8 Food Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss (July 2018)

Summer is peak food festival season! Whether you’re craving key lime pie or watermelon, or would prefer something more savory like bacon, you’ll be sure to find a food festival for you! Check out some of our top picks of July food festivals below.

Key Lime Festival – Key West, Florida
June 30th – July 4th
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Is there anything more quintessentially Floridian than Key Lime Pie? Early this July, you can experience all the Key Lime Pie you’ve ever wanted at the Key Lime Festival in Florida. It has all the typical festival activities, plus some creative extras, like the Key Lime Pie drop. Ever wanted to see people try to drop a Key Lime Pie from the top of a lighthouse… without damaging the pie? Then you won’t want to miss this!

National Cherry Festival – Traverse City, Michigan
June 30th – July 7th
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Celebrate all things cherry at this delicious festival! Whether you’d prefer to sample some cherry pancakes or watch an air show, this festival has a little something for everyone!

Grand Bay Watermelon Festival – Grand Bay, Alabama
July 3rd & 4th
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We dare you to try to find a fruit that better represents summer than watermelon! It’s the perfect subject for a July food festival. Come on July 4th to get all of the free, ice cold watermelon you can eat!

McLoud Blackberry Festival – McLoud, Oklahoma
July 6th & 7th
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This blackberry themed festival features a ton of classic activities like a carnival and a car show – but there are also baking competitions throughout the day on the 7th. Don’t miss out!

Taste of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
July 11th-15th
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Experience one of the largest food festivals in the world at Taste of Chicago! There will be tons of vendors to sample from, plus live music and other typical festival activities. If you’re going to go to one food festival in your life, this is a great choice!

Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival – Newport, Kentucky
July 12th-15th
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This festival features a ton of great ways to experience great tasting bacon and bourbon – whether you want to do a bourbon 101 class, sample some limited edition bourbons, or chow down on all the bacon themed food you can eat, you’ll love this festival!

CRAVE! Taste the Northwest – Spokane, Wisconsin
July 12th-15th
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Celebrate the foods of the Pacific Northwest with this fantastic festival! There are tons of delightful culinary events throughout the weekend, including a Global Street Foods Carnivale, a Seafood Bash and more. You won’t want to miss out on this delicious festival!

42nd Annual J.M. Tawes Crab & Clam Bake – Crisfield, Maryland
July 18th
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Who can say no to an all you can eat crab and clam bake? This annual festival features crabs, clams, fish, corn on the cob, watermelon and more! It promises to be a great – and delicious – time!

Book Club: Hold Me Tight, Seventh Conversation

Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson, the developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Want to go back to the beginning of the series? Just click here.

So far, Hold Me Tight has been full of tips and instructions on how to handle conflict in the moment or right after. However, you may have had one burning question throughout – how do we keep ourselves from slipping back into these toxic routines? Never fear, Conversation 7 tackles this question thoroughly!

As Dr. Sue Johnson puts it: “Love is like a language, if you speak it, it flows more easily.” The best way to ensure that you and your partner don’t slip into your previous worrisome behaviors is to consciously practice love. Conversation 7 provides many examples on the best way to do this, but we’ll just go over a couple in this post. Make sure to grab the book if you want to learn more!

One of the first ways to keep your love alive suggested in this chapter is to create routines. This one is near and dear to us here at Crescent – many of the suggested routines involve coming up with consistent date nights, maybe once a week or maybe once a month. Need some ideas? Let us help!

Of course, not all your routines should be larger date night activities – you should try to blend in some smaller, daily or weekly activities – perhaps something like always having a glass of wine together after the kids go to bed, or making sure to text each other throughout the day – about things other than chores and children!

Another thing that Dr. Sue Johnson recommends is avoiding danger points – issues in a relationship that may trigger your demon dialogues. If you sense a sensitive spot beginning to form in your communication, call it out and discuss it in the open. Don’t let it fester, because soon you’ll find yourself slipping back into undesirable bad habits.

The last tip we’ll discuss today is creating a Future Love Story. It starts by thinking about where you want to be in 5 or 10 years, perhaps in your career or personal goals. Once you’ve decided on that, discuss your dreams with your partner. Let them know where they fit in, and how they can help you achieve your goals. Once both of you have shared, you’re ready to craft and stick to a plan for how to back your goals come true – the perfect way to make sure you continue to work together as a team!

Next week, we’ll be discussing part one of the final section of Hold Me Tight: The Power of Hold Me Tight. Stay tuned!

5 Awesome Arizona Events (July 2018)

Whether you’re looking to beat the heat or get out in the sun, Arizona has the event for you this July. Check out some of our favorites below!

None of these catching your eye? Don’t worry – we have plenty of other ideas!

Winter in July, Phoenix Zoo – Phoenix, Arizona
July 14th
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Is the summer heat getting to you? Then Winter In July at the Phoenix Zoo is the event for you! There will be 48 tons of snow, lots of snow-related activities and more. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat in July!

Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival – Phoenix, Arizona
July 28th
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This indoor beer festival is huge – more than 65 breweries will be represented, serving over 350 varieties of beer. Plus, enjoy a variety of food, live music and even a rock climbing wall!

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival: Titus Andronicus – Flagstaff, Arizona
July 20th-29th
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The Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival isn’t exactly your typical festival – it’s more of a season at a theater. However, if you love watching live theater, you won’t want to miss out on their products! This July, they’ll be doing Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his life.

Summer of Sharks, the OdySea Aquarium – Scottsdale, Arizona
July 1st-31st
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July is a great time to visit the OdySea Aquarium – they’re having shark-related celebrations and activities all month long, many of them free with admission! Check their website on the day you’re looking to visit to find out more!

Happy Hour History Tours, The Arizona Biltmore – Phoenix, Arizona
Through August 31st
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Enjoy two of the hotel’s most iconic cocktails – the Calalina Spritz and the Tequila Sunrise – and learn all about the history of The Arizona Biltmore, including learning about the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and famous celebritites that have passed through.

 

5 Can’t Miss Events in Washington (July 2018)

Washington state uses July to celebrate everything under the sun! Whether it’s dogs, sweet onions or Scottish heritage, you can find a festival for it in Washington this July! Check out some of our top picks below!

Nothing here striking your fancy? We have tons of other ideas – just use our concierge service!

Poochapalooza – Marysville, Washington
July 7th
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Looking for some time to bond with both your significant other and your dog? Look no further than Poochapalooza – an event dedicated to dogs of all shape and sizes. Whether you’d prefer to watch dogs compete in athletic events, or you want to enter your dog in a costume contest, these event is perfect for dog lovers and dog parents everywhere!

Sweet Onion Festival – Walla Walla, Washington
July 21st
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Sweet Onions are the official Washington State vegetable – celebrate them at this fun event, which include a 5k fun run, chef demonstrations, and more!

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival – Vashon, WA
July 20th-22nd
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Strawberries are a fantastic summer fruit, and Vashon Island loves to celebrate them! This fun-filled festival has everything from a parade to a car show to a carnival. Don’t miss out!

72nd Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering – Enumclaw, Washington
July 28th-29th
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Celebrate Scottish heritage and culture at this fantastic event. There will be traditional performers, a variety of Scottish and Celtic food vendors, and a variety of competitions including dancing, drumming and more.

CoffeeCon – Seattle, Washington
July 28th-29th
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Can’t live without that caffeine fix? Celebrate it with other like-minded people at CoffeeCon! Visit vendors, listen to experts, or maybe even attend a class on the nuances of coffee tasting – it’s up to you!

 

Book Club: Hold Me Tight, Sixth Conversation

Over the next few weeks, we will be reading the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Dr. Sue Johnson, the developer of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Want to go back to the beginning of the series? Just click here.

 

This week, we’ll be discussing the sixth conversation Dr. Sue Johnson discusse – Bonding Through Sex and Touch. This chapter starts off with some things that may seem fairly obvious – many couples going through a difficult time in their relationship also have a less-than-satisfying sex life. Dr. Johnson is quick to remind readers that this is rarely the root cause of any relationship issues – it’s often just a canary in a coal mine, a symptom of relationship distress.

It’s not hard to understand why it works that way – when we feel less-than-secure in our relationships, it can be hard to be intimate, both emotionally and physically. Dr. Sue Johnson discusses the need for both in a healthy bedroom relationship.

Three main types of sex are described in this chapter. The first is sealed-off sex – all physical, no emotional. Think James Bond. The second is solace sex – sex initiated with the purpose of seeking reassurance from our partner. Often, the cuddling afterwards is more important than the actual sex. The third is synchrony sex – sex where emotional openness and physical experience come together. This is the kind all couples should strive for, but it can be difficult when there are other issues in the relationship.

Even when the issues are on their way to being resolved, it can be hard to get back on track. Dr. Sue Johnson describes a few conversation starters and questions for us to ask ourselves and discuss with our partners to help – things like “If you wrote out a brief guide for the Lover of _____ and inserted your name, what would you put in it?” We definitely recommend grabbing this book for more tips if this is something you’re struggling with in your relationship!

Next week, we’ll be digging into the seventh and final conversation Dr. Sue Johnson discusses: Hold Me Tight – Keeping Your Love Alive.