07.30.14

Modern Safari 1st Birthday

It’s party time on SLP today and we seriously can’t stop swooning over every single image from this amazing modern safari themed first birthday party! Jenny with Bloom Designs Online nailed every single detail and this has to be one of the best safari parties we have ever seen! Jenny is sharing a bit more of the party details and behind the scenes with us:

 

“I was so excited to style this party for my nephew’s first birthday. My sister is a fashion blogger and she has such a great sense of class and style. I really wanted this party to reflect her tastes. We settled on a neutral, gold and white color scheme and decided to use silhouettes on the printables and for the decorations. We spray painted dozens of plastic animals gold and placed them along with hydrengas down the center of the table. Gold chargers, a burlap runner and white paper plates embellished with gold giraffe silhouttes completed the table.

 

At ‘feeding time’ guest made their way to the lunch table. Adults grazed on salads, sandwiches and fruit with individual berry baskets held food for the children. Everyone grabbed safari soda, sparkling water or wine all of which had custom labels at the ‘watering hole.’ We spray painted giraffe erasers gold and attached them to the top of plastic sticks to make drink stirrers. After lunch, dessert was served. On the center of the table was a simple six layer chocolate cake with on glittered ‘one.’ All the rest of the desserts including cheesecake shots, white chocolate covered popcorn, macarons, and tiger trifles in rippled kraft cups matched the color scheme. Chocolate covered Oreos and vanilla cupcakes were decorated with fondant toppers which had elephant and lion silhouettes. Beautiful sugar cookies that matched the invitation and others in a cheetah print that spelled Hudson completed the table. Tassel garland decorated the front of the table and a happy birthday sign served as the backdrop. The kids played pin the tail on the giraffe and loved watching Hudson eat his smash cake.”

 

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07.29.14

Salted Caramel Peach S’mores

We really have been living it up this summer and one of our families goals was to spend as much time as we could doing activities outdoors. We started a new tradition of going on a family hike every Sunday and this has now become one of our favorite summer time traditions! Sometimes it’s a little nature walk to a pretty lake and other times we’ve turned it into a mini camping trip over night. If you have ever taken your little peanuts on a picnic in the mountains or a camping trip then you know that the campfire food is the best part! Today we are guest contributing over on Pottery Barn Kids blog sharing a little different take on the classic s’mores treat. Our recipe includes summertime peaches, caramel and of course roasted marshmallows! Weather you are headed on a final camping trip with your family before summer ends or doing a campout in your backyard you must try this recipe out! You can find the full recipe and directions over on PBK’s building blocks HERE!

 

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07.28.14

Kallee’s Baby Bump {Salt Flat Maternity Session}

Good morning and happy Monday! We are going to start this week off with a lovely maternity session captured by Emmy Lowe Photography at the Salt Flats. We just adore Kallee’s style and her baby bump is absolutely beautiful! We are loving the outfits Kallee chose to wear for this shoot and we are especially loving the lace crop top showing her bare belly. Now we will be totally honest…. in the past we haven’t been huge fans of bare belly shots. If you aren’t wearing the right thing or positioned wrong it can sometimes be a bit much. But lately we have seen some really gorgeous images showing mommas with their bare bellies and we might just be rethinking our thoughts on bare belly shots.

 

Our advice if you are thinking of getting a few bare belly shots is to do your maternity session a little earlier instead of waiting until you are 9 months pregnant and lets face it… starting to really swelling up! Also, what you decide to wear is key. No more sports bras with maternity jeans! Think feminine and soft like Kallee’s lace top and flowing skirt. We would love to hear your thoughts on bare belly shots as well! Love em? Hate em?!

 

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07.23.14

Mini Corn Dog Pops {National Hot Dog Day}

Today is national hot dog day and it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t celebrate one of our little peanuts favorite foods! Hot dogs are a classic summer time BBQ staple and today we are sharing a great homemade mini corn dog pop recipe. Yes, we admit that we do the frozen corn dog thing for lunch from time to time and now that we’ve tried making them fresh at home… are kiddos are hooked! The best part is they are so easy to make with only a few ingredients! So grab some ketchup and mustard and dig in on National Hot Dog Day!

 

 

Start with slicing hot dogs in half and inserting sticks in the mini hot dogs. Next prepare the batter by mixing together your favorite pancake mix. Depending on how much batter you are wanting to make add a little corn meal (about 1/4 cup per 1 cup pancake mix) and a tsp. mustard powder and a tsp. paprika for flavor.

 

 

Once your batter is made dip your hot dog sticks into the batter and cover the entire hot dog with the batter. Let the extra batter drip off and then place them into your frying pan with hot oil. Rotate the stick around for a few seconds until you have created a gold brown crust around the hot dog sticks. Place them on a rack with some paper towels to drain and cool. Serve with your favorite condiments!

 

These corn dogs also freeze great so make some extra for lunch on another day! Enjoy and happy National Hot Dog Day!

 

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07.22.14

Milk Carton Boats {Kids Crafts}

What to do with those left over milk or juice cartons? Make boats of course! We love getting creative with things we have just lying around the house and our little peanuts sure think its pretty awesome when their milk carton changes into a boat to hold their action figures! If you have little girls this craft is perfect for them as well… think pink stripes, glitter and Barbies Yacht!

 

Start out with an empty milk or juice carton. Have your little peanuts start by painting the whole carton white. Once that is dry let them have fun decorating their boat with their favorite colors. {Tip: we always have a box of craft paints on hand. They are cheap and we use them all the time for crafts} After the boat is completely dry help your kiddos cut a whole in the top to be able to put toys in the boat. We used a BBQ skewer stick and some left over fabric we had lying around for the flag. You could also use felt instead of fabric. And there you have it! A Easy + totally fun afternoon summer craft. We’ve also seen juice box boats with this same concept that are totally adorable! Next time we have left over juice boxes we know what we will be doing!

 

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07.21.14

Samantha’s Baby Bump

Happy Monday! We always love starting out a new week with beautiful photos and these images of Samantha + baby bump, Nick and their dog Ginger, captured by Sarah Knight are beyond beautiful! We love the soft, simple and warm sunlight shining through on these images. You can just tell this lovely couple feel totally in comfortable and natural! Sam is due this week and they are waiting until delivery to find out the sex! We wish we could do that… we were always way to anxious to find out what we were having! Best of wishes to Sam and Nick this week and enjoy these gorgeous images of their sweet growing peanut!

 

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07.18.14

Summer White Fashion Favorites

When it comes to our fashion and our little peanuts fashion this summer we have been loving simple and comfortable looks that are perfect for play dates and we can easily accessories for a lunch or dinner date! We are especially loving summer whites. Clean + classic and go with everything including a great tan! We love white on white on white and have rounded up a few of our favorite fashion pieces for moms and little peanuts that are also great transition pieces into early fall. What do you think…. do you love everything white too?!

 

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07.17.14

Sweet Doe Deer Birthday Party

Birthday parties with sparkles and cupcakes really is what little girls dreams are made of! Today we are sharing with you all a darling Doe Deer Birthday party designed by Alix Adams of A Ruffled Life! We are excited to have Alix sharing a few thoughts behind the concept of this party-

 

“When my dear friend Corrine {with Mint Arrow} and I sat down to plan her daughter’s first birthday party, we knew right away that we wanted to make it unique and special. A girl only turns one once after all! We started with a color scheme that would be bright and captivating, yet unexpected and feminine. Mixing bright cherry red, teal, and baby pink were a perfect jumping off point. Then, as we developed some decoration ideas, the idea of gold and glitter fit right into our party plan. For a theme our hearts were set on incorporating sweet doe deer—the perfect touch of femininity.

 

When it came to decorations we went all out with a gold sequence photo backdrop where guests could pose for party photos. Detailed gold birds embellished delicate pink and teal China teacups and plates while mini jumbo balloons complete with tassels topped our cupcakes. Ribbon and tassel garlands made a huge party statement hanging about the food spread. A giant jumbo balloon with a tissue paper tassel was the hit of the party and seemed to creep into all the rooms, trying to join the fun. After a delicious lunch of melty ham and cheese guests settled in as the darling birthday girl demolished a cake just for her! The star of the show, second only to the birthday girl, was a handmade teal and pink tent, fit for a birthday celebration!”

 

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07.15.14

Key Lime Bars with Animal Cracker Crust

Boy do we love citrus treats during summer time! We have been drinking limeades like it’s nobody’s business and Key Lime Pie is one of our all time favorites! Sweet yet tangy! We have made lemon bars for years but we thought we would try out this easy + great recipe for Key Lime Bars made with an animal cracker crust and you better believe this is was instant favorite! Now it’s a really tough decision if we like lemon or lime bars better! Either way this is a refreshing dessert to take to a dinner party or BBQ this summer and they are pretty cute too!

 

KEY LIME BARS WITH ANIMAL CRACKER CRUST
Adapted from: Cook’s Illustrated

 

CRUST:
- 5 oz. Animal Crackers (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 3 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

 

FILLING:
- 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
- pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp. lime zest, grated {about 2 limes}
- 1 {14 oz.} can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 c. fresh lime juice {about 4 regular limes or 20 key limes}
- 1 large egg yolk

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, press into corners and up the sides of the baking dish, leaving an overhang to easily remove bars when done. Spray with cooking spray. For the crust: add animal crackers, brown sugar and a pinch of salt to a food processor. Process until you have fine crumbs. Drizzle in melted butter and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened with butter. Press crumbs evenly and firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until golden brown and fragrant, about 18 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, for the filling: Stir together softened cream cheese, a pinch of salt and grated lime zest. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk. Add the lime juice and whisk until smooth and creamy. Last, whisk in the egg yolk. Pour mixture over warm baked crust and spread out evenly. Return to oven and bake until filling is set and barely beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 17-20 minutes.

 

Let cool on wire rack to room temperature {about 1 1/2 hours.} Cover with foil and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Remove from pan using the foil overhang; cut into squares and serve!

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07.14.14

Sweet Little Peanut Olivia

Meet Olivia. Olivia’s mom is a wedding florist and since flowers are such an innate sense of who she is, of course she wanted to include beautiful blooms in her daughters newborn pictures! What a lovely way to bring two loves together! We can’t stop swooning over beautiful Olivia and her petite flower crown made out of pink ranunculus. The gorgeous bed of flowers consisted of Olivia’s moms favorite spring flowers picked from her garden – lilac, tulips, daffodils, viburnum, and bleeding heart. Kristina Curtis did a fabulous job capturing this sweet little peanut!

 

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