Putting it all together

It’s the wee hours of the night. The glow of my office light hitting the dark silence on my house, sweet banjo riffs spewing out of my speakers and I’m laid out on the floor with portraits, magazines, pinterest quotes and scissors. I am directing. 
Late night thoughts // the wind down
I am directing a life that provides a path of creativity and exploration.  I will never have the same schedule everyday, I will embrace change, I will lead as a role model for a younger generation of women,  I will create.
“Motivation and coffee have something in common, they both want more than what’s expected of them.”
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Mother & Daughter Gallery

Michaela Rae presents ||  Mother & Daughter is a photographic series of women from the same genetic tree that celebrates familiar similarities and differences. This series will strive to illustrate each unique mother-daughter dynamic by capturing their interactions, emotions and relationships with each other.


Thursday, October 6, 2016 || 6:00-9:00

Q.arma Building || 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis

another year younger

Tomorrow is my 28th birthday.  In years past I made a huge deal about “my” day.  I’d plan big events and extend the celebration for a week or two.  One year I did a 7 day celebration, I planned super fun things to do every night of the week and had huge weekend parties before and after my actual birthday.  It was so fun, I got to see friends that I hadn’t seen in a long time and got to visit some new restaurants around the Twin Cities.

Now I sit here and think about what I want to do tomorrow and I keep thinking about the birthday I spent in Arizona with my brother two years ago.  My best friend and I flew out for a long Memorial Day weekend.  On my actual birthday in Arizona I visited my favorite mall, ate at my favorite restaurant, had Sprinkles cupcakes for the first time and had a lovely dinner with my two favorite people, my friend and my brother.


There is something about being out of your comfort zone on your birthday, I was on vacation and having my favorite event of the year, how could it be bad?  It was the most relaxed, simple and pleasing birthday I had ever had and at the same time I believe it to be my best birthday I’d ever had!


Last year my birthday was spent celebrating the positive pregnancy test.  So this year I have decided I am going on a vacation, a stay-cation in my own Twin Cities.  I won’t be able to spend the day in the desert or eat Sprinkles Cupcakes but I will visit some places I have never been and spend it with my two favorite people, my husband and my daughter.

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Birthday year 28 stay-cation photos to come…

A sister from another mister.

After only two months of knowing her we flew to Cancun, Mexico.  It was her first time flying and her first time ever leaving the mid-west.  I felt very “adult like” when taking her through the steps of researching hotels, buying a plane ticket & navigating the airport.


Once we were finally there all those “adult like” intentions sailed away in the Mexico breeze.  I was 20 years of age with a wild spirited, blonde by my side. I was ready to have fun and let my hair down… we did just that and a little more 🙂

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Her and I have traveled a few more times together in our 8 year friendship but Mexico will always be the most special.  I hope to some day revisit these places we’ve been together but for now our biggest adventure we are sharing is motherhood.


The most wonderful time of the year.

Happy December everyone!

I started this festive month off with a bang!  I hosted our annual Girl’s Christmas party last night.  Four years we have been getting together and laughing until our sides hurt!  It truly has become one of my favorite traditions during Christmas.

Every year we get better and better at shopping for each other too.  We play the dice game and it never fails that there is always one or two gifts that all of us want and fight over.

I got a $25 gift card to DSW, which came at a perfect time because I don’t have any shoes that fit!  So after Little Lady arrives her and I will be doing some shoe shopping for the spring.  I can’t wait!

I made a few recipes:

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I also made my Dad’s Chili and Pickle Dip.  Anne brought Jalapeno Jelly and Guacamole and Suzy made Santa Brownies.  We had a very nice spread of food for a very nice group of gals!

Years Past :

2009 – Our First

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We went to Suzy’s apartment, opened gifts, pre-drank and then went to dinner at Axel’s Bonfire in Woodbury.

2010 – Second

Suzy’s first year at her house.  A lot of wine was consumed and Anne and Bre were growing babies!  We all got socks!!

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2011 – Our Third

Year two at Suzy’s.  We had it a few weeks after Christmas because Kellen was born Christmas Day.  Zeik, Grayson, June, Lydia and Ethan’s First Christmas’ also.  No preggos.

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2012 – Our Fourth


We are at my house and we all got sleep masks in our GIANT stockings.  Kid free Christmas except for Olive and Bre’s (not present but still participated) baby in our bellies.