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5 minutes of fame (literally)

if you’ve stopped by any of the armommy homefronts over the last week, you may have heard that we were on a DIY segment for our local Seattle morning show, new day northwest.  if you haven’t seen it yet, the video is below….  (for a special treat – pay close attention to tilly and what she does with the paintbrush in her hands at around minute 4:45.  oh Tilly…)

we had such a great time and i kinda wish it was something we did every week!

of course being on TV was fun, but the best part was having the entire fam bam there, including my husband, mom, kidlets, and brother-in-law, i was also so lucky that my uber-talented chic friend, stacy joined us to take beautiful pictures capturing behind the scenes moments from the show.  i thought it would be fun to share some of the pics with you – so excuse me while i relive all of the fun we had (and post a borderline embarrassing amount of pictures of myself).

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(here is the brood post-segment. it was the last pic taken of the day, but since it so wonderfully encompasses the happy crew, it feels like a good place to start. left to right: gamma jane, espen, griffin, johan, me, ozzie, tilly, and uncle mark.  a fun side note, we took this picture in front of the sound stage for almost live – which was a local comedy show i used to watch as a kid.)

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(the first thing we did upon arrival was set up backstage.  anytime i’ve seen or been apart of a production like this, i’m blown away with how much goes into it. so many people and moving parts!)

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(here i am meeting the host, meeghan black.  she was incredible to work with and made me feel right at home on stage.)

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(ready to get camera ready with tilly…)

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(…then mostly playing instead.)

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(ready on set…  around this time i am relaxing and hoping i don’t have that awkward morning show segment smile some people get.)

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(tilly being tilly.)

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(see some of my handsome guys off to the left? heart melters.)

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(chatting with the audience for a few quick minutes, while my kids hung all over me, was one of my favorite parts.)

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(the armommy gals! thanks mom for being such a great sport and showing off your mad fort building skills!)

so there you have it, a glimpse into our big day!  having a day like this was one of those things i dreamt about doing from the time we started our little company…. it never ceases to amaze me when those seemingly impossible and random dreams come true.

have you ever had a time in your life where you paused and realized that you had made it to a moment you had only dreamed about achieving? was it everything you expected it to be or less/more?

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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date night in

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date nights (around our house) are not usually a weekly occurrence. however they do happen more than they used to. mostly because over the years we’ve expanded the definition to include afternoon coffee dates, home depot trips (sans kids), crash your friends quiet evening down the street date, and more recently, put the kids down early for a night-in date.

on the menu this past month was a wine and cheese pairing. johan and i had such a fun time (especially considering how easy it was to throw together) that i had to share with you.

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we opted for a fancy-ish (for us) bottle of chardonnay and paired it with brie and berries.

so simple and delicious and perfect – you should definitely give it a whirl.

have any date night secrets? we’d love for you to share in the comments…

hope you enjoy!! happy monday!

xo . rae

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ice cream smiles

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some people scream for ice cream, but around here we just smile.

like this.

especially when toppings are involved.

and did i mention a giveaway!?…

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… a set of the most adorable ice cream bowls from anthropology.

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because it’s way eaiser to get the littles to eat a healthy dinner when there is ice cream (in fun bowls) to look forward to.

to sign up, head over to my girl emily’s blog where she is kicking off a full month (hello july!) of features and giveaways.  i’ve peeked at some of the details and there is a fantastic lineup of goodies and blogs she’ll be sharing.

armommy-ice-cream-giveaway4one last ice cream smile con tilly jane before you go HERE to sign up for the giveaway.  may the force be with you (sorry, couldn’t resist. planning a star wars party for 7 year olds)…  we hope you win!

we’d also like to know what your fave ice cream topping is!? do tell…. we could use some fresh ideas around here!

xo . rae

ps – if you are in the mood for more ice cream, check out these posts: lemonade ice cream recipe, and this fun ice cream party invite printable!

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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our little adventure (traveling with kids)

happy day after father’s day weekend!  hope you were able to spoil the important men in your life.  we facetimed with family on the east coast, made (and devoured) yummy food, and had a couple little adventures at my parent’s house.

i’ve missed you the last couple weeks…  despite my best intentions and a list of fun posts we wanted to publish i had trouble finding time to get them up!  however, tilly and i are back from so-cal, life has settled down and i’m excited to get the belated posts up!

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let’s start with this little travelers map we put together (before leaving for LA) so we can start keeping track of our adventures together as a family.  it’s still hanging up in the kitchen, but will probably be moved upstairs to the hallway outside the kids’ room.

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we cut triangles from patterned scotch tape (washi tape would work) to mark the places we’ve been with the kids.  our map is pretty bare….  looks like we have some traveling to do!

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—-> a little peek inside tilly’s carry-on:  trail mix, string cheese with crumbled tortilla chips to dip them in, ipod touch & headphones, colored pencils & a journal, candy wrappers to make this bracelet, sunnies for when we get off the plane, & some DIY postcards (download below).

—-> not pictured, in my carry-on: blow pops, gum & a copy of the friendship show.

(side note – no matter what kind of outing we go on i find that snacks or treats that take a longer time to eat are always a good idea…  keeps em busy & content longer!)

 i had fun putting together a carry-on for tilly’s first plane ride.  so much fun in fact that i totally failed to prep my little girl for what happens during take off.  she’s so daring and wild by nature and i was so excited to dig into her bag and play that it didn’t even occur to me!  well.  there was a minor freak-out episode involving threats of puking and wanting to get off the plane NOW.  ooops.  luckily she settled down quickly once the plane leveled out and barely acknowledged the takeoff on the way home.

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 a-few nights before our trip i stayed up late making a new messy bag out of drop cloth and this cute peacock fabric.  i fully intended for the body of the bag to be the peacock pattern, but i guess that’s what i get for sewing at 1am.  instead of getting my seam ripper out i opted for some painted polka dots to add some color and like how it turned out with such a pretty lining.

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we included these DIY postcards with the map poster download, but wanted to share them here (for freeeeeeee…. guess that movie?) to use during summer travels.

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speaking of summer travels, do you have any trips planned!?  road trips?  camping?  weekend getaways?  or maybe just lots of trips to fro-yo….  totally counts!

xo . rae

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