SWEET BITES: SIMPLE BERRY-LEMONADE SNOW CONE GRANITA RECIPE

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Gosh I hated being away from this online space and (gasp!) social media last week, but have been busy finishing up a few big design projects before the kids are home for summer — just a week and a half left. Not sure who is more ready and excited, me or the kids! That being said, posts might be random and sparse for the next couple weeks but then I have quite a few summer-y DIY’s, kid crafts, recipes and adventures that I can hardly wait to document and share! Make sure to sign up for emails below (if you haven’t already) so you don’t miss out!!! Now onto todays post….

With all of the hot weather and outdoor playtime in our future a frozen treat seemed to be in order and granitas (aka Italian ice) are a new fave around here. They are technically vegan, gluten free, and made from fresh ingredients, yet totally delicious and full of sugar. But who doesn’t need a little extra sugar in the summertime!

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Here’s how to make them:

BERRY LEMONADE GRANITAS, takes 20 minutes hands-on time (3 hours start to finish), makes 10-12 small servings

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups of your favorite homemade or store-bought lemonade
  • 1-2 cups raspberries, blueberries or sliced strawberries
  • a few hours of down-time
  • OPTIONAL, extra berries and mint for garnish and paper snow cones, wood paddle spoons and cute straws for serving

Here’s How:

  1. Pour sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute to make a simple syrup. Add fresh berries and let simmer, stirring often for about 5 minutes. (Or grab a flavored lemonade at the store and skip the berry step!)
  2. Remove mixture from heat, spoon or strain out the berries and set in an ice bath to cool.
  3. Pour mixture into a 9×13 or larger baking dish. Add lemonade and stir together carefully. Place in the freezer.
  4. Every 20-30 minutes use a fork to break up the mixture then return to the freezer and repeat until it you have a nice fluffy/icy/crystal texture.
  5. Scoop into cups or these snow cones and garnish with berries and mint!

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//We used a marker to add a cute design to the handle end of wood ice cream spoons//

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YAY for summer you guys!!! Looking forward to making more of these and trying new flavors. Maybe an adult version for cocktail hour or a red, white and blue combo for the 4th of July… What flavor would you want to try?

XOXO, Rae

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HAPPY (SUMMER) TRAVELS: DAY TRIPPING WITH KIDS

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As I mentioned yesterday (in this post) we planned and took the kids on a day trip to Bainbridge Island, WA — a beautiful island in the Puget Sound with mostly rocky beaches, lots of marine life and a cute little town. It’s a quick drive and ferry ride from Seattle (4 hours roundtrip for us) making it an easy spot to visit for just the day. Trips and traveling with kids can be tricky and although we don’t do a ton of it, I did learn a few things earlier this week that I think are worth sharing. Especially since we are headed into vacay season!!!

Here are my top 3 (with a hidden 4th) tips for day tripping with kids:

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1. GETTING THERE CAN BE HALF THE FUN – I’m not usually very good at road trips. For me the journey is not half the fun, it’s a painful necessity. I prefer to arrive at our destination as quickly as possible, while a couple or all our kids sleep. But our latest day trip has me thinking differently. When I asked the kids what their favorite parts of the day was, they all mentioned the ferry ride (searching for crabs was the other unanimous highlight!). I know not every trip can involve a boat or alternate form of transportation, but there are other ways to break up the journey and enjoy the process a little more.

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^^^ Griffey randomly climbed onto the hydrant and started saying, “Awkward turtle…”, repeatedly. And it was, LOL. (insert silly monkey emoji here)

2. GEAR MATTERS SO OVERPACK – I’m a chronic under-packer. Piling a ton of stuff into the car, especially things we might not need, has a funny way of stressing me out. Is that weird? I like simplicity and organization in small spaces and I like for people not to have to climb over things to get out of the car. But again, I digress. Taking more of a cub scouts approach on day trips – be prepared – definitely adds to the experience. I can think of a couple things we packed and didn’t use (picnic blankets and beach towels) that I will be packing again and a couple other things (a baby/toddler carrier, bandaids and kites) that I wish we would have packed. This is where a car roof cargo box might come in handy!

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^^^ The scavenger hunt printable I shared yesterday ^^^

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3. IT’S WORTH SKIPPING NAP-TIME FOR – Take this with a grain of salt because it really comes down to ages and how many nappers and  high maintenance little ones you have. As you can tell by the last two pictures, Poppy was exhausted by the end of our day and not pictured were moments of complete chaos where everyone had a need, complaint or idea at the same time. But leaving mid-morning meant that Poppy got a 45 minute power nap on the way to the island which helped and having lots of snacks, quick distractions and a double stroller with a seat for Griffey (the kid would let me carry him forever I think!) helped a ton too. Overall, the meltdowns and tears passed quickly and dealing with them was totally worth it!

Now let’s talk about the hardest part (if you are like me) of skipping naps and quiet time:  giving up a solid couple hours of productivity! My business, sanity and family depends on those precious daily hours. Losing them tends to have a ripple effect and aside from asking for help or replacing them with hours of sleep, I have no idea how to make up for it. But I do know that quality time and special memories win every time!

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It’s been so much fun going back through pictures from our day. I don’t think we managed to get one with all of the kids together and smiling, but we did get this gem where they all look totally confused. Ha! I about died when I saw it and kinda like it more than a smiling one. Weird is so much better than perfect. Which I guess can be my 4th tip for traveling with kids… or doing anything with them for that matter!

What are your best tips for day tripping with kids?

XO, Rae

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TILLY + POPPY’S purses, GRIFFIN’S shorts (on sale), POPPY’S romper, TILLY’S top, TILLY + GRIFFEY + POPPY’S shoes, ESPEN’S shorts

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HAPPY (SUMMER) TRAVELS: A SEASIDE SCAVENGER HUNT PRINTABLE

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The kids had an extra long Memorial Day weekend (5 days off!) and even though a lot of it was spent at baseball games we were able to squeeze in a day trip to Bainbridge Island, WA in the Puget Sound. Before we left I put together a beach scavenger hunt to bring with us. My kids go crazy for activities like this but they already have so much fun at the beach that I wasn’t sure they would participate, but they did and they loved it!

I’ll share more about our trip tomorrow but you can click to download the scavenger hunt activity here:

A DAY AT THE BEACH SCAVENGER HUNT, PDF

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On another note, how cute is Poppy’s little purse from Swankaroo!? Tilly brought her’s along for our adventure too and they were perfect for holding little snacks, activities and treasures from the beach.

Do you guys have a favorite beach activity? Sorta wish we would have brought a couple kites this trip…. next time!

XO, Rae

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JUNE SERVICE PROJECT: SPREAD THE LOVE CAR CARE PACKAGES

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Have you ever been stopped at a light next to someone holding a sign asking for help and have nothing to give them? It’s the worst feeling pulling away — especially when my kids are in the car but it is also the inspiration for our 3rd kid friendly service project!

Last week we gathered supplies, called some friends over for a play date and put together these care packages to keep in the car. We kept things simple and tied water bottles and a couple snacks (fig bars and fruit leathers from Costco) together with a ribbon but also wanted the recipient to know they are loved so made water bottle wrappers for the kids to color (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD). Now no more driving away without helping just a little and they turned out looking pretty cute too!

We were able to give a couple away yesterday and can’t wait for opportunities to handout the rest. Here are the other Arrow Projects, No. 1 + No. 2, if you missed them!

Now if I could just get organized enough to make a “welcome to the hood” care package for our new neighbors! Some cookie dough making might be in order later today.

Happy Wednesday you guys!

XO, Rae

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WHAT I WORE (MAY)

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Every month I say this and every month I swear it won’t take me by surprise next time but, can you believe tomorrow is June 1st!? Crazy how fast May went but we’re looking forward to the downhill climb to the end of school and beginning of summer. It feels so timely doesn’t it?

To close the month I though a what we wore post would be fun! I love any and all outfit posts but putting them together is a bit awkward for me and good lighting can be tricky in the pacific northwest so bear with me while I try to figure out the best way to document. This ones a little random!

Here are 4 of my favorite outfits from May:

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That face! Oh Poppy you kill me.

//OUTFIT No. 1 // ME: top or similar / similar shorts 1 2 / similar sandals / similar sunnies / POPPY: top / shorts / uggs / hair clip (our fave!)

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//OUTFIT No. 2 // ME : similar overalls / top / birks / TILLY: dress / shoes / hair clip

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( L O L s ! )

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//OUTFIT No. 3 // similar top 1 2 / jeans / similar wedges 1 2 / similar sunnies

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//OUTFIT No. 4 // ME: similar jeans / top / similar sweater / birks / POPPY: top / shorts / uggs

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Happy last day of May and cheers (also known as Poppy’s new trick!) to a fresh new month!

XO, Rae

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