Design Dilemma: Bed Shopping

08.12.2014 by Emily |

We recently purchased a king mattress set for our master bedroom and now it’s time for a new bed! I am going back and forth a lot with deciding what I want and weighing up cost etc. Here are my favorite options:

No. 1 Classic Wooden Bed

Classic and timeless, I do love theway a wooden bed looks. Downside is a wooden headboard…not too comfy.

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No. 2 Upholstered Headboard

An upholstered headboard paired with a basic metal frame and bedskirt is the most affordable option.

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No. 3 Upholstered Bed

A full upholstered bed oozes comfort and luxury to me, but costs a significantly more than just a headboard.

boxwoodclippings_upholstered bedimages via my pinterest boards HERE.

Ahhh, I love them all. It’s hard to weigh up aesthetics/comfort/affordability. I need your vote please!

Thrifty Black & White finds at Ikea!

08.11.2014 by Sarah |

Browsing though my pinterest page yesterday I noticed that most of my favorite spaces are black and white. (This wasn’t really that much of a shock…just a realization!) This most classic combination is timeless, chic, modern and all that we love.

Here are some amazing (and cheap) pieces I found at Ikea.

 

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1. Dying over this light (see HERE). Replacing the builder grade lighting has always been on our list, and room by room we’re getting there. I just need to find the perfect spot for this.

2. These lamps are PERFECTION (see HERE), and will be a contender for above our nightstands when we re-do our master this Fall…yay!!!

3. These place mats (see HERE) were added to our home the week the twins began solid food. Too cute and handy and only $1.49! Holler!!!

4. Lack tables are a must in any home. Ever so versatile and handy for temporary arrangements like house guests or parties. They’re on sale this month with your Ikea family card for only $4.99!!!!!!! Time to stock up. I’m getting 4! (see HERE.)

5-8. Beautiful cushion covers to ump up the contrast in any room. I’ll be getting some for the Master. Such a great deal from $4.99-$14.99)

(5. HERE. 6. HERE. 7. HERE. 8. HERE.)

5 Minute Pita Pizza

08.08.2014 by Sarah |

I’m such a fan of fast, fresh, yummy dinners.

This one has been my go-to lately, because it’s sooooo yummy!

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I simply pop a pita in the oven on broil and let it lightly toast one side as I rummage through my fridge for ingredients.

As you know, personalizing a pizza is lots of fun, but it’s also a great way to use up odds and ends from your week of cooking.

For this Pizza I used:

1 pita bread

bbq sauce

mozzarella cheese

tomato

red onion

chicken breast

pepper, basil and parmesan to finish :)

Once the one side is nice and toasty, pop on your toppings and place back in the oven for another couple of mins until the cheese is bubbling.

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I’ve been promising our nephews a sleep over for some time.

One day we’ll get around to it,

and I think this will be the perfect dinner that they can help make.

Very fun don’t you think?

 

The Dollar Tree Gift Wrap

08.07.2014 by Emily |

Most of the time we keep our gift wrapping really simple, but sometimes we like to go all out. Either way, our first stop for supplies is The Dollar Tree.

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This gift wrap all came from The Dollar Tree: a roll of craft paper, black grosgrain ribbon (usually 5 yrds/dollar), and silk blooms. $3 total and oodles to spare for the next time I want to go cray-cray with summery florals.

The Dollar tree is a great place for basics such as colored paper, ribbon and gift bags, but does run out of things occasionally. We try to make a visit at least once a month to stock up on a few basics and see what’s new for the season. We try to look at items individually rather than an aisle full of not so great stuff. There are diamonds in the rough, and finding them is part of the fun.

Gift wrap is so much fun when you’re not spending a fortune on it!

 

Holler Dollar: Staples Notebooks

08.06.2014 by Emily |

I was checking out at Staples the other day when I spied these adorable 2-pack of notebooks for $1.

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Aren’t they just the sweetest?!

They have many designs and we thought they’d be the perfect little notebook to keep lists in your purse or to give as a gift.

Love cute and little unexpected finds!

Target Tuesday

08.05.2014 by Emily |

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target tuesday_august 20141. This rug would make a statement anywhere.

2. This lightweight scarf is perfect to add a little summer to any outfit. Obsessed with pom-poms right now, and it’s on clearance! $5.94!!!

3. I NEED THIS LAMP!!!

4. It seems like we can never find a good wire basket at a reasonable price when we need one. Perfect for kitchen, laundry and bath. Great price, only $11 each!

5. I have three little babies in mind for these three polka dot bows :) $1.67 each!

6. This lattice pillow is the perfect blend of modern and traditional.

7. Love this summery tote.

Have you had any great finds at Target lately?

 

Simple Soloution: Recipe Book for Printed Recipes

08.04.2014 by Sarah |

Browsing through a beautiful recipe book is inspiring and motivating,

but a lot of the time I turn to the web for spur of the moment recipes and ideas.

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It’s no surprise that many of these recipes become favorites and need a home,

and I’m really proud that I have found the perfect one!

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These portfolios (see HERE) are perfection.

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The plastic sleeves not only protect from flying ingredients,

but also make it really easy to flip through the recipes.

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I added tabs and made it even more user friendly. :)

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Now that this problem is fixed, I can see I’m going to go ‘print crazy’.

Maybe I’ll need a book for each category soon.

Oooh I think I like that idea!

Chicken Pesto Panini

08.01.2014 by Emily |

We are so excited to share with you the most delicious, easiest and affordable panini recipe ever.

Honestly, we think it is restaurant worthy!

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Ingredients:

Sandwich bread (we used Udi’s gluten-free)

Rotisserie chicken

Store-bought Pesto

Cheese slice (we like Harvarti)

Tomato slices

Spinach

Red onion

Olive oil or butter

Directions:

Start with spreading Pesto like you would mayo or mustard on you bread. Layer ingredients, as much or as little as you would like and sandwich bread together. Brush olive oil on sides of bread that will be toasted (or just spread butter). Last use your panini press or grill on a frying pan until cheese melts.

We’re telling ya, this is amazing! Hope you likey!

Em’s Pantry: Take Two!

07.30.2014 by Sarah |

I absolutely hate it when I’ve just been grocery shopping and come back staring at the pantry like I have nothing to eat. It makes me feel like I have no idea what I just all that money on!

To streamline our pantry’s snack options I picked up THIS chalkboard sticker.

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Not only does it help me keep track of pantry inventory, it is also easier to make smart food choices. Instead of immediately diving into the chocolate bin, I at least consider the healthier snack options!

Do you have a food inventory system? We’d love to hear how you organize your pantry!

Summer White Interiors

07.29.2014 by Emily |

My heart skips a beat at a crisp white room, especially during summer. Here are a few gasp-worthy spaces:boxwoodclippings_white kitchen

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boxwoodclippings_white kitchenimages via my pinterest white board HERE.

Do you love an all-white palette?

DIY Baby Headbands

07.28.2014 by Emily |

We love babies with a big ole’ bow, but have found them to be quite uncomfortable for little heads. They are usually also so expensive, especially when buying multiple!

We’ve been playing around with making our own simple bows that are soft and pretty for baby.

.Here’s what we came up with. Cute right?!

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(Left: Elizabeth | Right: Hannah)

Here’s How to Make Your Own:

1. We measured the babies heads and cut our piece of tights to be 4″ smaller. This will be different depending on each pair of tights and how readily they stretch. (You can make multiple headbands from just a pair of tights).

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2. Fold in half and pin ends in place, ready to sew.

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3. Use needle and thread to sew two ends together (or use sewing machine).

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4. Trim excess fabric after sewing.

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5. It should look something like this:

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6. Flip headband inside out, it should look like this on the finished side.

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7. Now for the tricky part! You want to create an “M” shape with your fingers and glue the two peaks of the “M” with a hot glue gun together. You just need a tiny dab of glue.

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8. Next turn the headband inside out again and glue the two edges into the center.

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9. This is what it will look like:

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  For the Bow:

1. Layer your tulle accordion style, you can use as much as you like.

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2. Gather tulle in center to create a bow look.

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3. Pinch center together and tie with string to secure bow.

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4. Hot glue bow onto headband.

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5. Secure with a small piece of ribbon which is glued underneath the headband.

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This process is actually a lot easier and faster than it looks. It only takes about 10 minutes to make one, and then you’re a pro.

We are working on all different colors to match all the outfits, and have been thinking of them as gift options too. Wouldn’t it be great to gift several of these for a baby shower?! We are loving them!

Let us know if you encounter any problems or have questions, we know it’s hard to understand in a step-by-step like this. We promise, once you start playing with it, you’ll see it’s a piece of cake!

Here’s to happy babies with comfy headbands, and happy mommas saving $$$!!!

Homemade EASY Peanut Butter Ice Cream

07.25.2014 by Sarah |

We can not get enough ice cream this time of year.

And homemade is even better than store bought, it’s sooooo easy but you do need an ice cream maker.

We loooove ours, see HERE.

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You Will Need:

1 1/8  cups of peanut butter

3/4 cups of granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups of milk

2 cups of heavy cream

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of mini peanut butter cups

To Make:

Mix peanut butter and sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer until smooth. Add milk and mix slowly until the sugar is dissolved (about 2 min). Add cream and vanilla and stir. Pour into freezer bowl of ice cream maker and mix for about 30 mins until thickened. Then add the peanut butter cups and mix until all blended. By this time your ice cream is like  soft serve, if you want it thicker like our photo above, place in an air tight container and pop in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Be prepared to taste ice cream at perfection!

Enjoy!

DIY String Art over at Lil Luna

07.24.2014 by Sarah |

Good morning everyone, and a happy Pioneer Day to our local readers!

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Today I’m sharing this fun project over at Lil Luna…do stop by!!

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Emily’s Maternity Must-Haves

07.23.2014 by Emily |

I gotta admit, pregnancy has been no walk in the park.

Here are five things I’m so glad I didn’t have to live without during the last 9 months.

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1. Snoogle Body Pillow

I thought this pillow was kind of ridiculous before I was pregnant, but it is the best thing ever! You soon discover when pregnant that sleeping is so much more comfortable if you have a pillow between your knees and have some support on your growing bump. Cannot imagine pregnancy without this! I’m also excited to use this like Sarah did, as a pillow support for her babies (see HERE). See more details on this amazing pillow HERE.

 

2. Belli Elasticity Belly Oil

This is worth every cent to keep your belly from feeling like it will explode! With its divine smells of lavender, it is my favorite thing to rub on my belly right before bed. I definitely already had a few stretch marks pre-pregnancy, so thought I would for sure get lots during pregnancy. So far this oil has helped keep them away! Absolute love! You can purchase it HERE.

 

3. Reusable Water Bottle

Pregnancy is literally a battle of the bulge. Drinking H20 is the best thing you can do to eliminate and reduce swelling in ankles, feet, face and hands. This has worked really well for me, and drinking water is also the best way I’ve found to keep energy levels up. Love THESE camelbak water bottles.

 

4. Minty Tums

I now know what heartburn is! I got sick of fruity tums really quick, and Mummy came to the rescue with these mint tums. These rolls of Tums or Rolaids are available at most gas stations and drug stores, but not regular grocery stores.

 

5. Neutrogena Sunscreen

I use this stuff everyday regardless of pregnancy, but with Melasma aka pregnancy mask making its dark appearance early in my pregnancy I have been more religious than ever to apply and re-apply this non-greasy sunscreen on my face every day. Purchase HERE.

 

Buy Buy Baby has been my favorite store while being pregnant. They have 100% satisfaction return policy, which gives me comfort in my new world of pregnancy and mommyhood. Sign up for awesome coupons and offers HERE.

Welcoming Another Lady!

07.21.2014 by Sarah |

Baby Jane surprised us all last week and made her healthy entry into the world a week early.

She’s stolen our hearts too easily, and we’re smitten.

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Congratulations Emily and Brad!

I can’t even tell you how much fun we’re going to have.

Aunty Sarah x

Easy Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

07.18.2014 by Emily |

Don’t we all try to get a little fancy when it comes to the grill?!

Marinades and seasonings sure are fun, but sometimes it’s also great to stick with delicious basics.

We have been loving these simple skewers this year:

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Ingredients:

One Pineapple

1/4 c brown sugar

squirt of lime juice

Four chicken breasts

Seasoning salt

Directions:

Core and cube pineapple and toss with brown sugar, and lime juice. Cube chicken breasts and add seasoning salt or even just salt and pepper to taste. Arrange cubes on skewer and grill for 15 mins, turning occasionally.

The juice of the pineapple, as well as the sugar and salt combo make this one yummy and easy, easy meal! Serve with a side salad and barbeque sauce, for your whole family to enjoy!

Holler Dollar: BBQ Kettle Chips

07.17.2014 by Sarah |

 This is a yummy Holler Dollar, BBQ Kettle Chips from the Dollar Tree.

Need I say more…trust me, they’re amazing!

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Go get some.

Nom nom nom!!!!

Functional Carts

07.16.2014 by Sarah |

When we came home from the hospital we set up camp in our master bedroom, it became major ‘baby central’ as EVERYTHING happened in there: sleeping, eating, nappy changing. Everything! We were in survival mode and it was just easier to keep everyone and everything in one room.

The twins migrated to their nursery when they were 8 weeks old, but we still found it very handy to keep a set up in our bedroom. It isn’t the prettiest, but having a baby station near by still helps big time in the middle of the night, and pretty much all day long.

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If I’d had my time again (and maybe next time round) I think a cart would work perfectly for this job.

If you find yourself with too many essential but messy items, you may want to get a cart too, things look so much tidier when they are contained.

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Here are a few budget friendly ones:

boxwood clippings_world market cartThis one (click HERE) is from World Market for $150

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boxwood clippings_ikea cartThis Ikea beauty is only $50 (see HERE) is.

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Crate and Barrels all business with this, but I always love the industrial look (click HERE).

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PS. Did you notice my snack bin next to the baby bottles!?

BEST. IDEA. EVER.

It may just stay forever!!!

Summer Greenery

07.15.2014 by Emily |

At the peak of summer, this desert home is craving some fresh greenery. Check it:

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Isn’t it amazing what a little greenery can do?

Em’s Gift Closet Organization

07.14.2014 by Sarah |

Hands down my favorite thing about our home is storage space! After years of apartment dwelling, adequate closet space is heaven on earth!

I recently turned our guest room closet into a gifting station:

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Here are five things I did to organize the space:

1. Our trusty white Ikea boxes keep light-weight gift wrap and ribbons on the top shelf. I used the same boxes at the bottom of the closet to organize my stock pile of gifts into four categories: ladies, gents, kiddos and baby.

2. Rubbermaids keep Christmas wrapping and craft supplies close in case I need them.

3. I used the clothing rails to drape tissue and packing paper. These can easily be combined or totally removed when guests arrive for hanging space.

4. A little stainless caddy holds wrapping essentials: tape, pens, gift tags and stickers.

5. A handy calendar hung on the inside of the closet door helps me keep on top of important dates.

How do you keep your birthdays and gifting organized?