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a picture (perfect) giveaway

NOTE: the below giveaway is for local readers (seattle-tacoma, WA area)… wish i could open this up to everyone and fly you here (wouldn’t that be fun!?) but i have another post today and lots more goodies planned for next week to make up for it!!!  xoxo

if you’ve been around here for a while or follow me on instagram, then you probably know that i have this amazing and ridiculously talented friend, stacy. i love her so much as a person (and could gush forever) and  have been so spoiled over the years by her photography and creative genius. all that to say that i’m EXTRA JAZZED for today because i get to share a little bit of the spoiling with you!

stacy has offered to giveaway 2 mini sessions at spooner farms pumpkin patch for next weekend (OCTOBER 4th + 5th – new appointments only – a value of $70) to two of my readers. all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite thing about fall is.

more details can be found on stacy’s site HERE i recommend checking out her instagram account too.

contest closes on monday, sept. 29th and a winner will be announced shortly after so be sure to come back and check or sign up for emails! if you don’t live in the area but know someone who does, please this their way… winners below!

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we’ll be headed to the patch for our family pictures this year. the last time we went for pictures ozzie was 7, espen was 2 and looked just like griffin and i was (about to pop) pregnant with tilly!

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people say it and i know it with all my heart but it still takes me by surprise how quickly the babes grow up. so excited to capture our family again next week and hope you win!

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congrats ladies! i’ll send you an email!

xo . rae

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wear: overalls

let’s talk fashion today, shall we!? after all  that’s what girlfriends do, yeah?!

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overalls // sunnies // old top & necklace // sneakers

sept-2014-164so, the 90’s are back and they brought their overalls with them (berkenstocks too, but we’ll save that for another day!).  at first i had mixed feelings about this new trend, but after having poppy they started to sound like a really good idea so i splurge on a pair and have to tell you – i am totally obsessed. they do a beautiful job of hiding all the not so cute parts of postpartum (leaky boobs and a pooch, ahem) and definitely fit the requirements for us mamas – comfy, low-fuss and nothing pops out when i bend over. i also like to think they give off a fun, hip and carefree vibe…. and it’s possible that they could be dressed up for date night don’t you think? maybe with leopard heels?  it’s almost like they have super powers (ha!)!

so, what do you think? love, hate, have a pair?

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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halloween party

we just enjoyed our (most likely) last hot weekend of the year hear in the pacific northwest which means, ready or not, it’s time for all things fall and halloween-ish! i’m actually looking forward to the change in seasons (hello pumpkin spice lattes + wearing clothes in layers) and am excited to share some party inspiration and printables with you…

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we have 3 birthdays at the end of october, including this cutie above, ozzie and myself (on halloween).  growing up i always had a halloween themed party (the non-scary kind) and loved it. tilly on the other hand is a little (actually a lot) more girlie than i was as a youngster so an orange and black color scheme doesn’t exactly cut it. this year however i have my fingers crossed that she’ll go for a costume party… we’ll see… still in negotiations!

hope this party inspiration and printables have you excited (or extra excited) for the fall season! what’s your favorite part? have any fun costume or party ideas!? ohhhhhh, i could chat with you all day about it! if only we had a fall tasting latte in our hands!

happy monday, friend!

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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lunch boxes they’ll <3.

i’ve always tried to pack healthy school lunches for my kids that cater slightly to each one’s taste (so they actually eat it) but after failing miserably at it last year and as a result spending way too much at the starbuck’s drive-thru on protein packs, i decided that this year lunch packing would be a family affair. my job is to keep the kitchen stocked (and pitch-in a bit with packing) and their job is to do the rest!

to help with the process i put together a lunchbox wish list and wanted to share (download link below). ask the kids to check off  an item or two in each section every week or two so you’ll know what to add to your shopping list — that way there should always be a couple things they will be excited about packing and you won’t have to do any guesswork! (win, win)

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LUNCHBOX WISH LIST, freebie (PDF) // click to download 

now if i could just figure out a good time to do the packing…  i really dread getting everything out after i’ve made and cleaned up dinner at night but time always seems to runout in the morning. if you have any tips i’d love to hear them!

xo . rae

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breakfast club: favorite brekkie cookie

you guys up for another recipe?  i hope so because we go crazy for these breakfast cookies at our house and devour them so quickly that i recommend making 2 batches at a time. they are perfect for a quick breakfast or after school snack on the go and you can freeze the extras for later.  i also thought i would share the stickers i made for those crazy mornings  when everyone is running in different directions. download, print and cut so you have them handy…. links and recipe are below!

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“HAVE A GOOD DAY, OKAY?” stickers (PDF) 

PEANUT BUTTER BREKKIE COOKIES: makes 24 , 10 minutes prep, 11 minutes to bake each batch

You’ll need

  • 1 cup favorite all natural peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (good fat = good for the brain on a school day!)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour (or whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (less sugar than other types)

Here’s How

preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

in a large bowl mix peanut butter, brown sugar and coconut oil until combined and smooth. mix in eggs. add rest of ingredients and stir until combined.

using your hands (or a cookie scoop) make 2-inch balls, place on prepared baking sheet and press down slightly. cookies won’t expand while baking so you can place them closer together – i usually fit 18 or so. bake for 11 minutes.

let cool before serving. great for breakfast, lunch or snack time! freeze leftovers and thaw for busy days!

what do you usually hand the kids on their way out the door when you didn’t have time to sit down for breakfast?

xo . rae

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DINNER TONIGHT (salmon tacos) AND TOMORROW TOO (salmon chowder)

happy labor day and last summer hurrah! to celebrate i thought i would share two of my favorite dinner recipes. what i love most about these dishes is that they are simple and seasonal but also add a fresh gourmet twist on everyday tacos and chowder. you also get two meals out of one grilled salmon so you could make tacos tonight and the chowder on a busy school night later this week!

recipes are below and wild salmon is in season for another month or so —  i hope you give them a try!

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GRILLED SALMON TACOS: serves 6  (with extra salmon for salmon chowder), 15 minutes Prep Time, 45 minutes start to finish

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For the Corn Salsa You’ll Need

  • 1-7 ounce can mexicorn, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 pinch of each: sugar, salt, ground cumin, ground coriander

For the Chili Cream You’ll Need

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

For the Salmon You’ll Need

  • 2 pounds wild salmon filets, whole or in smaller fillets, bones removed
  • olive oil for brushing
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • pinch of chili powder
  • 1 package tortillas (flour or corn for gluten free)
  • optional: avocado, lettuce and tomato for topping

Here’s How

for the salsa + chili cream: in separate bowls, mix all ingredients together and chill until your ready to serve.

to make salmon: lightly brush fish with olive oil and give a light sprinkling of seasonings. over medium heat on grill use a fish basket, cedar plank or small tin foil piece over grates and add salmon. cook salmon until desired doneness.

to assemble tacos: add salsa, avocado, lettuce and tomato (if using) to warmed tortilla. add small pieces of salmon and garnish with chili cream.

for an easy side, seve with fruit salad sprinkled with lime juice and chili powder!

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SALMON CHOWDER: serves 6 , 30 minutes start to finish

(this recipe can be made in the crockpot the night before!)

You’ll need

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups of cleaned, chopped leeks
  • 1-10 oz bag frozen tri color peppers, diced or strips, thawed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons of rice (or all-purpose) flour
  • 1 quart of fish or chicken stock
  • 3 cups of diced frozen potatoes
  • 1 pound of leftover salmon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • crusty bread for serving (optional)

Here’s How

in a 4 quart sauce pan, add butter and heat over medium high until melted. add leeks and sauté until translucent. add in peppers and sauté until softened and heated through. add flour to coat vegetables and from pasty like consistency. add chicken or fish stock, frozen potatoes and salmon. bring to boil, and then reduce to medium. add in milk and dill. continue to cook until desired thickness. add salt and pepper to taste.

serve with crusty bread.

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xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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POPPY’s (newborn) PICS

so i didn’t really share this with anyone at the time but i had a few minor-ish meltdowns during my pregnancy about having a 5th child. obviously once your pregnant it’s a little late to start worrying about things but there were certain days (probably the hard ones) when my anxiety got the best of me. i just really didn’t know how it was going to work and that freaked me out. however, i’m happy to report that she’s 26 days old and yet it feels like she’s been in our lives from the beginning. funny how that happens. in fact, with the exception of feeling like an on-call milk truck and the drama of her first week, life has pretty much gone on as usual — just a little louder, messier and sleepier. and more in love. granted, my husband is still on paternity leave for another week so i’ll let you know how things go when i’m not so spoiled.

in the meantime, here are my favorite (warning: there are lots of them) pics from poppy’s newborn session with our crazy talented friend, stacy jacobsen.

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(it amazes me that stacy was able to capture so many sweet pictures of the kids being kids seeing as how they were awesome listeners the morning of our shoot. just kidding. they were a ZOO – as usual – but i think it’s a good look on them.)

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now i just have to decide which ones to frame! #wishmeluck

xo . rae

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join me at shoot camp!

over the moon about joining forces with  stacy jacobsenamy nielson, + kali lu to bring you shoot camp:

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shoot camp is a creative photography and visual design workshop focused on nurturing the individual artist  to build better business. the workshop will cover necessary camera fundamentals, graphic design basics, social media marketing, styled and lifestyle (portfolio building) shoots and #reallife mentor advice on staying true to your voice and brand. perfect for photographers, bloggers and creatives… basically anyone who wants to improve their camera skills and grow their brand.

and (oh my!) guess what? —>

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{*fine print and details below}

  • DATE: saturday, october 18th, 2014
  • TIME: 10 am to 5 pm
  • LOCATION: crystal lake lodge, woodinville, washington
  • INVESTMENT: $325

in addition to a large group overview of camera fundamentals, we will be breaking into smaller class groups to work on:

  • portfolio building styled shoots
  • in home, lifestyle shoot
  • online marketing and how to become an SEO God (or Goddess!)
  • graphic design made simple (for branding + marketing)
  • editing with lightroom

following the workshop we invite all attendees to join us for dinner and a Q&A at a local restaurant. space is limited, so:

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*everyone registered by august 31st will be entered in a drawing to win a free seat at shoot camp! winner will be announced on september 4th!

please leave a comment or shoot me an email with any questions. hope you can join us but regardless all week the girls and i will be sharing tips and tricks in our areas of expertise as well as workshop details… more good things to come!

xo . rae

links in case you missed them earlier:

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bus stop style (dad + mini)

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as promised, a little bus stop style for the men in your life! honestly, i could pick out and dress boys all day everyday — it’s the girlie stuff that tends to trip me up a little! hope you like!

for DAD: hat, top (option), pants (option), shoes

for MINI: top (option), sweater, jeans, shoes, headphones (option), backpack

i finally got around to doing a little back to school shopping earlier this week but am only about half way done and still need to decide on backpacks! purchasing a new backpack for back to school is like a tradition around here… and since it’s something they carry everyday i also tend to splurge a little too. however, after talking to several moms who purchase new ones when the old ones are worn out, i’m starting to feel like a major sucker! what do you guys usually do about backpacks?

xo . rae

ps – love the state backpacks (pictured) because for every bag purchased, they give one away to a child in need in the US… they also put on motivational rallies and events that create change in communities. so cool. and so are their bags!

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bus stop style (mom + mini)

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for MINI: hat, denim jacket (similar), top (option), backpack, track pants, sneakers (option)

just two weeks left before we send our kids back to school and even though there is an abundance of cute fall duds in the stores and online right now, i haven’t purchased a single item. not feeling quite ready to say goodbye to summer! or my kids’ cute faces!! hoping this outfit collage get’s me inspired to check a few things off my back-to-school shopping list today!

how about you!? are you ready for back to school?

xo . rae

(ps – i haven’t forgotten about the boys in your life. come back tomorrow for a daddy + mini bus stop style!)

gray-stripePPS – for more style inspiration, check out this fun video we did as part of a back-to-school series with mom.me!

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HEAD HERE TO WATCH

xo . rae

. CREDITS .
creative direction: rae ann kelly
video production: mark titus, august island pictures
production asst: paul moore, jane kelly + stacy jacobsen

 

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in my hospital bag + a checklist.

because most of the hospital checklists i found were circa 1990 and because i love to see what other mamas pack for trips, carry in their diaper bags and (in general) how they make life with kids work, i thought it would be fun to share what was packed in our hospital bag for poppy’s birth. a few things to keep in mind with regards to my list: 1) i had a scheduled c-section. if you plan on doing things au-naturale you may want to add a few items to your list for labor.  2) hospitals make me homesick so i tend to overpack in the name of comfort. 3) other than clothes to wear home, hospitals have everything you really need… right down the the (fancy) disposable mesh underwear.

details, links and download are below!

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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD CHECKLIST 

POPPY’S GOING HOME OUTFIT – (pictured) the cutest onesie by HEN & CO (love this one too!), leggings zara, socks (old navy) and baby hat (H&M, similar). i also packed an extra onesie she could wear at the hospital.

FOR MAMA – (pictured) weekender bag (target), denim joggers (similar, similar), head scarf, sweatpantsa couple tank tops, nursing sleep bra, lightweight blanket for nursing. i also packed a simple (and inexpensive) nightie that i changed into ASAP and wished i had packed a cute robe.

THE EXTRAS – magazines (that i didn’t even peek at until our stay in the nicu), healthy snacks like larabars, fruit leathers and raw trail mix to balance out the baby brain and hospital snacks (i.e. crackers, jell-o, pudding, etc.), tumbler even though the water pitchers at the hospital are pretty fantastic and gum because i’m a gum chewer. in addition we packed all the tech stuff (phones, chargers, laptop, tablet) but mostly used our phones.  

if you can think of any must haves that i missed please share in the comments and be sure to forward to any expectant mama friends you have!

xo . rae

(images by alex kelly… my sweet sis-in-law!)

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