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GRIFFIN IS 7 + A Q+A

You guys!!!! Griffin turns 7 today. It seems impossible that he’s another year older and as much as I would like to keep him 6 and do kindergarten all over, he’s grown up so much this year that he’s really earned the age upgrade. Remember how much fun it was to be another year older!??? Last night he insisted on sleeping in the clothes he wanted to wear on his Birthday day. Boyfriend knows what he wants sometimes and other times he’s so worried about missing out that making up his mind seems impossible (he get’s that from me)!

We put together this little interview video to celebrate his b-day and I think it really shows his personality! I’ve probably watched it a million times since Johan finished editing.

Griffin William, every minute I spend with you I fall a little more in love with you. So curious to see what you will do with your brains and humor and energy and hardworking attitude and attention to detail and attentiveness for people and sweetness in general. Daddy and I predict entrepreneur or surgeon (hello fine-motor skills), but whatever you end up doing we know you’ll do your very best and always love on people in the process. The world is better with you in it! We love you so much.

Shared a few Birthday moments on Instagram Stories this morning and are currently headed to Whidbey Island to party all day on the beach. Hope you guys are having an amazing Saturday and finding a million reasons (big and small) to celebrate!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Remember Tilly’s interview video?

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HOW TO SCAN, EDIT + BLOW UP KID’S ART

There are a number of places I look for inspiration when working… old pictures, an outing or road trip, a J.Crew catalogue (or is that retail therapy/procrastination?), going for a walk, etc. but my favorite inspiration comes from my kids’ drawings, doodles and art projects. I just honestly can’t get enough of them or the simple playfulness that they represent. So when I refreshed my office last year, I know I wanted to frame some of their art. Since then I’ve gotten several questions asking for details on editing the colors and blowing them up and I’m excited to be sharing the DIY today! I’m going to keep it pretty generic since I know there are several different photo editing options out there and I don’t want anyone to feel like this tutorial won’t work for them because there is always a way!

YOU’LL NEED:

  • a photo editing software (such as photoshop or gimp)
  • white card stock and selection of markers (we just used black) or drawings/doodles your kids have made
  • a photo or printing service you like to use (we mostly use costco!)
  • frames if desired

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Set out paper and markers and ask kids to draw/scribble/doodle. Just remember the less busy the paper get’s the easier it will be to edit… and the better it will look framed. I had asked my kids to “keep it simple” but still had to kinda watch or they would just keep adding to it! ha! I also gave my kids 4 pieces of paper each so they didn’t feel like they had to fit everything into one pic.
  2. Scan pictures into your computer — make sure the setting is high resolution and 300dpi! I always have the best luck when I save or export as a PNG file.
  3. If you want to make changes, open in photo editing program and get to work! I started by cleaning up some of their lines and things I didn’t want included in the big prints. For instance, Griffin’s apple drawing also included a sun with a face which was really cute but not as clear. So I used the healing/erase tool to take it off. You could also do a clipping mask around the things you want to keep. I also loved that he had written his name so wanted to make sure I kept that part!
  4. Next, play with the colors… if you get stuck, hop on youtube and search “how to manipulate colors in (name of program)?”
  5. When your done, export/save file as a high resolution 300dpi PNG and upload to the printer!

Taco truck by Ozzie :) the backend was a little messy so I cropped it and “tacos” was hard to read so I erased and added text in it’s place.

For Tilly’s emoji below, I made her outline white, eyes teal, and added a background color. It was originally all black like the taco truck above.

For Griffin’s lava monster I made the marker lines white, added a background and added a word bubble with text so we would always know what the drawing was of!

Love having these sweet drawings in my office and would be equally cute to do the same with toddler scribbles, don’t you think!?

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Love ya!

xo, Rae

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THINGS WE LOVE: DANCE PARTIES + DONUTS

RECIPE FOR A HAPPY MONDAY:

  1. pump up music
  2. booty shaking
  3. donuts. 

Press play and see if you can spot Griffin’s fortnite dance move, paper-rock-scissors for the maple with chocolate chips donut, the hair flip, Tilly’s cute bestie Londan, Johan trying to spin Poppy and then Espen, and my embarrassing solo (hashtag mom-moves)!? HA!

Sent the kids off to school for the last Monday of the year and it feels so good to be almost done (last day is Thursday!).

Hope you’re having a good Monday but if not, follow the recipe above :)

XO, Rae

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THINGS EVERY KID’S BEDROOM NEEDS

Happy, happy Friday!!!

We’ve been working on a bedroom refresh for the boys shared room the last couple weeks and it’s been a lot of fun seeing it come together… especially since the boys are so excited about it! While Johan worked on the painting part (watch his trick for getting a perfect paint line on stories under “home projects”) I made a list of all the things I thought a kids room should include. Sharing my list below and hoping you’ll let me know what you would add or take-away! Sources listed and linked when possible below too…

KID ROOM MUST-HAVES:

  1. pics of them as a baby, with their fam and/or doing something they love
  2. wall art that is encouraging or scripture/truth
  3. cozy blanket or quilt (even better if handmade… thank you gigi!)
  4. hooks
  5. bins (big and small) for alllll the thiiiiings
  6. cozy chair/pouf/bean bag
  7. their own art
  8. book bin or shelf
  9. treasure box (bonus if it locks… especially if sharing a room)
  10. reading light
  11. a clock
  12. hamper and garbage can (although, the boys room is next-door to the laundry room so I probably won’t include either of these)
  13. bluetooth speaker for music and audio books
  14. a fan (for summer and white noise)
  15. an essential oil diffusor

Long live bed jumping, foam fingers and bins of legos under the bed!!!

ROOM SOURCES | vintage flag found on etsy, red lock box from IKEA (old), duvet cover from IKEA (old), bed frame from IKEA (couldn’t find online), lion head from Target, navy strip bin from Target, Griffin’s tee and shorts from J.Crew (40% off rn!), cute sheets from crate & kids, rug from crate & kids, drum light shade from color cord company

What would you add or take-away from the list!?

Still need to hang artwork and pics, find a bean bag (if you have any recs!?) and clock and make a basketball hoop, and hang a rolling door to the closet, but should be able to share a full reveal next week.

XO, Rae

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JOINING THE FAMILY CIRCUS

It’s no secret, motherhood can feel like a circus sometimes. Errr, a lot of the times ;). After reading the actual definition of a circus I’m more convinced than ever that it’s a pretty good metaphor. With Mother’s Day approaching and summer sneaking up on us, I’ve rounded up a few things to help make the days of juggling, managing, and accompanying your traveling group of acrobats, animals, clowns and performers, extra fun and festive!

  1. Saw flags like this at the kid party in the movie Mother’s Day and it looked so fun and festive! Plus they don’t cost much.
  2. Clown noses, just for fun.
  3. Circus food? Yes, please! I have this popcorn maker (not super efficient but the kids love it!), this snow cone maker (or this one) got great reviews, and who doesn’t want a little cotton candy sometimes?
  4. Love this dress.
  5. Just ordered this top on major sale.
  6. Animal cracker fudge seems like a good reason to spend time together in the kitchen. Don’t forget to share with friends!
  7. Cute sandals for when you take the circus on the road.
  8. Popcorn bags might come in handy for snack time.
  9. We’ve been trying to figure out a rewards/chores system for the kids this summer. Fair tickets might be just the thing! I like these star ones too.
  10. Wide stripes for the boys! Here’s one that’s on sale for your main squeeze too :)
  11. A diffusor (and some music) is the best way to set the vibe for your circus… add 4 drops grapefruit, 3 drops ylang-ylang, and 2 drops vanilla essential oils for a cotton candy blend. Unlike the sugary version you eat, the oils have health bennies that fight depression, help you destress and curb food cravings.
  12. Tilly and her friend have been having fun with face paint lately!
  13. A megaphone for those days when your inside voice isn’t doing the job and you don’t want to yell :)

cir·cus (noun): 1. a traveling company of acrobats, trained animals, and clowns that gives performances, typically in a large tent, in a series of different places.

See what I mean, LOL?

XO, Rae

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STAYING IN IS THE NEW GOING OUT POSTERS (FREE PRINTABLE)

I’ve been sharing the files for these “STAYING IN IS THE NEW GOING OUT” prints via email so much lately, I thought it was time to officially make them available and easier for you guys to download!

A little bit of a back story — I designed them a couple weeks after moving into our new home and a couple weeks before Poppy was born so they’re extra special to me. After all is there anything quite as sweet as staying home to cuddle on the couch? Whether it’s date night in, movie night with the fam or all day snuggles with a newborn. I hope you guys are able to use and enjoy in your home too! Thinking about making a printable poster with the full statement on one print so it’s more versatile. If you’r interested, let me know. Until then, the link for the current design is below!

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD, “STAYING IN…” POSTERS

NOTES | The link will send you to a dropbox folder with three separate files to download. The specs for each poster are 30×40. They should be easy to resize to smaller dimensions, but will look pixelated if printed any bigger.

Most of my poster size prints I send to the costco photo center (online) because it’s inexpensive, has a quick turnaround and you can ship or pickup. If you know of any other print services, please share in the comments below!

I mean… staying in with these sweet faces is always a good idea!

xoxo, Rae

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KITCHEN NOOK REFRESH + AN OVERSIZED CORK BOARD DIY

We took advantage of the long weekend and checked off a couple small house projects and by “we” I mean Johan. My contribution came mostly in the form of ideas, shopping and a borderline annoying amount of moral support. Since words of affirmation is Johan’s love language and acts of service is mine, this arrangement totally works for us. HAHAH! Here’s a breakdown of what we refreshed in our little kitchen nook area… which is not really a nook per say, but is way too small to function as an eating area for our fam. Plus I really like the word “nook”.

Project No.1: priming & painting the IKEA table we’ve owned since our days as newlyweds living in a tiny basement apartment. Since it’s mostly used for crafting, snacking, and homework-ing, it was in need of some TLC. Four coats of primer and three coats of paint later and it looks better than new! The color we used is “peach medley” in eggshell.

Project No.2: an oversized (3×6 foot) cork board for all the kids’ art, seasonal projects and instax pics. I was a little hesitant with this DIY, but it turned out better than I imagined… Again, aside from I had very little to do with the finished project (LOL).

HERE’S WHAT WE USED:

  • 1×2 strips of pine for the frame cut into 8 pieces (2 for each side)
  • this roll of cork board (FYI, it arrived cracked but we were able to piece it together pretty easily)
  • thin sheet (3/8-inch) particle board to mount the cork to
  • a wall mount bracket to hang board (ours was 18 inches and can also be found at the hardware store)
  • a nail gun and nails (brad nailer, to be technical, that works well on molding, etc. and is very novice handy-person friendly)
  • paint of your choice! (we used the “simply white” by Benjamin Moore that we had on hand)
  • putty or framers mud to fill nail holes in the front of frame
  • can of spray adhesive (which worked really well but glue of choice)
  • chop-saw if you want to cut frame wood at home…

HOW WE DID IT:

We wrote out the dimensions and supply list before going to home depot and asked an employee to cut the particle board to size. You could also ask them to cut frame pieces to size but Johan cut the frame at home and put it together similar to this tutorial, only the edges on our frame are flush. Next he painted the frame. While that dried he placed the particle board on top of the cork and used an ex-acto knife to trim to size. After letting it sit overnight to flatten the cork, he used spray adhesive to mount cork to particle board. Next he placed cork board inside the frame and secured in place using a brad nailer through the front of the frame, all around the edges — approx. 1 in each corner and 3 or 4 along the sides. Putty was used to hide the nails on the front side of the frame and then touched up with paint. He finished by adding the wall mount to the back side and the wall — making sure it was level! — and that’s it! Haha!

Lots of steps but Johan assured me it’s something I could tackle without him if I wanted to. Which says a lot! Let me know if I missed anything!

I wonder if that single dimple and tooth gap will ever not make me melt… I’m guessing not. (His little activity notepad is from IKEA. Couldn’t find it online or I would link!)

Completely in love with this rug by Lorena Canals. It’s machine WASHABLE, eco-friendly, and the perfect mix of color and neutrals!

I asked the kids what word they thought would be fun to put on the bulletin board and Poppy instantly shouted out, “TACOS!!!” The rest of the kids laughed and the moment was so good I couldn’t help but make her taco loving suggestion come true :)

Just one problem-o, every time I look at it I want to eat tacos.

rug / curtains (found for 50% at the anthro store) / table color / basket of coloring books / white chairs /  “things” pen bin / denim chair is old from pottery barn kids (similar)

Let me know if I missed anything! Also, I was thinking I had before pics for reference in an old blog post but the closest thing I found was this post from Christmas break. Hopefully it gives a good idea of what it used to look like!

xo, Rae

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PLAY-OFFICE SOURCES

Thanks for all the comments and questions from my last post! As promised, I’m back with sources from our shared play-office reveal. Excuse the delay but I got a tip that a lot of the items would be on sale for memorial day weekend and wanted to make sure you got killer deals on anything you might want. Before starting, I reached out to the Land of Nod to see if they would be willing to send over a few goodies, so you may notice a big chunk of the room is from them. They are the best at designing for kids while also keeping in mind grownups and older kids and their decor always mix and matches so well with the rest of the house. I absolutely love working with them!

Keep scrolling for sources…

(see before post here and full room reveal here!)

1 | pendant light, land of nod

2 | colorful penant garland, land of nod

3 | cat + dog, land of nod

4 | arrow wall hooks, land of nod

5 | dress-up mirror, $5 at walmart

6 | red pony hoppy toy, the most played with toy in our home from amazon (also great for bday gifts!)

7 | folk denim rug, land of nod… love this so much I almost gave it a home in our family room!

8 | gold dot decals, land of nod

1 | hand drawn kid art, DIY coming soon!

2 | frame, spray painted gold from ikea

3 | pom-pom garland, land of nod

4 | frame thrifted — arrow print, coming soon as a free download

5 | play on player print, land of nod

6 | half dot garland, land of nod

7 + 11 | basket, land of nod

8 | dog balloon bookend, land of nod

9 | things divided bin, $8 at land of nod right now… also have one in the kids bathroom for toothbrushes, etc. and it works perfectly!

10 | white locker, ikea

 

1 | woven wallhanging, land of nod

2 | apple pillow, old from land of nod (so many cute throw pillows) or similar from blabla kids (scroll down for the apple)

3 | bean bag, a favorite addition from land of nod

4 | basket, land of nod

1 | ikea kitchen makeover, my blog

2 | ice cream cones, oriental trading

3 | play fridge, land of nod (obsessed!)

4 | folk denim rug, land of nod

1 | wood sign diy here, on a friend’s blog!

2 | desk top + legs, ikea

3 | chair, amazon

Let me know if I missed anything! Happy long weekend (and bargain shopping)!

xo, Rae

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PLAY-OFFICE ROOM MAKEOVER

Our play-office makeover is finished and even though I never in a million years thought I would be willing to share an office with my little people, I couldn’t be happier to be sitting and working in a freshly painted, decorated and kid friendly office space. It’s been getting lots of use, staying relatively clean and working out really well for everyone so far! Now, instead of my kids annoyingly moaning and rolling around on the floor while I finish up an email or save design files, they have lots of toys and activities to keep them busy. For all the mamas who understand what it’s like to try and finish a task while kids are awake, you know what a blessing that is.

Enough of me chit-chatting… welcome to our play-office! Take a peek at the pics and let me know if you have questions! I’ll work on a post with sources to share tomorrow or Wednesday.

(The dress-up corner)

(A favorite addition to the room… I think they need names!?)

(My desk area… Wasn’t sure if I would like my desk and computer in front of the window, but really love it! Bonus that it makes keeping an eye on scooter riding, street hockey playing, baseball throwing kids, super easy. Something I will be extra grateful for come summer!)

(Nothing like a pretty ceiling light and rug to make a room feel pulled together and a little more grown-up.)

(Play kitchen. The stove and sink was an ikea hack – see the post here – and the refrigerator is new and a total god-send since it easily stores lots of kitchen accessories.)

(Favorite part of the room makeover is this wall! I asked the kids to draw simple pictures and then scanned, made some small edits and had them printed as posters. Working on a full tutorial to share! The TV was another thing I was unsure of, but it’s been nice to have… you may have seen the kids following along with a yoga show on my Instagram stories last week :)

(Last but not least, a comfy reading area complete with an oversized beanbag and cute basket to hold books.)

Are there any spaces in your home that you swore you would never share with your kids, but find them using often?

For me, another room would be our master bath. In our last home the 2 upstairs bathrooms were basically the same size so there wasn’t much sharing going on. When we moved into our current home, I swore the master bath with giant tub and double sinks would remain free from kid-sized clothes, towels, and toys. However that didn’t last long, LOL. Choosing a big open space for bathing all the kids is too good to pass up, plus I get a chance to tidy up the counter and closet floor while they splish-splash for a few minutes.  It’s a win-win for all of us.

XO, Rae

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SHARED SPACES: HOME OFFICE + PLAYROOM IDEAS

We’ve been loving and using our dining room so much since the room refresh that I’m feeling ready and inspired to start another one! This time we’ll be sprucing up my office while bringing in a few more of the kids’  toys and turning it into a shared office and mini playroom.

The office has a couple things going for it; a decent sized desk, two sets of white lockers for storage and a wall full of books, but the rest of it is a total disaster. Currently, there are random toys and a helmet laying on the floor, a stack of frames and poster boards stacked in a corner that I’m not sure what to do with, 2 small rugs that are both too small for the space and have no business being in the same room together, and a tv that isn’t hooked up to anything. In other words, it is neither functional or fun to be in. But not for long!

Here are a few spaces that have caught my eye:

O F F I C E   S P A C E S

P L A Y R O O M   S P A C E S

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven

Sharing this room was something I never dreamed I would do when we moved into our home almost three years ago. Prior to that, I had a kitchen table office, a small walk-in closet office, and a dresser behind the family room sofa office. I dreamed of one day having a space for my work and ideas to come to life that wasn’t surrounded by distractions and housework and I’ve appreciated having just that — with doors and natural light even, ha! But as the ages of our kids and my work projects evolve so do my office needs. Excited to make a space that is inspiring for BOTH work and play!

Where does your family make space to work and play? Would you change how it functions?

xo, Rae

P.S. – All photos are pinned on my pinterest boardsplayrooms | little spaces | offices — and linked directly above too!

 

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OUR EVERYDAY DINING ROOM REFRESH

Remember this post with all my dining room inspiration, ideas, and questions!? Well, we tackled the last of our to do list over the weekend and I’m excited to share the (almost) final product… because of course I have a couple more things on my wish list! Ha… my poor husband.

UPDATE: I added a few new pics that give you a better look at the full room. Take a peek and let me know what you think….  After going through all of our pics I realized that we didn’t get any of the full room from each side (oops, rookie move!) but I plan on shooting a few more once the sun is out and will add them to the post later.

I’m more of a plant killer than a plant lady, but you can’t deny the life they add to a room so I’m always on the hunt for inexpensive plants that are still cute. These both did the trick. The plant in the white planter is a Donkey Tail and the one in the copper planter is a Ponytail Palm.

Games and floor puzzles are often played in this space and I’ve found that if I leave a few out in plain sight the kids are more likely to play with them on a regular basis… Of course a stack of two quickly becomes 10 but every week or so it’s worth all the quality playtime!

I’ve been collecting art and frames to replace the three prints above with a gallery wall, but for now the “staying in is the new going out” will be well — staying. As nice as it is to switch things up, I’m happy with how it currently looks. Plus the saying is just so perfect when you have kids!

We painted our old hand-me-down dresser with a $5 “oops” can of green paint from Home Depot and then spray painted the knobs gold. Nothing fancy but it works so well as a buffet and storage.

       

(For perspective, my office is to the right of the palm tree and the kitchen is on the other side of the art print wall.)

It feels so good to gather in a room that has our vibe and meets our needs. Worth every second and dollar spent!

Thank you for your feedback on my last dining room post… reading your comments was a huge help!!! And because I lack so much confidence when decorating anything that isn’t a kid’s room or tiny nook, I called my friend Emily of JDC for her input too. She has a way of simplifying the process and make it easy to pull things together without stressing out. If you could use a design savvy friend like Em in your life, then you are in luck because she put together a class that is chockfull of ideas, tips, resources and design knowledge. You can find more info HERE.

What space have you been wanting to freshen up in your home?!?

Next up for us is turning my office into a shared playroom/office space and getting a head start on spring cleaning by going through the endless drawers in our house!

XO, Rae

DINING ROOM | wall color, simply white by Benjamin Moore | staying in prints (available in 6 different sizes. pictured are 20×30 printed at costco) | white eames chairs here + here (they are a pain to put together but so worth it!) | polka dot flatware | colorful cereal bowls (bought this set and then grab a new color to add each time I visit anthro) | pom-pom basket | wall hanging | white and copper hanging planters | round mirror | pom-pom trim curtains

P.S. – Let me know if I left out any details!

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