Host An Explosively Good 4th Of July Party With


How do you have the most EPIC 4th of July (or any celebration for that matter) ever?!  Buy your fireworks online with …that’s how!  You’ll save TONS of money, can shop conveniently from home, and be able to put on a great show.  US Fireworks sent me the most amazing shipment EVER and I couldn’t wait to share all the goodies with you all.  This is just my unboxing post…I will do a full review after everything has been lit and the fun has been had so be sure to be on the lookout for that as well!


Don’t all of these look like a total blast?  We can’t wait to celebrate our 4th Of July in the most epic way ever thanks to US Fireworks!  There are a couple items here that we fell in love with last year but LOTS of new items we can’t wait to try out.


Small, crowd favorites are the best way to get your party started right.  There are lots of small novelty items available at US Fireworks that the will quickly become fan favorites.


Dirty Dog is a favorite with my kids so I’m so glad to see these in my shipment!  “This naughty dog is not house broken yet. What a mess!”  The crackling snake is a better mess to clean than a real dog!


These cute little Chicken Laying Egg novelties are sure to be a favorite among any age group.  “This kickin chicken lays a baloon egg right in front of your eyes!”


These ladybugs may be little, but they pack a HUGE amount of fun in their tiny package.  Ladybug sky flyers first entertain on the ground then take flight.  “Each ladybug screams as it spins on the ground. It then flies over 30 feet high”


Crazy Cracklers are another small but fun favorite.  “Small size but a super big performance. These are super long lasting and have a loud crackling and banging effect, and plenty of sparks. They are a Great Value!”


Pyro Cola is a fun new fountain shower firework that fits into your patriotic decor.  Fountain fun in red white and blue…what could be better?


5 Minute Smoke is another new item and proves to be a lot of fun.  With (almost) never-ending smoke the fun is out of this world!


This Lava Lamp firework made me so happy to see in my box of goodies!  I have three lava lamps in my house (hey…I really like them) and this firework with it’s classic color glob effect might just be my favorite mini item.


Mammoth Day Parachute is one that my kids can’t wait to set off.  Last year we had a similar firework where army men shot out in parachutes and they thought it was just the coolest thing ever.


How cute are these Fruit Wedge Fountains?  Fountain fireworks that just scream summer and fun.  These new additions to the US Fireworks site are crazy cute and promise to be crazy fun too.


The Dominator Bucket is a bucket of fun…literally.  From small novelties to sparklers and fountains, this one little bucket has it all.


Ready to kick the fun up a notch and get into some bigger items?  Oh yeah!


Now that things need to be lit more often, these Pro Punks will come in super handy!  Light your fireworks safely like the pros with these convenient little sticks.


The Fire Sabre is a favorite among kids (and adults too!).  “This item looks great and performs great! It is a giant held held fountain that spews colors, sparks in a long lasting display. Order two. After they are done burning, who can resist a sword fight!”


Silly Sticks are silly great fun for everyone.  “Only the smiley face is silly the rest is all business as this is one serious sparkler!”


The Texas Pop Rocket is a bottle rocket that blasts off with fun.  12 bottle rockets for 12 times the fun!


Ring Rocket will make your party guests ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ with excitement.  “Forms a perfect ring of fire overhead with each rocket. These ring rockets are always a crowd pleaser!”


I can already tell that the Pro Ox Roman Candles will be a favorite of my sons.  These magnum candles have an extra kick with glittery comets that delight.


The Stampede Candle is another type of roman candle that party guests will love.  The multicolor pearls with comet tails offer a visual effect that becomes a quick crowd pleaser.


Now it’s time to check out some of the larger items that really get the party going.


Happy is a firework that will make you, well, happy!  “36 color shells bursting high in the air. The bright glossy label brings new shelf appeal.”


Another new item I’m happy to see is Nemesis.  16 shots of loud fun?  Yes please!  “This item features purple and white strobe,red, green, and blue peony, and a loud finale.”


Diamond Mine is sure to wow you crowd with 24 shots.  This tiny package can be deceiving, but there’s BIG fun to be had here!  “You will think you stuck diamonds with this item! The whole sky will flash with red, white, green and white strobe shells! And we did not forget the loud finale!”


Hell’s Gate has 15 shots of hellish-ly good fun that your crowd will go wild for.  Enjoy…if you’re daring enough.


Loud Cloud is definitely that…loud!  16 shots that keep the party going.  “Whistles to crackle flower breaks. Perfect for the finale.”


Rodeo is another of the 200 gram fireworks that you’ll be sure to order again and again.  “Spinning tourbillion tails to peonies and crackling flowers.”


The Haunted House is spooky good fun for the whole crowd.  Light the fuse and watch the fun explode from this creepy house.


The Kraken is a pretty powerful little guy for only 200 grams!  “This item features powerful mines the break high above into huge stars burst giving a double layer effect. Gold brocade and ruby red stars are featured. A beautiful effect. Highly recommended by the US Fireworks staff!”


And finally, last but not least, the big daddies.  The 500 gram whoppers that will end your fireworks show with a bang.


Machete will not only entertain but break the ice at any party as well.  “9 shots – You will cut up the competition with this item! Each burst is bigger and louder then the next with multiple colors, loud crackle and brilliant strobe ending in a loud finale!”


The T-Rex gets it’s name for a good reason…it’s monstrous!  “9 shots & 18 total breaks – This item features double breaking shells! A unique new effect with great performance creates twice the impact in the sky. You will see brocade, strobe, crackle and color peony bursts!”


Double Barrel is another 500 gram aerial that aims to please.  These premium breaking shells in the 9 shot formation offer a show that the whole crowd will love.


Pyro Fury comes close to one of the biggest legal fireworks I’ve seen.  “205 shots of extreme excitement. This item features fast zipper shots as well as huge fan shell bursts. This is a true finale in a box!”


The Bad Boy assortment earned it’s spot among these larger fireworks…wowza what an assortment!  “An all aerial assortment with multishot repeaters, and powerful single shots. If your looking for power, Bad Boy is the assortment for you.”


This beefy reloadable beauty is one of my favorites.  The Mad Ox 24 Shot Artillery Shells are high performance and highly pleasing as well.  Shot after shot, you’ll see why I like this one so much.


Finally.  The Pro Ox Finale Rack.  This big daddy will be the finale of all finales.  This big boy offers 6 shots of the largest load legally allowable and it. is. EPIC!


This is just a FRACTION of the selection available…be sure to check out the rest of the selection that US Fireworks offers…the best way to buy fireworks online for savings.


Make Your 4th Of July Party Epic With Oriental Trading



If you’re looking to throw the best 4th Of July party ever, Oriental Trading is your one stop shop for all of your patriotic party needs.  From patriotic tablecloths to party supplies for guests of all ages, Oriental Trading has a little something special for everyone.



I picked out a variety of party supplies that will fit our 4th Of July party perfectly this year.  We’ll have a mix of adult and child party guests, so I got a wide variety of items so that nobody gets left out.


Having a patriotic party scene to throw a great 4th Of July party is a must.  Thanks to Oriental Trading I was able to completely deck out my table and keep everything in the traditional red, white, and blue.  The Stars and Stripes Plastic Tablecloth really helps set the patriotic mood while everything else compliments it so well.  (The tablecloth is actually a lot bigger than pictured here, I have it folded over in half.)  I love the ‘rustic’ look and I was pleasantly surprised to find some rustic patriotic tableware as well.  The Rustic 4th Square Paper Dinner Plates, Rustic 4th Square Dessert Plates, and Rustic 4th Luncheon Napkins all pair so perfectly together!  Throw in the Patriotic Tableware Caddy and Patriotic Paper Straws and you’ve got the cutest 4th of July table ever!


What better way to offer some fun for the kiddos than a patriotic themed pinata?!  I thought the Baseball Pinata would be perfect for our party, it is a classic American icon after all.  I was surprised by how vast the patriotic candy selection is at Oriental Trading!  There were so many great options that I couldn’t help but pick a few.  The kids will have fun bursting this pinata open and finding the patriotic lollipops, USA Flag Tootsie Rolls, Red White And Blue Taffy, Patriotic Bubblegum, and USA Candy Bracelets!


With all of that candy up for grabs, kids will love these Patriotic Goody Bags!  Throw in some Stars & Stripes Folding Hand Fans and Patriotic Glow In The Dark Bracelets and your little party guests will mark this down in their book as the best. party. ever.


If you’re throwing a pool party this 4th Of July (like we are) you HAVE to have one of these Inflatable American Flag Coolers!  Don’t underestimate the size of this thing…it is HUGE!  I’m 5′ 3″ and this inflatable cooler comes up to my hip, so keep in mind the size to make sure you can accommodate it.  Despite the patriotic theme, this is something that we will be using often as residents of Arizona.  On our next river trip we’ll be bringing this cooler and staying hydrated and cool all day long.

Make your 4th Of July Party the most epic party on the block with Oriental Trading.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Beat The Dog Days Of Summer With Swimline



Whether you’re looking for inflatables the whole family will enjoy or just a great way to add a new lever of fun to your 4th Of July pool party, Swimline has a wide variety of products that everyone will love.  From small kid inflatables to oversized and sports inflatables, Swimline has a little bit of everything.


I received a selection of Swimline’s inflatables to try out with my family and we have been having so much fun!  Not only are we using these on a daily basis, but they will help make our 4th Of July pool party a huge hit!


The Swimline Baseball Glove Float captures the image of an iconic American item.  This oversized glove float is a great catch for any man, woman, or child that loves the sport of baseball.  Although my “child” is using this raft, don’t be fooled by the size.  My son is 5’11” (much taller than me) so he makes the raft look a little small.  Measurements- 62″ x 49″ x 16″.


This Swimline Giant Giraffe Ride-On is HUGE!  This giraffe will make your pool the place to be this summer.  Bring the zoo right to your own backyard with this large sized, super comfortable giraffe pool float.  My kids just can’t get enough of this giraffe!  It’s towering size makes for super-sized fun the whole family will enjoy.


I was super surprised by how large and accommodating this Seashell Lounge is.  Whether you just want to sprawl out alone or lounge with friends, this seashell will definitely help you come out of your shell this summer.


The Swimline Benjamin Franklin Money Inflatable is a fun novelty that everyone loves.  I mean, who doesn’t want a few extra Benjamin’s?  (HAHA!)   This inflatable will “Make It Rain” fun in your pool all summer long on a float that is seriously Money.



Another favorite among the kiddos is the Swimline LOL Moose Ride On.  This LOL Moose is 54 inches of inflatable fun that will make your kids “LOL” while they play and have fun.


My little girl wanted something sized just right for her and that she could call all her own so the Swimline Lobster Ride On was the perfect one for her.  It’s compact size makes it easy to blow up and easy for kids to help inflate too.


The Hot Dog Battle by Swimline was both of my son’s favorite item out of all of them.  Hot Dog Battle is the funnest way to beat the dog days of summer.  The inflatable boppers are safe and fun for all…whether you’re 5 or 75.


Sometimes you just want to sit back and relax, and you guessed it, Swimline has got options for that as well.  The U-Seat Pool Float and Capri Seat make it easy to stay cool, relax, and enjoy the summer days in style.  Each seat has cup holders so you can keep a drink with you and just chill.

I have to say that I am really impressed with the quality of the vinyl all of the Swimline inflatables were made from.  We typically pick up cheap rafts from a local dollar store and I can absolutely see the difference in the Swimline products vs. the cheap, poorly made options out there.  We can’t wait to add more Swimline floaties to our collection and make our next river trip the best we’ve ever had.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Feed Your Party Guests Like Kings This 4th Of July With Greensbury


There should be nothing more impressive than fireworks at a 4th of July party than a great meal shared with family and friends.  Thanks to Greensbury, you can feed your party guests like kings with great American organic meat and wild seafood.  Finding quality food at local grocery stores can be a challenge.  Greensbury delivers all of their quality food straight to your door, saving you time and money all while providing a superior product.


I received some burgers and skirt steak to try out from Greensbury and I have to say that I’m super impressed with just how incredibly high quality the meat was.  Not only was the flavor absolute perfection, but the meat was so tender and juicy it was insane.


The Greensbury Organic Grass-Fed Burgers are made from the cattle raised on the Greensbury ranches in the Dakotas.  The cattle are raised on a diet that’s completely grass-fed and grass finished.  The cattle get to freely roam on open pastures and are never fed hormones or antibiotics.  All of the love and care that goes into the cattle really comes through in the flavor and texture of the meat.  I’m not always the biggest hamburger fan like the rest of my family, but these burgers were AMAZING!  The burger was juicy while bursting with flavor that is out of this world.


The Greensbury Organic Grass-Fed Skirt Steak is hands down the best skirt steak I’ve ever had…ever.  These cuts of skirt steak come from the same Greensbury ranches in the Dakotas that the burgers are made from.  The marbling on these cuts of meat leaves a tender finished product that will make your mouth water.  I have been so let down by the skirt steak I find locally that I stopped making one of my family’s favorite meals, carne asada.  I used the Greensbury skirt steak to make carne asada for the first time in a long time and my family just couldn’t get enough.  I will be ordering the skirt steak from Greensbury again in the near future…now that I’ve had their meat I will never be able to go back to grocery store bought cuts.  (If you want to try my carne asada recipe, click here.  You’ll also be able to see how inferior the meat available locally is)

So, what makes Greensbury so different?

  • icon_certification_usda-organicGreensbury’s organic meat satisfies all USDA organic regulatory standards. This means their cattle have year-round access to the outdoors, are never subject to genetic engineering, are fed certified organic feed, and raised on certified organic land.


  • icon_certification_grass-fedGreensbury’s cattle are raised on small, family-run farms where they enjoy a grass-fed and grass-finished diet. They freely roam and are fed only grass and forage for their entire lives.


  • icon_certification_humanely-raised.png Greensbury’s cattle live their lives the way nature intended. They spend the duration of their lives freely roaming on open pastures and are even provided with optional shelter in cases of inclement weather.


  • icon_certification_vegetarian-fed Greensbury’s chickens are raised on feed that is made entirely from plant materials and free of animal by-products.


  • icon_certification_wild-caught Greensbury’s seafood is sourced from oceans and fisheries that are certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or rated either “Green” or “Yellow” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.


  • icon_certification_sustainably-raised.png Greensbury’s animals are raised in a manner that conserves natural resources and biodiversity using systems and techniques that conserve and protect the environment.


Feed your guests like kings this 4th of July and taste the Greensbury difference.  Once you have their incredible meats, you’ll never be able to go back to store bought cuts of meat again.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Get Your 4th Of July Party Twisted With Twisted Shotz


I’m sure you’ll all remember how much I fell in love with Twisted Shotz earlier this year.  Twisted Shotz offers bar quality drinks that you can enjoy at home for the most epic party you’re friends will never forget.  Each shot is grab and go making it easy to get the party started no matter where you are.


Twisted Shotz has all new flavors and pack options so I was SUPER excited to try them out.  I loved all of the flavors I had tried so far but these ones sounded more delicious than ever.


The Twisted Shotz Getaway Party Pack was the PERFECT addition to my weekend camping trip on the lake.  We stayed on the beach at Princess Cove for a couple days with family and friends, and Twisted Shotz were a HUGE hit!  The Twisted Shotz Getaway Party Pack includes:

  • Moscow Mule Kick (3)
  • Miami Vice (3)
  • Whipped Chocolate (3)
  • Pussy Cat (3)
  • Peaches And Cream (3)

I wish I could tell you which one was my favorite flavor, but they were all so delicious it would be just impossible to pick one.


Moscow Mule Kick is one of the flavors that I hadn’t tried yet but it sounded pretty interesting.  I like lime but I’m typically not a huge ginger fan.  These shots had just the right balance of flavors and were very palate pleasing.  The mix of Lime and Ginger Liquor is the perfect balance for a shot that can’t resist.


Miami Vice is a tasty little treat that will leave you wondering how Twisted Shotz managed to fit the essence of Miami in such a tiny little shot glass.  The flavors of Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri mix on your tongue in a way that’s so sweet you can’t help but reach for another.


Whipped Chocolate was my absolute favorite of all the flavors.  This sweet shot is a combination of whipped cream vodka and chocolate liqueur that will have you whipped in no time.  If you’re a chocoholic like me, this is a shot that you’ll love…it’s like dessert in a glass!


Pussy Cat is the newest flavor to join the Twisted Shotz family and I have to say it’s absolutely incredible.  Watermelon vodka and pina colada liqueur make one of the best flavor combinations I’ve probably ever come across.


Peaches and Cream was another new one I hadn’t tried but I’m so glad it was included in the Getaway Party Pack.  Sitting pretty along side a vanilla cream vodka, peach schnapps has never paired so well.  And if you think they’re pretty in the glass, just wait until they meet in your mouth!  Talk about a match made in heaven!

This 4th of July is the perfect time to add Twisted Shotz to your party, but remember, Twisted Shotz are for those 21 and older only…consume responsibly.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

An Explosively Fun 4th Of July With #Fireworks #Review


When I saw the amazing shipment that I got from I couldn’t wait for the 4th of July to arrive!  If you’ve ever considered buying fireworks is THE place to go!  From small items like snakes and sparklers to large 200g and 500g cakes, everything you could ever desire is available on their site.


The Firesabre was a huge hit with my kids.  They loved the sparkling action and loved how long they lasted.


Silly Sticks are another fun sparkler item that kids will have a blast with.


Dirty Dog is either adorable…or disgusting, I can’t decide.  Either way it’s hilarious and makes children and adults alike laugh like little school girls.


The Chicken Laying Egg is another funny novelty item that makes everyone around laugh and giggle.

Now, the stuff that actually stays in motion was hard to grab still shots of.  I wanted you all to be able to see the fun in action, so most of them will have a video link that you can click on and view the live action.  Trust me…the still shots don’t do ANY of these items justice.


Platinum Pink roman candles light up the night sky with 5 bright shots of pink light.  Click here to view the Platinum Pink video.



Hot Pink mega smoke is a fun item for daytime use.  Set off puffs of pink smoke and watch the fun unfold.


Ladybug sky flyers first entertain on the ground then take flight.  We were NOT expecting how awesome these would be!  Click here to watch the Ladybug in action.


Molten Madness is a fun fountain that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.  Lots of bright colors and a fun show for sure.  Click here to view Molten Madness in action.


The Thunder Bomb Crackers are all red once lit…perfect for 4th of July!  This went so quickly that it was impossible to grab still shots of it, but you can click here to see the Thunder Bomb Crackers in action.


The Mighty Mini may be small but packs a spectacular show.  They back a powerful punch for being so small and look great illuminating the sky.  Click here to view the Mighty Mini in action.


Hammertime is a 16 shot 200 gram crowd-pleaser.  16 fabulous shots that dazzle.  Click here to watch the Hammertime in action.


Mega Mini is changing the 200 gram firework game.  It is 96 shots, setting a new standard in 200g cakes.  Click here to watch the Mega Mini in action.


Bumbling Bees is a fountain that will please your eyes and ears!  It was hard to get good images, so be sure to watch the Bumbling Bees in action here.


The T-Rex gets it’s name for a good reason…it’s monstrous!  It features 9 shots & 18 total breaks…double breaking shells means double the fun!  Click here to watch the T-Rex in action.


Seal Team is a fun 500 gram cake you can use in the daytime!  It is a 6 shot Daytime Cake with real poseable Army men on huge parachutes!  A couple of our guys came home wounded warriors, but the kids loved having little toys that were fired out of the firework.


The Machete will not only entertain but break the ice at any party as well.  It has 9 shots – each burst is bigger and louder then the next with multiple colors, loud crackle and brilliant strobe ending in a loud finale!  Click here to watch the Machete in action.


The Mammoth Strobe is flashy for sure!  10 Shots that fill the sky with hundreds of bright red blinking lights. An amazing new effect that will blow you away. Click here to watch the Mammoth Strobe in action.


Wake the dead with the Grim Reaper.  12 shots of the best 60g artillery on the market!  Because these are single load shells, I had to take multiple videos.  Click here to see shot 1, here to see shot 2, here to see shot 3, and here to see shot 4.  All 12 shots were beautiful, but I think you’ll get the idea after seeing just a few 🙂 .


American Thunder is a show stopper!  It is a 25 Shot Fan Cake – Part of the “American” series of cakes from Dominator. This cake is intense featuring huge multi-layer fan volleys of color and crackle… lots of crackle!  Click here to see American Thunder in action.


Last but NOT least…the Tumble Weed.  This item has 9 massive shots of the highest quality brocade from the new premier brand in China.  Click here to see the Tumble Weed in action.

I can’t even begin to explain to you just how much fun my children as well as myself and my husband had. helped us create a 4th of July that we will never forget.  If you’re looking for the best way to buy fireworks online for savings, the the only way to go.  Thank you USFireworks for providing such an amazing experience for my family and my neighbors.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Oak Leaf String Lights…Making Summer Magical #Review



Oak Leaf String Lights are one of the best things I’ve come across this summer.  Simple, beautiful, and you can use them in SO many different ways.  You can put them in beautiful glass jars and create soft outdoor lighting, you can wrap them around posts outside on your patio, or you can even line the inside of a tent and light up the night for a fun camping adventure.


These are some of the coolest little lights I’ve ever seen!  We used safety pins to keep the lights in place and created a fun sleeping experience for our daughter (and our sons, once they saw it they had to go in and join her).  They are battery operated lights, but the battery life is incredibly long lasting.  The Oak Leaf lights can stay lit for 48+ consecutive hours and not dim or die.  Oak Leaf is so confident you’ll love their product and that it will keep on working that they offer a 3 year warranty with their String Lights!  The copper wire makes it easy to shape the string lights into or around any shape you can imagine.  They are easy to get back into the package if you choose to store them in their original box and are so small and portable you can take them just about anywhere.  What a wonderful space saving way to light up your summertime adventures.


***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***