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PIN TO WIN $100 TO TARGET

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Structured days, early nights and lunchbox packing is coming to an end and being replaced by endless water play, all day snacking and impromptu get togethers. We can hardly wait so thought we’d celebrate with a PINTEREST PARTY! One lucky winner will receive a $100 Target gift card — just follow the guidelines below.

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

  • Sign up for email updates at the bottom of this post.
  • Make sure you are following Rae Ann Kelly on Pinterest.
  • Pin at least 3 of your favorite Rae Ann Kelly blog post images from this board on pinterest or directly from their respective blog post pages.
  • Make sure your pins’ caption includes the hashtags: #raeannkellypins and #rakpinparty so we know you’ve entered!

Contest closes Monday, May 30th at 6am PST. I’ll announce the winner here and then send a message to your pinterest account by the end of the day.

THE WINNER IS: Ginger Brehl

Have fun you guys!!! I’m excited to follow along :)

XO, Rae

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BREAKFAST CLUB: SMOOTHIE BOWLS (+ A MEAL PLAN)

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I love a good “build your own” type meal. I also enjoy a good bandwagon. So, since smoothie bowls are super easy to personalize and trending at the moment, I figured it was time we gave them a whirl. Now I’m wondering what took us so long!?

If you and your kids like smoothies you will LOVE these. They are basically extra thick smoothies topped like a parfait. Toppings make everything better, yes? Yes! Here’s how we made ours…

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BERRY BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL (makes 2 big bowls or 4 small ones)

You’ll Need:

  • 1-1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup almond milk (or other preferred milk)
  • 1 cup spinach or favorite green
  • 2 tablespoons chia/hemp/flax/etc. seed
  • honey or agave to taste
  • ice to taste
  • favorite protein powder (optional)
  • toppings – chia seeds, shaved almonds, berries + other fruit, shredded coconut, granola, etc.

Here’s How:

  1. Toss all ingredients (except toppings) in a blender and blend until well combined and mixture is too thick to suck through a straw.
  2. Pour into bowls and prinkle with toppings of choice!

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Give me ALL the toppings please! I think they are the best part of any dish but especially these smoothie bowls. Aside from the delicious taste the colors and textures are so pretty and pretty food is fun to eat.

Now we just need to try acai bowls… Which I think are like smoothie bowls with an added ingredient? Have you guys tried them?

(CLICK HERE TO CHECKOUT OUR MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK)

Happy Monday!

XO, Rae

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HAPPY MONDAY + A MEAL PLAN

menu-plan-may-2Hope you guys had a snuggle filled Mother’s Day weekend with lots of handmade gifts, flowers and yummy food too! We spent most of our weekend at baseball games but also managed to sneak in a trip to the farmer’s market and a date night (watching baseball of course :). Woke up feeling tired but also very spoiled. Definitely a weekend for the books!

After any good holiday weekend I almost always find myself playing catch-up when Monday rolls around. So I spent a little time on Friday getting ahead and made a meal plan for this week and thought I would share.

Here is what we’ll be eating:

If you are curious, HERE is a post about how we meal plan, deal with picky eaters, etc.

Are there any summery recipes you’ve been looking forward to making/eating?

CHEERS to an amazing week ahead!!!

XO, Rae

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SIPPING ON THE PERFECT ICED COFFEE

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(sleepy eye fabric backdrop from my spoonflower shop)

Warm weather goes with iced drinks like Monday’s go with caffeine so it seemed appropriate to share a little tip I learned that will have your iced coffee tasting delicious and creamy to the last sip.

Ready for it?

It’s so simple… freeze your favorite milk into ice cubes!!!

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As the cubes melt the coffee stays yummy instead of watery and blah.

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Our friends dropped off a bottle of their homemade cold brew last week, which (side note) is amazing! Not sure what has taken me so long to try, but I’m hooked. Anyways, I’ve been experimenting with different combinations and my favorite so far is:

vanilla coconut cold brew (or iced coffee) – half glass of cold brew, frozen coconut milk ice cubes, a little bit of vanilla syrup and coconut milk to taste.

What is your go-to iced drink during the warm weather months!?

XO, Rae

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FAVORITE FINDS FOR A GIRL’S SPRING + SUMMER WARDROBE

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There isn’t usaully a need to switch from cold to warm weather wardrobes around here in the pacific northwest until June-ish, but the sun has been out and showing off (with temps in the 80’s!) lately. Warm weather combined with the lack of clothes that still  fit my kids from last summer has me doing some online shopping. Which I love. Maybe a little too much!?

Here are some of my favorite finds for the girls. Everything linked is for older girls, but most have smaller versions for the babes and toddlers too.

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ACCESSORIES / 1. hat / 2. hair clips / 3. purse / 4. sunnies

DRESSES + ROMPERS / 1. blue stripe dress / 2. banana shirt dress / 3. floral dress / 4. twirly play dress in charcoal / 5. red stripe skater dress / 6. wide leg overalls

OUTERWEAR / 1. poncho / 2. jean jacket (Tilly + Poppy have this jacket and it’s so soft!) / 3. yellow frilled sweatshirt cardi

SHORTS / 1. striped short / 2. cutoff jean shorts / 3. olive shorts

TOPS / 1. flower tank / 2. olive split back tee / 3. natural wonder tee / 4. tres cute sweatshirt / 5. patches tee / 6. floral print tank

SHOES / 1. slip-on sneaker / 2. converse / 3. brown sandal

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Still need to hunt for some basic tanks, play shorts and of course flip-flops and beach gear, but it was fun to play around with different outfits. Tilly has all of a sudden decided that she doesn’t like skirts (with the exception of this one) or rompers but is thankfully still ok with dresses. Can’t beat the one-and-done outfits!

Are your kids picky about what they wear?

Happy (spring/summer) shopping!

XO, Rae

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MINI MAKERS: TIN CAN HERB GARDEN

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Earth Day is Friday and my kids have been sharing all kinds of new-to-them info about different ways to take care of this sweet and beautiful earth that takes such good care of us. So far they’ve picked up most of these tips from school so I thought it was time to do a little schooling at home… not that I taught them anything new, but we did do some up-cycling and planting!

Here’s how we made our UP-CYCLED TIN CAN HERB GARDEN:

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You’ll Need

  • .5-inch and/or .75-inch alphabet stickers (we used .5-inch for the water can and .75-inch for all the other tins)
  • Empty tin cans (the cilantro is in a larger ‘crushed tomato’ can
  • Drill & bit or nail and hammer
  • Acrylic paint & brushes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rocks from the yard
  • Soil
  • Plants or seeds

To Make the Cans – Clean and dry empty cans. Use a drill and bit or nail and hammer to make 3 or 4 holes in the bottom for water to drain. Place alphabet stickers as desired on can. Use painters tape for a dipped paint look, on the opposite end of the can from stickers. Paint until can is covered, drying in between coats if needed.

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To Plant Herbs – Place 3 or so rocks in the bottom of can. Add soil and the plant, filling with more soil as needed.

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Then water…. and try a taste of each herb.

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Or make your big sis do it.

Clip sprigs anytime they are needed for a fancy drink, garnish or dish!

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It’s sweet to see their passion for the earth and environment. Until they give me a hard time about using too much water or remind me that the microwave is much more efficient than the oven. Lols.

Do your kids ever so the same?

We’ve come so far from the days of ‘Give a hoot, don’t pollute’! It was such a fresh, new concept when I was young (or at least that’s how I remember it?).

XO, Rae

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FRONT PORCH SPRING REFRESH

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One of the chronically un-styled + unfinished areas of our home is the front porch. Mostly because I’m really good at killing plants, rarely find a wreath I love enough to splurge on and just haven’t taken the time to think about other ways to decorate. But with all the street hokey, fliers up, side walk chalk sessions, bike rallies, etc. that happen on our street, the porch could easily be used as an extra outdoor living space for people to hangout on. So a couple weeks ago Johan and I spruced up the front porch in just 3 easy steps…

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1. Cozy Seating: Using a couple pallets we had laying around and pinterest for inspiration, Johan made and hung a swing (thanks honey!). I shopped the house for a few pillows, but will be looking for outdoor ones to replace them with, and added an old rug that was folded up in the linen closet. When it comes to bringing the indoors out, pillows and rugs are my go-to!

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2. Updated Basics: A new flag and door mat, galvanized bin to hold shoes, knick-knacks and packages, and a simple fern that loves shade and should be easy to keep alive. Crossing my fingers. Now if I can just find a cute wreath!

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3. Lighting: Who says café lights are just for the backyard!? We hung a couple strands (criss-crossing them in the middle and used a staple gun to keep in place) and love how they add an inviting glow and festive look. Like we’re always ready to party :)

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(The kid’s latest project… a tin can herb garden.)

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It’s been fun seeing everyone use the porch for more than the front door. As you might have seen on snapchat (raeannkelly), the pallet swing is easily the fave.  Tilly didn’t waste any time making herself at home!

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“hey good lookin'” doormat / galvanized bin (but found for less at local hardware store) / striped basket (from IKEA but couldn’t find online) / flag / eye pillow / teal pillow / prismatic striped pillow / cafe lights

Do you have any spring projects planned for the weekend!?

HAPPY FRIDAY!

xo, Rae

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SENSORY PLAY WITH THE LAND OF NOD.

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I know I’ve been bombarding you with posts this week, but I don’t want you to miss this fun project we shared on the land of nod blog using dinosaurs, sand and water.

I find that as our family changes to accommodate the schedules and activities for the older kids, the younger ones miss out on the playtime activities that are just for them. Sensory play is one of those activities. A few weeks ago however, we set up a sand and water table and the littles have been loving it… even Tilly! To keep them engaged I’ve planned a few different activities and their favorite (which involves squirt bottles of course) is the ice and sand dinosaur excavation.

Head here for DIY details and if you don’t have a fancy activity table just use plastic or galvanized bins!

XO, Rae

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SPRING-READY CAR CADDY

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One of my many flaws in life is that I’m late. A lot. I would blame it on my kids but the truth is I’ve always been this way. Rushing around like a crazy person at the last minute trying to get ready and grab everything I need. Diaper blowouts, shoe debates and car seats only add insult to injury.

While I should probably make a “be on time” resolution I’m more of a baby step kinda girl. One of the things I know would help is packing up a few hours or (gasp!) the day before we have an outing or activity. Since spring baseball season is notoriously a busy time of year for us and little league tryouts were this past weekend I decided to put together a car caddy full of snacks, activities and other necessities for my mini spectators. Baseball might not be your thing this spring but a car caddy could easily be updated for park dates, trips to the farmers market or weekend outings and would definitely be handy for trips to the pool this summer.

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Here’s a look at what I packed:

  • Tote/Caddy/Crate – Love this basket-tote from Land of Nod and it’s on sale!
  • Blanket – We use this Gunner and Swain Mexican blanket for almost everything but I would like to find something that will work well when the ground is wet.
  • Snacks – Popcorn, Cliv Kid ZBARS, trail mix, honest kid juices, and boxed water.
  • Treats – Lemonheads and bubble gum remind me of watching my big brother play baseball so I had to throw those in there.
  • Activities – Sidewalk chalk, clipboards and coloring supplies, oversized jax game, and a soft soccer ball.
  • Misc. – Bandaids, neosporin, hand sanitizer and wet wipes.

Now if I can just keep it stocked and ready! Did I forget anything?

Are you an on-time or mostly late kind of person? Or maybe in-between? Please share any tips you have in the comments below!

XO, Rae

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SOCCER MOM + MINI

soccer-mom-4My favorite part about fall in addition to the return of pumpkins, plaid, football, and comfort food is soccer season and watching my kids play. This year is especially fun because both Espen and Tilly are playing! Our entire morning and early afternoon was spent on soccer fields (and taking a few pics) last Saturday. As a former competitive player it was the perfect way to spend the day!

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MAMA OUTFIT: midi dress (similar 1 2 3 4), chambray (similar), sneakers, sunnies (similar)

I always feel a little stumped when it comes to getting dressed for a day of watching soccer, running around and wrangling the kids. I want to be cute but not overdressed and comfortable but not frumpy. I guess it’s kinda silly to put so much thought into it, but I like clothes and getting dressed so I think about it :)

Some gamedays I’m in my workout clothes and others jeans but last Saturday I wore this cute and sporty jersey knit midi dress with fall-ish stripes, a chunky sweater (not pictured), layer of chambray and sneakers — Always sneaker, or boots when it’s rainy — and it felt just right.

Regardless of cute or sporty, being able to play in what I wear is a must. There is always a little free time to fill or bored siblings to play with. And honestly, I know I said that I love watching the kids play, and I do, but I also have a hard time just sitting and watching and end up multitasking between watching, playing with the other kids and chatting with other parents. I guess part of that is unavoidable with a one-year-old but my goal is to be better about just watching.

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POPPY OUTFIT: pants, shoes, sweatshirt

TILLY OUTFIT: top, shorts (Marshall’s), socks (Target), shoes (cousin hand-me-downs)

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soccer-mom-17soccer-mom-16Also, hard pants on Poppy! I like my babies being comfy and cozy and didn’t think she (ahem, I) was ready for jeans, but these are still nice and soft.

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What are your favorite game day digs!? Also, are you more of multi-tasker during games or do you give your undivided attention?

XO, Rae

(images by Stacy Jacobsen)

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P.S. – Just to end on a funny note. We had a real america’s funniest home videos moment during these pics when Tilly hit Poppy with the ball perfectly in the forehead. I didn’t even know she could kick like that! Anyways, Poppy didn’t cry until she saw my face. Not my finest mom moment but I could not stop laughing when I saw this photo.

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SUMMER CAPSULE FAVES I’LL WEAR THIS FALL.

Wait, what? Two fashion posts in a row!?

Yes, that’s right. Totally unintentional but the combination of not having my planned monday post ready, the cool-weather weekend we just experienced and the oodles of back to school catalogues that just showed up in my mailbox has me considering fall layers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready for summer to end. Not even close. Back to school sounds like a swear word at the moment but in a few weeks it will be unavoidable so I thought I would ease myself into it with a transition post and share a few summer wardrobe pieces that I will most likely be sporting this fall.

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FLARE DENIM – pictured

  1. free people mid-rise
  2. madewell flea market flares
  3. anthropologie high-rise flare

These puppies came back in style quickly considering it seems like yesterday I had a few pairs in my goodwill pile. Anyone else? Regardless, they are back and I’m pretty excited about it. Mostly for their 70’s charm but also because (hello!) legs for days!

Side note: Loving the mid or high-rise fit with a hem the grazes the ground (like pic 1 or 2 above).

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BIRKENSTOCKS – pictured

  1. asos in black matte
  2. nordstrom in suede

Probably not the most practical item for fall since I’m not sure I’ll be brave enough to wear with socks, but this summer I’ve had to be purposeful about not wearing them everyday so my other shoes didn’t get jealous, so I’m not sure I’ll be able quit them just because the weather changes a bit. At the least I’m guessing they’ll be on repeat through mid-October :)

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JUMPSUITS – pictured

  1. twill jumpsuit at nordstrom
  2. denim romper from anthropologie
  3. madewell zip overalls

I can hardly wait to get my overalls out of seasonal retirement and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of the jumpsuits this summer so they will definitely be in my closet this fall.

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FAVORITE RESOURCES

  1. itsums – I can’t say enough about this online app/social space where you can set a budget and then start “pinning” items to your project board and let the app keep track of all the products while add things up for you… all in one place. Seriously a God-send and worth trying.
  2. @ellabrooksblog on Instagram – she is much more California cool than mio, but I find her feed so sweet, inspiring and share worthy.
  3. Emilie Maslow and her pinterest boards – a fellow pacific northwest girl and friend who has the most amazing eye for cool real life style as well as the catalogue kind.
  4. Kendi Everyday blog – Probably the only fashion blogger I follow consistently. She wears a lot of heels and outfits that aren’t as practical for my life but she keeps it fresh, tries new things and is fun and not stuffy.

So there you have it. Summer pieces that have fall staying power and my secret weapons for doing anything stylish and on budget.

What are you looking forward to wearing this fall?

XO, Rae

(Photo magic by Stacy Jacobsen)

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