PIN TO WIN $100 TO TARGET

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Structured days, early nights and lunchbox packing is coming to an end and being replaced by endless water play, all day snacking and impromptu get togethers. We can hardly wait so thought we’d celebrate with a PINTEREST PARTY! One lucky winner will receive a $100 Target gift card — just follow the guidelines below.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

  • Sign up for email updates at the bottom of this post.
  • Make sure you are following Rae Ann Kelly on Pinterest.
  • Pin at least 3 of your favorite Rae Ann Kelly blog post images from this board on pinterest or directly from their respective blog post pages.
  • Make sure your pins’ caption includes the hashtags: #raeannkellypins and #rakpinparty so we know you’ve entered!

Contest closes Monday, May 30th at 6am PST. I’ll announce the winner here and then send a message to your pinterest account by the end of the day.

Have fun you guys!!! I’m excited to follow along :)

XO, Rae

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BREAKFAST CLUB: SMOOTHIE BOWLS (+ A MEAL PLAN)

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I love a good “build your own” type meal. I also enjoy a good bandwagon. So, since smoothie bowls are super easy to personalize and trending at the moment, I figured it was time we gave them a whirl. Now I’m wondering what took us so long!?

If you and your kids like smoothies you will LOVE these. They are basically extra thick smoothies topped like a parfait. Toppings make everything better, yes? Yes! Here’s how we made ours…

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BERRY BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL (makes 2 big bowls or 4 small ones)

You’ll Need:

  • 1-1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other preferred milk)
  • 1 cup spinach or favorite green
  • 2 tablespoons chia/hemp/flax/etc. seed
  • honey or agave to taste
  • ice to taste
  • favorite protein powder (optional)
  • toppings – chia seeds, shaved almonds, berries + other fruit, shredded coconut, granola, etc.

Here’s How:

  1. Toss all ingredients (except toppings) in a blender and blend until well combined and mixture is too thick to suck through a straw.
  2. Pour into bowls and prinkle with toppings of choice!

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Give me ALL the toppings please! I think they are the best part of any dish but especially these smoothie bowls. Aside from the delicious taste the colors and textures are so pretty and pretty food is fun to eat.

Now we just need to try acai bowls… Which I think are like smoothie bowls with an added ingredient? Have you guys tried them?

(CLICK HERE TO CHECKOUT OUR MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK)

Happy Monday!

XO, Rae

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LIFE LATELY + A NOT SO TERRIBLE TUESDAY

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I’m not usually a fan of springtime in the pacific northwest. It can be a lot like winter – gray and wet with a few sunny days sprinkled in. But this spring feels a lot like summer and has me all excited and inspired to do more adventuring with Griffin + Poppy during the week. Yesterday we went with friends to the cutest petting zoo (lots of over sharing on snapchat at raeannkelly) and this last Tuesday Johan and I took them to checkout a new area on the waterfront in Tacoma called Point Ruston. It was super fun and low-key and will definitely  be added to our play date rotation.

Here’s a peek at our morning adventure with a few other random “life lately” things below…

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//Our stroller game needs an upgrade!//

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//Cookies and coffee before we play of course.//

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//They have the best daddy.//

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//Griffin mid-dab. The things he picks up from his big brothers and then adds his own swag to absolutely kills me in a good way. Crazy how quickly the little ones grow up when they have older kids to keep up with!//

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//rocks + water = hours of entertainment//

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//Checking out the bike and buggy rentals for our next visit.//

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L O V I N G : all the embroidered tops and dresses that keep popping up in my favorite stores! Wearing this one and it’s on sale! (jeans that I wear almost every day and similar shoes)

Also loving the everyday staple pieces for the kids by Wildly + Co that make getting them dressed and looking cute so easy. Griffin is wearing one of their tees above and has a hoodie as well. Their swing top gets worn a lot around here too. Everything fits so great but size up if your kids are in-between sizes. Now if they could just make some options for me too!? Mama needs a new hoodie!

T H I N K I N G : a lot about joy this week. Why it comes more naturally to some than others. Why at times it needs to be stirred up and other times it comes easy. And why I can feel so blah when it’s just not there. But like this scripture below says, I think the treasure and the joy is often found in the process…

“Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10

…enjoying blessings, sharing those blessings and ultimately relying on God who is the source of joy.  Oh and that last part about strength is like all the topping and sprinkles and whip cream on my ice cream (because I don’t really like icing or cakes). Joy would be enough but God is always wanting to spoil us with more.

W O R K I N G   O N : our photography skills! Johan has been kicking butt and is way ahead of me in the online class we’re taking but it’s been a fun new hobby to enjoy together.

L A U G H I N G : The kids have been full of surprises and saying ridiculously adorable things (that I keep forgetting to write down). Although Tilly had a small cow the other day and Johan thought for sure she was going to say a word or two that weren’t that adorable. Thankfully she digressed, spent sometime pulling weeds (a productive consequence around here) and was all snuggles by the end of the evening.

On that note… Happy Friday you guys!

XO, Rae

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MINI MAKERS: PLAY FOOD DIY

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Ever since the play kitchen remodel, Tilly and I have been dreaming of play food we can make together and ice cream cones were at the top of the list. Fitting since they are also at the top of our grocery list this time of year too! She’s been on a – teach me to sew – kick lately but a no-sew projects seemed like a good place to start and a strand of felt balls hanging in the family room were begging me to make them colorful scoops of ice cream.

Here’s how to DIY…

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YOU’LL NEED:

  • felt balls (4cm felt balls pictured, but you could glue 3 smaller ones together or use pom-poms or foam balls)
  • markers or paint to decorate “cones”
  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • small pieces of felt for sprinkles
  • container to hold finished play food (I used a plastic one from the deli)
  • glue (optional)

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Cut the cone shapes from an egg carton (see dashed line in picture above). Decorate with markers or paint.
  2. Cut sprinkles from a piece of felt. If desired glue onto felt balls.
  3. Decorate a label for the ice cream container.
  4. Take orders for ice cream cones and start playing!

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These ice cream cones would make a cute Birthday gift or fun crafternoon activity even if you don’t plan on keeping them around for use in a play kitchen.

Do you have any other play food ideas?

XO, Rae

P.S. – Here is another ice cream inspired post you might enjoy.  So happy it’s ice cream season!

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HAPPY MONDAY + A MEAL PLAN

menu-plan-may-2Hope you guys had a snuggle filled Mother’s Day weekend with lots of handmade gifts, flowers and yummy food too! We spent most of our weekend at baseball games but also managed to sneak in a trip to the farmer’s market and a date night (watching baseball of course :). Woke up feeling tired but also very spoiled. Definitely a weekend for the books!

After any good holiday weekend I almost always find myself playing catch-up when Monday rolls around. So I spent a little time on Friday getting ahead and made a meal plan for this week and thought I would share.

Here is what we’ll be eating:

If you are curious, HERE is a post about how we meal plan, deal with picky eaters, etc.

Are there any summery recipes you’ve been looking forward to making/eating?

CHEERS to an amazing week ahead!!!

XO, Rae

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