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4 Feb

Coordinates Printable

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Fun Games Guaranteed to Make Your Tailgate EPIC

25 Aug

Saying goodbye to summer isn’t always easy. Who would willingly bid adieu to flip flops, sun tans, soft serve ice cream and long-lasting sunsets? The end of summer is a tough time.

Luckily for us, with fall comes all sorts of new and exciting traditions to look forward to: pumpkin spice coffee, new boots, back to school shopping, and my personal favorite: FOOTBALL!

You all know how big of a sports fan I am (or do you?) and the beginning of football season is a phenomenal time of year, closely following the beginning of baseball season. As football season approaches, men and women all over begin to line-up their fantasy football teams and completely avoid scheduling any events on Sunday afternoons in order to leave time for football.

A great way to get over your end-of-summer-depression is to give yourself something to look forward to: get tickets to a football game! They can sometimes be pricey, and StubHub is an excellent source for scoring affordable tickets. Here’s a tip: if you wait until the day of the game to purchase, they could be super cheap. Often, season ticket holders who cannot attend will drop prices significantly in order to make a sale and become desperate to sell by the time gameday arrives.

With college football beginning Wednesday, August 27th. with a No. 21 Texas A&M matchup versus No. 9 South Carolina and the 2014 NFL season beginning Thursday, September 4th where the Green Bay Packers will battle the Seattle Seahawks, football is right around the corner. Quick, snag your tix to an upcoming game!

Once you’ve secured your tickets, it’s time to start planning the tailgating party! The tailgate is arguably the best part of attending a football game – with plenty of good food, beer, games and friends, you just can’t beat the awesome experience.
As a big sports fan and lover of tailgating parties, here are a few classic games you can pack to up the ante at your next tailgate:

Kan-Jam

Materials: 2 cans, one frisbee

Number of players: 4, 2 per team

Kan-Jam is a fun and easy game for all ages. Set two “cans” approximately 50 feet apart and assign one player from each team to a can. Players will toss the frisbee or disk in an attempt to get the frisbee into the can. Your teammate can deflect the frisbee into or onto the can for points. Shoot the frisbee into the front slip of the can and you win! Otherwise, the team that reaches 21 points wins! But be careful, if the score exceeds 21 on a particular shot, your score will get reduced. See the rules, set up and demo for more info. Kan Jam can be purchased at Walmart for $39.99.

Cornhole

Materials: 2 cornhole board platforms, 8 bean bags-4 of each color
Number of players: 4, 2 per team
Cornhole is similar to the bean bag toss where players trade off tossing cornhole bags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. Like Kan Jam, you’ll assign one player from each team to a cornhole board. The American Cornhole Organization suggests placing the boards 27 feet apart, though many tailgaters will place the boards appropriately, base on space and competition level. Players take turns tossing their bean bags toward the opposite board in an attempt to drop the bag into the hole, earning their team 3 points. However, a bag landing on the board will earn 1 point. Typically, scores will cancel out – if Team A drops a bag into the hole, earning 3 points and Team B lands 2 bags onto the board, earning 2 points, Team A is only awarded 1 point. Because of the complex rules involved, Cornhole is best for those 13 and up. See the rules, set up and diagrams for more info. Cornhole can be purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $79.99.

Ladder Ball

Materials: 2 ladders, 2-3 sets of bolas (described below)
Number of players: 2 or more players, 2 teams
This is also called Ladder Golf. Ladder Ball is fun, portable and the rules are easy to follow. This game is played using vinyl cords weighted with lightweight plastic balls or bolas. Each ladder has 3 steps, each with its own point value. Like Kan Jam and Cornhole, players take turns tossing all three bolas onto the ladder rungs. Points are assigned based on bolas on the rungs and will be canceled out depending on the opposite team’s score. Teams play to 21 points. See the rules, set up and game etiquette for more info. Ladder Ball can be purchased at Walmart for $24.99-$40.00. 

Dizzy Bat

Materials: Wiffle-ball bat with handle end top removed (for beverage to be poured into)
Number of players: 2, one batter, one pitcher

The Dizzy Bat is a popular drinking game but can be substituted in many ways. This game (as I will explain the drinking version) should only be played by those 21 years of age or older. Make sure to gather a crowd as embarrassment and laughter will soon ensue. The batter will pour the beverage slowly into the handle end. When ready, the batter will drink the contents poured into the bat while the pitcher counts the number of seconds it takes to finish. The batter will proceed to place his/her head on the bat and spin for that many seconds around the bat. Afterward, the pitcher will pitch a ball (often a beer can) that the batter will attempt to hit. 

Fowling

Materials: 1 football, 20 bowling pins
Number of players: 2 or more players, 2 teams
This new game combines two American favorites: bowling and football. The object of the game is to knock down all of your opponent’s pins before s/he knocks down yours. Set pins 48+ feet apart, with pins set just as they are for bowling. Team A’s player #1 will throw first, followed by Team B’s player #1. Then, player’s #2 will throw respectively. There are much more details for this new game available here

Honorable Mention:

  • As long as players are of age, you can’t go wrong with beer pong. Although, to get the kids involved, a fun alternative might be kool-aid or capri-suns.
  • Bocce Ball is another classic. It’s competitive but not too rowdy. 
  • An oldie but goodie: horseshoes. 

With all these fun opportunities, missing summer doesn’t seem so bad after all! 

Which tailgating games do you enjoy most? Have any dizzy bat stories you’d like to share?

Sometimes DIY Just Isn’t Worth It – IKEA Hack

18 Jun

In a world where originality is so highly desired but so difficult to come across, DIY projects are taking over. They’ve become the new norm. Thank you, Pinterest. Everyone seems to be racing to make the coolest, most innovative DIY item around and can’t wait to see how many likes and repins they get on Pinterest. These projects can be enjoyable and make things easier or cheaper. But DIY projects can also be rigorous, expensive and time-consuming. After choosing the DIY path for a recent project, I’ve learned to always consider whether DIY is worth it.

DIY

A few months ago when Vince and I moved into our new apartment, we took a shopping trip to IKEA for some affordable upgrades. A bookshelf, some bathroom storage and a cutting board. Boom! Nice and easy. Unlike many, we survived the inevitable arguments and disagreements that occur between couples while in IKEA. What is it about that place?

We found a pretty cool looking and perfect-sized bookshelf – Gorm by Ikea – for just $30 but the wood was fresh out of the chopper – it wasn’t sanded, stained or finished in any way. It didn’t come in a box – just slabs of wood tied together with zip ties. We figured, “No big deal, we’ll just finish it ourselves!”

“It’ll be fun!” we thought.

Wrong. Oh so wrong.

We thought we were saving money by purchasing a $30 shelf that we’d finish on our own. Some of the other bookshelves at IKEA were $100 so the one we chose seemed like a total steal. Right?

After the purchase of all the necessities to make the shelf user-friendly, we began second guessing our decision. Here’s what we needed:

  • 2 sanding blocks: $2.28 each
  • 1-quart Rustoleum Stain (the second-cheapest option): $8.48
  • 4 staining brushes (again, the cheapest ones they had): $0.99 x2 for small brushes, $1.48 x2 for large brushes
  • 1-quart Rustoleum Polyurethane: $12.06
  • 2 paint stirrers: $0.49 each

Materials

A total of $31.02 in supplies, before tax. Now, this seemingly inexpensive furniture project wasn’t looking like such a steal for this young couple.  The bookshelf was now $61.02 – before the start of what ended up being a time-consuming, inconvenient and labor-intensive project.

Our apartment does not offer a ton of room for activities. The lack of work space meant the entire project had to be done on our 4.5×12-ish balcony that isn’t exactly fit for 10 slabs of wood, a bunch of supplies and two tall people.

 

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First it was the sanding. Sanding, sanding, sanding for days. It took two evenings to sand all the pieces by hand. Next, it was time for the stain. We chose a darker stain, American Walnut, which meant that any mistakes or missed spots beamed like the North Star. Mistakes weren’t really an option. The staining and drying took three days. There was a lot of waiting and flipping the wood and waiting some more. Some rainy days over the course of the project eliminated the opportunity to work some more on the shelf. Inclement weather meant hauling all the supplies into our already cramped apartment and allowing the foul odors of the chemicals to fill our living space.

Wood Shelves

After letting the stain cure for more than 24 hours, it was time for the polyurethane. Since the polyurethane is clear, we didn’t have to be quite so gentle. However, it had to be equally coated, or else there would be shiny spots or dull spots. Like the stain, the polyurethane needed numerous coats and hours of drying time in between. After some more bad weather pushed the project back, we were able to finish the polyurethane and let that sit for 24 hours before use.

Often, we found ourselves dreaming of the day when it would be put together and out of mind. The day seemed like it would never come.

Building

Building

Finally, all the steps to the project were complete and it was time to put this damn thing together. Ten pieces of wood, 30 screws and some other pieces was all it took to turn misery into bliss…and the extra storage we badly needed in the kitchen. Although the total cost of the bookshelf – materials included – may have been only $60-$70, the amount of labor, stress and back-aches that came along with it wasn’t worth the work.

Admittedly, I absolutely LOVE the outcome. Though sometimes, DIY just isn’t worth it. That extra $30 would have meant a fast, odor-free assembly and having the storage we desperately needed.

Kitchen Storage

So, when debating whether DIY is the right route for you, its important to consider all things.

1. Most importantly, do you have the space?

2. Do you have the time?

3. Do you WANT to do the project?

4. Will you cherish the product?

5. Is it cheaper than simply buying the product?

6. Will you still be sane afterward?

7. Will it be FUN for you?

The last thing you want to do is begin to resent your project. This could result in a poorly finished product and an incredibly long blog post complaining about how difficult DIY can be 😉

In my case, it was a bonding and learning experience for the both of us. But I vow to never, ever sand, stain and finish a piece of furniture again until I have time and a work space!

Do you have a DIY horror story? When have you opted for or against DIY? Let’s talk about how un-crafty we are in the comments! 😉

Spring Cleaning: A How-To Guide for Getting Rid of JUNK

24 Mar

Although this year it could hardly pass for spring, believe it or not, it is SPRING! After this miserable winter, I couldn’t be happier to welcome spring. But with spring comes the infamous spring cleaning tradition – the time of year when everyone collectively decides to clean random things. I never really understood that but I can’t complain. The germaphobe and neat freak in me secretly loves it. That’s why I chose to write about it!

I recently became a contributing writer over at Honesty For Breakfast, a site that offers all kinds of articles written by contributors all over the country on topics such as entertainment, dating and sex, career and more! My recent contributions have been a series spring cleaning guides on getting rid of all that excess junk you’ve accumulated over the years. After graduating college in May, I realized just how much useless things I had in my possession. Since then I’ve become a pro at some real, cut-throat cleaning. Check out the guides:

THE CLOSET

Cut-Throat Spring Cleaning: The Closet

THE MAKEUP BAG

Cut-Throat Spring Cleaning: The Makeup Bag

BATHROOM STORAGE

Cut-Throat Spring Cleaning: Bathroom Storage

As always, let me know your thoughts! How do you spring clean?

 

Planning a Road Trip: What You Need To Do

5 Mar

Sitting around bored one frozen night in January, enviously chatting about our friends’ spring travel plans, Vince and I jokingly brought up a road trip to Phillies spring training in Clearwater, Fla. We joked about how nice it would be to get out of town, escape to sunny beaches and warm days, while watching our favorite sport and MLB team practice for the upcoming season.

At some point during our verbal daydreaming sesh, we looked at each other and asked, “why couldn’t this be real?” After all, nothing was holding us back. Finances were good and we still had time to save more. I had plenty of vacation time from work and he’d be off school for that week anyway. Neither of us had been to spring training before and baseball is what brought us together. Excitedly, we agreed to begin planning our special getaway.

After the initial “YES!” the thrill slowly began to fizzle once we realized just how much work it was to plan a road trip. There are so many things to consider: hotels, gas, travel, tickets, the list goes on. So after weeks of research, and some serious Pinterest digging, we’ve planned our four-day, 1400-mile road trip for two and we’re ready to hit the road Florida-bound! 

Here’s a list of things we considered (and you should too!) when planning our road trip:

Hotels/Lodging

Lodging is typically the most expensive portion of traveling but it doesn’t have to be. With sites like Expedia and Hotels.com, you can get members-only specials regularly as well as sales. Another form of lodging to consider is camping! This can add a fun and adventurous twist to your road trip. Try using All Stays, a mobile app that allows you to locate and sometimes reserve campsites in your area.

Many hotels and campsites offer certain amenities such as hot tubs and free parking. You should clarify with your lodging provider the amenities they offer and more importantly, whether those amenities be available during your stay. If you’re choosing a certain hotel because they have a hot tub, make sure it’ll be open and functioning during your stay. Free parking is a hot commodity. Search for hotels that offer free parking, no matter the check-in time.

Most important when it comes to lodging: shop around! Don’t jump at the first special price. Read reviews. That’s where you’ll learn the truth about locations but keep in mind that everyone has a different opinion.

Also, be sure to read the details for cancellation fees. Make sure you can cancel your reservation if needed. In case of inclement weather or a change of plans, you wouldn’t want to be charged for a trip you didn’t take.

Route

Growing up on the east coast, we both had been up and down Interstate 95 plenty of times. We decided to take the road less traveled by following another southbound route. Roadtrippers, an online tool to plan road trips, was a big help in this. The site, which also offers a mobile app, provides a gas calculator, historical and entertaining destinations along the way, a full itinerary and much more! Consider using it for turn-by-turn navigation, too. This handy tool can house all sorts of information like addresses, phone numbers and directions in one organized location.

Gas

Thanks to AAA’s gas calculator and Roadtrippers gas calculator, we were able to figure out the approximate price of gas for our road trip and planned accordingly. We’ll also use the Gas Buddy mobile app, or something similar, to find cheap gas as we trek around the country.

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Family

Having family and friends scattered across the US can be tough when it comes to maintaining those relationships. We considered the option to stop and visit in with any friends and family who may be on our way. We’ll be stopping to visit Vince’s grandparents and great aunt along our trip.

Documents

Get organized! If you’re taking your car, you’ll need an updated insurance card, as well as proof of registration. Obviously, don’t forget your driver’s license, but also bring your health insurance card in case of a medical emergency. Create and bring along an approximate travel itinerary. If there is an accident, this will help response teams to know where you’re coming from and/or where you’re headed. It’ll also help keep you and your family on track! Bring all receipts and confirmations. This includes hotels, tickets to events and other reservations or orders. Bring a printed list of addresses and phone numbers for the places you plan to stop or stay. You may also want to store this information in your mobile app.

 

Budget

Expenses are very important for any roadtrippers, especially a young couple like us. The key is to stay within budget while having a blast. Be sure to set comfortable spending limits on certain items. Consider the necessities like food, lodging and gas while making room for fun activities and miscellaneous expenses. If you drive by an outdoor concert, you can’t pass that up! Just as you pay attention to the spontaneous events, consider setting aside just-in-case money. This way, if you get a flat tire, you can afford it. Try using this vacation budget worksheet by Living Well, Spending Less.

Memories

Most of all, a trip like this is about creating memories that last a lifetime. Make sure all camera memory cards have plenty of space and bring along the charger for any device you plan on using. For an extra memorable trip, bring along milestone cards to mark down the different locations you stop at. I designed my own but they were inspired by these road trip printables by The Dating Divas. I put a rating and review section on the back of my cards for Vince and I to write a little bit about the location/stop and rate it using stars out of five. These are a fun way to track your trip and generate conversation between you and the other passengers.  They can be paired with photos in a scrapbook or photo album upon your return.

 

As you can see, much planning ahead is required but you know what makes it worth all the stress? An awesome trip. have a great one!

Fun, Inspirational, Quirky and FREE Desktop Wallpapers

26 Feb

In my recent BuzzFeed Community post, 15 Totally Useful Ways to Waste Time at Work, I offered the idea to change your desktop wallpaper. A new and interesting wallpaper could change your attitude while you’re busy on your computer getting things done. Something funny could brighten up your morning while an inspirational background could be the kick in the butt you need to start a new project. Basically, if you have the classic Microsoft background or the cloudy sky wallpaper, you’re doing it wrong.

I scoured the internet for unconventional wallpapers. You’d be surprised what’s out there! And for free! Here’s a list of my favorites:

hermanmiller

thefoxisblack

briannarose

^my current background^

thesweetescape

briannarose

twotwentyone

thefoxisblack

designerdaily

designlovefest

pinterest user

thedesignwork

What did you think? Where do you get your desktop wallpapers from? Do you design your own wallpapers? Send some to me! I change mine weekly 🙂

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