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How to make your 4th of July one to remember!

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Each year we have the honor of celebrating our country’s birthday! All the way back in 1776, our founding fathers started signing the Declaration of Independence! This declaration helped us break free and become an independent nation, that is now filled with opportunities, a variety of culture and a fun holiday that celebrates our freedom, country and summer!

The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday for many reasons, one being the time of year we celebrate it! It’s right in the middle of summer, and almost always beautiful weather! But this year, how can we make this holiday different from all the other years?

Get outside & be active!

There are so many different activities, events going on over the Fourth of July holiday, start looking now! In your city, see what festivals are going on and check if there are any fun-runs too! Don’t forget that the holidays are always heavy on eating, so try to find festivals to attend for walking and 5k runs before you grill out and eat the rest of the weekend! There is an amazing app that you can download called Meetup, where you can search for meetup groups based on your interests! It’s a great way to meet people if you’re new to a city or find some people that share your common interests.

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Have an amazing cookout with your loved ones

Grilling out is a 4th of July essential. Gathering a group of your friends, family, neighbors and cooking your favorite food, chilling out by the pool and drinking some beers is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday! At Zeitgeist gifts, we have an amazing selection of BBQ and summer products, from unique corn holders and drink coasters, to frisbees and cute pool bags! Make this year’s Fourth one to remember with your cool new gifts from Zeitgeist!

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Go camping!

Invite your closest friends or family and make a weekend out of it! Find what campsites are near your city and make a small drive for a weekend filled with fun, sun, grilling out and quality time with those you love! Camping is a wonderful way to get out of the crazy city and enjoy nature. Make it even more special with some of our outdoor products that are perfect for bringing camping. Remember that spending a lot of time outdoors puts you at risk for sunburn. There is currently an app out there called Wolfram Sun Exposure that actually calculates how long your skin can handle the sun before burning based on your personal skin type, if you used sunscreen, and your location!

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Show your patriotism

Find your local parade and attend, see what you can do to volunteer during your city’s festival and don’t forget to hang your flag! Be proud of your traditions, your country and how far it has come. Almost every city has a parade and a festival that goes along with it - ending in fireworks. Finding volunteer opportunities is a wonderful way to give back, meet new people, and be a good example to your children!

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Make your own ice cream - kick the can!

Making ice cream is a perfect outdoor activity for your children, and it actually turns out great! All you need for this recipe is the following:
  • One large metal coffee can
  • One small metal coffee can that can fit inside the large one
  • Duct tape
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Rock salt
  • Ice
Basically, all you do for this simple recipe is add all the ingredients into the small coffee tin, and seal it with duct tape. Then place the small tin into the large tin and surrounding the small tin with ice and rock salt. Seal the large tin and begin kicking the can! After about 20-30 minutes and a couple times of refilling the ice and rock salt, put in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving! It’s delicious and fun!

Make root beer floats!

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One of the most American treats, make root beer floats for your family! Pick up a quart or half gallon of vanilla custard/ice cream from your local ice cream shop and buy some A&W root beer! Place two scoops of ice cream into your cup and fill the rest with root beer! It’s an easy and unique treat that the kids and adults will enjoy!

Create your own firework show

Find your local firework shop and load up on fireworks! Create your own show in your yard that night! Note: Make sure you check your laws and regulations regarding fireworks in your neighborhood before spending any money!

Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Non-Boring Father's Day Gifts for 5 Different Types of Dads!

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It’s simple to buy your father a gift. But thinking outside of the box is the only way to make this Father’s Day extra special. In most cases, fathers have the hardest job of all. They work, protect, provide and still have enough energy to enjoy the good things in life.

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s essential to start planning out how to make this day unforgettable for your dad, without breaking your bank or buying a gift that he will never use.

Our protectors…

Fathers have been protecting their families since the beginning of time. When you’re a baby, they hold you close to prevent any and all risks. When you’re learning how to ride a bike, they wipe your tears away after you’ve fallen. When you’re a teenager, they refuse to let you go somewhere that they think will be dangerous (even though you hate him at the time, you thank him later). When you’re an adult, they give you all of their life advice to prepare you for the hardships and triumphs that life brings.

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For our life protectors, the least we can do is try to protect them. This holiday, give the gift of safety, with a Stylish Anti-Theft Backpack. For day-to-day commutes to work or for traveling, your father will absolutely use and appreciate this gift, and the thought behind it!

Our providers…

Our dad’s spend their whole existence trying to give their families a better life than they had...and a lot of the time they succeed. Some work long hours, multiple jobs, and/or have strenuous labor-intensive careers. In order to be successful in their job, they should feel confident, be clean and look sharp! Give your dad something that he can use everyday, whether it be some crazy-themed soap sets like our Big Ass Bricks of Soap or a grooming kit like our Damn Handsome Beard Kit.

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Our adventure gurus…

With all that our fathers do for us, it’s amazing that they still have energy to be adventurous! Get your dad ready for summer and all the activities that follow with some amazing, thoughtful and inexpensive gifts! Try a stylish bike bag or 6-pack holder for short trip to the beach. Maybe a magnetic LED light for their bicycle that allows them to see and be seen for night rides. For a traveling father, how about a shoe cleaning kit to keep his kicks in perfect condition, or a hoodie/neck pillow for long flights.

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Our personal chefs…

With summer creeping up quickly, why not surprise your dad with a gift that keeps on giving! Encourage your father to start up that grill with his new extendable BBQ-King Fork or Knife! Or give him a BBQ Veggie Cutter Set to hint that you want some healthy alternatives to grilling meat. We also have some adorable corn picks and BBQ plates to choose from, which can hopefully start BBQ season early and give you some delicious grilled food! Win-win! If your dad is a wine collector, we have a plethora of wine stoppers to choose from, all unique, special and inexpensive!

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Our fun-loving guys…

Dads like to party too! And sometimes, they’re more the life of the party than their children! If you want to give a gift that is extremely unique and fun, check out our inflatable floating drink holder, perfect for a pool party! Another amazing gift that is suitable for guys at any age, are our one-of-a-kind ping pong sets, which can add some fun to any day of the week. For those green thumb fathers who enjoy music, take a look at our Herbal Jimi pots, which will look amazing in your patio or garden.

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Whatever type of dad you have, Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show how much you appreciate everything that he does for you. While it’s extremely difficult to buy for men, we hope that this guide can help you come up with original ideas for these irreplaceable men in your lives. Make this day special for the man who has given you life and raised you into the person you are today.

Happy Father’s Day!

Mom, Entrepreneur, and Everything Else!

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Hi guys, Julia here.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms who each and every day are taking care of things, bringing up the kids, and maybe even building a business. I thought for Mother’s Day I write something about my entrepreneurial journey, what keeps me going every day, what I have learned, and some tips I like to share.

Having a business is like an evolution…..you start somewhere, you learn along the way, you make mistakes, you step back, you correct, and you keep going. An ever changing process where one day you feel you are finally getting there, while other days you think: damn, I have no idea what in the world I’m doing.

I feel that those same emotions occur when you choose to start a family and are expecting your first child. You don’t really know what happens until you finally get there, and even then each day is a new journey. Luckily as a “mompreneur,” I have crossed that bridge, and have found that time spent bringing up my children have shaped my entrepreneurial journey. I’ve learned patience, perseverance, I’ve become more resilient, I am better organized, and I can multi-task while still (somehow) remaining relaxed. You mature, as a “mompreneur.” You see yourself become more confident and learn to handle things better with a longer fuse. Additionally, as I’ve grown as a mother and as an entrepreneur, I’ve realized that my tendency to overthink has lessened as I simply do not have the time to dwell anymore.

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At the end of the day, I am still me, though. I have always been a very active person who can never sit still, I am always filled with lots of ideas, plans, and a love for creativity. I’ve always been passionate for beautiful things, and have an active imagination, all characteristics I bring to my work.

When I lived in Europe, being an entrepreneur never crossed my mind. I always worked in corporate and felt content with that. However when we came to the U.S. five years ago and I wasn’t legally allowed to work, my setup drastically changed. I had to help my kids transition into making new friends and feeling settled in an English speaking environment, something they weren’t completely comfortable with yet. I had to concentrate on settling in as a family to our new home and supporting them through the process.

My goal was to create a better life for my children, spend more time with them, and make them comfortable. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to go back to work. It was part of my happiness, identity, and I couldn’t imagine never going back. While patiently waiting for my work permission I started to educate beyond my previous degrees. Modern marketing, especially digital marketing’s current impact on American culture fascinated me, and I began to work on a business plan and prepare for my own venture.

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I have learned that discipline and proper organization are key. Stick with a routine, and don’t back down from it. Personally, I get up really early and work out. Even on days where I’m feeling especially exhausted, getting up early and exercising helps me to regroup and be energized for the day.  As soon as the kids have left for school, I really focus on my work and try not to get distracted to keep productivity flowing! Every night I compile my to-do list with my priorities, tasks that need to get done, and things I have to work on. Sometimes the list doesn’t pan out according to plan, and there are days where I get mad at myself because I feel especially unproductive, but I remind myself “that’s life!”

We are all only human beings and I believe that accepting weakness shows true strength. Have fun while working and appreciate your achievements. Understand what you are good at and try to outsource stuff that is better done by others. You can’t do it alone. Finally, always remember to carve out a bit of time for yourself, something you really enjoy unrelated to the business. Don’t forget to socialize and to spend time with your spouse or partner. As much as I love my kids, it’s so nice to still have some romantic time to celebrate your togetherness.

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What a journey! Although there have been so many ups and down, crying, swearing, celebrating - I would never go back. Running your own business is no piece of cake, especially while raising a family at the same time, however it has brought me so much joy. I really want to encourage all the moms out there to follow your dreams and make the plunge. You won’t regret it. And if you fail – well at least you tried ;)

Have a happy Mother’s Day and keep hustling!

xo Julia

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