Today is the last day of my Real Summer of Fun series. I’m kind of sad to see the series go…mostly because that means that summer is getting closer to ending. So how about some more fun in the kitchen with your kiddos for our last post in this series? Sounds deliciously fun to me, especially when you see the S’mores parfait recipe I’ve got for you today.

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I think we only need to look at the picture to know this is one dessert we want to make AND that it is going to be totally delicious.

I also know that my daughters think it looks amazing and they are eager to make some when we get home from our road trip.

Cooking with the kids can be such a great activity any time of the year, but since we have more time in the summer, it is particularly great then. Today, Ashley from Simply Designing is here to share this delicious and very kid friendly recipe.

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This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone.
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Hi, I’m Ashley from Simply Designing and I am really excited to be here today! I love sharing crafts, recipes and DIY projects on my blog! I also have two kiddos that love to help me with projects. Especially during the summer time, I try to involve them in as many craft and cooking projects as possible! Many of which I don’t blog about, we just do for fun. But today I am sharing a really fun and tasty, simple S’more Parfait Recipe that is a perfect dessert for your little ones to help you with!

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My daughter (who is 8 years old) was able to make this entire dessert from start to finish all by herself! My 5-year-old, needs a little help in the beginning but he can assemble parfaits like a pro!Oh my goodness! We need to make this S

I know it is often hard to involve kids in the kitchen because it can be messy and it can take twice as long sometimes. But my goal is to raise children who are self-sufficient and part of that is teaching them how to cook, clean and do laundry! So sometimes a little extra mess is worth the end result!

Plus, these S’more Parfaits are stinkin’ delicious!!! YUM!

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And they were so simple to make, I even video taped my daughter putting them together for you! In reality they took about 14 minutes for her to make start to finish so it is a fairly quick project. But don’t worry, this video is LESS THEN 1 MINUTE! So it is perfect to quickly see how it’s done!

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Whenever I let my children help in the kitchen they always feel so accomplished! They also work on math skills and improve fine motor skills without even knowing it!


We really love finding fun activities to do with our kids over the summer! So here are a few other ideas you might like:

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

 

DIY Post It Note Movies

Post It Note Movies

printable road trip games

Dry Erase Road Trip Games


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As you may know, my two daughters and I left on a family road trip on the 6th of July. We had huge plans for a 6,300 mile road trip, headed from coast to coast.

What a great Family Road Trip. There are great road trips idea for kids and the whole family. This post covers a road trip from Virginia to North Dakota.

I know a lot of you asked me questions about our road trip last year and lots of you have expressed interest in seeing and hearing about what we are doing this year. I thought I would write a post for each week of our 5.5 week trip. I’m hoping that you will enjoy reading about our journey and that it may inspire you to take your own family road trip or that you may gain ideas for your own trip.

What a great Family Road Trip. There are great road trips idea for kids and the whole family. This post covers a road trip from Virginia to North Dakota.

My daughters and I planned out this trip last year when we got home from our road trip. You can read about our road trip last year in my part 1 and part 2 posts.

It looked like a monster of a trip and I really wasn’t sure I could do it. Nor was I sure if we would be successful and have fun again. I was nervous to say the least. Then my parents announced that their 50th Anniversary celebration would be in San Diego this summer. We looked at adding that to our trip. It made our trip over 7,000 miles! When I looked at the calendar and the budget, there was no way to make that work. So, we had to modify our trip. We decided that this year we would drive from Virginia to Seattle and down to Portland. We would then fly from Portland to L.A. and San Diego. After the week in CA, we would fly back to Portland and head home from there.

Let me show you all the fun we found in our first week on the road. This week we covered from Virginia to just barely over the border of Montana.  View full post »

  • Carol G - July 24, 2015 - 9:53 am

    Your road trip is exciting to read about. Stay safe and keep writing about it, I love reading of your adventures.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 25, 2015 - 1:09 am

      Thanks! I’m glad you are enjoying reading about it. We are about half way through our trip now and still having a good time. I will have another post for you next week. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Bridy - July 24, 2015 - 10:59 am

    Your trip looks like it was so much fun!!

    Those mugs are awesome, what a great idea for Starbucks to do that.

    We went to the American Girl Store in Minneapolis last year for my daughters birthday dinner. We were heading to Wisconsin and stopped in for a couple of days.
    You were right when you said it was a splurg! But well worth the experience. And they have the best iced coffee ever!

    It is funny. I tell people the same thing about North Daktoa.
    We live in Winnnipeg, Manitoba but have driven home from Vancouver through the U.S.
    The West Part of North Daktoa is absolutely amazing, certainly not what you would expect when you usually only see the central North Part like we do.

    You are giving your girls an amazing gift by taking them to see so many different places. They will cherish these memories for the rest of their lives.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 25, 2015 - 1:12 am

      It has been fun. I’m so glad I let my girls talk me into buying the mugs last year. They are a great idea and fun to collect!
      Yes, the AG dinner is a great splurge. We have eaten there more than I would have thought over the years and they almost always have great service and the food is good.
      Glad I’m not the only one surprised (in a good way) by North Dakota.
      The gift is mine as well…not just theirs. I will cherish the memories as well. They still love spending time with me and with kids who are 13 and 8, that time will come to an end way more quickly than I will ever want. Gotta enjoy it while I can!! :-)ReplyCancel

Before we left on our road trip, I got one last fix…Stitch Fix that is. 😉 Today, I’m sharing all the fun that was in the box with my latest Stitch Fix review.

I love the fashion and summer outfits in this Stitch Fix Review. Cuteness! I need that purse!

This month, I asked my stylist to send me things that would be great for our upcoming road trip. I also have a special 50th Anniversary dinner to go to for my parents while we are on our journey, so I needed something for that.

Just in case you haven’t heard of Stitch Fix (referral links throughout this post) and you are a busy mom (like me) or don’t like to shop (like me) or have a fashion addiction and have always secretly wanted your own stylist….Stitch Fix if for you. 

You will want to start by signing up for Stitch Fix by clicking here. When you do so, you will fill out a style survey. It will give your stylist ideas of what you like and don’t like as well as your sizing information. Then you need to sign up for your first fix and wait patiently until the box comes. If you are like me, the date of your next fix will be kind of like your due date when you were pregnant….you won’t forget it. At. All.

When your fix is sent, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. Once the box arrives, try on everything in the box within 3 days. I love that I can try things on any time I want and any time that is convenient for me.

Select what you plan to keep and what you plan to return. Go online to your Stitch Fix account and check out. Leave your stylist very specific information about what you liked and didn’t like. It will help future fixes get even better. I’ve also found that starting a specific Stitch Fix Pinterest board (like mine here) and ONLY pinning things I would actually wear and that I think would look good on me (versus inspiration and amazing things you like, but would look horrible on) to that board has helped. I leave notes in the pins as to what I like or don’t like in the pin.

As you check out, you will pay for whatever you are keeping. At that time, your $20 styling fee will be deducted from the total cost of the items you are keeping. If you hit the jackpot and you love everything in your box, you will get a 25% discount off everything in the box! Yay!

So let’s see what fun was in the box this month. View full post »

  • Kristine Cardwell Toone - July 22, 2015 - 4:18 pm

    Wow – cute stuff! I have a gift card from Anna waiting to be redeemed, so I need to get on and get my first Fix! Thanks for the reminder :) I love seeing what you got! Also, the dress looks amazing on you! (as did everything else!)ReplyCancel

I’ve got more great activities for kids (and parents) for you today. I know the summer may be feeling never-ending or it may be winding down for you, either way a cute crafty activity that you can enjoy with your kids will be a great way to spend an afternoon.

Love finding Activities for Kids that are fun for me as well. Adorable kids craft that I can

Today I have Denine and Daniele from We Know Stuff sharing an adorable jellyfish craft that I want to make when we get home from our road trip. It looks so fun.

Love finding Activities for Kids that are fun for me as well. Adorable kids craft that I can

This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone. View full post »

For a lot of you,  back to school season is coming very quickly. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE taking first day of school pictures. It is such a great marker of how much my kids grow and change in one year. Today, I’ve got some free printable first day of school signs for you to use to capture those first day of school pictures.

These free first day of school printables are so cute. Perfect for our Back to School pictures.

We usually take our first day of school pictures outside right by our side door, but I thought this year it would be fun to be a little more planned and formal with our pictures.  View full post »

Who is ready for Back to School? Let me be the first to say….”Not me!”  Yet for a lot of you school starts again in less than a month.

OMG! I need to make this adorable tassel photography backdrop. It is super simple to make and will be perfect for our Back to School pictures.

Before we left on our road trip, I had fun making a cute backdrop for first day of school pictures. It was super easy and it looks great. It made me feel like a professional photographer. Fun!

You could easily use this backdrop for the day before school, since school mornings get so hectic. It would also be great to just have some fun getting cut pictures of your kids.

Whichever way you want to use it, it is surprisingly easy to make a backdrop with some visual interest.  View full post »

We are on the road on our 6,300 mile road trip. We are having a great time. The only sad thing is that we don’t have a kitchen. I wish we did because this nutella recipe to make frosty’s sounds so yummy and refreshing on a hot summer day. It is a perfect activity for kids in the kitchen and for us to spend some time together.

This Nutella Recipe looks amazing! Great summer activities for kids and adults to make Nutella Frosty

Today, I’ve got Rachel from Life a Little Brighter. She is sharing her Nutella frosty recipe with us. It looks delicious and it looks like a fantastic activity for some real summer fun.

This Nutella Recipe looks amazing! Great summer activities for kids and adults to make Nutella Frosty

This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone. View full post »

For our family, we just ended our school year less than a month ago and I am not ready to think about the new school year, but I know for many of you the new school year is about a month away. I wanted to share how I organize our school year to make it quick and simple for me to plan as we go through the year.

This is such an easy way to Organize our homeschool year. It will help me with planning our homeschool year and keeping on track throughout the year.

I’ve shown you how I keep on track with working, homeschooling and keeping up with a house, kids, etc. Today, I wanted to show you how I keep on track with homeschooling. Before we left on our road trip, I took a few minutes to get things prepped and ready for the new school year. I know it sounds crazy, but I also figure out what school supplies we are going to need because if we don’t get them when we are on the road, they are gone by the time we get home. Uugh…but whatever.

Back to the planning, today I’ve got a great planner to show you that I’m super excited to use this school year. The planner is from Say Not Sweet Anne. She gave me the planner and asked me to write about it, which I was excited to do since I love how she has this planner organized.

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Have you ever tried making homemade cheese crackers? We may possibly be addicted to cheese crackers at our house. Pretty much any form or any brand and we love them. We had never made them ourselves before, but I figured it would be fun to give a try. Now we can say, “We made it!

Love finding delicious recipes that I can make with this kids for kids activities. These homemade cheese crackers are Amazing!  Loved hearing the kids say, "We Made It!"

Not only did my girls and I  make them together, but we made them cute as well. I promised you I was going to find you and I a lot of great ideas to do with your kids this summer and this is another fun activity that is great for both kids and adults.

It is a cute kit that you can buy at Jo-Ann, who sponsored this post and sent me the We Made It kit. You can then make any recipe you want. We went for the cheese crackers because I was thinking about snacks for the car on the road trip we left on yesterday, but you could make cookies or even biscuits and stamp them on the top.  View full post »

  • Jamie@southmainmuse - July 7, 2015 - 7:11 am

    Those look yummy. And cute with the stamped message. Six thousand mile road trip! Hope you made a few batches of crackers. Have fun.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 8, 2015 - 12:04 am

      Thanks! I’m glad I didn’t make a few batches…I can’t stop eating them. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Cricket - July 7, 2015 - 10:49 am

    The recipe looks yummy and it is a must try for my household. Quick question what kind of flour? Just all purpose or self rising? I hope your trip is fun.ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - July 8, 2015 - 12:01 am

      I used unbleached white flour for this recipe. Hope that helps. Enjoy the yuminess!ReplyCancel

  • Cricket McGraw - July 7, 2015 - 2:38 pm

    The recipe looks yummy and it is a must try for my household. Quick question what kind of flour? Just all purpose or self rising? I hope your trip is fun.ReplyCancel

How is your summer going thus far? Have you found some great activities for kids? I have managed to find  activities for the kids and I to do together. It has been nice to have time with them and have some fun together.

This is super simple sewing and makes great Activities for Kids. We can make these super simple pillows for American Girl Dolls or for Beanie Boos.

Last week, we made these pillows that were intended for our doll beds, but since my girls are really loving playing with Beanie Boos right now, the pillows became pet beds.

The pillows are really simple to make. My girls each made two of their own pillows. I did do the final closure sewing because they didn’t want to, though they easily could have.

This is super simple sewing and makes great Activities for Kids. We can make these super simple pillows for American Girl Dolls or for Beanie Boos.

This is only one idea in my series of Real Summer of Fun activities. The activities are designed to be simple and inexpensive things we can do with our kids to make this a summer of real fun for everyone.

Let my daughters show you how to make some cute little pillows.  View full post »