My family spent the 4th in Malibu at the beach. I took a ton of pictures to share with all of you, so I hope you enjoy them! You may even find some inspiration in here for your next summer BBQ party. Here is a pictorial diary of our day from beginning to end.

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We started our day with snacks and building sand castles on the beach. My kids love POP chips, and they’re healthy, so as a mom, I’m a fan too. Limonata is my favorite sparkling beverage, so we had that as well.

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The kids dressed in red, white, and blue, lounged in their new beach chairs from Ralph’s Market

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Dean needed his morning calcium before firing up the grill!

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For florals, I went to the local farmers market. Instead of buying vases, I used Tynant sparkling water bottles. It’s less expensive, and I used the sparkling water for the drinks I prepared.

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I also love sunflowers for 4th of July. To me, they scream summer! I filled the base with lemons for a fresh, summery look.

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I made a pitcher of sparkling water with a little fresh squeezed lemon. Then I added Kool-Aid ice cubes in red and blue with berries frozen in them. So refreshing, and fun for the kids!

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Our Pekingese Minnie enjoyed the beach. She’s a rescue and had never been to the ocean.

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This is Dean’s custom-made paddle board. That’s supposed to be me – obviously before pregger city! Dean got a little paddle boarding in between grill shifts!

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Liam and Stella had fun playing in the sand.

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“Feeding Froggies” was the game of the day

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I love gladiator sandals for summer especially in a metallic. I wore this great pair by DVF.

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Chiquita and Ferris caught some rays and enjoyed the view from the deck.

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Ice-cold cherries are the best when it’s hot out!

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Here I am in my first maternity bathing suit of the summer.

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Red polish isn’t just for winter. I love shiny true red toes for the summer.

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I love putting little braids in my hair for summer. It keeps my hair off my face and it’s Boho chic. Plus the feather extensions are a fun summer look. I got them with the kids. Most salons do them now – give it a try next time you’re jonesing for a new summer style.

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I love deep fried dill pickles (hello preggo cravings). Here they are, prepped for frying to eat on our sliders.

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Dean seasoned and prepared the meat. Here it is, all ready for the BBQ.

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Bacon makes everything better…we wrapped our hotdogs in bacon strips before grilling.

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We had my favorite onion dip, made with Lipton’s onion soup mix and sour cream. Served with good old-fashioned Ruffles, of course!

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Our main courses: bacon-wrapped hot dogs and beef sliders with sage derby cheddar and heirloom tomatoes, topped with fried pickles (in the center bowl).

 

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The fried pickles are also great eaten alone or dipped in ranch dressing.

 

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Bump at the beach!

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I love this shot! I caught Liam trying to throw Stella’s baby doll off the deck.

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The bump makes for the perfect table!

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Liam and Stella finishing up our food fest!

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Here I am, lounging with the pups.

 

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Other summer accessories I love: big sunglasses and fun beach straw hats. Remember girls, we can still look chic while protecting our skin against harmful rays!

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That’s SO going to be me when I’m older! I loved that she was rocking the caftan and had tons of chic gold bangles on while strolling the beach.

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I took this while prepping 4th of July sugar cookies to make ice cream sandwiches for the kids.

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Finished product!

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For us grownups – a 4th of July butter cream and fresh berry-filled white cake that my adorable hubby decorated like the American flag.

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The perfect end to our day – an amazing fireworks show!

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Here’s my family watching the fireworks.

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And that’s a wrap folks! The kids were wiped out from our fun-filled day at the beach!

Now I want to see your 4th of July pictures! Upload them to your profile and “like” them, and I’ll post my faves next week!

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