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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.

boxwood clippings | old navy favorite baby shorts


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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!

boxwood clippings | california coast

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.

boxwood clippings | california coast

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

boxwood clippings | postcard for memory box

Placed safely in their memory box once we return home.

boxwood clippings | postcard for memory box

A 5 minute project to last forever.

boxwood clippings | california coast

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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boxwood clippings | luggage tags

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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boxwood clippings | nordstrom cheap sunglasses

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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!

summer cardi from nordstrom | boxwood clippings

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!

x x x

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.

costco kale salad | boxwood clippings

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.

boxwood clippings | holler dollar bow

boxwood clippings | holler dollar hair bow

 

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!!

$10 Baby Gift Idea

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Sassy brand toys are a favorite of ours with their bold colors and clean design. Not only do the babies LOVE them but they are so affordable, making them even more amazing!

boxwood clippings | $10 baby gift idealinks/rattle/teether
This trio of toys only costs $10 for the bunch, proving a cute gift doesn’t have to cost a lot!

Coupons and complimentary gift wrap in-store sweeten the deal even further, making this one of our go-to gifts. Do you have any babies to shop for? We know they’ll love this!

Easiest Gluten-free, Kid-Friendly Meal EVER: Chicken Pesto Penne

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Hey g-free friends! Have you tried THIS amazing new gluten-free pasta?

It’s a winner and a staple around here now it’s carried in a four-pack at Costco!

boxwood clippings gluten free pesto pasta

Dinner gets complicated when you’re cooking g-free for some and ‘normal’ for others. But now we can get this for $1.50 a box, it’s our go-to easy-peasy dinner for everyone.

We simply boil up the pasta as normal, drain and mix in 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp pesto and s+p to taste. Top with chicken and parmesan and serve with a side salad or even just cut up veggies and hummus or dip for an appetizer for the kids (and hubby) while you’re cooking up the pasta.

We’re finding it’s way easier to get fruit and veg down serving the babies the healthiest options first before they get eyes on their ‘main course’. Are your kids the same?

Have any amazing kid-friendly recipes to share?

Please, give us a holler at mail[at]boxwoodclippings.com!

Happy weekend everyone!!!

The Babies’ Favorite Book

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

It is so fun to watch our three baby girls and their personalities grow. They all have their own set of likes/dislikes and what makes them laugh and cry.

But one thing they have in common is the love of THIS book!

boxwood clippings babies favorite book

boxwood clippings babies favorite book

Sarah ordered the girls a book each from Amazon because they were such a great price.

The book couldn’t be simpler, and the babies love it, as in they’ll each sit individually for about 10 minutes and read it!

If you need a great gift or have a little one, this one is a must… and it’s only $3!

Holler!