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10 From GEM: 10 GEMs For A Happy 4th Of July!

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10 From GEM:
10 GEMs For A Happy 4th Of July!

Two women, two teens, a toddler, and a dog  are making their way to South Carolina today and we are calling it a vacation!  That’s right.  Part of #TeamGEM is going to South Carolina for what feels like forever (a week and a half) to have a little R & R.  You may remember what that is and if you don’t, we sure are going to try to show you so don’t forget to follow along in the fun with some Vines, Instagrams, Facebook statuses, tweets, smoke signals, carrier pigeons, cork bottles popping, and whatever else we can find to let you know we are alive and know how to work hard and play harder.

But you know we couldn’t leave you without a little something of your own.  Whether you are spending the Fourth of July in a car (we head out at dusk), a plane (we fly back), a train, a boat, a hotel, poolside or you are just staying in the backyard, we thought we’d give you some of the best of GEM to help make this a great holiday.  So here are some of the posts you guys love the most.  Enjoy!  And don’t forget you work hard, now is the time to get a little “me” time in…

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1. DON’T FORGET THE COLD ONES

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Whether your libation of choice is beer, wine or fruit juice; enjoy and make sure you drink responsibly!

Read more:  Need A Cold One For The Cookout? Have No Fear..Beer Geeks Are Here! (VIDEO)

2. OR THE GRILL PREP

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Just like you have to clean and prep your food, you have to clean and prep your grill.  And remember clean up afterwards means you can eat faster when you are ready to fire up the pit.

Read more:  Friends, Fun and Food..Is Your Grill Ready For Summer?

3. WHIP UP DESSERTS IN A JIFFY

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Make sure you are taking care of those sweet lovers while staying out of a hot kitchen.

Read more:  Our Story Begins: Daddy Style: 4 Easy Desserts You Can Make From Scratch

4. PLOT SOME FAMILY TIME

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Get the kids together because there are only so many summers that you will have to wrangle them into spending time with you.

Read more:  10 From GEM: 10 Things To Do With (And For) Your Teenager

5. ROAD TRIP! ON A BUDGET

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There are ways to travel without breaking the bank.  Find out what the family wants to do and plan accordingly.

Read more:  10 From GEM: Spring Break Edition: 10 Ways To Save Money On A Road Trip

6. AND THEN YOU CAN TELL YOUR LOVED ONES
HOW YOU FEEL

Don’t let everyone get lost in their devices over the long weekend.  Take some time and really let them know how you feel.

Read more:  Guest Posting: 5 Things I Love About My Mom!

7. ASK YOUR HOW THEY FEEL
ABOUT … EVERYTHING 

When is the last time you really got into a few of the deeper conversations with you teen, your toddler or your spouse?  A road trip can be as informative as it is fun.

Read more:  5 Conversations You MUST Have With Your Kid… Including THIS ONE! (VIDEO)

8. GATHER FRIENDS

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If your plans don’t take you far, gather friends at your place.  Think about who may just be waiting for a call for an invite.  Parties don’t have to be fancy just full of laughter and love.

Read more:  Friends ‘Til The End.. Do You Have One Like This?

9. CELEBRATE TRUE INDEPENDENCE!

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So you’ve got a party, but no music.  You know we got you covered!

Read more:  Monday Morning Motivation: 5 Songs On The Playlist Of Success (VIDEO)

10. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE PART

What is your favorite part of the holiday?  Take the poll and let us know!

Read more:  Take The Poll.. What Do You Love About The 4th Of July?

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So what are your plans for the day?  Whatever it is do it safely and enjoy!

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The Good Enough Mother Experiment: Could You Live On Cash Alone?

Thanksgiving Good Enough Mother Style: Which Of These Is OFF LIMITS At The Table? (POLL)

GEM On The GO! 6 Ways To Save Money When Meeting Mickey Mouse

 

 

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