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Disneyland — A Concert in the Sky by Andy Castro
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I’m a bit late posting my own Fourth of July fireworks shot and that’s because I’ve never really shot fireworks until tonight! I went to Disneyland tonight with the sole purpose of finally using the ND filter and seeing what I could get from Disneyland’s "Celebrate America — A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky" fireworks show. I got there about two and a half hours before showtime and began camping out for a good two hours ahead of time. I didn’t expect to walk away with any great shots seeing as this was my first time ever shooting fireworks with a tripod and an ND filter, but I figured I’d get the best seat in the house for the show anyway. I’m glad I did as it was a lot easier not stressing about people in front of me. I did have to worry about the walkway in front of me and at one point a wheelchair almost ran into the rope between my tripod and the walkway, which would have likely ended very badly. Luckily, the crisis was averted in the last second and everything went pretty smoothly. As for the shot, I’m using a Hoya 400 filter. My understanding is that this is a pretty dark filter for fireworks photography and I had to deal with the consequences of that while shooting. I had to open up my aperture a bit more than I would have otherwise done and boost the ISO higher than I’d have liked. In the end, though, I’m pretty happy with the results considering it was my very first outing shooting fireworks. There’s certainly a lot of room for growth but it was a really fun learning experience. I can’t wait to get back in the park and try again.

Don’t Miss these Great Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

If you celebrate Independence Day it’s a great time for doing brightly coloured crafts and activities for your toddlers and older kids while helping them learn all about the significance of the day.

Here are some wonderful Fourth of July crafts for kids to inspire you!


1. Paper Plate Craft | Patriotic Hat // 2. Patriotic Windsock Kid Craft // 3. 4th of July Hair Bow Picture Tutorial // 4. July 4th Glitter American Flag Kids’ Art // 5. Toothpaste Box Firecrackers // 6. 4th of July Craft for Kids: Patriotic Wand // 7. Easy Fourth of July Crafts for Kids // 8. Easy Jar Candle Craft // 9. 4th of July Craft For Kids // 10. Spin Art Streamers: A 4th of July Craft for Kids

Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

1. Patriotic paper plate hat

Paper plates are the perfect ingredient for fun toddler activities and if your little ones love to dress up they are going to have a blast making and wearing this wonderful patriotic paper plate hat.

2. Windsock craft

If you’re like me and you have a secret stash of toilet roll holders this patriotic windsock is just what you’ve been waiting for! Add some paint and some ribbon to the mix and you have some wonderful July 4th decorations.

3. 4th of July hair bows

If your little girl loves bows then she will love to help you make this 4th of July hair bow. Heck it’s so cute you might want to make one for yourself too!

4. 4th of July glitter flag

If you’ve also been hoarding popsicle sticks then Erica has a wonderful craft idea for making 4th of July flags. Your toddlers and preschoolers will have a blast sprinkling the glitter over the popsicle sticks.

5. Toothpaste Box Firecrackers

How cute are these firecrackers?? And I love finding crafts that use items you were just going to throw away or recycle!

6. 4th of July Craft for Kids: Patriotic Wand

Younger kids will need some help putting these together, but they will sure have a lot of fun dancing with them when they’re done. Perfect to take to a Fourth of July party!

7. Easy Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

This cookie cutter craft is perfect for little hands and will make a fabulous picture to display, or give to grandma as a gift!

8. Easy Jar Candle Craft

What a fabulous way to combine fine motor skill practice with a creative craft that is perfect for decorating the table on Independence Day.

9. 4th of July Craft For Kids

This sponge painted flag looks like a lot of fun to make!

10. Spin Art Streamers: A 4th of July Craft for Kids

And then let’s finish up our collection of Red, White and Blue, crafts for kids with these fabulous streamers!


And there you have it, some wonderful fourth of July crafts for kids that will make perfect fun toddler activities! If you’re looking for more patriotic ideas check out our roundup of the best 4th of July recipes for kids.

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My dad was making a schedule and I added “celebrate America and also juicy tits” to Fourth of July and the next dad I put “slap big ass”

thatsparrow asked:

oh man okay speaking of the song from last of the mohicans -- i used to go to this summer camp that had the /best/ fourth of july celebration. the camp was up in grass valley and during the week leading up to fourth of july, they would build this enormous (maybe 14 ft?) phoenix out of a wood skeleton and packed with hay (and then usually some kind of sparkler in the head) and on the night of fourth of july, there'd be a campfire with all sorts of goofy skits and fourth of july celebratory things

i have no idea what this has to do with the last of the mohicans except maybe you did a skit of the “I WILL FIND YOU!!” scene because honestly i went to a summer camp that did a lot of dramatized skits from movies and the two most popular were “IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT, WILL” from good will hunting and “STAY ALIVE!!! I WILL FIND YOU!!” from last of the mohicans

but man if you stop and think about it those are both movies that children under fourteen probs shouldn’t have been able to get the reference

40 Best Parents Quotes with Images

40 #Parents Quotes - Love and Respect Them

Global Day of Parents or Parents day is celebrated on Fourth Sunday in July.

Parents day is dedicated to those caring parents who sacrifices their life in nurturing ours and their selfless commitment toward us.

Following are quotations about parents with images that will make you want to love you parents more and more. <3

“Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the…

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fireworks to celebrate starting this blog! i’ve always loved photography and although i don’t think it’s something that i would ever pursue past a hobby, i still want to share the pictures i take with people so that they might get some happiness out of them like i do. hopefully i’ll post a few sets of pictures a day- i just looked through all the ones already on my computer and i’ve got quite a stockpile- and we’ll see how long i keep this going. soooo yeah! welcome, and i hope you enjoy!

From Rehoboth Beach, DE, July 4th, 2014 fireworks

Tips for a Healthier Fourth of July

Holidays are for celebrating and are meant to be enjoyed, but you don’t have to sacrifice your health or beach body every time you attend a BBQ. These 6 BBQ survival tips can help keep your health and fitness goals on track.

6 Healthy Eating Tips For Your 4th of July BBQ

1. Use small plates

Research clearly shows that people who choose smaller plates and utensils eat less without even noticing it. Try borrowing a plate from the kids table or the dessert tray.

2. Eat slowly and mindfully

People who eat more slowly eat fewer calories over the course of a meal. BBQs are a perfect opportunity to pace yourself as you mix and mingle with friends and family. 

3. Eat healthiest foods first

If you are eating slowly and off small plates, you may as well fill up on the healthiest stuff first. Salads are a great place to start.

4. Skip the chips, crackers and bread

Refined carbohydrates are the worst things you can eat because they offer little satisfaction, loads of calories and dangerous insulin spikes. BBQs are filled with wonderful food, so do yourself a favor and save your calories for the really good stuff.

5. Keep dessert small

The difference between a large slice of cake and a smaller slice of cake is a lot more than you would think. You don’t have to pass on dessert completely, but try to keep your portion sizes in check.

6. Think before you drink

There is a place for alcohol in a healthy lifestyle, but making smart choices is important. One sugary margarita can have 600-800 calories. That means 3 margaritas is more food than you should be consuming in an entire day. Is that really worth it? Stick with wine or beer, drink plenty of water and remember to pace yourself.

Small tricks can save you hundreds and potentially thousands of wasted calories that you will never notice or miss. Why sacrifice a good time when you can just upgrade your healthstyle? LoveSurf wishes everyone a safe and healthy holiday!

Check out our other Fitness Tips for some great Summer Workouts!

Source: http://summertomato.com/6-healthy-eating-tips-for-your-4th-of-july-bbq/

Tips for a Healthier Fourth of July was originally published on LoveSurf Life+Style

Tips for a Healthier Fourth of July was originally published on LoveSurf Life+Style

Historical Anniversary, Bitter Sweet

On May 11, 1858 our fair state was bestowed its statehood to the union. Why weren’t Brevetarians celebrating? 

“It’s a bitter sweet time.” explained Brevet Historical Society & Museum President, Shelby Sloan. “Brevet’s founders were dedicated confederate soldiers. The only purpose they had of traveling though Canada, and seemingly down through the state was to take the union army by surprise, to help the south win the war. Union statehood, despite preceding the end of the Civil War, ultimately still represents the South’s loss.”

Aren’t Brevetarians Minnesotan’s ultimately? 

“Bite your tongue! Brevetarians are first Southerners. All our roots begin in the South, and will end there. Brevetarians see themselves as Minnesotans a distant second.” confirmed Mr. Sloan. “That’s why Founders’ Day is celebrated like the Fourth of July. It’s an acknowledgement of how the town came to be and who is in it.” 

Fives

Your walking down the street
And you see your bro
You extend your hand
You’re ready to go

Shoot your arms like a rocket
On a ballistic trajectory
‘Till you bring them together
Celebrate your victory

Palms slappin’ around
Like it’s the fourth of July
So many fives
And they’re all so hight

High fives
High fives
Connect your hands
High fives
High fives
Meet demands
High fives

High fives

There’s a sonic boom
When your hands collide
It goes off like a bomb
Did anyone survive?

The dust starts to settle
You can’t believe your eyes
The city was flattened
By your overzealous five

Whatever still stands
Is crumbling down
Many screams erupt
From the wreckage of your town

High fives
High fives
What have you done?
High fives
High fives
You’d better run
High fives

High fives

As the earth recovers
From your jovial slap
Your branded a criminal
And fall into their trap

There’s a bounty on your head
Alive or dead
Your spike clad captors
Make their knives run red

Your life slips away
There’s nowhere to hide
If only you’d considered
What could happen from your five

High fives
High fives
The story’s done
High fives
High fives
I hope it was Fun
High fives

High fives

The day the box burst.

There was a time, not so long ago, that media fit inside a neat, little, predictable box. It was always there, and I could choose to acknowledge it or leave it in the box for another time. I could approach media on my own terms, even as it constantly flickered around the edge of my awareness. However, on June 25, 2011, my understanding of the media was irrevocably altered. 

For me, the day started as a sunny, summer celebration for the five of us high school friends. We were excited to be together to celebrate the Fourth of July. We laughed as we sang along with the radio on our way to a barbecue. We talked about whom we would see at the fireworks later that night. Light and joyous, we were glad to be together for the summer. That was the last thing that I remember before… I never even saw it coming. 

 See, for him, the day started with a drink and then another and another. Later, he climbed into his truck and, unbeknownst to any of us, he headed our way. We met tragically and fatally on Hwy 35 in Holmen, WI. Five of us girls climbed into the car, but only four of us came out. 

My neat, little media box burst apart that day. I could no longer take only what I wanted from the box because it spewed forth newspaper articles, and Facebook posts, and reporters wanting to know my side of the story. No longer did I go looking for the media because it was always right there; so goes life in a small town, I guess. I think what truly shocked me, however, was the unrestrained manner in which the news traversed the community. 

Facebook, an online social networking site, revolutionized the way that people communicate. MySpace and Friendster, earlier models of online social networking, each had their impacts, but in my life, neither website affected communication in as big a way as did the “Book”. As a millennial, the Internet and social media encompassed my life in a much bigger and faster manner than it did for my parents, members of the baby boomer generation. Not having grown up in a rapidly expanding technocentric world, they did not yet understand the far-reaching hand of Facebook, especially. It is no wonder then that my younger sister, Emily, was informed through Facebook of the tragedy that had not only just rippled through her home community but had reached right into her own family. My parents did not want to call and alarm Emily until they had some solid information to give her. Was I okay? What had happened? It never occurred to them that the news would already have traveled two and a half hours away because they had not yet adjusted their expectations to account for the realities of Facebook. 

In my new reality, media is inherent to my everyday life. Upon reflection, it always was, but I had never focused long enough to perceive it. Immediately after the accident, I didn’t know. I didn’t remember. I didn’t understand the magnitude that the tragedy affected on myself, much less my close-knit hometown. Eventually, I could feel the town watching me and my family and friends. People I had never met sent cards of consolation. 

The town, they followed the story. They all wanted to know. They wanted the details, and they wanted pictures. They wanted to know what would happen to the man who violently stole one of our own. I cannot say that I wasn’t grateful for the heartfelt words and the strong pull of a community on my side, but it was too much. I didn’t know. I didn’t remember. I didn’t understand, and I was desperately trying to reconcile, realign my emotions to mentally grasp the new circumstances of my life—injuries, emotional scars, the loss of a close friend. 

The last straw? The straw that broke the camel’s back? It was a news article printed boldly on the front page of the La Crosse Tribune. It shared that the drunk driver had written apology letters to his victims. He wanted to say sorry for what he had done and what he had taken. The article ended with a bolded statement inviting the entire community to read my private apology letter, which they had posted online. 

This event, this most terrible time of my life had become a spectacle. I no longer felt that the media was on my side. I felt exposed and betrayed. My life now was little more than a story the media used to sell newspapers and fill airtime. 

Perhaps this representation of the media seems dramatized, and maybe it is. But my emotions were real, and it hurt all the same. 

In the years since the accident, I have been able to step back and examine not only how the media circulates a story but also the different ways in which people may interact with it. Of course, my analysis is based entirely on a personal tragedy and in a small-scale market, so it is possible that my conclusions may not be wholly applicable to society at large. All the same, I feel that they do. The media is a business, and its primary goal is to inform. There is nothing in the First Amendment that restrains the press on account of what I may emotionally feel about a story. Their responsibility to the community is to ensure that the people are aware of what is happening in the world around them and, hopefully, to encourage active participation in that world. I was angry that the media would pry so deeply into my private affairs, but how am I to know that my story didn’t affect people for the better? Perhaps, a detailed look at a grim accident is enough to prompt smarter decisions or even a demand for harsher sentencing. It is interesting, too, to consider the responses of those touched by my story through the media. The accident, or any news story, was like a pebble dropped into a still pool of water. Being closest to the “pebble”, I have followed the story intently, feeling the greatest consequences as it rippled out. There are those in the community that follow the story for other reasons. Some wanted to see that justice was served. Others didn’t trust the local judge to affect that justice, so they followed the case, posting criticisms along the way. 

 I was intrigued by perusing the reader comments posted in response to news articles available online. Some responses came in the form of condolences. Others were loud opinions on what happened, what should have happened, or what can be done to prevent something similar happening again in the future. I had to laugh to myself when I read these posts because these were people who had such adamant opinions on something they knew nothing about. They weren’t there. They didn’t know. They frequently got their facts wrong. They were angry for things that I myself had since forgiven. 

These are my observations on a small scale. Still, I can’t help but wonder if the same things happen in the national media as well. I can only suppose that they do. How could it not happen? People can read a magazine and feel that they know Jennifer Aniston or Justin Bieber. However, that parasocial interaction is nothing but a synthetic reaction to seeing and hearing them so often in the media. The media is able to manipulate a malleable audience, so it is important that people are educated in media literacy. In a paper arguing for the importance of media literacy, especially in the political arena, Justin Lewis and Sut Jhally said that “to evaluate [media messages], students must learn to see them not simply as true or false, realistic or misleading, stereotypical or positive, but as authored voices” (119) specifically intended to evoke certain emotions and/or opinions. As I digest media now, to the annoyance of some, I constantly question the other side of things. I wonder if things are really what they may seem as reported by the media. To this end, I usually pay no attention to celebrity gossip because I perceive that information to be generally unreliable. For my news information, I rely on a variation of CNN, the BBC, and Al Jazeera in order to obtain a broad view of what is happening around the globe. Of course, all my media “rules” fly out the window when it comes to entertainment media; Netflix pretty much owns my life. 


Works Cited: 

Lewis, Justin and Sut Jhally. “The Struggle Over Media Literacy.” Journal of Communication 48.1 (Winter, 1998): 109-120. Web. 6 Feb. 2015.

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