We think of fireworks, barbecues, cocktails, and friends when the 4th of July rolls around. This summer has been all about those kinds of shared moments. But for us, we need no reason to celebrate! The kids are still enjoying sparklers on the beach and the party seems to be touring from house to house.
Over the past week, I’ve been reflecting on the Fourth of July. Ava seems to enjoy the celebration more and more with each passing year. This year, I tried to explain what all the hoopla was about... and subsequently realized that I need a refresher in American history.
“The holiday celebrates the birth of our country,” I said.
Happy 4th Of July weekend everyone!
Whether you’re planning a casual BBQ or a more formal celebration for this Fourth of July weekend, a specialty cocktail is the perfect way to class up any event. This holiday happens to be one of the easiest to work with when it comes to creating a specialty drink. Whether you stick to Sex and the City-style cosmos or whip out the blender for fruit-flavored margaritas, it’s easy to come up with drinks that incorporate the patriotic colors of the Fourth: red, white and blue.
I scream, you scream... we all scream for homemade strawberry ice cream!
We used fresh strawberries grown in our yard. You can use any fresh berries in this recipe or substitute with frozen if fresh berries are unavailable. Enjoy your holiday weekend!
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I’m away visiting the beautiful state of Montana! Soaking up the scenery, breathing in the fresh air, and letting nature do its miraculous work of healing, renewing, and inspiring.
Earth Day will be taking place on April 22nd this year as an annual reminder to protect the environment and live “green.” With a little effort, you can reduce your negative impact by recycling, using less water, and turning off lights when not in use. This is also a perfect chance to teach little ones about cherishing the earth and natural resources through fun activities and projects. By engaging your kids in environmentally friendly activities early on, they can reap good habits of sustainable living as adults.
The wide variety of toys and easy-to-please attitude of most young children simplifies gift buying. As kids reach the teen years, their tastes change and many become more selective. If you have a teen girl on your shopping list, consider her interests and style before buying. A thoughtful gift that matches her personality earns you a lot more credit than a one-size-fits all gift idea.
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The Eyes Tell It All
It’s official! The holidays really are here. Halloween has come and gone and now we’re in full holiday swing. We all know that the holidays are supposed to be all about peace, love and joy -- but they can also be stressful. Why? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because they just creep up on us when we aren’t necessarily ready for them. Or, because when we actually do find the time to get out to the stores to buy food or gifts, we experience parking rage. Or, maybe because our entire family has to travel (at the busiest travel time of year) to see our extended family, whom we love, but who may not always be the easiest to get along with. So, in order to make your holidays more peaceful and fun, here are 7 simple ways to reduce your stress level during this holiday season (or anytime).