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WHITE BUTTON UP’S + 5 THINGS

Today’s OOTW is laid-back and effortless and includes a summer staple you need in your closet. Sharing details below along with a few other (random) things on my mind!

1 | If you don’t already own a white button up, snag one asap. They’re wearability ranges from throwing over a swimsuit, to pairing with just about any shorts, skirts, overalls or pants in a girl’s closet. They’re styleabtlity is just as fun and versatile too. Add a bright lip and big sunnies, a simple necklace, or a bandana or layer over a tank or jumpsuit and leave open. Let’s not forget about all the tucking options as well — no tuck, full tuck, half tuck, front tuck, or tie into a knot. Ha! See why I like it so much? Wearing this white top and loving this one and this one.

2 | I’ve been playing around with the idea of offering personal styling services to anyone that wants to sign up (that’s YOU!)! Most of the questions I get asked via DM’s and emails involve clothes, trends and what to buy. As much as I appreciate the internet and social media for making it so easy to chat, I feel like there’s so much more I could help with if we had a few hours and a personalized pinterest board.

Let me know if this is something you could see yourself being interested in!?

3 | Been thinking a lot about friends that own and run businesses (especially online businesses) and how I can support them in their growth and success — here’s a few ideas: buy or sign up for their product/service, give a shoutout on social (and in real life too), comment or engage on their site, reviews or posts, send encouraging texts.

How do you encourage friends with their work?

4 | I hope you guys aren’t tired of seeing my favorite dad jeans in outfits, but if you are I have good news. Just purchased the new madewell mom jeans (for under $80) and love those too. As a girl that likes butts in all their forms (lol) I think it’s fun and funny that both styles of jeans actually give you the mom and dad butt looks!

I’m probably totally alone on this (always been a little weird like that) but if not, please chime-in in the comments!

See… dad butt.

5 |I’ve needed a haircut in the worst way for the last three months and finally got around to making an appointment for next week. Blaming my procrastination on my enneagram personality (where are my number 7’s at!?). Scheduling upkeep type appointments might be my least favorite thing to do because of two things 1. there’s the possibility of getting bored and 2. they require a commitment that’s not easy to adjust… not proud of it and my kids are always way late on their well child appointments, but I’m trying really hard to be better at it!

What’s been on your mind lately?

xo, Rae

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OOTW: MY UPDATED UNIFORM, FITTED TEES + BUCKET BAGS

Move over boyfriend/vintage/boxy tee, because there’s a new girl in town and she’s got a snug fit, cute neckline and a bit of texture but is equally as comfy. Okay, so maybe I’m not quitting on my favorite cotton tops, but I am definitely making room for a new fit and style. It feels good to add something to my jeans and tee uniform that’s a little more femme so I thought I’d share! Bonus that it’s such an inexpensive wardrobe update you can mix and match. Add a bucket or basket bag and boom, easy summer outfit!

SUNNIES (on sale!)| TEE (love this fit too) | WIDE LEG JEANS (similar or a little less wide here) | CONVERSE | WOVEN BAG | SWEATER (old from Purpose boutique)

Looking a lot like a style blogger in this pic, ha!

More like the real me in this one! Doing some adjusting.

Prob tmi, but I only wear strapless bras… no patience for shoulder straps. They make me feel claustrophobic (for lack of a better word!). When wearing a boyfriend, boxy, or vintage tee, I can totally get away with it without too much adjusting going on, but with a fitted tee it’s a different story so I may need to get over the whole strap thing. If anyone has a brand or style they recommend, please spill the beans in the comments!

Just taking in the moment. Thankful to have a husband that’s home randomly during the day on a weekday. Makes me feel like we’re playing hooky whenever we take advantage and sneak away for a bit. Also love that he doesn’t mind wandering with me (or snapping pics for that matter!). Definitely payed off yesterday when we found these pretty stairs!

What’s your favorite way to freshen up your jeans and tees rotation?

xo, Rae

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OOTW: EASY + CUTE “SOCCER MOM” OUTFITS (WITH SONNET JAMES)

It can be easy to get stuck styling dresses the same way over and over again so I thought it would be fun to put together a few looks using the same dress. They’re also ball-field approved for all you mamas spending evenings and weekends cheering on your kids while also playing with, keeping track of and entertaining the rest of the cheer squad! Plus dresses make port-a-potty situations so much easier, ha!

Also excited that the outfits include my new favorite Sonnet James dress. What I love most about SJ dresses is that I never have to worry about them being too short, the material being too precious, or whether or not I’m going to be comfortable (i.e. I’m always tempted to sleep in mine at the end of a long day, lol). If you haven’t purchased one of Whitney’s dresses yet, I highly recommend treating yourself to one as a Mother’s Day gift! They’re all so good and so is her overall messaging and mission.

Without further ado, here’s 4 ways to style a spring or summer dress… scroll through and then let me know which look is your favorite!

OUTFIT NO. 1 | dress, shoes, sweatshirt, belt (thrifted), sunnies (similar)

Layering a bulky top over a dress with a full skirt isn’t usually the most flattering, but adding a belt gives a hint of a waistline and that “tucked” look that we all love! That being said, I’m also a big believer that not everything we wear has to be the most flattering… It’s okay to just have fun with it!

OUTFIT NO. 2 | dress, shoes, hat from Espen’s team, denim jacket

Ok, so maybe the little league hat isn’t the best way to balance out the converse on my feet on a normal day (it’s a little cheesy), but it totally works for a date at the ball-field in my opinion, ha!

OUTFIT NO. 3 | dress, shoes (love these and these), sunnies

It doesn’t get anymore effortless than throwing on your favorite dress with your comfiest sandals and a fun (statement-ish) pair of sunnies!

OUTFIT NO. 4 | dress, sweater, jeans (similar, love these too and they’re on sale!), shoes, bandanas

A bandana is a great way to add a pop of team color to the mix! And for games that aren’t as warm (or when you want to participate in a cartwheel competition), one of my favorite street style looks is wearing a fitted jean under a flow-y dress. A cropped cardi or jacket warms things up without adding too much bulk.

A few fun outtakes :)

Had to grab some candy for the shoot and Ozzie’s game later in the evening. I’m not much of a candy eater these days (if there isn’t chocolate or ice cream involved!), but I remember sucking on lemonheads at my big brother’s baseball games as a kid and bubble gum is a must for our kids these days… plus it’s an easy treat to share with the other kids (and adults) at games too!

What’s your favorite candy to snack on at a baseball game or sporting event?

Oh, and which look is your favorite, 1, 2, 3, or 4!?

XO, Rae

PS – A BIG shoutout to Johan for hanging out and snapping pics long enough for me to do a few outfit changes… no idea how you put up with my shenanigans but I’m thankful you do!

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10 COMPANIES THAT MAKE IT EASY TO TWIN WITH YOUR MINI

Me in the pic above: Thinking about what to name our pizzeria and when I can match with one of the kids again. For all my fellow matchy-matchy type mamas out there I thought I’d share a roundup of my favorite companies that make mom + mini twinning a no brainer.

Snapped a few pics (because matching must be documented) while Johan and I took Griffin on a quick dinner date… we ordered cheese sticks (G’s fave), salad and drinks all around and then a pizza and salad to bring home for the rest of the crew. We were only out and about for a little over an hour but it was the perfect amount of time to sneak in some Q.T., finish a placemat word search together and give Griff our undivided attention.

More below!

That look on his face! (insert heart emoji)

10 COMPANIES THAT MAKE IT EASY TO “TWIN” WITH YOUR KIDS

  1. Olivia + Ocean, because the best place to match is definitely at the beach or pool!
  2. Did you see this collab between alice + ames and sonnet james?
  3. Shop doen and their kids line, it’s all sooooo dreamy and romantic but still functional.
  4. Anine Bing and bing kids… we’re wearing their sweatshirts here + here (Griff is wearing size 6-8 + it looks cute and oversized on Poppy too).
  5. Whistle & Flute has some seriously cute tees.
  6. Plain Jane usually has items in matching patterns like this buttery soft robe and play gown for your little.
  7. More super cute tees by jean & june.
  8. Albion isn’t super match-y, but they make it easy to coordinate…
  9. Tiny cottons and their newest women’s line. I want it allll!
  10. Bobo Choses is another favorite!

Don’t remember the last time I ate something I didn’t end up sharing with someone but I prefer it that way… and not just with the kids. Johan and I almost always share an app and main dish on date nights, an ice cream cone when we’re out for a treat and a venti coffee when we run through Starbucks. Is that weird? Ha! Maybe it’s the “me too” middle child in me?

Our speed date with Griffin has me thinking that it’s time to schedule more one-on-one (or two) kid dates. Would you guys be interested in date ideas or seeing what we end up planning?

Also, please share your thoughts on matching or shops you know that make it easy!

xo, Rae

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HAPPY MONDAY + A FAMILY UPDATE

Can’t you just feel the warm pavement in this pic… after such a nice March (by PNW standards anyways), it’s been a rough, cold and rainy April until last week when the sun started making some appearances. Of course chunky sweaters are still a wardrobe staple but they feel more spring-ish when paired with sandals and a camisole. I’ll link outfit details below along with a little family update and a few pics from visiting Johan at the fire station the other day!

OZZIE | Last week Oz asked how I handle the younger kids touching me/my clothing with their sticky fingers. I explained that after you have a newborn that poops, pees and spits up on you, a little chocolate or smeared banana is no big deal… Would you guys agree? I think I scared him out of ever having kids, ha! In WAY bigger news, he’s decided to attend WSU in the fall (YAYYYYY!). We still have a few things to figure out but he’s put in his request for dorms and has a visit scheduled! Meanwhile we’re doing our best to help keep senioritis at bay, meet all the deadline and enjoy all the events that go on during the last few months of high school (did you guys see Johan throw Oz the “first pitch” at his game last week on Stories!? I saved it to the “ozzie” highlight if you want to see)… PSA (in case you were wondering) SENIOR YEAR IS NO JOKE PEOPLE!!!

ESPEN | Has a new mouth full of braces and it’s the cutest thing ever. Especially now that he isn’t as sore and feels like eating something other than smoothies and protein shakes. Poor guy. He’s also started flag football after school along with a new baseball team and basketball camp which has made keeping up with homework a little tricky… Love this age so much because they’re still so young and silly BUT hate how serious school and sports can get (even though I’m v thankful for both!). There’s definitely a learning curve even the second time around as we try to navigate it all. So proud of Espen for being up for the challenge!

TILLY | Also has new hardware in her mouth, lol. She’s been dying to get a retainer ever since Espen got his about a year ago and her dream is finally a reality. Although, having to keep track of a case to put said retainer in while she eats, etc. wasn’t part of that dream and has proven to be a problem that has somehow become everyone’s problem. We love you Matilda and the excitement you bring to all of our days! In other news, her love of slime, baking treats and planning sleepovers is still going strong.

GRIFFIN | Talks a lot about getting an x-box, has become besties with a boy that lives on our street (so fun!), is playing on a new soccer team and is reading like a champ which somehow just makes life so much easier. We just finished the book Double Fudge by Judy Blume. Griff loved it and I have to say, even after reading it with all three of the older kids, it never gets old!

POPPY | Is all registered for her pre-k class for next year, has been practicing her cartwheels (more like monkey jumps) endlessly, and is begging to take another ballet class (hopefully next month!). Every morning she wakes up and asks if the kids have to go to school… needless to say she is counting down the days until summer vacay!

YODER |Is working on getting his realtors license just in time to list our rental property that also happens to need a massive amount of TLC… Yesterday he somehow managed to make lots of progress on the yard with a team of 7 kids (all 5 of ours and 2 of their friends), lol. Never not impressed by his work ethic. Today he recruited my parents to help us paint the interior and then the hard part begins as we’ll have to decide what to upgrade and what to keep as is… and you guys know how indecisive I am so pray for my husband!

ME |Did you guys see the textile I designed for Olivia + Ocean!? Fabric and product design are my absolute favorite kind of design projects to create and collaborate on. Working on a few other projects lately (some collabs and some DIY’s) that I can’t wait to finish and share. Aside from work, I’ve been struggling to get over a terrible case of bronchitis (yuck)… having coughing fits and not being able to breath well is really cramping my style, ha! Prob time to head back to the doctor, huh?

Pickle ball might be the best game ever invented… Johan and I are on the hunt for a doubles league if you know of any??? ha! Just need to work on my backhand and wearing appropriate shoes.

WEARING | camisole (it’s machine wash + on sale… wearing a size 2), sweater, jeans (size down atleast one size!), shoes (bought them last spring and love these too)

POPPY’S WEARING | this tee and jeans from Peek Kids (no longer available), shoes

Daddies are the best. Hero at home and at work. Plus he likes to play so our kids basically hit the jackpot.

Happy Monday-ing friends!

xo, Rae

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WORK + PLAY: VINTAGE POOL DAYS + A PRETTY FLORAL I DESIGNED FOR OLIVIA + OCEAN

If this doesn’t have you dreaming of pool days with your babes (big or small) this summer, I don’t know what will! I love Olivia + Ocean for their mission to make swimwear that fits into a mama’s lifestyle… so that in between all the towel drying, sun screening, meltdown managing, snack making and (fill in the blank) you can feel stunning, pulled together and more likely ready to play, snuggle, sunbathe or participate in a cannon ball contest.

Danielle (the mama behind O+O) puts equal thought into creating vintage-y modern swimmers for your mini that make sunny day adventures extra special and nostalgic.

All of this to say, O+O just launched the sweetest collection that includes a floral print I designed and am totally smitten with. The full collection coordinates too so you can go full mom + mini matchy-matchy or twin just a little bit.

Don’t you love it?!!! My favorite to date… Poppy will be running around in this for sure and I love the red bikini as well.

A pop of red for me too, please! So classic.

Some of my favorite memories are of heading to the pool almost daily with my mom and brothers during hot Chicago summers — I still have no idea how my mom managed to make time for h o u r s of splashing around while raising a busy family and home but I’m forever grateful that she did.

Not to get too sappy and sentimental, but it’s a good reminder that we won’t get these days of raising little humans back. Even more sobering is that our kids won’t get their childhood days back either… Thankful for companies like Olivia + Ocean that make it easier to be present and playful while we’re in the thick of it.

Love you guys!

xo, Rae

Images by Morgan Pansing

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SPRING WARDROBE WISHLIST

We’ve been enjoying spring and all that comes with it… including the change in wardrobe! Even though the weather can be unpredictable and isn’t often warm around here, it’s been fun finding ways to incorporate spring-ish items into outfits. After cleaning out my closet and getting a good idea of what holes could be filled, I spent sometime adding things to my online shopping carts (where most of it will stay, lol) and turned them into outfit options below. Take a peek and let me know which combo is your favorite!

outfit no. 1 | cardigan, crisscross slides, wide leg pants (but I love these and these too!)

outfit no. 2 | levis (under $100), peasant top, chore coat

outfit no. 3 | utility shirt (doubles as a coat), woven slingback, wrap dress

outfit no. 4 | sweatshirt, midi skirt, high-tops

outfit no. 5 | striped tee, crisscross slides, slipdress

outfit no. 6 | carpenter jeans (also under $100), striped silk top (need to find one that’s machine washable), sandals

I was kinda surprised by the lack of pastels, but really love that most of these items will also work through summer and into the fall.

Would you guys like to see my spring picks for the kids or husband?

xo, Rae

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MOM + MINI: HOW TO WEAR TIE DYE WITHOUT FEELING LIKE YOU’RE AT CAMP

You guys, tie-dye is back in a big way lately and even though I’m always a fan (forever a hippie, beach bum + camp kid at heart) I’m even more in love with how the carefree print has gotten a more grown-up (think skirts and silk tops) and practical (lots of color options!) update that makes it easier to add to your everyday wardrobe.

The tricky things about trends is that sometimes they stick around and become staples and other times they’re “so last month” the day after you decide to hop on the bandwagon (wah-wah) — so it can be tricky to decide what to invest in and what to pass on. Since I already have a tie-dye shirt dress from Sonnet James (I think she has a new one coming out this spring/summer) I was planning on the latter, but then I stumbled upon this t-shirt from Zara and, considering how often I wear t-shirts, decided it was meant to be.

Sharing a few ways to style the colorful swirly pattern from your youth over on IGTV but also took some snaps of my favorite look to share below and included all the links!

OUTFIT No. 1 (pictured) | tie dye tee from zara, dot pants from madewell (I sized down one), sneakers are reebok, denim jacket is old from J.Crew (similar), purse is from Target

OUTFIT No. 2 (in video) |tie dye tee from zara, agolde jeans from shopbop, slingback shoes from everyone, duster cardigan is old from nordstrom

OUTFIT No. 3 (in video)| tie dye tee from zara, leggings are from Lulu Lemon, sweatshirt is topshop from nordstrom

During my search for tie-dye I found some cute socks for Griff (who also happens to be a fan of the print)…

GRIFFIN’S OUTFIT DETAILS | pants, sweatshirt, socks and sneakers all from J.Crew (always stock up when they have a 40% off sale!)

See the top pic? When he was done leaning on me he said, “mom! lean on my back now!” and then couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working, lol. Definitely one of those “you had to be there” moments, but too funny not to write down here.

Here’s my closing argument… If you like to have fun, then wear tie-dye. Ha ha! JK, I know it’s not for everyone, but you can buy it for your kids because living vicariously through them (in a healthy way of course) is one of the best parts about being a parent!

If you haven’t already, go take a look at my IGTV video and let me know what you think!? Make sure you watch to the end to see how we embarrass Tilly :)

xo, Rae

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MOM + MINI OOTW: LAYERED JUMPSUITS FOR WINTER TO SPRING

Ah, the super easy, layer-able, go-to one piece that is the answer to anything that’s coming your way in the day — phone confrence, preschool, drop-offs, playdates, doctor appointments, date night out (or in), cooking dinner, weekend play, you name it.

Same goes for the kids!

Don’t hesitate to grab one from your spring bin and throw on over a turtleneck or purchase a cute new one and layer under a jacket or chunky sweater for extra comfort until the temps warm up… can you tell I’m in a hurry?

It’s supposed to be in the 60’s this weekend and while it’s not warm enough for a jumper with cutouts, I can’t wait to style this one with simple slides and no under layer. For now a turtleneck, socks, sneakers and felt hat will do!

WEARING | turtleneck, jumpsuit (same in red and black), sneakers, hat

Wait until you see Poppy’s adorable outfit details!!!

How cute is this jumpsuit and bow by Hadley Girl?

I’ve been a huge fan of Kelsey and her shop for years but this was our first time trying her clothes… It definitely won’t be our last. Usually my biggest gripe about buying one pieces for the girls (and boys when they were younger) is that they grow out of them so quickly but with the Hadley romper, the ties make it adjustable and also make the outfit feel extra special.

Can’t forget about our jumprope…. take a peek at the DIY HERE from a few years back. Perfect for easter baskets and bday gifts!

How do you feel about a good jumpsuit…. closet hero or not worth the extra hassle in the lou?

xo, Rae

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MOM + MINI: DRESSING FOR REAL LIFE

One of the most helpful things I’ve done for my wardrobe (and wallet) was to organize it by category and then for a week or two, keep track of the types of outfits I actually wear. My categories were simple: athletic or lounge, casual (t-shirt/sweater and jeans), almost fancy (maybe a jumpsuit, sweater dress, dressier top, etc.) and fancy (think wedding or formal event). Then I tallied up what I wore throughout the week and compared it to what I had in my closet. Afterwards, there were a couple things that surprised me. 1. I change my clothes during the day more often than I realized and 2. I need to give the althetic and leisure section of my closet a little TLC because it’s what I wore almost half the time yet only made up about 10-20 percent of my closet. Ironically, it’s also not usually what I add to my online shopping carts or what I spend my clothing budget on.

I haven’t done the same thing for the kids yet, but I’m guessing they’d get similar results. The good news is (and the main reason to do this!) is that it’s harder to buy something I don’t need (i.e. another silk top I’ll never wear or jeans super similar to another pair I already have) when I know that what my closet does need (and what will make my life function better) is a new pair of leggings or joggers and a zip up instead. Same goes for the rest of the fam… if I keep buying Poppy jeans and frilly tops but she lives in play dresses, tees and leggings or sweats, then I’m wasting my money and making it harder to get her dressed in the morning. No bueno.


MY OUTFIT | tee and joggers from everlane (wearing small in both), sneakers from veja (i have these and these on my wish list too!)

POPPY’S OUTFIT | tee and sneakers from zara, sweat pants from childhoods, roller skates from amazon

I tried to take a pic of my outfit notes so you could see, but the pink pencil didn’t show up in the photo… Oops sorry!

ESPEN’S OUTFIT | we absolutely love the tees and sweatpants for boys at J.Crew

Do you guys feel like your wardrobe reflects what you wear or what you would to wear?

xo, Rae

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OOTW: WHAT TO WEAR WHILE WAITING ON SPRING

It’s pretty obvious by these pics that we’re still living in a winter wonderland (Christmas music has even made it’s way back into the rotation) but my heart (and body temperature) are craving spring so I recently grabbed a few spring-ish clothing items from the back of our closets and out of season bins and moved them to the front. They’re easy to add under winter layers without looking out of place and add a hint of color to all the fall/wintery neutrals.

Just a little style tip for anyone that’s craving something fresh and light!

Most of our clothes are from past seasons but I’ll link what I can below.

I know they’re spendy, but I can’t recommend ugg boots enough. We all wear them daily around the house (grabbing the mail, jumping on the trampoline, etc.) but they’re also great for out and about — esp. for the kids ;)

POPPY | striped jumpsuit is old from zara (love these overalls tho), coat old from j.crew

GRIFFIN | jeans from peek (on sale!), sweatshirt old from childhoods

TILLY | sweatshirt is recent from zara

ESPEN | sweatshirt old from j.crew (but zara has lots of cute ones to choose from), jeans from gap (on sale!)

JOHAN | baby blue top from j.crew (sold out, but I love this throwback jacket as an option), striped tee is also old from j.crew

ME :) | jacket (sold out) from madewell and striped top is past season, jeans are levis (love this pair!), rain boots are sold out but I love this pair.

I call this little collage “you win some, you lose some” and I definitely lost this one, ha! Sometimes I she makes ya work for those smooches!

I luv him.

Are you guys ready for spring or still soaking up the winter vibes?

Also, let me know if you have any wardrobe hangups… I’d love to help!

xo, Rae

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