How to Take Great Sparkler Pictures with Your Phone

Sparkler pictures - writing with light
Photo: Amber Dickson

Sparklers pictures are a fun and festive part of any 4th of July gathering.  Find out how you can document the day by taking long exposure photographs on your smartphone.  Your Instagram feed is going to shine!           

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Sparklers in hands
Photo: Amber Dickson

Safety First When Creating Sparkler Pictures

The most important step is insuring your safety and that of the people around you.  Always make sure any children are closely supervised.  Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be handled carefully.  Continue Reading

It’s the Best Time to Buy Furniture, and You’ll Love These Sales

It's the Best Time to Buy Furniture, and You'll Love these Sales
Photo: West Elm

I recently learned something new and couldn't wait to share…this time of year is the BEST time to buy furniture. While January can also be a good time to buy furniture, July is actually the ideal month to buy, and because 4th of July sales promote major savings, you'll get the best deals shopping for furniture this week. It's the middle of the year, and stores are making room for new inventory, which is great news for buyers! Continue Reading

DIY 4th of July Popsicles, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

Recipe: 4th of July popsicles!

Here’s a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you’re holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That’s because they’re ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle. We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. Continue Reading

Celebrate the 4th of July with this Patriotic Ribbon Photo Backdrop

4th of July! Patriotic Ribbon Photo Backdrop

4th of July is my favorite holiday, and it's the perfect time of year to host a party with friends, whether you're indoors or outdoors. What does every party need? A photo backdrop! Make a simple patriotic ribbon photo backdrop that looks like an American flag to celebrate the 4th of July and take memorable photos! 

 

4th of July! Patriotic Ribbon Photo Backdrop

Using red, white and blue thick ribbon in various patterns, you can create a very unique backdrop for photos that resembles an American flag with a homemade vintage, rustic feel. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Patriotic Snack Ideas Perfect For 4th of July

4th of July snacks

We’re nearing everyone’s favorite summer celebration in just over a week! What are you bringing to that 4th of July brunch or barbecue? I’ve rounded up 10 of the prettiest and most patriotic snacks that look as cool as they do delicious! Check them out! 

 

 

1. They call it “Independence Punch” and it’s the coolest thing ever. via Big Bear’s Wife

 

2. No patriotic party would be complete without these lovely firework cookies! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Bubble Wrap Printed Tablecloth

Spruce up your Fourth of July spread with this subtly festive DIY tablecloth! It’s a cinch to make and fun, too!      

The playful pattern of this outdoor tablecloth comes from an unexpected source: bubble wrap! You only need a few simple supplies, including some craft paint in your color of choice and a plain tablecloth. Once you have everything you need, check out the full tutorial on Design Mom! Continue Reading