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halloween party

we just enjoyed our (most likely) last hot weekend of the year hear in the pacific northwest which means, ready or not, it’s time for all things fall and halloween-ish! i’m actually looking forward to the change in seasons (hello pumpkin spice lattes + wearing clothes in layers) and am excited to share some party inspiration and printables with you…





we have 3 birthdays at the end of october, including this cutie above, ozzie and myself (on halloween).  growing up i always had a halloween themed party (the non-scary kind) and loved it. tilly on the other hand is a little (actually a lot) more girlie than i was as a youngster so an orange and black color scheme doesn’t exactly cut it. this year however i have my fingers crossed that she’ll go for a costume party… we’ll see… still in negotiations!

hope this party inspiration and printables have you excited (or extra excited) for the fall season! what’s your favorite part? have any fun costume or party ideas!? ohhhhhh, i could chat with you all day about it! if only we had a fall tasting latte in our hands!

happy monday, friend!

xo . rae

//images by stacy jacobsen//


play dates and picnics

before i begin this post, just want to say thanks you so much for all the sweet and encouraging comments regarding our morning show segment – you guys are the best!


a few weeks ago, before the summer sunshine had made it’s way to the PNW, i got together with my friends trina (and her two littles – audrey & fin) and kim (who took all these great snaps!) for a picnic play date and test run of our new snack bags.


the rain was an issue, so we planned on bringing the picnic indoors but ended up turning a boat over and sticking it under a tree – problem solved – no wet hineys!


play dates are like a life line – “want to phone a friend!?” – don’t you think?  especially durning the summer months, so i thought it would be fun to share our calling cards as a free printable (play date cards and work for hire and babysitting cards for older kids to usetoo!).


links to  D O W N L O A D  are at the bottom of this post.


the girls were especially  s p i r i t e d  (ehem) that day so in addition to snack bag pics, kim took a generous amount of fun outtakes…


the boys, on the other hand, were super chill.


(rolly pollie finder…)


(turned streaker…)


(these two are sorta made for each other – audrey and tilly – so cray)


(ozzie had recently taught us a funny hand jive about lamas, a moose and an awkward turtle.  it only felt right to pass it along to friends)


(oh, have you guys tried honest kids juice pouches!? they are amazing and have half the sugar.  i picked these up at traget, but i’m sure they have them at other stores)


(a picnic tote bag {with leather stripe} my mom put together that i’ve been using for almost all of our summer outings lately…  we’ll share a tutorial soon.  thanks mama!)


now for the calling cards!  click on the links to download:

// have your people call my people, boy // have your people call my people, girl // let’s play // word bubble, boy // word bubble, girl // yard work // babysitting //

we also have some cute cards for us mamas, but the file was too big to upload, so feel free to email me and i’ll send you the file (rae at armommy dot com).

happy friday!

xo . rae

(images by kim charie) 
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word bubble photo prop. (oldie but goodie)

titlewe’re concluding {for now} our mustache bash tutorials with this charming chalkboard prop that provides a fun way to share a message in a photo.

use them in photo booths at parties, first day of school or christmas card pictures.  your family or party guests can write messages to newlyweds, graduates & new parents or write their grade & teacher’s name, age in months {for 1st year pictures}, expressions of appreciation or love and oodles of other notes!

to make one, you’ll need:

foam board, chalkboard paint & paint brush or spray paint, exacto knife or other sharp blade, cutting mat or other appropriate work surface, pencil, dowel, packaging tape & chalk.

1} draw your word bubble or other shape on the foam board with a pencil.  2} carefully cut out your shape with an exacto knife or the like over a cutting mat.  3} paint your shape with the chalkboard paint – according to the directions.  4} do a couple more coats.  5} let dry.  6} tape your dowels to the back of your painted shape.  7} go to town writing fun messages!

i’m not so sure these pictures are the best examples of the word bubbles.  my munchkins were less then thrilled about being involved in the photo sesh….  mucho tired and grumpy after an unsuccessful nap time.  they look more like they are picketing for better child labor laws…  he!  can’t help but chuckle when i think about what they might say when they are enough to realize how randomly involved they are in our little company.

tomorrow we have an adorable dessert idea for any summer or spring celebration {the summer soiree party collection included} and just in time for easter.  we’ll also post food friday.

see you soon!

xo . rae