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4th of july balloon dart board

well, hello friends! i’m back from my unintentional 2 week hiatus… a lot has happened since my last post (a lot)! we packed up our family of 6, got our house ready for renters (still a work in progress), welcomed the kids home from a successful (minus some slacking off towards the end) year of school, started the official countdown to baby’s arrival (just over 4 weeks to go now!), said goodbye to good friends and then moved into their beautiful house. yep. kinda crazy.

i’ll fill you in a little more on the move, new home and all that good stuff, but with 4th of july celebrations just a few days away it’s time to get in the spirit of all things red, white and blue…

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…as well as things that sparkle, bang or pop, like this supa simple dart board. all you need is a sheet of pegboard, balloons, tape, small prizes, some darts and (BAM), you’ve got some serious backyard entertainment for the kids — and most likely adults too.

head to the bottom of the post for detailed instructions.

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you’ll need:

  • pegboard, cut to preferred size at the hardware store
  • balloons in festive colors
  • darts
  • various prizes (grab some kid friendly fireworks and candy or checkout the dollar isle or party section at target)
  • strips of paper with prizes written on them
  • tape (any kind)

here’s how:

  1. stuff each balloon with a strip of paper that has the name of a prize written on it then blow up and tie a knot.
  2. spacing balloons out on the pegboard, thread the knotted end through the holes in the pegboard and tape in place on the backside.
  3. repeat until your board is full!

it’s really so simple you could set all of the supplies aside and assemble day of.

stay tuned for more simple 4th of july ideas later this week!

Xx . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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PATRIOTIC HAND PIES (recipe)

a couple weekends ago the kids and i spent the morning at the farmer’s market and came home with a bucket full of cherries.  after we ate a few handfuls and i put the younger kids down for naps, ozzie asked if we could spend time in the kitchen making something sweet and summery.  now, i don’t typically give up nap time to make a mess in the kitchen, but  because he is 12, and the words made my heart melt, i said yes…

cherry-hand-pies-armommy-1… even though he requested we make cherry pie, and i am not a pie girl unless it involves pumpkin.  not sure what it is, but desserts that involve fruit don’t really do it for me.  i prefer my fruit fresh and my desserts with chocolate. usually.

then we decided to make hand-pies which changed my perspective on fruity desserts, because they are too cute not to eat. am i right!?

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(images from instagram)

INGREDIENTS to make the filling –

  • this pie crust
  • 3 cups pitted cherries, roughly chopped (1 to 1-1/2 pounds whole cherries)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS –

  •  make pie crust according to directions (link under ingredients).
  • preheat oven to 375.  line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together fruit, sugar, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and cornstarch; mix until well combined. Set fruit mixture aside.
  • remove dough from fridge and let sit for 5 minutes. on a lightly floured work surface, roll out one piece of dough to a 16-by-11-inch rectangle. trim to 15-by-10 inches. cut into six 5-inch squares.  repeat with remaining dough, stacking squares in between pieces of parchment.
  • working with one square at a time, place 2 tablespoons of fruit mixture in the center. then fold in half to enclose and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. repeat process with remaining squares.
  • place hand pies on prepared baking sheet. brush pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar. using a paring knife, slit the center (or make a design) of one side of each hand pie to allow steam to escape.
  • place baking sheets in oven and bake until crusts are golden brown and filling is bubbling (about 25 minutes).
  • allow pies to cool slightly and finish with a little dusting of powdered sugar. serve with vanilla ice cream, if you have any handy.

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so sweet and festive they would be perfect to make & bring to a 4th of july celebration.

speaking of 4th of july, what are you most looking forward to that day?  fireworks, yummy food, good company, ….? all of the above?

talk soon.

xo . rae

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mother’s day gifts that support moms.

if you are still on the lookout for the perfect mother’s day gifts i have some ideas to share with you today! the best part about these shops is that they empower moms and women to rise above poverty and support their families. on top of that, they also create beautiful products.

if you’ve already checked gift giving off your to do list, these sites are still worth taking a look at. i’ve found myself getting lost in the stories behind each company and the artisans – so inspiring. you may even find a mother’s day treat for yourself and not feel guilty about it!!!

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31bits web site // their blog has fun stuff too // 31bits on instagram // throw your own house partygifts-for-moms-by-moms-KK

 

krochet kids web site // meet the artisans // KK blog // KK on instagram

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no. 41 web site // the blog // their story // donate // on instagram

if you know of any other great companies feel free to share a link in the comments below!

happy shopping & celebrating the lovely mamas in your life.

xo . rae

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kid crafternoon: may day daisy chains

last year for may day tilly and i quickly made some stickers and delivered single flowers to friends as a last minute outing. since we had such a great time i thought i’d make up some tags to share along with a fun may day project, daisy chain bracelets!

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DOWNLOAD MAY DAY FLOWER TAGS PDF then print, cut along dashed line, hole punch and add ribbon or twine to tie to a flower or daisy chain bracelet.

here’s what you’ll need for the bracelets:

  • ribbon (we used ric-rac)
  • bundle of small flowers, cut with short stems
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
  • scissors

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(our cutie pie friend, emily)

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here’s how:

  1. cut ribbon to double the size of your child’s wrist. then have them line up a layered row of cut flowers. secure to ribbon using floral wire.
  2. add may day tags and deliver to friends and neighbors… just be sure to make extras for yourself!

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each bracelet only took a few minutes to assemble, but they already looked a little sad the next day so i recommend making them the same day you plan on delivering.

enjoy!

do you have any fun may day memories from when you were a kid!?

xo . rae

(images by kim charie)

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mother’s day wheel card

well folks, now that easter’s come and gone i guess it’s a good time to get geared up for mother’s day! i have a couple fun posts planned for next week, but wanted to help get in the spirit this week with a free card download! mother's-day-wheel-card-7 the template comes with 4 different messages or a blank option so you can fill in your own messages. keep reading for the instructions and download link…

mother's-day-wheel-card-1HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • wheel card template, DOWNLOAD HERE
  • envelope or baggie for the card
  • scissors
  • x-acto knife
  • nail (optional)
  • brad fastener
  1. download, print on card stock and cutout the card and wheel.
  2. use the x-acto knife to cutout the heart on the card.
  3. just below the heart is a small dashed dot; poke a hole through it using the nail. do the same thing through the center of the wheel.
  4. line up the hole in the card and wheel and use a brad to secure them together.
  5. fill in your name at the bottom and/or include a separate note and stuff into a baggie or envelope!

can hardly wait to celebrate all the phenomenal mama’s i know – do you have anything special planned?

Xx . rae be on the lookout for my easy crepe recipe (that can be made the night before), some gift ideas and another free download meant to share with friends!

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playdate at tinkertopia (happy earth day)

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(the kids with their creations following our playdate at tinkertopia… lots of swords and robots!)

after a long and soggy winter and spring in seattle, it can get rather challenging to think of fun and unique outings to take the kids on. i mean, there are only so many coffee shop dates one can attend before the hot cocoa and pastries loose their  excitement…. at least for the kids!

a couple weeks ago (however) over spring break we discovered and planned a playdate with stacy and her boys at a make & take – creative reuse center called Tinkertopia, and had a blast.

since it’s earth day i thought i’d share snippets from our outing and maybe inspire some earth day-ish creations!

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when you walk into the store they have a gigantic selection of little (and big) treasures you can buy in bulk for a flat rate and bring home. just pick a bag size and the kids can fill it up with whatever their little hearts desire. it was so entertaining to see what trinkets they got excited about and their explanation of what each item actually was. serious cuteness nod to the little mermaid (you want thing-a-ma-bobs? i’ve got plenty…). if my husband was there he would have for sure busted out in song.

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move further into the store and you’ll find a “tinker-space” that is filled with worktables, supplies and tools for the kids (or adults for that matter) to get crafty with. they had everything from scrap wood and a drill to a dye cutter and hot glue gun.

it took the kids a few minutes to get started and decide on a project, but once they did there was no stopping them…. resourcefulness at it’s finest.

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(mama side note: i get giddy anytime we plan something ALL of my kids can participate in and tinkertopia was the perfect setting because each kid was able to focus on their own project. even though i had to beg ozzie to tag along on this trip in the end he was happy he went – and for me it was nice not to have to worry about my teenager taking out someone else’s toddler in a bouncy house. definitely a win-win.)

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we wrapped up our outing with a hot dog and chips from a stand down the street and then headed home for naps (myself included). it was a successful day that is worth repeating in the future, but i’m also looking forward to warmer (dryer) days and outdoor meet-ups at the park that involve iced drinks instead of hot chocolates.

is there anything your looking forward to this spring or a fun recycled project you have planned for today!?

happy earth day!

xo . rae

(images c/o stacy jacobsen!)

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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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