27 Feb

Purl Lamb | Fashion Friday

Today we are talking about our love {ok obsession} with the children’s clothing line, Purl Lamb! You know those brands who just get it all right? Well that for sure is the case with Purl Lamb and we are here to tell you why! Home of the deluxe ear hoodie these pieces are made of 100% cotton goodness + are super comfy! We of course were instantly drawn to the fun and playful colors paired with our favorite pattern… stripes + more stripes! All of these pieces are perfect to mix + match and wear together or as basics with other clothing items. It’s easy to see what’s not to love right? For spring and summer we are loving the comfy sweat pants and of course the little shorts! You will be even more surprised when you see the pieces in person how amazing the quality is! Check out the darling images featuring Purl Lamb by Becky Kimball below!

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26 Feb

Sun Drenched Maternity Session

We have the most dreamy maternity session to share with you, sure the brighten anyone’s day!  We absolutely adore Alex with Peppermint Plum Photography and the way she is able to capture special moments in time.  We love maternity sessions and the way you can seize such a beautiful time in one’s life.  This session couldn’t be more ideal with the natural suns light shining into focus, casting the most gorgeous glow.  You can really feel the love and excitement that this sweet couple has for their growing little one.

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25 Feb

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Oh comfort food how much do we love thee!  Especially during these cold winter months what could be better than chicken pot pie?  Mini chicken pot pies, that’s what’s better!  These are super easy to make and are sure to become a family favorite.  Your little ones will love that they get their very own pie and you’ll love all the yummy goodness they’ll be getting.

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Mini Chicken Pot Pies

INGREDIENTS

– 16 oz. boneless skinless chicken
– 1 (14.5 oz) can low-sodium chicken broth
– 1 tsp + 1 Tbsp olive oil
– 1 cup peeled and diced carrots (about 2 large carrots)
– 3/4 cup diced celery (about 2 large stalks)
– 3/4 cup finely diced yellow onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
– 2/3 cup frozen peas
– 3 Tbsp butter
– 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
– 2/3 cup milk
– 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley + a little extra for tops
– 1/4 tsp dried thyme
– 1/4 tsp rosemary
– salt + pepper to taste
– 2 sheets frozen puff pastry dough (thawed)
– 1 egg

 

DIRECTIONS

– Heat 1 tsp. olive oil over medium high heat. Once hot, grill chicken, remove from pan and pull apart into bite sized pieces and set to the side.

– In same pan add 1 Tbsp. olive oil, diced carrots, onion and celery. Saute vegetables, stirring occasionally until lightly golden and tender, about 5 – 6 minutes. Pour vegetables into a bowl and set aside.

– Reduce heat to medium, melt butter in saucepan (I like to brown it a bit for and extra layer of flavor), then add in flour and cook, stirring constantly for about 20 seconds (it will be very thick).

– While stirring, slowly add in milk followed by chicken broth, parsley, thyme, rosemary and season with salt and pepper to taste. – Bring mixture just to a boil, then slightly reduce heat and allow to cook about 1 minute longer until thickened, stirring constantly.

– Remove sauce from heat and add sautéed vegetables, frozen peas and diced chicken to sauce, then toss to evenly coat.

– Pour mixture into individual ramekins.

– Roll out puff pastry to 1/8″ thickness and cut into squares big enough to have a slight overhang over each ramekin (size will depend on the size of your ramekin).

– Create an egg wash and brush over all the puff pastry. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, salt and parsley.

– Bake in 400 degree oven until nicely golden about 12 – 14 minutes. Serve warm.

  
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24 Feb

Poppy’s Neon Nursery

Poppy’s nursery is anything but boring. We are obsessed with this “glam-rock un-nursery” that mixes sophisticated prints and cheerful children’s prints with unique accessories that are still relatable to children. Shannon Wollack and her team spiced up traditional pieces with decorative hardware to create a great vibe of bold sophistication. The hot pink is still feminine, but sets a different tone than pastel or baby pink. The chairs are comfy enough for a nursery but can grow along with Poppy. The light fixture is a vintage Murano chandelier and the neon “Poppy” sign was a unique way to add a different type of artwork.

We love that this nursery has so much personality and uniqueness. Some of our favorite details from this room is the personalized library made by Juniper Books and that dresser is what dreams are made of! We only wish we could be half that organized with our own clothes and accessories! If you are looking for a bold + fun inspiration for your little peanuts nursery this is it right here!

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23 Feb

Currently Obsessed | Products for Mom

It’s Mommy Monday here on LP Mag and we’ve got a good one in store for you! Today we are sharing a few of our favorite mommy products we are currently obsessed with and use + we are GIVING AWAY one of each to a lucky reader! Check out why we love these products so much and make sure to enter the giveaway valued at over $775 below!

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1. YOSI SAMRA | It’s no secret that we have a major love for anything and everything Yosi Samra! From their fashionable boots – to their iconic foldable ballet flats – to their stylish + comfortable sandals, we haven’t met a pair of YS shoes that we aren’t currently obsessed with! We know you will instantly be obsessed as well with a box full of shoes in your size! Valued at over $150.00.

2. BUDU CROSSBODY BAG | We fell in love with Budu Baby a few years ago when we were introduced to their stylish + luxurious baby carrier that is still one of our all time favorites. The quality of their products is just amazing and we knew we would love their new leather crossbody bag just as much… also doubles as a clutch! Valued at $155.90.

3. MAYA BRENNER GOLD EARRINGS | What’s not to love about a great piece of jewelry that you can wear everyday?! And even more what’s not to love about Maya Brenner’s delicate + timeless designer pieces?! We wear our initial ring every sing day and couldn’t love it more! Next on our list is the 14K gold initial earrings and one of you lucky winners will score you a pair! Valued at $196.00.

4. ONE LOVE ORGANICS | We talk about One Love Organics all the time on LP Mag and we really can’t say enough about their amazing skin care products! One of their products we are currently obsessed with is their Vitamin C Facial Serum. It’s a brightening face oil that helps to restore moisture and minimize the appearance of fine lines one drop at a time! A must for any mama! Valued at $68.00.

5. L’OCCITANE | One item that you will always find in our purse and diaper bag is the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. Enriched with 20% Shea Butter, this super-creamy balm penetrates quickly to protect, nourish and moisturize hands. The Honey, almond extracts and coconut oil smell like a dream. We especially love this cream because it leaves hands soft and smooth with no oily traces. Valued at $28.00.

6. PLUM PRETTY SUGAR ROBE | This kimono style robe by Plum Pretty Sugar is a silk cotton blend fabric and perfect for the sweet unwind or the bloom of getting ready. It’s important for us moms to feel beautiful and comfortable and this stunning robe is just the ticket! Valued at $92.00.

7. MOMMY MAILBOX | A monthly gift that uplifts + rewards mothers… yes please! We all know when Mom’s happy everyone is happy and it doesn’t get better then a curated package each month just for you! Mommy Mailbox is offering a 3 month free subscription to their happy mail! Valued at $92.85.

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20 Feb

Ace & Jig | Spring Fashion

Happy Fashion Friday! Today we are taking a look at another one of the fashion features in our current magazine issue. We have a love for all lots of different styles of fashion and especially love unique pieces that you don’t see around that often. We want to introduce you to a current favorite of ours, ace & jig, created in 2009, this brand set out to create a seasonless women & kid’s collection from one fabrication: a yarn-dye, woven fabric. They wanted to create timeless garments from their own textile designs, as interesting in texture as in color and pattern. Effortless clothing that could be worn in many ways, for many years.

We instantly fell in love with their bright and cheerful colors and their woven fabric is even more amazing in person! Check out how we styled two looks from ace & jig below!

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19 Feb

Butterfly Soup {by Baked Bree}

During the cold winter months what better way to warm up than with a bowl full of yummy soup!  We absolutely love Baked Bree and all of her heavenly recipes she has to offer.  Today we are so very lucky to not only have her sharing a delicious recipe but one your little ones will love to eat.  This healthy and delectable variation on chicken noodle soup will be one that I am sure you will make time and time again.  We can’t wait to make it ourselves tonight!  Here is what Bree has for us …

Winter in New England means lots of cold nights cuddling by the fire.  Nothing warms my little family more than a steaming bowl of chicken soup.  In fact, chicken soup is my littlest baby’s favorite food.  He requests that I make it at least once a week, and I have come up with many different versions of the classic.  This version we call “Butterfly Soup” because of the shape of the pasta floating in the broth.  This soup has hints of spring throughout it, making us remember that spring is actually coming and this snow won’t las forever.

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Butterfly Soup {Lemony Chicken Soup}
Serves 6 to 8

–  2 tablespoons olive oil
–  3 stalks celery, sliced
–  1 small onion, diced
–  salt + pepper
–  2 cloves of garlic, minced
–  8 cups low sodium chicken broth
–  3 cups cooked + shredded chicken (homemade or rotisserie)
–  1 cup green beans, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
–  1 cup frozen peas
–  3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
–  3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
–  1 tablespoon lemon zest
–  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
–  1 pound farfalle pasta, cooked + drained

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a dutch oven.  Add celery, carrots, and onions, cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt + pepper, add garlic and cook for an additional minute.  Add broth and chicken.  Bring to a bubble, and reduce heat to low , simmer for 15 minutes.

5 minutes before serving ,add green beans, peas, parsley, dill, zest and juice.  Check for seasoning, add more salt + pepper as needed.

Lastly, add pasta to the bottom of your serving bowl and ladle hot soup over the pasta and enjoy!

  
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18 Feb

Oliver’s Neutral Woodland Nursery

When it comes to picking a color for your nursery you can never go wrong with a neutral color palette for both girls and boys. We are just smitten with Oliver’s whimsical nursery covered from head to toe in tan stars with touches of woodland animals. Modern yet cozy, this is a dream nursery for any little peanut. Our favorite part about this room is the reading nook designed perfectly with clear book ledges to house Oliver’s little library and a sleek rocker. Add a faux fur throw and a plush animal to finish off a stylish reading area.

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17 Feb

The Buzz about Hive Connected

Have you been hearing a lot about “The Hive” and wondering what all the buzz is about?! Well we are here to show + tell you all about this amazing new technology that can turn any home into a smart home. HIVE allows you to easily connect and control your lights, locks, electronics, appliances, and any other smart devices from a single place! How amazing is that? What we love about these devises is that they are driven by lifestyle in their sleek modern design and are a stunning + elegant products that fit in any home! You can see below how easily the devices coordinate with your interior design.

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SECURITY: Hive protects you while you’re in your home, and protects your home whileyou’re away. Monitor and control your home from anywhere using our companion mobile app that you can easily download to your smart phone. Arm your home with motion sensors, door and window contacts and video cameras to bring you peace of mind that everything is as it should be.

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ENTERTAINMENT: Not only does the hive protect your home but it can also provide a unique wireless home audio solution that will fill your home with music. The speakers produce incredible sound quality but also give auditory and visual notifications about what is happening in your home. Multi-room pairing allows you to play a different song from every single speaker, create zones that play the same song if you’re moving from room to room on a project, or sync your whole house together for a complete whole home audio solution. Airplay & Google Cast compatibility allow you to broadcast any audio you like. Whether you like to play your music on Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, YouTube, or local music from your phone, Hive Sound can broadcast it all! Built in 2-way voice controls allow you to speak to professional customer service reps in the event you need help. And it also allows you to speak to your home. Feeling cold? “Home, turn the heater to 70!”

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HOW IT WORKS: So how does this all work? The white gadget you see that is sleek, and thin – can sit anywhere in your home and can even double as a decor piece. Place it on your kitchen counter, desk, a coffee table, bookshelf, anywhere! And the speakers just plug right in to your outlets! It’s THAT easy and convenient!

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Take it from us… this innovative idea is taking over the home alarm/entertainment business and these products are a must (and affordable!) for any family! If this interests you, and you’d like to invest in the product or help spread the word about Hive, their kickstarter, and the future of home automation –

Click HERE to join the community – code: littlepeanutmag, if you help spread the buzz you even get paid!!!

Click HERE to back the kickstarter!

  
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16 Feb

Meet Inspiring Mama | DeNai Jones

Happy Monday! We have been so excited to share with you one of our favorite features from our current digital magazine and today we are starting this week off right by giving you an inside look at DeNai Jones, Inspiring mom + founding designer and creative force behind the fashionable diaper bag brand, Petunia Pickle Bottom. If you have had an little peanuts or are pregnant chances are you have heard of Petunia Pickle Bottom and their iconic bags. We have been longtime lovers of anything PPB and also long time admires of the incredible DeNai. We are so lucky to have been able to have the chance to meet her in person and chat with her a bit about work, what inspires her and of course a little about her family life. DeNai is inspiring to us in so many ways and we instantly fell in love with her infectious smile and down-to-earth personality. This inspiring mama is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and we are so excited to share with you a glimpse into her California home and a more personal look at the extraordinary lady behind PPB! There really is no secret why we love her so much!

A big thank you to Daniele Rose Photography for these simply beautiful images!

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WHAT FIRST INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE DIAPER BAGS?
I think in life, if we are given an idea, it is up to us to turn it into a dream—and then a reality. Back in the year 2000, before I became a mom, my husband and I were freshly out of college and had a lot of ambitions about what we wanted to do, see and experience. I have always been a creative person and I had this spark of an idea for a diaper bag—a specific look and functionality for it. I did some research and realized nothing like it existed in the market, nor did anything fashionable or colorful for that matter. So, what started as a tiny spark of an idea blossomed into a dream to create something modern, style-minded and useful for mothers. Then, with a lot of hard work and support from my husband, family and friends, it became a reality.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND HAS IT INSPIRED YOUR DESIGNS?
I was raised and still reside with my family in the beachside town of Ventura, California. Thanks to my parents, my childhood was filled with art classes of all types, 4-H, and a lot of travel and outdoor exploration, both near and far. I believe that my experiences and appreciation for art and travel have had a huge impact on my work.

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HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME PETUNIA PICKLE BOTTOM?
At first, tying to come up with a name for the idea I had was challenging. Trying to land on a perfect name kept me up at night. Then one day, it just came to me. My father had affectionately coined the nickname Petunia Pickle Bottom for me when I was a toddler, and it seemed like the perfect fit. Of course, he was super proud.

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT INSPIRES YOUR DESIGNS?
Travel. Travel. Travel. The more I travel, the more my inspiration tank fills up. I am a wanderlust and love to experience the “newness” and variety of different cultures, patterns, architecture, and design. Our customer fan base also serves as a point of inspiration, especially with the ever-changing needs of modern motherhood. I always try to listen to their mothering stories, as a well as thoughts and feedback on our Petunia Pickle Bottom products and designs.

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AFTER A LONG BUSY WEEK WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO TO UNWIND?
Our favorite pastime is hopping in our VW Van. Whether we head out on quick ride to the beach, a weekend camping trip, or a week of exploring and wandering far from home, it forces our family to slow down and enjoy quality time together. We love to roam in the van; this is our most precious time as a family. We draw inward to one another and force out the static of life.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK LIFE AND FAMILY LIFE?
My husband and I both believe the family comes first— which we try to infuse in our company culture. But the fact that we are on the same page helps to support our balance. We also have both sets of grandparents who are big part of our boys’ lives. Setting up a successful support system is key to our success. I feel like I am pretty good at shutting off work and being present when home. I’m not perfect though, and for those times when imbalance creeps in, I try to shift my focus to what’s right in front of me. My family is definitely my first priority and being a present mother has the most meaning to me.

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WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I would say that creativity is pretty well woven into my DNA, and I am forever grateful I get to do what I love for work! I come to work knowing I will feed some part of my creativity. It wasn’t always like that of course. In the first several years of the business I was knee deep in creating production spreadsheets, determining fabric yields and buys, hunting down the best prices on shipping boxes—you name it. During the first half of the life of our business, I was a part-time creative and it was certainly a challenge to straddle both the creative and business side

WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT FAVE COLORS TO DESIGN WITH?
Black and white seem to be my go-to color combination at the moment. Each color speaks volumes independently and then together they create an amazing statement.

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WHAT QUOTEBEST DESCRIBESYOU + WHAT YOU LIVE BY?
“When you are in a place, you ought to be there.” -Author unknown

BESIDES DESIGNING BAGS, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO DO?
In the little spare time I have, I enjoy painting, drawing, taking horseback riding lessons, crafting with my boys, and of course, traveling with my family!

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