08 Dec

Holiday Entertaining Table Design

Gathering with friends and family is what the holidays are all about! Slowing things down a bit to enjoy the things that matter most with those who matter most to us! By definition, a party is a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purpose of socializing, conversation, recreation, or as part of a festival or other commemoration of special occasion. When it comes to entertaining, there are so many styles and different ways to approach hosting an event from a simple get-together with friends + family to a formal sit down dinner. We love any form of entertaining but our favorite parties of course include our little peanuts. We will be the first to admit that trying to host a party with kids definitely has it’s challenges, but for sure not a reason to avoid hosting a nice dinner if that’s what you fancy. Just because kids are invited to a party or a dinner doesn’t mean that you have to cater just to them either. This is the perfect time for you to get your adult interaction with your friends so don’t be afraid to eat + drink the things you love! We are here to teach ways to entertain this season effortlessly + stress free!

The table setting is usually the main focal point for a dinner party and set the mood for the event. We always love a formal set table but that doesn’t mean it has to feel stuffy or uncomfortable. You can easily make it feel festive + inviting by adding fresh winter greens + candles down the middle of the table. This works perfectly for any budget as well! You can also add home-made wreaths and garlands to the table area to add texture and a touch of holiday cheer. They will also make your home smell amazing for your guests!

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07 Dec

Fresh Winter Green Wreath DIY

There really is nothing better then the smell of fresh greens during the winter time! One of our all time favorite holiday activities is to make fresh green wreaths for houses! If this is something you’ve always wanted to try we are here to tell you that you MUST give it a try and we promise it’s actually super duper easy to do! So grab a group of friends and your favorite holiday drink and get to work on your own holiday fresh wreaths. We know this will become one of your favorite traditions as well and will make your home feel festive!

Our dear friend Lizy Bowden hung out with us one afternoon and made the most gorgeous fresh wreath. We are sharing her tips below!

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WHAT YOU NEED

– wire wreath frame
– paddle wire
– wire clippers
– pruning shears
– variety of greens (huckleberry, bay laurel and cedar)
*greens can be purchased at costco, a local flower shop, or even foraged from your backyard!

DIRECTIONS

1. Make a little bundle of greens by cutting down larger branches. The length of the bunch will determine how full or wild your wreath is. Shorter more compact bunches will make a tighter wreath, longer more wild bunches will make a more loose wreath.

2. Attach the end of the paddle wire to your wire frame.

3. Place a bundle of greens on the hollow side of your wreath frame, then wrap the wire around the base of the greens four or five times until secure.

4. Place a second bunch of greens on top of the wire wrapped area until it covers it completely, then wrap the new bunch with wire.

5. Continue placing bunches on the frame and wrapping with wire until your whole frame is covered!

6. Once you’ve reach the end cut the wire, leaving a little tail to be secured to the wreath frame.

*Fresh wreaths will last best if hung outside, usually 2-3 weeks!

  
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06 Dec

Little Peanut Mag Winter 2016 Issue

Winter is here and we are already enjoying the first snowfalls of the season! Typically Winter isn’t my favorite season but I can already feel something special about this one. I‘m going to embrace the things that make winter hard, like having to stay inside more and get creative on entertaining the little peanuts. I’m surprisingly looking forward to these challenges and excited for the winter holidays + festivities to come. It’s all about slowing things down a bit and truly enjoying this phase in our lives!

In this issue we are rounding-up our favorite gift ideas for everyone in the family and sharing must-have winter accessories for braving the colder days. We also have our favorite winter fashion looks for little peanuts! This time of year always brings families together for festive gatherings + dinners. Dive into our holiday gathering filled with inspiring ideas for creating the perfect setting and celebrating with the ones that are closest to you! No Little Peanut issue wouldn’t be complete without including a few of our favorite family friendly recipes for the season. Let this magical season begin!

– Megan Bailey, Founder + Editor

Flip through the pages of our Winter 2016 Issue HERE!

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01 Dec

Olga’s Romantic Maternity Shoot

Pregnancy comes in all shapes + sizes and can even vary from pregnancy to pregnancy.  With that it’s always fun to document this magical time in life with photos to transport you back to that time.  Inga Avedyan was able to capture the lovely Olga in a very soft + romantic setting.  We love everything about this, with it’s gentle lines, soft + warm tones + the all over ladylikeness feel.

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28 Nov

Little Peanut Holiday Pajama Round-up

It’s officially holiday season and we couldn’t be more excited! This time of year is always filled with so much magic and traditions. We for one are excited to slow things down the next couple of weeks and enjoy as much of the holiday season together as we can! One tradition we always love is getting holiday pajamas for our little peanuts. Today we are rounding up our favorite festive pjs this season!littlepeanutmag_holiday_pajamas

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22 Nov

Kids Friendsgiving with Gathre

The holiday season is always full of of collecting memories and bringing people near… that is way we love + cherish it so much! Today are friends over at Gathre are sharing their darling kids friendsgiving party with us!  The little peanuts politely passed their food, listed precious things they were grateful for, and made MerMag‘s pilgrim craft. “A grateful heart is rich in contentment” and we all have something to be grateful for!

Some tips for hosting your own friendsgiving!

“We opted to keep our menu really simple. Instead of a turkey, we used a rotisserie chicken. It had the same effect for the kids and made our lives much easier 🙂 We also tried to include simple things like fruit, rolls, and pre-made pies in our spread. The kids loved the mini pies we found at target. And they were only 99 cents, so a win-win. We added in a few simple decorations that spoke of fall and that was pretty much it!

Overall, planning and hosting your own friendsgiving can be as simple or complex as you’d like, but we found that the little things go a long way and these sweet kids were easy to please. The most important thing for us was that they got to experience a bit of gratitude this season. And they did so in such a charming way.”

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17 Nov

Fall Cocoa Family Session

Everything about this season is simply perfect. We are not ready to give up the shades of muted colors and our plaid blankets just yet! This time of year we also know that there is a lot of family photo sessions going on and we also know all to well how hard family sessions can be! The planning, the outfits, the location…. how am I going to get my kids to hold still for two seconds to get a photo of all of us? We have those same struggles too but if we could give one word of advice it would be to just relax and enjoy the moment as much as possible! The best shots are those when everyone is not posed perfectly and your family is captured in the raw. If you have really little peanuts it can be helpful to bring little props and things to help keep them distracted. These props can lend the images as well and even create a little bit of a theme. We are loving these candid hot chocolate in the woods shots by Ren at Studio 29! What problem doesn’t a marshmallow fix?!

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14 Nov

Mod Thanksgiving Leaf Garland

It’s officially holiday season and we are trying to soak up as much of it as we can! This time of year is so magical and the perfect opportunity to slow things down a bit and spend more time together as a family. Our friends over at FamilyFun Magazine are here with us today sharing a super fun + super cute Mod Thanksgiving Leaf Garland craft with us that is the perfect activity to do with your little peanuts over the next week while you prep for your Turkey Day festivities! Watch your kids transform your dining room into a bright woodsy wonderland with crafts to keep— and share. String these cheerful strands from cabinets, the buffet, the walls, or even down the table. Directions below!

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Mod Thanksgiving Garlands

What you’ll need:

  • Leaf templates (find them at familyfunmag.com/printables)
  • Kraft paper or paper shopping bags
  • Craft paint
  • Wooden beads (we used 20mm ones)
  • Pinecones (about 20 per garland)
  • Brightly colored twine
  • Clear tape

What to do:

  1. Print leaf templates; cut out. Trace onto folded kraft paper as indicated and cut out, then open. You’ll need about 12 leaves.
  1. Paint stripes onto the leaves and wooden beads, allowing some of the natural wood and paper to show. Paint the scales of the pinecones (rolling them works too). Let dry.
  1. Cut an 8-foot length of twine. Tie on your first pinecone, looping the twine around the top few scales. String on one or two beads, then tie on your next pinecone. Continue this way, spacing the pinecones 3 to 5 inches apart.
  1. To add the leaves: Fold the leaf stem down over the string in between the pinecones and beads, and secure in the back with tape.

*Tip: Paint a few extra pinecones and beads to scatter along your runner for easy table decorations.

  
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09 Nov

BUTTERNUT SQUASH + CRANBERRY QUINOA SALAD

We have the perfect fall recipe to share today!  This Butternut Squash + Cranberry Quinoa Salad makes the perfect lunch or a great accompaniment to any main dish.  It has all the quint essential fall flavors but is also super light + fresh tasting.  Which is another reason it makes a great side for some of the heavier + richer dishes generally served during the fall season.  This dish is super easy to make + can also be made a head of time and served later.  I love to make a whole bunch + serve it along side some grilled pork chops or steak for a quick + easy dinner + then have leftovers for lunch the next day.  After you try this I’m quite sure this may become one of your favorites as well!

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INGREDIENTS

– 3 cups butternut squash, chopped
– 1 Tbsp. olive oil
– 1 cup uncooked quinoa
– 1 1/2 cups water
– 1/3 cup dried cranberries
– 1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
– 3 Tbsp. toasted pumpkin seeds
– fresh flat leaf parsley
– salt + black pepper

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1 tsp. honey
– 1 tsp. dijon mustard
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– salt + black pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil. Season with salt + pepper, to taste. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast for 25 minutes or until squash is tender + lightly browned.

3. While the squash is roasting, rinse quinoa under cold water until water runs clear. Place quinoa + water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, + cook partially covered until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

4.  For the vinaigrette, whisk together all ingredients and salt + pepper to taste.

5. To assemble the salad, combine the cooked quinoa, roasted squash, cranberries, red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette + mix until combined. Season with salt + pepper + parsley, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for couple hours + serve.

  
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04 Nov

Little Peanut Fall 2016 Fashion | pt. 4

Today we are wrapping up our fall fashion editorial by sharing the last few of our favorite looks this season for little peanuts. You can never go wrong with a great jacket or cardigan and this season we are loving check patterns! We also love experimenting with fun patterns that lend to the season like tribal or folk art. For us it’s always a must to find a balance between style + comfert for our kiddos and we feel these looks check both of those boxes! Happy Fashion Friday!

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OUTFIT ONE – Check Jacket: Milk & Biscuits | Henley: Milk & Biscuits | Yellow skinny jeans: Zara | Sneakers: Zuzii

OUTFIT TWO – Tribal Skirt: Oaks of Acorn | Top: Oaks of Acorn | Pinfore: Oaks of Acorn | Socks: Collegien | T-Bar Shoes: Young Soles

OUTFIT THREE – Cardigan: Gray Label | Striped Tee: Gray Label | Skinny jeans: Zara | Boots: Mikoleon

  
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