A Happy, Healthy 4th of July: The Branch Basics Founders Guide to Independence Day Favorites

Branch Basics Guide to A Healthy 4th of July
Ready for a happy, healthy 4th of July? These are our favorite fun and simple ways to make your holiday special.


Homemade Sunscreen (DIY) from Wellness Mama – Kelly made this DIY sunscreen for the first time this year and has been loving it since spring. Katie even shares a great trick for safely turning your favorite lotion into a sunscreen. If you’re looking for a new sunscreen to purchase, try Luminance or Butterbean. When sunscreen shopping, avoid titanium dioxide or nano zinc oxide when possible.

Branch Basics | July 4th Flag CakeAllison’s Healthy 4th of July Flag Cake

Allison created this recipe for a healthy Independence Day dessert a few years ago. It’s a crowd-pleasing, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, food dye-free Flag Cake. Ask for an extra pair of hands to lay out the stars and stripes in blueberries and raspberries!

4th of July Popsicles

We love these naturally sugar-free recipes for festive, 4th of July Popsicles from Deliciously Organic. Sure, you can have two! And no, popsicles are NOT just for kids.

popsicle“Popsicle Hands” Hand Cleaner

If you can find a way to eat a popsicle without getting sticky hands, please let us know! In the meantime, we’ve got you covered with our favorite rinse-free hand cleaner for the campsite, backyard, or county fair.

The Best Way to Cut a Watermelon

This is the simplest trick, but we doubt you’ll ever cut a watermelon into triangles again. Kids and adults will both thank you and the watermelon will disappear well before the ants find it!

Plants that Naturally Repel Bugs

Are you hosting in your backyard? Place a few of these 10 Bug-Repelling Plants from Hello Natural around your deck or patio. The bugs may hate the smell of these plants (basil, lemongrass, and lavender, to name a few) but your guests will thank you!

Bug Bite Balm

We really hope you won’t acquire any new bug bites this weekend. But if you do, you can whip up a quick Bug Bite Balm Recipe from Mommypotamus. We love that this recipe only has four simple ingredients and basically two instructions. Bonus: this recipe is so safe, kids can use the tubes and apply the balm themselves!

Branch Basics Healthy 4th of July Bambeco Picnic BasketBPA Free, Eco-Friendly Picnic Plates

Going on a family picnic? Watch out for melamine (plastic) picnic sets – which will transfer BPA into your lunch! Look for bamboo or stainless steel sets instead. We think this basket is fantastic. For more inspiration, we love this guide to eco-friendly picnic items from One Green Planet. If you need a disposable option for your cookout, try these eco-friendly party plates.

BBQ Sauce Stain Magic

What’s the best way to make friends at a cookout? Try our favorite party trick – it’s super easy. Voila! No more BBQ sauce stain down the front of your shirt! You’ll be the most popular stain remover at the party.

DIY Nature Scavenger Hunt – Something for the Kids

This fun Nature Scavenger Hunt will keep kids busy and exploring outside! The DIY instructions from 5 Little Chefs comes with a free printable or you can make your own. Use it on a hike, at the park, or bring enough to share at a 4th of July cookout!


The Healthy Travel Guide: How to Travel the Branch Basics WayGoing on a trip? Check out our Healthy Travel Guide for our favorite travel snacks and tips for preventing sunburn, jetlag, and more!

Follow along with our Clean Sweep series about toxic chemicals to avoid in your home: Common Chemicals to Avoid – A Branch Basics Series.

Ready to swap out BPA plastics in your kitchen for a safer material? Try Switching to Glass: How to Avoid BPA Exposure.

SAFE-SIMPLE-Clare-Wood-Branch-Basics-Minimalist-Mama-6Improve your indoor air quality by using The Official Branch Basics Deep Cleaning Method.

Ready to streamline your routine? Read Clare’s tricks in Safe + Simple: Tips from a Minimalist Mama.

Want a simple trick for improving indoor air quality? Find out why we’re loving Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps!

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