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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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

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.

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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.

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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!

Gift Idea: Easy Chocolate-Dipped Chips

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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!

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Ingredients:

Crinkle-cut kettle-style potato chips

Milk chocolate (our fave from Gygi HERE)

Directions:

Simply melt and dip chips and lay on parchment to dry.

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We fell in love with THESE adorable popcorn containers, which are perfect to hold the chips wrapped up with a little cellophane and THIS twine.

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C’mon, you know you want to give them a try! Nom, nom, nom!

Gift Wrap: Glitter Letters

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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!

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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!

Gift Idea: $10 Boxwood Wreath

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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.

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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?

How to Decorate a Tree for $150

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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 :)

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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.

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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.

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boxwood clippings_christmas tree with white decorations

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!

Best of Boxwood: Yummy Homemade Gifts

Monday, December 8th, 2014

‘Tis the season of giving, which means it’s time to whip up some homemade treats! Here are a few Boxwood favorites!

Perfect peppermint creams HERE

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Easy caramel pretzels HERE

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sweet + salty dipped tangerines HERE

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classic peppermint bark HERE

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roasted almonds HERE

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mini caramel apple sampler HERE

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 Are you gifting any homemade items this year? What do you have in the works?

Dressing up a Grapevine Wreath

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Are you guys busy decking the halls this week? We’re just finishing up and can’t wait to show you all next week.

One of my favorite spots in the house this year is my stairway, where I made these little wreaths to hang from my sconce lighting.

Pop over to Lil Luna today for a quick DIY!

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Tiny Prints Christmas Card + Glitter Clothes Pin DIY

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints arrived last week, and I’m dying.

They turned out beautiful, don’t you think?!

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Glitter clothes pins are a perfect and easy way to display all your holiday cards.

Be sure to pop over to Tiny Prints blog (click HERE) for a quick DIY tutorial.

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I’m really in the festive mood now glitter has made a major appearance in the house :)

A Holiday Salad: Clementine, Pomergrante, Turkey + Bacon!

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Do you have leftover turkey in the fridge?

Here’s a perfect salad to use it up…

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Ingredients:

pomegranate

clementine slices

roasted turkey

cooked bacon

raw sunflower seeds

cheese (any will work, we used mozzarella and parmesan)

greens (we used spinach and arugula)

blush wine vinaigrette (HERE) or make your own similar dressing (see HERE).

Directions:

THIS tutorial changed my life… I really didn’t know seeding a pomegranate only takes a minute. You can go as light or heavy as your like with all these ingredients. We like a lot of pomegranate and bacon!!!

Prepare for your taste-buds to explode! This is the perfect side dish for the holidays or serve as a main dish when you need something a little lighter in this season of indulgence. Let us know what you think!

Em’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Kitchen and Family Room

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I couldn’t wait to get a head start on decorating this year! Have you started yet?

I used the simple fall decor we put up for Jane’s blessing (see HERE) and just added a little sparkle to get an extra cozy and wintery feel.boxwood clippings_christmas decorations, pinecones

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Can’t wait to show you the living room…stay tuned!

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.

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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!