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Gift Guide: Toddler Girl

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The girls are at such a fun age at the moment, and a lot of their play is mimicking what we get up to every day.

Here’s what we’ve put on their list to Father Christmas:

boxwood clippings | holiday gifts | toddler toys



Christmas has an extra sparkle with Children around, I’m giddy with the thought of Christmas morning!

Are you ladies feeling it? Have you started shopping yet?

* For whatever reason we can’t get link no.7 to work, they are from Target $18.99, B brand!

DIY Ten Minute Tutu!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Halloween is just around the corner, are you ready?
We made the easiest tutus for the babies and were thrilled with how they turned out.

boxwood clippings_ten minute tutu

We used a black ribbon as a waistband and made sure to cut it long enough to be able to tie in a bow around the waist.
We bought black tulle HERE with a 40% off coupon, cut into strips and tied the whole spool onto the ribbon.

boxwood clippings_ten minute tutu

boxwood clippings_ten minute tutu

boxwood clippings_ten minute tutu

Ta-da! Not bad for $2 and ten minutes!

Do you have a little witchy, kitty or princess this could work for?

Em’s Toy Closet Organization

Monday, October 12th, 2015

It didn’t take us too long at all to realize toys, although fun, can be a nightmare!

Loose toys laying around in every room really make the house feel messy and dirty even when its not!

Last week we tackled all of Jane’s toys over at Em’s place.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization 2

Jane mostly plays in Em’s family room (HERE), which has this closet she was using to store all of of her entertaining supplies (see HERE).

Our number one tip when we organize kitchens is to remove all items that are not used on a weekly basis.
We did just that and packed up all the extra dishes in 56 quart bins labeled ‘platters’, ‘crystal’ etc and sent them down to the basement to be stored.

We left my most often used cake stands up on the top shelf, but now had most of a closet free for toys!

Next we divided toys into groups and sizes.

Art supplies and little toys up on the top in 6 quart tubs HERE, medium sized toys and puzzles in the middle. Lastly, bulky, heavy toys at the bottom.

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization

We found the cutest wire baskets with chalkboard labels at the dollar spot in Target for only $3 each!

boxwood clippings | toy closet organization
It feels so nice to have all the toys behind one door at the end of the night and has made it easier to manage in the day as Jane only has a few toys out at a time instead of having everything down on her level!

This project was so fun and felt so good when we were done. The hardest part is always getting started!

How do you keep things from being a jungle of toys at your house?

We need your mommy tips!!!!

Halloween Hair Wrap Tutorial

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Our very first business started way back when were about 8 and 10 when we’d charge people to do hair wraps in the park!

We’re bringing it back for our little nieces, and thought it was too cute not to share!

boxwood clippings | halloween hair wrap tutorial

Here’s our technique…so funny!

#1 Start with braiding a small section of hair.

boxwood clippings | halloween hair wrap tutorial

#2 Use a piece of cardboard and cut a slit in it to place over the braid…this keeps little wispies of other hair interfering with your wrap.

#3 Cut thread HERE and tie in a knot at the top of the braid. We use two strands of each color and cut 2.5 times the length of the hair.

boxwood clippings | halloween hair wrap tutorial

#4 Start wrapping! Use both strands of color and wrap around hair and other strands of thread.

#5 Switch colors as desired and occasionally push up on the wrapped portion so the wrap is nice and tight.

boxwood clippings | halloween hair wrap tutorial

#5 Continue down the length of the hair and tie threads in another knot when finished.

boxwood clippings | halloween hair wrap tutorial

Wouldn’t this be so fun for a party or sleepover?!

Thanks to Belle for being our model. You are a beaut! xxx

Traveling with Kids: Activity Backpacks

Monday, September 28th, 2015

You guys! Sarah, Brock and the twins just returned from England!

They headed to the homeland to introduce the lil ladies to their great grandma, uncles, aunties and countless cousins!


Deep breath!

boxwood clippings | traveling with kids: their activity backpack

Sarah made the most amazing activity backpacks to help with the long flights.

THESE mini backpacks were the perfect size for the twins, and the leash attachment was ideal for when the airport was extra crazy and crowded.

boxwood clippings | traveling with kids: their activity backpack

Sarah kept the backpacks light with just a few books, snacks and a cuddly toy.

A few new toys from the dollar store such as pipe cleaners and stickers held the girls interest for longer than expected.

And a sucker for take off and landing to help with ear pain worked wonders.

This pic was taken the day before they left on the big adventure….they look a little suspicious that something was about to happen!

boxwood clippings | traveling with kids: their activity backpack

Bon Voyage little ladies!