monday fun-day + a winner

hey lovely! hope you had a fantastic weekend!… me and my swollen feet welcomed a couple days of cooler weather  and lots of hangout time with friends. excited and anxious to say that the countdown to baby sis’ arrival officially fits on two hands (eek!). while the waiting game begins i’m oddly thankful for a never ending “to do before baby arrives” list to distract me.

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(a few iPhone snaps from swim lessons the last two weeks)

oh and before i forget, i have the teepee winner to announce!

thanks so much for playing along with our giveaway last week! i had so much fun reading comments and wish i could give everyone their very own teepee (wouldn’t that be a fun surprise!? maybe one day:) but am looking forward to more giveaways in the future.

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one of the things on my to-do list this week is to finish packing for the hospital. i’m most of the way done but in my research found most of the hospital packing lists online are stuck in the 90′s and would love to hear if you have any suggestions!

xo . rae

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a teepee GIVEAWAY and little camper FREEBIES

wednesdays are a good day for a giveaway, wouldn’t you agree!? especially when it involves a teepee! i’m extra excited as this is the first (of many – fingers crossed) giveaway we’ve hosted on the blog.

in addition (since we’re all winners round here!) i’ve made these two “happy campers” posters you can download and print for freeeeee…. well i guess the printing isn’t free, but the downloading is!

keep scrolling — all the details are below.

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HAPPY CAMPERS & ADVENTURERS POSTER DOWNLOADS:

TIP: large prints are cheap ($6-$9) through the costco photo center.

(as always, i love connecting with ya over on insta so don’t forget to tag me (@raeannkelly) if one of these ends up on your wall or you share the post in your feed!)

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^^^(never a dull moment with this girl – i should know better than to ask her to hold still for a sec)^^^

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happy-campers-and-a-giveawaynow for the real goods!

allow me to introduce you to B.E. Little You and ME, a sweet etsy shop opened and run by Sarah who is a busy mama and 2nd grade teacher (yay for teachers!)!

we are partnering with her to giveaway one of the 4 panel ($115 value) teepees (as seen on keeping up with the kardashians) featured in her shop.

to enter, simply visit sarah’s etsy shop and then leave a comment HERE that shares what style teepee you’d choose if you won! for bonus points, choose a picture from above (or this ‘smores post from last week) to pin to pinterest!

giveaway closes MONDAY, JULY 21st at 6 am PST. one winner will be chosen at random.

good luck. i hope you win the teepee and that you have the perfect spot for one (or both) of the posters.

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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a birthday note to griffin!

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happy  3rd birfffday, griffin william! the last year has been anything but terrible (unless i’m trying to buckle you into your carseat, but we’re working that out!) and just keeps getting better. we love to hear all the silly and clever things that come out of your mouth and your ability to pick up on songs (you’ve jumped onto the frozen bandwagon with big sis) and the expressions on your face while you sing them. your giggle is contagious and you have a remarkable ability to hold your own when it comes to being the youngest (although not for long!) yet you have the sweetest tender side and cuddle like it’s your job. you would like to have a baseball bat or foam sword in your hand at all times and insist on sleeping with all three of your stuffed puppy dogs at bedtime.

wish i could bottle you up and never forget what your like at this age but at the same time can hardly wait to see what the next year holds for you.

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you are the most curious, attentive and excited about my growing belly and announced at breakfast yesterday that you, “can’t wait for baby poppy to come out!”

we are looking forward to seeing you as a big brother – a job i anticipate you’ll take very seriously! thank you for the love and energy you bring to our family. we love you to the moon and back.

a million smooches, momma

(pics from a mother’s day mini session with stacy jacobsen)

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a smorgasbord of S’MORES!

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one of my favorite parts of summer is when we light up the fire pit and breakout the s’mores fixings. not because it’s an insanely yummy treat (i mostly pick at the chocolate bars), but because it’s the perfect way to fill a summer night with family time or entertain a larger group. in fact, i’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not have fun while roasting mallows with kids… (having wet wipes handy helps too)! to keep s’mores nights spontaneous and special i grabbed this camp stove by poppytalk at target (for nights when johan isn’t home – i leave fire building to the fireman of the house) and thought it would be fun to put together a smorgasbord of s’mores options for the kids to choose from.

Some S’more Fixings Ideas

  • Classic s’more with sprinkles
  • Chocolate grahams, mallow and sliced strawberry or banana
  • Graham cracker, chocolate, shaved coconut, nutbutter
  • Graham cracker, cookies and cream chocolate bar or peanut butter cup and mallow

some of those square chocolates with mint or caramel fillings would be a nice addition too as would some chocolate petite ecolier cookies by LU (double the chocolate!) at the store but no luck this time.

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and there is the pure happiness i was talking about!

what do you guys like to do on summer nights with the fam?!

or maybe you have a fave s’more combo?

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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camper care package + so many milestones

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not sure if the pregnancy hormones are making me extra sentimental or if we’ve just hit a busy season with lots of changes, but lately the kids seem to be reaching all kinds of milestones. nothing major but still a sobering reminder of how quickly my babes are growing up.

one of those milestones is that espen will be heading to summer camp with our church for the first time without his older brother as a bunkmate or dad as a counselor. luckily we know many of the other campers and parent helpers so i know he’ll be in good hands — however i don’t want to send him off without putting together a little care package to greet him when he shows up!

camper-care-package-2nothing too fancy or over the top. i mostly wandered the isles of target and grabbed things i thought he might enjoy:

TARGET: striped bucket with lid, parachute guy, slime, baseball cards, playing cards, glow sticks & pop-its

S’MORES MIX: teddy grahams, marshmallows and chocolate chips

ZINK: found at crewcuts (and included mostly for my own nostalgic reasons!)

most of the other things i would think to include (water bottle, flash light, money for snack shack, notebook, etc.) are already on his packing list so there is a chance that he won’t even touch most of the items in his care package but hopefully he’ll feel loved when he opens it!

do you have any other ideas for the care package? are you sending anyone off to camp this summer? or thoughts on the subject?!

i’d love to hear in the comments…

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

ps – hope you guys had a fantastic long weekend! going though all my iPhone pics from the 4th and am hoping to share tomorrow!

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