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MINI MAKERS: EASTER EGG BALLOONS + BUNNY BAG WEIGHTS

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I’ve mentioned it a few times over the last week or so but this past Saturday I was able to host a fun Easter craft event at the Land of Nod with my little helper, Tilly. We had the best time and loved seeing so many adorable little faces enjoying a DIY just for them.

If you missed the event and are looking for a couple simple Easter projects, I shared the how-to and bunny goodie bag template over on Honest to Nod… And a few pics from the event below :)



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It was a fun day with lots of balloons, goodies, new friends and some of my favorites that came to support too. Followed by a lunch date and some shopping. Hoping it won’t be too long before we can do it again. Thanks again to everyone that joined us!

XO, Rae

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BREAKFAST CLUB: HOMEMADE POPTARTS

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Hope the weekend was just what you needed friends! Ours was mellow but also full and even though our home is in shambles still, I’m ready for a shiny new week! Tilly and I had an amazing time hosting a craft event at the Land of Nod on Saturday (more on that tomorrow) and then decided to break-in our Easter menu and jammies Sunday morning. Since we typically head to church first thing Easter morning, it’s nice to have a quick meal ready. Of course the kids want something sweet, fun and new and I want something that will tide them over for a few hours and doesn’t leave a huge mess in the kitchen.

Scrambled eggs or oatmeal is our typical go-to before church but this year I thought I would compromise and make a healthier, homemade version of pop-tarts. Festive enough for the kids and easy enough for me since they can be made the night before.

Instead of icing and a sugary filling I opted for this chocolate coconut peanut butter and some sprinkles and shredded coconut for a decorative topping. Coconut has been all the rage around here lately (coconut water, milk, oil, or dried) so the filling was a hit but I am thinking a fruity option (maybe raspberry?) would be nice on Easter morning along with some eggs or greek yogurt.

Anyways, I’ll spare you of my indecisiveness and menu plan. Here is how we made them:

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HOMEMADE POP-TARTS, takes about 30 minutes, makes about 9

You’ll Need:

  • Enough pie crust for one pie (either homemade or store bought)
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of milk
  • Chocolate nut butter or filling of your choice (fruit preserve or pie filling works too)
  • Chocolate nut butter for topping or make your favorite icing recipe
  • Sprinkles
  • (optional and for the kids of course) A totally adorable felt bunny mask from Opposite of Far :)

Here’s How:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make and roll out pie crust or prep according to package directions.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk.
  3. Cut pie crust into rectangles. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush with egg mixture.
  4. Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate peanut butter onto half of the rectangles. Cover with the remaining pie crusts, egg wash side down.
  5. Crimp the edges using a fork.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until they begin the brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool before topping with more nut butter or icing and sprinkles.

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While I was utterly deprived of all the processed foods that were plentiful in the 80’s and 90’s, my husband was not. Pop-tarts happen to be at the top of his favorite childhood foods list. Needless to say this less sugary version did not fill his pop-tart void but Espen, Tilly, Griffin and Poppy were totally fooled.

I guess you can take the kid out of the 90’s but you can’t take the 90’s out of the kid! Do you have a favorite food from your childhood that you would rather not feed your kids!?

XO, Rae

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EASTER PINS

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Johan and I made it home late last night. It was hard to leave the pool and sunshine, but kissing the kids and then crawl into our own bed felt oh so good.

I spent most of the return flight scouring pinterest for Easter inspiration and found a lot of goodies. (For a peek at the board click here.) Nothing quite like a productive pinning sesh… or being home with my people! It was a good night.

Can’t believe Easter is just a week away. Outfits are about the only thing I’ve figured out over here (yikes!) so it’s probably time to work on a menu and to do list! Are you guys ready for the Easter bunny? Have any favorite recipes or ideas?

Happy weekend wishes!

XO, Rae

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YOU’VE BEEN EGGED (EASTER FREEBIE)

I know we were just talking about St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, but today is all about Easter. A couple years ago the kids and I started booing our friends and neighbors for Halloween and have so much fun doing it that I figured an Easter version was a must. So next week instead of booing we’ll be egging!

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After stocking up on Easter-y knick-knacks and treats to fill these egg crates we’ll pick a few front porches to leave them on and then ding-dong ditch (the kids’ favorite part). Hoping to get another one packaged and shipped to a special little someone too.

Click to download the, “YOU’VE BEEN EGGED” TAGS + CARD to make your own. Baskets or gift bags filled with stuffed eggs would be just as cute and maybe even hold more goodies.

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I always love seeing your projects on Instagram so be sure to take a pic and tag me if you go egging @raeannkelly!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Hoping to see all of my Seattle area friends at the U Village Land of Nod this Saturday! RSVP if you can to nonevents(at)landofnod(dot)com but feel free to come either way. More details below…. Can’t wait!

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MARCH EDIT: EASTER OUTFITS

My to-do list has been expanding rapidly lately and while I had a few more urgent items I should have taken care of the other night (like cleaning out the fridge and writing a shopping list), I found myself shopping for Easter outfits instead. (Sorry kids… we have no food but you’ll look adorable on Easter!)

Here’s a peek at some of the egg hunt ready and Easter Sunday cuteness that caught my eye…

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MINI BOY (Egg Hunt) – let’s play tee from peek / navy v-neck from zara / yellow joggers from zara / blue nike’s from j.crew / (Easter Sunday) – chambray top from zara, red chinos from mini boden / tan birks from nordstrom /

BIG BOY (Egg Hunt) – green trim ringer tee from j.crew factory / denim jacket from peek / stan smith sneakers from j.crew / lightning bolt joggers from zara / (Easter Sunday) – check shirt from mini boden / linen shorts from j.crew / tan birks from j.crew /

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MINI GIRL (Egg Hunt) – oh happy day hoodie from peek / teal jumpsuit from zara / gray converse from nordstrom / (Easter Sunday) – lemon rose dress from mapamundi kids / bunny ear headband from gap kids / yellow clogs from zara /

BIG GIRL (Egg Hunt) – mint swing top from wildly co. / floral twill pant from peek / pink converse from peek / denim jacket from zara / blue gingham dress from j.crew / giant bow headband from j.crew / yellow clogs from zara /

I also stumbled upon some perry dresses for myself on Boden (like these: 1/2/3) but will probably end up wearing something out of my closet. Not sure why but it’s always easier to buy holiday outfits for the kids…?

Happy hump day you guys! Now to go check a couple other things off my to-do list before the big kids get home from school.

XO, Rae

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MINI MAKERS: PAPER PLATE BUNNY MASK

paper-plate-bunny-mask-1Holidays in general have away of sneaking up on me, even when I know they’re coming! Easter this year is in March which seems extra sneaky. Even though we’ll be celebrating in less than a month, it feels a little early for bunnies, chicks and eggs.

To help get in the spirit, Tilly (7), Griffin (4) and I made these fun paper plate masks that double as a fun toy and activity. They’ve been well loved around here by all so we will definitely be making more… hopefully with friends!

Keep scrolling for instructions and a template to make your own.

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You’ll Need:

  • paper plates
  • popsicle sticks (or straws)
  • bunny ear, whisker and eye template or card stock
  • glue, glue dots +/or tape
  • x-acto knife and cutting mat or small scissors
  • pom-poms (optional)

Here’s How:

  1. Prep a work surface. Set out kid friendly glue options. We used glue dots for the nose and ears and glue sticks for the whiskers.
  2. Download template, print and cut out ears, circle and rectangles (or make your own out of colorful card stock). Cut rectangles into strips for whiskers.
  3. Cut plate in half and lay right side up. Use the circle template to trace eyes on the plate and then cutout.
  4. With plates right side down, let kids add whiskers, nose and ears.
  5. Once glue has dried, tape popsicle stick to the backside.

Have you started getting ready for Easter yet?!

XO, Rae

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