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BREAKFAST CLUB: STEEL CUT OATS + ICE CREAM

If you’ve followed along with us over on Instagram for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed that we’re big ice cream junkies. So leave it to us to find away to eat it for breakfast! Scooped over a warm bowl of steel cut oats, is a favorite around here.  The ice cream melts perfectly (like it does over a warm brownie) so you get a little bit with each bite.

The kids love that their bowl of oatmeal looks more like an ice cream sundae and I love that it’s easy to make yet feels kinda fancy and is perfect for a special school day or weekend morning.

The meal hardly requires a recipe, but I find that some sort of list and instructions are helpful anytime I try something new.  So, I wrote out more details for you below… keep scrollin’!

Her face says it all… Ice cream for breakkie? YAAAS PUH-LEEZE!

STEEL CUT OATS + ICE CREAM

You’ll Need:

  • favorite oatmeal
  • favorite ice cream (halo top is a good option for breakkie!)
  • favorite toppings (ideas: shaved almonds, berries, bananas, coconut flakes, sprinkles, etc.)

Here’s How:

Prepare oatmeal like you normally would or according to package directions. Steel cut is our go-to but old fashioned oats work too. When the oatmeal is almost done, set out any toppings you have on hand and your ice cream choices. Halo Top (not an ad, just a fan) is a good option because it’s lower in sugar, higher in protein and so delicious. When the oats are done, scoop into bowls. For the kids or if you don’t want your ice cream melting too fast, let sit for a minute. Add a small scoop of ice cream and toppings to each and then eat up!

It’s a really fun way to start the day and a good way to get a picky eater to try oatmeal. Plus, your basically swapping out the traditional brown sugar and milk for a scoop of ice cream, and I could be totally wrong, but it feels like an even trade! Especially with a healthier ice cream choice. But I guess it all comes down to the scoop size, LOL :)

(our waffle cone bowls are no longer available, but I thought THIS SET OF 4 or THIS neutral one was super cute!)

Things get a bit messy when the boys start to dish :) And I guess, when your limited to a certain amount of ice cream you load up on sprinkles (below)!

The only downside to ice cream for breakfast is that the kids might start requesting it for all meals, ha! Last night at dinner Poppy said, “My tummy says I’m only hungry for ice cream. So I’m not hungry for chicken.” She kills me.

Let me know if you end up trying it, or if this is something you already serve for breakkie! Also let me know if you have any fun breakfast recipes we should try this weekend. Bonus points if they’re quick to make.

Happy Friday friends!

xo, Rae

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FREE PRINTABLE LUGGAGE TAGS (FREEBIE)

When your a pint sized traveler, vacationing usually starts once the bags are packed and loaded in the car. But for those of us adulting, it starts long after the security check. Today we’re making the process a little easier on you with some cute luggage tags you can print at home, fill-out and tie to your bags before heading to the airport. Bonus, these cuties will also make it easier to spot your suitcases on the baggage claim carousel!

Details and the download below :)

LUGGAGE TAG FREEBIES

You’ll Need:

  • card stock
  • twine and ribbon
  • do-dads, charms, keychains, pom-poms, etc. (optional)
  • hole-punch
  • scissors
  • luggage tag PDF — CLICK TO DOWNLOAD!

Here’s How:

  1. Download file, print on card stock and cut along dashed line. Hole punch at the top in the circle, fill-out, and hang on twine.
  2. Tie to handle of luggage bags. Add ribbon, pom-poms, trim and other embellishments (see ideas below).

Pom-pom and tassel is from my gift wrap stash of goodies and the monster charm is from HERE.

I decided to design the tags for our trip to Phoenix and love how they turned out. Kinda fun to add a personal touch to our bags!

(suitcase from the Love Taza line at Target!)

What’s the most stressful part of traveling with kids for you?

For me it’s getting everyone, their carry-ons, tech devices, shoes and blankets through security without annoying the mob of people behind us…. I get anxiety just thinking about it, HA!

On the way home from Phoenix (I had all the kids while Johan returned the car), the guy behind us in the security line was so impatient while I unloaded all the thiiiings into the gray bins, that he cut in front of us (!!!). It was 4:45am and we were kind of a circus so I guess I can’t really blame him, LOL. But it was a good reminder to be extra sweet and encouraging to mamas who are traveling, running errands or doing just about anything with kids. It makes all the difference, right?!

XO, Rae

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10 WAYS TO DRESS UP A T-SHIRT OR SWEATSHIRT + JEANS FOR SPRING

I love how wardrobe options change with the seasons and get excited for cute spring and summer outfits, but the truth is that no matter the time of year, you’ll usually find me in some combination of t-shirt (or sweatshirt) and jeans. With all the denim and t-shirt options out there it’s an easy, effortless, cool-girl look and a total no-brainer for moms. Yet every once in awhile it starts to feel more like a style rutt than a style choice — especially after a long winter.  If your go-to tee and jeans look is feeling more “blah” then “YAY!”, here’s a few ideas for making your uniform feel new again for spring!

  1. with a bandana/scarf in your hair, around your wrist or tied to a purse.
  2. a cute purse
  3. something fun on your feet — a little color, unexpected detail or pattern goes a longways!
  4. a bright lip.
  5. a smile, smothering someone with kisses, laughing out-loud or saying nice things.
  6. fun sunnies, like these heart ones.
  7. candy colored denim like these that are popping up everywhere!
  8. a cropped jacket or a blazer
  9. layered jewelry
  10. full-tuck into high-waisted pants… it’s the small style updates that can make things feel fresh and on purpose!

Pandas are just like us… not happy when you wake them up from their nap in a warm car. Even if it’s for a cake-pop date! They also miss their dress-up clothes when gone for a week! Love you so much Poppy.

Kissing my coffee lid probs doesn’t count as a no.5, but cream was one of the staples we forgot to grab at the store on our way home from the airport on Sunday so the affection is real… I was so excited to have that coffee in my hand!

Hopefully there’s a few good reminders or new ideas to try in the list above.

What’s your favorite t-shirt and jeans combo? Stripes and boyfriend jeans for me please! Also kind of excited to bring back the colored jeans.

XO, Rae

MY OUTFIT | sweatshirt (wearing a small), bandana, jeans

POPPY | sweatshirt, boots (wearing lagoon green)

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WE’RE BACK + SOME PICS FROM OUT TRIP TO AZ

Heyyyyyy sweet friends! I hope you had an amazing Easter with family and friends over the weekend! Still can’t get this scripture out of my head, “GOD told them, ‘I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!”‘ (Jer. 31:3). It’s a crazy kinda love we get to experience and not just on Easter, but it feels especially overwhelming on resurrection Sunday to me.

In other news, we’re back from spring break! After a week of sunshine and family time, it was so hard getting the kids up and out the door for school this morning. I think just as much for me as it was for them, but Griffin probably more than anyone. And Tilly’s reaction was priceless when she realized she’d have to put on real shoes instead of sandals, LOL. However, we did come home to a homemade dinner waiting for us in the fridge and an egg hunt all set up for the kids in the front yard, courtesy of the most thoughtful friends ever! Sleeping in our own beds last night was pretty heavenly too.

I got several requests for a “Family Guide to Spring Training” type post which I think is a great idea and will be working with Johan to put something good together for you guys in a couple weeks. But first I thought I’d share a big photo dump today and a few details from our trip… here goes!

Of course it’s not spring training without baseball! We arrived towards the end of the season but was able to make it to 4 games. Because everything about the pre-season is easy and low-key (seats in the grass, play areas and splash pads, cheaper tickets, smaller crowds, etc.) there isn’t any pressure to stay the entire game and the kids have more freedom too!

My parent’s rented a house for us all to stay in and stocked it with food and snacks from Costco before we arrived (spoiled us rotten!) so we didn’t do a lot of eating out, but did manage to make it to Cibo and was so glad we did! The pizza and meatballs were amazing and there is nothing quite as good as being able to dine outside… it’s one of the things Johan and I are always looking for during the warmer Seattle months. We of course also indulged in stadium grub and in-n-out too.

For anyone in the Phoenix area or planning a visit, Stacie from alice and ames shared some more great ideas for food and activities in this post.

Of course, you guys know we can’t go very long without a trip to get ice cream or in this case, gelato! Found the cutest spot, complete with a splash pad and lots of room to roam, at Luci’s at the Orchard. Wish we had something similar by our house… I would probably never leave!

Most of our free time was spent swimming but we also made it to Papago park. So pretty and the kids had fun climbing the giant rock!

Peek Kids sent us some clothes to wear and photograph on our trip… we had fun driving around with the girls while daydreaming about living in the desert and scouting for a fun spot to take a few pics. We wrapped things up with a little walk and fro-yo date.

One of our last outings was to a golf course for some putting and chipping. Couldn’t believe how much fun all the kids had, how well they did and that no one got hit with a backswing (YAY!). Have to say though, that we got really lucky with the time since the main course had just closed and we were the only ones still doing any golfing. Otherwise we probably would’ve been pretty annoying and I’m not sure it would have been quite as successful.

Love the combination of heat, food, and activities that Phoenix has to offer while still being pretty casual and affordable. Not sure my kids would handle the summertime heat very well though… they tend to feel like their melting once the temp goes above 85 degrees, lol.  True Seattleites!

If you have any interest in seeing more, I saved almost all of my short videos from our trip to an AZ story highlight HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions or if I missed anything!

xo, Rae

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LITTLE BITES: ESPEN’S BUENO GUACAMOLE RECIPE

Poppy’s mantra — feed me and tell me I’m pretty. So it’s no surprise she’s 100% smitten with Espen in this pic, who just finished making guacamole for them to snack on. And I kinda think she’s onto something because there is nothing cuter than a guy (big or small) that knows his way around the kitchen! Allllll the kisses for the cook!

Todays recipe is courtesy of our Latina friend Maria (who we love so much!). It’s the best guac I’ve ever tasted and is perfect for little helpers! Espen (11) and Tilly (9) are able to make it themselves (with supervision) which is kinda nice and fun to watch. And the younger kids enjoy smashing the avocados, adding things to the food processor and pushing the buttons. So you’re basically just there to make sure the lid get’s put on before any buttons are pushed :)

Recipe below!

Gotta love a bikini clad audience! Ha! She changes outfits a few times a day when we’re home and there is often either a swimsuit or a princess dress involved. (Gingham bikini from our fave Olivia + Ocean)

NOTE: If you like your guac smooth, add everything to the food processor and chop (don’t puree). If you like it with more texture, mash the avos by hand. 

MARIA’S GUACAMOLE RECIPE

You’ll Need:

  • 2 avocados, halved with pits removed
  • 1/4 onion
  • 3 roma tomatoes, rinsed and cut in half (seeds removed if desired)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, rinsed and non-leafy stems removed
  • fresh juice from 1 lemon (or more to taste)
  • salt to taste
  • garlic salt to taste

To Make:

  1. ADULT, Prep ingredients and spoon small amounts of the salt and garlic salt into small prep bowls. Get the food processor ready.
  2. KIDS, In a small mixing bowl, scoop avocados out of the skins and mash with the bottom of a glass or a fork. Set aside.
  3. KIDS (supervised), Add onion, tomatoes, and cilantro to food processor and chop. Scoop chopped tomato mix to the mashed avocado and stir until combined. Squeeze juice from the lemon into the mixing bowl and sprinkle with salt and garlic salt. Taste test and add more if needed.
  4. KIDS, serve with quesadillas, tortilla chips or nachos OR as a topping for tacos, sandwiches, toast, burrito bowls, etc.

We’re ready for ya, Taco Tuesday!!!!

I have a feeling we’ll be making a lot of this next week on vacay!

What’s your favorite thing to eat (or drink) on taco night?

XO, Rae

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FAVORITE EASTER POSTS

Heyyyyy, peeps! We have less than two weeks before Easter and I’m doing my best to get all my eggs in the correct baskets (if you know what I mean) before our plane takes off for spring break. Trying to keep to a small budget and think I’m just about finished but would love to add a special little DIY or printable to the mix. If you guys have any ideas or requests, please let me know! I would happily share later this week or early next. My mind and creativity is feeling very split between making sure we are packed and prepped to leave and planning our Easter so I’m needing all the help with all the things, ha!

In the meantime, here’s a little look at some of my favorite Easter posts from the archives!

EASY BUNNY EARS + WHISKERS — might need to do this again… especially the whiskers and nose.

YOU’VE BEEN EGGED — not sure we’ll be able to pull this one off before we leave, but it’s such a fun activity!

EASTER CANDY COOKIE BARS — so easy, so yummy.

PAPER PLATE BUNNY MASKS — definitely a favorite and would make a cute kid craft if you’re hosting a brunch or egg hunt.

EASTER BRUNCH PRINTABLES — i mean :) bunny ears on all the things please!

FABRIC EGGS — an original tutorial i did with my mama back in the day! poppy still uses them in her kitchen and they are the cutest!

STAMPED EASTER EGGS — because a little paint is a lot less messy and intimidating than cups full of dye!  plus they are really fun to make.

2017 EASTER RECAP — a little stroll down memory lane (if you’re still reading, lol).

I had totally forgotten how chaotic our Easter weekend was last year… we basically flew by the seat of our pants! But we were together and it was actually so fun. Choosing to believe that it’s all the unplanned and mom-fail moments that builds a sense of humor and spirit of resourcefulness in my little humans. If not, we’re all in trouble! HA!

What do you remember/love most about Easter last year!?

What are you hoping Easter will be like this year?

Also, don’t forget to share DIY or printable ideas!

XO, Rae

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5 THINGS + WE’RE GOING TO AZ!

The countdown chain has been made, a to do list has been written and bags are starting to be packed — or should I say, piles are starting to be made — for our trip to Arizona over spring break and I would love suggestions for places to visit, eat and play! You guys always have the best ideas.

Here are a few other random things that have been happening around our abode.

  1. On the way to Ozzie’s baseball game on Monday Poppy yelled from the backseat of the car, “We for-totally-got bubble gum!” I about died. And in case you are wondering, we didn’t forget to pack the gum… gum and suckers are staples on game days!
  2. We went to the library on Tuesday and checked out a big stack of books including this cute one about a rainy day! Did you know you can checkout audio books using the app Libby now too? Anyways, it was a great way to kill an hour and the kids had fun so we’ll definitely be going back. Hopefully with a complete stack of the books we check-out last time. That kinda stresses me out, LOL. I hate late fees!
  3. Yesterday Johan and I recreated our first date! We split a burger and fries for lunch while watching a March Madness game. It was the perfect low-key date the first time (especially for a dude) and it was just as fun the second time… I forgot how much I love a mid-day date. Would you want to recreate your first date? What would it be!?
  4. Daylight savings. Yikes! I keep seeing and hearing comments about how hard it is to get kids back on schedule but truth be told, I’m the one that can’t seem to figure things out! Aside from the leftovers I served last night at 6:45, I haven’t managed to have dinner ready before 7 all week. Nor have I managed to get up early enough to workout before finishing a post and getting the kids up. Hopefully I’ll be able to make up for over the weekend!
  5. Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! Kinda bummed that it’s not on a school day for the kids… Wearing green, getting pinched and classroom parties are the fun part! But there is still lots of fun to be had… Here’s a few ideas from the archive: lucky charms goodie bags with printables | if you need some fun snack ideas | or a sweet treat | don’t forget about this rainbow craft | a “kiss me” garland

I hope you guys all have a great weekend!

XO, Rae

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THINGS WE LOVE: STAYING DRY

We’re pretty much always ready and geared up for rain in Seattle, but it’s officially rainy season everywhere else and while we’re not quite “singing in the rain”, there’s no need to stay cooped up inside after a long and cold winter. Linking some of my favorite rain gear finds and a few other fun layers below.

Oh and for those days that listening to the rain is more appealing than splashing in it, I made a list of easy indoor activities too.

Gah! I love them.

When we asked Griffin to blow a bubble he looked at us like we were crazy and said, “I’m only six!” with a smile. He proceeded to study his sis to see how she was doing it and I just love that he was so cool about where he was at while also trying to learn something new. There were no comparisons or insecurities and it was just so inspiring to see. Kids are full of good reminders!

Officially filing “blowing bubbles” under things I’m really bad at doing in front of an audience. Right next to whistling and peeing :)

They are so much cooler than me.

CUTE GEAR FOR RAINY DAYS:

  • Love these boots that the kids are wearing and they come in so many great colors along with some cute windbreakers too! You can also find them here for adults or on Amazon in yellow or midnight color.
  • We’ve always had lots of luck with the plain black rainbows from Walmart too! And they’re only $15.
  • Zara is always the first place I look when any of the kids need a coat because the price is reasonable and quality is good. They have this cute one for boys (that girls could wear too) and I love this raincoat Tilly is wearing. It’s rubberized and a generous length so I don’t have to wonder if she’s really staying dry or not! She’s in between size 9/10 so I ordered her a 10 and it fits great — enough room for layers but she isn’t swimming in it.
  • I’m wearing this raincoat by Herschel (comes in navy) and I really like it! The men’s version of this same coat is 50% off right now too! Was also considering buying this one (on sale!) from J.Crew which had amazing reviews. Wish this one was in my budget tho…. leave it to google and marketing tools to add insult to injury because it keeps popping up in ads and my inbox, ha! I hate that so much. It’s also what my little brother does for a living so it kinda makes me laugh.
  • My booties are from here but I also love these pink and black ones from Clad and Cloth.
  • Sweatshirts (this one’s cute!) are another favorite thing to find at Zara for the kids. Griffin is wearing this one and I also snagged the red one for Tilly.

EASY INDOOR RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES:

Feeling extra ready for those April showers.

Out of curiosity, what’s the weather like where you live?

XO, Rae

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COSTCO HAUL… (OUR FAVORITE THINGS TO BUY AT COSTCO)

You guys know I’m all about a good meal plan and shopping list but there are certain times, months and weeks during the year when simply having a stocked kitchen and a generous list of easy, fun and mostly healthy meals and snacks is the best option. To do this, it’s more about the shopping than it is the plan and I think we would all agree Costco and Trader Joe’s are the best places to accomplish this. Since I’m still a newbie at Trader Joe’s, thought I’d start by sharing our Costco must-haves. Because we all know the way to a happy home is through everyones bellies. Case in point, below.

A Pocky little Poppy :)

Feed me mama! Ha! Yet her half of the hot dog, minus the mustard, is sitting on the table. I swear my kids always assume that whatever I’m eating is somehow better than what they have?

There’s my little birdie again, waiting for a bite!

Now for a loooong list of things we mostly keep stocked from Costco… Some of my pics didn’t turn out (sorry) so there is a lot of stuff listed that isn’t pictured, but hopefully it still helps!

PRODUCE: 

  • mini cucumbers (so yummy and convenient. easy to pack up and dip in hummus too!)
  • mini bell peppers (also so good and easy for packing and dipping)
  • the salad kits (i’m a sucker for just about any “chopped” salad, and we only use half of the dressing on each one. top with chicken, steak or sandwich meat and you have an easy dinner)
  • spinach or power greens (great with fried eggs or in smoothies!)
  • berries (for snacking, adding to yogurt, oatmeal or protein pancakes in the morning or packing up for a dinner side)
  • kiwis
  • grapefruit
  • limes/lemons
  • watermelon (when in season)
  • apples, bananas, grapes, cuties :)

FRIDGE:

  • carne asada (pictured below & it’s soooo good. thank you to our friends for introducing it to us!)
  • organic chicken breast
  • flautas (usually served as a hearty snack or if someone needs to leave for a game/practice and dinner isn’t quite done.)
  • chicken meatballs (the kids aren’t crazy about them but Johan and I love them and they are already cooked so make dinner prep quick!)
  • pesto (for pasta night, breakfast sandwiches – that we often serve for dinner – paninis and THIS SALAD)
  • jack’s organic salsa (my personal favorite but i don’t like the spicy stuff. aside from snack and taco/quesadilla/nacho/burrito bowl night, i add it to my eggs in the morning.)
  • guacamole cups
  • hummus and hummus cups
  • half + half + milk
  • eggs (organic free range)
  • string cheese or babybel’s
  • almond milk
  • ground turkey

FREEZER:

  • pot stickers
  • mango chunks (for smoothies)
  • blueberries (for smoothies)
  • berry mix (for smoothies)
  • edamame
  • french fries
  • spinach raviolis

DRINKS:

  • la croix
  • honest juice
  • izze sodas (every once in awhile)
  • bai juices (also every once in awhile)
  • beeeeer :) (also every once in awhile, but especially in the summer)
  • stumptown cold brew coffee (was available the last time i went but they don’t usually have it)

PANTRY:

  • quinoa and brown rice packets by seeds of change (these pouches will change your life. warm up in the microwave and add to a burrito bowl, goddess bowl, breakfast burrito or THIS SALAD
  • cans of black beans
  • canned chicken for salad, chicken melts or to eat with crackers/cucumber slices
  • canned diced tomatos (for pasta al fresco, soups or chilis)
  • chicken stock
  • corn + flour tortillas
  • mike’s killer or good seed bread
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • raw almonds
  • organic spaghetti
  • mixed berry or raspberry jam
  • ALL THE NUT BUTTERS – adams peanutbutter, organic creamy peanut butter, almond butter
  • kodiak protein pancake mix
  • pretzels
  • late july sea salt multi-grain chips
  • pirate booty
  • organic tortilla chips
  • pocky biscuit sticks (bought these on a whim just before valentine’s day so now the kids request them every time i go — oops — but i think they are less expensive at winco)
  • Kirkland coffee pods
  • fruit leathers
  • applesauce or go-go squeeze fruit pouches
  • chia seed pouches
  • fig bars
  • zbars
  • baobab superfruit powder (for smoothies)
  • ground flaxseed and chia seeds OR antioxidant blend with flax, coconut, acerola, açaí, and camu-camu (for smoothies, energy bites and oatmeal)
  • gold standard protein powder (our favorite kind because it’s not chalky tasting. costco doesn’t always carry it but last time it was there the price was $15 less than amazon)

BAKERY:

  • muffins (ftw, always. perfect for busy mornings because the kids love them as much as crepes so they hurry down for breakfast, but i don’t have to cook :) — we usually serve them with scrambled eggs or a protein shake and fruit)
  • dinner rolls (sometimes we grab them for sliders, meatball subs or pulled pork sandwiches and then use the rest for lunches. they are the perfect size for the kids… but is also white bread so feels like a treat to the kids.)
  • pretzel buns (if we plan on feeding chili to a crowd!)

Is there anything sexier than a trunk filled with Costco goods? I think not! ha! When Johan and I first got married, our weekly grocery budget was approx. $50 so you better believe I feel so incredibly blessed every time I get to stock up on food for my family.

Do you guys geek out as much as I do over groceries and stores? Please say yes (lol) and tell me what your favorite part or place is!?

XO, Rae

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10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM TILLY ABOUT STYLE + LIFE

I’m convinced we’re never fully ready to love, lead and steward our little people which is kind of a scary thought! Of course it’s nothing a good parenting book, glass of wine, friend, laugh and prayer can’t fix. Yet, every time I think I have things figured out, we enter a new phase of parenting. You too? I’ve found this only leaves me with a couple choices. 1. Stay set in my ways and get caught up in power struggles with my babes, or 2. Meet my kids right where they’re at and grow, learn and do better right alongside them. Sometimes it takes me awhile to catch on to what the real issue is on a parenting dilemma, but hope with all my heart that I will always choose to do number 2, eventually :). Comfort zones are so overrated.

Luckily (HA!) Tilly Jane (our 9 y.o.) always wears her heart on her sleeve so I never have to guess how I’m doing as a mom or what side of the parenting spectrum I fall on. From the second she was born a girl (I was expecting a 3rd boy) she has kept me on my toes while challenging my priorities and approach to life in general. As a toddler she was a wanderer and could disappear in a nano-second, said everything that came into her cute little head (still does), had zero fear of strangers, heights, or consequences, would lovingly tackle and wrestle people during any kind of organized event (like story time at the library), and has been fiercely independent since the day she could walk.

TILLY’S OUTFIT DETAILS | denim jacket (tucker + tate from nordstrom), joggers (Athleta), fruit tee (from J. Crew), sandals (from Target), hair clip (from ryan and wren)

I always seem to be working on something when it comes to our relationship and lately, I’m embarrassed to say, her wardrobe has been a big issue (because it really shouldn’t be). But, I think I’ve finally learned a few lesson(s) and thought I would share in case you guys have a little or big kid that is picky (with a capital P)  about clothes!

10 PARENTING + STYLE LESSONS TILLY HAS TAUGHT ME

  1. If you can’t play in it, don’t wear it.
  2. Wear what you like even if what you like is in your big brother’s closet. (Her current favorite place to pick out an outfit… She loves her brother SOOO much!)
  3. Shoes, jackets and accessories make all the difference when toning down or tszujing up an outfit, flower girl dress or batman costume. (HA!)
  4. To think outside the box, store or department… (she’s been picking lots of things from the boy section of stores, like her blue sandals from Target, and I think it looks so cute!)
  5. Picking outfits out the night (or even week) before is always a good idea!
  6. Personal styles and trends come and go but confidence and self love is always “in”.
  7. My approval and appreciation is far more important than my input.
  8. How to be more present in the moment and less concerned with keeping things tidy (i.e. an outfit, the house, emotions, failures, etc.)
  9. No one else really cares what my kids are wearing — unless they think it’s cute, LOL.
  10. The world doesn’t need perfect, well-dressed kids. It needs mindful, empathetic, and unique kids that are positioned for g-r-e-a-t-n-e-s-s.

ILY Tilly Jane!

Do you guys have wardrobe struggles with your kids?

Also, working on a style Q&A series so if you have any questions, ask away in the comments!

xo, Rae

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LET’S CHAT: SCHOOL SHOOTINGS + OUR BOYS

It’s one thing to have a serious conversation with someone in person on topics as heavy as school shootings, and another to just put my thoughts and ideas out there in writing and with it the responsibility and consequences (good or bad) of my words. To be honest, I’m a little nervous about sharing my thoughts, however I just can’t shake the urge to write and share and hopefully do something positive about what’s happening in our country regarding our kids and gun control.

Political positions aside, one thing I HOPE we can agree on is that what happened in Florida (and other schools) was awful and gut wrenching, and it should never have happen. Ever.

In my opinion, we have a problem with guns in this country but I also don’t think taking away guns would take away gun violence completely. So let’s save that convo for a different time and look at things from a different point of view because there’s another common thread between mass shootings. The gunman’s are boys. BOYS!!!?

As a mama of 3 of the sweetest boys, I hate this fact. However, it also gives me so much hope and here’s why… changing gun laws seems simple enough but in reality is incredibly complex (and frustrating to watch) and there is very little we can do about it on a daily basis. Changing our culture to invest and support boyhood however, seems complicated but is in fact really simple because it starts with us, our neighbors, our schools and our community and we can make a difference every single day.

That’s good news, right?! A few other things I’m believing and clinging to…

  • That being quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger would change everything when dealing with conflict and challenges, but especially our effectiveness. (You guys have to listen to this message! It’s so good and highly entertaining too.)
  • That gun law reform is crucial and will happen eventually (I mean, why can an 18 year old buy a gun?).
  • That we are creative and resourceful enough to start a movement for the boys of this country that empowers, encourages and provides value, connection and a strong identity.
  • That we can influence our culture. (If hip, hop can do it, so can we ;)
  • That prayer is powerful, especially when it leads to action.

On a personal note, we’ve already had some gun related scares at Ozzie’s high school this year and next year Espen will be headed to Middle School. I’m unsure of the best way to contribute to the solution but I’m also not willing to wait for gun laws to change to do anything about the problem.

I know this is kinda heavy compared to my usually lighthearted content, and trust me that is way more in my comfort zone, but if you guys have any good resources or ideas on the topic, please share!!! There is strength in numbers and doing things together!

XO, Rae

PS — Another great (must read) article on the subject of boys is HERE!

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