A Perfect Fall Panini

09.19.2014 by Emily |

With fall in the air we had this perfect panini for lunch the other day…

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First, we spread the brie over our bread, then layered thin slices of granny apple and rotisserie chicken and grilled as normal in the panini press.

We loved the combination of the creamy cheese and crunchy apple…the perfect comfort food on a slightly chilly day.

Sar added a little brown mustard on hers for a little kick.

Playing around with such simple ingredients is fun! What are your fall faves?

Look For Less Pave Link Bracelet

09.18.2014 by Emily |

I love a good link bracelet and especially love THIS sparkly one.

My experience with pave and costume jewelry has not been good, eventually one the little stones falls out..so I am opting for THIS way less expensive one.

boxwood clippings_pave bracletA whopping $100 difference in price! Wahoo! Loving this look for less!

 

 

Target Tuesday

09.16.2014 by Emily |

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I feel like I’ve discovered a gold mine browsing through all amazing options exclusive to target.com!

I had no idea Target offered such a huge selection of home furnishings.

Here’s a little peek at the goodness:

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Buying furniture online is a big commitment without seeing the piece in person.

Here are a few tips to keep it a no-stress shopping experience…

1. Scale is everything! It’s hard to get an idea of size by pictures. Look at dimensions and tape them off in the space you are shopping for before you purchase.

2. Look at shipping costs! Target.com is pretty great in that almost everything ships for free with a purchase over $50. The exception to this is large items, which will have a disclaimer next to the ‘add to cart’ button if the item requires extra shipping. Even though the surplus shipping charge on large items is really reasonable compared to other stores, we sometimes wait for a sale on the item to cover this additional cost.

3. Note the return policy! One of the greatest things about shopping at target.com is the ability to return to a store and avoid paying return shipping, this includes most furniture! Make sure to click on the ‘shipping & returns’ tab to make sure you can order the item, experiment with it in your space and have the ability to return to a store if it doesn’t work.

Can’t beat furniture shopping in you pjs at home!

Halloween Place Setting

09.15.2014 by Sarah |

We hope you guys all enjoyed the bat garland last week.

We were so smitten with the simplicity of the bat silhouette that we decided to cut out a few extra to use on a place setting.

Isn’t this cute?!

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It’s not at all necessary but whenever we take an extra minute or so to do something like this, it just adds to the festivities. We always aim for little projects with big impact!

Still loving THESE place mats from Ikea for only $1.50, perfect for the season don’t you think?!

Lemon and Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

09.12.2014 by Sarah |

Bundt cakes always look so beautiful don’t they?

Last month when Downeast had their tent sale I was lucky enough to find THIS Williams and Sonoma pan for only $5, holler! I’ve been dying to give it a try so I whipped up the recipe that was on the packaging, and added some lemon and poppy seeds.

It was so delish, and picture perfect!

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You Will Need:

3 cups of flour

1 1/2 tsp of baking powder

3/4 tsp of salt

2 1/4 sticks of unsalted butter

1 2/3 cups of sugar

4 lightly beaten eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups of milk

4 drops of lemon extract

3 tbsp of poppy seeds

powdered sugar for dusting

How To:

With all ingredients out at room temperature, prep the oven by placing rack in lower third of oven, and preheat to 325 degrees. Grease and flour pan generously.

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl beat the butter on medium speed until creamy (about 30 seconds). Add sugar and continue beating until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs a little at a time, and then the vanilla, and mix.

Add the flour mixture gradually in three sessions, followed by a bit of milk mixing well after each. Be sure to scrape down edge of bowl and mix everything well.

Spread batter into prepped pan, and bake until cake begins to pull away from the sides and passes the toothpick test! 65-70 minutes. Move the pan from oven to wire tack and let cake cool for 15 minutes in pan. Tap the pan gently to loosed the cake and turn upside down onto cake stand. Cool for at least two hours and dust with powered sugar or glaze right before serving.

For The Glaze:

powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest.

I can’t remember the exact measurements, but it’s all preference anyhow. Start with a cup of powdered sugar and mix in a little lemon juice until the desired consistency. Remember once drizzled on cake, it always seems runnier than in the bowl! Sprinkle lemon zest over the top!

Em’s Everyday Makeup

09.11.2014 by Emily |

When I got married I had baggage alright…bins and bins full of expensive makeup!

Once I had to start budgeting with someone else I started experimenting with cheaper makeup instead of my usual expensive brands..

Five years later and I’ve narrowed down my everyday makeup to just five items that I love, love love!

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Neutrogena sunscreen: This sunscreen not only protects my face from the sun but also is a great moisturizer before applying makeup. Both Costco and Target often have this on sale.

Covergirl concealer: For those northern European bags under my eyes. This is as good as anything I’ve tried…which has been a lot! Available at any drugstore.

Guerlain bronzing powder: Now I am super white because of all that sunscreen, I defo need THIS bronzer. This is my one ‘worth the splurge’ makeup product. I apply a little all over my face and a little extra on the apples of my cheeks and nose instead of using blush. I have tried lots of cheaper bronzers and nothing looks as good, and this one lasts at least a year. Do you have any good ones to recommend? Sarah also raves about this product, see HERE.

Wet n Wild eyeshadow in ‘Nutty': THIS $.99 eyeshadow is amazing! I was a MAC eyeshadow girl for many years and this is just as good… I just use it to line the outer corners of my eyes. Available at Rite Aid/Walgreens.

Maybelline ‘full n soft’ mascara: Non-clumpy mascara that can be layered and comes off really easily at night. I hate sticky mascaras. Available at any grocery/or drugstore.

My routine takes less than five minutes, lasts just as long and looks just as good as the products I used to use.

Have you had any great finds with inexpensive makeup? Please share!

Black and White Products for Baby

09.10.2014 by Sarah |

It’s no secret that on this blog we’re obsessed with black and white. In our book you simply can’t go wrong with this color combo, even when it comes to baby.

These items have been some of our favorite baby products. Even though we’ve made the purchase on our taste, we also feel they are the most practical of choices when it comes to the big ticket items. Black and white are gender neutral and classic, we’ll be using them for whatever babies are in our future; making them the most sensible, thrifty, and prettiest of options.

How do you like them?

 

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No. 1: I about died when I saw this top at Gap (see HERE), I’ll be getting it in two sizes to make sure the twins will be rocking it both fall and winter.

No. 2: Em’s diaper bag is as classy as it gets, I’m only slightly jealous! (see HERE)

N0. 3: These shoes are only $14.99 and as cute as can be, another purchase in multiple sizes! (see HERE)

N0. 4: Our Mama Roo has been a life saver, and a must if you ever want to take a shower! The black and white and cool design fits into our home beautifully, and hasn’t been one of those pesky baby items we’re dying to be done with. I only wish they made it in adult size! (see HERE)

No. 5: You’ve all heard that black and white is great for baby development right? So all of these products are very baby friendly, but especially toys like these. We just love it. (see HERE)

No. 6: Swaddle blankets are our faveeee. But a black and white version is our ‘super fave’. (see HERE)

No. 7: I’ve been on the hunt for the best binkie clip, and this is it! L.O.V.E the Dirty Dancing reference! (see HERE)

No. 8: Our Bumble Ride twin stroller with bassinets has been our lifesaver. I can’t say enough how much we adore this product. I actually make it out of the house because of this bad boy. It’s honestly amazing. We bought black A. because it was on sale and B. because I want to keep it forever and ever. Yes I’m in love! (see HERE)

N0. 9: Another true love, the Stokke High Chair. This is a family classic that we just LOVE. There’s soooo many great things about this product, but the main one is that it grows with the child. Seriously, our girlies are in theirs now and they can still use them as an adult. Our baby brothers still fit in there’s and they are giants at 6 foot, 7 inches! (see HERE)

N0. 10: Just some adorable sockies to match our theme. LOVE! (see HERE)

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Elizabeth and Hannah rocking the trend! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more!

Click HERE!

 

DIY Bat Garland

09.09.2014 by Sarah |

Good morning readers!

I’m so excited to be sharing our first Halloween project of the season, this bat garland…eek!

Be sure to head over to Lil Luna to see more details and instructions (click HERE).

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See you over there!

Getting Spooky with Markers

09.08.2014 by sarah and emily |

Decorating for holidays can sometimes be overwhelming and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be!

We came up with this great 2-minute idea to tag up your mirrors and picture frames with spooky doodles for Halloween.

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Use either a wet or dry erase marker and go to town!

The best part about this project is you can create and wipe away in a flash and have your home decorated for the season in a matter of seconds. So why not let the kiddies give it a try too!

Love it!

The Perfect Fall Salad

09.05.2014 by Sarah |

September is here and we couldn’t be happier for the next few months. We made the most delicious salad, which just seems perfect for this time of year!

Butternut Squash, Beet + Goat Cheese Salad

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Ingredients:

Roasted Butternut Squash

Beets

Goat Cheese

Spring Mix

Balsamic Vinegar

Directions:

We assembled salad with beets and squash first, added a large serving of greens on top, and garnished with goat cheese, pepper and balsamic vinegar.

Absolute perfection on a crisp afternoon, we hope you like it too!

Baby Moccasins

09.04.2014 by Sarah |

Oh how we love the look of a little chubby baby in a pair of sweet moccasins!

There are a lot out there with a huge price variation….

At the lowest price point of $10 or under, Old Navy offers THIS classic mocc and THIS  cute bootie. Faux materials, but pretty adorable for the price don’t you think?

 

boxwood clippings_baby moccasinsIn the mid-range, we have classic Minnetonka moccasins. We have several pairs and they are sooo comfortable. We love the simplicity of these moccs. They are a great price for a great product. These booties are available at Nordies, click HERE and HERE.

boxwood clippings_baby moccasinsLastly, we have the high-end moccs. These boutique moccs offer soft leather and oodles of enticing color choices. We love the look of THIS bow pair from The Coral Pear, and the color of THIS platinum pair from Freshly Picked.

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As new mummies we’d love your input!

Where do you stand on baby moccasins? Are you happy with getting the look with a faux pair from Old Navy or is it worth the splurge on an oh-so-pretty high-end pair?

Baby Girl Closet: Headband Organization

09.03.2014 by Sarah |

Double of everything looks like a lot in one little closet, so it’s also doubly important to keep it nice and organized.

After our recent post (see HERE) where we made our own headbands, you can say I went a little crazy and decided the girls needed at least one each in all the neutrals (yes, pink is a neutral when it comes to baby girls!). Good thing they are cheap and easy!

Which was exactly what we were looking for in a storage solution. Naturally we headed to Ikea and found these awesome rails ($2.99), bins ($.99) and hooks ($.99).

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Using all available space is key in a small space. In most cases that means putting your wall space to use.

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It looks pretty, but most of all it’s very functional. As always, creating a home for something helps your home run more smoothly with way less stress. No longer are we on the hunt for two matching bows, they’re right there next to each other…see less stress!

We also love that the rails, hooks and bins can be handy for all sorts of odds and ends when the bow phase is over. Honestly, I think I’ll be adding a lot more of these around the house. Are you tempted?

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for product links :)

 

10 Great Finds at World Market

09.02.2014 by Emily |

World Market is always our first stop when looking for accent furniture and decor for a project.

Their style is always bold and current, and prices are amazing!!!

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1. THESE tapestries are impressive in person. My favorites are NY and FERNS.

2. Best price around for a bead chandelier!

3. THIS marble + wood combo is amazing.

4. THIS little mirror could go anywhere. I want to use it in a mudroom.

5. THIS cloche lamp is super fun.

6. I love THIS wooden state map.

7. THIS pestle+mortar is oh so pretty and only $6!

8. THIS ivory canister gives a similar look of this beauty at a fraction of the price.

9. I recently used THESE bar stools in a project. They are sturdy, comfy and give any traditional kitchen a little industrial edge. Great value!

10. I’m obsessed with THIS $10 accent rug! I literally want it in every room of my house.

It was so hard to choose just 10 favorite things. The store and site are packed with great finds. Head over and take a look yourself!

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08.26.2014 by Sarah |

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Hey Ya’ll, we needed to savor this last week of summer and spend some extra time with our little ones, see you next week!

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In the mean time be sure to come see us on our new instagram, for more pretty and thrifty living tips!

click HERE.

Victoria Sponge Cake

08.22.2014 by Sarah |

No summer is complete without a ‘Vicky Sponge’.

If you want to feel British, whip up this cake!

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It’s the most basic of recipes and has us once again believing that simple is always best!

We followed THIS recipe

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Ooooh I’m off for seconds, anyone want to join me?!

The Perfect $10 Blouse

08.21.2014 by Emily |

For some reason I’m a little embarrassed that I wear black all the time. People always seem to make little comments and challenge me to wear color.

Somehow, despite efforts to branch out, this black beauty arrived on my doorstep this week.

boxwoodclippings_black crepe blouseIt looks pretty simple and basic, but it is perfection in my eyes!

It’s slight boat-neck, loose fit, exposed zipper on the back and lightweight polyester fabric give it a 60’s feel, and I know it is going to be my favorite thing to wear all fall.

And…it was only $10!

Haters will hate, but I still love black!

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My first Mommy selfie..uggh. I feel like a poser, but wanted you to see what it looks like in person…right before Jane christened it with spit-up!

If you want to jump on this bandwagon, click HERE for your $10 blouse!

$5 Lack Tables at Ikea

08.20.2014 by Emily |

One of our favorite items at Ikea is only $4.99 this month with your family card.boxwoodclippings_ikea lack side table

We love to use this little table all around our houses. Here are a few pinterest images of how people are using theirs..

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If you don’t have a family card there are kiosks throughout Ikea where you can get one and use the same day! See all family card deals HERE.

Holler Dollar: 4 Baby Items You Should be Buying!

08.19.2014 by Sarah |

There are sooooo many great baby items on the market these days that it’s hard not to get carried away.

These 4 items from the Dollar Tree, (although not all are specifically made for baby) have not only been a relief on the wallet, but have been some of the most used items in our homes this year.

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1. Mini Tubs are sooo freaking handy dandy!

We’ve used them to store binkies, formula, and now rice cereal. They’re 10 for $1…

Holler!!!

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2. Plastic Bin, these have been so great for lots of things, but primarily carrying dirty bottles to and fro, upstairs to down.

In the early days we also kept one in the shower with oxyclean in, whenever the girls had a blowout we’d just pop dirty clothing item in their to soak until the next wash. Worked wonders and very proud to report we have very little stained items. :)

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3. Diaper Bags (see HERE) we opted for these instead of a diaper genie type because we have “diaper changing stations” all over the house. Simply pop the diaper in and tie it up. They actually work pretty well for holding in the stench!

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4. Mesh Wastebaskets (see HERE) these are perfect for holding all those bagged diapers, and easy to empty every day or so.

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So there you have it! Our very thrifty and handy baby finds.

If you have anymore, please do share!

Simple Solution: Coat Rack for Hanging Wet Clothes

08.18.2014 by Sarah |

The laundry room has become a busy room in the Faubus house since the girls arrived. Two little ladies sure know how to dirty clothes!

Usually I throw most of the clothes in the dryer, but recently I’ve noticed the baby clothes have been shrinking even when we wash on cold. So the room has been covered with wet clothes hanging from anywhere I could find. Usually, the ironing board and cupboard doors!

We nipped into Ikea to see what solutions they had, and this coat rack (found HERE) won me over with a modest price tag of $12.99. Holler!

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Now when the clothes come out of the washer, they go straight on a hanger until dried, then either into the dryer for a “fluff up” or into the ironing pile.

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This simple and cheap solution has been working so well. Most of the time the room is looking quite decent and tidy.

See, no staging for this pic!

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Another thing I liked about this option is that it’s not permanent. That rack will come in handy whenever we have extra house guests. :)

Lunch For a Working Gal

08.15.2014 by Emily |

I find my day goes so much smoother (and healthier) when I pack a lunch for work. Eating out every day gets really expensive, takes a lot of time and often ends up with an overworked tummy and a sluggish afternoon. :(

Instead, I leave work lunches for special occasions and bring from home a protein-packed salad that helps get me through the day strong!

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This salad is just arugula and spinach greens topped with rotisserie chicken, cucumber, grapes, craisens, sunflower seeds with one of my favorite GF dressings, see HERE. Another favorite salad is THIS ONE…it never gets old!

I also pack a piece of fruit or handful of nuts for a mid-morning snack, and a little treat for mid-afternoon. And although I haven’t kicked my soda habit completely, I also sneak in a can of diet pepsi. This is my little treat mid-day and is so much better for me than running to the gas station for a 44oz!

Even though it takes a little prep the night before, I’m always so much happier with my day when I’ve planned my meals. Do you have any good tips for thrifty and healthy lunches?