Fun July 4th Dessert: Berry Flag Tart

The star of your patriotic menu will be this flag-shape dessert featuring bright red raspberries, tart blueberries, and dough cut in stripes and star shapes. Despite the masterpiece finish, it's actually quite simple to make.

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Easy 4th of July Decorations

Decorate your home in the spirit of Independence Day with our red, white, and blue 4th of July decorations. From flags to fireworks, these easy decorations cover every July 4th theme you can think of -- and they're cute to boot.

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Our Favorite July 4th Recipes

Take the guesswork out of creating a delicious spread of 4th of July food. Our July 4th entrees (hot dogs! ribs!), drinks (punch! sangria!), side dishes (fruit and pasta salads!), and desserts (mmm, pie) make organizing a patriotic potluck a breeze.

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Festive July 4th Desserts

Celebrate Independence Day with these festive 4th of July desserts! With star-shape scones and piecrusts, tempting tarts, colorful shakes, and fresh berries, these recipes for 4th of July desserts are sure to stand out at your patriotic celebration.

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Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.

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4th of July Cake Recipes

Headed to a 4th of July potluck? Cakes are a dreamy way to end the day (well, that and fireworks), and our collection of berry-topped cakes, lush chocolate cakes, swirled sprinkle cakes, and layered red velvet cakes are worth their own oohs and aahs.

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Coconut Cream Island Punch

Make our DIY party cocktail -- that includes just a few tasty ingredients -- for an adults-only drink everyone can agree on. Cut-up star fruit provides a gorgeous base inside your drink pitcher.

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11 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

BHG's Health Editor Christian Millman shares his favorite expert tips for beating stress and staying healthy through the holidays.

  1. Wrap happily. Wrapping gifts can be a real pain in the back -- especially of you do it on the floor, which strains the neck and lower back, said professional ergonomist Chris Adams. The most comfortable way to wrap is to stand on a mat in front of a countertop.
  2. Grab some candy. Pluck a striped candy cane off the tree and indulge in this classic holiday treat. Peppermint oil in the cane acts as a calming tonic for stress relief. Make sure the candy canes you buy contain real peppermint oil.
  3. Let lips linger. One kiss-and-tell survey showed that couples who smooch often are eight times less likely to feel stressed or depressed. Meet under the mistletoe as often as you can for a little therapy.
  4. Drink in merriment. Dark chocolate reduces blood pressure. Heat 3/4 cup milk in a saucepan over medium heat until just before boiling. Remove from heat and transfer to a large mug. Stir in 1 ounce coarsely chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces. Let stand for about 30 seconds then stir to combine.
  5. Make a joyful noise. Grab some friends and go caroling -- or just pipe up in the privacy of your own home. Studies show the forceful exhalations that come with singing help protect the upper respiratory system from infection.
  6. Rest your weary head. The holidays can be overwhelming. James Maas, psychologist at Cornell University and author of Power Sleep, recommends fighting back by taking a 15- to 20-minute nap to rejuvenate.
  7. Examine your sole. Christmas shopping can take a toll on your feet as well as your wallet. When you get home, put a towel around one foot, grasp both ends of the towel, and pull your toes toward you for 15 seconds, then release. Do this until you feel the soreness slip away. Then switch feet.
  8. Curtail sores. It never fails -- just as the big day approaches, a cold sore breaks out. Use a Christmas-y cure: Buy a small bottle of myrrh tincture at a health food store and dab the liquid directly on the cold sore using a cotton swab. Do this at least three times and as much as 10 times a day until the sore is gone.
  9. Wander in wonder. Don't drive to see the best-decorated houses in your neighborhood; walk instead. You'll reap the rewards of a closer look while squeezing in some exercise.
  10. Light the night. In late winter months, the lack of sun can make even the cheeriest sorts a little gloomy. Make your home as bright as possible with extra Christmas lights and candles. Take a walk outdoors around lunch when the sun is at its brightest.
  11. Navigate the snack platter. If you have holiday parties to attend, you know how easy it can be to fill up on cheese puffs and Swedish meatballs. Edie Shaw-Ewald, RD, says to opt for healthier alternatives, such as shrimp, raw veggies, hummus, and olives.

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