Hollar Dollar: Country Dishes

07.02.2014 by Emily |

Last time I visited The Dollar Tree, I spied these dishes that I just couldn’t pass up. They screamed summer to me, just like the kind you’d find in an old country farmhouse and I just had to have them.

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Aren’t they just perfect?! Pass the corn and watermelon, summer’s here and I’m ready!

Decorating with Flags

07.01.2014 by Emily |

Another thing I love this time of year is hanging flags indoors. Look how great these spaces look:

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I would love both an American and British flag framed in our home. What do you guys think of using framed flags for art?

 

9 Ways to Use a Mason Jar

06.30.2014 by Emily |

We know mason jars have been on-trend for a while now, but they are so versatile we literally use them in every room of the house!

Here’s just a few of the many things you can do with a mason jar:

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1. Bathroom storage: Toothbrush holder, bobby pins, and q-tips.

2. Glass: so perfect for a summer barbeque, or if you want to keep your kitchenware super casual. See our refreshing flavored water recipes HERE.

3. Small office supplies: Paperclips, pins, pencils and crayons. These look especially great all lined up in a row on a shelf or along a desk.

4. Cupcake liner holder: A mason jar is absolutely perfect to hold your cupcake liners and keep with all the rest of your baking ingredients and supplies.

5. Food storage: Obviously mason jars are great at keeping food air-tight and fresh. We love using them for dried spices and nuts to extend shelf-life and freshness.

6. Party decor: When we were in college, we would decorate for parties all the time with jars filled with water and a tea light. We would then add color with fruit or colored ribbon. So inexpensive, easy and effective!

7. Laundry room storage: buttons, threads that come with clothing are always hanging around. Why not give them a more permanent home?!

8. Craft room storage: We always save ribbons we get on gifts, rolling them up and sorting them by colour make them easy to find and reuse.

9. Loose Change storage: Having a jar in the closet makes emptying your pockets easy. We use our pennies for little treats like sodas, but it’s fun to also see the jar get full!

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Do you love mason jars as much as we do?

What do you use them for?

Patriotic Food

06.27.2014 by Emily |

Maybe it’s the hungry girl inside of me, but take the American flag and associate it with food and I am 100% invested and ready to sign up for American citizenship! Here are a few patriotic ideas I’ve seen around Pinterest to get you all excited for the upcoming holiday:

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So fun and festive, right?! Does your family make any special food for the 4th? We’d love to hear your American ideas!

Holler Dollar: Pumice Sponge

06.26.2014 by Sarah |

One of the bad things about summer is flip flop feet.

(Yuck)

You know what I’m talking about!

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To help your pedi last a little longer,

make sure to pick up one of these pumice sponges on your next visit to the Dollar Tree.

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A little scrub with this nightly

is magic!

Ikea Drawer Organizers

06.25.2014 by Sarah |

With just four weeks to go, nesting is in full swing around here. Diapers…check, onsies…check, we are all ready for our baby girl. THESE Ikea Skubb drawer dividers are keeping all those little things nice and orderly.

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THIS pack is so versatile and has a great price of only $7.99 for six drawer inserts!

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We use the same dividers in our dressers to organize, socks, underwear and small items.

Just a few dollars investment can save your drawers from being a complete mess. Well worth the investment don’t you think?

Boxwood Plants

06.24.2014 by Sarah |

I think I’m like most people in the way that I’m in love with things that remind me of my childhood.

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When we did our landscaping 7 years ago,

it was no coincidence that we put in boxwood hedges and conifers, just like I had grown up with.

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When we were looking for a fresh and simple name for our blog, the boxwood plant leaped to mind.

These images make me fall in love with this simple plant all over again.

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They are so versatile. I love how they can be modern or traditional, look homy and exotic.

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Do you have a plant you’re emotionally attached too?

Perhaps something you had in your garden growing up?

We’d love to know what your faves are!

Hobby Lobby Open Frames

06.23.2014 by Emily |

On our wedding day we had so much fun taking pictures on one of our favorite beaches in Corona Del Mar, California. Our brother, Dan surprised us with a painting from a local artist of the beach that day, who even painted Brad and I onto the beach. It’s something I always want up in my bedroom to remind us of our wedding day.

Five years later and the picture has still been in its unfinished artist frame, just waiting for me to spend hundreds of dollars on a custom frame. That was at least until our last trip to Hobby Lobby, where I noticed THIS open frame that was 50% off and looked like it would work.

Sure enough it fit and looked great!

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I’m so happy our special painting finally has a nice frame, and that I saved hundreds of dollars not buying a custom frame!!!

If you need any art in your home updating or in need of a frame, make sure to see Hobby Lobby’s open frames selection online HERE (and don’t forget to use THIS coupon when item’s aren’t on sale!).

Flavored Waters

06.20.2014 by sarah and emily |

Utah is heating up for the summer, and we are trying to steer clear of too many sodas and pregnant swollen feet! We came up with a few flavored water combos we are just dying over!

Grapefruit + Lime

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe fell in love with grapefruit water at Emily’s shower, but with a touch of lime it is even more delicious!

Lemon + Mint

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe were hesitant to add mint to our regular lemon water, but it is our new fave! It is AMAZING!!!

Strawberry + Basil + Cucumber

boxwood clippings_flavored watersWe used frozen strawberries for an extra chilled drink and added a little basil and cucumber. So yummy!

We hope you like these combos as much as we do and dare you to open your fridge to see what flavors you can add to make a refreshing and healthy drink!

Let us know what you discover!

Holler Dollar: Ribbon at Target

06.19.2014 by Sarah |

This cute ribbon is in the dollar spot section at Target right now.

You only get a total of 2 yards, but it’s perfect for wrapping a tiny gift. We just used a sheet of regular white paper, and added a little ribbon.

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Black and white always makes for a clean, classy look.

Not bad for a buck!

Entertaining Very Young Babies

06.18.2014 by Sarah |

Holding my babies is my favorite thing to do, but it’s not good for me or them if I do it all day, every day. Having twins I learned pretty early the power of having happy independent babies who were excited to be put down not only for nap time.

I love the idea of giving babies their own activity time after food and before naps. Quick 15 minute sessions do the job and tire them out for sleepy time.

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Here are a few things that have worked for us:

This is Hannah at her first activity time session with ‘the stripeys’. I simply drew stripes with a black marker on a sheet of paper and hung them in her bassinet. Mesmerized I tell ya!

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About a month ago, I noticed the twins loving anything above them. Instead of buying a play mat, I made my own by hanging some toys with string. They lie great under this while Mummy spends 15 minutes editing photos every day!

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This has been the the twins’ favorite activity: tying a ribbon from a mobile to their feet. They learn very fast when they move their feet, the mobile goes crazy. This was Elizabeth’s first try. It has the ‘wow’ factor!

(Obviously, you need to keep a close eye on your baby with anything hanging around him/her)

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My jumbo pregnancy pillow came in super handy for twins, kind of like a twin boppy pillow. Positioned like this, they can see each other and interact from a very early age. This worked great when I was folding laundry on the bed!

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An entertained baby is a happy one!

Now that my babies are entering a new age, I’ll be looking for more ‘out of the box’ ideas. What are your tricks? Please share!

 

Inviting Summer Porches

06.17.2014 by Emily |

Pretty lanterns, lush ferns and country rockers are all makings of the perfect porch. There’s no place I’d rather be on a late summer’s night chatting to the hubs and having an ice cream popsicle to cool down. Here are a few inspiring places:

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Don’t you just want to grab a book and lemonade and enjoy these spaces? Where is your favorite space in these warmer months?

 

A No-Sew Patriotic Bandana Garland

06.16.2014 by sarah and emily |

Are you looking for a fast, fun and thrifty project to dress up your home for the Fourth?!

Boy, do we have the DIY for you!!!

Introducing the no-sew Bandana Garland!!!

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All you’ll need to create the garland is a red and blue bandana (we used THESE ones), a pair of scissors, and ten minutes!

 HOW TO:

1. Cut bandanas into quarters.

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2. Cut each bandana quarter into two triangles to create 8 bunting pieces.

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3. Tie corners of bunting together, alternating red and blue.

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That’s it folks! This project took 10 mins, cost $2 and created a huge wow factor.

Can we hear a yee-haw?!

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An Easy Meal: A Dressed up Bagel

06.12.2014 by Sarah |

Bagels are delish any time of day. Usually, butter, cream cheese, and  laughing cow is my go-to choices for toppings.

But recently I’ve been really enjoying this version…

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To make I simply toast the bagel on both sides, then stick it under the broil for a few minutes with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil. Once out, top with some yummy balsamic vinegar and pepper.

Ooooh Yummy.

This is SO incredibly fast and satisfying, which is key with two little one’s in tow!

Unusual Gifts From Uncommon Goods

06.12.2014 by Sarah |

This is post is brought to you in part by Uncommon Goods.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% ours.

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We are thrilled to share one of our favorite sites with you today. As you know, we are all about a good gift and this site is packed with unique ideas, perfect for those who are hard to buy for. We also love their large selection of handmade gifts (click HERE), which are always our favorite presents to give.

To give you an idea of their amazing collections we pulled a few baby/kid items we are dying over…boxwood clippings_uncommon goods gifts1. We can think of several little kiddos that would love looking at these nightlights falling to sleep every night.

2. This is the best idea ever to document all those funny things your little one says.

3. This personalized baby crest would make the most adorable present for baby! (see other personalized gifts HERE)

4. This woodsy art piece would be lovely in a nursery or kid’s room.

5. Fortune cookie baby booties?!!! Adorbs!

6.  These are perfect for the little scientist and a good reminder for mommy’s brain!

No longer are we stumped searching for the perfect gift! Make sure to check out all of Uncommon Goods HERE.

Summer Tea Towels

06.11.2014 by Emily |

Summer is here and it’s time to pull out all those bright and colorful accessories. One thing I always enjoy is mixing up my tea towels. Isn’t it funny how a little tea towel can brighten your day? I also love giving fun towels as gifts. It’s something everyone always always needs and you don’t have to worry about matching personal taste too much, because it’s just a towel! Here’s a few I think are fun for this time of year:

Loving this vibrant juicing dish towel.

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This red classic stripe is perfect for a patriotic summer!

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I want this conversion dishtowel framed in my kitchen.

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Loving this red and orange combo in these orange slice towels:

boxwoodclippings_orange slice tea towelsDon’t forget to ask for complimentary gift wrap if you’re buying for a gift at crate and barrel, their wrapping is my favorite!

What items are you switching in your home for the summer?

 

‘USA’ Fourth of July Decoration

06.10.2014 by Sarah |

Good morning everyone!

Today I’m sharing this patriotic ‘USA’ craft over at Lil Luna

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Be sure to pop over for a little ‘how-to’!

(Click HERE!)

Bunnies By the Bay Record Book GIVEAWAY!!!

06.09.2014 by Sarah |

Congratulations to Rachel!!!! Thanks to all who entered!!!

We’re so excited to kick start our week with a great giveaway!

A Bunnies By the Bay Record Book!

I started to look for a memory book almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant. My parents had one for each of us, and it’s something I always knew I wanted to do for our children.

I was so happy when I found this one by Bunnies By the Bay. First off, it’s the cutest thing ever, with adorable illustrations, but most of all I love how easy it’s been to record all the little details I don’t want to forget about my two little ladies.

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Isn’t the layout just the cutest?!

If you know someone who is pregnant, or just had a wee one, I couldn’t suggest a more treasured gift!

To enter, simply leave a comment below (by June 16th, 12pm MST) and tell us what other product catches your eye over on their site (HERE)! The winner will be selected at random and notified by June 17th.

Good luck!

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On another note, I’d just like to rave about another couple Bunnies By the Bay products!

My girlies are getting to the age where they can really begin to enjoy their toys and they are just in love with their Blossom’s Lulla Bunny Bye Binkie Blankets and Bunny Wrist Rattles (which they like on their ankles)!

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They are sooo incredibly soft! The babies love them against their skin, and give us lovely giggles when they hear the rattles. Too cute.

Be sure to check out the entire Bunnies By the Bay line on their site (link HERE). You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter for the book :)

 

Boxwood Salads

06.06.2014 by Emily |

Hurray for salad season! We couldn’t be happier our tummies are craving salads again. We think it’s the perfect time to get you inspired for delicious salads for the warm months ahead. Here’s a few of our faves:

boxwoodclippings_bbq chicken saladBarbeque Chicken Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_strawberry saladStrawberry Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_chicken caesar saladChicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

boxwoodclippings_bacon & blue cheese lettuce wedgeBacon and Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedge Recipe

boxwoodclippings_cobb saladHearty Cobb Recipe

boxwoodclippings_spinach, egg and bacon saladSpinach, Egg + Bacon Recipe

Do you have a salad you are loving right now? Please share!

Now is the Time to be Buying your Winter Coat!

06.05.2014 by Sarah |

If you’ve been reading our little bloggie here for a while you’ll know we loooove duffel coats. A good duffel is an essential for any wardrobe regardless of age or gender.

The problem is a good quality coat will always cost a pretty penny, so it’s essential we score a deal. The time to shop is now! Right when the last thing you want to be thinking about is a coat!

 

 Last week I ordered this Micheal Kors coat from Nordstrom Rack (that’s right! The Rack online!)

Originally $258 it’s now priced at $100. But I used a $25 off code bringing it down to $75!!!

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 (Excuse awkward pose. I live behind the camera not in front!)

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Here are some others that caught my eye:

This Dale Dressin is down from $375 to $105!

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This Tommy Hilfiger one was $275 and is now $99!

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Another Tommy Hilfiger down from $195 to $59!

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All the coats above still have lots of sizes and colours to choose from, so be sure to go check them out.

Another tips: I always order over $100 to get free shipping, returns can be made instore. :)