Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cocked and Loaded!!!

July Blog Hop

It's the time of year we're reminded to be thankful for our freedom. I tend to think everyday should be a day to remember. Why? Because the folks who fought and are fighting for our freedom are some darned awesome people.

To honor them and because I love fireworks, here are some great pictures of fireworks. Keep reading. There's a giveaway at the end of the post and you won't want to miss it!

So what's this giveaway? Glad you asked. I'm giving away a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Cool, huh? So what do you have to do? First, this giveaway is international. You need to leave a comment. What's your favorite part of the Fourth of July? It's that easy. Then leave your name and email so I can contact you if you win and you're in the hat for the gift card! I'd love for you to follow me on Facebook, follow my blog, and to follow me on Twitter, or you can sign up for my newsletter right here.

I want to thank Queentutt's World of Escapism and Close Encounters With the Night Kind for hosting this blog. Make sure you thank them, too!

Go forth, hop and have fun! here's the rest of the folks taking part in the hop!


nel said...


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Mariann at Belles Book Bag said...

My favorite part is definitely the fireworks!!! Plus sharing time with my family at my sister's house. Good times!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

j. barrett said...

I like the food and family part. Although my kids are in TN and WA we spend the afternoon with my brother who puts a clamboil on and it's heavenly. i always bring dessert, this year it was brownies, soft and chewy.

Ronda (Queentutts World of Escapism) said...

I love the family get togethers and the fireworks. Thanks for being apart of the hop.

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Maria D. said...

My favorite part of the 4th of July is just having the time off from work, relaxing and getting to spend time with family. Thanks for the giveaway.

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throuthehaze said...

I like the fireworks

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Buffy Kennedy said...

I think my favorite part of 4th of July is the fireworks...they're pretty.


Yvette said...

Food! Food!

BLHmistress said...

The food, fireworks, swimming and most of all remembering those you sacrificed their lives to give us these freedoms.

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Natasha said...

The food and the fireworks. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Lisa said...

I love spending time with my family.

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Sue Sattler said...

I love the fireworks and watching my grandkids face as they watch the sky light up.

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Nay Nay said...

The fireworks shows are the best.<^_^>
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nancy said...

Grilled corn, ice cold watermelon, home-made ice cream, it's all good.

debi01760 said...

Food and fireworks in that order ;)

Joy said...

I love the fireworks and getting together with family.
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Stephanie Huff said...

My favorite part is the fireworks!


starryblue said...

My favorite part of 4th of July is the fireworks. I like it because year my family competes against our neighbors. We compete on who has the best fireworks and who is the last family to have fireworks remaining. Thank you for the giveaway.

laceyblossom said...

Love the cookouts and fireworks!

Foretta said...

Thanks so much for the contest! I love the 4th of July!! I really like getting together with my family and watching the fireworks!!

Imajicasnow said...

The whole thing!!
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Sophia Rose said...

I like it all as long as I'm with my family.

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Maria pronounced Mariah said...

Spending time with my family and seeing the smiles on my daughters faces when the fireworks start!

Thanks so much!
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Karen H in NC said...

I love the fireworks.

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Kaylyn D. said...

I love the fireworks but the food is a close. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jody said...

I love the fireworks. they always give me goosebumps!
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Mel Bourn said...

I love the time we spend together as a family. I love the BBQ and watching the kids play with their cousins.
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StacieD said...

The food!

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Anme said...

I like that it is a holiday just when we need it! I also love the picnics and fireworks!

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Emily said...

I love the food and the fireworks, and the time spent with friends and family.

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Meghan said...

Who doesn't love fire works!!! I must admit I also love BBQ a little to much!!! My family is mostly girls so we sat around and discussed books and this new sex toy THE JACK RABBIT!!! TOO HOT TO HANDLE!!!! :)

Lord SkyOak said...

Friends and family are the best part.
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Anas Attic Sexy Tales and Toys said...

I love fireworks!

andieleah said...

Fav things about the fourth is the 5 f', family, fun, fireworks...and freedom!!!
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Daniel M said...

getting together with friends! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Molly said...

Family time and reading time is the best part of the 4th! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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Sherry said...

I love the fireworks and BBQ.
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Vanessa N. said...

I love the fireworks. Thanks for the giveaway.

SusanW. said...

Food and family is the best part of any holiday!
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Merry said...

My favorite part of the fourth is time spent with family
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Rissa said...

I like that the families all head north and we spend a long weekend having fun and catching up! Thanks for the chance to win :)
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Christine said...

My favorite part of 4th of July is: The whole day! When I was growing up, we would start the day with a local parade, then we'd head off to the beach or family's house for a picnic, then fireworks..

Donna said...

Love the fireworks!!

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susan1215 said...

I love getting together with my family and friends

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Anne said...


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Kylie Carlson said...

I love the BBQs! My dad makes the best ribs and I always eat a ton of them! Thank you for a lovely givewawy. GFC follower- Kylie C, kcarlson1152[at]

Tara W said...

My favorite part is the cookout.
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June M. said...

My favorite thing about 4th of July is spending time with my family.
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Evelyn said...

Thank you for the contest! My favorite thing about July 4th is BBQing with the family.

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PaParanormalFan Renee said...

Hello Wendi/Megan :)

Thank you for participating in the Cocked & Loaded, Shootin’ Stars, & Blasting Giveaway Hop.

What's my favorite part of the Fourth of July?
Well my favorite part starts on thr 5th because my Hubby works the 4th, he's a Police Officer (32 years now & going strong) & it happens to be one of their busiest days. But since he has been an Officer for so many years, he has ALOT of Vacation time, which he always takes starting on July 5th. We go the the Veteran's Hosptial each year & donate clothes, books & visit...since my Husband did 2 Tours in Vietnam, Special Forces Marine.

I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be considered in your very generous giveaway of a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Thank You.

Take Care & Stay Naughty,
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VanillaOrchids said...

My favorite part is definitely the fireworks. I would prefer to go see a professional display though. Usually just end up at my sisters for some rather pathetic fireworks. LOL

Thank you for the giveaway.

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Barbara said...

I like watching the fireworks go off from my back deck. Thx for the giveaway op! :) Following via GFC and email.

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Dovile said...

I'm not in the US, we don't celebrate it over here, so it's an ordinary day:)

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Tina B said...

My favorite thing about it is that I feel that it brings us closer together. Even strangers seem to be nicer to each other on this day. :)
I, of course, love the food and fireworks too. ;)
Thank you for the great giveaway!
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Tammy said...

We spent the 4th together as a family, I have 8 kids so lets say it was LOUD! O ;pve s[emdomg the entire day just hanging out with the entire family. We always have a huge BBQ! Love the salads, BLT is my favorite!
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bn100 said...

I like the fireworks.