10.30.14

Witches’ Brew {Homemade Root Beer}

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!  With Halloween just one day away we have a fun little recipe in-store for you!  This homemade Witches Brew aka homemade root beer is  super easy and so much fun to do with your little peanuts and they will be ooing and awing over the bubbling from the spooky dry ice!  It is also perfect for any Halloween party you may be throwing. For an extra tasty drink add vanilla ice cream to turn this witches brew into a root beer float!

 

 

WITCHES BREW {HOMEMADE ROOT BEER}

 

INGREDIENTS:

-  2 tablespoons Root Beer Extract

-  2 cups Sugar

-  2.5 liters Water

-  6 pounds Dry Ice

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. add Rootbeer Concentrate, sugar and water into drink dispenser.
  2. stir for 2 minutes or more if not dissolved
  3. break dry ice into thirds.
  4. place first piece into rootbeer half an hour before serving
  5. periodically place remaining dry ice into drink dispenser as it starts it fog less.

 

** CAUTION do not touch dry ice with bare skin, do not put dry ice into individual cups or allow pieces to fall into cups- you do NOT want it to touch any part of your body!!

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10.29.14

Halloween Paper Roll Craft

Is it really almost Halloween? We can’t even handle it! Our favorite holiday is almost here but we feel like there is still so many things to do before it passes us by! Maybe one more trip to the pumpkin patch and a batch of Halloween sugar cookies is in order!

 

A couple of weeks ago we hosted a Halloween costume party for Pottery Barn Kids and invited all of our local friends and followers to join us in celebrating! We had all sorts of festive activities going on and today we are sharing the fun craft the little peanuts did at the event with all of you! If you are looking to squeeze in a couple more spooky crafts before the weekend this is the perfect one! This is also the perfect activity and way to keep your little party guests entertained at at your own Halloween party on Friday! We call them Halloween Paper Roll Characters and here is template on how to recreate it one! You can also have fun coming up with your own creatures and monsters!

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

- Craft rolls or empty tolite paper rolls

- Colored card stock or construction paper (green, white, black & orange)

- Scissors and jagged edge scissors if you have them

- Craft glue

- Googly eyes

- Black pom pom puffs

- Black and white markers

- Cheese cloth or toilet paper

 

 

THE BAT:

This one is probably our favorite! Wrap the black card stock around the craft roll. Glue on googly eyes and use a white paint marker or chalk to draw on a smile with fangs. Draw a bat wing on a piece of black card stock and make sure to leave a little tag that you can add glue to. Cut it out and flip over then trace the wing. Cut out second wing and add glue to the tabs. Place on the bat roll. TIP: if you are doing these for a bigger group you can provide the wing stencil for them to trace and cut out.

 

 

THE PUMPKIN:

Easy as they come! Wrap orange craft paper or card stock around your craft roll and glue to close. Add googly eyes and a little scrap of green card stock to the top for a stem. To finish this guy off have fun adding silly mouths to turn this pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern!

 

 

THE MUMMY:

This one is just too dang cute! Wrap white construction paper or card stock around your craft roll and finish off with a little glue. Cut out strips of cheese cloth (found at most craft and fabric stores) and then wrap around your craft roll. Glue the ends to hold it into place. Finish him off with a pair of googly eyes!

 

 

THE FRANKENSTEIN:

What would Halloween be without this green guy?! Wrap green construction paper or card stock around your craft roll and add glue to seal it off. Using scissors or jagged edge scissors carefully cut out a strip of black card stock to make hair and then glue to the craft roll. Then glue on the small craft pom poms for the bolts and googly eyes. Finish off by adding stitches and a mouth using a black marker.

 

 

We hope you all enjoy doing this Halloween craft with your kiddos and as always we would love for you to share their artwork with us on instagram, facebook and twitter!

 

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10.27.14

Whimsical Maternity Shoot {Curtis Family}

Monday already and fall is with out a doubt in the air!  Today we are so excited to share this breath taking maternity session with you that was shot by the oh so lovely Alyssia B Photography and filmed by the very talented Haizel Creations.  They both did such a gorgeous job capturing this sweet little family.

 

 

 

 

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10.24.14

Girls Fall Corduroy Look

Happy Friday friends! Last week we talked about our love for corduroy this fall and winter season and showed our favorite boys fall corduroy look. We are back on the corduroy train today and sharing a great girls look that is easy to recreate! We are loving everything from corduroy holiday skirts to dresses to legging cords! Today’s look includes reg legging cords paired with a great sweater. These leggings are also perfect for putting under casual dresses. We love a great style but comfort is always a must when it comes to our little peanuts and corduroy is a win all around!

 

1. Reverse Fair Isle Sweater | 2. Pom-Pom Beanie | 3. Red Corduroy Leggings | 4. Wool Zip Coat | 5. Metallic Sneakers | 6. Heart Mittens

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10.23.14

Brooke’s Big Girl Room {Honey & Fitz}

It can always be a little tricky to transition your little one from their nursery into their big kid room, however, Dina with Honey & Fitz did it flawlessly!  We absolutely adore Dina’s work and blog and are beyond delighted to have her sharing this darling room she did for sweet little peanut Brooke.

 

This room was the first decorated in this family’s new home. The family saw the move as an opportunity to transition their daughter Brooke out of her crib and purchase some proper big girl furniture that would stay with her for many years. The home had just been painted so we decided to work with the existing wall hue and add color elsewhere. I love painting ceilings – I suggest it all the time. Sometimes I’m met with resistance but any client who’s ever trusted me and gone for it absolutely loves the result and gets hooked on the look! I thought a fun, coraly pink would be perfect to offset the gray walls so Brooke’s “pink sky” as she calls it, was born!  The remainder of the room’s inspiration and color palette I pulled from bay gorgeous fabric I ended up using on the custom headboard. It has so many great colors – pink, green, teal, even some purple and the overscale pattern keeps it from feeling too serious. Brooke has 2 large closets in this room and I always like to try and keep as much open floor space for play as possible in kids rooms. I suggested we take the doors off one of the closets and move her dresser into it. It was previously her changing table and it was dark espresso wood but the dimensions were PERFECT for the closet nook so we painted it a glossy white and changed the knobs. We painted the back wall of this closet the same color as the ceiling and outfitted it like a little vanity with a pretty mirror and a grouping of these fabulous vintage brass butterflies. This really opened up a whole wall in the room so I brought in a play teepee and a little table and  some poufs. It makes for a great play area for pretend play, art or an impromptu tea party! 

 


 

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10.21.14

Little Twig and Sparrow Pajamas

It’s probably safe to say that we live in our pajamas most of the time and we are a-ok with that! We are all about the comfort and when comfort and style aline there is nothing better! We are so excited to introduce you all to Little Twig and Sparrow! We are over the moon with their modern and stylish pajama design concept with a fitted style + modern shape patches! Our little peanuts love them too and especially the velour patch pjs!

 

Check out these darling images from our pajama party by Becky Kimball!

 

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10.20.14

Birth Announcement Video {Baby Celestin}

Is it really Monday again?! Well don’t you worry because we are going to be starting this week off right with one incredibly beautiful newborn video by Patricia of Weddream Productions featuring sweet little peanut, Celestin. We are completely smitten with everything about this video shot in Paris… the beautiful family, the love, the movement and the song! We just love this fresh idea of doing a birth announcement video showing off your new babe that you can share with all your family and friends. And what a treasure to have forever! This is for sure on our list of must-haves for our next little peanut!

 

We just can’t get over how beautifully captured these sweet moments are! What do you think about doing a newborn/birth announcement video?!

 

 

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10.17.14

Boys Fall Corduroy Look

Happy Friday friends! We’ve got nothing but fall activities on our plates this weekend including corn mazes, pumpkin painting and some homemade chili! We’ve been living up this fall weather and can’t get enough of fall fashion this season! We are especially loving anything corduroy (from pants to shirts) for boys and girls this fall and it’s all about the layering! Today we are sharing some of our favorite fall corduroy looks for boys that we know you will love as well! And make sure to check back tomorrow because we will be doing the same for our little girls! What are your plans this weekend?

1. Dude Pom-Pom Beanie | 2. Corduroy Shirt | 3. Slub Henley | 4. Sherpa Puffer Vest | 5. Selvedge Skinny Jeans | 6. Duck Boots


Here are a few more of our favorite corduroy looks for boys this fall:



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10.16.14

Scarlett’s Nursery {Featuring Dette Cake Letters}

Today we are excited to share with you a peek into sweet little peanut Scarlette’s nursery who is the daughter of our Assistant Editor, JaNee! We love this simply sweet room with soft mint walls and white, coral and gold accents. And the little reading nook with a cute rocking chair + book shelfs low to the ground for easy access for little Scarlett is perfection!  This spot in Scarlett’s room is a favorite place for JaNee and her mini me to spend special time together reading books, nursing and just giggling. We love how JaNee used her Dette Cake Wooden Letters in the nursery and that she choose to do a word instead of a name or initial like we see done a lot. You can customize these rustic wooden letters to say anything you would like and also to match the colors in your room! We love the gold metallic paired with the natural rustic wood that JaNee chose!

 

The coral bed sheet and pillow by New Mom Designs are the perfect pop of modern + color for this little girl room!

 

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10.15.14

Halloween Kids Table Ideas + Recipe

Have we mentioned yet that Halloween is probably in our top two favorite Holidays?! Well it is and we have really loved getting into the spooky spirit this season and when theres a new holiday that also means another chance to throw a party for our little peanuts! When it comes to decorating for Halloween and styling a kids table, we always look to Pottery Barn Kid’s Halloween Collection. It by far takes the cake and there’s so many options that aren’t cheesy to choose from!  For our Halloween table set-up we used our favorite Halloween tabletop items including spooky {and cute!} character plates with spiderweb placemats, with matching bat utensils and Halloween tumbler cups.

 

To make our little party guests feel extra special, we created simple personalized pumpkins at each place setting using a bit of black and white paint. We always love the idea of bring in some eliminate of personalization into our party designs and these mini pumpkins are just too cute!

 

Every party needs a great treat and our Halloween jack-o-lantern hand pies are perfection! They are so visually cute but not only that they are easier then you think to make and so delicious! We are sharing our recipe and directions over on Pottery Barn Kids Blog! They also make for a great fall activity to do with your little peanuts! So get to some fall baking!

 

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