Fourth of July Party Games for All Ages

Fourth of July Party Games for All Ages

The more the merrier. And The Fourth of July is no different. Who doesn’t love spending this holiday surrounded by friends and family? Spice up your Fourth of July by throwing a party or hosting a picnic and wow your guests with some fun and patriotic games that will entertain all ages!

Patriotic Balloon Pop

Blow up a bunch of red, white, and blue balloons, and place a note saying “You Win!” in one of the balloons. Have guests pop the balloons to find the note and win a prize.

Baseball Game

After all, baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Get everyone involved in a baseball game. Encourage those who aren’t playing to be cheerleaders or coaches for the younger children.

Water Balloon Dodgeball

It’s always a scorcher on the Fourth, so cool everyone down with some water balloon dodgeball. Divide the guests into two teams and throw red, white, and blue balloons at each other. If you’re hit, then you’re out. The last man standing is the winner!

Costume Contest

Who says you can only dress up on Halloween? Have your guests arrive in their best Independence Day costume and have everyone vote for the best dressed and most creative.

American History Trivia

Divide your guests into teams and challenge everyone with trivia on American history. Don’t forget to throw some easy ones in there so the kids can stay excited and involved as well!

Watermelon Eating Contest

Who doesn’t love watermelon? Cut some watermelons into fourths and lay them on the table. Have your guests place their hands behind their backs and eat their watermelon without their hands. The first to finish wins!

These Fourth of July games are perfect for the young and the young at heart. Check out our Pinterest board for more 4th of July party games! What Fourth of July games do you like to play with your friends and family?

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Why Traveling Solo Should Be on Your Bucket List

Why Traveling Solo Should Be on Your Bucket List

Solo travel can be daunting, scary, and for some people, really quite terrifying. But it’s also one of the most rewarding learning experiences a person can have. The nerves might get to you before you take off, but once you’re out exploring you’ll forget why you were ever scared in the first place. When you return, it will feel like it did when you first learned to ride a bike without training wheels. You did it, and you did it all by yourself. Read on to find out why traveling solo should be on your bucket list.

Why Traveling Solo Should Be on Your Bucket List

Solo travel redefines bravery.

Suddenly, bravery might not necessarily mean facing a life or death situation or making a risky business decision. Bravery can be walking into a café alone with no intention of meeting a lunch date. It’s wandering the city confidently and fearlessly. Since solo travel requires a different kind of courage, you’ll redefine what bravery means to you.

Solo travel sparks unlikely, but lasting friendships.

Even though you’re traveling alone, you probably won’t end up spending the whole time completely by yourself. Chances are, you’ll have to ask a stranger how to get somewhere, or you’ll strike up a conversation about restaurant recommendations with the man ringing you up at the convenience store. Or maybe you’ll just make small talk with the lady standing next to you on the train. Before you know it, you’ll end up swapping stories and realizing that you may have a lot in common with people you’ve never met before. These brief friendships are special because even though these interactions likely won’t last longer than a few minutes, the conversations will stick with you forever.

Solo travel will push you out of your comfort zone.  

When traveling alone, you will automatically be knocked outside your comfort zone. Not only will you be in places and situations you’ve never been before, but you will also be in these places and situations alone. It’s a freeing feeling, but a little shocking at first. All of a sudden, everything is up to you, and only you. So embrace your own vulnerability. Don’t be afraid to do something you’ve never done before. You’ll gain a more authentic experience of the culture because of it.

Solo travel heightens your sense of awareness.

On your solo adventures, you will be spending a lot of time with yourself days on end.  And by doing so, you will figure things out about yourself that you would have never found out had you not embarked on this solo journey. You’ll gain a strong sense of independence and an awareness of the world. This new attitude about yourself and your abilities will follow you back home when you return from your travels, so much so, that your solo travels may be more than just a journey to a different place. They may also serve as a personal journey to self-discovery.

So, next time you have the opportunity to travel by yourself, take the chance! It could potentially be the best trip of your life.

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Travel Tips For Making the Most of a European Vacation

Travel Tips For Making the Most of a European Vacation

Wherever you travel in Europe, you’re bound to encounter untold natural beauty and timeless, awe-inspiring works of art—and a remarkable amount of decadent, delicious food. Did we mention the food? From Greece to Portugal, Finland to the Czech Republic, there are countless amazing experiences just waiting to be had. How do you make the most of your European vacation?

We have some very simple travel tips that should help, regardless of where your European vacation is.  

When In Rome, Do As the Romans Do

The saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” might be as old as Rome itself. It holds true, regardless of how old and cliché it is. When you’re traveling through Europe on vacation, you may be tempted to carry on just as you would at home. Don’t.

You have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the way people halfway across the world live. Take advantage of that, and participate in the local culture as much as you possibly can—even if you find their customs to be out of the norm for you. You might just learn something about yourself in the process.

Skip Out on Tourist Traps

Tourist traps are called “traps” for a reason. They suck you in with the promise that they’ll be worth it. The truth is: they rarely are. Sure, it’s amazing to see some of the most touted sights in the world, but if you have to pay an exorbitant amount to get a lackluster view of anything, you’re better off spending your time and money on other pursuits. It’s better to venture off the beaten track once in a while.

Don’t feel bad if you miss out on seeing some of the classic touristy “must-sees.” Europe is bursting with so many other things you really must see with your own eyes.

Savor Your Memories and Take Pictures

Speaking of things you must see with your own eyes, when you’re in Europe, you should be sure to contemplate things in person, but don’t forget to take as many pictures as possible.

It may seem silly to take pictures of random moments, but you’ll be glad you did when you look back on those photos.

That street sign in the middle of nowhere that made you laugh out loud? The cappuccino you enjoyed at the corner café one afternoon? The puppy sitting in the garden at the little bed and breakfast you stayed one night? They’re all worth snapping a picture of, even if only for yourself to glance back on.

Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends and family, these tips will help make the most out of your European vacation.

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One of the Biggest Mistakes Mentors Make (and How to Fix it)

One of the Biggest Mistakes Mentors Make (and How to Fix it)

Being a mentor requires just as much of a learning curve as being mentored. No mentor-mentee relationship is perfect— although, some get pretty close. As with any relationship, being in a mentorship relationship takes a lot of work and a lot of getting to know one another. There will always be mistakes and missteps along the way.

By far, one of the biggest mistakes mentors make on a consistent basis is focusing on the negative and never really relishing in their mentee’s accomplishments.

Recognize Success in the Now

Because your mentee is looking for life advice as well as career advice, they’re more likely to focus on all of the areas in which they’re lacking. They’ll zero in on all of the places they’d like to improve. And, of course, it’s your job as their mentor to help them out and guide them towards the right path for them.

Beyond guiding them when they’re struggling and straying from their desired path, your mentees need you to recognize when they’re succeeding. They may not even see it for themselves. That’s when it’s most vital for you to step in and say, “I know it feels like you still have far to go, but I need you to know that I’m really proud of how far you’ve come. You’ve accomplished more than you originally set out to do. Keep up the good work.”

Let Go of the Negativity

While it’s important never to feel complacent or rest on your laurels, it’s also important not to dwell on negativity.

Positivity begets positivity.

When you’re trying to inspire and motivate your mentees, it’s crucial to adopt a positive mentality and encourage your mentee to do the same. It’s fine to recognize weaknesses, but it’s so much better to concentrate on strengths. In the end, they’re really just opposite sides of the same coin.

And remember: when your mentee succeeds thanks to your mentorship, you succeed, too. Why would you not want to celebrate those achievements as if they were your own? Lift your mentee up whenever you get the chance, and you may just be surprised by how far you can go together.

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Keys to Success You Need to Know as an MMA Fighter

Keys to Success You Need to Know as an MMA Fighter

In fighting, as in life, there are no real secrets to success. The internet will try to convince you differently; people will tell you that there are shortcuts you can take and corners you can cut. Don’t listen. There are no secrets. There are no shortcuts. There are, however, keys to success as an MMA fighter: principles that you can follow to get your desired results.

Find Your Specialty as an MMA Fighter

It was Bruce Lee who famously said, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” You can be a jack of all trades, but that really only means that you’ll be the master of none, in other words.

If you want to be truly successful as an MMA fighter, you have to have a breadth of skill, sure, but more importantly, you have to work at getting specialized. Find what works for you, and become the indisputable champion of it.

Surround Yourself with MMA Fighters Who Have Similar Goals

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, association is one of the most fundamentally important considerations to make. When you’re looking for an MMA gym to join, make sure that you ‘jell’ with the other fighters. Your gym will become similar to a second home, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s the right fit.

The most successful people surround themselves with other successful people—that same principle applies to MMA fighting. Find a group of fighters who have similar goals and work ethics, and you’ll be bound for success as a fighter (and as a person).

Never Believe You’re the Best MMA Fighter

Complacency is the enemy of progress. If you already believe that you’re the best MMA fighter you could possibly be, then there’s no reason for you to train to get better.

Many people ask what the key to staying motivated is. The truth is, the key to motivation is believing that you always have further to go. If you keep striving, you have nowhere to go but up.

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3 Habits of Highly Successful People

3 Habits of Highly Successful People

No one is born successful. Sure, some people are born with that metaphorical silver spoon in their mouths. But no one is born successful, in their own right. Success, like respect, has to be earned, and like anything worth earning, it takes time and persistence. It takes developing the right habits. There are three habits that most highly successful people have in common.

Early to Rise, Early to Shine

While it’s entirely possible to be successful as a night owl, most highly successful people wake up early and greet the day with a mindset of success.

It’s no secret that being well-rested helps you get things done, and it’s been shown that people who wake up earlier are more likely to have quality rest than those who go to bed later and wake up later. Though they may get the same number of hours of sleep, those who wake up earlier typically enjoy more restful sleep—and therefore experience a productive next day.

Success Means Eliminating Excuses  

The most highly successful people in the world didn’t get to where they are now by making excuses. They worked through any obstacles that came their way and didn’t think twice about letting those challenges knock them down.

Truly successful people are the best excuse eliminators.

Highly Successful People Work Well with Others

It’s something that most people learn on the playground: how to play well with others. They learn how to share in the sandbox, but then by the time they reach the business world, they’ve mysteriously forgotten how to get along with their peers.

The truth is: the path to success is paved with collaboration. You can’t get where you’re going without the help of others along the way. Keep that in mind as you’re plotting your trajectory. Be intentional about the company you choose to keep; they’ll ultimately define your success.

Everyone likes a team player, which is why the most highly successful people learned how to play (and work) well with others on the playground, and they never gave that useful habit up. Luckily, it’s not too late to pick it back up for yourself.

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What it Means to Be a Modern Nomad

What it Means to Be a Modern Nomad

Traditionally speaking, a nomad is a person who has no permanent address, someone who travels from place to place without ever taking root. However, in today’s world, a modern nomad can mean someone who spends the majority of their time flitting from destination to destination. They are passionate about traveling, and they ache to explore the whole world—every nook and cranny of it, from the mundane to the mysterious.

What exactly does it mean to be a modern nomad? Let’s explore!  

A Modern Nomad Has a Permanent Address

Contrary to the classical definition of nomadism, modern nomads have a place that they call “home.” Many of them have families that they come home to at night.

Even though they have those ties, they never let those responsibilities and roots hold them back from exploring the world and discovering all it has to offer. If anything, their families inspire them to go out and have even more adventures. They want their kids to see the world and experience other cultures along with them.

A Modern Nomad Doesn’t Have a 9-5 Job

It’s just about impossible to be a modern nomad with a regular nine-to-five desk job. With HR breathing down your neck about hours and compensation, it’s beyond difficult to plan a trip—much less be a modern nomad.

If you want to be a true full-time traveler, you have to ditch the full-time job grind and find alternative employment that allows you to take unlimited time for yourself. Financial freedom means having the freedom to see the world.

A Modern Nomad Follows the Beat of Their Own Drummer

You can’t put a modern nomad in a box. They are 100 percent their own person, and they won’t stand for being defined by anything or anyone.

Modern nomads defy expectations; they’re rogue agents, and they love it. They’re the ones creating their own tracks so far off the beaten path you might mistake them for Bigfoot. Rarely seen, cloaked in mystery, and maybe just a little bit smelly from spending too much time in the backwoods, modern nomads don’t care what you think. They’re too busy having the time of their lives.

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