A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

Happy Independence Day!
Fireworks will be lighting up our skies tonight! 
It calls for the red, white and blue...
It is Independence Day! 
from highheeledtraveler.com
For this week's A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That will be geared towards the 4th of July.

1. Refinery29 has a list of the hottest 4th of July spots for this year's midweek holiday in NYC. It calls for a Staycation, unless, of course, you've taken the two days off on either side of it. Fireworks is always a big thing and many riverside towns are buzzing with check-ins about the sparkles. Glens Fall and Hudson boasts great displays on the water and I'm sure they'll go even bigger than they did last year. 

2. From Because I'm Addicted- a drink to toast America's birthday. It is refreshing and festive and it is called: Red, White and Vodka!
from becauseimaddicted.com

You will need:
1 lb fresh strawberries
1/2 lb fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh lime juice
3/4-1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups vodka (optional)
2 to 3 cups chilled sparkling water
1. Blend strawberries and raspberries in a blender until liquid-y.

2. Pour through a sieve into a pitcher, press and discard solids.

3. Add lime juice and sugar to pitcher, stir.

4. Over ice, pour 1-2 (or to taste) shots of vodka, add 1/2 cup of strawberry/raspberry mixture and top with sparkling water. Garnish with raspberries and strawberries.


*makes 6-8 cocktails
*also great without vodka
*suggestion: make ice cubes and/or popsicles with extra strawberry/raspberry mixture

3. If you're into photography, here's a link on how to take top-notch firework photos! If you have a point and shoot- basically, find a steady place to rest your camera, no flash, and find the setting for fireworks. Voila! Now, for people using dSLRs- same thing, find something to steady your camera, lens work in your favor, especially wide angle lens, shoot in manual with a low ISO setting. And, lastly, don't be afraid to experiment!!!
from apartmenttheraphy.com
4. Let's do some nail fun! I'm sure many of you ladies out there will be rocking this out today!
from dailysomething.com
5. Born in the U.S.A! This is the list of all furniture that is made in gold ol' America. Furniture from American Leather, Modernica, Stickley. Decor from Eastern Accents, Cuddledown, etc. Check it out!

And, for those of you, who don't know... I'm also celebrating my birthday, today! :) 

Until, next time... Happy birthday, America!!!


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