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We are well into November and the home-stretch of 2015 (can you believe it?!). Things are about to get real festive around here and I can hardly wait. While I have a few Thanksgiving and Christmas posts planned I would love to know if there is anything you want to see on the blog over the next month?

DIY gifts, sewing projects, holiday home dec, after school kid crafts, easy meals, outfit ideas, snacks, printables…?

Please share your brilliant ideas and suggestions in the comments below!

XO, Rae

>>Pics from a styled shoot we did for Northernly (they have the coziest scarves, pillows and blankets) — photography by the always amazing Stacy Jacobsen <<

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A BELATED BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY! (PART 1)

Ohmygersh, what an amazing (and crazy) month October was! After our whirlwind of Birthdays, Halloween and Homecoming I’m back with a belated Birthday celebration for me and a couple of my favorite things to giveaway to you! Seems like the perfect way to kick-off November, don’t you think?

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Starting with this adorable beanie. Ever since styling and shooting for Northernly this past summer I’ve been obsessed with their “COZY” hat and today I’ve partnered with them to make all your beanie dreams come true.

To win one for you and one for a friend, head to my Instagram account (@raeannkelly) and find this same pic for all the details. Contest closes tomorrow so don’t wait!

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Super cute, right?! If you can’t wait for the giveaway, head to their etsy shop to check out all their goodies. You won’t be disappointed!

Next up, my favorite paper planning fancies, PAPER WORKS.

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Good luck and happy November!

XO, Rae

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OH, HI! (ENTRY REVEAL + ROLLING WOOD CRATE DIY)

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Remember the entry refresh I briefly mentioned awhile ago? Well my home dec savvy friend, Emily, stopped by to help me add a couple finishing touches (like that cute watercolor she made!) and take pics. For more of the back story, here’s the original post she did.

As much as I love interiors and styling spaces, home dec can get me feeling a little intimidated. While I’ve been getting more and more comfortable piecing together different areas of the house, having a friend that knows what she’s doing is a lifesaver.

Here’s a quick look at all the changes….

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Our entry is long and narrow, and felt slightly awkward. It was also dark and I had a difficult time making it feel welcoming.

A painted yellow door, black and white wall hooks, pendant light, patterned runner, wood crate, old mirror, framed art and pictures later and it’s a bright and cheery space for my little tribe and guests to walk into. The best part? I spent no more than $150.

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Head to Emily’s blog (you’ll love it!) for more details, sources and her take on the process. Thanks Em, for all your help!

Keep reading for a quick tutorial on how to make the wood shoe and catch-all crate pictured. It’s been so handy and adds a nice handmade touch to the entry.

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ROLLING WOOD CRATE:

You’ll Need:

  • Wood crate, approx. size 18x14x9 (like this one)
  • 4 casters
  • Drill or screw driver
  • 16 small screws (short enough to not poke through the wood)
  • Small can of wood stain (I used one with a gray tone)
  • Small paint brush
  • Small vinyl sheet
  • White paint

Here’s How:

  1. Brush wood crate with stain and let dry. Repeat until its as dark as you would like.
  2. For stenciled bottom, measure wood slats in the bottom of the crate. Type out a phrase that will fit. Lay vinyl face up on work surface, trace phrase and cutout. Peel backing, arrange on wood and paint over with white paint. Let dry and add a second coat if needed. Once dry, peel off vinyl.
  3. Using a drill or screw driver and some elbow grease, secure a caster to each corner of the crate.

That’s it! Let me know what you guys think of the entry refresh and if you have any questions.

If you are visiting from JDC, welcome! I have lots of fun projects to share over the next couple weeks so be sure to check back or sign up for emails.

Mi blog es su blog :)

XO, Rae

For a couple more house pics, head here: GIRL’S SHARED ROOM / MUDROOM + STAIRS

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THE COSTUME FUN HAS BEGUN

costumes-109We’ve been counting down to Halloween (and a couple October Birthdays) around here and according to our calculations there are only 22 days left!

Actually, 22 days seems like a long time which is probably why I’m always scrambling to put together costumes last minute. That and I can’t decide or I’m hoping a kid or two will change their mind (spiderman again!?). This year however everyone has a costume picked out and it’s either hanging in a closet or ordered and on it’s way. In the process of costume deciding I put together this fun Pinterest board and then couldn’t stop pinning!

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If you are still in need of some inspiration and missed the link above, CLICK HERE to check it out and follow. The bubble bath kills me… there’s so much cuteness out there, huh!? What costumes have you been dreaming up?

Johan and Griffin are going to be skeletons, Poppy and I are going to be swans, Espen is going to be a Seahawks football player, Tilly a cheerleader and Ozzie has decided to be too cool to dress up :)

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Last weekend a few of the kids and I rallied our closets, dug through the dress-up drawer, spent a few dollars at Target and threw together costumes (of sorts) for pictures at the patch. It was an entertaining way to spend our post soccer Saturday since the rest of the family had other things going on and I can’t get enough pictures of my little brood. Happy these guys obliged and had fun in the process!

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Don’t forget to let me know what costumes you have planned! It’s one of those questions I’ve been asking everyone I bump into and I love hearing all the responses.

Happy weekend friends!

XO, Rae

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A FOOTBALL KIND OF WEEKEND.

Happy Monday! Although it still feels like the weekend… probably since we spent 12 hours of ours in the car on a road trip to WSU in Pullman, WA. A small college town where the husband and I went to school and Ozzie and Espen were born. We try to take the kids back once a year so we can annoy them with back-in-the-day stories, point out important landmarks (like where Oz had his first bike crash, etc.), feed them our favorite foods, and hope that they will fall in love and one day follow in our footsteps ;)

Here’s a peek at our weekend!

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//Poppy’s cute Coug raglan top is from Hen&Co//

Day 1 — we got to Pullman around noon, unloaded the car at our friends house, grabbed some lunch and then headed to the stadium for pre-game festivities. The boys were in heaven throwing a ball around and knocking over dummies while the girls and I danced with and listened to the marching band. Half of us made it through half of the game which is a victory in my book and the Cougs won which is a victory in my husband’s book!

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Day 2 — was spend playing at one of our favorite parks, feeding the ducks and then feeding our faces with burgers and fries from Cougar Country and fancy drinks from the Daily Grind (where Johan and I met for the first time!).

The best 24 hour trip we’ve ever taken despite the tired kids and abundance of meltdowns. Not sure we’ll be able to wait another year to go back! Do you have a favorite place to take you kid(s)!?

A huge thank you to our friends and family of four for hosting our crazy family of 7 for the weekend. You are brave and sweet and generous and we always love our time with you!

Now, I’m off to finish unpacking and catch up on laundry! What are you guys up to today!?

XO, Rae

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WALL CALENDAR FREEBIE & DIY

I’m so excited it’s Friday guys and to make things even better, I have a super simple (and functional) DIY and printable to share!

Between 3 kids starting school,1 in preschool, two playing soccer and one playing football, our google calendar is filling up. Even when we keep it updated I still find away to forget things. Like Poppy’s well child visit we barely made it to earlier this week. I started thinking that maybe I need a weekly calendar that stands out, catches my eye and looks perty. Something I’ll see when walking into the living area of our home instead of staring at my phone or computer.

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So I decided to turn our days of the week print into a weekly calendar by ordering it as a 16×20 metal wall art via tiny prints and then used washi tape and a sharpie to write down appointments, outings, practices, games and our dinner menu.

A framed version would work just as well and be less expensive but I wanted to try something a bit more durable and different. Especially since it is hanging where sticky kid hands can get to it.

It’s been so handy and earned several compliments in it’s short existence. Even the kids (and husband!) can take a peek and see what we have going on that day or what we’ll be eating.

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Like any good thing, one is just not enough so I ended up ordering a 10×14 inch metal print of the multi-color version to use in my office. Can’t wait for it to arrive!

All the files to DIY are linked below and ready to use at tiny prints, costco or most other commercial print places.

CLICK LINKS BELOW TO DOWNLOAD FREEBIES:

For an automatic download PDF or printed version, head to the design shop and use code: BLOGLOVE20 to get 20% off your order! You have no idea how much we appreciate every single purchase. :)

Happy weekend!

XO, Rae

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SAVED BY THE BELL.

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Dear day before back to school, you were not my favorite and you most certainly did not go as planned. Sort of like this picture :)

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On the bright side, three out of seven of us made it out of the house after a morning routine dress rehearsal and devoured the best donuts from legendary and my first pumpkin spice latte of the season followed by some park hopping.

So I guess I can’t complain too much.

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(Giving his maple bar a pep talk I think. Plus his face says it all ^^^)

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(This piggie faced donut is so silly to me. I wonder if kids are the only ones that pick them out… touché piggie, touché.)

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Dear summer, you were the best one yet. Not because we took any fancy vacations or anything but because your days were so long and warm and sweet. It was just the thing we needed after a crazy year.

Dear Kids, I loved our time together this summer. It’s such a treat to watch you play and be silly. So many precious moments, random conversations and belly laughs. I could do without all the sibling squabbles tho, but we can work on that.

Dear fall, you’ve been coming on a little strong with your cold weather, rain and school schedule but I am excited to see what you will bring. Hopefully lots of snow and a car with 4-wheel drive so we can enjoy it. Among other things.

XO, Rae

PS – Hope the back to school season has been good to you! Lots of updates on Instagram the last couple days if your into that… Including dropping our oldest off at his first day of High School today! OXOXO

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FRESH FACED (MAKEUP HOW-TO)

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I feel funny writing this post because I’m usually the one asking for makeup advice but I recently learned a few tricks from my girl Stacy that are so good yet easy enough for the makeup challenged (that’s me) and I just couldn’t keep them to myself. No skills, smokey or cat eyes required, just the basics applied purposefully so you won’t be wondering all day if you did it right.

fresh-face-makeup-toot-2Side note, don’t you just love hairbands as accessories? And the hair flipping! I read somewhere once that movement in front of the camera is a good thing so I guess it’s my movement of choice, HA!

Now back to the tutorial.

You’ll Need:

  • your usual base (tinted moisturizer, foundation, etc.), eyeliner, mascara and lash curler
  • bronzer
  • blush in a bright pink
  • highlighter or concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin
  • translucent powder or setting spray
  • angled eyebrow pencil
  • makeup sponge and blush brush
  • matte lip color and pencil in a natural shade

Here’s how:

  1. Start with your usual base (I had a tinted moisturizer on) and cover up any blemishes or dark circles.
  2. Add bronzer to your hairline, jawline and under your cheekbones and blend with a brush.
  3. Apply a highlighter or concealer a couple shades lighter than your skin tone to the top of your cheekbones, inside corner of eyes and bridge of nose. Blend with a sponge or your fingers.
  4. Brush on a little blush in a bright color to the apples of your cheeks. Blend again if needed and then set with a translucent powder or spray.
  5. Using an angled eyebrow pencil, fill in your brows. Mine have been sadly neglected this summer so ignore their shapelessness! Add eyeliner to your lash line and underneath top lashes if your feeling brave (I don’t line my bottom lashes), curl lashes and apply mascara.
  6. Finish up with a matte lip and liner in a natural or nude shade and voila!

I hope that seems as simple as promised!? Sorry for the lack of links to exact products but I usually just let the makeup girls at MAC or Sephora know what I’m looking for and go with what they suggest as long as the price is reasonable.

Have a happy Monday and let me know if I left something out or if you have any questions.

XO, Rae

(photos by Stacy Jacobsen)

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POPPY’S 1st BIRTHDAY PARTY.

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A couple weeks ago we celebrated Poppy’s first Bday. I have to be honest and say big 1st Birthday parties are not my thing. I mean, all the people, cake, and excitement is a lot for a little one and you just never know how they will respond. So we typically keep things small with just Grandparents or another family. But this year Poppy turned one while we were on our annual camping trip with friends and it seemed like the perfect excuse to plan a special party for her with some of her favorite people.

Plus, we’ve survived the first year of having 5 kids which deserves a party. And a vacation but I’ll take what I can get at this point!

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Who needs decorations with a destination party (ha!) and view of the Puget Sound so we kept them simple and on-par for any party I throw… balloons! I leveraged the oodles of hungry kids hanging out to help blow and hang balloons. Nothing fancy, but festive enough.

Regardless of decorations (or lack there of) cute plates, napkins, straws and a dressed up highchair are a must! We used these (really, really) cute plates, napkins, cake plate (to hold waffles) and garland from Land of Nod and neon straws and cups with lids from amazon. Wish there was a reusable version of those plates. I would buy them in a heartbeat!

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Breakie is my favorite meal to share with friends and family and the easiest to cook for in my opinion. We set up a waffle bar with sprinkles, whip cream, strawberries and chocolate chips and stacked a few sections with toppings for Poppy’s “cake”. She loved it.

We also made this yummy egg bake, bacon and fruit plates.

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You know she likes the food when you see tootsies on her tray.

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Every party needs a game (or two) and goodie bags. We killed two birds with one stone with a piñata later that evening. It was a fun way to end the celebration.

Thank you to all of our friends who celebrated Poppy’s first year with us! And to our friend Dee for documenting the day (and entire trip!) in photos. So blessed by you all.

Happy weekend guys!

XO, Rae

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BACK TO SCHOOL STYLE ON A BUDGET WITH ITSUMS (+ A GIVEAWAY!) (CLOSED)

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Itsums has quickly become my favorite online resources for planning parties, home dec projects and wardrobes. I used it with the girl’s room makeover and my summer capsule and finished on budget and just this week started boards for the kids’ back to school clothes. Usually around this time I start filling up my online shopping carts and then end over spending, getting too much for one of the kids (usually Tilly) or purchasing items that don’t necessarily work well together. Needless to say I’m excited to be more organized and on budget this year!

In the spirit of back to school and staying on budget, I’ve partnered with itsums to giveaway (1) $75 gift card to one lucky winner (finger’s crossed it’s you! :)

Enter to win by using  T H I S   L I N K  to start your own itsums account. Contest closes Sunday, August 16th at 8am PST. I’ll announce the winner here and then a direct email will be sent to the winner from my friends at itsums.

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If your in the mood for some BTS shopping inspiration, take a peek at the kids’ (approved) boards. At the moment they are all over budget so I’ll be doing some editing or holding out for some sales before purchasing!

Griffin’s Board // Tilly’s Board // Espen’s Board

Since the weather stays nice through the middle of October I typically purchase a few things for back to school and then add layers later in the year.

What’s your strategy for back to school shopping?

good luck and happy hump day!

XOXOXOXO, Rae

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PS – I know you will love itsums but want to mention that they are in the beta stage and gladly welcome any feedback you might have after using.

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GIRLS ROOM REVEAL

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I’ve been talking about the girl’s shared room makeover forevvvver (it seems) and today finally have photographic evidence to share. Yay! The girls and really everyone in the family is enjoying their bright cheery room. It’s been fun seeing it used for playtime and reading.

I somehow finagled my husband into helping me paint the girls room white and it made all the difference. Here’s a small peek at what it looked like before and a hanging plant DIY that didn’t make the final room.

I’ll give details as I go and link sources at the very bottom!

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The view from their door. Obsessed with this striped rug from Land of Nod. It stays nicely in place and cheers up the carpet :). Decorative pillows rarely stay on beds around here so floor pillows it is which are usually accompanied by an array of books and dress up clothes. There might also be several plush animals and a Mariner’s baseball bobble head being held hostage in the closet. Maybe.

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A quick and easy to make yarn wallhanging Tilly helped me with keeps Poppy company during diaper changes.

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A random display of pictures, prints, notes and trinkets over Tilly’s bed makes it easy for her to switch or add things as she wishes. We opted for washi tape to hang things on her cork-board (and sometimes wall) and arranged a stack of different colors and patterns in her house shelf.

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A simple and inexpensive ($6!) pendant light wrapped around a cute wall hooks from Land of Nod, next to Tilly’s bed. Pretty smitten with this shake it off downloadable print as well.

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A cut and sew fabric project adds a nice touch.

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Poppy has been our most challenging sleeper (non-sleeper is more like it) and is still waking up at night so the sleepy eye decals and light box message seem highly appropriate and makes me giggle often. When you haven’t slept many full nights in over a year being silly is essential.

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A handmade sign I made for Poppy’s original nursery. Love it and will share a template soon. Maybe for back to school?

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Love this point of view from the closet.

I’m clearly addicted to garlands as there are three in this one pic and I would gladly add more. It’s like a little pop of party wherever they hang.

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I feel the same way about pom-pom trim so glued  some to the bottom of the drum shade.

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A couple wall hooks to hang Tilly’s next-day outfits and some necklaces. The top bin of the cart holds other accessories and hair things.

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Cute succulents in the (dirty) window. There has been so much construction going on around our house I think all of them look like this. Probably time to get the pressure washer out!

// S O U R C E S //

FURNITURE: twin bed frame, crib, cart, white chair

TEXTILES: duvet, twin sheets, crib sheet, grey blanket (a favorite!), changing pad cover (old but love this one), crib quilt (on the chair, by my talented mama!)

PILLOWS: fur, striped (fabric from IKEA), cube

DECOR: sleepy eye decalsfloor catch-all, drum shade (pom-pom trim added), hanging pendant light, cloud garland, grey garland, flag garlandstriped rug, curtains (old, similar)

WALL DECOR: house shelf, mirror, #shinanigans poster, shake it of print, arrow print and Ruth print (coming soon to the shop), pineapple print (part of JDC paperworks), cork-board, fruit wall hooks, light box

DIY’s: yarn wallhanging (lots of cute options on pinterest), hooray pendant pillow, pop-tart banner (alphabet template coming soon), moose antlers (from some holiday kid crafts I put together for mom.me)

I probably left some details out so please comment if you have questions!

XO, Rae

P.S. — A GIANT shoutout to my girl Emily for taking pics of the girl’s room for me. If your not familiar with Jones Design Company your in for a treat. I suggest starting with a look at her home!

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