Tag: 4th of July

Stay Safe this 4th of July

As I’ve said before celebrating the 4th of July holds a lot of memories for me. BBQ’s, family time, friends and fireworks. Now, a plea from me to anyone reading this post. Please, please, please, do not turn someone’s memory of 4th of July into the day they last their loved one. You are in control of that: you can designate a driver, take the keys from everyone at the beginning of the party & drink responsibly. I am not saying don’t drink, I’m saying don’t drink and drive. 

FACT: In 2012, almost HALF of all crashes with fatalities during July 4th weekend involved a drunk driver, making it one of the deadliest holidays of the year. In addition to the dangers posed by drunk driving on roadways, the United States Coast Guard reports that alcohol was the leading factor in boating fatalities last year, contributing to 16 percent of boating deaths.

As part of the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown around the Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies across the country will be intensifying their efforts to deter and detect drunk driving. Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. That’s why MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® includes support for high-visibility law enforcement efforts.

So this 4th of July, make the choice to be a designated driver or designate a no-drinking driver.

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– See more at: http://www.madd.org/blog/2014/july/celebrate-the-4th.html#sthash.F1BXhw1N.dpuf

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A Simple Red, White and Blue Menu for the 4th of July

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

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This idea from thechirpingmoms.com of simply adding Blue Corn Chips turns regular chips & salsa into a patriotic snack

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Start your meal off right with cleaneatingmag.com‘s Mega Berry Antioxidant Salad

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Add in some Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella Stacks from eatsimpleloveyoga.com

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Then bite into these Turkey Kielbasa Sausage Kabobs from enjoylifeitsdelicious.com

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Finish it up with an easy dessert from athriftymom.com  of Ice Cream Sandwiches with sprinkles

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Now relax and enjoy the Fireworks

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MADD and Uber team up for the Fourth of July

This post is from MADD.org.blog

MADD and Uber are launching a national partnership for the Fourth of July holiday, one of the deadliest drunk driving holidays.

This Fourth of July, MADD will receive $1 for each rider in any of Uber’s 70 U.S. cities who uses the UberMADD promo code, and MADD will also receive $10 for each new Uber user who signs up and uses the UberMADD promo code on the Fourth of July.

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MADD supports Uber, and other types of car services, as an alternative transportation option for adults who plan to drink alcohol.

Thank you Uber for helping to prevent needless deaths and injuries because of drunk driving.

Help us spread the word on social media about Uber’s support of MADD using #UberMADD!

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See more at MADD.org

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Bandana’s and the 4th of July

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

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 A festive bandana bunting from agirlandagluegun.com

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A simple display of bandana napkin’s from Martha Stewart

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 This bandana covered candle holder from countryliving.com completes the bandana theme on the table

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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

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or you can try this tabelscape with a bandana table runner and utensil holder from All You

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A bandana lined basket from sweetsindeed.com/blog hugs freshly baked goods

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This retro look from www.totalbeauty.com, tugs at my heart strings

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A simply braided bandana bracelet from agirlandagluegun.com is something my daughter would love

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A visit to the Dollar Tree is all I need to get busy creating with these simple last minute decorations.

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Planning your 4th of July Celebration!

Growing up the 4th of July was always a big celebration for our family. It was my Dad’s birthday and the park nearby had a wonderful firework show that we were able to enjoy from our front yard.

My sister’s and I were able to continue that tradition for years with our kids. I’m now looking for new ways to celebrate with my husband and our younger daughters. I have some great memories of celebrating the 4th of July and I hope that I give them the same. With that in mind, I’m looking for ways to step up our 4th of July celebration and thought I’d share my ideas with you.

This week I’ll be posting some yummy recipes, tips,  and things to remember while celebrating the 4th of July.

First off we need Fireworks. Here are some links for Fireworks shows in Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire from Pomona to Temecula and San Diego County.

Here is great list of 4th of July Celebrations in Orange County from kidsguidemagazine.com

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This weekend while visiting family in San Diego, we got a 4th of July warm up. We went to Mission Bay and viewed the firework show from Sea World. It was such a wonderful evening out. I hope some of the events on these lists will help you plan your 4th of July too.

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