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.

Oh Boy! Our Favorite Trends for Summer

By PBK Editors

You don’t have to travel far and wide to find global style for your little boy’s room. We’ve scouted three favorite looks that make it easy to bring summer adventure plus a sophistication into your child’s space.

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Make a splash with a fun shark print! Our favorite picks to get this look:

Dinosaur Details

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Uncover a world of style with a room inspired by archeological digs and dinosaurs. Our favorite items that really roar:

Natural Safari Style

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Hop right into a safari look filled with rugged style. Get the look with these picks:

 

Ready for more summer style? Visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our entire collection.

Our Favorite Books For Summer

By PBK Editors

Keep your little ones reading over the summer with a few of our favorite books! Whether you’re setting sail on a grand adventure or exploring under the sea, here are a few stories we love to help little learners keep their vocabulary fresh over the summer.

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Take a look at the brilliant colors of sea life in The Rainbow Fish, and follow along as little ones learn about sharing and friendship.

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For adventurous kids learning to spell their names, try My Very Own Pirate Tale where a group of children seek out a treasure chest.

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Fall into a world of fantasy with the classic tale of Where the Wild Things Are. Take a journey with Max to a land of goofy monsters and whimsical dreams.

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The exciting tale of this story starts like this: “The day you were born was a dream come true.” What follows is a tale about life’s journeys in The First Adventures of Incredible You.

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Snuggle up and share the charming story of The Little Sea Turtle – it’s filled with peek-a-boo holes and a plush finger puppet.

Does your little one enjoy group story time, too? Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids store every Tuesday for Story Time – and get started with our Summer Reading Challenge.

Now Playing: the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

By Rachel Hollis

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

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Every year around this time, I start racking my brain: what’s something I could give my husband, Dave, for Father’s Day that he actually needs or wants? Over the last seven years of celebrating this special day as a family, we’ve given him ties, cufflinks, shirts for work and shirts for weekends. He’s received gift baskets, gift cards and even a collection of Beers of the World. (The Hefeweizen was my favorite.)

But the thing Dave loves most is the gift of an experience. For Christmas, we’ll give each other something we can enjoy together – like concert tickets or a vacation. So for this Father’s Day, I thought I’d try a similar idea – something we could all enjoy, even the baby. Our best idea? Family movie night!

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We collected all of daddy’s favorite snacks and packaged them up in cute little bags. Next, we created a special “movie night package” using a paper bag from the grocery store because a) recycling is cool, b) it’s free, and c) Dave doesn’t care what the present comes in so long as there’s caramel corn inside!

Use the steps below to create your own special movie night bag for dad, including our free printables for the sign and personalized movie tickets. Have fun – and happy Father’s Day!

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Download the personalized movie tickets here and the printable sign here.

The Big Birthday Countdown

By PBK Editors

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Does your little one get excited days before their next birthday – or even weeks? Treat them to a daily countdown surprise with this cute DIY Birthday Advent Calendar from You Are My Fave. We love how each day leading up shows your child just how special their birthday is.

Don’t forget: Building Blocks is celebrating a birthday of its own with a $500 giveaway! Enter here by June 8th for a chance to win.

 

Go For a Dip – Cookies and Dip

By PBK Editors

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Sprinkles always make us feel like celebrating – and these ‘Cookie Chips’ with ‘Funfetti Dip’ from Sugar & Cloth are sure to make your little ones smile. Instead of heavy buttercream frosting, this recipe calls for Greek yogurt and a heavy dose of colorful sprinkles – making it the perfect festive treat for your next party.

Visit Design Studio to browse all of our parties or get inspired by our recipes.

 

Around the World with DIYs

By PBK Editors

Give your world traveler-in-training a room filled with decor inspired by the globe. From garlands to wall art, here are our favorite DIY elements that will take you and your little ones around the world.

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Add a touch of personalization to explorer decor with a DIY Map Monogram from Callaloo Soup.

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String up a whole wall full of tiny little worlds with this Map Garland from Poppytalk.

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The whole world lights up (literally!) when you’ve got a map pendant like this one from Paisley Sprouts.

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Don’t forget: a world of learning is key for a tiny traveler, and a few favorite adventure books are the perfect excuse to try this DIY Map Book Cover from The Interior Project.

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Our Jumbo World Map Mural makes a bold statement to a little explorer’s room and doubles as a dry-erase map for an interactive way to learn about geography.

Looking for more great crafts? Get inspired with our other ideas in Design Studio.