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blue or pink?

happy monday friends!

i so appreciated reading everyones input and thoughts about finding out baby’s gender or not  and after going back and forth without a strong feeling either way, johan and i had the ultrasound tech stick the results in an envelope for us so we could do a big reveal on our trip to phoenix with the kids. so without further adieu….

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//the envelope, please.//

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//the suspense is killing big sis.//

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//not sure griffin knew what was going on exactly, but was totally into it.//

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//i see pink!//

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//tilly’s face says it all… girlfriends excited and relieved to say the least, but i think it just confirmed what she already kew. she’s been talking about a baby sister from the beginning and despite my rebuttal that God has a wonderful plan for our family and we don’t get to decide her response was quite simply, “yeah, then why would he give us another boy? it’s a girl.” she may have known something we didn’t.//

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//it was a fun moment that required celebratory fudgcicles of course.//

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//can’t believe he’ll be the oldest of 5…(sigh)//

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//or that he’ll no longer be the youngest. (double sigh)//

so my final verdict – i still prefer waiting to find out vs. spilling the beans early, but this moment with the kids in the grass and sunshine instead of recovering in a hospital bed was rather priceless.

feeling extra lucky to have these pictures to document our growing tribe – hopefully no. 5 will one day look back and know how much we loved her – even before we met.

a big fat thank you to my new friend connie who came out to our resort (that was actually just a hotel with ridiculous amenities) to capture this moment and a few others from our day that i’ll post later!

thanks for letting me share the big news with you…

mwah!

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BREAKFAST CLUB: yogurt parfaits

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spring hasn’t exactly made it’s way to the pacific northwest yet, but the dose of sunshine i got in phoenix last week (i have pics to share from our trip tomorrow!) has put me in the mood for a lighter, fruitier breakfast menu.

yogurt parfaits seem to be hitting the spot so i thought i would share some topping inspiration. i also  find that little eaters are extra happy anytime they get to customize their meal and the endless variations make them easy to serve all week for snack and dessert too.

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add the fixings you know everyone will like to your shopping list or plan out some fun combos. honey or vanilla greek yogurt, berries, bananas, granola and cereal (for crunch) is always a hit at our house.

here are some other ideas to pair with your choice of yogurt:

  • sliced kiwi, strawberries & cheerios
  • raspberries, coconut flakes & cocoa krispies cereal
  • broken graham crackers, lemon curd & coconut flakes (dessert)
  • peaches, brown sugar & rolled oats
  • diced apples, cinnamon & chopped walnuts
  • warmed almond butter, banana & honey (if using plain yogurt)
  • fresh berries & mini chocolate ships

layer ingredients and serve or set out fixings and let everyone build their own!

is there anything your craving now that spring is here!?

xo . rae

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#shenanigans (free poster download)

i designed this simple poster to hang over our “check-out” basket of ever increasing (and slightly ridiculous)  gaming and tech devices and thought i would share in case you have the perfect spot for it. just click on the links below to download! each poster is 24×32 inches and fits perfectly in the large frame from ikea.

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here’s to lots of silly shenanigans! enjoy!

xo . rae

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ice cream sammies (happy st. patrick’s day!)

want to eat something st. patty’s-ish today, but corned beef and cabbage isn’t your jam? throw together these minty ice cream sandwiches to enjoy after dinner!

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you’ll need:

  • chocolate chip mint ice cream or other green ice cream or gelato of choice
  • waffle cone or chocolate wafers (cookies or graham crackers work too)
  • gold &/or green sprinkles

set ice cream out to soften for about 5 minutes. press a scoop of ice cream between two wafers or cookies. roll edges in sprinkles. cover and store in freezer until your ready to eat!

a few other st. patrick’s day ideas from last couple week:

  1. green soup & BLTA’s
  2. garlands and a free art print
  3. kid crafternoon 

i don’t know about you guys but monday came way too soon for me this week, so i’m looking forward to doing and eating something yummy and festive with the kids tonight. how about you – any fun plans!?

xo . rae

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FIVE.

i’ve hinted at it a couple times in previous posts but am beyond thrilled to make an official announcement…

we’re expecting a new bundle of cuteness this summer!

today marks week 20, and as they tend to do once you have other children to take care of, it’s flown by.

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i’m not usually the “love to be pregnant” kind, but it’s been a pretty fantastic 20 weeks. my mind and emotions race every time i think about adding a 5th child to our family but more than anything i’ve been feeling incredibly humbled.

looking forward to having this space to share and document the journey this time around and hope you don’t get all babied-out with updates or projects!

before i sign off i would love your thoughts… we go in for our ultrasound this week (i keep putting it off!) – yoder and i would prefer to keep the gender a secret, but tilly, espen and ozzie are dying to find out if they are having a brother or sister.

should we take one for the team and find out what we’re having or keep it a surprise!?

happy friday!

xo . rae

(image by stacy jacobsen)

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Hello… spring training.

later this month, yoder and i are surprising the kids with a trip to sunny arizona for some baseball games, concession food and all the pool time we can handle. for the past couple weeks i’ve been secretly sorting through last year’s summer gear and stocking up on all the things we’ll need to bring with us, including some ballpark must haves.

here are some of the baseball ready goodies i’ve found:

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01/nostalgic baseball tees, peek kids (BOYS/GIRLS). 02/floppy sun hat, sonnet james. 03/canvas tote, gap. 04/sunscreen, the honest co (we’ll need some of this too). 05/notebooks, minted. 06/beach blanket, kate spade saturday. 07/a staple in my baseball bag, entertaining and easy to share, sidewalk chalk.

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MARCH one week spread.

i’m excited to be going back to my roots with a little meal planning action today! a bit different than what i’ve done in the past, but still fun and helpful… let me know what you think!?

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here’s a printable menu and shopping list you can add to your fridge. to use, click the image above and download, print and cut. then follow the links above to fill in the grocery list and (bam!) your all set for next week!

xo . rae

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ASPARAGUS SOUP with BLT’s and avocado

asparagus-soup-and-blta-recipethis soup may be green, but it’s 100% kid approved in our home… i could hardly believe my ears when they raved about how yummy it was the first time they tasted it (and every time since). if your still nervous about giving it a try, go heavy on the salt – it helps!

for the soup, YOU’LL NEED:

(serves 4 to 6 / takes 30 minutes)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • sour cream to top
  • basil leaves to garnish
  • an immersion blender, food processor or blender (i highly recommend getting an immersion blender if you don’t have one already and are a soup person like me! so much easier and less messy than letting the soup cool and blending in batches)
  1. in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter and add onion. stir constantly until softened (about 4 minutes).
  2. add asparagus, basil and broth and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until asparagus is tender.
  4. remove from heat and blend soup until smooth using an immersion blender or in patches using a food process or blender.
  5. season to taste with salt and pepper. ladle into bowls and top with sour cream and basil.

for the BLT’s, YOU’LL NEED:

(serves 4 to 6 / takes 15 minutes)

  • 8 to 12 slices of country bread
  • 8 to 12 slices favorite bacon, cooked (i used turkey)
  • 2 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large ripe tomato, sliced
  • favorite lettuce
  • 2 to taste salt and pepper
  • mayonnaise
  1. cook bacon and toast bread to your liking.
  2. meanwhile, prep fixings.
  3. build sandwiches by layering mayo, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato in-between slices of bread.

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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everyday DIY (simple garlands & a free print)

easy-banners-free-print-1garlands are one of my favorite ways to decorate for various seasons or celebrations. so today i thought i would share my obsession with some simple garland ideas (and a free art print!) that i dressed up for st. patrick’s day but that can easily be adjusted for anytime of year!

1/ chalkboard banner: use black card stock to make a banner and then write a message with chalk.

2/ gold starbursts: pick up some stickers from your office supply store and then add them to a strand (or 2) of twine.

3/ felt garland: change the colors to match a child’s room and keep it up all year! diy details here.

4/ LUCKY art print: click here to download.

xo . rae

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kids crafternoon – st. patrick’s day felt

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st. patrick’s day might not be the most popular holiday around, but it is a good excuse for getting crafty with the kids. here are a few simple and festive ideas that will keep them busy and feelin’ green for the big day!rae-ann-kelly-kids-st.-patrick's-day-6

1/FELT PINS/ supplies: green felt, scissors, fabric or hot glue, pins, embroidery thread & needle/ how-to: for each pin, using different colors of felt, cutout two-2-inch circles and a cute shape (such as a heart or shamrock). glue or stitch the shape to one of the circles. using a whip-stitch (here’s a toot w/pics) and the shape on the outside, stitch the two circles together. finish by gluing on a pin. they look super cute on sweaters, tees, backpacks, etc.!

2/ELBOW PATCHES/ supplies: green felt, embroidery thread & needle/ how-to: this one is less hands-on for the kids, but is really quick and easy. cut a fun shape thats approx.  2.5-3″ big from felt. have your child put on a long sleeve tee. using a pencil, mark the middle of their elbow. take their tee of, lay the felt shape over the top of your mark and attach using embroidery thread. if you plan on keeping the felt patch on their shirt past st. patrick’s day, be sure to wash the felt first before sewing it on so it doesn’t shrink!

3/FELT GARLAND/ supplies: green felt, scissors, embroidery thread & needle/ how-to: cut shapes from different color felt and thread together with embroidery thread! simple, cute and easy to store for next year or keep up all spring!

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we spotted a double rainbow this morning on the way to school (yay, spring!) and then was bombarded with questions about leprechauns, pots-o-gold and all that good stuff. needless to say, we’re definitely in the mood for st. patrick’s day fun around here… stay tuned for more simple recipes and ideas the next couple weeks!

xo . rae

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snack attack (almond butter fondue)

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i used to daydream about what a cool mom i would be.  late bedtimes, unlimited tv + video games, a pantry full of junk foods, a freezer stocked with frozen dinners, and (for the love of all things cool) my child would definitely be allowed to watch beverly hills 90210.

i would be epic, for sure.

and then we all know what happened….  i became a mom.  and being cool took a backseat to other things.  and i learned (quickly) that me children became crazy people when they overly indulge in watching or eating junk.  a little = good, a lot = get me outta here.

luckily cool mom and responsible mom can co-exist.  the nut butter fondue recipe below is the perfect example….after-school-snack-112

to test my theory, espen and i invited stacy and her oldest, tavin (who is funny and sweet, and really such a stud) over to try our new snack recipe.

the boys had fun (as you’ll see below) and scarfed it down. (point for cool mom!)

the nut butter in the fondue is full of cancer fighting, brain powering, heart loving, muscle building, and all around good for you, nutrients.  plus the fresh fruit dippers.  (point for good mom!)

AND it only took 10 minutes to warm up the fondue and slice the fruit.  (point for busy mom…!)

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I N G R E D I E N T S :

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate almond butter (we used justin’s, but an alternative like nutella works too)
  • sliced fruit and/or snacks (like pretzels) for dippers
  • toothpicks or skewers for fonduing! 

D I R E C T I O N S :

  1. prep dippers.  
  2. then in a small saucepan, warm nut butter and cream over med-low heat, stirring continuously until heated through.  
  3. transfer to a bowl, make sure it’s not too hot and serve!  (you could also warm the nut butter and cream in the microwave)

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oh, and i forget to mention that the chocolate nut butter has less than half the sugar of chocolate chips. happy snacking!

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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