Happy Fourth of July, everyone!  I hope everyone has a special celebration going on today.  I will be with family at a backyard barbecue and I know what to wear.  This Chico’s poncho from the past is perfect with it’s blue and white stripes, and I have on a red tank underneath.  It is light and airy which makes it a go-to garment in the heat.  I style it with my Soft Surroundings Metro Leggings, Clark leather sandals, and blue toes!

But, I want to boldly say how proud I am to wear red, white and blue.  I am proud to be American, and I love my country.  I always have.  When I was 11, I won an essay contest hosted by a local newspaper and I titled it Today, I Saw the Flag.  It was about all of the special pieces of America that I saw inside of our flag and the special people who came from everywhere.  I even got to ride in the town’s July 4th parade in a convertible…an impactful day for that little girl.  But, I understood at a young age that this country was incredible and to live here is a gift.

I do not get political on this blog, and will continue to hold to that.  In this divisive world today, I do not want to drive unnecessary wedges between us.  However, somewhere along the line, being proud of America and wearing the colors or displaying the flag or even holding our hands over our hearts during the national anthem has become controversial.  I do not think it should ever be controversial.  I am so thankful for our country.

So, I hope you will join me today in wearing your red, white and blue.  I am even going to make one of those American flag cakes with blueberries and strawberries on top. It is a wonderful day to be thankful for our country.



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