A Summer Bucket List

By Rachel Hollis

Written by Rachel Hollis of The Chic Site for Building Blocks.

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If you haven’t already seen it on Pinterest, a summer bucket list is the greatest thing to happen to the warm-weather months since the invention of sunscreen! The idea is this: sit down with your kiddos and create a list of things you’d like to do together while school is out.

Some of them can be simple: going swimming or walking to the ice cream parlor. Others can be more elaborate: an overnight camping trip or teaching the dog three new tricks! No matter which activities you choose, a summer bucket list is a fun way to plan the time off – and it also gives you some direction when you (or the kids) are bored.

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There are plenty of creative ideas out there for how to keep track of your list. I thought it’d be neat to create something that’s both a to-do list and a photo display.

To make it easy, use our free printables to get started. If you want your display to resemble a summertime clothesline (like I did), use mini clothespins to hang each item up.

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As you start to complete the activities, print out photos you take during the activity and hang them on the line. In the end, you’ll have a collection of wonderful summer memories to inspire even more fun!

Splash Into Summer Style

By PBK Editors

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After reading Sweet Little Peanut‘s posts on swim style for boys and girls, we’re ready for a season of pool parties and summer fun! Gear up with some of our favorite picks below – and be sure to check out potterybarnkids.com for more.

Sweeten Up: Today is National Fudge Day!

By PBK Editors

There’s nothing sweeter than celebrating National Fudge Day with a few bites of creamy, rich, homemade fudge! Here are a few of the recipes that are making us hungry.

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This Classic Fudge Recipe from Yellow Suitcase Studios is easy as pie – or should we say fudge!

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In just five ingredients, you can indulge guilt-free in this healthy Peanut Butter Fudge from Primally Inspired.

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This beautiful Raspberry Marble Fudge from Sugar and Charm has a kiss of color and sophisticated flavor.

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A favorite flavor combo gets a layered look in this Chocolate Mint Fudge from Grab Your Spork.

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Turn any holiday into a real party with this festive Funfetti Fudge from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Looking for more great recipes? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

Color of the Month: Lemon Chiffon

By PBK Editors

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Bring the bright warmth of summer into your nursery with sunny shades of yellow, pink and aqua, paired with bold prints and intricate details. To start, we love Sherwin-Williams Lemon Chiffon SW 6686 – it’s cheery and fun with just the right amount of softness. Here are five of our favorite ways to complement this summertime shade.

1. Cozy up each day for story time by choosing a favorite book from our Ava Regency Bookcase – just the right size for a few favorite reads.

2. A set of airy sheers layered with beautifully embroidered blackout panels offers floor-to-ceiling style for naptime and starry nights.

3. Your little one is the definition of joy – and this Baby Sentiment Plaque spells it all out.

4. The Moroccan-inspired print in our Claudia Nursery Bedding ties the room together with beautiful color and elegant details.

5. Keep the nursery tidy with a Large Silver Basket that’s big enough for toys, plush friends or spare blankets – and stands as a design element all its own.

Add a few touches of summer color to your home with our favorite looks of the season at potterybarnkids.com – and visit our Design Services page for a special $15 offer from Sherwin-Williams.

Abracadabra! Magic Party Ideas

By PBK Editors

Did you know that today is Magic Day? We’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves, and we’re sharing some of our favorite illusions for the perfect party for a magician in the making.

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Excite tiny guests with an invitation that’s sure to surprise and delight – like this one from Real Simple.

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During the celebration, let little guests create a DIY craft like these Magic Wands from Hellobee – everyone will share a piece of the magic.

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For a simple yet striking decoration, make your own Card Garland from Paging Super Mom. You can use the leftover cards as food labels and cake toppers!

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For a magic wand that’s extra sweet, try a Star Cake Pop from our Vintage Airplane Party. You’ll wow guests with the illusion of a wand that’s actually edible!

For more great party ideas, check out Design Studio.

Three Perfect Printables for Father’s Day

By PBK Editors

Father’s Day is right around the corner! To give any gift an easy, handmade touch, try a printable. Here are three of our favorites that you can pull together in a snap (for free!).

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Give dad the gift of choice – and let him spin to his heart’s content with this adorable DIY Card from Julep.

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Make him the headline news of the day with our customizable DIY Father’s Day Newspaper in Design Studio.

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Give the day an extra-fancy touch with a bow tie! We love this festive printable card from Oh Happy Day that makes a big statement.

Also, don’t forget to check out our Father’s Day DIY Movie Night Kit for a handmade gift that will get two big thumbs up!

Five Fun Popsicles for Summer

By PBK Editors

There’s nothing better to beat the summer heat than with an icy-cold popsicle! We’ve rounded up five flavors that are perfect for eating up and chilling out.

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Frozen yogurt meets breakfast cereal in these colorful Fruity Pebbles Popsicles from We are Not Martha. Sweet and tart, this simple, three-ingredient treat will keep little ones happy during snack time.

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Why have a lemonade stand when you can have a lemonade popsicle stand? These multicolored treats from Somewhere Splendid are a fun way to layer different lemonade flavors – like cherry or strawberry!

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Do you have a tiny cookie monster at home? Try these health-minded Oreo Popsicles from Honey & Figs– they’re smooth and creamy with tasty cookie crumbles.

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Kids will love the colorful stripes and watermelon “seeds” in this layered popsicle from Spoonful. Both bright and tasty, it’s a cool-down treat will be exactly what they want after a day in the sun.

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Keep the melted and sticky messes at bay with a rainbow of Whole Fruit Pops from 84th & 3rd. They’re great for parties – and one big batch will last in the freezer all summer long.

Looking for more great summer recipes? Visit Design Studio to get inspired.

A Beautiful, No-Fuss 1st Birthday Party

By Erica Chan Coffman

Written by Erica Chan Coffman of HonestyWTF and HonestlyYUM for Building Blocks.

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When planning my son Quincy’s first birthday party, I wanted to hold back on going overboard with a specific theme. I figured this would be the one year in Quincy’s childhood that he wouldn’t have an opinion one way or another! Ultimately, I wanted a fun and intimate backyard celebration with family and close friends.

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I built the decor around two essential party items: a teepee for the kids to play in, and gigantic balloons with streams of colorful tassels for that special celebratory touch. A couple of large rugs were important too, since I knew we’d have lots of babies crawling around on their hands and knees.

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Food that doesn’t require a fork or spoon is key when planning a party for kids and babies. I also wanted to keep everything healthy and kid friendly – a crudite platter with various handmade dips, thin crust pizzas cut into manageable squares, chilled organic pureed fruit and veggie pouches, baby puff snacks and of course, milk in individual glass bottles.

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It was a no-brainer when it came to deciding which cake to bake. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is a family favorite! I made a simple layered version, and I cut back on the sugar for Quincy and the rest of the kids. I love that he smashed into his first cake in a high chair that’s been passed down five generations!

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The birthday celebration turned out wonderfully – it was so much fun. I’m looking forward for many more to come!

Donut Mind If We Do – Happy Donut Day!

By PBK Editors

Now this is one holiday we just had to celebrate – today is National Donut Day! From the tiniest donut treats to one with a fresh, healthy spin, we’ve got a few recipes that will make you want to observe this holiday every day!

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Perfect for tiny hands and smaller portions, these Donut Pops from Sweet Kiera are a fun and festive bite-size treat.

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They’re not donuts at all, but these Donut Sprinkles from Studio DIY put an unexpected spin on breakfast cereal that we’d be happy to eat a bowl of!

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Two favorite breakfast items collide in these French Toast Donuts from Bakingdom – and we know little hands won’t be able to resist.

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For a tasty morning treat with a healthy twist, try these Baked Blueberry Lemon Donuts from Making Thyme For Health – kids will love the fruity, colored swirl, and you’ll love the healthier ingredients.

Find more great recipes in recipes in Design Studio.