Made By Hand | The Popshop Ice Pops

Inspiring handcrafted how-to’s for your home, life and well being.  Our Made By Hand series features distinct DIYs made with a little love and a lot of creative spirit.

Made By Hand: The Popshop Ice Pops

Earlier this month the Minnetonka team found ourselves trying to stay cool in the Palm Springs sun during the first weekend of Coachella!

The weekend was spent creating a Minnetonka festival-inspired mural and handing out the perfect sweet treat to event-goers, ice pops from The Popshop.

Made By Hand|The Popshop Ice Pops

Each person who stopped by the Minnetonka mural received their choice of custom cool ice pop flavors including Avocado Vanilla, Mango Lime, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Basil.

Made By Hand|The Popshop Ice Pops

Since hot summer temps are right around the corner The Popshop creator Emily Zaiden shared with us her recipe for Avocado Vanilla ice pops – one of the most popular flavors of the Coachella weekend!

Avocado Vanilla Ice Pops

Ingredients (Makes 10 -12 three-ounce pops)

2 ripe, unblemished Hass avocados

1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract

3 cups rice milk or nonfat milk

¾ cup sugar

Step 1 | Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits.  With a large spoon, scoop out the flesh, scraping out as much of the bright green flesh near the skin as possible.  This green will give the pop a creamy, earthy tone.  In a blender, add the avocado, vanilla extract, milk and sugar.  Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and evenly mixed.

Step 2 | Pour the mixture into molds, insert handles and place in the freezer.  If using sticks, insert them after 15 minutes or when the mixture is firm enough for them to stand upright. Freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours minimum.

Made By Hand|The Popshop Ice Pops

Wish you could try all the fun flavors listed above?  Enter to win a copy of Emily’s book “Top Pops” featuring 55 recipes for all-natural frozen treats to make at home this summer plus a new pair of mocs. Click here for details!

Inspire Every Step | Day 28

Thanks for inspiring every step and committing to acts of kindness all this month!

Join in on the kindness today, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

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Inspire Every Step – February 28, 2015

Today’s idea and image courtesy of Maria from Little Tree

Day 28: Write a note to a mentor, old teacher or someone who’s made a difference in your life.

Thank you for joining our kindness challenge this month! Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and you could both be in for a Minnetonka surprise.

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Inspire Every Step | Day 27

Only two days left to join our kindness challenge!  Inspire every step you take by committing to one act of kindness each day. Follow @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram as we unveil a new act of kindness everyday with the help of a few of our friends.  

Are you up for the challenge?  Join in on the kindness, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

Inspire Every Step | Day 27

Inspire Every Step – February 27, 2015

Today’s idea and image courtesy of Sarah Edwards.

Day 27: Send a handmade card to someone letting them know how much you appreciate them.

Be the reason someone smiles today! Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and who knows you could both be in for a Minnetonka surprise.

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Inspire Every Step | Day 26

Inspire every step you take today. Spread the love this February by committing to one act of kindness each day. Follow @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram as we unveil a new act of kindness everyday with the help of a few of our friends.  

Are you up for the challenge?  Join in on the kindness, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

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Inspire Every Step – February 26, 2015

Today’s idea and image courtesy of Shaynah of Ruffled Snob

Day 26: Smile and make eye contact with at least 5 people you see today.

Join our kindness challenge! Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and who knows you could both be in for a sweet surprise.

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Inspire Every Step | Day 24

Inspire every step you take today. Spread the love this February by committing to one act of kindness each day. Follow @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram as we unveil a new act of kindness everyday with the help of a few of our friends.  

Are you up for the challenge?  Join in on the kindness, tag a friend on our Instagram post and pass it on! #InspireEveryStep

Inspire Every Step | Day 24

Day 24: Next time you are at the store or at work and find the perfect parking spot right up front, make someone’s day unexpectedly by giving them your spot. 

Let small acts of kindness inspire every step you take this month.  Join our kindness challenge. Tag a friend on today’s Instagram post and who knows you could both be in for a surprise!

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