tool like THIS, which made dipping extra easy (and helped us feel like chocolatiers :)).

For packaging, we picked up THESE little candy cups and THESE adorable holiday boxes sold individually, which are so fun for Christmas!

This recipe makes about 25 delicious orange creams. Adapted from this recipe.

Are you making anything fun for Christmas this year? We’d love to hear!

Gift Wrap: Glitter Letters

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

It’s finally here, the day I stay in my PJ’s and wrap, wrap, wrap!

Little Women playing in the background, and my little women playing with leftover gift wrap, it’s a dream!

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Last year some of my favorite gifts were wrapped in gold, with thin cream ribbon, with these (see HERE) glitter ornaments.

Simple, chic and easy. Perfection in my book!

Gift Idea: $10 Boxwood Wreath

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

This year we have been extra busy with the babies, so we need to keep Christmas pressies super, super easy!

On Saturday, we made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up our favorite $10 Boxwood wreaths.

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We tied a simple bow and tag and hand-delivered to a few people on our Christmas lists.

Can you get anything lovelier than a fresh wreath for a gift? We may be a little biased!

Do you have any easy gift ideas this year?

10 Family Gifts for $25

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The most wonderful time of year is upon is, but also the most stressful right?!

We are always trying to simplify, and one great way is to give family gifts. Here are a few ideas we love:boxwood clippings_10 family gift ideas for under $25

 1. Out-of-the-ordinary special treats. Jelly Belly’s are always a good idea. Watch out for them on coupon at Costco.

2. Awkward teenagers? They won’t be able to resist joining in when everyone else is having fun working on a puzzle. We love festive ones like THIS one.

3. A framed family picture is the perfect gift! Getting an actual print into a frame isn’t so easy when you are busy all-day, every-day with little ones! This is a super inexpensive gift when using frames like THIS.

4. Good old fashioned fun like THIS bocce set are great to gather a family of all ages. Only $7!!! Really?!!!

5. Gift cards for a family outing are always great. A favorite ice-cream or doughnut shop, a museum, the zoo or movies tickets.

6. Kids love a hot cup of cocoa, especially with their own special mug. Monogrammed mugs from HERE.

7. How about a Christmas-themed movie set like THIS?

8. I remember been enthralled by a massive barrel of popcorn when we were kids (see HERE).

9. We love the idea of having a family tree on the wall. Kids love seeing their names on it too! Learn how to make your own HERE.

10. We love family board games. THIS one is easy, fast and hilarious. Win, win!

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Did you see Target is offering free shipping on everything for the holidays?!

We like the idea of avoiding the cold and crowds by shopping online…just need to make sure to order nice and early!

 Do you give group gifts? We’d love to hear your ideas!!!

Colorful Gift Wrap

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Today’s wrapping idea came from our dad, who requested our help putting together a bright and shiny pile of presents for our Mum a few Christmases ago!

Great idea, Johnny boy!

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We used colored tissue paper, clear cello wrap over the top and coordinating ribbons tied in a simple bow.

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For large presents, you can always use plastic table cloths (see HERE), in lieu of the tissue paper.

Wouldn’t these make stunning presents for kiddies?!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Black, White + Gold

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Is there anything more classic than black and white with a touch of gold?
boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

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We are always craving a little glamour this time of year, and of course we turn to gift wrap to get our fix!

Sparkle for Less at Walmart

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!

You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!

boxwood clippings_cheap and chic jewery at walmart!gold, black + crystal studs

Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!

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There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!

How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!

Holler Dollar: Stocking Stuffers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

We just LOVE Target’s Dollar Spot this time of year.

Simple little toys like these make awesome stocking suffers, and for just $1 you really can’t go wrong!

boxwood clippings_holler dollar kids stocking stuffers

The jingle bells are especially festive, bring on the holiday cheer!!!

Holler!!!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Grey and Gold

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Happy Monday y’all, we hope you had a lovely weekend!

Today we’re sharing how we glammed up our normal gold Christmas wrap by adding grey!!!

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

 

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

We bought grey butcher paper for $.59 yard from Zurchers, and love how the matte finish looks next to the shiny gold.

Butcher paper is perfect for large presents and so much cheaper than traditional wrapping paper. Win, win!

Holler Dollar: Ikea Gift Tags

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

We were super stoked to find these totally adorable gift tags at Ikea last week…10 for a buck!

boxwood clippings_holler dollar ikea gift tags

Ikea has really expanded their gift wrapping selection and it is all fantastic! (see HERE).

This is our new favorite holler dollar at Ikea, but we may have momentarily forgotten about those yummy cinamon rolls. What’s your favorite?

Christmas Gift Wrap: Whites and Creams

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

We know it’s a little early for Christmas, but it’s never too early to get you inspired, right?

We received our first snow this week, which spurred us to play around with one of our favorite color combos!

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

 

TOP: Left – classic paper bow. Middle – thin ribbon + teeny shatterproof bauble. Right – tulle bow.

MIDDLE: Left – white paper fringe + thin ribbon. Middle – paper bow cut open. Right – satin bow.

BOTTOM: Left – felt + thin ribbon. Middle – different layered ribbons tied in knots. Right – white paper fan.

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Oh, we can’t help it. We’re feeling Chrismassy already!

DIY Leather Feather Magnets

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

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

Gift Idea: Custom Pillow from Tiny Prints

Monday, October 13th, 2014

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…

boxwood clippings_black and white living room

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.

$10 Statement Necklace

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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?

Fall Gift Wrap from The Dollar Tree

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

We had such a great response from our summer floral gift wrap, we decided to make a fall variation!

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 The Dollar Tree Supplies:

Craft paper

Brown grosgrain ribbon

Silk flowers

Wire cutters

Here’s how we wrapped this pretty gift:

Wrap box in craft paper.

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Tie ribbon as normal, and leave your knot a little loose on top.

boxwood clippings_fall gift wrap

Use wire cutters to cut your flowers with an inch stem.

boxwood clippings_fall gift wrap

Take two flower stems and place them under your knot in opposite directions, then tighten your knot.

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Repeat by placing two more flowers in opposite directions and hold stems in place with another knot.

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Ta Dah!

boxwood clippings_fall gift wrap

It couldn’t be easier or cheaper to make a gift extra special!

We L-O-V-E The Dollar Tree!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip + Crasins Granola

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Our sis-in-law, Kimberly is the most impressive cook. She makes things from scratch whenever possible and is always spoiling us with her yummy treats.

One of our favorites, is THIS Ina Garten granola recipe:

boxwood clippings_yummy chocolate chip and crasin granola

Ingredients:

4 cups old fashioned oats (we used these GF ones)

2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

2 cups sliced almonds

3/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup honey

craisins (amount to taste)

chocolate chips (our variation! amount to taste)

Directions:

Toss dry ingredients together, then in a separate bowl whisk oil and honey. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until coated. Pour onto a 13×18 inch baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees. Sir occasionally until the mixture turns a nice even brown, 30-45 minutes. A lighter brown will result with a chewy granola with more clumps, a darker brown will by more crunchy.

Remove the granola from the oven and pour into a large bowl, allow to cool and then stir in anywhere between one to 4 cups of craisins and chocolate chips. Makes about 12 cups. Store in an airtight container.

boxwood clippings_homemade granola gift

This is the epitome of decadence, and the perfect way to start an autumn day!

It would make a perfect present for this time of year too!

Chocolate for breakfast is so not diet friendly, but is so very good for the soul!

Three words…nom, nom, nom!

Mrs Meyers Peony Soap + Lotion

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Mrs Meyers has done it again with this pretty duo…

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Mrs Meyers Peony Hand Soap + Lotion

Perfectly pretty enough to gift, and smells like floral heaven.

$3.99 each and look out for $1.50 off two products coupons that are often attached to products!

Available at Target.

The Dollar Tree Gift Wrap

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Most of the time we keep our gift wrapping really simple, but sometimes we like to go all out. Either way, our first stop for supplies is The Dollar Tree.

boxwood clippings_summer floral gift wrap

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This gift wrap all came from The Dollar Tree: a roll of craft paper, black grosgrain ribbon (usually 5 yrds/dollar), and silk blooms. $3 total and oodles to spare for the next time I want to go cray-cray with summery florals.

The Dollar tree is a great place for basics such as colored paper, ribbon and gift bags, but does run out of things occasionally. We try to make a visit at least once a month to stock up on a few basics and see what’s new for the season. We try to look at items individually rather than an aisle full of not so great stuff. There are diamonds in the rough, and finding them is part of the fun.

Gift wrap is so much fun when you’re not spending a fortune on it!