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free easter tags and stickers

happy monday-funday!

the countdown begins to easter (just a week away!) so i thought i’d share some fun printables with you. (links below)

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FREE EASTER STICKERS, TAGS & TOPPERS:

print the templates off on card stock or sticker paper, cutout and add to sweets, straws, goodie bags, easter baskets, etc.

i styled a little picnic lunch using the tags for some inspiration (pics below).

we also used some for the favors we’ll be sending the kids home with after church this sunday.

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still have so much to do before this weekend, but can hardly wait to celebrate Jesus with friends and family.

would love to know how you would use these printables, or what you are most looking forward to this weekend, or really anything easter related!

enjoy!

xx . rae

(images by kim charie)

if you are local, our church is hosting an amazingly over the top easter egg hunt (complete with bouncy houses and food) this saturday and easter service on sunday… would love to see you there!  feel free to email me with questions.

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stamped easter eggs

i’ve been waiting for a new way to use these pencil eraser stamps i made awhile back (tutorial found here) and since it’s egg decorating season and i have a stash of acrylic paint in bright colors it seemed like the perfect excuse.

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i don’t usually get excited about this part of easter. so much detail on something so small and then waiting for the dye to do it’s job and they never seem to turn out the way i pictured (serious crafting problems over here, ha!), but was excited to find this method a lot more enjoyable and less stressful with the kids…. all the waiting to dry happens after the decorating!

and since we eat a lot of hardboiled eggs around here, particularly since i’ve been pregnant (anything for a little extra protein) it’s been fun getting to pick from all the designs…

what color and pattern would you like today? polka dots, maybe? or that creepy looking bunny? ha! 

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SUPPLIES & SOURCES:

  • pencils with unused erasers (checkout the target dollar isle if you don’t have any handy at home)
  • exacto knife or razor blade to cut a shape into your erasers
  • small paint brushes (ikea)
  • acrylic paint (got mine at our local craft store)
  • eggs, hardboiled and cooled to room temp
  • rolls of wash tap (optional, i’ll explain below)
  • plain egg carton found at shop sweet lulu

TIME:

  • pencil stamps only take 10-15 minutes
  • hardboil and cool eggs, about an hour
  • stamping and painting, about an hour
  • drying, 2-3 hours

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it was really helpful to rest our eggs on a roll of washi tape while stamping and then leaving them there to dry.

easter-egg-stamps-5we still have a couple dozen eggs to decorate and the kids have been asking to do the traditional egg dying (maybe this weekend!?) but if your looking to get crazy and switch things up this year, stamping with paint was fun!

how do you usually decorate your eggs?

xo . rae

(images by kim charie)

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ice cream sammies (happy st. patrick’s day!)

want to eat something st. patty’s-ish today, but corned beef and cabbage isn’t your jam? throw together these minty ice cream sandwiches to enjoy after dinner!

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you’ll need:

  • chocolate chip mint ice cream or other green ice cream or gelato of choice
  • waffle cone or chocolate wafers (cookies or graham crackers work too)
  • gold &/or green sprinkles

set ice cream out to soften for about 5 minutes. press a scoop of ice cream between two wafers or cookies. roll edges in sprinkles. cover and store in freezer until your ready to eat!

a few other st. patrick’s day ideas from last couple week:

  1. green soup & BLTA’s
  2. garlands and a free art print
  3. kid crafternoon 

i don’t know about you guys but monday came way too soon for me this week, so i’m looking forward to doing and eating something yummy and festive with the kids tonight. how about you – any fun plans!?

xo . rae

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everyday DIY (simple garlands & a free print)

easy-banners-free-print-1garlands are one of my favorite ways to decorate for various seasons or celebrations. so today i thought i would share my obsession with some simple garland ideas (and a free art print!) that i dressed up for st. patrick’s day but that can easily be adjusted for anytime of year!

1/ chalkboard banner: use black card stock to make a banner and then write a message with chalk.

2/ gold starbursts: pick up some stickers from your office supply store and then add them to a strand (or 2) of twine.

3/ felt garland: change the colors to match a child’s room and keep it up all year! diy details here.

4/ LUCKY art print: click here to download.

xo . rae

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kids crafternoon – st. patrick’s day felt

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st. patrick’s day might not be the most popular holiday around, but it is a good excuse for getting crafty with the kids. here are a few simple and festive ideas that will keep them busy and feelin’ green for the big day!rae-ann-kelly-kids-st.-patrick's-day-6

1/FELT PINS/ supplies: green felt, scissors, fabric or hot glue, pins, embroidery thread & needle/ how-to: for each pin, using different colors of felt, cutout two-2-inch circles and a cute shape (such as a heart or shamrock). glue or stitch the shape to one of the circles. using a whip-stitch (here’s a toot w/pics) and the shape on the outside, stitch the two circles together. finish by gluing on a pin. they look super cute on sweaters, tees, backpacks, etc.!

2/ELBOW PATCHES/ supplies: green felt, embroidery thread & needle/ how-to: this one is less hands-on for the kids, but is really quick and easy. cut a fun shape thats approx.  2.5-3″ big from felt. have your child put on a long sleeve tee. using a pencil, mark the middle of their elbow. take their tee of, lay the felt shape over the top of your mark and attach using embroidery thread. if you plan on keeping the felt patch on their shirt past st. patrick’s day, be sure to wash the felt first before sewing it on so it doesn’t shrink!

3/FELT GARLAND/ supplies: green felt, scissors, embroidery thread & needle/ how-to: cut shapes from different color felt and thread together with embroidery thread! simple, cute and easy to store for next year or keep up all spring!

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we spotted a double rainbow this morning on the way to school (yay, spring!) and then was bombarded with questions about leprechauns, pots-o-gold and all that good stuff. needless to say, we’re definitely in the mood for st. patrick’s day fun around here… stay tuned for more simple recipes and ideas the next couple weeks!

xo . rae

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you are the sprinkles to my ice cream (free printable)

we are in full blown heart day mode around here and i can hardly wait to wake up tomorrow and make the yummiest, red, pink and heart themed brekkie for the fam, but first some very long overdue valentine printables….

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inspired by my favorite food group while pregnant, ice cream, i put together some fun valentine’s to share with you! craft supply details and file download are available below…. the kids were very involved in the designing of their classroom valentines this year so i’m thinking my girlfriends will be getting these.

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getting crafty for heart day

when it comes to celebrating valentine’s day (and other holidays) you can count on a schedule that fills up quickly with volunteer opportunities, parties to attend, and lots of extra planning, baking and making. you can also count on an overwhelming amount of cuteness popping up all over pinterest and blog land. it’s fun and inspiring and (oh my) makes me want to do all the stuff…. if only there were more hours in the day and money in my budget!

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(tilly & her new friend corbin)

if (like me) your not sure how or what to fit in, here are a few simple projects with short supply lists that will take very little time to complete.

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(tilly & her homegirl harper)

“LOVE ALWAYS” BANNER – (paper, scissors, xacto knife, twine, hole punch or clips) download and print this black and white or colored template. cut along dashed line and then use an xacto knife to cutout the letters. hole punch and thread onto twine or use clips!

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FEATHER HEADBAND/CROWN – (feathers, adhesive spray, glitter, leather string or similar) spray feather with adhesive glue (i only sprayed the top 3rd), sprinkle with glitter and let dry. shake off excess glitter and tie to string (as shown) or ribbon.

if you have little hands that want to help, have them sprinkle the glitter!

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HEART HEADBAND/CROWN – (scissors, felt, craft glue, leather string or similar) cut hearts out of felt, glue to string (as pictured), ribbon, headbands or clips and then let dry.

little helpers can pick out colors and glue the hearts…. they can also help with cutting hearts if you trust them with scissors or their safety scissors work with the felt.

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bam. super easy, right!?

is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to this valentine’s day? i’m a sucker for classroom valentines!

hope you have a fantastic weekend!!!

xo . rae
(images by stacy jacobsen)

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advent calendar diy & download (& a peek!)

(if you are joining us from armommy, welcome! hope you like the new digs!)

happy day before turkey day!

i have a couple fun things to share with you today, including my new favorite place to shop for the kids, but first a tutorial!

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if you are like me, you started thinking about christmas way before it was time to make a shopping list for thanksgiving; especially considering how close the two holidays are this year! in an effort to help you get ready for december 1st i thought i would share a free download and tutorial to make this fun scratch card, advent calendar. it takes a couple hours to make so hopefully you have time over the weekend.

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…here are the details…

SUPPLIES: white card stock, the pdf template (sign up for emails to download), clear packing tape, butcher or wax paper, metallic paint, dish soap, paint brush (the sponge kind), a bucket of candy canes or favorite christmas candy

STEP 1: sign up for emails at the bottom of this post, download the template that is located on the “success” page, print on card stock and cut along dashed line.

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STEP 2: cut long strips of packing tape and stick to the wax side of your butcher paper.

STEP 3: mix 1 part dish soap with 3 parts metallic craft paint.

STEP 4: using your sponge brush, paint over the strips of tape until completely covered (this will take a few coats).

STEP 5: while the paint is drying, fill in the blank advent cards (i think there are 5 of them) with whatever you think the kids will like!

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STEP 6: once the paint has dried completely, cut the painted tape to a generous 5 inches wide. peel the paper from the back of the tape and stick to the bottom of each advent card, covering the message and almost halfway up the card. trim any excess tape that hangs off the edges.

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STEP 7: hang your finished advent cards on a wall, chalkboard or bulletin-board with a bucket of candy canes (or fave christmas candy) and a penny so the kids can scratch off the tape and reveal the message! the idea is to have the kids do what the message says and then take a treat, but you can do whatever works for your brood.

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tilly enjoyed practicing scratching off the paint to reveal a message for out little photo shoot and wanted to do all of them at once!

i have a feeling i’ll either be making a set for each child or will have to have a clear system in place so it’s easy to keep track of who’s turn it is!

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 now let’s talk kids clothes… peek kids is my newest pint sized fashion obsession and it all started with this sequence skirt i purchased for tilly to wear to her roller skating birthday party in october. she has since gotten a ton of use out of it, usually with a fun and playful message tee (of which peek has a ton of!), but i am looking forward to dressing it up with a fancy top for the holidays.

gotta love clothes that are made for a child’s lifestyle (in terms of durability and function) with the style and personality to match! don’t you think? have you shopped at peek before?

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let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial (or tilly’s outfit) in the comments and be sure to sign up for emails below to access the advent calendar download as well as our USA map poster!

xo . rae

{images by stacy jacobsen}

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