11.26.14

SLP Thankful For {Happy Thanksgiving!}

There is so much to be thankful for in this world and we sure feel so much love and blessings here at SLP! Today we wanted to take things a tad bit more personal and share what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving! We hope you all have the best weekend spending time with those who are most important to you!

 

Photography by: Mandi Nelson

 

“As I think of those things that I am grateful for and make me happy in my life, the biggest blessing is my family. I couldn’t imagine my life without these people. They make everything worth it; those long nights staying up with a sick child, the worry of sending them to school and hoping that they make friends and the hope that everything I’m doing for them will make them better individuals in this life. They are my people. My happiness. I’m grateful for the simple act of Service. I’ve been on the recipient end many times and feel very blessed to have family and friends that support me and are my true cheerleaders in this life. I’m always reminded to surround ourselves with people who truly love you and want the best for you. I feel like I’m so lucky to have those people in my life.”

 

- Becky Kimball, Photographer

 

Photography by: Rebecca Monsen

 

“This season I am so very thankful and blessed. I am thankful for my rock, my best friend, my everything; my husband.  He works so hard to provide for our family and he never complains.  He is an amazing partner and father.  For that I am truly grateful.

 

I am thankful for my 2 beautiful children.  My daughter reminds me every day not to take things too seriously and to love with your whole heart.  She is such a sweet, kindhearted soul and I am so thankful to have her as my daughter.  My son has taught me that being me is enough.  Even if I have not showered, my house is a mess, I have warmed up leftovers for dinner (again), or I have just lost my temper over the huge mess he just made, he still wants me. Loves me.   I am his everything and for that I am grateful.

 

I am thankful for my amazing parents.  They have been married for 46 years and have shown me how to love and how to be a good parent.  They are amazing grandparents and I value each day I get to spend with them.

 

Lastly, I am thankful for my friends.  They have helped guide me though this crazy rollercoaster called motherhood!  My friends with children have helped me stay sane by taking my 3 a.m. phone calls so I can ask, “What do you think about this rash?” or, “Is sleeping like this normal?”  I am also thankful for my single friends!  They remind me that it is okay to go out and have fun and still be a good mom!”

 

- Sandi Monsen, Advertising

 

 

Photography by: Mika Photo

 

“Oh what a wonderful holiday Thanksgiving is.  A time to reflect on life and all the things we have to be grateful for, what could be better!  As I reflect on my life it is filled with so many blessings.  I have an amazing and beautiful family, a nice warm home to live in with food on the table, our health (oh what a blessing that is), and wonderful friends by my side.  As I go about my days I try to remember all these blessings and it helps put the true and important things in life into perspective.

 

My dear sweet husband, I am beyond grateful for him!  He is my love, my partner, my best friend.  I am so very blessed that I am able to go through life with him by my side.  He works so hard to provide for our family, he is always there for me when I need him,  my supporter, he is the most amazing father to our sweet little Scarlett and our fur baby Indi, and he continues to make me laugh daily!  He amazes me with his boundless amounts of patience and countless acts of kindness he shows to all.

 

My precious little Scarlett, what a true blessing she has been to our lives these past 10 months!  She brightens every single day!  She is so cheerful, adventurous, loving, and so very funny.  She has helped me to be a more patient and compassionate person.  She allows me to relive my childhood and have so much fun, even in the tiniest ways.  She makes me a better person.

 

My amazing parents have been such a true inspiration to me with their limitless amounts of love and compassion.  They are always there no matter what!  They are amazing teachers and a great example to me on the kind of person I would like to be.  They have now become the most incredible grandparents, which is such a blessing!  My wonderful in-laws who have taken me in as their own.  My grandparents, who really are just second set of parents to me.  Lastly, all my friends at Sweet Little Peanut.  These are amazing women I get to work with and I am grateful to call them my friends.  They are true inspirations on being wonderful friends, mothers, and all around amazing women.  Thank you!”

 

- JaNee Arhets, Assistant Editor

 

 

 


Photography by Jacque Lynn Photography

 

“I just love this time of year and what this month represents. There are so many things to be thankful for in our lives and taking time out from our busy lives to count all of our blessings is just what we all need. I really have so many things to be thankful for and some of them are the little things we don’t think about like being healthy and having a roof over our heads. Whenever I start thinking about the things I’m the most thankful for my thoughts always turn to my family. I would be nothing without them and they are the ones who keep me motivated and push me to reach my dreams. They are the ones who make me feel complete and fill my heart with so much love and at many times I think it might burst. What would any of us be without our families and the daily support they give us? Thank you so much to my two sweet (and sometimes naughty) little boys who love me no matter what. They teach me so much about what true unconditional love is and they make me strive to be better person and a better mom every day. I have incredibly supportive and amazing parents that have always been by my side through all of my adventures and have put up with all of my crazy ideas. I’m so grateful to have my mom who is there for me at the drop of a hat. She truly is the best example of what a mother should be.

 

Thank you to my dear husband who is truly one of the bests. He is one of the hardest working people I know and a daily inspiration of what hard work and reaching for your goals can get you. Thank you so much for being there for me through all of my endeavors and crazy ideas! You love me and support me one everything I do and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Thank you for being my best friend and always being my favorite person to hang out with. And most of all thank you for being the best dad to our boys. It’s no secret who is their favorite in this family!

 

Last but certainly not least… thank you so much to my wonderful team here at SLP! I can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work and dedication to this dream and for being such amazing and inspiring women to work with. Without each of you, this blog wouldn’t be what it is today and I’m so blessed to be able to call you dear friends. And THANK YOU so much to all of our readers and for joining along on  this adventure with us! I love you all so much!”

 

- Megan Bailey, Founder & Editor

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11.25.14

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe

It’s so crazy to think that Thanksgiving is just two short days away! We know you are all getting your Thanksgiving dinner menus all set and prepared, but don’t forget about breakfast! Today we are sharing an easy recipe that is warm, filling and perfect for Thanksgiving morning! It features maple syrup, toasted pecans, cinnamon, and of course a little touch of fall pumpkin flavor. You can make this ahead of time and simply reheat to make it an easy meal on Thanksgiving or even the day after!  There is so much deliciousness with this baked oatmeal pie we just know this will become a new tradition in your family!

 

BAKED PUMPKIN PIE OATMEAL WITH MAPLE & PECANS

Yield: 6 servings

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (plus additional for garnish, if desired)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (about half of a 15-ounce can…but NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (OR whole/2% milk), at room temperature
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (OR butter), melted and slightly cooled
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. Spread chopped pecans on an ungreased baking sheet and toast for 4 to 6 minutes or until fragrant and light golden brown. Cool on baking sheet.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, milk, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla; beat until smooth. Blend in oats, toasted pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and salt; stir until mixture is well-combined.
  4. Spread oatmeal into prepared baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set and light golden brown on top. Allow to cool in the baking dish for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with optional garnishes: warm milk drizzled over the top, additional toasted pecans, maple syrup, or fresh fruit.

*To reheat: put in the over at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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11.24.14

Sweet Little Harper Turns 2

When it comes to planning photo shoots the little touches truly add so much.  We love this session documenting sweet little Harper turning 2.  Shot at one of our favorite locations, Tibble Fork Resevoir, Kali Poulsen was able to capture Harper’s angelic personality with these candid shots.  To top it off the floral crown was the perfect touch to complete the fall/wintery feel of the shoot.

 

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11.21.14

Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe

We sure are getting excited for Thanksgiving around here and have already started prepping for this holiday dinner with our family. Today we are starting a new series and sharing one of our favorite fall drinks that can also be made into a mocktail or a kids drink! This Caramel Apple Sangria drink is perfect to serve at your Thanksgiving celebrations and the little peanuts will also love having a special apple cider drink that is filled with real apple chunks! This drink is as delicious as it is beautiful and the perfect addition to a plate of mashed potatoes and turkey. What are your favorite drinks to serve at Thanksgiving? We will be sharing a new drink each month so make sure to watch for them!

 

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle sparkling apple cider
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • 4 apples, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS:
  • Chill your white wine and sparkling apple cider.
  • Once cold, mix together wine and cider and add ¼ cup caramel syrup.
  • Chop approximately 4 apples into small cubes and add to sangria.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve

*Serve without white wine for a delicious mocktail or kids drink!

 

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11.19.14

Jo Totes Camera Bags {Products we Love}

One of the many things we are trying to work on this coming year is taking more photos of our kids with a “real camera”. It’s always so easy and convenient to snap pics all day with our smart phones, and they now do have pretty good cameras built it… but there is nothing like images from a real camera. If you use both you will know exactly what we are talking about!

 

So if we are going to be taking our cameras around with us all the time + all the other baby/mama essentials we need a bag that can accommodate both. Jo Totes Camera Bags do just that! They provide a fashionable and easy way for women to safely carry their camera bodies and lenses, along with regular handbag items, every day! There are so many styles that we love but our favorites would have to be the Siena Leather Camera Bag that is sophisticated and timeless, and will look lovely with both casual and more formal attire. We also love the Gracie in Black because it has seven spacious pockets, a body hugging shape, and space for a camera body, multiple lenses and even an iPad.

 

If you are asking Santa for a new camera this Christmas you need to make sure you get a great back to safely + stylishly carry around with you!

 

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11.18.14

Butternut Squash Thanksgiving Soup Recipe

We all have our favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes, but today we are introducing you to a new recipe that is sure to become an instant hit! We wanted to come up with something a little different for our Thanksgiving menu this year and our thoughts kept turning to the idea of a delicious soup! This butternut squash soup recipe is perfect for fall and adds a warm hint of orange to your Thanksgiving table. Whether you serve it as a first course or right along side with your turkey and mashed potatoes, we promise that kids will love the subtly sweet taste as well!

Head over to Pottery Barn Kids Blog to get the full recipe and directions!

 

 

We hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as ours do! For more great Thanksgiving ideas, check out our stunning DIY centerpiecegold leaf place cards and kid’s placemat craft from this celebration!

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11.17.14

Baking With Grandma + Grandpa {Christmas Cards}

We are so excited to start the week off by sharing this charming Christmas card with you.  Getting Christmas cards is always so much fun and as you prepare to plan yours for this year possibly think outside the box.  Cara Call Photography did such a cute job of capturing some fun, candid shots of these darling little peanuts baking Christmas cookies with their grandparents.  We continue to love the life style pictures versus your traditional ones.  As you look at these photos you can truly feel the fun they are having and can’t help but get in the spirit of the holidays.

 

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11.14.14

Fall/Winter Fashion for Boys

Happy Fashion Friday Friends! Last week we talked about our favorite fall/winter looks for girls and today we are back at it with some styled looks for the boys! We are quickly moving from fall into winter and all of these looks are perfect for that transition with different layers and jacket options. This season we are slightly obsessed with everything flannel + plaid and or course a little pop of red! We are loving everything from plaid shirts and moto jackets paired with slouchy sweatpants to colorblock sweaters and fleece vests. And we can’t forget our very favorite accessory for boys… the beanie! Perfect for keeping those sweet heads warm and also adds a little touch of “cool guy” to the look!

 

When it comes to little boys jeans we are always on the lookout for the perfect stylish jean and ones that fit great is a must! We are currently obsessed with Rowan Christian Couture’s line for boys and our fave is the Brayden Skinny Jeans. They are offering SLP readers 20% off your order through the end of this month! Enter code PEANUT20 at checkout! Outfit details for these cute dudes are listed below!

 

 

LOOK 1: Plaid Flannel Shirt | Moto Jacket | Slouchy Sweatpants | High Tops

LOOK 2: Chambray Shirt | Colorblock Hoodie | Black Skinny Jeans | Colorblock Hat | High Tops

LOOK 3: Sweater {similar} | Fleece Collar Vest  | Rowan Christian Skinny Jeans | Beanie

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11.13.14

Baby Boy Style by Natalie with Hello Copeland

We can never get too much of children’s fashion!  I’m sure most mom’s will agree with me that it is a lot more fun to dress our little ones than it is ourselves.  Today we are so very excited to have the darling Natalie from Hello Copeland sharing some fall fashion for her cute, little peanut Copeland.

 

Good morning! I’m Natalie from Hello Copeland and I’m so exited to share this baby boy styled guest post today on Sweet Little Peanut! I love dressing and styling my little guy and have really loved finding new and unique items for him! Let’s be real for a minute though, Copeland is usually running around the house in a one-piece but on the days when he is out running errands with me or the weekends when we’re out as a family, It’s fun to get him all spiffed up. I put together this style board for some inspiration and tips on how you can easily style and accessorize the little gents in your life. So let’s get right into it!

 

Hats. Hats are so fun! Copeland has been wearing hats since the day he came home from the hospital. Whether it was a little knit beanie or a flat brim baseball cap, this kid loves his hats. Not only is this such a fun way to accessorize an outfit but it helps protect their little heads from the elements as well!

 

Layers. Now that it is getting cooler outside as winter is right around the corner, layering is a great way to keep your little dude warm and stylish. When I layer Copeland’s clothing I’ll start with either a one-piece or basic tee, add a cardigan or button up shirt and top it off with a fun jacket. This is great for winter because you can shed the layers easily once you get inside.

 

Texture . I love finding pieces with texture to add some interest to an outfit. The jeans pictured for example: I love the grey wash with the added suspenders. They are so fun and playful but different than your basic blue jeans.

 

Shoes. There are some really great styles out right now in little boys shoes! I’ll admit, baby shoes are a definite splurge for me, since they grow out of them so fast. But if it’s for a special occasion I’d definitely be tempted to spend a little extra on unique kicks for my little guy.

 

Mix and Match. Don’t be afraid to mix and match pieces, textures and patterns! Copeland has a few accessory items (e.g., hats, suspenders, scarves) and I will mix and match those pieces with different outfits to create a whole new outfit or look.

 

Save vs. Splurge. I’m always tempted by baby and toddler clothing. It’s just so little and so cute! But all those pieces can definitely start adding up. Something I do to save on baby clothing is try to only shop during major sales. Baby Gap and Zara Kids have great sales a few times a year and you can save a lot of money when you shop during those times. But of course, I’m sure other moms would agree that it’s so fun to splurge on our little ones, even more so than splurging on ourselves!

 

Thank you Sweet Little Peanut for letting me guest post for you today!

 

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11.12.14

Easy Thanksgiving Table DIYs {With Pottery Barn Kids}

Creating a gorgeous table setting for your guests is actually much easier than it looks! As we mentioned in our feature last week on stunning centerpiece ideas, Thanksgiving is all about spending time around the dinner table so including a few beautiful {and easy!} decorating ideas is key. Today we are over on Pottery Barn Kids Blog sharing two more DIY projects that are simple to re-create and work perfectly with the adults’ and kids’ tables!

 

Whenever we’re planning a table design for a party or holiday, we always love to bring a little personalization to the table to make our guests feel special and welcome. You can easily do this by creating unique place cards. Check more details on how to make these easy DIY metallic leaf place cards HERE!

 

 

For the kid’s table, we created a DIY “thankful” placemat that each little party guest could interact with. Natural kraft paper works great for a rustic celebration, but you can use any colored paper or card stock that you like. Using the same white pen as our place cards, write a simple “Thankful For” title and blank list along the right side of the sheet. These make a great pre-dinner activity to do with your kiddos and you can talk about all the things they are thankful for — from family and food to toys or pets!

 

 

We hope you loved these two simple DIY ideas! Check back again next week because we will be sharing an amazing and unexpected recipe that will definitely become a new favorite on your Thanksgiving dinner menu!

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