26 Jul

A New Take on Prenatal Vitamins

As mentioned previously we are going to be spending the next couple weeks talking everything about maternity + newborns while we wait for the newest baby boy to join the Little Peanut family! So let’s dive right in and talk about something we’ve never talked about here on LP… prenatal vitamins. We know, we know. There’s not really a whole lot of excitement that comes along with taking vitamins every day but we here to tell you that it’s time to get excited! There are so many options when it comes to prenatal vitamins these days and if your first visit to your OB when you found out you were prego was anything like ours then you walked away with tons of samples to try out. While it’s important that you are just taking some kind of prenatal vitamin while you are pregnant, they aren’t all created (or packaged) the same!

Bringing a baby to term puts a real set of nutritional demands on your body. Taking prenatals helps support your developing baby and your own body with critical nutrients like folate for neural tube development, iron to support the additional blood circulating, and choline which is essential for brain development. Today we are sharing a couple of our favorite innovated prenatal vitamins that are changing the game + sharing some quick tips about taking prenatals!

What benefit does a prenatal give me over a regular vitamin?

One of the major focuses of a prenatal formula is to ensure that moms-to-be get enough folate, aka vitamin B9. Folate is necessary to prevent spinal cord development issues in the developing fetus and helps impact a developing baby even in the earliest stages of pregnancy. For this reason, anyone looking to become pregnant or currently pregnant should take a prenatal that includes a healthy dose of folate. Recent studies demonstrate that methylfolate, a naturally-occurring and bioavailable source of folate, may be the ideal form over plain folic acid, which is synthetic and can create absorption issues for some individuals.

When should I start taking a prenatal vitamin?

It’s a good idea to take prenatal vitamins throughout your pregnancy, but the earlier the better! Certain nutrients, like folic acid, can help with your baby’s development in the earliest stages of pregnancy, but it’s important throughout all the phases of your baby’s development to get the essential prenatal nutrients.

Will prenatal vitamins make me feel nauseous?

Many women experience nausea during their pregnancy – and the term “morning sickness” is a bit of a misnomer since it can happen at any time during the day. Our prenatal formulation is designed to be gentle on the stomach, so it’s unlikely to worsen nausea you may be feeling. Taking your prenatal with a meal can lessen the likelihood that you feel nausea related to taking your vitamins. If you do feel nauseous when you take supplements, let us know and reach out to your doctor as well to create a plan to get the nutrients you need.

When should I take my prenatal vitamins?

We advise taking your prenatals with a meal, and it’s a good idea to choose a consistent meal time to ensure regular dosing and that you don’t miss a day. The goal is just to take your prenatal on a daily basis, and it’s perfectly fine to take both your prenatals at the same time with the same meal.

One brand that really sets itself apart in creating a personalized prenatal vitamin is care/of. We were instantly impressed when opening our first box and noticing that everything was personalized! Even the cute little packets say “Made for Megan” on each one! So what’s the difference between this brand and every other brand out there you ask? Quality meets convenience and all at a reasonable price! Each packet comes with all the essential vitamins you need contently packaged in a little pouch that you take daily. We really love that you can easily through a pack in your bag and take with you anywhere and you don’t have to worry about carrying a bunch of bottles or bags with different pills. The prenatal nutrients are made from the best ingredients + no need to replenish different pill bottles that run out at different times!

Along with the prenatal vitamin you can customize your daily packet to include other important vitamins for expecting moms such as calcium, iron, probiotic blend, fish oil and a veggie omega.

Another great option that also comes in the cute little daily package that we are obsessed with is Forte Elements. We already mentioned this but really we must say it again because we love it so much… the little packages that include everything you need to take each day are so convenient and we love not having 3-4 different pill bottles that have different amounts in them to deal with! The Forte Elements Prenatal Pack includes 16 vitamins and minerals, more than other prenatal and multivitamins and supports energy levels, immune system, and heart + brain health. We also love that they not only offer vital nourishment for you and your baby during your pregnancy but they also offer a Postnatal Supplements  that include 35+ vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants carefully designed to help a woman feel energized and heal faster after giving birth. It supports your metabolism and nutrition as your body heals. And if you are nursing Forté Postnatal gives your baby the nutrition it needs to grow and fully develop + gives you peace of mind knowing you and your baby are receiving proper nutrition.

We hope this post gives you a new look at the boring old prenatal vitamin and we highly recommend either one of these options when it comes to supplementing your body with the nutrients you need during pregnancy + after!

  
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12 Jul

Summer Denim Maternity Looks | Ripe Maternity

If you’ve been following along our instagram you probably noticed that our editor, Megan Bailey, is currently prego with her third boy! We are getting so excited to welcome a new little babe to the Little Peanut family and have a bunch of maternity + newborn related features coming at you over the next month! Today, Megan is talking a little bit about summer maternity fashion and some of her favorite pieces from Ripe Maternity!

“So let me start out by first saying that I have big babies! I’m talking 9lb. babies and I’m only 5 feet tall! My husband is really tall and was a big baby so I have him to thank for my big boys! With that being said I carry my babes all out in front and by the end my belly really just gets so big! It looks cute but it for sure has it’s challenges especially when finding maternity clothing that fits + also looks stylish! I wish I could say that I can just buy bigger sizes in regular clothing (it works for maybe the first couple of months) but the truth is I have to get pieces that are fit specifically for mamas with bumps to actually cover my bump + also feel comfortable. And with it being the dead of summer I’ve been living in comfortable summer dresses, tee + shorts! Check out some of my favorite denim inspired pieces from Ripe Maternity below! They also carry so many great denim jean and short options that you must check out!”

SOURCES: straw hat | chambray dress | bandana | lace-up sandals

Here are more looks from Ripe Maternity that I’m loving this summer!

Look One | Look Two | Look Three | Look Four

  
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04 Jul

Blood Orange Margaritas

Our favorite day of summer is finally here and are so ready to celebrate! We’ve been fully enjoying the longer days + warm summer nights spent with our families. This is the time for gatherings + BBQs so of course we are pulling out some of our favorite summer drinks perfect for any summer get-together! Raise your hand if you love a good margarita… it’s one of our all time favorite drinks but today we are sharing a fun + festive spin on it! Blood Orange Margaritas for the win friends! Recipe below + enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

MARGARITA
– 2 ounces silver/blanco tequila
– 2 ounces fresh blood orange juice (about 1 large blood orange, juiced)
– 1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 lime, juiced)
– 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
– 1 tiny drop pure vanilla extract (optional)

SALT AND BROWN SUGAR RIM
– 2 ounces silver/blanco tequila
– 2 ounces fresh blood orange juice (about 1 large blood orange, juiced)
– 1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 lime, juiced)
– 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
– 1 tiny drop pure vanilla extract (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Mix together the salt and sugar on a small plate (preferably one just slightly larger than the top of your margarita glass). Run a wedge of lime around the top of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt blend at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.

2. Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed blood orange and lime juice and agave nectar. If desired, add a drop of vanilla extract (don’t pour it straight from the bottle, I used the blunt end of a fork as a dropper).

3. Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange, if desired.

  
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30 Jun

Travel | The A Frame Haus

With it being a holiday weekend and lost of people planning to head out of town and maybe even do a little camping we thought it was only fitting to share one of our favorite new vacation (or staycation) spots! We recently stayed at the A Frame Haus in Heber, UT which is actually about an hour drive from our house but it felt like we were in a whole other area! Nothing like getting away for a few nights! As you can tell from the pictures this cabin has been very nicely renovated and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay in the mountains! We loved that it had a full sized kitchen and came with everything you needed to cook meals right there at the cabin if you didn’t want to leave! It truly was the perfect place to unwind and spend quality time with the family. But the location is also only about 5 minutes away from the small town with great family friendly restaurants if you wanted to venture into town as well!

The space includes 3 bedrooms with queen size beds in them, two full bathrooms, a big open kitchen + living room space, a tv room upstairs and our personal favorite… a cute little loft for the little peanuts to play in! You can check out all the amenities HERE and we highly suggest checking out this place for your next family getaway!

  
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27 Jun

Petunia Pickle Bottom | Certified Fair Trade Woven Tote

Just in time for Summer, Petunia Pickle Bottom has just released today their custom-designed & hand-woven by Certified Fair Trade makers in Africa, a one-of-a-kind tote that bring style to every destination! Each tote is hand-woven to create a bag that is uniquely yours with a spacious interior + 2 woven interior bottle pockets! We also love the removable, washable changing pad and leather stroller straps that are included with your tote! Make sure to snag you one of these limited edition totes before they are all gone!

  
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20 Jun

Natti Natti | You, Me and Sea Collection

One of our favorite bedding brands for little peanuts, Natti-Natti, just released their new “You, Me and the Sea” collection that will give you another reason to love Swedish brands. Sea dragons, narwhals,sand, and sea-colored print pieces add a touch of wanderlust to any room, transporting little ones to a shimmering ocean where adventures await!

atti-Natti‘ creators, Shannon and Eric, found inspiration from their Swedish background as well as from their experience living near the Baltic Sea! The brand’s fresh minimalistic pieces are all made in Brooklyn in small batches with love, care, and 100% organic cotton. Check out some of our favorite pieces from this collection below!

  
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14 Jun

Kids Swim Fashion | Palm Springs Inspired

The hot sunny days + long summer nights are finally here and we couldn’t be more content! This time of year is truly when we feel like our kiddos come alive with all the summer fun activities. It’s a time of year for us to slow down a bit + enjoy time together as a family. So bring on the water and bring on the swimsuits! Today we are sharing our favorite swim looks for this season inspired by one of our favorite destinations, Palm Springs!

LOOK ONE || Havana Bikini Top – Mikoh | Sardinia Bikini Bottom – Mikoh | Hat – Fallen Broken Street

LOOK TWO || Swim Shorts – Zara

LOOK THREE || Palm Tree Swim Shorts – Zara

LOOK FOUR || Mai Bikini – Velveteen

LOOK FIVE || Bermuda Swim Shorts – Zara

LOOK SIX || Ruffle One Piece – Minnow Swim | Mini Check Boardies – Minnow Swim

  
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06 Jun

Moisturizing Beauty Products for Summer

As we are getting older we are starting to see the signs of aging. Yep! Not to excited about that but lucky there are so many products out there that can help with keeping our skin feeling fresh + looking youthful. On the flip side of that we are also aware that since there are so many products out there claiming to be the best, it can be a bit daunting to even know where to start and what products are actually worth buying! Well today we are sharing some of our absolute favorite beauty products to help moisturize + get your skin looking it’s best for summer! For several months we tried each and every one of these products and truly stand by them! See what we love about each product below!

ONE LOVE ORGANICS

One Love Organics products has a devout fan base and we are apart of that group! We have used these organic beauty products for years and are obsessed with the award-winning Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover that effortlessly lifts away impurities and makeup while restoring skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH balance. No harsh drying soaps here! Finish your routine morning + night with Vitamin C Brightening Facial Serum to help visibly brighten skin dulled by stress and environmental elements. Followed by their new Skin Dew Coconut Water Cream helps to combat dehydration and promote balanced, moisture-rich, and healthy-looking skin. Have we mentioned yet how amazing all their products smell?!

GOOP by JUICE BEAUTY

We are going to shoot it to you straight! When we first heard about Gweneth Paltrow’s new beauty line, Goop by Juice Beauty, we thought the price point was a little unobtainable for the every-day women and didn’t quite understand the hype. Were the products an instant hit because they were created by a mega star or were they really that good? We felt like this article wouldn’t be complete without trying it out for ourselves and sharing our honest opinion. We will start by saying the Luminous Melting Cleanser is probably our favorite product from everything we tried and it’s worth every. single. penny! Yes it truly is that good! We’ve realized over the years the soap based cleansers leave our skin feeling tight + dry and the solution is this cleanser that sinks luxuriously into your skin to remove dirt and makeup, leaving it incredibly moisturized, soft, and glowing. This sumptuous blend of almond, olive and coconut oils, shea and cocoa seed butters, as well as jojoba and sunflower gently purifies and deeply hydrates the skin as it cleanses. Beautifully textured, it evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. There is a night and day difference in our skin since we started using this product. We love that a little bit goes a long way + lasts forever! Start putting your extra change away each month because you need this!

OILLE

Ok. We will face the facts. We are getting older and so is our skin. Because of that we’ve got a new found love for facial serums and Oille is the expert. Did you know that 70% of what you put on your skin absorbers into your body? Yep. That includes all the nasty hidden chemicals beauty companies don’t want you to know about. It’s important for us to be more educated about what products we use on our skin + stay away from hidden chemicals that can cause harmful side effects. The Black Currant + Edelweiss Organic Facial Renewing Serum repairs skin damage, improves aged skin, soothes discomforts and restores vitality. Our fave is the Raspberry + Rooibos Organic Facial Anti-Aging Serum. A highly sought after featherweight, concentrated serum that confidently combats deep wrinkles and age spots with sun protecting nutrient-rich raspberry seed oil and antioxidant tightening rooibos tea extract.

OSEA

Inspired by the sea and founded with the intention of creating a natural skincare line free of toxic, synthetic ingredients. OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. OSEA products are created with innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates. The Atmosphere Protection Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that hydrates and helps provide barrier protection against surface damage caused by environmental stressors such as extreme dry climates, wind and air pollution. And if you are looking for a great mask then look no further! The White Algae Mask is an age-defying, antioxidant mask that instantly improves the appearance of dull, uneven complexions and delivers long lasting hydration. Perfect for a more luminous look!

KOPARI

Coconut everything! Say Aloha to Kopari Beauty where every product starts with 100% organic coconut oil and is made with the purest intentions. So you always know your beauty is safe with us. And best of all, performs (and smells) like a dream. The Coconut Sheer Oil bombshell does it right and keeps it light. Jam-packed with goodness, it’s a face moisturizing, makeup-removing, split-end-softening powerhouse that can multi task like nobody’s business! Give your face a refresh with Coconut Rose Toner. With this toner, skin’s natural pH balance is restored as it tightens up those pores and keeps redness at bay. Don’t forget the holy grail of coconut oil. The Coconut Melt is the ultimate all-over skin moisturizer, under eye rescuing, hair deep-conditioning, belly-balming, baby skin soothing, beauty in a bottle for your whole bod.

GLOSSIER

Glowing, dewy skin is Glossier’s thing. Their skincare products are designed to instantly optimize skin’s tone, texture, and hydration levels so that it’s already at its best before you even think about makeup. We love the Priming Moisturizer that instantly brings out the best in your skin, so you have a fresh glowing canvas. Immediately on application, this plumps skin up with moisture to create cushiony bounce and an even texture, which helps minimize the appearance of pores, minus any heavy blurring ingredients. If you are in need of a makeup refresher or midday pick-me-up, try the Soothing Face Mist. It’s made with roses and aloe to hydrate, soothe, and leave you feeling fresh and awake! One thing we literally can’t get enough of is their Balm Dotcom skin salve! A hydrating, long-lasting, do-everything skin salve that’s packed with antioxidants and natural emollients to nourish and repair dry, irritated skin. Use a small amount on any part of the body that needs extra moisture, especially lips, cuticles, and rough patches. Try it in coconut for luxe lip smacking!

  
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02 Jun

Fashion Friday | Introducing Petit Elle

It’s Fashion Friday and we’ve sure got a good one for you today! One of our all time favorite online shops, Le Petit Organic, a NY based online retailer that emphasizes on handmade goods, just launched a brand new summer collection called  “Le Petit Elle”. Their pieces are a nod to the past, while fitting for the present. We are completely smitten with every piece!  This sweet and colorful heirloom line is made in New York, paying closest attention to detail to ensure longevity and comfort. The line runs from 6-12m to 6y and retails between $44-$78. Check out our favorite looks below!

  
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31 May

Norah’s Farm Fresh Birthday Party

We sure love a cute + fun first birthday party and our friend Amber, owner of Amber Reverie Design, Flowers + Styling, designed one darling party for her little girl, Norah! So many great ideas + inspiration below!

“Our little Norah was born just as spring was unfolding, so I’ve always called her my Little Spring Chicken. I wanted to create a farm fresh celebration that felt warm and inviting for our family and friends. Inside a hundred-year-old schoolhouse, natural centerpieces of dried winter grasses transitioning to foraged new spring blooms were arranged in a carved wood bread bowl. Farm fresh eggs, blossoms and delicate mushrooms created an inviting tablescape for guests to converse around, as vintage rug poufs on blankets provided additional areas for friends to gather, picnic-style. We provided a casual spread of various cheeses, fruit, herbed popcorn, artisan lemonade, vanilla rose shortbread cookies and a beautiful smoked sea salt, dark chocolate cake. After all the kids at the party went on an egg hunt and played games outside, Norah tried her first little banana cake, which she pulled right into her mouth and attacked face-first. As guests left the party, they were sent with little spring chicken favors for the kids, and sweet pea seedlings in egg shells for the adults.”

  
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