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Bright ‘Bees and Bugs’ Easter Baskets

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Easter is less than two weeks away…eeek! We cannot wait!

It’s time to start prepping those Easter baskets as you know as well as we do that every store runs out of our FAVORITE Easter chocolate the week of!

We’ve gone bright for our little bugs’ Easter baskets this year…

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boxwood clippings small child easter basket

Jellycat stuffed animals HERE

large chocolate eggs HERE

Lindt chocolates HERE

basic watercolor set HERE

fun crayons (similar HERE)

Do you have something you love to add to your baskets every year? Please share, we love a good tradition!!!

Swim Time for Baby

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

I am a sucker for a cute swimsuit, and with all these baby girls I am in trouble!

Swimwear has hit stores, and here are my favorites…

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1. Really? Mini polka dot flip-flops for $2. Sold!

2. A sunhat is a must for baby. Old Navy has us covered for $7.

3. Love this Burt’s Bees hooded towel to bring to the pool. Love THIS Skip Hop one too!

4. THIS is my pick from Nordstrom, but it is sold out! Hopefully will be back soon.

5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS fringe swimsuit!

6. Isn’t THIS ruffly tankini the cutest?

7. See how much we love Saltwater sandals HERE. Can’t decide which color?!

8. THIS pineapple Honest company swim diaper is adorable!

Swim sells out fast, so make sure to buy your favorites now!!!

EASY Mini Chocolate Easter Eggs

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Did we over-face you with too much chocolate yesterday, or are you ready for more?!

Either way, THIS mini egg mold makes the cutest little chocolate Easter eggs you ever did see!

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We filled the mini molds full with melted chocolate (milk HERE and white HERE) and put them into the freezer to set.

We then popped them out of the mold and drizzled them with chocolate in different designs.

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This is the perfect Easter activity to do with kiddies…EASY, EASY, EASY!

We’ll be putting a few in cellophane bags and tying them up with pretty ribbon for Easter gifts.

We love a good five-minute, affordable and adorable gift idea!!!

Worth The Splurge: Mustela for Mommy and Baby

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

One of the nicest compliments we get is that our babies smell so good! It makes us feel like at least we are doing something right in keeping our babies clean and fresh.

We owe it all to our favorite baby products by Mustela. They are gentle, smell delicious and are super concentrated so they last a really long time.

Our favorites are THIS hair and body wash and THIS Musti “baby perfume”, which is perfect for a quick refresher in between baths.

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Nothing beats picking up your baby in the middle of the night to a yummy fresh baby smell…heaven! One thing is for sure, you will love these baby products so much, you’ll want to use them too!

Have you tried any Mustela products? Please share your favorites!

Tips for Traveling with Baby

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

If you follow us on Insta you saw that we went on a last minute trip to Hawaii!!! We got super cheap flights we couldn’t pass up, but the deals all had connection flights making for long travel days for six-month old Jane.

Here’s a few things that really us make this an amazing and happy trip for all of us.

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1. Do Your Homework

We made a doctor’s appointment two days before we traveled to make sure Jane didn’t have an ear infection. Landing in particular is sometimes uncomfortable for infants even without an infection, so we wanted to make sure she didn’t need an antibiotic. It takes about 24 hours for an antibiotic to start working, which is why I made it two days prior to travel. Luckily we got the all clear, and the doctor even gave us a travel size Ibuprofen just in case we needed it while traveling, yay for leaving the large one at home!

Flight rules and restrictions are changing all the time. Check your airline and TSA for rules for traveling with baby. Airlines can help you decide where best to sit on the plane and even put an ‘infant block’ on a seat, which won’t be taken unless the plane is 100% full. Most airlines allow you to check a car seat and stroller free of charge. Woot, woot!

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2. Pack Smart

The less baggage you have the less you have to keep track of and the easier it will be to move around the airports and planes with your baby.

This is obviously way easier to do when you are traveling to a warm climate, we managed just to bring carry-ons for the three of us.

While packing light for you is ideal, packing extra for baby will give you extra piece of mind. I stocked my diaper bag like always (HERE) and added extra snacks, water and extra outfits.

Bring only baby gear you will need. Most places you visit, you’ll need a stroller, I think a beach vacay is the exception. We managed great just with the baby bjorn.

3. Dress in Layers

I dressed both Jane and I in lots of layers. Sometimes on planes you can be freezing or way too hot, it’s always a guessing game. I dressed Jane in a onesie, and jammies, mostly so I didn’t have to keep track of socks/shoes etc. I also packed both a muslin swaddle and heavy fleece blanket in the diaper bag.  I wore jeans, basic shirt, a swing cardigan which was perfect to keep me covered while nursing Jane. I also wore my comfiest, slip-on loafers, which made security a breeze while holding Jane.

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4. Arrive Extra Early!

Easier said than done right?! There’s always an unexpected blow out/spit up and being stressed out worrying about missing your flight while baby is being fussy is the worst! It’s worth waking up early for extra time. I have to add 30 mins to the time I think I need with this little one. On the way home from HI we couldn’t find the car rental place and ended up arriving later than we had planned to the airport, so stressful!

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5. Love Your Layovers

Usually I despise layovers, but I actually loved them traveling with a baby, even LAX! Layovers give the perfect opportunity to change, nurse and have a little play time. On our way to HI we stopped in San Jose, CA which even had nursing rooms…perfect! On the way home, we stopped in LAX which was crowded and under construction. I found a quiet corner and nursed and changed Jane there and even let her have a little floor time on her changing mat. 1.5-2 hours layover was about the perfect amount of time we all needed.

Traveling with Jane was a great experience, everyone was extra nice and accommodating.

Try to remember even traveling is part of the vacations, and I realized when I was relaxed and enjoying myself Jane was too :)

How we Organize our Diaper Bags

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

So far, we’ve discovered everything our mother taught us about parenting is true! “Being one step ahead” is something we’ve heard our whole lives, but now we understand how much easier and smoother our day is when we’re prepped!

We try (emphasis on try) to re-stock our diaper bags every night, so it is ready to grab in the morning without even thinking what the babes might need for the day.

Like organizing anything else, every item has it’s place so can be easily found and to equally easy to see when it needs to be replaced.

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MAIN COMPARTMENT

plastic changing mat

several diapers

small refillable wipe case and back-up wipes

diaper sacks kept in plastic wipe case (we love THESE ones)

antibacterial wipes (for baby and surfaces HERE)

wallet and sunglasses (we love our Hobo wallets HERE)

sippy cup

security blanket

THESE muslin blankets are perfect. Sold in a two-pack, one for home, one for diaper bag.

SIDE POCKETS

Extra complete outfit (onesie, clothes, headband). When our babies were younger we’d keep two extra outfits.

In the other side pocket we keep food and snacks.  Two bibs, baby food in pouches, and a bag of baby puffs (HERE) for easy on-the-go snacks.

In the two end pockets we keep one stocked with toys, and the other with a water bottle or two for mama and for baby’s sippy cup.

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These hand sanitizer cases from Bath and Body Works are perfect to attach to the side of our diaper bags.

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We love THIS diaper bags from Pottery Barn Kids. It is large, comes with a changing mat and has so many pockets so things don’t get lost.

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Keeping our babies clean, fed and happy is a big task away from home. Having our diaper bags organized and stocked is key to starting a good day!

How do you keep on top of it all? Please spill your secrets, we need all the help we can get ;)

The Twins’ First Birthday Party: Classic Winnie the Pooh Theme

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Can you believe Sarah’s twins are one?!

What a year we’ve had since the arrival of Elizabeth and Hannah! A year full of smiles, giggles, and more diapers than we can count.

A little party for their birthday lunch was in order! Sarah chose a classic Winnie-The-Pooh theme which was perfect for our little pooh-bear and piglet.

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For the ladies, we served our favorite strawberry salad (HERE) and Victoria sponge cake (see HERE).

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We decorated with white and florals, stuffed animals and building blocks.

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For the littles, we made a picnic lunch. Gygi came through again with everything we needed for our little guests.

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Our sister, Helen made tiny fondant honey bees for the cupcakes as well as pooh bear and piglet for the girls’ cake.

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The girls took licking every ounce of their frosting very seriously. Our little pooh-bear Elizabeth..

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…. and our little piglet, Hannah with her tiny little pigtails :)

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We couldn’t imagine life without these little girls…”it’s so much friendlier with two!”

Simple food and decorations made for a very easy and enjoyable party for everyone.

Be sure to check out all the products we used on Gygi’s blog HERE and don’t forget to use our coupon for 15% off purchase your next Gygi purchase!

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Baby Jane’s Closet: Organizing Hand-Me-Downs

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Baby Jane is a very lucky lady. She is the youngest of many little girl cousins and therefore is the recipient of LOTS of hand-me-downs.

The only downside of lots of clothes, is keeping track of them all! I have a few systems in place to help make sure that cute little 6-12 mo dress, or those size 3 shoes will be worn without being lost at the back of a drawer.

My friends bought Jane THESE adorable totes from Target. These keep together things that I have lots of…sleepsacks, crib shoes, hats, and one designated for Jane’s memory box.

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I try to keep the hanging space to things she is currently wearing or will be shortly. It really helps me to see all of her outfits in one space rather than folded in a drawer. The left side of the closet is every day clothes, and on the right we keep cardigans, coats and dresses.

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I put a storage cube at the bottom of the closet to add extra storage. I’ve been loving the open shelving when I only have one hand available to grab a blanket. This cube is discontinued, see similar HERE.

On top of the cube we keep her current shoes and fancy socks and tights in the little boxes. Again, it really helps to have them out and lined up so none get forgotten about. So many hand-me-downs.

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boxwood clippings_jane's nursery closet

Any hand-me-down that won’t fit for another year gets labelled and stored in a large tote in the basement.

Thanks family for dressing our baby girl, she wouldn’t be as nearly as stylin’ without you!

$4 Bobble Hats for the Lil’ Ladies

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

In England, we like our pom-poms on our babies extra large!

We discovered it was hard to find bobble hats (knit hat with a massive pom pom) in the states, so decided to make our own!

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Isn’t Jane so funny with her massive pom-pom?!

We found knit beanies for $.97, as well as extra bulky yarn for $2.97 at Walmart.

Here are the supplies we used:

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Two sheets of cardboard for pom-pom template (we used a cereal box)

Compass or two round objects for template (we used salad plate and a cup)

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 30 yds of yarn

scissors

We followed THESE instructions to make the pom-poms.

Because we wanted such a large pom pom and had such a big template we cut our yarn into 10 yard pieces to make it easier to work with.

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Last, we attached the pom-pom to the hat by cutting two little slits at the top of the beanie and tying two pieces from the pom pom in a double knot on the inside of the hat.

One hat took about ten minutes to make, and because we could make 2 pom poms from one ball of yarn only ended up costing $2.50 per hat!

What’s not to love about a warm and cozy baby?!!!

The Twin’s Valentines Nursery

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The girls nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (see more HERE). We purposely planned a neutral grey background so we could switch out a “pop” colour depending on our mood or girls preference when they get older.

To spruce it up for valentines, I’m simply pulled out their books with red, pink or purple covers and all their white and pink soft toys. By grouping like items together, you can create a display without having to go out and buy festive items. Putting existing things to use is always a good thing because it feels and looks and IS effortless!

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My mum bought our little valentine babies these adorable Haba heart toys (click HERE) when they were born. For the longest time they were hanging from their stroller basinets, but this valentine’s they’re all grown up and using them as a teething toy.

Do you or your kids have a birthday near a holiday? I only think it adds to the festivities and so far we’re loving it!

Mini Acorn Moccs Giveaway!!!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Morning y’all! Remember THIS post about baby moccs? Well we are thrilled to tell you all about the most amazing company we found!

Mini Acorn offers high quality baby moccasins for such an insanely low price, only $19.99!

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It was hard to believe until we tried them out. They are as soft as butter, look so high-end and stay on our active babies’ feet really well.

The little ladies are loving them!

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We’re excited to announce Mini Acorn is giving a pair of moccs to a lucky Boxwood reader!

TO ENTER:

1. Hop over HERE to Mini Acorn, take a look around at which pair you’d like if you win and subscribe to their site (bottom of page).

2. Follow us on instagram HERE and leave a comment there letting us know which pair you’d like if you win!

Good luck friends and Merry Christmas!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSES MIDNIGHT MST FRIDAY DEC 19TH. WINNER ANNOUNCED VIA INSTAGRAM.

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Twin Girl Nursery

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

You know when you’re single, or childless you can find yourself daydreaming of random “one day” moments. No? That was just me?!

Well I’ve been dreaming of decorating a nursery for years, and I feel so blessed this year to finally have two little ladies to decorate for.

White, blush, gold and silver were the color choices, and I just love how soft and magical it feels in there.

Are you ready for a total photo overload?

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect “1st Christmas Ornament” so I was VERY excited when Tiny Prints asked us to look at their line of personalized ornaments (click HERE). It didn’t take me long to find the perfect match for their nursery.

I added a cream ribbon, but the color scheme of a black and white image, silver frame and pink text was really perfection.

They are so adorable, they even made me tear up a little when they arrived. Such a special year to make a keepsake to have forever.

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Do you have a favorite room you’ve decorated this season?

We’d love to see, tag us #boxwoodclippings instagram so we can see!

Holler Dollar: Stocking Stuffers

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

We just LOVE Target’s Dollar Spot this time of year.

Simple little toys like these make awesome stocking suffers, and for just $1 you really can’t go wrong!

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The jingle bells are especially festive, bring on the holiday cheer!!!

Holler!!!

Food Station for Babies

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Feeding two young babies at the table can be challenging. When Brock’s home, he has one and I have the other, but it’s a constant battle of ‘please pass this” and “are you done with that?”. To help relieve some of the crazy I put together this food station that has helped us out tremendously!

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I got a tray that fits nicely on our lazy Suzanne, and then stocked it with all of the essentials. Our goal is to never have to leave the table mid-feed once we’re there with our homemade baby food (link HERE).

Our Go-To Items Are:

Bowls

Spoons

Bibs

Wipes

Snacks

Oatmeal

I must say this system has been WORKING!!! We’re getting the feeding down like magic!

Have you guys been re-organizing or tweaking a problem area in your homes? Do share!

How to Make Homemade Baby Food: Stage One

Friday, October 17th, 2014

We knew making our own baby food would be healthier choice for the girls, but we had no idea would be so easy, fast, and how much money it would save!!!

The girls’ favorite right now is pureed butternut squash…here’s how to make it.

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First prep squash: peel, de-seed, and cube.

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Next, steam until tender.

Finally, blend with a little of the water left from steaming to puree.

THESE BPA-free Munchkin trays are perfect to freeze the puree.

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Just pop out 1-2 cubes per serving, and you can always mix in a little rice cereal if you want it to be more filling.

We’re sure your babe will be squealing with delight, and you’ll be squealing too!

Holler Dollar: Fairy Wings

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

I was undecided on the girls’ Halloween costumes this year, but knew I wanted something easy and adorable.

The Dollar Tree came to my rescue again with these fairy wings (link HERE). Matched with clothes they already had: a onesie, cardigan, tutu, leggings and ballet shoes…Elizabeth transformed into one pretty cute fairy!

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boxwood clippings_holler dollar fairy wings

I think the only thing cuter will be when we double the fun on the actual night. Hannah was asleep for the dress rehearsal!

 Do you have any quick and thrifty costume ideas? Do share!

Baby Bat Hat only $5 at Old Navy!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

This makes me laugh so hard!

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ONESIE | HAT

Jane is all ready for Halloween with her $5 hat from Old Navy.

Pair with anything black and I have the cutest little bat around…but I couldn’t resist the cute onesie for $6!

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!

 

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 :)