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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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#SeattleKids: molly moon’s (our fave ice cream shop)

Molly-Moon-Seattle-Kids-2i’m excited to share the second post (here is the first) of a new series that is nameless at the moment (tiny tourist, kids about town…?) but i’m kinda digging the simplicity of “Seattle Kids”. let me know if you have any ideas!

i love seeing where and how people do life, as well as promote community and local businesses so i thought i’d introduce you to molly moon’s–our favorite place to grab ice cream when we are in the city. everything about this shop is organic, homemade and ridiculously delicious. hope you enjoy!

you might also like: molly moon’s on instagram & this fun “how to make ice cream pie” video.

xo . rae

(short film by August Island Pictures)

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you are the sprinkles to my ice cream (free printable)

we are in full blown heart day mode around here and i can hardly wait to wake up tomorrow and make the yummiest, red, pink and heart themed brekkie for the fam, but first some very long overdue valentine printables….

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inspired by my favorite food group while pregnant, ice cream, i put together some fun valentine’s to share with you! craft supply details and file download are available below…. the kids were very involved in the designing of their classroom valentines this year so i’m thinking my girlfriends will be getting these.

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d.i.y. printable valentines (repost from armommy)

(originally posted on our old armommy.com blog a couple years ago, but back by popular demand :)

i’ve been busy designing valentines you can d.i.y. OR d.i.t {do it together} with your little ones by your side….

this d.i.y. set includes a pdf automatic download for 3.5 x 5″ cards in 3 designs and 2 to 4 color schemes.  add a simple supply or 2 and quality time crafting with kidlets and that’s all you need to create these fun hand crafted valentines to hand out!

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 my personal fave….  the googly eyes.  find the fun plastic eyes at any craft store or buy a large quantity for about $5 from oriental trading.

whatever you don’t use is sure to come in handy later.

get messy with a little ink then place thumb prints in the shape of a heart.  sweet and personal.

tell friends just how big of smartie pants you think they are by tying a roll of smarties to their valentine card.

download is available { H E R E } .

having so much playing with ideas for valentine’s day + have more to come!

xo . rae

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protein pancakes worth waking up for. (recipe)

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looking for a warm brekkie idea that’s packed with protein, requires just a few ingredients and is also really easy to make and clean up after?

you’re in the right place!

after a few years of randomly throwing protein powder, flaxseed, or oatmeal into our usual (delish) pancake mix in an attempt to make them more healthy for school mornings, i finally did my research, made an actual recipe and (like the good PR person i am) ran it by a focus group.

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cuteness and pickiness were a requirement for this study, making jack and tilly the perfect candidates.

ordinarily i find that knowledge is power and try to explain to the kids why they are eating things like raw almonds or green juice, but in this case i probably should have kept all the healthy details to myself until after they tried the pancakes.

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 they were skeptical at first, but eventually dug in and devoured!

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here is the recipe if you want to give it a whirl!

EASY PROTEIN PANCAKES RECIPE

makes 10-12 medium pancakes

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup rice flour (or preference)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • oil for cooking
  • feeling wild and crazy? try adding flaxseed or protein.
  • topping ideas: berries, sliced banana, strawberries or other fruit, peanut or almond butter
  1. in a medium mixing bowl, mash bananas. add whisked eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
  2. in a separate bowl whisk together rice flour (or preferred) and cinnamon and then stir into the egg mixture. the batter will be a little thicker than normal pancakes – if it seems too thick, add a little almond milk (or whatever you have on hand) to thin it out.
  3. warm oil over medium heat and cook batter just like you would regular pancakes.
  4. add your favorite toppings and eat! side note, i thought sliced banana would be overkill as a topping, but it was quite delicious :)

what is your favorite healthy breakfast recipe?

happy hump day friends!

xo . rae

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kids about town: leavenworth, WA

one of my goals for 2014 is to be more intentional about planning activities and outings with the kids or as a family. i tend to be more laid back and go with the flow when it comes to our schedule, but the older the kids get, the fuller our calendar gets and the harder it is to spontaneously throw things together.

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to kick off this new endeavor i planned a weekend at my parent’s cabin in leavenworth (just a couple hours away) with the middles, my friend stacy and her three adorable boys.

(if you are unfamiliar with the area, leavenworth is a festive bavarian village nestled in the mountains. you can find lots of info here.)

when we pulled up last weekend, christmas was still alive and well with lots of lights and garlands  hanging – it was a sweet, sweet sight. we had a great time bumming around the cabin, getting outdoors (i’ll share pics from our hike later this week) and being out and about. there wasn’t any snow on the ground which is unusual and kind of a bummer (boo), but there was still pleanty of things to keep us busy.

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(lots and lots of window shopping)

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(we stopped at munchen haus outdoor grill where they have the most delicious selection of bratwursts and condiments.)

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(naturally the kids all ordered turkey dogs topped with ketchup… ha!)

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(toy stores and lots of shenanigans.)

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(stopped in to the hat shop for some cheap entertainment trying on hats.)

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(besties like i never imagined. i could burst watching them together.)

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(finally the homemade taffy shop. you can’t go to leavenworth without visiting this store and buying a bag of taffy to bring home. it’s against the rules.)

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motherhood seems to be a constant evolution doesn’t it? nothing stays the same too long, which i guess is a blessing sometimes (adios diapers!) and challenging other times. so glad we planned this weekend and am looking forward to more little adventures this year.

happy monday, friends!

xo . rae

(ps – stacy, thanks for capturing our weekend with your beautiful pics!)

 

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