July 20, 2018

Summer Bucket List For Toddlers

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Magical childhood.

What do you think of when you hear those two words?

In our family, Steve and I think of adventures outside, right alongside snowy winter mornings and confetti-cake filled afternoons. We've been intentional about creating classic summer fun whenever we can this season, which is why we've spent most of our time recently outdoors. 

From sprinkler sprints, to flamingo pool splashes, to making homemade popsicles. I'm sure you've seen all of these things and more both here, and over in Instagram. 

In the Pacific Northwest, it is rare for us to reach high 80s - mid 90s for weeks on end (even during the summer season). So this surprise gift from Mother Nature inspired us to create our own summer bucket list for kids right after Abby's 2nd Birthday.

With an extremely hot mid-July and the sense that August is just a week or so away, I feel like a lot of us get this little voice in our head that summer is about to leave. However, for us at least, in the Pacific Northwest, summer and Mother Nature are still very much at the party. And dancing.

So today, I thought I’d would share our summer bucket list for kids (toddler edition) in helping you feel inspired for creating your own magical summer with your little one(s). 


July 10, 2018

Homemade Popsicles For Kids

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There are a ton of great homemade popsicles recipes out there like this one which helps you create a swirl design, or this beautiful four-layer creation. At home however, our style is typically quick and usually on the healthy side.


We had an over flowing amount of fruit salad and lemonade in the fridge after hosting our first backyard BBQ last month. And it wasn’t until day four after the event when I got the idea of mixing them for a sweet and tasty cool treat (plus we really needed to make room in our fridge!).

So creating a homemade popsicle recipe with and for my two-year-old was a slight accident, yet, one we’re certainty keeping! We actually decided this week to now make it our annual summer tradition. 

Creative Ideas

The recipes I'm sharing with you today was made because I challenged myself to use what we already had in the house. I did order these BPA free popsicle molds however, I think half the fun in making popsicles from home is getting yourself to think outside the box. By doing so, it helped us create a few really fun combinations. 

Here are 4 recipes ideas we’ve made and are loving. Starting from super easy, to easy. 

// Strawberry //
5-6 strawberries

1) Cut off stems and place in blender.

2) You (or your child) pour a small amount of the strawberry puree into the popsicle molds
3) Close popsicle mold with lid and place in freezer for 4-5 hours.

//  Fruity Pink Pop  //

4-5 strawberries
1 cup of watermelon chunks

1)   Cut strawberry into four’s or desired size. 
2) Blend watermelon chunks in a blender.

3)   Have your toddler place the fruit pieces into popsicles molds.
4)   You (or your child) pour a small amount of watermelon puree into the popsicle molds.
5)   Close popsicle mold with lid and place in freezer for 4-5 hours.

// Cherry Lemonade //

6 Cherries
7 Maraschino cherries
2 cups of lemonade

1)   Remove seed from a cherry and cut skin into thirds.
2) Blend 5-8 maraschino cherries and lemonade.

3)   Have your toddler place cherry thirds into popsicles molds.
5)   You (or your child) pour a small amount of the puree into popsicle molds.
6)   Close popsicles mold with a lid and place in freezer for 4-5 hours.

// Berry Lemonade //

4-5 strawberries
1/2 cup of raspberries
1 cup of pink lemonade

1)  Cut 4 strawberries into desired size. 
2) Cut 4 raspberries into desired size.

3) Have toddler place fruit pieces into popsicles holders.
4) You (or your child) pour a small amount of pink lemonade into popsicle molds.
5) Close popsicles mold with a lid and place in freezer for 4-5 hours.
6) Remove lid and pop out popsicle and enjoy!

Here are a few photos of us making our's on the back patio. Then of course, eating them.

If you have suggestions for a fun combination, I'd be very interested in hearing them in the comment section below.

And or, if your interested in seeing more fun ideas like this one, be sure to follow us on Pinterest.

Warmly, Steph