4th of july desserts

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The Birchbox Weekender

Since we know how crazy-busy Monday through Friday can be, we’d like to take a little pressure off the stressful question of how to spend this weekend. Here are a few particularly entertaining things we think you’d like to partake in:

Celebrate with Stars, Stripes, and Sweets

There's no better time to cheat on your self-proclaimed dessert limit than Independence Day. These patriotic Oreo pops from Happiness is Homemade are the perfect plus one to any BBQ this weekend. (They're also super easy to make, leaving plenty of time for a taste test.)

End with a Bang

Fireworks are nonnegotiable on the Fourth. Instead of worrying about permits and sparkler counts, use this locator to find professional displays in your area. Want to make sure you snap the best pics? Grab your smartphone and check out this guide to firework photography on Wired.

Travel Back to Black

This Friday, Amy Winehouse fans will want to get tickets to AMY, a buzzed-about documentary spotlighting the beloved singer's music, charm, and heartbreaking demise. (After watching the trailer, we advice wearing waterproof mascara.) Whether you make it to the theater or not, we recommend adding this live version of "Valerie" to your weekend playlist.

Hit the Gym (aka Your Living Room)

After 24 hours of hot dogs, snacks, and fruity drinks, take Sunday to recharge with a new workout courtesy of Instagram fitness star Kayla Itsines. Her 10 minute ab and toning workout for Elle features enough toe taps and split squats to turn your #abgoals into a reality.

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