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Bunnies By The Bay Pretty Posy Blanket

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

We were delighted when Bunnies By the Bay sent us their new Pretty Posy Blanket (link HERE) to review, and the little Boxwood ladies drew straws to see who’d be the lucky lady for the job!

Jane won, and was smitten by the softness of this luxurious throw, while we were in love with the details and the sentiments behind it.

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The entire ‘Pretty Girl’ line is focused on what true beauty is, and as new mothers of three darling ladies, we couldn’t agree more with their mission statement:

What makes a girl pretty? We believe that prettiness comes from the inside. Our NEW Pretty Girl Collection is adorable fresh and delightfully designed to remind little ones what is important. Stitched within each garment is a simple message: Share, Listen, Be Patient and Care for Others. That is what makes a Pretty Girl.”

Check out their whole line HERE.

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 Don’t you just want to die with the cuteness?!

To top it off, their packaging is totes adorbs! When this arrives in the mail, you really feel spoilt.

We’re dying over these little dolls for our girls, if you have a special little lady on your list, you might want to pop over for some early Chirstmas shopping.

You’ll be in love too…we promise.

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Thanks to Bunnies for spoiling our little Janey, she’s more than content on this chilly day snuggled up like a princess.

Lucky girl!

DIY Coat Hanger Wreath over at Lil Luna

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This wreath is so perfect and simple for fall,

Join me over at Lil Luna (click HERE) for a short tutorial.

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Gift Idea: Custom Pillow from Tiny Prints

Monday, October 13th, 2014

We were thrilled to hear the news that Tiny Prints launched a home decor line!

We have a major obsession with throw pillows and anything monogrammed or personalized, so naturally we fell in love with their custom pillows…

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I am in love with this ‘Bold Crossing’ pillow in my living room! (link HERE)

Wouldn’t a personalized pillow make the best Christmas presents?!

As our family grows larger by the year, we love buying a family Christmas gift instead of individual presents. It is so much easier and works out to be so much less expensive. You cannot beat a personalized gift, it makes a gift a thousand times better!

See full collection of custom pillows HERE.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Hey Ya’ll, we needed to savor this last week of summer and spend some extra time with our little ones, see you next week!

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In the mean time be sure to come see us on our new instagram, for more pretty and thrifty living tips!

click HERE.

Summer Playlist

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Music is such a big part of summer.

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The road trips,

parties,

late night ice cream runs,

all require fresh air and fun tunes.

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Here’s my ‘go to’ Summer playlist:

Beautiful Day – U2

Walking On Sunshine – Katrina + The Waves

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Brand New Day – Lindsey Ray + Tim Myers

Wake Me Up – Wham

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

Top Of The World – The Carpenters

Something In The Way She Moves – James Taylor

A Wink And A Smile – Harry Connick Jr.

Firework – Katy Perry

California – Phantom Planet

Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks

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What are your favorite tunes for the season?!

 

 

Em’s New Additions In Home

Monday, February 24th, 2014

We are slowly making progress on making the new house a home. Here’s a few new additions this month…

Our sis-in law, Kimbers is a pro on the sewing machine. She made me some lovely pillow covers for our bed from fabric I bought on clearance for $5/yd. I’m loving the shades of tan to cozy things up this time of year.

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We finally got around to mounting the tv in the family room. Electrical cables are the bane of my existence, and as you can see we are getting closer to keeping them out of view!

I thought I would try the Ikea Hemnes sofa table as a media stand it actually works great! The compartments fit our electronics perfectly, and it has no backing so wires can get to plugs easily. We’ll use the storage baskets for baby toys. I’m hooping this will work great to keep mess out of view, be super accessible, and easy for clean up too.

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Brad got me this lamp for my birthday, and I haven’t got around to showing you yet. It literally can go in any corner of any room. I’m constantly moving it around. Target doesn’t sell it anymore, but they have this one that’s really similar.

Also, more linen taupe pillow covers from Kimberly…

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Do you have any projects going on at your house lately? We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

Martha’s Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Do you ever get this message on Pinterest, “Psst, it looks like you’ve already pinned that”?

Well, it happens to me..a lot. Seen as though I apparently have a memory like a sieve, so when I pinned these cookies about 5 times I finally caught on that I should give them at try.

They are by far the simplest, healthiest and cheapest g-free cookies I’ve ever had, making them totally Boxwood approved!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

1 egg

3/4 c sugar

1 c creamy peanut butter

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 c chocolate chips

1/2 c roasted salted peanuts (optional)

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Directions:

Combine slightly beaten egg with sugar, peanut butter, baking soda and salt. When blended well stir in chocolate chips and peanuts if desired. Shape into small domes (I used an ice cream scoop) and bake at 350 for 12 mins. Makes about a dozen cookies.

I tried the recipe with crunchy peanut butter and it didn’t work as well. I think the texture of creamy really helps hold the cookie together. Martha also recommends to rotate your cookie tray at 6 mins for equal heat distribution.

If you live gluten-free or not, you have to give these simple cookies a try. Full disclosure: they make your home smell delicious!

See Martha’s full recipe HERE.

Getting Organized for Christmas

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Not only have I devoured more calories than I care to count in the past 24 hours, but a little anxiety has begun to set in. Crazy season begins today, and this year I’m determined to get the better of it.

I found this free printable from A Pair of Pears to help with my gift organization.

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It’s amazing how the simple act of writing down a to-do list and checking it off can really help manage stress.

Do you have any tips for keeping holiday stress under wraps? I’d love to hear how you keep your cool!!!

Bit’s ‘n’ Bobs Halloween Garland

Monday, August 26th, 2013

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Oh yeah…time to start blogging about Halloween! Enough with the heat already! Last week we got together, got a little giggly at the thought of the next season ahead of us, and then created this…

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We gathered a few bits and bobs from around the house; acorns, pine cones, ribbon etc, got the old can of black spray paint out and got to work.

One great thing about the heat is the spray paint dries so, so fast! No need for patience in 100 degree weather!

Then, we simply tied all of the items onto a thin piece of black ribbon…

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We are in love with the all-black theme…so chic! This project couldn’t have been easier and would be perfect to do with children to get them excited for the months ahead. Yay for autumn!

It’s National What Day?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Random national days are kinda my fave. Especially when they involve me or something I love. :)

I found out recently that today is National Middle Child’s Day, and I thought it was worth a mention since I am the middle child of this lot…

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Although middle child syndrome is usually a bad thing, I love my family positioning. Right in the middle keeps me in touch with all sorts of drama, emotions, politics and all that good stuff. But hey it’s hard work being in the middle, I think I deserve a donut or something!

So go ahead and celebrate your middle children. And to all you middle kids out there (including you Hel who I technically share the spot with, although you are the oldest girl so doesn’t really count!)…

HAPPY MIDDLE CHILD’S DAY!

Maybe next year I’ll throw a party for us all :)

Cover Girl BB Cream

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

For the first time in 12 years I’ve been converted to a new foundation. Cover Girls BB Cream is light, none greasy and basically all you could ask for in a tinted moisturizer and it’s only around $7…holler!

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It was a big step jumping from my trusty Clinique, but their prices keep going up and their products smaller and smaller.

Have any of you switched from a trusty fave to a new found love? We’d love to hear why you made the switch!

Green

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a little Easter project over at Lil Luna, be sure to go check it out!

I’m soooo crazy excited that Spring is well on her way, and the brown grass will soon be a lush green. As St Paddy’s is just around the corner, I’m especially digging green right now, are you feeling it too?boxwood clippings_green love

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So fresh, it never gets old.

Sarah’s Organization Project: Hanging Scarfs

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE to wear scarfs. However they created quite a problem in my closet until last week when I finally tacked the issue, and I feel much better!

Before, I would hang my scarfs on hangers, which worked ok, but caused a few problems (like when you take a scarf off and the others become off-balanced and sometimes fall down). Plus, it’s not the best looking option.

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Then on a recent trip to Ikea these hooks (see HERE) caught my eye, and they were on clearance from $3.99 to $1.99, not bad for 5 hooks!
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Here’s one:

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Summary:

Project cost: About $4

Project time: 15 minutes

Project reward: Prettier closet, and easier access to each scarf…whoot whoot!

 

Happy Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 18th, 2013
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Today we’re enjoying a much needed long weekend with our hubbies. Good food, a little shopping, a little relaxing and a few sunny days… A big thank you to those who have, and those who still do try to make the country a better place.

We hope you are enjoying the holiday too!

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…

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOODNIGHT!

 

Spicy Carrot Soup Recipe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Yesterday we made our Mum’s yummy, Spicy Carrot Soup. It is healthy, easy, inexpensive and perfect for a Halloween supper.

Here is the recipe:

2 lbs carrots

2 medium potatoes

1 large or 2 medium onions

2 knorr stock cubes or chicken stock

1/2 cup of long grain rice

Salt + Pepper to taste

Curry Powder to taste

Peel potatos and carrots and cut in even pieces, peel and cut up the onion/s. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and then saute the vegetables in the oil for a few minutes until partially cooked. Cover with water and add stock cubes (or chicken stock), add the rice and bring to the boil. Once boiled turn down the heat and simmer for at least an hour or until veg are very tender. Blend with a hand blender or blend with a food processor and season to taste with S&P and curry powder.

Serve soup piping hot, and garnish with blob of sour cream, a swirl of fresh cream, grated cheese, or a sprig of cilantro.

This soups is perfect with our favorite no-knead bread and  is so hearty and warming I think it should be a new Halloween tradition, it would be perfect before sending the kids out on a cold night! Thanks for the recipe Mum! What are you up to this Halloween?

DIY Mini Composition Book Makeover

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Good morning everyone. Today  I’d share a project with you that I posted over at Lil Luna a couple of weeks ago. It’s cheap, fast, and easy; A Mini Composition Book Makeover. (Of course this tutorial can be done with regular size composition books too, but there’s just something about miniature objects that up the cute factor for me!)

First purchase the books. This is the perfect time of year to shop for anything stationary. Last week these books were on sale at Walgreen’s for 5 for $1. But regularly they’re only 3 for $1 at the Dollar Tree.

Here’s what you’ll need:

 1. Mini composition book.

2. Mod Podge.

3. About 5″ of ribbon x 2.

4. A bone folder.

5. A paint brush you don’t mind getting glue on.

6. Thick paper or card stock. Two sheets cut 3.5″ x 5.5″, and Two sheets cut 3″ x 4″.

7. Scissors (Not pictured above, but you will need them).

Here’s the tutorial:

 1. Take one sheet of the 3.5″ x 5.5″ paper, and glue the back side of it completely.

2. Place the paper over the front cover of the book, and smooth with bone folder.

 3. Turn the cover to the inside, and trim the corners.

4. So it looks something like this!

 5. Reapply glue to the edges of the paper.

6. Fold over, and smooth with bone folder.

 7. Attach ribbon by gluing it into place.

8. Then glue and attach one of the 3″ x 4″ sheets of paper to the inside to cover edges and lock in ribbon. Smooth again.

Then you simply repeat the process on the other side of the book, and leave to dry under some weight. Ta Dah! You’re done!

Don’t you think they’d make perfect little gifts or favors? Oh, time for a party I think!

From a Reader

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Today I’m super excited to share a project from a reader with you.

When Clarissa saw our Coffee Filter Letters, she thought she’d make her own. Don’t they look great?

Thanks for sharing Clarissa, we’re so happy you were inspired!