bus stop style (dad + mini)

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as promised, a little bus stop style for the men in your life! honestly, i could pick out and dress boys all day everyday — it’s the girlie stuff that tends to trip me up a little! hope you like!

for DAD: hat, top (option), pants (option), shoes

for MINI: top (option), sweater, jeans, shoes, headphones (option), backpack

i finally got around to doing a little back to school shopping earlier this week but am only about half way done and still need to decide on backpacks! purchasing a new backpack for back to school is like a tradition around here… and since it’s something they carry everyday i also tend to splurge a little too. however, after talking to several moms who purchase new ones when the old ones are worn out, i’m starting to feel like a major sucker! what do you guys usually do about backpacks?

xo . rae

ps – love the state backpacks (pictured) because for every bag purchased, they give one away to a child in need in the US… they also put on motivational rallies and events that create change in communities. so cool. and so are their bags!

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bus stop style (mom + mini)

bus-stop-style-mommy-+-mini2for MOM: hat, top (option), rings, denim, tote, shoe (option)

for MINI: hat, denim jacket (similar), top (option), backpack, track pants, sneakers (option)

just two weeks left before we send our kids back to school and even though there is an abundance of cute fall duds in the stores and online right now, i haven’t purchased a single item. not feeling quite ready to say goodbye to summer! or my kids’ cute faces!! hoping this outfit collage get’s me inspired to check a few things off my back-to-school shopping list today!

how about you!? are you ready for back to school?

xo . rae

(ps – i haven’t forgotten about the boys in your life. come back tomorrow for a daddy + mini bus stop style!)

gray-stripePPS – for more style inspiration, check out this fun video we did as part of a back-to-school series with mom.me!

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HEAD HERE TO WATCH

xo . rae

. CREDITS .
creative direction: rae ann kelly
video production: mark titus, august island pictures
production asst: paul moore, jane kelly + stacy jacobsen

 

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in my hospital bag + a checklist.

because most of the hospital checklists i found were circa 1990 and because i love to see what other mamas pack for trips, carry in their diaper bags and (in general) how they make life with kids work, i thought it would be fun to share what was packed in our hospital bag for poppy’s birth. a few things to keep in mind with regards to my list: 1) i had a scheduled c-section. if you plan on doing things au-naturale you may want to add a few items to your list for labor.  2) hospitals make me homesick so i tend to overpack in the name of comfort. 3) other than clothes to wear home, hospitals have everything you really need… right down the the (fancy) disposable mesh underwear.

details, links and download are below!

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CHECKLIST 

POPPY’S GOING HOME OUTFIT – (pictured) the cutest onesie by HEN & CO (love this one too!), leggings zara, socks (old navy) and baby hat (H&M, similar). i also packed an extra onesie she could wear at the hospital.

FOR MAMA – (pictured) weekender bag (target), denim joggers (similar, similar), head scarf, sweatpantsa couple tank tops, nursing sleep bra, lightweight blanket for nursing. i also packed a simple (and inexpensive) nightie that i changed into ASAP and wished i had packed a cute robe.

THE EXTRAS – magazines (that i didn’t even peek at until our stay in the nicu), healthy snacks like larabars, fruit leathers and raw trail mix to balance out the baby brain and hospital snacks (i.e. crackers, jell-o, pudding, etc.), tumbler even though the water pitchers at the hospital are pretty fantastic and gum because i’m a gum chewer. in addition we packed all the tech stuff (phones, chargers, laptop, tablet) but mostly used our phones.  

if you can think of any must haves that i missed please share in the comments and be sure to forward to any expectant mama friends you have!

xo . rae

(images by alex kelly… my sweet sis-in-law!)

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she’s here + a birth story

allow me to introduce you to our newest addition, Penelope – number 5 and final for our rowdy brood. here’s a little peek into her birth story….

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based on the picture above you would never guess that her lungs weren’t quite ready to be breathing on their own when she was born (unusual for a full-term babe) or that we ended up spending an intense week at the hospital but that is pretty much what happened.

yet there is so much more.

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after hours of observation, a dramatic transport to a bigger hospital and a week spent in the nicu i would love to showoff my new found medical vocabulary (not really) and spill all the details about needles, tubes, and vitals (also not really), however i’m not sure how important they are to this little girl’s story. . . i’m sure one day she’ll want to know everything the doctors and nurses did to treat her and the whole story from beginning to end, but this is what i really want her to know about her birth…

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(a special visit from big brother and sister + the room we lived in for the week)

1. God is faithful and his peace, love, comfort and protection is not dependent on circumstances.

2. your name means weaver (among other things) and you’ve been weaving a very strong and unexplainable bond in our hearts and family since the day you arrived.

3. even at 7 pounds you are strong and spunky. just ask the nurses that cared for you.

4. two years ago when your dad and i thought we were done growing our family i had a very real dream about a baby girl (you) that ultimately changed our minds. at the scariest point at the hospital, when nothing seemed to be helping a friend reminded me of that dream and i immediately felt peace. if you are ever unsure of God’s purpose or plan for you i hope the promise of that dream and testimony of your birth brings you the same peace and reassurance. He’s got you.

5. as displayed by our family and friends who watched your siblings, visited us in the hospital, prayed, brought meals and (generally speaking) went out of their way to take care of us, there is strength in community and relationship. life is not meant to do alone.

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one last thing. this birth story would not be complete without a shoutout to my other half.

johan, i am so grateful for your strength. for asking the tough questions and advocating for our little girl. for leading us in prayer and speaking out scripture over poppy the first few days when i couldn’t get a word out without crying. for coaxing me out of our hospital room to get some fresh air, sunshine and food. i treasure those meals, conversations and brief moments of laughter we shared. for being the one that went back and forth between the hospital and our home and 4 other children.  and so much more. i love you and this family God’s given us.

 we love you more than life miss poppy and are so blessed to be able to watch you grow up.

xo . momma

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it’s time!

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(watermelon + my baby bump = twinsies)

we’ve been dreaming, preparing and counting down the months and weeks (and even minutes lately!) but it’s still hard to believe we’ll get to hold our baby girl later today!!!

i haven’t shared nearly as much of my pregnancy as i had planned – (still trying to figure out my voice and purpose on this little blog and how to balance it with family and work) - however, i have appreciated so much your sweet words and encouragement over the last 6 months. excited to share more adventures with you as we adjust to a newborn and growing family…

…stay tuned for pics and stats from the hospital!!!

xxoo . rae

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