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10 Family Gifts for $25

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The most wonderful time of year is upon is, but also the most stressful right?!

We are always trying to simplify, and one great way is to give family gifts. Here are a few ideas we love:boxwood clippings_10 family gift ideas for under $25

 1. Out-of-the-ordinary special treats. Jelly Belly’s are always a good idea. Watch out for them on coupon at Costco.

2. Awkward teenagers? They won’t be able to resist joining in when everyone else is having fun working on a puzzle. We love festive ones like THIS one.

3. A framed family picture is the perfect gift! Getting an actual print into a frame isn’t so easy when you are busy all-day, every-day with little ones! This is a super inexpensive gift when using frames like THIS.

4. Good old fashioned fun like THIS bocce set are great to gather a family of all ages. Only $7!!! Really?!!!

5. Gift cards for a family outing are always great. A favorite ice-cream or doughnut shop, a museum, the zoo or movies tickets.

6. Kids love a hot cup of cocoa, especially with their own special mug. Monogrammed mugs from HERE.

7. How about a Christmas-themed movie set like THIS?

8. I remember been enthralled by a massive barrel of popcorn when we were kids (see HERE).

9. We love the idea of having a family tree on the wall. Kids love seeing their names on it too! Learn how to make your own HERE.

10. We love family board games. THIS one is easy, fast and hilarious. Win, win!

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Did you see Target is offering free shipping on everything for the holidays?!

We like the idea of avoiding the cold and crowds by shopping online…just need to make sure to order nice and early!

 Do you give group gifts? We’d love to hear your ideas!!!

Colorful Gift Wrap

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Today’s wrapping idea came from our dad, who requested our help putting together a bright and shiny pile of presents for our Mum a few Christmases ago!

Great idea, Johnny boy!

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We used colored tissue paper, clear cello wrap over the top and coordinating ribbons tied in a simple bow.

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For large presents, you can always use plastic table cloths (see HERE), in lieu of the tissue paper.

Wouldn’t these make stunning presents for kiddies?!

DIY Clothespin Wreath (Can’t believe it only cost $4!)

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I always see lovely wreaths around town, but I can’t get over how expensive they are.

I was inspired by a couple of items at the Dollar Tree, and created this natural beauty.

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothespins

I’m in love with the simplicity, and it was so fun to make.

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothespins

To Make You Will Need:

A grapevine wreath

About 120 clothespins

Hot glue gun and glue

How To:

First, pull apart all the clothespins (the ones from the Dollar Tree were REALLY easy).

Then you simply start gluing a clothespin anywhere on your wreath, then glue one next to that one, then another next to that and so forth.

Glue each pin individually and build the layers.

This is a little time consuming, but very therapeutic!

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothespins

I found the results very beautiful, and quite Scandinavian looking!

boxwood clippings_diy wreath made out of clothes pins

To see a few more of our Christmas wreaths click HERE and HERE.

Mini Mince Pies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

To me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies.

I know lots of you American’s have a bad impression of these little yummies, but I’m here to tell you they are a must try, and not scary at all!

Topped with a healthy amount of whipped cream, they are to die for. A perfect, rich treat for a festive evening.

boxwood clippings_mini mince pies

 

To make, simply whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust (l like an all butter one like THIS).

Roll, and cut out the pastry. I used a large glass to cut the base. Then gently place in greased cup cake tin.

Add a teaspoon or so of filling (I used THIS one). Then use a smaller glass or mold for lid. Top with an egg wash.

Cook until golden brown.

 

boxwood clippings_mini mince pies

For decoration I used some pastry cutters similar to THIS, left some plain, and some a basket weave effect. This is the fun part, so it’s nice to have an extra minute and have some creative fun. I loved it when my mum would recruit us for this job when we were little.

The smell alone will convince you they are the ultimate dessert for this season.

Ummmmm!

Best of Boxwood: Thanksgiving Ideas

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

We are so excited for Thanksgiving next week! It is a great time to reflect on all the blessings in life and officially starts off the holiday season, which we are especially excited for the babies to experience for the first time!

Here’s a few projects from years past that are perfect for Thanksgiving….

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feather place setting HERE

boxwood clippings_scrabble placesetting

scrabble place settings HERE

boxwood clippings_mini gratitude booksgratitude books HERE

boxwood clippings_thanksgiving banner easy banner HERE

Happy (early) Thanksgiving! We are so very grateful to each and every one of you and for your support of our little blog!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Black, White + Gold

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Is there anything more classic than black and white with a touch of gold?
boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

boxwood clippings_black, white and gold gift wrap

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We are always craving a little glamour this time of year, and of course we turn to gift wrap to get our fix!

Festive Table Setting

Monday, November 17th, 2014

We were floored when we saw this pretty dishware at The Dollar Store!

boxwood clippings_a black, white and gold festive place setting

Sure it’s not bone china, but for a dollar a piece it is pretty amazing!

Paired with a simple evergreen clipping from the yard and a little treat for after dinner it makes a lovely holiday setting!

Glass HERE

Dinner plate HERE

bowl HERE

How are you dressing up your table for the holidays?

Sparkle for Less at Walmart

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!

You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!

boxwood clippings_cheap and chic jewery at walmart!gold, black + crystal studs

Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!

boxwood clippings_$5 statement necklace

There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!

How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!

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!

boxwood clippings_holler dollar kids stocking stuffers

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

Holler!!!

Target Tuesday: Christmas 2014!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Can you believe the stores are full of Christmas? On one hand we don’t want to be sick of Christmas by the time it arrives, but on the other we can’t help but get excited when see such new and exciting things for our favorite season!

Here are a few faves from the one and only….

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1. Faribault wool throw

2. chevron place mat

3. white bottle brush tree

4. pine cone wreath

5. ceramic stag

6. birch bark tree

7. textured place mat

8. antique glass mason jar

Which is your favorite?

Christmas Gift Wrap: Grey and Gold

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Happy Monday y’all, we hope you had a lovely weekend!

Today we’re sharing how we glammed up our normal gold Christmas wrap by adding grey!!!

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

 

boxwood clippings_christmas gift wrap: grey and gold

We bought grey butcher paper for $.59 yard from Zurchers, and love how the matte finish looks next to the shiny gold.

Butcher paper is perfect for large presents and so much cheaper than traditional wrapping paper. Win, win!

Christmas Gift Wrap: Whites and Creams

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

We know it’s a little early for Christmas, but it’s never too early to get you inspired, right?

We received our first snow this week, which spurred us to play around with one of our favorite color combos!

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

boxwood clippings_white and cream giftwrap

 

TOP: Left – classic paper bow. Middle – thin ribbon + teeny shatterproof bauble. Right – tulle bow.

MIDDLE: Left – white paper fringe + thin ribbon. Middle – paper bow cut open. Right – satin bow.

BOTTOM: Left – felt + thin ribbon. Middle – different layered ribbons tied in knots. Right – white paper fan.

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Oh, we can’t help it. We’re feeling Chrismassy already!

Style Inspiration: Pendleton Wool

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

We can spot Pendleton a mile away! Are you the same?

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boxwoodclippings_pendleton fabric

The graphic Native-American style prints and classic plaids and tartans get us giddy this time of year, we want it all!

boxwoodclippings_pendleton ponchochapparal poncho for urban outfitters

boxwoodclippings_pendleton blanketBlanket for Nike

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boxwoodclippings_pendleton blanketblanket for urban outfitters

Oh man…they even make notebooks.

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We are obsessed! Brad surprised Emily with THIS classic throw for her B-day and  we are in love!

For a ticket to Pendleton wanderlust see their full site HERE.

 Pendleton’s Pinterest page is pretty phenomenal too! (see HERE)

DIY Leather Feather Magnets

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Today we are sharing this fun autumn project we came up with using leather scraps!

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

You will need:

Leather scraps (Hobby Lobby HERE)

sharp scissors

Magnets

Glue gun + glue

pegs (optional)

Directions:

1. Roughly sketch outline of feather on back side of leather.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

2. Cut outline and then freehand the feather spaces.

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3. Hot glue magnet strip directly to back of feather or add a peg in between if you would like.

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

Ta Dah..your bits n’ bobs on your fridge or magnet board just got an upgrade  for the season!

boxwood clippings_diy feather magnets

These would be fun for kids to make to hold their artwork and would make cute little pressies too. Hope you likey!

Bits of Fall in our Homes

Monday, October 20th, 2014

It’s perfect Fall weather here in Utah, and we can’t help but want to bring a little festivity to our homes.

Here’s a few little details we’ve been enjoying.

First up Em’s home:

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boxwood clippings_diy thumb tack art

boxwood clippings_pinecone wreath

 

And a little of Sarah’s:

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boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

Have you been dolling your place up? Or are you already exited for the December holidays?!

We admit we’ve been thinking too much of Christmas this year, hello babies and Christmas…eeeek!!!

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!

boxwood clippings_holler dollar fairy wings

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!

$2 Witchy Halloween Display

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The kids in my neighborhood really get a kick when I make our front living room creepy for Halloween.

This year I’ve decided to really freak them out with floating witch hats over my bookcase!

boxwood clippings_diy witch hat decorations

boxwood clippings_diy floating witches hat decorations

You Will Need:

Black construction paper (2 yards at Zurchers $.59/yd)

Tape or double sided tape (your preference)

Scissors

Fishing wire, thread or ribbon to hang

.How To:

1. Make a cone shape as small or large as you would like and secure with tape.

boxwood clippings_diy witch hat decorations

2. Cut around the base of the cone so it is pretty even and can stand up.

boxwood clippings_diy witch hat decorations

3. Cut and fold flaps into the base of the cone to create a shelf for the brim of the hat to sit.

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4. Cut a circle of how big you would like the brim of the hat to be. Fold circle in half and cut a hole in the center.

You want this to be smaller than the base of the hat, so it can fit snugly. Start small, and make bigger as needed.

boxwood clippings_diy witch hat decorations

6. You’re done! Now just thread fishing wire through the cone to suspend and tape to the ceiling.

boxwood clippings_diy floating witches hat decorations

Haha, yes I know that I’m a nerd!

With fishing wire, tape and paper used I estimate this project to be less than $2!!!

Can’t beat that, Holler!!!

Holler Dollar: Googly about Googly Eyes!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

There’s something about these little things that make me giddy.

I don’t know what it is, but they are so simple and funny it’s genius.

boxwood clippings_adding googley eyes around the house

I thought I’d be fun to dot them around my house for Halloween and bring a little life to everyday objects.

Here’s how it turned out:

On a lamp.

I thought I'd be fun to dot them around my house for Halloween and add the illusion that I'm being watched by cheeky little monsters, this is how it turned out:

On kitchen cabinets:

I thought I'd be fun to dot them around my house for Halloween and add the illusion that I'm being watched by cheeky little monsters, this is how it turned out:

 On a pumpkin:

I thought I'd be fun to dot them around my house for Halloween and add the illusion that I'm being watched by cheeky little monsters, this is how it turned out:

On a chest of drawers:

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You can find these lots of places this time of year, these were from Target for $1, holler!

 

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!

Halloween Craft Round-Up. All Well Under $10, Holler!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Are you feeling the fall crisp in the air?

We have several times, and even had our first hot chocolate of the season this week!

To warm up these cooler, darker months we always recommend just a little holiday decorating.

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Here are some of our easy Halloween projects from last year:

Spooky House post HERE.

boxwood clippings_diy halloween house

 Creepy Mystery Foot Print post HERE.

boxwood clippings_diy halloween foot prints

Bits ‘n’ Bobs Garland HERE.

boxwood clippings_diy halloween garland

Sweater Wreath HERE.

boxwood clippings_diy halloween wreath

For even more Halloween decoration ideas, visit THIS round-up post,

and stay tuned for even more coming next week!

eeeeeeek!!!!