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We took advantage of the long weekend and checked off a couple small house projects and by “we” I mean Johan. My contribution came mostly in the form of ideas, shopping and a borderline annoying amount of moral support. Since words of affirmation is Johan’s love language and acts of service is mine, this arrangement totally works for us. HAHAH! Here’s a breakdown of what we refreshed in our little kitchen nook area… which is not really a nook per say, but is way too small to function as an eating area for our fam. Plus I really like the word “nook”.

Project No.1: priming & painting the IKEA table we’ve owned since our days as newlyweds living in a tiny basement apartment. Since it’s mostly used for crafting, snacking, and homework-ing, it was in need of some TLC. Four coats of primer and three coats of paint later and it looks better than new! The color we used is “peach medley” in eggshell.

Project No.2: an oversized (3×6 foot) cork board for all the kids’ art, seasonal projects and instax pics. I was a little hesitant with this DIY, but it turned out better than I imagined… Again, aside from I had very little to do with the finished project (LOL).


  • 1×2 strips of pine for the frame cut into 8 pieces (2 for each side)
  • this roll of cork board (FYI, it arrived cracked but we were able to piece it together pretty easily)
  • thin sheet (3/8-inch) particle board to mount the cork to
  • a wall mount bracket to hang board (ours was 18 inches and can also be found at the hardware store)
  • a nail gun and nails (brad nailer, to be technical, that works well on molding, etc. and is very novice handy-person friendly)
  • paint of your choice! (we used the “simply white” by Benjamin Moore that we had on hand)
  • putty or framers mud to fill nail holes in the front of frame
  • can of spray adhesive (which worked really well but glue of choice)
  • chop-saw if you want to cut frame wood at home…


We wrote out the dimensions and supply list before going to home depot and asked an employee to cut the particle board to size. You could also ask them to cut frame pieces to size but Johan cut the frame at home and put it together similar to this tutorial, only the edges on our frame are flush. Next he painted the frame. While that dried he placed the particle board on top of the cork and used an ex-acto knife to trim to size. After letting it sit overnight to flatten the cork, he used spray adhesive to mount cork to particle board. Next he placed cork board inside the frame and secured in place using a brad nailer through the front of the frame, all around the edges — approx. 1 in each corner and 3 or 4 along the sides. Putty was used to hide the nails on the front side of the frame and then touched up with paint. He finished by adding the wall mount to the back side and the wall — making sure it was level! — and that’s it! Haha!

Lots of steps but Johan assured me it’s something I could tackle without him if I wanted to. Which says a lot! Let me know if I missed anything!

I wonder if that single dimple and tooth gap will ever not make me melt… I’m guessing not. (His little activity notepad is from IKEA. Couldn’t find it online or I would link!)

Completely in love with this rug by Lorena Canals. It’s machine WASHABLE, eco-friendly, and the perfect mix of color and neutrals!

I asked the kids what word they thought would be fun to put on the bulletin board and Poppy instantly shouted out, “TACOS!!!” The rest of the kids laughed and the moment was so good I couldn’t help but make her taco loving suggestion come true :)

Just one problem-o, every time I look at it I want to eat tacos.

rug / curtains (found for 50% at the anthro store) / table color / basket of coloring books / white chairs /  “things” pen bin / denim chair is old from pottery barn kids (similar)

Let me know if I missed anything! Also, I was thinking I had before pics for reference in an old blog post but the closest thing I found was this post from Christmas break. Hopefully it gives a good idea of what it used to look like!

xo, Rae



Happy long weekend you guys! I’m so excited to share a couple of fun projects I’ve been working on but first a little note to all of my Seattle area girls… I’ve been in the process of putting together a summer pop-up with some of my favorite shops. I have three (including the two below) that will hopefully be able to attend, but would love to add at least 4 more. If there’s anyone you want to see at the pop-up, please share in the comments! They don’t have to be local. I’ll let you know when I find a location and set a date so you can mark your calendars!

Next up is a quick peek of one of my clients spring release that has me dreaming of sunshine and pool days.

Olivia + Ocean new swim line and kickstarter:

It’s one thing to know about the girl boss behind this sweet and nostalgic brand and another to work with Danielle and know firsthand the heart, soul and hard work that goes into it. It was so much fun being apart of her Spring release… I even got to design that sweet palm print for her… but even more inspiring was to help with the launch of her Mom Bod suit and Kickstarter that goes live at 10am today!

She’s created a mom suit in a wrap style that’s sexy, empowering and totally functional! Can I get an “AMEN!”? I highly recommend taking a peek at the kickstarter and snagging your own suit for all the summer adventures in your future!

Alice + Ames galentine’s party:

We were excited to see our Valentine’s Day cards included in this sweet little celebration! If you haven’t already, go check out their new spring release. Our order arrived yesterday and everything is even cuter in person (if that’s possible). Poppy is going to flip when she sees!

There are a few pics below, but you can see more of the party here!

Last but not least, the Valentine Pop-up was a huge success and although a lot of work, it was so much fun to be apart of your holiday celebrations! I loved seeing all of the pics and stories sharing the process of filling treat bags and signing cards.

You guys are the absolute best eber, eber.

xo, Rae




On Valentine’s Day we…

Eat emoji pancakes and homemade whip cream.

Wear pink hoodies (on sale!) and heart socks (Ozzie).

Run out of time to do our hair before heading to school (note Griffin’s bedhead).

Give neck hugs (Poppy).

Run calls at the fire station (sorry honey!)…. not sure when the last time was that Johan wasn’t working on the 14th of February. Not complaining tho! We make up for it on a much less busy night :)

Are beyond excited to handout our cards and treats to classmates.

Wish we could go back to elementary school, just for the day (me!).

Bail on the classroom parties to work, ensure a good nap for Poppy, and prep for the evening (also me).

Have friends come home on the bus and then run all over the house looking for clues in a scavenger hunt that lead to candy necklaces and silly string.

Have a silly string fight.

Eat soup and heart shaped quesadillas for dinner while sipping on the red gatorades our sweet friends brought over.

Consume wayyyy tooooo muuuuch sugar (all of us).

Fall asleep way past bedtimes (also all of us).

Hope you guys had the best v-day! What was your favorite part(s)?

xo, Rae




Earlier this week, Johan and I took Poppy to the children’s museum followed by our favorite cupcake shop and ever since I can’t stop thinking about a few things. 1. How/why do kids stay so much more engaged at a museum vs. at home, aside from the obvious newness of the activities? 2. Why aren’t there smoothie/juice bars as cute as ice cream and cupcake shops? And 3. Why don’t I have more athleasure in my closet!?

Keeping the kids entertained (and honestly myself too) while being mostly cooped up in the winter, is a challenge so I didn’t waste anytime looking into question number 1. Turns out, aside from being in a new environment with new things to do, it’s all about the invitation to play. Which is a fancy way of saying you set no-strings-attached activities out for kids to do, before they get home from school or up from nap, and then sit back and see what happens! Brilliant, right!? Well, the noise and chaos level in our home that occurs from the time the kids walk through the door after school until they find something to focus on, has been off the charts lately so again, I didn’t waste anytime trying this method out and I have to say…. it worked really well. Shared a few pics below.

Question number 2 wasn’t so easy to figure out but I’m currently trying to convince Johan it would be a good idea to open up an adorable shop that serves smoothie bowls, cold pressed juices and simple snack boxes. He’s not convinced it’s such a good idea so if you know of something similar that already exists please share!! It would be nice to switch up our ice cream and cupcake intake a little :)

Now for the most pressing question… why so little athleasure in my closet!? Ha! Not sure I can really answer that, but since I’ve upped my number of workouts per week I find myself reaching for outfits that can pull double duty more often. The 2 pairs of lulu’s in my closet just were not cutting it so a couple weeks ago I hesitantly ordered a red pair of adidas joggers and I can’t believe how much I love them! Bonus, they also passed the husband and teenager test :)

Now for a crazy amount of pics from our outing…

Is there anything that gets a kids attention quite like water play? Maybe dirt and sand?

Poppy has been obsessed with anything involving kids scissors. Just ask a couple of her dolls :)


RAE | red joggers, white tee (men’s undershirt), jacket  (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!)

POPPY | skirt (I bought her this too,both on sale! size down), shoes (similar from amazon), hoodie (in different colors), top from june and january (love their “grapefruit” color)

See what I mean about cupcake places being so cute and inviting?

There is a really fun and well decorated smoothie bowl place by my parents house called Healthy Bonez, but there isn’t anywhere to sit and enjoy once you ordered (insert cry face emoji!).

Shops that sell mini versions of menu items is always a big win in my book!

I’ve been setting out an activity or two for the kids after school and it’s been so helpful with getting them transitioned. Of course it’s still a little chaotic, but there’s always a couple of the kids that take an interest which is a huge help. Last week I set out these beads from IKEA, a heart and tissue paper craft, and a number guessing game and this week so far it’s been classroom Valentine’s cards to work on and red cups to stack and knock over.

What have you guys been wearing, going, and doing to have fun and stay sane this winter!?

XO, Rae








Nothing says LOVE like a boombox serenade! Or in Espen’s case, a bluetooth serenade :)

Put together a few songs that will get everyone dancing, feeling all the feels, and aren’t too heavy on the mushy side! I couldn’t decide on a specific genre so they’re a little random, however the playlist does start out fun and upbeat and gets more mellow towards the end so it’s perfect for that morning or evening grind.

  1. be my honeypie, the weepies
  2. best of my love, emotions
  3. wildflowers, tom petty
  4. stay stay stay, taylor swift
  5. i wanna dance with somebody, whitney houston
  6. man of the woods, justin timberlake
  7. i think we’re alone now, tiffany
  8. love me do, the beatles
  9. still got time, zayn
  10. all the pennies, mindy gledhill
  11. you are the best thing, ray lamontagne
  12. i got you babe, sonny + cher
  13. my sweet darling, seth fallen + the reaction
  14. die a happy man, thomas rhett
  15. i love you, alex + sierra
  16. bottom of the sea, matt nathanson
  17. sweet creature, harry styles
  18. i do, susie suh
  19. crazy love, van morrison
  20. at last, etta james

What songs would you add?

XO, Rae



If I had a personal chef or the discipline/organizational abilities to meal prep once a week, these energy bites would for sure be on the menu every time. They’re homemade (read: guilt-free), easy to grab and go, loaded with healthy stuff, tasty enough to satisfy a sweet tooth, and loved by (almost — because there’s always that one…) everyone in the fam bam. They’re also really fun to package up and share with friends. Even better when we’ve just made a fresh batch and the kids have buddies over!

I’ve always wanted to be the house with the best snack food for all the kids, without feeding them too much junk, and even though I fall short often, mixing these up makes me feel like I’m winning just a little :)

Peep the recipe below!


You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (like quaker), uncooked
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup favorite nut butter (I like to use almond butter but usually use adam’s peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup favorite chocolate chips (I like to use the mini kind!)
  • 1/4 cup honey (agave works too)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chia seeds, optional

Here’s How:

  1. Using a hand or stand mixer, combine and mix ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  2. Using your hands (and cookie scooper if you have one!), roll into 1 to 2 inch balls. Eat right away or chill first.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week…. But I promise they won’t last that long, LOL.

Happy Tuesday Loves!

xo, Rae








We made it through January (still celebrating over here!), the sun stays in the sky a little longer everyday, and I finally started to break out of my winter rut you guys. Hallelujah! Even though it’ll be awhile before we see a decent amount of blue skies and sunshine here in the PNW, it seems like we’ve turned the corner and that gives me all the good feels.

In addition to a general attitude adjustment :), getting out of the house always helps beat those winter blues so last week we visited a couple of our favorite local places — the second hand bookstore and the crepe shop! Anytime we can leave the house without a looong shopping or to do list is such a treat. It just takes an extra dose of motivation to go anywhere when we don’t have to this time of year, LOL. Always happy when we decided to go tho!

So many treasures for the kids to find and look at! Funny how entertaining it is to look at things that don’t belong to you and so nice to be in a store where it’s okay for the kids to touch just about anything!

Always running circles around me! Also, Griffin is never not touching a sibling or parent. It’s the sweetest thing although his sister doesn’t always agree :)

We’re still collecting books with colorful covers to fill the built-in shelves in our family room which was part of our motivation for heading to the secondhand bookstore. You’ll never guess what book I found with a vintage orange spine in the discount section…. “cheaper by the dozen”!!! Jackpot! Haha! Still so excited about it and found the perfect spot to put it.

Next stop was crepes, because well, crepes and nutella and fruit and whip are always a good idea. I also love anytime we eat while out and about (even if I pack something) so I don’t have to get a lunch spread out at home before naps! Not sure if that qualifies as a mom hack, but it should!

A little quality lego time (i.e. guess which hand is holding the lego guy) before tucking Poppy in for nap.

Aside from my attitude adjustment and getting out of the house here’s a short list of other ways to beat the winter blues!


  1. Embrace the season + accept it for what it is. (Think Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Beatles and the book of Ecclesiastes). There is a purpose and a reason for each season and God is always busy doing good things through us and with us.
  2. Re-establish part of your routine or schedule that has been bothering you or needs some refining.
  3. Mix things up! Grocery shop somewhere new, try a new recipe, take a new exercise class, paint a room, get a fun haircut, try a new lipstick color, etc.
  4. Take turns planning date nights at home
  5. Read/write/journal
  6. Plan for spring + summer
  7. Workout or have a dance party. Lots of them.
  8. Invite someone over to dinner or host a playdate!
  9. Take vitamins, go to bed earlier, and drink lots of water.
  10. Schedule more time with people you love
  11. Look for ways to make little things extra special – get the most out of tubby time, bedtime, after school snack, quiet time, etc.
  12. Start spring cleaning early
  13. Retail therapy is a thing or put on a cute outfit or dress
  14. A simple staycation can do wonders. Book one night at a hotel with or without kids, just because.
  15. Write a to do lists even if it’s just a list of movies

Here’s another fun list of activities to entertain kids on rainy bad weather days :)

How do you guys beat those winter blues???? Inquiring minds want to know so be sure to share in the comments!

xo, Rae


RAE | pants (on sale!), turtleneck, jacket  (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!)

GRIFFIN | ski tee, jeans from gap kids (similar)

POPPY | sweater, skirt old from zara kids





HOORAY, we made it to the end of Jan-u-ar(a)y! LOL. Did it feel as long to you as it did to me? I guess it doesn’t really stand a chance to the few months and holidays that come before it, huh? However, it does feel good to have the first month of the year under my belt… and seeing as how we ate and netflixed our way through January, I mean that literally too. Is a “cheat month” a thing? (Asking for a friend :)

Anywho, I’ve rounded up a few recipes I’ve tried and loved or want to try in February. Half of them either look delicious or would be perfect for Valentine’s Day (can you say fondue, pasta and tomato bisque with grilled cheese, please!?) while the other half are gluten free and paleo. It’s all about balance, right?






  • bananas + peanut butter pinwheels
  • monster mouths (with marshmallows or nuts for teeth)
  • egg + cheese tacos or omelettes
  • mango protein shake (frozen mango + pineapple, almond or coconut milk, ice and vanilla protein (this is our favorite kind — not chalky!)
  • raviolis
  • edamame
  • french toast + fruit kabobs (perfect for Valentines Day!)
  • chicken salad pitas or lettuce cups
  • fresh veggies with tzatziki dip!

Which recipe looks most appealing to you? I’m kinda curious about the chicken bowl with cauliflower rice.

Feel free to add more recipe ideas in the comments…

Love you guys!

xo, Rae



The Seattle weather this time of year just about does us all in, so we’re trying to stay busy and distracted over here. A homemade treat, kitchen experiments (slime anyone?), and simple crafts always seem to do the trick tho. If you’re feeling the same way, here are a few Valentines-ey projects that have been giving us life right now and make hunkering down at home feel extra special.


Shared the recipe on my Insta Stories yesterday and added to the “eat” highlight reel for safe keeping too, but it deserves to be documented here too… it’s that good! I cut way back on the chocolate compared to other recipes and will normally add the hearts after the kids dish their bowls so they don’t get too much :)


  • 5 oz. bag popcorn or 15 cups homemade, lightly salted
  • 6 oz. white chocolate, melted
  • sprinkles + conversation hearts


  1. Pour popcorn into a large baking sheet/pan.
  2. Drizzle with white chocolate and sprinkles and then toss until incorporated. Sprinkle hearts over the top. Cover and let sit until chocolate hardens.
  3. Dish up for your little (and big) valentines!


That don’t involve eating them although we know it’s inevitable. A few ideas…

  1. Pour a bunch in a jar and have the kids guess how many, then count together.
  2. Drop a few in a glass of sparkling water or clear soda and watch them dance around. Kinda fun and science-y!
  3. Play around with making and matching patterns, or sorting.
  4. Give everyone a box of hearts, set the timer for a minute (or 5, lol!) and see who can stack them the highest! When you’re done, grab a few snack items from the pantry and use the candies to make individual trail mixes.
  5. Practice fine motor skills with little ones by scooping, and tweezing  hearts from one bowl to another. Challenge older kids to use chopsticks. Here’s a few more montessori inspired activities!
  6. Take it one step further with these fun family night games. Would be fun for sleepovers too!


Can’t beat this classic! I found colored cardboard hearts and googly eyes at target and then cut up strips of text weight paper into strips. Set all the materials out on the table and let the kids get creative. Most of the finished hearts got taped to their bedroom doors which I love!


  • Hearts cutout of card stock or construction paper (found our hearts at Target, but couldn’t find online)
  • Googly eyes
  • Text weight paper, in various colors
  • Tape or glue stick
  • OPTIONAL: smaller hearts cutout for hands and feet, black marker for making a mouth + nose, stickers, pop-pops or other items to embellish with


  1. Cutout hearts and strips of paper for the arms and legs — ours were about 1-1/2 inch wide and 8-1/2 inch long for the legs and 5 inches for the arms.
  2. Fold the strips of paper like an accordion and tape onto the backside of your hearts.
  3. Embelish with eyes, etc. and you’re done!

Aren’t they cute!? And fun for everyone!

How are you guys having fun and staying sane at home on winter days!? This past Saturday we filled the stairway with mattresses so the kids could slide down, LOL. Anything to get some of their energy out these days!

Hope your week is off to a good start!!! Don’t forget to check classroom valentines off your to-do list!

XO, Rae











Because we all know that the longer it takes us mamas to get ready, the higher the odds are that someone’s playing in toilet water or coloring on the wall and because, everything about winter takes a little more effort, including getting dressed, I’ve been documenting outfits from the last week or so to share with you guys. Rest assured, the other half of the days I was in leggings and a hoodie.

Now just bare with me through these mirror selfies. Never not an awkward situation, but I tried to have fun with it! Oh, and if clothes shopping or buying has ever been a struggle for ya, be sure to read all the way down to the “PS” at the bottom of this post!

OUTFIT NO. 1 | beanie + tee + trendy jeans + sneakers

Ripped or boyfriend jeans would look cute with this too!

Details | hat from the Gap (similar in light pink or hot pink), tee is old from madewell (just bought this one + it’s an extra 40% off), jeans from madewell (same pair but with a finished edge and also 40% off), vans

OUTFIT NO. 2 | jean jacket + white turtleneck or top + velvet joggers + sneakers

Also looks really cute with a white tee and/or booties!

Details | jean jacket is old from J. Crew (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!), turtleneck (it’s on sale and the white is a little see-through)  joggers, sneakers are old and according to Ozzie, dirty is the best way to wear white shoes right now :)

OUTFIT NO. 3 | hat + pullover + leggings + sneakers

OK, so this isn’t that amazing. I was hoping to show you a monochrome workout look (more like this) because I love how it looks and it also takes the guesswork out of getting dressed. Hopefully you get the idea though!

I’ve been wearing this pullover on repeat with leggings lately –I sized up so it covers my booty but isn’t too oversized.

Details | hat from target (couldn’t find online), pullover (wearing a medium), leggings, old new balance sneakers (other cute options)

OUTFIT NO. 4 | sweater + skinnies + slides

Love this look because I can switch up the sweater and hair (either a hairstyle or hat will do!) and it looks and feels fresh… even 2 days in a row. See below.

Details | mock neck sweater is old from the gap, ripped skinnies old from madewell (I think these are the same tho), slides from nordstrom (similar options here), green sweater below in other colors here and here

Almost twinning with Poppy!

OUTFIT NO. 5 | hat + jean jacket + dress + sneakers

Switch up the hat (or no hat!), jacket and shoes for different looks.

Also, showing off my legs just in case you’re wondering how pale I am at the moment!? ha! Not that playing in the sun is an option for most of the country, but gosh I miss sunshine. And heat. And just enough of a tan to not look like a zombie?

What do you think?! Fun post? Helpful?

I’ve also been working on cleaning out my closet and making a few changes so my wardrobe functions better without needing to make a capsule for each season. Let me know if you would like to see details of the process!


xo, Rae

P.S. — One of my goals in doing fashion posts is to share ideas for outfit combinations you could find in your closet or new trends that would be fun to try. I share links just in case you’ve been looking for something similar or have a hole to fill in your wardrobe. However, I hope you don’t ever feel discouraged or limited by these posts or the cost of clothes in general. It can easily become a struggle if we let it and I have definitely been there before!



Thanks so much for your sweet response (+ orders) to our classroom valentines! Next step is finding the perfect surprise to include with the cards, because we all know the treat part is equally as important to the mini valentines in our lives. So, with the kids’ help, i’ve rounded up a list of favorites below.

1. parachute guys | 2. monster finger puppets | 3.  dragonfly propellers, or a combo pack | 4. googley eyes (that are already sticky on the backside!) | 5. cherry pop rocks | 6. candy necklaces | 7. ice cream shooters | 8. heart balloons here or here | 9. bouncy balls | 10. fluffy slime or play doh | 11. lip + mustache whistles | 12. paddle ball game | 13. unicorn pops | 14. glow sticks | 15. cat ear headbands | 16. pullback race cars | 17. squishy toys (tilly’s fave!) | 18. fruit candy | 19. unicorn poop | 20. plastic dinosaurs | 21. heart stickers | 22. candy buttons | 23. plastic clackers

Love and wish I could buy all these cute treats just to have on hand! Sometimes it’s the little things that go a long way.

What do your kids like giving their friends and classmates on Valentine’s Day? Excited to see what my kids’ final picks are so I can order and check it off my to do list!

xo, Rae