July 4th Celebration Blast! + HM #190

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #190! It’s time for a July 4th Celebration Blast! Summer celebrations are some of my favorites, and there’s none bigger than all things 4th of July! #July4th #4thofJuly #HomeMattersParty

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July 4th Celebration Blast! + HM #190

For this post I did my best to “plan” your 4th of July party FOR you from start to finish! Let’s see how I did, shall we?

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4th of July BBQ Invitations from Kristyn @ Lil’ Luna

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Patriotic Table Decorations on a Budget from Taryn @ Taryn Whiteaker

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Patriotic Punch from Amber @ Dessert Now Dinner Later

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25 Crowd-Pleasing 4th of July Recipes from Lindsay @ PureWow

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4th of July County Fair Games from Jenn @ Hostess with the Mostess

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7 Ways to Keep Your Pooch Happy and Safe During the Holiday

Our Taffy is not a huge fan of the 4th of July holiday. Or New Year’s Eve, for that matter. Why?

Fireworks. Her HATES them. 

See this?

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This is Taffy LAST 4th of July. Wedged between my feet and the kitchen cabinet. Terrified of all the loud noises. Hoping and praying I wasn’t planning on leaving her.

Did you know that more dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other day of the year? Some run away during parties or festivals, while others bolt at the sound of fireworks.

To make this holiday as happy and safe as possible for YOUR pooch, here are 7 safe ways to celebrate the 4th of July with your dog!

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Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Fourth of July!

Well, folks, today marks the first day of my third trimester, and also the first day of the last week of June! You know what that means?! Time for all things 4th of July! (Which, of course, includes some decorating!) 

I’ve sorted through all of my patriotic decor, and most of it is up around the house now. I’ve always loved red, white and blue – maybe because July 4th is my mom’s birthday, and my family always celebrates! So when Amelia from LuxeDecor contacted me about a post on decorating for the 4th of July, I was excited for some fresh ideas. You’ll love these!

Summertime is all about family, fun and fireworks. The Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to host a big BBQ or all-night backyard bash. And while the explosive evening light show is often the focus of the day, there are many more inspired ideas for setting the stage for a festive occasion.

Here a few outdoor decorating tips just in time for that sparkly mid-summer soiree full of glowing night skies.

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An innovative holiday hack, taking a cruiser bicycle and making it into a red, blue and white display will instantly add cheer to any airy celebration. Pom poms, miniature American flags and large red stars pinned to a two-wheeler will help set the tone for a boisterous bash. Bonus: a patriotic bike works well for a Fourth of July parade.

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Build Your Own Hamburger Bar…with FREE Printables!

If you read my post a couple weeks ago on Planning for the 4th of July, you’ll remember that one of the things I was going to feature during our Independence Day celebration was a Build Your Own Hamburger Bar. I was looking for printables to go along with the idea, but I couldn’t find any, and I was thinking about making some of my own!

Well, here I am now, with a lil’ recap of our July 4th activities…including details on the Build Your Own Hamburger Bar…and YES, FREE PRINTABLES that I created for the event!

**Disclaimer: as always, I somehow can never photograph the “final product” – which is agitating to me! I just get so caught up with making sure everything is perfect, and then when the guests start arriving, I get caught up in making sure everyone is comfy, and has everything they need. So…the following will just give you some kind of an idea of what it somewhat looked like.**

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See those plates and napkins? That’s where my entire decor scheme came from. They look like burlap painted with red, white and blue! The cutlery holders are just tin cans, and the condiments are in Ball jars, and they’re tagged with…well, I’m getting ahead of myself!

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On the Road in June

We are now past the halfway point of 2014. Just pause for a moment and let that sink in. I mean, MY WORD. (How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?! HA!)

So when we begin a new month here on The Road to Domestication, I like to take a look back over the previous month! And here, in no particular order, are the top five posts of June!

1. And Over on Pinterest – I’m kinda surprised that this one made the list, honestly! I kinda just put my Pinterest process out there for everyone to see what they thought!

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