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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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#shenanigans (free poster download)

i designed this simple poster to hang over our “check-out” basket of ever increasing (and slightly ridiculous)  gaming and tech devices and thought i would share in case you have the perfect spot for it. just click on the links below to download! each poster is 24×32 inches and fits perfectly in the large frame from ikea.

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here’s to lots of silly shenanigans! enjoy!

xo . rae

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Hello… spring training.

later this month, yoder and i are surprising the kids with a trip to sunny arizona for some baseball games, concession food and all the pool time we can handle. for the past couple weeks i’ve been secretly sorting through last year’s summer gear and stocking up on all the things we’ll need to bring with us, including some ballpark must haves.

here are some of the baseball ready goodies i’ve found:

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01/nostalgic baseball tees, peek kids (BOYS/GIRLS). 02/floppy sun hat, sonnet james. 03/canvas tote, gap. 04/sunscreen, the honest co (we’ll need some of this too). 05/notebooks, minted. 06/beach blanket, kate spade saturday. 07/a staple in my baseball bag, entertaining and easy to share, sidewalk chalk.

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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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snack attack (almond butter fondue)

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i used to daydream about what a cool mom i would be.  late bedtimes, unlimited tv + video games, a pantry full of junk foods, a freezer stocked with frozen dinners, and (for the love of all things cool) my child would definitely be allowed to watch beverly hills 90210.

i would be epic, for sure.

and then we all know what happened….  i became a mom.  and being cool took a backseat to other things.  and i learned (quickly) that me children became crazy people when they overly indulge in watching or eating junk.  a little = good, a lot = get me outta here.

luckily cool mom and responsible mom can co-exist.  the nut butter fondue recipe below is the perfect example….after-school-snack-112

to test my theory, espen and i invited stacy and her oldest, tavin (who is funny and sweet, and really such a stud) over to try our new snack recipe.

the boys had fun (as you’ll see below) and scarfed it down. (point for cool mom!)

the nut butter in the fondue is full of cancer fighting, brain powering, heart loving, muscle building, and all around good for you, nutrients.  plus the fresh fruit dippers.  (point for good mom!)

AND it only took 10 minutes to warm up the fondue and slice the fruit.  (point for busy mom…!)

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I N G R E D I E N T S :

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate almond butter (we used justin’s, but an alternative like nutella works too)
  • sliced fruit and/or snacks (like pretzels) for dippers
  • toothpicks or skewers for fonduing! 

D I R E C T I O N S :

  1. prep dippers.  
  2. then in a small saucepan, warm nut butter and cream over med-low heat, stirring continuously until heated through.  
  3. transfer to a bowl, make sure it’s not too hot and serve!  (you could also warm the nut butter and cream in the microwave)

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oh, and i forget to mention that the chocolate nut butter has less than half the sugar of chocolate chips. happy snacking!

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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#SeattleKids: molly moon’s (our fave ice cream shop)

Molly-Moon-Seattle-Kids-2i’m excited to share the second post (here is the first) of a new series that is nameless at the moment (tiny tourist, kids about town…?) but i’m kinda digging the simplicity of “Seattle Kids”. let me know if you have any ideas!

i love seeing where and how people do life, as well as promote community and local businesses so i thought i’d introduce you to molly moon’s–our favorite place to grab ice cream when we are in the city. everything about this shop is organic, homemade and ridiculously delicious. hope you enjoy!

you might also like: molly moon’s on instagram & this fun “how to make ice cream pie” video.

xo . rae

(short film by August Island Pictures)

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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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d.i.y. printable valentines (repost from armommy)

(originally posted on our old armommy.com blog a couple years ago, but back by popular demand :)

i’ve been busy designing valentines you can d.i.y. OR d.i.t {do it together} with your little ones by your side….

this d.i.y. set includes a pdf automatic download for 3.5 x 5″ cards in 3 designs and 2 to 4 color schemes.  add a simple supply or 2 and quality time crafting with kidlets and that’s all you need to create these fun hand crafted valentines to hand out!

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 my personal fave….  the googly eyes.  find the fun plastic eyes at any craft store or buy a large quantity for about $5 from oriental trading.

whatever you don’t use is sure to come in handy later.

get messy with a little ink then place thumb prints in the shape of a heart.  sweet and personal.

tell friends just how big of smartie pants you think they are by tying a roll of smarties to their valentine card.

download is available { H E R E } .

having so much playing with ideas for valentine’s day + have more to come!

xo . rae

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protein pancakes worth waking up for. (recipe)

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looking for a warm brekkie idea that’s packed with protein, requires just a few ingredients and is also really easy to make and clean up after?

you’re in the right place!

after a few years of randomly throwing protein powder, flaxseed, or oatmeal into our usual (delish) pancake mix in an attempt to make them more healthy for school mornings, i finally did my research, made an actual recipe and (like the good PR person i am) ran it by a focus group.

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cuteness and pickiness were a requirement for this study, making jack and tilly the perfect candidates.

ordinarily i find that knowledge is power and try to explain to the kids why they are eating things like raw almonds or green juice, but in this case i probably should have kept all the healthy details to myself until after they tried the pancakes.

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 they were skeptical at first, but eventually dug in and devoured!

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here is the recipe if you want to give it a whirl!

EASY PROTEIN PANCAKES RECIPE

makes 10-12 medium pancakes

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup rice flour (or preference)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • oil for cooking
  • feeling wild and crazy? try adding flaxseed or protein.
  • topping ideas: berries, sliced banana, strawberries or other fruit, peanut or almond butter
  1. in a medium mixing bowl, mash bananas. add whisked eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
  2. in a separate bowl whisk together rice flour (or preferred) and cinnamon and then stir into the egg mixture. the batter will be a little thicker than normal pancakes – if it seems too thick, add a little almond milk (or whatever you have on hand) to thin it out.
  3. warm oil over medium heat and cook batter just like you would regular pancakes.
  4. add your favorite toppings and eat! side note, i thought sliced banana would be overkill as a topping, but it was quite delicious :)

what is your favorite healthy breakfast recipe?

happy hump day friends!

xo . rae

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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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happy weekend + some love day inspiration

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valentine’s day is less than a month away so i thought i would share some inspiration, starting with this  vday playlist on spotify that will get you singing, dancing and feeling the luv.

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then there is this guy. (i mean.)  heart melter every time.

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(and look at this little love fest. it’s amazing we got them all in one pic!)

earlier this week we got together with friends to help stacy shoot a promo for her v-day minis. it was crazy (like cray, cray) but fun and i’m sure entertaining for onlookers. somehow stacy managed to snap some of the sweetest pictures of the kids among the chaos… she’s good like that.

if you are in the seattle/tacoma area, you can schedule a mini with stacy for february 1st. she fills up fast so don’t delay!

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i also have a few simple heart day projects (pictured) to share later next week.

prepping for v-day is such a welcome distraction from the cold winter months, don’t you think? if you have any ideas to share or projects, designs or printables you would like to see in a post, let me know!

xo . rae

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