Author Archive | rae

thanksgiving bingo and kids table setting.

in less than two weeks we’ll be kicking off the holiday season with turkey day. can you believe it!? i could not be more excited for the long weekend, extra downtime with family and yummy food. not to mention lots of time spent in the kitchen with the kids and my mama!

to keep things running (sort of) smoothly and the kids entertained at the table when it comes time to eat, i put together these activity cards and teepee place cards. links are below to download….

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  • TEEPEE PLACE CARDS – add a few small thanksgiving themes figurines or animals for extra fun!
  • BINGO CARDS – up the ante and bring a few small prizes for the winners!
  • THANKFUL NOTE CARDS – write something your thankful for next to each letter!

these are some of my favorite printables to date — i hope you enjoy and find a way to use them (snap a pic and tag me on instagram if you do – @raeannkelly)!

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xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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3 steps to family photos you’ll love

between all the newborn, family, mini sessions and blog shoots, my family has spent quite a bit of time in front of the camera. while that might not make me an expert i have learned a few tricks along the way that make the process less stressful and the day of way more enjoyable.

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1. think ahead – decide what the main purpose is for your pictures (christmas cards, document, gallery wall, etc.). do you want most pictures to be black and white? portrait style? or lifestyle with outtakes? once you know the answer to those things it’s time to do a little daydreaming. (you’ll also want to communicate those things with your photographer!) hop on pinterest for ideas or look through your photographer’s web site. to keep things looking more organic and less staged think simple – a little goes a long way. make a list of props and outfit ideas and then raid your (and your friends’) closets and pullout anything that will work. order or go shopping for anything you don’t have but still think is necessary.

2. prep the kids – i have yet to meet a child that loves participating in family photo sessions. however, i’ve found (especially for the older kids) that if i give lots of notice and reminders about our appointment they are more likely to be good sports about it. picking a bribe or planning something fun to do after pictures also works like a charm.

3. be yo-selves… and trust your photographer – you really want everyone’s personalities to shine through so as long as the kids are following instructions a little, let them be silly (and throw up duces) or shy and snuggly.  i also find that if i stay upbeat and playful the rest of my crew tends to fallow suit and play along. when all else fails take a deep breath and trust your photographer – it’s not the first time they’ve worked with a child that refused to smile, etc.!

// LAST THOUGHTS // keep personalities and personal style in mind when picking outfits. everyone does better and looks more natural when they feel comfortable in what they are wearing. also if you want the family to look put together without being too matchy, matchy try picking a neutral palette and then adding a couple different pops of color and some texture. lastly, if it’s important to you, book nail and hair appointments in advance so your not running around like crazy the day before!

here’s to beautiful (low-fuss) family photos you’ll love.

if you have more tips please share in the comments!

xo . rae

//all pics by stacy jacobsen//

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the easiest nightlight DIY

a few weeks ago i was asked by a blogger friend and her team to stage and take pictures of a few different kid friendly spaces (for a book, eek!). only catch? the deadline was just a week away. so i scrambled, dealt with some self doubt and almost told them i couldn’t do it. i mean, what if they didn’t like what i put together!? so silly because i’m pretty sure life would still go on. fear is such a powerful thing. i think i let it get the best of me more often than i realize but i’ll save that for another post maybe? anywho, in the end i sent them what they asked for and they seemed to love it. we’ll see if any of the pics get used!

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during the process of piecing together the spaces i was able to do a few very quick, simple and cheap DIYs (the best kind!). my favorite being this word nightlight. it’s now at home over tilly’s bed and  is her new “best” room accessory. here’s how to DIY…

YOU’LL NEED

  • 7 foot strand of firefly lights  // i used soft white, battery operated strand sold at our local craft store for $8 but you can also find all different kinds on amazon and longer strands at urban outfitters and west elm.
  • washi tape or small pins for hanging.
  • batteries

HERE’S HOW (

  1. pick a shape or word (ideas below). working on a flat surface, shape the wire accordingly. if making a shape, you might want to double up on the strand or go around the shape twice.
  2. find a spot and hang it up!

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a few ideas.

what kind of DIYs are you favorite?

xo . rae

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backyard halloween bash

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i know it’s a little late to start planning a halloween party, but this backyard bash styled by my new friend jen was too cute to pass up. plus it’s full of fun halloween food ideas like those glass apple juice jars, tomato soup, ghostly grilled cheese

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… oreo owls and dipped marshmallows.

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jen also used our blackboard perfection party set sold on minted which was fun to see! you can checkout more of the party on her blog (HERE).

off to get everyone’s costumes organized and finished and write up a plan and shopping list for the big day. holidays are crazy around here with all these kidlets — not to mention the birthdays we have this week (oz & tilly)… i’m going to need a girl’s night asap!

what’s left on your halloween to-do list!? any festive food on the menu!?

xo . rae

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wear: favorite convo tops

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we’re suckers for a good convo tee around here. the designer in me enjoys the typography aspect but i also love that they add a little sass to what would otherwise be a plain top. here are a few cuties i spotted while poking around my favorite online shops this weekend…. something i’ve been doing a lot of to pass the time while i feed pop-tart. how i ever got through the nursing stage without an iPhone is beyond me! ha!

for MAMA | 1 2 3

for MINIS | 4 5 6 7 8

also stumbled upon these for girls, after the board was already made.

(SAY YES sweatshirt, on sale. the kids’ tops were both from j.crew factory but are sold out.)

do you guys have a favorite place to shop online?

7-message-tops-for-mom-and-minion another note, it’s time to celebrate because tilly jane is SIX!!!!

happy birthday sugar. you are pretty much the best thing since sliced bread and your boldness and endless energy is both inspiring and contagious. watching you grow up is one of my greatest joys. i love you mucho – (and then some) – and hope you have the best birthday yet! xo . mama

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easy pennant pillow DIY

during the last couple months of my pregnancy with poppy we were super busy staging, packing and trying to rent out our old home. setting up a nursery had to wait so instead of painting and putting together furniture i started collect little decorative things to make piecing together the nursery a cinch when the time came.

during that time i also designed a few special things, including that hooray pillow in her crib. i love how it turned out and think it adds the perfect little happy touch to poppy’s space. i also love that it is a cut and sew project which is the best kind because you get to skip all the pattern printing, cutting, tracing, and pinning usually involved in sewing projects. you also get to skip the fabric foraging step which can be fun but is also very time consuming. at least for me – i have commitment issues.

bottom line — once the fabric showed up at my door step it only took 20 minutes to put together! if your interested, here’s how to DIY —

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SUPPLIES:

  • this cut and sew fabric from spoonflower (you just need a fat-quarter. i like using the linen cotton canvas) OR two swatches of fabric and fabric paint so you can stencil on whatever saying you like.
  • polyfill stuffing
  • sewing machine or needle
  • thread
  • fabric scissors.

HERE’s HOW

  1. using fabric scissors, cut out the pennant pieces.
  2. stack pennants right sides together and sew together using a straight stitch 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a 3-inch opening on the short end. trim the extra fabric from the points of the pennant.
  3. turn your pennant right side out. stuff with polyfill and fold the open edges in. close your pillow by sewing a top stitch all the way around the pillow, backstitching at the beginning and end and then your done!

easy-peasy, right? if you have any questions about the sewing terms, etc, let me know!

xo . rae

ps – here are a couple more cut and sew projects to try // here + here.

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the DESIGN shop.

super bummed that i’ve been so MIA this week as i’ve been loving this blogging gig and have lots of fun things planned. however i’ve been tied up for a good and exciting reason…. :)

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yep! i’ve opened an etsy shop and now that all the fine print has been worked out and written it’s time to fill it with products and i would REALLY, REALLY like your help!

if you have any ideas for items you would like to see in the shop, please share in the comments!

already listed is the “HOORAY” flag poster (as seen here and here) if you’ve had your eye on it.

can’t wait to hear your ideas and add more goodies to the shop!

xo . rae

P.S. – i would love to give all my blog friends 20% off with coupon code BLOGLOVE20

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boy meets girl

since nursing makes it difficult to wear dresses lately, i’ve been swooning over skirts and sprung for this one a couple weeks ago. mostly because, plaid. i can’t get enough of  the classic preppy meets cool kid print lately — can you!?

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top (similar) | skirt (on sale!) | booties (similar, similar)

i also love how skirts make it easy to mix feminine with masculine – just throw on a boyfriend or graphic tee or sneakers for a low-fuss vibe. so effortless and super comfy.

what do you think of the tomboy, mix-match trend and how do you pull it off? i would love some ideas!

xo . rae

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digital invites and iphone wallpapers for HALLOWEEN

happy monday friends! to start the week off right, i have some cute (with a touch of spooky) halloween designs to share with you! 3 digital invites that make planning a halloween party or casual get together super easy + extra fun. just save the files and then attach to your email or text message. i also designed a few wallpapers to get your phone in the halloween spirit!

//click links below to download//

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PHONE WALLPAPERS

do you have a favorite!?

xo . rae

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#hellofall (free banner downloads)

free-fall-banner-downloadsyou guys… i love fall and especially october so i wanted to add to the merriment and share these fun and simple banners with you! just download below, print on card stock, cut along lines with scissors (but use an exact-o knife for the middle parts if you want), hole punch and connect with brads.

here’s to a month full of pumpkins, cozy sweaters and jumping in leaves!

yay for october!

xo . rae

ps – here is another banner you might fancy.

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home tour (entry + stairs)

i’ve had some requests lately to see the inside of our home but since we moved in a few months ago, i’m super indecisive when it comes to decorating and most of our rooms aren’t “finished” (not that there is such a thing – we’re already talking about moving poppy in with tilly!) i thought it would be fun to share a different area or room each month, starting today!

welcome to our entryway off the garage and stairs…

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the hooks and clever drawers under the stairs were here when we moved in (and are the brainchild of our friend KC!) so i can really only take credit for how things are set up and organized. there are three drawers that work and (at the moment) hold our flip flops, beach towels and random things such as sunnies, sunscreen and the girls’ hair stuff. as the weather continues to cool off i’m sure they will be replaced with slippers, beanies and umbrellas!

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in theory, after school the kids are supposed to take their shoes off in the garage, hang their bags up, take out their schoolwork and lunch bags, and sit down at the craft table for snack and homework time (audible eye rolling at myself). most days however they ditch their backpacks in the garage, grab a snack from the outside fridge and hop on their bikes before i can even ask them about their day… their way is better i think.

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the other side of the stairs has 4 working drawers that hold all of the kids’ craft supplies with one drawer for them to put their favorite creations and save-worthy schoolwork. oh, and i did swap out the hardware for random knob i found at anthropology. it was a simple and playful way to change things up and works well with my indecisiveness since i got to pick 8 different styles!

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(another look without the kids)

if you have any questions about sources or how things are put together, let me know! also, what space would you like to see next? i was thinking family room or dinning and kitchen…

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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