In just a couple of days you’ll very likely be hanging out with a group of friends or family…celebrating the 4th of July. Which will likely involve being outside and eating some really good food…and maybe an adult beverage or two…and a sparkler thrown in there to round things out. So…to help you make your festive times next weekend, well, more festive…I thought that I’d link you back to a few posts on RYGblog that we consider must-haves for any 4th of July weekend.
DIY American Flag Door Hanger
Alright, to call this first one a “must-have” may be a bit of a stretch, but it really is a fun activity that will help you and your kids focus on the meaning behind Old Glory’s stars and stripes…and anyone who knocks on your door, for that matter. So check out Britt’s post where she shared how to make this really easy patriotic craft…an American Flag Door Hanger made from paint stirrers.
Natural Bug Recipe
We’re in the middle of skeeter season here in Hotlanta…and it seems like if you don’t watch out that you could quite literally get carried away by a swarm of these pesky pests. One way we’ve tried to combat these party poopers is by whipping up our very own batch of natural bug spray…well Britt’s made it and I’ve just used it. It’s a recipe she found when flipping through the book The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder Throughout the Seasons, by Amanda Blake Soule. Fortunately the scent of this bug spray is sweet and soothing…because I’ll warn you, we’ve found that for it to work you’ll need to continue applying it throughout the day. But we’d rather do that than spray a bunch of stanky chemicals all over ourselves, if even just once.
Now if there is one truly must-have on this list, it’s this one. Britt shared a friend’s recipe for a lip-smacking good blueberry pie around this time last year. And I for one am glad that the 4th of July has rolled back around…if only to get a slice of this blueberry pie and a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. It really is just that good! You can find everything you’ll need to know to make some of this sweet fruity goodness yourself by clicking here. You’ll be glad that you did…and your family will thank you!
Odds are your 4th of July festivities will last until after the sun goes down…after all, you can’t really enjoy fireworks or your sparklers until then. Anyway…one way to bring both a little more light and fun to your dining and hang-out spaces this Fourth is to add a few strands of string lights. Although some are sold for about $100/strand, we found ours for about $25 bucks. And although string lights are easy enough to put up and down when the time is right, the ones near our chicken coop are up year-round. We love how they not only help us see what we’re doing down there after sundown, we also think they look pretty cool. Check out this post to see for yourself.
I hope y’all have a great 4th of July…and that these four ideas may just help you make that happen.