There’s some of 2020 still lingering in 2021 and it’s most likely to stay—video conferencing calls. If we don’t have to work in the workplace anymore, and can still “meet” and get things done, then why not?
But that means, we need to step-up our Zoom game. The background matters just as much as how you’re looking in your little cell. The interior design experts at Modsy have taken each of this year’s hottest new home interior trends and turned them into Zoom backgrounds.
The 1980s Style Revival is happening in 2021. Sculptural furniture; bold colors; drama (kinda like some people in any given VC call.) We were hoping for some Pacman backgrounds or neon lights. Duh.
Neutral materials brings effortless texture into your space, and gives your home a perfectly layered look. We hate people like this, because you could probs eat off their floor. We eat off our floor after a night of too much wine and bad decisions. Think David Hasselfhoff’s burger-in-the-tub video…
Grandmillennial Style is still holding on. Like your grammy’s bad perfume. More and more younger folk are embracing “granny chic”—antiques, wallpaper, and ruffles galore. We’d better not see any doilies or TV trays…
Other 2021 design trends include: Bold wall colors; Lighter-toned wood; and the rise of traditional comfort.
This is all too fancy for us. We’re just hoping there’s nothing incriminating in the background when we’re on a call…
Who can resist a fun box? Exactly. No one. So why not send your special someone (or yourself) a cool care package from The Care Crate Co.?
That’s right. No objections. Their Valentine’s Day Gift Set is a bargain for $42.99 because there are so many cool items inside for the two of you (or you and your #COVID30) to enjoy. Some of that swag:
Disposable Valentine’s Day face masks
Valentine’s Day postcards
“Cupid Corn” caramel popcorn
Hot chocolate on a stick
“Significant Otter” novelty socks
$5 Amazon gift card
Personal hand sanitizer
And so much more…
We have to say, we love a good bad pun… See the otter card in the pic...
Though we believe fervently that we're not going to drag the same ol' bullshizz into a new year, whelp... 2021 is here and guess what?
With that said, we roll on. And Valentine's Day is almost here. So, let's celebrate. Keep doing what you're doing and get your romantical drink on at home. Our boozie bestie, Tavour has the hookup with over 600 independent craft breweries to ship the country's best beers right to your door.
Scotty Hunter of Urban Artifact in Ohio says beers have evolved, and so has our palates.
"I think the way beer has evolved to express so many different flavor concepts over the years has lent itself to many more occasions. We often see breweries push this with Valentine's day 'themed' beers typically involving chocolate, but there are very elegant barrel aged sours and wine hybrids, as well."
Scotty would love for us to put our lips on his peach-- Love Letter Peach Sour Ale.
To create this brew, they used over 3,200 pounds of fresh, white peaches per batch. Damn! The smoothie-like pour is thick like puree and smells like a slice of fresh peach. A taste of creamy vanilla beans adds smooth sweetness to the finish. It's like a Bellini, but more luxuriant.
Sold! Tavour, here we come.
Plus, who doesn't like to eat a peach? On Valentine's Day, especially...
There’s something comforting about "those" days: No cares in the world. No adulting. No social media. Mostly just fun.
Combine fun plus love and get your favorite gamer the Legends Ultimate Arcade Game from AtGames. This connected/expandable arcade machine comes with 300 games and costs only $599. At-home arcade machines usually cost around $1,500. So, bargain!
Some of the classic arcade games included are: Centipede, BurgerTime, Tempest, Crystal Castles, Missile Command, Tron, Zoo Keeper, Space Invaders and more.
And now for the specs: This full-size machine, which stands over 66” tall and 29” wide, features premium two-player arcade controls, a 24” HD LCD monitor, down-firing stereo speakers, and Wi-Fi connectivity. The games can be enjoyed from the authentic arcade-style control panel, which includes two joysticks, six action buttons per player, a high-performance trackball, and two spinners.
Plus, old school meets new school (?) with the intro of eSports to retro games with the AtGames Leagues and Leaderboards, voice chat, friend’s lists, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to popular streaming services.
Boom. Or is that: blinky-lights-and-sounds…
Important info: get this ultimate gift at Sam’s Club, GameStop.com, and Walmart.com.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. It’s for scorned lovers, too. And the lover-less. And… whomever, really.
We love (get it?) Galentine’s Day. The day for lady love on February 11th—however you choose to lady-lady love is up to you. Cameo Nouveau has a great gift idea for G Day: Best Friend Broken Heart earrings by Vanessa Mooney.
According to the description it’s: “a classic way to express your feels for your best friend, but in a new way—an earring set.”
Okay. We’re neither trendy nor cool. Are we supposed to give the set to our bestie? Or does she wear one earing and we wear the other like those broken heart necklaces? And if this is “all the feels” for our bestie, then why would our heart be broken?
Maybe we’ll just stick with our bestie’s favorite gift: wine. You can buy these earrings for your BFF and let us know how it worked out.
We all have one—a “pun-ster” in our lives. That one person that can’t resist droppin’ a pun whenever there’s a window of opportunity. If you happen to be partnered with a pun-ster, then you may want to gift them with a Valentine’s Day card that really speaks to their soul.
ACouplePuns are the special occasion (or any occasion) cards you didn’t know you needed. And you do.
Stock up. And laugh your puns off.
*Disclaimer*: This is not a political post.
This is a shout-out over someone having the balls to tie-in timeliness, good ol’ capitalism, and a hunger—for something delish.
Scarlett Dunn is the author of Cookbook for Deplorables: Make the Kitchen Great Again.
Her words: “As if fighting an invisible enemy hasn’t been enough of a challenge for everyone, we’ve also had to listen to an inordinate amount of antagonistic political discourse for the last four plus years. To stay sane, we need to take a step back and try to find some humor in these trying situations. It was important for me to laugh again in my everyday life, and I thought many of you might enjoy a little laughter as well. Since we are all confined to our homes now and cooking more, I pulled out some of my old recipes, and if needed, fortifying cocktails to help you deal with the crazies.”
Some of Scarlett's recipes include:
Shifty Schiff Sausage Gravy
Fake News Cheese Fries
Triggered Mini Tacos
Lock Her Up Lasagna
Russia Hoax Reuben
Impeachment Peach Cobbler
“Come On, Man” Mai Tai
And this gem:
Corrupt Congressional Chili
(Not as many beans as millionaires in Congress)
3 pounds ground chuck
1 medium white onion
2 ½ tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons chili
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
½ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 (15-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can hot chili beans
1 (15-ounce) can mild chili beans
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
In a large skillet, brown ground chuck and onions over medium heat. After it’s browned, mix in garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I like my chili on the warm side, but you can use less red pepper flakes if you like it milder.
In a large pot, add tomato sauce, beans, diced tomatoes, and sugar. Add meat mixture to the pot. Simmer for 1 hour. Some people like spaghetti in their chili. If so, cook about 4 ounces of broken spaghetti and add it to the pot for the last 20 minutes of cooking.
*You can also use premade chili powder (like McCormack) if you prefer not to add your own spices.
Okay. We see you, Yankee Candle. There was a time we may have dropped a lot of cash on your good-smelling things. We still love you, but we’re grown now. And... you know, bills and stuff.
But… we still turn to you to mood-set our homestead. We love you even more now that you’re offering up drink recipes with your candle expertise.
Cheers yourself every day—or maybe every day you have breakfast—with this sinfully wonderful sip that tastes as good as the candle smells.
White Strawberry Bellini
3/4 cup ice
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
6 fresh strawberries for garnish
Add strawberries and ice to blender. Blend until ice and strawberries are smooth. Add powdered sugar, a teaspoon at a time, to your desired sweetness level. Pour strawberry puree into glass. Top with sparkling wine, and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
The cracked Crack Wise Staff-- warriors of the Funformation Movement.