A Sparkling Fourth

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With social distancing still in place and government guidelines on preventing the spread of covid19. This Fourth of July may look a little different. Most local and state events are on the fence as to whether or not they will happen. So, how can you enjoy and celebrate your independence this holiday while following guidelines but still making it a memorable Fourth? 

This year has definitely been challenging when it’s time to celebrate something. But, hey. Want to know a secret? We’ve made it this far, so what’s one more holiday of staying safe and healthy? Especially when I can give you some sparkling ideas to make it a fun and enjoyable celebration 

COOKOUT 

How original right? But how can one go wrong with a day filled with food and cooking out on the grill? Hamburgers, Hotdogs, ribs (like these Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Ribs from A Family Feast), brisket (only if smoked by my uncle Chris), baked beans, potato salad and chips and queso (a necessity). Whatever your little palette has a taste for. Cook and eat it so you can get fat and happy. It’s a holiday so don’t you even think about counting carbs or calories that day. 

SPARKLERS & GRAPHIC TEES 

Who doesn’t love a good photoshoot moment? Find you and the family a cute graphic tee, grab some sparklers and capture pictures that will last a lifetime. Check out this graphic that I plan snagging to make my annual 4th post cute, fun, and trendy. For more options on graphic tees check out places like EtsyJametees or even a local boutique and support a small business. 

GAMES 

It’s East Texas so bust out the washer boards (a tutorial on how to create your own washer board from instructables.com), and corn hole, bring out some fun family-friendly card games. Start a friendly water balloon fight and let the kids go at it. Invest in a fun yard sprinkler, lather the kids up in sunscreen, and let them rip and run. The possibilities are endless of things to keep you occupied throughout the day. But the key is finding what suits you and your family best. 

COCKTAILS & MOCKTAILS OH MY 

A day at home should definitely include a good cocktail. Beer and wine are great but get festive and make a yummy cocktail for the adults to enjoy. I plan on making a Red, White, and Blue Bomb cocktail and it is so simple. Grab a box of Bomb popsicles from any grocery store, and a bottle of champagne or prosecco (MMMM a glass of prosecco, one of my faves). All you have to do is pour up a glass of bubbly, throw in your popsicle, and enjoy it. Simple, delicious and you can even make a kid version. Substitute the champagne/prosecco for lemon-lime soda.  

Fourth of July is a day we celebrate our Independence. A day to be thankful for the country we live in. It doesn’t have to be complicated or hectic, just make it a day that is enjoyable to you. Sit back, relax, snap pictures, wear your cute tee, drink your cocktail(s)/mocktail, and enjoy it.  

Just promise me one thing. You won’t worry about the two Cs this holiday. Calories and carbs are not to be counted… I repeat, not to be counted. 

Happy Independence Day, Y’all!