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7 Fun Outdoor Games To Host ‘Backyard Olympics’

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With summer in full swing, I found it very fitting to share all my favorite outdoor games with you all, so that you too can get in on all the fun. About mid-quarantine, when the boredom became all too much to handle, my family and I turned to the almighty Amazon to cure our bored minds. We had already binged everything there was to watch on Netflix and Hulu, played every board game we owned, covered every hard surface in the house with puzzles, and read more books than we had in years, so needless to say, we were tired of being cooped up inside. Even if all it meant was going outside and playing games in the backyard, we didn’t care, we just needed something to do. So, we bought all the backyard games we didn’t already own and hosted the “Quarantine Olympics” right in our backyard. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will host another Olympics with these games again, hopefully next time it’ll be for a much better occasion. Either way, these are some great games to play at the beach, at a BBQ, in the backyard, or really anytime you get together with all your family and friends. Lastly, they’re a great excuse to get your kids (and yourself) away from all the electronics and outside to play!

  1. Kan Jam Original Disc Throwing Game, $39.99
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If you have never played Kan Jam before, you’re truly missing out. My old soccer coach used to bring this to our soccer tournaments for us to play in between games. We had a lot of fun with it to say the least. So when quarantine came around, I suggested it, knowing good and well that it would soon become a family favorite. My phalanges added together couldn’t account for how many times this was played at my house during quarantine. If you’re worried you can’t throw a frisbee, don’t be. Games are meant to be fun, remember? I can actually throw a frisbee decently well, but I once almost took out my own mother who was sitting 90 degrees to my left (the goal, of course, is to aim for the kan straight ahead of you). Thankfully I missed, so we all just got a good laugh out of it. Like I said, fun.

  1. Spikeball Standard 3 Ball Set, $59
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Spikeball is another great outdoor game that I most commonly see played at the beach, but obviously could be played in someone’s yard as well. This is a 4-player game, and once you learn how to play, it’s quite simple and loads of fun. This is a perfect game for those who tend to lean more towards the competitive side (*cough cough* my entire family), but competitive or not, I can guarantee you’ll have fun. 

  1. Slam Ball Game, $39.99
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There are three noticeable differences between “Slam Ball” and “Spike Ball.” Those are the name, the color, and the price. As you can see, “Slam Ball” is $20 cheaper than “Spike Ball,” and as far as I can tell, they’re the exact same game. Some people might prefer the original version of this game and are willing to spend the extra money for it, but if you don’t fall under that category, then here you go. 

  1. Beach/Lawn Game – 4 Player Bocce Ball Set, $12.99
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I’ll start off by saying that this is not a standard bocce ball set, but I’ll include one of those for anyone who turns their head at this one. This is the set my family has had for years and I love it. It was definitely designed for children, so I definitely recommend this set for families and those with small kids, but really anyone can have fun with it. The balls in this set are lighter and smaller than the standard bocce balls, so they’re much easier to handle and lug to the beach with you, and less dangerous to throw around for that matter. I will say that the little black ball is sometimes a little hard to see, especially in the sand, but that just makes the game a little more interesting.

  1. GoSports Backyard Bocce Ball Set, $33.49
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As I promised, here is a standard bocce set. As you can see, this one is about $20 more than the other one, but if you insist on having the large, heavy resin balls, then this 5-star product is the best bang for your buck. Not only is it “Amazon’s Choice” for bocce ball, but if you get it now, you’ll also save $6.50! 

  1. GoSports Bullseye Bounce Cornhole Toss Game, $29.32
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Yeah cornhole is fun and all, but with this set, you get three games in one. Plus, the boards for this set aren’t nearly as heavy and bulky as the cornhole boards are. With the entire set weighing only six pounds, they’re much more convenient to take on trips and significantly easier to carry on the beach with you. This is yet another game on this list that is especially good for kids. It’s definitely easier and less intimidating to play than cornhole and considering there are multiple ways to play, it’ll be hard not to make everyone happy. 

  1. GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set, $127.67
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Did I forget to mention how expensive cornhole was? It is very fun though and if you play it enough, then you will get your money’s worth. I wanted to include it though, just in case you’re prepared for this big purchase. Although a lot of people prefer having their favorite sports team on their boards, this set allows you to be creative and personalize it however you want! Plus, this set comes with eight bean bags as well as a bag to both your boards and your bean bags in, so it’s probably the best overall choice as far as cornhole sets go. 

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Start The Spooky Season Off Right With These Halloween Decorations

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Spooky season starts in September. That is the official rule. Maybe it’s just me, but Halloween is more fun as an adult. I mean sure, we can’t go trick-or-treating anymore, but personally I’d rather be sipping on a spooky spritzer than stuffing my face with candy anyways. Spooky season is one of the few times of the year that everyone (literally, everyone) can have fun for the sake of having fun. From the Halloween decorations, haunted houses and scary movies to the costumes, cocktails and parties, it’s almost impossible not to have fun. So, let’s get this party startled

First thing’s first, you have to decorate. Not only is this just fun, but it will undoubtedly get you into the spooky spirit in no time. Now, whether you want to keep it simple or you want to turn your entire front yard into a graveyard is entirely up to you, but if you need some inspiration, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve picked out some of the best Halloween decorations on Amazon to help get you started (and they’re budget-friendly!). Creep it real and have a fang-tastic Halloween!

  1. 5 Piece Halloween Table Decoration Set, $17.99
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This spooky spidery set comes with a fireplace runner, a table runner, a table cloth, a lamp cover AND bat stickers for your wall. Talk about all-inclusive.

  1. Happy Halloween 18 x 18 Pillow Covers Set of 4, $16.99
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Four festive pillow case covers and four decorative coasters? This is a steal for sure. Take good care of them and these pillow cases might just last you a lifetime.

  1. Black Creepy Cloth 196 x 39 inches, $7.99
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It wouldn’t be spooky season without a creepy cloth. Throw it up in the corner somewhere and the room automatically looks spookier.

  1. Drink Up Witches Banner Gold Glittery- Halloween Party Decorations, $9.99 
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The banner every COVID-safe Halloween party needs. Cheers, witches!

  1. KAF Home Pantry Halloween Dish Towel Set of 4, $13.99
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These dish towels are adorable and they are the perfect addition if you prefer to keep your decor simple and minimal. 

  1. AISENO Halloween Decorations Scary Giant Spider Virtual Realistic Hairy Spider Outdoor Indoor Party Supplies Decor, $11.98 
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An iconic piece of Halloween decor. Put it inside or put it outside, you’re guaranteed to make a few people jump either way. Place it on top of a fake spider web, and you’re all set. 

  1. KAILEDI Halloween String Lights, LED Pumpkin Lights, Holiday Lights for Outdoor Decor, $14.98
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Keep it lit with these adorable pumpkin LED lights.

  1. Pretex 19″ Posable Halloween Skeleton, $14.99
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The perfect trick-or-treater greeter.

  1. 17.7″ Halloween Hanging Ghosts (5 Pack), $12.70
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Boo-yah! These hanging ghosts are perfect indoor or outdoor Halloween decorations that everyone will love. You can even bend the arms to pose them however you’d like. 

  1. TGOOD Halloween Decorations 3 Pcs- Hanging Grim Reapers and Hanging Flying Skeleton Ghost, $14.99
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These will put the “spooky” in spooky season.

  1. JOYIN 17″ Halloween Foam RIP Graveyard Tombstones, $25.95
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These foam tombstones are affordable, easy to set up and the kids will love them! They also come with metal stakes to keep them secure in the yard.

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Find The Perfect Caddy To Attach To The Wall Of Your Shower

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You know what is annoying? Cleaning your shower. No matter how diligently you try to keep grime from building up around your tub, you are simply no match for the twin forces of time and gravity. The hardest stains to get out are rust and those pesky pink spots caused by bacteria.

This is especially a problem if, like me, you tend to keep all sorts of rust-prone hygiene accessories in and around your shower. Specifically, I am thinking about my razor and nail clippers. The best time to clip your nails is right after you shower, when they are moist and easy to trim. Yet, keeping nail clippers in your shower is a surefire way to end up with rust. This is true even with the so-called “rust-resistant” stainless steel nail clippers.

The only solution, I’ve found, is to invest in a shower caddy and attach it somewhere on the tile that is not exposed to water. This is the one I bought:

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TAILI Shower Caddy Drill-Free with Vacuum Suction Cup Removable Shower Shelf Storage Basket for Shampoo & Toiletries, Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Organizer — $23.99

All of a sudden, keeping my shower clean is no longer a herculean effort. In addition to my metal grooming products, I keep all my shampoos, soaps, and body washes in the caddy, which I attached directly under the shower head. This keeps it from getting wet. It has the added benefit of putting everything I need to access while showering within easy reach.

This shower caddy is incredibly easy to attach to the tile: It has these nifty suction cups you simply stick on. Then, if you need to take it off for any reason, you just push the buttons, and it pops right off the wall. Despite being very lightweight, it is also very sturdy. I loaded it up with pretty much anything I could find lying around my bathroom just to test its durability, and it held up under any and all pressure.

Your shower may already have some sort of shelf designed to store the aforementioned items. Even so, in most such cases rust and buildup is inevitable, and it is incumbent upon you to be proactive in improving your shower’s cleanliness. In other words, it is incumbent upon you to install a shower caddy.

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Organize Your Tea Bags In Preparation For Fall

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What is the autumnal version of spring cleaning? Whatever it is, it tends to happen right around Labor Day weekend each year. The summer is over; the kids are back in school; and if you are lucky the weather may even start to cool down. This is when you look around and reorganize your belongings in preparation for the colder seasons ahead.

This is obviously why tea bag organizers are suddenly selling like hotcakes. Dedicated tea and coffee bars have become popular in recent years, and if you missed the boat in 2020 now is your chance to catch up.

Most tea bag organizers that I’ve seen on Amazon are of the plastic variety, like this one:

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2 Pack Large Stackable Plastic Tea Bag Organizer – Storage Bin Box for Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops, Pantry – Holds Beverage Bags, Cups, Pods, Packets, Condiment Accessories Holder —$20.99

The appeal of plastic tea bag organizers (besides being, well, plastic, and therefore cheap) seems to be their transparency. Because they are see-through, you can intermingle a bunch of varieties and always know what your options are. By extension, these tea bag organizers do not take up very much space.

If you do have a little more room, however, I believe a wooden tea bag organizer has much more to offer in the way of aesthetics. Just imagine how nice this one would look in a small alcove adjoining your kitchen area:

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THEODORE Vertical Tea Bag Organizer. Bamboo Tea Bag Holder – Holds 180 Tea Bags. Elegant and Practical Wooden Tea Box for Tea Storage for Home, Office or Café. Can also Hold Sugar Packets and Creamers — $44.99

There is something warm and welcoming—almost “hygge”—about the bamboo version. To borrow a phrase, I do not think it is possible to take a look at the plastic one and feel that it “sparks joy.”

At the end of the day, no matter what popular Netflix hosts might say, how you organize your home is up to you. These are just two general styles of the many tea and coffee holders available for you to choose from.

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