Happy 4th, Friends!

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We hope that you have a safe and memorable 4th!

Please, don’t drink and drive. Call TIPSY TOW 1-800-400-4AAA  for a FREE tow home within 7 miles. Please, bartenders, friends, anyone- call this number to get your customer or friend home, safely, and ensure they don’t hurt anyone else. Drinking and driving ruins lives, I’ll share my personal stories with you one day.

Looking for something fun and free to celebrate today? Live in San Luis Obispo County? Check THIS POST out for a list of FREE events!

James’ SLO Life… Fireworks and Family

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The 4th of July is one of those holidays that stir up many fond memories of my childhood back in Hawthorne, CA. I was fortunate enough to live on a cul-de-sac with a broken street light, in one of the last few cities in LA that still allow fireworks. We had a lot of kids on my street growing up, so it was kind of an unofficial block party every year. Plus, the perks that came with having a police officer for a dad was that the quality of fireworks tended to be much greater with little risk of getting in trouble. Honestly, the things we used to do, it’s amazing that no one ever got hurt. I specifically remember a mortar shell exploding at knee level in the middle of the street, surrounded by people.

Now, living in Templeton; I have the pleasure of raising my kids on a cul-de-sac (with a broken street light) in one of the last cities in the 805 to allow fireworks. I was like a little kid when I saw a stand open up on Las Tablas on Sunday to start selling those wonderful, if not fleeting, sticks of mixed powder that seem to brighten everyone’s eyes to the point of “blindness”. I can’t wait to get my hands on some “piccolo petes” and start crimping them down to make them a little more fun then they are set up to be (unsafe and insane?). After seeing my daughter in Ohio with the fireworks and her reactions to them, I am excited to spend my time with the whole family, partaking in a great American tradition (yes, I know fireworks were invented by the Chinese).

If planning on spending the 4th in north county, make sure to hit up those firework stands in Templeton (and please only use them in Templeton). While Atascadero and Templeton both have daytime events, there will be no firework show this year (as of July 1st) at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles. With Robert Hall Winery also canceling their big function, North County seems to not be the happening place for events. Most [in North County] will be flocking to Templeton Park to light fireworks with half of the county. I am gonna invite some friends over and light up my cul-de-sac, with the broken street light, in a great show of dazzling fire and sparks before shifting into Ramadan on Monday the 8th. What? James is Muslim? More on that next time. Be safe and enjoy your 4th of July.

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Free Fourth of July Printable DIY Invitations

mssl my super slo life fourth of july invitation-page-0Please enjoy these FREE Printable 4th of July Invitations just for our readers! We hope you have a fantastic party! Don’t worry, when you print it out, the my super slo life watermark will not appear! Download HERE!

How to use the invitations…

1. Download the .pdf file HERE.

2. Print it out on regular letter size paper or cardstock.

3. Cut it down the middle and trim neatly.

4. Fill in all of the important party info.

5. Pass out or mail to all of your lucky party guests!


Festive 4th of July DIY Desserts

4thWe found some fun and festive desserts for 4th of July around the bloggy world that we think you’ll love just as much as we do! Did someone say pop rocks?! Share your favorite dessert recipe with us that you bring to a party or showcase at your own. Come back and check in because we’ll post a couple more 4th of July inspired DIYs! You can also find more patriotic party ideas and recipes on our 9 DIY Ideas for Memorial Day post.

4th 4Firecracker Cakelets 

4th 3Candy Bars

4th 1Creamy Coconut Stars

4th 7Lava Flows

4th 5Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches

4th 2Fruit Sticks (alcohol optional!)

4th 6Watermelon Stars (the kids can help!)