(a sweet pic of my bookends from my Instagram feed last week – Poppy 10 months, Ozzie 14 years)

Some of the most common conversations and questions I get asked are about kid planning and age gaps. I think mostly out of curiosity since we have so many but also because starting and growing a family is a big deal. And fun to talk about so I thought we could chat about it today!

While having 5 kids doesn’t make me an expert on the subject I have developed some opinions over the year. Especially since our oldest kids are now, well, older and we’ve walked out those age gaps a little.






Click to download: IT’S ALL MESSY 5×7 ART PRINT, PDF (for personal use)

This quote could not be more true for me at the moment. Smack dab in the middle of summer with a house full of unmade beds and kids with unbrushed hair. Late nights and visits with friends have also lead to messy (but good) conversations.

All of the above is lovely and brilliant, but for a chronic over thinker it can be a bit exhausting. I’ve found the best remedy is to take a step back and do something productive that doesn’t take a lot of brain power. If you know what I mean. Like folding laundry, going for a run, finishing a simple home dec project or even checking something off my shopping list.


^^^ A few of my favorite prints in the DESIGN SHOP at the moment! ^^^

In the spirit of being productive (with a side of retail therapy) we’re having a BOGO sale in the DESIGN SHOP – today through Sunday! No code necessary just let us know in the “note to seller” box at checkout which additional print(s) (of equal or lesser value) you would like us to include with your order.


Here’s to decorating bare walls and checking things off of the shopping list!




Wait, what? Two fashion posts in a row!?

Yes, that’s right. Totally unintentional but the combination of not having my planned monday post ready, the cool-weather weekend we just experienced and the oodles of back to school catalogues that just showed up in my mailbox has me considering fall layers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready for summer to end. Not even close. Back to school sounds like a swear word at the moment but in a few weeks it will be unavoidable so I thought I would ease myself into it with a transition post and share a few summer wardrobe pieces that I will most likely be sporting this fall.



FLARE DENIM – pictured

  1. free people mid-rise
  2. madewell flea market flares
  3. anthropologie high-rise flare

These puppies came back in style quickly considering it seems like yesterday I had a few pairs in my goodwill pile. Anyone else? Regardless, they are back and I’m pretty excited about it. Mostly for their 70’s charm but also because (hello!) legs for days!

Side note: Loving the mid or high-rise fit with a hem the grazes the ground (like pic 1 or 2 above).



  1. asos in black matte
  2. nordstrom in suede

Probably not the most practical item for fall since I’m not sure I’ll be brave enough to wear with socks, but this summer I’ve had to be purposeful about not wearing them everyday so my other shoes didn’t get jealous, so I’m not sure I’ll be able quit them just because the weather changes a bit. At the least I’m guessing they’ll be on repeat through mid-October :)


JUMPSUITS – pictured

  1. twill jumpsuit at nordstrom
  2. denim romper from anthropologie
  3. madewell zip overalls

I can hardly wait to get my overalls out of seasonal retirement and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the jumpsuits this summer so they will definitely be in my closet this fall.



  1. itsums – I can’t say enough about this online app/social space where you can set a budget and then start “pinning” items to your project board and let the app keep track of all the products while add things up for you… all in one place. Seriously a God-send and worth trying.
  2. @ellabrooksblog on Instagram – she is much more California cool than mio, but I find her feed so sweet, inspiring and share worthy.
  3. Emilie Maslow and her pinterest boards – a fellow pacific northwest girl and friend who has the most amazing eye for cool real life style as well as the catalogue kind.
  4. Kendi Everyday blog – Probably the only fashion blogger I follow consistently. She wears a lot of heels and outfits that aren’t as practical for my life but she keeps it fresh, tries new things and is fun and not stuffy.

So there you have it. Summer pieces that have fall staying power and my secret weapons for doing anything stylish and on budget.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

XO, Rae

(Photo magic by Stacy Jacobsen)




6 weeks or so of playing capsule wardrobe and I’m still sorting out what I think about it. You see, I’m not much of a cereal shopper and my closet has never been an overflowing one. So I’m not sure I’m experiencing the same life changing perks that I read about on other blogs. However, I am the kinda girl that takes for-evvv-er to decide on an outfit and that has definitely changed and get’s me thinking about next season.

Here is a peek at another (random) week of outfits:


// 1. anniversary date redo, romper, shoes 1|2 // 2. everyday stuff in all white, top, shorts, sandals // 3. mostly work day in all denim, top, jeans, shoes // 4. work, park, errands in hat, shirt, shorts, birks // 5. catching up on… life and hike with the kids, top, shorts, birks // 6. baseball tourney in ozzie’s team hat, top, shorts, birks // 7. after a long night of teething, got everyone to church solo, helped in nursery and then chilled the rest of the day… in my sweats! kimono, jeans, sandals //

I think making the time to plan a seasonal wardrobe with pieces that mix and match has been the best part of this process and while I haven’t decided if I’ll be putting together an official fall capsule I will most certainly be putting together an unofficial one with those principles in mind.

Have any wardrobe tricks or hangups? Let’s dish!


XO, Rae

PS – Next week I’m excited to share some of my favorite capsule resources and pieces I’ll still be wearing this fall!




ice-cream-cone-wrappersDuring the summer months everyday is national ice cream day but yesterday it was official and since ice cream makes everything better (even mondays) I thought I would share these cute ice cream cone wrappers.

Scroll down to download friend!


click to download, ICE CREAM CONE WRAPPERS, PDF

To use, open the file, print on white paper (text weight or card stock), cut along dashed line, wrap around sugar cone and secure with tape.

Looking forward to using these next time we have company.


As seen here, picking an ice cream flavor is a major struggle for this fam and I almost always end up buying more than one at a time. Lately caramel waffle cone get’s my vote. How about you guys… Do you have a favorite flavor?

XO, Rae


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