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Tween Bedroom Design

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Our first room design for our sister’s reno is the girls’ bedroom. This is one of the only rooms in the house that doesn’t need structural changes, making it the perfect place to start!

The room is on the smaller size and doesn’t get a lot of natural light so we plan to brighten it up with white walls, light flooring, white furniture and a few pops of color. The girls, aged 8 and 11, are right at that age wanting less pinks and more blues…

boxwood clippings | tween girls bedroom decor

headboards ($140) HERE
pom-pom pillow ($45) HEREpink stripe pillow ($22) HERE
lamps ($30) HERE
dresser ($80) HERE
art ($22) HERE and ($20) HERE
chair ($40) HERE
rug ($57) HERE
trunks ($200) HERE
garland ($15) HERE

Our design budget is $1,000 so we will be shopping the sales, and making our dollars stretch with great basics at Ikea and Target.

We can’t wait to show you how it turns out!

Do you have a tiny design budget, but would love some professional help?
Shoot us an email: mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com, we’d love to help!!!

Rosemary Shortbread

Friday, July 17th, 2015

When we were traveling the California coast a few months ago, we stopped at the cutest deli for lunch. They were serving Rosemary Shortbread and since Brock is such a sucker for anything Rosemary we gave it a try.

I was instantly in love.

Shortbread alone is such a simple taste of rich butter and flaky crumbs, and the Rosemary complimented it’s simplicity perfectly!

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INGREDIENTS:

1 cup butter, room temperature

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp of dried rosemary

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift together flour and salt in a small bowl, add rosemary. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream butter until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add sugar, and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy. Add flour mixture gradually, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed.

  2. With dough, make 1″ balls and place on cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Press down firmly with palm of hand or spatular or if you want to get fancy a cookie stamp like what we used. (See HERE)
  3. Bake for about 20 mins, until they are just barley turning brown. Let cool slightly. Enjoy with a glass of milk!

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I’m now dying to try it with dried lavender. Doesn’t that sound good?!

Oh and of course we need a gluten free alternative for Em, we’ll keep you posted!

My FAVORITE Car Seat: Maxi Cosi Pria now on Sale!!!

Monday, July 13th, 2015

You guys we missed you last week! Our ‘week to ourselves’ turned into week of hell, as a major sickness (we’ll spare you the details) hit both our lil families and lots of other family members. About 15 in total! This 4th of July weekend will go down as the time we ALL got sick!!! Ugh!

Anyhow…

We did however have the Nordstrom sale on our radar, and even that can be viewed from the sick bed! I was sooo surprised to see my FAVORITE CAR SEAT on sale that it really really deserved a blog post, because, well, I was thinking of doing one anyhow!

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The process of changing the twins from their infant carseats to the big ones proved to be quiet the process last year. Though lots of research and some trial and testing we finally found our perfect seats and 6 months in, we’re still in love.

Introducing the Maxi Cosi Pria 70 Convertible Car Seat:

 boxwood clippings | my favorite car seat

On Sale now at Nordies $205.90 (Usually $279)

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Things we Considered when Shopping:

No.1 Safety: I’m guessing this is everyones first priority too. The good news is on this subject is that carseats these days are pretty amazing. As long as you are buying in this class, there’s little difference in safety ratings. The rule of thumb is “the safest carseat is the one installed correctly”. Make sure to know all the current regulations since they do change up frequently. 
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No. 2 Size: Not all carseats fit into your car the best. We love our 7 seater Highlander, but we soon found out that 7 seats does NOT mean 7 carseats, these things take up some space!!! With our trunk seats down (to fit in stroller) and 2 of these bad boys in the middle row, that basically just leaves us with driver and passenger seats, which by the way we can no longer recline! The carseats have to be rear facing the first couple of years so that is really where the concern comes in. The space between the middle row headrests and the front row is what you are working with.
At first we got a slimmer seat so we wouldn’t feel so scrunched in, but then we found that when the girls fell asleep their heads wouldn’t be supported and would flop forward. No sleeping babies in car is a major fail! This is one of the reasons why we love this seat, because even though it fills the space, it reclines nicely so the girls are supper sung and off to dreamy-land in no time. 
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No. 3 Color and Look: This of course is a vain consideration. But hello, you’re going to be looking at these things for years AND they cost a pretty penny so you have to like it! We went with the Brown (see HERE) to match the interior of our car. I like it a lot because they really do look like they belong and they are nice and light and hide little dirt spots well. We also thought it’d be better to buy gender neutral just in case we need them again. Having said that, our sister Helen invested in her ‘good’ car seat with her first baby, and then switched out the covers for each child. Usually the manufactures recommend a 6 year life on the seats (as long as they haven’t been in a crash), so that might passed down one or twice!
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No.4 Baby Approval: These are their seats after all, and yes my babies had different reactions to different seats! So it’s nice to test them out (buy buy baby is a great place to do this) and let them see what they like. We found that a cup holder and comfy shoulder straps went a long way! 
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No.5 Places to Shop: Because these are such big ticket and important items we recommend shopping at the places with the best return policies. We always recommend: Nordstrom, Buy Buy Baby and Costco. Returning merchandise is never our favorite errand, but for us this take a little experimenting to find the perfect seat, so it’s nice to know that these places make returns pleasant! 
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Our girlies love their seats, can you tell?!

Good luck on your search, email us if you have more questions!!!

Dirt-tay Diet Coke Float!!!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Isn’t summer the best?! But man can it be exhausting!
The heat, the kids….time for a refresher…

Dirty Diet Coke Float

boxwood clippings | dirty coke floatINGREDIENTS

diet Coke
fresh lemons/limes
coconut syrup (HERE)
vanilla ice-cream

DIRECTIONS

Pour a glass of coke and 1/4 lemon or lime juice. Add one drop of coconut syrup and a big scoop of ice-cream.

Perfect Mommy treat on a hot summer afternoon…and well deserved might we add! ;)

Watermelon + Grape Salad

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Ok salad fans, this is a new fave for the two of us. Sarah came up with the combo and we are addicted!

Fruity, zesty and bursting with flavor, you have to give this one a try!

boxwood clippings | watermelon and grape salad

INGREDIENTS

spinach
watermelon
green grapes
feta crumbles
citrus vinaigrette
shredded chicken (optional)

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DIRECTIONS

Start with spinach as your base and add fruit toppings.
Finish with feta cheese and drizzle citrus vinaigrette over salad just before serving.

This is summer perfections, hope you likey!

Bubble Shorts for Babies

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

We are super impressed with THESE denim shorts for the babies.
They match everything, fit great, and have become our every day go-to.

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Do you have a little one that needs some booty shorts for summer?

A Little Keepsake for Big Memories

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

We were so excited to bring our girlies to the California Coast over Memorial Day.

2 Babies, 1 long road proved to be pretty amazing.

We loved the little stops along the way and of course the fabulous landscape!

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I could have written journals about all our little adventures, but who has time for that?!

So I settled on a new tradition for my girls.

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Just a postcard each from a favorite spot, and a few words about our trip and what the baby experienced.

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Placed safely in their memory box once we return home.

boxwood clippings | postcard for memory box

A 5 minute project to last forever.

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How fun would it be to do this for every trip and put them all in an album together?!

A lifetime collection.

WOW!

A New Way to Pack with Kids

Monday, June 15th, 2015

One of our favorite clients introduced us to this amazing idea…packing family style for vacation.

Instead of each having individual bags to lug in and out of the car and hotels…packing one family bag per day instead.

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We laminated THESE tags from Ikea, to make it easy to identify each bag.

This idea is genius and makes traveling SO much easier!

Do you have a summer vacay planned? Give this method a try!

Gluten-Free Berry + Rosemary Crumble

Friday, June 12th, 2015

One of our favorite things about summer is fresh berries! Who’s with us?!

Here’s an easy-peasy recipe that will wow your taste buds!

boxwood clippings | gluten free berry and rosemary crumble

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
1 c GF flour (we use THIS)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c GF oats (we use THIS)
2 tsp dried rosemary
vanilla ice-cream

.DIRECTIONS

Divide berries into individual ramekins or place in pie dish.
Mix dry ingredients together, then blend in the butter with fingertips to resemble breadcrumbs.
Spread oat mixture evenly on top of berries.
Bake in oven at 350 until golden brown (ramekins ~15 mins, pie dish ~ 30 mins).

.Serve with fresh vanilla ice-cream.

We recommend prepping ahead, then popping the crumble in the oven while you’re eating dinner so it is nice and warm for dessert. This makes about 6-8 servings.

Yum, yum!

Target Tuesday: Sunny Black and White

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

We’re always fans of black and white, but Target is really helping us!

Here’s a few favorite finds for summer…

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 1. Party time! THIS 10-count set of party hats are only $4! Totes adorbs!

2. Pineapples and fishies for the littles…HERE.

3. Cannot get enough flutter sleeves or embroidery either! (HERE)

4. Time for a shower curtain upgrade. (HERE)

5. Our favorites from last year and back! (Online only HERE)

6. I’m already eyeing THIS accent table for Janey’s big girl room.

7. The perfect accessory for summer HERE.

8. How do you feel about jersey sheets? THESE are only $40 for a king set!

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Have you found anything fabulous as of late? We’d love to hear your faves!

An Easy Father’s Day DIY Gift

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Still looking for that little something, for that big guy in your life?!

Em created this cute card of Jane’s handprint for her daddy.

boxwood clippings | easy father's day diy gift

Paired with a frame, it can become a permanent piece of artwork in the house or at the office.

Simple. Easy. Affordable. Sentimental.

PERFECTION!

Grilled, Juicy Pineapple

Friday, June 5th, 2015

As a side, or a simple dessert it’s hard to beat warm, juicy pineapple straight from the grill!

Easy Grilled Pineapple | Boxwood Clippings

Some people are put off by pineapple because it’s a lot of work…here’s how we cut up ours that’s really easy and quick..

1. Cut off top and bottom of pineapple (leaves and base).

2. Stand pineapple up onto new flat base and cut skin/peel off in strips working from top to bottom.

3. Cut pineapple into long strips working around the core.

4. Cube if desired!

To grill we simple sprinkle strips with brown sugar and either lemon or lime juice and grill for 5-10 mins on the grill outside, or on broil in the oven.

The easiest way to sweeten any summer meal :)

Cheap Sunnies at Nordies!

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

When it comes to cheap sunnies, we’re a fan.

There’s a time and place for everything; and this is the time of year to have them at your finger tips…everywhere!

Glove box, beach bag, purse…you get the picture.

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This year we’re LOVING the BP collection at Nordstrom, all priced at $12…Holler!!!

boxwood clippings | nordstrom cheap sunnies

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.It seems there was a bigger collection in store, but let’s not forget the best thing about Nordstrom.com is shipping is always free,

Gotta LOVE that!

Summer Staple: Fringe Cardi

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Hi everyone! It’s heating up here in Utah, how about where you are?

I should preface this post by saying, I know I’m not a model. In fact, I’m a size 12, which makes me a little embarrassed posting pictures of myself.

Summer is always a challenge for me to dress comfortably and cool without looking a complete wreck, but I just found a super light-weight swing cardi at Nordstroms that I know I’ll be wearing all summer long!

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I can layer THIS cardi over everything, including my swimsuit to give me the coverage I want and still keeping cool.

Just wanted to share with you..in case you need a new summer staple too!

Chocolate Lover’s Dream: Guittard Chocolate Pots De Creme

Friday, May 29th, 2015

One day while nibbling on our favorite chocolate chips (bad habit), we noticed three words of a recipe on the back of the package. Chocolate. Milk. Butter. SOLD!

This dessert is perfect for a summer’s eve. Large party or intimate gathering, it will not disappoint. Quick, decadent and divine….

boxwood clippings | chocolate pot de la cream

INGREDIENTS:

2 c Guittard milk chocolate chips

3/4 c whole milk

1/4 c butter

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat while stirring to boil.
Remove from heat, add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Pour into tiny glasses and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.
Garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh fruit (we used mango above).

A tiny little treat everyone will love, and no one will know the recipe is so simple!!!

New Collection at Ikea

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

We were DYING on our last trip to Ikea with the new NIPPRIG collection.

Bold statement pieces at crazy low prices. We want it all!

Love THIS chair for only $49!

Ikea NIPPRIG chair | Boxwood ClippingsTHESE $2.99 hooks are bought and ready to put up in my master bath. $2.99!

Ikea NIPPRIG hook | Boxwood ClippingsI think THIS $24.99 large shade is going to perfect in our stairway.

Ikea NIPPRIG shade | Boxwood Clippings

We picked up THESE huge beach bags and straw hats for pool. $8 total!

Ikea NIPPRIG straw hat | Boxwood ClippingsMind-blown, I tell you. Check out the whole collection HERE.

NEW Boxwood Clippings Pinterest Page!!!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

We’re really excited to announce our NEW and official Pinterest page!

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Please come over and check out our latest and greatest projects and inspiration boards HERE!!!!

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 25th, 2015

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3 words for our 3 ladies:

POOLS ARE OPEN!!!

Wishing you all the sunniest and happiest day!

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Easy Meals to Stop you going to the Drive Thru!

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

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Life is busy! Even though we’d love to have a perfectly nutritious and delicious meal prepared for our families each night, sometimes there just isn’t time to think and prepare an amazing meal, let alone shop.

For those nights that fast food seems the easiest/only option, here’s a healthier and cheaper meal plan with prep 5 mins or less that will get you through with just one trip to Costco.

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1. kale salad mix + rotisserie chicken

2. take-n-bake or frozen pizza + side salad

3. frozen taquitos + salsa + fruit

4. easy cheesy eggs + salsa + fruit

5. soup + grilled cheese

6. dressed up bagel + green smoothie

7. pasta + fresh tomatoes (HERE)

COSTCO SHOPPING LIST

pineapple
watermelon
bananas
tomatoes
spinach
kale salad mix
cheese (sliced or loaf)
rotisserie chicken
take-n-bake pizza
frozen strawberries
frozen taquitos
soup (THIS is our Costco fave)
bagels
bread
pasta
eggs

 We hope this helps your busy family!

We’d love to hear your easy Costco meal in the comments below!

Holler Dollar: Hair Bows at Walmart

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

With 3 Little Ladies, we go thru bows like crazy.

So we love this thrifty find at Walmart…$1 Grosgrain bows.

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For now, we use them with our handmade bands (see HERE), but soon the ladies will be sporting some locks and we’ll use them to keep their hair out of their eyes. Too cute.

Can’t beat this for a $1!

Holler!!