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MUST-HAVE SUMMER SHOES + SELF CARE

You know what I love? Practical things like cute summer shoes that can get wet (I’ll share our favorites below) and easy ways to check self-care off my to do list. So I thought we’d chat about both today!

Self care can seem impossible but it really doesn’t have to be complicated or even cost money. With summer starting today for us (FINALLY!) the topic has been on my mind — particularly, how to fit it in, what it looks like and how to make it happen. More than anything I just really want my kids to have a fun, happy mom to hangout with alllll summer (burnout is real!). After all we only get 18 of them together… 18!?

Here’s my list of simple, inexpensive ways to treat yourself |

  1. the little things count… date nights don’t have to be fancy. Girlfriend time can include the kids (and mimosas), and Netflix is a completely appropriate “babysitter” every once in a while so you can catch up on the bachelor, finish a project or just take a break.
  2. Workouts don’t have to be at a gym! I’ve been using the SWEAT app (and loving it!). Also shared some ideas for an at home/on the go workouts HERE.
  3. Knowing how much time things actually take… washing your face is worth the extra 2 minutes. Except some nights it’s not, lol. Workouts only take 30 minutes if you aren’t driving to a gym and a nail, eyebrow or blow-out appointment only take an hour or less!
  4. Find a good hiding spot. Mine is in the laundry room with a la croix or glass of wine and a Friends episode while I catch up on laundry. If the kids somehow happen to find me I give them clothes to fold and socks to match. Poppy is awesome at “folding” towels and washcloths :).
  5. JUST SAY NO TO: mom guilt, people pleasing and just all the extra stuff…
  6. Going to bed. Always easier said than done but the world looks so much better after sleep.
  7. Drink water.

What would you add?

(poppy hiding from papa. me prob adding text to an instagram story.)

(making myself the president of his fan club. i love you griff!)

 

WATER (FRIENDLY) SHOES |

  • Love these slides and that they come in other colors to.
  • The waterproof birks are amazing. Johan has these, griffin has these, and I would like these.
  • Espen and tilly have the target version and so does poppy.
  • We also, love, love love natives… curious about their teva style ones. May have to give them a try!

What do you think about either or both of these topics? 

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xoxo, Rae

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ROAD TRIP OUTFIT INSPIRATION: DRESSES + SNEAKERS

Take us to the weekend! Or better yet, take us on a road trip over the weekend!!!!

Summer is the best time of year in Seattle so it’s not often that we go more than a few hours away. While it’s easier to pack a bag for a weekend road trip, it can be a tricky to find something to wear that’s comfy enough for a car ride, functional enough for walking and exploring and cute enough for eating out and having fun.

An easy breezy dress paired with sneakers seems like the perfect solution so pulled together some inspiration for ya.

I’M WEARING | pink dress (only $38), white sneakers, jean jacket (has a classic fit), woven bag to hold all the road trip treasures (mine sold out but I love this one and topshop, urban outfitters and shopbop all have a great selection!)

POPPY’S WEARING | cat hat (similar), romper, sneakers (similar)

More links and ideas below!

Anyways, you guys know I can’t resist a new trend for very long, especially when it’s functional so it’s only a matter of time before I own a pair of ugly sneakers. However, I’ll probably pair them with a denim skirt and a tee or button up instead of a fancy dress…. Def have a thing for these yellow ones, these white ones and these multi colored ones. They make me want to sign up for an aerobics class!

A few questions for you before you go…

  1. What new-ish trend have you been wanting to try!?
  2. What’s your go-to outfit for road trips or day trips?
  3. Where you are road tripping to this summer!?

We’ve been talking about doing a lot of island hopping in the San Juans which would be more of a series of day trips, but still lots of driving, walking and exploring. Can’t wait!

xo, Rae

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T-SHIRT DRESS 3-WAYS

One of my personal rules when it comes to clothes shopping, especially when something costs more than $50, is whether or not I can use it to piece together at least 3 outfits with items I already have in my closet. This one little rule has saved me a lot of money, makes shopping less stressful and keeps my wardrobe pretty functional. Of course there are always exceptions and I do have a few skirts and dresses hanging in my closet that only get worn once or twice a season, but hopefully you get the idea!

To illustrate my little shopping guideline, I thought it would be fun to share three outfits using my new-ish tee shirt dress ($58 from madewell). When it comes to “one and done” outfits, like dresses and jumpsuits, the tee dress is my all time fave. It’s  casual enough for momming, and errand running and versatile enough to dress up for church or date night. It also wins bonus points over my other favorite (a jumpsuit) for being a piece of cake when it comes to using a public loo. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Of course there are a million ways to wear this simple spring and summer staple, but here’s how I wore it 3 times over the last couple weeks…

T-SHIRT DRESS NO. 1 | bandana (very similar and love the strawberry one too!), cardigan (similar one in cream), white sneakers (similar), low-profile socks (they actually stay on and don’t show!)

Love after schools with my Griffey. He’s always high energy and the first to ask how my day was, get his school work out, eat his snack and do is chore. Mostly because he’s in a hurry to play with friends, but I’ll take it!

(No time for kisses, mom!)

T-SHIRT DRESS NO. 2 | hat (wearing a size small but could have done medium), jean jacket (similar), espadrilles (very similar or asos has less expensive espadrille options!)

Wore this combo to church followed by a trip to the nursery and then home to hang in the backyard and eat guac, set up our new trampoline and eventually make dinner.

All the kids picked out their outfits this day — one of the things I usually help with on Sundays — and I think they did pretty good. Especially love Poppy’s socks with her sandals, ha!

T-SHIRT DRESS NO. 3 | slides, sunnies (in white too), surplus/utility jacket (forgot it in the car!) love this one and this one, whistle necklace on major sale (a fun layering option)

Wore to the drive-thru for milkshakes and fries and then to Ozzie’s baseball game :)

(Holding my leg hostage. Not mad about it.)

What do you guys think!? Which combo is your favorite? What would you like to see styled 3-ways, next?!

XO, Rae

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WHEN SPRING FEELS MORE LIKE WINTER

I know i’ve been a broken record lately when it comes to the weather but it feels like winter and spring have teamed up and are playing a really bad joke on us. Lately, we’ve been getting a random mix or sunshine and hail with buckets of rain in between. Super fun stuff. Especially while watching a baseball game, lol. Up until last week I was feeling alone in my springtime woes here in the PNW. However, after sharing an Instagram poll asking who was having fun in the sun and who was still having to bundle up, it turns out most of us (74%) are still waiting for spring to arrive.

So I figured we could all use a little pep-talk. I just hope you guys aren’t sick of all my lists… Feeling like it’s kind of the spring thing to do :)

5 WAYS TO FAKE SPRING

  1. ADD SOME POPS OF COLOR. Pullout all all the brightly colored things from hibernation (i.e. the back of the drawer, closet or linen cupboard) and add to your lips, wardrobe or home! Flowers are always a good idea too!
  2. RETAIL THERAPY THE SMART WAY. No one wants to make a warm weather purchase that ends up going on sale before you’re able to wear it! Instead of clicking the purchase button right away, add a few things from your spring/summer wishlist to your virtual cart and wait for those sales to start! FYI: My cotton candy colored jeans are on sale plus 30% off right now at madewell!
  3. DIFFUSE OILS & TURN-UP THE FEEL GOOD MUSIC. My favorite blend right now is 6 drops grapefruit, 4 drops lemon and 2 drops peppermint. As for the music, we’ve been listening to a lot of country lately. 60’s music is always a fun way to lighten the mood too! (we have this diffusor and it works great!)
  4. LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (even when it’s cloudy). Spring is the season of planning, organizing and being productive. Sure, I might feel more motivated to work in the yard or do other spring cleaning items if the weather was nicer, but I would probably also be more distracted.
  5. MAKE SPRING THINGS IN THE KITCHEN. Take advantage of all the new spring produce and flavors and get busy whipping up yummy desserts (like this one), cocktails and dinners! Hoping to try this drink over the weekend… good practice for Cinco de Mayo!

Hello, Spring. Are you there?

Wish I had been eavesdropping on Poppy’s convo, LOL.

Also, banana phones have been trending around our house since taking these pics. So funny to hear the kids have pretend conversations with each other!

Summer will be here before we know it so I guess I should be more thankful and intentional with this season, no matter the weather! More planning + prepping and less complaining :)

Rain or shine, what’s your favorite part about Spring?

XO, Rae

ME | top, jeans, would be cute with these sandals (also on sale)

POPPY | dress, scrunchie, love, love, love these shoes to go with

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STYLE + PLAY: AN INVITATION TO PLAY + MORE ATHLEASURE, PLEASE

Earlier this week, Johan and I took Poppy to the children’s museum followed by our favorite cupcake shop and ever since I can’t stop thinking about a few things. 1. How/why do kids stay so much more engaged at a museum vs. at home, aside from the obvious newness of the activities? 2. Why aren’t there smoothie/juice bars as cute as ice cream and cupcake shops? And 3. Why don’t I have more athleasure in my closet!?

Keeping the kids entertained (and honestly myself too) while being mostly cooped up in the winter, is a challenge so I didn’t waste anytime looking into question number 1. Turns out, aside from being in a new environment with new things to do, it’s all about the invitation to play. Which is a fancy way of saying you set no-strings-attached activities out for kids to do, before they get home from school or up from nap, and then sit back and see what happens! Brilliant, right!? Well, the noise and chaos level in our home that occurs from the time the kids walk through the door after school until they find something to focus on, has been off the charts lately so again, I didn’t waste anytime trying this method out and I have to say…. it worked really well. Shared a few pics below.

Question number 2 wasn’t so easy to figure out but I’m currently trying to convince Johan it would be a good idea to open up an adorable shop that serves smoothie bowls, cold pressed juices and simple snack boxes. He’s not convinced it’s such a good idea so if you know of something similar that already exists please share!! It would be nice to switch up our ice cream and cupcake intake a little :)

Now for the most pressing question… why so little athleasure in my closet!? Ha! Not sure I can really answer that, but since I’ve upped my number of workouts per week I find myself reaching for outfits that can pull double duty more often. The 2 pairs of lulu’s in my closet just were not cutting it so a couple weeks ago I hesitantly ordered a red pair of adidas joggers and I can’t believe how much I love them! Bonus, they also passed the husband and teenager test :)

Now for a crazy amount of pics from our outing…

Is there anything that gets a kids attention quite like water play? Maybe dirt and sand?

Poppy has been obsessed with anything involving kids scissors. Just ask a couple of her dolls :)

OUTFIT DETAILS:

RAE | red joggers, white tee (men’s undershirt), jacket  (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!)

POPPY | skirt (I bought her this too,both on sale! size down), shoes (similar from amazon), hoodie (in different colors), top from june and january (love their “grapefruit” color)

See what I mean about cupcake places being so cute and inviting?

There is a really fun and well decorated smoothie bowl place by my parents house called Healthy Bonez, but there isn’t anywhere to sit and enjoy once you ordered (insert cry face emoji!).

Shops that sell mini versions of menu items is always a big win in my book!

I’ve been setting out an activity or two for the kids after school and it’s been so helpful with getting them transitioned. Of course it’s still a little chaotic, but there’s always a couple of the kids that take an interest which is a huge help. Last week I set out these beads from IKEA, a heart and tissue paper craft, and a number guessing game and this week so far it’s been classroom Valentine’s cards to work on and red cups to stack and knock over.

What have you guys been wearing, going, and doing to have fun and stay sane this winter!?

XO, Rae

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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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STYLE + PLAY: MESSAGE TEES BY RAMBLE + HAND GAMES

Today we’re starting a new series that incorporates two of my favorite things — cute clothes and playing with my kids — called, STYLE + PLAY (!!!) There have been some requests for more style content and tips and I thought this would be a really good way to share my style in an authentic way since I’m always on the hunt for outfits that make me feel good but that also allows me to wrangle the kids!

With that in mind, I want to make sure these posts are relatable and fun so you’ll see a mix of everything from mom-uniforms and everyday staples to cute dresses and seasonal trends.

I’m also hoping to get a mix of the kids so you get to see outfits and activities for boys and girls at different ages. However, you will probably be seeing a lot of Poppy since she is my only sidekick during school hours these days and even though I do my best to incorporate items I know my kids like and wear into their wardrobe, she is the easiest to influence style wise. Not counting on that lasting much longer though since picking out her PJ’s last night took a crazy amount of time. Hoping it was a one time thing, lol.

I’m so excited for this new series, so let’s get started!

STYLE |

As a graphic designer it’s hard for me to resist a good message tee that uses simple typography to say something cute or relatable and as far as I’m concerned you can’t have too many in your closet. They’re so versatile and easy to pair with leggings, jeans or a flirty skirt.

Both of our tees are from Ramble who was sweet enough to offer a discount! Use code: ramble10 for 10% off through September 24th

I have my eye on this RALLY tee!

MY OUTFIT | lipstick & coffee tee x leggings x jean jacket x similar sunnies x similar birks

These photos were taken after dropping Griffin off on his first day of kindergarten and before running errands and coaching Tilly’s soccer so leggings were and obvious choice. I knew I’d be living for coffee and lipstick for the remainder of the school year so my tee seemed perfect and festive and then a structured jacket of some kind is usually my go with an outfit like this — it gives more of a “don’t I look productive and sporty” and less of a “I might have just rolled out of bed” vibe. Not that there is anything wrong with a good hoodie instead!

POPPY’S OUTFIT | “you can’t always get what you want” tee x shorties x navy pumas (found for $20 at Marshalls) x backpack from state (in a preschool size)

PLAY, HAND GAMES |

These games are free, requires zero props, supplies or prep, will keep kids busy and engaged just about anywhere (at least for a few minutes) and serve as a really good distraction and mood changer when things seem to be going downhill.

A few ideas to get you started!

  • Hand (or fist) stack. Super simple, just keep moving the hand thats at the bottom to the top!
  • Thumb war
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Miss Mary Mack hand clap
  • Down Down Baby hand clap (Tilly and I did it here without the singing)
  • Say Say Oh playmate (the daddy daughter duo is pretty cute)
  • Pick which hand…. has a small toy, candy, pine cone, etc.
  • Make up a handshake!
  • Hand slap game
  • Learn/practice sign language
  • Learn the hand jive from Grease
  • Ro-Sham-Bo (or rock, paper, scissors)
  • Chopsticks… a game Tilly + Espen taught me that I still don’t get, LOL
  • Broken finger trick. Hint: your dad or uncle probably did this for you at one point or another :)
  • Shadow puppets

Please share any hand games that I missed, in the comments!

That was fun! And is there anything better than grabbing a coffee and then walking to the park!? Wish we could do it every day.

xo, Rae

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