Everyday Adventure: New Darlings

From backyard bonfires to cross-country road trips – this is the summer for adventure! Today we kick off our Everyday Adventure series with Christina and Robert of New Darlings.

Adventurers at heart, Christina and Robert packed a summer picnic and ventured to South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, (in their mocs, of course!) to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding them.

Check out our Q&A with them below to learn more about how they are celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

Everyday Adventure: Summer Picnic with Robert & Christina of New Darlings

Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon.
Summers in Phoenix are hot.  There is no way around that.  We’ve definitely become “morning people”.  We have found that it’s best to head out early, find a trail to hike, and welcome the summer sun.  We’d rather be outside, then cooped up somewhere. Afterwards, we’ll try to find some shade and have an early lunch.  We love getting out and being able to just talk and enjoy the blue skies that never get old here in Arizona.

What makes for a perfect summer picnic?
Picnics are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with the one you love.  When we both have the day off, we love to load up our picnic basket with our favorite blanket, some sandwiches, fruit and a refreshing drink or two. Don’t forget to bring your instrument of choice and your favorite hat & pair of sunnies to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Favorite part of living in the Southwest.
The sunshine and low humidity are some pretty great perks of living in the Southwest! But aside from the weather, we really love how this area isn’t fully established yet.  The local art and music scenes are still evolving and we love that we can be a part of it!

What other adventures are you planning this year?
We’re hoping that within the next few months, we can carve out some time to take a long trip to California and explore a bit.  We have a lot of fun projects coming up this year.  We have been blessed to work with so many amazing companies and talented people, and can’t wait to share everything we have cooked up!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram all summer for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Jaci Marie Smith

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Georgia Pellegrini’s Adventure Getaway

Recently I have been thinking a lot about my close girlfriends and how important those relationships are to me. When I look back over the years I realize I met so many of them during those unforgettable bonding experiences that life brings your way.


There is a lot that I love about the Adventure Getaways for women that I’ve been doing over the last two years, but my hands down favorite thing is watching women come together from across the country, meet each other for the first time and leave at the end of the experience as lifelong friends.


This April I had the honor of taking a group of lovely ladies up to Destination Kohler in Kohler, WI for one of my Adventure Getaways. These women came from near and far to ditch their regular day to day and challenge themselves to be more fearless, step outside their comfort zone and try new things that they had in some cases never done before.

We got up close with nature as I taught them all about hunting, fishing and clay shooting; and then taught them about all the parts of our food that we normally discard but that are actually delicious. The next step was to put it all in context and have a cooking class together.

Destination Kohler is a playground for outdoor adventure. One of my favorite moments was our mystical hike on the trails that took us through the entire property.

And after the outdoor adventure, the delicious meals that fueled us onward, from parfaits, to venison roasts, to the most delectable desserts.  Because after all, a girl’s gotta have a French macaroon bar before she hunts!

But ultimately it was the down time, the moments in the conservatory and around the fire while roasting s’mores that fueled the great conversations that bonded us forever.

I had a wonderful time showing these brave women the ropes of the wild.  Sometimes we just need a break from our normal routine to get back in touch with nature and ourselves. I know I always have great experiences on the Getaways, and know my fearless guests left with some stories to tell and friendships that will last a lifetime.

If you’re feeling a need to step out of the hustle and bustle and get some dirt under your fingernails, join me on my next Adventure Getaway. This October, we’re taking Montana by storm!

About Georgia Pellegrini:
Georgia’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of “Food Heroes,” “Girl Hunter,” and the new book “Modern Pioneering.” She has appeared on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Iron Chef, and much more, and her outdoor Adventure Getaways have been featured everywhere from the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to HBO. She lives in Austin, Texas and chronicles her adventures on her wildly popular website GeorgiaPellegrini.com and her Facebook fan page.

Mamas & Babes: Kelli Murray and Rylee

Happy Mother’s Day!  To celebrate we asked each of the lovely boho beauties featured in our new ‘Mamas & Babes’ lookbook to share with us a few of their favorite moments of motherhood.

Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
To be flexible.   Things don’t always go exactly as planned, you have to learn to go with the flow.

What’s your favorite activity to do together?
Draw.  Rylee has grown up watching me paint / draw (I work as an illustrator and graphic designer).  She could draw with me for hours.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
The immense joy she brings to my life.

What’s one lesson you learned from your mother?
In regards to parenting, my mom has taught me to always confirm individual worth and beauty.   Each of us was created with a unique purpose.  She taught me to believe that in myself, and I want to do the same with my daughter.  Encouraging her in her strengths and affirming her worth.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give?
Early on, when I was struggling with the balance between work and motherhood, I remember reading that it was less about balance and more about “the juggle”.  Finding balance somehow implies that everything will be perfect one day and that we will come to a place where we have “everything figured out”.  The juggle however, is learning how to make it work within our own situations.  It’s a constant challenge and it’s not always pretty, but somehow, you make it work.

I’ve slowly learned to let go of  the unrealistic expectations I put on myself to “do it all”.  I do the best I can with each day and try to remember that that my best is enough.

What’s been the most memorable moment so far?
Holding her in my arms for the first time.  I’m not sure if anything will beat that.

Share your favorite part of motherhood.
The overwhelming and unconditional love that they bring.  It’s hard to remember my life prior to having my daughter.  But I know for sure that she has filled my life with so much more joy and fulfillment than I ever thought possible.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Cassidy June and Rylie

This weekend we’re celebrating the style and wisdom of each of the lovely moms featured in our new “Mamas & Babes” lookbook,  inspired by motherhood and a bohemian lifestyle.

Cassidy June of O My Darlings and daughter Rylie

A perfect day together is spent…
Outside! I love watching her explore the world outside. I feel the best at the end of the day when I’ve put the electronics away for awhile, and just followed her lead, enjoying her sense of curiosity and humor. One of my favorite quotes is: “And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.”

What’s one lesson you’ve learned from being a mom?
There is no such thing as balance, or being a perfect mom. I make tons of mistakes, and feel out of balance all the time. I’ve also learned that to get even close to balance means that I need to seek support and be ok with having support in parenting. Letting others help me, like family, provides me the time and space to do other things that contribute to my sense of identity. Then, when I am with my daughter, I feel more present and have that much more energy for her.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Getting to experience parenting with my husband. We’ve known each other since we were kids ourselves, so it’s incredible to experience having children with him. I love our days and nights together, and having that shared experience with him has been one of the best parts of being a mom.

A lesson I learned from my mother is?
My mom taught me what I hope to teach my daughter. She was a working mom, and I grew up feeling empowered to take on whatever goal I had for myself. My mom also taught me though that it’s ok to not “do it all.” Meaning, we did not always have the cleanest house, and there were a lot of take-out dinners…but we almost always ate together and she was at every ice skating competition and soccer practice. She even ice skated with me, we did a mother-daughter duo at a competition once! Those are the things I remember, and the things I hope my daughter remembers.

Best piece of advice you’ve received or the best piece of advice you could give.
Ask for help. That doesn’t make you a bad mother, because really…it takes a village.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent

Mamas & Babes: Tori Hendrix and Lucca

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we asked each of the lovely mothers featured in our latest lookbook a few questions about their favorite day-to-day joys of being a mom.

Tori Hendrix of Sitting In A Tree and daughter Lucca

A perfect day together is spent…
Exploring! We travel a ton and there’s nothing I love more than sharing the world with this girl. She’s been to Morocco, Paris, Nicaragua, Mexico, Amsterdam, and all over the U.S. hopefully all these adventures make her a really well rounded kid!

Our favorite activity to do together is?
Create! I love working on projects with her and she loves to get dirty and paint.  A day well spent involves some creativity, for sure.

What’s the best part of being a mom?
Reliving life through her eyes. I’m a person that is on the move non-stop and she helps me slow down and pause and appreciate things a little more.  And having this constant buddy is so fun. I’m so lucky to be able to share this journey with her!

What’s a lesson that you’ve learned from your mother?
My mom taught me to be strong and go after what I want.  She’s always run her own business and been a leader in her community and I know that’s the reason I walked away from more conventional career paths and tried to carve my own way in this world. I hope my daughter does the same and really pushes for what she believes in.

What’s your favorite part of motherhood?
All of it. I never knew it would be like this or that I would embrace it in this way. I was never that girl that KNEW I’d have kids. I really love our day to day and spending so much time with her because I work from home.  It’s hard, very hard on some days, but it’s so rewarding to be a part of the every day with her.

Enter the Minnetonka “Mamas & Babes” giveaway for the chance to win a new pair of mocs for you and your babe this Mother’s Day!

Photography by Taryn Kent