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HALLOWEEN HEADBANDS WITH THE LAND OF NOD!

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We’re so excited (and just can’t hide it!), because this Saturday, Oct. 29th we’ll be crafting these cute Halloween headbands at all of the Land of Nod stores (Seattle, Costa Mesa, Chicago, + Oak Brook) . Well, I only get to be at the Seattle store (in University Village) with a side kick or two, but have sent supplies and a couple treats to all the other stores as well.

If you live in any of these areas I would la, la, love for you and your little(s) to join us, but if not you can head to the Land of Nod blog for instructions and a handy template to DIY at home or a party.

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Happy, happy almost Halloween! 

XO, Rae

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EASY HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS + FELT FLAGS

Over the weekend we dressed up a few of our pumpkins for a kid friendly Halloween get together at my friend Stacy’s house.  It can be hard to find non-creepy decor that’s still festive, but a few felt flags, hats, and masks and our pumpkins were ready to party! Would be perfect for a photo backdrop, front porch display, or table top decor too! Details below…

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PAPER MASKS

Click to download the template. Print onto card stock and cut around dashed lines. Use smaller scissors or an exact-o knife to cutout the eye holes. Trace onto black or other color card stock and cutout as before. I used hot glue to stick them to the pumpkins, but they fell off so I used double stick tape and they are still stuck (go figure)!

I shared small masks last year (HERE) with a “hocus pocus” banner, but turned them into a template and added a bigger size this time around.

WITCH HATS

For the hats, I traced a circle tray onto a piece of poster board (card stock or other paper would work), cut around the line and then cut it in half. To make the cone shape a pulled the corners of the half circle together until it was a shape that I like and then hot glued in place. Double stick tape would work too.

EASY FELT FLAGS DIY

I used this tutorial to make my felt stiff (such a fun trick!). Then cut 10 x 7 -inch triangles out of it. In the past I’ve cut stencils out of butcher paper and then painted over to add words to the felt flags, but this time around I did it free hand — just a paint brush and acrylic paint which makes it easier for the kids to help too!!! Once the paint dries, simply hot glue to dowels.

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Fall decor itself is so festive there’s no need to add Halloween specific items, but I have a soft spot for whimsical or vintage designs that don’t scare the kids.

Do you decorate for Halloween or just keep things looking fall-ish!?

XO, Rae

(images by Stacy Jacobsen Photography)

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SEPTEMBER ARROW PROJECT: EACH ONE REACH ONE

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So far for our Arrow Projects we have collected and dropped off gently used clothes, delivered surprise blooms for May day, and put together care packages to keep in the car and handout to those in need. I’ve loved all of these activities but I’m extra excited about September’s because we are going to focus on developing a habit of generosity and kindness. Something that is so important for the kids but that I for sure have room to work on as well!

So, starting today I will be challenging the kids to find one person at school they can be generous to with their thoughts, words, time, or actions. Then when they get home from school or before bedtime, we will write down what we did on index cards and add them to an empty apothecary jar I set out on the counter. We’ll continue for the next 30 days or (assuming we’ll miss a few of those days) until the index cards run out.

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^^^Download the art prints to use as a reminder and encouragement.^^^

Can’t wait to see a jar full of acts of generosity and kindness and hope my kids learn that loving others in simple ways makes a big difference.

If you guys have been following along with the Arrow Projects or have any ideas, I would love to hear about it! Feel free to send an email (rae at raeannkelly dot com) or leave a comment below.

Happy Monday!

XO, Rae

P.S. – This project was inspired by my friends “30 Day” study which is amazing and I highly recommend checking it out, along with the rest of his blog content, ASAP!

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EMOJI LUNCHBOX STICKERS (PRINTABLE)

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‘Tis the season for lunchbox packing! Not that my kid’s lunches look this cute everyday during the school year, but I do try and make them extra special for the  back to school season especially. I feel like it makes the transition easier for all of us. Then as the year goes on, anytime we get in a packed lunch or school rut, I’ll start adding special touches again. Chocolate covered or sprinkled anything and notes or stickers are always a hit.

Over the long weekend, while planning meals for the first week of school, I felt inspired to print some emoji and hashtag stickers to keep on hand. Download file and take a peek at what and how we’re packing for lunch this week, below.

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LUNCHBOX No. 1

  • Almond butter and banana sandwich
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Edamame
  • Greek yogurt and sprinkles
  • Answer to the joke: Because they would crack each other up :)

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LUNCHBOX No. 2

  • Bagel with cream cheese and cucumbers
  • Salami bites
  • Almonds and M&M’s
  • Popcorn
  • Raspberries

FAVORITE LUNCHBOX GEAR

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CLICK TO DOWNLOAD EMOJI + HASHTAG STICKERS

My kids start school tomorrow and I am dreading it. But if I had to pick a silver lining it would be that the kitchen won’t be in a constant state of eating, snacking, cooking and general mess. At least during school hours. So at the moment, packing lunches feel like a blessing. Ask me in a couple months though!

How do you feel about packing lunches?

XO, Rae

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HAPPY (SUMMER) TRAVELS: A SEASIDE SCAVENGER HUNT PRINTABLE

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The kids had an extra long Memorial Day weekend (5 days off!) and even though a lot of it was spent at baseball games we were able to squeeze in a day trip to Bainbridge Island, WA in the Puget Sound. Before we left I put together a beach scavenger hunt to bring with us. My kids go crazy for activities like this but they already have so much fun at the beach that I wasn’t sure they would participate, but they did and they loved it!

I’ll share more about our trip tomorrow but you can click to download the scavenger hunt activity here:

A DAY AT THE BEACH SCAVENGER HUNT, PDF

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On another note, how cute is Poppy’s little purse from Swankaroo!? Tilly brought her’s along for our adventure too and they were perfect for holding little snacks, activities and treasures from the beach.

Do you guys have a favorite beach activity? Sorta wish we would have brought a couple kites this trip…. next time!

XO, Rae

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SUMMER PHONE WALLPAPERS (FREEBIE!)

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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THE ARROW PROJECT: MAY DAY SURPRISES (+ FREEBIE)

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This month we’re keeping our arrow project simple with a pretty act of kindness — May Day notes, with a dose of truth at the bottom and room to tape a bloom!

This might come as a shocker, but May Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids. Mostly because there is no pressure to do anything and people are almost always surprised and happy for whatever we’ve thrown together. (Download and details below!)

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DOWNLOAD “HAPPY MAY” CARDS, PDF

MAY DAY SURPRISES 

  1. Download freebie, print on card stock and cute along dashed lines.
  2. Gather some fresh blooms from your yard, a neighbor’s, friend’s, the store, etc.
  3. Trim stems and tape to cards.
  4. Place on front doors, cars, mailbox, etc. or give to teachers, friends, neighbors, etc. as a random act of kindness.

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I often get caught up in feeling like the little things aren’t enough. Sharing a smile, encouraging word or single flower can’t possibly make a difference in someones heart or day but that would be a lie. Even Mother Teressa, who did BIG things and lived a BIG life, believed in the power of small things.

So this month we’ll be putting this principle into practice and learn to believe that God can do a lot with our little. Something that comes much more naturally to my kids!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Another May Day project we did when Poppy was in my belly and Tilly had the sweetest bob!

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DIY MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, VASES + FREEBIES

With Mother’s Day approaching quickly on the calendar, I thought it would be fun to to play with flowers! Not only are they an easy way to bring the outdoors inside but they add life to a space or someones day. Since I know nothing about choosing, cutting or keeping plants alive I asked my stylish and adorably pregnant friend Teressa (the brains and beauty behind Teressa Johnson Studio) for backup. She obliged and brought over a selection of flowers from her yard while I DIY-ed some tin can vases to put them in.

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And here is how they turned out! Pretty cute I think. The vases of blooms (and succulents) can be grouped together for a centerpiece and then broken up and given as party favors or made as gifts for mommy friends on their big day.

Here’s how to make the vases but be sure to keep scrolling! At the bottom of the post, you’ll find a few really good and simple tips from Teressa about how to make floral arrangements.

DOWNLOAD “HEY MAMA” TAGS, PDF

PAINT DIPPED VASES 

  1. Rinse and dry tin cans.
  2. For a dipped look, use painters tape to tape-off the part of can you don’t want painted.
  3. Use acrylic paint to cover the untaped side and let dry. Repeat until the can is covered.

PAPER COVERED VASES

  1. Click to download the patterned paper and print on card stock.
  2. Rinse and dry tin cans. Measure the height and outside of the can and cut paper to size.
  3. Tape or decoupage the paper onto the can. If you choose tape, be careful not drip water on the paper or the pattern will smudge.

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Group the painted vases with the ones covered in fun patterns all together…

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… Or pick your favorite DIY (dipped or covered) vase and keep it simple.

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Clip “HEY MAMA” tags to the vases for a graphic touch or use as a gift tag.

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HOW TO MAKE FLORAL ARANGEMENTS – tips from Teressa!!!

  1. Cut your stems at an angle so there is more surface to soak up water.
  2. If deciding on a color palette feels overwhelming, keep it simple by sticking to two colors. Greenery is considered a neutral.
  3. When blooms are sparse create an organic look by using only foliage.
  4. Use what you have or, what your neighbors have! Don’t be shy. If you spy something pretty in the neighbor’s yard, bring over a plate of cookies, compliment their blooms and ask to forage a few stems. It’s a great way to meet the people living around you and strike up a conversation.
  5. Last but not least, don’t take it too seriously — it’s not a science and should be fun and playful!

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So helpful, Teressa!

If you are local to the Seattle area I highly recommend checking out her latest brainchild, wild + gathered, recurring seasonal floral arrangements delivered right to your doorstep. And just like the arrangements from this post, the wild + gathered bouquets can be divided and shared with friends or spread out around the home or workplace.

Flowers make everything better. Yes?

XO, Rae

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BABY MILESTONE CARDS (FREEBIE)

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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.

BABY MILESTONE CARDS, PDF

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.

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YOU’VE BEEN EGGED (EASTER FREEBIE)

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!

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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!

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY BITES + LUNCHBOX NOTES (FREEBIE)

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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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Click to download, LUNCHBOX NOTES PDF

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY BITES –

  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!

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