Wednesday, September 28, 2016

10 Christmas Songs I'd Rather Not Hear

My Christmas Spirit (yes I have it) is what bouyed me and kept me from drowning in the bottomless pit of worry over the economic prospects of the coming year. Yet, am losing the “spirit” each time I hear some Christmas songs.

The following are my 10 must NOT listen to Christmas songs:

1. You’ All I Want for Christmas

Oh please! Who would believe such a crap? For crying out loud…Me?!? All I want for Christmas are my two front teeth to be made in platinum and embedded with gems. How about diamonds…

2. Merry Christmas Darling

Why don’t you just whisper that in you darling’s ear after you clasp the diamond necklace around her neck? Maybe you’ll get somewhere cozy…

3. White Christmas

Hellooo! There are parts of this planet without snow. Unlike RECESSION, the snow do not reach every nook and cranny of this weird wired world. Don’t you like the color green? My favorite color is red.

4. Blue Christmas

Didn’t I just said my favorite color is red? Sshhhh…hush now.

5. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer

Okay, I like the color of Rudolph’s nose, that is the only thing I find likeable in this overplayed, oversung and abused carol!

6. Feliz Navidad

Duh?!? Translation please…

7. Winter Wonderland

I’d rather be with Alice in Wonderland. What’s wonderful about freezing?

8. Jingle Bell Rock

Maybe the composer of this particular jingle is “stoned” when this was written.

9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

When? I hope he brings cash. Tons of it. Then, give it all to Congress, so Congress can bail out every darn company which needed bailing out and leave the taxpayers’ money alone!

10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause

No, I did not! Mommy died before am old enough to learn the curiosity-satisfying thing called “peeking” or is it “peeping?”

I wish the foregoing Christmas songs will be banned from being played over the airwaves. At least I hope I won’t hear them when they do get played over and over and over…

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10 Christmas Movies for Grown-Ups

Christmas movies are one of the joys of the holiday season, but the majority of them tend to be family films or children’s cartoons. While that’s fine when it comes to the all-time classics, or when viewers are feeling a bit nostalgic and want to rewatch movies from their own childhood, occasionally movie-lovers want to celebrate the season by watching unconventional Christmas films, or holiday films with a more serious edge. That’s where these grown-up Christmas films come into play. They aren’t cartoons, and some of them are quite dark, but they capture the Christmas season in all of its fun, joy and occasional sadness.

No. 10: White Christmas
White Christmas is a holiday classic that tends to be overlooked among the more commercial Christmas films. For many people, however, this Bing Crosby film is essential viewing each December. While it might not hold the attention of younger audiences, the seasonal Irving Berlin tunes are sure to warm the hearts of adult viewers.

No. 9: Black Christmas
Christmas doesn’t have to be all holiday cheer. Sometimes a cheesy horror movie is an appropriate way to celebrate the season, as with this unconventional slasher classic. Skip the gory ­­2006 remake, and watch the fun ­­1974 original instead.

No. 8: Die Hard
Die Hard, a Christmas movie? Sure, and it’s among the best Christmas movies at that. This is a film for those who appreciate holiday sentimentality in small doses, and who would rather celebrate the Christmas season with a little more action.

No. 7: The Nightmare before Christmas
OK, so this Christmas movie is actually an animated film, and I said I wasn’t going to put any of those on this list. But, The Nightmare before Christmas is so gorgeously rendered, so whimsical, and so adult in its themes that it’s almost not really for children at all. Though children might enjoy it, this is really a Christmas movie for adults to appreciate.

No. 6: Christmas Vacation
Enough people consider Christmas Vacation to be a modern classic, that it just had to be included on this list. Packed with often crude humor, holiday cynicism and just a touch of genuine heart, this is a film that adults will enjoy more than the kids.

No. 5: Bad Santa
While the comedy Christmas Vacation may be appropriate for some older children, 2003’s Bad Santa, which shares a few similar themes along with the former’s cynical outlook, is decidedly not. This very dark comedy is good for those who appreciate Christmas films with a little more of an edge.

No. 4: An Affair to Remember
Most people might not associate the 1957 Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr film with Christmas necessarily, An Affair to Remember‘s climactic scenes occur on Christmas Eve, and there’s plenty of holiday spirit to be found around the edges.

No. 3: It’s a Wonderful Life
This list wouldn’t be complete without throwing in a little tradition and nostalgia. Though it’s a Frank Capra film, and it’s full of the little sentimental touches that that director is known for, It’s a Wonderful Life is still a pretty dark and often downright miserable movie, at least before the uplifting ending.

No. 2: Joyeux Noël
Why this 2005 film isn’t constantly in rotation as a new holiday classic is beyond me. Joyeux Noël is a compelling and beautifully shot Christmas movie about the Christmas Truce of World War I. There isn’t anything about this film that isn’t lovely or heartwarming; it’s just perfect for any Christmas movie night.

No. 1: The Apartment
I have my own Christmas movie tradition every year, and it revolves around what, in my opinion, is the truest and most heartfelt Christmas film ever made: Billy Wilder’s 1961 classic, The Apartment. It’s definitely not a Christmas classic in the traditional sense, but it captures the holiday spirit in a way that no other film has ever matched. The Apartment shuns the traditional sentiment that the Christmas season is all about happiness and warmth (though its final moments are among the most human and uplifting ever put on film), and instead focuses on just how isolating and lonely all those holiday expectations can be. Not one for the kids, to be sure, but perfect for anyone who’s ever had to spend Christmas alone.

Any of these movies would be perfect additions to your home Christmas movie collection.

Sources: IMDB

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10 Celebrities that Don't Need Halloween Costumes: Crazy Star Style

Some celebrities don’t need Halloween costumes for Halloween; these stars with crazy style can simply grab any random outfit out of their closet to look like a character (but their everyday wear does make great inspiration for Halloween costumes):

Lady Gaga – Whether she’s draping herself in meat, refusing to wear pants and sensible shoes, or donning a blonde hair bow on top of her head, every single one of Lady Gaga’s outrageous outfits haunting her closet with their spirited style would make great crazy Halloween costumes (and you can bet there will be an army of little monsters roaming the streets this year).

Katy Perry – The queen of kitsch has some quirky outfits of her own that would make great crazy Halloween costumes, although Katy Perry’s candy-covered concoctions and pretty pinup outfits are a far cry from lady Gaga’s futuristic version of kooky. Sure her style might be wild, but it’s hard to complain about a gal that can rock a rubber dress (plus she’s got great complementary arm candy in Russell Brand; with his peg leg jeans and long hair, he looks like the modern version of a debonair corsair).

Heidi Montag – Her wardrobe might not be crazy like some on this list, but Heidi Montag’s mundane style is overshadowed by her plethora of plastic parts. So since she looks like a living Barbie doll, I’d say she’s still one of the celebrities here that doesn’t need Halloween costumes to enhance her look.

Rihanna – Rihanna’s crazy style makes her look like a futuristic mini-warrior with all that hardcore hardware and her ever-changing wild hair. But this tough girl can also play nice; when she tones her style down, she looks like an adorable bird of paradise.

Christina Aguilera – Halloween costumes for women often aim to be sexy and over-the-top, a look this celebrity definitely has down with her everyday wear. Her look is best described as a blend of the old school style of glam goddesses like Marilyn Monroe, Lady Gaga’s wild looks, and porn star chic (hey, when you look like Christina, you can pull off constantly switching between classy and trashy).

Taylor Momsen – Unfortunately, this wild child’s wardrobe screams “streetwalker” just as much as it does “shock rocker” (but at least she covers up a little bit…by slathering black stuff all over her eyes for that rockin’ raccoon look). Most mothers would have heart attacks if they saw their daughters in Halloween costumes resembling her wardrobe, but I have a feeling that this Pretty Reckless girl doesn’t care too much about possibly being a bad influence.

Willow Smith – She’s one of the youngest celebrities in Hollywood making a splash with her style, and it’s not hard to see why this hair-whipper is already a household name. Sure she’s got super-famous ‘rents, but with her super-edgy hairstyle and a look that blends rock and roll, hip hop, and runway fashion, this 9-year-old is definitely blazing her own way in the biz (and her crazy threads make great inspiration for Halloween costumes suitable for a younger crowd).

M.I.A. – This often-sloppy star sometimes looks like a neon rainbow threw up on her, but she can impress with her dress when she hits the mark (at least she keeps things interesting with her wardrobe as well as her words).

Ke$ha – Ke$ha’s style can also be a bit of a mess, but you know Oscar the Grouch would definitely dig her garbage bag dress. And for those looking to turn her looks into Halloween costumes, at least her “slop-rock” style isn’t too hard to imitate.

Snooki – Like Lady Gaga, there’s evidence that this celebrity’s closet is full of looks resembling Halloween costumes, considering that the ‘Jersey Shore’ star’s signature style has been turned into a licensed Halloween costume likely to be popular this year.

So from orange fist-pumping pumpkins to glam girls and bad babes, these celebrities with crazy style are going to have a hard time topping what’s already in their closets for Halloween.

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10 Cheap Tricks that Save Money Around the House

Being cheap is no longer considered eccentric. Being cheap, frugal, thrifty (choose your own adjective) is the new norm. Learning new ways to save money around the house is America’s past time, and here are 10 cheap tricks to add to your money saving repertoire.

How To Extend Life of Disposable Razor

Sure the whole idea behind a ‘disposable razor’ is to use it and toss it, but that was so yesterday. Today we re-use disposable razors with this cheap trick. Shake off the excess water from the disposable razor, then dip it in rubbing alcohol and store in a dry place (do not leave razor in the shower). This cheap trick will clean the razor blade, stop rust and add weeks of shaving life to the disposable razor.

Half and Half

All liquid soap products, like hand soap, body wash, shampoo and the like are concentrated and are stronger than necessary to get the cleaning job done. Half the liquid soap products with water or only use half the normal amount to save money.

Air Out Bar Soap

This is a double cheap trick – air out bar soap for a few weeks before using and the bar soap will harden, making it last longer when used without effecting the lather, fragrance or cleaning properties. To air out the bar soap, unwrap the fragrant bars and place in dresser drawers and closets to act as air fresheners.

Clean Clothes

Reduce the amount of laundry detergent and liquid fabric softener used by one-fourth to one-half (experiment with your brand to see which measurement works best) and clothes will still come out clean and soft. Cut fabric softener sheets in half and still get the same dryer results.

Unplug the Dryer

Use the clothes dryer as little as possible. Not only does it increase the utility bill, but increase clothing replacement costs too. The lint in the lint trap is actually small bits of your clothing. The tumbling action of the dryer causes clothes to disintegrate and wear out faster.

Separate Bananas

Separate bananas as soon as you arrive home with a fresh purchase. Bananas produce ethylene gas which causes them to ripen, separating the bunch slows the ripening process down so the bananas will last longer.

Lettuce Longevity

To keep lettuce fresher longer, store lettuce in a large Ziploc bag with a moist paper towel tucked inside.

Mattress and Couch Cushion Flip

Flip mattress and rotate it every three months to extend it’s life span. Don’t just flip couch and chair cushions, swap them around so they don’t become molds of your family’s hinder parts.

Leather Shoe Extender

Have the soles of leather shoes lined with rubber to prevent them from wearing down, and don’t wear them two days in a row. Leather shoes are subjected to foot moisture when worn and the moisture breaks down the leather, giving the shoes a day off between wears allows the leather to dry and will extend the life of the shoes.

Get More Lipstick Uses

Use a lip brush to scoop out the remaining remnants of your favorite tube lipstick. You’ll be surprised how many more applications of lipstick are left.

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10 Cheap Ways to Celebrate Dad

You can dish out food, render services, concoct a show, rustle up a gathering, take him back down memory lane, or craft a keepsake. Whether indoors or outdoors, make it his favorite Dad’s Day for years to come with one or several tributes.

(1) Plan a Potluck Brunch
Throw a pot luck brunch where each of the kids bakes, fries, boils or scrambles up a different dish for Dad. For brunch, anything goes. It can be breakfast , lunch, dinner or dessert dishes. Some of you can start the night before. Set the buffet table with tablecloth, and use candles from the dollar store.

(2) Stage a Family Skit
Drape Dad’s chair with fabric to make it look like a throne, and make a crown for his head. Pull down the blinds and turn on one lamp. Then bring out the court jester to tell jokes. A song can follow. And then a poem. If you’d like, you can put on a short play, like one where you act out some of the things Dad told you not to do, but you did anyway. Or a skit that shows the ways he was nice to you when you were mean to him. At the end of the presentation, each of you could tell what you’re grateful to Dad most for. It can be just a sentence or two. He would love it because he seldom hears it.

(3) Throw a Father’s Day Film Fest
Find out what his 3 favorite movies are, yes, even if they’re not in technicolor. Line them up, pop some popcorn, gather his favorite snack, and raise a sign that says, “Dad’s Day Film Festival.” Then crowd around and watch his favorite movies with him. After each film, ask him about the parts he liked best. Don’t just watch the movies, enjoy them– even if they’re wack. He’s always trying to make you watch them anyway. You have to stay all day; you can’t leave. And if it’s OK with mom, have his favorite beer on hand. Or you can simply take Dad to the dollar movies to see an oldie.

(4) Plan a Restaurant Program
Treat him to a buffet restaurant or his favorite fast food joint. Tie some balloons to his chair. Appoint someone to give a short Father’s Day speech. Then you can go around the table and tell what he means to each of you. Be sure you have enough money to pay for Dad’s meal and yours too.

(5) Engage in a Sports Gathering
Take Dad out to the ballgame, to the skating rink, or to the bowling alley.

(6) Plan an Outdoors Event
Pack some snacks and a ball, and take him for a picnic at the beach, forest or park. Organize a family tournament. Plan games like a one-legged race, egg toss, seed spitting, and tug-o’-war contest. Take the camera, snap photos and place them in a Father’s Day Photo Album at the end of the day.

(7) Detail His Car
Clean Dad’s car interior, handwash it and put some air freshener in it.

(8) Become a Faithful Servant
Serve Dad today, hand and foot. And while you’re doing it, address him as “Sire,” “My Lord” and “Your Majesty.” It’s only for one day, and it can make up for all those other names you call him under your breath. When he tells you to do something, smile and respond, “Your wish is my command.” And do it pleasantly, without a complaint! Hold his cell phone for him when it rings, place a napkin around his neck when he eats, stand by and brush the crumbs from his table.

(9) Craft a Homemade Memento
Make him a homemade gift. Create a story book, where you each write down the best thing dad ever did for you & draw a picture of it. (Get some poster paper from the drug store to form the covering for it, and paste a title & some pictures on the front.) Sew his initials into a tie, hand paint a belt, decorate a baseball cap, draw on a T-shirt, adorn a pair of house slippers, take a photo of him while he’s asleep and put it in a frame. Or draw him a Father’s Day card and a put a poem in it.

(10) Feed His Nostalgia
Find out what his favorite toys, candies and comic books were when he was a kid and try to find something similar to cram into a treasure box for him.

Of course, if you’re a single child, you have a lot of work to do by yourself. So get started planning the menu, mapping out the program, or drawing up the best Father’s Day schedule ever.

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10 Christmas Shipping Tips

The holidays are the busiest time for the post office. People send friends and family Christmas packages in the mail and sellers rush to get packages shipped to customers in time for Christmas. Sadly many packages go lost, turn up missing or the contents inside end up broken. More often then not, it’s because the package wasn’t wrapped right and enough precautions weren’t taken. Other times, a gift package won’t make it to the designated area in time for Christmas, leaving people very frustrated. This article will detail ten tips you need to keep in mind with Christmas shipping.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #1: Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute

Tip number one is an important one. Don’t wait until the last minute to ship your packages. If you do, you risk the chance of it arriving after Christmas plus if you’re shipping it from the post office; you’ll have to wait in long lines. Avoid frustration and ship all your packages as soon as possible.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #2: Use Proper Mailers or Boxes

Use proper mailers or boxes to ship your items. For example, if you had a glass ornament that you were sending to a buyer or a family member, you wouldn’t toss it into a manila envelope and put it in the mail because it would get crushed and broken. Instead you’d use a lot of bubble wrap and a box to send it in so it would make the journey in one piece. Whatever you’re sending, make sure that you have the right package to ship it in. Make sure that it fits and isn’t flopping around in it’s package.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #3: Use Clear Wrapping Tape

I’d received a lot of packages with weird taping jobs. Some people have used colored duct tape and scotch tape. Scotch tape may be good for wrapping presents but it’s not really made to withstand being the only thing to take a package together. Buy clear wrapping tape from the Dollar Store or from Wal-Mart to ensure that your package is safely taped together.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #4: Use Plastic Wrap

I ship a lot of books to family and friends and a book trading website. One of the things I learned is that plastic wrap isn’t only for food. If you’re sending something that could get destroyed by liquid, wrap it in plastic wrap. It offers double protection and if you are sending a package to someone who lives in a rainy area, you could be saving the contents of the package. Wrap each item in plastic wrap; the person receiving it may just thank you for taking the extra care.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #5: Print Postage from Home

If you want to save time, printing postage from home is quick and easy. You can print postage from and Then you can simply run the packages into the post office without waiting in line to pay.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #6: Weigh Item Correctly

If you are printing postage from your home, it is very important to have a scale to weigh the item correctly. If you print postage and then don’t pay enough postage on the item because you weighed it wrong, it will be sent back to you, which will delay the package in getting it it’s destination.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #7: Highlight Apartment Numbers

Postal workers are only human and sometimes they make mistakes. As a seller on eBay, in the past I’ve had several customers ask me to highlight their apartment number with a highlighter because their postal worker put items in the wrong box and then they never got their package. If you’re sending a package to an apartment, highlighting the number will draw more attention to where it is supposed to go.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #8: Research the Cheapest Shipping Rate

The economy sucks these days so if you’re shipping a package, make sure that you research and pick the cheapest shipping rate that is allowed for the contents that you are sending. If you’re sending something parcel post and it weighs a ton but is compact, then you might be able to save money by putting it into a flat rate Priority box that will ship for one rate for as much as you can put into the box.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #9: Pay for Insurance

You should always get insurance on high priced items but especially during the insurance season. Don’t think “Oh it won’t happen to me” because just your luck, it probably will happen to you. It’s always better to be safe then sorry.

10 Christmas Shipping Tips #10: Arrange for Postal Pickup from Home

If you have several packages to ship at one time, then call the post office and set up an appointment for them to come and pick up packages from you. You won’t have to wade through the holiday traffic or crowds and your packages will be on their way to their destination.

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10 College Football Candidates for the 2008 Heisman Trophy

In 2007 Tim Tebow became the first sophomore to ever win the Heisman Trophy. I doubt a sophomore will win the Heisman Trophy again for a long, long time, but there are a few good sophomores in this year’s list of Heisman Trophy hopefuls. These are the 10 players that will probably be in the running for the Heisman Trophy, including two sophomores.

Percy Harvin, Florida Gators
Percy Harvin is a dark horse in the Heisman Trophy race. Not many players will make an impact receiving and rushing like Harvin and some Heisman voters might go to Percy Harvin with their vote when they decide they don’t want to vote for Tim Tebow two years in a row.

Pat White, West Virginia Mountaineers
At one point in time Pat White would’ve been higher on the Heisman Trophy hopefuls list but with the coaching change and all the turmoil around it the Mountaineers might falter a little bit.

Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech Red Raiders
Did Tim Tebow make it ok for sophomores to win the Heisman Trophy? Or will they still have a hard time? If sophomores winning the Heisman Trophy do become a trend then there are few sophomores better than Michael Crabtree. Last year Crabtree was the first freshmen to win the Biletnikoff Award.

Mark Sanchez, USC
If USC beats Ohio State they could run the table again because they have their biggest games at home. But this isn’t the Leinart/Bush Trojans anymore. Mark Sanchez will get Heisman Trophy consideration for being USC’s quarterback but there are question marks on offense.

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma Sooners
Out of the sophomores I like Michael Crabtree better as a player but Bradford has a better shot at the Heisman Trophy. First of all Bradford is a quarterback and second of all Oklahoma will likely win the Big 12 ahead of Texas Tech.

Beanie Wells, Ohio State Buckeyes
If the Buckeyes can make it a third straight National Championship then Beanie Wells will probably be a Heisman Trophy candidate but I’m not sure Ohio State gets through the season with less than 2 losses.

Tim Tebow, Florida Gators
If the Heisman Trophy was decided on performance alone then there is no reason to think Tim Tebow can’t be the best player in the nation again. But will the Heisman Trophy voters vote for him two years in a row? I think at the very least Tim Tebow has to wait until his senior year for another Heisman Trophy because the voters definitely don’t want a situation where he’s got a shot at a third Heisman Trophy if he comes back next year.

Chase Daniel, Missouri Tigers
Chase Daniel is one of the most exciting quarterbacks in the nation and he is on many Heisman Trophy hopefuls list. My only concern is that I still don’t completely buy into Missouri and as we know a team’s performance has everything to do with winning the Heisman Trophy.

Graham Harrell, Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have had a dynamite offense for years and they’ve never really been taken seriously. But with Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree they have something even more special than usual. If Graham Harrell can lead Texas Tech past Texas and Oklahoma he’ll definitely be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Knowshon Moreno, Georgia Bulldogs
Most people think that the Georgia Bulldogs are the best team in the country, so why wouldn’t their best player be the favorite for the Heisman Trophy? The only problem with Knowshon Moreno’s Heisman Trophy chances is that the Bulldogs play a very tough schedule.

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10 Cheap Fall Date Ideas

Carnival lights, the smell of roasting corn and the sounds of rustling leaves – this the perfect combination for a fall date. However, if you are on a budget, an expensive dinner and movie night can cost a bit too much. What you need is a reliable list of 10 cheap fall date ideas. Revisit this list all season long for plenty of inexpensive date inspiration.

  1. Play darts: The evenings are getting crisp, why not head indoors for a spirited game of darts? You’ll only be out a few beers and you will have a great time with your sweetheart.
  2. Flea markets: Most communities have a walk through flea market. Even if you don’t have a lot of spending money, it’s fun to walk through the vendors booths to plunder for unusual treasure. Make a day of it!
  3. Go for a walk: Find a leafy path and walk it together. You’ll get some exercise and see some autumnal scenery. Who doesn’t love strolling through the leaves with someone they love?Don’t forget to stop for photos with your phone or camera.
  4. Visit a U-pick: Go apple picking or visit the local U-pick. You can pick a pumpkin, watermelon or a collection of inexpensive vegetables.
  5. Take a country drive: Okay, well gas isn’t cheap but this fall date idea is fairly inexpensive. Pitch in for a few gallons of gas then go for a ride in the countryside.
  6. Winery tasting: If you have a winery nearby, call for details about the next wine-tasting. These events are usually pretty inexpensive and make a nice date background.
  7. Plays in the park: Check your paper for a list of what’s happening in your nearby park. Go see a play or bring a blanket and listen to a fall symphony.
  8. Home improvement classes: Call the home improvement store for information on fall home improvement classes. You may have to pay a small fee for the supplies but many classes are free to the public.
  9. Matinee fairs: You can’t beat a fall carnival for fun and romantic situations but it’s not cheap. Instead of paying prime time prices, go during the matinee or hit the midnight fair night.
  10. Taste some candies: Share something sweet, like handmade candies. Head to the candy store and ask for some samples. When you find something you both love, spring for a box of treats.

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10 Cheap Gifts for Your Coach

When shopping this year, don’t forget about your coach. They provide a lot of their time to you, and many go beyond their coaching duties to become real friends to their teams. Here are some great gifts for the coach in your life.

Personalized Football Mug $15

Football Coach

These mugs can be personalized down to the writing, colors and the design. The mugs are each 11 ounces and made out of ceramic. They come inside a gift box for easy gift giving. There are 6 designs to choose from. You add your logo, title, coach name, team name, year, main color, 2nd color, school name and a personal message. They offer 16 different colors to choose from.

Number One Coach License Plate $20

Any Male Coach

This great gift is great for any male coach in your life. There is no type of sport mentioned here which makes this a great universal gift for any coach. This license plate is Blue with red writing. It reads Our Coach is #1 and has a picture of a man wearing a sweatshirt that says coach. He is also holding a clipboard in his hand. They also offer personalization for this product.

Coaches Inspire Softball

Soft Ball Coach

A great present for your softball coach. This softball has a green diamond plate, two bats and a ball printed on it. It reads “Coaches inspire greatness” below the picture. The ball size is 3.75 inches. You can also add personalized writing to this ball.

Personalized Coach Cartoon Framed Picture $15

Little League Baseball Coach

Personalize a great cartoon picture for your coach. You chose the sex of the coach, and the sex of the children. You also customize the sign hanging on the fence with your team name and year. Pick the color shirt you want your coach to wear, which will also match the mat color of the picture. A banner at the bottom says the coach’s name. You can order a frame for this picture for $6 more and a matching mouse pad for $5 more.

Personalized Coach Shirt $15

This shirt can be customized for baseball, basketball, football, and hockey or soccer coach. You can have your coach’s name placed on it with items to match the sport they coach. The shirts are made with cotton/polyester and come in 4 different sizes.

Hockey Puck Gift $15

Hockey Coach

A great gift for the hockey coach in your life. This pick is a regulation size puck. The middle of the puck holds any picture you send it, would be great for a team photo or a funny moment with your coach. You can also customize two lines of text on the puck.

Autograph Shadowbox Frame $25

Football, Basketball, Golf, Cheerleading, Baseball, Bowling, Soccer, Volleyball

This is another great universal gift. You can customize this gift at home. All you need is your team picture and their autographs to complete this great gift. This frame is 8X10 in size, and you choose the mat size to match your picture. This frame comes with 20 different stickers to customize to the sports listed above. Your team signs the included white mat for a great present.

Personalized Mini Volleyball

Volleyball Coach

This volleyball is perfect for your coach. Its 5 ½ inches. They do laser engraving for long lasting detail. You can customize this with your school name, team name, year, logo and coaches name. A great gift for your volleyball coach.

Personalized Newspaper

Any Coach

This gift is truly unique and universal for any couch. You completely customize this great newspaper. You pick the headline, the story and the pictures. Name your newspaper anything you would like. Create your own sales banner. You choose the colors you want your paper printed in. A great gift for any coach who has done more for you then just coach. Let them know just how you feel with this great gift.

Coach Survival Kit $10

Any Coach

A great gag gift for your coach. If you have a coach that has a great sense of humor, then this is the gift for you. The gift itself is only $4 and then add a gift card holder to it, to make it more special. Comes with things like bubble gum to keep the team sticking together, candy watch and much more. You can add a personalized note card with this great gift also to add that special touch.

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10 Christian Rap Artists You Should Listen To

Christian Hip-Hop is an industry that has been growing fast in the last couple of years, and it features many fantastic artists that do not get the recognition that they should. Instead of talking about money, sex and drugs like most mainstream rappers, they rap with a positive message while preaching the Gospel at the same time. Here is a list of 10 artists or groups that you should listen to if you are a fan of hip hop.

1. Lecrae

Born and raised in the South, talented artist Lecrae Moore lived on the streets before giving his life to Christ. His music mixes the message of the Gospel with dirty south beats and the combination creates great music that you just gotta listen to.

2. Corey Red & Precise

New York emcees Corey Red and Precise preformed underground most of their careers before releasing Resistance Iz Futile, an album that has become a Christian hip hop classic. These two in-your-face rappers deliver beats and flow that can rival any other artist, while keeping the message of their music meaningful.

3. Sean Slaughter

Much like his fellow New Yorkers Corey Red and Precise, Sean Slaughter is another in-your-face artist that has a tremendous flow. He is not afraid of being to-the-point, but he also remains committed to bring people to Christ.

4. Mr. Del

A former member of Three Six Mafia, Mr. Del decided to turn away from secular music and continue to rap, but only for Christ. He continues to bring that dirty-south flavor to Christian music, but this time with a positive message.

5. T-Bone

T-Bone is a Christian emcee who has been around for a long time, releasing eight albums during his illustrious music career. T-Bone, Better known for his starring role in the 2003 movie “The Fighting Temptations” and for his amazingly fast rapping, is also a multiple Grammy award nominee.

6. The Cross Movement

The Cross Movement is one of the most popular Christian rap groups. These Philly-based rappers have

used their musical talents to praise God to the fullest, and their talents were nationally recognized as they also have been nominated for Grammy awards.


Probably the most recognizable Christian rap group, Grits have released many hit songs, a couple of which have received international fame. Their most popular song, Ooh Ah, was featured in the movie Fast and the Furious: Tokyo drift, and their song Tennessee Bwoys can be heard often at Tennessee Titans football games.

8. Rob Hodge

Rob Hodge is another Philly emcee that makes quality music. He uses his lyrical ability and great beats to make very good music. He has only released one album so far, but look for him in the future.

9. Trip Lee

Trip Lee is a teenage artist who rose to fame in the Christian hip hop circle during his featured appearance on Lecrae’s hit single Jesus Muzik. Despite his young age, Trip Lee is not ashamed of representing Christ and continues to release great music.

10. 116 Clique

116 Clique got their name from the Bible verse Romans 1:16, which states, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power to salvation for everyone who believes…” They live by that verse and preach Christ wherever they go. Some of 116 Clique’s notable members include Lecrae, Trip Lee and Flame.

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