May we all remember the REAL meaning of the 4th of July aka Independence Day-
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
It's my prayer that your holiday is safe and that you are blessed to be sharing it with people you love. GOD BLESS AMERICA! May the Stars And Stripes continue to wave during this difficult time filled with world turmoil- let us never forget our history!
I am in total love with all the new "kits" that Stampin Up has in the catalog! They are precut, ready to assemble and frankly just exactly what I have been begging the company for for years! lol It's a no brainer and in our busy lives we need the ability to just create without having to come up with an idea!!
This all-inclusive kit includes pre-printed cards for the perfect artistic look without the mess. Includes supplies for 20 unique cards in 3 sizes and an exclusive stamp set. Make one when you need it, or make them all and use them later. Learn more about the kit in this video.
Available to order July 1, 2015
A new video by Becky for Stampin Up! about taking photos for Project Life.
I really like Tip #3- good to remember for taking photos of kids, plants and pets and tip #8, I had no idea my phone camera could do this!
In case you didn't know: Stampin Up! partnered with Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors and designs. It’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: just slip your photos into Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life!
Project Life by Stampin’ Up! includes
• Photo Pocket Pages
• Card Collections
• Journaling Pens
I was able to pre order this In Color set and the colors are divine!
I am in love with the Delightful Dijon color!! Its' quite similar to our retired More Mustard that I desperately miss in the fall!
This set of colors really work well with all our other colors and compliment them too! If I ever get my garden replanted/growing and can take some time to be creative, (I re-planted it the 3rd and LAST time yesterday) These are the inks and cardstocks I am working with first!
Get the 2015-2017 In Color essentials in one bundle! The ultra-smooth cardstock is ideal for stamping, so you get clean, crisp images. And the innovative ink pad design has a patented flip-top lid and a firm foam pad to give you a superior stamping experience.
* 20 sheets cardstock, 4 each in 5 colors: Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaroon, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder
* 5 Classic Stampin' Pads, 1 each in 5 colors: Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaroon, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder
* 8-1/2" x 11"
* 80-lb. weight
* Acid free
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* Fast drying, dye-based ink
* Acid free
* Flip top for upside-down storage: pads stay inked during storage
* Firm foam pad lasts longer than felt pads and provides exceptional ink coverage, especially with solid-image stamps
* Can be re-inked with matching Classic Stampin' Ink Refills
* Coordinates with Stampin' Up! cardstock, markers, and embellishments
* 3-1/2" x 4-1/2"
What more in cardstock and ink could you ask for? I joined Stampin Up in 2003 because they had the VERY BEST Quality of supplies I had ever come across.
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Check out these striped and floral patterns! For this project, I used Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party, and Watermelon Wonder. It takes just a minute or two to make the fun little Designer Series Paper floral accents featured here using the Flower Medallion Punch (item # 137417). Just snip the petals to give them a little dimension, then adhere them to the tags using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Do you love the adorable floral centers? They’re our new 2015–2017 In Color Blossom Accents (item # 138383)—1/2" in diameter with 20 flowers per package and four each of five colors.
Create the tag using the Ornate Tag Topper (item # 137416).
Love the new Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim; it’s item # 138425 in the new catalog.
The cute taffy paper used to make this card is included with the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack (item # 138443). Make the gift box with the Big Shot (item # 113439), the Fry Box Bigz L Die (item # 132966), the All about Sugar Stamp Set (item # 138684) and the Sprinkles on Top Stamp Set (item # 139569). I slipped the treat inside a Gusseted Cellophane Bag, item # 133770.
Just for fun, I made a necklace out of stamped doughnuts (see right side of picture). Just make a “sandwich” out of two punched doughnuts with a Stampin’ Dimensional in the middle, then adhere it to the soon-to-be-available-and-super-awesome Silver Metallic Thread (item # 138402). Add a balloon to this cute little ensemble and you have a bright and happy birthday gift for a friend!
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I absolutely loved this one so I wanted to share with all of you!!
I love it because of a couple reasons:
That made me think about last Saturday- Kay and I went to the farmer's market for the first time so far this year. I was so glad to see Barb from the Herb group I belong to there with her booth full of herbs! I found about 7 I have been searching for all season and we also found a booth of Fried Pies that are to DIE FOR, talk about delicious! wow! I may have to stop this Saturday on the way to the Stake Day of service - our branch is doing service for a community garden in Springfield at 9- FM opens at 8 ;o)
We have been getting a lot of torrential rains and it looks like good old tropical storm Bill will be sending us 6-8 inches with the next 2 days. Flood warnings are being mentioned and posted on FB- sigh. My poor plants are going to have root rot. Yesterday while I was out doing errands and getting groceries at Sam's Club, I went to a couple of nurseries and found other plants I have been looking for. I will be planting them today even if it rains- actually during a rain or right before is the VERY best time to plant or transplant! I will try to get some photos and share them tomorrow.
I have decided that when we get these upcoming torrential rains and possible flooding its time to focus on cleaning some areas in the house- sigh. NOT my favorite thing to do at all but definitely has been ignored. Tidy the office, clean up the fabric downstairs that is strung all over and left - lol (due to good planting weather) some preparations for the coming preserving season, a bit of new lemon balm in my olive oil to make lemon balm hand cream with in a few weeks. And apply the rocks to the sides of the fairy home I am making. Get my new IN COLORS from STampin Up in my ink shelf unit, add in the cardstock and make a new envelope out of the envelope paper- it's just too stinkin cute!! Make up another SU Order for next payday- You know, stuff like that. (I forgot to include paperwork- ew, ew, ew!)
Are you gardening? Are you crafting? What are you guys up to? I love to read your comments- please be sure to leave some occasionally so I know you are out there and I am not all alone~!
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Confused about GMOs? Are you constantly bombarded with news that GMOs are harmful and then turn around a few minutes later to read they are not harmful and safe? There is no question GMOs (Soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets, alfalfa, papaya, squash) are front and center in many food conversations and news sources. I have put a quick list of some GMO facts that you may not know:
1) GMOs is not a food. GMOs (genetically modified organism) are a breeding technology. Sometimes when I talk with people about GMOs, I get the feeling they really don’t know what GMOs are. So let’s start with these three fast facts:
So exactly what is GMO? Our food has been genetically modified for thousands of years. GMO technology allows us to be more precise in the genetic modifications. According to a Popular Science article – “Scientists extract a bit of DNA from an organism, modify or make copies of it, and incorporate it into the genome of the same species or a second one. They do this by either using bacteria to deliver the new genetic material, or by shooting tiny DNA-coated metal pellets into plant cells with a gene gun. While scientists can’t control exactly where the foreign DNA will land, they can repeat the experiment until they get a genome with the right information in the right place. That process allows for greater precision. With GMOs, we know the genetic information we are using, we know where it goes in the genome, and we can see if it is near an allergen or a toxin.”
2) Herbicide resistant weeds, or “superweeds” are not caused by GMOs. The reason we have “superweeds” is because weeds continually change to resist pesticides. Superweeds are not new. Weeds have always changed (on their own) to resist pesticides. What would happen if they didn’t? Weeds would be extinct.
Yes, farmers have relied on Round Up (glyphosate) for quite a few years because it was so effective, low cost and much safer than other pesticides. But as weeds do, they are becoming resistant to Round Up. The solution? Farmers have been slacking. They need to continually change their weed plan, using several methods including crop rotation and other pesticide control measure, to combat weed pressures in their fields.
3) The medical community also uses GMOs. Perhaps the most popular is insulin, which is used by million every single day. Other medical uses of genetically engineering is drug treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s and cystic fibrosis. Our world is much better because of these medical treatments – all which are genetically modified organisms.
4) GMOs do happen in nature. The sweet potato was modified, in nature, some 8000 years ago. Soil bacteria entered the plant and modified the sweet potato plant. According to Jan Kreuze, “People have been eating a GMO for thousands of years without knowing it.”
5) Europe IS importing feed/food that has used the GMO technology. One issue that is constantly brought up by consumers is Europe has banned GMOs. And then it is always followed up with, “why doesn’t the U.S. do the same?” The reality is Europe never banned GMOs (only two countries have outright banned GMOs), but rather, had not approved them. The EU has now authorized the importation of 17 GMOs for food/feed uses.
6) GMO’s are not causing the increase in food allergies. Food allergies are mostly caused by eight major food products – milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. All GMO foods are required to be tested extensively for these eight food products and biotech developers work closely with the FDA to assure any new GMO foods do not produce any new allergens. And, perhaps, the coolest thing about this technology is we can use the biotechnology to remove known allergens from foods. Imagine a world where someone can eat peanuts without the “peanut allergen.”
7) Long Term Studies on GMOs. Probably the most common statement I have seen or read is, “There are no long term studies on GMOs.” There have been GMO studies done on animals where the results show no negative effects on animals. And then the question also becomes, what is considered long term? For the naysayers, there will be no amount of time that will satisfy them. In addition, there have never been long-term studies required on any other new seed variety or crop. GMOs are the only crops that require extensive pre-marketing scrutiny. And think all natural plant foods are always good for us? Think about rhubarb leaves and pits of peaches – all which are poisonous to humans.
8) GMOs only affect 1-4 genes, where traditional breeding plants affect 10,000 – >300,000 genes. And the 1-4 genes that are changed? Scientists know everything there is to know about them.
9) GMOs = Sustainability. Using GMO technology allows farmers to use less pesticides. Less pesticides = good for people and the environment. Not only do farmers use less pesticides, but newer GMO varieties include a drought tolerant trait where plants require less water. There is also the possibility of GMO plants using nitrogen already present in the soil as a nutrient. Presently, plants have a hard to time accessing and using the nitrogen already present in the soils. Biotechnology possibilities are endless.
10) Farmers care. Farmers really do care about what they grow. Our goal is to grow safe, affordable food. Farmers rely on expert advice that helps them determine the best seeds to plant. We can plant whatever seed we choose. We are not forced into any seed choices or seed companies.
Farmers choose to plant biotech seeds. We do need to sign a technology agreement that says we cannot save any seed back to plant for future years. We know that and understand that. Personally, we have farmed for over 35 years and we have never held back any seed to be used for the following growing season. And, finally, our farm field (where GMO corn and soybeans are grown) is literally in my backyard. Why would we grow something dangerous to our health right in our backyards? We really do care. We know GMOs are not the only solution, but just a single tool in our farming toolbox. And it seems farming requires multiple tools and I also believe our “toolbox” will continue to grow in the future.
And to this article, I say AMEN! This IS the truth not what others are trying to promote- I hope you share this article to help people learn the truth about all the hype to scare people.