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crafting with the land of nod (paper christmas trees)

happy, happy friday friends! if your looking for a break from the christmas hustle and bustle or need an easy craft to keep the kids busy while you wrap gifts, head over to the land of nod blog for this fun tree project. the ones pictured below are my handiwork, but my littles made a bunch more later in the day that turned out far more creative and cute and now add a nice christmassy touch to their rooms.

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just got 4 out of 5 kids out the door this morning for their last day of school before christmas break and i can hardly wait for them to walk through the door this afternoon. we don’t have any fancy outings or trips planned but i’m looking forward to finding activities close to home and am realizing more this year than ever that family time doesn’t have to be a big deal to be special. maybe we’ll invite friends over (in jammies) for breakfast or get bundled up for a hike or drive around and look at lights…

as we head into the holidays, i’d love to know what simple but festive activities you have planned?

xo . rae

{images by stacy jacobsen}

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A (let’s play) GIVEAWAY WITH LAND OF NOD…. (CLOSED)

living in seattle, i’m often on the hunt for kid friendly indoor activities, but with colder days ahead and 5 kids to occupy i’m REALLY on the hunt these days. as a big land of nod fan (you too!?), i get excited to see their latest toys and games. they have a knack for designing products that are whimsical and cute for the kids but look clean and stylish no matter where you put them in the house. today i’m excited to partner with them to giveaway the bean bag toss game pictured below.

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to enter, simply leave a comment HERE telling me why you love the land of nod or your favorite product they sell. the giveaway closes WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17th at 6am PST. one winner will be chosen at random and announced later that day on this post. i will also send the winner an email letting them know!

when your finished leaving a comment, head to the land of nod to finish up your shopping list because they are in the middle of their HoliDAILY sale and all of their games and puzzles are 20% off, plus free shipping! here are a few stocking stuffers that are hanging out in my shopping cart right now for the kids. i can hardly wait for them to see and play with all of their goodies christmas morning!

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happy shopping and GOOD LUCK!

xo . rae

Congratulations Melissa Haigh for winning the giveaway!

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winter wreath and crown (simple DIY and printable).

happy second to last friday before christmas, friends! even if your not stressing over a mile long holiday to-do list, chances are you don’t have a ton of extra time on your hands. so poppy and i have a couple easy peasy-10 minute-(maybe 15)-must make-DIY’s to share with you today.

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i can’t get enough buffalo check or pom-pons this season so let’s get started!

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GEOMETRIC WREATH: full disclosure, i’ve never taken a wreath making class or made a wreath before so i have no idea what i’m doing. however, the end product turned out super cute so i figure i’ll share how i did it and we can just fake it til’ we make it! for those of you who have mad wreath making game, please share tips in the comments!

you’ll need:

  • wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • greenery (i gathered some from outside)
  • green floral wire
  • mini pom-poms
  • thread and needle
  • ribbon for hanging

here’s how:

  1. untwist the hanger and shape into a triangle (or whatever shape you want). twist closed and cut off excess.
  2. arrange greenery around wire, wrapping with floral wire as you go until it looks how you like.
  3. thread pom-poms to desired length and wrap around your wreath. use ribbon to hang!

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BUFFALO CHECK CROWNS: i made these for tilly’s lumber jack and jill bday party but thought they’d be perfect around the holidays. gold crowns make a festive addition too… just use the printable as a template and trace onto glitter paper.

you’ll need:

  • skinny elastic (sold on spools in the sewing + notions section at a craft store)
  • white or colored card stock (poppy is wearing the crown printed on red paper)
  • stapler
  • tape
  • scissors
  • printable crown file

here’s how:

  1. download and print file onto white or colored card stock.
  2. cutout around pattern and tape to make a crown.
  3. cut elastic to desired length (about 9 to 12 inches) and staple ends to either side of crown.

new-fabrics-for-diyingbefore i go for the weekend i also wanted to share a few things i’ve added to my spoonflower shop… 1/2/3/4

the valentine hand warmers have been such a huge hit that i had to make a second, more wintery version. i also added some simple black and white patterns that are perfect for christmas (to make napkins, pillows, tea towels, etc.) but can also last all year long. before ordering, check spoonflower’s shipping deadlines if you need your goodies before christmas!


hope your weekend is full of baking, diy-ing, tradition making and christmas movie watching :)

let me know if you have any questions about the toots above…. i’ll be back on monday with a land of nod giveaway!

xoxo . rae

{images by stacy jacobsen}

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holiday syrups with the land of nod.

land-of-nod-rae-ann-kellybaby it’s cold outside so i’m over at the land of nod today sharing one of our favorite ways to stay warm and cozy – flavored steamers! head over to honest to nod for the full post, recipes and a download so you can package all the yummy flavors and give as gifts {perfect for teachers, neighbors and friends or party favors…} …or go all out and plan a little after school steamer bar for the kids (and coffees for the mamas)! tilly and her friend claira had all kinds of fun adding flavors, whip cream and sprinkles to their drinks.

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when your done checking out the post and leaving a comment ;) always love reading notes – land of nod has made it really easy to do my other favorite cold weather activity, online shopping (ha!) with 20% off a different toy category each day over the next 8 days.

speaking of shopping, how is your christmas gifting going!?

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//

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outfit inspiration for thanksgiving.

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 i’m usually pretty good at piecing together outfits for the kids to wear for holidays and special occasions but then  find myself scrambling at the last minute to put together an outfit for myself which leads to febreezing the heck out of something from the dry cleaning pile and wishing i had put a little extra thought and planning into it. this year is no different, so if (like me) your still not sure what to wear, head over to mom.me where i shared some thanksgiving outfit inspiration for different destinations. here are a few of my favorites above. we’re headed to the mountains so i’m loving the montana ensemble. thanksgiving in disney world sounds dreamy too.

xo . rae

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notes to santa.

we haven’t celebrated turkey day yet, but already i feel like i’m behind for christmas! ha! how is that possible!? the only thing i have going for me is that we’ve written down our gift list and thanks to online shopping it should be pretty easy to check everything off. i anticipate however, that my children will still be telling me about a new item on their wish list about every 5 minutes from now until christmas eve. as fun and cute as it is to see them so excited it also gets annoying. in a hurry. the solution?  i made some notes so they can tell santa all about it, either in words or drawing, and set out a jar to collect them all until they are “sent” to the north pole.

fingers crossed, it works like a charm and if you want to give it a try there is a link below to download!

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(CLICK to DOWNLOAD “note to santa”)

truth be told, we don’t focus too much on the man in the red suit during christmas, but he does make a really good scapegoat. we’re also getting santa pictures taken this year for the first time since espen (now 8) was a baby (can’t wait to share!). how much santa is involved in your christmas merry making?

happy thanksgiving week friends!

xo . rae

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thanksgiving bingo and kids table setting.

in less than two weeks we’ll be kicking off the holiday season with turkey day. can you believe it!? i could not be more excited for the long weekend, extra downtime with family and yummy food. not to mention lots of time spent in the kitchen with the kids and my mama!

to keep things running (sort of) smoothly and the kids entertained at the table when it comes time to eat, i put together these activity cards and teepee place cards. links are below to download….

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  • TEEPEE PLACE CARDS – add a few small thanksgiving themes figurines or animals for extra fun!
  • BINGO CARDS – up the ante and bring a few small prizes for the winners!
  • THANKFUL NOTE CARDS – write something your thankful for next to each letter!

these are some of my favorite printables to date — i hope you enjoy and find a way to use them (snap a pic and tag me on instagram if you do – @raeannkelly)!

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xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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3 steps to family photos you’ll love

between all the newborn, family, mini sessions and blog shoots, my family has spent quite a bit of time in front of the camera. while that might not make me an expert i have learned a few tricks along the way that make the process less stressful and the day of way more enjoyable.

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1. think ahead – decide what the main purpose is for your pictures (christmas cards, document, gallery wall, etc.). do you want most pictures to be black and white? portrait style? or lifestyle with outtakes? once you know the answer to those things it’s time to do a little daydreaming. (you’ll also want to communicate those things with your photographer!) hop on pinterest for ideas or look through your photographer’s web site. to keep things looking more organic and less staged think simple – a little goes a long way. make a list of props and outfit ideas and then raid your (and your friends’) closets and pullout anything that will work. order or go shopping for anything you don’t have but still think is necessary.

2. prep the kids – i have yet to meet a child that loves participating in family photo sessions. however, i’ve found (especially for the older kids) that if i give lots of notice and reminders about our appointment they are more likely to be good sports about it. picking a bribe or planning something fun to do after pictures also works like a charm.

3. be yo-selves… and trust your photographer – you really want everyone’s personalities to shine through so as long as the kids are following instructions a little, let them be silly (and throw up duces) or shy and snuggly.  i also find that if i stay upbeat and playful the rest of my crew tends to fallow suit and play along. when all else fails take a deep breath and trust your photographer – it’s not the first time they’ve worked with a child that refused to smile, etc.!

// LAST THOUGHTS // keep personalities and personal style in mind when picking outfits. everyone does better and looks more natural when they feel comfortable in what they are wearing. also if you want the family to look put together without being too matchy, matchy try picking a neutral palette and then adding a couple different pops of color and some texture. lastly, if it’s important to you, book nail and hair appointments in advance so your not running around like crazy the day before!

here’s to beautiful (low-fuss) family photos you’ll love.

if you have more tips please share in the comments!

xo . rae

//all pics by stacy jacobsen//

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backyard halloween bash

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i know it’s a little late to start planning a halloween party, but this backyard bash styled by my new friend jen was too cute to pass up. plus it’s full of fun halloween food ideas like those glass apple juice jars, tomato soup, ghostly grilled cheese

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… oreo owls and dipped marshmallows.

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jen also used our blackboard perfection party set sold on minted which was fun to see! you can checkout more of the party on her blog (HERE).

off to get everyone’s costumes organized and finished and write up a plan and shopping list for the big day. holidays are crazy around here with all these kidlets — not to mention the birthdays we have this week (oz & tilly)… i’m going to need a girl’s night asap!

what’s left on your halloween to-do list!? any festive food on the menu!?

xo . rae

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digital invites and iphone wallpapers for HALLOWEEN

happy monday friends! to start the week off right, i have some cute (with a touch of spooky) halloween designs to share with you! 3 digital invites that make planning a halloween party or casual get together super easy + extra fun. just save the files and then attach to your email or text message. i also designed a few wallpapers to get your phone in the halloween spirit!

//click links below to download//

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do you have a favorite!?

xo . rae

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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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