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LIFE LATELY: OUR 4th OF JULY, 2017

Johan and I spent sometime over our anniversary date a couple weeks ago, chatting about our favorite memories as a couple and family. Most of the things we discussed involved some sort of tradition, trip or outing. At the top of the list was our annual 4th of July celebration at my parent’s lake house. I shared a bit about it HERE last summer so I may be repeating myself, but the day kicks off with neighborhood festivities starting with a fishing derby that leads to relay races and a potluck that included cotton candy.

After that we meet up with friends at the house, play in the lake and eat too much food until it get’s dark enough for fireworks. It’s pretty much the best.

A few snaps from our 4th of July!

A couple photo-ops before heading to the neighborhood lodge where the games are played… and where Johan and I got married!

The sun came out for the games which is amazing but makes taking pictures tricky so please excuse the bad light and editing. Still trying to figure out the best way to deal with harsh light! (Feel free to share tips if you have any!?)

Also, if you’ve ever left or read through the comments on this blog you may have noticed some notes from “papa” (my dad). Well, that’s him to the right of me in the picture above. He’s a professional skydiver, rides a motorcycle, and since retiring almost full-time has added long hair, playing the piano and kick-boxing to his resume. He’s ridiculous and really cool and I think it’s always fun putting a face to a name. Wishing I managed to snap a pic of my mom too who is equally as cool and busy. They make a cute couple.

Heading back to my parent’s after eating our weight in hot dogs and sweets! By this time of the day we’re all a little hyper and scattered and ready to do whatever is next. Like get our swimmers on…

… and guess what? This year I managed to get all three of the boys into the same trunks! Even crazier is that it took zero begging or bribing the older two to make it happen. Just found these great swim shorts in men and mini sizes from Kortni Jeane (my go-to shop for swim suits this season) and the boys were all in!

*For size reference, Oz is in a men’s medium, Espen is in a mini boys 10/11 and Griffin is in a mini boys 4/5 — the younger 2 boys are really skinny so I love that the drawstring works in these shorts and keeps them up.

Look at that bunch of cute kids!  Sad that I didn’t try to snap this earlier when the teenagers and a couple other families were around with their little ones, but it’s still a pretty accurate depiction of the fun that took place later in the day. Thankful for all these munchkins (and the ones not pictured) and their parents… Love them all to pieces.

Hope you all enjoyed a very fun (or relaxing) 4th of July with family and friends!

xo, Rae

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IT WAS A GOOD 4th OF JULY

Happy Tuesday friends! So thankful for the long 4th of July weekend and time with family and friends. A few pics from our day at my parent’s house celebrating with yard games, water play (despite the cold pacific northwest weather!) and good company. Gosh I love this holiday!

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The day started with community festivities. A fishing derby, hay dig, sack and three legged races and egg and balloon tosses. Poor Griffin took awhile to wake up so the two of us stuck together and mostly watched the organized chaos.

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The rest of the kids ended up with lots of loot :)

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Cotton candy is a 4th of July staple and the only way we get the kids to sit long enough to eat lunch. It was Poppy’s first experience with the sugar fluff and it took her awhile to dig in but then there was no turning back!

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Red, white, blue and friends!

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So impressed with the kids and dads who played in the water and wish I had grabbed the big camera more to capture the action. The moms weren’t so brave but instead highly entertained and able to grab dry towels and snuggle with the crazy ones.

Love this pic below of a messy beach…

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I always dread the morning after a holiday when life goes back to normal but I do love how the business from the day before makes it easy to lay-low. Tired kids are easy to entertain :) Today calls for helping my parents tidy up, heading home, tubbies for everyone, something easy for dinner (maybe grilled cheese) and then probably a family movie night before going to bed.

Hope you all had an amazing 4th with family and friends!

XO, Rae

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7 SIMPLE 4TH OF JULY DIY’S TO TRY

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Feels like we’ve been going non-stop since the kids got out of school last week, but today we are taking it easy and finishing all the prep and to-do lists for the long 4th of July weekend. Here are a few easy ways we’re getting festive and celebrating this year along with a few favorites from years past.

4th of july printable tatoos-4651 4th of july printable tatoos-4613 1. PATRIOTIC TATOOS (click here to download designs)

To DIY, download this template, purchase tattoo paper and follow instructions on packaging. (Tip: cut as close around the printed tattoo design as possible before applying to skin) 

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2. SPARKLER + GLOW STICK TAGS (click here to download designs)

Who doesn’t love sparklers!? Actually, I don’t. They stress me out, the sparks hurt and I’m always afraid my kids are going to burn themselves or someone else! So this year we are going with glow sticks instead. Although I’m sure there will be no escaping sparklers too.

Good thing these cute tags work for either. To put together, download file (link above), print on card stock and cutout. Use an exact-o knife to cut slits where indicated at top and bottom of tags. Slide sparklers or glow sticks through slits and set out for people to take!

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3. CONFETI FILLED BALLOONS

Cut confetti out of colorful tissue paper, stuff in balloon (clear balloon works best — white balloon pictured), fill with helium!

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4. YUMMY CHERRY HAND PIES (head here for the recipe!)

4th of july balloon dart game5. BACKYARD BALLOON DART GAME (head here for the how-to)

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5. BACKYARD BALLOON DART GAME (head here for the download)

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5. REDECORATED STORE-BOUGHT CUPCAKES (click here for details)

Hope you found something that helps make the long holiday weekend a little more easy, festive and fun! See ya on Tuesday!!!

XO, Rae

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MOM + MIN: OUTFITS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

We’ve been gearing up for all the 4th of July festivities and one of my favorite things to do for holiday prep is put together outfits so I thought I would share some of my favorite red, white + blue finds.

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MOM OUTFIT – striped tank / paper bag waisted skirt / sunnies / clog sandals

MINI BOY – tee-shirt / dock shorts / hat / slides

MINI GIRL – tank for babe or big girl (50% off plus an additional 20%!) / short overalls or chambray romper (on sale + 40% off right now) / hair clips / chuck high tops

Do you guys usually go all-out for the 4th (red, white and blue everything!) or keep it casual?

I typically keep things simple and purchase one new thing per person that goes with items they already have and can be worn well after the fireworks are over. Everyone always ends up in their swimsuits anyway :)

XO, Rae

PS – 3 weeks was way too long to be away but work has slowed down and if feels so good to have all my babes home! We’ve been filling our days with friends, play dates and fro-yo so basically all is right with the world. Lots of updates on Instagram @raeannkelly + Snapchat lately too if you want to hangout!?

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happy 4th + a simple dessert!

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sneaking in one more 4th of july post before we take off for the long weekend (woohoo!!). i’m in charge of bringing dessert this year but instead of making something from scratch i thought i would highjack store-bought cupcakes, scrape off the extra frosting and decorate with washi tape clad toothpicks and fresh fruit. if you are looking for an easy dessert to make they turned out cute and festive and were super quick to assemble which means more time to play!

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hope you guys have a fantastic 4th of july and long weekend! i’ll be sharing pics on instagram if you are into that and want to hangout, but otherwise will see ya on monday!

mwah!!

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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red, white & blue necklace

we’re back with more red, white and blue goodness!

the last month while our house (and kids’ toys) were mostly packed up, i relied heavily on non-messy crafts (and the boob tube if i’m being totally honest) to keep the younger ones entertained. this simple paper straw necklace was one of their faves so we thought we’d craft a 4th of july version and make extras to share with friends on friday.

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to make, you’ll need:

  • string or ribbon, for the necklace
  • paper straws, cut into about 1/2-inch pieces
  • beads – plastic, wood or whatever you have!

thread beads and paper straw pieces onto string, tie off necklace and wear or share! they look pretty cute on!

we can hardly wait for the independence day festivities to begin and plan on heading out to  my parent’s tomorrow to soak up some extra lake time and get the party started early! how about you guys!?

Xx . rae

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 looking for more 4th of july projects, check out these fun flags (free download) i made last year:

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4th of july balloon dart board

well, hello friends! i’m back from my unintentional 2 week hiatus… a lot has happened since my last post (a lot)! we packed up our family of 6, got our house ready for renters (still a work in progress), welcomed the kids home from a successful (minus some slacking off towards the end) year of school, started the official countdown to baby’s arrival (just over 4 weeks to go now!), said goodbye to good friends and then moved into their beautiful house. yep. kinda crazy.

i’ll fill you in a little more on the move, new home and all that good stuff, but with 4th of july celebrations just a few days away it’s time to get in the spirit of all things red, white and blue…

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…as well as things that sparkle, bang or pop, like this supa simple dart board. all you need is a sheet of pegboard, balloons, tape, small prizes, some darts and (BAM), you’ve got some serious backyard entertainment for the kids — and most likely adults too.

head to the bottom of the post for detailed instructions.

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you’ll need:

  • pegboard, cut to preferred size at the hardware store
  • balloons in festive colors
  • darts
  • various prizes (grab some kid friendly fireworks and candy or checkout the dollar isle or party section at target)
  • strips of paper with prizes written on them
  • tape (any kind)

here’s how:

  1. stuff each balloon with a strip of paper that has the name of a prize written on it then blow up and tie a knot.
  2. spacing balloons out on the pegboard, thread the knotted end through the holes in the pegboard and tape in place on the backside.
  3. repeat until your board is full!

it’s really so simple you could set all of the supplies aside and assemble day of.

stay tuned for more simple 4th of july ideas later this week!

Xx . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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PATRIOTIC HAND PIES (recipe)

a couple weekends ago the kids and i spent the morning at the farmer’s market and came home with a bucket full of cherries.  after we ate a few handfuls and i put the younger kids down for naps, ozzie asked if we could spend time in the kitchen making something sweet and summery.  now, i don’t typically give up nap time to make a mess in the kitchen, but  because he is 12, and the words made my heart melt, i said yes…

cherry-hand-pies-armommy-1… even though he requested we make cherry pie, and i am not a pie girl unless it involves pumpkin.  not sure what it is, but desserts that involve fruit don’t really do it for me.  i prefer my fruit fresh and my desserts with chocolate. usually.

then we decided to make hand-pies which changed my perspective on fruity desserts, because they are too cute not to eat. am i right!?

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(images from instagram)

INGREDIENTS to make the filling –

  • this pie crust
  • 3 cups pitted cherries, roughly chopped (1 to 1-1/2 pounds whole cherries)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS –

  •  make pie crust according to directions (link under ingredients).
  • preheat oven to 375.  line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together fruit, sugar, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice and cornstarch; mix until well combined. Set fruit mixture aside.
  • remove dough from fridge and let sit for 5 minutes. on a lightly floured work surface, roll out one piece of dough to a 16-by-11-inch rectangle. trim to 15-by-10 inches. cut into six 5-inch squares.  repeat with remaining dough, stacking squares in between pieces of parchment.
  • working with one square at a time, place 2 tablespoons of fruit mixture in the center. then fold in half to enclose and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. repeat process with remaining squares.
  • place hand pies on prepared baking sheet. brush pies with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar. using a paring knife, slit the center (or make a design) of one side of each hand pie to allow steam to escape.
  • place baking sheets in oven and bake until crusts are golden brown and filling is bubbling (about 25 minutes).
  • allow pies to cool slightly and finish with a little dusting of powdered sugar. serve with vanilla ice cream, if you have any handy.

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so sweet and festive they would be perfect to make & bring to a 4th of july celebration.

speaking of 4th of july, what are you most looking forward to that day?  fireworks, yummy food, good company, ….? all of the above?

talk soon.

xo . rae

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