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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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DIY MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS, VASES + FREEBIES

With Mother’s Day approaching quickly on the calendar, I thought it would be fun to to play with flowers! Not only are they an easy way to bring the outdoors inside but they add life to a space or someones day. Since I know nothing about choosing, cutting or keeping plants alive I asked my stylish and adorably pregnant friend Teressa (the brains and beauty behind Teressa Johnson Studio) for backup. She obliged and brought over a selection of flowers from her yard while I DIY-ed some tin can vases to put them in.

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And here is how they turned out! Pretty cute I think. The vases of blooms (and succulents) can be grouped together for a centerpiece and then broken up and given as party favors or made as gifts for mommy friends on their big day.

Here’s how to make the vases but be sure to keep scrolling! At the bottom of the post, you’ll find a few really good and simple tips from Teressa about how to make floral arrangements.

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PAINT DIPPED VASES 

  1. Rinse and dry tin cans.
  2. For a dipped look, use painters tape to tape-off the part of can you don’t want painted.
  3. Use acrylic paint to cover the untaped side and let dry. Repeat until the can is covered.

PAPER COVERED VASES

  1. Click to download the patterned paper and print on card stock.
  2. Rinse and dry tin cans. Measure the height and outside of the can and cut paper to size.
  3. Tape or decoupage the paper onto the can. If you choose tape, be careful not drip water on the paper or the pattern will smudge.

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Group the painted vases with the ones covered in fun patterns all together…

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… Or pick your favorite DIY (dipped or covered) vase and keep it simple.

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Clip “HEY MAMA” tags to the vases for a graphic touch or use as a gift tag.

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HOW TO MAKE FLORAL ARANGEMENTS – tips from Teressa!!!

  1. Cut your stems at an angle so there is more surface to soak up water.
  2. If deciding on a color palette feels overwhelming, keep it simple by sticking to two colors. Greenery is considered a neutral.
  3. When blooms are sparse create an organic look by using only foliage.
  4. Use what you have or, what your neighbors have! Don’t be shy. If you spy something pretty in the neighbor’s yard, bring over a plate of cookies, compliment their blooms and ask to forage a few stems. It’s a great way to meet the people living around you and strike up a conversation.
  5. Last but not least, don’t take it too seriously — it’s not a science and should be fun and playful!

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So helpful, Teressa!

If you are local to the Seattle area I highly recommend checking out her latest brainchild, wild + gathered, recurring seasonal floral arrangements delivered right to your doorstep. And just like the arrangements from this post, the wild + gathered bouquets can be divided and shared with friends or spread out around the home or workplace.

Flowers make everything better. Yes?

XO, Rae

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BABY MILESTONE CARDS (FREEBIE)

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We are enjoying one last day of spring break over here but I wanted to share these cute, gender neutral baby milestone cards real quick. One of the things I wish I had been better about is taking monthly pictures of my kids when they were infants. The baby days are so fleeting!

So, if you are or know a mom or mama-to-be or have a baby shower to attend soon (what a fun and useful DIY baby gift!), then click the link below to download or pin and save for later.

BABY MILESTONE CARDS, PDF

The download comes with a backside with enough space to jot down all the firsts, faves and fun details of babies month, too.

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(Thanks to baby Winnie and her mama for being my model for this post. We love you guys!)

Were/are you good about taking pictures or keeping track of milestones?

XO, Rae

PS – I posted our meal plan from last week if you are into that kind of thing and want to take a peek — head HERE.

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ENVELOPE CLOSE PILLOW DIY

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//Black brush stroke and teal tribal fabric from my Spoonflower shop//

I’m sure there are 100’s of these tutorials floating around the blogosphere, but it’s also one of those projects that saves money, can be done over and over again, get’s easier every time and always looks cute (even if the seams aren’t perfect) so figured it was worth sharing. Plus, we’ve probably all seen a yard of fabric or old curtain, shirt, sweater or blanket and thought, “Gosh that would make a cute pillow!” Amiright? Here is an easy way to make that thought happen…

SIMPLE THROW PILLOW (with an envelope close back)

You’ll Need –

  • Pillow insert (ikea or amazon is a great place to find these)
  • 1-yard of heavy fabric or less of two different fabrics (home dec weight or cotton canvas)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread and bobbin (color isn’t as important. You’ll only see a line of it on the back of the pillow)
  • Small piece of paper and pencil
  • Sewing pins
  • Iron (helpful but not necessary)
  • Yarn for pom-poms (optional)

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Here’s How –

  1. Measure your pillow insert. Add 1-inch to the height and width and write it down. Cut fabric to the size you just wrote. This will be the front of your pillow.
  2. For the back of the pillow. Using the dimensions you wrote down earlier, divide the height in half and then add 3 or 4-inches. Using the same width as before, write down the second set of dimensions and cut two pieces of fabric to that size. (Example: if you have a 19-inch pillow form you’ll want to cut one 20×20-inch piece for the front and two 20×24-inch pieces for the back.). Next, fold the width of both back pieces towards the wrong side of fabric about a half inch. Run a warm iron over the top to hold in place. Fold the edge another half inch and iron in place. (If you like skipping steps, the second fold isn’t necessary.) Stitch along the folded edge using 3/8-inch seam allowance and repeat with the second back piece.
  3. Lay your front piece patterned side up. Lay your back pieces, overlapping and patterned side down on top of the front piece. Pin in place (I usually pin each corner and where the back pieces overlap).
  4. Stitch all four sides of the pillow with a 1/2-inch seam.
  5. Turn right side out and stuff with your insert
  6. To add pom-poms, use a seam ripper to make small holes in the corners of your pillow. Thread long pieces of yarn through the holes and hand-sew into place

If your pillow doesn’t come out perfect, don’t fret. Layer it with another pillow or two and I bet you won’t even notice! Or add to a kid’s room. Quirky things have away of fitting right in, in little kid spaces.

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without Poppy on a pile of pillows being a ham…

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When it comes to pillows, do you like to buy or DIY?

XO, Rae

PS – if buying is more your style you might enjoy this post from yesterday :)

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EASTER PINS

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Johan and I made it home late last night. It was hard to leave the pool and sunshine, but kissing the kids and then crawl into our own bed felt oh so good.

I spent most of the return flight scouring pinterest for Easter inspiration and found a lot of goodies. (For a peek at the board click here.) Nothing quite like a productive pinning sesh… or being home with my people! It was a good night.

Can’t believe Easter is just a week away. Outfits are about the only thing I’ve figured out over here (yikes!) so it’s probably time to work on a menu and to do list! Are you guys ready for the Easter bunny? Have any favorite recipes or ideas?

Happy weekend wishes!

XO, Rae

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EASY POM-POM BASKET DIY

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Baskets, in my opinion, fall into the same category  as shoes. There is no such thing as too many. Especially when running a household. So when I walked past this cute woven basket at target I thought, “I have some shoes that could use that basket.” And threw it in my cart. (Tell me you do the same thing!?) Griffin even reminded me, “That’s not what we came for, mOm.” He was so right and doing a good job of using my own words against me. I must say that to the kids every time we are at target! But the cute basket won and stayed in the cart.

As adorable as it looked in the hook-nook, once we were home, it got lost against the white wall full of backpacks and coats. A pop of color and playful whimsy was just what it needed to standout a bit and I know one really easy way to accomplish both. Pom-poms!

So yesterday I used 30 minutes of nap time to throw it together and thought it was worth sharing. Although it hardly needs a tutorial I know how nice it is to have a guide to take out the guesswork so included a supply list and how-to below!

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You’ll Need –

  • a basket (like this one)
  • yarn
  • pom-pom makers or template (I used the big size from this set)
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss and needle (small zip-ties would work too!)

Here’s How –

  1. Make your pom-poms and decide where on the basket and in what order you would like them.
  2. Using a needle and embroidery floss, start from the inside of the basket and leaving enough of a tail, thread through to the outside of the basket and the middle yarn of the pom-pom (the one that holds all the pieces together) then back through the basket to the inside. Secure with a knot.
  3. Repeat with the remaining pom-poms. Then find a place and use for your spruced up basket!

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Makes a cute planter too. Thinking there may be more pom-pom embellished baskets in my future.

Happy Thursday you guys!

XO, Rae

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SAILOR HAIR BOW DIY

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We had a pretty quiet weekend around here. I nursed sick people back to health mostly but also enjoyed Ozzie’s first pre-season baseball game, tried to keep things quiet but still fun around the house for the healthy family members and neighbor friends, half-watched lots of football, unintentionally skipped church and gave the girls’ hair bow game a huge upgrade. Also, the sun came out to play all weekend which was amazing and rare this time of year. Just what I needed.

But back to those bows…

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I’m always rushing around the house in the morning (or anytime of day actually) trying to find something cute to put in the girls’ typically haphazard styled hair. It’s usually brushed or styled but rarely both and an accessory seems to clear up any confusion. Anyways, I often come up empty handed so during a rare calm moment I decided I should do something about it and either order a bunch on etsy or make my own.

Decide between DIY and etsy is always tricky, but this time with a pile of unused fabric giving me the stink eye from my office I decided to go the handmade route. Because it took a little while to perfect a pattern I thought I would share the template and how-to below for those of you who could use some extra hair bows in your life!

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SAILOR + MINI BOW TUTORIAL

You’ll Need

  • THIS PATTERN
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron + ironing board
  • Pencil or chalk to trace pattern
  • Hot glue or craft/fabric glue
  • Sewing machine
  • Hair accessories (headbands, hairbands, alligator clips)
  • Small piece of twine

Here’s How –

  1. Print out pattern on card stock and cutout. Pick your fabric(s). Poppy’s hot coral confetti dot bow is made from this fabric in my Spoonflower shop. The others were ones I had stashed in my office.
  2. For the tail of the bow, fold your fabric down a couple inches, line the top edge of the pattern with the fold, trace and cutout.
  3. Trace and cutout the other pattern pieces.
  4. Fold the long sides of the small middle piece to the middle so they overlap and iron in place. Fold the tail piece in half, pattern side together and iron.
  5. Sew along the raw edges of the tail, leaving 1″ open in the middle. Turn right side out.
  6. Now grab your bow piece! Fold in half the long way, pattern side together and sew. Leave short ends open. Turn right side out and fold so the seem is in the middle. Iron in place.
  7. Fold bow in half and sew shirt ends together.
  8. Again, fold bow so the seem is in the middle and iron in place.
  9. Tie a piece of twine around the middle of the bow, pull tight and tie in place. Trim excess string. With the long points of the tail in the middle, pinch together with the bow. Wrap middle piece around once (add your head or hairband in if using), overlapping and glue in place. Add alligator clip and glue in place as desired.
  10. To make a mini-bow, follow steps 1-5…. tape the pattern together (should be about 12″)…. then tie into  a bow. Add hair accessory and secure as needed with glue.

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Poppy has started saying “Owww” in the sweetest voice every time I touch her hair lately but also started leaving accessories (mostly) in her hair. Car rides being the main exception.

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Aren’t the mini bows cute in piggies?! A good reason to make them in pairs.

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Just one more to document that missing tooth smile…

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… and this skeptical look on Poppy’s face. She’s learning real quick how this sibling thing works. Smart cookie.

Still have a small pile of fabric waiting to become bows and I’m thinking I’ll save a few to give as gifts. Let me know if you have any questions or requests for other DIY projects!

XO, Rae

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PS – Have you checked out our Valentine designs yet!? So far the “wild about you” valentines and black striped bags are flying off the virtual shelves. Thanks to everyone who has purchased already!

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THE BEST OF + HAPPY 2016!

Happy 2016 you guys! After a couple weeks off I’m back and excited for a shiny new start. Before we jump in I want to do two things. One, say thank you for being here to share in life, design and all the other fun and messy stuff that goes with it. It really means so, so much to me.

Two, as we gear up for new content and creative endeavors I want to take a look back at some of the best things that have gone on not just over the last year, but the last 2+! …. Including a shoutout to heart day posts at the bottom :)

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HOMEGirl’s Shared Room Reveal / Raid The Pantry / Entry Refresh / Mudroom Reveal / Reading Nook Reveal / Weekly Calendar Freebie

best-of-RAK-wearsSTYLEDenim Skirt + Sweaters / Game Day Outfit / Moms Rule / Capsule Wardrobe / Bus Stop Style / Boy Meets Girl

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KIDSAnimal Charms / Breakfast party / DIY Boy Haircut / Rain Maker Craft / Wind Pipe Craft / School Lunch Wish List Freebie

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EATChicken Piccata / Mini Energy Bites / Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies / Chicken Tortilla Soup / Apple Dippers / Zucchini Pancakes

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LIFEWork From Home Mom Life / Beauty For Ashes / Brand You / Poppy’s Newborn Pics / Why I Blog / Kidcation 2015

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FREEBIESMenu Planner + Shopping List / US Map / Sweet Syrup Recipes + Labels / Happy Campers Posters / Shenanigans Poster / Spring Tech Patterns

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VALENTINESHand Warmers / Classroom Valentines / Mini Heart Day Felt Banners / Heart Day Playlist / Valentine Dominos

We’re ready for you 2016… I have a feeling your are going to be pretty sweeeeeet!

XO, Rae

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