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THINGS WE LOVE: STAYING DRY

We’re pretty much always ready and geared up for rain in Seattle, but it’s officially rainy season everywhere else and while we’re not quite “singing in the rain”, there’s no need to stay cooped up inside after a long and cold winter. Linking some of my favorite rain gear finds and a few other fun layers below.

Oh and for those days that listening to the rain is more appealing than splashing in it, I made a list of easy indoor activities too.

Gah! I love them.

When we asked Griffin to blow a bubble he looked at us like we were crazy and said, “I’m only six!” with a smile. He proceeded to study his sis to see how she was doing it and I just love that he was so cool about where he was at while also trying to learn something new. There were no comparisons or insecurities and it was just so inspiring to see. Kids are full of good reminders!

Officially filing “blowing bubbles” under things I’m really bad at doing in front of an audience. Right next to whistling and peeing :)

They are so much cooler than me.

CUTE GEAR FOR RAINY DAYS:

  • Love these boots that the kids are wearing and they come in so many great colors along with some cute windbreakers too! You can also find them here for adults or on Amazon in yellow or midnight color.
  • We’ve always had lots of luck with the plain black rainbows from Walmart too! And they’re only $15.
  • Zara is always the first place I look when any of the kids need a coat because the price is reasonable and quality is good. They have this cute one for boys (that girls could wear too) and I love this raincoat Tilly is wearing. It’s rubberized and a generous length so I don’t have to wonder if she’s really staying dry or not! She’s in between size 9/10 so I ordered her a 10 and it fits great — enough room for layers but she isn’t swimming in it.
  • I’m wearing this raincoat by Herschel (comes in navy) and I really like it! The men’s version of this same coat is 50% off right now too! Was also considering buying this one (on sale!) from J.Crew which had amazing reviews. Wish this one was in my budget tho…. leave it to google and marketing tools to add insult to injury because it keeps popping up in ads and my inbox, ha! I hate that so much. It’s also what my little brother does for a living so it kinda makes me laugh.
  • My booties are from here but I also love these pink and black ones from Clad and Cloth.
  • Sweatshirts (this one’s cute!) are another favorite thing to find at Zara for the kids. Griffin is wearing this one and I also snagged the red one for Tilly.

EASY INDOOR RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES:

Feeling extra ready for those April showers.

Out of curiosity, what’s the weather like where you live?

XO, Rae

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10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM TILLY ABOUT STYLE + LIFE

I’m convinced we’re never fully ready to love, lead and steward our little people which is kind of a scary thought! Of course it’s nothing a good parenting book, glass of wine, friend, laugh and prayer can’t fix. Yet, every time I think I have things figured out, we enter a new phase of parenting. You too? I’ve found this only leaves me with a couple choices. 1. Stay set in my ways and get caught up in power struggles with my babes, or 2. Meet my kids right where they’re at and grow, learn and do better right alongside them. Sometimes it takes me awhile to catch on to what the real issue is on a parenting dilemma, but hope with all my heart that I will always choose to do number 2, eventually :). Comfort zones are so overrated.

Luckily (HA!) Tilly Jane (our 9 y.o.) always wears her heart on her sleeve so I never have to guess how I’m doing as a mom or what side of the parenting spectrum I fall on. From the second she was born a girl (I was expecting a 3rd boy) she has kept me on my toes while challenging my priorities and approach to life in general. As a toddler she was a wanderer and could disappear in a nano-second, said everything that came into her cute little head (still does), had zero fear of strangers, heights, or consequences, would lovingly tackle and wrestle people during any kind of organized event (like story time at the library), and has been fiercely independent since the day she could walk.

TILLY’S OUTFIT DETAILS | denim jacket (tucker + tate from nordstrom), joggers (Athleta), fruit tee (from J. Crew), sandals (from Target), hair clip (from ryan and wren)

I always seem to be working on something when it comes to our relationship and lately, I’m embarrassed to say, her wardrobe has been a big issue (because it really shouldn’t be). But, I think I’ve finally learned a few lesson(s) and thought I would share in case you guys have a little or big kid that is picky (with a capital P)  about clothes!

10 PARENTING + STYLE LESSONS TILLY HAS TAUGHT ME

  1. If you can’t play in it, don’t wear it.
  2. Wear what you like even if what you like is in your big brother’s closet. (Her current favorite place to pick out an outfit… She loves her brother SOOO much!)
  3. Shoes, jackets and accessories make all the difference when toning down or tszujing up an outfit, flower girl dress or batman costume. (HA!)
  4. To think outside the box, store or department… (she’s been picking lots of things from the boy section of stores, like her blue sandals from Target, and I think it looks so cute!)
  5. Picking outfits out the night (or even week) before is always a good idea!
  6. Personal styles and trends come and go but confidence and self love is always “in”.
  7. My approval and appreciation is far more important than my input.
  8. How to be more present in the moment and less concerned with keeping things tidy (i.e. an outfit, the house, emotions, failures, etc.)
  9. No one else really cares what my kids are wearing — unless they think it’s cute, LOL.
  10. The world doesn’t need perfect, well-dressed kids. It needs mindful, empathetic, and unique kids that are positioned for g-r-e-a-t-n-e-s-s.

ILY Tilly Jane!

Do you guys have wardrobe struggles with your kids?

Also, working on a style Q&A series so if you have any questions, ask away in the comments!

xo, Rae

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15 WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

We made it through January (still celebrating over here!), the sun stays in the sky a little longer everyday, and I finally started to break out of my winter rut you guys. Hallelujah! Even though it’ll be awhile before we see a decent amount of blue skies and sunshine here in the PNW, it seems like we’ve turned the corner and that gives me all the good feels.

In addition to a general attitude adjustment :), getting out of the house always helps beat those winter blues so last week we visited a couple of our favorite local places — the second hand bookstore and the crepe shop! Anytime we can leave the house without a looong shopping or to do list is such a treat. It just takes an extra dose of motivation to go anywhere when we don’t have to this time of year, LOL. Always happy when we decided to go tho!

So many treasures for the kids to find and look at! Funny how entertaining it is to look at things that don’t belong to you and so nice to be in a store where it’s okay for the kids to touch just about anything!

Always running circles around me! Also, Griffin is never not touching a sibling or parent. It’s the sweetest thing although his sister doesn’t always agree :)

We’re still collecting books with colorful covers to fill the built-in shelves in our family room which was part of our motivation for heading to the secondhand bookstore. You’ll never guess what book I found with a vintage orange spine in the discount section…. “cheaper by the dozen”!!! Jackpot! Haha! Still so excited about it and found the perfect spot to put it.

Next stop was crepes, because well, crepes and nutella and fruit and whip are always a good idea. I also love anytime we eat while out and about (even if I pack something) so I don’t have to get a lunch spread out at home before naps! Not sure if that qualifies as a mom hack, but it should!

A little quality lego time (i.e. guess which hand is holding the lego guy) before tucking Poppy in for nap.

Aside from my attitude adjustment and getting out of the house here’s a short list of other ways to beat the winter blues!

15 WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

  1. Embrace the season + accept it for what it is. (Think Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Beatles and the book of Ecclesiastes). There is a purpose and a reason for each season and God is always busy doing good things through us and with us.
  2. Re-establish part of your routine or schedule that has been bothering you or needs some refining.
  3. Mix things up! Grocery shop somewhere new, try a new recipe, take a new exercise class, paint a room, get a fun haircut, try a new lipstick color, etc.
  4. Take turns planning date nights at home
  5. Read/write/journal
  6. Plan for spring + summer
  7. Workout or have a dance party. Lots of them.
  8. Invite someone over to dinner or host a playdate!
  9. Take vitamins, go to bed earlier, and drink lots of water.
  10. Schedule more time with people you love
  11. Look for ways to make little things extra special – get the most out of tubby time, bedtime, after school snack, quiet time, etc.
  12. Start spring cleaning early
  13. Retail therapy is a thing or put on a cute outfit or dress
  14. A simple staycation can do wonders. Book one night at a hotel with or without kids, just because.
  15. Write a to do lists even if it’s just a list of movies

Here’s another fun list of activities to entertain kids on rainy bad weather days :)

How do you guys beat those winter blues???? Inquiring minds want to know so be sure to share in the comments!

xo, Rae

OUTFIT DETAILS:

RAE | pants (on sale!), turtleneck, jacket  (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!)

GRIFFIN | ski tee, jeans from gap kids (similar)

POPPY | sweater, skirt old from zara kids

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STYLE + PLAY: WINTER UNIFORM + BUSY BAGS TO GO (OR STAY)

Only 6 more sleeps until Christmas and we’re celebrating STYLE + PLAY that features 2 things that are giving me life right now and might make the rest of the holidays a little easier on you too!

  1. this outfit combo — long wool coat, sneakers, boyfriend jeans, t-shirt or turtleneck and hat.
  2. busy bags for the kids — filled with mostly dollar isle items but I’ll share a list of ideas below!

A winter version of jeans and a tee so there’s no need to overthink it… I’ve worn a different version of this same outfit several times over the last couple weeks and feel cute and pulled together but still effortless and comfortable. Perfect for this busy time of year!

MY OUTFIT | coat from gap, turtleneck from madewell (similar or solid pink), jeans from madewell (similar), vans, beanie from the gap  (don’t see it on line)

*There was a 40% off promo going on at the Gap when I purchased the coat. Wearing a size xs but fit in the small too and usually wear small at the Gap.

POPPY’S OUTFIT | coat from zara (they have so many cute ones to choose from!), sweatshirt from childhoods, jeans, sneakers, beanie from j.crew

A few weeks ago I put together a bin full of busy bags I could throw in my purse before leaving the house or pull out to distract the kids while making dinner or finishing up some work at home. They’ve saved my sanity on so many occasions I wanted to share. I mostly filled bags with items from the dollar isle at Target or my craft closet. You can find a ton of ideas on Pinterest too, but my number one rule for busy bags is that it can’t be anything I wouldn’t want to leave behind or throw away. Here’s a few ideas… pick a couple things from the list and throw them into a bag together or grab an easy activity at the store!

BUSY BAG SUPPLIES:

  • play dough
  • pom poms
  • small cups
  • brown lunch bags (or similar)
  • suckers (or candy canes)
  • washi tape
  • small coloring or note pad
  • colored pencils or crayons
  • cars
  • marshmallows + toothpicks
  • wiki sticks
  • post it notes
  • shopkins
  • small plastic animals/dinosaurs
  • stickers
  • bubbles
  • temporary tattoos
  • popsicle sticks
  • ready to stick googley eyes

 

These bags are pretty great, don’t take much time to put together (hint: make a bunch all at once!) and are handy to have on hand (they make a great impromptu reward too!). However, sometimes less is more and a quick show or kid app is the most practical option! Just don’t want you guys to think we do non-stop crafts and activities and no screen time ;)

xo, Rae

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BEST COFFEE IN SEATTLE + RUFFLES ON EVERYTHING

We’ve officially given into the cold weather and are trading our favorite ice cream shops for coffee shops! This one is C & P Coffee Company in West Seattle. Doesn’t that bright colored door just beg you to come in and see what’s on the other side? The answer is delicious coffee and an eclectic and cozy atmosphere. It was too busy to try and take pics inside so the equally cute front patio area will have to do, but you guys would have loved it!

The weather was decent (aka, not raining!) so we grabbed our drinks and snacks and sat outside. Americanos are my go-to but opted for a latte just for the foam. Best decision I ever made :)

I’ve also traded in my tees for sweaters (and sweatshirts of course)! And thanks to a Happy Birthday coupon code to Anthropologie, I have a new one with ruffles. There are so many cute ones out there to choose from but I’m loving the detail and placement on the sleeve.

Can we also talk about how cute Poppy’s little ruffle dress is!? I’ll link all outfit details below!

Poppy had fallen asleep on the car ride and woke up on the wrong side of the car seat, if you know what I mean? Come to think of it, she’s always kind of a bear when she wakes up! Could it be a blood sugar thing? Or just a personality thing? Snacks always help but I think that’s just a general rule of being human.

Aside from snacks, we haven’t left the house lately without a travel bag of shopkins for Poppy. They’re easy to sort, line up in a row or pretend play with.

Poppy perked up on the walk back to the car, so we decided to stop by a friend’s house just a few blocks away for some playtime. Not a bad way to spend the morning!

What’s your favorite way to spend a morning?

xo, Rae

MY OUTFIT | sweater from anthropology x straight leg cropped jeans from madewell (similar or same jean in a slightly diff wash and on major sale!) x metallic mules from nordstrom (similar)

+ POPPY’S | coat from gap (similar) x ruffle dress from rockets of awesome x tights from target x puma shoes (in black at nordstrom rack for $25)

(images by Johan)

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STYLE + PLAY: WITH FALL COLORS + PRETEND PLAY

Happy Monday! I’m back with a second edition of STYLE + PLAY and even though my once-a-month attempts at being a style blogger could use some help, I’m super excited for this post!!! Inspired by our visit to the Seattle Children’s Theater to see Go, Dog, Go! (HERE’S the post if you missed it) I thought I’d share a list of ways to encourage pretend play at home. You’ll also see some of my favorite fall colors and a trend I’ve been wearing a lot lately.

Ideas and links to outfit sources below!

P L A Y :

If you saw our kid date post, then you know Johan and I have decided to do a better job of exposing our kids to the Arts while we’re out and about, but I also think there’s lots of things we can do at home too! Over the last couple weeks I’ve found that kids are naturals, but it’s more fun when us parents get involved too. Here’s a few ideas.

  1. Act out a book, song or favorite movie
  2. Write a story, play or song.
  3. Cook together.
  4. Build a fort and then pretend it’s a home, cave, igloo, etc.
  5. Play dress-up.
  6. Make puppets and put on a puppet show. (The theater pictured is from The Land of Nod.)
  7. Play kitchen.
  8. Set up a stuffed animal audience for a dance or theater performance.
  9. Set up a restaurant and let kids take your order, etc.
  10. Build a town for playing with cars or action figures.
  11. Stock up on art supplies and play dough!
  12. Schedule in some downtime without a screen or a smartphone (ahem… mostly talking to myself) — I recently listened to a podcast about how boredom leads to brilliance and creative thinking and after being more aware of how often I check my phone I totally believe it! Johan and I also decided to schedule a couple hours every evening where we’re phone free and it’s been so good for us!

After seeing Go, Dog, Go! I immeditely hopped online and ordered THIS puppet theater but was half expecting the kids not to be that interested in it. However, just a few minutes after hanging it up, Tilly grabbed brown lunch bags and went to town making puppets and before I knew it all of the kids were getting involved.

S T Y L E :

Can’t get enough of that fall color palette! Shades of green, pink and toffee, mixed with dark neutrals are my current favorites. Add in a layer of denim, stripes and scrunchy socks for interest and texture and you have an easy fall outfit!

POPPY | please more broccoli tee x skirt x hair clip

Her outfit is even cuter in person but thought I should mention that the straps don’t stay up very well. Poppy didn’t seem to mind so I just kept letting her pull them up, but they look just as cute hanging down by her side!

TILLY | endless days top is old from zara but love this and this x similar skirt x hair clip

Always try to take advantage of this in-between fall weather that still allows for bare legs!

ME | dress, similar denim vest, similar cardigan (on sale!), clogs, socks

Sonnet James dresses are the perfect base for a fall outfit when you add a few cozy layers. I also love layering a denim vest or jacket under a coat, bomber jacket or even a bigger cardigan. Adds warms, texture and interest!

Trying so hard to catch that popcorn!

What have you been wearing lots of, lately?

How do you pretend play at home?

xo, Rae

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LITTLE TOURIST: WHAT WE DID IN NY, DAY 3

We’ve been putting the finishing touches on Tilly’s New York themed Birthday party and it occurred to me yesterday that I never shared the last part of our trip! Last June, I took Espen and Tilly to visit my brother and his family who live in Brooklyn and had the most amazing time. My sister in law was sweet enough to capture so many moments from our time with them…  Here’s day 1 + day 2 if you missed them, and below are pics of what we did on day 3!

Everyday we spent in NY was a favorite for different reasons, but day 3 took the cake (literally and figuratively) because I imagine it’s what a normal Saturday would have looked like for us if we lived there. We got to be guests at Logan’s (my nephew) 5th Birthday party, grabbed lunch and bubble tea at Hanco’s in Park Slope, walked through the prettiest parts of Prospect Park, played at a splash pad and then stopped at an Italian Ice truck before walking home. It was a good day.

A kid party complete with balloons, cupcakes, popcorn served in lunch bags and quirky games? Yes please! Ha! But on a more serious side, everyone who lives far away from family probably understands just how special it was that we were able to attend Logan’s 5th bday celebration. Just thinking about it makes my heart burst again.

(LOVE YOU NEW YORKERS SO MUCH!)

Next stop was Hanco’s for Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble tea — our first bubble teas to be specific! I slurped up mine but the kids were not fans. Just look at Tilly’s confused face :)

Next stop was Prospect Park for a walk, picnic and playtime at the splash pad.

(My little brother and Espen! Family is just so sweet.)

Last stop was for Italian Ice on our way home.

Anyone else starting to feel hungry?

A little Pokemon Go on the ride home!

So proud of my little subway pros and loved watching them take care of their cousin like they would (or even more so) their own siblings.

I have always loved looking through “old” pictures and this time was no different. Kinda left me feeling homesick for family and adventure and time together. Daydreaming about our next vacation… hopefully with all 7 of us!

Where do you guys like to travel with your family?

xo, Rae

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A MORNING AT THE FAIR WITH THE LITTLES

OK, is it just me or was last week crazy town!!!!? Our days were jam-packed and even though I was able to be productive with work and have lots of family and friend time, our home is a whole other story. But I guess 2 out of 3 isn’t bad? It’s definitely the balance I prefer. At least until so many people have gone through the laundry pile that I’m not sure what’s clean and what’s dirty and cereal has been eaten for far too many meals — like dinner last night. Guess I should add laundry and grocery shopping to my to do list today, LOL.

But first, back to the thing that makes my heart burst which is time with any and all combinations of my kids and their baby daddy. Last Friday we pulled Griffin out of school and made one last visit to the Washington State Fair. As conflicted as I feel about fairs (I mean, those rides can’t be up to code and the mini heart attacks that happen anytime I lose sight of a kid can’t be good for me either), I’m almost positive it’s impossible not to have the best time ever while there. Here’s a few (dozen ;) snaps from our visit!

First stop, the carousel a.k.a. the one ride that doesn’t make me nervous. After our little ride all I could think was — we need one of these in our backyard! Wouldn’t that be amazing!? A girl can dream I guess.

Griffin giving me a hard time about my sense of direction. We were looking for the petting zoo but could only find barns full of goats. Ha!

Also, worth noting is Johan’s metallic backpack. So manly and always fun!

The hand holding a few pictures up!

Fair food is surprisingly not my favorite, but corn dogs, cotton candy and scones are usually a must for everyone else. These two kids (however) take after me regarding the scones so they tried the scone ice cream instead and loved it!

Last but not least, we had to spend the rest of our tickets on a couple games! Griffin tried SO HARD to win one of those puppies for Poppy and came really close. I just love how much he loves her. Just wish he didn’t also love to annoy her, lol (see pics below).

Hope you guys have a very happy and (mostly) balanced week doing what you love most! But if things end up being a little lopsided, just know I’m right there with you!!!

xo, Rae

PS – Thank you to everyone that played along with my Q+A. I have had a ton of fun reading your answers and (because last week ended up being a doozy) will be answering questions this week so stay tuned!

RAE | sonnet james dress, jean jacket from j. crew, old matte black hunter boots from nordstrom

GRIFFIN | old hoodie from the gap, joggers from rockets of awesome, vans from peek kids

POPPY | “salty” tee from grilled cheese friday, childhoods skirt, old tights from target, Frozen boots courtesy of a Target trip with her auntie ;)

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MOM + MINI DATE IDEAS

We got home late Sunday night from our annual camping trip with friends (so much fun!) and jumped right into catching up on work and sleep, unpack the mountain of stuff we brought and cleaning the other mountain of dirty clothes we came home with, party planning prep for Griffin’s b-day celebration that’s happening tomorrow, and our usual schedule and life in general. After a few days of this the kids started to get a little restless (i.e. whinny and fighting with each other and who could blame them!?) so yesterday Johan and I decided it was time to divide and conquer. While he hung with the boys I took the girls on a little date to The Land of Nod for their summer camp craft time and a couple scoops of our favorite Molly Moon’s Ice cream. After that we did some shopping and then walked over to the new Rachel’s Ginger beer for a couple small drinks, before heading to Starbucks for our usual Bistro boxes to snack on while we drive home. As I walked at an incredibly leisurely pace from store to store with my girls, I thought about how much I needed this break from cleaning up the tornado that is our house, the constant beeping that comes from my phone, and the mile long to do list running though my mind, just as much as they did.

In case you could also use a break from being pulled in 10 different directions, picking up the house, and hearing about how hungry everyone is, here’s a list of mom + mini date ideas to help inspire a little quality time!

15 MOM + MINI DATE IDEAS:

  1. go roller skating or bowling
  2. learn something new together — a trick, knitting, dance moves, twisty balloon animals, etc.
  3. go to a skate park
  4. write notes or thanks you’s to friends and family together
  5. boardgames are always good
  6. go to target or the dollar store for some fun shopping (with a budget)… not to be confused with running errands kinda shopping
  7. nail appointment
  8. at home spa or nail night… you might have seen johan’s impromptu spa night on Instagram stories last week. so funny.
  9. campout in the family room or backyard
  10. bake or cook something together that they pick out
  11. do something sweet for a neighbor together
  12. do a craft (a few of our faves 1 /2 /3 /4 / 5 / 6 )
  13. for daughters, do each other’s makeup
  14. wake up early and go fishing
  15. checkout a new to-you neighborhood, restaurant, store, park, or play area

I always feel like the best version of myself when I’m able to be present with my kids, husband, work, friends, and even strangers, but it’s been such a challenging thing for me to do during the summer months (which is going way too quickly, btw!). Wish I could soak up the sweet moments and laughter and just play 24/7, but keeping up with work and order is also good, right?!

How do you find that rhythm between checking things off the to do list and making time to play?

I would also love to hear your favorite kid date ideas too!?

xo, Rae

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LITTLE TOURIST: WHAT WE DID IN NY, DAY 2

Day 2 was our big museum and park day. We walked a ton, saw a lot of cool stuff and made sure to schedule in enough time to just play and (of course) carb load (lol). Honestly, you could spend an entire day at either museum we visited or central park but for kids and adults with A D D (ahem.) enjoying smaller parts of each place was perfect and the kids loved it way more than I thought they would!

Here’s how our day went…

First stop was the American Museum of Natural History where we visited the Dinosaur and Humpback Whale exhibits. Knowing what we wanted to see before we started was key I think or there would have been a lot of wandering and debating which always results in grumpy kids and adults. Of course I owe this wisdom to my brother and sister in law who are the best tour guides ever!

Next stop was The Met, but instead of the subway we walked through Central Park and ate our homemade PB&J’s at Belvedere Castle. The kids also bought their one and only souvenirs from the castle gift shop. Some kind of whistle, compass, flint, storage, outdoorsy gadget that I thought was amazing because I love souvenirs that are also useful, but I spent the rest of the trip taking them away, LOL.

(My brother and his sweet fam bam!!!!)

THE MET! So much to love about this museum. Again we planned out what exhibit we thought the kids would appreciate before starting….

(Cousinly love! ^^^)

The Mummies and Knights got most of our love and attention but we also stopped by the fashion exhibit and roof top which was beautiful! The main entry of the museum also had all of the nude Renaissance art and sculptures which Tilly was unsure of at first but in the end concluded that at least they all had cute butts. (hahahaha!)

The kids LOVED the maps the museum provided with hand drawn illustrations of the different areas and art too. They spent a lot of time trying to figure out where they were based on the map which kept them engaged and added to the experience so be sure to grab one if you go!

The kids (Tilly with a tic-tac dispenser in her mouth) look so confused by the statues on the rooftop, LOL. I would never in a million years consider Espen and Tilly “museum kids” but they were both interested and excited about what they saw. You could see the wheels turning.

At this point the kids were a little restless so we walked around the corner to Ancient Park to splash and play!

It’s literally right next door to The Met and is inspired by the museums collection of Egyptian art. Bonus that it had water features to cool us off.

Afterwards we were hoping to visit the Central Park Zoo but ran out of time (it closes at 5pm) and is probably for the best… not sure Espen and Tilly could have done much more walking!

In between all of this we ate food cart hot dogs in front of the Met and grabbed pizza in Brooklyn on the way home where we ate and watched a movie before completely crashing!

Love being totally exhausted from playing and being out and about. Forget sometimes that I don’t have to fly halfway across the country to do so and after sorting through pics from our trip this week, am feeling very inspired to adventure around our own cities and neighborhoods this summer! How about you?

You can find details from Day 1 HERE… Thanks again for letting me share!

xo, Rae

*Beautiful pictures snapped by my sister in law Alex, who is coming to Seattle in a couple weeks and will be hosting mini sessions for anyone that is interested, DM her on Instagram!!

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LITTLE TOURIST: WHAT WE DID IN NY, DAY 1

We’ve been back for almost 2 weeks now but it’s taken me this long to go through all the pics and process everything we did in NY. I was a little intimidated by the thought of navigating the city with kids when I booked the trip but luckily we were staying with my brother and sister-in-law who have been living there for awhile and are total pros! We crammed so much in during our stay that I’m going to break up our trip day by day.

Day 1 started after a red-eye from Seattle which worked out well with my kids at their ages (Espen 10 and Tilly 8). None of us slept much (despite carrying on pillows, blankets and melatonin!) but the excitement kept us going and our exhaustion at the end of the day made the time change no big deal. Here’s a look at what we did…

First up was a drive-by past Lady Liberty. It was no.1 on Tilly’s bucket list but booking a tour costs a lot and took up most of a day and I wasn’t sure it would hold their attention much. So, my brilliant sister in law suggested hopping on the Staten Island ferry (it’s free!) instead. I googled fun facts about the statue while we road by (there and back) and got plenty of pictures which seemed to satisfy everyone. Bonus that it only took about an hour!

After getting off the ferry we walked over to Battery Park to see the Bull (and rub his balls for good luck :). The SHE statue was also still there which I was so excited about. I’m more of a humanist than feminist, but her addition to the bull gives me all kinds of warm fuzzies.

We also stopped for a ride on the sea glass carousel which was so pretty!

Next stop was a late lunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park which was no.1 on my bucket list. Johan and I ate there during our last trip and I’ve been craving it ever since.

The last stop of the day was Rockefeller Center and Time Square where we saw Elmo, a totally impressive subway performer, naked painted ladies in thongs, beautiful art installments (the “x” chairs and piano), a unicorn man and a really cool dance group… definitely not my normal scene or vibe but a lot of fun and totally worth it!

All in all, we ended up doing so much more on the first day and literally went until we dropped. The kids actually dozed off on the Subway ride home!

Thanks so much for letting me share our trip with you! If there are any other details you’d like to hear more about let me know and I’ll include it in the follow up posts.

xo, Rae

*Beautiful pictures snapped by my sister in law Alex, who is coming to Seattle in a couple weeks and will be hosting mini sessions for anyone that is interested, DM her on Instagram!!

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