Our Very Favorite Newborn Clothes and Blankets

02.01.2016 by Emily |

With Em’s baby boy on the way we are prepping to make sure she has everything she needs. Is there anything better than getting ready for a new baby?
Seriously, our favorite!
We must get it from our Mumsie, who did it EIGHT times!

We thought we’d round up our absolute favorite newborn baby clothes and blankets to share with you…

boxwood clippings | favorite baby clothes and blankets1. Swaddle Designs flannel swaddles HERE. These large flannel swaddles are perfect for the newborn stage when babies need to keep extra warm. We love using them as a pretty bassinet sheet and the first blanket we use to lay under infant to protect furniture/carpet/baby gear from spit up.

2. Aden + Anais bamboo swaddles HERE. It’s all about the bamboo that makes these swaddles crazy soft, the best swaddle in our opinion!

3. Swaddle Designs burp cloths HERE. These are extra thick and so much more absorbent than any other cloths we’ve tried. They are perfect to lay under a newborns head to catch any spit up and save you from doing laundry all day long!

4. Ralph Lauren striped night gowns HERE. These are hands-down our favorite things for babies. They make night time diaper changes a breeze instead of dealing with snaps and the babies look so adorable in them. A worth the splurge for sure, and occasionally you can find them at places like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. They come in navy/pale blue for boys too.

5. Marks and Spencer baby grows (sleepers)
Great news! Our favorite shop for baby essentials in England just launched their USA website. You can get 20% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter HERE. We cannot believe the quality of their products for the price!

Our absolute favorites are the 3-pack jammies for $13 HERE. With the 20% off these work out to be under $3.50 each!!! Our girls slept in these every night from birth-18 months.

6. Kissy Kissy crossover tees HERE. These super soft and thin crossover tees are perfect for the newborn stage. They are perfect to layer over a basic onsie and have integrated mits to cover hands. We love the classic design and scalloped edges.

7. We love Marks and Spencer’s basic onsies, really nice, thick and more stain-resistant cotton. Short sleeve HERE, we really like the sleeveless which is easier to layer with HERE.

Do you have any favorites for new babies? We’d love to hear!

Veggie Prep for the Week Ahead

01.29.2016 by sarah and emily |

I don’t think there’s any question that our families eat healthier when we have a meal plan…

and as always, easier said than done!

Something that’s really helping us this winter is to spend an hour/week peeling, chopping and packing veggies, so they are ready to go and make meal prep so much quicker throughout the week.

Here’s what we prepped for this week:

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These veggies make four easy meals, perfect for our Mon-Thurs eating in routine…

chicken noodle soup ever HERE
fajitas HERE
one tray meal HERE
veggie-packed spaghetti HERE

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The worst part about this is viewing it as another chore….Netflix and a diet coke during nap time really make this a delight ;) Now have we convinced you to give it a try?

Organize Your Home with Every Target Trip!

01.27.2016 by Emily |

Do you have a goal to be more organized this year?
We do! This can be a very overwhelming, but working on it a little at a time and being consistent is the way to an organized home!

Here are our favorite tools we can pick up at Target with every trip to help us get and STAY organized.

Command Strips: If you like to change decor up a lot like we do, command strips are your best friend. They are perfect for hanging lighter items without making holes in your walls! We always have a few packs of medium-sized white strips on hand HERE.

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Hangers: We promise your closets will feel like a breath of fresh air if you switch to using all the same hangers. For our kids’ closets we go with basic white plastic hangers…10 for $1 in store. Try out a few different kinds (velvet/plastic/wood) to see which you like best, then stick with it!!!

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Totes: Plastic Sterilite tubs are a must in any home! Our favorite sizes are 6 qt HERE and 56 qt HERE and we’ll pick up a few every Target trip. You will find the 6 qt tub in every room of our homes containing anything from craft supplies to makeup to baby socks. The 56 quart is the perfect size for storage….not too heavy to lift when full, and a good size to group similar items.

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Shoe shelf: Is there ever enough space for shoes? THIS shelving unit is our favorite way to store shoes. It can hold 9 pairs of shoes for only $10, which is as cheap as it gets. These look great in a closet lined up next to each other and they are also stackable.

Decorative bins/baskets: Being organized isn’t all about function, we want our newly organized spaces to be pretty too! Target has the best hands down ‘pretty’ storage solutions. The catch? Items are often seasonal and come and go…

The best way to accommodate this is using ‘seasonal’ items for one designated room in the house. For example, I loved THESE totes and thought they would be perfect for Jane’s closet (HERE). I bought a few extra in case I need to replace down the road, or need more than I think I do right now.

The dollar spot is a great spot to look for small storage items too. I love these wire baskets I got for $3 each.

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Glass Cookie Jars: Pretty enough for the counter, and so great at keeping food items organized and fresh. Target will always have these so you can pick up one at a time until you your desired amount (HERE). Our favorite way to store flour, sugar, and big bulk items from Costco like rice and pasta.

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Consistency and repetition of these items has helped us create order throughout our homes! We’ve maximized space and visually de-cluttered which makes for a nicer living environment for everyone.

If you want to be more organized at home, pick up one or two items with each visit, and tackle a little space every few weeks…baby steps, baby steps!

Believe us, you’ll have your whole house organized in no time!

5 Ways to a Fresh Bedroom Everyday!

01.25.2016 by Emily |

Ugh…the middle of January, don’t you wish you were in Hawaii right about now?! We do! We’ve been spending A LOT of time at home lately with cold temps, snow and sick babies…

Here are five small things we do every day to help make our bedrooms fresh and beautiful and a little haven when we are wishing we are someone else!

boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom

  1. Make the bed. Without fail our homes keep more in order and feel so much better when we take two minutes to make the bed in the morning! Weird, but true!
  2. Open the blinds, and let some cold air in! Sometimes even opening the blinds seems like a waste of time in the middle of winter. We are so much happier when we do, even though it’s only for a few hours of light. Opening the windows and letting some fresh air circulate really helps freshen things up!boxwood clippings modern farmhouse chic master bedroom
  3. Clear surfaces. Our bedrooms are so easily cluttered with baby clothes, water bottles, you name it. It only takes a few minutes to put things away and restore order!flowers
  4. Add fresh flowers. Sure, this is a luxury we all would like all the time, right? This is a $5 bouquet split into bud vases. Fresh flowers in five rooms of the house for $5…that we can afford!

    boxwood clippings |candle

  5.  A scented candle can be a little piece of heaven on a crazy day. We usually light it for a few minutes during nap time and enjoy relax for five minutes of alone time!

Although small, all five of these things can change our day around…

We dare you to do all five and see how great it feels to have your room back!

Easy Chicken Fajitas

01.22.2016 by Sarah |

Another family favorite we have been loving for dinner this winter are chicken fajitas!

Warm, healthy, delicious and easy to customize for the pickiest of eaters…

boxwood clippings | chicken
INGREDIENTS

frozen chicken breasts
your favorite tortillas (we like the uncooked ones from Costco)taco seasoning
bell peppers
yellow/white onion

DIRECTIONS
You cannot get easier than chicken fajitas. Warm a skillet/frying pan on med-high and cook thawed sliced chicken breasts in a little olive oil and taco seasoning. When no longer pink, add sliced onions and bell peppers and reduce heat to medium until peppers and onions are cooked and tender.

Next you’ll need to cook/warm your tortillas while you’re getting all your fixins’ and table ready.

Serve a ‘taco’ bar with any veggies and toppings you have in your fridge…
avocado, salsa, corn, lettuce, beans, rice or cheese, you cannot go wrong.

We are calling it a winner for a cold January night. It’s easy on the budget, time and did you know bell peppers are full of vitamin A, C and B6? Just what our families need this time of year!!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!