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HerKentucky wishes our readers a safe and happy Independence Day. Let Freedom Ring, y'all!

Thank you!

HerKentucky thanks all our readers, friends, and family members who've sacrificed for our nation.

To the members of our armed forces and their families: 

Y'all are America's heroes. Thank you for all that you do.

Mama Knows Best: Heather C. Watson

If I had to narrow down the single best piece of advice my mama ever gave me, it would be this:

"People basically do what they want."

I love that advice. It takes away so many flimsy, half-baked excuses. It reminds you that we are responsible for our own words and deeds. It cuts right to the chase. There's no room for BS, and it applies in so many situations.

Thanks to my mom for giving me this great reminder that sugar-coating things isn't always the best solution!

Mama Knows Best: Robyn Peterman-Zahn

With Mother's Day coming up, we thought it would be fun to ask our writers, friends, and favorite Kentuckians to share the best advice their own mothers ever gave them.

Author, actress, and Lexington native Robyn Peterman-Zahn shared her mama's fantastic advice:

My Mom is the most amazing woman I know and I'm so very grateful she is mine. Here's some of her sage advice: "If you're going to lie, you'd better be really smart because the truth is a whole lot easier to remember than a lie!" Ironically, I make a living making up stories...
Robyn makes up stories in her series of sassy, funny paranormal novels, Fashionably Dead. I'd say she proved her mama right in the best possible way!
{Thanks to Robyn for sharing her mama's best advice!}

What to wear during March Madness!

Like any Kentucky girl, I love college basketball and I especially love March Madness. I love the excitement, the team rivalries and the fact that I get to use my chip and dip at all of my March Madness parties. While I love rooting for my favorite teams in Blue and Red, I am not the biggest fan of wearing the common fan attire. T-shirts are not flattering on anyone, but I fully believe that you can be a super fan even if you do not don a super fan t-shirt. Here are some tips for supporting your team in style!

1. Flatter yourself! Look for flattering articles of clothing in your team's signature colors. While I am sure that everyone has blush and bashful in their arsenal, I know that I have very few real articles of clothing that are Cardinal red and Wildcat blue. So each year, I go shopping for current and flattering silhouettes that scream my team allegiance to the roof tops! One of my favorite outfits to wear when I am cheering for the boys in blue is a blue and white polka dot dress from Old Navy. There is no doubt that I support UK and I look great whilst doing it! I purchased that dress a few seasons ago and was not able to find it, but I stumbled upon these super cute striped dresses. This dress is only offered in two colorways and they just happen to match UK and U of L! Maybe the designer is from Kentucky?

 These dresses are full of team spirit! You can purchase them here.

2. Colorful Bottoms- Lucky for us, colored pants are in this season and they just happen to be featured in our two favorite colors. Top it with a chambray shirt and a statement necklace and you are ready to support your team in comfort and style!

                  Get this blue and green beauty here.           Get this made for UK necklace here.

 You can pick up this chambray shirt here.

UK blue pants!

I love the nod of Cardinal red in this necklace.

You can pick up this chambray shirt here.

Show your U of L pride with these fancy pants.

3. Accessorize! - Everyone I know has a plain white button up that flatters them. I love the idea of topping it with your favorite strand of pearls adorned with a ribbon in your team's colors. You could also jazz it up by adding a colorful team themed scarf.

 Southern girls wear pearls. Even to basketball games!

 How cute is this scarf? It's from Etsy!

U of L fans are on Etsy too! Love this scarf!

Great! Now I need to do some serious shopping before Thursday and Friday. Don't forget to match your cocktail to your outfit! Good luck to both of our Kentucky teams! 

Kentucky Olympian Dallas Robinson

At my house, we've been glued to the Winter Olympics for the past couple of weeks. It seems the TV (and the DVR) keeps finding its way back to Sochi. As is the case every fourth winter, my beau is all wrapped up in curling. We've both watched biathlon with the opinion that it simply looks like the most fun sport ever. And, like most of America, I've been charmed by the amazing commentary (and fashion choices) of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. But, the real story of the Olympics, at least at my house, has been Dallas Robinson, Kentucky's own Olympian.

Now, I've been a sports fan my whole life. I grew up around hard-core sports fan guys. My dad, my brother, my cousins, and, later, my beau all taught me that sports stars aren't heroes. That quote from Charles Barkley about not being a role model has been tossed around my dinner table more times than I can recall. But, you know, I've had the opportunity to talk with Dallas a little through the magic of social media. I've read a lot about his journey to Sochi. And he IS a hero.

Dallas Robinson is a soldier and an athlete who has worked toward the ultimate goal of Olympic competition for years. He quit a lucrative sales job to train. He's been a coach and mentor to young athletes across Central Kentucky and is currently Assistant Track Coach at Georgetown College.  He blogs from Olympic Village with a message of tolerance and humility. And, he stays true to his faith, constantly reminding us of his belief that God is first, we are second. 

Here at HerKentucky, our motto is "Follow Your Dreams."  We couldn't be more humbled or more proud to hear of this Kentuckian who has pushed so hard to follow his dreams of Olympic greatness.

This morning, in Day 2 of the Two Man Bobsled event, we'll be cheering for all the US teams, but especially for USA-3, the combo of Dallas and Nick Cunningham. It's great to know that there really are still heroes out there!

You can follow Dallas on Twitter at @DRobUSA

Seven Great Kentucky T-Shirts

This is the week of HerKentucky Valentine's Day wish lists. Monday, we showed you a few items the guy on your list is sure to love. Tomorrow, we'll share our top pics for women. Today's list previews gifts any Kentuckian is sure to love: t-shirts.  I mean, who doesn't love t-shirts? You can wear them. You can sleep in 'em. You can even make a quilt out of them. Here are a few great ones that proudly display your love of the Commonwealth.

Louisville Love Letter from Why Louisville

"Dear Louisville, I Love You."  Perfect. Available at whylouisville.com or at the Why Louisville stores.

Y'ALL from Kentucky for Kentucky

Great for all of us who can't even try to disguise our accents. Available at Kentucky for Kentucky.

"I Wanna Go Home" from Sundy Best
My hometown's favorite band. This shirt is awesome, even if you haven't yet fallen in love with Sundy Best's down-home rock.

The Crafty Tee from River City Craft Wear

What a great nod to local craft beers! Get it here.

Welcome to Lex Vegas from Etsy Seller Bifftees
I think there's an argument to be made that what happens in Lex Vegas definitely doesn't stay in Lex Vegas. Still, this t-shirt is great.

Keeneland Dress Code from Southern Proper 

I love these! The perennial prep retailer Southern Proper has teamed with the Keeneland Gift Shop for these adorable shirts that bring you his and her "Dress Codes" for the track.

If you're still looking for the perfect t-shirt to express your Bluegrass State style, visit Louisville-based CafePress to create your own!

Disclosure: HerKentucky is an advertising affiliate for CafePress. All style selections are our own.