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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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10 WAYS TO DRESS UP A T-SHIRT OR SWEATSHIRT + JEANS FOR SPRING

I love how wardrobe options change with the seasons and get excited for cute spring and summer outfits, but the truth is that no matter the time of year, you’ll usually find me in some combination of t-shirt (or sweatshirt) and jeans. With all the denim and t-shirt options out there it’s an easy, effortless, cool-girl look and a total no-brainer for moms. Yet every once in awhile it starts to feel more like a style rutt than a style choice — especially after a long winter.  If your go-to tee and jeans look is feeling more “blah” then “YAY!”, here’s a few ideas for making your uniform feel new again for spring!

  1. with a bandana/scarf in your hair, around your wrist or tied to a purse.
  2. a cute purse
  3. something fun on your feet — a little color, unexpected detail or pattern goes a longways!
  4. a bright lip.
  5. a smile, smothering someone with kisses, laughing out-loud or saying nice things.
  6. fun sunnies, like these heart ones.
  7. candy colored denim like these that are popping up everywhere!
  8. a cropped jacket or a blazer
  9. layered jewelry
  10. full-tuck into high-waisted pants… it’s the small style updates that can make things feel fresh and on purpose!

Pandas are just like us… not happy when you wake them up from their nap in a warm car. Even if it’s for a cake-pop date! They also miss their dress-up clothes when gone for a week! Love you so much Poppy.

Kissing my coffee lid probs doesn’t count as a no.5, but cream was one of the staples we forgot to grab at the store on our way home from the airport on Sunday so the affection is real… I was so excited to have that coffee in my hand!

Hopefully there’s a few good reminders or new ideas to try in the list above.

What’s your favorite t-shirt and jeans combo? Stripes and boyfriend jeans for me please! Also kind of excited to bring back the colored jeans.

XO, Rae

MY OUTFIT | sweatshirt (wearing a small), bandana, jeans

POPPY | sweatshirt, boots (wearing lagoon green)

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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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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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WIW: A WEEK OF WINTER OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Because we all know that the longer it takes us mamas to get ready, the higher the odds are that someone’s playing in toilet water or coloring on the wall and because, everything about winter takes a little more effort, including getting dressed, I’ve been documenting outfits from the last week or so to share with you guys. Rest assured, the other half of the days I was in leggings and a hoodie.

Now just bare with me through these mirror selfies. Never not an awkward situation, but I tried to have fun with it! Oh, and if clothes shopping or buying has ever been a struggle for ya, be sure to read all the way down to the “PS” at the bottom of this post!

OUTFIT NO. 1 | beanie + tee + trendy jeans + sneakers

Ripped or boyfriend jeans would look cute with this too!

Details | hat from the Gap (similar in light pink or hot pink), tee is old from madewell (just bought this one + it’s an extra 40% off), jeans from madewell (same pair but with a finished edge and also 40% off), vans

OUTFIT NO. 2 | jean jacket + white turtleneck or top + velvet joggers + sneakers

Also looks really cute with a white tee and/or booties!

Details | jean jacket is old from J. Crew (similar and I love this oversized one by topshop!), turtleneck (it’s on sale and the white is a little see-through)  joggers, sneakers are old and according to Ozzie, dirty is the best way to wear white shoes right now :)

OUTFIT NO. 3 | hat + pullover + leggings + sneakers

OK, so this isn’t that amazing. I was hoping to show you a monochrome workout look (more like this) because I love how it looks and it also takes the guesswork out of getting dressed. Hopefully you get the idea though!

I’ve been wearing this pullover on repeat with leggings lately –I sized up so it covers my booty but isn’t too oversized.

Details | hat from target (couldn’t find online), pullover (wearing a medium), leggings, old new balance sneakers (other cute options)

OUTFIT NO. 4 | sweater + skinnies + slides

Love this look because I can switch up the sweater and hair (either a hairstyle or hat will do!) and it looks and feels fresh… even 2 days in a row. See below.

Details | mock neck sweater is old from the gap, ripped skinnies old from madewell (I think these are the same tho), slides from nordstrom (similar options here), green sweater below in other colors here and here

Almost twinning with Poppy!

OUTFIT NO. 5 | hat + jean jacket + dress + sneakers

Switch up the hat (or no hat!), jacket and shoes for different looks.

Also, showing off my legs just in case you’re wondering how pale I am at the moment!? ha! Not that playing in the sun is an option for most of the country, but gosh I miss sunshine. And heat. And just enough of a tan to not look like a zombie?

What do you think?! Fun post? Helpful?

I’ve also been working on cleaning out my closet and making a few changes so my wardrobe functions better without needing to make a capsule for each season. Let me know if you would like to see details of the process!

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!

xo, Rae

P.S. — One of my goals in doing fashion posts is to share ideas for outfit combinations you could find in your closet or new trends that would be fun to try. I share links just in case you’ve been looking for something similar or have a hole to fill in your wardrobe. However, I hope you don’t ever feel discouraged or limited by these posts or the cost of clothes in general. It can easily become a struggle if we let it and I have definitely been there before!

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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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HOW TO DRESS KIDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND

Eeek! You guys, we made a video that I hope will take some of the stress out of dressing the fam bam for the holidays. There’s a bonus tip for all you mamas if you watch to the end! Press play below to watch…

There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to planning, shooting and editing video, but I’m so incredibly proud of Johan for his editing job… pretty impressive for a newbie! We have a couple more Holiday videos waiting to be edited and shared but are also anxious to make some adjustments and shoot new content for the winter (and valentine’s day!). If you have any topic ideas please share in the comments!

xo, Rae

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SIMPLIFYING CHRISTMAS + A PRETTY GREEN DRESS

We’re only 4 days into December but just wrapped up a seriously festive weekend and half of me is wishing this is how life always was while the other half is wondering how I’m going to keep up for the next 21 days!? Yesterday after church with friends and a quick visit with my parents, we attended the kids Christmas party at Johan’s fire station. There was Santa, presents, bingo, bouncy houses and an antique firetruck that looked more like Santa’s sleigh (shared a few pics on Insta Stories!). Poppy spent most of the party trying to sneak the bingo prizes and chasing around a little girl that was dressed up like Elsa, asking her to “do the magic!” HAHA! Needless to say, bedtime was easy last night and this morning’s wakeup call was not.

Christmastime with kids is the BEST but can also be exhausting and stressful, even for the little ones. In an effort to keep things somewhat simple while also doing all the things and making it as fun, festive and special as possible — I mean, it is a holiday and birthday all wrapped up into one — I’ve decided to pick a word to focus on for the month.

The word I chose is (drumroll….!):  T O G E T H E R 

Hoping it will bring some focus and clarity to this season and feel like it’s already helping. Particularly when things aren’t going as planned, I’m having a hard time prioritizing my to-do list and commitments or I feel that tendency to compare!

Another way I’m simplifying this month is with this pretty green sweater dress. My kids and husband will attest that I’ve worn it 4 of the last 7 days. You guys know I can’t resist a one and done outfit, but this dress also feels like a snuggie, can be washed and dried on delicate, is long and warm enough not to need tights, and is casual enough for errands but cute enough for church or date night. Oh, and it’s under $100.

Would love to know what your word would be this Holiday Season and what you’ve been wearing on repeat!?

Happy Monday!

xo, Rae

PS — One more way to simplify is by shopping the pop-up and checking teacher, friend and stocking gifts off your list! Oh and don’t forget Holiday cards! Thank for everyone who has already placed an order and have loved seeing everyone’s choices and family photos so much! The shop will close this Friday and all orders will ship by the following Tuesday.

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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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