Kid-friendly 4th of July Dessert Ideas We Pinned So You Don’t Have To

Happy Fourth! We rounded up the easiest, tastiest desserts for you and the kids to make this weekend.

The Paperless Post has deployed. The hot dogs and accompanying buns (yes, gluten-free too) are on the Whole Foods order list. The Spotify playlist? You’re basically ready to go on tour with The Chainsmokers. 

Then you remember the shorter attendees: the children. They need their own set of activities and, most importantly, interesting treats. We scoured the most creative foodies on Pinterest to find you a plethora of red-white-and-blue treats kids will love.

The Trending Treat: Tie-dye Fudge

Created by: Taste and Tell 

Stats: Vegetarian, gluten-free

Serves: 32

Adult needed? Yes. Put kids in charge of adding the color and stirring up a storm.

 

4th of July dessert: Tie-dye White Chocolate Fudge
Image: Taste and Tell

The One Adults Won’t Feel Embarrassed Eating: Fruity Jello Cups

Created by: The First Year

Stats: Gluten-free

Serves: Undetermined, but recipe states 1 box makes approximately 4-5 cups.

Adult needed? Yes. We suggest you make the jello and the kids make it look pretty.

 

Image: The First Year

The One You’ll Have Zero Guilt About if They Eat Three in a Row: Yogurt Popsicles

Created by: The View From Great Island

Stats: Vegetarian, gluten-free

Serves: 10

Adult needed? Yes, for mixing. Younger ones can have fun pouring the fruity mix in the molds. (Warning: Details-obsessed kids will get serious about making sure the stripes are even.)

 

4th of July yogurt popsicle dessert
Image: The View From Great Island

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Hilaria Baldwin is Here For The Me-Time Commitment

Hilaria Baldwin was currently in a car with four kids under the age of six listening to the Shrek 3 soundtrack, and somehow sounds completely cool, calm, and collected.

“What do you wish you could tell your pre-kid self,” I ask her.

She begins to answer, “The one [thing] that everybody says is, “I wish I had slept more,” but is interrupted by a series of missed calls from her husband. “Alec keeps calling me,” she says. “You know what, maybe that’s what it would be. It would be that everybody is going to want something from you and it’s really okay to step away and say you need a minute.”

Here, Baldwin talks “me-time,” how to talk to your kids about health, and the most unexpectedly awesome part of parenting four kids.

What do you wish you could tell your pre-kid self?

When you’re pregnant with your first, people are always like, “Enjoy sleep now, because this is the last time you’re going to sleep.” To be quite honest, you can’t sleep in advance. You actually have to sleep regularly.

What does one free hour to yourself look like?

One of my favorite things to do is go out for a run. I use that time to disconnect. When I’m running, literally nobody knows where I am. It’s just this moment where I can run through the streets and for a whole 30 minutes, I can have me-time. I have learned it’s about doing small things throughout the day. For instance, in the morning and night, I take a bath, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. Little by little I’m trying to take more frequent moments. It’s like the whole sleep thing. You can’t just bundle together a lot of me-time and then kill yourself the rest of the time. You’ve got to be [taking] care of yourself.

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As mothers, we all have those moments that stump us. This was the other night for me….it was messy, emotional, and wild. After all the tears, time outs, and raised voices, we all hugged and kissed before bed. It is amazing how quickly these little beings can go from complete chaos to the deepest demonstration of love. It is literally the rainbow after the storm. I shared with them that I am so happy to be their mommy, and like nothing ever happened, they wrapped themselves around me and told me I am the best mommy in the world (obviously they are biased 😂❤️). It is in these moments that I know my parenting is actually working…slow and steady, the messages of love and treating each other well are sinking in. As long as we find love and peace after the rumbling storm of crabbiness and learning, I'll always be reminded that I am a good mommy. Thank you to @babybum for this affirmation #YoureAGoodMom

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You are well known for being the picture of health. How do you talk to your kids about health without going overboard or making them anxious? 

It’s about [focusing on the] feeling rather than the way you look. You don’t want to say, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t eat this because you don’t want to be fat’ or ‘you want to eat this because you don’t want to be too thin.’ You want say, ‘You want to eat this because you want to feel good.’ And if people can associate what they’re eating with how their body feels, then they are going to have a big leg up in life.

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I told them I was giving them a pop quiz 😂…I always get asked how I eat. We eat a whole food, plant based diet in my home. This doesn’t mean that we don’t splurge or partake in special treats. Teaching my children that there is a cause and effect as to what they put in their bodies is important to me. I want to arm them with good tools and help them understand the importance of eating real foods so they can carry with them as they grow. Since I was little,I would always add small amounts of juice or fruit to water…I started drinking @spindriftfresh years ago—so when we teamed up last year I was so excited. I truly love this drink because it has nothing artificial in it only real squeezed fruit and sparkling water. It is a staple in my home! #realfruittastesbetter

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What does 7 a.m. in your house look?

Today at 7AM, I was taking a barre class, but every single day is different. I did an interview a couple days ago where they were asking me what my typical day is, and I literally don’t have one. Everybody’s a little jet lagged right now from [a trip to] L.A., so my kids have been sleeping really late which has been nice. I’ve used that time to get up and go work out.  

 

What does 7 p.m. in your house look like?

Evenings are a lot more typical. Around six o’clock we start having dinner and then we take a bath, then pajamas and stories and then bedtime. Usually by 7PM the boys are going down to sleep and Carmen stays up until about 8 o’clock.

What’s an unexpectedly awesome part of parenting?

One of the things that I feel really lucky about is that I get to see how many different kinds of people you can make. Alec and I had a girl first and thought, okay, [Alec] + Me equals that kind of girl. And then we had a boy. So you think, [Alec] + Me equals that kind of boy. And then, if anyone goes for a third child, you start to see, wow! Him + Me equals a boy that’s completely different. And in our case, the fourth one, Him + Me equals a boy that’s completely different from those ones. Everything is so science-based now, which is amazing, but there is something very magical and bit mysterious about where the soul comes from. I’ve really been able to marvel at that from having so many kids with the same gender. People really are born with their own personality. It’s really beautiful.

 

Everything You Should Read This Summer (And What To Wear Whilst Doing So)

So it takes you a little longer to get through a book now that you have kids, what with the constant interruptions and all. The act of researching what you should actually read? HAHA! Thankfully, we’ve done the work for you. Here, five books we have on our must-read beach book lists and, for added enjoyment, great thematic pieces for you and your kids to wear. Happy reading!

More Than Enough, Elaine Welteroth

If you don’t follow Elaine Welteroth, head to Instagram and do so immediately. The former EIC of Teen Vogue and current judge on Project Runway just published her first book: a memoir that chronicles her journey to “claiming space.”

Looks great with: A statement tee. 

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City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert

You read Eat Pray Love, and now you’ll read City of Girls, a novel set during the summer of 1940 in New York City. After flunking out of Vassar, Vivian Morris finds herself in an unconventional world unlike anything she’s ever seen. The world of the Lily Playhouse.  

Looks great with: A party skirt.

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The Floating Feldmans, Elyssa Friedland

What will you want to do for the big 7-0? Annette Feldman wants her whole family under one roof … or rather, one sky. Read what happens when the well-intentioned Annette books a cruise for her ENTIRE family.

Looks great with: A bathing suit.

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The Girl In the Red, Christina Henry

If fairly tale meets horror is more your speed, this page-turner is for you. Christina Henry takes us on a journey to a post apocalyptic woods where no one is safe. But the power of a red jacket proves immeasurable.

Looks great with: Red, duh.

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Recursion, Blake Crouch

Sci-fi junkie, are you? Crouch’s follow-up to 2016’s Dark Matter is so good it’s already being developed as a feature film AND television series but none other than THE SHONDA RHIMES. So do some deep breathing, put on your most futuristic tees, and check out this thriller.

Looks great with: Metallics.

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How Adrienne Bosh Parents Five Kids and Meditates Daily

Adrienne Bosh is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. Just ask her Instagram bio. The mother of five (and no, that’s not a typo, she has FIVE children), is a CEO (check out her women’s networking site Sparkle and Shine Darling) , activist, philanthropist entrepreneur, “dreamweaver,” and wife (to former NBA player Chris Bosh.) Oh, and she looks flawless all while doing those things. Here, she talks about gender norms, the craziness of 7AM, and the importance of “me” time.

What’s the biggest difference between raising a girl and raising a boy?

As a parent, I try to teach my children to embrace both their masculine and feminine energies. We’re no longer in resonance with the former “gender buckets” that I was raised with. I’m raising my daughters to be strong, and my sons to be sensitive. My girls will grow up knowing they are Queens that adjust each others’ crowns. I teach my daughters to be the hero of their own lives, and encourage my sons to cultivate empathy and compassion, which are emotions boys may have been formerly taught to hide. My boys are rambunctious, curious, and more physically active than my younger girls. They like to run, play and rough house. But they also love to garden. They love arts and crafts. My girls are also competitive in a healthy way, and they have been raised to know that they can achieve anything that the boys can! You hear “Raise your sons like your daughters,” and I think there is a lot of truth in that.

What does 7AM look like in your home?

7AM in our house is five kids waking up, getting dressed for school, the kitchen smells like a fresh stack of pancakes and I’m usually chasing my kids around for hugs fresh faced in a kimono. 7AM is a lot of chaos, but the energy is electric, wild and uncensored. Once the kids are all accounted for, I usually kick off my day with meditation. Alignment and visualization is a non-negotiable part of my day. After that, I have my kids set their intentions and mantras for the day. This is such an important part of their morning, and I believe it is essential as part of their growth.

What does 7PM look like in your home?

7PM in our house sounds like Sade playing throughout the house, which is our wind down soundtrack. It’s bath time for the kiddos, followed by story time and “snuggle” time in their beds. 7PM is slow and loving, you’ll find the entire family in PJ’s (unless it’s a date night for my hubby and I, where 7PM in that case looks like #TeamOverdressed!).

What does one free hour to yourself look like?

I am a big believer in “me time,” especially as a Mama of five. I practice a self-care regimen that I call my “goddess rituals,” which helps me unwind from even the most stressful days. One of my favorite go-to’s involves drawing a warm bath full of essential oils, lavender, and bath salts. I’m also a big fan of yoga, daily meditation, or treating myself to an at-home massage. I also love a movie night with my hubby, even if it’s at home after I’ve tucked the kids in bed.

Advice as a powerful working mom?

I really believe women CAN “have it all.” We get the luxury to design our lives, and I love that my children will always know a life where their mother works hard for what she believes in.

My job is to cultivate my kids’ creativity, encourage them to express themselves, and help them to navigate their individual curiosities. Above all things, I want to raise my children to have strong self-esteem, empathy, and compassion for themselves and others.

Something that everyone should know is that parenting is not for the faint of heart. You have to give it your all every day. But the key to getting through it is to be patient with yourself. You must push yourself, but remember that parents are human too. When things get hectic, try and laugh through the chaos. And in the end, the moments that we get to have with our families and the lifelong memories we make are what makes it all worth it.

How do you get your kids to take such great family photos? Any funny bribes?

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I am fortunate that my best friend for over a decade, April Belle (#aprilbellephotos), is an amazing photographer. She’s basically part of the family. She has documented every single one of my kids’ births, and even before that while they were in my belly. She takes so much time behind the lens getting to know each one of them, and has cultivated a special bond with each of my children. They love her, and they trust her. She also caters to their curiosities, teaching them about cameras, photography, and lets them peer behind the lens. Having her so close, especially while we’re traveling with our kids, makes them so comfortable with her. And even then, with five kids under 10 it’s still no easy task to get them all to smile at once!  Any shoot involving sweets is definitely a great distraction. It really helps to orient a shoot around an activity so the kids can have fun while making April’s job easier!