Ice Rinks to Visit This Winter

A favorite pastime in winter is ice skating and ice rinks across the country are in full swing getting ready for the holidays. You will most likely be able to find an ice rink near you, but these ice rinks have been called the best and are worth a visit anytime you are in their area.

Rockefeller Center in New York

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It is no surprise that the ice rink in Rockefeller Center is one of the best. Located in the heart of New York, the tiny rink only allows 150 guests on the ice at a time, but with sparkling Christmas decorations and a giant Christmas tree surrounding the rink, it all makes it worth the wait. The ice rink brings a lot of spectators and the ice rink has been featured in many Christmas movies and shows.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink in Washington, D.C.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink sits on Washington’s National Mall and is surrounded by artistic sculptures designed by well-known contemporary artists. Guests skate around the rink and get an up close view of these amazing sculptures while taking in the beauty of the nation’s capital. Plus it is located near Pavilion Café, which has delicious food and beverages along with an outstanding view of the ice rink.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Chicago

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Chicago’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is located in Millennium Park and attracts over 100,000 skaters every year. The rink has a chiller system that prevents the ice from melting just in case it gets warmer than usual so the rink is open all winter long. The rink offers a great view of the city and is just minutes away from Chicago’s Miracle Mile.

The Depot Rink in Minneapolis

The Depot Rink in Minneapolis is one of the oldest skating rinks in the nation dating back to 1899. The indoor ice rink is heated and includes floor-to-ceiling glass walls that give skaters an incredible view of the city. There is something magical about the historic Depot Rink and it is a nice place to go to escape the chilly temperatures of Minnesota.

Top Colognes to Wear This Winter

Just like women, men can be pretty picky when it comes to the fragrance they wear. Usually we all stick to our same favorite fragrance, but if you are looking for a new scent this winter, these colognes are worth checking out.

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Burberry – Brit For Men
You can never go wrong with any fragrance from Burberry, but their Brit For Men is one of their best. It is a fresh scent with a hint of oriental wood and blends of ginger, rose and spice. It is a sexy and masculine scent that is subtle that most women love. You can find Burberry’s Brit For Men at most department stores as well as Sephora and it starts at $64 dollars for the small bottle.

Prada – Luna Rossa Cologne
Prada’s Luna Rossa Cologne is full of lavender aromas mixed with spearmint, sage, wood and amber. It is a great fragrance that is fresh and sensual. Prada rarely disappoints and this cologne is perfect for athletes because it is energetic and a little on the strong side. Sephora has Prada’s Luna Rossa Cologne starting at $64 dollars.

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Dior – Sauvage Eau de Toilette
Dior is known to have some of the best perfumes and colognes out there and their Sauvage Eau De Toilette is an excellent choice. It has a base of ambroxam with top notes of Reggio di Calabria bergamot mixed with Sichuan pepper. It is a very elegant scent that has some sort of citrus aroma to it as well. It is a classic fragrance that lasts. Most department stores and Sephora carry Dior’s Sauvage Eau de Toilette and it starts at $68 dollars.

Tom Ford – Tobacco Vanille for Men
Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille For Men is said to be inspired by an English gentlemen’s club and has notes of ginger, vanilla, anise, tobacco leaves and coriander. It has a creamy scent with aromas of vanilla, cocoa, sweet wood sap and dry fruit accords. It is a pretty sophisticated cologne that smells like a classic. Sephora has Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille For Men and it starts at a hefty $220 dollars.

Cyber Monday Deals

Not everyone enjoys fighting the crowds during Black Friday. That is why Cyber Monday is always a huge successful. You can find the best deals, especially on electronics, from the comfort of your own home. And this year many of the stores are extending their sales past Cyber Monday and into the entire week.

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Amazon
Amazon is one of those places that are offering deals all week long. Starting on Cyber Monday and running through December 5th, you can find a handful of killer deals on the best electronics. They are offering a 28-inch Roku Smart TV for only $170. Or you can score a 32-inch Upstar 720p TV for $150. One of their best deals is a Vizio 54-inch 5.1 sound bar speaker that is going for under $300. Make sure to checkout Amazon for more deals.

Best Buy
Of course Best Buy has some great deals on quite a few electronics as well. They have a GoPro Hero4 in Silver for $400 and that includes an $80 Best Buy gift card plus a 64GB memory card. Best Buy is also offering a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite in the Kids Edition for $100 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch with 64Gb for only $450. Check out Best Buy’s website for more savings.

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Target
Target is offering 15 percent off everything when you use promo code “CYBER15” and you can use this with all of their other offers. You can get a Nintendo 3DS XL for $200 and it comes with a Super Smash Bros game. With a $30 gift card, they are offering a GoPro Hero+ action cam for just $200. Target is also taking 50 percent off of all Sennheiser headphones. You can find more deals at Target.

Wal-Mart
Like always, Wal-Mart is starting off early with their deals by starting today at 5:00p.m. eastern time. They are offering 2,000 online deals including a 50-inch Samsung 1080p for $498. You can also get a LG wired Blu-ray player for just $48 and Beats by Dre Drenched Solo headphones for $99. For Star Wars fans, Wal-Mart is offering the PlayStation 4 Star Wars Console Bundle that comes with four Star Wars games for $399. For all of their deals, check out Wal-Mart’s website.

 

Tips for Wrapping Gifts

WrappingSometimes it can be difficult to do Christmas wrapping and actually make it look good. With Christmas just around the corner, there is going to be a lot of wrapping that needs to be done. Here are some tips on how to wrap like a professional!

Wrap presents early
Never wait until the last minute when it comes to wrapping your Christmas presents. You don’t want to have to rush and do a messy job, so get in the habit of wrapping presents as soon as you get them. Use sticky notes to label presents so you know what goes to who and when it gets closer to the holidays, you can add bows, ribbons and tags then.

Try to color code gifts
If you have a lot of gifts this year and don’t want to mess with gift tags, try to wrap gifts for one specific person in the same color. So for every person that is getting a bunch of presents, use a different color and wrap all of their presents in the same color. It is fun and easy!

Wrapping Boxes
You may think that boxes look like they are easy to wrap, but they aren’t as easy as you may thing. The key to perfectly wrapping a box is to never use a lot of paper. Start by wrapping the paper around the box and trim it so that the ends overlap each other just a few inches. When you are folding the ends, just make sure the paper extends to just a little halfway over the box.

Recycle and reuse gift-wrap
Never throw away used wrapping paper, ribbon or bows if they are not damaged. You can always use them for something. You can even cut them to fit smaller things or use them to fill boxes or bags.

Use decorative tape
Decorative tape is amazing. Not only does it work as tape, but also it is pretty! So you can actually use it to wrap your presents and then not have to use ribbon on top of it. There are so many different colors, patters and widths that you will be able to find something to match any of your wrapping paper.

Keep everything in one bin
When it comes to all of your wrapping items, store them all in one bin so they are easy to get to. You will always know where to look and always know how much of something you have. You will have your bows, ribbon, tissue paper, wrapping paper, scissors, decorative tape and gift bags all in one convenient spot!

Clean Up After Your Holiday Party With These Helpful Tips

PartyChristmas is just about one month away and there will be plenty of holiday parties for you to attend. But if you are hosting a party of your own, follow these tips to help make the cleaning up part not so bad.

It might be a little chilly, but after a party, air out your place by opening up the windows. This will also help with not getting that overpowering cleaning smell from all of the products you use to clean. Another great idea to help with the smell is to chop up lemons and limes and put them in the garbage disposal. You will be able to clean out the sink while freshen up the smell of your kitchen, which will travel throughout the house.

If you aren’t going to go all out and use the fancy flameless candles and are using regular candles, be prepared for some wax to get spilled. If a candleholder or plate gets wax stuck on it, just stick it in the freezer and the wax will harden and it will be easy to pick right off.

You can’t have a holiday party without red wine and if you are hosting a really good party, then someone just might end up spilling that wine. If you have a red wine stain that you need to get out of carpet or a rug, just mix hydrogen peroxide with dish washing liquid. Pour it right onto the stain and it should help the redness fade.

Usually when you have a party, coasters are not going to be used so you are bound to get watermarks on your tables. But don’t worry; it will just take a little time to remove. If you have a wood table, just take a blow dryer and turn it on high for about 30 minutes hovering over the water ring. The ring should eventually fade away right before your eyes.

You can still throw a fabulous and fun holiday party without having to worry and stress about the clean up. Go ahead and have a great time then remember to use these tips when it comes to cleaning up after the fun.

Don’t Be a Scrooge. These Tips Will Help You Avoid Holiday Stress

ScroogeMost of us love the holidays, but like them or not, they usually bring some stress. It is a very magical time of year and even though it can get pretty crazy during the holidays, you never want to turn into a Scrooge. These tips will help you eliminate that unneeded stress so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of year, all with a smile.

The first thing you need to do is make a list, for anything and everything. Santa uses a list every year and it is a good habit to get into. You can have as many different types of lists as you want, but always make sure to have a gift list and Christmas card list so that you don’t forget anyone special this holiday season. It is also helpful to use a list to keep things organized especially with things that you need for wrapping presents, decorating the house and baking goodies.

Next, start early and be prepared with your holiday cards. Don’t be afraid to start too early with your cards. You don’t need to send your cards early, just make sure you have everything you need and start on them early. Always have a list of everyone you are sending cards to with the right items like cards, decorations (stickers, gems, decorative tape), stamps and of course, the correct addresses.

If you are organized, you are going to have a smoother holiday season and that means less stress. It is helpful to have a special box that is just for all of your gift-wrapping needs. Try to keep at least one pair of scissors in there with some tape, gift tags, tissue paper and bows. If you can get a large enough box, you can store your wrapping paper and gift bags in there too. It is nice to have all of these things together when you are wrapping presents. Plus it makes things easier for next Christmas!

The post office is always busy and especially around the holidays. To avoid having to make multiple trips to the post office, collect everything you need to send and send it all at once. That way, you only have to deal with the busy post office once this season.

Remember, the bet thing you can do during the holidays is to keep an open mind and keep up that Christmas cheer, no matter how crazy things may get.

Tasty Cocktails For the Holidays

Thanksgiving is just days away and Christmas is only about one month away. What better way to celebrate the holidays than with some seasonal cocktails? From pumpkin martinis to a cocktail made with fig, you will be able to find a drink for everyone’s taste! Just remember to drink responsibly.Martini

Are you a martini lover? Mix together some vanilla vodka, pumpkin schnapps, a dash of cream and a little bit of nutmeg with some cinnamon along the rim and you have a yummy pumpkin pie martini. You can also make the consistency different if you would like by messing around with the ingredients and some ice and a blender. If you are more in the mood for apple pie, grab some butterscotch schnapps and green apple vodka. Mix the two in a shaker and pour over ice. You can decorate the glass with some caramel syrup and enjoy.

Remember those Red Hot candies? Well there is a cocktail that tastes just like those. The Gold & Spicy cocktail is delicious and full of alcohol. So you have to take your time with this drink and don’t drink too much because it is made with basically just tequila and Goldschlager.

Looking for a cocktail made with fig? Try a Fig and Bourbon Fizz. You will need to have some fig fruit spread, any bourbon of your choice and vanilla cream soda. Mix an ounce of the spread with 4 ounces cream soda and 1½ ounces of bourbon with ice. Make sure you really mix it so the fruit spread separates and goes well with the liquids.

Flaming Pumpkin

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For a cocktail to steal the show, the flaming pumpkin drink will for sure be a hit. Mix 1/3 ounce of Bailey’s Irish Cream with 1/3 ounce of Goldschlager and 1/3 ounce of Kahlua. Make sure to stir then light on fire and enjoy! It is like a Thanksgiving version of a flaming Dr. Pepper!

If you want a break from the cocktails and want to indulge in a shot, try a Pumpkin Bomb. Choose your favorite pumpkin beer and pour it in a pint glass. Mix ¾ of Pinnacle Whipped with ¼ of Goldschlager in a shot glass. Drop the shot glass in the glass of beer and chug away. They really taste like pumpkin pie and they are a lot of fun to drink.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Sports Fans

It is that time of year again. Christmas is about one month away and that means you better start your shopping now. You never want to wait until the last minute because then you might not be able to find the right gift.

We all know a sports fan and they are actually the easiest person to shop for. Every sports fan wants a gift representing their team like a jersey or some type of apparel or accessories. Or you could go for the ultimate gift, tickets to a sporting event.

Jersey

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In case you are having problems coming up with ideas for your sports fanatic, check out these great ideas that every sports fan will love.

Stylish Apparel
What Arizona Cardinals fan doesn’t want to sport a Larry Fitzgerald jersey? Or what Miami Heat lover doesn’t want to wear a cool Heat shirt? No matter whom you are buying for, you will be able to find some type of apparel with their favorite sports team. For guys, you can always get them a team t-shirt, a jersey of their favorite player, a cool sweatshirt with their favorite sports team logo or even gym shorts with their team’s logo. If you are shopping for a woman, they have really cute feminine shirts in every sports team and also very nice fitting sweatshirts. You can also find comfy fuzzy socks that every woman would love to keep their feet warm.

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Fun Accessories
There are so many different types of accessories for every sports team that it is actually pretty crazy. They have steering wheel covers in pretty much every team, trash cans, pillows, wall clocks, calendars, mugs, key chains, the list just goes on. They even have cell phone covers in teams like Notre Dame, USC and more. If you are shopping for a man, you can get a New England Patriots mug or a Kansas City Royal’s trash can. They also have some really neat team beanies and blankets. If you want to get a woman a gift, they have key chains with sparkly gems in teams like ASU, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Yankees. Or you can get a cute Oakland Raiders necklace or a Green Bay Packers bracelet. There really is something for everyone and their favorite team.

Sporting Event
Of course if you can, then definitely get your sports fan tickets to a sporting event. You don’t have to worry about not being able to get tickets now, you can always make a coupon or voucher saying that you will get tickets for a certain game or for a game of their choice. There are a few different ways you can do something this. Or you can always get basketball tickets for this season or if you are lucky, land some last minute football tickets. It is really up to you on how to do it, just make sure to go big if you are going to all that trouble.

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The Best Pubs Around London

Over the last several years, London has hosted a handful on NFL games. Now London has a pretty big fan base, but it is also the spot where rugby and cricket started plus it has been called the unofficial home of soccer. So it is no surprise that London is home to some of the greatest sports pubs in the world. These pubs are the best spot to grab some drinks and watch your favorite sporting event.

The Alexandra

The Alexandra has been serving great food for over 150 years and it still has that rustic charm. Over the years, the pub has earned itself the title of being the best spot to watch sports while throwing back a few cold ones. It happens to be a pretty tiny pub, but the atmosphere is awesome and the food is delicious. The pub is made of dark wood and red brick and it has a large selection of televisions.

Euston Flyer

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Euston Flyer is a traditional English pub and is a very popular spot for city workers since it is so close to two train stations. But it is also a terrific place for fans to come to check out a game and eat the pub’s tasty fish and chips. The pub is complete with large television screens throughout the place so every seat has a great view. Plus, they also offer free Wi-Fi.

The Temperance

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If you are looking to watch every type of sport like soccer, rugby, golf and the grand prix, then The Temperance is the place to be. It pretty large and every week the pub puts out a viewing schedule on their website of upcoming sporting events that they are airing that week. They also cook up great food that is always made with fresh ingredients.

Elk Bar

Elk Bar

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Elk Bar is every meat lover’s dream offering seven different burgers on their menu along with three different types of chicken, three different versions of wings and much more. The pub also has one of the best varieties of craft beer on tap and also a wide variety of cocktails including their mouthwatering mojitos. The place is complete with giant televisions that play a variety of sports like rugby, soccer, cricket, tennis and more. They also have a cool HD projector and a 3D screen to really enhance your viewing.

A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

It is hard to think that Thanksgiving is next week. That means it is time to start preparing your Thanksgiving dinner menu. If you are looking for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, these foods are exactly what you will need!

Of course your main dish needs to be turkey. There are several different ways you can prepare it like cooking it the oven or even deep-frying it. Either way, just make sure that it is juicy and delicious. Stuffing is also another must have to compliment the turkey.

The sides are just as important as the turkey. You can’t go wrong with a ton of mashed potatoes and homemade gravy. Add salt and pepper to them with some butter and they will be a big hit. Staying with potatoes, you also have to have sweet potatoes. My favorite is sweet potato casserole, which is complete with walnuts, marshmallows and plenty of brown sugar and butter.

Another perfect casserole for Thanksgiving is green bean casserole. Just don’t forget the seasoning of your choice, fried onions and lots of cream. Cranberry sauce, if made right, is also a really tasty side to have.

I always have a glass of water to wash down my meal, but I also like to pair it with my favorite wine. I have had cranberry wine before that was really good and is ideal on Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to have some fresh baked delicious rolls to go along with everything too!

Pumpkin Pie

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And who could forget quite possibly the best part? Dessert! I always enjoy a variety of pies and that might be a lot for one person to bake, so ask guests to bring their own favorite pie to share with everyone. You must always make sure to have at least apple pie, pecan pie and pumpkin pie.

What does your Thanksgiving menu look like this year?