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Outdoor Tech Inspired Dorm Room

Do you have a student going off to college? Are you the student going off to college? If you answered yes to either of these questions, read along to find out some tips for a rad dorm room. Living in a shoe-box for a school year doesn’t sound too appealing, but there are a few ways to make the space feel more like home. The secret key to a comfortable living space is to personalize your dorm. ODT products will get you one step closer to a personal, rad, and tech inspired living space that will have your new friends wishing they invested in ODT.

Let’s look at ODT products your dorm room needs:

  1. Turtle Shell 3.0 – $99.95

At some point in college, it’s going to be your turn to host the pregame. The Turtle Shell 3.0 makes this easy and everyone will love coming to your room before the party. It’s not too big of a speaker, making it the perfect sized center piece for a quick game of beer pong. You won’t have to worry about this speaker getting ruined either if an accidental spill happens! Don’t blast the music too loud though, the last thing you want is an RA knocking on your door.

  1. Buckshot Pro – $79.95

This little speaker is a great addition to your room. Its high quality sound makes it easy to have music playing while friends are hanging out. The built-in flashlight will come in handy for those times you drop something behind your bed or lose something in your closet. You can easily take the Buckshot Pro for a walk around campus if you want to be that cool kid playing music while walking to class. Definitely a power move.

  1. Tags 2.0 – $39.95

At an affordable price, the Tags 2.0 make the perfect college earbuds. Whether you’re watching Netflix or doing homework, these earbuds make it easy to privately listen to music without bothering your roommate. You can also throw them in your bag or purse and you won’t have to worry about them getting tangled because of the magnetic ends that clip together!

  1. Los Cabos – $59.95

If you’re more of a headphone type of person, get the Los Cabos for your dorm living. This rugged piece of technology is tough to break and sweat/splash resistant, so no need to worry about accidentally ruining them. Put them on and turn up the volume to tune-out those unwanted visitors in your room. Study time? Block out surrounding noise to focus in on getting good grades. Lounging out on the campus quad? Bring your Los Cabos and relax to some quality tunes. They’re also good for your flights back home!

  1. Kodiak Power Series – $24.95 – $79.95

Portable chargers are necessary for all college students. Whether you’re out and about on a Friday night, enjoying a football game at your stadium, or studying hard in the library, a portable charger will come in handy. The last thing you want is to get separated from your friends with a dead phone, or for your devices to run out of battery while you’re in the study zone. Many dorm rooms don’t have outlets near the head of your bed, so it can be hard to charge your phone overnight. With a Kodiak Power Bank, all battery problems are solved!

  1. Calamari 2.0 – $24.95

Do you ever feel like your pile of tangled chords represents your mess of a life? If you get the Calamari 2.0 your life will be a whole lot better, just watch. The Calamari is the greatest 3-in-1 USB charging/data transfer cable and it’ll help step up your device game. As a college student, I know you have chords coming from every direction. Do yourself a favor and get the Calamari. It’s worth it.

  1. Apparel – $22.00 – $56.00

To top off your ODT dorm inspired room, get some apparel to represent! If you go to school where winters are cold, a beanie or sweatshirt will keep you warm. Nothings cooler than wearing a Yowie, that’s something I know for certain.

Outdoor Tech and Mossy Oak Collaboration Debut at Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Tech and Mossy Oak team up to debut an exclusive collection of rugged audio and power products at Outdoor Retailer.

Laguna Hills, CA (July 26, 2017) – Outdoor Tech®, the maker of the iconic Turtle Shell speakers and an assortment of rugged audio and power products, launches a breakout camo edition to expand their offering of rugged audio and power products. Mossy Oak’s classic camo pattern brings a unique element to Outdoor Tech’s products specifically created for use in various outdoor activities. A discrete design allows Outdoor Tech’s rugged technology to be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. The collaboration with Mossy Oak enhances the esthetic functionality and appeal of Outdoor Tech’s high quality rugged products.

The collaboration between Outdoor Tech® and Mossy Oak provides a larger audience with a new breakout camo edition of Outdoor Tech’s most popular products. The power-packed Buckshot Pro, rugged Turtle Shell, and portable Kodiak Power Line are a few of the products that will be available in camo print. The products are not only ideal for the outdoor, camping and hook and bullet retail channels, but also the lifestyle channel with its premium Mossy Oak graphics and trendy camo appearance.

“Outdoor Tech is making the products outdoors enthusiasts want for their ‘unplugged’ lifestyle,” said Chris Paradise, Chief Sales Officer of Mossy Oak. “Adding Mossy Oak to this incredible product line reaches the hunting consumer and adds a rugged touch to high-tech audio and power products.”

In addition to launching Mossy camo in Outdoor Tech’s most popular existing products, Outdoor Tech® is also unveiling a brand-new Kodiak Power Station 100 & 200. This innovative product incorporates a standard 110V U.S. outlet, 12V car outlet and two USB ports designed to bring long-lasted rugged power to the great outdoors. Outdoor Tech® will also offer a rugged Solar Panel to be used in conjunction with the Kodiak Power Stations, or to recharge any other mobile device. These new products will make their anticipated debut at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, Utah. Production is in full force, so the highly anticipated products will be ready to hit the retail shelves just before the busy holiday season in Q4.

“I’m very excited to partner with a premium brand who has the same passion and obsession for the outdoors as we do. Mossy Oak is the leader in camouflage prints and this new collection of products fits any outdoor lifestyle.” – Charlie Gugliuzza, CEO at Outdoor Tech

Don’t miss your chance to experience these brand-new products at the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow this year. Head on over to booth #19037 and keep an eye out for the camouflage edition of stuffyouprobablywant! If you can’t make it to Outdoor Retailer, check out the Outdoor Tech + Mossy Oak catalog here.


Life on the East Coast vs. West Coast

Living in California, I’m sure you’ve seen everyone with their Bluetooth headphones and heard the subtle brag “west coast is the best coast!”. People who stand behind this common phrase often haven’t even been to the east coast. Well, I live on both coasts, so I’ll get to the bottom of this debate. I’ve lived in Orange County all 19 years of my life, but I attend Fordham University in New York City. I still have a lot to learn about the Big Apple, but going to college in this fast-pace environment made me learn a lot in a short amount of time. If there’s one thing I’d like to emphasize, it’s that OC and NYC are COMPLETELY different. Take a look at these nine categories I’ve decided to rate from each coast, and we’ll find out if East or West comes out on top.

  1. Weather – East Coast: 4 / West Coast: 10

The two coasts obviously have VERY different weather patterns. When I first told people I was going to New York for school, their initial reaction was “Wow! Good luck with that winter.” They weren’t wrong either. Cold rain, inches of snow, and average temperatures of 30°F don’t compare to a SoCal winter! Not to mention, New York summers are filled with hot heat and high humidity.

Winter in Central Park. It may be cold, but it sure is pretty!

  1. Food – East Coast: 9 / West Coast: 8

The most important category: FOOD! California wins for best Mexican food hands down. But you already knew that. New York has some of the best Italian food I’ve ever tasted, thanks to Little Italy. Other than that, the coasts are pretty equal when it comes to creative, tasty food spots. However, NYC’s East Village is home to uniquely individual food spots that satisfy every and any craving. West Coast is more reliable if you’re searching for a typical chain restaurant.

  1. Views – East Coast: 8 / West Coast: 8

This category is a tough one. If you head to the top of the Empire State Building, you’ll catch the most spectacular view of the NYC Skyline. It’s truly a view that you can’t get anywhere else. What the East Coast doesn’t have, however, is a West Coast sunset. Watching the sunset on the beach is a casual activity here in Southern California that you definitely can’t do in New York. But which is better…NYC Skyline or California Sunset?

View from the top of the Empire State Building.

Laguna Beach, California – December 2016.

  1. People – East Coast: 6 / West Coast: 8

One time I went with my roommate to get her nose pierced at a famous tattoo shop. After talking with the tattoo artist for a few minutes, he asked, “Where you from? You’re way too nice to be from New York.” So yes, the typical stereotype of a New Yorker is (mostly) true. New Yorkers are always in a rush (thanks to Subway System delays), so don’t take anything personal. City streets are filled with people that are trying to sell you tickets or grab your attention, so we unintentionally begin to brush people off. After living in New York for only a year, I’ve noticed personal changes. I walk way faster, I’ve become more opinionated, and yes, I sometimes forget to say thanks when a stranger holds the door open for me…forgive me! California’s laidback lifestyle offers more time for people to say thanks, have a casual conversation with a neighbor, and smile at every stranger who walks by.

  1. Fashion – East Coast: 9 / West Coast: 7

Fashion plays a HUGE role in a NYC lifestyle. After all, it is home to New York Fashion Week. City life promotes stylish outfits, no matter where you’re headed. Even if you’re simply taking a stroll through Central Park, you’ll notice mostly everyone has their outfits together. In SoCal, people tend to run errands in workout clothes, go to work in workout clothes, and sit around at home in workout clothes. I’m not complaining though, comfort is key!

  1. Entertainment – East Coast: 10 / West Coast: 6

Not going to lie, Southern California can get boring. Yeah, we have the beach and all, but the beach gets repetitive. SoCal doesn’t compare to the “City that Never Sleeps.” When I’m in New York, I see something new every day. Even the subway rides are filled with entertainment (shout out to the street performers). NYC has free comedy shows, free concerts, museums, pop-up shops, and much MUCH more on any day of the week.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). One of many famous museums in NYC.

  1. Transportation – East Coast: 8 / West Coast: 5

Southern California and New York City are both known for having the WORST traffic. Unless you’re an Uber, Lyft, or Taxi driver in NYC, you’re better off walking or using the subway system. The MTA New York Subway is seriously the best transportation system. Yes, it gets crowded and the subway carts aren’t the cleanest, but you get places fast. For $2.75, you can go anywhere in the five boroughs, which is cheap considering you’d be paying for gas money anyways if you were driving a car.

D-Train Subway Line. Uptown & The Bronx

  1. Expenses – East Coast: 4 / West Coast: 6

There’s nothing cheap about living in New York or California. Good luck getting the penthouse suit with floor to ceiling windows that overlooks NYC. The expense of winter coats and sweaters adds up too…I spent over $1,000 on coats for last winter alone. Restaurants, grocery shopping, gas, movies, concerts, and pretty much any other activity are pricy on both coasts. When a free show or event comes around, don’t pass it up!

  1. Lifestyle – East Coast: 7 / West Coast: 8

The lifestyles on the two coasts are completely different. NYC is a fast-pace environment that motivates you to keep moving. If I sit around and watch Netflix for a day in New York, I honestly feel bad about it because I feel like it’s a day wasted. At home in California, I feel no shame lying in bed to binge watch my favorite TV show. This category is totally based on opinion, and I like the easy-going vibes that surround the West Coast.

Alright so which coast comes out on top? East Coast (NYC) or West Coast (SoCal)?

Totals – East Coast: 65 / West Coast: 66

Looks like the West Coast wins by one point!! I expected this to turn out pretty even, since I honestly don’t know which coast I like better. The lifestyles are too different to compare, and it really just depends on your personality. I love living in NYC, and I think it’s a great place to explore during my 20s. When it’s time to settle down, California will be a better fit. Even though the city life is great, Orange County will always be my home!

Snowboarding in July?!?

This past weekend I took a trip up to Mammoth Mountain. I usually go to Mammoth twice during winter, but never have I been during the summer months. This may be a bold statement, but it was quite possibly the best Mammoth trip I’ve ever had. Snowboarding in the middle of July?!? Not many people can say they’ve done that, especially in California! Let’s look at some facts. The ’10- ’11 season reached 668 inches of snow, making that the greatest snowfall record. In 1995, the season ended on August 13, making that the longest season in Mammoth history. This season, Mammoth got 618 inches of snow and the predicted closing date is August 6th. These specifics make the ’16- ’17 ski season the second longest season in Mammoth history, and I’m happy to say I was part of it!

Snowboarding in July is HOT. Imagine 78°F and snow pants. A combination that really doesn’t sound appealing. Some skiers and boarders chose to go with bathing suits. I’m talking full on speedo and string bikini…really quite the look for some people. My favorite outfit though had to be the Elvis Presley I saw skiing down from the top. Everyone on the slopes was in such a happy mood. The sun was shining, it was middle of summer, and we were surrounded by people who shared the same love for skiing/snowboarding. What more could anyone ask for!The snow conditions were probably what you’d expect for middle of July. The runs were slushy and there were patches of dirt in places, but I’d take slush over ice any day. The chairlifts open were the Gondola, Face Lift Express, and Chair 23. This left us with a few runs to do including Upper Road Runner, Cornice Bowl, and Saddle Bowl. The options were limited, but then again, it was middle of July so who’s complaining?The slopes were only open from 7:30am – 12pm, so in the afternoon I got to explore the area. I’ve never checked out the lakes before, and I figured this was a great chance to figure out why it’s called Mammoth Lakes. My friends and I headed to Lake Mary and rented a canoe for the afternoon. I highly recommend this if you’re in town for summer! The view was absolutely breathtaking and the water was so refreshing. We jumped into the 45° lake, which was for sure a shock, but a great experience. Snowboarding in the morning and canoeing in the afternoon was the move.My Mammoth trip this past weekend was one to remember. Of course snow conditions in the summer can’t compare to winter, but the experience in itself was one that may not happen again for years. Are you ready for the ’17 – ’18 ski season? I know I am.

Agenda Trade Show 2017 – Long Beach

This year’s Agenda tradeshow was one for the books. It was a weekend full of rugged technology, great food, and festival fun. People took the Agenda Festival to heart and really showed their style through eccentric clothing options. I think about 3 new trends started this past weekend. One of which included parachute pants and Timberlands (too bad I didn’t sneak any pics). Coachella Weekend 3 or Agenda Festival? Not sure, but the festival was a great end to the tradeshow. I’m still bitter I missed A$AP Rocky’s guest appearance during Tyler The Creator’s performance. Overall, Agenda 2017 was a success and Outdoor Tech’s booth was a hit. Check out these pics!

Rugged everything.

CEO Charlie Gugliuzza representing ODT!

I want what they have. Great music, awesome headphones.

Cactus + Mossy Oak = A Winning Look.

Chips built for listening.

I spy a pair of Tags 2.0

We hope you made your way over to Outdoor Tech’s booth, but if not, these pics capture our booth’s cool vibes. Can’t wait to see what Agenda has in store for Outdoor Tech in the future!

Top 6 Trails to Hike in Southern California

  1. Hollywood Sign – Griffith Park, Los Angeles

One of the most talked about trails in Southern California is the hike to the Hollywood Sign. There are four main trails you can take once you get to Griffith Park. Brush Canyon Trail and Hollyridge Trail both end up behind the Hollywood sign, leaving you with a breathtaking view of the city. Burbank Peak Trail is the shortest trek at 3 miles round-trip, but it’s one of the more challenging hikes! If you want a head on view of the Hollywood Sign, take the Innsdale Drive path.

  1. Torrey Pines – State Reserve, La Jolla

This hike is a shorter trek at 4 miles round trip, giving you a beautiful view of California’s coastal scenery. Razor Point and Yucca Point are two overlook spots on this hike that peer out into the ocean. It’s a sight to see, that’s for sure!

  1. Car Wreck Trail – Laguna Beach/Aliso Viejo

You can get to this trail from Laguna Beach or Aliso Viejo, it just depends if you’re looking for a challenge. The trail from Laguna is roughly 4 miles round-trip, but it’s steep. The trail from Aliso is about 7 miles round-trip, but it’s much flatter. Either way, you’ll end up at the historic Car Wreck. The paths will reveal remnants from a car accident that happened decades ago.

  1. Potato Chip Rock – Mt. Woodson Trail, San Diego

I’m sure you’ve seen those crazy pictures of people on a thin slice of rock that appears to be on the verge of breaking. This recognized feature is known as Potato Chip Rock. The hike to reach the rock is about 8 miles round trip, and it winds around Lake Poway before reaching the incline to the summit. You’ve got to check this trail out to snap some rad pics!

  1. Top of the World – Laguna Beach

If you’re looking for a beautiful view of Laguna Beach, then head to Top of the World. This hike can be tough, but it is well worth the spectacular view of the California Coast. (Hint: For those of you that want to skip the hike, you can just drive to the outlook point.)

  1. Whiting Ranch – Trabuco Canyon

Head over to the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. This Orange County Park has over 20 trail options, but I recommend taking Red Rock Canyon. This trail is considered easy and any beginner can tackle it! It’s a total of 4.2 miles and has a view of Portola Hills.

Of course, you will be taking a lot of photos so you might want to make sure you have a power bank just in case.

On-Shore Review of the Minnows, Makos, and Orcas 2.0

Recently, there have been a few too many shark sightings in Southern California Oceans. I’m not sure about you, but the Shark Advisory signs interrupt my summer fun. “Enter at your own risk” is not a summer motto I enjoy living by, so let’s focus on the Minnows, Makos, & Orcas 2.0 that thrive on-shore.

  1. Minnows – $19.95

Minnows are the ideal pair of minimalist earbuds that deliver high quality sound at an affordable price. They are perfect if you’re trying to subtly listen to music in the office, jam out during a long car ride, or settle somewhere in between. The rigid, durable, and lightweight Minnows will boost your music listening without breaking your bank account.

  1. Makos – $29.95

When I hear Mako, I think Shark!! Intimidating, right? Makos earbuds provide the same intimidating factor in support of packed sound and solid bass pumps. We’ve got two sets of Comply foam ear tips and Makos fins to make sure your Makos stay in place when a throwback banger plays. Time for a beach yoga session or gym workout? Makos sweat-resistant feature lets you get down to business and burn off calories from this morning’s regretted donut consumption.

  1. Orcas 2.0 – $79.95

If you like the Makos, you’ll love the Orcas 2.0. These WIRELESS earbuds (yes, I said wireless) are not only sweat-resistant, but are water-resistant for those random times you want to take a jog in the rain. Tune-out to your favorite sounds for a max of five hours (at full volume of course). Gym, hike, work, beach, flight… you name the place and the Orcas 2.0 will not let you down.

Tramping in a New Zealand Winter

Last year, from June – December 2016, my sister had the opportunity to study abroad in New Zealand. Summer for us was winter for her in a new, unexplored place. She went on many tramping trips and shared her New Zealand experiences with us! Let’s see what she has to say.

  1. What is tramping?

Tramping is similar to hiking, however tramps are typically multi-day and often include huts at regular intervals for trail walkers to use overnight. The New Zealand hut system is extensive with over 950 huts of all shapes and sizes managed by the Department of Conservation, which all kiwis refer to as D.O.C

Sam Summers Hut on the Mt. Crichton Loop Track. The smallest and oldest hut, which slept only four people.

Routeburn Falls Hut on the Routeburn Track. Located in Fiordland National Park

2. Where in New Zealand did you go tramping?

New Zealand is comprised of a Northern and Southern Island. During my time in New Zealand I studied in Dunedin, which is located on the South Island. Queenstown, Wanaka, Milford Sound and Te Anau are a few of the beautiful places I was fortunate enough to tramp.

  1. Which spot was your favorite?

My favorite tramping trip in New Zealand was the Copland track. The track was 18 kilometers, which took about 6 hours of walking and snacking to reach the hut. The hut itself had an actual toilet. Literally FLUSHING! It is pretty impressive that they got plumbing into the middle of wild New Zealand bush. Believe it or not, the toilet situation was not the best part of the track. There were natural hot springs! It was fantastic to soak in a hot pool after six hours of walking! But there was a catch to the hot springs, they were filled with a lethal amoeba that would kill you within 10 days. Not to fear! No one got hurt by the springs.

  1. Did you go on overnight trips and day trips? Did you have a preference?

I went on a mix of overnight and day hikes. The longest hike I went on was the Kepler track. Located near Te Anau, the Kepler track was 60km, and I completed the trail in three days and two nights. My favorite day hike was the Pineapple track located in Dunedin where I was studying. I love both overnight and day tramps. However, I don’t think that I could last much longer than three nights in a hut.

View from the Kepler Track.

  1. What hiking essentials did you bring in your pack?

When packing, the idea was to bring as little as possible. When walking for kilometers, you can easily regret packing a third set of socks. I would typically pack a single set of walking clothes. Yes, I would walk in the same smelling clothing for two days. In addition to walking clothes, I would bring a pair of dry clothes to wear while hanging out in the hut. This outfit consisted of fleeces, flannels, wool leggings, and a dry pair of socks! I also packed food, toiletries, a sleeping bag, sleeping mat, wool beanie, and a pair of hut shoes. I learned how to live minimally, and I loved it!

  1. What did you wear since it was during New Zealand’s winter?

WOOL, WOOL, WOOL! The answer to the cold in New Zealand is wool. They have twelve sheep to every 1 person, so it is safe to say that there is no shortage. Besides the surplus, wool is an amazing material. It is sustainable, keeps you warm even when it gets wet, and is flame resistant. Depending on the predicted temperature, I wore one or two layers of athletic/wool pants. On the top, I would wear a long sleeve wool shirt, an athletic shirt, a fleece top, and a raincoat. My rain coat was probably the most important piece of my entire outfit. Rain in New Zealand is unpredictable and unforgiving. Wool socks and hiking books were enough to keep my feet warm.

  1. What was your favorite part about tramping in New Zealand?

Although many people would assume the best part is the view, for me it was something else. Don’t get me wrong, everything was beautiful, breath taking, and captivating. However, I enjoyed the silence and the isolation. In Southern California, there are always signs of human impact. When at home, I feel like I can’t escape the people, the buildings, and the noise. The New Zealand outback shows no sign of human interference. Everything you can see is untouched, pure nature. Everything you can hear is soft, and gentle. The sounds of the rustling bush and running rivers will forever ring true in my heart.

View of a natural waterfall on one of the tramping tracks.

  1. What hikes have you done in California?

I have not hiked nearly as much in California. In fact, I have never done an overnight hike. I have hiked Saddleback Mountain in Orange County a few times. I’ve also explored trails along the Orange County coast, but my experience in California is much less than New Zealand. I hope to keep branching out and exploring California. This weekend I will be exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains!

  1. How does hiking in the two different regions compare?

Besides the amazing views in New Zealand, there is an entirely different culture around the outdoors and hiking. A huge reason I hiked so much in New Zealand was because virtually everyone I met was into hiking and exploring the outdoors! At my university in California, not nearly as many people are in love with the outdoors. Surrounded by a passion to explore outside made hiking in New Zealand a unique and unforgettable experience.

  1. Overall thoughts? Would you recommend to a fellow hiker?

I would recommend that everyone who can go to New Zealand should! It is beautiful for more reasons than just the amazing hikes. But getting outside, hiking, and being active don’t require you to wait until you’re in a beautiful, foreign place. There is beauty and nature all around us so get out there and explore!

Milford Sound mountains.

10 Patriotic Cocktails to Liven Up this 4th of July

Many Americans believe the 4th of July is the best day of the year. I’m not arguing. No work, BBQ foods, sandy beaches, patriotic outfits, fireworks, free country…you get the point. This holiday doesn’t need much else to make it a great day, but a few drinks never hurt. These 10 patriotic recipes will for sure boost your American spirit!

  1. Blueberry Strawberry Mojito

This colorful cocktail has a subtle spin on a classic mojito. Just throw in fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries and there you have it! Easy to make, easy to drink.

  1. Red White & Blue Vodka Lemonade Slushies

You’ll need a blender for this recipe. Separately blend up three different slushies: cranberry, blue curacao, and vodka lemonade. Layer the flavors and admire the aesthetically pleasing drink you’ve just made.

  1. Boozy Snow Cones

Snow cones make for a refreshing treat, especially on a hot 4th of July day! Head to the kitchen and whip up red & blue alcoholic syrups for an All-American boozy snow cone.

  1. Blueberry Lavender Hard Lemonade

If you’re a fan of the unique lavender flavor, then test out this cocktail. Personalize the sweet taste by adding in however much agave nectar. Add blueberries for a pop of patriotic color!

  1. Red White & Blue Sangria

Nothing beats Sangria in the summer. Top off this drink with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and apples to give the perfect 4th of July vibe.

  1. Watermelon Blueberry Cooler

Watermelons are the epitome of summer fruits, so why not make a cocktail out of them? Dip the rim in blue sugar and create star-shaped watermelon slices to complete the patriotic look.

  1. Red White & Blue Strawberry Jell-O Shots

If you like strawberries, Jell-O, and shots, then check out this recipe. It’s a red, white, and blue cocktail that you can eat!

  1. 4th of July Layered Cocktail

This recipe is for the people who have mastered the art of layering drinks. If that’s not you, make the drink anyways (it all tastes the same).

  1. Blue Mule Cocktail

Everybody loves a good Moscow Mule. Liven up this tasty drink with blue curacao and blueberries to complete the American holiday.

  1. Red White & Blue Margaritas

There can’t be a cocktail list without a margarita on it. This explosive ‘merica margarita is a great addition to the party fun!

Fun Things To Do This 4th of July

Looking for something to do this 4th of July? If you don’t already have block-party plans, check out these ideas that will keep the whole family entertained!

  1. Backyard BBQ

If you’ve already had a hectic start to the summer, keep it simple this 4th of July with a Backyard BBQ. Throw some hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, invite over some family and friends, and turn up the Turtle Shell! There’s nothing better than sippin’ on a cold beer with good company.

  1. Freedom Run – Ladera Ranch

Participate in the 10th Annual Freedom Run on 4th of July morning to burn off those calories you know you’ll be drinking later. Choose from the 10k, 5k, or 1k Little Firecracker Dash!

  1. Founders Park – Ladera Ranch

After the Freedom Run, watch the 10:30am community parade and get free pancakes until 11:30am! From 3-9pm, Founder’s Park will have live music, food vendors, and other activities going on. Make sure to stay for the fireworks once the sun goes down!

  1. Emerald Bay – Laguna Beach

If you know friends or family that live in Emerald Bay, then hit up this spot for the 4th. You can lounge out all day on this private beach and catch the fireworks above the ocean at night! Just remember you need a wristband to get into the gate.

  1. Fireworks Extravaganza – Doheny State Beach

Doheny is a great spot in Dana Point if you want to spend this 4th of July at the beach. There are BBQs for lunch and fire pits to sit around at night! If you tune in to the KSBR radio station FM 88.5, you’ll be able to listen to synchronized fireworks once they go off at night.

  1. Old Glory Boat Parade – Newport Beach

If you’re looking for something new to do this 4th, check out the boat parade at the Newport Harbor! There will be lots of fun boat décor for this year’s theme “America – Where Freedom Sails.” How patriotic can it get?

  1. Golf Cart Decorating Contest

Don’t have a boat? Well a golf-cart is the next best thing. Enter a contest and put together an original design for your speedy cart! Pressure is on.