summer makeover (for the blog).

You guys, I’ve been designing a new look for this here blog and brand to match all the fun projects I’ve been working on lately. Planning on making some updates over the next few days so you should notice some changes. As I’ve come to expect with anything techie there are bound to be a few hiccups so please let me know if you notice anything that’s off or not working right. I appreciate it and appreciate you for hanging out with me here and supporting my work and journey. It means sooooo much — your the best! :)

Now for a little peek at the brand style board I put together:

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Aside from the midnight blue, the colors will most likely change depending on the season and I also have a running list of decorative fonts I like to use and other embellishments but I’ll use this as a guideline to keep things cohesive while also saving loads of time on the design end.

After months of ambiguity it feels so good to have an actual logo and color palette! If you have a blog or shop that could use a little help in the design department, send me an email or leave a comment. I would love to help! (rae at raeannkelly dot com)

 xo, Rae

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Summertime Stroller Workout

It’s challenging enough to fit a workout in while the kids are in school and with everyone home now for the summer 24/7-ish it’s hasn’t gotten any easier. So I asked my super fit friend, trainer and health guru, Tori, to help put together a workout routine the kids can tag along for either in a stroller, on bikes or at the park!

Excited to share what we came up with and a free printable to make it even easier, below:

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click to download, SIMPLE STROLLER WORKOUT PDF

Here is an example of something I might pick for a workout:

  • Cardio: 2 minute run
  • Exercises: BURPEES//overhead squat (with poppy as weight)//kettlebell swings (with poppy as weight)//crunches
  • Reps: Pyramid (12, 9, 6, 3, 1)
  • Repeat: 5x or 1 pyramid sequence

BREAKDOWN: so I would run for 2 minutes with the jogger, stop and do 12 burpees, 12 overhead squats using Poppy as my weight, 12 kettlebell swings with Poppy as my weight and 12 crunches (with Poppy most likely crawling over me :). Then run again for 2 minutes, stop and do 9 burps, 9 overhead squats with Poppy, 9 kettle bell swings with Poppy, and 9 crunches. Run again for 2 minutes and then stop and do 6 of each exercise, etc.  Make sense?

YouTube is chockfull of exercise videos so search there if you need a how-to visual. Be sure to start easy and build from there. I always try to remind myself that working out is more about progress, endorphins and being a good example for my kids then getting a six-pack in one day.

If working out is not your thing try inviting a friend (or 5) because there is power and encouragement (and silliness) in numbers. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!

XO . Rae

A HUGE thanks to Tori for helping out with this post! If you are local and looking for a gym we LOVE and highly recommend Doxsa Crossfit. They do an amazing job and always have new classes and programs going on. You can even try it out for free and kids are welcome. Maybe I’ll see you there? 

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summertime carry-alls.

If Christmas is the season of perpetual hope then summer is the season of perpetual packing — for the weekend, beach, lake, hike, park, day-trip, pool day, picnic, ball-game, you pick farm, sleepover, camping, you name it.

So I thought I’d put together a round up of some cute summery bags…

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MAMA: one / two / three

BEACH: one / two / three

MINIS: one / two / three

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After Poppy was born I ditched my usual oversized bag and bought this backpack from target to tryout the trend and totally love it. What is your favorite kind of bag to carry around?

xo . Rae

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DIY HANGING PLANT + SHARED ROOM UPDATE

hanging-plant-diy-2The girls shared room makeover has been  s  l  o  w   going since my last post (in february! oh, my!). We had decided not to paint the walls but the grey-ish, tan-ish color, although pleasant, was really killing the vibe I was going for. So last week we got the tape and rollers out and painted the walls white and now I’m all in decorating mode and can’t wait to finish up. Nothing jumpstarts a home dec project like a fresh coat of paint!

Here’s what Poppy’s wall looked like pre-paint:

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Still love the sleepy eye decals but will need to pick a different color (any suggestions?).

The hanging plant turned out super cute too exempt the paper planter I made (with a plastic cup insert) isn’t holding up very well. Think I’ll opt for hanging a few of these planters from IKEA in front of the girls’ window and away from a sleeping babies head instead. Plants make a big difference in a room but I am always hesitant to add them to little kid spaces… actually I’m really bad at adding them anywhere but especially in the kids’ rooms. However, I love the look and function (away from little hands) of hanging one or a few up and it literally took just a few minutes to make…. Instructions below!

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You’ll Need:

  • 30 feet of para cord (check your local craft store or etsy!)
  • key chain ring
  • small planter
  • scissors

Here’s How:

  1. Cut the cord into 5, 5-1/2 foot pieces and fold them in half to make a loop.
  2. Place the key ring over the loop and pull the ends through to make a knot and pull tight.
  3. Take two cords and make a knot 11 inches down from the ring. Pull tight. Repeat until you have 5 knots and sections.
  4. Now take the left cord from one section and right cord from the next section and tie them together in a knot about 6 inches down.
  5. Place the planter in between the cords and gather the cords together at the base of the planter (extra hands or a hook to hang the ring from are helpful for this part!). Grab the longest cord wrap and tie it around the rest and pull tight.
  6. Lastly, (I missed this step!) trim the ends of the cords and leave as they are or fray.

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Super cute, right!? And I’ve seen them made with yarn too if you don’t want to track down para cord.

Can’t wait to finish the room and share pics with you!

XO . Rae

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MINI (cocoa) BITES

These mini bites are legit-ness and I’m not just saying that. Even my 14 year old Ozzie and his friends are obsessed and since said 14 year old is graduating from middle school today (insert crying emoji) and would die if I posted a picture of him and then gushed about how amazing he is and what a proud mama I am, I thought I would share his favorite snack recipe instead!

In addition to being Ozzie’s fave, super healthy, a cinch to make, and easy to pack they are also a perfect summer treat because you don’t need the oven. Read on for the no-bake recipe!

super-cocoa-bitesMINI (super healthy) COCOA & PEANUT BUTTER (no-bake) BITES — makes 30, takes 30 minutes start to finish

Ingredients you’ll Need:

  • 1 cup natural peanut buter
  • 2/3 cup honey (agave works too)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup *chia seeds (if you have them!)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Here’s how:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer and mix until combined.
  2. Roll 1″ balls (a cookie scoop is helpful) and place on a rimmed cookie sheet or tupperware container.
  3. Eat right away or let chill for 10 minutes (I like them better chilled first). Store in an airtight container for up to a week. However, they will probably be eaten long before they expire!

NOTE: When rolling the balls, if the mixture is too sticky, cover and chill for 20 minutes in the refrigerator or stir in some extra flax seed or oats. If mixture is too crumbly or not rolling together add a little peanut butter or honey.

I’ve had a few questions about how our family does the whole food thang. Not perfectly would be my response but we have also made lots of progress and I would love to share what’s worked for us. Let me know if you have any specific questions, below.

Now, run (don’t walk) to your kitchen and make some of these bad boys. I promise you’ll thank me!

XO . Rae

*Have you heard, the same seeds grown on the cha-cha-chia pets are also loaded with antioxidants, fiber and protein (among other things) and are making their way into everyday foods? We buy a big bag of them at costco (thanks for the tip, dad!) and add them to smoothies, pancakes and oatmeal mostly. I’ve also heard they are delicious on roasted veggies and in baked goods and probably loads of other things.

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