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Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Anything

If you’re like me, you just can’t toss out those cute brown paper boxes each month from Birchbox. I recently reorganized all my make up in our bathroom and was able to free up a ton of space with this Magnetic Make Up Frame DIY and some leftover Birchboxes. Here’s how you can make your own stacking boxes for whatever knick-knacks you have that need organizing…

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I traced the top and side of the box lids, following the shape of their creases. I left a little extra on the end to tuck inside the lid (to give it a finished look). If you want, you can wrap the whole top of the lid, but I was not feeling that zealous.

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recently bought this set of acrylic blocks and silicone stamps. At first I was super-nervous about how well these would work. How could the letters stick to the blocks over and over? Altogether the blocks and letters were ~$20… so I really didn’t want them to be a waste of moolah, you know.

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Good news! They’re awesome and I will definitely be adding to my stamp collection with more blocks and silicone letters.

Repurpose Birchboxes to Store Make Up | sweetandsavorylife.com

Once your lid covers are cut and stamped, hot glue them on top of your box. Keep them in line with the corners as you press down.

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Ta-da! Easy peasy.


BFF Birthday Gift Box

Today is my childhood best friend’s birthday! Kelsey turns 25 and now is oh-ficially a member of the “25 and older” club. She was really dreading the big two-five, but I have a feeling it’ll grow on her. I decided to put her together a little gift box of sorts. Nothing special, just tiny gifts from the heart, i.e., the best kind.

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What’s inside?

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Kelsey recently learned how to crochet and I have been trying to pick up the skill as well. Knitting is going well, but crocheting, in many ways, is a whole ‘nother ball game. One of Shelton’s work friends is an avid crocheter and a couple weeks ago she gave me a ton of yarn. I thought the little skeins of cotton yarn were too cute for words!

I also had another go-around with my foil stamper and it was the best stamping session yet. I finished Kelsey’s note cards in no time!

I like how the pink ribbon makes a “k.” I’m all about subtleties.

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Thanks to some supplies from The Plaid Barn and scrapbooking paper, I made this little pendant. I have a lot of epoxy dots from The Plaid Barn, and aspirations to start an Etsy store just full of epoxy creations. But of course all the supplies sit neatly on my desk. One day, maybe.

Birthday Gift Box | sweetandsavorylife.com

Birthday Gift Box | sweetandsavorylife.com

This paper envelope was in one of my previous Birchboxes and I saved it just for an occasion like this. A little stamping action, glue, sparklies and boom! Cute packaging.

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All tucked safely inside – and hopefully it made it to the birthday girl in the same condition. I just love sending care packages. It’s pretty much my favorite thing ever.

Happy Birthday, Kelsey!


The Most Thoughtful Gift

This past Christmas was the first one I got to share with Shelton’s brother,

sister-in-law, and niece. Shelton doesn’t have a lot of family, so the fact that we are lucky enough to be so close to his relatives here in North Carolina is very special. They are so very kind and have opened their home to us many times since we moved to Greenville, and honestly, it’s just nice to have some Texas connections close by.

I felt lucky just to spend Christmas with them–no gifts needed–but they certainly had a big surprise in store for me. When Shelton’s sister-in-law, Melissa, asked me for a list of things I liked I mentioned Birchbox, because, duh, Birchbox is awesome. They decided to one-up Birchbox though and make what they called a “Sarah Box.” Cue my uncontrollable excitement.


When I unwrapped the box, I had no idea what to expect. The box alone is a gorgeous gift, and I love the intricacy of the lid.



Inside the wooden box they packaged things they knew I liked, including recipe cards, a grocery list for the refrigerator, recipe cards, chalkboard tags (that Shelton’s brother, Chad, painted himself) and coasters that Melissa stamped. Their gift to Shelton was an incredibly fancy espresso machine, so the coffee cup stamps were especially appropriate.


The top drawers spin back to reveal compartments underneath. In here we have tea towels, super-cute stamps with an ink pad, and votive candles.

I was seriously touched by this gift, almost to the point of tears when I opened it. They have me pegged 100%, and I will never forget this first Christmas we spent together and how special it was. When it comes to gift-giving–no matter the occasion–it can be so easy to stress yourself out trying to find the perfect thing, but it really is the thought that counts. I will treasure my Sarah Box for years to come, and every time I open it I am reminded at just how lucky I am to be thought of so kindly by loved ones.


April Purchases

I am like so many twenty-somethings out there… Just living paycheck to paycheck. Sure, I pay all my bills. I put money in savings each month. I don’t use my credit card. I am two months of finally paying off the stupid thing and it pains me to use it. Over the past six months I’ve gotten so much smarter with my money, and I think once you get to the point where you put your needs before your wants that you are oh-ficially grown up.

Doesn’t make it fun, but it does mean you’re a bit more stable. And I like stable. I also still enjoy treating myself, but I do it on a much smaller scale and only once a month after everything else has been paid for. When I see something I like and know that I can’t afford it in the middle of the month, I simply save it for the next. In March I’ve come across so many cute things, and have compiled a list of possible April purchases. I won’t buy all of these things, I never do. It’s just fun making lists.

Saves money. Makes lists. Nice to meet you.

love The Pioneer Woman so very, very much. A year ago I actually got to meet her and it was an awesome experience. Her second cookbook just came out and it’s optimized for the iPad. This purchase is a must!

My old TOMS are so sad looking! I am wanting a new pair that are more summer-y. The lace design of these lends me to believe that my piggies will breathe easy in the sweltering summer months. This is very important, you know.

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Shelton loves me translucent, but I’ve been itching to tan a little recently. I love the little hole-in-the-wall places that don’t try to up-sell you on the top shelf lotions (ladies know what I’m talking about) and never have a wait. I’m thinking about throwing $20-$30 to a month’s worth of tanning just get a little color.

vintage book sewing kit diy

So… Just in case you were wondering I’m still best friends with my sewing machine. This is a really cool project put together by one of my new favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. In April I’d like to pick up a few more tools and fabric. Nothing big. Shelton was uh-mazing earlier this week and surprised me with a zebra-printed rotary cutter and cutting board. The direct line to my heart? Yeah. He’s got that figured out. Crafts. Panties drop. Boom.

Birchbox...They send me makeup samples every month!

I am so curious about Birchbox. Do any of you use it? I signed up to be on their mailing list, so hopefully if a spot comes available soon I’ll have $10 to get me a box of handpicked luxury items… Seems like a really great idea if you ask me, but I wonder if there are any catches… Thoughts?

And last but not least… I need some new shorts. Not sure where to look though. These from Old Navy look versatile and comfy. I’m not really a fan of those super-tight jean shorts. They’re just so… constricting. And then when they get wet from your swimsuit bottoms the denim just chafes areas that don’t appreciate being chafed, if you catch my drift…

Well, that wraps up what I’m interested in purchasing during the month of April. After I pay my credit card. And cell phone bill. And the government. And a little medical bill. And car note.

Sigh. I better go before I regret even the thought of buying anything.



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