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Spark Joy with these 4th of July Cocktails

The most-anticipated summer weekend is just around the corner! Level up and make your Independence Day celebration sparkle with these simple yet elevated cocktails, each profiling a different flavor and sure to suit everyone’s preferences. After a heavy afternoon of  burgers and hot dogs, wash it all down with refreshing and low-sugar cocktails while jiving to your favorite tunes.

From a delicious Watermelon Firecracker Margarita to a Berry United Lemonade and elevated G&T, sip back and enjoy the summer weather.

The Independent G&T

    • 4 ounces Fever-Tree tonic water
    • 2-3 frozen cranberries (garnish)
    • 1 popsicle (garnish)
  • Ice

Pour Jaisalmer Gin and tonic water over ice in a tall glass. Stir and garnish with a popsicle and cranberries.


Berry United Lemonade

    • 3 cups lemonade
    • 1 cup cold water
    • 4-6 dashes Angostura bitters
    • Lemons (garnish)
    • Blueberries (garnish)
  • Ice

In a pitcher, pour Diplomatico Rum, lemonade and water. Add in lemon and bitters. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries. Serve chilled.


Firecracker Margarita

    • Kosher salt
    • 1 lime wheel
    • 3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
    • ¾ ounces fresh lime juice
  • Watermelon (garnish)

Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime wheel (reserve for serving); dip in salt.

Combine watermelon juice, Partida Tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into prepared glass and garnish with watermelon lime wheel.


Last-minute Cinco De Mayo Snacks

Check out some of the best salsa brands in the biz: CHI-CHI’s®, HERDEZ® and LA VICTORIA® and while each is unique in its own way, they’re all perfect for an at-home fiesta. Let’s not forget that May is also National Salsa Month so there’s no better time to “salsabrate!”

As the No. 1 salsa brand in Mexico, HERDEZ has been a staple in Mexican kitchens for over 100 years. Whether as a classic dip for chips or a zesty meat marinade, it delivers authenticity to Cinco celebrations nationwide. If HERDEZ is the responsible older brother, then CHI-CHI’s is the fun, younger brother. With CHI-CHI’s, you don’t need an event to get your salsa on because it brings the fiesta straight to you with its newest lineup of Fiesta Style Salsas. Meanwhile, LA VICTORIA is just as authentic but with a West Coast addition of farm-fresh tomatoes from the Central Valley – think of it as the brother that went away for college and came back a little more “woke.”

Consider making one of these easy-to-prepare recipes for your weekend festivities:

Ensalada Fresca Con Salsa de Guacamole—Simply pile on the fresh veggies, sprinkle a little cheese, add the dressing, and you’ve got a refreshingly easy chopped Mexican salad that’s perfect for a Cinco appetizer.

Salsa Verde Shrimp Skewers with Street Corn—These shrimp skewers marinated in HERDEZ® Salsa Verde are the perfect light and easy dish for its flavor and crunch. For the ultimate pairing, don’t forget to pair it with street corn mixed with feta cheese.

DIY Shredded Chicken Taco Bar—There is nothing better than giving party guests the creativity to build their own tacos! This DIY shredded chicken taco bar is a perfect way to be the hostess with the mostess while still having time to enjoy the Cinco celebration.

Chili Lime Shrimp Tacos—Treat your party-goers to these colorful shrimp tacos. Perfect for double-fisting with a beer, marg or michelada, these tacos bring the heat along with a cooling sauce to balance it out.

Design Flow x Home Depot

Design Flow today announced the launch of their 100% sustainable Matrix Décor Screens in the U.S. at Home Depot in 60 stores in California and online. They are a major hit in Australia and the UK. DIY, designers, landscapers, contractors and home owners in the U.S. now have an instant option for privacy, screening, and decorating that benefit the planet.

“We are thrilled to partner with Home Depot to offer our line of Matrix Décor Screens here in the U.S.,” said Mark Found, Managing Director, Design Flow. “We believe that consumers in the U.S. will really enjoy the variety and versatility the Matrix Décor Screens offer, just like we have seen in Australia and the UK over the past few years.”

Made in Australia from recycled car bumpers and currency, Matrix Décor Screens bring a new level of design to any indoor setting and enhance any outdoor living space . Marrying 100% sustainability with beauty and function, Matrix Décor Screens are available in over 40 different designs and seven different sizes ranging from 2’x2’ to 4’x8’.

Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together or purchasing expensive laser cut metal or outdated wooden or vinyl lattice that damage the environment, Matrix Décor Screens provide immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design and can be further enhanced with background or recessed lighting that:

  • Will not rot, rust, crack or fade
  • Do not need painting or contain harmful chemicals
  • Easy to maneuver, trim and install
  • Resistant to mold and insects
  • Covered by a 15 year structural warranty

Design trends come and go – but nothing delivers both function, style and sustainability like Matrix Décor Screens – a more modern yet elegantly purposeful design element that can be used indoors or outdoors for wall art, privacy screening or creating accent walls. Check out all the creative design possibilities on YouTube.

About Matrix Decor Screens

Headquartered in Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia, Design Flow develops Matrix Decor Screens, a line of 100% sustainable decorative privacy panels and screens with a modern edge that are truly, well — groundbreaking — bringing a new level of design to any indoor setting or outdoor landscape.

With its variety of designs in multiple sizes, Matrix Décor Screens provide any home with style and privacy. An affordable alternative to laser cut metal which can cost hundreds of dollars and an upgrade from traditional plastic and wooden lattice, Matrix Decor Screens are currently available at Home Depot in 60 stores in California and online at.

Learn more on the Matrix Decor Screens website or join the conversation on Facebook or Instagram.

BuzzFeed to Launch Tasty and Nifty as Snapchat Discover Publishers

BuzzFeed to Launch Tasty and Nifty as Snapchat Discover Publishers

All-New Publisher Stories for Leading Social Food Network and DIY Brand

to Debut in early September

BuzzFeed today announced it will launch all-new Snapchat Discover Publisher Stories for its Tasty and Nifty brands in early September. Hot on the heels of the release of the Tasty app, the leading social food network will launch a Publisher Story featuring its iconic recipe videos alongside quizzes, articles and exclusive video content. The Nifty Publisher Story will include the DIY brand’s signature mix of how-tos, tutorials and ongoing series featuring practical, easy-to-use hacks for adulting.

“Snapchat has been an incredible partner and Discover is a platform where BuzzFeed has built massive scale, so it’s a natural place to extend and evolve Tasty,” said Ashley McCollum, General Manager of Tasty. “Tasty is about connecting the world through food and Snapchat Discover will allow us to get even closer with many of our hundreds of millions of Tasty fans.”

“With super tappable Top Snaps and colorful start-to-finish tutorials, Nifty’s Publisher Story will be among the easiest and most accessible ways for Snapchatters to learn, build skills and gain inspiration for solving almost any everyday problem,” said Peggy Wang, Editorial Director of Lifestyle at BuzzFeed.

The Tasty Publisher Story will include recipe videos from every Tasty franchise — from Tasty to Tasty Junior to Tasty Vegetarian — as well as long-form series like Tasty Tips, behind-the-scenes videos, articles, quizzes and polls.

These upcoming launches on Snapchat Discover follow on the heels of the launch the Tasty One Top, BuzzFeed’s first-ever smart appliance, and the all-new Tasty app for iPhone, which is available on the App Store with nearly 1,700 video recipes. Tasty has averaged 2.3 billion videos views on other platforms every month since its launch in July 2015, according to Tubular Labs.

The Nifty Publisher Story will include ongoing series and how-tos for everything from how to throw a dinner party to decorating an apartment to making bathtime extra relaxing after a long day of adulting. The Story will also include in-depth but easy-to-follow tutorials that build crafting skills, save money and offer solutions to common lifestyle problems.  

In little more than a year since launch, Nifty attracts nearly 32 million monthy users across platforms, with videos including its top-ranked “Recycled Tower Bathmat,” which has been viewed more than 260 million times to date.

Tasty and Nifty join the BuzzFeed Publisher Story in BuzzFeed’s portfolio of Snapchat Discover partners.