Whitewashed Target Tuesday

03.18.2014 by Emily |

Spring is almost here, and the first thing to change this time of year is always my house accessories. Away go the faux-fur blankets and throw pillows and out come the greenery and white linens.

Target has impeccable timing. Of course it gets me again with all the right things…

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1. flower statement necklace

2. wood + metal vase

3. faceted vase

4. tufted gold bench

5. wooden pedestal bowl

6. boxwood wreath

7. white dipped baskets

Has Target seduced you with anything lately? Would love to hear your finds!

Really Simple Easter Place Settings

03.17.2014 by sarah and emily |

Easter is one of our favorite times of year. Not only is it a special time for us to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we also love celebrating the re-birth of the earth with spring…longer days, cherry blossoms, baby animals…the list goes on and on.

Now, with Sarah’s two baby girls in tow we are more dedicated than ever to making homemaking as simple as possible.

Here’s a simple place setting perfect for Easter or any spring occasion:

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colored napkin + coordinating ribbon + tulip

The only way to simplify even more is sticking with basic white napkins and pastel ribbon:

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Even though this is so simple, wouldn’t you love to be greeted with this at the dinner table?!

Do you have any plans for decorating this Easter? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Easy Chocolate Rice Krispies Nests

03.14.2014 by sarah and emily |

These little rice krispies nests are a tradition this time of year in our family. They are incredibly simply but look so pretty and festive for Easter time and spring.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Rice Krispies
Milk Chocolate
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cupcake liners

Directions:

Melt chocolate and mix with rice krispies. We haven’t put measurements because you only need a little chocolate to get the rice krispies to stick together. Use as little or as much as you’d like. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners and create a little well with your spoon for chocolate eggs. Next place eggs and let chocolate harden for about 30 minutes before serving.

These are the perfect treat to make with little ones who have a short window of attention.

We hope the whole family loves these crunchy and chocolatey treats as much as we do. Enjoy!

Worth The Splurge: Williams-Sonoma Organic Waffle Towels

03.13.2014 by Emily |

Anyone knows I get a little too enthusiastic about linens. Kitchen tea towels are no exception. I don’t know about you but it just drives me crazy when I get a clean kitchen towel out of the dryer and it still has stains on it… even with a pre-wash stain treatment. Arrg! Out to the rag pile it goes…

Introducing the best kitchen towel in the universe….

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Williams-Sonoma Organic Waffle-Weave Towels

Not only are these practically stain-resistant they are also incredibly absorbent, dry in a jiffy and are huge 30″ x 20″! I received them as a house-warming gift and honestly cannot say enough good things about them. I now use them 99% of the time, and hate when they are both in the wash.

$10 per towel is a pretty steep, but I promise you will like them ten times better than any other kitchen towel.

Do you have any household items you’re dying over? Please share, we love trying out new things!

Egg Cups

03.12.2014 by Sarah |

When we were little, we would love soft-boiled eggs for breakfast. We are pretty sure this is an English things as we’ve never heard of Americans using egg cups for the soft-boiled eggs?

Mostly, we just use egg cups for decoration these days. Here are a few we are loving…

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1. The basic white porcelain egg cup, only $3.69 for 4! Found HERE.

2. Metal egg cups, set of 6 $4.99. Found HERE.

3. This bunny one is adorable and simple, again such a good price $3.95. Found HERE.

4. This wooden one HERE.

Do you like egg cups? What do you use them for?

Glitter Eggs over at Lil Luna

03.11.2014 by Sarah |

Good morning everyone!

Today I’m excited to share these glitter eggs (which I happen to think are the cutest things ever) over at Lil Luna.

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Please pop over and say hi, and learn how to make these adorable things!

See you over there! x

Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Treat

03.10.2014 by Emily |

We’ll take any excuse to make every holiday a little extra special, especially during these cold winter months! How cute is this little pot of gold for a St. Paddy’s treat for family and friends?

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We found the little jar at The Dollar Tree, filled it with gold Rolo’s and finished it off with a green sparkly ribbon. We love inexpensive treats to make someone’s day a little special.

Do you do anything special for smaller holidays in your family? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Walmart Mainstays Pillows

03.07.2014 by Emily |

In our family, we have people who needs to wipe their brow the instant the sun peaks out from a cloud, or who form beads of sweat from simple, light exercise. We call these loveable family members “sweaty heads”. Sweaty heads, you know we love you! I love sweaty heads so much, I even married one.

The combination of sweaty heads and my slight germ-a-phobia from working in the medical field so long have me utterly grossed out by pillows. Even though I have a sanitation cycle on my washer, I’ve never successfully washed a pillow without it coming out lumpy and weird, which lead me to these:

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Walmart’s Mainstay Deep Pocket Pillow

These pillows are only $2.50 each! They are awesome for the price, are hypoallergenic, and extra soft, making them perfect for stomach sleepers. They are so inexpensive that I replace my sweaty head’s pillow every month, and I don’t have to be grossed out by old pillows. I also try to keep a few extra on hand for guests, and as my local wally-world often runs out I like to have a little stock pile.

If you have any sweaty heads in your family, you may want to give these pillows a try!

How do you keep your pillows fresh and clean? Do you have any little housekeeping tips to share, we’d love to hear what tricks you keep up your sleeve!

White Gift Wrap

03.06.2014 by Sarah |

When you have the time it’s fun to go cray-cray with gift wrapping.

When you don’t, it’s just as great to go simple.

It couldn’t get simpler than this…

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Having a nice stock of white tissue paper (always get mine in the fall at costco $5.99), and white paper bags (I get mine from Hobby Lobby, 12 for $5.99 and then use their 40% off coupon) it’s not only a beautiful but a very cost effective way of doing things.

Add a silk ribbon and card, and you’re done.

I love it when life is this simple, don’t you?!

Our Twin Nursery

03.04.2014 by Sarah |

It’s finally finished!!!

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Above the cribs we framed wrapping paper, soon to be replaced with photos of our little ones!

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A new chair from Walmart and a family heirloom piece offers seating for both mum and dad, can you guess which one I get?!

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A babies Moses Basket in crib, helps the little ones adjust to a bigger world, or so I’m told. I think they’re simply adorbs!

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A collection of white lanterns act as a mobile for now, and something for the little ones to look up at.

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Two small shelves from Ikea act as a little bookcase, and gives the room a little pop of colour.

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I’m in LOVE with these blankets both received as gifts. Blush pink is so beautiful.

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Little fun details!

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Plates found at our local thift shop. Attached by hot gluing metal paper clips to the back and attaching to wall with just a small nail. A thrifty and easy solution!

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My Winnie The Pooh soft toy collection, I’ve been obsessed with Pooh for years!

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It all looks just like I pictured in my head! We had little ‘drama’s’ along the way, but all in all we really enjoyed the whole process of finally getting to decorate a nursery!

Right now it’s quite light and whimsical, we plan on changing things up a bit when the girls get older, adding more bookshelves and places for toys, and even more colour…that’s right!

For resource links, please visit my inspiration board post HERE.

Nursery Sneek Peek: Putting Left Over Paint to Good Use

03.03.2014 by Sarah |

This post brought to you in part by:

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.Do you guys remember my nursery inspiration board?boxwood clippings_gender neutral nursery

It became a great starting point to get my vision together, and although a lot stayed the same, I switched up a couple of details.

One of which was the paint. Originally, I thought I’d paint the whole room because I really wanted the white furniture to ‘pop.’ But then we found out we were having two girls, I thought an entire room painted grey might look too masculine. I was really sold on the grey, but I also wanted it to feel really light and airy!

Knowing that we wanted to incorporate molding somehow, we settled on the idea of doing a craftsman-style chair rail and window casings. It was a little scary thinking it may turn out a little 90s, but we love the results, with the paint only being at the bottom of the walls. What do you guys think?

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One of the best parts about this project is that we were able to use the leftover paint from our kitchen makeover (see HERE). Although I LOVE having different colours in the various rooms of our house, it’s nice to have some consistency so it all ‘flows’ nicely. And as we already had it, it was basically FREEEE!

We used only about a 1/2 gallon of paint, and did 2 coats. It worked out perfectly since we’d already chosen the pearl finish for the high-traffic kitchen area, and now it works great in the nursery, where soon little fingers will be touching daily, and it’ll be easy to wipe clean.

Paint used: Benjamin Moore: Stonington Grey in Pearl finish

Another thing that is free is the great advice you get when you go to Jones Paint and Glass. They’ll advise you on colour choices, finish, tools and anything in between. For you local readers, be sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment with Alaura Stickney at their Provo store; she’s a paint genius!!!!

Stay tuned for an overload of photos tomorrow!

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

02.28.2014 by sarah and emily |

We always get a little nervous when baking birthday cakes. What if the cake sticks for some reason or starts to sag on one side? It’s a lot of pressure to make a perfect birthday cake! Which lead us to the miniture cupcake birthday cake…

Miniature Cupcake Birthday Cake

We love cupcakes, but we love even more bite-size, mini cupcakes. There is zero pressure as you can just present the ones that work out perfectly on pretty cakestands with a candle in each one. The more cupcakes and candles the merrier!

We are celebrating lots of candles on Sarah’s birthday cake today!!!  Just kidding, sis ;)

Happy Birthday Sarah! You are crazy talented, beautiful and hilarious. I love you and I’m so lucky to have you as a sister xxx

Holler Dollar: Cellophane

02.27.2014 by Sarah |

This post is a little random, but too handy not to share…

I just HATE spending money on things I don’t want to spend money on! Cellophane, tin foil, toilet paper all fall into this category, but at the same time, I am willing to spend the extra amount to get the quality, coz let’s face it thin TP is not fun. :)

Anyhow, I’m proud to say I’ve found the best of both worlds with this cellophane from The Dollar Tree. Not only is it only $1, but it actually works, and sticks and everything!!!

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 So be sure to add this to your dollar store shopping list, you’ll love me for it…pinky promise!

Interior Design: A Hint of Black

02.26.2014 by Emily |

It’s no secret that black is my favorite color. It’s chic, timeless and classic. I love the way just a hint can add drama and sophistication to any space. Here’s an idea of what I mean…

black bench + iron doors

a hint of black entryway

black accents + basket-weave tile

hint of black bathroom

black linens

hint of black bedroom

black frames + dining chairs + throw pillows + rug

a hint of black family room

 bold black paint

hint of black hallway

black inner shelves

hint of black den

 Do I have you convinced yet that black is the best?

Check out all of my favorite ‘hint of black’ rooms here.

10 Spring Flats under $30

02.25.2014 by Emily |

I know it is still very chilly, but my heart can’t help skip a beat at all the spring items coming making their debut in stores for the warmer season. Here’s a little round-up of some inexpensive flats I am loving.

boxwood clippings_10 spring flats for under $301. glam gladiator | 2. black classics | 3. shiny red | 4. cream + black ballet | 5. cream + black pointe | 6. coral sneaks | 7. cobalt slip-on | 8. flower love | 9. tan perfection | 10. blue + cuffed

Do you have your eyes on anything this spring?

Em’s New Additions In Home

02.24.2014 by Emily |

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!

Pancake Day Gift Basket

02.21.2014 by sarah and emily |

Pancake day is just a few weeks away (March 4th). We love any excuse to eat pancakes for dinner, and think it’s about time to get our American friends excited about it too.

We put these little baskets together with all all the basic pancake needs.

Pancake Day Gift Basket

pancakes (recipe HERE)

lemon + sugar

Jam + butter

chocolate spread (we love this organic hazelnut spread)

Will you be celebrating pancake day and giving something up for lent this year?

New at H&M Home

02.20.2014 by Emily |

Obsessed does not begin to describe my feelings towards H+M home right now. Check it…

boxwoodclippings_h&m home linen bedlinen duvet set $99

linen shams $18

One can never have enough throw pillows, at least that’s what I keep telling myself!

boxwoodclippings_charcoal floral covercharcoal floral pillow cover $18

boxwoodclippings_b+w stripe pillowb+w stripey pillow cover $6

boxwoodclipping_diamond grey pillowdiamond grey pilliow cover $13

These accent rugs are so great for $25!

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Love all of these products, their price tags and almost everything else on this site. Any great stores you are loving lately?

Packing for Hospital: My Bag & Everything Else!

02.19.2014 by Sarah |

As you know, I’ve been packing for the hospital for a little while now (and by the time you read this, I should be home).

There are lists all over the place of things you will and won’t need for your hospital stay, but here are the things I’ve felt needed to come with…I’ll update you later on how much we actually used things!

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I find plastic tubs to be amazing when packing, for the hospital I thought they were perfect to keep me organized and have all my things in one place. Plus these were great to have sitting in my bedroom leading up to the delivery date, everytime I’d think of something I needed, I just popped it in the bin!

When you take a birthing class, they’ll tell you exactly what you will and won’t need, I’ll highlight the “musts haves” our nurse told us to have. Most things are personal preference, but I figure life’s easier/nicer with some of my own things around so this is what I’ve packed:

FOR ME:

1 Nighti, 2 sets of Yoga Pants + tee’s, clothes to come home in, nursing bra, big underwear, 2 sports bras, robe, make up, minimal toiletries, pads, glasses, hairbrush, hair ties, beach towel (wanted something big), hand towel, slippers, socks, flip flops (for showering), insurance card + ID

FOR BABIES:

8 swaddle blankets, 6 outfits each, booties, hats, binkies, car seats, coming home outfit

OTHER EXTRA’S:

Pillows (for me + Brock), camera, phone charger, laptop, movies, snack tin, clothes and toiletries for Brock, massage oil, notebook, empty folder (for important docs), empty bag (for extras you get at hospital), nice paper (for hand and foot prints), plastic bags for dirty clothes.

So there we have it, hopefully I’m all ready…or as ready as I can be! :)

Two Little Angels

02.17.2014 by Emily |

I’m so thrilled to announce the birth of Elizabeth and Hannah!

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The girls came a little earlier than expected but both are doing incredibly well. They didn’t even have to go to the NICU! Sarah is also doing great, and both her and Brock are filled to the brim with happiness.

We couldn’t be more blessed that these little angels got here safely!!! We’ll be getting them all settled at home over the next few weeks with lots of family coming to stay to snuggle these little bundles of joy.

Lots more to come, and Sarah’s professional photography skills will be back soon too!

Hope you all have a terrific week,

Emily xoxo