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THINGS WE LOVE: BEET WORLD + PAINTED FALL LEAVES

I love a good classic. Whether its a song, movie, meal or decoration, but more than anything I love a classic style and will often look for pieces to add to the kids’ wardrobes (and mine too). Problem is, classic styles are often stuffy and restrictive and have my kids pulling at their neck holes and itching to change into sweats. Enter Beet World, a local to Seattle, mom owned business that makes timeless dresses, tops, skirts and pants for girls that are also roomy and soft. A must for my girls who are active and prefer getting dirty and playing chase around the jungle gym to looking prim and proper.

Ashima, the mama behind Beet World, was sweet enough to send us a box of goodies for the girls and they loved all of it! Poppy didn’t waste anytime wearing one of her new dresses and then on Sunday they both wore a few of the pieces to church followed by a trip to the park and playground nearby.

The weather was beautiful so we decided to collect leaves to paint and check it off the fall bucket list!!!

  

TILLY’S WEARING this top and these cute pants

POPPY’S WEARING this blue stripe dress and this sweet dress in the Instagram pic

Everything washed well (hot cocoa even came out of Poppy’s light pink dress!) and  fit true to size. Tilly is wearing 9-10Y. Poppy wore size 3-4Y.

  

Luckily all the leaves were dry so after a little lunch, we started painting! The girls got creative, made self portrait leaves (the green eyed leaf is Tilly), added glitter and needed zero inspiration. I on the other hand took a quick peek at pinterest and found so many ideas!

Aren’t they cute (see below)!? Now we just need to decide how to display them… maybe a garland or taped to their bedroom doors?

Thank you for supporting the businesses and in this case, new friend and mama, that support this blog! Take a peek at the Beet World site and pick out a thing or two for all those pumpkin patch pics coming up. Also can’t wait to see what she comes out with for the holiday season! Hopefully it includes a plaid shirt like Tilly’s in my size :)

XOXO, Rae

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LIVING IN LOUNGEWEAR + WHY I BLOG + GRAM

This post was originally supposed to be about cute loungewear and how to wear it out of the house without feeling frumpy (tip: a structured jacket works wonders) but my mind is on something else right now and I’m feeling compelled to share with ya.

Recently someone asked (with a strong tone of disapproval) why I blog and post to social media and while I honestly understand their negative perception — because I do love documenting my family, cute clothes and good design. All things that are easy to label “superficial” or “braggy” — there is truly so much more behind my reason, purpose and intention for being in this online space. So if you are interested in the longer, deeper and more drawn-out “why” behind rae ann kelly, keep reading…. (I’ll be sure to link outfit sources below too, lol.)

I share because I’ve been a single, working, stay at home and work from home mom at different points in my life and guess what? It’s all hard. Like, so hard.

I share because we are in this together and can do more together.

I share in hopes of pointing to Jesus and His unwavering grace and love in my life. I am who I am and do what I do because of Him.

I share because I believe as moms (no matter our child’s age) we have incredible influence and the power to contribute SO MUCH good into our world, communities and culture.

I share because I know all too well how quickly it goes. (Stop growing kids!!!)

I share links and companies I love because providing, stocking up on and purchasing things for our families is part of the job description. And besides, it’s so much more fun (and less overwhelming) to “shop” with friends.

I hope my ideas and sources add heaps of function, fun and style to your day-to-day… because, YOLO.

I hope what I share helps you feel free to love and take care of yourself more so you can love and take care of your loved ones more.

I hope my posts and photos inspire you to play more, dance more, celebrate more, love more, giggle more, say yes more and be present more because it’s truly life giving and sanity saving — especially on those never ending days.

I hope my content reminds you that you are enough times 1,000 (because you are!).

I hope my chats about life and family and love and clothes and free printable helps you pursue what you want most in this crazy, beautiful, exhausting, and sacred journey of motherhood.

I hope you know that you have the power to create the kind of life you want, to raise amazing humans and to leave the mom-guilt and the haters behind so you can do you (boo-boo)!

So really, I’m here to help. Like a big sister or spirit guide (lol! watched 17 again earlier this week!). Sure I love having a place to document my family and the sponsored posts, paid content and growing online community is amazing. I don’t take a single outing, new project, follower or work opportunity for granted and am endlessly appreciative for your encouragement and presence in this space. I just want to make sure you know, my heart is to serve, encourage and love on you. Always.

XOXO, Rae

MY OUTFIT | sweat set, jacket (similar), tote (in brown), shoes

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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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10 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR DOCUMENTING MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND

OK mamas, I don’t want to give you one more thing to think about over mother’s day weekend, but I also know how important it is for all of us to capture moments in time with our families… Our moments in time. Regardless of whether you’re a planned or spontaneous picture taker, I’ve put together a list of 10 tips we use to capture all the sweet moments as well as the tiny details of life. Hope they give you a boost of inspiration for clicking the shutter any day, but especially Mother’s Day weekend!

10 TIPS FOR DOCUMENTING MOTHER’S DAY

1. Keep your camera (or phone) close!

2. Think ahead just a little and consider lighting! Of course we want things to be natural and authentic, buuuut, there’s no reason not to open up the curtains in your room when you know the kids are on their way up with a breakkie tray.

3. Tell the whole story – the big picture and little details – Snap pics of your plate of food, cute notes, flowers, gifts, hand holding, your shoes, etc. :) This pic isn’t the best example, but I love her tootsies!

4. Remember WHY you’re taking pics – often times we want something to share right away or just want to check it off our to do list for the day, but taking photos is really about preserving memories for the future and capturing those precious relationships, everyday moments and time in general.

Maybe it’s just me, although I doubt it, but I love looking back at my mom’s outfits and accessories. Especially her glasses! So tryout your best pose and take a fit pic!

5. Focus on the relationships and let go of the pressure to get the perfect pic. Love this fuzzy pic of Poppy being silly and pretending she’s asleep! You can also see one of my frayed fabric swatch she set out to use as a napkin and the double spoons in the cereal bowl we shared — Priceless!

6. Take pics of the process and routine as well as the special parts. One of my favorite pictures is of my mom braiding my hair in the bathroom when I was 6 or 7. I’m on a stool looking into the bathroom mirror with my mom behind me in a hawaiian print off the shoulder dress that I’m pretty sure she made. At the time it probably seemed like an odd moment to snap a pic but I’m so glad my dad did!

7. Don’t forget about videos – capture “small” moments, conversations and interactions. Like their little voices reading their mother’s day cards to you. Ask them questions or better yet, have the kids interview you!

8. Need a group shot? Use your self timer or ask an extended family member or stranger. Want a variety of pics or just a little break from clicking the camera? Pass it off – even to the kids!!! Poppy took this pic of me and as random as it is, it’s also an angle and perspective that only she would take.

(Poppy had just finished pointing out my neck wrinkles which prob have something to do with the 10 lbs. I added to my bod over the winter. Or maybe it’s age? Most likely it’s both tho, huh? Lols.)

9. Practice positive self talk – you don’t need to be a certain size, have all your makeup on or even be dressed to be in a photo. Of course, you can plan ahead a little (like number 2 suggests) and be in cute jammies with makeup on by the time the kids bring you breakkie, OR you can stay in bed, in an oversized tee and hipster undies with a morning face like you deserve, LOL. It’s really about what you want and what your kids will remember most. Although if the no make up thing really bugs you, just avoid eye contact with the camera… instead, engage, play and love on everyone else in the frame.

10. Selfies! Always a good idea.

Hope these help, inspire, and maybe take the pressure off too. Remember, perfection is never the goal so snap away!

Now tell me… what else would you like to learn about photography?

We’re leaving in a couple weeks with my friend and brilliant photographer, Stacy Jacobsen, for a photography workshop weekend and I’d love to share some of the things we learn, so leave me all the questions in the comments!

xo, Rae

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WORK + PLAY: CURRENT PROJECTS

Happy long weekend you guys! I’m so excited to share a couple of fun projects I’ve been working on but first a little note to all of my Seattle area girls… I’ve been in the process of putting together a summer pop-up with some of my favorite shops. I have three (including the two below) that will hopefully be able to attend, but would love to add at least 4 more. If there’s anyone you want to see at the pop-up, please share in the comments! They don’t have to be local. I’ll let you know when I find a location and set a date so you can mark your calendars!

Next up is a quick peek of one of my clients spring release that has me dreaming of sunshine and pool days.

Olivia + Ocean new swim line and kickstarter:

It’s one thing to know about the girl boss behind this sweet and nostalgic brand and another to work with Danielle and know firsthand the heart, soul and hard work that goes into it. It was so much fun being apart of her Spring release… I even got to design that sweet palm print for her… but even more inspiring was to help with the launch of her Mom Bod suit and Kickstarter that goes live at 10am today!

She’s created a mom suit in a wrap style that’s sexy, empowering and totally functional! Can I get an “AMEN!”? I highly recommend taking a peek at the kickstarter and snagging your own suit for all the summer adventures in your future!

Alice + Ames galentine’s party:

We were excited to see our Valentine’s Day cards included in this sweet little celebration! If you haven’t already, go check out their new spring release. Our order arrived yesterday and everything is even cuter in person (if that’s possible). Poppy is going to flip when she sees!

There are a few pics below, but you can see more of the party here!

Last but not least, the Valentine Pop-up was a huge success and although a lot of work, it was so much fun to be apart of your holiday celebrations! I loved seeing all of the pics and stories sharing the process of filling treat bags and signing cards.

You guys are the absolute best eber, eber.

xo, Rae

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HEART DAY POP-UP IS OPEN!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of our new collection of classroom valentines! Included in the shop are 5 NEW DESIGNS that perfectly compliment existing designs from the last 3 years. After all our hard work, I love how everything has come to life and can’t wait for you to see! Hope your little ones enjoy handing them out to their friends and (as always) can’t wait to see your valentine process and finished cards.

Click here to visit the VALENTINE POP-UP

The virtual pop-up doors will close next Thursday, February 1st at 10PM PST, so time is limited!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a roundup of all our favorite sweets and treats (candy and non-sugar) to add to their cards… (YAY!) I love sharing, prepping for and celebrating holidays with you guys!

XO, Rae

PS — a few of my kids’ favorites below!

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INSTAGRAM LIVE: TOPIC IDEAS

You guys (!!!) this is only the 7th day the kids (or at least some combination of them) have been back in school and I’m already missing them and summer so much! To distract myself and make things interesting around here, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly Instagram Live. The first one will be 3:00pm (PST) next Wednesday 9/20 (so mark your calendars!). Would love to keep the day and time consistent, but may need to jump around to find what works best. We’ll see!

More importantly, since my goal is to not bore you, I need a running list of ideas, topics and projects and would LOVE your help! I don’t usually have a shortage of ideas, but for some reason I’m totally drawing a blank.

A few that popped into my head:

  • A home tour
  • Q+A (possibly conducted by the kids?)
  • An easy recipe or DIY (with or without kids)
  • Something workout related

What would you add?

In reality, I guess the fewer people that actually tune in the better (LOL) while I figure out what I’m doing, but I would actually really like you guys to join me (because friends make everything better/easier/more fun!) so mark your calendars!

xo, Rae

(#tbt image from the New Day segment I did a few years back, by Stacy Jacobsen)

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