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Target Tuesday

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

We are suffering from some major winter blues, luckily Target can always cheer us up!

target tuesdays_feb 2016

1 | Loving THIS lightweight scarf for spring.

2 | THIS clock is everything!

3 | Brass + marble lamp? Yes please!

4 | The perfect tote HERE

5 | Pretty stud earrings HERE

6 | Dying over THESE new towels.

7 | Can you ever have too many accent rugs? Love THIS B+W one.

8 | I have a ‘weekender‘ weekness…anyone else?

9 | The prettiest flatware around…HERE.

10 | The classic windsor in a barstool in all the colors of the rainbow HERE.

11 | THIS basket would be perfect anywhere!

12 | THESE house numbers are so cute and affordable. Would love to put them above hooks indoors.

Anyone else in need of some good ole’ retail therapy this time of year?!
You gotta get to Target!

English Pancakes just in time for Pancake Day!!!

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Pancake day is Tuesday Feb 9th, and we are so excited!
We looked forward to this so much as kids, and we have to say that getting the family together for pancakes for dinner as adults is even better!

boxwood clippings | english pancakes

INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
2.5 cups milk
2 eggs
pinch of salt
butter for frying

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl combine flour and salt. Add eggs and whisk together, slowly add milk to form a smooth batter. Heat frying pan on med-high and melt a dab of butter (enough to cover the pan). Add 1/2 c batter to cover whole surface of pan and wait until bubbles form and you can flip it over. Cook other side for about a minute. Pancakes should be barely golden brown.

Our favorite topping combos: strawberry jam + butter, lemon juice + white sugar, nutella + bananas, golden syrup (HERE).

What is your favorite pancake topping? We’d love to give it a try!

Will you celebrate with us this year?

A Great Find: Nature’s Bounty’s E Cream

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

A couple of weeks ago Kimberly (sissy in law) gave me this moisturizer to try. I’d been complaining that my neck was looking wrinkly, and I didn’t want use pricer lotion on my neck, different story for my face! (Now that I’m typing this out, that’s not great reasoning. Who wants a nice wrinkle-free face and a saggy neck?!)

Ugh.

Anyway she let me in on her little secret, of Nature’s Bounty’s E Cream, and since she is one of the best aging ladies I know, I was eager to give it a try!


boxwood clippings | face-cream

Well absolutely no complaints. It’s rich, smells lovely and does the job beautifully, once I found out the price I couldn’t wait to share it with you all, a whopping $3.99 at Walgreens (apparently BOGO right now, see HERE).

I’m not thinking I’ll give up on my beloved Clinique yet, but I’ve loved adding this to my nightly routine, especially in these frindgid temperatures!

What winter beauty secrets do you ladies have, do share!

Our Very Favorite Newborn Clothes and Blankets

Monday, February 1st, 2016

With Em’s baby boy on the way we are prepping to make sure she has everything she needs. Is there anything better than getting ready for a new baby?
Seriously, our favorite!
We must get it from our Mumsie, who did it EIGHT times!

We thought we’d round up our absolute favorite newborn baby clothes and blankets to share with you…

boxwood clippings | favorite baby clothes and blankets1. Swaddle Designs flannel swaddles HERE. These large flannel swaddles are perfect for the newborn stage when babies need to keep extra warm. We love using them as a pretty bassinet sheet and the first blanket we use to lay under infant to protect furniture/carpet/baby gear from spit up.

2. Aden + Anais bamboo swaddles HERE. It’s all about the bamboo that makes these swaddles crazy soft, the best swaddle in our opinion!

3. Swaddle Designs burp cloths HERE. These are extra thick and so much more absorbent than any other cloths we’ve tried. They are perfect to lay under a newborns head to catch any spit up and save you from doing laundry all day long!

4. Ralph Lauren striped night gowns HERE. These are hands-down our favorite things for babies. They make night time diaper changes a breeze instead of dealing with snaps and the babies look so adorable in them. A worth the splurge for sure, and occasionally you can find them at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. They come in navy/pale blue for boys too.

5. Marks and Spencer baby grows (sleepers)
Great news! Our favorite shop for baby essentials in England just launched their USA website. You can get 20% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter HERE. We cannot believe the quality of their products for the price!

Our absolute favorites are the 3-pack jammies for $13 HERE. With the 20% off these work out to be under $3.50 each!!! Our girls slept in these every night from birth-18 months.

6. Kissy Kissy crossover tees HERE. These super soft and thin crossover tees are perfect for the newborn stage. They are perfect to layer over a basic onsie and have integrated mits to cover hands. We love the classic design and scalloped edges.

7. We love Marks and Spencer’s basic onsies, really nice, thick and more stain-resistant cotton. Short sleeve HERE, we really like the sleeveless which is easier to layer with HERE.

Do you have any favorites for new babies? We’d love to hear!

Veggie Prep for the Week Ahead

Friday, January 29th, 2016

I don’t think there’s any question that our families eat healthier when we have a meal plan…

and as always, easier said than done!

Something that’s really helping us this winter is to spend an hour/week peeling, chopping and packing veggies, so they are ready to go and make meal prep so much quicker throughout the week.

Here’s what we prepped for this week:

boxwood clippings | veggies

These veggies make four easy meals, perfect for our Mon-Thurs eating in routine…

chicken noodle soup ever HERE
fajitas HERE
one tray meal HERE
veggie-packed spaghetti HERE

boxwood clippings_chicken noodle soup

The worst part about this is viewing it as another chore….Netflix and a diet coke during nap time really make this a delight ;) Now have we convinced you to give it a try?