It is officially summer and time to hit the beach! Make sure you are prepared for the beach and warm weather by bringing a beach bag along with you. We’ve made a list of the absolute essentials for you to pack. Grab the sunscreen and get out there!
Happy first day of summer! School is out, the sun is shining, and the possibilities are endless. We are thrilled to share some awesome and fun activities to do during the dog days of summer.
Happy National Donut Day! Created in 1938, The Salvation Army wanted to honor those who brought donuts to soldiers throughout World War I. In light of this, many donuts shops today celebrate by giving away free donuts. On the first Friday of June, you can stop into any of the places below to get your free donut! This year National Donut Day is on Friday, June 7, 2019.
Krispy Kreme – Stop into your local Krispy Kreme and grab a donut for free, no purchase necessary.
LaMar's Donuts - Visit LaMar's Donuts to get any donut that has a hole in it for free. There's no purchase necessary.
Dunkin' Donuts – Dunkin’ will give you a free classic donut with the purchase of any beverage on National Donut Day.
Walmart – Surprise! Who would have thought Walmart would give out free donuts? Head over to any Walmart on June 7th to receive a free donut.
Tim Hortons – A classic. Just walk into any Tim Horton’s and you’ll be walking out with a free donut.
Cumberland Farms -- All of these East Coast convenience stores to get an *almost* free donut. Just purchase a dispensed drink like coffee or soda to snag yours!
Local Bakeries – Check your local bakeries for a National Donut Day deal! You’ll probably be able to find some great free donuts, and support local businesses while you are at it.
Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. We hope you all have some fun days planned ahead filled with family, friends and food! However, if you still need some festive food inspiration, we’ve got you covered.
An American Flag Cake is a unique and tasty desert to bring to your Memorial Day festivities. This beautiful and easy cake is perfect for celebrating the red, white, and blue!
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Ready in: 3 hours
Ingredients you will need:
You can find the original recipe here. Happy baking and good eating!
The Ozersky Burger @ Knife – Dallas, Texas
The Jucy Lucy @ Matt’s Bar – Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Block Burger @ Block16 – Omaha, Nebraska
The Atomic Burger @ Atomic Burger – New Orleans, Louisiana
R.L.E. Hello Burger @ Tommy’s Burger Stop – Anchorage, Alaska
The Burger @ Father’s Office – Santa Monica, California
Bigger Beefstro Burger @ Rehab Burger Therapy – Scottsdale, Arizona
Cheeseburger with everything @ Nic’s Grill – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Flagship Burger @ Burgers and Things – Honolulu, Hawaii
The Zombie Burger @ Zombie Burger – Des Moines, Iowa
Baltimore Burger @ The Abbey Burger Bistro Bar – Baltimore, Maryland
The Burger @ Raoul’s – New York, New York
Double Cheeseburger @ Holeman & Finch – Atlanta, Georgia
Original Burger @ Mott Street – Chicago, Illinois
Cheeseburger @ Louis’ Lunch – New Haven, Connecticut
The Haus Burger @ Burgerhaus – Indianapolis, Indiana
Obviously this list is just the beginning of a journey filled with mouth-watering burgers to enjoy, but we hope you enjoyed reading and that you can (or already have!) try a burger from the top picked places with the best burgers. Enjoy national burger month all month long by enjoying one of America’s favorite foods, whether it’s home-grilled, fast-food, or gourmet.
Happy April! You know what they say… April showers bring May flowers! While April showers may seem gloomy, there are so many activities that can brighten up the month, including spending some time in the warmer weather. So shed that winter coat; we’ve got so many fun ideas to share with you and they sure beat shoveling:
- Have a picnic with family and friends.
- Go to a drive-in movie theater. Catch up on some new flicks in an old time fashion!
- Visit the lake and a nice boat ride.
- Watch the sunset (or sunrise).
- Go on a hike.
- Take your dog for a long walk.
- Sit outside, listen to your favorite music, and use your very own GotchaCovered notebook.
- Spend the day at an amusement park near you!
- Read your favorite book (or one you’ve been meaning to dig into) and relax.
- Host a cook-out with some friends!
- Go for a family bike ride; exercise AND family fun, what could be better?
- Invite some friends to have a bonfire, s’mores and music included!
- Plant some fresh garden foods or beautiful flowers for decoration.
- Go for a jog outside.
- Play a round of golf with your friends
- Feed some ducks at a pond (not bread, though! Bread is a choking hazard to ducks)
- For a touch of nostalgia, grab some chalk and draw on your driveway or a sidewalk.
- Visit your local farmers market for some fresh fruits, veggies, and bread!
- Spring cleaning: get refreshed (and clean) for summer!
Say goodbye to winter - it’s time for you to get outdoors and enjoy the warm spring weather!
April is Stress Awareness Month because stress and the effects it can have on your body influence your day to day life in many ways! Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional tension due to demanding circumstances. Not only can this be physically demanding, but long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses. Diving deeper into your understanding of stress and how it can be managed can improve your health and your well-being!
Stress happens regardless of the places you choose to work, the activities you choose to participate in, and sometimes with the people you surround yourself with. Sometimes, it can be unavoidable. That’s why it is so important to take time for yourself to relax and unwind - it’s even healthy to let yourself rejuvenate!
Some of the best ways to combat stress in your life is to simply be flexible! Taking different approaches to conflicts and problems can sometimes alleviate the stress from a situation all together. Developing a vision for healthy living and personal growth can help you to reach some of your realistic goals to avoid stressing out.
The best way to beat stress is to always relax and recharge. Making time for yourself each day is proven to help you get a handle on life’s stressors. Since everyone relaxes in their own way, here are some ideas to jump start your recharge:
While you can’t completely avoid stress, you can definitely make it manageable by changing how you choose to respond to it! We hope these ideas get you started towards a healthy and balanced life.
International Women’s Day has been observed all across the world since the early 1900’s, but it wasn’t until 2011 that former President Barack Obama declared March Women’s History Month in the United States. However, March 2-8 was National Women’s History week as of 1980, declared by former President Jimmy Carter.
Every March, the United States, as well as other places around the world, celebrates the achievements of all the women who have paved the way for social, economic, cultural and political gain for women. This month is also a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Here are some great quotes from women throughout history to celebrate all those before us who fought for women’s rights, and to inspire you!
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
- Maya Angelou, civil rights activist
“Like anything learned, bravery needs to be practiced.”
- Caroline Paul, author
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”
- Oprah Winfrey, entrepreneur
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
- Mother Teresa, Saint and Nobel Peace Prize winner
“The best way to change the society and the underlying issues is to channelize the power of woman in every walk of life.”
- Tanya Sharma, actress
“A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and humanitarian
Here’s to strong women! May know them, may we be them and may we raise them.
Although vacations are relaxing, planning them can be a hassle. We have some basic tips to give you when you’re planning a vacation, especially since March seems to be a month full of travel with college spring breaks happening across the country, and others looking to escape the cold weather. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help ease the stress of traveling.
We hope this list of travel tips help you during planning a vacation. Most importantly, have fun and document your adventures – wherever they lead you. You never hear anyone complain that they took too many photos while traveling.
The biggest Game Day of the year is a fun day for families everywhere. Even if you’re not into football, it’s a day often filled with tons of food and friends. The Super Bowl has taken place since 1967 and has sold out ever since. The televised event is the most watched in the United States and there is also more pizza sold this day than any other day of the year. Despite pizza being awesome, this blog is dedicated to helping you get ready for this day with awesome apps and detailed decorations.
We know it can be tough making food for a large group, but making a self-serve food bar of some sort will help keep the work for you minimal. Try doing a taco or nacho bar, or even a baked potato bar where guests can load up their potatoes as they see fit. People will love the personalization, and picky eaters will be especially pleased.
We think we’re pretty sure everyone loves a good dip, and while everyone’s hanging out and watching the game, it’s great to just snack on chips and crackers with dips of all sorts. It’s much easier than preparing a meal and you can keep it warm (or cool) the whole time so that guests can eat when they want. We’re dying to try this jalapeno popper dip and hot taco dip, but also know you can’t go wrong with a good layered dip – especially a football themed one.
As far as decorations go, you can get pretty creative with these, depending on your budget and the time you have to dedicate towards decorating. Keep it simple with free printable water bottle logos for the kids (and adults if they want) and yellow napkins in a bucket labeled as “penalty flags.” You can turn so many items into footballs like brown solo drinking cups, as well as silverware containers. There are tons of food items you can also do this with like brownies or a cheese ball.
You can’t forget the games! We found some free printables like this generic football bingo card, a Super Bowl trivia game, and a Super Bowl commercial bingo game.