July 4th on Land and Sea

July 4th celebrations mean school’s out and summer is here; complete with barbecues, fireworks and all things red, white and blue. It is also a day for remembering the values that the country was founded upon. Inherent rights as American citizens focus on sustaining equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

This year, Christina pursued happiness on land by returning to her California roots with her youngest son and husband, while boy mom #2, Cathy, spent the weekend sustaining the sweet life by the sea with her family during a trip to her boys’ birth place, the Bahamas. Whether on land or sea, ethical muse aims to balance our busy summer travel schedules with plenty of down time, reflection and fresh air. How did you celebrate the 4th of July holiday? 



The quintessential Americana celebration at the lake in the foothills of California. Complete with BBQ, Coca-Cola and Bingo. What could be more American than that?

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Always so close and yet so far…falling short again in a game of blackout



Lake beach traditions


Even dessert screams “America”


Red, White and Brew



Celebrating in the Bahamas found Cathy on a conch boat at Potter’s Cay


Indulging in a fresher fare…local Bahamian lobster salad

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Boys’ and their toys


Home grown mangoes


Feeling like a Bond girl in Thunderball Grotto


Pigs can’t fly, but they can swim at Staniel Cay