Fireworks alternatives, recipes, a world record attempt, and more links for a happy 4th

DIY Edible Pinwheels. Photo credit: Kelly of Studio DIY
DIY Edible Pinwheels. Photo credit: Kelly of Studio DIY

Happy 4th of July! You know what I love about this holiday? The balanced prep-to-fun ratio: not a lot of prep but a LOT of fun.

Our 4th always involves a neighborhood potluck BBQ in my next-door neighbor's backyard, followed by blowing up an assortment of fireworks in the middle of the street. It's one of the highlights of summer every year.

Here are some links to help you and your family enjoy the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

7 safer alternatives to fireworks (At Large)

On her Babble blog, Meagan Francis of The Happiest Home posted a good list of glow-y, fun alternatives for kids (and/or parents) who don't like fireworks. Read it

Quinoa "Informal Gathering" salad (Girl's Gone Child)

If you haven't yet figured out what to make for your potluck, make THIS chilled mixture of quinoa, peppers, cilantro and fresh, raw corn bathed in yogurt. It looks delicious! Read it

Homemade coconut ice cream (Parent Hacks)

I came across this recipe while I was scouring the Parent Hacks archives for frosty dessert ideas. I forgot how much I love this ice cream and how EASY it is. Read it

DIY Edible pinwheels (Studio DIY)

Part craft, part treat. OK, so I can't say I'm totally behind the ingredients (Airheads candy, sponsor) but the creativity is unbelievable! You could totally do this with some fruit leather and dried cranberries, don't you think? Read it

On a separate note: way to hit it out of the park in a sponsored post, Kelly! Seriously, I'm totally impressed with how imaginitive this is.

World Float in Portland, OR (World Domination Summit)

July 4th isn't the only exciting thing happening in Portland this weekend: the World Domination Summit is about to get underway. This gathering of big doers and dreamers officially starts Friday evening 7/5, but Friday MORNING they are inviting everyone in town (not just event attendees) to join them in an attempt to break a world record. Specifically: the World's Largest Floating Chain.

Want to be a part of history? Sign up here then head down to the river Friday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.