Guest Post over at Lil Luna Today!

12.16.2013 by Sarah |

Today I’m sharing this cute DIY over at Lil Luna

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Be sure to come check it out, it’s a perfect favor to hand out at your New Years Party!!!

Perfect Peppermint Creams

12.13.2013 by sarah and emily |

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

We were ecstatic when we made our first batch of peppermint creams. They were incredibly easy and tasted so good!

boxwood clippings_easy peppermint cream recipe

We simply can’t wait for you to give them a try! We promise you’ll feel so accomplished making these, you’ll feel you can conquer the world when you’re through!

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 c powdered sugar

2 1/2 TBSP butter

1/4 tsp peppermint oil (not extract)

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

12 oz chocolate apeels

2 tablespoons (30 ml) evaporated milk

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Directions

Mix powdered sugar, room temperature butter, peppermint 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 3″ apart on cookie sheet. Next use your hand or spoon to flatten each ball to make a disk shape. Refrigerate disks 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 disks from the fridge and dip them completely in chocolate. Use a fork to fish the disk out of the chocolate, let the excess chocolate drip back into the chocolate bowl and place your chocolate covered peppermint cream on the cookie sheet to set.

This recipe makes about 25 delicious peppermint creams. Click here for original recipe and video.

We used these candy boxes with a window and a bright red ribbon for a festive treat for friends and family. We are so ready to open a chocolate shop we loved making these so much!

boxwood clippings_easy peppermint cream recipe

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!

Worth the Splurge: Clarins Bath Tonic

12.12.2013 by Emily |

We are always trying hard to stretch our pennies and try our best to live frugal lives. However, we started our worth the splurge feature for when we need to share something really, really amazing. Drum roll please….

boxwoodclippings_clarins tonicClarins Bath Tonic

I was a little skeptical when my Mum showed this bottle to me and said it was worth its weight in gold. $30 for a shower gel, c’mon. One shower later and I was sold!

Just a pea-size of this heavenly essential oil concentrate will melt away all the worries of the world, and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. I had to look long and hard to find it. Nordstrom has discontinued it and Saks even has a limit on how much you can buy.

Prepare to be amazed at how this will rinse away all your holiday stress!!! This would also make the most amazing present for Christmas.

Sign up for Saks email and receive 10% off your first purchase. Also, free shipping and returns with code: HOLIDAY.

If you need more gift ideas, check out all of our stocking ideas for her, him and the kids.

Emily’s Christmas Decorations 2013

12.11.2013 by Emily |

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.

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

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.

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

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.

boxwood clippings_gold christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_brown christmas decorations

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!

Holler Dollar: Festive Finds at Target

12.10.2013 by Sarah |

The Dollar Spot at Target is always its best around the holidays. I can’t get over these finds for only $1…holler!!!

Stickers, tags and ribbons to spruce up your gift wrap:

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Chalk board pen:

We’ve been on the hunt for this bad boy since the chalk board trend began, but could only find pricey versions, we couldn’t believe this one was only $1. They are soooo much easier to write with over chalk, so go get yourself one or two!

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holler dollar_chalk pen

 

Always remember (especially at this pricey time of year), you don’t have to spend a lot to get the cute stuff :)

 

DIY Twig Snowflakes

12.09.2013 by Sarah |

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?

Easy Roasted Almonds

12.06.2013 by sarah and emily |

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Roasted nuts are something to love any time of year, but are even yummier with their fragrant and warm taste on a cold, December night. We thought they’d make the perfect gift this Christmas and decided to give them a try. We’re sure glad we did as they were incredibly easy, can be made in huge quantities, and took no time at all.

boxwood clippings_roasted cinnamon almond recipe

Here’s What You Will Need:

1 egg white

1 tbsp water

4 c almonds

1/2 c sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

Beat egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff. Stir in almonds until coated and add sugar, salt and cinnamon until combined. Place on a lined/greased baking sheet at cook at 250 degrees for 1 hour.

 Let cool, distribute in to these cute boxes, finish it off with a bow and you’re done!

boxwood clippings_roasted cinnamon almond recipe

Click here for original recipe.

Use ‘BOXWOOD10′ for a 10% discount on EVERYTHING on Gygi’s site.

Don’t forget you can pick up your order in store to save you the shipping!

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

12.05.2013 by Sarah |

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. :)

Dining & Kitchen Makeover

12.04.2013 by Sarah |

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We moved into our brand spanking new home Fall of ’07. Seeing it all in its new state, makes you want to keep it that way, but normal wear and tear is bound to happen so a little face lift is needed every now and then.

Our kitchen is a high traffic area of the home, and we were noticing lots of nicks and scratches along the corners and lots of scuff marks to go with them. The scuffs sometimes came off with a damp cloth or magic eraser, but a lot of the time they’d take the paint with it leaving uneven walls.

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So although we loved our blue kitchen we decided it was time for a paint makeover. We’d get rid of the flat blue, and replace it with a pearl medium grey. Painting over our 6 years of wear, and updating the look along the way. What do you think? You likey?

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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The first thing we did was paint over the molding which was a normal gloss, to a high gloss. This really makes the molding ‘pop’, and gives it more definition.

BEFORE:                                                                        AFTER:

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

On these photos, look at the very top, even from a distance the gloss is showing, and looks a lot cleaner.

BEFORE:                                                                        AFTER:

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For under $100, and a weekend of labor our kitchen and dinning area is ready for another 6 years of fun. We love the new look, it feels so much fresher, cleaner and more durable, but still like home.

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

boxwood clippings_kitchen + dinning makeover

Paint Used:

Benjamin Mo0re: Stonington Grey in Pearl finish

Decoe Paint White in Glossy finish

If you’re inspired, be sure to stop by Jones Paint and Glass. They have the best service in town, and will guide you through every step of the way. Perhaps a new look for a new year?!

Don’t forget to test out samples like we did, see HERE.

Target Tuesday Christmas 2013

12.03.2013 by Emily |

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Target is full of goodies this Christmas season. Here are a few things I am loving.

This wooden floral centerpiece is beautiful enough for a wedding. boxwoodclippings_target wooden flower centerpieceI cannot get enough of faux fur in the winter. Nothing is cozier than these throws that are such a great price.

boxwoodclippings_target faux fur throwThis regal stag would be the perfect addition to any winter wonderland.

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I am loving these wooden trees as well.

As you know, stationary and gift wrap always gets us giddy. This Christmas tape would be awesome with simple brown craft paper.

boxwoodclippings_christmas tapePaperchase is our favorite stationer from the homeland. We were thrilled to see their line at Target this Christmas, these little embellishments are adorable.

Do you have any Target faves right now?

$100 Simple Christmas Porch

12.02.2013 by Emily |

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!

Getting Organized for Christmas

11.29.2013 by Emily |

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.

boxwoodclippings_a pear of pears christmas gift record

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!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

11.28.2013 by Sarah |

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Isn’t this print the cutest? You can visit Jillian Art and Design HERE.

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Today readers, we wanted to say we’re thankful to you. We love our blog, and we’re grateful for your visits, comments and input. Thanks for being part of our little community, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Love, Sarah and Emily

Christmas Holler Dollar

11.27.2013 by Emily |

Today we’re so excited to be blogging this Christmas Holler Dollar over at 6th Street Design School.

boxwood clippings_$1 cupcake holder gift

Check it out for an awesome and inexpensive Christmas gift idea!

Best of Boxwood: Christmas Decorating

11.26.2013 by Sarah |

“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?

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Em’s ‘Granny Glam’ Look:

boxwood clippings_'granny glam' christmas decorations

boxwood clippings_'granny glam' christmas decorations

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A Cozy Christmas:

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Clean + simple, a green bathroom:

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boxwood clippings_green decorations

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Using everyday items:

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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

11.25.2013 by Sarah |

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.

boxwood clippings_tiny print cards + christmas decorations

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

11.22.2013 by sarah and emily |

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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.

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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

11.21.2013 by Emily |

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!

11.20.2013 by Sarah |

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!

Affordable Thank You Cards at Target

11.19.2013 by Emily |

It is the season of thanksgiving and Target has it in for me with its vast display of jewel-toned and gold-foiled thank you notes. How’s a girl supposed to control herself when a set of 10 only costs $3.99?

I love the idea of writing thank you notes in November, just because. A perfect time of year to express gratitude to those around you. Now I’m giving you the perfect excuse to buy these little beauties:

Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 9.10.38 AMGold foil many thanks 50ct/$10.99. Pretty enough to frame. Only $.22/per card.

boxwoodclippings_yellow ombre thank you cardYellow ombre 10ct/$3.99. Don’t you think these would be perfect to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day?

boxwoodclippings_gold foil thank you noteFoil bunny 24ct/$6.99. Sold!

boxwoodclippings_bold purple thank you cardBold purple + gold 10/$3.99

boxwoodclippings_autumn thank you note packAutumn-floral multi-pack 15/$6.99. Could this be more perfect?

Target also has some great kiddie thank you notes. This lollipop is adorable as well as this gumball postcard, both 10/$3.99.

Time to get grateful!