Glamming Up our iPhones

03.25.2015 by Sarah |

Our favorite iPhone cases are these cheap and chic elago sleeves.

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We promise you will love them, and no one will ever guess the price!

Bright ‘Bees and Bugs’ Easter Baskets

03.23.2015 by Sarah |

Easter is less than two weeks away…eeek! We cannot wait!

It’s time to start prepping those Easter baskets as you know as well as we do that every store runs out of our FAVORITE Easter chocolate the week of!

We’ve gone bright for our little bugs’ Easter baskets this year…

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boxwood clippings small child easter basket

Jellycat stuffed animals HERE

large chocolate eggs HERE

Lindt chocolates HERE

basic watercolor set HERE

fun crayons (similar HERE)

Do you have something you love to add to your baskets every year? Please share, we love a good tradition!!!

Swim Time for Baby

03.18.2015 by Emily |

I am a sucker for a cute swimsuit, and with all these baby girls I am in trouble!

Swimwear has hit stores, and here are my favorites…

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1. Really? Mini polka dot flip-flops for $2. Sold!

2. A sunhat is a must for baby. Old Navy has us covered for $7.

3. Love this Burt’s Bees hooded towel to bring to the pool. Love THIS Skip Hop one too!

4. THIS is my pick from Nordstrom, but it is sold out! Hopefully will be back soon.

5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS fringe swimsuit!

6. Isn’t THIS ruffly tankini the cutest?

7. See how much we love Saltwater sandals HERE. Can’t decide which color?!

8. THIS pineapple Honest company swim diaper is adorable!

Swim sells out fast, so make sure to buy your favorites now!!!

EASY Mini Chocolate Easter Eggs

03.17.2015 by Emily |

Did we over-face you with too much chocolate yesterday, or are you ready for more?!

Either way, THIS mini egg mold makes the cutest little chocolate Easter eggs you ever did see!

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We filled the mini molds full with melted chocolate (milk HERE and white HERE) and put them into the freezer to set.

We then popped them out of the mold and drizzled them with chocolate in different designs.

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This is the perfect Easter activity to do with kiddies…EASY, EASY, EASY!

We’ll be putting a few in cellophane bags and tying them up with pretty ribbon for Easter gifts.

We love a good five-minute, affordable and adorable gift idea!!!

Guest Post at GYGI: Large Chocolate Easter Eggs

03.16.2015 by Sarah |

Good morning friends!

Today we are guest posting on Gygi’s blog today talking about how we made these large chocolate Easter eggs!

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We hope you’ll stop by and see how easy they are HERE!

Chocolate Chip Cookies to Die For

03.13.2015 by Sarah |

In an effort not to consume all the chocolate chips in my house before baking, I decided to bake.

I quickly ‘googled’ a recipe for the classic Chocolate Chip Cookie, when I came across this one (see HERE).

And fell in love.

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They are heavenly.

You HAVE to try.

Whip up a batch this weekend, and blame the calories on me!

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*Tip: Use Guittard milk chocolate chips. That’s what makes the ‘heavenly’ effect!

Traditional Inspired Mid-Mod Home with Ikea

03.12.2015 by Emily |

Did we tell you guys our sister Helen moved back to Utah from California?! We have been having way too much fun having our lady back for lunch dates and snuggles with the babies.

She has moved from a custom colonial-style home to a real 60’s fixer upper on the Provo bench. Walnut wall panelling, tiled ceilings and pink bathrooms…you get the picture!

We’ll be helping with the design process as she tackles this fixer-upper and using her traditional style to influence this mid-century home. We cannot wait!

Ikea is always our first stop in starting with any project. Their prices are exactly what we want to be spending and their style is amazing. Here are a few things on the list for this traditional inspired mid-mod home!

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1. Almost every light in this house needs replacing and no where beats Ikea prices for pendant lights. Loving THIS large white pendant for only $39, and THIS smaller shiny black one. Basic and bold.

2. The Kivik sofa is amazing. It’s sturdy, comfortable and we love the modular pieces that you can mix and match to work in any space. Don’t even get us started about machine washable covers and the 10-year warranty!

3.  We’re pretty confident THESE tables will work in almost any living room. $59 for the pair!

4. The base of any room is the floor covering. THIS 7′ x 10′ rug is neutral and bold, and the perfect backdrop for any decor. It is also 100% wool, so we are hoping it lasts a long time. $249…crazy!!!

5. We need lots and lots of house plants in this space. Ferns and succulents, and we love THIS palm for only $12.

6. We love, love, love THIS cabinet. Is will be perfect with two lamps either end and a mirror int he middle, giving our sis the traditional look she likes while using modern pieces.

7. We can’t get enough nesting tables! THESE walnut veneer ones are a little splurge for Ikea, but are so perfect for this home.

8. Isn’t THIS side chair a beaut?! Love the lines of this piece.

Do you need decorating advice, but are on a tight budget?

Email us at mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com to inquire about our $100 design consultations!

We are so, so excited for this project! Can’t wait to show you more.

Costco Flowers

03.11.2015 by Sarah |

Isn’t having fresh flowers in the home the absolute best? How can we resist such pretty blooms at such great Costco prices?

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boxwood clippings flowers from costco

Lilies have always been a favorite in our home growing up at Easter. They are a symbol of re-birth, not to mention they smell divine and last forever (no pun intended…hehe).

They should be in the warehouse very soon for $9.99 a bunch!

Do you have a favorite spring flower you are keeping your eyes peeled for?

Spring Giveaway Time!!!

03.10.2015 by Sarah |

 

 

This morning we got together and thought it was a perfect sunny day to host a giveaway!!!

Head over to our Instagram account for details (click HERE!)

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We believe in luck! Do you?!

Metallic Easter Decorations by Emily

03.09.2015 by Emily |

Who is excited for Spring? Easter is just a few weeks away so it’s time to get those decorations out!

It seems every year I like things more simple. Easy put up and down is priority!

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This year I bought large paper mache eggs from Hobby Lobby (HERE), painted them with my favorite gold paint (HERE) and hung them to our dining light with lace and tulle.

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

I love copper right now. I put out my Jelly molds and set them on white cake stands for the centerpiece.

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

How could I pass up this copper bunny Jelly mold for $1 at the thrift store?!

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

boxwood clippings glamorous easter decorations

How are you decorating this Easter?

Dressing up Costco’s Chocolate Cake

03.06.2015 by Sarah |

Last week was my birthday, so I asked Brock to get me my favorite cake from Costco. Usually we make our cakes but this one is just too good not to indulge in at least once a year.

It is so decadent and beautiful on it’s own, but as it was my birthday I thought I’d dress it up a bit.

I used some wooden skewers and scraps of ribbon and made little flag-like decorations.

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boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

boxwood clippings costco chocolate cake and cake easy topper

 It was so pretty, but we had to be careful where we lit the candle!

This is such a versatile idea, and can be made to go with any color scheme or theme.

We love a simple spruce!

Worth The Splurge: Mustela for Mommy and Baby

03.04.2015 by Sarah |

One of the nicest compliments we get is that our babies smell so good! It makes us feel like at least we are doing something right in keeping our babies clean and fresh.

We owe it all to our favorite baby products by Mustela. They are gentle, smell delicious and are super concentrated so they last a really long time.

Our favorites are THIS hair and body wash and THIS Musti “baby perfume”, which is perfect for a quick refresher in between baths.

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Nothing beats picking up your baby in the middle of the night to a yummy fresh baby smell…heaven! One thing is for sure, you will love these baby products so much, you’ll want to use them too!

Have you tried any Mustela products? Please share your favorites!

Holler Dollar: Easter Ribbon at the Dollar Tree

03.03.2015 by Sarah |

Another great find at the Dollar Tree, this scalloped ribbon.

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It comes in yellow and lavender too.

Perfect for this time of year.

I love how ‘Springy’ I’m feeling this year, color is in the air!

Five-Minute Easter Garland

03.02.2015 by Sarah |

Happy Monday everyone! It may be snowing outside, but inside we are thinking of spring!

We made the EASIEST garland for Easter, and LOVE that it only took five mins!

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boxwood clippings easter egg garland

SUPPLIES:

We used THESE eggs. So cute and less than $5 for the dozen!

Jute rope (HERE)

Pearl pins (HERE)

HOW TO:

These eggs are made of foam and are light-weight, which made them perfect to pin onto a rope.

Decorating for holidays in just a few mins with just a few dollars is our absolute favorite, how about you?

Cilantro Lime Soup

02.27.2015 by Sarah |

Are you ready for a taste-bud explosion?

This soup is insane, it received five stars from our family!

boxwood clippings: cilantro lime soup

Ingredients

2 TBSP olive oil

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

80 oz chicken broth

14 oz can diced tomatoes

7 oz can diced green chilis

4 chicken breasts

4 limes

2 c cooked rice

1 bunch fresh cilantro

ground cumin, salt and pepper

tortilla chips, sour cream, avocado, cheddar cheese to garnish

Directions

Cook chicken and shred, or to save time use a rotisserie chicken! Next warm olive oil in a large pan and cook diced onion and garlic. Add cooked chicken, cooked rice, chicken broth, tomatoes (not drained), chilis, juice from the limes (about 1 cup) and bring to the boil. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste. Add chopped cilantro before serving, top with avocado and cheese and serve with tortilla chips. Thanks to Kumari for the wonderful recipe!

Holler Dollar: Floral Stationary at the Target Dollar Spot

02.25.2015 by Sarah |

Watercolor and florals are going nowhere this spring! The trends are still going strong and our eyes get a little brighter when we see them, are you the same?!

Look at these pretties we just found at Target’s Dollar Spot:

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Wouldn’t this grouping make the cutest $3 present?

Writing thank you notes is also a little easier when you have new and pretty cards you are excited about, don’t you agree?!

boxwood clippings: holler dollar, target floral stationary

 Thanks to Target for bringing us such little beauties that won’t break the bank!

Tips for Traveling with Baby

02.24.2015 by Emily |

If you follow us on Insta you saw that we went on a last minute trip to Hawaii!!! We got super cheap flights we couldn’t pass up, but the deals all had connection flights making for long travel days for six-month old Jane.

Here’s a few things that really us make this an amazing and happy trip for all of us.

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1. Do Your Homework

We made a doctor’s appointment two days before we traveled to make sure Jane didn’t have an ear infection. Landing in particular is sometimes uncomfortable for infants even without an infection, so we wanted to make sure she didn’t need an antibiotic. It takes about 24 hours for an antibiotic to start working, which is why I made it two days prior to travel. Luckily we got the all clear, and the doctor even gave us a travel size Ibuprofen just in case we needed it while traveling, yay for leaving the large one at home!

Flight rules and restrictions are changing all the time. Check your airline and TSA for rules for traveling with baby. Airlines can help you decide where best to sit on the plane and even put an ‘infant block’ on a seat, which won’t be taken unless the plane is 100% full. Most airlines allow you to check a car seat and stroller free of charge. Woot, woot!

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2. Pack Smart

The less baggage you have the less you have to keep track of and the easier it will be to move around the airports and planes with your baby.

This is obviously way easier to do when you are traveling to a warm climate, we managed just to bring carry-ons for the three of us.

While packing light for you is ideal, packing extra for baby will give you extra piece of mind. I stocked my diaper bag like always (HERE) and added extra snacks, water and extra outfits.

Bring only baby gear you will need. Most places you visit, you’ll need a stroller, I think a beach vacay is the exception. We managed great just with the baby bjorn.

3. Dress in Layers

I dressed both Jane and I in lots of layers. Sometimes on planes you can be freezing or way too hot, it’s always a guessing game. I dressed Jane in a onesie, and jammies, mostly so I didn’t have to keep track of socks/shoes etc. I also packed both a muslin swaddle and heavy fleece blanket in the diaper bag.  I wore jeans, basic shirt, a swing cardigan which was perfect to keep me covered while nursing Jane. I also wore my comfiest, slip-on loafers, which made security a breeze while holding Jane.

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4. Arrive Extra Early!

Easier said than done right?! There’s always an unexpected blow out/spit up and being stressed out worrying about missing your flight while baby is being fussy is the worst! It’s worth waking up early for extra time. I have to add 30 mins to the time I think I need with this little one. On the way home from HI we couldn’t find the car rental place and ended up arriving later than we had planned to the airport, so stressful!

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5. Love Your Layovers

Usually I despise layovers, but I actually loved them traveling with a baby, even LAX! Layovers give the perfect opportunity to change, nurse and have a little play time. On our way to HI we stopped in San Jose, CA which even had nursing rooms…perfect! On the way home, we stopped in LAX which was crowded and under construction. I found a quiet corner and nursed and changed Jane there and even let her have a little floor time on her changing mat. 1.5-2 hours layover was about the perfect amount of time we all needed.

Traveling with Jane was a great experience, everyone was extra nice and accommodating.

Try to remember even traveling is part of the vacations, and I realized when I was relaxed and enjoying myself Jane was too :)

How we Organize our Diaper Bags

02.23.2015 by Sarah |

So far, we’ve discovered everything our mother taught us about parenting is true! “Being one step ahead” is something we’ve heard our whole lives, but now we understand how much easier and smoother our day is when we’re prepped!

We try (emphasis on try) to re-stock our diaper bags every night, so it is ready to grab in the morning without even thinking what the babes might need for the day.

Like organizing anything else, every item has it’s place so can be easily found and to equally easy to see when it needs to be replaced.

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MAIN COMPARTMENT

plastic changing mat

several diapers

small refillable wipe case and back-up wipes

diaper sacks kept in plastic wipe case (we love THESE ones)

antibacterial wipes (for baby and surfaces HERE)

wallet and sunglasses (we love our Hobo wallets HERE)

sippy cup

security blanket

THESE muslin blankets are perfect. Sold in a two-pack, one for home, one for diaper bag.

SIDE POCKETS

Extra complete outfit (onesie, clothes, headband). When our babies were younger we’d keep two extra outfits.

In the other side pocket we keep food and snacks.  Two bibs, baby food in pouches, and a bag of baby puffs (HERE) for easy on-the-go snacks.

In the two end pockets we keep one stocked with toys, and the other with a water bottle or two for mama and for baby’s sippy cup.

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These hand sanitizer cases from Bath and Body Works are perfect to attach to the side of our diaper bags.

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We love THIS diaper bags from Pottery Barn Kids. It is large, comes with a changing mat and has so many pockets so things don’t get lost.

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Keeping our babies clean, fed and happy is a big task away from home. Having our diaper bags organized and stocked is key to starting a good day!

How do you keep on top of it all? Please spill your secrets, we need all the help we can get ;)

The Simplest Chicken Tikka Masala Ever

02.20.2015 by Emily |

Indian food is our absolute favorite! We love it so much we are always looking for new recipes trying to mimic our favorite dishes. For anyone else that has attempted this, you know this is a hard task!

Our good friend, Kumari shared with us the best find ever! Indian Essentials Tikka Masala seasoning mix from Costco. The recipe found on the spice mix is amazing! So tasty, so easy and so inexpensive! We’re in love!

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INGREDIENTS

3 large chicken breasts

1 onion

2 TBSP butter

2 TBSP olive oil

1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)

1/2 cup cream

1/4 cup seasoning mix

DIRECTIONS

Dice onion and cut chicken into 1″ cubes. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook your chicken on medium heat until no longer pink. Set aside. Melt butter and and a tablespoon of olive oil and cook onions. Add tomatoes, seasoning mix and chicken and cook for 10 mins. Mix in cream and simmer for 10 more minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite rice.

The best part about this recipe is you can exchange ingredients to your liking. We added diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce and used plain yogurt instead of cream. We also love it with potatoes.

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Give it a try, we can’t wait to hear what you think!

Faking It Greenery

02.19.2015 by Emily |

I have a really hard time keeping houseplants alive, it is the bane of my existence!

I saw these leaves at Michaels a few weeks back and at $1.79 a stem thought they might add a little color to our mid-winter home.

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I placed a stem or two in white pitchers and dotted them around the house. They are really working to brighten things up around herre and for a few dollars they are almost as good as the real deal!

If you like faux greenery, these $1.79 ones are a must!