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10 Fourth of July Picture Books

The 4th of July is one of my favorite days of the year. For our family, the 4th is all about fireworks, root beer floats, a BBQ, and lots of time spent together. This year, as you wait for the sky to darken, snuggle up with a 4th of July picture book. Make reading as integral to your celebration as sparklers and s’mores!

Here are 10 fantastic 4th of July picture books to get you started. As you prepare to celebrate America’s birthday, select a few of these books and add storytime to your holiday plans.

Children’s Books for the Fourth of July

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Celebrate this Fourth of July with fireworks, flags and the Founding Fathers! From the well-known George Washington and John Adams, to Sybil Ludington’s midnight ride, this collection of books brings history and festivity to kids ages 0-12.

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These are our faves:

Those Rebels, John and Tom

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson didn’t always agree, but this book explores their teamwork in a colorful and creative look at their differences and similarities. Award winners Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham researched the lives of these two great men to deliver an accurate but witty biography to young children.

F is for Flag

This endearing picture book looks at the American flag’s many homes, from school yards, to boats, to neighborhood houses. Easy to follow and easier to love.

Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Ride

Paul Revere wasn’t the only one who made a famous midnight run. Sybil Ludington was only 16 when she answered her nation’s call for heroes, and she and her horse rode for miles to alert her countrymen about the approaching British soldiers. This inspiring look at Sybil’s life reminds us that anyone can change history with a little courage.

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This Land is Your Land

This classic ballad is brought to life in a richly illustrated edition for the the whole family to share. Woody Guthrie’s powerful lyrics and Kathy Jakobsen’s detailed paintings invite readers on a journey across the country, creating an unforgettable portrait of our diverse land and the people who live it.

Your 4th of July Swimsuit Guide for Kids

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Independence Day is around the corner and for many, that means trips to the beach of the pool. There are tons of very cute swim options for girls and boys out nowadays. The variety and style make it super fun and easy to get dressed up in mommy and Me or daddy and me fashion.

This Seersucker swimsuit for $24.99 on an adult though this version by Gymboree only comes in sizes 3 to 6 months to 12.

Equally attractive, is the Striped Rosette Swimsuit for the same price. Both on sale down from about $40 but that price cannot beat the Rope 2-piece swimsuit for $14.99

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And here are other fun swim suits starting at $14.99 by Gymboree’s sister brand Janie and Jack.

Happy Shopping!

Independence Day Facts And Figures (INFOGRAPHIC)

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This year marks the 242nd birthday of America.

The nation was established with the pen strokes of 56 founding fathers on the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Over time, the day has turned into an excuse to watch fireworks, have cook outs and watch parades!

Today, Americans eat a ton of hotdogs: 150 million in total. We spend $1.6 billion on July Fourth beer and wine. And we travel, with a record 44 million of us planning to venture 50+ miles from home this year.

Wow! Here are some more amazing facts and figures put together by our Friends at WalletHub!

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How Celeb Moms spent their 4th of July 2015

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We hope you had a great 4th of July with family, celebrating America’s birthday and members of the armed services and their families who fight and sacrifice to ensure freedom.

We checked in on some of the celeb moms we have followed over the years to see how they were spending the holiday and to chronicle their Independence Day greetings.

Happy 4th

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35 Last-Minute Fourth of July Recipes

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If you’re like me, you are frantically scrambling around in preparation of a 4th of July backyard cookout with the family. 

Six Sisters’ Stuff has a great post full of 35 Fun 4th of July recipes and ideas that you should peep. If anything, they are visual “pin” worthy delights!!

I’m off to the grocery store to pick up last minute ingredients to try to pull some of this off! Enjoy!

SHOP Fourth of July Fashion Sales up to 75% OFF top brands

The Fourth of July is not only known for Independence Day celebrations, backyard cook outs and fireworks, but SALES! 
Sadly, BeBe‘s street wear line, 2BeBe, is going out of business and is shutting its doors down for good tomorrow, July 5th. It is liquidating its merchandise and selling everything for 75% off! And they’re offering FREE shipping on orders over $75! Sweet!
Hurry as there are slim pickings.  Access the store HERE!
Neiman Marcus‘s online discount site Last Call is selling up to 60% off merchandise from the ENTIRE Site!
Find that expensive high end dress for deep discounts today thru July 6! Hurry! 
6pm.com has athletic shoes and apparel for 70% off! 
Macy’s is also having a site-wide sale of up to 20% off select merchandise  with an additional 15% off if you use the promo code: FOURTH or $10 off a purchase of $25 or more with promo code: Fourth25!
And you get  free shipping on orders over $99.
Our partners at Shopstyle by PopSugar have curated a list of some of the hottest sales going on now with discounts as steep as 65% off!
Check it out:

Happy Shopping!
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35 Fun 4th of July Recipes

If you’re like me, you are frantically scrambling around in preparation of a 4th of July backyard cookout with the family. Six Sisters’ Stuff has a great post full of 35 Fun 4th of July recipes and ideas that you should peep. If anything, they are visual “pin” worthy delights!!

I’m off to the grocery store to pick up last minute ingredients to try to pull some of this off! Enjoy!

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Fourth of July: Feeding your Toddler healthy this holiday

Between cookouts, fireworks and barbecues, the 4th of July is a whirlwind holiday filled with activity and food. It’s important to enjoy the festivities, but also to keep toddlers on a fairly normal schedule to avoid the meltdowns caused by sugar crashes and exhaustion. There are ways to keep on napping and eating schedules while out and about to keep the whole family happy. 
Sprout Foods, a line of organic children’s food founded by 15-year Food Network veteran, author and dad to three Tyler Florence, offers these tips help keep children on healthy eating, playing and napping schedules while on a long holiday weekend.
1. Bring an umbrella. An umbrella can give protection from the rain and sun. It can also be a great place to set up a quick nap for your little one. A blanket and some shade will provide the quick slumber necessary to keep them energized throughout the day. 
2. Bring the beach toys. Bring along some water toys, Frisbees and sand castle toys to keep busy. Whether you’re at the beach, the park or the fireworks, toddlers tend to get into trouble if they don’t have something to keep them distracted. Plastic toys can get dirty, wet and messy with easy clean-up. 
3. Prepare your meals ahead of time. While adults can find food at most venues, toddlers are picky and need to stick to healthier options. Spouted pouches of Greek yogurt and Superfruits from Sprout Organic Foods don’t require a cooler and can be re-sealed for easy and mess-free snacks. Throw organic quick snacks and meals like these in a purse or beach bag to keep your toddler happy. 
4. Keep hydrated. Bringing water will help to stay cool and refreshed throughout the hot summer day. Water bottles with filters are a great way to filter water from a drinking fountain while also being eco-friendly. Your toddler will be dehydrated from the sun and activity so drink up. 
5. Bring soft ear plugs. If your toddler is able to stay up for the fireworks at night, remember to bring ear plugs. Their sensitive ears will be protected from the noise while they enjoy the show. 

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