Target Tuesday

01.20.2015 by Emily |

We are big into pink right now with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

As always, trusty Target has all of our needs and wants covered!

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1| We will never tire of pretty white dishes. THIS etched bowl is adorable.

2| We are huge fans of Orla Kiely, and now we really want to get our booties in gear with THIS cute exercise mat.

3 | Couldn’t resist THIS ribbon-detailed pillow for Jane’s nursery.

4 | Also couldn’t resist THIS tote. Perfect for little ones to grab and pull toys out without getting hurt like with plastic or baskets.

5 | A new pretty water bottle every once in a while gives us an extra little incentive to stay hydrated.

6| Cream + knit = always a winning combo.

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Janey is sure loving the nursery spruce up, but not as much as her momma ;)

DIY Peg Coat Rack

01.19.2015 by Sarah |

The twins turn one next month. Gone are the babes swaddled safely in my arms, here are independant little explorers roaming free and keeping me on my toes!

Baby proofing has gone beyond safety gates, as we realize a safe home is a relaxed home. At this stage everything is going in their mouths so it’s essential things are out of reach, but still totally accessible to Brock and me.

This past weekend, Brock whipped up this new peg coat rack. Not only does it look totes adorbs (he he) but it holds much more than coats. We’ve been hanging everything in sight, from shoes to recycling to mail and keys. It’s so handy and looks great! We’re wondering why we didn’t think of doing it before, and it only cost about $11 to make!

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I had every intention to shoot the process, but my hands were full with the ladies, so I’ll just have to explain it!

You Will Need:

1 plank of wood, 3.5″ width (primed, cut to desired length)

1 or 2 dowels, 1″ diameter (number of dowels depends on desired length)

Saw

Drill and 1″ drill bit (same size as dowels)

Wood glue

Sand paper

Paint

Wood screws (for mounting to the wall)

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How To:

Measure out your space and decide the length of the peg rack and the distance you want between each peg. The Shakers did their pegs 6″ apart, so we went with their school of thought, along an 8-foot rack (16 pegs). Measure out the distance between each peg along the wood plank, making sure to measure from the middle of the plank (so you don’t end up with a peg only one inch from one end and 6 inches from the other end).

Mark the center point where each peg should go, making sure to keep all pegs along the centerline of the plank. Brock made a template out of an old scrap of wood the same width as the plank to make sure the distance between pegs and distance from the edge was uniform.

Next, drill 1″ holes for each peg, making sure not to angle the drill (if you know someone with a drill press, this would be the best way to do it; otherwise, just use a steady hand). Brock drilled all the way through each hole, but if you’re using a drill press, it would be best to drill only 3/4 the distance through the plank to allow more surface area for the wood glue to bond. Whichever way you do it, it needs to be uniform to make sure the peg lengths are the same across the plank.

Cut the dowels to your desired peg lengths (ours were 5″). Dry-fit the pegs in the holes to make sure they fit snuggly. If they are loose, don’t worry; you can use a household caulk to fill in the extra space prior to painting. Glue one end of each peg into place using a very strong wood glue and leave for 24 hours to fully cure.

Sand any sharp or splintered edges as needed, making sure to remove any excess glue, then paint (and caulk if needed). Once the paint has dried, you are ready to mount your new peg coat rack! To do this, use a stud-finder to find the studs behind the wall, then simply drill small holes into the plank for your screws. Use a level to make sure your new rack is positioned correctly, and then screw it to the wall. Lastly, use some caulk to hide the screws, and the re-paint over the screw holes, and you’re done!

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 Ours is placed between our garage door and kitchen. Even in narrow hallways it works great and helps maximize the space.

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 Here’s how the hallway looked before. Functional and tidy, but not baby friendly.

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Has January been an organizing month for you, too? We love a fresh space for a fresh year!

Simple Tomato Soup

01.16.2015 by Sarah |

Soups are one of the easiest things you can make, and we loveee this one because it has to be

THE EASIEST!

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You Will Need:

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

4 Cloves of garlic

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped and juice

3 cups of water

salt, pepper, cheese and fresh basil to taste.

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How To:

Over medium heat cook oil, garlic and pepper flakes until garlic begins to turn golden. (About 5 minutes.) Add tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and let simmer until dinner.

Garnish with cheese (mozzarella is perfect), and basil.

This goes perfect matched with this Easy No-Knead Bread, or a simple grilled cheese sandwich,

YUM!

5 Mommy Time-Savers!

01.15.2015 by Emily |

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There are never enough hours in the day, right? This year I am working on maximizing time doing things I love and becoming more efficient at the things I don’t love (cooking, cleaning etc). Here are a few things that have been helping…

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No.1 Clorox Detergent

There is nothing I hate more than stained clothing. Ugh! THIS detergent is amazing! No more spraying everything before it goes in, soaking or re-washing. Time saver! This is on coupon at Costco right now so I make sure to stock up!

No.2 Dry Shampoo

There have been a few times since having Jane, I am simply too exhausted to get in the shower to wash, dry and style my hair. THIS product that Melanie at My Sweet Savannah recommended buys me one more day. Works wonders and is so inexpensive.

No.3 Gel Nails

Having a lick of nail polish on my fingers helps me feel a little more put together when I am covered in drool. I am loving the 2-step gel polish from Sally Hansen which I can do at home. So much quicker, cheaper and easier to maintain than going to the salon. It lasts about a week and comes off with regular acetone! ‘Blacky‘ and ‘Birthday Suit‘ are my current faves.

No.4 Double and Freeze

Cooking healthy, fast, thrifty and delicious meals is something I am working on this year. Lately I’ve been doubling whatever I’m making and throw half in the freezer. Nothing beats zapping a meal in the microwave and having dinner on the table in 5 minutes flat. Freezer bags are essential to keeping food at its prime. Ziplocks are also on coupon at Costco right now.

No.5 Quick Cleaning Sessions

Cleaning the house is the never-ending job right? Rather than getting overwhelmed I’ve been trying to do 30 mins a day and make sure to pick up and do the dishes before bed each night. Two separate 15 minute sessions are working pretty good. I set the timer on my phone and see how much I can get done. Lovely Mrs Meyer’s products really help me enjoy cleaning. THIS lavender all-purpose spray is my favorite.

Do you have any great time-saving tips? Please share!

Better Homes and Gardens Organization at Walmart!

01.14.2015 by Emily |

We always have our eyes open for stylish and affordable totes and baskets for organization projects. We were shocked when we saw these at Walmart:

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lined wire basket with chalkboard label $7.47

boxwoodclippings_fabric totefabric tote $13.88

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 We’re telling you, these are ‘totes’ adorbs in person. hehe.

Are you working on any organization projects this January? Make sure to check out Walmart for great prices and style.

Gift Wrap: Pink and Gold for Valentines

01.12.2015 by Sarah |

We always try extra-hard to anticipate special events and holidays during the winter months…we need something to look forward to!

Here’s a little pink and gold wrapping inspiration we’ve created to get us excited for Valentine’s Day!

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boxwood clippings: pink and gold gift wrap for valentines day

We pulled a few gold sprigs and wrapping paper from our Christmas supplies and added it to our pink and white supplies. The fabric blush flower was a hair clip we found on clearance at Claire’s for .$50 and the gold heart is a pendant from an old necklace.

Ha! Now we can’t wait to start making plans for the month of looove!! How about you?

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

01.09.2015 by Emily |

Usually we are salad girls for lunch, but in January it is so hard to have salad when it’s so freezing, right?! We’ve turned to soup to warm us up and get our veggies in. This is one of our faves…

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INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash (3-4 lbs)

1 onion

2 celery stalks

2 large carrots (or 10 baby carrots)

2 cans chicken broth (28 oz)

1/4 c cream

1 TBSP curry powder

DIRECTIONS

Prep veggies by peeling, and dicing to roughly the same size. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil and saute veggies until onions turn clear. Cover veggies with broth and boil until squash is tender. Add curry powder and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for the 30 mins. Stir in cream before serving.

The celery gives this a little crunch and the curry powder a little spice. Play around with the amounts of ingredients for your personal taste. We hope you enjoy!

HGTV Dream Home 2015

01.08.2015 by Emily |

You guys!

Have you seen the HGTV Dream Home this year?! Best. Dream. Home. Eveeer!

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Can you believe someone is going to win this beauty?

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows to enter HERE and HERE everyday til Feb 17th for a chance to win :)

Organization Consultations Now Available!!!

01.05.2015 by Emily |

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

We hope your holidays were lovely and relaxing. We enjoyed a much needed blogging break and loved slowing down for a few weeks, seeing our baby girls experience Christmas for the first time. :)

We are back, refreshed and ready for this new year! Have you made some new year’s goals? Any involving organization? We are craving fresh and clean spaces, here are a few past projects that are getting us inspired!

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We’ve had lots of email inquiries asking about our services lately. We are so excited to offer our new organization consultations to make professional organizing accessible and affordable to you all.

Here’s How It Works:

We will come and personally meet with you to create a custom plan for your space that teaches you to how organize on your own! We will share our systems and keep you motivated as you work through the process.

Not only will organizing on your own time save you a bundle, we have found this to be so much more effective for our clients than traditional help, as we teach you the skills to have you organizing like a pro in no time!

For those of you not local to Utah we can even face time and skype consults!

Please email us at mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com for our rates and availability.

We are so excited and can’t wait to meet many of you!

Here’s to an organized 2015!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

12.25.2014 by Sarah |

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

12.24.2014 by Sarah |

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

12.23.2014 by Sarah |

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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 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

12.22.2014 by Sarah |

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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 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

12.19.2014 by Emily |

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!

Mini Acorn Moccs Giveaway!!!

12.17.2014 by Emily |

Morning y’all! Remember THIS post about baby moccs? Well we are thrilled to tell you all about the most amazing company we found!

Mini Acorn offers high quality baby moccasins for such an insanely low price, only $19.99!

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It was hard to believe until we tried them out. They are as soft as butter, look so high-end and stay on our active babies’ feet really well.

The little ladies are loving them!

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We’re excited to announce Mini Acorn is giving a pair of moccs to a lucky Boxwood reader!

TO ENTER:

1. Hop over HERE to Mini Acorn, take a look around at which pair you’d like if you win and subscribe to their site (bottom of page).

2. Follow us on instagram HERE and leave a comment there letting us know which pair you’d like if you win!

Good luck friends and Merry Christmas!

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GIVEAWAY CLOSES MIDNIGHT MST FRIDAY DEC 19TH. WINNER ANNOUNCED VIA INSTAGRAM.

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Twin Girl Nursery

12.16.2014 by Sarah |

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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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

12.15.2014 by sarah and emily |

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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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

12.12.2014 by Emily |

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

12.11.2014 by Sarah |

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

12.10.2014 by Sarah |

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?