The 4th of July is the best holiday

I Am Proud To Say That The 4th Of July Is My Favorite Holiday

Who doesn't love being surrounded by friends and family who all love this holiday as much as you do?

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The 4th of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays of the year. Not only is it 5 days away from my birthday and during the summer when it's usually guaranteed to be great weather, but it's also a day to celebrate America and be grateful for everything that I often take for granted. And what better way to celebrate than with friends and family?

As a child, on the 4th of July, I loved going to the parade in the center of town with my family dressed up in my white t-shirt which I wore every year on this day specifically. It had a huge American flag on the front. I would always wear this shirt with my jean shorts. I'd have tons of beaded necklaces around my neck and an American flag in my hand. Since I'm a redhead I was truly red, white, and blue from top to bottom (red hair, white shirt, blue shorts). Get it?!?!

Oh, and don't forget about loads of sunscreen. This was always the day when I'd get absolutely fried from sitting in the sun all day. So you bet I was white as a ghost covered in sunscreen. But hey, I didn't care, because I was celebrating my favorite holiday.

It has long been a family tradition of mine to not only celebrate the 4th of July but also the 3rd of July. Ever since I can remember, every year, my family spends the 3rd of July at my grandparents' summerhouse in Plymouth, Massachusetts. We invite family and friends down for an all-day pool party and cookout. We hang out, have a good time, go to the beach, and enjoy this day that marks our independence as a country. My dad's best friend makes the best steak tips I've ever had with a secret marinade recipe. There are burgers grilling, salad tossing, and laughter in the air.

Once the sun goes down, there are celebrations on the beach with bonfires and fireworks. This is the only time of the year when I get to see fireworks, and I look forward to them every year. It's also the only time when fireworks are somewhat legal as they are enjoyed all over the United States during this special time.

This year is the second time in 21 years where I won't be celebrating the 3rd or 4th of July with my family and partaking in our ongoing tradition. This time around I am in London for the 4th of July, which is interesting, since it's not a holiday celebrated in the UK. As a proud American, I raise my glass to America today. We will be reunited soon!

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15 Thoughts Every Girl Has In A Tanning Bed

"Haha, imagine if I got stuck."
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If you have ever been in a tanning bed, you know it is easily the most boring 10 minutes of your life, and some beds are even longer than that! Unless you have a really good playlist of songs or you can take a quick nap, you usually just lay there, staring at the lights while the bed whirs and colors your skin. Here's just a few thoughts every girl has while in a tanning bed:

1) I hope I put enough lotion on... maybe I should get out and put on more...

No matter how much you think you used, you should always use more. Somehow it's better and you get more tan.

2) Maybe if I keep the fan on I'll sweat more and burn more calories….Okay nope can't do it with the fan on.

It gets way too hot in these beds to have that fan off, no matter how many calories you could burn.

3) Maybe if I put the towel under my head, I can make a little pillow!

And when there are no towels? Well, that is just a disaster and you have to make do with your hair or shirt.

4) Haha, imagine if I got stuck.

Whenever this thought crosses my mind, I have to lift the bed a little bit to make sure it'll still open and will let me out.

5) Do you think I'm tan yet?

No, 10 minutes is not enough time to become a new shade.

6) Do you think they cleaned this bed? They have to, right?

Although it is on their list of things they have to do, you always wipe it down right before you get in anyway. Just to be sure...

7) Let me put this in my Snapchat story! Cute little emoji... perfect!

Every girl has done this picture at least once.

8) Do you think they can hear me singing? Oh well...

The employees will be getting their own personal rock show today!

9) Is it illegal to tan twice in one day?

Yes, yes it is,...though it doesn't stop you from thinking you can get away with it though.

10) If I don't move, I can't get weird tan lines.

I speak from experience that this is not a true fact though it doesn't stop me from testing it out.

11) I hope my goggles don't give me a raccoon tan.

One can only pray...

12) I've only been in here for five minutes, are you serious?

Beauty and perfection take time!

13) $80 lotion are they serious? Oh my gosh, it smells like pina coladas! Okay, yes, I'm buying a bottle.

Lotions are ridiculously overpriced, but that will not stop you from having the nicest smelling one, like Snooki's brand... because of Snooki.

14) Am I even getting tan? Is this doing anything?

Despite popular belief, it is doing something.

15) Ugh, finally I'm done. And I burnt my butt….

Always. Never fails.



A special thanks to my friend Liza who helped me think of these!

Cover Image Credit: usatoday.com

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31 Thoughts That Haunt Halloween-Lovers All Year Round When It's NOT October

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April is here and that means we are officially six months away from the best month of the whole year: October. It's not just the best because I was born in that month, but because it holds the best holiday of all time: Halloween. For those of us who love Halloween, the months leading up to October drag on. Here are 31 things Halloween lovers are thinking right about now.

1. Six more months until October

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2. Is it too early to start decorating?

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The answer is no. Especially if you never took the decorations down in the first place.

3. Yes, I'm adding my Halloween playlist into my music rotation

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Spooky music = spooky vibes

4. Why does everyone hate Halloween?

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Clearly its the best holiday every

5. Who wants to have a Halloween movie marathon?

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6. 3 a.m. is the witching hour

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7. There should be two Halloweens

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One isn't enough

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Yes the answer is yes.

9. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice

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Yeah it was.

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18. He's JACK the pumpkin king

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KING OF THE PUMPKIN PATCH

19. Trying to stay calm when when October is 6-months away

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20. Ghosts are SO real 

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I say while watching paranormal shows for the 100th time

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22. On Wednesday, we wear black

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23. Lets get spooky

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24. Mess with me and I'll put a spell on you

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25. Where's my broomstick?

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26. That's a bunch of Hocus Pocus

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When people say Christmas is better than Halloween.

27. Raise your hand if you ever felt victimized by people who start Christmas before Halloween

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We all know that one person.

28. The Halloween movie series is classic

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