YOUR GUIDE TO CREATING A SEASON OF MEANINGFUL CONNECTION, FUN CELEBRATIONS AND UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES

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Summer is here!

We have counted down the days and are yearning for the magic and delight the summer months deliver–the scent of grill smoke wafting through neighborhoods; the night chorus of crickets; the thrill of catching the ice cream truck, landing the perfect cannonball in the pool or twirling a sparkler through the night sky to write your name.


This guide includes (printable PDF):

  • Tips for planning your summer activities and trips
  • Tips for road trips with kids
  • Summer Bucket List!
  • Easy, summery, kid-friendly snack ideas
  • Simple and fun ways to transform your summer days into unforgettable experiences
  • Low and no-cost activities for staycations
  • Strategies and experiences that will make summer fun for kids AND parents
  • Craft projects with step-by-step instructions and material lists
  • Templates for journaling, letter-writing, and art projects
  • My top picks for summer travel supplies
  • Ways to preserve your memories—create keepsakes, photo books and more
  • Essays on the ups and downs of summer family togetherness
  • And so much more!!


*This guide was last updated Summer 2019


Crafts


Recipes


Activities


Travel Tips


Favorite Products


Photography Ideas


No season stirs the magic and wonder of childhood bliss quite like summer and yet, for many, it can also elicit immediate stress–No school! No routine! Long days of entertaining kids, lining up camps and–Dear God–spending sixteen hours in the car trapped with your family on the way to the National Park visit that looked so dreamy when you booked it last November.

And then there’s Pinterest Patty, your smiley neighbor whose World’s Best Summer Mom posts keep popping up in Facebook, stressing you out even more. Is it really necessary to build a market farm stand two months in advance in preparation to sell bakery goods in your driveway? No, it’s not. Do you miss the feeling of your youth when you wanted summer to last forever, when scoring the last blue raspberry Otter Pop in the box was the pinnacle of summer happiness?


Regardless of how we’ve grown or how life has changed–more kids, full-time jobs, less energy, tighter budget, challenging circumstances, distinguished “spark”–the magic and possibility of summer still exists, buried in every square on the calendar that officially constitutes the season, there for us when we want to revisit Never Land. I’m here to tell you, “You can fly!”

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Summer is my favorite, and I’ve been fortunate to enjoy so many summers adventuring with my kids. I feel like I’m 10 years old again come June, lost in a storybook of sensory experiences and potential for fun and meaningful memories. I completely understand the overwhelm of summer though and know that we all have our areas of inspiration. Summer memory making happens to be one of mine, and I want to share it in a way that can help bring magic to your summer.
Once Upon a Summer is something I’ve been dreaming about since last summer–a compilation of summer inspiration, easily accessed in a digital document, to help you find ideas, tips, crafts, activities, motivation, creative enthusiasm and pure happiness in the simple celebrations summer offers whether they be in the backseat of a car on a long road trip, in a living room fort at the end of a tiresome workday, or in a quiet moment in nature. We, of course, don’t owe our kids “magic” or “storybook” because they are equipped with their own imagination and creativity to make summer adventures on their own. So this isn’t about effort or mom guilt for what we aren’t doing. On the contrary, this guide is just as much about you having fun and loving summer as it is about offering something to your kids. It’s meant to be an invitation, not an obligation. You don’t have to be a Pinterest Patty, you just have to love having fun.


I can’t wait to share this with you and consequently spend the summer with you, adventuring together through the magic these months hold.


*Please note: Once you receive the Once Upon A Summer guide (downloadable PDF), refunds are not available.

Hear what Once Upon A Summer readers are saying...


"Everything about once upon a summer has been a dream. My family and I travel up north during the summer months to experience the mountains and rivers that Florida doesn’t provide and I have loved every bit of your the once upon a summer PDF. So many amazing ideas and my whole family including my husband is excited to participate in making this summer a magical one. My sons are all about the bucket list and I have already started my little stash with all things summer. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for being so transparent and for all of the out of this world sources. I know my family is going to make some unforgettable memories." - Sahyil


"I LOVE this so much. Even though my guys are older. I do work in assisted living and am the program coordinator there. So I’m even able to use some of your ideas with our Senior Living & Memory Care residents. Our theme this summer is Self Care Summer so we will incorporate your passport idea some with that. Different labels of course . . . and will add pictures of them during their events to put on the pages too." - Regina