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BE MINE: NEW VALENTINES + A GIVEAWAY!

Sure it’s a slightly manufactured and forced day of love, but I’ve had a soft spot for Valentine’s Day for as looong as I can remember and look forward to designing a new collection of cards every year. They’re perfect for the little ones to give their playdate besties or the bigger ones to give their classroom friends and are easy to pair up with a sweet treat or small toy. Melts my heart every year to see how excited the kids get over assembling and give their Valentines. It’s seriously the sweetest thing to see them loving on others!

Oh and because V-day is just as much about celebrating friendship as it is your main squeeze,  I’ve teamed up with my real life galentine, Kendra from Hen & Co for a giveaway. Details are at the very bottom.

Llamas, pizza and narwhals, oh my… A unicorn is just about the only thing missing! These new designs and all of last years are available in the DESIGN SHOP now. The last day to order will be February 7th (only 9 days away, eek!) so don’t wait too long to order…plus it always feels good to check a few things off the to-do list!

Griffin and Tilly have already chosen the “hello valentine” in the top left along with the ice cream cone shooters and dinosaurs they are pictured with. I kinda like these ice cream cards (or the polka dots) with the shooters for Poppy too and Espen is still deciding between these googley eyed hearts, NY inspired ones (would be cute with chocolate covered pretzels!), and star wars. I guess choosing is sometimes the hardest part!

Can’t get over how adorable Poppy and Kendra’s daughter, Bellamy are with their heart day tops and cards!

A little BTS peek… wish we had a camera rolling in time-lapse to capture all the messy chaos of working with kids while also trying to keep it fun. Let’s just say I was sweating by the end of it. #momcardio

And confetti is always a good idea.

Now for some giveaway details, YAY!

We believe friends are the spice of life and want to hear what you love about yours over on Instagram. All the details will be posted HERE at 1pm today. Winners will receive an adorable tee or leo from Hen & Co and a set of 24 personalized valentines from my shop for you and a friend! I’ll send a second email later today when the giveaway is live so SIGN UP FOR EMAILS if you haven’t already!

This is my most favorite project of the entire year and I had the hardest time stopping at 6 new designs. That being said, if you have a valentine theme request let me know in the comments and I might be able to put something together for you!

Happy Monday you guys :)

xo, Rae

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DINING ROOM PLANS + INSPIRATION

We’ve been in our home now for 2.5 years and it still feels very much like a work in progress. I can easily think of a few rooms that could use some sprucing up! I guess that is how having a home is? The room that has all my attention at the moment though is our dining room which I would like to also function as an everyday eating area. It is separated from our kitchen, but still part of the main living space, has hardwood floors and the only table big enough to seat us all. It is also the first space you see from the front door which makes this decorating project feel extra intimidating to me.

Here’s what it currently looks like:

A few of the things I know I want to do is take the rug out and possibly replace with a jute rug (with the hopes of layering in the future), add 4 more white eames chairs, paint the buffet a pretty green color, add gold nobs, and then hang big statement piece of art or a collage wall over it.

After that, I’m kinda stumped as to how to pull it all together! So last week I turned to Pinterest and started pulling images of dinning room and kitchen spaces I really like. Not surprisingly, and probably why I have a hard time starting or finishing my decorating projects, I could easily group my favorites into 3 categories…

ONE | bright + white

TWO: moody

THREE | bright + moody (basically a combo of the two)

Now I just have to decide which direction to go and I’m hoping you can help by answering a couple questions in the comments!?

  1. collage wall or oversized art?
  2. your favorite style — bright + white, moody, or bright + moody

 

Can’t wait to see what you pick!

XO, Rae

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HAPPY 2017 + MY MANIFESTO

This year instead of just writing out my resolutions I decided to add the things that have already worked for me in the past and create a manifesto. It’s candid and simple, but filled with things I aspire to be and do. I like that it’s a mix of fun loving and spontaneous actions as well as deeper ambitions. Hoping it will be helpful to have a written list that reminds me of the things that matters most.

A couple thoughts + things that almost made the list was — say yes, but know when to say no too, keep Jesus at the center and set big goals with small steps!

Let me know what you would add to your manifesto in the comments!? I would LOVE to know!

Happy twenty seventeen friends! Here’s to honoring the past, living for today and dreaming for the future.

XO, Rae

PS – The best is yet to come… I really believe that for me and for you too!

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THE BEST OF 2016

Happy day after Christmas you guys! I’m currently still in my jammies (at noon), listening to the kids play with their new toys, and have no plans of doing anything but eating leftovers, folding laundry and recovering from the (good) craziness that December brings.

Sorta sad that the holiday season is coming to an end but I’m excited for the fresh possibilities of 2017. It can be so easy for me to think about the past year and come up with a list of things I want to do better in the coming year but have found that it can be equally as inspiring and encouraging to reflect on my favorite parts of the past year and all the things I want to carry into the new one.

That being said, I thought it would be a good time to roundup a list of the most popular posts along with some of my personal favorites from 2016.

LIFE | a day in the life (working on a winter version!) | hook-nook refresh | living with kids (+ their toys) | first week of school | our disney land trip

FREEBIES | paper heart glasses | baby milestone cards | emoji lunchbox stickers | shareable social media graphics

MAKE | book bin diy | easy pom-pom basket | sailor hair bows | flower vases + arrangements

 

KIDS | woodland party + boot driveour favorite kid apps | diy binoculars | brown bag microwave popcorn | tin can herb garden

WEAR | that tied shirt trend | statement coat 3 ways | all things with love | WIW may

EAT | homemade pop tartssmoothie bowls + a meal plan | big batch chocolate chip freezer cookies | frozen yogurt dots

Gosh, what a fun year… that also happened to be soooo full of transition and trying to figure out what’s next for our family and business and I just want to say thank you for meeting me in this space. The online and social media world can be so much about the numbers and while that’s just part of growth and good business, it’s not what this blog is about for me. I appreciate and care about one visitor as much as I would one million. Thank you so much for sharing your time, thoughts, comments and encouragement with me and allowing me to share my family, life and creative endeavors with you. It means the world to me!

Hope your Christmas (and 2016) was everything you hoped for and then some.

XO, Rae

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FREE CHRISTMAS ART PRINTS (SANTA, GOLD 1225 + THE CHRISTMAS STORY)

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I have a love-hate relationship with Mondays. Sometimes I would like the weekend to stay forever and other times I’m so thankful for a fresh start and new week. After last weeks technical problems (the site and my email crashed), I’m feeling the latter. So sorry if you weren’t able to view the oversized hand warmer post or get ahold of me via email because of it! Thankfully things are back up and running now and I have some fun Christmas prints to share. Links for each are below the pictures. 

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GOLD PAINTED 12/25 ART PRINT, 12×16 PDF (click to download)

The ’25’ is a light gray and can be painted over using a small brush and gold (or any other festive color) craft paint. The font I used is very forgiving so don’t be nervous about messing up! Also, it can easily be sized down to an 8×10… and probably blown up too.

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VINTAGE SANTA ART PRINT, 8×10 PDF (click to download)

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LUKE 2 ART PRINT, 8×10 PDF (click to download)

A quick FIY, I print some stuff at home (using this printer) but also have a local printer I use and have found Costco to be very good and cost affective too. Hope that info is helpful for someone :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers to a good Monday and (hopefully) smooth week! 

XO, Rae

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OVERSIZED HANDWARMER DIY

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So excited to bring back an old favorite today, homemade hand warmers, with a new design and bigger size. Just in time for Holiday gifting and the cold winter weather that has kicked in around here!

The hand warmers pictured are available in my Spoonflower shop as a cut and sew fabric pattern (perfect project for beginners or asking a friend that sews for help!) and takes a week or two to ship, so I recommend ordering ASAP if you want to make some before Christmas! Of course you can use whatever fabric you have on hand at home too. More details, links and instructions below.

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All tied up and ready to make someone cozy-warm.

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YOU’LL NEED:

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Cut around gray lines and patterns on the cut and sew fabric or cut 4-inch squares from other fabric. Place fabric wrong sides together. Leaving 1-inch open at the end (to pour rice through – see pic below), and using a 1/4-inch hem, sew around the two squares. Back stitch when you start each.
  2. Pour rice into a small ziplock and cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners. Funnel rice into each warmer until approx 3/4 full. Place a pin next to each hole to keep rice from spilling out and sew closed.
  3. Trim around each hand warmer with pinking shears… it keeps them from fraying and looks extra cute! Trim loose threads too.

To use, place in microwave until warm (about 30 seconds). Just be careful when handling or handing over to little ones.

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One of my favorite parts (although at times an embarrassing part) is reading through old posts to see what I was thinking or feeling at that moment. One of the things I loved reading from the original hand warmer post that inspired this little DIY project was this:

“There is one thing I take very seriously… that my kids feel loved. Everyday. It would be easy for this task to become overwhelming, but luckily my kids have taught me that it’s the little things that matter.  Just one act of love goes a looooong way.”

It’s so, so true. Especially this time of year when the hustle and bustle is real and our calendars are full. The little things go a long way.

Happy 18 sleeps before Christmas!!!

XO, Rae

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TRICK OR TREAT PRINTABLES

We’ve been busy putting the finishing touches on Halloween stuff the last couple days and since we spend a good chunk of our night out and about with the kids instead of answering the door for trick-or-treaters, I thought it might be nice to have a sign to leave out with our bowl of goodies. I really hate leaving the door un-manned, but think a cute display makes up for it a little!

Download printable signs below along with some Halloween goodie bag stickers I made and forgot to share last year! Perfect for class parties, ‘boo‘ bags, or trick-or-treaters.

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Then, of course, there comes a time when the candy runs out or it’s getting late (how I wish Halloween was always on a Friday!), so thought a “sorry” sign was in order.

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Click to download:

HALLOWEEN GOOD BAG STICKERS (PDF)

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Click to download:

HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT SIGNS (PDF)

How is all of your Halloween prep going? 

I think we have all of our ducks in a row (despite a last minute costume change) but know I’m forgetting something(s)!

XO, Rae

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OUR TRIP TO DISNEYLAND + CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

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This shot was taken on the last day of our trip, after a few solid hours in the rain and moments before leaving California Adventure and heading towards Downtown Disney for a little shopping, shelter, and grub. By this point a couple of the kids were on the more miserable side (guess which ones?), but I honestly think it was the best possible way to end our stay because, a) it would have been so hard to get anyone to leave the parks at a reasonable time and we had to be up at 3:00am the next morning to catch our flight, and b) I think the inclement weather will be one of the reasons this trip will be hard to forget. How we laughed at all the non-Seattlelites scrambling to buy ponchos and then regretted not getting some for ourselves, but still rallied and stood in line for rides and made sure to use the fast passes that were burning holes in Johan’s pocket. And how by the time we finally left to get food (totally famished of course) all the restaurants were packed with people smart enough to get out of the rain early and the waits were close to an hour long. So we ended up grabbing takeout at La Brea Bakery and eating while we walked back to the hotel. It was the best kind of craziness.

Here’s a few more pics and details about our trip!  

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DAY 1

We woke the kids up at 3:30am, gave them the exciting news, left the house at 3:45am with Costco muffins in our bellies and then haphazardly did the airport shuffle (park, shuttle, baggage check, security, boarding, takeoff, landing, shuttle again, etc.). Made me want to book more flights so we could get better at this kind of traveling!

Once we made it to Anaheim around 11am, we stopped at our hotel to pick up passes and then walked 15 minutes to the parks. We spent the entire first day at Disneyland while we got the hang of things. By 6pm we were all exhausted and headed back to the hotel.

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(Taken at the end of the first day! A tiiiiired looking bunch.)

DAY 2 (not pictured)

Easily the best day of our trip. The parks weren’t too busy and my friend Sadie met us with her 3 kids, (including a teenager for Ozzie to hang with!). They taught us the ins and outs of park hopping, fast passes and where to find Starbucks and a good margarita :). We crammed so much in and had the best time.

DAY 3 (not pictured)

We took the day off from Disney to swim at the hotel and wander around the Newport Beach area. I’ll share more from this day later!

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DAY 4

After a day off, our sore feet had recovered, we knew where we were going, and the kids had a list of rides they wanted to go on before we left. Sometime around noon it started raining and the rest of the day I explained at the top of the post.

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(Griffin on the last day, taking a well deserved but most likely last stroller nap of his life… sweet boy did an amazing job of keeping up with the big kids!)

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Have you guys done any Disney vacays? Super curious about the cruise.

Also, let me know if you have any questions about what and how we planned our trip. Would love to share what worked and what we will be doing differently next time!

XO, Rae 

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FAMILY PHOTOS AT THE APPLE ORCHARD

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It’s not hard for me to swoon over pics of my fam — especially when all 7 of us manage to be in front of a camera at once — but I’m extra in love with how our apple orchard pics turned out! Stacy (our friend and photog) is so amazing at capturing the moments and personalities as well as the more styled shots. After flipping through our proofs this time, all I can say is that if a picture is worth a thousand words, these ones have a lot to say!

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Griffey is a bit of a clinger, but I don’t mind one bit :)

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Also, so Griffey. Wild in the best way.

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Throwing rocks, the second they thought the camera was done shooting!

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How Espen (my introvert) and Ozzie feel about all the fuss! While Poppy tries to keep her big sis in line and Griffin being snuggly.

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Tilly and Espen’s relationship often reminds me of twins — although they are two years apart. They just love and get each other and it’s such a blessing to see them together. Can’t wait to see how their bond grows and changes as they get older.

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Such a sweet, real life moment… Johan is always keeping us entertained and smiling.

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Can’t imagine loving these faces more!

Family photo day is always a little crazy. Between the prep work that goes on beforehand, the unknowns of the day, moods of those involved, and then the anticipation of how everything turned out, it ends up being a big deal for such a short amount of time in front of the camera. I shared some of my favorite tips for taking pics with the fam in this post awhile back if you have a photo session coming up.

How do you guys cope with family picture day!?

Now just to decide which ones to frame and which to use on our Christmas cards!

XO, Rae

(images by Stacy Jacobsen… she’s the best!!!)

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A FUN BACK TO SCHOOL CHECKLIST

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Despite my best effort to avoid anything involving back to school– preparations have official begun around here. My feelings (and there are lots of them) are mixed at best. I REALLY don’t want the summer to end, but I do want to be organized and ready for a shiny new school year. Since I am pretty useless without a checklist and am motivated by cute things, I made this infographic – slash – illustrated checklist last night to help ease myself into the BTS spirit. And (kinda surprisingly) it’s worked a little already! Johan and I added a couple more summery things to our calendar as well as the kids’ school events and I’m now off to checkout the 50% sale at the Gap. Check, check, and partial check…

What’s on your checklist this week??? Inquiring minds (or something less creepy) want to know :)

XO, Rae

PS – Feel fee to share, save, use or pin the graphic for later!!!

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