Fourth of July: America’s Holiday

Happy Fourth of July! 

What do you have planned this long holiday weekend? I have been on vacation mode. Mr. B and have been taking a few days off for an easy getaway to La Jolla and San Diego, which is about a two-hour drive from our home. This Fourth of July, aka America’s Holiday, I thought I’d share a handful of my favorite vacation pictures from years past featuring Old Glory. Whatever it is you have planned, be sure to have a happy and safe one!

One flag, one land, one heart, on nation evermore.    — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Carmel, California

In 2015, we spend the holiday in the charming community of Carmel, California. I previously crafted a unique post about the lovely homes of Carmel. This was actually one of my earliest posts on the website so in case you missed it, you can read it here. 

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Above & Below: Carmel, California

In Fall 2015, we spend two weeks back east visiting Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I posted about the Boston Public Library, the Cape Cod hotel we stayed at in this post, and visiting Edith Wharton’s beautiful home, The Mount, in this post. The next couple of pictures are a couple of my favorites from that trip. scuituate lighthoue american flag via Reviving Charm

In an attempt to do something different, last year we spent the holiday in Julian, California. Julian is a small town (population approx. 1,500) tucked away in the mountains of San Diego. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that I shared this picture last year. I’m not sure what it is about Julian that lures me back. There is absolutely no good shopping in this little town and there is only one real decent place to stay. Their Main Street is a missed opportunity because it is filled with one trinket souvenir shop after another. I did, however, manage to find one great home decor shop in town and some vintage shops in the region. Naturally, I discovered a few things to bring home and I shared my finds with you in this post. Heaven knows why, but for some weird, crazy reason I really like Julian. Maybe it’s their infamous apple pie that draws me back? julian california flag image by Reviving Charm

Inauguration 2017


Today is a time of transition as Donald J. Trump is sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States. Undoubtedly, the day isn’t without controversy. Many are cheering; many are fearing. I am not intending this to be a political post. Quite honestly, I don’t care who you voted for. But one thing I am sure we can all agree upon is that fact that delivering an Inauguration Day speech must be no easy task. And in retrospect, many of these lengthy speeches have included lines that ultimately helped define an era in our Country’s history. Today, I share a few of those famous quotes with you…accompanied by some pretty pictures, of course!


“This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance”  — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933.  inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharm-2

“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”  –John F. Kennedy, 1961.inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharm-3

“We have endured a long night of the American spirit. But as our eyes catch the dimness of the first rays of dawn, let us not curse the remaining dark. Let us gather the light. –Richard Nixon, 1969.inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharminauguration-day-2017inauguration-day-2017-via-revivingcharm


It’s the first day of July! Can you believe it? And it’s also Fourth of July weekend which means an opportunity for summer fun. It’s been a busy week at work with much transition underway so I am happy to slow down the pace of life a bit over the long weekend. I also plan to catch up on some reading as my magazines are starting to pile up. Does anyone else have that problem? I think it’s finally time to convert my subscriptions to digital.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. Have fun and stay safe!

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By the way…in case you are wondering…this isn’t our house. I took this picture while on a trip to Carmel, California last year for Fourth of July weekend. Mr. B and I took several walks around the beautiful neighborhoods of Carmel which inspired me to write THIS fun, light-hearted post. It’s actually one of the first posts for the blog.