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May, 24, 2016

Summer Family Time…

white-summer-time-casual-dresssummer-time-smores summer-smores-bar smores-summer-time-fire-pitt pink-peonies at-home-outdoor-fire-pit-1 smores-hershys pp2 at-home-outdoor-fire-pit summer-time-smore-bar at-home-outdoor-fire-pit-2 summer-time-smore-bar-4 at-home-summer-fire-pit-3 outdoor-sofas-around-fire-pit summer-time-smores-4 pp1If you have been following me on Snapchat over the past year you’ve noticed that one of our favorite things to do as a family is make HERSHEY’S S’Mores in our backyard! I grew up on the gooey, yummy treats; we always made them in the summertime sitting around our fire pit. It’s one of the most distinct memories I have with my sisters and dad. We had a trampoline tent and would make S’Mores together before we went to bed (I guess when you’re a dad to all girls you camp in the backyard instead of the woods ;). We would talk and laugh for hours on end! When I’m at my parents house and my dad isn’t home to start the fire (I can never figure out how to start my parents fire pit) my sisters and I will still make a S’More together in the kitchen. We would rather eat a S’More for a treat over ice-cream!

A lot of my fondest family memories relate back to S’Mores, which is why Drew and I decided to build a fire pit in our backyard so we could carve out sweet moments like these to choose happiness with our own family. It was a must-have for me, and we have gotten SO much use out of it! We’ve had so much fun continuing our family tradition of making S’Mores around our own fire pit and spending quality family time cuddled up around the fire.

We decided that with Memorial Day Weekend coming up, the timing couldn’t be more perfect to spend a little extra family time around the fire pit. Isla loves to take bites of mine and Drew’s, and Dash of course tries to steal the marshmallows any chance he gets! We are definitely craving summer over here, and we cannot wait to keep having our ‘Hello Happy Moments’ all summer long making S’Mores!!!!

What are some of your favorite treats for summer?!

Xo, Rach

Brought to you by The Hershey Company.

Photos by Lindsey Orton.

  1. bshujewelry says:

    That fireplace is to die for!! Wish I’d have this in my backyard, so cozy and perfect to sit around with your loved ones and eat S’Mores (now I really crave them)!

  2. Beautiful family! Pass the S’Mores please…
    Lauren Ashley |

  3. Jacqueline says:

    Where’s the jealous alert?? Rachel your life is a dream to many readers and we love to see bits and pieces of your life. I love your sisters, your family, your house, your rooms, your life your everything!!! I really enjoy reading how your celebrate life even more than your fashion posts!!! Show us more!

  4. Brittany says:

    Your little family is so cute!


  5. Leanne says:

    Aww this is such a gorgeous post! What a gorgeous family moment.

    Arum Lilea

  6. Keri says:

    So adorable! I love those couches! Would you
    Mind sharing the source?

  7. So cute!! I love s’mores dates!

  8. Shauni says:

    Love your fire pit! It’s amazing! If I had a backyard like your’s I’d use it every chance I could get!

  9. Natali says:

    Awww!!! Too sweet photos!!! You’re right, that’s the best dessert ever, so simple but so delicious!

  10. S’mores are my absolute favorite treat!!! We’re having a patio and fire pit installed in our backyard this week and the first thing I’m going to do is make s’mores for the family!! Love this!

    Allison / Joy and Ivy

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      We LOVE going out back and making S’Mores!!! I’m so glad we decided to put a fire pit in our backyard!

      Xo Rach

  11. Rach says:

    This is so sweet! I love making s’mores too, it is such a fun family tradition!

  12. I recently stayed at a resort and every night they do s’mores by the fire and it was so fun! I almost forgot how delicious of a treat they can be!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  13. Ahhh this looks sooo yummy!!! Want it NOW :D

    xo Vanessa |

  14. Jessica says:

    Loving these photos! I love a good fire pit and s’mores combo!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

  15. This is so charming!! I’m not a huge fan of S’mores… not sure why… I like all of the ingredients separately, but not together. Strange!? Maybe! Anyway… I really love Limoncello Gelato in the summer. There’s a historically tourist spot a town over from me called Geneva (so next time you make it out to IL, you have to visit this town, lots of good restaurants and boutiques!)… and there’s a yum spot called Grahams 318 Coffeehouse. They make homemade artisan gelato and it’s SO delicious!! I know you don’t drink, but I also love a good fresh margarita or mojito in summer, they’re so refreshing… of course they come alcoholic, too! :o)

    All the Cute 🎀

  16. Sharan says:

    This is adorable! Love your backyard patio by the way!!


  17. amy says:

    Absolutely love this fire pit! What a fun summer night!

    How Gorgeous

  18. La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Awww, little DasherBoy is looking on and licking his chops … He’s like “what about me, mommie? :)

    Such a beautiful, serene vision of a family outing. Simply so delightful! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  19. Hannah says:

    Great summer family activity!! Your home is beautiful.
    xx Hannah

  20. What a great family tradition. S’Mores are the best!

  21. I love the family photos! There is nothing like time spent with family in the summer and SMORES

  22. brett says:

    I LOVE s’mores! I have so many memories attached to them as well. And your backyard looks heavenly!

  23. What a wonderful & yummy family tradition! Hope you and your beautiful fam have a great Memorial Day weekend!!

  24. Your backyard is a dream!! Love it rach so cute! Hope you have a lovely day!

  25. Smores are ALWAYS a good idea. Love your backyard set up too!

    Pink Champagne Problems

  26. Maya says:

    This makes me so excited for my camping trip this weekend! I don’t think I’ve had s’mores since a country wedding in Tenessee I attended almost 2 years ago now… That’s TOO long and this weekend is going to fix that :)

    I LOVE your home and fire pit setup! Also speaking of snapchat I was dying over Isla yesterday– that snap of her leaning on Dash was the cutest!!

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

  27. Maria says:

    Love your backyard!!! S’mores are a big thing in our family especially over the summer and even in winter. Light up the fire in our backyard and eating s’mores we forget about how cold it is.

  28. chealsey says:

    love s’mores & your backyard is to die for!

  29. Neha says:

    I always feel so delighted to see you Rach…your Photos are superb and you are darn cute and Gorgeous… Congratulations once again…..

    xoxo, Neha

  30. Emily Myers says:

    Hi Rachel-
    My family’s favorite summer treat is a spin on the traditional Rice Krispie treat. So you make one layer of traditional Rice Krispie treat, once that layer has cooled, sprinkle marshmallows all over to create a marshmallow layer. Then for the caramel layer. Melt a bag of caramels, butter and sweetened condensed milk and pour over marshmallow layer. Put in the fridge to cool completely. Lastly, make another batch of Rice Krispie treats and layer over the caramel. Keep refrigerated until you want to eat. Once you take out if the fridge the caramel will start softening. In my opinion, these are best eaten after they’ve been out of the fridge about 15 minutes. 😊

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      Oh my gosh that sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing Emily :) We’re going to have to try those!!

      Xo Rach

  31. Maggie says:

    Ahh yum!! This looks good!

  32. Lindsey says:

    These pictures are too cute! I love how you organized the chocolates and graham crackers in the mason jars.

    stay styled,


    IG: stay_styled

  33. Nothing better than smores on a summer night. Loving these pictures!

    Sara Kate Styling

  34. Stephanie says:

    Love your dress! Looks bump friendly. Can you please share where you got it? Thanks!!

  35. Hillary says:

    OMG Isla eating that s’more just melted my heart!!!

  36. Loving this post…so so sweet. I love family traditions like this!! So fun! XO


  37. yael steren says:

    A fire pit to make S’mores! What more can you ask for?!?! Since I live in NYC I have to melt my chocolate in the microwave – lol – unless anyone has any suggestions for me?! xx yael

  38. Hayley Larue says:

    Your backyard is absolutely my favorite backyard ever! Such a cute post <3

  39. Raina says:

    I love everything about this!! :) Gotta love s’mores and family time! <3

    xo Raina

  40. Ann-Louise says:

    Ohh that looks delicious! Love these photos too, so cute and you’re a very cute family!

  41. Kristen says:

    Yummy S’mores! That looks like so much fun! I love your dress and it would be so perfect for my newborn pics. Would you mind sharing where you got it? Thanks!!

  42. Lauren says:

    Omg, Isla is too cute eating that s’more! You guys are the cutest!


  43. heidi says:

    Isla is just the cutest little thing !
    What a stunning yard. Is the firepit gas rachel?

  44. Jamie says:

    These photos are gorgeous! Your backyard is amazing! You can’t beat classic s’mores :)


  45. Thanks for sharing this sweet memory! So fun you get to recreate with your own babies <3 And your firepit is gorg!Inspo!

  46. Miss Pippi says:

    I wish I had a fire pit like this in my yard!

  47. Mariam says:

    Suuch a lovelyy Family!!! :))

  48. Jocelyn says:

    Beautiful pics. Can you tell me where you got the s’mores sticks please?

  49. Carolyn says:

    what an incredible fire pit! love hanging out by the fire and making s’mores :)

  50. I began reading your blog because I enjoyed your personal style but over time it’s the lifestyle pots likes these that I really like most, I like hearing about your family’s traditions. I was never really raised with a lot of them, but do have great memories of weekend family getaways and holidays. It makes me want to start more with my own family and s’mores are always a good idea. The problem is they are so addictive which I’m sure you’re taking advantage of while prego!

  51. Joy says:

    yum yum, can baby eat them yet? has she grown teeth yet? Beautiful family.

  52. Emmy Jake says:

    This post has me craving chocolate BAD!

  53. Rachel says:

    S’Mores are seriously one of the best parts of summer! I love your fire pit set up. :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  54. Channing says:

    I love your fire pit! It’s so cool and unique!

  55. michelle Noot says:

    Love the pillows on your outdoor furniture, where can I find them?

  56. Sophie says:

    Time spent with family is always the best time <3

    xoxo, Lastestbag – Best Bags For Women 2016

  57. Nancy says:

    Your family is absolutely adorable! I love your outdoor couches – where can I find them?

  58. Edina says:

    Hi Rach, would you please share how you protect your outdoor furniture cuhions from the rain? Do you take them in every night? Thanks for the tip.

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

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