How to Make the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

10.11.2013 by Sarah |

I never thought making hot chocolate was and art form, until I saw my scottish landlady make hers this special way and I could instantly taste the difference. This method can be used with any hot chocolate mix, even low calorie and will still taste better than the instructions on the tin.

.

Just 3 Simple Steps:

1. Scoop powder in cup

boxwood clippings_hot chocolate

 

2. Add a little milk and stir making a paste.

boxwood clippings_how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate

 

 

3. Add freshly boiled water while stirring to make extra frothy.

boxwood clippings_how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate

 There you have it, and extra yummy cup.

But don’t forget a healthy dollup of fresh whipped cream if you feel like being sinful!

boxwood clippings_how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate

Yummmm!

 

 

DIY Fall Garland

10.10.2013 by sarah and emily |

 Today we’re sharing this DIY falling leaves garland at 6th Street Design School.

boxwood clippings_diy falling leaves garland

Head over if you’d like to learn how to make your home nice and shimmery for the next few months!

Holler Dollar: Trader Joe’s Soap

10.10.2013 by Emily |

I think I have found the best holler dollar around… Trader Joe’s Oatmeal and Honey Soap. This pure vegetable soap with no harsh chemicals smells of milky cinnamon, helping me feel very fall-y and melting my daily stressors away at the same time. It’s creamy texture makes it perfect to sub for shaving cream and leaves my skin clean and soft.

boxwood clippings_holler dollar trader joe's soap

I am planning to wrap these up in fabric and give them as gifts for Christmas this year, which I am really excited about. At $1.69 for a two pack, they work out to be only $.85 each! I can’t wait for everyone to try them.

Read more about this soap HERE. Thanks Trader Joe’s, you really are my favorite!!

The Genius Way to Sample a New Paint Color

10.09.2013 by Sarah |

This post brought to you, in part by:

logo1

Both Em and I are in the process of painting some rooms in our homes, eeeeek! Although we’re excited for the updates, we’ve had a hard time choosing the new perfect colors. The regular size paint chips just aren’t big enough to image a whole room painted.

We were thrilled to learn Jones Paint and Glass offer pint size samples of ANY COLOR, mixed JUST FOR YOU for only $6! This way we were able to see the ACTUAL paint color, and not just the ink version you get on the chips.

boxwood clippings_perfect size, custom color paint sample

For convenience they also offer these handy dandy sticky sheets that you paint with your sample and stick to the wall.

boxwood clippings_a perfect paint sample

We’re in love coz you can move them about the room to different areas to see how it looks against all your surfaces and change in light. Priced at only $1.19 a sheet we think it’s a genius idea so you don’t have to paint the actual wall to get the vision!

Important Tip: Once you’re in love, take the actual paint sample tin into the store so they can mix the EXACT measurements for your bigger match.

Now we’ve got our colors all picked, stay tuned for our room makeovers!

Halloween Favorites here at Boxwood

10.08.2013 by Sarah |

I always love going back and looking at old crafts and projects, and this blog has been a great way to document things we’ve been up to. Here are some of our favorite Halloween posts from the archives, hope you enjoy second time around too!

Simple green + black decorations last year found HERE.

boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

I can’t help think that we were copied a little over HERE on this crows wreath, we like ours better for $4! (HERE)

boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

Cute bucket favors for kids are always a hit. HERE.

boxwood clippings_halloween buckets

We still think these are one of our best ideas yet! Decorative vases out of old tights! HERE.

boxwood clippings_halloween vase

Another set of decorations, orange + black this time. HERE.

boxwood clippings_halloween decorations

As always, we hope you find our projects inspiring and not overwhelming. We think simple is best, reuse what you have, and feel the joy or spookiness of the season!

 

 

Gender Neutral, Budget Friendly, Nursery Inspiration Board

10.07.2013 by Sarah |

We found out on Thursday the genders of our babies…

we’re….

having…..

TWO GIRLS!

We couldn’t be happier with our news, even though we were nearly convinced we were having one of each! The thought of both genders had me dreaming of very neutral, cozy nurseries. I love this look so much we’ve decided not to change things up too much; we’ll  just add a few more feminine touches. :)

Here’s our very first nursery inspiration board:

boxwood clippings_gender neutral nursery

Sources: 

Cribs, Target $174 (HERE)

Large frames, Ikea $20 (HERE)

Baskets, Target $30 (HERE)

Rug, Costco $149 (In Stores)

Crib Bumper + Skirt, Pottery Barn Kids (HERE)

Rocker, Walmart $160 (HERE)

Dresser, Ikea $299 (We got monthly special in Sept for $250!) (HERE)

Lamps, Target $25 (HERE)

Bunnies, Nordstrom $20 (HERE)

China Plates, Thrift Shop 50¢

Chandelier, West Elm $145 (got ours $25 at Downeast)  (HERE)

Felt Animals for Moblie making, Land of Nod $9 each (HERE)

Paint color, Benjamin Moore Sliver Lake (HERE)

…………………..

Are you as in love as I am?

Aunty Hels has suggested adding a sissy quote, I’m on the look out if you find a good one let me know!

Lil Luna Guest Post Today!

10.07.2013 by Sarah |

 Good morning readers! Today I’m sharing this fast, cute and easy project over at Lil Luna, do come over and visit!

boxwood clippings_diy halloween medallion copy

Sweet Tooth Fairy Cookies

10.04.2013 by Sarah |

We are big Sweet Tooth Fairy fans. We love popping in to one of their shops and buying a single cupcake instead of making a whole batch at home. Their baked goods are always so delicious and a perfect little treat.

Lately, their cookies have been catching my eye. There’s something about fall that makes me want a cookie and a big glass of milk…

boxwood clippings_sweet tooth fairy cookie

I was pleasantly surprised when I passed up my favorite cupcake to try a cookie instead. It was absolutely delicious and at $1.25 I can afford to pick a few up on the way to visit friends or to bring a little treat home to the hubs.

I’m also thinking of these stacked up in their brown paper bags as favors for the big baby shower.

Some locations are also offering gluten-free peanut butter cookies which are amazing!!!

If you haven’t these cookies yet, I promise it’s worth a try!

15 Homemade and Sentimental Family Gift Ideas

10.03.2013 by Sarah |

Our family has a tradition of giving a gift for each and every member at Christmas. I think we’re up to about 70 people in total, so we have to get creative with budget and resources to make this doable.

One of my favorite gifts I made was a slideshow of all our Christmas’s photographs from our childhood set to Christmas music, it was an emotional hit!

Although projects like this can be time consuming (start now for this Christmas!) they are affordable, and it’s a easy way to make the same thing for almost everyone on your list. But most of all, it’s a treasured keepsake that really can’t be bought.

 

boxwood clippings_15 sentimental gift ideas

Here’s a list of 15 Sentimental Family Gift Ideas:

1. Make a mix CD of favorite seasonal music that brings back memories, accompanied with a letter of those memories.

2. Interview a parent or grandparent and give a copy of the transcript.

3. Frame old and new family photos.

4. Frame a famous and loved family recipe.

5. Digitize old photos and create a slideshow.

6. Make a family recipe book.

7. Write down your childhood memories and give to your parents, or your children.

8. Frame a family tree.

9. Copy and print old family photos and put in album.

10. Make a family quiet book for children, with pictures of each family member.

11. Make a card game using family faces instead of traditional cards.

12. Draw the family home you all grew up in.

13. Create a journal with questions for each family member, ask to promote thoughts and memories.

14. Compile a family history book.

15. Write each member a personal note of love and appreciation.

Although shopping can be SO fun, I really get a kick out of going back to the basics, and remembering the special family unit we all have. Gifts like these can soften hearts, close distance and bring us all home for Christmas. :)

Slippers to Love

10.02.2013 by Sarah |

I’m a total Granny when it comes to slippers. I wear them September thru May, and enjoy every cozy minute!

I usually stock up at the end of season at rock bottom prices, but these are a few I have my eyes are this Fall….

This Tinkerbell mets Highlander slipper is adorbs, found HERE for $89.95.

boxwood clippings_slippers

A classic moccasin never gets old, found HERE for $19.94

boxwood clippings_slippers

 

 

A traditional granny clog all glammed up in gold is a winner at $22.99 found HERE.

boxwood clippings_slippers

 

 

(NOTE WORTHY: we never pay full price at Old Navy and Payless, look for discount codes, coupons and BOGO offers)

How about you guys, do you like to get your ‘Granny on’ this season, or are you still clinging to the flip flop?

 

Consignment Accent Table

10.01.2013 by Emily |

The newest addition in our home is this sweet accent table.

boxwood clippings_em's little pumpkin table

It was a house warming gift from Brad’s mom, Maureen and I love it to bits. We found it at a consignment store in California, I can’t tell you how much I love consignment and thrift store shopping! The Sanders family are gold miners at thrift and consignment shops and have taught me to love it too!

Not only are prices so much more affordable than retail but the workmanship and detail on older pieces are usually better too. See more of my thrift and consignment finds and tips here, here, and here.

Thanks Maureen, we will cherish this for many years to come!

Em’s Halloween Bookcase

09.30.2013 by Sarah |

We’re almost in October and with Halloween approaching I decided to gather a few black and brown items from around the house to make a spooky display for our front living room.

boxwood clippings_em's halloween bookcase

One thing I really wanted in our new house was a fireplace. The builder was charging close to a fortune for one so we decided against it. Instead, I’ve tried to make a focal point in the living room with my trusty Expedit bookcase and decorate the top like I would a mantle.

boxwood clippings_em's halloween bookcase

It was easy to make a spooky display with this black ‘creepy cloth‘ from the Dollar Tree and fake candles I found at the thrift store, which flicker and glow orange at night. Artificial leaves stuck into the creepy cloth also finished off the display nicely.

How are you decorating for Halloween this year?

Basic Quiche Recipe

09.27.2013 by Sarah |

Quiche is one of my favorite brunch options for this time of year. Our Mum, Terri makes the yummiest quiches and today she’s sharing her basic recipe that you can customize with your favorite fillings.

boxwood clippings_quiche recipe

You Will Need:

9″ pastry

4 eggs

1 c cheddar cheese

2 c cream

3/4 tsp salt

Fillings. This quiche pictured above is feta cheese and spinach. Another family favorite is adding 1/3 c onions and bacon. Add as much or as little of your favorite fillings.

How To Make:

Heat oven to 425. Prepare pastry and line dish. Sprinkle fillings along the bottom of dish. Beat eggs slightly, beat in cream, and salt (pepper too if you like), pour on top of fillings. Bake uncovered for 15 mins then reduce heat to 300 and bake until firm, usually an additional 30 mins.

This quiche is very decadent with pastry, cream and cheese. Make a healthier version by forgoing the crust (gluten-free), subbing cream for milk, and adding veggies.

This recipe is so delicious and easy. I love how you can change it up depending on the needs of the family and on what you have on hand in the fridge.

Thanks for sharing Mum!

9 Things you Should be Buying from Anthropologie

09.26.2013 by Sarah |

Anthropologie, oh how we love thee!

Stepping foot into this store is a little like visiting a art gallery. Very inspiring, and oh so beautiful. Here are some of our faves we think should be in your home:

boxwood clippings_9 things you should be buying from anthropologie

 

No. 1: Soap. Their selection of scents is to die for and can spruce up any old bathroom. A very cute gift don’t you think?

No. 2: Milk Glasses. These are adorbs, and total throw back. In store only $4 each, total steal.

No. 3: Hooks. Always handy, and always cute. An easy way to add character to any entry or closet.

No. 4: Mugs. A go-to favorite gift (see here), and a cute personal splurge. Perfect for this time of year when nothing can beat a cozy hot chocie.

No. 5: Candle. There’s nothing like a gorgeous smell to welcome you into a room. There luxurious candles do just that…yummy!

No. 6: Journal. What’s more enticing than a fresh leather journal? Let your ideas, dreams and wishes fun free in this one!

No. 7: Calenders that are pretty enough to hang in your house are always a good idea, even when the year is over you can frame the pictures. This one is adorable.

No. 8: Latte Bowls. Posted about how much I love them here, enough said! (Other than they are only $2.50 each!)

No. 9: Ring Dish. Just really cute, handy to have around. Trust Anthro to add a little extra charm to everything.

These are just some of our faves, it was hard to narrow it down. What are some things from Anthro you’d recommend over and over? Do tell!

 

Sarah’s Organization Project: Kitchen Corner Cupboard

09.25.2013 by Sarah |

My organization project has slowed down around here, but with the twins coming in Feb it’s got me kicking things up into high gear before they get here.

To get me back in the swing of things I picked a small but very rewarding project…

the dreaded kitchen corner cupboard.

boxwood clippings_how to organize your corner cupboard

In the past I’ve found this odd shaped cupboard to be more of a nuisance than a help, and thoughtlessly crammed anything in there that was equally odd. Such as: magic bullets, waffle and ice cream makers.

However, I’m converted to the logic ‘less is more’ and found that everyday items such as napkins and straws can live here, and it can become a highly functional part of your kitchen. Take a peek…

boxwood clippings_how to organize your corner cupboard

As always using our very favorite $1 tubs saved the day. I labeled them: straws, utensils, cupcake liners, and napkins. By grouping bitty items in an enclosed space, ensures randoms don’t run wild!

It’s also super handy to arrange items towards the front of the cupboard, especially when they are so deep, you want things at your finger tips, you don’t want to go on a treasure hunt!

Summary:

Project cost: $0 (already had everything)

Project time: 1 hour

Reward:

Valuable kitchen space is more usable. Now when the hubby asks “where are the kitchen straws?”, I’ll say “in the bin labeled straws, darling!”

Target Tuesday: Fall Edition!

09.24.2013 by Emily |

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 8.50.50 PM

Oh Target, you kill me. Here are a few of the things I am loving at your heavenly stores:

boxwood clippings_fall target tuesday

#1 Brass votive candleholder. So chic and lovely for the upcoming holiday season.

#2 Sarah is obsessed with squirrels right now. I think these little guys would look adorable perched on a shelf in the twins’ nursery.

#3 Just ordered these leather flats on clearance for only $25. Yes, you read right. Leather. $25!

#4 Also ordered these wooden turned lamps and lampshades. The only hard part was choosing which color! Only $25 for base AND shade.

#5 This chunky necklace would go with everything and is available in both gold and silver.

#6 Three of my favorite words: Nate. Berkus. Basket.

#7 Softest organic blankets. Remind me of these expensive, lovely ones.

#8 Although I don’t drink, I can think of a zillion uses for this divine wood bar cart.

Great things at great prices makes me a very happy shopper. Thanks Target!

DIY Mystery Footprints

09.23.2013 by sarah and emily |

boxwood clippings_halloweenWhen we were little our Gran would throw a party every year for her Birthday and Halloween. She went all out with decor, which always included silhouettes of footprints creeping up the walls and ceilings.

boxwood clippings_diy black footprints up stairs_halloween

We made our own version this year by making a stencil from outlining one of Brad’s shoes onto black craft paper and staggering them up the wall with tack.

Brad thought it was weird and creepy..exactly what I was going for! I might creep myself out too much to have these in the house until Halloween, but perfect for a party don’t you think? How would your household react?

Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe

09.20.2013 by Sarah |

This is one of the first soups I ever made. The cheese and potatoes offer ultimate comfort on a cold night, while the chiles spice things up a bit, making a perfect match…yummy.

boxwood clippings_cheesy potato soup

.

You Will Need:

2 tablespoons of butter

4 small potatoes (cut and peeled)

1 onion (finely chopped)

1 clove of garlic (minced)

2 large tomatoes (peeled and chopped)

4 cups of beef stock

2 cans of mild green chiles

1 cup of half and half or milk (slightly warmed)

salt and pepper to taste

cheese to garnish

4 spring onions (finely diced)

.

How To Make:

1. In large heavy pot over medium heat melt butter. Stir in the potatoes and onion and saute until they begin to soften (6-8 minutes), don’t brown). Add garlic, saute for another minute or so.

2. Raise heat to med-high and add the tomatoes. Cook, stirring until quite thick, about 5 minutes. Pour in the stock and chilies. Simmer uncovered until the potatoes are soft but not breaking apart, about 4 minutes. Lower heat to very low and add the half and half or milk, salt, and pepper. Cook until heated to serving temperature.

3. Place generous amount of cheese in the bottom of each bowl, then add the soup. Top with spring onions and serve.

I’m so glad the cooler weather is finally getting here, we’ve been sweating it out a bit sipping hot soup in 90 degree weather, it’s so much better when it warms you up!

Worth the Splurge: Petunia Pickle Bottom Makeup Bag

09.19.2013 by Sarah |

For as long as I can remember I’ve used Clinque free gift-with-bonus bags for my makeup. Usually they’re pretty cute, so it’s nothing to complain about.

Even before my recent pregnancy, we’d often visit the baby department at Nordies and it was on one of these visits we fell for the Petunia Pickle Bottom cosmetic bags, something about their bold patterns and colour choices really made me want one, and I’ve LOVED  it.

boxwood clippings_petunia pickle bottom make up bag

boxwood clippings_petunia pickle bottom make up bag

We even think they’re cuter than their main product the diaper bag, and at $28 I think it’s a worth the splurge everyone should indulge in.

Find the bag that speaks to you HERE…!

 

 

Holler Dollar: Star Gift Wrap

09.18.2013 by Emily |

 

On my last trip to the dollar tree I stopped in my tracks when I saw this pretty wrapping paper…

boxwood clippings_holler dollar star wrapping paper

I am obsessed with this thick craft paper with golden stars and may have to use it in mass quantities for Christmas this year.

 10ft for only one dollar…holler!!!