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monday fun-day + a winner

hey lovely! hope you had a fantastic weekend!… me and my swollen feet welcomed a couple days of cooler weather  and lots of hangout time with friends. excited and anxious to say that the countdown to baby sis’ arrival officially fits on two hands (eek!). while the waiting game begins i’m oddly thankful for a never ending “to do before baby arrives” list to distract me.

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(a few iPhone snaps from swim lessons the last two weeks)

oh and before i forget, i have the teepee winner to announce!

thanks so much for playing along with our giveaway last week! i had so much fun reading comments and wish i could give everyone their very own teepee (wouldn’t that be a fun surprise!? maybe one day:) but am looking forward to more giveaways in the future.

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one of the things on my to-do list this week is to finish packing for the hospital. i’m most of the way done but in my research found most of the hospital packing lists online are stuck in the 90’s and would love to hear if you have any suggestions!

xo . rae

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a birthday note to griffin!

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happy  3rd birfffday, griffin william! the last year has been anything but terrible (unless i’m trying to buckle you into your carseat, but we’re working that out!) and just keeps getting better. we love to hear all the silly and clever things that come out of your mouth and your ability to pick up on songs (you’ve jumped onto the frozen bandwagon with big sis) and the expressions on your face while you sing them. your giggle is contagious and you have a remarkable ability to hold your own when it comes to being the youngest (although not for long!) yet you have the sweetest tender side and cuddle like it’s your job. you would like to have a baseball bat or foam sword in your hand at all times and insist on sleeping with all three of your stuffed puppy dogs at bedtime.

wish i could bottle you up and never forget what your like at this age but at the same time can hardly wait to see what the next year holds for you.

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you are the most curious, attentive and excited about my growing belly and announced at breakfast yesterday that you, “can’t wait for baby poppy to come out!”

we are looking forward to seeing you as a big brother – a job i anticipate you’ll take very seriously! thank you for the love and energy you bring to our family. we love you to the moon and back.

a million smooches, momma

(pics from a mother’s day mini session with stacy jacobsen)

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a smorgasbord of S’MORES!

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one of my favorite parts of summer is when we light up the fire pit and breakout the s’mores fixings. not because it’s an insanely yummy treat (i mostly pick at the chocolate bars), but because it’s the perfect way to fill a summer night with family time or entertain a larger group. in fact, i’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not have fun while roasting mallows with kids… (having wet wipes handy helps too)! to keep s’mores nights spontaneous and special i grabbed this camp stove by poppytalk at target (for nights when johan isn’t home – i leave fire building to the fireman of the house) and thought it would be fun to put together a smorgasbord of s’mores options for the kids to choose from.

Some S’more Fixings Ideas

  • Classic s’more with sprinkles
  • Chocolate grahams, mallow and sliced strawberry or banana
  • Graham cracker, chocolate, shaved coconut, nutbutter
  • Graham cracker, cookies and cream chocolate bar or peanut butter cup and mallow

some of those square chocolates with mint or caramel fillings would be a nice addition too as would some chocolate petite ecolier cookies by LU (double the chocolate!) at the store but no luck this time.

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and there is the pure happiness i was talking about!

what do you guys like to do on summer nights with the fam?!

or maybe you have a fave s’more combo?

xo . rae

(images by stacy jacobsen)

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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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who that, who that.

sooooo, i was planning on posting all about dating your husband, but then i saw this video + had to share.

the most amazing thing i’ve seen in a long time.

you’ll love it.

xo . rae

(video by girls with glasses)

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crushing on: sonnet james

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happy tuesday love! how’s it going?

i’m excited to share my latest crush, sonnet james. a company that puts function first, but design and style a close second – all in the name of making it easier for moms to be more playful with their kids while also feeling cute (amen!). if you haven’t heard of them then you are in for a real treat!

i purchased a couple of their dresses  (1 & 2) to wear durning my pregnancy (and hopefully well after) and sport each of them at least once a week. i’ve worn them for everything from date night to playdates and all the kids’ activities. oh, and i must mention how well they wash so there is no need to stress when little ones use you as a napkin!

also, how do you resist a company that uses statements like,

“young at heart, present in the moment, and more playful will the ones you love.”

in their marketing… sign me up ASAP!

well, i’ve gushed enough. time to take a peek for yourself…

xo . rae

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flourless chocolate cookies for a happy weekend

have you tried the flourless chocolate cookies at starbucks yet? they are to die and i’ve bought more than my fair share lately so i figured it was time to try a homemade version. plus there is a budding baker around our home these days (named tilly) and although we’re reaping the benefits i’m always on the lookout for easy recipes with a healthier twist. now if only there was away to make them sugarless too!

(recipe details below.)

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makes 2 dozen, 15 minutes Prep Time, 15 minutes Cook Time (adapted from recipe girl)

you’ll need:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi, milk or bittersweet chocolate chips

here’s how:

preheat oven to 350 degrees. line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and spray (lightly) with nonstick cooking spray…. the cookies are super delicate so this will help them stay in one piece.

in a large bowl, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. whisk in two egg whites and the vanilla until the batter is moist bust still thick like brownie batter. if too thick, add another egg white or two – one at a time. fold in chocolate chips.

scoop batter onto the prepared baking sheets and bake about 14 minutes (check after 12), until the tops are lightly cracked. slide the parchment paper onto wire racks and let cool completely.

now go check your pantry for missing ingredients and head to the store or just pop into starbucks and start your weekend on a sweet note!

xo . rae

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TGIF, friends!

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hope your weekend is full of exactly what you need (family time, yummy food, fun, downtime, rest, catching up, friends)… and lots of sunshine!

XOXOXOXO

//images of griffin from our AZ trip by connie b photography …. still have to post the rest!//

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mother’s day gifts that support moms.

if you are still on the lookout for the perfect mother’s day gifts i have some ideas to share with you today! the best part about these shops is that they empower moms and women to rise above poverty and support their families. on top of that, they also create beautiful products.

if you’ve already checked gift giving off your to do list, these sites are still worth taking a look at. i’ve found myself getting lost in the stories behind each company and the artisans – so inspiring. you may even find a mother’s day treat for yourself and not feel guilty about it!!!

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31bits web site // their blog has fun stuff too // 31bits on instagram // throw your own house partygifts-for-moms-by-moms-KK

 

krochet kids web site // meet the artisans // KK blog // KK on instagram

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no. 41 web site // the blog // their story // donate // on instagram

if you know of any other great companies feel free to share a link in the comments below!

happy shopping & celebrating the lovely mamas in your life.

xo . rae

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baby update: 6 months

things are moving along and i’ll be 6 months (yikes!) on thursday and officially in my 3rd trimester. it’s going by so fast yet at the same time, august 1st feels like forever away!

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the bump is in full force these days (although not quite big enough to rest my bowl of ice cream on!) as i’ve found myself having a harder time maneuvering in smaller spaces and actually apologizing to people for bumping into them with my belly. oops.

a  f e w   m o r e   t i d – b i t s :

baby – baby girl is the size of a head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds, 14 inches) and has had a few cases of hiccups lately. her movements are still sweet and enjoyable – the kind i’ll miss when she’s out on the other side.

names – penelope (poppy, nelly or penny for nicknames) has been in the lead for awhile now, but there are several other’s still in the running and we’re open to more ideas so if you have any to share, please do! tilly is set on elsa or anna and griffin has been suggesting baby olaf… can guess what soundtrack we sing around here on a daily basis?

hormones – make me do crazy things. one minute i’m excited, energetic and totally silly and the next i burst into tears. sorta like an emotional drunk without the alcohol. i remember feeling this way with tilly so maybe it’s a girl thing? regardless, it’s is a roller coaster i cant wait to get off. in the meantime i’ve found that a little extra sleep cures just about anything.

cravings – food (in general). any kind. i’m not picky. ice too and lots of it thanks to low iron levels.

uniform – most days you’ll find me in leggings a roomy top and denim vest, but i’ve also enjoyed throwing on dresses (easy and effortless) and bought a blazer a couple weeks ago at target that i’ve already worn a few times.

baby gear – no. 5 just received her first package of goodies (a couple rattles and bedding) from the land of nod.  we don’t have very many items on our wish-list, but i’ve been considering splurging on a video monitor and a mamaroo by 4moms – we have their pack-and-play and are totally smitten with it.

so much has changed in the world of baby gear over the 14 years i’ve been in the baby making business so if you have any recommendations i’m all ears and very appreciative!

happy monday friends!

xo . rae

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playdate at tinkertopia (happy earth day)

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(the kids with their creations following our playdate at tinkertopia… lots of swords and robots!)

after a long and soggy winter and spring in seattle, it can get rather challenging to think of fun and unique outings to take the kids on. i mean, there are only so many coffee shop dates one can attend before the hot cocoa and pastries loose their  excitement…. at least for the kids!

a couple weeks ago (however) over spring break we discovered and planned a playdate with stacy and her boys at a make & take – creative reuse center called Tinkertopia, and had a blast.

since it’s earth day i thought i’d share snippets from our outing and maybe inspire some earth day-ish creations!

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when you walk into the store they have a gigantic selection of little (and big) treasures you can buy in bulk for a flat rate and bring home. just pick a bag size and the kids can fill it up with whatever their little hearts desire. it was so entertaining to see what trinkets they got excited about and their explanation of what each item actually was. serious cuteness nod to the little mermaid (you want thing-a-ma-bobs? i’ve got plenty…). if my husband was there he would have for sure busted out in song.

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move further into the store and you’ll find a “tinker-space” that is filled with worktables, supplies and tools for the kids (or adults for that matter) to get crafty with. they had everything from scrap wood and a drill to a dye cutter and hot glue gun.

it took the kids a few minutes to get started and decide on a project, but once they did there was no stopping them…. resourcefulness at it’s finest.

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(mama side note: i get giddy anytime we plan something ALL of my kids can participate in and tinkertopia was the perfect setting because each kid was able to focus on their own project. even though i had to beg ozzie to tag along on this trip in the end he was happy he went – and for me it was nice not to have to worry about my teenager taking out someone else’s toddler in a bouncy house. definitely a win-win.)

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we wrapped up our outing with a hot dog and chips from a stand down the street and then headed home for naps (myself included). it was a successful day that is worth repeating in the future, but i’m also looking forward to warmer (dryer) days and outdoor meet-ups at the park that involve iced drinks instead of hot chocolates.

is there anything your looking forward to this spring or a fun recycled project you have planned for today!?

happy earth day!

xo . rae

(images c/o stacy jacobsen!)

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