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!



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!



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!



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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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!”



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!


Adapted from: Cook’s Illustrated


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


- 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



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!


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!



Maya Brenner Jewelry {GIVEAWAY!}

We have been long time lovers of Maya Brenner Designs! Her delicate, simple and classic, yet bold and modern pieces are totally up our alley and we were beyond thrilled to be able to model some of our favorite pieces from her collection! We are really loving her mini letter necklaces that have just stolen our momma hearts! What we love about these dainty necklaces is that you can stylishly wear your babies initial around your neck and you don’t ever have to take this necklace off because it’s made of 14k gold! If you’ve been looking for a special piece that you can wear with every outfit this is your necklace! Perfect for layering with other delicate necklaces or bigger statement pieces. If you are loving the mini letter necklaces you also have to check out the mini number necklaces and our absolute favorite… the mini letter gold rings!


Maya Brenner also just released her “Home is Where the Heart is” collection that is simply perfect! You can proudly sport your state love with one of her state necklaces or even your love your country with an intricate country necklace!


We love that Maya’s jewelry pieces are classic yet current and the quality is perfect for collecting over the years to come. Her designs make for the perfect gift to any mom or woman and we know we will cherish our pieces forever! But that’s not it! We want one of our luck readers to also have the chance to win one of our favorite mini letter gold necklaces valued at $240! Make sure to enter at the bottom of this post!


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Meet Sweet Little Peanut Charlize

We can almost smell that sweet new baby smell just by looking at these beautiful images by Courtney Beck Photography! Baby Charlize is just beautiful and might we add that we love her name?! We can’t get enough of the shots in her bright and cheery room and are loving the pops of yellow details in the bedding and rug! And how cute is it that the family pup also made an appearance or two in the shoot?! Congrats to this beautiful little family and enjoy loving on that sweet babe!



Summer Kids Crafts {Straw Art}

Our summer has really been heating up here in Utah and it’s been so hot this past week we’ve had to take our partying inside a bit. Of course we love to be outside as much as possible and soak up as much summer sun as we can… but every once in a while it’s nice to relax and play inside. We’ve also noticed that our little peanuts might need a little sharpening of the learning skills since they have been out of school now for many weeks. Sometimes something as easy as a little art painting session, simple science experiments and a game of bingo is all you need for a little refresher!


Today we are sharing one really fun + super easy + totally cute summer kids craft project for you to try out this summer. Straw Art! It’s as simple as it sounds. All you need to do is round up a bunch of your left over part straws, paper or plastic, and get to crafting! Help your little peanuts cut out different lengths of straw pieces and arrange them into different shapes and patterns on a piece of paper. Once they have created a masterpiece simple use a little white craft glue to hold them into place. This is the perfect way to get them to use their imagination and have fun with different shapes and colors. Another way you can go about this art project is to let them draw {or help them draw} their favorite summer scene or activity on a piece of paper then let them go over the drawing with cut pieces of the straws. After your craft time is up you will have a new fave art piece to hang in your house!


What are some of your favorite indoor summer time craft projects for kids? We would love for your to share with us!