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HAPPY MONDAY + A MEAL PLAN

menu-plan-may-2Hope you guys had a snuggle filled Mother’s Day weekend with lots of handmade gifts, flowers and yummy food too! We spent most of our weekend at baseball games but also managed to sneak in a trip to the farmer’s market and a date night (watching baseball of course :). Woke up feeling tired but also very spoiled. Definitely a weekend for the books!

After any good holiday weekend I almost always find myself playing catch-up when Monday rolls around. So I spent a little time on Friday getting ahead and made a meal plan for this week and thought I would share.

Here is what we’ll be eating:

If you are curious, HERE is a post about how we meal plan, deal with picky eaters, etc.

Are there any summery recipes you’ve been looking forward to making/eating?

CHEERS to an amazing week ahead!!!

XO, Rae

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SIPPING ON THE PERFECT ICED COFFEE

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(sleepy eye fabric backdrop from my spoonflower shop)

Warm weather goes with iced drinks like Monday’s go with caffeine so it seemed appropriate to share a little tip I learned that will have your iced coffee tasting delicious and creamy to the last sip.

Ready for it?

It’s so simple… freeze your favorite milk into ice cubes!!!

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As the cubes melt the coffee stays yummy instead of watery and blah.

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Our friends dropped off a bottle of their homemade cold brew last week, which (side note) is amazing! Not sure what has taken me so long to try, but I’m hooked. Anyways, I’ve been experimenting with different combinations and my favorite so far is:

vanilla coconut cold brew (or iced coffee) – half glass of cold brew, frozen coconut milk ice cubes, a little bit of vanilla syrup and coconut milk to taste.

What is your go-to iced drink during the warm weather months!?

XO, Rae

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THE ARROW PROJECT: MAY DAY SURPRISES (+ FREEBIE)

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This month we’re keeping our arrow project simple with a pretty act of kindness — May Day notes, with a dose of truth at the bottom and room to tape a bloom!

This might come as a shocker, but May Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with the kids. Mostly because there is no pressure to do anything and people are almost always surprised and happy for whatever we’ve thrown together. (Download and details below!)

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DOWNLOAD “HAPPY MAY” CARDS, PDF

MAY DAY SURPRISES 

  1. Download freebie, print on card stock and cute along dashed lines.
  2. Gather some fresh blooms from your yard, a neighbor’s, friend’s, the store, etc.
  3. Trim stems and tape to cards.
  4. Place on front doors, cars, mailbox, etc. or give to teachers, friends, neighbors, etc. as a random act of kindness.

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I often get caught up in feeling like the little things aren’t enough. Sharing a smile, encouraging word or single flower can’t possibly make a difference in someones heart or day but that would be a lie. Even Mother Teressa, who did BIG things and lived a BIG life, believed in the power of small things.

So this month we’ll be putting this principle into practice and learn to believe that God can do a lot with our little. Something that comes much more naturally to my kids!

XO, Rae

P.S. – Another May Day project we did when Poppy was in my belly and Tilly had the sweetest bob!

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FAVORITE FINDS FOR A GIRL’S SPRING + SUMMER WARDROBE

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There isn’t usaully a need to switch from cold to warm weather wardrobes around here in the pacific northwest until June-ish, but the sun has been out and showing off (with temps in the 80’s!) lately. Warm weather combined with the lack of clothes that still  fit my kids from last summer has me doing some online shopping. Which I love. Maybe a little too much!?

Here are some of my favorite finds for the girls. Everything linked is for older girls, but most have smaller versions for the babes and toddlers too.

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ACCESSORIES / 1. hat / 2. hair clips / 3. purse / 4. sunnies

DRESSES + ROMPERS / 1. blue stripe dress / 2. banana shirt dress / 3. floral dress / 4. twirly play dress in charcoal / 5. red stripe skater dress / 6. wide leg overalls

OUTERWEAR / 1. poncho / 2. jean jacket (Tilly + Poppy have this jacket and it’s so soft!) / 3. yellow frilled sweatshirt cardi

SHORTS / 1. striped short / 2. cutoff jean shorts / 3. olive shorts

TOPS / 1. flower tank / 2. olive split back tee / 3. natural wonder tee / 4. tres cute sweatshirt / 5. patches tee / 6. floral print tank

SHOES / 1. slip-on sneaker / 2. converse / 3. brown sandal

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Still need to hunt for some basic tanks, play shorts and of course flip-flops and beach gear, but it was fun to play around with different outfits. Tilly has all of a sudden decided that she doesn’t like skirts (with the exception of this one) or rompers but is thankfully still ok with dresses. Can’t beat the one-and-done outfits!

Are your kids picky about what they wear?

Happy (spring/summer) shopping!

XO, Rae

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FRONT PORCH SPRING REFRESH

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One of the chronically un-styled + unfinished areas of our home is the front porch. Mostly because I’m really good at killing plants, rarely find a wreath I love enough to splurge on and just haven’t taken the time to think about other ways to decorate. But with all the street hokey, fliers up, side walk chalk sessions, bike rallies, etc. that happen on our street, the porch could easily be used as an extra outdoor living space for people to hangout on. So a couple weeks ago Johan and I spruced up the front porch in just 3 easy steps…

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1. Cozy Seating: Using a couple pallets we had laying around and pinterest for inspiration, Johan made and hung a swing (thanks honey!). I shopped the house for a few pillows, but will be looking for outdoor ones to replace them with, and added an old rug that was folded up in the linen closet. When it comes to bringing the indoors out, pillows and rugs are my go-to!

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2. Updated Basics: A new flag and door mat, galvanized bin to hold shoes, knick-knacks and packages, and a simple fern that loves shade and should be easy to keep alive. Crossing my fingers. Now if I can just find a cute wreath!

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3. Lighting: Who says café lights are just for the backyard!? We hung a couple strands (criss-crossing them in the middle and used a staple gun to keep in place) and love how they add an inviting glow and festive look. Like we’re always ready to party :)

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(The kid’s latest project… a tin can herb garden.)

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It’s been fun seeing everyone use the porch for more than the front door. As you might have seen on snapchat (raeannkelly), the pallet swing is easily the fave.  Tilly didn’t waste any time making herself at home!

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“hey good lookin'” doormat / galvanized bin (but found for less at local hardware store) / striped basket (from IKEA but couldn’t find online) / flag / eye pillow / teal pillow / prismatic striped pillow / cafe lights

Do you have any spring projects planned for the weekend!?

HAPPY FRIDAY!

xo, Rae

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SENSORY PLAY WITH THE LAND OF NOD.

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I know I’ve been bombarding you with posts this week, but I don’t want you to miss this fun project we shared on the land of nod blog using dinosaurs, sand and water.

I find that as our family changes to accommodate the schedules and activities for the older kids, the younger ones miss out on the playtime activities that are just for them. Sensory play is one of those activities. A few weeks ago however, we set up a sand and water table and the littles have been loving it… even Tilly! To keep them engaged I’ve planned a few different activities and their favorite (which involves squirt bottles of course) is the ice and sand dinosaur excavation.

Head here for DIY details and if you don’t have a fancy activity table just use plastic or galvanized bins!

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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SAVE THE (EASTER EVENT) DATE

Ready or not, it’s Monday! We were definitely not feeling ready this morning… Still trying to figure out where the weekend went? I planned on sharing some egg hunt and Easter Sunday outfit inspo today for the minis, but didn’t quite get things pulled together.

I do, however have some other exciting Easter-y news…

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Saturday, March 19th from 10am to 12pm, we’ll be hosting a mini-makers craft event at the Land of Nod in U. Village (Seattle, WA). Come make a festive Easter egg balloon and fill bunny ear goodie bags with yummy treats as well! I’ll share all the official event info later this week.

For those of you that can’t make it because of distance or scheduling, I’ll be sharing the quick tutorial on the Land of Nod blog soon… The balloons and baggies are low-fuss for the adults but still fun for the kids. Perfect if you plan on entertaining little ones this easter!

If you are looking for more Easter fun, here are a few of my favorite projects and freebies.

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Printable Easter tags, stickers and bunny ear toppers / Fabric egg template and tutorial (so cute) / mini makers bunny masks / Simple eraser stamped Easter eggs

Hoppy Monday you guys!

XO, Rae

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SPRING-READY CAR CADDY

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One of my many flaws in life is that I’m late. A lot. I would blame it on my kids but the truth is I’ve always been this way. Rushing around like a crazy person at the last minute trying to get ready and grab everything I need. Diaper blowouts, shoe debates and car seats only add insult to injury.

While I should probably make a “be on time” resolution I’m more of a baby step kinda girl. One of the things I know would help is packing up a few hours or (gasp!) the day before we have an outing or activity. Since spring baseball season is notoriously a busy time of year for us and little league tryouts were this past weekend I decided to put together a car caddy full of snacks, activities and other necessities for my mini spectators. Baseball might not be your thing this spring but a car caddy could easily be updated for park dates, trips to the farmers market or weekend outings and would definitely be handy for trips to the pool this summer.

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Here’s a look at what I packed:

  • Tote/Caddy/Crate – Love this basket-tote from Land of Nod and it’s on sale!
  • Blanket – We use this Gunner and Swain Mexican blanket for almost everything but I would like to find something that will work well when the ground is wet.
  • Snacks – Popcorn, Cliv Kid ZBARS, trail mix, honest kid juices, and boxed water.
  • Treats – Lemonheads and bubble gum remind me of watching my big brother play baseball so I had to throw those in there.
  • Activities – Sidewalk chalk, clipboards and coloring supplies, oversized jax game, and a soft soccer ball.
  • Misc. – Bandaids, neosporin, hand sanitizer and wet wipes.

Now if I can just keep it stocked and ready! Did I forget anything?

Are you an on-time or mostly late kind of person? Or maybe in-between? Please share any tips you have in the comments below!

XO, Rae

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mother’s day gifts, bouquets + freebies

Mother’s Day is in T-minus 6 days (say, what!?). With so little time left, I wanted to design something that would make it fun and easy to celebrate all the brilliant, strong, cool and all-together amazing mamas I know. Since I’ve never met a mom that didn’t love fresh blooms and because everything looks cuter when mini, I thought tiny bouquets with some pertty paper would be perfect!

Of course I had to share… Links are below along with matching wrapping paper for little gifts.

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MOTHER’S DAY bouquet paper, PDF

MOTHER’S DAY gift wrap paper, PDF

Here’s how to wrap up the flowers: Wrap flowers in tissue paper to your liking. Download and print the bouquet paper on regular printer paper. Lay facedown with the words on the right side. With the stems towards the middle of the paper, place the flower end to the left of the top right corner. Fold the bottom left corner up over the stems and then the top left corner down over the top. Finally fold the bottom right corner up over the flowers, tuck the point under and secure with tape or string.

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Aren’t the lilacs beautiful?! Funny-ish story, I didn’t even realize they were blooming in my front yard until a friend pointed it out! Sheesh. Truth be told I have a very brown thumb (succulents have died under my care!) and as much as I love flowers, landscape and gardens I just haven’t been bitten by the horticulture bug. My fingers are crossed hoping that one day it will happen. If you have any secret tips please spill the beans!

Lots more Mother’s Day fun this week so stay tuned!

XO . Rae

P.S. – Here is a project from last year.

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