Here’s 10 interesting facts to share with your friends and family on this 4th of July, be safe.
For the Forth of July take it easy, enjoy the parades and fireworks with this simple menu
To quinch your thrist a Strawberry Tea from GoodHouseKeeping.com
This idea from thechirpingmoms.com of simply adding Blue Corn Chips turns regular chips & salsa into a patriotic snack
Start your meal off right with cleaneatingmag.com‘s Mega Berry Antioxidant Salad
Add in some Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Stacks from eatsimpleloveyoga.com
Then bite into these Turkey Kielbasa Sausage Kabobs from enjoylifeitsdelicious.com
Finish it up with an easy dessert from athriftymom.com of Ice Cream Sandwiches with sprinkles
Now relax and enjoy the Fireworks
Decorating with the iconic red and blue bandana’s for the 4th of July gives an instant all American feel. Bandana’s also hold a special place in my heart as they remind me of my son.
Greeting guests with this easy to make bandana wreath from hatterandhareevents.blogspot.com will set the tone
A festive bandana bunting from agirlandagluegun.com
A simple display of bandana napkin’s from Martha Stewart
This bandana covered candle holder from countryliving.com completes the bandana theme on the table
Although this has nothing to do with a bandana, I love this mason jar with a modge podged flag and string from thriftyvintagekitchen.blogspot.com
or you can try this tabelscape with a bandana table runner and utensil holder from All You
A bandana lined basket from sweetsindeed.com/blog hugs freshly baked goods
This retro look from www.totalbeauty.com, tugs at my heart strings
A simply braided bandana bracelet from agirlandagluegun.com is something my daughter would love
A visit to the Dollar Tree is all I need to get busy creating with these simple last minute decorations.
I no longer have dogs or cats. We now have a fish. So, I don’t think I need to prepare him for the 4th of July celebrations. But when I did have dogs and cats, I always felt so bad for them. They have no idea all the noise, flashes of light, and burning smell of pyrotechnics are our way of celebrating.
Pets are terrified, did you know that the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters?
Here are some tips from akc.org, the American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization, offers tips on how to keep your pets safe and calm during this Independence Day.
It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor’s party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.
Dogs can be startled by the loud noise of fireworks. Once the festivities begin, keep your pet in a safe room where he can feel comfortable. If he is crate trained put him in his crate covered with a blanket to make him feel secure.
Block outside sights and sounds by lowering the blinds and turning on the television. Play soothing music in the background to counteract the cacophony during the “rockets’ red glare.
If your pet seems overly anxious, spend some time with your pet, speaking soothingly to help them to relax.
Avoid scraps from the grill. While tempting to our pets, any sudden change to your pets’ diet can cause stomach upset. In addition, some certain foods like onions, avocado, grapes and raisins can be toxic .
Human products can be dangerous to animals . Avoid spraying your pet with insect repellent and only use special sunscreen that is intended for animal use. Keep your pets away from matches and lighter fluid. They can be extremely irritating to the stomach, lungs and central nervous system, if ingested.
Should your dog get scared, escape and run away, help find him with microchip identification. Collars and tags can fall off so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Keep contact information current with your recovery service provider. For more information and to enroll your pet in a 24 hour recovery service visit www.akcreunite.org.