08.29.14

Katie Waltman Jewelry for Mommy + Me {Part 2}

TGIF! Yesterday we featured part one of Katie Waltman’s new jewelry line for little peanuts and we are so excited to finish it off today with the rest of the gorgeous images by Jylare Smith from our shoot featuring our favorite pieces from Katie’s new line! What we love about Katie’s pieces is they are unique and conversation starters for sure. We always get so many compliments when we wear her jewelry! Katie designs everything from one of a kind necklaces to earrings and bracelets. We can’t get enough of Katie’s new line that will now allow moms to coordinate with their mini me’s!  Our favorite pieces would have to be the Neon Tassel Chain Necklaces and the Leaf Chain Bracelets for those little wrists!

 

If you are local you need to stop by Katie’s Boutique in Salt Lake City, Utah because it’s as darling as they come! Katie also sales unique clothing pieces for women and it’s one of our favorite places to find unique outfits that you don’t see everywhere! We love Katie’s work so much we are also doing a GIVEAWAY for $75 to her shop! You can pick out a piece for you or your little peanut… or both! Make sure to enter below!

 

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08.28.14

Katie Waltman Jewelry for Mommy + Me {GIVEAWAY}

We have been longtime friends and lovers of everything Katie Waltman does! Her one of a kind jewelry line is absolutely beautiful and we love wearing her statement pieces! It’s been a long time in the works and we have been anxiously awaiting the launch of Katie’s new line for mini me’s! We are so thrilled to be able to debut her new line for the first time today on SLP! We just can’t get enough of her delicate and stylish pieces for moms and little peanuts including unique stones and Beaded Tassel Necklaces! We love Katie’s work so much and want to share the love with one of our lucky readers! Enter for your chance to win $75 to Katie Waltman’s Shop and you can choose a favorite piece for you or your mini me… or both!

 

 

A big thank you to the amazing Jylare Smith for these darling photos! Make sure to check back tomorrow to see the second part of our shoot and more beautiful pieces form Katie Waltman’s new line! And most of all make sure to enter the giveaway below!

 

 

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08.27.14

SLP for MaxLove Brand

Inspired by hope. Made with love. MaxLove Brand helps superkids thrive against the odds and we couldn’t be more honored and proud to wear our MaxLove Brand caps!

 

MaxLove Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing families fighting childhood cancers and life-threatening conditions with accessible, practical, and kid-friendly whole-body wellness.

 

“Inspired by SuperMax Wilford, a six-year-old fighting brain cancer, MaxLove Project is a 100% volunteer-driven, grassroots nonprofit organization founded to help SuperKids thrive against cancer and life-threatening conditions. MaxLove Project began as an effort to pay forward all the love, kindness, and practical help we received after our Max was diagnosed with brain cancer. We received so much that we felt a deep need to start reflecting this love on to others fighting the same battle. Outside of conventional medicine, the most powerful things that helped, and still help, us were ‘integrative’ therapies like acupuncture, massage, and anti-cancer nutrition. We were able to afford these because family, friends, and strangers helped us. We wanted to figure out a way to do this for others. This is what MaxLove Project is all about.”

 

Check out all of the amazing cap designs and their newly launched Loom-Against Cancer Collection just for kids!  Please help us represent this amazing cause by showing your MaxLove! By sporting one if their caps, together we can give hope and let these special kids know that they are not alone and we are here fighting with them! We are strong. We are brave. We love you!

 

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08.26.14

Back to School Bedtime Books

Our little peanuts started school last week and it has been a little bit of an adjustment for them as well as for us. We are having to get back in our nighttime routines and going to be earlier has been a bit of a challenge. We are still clinging onto the recent summer memories of playing outside until it got dark and late movie nights with the family. One of the things we have been trying to do to establish a good routine at night and get them excited about going to school again is bedtime stories. Yes we hear it all the time and we do read a lot, but it really is so so important to read to your peanuts and creating a routine that they do it every night before bed is so rewarding for them and has also been rewarding for us moms! We hope you will join us on this challenge and try reading to your kiddos every night or as much as possible. To make things a little bit easier we have put together of our top 10 favorite bedtime stories that encourage going to be, have great educational learning lessons and beautiful images your babes will love and practically beg for you to read more! We would also love to hear some of your favorites… we are always looking for new reads to add to our library!

 

1. Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site | Hands down our favorite bedtime book and it’s requested every night! Little boys who love tractors will love this book and it’s a great way to encourage going to bed.

 

2. Splat the Cat | We love the Splat books and pretty much have them all! This is the first book and it’s all about Splats first day at school. This book is perfect for little kids going to school for the first time and they will love the illustrations!

 

3.  The Day the Crayons Quit | Crayons have feelings too! This darling back to school book is perfect for learning colors in a funny way!

 

4.  Those Darn Squirrels | This is the story of what happens when a grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits—with hilarious results. You and your kiddos will be laughing a lot with this one!

 

5. Stream Train, Dream Train | When the dream train pulls into Night Falls station, a crew of assorted and rambunctious animals loads the train cars one by one. With striking artwork and gentle rhyme, this is a soothing bedtime tale that takes the listener to dreamland.

 

6. Llama Llama Red Pajama | Another great series! Baby Llama loves a bedtime story and good-night kiss from mama. But when Mama Llama turns off the light and leaves the room, Baby Llama begins to worry. His whimpering turns into a hollering drama – until mama returns to reassure him.

 

7.  Skippyjon Jones | This is a wildly wonderful book about a hyperactive kitten, Skippyjon Jones, whose head and ears are too big for his body, and whose imagination is too intense for his mama. Chock-full of rhyming chants and cute illustrations!

 

8. Where the Wild Things Are | This one is a classic that we loved as little kids. An enchanting dreamland adventure that is full of discoveries and excitement. It will become an instant favorite!

 

9. Olivia and the Fairy Princess | This special book is perfect for that special fairy princess reader. Olivia is having an identity crisis! There are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around these days, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! We love this hilarious take on individuality.

 

10. How do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? |  Over and over and over again! The perfect count-along book that helps kids learn their numbers in a fun way with silly dinosaurs and simple, rhyming text. We can’t get enough of the laugh-out-loud illustrations!

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08.25.14

Pretty Smitten {Personalized School Supplies}

Is it really Monday again?! It sure is and we are excited to bring you another fun week here at SLP. Our kiddos started school last week and we have been working on some activities and new goals to make this a fun + educational year. There’s no better way to get your little peanuts excited for school and learning then with their very own personalized school supplies! We are obsessed with our Pretty Smitten personalized school supplies and our little peanuts think it’s so cool that their note books have their name on it! With our notebooks we have been working on writing or coloring each day in them. Even if they are just practicing writing their names or having fun coloring a picture, these notebooks have quickly become a favorite activity and something we as moms will treasure forever. There are so many different color + font options that you can really customize a special look just for your kids. For boys we are loving anything camo and for the girls it doesn’t get cuter then cheery cherries!

 

We also have big plans for the personalized 3 ring binder. This will be the perfect way to store and keep nice all of their paper assignments and artwork for the year! We also love the personalized stickers that can be used for pretty much anything including labeling other school supplies or lunch bags. Make sure to check out Pretty Smitten’s site to see all of their personalized items including everything from phone cases to paper goods to place mats and plates!

 

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08.22.14

Gap Kids Back to School Looks {For the Girls}

One of our favorites parts about the fall is the fashion and this season we can’t get enough of the new line at Gap Kids! As we mentioned in our earlier post today we were asked by Gap Kids + our local Gap Kids at University Mall in Orem to be their blogger of the month and to style a few of our favorite back to school looks for boys and girls. We had a hard time narrowing down our favorites because there are so many great pieces for fall! If you missed it, check out our previous post for our favorite boys back to school looks! And don’t forget about our Back to School shopping + crafting event we are hosting tomorrow at the Gap Kids at University Mall in Orem from 12-2pm. For more details about this event click HERE.

 

FOR THE GIRLS:
When it comes to girls fashion this fall we are loving everything from dresses to high-tops and baseball caps! We are seeing lots of neutrals ranging from grays to shades of blues with accents of muted pinks and yellows. For our first look we went with prepster/sporty look by incorporating our favorite mustard corduroy dress and pairing it with a denim jacket for a classic layer and high tops for a fun + sporty look for those playful girls!

 

For our second look we went with a more casual feel with a cute starry top {we are loving star patterns right now!} and skinny jeans. To keep things casual we love slip-on sneakers for girls and we suggest trying them in willow pink! Our go-to accessory this fall for ourselves as well as our mini me’s is baseball caps and we just love this pink logo hat! This look is perfect for the class room or even playing outside with the boys!

 

You can find links to all of our favorite back to school items for girls below!

 

 

FIRST LOOK: corduroy dress | denim jacket | high tops | headband

 

SECOND LOOK: starry top | skinny jeans | slip-on sneakersbaseball hat

 

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Gap Kids Back to School Looks {For the Boys}

TGIF!! We love Fashion Friday’s on SLP and today we are so excited to share with you all a fun project we have been working on with Gap Kids and our local Gap Kids at University Mall in Orem! We were asked to be their blogger of the month and to style a few of our favorite back to school looks for boys and girls. We of course jumped to the challenge and had a blast putting together some must have looks for fall!

 

FOR THE BOYS:

When it comes to dressing our boys one of the first stores we look at is Gap Kids. Hands down they have the best options for boys from classics to current fashion trends. We will be totally honest here. Boys fashion can be a tad bit more challenging because it’s hard to find clothing items that aren’t cheesy and full of characters for boys. This challenge also makes styling boys look our favorite! We want our boys to look cool in the latest fashion but also have great basics that they can wear every season and that’s why we love Gap Kids because they have just that!

 

We styled two different boys looks for this shoot. The first look is a more comfy, laid back, hipster look that is easy to move and play in but also looks stylish! Probably our favorite fashion piece for this fall is the yellow puffer vest because it’s perfect for layering. The fall is all about layering and if it gets a little warm you can easily take off the vest. We are always in search of the perfect skinny jeans for our skinny boys and these are our new favorite skinny jeans in medium wash. Add a chunky knit beanie and you are set for anything this school year throws at ya!

 

For the second look we went with a more classic prepster vibe. We are completely obsessed with this varsity jacket paired with a classic chambray shirt that goes with everything! To complete this look you need a great pair of high tops and these high tops are seriously perfect! We love how they have a zipper on the side and no-tie laces to make for super easy getting on and taking off!

 

There are links to the all of the items at the bottom of this post and make sure to check back this afternoon for our favorite back to school looks for the girls! Photography by Lindsey Orton.

 

LOOK ONE: 2-in-one tee | puffer vest | skinny jeans | herringbone slip-ons  | beanie | backpack

 

LOOK TWO: chambray shirt | varsity jacket | black skinny jeanshigh tops

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08.21.14

Back to School Lunches

We are having a hard time getting over the fact that things have quickly moved from the swimming pool to the class room, but we are also excited for our little peanuts to get back to school and have fun learning new things! Whether you have kids in full day school or even preschool age kids who still each lunch at home we have some great + easy lunch ideas to get them excited for lunch time! Today we are guest contributing over on Pottery Barn Kids Blog and sharing some of our favorite ideas and tips so make sure to head over their and check them out!

 

Make lunch meal prep + storage super easy and convenient with our favorite PBK lunch bags and food containers. There are so many cute styles and patterns for boys and girls it’s hard for us to pick a favorite… but the great news is there is free shipping on all backpacks and school lunch bags right now! We are loving the Classic Mackenzie Gray Butterfly bag because it can easily hold an assortment of food containers, utensils and easy access for a drink on the side! Try using this clear food storage set {that comes in an assortment of colors} to easily organize and hold all your lunch goodies!

 

Our trick to get picky eaters to try new things and be excited to eat is all about the presentation! By doing simple things like displaying their food in special containers or changing the shape of their food can really make a big difference. Easily change an every day sandwich into a cute flower by using a sandwich cutter and adding cheese cut into petals and a cherry tomato on top!

 

 

 

If your kids love dip with everything then you need this Chip & Dip Container! This is for sure one of our favorite and must have lunch necessities because it can easily {mess free} store your favorite fruits & veggies + dip or even chips and dip! We are sharing the BEST peanut butter dip recipe over on PBK Building Blocks that will be your new favorite, we promise!

 

 

For our boys everything is camo this fall! From our favorite henly to this Blue Camo All-in-One Lunch Bag! We are completely obsessed with the stainless steel food box that comes with stainless steel utensils. No need for lots of little containers with this one! The box can easily hold an entire meal and keep things nicely organized. If it’s day 5 and you are already out of ideas for lunch try these yummy mini wraps for a different option then a sandwich. Our favorite is a little mayo, lettuce, ham and cheese! For a sweeter taste try peanut butter, thinly sliced apples and cheese. This box is also perfect for packing leftovers from the night before and it’s easy to get creative with such a beautiful display!

 

 

A meal wouldn’t be complete without a sweet treat to finish it off! Check out our recipe to make your very own homemade alphabet crackers right here on PBK’s Blog. We secretly love to munch on these sweet crackers ourselves and our little peanuts love to have fun spelling out words while they eat! How about that! A yummy + education treat for the win!!

 

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08.19.14

Back to School Craft {Book Worm Bookmarks}

Today we are officially kicking off our Back to School week with one fun + cute craft activity! Our little peanuts start school this week and we have been getting them excited and ready to head back to the classroom by making these silly book worm bookmarks! All you need is some craft paint, googly eyes and popsicle sticks {use jumbo craft sticks to allow more room for artwork}. Let your little peanuts go to town making their own colorful worms. This can also be an added educational activity by talking about the different colors and shapes they are making. To get really artistic think princess worms, superhero worms and even minion worms!

 

Once the stick have been painted let them dry a couple of minutes before adding the googly eyes. To help the eyes stick and last longer use a hot glue gun to apply them {kids should not help with this step if using hot glue}. And there you have it! Silly book worms that will make reading even more fun!

 

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08.18.14

Chelsea’s Baby Bump

It’s Monday and we are back at it with Chelsea’s beautiful maternity session photographed by Jessica’s Photography! Chelsea makes for one stunning mama and we love that they chose to shoot their maternity photos in their beautiful home. We are always big fans or having maternity or newborn photos taken in your home because it also gives you the chance to get some cute photos of their nursery. These photos will for sure be something you can look back on one day when your little peanuts are all grown up!

 

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