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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26 May

Glamping at Conestoga Ranch

With heading into the Memorial weekend and everyone planning fun trips + adventures with their families we thought it was only fitting to share one of our all time favorite vacations we have taken! We promise after reading this feature that “glamping” will be come a must on your list of things to do this summer!

A mashup of “glamorous” and “camping,” glamping is a world-wide phenomenon that combines the thrills of camping with the creature comforts of home. While the term glamping may only be a few years old, the concept has a venerable history. Centuries ago, Turkish Ottomans would set up extravagant tents—appointed with silk fabrics, expensive rugs, and furnishings—as mobile palaces for their sultan. In Africa of the early 1900s, wealthy Americans and Europeans arranged for their safari tents to be outfitted with such luxuries as Persian rugs, linen bedding and a chef to prepare meals.

Camping has been a long time tradition for many families during the spring and summer months and one that we have always loved creating memories with our little peanuts. When we spent time last summer at one of our favorite destination spots, Bear Lake, we instantly became obsessed with this fresh new take on camping when we stayed at the luxurious Conestoga Ranch. Ideal for families and small children, you can forget about the hassle of setting up your own tent and sleeping on the hard ground! This resort aims to make “camping” easy, cozy, and comfy by taking care of all the hard work! You still get to enjoy your favorite parts about camping, being in the great outdoors with your family, getting a little dirty + waking up to incredible views. The best part by far is getting a good nights rest in a comfy bed. If you have small children and even a baby, there really is no better way to keep them comfortable + camp stress free!

Bunk up in one of eight traditional-style canvas glamping tents, complete with en suite bathrooms (i.e. flushable toilets) and hot showers + electricity to charge those iphones… a must if you ask us! Or enjoy one of 16 custom-crafted conestogas, also known as covered wagons with an Old West ambiance. All accommodations feature soft beds and fresh linens.

We spent the day sitting outside our tent in adirondack lounge chairs while the kiddos played inside on the beds and on the wooden floors with their toys. The ranch also has an on-site playground, big grassy areas + a game tent for hours of entertainment. With the turquoise waters of Bear Lake located just a few short miles away from the resort it, makes for the perfect place to stay. Enjoy the fun water activities at the lake during the day and then head back to your luxury tent at night to indulge in the Campfire Grill Restaurant + smores for dessert right outside your tent!


Probably the most unique thing that Conestoga Ranch offers that other camp sites don’t is an on-site restaurant. The timber-framed, open-air restaurant maximizes views of Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains while guests enjoy impeccably prepared, gourmet cuisine comprised of fresh and local ingredients. The Campfire Grill Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner to its visitors making it easy + convenient. We are still dreaming about their truffled french fries, hickory smoked salmon + crispy brussels sprouts! They also offer many great classic dishes for kids to enjoy.

Located just a few blocks from the town, Garden City, you also have access to lots of local restaurants + gift shops. If you’ve ever visited Bear Lake before, then you know that the area is known for it’s fresh, creamy raspberry shakes. A traditional must to try when you are in town. So we hopped on the complimentary bikes provided by the ranch (check out this fun tandem bicycle that the kids all took turns on) and took a little bike ride into town to enjoy some delicious raspberry shakes at La Beau’s Drive-in!

  
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