Site Information

Loading... Please wait...


Summertime Treat Ideas

Posted by Holly Simonsen on

Summertime is here, and it's time to say goodbye to your hot chocolate, warm brownies, and other 'winter type' goods.  When you're hanging out in the sunshine all day and find yourself wanting a refreshing treat to satisfy yourself, here are some summer treat ideas that you'll love (and are easy to make :) )

  1. Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops   (cr: )

Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops

These smoothie pops are the perfect summer treat, that taste delicious and are healthy for you as well!  

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I prefer vanilla w/ this recipe)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup frozen berries

(Makes 5 pops)

How to make them:

  1. Blend all of your ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into 3 oz paper cups (or a popsicle mold, if you have one).
  3. Let pops set up into almost firm, and then insert a popsicle stick (or an alternative) into the center.
  4. Continue freezing until solid.  
  5. Gently tear off the paper cup (or take out of popsicle mold).
  6. Enjoy your summer treat right after, before it melts! :)


2.  Make your own Snow Cones!  (cr: )

Make your own Snow Cones!

Snow Cones have always been a summer favorite for all.  However, they are often found containing loads of sugars and other ingredients that aren't healthy for you.  Take a look at these homemade snow cones... that don't include all the bad stuff yet taste just as good ;)

You will need:

  • About 8-16 cups of ice
  • 1 can of frozen juice concentrate (any flavor)

How to make them:

  1. Begin by crushing the ice into a "snow-like consistency" by using a blender, Vitamix, or other device.  
  2. Once your ice is a fine mixture, add in the frozen juice concentrate & mix in a little bit at a time until the juice is completely mixed in.  (tip: try not to dilute the juice with water, or it'll turn into a slushy consistency rather than a snow one.)

Enjoy your summertime treat, that's perfect after being in the sun and needing something to cool you down!


3. Raspberry Peach Lemonade (cr: )

Need something to drink rather than eat?  Why not put a twist on the traditional lemonade?  I bring to you, 

Raspberry Peach LemonadeRaspberry Peach Lemonade!  

You will need:

  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 7 mini peaches, or 4 large peaches (peeled and sliced, pits removed)
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

(Makes 8-10 cups)

How to make this:

  1. Begin by adding the peaches, raspberries, and 1 cup of water into a blender.  Blend until smooth and a liquid-like consistency.  
  2. Pour mixture through a strainer (tip: use a spoon to push the liquid through the strainer to get as much juice as you can.)
  3. Take a pitcher and add the remaining 7 cups of water, your lemon juice, the sugar, and your raspberry peach mixture.  
  4. Stir until it is mixed well, and serve with ice for a refreshing summer drink!

15 Reasons why the Elf on a Shelf didn't move last night

The 15 Best Reasons that your "Elf on a Shelf" forgot to move last night!Almost everyone with kids has the "Elf on a Shelf" roaming around their home during the holidays.  As you know, the kids are well aware that he leaves every night to report back to Santa concerning the behavior of the kids [...]

Read More »

12 Strange Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Thank you for letting be part of your holiday traditions.  Christmas ornaments are definitely a part of American traditions, but did you know there are very different Christmas traditions around the world.  Here are twelve traditions that you probably never knew existed.  Enjoy!1. Go Bananas With Christmas [India]In India, only about 2.3% of the [...]

Read More »

Baby's First Christmas Ideas

Baby’s First ChristmasWhether your bundle of joy is just a few weeks old, or about to hit the one-year mark, your baby’s first Christmas can be a magical time, and, realistically, a little overwhelming — especially if this is your first child. Here are a few simple ideas to pick and choose from to help you make a memorable occasion that [...]

Read More »

Turkey Bowl

Turkey and the Grid Iron: The Tradition of the Turkey Bowl.The Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving played games as part of their celebration. Children played ring-toss, and blind man’s bluff; adults participated in shooting games or tug-o-war. So, it should be no surprise that our modern Day of Thanks includes that most American of sports, football.From high school to NCAA and [...]

Read More »

Hostess Gift Ideas

Gifting the “Mostess” to your HostessThe tradition of the hostess or hospitality gift spans many cultures and goes back through time. Many of us have been taught never to arrive empty handed at the door for a party or dinner. But what should you bring?Gifts do not need to be elaborate, but should be thoughtful and personal. $15-$30 is a good [...]

Read More »

The Top Five Christmas Cookies to Bake with Grandma

The holidays are so close that we know you all can taste it--and the best way to satisfy that taste is with Christmas cookies!  To get you in the baking mood, we have the perfect Christmas ornament that will get you fired up to cook with grandma, or anyone else in your family, for a [...]

Read More »

The PersonalizedFree Process

The elves are already hard at work at PersonalizedFree! Here’s a little peek into how we personalize each Christmas ornament individually. First, we select each ornament from our inventory for your custom order. Next, our “personalizers” hand write your name, the year, and other individual information on each ornament. Our “dotters” add the special touches that make our personalizing alphabet unique. [...]

Read More »

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!  Who says that Christmas ornaments are only for Christmas?  We've got lots of great ornaments that represent what your child will be wearing tonight for the massive candy influx!  Take a look at a handful of ideas below!  Everyone be safe out on the streets tonight!        

Read More »

6 Things You Didn't Know About the World Series

With the World Series in full "swing," we thought you would like to know some interesting facts about America's pastime.  We also have some great baseball ornaments to go with the occasion!1. An unofficial championship between leagues predated the World Series.Although the first official World Series didn’t take place until 1903, another championship came before [...]

Read More »