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memorial day 2021

WHAT TO WEAR OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Memorial Day Weekend will be here before we know it! While this year will certainly be different for most of us — even as Covid restrictions are lifted and more people get vaccinated, life still isn’t back to normal here in New York — it’s still one of my favorite long weekends of the year. Memorial Day weekend really marks the beginning of summer for me.  We’re likely headed to the lake for sailing, hiking, paddle boarding, barbecuing, and relaxing. Even though it’ll just be the four of us (and Dakota!), I’m still excited to get away and to enjoy a change of scenery. I’m already thinking of what I’m going to pack for the weekend, especially since I usually end up packing for everyone so I never like to save it until the last minute. When it comes to Memorial Day outfits, I like to keep my look casual and comfy but I still want to look festive and cute.

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WHAT YOU SHOULD WEAR ON MEMORIAL DAY {MOM + BABY}

The thought of Memorial Day brings to mind images of a sunny, warm day barbecuing outside with friends and family. There’s lots of food involved too {obviously} including cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, and the classic sides of potato salad, cole slaw, and chips galore. BUT, my favorite part of Memorial Day, you ask?!?! That would be getting dressed for the occasion. Duhhh. 

I thought it would be fun to put together a look for MOM and a look for BABY {or toddler!} that could be worn on this upcoming holiday. If you recall, Memorial Day is celebrated to remember those who passed away while serving in the armed forces for our country. Soooo, why not pay some homage to America’s colors on this day too?! Let’s hear it for the red, white, and blue!

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10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. It’s a time to remember the people who sacrificed their lives for their country. Here are some facts to give the holiday some perspective.

1. MEMORIAL DAY BEGAN AS A RESPONSE TO THE CIVIL WAR.

Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which a total of some 620,000 soldiers died. The loss of life and its effect on communities led to several spontaneous commemorations of the dead.

In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, put flowers on the graves of their fallen soldiers from the just-fought Battle of Gettysburg. The next year, a group of women decorated the graves of soldiers buried in a Vicksburg, Mississippi, cemetery.

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ECOFRIDAY: 20 TIPS TO HAVE A “GREEN” MEMORIAL DAY COOKOUT

It’s Memorial Day weekend and many families around the US may be hosting barbecues and cook-outs in celebration of the holiday remembering fallen soldiers of war or military servicemen who have passed away. As you prepare to host an event in your home, consider implementing some of these simple suggestions for having a Green, Eco-Friendly and Environmentally-friendly event.



Plan ahead so you don’t have too much food.

  1. Use natural charcoal or better yet natural gas or propane grill which are more environmentally friendly.
  2. Buy local produce from local farmer’s markets
  3. Buy organic foods.
  4. Consider vegan or vegetarian options which are better for the digestive system.
  5. Use all-natural insect repellant and bug sprays which are better on the skin, especially for small children
  6. Bring home the goods in recyclable or paper, not plastic bags.
  7. Serve food on reusable plates and utensils or biodegradable or recyclable flat and tableware.
  8. Start your fire with a chimney starter instead of lighter fluid.
  9. Cook with pans and items made of recyclable materials
  10. Spread the energy consumed cooking around by having guests bring a dish,
  11. Grill as much as you can, and even cook the foods in the burners on the grill because it saves energy
  12. Cover pans while cooking to reduce cooking time or energy bill if you are cooking on the stove in the kitchen.
  13. Cut up the food into smaller pieces to let them cook faster and save energy.
  14. Consider using a water filter pitcher or a faucet-mounted filter for water instead of bottled water.
  15. Mix up a batch of lemonade or iced tea and serve in a large pitcher or punch bowl to cut down on cans and plastic bottles.
  16. Figure out creative ways to “remix” the leftovers rather than dump them out.
  17. Compost the veggies or grill scraps.
  18. Clean up using non-toxic cleaners and green cleaning products.
  19. Recycle when you’re done!
  20. Even if you can institute a few of these suggestions, you would have done at least something to reduce your carbon footprint and give back to Mother Earth.

Happy Grilling!