Tag: Fourth of July

Great fireworks photo tips to help make those shots Instagram-worthy

If you’re heading out to catch some fireworks on July 4, or any time this summer, check out Cool Mom Tech where we’ve got 10 photo tips for shooting fireworks, to keep you from coming home with a bunch of blurry blips in your camera roll. Whether you’re shooting with a DSLR, a point-and-shoot, or your trusty iPhone, find some smart pro advice as well as links to plenty of helpful fireworks photography posts on our favorite photo and tech blogs. And hey, if you shoot and share something amazing in the sky, tag us on Instagram @coolmompicks! That is,...

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What does being American mean to you? We love these artists’ answers.

In honor of the Fourth of July (happy 241, America!)  I’m grateful to our friends at Tattly Tattoos who put together this lovely photographic series, in which they asked all different makers, creators, and entrepreneurs to describe what it means to them to be American. While yes, it’s a promotion for Tattly tattoos, it’s just so interesting to read so many different answers to the question. The artists touch on topics from opportunity, to diversity, compassion, pride in your heritage, hard work, and the continued quest for equality. Related: The patriotic t-shirt that reminds us what makes America wonderful Robert Moy of...

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21 fun ideas for 4th of July activities for families to make your Independence Day a blast

On Tuesday, July 4th, we celebrate America’s birthday. And ain’t no party like a 4th of July party because a 4th of July party don’t stop! That is, if you make sure to have plenty of food, festive cocktails, and plenty of fun. Don’t worry, we’ve got you families covered. Here, I’ve put together dozens of fun 4th of July activities for families that will make America’s 241st birthday one to remember. Related: The hip, historical t-shirts for kids we’re obsessed with right now 1. Keep the kids busy in the morning with loads of fun 4th of July crafts,...

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12 fun, creative 4th of July crafts for older kids who have outgrown fingerpainting.

We’ve seen so many 4th of July crafts over the years, and admittedly, my own bag of craft tricks for the kids can use some freshening up. So I’ve scoured the web and tracked down some really creative (and relatively easy) 4th of July crafts for kids who have outgrown the kinds of things they did in preschool. In fact, they probably haven’t made most of these before, making them that much more exciting. Whichever you pick, you really can’t go wrong. From string art, to wind chimes to creative jewelry making, one thing I can guarantee is that...

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Fun July 4th party must-haves because hey, you only turn 241 once.

Do you like July 4th parties? I like July 4th parties. I mean, what’s not to like? Sparklers, hot dogs, watermelon, friends — and I don’t have to wrap any gifts! If you’re planning on hosting a shindig — or just bringing something to a July 4th potluck — I’ve found these fun July 4th party supplies to help amp up the festivity quotient. Besides wearing top-to-bottom red, white and blue. And why not? It’s the one day a year you can do it without looking like a campaign convention delegate.   Printable July 4th Party Paper Stars –...

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How to wear stars this summer. Stripes, optional.

If you’ve ever bought that awesome American flag t-shirt for July 4th only to feel like it’s kind of passé on July 5th, I just found the perfect fashion solution in these totally fab new star-adorned Lily flip-flops from TKEES spotted at ShopBop. They come in three different colors, black, blush, and post-Memorial Day white, and they even make the star sandals in kids’ sizes. I love them! Like, mad love. (Though those aren’t my own legs shown here; I haven’t bought them yet, and my pedicure is not nearly as fresh.) Related: Hot trend alert: Rose sneakers are this...

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Star-spangled slime: The perfect 4th of July DIY for kids.

My kids are way into slime — and by “way into,” if you’re a parent, I’m pretty sure you know exactly what I mean. So of course I wanted to create a 4th of July slime recipe that would appease them. We’ve tried almost every safe, Borax-free slime recipes we’ve come across, from shaving cream and saline solution to chia seeds and corn starch, before we figured out what works best for us. Related: Creative Fourth of July crafts and activities for kids (no sparklers in sight)     How to make your own DIY Fourth of July slime: I...

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26 fun 4th of July ideas to make the day a fantastic one.

Happy 4th of July everyone! Oh America, you look pretty great for 240. Here’s our advice for making the most out of the holiday: (Top image: popsicle stick American Flag craft via A Pumpkin and a Princess) 1. Be safe out there. 2. Fire up the grill. 3. Make the best BBQ sauce ever. 4. Eat all the foods. 5. Make one of these 30 red white and blue recipes. 6. Distract the kids with a fun fireworks app while you eat all the foods. Chocolate dipped red white and blue ice cream cones | Cool Mom Eats 7. Get the kids in cool American flag clothes that...

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11 truly wonderful 4th of July crafts and activities for kids (and hey, maybe you too)

Since I’ve had kids, the 4th of July has become one of my favorite holidays. I like to keep it really simple with 4th of July crafts, lots of great summer food and treats to eat, maybe letting the kids run around while the grownups hang out at the pool or in the backyard. And of course, watching the fireworks when it gets dark. Since a few, fun patriotic activities can make the day even a little more special, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite 4th of July crafts and activities that you and the kids can make ahead of time to share with guests. Or, set out supplies...

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Web coolness: 4th of July fun, the funniest podcasts, the celebrity comeback we’re ready for

Here are some of the links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   How adorable are these chocolate dipped ice cream cones for the 4th of July! More easy red white and blue recipes for an Independence Day celebration. 6 fun 4th of July crafts for kids that are safer than sparklers. What you should know before you see Finding Dory. What you hope you don’t see before you see Finding Dory. Amazing campfire recipes that actually make us want to go camping. Thanks for HuffPost for including Spawned among 15 funny podcasts for parents...

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5 creative American flag t-shirts for kids that look perfect all year long.

In honor of Flag Day today, which commemorates the adoption of the American Flag, I rounded up some of my favorite interpretations  of American flag t-shirts for kids. I know that when I was a kid, I absolutely adored my denim vest printed with the stars and stripes, which I proudly wore on every occasion with even a hint of national significance or appreciation. So I imagine plenty of kids today feel that way too. What I love most about these t-shirts is that rather than just celebrating the American flag itself, they’re reminding us that it’s a symbol of all the things that make America special: Peace, love, acceptance, diversity. And since this...

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A patriotic T-shirt that reminds us of what makes America wonderful.

Though I’ve heard a lot of people joke that they’ll be shipping themselves over the Canadian border if this year’s presidential election doesn’t go the way they hope, I know that for the vast majority of us, there’s no place like home. Especially the home we’ve created for our kids; you know, the one that promotes the best qualities our country was built upon like freedom, acceptance, and diversity. So if you too want your kids and others to remember why we think America is already great, thankyouverymuch, here’s a wonderfully patriotic T-shirt from Seattle’s Free to be Kids. Their ethically...

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Ways to have the best 4th of July. Happy 239th birthday America!

Happy 4th of July everyone! Wow, there’s so much to celebrate right now. Our advice for the day:   Be safe out there. Fire up the grill. Make the best BBQ sauce ever. Eat all the foods. Distract the kids with a fun fireworks app while you eat all the foods.   4th of July Blueberry Pie | CosmoCookie     Wear stars and stripes. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair to the parade. Wave back to the firefighters a little more than everyone else. Make your own sparklers. Make your own last minute crafts with these free printables. Do fun...

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Enjoy safer sparklers with 6 fun Fourth of July crafts for kids

We expect to hear plenty of  ooh’s and ahh’s to accompany all the bright and sparkly things we’ll see on the Fourth of July, but I hope to eliminate any ow’s with these safera alternatives to sparklers that they can enjoy on Independence Day. Or heck, all summer long. I hope these 6 fun Fourth of July crafts for kids help create a safer holiday for all. Related: Free printable Fourth of July temporary tattoos   Pipe Cleaner Sparkler Craft for Fourth of July (tutorial, Kix Cereal) Metallic pipe cleaners make great faux sparklers, especially in red, white, and blue colors. Follow the easy Pipe Cleaner Sparklers tutorial at...

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Web coolness: 4th of July everything, big LEGO news (ha), fun summer ideas for kids and more.

Here are some of our favorite thing from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   The ultimate 4th of July recipe guide. Get cooking! The largest LEGO American flag ever built by master builder Chris Steinenger. Whoa. (photo Steve Ruark/AP) PS We love that LEGO is spending millions to be more eco-friendly. (via @Blurb) A fun new fireworks app for kids. Even if they’re scared of the real thing. Pool safety tips for kids. Important stuff if you hit the pool this weekend. 10 simple ways to create summer fun for kids. Can our kids put the gadgets away for...

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Free Fourth of July temporary tattoos! Because you may not want those stars and stripes forever.

Before you go to the Fourth of July parade, fire up the grill, or lay out the blanket to watch the fireworks fall from the sky, I like the idea of getting inked up with some beautifully designed DIY Fourth of July tattoos. Just like fireworks, these tattoos are temporary, but sure look pretty while they’re around. Created by crafter, creator, and talented handwriting illustrator Alexis of Persia Lou, her Watercolor Fourth of July Tattoos are so nicely designed, I want to wear them just as much as the children do.   Related: 9 fun, easy, no-bake 4th of July party treats...

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Web Coolness: Where to watch the fireworks, the PSA everyone is talking about, and a very unorthodox way to unplug with the family.

Here are our favorite links we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   If your Fourth of July plans get rained out or you just need to get babies in bed, here’s where to watch the fireworks in NYC–or Boston, Chicago, or DC right from home. Too funny: What if Independence Day never happened? [via designmom] We chatted with the Washington Post about some fun, inexpensive or free things to do with kids this summer that they’ll actually love. Yum: Delicious Red, White & Blue treats that we think will be good long past the 4th. The perfect cocktail napkins for summer entertaining...

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Have a more festive Fourth of July with these free printables and easy last-minute crafts

Though I’m watching my Fourth of July plans wash away thanks to a mean storm working its way up the east coast, I’m hoping that many of you will be able to enjoy making these fun and easy red, white, and blue Fourth of July crafts for Friday’s holiday, even if it’s last minute We will be joining you–despite the likelihood that we may be celebrating the Fourth of July on the sixth this year. Hey, there are worse things than getting to celebrate a holiday all weekend long, right? At top, this easy, rustic DIY Printable Fourth of July banner from Bubby...

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July 4th party ideas: Easy red, white and blue recipes

I’m okay with the fact that most holidays involve a lot of cooking, but a party on the 4th of July should be easy and laid-back, summer style. Put out some sparklers, throw food on the grill, make lemonade—and maybe a pitcher of one of these skinny summer cocktails—and throw together one of these festive red, white and blue recipes. Then sit back and watch the fireworks–and I don’t mean the explosions coming from your kids.   Since I’ve already mentioned cocktails, why not start by serving up just one more. These Red, White, and Blue(berry) Margaritas  from Gimme Some Oven look gorgeous and sound delicious....

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Cool 4th of July craft for kids: The ribbon wand takes the fire out of fireworks

My little guy isn’t old enough to be interested in fireworks yet–and I kind of hope he never is–but that doesn’t mean he can’t get into the 4th of July with some cool crafts for kids. For safety’s sake (and of course just for something fun to make with him) I came up with these fun red, white, and blue ribbon wands. I hope you like them as much as he does!   This firework alternative only requires four materials and is easy enough that kids of all ages can help put them together and shake them around instead of sparklers.  ...

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