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Happy 4th America!

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

boxwood clippings | happy 4th of July

As Brits, we get asked A LOT how we feel about the 4th of July.

Fireworks and a day off in Summer?…We’re ALL IN!!!

We couldn’t be happier or more proud of our British heritage AND our new home here in the states!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!

Wishing you all a happy and safe Independence Day.

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We’re taking a little week to ourselves. See you soon. x

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Dirt-tay Diet Coke Float!!!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Isn’t summer the best?! But man can it be exhausting!
The heat, the kids….time for a refresher…

Dirty Diet Coke Float

boxwood clippings | dirty coke floatINGREDIENTS

diet Coke
fresh lemons/limes
coconut syrup (HERE)
vanilla ice-cream

DIRECTIONS

Pour a glass of coke and 1/4 lemon or lime juice. Add one drop of coconut syrup and a big scoop of ice-cream.

Perfect Mommy treat on a hot summer afternoon…and well deserved might we add! ;)

Gluten-Free Berry + Rosemary Crumble

Friday, June 12th, 2015

One of our favorite things about summer is fresh berries! Who’s with us?!

Here’s an easy-peasy recipe that will wow your taste buds!

boxwood clippings | gluten free berry and rosemary crumble

INGREDIENTS

6 cups of berries (fresh or frozen)
1 c GF flour (we use THIS)
1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 c GF oats (we use THIS)
2 tsp dried rosemary
vanilla ice-cream

.DIRECTIONS

Divide berries into individual ramekins or place in pie dish.
Mix dry ingredients together, then blend in the butter with fingertips to resemble breadcrumbs.
Spread oat mixture evenly on top of berries.
Bake in oven at 350 until golden brown (ramekins ~15 mins, pie dish ~ 30 mins).

.Serve with fresh vanilla ice-cream.

We recommend prepping ahead, then popping the crumble in the oven while you’re eating dinner so it is nice and warm for dessert. This makes about 6-8 servings.

Yum, yum!

Boxwood Patriotic DIY’s

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Hey y’all! Who’s ready for a red, white and blue summer?

Here’s a round-up of our easy ways to bring a little patriotic flare into your home for the summer!

Gumball Garland | Boxwood Clippingsgumball garland

DIY Stars + Stripes Garland | Boxwood Clippingsstars + stripes garland

4th July Decorations | Boxwood Clippingsdot garland + lanterns

DIY Origami Stars | Boxwood Clippingspaper origami stars

DIY No-Sew Patriotic Garland | Boxwood Clippingsno-sew bandana garland

DIY Patriotic Napkings | Boxwood Clippingsstars + stripes napkins

DIY Simple Patriotic Garland | Boxwood Clippingspaper bunting

patriotic cupcakes | Boxwood Clippingspatriotic cupcakes

Wahoo for summer!!!

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

A Spring Spruce for our Family Room

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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.

boxwood clippings spring living room

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!

boxwood clippings spring living room

boxwood clippings spring living room

boxwood clippings spring living room

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.

boxwood clippings spring living room

boxwood clippings spring living room

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!

boxwood clippings spring living room

How are you sprucing up your spaces for spring?

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!!!

Guest Post at GYGI: Large Chocolate Easter Eggs

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Good morning friends!

Today we are guest posting on Gygi’s blog today talking about how we made these large chocolate Easter eggs!

boxwood clippings chocolate easter eggs

We hope you’ll stop by and see how easy they are HERE!

Metallic Easter Decorations by Emily

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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!

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

This year I bought large paper mache eggs from Hobby Lobby (HERE), painted them with my favorite gold paint (HERE) and hung them to our dining light with lace and tulle.

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

I love copper right now. I put out my Jelly molds and set them on white cake stands for the centerpiece.

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

How could I pass up this copper bunny Jelly mold for $1 at the thrift store?!

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

How are you decorating this Easter?

Five-Minute Easter Garland

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

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!

boxwood clippings easter egg garland

boxwood clippings easter egg garland

SUPPLIES:

We used THESE eggs. So cute and less than $5 for the dozen!

Jute rope (HERE)

Pearl pins (HERE)

HOW TO:

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?

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries + Marshmallows

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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.

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boxwood clippings_chocolate covered marshmallows

Gygi is currently offering Boxwood readers 15% off their online shop AND in store with this coupon!

Yippee!

Thanks Gygi!

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 (Click on image then print for coupon, or shop HERE for online store.)

Gift Wrap: Pink and Gold for Valentines

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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!

boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day
boxwood clippings_pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day

boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines 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?

Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Dear readers,

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!

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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.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Living Room + Dinning

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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.

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Four stockings this year! FINALLY!!!

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I never tire of our simple nativity, this year adorned with some fresh greenery.

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 The ottoman doubles as baby gate when we move it!

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Here are just a few deatails from the Dinning Room + Kitchen.

Again, baubles on a string makes a really nice garland. boxwood clippings_christmas decorations

 

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 And just a few bits and bobs for the pendant lights.

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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!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Downstairs Bath

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

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.


boxwood clippings_gold and black christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_gold and black christmas decorations

 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.

boxwood clippings_gold and black christmas decorations

A thick black ribbon is everything I want and more!

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 Hope you likey!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!!

Gift Wrap: Brown Paper and String

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

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.

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

 Of course a personalized tag is always fun.

Get yourself a nice thin pen (like THIS one) that will help flatter your handwriting.

boxwood clippings_a simple brown paper gift wrap

Wishing you happy wrapping, from our homes to yours!

Gift Idea: Orange Cream Chocolates

Friday, December 19th, 2014

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!

boxwood clippings_orange creams

We headed to Gygi to stock up on ingredients and packaging. Here’s what we used:

Ingredients:

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

Directions

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 :)).

For packaging, we picked up THESE little candy cups and THESE adorable holiday boxes sold individually, which are so fun for Christmas!

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!

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?

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

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boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_pink nursery christmas decorations

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!

Em’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Formal Living Room + Tree

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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.

boxwood clippings_gold, white and black decorationsspririted 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!

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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!

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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.

boxwood clippings_gold, black and white christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_gold, black and white christmas decorations

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!