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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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BREAKFAST CLUB: HOMEMADE POPTARTS

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Hope the weekend was just what you needed friends! Ours was mellow but also full and even though our home is in shambles still, I’m ready for a shiny new week! Tilly and I had an amazing time hosting a craft event at the Land of Nod on Saturday (more on that tomorrow) and then decided to break-in our Easter menu and jammies Sunday morning. Since we typically head to church first thing Easter morning, it’s nice to have a quick meal ready. Of course the kids want something sweet, fun and new and I want something that will tide them over for a few hours and doesn’t leave a huge mess in the kitchen.

Scrambled eggs or oatmeal is our typical go-to before church but this year I thought I would compromise and make a healthier, homemade version of pop-tarts. Festive enough for the kids and easy enough for me since they can be made the night before.

Instead of icing and a sugary filling I opted for this chocolate coconut peanut butter and some sprinkles and shredded coconut for a decorative topping. Coconut has been all the rage around here lately (coconut water, milk, oil, or dried) so the filling was a hit but I am thinking a fruity option (maybe raspberry?) would be nice on Easter morning along with some eggs or greek yogurt.

Anyways, I’ll spare you of my indecisiveness and menu plan. Here is how we made them:

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HOMEMADE POP-TARTS, takes about 30 minutes, makes about 9

You’ll Need:

  • Enough pie crust for one pie (either homemade or store bought)
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of milk
  • Chocolate nut butter or filling of your choice (fruit preserve or pie filling works too)
  • Chocolate nut butter for topping or make your favorite icing recipe
  • Sprinkles
  • (optional and for the kids of course) A totally adorable felt bunny mask from Opposite of Far :)

Here’s How:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make and roll out pie crust or prep according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
  3. Cut pie crust into rectangles. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush with egg mixture.
  4. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate peanut butter onto half of the rectangles. Cover with the remaining pie crusts, egg wash side down.
  5. Crimp the edges using a fork.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until they begin the brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool before topping with more nut butter or icing and sprinkles.

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While I was utterly deprived of all the processed foods that were plentiful in the 80’s and 90’s, my husband was not. Pop-tarts happen to be at the top of his favorite childhood foods list. Needless to say this less sugary version did not fill his pop-tart void but Espen, Tilly, Griffin and Poppy were totally fooled.

I guess you can take the kid out of the 90’s but you can’t take the 90’s out of the kid! Do you have a favorite food from your childhood that you would rather not feed your kids!?

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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MARCH EDIT: EASTER OUTFITS

My to-do list has been expanding rapidly lately and while I had a few more urgent items I should have taken care of the other night (like cleaning out the fridge and writing a shopping list), I found myself shopping for Easter outfits instead. (Sorry kids… we have no food but you’ll look adorable on Easter!)

Here’s a peek at some of the egg hunt ready and Easter Sunday cuteness that caught my eye…

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MINI BOY (Egg Hunt) – let’s play tee from peek / navy v-neck from zara / yellow joggers from zara / blue nike’s from j.crew / (Easter Sunday) – chambray top from zara, red chinos from mini boden / tan birks from nordstrom /

BIG BOY (Egg Hunt) – green trim ringer tee from j.crew factory / denim jacket from peek / stan smith sneakers from j.crew / lightning bolt joggers from zara / (Easter Sunday) – check shirt from mini boden / linen shorts from j.crew / tan birks from j.crew /

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MINI GIRL (Egg Hunt) – oh happy day hoodie from peek / teal jumpsuit from zara / gray converse from nordstrom / (Easter Sunday) – lemon rose dress from mapamundi kids / bunny ear headband from gap kids / yellow clogs from zara /

BIG GIRL (Egg Hunt) – mint swing top from wildly co. / floral twill pant from peek / pink converse from peek / denim jacket from zara / blue gingham dress from j.crew / giant bow headband from j.crew / yellow clogs from zara /

I also stumbled upon some perry dresses for myself on Boden (like these: 1/2/3) but will probably end up wearing something out of my closet. Not sure why but it’s always easier to buy holiday outfits for the kids…?

Happy hump day you guys! Now to go check a couple other things off my to-do list before the big kids get home from school.

XO, Rae

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SAVE THE (EASTER EVENT) DATE

Ready or not, it’s Monday! We were definitely not feeling ready this morning… Still trying to figure out where the weekend went? I planned on sharing some egg hunt and Easter Sunday outfit inspo today for the minis, but didn’t quite get things pulled together.

I do, however have some other exciting Easter-y news…

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Saturday, March 19th from 10am to 12pm, we’ll be hosting a mini-makers craft event at the Land of Nod in U. Village (Seattle, WA). Come make a festive Easter egg balloon and fill bunny ear goodie bags with yummy treats as well! I’ll share all the official event info later this week.

For those of you that can’t make it because of distance or scheduling, I’ll be sharing the quick tutorial on the Land of Nod blog soon… The balloons and baggies are low-fuss for the adults but still fun for the kids. Perfect if you plan on entertaining little ones this easter!

If you are looking for more Easter fun, here are a few of my favorite projects and freebies.

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Printable Easter tags, stickers and bunny ear toppers / Fabric egg template and tutorial (so cute) / mini makers bunny masks / Simple eraser stamped Easter eggs

Hoppy Monday you guys!

XO, Rae

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MINI MAKERS: PAPER PLATE BUNNY MASK

paper-plate-bunny-mask-1Holidays in general have away of sneaking up on me, even when I know they’re coming! Easter this year is in March which seems extra sneaky. Even though we’ll be celebrating in less than a month, it feels a little early for bunnies, chicks and eggs.

To help get in the spirit, Tilly (7), Griffin (4) and I made these fun paper plate masks that double as a fun toy and activity. They’ve been well loved around here by all so we will definitely be making more… hopefully with friends!

Keep scrolling for instructions and a template to make your own.

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You’ll Need:

  • paper plates
  • popsicle sticks (or straws)
  • bunny ear, whisker and eye template or card stock
  • glue, glue dots +/or tape
  • x-acto knife and cutting mat or small scissors
  • pom-poms (optional)

Here’s How:

  1. Prep a work surface. Set out kid friendly glue options. We used glue dots for the nose and ears and glue sticks for the whiskers.
  2. Download template, print and cut out ears, circle and rectangles (or make your own out of colorful card stock). Cut rectangles into strips for whiskers.
  3. Cut plate in half and lay right side up. Use the circle template to trace eyes on the plate and then cutout.
  4. With plates right side down, let kids add whiskers, nose and ears.
  5. Once glue has dried, tape popsicle stick to the backside.

Have you started getting ready for Easter yet?!

XO, Rae

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HEART POSTER FREEBIE + NEW VALENTINES

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Ever since having kids I’ve been a total fool for Valentines day. I love everything about it, even the cheesy stuff . At least when it comes to the little people in my life. The house is another story. I’m never quite sure how to decorate for Valentines day so this year I made a couple art prints to share. They are simple, classic and maybe even evergreen if displayed in the right place. Download links are below…

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I’m thinking a few other pops of pink or red (garlands, tea towels and pillows are always an easy update!), a jar of heart candy, and a fun candle will make things festive enough around here.

How do you (if at all?) decorate for Valentine’s day?

XO, Rae

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PS – For those that are still in the market for Valentines to handout to classmates, neighbors, friends and family, I added a few new designs to the shop that include popsicles, sports and star wars! Follow this link to checkout the shop or use the direct links above. There are print ready PDF’s and printed options available.

A HUGE hug and thank you to everyone who has already ordered… from start to finish it’s been so fun working with you!

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