Archive for the ‘lifestyle’ Category

Homemade EASY Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Friday, July 25th, 2014

We can not get enough ice cream this time of year.

And homemade is even better than store bought, it’s sooooo easy but you do need an ice cream maker.

We loooove ours, see HERE.

boxwood clippings_homemade peanut butter ice cream

 

 

You Will Need:

1 1/8  cups of peanut butter

3/4 cups of granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups of milk

2 cups of heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of mini peanut butter cups

To Make:

Mix peanut butter and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add milk and mix slowly until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 min). Add cream and vanilla and stir. Pour into freezer bowl of ice cream maker and mix for about 30 mins until thickened. Then add the peanut butter cups and mix until all blended. By this time your ice cream is like  soft serve, if you want it thicker like our photo above, place in an air tight container and pop in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Be prepared to taste ice cream at perfection!

Enjoy!

Emily’s Maternity Must-Haves

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

I gotta admit, pregnancy has been no walk in the park.

Here are five things I’m so glad I didn’t have to live without during the last 9 months.

boxwood clippings_pregnancy must have's

.

1. Snoogle Body Pillow

I thought this pillow was kind of ridiculous before I was pregnant, but it is the best thing ever! You soon discover when pregnant that sleeping is so much more comfortable if you have a pillow between your knees and have some support on your growing bump. Cannot imagine pregnancy without this! I’m also excited to use this like Sarah did, as a pillow support for her babies (see HERE). See more details on this amazing pillow HERE.

 

2. Belli Elasticity Belly Oil

This is worth every cent to keep your belly from feeling like it will explode! With its divine smells of lavender, it is my favorite thing to rub on my belly right before bed. I definitely already had a few stretch marks pre-pregnancy, so thought I would for sure get lots during pregnancy. So far this oil has helped keep them away! Absolute love! You can purchase it HERE.

 

3. Reusable Water Bottle

Pregnancy is literally a battle of the bulge. Drinking H20 is the best thing you can do to eliminate and reduce swelling in ankles, feet, face and hands. This has worked really well for me, and drinking water is also the best way I’ve found to keep energy levels up. Love THESE camelbak water bottles.

 

4. Minty Tums

I now know what heartburn is! I got sick of fruity tums really quick, and Mummy came to the rescue with these mint tums. These rolls of Tums or Rolaids are available at most gas stations and drug stores, but not regular grocery stores.

 

5. Neutrogena Sunscreen

I use this stuff everyday regardless of pregnancy, but with Melasma aka pregnancy mask making its dark appearance early in my pregnancy I have been more religious than ever to apply and re-apply this non-greasy sunscreen on my face every day. Purchase HERE.

 

Buy Buy Baby has been my favorite store while being pregnant. They have 100% satisfaction return policy, which gives me comfort in my new world of pregnancy and mommyhood. Sign up for awesome coupons and offers HERE.

Welcoming Another Lady!

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Baby Jane surprised us all last week and made her healthy entry into the world a week early.

She’s stolen our hearts too easily, and we’re smitten.

boxwood clippings_baby

 

Congratulations Emily and Brad!

I can’t even tell you how much fun we’re going to have.

Aunty Sarah x

Easy Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Don’t we all try to get a little fancy when it comes to the grill?!

Marinades and seasonings sure are fun, but sometimes it’s also great to stick with delicious basics.

We have been loving these simple skewers this year:

boxwood clippings_easy pineapple and chicken kebabs

Ingredients:

One Pineapple

1/4 c brown sugar

squirt of lime juice

Four chicken breasts

Seasoning salt

Directions:

Core and cube pineapple and toss with brown sugar, and lime juice. Cube chicken breasts and add seasoning salt or even just salt and pepper to taste. Arrange cubes on skewer and grill for 15 mins, turning occasionally.

The juice of the pineapple, as well as the sugar and salt combo make this one yummy and easy, easy meal! Serve with a side salad and barbeque sauce, for your whole family to enjoy!

Holler Dollar: BBQ Kettle Chips

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

 This is a yummy Holler Dollar, BBQ Kettle Chips from the Dollar Tree.

Need I say more…trust me, they’re amazing!

boxwood clippings_bbq chips

Go get some.

Nom nom nom!!!!

Functional Carts

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When we came home from the hospital we set up camp in our master bedroom, it became major ‘baby central’ as EVERYTHING happened in there: sleeping, eating, nappy changing. Everything! We were in survival mode and it was just easier to keep everyone and everything in one room.

The twins migrated to their nursery when they were 8 weeks old, but we still found it very handy to keep a set up in our bedroom. It isn’t the prettiest, but having a baby station near by still helps big time in the middle of the night, and pretty much all day long.

boxwood clippings_baby station

 

If I’d had my time again (and maybe next time round) I think a cart would work perfectly for this job.

If you find yourself with too many essential but messy items, you may want to get a cart too, things look so much tidier when they are contained.

.

Here are a few budget friendly ones:

boxwood clippings_world market cartThis one (click HERE) is from World Market for $150

.

boxwood clippings_ikea cartThis Ikea beauty is only $50 (see HERE) is.

.

boxwood clippings_crate and barrel cart

Crate and Barrels all business with this, but I always love the industrial look (click HERE).

.

PS. Did you notice my snack bin next to the baby bottles!?

BEST. IDEA. EVER.

It may just stay forever!!!

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Friday, July 11th, 2014

My craving for chocolate cake started last summer with the twin pregnancy.

One year later it’s still here, and in full force!

.

I seriously feel like I could eat the whole chocolate cake at Costco…it’s that bad.

(Yes, the one that’s bigger than a small country!)

.

One day, when the craving was particularly strong, I came across this recipe (see HERE)

and fell in love.

boxwood clippings_chocolate sheet cake by pioneer woman

Topped with a strawberry, it gives the illusion of being semi-healthy.

It’s so sinful, it’s heavenly.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s made from things I bet you already have.

Love that!

.

Go ahead and try it…I dare you!

A Very Happy 4th

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Wishing you all a relaxing 4th from our homes to yours!

boxwood clippings_twins 4th of july

These ladies were all smiles in their festive outfits until I pulled out the camera…typical!

Wish me luck on capturing smiles today!

Patriotic Food

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Maybe it’s the hungry girl inside of me, but take the American flag and associate it with food and I am 100% invested and ready to sign up for American citizenship! Here are a few patriotic ideas I’ve seen around Pinterest to get you all excited for the upcoming holiday:

boxwoodclippings_patriotic cupcakes

Screen shot 2014-06-22 at 3.13.53 PMsparkling spritzer

boxwoodclippings_patriotic yogurt parfaityogurt parfait

boxwoodclippings_flag fruit platterfruit + cake platter

boxwoodclippings_flag cakeflag cake

boxwoodclippings_patriotic toast

So fun and festive, right?! Does your family make any special food for the 4th? We’d love to hear your American ideas!

Holler Dollar: Pumice Sponge

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

One of the bad things about summer is flip flop feet.

(Yuck)

You know what I’m talking about!

.

………..

.

To help your pedi last a little longer,

make sure to pick up one of these pumice sponges on your next visit to the Dollar Tree.

.

boxwood clippings_holler dollar foot scrub.

A little scrub with this nightly

is magic!

Flavored Waters

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Utah is heating up for the summer, and we are trying to steer clear of too many sodas and pregnant swollen feet! We came up with a few flavored water combos we are just dying over!

Grapefruit + Lime

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe fell in love with grapefruit water at Emily’s shower, but with a touch of lime it is even more delicious!

Lemon + Mint

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe were hesitant to add mint to our regular lemon water, but it is our new fave! It is AMAZING!!!

Strawberry + Basil + Cucumber

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe used frozen strawberries for an extra chilled drink and added a little basil and cucumber. So yummy!

We hope you like these combos as much as we do and dare you to open your fridge to see what flavors you can add to make a refreshing and healthy drink!

Let us know what you discover!

Entertaining Very Young Babies

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Holding my babies is my favorite thing to do, but it’s not good for me or them if I do it all day, every day. Having twins I learned pretty early the power of having happy independent babies who were excited to be put down not only for nap time.

I love the idea of giving babies their own activity time after food and before naps. Quick 15 minute sessions do the job and tire them out for sleepy time.

.

Here are a few things that have worked for us:

This is Hannah at her first activity time session with ‘the stripeys’. I simply drew stripes with a black marker on a sheet of paper and hung them in her bassinet. Mesmerized I tell ya!

boxwood clippings_baby entertainment

About a month ago, I noticed the twins loving anything above them. Instead of buying a play mat, I made my own by hanging some toys with string. They lie great under this while Mummy spends 15 minutes editing photos every day!

boxwood clippings_baby entertainment

This has been the the twins’ favorite activity: tying a ribbon from a mobile to their feet. They learn very fast when they move their feet, the mobile goes crazy. This was Elizabeth’s first try. It has the ‘wow’ factor!

(Obviously, you need to keep a close eye on your baby with anything hanging around him/her)

boxwood clippings_baby entertainment

My jumbo pregnancy pillow came in super handy for twins, kind of like a twin boppy pillow. Positioned like this, they can see each other and interact from a very early age. This worked great when I was folding laundry on the bed!

boxwood clippings_baby entertainment

An entertained baby is a happy one!

Now that my babies are entering a new age, I’ll be looking for more ‘out of the box’ ideas. What are your tricks? Please share!

 

An Easy Meal: A Dressed up Bagel

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Bagels are delish any time of day. Usually, butter, cream cheese, and  laughing cow is my go-to choices for toppings.

But recently I’ve been really enjoying this version…

boxwood clippings_a dressed up bagel

To make I simply toast the bagel on both sides, then stick it under the broil for a few minutes with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil. Once out, top with some yummy balsamic vinegar and pepper.

Ooooh Yummy.

This is SO incredibly fast and satisfying, which is key with two little one’s in tow!

Bunnies By the Bay Record Book GIVEAWAY!!!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Congratulations to Rachel!!!! Thanks to all who entered!!!

We’re so excited to kick start our week with a great giveaway!

A Bunnies By the Bay Record Book!

I started to look for a memory book almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant. My parents had one for each of us, and it’s something I always knew I wanted to do for our children.

I was so happy when I found this one by Bunnies By the Bay. First off, it’s the cutest thing ever, with adorable illustrations, but most of all I love how easy it’s been to record all the little details I don’t want to forget about my two little ladies.

boxwood clippings_bunnies by the bay

boxwood clippings_bunnies by the bay

boxwood clippings_bunnies by the bay

boxwood clippings_bunnies by the bay

Isn’t the layout just the cutest?!

If you know someone who is pregnant, or just had a wee one, I couldn’t suggest a more treasured gift!

To enter, simply leave a comment below (by June 16th, 12pm MST) and tell us what other product catches your eye over on their site (HERE)! The winner will be selected at random and notified by June 17th.

Good luck!

……………………..

.

On another note, I’d just like to rave about another couple Bunnies By the Bay products!

My girlies are getting to the age where they can really begin to enjoy their toys and they are just in love with their Blossom’s Lulla Bunny Bye Binkie Blankets and Bunny Wrist Rattles (which they like on their ankles)!

boxwood clippings_bunnies by the bay

boxwood clippings_bunnies by the bay

They are sooo incredibly soft! The babies love them against their skin, and give us lovely giggles when they hear the rattles. Too cute.

Be sure to check out the entire Bunnies By the Bay line on their site (link HERE). You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter for the book :)

 

Boxwood Salads

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Hurray for salad season! We couldn’t be happier our tummies are craving salads again. We think it’s the perfect time to get you inspired for delicious salads for the warm months ahead. Here’s a few of our faves:

boxwoodclippings_bbq chicken saladBarbeque Chicken Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_strawberry saladStrawberry Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_chicken caesar saladChicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_bacon & blue cheese lettuce wedgeBacon and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge Recipe

boxwoodclippings_cobb saladHearty Cobb Recipe

boxwoodclippings_spinach, egg and bacon saladSpinach, Egg + Bacon Recipe

Do you have a salad you are loving right now? Please share!

Now is the Time to be Buying your Winter Coat!

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

If you’ve been reading our little bloggie here for a while you’ll know we loooove duffel coats. A good duffel is an essential for any wardrobe regardless of age or gender.

The problem is a good quality coat will always cost a pretty penny, so it’s essential we score a deal. The time to shop is now! Right when the last thing you want to be thinking about is a coat!

 

 Last week I ordered this Micheal Kors coat from Nordstrom Rack (that’s right! The Rack online!)

Originally $258 it’s now priced at $100. But I used a $25 off code bringing it down to $75!!!

boxwood clippings_winter coat

 (Excuse awkward pose. I live behind the camera not in front!)

.

Here are some others that caught my eye:

This Dale Dressin is down from $375 to $105!

boxwood clippings_winter coat

.

This Tommy Hilfiger one was $275 and is now $99!

https://www.nordstromrack.com/shop/product/894633/michael-michael-kors-michael-michael-kors-hooded-wool-blend-toggle-coat?color=BLACK#results

.

Another Tommy Hilfiger down from $195 to $59!

boxwood clippings_winter coat

All the coats above still have lots of sizes and colours to choose from, so be sure to go check them out.

Another tips: I always order over $100 to get free shipping, returns can be made instore. :)

Jane’s Nursery + $6 Accent Wall!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Only seven weeks to go and we are getting as ready as we can for Jane! I’m so excited to share with you a few details of her nursery today!

………………………………………

First up, paint! One night, I got the painting bug. I had a sample I had been considering from Jones Paint & Glass and just decided to start painting.

The sample can covered one wall with two coats! I am in love with the color, Benjamin Moore Pink Canopy. It is a great combo of pink and coral and super bright. I decided that just an accent wall was perfect for the small space.

I cannot believe paint cost for this room was only $6!!! It dramatically changed the whole look of the room and only took about an hour! Love it!

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

We decided on a basic white sheet and skirt with pops of bright coral and pinks in the pillows and the quilt.

I couldn’t resist this hook to display a few favorite things.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

I thought I would use this chair in the nursery, but after your comments this comfy chair is on its way! So excited, thanks for the advice.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

I found this lamp at Home Goods for $34.99 and tied a huge tulle bow around the shade to make it extra girlie.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

A bookshelf on the wall opposite the crib holds all her books, shoes, bows and stuffed animals.

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

Brad’s niece, Lisa made this bow holder! Genius, I tell ya!

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

boxwood clippings_em's baby girl nursery

Your bunny and room are waiting for you Jane, don’t take too long!

…………………………………

If you’d like help decorating your space please email us!

mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com

Gran’s Fizzy Fruit Salad

Friday, May 30th, 2014

We are so excited that our local grocers are fully stocked with all of our favorite summer fruits, at great prices too! We thought of no better way to celebrate than by making a rendition of our Gran’s fizzy fruit salad. It is always a favorite at family parties, and we even served it in little crystal bowls just like she always does.

boxwood clippings_fizzy fruit salad

Here’s What You’ll Need to Make Your Own:

A combo of seasonal and canned fruits

Sparkling apple juice

Directions:

We used strawberries, blueberries, grapes, mangoes, cantaloupe, apples, bananas and mandarin oranges. You really can’t go wrong with any fruit combo, but we always make sure to have mandarin oranges for a zing. Then we simply cover the fruit with sparkling apple juice and refrigerate for about an hour before serving.

We hope you love this as much as we do. Here’s to a long and fruitful summer!!!

Worth the Splurge: Pureology Shampoo and Conditioner

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

We all have good hair days, and not so good hair days, but this Pureology shampoo and conditioner duo are the best I’ve ever used at giving my hair consistent results.

boxwoodclippings_purology hydrate shampoo and conditioner

Instead of layering lots of products, these two protect alone keep the ends of my hair hydrated, tame my tangles easily, and still give me the volume and look I want. My hair smells and feels so nice when I use these products!

They are definitely a splurge, but when you buy in bulk it really reduces the cost. For example these 1/2 gallon sizes should last about a year, so isn’t really that expensive when you break it down.

If you haven’t tried these products before give a little travel size sample a try and see how you like it before you commit to the bulk sizes.

Do you have any hair products you are loving lately?

Cheap Canvas Shoes

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

On my last visit to Hobby Lobby, I spotted these cuties….

boxwood clippings_cheap canvas shoes

Originally priced at $9.99, use the everyday 40% off coupon making them around $6.40…Holler!!!

(Link HERE)

They even have little cute ones for the kiddies.