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Fourth of July Fashion Ideas

It is difficult to believe that the Fourth of July is just around the corner! It seems like school just got out last week. Summer is in full swing now, though, and I could not be happier. Like most people around America, my family is now getting ready for the Fourth of July.  Along with food, fireworks, the day calls for some special Fourth of July fashion. We women are fortunate in that regard, because we have so many options. Bonnie gave some beautiful and creative red, white and blue Fourth of July fashion tips before, and I think it is time to provide an update the Fourth of July fashion ideas to help you create a new outfit this year.

For the more subtle look, you can work in red, white and blue into your Fourth of July fashion simply using your existing wardrobe. There is no need to go out and buy clothing with American flags all over it, which you will only wear once a year. Solid colors work wonderfully as do starry tops and striped totes. Add fireworks elements as well for a truly creative look. Above all, keep your look summery and fun.

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If you want your outfit to pay homage to the USA in a more conspicuous manner, just throw on Old Glory in some way. The possibilities with this are endless, so go crazy. And, if you are creative and fashionable enough, you just may create an outfit that you can wear any day of the year.

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Heidi - June 27, 2014 - 7:27 am

I’m in love with that pencil skirt! So cute =D
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DIY Homemade Sunburn Remedies

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It may not officially be summer yet, but it already feels like August here in Los Angeles. We had a steady forecast of 90° days last week. That means a lot more time outside for me, including a trip to the beach. Now, I am tan (still slightly red) and ready for summer. I’m even developing tan lines on my feet from my sandals. Weirddd. Anyways, for those who do not tan quite so easily, though, I understand that this time of year brings a twinge of grief, because you have to prepare for sunburns every time you step outside. So, to help you enjoy the summer a bit more, I have a few handy homemade sunburn remedies to help treat your sunburns.

1.) Take a bath with baking soda

Scoop two tablespoons of baking soda into a cool bath and soak for 15 minutes. Do not exceed this time, because baking soda can dry out your skin.

2.) Repair your skin with an oatmeal bath

As we have mentioned before, oatmeal softens and hydrates your skin and it is ideal for treating a sunburn. Grind up a cup of oatmeal in a blender or coffee grinder and toss it into a warm or cool bath. It will soften and hydrate your skin and prepare the dead skin to be exfoliated.

3.) Sooth your skin with a cool cloth

Ice may be too harsh to apply to your skin, but a cold cloth can be just right to get a soothing effect. Try leaving the wash cloth in the freezer for a few minutes to get the cloth cold, but not icy.

4.) Moisturize with cold lotion

When your skin is burnt, it needs moisture. You can hydrate it with lotion. You can make it more soothing, though if you keep your lotion in the fridge for a few hours or in the freezer for 20 minutes or so.

5.) Relieve pain with potatoes

Raw potatoes are a time-tested pain reliever and natural healer due to the fact that they are antibacterial. Just blend up a potato and apply the puree to your skin. You can wrap the puree around your burnt areas with gauze to make it less messy. Leave on the concoction for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Alternatively, you can also place potato slices on your burnt areas for the same effect.

6.) Ease irritated areas with corn starch

For areas that receive lots of friction with clothing, such as where your pants button or your bra straps fall, cover these areas with cornstarch. Jelly substances will add to the friction and exacerbate the pain, but cornstarch will help make the clothing glide.

7.) Use witch hazel to reduce sting

As an anti-inflammatory, witch hazel can reduce stinging pain of sunburns. Just apply it with a wash cloth, tissue or cotton ball and let it dry.

8.) Apply yogurt to speed healing

This is a popular remedy and for good reason. The coldness will soothe your skin while the yogurt restored your skin’s natural pH level.

9.) Add vinegar to your bath as an astringent

A cup of white or apple cider vinegar can be added to your bath as an astringent, which will soothe the burn and speed healing.

10.) Drink water to hydrate your skin

It is important to stay hydrated while recovering from a sunburn. So, drink up to give your body what it needs to repair itself. Water will also cut down any dizziness you may experience from being too long in the sun.

11.) Eat melon to stay hydrated

If you get tired of drinking water, eat some summery melon instead. Watermelon, honeydew melon or cantaloupe will do. Along with hydration, they will provide nutrition as well.

12.) Drain the blisters

You may think that you should let the blisters be, but large ones may actually toxic and should not be left to sit. Wash your hands before you do anything else. Sterilize a needle and then poke a tiny hole into the blister and allow it to drain. You can do this up to twice in the first 24 hours to speed up the healing. After that, the toxicity has dropped and therefore you can allow the blisters to heal on their own. Cover the blister with a bandaid or gauze until it heals.

13.) Soothe and repair your skin with aloe vera ice cubes

We have mentioned this cool little tip before. Pair the comfort of cold with the relieving and repairing attributes of aloe vera for possibly the most immediate sunburn treatment.

14.) Use tea to decrease swelling

This is a popular method. Just apply plain black tea with a wash cloth, tissue or cotton ball to the infected area. You can also place tea bags on your eyelids or beneath them to reduce swelling due to sun exposure.

15.) Relieve and repair skin with cucumber

Cucumbers are chock full of vitamins including vitamin E, which is essential for repairing damaged skin.

16.) Avoid soap

Soap strips your skin of vital nutrients and moisture, so skip the soapbar while your skin is recovering from a sun burn.

If you know of any other homemade sunburn remedies, let us know below!


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My Favorite CS Lewis Quotes

I like CS Lewis’s work as an author, but I like him even more as an intellectual and man. Personally, I find the stories of his good friend, JRR Tolkien to be much more entertaining to read. The timeless wisdom he has passed on to mankind through his personal deliberations, though, has given inspiration and food for thought for many people, including myself. I personally find comfort in many of his axioms for which he is well known. To pay small homage to this amazing man, I have chosen a few of his quotes that I love the most to share with you. Hope you enjoy! If you have any other CS Lewis quotes that you love that are not included here, please let me know below!

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Writerknowsbest - April 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Hi! I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blog Award.

60+ Creative Marriage Proposal Ideas I Love

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Also check out our save the date photo ideassave the date card ideas and winter save the date ideas!

Every girl obviously dreams of her wedding day and plans it out at least a little bit in her head. Equally, though, she thinks about her proposal. Being asked to be married is nearly as important as the day you get married. Most women have an idea of how they would they would like to be proposed to, but the vast majority of women would also like to be surprised. This can be quite the daunting task for a man. A heartfelt and sincere proposal is always best. But, if you would like to add in some flair along with it though, here are some creative marriage proposal ideas you can try.

If she loves books, incorporate the text within it:

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Highlight 1 Corinthians, chapt 13

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Or, create a pathway of books with her favorite quotes, story lines and Bible verses

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You can also work in your pets:

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You can incorporate her job in order to propose to her at work:

Rearrange the keys on her keyboard

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With either post it notes or a really cool periodic table of elements

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To truly surprise her, you can mix the proposal into her everyday life.

If she does the crossword everyday, ask the newspaper for some help.

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Or, take advantage of her love of ice cream and bring her home a pint after work.

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If she is like Lindsey, she cannot live without coffee. And, that addiction makes for a lovely surprise.

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Or, surprise her by being a gentleman and laying the napkin on her lap.

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Instead of hiding the ring in a meal, you can surprise her with those four simple words after the meal.

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Have her pick up the bill for lunch.

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You can slip a special penny in her purse and ask her for some change.

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Get some help from her co-workers and surprise her with a unique view from her office window.

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Or, rearrange the refrigerator letter magnets to spell out “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”

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Or, you can give her an unexpected proposal in the bathroom!

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If you are movie-goers, dedicate the movie theater marquee to her.

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If you or her {or both of you} are nerdy, embrace it and consider one of these geeky marriage proposal ideas.

Legos can work for certain girls.

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If she likes Mario, the yellow question box will be unmistakable and loved.

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If she REALLY likes Mario {as in, still plays it} you can use Lunar Magic and edit Super Mario World to edit in a secret message into a level.

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You can also set up a digital experience including landing page and music with a QR code, which can be scanned from a card, poster or otherwise.

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You can be like Jim and make a website like he did for his fiance Julie – JulieWillYouMarry.Me.

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You can use an infographic for a statistical proposal

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Imagine this surprise but with “Will You Marry Me?” as the contact name and kneeling boyfriend as the contact photo.

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Trekkies will appreciate this!

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If she is more of a word nerd, surprise her during a game of Scrabble.

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If she is into puzzles, she may love this.

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You can also use nature to convey one of these marriage proposal ideas:

If you have sand nearby, use it as a canvas.

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If you are a farmer, put your land to work.

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You can carve a sentimental message that will be there for years to come.

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You can always incorporate the season in your marriage proposal ideas, especially during her favorite season.

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I personally believe that if it is possible to do it in front of a crowd, then you should highly consider it.

Whether it be at graduation….

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Or at a concert after tweeting the band asking for the occasion….

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Or in a parade.

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You can also get friends involved and give a surprise at the beach.

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And, just FYI, girls love balloons!

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Balloons with photos of memories tied to the bottom is sentimental and thoughtful. Then, let her pop all the balloons to find the ring. You can fill the rest of the balloons with sweets, glitter or flowers.

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Or, you can choose something else that speaks to you. But, always bear in mind that a surprise is always best.

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Scavenger hunts are the ultimate surprise and many ladies love them. The more thoughtful, the better.

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Jokes work on some girls :)

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This conversation would be great in person.

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Regardless of how you propose, be sure to capture it on camera or film.

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You can also propose in a photo booth in order to capture the moment on film.

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With the proposal captured through photos or film, you can then surprise her and the rest of your wedding guests with a film or slideshow replaying the day you asked her to marry on on the day you marry her.
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And, then, you can be proud of a job well done!

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Once you have the marriage proposal nailed, you can move on save the date ideas. You may want seasonal and card save the date ideas, too. If you have any marriage proposal ideas that we did not mention, let us know below!

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Elie Pitts - August 20, 2014 - 2:43 pm

Thanks for using one of our proposals on this list! It really was such a beautiful and personal proposal :)
The Yes Girls Events, a team of 5 girls across the country that work with men from around the world to create the perfect, personalized marriage proposal! We have done everything from an intimate candle-filled proposal at home, to renting out the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, to a flash mob at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, to a romantic picnic under the Eiffel Tower. We have planned over 350 proposals, each one completely customized to the couple’s relationship and we have NEVER repeated an event or idea. Our goal is take all the stress from our client so that when it comes down to it, he can relax and really be present in the moment that will change his life; all he has to do is show up the day of with the ring!

Irish Kiss Brownie Thumbprint Cookies

This St. Patrick’s Day I wanted something a little Irish… no.. you dont say… :) Yes, I do say! I wanted something with a little Irish Cream and a hint of mint.  What goes better with mint than chocolate? Uh Nothing.. Duh.

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So I found this really cool recipe that uses Irish Cream and I made a few of these cookies today. Its pretty delish and thanks to Frugal Foodie Mama they are going to be a hit!  Here’s what you’ll need to make them yourself:

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I chose to use this Brady’s Irish Cream because it had chocolate and mint. Bailey’s is, of course, amazing but I wanted that extra zing to my cookies that the recipe does not call for. But use the Irish Cream of your liking. Just add a dash of mint extract if you use a regular Irish Cream for your minty pep! I also used Almond Milk because Moviestar and I don’t drink regular milk anymore. But again, use what you like!

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Mmmmm…. Chocolate kisses and Vanilla Melts….. I couldn’t stop eating them. Try to control yourself.

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Once they are done, thy should look something like this! Thank you Frugal Foodie Mama for this yummy St. Patty’s Day recipe! They are going to be soooo good after our Corned Beef and Cabage tonight. Yum!

*For the full recipe click on the Frugal Foodie Mama links above.


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