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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!


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


Also, so Griffey. Wild in the best way.


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


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.


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.


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


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!!!)




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!!!



There is a lot of “dump and go” that goes on during our days. We come home, dump all the stuff from the car in a pile, grab new stuff and go to the next activity, errand, or adventure. I feel super lucky to have a space full of hooks and storage that’s also hidden enough to keep the piles from being eyesores most of the time. But for a room that we use all day everyday, it was starting to feel a little blah and cluttered and in need of refreshing. So that’s what we did and here is how it turned out!

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1. HELLO MOOSE — The space shares a wall with our very gray and navy family room so I wanted to keep things simple enough to coordinate but  whimsical enough to mesh with all the kid accessories and tote bags in the hook side of the pony wall. A white moose head seemed like a good idea, simple solution and was (and is) on sale!

2. PRAY HARD sign — Inspired by a dislike for the thermostat and desire to hide it, a DIY by my talented friend at HEN & CO and a old sign my little brother had hanging in his room years ago that I loved… the phrase just never seems to leave my mind. I’ll share a full DIY and template, what to do if you don’t have contact paper, and how to add a frame and hinges, next week.

3. INDIGO BENCH — With all the storage, drawers and hooks we were still in need of a hiding place for blankets and towels. I was hesitant to add something that blocked hooks and took up space, but its so incredibly functional and pretty and easily my favorite addition.

Needless to say, I am now addicted to benches and painting wood signs!!!

*For a before, before of the nook from a couple years ago, head HERE!

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By now you guys know I’m a sucker for lifestyle pics so here are a few of the girls doing their thang! I told Tilly to pretend she heard the ice cream truck and wanted to buy a treat. Naturally, cute purses, sunnies, blankets and the correct shoes were necessary even though they would have missed the truck long before they were ready. LOLs. I should really learn something from this and give us 15 minutes more than my usual 5 to get out the door!

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What do you think?

XO, Rae

kids-bathroom-refresh-sourcesland of nod bench + apple pillow (similar option), west elm moose head, adorable swankaroo fabric purses, ikea wall file divider, god’s eye kids craft, target small rug by door, etsy shop “all mine” tote, “pray hard” sign inspired by hen & co (full diy coming soon so sign up for emails).



hello-summer-tech-wallpapersNo school for the kiddos today so our long weekend has already begun (YAY!). Before I sign off I wanted to share these fun summer wallpapers. Use the links below to download…

Pin for safe keeping and don’t forget to enter the pin it to win it contest HERE, too!

Hope your memorial weekend is full of enjoying and celebrating our freedoms with family and friends. I’ll be hanging out on Instagram over the next few days, but will be back here on Tuesday with a fun post!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Words just never seem like enough, but to all the men, women and families who have and continue to serve, we are forever grateful for your bravery and sacrifice. Thank you.



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One of the chronically un-styled + unfinished areas of our home is the front porch. Mostly because I’m really good at killing plants, rarely find a wreath I love enough to splurge on and just haven’t taken the time to think about other ways to decorate. But with all the street hokey, fliers up, side walk chalk sessions, bike rallies, etc. that happen on our street, the porch could easily be used as an extra outdoor living space for people to hangout on. So a couple weeks ago Johan and I spruced up the front porch in just 3 easy steps…

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1. Cozy Seating: Using a couple pallets we had laying around and pinterest for inspiration, Johan made and hung a swing (thanks honey!). I shopped the house for a few pillows, but will be looking for outdoor ones to replace them with, and added an old rug that was folded up in the linen closet. When it comes to bringing the indoors out, pillows and rugs are my go-to!

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2. Updated Basics: A new flag and door mat, galvanized bin to hold shoes, knick-knacks and packages, and a simple fern that loves shade and should be easy to keep alive. Crossing my fingers. Now if I can just find a cute wreath!

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3. Lighting: Who says café lights are just for the backyard!? We hung a couple strands (criss-crossing them in the middle and used a staple gun to keep in place) and love how they add an inviting glow and festive look. Like we’re always ready to party :)

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(The kid’s latest project… a tin can herb garden.)

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It’s been fun seeing everyone use the porch for more than the front door. As you might have seen on snapchat (raeannkelly), the pallet swing is easily the fave.  Tilly didn’t waste any time making herself at home!

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“hey good lookin'” doormat / galvanized bin (but found for less at local hardware store) / striped basket (from IKEA but couldn’t find online) / flag / eye pillow / teal pillow / prismatic striped pillow / cafe lights

Do you have any spring projects planned for the weekend!?


xo, Rae




We are enjoying one last day of spring break over here but I wanted to share these cute, gender neutral baby milestone cards real quick. One of the things I wish I had been better about is taking monthly pictures of my kids when they were infants. The baby days are so fleeting!

So, if you are or know a mom or mama-to-be or have a baby shower to attend soon (what a fun and useful DIY baby gift!), then click the link below to download or pin and save for later.


The download comes with a backside with enough space to jot down all the firsts, faves and fun details of babies month, too.

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(Thanks to baby Winnie and her mama for being my model for this post. We love you guys!)

Were/are you good about taking pictures or keeping track of milestones?

XO, Rae

PS – I posted our meal plan from last week if you are into that kind of thing and want to take a peek — head HERE.





I’ve heard, read and probably said a few times that throw pillows are an easy way to freshen up any room by adding pops of color or changing things up for different seasons, without breaking the bank. So decided to do some shopping for pillows to spruce things up for spring around our home.

After doing a little online shopping the whole “inexpensive” theory regarding pillows is disputable. There are some spend-y cushions out there! Another thing I discovered? While I usually like a healthy balance of mid-century/rustic meets boho with a side of Scandinavian home decor (is that a thing, ha!) I could not quit the boho trend for the warmer months! At least not when it came to pillows.



Although I do love these two spaces above. ((((swoon!))))

But regardless of price and style, there is a plethora of options out there to choose from so I thought I would help narrow the search and share a few of my favorites right now for spring and summer…. Get on my couch!


1. Black + white crisscross // 2. Kilim-woven // 3. Blue brushstrokes // 4. Poppy color block // 5. Embroidered eye pillow // 6. Black + white zig-zag pillow // 7. Prismatic stripes // 8. Textured woven // 9. Pom-pom pillow // 10. Embroidered lattice // 11. Mud cloth tribal // 12. Blue watercolor // 13. Vincent et Pablo

Not pictured are a few solid colored and textured pillows thrown in the mix. Ikea, West Elm and Target usually have lots to choose from at good prices. And I just stumbled upon these gems too.

Do you plan on sprucing up your couches, chairs and beds for the spring and summer months!? Does your style sometimes change with the seasons? 

While we are on the topic of pillows, stay-tuned because I’ll be back tomorrow with a simple envelope pillow to DIY.

XO, Rae

PS – Hope you all had an amazing Easter weekend! We mostly egg hunt hopped, spent time with friends and family, ate chocolate and heard the resurrection story at church which never gets old…. He loves and He lives so that we get to do the same! Everyday.




Johan and I made it home late last night. It was hard to leave the pool and sunshine, but kissing the kids and then crawl into our own bed felt oh so good.

I spent most of the return flight scouring pinterest for Easter inspiration and found a lot of goodies. (For a peek at the board click here.) Nothing quite like a productive pinning sesh… or being home with my people! It was a good night.

Can’t believe Easter is just a week away. Outfits are about the only thing I’ve figured out over here (yikes!) so it’s probably time to work on a menu and to do list! Are you guys ready for the Easter bunny? Have any favorite recipes or ideas?

Happy weekend wishes!

XO, Rae



I know we were just talking about St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, but today is all about Easter. A couple years ago the kids and I started booing our friends and neighbors for Halloween and have so much fun doing it that I figured an Easter version was a must. So next week instead of booing we’ll be egging!


After stocking up on Easter-y knick-knacks and treats to fill these egg crates we’ll pick a few front porches to leave them on and then ding-dong ditch (the kids’ favorite part). Hoping to get another one packaged and shipped to a special little someone too.

Click to download the, “YOU’VE BEEN EGGED” TAGS + CARD to make your own. Baskets or gift bags filled with stuffed eggs would be just as cute and maybe even hold more goodies.

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I always love seeing your projects on Instagram so be sure to take a pic and tag me if you go egging @raeannkelly!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Hoping to see all of my Seattle area friends at the U Village Land of Nod this Saturday! RSVP if you can to nonevents(at)landofnod(dot)com but feel free to come either way. More details below…. Can’t wait!





Happy Monday you guys! Thought I would kick off the week with a few of my favorite things — simple holiday ideas, yummy snacks and a freebie! I had so much fun putting together these Halloween bites and lunchbox notes I thought I would do the same for St. Patrick’s day. The lunch notes can double as tags for treat bags too. (Download and snack details, below.)


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  1. Green sandwich wrap: spinach tortilla, smashed avocado, deli meat and cilantro because they look a little like 4-leaf clovers.
  2. Rainbow puff pastries: a less sugary take on fruit pizza. Use puff pastry sheets from the freezer section at the store. Follow instructions on package. To make a rainbow shape, use a round cookie cuter and cut in half. While they bake, mix cream cheese with a little honey and vanilla. Spread on top of pastries and add fruit in rainbow colors.
  3. Lucky charm treats: Melt 6 tablespoons and 16 ounces of mini marshmallows over medium heat. Remove from heat and add about 12 cups of lucky charms. Stir together quickly and press into a well greased 9×13-inch baking dish. Let harden and serve!
  4. Rainbow cereal necklace. After the lucky charms splurge I decided to go with a less sugary, organic version of fruit loops. Not as colorful but still fun… just string onto twine.
  5. Tortellini and pesto. Easy, green and packable!
  6. Anything in green packaging like juice boxes and apple sauce pouches :)
  7. Kale chips. I like this recipe and use coconut oil instead of olive oil.
  8. These peanut butter sandwich crackers look a little like gold coins and are one of those thing we don’t usually purchase but the kids are always asking for.

I love how the smaller holidays add some fun and whimsy to our daily routine without the expectation to go all-out. How about you?

XO, Rae

PS – Johan and I just boarded a plane to Phoenix for some kid-free time in the sun. We are only staying for a few days but if you have any activity or restaurant suggestions, please share!




I don’t usually have much of an itch to update or decorate our bathrooms but after looking for places to display artwork from our maker + ink giveaway a couple weeks ago and having a hard time making this adorable art print look somewhat cute in the kid’s bathroom, I felt really inspired to make a few quick updates. I mean, we spend a lot of time in this space for it not to feel cheery and fresh, right!?

As with any decorating projects, we had a few challenges 1) kids of all ages use this room as well as sleepover friends and grandma and papa when they stay the night. 2) there isn’t a lot of natural light – just one small window in the toilet/shower area. 3) this wasn’t actually a planned project so there wasn’t much of a budget… since we’re renting any expensive updates (like tiling or flooring) is out of the question anyways.

With those things in mind I’m pretty smitten with the outcome and think we struck a good balance between little kid and adolescent. Take a peek at the before and after as well as sources below! (SIDE NOTE – it was really tricky taking pics in such a small space without good lighting but I hope you still get a good idea of what it looks like!)

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One of the only DIY projects we did was add a frame around the standard mirror.  There are quite a few tutorials on Pinterest, but Johan did his own thing and built the frame around the mirror without taking it down using 1×2  pine trim.  Let me know if you are interested in a tutorial and I’ll get all of the details for you.

We also painted the walls and added knobs to the cabinets. Both of which are an easy upgrade to any room, and finished the look with a few new accessories and fresh towels.

It certainly won’t be gracing the pages of a magazine but it was simple, effective and makes being in the kid’s bathroom a little more fun for all of us.


Big dot shower curtain / White metal stool / Blue “things” organizer / Rise and shine print / Blue dot garland / White cloud garland / Chunky white bath mat / Anchor marquee light / Yellow hooks / White wall shelf / White towels


(Those little fingers and piggies are  e v e r y t h i n g )

Everyone agrees the shower curtain is the best addition. It’s cool enough for a teenager and whimsical enough for the minis.

Our bedtime routine got a whole lot easier the second this stool showed up. It’s the perfect height — Griffin can reach everything he needs and Poppy is able to play in the sink without being able to reach anything else (cotton balls, toothbrushes and faucet). 1 point parents. It comes in a few other colors too!

Are there any spaces in your home that could use a little update?

I’m hoping our dinning room will be next on our refresh list! Or maybe some new spring/summer touches in the family room! Always so hard to decide :)

Hope your Friday is off to a good start you guys!

XO, Rae