Stars and Stripes and Sparkle

A few tips to make the most of the happy summer vibes this holiday weekend and all season long!

A sweet celebration: Use those sweet berries from the farm stand to their best effect in flag-adorned desserts, and don't underestimate the magic that a set of star cookie cutters can create! 

Frozen Fun:  Make a patriotic ice pop -- in an appropriately rocket-shaped mold, with a healthy and delicious recipe; let the kids don some popsicle-inspired (temporary) body art; or kick around a ball that doubles as an ice cream maker and put all that youthful energy towards a reward for everyone!

From Picnic to Pool to PJs: Summery styles in red, white and blue!

Things that sparkle or pop!  Fireworks are pretty awesome, but here are some fun and festive alternatives to bring the excitement down to ground level and light up the occasion! (Plus, if you're worried about loud noises for baby, a pair of effective earmuffs they'll love!)