10 Things to Do In Any City This Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July is arguably one of the most exciting, yet relaxed holidays in the United States. While there’s no obligation to cook meals or exchange gifts, it’s a great excuse to grill out, see loved ones and watch fireworks. Keep reading below for 10 ideas of activities you can do in any city this Fourth of July.

1- Lounge by the Water

Head over to the pool or your nearest body of water to relax and enjoy the outdoors. If you live near a beach, pack your cooler, chairs and sunblock, and prepare for a fun beach day. Remember to leave early since it’s sure to be a popular destination for many families this holiday.

2- View fireworks

If there’s anything that’s highly anticipated this July 4, it’s fireworks. Check your local news stations and newspapers to see what your downtown area is planning for July 4 festivities. Most cities host a fireworks show in the evening, and all you’ll need to bring is a chair!

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3- Cook Out with Friends and Family

Check with your family members and friends to see what their Independence Day plans are. You could all get together and grill out at someone’s house. Coordinate who will be bringing items to the cook-out, create the perfect playlist and prepare for lots of laughter and good memories.

4- Play Board Games or Learn a New Card Game

Who doesn’t love games? Check to see what games you have at home or if anyone in your network has some cool board games. Set a location for meeting and don’t forget the snacks!

5- Volunteer

The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with loved ones, but it’s also a great time to spend volunteering at places in need. Check your local animal shelters, food bank, or even your place of worship to see if there is a need for volunteers. Even if you only spend a few hours, the help will be greatly appreciated!

6- Photo Scavenger Hunt

Get a group together and hand out a list of 20 items to take photos of in your city. These objects could be the American flag, a water fountain, the oldest building in the city, or anything you can think of. Whichever team finishes first wins! Make sure you have photographic evidence.

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7- Enjoy Live Music

As I mentioned above in list item 2, check your local news station or newspaper to see what your downtown area is planning for July 4 festivities. Some areas will host live musicians or bands to entertain guests.

8- Wear Red, White, And/Or Blue

Today is the perfect excuse to have a themed dress code. Dress up in glam red, white or blue, put a more country twist on the attire, or go full on ‘Merica with American Flag everything.

9- Play Cornhole or a DIY Yard Game

Some trendy restaurants have corn hole set up for patrons. This part might require some research, but if you happen to be eating at a restaurant where there is corn hole, why not get a game started? If you already own the game, you could also bring the party to your own home! If you do not have access to this popular game, it’s time to get creative and make your own yard game! From yard bowling, to giant scrabble, there are lots of ways to play outdoor games at home for free. Click here for a post from Prudent Penny Pincher on how to make a few DIY yard games.

10- Refresh Your American History

Whether you go to a local museum or browse online, there’s no better time than July 4 to brush up on your American history. I used to listen to the podcast “Stuff You Missed In History Class,” where I learned a lot of interesting facts about U.S. history. I have also tried this United States Map quiz from time-to-time, and love trying to beat my previous scores. You could also tour your city’s local museum to learn more about your area’s past.

5 Things Making Me Happy Right Now

Hello friends! I am all about spreading positivity, so I figured I’d share a few things that have been making he happy lately. I hope this list inspires you to also recognize some things that bring you joy as February begins, and that you make them a more active part of your day. Check out my list of delights below.

  1. Music. Loud, good music that I like. And these songs include:
    • Wow by Zara Larsson feat. Sabrina Carpenter
    • Heartless by The Weeknd
    • Girl Like Me by Black Eyed Peas and Shakira
    • Last Hurrah by Bebe Rexha

2. Reading. Currently, I’m reading Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen by Serena Valentino. I’m about 3/4 of the way through the book and I am really enjoying this spin on the evil queen’s side of the Snow White fairy tale.

3. There’s a short article in the February 2021 issue of Better Homes & Gardens called “The Language of Flowers,” where they briefly discuss the meanings behind a variety of flowers. Prior to reading the article, I liked pink lilies and roses for their smell and appearance. Knowing that pink lilies symbolize prosperity and roses represent beauty only makes me adore them even more.

4. Blogging. I have always loved writing and this blog gives me a space to write about whatever I want! ☺️ It’s nice to have a creative space to work on a hobby.

5. Fragrance. I am very sensitive to smell and I prefer good smells as often as possible. Lately, I’ve really been enjoying cleaning with the Mrs. Meyers cleaning products because I like the smell it leaves behind on surfaces. (I disinfect surfaces first before using Mrs. Meyers). We also just finished two Bath and Body Works candles, with Flannel being my favorite.

What’s been making you happy lately? Leave a comment below!

What’s On My Christmas Watch List

What’s On My Christmas Watch List

Hello, my loves! Can you believe we’re only a few weeks away from Christmas? I think we can all agree 2020 has been a crazy year and celebrating Christmas can either feel like a welcome distraction or just another day in this wild year. To help you get into the festive mood, I’m listing a few of the movies on my Christmas watch list! Here we go.

1. Jingle Jangle

This movie was so adventurous and fun! Journey is a bright and clever young girl who visits her estranged grandfather, a scientist named Jeronicus Jangle, for the holidays. Through music, community support and a little bit of Christmas magic, Journey helps her grandfather conquer his fears and foes. If you’re looking for a movie with fun, original music, dancing and a timeless family Christmas story, this is a great selection! Watch on Netflix.

2. The Princess Switch 2: Switched Again

Being completely transparent with you, I love any movie, television program or book that deals with royalty, and this movie did not disappoint. The Princess Switch 2 follows Princess Stacy as she tries to persuade Duchess Margaret to reconcile with her ex-boyfriend Kevin. The timing is urgent as the duchess is preparing for her coronation. Stacy and Margaret, who look identical but are not related, decide to switch places for a day to give Margaret one last chance to salvage her relationship with Kevin. Plans go awry when another look-alike has her eyes on the crown. Watch on Netflix.

3. A Godwink Christmas: Second Chance, First Love

This movie was so cute. Margie has the job of her dreams and she’s up for a promotion when her high school sweetheart moves back to town. After a few instances of being in the same place at the same time (hence the term “Godwink”), reminiscing on past memories and creating new ones, Margie and Pat must decide whether to follow their hearts or let the moments pass. Watch on Hallmark.

4. Deliver by Christmas

Molly is a bakery shop owner in a small, charming town and she runs into Josh, a single father who’s new to the area. Josh’s wife passed away a few years ago and his son realizes that he’s sad and lonely. So he makes a wish that his Dad finds someone to make him happy, and that Santa delivers that person by Christmas. Watch on Hallmark.

5. Operation Christmas Drop

Has your job ever sent you to a small country to gather information about a project in order to cut its funds right before the holidays? Well, now you know the predicament that Erica is in. Erica is a political aide, and her job is her life. When she goes on assignment in Guam, she meets Captain Andrew and they butt heads. But as he shows her more about the secret project and how it impacts the local community, she must make a decision to please her boss or continue helping the locals…and Andrew. Watch on Netflix.

6. Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

This documentary follows the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and its annual production of the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. I learned so much in this film about dance history and how Debbie Allen is truly a dance icon. Watch this film if you want to learn more about the performing arts, specifically with a perspective in Los Angeles’ African American community. Watch on Netflix.

7. Sugar Rush Christmas

Cupcakes, confections and tiered cakes all with a Christmas theme? sign me up! This baking competition show is such a joy to watch and the bakers are so talented. Each episode has a theme, so if you’re watching for inspiration or just for entertainment, you are in for a treat. Watch on Netflix.

8. A Bad Moms Christmas

I know this movie is from 2017, but it was my first time watching it. I must put a disclaimer that this film is very inappropriate, but oh so funny. The interactions between the original cast and their on-screen mothers were so hilarious! I mean, Amy’s mother (played by the legendary Christine Baranski) getting mad at her for not being prepared for Christmas a.k.a. “The Big Show.” And Cheryl Hines as the clingy, over-stepping mother and Susan Sarandon as the free-spirited absent mother. This plot was wild and the delivery was so perfectly hilarious. Highly recommend, but be prepared for the raunchiness! Watch on Netflix.

So, what did you think of my list? Are there any Christmas movies or programs you recommend I watch this year?