Last Minute Summer Bucket List In/Near Boston with Upparent

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It’s our family adventure to make a Last Minute Summer Bucket List. That’s why we rely on Upparent to be the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents. I’m proud to be partnered with Upparent for this blog post.

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In the Boston area, school doesn’t start until September – after Labor Day! That’s why it’s always a priority of mine to write a Last Minute, Late Summer Bucket List. I find that August is when I do the most adventurous things, like go to comic conventions (thanks, Boston!) and that’s when I went to Alaska. Our favorite summer camp gets out in early August, leaving over three weeks of unchartered, pure fun, family adventures. I’ve always loved that this is the GREATEST time to explore the Boston area. I have so many happy memories of summers past in the Boston area. And we have many adventures ahead.

Recently, we discovered Upparent, and that was a big summer changer for us. It’s an exciting new startup that is helping to gather the many conversations parents are having with one another into one place. That way we can all share family-friendly recommendations about things to do, places to go, products to try, and of course, adventures to have! We are all about local family fun, and Upparent is the online destination for parents seeking inspiration from other parents.

I love to share things like local events and activities.

We love that Upparent is easy to use and has family-friendly content that can be searched and saved to make it more personalized and relevant. The personal recommendations on the site are gathered into convenient lists and polls, so that the content is reader-friendly and easy to browse. This is a dynamic resource for parents, by parents, and with content that is ever evolving as community members (like me) add their own recommendations, vote, and comment on favorites.

My kids have the “Boston Bug” or the “Big City Bug” lately, so we built a last minute summer bucket list based on events and activities in and near Boston. In fact, I proudly contributed to the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun with my own must-do activity for families this summer, and beyond. When you think beyond the bucket list, Upparent has you covered on a number of topics! If you’re unsure what to give for a birthday present, they have lists of great gift ideas by age and theme. And since back to school is inevitable, Upparent’s “Heads Up” lists help sneak some fun into your back-to-school routine.

I’ll also be checking the site for great lunch box ideas and the best lunch packing supplies. And don’t even get me started on the holidays! This is a resource to turn to for almost anything you can think of – and you can share your own wisdom.

Suffice it to say, what a wonderful resource to have all year long. Here’s our late summer bucket list:

1 – Amusement park. There are a ton of wonderful ones in the New England area. And they all have their perks. We can’t wait for our trip in late August to ride some roller coasters and ferris wheels together. What fun that will be!

2 – Children’s museum. In fact, I wrote about that in the Boston Summer Bucket List for Family Fun.

3 – Get on a boat. Boston is full of some fun rides and tours. One of my kids really wants to go whale watching, and the other is afraid of sea sickness. Fear not, little one, for Upparent has boat ride ideas for all speeds and ages.

4 – Comic Convention. We went to a big one last year and this year it will have SO MANY actors we love. Can’t wait!

5 – See music outside. I think this is a summer staple. We did it last year and we’ll do it this year!

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Dixie Summer Entertaining: Fruit Tart Recipe

This is sponsored by Acorn, all opinions are my own.

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG

One thing that people often say about New England is that the long winters make you appreciate spring and summer more.

I will amend it to say that the double winter (winter and then spring) makes you appreciate summer and fall more. We’ve been pretty robbed of good early spring for the past few years. 2018 might have been the worst I’ve seen. It makes me dream about summer nearly every day. That’s one thing that never changes. Summer comes without fail, and then we’re ready for it! We’re ready for warm days, cool breezes at night, and mouth-watering food. We’re ready to PARTY. We have three summer birthdays within our immediate family, so that leads to all sorts of good occasions to entertain several times.

I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s all I can think about right now.

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG

My mom and I LOVE to go to Dollar General. You can ask her all about the fun we have there, and how much we buy. Sometimes, you’re looking for a helping hand. That’s my mom. Then sometimes, you’re both looking for a helping hand, so you look no further than Dixie! Even though summer feels forever and a day away, it really is right around the corner. People are setting up yard sales and family barbecues. I’ve seen it! That’s why I love Dixie products. They help and support, so we spend less time at the sink and more time at the table. Dixie always provides the style and quality you need while dining with your loved ones. This is what I love: cut-resistance, Soak Proof Shield™ and microwavable material. The best!

What do we love Dixie for? Crafts, of course, because you can make a number of adorable summer crafts. My favorite is for recipes, though. With 5 layers and being 50% stronger than the leading store brand, you don’t need to double up on plates. You might, however, want to double up on servings of my Fruit Tart. It’s pretty magical. Dixie has a Soak Proof Shield™ that can handle anything from salad dressing to burger grease. They are also cut-resistant and microwavable. I think we can all agree that reheating leftovers is awesome, and who doesn’t like warmed up pie? It’s a new twist on my fresh fruit tart.

Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients:
1 sleeve, 9 full size, graham crackers
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup, 1 stick butter

Filling Ingredients:
1 brick, 8 oz, cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Fresh fruit such as sliced strawberries, kiwi and blackberries

Instructions:

Crust Instructions:
Add graham crackers to a food processor and process for 15 seconds. Add sugar and process for another 15 seconds until everything is a fine crumb. Then, add melted butter and process for 20 seconds or until mixed thoroughly. Pour into 9″ tart pan and use a tart shaper or the back of a spoon to press firmly into the pan. Refrigerate while you make the filling. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely crush the graham crackers by putting them into a resealable gallon size bag and using a rolling pin to crush the crackers. You can then mix the crust by hand.

Filling Instructions:
Place cream cheese, sugar and vanilla into a food processor and process for 20 seconds. Open and scrape down the sides. Process for another 20 seconds or until the mixture is combined well and smooth. You can also use a mixer to mix these ingredients.

Spoon into prepared crust. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.

Remove crust from refrigerator and top with fresh fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours before slicing into pieces and serving.

Serves 8-10

What do you think? Easy enough, right? These Dixie packs will be in the summer picnic set and are in stores NOW through the end of July. I like to stock up early because they get me in the mood for summer, and there are endless opportunities for entertaining right now. Just in April, we have Cassidy’s birthday and our 10 year anniversary. In May, we have five birthdays within our family. In June and July, we celebrate three birthdays. Not to mention all of the holidays. It’s nearly July 4th!

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG

What’s your favorite summer recipe?

Do you have BIG summer plans? I'm here to make all your summer entertaining plans easier. Shop Dixie at Dollar General, and also enjoy this delicious fresh fruit tart - perfect for your party needs! #ad #DixieSummerDG