02 Jul

4th of July Posts Round-Up!

The 4th of July is quite possibly our favorite holiday of the year filled with playing in the sun, family BBQ’s and of course lots and lots of fireworks! We are so excited to spend some quality time with our families this weekend but before we leave you we wanted to share a round-up of some of our favorite Independence Day inspired features over the years! Below are some great holiday crafts + lots of fun food ideas for celebrating America this weekend!

4th of July Inspired Breakfast

Breakfast has become one of our favorite meals and we’ve been having fun experimenting with different ideas. Now we aren’t trying to kid anyone… we don’t always have time for an extravagant breakfast every day, but for special occasions and holidays we love to start off the day with a fun meal. We’ve noticed that if we just change the shape and presentation of their favorite foods that it gets them excited to eat and even try new things. A simple star shaped pancake with strawberry syrup instead of maple can really excite their curiosity and taste buds! Also try these fun star shaped pancake stacks!

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4th of July Handprint Flag

We can’t think of anything more special to our mama hearts then handprints of our little peanuts. We always see fun art projects involving kids handprints and we will probably never get sick of them! Get festive this weekend and make your own handprint flags! This project is super easy to do and your little peanuts will really get a kick out of seeing their hand transformed into a red, white and blue flag!

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4th of July BBQ with Pottery Barn Kids

You can quickly create the perfect patriotic BBQ setting by adding a striped fabric table runner to your picnic or dinning table. Use lanterns or jars to hold wild flowers or even flags for centerpieces. If you are looking for great place settings you can use every year we are loving the Navy Cambria Bowls + Plates from Pottery Barn Kids!

For grub you can make an easy red, white and blue fruit salad! To really take it to the next level and wow your little party guests use a mini star cookie cutter to cut out star shaped watermelon bites! To drink we love cherry limeades garnished with a maraschino cherry! French fries are a must to accompany your hamburgers… try mini hamburger sliders with a flag on top!

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DIY 4th of July Pinwheels

One of our favorite parts about this holiday is going to the parade in the morning and seeing all the fire trucks and the police motorcycles cruising up and down the road! This quick and easy DIY 4th of July craft is perfect to take with you to your parade or family party AND they actually spin! Our little peanuts had a ball playing with them and they are so simple to make we love them too!

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4th of July Little Peanut Menu

Here is a bunch of easy finger foods you can serve to your little peanuts on the 4th that they will love! From fruit drinks to watermelon pops to star sandwiches, it doesn’t take much to make this menu look appealing with some easy presentation tips!

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Homemade Snow Cones

When it comes to summer and BBQ parties there is no better {or sweeter} way to beat the heat then to serve homemade snow cones to your little party guests! We absolutely love our Snow Cone Machine because it’s so easy to use – just add ice! For a healthy all-natural snow cone syrup recipe head over to PBK’s building blocks to check out our feature + recipe to make your own homemade snow cones this summer!

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01 Jul

Potty Training with Munchkin

We are in the midst of potty training one of our little peanuts and of course this is a big milestone in any toddlers life. It’s also a hard one for us parents! We aren’t professionals on this subject but we’ve had a little bit of experience and we didn’t completely lose our minds during the process so we feel pretty good about that! Today we wanted to talk a little about our experiences and share a few tips that have worked for us

During your little peanut’s potty training journey, you will need a sit down potty as well as a separate potty seat for use on the big-person toilet. We love the Arm & Hammer 3 in 1 Potty by Munchkin because it combines both! For beginners, it acts as a sit-down potty chair with built-in splash guards to prevent splatter and easy-to-grasp side grips for stability. For more advanced learners, the removable top can be placed atop a regular toilet seat. No matter what age or stage, the seat converts to a convenient toddler step stool as well. Plus, it also integrates the power of baking soda for safe and effective odor control! What’s not to love about all that?

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safer, easier, and more fun. You can find Munchkin products at Munchkin.comTargetBabies’R’UsWalmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things! Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to read some of our pottery training tips!

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1. Don’t Stress! Ok, way easier said then done, but we noticed the less we stressed about it the smoother things went. Yes there will be accidents. And lots of them. But it’s OK! Take it one hour at a time and keep positive. Your little peanuts will gravitate towards your positive vibes and also not associate this experience and a stressful one.

2. When you are home let them be naked all the time. This was a big one that really helped us! We noticed that if they had their underpants on that they were more likely to have an accident in them because they had the similar sensation of a diaper covering them. So let them play + run around naked. Again… there will be accidents, but they will pick up on the concept quick!

3. Pick a few days to start when you can spend the majority of the time at home. This will help you be able to have more control over the situation and get them used to using the potty frequently. If you do need to run errands don’t stop the process! Take an extra pair of underpants + bottoms with you incase of an accident. Don’t let potty training run your life. It will learn to fit into your life + your routine!

4. Encouragement + positivity is key! If bribing works good with your kid by all means use any tricks you got! Reward them with small toys or treats whenever they do a potty in the potty and keep things positive!

We would love for you to share any tips + advice you have for potty training. We know that there are so many different ways to effective potty training and would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment below!

  
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30 Jun

4th of July Cherry + Blueberry Pie

It doesn’t get more American then cherry pie… but what about a cherry + blueberry pie with a flag on the top?! This 4th of July serve up something delicious and patriotic with our flag pie recipe!

Over the past year we’ve been trying to bring back the art of pie baking in our family and instantly fell in love with the taste of homemade pie dough and having creating beautiful works of art. Our little peanuts even love getting involved in the action and their favorite job is to roll out the dough! We love our Odette Willimans Apron Set perfect for little inspiring bakers!

Baking pies isn’t the quickest dessert but for sure is the most fulfilling. One tip that we always do when baking pies is to make the dough either the night before or in the morning and let it sit in the fridge until you are ready to add the filling. This makes the time not feel as long and you can quickly finish up the pie + get it in the oven during nap time!

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INGREDIENTS

Double Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 6 Tbs. ice water

Cherry Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Blueberry Filling

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, strained
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

DIRECTIONS

Double Pie Crust

In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment. In the bowl of the mixer, combine the flour, sugar, and salt, and with the mixer on low speed, stir together the ingredients. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-lox speed until the texture resembles coarse meal with butter in small chunks. Add 6 Tbsp ice water and mix on low speed just until the dough pulls together. If the dough is dry, mix in more water 1 Tbsp at a time.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out half of the dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough in half and then into quarters and transfer it to a 9-inch deep-dish pie dish. Unfold and gently press the dough into the bottom and sides of the dish. Trim the edges and leave a 3/4″ overhang. Refrigerate the pie shell for 30 minutes.
On a large sheet of lightly floured parchment paper, roll out the remaining dough disk into a 12-inch round about 1/8 inch thick for a regular top. For a lattice top roll the dough out into a 14-by-11 rectangle and using a dough cutter or knife to cut 1/2″ strips. Use a star cutter to make stars. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cherry Filling

In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Place the pitted cherries in a large bowl, sprinkle with the sugar mixture, and toss to distribute evenly. Add the vanilla and almond extract and mix well. Immediately transfer the cherry mixture to the dough-lined pan.

Blueberry Filling

Place blueberries in a large bowl, sprinkle with the lemon juice, and toss to coat evenly. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the berries and toss to distribute evenly. Immediately transfer to the dough-lined pan and dot the with butter.

Use the dough strips to make stripes over the cherry section for the top layer of the pie. Add cut out stars over the blueberry section. Refrigerate the pie until the dough is firm. About 20-30 minutes.

Meanwhile, place an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Bake pie for 50-60 minutes until crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Transfer pie to a wire rack and let cool. Serve and enjoy!

  
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26 Jun

Fourth of July Kids Fashion |Stars + Stripes

To say we are excited for the 4th of July weekend is an understatement! This is probably our favorite holiday of the year and we can’t wait to get our BBQing + firework watching on! We also love showing off our American pride by sporting lots of stars + stripes! We’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorite looks for little peanuts this year. So heres to getting our Independence day inspired shopping on!

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More of our favorite stars + stripes looks for boys:



More of our favorite stars + stripes looks for boys:

  
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25 Jun

Green + Cobalt Blue Boys Room

There’s so much to love about children’s spaces and that’s probably why they are our favorite! Always so full of color + fun! Today we are sharing this green + cobalt blue boys room designed by the talented Nicole Rosenberg of Little Liberty! We love the way she decorated this compact boys room with bold colors and lots of geometric shapes! It is perfect for a little boy with a zesty fun personality with lots of quirky accessories to boot! The green herringbone wallpaper is the perfect bedroom backdrop + a great way to create impact and drama to a kids space!

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24 Jun

Goalen Family Photos

Happy Wednesday! We are back at it featuring the lovely Goalen Family and their beautiful photos by Lori Romney Photography.  We love how soft, yet dramatic these images are with the lighting + stunning colors of the mountains it is just absolutely dreamy!  The fun, playfulness that radiates throughout these photos is pure perfection!

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23 Jun

Orange Coconut Cilantro Soda

The summer sun is out + it’s BBQ season which means it’s time to bring out the drinks! Lately we’ve had a thing for making our own fruit sodas and wanted to share that obsession with you all! If you need a little fizz in your drink but trying to go a bit healthier rout then this is the perfect option for you! And the options are endless! This Orange Coconut Cilantro Soda is as delicious as it is refreshing + how cute are these Swing Top Bottles from Shop Sweet Lulu?! We pull them out any chance we got and they are perfect for picnics in the park or a BBQ in your backyard! Find the recipe to make your own summer sodas below!

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The best thing about this recipe is you can’t go wrong! Have fun coming up with your own mixtures using different kinds of fruits and juices!

WHAT YOU NEED:
– Sparkling Water
– Fresh Oranges or Orange Juice
– Coconut Water
– Fresh Cilantro

DIRECTIONS:

Fill your glass of choice 3/4 full of sparkling water. Add your juice/fruit to your desired liking. Add a splash of coconut water and a little cilantro (you could also try rosemary, mint or basil). Stir up + sip and enjoy!

  
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22 Jun

Summer Family Scootering | GIVEAWAY!

The day has finally come that we can share this fun project we’ve been working on with Micro Kickboard.  If there is one product that we can say that we truly use daily and recommend to all of our friends it’s our Micro Kickboard Scooters! Our boys have had them for several years and prefer them to any bike. They are constantly on them and are the perfect scooter for smaller children to learn on. We always joked that we needed to get some scooters for ourselves so we could keep up with the kids and so we finally decided to get some! We might even love riding our scooters more then our boys! This has now become our very favorite activity to do with our family! Wether it be scooting around our neighborhood, riding over to the local snow shack or going on a big adventure at the park! We honestly keep our scooters in the back of our car at all times and whip them out wherever we go!

You’ve probably seen little peanuts riding their Micro Mini 3-in-1 Scooter. This is a popular scooter and for good reason! It’s the perfect scooter for very small toddlers starting at one years old. The can begin by riding on the seat and then advance to standing on the scooter all the way up to age 5. Our oldest son has now moved onto the Micro Maxi Scooter that’s the same easy ride + has an adjustable handlebar that can grow with him for many years to come! And if you’ve been looking for the best helmets to protect your babies heads you have to check out Nutcase Helmets. They make helmets small enough for babies, the quality is unmatchable, and the actually fit those precious heads right for proper safety!

Micro Kickboard also makes scooters for teens and adults and we are pretty much obsessed with our matching Micro White + Micro Black scooters! The ride is so smooth and the handlebars are adjustable and can easily accommodate even the tallest of dads! We really can’t say enough amazing things about these scooters and all the fun we’ve had on them with our family.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! We are so passionate about our love for scootering that we wan’t to share that love with one lucky family! We are GIVING AWAY a pack of 4 scooters + 4 Nutcase Helmets to one family! That’s right! The winner will receive 4 helmets for the family, two kid scooters, a Micro White + Micro Black for mom and dad to join in on the fun too!! Make sure to check out the amazing photos captured by Heather Nan Photography of a day at the park with our scooters and also the amazing video by Nathan Pickett Films that really brings all the fun to life! Enter the giveaway below!

 

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19 Jun

Kids Swimsuit Looks | Mini Boden

TGIF! We hope you all have some swimming plans on the agenda for this weekend! We sure do and we will be enjoying the sun in one of our favorite swimsuit brands, Mini Boden. Every year we always end up getting a suit or two from Mini Boden and will continue to go to them first when searching for swimsuits. They always have unique styles, fun patterns and their quality is un matchable! We also feel like we don’t see their suits as much where we live which of course is always a bonus!

If you have been on the hunt for a great mini bikini we are obsessed with their Pretty Bikini‘s new this year. The coverage is perfect for little peanuts and we love the sweet ruffles. For little boys we can’t get enough of little Swim Trunks! We always get asked where our little boys swim trunks are from because they can be harder to find in the USA. Well look no further because Mini Boden always has the cutest swim trunks… we just might have them in every color! Check out our favorite Mini Boden swim looks from our current magazine issue below!

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LOOK 1: Ruffle Swimsuit

LOOK 2: Swim Trunks

LOOK 3: Pretty Bikini

Here are more Mini Boden looks we love:

  
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18 Jun

Grapefruit Lemonade Homemade Popsicles

If we had to pick our favorite summer treat it would have to be popsicles! And homemade popsicles at that top our list! We’ve been enjoying this hot weather and spending lots of time in the sun so these homemade grapefruit lemonade popsicles have really hit the spot! We actually just started making our own popsicles instead of buying the ones at the store and are completely obsessed! There are so many easy recipes to make your own popsicles and they can be much healthier as well which is a bonus! What ever fruits you have left over through those in and add some juice and you are set! You can bet we will be sharing a few more great popsicle recipes this summer so keep your eyes out for them.

If you are looking for the perfect popsicle molds we suggest these Metal Popsicle Molds. We’ve used them several times and love them! The molds are great quality and with a little bit of warm water the popsicles slide out of the molds super easy! We also love the classic popsicle look! Make sure to scroll to the bottom for our recipe!

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GRAPEFRUIT LEMONADE POPSICLE RECIPE:

INGREDIENTS
– 1 grapefruit
– pink lemonade (or fruit punch)
– grapefruit juice
– popsicle molds
– popsicle sticks

DIRECTIONS
– slice fresh grapefruit into thin slices and place a slice or two into each popsicle mold.
– mix together equal parts of pink lemonade with grapefruit juice.
– add popsicle sticks and freeze until hardened, about 3-4 hours.
– once popsicles are frozen and you are ready to each them, run molds under warm water for 15-20 seconds to easily slide the popsicles out of the mold.
– enjoy!

  
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