17 Dec

The Whiskey Rose Cocktail

We can’t believe the holiday weekend is only a week away and if you are celebrating this weekend as well with friends and family it’s the perfect time to give one of our favorite festive drinks a try! The Whiskey Rose Cocktail is beautiful and perfect for celebration drink! You can even make it kid friendly in our tips below. Enjoy + have a great weekend!

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INGREDIENTS
– 1.5 oz rye whiskey
– 1/2 oz rosemary simple syrup
– 1/2 oz lemon juice
– Sparkling apple soda such as IZZE Sparkling Apple
– Bitters
– Sprig of rosemary + slice of apple for garnish

DIRECTIONS

1. Make the Rosemary Simple Syrup. Add one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and add 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Once its cooled, strain the simple syrup and place in a lid tight container. Keep any extra refrigerated.

2. For the Whiskey Rose, in a cocktail glass, stir together whiskey, simple syrup, + lemon juice. Add a scoop of ice. Top with sparkling apple soda, then dash with bitters. Garnish with your rosemary + your apple slice.

* To make a kid-friendly version serve sparkling apple soda with an apple slice

  
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15 Dec

Holiday Gift Guide for Girls + Boys

This year our little peanuts are all at such a fun age and are so excited for Christmas. It’s safe to say they’ve had their lists for Santa filled out since October and the anticipation of finding out what Santa is bringing them this year seriously about to kill them! Along with that we know the struggle of trying to find the perfect gifts for them that they will love and not just play with once. Today we are sharing our holiday gift guide for both boys + girls below to help Santa out this season!

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13 Dec

Baby Holiday Guift Guide

We are in the holiday gift giving spirit and this week we are sharing our favorite gifts for everyone in the family! Today is all about the little baby! If you’ve been struggling on the perfect gift for that little peanut in your life then we’ve for sure got some great ideas for you below!
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12 Dec

Shereen + Adaline [Mother + Daughter]

The bond between a mother + daughter is simply divine, having a mother who loves you is truly a blessing + vice versa.  With that we have the lovely Shereen + Adaline who are the perfect picture of this kind of love.  Inga Avedyan was able to capture this lovely duo + we love everything about it!

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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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