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Don’t you just love the days getting longer and light streaming into your home?
We get evening light in our family room, and this weekend it was time to spruce it up for spring!
Away went the furry throw pillows and pine cones and out came the lightweight white and creams.
I’m couldn’t resist this white pom-pom throw from Target (HERE).
I added a few botanical prints to our gallery wall and dotted a few leather ferns around that l at the grocery store…just a few can bring so much life into a space!
I pulled out these white blossoms that were hibernating in the basement for the winter. I got them at Target last year and love that they make a big statement.
We love playing and soaking up the sunlight in this room in the afternoon and I love it a little more now it’s ready for spring!
How are you sprucing up your spaces for spring?
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…
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!!!
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…
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.
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?
8. THIS pineapple Honest company swim diaper is adorable!
Swim sells out fast, so make sure to buy your favorites now!!!
Who is excited for Spring? Easter is just a few weeks away so it’s time to get those decorations out!
It seems every year I like things more simple. Easy put up and down is priority!
I love copper right now. I put out my Jelly molds and set them on white cake stands for the centerpiece.
How could I pass up this copper bunny Jelly mold for $1 at the thrift store?!
How are you decorating this Easter?
Happy Monday everyone! It may be snowing outside, but inside we are thinking of spring!
We made the EASIEST garland for Easter, and LOVE that it only took five mins!
We used THESE eggs. So cute and less than $5 for the dozen!
Jute rope (HERE)
Pearl pins (HERE)
These eggs are made of foam and are light-weight, which made them perfect to pin onto a rope.
Decorating for holidays in just a few mins with just a few dollars is our absolute favorite, how about you?
We are thrilled to be guest posting over at one of our favorite store’s blog today.
Gygi is our first and often one-stop shop for any holiday, party or event we are planning and we’re so excited to be sharing these ever so easy perfect valentine treats HERE.
Gygi is currently offering Boxwood readers 15% off their online shop AND in store with this coupon!
(Click on image then print for coupon, or shop HERE for online store.)
We always try extra-hard to anticipate special events and holidays during the winter months…we need something to look forward to!
Here’s a little pink and gold wrapping inspiration we’ve created to get us excited for Valentine’s Day!
We pulled a few gold sprigs and wrapping paper from our Christmas supplies and added it to our pink and white supplies. The fabric blush flower was a hair clip we found on clearance at Claire’s for .$50 and the gold heart is a pendant from an old necklace.
Ha! Now we can’t wait to start making plans for the month of looove!! How about you?
from the bottom of our hearts, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. We hope you are feeling the magic of the season, and the blessings this time of year brings.
Love, Sarah and Emily
PS. Here’s a little something we found while helping our Mum sort out her closet. A once forgotten gem! Me and Em visiting with Father Christmas and for some unknown reason was published in our local paper!
We’ll be taking some time away from our little blog this week to: relax, play, visit peeps, and hopefully find our brains again!
Be sure to follow us on Instagram (click HERE) in the mean time.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!
This year we’re happy to have the challenge of two lil ladies crawling all over the place.
To protect the tree and other delicates we did a bit or rearranging of furniture. Everything behind the couch is not baby-friendly, everything in front is! Not the best placement of furniture for looks, but it sure beats baby gates.
Four stockings this year! FINALLY!!!
I never tire of our simple nativity, this year adorned with some fresh greenery.
The ottoman doubles as baby gate when we move it!
Here are just a few deatails from the Dinning Room + Kitchen.
And just a few bits and bobs for the pendant lights.
In England the official “take down day” of decorations day is January 7th. We abide by that tradition, but even then sometimes I don’t feel ready!
We’ve had such spacey “mummy” brains the past couple of weeks, we forgot to show you most of my decorations. My living and dinning look pretty much the same as past years (I’ll share a few pics tomorrow), but my little half bath got a touch of glam, inspired by Em as always!
I actually bought her a set of black and gold baubles in the clearance last year, but she has a new strict rule about no breakable ornaments (hilarious and tragic story for some other time). So I went ahead and used them for myself.
Up on a shelf, I don’t think they can come to any harm.
This year I’ve been rocking the whole “bauble on a string” thing. Sooo easy and a great way to work baubles that I have a plethora of.
A thick black ribbon is everything I want and more!
Hope you likey!
Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!!
Yesterday morning I was finishing up some gift wrap and was impressed by how simple things always look so good.
Brown paper, basic string, a clipping from outside and a small bauble (just to be fancy) is all you need.
Of course a personalized tag is always fun.
Get yourself a nice thin pen (like THIS one) that will help flatter your handwriting.
Wishing you happy wrapping, from our homes to yours!
We are in love with THIS recipe for making homemade chocolates.
They are easy, so fun to make and the final result looks so profesh…making them a perfect Christmas gift idea!
We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:
2 c powdered sugar
2 1/2 TBSP butter
1/4 tsp orange cream oil (not extract)
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
12 oz chocolate apeels
2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk
Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, orange cream oil and vanilla extract until a creamy paste is formed. Cover and refrigerate dough for about an hour. Prep a cookie sheet with foil and dust with powdered sugar. Make little balls of the peppermint dough and place on foiled cookie sheet. Refrigerate again for about an hour.
After an hour prep a cookie sheet with foil (no sugar this time) and melt chocolate apeels. We did this in a microwave proof bowl stopping and stirring chocolate every 20 seconds. Take your chocolates from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to dish out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolates on the cookie sheet to set. We used a round dipping tool like THIS, which made dipping extra easy (and helped us feel like chocolatiers :)).
This recipe makes about 25 delicious orange creams. Adapted from this recipe.
Are you making anything fun for Christmas this year? We’d love to hear!
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?
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.
Do you have a favorite room you’ve decorated this season?
We’d love to see, tag us #boxwoodclippings instagram so we can see!
Hi everyone! We hope you had a great weekend. We had flurries of snow yesterday, which is making things feel very Christmassy around here!
Today I’m excited to share our living room decorations, which were inspired by our Christmas card by Tiny Prints.
spririted snowfall card HERE
I loved how the soft golden tones of the photo looked against the shiny black foil and decided I needed this look in my living room too!
I started with a yard of black and gold striped fabric that I found at Savers for $1.99. Sarah gave me the idea HERE to cut it up into strips to make bows which is so much cheaper than buying multiple spools of ribbon!
Next, I needed to add white and creams to my traditional gold ornaments. We found these large paper mache ornaments from Hobby Lobby for $2 each and painted them white. I also bought white poinsettia and cream magnolia flowers on clips from The Dollar Tree, that I especially love on the garland.
Lastly, I made modern starburst ornaments for the tree which I’m featuring on Tiny Print’s blog today HERE.
They were so easy, cheap and gave my tree a wow factor it needed!
We are loving cuddling up with blankets in this room each night to read stories to Jane. She’s obsessed with the twinkly lights, and it makes me feel like my little effort was so worth it!
You guys! Have you ever had chocolate-dipped potato chips?!
Yes, it sounds gross, but don’t knock it til you try it!
It is the perfect combination of sweet and salty, and we’re gifting it this Christmas to those hard-to-buy-for men in our lives, as well as neighbors and co-workers!
Crinkle-cut kettle-style potato chips
Milk chocolate (our fave from Gygi HERE)
Simply melt and dip chips and lay on parchment to dry.
C’mon, you know you want to give them a try! Nom, nom, nom!
It’s finally here, the day I stay in my PJ’s and wrap, wrap, wrap!
Little Women playing in the background, and my little women playing with leftover gift wrap, it’s a dream!
Last year some of my favorite gifts were wrapped in gold, with thin cream ribbon, with these (see HERE) glitter ornaments.
Simple, chic and easy. Perfection in my book!
This year we have been extra busy with the babies, so we need to keep Christmas pressies super, super easy!
On Saturday, we made a quick trip to Trader Joe’s to pick up our favorite $10 Boxwood wreaths.
We tied a simple bow and tag and hand-delivered to a few people on our Christmas lists.
Can you get anything lovelier than a fresh wreath for a gift? We may be a little biased!
Do you have any easy gift ideas this year?
We jumped at the chance when Christmas Tree Market asked us to decorate one of their lovely artificial trees.
The task: To decorate a beautiful tree for $150 then donate it to one of our favorite charities or organizations!
Not only is Christmas decorating our favorite thing EVER, but we were really excited to donate the tree to The Utah Center for Reproductive Medicine, that helped Sarah in getting her twins! We will be forever grateful for our baby girls :)
How we trimmed the tree for $150:
Our first stop was Hobby Lobby. We purchased wide-wired mesh, white sprays, and a few large natural-looking ornaments and balls that had twine and glitter.
We also found large paper mache ornaments that we painted white. We love how these turned out with their large scale and matte finish!
Our splurge item were these extra sparkly white spheres purchased from Gatehouse no.1.
Last, we needed filler/smaller items. We found the poinsettia flowers on clips, glittery reindeer, icicles and these adorable pine cones from The Dollar Tree. The snowflakes are from Target.
We love how the tree turned out (it is even better in person).
Thanks Christmas Tree Market for allowing us the opportunity to have even more decorating fun this Christmas!