Archive for the ‘seasonal’ Category

Easy Spring Garland

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Today, we’re sharing this springy bunting that we whipped up in just a few minutes…

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We know a classic bunting is overdone, but hey, it’s timeless and hard to beat!

Sarah had remnants of this yellow gingham fabric which was our starting point. We simply cut into triangles and cut two little holes in each piece to thread the twine through.

Next we tied yellow, tan and cream ribbons onto the twine for a fuller look.

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We love how this simple garland brightens up the home for spring, especially because we only used what materials we already had! Now we just need a vase of bright daffodils!

How are you decorating this spring?

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Easter!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

As you know, I love gathering bits and pieces from around the house to make little festive displays, and now I get to do that in my little one’s nursery.

A book, letter blocks and soft bunny arranged together help things feel seasonal and springy!

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These little cards are from Paper Source, and too cute not to have out on display!

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 Their Easter dresses are quite possibly the world’s cutest hand-me-downs ever!

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 Pink baby ballet flats. Does it get any cuter…I think not!!!

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Spring is in the air and we’re loving life :)

Free Printable Easter Cards

Monday, March 31st, 2014

It’s funny, but whenever I make something I’ve seen on Pinterest, it gives me a sense of productivity, like I’ve accomplished something!

I’d pinned these free printable Easter cards years ago, and this year I actually got around to printing  them out and adding a ribbon. Aren’t they adorbs?!

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 (Click HERE for printable)

Have you done anything lately that’s been on your list a while?!

Holler Dollar: Beatrix Potter Colouring Books and Jigsaw

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

We love Beatrix Potter throughout the year, but especially at Easter.

Now at Targets Dollar Spot you can find all kinds of goodies with her beautiful illustrations, any of which would be ideal to add to an Easter basket.

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Holler Dollar: Beatrix Potter Jigsaw and Colouring Books

At this price, why not add a few?!

Really Simple Easter Place Settings

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Easter is one of our favorite times of year. Not only is it a special time for us to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we also love celebrating the re-birth of the earth with spring…longer days, cherry blossoms, baby animals…the list goes on and on.

Now, with Sarah’s two baby girls in tow we are more dedicated than ever to making homemaking as simple as possible.

Here’s a simple place setting perfect for Easter or any spring occasion:

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colored napkin + coordinating ribbon + tulip

The only way to simplify even more is sticking with basic white napkins and pastel ribbon:

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Even though this is so simple, wouldn’t you love to be greeted with this at the dinner table?!

Do you have any plans for decorating this Easter? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Egg Cups

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

When we were little, we would love soft-boiled eggs for breakfast. We are pretty sure this is an English things as we’ve never heard of Americans using egg cups for the soft-boiled eggs?

Mostly, we just use egg cups for decoration these days. Here are a few we are loving…

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1. The basic white porcelain egg cup, only $3.69 for 4! Found HERE.

2. Metal egg cups, set of 6 $4.99. Found HERE.

3. This bunny one is adorable and simple, again such a good price $3.95. Found HERE.

4. This wooden one HERE.

Do you like egg cups? What do you use them for?

Glitter Eggs over at Lil Luna

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Good morning everyone!

Today I’m excited to share these glitter eggs (which I happen to think are the cutest things ever) over at Lil Luna.

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Please pop over and say hi, and learn how to make these adorable things!

See you over there! x

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Treat

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We’ll take any excuse to make every holiday a little extra special, especially during these cold winter months! How cute is this little pot of gold for a St. Paddy’s treat for family and friends?

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We found the little jar at The Dollar Tree, filled it with gold Rolo’s and finished it off with a green sparkly ribbon. We love inexpensive treats to make someone’s day a little special.

Do you do anything special for smaller holidays in your family? We’d love to hear your ideas!

DIY Potato Stamp Valentine Wrapping

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Today we’re sharing our wrapping for Valentine’s this year. As always, we try to keep it really easy so we brought out our kiddy selves again with the potato stamp and then a little hint of red.

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For step-by-step stamping instructions see our post here.

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Are you doing any fun crafting for Valentine’s?

Best of Boxwood: Valentine Ideas

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

We’ve been having too much fun going through our archives looking at our favorite posts.

Here are some great ones for Valentine’s Day, hope you enjoy revisiting with us!

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Blush Valentine Decorations, see HERE.

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DIY Pink + White Marshmallow Garland, see HERE.

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DIY Newspaper Hearts on Lights, see HERE.

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White Valentine’s Garland, see HERE.

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Deck of Cards, 52 Things I Love about You. See HERE.

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Five Gift Ideas for the Mr, see HERE.

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As always, we hope you find our ideas inspiring without being overwhelming. We always feel simple is best, and just a half hour or so on a project can really help you feel the spirit of the season!

Are you guys working on fun things this year?

Valentine’s Day Table Setting

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Every February, our sis-in-law Kimberly throws a Valentine’s dinner for our family. Her kids get so excited and we all make little Valentine’s for each other. Kimberly goes all out with setting the table, and always makes an amazing meal. Now we all look forward this event every year. I love the idea of making a bigger deal out of little holidays (especially in the winter months)!!!

I decided to get a little festive in our dining room by pulling out red and pink party decor and buying a few heart balloons from The Dollar Tree.

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boxwood clippings_valentine's day table setting

This literally took about 10 minutes and no effort at all. It’s amazing how just pulling a few pieces out and spending a few minutes can make an ordinary day feel extra special. Happy love month everyone!!!

Worth the Splurge: Etsy Valentine Cards

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

I am a hopeless romantic, so I love a cheeky Valentine’s card. It’s one of the only times of the year to formally celebrate love, so even though pretty letter-pressed and handmade cards can cost a little more and you have to pay for shipping, I say it’s well worth the little extra!

I usually am too late to order from Etsy by the time I think about Valentine’s, so I thought I’d post this extra early to let you see a few clever cards that we can all order with time to spare for v-day.

love you splotch cardLove you paint splotch card $5

you take my breath away cardYou take my breath away card $4.50

you are the only one for me cardYou are the only one for me card $3

i flippin love you cardI flippin love you card $4

stars cardThanking my lucky stars card $5

you make my heart happy cardYou make my heart happy card $4

i love you forever for reals cardI love you forever. For reals card $4

there is nobody else cardThere is nobody else card $4.50

Do you have any cute ideas for Valentine’s up your sleeve? See more Valentine ideas I am loving HERE.

Bath & Body Works: Black Currant & Vanilla Products

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

You all know how we love to switch out our scents for the season. Well I must say, I look forward to February for many reasons and one of those reasons is an excuses to use this fragrance from Bath and Body works.

Typically, there’s no red our house, but for Valentine’s I make an exception, and add bits from this line that is sooo yummy. Black currant and Vanilla is the perfect blend of fresh and cozy, honestly I don’t know why they call it ‘sensual’, it has me falling asleep!

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For whatever reason this scent doesn’t have as many products as the other aromatherapy ones, but enjoy what you can. The sugar scrub and wall flower are my absolute faves.

Right now, many of their products are on sale for $8 down from $13, so be sure to go check them out HERE, just in time for the month of love!

An Easy DIY Valentine Garland over at Lil Luna

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

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Today I’m sharing this REALLY EASY garland over at Lil Luna, do stop by!!!!

Click HERE!!!

Valentine’s Day Wish-list

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Thank goodness for something wonderful in February! I look forward to the month of love every winter. Here’s a few things I am dreaming about…

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1. Robe: This ‘sweet love and yonderflies’ robe from Pretty Plum Sugar is just the ticket to take me out of the winter blues. Feminine and romantic is just what I need!

2. Cream Blush: My skin is lacking a lot of luster as of late. This multiple stick from Nars is supposed to bring an automatic ‘dewy’ look to any wind-blown face.

3. Scent: This perfume is one of my every day favorites right now, cannot beat that price tag!

4. Flowers: Cliche for V-day, I know but I appreciate flowers in the winter months more than any other time of year. Bringing beautiful blooms inside in the depth of winter does something wonderful for the soul. Time to treat ourselves to a bunch from Costco I think :)

5. Earrings: Sometimes I just need a new pair of earrings to feel like a new woman. These studs are classic, sparkly and a steal…three of my favorite things.

6. Superbalm: I wore this on our wedding day and always make a point of wearing it for Valentine’s and our anniversary to remind me of our special day. Perfect for winter chapped lips.

This would be my perfect recipe for prepping for Valentine’s day this year. What are you dreaming about this January?

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

We are in a hurry around here to get lots of things done before Sarah’s babies get here! Sarah had the most brilliant idea for the fastest and most original Valentine’s cards.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

 We simply lay card stock onto scrap paper and started swirling around craft paint.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

With no paint brushes required, we had a blast making a mess with pink and metallic paints.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We let them dry overnight and then folded them in half for a simple card.

DIY Abstract Valentine Cards

We love how these turned out, all that texture and sheen!

Best of all these were so inexpensive and only took only 2 minutes!!! We think kids would absolutely love this project, easy enough for a two year old, fun enough for a 14-year old!

Green Smoothie Recipe

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Are you guys on the green smoothie train? We love the way we can pack large servings of fruit and veg into one tasty smoothie. And let’s be honest…our bodies need a little a detox from all that holiday food!

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Here’s our basic recipe:

2-3 c fresh spinach

3 strawberries (we buy the big frozen bags at Costco)

1/2 banana

1/4 c orange juice

Eating healthier is always a hard resolution, but with this little smoothie we are on our way! What are your new year goals?

You Are My Fave’s New Year’s Eve in a Box

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Good morning readers, we really hope you’ve had a great Christmas season, and hopefully still in the part-tay mood!

We’re just popping in today to share this wonderful New Year’s idea from You are My Fave….

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Don’t you just love the idea of everything you need for a party all packaged in a box? We do! Be sure to check out Mel’s full post (HERE), including her free download of 2013 highlights, and 2014′s goals.

Happy New Year to you all!

Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

boxwoodclippings_akadesignchristmasprintableFree printable HERE.

We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating this special time of year!!!

Love, Sarah and Emily

Family Game Night

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Brock’s dream is to own a toy store and produce great games and toys. I’m on board because I like to win! Ha ha ha!!! Really, I do like to play games too because it’s great socializing and great entertainment at the same time. It’s a great way to get to know someone better, and a fantastic way to build relationships (think awkward teenager).

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the perfect setting for game night. Pull out the snacks and let the games begin. Here are our current faves…

Party Game:

5 Second Rule: this one is great for a group with low attention span! There are hardly any rules, and everyone from about age 4 and up can play. Guaranteed some giggles, and lots of poking fun at one another. We had a blast playing this last Christmas.

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Strategy Games:

Small World: Definitely for those who like to sit down and play for a few hours. Good for those who like to think, and be ruthless at killing off other players! Really not that hard after you’ve played once or twice, so maybe 10 and up on age. Depending on how you set up the board it can be a different game every time, I like that!

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Lost Cities: This is a quick game, with some luck involved. A bit of a race, but can customize your game so it could take you between 1/2 an hour to 2 to play. Age 7 and up should be good!

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All-Time Favorite Kid Game:

Enchanted Forrest: Uses your memory and strategy skills along with a race. This is great for adults to play with kids, the kids will get it and show you how much their memories are better than yours. So we can count this one as mind exercise, and tell the kids you’re letting them win!

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Other classics are of course: Monopoly, Scattergories and Catchprase. What are your faves?