Happy Independence Day!

I want to take a moment to wish all of you a Happy 4th of July!

Are you going to watch the fireworks? If the rain holds off, I will be at the park with my family and friends.

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Have a safe and fun holiday! What is your favorite 4th of July food?

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Take Care! Thanks again for following my blog.

Peace Always,

Rebecca

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30 Quotes for the 4th of July

Are you gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July weekend? Posting your photos with a quote is a great way to attract followers to your social media platforms. If you are searching for the right words for an upcoming post, check out the following quotes for the 4th of July.

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  1. “America is a tune. It must be sung together.”- Gerald Stanley Lee
  2. “When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front-row seat.” — George Carlin
  3. “Ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country.” –  John F. Kennedy
  4. “It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” —Stephen Colbert
  5. “Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” –  George Bernard Shaw
  6. “My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love.” —Yakov Smirnoff
  7. “Let’s not forget why we celebrate 4th of July; it is the day Will Smith saved us from the aliens.” – Unknown
  8. “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” ― George Orwell
  9. “The fact is, with every friendship you make and every bond you establish, you are shaping the image of America projected to the rest of the world.” – Michelle Obama
  10. “The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” — James G. Blaine
  11. “You cannot separate peace and freedom. Because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.” – Malcolm X
  12. “What was important wasn’t the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time.” —Banana Yoshimoto
  13. “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln
  14. “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other.” —John Adams
  15. “People in power are trying to convince us that the villain in our American story is each other. But that is not our story. That is not who we are. That’s not our America. Our United States of America is not about us versus them. It’s about We the people!” –  Kamala Harris
  16. “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” —Erma Bombeck
  17. “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” – Bill Clinton
  18. “Laughter is America’s most important export.” – Walt Disney
  19. “Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” — John Dickinson
  20. “We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” – Barack Obama
  21. “I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” —Wendell L. Wilkie
  22. “America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.” –  George W. Bush
  23. “The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.” – Condoleezza Rice
  24. “Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.” —John Gunther
  25. “I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks.” —James Lafferty
  26. “America is known as a country that welcomes people to its shores. All kinds of people.” —Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  27. “This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  28. “One characteristic of Americans is that they have no tolerance at all of anybody putting up with anything. We believe that whatever is going wrong ought to be fixed.” —Margaret Mead
  29. “America is another name for opportunity.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  30. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” – Abraham Lincoln

Happy 4th of July!

58 Hashtags for the 4th of July

Who is ready for the 4th of July? The holiday brings fireworks, BBQs, celebrations, friends, and family. All are perfect for social media posts. When you add the right hashtags, your posts draw more attention. If you need inspiration, check out the following 4th of July hashtags.

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  1. #4thofJuly2022
  2. #4thofJuly
  3. #July4
  4. #July4th
  5. #FourthofJuly
  6. #JulyFourth
  7. #TheFourth
  8. #IndpendenceDay
  9. #IndependenceDay2022
  10. #FourthofJulyWeekend
  11. #FourthofJulyWeekend2022
  12. #1776
  13. #FourthofJulyCelebration
  14. #FourthofJulyBBQ
  15. #GrillTime
  16. #Hamburgers
  17. #HotDogs
  18. #FourthofJulyFood
  19. #Food
  20. #Family
  21. #Friends
  22. #CelebrateFreedom
  23. #StarsandStripes
  24. #USA
  25. #USFlag
  26. #UnitedStates
  27. #UnitedStatesofAmerica
  28. #USProud
  29. #Patriotic
  30. #ProudtobeanAmerican
  31. #AmericanProud
  32. #America
  33. #RedWhiteandBlue
  34. #AmericaUnited
  35. #LetFreedomRing
  36. #Fireworks
  37. #Sparklers
  38. #Parade
  39. #FourthofJulyParade
  40. #FourthofJulyPicnic
  41. #Picnic
  42. #GoodFoodGoodTimes
  43. #PartyintheUSA
  44. #HappyBirthdayAmerica
  45. #GodBlesstheUSA
  46. #GodBlessAmerica
  47. #BornIntheUSA
  48. #MadeinAmerica
  49. #LandoftheFree
  50. #HomeoftheBrave
  51. #OhSayCanYouSee
  52. #FireworksDisplay
  53. #PartyontheFourth
  54. #FourthofJulyOutfit
  55. #Peace
  56. #PrayfortheUSA
  57. #ILoveJuly4th
  58. #OldGloryWavesOn

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

20 Photo Prompts for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a great day for photography. Celebrations, family, friends, and fireworks are a wonderful part of Independence Day. Documenting your holiday fun preserves memories for years. If you need inspiration, check out the following 4th of July photo prompts.

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  1. Patriotic Selfie
  2. Red, White, and Blue
  3. Stars and Stripes
  4. Balloons
  5. American Flag
  6. Fireworks
  7. Sparklers
  8. USA
  9. Family
  10. Friends
  11. Community
  12. Fun
  13. Peace
  14. Patriotism
  15. Celebrations
  16. 4th of July Food
  17. 4th of July Drinks
  18. Pinwheels
  19. Bonfire
  20. Traditions

Happy 4th of July!

Rebecca Reviewed It: Hometown 4th

I live in a rural farming area. But I have always considered St. Johns, Michigan my hometown. When I was younger, I spent a lot of my childhood in town. Naturally, when the 4th of July celebration was announced I made plans to go. I am glad I did.

First, I must admit, I am a fan of community events, fairs, and festivals. The celebration in St. Johns did not disappoint. Before heading to the park, we (my cousin and I) stopped at Little Caesars for pizza. The young man that waited on me was polite and professional (a trait, I value in customer service). 

My cousin and I met the rest of our family at St. Johns City Park. The Performance Shell area has plenty of room to watch concerts or other events. Many people bring blankets or lawn chairs along. The area also has a small pavilion. 

Closer to the road leading into the park are picnic tables for public use. We were lucky enough to find one in the shade. Yes, the 4th of July was a hot day for us in Michigan. Luckily the area is close to restrooms and the playground. 

The music, performed by Stone Street Revival, began around 7 pm. I enjoyed listening to the older songs. I found myself singing along to a few of the songs including Sweet Caroline. Yes, I am sorry for anyone who could hear my voice. 

Prior to the start of the fireworks, our group moved toward the other end outside of the St. Johns Redwings football field. We had a perfect view of the fireworks display. I do not know if the show impressed me because I had not seen fireworks in years. Or I was simply happy to be out after everything was canceled in 2020. The Rotary Club of St. Johns hosted a wonderful family-friendly evening.

Will I Go Again? 

In my opinion, if you can spend an evening with family, eat pizza, listen to music, and watch fireworks, do it. Yes, I plan on attending the 4th of July celebration in St. Johns again. In fact, The Clinton County Arts Council will host different music events throughout the summer at 7 pm on Wednesday nights. I am hoping to attend a few more concerts in the park.  

July 4th, 2021…a beautiful night


31 Days of Photo Inspiration for July

The warm summer weather is finally here. Grab your camera or cell phone and make July memorable. Do you need some inspiration? Check out the following photo prompts for July.

  1. Selfie (Always, start the month with a new selfie)
  2. Flag
  3. Red-White-Blue
  4. Happy Independence Day, USA! Fireworks
  5. Skyline
  6. Water
  7. Circles
  8. Low Light
  9. Ball
  10. Textures
  11. Beach or Pool
  12. Flowers
  13. Sunset or Sunrise
  14. Comfy
  15. Beverage
  16. Favorite Food
  17. Love
  18. Animal
  19. Smooth
  20. Nature
  21. Wildlife or Stuffed Animals
  22. Distance
  23. Up Close
  24. Black and White
  25. Lines
  26. Clouds
  27. Motivation
  28. Street
  29. Dirt or Mud
  30. Peace
  31. Complex

Enjoy July!

31 Self-Care Ideas for July

Self-care is being aware of your own needs and taking the necessary steps to meet them. The demands of work, parenthood, and other commitments often lead to stress. With the added health crisis, social media, and daily news, you may quickly be overwhelmed. Take a step back, breath, and remember to take time for yourself. Do you need ideas for self-care? Check out the following list for July.

  1. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is essential for your health, especially in the summer. No, you don’t need to give up your morning coffee, just remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  2. Don’t Forget Your Fruits and Veggies: Often, in the summertime, quick meals lead to unhealthy choices. Remember to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Go Outdoors: Yes, social distancing and other restrictions are still in place but even get outside. Go for a hike, walk around the block, stroll through the city park, or take an extra trip to the dog park. Being outdoors, even for an additional hour, is good for your well-being.
  4. Happy Independence Day, USA! Watch the fireworks. Due to the coronavirus, many events have restrictions or canceled. Watching fireworks from your own vehicle is a safe way to enjoy the holiday. If you do not want to leave home, many PBS stations host 4th of July concerts with fireworks. Enjoy the show from your own couch.
  5. Make a Summer Playlist of Your Favorite Songs
  6. Start a Journal
  7. Create a Vision Board: Fill your board with anything that personally inspires or motivates you. Then, take the necessary steps to transform your goals into reality.
  8. Unplug: Step away from your computer, cell phone, or other electronic devices. Turn off the news. Unplugging for an hour, an afternoon, or a day can positively impact your mood.
  9. Buy Yourself Flowers
  10. Declutter Your Closet
  11. Take a Long Bubble Bath
  12. Give Yourself an In-Home Spa Treatment
  13. Make Your Favorite Meal: Yes, it can be a dessert.
  14. Call a Friend
  15. Meditate or Pray
  16. Do Morning Yoga or Stretching Exercises
  17. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
  18. Take a Long Afternoon Nap
  19. Go on a Picnic: If the weather is uncooperative, host a picnic in your living room.
  20. Read a Book
  21. Go to the Farmer’s Market: Great place to get your fruits and veggies while supporting your community.
  22. Go for a Ride: Fill up your car and just drive.
  23. Set Goals for the Second Half of 2020
  24. Do Crafts on a Rainy Day
  25. Learn to Say, “No”: Too many commitments can lead to added stress.
  26. Spend an Evening (or Entire Weekend) Binge-Watching: Re-watch your favorite television series or discover something new.
  27. Paint or Draw: Bringing out your inner artists does not have to break the bank. Head to your local dollar store and buy some necessary supplies.
  28. Listen to a New Podcast
  29. Buy Yourself Something New: Treating yourself can be as simple as trying a new type of cracker to purchasing an entire outfit. Just do something new for yourself.
  30. Send a Friend or Family Member a Letter: Or join a pen pal organization and write to someone new.
  31. Make a Goal List for August

4th of July Craft Table

Are you hosting a 4th of July party or BBQ? Do you want to keep the children busy? Many children love to socialize, swim, and play various outdoor activities. Others may need a quiet space to relax. Setting up a crafting table is a great way to keep children entertained during a family event. If your party experiences rain, you will be prepared.

Ideas for a 4th of July Crafting Table

Children’s imagination is limitless. Setting up a variety of options will help keep children engaged. Use the 4th of July as a theme for your art and craft activities.

Painting Fireworks

Roll out long pieces of butcher paper or set out black poster boards. Supply red, white, and blue paint to create fireworks. When painting the fireworks, offer different options. Paint brushes, straws, pipe cleaners, and sponges create unique textures. The fireworks will look unique to each child’s preference.

Paint Rocks

Rock painting is a popular craft choice. Line a table with varying sizes of rocks. Supply paints and brushes. Allow the children to create their own personal masterpieces.

Paint Clay Planters

When preparing for your party, pick up some clay planters to paint. A planter is the perfect take-home item.

Tie-Dye Shirts

Older children and adults love to tie-dye t-shirts. Ask parents to bring white shirts or supply different sizes for everyone. Use a tie-dye kit or traditional dye to make the shirts. Supply rubber bands and marbles to help create designs. The shirt may turn into a lasting memory.

Beading

Red, white, and blue pony beads are an inexpensive way to create necklaces and bracelets. Stringing the beads in a variety of designs allows each child to create a unique jewelry accessory.

Collages

Using construction paper or poster board allow children to create collages. Set out different art supplies including:

  • Red, white, and blue paint
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pom-pons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Sequins
  • Pieces of material
  • Tissue paper

Drawing 

A craft table does not need to be elaborate for children to enjoy. Set out paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils. Children will use the materials to draw and create.

While engaging with others, a craft table is a great way for children to make art. Being able to take home a project instantly creates a memory of the event.

Happy 4th!

Tips on Helping Your Dog Stay Calm During Fireworks

Fireworks are a normal part of the 4th of July celebration. Many communities host large scale firework displays. For firework goers, the loud noises are simply part of the night’s activities.  When the vibrant colors begin to light up the sky, does your dog get upset?

The booming noises are scary for some dogs (and cats). Dogs may bark, try to hide, or get sick over the continuous loud booms. Taking precautions before the start of the fireworks may help ease your pets’ nerves.

Tips on Keeping Your Dog Calm During Fireworks

Being prepared is the best way to help your dog through the firework celebrations. Check your community’s page on social media or website to learn about the time and dates of the fireworks in your area. Keep in mind, some communities host fireworks more than one night. Do not forget, your neighbors may host BBQs with added fireworks in the evening. Whistles and popping noises may be just as scary for your dog as the booming fireworks displays.

Consult Your Vet

If you are aware of the negative effects fireworks have on your dog, voice your concerns with your vet. Under some circumstances, your vet may prescribe a light sedative to help your dog get through the evening’s festivities. A sedative relaxes your dog. When prescribing medication, staying with your dog is essential.

Stay Home 

The 4th of July is a time for numerous activities and celebrations. When your pet gets upset over fireworks, staying home in a familiar environment may help. Plan to spend the night at home with your favorite furry companion.

  • Close any open windows.
  • Remember to secure doggy dog entrances
  • Lock doors to prevent running away.
  • Cuddle together on the sofa
  • Go to an area in your home where outdoor noises are muted.
  • Constantly reassure your dog that everything is good

Taking small precautions may ease your dog’s nerves.

Create a Safe Environment 

If you are away from home, keep your pet with you during the fireworks presentation. Being by your side reassures your dog that everything is fine. Offer your pet a special treat, bone, toy, or a blanket for additional comfort.

If you must leave your pet home alone, take steps to muffle the loud noises. For example turn on a radio or the television, leave a fan running. Familiar noises add comfort.  When putting your dog in the crate, add his or her favorite toy.

Go Outdoors Before the Fireworks Begin

Prior to the evening’s fireworks presentation, go outdoors. Go for an additional walk or spend extra time at the dog park. Exercising may reduce stress.

Be Sympathetic

Your dog may require extra attention on the 4th of July, be sympathetic. Fireworks are loud and scary for animals. Helping your dog get through the night should be your main priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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