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Celebrate Independence! July 4th Fun!

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American Flag Stars Napkins by & Red Tavern Check Vinyl Tablecloth by Fabric Textile Products, Inc. (photo is property of Chrissy Fimiani and Fabric Textile Products, Inc.)

July 4th weekend is almost here! BBQ’s, fireworks, beach trips, & family fun have become staples of this American tradition. 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays since  I was a little kid. My family (large Italian-American family to be exact) would have a huge BBQ at our house every year. I was on decorating duty of course and would cover the backyard in red, white, & blue streamers. Mom would make every kind of salad known to man. Dad would grill every kind of meat the butcher could supply. My brother and I would go swimming in the pool for hours and then eat tons of ice cream until we couldn’t stomach anymore. (Yeah, Mom really “loved” that part.) At the end of the night, we would always watch the local fireworks display and go back to our house and make smores. If we were lucky, we would get to play with little sparklers too!

Our family tradition has changed since we are all getting older, but I still really enjoy the holiday. This year I have the opportunity to spend the holiday weekend in our nation’s capital, beautiful Washington, D.C. and I could not be any more thrilled! D.C. has become one of my favorite travel destinations and what better time to go than to celebrate our freedom and independence? It is going to be amazing. I will certainly do a follow up blog about my trip! I am looking forward to the parade and fireworks display. I’m sure the view from my hotel in Capitol Hill will be amazing!

To get in the patriotic spirit, I just wanted to share some pictures from my previous trips to D.C. with all of you. If you have not been there yet, I HIGHLY recommend taking a trip there with friends or family. The monuments are beautiful. The museums are excellent. The local food is delicious. The National Zoo has pandas! You don’t come across them very often! Most importantly, it is our beautiful country’s capital. It is a diverse city rich with culture and history.

I hope you enjoy celebrating 4th of July with your families! I will share photos from my trip with you in a few weeks!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

All below photos belong to Joanna Maruca and may not be used or reprinted without my permission. Thank you.

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The United States Capitol was particularly gorgeous on that sunny day! We visited Memorial Day weekend in 2013 and left right from my college graduation!
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These cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake were TO DIE FOR! No wonder this place has been on national TV! Yum!
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Georgetown Cupcake can be seen on the hit TLC show, DC Cupcakes!
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One of the giant pandas at the National Zoo! He was chowing down on some bamboo for lunch! He was so cute! Unfortunately the indoor exhibit causes glares on your photos. It was great though!         
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20 Awesome Gift Ideas for your Dad this Father’s Day

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                                             photo courtesy of http://www.949powerfm.com

Father’s Day is Sunday June 21st! I like to keep things interesting when it comes to gift giving. I always give the traditional Hallmark card, but I like to give unique gifts to my loved ones. This Father’s Day I bought my Dad a sketched portrait of the old Yankee Stadium. He is a huge baseball fanatic and loves all things NY Yankees! It will make a beautiful addition to the walls in our home. I know he will love it! I have compiled a list of fun gift ideas. There’s something for every kind of Dad in your life.

1. sporting event tickets to see his favorite team (my Dad loves baseball!)

2. Dollar Shave Club subscription service (www.dollarshaveclub.com)

3. brewery visit & tour

4. framed vinyl(s) of music by his favorite band or performer

5. Fitbit wireless performance band (www.fitbit.com)

6. Custom printed beer bottle labels (www.pinholepress.com)

7. portable phone charger station

8. Amazon Fire TV (www.amazon.com)

9. cologne gift set

10. tablet or e-reader

11. BBQ tools set

12. espresso coffee maker (www.bedbathandbeyond.com)

13. a day or weekend trip to his favorite city or travel destination

14. white water rafting or kayaking (the Poconos is an excellent location for this!)

15. painted portrait of his pet(s)

16. home beer brewing starter kit (www.mrbeer.com)

17. his favorite TV show on DVD (Seinfeld still remains the highlight of my Dad’s collection)

18.  custom sports jersey (www.modells.com – you can get any sport, team, and number)

19. Bespoke Post gift box OR gift subscription (www.bespokepost.com/gift)

20. TOMS classic slip-ons (keep dad looking cool AND give back at the same time! http://www.toms.com)

Every Dad is different with his own personality and interests. I hope this list of gift ideas has served as a source of inspiration for you this year. It’s nice to let the important men in our lives feel appreciated and important. Celebrate this Father’s Day with the special men in your life. And as always, be sure to thank them for all they do.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads  out there!

Joanna

Fabric Textile Products, Inc.

Photo disclaimer: Please note that photos credited as property of Joanna Maruca belong to myself and Fabric Textile Products, Inc. All other images and photos used have been acquired through a search of Google images. Those photos belong to their rightful owners and do not belong to myself or Fabric Textile Products, Inc. We claim no ownership of those images. Thank you.