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IT’S (ALMOST) SUMMER, COUNTDOWN CHAIN

It barely (if at all) feels like spring around here, but that hasn’t stopped my kids from asking, thinking, and talking about summer non-stop. Not that I can blame them. The chatter started a month or so ago when Griffin and Tilly began asking how many sleeps until summer (aka the last day of school). After a week of trying to figure it out in my head and give them an estimate, I gave up and started keeping the day calculator site open on my phone. But even that was getting old, so over the weekend we decided to go old school and staple together a countdown chain. Now the next time they ask, I can say, “you should go count and let me know!” Plus, it looks summery and cute hanging in the kitchen.

I’m sure you guys all know how to put together a chain, but measurements always help! I used 12×12 sheets of craft paper and was able to get 10 — 8 x 1.5 inch strips out of each sheet.

Who’s ready for suuuuuumer!? These guys are. Poppy can hardly keep her pants up she’s so excited :)

Now we just need to figure out what our summer schedule and calendar looks like. Even though we still have 50 days to figure it out, I know it’s going to fly-by! So far swim lessons and our annual camping trip is all we have planned… What’s on your schedule this summer!?

xo, Rae

GRIFFIN | tee (old from peek but on sale in baby sizes and so many other cute ones to choose from), shorts

POPPY | mauve stripe outfit, sunnies

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MINI MAKERS: KIDS BAUBLE NECKLACE CRAFT + DIY

Awhile back, I shared a fun backpack charm kids craft using painted wood beads and ever since I have wanted to paint more to make bauble necklaces for the girls. Well, over the weekend Tilly and I finally got around to doing it and they turned out so super cute we decided to take pics and make a post of it!

Painting with kids can be a bit messy but the steps and supply list for this project are very simple and totally worth it. Keep scrolling for the details…

YOU’LL NEEED:

  • wood beads (20mm beads pictured) these would be cute too!
  • craft paint (can’t get enough of the hand made modern paint colors at Target!)
  • small paint brushes
  • jersey knit fabric, cut to approx. 1-inch by 30-inch strips
  • fabric (or really sharp) scissors
  • wood skewers (like you use for kabobs)
  • upholstery needle or long nail (for poking the fabric through the beads)

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Cover your workspace with paper to protect from paint. Thread beads onto skewers leaving a little room between each and on either end. Paint beads however you and your little desires. Rest both ends of skewer on items that are of equal height… like two bowls or mugs. Let dry completely — about 15 minutes.
  2. Cut knit jersey fabric into roughly 1-inch by 30-inch strips. The fabric will roll naturally but might need a little help in places.
  3. Thread panted (and dried) beads onto cut fabric. Use needle or nail to help it along.
  4. Knot fabric necklace to size, trim excess fabric and you’re done! (disclaimer: be sure to supervise younger kids while they wear them.)

Aren’t they fun!?

Tilly was thrilled with how her necklaces turned out and decided to packaged some up to give to friends who have been equally excited about them.

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(Tilly’s red striped dress from Boden and on clearance)

Loved having a little assistant for this project! Although I’m pretty sure she thought I was the one assisting. Ha! The lighting was a little tricky for pictures (and usually is during the winter months around here) so we pulled out the white paper backdrop and set up a little studio in our kitchen nook which I think made it all seem more special than past projects she’s helped with. Can’t help but notice how easily she fits into this creative world.

Hope you had an amazing long weekend and most importantly, Martin Luther King Jr. day! What an amazing man and movement we get to celebrate.

XO, Rae

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THE BEST OF 2016

Happy day after Christmas you guys! I’m currently still in my jammies (at noon), listening to the kids play with their new toys, and have no plans of doing anything but eating leftovers, folding laundry and recovering from the (good) craziness that December brings.

Sorta sad that the holiday season is coming to an end but I’m excited for the fresh possibilities of 2017. It can be so easy for me to think about the past year and come up with a list of things I want to do better in the coming year but have found that it can be equally as inspiring and encouraging to reflect on my favorite parts of the past year and all the things I want to carry into the new one.

That being said, I thought it would be a good time to roundup a list of the most popular posts along with some of my personal favorites from 2016.

LIFE | a day in the life (working on a winter version!) | hook-nook refresh | living with kids (+ their toys) | first week of school | our disney land trip

FREEBIES | paper heart glasses | baby milestone cards | emoji lunchbox stickers | shareable social media graphics

MAKE | book bin diy | easy pom-pom basket | sailor hair bows | flower vases + arrangements

 

KIDS | woodland party + boot driveour favorite kid apps | diy binoculars | brown bag microwave popcorn | tin can herb garden

WEAR | that tied shirt trend | statement coat 3 ways | all things with love | WIW may

EAT | homemade pop tartssmoothie bowls + a meal plan | big batch chocolate chip freezer cookies | frozen yogurt dots

Gosh, what a fun year… that also happened to be soooo full of transition and trying to figure out what’s next for our family and business and I just want to say thank you for meeting me in this space. The online and social media world can be so much about the numbers and while that’s just part of growth and good business, it’s not what this blog is about for me. I appreciate and care about one visitor as much as I would one million. Thank you so much for sharing your time, thoughts, comments and encouragement with me and allowing me to share my family, life and creative endeavors with you. It means the world to me!

Hope your Christmas (and 2016) was everything you hoped for and then some.

XO, Rae

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FREE CHRISTMAS ART PRINTS (SANTA, GOLD 1225 + THE CHRISTMAS STORY)

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I have a love-hate relationship with Mondays. Sometimes I would like the weekend to stay forever and other times I’m so thankful for a fresh start and new week. After last weeks technical problems (the site and my email crashed), I’m feeling the latter. So sorry if you weren’t able to view the oversized hand warmer post or get ahold of me via email because of it! Thankfully things are back up and running now and I have some fun Christmas prints to share. Links for each are below the pictures. 

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GOLD PAINTED 12/25 ART PRINT, 12×16 PDF (click to download)

The ’25’ is a light gray and can be painted over using a small brush and gold (or any other festive color) craft paint. The font I used is very forgiving so don’t be nervous about messing up! Also, it can easily be sized down to an 8×10… and probably blown up too.

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VINTAGE SANTA ART PRINT, 8×10 PDF (click to download)

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LUKE 2 ART PRINT, 8×10 PDF (click to download)

A quick FIY, I print some stuff at home (using this printer) but also have a local printer I use and have found Costco to be very good and cost affective too. Hope that info is helpful for someone :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

Cheers to a good Monday and (hopefully) smooth week! 

XO, Rae

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OVERSIZED HANDWARMER DIY

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So excited to bring back an old favorite today, homemade hand warmers, with a new design and bigger size. Just in time for Holiday gifting and the cold winter weather that has kicked in around here!

The hand warmers pictured are available in my Spoonflower shop as a cut and sew fabric pattern (perfect project for beginners or asking a friend that sews for help!) and takes a week or two to ship, so I recommend ordering ASAP if you want to make some before Christmas! Of course you can use whatever fabric you have on hand at home too. More details, links and instructions below.

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All tied up and ready to make someone cozy-warm.

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YOU’LL NEED:

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Cut around gray lines and patterns on the cut and sew fabric or cut 4-inch squares from other fabric. Place fabric wrong sides together. Leaving 1-inch open at the end (to pour rice through – see pic below), and using a 1/4-inch hem, sew around the two squares. Back stitch when you start each.
  2. Pour rice into a small ziplock and cut a small hole in one of the bottom corners. Funnel rice into each warmer until approx 3/4 full. Place a pin next to each hole to keep rice from spilling out and sew closed.
  3. Trim around each hand warmer with pinking shears… it keeps them from fraying and looks extra cute! Trim loose threads too.

To use, place in microwave until warm (about 30 seconds). Just be careful when handling or handing over to little ones.

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One of my favorite parts (although at times an embarrassing part) is reading through old posts to see what I was thinking or feeling at that moment. One of the things I loved reading from the original hand warmer post that inspired this little DIY project was this:

“There is one thing I take very seriously… that my kids feel loved. Everyday. It would be easy for this task to become overwhelming, but luckily my kids have taught me that it’s the little things that matter.  Just one act of love goes a looooong way.”

It’s so, so true. Especially this time of year when the hustle and bustle is real and our calendars are full. The little things go a long way.

Happy 18 sleeps before Christmas!!!

XO, Rae

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LOVE DOES, ADVENT ACTIVITIES + PRINTABLE

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There is a mile long Thanksgiving to-do list sitting next to my keyboard as I type this, but there is so much that happens between Turkey day and Chistmas, it’s hard not to jump ahead a little. One of my favorite upcoming traditions is our daily advent calendar (25% off at Land of Nod) and this year we’re stuffing it with trinkets, sweets, festive activities and simple service projects.

Looking forward to spreading love and cheer this advent season. Hope you’ll join us and download the printable below or pin for safe keeping!!!

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Sign me up for this advent activity!!!! And Poppy’s adorable faces.

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(PSARyan and Wren clips are a fave… perfect for stocking stuffers and holiday outfits!)

LOVE DOES, ADVENT ACTIVITES, PDF I made one sheet editable so you can fill in with your own ideas and traditions. Simply open in Adobe, click on the text box and type. The font I used is BEBAS (it’s free to download) or use a current favorite. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Some activities are super simple while others are more involved and I’m sure we won’t complete them all, but I do hope it’s a fun addition to our advent calendar that sticks around for years to come. And that my kids will see that L O V E   D O E S. It shares and serves and gives, celebrates and encourages, and is incredibly resourceful and creative. And without it, all the gifts and glitter of the season don’t matter too much. It’s a good reminder for me too!

Now time to get back to my Thanksgiving checklist…Happy Monday!

XO, Rae 

 

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EASY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES + A TV SEGMENT

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If you are still in the market for Halloween costumes, I’m sharing some totally cute and super simple ideas below and on KING5 today at 4:15 if you are in the Seattle area! These 4 were so fun to put together and took almost no time or money. Get the DIY tips below!

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(Espen as a Pizza Delivery DUDE and Tilly as Rosie the Riveter)

COSTUMES FROM THE CLOSET

When it comes to dressing up, often times it doesn’t take much more than going through closets. Think of favorite characters or people from books, movies, history, or pop-culture. The possibilities are endless! (costume details below)

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ROSIE / jeans and jean jacket, but denim shirt would be more accurate / boots / power tool — minus the battery / red and white piece of fabric, scarf or bandana / red lipstick or wax lips

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PIZZA DELIVERY DUDE / message or raglan tee or sweatshirt / broken-in jeans / headphones / backwards cap / pizza box

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(Poppy as grapes and Griffin as an emoji, because he is actually a walking emoji in real-life)

COSTUMES FROM CARDBOARD or BALLOONS

No profession DIY skills to make these costumes. Just a few basic supplies and less than an hour of time!

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FAVORITE EMOJI FACE / 2 presentation boards (the thick foam kind) or cardboard / yellow butcher paper or craft paint / felt / hot glue / wide ribbon / X-Acto knife / double stick tape

Draw a circle onto your boards using a string (shown here) then cutout with an x-acto knife or razor. Repeat with yellow paper and cut with scissors. Use double stick tape to add paper to cardboard. Cut face details from felt and hot glue in place. Add ribbon to the inside of the boards for straps… It helps to have child around while adding the straps to make sure everything lines up and child’s head can fit in-between the ribbons!

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GRAPE CLUSTER / balloons in shades of purple or green / generous sized tee or hoodie / coordinating bottoms and shoes / green felt / hair tie or beanie / hot glue

Lay top front side up on a flat work surface, plug-in the hot glue gun, and blow up balloons to appropriate size depending on the costume wearer. Poppy is a petite two year old so I blew the balloons up a little less than halfway. Add hot glue to the tied end of the balloon and press onto shirt until glue has cooled. Turn over and add balloons to back of top if desired. I still wanted to be able to  pick Poppy up easily so only covered her front side. Cut a long strip of green felt trim so the middle is thin and both ends have a leaf shape and tie to a hairband OR cut a couple leaf shapes from felt and hot glue to a beanie or the hood of a sweatshirt.

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MIX + MATCH COSTUMES

Who says you have to pick just ONE thing to be for Halloween!? Try mixing costume ideas instead! A few examples I grabbed from our dress up pile at home — super hero alien and princess gorilla — but again the possibilities are endless.

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When it comes to tradition and pure fun (as opposed to faith and meaning), Halloween is right up there with Christmas and 4th of July in my book. Plus I’m a Halloween baby which makes the day even better for me because there is always a party or something going on, and the attention is rarely on me for more than the minute or two. Just the way I like it!

For more cute costume inspo, head to this pinterest board.

Happy hump day you guys!

XO, Rae

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EASY HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS + FELT FLAGS

Over the weekend we dressed up a few of our pumpkins for a kid friendly Halloween get together at my friend Stacy’s house.  It can be hard to find non-creepy decor that’s still festive, but a few felt flags, hats, and masks and our pumpkins were ready to party! Would be perfect for a photo backdrop, front porch display, or table top decor too! Details below…

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PAPER MASKS

Click to download the template. Print onto card stock and cut around dashed lines. Use smaller scissors or an exact-o knife to cutout the eye holes. Trace onto black or other color card stock and cutout as before. I used hot glue to stick them to the pumpkins, but they fell off so I used double stick tape and they are still stuck (go figure)!

I shared small masks last year (HERE) with a “hocus pocus” banner, but turned them into a template and added a bigger size this time around.

WITCH HATS

For the hats, I traced a circle tray onto a piece of poster board (card stock or other paper would work), cut around the line and then cut it in half. To make the cone shape a pulled the corners of the half circle together until it was a shape that I like and then hot glued in place. Double stick tape would work too.

EASY FELT FLAGS DIY

I used this tutorial to make my felt stiff (such a fun trick!). Then cut 10 x 7 -inch triangles out of it. In the past I’ve cut stencils out of butcher paper and then painted over to add words to the felt flags, but this time around I did it free hand — just a paint brush and acrylic paint which makes it easier for the kids to help too!!! Once the paint dries, simply hot glue to dowels.

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Fall decor itself is so festive there’s no need to add Halloween specific items, but I have a soft spot for whimsical or vintage designs that don’t scare the kids.

Do you decorate for Halloween or just keep things looking fall-ish!?

XO, Rae

(images by Stacy Jacobsen Photography)

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CURRENT FAVORITE KID BOOKS + DIY BOOK BIN

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Baskets are my favorite way to store kids toys for one very simple reason. There is no real organization required when putting the toys away. I (or the kids on occasion) just toss everything in and call it a day. So when we needed a place to put all of the books that were accumulation in the boy’s room, I pulled out a trusty wire basket and pilled them up inside. In addition to being functional, the basket looked really cute full of books. But there was one problem. Pages and covers were starting to get bent and even ripped since being stored so haphazardly. It’s rare that I give a second thought to beat up or broken toys, but  books are different. They are such a sweet and important part childhood and ours definitely needed a better home. So I asked my handy husband to help make a fancy bin for them and loved how it turned out.

Sharing the DIY along with some of our current favorite books below…

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DIY DIVIDED BOOK BIN

You’ll Need –

  • 1 sheet of 4 x 8, 5/8 inch thick wood  (good quality and smooth)
  • Table saw  or bring measurement to local hardware store
  • 4 legs (found ours at Lowe’s)
  • Tape measure
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nail gun
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Stain &/or paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brush

Cut Wood Dimensions – (for an 8 x 30 x 13 inch book bin)

  • 1 bottom piece 13 x 30
  • 2 side pieces 8 x 13
  • 2 front / back pieces 8 x 31-1/4
  • 2 dividers 13 x 7-3/8 (8 inches minus 5/8 inch)

Here’s How –

  1. To make an 8 x 30 x 13 inch book bin, cut wood (or ask someone at the man store) to dimensions above. For a different size, carefully map out the measurements you need, taking the thickness of your wood into account, and cut.
  2. Lay your bottom piece flat on your work surface. Glue the sides of your bin to the edges of the bottom piece and secure with a small nail gun. Both sides should now be flush along the bottom of the box and flush to the front and back of the bottom piece.
  3. Next glue the front and back pieces in place and secure with a nail gun. These pieces will be flush to the bottom (like the side pieces) and flush to the sides, covering any cut edges of the bin.
  4. Place dividers in desired spots and nail them in. *TIP: Before adding the dividers, we grabbed some of the kids books and figuring out what sizes we needed to be able to fit. In the end we decided to make the middle section an inch or so bigger than the two side sections to accommodate bigger books.
  5. Drill a hole in the bottom 4 corners where you want your legs. Make sure your hole is smaller than the screw in the legs, otherwise your legs will be loose.
  6. Lastly, paint and/or stain your fancy new wood box to desired taste! Ours is stained and then we added a strip of wide painters tape along the top edge of the box and painted below – including the legs – for a “dipped” look.

Start to finish this project cost approx. $50 and took around 5 hours of hands-on time over the course of a few days– because deciding how and what to paint the bin was a struggle!!! Too much pressure after all that work of putting it together! Beyond happy with how it turned out tho.

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A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS LATELY

Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams) / The Book With No Pictures / The Day the Crayons Quit / The Dark / Danny and the Dinosaur / Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Please share any current favorite kid books in the comments below. I asked a couple weeks ago on Instagram and got some great responses. Always looking to add new ones to our collection!

I’ll also do my best to answer any follow up questions about the tutorial if you have them.

XO, Rae

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MINI MAKERS: PLAY FOOD DIY

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Ever since the play kitchen remodel, Tilly and I have been dreaming of play food we can make together and ice cream cones were at the top of the list. Fitting since they are also at the top of our grocery list this time of year too! She’s been on a – teach me to sew – kick lately but a no-sew projects seemed like a good place to start and a strand of felt balls hanging in the family room were begging me to make them colorful scoops of ice cream.

Here’s how to DIY…

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YOU’LL NEED:

  • felt balls (4cm felt balls pictured, but you could glue 3 smaller ones together or use pom-poms or foam balls)
  • markers or paint to decorate “cones”
  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • small pieces of felt for sprinkles
  • container to hold finished play food (I used a plastic one from the deli)
  • glue (optional)

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Cut the cone shapes from an egg carton (see dashed line in picture above). Decorate with markers or paint.
  2. Cut sprinkles from a piece of felt. If desired glue onto felt balls.
  3. Decorate a label for the ice cream container.
  4. Take orders for ice cream cones and start playing!

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These ice cream cones would make a cute Birthday gift or fun crafternoon activity even if you don’t plan on keeping them around for use in a play kitchen.

Do you have any other play food ideas?

XO, Rae

P.S. – Here is another ice cream inspired post you might enjoy.  So happy it’s ice cream season!

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DIY PLAY KITCHEN MAKEOVER

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Over the weekend we pulled Tilly’s old play kitchen out of retirement in the attic and gave it a fresh new look for Poppy. As I should have anticipated, Tilly was not fond of handing her (all-of-a-sudden) beloved kitchen down to her baby sis let alone remodeling it. Poor girl had lots to say including, “You’re judging my kitchen’s look. How rude!”

Change is not a friend of hers and the colorful + (turn your head so she doesn’t see you giggle) funny comments continued while we took things apart, sanded and painted but when she came home from school on Monday to a reno’ed kitchen she was smitten. I was relieved that no therapy would be needed.

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I think we purchased the kitchen from Target but IKEA has a similar option (this one) that would be extra cute with a little paint. Love the microwave!

 Here’s how we did it:

  1. Take it most of the way apart and remove knobs, sink, faucet, etc.
  2. Spray paint all of the accessories gold (or other color).
  3. Remove the stove top and sand the countertop. Then paint, spray paint or cover with contact paper.
  4. Sand everything (no matter how tempting — don’t skip the sanding!) that is getting painted and tape off what is not. Let dry.
  5. Paint or spray anything that needs another coat and let dry.
  6. For the pot and utensil rod, open up “S” hooks from the hardware store and spray paint.
  7. Put everything back together and start playing!!!

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We took a trip to IKEA yesterday (outtakes on snap chat at raeannkelly) to stock up on a few new kitchen accessories and then made room in the bottom drawer under the stairs to store the overflow and make cleanup easy.

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As much as I love a kid-friendly and inspired home, bigger toys that can’t be put away or shoved in a basket aren’t my favorite. Atleast not in our downstairs. But this kitchen is now less of an eyesore and more of a cute accessory that keeps the kids occupied for chunks of time.

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I’ve never met a play kitchen my kids didn’t like but I think Johan and I like this one equally. It looks a lot like my dream kitchen — navy, white and gold! #kitchengoals

Do you know of any other hand-me-down toys that are fun to makeover!?

XO, Rae

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