30 Aug

Beachside Babes

Fall is just around the corner + with that we can’t help but hold onto the last bit of summer.  So we are featuring some beachside babes styled by lovely Lily Grace Bennet.

The concept is very laid-back, modern and minimalist. Our color palette is inspired by our location, the beach alongside Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago, lots of grays, blues, and whites. I wanted to showcase clothes that kids love to wear, and that parents love to look at but often don’t know where to find. Childhood in its purest form, without any unnecessary frill. The kids are happily alone in their own world, taking pictures, laughing, playing on the crisp, light-flooded beach.  The city is present as well, in the form of urban murals, and the concrete walls and lakefront. This shoot was created for the transition from summer into fall, showcasing light and bright backgrounds and outfits, but also more muted tones and warmer clothes for fall.

We absolutely adore the looks Lily put together + hope it brings some you some inspiration in your stylings.

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24 Aug

Adah + Dawn [Mommy + Me]

Words are not enough to express the unconditional love that exists between a mother + a daughter, Adah + Dawn are no exception to this.  This darling duo was captured by the lovely Aundrea with Undressed Moments.  We absolutely adore the moody feeling these images invoke, a timeless + adoring love + friendship that will last the test of time.

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22 Aug

Jake + Califa Artsy Maternity

To start off this new week we have a a gorgeous, down-to-earth, artsy maternity session to share with you.  Gretchen Gause was the magician behind the lense. We couldn’t love these images more, they are so raw + real and that’s what we love about them!  Gretchen said

“When shooting couples, I always aim to capture them in their rawest form at that particular time in their lives. I want the two of them as well as their new little one to look back at the images and be reminded of who they were when she/he came to be. I hope that the images remind them of their humanity, their love, their perfectness and their beautiful imperfections.  As parents it’s easy to become hard on ourselves when we don’t live up to society’s or even our own expectations. Images like this, I believe, can help remind couples why they even decided to become parents. Love. And that’s enough.” 

We love Gretchen’s words and couldn’t agree more!

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15 Aug

Wren & James Linen Collection

It’s always so fun seeing some of our favorite designers launch new lines and we always anticipate what they are going to come out with next! We’ve been long time lovers of Wren & James for their nostalgic + playful dress designs. We are thrilled to help share the news of their new Linen Collection that just launched today! The perfect collection to drag out the last of those summer days and transition perfectly into the colder crisper days of Autumn. As the temps get a bit cooler you can easily pair these pinafores with cardis + turtlenecks! Without further ado, check out their new collection below!

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12 Aug

Back to School Lunchbox Styling Contest

We are getting ready (kind of) for our kiddos to head back to school next week… is summer vacation really over? Fastest summer yet. It is a little hard to face the reality but non the less we are starting to crave a little normalcy + structure in our days. With back to school comes lunches and if we are talking lunches then we of course have to chat about a fun collaboration between Minted +Lunchbox Dad + Pottery  Barn Kids and Whole Kids Foundation to help encourage creativity and fun as we prepare for Back to School season this year! All of these amazing brands are coming together to host a fun lunchbox styling contest that you can get involved in + win some amazing prizes! See the details on how to enter below!


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  • Share your images on your instagram using #lunchboxstyling and mentioning @minted, @lunchboxdad, @potterybarnkids, and @wholekidsfoundation in your caption for a chance to be entered into the contest!
  • You will have 5 opportunities to win, here are the categories for submission (feel free to enter as many as you want with different lunchbox stylings):
    • Out of this World (best Outer Space related design)
    • Going for the Gold! (best Olympics related design)
    • Best design by a kid 
    • Most unique healthy lunch
    • Most creative 
  • 1 winner from each category will receive:
    • $300 to use at Minted, $100 to Pottery Barn Kids, $100 to Whole Foods – plus an Instagram share on Minted’s Instagram account.
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09 Aug

Pottery Barn Kids + Star Wars Room Makeover

It feels like this summer has been the fastest yet and we can’t believe that in just a short week our little peanuts will be heading back to school! When this time of year rolls around it’s always got us thinking about updating the kiddos room and getting it organized for the new school year ahead. This year we wanted to completely makeover our boys shared space to updated it + make it feel more like a “cool big boy room”! We partnered with Pottery Barn Kids to create just that! A cool + modern room with a touch of a Star Wars/Space theme. We decided to make this room look more futuristic by keeping the color palette mainly black + white with a few shades of gray + pops of color. It was important for us to find a balance between stylish but also fun, functional + inspiring for our little peanuts.

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The wall with the dresser on it is a pretty long wall so we knew we wanted to fill up that space with a great wall gallery. We also partnered with Minted who know offers an incredible selection of stylish wall art that also come with amazing framing options! We just love how the different modern pieces + Star Wars art came together to create a perfect gallery wall for kids!

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One way to make a room feel fresh + new and give it a good facelift is simply by painting the room. Before this room was a light blue and we knew we wanted to drastically change that. We decided to use our all time favorite white paint: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams and to make the play nook stand out we decided to go with a contrasting black paint. Can we just say how obsessed we are with black walls right now?! If you are looking for a tried + true black paint we suggest Tricorn Black by Sherwin-Williams.

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Low Bunk Bed | Duvet Covers | Star Sheets | Star Wars Pillows | Darth Vader Quilt | Planet Mobile | Pendant | Book Ledges | Wood Stump | Hang-A-Round Chair |Spindle Side Table | White Task Lamp | Lego Darth Vader ClockStorage BasketDresser | Black Picture Frames | Faceted Fire Signs Art PrintLa Luna Art Print | Northern Sky Art Print | I Dream of Outer Space Art Print | Die Cast Storm Trooper | Die Cast Millennium FalconToys Paper BagPlay Table | Metal Chairs | Star Wars Marquee Sign | Stripe Rug | Wood Clothes Rack | Wooden Blocks | White Paint: Extra White | Black Paint: Tricorn Black

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04 Aug

Fawn Design | Bags for the Modern Parent

We couldn’t be more thrilled for the success of our friend Jenny Wecker owner of Fawn Design. We love hearing stories about other mother’s who are working hard to be business women + raising families. Jenny is one of the most kind and humble people we know and we love to support businesses that offer innovative products for modern parents. If you aren’t familiar withFawn Design then let us introduce you to them! Fawn Design creates high quality diaper bags with a simple + sophisticated look. We love these faux leather bags so much and use them pretty much on the daily. They area easy to clean + opens wide so you can see all of your everyday essentials. Wear your Fawn Design bag as a backpack or messenger bag and one of the things we love most about these bags is that they are even perfect for daddy’s to wear!

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01 Aug

Sweet Baby Ella

To make the start of this week a little sweeter we have a precious baby girl newborn session to share with you.  Sweet baby Ella was the first little girl to be born into her family + they couldn’t have been more excited!  Maria Doka, the very proud auntie of this little one, was able to capture baby + momma beautifully.  We absolutely adore these images + couldn’t be happier for this darling family.

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29 Jul

Summer Swim Fashion for Kids | pt. 3

Even though we don’t want to admit that our summer vacation is starting to near the end and we’ve let thoughts of back-to-school creep into our minds, the fact is it’s still super hot outside and will be for several more weeks! Our plan is to soak it up as much as possible! Today we are wrapping up our summer swim fashion editorial with the last of our favorite looks this season. Bring on the swimming!
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LOOK 1: Hat | Cut-Out One Piece

LOOK 2: Sunnies | Striped Briefs

LOOK 3: Turkish Towel | Swim Trunks | Sandals

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27 Jul

Homemade Blackberry + Honey Sea Salt Ice Cream

Is it seriously almost the end of July?! The summer months always fly by so quickly and we are absolutly not ready to let these warm days go away just yet! July is national ice cream month so we felt like it was only fitting to bring back one of our all time favorite recipes! This easy homemade blackberry + honey sea salt ice cream recipe is not only delicious but requires no fancy equipment! This ice cream is no churn baby and we know it will become an instant favorite for your family this summer!

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost the end of July and we are starting to have back to school plans on our minds. We aren’t ready to give up our summer just yet and are still trying to live each day to the fullest. Of course that includes eating more than our fair share of popsicles, snow conies and ice cream! Our little peanuts have a serious sweet tooth and we can’t keep these summer treats in our house for very long. Lucky for you we are sharing one super easy homemade ice cream recipe that will knock your socks off (ok maybe flip flops off)! We used to be so intimidated by making ice cream because we didn’t have all the fancy equipment but this no churn ice cream doesn’t require all that and with just a few simple steps you can make your very own Blackberry + Honey + Sea Salt ice cream! Recipe below… enjoy!


– 2 cups heavy whipping cream
– 7 ounces (1/2 can) of sweetened condensed milk
– Seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 2 pints fresh blackberries
– 1/4 c. honey
– 1 tsp. sea salt

In a bowl, mash the blackberries and set aside.  In a stand mixer with whisk attachment add whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, honey, and vanilla.  Whip until stiff peaks form.  Gently stir in the mashed blackberries.  Spoon the ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for 4 hours or over night.

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