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10 Things We Buy at Paper Source

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Our first visits to Paper Source were pretty magical! We adore this store! Paper Source offers basic gift and craft supplies, one of a kind gift ideas items, as well as all of our favorite stationary brands such as Rifle Paper Company, Snow & Graham, and Cavallini. Here are the things we buy:

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1. Craft kits: We can’t wait to make all THESE adorable crafts with our girls. Isn’t THIS wreath kit impressive?!

2. Ribbon: THIS is Em’s favorite ribbon EVER!

3. Greeting Cards: We save more expensive greeting cards for milestone birthdays and anniversaries. Loving THIS one. They also offer packs of cards at a great price, but they sell out quick! THIS card is only $12.50 for a pack of 10.

4. Stickers: A very cheap and easy way to make your own cards, gift tags, place settings etc. We love THESE basic b+w ones. 24 for $2.50.

5. Calendars: Even now most of our scheduling is on google calendar, Paper Source convinces us every year we still need a beautiful one too! See the full selection of 2015 calendars HERE. Em uses hers exclusively as a birthday calendar…see HERE.

6. Gift wrap basics: We love Paper Source’s selection of basic gift wrap, especially for favors and Christmas. We love THESE clear, fold-over and food-safe cellophane bags. 100 count for $6! Loving THIS Christmas gift wrap set from Cavillini. See all gift wrap HERE.

7. Pens: THIS one is our current fave, and seriously makes our handwriting a little better! $1.95

8. Single sheets of wrapping paper: We rarely use these pretty papers to actually wrap gifts. Instead we frame them and hang them as art. THIS one is going in Jane’s room.

9. Twine: Lasts forever. Amazing price! See HERE.

10. Gift Ideas: The store and website is filled with great gift ideas. We love THIS tea towel, THIS art set for the kiddies, and a good notebook is always a good idea!

Do you have any favorites?

A Perfect Fall Panini

Friday, September 19th, 2014

With fall in the air we had this perfect panini for lunch the other day…

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First, we spread the brie over our bread, then layered thin slices of granny apple and rotisserie chicken and grilled as normal in the panini press.

We loved the combination of the creamy cheese and crunchy apple…the perfect comfort food on a slightly chilly day.

Sar added a little brown mustard on hers for a little kick.

Playing around with such simple ingredients is fun! What are your fall faves?

Look For Less Pave Link Bracelet

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

I love a good link bracelet and especially love THIS sparkly one.

My experience with pave and costume jewelry has not been good, eventually one the little stones falls out..so I am opting for THIS way less expensive one.

boxwood clippings_pave bracletA whopping $100 difference in price! Wahoo! Loving this look for less!

 

 

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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I feel like I’ve discovered a gold mine browsing through all amazing options exclusive to target.com!

I had no idea Target offered such a huge selection of home furnishings.

Here’s a little peek at the goodness:

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one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine

Buying furniture online is a big commitment without seeing the piece in person.

Here are a few tips to keep it a no-stress shopping experience…

1. Scale is everything! It’s hard to get an idea of size by pictures. Look at dimensions and tape them off in the space you are shopping for before you purchase.

2. Look at shipping costs! Target.com is pretty great in that almost everything ships for free with a purchase over $50. The exception to this is large items, which will have a disclaimer next to the ‘add to cart’ button if the item requires extra shipping. Even though the surplus shipping charge on large items is really reasonable compared to other stores, we sometimes wait for a sale on the item to cover this additional cost.

3. Note the return policy! One of the greatest things about shopping at target.com is the ability to return to a store and avoid paying return shipping, this includes most furniture! Make sure to click on the ‘shipping & returns’ tab to make sure you can order the item, experiment with it in your space and have the ability to return to a store if it doesn’t work.

Can’t beat furniture shopping in you pjs at home!

Lemon and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Bundt cakes always look so beautiful don’t they?

Last month when Downeast had their tent sale I was lucky enough to find THIS Williams and Sonoma pan for only $5, holler! I’ve been dying to give it a try so I whipped up the recipe that was on the packaging, and added some lemon and poppy seeds.

It was so delish, and picture perfect!

boxwood clippings_lemon and poopyseed bunt cake recipe

You Will Need:

3 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

3/4 tsp of salt

2 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter

1 2/3 cups of sugar

4 lightly beaten eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups of milk

4 drops of lemon extract

3 tbsp of poppy seeds

powdered sugar for dusting

How To:

With all ingredients out at room temperature, prep the oven by placing rack in lower third of oven, and preheat to 325 degrees. Grease and flour pan generously.

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl beat the butter on medium speed until creamy (about 30 seconds). Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs a little at a time, and then the vanilla, and mix.

Add the flour mixture gradually in three sessions, followed by a bit of milk mixing well after each. Be sure to scrape down edge of bowl and mix everything well.

Spread batter into prepped pan, and bake until cake begins to pull away from the sides and passes the toothpick test! 65-70 minutes. Move the pan from oven to wire tack and let cake cool for 15 minutes in pan. Tap the pan gently to loosed the cake and turn upside down onto cake stand. Cool for at least two hours and dust with powered sugar or glaze right before serving.

For The Glaze:

powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

I can’t remember the exact measurements, but it’s all preference anyhow. Start with a cup of powdered sugar and mix in a little lemon juice until the desired consistency. Remember once drizzled on cake, it always seems runnier than in the bowl! Sprinkle lemon zest over the top!

Em’s Everyday Makeup

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

When I got married I had baggage alright…bins and bins full of expensive makeup!

Once I had to start budgeting with someone else I started experimenting with cheaper makeup instead of my usual expensive brands..

Five years later and I’ve narrowed down my everyday makeup to just five items that I love, love love!

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Neutrogena sunscreen: This sunscreen not only protects my face from the sun but also is a great moisturizer before applying makeup. Both Costco and Target often have this on sale.

Covergirl concealer: For those northern European bags under my eyes. This is as good as anything I’ve tried…which has been a lot! Available at any drugstore.

Guerlain bronzing powder: Now I am super white because of all that sunscreen, I defo need THIS bronzer. This is my one ‘worth the splurge’ makeup product. I apply a little all over my face and a little extra on the apples of my cheeks and nose instead of using blush. I have tried lots of cheaper bronzers and nothing looks as good, and this one lasts at least a year. Do you have any good ones to recommend? Sarah also raves about this product, see HERE.

Wet n Wild eyeshadow in ‘Nutty’: THIS $.99 eyeshadow is amazing! I was a MAC eyeshadow girl for many years and this is just as good… I just use it to line the outer corners of my eyes. Available at Rite Aid/Walgreens.

Maybelline ‘full n soft’ mascara: Non-clumpy mascara that can be layered and comes off really easily at night. I hate sticky mascaras. Available at any grocery/or drugstore.

My routine takes less than five minutes, lasts just as long and looks just as good as the products I used to use.

Have you had any great finds with inexpensive makeup? Please share!

Black and White Products for Baby

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

It’s no secret that on this blog we’re obsessed with black and white. In our book you simply can’t go wrong with this color combo, even when it comes to baby.

These items have been some of our favorite baby products. Even though we’ve made the purchase on our taste, we also feel they are the most practical of choices when it comes to the big ticket items. Black and white are gender neutral and classic, we’ll be using them for whatever babies are in our future; making them the most sensible, thrifty, and prettiest of options.

How do you like them?

 

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No. 1: I about died when I saw this top at Gap (see HERE), I’ll be getting it in two sizes to make sure the twins will be rocking it both fall and winter.

No. 2: Em’s diaper bag is as classy as it gets, I’m only slightly jealous! (see HERE)

N0. 3: These shoes are only $14.99 and as cute as can be, another purchase in multiple sizes! (see HERE)

N0. 4: Our Mama Roo has been a life saver, and a must if you ever want to take a shower! The black and white and cool design fits into our home beautifully, and hasn’t been one of those pesky baby items we’re dying to be done with. I only wish they made it in adult size! (see HERE)

No. 5: You’ve all heard that black and white is great for baby development right? So all of these products are very baby friendly, but especially toys like these. We just love it. (see HERE)

No. 6: Swaddle blankets are our faveeee. But a black and white version is our ‘super fave’. (see HERE)

No. 7: I’ve been on the hunt for the best binkie clip, and this is it! L.O.V.E the Dirty Dancing reference! (see HERE)

No. 8: Our Bumble Ride twin stroller with bassinets has been our lifesaver. I can’t say enough how much we adore this product. I actually make it out of the house because of this bad boy. It’s honestly amazing. We bought black A. because it was on sale and B. because I want to keep it forever and ever. Yes I’m in love! (see HERE)

N0. 9: Another true love, the Stokke High Chair. This is a family classic that we just LOVE. There’s soooo many great things about this product, but the main one is that it grows with the child. Seriously, our girlies are in theirs now and they can still use them as an adult. Our baby brothers still fit in there’s and they are giants at 6 foot, 7 inches! (see HERE)

N0. 10: Just some adorable sockies to match our theme. LOVE! (see HERE)

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Elizabeth and Hannah rocking the trend! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more!

Click HERE!

 

The Perfect Fall Salad

Friday, September 5th, 2014

September is here and we couldn’t be happier for the next few months. We made the most delicious salad, which just seems perfect for this time of year!

Butternut Squash, Beet + Goat Cheese Salad

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Ingredients:

Roasted Butternut Squash

Beets

Goat Cheese

Spring Mix

Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

We assembled salad with beets and squash first, added a large serving of greens on top, and garnished with goat cheese, pepper and balsamic vinegar.

Absolute perfection on a crisp afternoon, we hope you like it too!

Baby Moccasins

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Oh how we love the look of a little chubby baby in a pair of sweet moccasins!

There are a lot out there with a huge price variation….

At the lowest price point of $10 or under, Old Navy offers THIS classic mocc and THIS  cute bootie. Faux materials, but pretty adorable for the price don’t you think?

 

boxwood clippings_baby moccasinsIn the mid-range, we have classic Minnetonka moccasins. We have several pairs and they are sooo comfortable. We love the simplicity of these moccs. They are a great price for a great product. These booties are available at Nordies, click HERE and HERE.

boxwood clippings_baby moccasinsLastly, we have the high-end moccs. These boutique moccs offer soft leather and oodles of enticing color choices. We love the look of THIS bow pair from The Coral Pear, and the color of THIS platinum pair from Freshly Picked.

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As new mummies we’d love your input!

Where do you stand on baby moccasins? Are you happy with getting the look with a faux pair from Old Navy or is it worth the splurge on an oh-so-pretty high-end pair?

Baby Girl Closet: Headband Organization

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Double of everything looks like a lot in one little closet, so it’s also doubly important to keep it nice and organized.

After our recent post (see HERE) where we made our own headbands, you can say I went a little crazy and decided the girls needed at least one each in all the neutrals (yes, pink is a neutral when it comes to baby girls!). Good thing they are cheap and easy!

Which was exactly what we were looking for in a storage solution. Naturally we headed to Ikea and found these awesome rails ($2.99), bins ($.99) and hooks ($.99).

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Using all available space is key in a small space. In most cases that means putting your wall space to use.

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It looks pretty, but most of all it’s very functional. As always, creating a home for something helps your home run more smoothly with way less stress. No longer are we on the hunt for two matching bows, they’re right there next to each other…see less stress!

We also love that the rails, hooks and bins can be handy for all sorts of odds and ends when the bow phase is over. Honestly, I think I’ll be adding a lot more of these around the house. Are you tempted?

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for product links :)

 

Victoria Sponge Cake

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

No summer is complete without a ‘Vicky Sponge’.

If you want to feel British, whip up this cake!

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It’s the most basic of recipes and has us once again believing that simple is always best!

We followed THIS recipe

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Ooooh I’m off for seconds, anyone want to join me?!

The Perfect $10 Blouse

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

For some reason I’m a little embarrassed that I wear black all the time. People always seem to make little comments and challenge me to wear color.

Somehow, despite efforts to branch out, this black beauty arrived on my doorstep this week.

boxwoodclippings_black crepe blouseIt looks pretty simple and basic, but it is perfection in my eyes!

It’s slight boat-neck, loose fit, exposed zipper on the back and lightweight polyester fabric give it a 60′s feel, and I know it is going to be my favorite thing to wear all fall.

And…it was only $10!

Haters will hate, but I still love black!

boxwoodclippings_$10 target blouse blouse | jeans | bracelet

My first Mommy selfie..uggh. I feel like a poser, but wanted you to see what it looks like in person…right before Jane christened it with spit-up!

If you want to jump on this bandwagon, click HERE for your $10 blouse!

Holler Dollar: 4 Baby Items You Should be Buying!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

There are sooooo many great baby items on the market these days that it’s hard not to get carried away.

These 4 items from the Dollar Tree, (although not all are specifically made for baby) have not only been a relief on the wallet, but have been some of the most used items in our homes this year.

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1. Mini Tubs are sooo freaking handy dandy!

We’ve used them to store binkies, formula, and now rice cereal. They’re 10 for $1…

Holler!!!

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2. Plastic Bin, these have been so great for lots of things, but primarily carrying dirty bottles to and fro, upstairs to down.

In the early days we also kept one in the shower with oxyclean in, whenever the girls had a blowout we’d just pop dirty clothing item in their to soak until the next wash. Worked wonders and very proud to report we have very little stained items. :)

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3. Diaper Bags (see HERE) we opted for these instead of a diaper genie type because we have “diaper changing stations” all over the house. Simply pop the diaper in and tie it up. They actually work pretty well for holding in the stench!

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4. Mesh Wastebaskets (see HERE) these are perfect for holding all those bagged diapers, and easy to empty every day or so.

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So there you have it! Our very thrifty and handy baby finds.

If you have anymore, please do share!

Lunch For a Working Gal

Friday, August 15th, 2014

I find my day goes so much smoother (and healthier) when I pack a lunch for work. Eating out every day gets really expensive, takes a lot of time and often ends up with an overworked tummy and a sluggish afternoon. :(

Instead, I leave work lunches for special occasions and bring from home a protein-packed salad that helps get me through the day strong!

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This salad is just arugula and spinach greens topped with rotisserie chicken, cucumber, grapes, craisens, sunflower seeds with one of my favorite GF dressings, see HERE. Another favorite salad is THIS ONE…it never gets old!

I also pack a piece of fruit or handful of nuts for a mid-morning snack, and a little treat for mid-afternoon. And although I haven’t kicked my soda habit completely, I also sneak in a can of diet pepsi. This is my little treat mid-day and is so much better for me than running to the gas station for a 44oz!

Even though it takes a little prep the night before, I’m always so much happier with my day when I’ve planned my meals. Do you have any good tips for thrifty and healthy lunches?

Worth the Splurge: Sophie La Giraffe

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I’d seen this little Sophie everywhere, but a rubber toy for $25. I don’t think so!

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Randomly, my little ones both started teething around the 3 month mark. Not having much control over their little fingers they had a hard time holding onto things, so their hands became their only teething toy.

Luckliy, Nanny knew better and turned up one day with a pressy for each of the patients. The toy I swore we’d never own!

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Little Sophie is magical, and my girls are both in love.

I wonder did her creator know exactly what he was doing? Her leg size make it perfect for tiny fingers to grasp, making her the 1st and only toy my little ladies could hold on to for quite sometime.

They really go to town, and I love hearing the soft squeaky noises of their gums while chewing the rubber.

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I guess next time, I should not be so stubborn. And trust that if something has been around for about 50 years, it’s be tried and tested and is still winning…

go Soph!

(see HERE to order!)

Thrifty Black & White finds at Ikea!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Browsing though my pinterest page yesterday I noticed that most of my favorite spaces are black and white. (This wasn’t really that much of a shock…just a realization!) This most classic combination is timeless, chic, modern and all that we love.

Here are some amazing (and cheap) pieces I found at Ikea.

 

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1. Dying over this light (see HERE). Replacing the builder grade lighting has always been on our list, and room by room we’re getting there. I just need to find the perfect spot for this.

2. These lamps are PERFECTION (see HERE), and will be a contender for above our nightstands when we re-do our master this Fall…yay!!!

3. These place mats (see HERE) were added to our home the week the twins began solid food. Too cute and handy and only $1.49! Holler!!!

4. Lack tables are a must in any home. Ever so versatile and handy for temporary arrangements like house guests or parties. They’re on sale this month with your Ikea family card for only $4.99!!!!!!! Time to stock up. I’m getting 4! (see HERE.)

5-8. Beautiful cushion covers to ump up the contrast in any room. I’ll be getting some for the Master. Such a great deal from $4.99-$14.99)

(5. HERE. 6. HERE. 7. HERE. 8. HERE.)

5 Minute Pita Pizza

Friday, August 8th, 2014

I’m such a fan of fast, fresh, yummy dinners.

This one has been my go-to lately, because it’s sooooo yummy!

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I simply pop a pita in the oven on broil and let it lightly toast one side as I rummage through my fridge for ingredients.

As you know, personalizing a pizza is lots of fun, but it’s also a great way to use up odds and ends from your week of cooking.

For this Pizza I used:

1 pita bread

bbq sauce

mozzarella cheese

tomato

red onion

chicken breast

pepper, basil and parmesan to finish :)

Once the one side is nice and toasty, pop on your toppings and place back in the oven for another couple of mins until the cheese is bubbling.

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I’ve been promising our nephews a sleep over for some time.

One day we’ll get around to it,

and I think this will be the perfect dinner that they can help make.

Very fun don’t you think?

 

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

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target tuesday_august 20141. This rug would make a statement anywhere.

2. This lightweight scarf is perfect to add a little summer to any outfit. Obsessed with pom-poms right now, and it’s on clearance! $5.94!!!

3. I NEED THIS LAMP!!!

4. It seems like we can never find a good wire basket at a reasonable price when we need one. Perfect for kitchen, laundry and bath. Great price, only $11 each!

5. I have three little babies in mind for these three polka dot bows :) $1.67 each!

6. This lattice pillow is the perfect blend of modern and traditional.

7. Love this summery tote.

Have you had any great finds at Target lately?

 

Simple Soloution: Recipe Book for Printed Recipes

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Browsing through a beautiful recipe book is inspiring and motivating,

but a lot of the time I turn to the web for spur of the moment recipes and ideas.

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It’s no surprise that many of these recipes become favorites and need a home,

and I’m really proud that I have found the perfect one!

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These portfolios (see HERE) are perfection.

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The plastic sleeves not only protect from flying ingredients,

but also make it really easy to flip through the recipes.

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I added tabs and made it even more user friendly. :)

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Now that this problem is fixed, I can see I’m going to go ‘print crazy’.

Maybe I’ll need a book for each category soon.

Oooh I think I like that idea!

Chicken Pesto Panini

Friday, August 1st, 2014

We are so excited to share with you the most delicious, easiest and affordable panini recipe ever.

Honestly, we think it is restaurant worthy!

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Ingredients:

Sandwich bread (we used Udi’s gluten-free)

Rotisserie chicken

Store-bought Pesto

Cheese slice (we like Harvarti)

Tomato slices

Spinach

Red onion

Olive oil or butter

Directions:

Start with spreading Pesto like you would mayo or mustard on you bread. Layer ingredients, as much or as little as you would like and sandwich bread together. Brush olive oil on sides of bread that will be toasted (or just spread butter). Last use your panini press or grill on a frying pan until cheese melts.

We’re telling ya, this is amazing! Hope you likey!