4th of July Playlist

4th of july playlist

Is it just me or does a summer holiday BBQ call for some classic rock? If you agree than you should love this playlist!


(too much?)



So to put it all together for you, here are American outfit ideas (more here), food ideas (and more here) and playlist ideas! Now invite a few friends over, grab a few drinks, and make it a celebration! Happy 4th, friends!



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A healthy 4th of July snack (and other BBQ recipes)

4th of july recipes


My favorite kind of recipes are the ones that don’t involve any cooking. I really like to bake, but cooking is a whole different ballgame. So while I was debating whether or not I should actually try making something new for this post, I figured that I should be honest and give you some easier options that I could actually see myself bringing along to a holiday BBQ.


Healthy 4th of July Snacks

For starters, I’m all about a simple skewer. I went with a light strawberry and marshmallow dessert for myself, but you can go for afternoon finger foods just as easily. We’re a big fan of steak with grilled peppers and onions in our house, but how great are these hot dog ones?!


Summer shortcake


And since strawberries are currently on sale at my grocery store (2 for $5!), it’s the perfect time to whip up some of my favorite shortcake. I used to have a few different recipes I would switch between, but a few years ago I did a little experiment at work and this was the clear favorite.


Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad and other easy BBQ recipes

Every 4th of July party needs some corn on the cob, but I think this chili-lime-sweet-corn recipe would make for a great alternative. I also really like that they suggest you buy and cook your corn in the same day, because let’s get real, I’ll definitely be cooking last minute anyway.


loaded potato salad and other summer BBQ recipes

So let’s assume that we have hot dogs, cheeseburgers, corn, and fruit skewers- what are we missing? A classic potato salad! My dad makes a mean potato salad, but doesn’t a loaded potato salad sound like it would hit the spot?


So now that I’ve got you started, what will be on your table this holiday?


PS- Red, white and blue outfits!

What to wear for the 4th of July

4th of July is easily one of my favorite holidays. I love that it’s casual and fun and that I get to run around in red white and blue all day! In my mind it’s the perfect, no-stress holiday: you just eat food, enjoy some drinks, throw on some music and smile with your friends. Plus you get a free fireworks show at night! Just the fact that it’s coming up next weekend makes me giddy with joy- please tell me you feel it to? If you don’t, come down to Florida this year in your best American attire and I’ll show you a good time!

Can’t make it to Florida? That’s okay- this week of posts are for you! We’ll go over what to wear, what to eat and what to listen to. On to my favorite topic: fun red, white and blue outfits!

4th of july outfit ideas #wear #america
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Whether you’re dressing up or hanging out poolside, the classic red, white and blue look is always a solid choice. Which look fits your style best?

Happy 4th of July!

flag sunglasses

Happy 4th of July! What are you all up to today?  The original plan was to hit the beach and take advantage of the American spirit found within these sunglasses so I picked out the following outfit, but sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan.

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I’m hangin’ around the house thanks to this rainy mess Hurricane Arthur brought in. The good news is that I’ll be here with my family and some of my sister’s friends so it should be a good time!

I’m sending you all good vibes filled with BBQ’s, people you love and lots of red, white & blue!

Happy 4th of July!

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Fourth of July is my favorite holiday.

Seriously! Growing up we used to have a big BBQ in honor of 2 birthdays: my sister and our nation. If I know anything it’s that 2 birthdays are better than one (and the only thing better than cake is fireworks) so obviously it was always a blast. Traditionally, the day went like this:

7-9am – help finish up dad’s famous potato salad
9-12pm- Clean like mad
12 pm – Try to convince my mom that it’s okay to break for lunch (maybe sneak a forkfull of potato salad)
12:05-1:30- Clean again
1:30-2pm- Put on your America themed swimsuit and throw over a flag t-shirt and jean shorts
2pm- on- Sit at the front door with puppy eyes until the first neighbor/friend/family member arrives

The rest of the day was filled with food, friends, pool time, birthday cake, fireworks, and laughter. It really was the best day of the year- hands down. I imagine that the only person who would have liked it more would be Nicole, because she got presents.

So happy birthday, America!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day 🙂

PS- don’t forget to enter to win $50 to Shabby Apple
.. I mean while you’re waiting for your friends to come over of course!