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BE MINE: NEW VALENTINES + A GIVEAWAY!

Sure it’s a slightly manufactured and forced day of love, but I’ve had a soft spot for Valentine’s Day for as looong as I can remember and look forward to designing a new collection of cards every year. They’re perfect for the little ones to give their playdate besties or the bigger ones to give their classroom friends and are easy to pair up with a sweet treat or small toy. Melts my heart every year to see how excited the kids get over assembling and give their Valentines. It’s seriously the sweetest thing to see them loving on others!

Oh and because V-day is just as much about celebrating friendship as it is your main squeeze,  I’ve teamed up with my real life galentine, Kendra from Hen & Co for a giveaway. Details are at the very bottom.

Llamas, pizza and narwhals, oh my… A unicorn is just about the only thing missing! These new designs and all of last years are available in the DESIGN SHOP now. The last day to order will be February 7th (only 9 days away, eek!) so don’t wait too long to order…plus it always feels good to check a few things off the to-do list!

Griffin and Tilly have already chosen the “hello valentine” in the top left along with the ice cream cone shooters and dinosaurs they are pictured with. I kinda like these ice cream cards (or the polka dots) with the shooters for Poppy too and Espen is still deciding between these googley eyed hearts, NY inspired ones (would be cute with chocolate covered pretzels!), and star wars. I guess choosing is sometimes the hardest part!

Can’t get over how adorable Poppy and Kendra’s daughter, Bellamy are with their heart day tops and cards!

A little BTS peek… wish we had a camera rolling in time-lapse to capture all the messy chaos of working with kids while also trying to keep it fun. Let’s just say I was sweating by the end of it. #momcardio

And confetti is always a good idea.

Now for some giveaway details, YAY!

We believe friends are the spice of life and want to hear what you love about yours over on Instagram. All the details will be posted HERE at 1pm today. Winners will receive an adorable tee or leo from Hen & Co and a set of 24 personalized valentines from my shop for you and a friend! I’ll send a second email later today when the giveaway is live so SIGN UP FOR EMAILS if you haven’t already!

This is my most favorite project of the entire year and I had the hardest time stopping at 6 new designs. That being said, if you have a valentine theme request let me know in the comments and I might be able to put something together for you!

Happy Monday you guys :)

xo, Rae

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MOM + MINI: LOVE DAY EDIT

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FOR THE MAMAS: 

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FOR THE MINIS:

We enjoyed a very rare, quiet weekend around our house so I managed to fit in a little retail therapy and thought I would share some of the cute valentine’s day things I came across.

As far as Valentine’s cards, outfits, gifts and date nights go, what do you guys usually spring for? Do you have an heart day traditions?

Every year is a little different for us other than handing out valentines, stuffing our faces with sweets and maybe a new tee-shirt. Oh and Johan and I always celebrate Valentine’s Day on a random night the week before or after… Not sure any of those things qualify as traditions!?

Happy Monday loves!

XO, Rae

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TGIF + A VALENTINE THEMED SCAVENGER HUNT

heart scavenger hunt-7865Happy, happy Friday you guys!!! Eventhough the line between workweek and weekend is mostly blurred once you have kids, I can’t help but be excited for a couple days of less structure and more fun.

Speaking of fun, last week Johan and I planned a surprise scavenger hunt for Espen, Tilly, Griffin and a couple friends after school. Ever since, it’s been trending at our house. As in it’s all the kids want to do. Plan, make and go on scavenger hunts. Deciding the end prize is serious business too. For the first round they had giant marshmallows dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. After our forth hunt we opted for a game of hot and cold and the treat was a mint. They were thrilled and we were thoroughly entertained.

If you find yourself cooped up with stir-crazy kids I highly recommend throwing together a scavenger hunt or a game of hot and cold. More pics, details and “heart hunt” download below…

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//Remember when friends coming home on the bus with you was like the best!?//

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Scavenger hunts are pretty self explanatory but it’s nice to see a step-by-step so here’s how we did it — We picked 5 fun spots around the house to hide balloons and a final destination to hide the treats. We then wrote clues accordingly on paper, stuck them in balloons and blew them up. On the front door we stuck a note, balloon and pin for popping the balloons. That’s it!

Click here to download the “HEART HUNT” cards.

Cheers to a fun weekend!

XO, Rae

PS – A quick classroom valentines PSA. In order to allow for shipping time, printed classroom valentines will only be available in the shop for the next week! If you are having a hard time choosing a design, here are a few of the best sellers:

star wars // wild // wheelie // be mine // sporty // cool

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HEART POSTER FREEBIE + NEW VALENTINES

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Ever since having kids I’ve been a total fool for Valentines day. I love everything about it, even the cheesy stuff . At least when it comes to the little people in my life. The house is another story. I’m never quite sure how to decorate for Valentines day so this year I made a couple art prints to share. They are simple, classic and maybe even evergreen if displayed in the right place. Download links are below…

VALENTINE ART PRINT FREEBIES:

I’m thinking a few other pops of pink or red (garlands, tea towels and pillows are always an easy update!), a jar of heart candy, and a fun candle will make things festive enough around here.

How do you (if at all?) decorate for Valentine’s day?

XO, Rae

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PS – For those that are still in the market for Valentines to handout to classmates, neighbors, friends and family, I added a few new designs to the shop that include popsicles, sports and star wars! Follow this link to checkout the shop or use the direct links above. There are print ready PDF’s and printed options available.

A HUGE hug and thank you to everyone who has already ordered… from start to finish it’s been so fun working with you!

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a heart day craft + printable with the effortless chic

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i’m over at the effortless chic today with these cute mini heart day (or any day really!) felt banners and printable cards. there are lots more pics and some quick and easy instructions so come say hi and check it out!

see you over there…

xo . rae

(photos by Melissa Valladares)

P.S. – if you already have your valentine’s figured out they would make a fun after school craft with the kids.

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printable (heart day) dominos for the kids.

i would ordinarily consider our family to be big board game enthusiasts (settlers of catan, anyone?) however the sleep deprivation that comes with having an infant really limits my ability to stay focused and committed to a full on family game night. basically anything more involved than connect four is not happening. so for the time being we’ll stick to movie nights or super simple games like these color match dominos (download below). with a side of popcorn of course.

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HERE’S HOW TO PLAY:

  1. download and print this DOMINO TEMPLATE on white card stock and cut along dotted line. shuffle the dominos a little and then deal 5 to each player. place the remaining dominos face down in a pile.
  2. to start, let the youngest player place a domino face up in the middle of the play table. moving clockwise, have the next player check their dominos to see if they have the same color heart in their hand as one that was played. if so, have them play their domino so it’s touching the heart that it matches. if not, they can grab a domino from the pile. if the domino they grabbed is a match, it can be played.
  3. continue playing until one player runs out of dominos — they are the winner!

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at the moment, our dominos are sitting out in the family room and get played with anytime we have a few extra minutes but they would also be fun and easy to pack up and play while waiting at the doctors office or restaurant or one of the other many occasions where an occupied child is a really good thing.

happy friday before the super bowl… gooooooo hawks! #rePETE

xo . rae

ps – looking for more festive ideas and projects for valentines day? here’s some oldies but goodies from the archive…

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