Culture/Art

One Day. No Phone.

I thought about writing about spending an entire day without technology. Like I said, I thought about it. I honestly wouldn’t last a day…maybe 8 hours – and that’s because of recommended 8 hrs of sleep. I can not last a day with out my computer, radio, iPad, car – just no, I can’t even fathom the thought of not having music or my car. No, just no.

But what about spending the day phone-less. I think I can do that. Well, actually I have – involuntarily of course. My phone was out of commission a little while ago because I dropped it, my screen was shattered and my phone wouldn’t  turn on. It wasn’t a simple slip, no. My phone fell, rolled over, slid and fell again…. Iet's just say it was a dramatic experience for me and the phone. Needless to say, my phone didn’t stand a chance against the fall.

I hate so say it, but I actually enjoyed not having my phone glued to my hip. It was refreshing. Peaceful. Liberating. Relaxing – and every other word you can think of. I just really enjoyed not having a tracking device attached to me all day. I wasn’t forced to text, call, or Facebook message anyone. I was way more focused in class – it was nice.

The downfall to not having my phone all day was that I needed a watch. It kind of sucked not being able to keep track of the time and trying to make it to class on time. However, it forced me to talk to the people around me. I usually walk around campus in my own little world with my headphones glue to my ears. Asking people the time sparked conversations with strangers and it was cool – I met a few interesting people. Now, I’m not advocating talking to strangers, but not having my phone impacted my school day positively.

I wouldn’t recommend leaving your phone at at home once a week or everyday– I don’t  think I could do that. I suggest leaving your phone at home once a month- That’s only twelve times a year. Just try to pick the days that you wouldn’t need it the most.

Good luck :)

Photo Challenge

I CHALLENGE YOU!

So it’s mid summer and you’re bored. You start thinking about the rest of the summer and (although you won’t admit it) you start to secretly wish classes would start so you would at least have something to do. June is almost done, but how will you stay entertained for the entire month of July? Does the 4th of July even count as a work holiday?

Well, I have a solution for your overly relaxed and tired little mind.

Do a photo challenge!

Anyone can do a photo challenge. The only thing you need is a working camera.

You’re given a list of one thing to take a photo of every day for the entire month. What you do with the photos is up to you. You can upload them and share them with friends on social media. Or you can just keep them to yourself as a memorabilia.

I personally really enjoy doing a photo challenge because it gives me a chance to be creative. For example, one instruction may simply by “take a photo of something blue.” Should it be a cool photo of the sky? Of a flowerpot? The carpet that my desk at work sits on? A poster I see on the wall? A pen? The possibilities are endless. Being able to express yourself freely and to think creatively is an easy way to brighten up any day.

So, here is my photo challenge for you!

The only rules are that you can’t skip a day and you can’t skip ahead. Take each day one at a time. Some days it may be hard to think of something to take a photo of, but that’s the point – it’s a challenge!

Sports Party Treats

We all know that the best part about going to a sports party isn’t the energy, the friendly competition or seeing your friends – it’s the free food.

I know when I host a party, I always like to have clever snacks that fit the theme. So, I have made a list snacks that will be sure to impress your guests at your next sports party.

Here are a few sporting events you can throw a party for in this upcoming year:

  • Super Bowl 50
  • FIFA World Cup
  • French Open, Wimbledon, Australian Open, US Open
  • NBA Playoffs
  • College games ex March Madness
  • Hockey Cup
  • PGA Tour
  • College Football
  • Birthday Parties

 

 

PGA Cookies

Bake normal sugar cookies either store packaged or homemade. I’m cheap, so I prefer to buy the prepackaged kind.

Bake your cookies, and as soon as you pull them out of the oven, you’ll need to poke of tiny hole through while the cookies are still hot.

Next, take your cookies and and add green icing while it is still hot, that way it is smooth and even.

While the icing is hot, quickly add a white golf ball “aka one of your sugar pearls”

Now allow everything to dry. Once it is dry, you can start adding details. You will want to add a gray line (the pole) with a red triangle at the top (the flag).

Next, take black piping icing to add a swoosh, this will look like the path the golf ball took.

TA-DA!

For visuals and more clarity to help you with these cookies, visit the creator at:

http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/2015/05/decorated-golf-cookies/

 

 

This recepie is quick, clever and delicious.

You’ll want to take an OREO (flavor and size is your own preference).

Next you’ll want to take orange melting chocolate and place it in a pot on the burner.

Take your “cake pop stick” and instert it into the cream  of the OREO cookie.

Carefully dip the cookie into the orange chocolate, and let the excess drip off the sides.

Allow the icing to cool.

Take black piping icing and add detail marks to create your own edible basketballs!

 

For visuals and more clarity to help you with these cookies, visit the creator at:

http://www.craftibilities.com/2014/03/basketball-treats-party-or-team-mom.html

 

 

Snackadium

Alright, this one is a little intense.

First, grab a large aluminum tray

Then, the night before you’ll have want to made a batch of Rice Krispy Treats. You can either use a thin and narrow pan, or use a large pan and simply cut the treats into strips. Surround the edge of the tray with your treats.

Next, fill in your tray. Start in the middle with your thick guacamole. Then on one side, add queso while on on the other side adding salsa.

Then, take a piping bag and add sour cream to make the yard markers.

Along the outside of the stadium, add finger sandwiches using toothpicks.

Fill the spaces in between the Rice Krispy Treats and the sandwiches with assorted chips.

Easy enough, right?

 

For visuals and more clarity to help you with these cookies, visit the creator at:

http://stilllearninginthislife.blogspot.com/2011/09/snackadium.html

 

Here are more snacks to give you a little inspiration for creating your own snacks. They are all on our ResLife Pinterest page!



Museums in Stillwater

As I child, my parents always took me to museums and I loved it. I didn’t realize it then, but It’s a great way to make an educational trip fun and it’s affordable. If you have the time, I definitely suggest visiting one of the 6 local museums in Stillwater.

      Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History

Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Stillwater, Oklahoma, the Sheerar Museum seeks to increase public interest in and knowledge of Stillwater history. The Museum features exhibits about Stillwater and Payne County from the first land run that opened Oklahoma Territory for settlement in 1889 to the end of the twentieth century. The museum also features temporary exhibits examining specific subjects and themes are changed annually.

  • Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm
  • Closed Mondays and Sunday
  • Free Admission

405- 377-0359 ; 702 S. Duncan St, Stillwater, OK 74074 

 

      Oklahoma WONDERtorium 

The Oklahoma WONDERtorium of Stillwater, Oklahoma, is an award-winning children’s museum and we’re all about learning through play. With interactive exhibits, year-round special events, and after-school programming.

  • Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 1pm – 5pm
  • Closed Monday
  • Admission: $7 per person 

405-533-3333 ; 308 W. Franklin Ln, Stillwater, OK 74075

 

      Gardiner Art Gallery

The Department of Art, Graphic Design and Art History at Oklahoma State University is dedicated to excellence in the education of all forms of art creation, art history, and design. We have excellent facilities for painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and small metals, digital photo and video, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, graphic design, illustration, typography, and art history.

  • Monday – Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 5pm
  • Closed Sunday
  • Free Admission 

405-744-6016 ; 108 Bartlett Center, Stillwater, OK 74078

 

     National Wrestling Hall of Fame 

Modest facility illustrating the history of wrestling, including a film on Olympian Dan Gable.

  • Monday- Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Closed Saturday & Sunday
  • Free Admission

405-3775243 ; 405 W. Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, OK 74078

 

    Postal Plaza Gallery 

Oklahoma State University Museum of Art is a teaching museum, passionately committed to providing opportunities for students to experience art through exhibitions and programs that enhance the academic mission of the university. In its galleries on campus and in the community, the OSU Museum of Art seeks to engage audiences with dynamic programs and access to a growing collection of original art that serves as a resource for the study of art and its history by the campus, community, and the people of Oklahoma.

  • Monday – Saturday 11am- 5pm
  • Closed Sunday
  • Free Admission

405- 744- 2780 ; 720 S. Husband St, Stillwater, OK 74078

 

       Washington Irving Trail Museum

 You will be pleasantly surprised when you discover one of Oklahoma’s best-kept secrets – an off-the-beaten-path museum filled with exhibits about Oklahoma’s fascinating past, as well as a large room of History's Forgotten Treasures that is sure to amaze any visitor. You will learn about early-day explorers, lawmen and outlaws, a Civil War battle, and the beginning of country music. The Gerald Johnson wing includes an extensive collection of early Southwestern Indian artifacts. 

  •  Wednesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Sunday 1pm-5pm
  • Closed Monday & Tuesday
  • Free Admission

 405-624-9130 ; 3913 S. Mehan Rd, Ripley, OK 74062

Bring this, not that

When I'm leaving for vacation, I’m notorious for over packing- what can I say, I pack for a rainy day. Nine times out of ten my suitcase barely makes the weight limit at the airport. I usually have random items in my suitcase but forget my essential items, like toothpaste, lotion and contact solution. I may forget a few essential items, but I will have my unnecessary 4 pairs of shoes for a 2 day trip – I’m trying to break my bad habit. I’m sure their are other women who have the same problem as I do. Here’s a list that will help you pack more efficiently.

Summer Time Festivities

Finally, it’s summer time and the sun is shining bright. Instead of staying in the house, go out and have fun with the family. There’s tons on kid-friendly games to play that won’t cost you a fortune. Here are 4 fun games and activities that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Backyard obstacle course

This game will cost no extra money for you. All you need are a few random items from around the house to play. After you find the items you can make up the rules for the obstacle course as a family and enjoy! It’s short, simple and sweet.

Oversized memory game

This takes the memory game to a whole new level. Enjoy the oversized game in your backyard or at the park. It’s pretty easy and inexpensive to make, you’ll need poster boards, glue/tape, markers or printouts of shapes and symbols. First, you need 10 sheets of poster board, then cut the poster boards evenly down the middle. You should have 20 sheets of poster board paper. Now, you only have to draw or cut out your shapes and figures – don’t forget to make sure you create its matching shape/ figure. At the end, you should have 10 different figures but 20 poster board cards. One more thing before you get to have fun, shuffle the cards and lay them face down to play.  Have fun.

Yard twister

  I absolutely loved playing Twister as a child, it was so much fun. Now you can play outside with friends and family. You only need 4 different cans of spray paint (preferably red, blue, yellow and green). Now just spray paint a line of circles in the different colors. Don’t there’s an example to show you the finished product. This is great to play at a birthday party, picnic or just a fun family activity.

Water balloon piñata

I think this the best way to cool off in the summer heat. Fill balloons up with water and hang them from monkey bars, or other high areas in your backyard/park. Now, pop the balloons, you can use a stick if it’s really high or jump to burst them. You can make this a competitive family game by using a timer or even blindfolding people before someone starts. 

2015 Summer BlockBusters

San Andreas May 29 

            You think the Stillwater earthquakes are scary? San Andreas opened big with $53.2 million on it’s debut. The film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The state is collapsing on itself and it is up to his team to save the lives of his loved ones and strangers. The film also stars Colton Haynes, Alexandra Daddario and Carla Gugino. If you enjoy an action packed thriller, this is a movie you have to see.

 

Pitch Perfect 2 May 15 

            If you give any teenage girl an empty red solo cup, they’ll know what to do. Pitch Perfect became and instant sensation and we just couldn’t resist another round of awkward accapella singing. This movie contains your favorite stars from the original and is sure to leave you with a smile and a song in your head. 

 

Minions July 10 

An adoarble spin off of the famous hit characters from Despicable Me. It’s a perfect film to take your children or the kids you babysit to go see. This movie is cute, sweet and guaranteed to make you smile.


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Paper Towns July 24 

            Award winning author, John Green, has done it again. The writer or A Fault in Our Stars, Looing for Alaska and many more, comes a love story about a wild girl and a shy guy. Follow them together on an unforgettable journey about true love and kindness.

 

Spy June 5 

            This movie has one of the best casts I’ve seen in years. Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Byrne and 50 Cent in one movie? When do tickets go on sale? This brilliantly talented cast tells the story of an odd woman that just wants to be accepted and fulfill her dream of being a spy. We follow her through her hysterical adventure to trump the bad guys and save the day.

 

Inside Out June 19 

            This animated show gives children an illustration that will help them grasp the concept of emotions. Emotions and feelings are hard and trying to explain how they work to anyone, let alone a child, is a conversation no one really understands. The makers of Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo and many more bring you a genius film that follows a little girl and her emotions. It’s adaorable, heartwarming and is sure to be another Pixar classic.