Freedom Phones: Independence Day Earbuds

4th of July

Feeling patriotic, and wanna let your fun flag fly? I got into the holiday spirit with this Independence Day earbuds project— it’s a quickie craft that not only looks great, but improves on a good thing: embroidery thread makes your earphone cords tangle-free.

So pull out the red, white and blue, and get started. No needles required (take that, Betsy Ross!).

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Eat + Entertain

Red, White and Blue Recipes with Heidi Larsen

red white and blue recipes

Here’s one key thing about me: I love to entertain, and I especially love to cook. So FoodieCrush, the site about food bloggers and their best recipes, is a favorite hotspot of mine. Just in time for the fourth of July, I interviewed founder Heidi Larsen, who pointed me toward 50 of her favorite red, white and blue recipes and also shared her thoughts on tech. First, the food—look for the Independence Sandwich Bread (crazy!), stunning Strawberry Shortcut Doughnut Muffins, and classic Pinwheel Icebox Cookies. Stop it, Heidi. Just… stop it.

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Gadgets to Make Life Easier [Today Show]


If moms could tell you what they want (what they really, really want), what do you think it would be? A recent survey gave the answer, but if you’re a mom yourself, I bet you’ve already guessed it: more time! And you can give any mom in your life exactly that with these great new gadgets and apps, all designed to make life easier and more fun. I had the pleasure of debuting my picks on TODAY with the fabulous Kathie Lee and Hoda (see us in action, including me in my very yellow dress, below). Without further ado, here are my favorite tech gifts for moms, bound to be a hit any time of year.

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