The 2019 Stanley Cup Finals are in full stick swing, and the sport is gaining in popularity and cost. The average NHL ticket now costs more than an NBA ticket. Maybe your neck of the woods isn’t about the ice game. But there are plenty of cities that live-and-breathe the game. Boston is the #1 city for hockey, followed by Detroit and Pittsburgh.
WalletHub is the guru of lifestyle information. They’ve got the facts and figures about hockey that we had no idea about. For example, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s performance level is 64.23 percent, which is 1.7 times better than that of the Detroit Red Wings at 38.62 percent.
Check this stat out: Chicago has the highest attendance rate for NHL games at 107.20 percent. The lowest percentage? Raleigh, North Carolina.
Is your town a hockey town? Find out below:
We like hockey. It's like wrestling on ice.
The NBA finals are hittin’ the hardwood in a couple of days. And it’s big business. Ad space on uniforms alone nets $100-150 million a year.
Personal finance website WalletHub has compiled its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Basketball Fans.
The Best? Boston, followed by L.A. and Oakland. The Worst? New Brittain, Connecticut, Pocatello, Idaho, and Daytona Beach.
Some tidbits that you can drop on your bros during the action:
New Orleans has the lowest average ticket price for an NBA game at $30.20. New York has the highest at $97.77. Damn!
Miami has the highest fan engagement for NBA teams at 45.21, which is 33.2 times higher than New York—which is the lowest at 1.36. So, you pay the most money in the Big Apple and they treat you like a Big Assh&le? Gotcha.
See where your city ranks in the ball game:
Spring is here. And the unofficial kick-off to summer is almost here. Have you planted anything yet?
Don’t freak out if you’re not Mr. Green Jeans. Check out these reads that will guide your garden ambitions.
Creative Terrariums, from craft blogger Enid G. Svymberksy , will reveal 33 cutting-edge, contemporary designs that will add a decorative organic vibe to even the smallest room. Each project features inexpensive materials, common plants, and step-by-step instructions.
Growing Your Own Tea Garden will make you a total tea master. Author Jodi Helmer will show you how to plan and plant a productive tea garden with sample designs and cultivation tips.
We want to try these ourselves, but we’re convinced we’re the Black Thumb of Death.
Life you know is over—if you recently graduated from college. No more crazy parties or keggers. No more student discounts. No more living in the same house with your best friends.
Now that your degree is firmly in hand, what next? The transition can be exciting and intimidating.
Known as The Cowboy Philosopher, author Carew Papritz shares a few life hacks for the new-world-newbies:
Want to impress someone? Look them in the face, not in the phone. The most important person in the world is the person you’re with at that moment. You are giving them the most important gift you have in your possession—your time. Constantly looking at your cell phone during a conversation, whether it at the table or while just talking, tells the person you’re with that they’re not as important as the next best text message or call from someone else. People know when they’re second fiddle. Give them all of you as long as you are with them
Give “Thank You's” and “Pleases” like flowers. Who doesn’t like to receive flowers? They always make people smile. The same goes for giving out a “thank you” and a “please.” Do it five times a day (or more) and watch as the smiles come your way. And once a smile is given, then a smile is returned.
Want to really shock someone? Write them a thank you note or letter. The curious and wonderful thing about a letter is that the time you give to writing a letter becomes part of the letter. Once again, you are giving that best precious possession you have to offer another human being which is your time on this planet. People love handwritten anything. Besides saving pets, people, and photos from a fire (and not necessarily in that order), people will save their letters. It only takes five minutes to write a simple thank you letter or note to someone. And that five minutes of gratitude on paper will make a long and lasting impression.
Ask someone how their doing. Try it. We are so hot and bothered to always be someplace else, thinking about something next to do, and always in some sort of 24-7 tizzy, that we forget that amazing act of conversation that jolts people out of their whirling dervish lifestyles. Try it the next time you’re in the grocery line or at the drugstore. It’s such a simple act of humanity to ask how someone is doing. And what amazing and powerful replies you’ll receive as people are caught off guard with such honesty and empathy.
A handshake, a hug, a pat on the back. Yes, I know it’s getting tougher out in the big world to touch anyone for any reason. But that doesn’t mean a simple you shouldn’t try. We convey so much feeling when we give someone a reassuring touch.
Very valid points. But allow us.
Don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like snacks. They are evil.
Every thing eventually needs a makeover. The kitchen. The closet. The boobalas. You know…
What we’re talking about here is the classroom. Schoolgirl Style Makeover My Classroom Contest will award two grand prize winners the opportunity to have their rooms styled by Melanie Ralbusky, founder of Schoolgirl Style. The prize package, valued at $5,000 includes unique and fashionable décor, select teaching supplies and furniture pieces, decorative accents and a newly painted classroom interior.
The makeovers—which are open to any teacher in the U.S.—will be awarded in June and August. Just in time for the new school year! Six runners-up will receive a Lakeshore Schoolgirl Style décor bundle and $100 Lakeshore e-gift card.
Teachers need to submit an essay that describes why they need a room makeover, and how they create an inspired learning environment for their students, as well as provide a current photo of their classroom. Entries will be judged on content and clarity of expression, creativity, and image quality.
Pretty cool. Enter HERE.
Love to throw parties, but don’t know where to start? Let The Bash take care of it.
The Bash is a new, first-of-its-kind inspirational event marketplace from the people who brought brides-to-be The Knot. The Bash is a one-stop shop to plan your event: from inspiration, to planning, to the ability to book vendors—all within the site.
Yasss! Because we need more time to make sure we look like we didn’t spend time looking good for our party. You know what we mean?
As your thoughts are turning to summer, maybe one of these ideas from The Bash will catch your fancy.
Glamping: enjoying the outdoors without staying in the outdoors, and all the creature comforts of home.
Garden Party: an alfresco celebration of whatever you want to celebrate. Make it classy or casual.
Clam Bake: this could be your summer kickoff. Enjoy the ocean’s goodness without an ocean nearby.
The Bash stole our idea. Event planning. Well, not really. But we wanted to do something like this. But we saw a shiny object and, well…
Get your “selfish” on, because being selfish and self-centered in this instance is a necessity. A recent study released by OnePoll shows that most Americans aren’t getting enough “me time.”
Who else is raising their hand right now? The study also found that too much noise, current events, jobs, partners, and kids are the top five things that prevent people from getting the rest and relaxation they need.
Dr. Vinay Saranga is a psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry. He says there are ways we can incorporate more “me time” into our daily routine.
We have our own ideas...
You have to make the time: ‘Me time’ is just as important to your health as eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise. For many of us, it’s simply a matter of making the time. Start seeing this as a ‘must-do’ activity and block off 30-minutes to an hour each day to just sit and get quiet with yourself. Anytime of the day will work, but to make it a regular habit it’s best to schedule this precious time around the same time each day.
Crack Wise-dom: Must-do… myself. Wink, wink.
There is no set agenda: The best part about ‘me time’ is there is no set list of things you have to do. It’s about doing what you want to do. You can sit in a room that you find soothing. You can listen to relaxing music. You can go to the park and people watch. This is your time to spend by yourself to rest, relax and clear the mental clutter that often bogs us down.
Crack Wise-dom: Stream Disturbed’s “Down With The Sickness” and mentally tick names off your hit list. That Arya Stark-style list…
Strengthen your time management skills: There are only 24-hours in a day. But you might be surprised how strengthening your time management skills can free up some much needed “me time.” Some people prefer to organize their daily tasks in order of importance. Try spending less time clicking around on social media or surfing the web. Maybe you can wake up a half-hour earlier to give yourself some extra time.
Crack Wise-dom: Or, you can drink a few Red Bulls and only sleep two hours.
Give yourself permission: Many people feel guilty for taking time to themselves. You must have a change in mindset and realize that scheduling some “me time” is a positive step in caring for your mental health and overall well-being. In fact, it’s something everybody can benefit from. Best of all, you’ll feel better, think clearer and be more productive.
Crack Wise-dom: We give ourselves permission to quit our retail day job. Lots of “me time” then..
Create your own space: Most people don’t have a place in their home to relax. You don’t need a lot of space or a big budget to create a soothing environment. You can designate one room or even a section of a room for this. Paint the walls a comforting color. Add some pillows, candles, pictures and other decorations that you find relaxing. Add an Alexa or other device to play relaxing music.
Crack Wise-dom: Kick your deadbeat roomie out and take their room for your quiet space.
Alone time really means alone: The mistake most people make with “me time” is they don’t spend it by themselves. This is not a time to be with your friends, spouse or children. It’s not a time to catch up on the Facebook activities of the day. It’s time for you to rest, relax and recharge. It’s time for you to take a mental break from the world around you and refresh your mind.
Crack Wise-dom: So, we’ll post on FB that we’re taking some “me time” and then take selfies of our “me time” so that our peeps can get all FOMO-ed? Our "me time" is better than your "me time."
We’re raising our hand, ashamed at our utter un-coolness over not knowing what in the af Zentangle is. So, we looked that shizz up online:
According to Zentangle.com, which we assume is the authority of Zentangle-y things:
“The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns… These simple shapes are the ‘Elemental Strokes’ in all Zentangle art. These patterns are drawn on small pieces of paper called ‘tiles’.”
Now that we know what it is, we feel like we could become zen Zentangle-ists. Actually, you’ll have a better chance at –ist achievement because our art skills are… sketch. Like, we-hope-to-stay-inside-the-lines-while-coloring sketch.
But this dude, Brian Crimmins is da bomb. He’s a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), coach, and speaker. And… he has a new book due next month: Zentangle Dingbatz: Patterns & Projects for Dynamic Tangled Ornaments & Decorations. The book includes a variety of projects that will allow you to practice using Dingbatz not only as stand-alone designs, but also as accents and enhancements to other art projects.
Snag the book and impress yourself and others... Mostly yourself.
Trend Alert: the Sober Curious Movement. For the youngins, “sober is the new cool.” Recent studies have shown that a third of those responding want to drink less for a variety of reasons: anxiety, regret, and better health. Millennials are the biggest number of “sober curious-ers”…
And because this is how life is nowadays—there’s an app for that!
Loosid is “digital sober community” app that has dating, travel, and even components that allow teetotalers to meet. We totally respect this app as a means for those battling addiction to meet others who are clean. But for others to hijack this app? We feel uncomfortable. Like wool sweater uncomfortable.
Can we be honest here? We think “sober curious” is code for “cheap ass”. Millennials are known for polishing a turd and calling it gold, ie: “We’re evolved and smarter than you old folk, though we haven’t lived much and know less. But, we are superior creatures and won’t taint our bodies with such poison… and mom won’t spot me five to grab some Boone’s.”
Has anyone else figured out that millennials are the lizard people? They don’t want to drink and they’d rather watch Netflix than procreate, so—end of humanity!