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FALL S’MORES + LONG WEEKENDS

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Not sure how the long weekend managed to go by faster than a normal one, but it did and I was far from being ready for Monday (hence a Tuesday post :). Trying to remember everything we actually did to fill the time, but assume it must have been good :)

One of the best parts was the bonfire and s’mores date we threw together on Veteran’s Day (thank you, thank you to our brave military and their families!) and then dinner with friends afterwards. Instead of staying home, where we most likely would have filled much of our extra family time with yard work and laundry, we took off for my parent’s house to use their fire pit and pretty backyard. And of course check the mail since they were out of town… You know, just doin’ our part! Here’s a few pics from our time around the fire…

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Dumped all the s’mores ingredients out in this tiered tray and it made it so much easier to assemble our treats! 

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My “spirited” kids searching for (but mostly playing with) the perfect roasting sticks. I was sure someone was going to lose an eye during this process and tried not to follow them around, nagging them to be careful every 10 seconds. A timeless mom dilemma, but seriously, what is it with sticks, rocks and kids!? 

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(My happy place! Also, mad for plaid.)

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The three middle kids prefer a scorched mallow over a gooey golden brown one. Initially I thought they just liked the taste but now I’m thinking it has more to do with blowing out the fire and not having to wait as long to eat their s’more!

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Oh, that first bite!

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Even though Ozzie was traveling for football and Poppy was down for a nap, it felt good to have some dedicated family time while also checking s’mores off of our fall bucket list. Something I had been dying to do!!

Bringing things back to my first thought of the post, do you ever have someone ask you on a Monday, “How was your weekend?” and your like, “Ummmm, I know it was good but not exactly sure what we did!?”

That’s me everyday lately, which makes me extra appreciative of the times we grab our phones or big camera to take a few shots of these fleeting moments. Now I just need to make more photo albums (a.k.a. chatbooks) out of them!

What is your favorite way to document memories?

XO, Rae

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ME | buffalo check sweater, jeans, booties (similar), beanie from Target (similar)

TILLY | black coat, jeans, sneakers

GRIFFIN | buffalo check henley (similar-ish), jeans

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ARROW PROJECT: LUMBER JACK + JILL PARTY + BOOT DRIVE

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I’ve been waiting forever (almost a year) to share this fun arrow project — a lumber jack and jill turned woodland party and boot drive! To accommodate for nap times and the weather, we served breakfast, played dress up as well as a round of pin the beanie on the bear, and then wrapped things up with some yummy treats. So excited to share all of the pics, but fair warning, there are a lot of them! Also including links and party details at the bottom of the post, so keep scrolling to see it all!

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All in all, we had a great morning of eating, playing, and collecting boots for families that could use a little help. Wishing I could have found a weekend this fall to host another party and make it an annual thing… Maybe next year!

WOODLAND PARTY DETAILS

PHOTOS / Stacy Jacobsen

FOOD / Mini flap jacks, sugar cone parfaits, apples, bunny graham crackers, raisin boxes, + apple juice boxes

DESSERT / 4kids Cakes

DECOR / Blankets + pillows from Up North Market, Land of Nod and Tiny prints, Trays and bowls from Target

FELT MASKS, BEARDS + CROWNS / Opposite of Far

WOOD SIGN/ A Pinch of Pretty

PAPER GOODS / Tiny Prints

ACTIVITY / Pin the Beanie on the Bear (link to freebie coming soon)

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BAKED APPLE COBBLER RECIPE

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Pumpkin spice is already my go to drink these days, but before we get all the way into pumpkin season, I thought it would be nice to give apples some time in the spotlight. After all, we visited a Cider Mill and went apple picking with friends last week and have buckets full of apples to show for it! Since they aren’t going to eat themselves and we could use a change from our go-to apple dippers I decided to try baking some (something my mom used to do, with a drizzle of honey – so good) with a cobbler topping and whip cream. Aside from turning out delicious, I’ll take any excuse to have something yummy smelling in the oven during the fall and winter months!

BAKED COBBLER APPLES

Takes 50 minutes start to finish (10 minutes hands-on) and makes 4 halves.

YOU’LL NEED:

  • 2 apples
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • sugar (to taste)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup flour (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • sprinkle of salt
  • FAVORITE TOPPINGS – whip cream, caramel, more cinnamon, ice cream, baked pie crust, etc.

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cut apples in half and core using a spoon. Place face up in baking dish (if dish isn’t non-stick, spray with cooking spray first).
  2. Sprinkle apple flesh with cinnamon and sugar (see picture).
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in oats, flour, brown sugar, and a sprinkle of salt. Put a scoop of the mixture on each apple. Then cover dish with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before adding toppings. To make the letters I used these mini cookie cutters and pie crust from the store, then baked on a cookie sheet for a few minutes.

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I’m more of a non-fruit dessert eating girl, but these were so good we gobbled them right up! Now to try and make apple sauce out of the rest of our apples. If you have a favorite recipe, please share!

Oh, and if you are wondering what apples are best for baking, I like Mutsu, Pink Ladies, Honeycrisp, and (of course) Granny Smith. Here’s a helpful chart for more ideas.

XO, Rae

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OUR UN-FANCY FALL BUCKET LIST + OTHER RANDOM THINGS

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Happy Friday + second day of fall you guys!

Johan and I started the season off yesterday by taking the little kids to Lattin’s Country Farm and Cider Mill  and then discussed our bucket list with all the kids later in the evening.

I am a bucket list enthusiast, but by the end of the season we are scrambling to check things of. Since fall is a notoriously busy time of year for us (and we have a surprise vacay planned already!!!) we decided to keep our list simple and asked everyone to pick a thing or two to add.

Love how similar everyone’s ideas were and think we might have started a new tradition!

THE FAM BAM’S FALL BUCKET LIST:

  • Me – Have all Halloween costumes ordered and made ASAP (instead of finishing the day or two before), family trip to Leavenworth, + s’mores.
  • Johan – Go to Apple Cup, Leavenworth, + plan an overnight date. (I’m a lucky girl!)
  • Ozzie – Bonfire with friends.
  • Espen – Host a Halloween themed sleepover.
  • Tilly – Host a sleepover + family movie night(s).
  • Griffin – Be a skelakin (skeleton) for Halloween, eat ice cream, + do a fire.
  • Poppy – No, good, + tick-a-teat! (her responses to all of our prompts)

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^^^ I want Poppy’s shoes and acid wash jeggings (from Target). And everything else in her closet. ^^^

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^^^ Don’t mind me, walking through a row of sunflowers with my basket and toddler. So very #husbandsofinstagram but I love it anyway! Also, love that basket and can’t wait to fill it with apples later today. Also, also, have been pondering my overuse of the word love and might need to find an alternative! ^^^

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^^^ Caught in the inst-snap action. Speaking of — how are you guys liking Instagram stories? I mostly ditched Snapchat when the update happen and have enjoyed having one less app to use, but it’s just not the same! Missing that snap life! ^^^

What’s on your bucket list this fall?

XO, Rae

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MOM + MINI: JANUARY OUTFIT + DOING ALL THINGS WITH LOVE

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I stumbled upon Tilly’s sweatshirt while browsing Zara and wondered how I could possibly pass up such a cozy sweatshirt with the sweetest reminder. Especially since loving people with our words and actions has been a topic of conversation a lot with her lately – she can be soooo spunky! Doing all things with love seems simple enough, doesn’t it? But when I saw her running around in her new sweatshirt it occurred to me how huge that calling is. To LOVE ALL the time. Even when we don’t feel like it or the recipient of those “things” doesn’t really deserve it or it requires some sacrifice and humility.

“Do all things with love.”

Gosh I have some work to do in this area and a lot more patience to extend to Tilly while she does the same.

All that from a pint sized sweatshirt, LOL. Can’t help but laugh at myself!

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TILLYsweatshirt from Zara, dress from Peek (similar), leggings from Old Navy, boots from Boden

MEsweater from Topshop, turtleneck from J. Crew, overalls from Madewell (on sale!), boots from gap (similar)

Are there any “things” you could do with a little more love?

For me it is defiantly bedtime! Once 8 o’clock rolls around happy mom clocks out and someone much less patient and loving checks in. It’s actually one of my goals for the year — to start enjoying bedtimes instead of dreading it everyday. Feel free to share bedtime tips below if you have any!

XO, Rae

PS – Pictures by my very awesome husband. One of the goals we made together for 2016 is to learn to take better and more pictures of our family… Wish us luck!

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MINI BITES: CANDIED APPLE DIPPERS

yummy-apple-dippers-7Apples have definitely taken a back seat to our pumpkin obsession this fall but yesterday afternoon, as a post church, football watching snack, we put together an apple dipping tray. The kids (and a friend that stopped by) loved everything about it and lucky us, there was enough to enjoy for dessert later in the night!

When it comes to apples, dips and toppings there are endless combinations but instead of heading to the store for anything specific I grabbed what we had on hand… Yet another reason (spontaneous treats!) to keep a somewhat stocked pantry. Something I’m not always great about but that reaps major bennies. Here are a few of the items, including dip recipes, we set out.

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PEANUT BUTTER DIP – combine 8oz. of cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla with a mixer  until smooth and serve.

CARAMEL DIP – unwrap half a bag (about 20 pieces) of caramels and place in bowl with a splash (1 tablespoon) of cream or milk. Heat in microwave for 20 second intervals, stirring in-between until completely melted. Allow to cool and thicken before serving.

WHITE CHOCOLATE – melt chocolate chips in the microwave or double broiler, being careful not to burn, stirring lots and often. Works best (in my opinion) drizzled over apple slices instead of the main dip or topping. If you are making a larger quantity try pouring into a squeeze bottle to make it easy.

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It was a nice treat in the middle of our sunday and would make for a fun “bar” for a party or get together any day.

So now tell me… have you been all about those pumpkins or apples this fall? This inquiring mind wants to know!

XO . Rae

PS – To everyone who placed an order during our flash sale, thank you so much! Your order will be shipped later today :)

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A FEW FALL WARDROBE FAVORITES.

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With all the new, existing and changing trends right now it’s hard to keep up or know what to add to an existing wardrobe. So I thought I would share a few of the fall pieces that are on heavy rotation from my closet these days.

Long Cardi – This sweater (similar 1/2) is a new fall addition and makes me want to do laundry just so I can wear it again, ha! Looks great layered over dresses, leggings or jeans so basically you can’t loose.

Felt Hat – I purchased this hat (similar 1/2) a few years ago at Target and wear it more and more each year. It’s been an easy way to cover up unwashed hair and all the postpartum fly-aways that don’t seem to want to grow out. Also, generally speaking I just really love hats and this one in particular. It’s like the cherry on top.

Booties – Another previous season purchase (still available in a darker color here) and the only pair of cold weather heels I own that don’t kill my feet and work with basically everything (including my flare jeans!).

//Also pictured – bag (similar) + dress (similar-ish)//

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long-cardi-and-cozy-hat-6 long-cardi-and-cozy-hat-2 So there you have it! A few fall wardrobe pieces that won’t let you down, from my closet to yours.

What have you been wearing non-stop lately!?

XO . Rae

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MINI (HALLOWEEN) BITES: FOR SNACK-TIME + LUNCH

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Mummies, spiders, ghosts, witches, monsters, …. the Halloween gangs all here and ready to (be) eat!

Considering all the scary things in stores and on front porches this time of year it’s nice to do things with the kids that are cute and playful instead of dark and scary. So with the help of my mini sou chefs we put together a smorgasbord of creepy (but adorable) snack ideas. Some handmade and others store-bought as well as a free download for Halloween themed lunchbox notes and mummy paper.

Food details and FREE DOWNLOAD, below!

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BOO-NANAS – You’ll Need bananas, white chocolate chips, a few dark or milk chocolate chips, cake pop sticks and wax paper. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper, wax side up. Melt white chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave or on the stovetop over low. Peel and cut bananas in half and dip in melted chocolate. Allow extra  chocolate to drip off, lay on prepared cookie sheet, add chocolate chip eyes and a stick and place in freezer.

A couple of our bananas broke so we sliced them up and made little boo faces.

PRETZEL BROOMS – You’ll need pretzel sticks, mozzarella cheese, cheese slicer and twine (or maybe cream cheese would keep the mozzarella in place?). Use the cheese slicer or knife and cut a piece of cheese. Cut it into neat rectangle. Slice “fringe” along one long end and wrap around your pretzel about 3 times. Secure with a small piece of twine.

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ORANGE IZZE – Add IZZE sparkling clementine drinks to your shopping list and add a festive straw!

DONUT DUDES – You’ll need powdered donut holes, frosting and decorative candy eye balls (I found these at Target in the baking section. You can also DIY with royal frosting). Dip eyes in frosting and stick to the donut holes.

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MUMMY MILK – You’ll need a milk box, the mummy paper download (below), tape, glue stick and googly eyes. Cut the paper to size, wrap around milk box and secure with tape. Use glue to add googly eyes and your done.

CANDY CORN TRAIL MIXSearch Pinterest for a recipe that looks good or buy at the store.

SPIDER CRACKERS – You’ll need basic round crackers (we used the bigger entertainment crackers), favorite nut butter, stick pretzels and candy eyes or chocolate chips. Spread crackers with nut butter, add pretzel legs and eyes.

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MUMMY BAGEL – You’ll need mini bagels, salami or other lunch meat, cream cheese and olives. Spread a thin layer of cream chess on bagel, and layer with a slice of salami and small slices of cheese. Slice olive in half and use cream cheese to stick to sandwich.

MONSTER BAGEL – You’ll need food coloring, cream cheese, mini bagels, and olives. Add a small dab of food coloring to a scoop of cream cheese and mix well. Cut olive in half and stick to bagel using a small dab of cream cheese.

MONSTERBELS – You’ll need babybel cheese rounds, cream cheese, small scissors and candy eyes. Open babybels and unwrap the one strip of wax. Use scissors to cut wax and make monster faces. Add eyeballs using cream cheese.

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PUMPKIN SEEDS – Simple, festive and usually healthy! Just add to your shopping list.

OREO COOKIE CATS – You’ll need wax paper, oreos, black licorice and/or chocolate laffy taffy, chocolate chips and cake pop sticks. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper, wax side up. Slice taffy or licorice into wiskers. Cut taffy into triangles for ears. Melt chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave or on the stovetop over low. Dip oreo in melted chocolate. Allow extra  chocolate to drip off, lay on prepared cookie sheet, add stick, whiskers and ears and place in freezer until chocolate has hardened or you are ready to eat them!

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CLICK for FREE DOWNLOADS:

One of my least favorite things about holidays is how quickly they come and go so we’ve already been adding the notes and a snack or two to their lunches. No need to wait until Halloween day!

What about you guys? Have you had a chance to get into the Halloween spirit!?

XO, Rae

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SOCCER MOM + MINI

soccer-mom-4My favorite part about fall in addition to the return of pumpkins, plaid, football, and comfort food is soccer season and watching my kids play. This year is especially fun because both Espen and Tilly are playing! Our entire morning and early afternoon was spent on soccer fields (and taking a few pics) last Saturday. As a former competitive player it was the perfect way to spend the day!

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MAMA OUTFIT: midi dress (similar 1 2 3 4), chambray (similar), sneakers, sunnies (similar)

I always feel a little stumped when it comes to getting dressed for a day of watching soccer, running around and wrangling the kids. I want to be cute but not overdressed and comfortable but not frumpy. I guess it’s kinda silly to put so much thought into it, but I like clothes and getting dressed so I think about it :)

Some gamedays I’m in my workout clothes and others jeans but last Saturday I wore this cute and sporty jersey knit midi dress with fall-ish stripes, a chunky sweater (not pictured), layer of chambray and sneakers — Always sneaker, or boots when it’s rainy — and it felt just right.

Regardless of cute or sporty, being able to play in what I wear is a must. There is always a little free time to fill or bored siblings to play with. And honestly, I know I said that I love watching the kids play, and I do, but I also have a hard time just sitting and watching and end up multitasking between watching, playing with the other kids and chatting with other parents. I guess part of that is unavoidable with a one-year-old but my goal is to be better about just watching.

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POPPY OUTFIT: pants, shoes, sweatshirt

TILLY OUTFIT: top, shorts (Marshall’s), socks (Target), shoes (cousin hand-me-downs)

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What are your favorite game day digs!? Also, are you more of multi-tasker during games or do you give your undivided attention?

XO, Rae

(images by Stacy Jacobsen)

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P.S. – Just to end on a funny note. We had a real america’s funniest home videos moment during these pics when Tilly hit Poppy with the ball perfectly in the forehead. I didn’t even know she could kick like that! Anyways, Poppy didn’t cry until she saw my face. Not my finest mom moment but I could not stop laughing when I saw this photo.

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SUMMER CAPSULE FAVES I’LL WEAR THIS FALL.

Wait, what? Two fashion posts in a row!?

Yes, that’s right. Totally unintentional but the combination of not having my planned monday post ready, the cool-weather weekend we just experienced and the oodles of back to school catalogues that just showed up in my mailbox has me considering fall layers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready for summer to end. Not even close. Back to school sounds like a swear word at the moment but in a few weeks it will be unavoidable so I thought I would ease myself into it with a transition post and share a few summer wardrobe pieces that I will most likely be sporting this fall.

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FLARE DENIM – pictured

  1. free people mid-rise
  2. madewell flea market flares
  3. anthropologie high-rise flare

These puppies came back in style quickly considering it seems like yesterday I had a few pairs in my goodwill pile. Anyone else? Regardless, they are back and I’m pretty excited about it. Mostly for their 70’s charm but also because (hello!) legs for days!

Side note: Loving the mid or high-rise fit with a hem the grazes the ground (like pic 1 or 2 above).

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BIRKENSTOCKS – pictured

  1. asos in black matte
  2. nordstrom in suede

Probably not the most practical item for fall since I’m not sure I’ll be brave enough to wear with socks, but this summer I’ve had to be purposeful about not wearing them everyday so my other shoes didn’t get jealous, so I’m not sure I’ll be able quit them just because the weather changes a bit. At the least I’m guessing they’ll be on repeat through mid-October :)

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JUMPSUITS – pictured

  1. twill jumpsuit at nordstrom
  2. denim romper from anthropologie
  3. madewell zip overalls

I can hardly wait to get my overalls out of seasonal retirement and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the jumpsuits this summer so they will definitely be in my closet this fall.

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FAVORITE RESOURCES

  1. itsums – I can’t say enough about this online app/social space where you can set a budget and then start “pinning” items to your project board and let the app keep track of all the products while add things up for you… all in one place. Seriously a God-send and worth trying.
  2. @ellabrooksblog on Instagram – she is much more California cool than mio, but I find her feed so sweet, inspiring and share worthy.
  3. Emilie Maslow and her pinterest boards – a fellow pacific northwest girl and friend who has the most amazing eye for cool real life style as well as the catalogue kind.
  4. Kendi Everyday blog – Probably the only fashion blogger I follow consistently. She wears a lot of heels and outfits that aren’t as practical for my life but she keeps it fresh, tries new things and is fun and not stuffy.

So there you have it. Summer pieces that have fall staying power and my secret weapons for doing anything stylish and on budget.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

XO, Rae

(Photo magic by Stacy Jacobsen)

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thanksgiving bingo and kids table setting.

in less than two weeks we’ll be kicking off the holiday season with turkey day. can you believe it!? i could not be more excited for the long weekend, extra downtime with family and yummy food. not to mention lots of time spent in the kitchen with the kids and my mama!

to keep things running (sort of) smoothly and the kids entertained at the table when it comes time to eat, i put together these activity cards and teepee place cards. links are below to download….

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  • TEEPEE PLACE CARDS – add a few small thanksgiving themes figurines or animals for extra fun!
  • BINGO CARDS – up the ante and bring a few small prizes for the winners!
  • THANKFUL NOTE CARDS – write something your thankful for next to each letter!

these are some of my favorite printables to date — i hope you enjoy and find a way to use them (snap a pic and tag me on instagram if you do – @raeannkelly)!

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xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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