Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day


Check out these football-themed Valentines from long ago....

"Be on GUARD, Valentine!  I'm making a PASS at your heart!"

"My Valentine--You're the goal I'm after"

"U can KICK me around and I won't mind, Valentine"

"I'd get a big kick out of being your Valentine"

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones...

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Rose Bowl

The Kegs 'n Eggs blog alerted Gameday Style to something new for Valentines Day.  Last week, they posted about FTD offering their new College Rose Collection.  FTD says they are "the perfect Valentine for your College Sweetheart". They currently only cover 14 schools, but they say to let them know on Facebook what school you'd like and I'm sure they'll have them ready to go in time for football season.

The FTD® University of Wisconsin Badgers™ Rose Bouquet
PRE-ORDER TODAY! Limited Supply
Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Wisconsin Badgers™ Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Oregon® Ducks™ Rose Bouquet
PRE-ORDER TODAY! Limited Supply
Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Oregon® Ducks™ Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® Louisiana State University® Tigers™ Rose Bouquet
PRE-ORDER TODAY! Limited Supply
Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® Louisiana State University® Tigers™ Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Alabama® Crimson Tide® Rose Bouquet
PRE-ORDER TODAY! Limited Supply
Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Alabama® Crimson Tide® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® Stanford® University Cardinal™ Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® Stanford® University Cardinal™ Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Texas® Longhorns® Rose Bouquet
PRE-ORDER TODAY! Limited Supply
Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Texas® Longhorns® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $89.99
The FTD® University of Michigan™ Wolverines™ Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Michigan™ Wolverines™ Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Oklahoma® Sooners® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Oklahoma® Sooners® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Nebraska® Huskers® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Nebraska® Huskers® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Florida® Gators® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Florida® Gators® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® Penn State® Nittany Lions® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® Penn State® Nittany Lions® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Arkansas® Razorbacks® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Arkansas® Razorbacks® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Miami Hurricanes® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Miami Hurricanes® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
The FTD® University of Tennessee® Vols® Rose Bouquet
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Shipped Direct in a Gift Box
The FTD® University of Tennessee® Vols® Rose Bouquet
Starting at $79.99
  
More schools coming!







Sunday, February 12, 2012

Football Valentine Cookies

If you have ever checked out my Pinterest boards, I have an entire board dedicated to football-themed cakes and cookies.  I can bake and cook, but decorated cakes and cookies have never been my forte, I'm more of the admire it and buy it from a bakery kind of gal.  My son's birthday at the end of January also came with a request for football cookies for his friends at school.  I told him, "Sure!  I'll call and order some." No..he really wanted ME to make them.  I can usually talk my boys out of these things, but I have some guilt doing so this time around.  We are in the process of moving to a new city (a coaching change!)  and Daddy is already living and working there.  In situations such as these, the mothering instinct--although stretched-- is in full-effect trying to keep normalcy in our lives.  
Me decorating cookies is not normalcy, but my son wanting his Mama to make cookies for his class is.  I have attempted decorated cookies before...completely delicious and completely ugly.  Not to mention time-consuming and stressful.  

So, I made the cookies with our football cookie cutter.  It has an imprint, so you can actually make the cookies look like footballs without decorating them.  I showed those to him after I baked them while he was at school.  He said he really liked them but wanted them to look like the decorated cookies we buy at Upper Crust..."with brown on them and white lines".  I contemplated calling Upper Crust and passing them off to him as my own work.  I decided to take the honest route and attempt the decorating.  I knew he would see them and either pass the ugly ones out at school with pride (since me making them was so important to him this time around) or he would ask me to call the bakery and order "cooler" looking footballs.

 It had been a really busy, stressful couple of days, but I fit in the cookies...



...and they were actually delicious AND cute.  These little cookies surprised me and made my day!  For some reason, I got the icing just right this time.  It tasted good, it hardened perfectly and stayed glossy.  My friend thought I bought them at Upper Crust.  The kindergarten teachers wanted to know where I bought them.  I assured everyone that cookies that look like this are not my normal.  But I guess they better become that way, because my older son has asked for heart-shaped football cookies for his 1st grade class for Valentines Day. Goodness.  I found this picture online on Flickr, and I will attempt these.



Football heart cookies

...or these..

http://nannyssugarcookies.blogspot.com/2011/01/valentines-day-cookies-continued.html
(Nanny's Sugar cookies are order-able and ship-pable...I should have planned ahead!)


What did I get myself into??  Wish me luck! 


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Print these Football Valentines

If you have a football loving boy at your house, he may be requesting football-themed Valentines to give his buddies and little lady friends at his school party.  Spotgirl, an illustrator and mom that keeps the blog, Hotcakes, has a simple solution for you that has Gameday Style.




 You can print these onto cardstock, for your little guy (or gal!) to embellish for friends.  These samples from Hotcakes were painted with watercolors.  The reverse on the card says, Happy Valentine's Day!  


If you happen to make these, please email Gameday Style some pictures....



Sunday, February 5, 2012

Happy Super Bowl Gameday!


Vince Lombardi, 
Miami, Florida
January 1968
Green Bay Packer Coach after winning Super Bowl II
by Neil Leifer


Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
January 15, 1967
Super Bowl I
by Neil Leifer


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Giants/ Patriots Fashion

It's all red, white and blue at this year's Super Bowl.  
Check out Gameday Stylist's fashion picks for the big game...

www.gamedaystylist.com



Ok so the Giants weren’t the only big win this weekend. As it turns out the Patriots didn’t do so bad either and are headed to the Super Bowl. This is all very exciting because there is nothing NY’ers like more than beating Boston/New England sports teams :) Patriots fans, here is what I suggest wearing…new clothes always help me deal with a loss (and I may have to buy some of these items to celebrate NY’s win).







Congratulations Giants - you are on your way to the Super Bowl! Everyone in NY is psyched about the big win on Sunday :) What better way to celebrate than by shopping for a Super Bowl appropriate outfit? I think your team going to the big game is a great excuse for a shopping spree which includes a fewCatbird alphabet rings… NYG or NYG♥ 
1. Madewell Striped Transmission Tee / 2. Over-size Blue Enamel Chain Necklace / 3. Edie Purse (Bought a VERY similar & less expensive one atBanana Republic on Saturday, although it’s sadly not featured online)/ 4. Mixed-media Stretch Bracelet / 5. Satin Covered Bracelet / 6. Flair Skirt (on sale!) / 7.Faceted Drop Earring / 8. Catbird Alphabet Rings / 9. Madewell Archive Leather Boots

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sign your name, please...


Super fans are on their computers checking Twitter, ESPN and message boards...
High school football players are celebrating with ceremonies at their schools...
The coaches are all hovered around fax machines, waiting for the letters to come in and anxiously waiting for their first day off since late July.
And there are lots of parties in the works.
It's National Signing Day today and I'm thinking about lots of football families everywhere. 





For some more casual fans, Signing Day makes one wonder what in the world is even being signed.  To clear things up, I have given you an article from Rivals.com 
explaining the entire thing...


by David Fox

Thousands of high school athletes will sign their National Letter of Intent this week, beginning the next phase of their lives as a collegiate student-athlete. On the flip side, coaches all over the country will wait pensively in front of the fax machine for those coveted signatures.

But what does all this mean? Why all the hubbub for a sheet of paper and a signature?

Simply put, a National Letter of Intent seals the recruiting process. With his signature, a student-athlete accepts a four-year institution's athletic scholarship offer. The signature ends a student-athlete's recruitment and binds him to a single college or university.

By signing a letter of intent, the student-athlete agrees to attend the college or university for one year. The institution also agrees to provide financial aid for one year. Other institutions are prohibited to continue recruiting a student-athlete once he signs a letter of intent.

In football, the signing period begins on the first Wednesday in February. This year the signing period begins Feb. 7 and lasts through April 1. Most high school athletes sign letters of intent on the first day. Junior college transfers sign midyear, usually in December.

A signed letter is binding to the university or college, not a coach or team. It is binding for one academic year. It does not guarantee a spot on the team or playing time.

Student-athletes sign a National Letter of Intent only for the first year. NCAA rules require institutions to notify athletes whether their athletics aid has been renewed.

Schools recruiting a student-athlete will send a National Letter of Intent, indicating an official scholarship offer. 

A parent or legal guardian of a student-athlete under the age of 21 is required to sign the letter of intent along with the athlete. College coaches are not allowed to be present for the signing of a letter of intent.

Prior to receiving a signed letter of intent from a recruit, institutions are permitted only to confirm their recruitment of a prospect. Only after receiving a signed National Letter of Intent can institutions and coaches comment fully on the prospect.

Most Division I-A programs release signing lists on National Signing Day of the members of their incoming freshman class, which is generally around 25 members.

The National Letter of Intent program is intended to prevent last-minute changes on the part of both the student-athlete and the institution. The student-athlete is ensured financial aid for his first year of college while the athletic team is ensured his presence on the team for the coming season, pending academic qualification for the scholarship.

Fifty-four conferences and nine independent universities are members of the program, which is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association, not the NCAA.