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TILLY’S 8TH BDAY + EMOJI PARTY

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The last week of October is full of Birthdays in our home with Tilly going first, then Ozzie, and finally myself on Halloween. I usually try and squeeze a party in for Tilly early but our Disney Land trip made me think a belated celebration for her might be best. Of course we had festivities and family get togethers in between, but last weekend we ended her very long Birthday week with an emoji party with her friends at a gymnastics center. Tilly helped a ton with all the party planning, designs and decisions (so proud of her!) and was very happy with how everything turned out.

Sharing more details and party sources below!

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CAKE: Tilly had been dreaming up (and bugging me) for a tiered cake since before her last Birthday. I have zero cake baking or decorating skills and didn’t necessarily want to splurge on a custom cake, but her persistence and excitement about the possibility could not be ignored. So Tilly and I spent a few minutes on Pinterest getting ideas and then reached out to Christina of 4kids Cakes to see if she could whip up something delicious and adorable (and of course tiered) with sprinkles on one layer and hearts on another. Thankfully she agreed and then blew us away with how it turned out and the chocolate “8” topper she added. It seriously made Tilly’s day! That and her friends of course. (*Served with wooden spoons.)

BALLOONS + CONFETTI: Since we were partying at a gymnastics center, there wasn’t much point in spending time or money on decorations, so we kept it simple and ordered emoji and a number 8 balloon.

PARTY FAVORS: We filled glassine bags with confetti, and emoji stickers and gum balls. Then sealed them with washi tape and #YAY stickers you can click to download HERE.

SNACKS + DRINKS: Our party started at 3pm so we grabbed some favorite kid snacks from Costco, filled 8oz. beverage bottle (or here!) with milk, bottled waters, and LaCroix for the mamas and papas. Click to download “#DRINKS” and “#SNACKS” signs HERE

TILLY’S OUTFIT: Sweatshirt (50% off!) and leggings from Peek and boots from Target.

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T w i n n i n g (! ! !) with a bestie.

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There wasn’t much of a chance to take pictures before or during the party with the entire crew of kids and parents. But, you know those people that just don’t want to leave a good party? That’s how we roll and these are our friends who do the same thing. And I’m so grateful they did so we could get a few pics to remember the day with! Of course we love and missed the ones that had to scoot out earlier.

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(Johan sneaking in one of the older brothers :)

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Oh my goodness how I love celebrating my people. Just look at that face! 

All in all, her big day went smoothly and I’m not sure who had more fun — the kids or parents — which is always a good sign! Let me know if I missed any details.

Happiest hump-day!

XOXO, 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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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 COSTUMES + A TV SEGMENT

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If you are still in the market for Halloween costumes, I’m sharing some totally cute and super simple ideas below and on KING5 today at 4:15 if you are in the Seattle area! These 4 were so fun to put together and took almost no time or money. Get the DIY tips below!

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(Espen as a Pizza Delivery DUDE and Tilly as Rosie the Riveter)

COSTUMES FROM THE CLOSET

When it comes to dressing up, often times it doesn’t take much more than going through closets. Think of favorite characters or people from books, movies, history, or pop-culture. The possibilities are endless! (costume details below)

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ROSIE / jeans and jean jacket, but denim shirt would be more accurate / boots / power tool — minus the battery / red and white piece of fabric, scarf or bandana / red lipstick or wax lips

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PIZZA DELIVERY DUDE / message or raglan tee or sweatshirt / broken-in jeans / headphones / backwards cap / pizza box

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(Poppy as grapes and Griffin as an emoji, because he is actually a walking emoji in real-life)

COSTUMES FROM CARDBOARD or BALLOONS

No profession DIY skills to make these costumes. Just a few basic supplies and less than an hour of time!

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FAVORITE EMOJI FACE / 2 presentation boards (the thick foam kind) or cardboard / yellow butcher paper or craft paint / felt / hot glue / wide ribbon / X-Acto knife / double stick tape

Draw a circle onto your boards using a string (shown here) then cutout with an x-acto knife or razor. Repeat with yellow paper and cut with scissors. Use double stick tape to add paper to cardboard. Cut face details from felt and hot glue in place. Add ribbon to the inside of the boards for straps… It helps to have child around while adding the straps to make sure everything lines up and child’s head can fit in-between the ribbons!

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GRAPE CLUSTER / balloons in shades of purple or green / generous sized tee or hoodie / coordinating bottoms and shoes / green felt / hair tie or beanie / hot glue

Lay top front side up on a flat work surface, plug-in the hot glue gun, and blow up balloons to appropriate size depending on the costume wearer. Poppy is a petite two year old so I blew the balloons up a little less than halfway. Add hot glue to the tied end of the balloon and press onto shirt until glue has cooled. Turn over and add balloons to back of top if desired. I still wanted to be able to  pick Poppy up easily so only covered her front side. Cut a long strip of green felt trim so the middle is thin and both ends have a leaf shape and tie to a hairband OR cut a couple leaf shapes from felt and hot glue to a beanie or the hood of a sweatshirt.

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MIX + MATCH COSTUMES

Who says you have to pick just ONE thing to be for Halloween!? Try mixing costume ideas instead! A few examples I grabbed from our dress up pile at home — super hero alien and princess gorilla — but again the possibilities are endless.

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When it comes to tradition and pure fun (as opposed to faith and meaning), Halloween is right up there with Christmas and 4th of July in my book. Plus I’m a Halloween baby which makes the day even better for me because there is always a party or something going on, and the attention is rarely on me for more than the minute or two. Just the way I like it!

For more cute costume inspo, head to this pinterest board.

Happy hump day you guys!

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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7 SIMPLE 4TH OF JULY DIY’S TO TRY

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Feels like we’ve been going non-stop since the kids got out of school last week, but today we are taking it easy and finishing all the prep and to-do lists for the long 4th of July weekend. Here are a few easy ways we’re getting festive and celebrating this year along with a few favorites from years past.

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To DIY, download this template, purchase tattoo paper and follow instructions on packaging. (Tip: cut as close around the printed tattoo design as possible before applying to skin) 

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2. SPARKLER + GLOW STICK TAGS (click here to download designs)

Who doesn’t love sparklers!? Actually, I don’t. They stress me out, the sparks hurt and I’m always afraid my kids are going to burn themselves or someone else! So this year we are going with glow sticks instead. Although I’m sure there will be no escaping sparklers too.

Good thing these cute tags work for either. To put together, download file (link above), print on card stock and cutout. Use an exact-o knife to cut slits where indicated at top and bottom of tags. Slide sparklers or glow sticks through slits and set out for people to take!

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3. CONFETI FILLED BALLOONS

Cut confetti out of colorful tissue paper, stuff in balloon (clear balloon works best — white balloon pictured), fill with helium!

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4. YUMMY CHERRY HAND PIES (head here for the recipe!)

4th of july balloon dart game5. BACKYARD BALLOON DART GAME (head here for the how-to)

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5. BACKYARD BALLOON DART GAME (head here for the download)

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5. REDECORATED STORE-BOUGHT CUPCAKES (click here for details)

Hope you found something that helps make the long holiday weekend a little more easy, festive and fun! See ya on Tuesday!!!

XO, Rae

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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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MINI MAKERS: EASTER EGG BALLOONS + BUNNY BAG WEIGHTS

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I’ve mentioned it a few times over the last week or so but this past Saturday I was able to host a fun Easter craft event at the Land of Nod with my little helper, Tilly. We had the best time and loved seeing so many adorable little faces enjoying a DIY just for them.

If you missed the event and are looking for a couple simple Easter projects, I shared the how-to and bunny goodie bag template over on Honest to Nod… And a few pics from the event below :)



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It was a fun day with lots of balloons, goodies, new friends and some of my favorites that came to support too. Followed by a lunch date and some shopping. Hoping it won’t be too long before we can do it again. Thanks again to everyone that joined us!

XO, Rae

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EASTER PINS

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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

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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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