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HAPPY FAMILY TRAVEL: A SEAESTA IN SEABROOK

We’re back from our long weekend away with our friends Ryan and Emily and their 4 kids, in Seabrook Washington where we played and ate our way through a self-declared long weekend. Considering Spring (aka sunshine!) hasn’t arrived to the PNW yet, a little break from normal life was just what we needed to recharge. I shared bits and pieces of our getaway on Instagram through posts and stories, but thought I would share some little love notes highlighting my favorite parts of our getaway.

Dear Seabrook, you were the perfect spring sea-esta, complete with a slow pace, storybook town, the cutest cottage to call home for a few days, miles of beach, kite flying winds, community pool, lots to do within walking distance, and the yummiest cinnamon rolls and pizza. Fingers crossed, it won’t be long before we’re back!

Dear bubble bath beards, you never, ever, get old. Especially when you are made in the pretties tub, in the prettiest powder room.

Dear friends, time with you sharing meals, playing games, and talking about life was oh so good for our souls. We miss you already. Can we make this a yearly thing?

Dear mamas of babies and toddlers, it’s hard to compete with those newborn cuddles and slobbery toddler kisses, but life with kids just get’s better and better. As they grow, so do their brains and wittiness, and creativity, and heart and friendships and it’s all just so much fun to be around.

Dear cheap kite from Fred Meyer, you were worth all 800 pennies.

Dear Pacific Northwest beach, I’m more of a swimsuit wearing, warm water beach enthusiast, but you are perfect for my kids who love to run, explore, dig and get dirty. For providing the space and tiring them out, I am beyond grateful.

Dear FaceTime, thank you for making leaving behind our 16 year old behind (for baseball games), just a bit more tolerable for this mama’s heart. I have a feeling this is just the beginning of our love affair.

So many highs over the 4 days… It was hard to leave. If you are in the area, I highly recommend visiting Seabrook. We’ve been a couple other times (read about one of the trips here) and still can’t wait to go back!

My stylish and home dec savvy friend Emily shared a few more pics and details of the pretty town and house we stayed in on her blog and instagram and you should defiantly go check it out!

xo, Rae

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HAPPY TRAVELS: 10 WAYS TO MAKE FAMILY TRIPS (MORE) AFFORDABLE

We made it to our second Spring break destination last night and I can’t wait to soak up some beach time, sunshine (hoping it lasts!), and family and friend hangs! Traveling with kids can be a little daunting and cost a lot of money, but it’s one of the things I never, ever, ever, regret doing. Figuring out how to do more of it has been at the top of my to-do list lately. Which brings me to today’s post… an ongoing list of ways to make travel more affordable.

// Balboa Island, CA //

// Leavenworth, WA over Thanksgiving //

TRAVEL IN A PACK | with friends or family! There are so many ways to split costs if you don’t mind being flexible. For the trip we are currently on, we are sharing a house with friends, which helps with rental, food and entertainment costs… especially since the kids have other little humans to play with!

SKIMP A LITTLE | Probably my least favorite tip because vacays are usually the perfect reason to splurge, but if the choice is, skimp or don’t go, then it’s totally worth it! Before leaving try cutting out a monthly bill or expense (cable, Starbucks, eating out, etc.) or use Birthdays and Holidays as an excuse to travel instead of giving expensive gifts or parties! Once arriving save money by eating during happy hour, booking a cheaper hotel, walk or take uber instead of renting a car, etc. if most activities are within walking distance. My husband’s favorite way to skimp is to stay somewhere with a good continental breakfast! He is usually the one to book our hotel so I have no idea how common that is (do most places offer that?) but thought it was worth mentioning :)

DO THE RESEARCH | There is so much info out there on traveling and specific destinations so start googling!

GET TO KNOW SOME TRAVEL APPS/SITES | (Travel apps and sites are always a good idea too. A few favorites are roadtrippers, Google Flights, Kyak, and Airbnb.  This one looks like fun for group traveling too!

CASH IN ON INCENTIVES, BONUSES, COUPONS, MEMBERSHIPS + MILES | Kind of a no-brainer, but also time consuming and easily overlooked… aside from airline miles and hotel chain incentives, and depending on the type of trip, look for National Park Passes for camping or day trips, and city or museum passes that let you get into more than one activity. Purchasing passes ahead of time usually helps too!

BOOK IN THE OFF-SEASON | As opposed to the peek season. Traveling during weekdays is usually less expensive too.

STAY SOMEWHERE WITH A KITCHEN | or kitchenet and plan meals, snacks and bring groceries ahead of time.

MAKE IT A GOAL | It’s easier to save, research and get to the destination if you know where and when you want to go!

LOOK CLOSER TO HOME | this one is kinda a no-brainer but, stay cations equal less travel expenses. We have a short list of places within driving distance, that we would like to visit and are always asking friends for ideas, too!

BOOK AHEAD | keep an eye out for flight, hotel, and car pricing and be ready to make reservations when the prices drop. Every once in awhile, last minute bookings and reservations pay-off too.

 

As always, I would love to know any tips you have to share… or even destinations that are family friendly!!!

xo, Rae

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OUR VERY HOPPY EASTER WEEKEND!

In so many ways, I was completely unprepared for Easter this year. The few weeks leading up to it, my mind and energy was being used for other life happenings… (the sorta things that come up when you have kids and careers and people in general in your life, but nothing earth shattering!) We unintentionally skipped egg dying and holiday decorating and almost everything for their Easter baskets was purchased just 2 days before. To top it off, on the day of Easter I forgot the bucket of stuffed eggs to hide at Gigi and Papa’s house later that day. Basically mom-failing left and right, but you know what happened? It ended up being a magical weekend anyways. The kids freaked out (in the best way) over their very simple Easter baskets, no one noticed or even mentioned the lack of decorations or egg dying, we got lots of family time with ALL the kids, and an “egg” hunt still happened at my parents house.

A few pics of our weekend…

Tilly was in tears on the car ride to the egg hunt at church because of the size of her basket which I strategically picked out for that reason. But because kids are so ridiculously resourceful, they found away to collect all the eggs their little hearts desired by stuffing them in their pockets and boots too, then emptying the eggs and going back for seconds and thirds! We now have way too much candy in our pantry (something I was trying to avoid) but the whole situation was completely comical.

Poppy wouldn’t sit still for the youth group girls hosting the face paint table so I took a stab at it and painted a few whiskers and a pink nose on her. Safe to say I will not be adding “face-painter” to my list of skills or volunteering for future events. Ha!

Someone at our church made the cutets photo backdrop, but getting the kids to look at us while taking a picture in front of it, instead of their candy or the bounce houses was impossible! Out of the 10 or so we took, this is the best one, lol.

After an early church service and a quick bite on the run, we finally made it to Gigi and Papa’s for some fun, a yummy dinner and egg hunt!

And of course a little dancing and glass of wine, too!

(…Excuse the totally comfy grandma sandals I dug out of my mama’s closet, but the healed huarache sandals were not working with all the gravel in their yard :)

The show (errr, egg hunt) must go on even without plastic eggs or things to stuff them with! After stopping at three different stores with no luck, we settled for a box of dixie cups, a bag of chocolate eggs, and quarters from my mom’s change jar. It worked perfectly!

(Love them… A slightly unexpected duo so I especially like seeing them together.)

Currently sitting here wishing I could turn our weekend into a metaphor for how life-giving and powerful Jesus is because He is and because I love sharing my faith with you guys, but my thoughts are much more simple this morning.

I know He loves me.

And not just because he died for me 2,000 years ago and then raised from the dead, but because He is moving and active and I can see His goodness in the best, worst and most mundane of circumstances.

I know He loves you too, which is possibly one of the more cheesy Christian things to say but it’s also the truest.

xoxo, Rae

Outfit sources:

ME | dress, jeans

OZZIE | polo

ESPEN | t-shirt, shorts

TILLY | dresses

GRIFFIN | top, shorts, navy shoes (couldn’t find online, but from target!)

POPPY | jumpsuit, dress, pink shoes (couldn’t find online, but from target!)

 

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DIY EASTER BUNNY FACE PAINT + EARS

Aside from the spiritual significance of Easter, fluffy bunnies and egg hunts are my absolute favorite parts of celebrating the holiday. However, my kids are terrified of grownup sized bunnies with neckties and baskets (who could blame them) so this year I figured we could make our own simple costume using card stock, headbands, and a little face paint. Hoping the ears will make it until our community egg hunt this Saturday! Keep reading for the how-to…

You’ll Need:

  • 1 piece of card stock
  • tape
  • headband (or extra card stock to make one, like this)
  • scissors
  • markers
  • pencil

Here’s How:

  1. Fold card stock in half. Draw a floppy ear and cutout.
  2. Color in the inside of the ears.
  3. Fold the bottom of the ears up about an inch. Wrap around the headband and tape in place.
  4. Next, add some whiskers and a black nose. I tried using a black eyeliner pencil but it was difficult to get dark lines so I would suggest finding some face paint or even under eye black (like baseball players use!).

Ta-da, your done! So simple, right?

Can’t beat that side-eye action, LOL. Like, what are you trying to do to me, mama?

Lots of practice egg hunts and bunny ear wearing happening around our house this week… Can’t wait for the official festivities to begin!!!

xo, Rae

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AMAZING EASTER CANDY COOKIE BARS + A MEAL PLAN

Playing catchup today after a whirlwind week and weekend, and still have lots to do to get our easter outfits, baskets and egg hunts pulled together for the big day this Sunday. Soooo am going to keep this short and sweet with a favorite festive cookie treat that might just change your life. No joke. They are so good and making bars instead of individual cookies eliminates so much of the hands-on time… Perfect for a busy holiday week!

CHOCOLATE CHIP + EASTER CANDY COOKIE BARS, makes one 9×13-inch pan of cookies

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup Easter candy, roughly chopped or crumbled
  • 1 cup chocolate chips 

Here’s How:

  1. Grease 9×13-inch pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs.
  3. Mix in flour and baking soda.
  4. Stir in candy and chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for approx. 20 minutes, checking after 18. Remove when golden brown around edges and middle looks slightly undercooked. Cut into bars and serve! TIP: for straight clean lines, allow to cool completely before cutting!

The cookies are even better warm, with a scoop of ice cream and candy sprinkles on top! Making them on day 5 of my 10 day cleanse over the weekend was not the smartest tho. Thought I could resist but ended up sneaking a bite or two. Or three. Ha! Should have known better, but it was worth it!

Here’s what’s on our menu this week:

MONDAY | tuna melt sandwiches (this one looks good!), chips, crudités with ranch or hummus and above cookies for dessert!

TUESDAY | chicken tortilla soup

WEDNESDAY | baked salmon and veggies in parchment pockets

THURSDAY | breakfast burritos

FRIDAY | eat out or takeout while watching a baseball game — currently craving Thai food!

SATURDAY | BBQ chicken,  quinoa, and zucchini fritters

SUNDAY | it’s Easter and we’ll be running around at church services most of the morning and then meeting up with my parents and brother after. No idea what we’ll be eating yet, but I will for sure be ordering some festive donuts for the kids (wink, wink) to wake up to :)

Keeping all other meals simple this week and going with the staples!

BREAKKIE | Cereal, oatmeal, fruit and/or fried eggs.

LUNCH | PB&J or salami, cheese + crackers, edamame and strawberries or apples and peanut butter, bunny crackers or pirate booty.

SNACKS |  some combo of the lunch options!

Hop, hop, hooray for a week of Easter prep and celebrations. It’s going to be an amazing Sunday. I can just feel it. Now if I can just get my stufffff together sometime before then, lol!

I’ll see you back here on Wednesday with some bunny fun for the littles!

xo, Rae

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SPRING BREAK RECAP…

So, last week came in like a lamb and out like a lion which I guess is appropriate for Spring break :) We had lots of rainy days in the beginning so took it slow and had a lot of dance parties. But then the sun decided to join us so we were able to do some adventuring towards the end! Overall we ate yummy food, kept the kids up way past their bedtime and ignored the mountain of laundry so I would say it was a successful (and always needed) break from school and our normal routine.

A few pics from our week!

Lunch at a favorite spot in Tacoma, Shake Shake Shake. The best fries and shakes! The younger kids got corn dogs and the older ones ordered giant cheese burgers. Can’t remember the last time we all ate that much… I thought we would be rolling people out of there!

Ketchup art by Griffin but Tilly would like to take credit for inspiring the idea. She would like to take credit for this next shot too… :)

Espen will be 11 this year which totally and completely blows my mind! He’s the sweetest most helpful and positive person I know and I just can’t get enough of those freckles on his nose.

My favorite thing to do after eating way too much is get some fresh air and go for a walk so the fam bam obliged and we headed to Pointe Rustin to walk along the beach and play at the playground and then ultimately wound up searching for crabs. Washington beaches aren’t often sandy or sunbathing worthy, but they sure to occupy the kids and it’s always so fun to see their excitement!

Or total horror, LOL. Poppy spent most of the time deciding whether she liked the crabs or was scared of them. I don’t blame her one bit. The next pic is me feeling very proud of myself for holding a non-pinching baby crab, the size of an almond, in my hand. If any of our kids end up being total whimps I will be to blame for sure.

Feels so good to be outside without having to bundle up to stay warm and dry!

It wasn’t long before someone drove by in a golf cart and asked us not to throw rocks in the water. Oops. We tried really hard to follow these instructions but srsly, how do you keep 5 kids from throwing rocks in a body of water? Let’s just say, many reminders were needed.

Almost forgot! Ozzie’s High School team was able to play 3 games over break which must be some kinda early spring record! Griff was thrilled about it, obvi. I honestly think the hardest part about having various age kids playing sports is making sure the younger ones don’t get totally burnt out or resentful.

On one of the rainier days we decided to take a quick outing to visit the lake near our house, dream about summer days, and also get donuts. It was a couple hours very well spent.

As you can see, our spring break was kinda random and with all the bad weather, somedays didn’t feel as much like a break as I usually like. Luckily (if you saw this post on Instagram, then you already know), I messed up our calendar and booked our spring break vacay for later this month. We’ll be headed to the ocean in a couple weeks for a second (shorter) spring break! I felt terrible at first but think it will end up being a really good thing.

Have any spring travel plans?

xo, Rae

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HAPPY TRAVELS: PACKING TIPS FOR WEEKEND TRIPS WITH THE FAMILY

The way I see it, traveling with kids is fun and adventurous, but also unpredictable, stressful and the opposite of zen. One of the things I know fo-sho helps with the latter half of that statement is packing well. While I might not be an expert and don’t have all the answers, I do have packing our family up for a trip down to a science and feel like a well packed bag helps balance out the chaos just a little!

Here’s what and how we pack for a typical 3 or 4 day getaway.

PACKING THE KIDS

The Suitcase | Depending on where we’re going and how we’re getting to our destination, I either pack the 4 younger kids into a giant suitcase or 2 separate laundry buckets (Target carries a kind that bends, comes in different colors and has handles that I love but couldn’t find online). After they’ve taken an outfit, jammies, and a few items, such as toiletries and blankies, out of each basket, I combine their stuff and use the empty one for dirty clothes.

Clothes | I pack the 4 younger kids 1 outfit per day, including underwear, socks, and layers, plus 1 or 2 extra outfits depending on our destination and how long we’re staying. Then I throw in pajamas (1 set for every 2 nights), an extra pair of athletic shorts or joggers for the kids to lounge in, and a pair of shoes and either sandals or boots. Best case scenario they put a pair on before climbing in the car too. I’m always amazed at a child’s ability to lose, burry, destroy or forget footwear so packing 3 pairs usually means they will each have 2 wearable pairs for the trip (hahaha!). Oh, and if we’re headed somewhere with a pool then I pack a couple swimsuits for each kid too!

Next addition to their suitcase is accessories which might seem like overpacking but I’ve found that they often double as toys. Little purses (like these!) work great for scavenger hunts and finding treasures, hats are fun to catch things in, scarves make good blindfolds, and sunglasses are just handy to have and look really cute in pictures!

Our oldest, Ozzie (16) packs himself, but often has me participate in the process as he’s laying things out and putting together outfits. Raising mostly self-sufficient kids that still want your input is like the best of both worlds. I love it!

Toiletries | Toothbrushes, tooth paste, travel shampoo/body-wash, bandaids and ointment, children’s ibuprofen, and melatonin all get thrown into a toiletry pouch. I love these carryalls from Ban.do (only $10 for set of 2). The smaller size is perfect for hairbands and clips on trips I remember. Otherwise we’re stuck with whatever hair accessory is floating at the bottom of my purse which surprisingly usually works out just fine :)

Carry On | Each of the kids brings a small backpack with a few items to keep them busy during the ride or after we arrive. You’ll usually find some combination of tech devices, 1 or 2 books, small toys (like hex bugs or shopkins), coloring supplies, small travel games (land of nod has fun ones!) and a stuffed friend. Espen and Tilly are really good at packing up by themselves while Griffin and Poppy need a little more help. On our way out the door  I’ll hand them a snack pack to add to their bags and depending on how long until our next potty break, water bottles too.

PACKING ME :)

The Suitcase | Most 3 or 4 day getaways, I pack my clothes and shoes in a weekend sized duffle bag like this one. If there is a wedding (i.e. fancy shoes and dress) involved or we’re flying I pack in a hanging bag or small roller suitcase.

Clothes | I typically do one of two things when packing clothes for myself 1. pack a mini capsule wardrobe with items that are in the same color palette that mix and match really well or 2. pack the last three or four outfits I’ve worn that I feel cute in. Either way I usually make sure to pack one outfit per day with layers plus one alternate outfit. Then I almost always throw in an extra casual dress (unless it’s freezing out), one or two outfits to lounge/workout in, a swimsuit (if needed) and pajamas. Shoes are the hardest item to narrow down for me and take up the most room. I’m usually wearing sneakers on travel day and then bring whatever else I know will get worn depending on our destination and planned activities.

Toiletries | I throw all my makeup, travel sized lotion, shampoo, etc. and hair products into one of those small lululemon manifesto tote bags that they send when you order on line. It’s probably not practical or efficient but it works and is easy to rummage through and unpack. Actually, I should just splurge on another set of catchall pouches from ban.do for myself!

Carry On | My carry on consists of charging cords, my laptop and card reader, the big camera, my Bible, planner, and a book that rarely get’s read on the car ride or trip, LOL. I also try to remember to include a treat of some kind for when we are in need of a reward, distraction, or something bribe worthy.

Packing for Activities | A few days before our trip I’ll set a basket or tote out downstairs and start filling it with relevant items such as sunscreen, bug spray, towels, a favorite board game, etc.  Johan is really good at gathering and adding recreational equipment such as tennis rackets, kites, etc. too!

I like to think I’ve found my happy place somewhere between minimalist packing and over packing :) Regardless, it takes a lot to keep everyone dressed, playing and comfortable while we’re away but it’s so worth the hassle!

Now if I can just figure out a less daunting and more fun way to unpack, ha! If that is even a thing? No but really, please share any tips or tricks you have for packing or unpacking as we have a few weekend getaways coming up and mom-hacks are always helpful!

xo, Rae

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SHARED SPACES: HOME OFFICE + PLAYROOM IDEAS

We’ve been loving and using our dining room so much since the room refresh that I’m feeling ready and inspired to start another one! This time we’ll be sprucing up my office while bringing in a few more of the kids’  toys and turning it into a shared office and mini playroom.

The office has a couple things going for it; a decent sized desk, two sets of white lockers for storage and a wall full of books, but the rest of it is a total disaster. Currently, there are random toys and a helmet laying on the floor, a stack of frames and poster boards stacked in a corner that I’m not sure what to do with, 2 small rugs that are both too small for the space and have no business being in the same room together, and a tv that isn’t hooked up to anything. In other words, it is neither functional or fun to be in. But not for long!

Here are a few spaces that have caught my eye:

O F F I C E   S P A C E S

P L A Y R O O M   S P A C E S

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven

Sharing this room was something I never dreamed I would do when we moved into our home almost three years ago. Prior to that, I had a kitchen table office, a small walk-in closet office, and a dresser behind the family room sofa office. I dreamed of one day having a space for my work and ideas to come to life that wasn’t surrounded by distractions and housework and I’ve appreciated having just that — with doors and natural light even, ha! But as the ages of our kids and my work projects evolve so do my office needs. Excited to make a space that is inspiring for BOTH work and play!

Where does your family make space to work and play? Would you change how it functions?

xo, Rae

P.S. – All photos are pinned on my pinterest boardsplayrooms | little spaces | offices — and linked directly above too!

 

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LITTLE BITES: COPYCAT STARBUCKS BISTRO BOXES

Baseball season is in full swing for my oldest two boys and husband (who coaches). I’ve always had mixed feeling about this time of year. Johan is already gone several nights a week so when you add practices and games into the mix it feels like we’re never all together. Throw in the unpredictable spring weather and all the dirt (oh the dirt!) and you get one hot mess of an evening routine. But there is always a bright side! 1. I love watching my athletes play ball and interact with their teammates while the other kids run around with their friends. There is something so sweet about the baseball vibe and I really enjoy being around it. And 2. all the picnic style dinners we get to eat. Keeping our dinner mess confined to a tote bag and blanket is a total win. It also helps with picky eaters — This is what we have so if you are hungry, this is what you can eat — nothing to negotiate with. At least until they find a nicer team mom who brought a container of goldfish… :) HA!

Anyways, some game nights we’ll pickup our favorite sandwiches at Jersey Mikes, other nights I’ll go the crockpot route and we’ll eat a little before and then after the game but more often than not I’ll pack something from home. Problem is, it’s not long before I run completely out of ideas and by that point, slightly out of steam too. So, I’ve been looking for inspiration anywhere I can find it. One of those places has been Starbucks and their cooler of yummy and mostly healthy on the go foods. I love all of their salads and warm sandwiches, but the kids usually pick their bistro boxes so I put together a few copycat versions for Ozzie’s game last night and they went over really well with the kids!

(favorite meal containers, condiment cups, silicone muffin cups, candy eyes or these)

one | sandwich wrap (store-bought or homemade) with carrots, grapes, hummus (for the sandwich or chips if I threw them in the bag), and ranch.

two | protein pack with hardboiled egg, brie cheese (or whatever we have), cinnamon raisin bread (by mike’s killer bread), almond butter, pretzels, apples, and grapes.

three | pb&j with apples, cucumber, carrots, ranch, and dark chocolate raisins.

Of course all of the fruits and veggies can be switched out with whatever we have in the fridge and I’m sure the kids will want to customize some parts, but it’s appetizing enough for the adults and a great base to start with!

What do you guys make for dinner on busy nights and where do you find inspiration!? 

Pinterest is always a good place to troll for ideas but asking friends (you included) what they have been feeding their fam bams is always helpful and inspiring!

Happy almost Friday!

xo, Rae

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WORK + PLAY WITH RYAN AND WREN

Happy second day of SPRING friends! Anyone else getting the urge to spruce up everything in your home and wardrobes? The spring cleaning bug is real I tell ya.

To celebrate the fresh new season we put together a collection of 5 clips, perfect for spring, with ryan and wren (our fave hair clip co.) that will freshen up your little girl’s accessory stash and we’re giving away a set too!

To enter to win one set of my 5 clips (pictured below) from ryan and wren, head to Instagram, follow @raeannkelly and @ryanandwren and leave a comment on this post, letting me know one thing thats on your spring bucket list. Contest closes Friday, March 24th at 12pm PST. One (1) lucky winner will be picked later that night and notified by direct message on Instagram.

For all the boy mamas out there, these clips would make a great gift so I hope you’ll enter and share with friends :)

CLIPS INCLUDED | yellow, denim, purple, spotted, and floral

So hard to pick one color and design so we double up somedays!

Will model hair clips for cake pops, lemonade, and cheap sunglasses, ha!

This set of clips will be available for purchase later this week and you should also checkout Mary’s (the mama behind ryan and wren) Easter basket clips… so much cuteness on one Etsy shop!

XO, Rae

P.S. – they work great it Tilly’s hair too! To help keep them stay in place for long (and busy) school days when she doesn’t want to bother having to adjust them, I add a little  rubber band.

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5 THINGS + HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Last Tuesday we celebrated a break from the constant drizzle and rain with a walk outside and trip to Starbucks for lunch and a treat. So when the weather app on my phone called for sunshine yesterday we did a happy dance and then headed out the door to play at Volunteer Park (a new-to-us park) and our favorite ice cream shop, Molly Moon’s. I heard on the news a couple days ago that the Seattle area has only gotten 5 days of sunshine since January 1st. As my husband pointed out (he’s all numbers all the time), that’s only 1 in every 15 days!!! No wonder I’ve threatened to move us all to Palm Springs several times over the last month, LOL. Craving that sunshine and thankful to get a little fix yesterday.

Here’s a few other things I’ve been thankful for this week:

  1. Mama got a brand new…. car! A Honda Pilot to be exact and I’m totally smitten with it. We’ve been without a car payment (and loving it) for so long it was hard to agree to another bill but now that I’m driving carpool with warm buns (heated seats) and bluetooth, there is no turning back!
  2. We made a quick visit to Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill yesterday and had a blast. So much to do. Will definitely be going back soon.
  3. Afterwards we walked on a rainbow crosswalk on our way to get ice cream and decided that all crosswalks should be rainbow colored. Yes?
  4. Last night we started a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition when the kids insisted on making a leprechaun trap. One of the things I appreciate most about St. Patrick’s Day is how low-key it is. Other than making sure everyone has something green to wear, there isn’t much planning involved so was a little resistant to their idea but in the end we all had fun and listening to their sweet conversations about leprechauns and how to catch one was the absolute best entertainment. Worth the mess and late bedtime.
  5. Monday is the first day of… S P R I N G ( ! ! ! )

If looks could kill, #amiright? Poor girl hasn’t been acting like herself this week — mostly grumpy and really clingy with moments of cheerfulness. Planning on feeding her smoothies and probiotics all weekend in hopes that whatever is bugging her clears up because a clingy kid is one thing but a moody clingy kid is another and #imsotired.

Griffin, on the other hand, has no shortage of energy or joy! Constantly running at 100 this boy.

Literally. Ha!

(Can you spot where Griffin cut a chunk of his hair? Luckily he’s in need of a haircut anyways :)

We’ve started making our Spring bucket list this week. At the top is flying kites, a weekend getaway close to home, and trying new homemade ice cream recipes. I also wanted to add — clean out ever closet, drawer and cupboard in our house — but the kids argued that only fun things can be added to our list, LOL.

What’s on your Spring to do list!? We could use a few more ideas.

xo, Rae

PS – If you missed Monday’s meal plan, I recommend giving it a try next week. It was a good one and pretty easy to keep up with!

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