11.14.2013 by Sarah |
I could shop for women ALL-DAY-LONG. Men are a different story all together. Hello stress!
Luckily for me, as I’m sure for a lot of you, my guy is a sports guy and anything that has his team on it is a big hit. Seriously, his $3 UCLA beanie was the biggest hit last year, I was like “hello, what about that $50 game!”
Anyways. I’m kinda sick of the tacky merchandise so I was thrilled to discover these awesome Vintage Sports calenders from Asgard Press.
Aren’t they just beautiful?
For some time I’ve been wanted to put together a gallery wall of Brock’s scrapbook worthy UCLA bits and bobs. He has programs, newspaper articles, and pins from each year. The one thing I was lacking was good imagery, and now it’s found. Honestly I think it’s a win win for both of us. :)
Best of all, these calenders are really nice quality and cost only $22 each! Plus I’m pretty sure they have every college team out there, be sure to go see if they have yours, click HERE!
11.13.2013 by Sarah |
Our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints arrived last week. I was giddy as soon as I saw the package on the door step!
This year my goal is to simplify simplify everything Christmas…the decorating down to the gift wrap; so it was perfect that we could just pick out a cool design plug in a photo and have Tiny Prints do the rest of the work!
Brock is only picking about a few things regarding house and home, and one of his requests is that our Christmas cards mention Christmas! When I’m shopping in the stores, a “Christmas” card is not always my first choice as far as design goes, that’s why we loved this option of customizing all aspects of our card, so we added this great quote by President Hinckley on the inside.
These cards inspired a whole black + white theme this year, so I came up with some easy diy wrapping to match. Be sure to head over to Tiny Prints blog to check out the details (HERE).
Tiny Prints offers discounts quite frequently, be sure to check out their promotions page HERE to keep you up to date with their latest offers.
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Happy Pre Holidays!
11.12.2013 by Emily |
One of my favorite things about our home is all the closet space! Absolute heaven after living in an apartment with hardly any storage. There are closets in every room, including the family room!
Instead of using it for DVD’s and games, I needed the space for extra dishes.
The closet contains all of our kitchen things we don’t use everyday. It works really great as it’s located next to the dining room and helps keep the kitchen from being over-crowded.
All of the white dishes were getting lost in the white blank space, so I used this magic cover up I found at wally-world to create some contrast.
I used two rolls at $1.97 a roll, and love that I can just peel it off when I’m ready for something new. Loving this $4 change! Have you been doing any fun projects around the house lately?
11.11.2013 by sarah and emily |
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and today we’d like to share a tablescape that is elegant enough for Thanksgiving but easier than easy!
We created a simple centerpiece with a row of pillar candles. Nothing beats candle light at the dinner table, and we think the more the merrier. You can never have too many candles!
We used our basic whites and a simple gold napkin ring to set the rest of the table. We love that zero thought is needed to match plates, napkins and place mats when we use white. It’s so much easier than trying to match colors and creates a look that is classic and hard to beat.
Here are some sources if you’d like to create a similar look :
Pillar candles: Using this 40% coupon each candle cost $1.80 and will last for many occasions.
Whiteware: Any shape dishes looks great. This set is a great price.
Glasses: These wine glasses are currently on sale at Ikea for $1.49 each.
Napkins: We try to never pay more than $1/napkin. These basic ones are a good deal. Don’t worry about matching different sizes, trims and shades of white, it all looks good together!
Napkin rings: If you need napkin rings look for them on clearance at department stores like Macys. These ones were purchased after Christmas at Target for 70% off.
We hope that this gives you an idea of how just a few simple basics can create a beautiful table and will give you one less thing to worry about this thanksgiving!
11.08.2013 by Sarah |
Our friend Brookie had the most inviting apartment in college, it was always the gathering place on a hot summers night, and a freezing winters eve.
She’d often whip up treats, and this ginger cookie was my absolute fave. Now fall just isn’t fall without a batch, a gossip fest and a cup of hot chocolate!
You Will Need:
(makes 7-8 dozen)
2 cups of brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of butter
1/2 cup of molasses
1/2 tsp of salt
4 1/2 cups of flour
4 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp of ground ginger
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
How To Make:
Cream sugar and butter together. Then add eggs and molasses and mix well.
Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add slowly to butter mix.
Chill in refrigerator for several hours.
Then roll into 1″ balls, roll in sugar and place on greased baking sheet.
Softly press with palm of hand to flatten gently.
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 min.
Although this cookie is my fall fave, I think it’s also perfect to leave out for Santa, it smells and tastes so good he’ll take the whole plate and not just a nibble!
Thanks for sharing Brookie!
11.07.2013 by Emily |
In attempts to cozy things up around our house for winter I dressed up our basic chandelier in the dining room with these little lamp shades.
They cost $5.97 each, which is a better price than anywhere else I looked both in stores and online. It completely changes the lighting in our room from bright harsh light to a soft glow and just looks more layered in general. So worth the money for a complete transformation in room environment. Lighting always makes such an impact!
These lamp shades would also work great to update an older chandelier, rather than buying a whole new light.
The same shades in black are on clearance for 1.97! I might have to get these ones too!
I am getting very excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas, how about you?
11.06.2013 by Emily |
Have you guys seen The Proposal? Not only is it a funny and cute chick flick it also has amazing set design! My favorite room is the guest room in Andrew’s parents home.
The room oozes comfort, making it an idyllic guest room. Layers, layers, and more layers! Heavy drapes, mismatched lamps and night stands, books, and lots of extra mismatched patterned linens. Here’s an inexpensive inspiration room that creates a similar cozy look:
Area rug (5′ x 7′ $179).
Raleigh head board in twill parchment. Less expensive Target version (queen $299).
Paisley loveseat for the foot of the bed ($599).
Mismatched nightstand ($125) and accent table ($110).
Obsessed with this floor lamp ($80).
Cream table lamps (set of 2 for $70).
Plaid footstool ($60).
Throw blankets like these.
Let’s not forget the “baby maker” ($40).
Doesn’t this room just make you want to cuddle up with a hot drink and book? I just love this time of year!
11.05.2013 by Sarah |
There’s some crazy deals this month at Ikea with your Family Card, I just had to make sure you all knew about them!
$10 for a high chair is INSANE!!!
And there’s even more, click HERE to see the full list. :)
I’m heading out for the ginger bread house and lanterns, what tickles your fancy?!
11.04.2013 by Sarah |
Do you guys remember when we did the mini composition book makeovers (see HERE)? We thought it’d be fun to do them again but this time with a Thanksgiving twist.
How cute would this be for a little thanksgiving favor?!
We used basic craft paper, but you could even use a paper bag. Black ribbon, and a rub-on transfer to create the look. Again, see HERE for full instructions.
I think it was Oprah that introduced me to the idea of writing down what I’m grateful for, but the hymn “Count your Many Blessings” has been a favorite since childhood. When we remember our blessings, it makes life easier don’t you think?
We really enjoy this holiday. Good job America, Thanksgiving is a great idea! :)
11.01.2013 by Sarah |
Apple crumble has been one of my favorite desserts since childhood. It’s especially perfect in the fall, when anything warm adds to the comfort of the season. Even more perfect, apples are on sale!!!
This recipe is from our mum, and is one of those you just kinda go on for taste and portions.
You Will Need:
(for a regular pie dish, one above is mini)
6-8 apples (granny smith are perfect)
1/2 cup of soft butter
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of oats
1 cup of flour
ground cinnamon to taste
nutmeg to taste
*highly recommended, fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
How To Make:
Mix all dry ingredients together (including spices), then blend in the butter using fingertips so it resembles bread crumbs.
Prep apples, by washing peeling and slicing in thinly.
Spread apples evenly in pie dish, and sprinkle with cinnamon and or nutmeg to taste.
Generously cover apples with crumble topping, and cook at 350 degrees for about 35-40 mins, until golden brown, and juices start to show.
The house smells so delicious and inviting when it’s cooking, another perk of fall cooking.
10.31.2013 by sarah and emily |
Hope you all have a frightfully fun day and don’t forget…
“A little magic can take you a long way.” -Roald Dahl
10.30.2013 by Emily |
I’m not sure if you remember, but a loooong time ago I purchased these chairs for $4 each. I finally got around to finishing them, all ready for the holidays.
It took me all day to sand and paint 8 of these chairs. I used this paint and am happy to say the long hours were worth it! Love the dark espresso and gloss finish!
I think it’s fair to say we have more than enough chairs for a household of two! We’ll be using these ones as occasional chairs for when we have a full house.
Let the party season begin! Have you found any great thrift finds lately?
10.29.2013 by Sarah |
It’s usually all over facebook. The cursing that starts when someone spies the first Christmas tree at Costco. For me it’s a season I always look forward to, a time to stock up on some much loved favorites!
Their white tissue paper is amazeballs. Great quality, great price. This lasts us the whole year, if not more.
Same with the cellophane wrap. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Be sure to get this one early, it’s always a pain to find nearer to Christmas.
Costco’s selection of decorations is pretty good for a warehouse store. Keep your eye’s peeled to what ‘tickles your fancy’ as you can guarantee their prices will beat any around.
Also on your rounds, keep in mind gifts you can tick off your list early. We think these yummy and cute tins of hot chocolate make a perfect, easy, and fast neighbor or co-worker gift for only $3.25 each…holler!
Oh and the naughty one, treats galore! Prices are really really good on treats in bulk. These shortbreads usually run around $3.90 for a small pack and there must be at least 12 times the about in here for less than half the price. Again, stock up for the year, or just for the holidays.
What are your seasonal Costco faves? Let us know if we’re missing out on something good!
10.28.2013 by Emily |
This post brought to you, in part by:
I’m so excited to share with you guys my entryway update. Remember how white and boring it was?
A lick of paint and a lantern sure transformed the place. Ta dah…
I can’t believe how just a few changes can make such a difference!
The rug is an old runner I’ve had for years, but was originally bought it from Overstock. Why do indoor/outdoor rugs live forever and I can’t justify buying this one yet?!
Here are the other sources:
1 quart (sample size) paint from Jones Paint and Glass: $6
Outdoor lantern from the Home depot: $65
Total cost: $71
If you need help decorating or organizing your home please email us at: mail [at] boxwoodclippings [dot] com.
10.25.2013 by Sarah |
I just wanted to publicly give a major shout out to one of my dearest, bestest friends Brittany Ambridge…
Domino is back baby! And if that wasn’t enough to be excited about two of my friends help make up their amazingly talented team. Brittany practically shot the entire magazine, and did one hell of a job! It’s crazy what some people can do!
If you haven’t already seen it on your local rounds, but sure to be on the look out. Their first issue doesn’t disappoint, and guaranteed there’s something in there for everyones taste. (Nate Berkus for me :)
Also, be sure to check out their site HERE. Not only a great resource but we love how you can shop the magazine right from there, soooo convenient.
Brittany, I’m so proud of you. You’re simply amazeballs!!! x
10.25.2013 by Sarah |
Baked potatoes are so great this time of year, so filling, so comforting, so warm.
I love the versatility of how to dress mine up, will it be calorie loaded or heathy? A potato bar is great for a family weeknight dinner, or a weekend get-together with friends, people love choices :)
To make my potatoes I simply give them a good scrub, dry them off. Prick lots with a fork and rub in olive oil and sprinkle with corse salt. Place on a baking tray and cook in oven at 350 for about 2 hours until soft.
Next score in 4ths, pinch and fluff using fork and butter. Finish with topping of your choice. My faves have always been cottage cheese with a pinch of pepper, baked beans and cheese, and coleslaw. Curry is also amazing.
What do you top your taters with? Do tell!
10.24.2013 by Emily |
I know there are some major Ugg haters out there, but for me a pair of cozy Uggs is like laundry right out of the dryer or a hot bath on a freezing cold day. Literally heaven on earth!
However, I have had to pay a pretty penny for such luxury and have tried on dozens of pairs of knock-offs in hopes of something coming close to Ugg perfection for a fraction of the price.
Nothing ever came remotely close, until I discovered these Kirkland 100% Austrailian shearling boots.
I did a test run and wore my normal uggs on one foot and the Kirkland brand on the other. I looked ridiculous walking up and down the aisles in Costco, but this was important! Honestly, I couldn’t even tell the difference between the two brands and at $39.99 I ran out of that store with a massive grin on my face and a new pair of boots.
So if you’re an Ugg fan like me, you may want to snatch up a pair or two for 80% off the brand price. Can I hear a holler?!!!
10.23.2013 by Emily |
It had been a little while since I’d last visited Cost Plus World Market, I finally got a chance and was blown away at SO many things. Here’s a touch of its current awesomeness:
This industrial hall tree needs to find a place in my house asap!
I’m equally in love with this white bench.
I am really liking the shape of these wishbone chairs.
I would love to use this simple United States map in a child’s bedroom.
Not sure what I love about this cart so much, but I think I could make a home for it in any room of my house.
I bought this brown ruffled pie dish for only $12.99 in store. It is so similar to these Emile Henry ones that are $46 each! This makes me extra excited for pie season!
I know this is very,very early but these soft stockings are divine and only $14.99.
These vases and mercury glass candle holders are screaming to make a debut in my holiday decor.
Homemade Christmas gifts could be made even cuter with these spoon gift tags and cookie stamps.
These earrings are super cute and would make lovely Christmas gifts for $6.99.
This is just a glimpse of how great this store is.
World Market always has a sale going on, which always makes things even better. Sign up here for coupons and promotions and view current sales here.
10.22.2013 by Sarah |
For my Mum’s 60th birthday she really really wanted all her children together in one place. It hadn’t happened since 1996, and it was impossible for us to pull it off for her special day.
I felt terrible and was looking for the next best thing so I came up with the idea for all of her offspring (including all the grandkids) to write her a letter with fond memories, birthday wishes and things we admire about her. Well, I’m pleased to say it was a massive hit, and her book of letters is one place her children all gather.
It was Brock’s Grammy’s 90th birthday this past weekend, and he requested we put one together for her, just as we had for my Gran’s 90th, and mum’s 60th. It’s quite a tedious job collecting all the bits and pieces from everyone, but I can honestly say it’s the most perfect gift ever!
I use a regular scrapbook, and keep the format pretty simple. Black and white photos of each person, photo corners, envelopes, and some ‘rub-on’s’ for decoration. The inside of the envelopes are decorated also with scrapbook or wrapping paper. You don’t have to get super ‘crafty’ it’s the content that steals the show.
It’s one of those gifts you really can’t beat, and is made special by each of the people who help contribute. Thanks to all my family members who’ve put up with my nagging to create these one of a kind gifts, I’m sure we’ve made our mother’s and grannies very happy!
10.21.2013 by Emily |
My favorite part about being in our new house so far is getting to decorate for the different seasons.
Here is our front porch all ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Walmart Mum’s: $3.99 each
Ikea Flower pots: $7.99 each
Macey’s pumpkins: $.19/lb
Bradley rockers: $119.95 Read about them here.
While I’m enjoying my pumpkins, my head is already spinning with Christmas ideas. How have you decorated your outdoor space this fall?