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11 Tips for Traveling Like a Pro

Got a serious case of wanderlust? Before you book that plane ticket, we recommend reading Kat Neunaber’s travel advice from Waiting on Martha. It’s a year’s worth of research condensed into 11 must-know tips, where you can find out how to pack the ultimate carry on, discover the best travel websites and apps and more. Check it out in the slideshow below!

11 Tips for Traveling Like a Pro
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For the full post and more inspiration, check out Waiting on Martha!

For more travel inspiration, check out:

10 Best Beach Reads | How to Pack for a Week in a Carry On | Essential Travel Beauty Tips

The Ultimate 4th of July Playlist

Whether you’ve got plans to hit the beach or host BBQ in the backyard, the 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends & family. Nothing gets a party started quite like an epic playlist of #American hits, which is why we decided to create one for you! Check out our Spotify playlist below for the ultimate 4th of July playlist.

The Ultimate 4th of July Playlist

Weekend Menu: All-American Cocktails + Treats

Whether you’re out of town for the 4th of July festivities, or staying home for a little holiday staycation, it is officially time to kick off this Independence Day weekend, and we have the perfect weekend menu to  help you get started. Take a peek below at some of our favorite all-American cocktails, paired with some classic eats and sweets, for good measure.

All-American Cocktails

If you’re imbibing this weekend, you have absolutely no excuse not to have something frosty and patriotically-hued in your hands at all times. Our top pick for some patriotic boozing? This all-too-delicious Summer Sea Breeze Cocktail. Yum!

Other red, white and blue cocktails to try:

Red Berry Sangria

White Dragonfruit Margarita

Blueberry Mint Sangria

All-American Eats

While sipping on something pretty and patriotic, may we recommend indulging in an all-American classic like a delicious, summer-in-a-buttered-bun, Connecticut-style lobster roll? Prefer yours with mayo, a la Maine? Yup, we’ve got that recipe right here, too.

Other true blue American eats to try:

Fully Loaded Smashed Potato Skins

Salted Beer Football Pretzels

Mini Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

All-American Sweets

C’mon, seriously, what’s more all-American than some pie? These adorable heart-shaped strawberry hand pies are made in single-serving that’s perfect for standing room only backyard BBQs.

Other true blue American eats to try:

Easiest Ice Cream Sandwiches Ever

S’Mores Push Pops

Classic Apple Pie With A Twist

Recipe Styling: Cocktail and Lobster Rolls: Abby Capalbo Styling | Hand Pies: Waiting on Martha

Independence Day Beach Party

Heading to the beach for a mega 4th of July party? This toes-in-the-sand inspiration crafted by Virtuous Events and Two Birds Photography brings the essence of a bohemian picnic and a traditional independence day bbq together for one very cool seaside party. From a scrumptious family style meal to a cozy bonfire and a front-row seat to fireworks, it has all the fixin’s for a 4th of July done so, so right.

For Jake and Jennifer Moreland of Two Birds Photography, working with this dream-team of vendors for this Independence Day Boho Beach Shoot, was nothing short of perfection! What could be more amazing than summer fun, delicious food and sunsets on Lake Michigan?

Tasha Raylene, the incredible stylist for this shoot, was inspired to create a simple Independence Day dinner setting that anyone could achieve! For the table, she utilized a wood pallet that was picked up from a local warehouse. Since we were eating on the beach, a few cushions from some old club chairs that were stored away, which happened to be in the color scheme we were going for. Cushions were paired with comfy pillows and warm throw blankets, which came in handy once the sun began to set.

At this party, the food spoke for itself! Once the menu was designed, it was easy to tie in neutral tones and natural accents for dinnerware and glassware. For guest napkins, kitchen towels with a cute fringe edge were used, and an oversized copper paperclip as a napkin ring. Mixed and matched burnt orange glass charger plates with different textures, patterns and sizes of salad, appetizer and bread plates created a casual and comfortable tablescape. Some of our party guests drank wine or cocktails; others preferred beer. They brought their drink of choice to the dinner table and kept the place settings simple.

Chef Nicole Bissonnette, owner of Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill in Beverly Shores, prepared an amazing menu of brightly colored summer salads and spreads, oysters on the half shell, steamed mussels in a rich garlic and white wine broth, along with grill marked farm fresh vegetables, crusty artisan breads and wood-fired pizzas. 

As the evening progressed, we strolled the lakefront, cuddled up by a roaring fire and capped off the night by watching a dazzling firework display. Let freedom ring!

Photography: Jake and Jennifer Moreland of Two Birds Photography | Styling: Tasha Raylene, Virtuous Events | Food: Chef Nicole Bissonnette, Bartlett's Gourmet Grill and Tavern | Makeup: FOXY by Alex Garcia | Hair: Erica Berger, Center of Attention | Clothing and Accessories: Chelle's | Clothing and Accessories: Indie Indie Bang Bang | Original print publication : Inspired Living Magazine

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Red, White & Blue Treats for a Sweet 4th of July

Holidays are always an appropriate time for a little indulgence – especially if the indulgences in question are both holiday-hued and as all-American as the 4th of July- and Americana-themed sweet treats in the slideshow below. Don’t believe me? Take a peek and try to resist these desserts‘ sweet temptations this coming weekend.

Patriotic Desserts
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Patriotic Desserts
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More Summer Sweet Treats to Try:

29 Amazing Popsicle Recipes | 20 Finger-Licking Summer Desserts15 Recipes For The 4th of July |