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WORK + PLAY: WITH CHERRIES BY OLIVIA + OCEAN

The cherry doesn’t fall far from the tree… especially in these matching mommy + me suits from Olivia + Ocean. Textile design is one of my most favorite things to do and design and being able to see this ditsy cherry pattern I created come to life on the cutest suits is definitely a highlight for me this summer. Aside from being a client, I absolutely am a fan and customer of O+O. You guys would love Danielle (the mom boss behind the brand) her swimsuits and her mission.

She’s created the most adorable options for little girls that will have you feeling nostalgic and current at the same time. And for the moms she’s created a swimsuit that hugs you in all the right places, has a flattering silhouette and is super functional.

You can shop the CHERRY COLLECTION HERE!

Because Danielle is in the middle of moving her family to Texas (exciting!) she asked me to help with the photos for the launch and I jumped at the chance! Below are some of my favorites taken by Stacy Jacobsen and a couple thoughts on body image…

BONUS, the mom bod suits double as a really cute camisole! So cute with shorts or a skirt!

Passed the canon ball test with flying colors :)

Whether you have a suits you love or haven’t found a favorite yet, adding one of the Olivia + Ocean MomBod suits to your collection might be the best decision you’ve made all summer, especially if it means you’ll feel free and empowered to play more in the water with your babes. And she has lots of patterns and colors to choose from if cherries aren’t your thing!

For reference, I’m 5’7″, 127 lbs. and wearing a medium.

Now that we’re on the subject, when it comes to body image, what do you struggle with most? It’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately and I would love to chat with you about it more!

XO, Rae

 

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DRESSING BIG BOYS (+ GIRLS TOO)

I’ve gotten a few questions about how and what I buy for the kids’ closets and since back to school is a month away (for us anyway), I’m guessing it’s because BTS shopping is on everyone’s mind. Yes? Well if so, I hope this post helps in someway! Just keep in mind that dressing the kids should be fun (not to be confused with getting a toddler to put on clothes) so if you find yourself overthinking things or fighting with the kids over it – abandon ship! Nothing in parenting is more important than your relationship with your kids. Not even if it looks like a unicorn puked all over them.

Most of the questions also had to do with dressing boys… with all the athletic gear and giant logos, it’s hard to keep them from looking like a walking billboard and I completely understand the frustration. Espen and Griffin (so far) are pretty easy regarding clothes, but Ozzie went through a long stage of only wearing nike or under armour. Now he dresses better than I do. So there is hope.

In the meantime, here’s my strategy!

75% OF THE TIME MY KIDS PICK THEIR OWN OUTFITS — and even on church days or family photo days, they always have the final say because uncomfortable kids are no fun to be around. Poppy prefers dresses and skirts and the older kids know the difference between play clothes and nice clothes so this set up works out pretty good for us. On certain days I’ll give a few suggestions or guidelines, but for the most part it’s all about the choices they have in their closet…. Most of the time you’ll see them in sweats and tees (it’s all about comfort!). Oh, and lots of pink and play dresses for Pop. At the moment, Tilly is our pickiest dresser and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Wrote a little bit about tit HERE.

WHEN IT COMES TO ATHLETIC CLOTHES — they need it for all the sports they play so we’ve got an abundance. I try to buy stuff that fits well (not too baggy and anything more structured is a bonus) and I’m a fan of matching sweatsuits and joggers too. Both options make athletic gear look less frumpy.

BALANCE IT OUT (the sporty or glittery) WITH BASICS — so they might not want to wear a polo shirt, but most boys I know are cool with a plain tee or sweatshirt which is a great way to balance out the basketball shorts and tights! Same goes for girls and over the top tutus (or fill in the blank). I’ve been stocking the kids’ closets with lots of  plain tees lately and it makes things so easy for all of us.

I SHOP SALES!!! — and mostly online too. Makes it easy to throw a few things in my cart and then ask the kids if they approve before buying — they always have the final say!

Speaking of sales, J.Crew Factory is having a 40% off sale right now (ends tonight). I bought a few things for the boys (ringer tees, these sweats (j.crew sweats never disappoint), this striped tee, henley’s in green and red (there’s a striped option too) and a couple plain tees. Also got Poppy this corduroy skirt (I’m very into corduroy lately!) and white bell-sleeve tee.

Other places I shop for the kids | Zara (they don’t do many sales but their prices are reasonable), Hanna Anderson for pjs, denim at the gap, peek kids (their sales are so good!), gymboree, and small shops like hen & co (25% off right now), childhoods, alice & ames or plain jane. Nordstrom and Macy’s are also go-tos for shoes and athletic gear especially. Tilly likes Zella Girl and there are usually good nike and adidas options for everyone too.

Way too cute to hide behind “Just do it” convo tees and frumpy sweats!

Kid approved!

(Pics from a month ago on a ferry ride to Whidbey island for the day — Oz and Tilly had both stayed behind with friends.)

In closing — as a style enthusiast and stylist by trade, I work really hard at trying not to care about what the kids wear or pick out for their back to school supplies (just prepping myself for the inevitable, ha!) and at the end of the day I’m just thankful that we have more than enough clothes and money for back to school shopping.

When I find myself caring too much, another thing that really helps is turning some of that attention towards myself which is the only thing I can really control — what I want to wear! Ha! “Worry about yourself” is something I say to the kids often and for sure need to hear myself sometimes.

What do you struggle most with when it comes to dressing the fam?

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON (insert crying emoji).

XO, Rae

PS – would you be interested in seeing more links and shopping posts in the future?

PPS – is it just me or when we were younger, was there more of a push to dress nicer for school, church, bday parties, events and outings with the fam? I always remember having “school clothes” and “play clothes” in my closet, but maybe that’s just how I was raised?

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MADE YOU SMILE WITH THE ALL NEW GYMBOREE!

Having my kids home all summer gives me all the smiles for all the days (even the longer summer days that almost feel like 2 days… wait, did that happen yesterday or this morning? lol). So once we get to that part of summer when back to school becomes part of the conversation, it always bums me out. The silver lining of course is all the back to school shopping that we get to do in preparation, which is why I’m so excited to be partnering with Gymboree. They’ve reimagined their brand and we’re in love with their fresh take on style and kid friendly clothing!!! Since we’ve been shopping at Gymboree since Ozzie was little, seeing all the younger kids in their outfits made me sentimental too.

You really can’t beat a shop that makes it easy to find clothes the kids love and that are also cute, mix and matchable, super comfy and soft and also durable. It definitely makes me smile. Thought it would also be fun to ask the kids what makes them smile too. Here are their answers and a bunch more pics of them breaking in their new Gymboree digs around town!

TILLY | my friends, candy, polka-dots, + you know… funny stuff. like dad jokes.

ESPEN | my bed. (spoken like a true tween)

GRIFFIN | hugging my mom, lemon muffins (lol, if you saw his bday interview), movie night, getting gifts.

POPPY | going on an airplane. my heart blankey.

Can I get everything in my size too, please!? I especially love Griffin’s top, Tilly’s jeans, Poppy’s dress and jacket, and Espen’s sweatshirt.

Poppy didn’t want to take off her headband at the end of the night either which is rare for her and hair accessories so it must have been comfy :)

The bottom pic — when Johan told them to look serious — Griffin’s expression cracks me up!

I so wish scooters could be our main source of transportation. It’s my favorite!

All the best – go with anything – footwear. And no one complained about their feet being sore!

Thank you kids and summer for all the smiles!!! And a big thanks to Gymboree for sponsoring this post and putting together such a fun #madeyousmile campaign!

Hope this post and all the cute new back to school styles made you smile too!

XO, Rae

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HOW I WEAR WIDE LEG PANTS + OUR STAY AT A BED AND BREAKFAST

Just me, in my wide leg jeans and straw hat, trying to look all casual like I’m in my element walking through grape vines, but really just hoping the deers we saw earlier snacking on the grapes, don’t return and beat me up. From a distance, I’ll be the first to admire any wild animal, but otherwise they really freak me out!

Anyways, you might be wondering why I’m walking through grapevines??? Well, Monday night Johan and I dropped the kids off at my parents house and headed down the road to a B+B and winery for the night. It was a very different experience than I’d ever had, but fun to try something new. We chatted our innkeeper Bob’s, ear off and asked LOTS of random questions during the wine tasting, ate a delicious breakfast while chatting more with Bob (HA!) and enjoyed the pretty grounds. We also left the winery to visit friends in Kirkland and eat a yummy dinner out (just the two of us) too. If you haven’t been to a B+B before, it’s worth the experience and the place we stayed was great… sweet people and delicious food and snacks and some of the best wine I’ve tasted at very normal prices. Not sure it will be a regular thing for us but I would love to hear if you’ve been to a B+B and if it’s something you would do more of!?

The weather seemed to be a little unpredictable for our stay so I threw these wide leg jeans in my suitcase. They’re perfect for cooler days but breezy enough for warm days too which is why I totally recommend adding a pair (if you haven’t already) to your wardrobe. After posting this pic on Instagram last week, I got asked on DM, how else I like to style mine. So thought I’d share my answer here in case anyone else is wondering…? I like to wear a fitted top or tee I can tuck in all the way or a cropped-boxy  top I can front tuck. It’s really all about balancing out the wide bottom with whatever is on top and making sure I still have a waist. A peasant top that doesn’t have too much fabric and can be tucked in would be really cute too!

Let’s chat about these bracelets because they’re inexpensive and receive lots of compliments. Both are sold out from Madewell, but you can find similar HERE… love the friendship bracelet options!

When you’re in front of a camera and have no little ones hanging on you or grabbing your hand and no coffee to hold, you do weird things with your hat ;)

OUTFIT DETAILS: hat from Nordstrom, striped tee (on sale) from J.Crew, jeans are old from Madewell (but I love these even more), huarache sandals are old from Madewell (similar)

Thanks to my sweet husband for the fun date!!!

XO, Rae

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HOW TO WEAR OVERALLS (WITHOUT FEELING LIKE A KID)

Laughing at the title of this post a little because in the pic I kinda look like one of the kids (HA!). We had just finished attending Griffin’s Kindergarten graduation celebration and decided to grab lunch and head to the park for some playtime. Can’t beat overalls for their ability to be comfortable and playful but also special enough to dress up for a daytime event.

Which is one of the many reasons why overalls are one of my favorite wardrobe staples and go-to choice on days that I just really don’t know what to wear. However, not everyone feels the same. If that’s you, today I’m going to try and change your mind by sharing a few styling tips… (you know that friend that is obsessed with something and won’t stop bugging you about it until you try it? That’s me. Try to not get too annoyed, mmmkay? ;)

Sooooo, whether you’re not sure if you can “pull them off” (btw, you totally can), or you would love some ideas for styling the overalls that are already hanging in your closet, here are my 3 tips for wearing overalls while also feeling like a grownup:

  1. Pair them with a softer/pretty/feminine blouse or button up instead of a t-shirt. If you really want to keep things grown-up-ish, add strapy sandals (or heeled espadrilles in the evening) and a straw hat and basket bag.
  2. Stay monochromatic… black and white always make things look a little more sophisticated, so a black or white tee with black accessories (think shoes, sunnies + purse) is an easy win!
  3. Remember that there’s more than one kind of overall… Opt for a dress overall like this one or this one that will look so cute in the early fall with a sweater and booties too. Or wide-leg overalls like these that have more of a pinafore look to them. A denim jumpsuit is also an option! Love this one and this one.

Of course cute slides or sneakers and a striped t-shirt are always an option and usually how I wear overalls. Actually, it’s how I wear most things, lol.

Outfit details are linked below as well as a few tid-bits about what we were up to in our outfits, too!

A giant playground with climbing toys, swings, slides, etc. but the drinking fountain and bicycle rack are an obvious choice.

Griffin took this pic of Poppy… gah! Every time we get the camera out lately, he asks for a turn and i love to see what he ends up shooting. There are always a few gems and a few funny captures. Also, Poppy is looking very comfortable in front of a camera, LOL. Love them both mucho.

Happy to have Daddy with us for Griffin’s graduation and festivities afterward. He’s also always the best choice for something to climb or play on :)

We asked these two what they wanted for lunch and/or treat after the graduation and they both insisted on happy meals! It was so surprising and hilarious to Johan and me since it’s not a normal request or food option for our fam. We later realized (when they didn’t eat their food) that they were in it for the toys. Now I just need to figure out where they saw the advertisement for the happy meal toys, lol. But really it was kind of a fun flashback to growing up in the 90’s.

Now back to the overall discussion… did I convince you?

You guys are the best!

xo, Rae

RAE | overalls are old from madewell but THESE are very similar from topshop, top from urban outfitters — wearing a small but could have sized up, birkenstocks are old from J.Crew but these are similar

POPPY | top and skirt by alice + ames, shoes from target

GRIFFIN | rocket polo from rockets of awesome, dock shorts from J.Crew and are a summer staple for the two younger boys

 

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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? 

:)

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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