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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:



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.


kids crafternoon – st. patrick’s day felt


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!





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


snack attack (almond butter fondue)


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…!)


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)




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)


#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)


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….


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.

sprinkles-valentines-3 sprinkles-valentines-6 sprinkles-valentines-2 sprinkles-valentines-7 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD VALENTINES sprinkles tubes – plastic “test tubes” found at our local craft store in the baking section, sticker paper for the valentine template, washi tape to seal the lid. baggies – plastic bags from the craft store (3″ wide), card stock for the topper, double stick tape to close things up! more on my love affair with ice cream next week… hope you are having fun prepping for heart day with the kids! let me know if you have any questions. xo . rae


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

(originally posted on our old 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!


 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


protein pancakes worth waking up for. (recipe)


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.


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.




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


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


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


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!


(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.




(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!


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!

glitter-feather-crown-2  heart-crown-2

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.


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)


happy weekend + some love day inspiration


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.


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


(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!


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


easy ways to cozy up the kids’ room for christmas

now that thanksgiving has had it’s moment in the spotlight (hope yours was lovely!) i’m so excited that it is officially christmas season and i can wish you  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

minor disclaimer before i really start this post – i’m not a home dec person. sure, i can style a wall or nook, but an entire room sends me into a tail spin of indecisiveness. so most of the rooms in our home are halfway finished with hand-me-down furniture that is either waiting to be refinished or  replaced…. if i could only make up my mind!


(NOTE: giveaway details for the tree decal pictured above are at the bottom of this post)

however, what i have gotten savvy at over the years is moving items around the house and finding small ways to spruce things up. so i thought i would share a few ways we added some winter wonderland to espen and  tilly’s room.

my hope is that these small updates inspire creative playtime, cozy reading sessions and sweet (sugar plum’s dancing) kind of sleep… so far it’s done the trick!

here’s what we did:


COZY LAYERS – to their beds and the floor.

sources: faux fur blanket, plaid blanket, buffalo check pillow case, faux sheepskin, flannel sheets


PAPER SNOWFLAKES – over espen’s bunk.


so simple and yet festive.


not to mention hours of entertainment for busy hands… i’m hoping to add lots more to the ones pictured.


A FEW KNICKKNACKS – like this snowglobe…


… this moose antler craft we made for, here


…smelly pinecones and these photo props i stumbled upon while cleaning out my craft supplies last week (found here).


since the kids love taking silly pictures and video on espen’s ipod, they seemed like a perfect addition.


LIGHTS, lots of lights – an easy way to add a little whimsy.


some old pictures hung from the lights for a personal touch.


and of  course more lights above tilly’s lower bunk. the soft light is so inviting… especially for a sleepy daddy.


A LITTLE TREE – makes any room instantly feel christmassy.

(GIVEAWAY details) the one pictured is a wall decal i designed for spoonflower and guess what!? they are giving one away HERE. you can also read about my design process on their blog HERE.


now all that’s left is to make a good christmas playlist!

speaking of, do you or your kids have any favorite holiday tunes at the moment? 

the relient k christmas album is always a fave around here…

now, off to do a little christmas shopping!

talk soon . xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)


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!


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.


…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.


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!


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.


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.


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!


 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?


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}