Best-Ever Boutonnieres and Corsages with Sports Roses

August 16, 2013 Leave a reply

Designing the best boutonnieres and corsages during the fall season homecoming event can be a difficult task.

Sure, you can copy designs from previous years or simply buy off the supermarket shelf but that approach reeks of laziness and the inability to whip up something creative that befits the alumni that are coming back to visit their Alma Matter.

In this post, I will show you how to create the best-ever corsages and boutonnieres using sports roses. Not only will sports roses give your corsages and boutonnieres additional personality and creativity, but they will also serve as mementos that are worth keeping after the activity, something that generic corsages aren’t able to deliver.

Here are some of the ways you can incorporate sports roses into the corsages and boutonnieres that you will be handing out this coming fall season homecoming festivities.

  1. You can buy sports rose corsages straight from LOVEnterprises. If you want to get the corsages completely done and ready for pinning on the chest of proud alumni, you can order it as is. You have a wide selection of corsage types including football, baseball, and basketball corsages. For best results, order a mixture of the different types and let your visitors pick the corsage they like the most.

  2. You can also order sports roses in bulk and have a local supplier create the final product. This is recommended if you want to do something truly fancy with the corsages and boutonnieres. LOVEnterprises can ship individual sports rose stems to you in bulk and you can commission a separate supplier to do all the work depending on your preferred design.

  3. You can also use wrist corsages for your female visitors.It is a common perception that corsages can only be worn on the chest and are only reserved for men. This is not true. Wrist corsages are fast-becoming a rising trend that is very appealing to women. You can also use sports rose corsages slightly altered to fit this use.

Sports roses are perfect for making corsages that will last for many years thereafter. After all, you want the memories of that fall homecoming to last for a long time. Sports roses are perfect memorabilia for that purpose.

What homecoming event are you organizing and how are you planning to add sports roses to your corsages and boutonnieres?

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What You Need to Know NOW About Fall Sports

August 14, 2013 Leave a reply

When most of us picture fall sports, we see footballs being thrown, crisp evening breezes, bonfires and falling leaves. The thing is, though, fall sports actually start in the summer. In fact, when it’s  August, you’ve probably already signed up for football, soccer, and volleyball. So what else do you need to know NOW about fall sports?

#1: Success in fall sports starts early. If your son or daughter is an elite high school athlete, or hoping to be one, they need to start training for their fall sport in spring or summer. Get them doing a variety of cardio and weight lifting exercises so their bodies will be ready in the fall.

#2: The best time to buy equipment is before fall. If your child is getting ready for a fall sport, make sure you’ve bought shoes and equipment before the first practice. Especially if you want to save money; equipment will be cheaper during the offseason.

#3: Schedule a physical now. Many, if not most, sports teams on the junior high and high school level require a sports physical to be completed by each athlete. You can get these physicals done at the pediatrician’s office or a “minute clinic,” like those at CVS or the Target pharmacy, but it’s best to get them done early.

How are you preparing NOW for fall sports?

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Essentials for College Dorm Living

August 14, 2013 Leave a reply

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Did You Forget Something? Do Your College Students Really Have Everything They Need?

It’s back to school! Students attending an out-of-state university for the first time are preparing to move into their first home away from home. It can be a very emotional time for both students and parents during this major life changing period.

Students will need to pick out their classes, plan their weekly schedule, and orient themselves with their new environment. Fortunately, most schools offer class schedule planning meetings with a university counselor and new student orientations.

Parents want to make sure their children, now all grown up, will have everything they need to start their new life on a successful note. Parents are also impacted by adjustments in daily habits and responsibilities during this time period. Don’t leave anything to chance. Making a plan up front, before the deadlines approach, will help keep everyone’s anxiety in check.

One part of moving that parents can help take part in, is the gathering of all the dorm essentials. Students move into an empty room, so there are a lot of necessities that can be easily overlooked. A checklist can be used to avoid missing something important.

Real Simple offers a convenient check list on dorm room essentials. Items on the list are grouped in common house categories – Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen, and Personal.

Many of these items may already be available at the student’s current home. But if extras of something are not available to take with them, parents may need to do some shopping. Fortunately in the computer age, you can save time and money by shopping online. Purchases made online can also be shipped directly to the dorm (just make sure you have the correct address to ship to).

We are making things even easier by providing some examples below with links to where you can buy.

-Alarm Clock: Don’t be late to class! Consider choosing an alarm clock that can double as a docking station for a smartphone.

-Bed and Bathroom Linens: Having 2 sets helps during long study sessions for finals when laundry piles up.

-Laundry Basket: Think about a potentially long trip to a laundry room. Having one with wheels can be very handy.

-Computer: Having your own computer is now essential at any university. Laptops can also be used to take notes in class (if the professor allows them). Search for deals online. The new Google Chromebooks offer a very affordable option (just over $200) in a Wi-fi rich university environment

-Small Flat Screen TV: Everyone needs a break from studying. There is not much room in a dorm, so stick with a smaller TV. Also check with the roommates to see if anyone else is already bringing a TV.

-Desk Lamp: Very helpful when you need to study late at night while the roommate is sleeping.

-Clothes Hangers
-Bath Robe
-Flip-Flops
-Show Tote
-Dishes, Glasses, Utensils

Don’t forget personal items to decorate and personalize the dorm room to make you feel at home. For more ideas, visit the Real Simple Dorm Room Guide here.

What other essentials would you recommend? Tell us in the comments below.

Preparing for School and Fall Sports Success

August 9, 2013 Leave a reply

How many times has your team stumbled out of the gates to start a season?

Bad preparation is often at the root of all these miserable starts to a tournament. When teams don’t prepare well enough, the rust quickly shows and better prepared teams easily take advantage. As a result, teams suffer through multiple losses before finding their identity and stringing together wins.

But preparations for fall sports success need not be difficult. Armed with the right set of training techniques, teams can win a tournament because of a strong start.

In this post, I’ve listed down some of the most important training and preparation considerations that any team who wants to succeed should keep in mind. With this, summer training and preparation need not be hit-or-miss.

Here are the tips that you can implement to put your team in a better position to succeed come fall.

  1. Properly define the roles of each of your team members. Team success is closely tied to cooperation, which in turn is based on understanding the different roles that each team member must play. Do not head into a season or tournament without clarifying these roles.

  2. Reward effort and hardwork during training. Don’t wait for the games to matter before you begin recognizing hard work. Even something as simple as sports roses can boost morale and inspire the team to work harder in training. When you recognize effort and hardwork, you are showing that you are paying attention and that their efforts do not go unnoticed.

  3. Spend time developing chemistry and relationship within the team. Winning isn’t simply about skills. Often, chemistry and relationship lead to intangibles that make a good team great. Spend more time developing this and you will have better chance at success. Again, even something as simple as sports roses as gifts, tokens, or rewards can pull a team together.

  4. Focus on specific needs as opposed to general off-season programs. Many coaches and team directors fall into the trap of embracing generic training programs and forcing everyone on the team to do it. This is not good for peak performance. Focusing on specific needs will produce more results than if you were to subject an athlete to a generic training plan. In the end, remember that the specific skills are the most important factors that translate to winning.

  5. Don’t make your off-season training too long but don’t make it too short either. In many cases, a team is already fatigued heading into a tournament because of the rigorous training routine. This can result in defeat and the team members being demoralized. Of course, not training enough is also bad for performance. Balance the length of the training sessions to ensure that your team is performing at peak condition during fall.

There are many more tips for ensuring proper preparation to increase a team’s chances of success, but these are excellent starting points. With these, your team should not have to struggle to begin playing and winning the games that matter.

Do you see any tips here that you can implement to boost your team’s chances of success?

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Best Stretches to Avoid Common Baseball and Softball Injuries

August 7, 2013 Leave a reply

You know your kids play hard. They put their hearts into their games and leave it all on the field. You also know that this often means sore muscles and can occasionally lead to injuries. One of the most effective ways to stave off injury, though, is simple: stretching. We’ve put together a list of the best stretches to help your players avoid common baseball and softball injuries.

1)      The Lying Knee Roll-over: This stretch is performed by lying on your back with your arms outstretched, then lifting one knee and touching it to the ground on the opposite side of your body. You should feel the stretch in glutes, hips, and sometimes lower back.

2)      The elbow-out rotator stretch: Perform this stretch by placing the top of one hand on your lower back (palm facing out) and then reaching around the front of your body with the other arm and gently pulling the elbow forward. You should feel the stretch in the shoulder and sometimes in the deltoid area.

3)      The rotating wrist stretch: This stretch is exactly what it sounds like. With your arms outstretched, rotate your wrist in full circles both ways. Try this stretch with hands in fists and open.

Other great stretches to try are the tricep pull-down, arm pullover, and quad stretch. Also, don’t forget to stretch your hip flexors. With all the stop and go of baseball and softball, those get tight quickly!

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Understanding the New NFL Stadium Bag Policy

August 6, 2013 Leave a reply

acceptable clear bag for new nfl stadium bag policy

Getting ready to watch your favorite NFL team this season?

Did you know that you can no longer bring purses, backpacks, seat cushions, fanny packs, camera and binocular cases into any NFL stadium during the 2013 season?

The NFL created a new universal bag policy that will be enforced at all NFL stadiums starting with the 2013 NFL season.

As the 2013 season approaches, NFL teams are sending out notifications by email to ticket purchasers to let fans know about what is and is not allowed with the new bag policy.

What Is Not Allowed?

  • Backpacks (including clear backbacks)
  • Binocular and Camera Cases
  • Tinted or Printed Pattern Plastic Bags
  • Fanny Packs
  • Purses
  • Seat Cushions with Pocket
  • Oversided Tote Bags
  • Mesh Bags

The new NFL bag policy is one of the strictest bag policies in all of professional sports. It will take some time for fans to get used to these new restrictions. So what will the NFL allow into its stadiums this year?

What Is Allowed?

  • One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ by 6″ and 12″ or
  • A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, fans may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items, including diaper bags, after proper inspection designated for this purpose.
  • Each member of a family, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse, providing ample storage capacity.

I spoke with a representative with the San Diego Chargers and they also added that you can still bring in a camera or binoculars as long as they are carried around your neck without a case or in an acceptable clear bag (as listed above).

Fans attending an NFL games may also carry in items in their pockets such as keys, makeup, combs, phones, wallets, and credit cards. Fans can also continue to carry a blanket or jacket into the stadium.

Some NFL teams are helping their fans make the transition by providing complimentary clear bags to their season ticket-holders (see the Chargers bag pictured at the top of this article).

Fans with more questions should visit http://nfl.com/ALLCLEAR.

NFL announced a new bag policy for fans attending games in 2013

Sports Roses Reviews and Testimonials – July 2013

August 2, 2013 Leave a reply

Customers share reviews and testimonials on their recent Sports Roses purchase

See what our customers are saying about their recent Sports Roses purchase

Great for a wedding renewal.

Very nice.

Nancy G. from Lacrosse, WI reviewing Baseball Roses - July 9, 2013

Fabulous

These are absolutely beautiful. I will be very pleased to offer these to my customers, as they are a lasting memory of the occasion.

Glenda R. from Shamrock, TX reviewing Baseball Roses - July 8, 2013

Perfect for my daughter.

Great for a graduation and sports person.

Customer from Lakeside, CA reviewing Softball Roses - July 6, 2013

Just as expected!

Thank you for such a wonderful idea! These were purchased for my daughter’s friends who had a “NO GIFTS” graduation party. My daughter wanted to give them something because they were on the middle school softball team together and she wanted to say “Congrats”. This was the best idea! Thank you! They were perfect! And they loved them!

Customer from Wolcott, CT reviewing Softball Roses - July 1, 2013

Amazing!

I got my softball roses in plenty of time to hand out and the girls will love them because they’re unique. Thank you.

Patricia B. from Oklahoma City, OK reviewing Softball Roses - July 1, 2013

Trophy Outlets and Sales Resources

July 31, 2013 Leave a reply

It’s a simple fact: the more time you spend with kids in sports, the more likely it is that you will be put in charge of finding awards for teams. How do you do it? Here are our best tips for finding trophy outlets and sales resources.

#1 Start local: Many, many times the best options for sports trophies are mom and pop stores in your own city. Not only do they offer great deals, but they also have a quick turnaround.

#2 Think online catalogs: Countless companies exist with countless options. If you’ve started the trophy process early enough, online options can be your most cost effective choice. Try out Decade Awardsas a starting point. We do a lot business with them and they have a huge catalog of trophies and awards for all sports.

#3 Think Quality: Depending on the age and the type of league your child is in, the quality of trophy you want will vary. For younger kids in rec league sports, cheaper, plastic trophies are a great fit. Try a search on Amazon  for affordable options that can be ordered in bulk.

#4 Other Moms: Your best resources are the other moms of team members. Odds are that at least one of them have done trophies before and will be more than happy to give you some great tips. Ask your coach or the head of your booster club who was in charge before you, and give them a call!

What trophy outlets and sales resources have worked for you?

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Top 7 Motivational Summer Training Tips

July 27, 2013 Leave a reply

It doesn’t seem to matter how much your athletes love their sport, training over the summer still feels like a hassle to them. Trying to motivate athletes to train over the summer often feels like trying to make a toddler eat vegetables. You know it will be good for them, but it takes some work to convince them.

What you need are the right motivational tools. You have to be creative in developing motivational tricks to inspire athletes to give their best during the summer.

Here are our Top 7 Motivational Summer Training Tips to re-energize your lethargic training plan:

  1. Develop a training plan for your team and post it ahead of the training period, but don’t give out all the details. You want to give your athletes a taste of what’s to come but not too much so they’ll have something to look forward to. For example, you can indicate that Tuesdays is dedicated to “track work” but leave out the details so they’ll never know that you are planning wind sprints or hill sprints to develop speed. Remember to give hints in your training to any fun or different training exercises you’ll be throwing in!

  2. Organize mini competitions among your team and use end-of-day rewards. Mini competitions can get the competitive juices flowing and is a great motivator for athletes to give their best. You can develop end-of-day contests and then award gifts like Sports Roses to the best performers. Even a small award can be an effective motivator when bragging rights are at stake.

  3. Invite a professional athlete to provide inspiration. This is a proven way to motivate athletes to train. If you know athletes residing near your area or a famous Alma-Mater, invite them over for a quick talk and a short workout. You can also give a bouquet of Sports Roses to your visitor afterwards as a token of appreciation.

  4. Treat your team. All work and no play can lead to boredom in a hurry. Even dinner invitations or barbeques at a local hang-out can do wonders for your team’s morale. Summer training isn’t just about reps; it’s about building unity.

  5. Organize mini meets or friendlies with schools from across town. Once you’ve built-up a certain level of fitness and skill from the training, it is always nice to test out how far your team has progressed by scheduling meets or “friendlies” with other teams.

  6. Declare a BEST PERFORMER at the end of the training season. Always find time to honor the best performer in your team. Don’t let all that hardwork go to waste by not taking the time to recognize him or her first. Trophies and Sports Roses bouquets are inspiring rewards for athletes who gave 100% during the training period.

  7. Make sure you organize an award program that recognizes the best athletes, even if it is just a simple event. Put a little fanfare into your award program. Invite parents over or do it at a local venue where people can watch. Making it a bigger deal will give it some legitimacy and will inspire athletes to work harder.

Which of these tips will you implement first this summer training season?

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Trophies and Sports Roses: A Winning Combination

July 25, 2013 Leave a reply

While trophies are great awards for sporting accomplishments, they can be quickly forgotten when stacked along with countless other trophies received throughout an athlete’s career. How many ordinary trophies from competitions have found their way to the basement or attic because they weren’t unique enough to be displayed in the living room?

In this post, we’ll show you how you can bring life and uniqueness to even the simplest trophies using Sports Roses as nifty additions. Now, you may think that roses are only reserved for female athletes, but men can also appreciate of the trophy-rose combination. Everyone appreciates attention to detail!

By choosing to include Sports Roses, you are adding something new and different that is guaranteed to catch the attention of sports enthusiasts. Sports Roses are handcrafted artificial roses made from the same leather used to make baseballs, softballs, footballs, volleyballs, and basketballs. They are unique pieces that have the personality and creative flair needed to earn an inspired spot in the living room trophy case.

Here are some easy and fun ideas for adding Sports Roses to the prize pool for your next sporting event:

  1. Give Sports Roses bouquets together with a trophy. The Olympic committee hands out flower bouquets to podium finishers, so why not introduce Sports Roses bouquets to your event? Sports Roses bouquets can be custom-made to match your specific sporting event. Give trophies and Sports Roses bouquets to the winners to make your event stand out from all the rest.  You can be confident that the combination will be valued and appreciated. Or, if you like the look or fresh flowers, consider mixing Sports Roses into a traditional bouquet to make it really pop!

  2. Pin a Sports Rose boutonniere to make a stand-out trophy display. People prefer novel and unique prizes; if you give out ordinary looking trophies, people won’t be as excited to get them. Pinning a Sports Rose boutonniere to a trophy gives it that extra little something not available with stock trophies given out at so many events. A Sports Rose adds the finishing touch to instantly transform a plain trophy into a novelty.

  3. Have a local supplier make unique trophies with the Sports Rose as a highlight. Many event organizers stay away from custom-made trophies because they are expensive. It doesn’t have to be this way. Even a simple design made from just a steel rod can be unique if you incorporate Sports Roses into the design. Work with a local supplier to use Sports Roses as trophy highlights and accents while still making sure that the outcome is affordable.

  4. Make a medal using Sports Roses to go with trophies. You can show that the awards you are handing out are extra special if you give away a trophy and a medal at the same time. Remember, though, medals don’t always have to be the traditional design. Now, you can attach Sports Rose boutonnieres to the end of a nice lanyard and have a unique medal that you can proudly give out.

The best awards are those that are unique, unforgettable, and carefully crafted. Common and ordinary awards, on the other hand, get chucked to the side and quickly forgotten. Don’t allow the awards you give out at your event to be “just like any other.” Use Sports Roses to express your event’s passion for sports and to add personality to your awards.

Which of these options is a winning combination for your next event?

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Top 5 Websites for Shadow Box Designs and Tips

July 24, 2013 Leave a reply

Sporty kids come with a lot of paraphernalia. Everything from uniforms to pictures to trophies to caps and team decals can really clutter up your house. Why not use all that paraphernalia to make a great-looking shadowbox? Check out these 5 website for some great shadowbox designs and tips:

1)      Realsimple.comThis website is a great resource for just about everything, but this slideshow is a great place to start if you are new to shadowboxes.

2)      Ehow.comThis is another one of those websites that has great info on a variety of topics, but we found their shadowbox tutorial particularly valuable because of all the helpful links on the sidebar.

3)      Craftsman channel on YouTubeIf you like to create from scratch, the Craftsman YouTube channel is for you! Check out their shadowbox video. True to their name, this video focuses on the tools you’ll need. Making your own shadowbox is a great way to save money!

4)      PinterestSorting through all the boards on Pinterest can make you feel a bit like Alice falling down the rabbit hole, but we really found this one useful for what to do with all those medals, And this one was great for other sporty items.

5)      Do it Yourself.com – Feeling overwhelmed? This simple, straightforward tutorial for a baseball shadow box will help you get the job done with less stress!

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Sandlot Movie Celebrates 20th Anniversary with a Cast Reunion at the Original Sandlot

July 23, 2013 Leave a reply
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Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox

You’re killin’ me, Smalls!
Has it already been 20 years?!

Teens that grew up watching the classic baseball movie “The Sandlot” (released in 1993) are now showing their own kids the summer adventures of Scotty Smalls, Benny, Squints, Yeah Yeah, Ham, and the Beast.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Sandlot Director David Mickey Evans gathered a few of the original cast members for a 20th anniversary dedication of the restored Glendale, Utah sandlot used as the set in the film.

Evans also made the celebration even more memorable by proposing to his girlfriend Stacy McGillis at homeplate in the sandlot.

The Sandlot director, six original cast members, and players from the Los Angeles Angels AAA affiliate, Salt Lake Bees, spent the day at the sandlot along with 1,500 fans to answer questions, host a clinic with local little leaguers, and watch a special outdoor screening of the film.

Sandlot Movie 20 Year Cast Reunion Photo

Photo Credit: Leah Hogsten / The Salt Lake Tribune

“The Sandlot” Cast members in the above photo include (left-to-right): Marty York (Yeah-Yeah), Patrick Renna, (Hamilton “Ham” Porter), Chauncey Leopardi (Squints), Victor DiMattia (Timmy Timmons) and Daniel Zacapa (Police Chief). More photos from the event can be found on the Salt Lake Tribune Photo Album

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