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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.

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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.

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!

Honest Sunscreen

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

It’s the babies first proper swim season and we were super excited to see Honest Sunscreen on coupon at Costco just in time for the pool.

boxwood clippings honest sunscreen

boxwood clippings honest sunscreen

2-Pack for $11 through May 31st!!!

Time to show those thighs, ladies!

Gluten Free Brownies….Whaaaaaat?!!!

Friday, May 8th, 2015

I literally haven’t had a brownie in 8 years so when I saw a 3-pack box at Costco for only $7 you know I had to give them a try!

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This Krusteaz mix is amazing. It tastes just like I remember ‘normal’ brownies tasting!

Most gf mixes are super pricey, but these are so cheap working out to be less than $2 a batch! And, most importantly they past the regular gluten-eaters taste test.

It’s Friday and you deserve a treat, go get yourself some brownies!

Do you have a great gluten-free recipe you’d love to share?

Please email us: mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com

DIY Flower Girl’s BIG Flower headband!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Our little brother is getting married this June…eek sooo exciting!!!

We found these simple cotton flutter-sleeved dresses from Gap that are perfect for a summer wedding. They are comfy and cool for the long day ahead (not to mention super affordable) but they needed fancying up a little….

boxwood clippings flower girl

boxwood clippings flower girl

boxwood clippings flower girl

We really wanted real flower crowns for the babies but we knew they wouldn’t last more than a minute with these little grabby hands.

We decided to fancy up our home made headbands (HERE) with a massive silk flower from Hobby Lobby.

We pulled off the flower heads from their stems and hot-glued the base of the flower to a piece of felt. Then we hot-glued the felt to our normal piece of ribbon instead of the tulle bow.

These turned out great and only cost a few dollars!

Can’t wait for the girls to wear their big headbands on the big day!!!

FIVE ways to Croissant!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

In the Faubus home, 2014 will always be remembered for 2 things:

1. The year of the twins

2. The year of the croissants!!!

Both of the things, were closely related, and both delish!

The story began when my friend greeted us home from the hospital with a tray of Costco croissants and chicken salad. Such a thoughtful gesture, that was quickly put to use when our encore of family arrived to welcome the little ones home. Food was the last things on our mind, but ever so needed.

The days, weeks and months later were fully consumed with the babies. I remember literally rushing downstairs thinking I have about 30 seconds to eat something and because I was feeding 2 babies I WAS HUNGRY. Calories were the best. These buttery croissants were heaven!

boxwood clippings 5 ways to croissant!

Here are my favorite ways to Croissant:

No.1 Chicken Salad: lots of mayo, chicken breast, sliced grapes and celery, plus salt and pepper to taste. If you use a rotisserie chicken this is one of the fastest dinners on earth, and is great for a crowd. Also, I’ve found that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy. Plus it’s great to keep in the fridge for a few days. Perfect!

No.2 Nutella: Now we’re talking! Slice the croissant in half and pop in microwave for about 10 seconds, apply Nutella and pretend you’re in France!

No. 3 Jam and Butter: Prep croissant like above and top with jam and butter. Soooo simple and sooooo yum!

No.4. Sandwich: Turn your regular “to-go” into something special. I just love turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato.

No 5 Bread Pudding: So you don’t eat them all in time and they’re getting a little on the old side. Try out this recipe and be even more naughty!

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I’ve never met a fresh croissant I haven’t liked, but Costco’s are my fave. Usually $5.99 for 12, on sale now for $4.99!!!

Obviously, I have a lot to say no the subject. Do chime in with your thoughts. Just don’t mention calories!!!

Gluten Free Malibu Chicken

Friday, April 24th, 2015

I feel like a winner when a gluten eater loves one of my gluten-free dishes!

Here’s a favorite we are loving in our house…

boxwood clippings gluten free Malibu Chicken Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts

2 slices gf bread (udi’s is my fave)

1/4 c parmesan

1 tbsp garlic powder

2 eggs

4 slices cheese (any, I like muenster)

4 slices deli ham

fresh pineapple

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking dish.

To make breadcrumbs place bread, parmesan and garlic powder in blender/food processor and pulse. Salt and pepper to taste.

Beat eggs in a shallow bowl and place breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.

With a fork, dip chicken in beaten egg and flip so chicken is coated. Next, move to the breadcrumb bowl and repeat so chicken is coated in breadcrumbs before moving to the baking dish.

Repeat with all chicken breasts and bake for about 35 mins.

Place ham, cheese and pineapple on top of baked chicken and broil for 5 mins.

This dish is so versicle and can be served with anything. I like to add some kind of dipping sauce…even just ranch or honey mustard.

Hope you likey!

Quiet Bag

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Church, meetings or special events…there are those special times we need to keep the little ones quiet.

It’s all about the art of distraction and a designated ‘quiet bag’ ready to grab works wonders.

Here’s what we’re towing around…

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1. Snacks and water. We know how it feels to be cranky pants when thirsty or hungry. A snack bag of cheerios and our fave lollacups keep the girlies amused for a while when meetings run long.

2. Links. The best toy ever!

3. A cute tote to carry it all.

4. Plastic photo album. The girls love flipping through these and looking at pics of the family.

5. Mini board books. THESE ones are a family favorite…those illustrations!

6. A diaper or two + wipes.

7. Finger puppets. These ones are hand-me-downs, but THESE are an amazing deal.

8. Straws and plastic utensils can double as a toy to keep the babies occupied for a few minutes.

Do you have any great tips for keeping babies amused on the go?
Please share!!!

Nordies Knock-off Salad

Friday, April 17th, 2015

One of our favorite places to lunch is Nordstom’s Cafe, they have the yummiest salads…and fries :)

Here’s our stay-at-home version that is almost as tasty as the real thing…

boxwood clippings salad

Ingredients:

arugula

roasted chicken breast

granny smith apple

candied pecans (instructions HERE)

craisens

shavings of parmesan/sharp white cheddar

Dressing:

3/4 c canola oil

1/4 c champagne vineagar

1/2 shallot (about 1/4 c diced)

1/2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp sugar

dash of salt and white pepper

Directions:

Blend dressing ingredients together and refrigerate for 2 hours prior to serving.

Slice apple into extra thin slices and layer onto a bed of arugula.

Layer chicken, craisens, candied pecans, cheese and dressing.

Top with s+p and serve.

Enjoy!

A Broken Mirror, Fixed!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

<<<   Thanks to Jones Paint and Glass for sponsoring this post  >>>

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Do you guys believe in the whole ‘7 years bad luck thing’ when you break a mirror?

It took me 7 years to get pregnant with our girls, so I’m constantly trying to think back on what mirror I broke! Ha! Kidding…but only kind of!

 

I found this mirror years ago. It’s beautiful, apart from the middle was totally broken. Still, at $20 I thought it was a deal. When I got home I looked it up and discovered it was this one (see HERE) from Williams Sonoma, priced at $395! Score for me!

It sat in my basement for years, until one day I took it over to Jones Paint and Glass. I think I sat on it so long because I thought it was going to be pretty pricey to fix, but it was under $30!!!! Including clean up and installation! Wahoo!

 BEFORE:
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AFTER:

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It’s really one of the “wow” features in our new master, and adds the glam factor.

(Jones also cuts glass to custom size for all those random photo frames you may have lying around. I used them a ton in college when I was too afraid to cut my own glass in my framing class!!!)

Moral of the story: Fix things and enjoy them asap, rather than clog up your storage. Ugh, I’ve got a couch next on my list. How about you?

Dressing up Plain Yogurt

Friday, April 10th, 2015

We are big fans of yogurt around here and even more so now the babies are around!

Rather than buying individual expensive and sugar-laden flavored yogurts, we are opting for the big tub of plain and dressing it up with our own toppings…

boxwood clippings dressing up plain yogurt
We start by adding fresh fruit for the babies, but for ours we are coming up with all sorts of flavor combos with nuts, sunflower seeds, honey and granola.

Our favorite is 1/2 c yogurt mixed with apple, raw sunflower seeds, a dash of lemon juice and a sprinkle of cinnamon…so satisfying and refreshing!

Kroger stores seem to have the best price around for yogurt at about $2 for 32 oz.

We dare you to trade to plain!

Worth the Splurge: World’s Best Sippy Cup, Lollacups!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Do you guys watch Shark Tank?

Love that show.

Anyhow, a few years back they had on the inventors of the Lollacup, a sippy cup with a weighted straw that allowed it’s young users easier accessibility to their drink. I was sold on the spot (as were the Sharks) and made a mental note to get one when I eventually had a baby.

Fast forward to having TWINS! With double the fun comes double the cost, and since these lil bad boys run at $16 each, I dragged my feet. Fortunately, Santa knew best and my girls got theirs at Christmas. Then 10 months old and still not successfully using any sippy we introduced the Lollacup. After just a couple of ‘practice sessions’ they got the hang of it and haven’t looked back.

boxwood clippings lola cups

We just use it for water, but it’s seriously the girls favorite treat of the day. They just love using the straw, and I love their independence.

They make the cutest faces while sucking too, and have to come up for a big gasp of air!

boxwood clippings lolla cup

We’ve officially added this to our list of “must-haves” and would much rather have one good cup than a dozen crappy ones!

Find out more by popping over to their website HERE, or to see on amazon HERE.

PS. Just a reminder that this WAS NOT a sponsored post, I just got really really giddy about this find! Nerdy Mama! 

Favorite Breakfast: Easy Cheesy Eggs!

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

What can you make for breakfast that’s packed with protein, veggies, super cheaps and always in your fridge? Scrambled eggs!

Eggs have fast become our favorite breakfast. They are packed with nutrients and are high in choline which is important for fetal brain development..hence making eggs the perfect breakfast for pregnant or nursing mamas!

Here is our favorite way to prepare them…

boxwood clippings cheesy eggs

INGREDIENTS

3 eggs

1/8 c milk

salt & pepper to taste

2 handfuls of spinach

1 slice  of havarti cheese (you could sub for your favorite)

salsa

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DIRECTIONS

Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper and cook on medium-high, tossing occasionally until they start to cook.

Add spinach and cheese and cook until firm.

Serve with salsa on the side.

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What’s your favorite way to serve eggs?

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We hope you have an eggcelent Easter weekend!
(hehe, sorry, we couldn’t resist)

DIY Kid Party Hats

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

What is cuter than a baby with rosy cheeks and pearly teeth?

All of the above plus a party hat!

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After a failed attempt to find cute hats for the twins’ first birthday party (HERE), we decided to make our own.

We used THIS template from Oh Happy Day and attached ribbons to help the babies keep their hats on.

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Of course, the paper hats were way too tempting for the one-year olds, but the older kiddies loved them for all the birthday festivities.

Oh Hannah, you are a cheeky baby girl and somehow even more so in your little party hat!