Archive for the ‘christmas’ Category

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?

English Scones for Gifts

Friday, December 20th, 2013

If you’re still in need of giving out a gift our two, these English scones may be perfect. They are fast and easy, cheap and oh sooooo delish!

As always, we’ve had the best time baking up a storm this season, but I always enjoy going back to my roots and making somethings totally English!

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 Placed in red tins with a dollie, I tried to make my rounds while they were still hot…soooo yummy that way!

See HERE for recipe.

And if you’re super duper on top of things and don’t need anymore gift suggestions, go ahead and whip up a batch anyhow. Top with butter and jam, and enjoy with a hot cuppa. Did I manage to temp you yet?!

Twinkle Toes

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas is the one time of year I like my nails manicured. Usually I am way too rough to expect my nails to be perfect for more than a day, but something about having them pretty for Christmas day makes the day even a little more special and helps me feel a little put together when I’m lounging around my pajamas and no make up.

boxwoodclippings_sally hansen golden rule nail polishI recently found this Sally Hansen color ‘Golden Rule’ at Target. It reminds me of my glitter champagne baubles on the tree and thought I should give it a try. It is so sparkly, dries fast and is very long-wearing, making this perfect for my Christmas 2013 twinkle toes :)

I’ve never had glitter nails done professionally, but I think two coats of ‘Golden Rule’ looks pretty great and is so much cheaper than the professional version too!

What will your nails be wearing this Christmas?


Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2013: Kitchen + Dinning

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

 In the name of simplicity, here are my decorations in our kitchen and dinning area.

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Kraft paper for a runner, helps bring in my brown and natural look; while glittered leaves and pine cones bring the sparkle for the magical feel.

boxwood clippings_simple christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_simple christmas decorations

 Two basic garlands help dress up my molding. The first, a thin string of sparkly beads. The second, an easy bunting made from parchment paper just taped to string.

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 On the other side of the kitchen are the snowflakes hanging from island.

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It’s so sparkly and festive, even though it’s a lot simpler than what I usually do. I kinda love!

Emily’s Christmas Decorations 2013

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I was so excited to put up our tree and decorate the front room for Christmas in the new house!

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I started by using most of my Halloween decorations I already had out and added layers of garlands, gold foliage and ribbon on the bookcase. I always try to keep it simple, but before long I undoubtedly add layers upon layers and end up with something a little over-the-top.

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Next, I rearranged the sofas so I could have the tree be in our front window. I did keep the tree extra simple this year with nothing but basic gold ornaments and I think it balances out the over-the-top bookcase nicely.

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My favorite thing on the tree this year are those glittery feathers I found at Hobby Lobby.

 Lastly, I added a few garland swags on the curtain rods, a few shimmery pillows and a bowl of ornaments for the coffee table.

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Tonight I’m going to wrap presents by the tree and listen to Christmas music, can’t wait! It’s finally beginning to feel like Christmas around here!

DIY Twig Snowflakes

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We’ve been trying to add a little more rustic into our usual glam Christmas decorations this year, so we decided to make some twiggy snowflakes.

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boxwood clippings_diy twig snowflakes

Here’s the steps of how we made them:

1. Gather sticks and snap them to get the size of snowflake right for you.

2. Glue gun together.

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3. Add layers of twigs, to make your  snowflake.

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4. Paint desired color.

5. Sprinkling a little glitter over the wet paint never hurts!

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6. We used string to wrap around the center of our snowflakes for extra support (see top pic).

 7. Hang with traditional snowflakes to add a little whimsy to the mix.

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How have you mixed up your Christmas decor this year?

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2013: Brown + Silver Guest Bathroom

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

For me, Christmas decorations are something to be played with. I love experimenting with different looks and color palettes. I never spend a fortune, simply shop the clearance at 90% off, and have a few glass and white wear pieces to use over and over.

The look this year, is brown and silver. Keeping it simple, here’s what’s on my shelves in my downstairs loo.

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations

 The rest of the room was left bare, apart from this wreath hung with a command hook from the mirror.

boxwood clippings_brown + silver christmas decorations


Because I’m already feeling pretty puffed-out with the exciting twin pregnancy, I really wanted to keep things under control; easy to put up, and even easier to take down.

Even if you’re low on energy or motivation, a half hour and a couple of Christmas tunes can be just enough to inspire a little festive decor here and there. Guaranteed you’ll be glad you made the effort. :)

$100 Simple Christmas Porch

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Getting read for Christmas can be so exciting, magical and overwhelming all at the same time. Today, I’d like to give you an idea of how you can decorate the outside of your home really simply and beautifully on a small budget.

People spend thousands covering every inch of their roofs with professional lights, and while this looks amazing, having just a few trimmings around your front door is easy, inexpensive and creates a warm and festive welcome.

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Here are a few essentials that will get your porch looking as pretty as Martha’s:

Wreath: As always, lighting is key and battery-operated wreaths like this for the front door are a must. I’m going to dress mine up with a simple large bow.

boxwoodclippings_lit wreathGarland: Adding greenery around your door softens those long, dark nights. You can buy bare garland and add your own lights, but this pre-lit one is a great price and the perfect size for around a normal 6’8″ front door.

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Mini Christmas Trees: If you have room either side your front door, little christmas trees would be stunning. These 4′ christmas trees are a steal! Only $50 for two!

boxwoodclippings_walmart potted christmas treesIf you don’t have room for mini Christmas trees, use two little lanterns topped with a bow for either side of your front door.

Wreath + Garland + Two Christmas Trees = $100

Now I just need to brace the cold and get out there!

Best of Boxwood: Christmas Decorating

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…”

Yup, it’s just about that time again when it’s time to decorate for Christmas!!!

We can’t get enough of this time of year, and love to change things up year after year. Here our some of our faves from years past. What ‘look’ are you guys going for this year?


Em’s ‘Granny Glam’ Look:

boxwood clippings_'granny glam' christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_'granny glam' christmas decorations


A Cozy Christmas:

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Clean + simple, a green bathroom:

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boxwood clippings_green decorations


Using everyday items:

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boxwood clippings_using everyday items in christmas decorating


Winter whites:

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Sarah’s Traditional Gold:

boxwood clippings_traditional christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_traditional christmas decorations

I’m sticking to my ‘less-is more’ this year.
Be sure to check in soon to see what I’m talking about!

Em’s Christmas Decorations: Dining Room

Monday, November 25th, 2013

I am trying very hard to be ahead this holiday season, the first thing on my list was Christmas cards! Now we had an up-to-date photo from Brea Sorrells, I was ready to go. I ordered this card from Tiny Prints, and a cute parcel full of pretty cards arrived within a few short days.

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I loved our Christmas card so much, I was inspired to decorate the dining room in a similar look.

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I layered the room with craft paper table runner, paper chains and sparkly Christmas decorations.

For details and paper chain DIY see Tiny Print’s blog HERE.

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boxwood clippings_tiny prints cards

boxwood clippings_tiny prints cards

You can see all of Tiny Print’s beautiful Christmas card collection HERE. But be warned, you may be blown away with inspiration!!!

Chocolate-Dipped Tangerines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Today we’re excited to share a delicious little gift idea for the holidays: chocolate-dipped tangerines.

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We simply peeled our tangerines, melted chocolate apeels from Gygi and got to work dipping the tangerine slices, sprinkling  a garnish of sea salt or crystallized sugar and placing them to cool on parchment paper. This process only took about 5 minutes!

As the tangerines would need to be eaten up within a day or so we wanted to keep portion sizes small so these little candy boxes were the perfect. Cute packaging makes such a difference!

Wouldn’t these be great for a chic place settings, a cute party favor or a holiday gift to bring into the office?

For a longer shelf life you could always used dried fruit instead of fresh.


Don’t forget to use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.You can even pick up in store to save you the shipping!

Christmas at Bath and Body Works

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

I cannot wait to have little kiddos at Christmas to help them dream of sugar-plums and be filled with the Christmas spirit.

Our sis, Helen always gets her kids excited for Christmas by adding a Bath and Body Works nightlight and festive soap in their bathrooms.

Whether or not you have kids at home just an item or two from Bath and Body Works will bring instant Christmas joy into your home:

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Holiday Favorites Anti-Bacterial Soap

Festive Nightlight

Scented candle

Bath and Body Works will be having one of their best sales of the year on black Friday. This is when I stock up on my favorites for the year and be on the look out for gift ideas and stocking-stuffers.

I love the True Blue Spa, C O Bigelow and Aromatherapy lines for gifts and these are the perfect little stocking-stuffers that can loop on to anything and hopefully keep your family healthy too.

As always, coupons always make shopping even better! For a $10 off $30 purchase coupon (can be used in-store and online) click HERE.

Do you have and Bath and Body Works favorites this time of year? Please share!

Five Gifts for $1…Holler!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! We have our thinking caps on for gifts for everyone on our lists. Here are five gifts we picked up that we think are pretty great for a buck!

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  1. Wet n Wild nail polish. A bright hue for all your friends. (rite aid)
  2. Old-fashioned Coke. You know Santa only drinks coke from a glass bottle! (target)
  3. Ferrero Rocher. Yum. (target)
  4. Dominos in wood box found at The Dollar Tree. Perfect stocking stuffer, so cute!
  5. Lindor balls in little package. Adorbs! (target)

Do you have your thinking cap on yet for affordable gift options? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Sarah’s Christmas Cards from Tiny Prints

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints arrived last week. I was giddy as soon as I saw the package on the door step!

This year my goal is to simplify simplify everything Christmas…the decorating down to the gift wrap; so it was perfect that we could just pick out a cool design plug in a photo and have Tiny Prints do the rest of the work!

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Brock is only picking about a few things regarding house and home, and one of his requests is that our Christmas cards mention Christmas! When I’m shopping in the stores, a “Christmas” card is not always my first choice as far as design goes, that’s why we loved this option of customizing all aspects of our card, so we added this great quote by President Hinckley on the inside.

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These cards inspired a whole black + white theme this year, so I came up with some easy diy wrapping to match. Be sure to head over to Tiny Prints blog to check out the details (HERE).

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Tiny Prints offers discounts quite frequently, be sure to check out their promotions page HERE to keep you up to date with their latest offers.


 Happy Pre Holidays!

Brea Sorrells Photography

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Today we’re excited to tell you about one of our favorite ladies, Brea Sorrells. Not only is she the only woman in the universe that says after having a baby, “It actually wasn’t that bad”, she is also one of the most well-rounded and accomplished women we know.

Brea majored in Photography with Sarah at BYU, and is one talented photographer. Brad and I hadn’t had our pictures taken since our wedding, so I thought it was about time!

Brea came over last Saturday and took our pics, she’s so chill and efficient and made even camera-shy Brad comfortable with getting his pic taken.

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Now I have absolutely no excuse to not send out Christmas cards this year and neither will you with this killer deal Brea is offering Boxwood readers!

 Here’s What You’ll Get:

One hour photo session

Color correction and editing

All proofs from your session and printing rights!!!

Price: $150

Please email to schedule your family portraits before Dec 1st.

Make sure to mention Boxwood for your discount!

You can see more of Brea’s work on her website:

Thanks Brea!

Come Visit Us Over at Lil Luna!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Today over at Lil Luna we’re sharing a Christmas in July craft, a Service Advent Calender…

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Come over and see us!

Happy Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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‘Holy Night’ by Carlo Maratta

There has been only one Christmas, the rest are anniversaries.

-W.J. Cameron

Happy Christmas to you and yours. See you in a few days!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2012: Master Bedroom

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Well, even though I started decorating before Thanksgiving, they weren’t finished until last week. I got very busy this year, so I was grateful I started when I did.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve made our bedroom festive, but I really enjoy the results this year. There’s nothing like reading a good book, snuggled in my down comforter, with twinkly lights all around…aaaaaah bliss.

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 Hope you’re all having a magical Christmas Eve…



Gift Wrap: Masculine

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Wrapping with your fella in mind can be a bit of a challenge. For this look we combined natural elements, and a touch of men’s fashion.

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  • The first package is brown paper with brown ribbon. The tag made from scrabble pieces glued to a scrap of leather. Simple.
  • The second package is bark textured paper found at Target. An old belt was used for embellishment, we just needed to add an extra hole so it was snug.
  • The final package is wrapped in seasonal plaid from the Dollar Tree. With cinnamon sticks and an acorn with twine finished the look.

This look is making ready to hit the mountains! Where are my boots?!