backyard halloween bash

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i know it’s a little late to start planning a halloween party, but this backyard bash styled by my new friend jen was too cute to pass up. plus it’s full of fun halloween food ideas like those glass apple juice jars, tomato soup, ghostly grilled cheese

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… oreo owls and dipped marshmallows.

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jen also used our blackboard perfection party set sold on minted which was fun to see! you can checkout more of the party on her blog (HERE).

off to get everyone’s costumes organized and finished and write up a plan and shopping list for the big day. holidays are crazy around here with all these kidlets — not to mention the birthdays we have this week (oz & tilly)… i’m going to need a girl’s night asap!

what’s left on your halloween to-do list!? any festive food on the menu!?

xo . rae

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wear: favorite convo tops

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we’re suckers for a good convo tee around here. the designer in me enjoys the typography aspect but i also love that they add a little sass to what would otherwise be a plain top. here are a few cuties i spotted while poking around my favorite online shops this weekend…. something i’ve been doing a lot of to pass the time while i feed pop-tart. how i ever got through the nursing stage without an iPhone is beyond me! ha!

for MAMA | 1 2 3

for MINIS | 4 5 6 7 8

also stumbled upon these for girls, after the board was already made.

(SAY YES sweatshirt, on sale. the kids’ tops were both from j.crew factory but are sold out.)

do you guys have a favorite place to shop online?

7-message-tops-for-mom-and-minion another note, it’s time to celebrate because tilly jane is SIX!!!!

happy birthday sugar. you are pretty much the best thing since sliced bread and your boldness and endless energy is both inspiring and contagious. watching you grow up is one of my greatest joys. i love you mucho – (and then some) – and hope you have the best birthday yet! xo . mama

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easy pennant pillow DIY

during the last couple months of my pregnancy with poppy we were super busy staging, packing and trying to rent out our old home. setting up a nursery had to wait so instead of painting and putting together furniture i started collect little decorative things to make piecing together the nursery a cinch when the time came.

during that time i also designed a few special things, including that hooray pillow in her crib. i love how it turned out and think it adds the perfect little happy touch to poppy’s space. i also love that it is a cut and sew project which is the best kind because you get to skip all the pattern printing, cutting, tracing, and pinning usually involved in sewing projects. you also get to skip the fabric foraging step which can be fun but is also very time consuming. at least for me – i have commitment issues.

bottom line — once the fabric showed up at my door step it only took 20 minutes to put together! if your interested, here’s how to DIY –

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SUPPLIES:

  • this cut and sew fabric from spoonflower (you just need a fat-quarter. i like using the linen cotton canvas) OR two swatches of fabric and fabric paint so you can stencil on whatever saying you like.
  • polyfill stuffing
  • sewing machine or needle
  • thread
  • fabric scissors.

HERE’s HOW

  1. using fabric scissors, cut out the pennant pieces.
  2. stack pennants right sides together and sew together using a straight stitch 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a 3-inch opening on the short end. trim the extra fabric from the points of the pennant.
  3. turn your pennant right side out. stuff with polyfill and fold the open edges in. close your pillow by sewing a top stitch all the way around the pillow, backstitching at the beginning and end and then your done!

easy-peasy, right? if you have any questions about the sewing terms, etc, let me know!

xo . rae

ps – here are a couple more cut and sew projects to try // here + here.

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the DESIGN shop.

super bummed that i’ve been so MIA this week as i’ve been loving this blogging gig and have lots of fun things planned. however i’ve been tied up for a good and exciting reason…. :)

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yep! i’ve opened an etsy shop and now that all the fine print has been worked out and written it’s time to fill it with products and i would REALLY, REALLY like your help!

if you have any ideas for items you would like to see in the shop, please share in the comments!

already listed is the “HOORAY” flag poster (as seen here and here) if you’ve had your eye on it.

can’t wait to hear your ideas and add more goodies to the shop!

xo . rae

P.S. – i would love to give all my blog friends 20% off with coupon code BLOGLOVE20

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boy meets girl

since nursing makes it difficult to wear dresses lately, i’ve been swooning over skirts and sprung for this one a couple weeks ago. mostly because, plaid. i can’t get enough of  the classic preppy meets cool kid print lately — can you!?

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top (similar) | skirt (on sale!) | booties (similar, similar)

i also love how skirts make it easy to mix feminine with masculine – just throw on a boyfriend or graphic tee or sneakers for a low-fuss vibe. so effortless and super comfy.

what do you think of the tomboy, mix-match trend and how do you pull it off? i would love some ideas!

xo . rae

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