5 Fun Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Bounce houses have come a long way in recent years.  They now have elaborate designs with slides, obstacle courses, tunnels, splash pools, and even basketball hoops!   Kids can do much more than simply bounce up and down — they will have years of fun inventing new games to play inside their feature-packed bounce house.

Bounce houses are available in a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes.  You can find the perfect bounce house to suit your backyard and the types of games that your children enjoy playing.  This article will list the reasons why you should buy a bounce house, provide some information for choosing the right one, then highlight 5 of the best obstacle course bounce houses on the market!

Why Buy an Obstacle Bounce House?

Some of the best reasons to buy an obstacle course bounce house include:

Obstacle course bounce houses are the ultimate party activity!

An obstacle course bounce house can provide hours of entertainment for your children and their friends.  If your home is often the location for children’s parties or family get-togethers, the bounce house will regularly be in use and be a highlight for visitors.  Your children’s friends will love coming over and spending time playing in your bounce house — your children will be the most popular kids on the block!

An obstacle bounce house has many activities on offer​

Modern bounce houses are designed like activity centres and have many games to play.  In addition to bouncing around, children can have races through the bounce house, use the slides, use the pillars like punching bags, hang off the ceiling, playing in a ball pit, set up the bounce house like a stage to perform a concert, add a sprinkler to cool off and much more.

Bounce houses are great for exhausting your kids!​

Do you have some very energetic children who are constantly running around at 100 miles per hour?  If you buy an obstacle course bounce house, they will have hours of fun while expending their seemingly boundless energy.  That means you get to enjoy some peace-and-quiet while watching them happily exhaust themselves.

You can reposition and store your bounce house very easily​

Unlike bulky swing sets and playhouses that constantly take up room in your backyard, you can deflate the bounce house to make more room in your yard.  This is handy if you want to have a party in the back yard or the bounce house is only used in the summer months.  You can deflate it and pack it up very easily.  It is also simple to move a bounce house around the back yard.

A very cheap form of entertainment​

An obstacle course bounce house will provide your children with hours of entertainment over many years.  They provide excellent value-for-money!

They keep your kids fit!

Your kids will be very active when they are playing on the bounce house, which helps them stay fit.  Playing on a bounce house is a much better past time than being glued to a television screen or spending hours on the Internet.

Tips for Buying an Obstacle Bounce House

children playing in inflatable house

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Buying an obstacle course bounce house can be quite confusing because there are so many choices on offer.  The build quality, size, durability and value-for-money of different bounce houses varies greatly. 

Here are some important bounce house buying tips:

Buy a bounce house that is the right size for your backyard

Is it a residential bounce house or a commercial bounce house?

Is the bounce house as big as you think?

Double check the weight

Get a bounce house with a good warranty

Double check the slide stoppage area

Check the country of manufacture, materials and craftsmanship

Ask the kids what kinds of games they want to play

Consider safety

5 of the Best Obstacle Course Bounce Houses

Here are a few of the best obstacle course bounce houses currently on the market.  They can provide years of fun for your children and their friends!

Inflatable Obstacle Pro-Racer Bounce House

Bounceland Bounce House Inflatable Bouncer Obstacle Pro-Racer Combo...
  • [Specification] Inflated size: 19'Lx9'Wx7'H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes, repair kit and...
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe...
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide...

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland


Size: 

19’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H


Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars

This is a well-constructed obstacle bounce house featuring heavy-duty puncture-proof materials and double to quadruple stitches.  It is an excellent choice for households with small children because it is lower to the ground than many other bounce houses.

The obstacle course is set up to allow two children to race one another.  They crawl through tunnels, hang off a beam, run between pillars then fly down a slide.  The powerful 0.7 HP UL blower can inflate the bounce house in less than a minute, which makes it a great choice if you need to transport it to parties or move it around the yard.  The blower has a long fill hose, so you can safely secure the mechanical components well away from the bounce house.

This bounce house has 9” ground stakes to firmly secure it into the ground and comes with a large carry bag.  Up to 4 children weighing up to 100 pounds each can use this bounce house simultaneously.

Ultimate Combo Bounce House

Ultimate Combo Inflatable Bounce House
  • [Specification] Inflated size: L 12 ftxW 10 ft xH 8 ft, Package includes: bounce house, blower,30 colorful play balls,...
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple stitches 2) Half way velcro opening...
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide...

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland


Size: 

12’ L x 9’ W x 7’ H


Features: 

Huge slide, pillars, secure bounce area, ball pit, basketball hoop

This bounce house is perfect for kids who love going down slides!  The Ultimate Combo Bounce House features a massive curved slide with a long landing pad and high rails for safety.

This bounce house is made from PVC coated Terylene/Laminated Oxford Terylene, with mesh segments surrounding the main bounce area.  The Ultimate Combo Bounce house comes with 30 plastic balls, a basketball hoop, a UL certified blower, repair kit and carry bag.

Inflatable HQ Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper Slide

Inflatable HQ Commercial Grade Bounce House Castle Kingdom Jumper...
  • Approximately 17 x 16 x 15 feet total inflated size
  • Complies with the Lead Free Toys Act
  • A 2 HP blower is required for use and not included

Manufacturer: 

Inflatable HQ


Size: 

16.5 L x 16’ W x 15’ H


Features: 

Castle design, slide, pillars, huge secure bounce area, climbing wall

This is one of the largest and most durable residential obstacle course bounce houses on the market!  It features a large bounce area with mesh windows and two seperate ramps — a small one for the toddlers and a large one for the bigger kids.

It is constructed from high-quality 100% PVC vinyl and is capable of holding up to 8 children, weighing up to 100 pounds each.   The super-thick PVC, heavy-duty stitching and reinforced stress points ensure that this bounce house will deliver many years of fun.

Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer

Bounceland Pop Star Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer
  • [Specification] Inflated size: 15 ft W x 13 ft Lx 8.3 ft H. Package includes: bounce house, blower, carry bag, stakes,...
  • [Quality Assurance] 1) Heavy-duty puncture proof material with double to quadruple. 2) Half way velcro opening for safe...
  • [Safety Standards] Bounceland products have been tested and approved for meeting and exceeding current world-wide...

Manufacturer: 

Bounceland


Size: 

15’ L x 13’ W x 8.3’ H


Features: 

Stage area, 7ft slide, basketball hoop, secure bounce area

This is a fantastic bounce house for children who like to put on a show!  In addition to features a large bounce floor, slide and basketball hoop, it can be used as a stage.  The kids could have some fun acting out movies, singing songs and much more.  The bounce floor is toddler friendly, with mesh windows and a closable velcro opening.

Yard Inflatable Bounce House Bouncer Obstacle Course Super Combo

BESTPARTY Obstacle Course Inflatable Bounce House Castle with Large...
  • Approximately 18'x8.2'x7.2'H(in), total inflated size
  • Features 3.5’H large slide available for two racer, two crawling tunnels, two climbing walls
  • Bright and colorful Tall walls with mesh netting surround Easy to set up and store

Size: 

21.5’ L x 9.3’ W x 7.9 H


Features: 

Tunnels, slide, pillars, climbing wall

This is a large obstacle bounce castle that is set up for races!  It starts with two tunnels that go into the bounce area, onto a climbing wall then finally down the slide.  The bouncing floor and slide surface are made from commercial grade PVC that is guaranteed to deliver years of fun.

The YARD inflatable bounce house includes ground stakes, a powerful blower and extra long blower fill hose.  Being a larger bounce house, it has a bigger capacity and is capable of accommodating up to 8 children.

So what are you waiting for?  Buy your kids a quality obstacle course bounce house and watch them have the time of their lives! Make sure you check out our adult obstacle course ideas as well.

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67 Funny Cornhole Team Names

Cornhole is a game that has become rather popular as of late. It is a rather ridiculous name, but is just as fun as it sounds. Cornhole can be enjoyed at almost any age and by any sex or gender. It can also help with hand-eye coordination. It consists of a board posted at certain angle so that the players can see. There is one of these set up on each competitor’s side. There is one hole in the upper middle part of each of the boards. 

The point of this game is to ring the whole with the cornhole bags (beans are also sometimes used) this is a common game played at children’s events as well as adult events. There is a point system, for which a player receives less points for landing on the cornhole board rather than ringing the hole in the board. In retrospect, the player receives more points for ringing the hole. The player or team with the most points wins. Usually, in each game, the players decide what top score to play to. In this case the player or team that reaches this amount of points first, wins. This game can be played one on one or in teams. Make sure you learn how to play cornhole before getting started.

Funny Cornhole Team Names

The most creative part of playing this game is coming up with a name for your team. The name of the game itself (cornhole) is funny in itself and allows for a lot of puns, jokes, and innuendos. The possibilities for cornhole funny team names are endless for choosing team names and can be a rather comical event to witness as well. There can be a play on the words: corn, hole, maize, bag, kernel, and of course, hole. Some of the names can be a bit graphic, and inappropriate, but there are also some funny team names that are a bit cleaner. In any case, the game of cornhole allows for some very interesting and comical names to be born. It gets the creative juices going without even trying. Sometimes the simplest things can be the funniest, and in this case, it’s awesome to be corny! Below is a list of some possible cornhole names that have been gathered in one place for viewing and/or choosing.

  1. 1
    The Corn Holers
  2. 2
    The Whole Kernal
  3. 3
    The Corn Thugs
  4. 4
    The Corndogs
  5. 5
    The Beanie Weanies
  6. 6
    The Cornholios
  7. 7
    The Corn Cobs
  8. 8
    Corntopia
  9. 9
    The Cornbread Fed
  10. 10
    The Corn Barbarians
  11. 11
    The Corn Maizers
  12. 12
    Corn Air
  13. 13
    The Corn Tossers
  14. 14
    The Bean Tossers
  15. 15
    The Corn Bags
  16. 16
    Feeling Corny
  17. 17
    The Corny Jokesters
  18. 18
    The Flying Corn Holes
  19. 19
    The Popcorn Holers
  20. 20
    The Candied Corns
  21. 21
    The Corny Masters
  22. 22
    The Hole Masters
  23. 23
    The Masters of the Game
  24. 24
    The Holey Kings
  25. 25
    The Holy Queens
  26. 26
    The Holey O's
  27. 27
    This Bag of Awesomeness
  28. 28
    Team of Baggers
  29. 29
    Team of Hole Ringers
  30. 30
    The Ringers
  31. 31
    The Bags of Terror
  32. 32
    The Corny Bags
  33. 33
    These Bags Are Real
  34. 34
    I Paid for These Bags
  35. 35
    The Bags of Joy
  36. 36
    The Playful Corn Holers
  37. 37
    The Corn Holers Duo
  38. 38
    The Corny Heroes
  39. 39
    The Corny Fellas
  40. 40
    The Corny Chicks
  41. 41
    The Best Corning Team
  42. 42
    The Cornhole Masters
  43. 43
    Maize on This
  44. 44
    Can't Corn This
  45. 45
    Can't Touch this Corn
  46. 46
    The Maizettas
  47. 47
    The Conettas
  48. 48
    The Unicorns
  49. 49
    Ring the Hole
  50. 50
    Find the Hole
  51. 51
    The Greatest Corn Holers
  52. 52
    The Number 1 Corn Holers
  53. 53
    The Team of Master Cornholers
  54. 54
    In the Bag
  55. 55
    The TP's
  56. 56
     Tea Baggers
  57. 57
    The Whole Enchilada
  58. 58
    Which Hole
  59. 59
    The Corn Stars
  60. 60
    The Last Bag Standing
  61. 61
    The Corn Cops
  62. 62
    All In
  63. 63
    The Cornadoes
  64. 64
    The Magic Hands
  65. 65
    The Hands of Fury
  66. 66
    The Hole Denominators
  67. 67
    The Corn Crackers

The Game of Cornhole

Hope this list was insightful and entertaining. Cornhole is a great party game. Anyone who has not tried it, should definitely play a game of cornhole with their friends. It can be a great game to be shared with those you know. Cornhole can bring people together for the possibility of new relationships and friendships.

Final Thoughts

Imagine inviting a stranger over to play a game of cornhole. If they didn’t know what you were talking about, it could be a great conversation starter. This conversation could also eventually lead to a new partner in a future game-you never know! Then you can choose funny team names together, or choose from this list of funny cornhole team names. Coming up with the name is fun and is crucial to the game, but the game itself is pretty awesome as well, so don’t forget to check it out. Want to deck out your cornhole board? Check out these eye popping cornhole board wraps.

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Balloon Popping Games

Have you ever tried to host a party, whether for children or adults, only to find that you have no way of keeping everyone entertained? As a party host, you should find a variety of games that you guests will find both fun and entertaining. Of course, if you are working on a budget, you need to make sure the supplies you need for your game do not cost too much. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun balloon popping games that both children and adults will love and the cost for supplies is cheap.

1. Balloon Darts

Balloon darts is a fun game for both adults and children. You will need a package of balloons, a package of darts, thumbtacks, and a large, thick poster board. Blow the balloons up, tie them and secure them by their “tails” to the poster board using thumbtacks. Make sure you space the balloons out a bit so they are not pushed up against one another.

Stand the poster board up by leaning it against a tree or placing it on a chair. Mark a spot on the ground so everyone knows how far back they need to stand when throwing their darts. Ask your guests to line up and give each person three chances to throw a dart. You can opt to give children more chances if you wish.

Make sure you keep score whenever someone pops a balloon. Tally up the scores when the last balloon pops. The person who popped the most balloons wins the game. If you really want to make things fun, award the winner with some sort of prize. For kids, you may want to have some sort of grab bag full of cheap prizes they can pick from.

2. Balloon Pop Game: Stomp the Balloon

Stomp the Balloon is yet another hilariously entertaining balloon pop game for both children and adults. For this game, you will need balloons, string, and ground chalk. If you choose to play this game indoors, you will not need the ground chalk. For outdoor play, draw a large circle on the ground to designate as the play arena.

Give each person the same colored balloon. For instance, if you have four children, you can give one child all red balloons, the other all blue, and so on. If you have a large group of children, or adults, you can assign teams. Each team member gets the same color. Once you assign colors to each person or team, blow them up so they are nice and large and tie three balloons around each person’s ankles.

You should have three balloons on one ankle and three balloons on the other for a total of six balloons. Have everyone enter the “battle arena” and instruct them to stomp as many of their opponent’s balloons as possible while protecting their own at the same time. The person or team with the least popped balloons at the end is the winner.

3. Balloon Pop Game: Water Balloon Toss

Water balloon toss is a fun outdoor game to play no matter how old you are. It is also a great way to cool down on a hot day. Make sure you let your guests know that you are hosting water games so they can prepare themselves and dress properly. To play this game, you will need water balloons. Split your guests into teams of two and fill enough water balloons so each team has one balloon.

Have team members line up so they are facing one another. Hand a filled water balloon to the players lined up on one side and instruct them to toss the balloon across the way to their team member. To begin with, team members should stand a little more than arm’s distance away from each other. The teams will continue to toss their balloon back and forth, taking a step back from one another between each toss.

As the distance between the teams begins to widen, it will become harder and harder to keep the balloon from breaking. If a team breaks their balloon, they are out of the game. The last team standing with an unbroken balloon is the winner. If guests seem like they are having fun, you can always play a few rounds as long as you have enough water balloons to go around.

4. Water Balloon Piñata

When it comes to water balloon piñata, there are no winners. Instead, everyone gets to have fun and enjoy the game. This game is best suited for children rather than adults. To play this game, you will need at least 12 feet of thick rope, water balloons, and a decent sized stick. Secure the rope between two trees if possible or string it up like a clothes line.

Fill the water balloons – but not too much – and secure them so they hang from the rope. Line children up, hang them the stick and have them take turns whacking a balloon. A good enough whack will pop the balloon and send water splashing down onto the laughing children below. If you have enough trees and string, you can hang several balloons up for even more water fun.

5. Water Balloon Crush

Water balloon crush is a fun party balloon pop game game for kids of all ages. You will need plenty of water balloons and a kiddie pool to play. Fill the water balloons full of water and place them in an empty kiddie pool. Instruct children to stomp on the balloons so they can pop as many as possible. If you choose to play it this way, there is no winner, which makes it a fun balloon popping game for small children.

If, however, you are playing with older kids, you will need a package of water balloons for each child in attendance. Have children enter the kiddie pool one at a time. Give each child the chance to pop as many balloons as possible in a given amount of time. For instance, you can give each child one minute. Make sure you remove all broken balloons and refill the pool with a package of fresh balloons for each child.

Keep score so you know how many balloons each child broke. The child who managed to break the most balloons in the allotted time is the winner. You may choose to celebrate the winner with a prize or perhaps a homemade crown depending on the age of the children.

6. Back-to-Back Balloon Pop Game

Back-to-back balloon pop is a fun game for young and middle-aged children. Older children might find this game a bit too immature, however. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Have children split off into pairs of two and blow up enough balloons so that each pair has one balloon. Stand the children back to back and place a balloon between them.

Instruct children to squeeze against one another in an attempt to pop their balloon. The trick is that no child is allowed to use their hands. If the balloon falls, the pair will have to begin again. The first pair to break their balloon wins the round. You can continue playing, if you wish, until there only two teams remaining and have them square off together in a balloon pop.

7. Blow Up Balloon Race

The blow up balloon race game is yet another game that is best suited for children rather than adults. All you need to play this game is a package of balloons. Hand each child and deflated balloon and instruct them to blow up their balloon until it pops. The first person to pop their balloon wins the blow up balloon race.

If you have a large group of children, let them continuing blowing up their balloons until only two children remain. Let the last two children face off against one another to see who can inflate and pop their balloon the fastest. Keep in mind that children may become very winded so it is likely better to avoid this game if you have small children in attendance.

8. Balloon Pop Face-Off

Balloon pop face-off is a great game for middle-aged and older children to play. It requires a large playing area so it is best played outdoors. Split children into two teams such as a red team and a blue team. Hand the red team an inflated red balloon and the blue team an inflated blue balloon. Set a base for each team and have them secure their balloon to their base, such as tied around a tree.

The goal is for one team to try to get to the other team’s base to pop their balloon while protecting their own. This game is a great icebreaker since children must work together. Children can use stealth to sneak to the other team’s base in an attempt to pop their balloon. However, they must also designate at least one person to keep an eye on and protect the balloon that is on their base.

The first team to pop the opposing team’s balloon wins the game. If children appear to like the game, you could always opt for different rounds. For instance, children can play a best out of three or best out of five game. For additional fun, play the game at night with some white Christmas lights to provide minimal lighting so kids can sneak around to the other team’s base in the dark.

9. Hop and Pop

If you are looking for a fun balloon popping game for small children, hop and pop is what you need. You will need enough balloons and enough chairs for each child. Secure one balloon to each chair using string and tape if necessary. Instruct children to stand with their back to the chair as though they are about to sit down.

Tell children to sit on their chairs to try to pop their balloon without using their hands. Children may have to wiggle and squirm to get their balloon to pop so they can use their hands to steady themselves. However, children should not try to pop the balloon with their hands or pull themselves down onto the balloon. The first child to pop their balloon wins.

10. Balloon Treasure Hunt

Kids are sure to enjoy balloon treasure hunt. For this game, you will need plenty of balloons and a few packages of candy or other small treats of your choosing that will fit inside of a balloon. Place a couple of treats inside of each balloon and blow them up. Make sure you do no blow them up too large since you will need to hide them.

Hide the balloons in various places inside and outside if the weather permits. Instruct children to find the hidden balloons and pop them so they can claim their treasure. Keep tally of what child finds and pops the most balloons if you wish to declare a winner. If you have smaller children playing, every child is a winner since each child will have the reward of receiving candy.

11. Pin the Diaper

Pin the diaper is a fun game to play for a baby shower for both men and women. Supplies you will need to play this game include enough balloons, cloth diapers, and blind folds so each person has one, and plenty of safety pins. Blow up the balloons and hand one to each guest in attendance. Give each guest a few safety pins and a cloth diaper, too.

Instruct guests to tie a blindfold around their eyes. Once their blindfolds are in place, ask them to pin the diaper on the “baby,” which is the balloon in this case. If a person pops their balloon, they are out of the game. The first person to secure the diaper to the balloon without popping it wins the game.

Each of the games mentioned above will keep your guests laughing and entertained. In return, you can give yourself a pat on the back for being a great party host without having to spend an arm and a leg. Of course, there are plenty of other fun balloon popping games you can play as long as you have the imagination to do so.

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Balloon icon via Flaticon

Cool Gifts for Yogis

It can be tough to find the best gift for everyone on your list. You want to show that you understand the person and who they are. You also need to make sure you do not spend a long time looking for that perfect item. Then there’s the task of paying the right amount. You have to find the best way to wrap the gift. There is also everything else that comes with giving an excellent present. This can be hard when you are not sure what to buy someone, but you want to make a great impression.

In this article, we will help you with finding the most amazing gift for the yogi in your life. All thirty-one of the presents we provide here will surprise your favorite yoga lover. We showcase products that help with the actual yoga experience, items that deal with the health aspect of the hobby, and more. You can be sure you will find the greatest gift for the one you love by reading list. We make it easy by providing a link to each one so you can look at more detail and easily purchase it if you like.

Peace Yoga Mat

Carrier Tote Bag

Peace Yoga Yoga Mat Tote Bag - Henna Design
  • 1 - Peace Yoga Adjustable Gym Workout Yoga Tote Bag (MAT NOT INCLUDED) / Dimensions: Bag: 29.50" x 7" x 12.50" / Strap:...
  • DURABLE & CONVENIENT: Features two shoulder straps that allow you to easily access the compartments while on the go....
  • FITS STANDARD MATS: The spacious bag fits any standard yoga or exercise mat – up to 0.5in thick and 24in wide.

This yoga mat carrier is a great option for any yoga participant. It includes adjustable straps and comes in many colors, one of which is sure to be perfect for the recipient. The size of the bag is large enough to carry any standard mat with no problems. It also features zippered pockets to hold your keys, phone, or whatever else you need. On top of that, it is machine washable so you can easily clean it up if you have a spill.

The Yoga Bible

The Yoga Bible
  • Walking Stick Press
  • Brown, Christina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

This book by Christina Brown is one that is a staple for yogis. It has over 150 moves and positions from all of the leading schools of yoga. It has step by step instructions that make it just as useful for a beginner as it is for a more advanced yogi. In addition to poses, it also has information on breathing, meditation, and much more. You won’t go wrong with this book.

Gaiam Grippy Toeless

Yoga Socks

Gaiam Grippy Toeless Yoga Socks, Small/Medium, Heather Grey
  • TOELESS TRACTION: Open-toe design allows for a better tactile feel and balance
  • HYGENIC ALTERNATIVE TO BARE FEET: Protects feet from exposure to foot fungus while the sock also prevents feet from...
  • USE WITH OR WITHOUT YOGA MAT: A great option for travel to toss in an overnight or carry-on bag or as a yoga mat...

Yoga can be a slippery form of fitness, especially when you are not using a mat. These grippy toe socks fix that problem. They give you incredible traction in the areas that you most need it. They are also comfortable and more hygienic than going with bare feet. A great gift for anyone who practices, especially away from their home.

Natural & Organic

Yoga Mat Cleaner

ASUTRA Natural & Organic Yoga Mat Cleaner (Uplifting Eucalyptus...
  • UPLIFTING EUCALYPTUS AROMA: The Uplifting Eucalyptus aroma is derived from eucalyptus essential oil, which has...
  • ALL-NATURAL INGREDIENTS: The Asutra 100% natural and organic yoga mat spray was created by yoga enthusiasts dedicated to...
  • NON-TOXIC & ECO-FRIENDLY: This natural yoga mat cleaner completely disinfects your mat by deep cleaning dirt on contact....

Every yoga mat is going to get icky sometimes, it is just a fact of the practice. However, you can avoid this issue by buying your yogi the gift of yoga mat cleaner. It comes in lots of different scents, so you are sure to find one that is fitting. This stuff cleanses your mat in a natural way and gets rid of sweat, germs, and other nasties. A must have for anyone who does yoga regularly.

Sunyik Tibetan Buddhist

Mala Bracelet

SUNYIK Blood Sandalwood 108 Tibetan Buddhist Mala Bracelet Beaded...
  • Style:Tibetan Buddhist Mala 108 Natural Wood Prayer Bead Wrapped Bracelet Necklace
  • Size(Approx):Total Length:86cm/33.9";Bead:8mm;Material:Naural Wood;Quantity:1 Strand;Weight:10-60 Gram
  • Ps:Measured with a caliper; The size may vary due to the nature of the seeds;package comes with a free buddha card by...

This beautiful mala bracelet will impress the yoga participant in your life. Malas are used for keeping count when meditating, chanting, or reciting mantras. A 108 bead mala is typical, and that is what you receive here. These beads are polished natural wood, and the bracelet itself is unisex so makes a great gift for anyone.

Essential Reiki

Essential Reiki: A Complete Guide to an Ancient Healing Art
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Stein, Diane (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Reiki is an ancient healing that is derived from Tibetan Buddhism. This book gives information on the practice and provides all the knowledge a healer or teacher of this system will need. This book is written by Diane Stein who is a respected author with an emphasis on metaphysical healing, women’s spirituality, and alternative health.

DragonFly Yoga

Round Bolster

Dragonfly Yoga Round Bolster
  • 28 X 10 Inches
  • Cover 60% Cotton, 40% polyester
  • First Quality Cotton Insert

This yoga bolster is round and comes in 28 inches by 10-inch dimensions. A bolster is used to provide support for many hard yoga poses. The bolster is sturdy enough to support but also offers comfort as well. This bolster is made of a cotton insert wrapped up with a cover made of cotton and polyester. This is a great example of perfect gifts for yogis.

Gaiam Yoga Mat Band

Gaiam Yoga Mat Band (Sold Individually with Assorted Colors)
  • 1-Inch wooden bead with elastic and toggle closure
  • Functional and economic alternative to a mat bag
  • Allows mat to breath and air out after practice while keeping it securely rolled

This yoga mat band by Gaiam is a great alternative to the typical yoga bag. It features a one-inch wooden bead with an elastic toggle closure. This product lets your mat air out while keeping it rolled and easy to move. It is also quite cheap which makes it more affordable than a typical carrying bag, while still looking stylish and neat.

Magnetic Poetry – Yoga Kit

Magnetic Poetry - Yoga Kit - Words for Refrigerator - Write Poems and...
  • A meditative collection of words about the ancient practice of movement and breathing.
  • CONTAINS - over 200 themed magnetic word tiles in a cute, colorful, giftable 4.75 x 3 inch box. Rearrange the words to...
  • MIX AND MATCH WITH OTHER KITS - Tile height is 0.375 Inches, compatible with nearly all other Magnetic Poetry sets. With...

This magnetic poetry kit is fun and unique, sure to be loved by the creative yogi you know. This package comes with over 200 words that are themed to refer to yoga and meditation. Many of the words deal with movement and breathing. This is a great stocking stuffer and won’t break the bank.

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga Mat

Manduka eKO SuperLite Travel Yoga and Pilates Mat, New Moon, 1.5mm,...
  • The 68”x 24"and 1.5 mm thick eKO SuperLite Mat is a superior travel yoga mat that provides excellent grip.
  • Wherever your practice takes you, the eKO SuperLite is the best yoga mat for yogis on the go!
  • Folds to fit in any travel bag or purse.

This travel yoga mat by Manduka is made from natural tree rubber. It is 99% latex free, and it is ideal for those who have sensitivities to the material. It also does not use PVC or any harmful plasticizers. It is said to be the most durable rubber mat on the market. It comes in a bunch of different colors so you can toss it up.

Dharma Objects Tibetan Relaxing Om Singing Bowl

DharmaObjects Tibetan Relaxing Om Singing Bowl/Cushion/Mallet (Yellow)
  • Relaxing Tibetan Yoga Meditation Singing Bowl
  • Approximately 350 Grams 4" Diameter and 2" Depth.
  • HandCrafted in Nepal By Tibetan Refugees

Many of those who practice yoga also enjoy the practice of Tibetan meditation. This singing bowl is just perfect for anyone who partakes in that practice. This set comes with a bowl, a mallet, and a cushion for the bowl to rest on. These bowls are made in Nepal and are hand-made for use in spiritual healing. The sounds coming from the bowl promote relaxation.

Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice

Making Space: Creating a Home Meditation Practice
  • Parallax Press
  • Nhat Hanh, Thich (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Thich Nhat Hanh brings this book Making Space. The contents focus on providing easy instructions for setting up a breathing room, sitting, breathing, practicing walking meditation, and even more. It features beautiful illustrations that had to the relaxing feeling of the writing.

Lavender Eye Pillow

EYE PILLOW LAVENDER + Flax Seed Filled + Carry Bag. Silk Fabric - Use...
  • Luxurious silk eye pillow conforms to the contours of your face to block out the light. Luxurious design makes it a...
  • Natural lavender & flaxseed provides calming aromatherapeutic benefits; great sleep mask - no uncomfortable straps. Also...
  • Doubles as a hot therapy pad for reducing tightness in the neck, shoulders & elsewhere

This eye pillow can help with sleep and relaxation when it matters most. This is great as one of the gifts for yogis. It has many health benefits while being comfortable and relaxing to use. Use it to relax your eyes, turn it into a heat pack, or simply enjoy the scent as you doze off. It is a great product for anyone who wants that extra help getting some shut eye.

Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles, and Heat

Conair Active Life Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights and Bubbles, Blue
  • 3 toe-touch push-buttons activate bubbles, waterfall and heat
  • 3 attachments: scrub brush, pumice stone and soft-touch massager
  • Exfoliating loofah discs soften skin and provides rejuvenation

Enjoy the warmth, lights, and bubbles as you wash away pain from your latest yoga session. This will soothe aching feet and offer a massage when you need it most. It’s a great product for relaxing after a long day, for a yogi or anyone else.

Moleskine Wellness Journal

Moleskine Passion Journal, Wellness, Hard Cover, Large (5" x 8.25")...
  • MOLESKINE PASSION JOURNAL: Whatever your passion, plan your next steps & track your progress with a Moleskine Passion...
  • DURABLE COVER & ELASTIC CLOSURE: From tracking your workout goals & plans, to a reading log, recording recipes, or...
  • GIFT QUALITY NOTEBOOKS: Moleskine planners, journals and notebooks come in hardcover or softcover and colors like black,...

This Moleskine wellness journal is themed to help keep track of both mind and body. It offers sections about games, diet, exercise, goals, health, and inspirations. It’s a high-quality journal that will make a wonderful gift to the health fan you know best.

Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards

Chakra Wisdom Oracle Cards: The Complete Spiritual Toolkit for...
  • Watkins Publishing
  • Hartman, Tori (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Chakra Wisdom cards focus on the colors and energies of the main Chakra centers to offer divination. It is intended to help you understand the energies in your life, as well as how to change them. It is a fun set of cards that will be a special treat for whoever is gifted them.

Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat

Gaiam Sol Dry-Grip Yoga Mat, Purple, 5mm
  • EXTRA THICK YOGA MAT: Lightweight PVC backing, durable and extra-thick for additional cushioning
  • CLOSED CELL CONSTRUCTION: Mat works to seal out germs, odor and bacteria
  • GREAT FOR HOT YOGA: Stay-dry top coat wicks away moisture for ultimate grip

This one-of-a-kind yoga mat consists of a PVC material that keeps out odor, bacteria, and germs. It is a great yoga mat for any yogi but especially comes in handy for those who have allergies to latex. The mat has a cushioning layer to make it more comfortable. It is built to pull moisture away and provides a fantastic grip. In addition to that, it is free of many harmful phthalates which make it a green product that keeps you and the earth healthy.

The Wisdom of Yoga

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living
  • Bantam Books
  • Cope, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Stephen Cope writes the Wisdom of Yoga. He gives information on yoga that will be loved by beginners and experienced yogis alike. Everything from modern stories, helpful direction, and ancient texts comes together to paint a picture of modern yoga and how it can work in your life. A great book for a complete look at yoga. A great example of gifts for yogis that is useful.

Keep Calm and Carry Om Meditation T-Shirt

Keep Calm and Yoga On Unicorn Meditation T-Shirt
  • Featuring a cute Unicorn in a meditation pose - Keep Calm and Yoga On!
  • Great yoga and meditation gift idea. Keep calm and yoga on shirt makes a perfect gift.
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

This cute t-shirt comes in many different colors. It features an Om graphic along with the text in the title. It is a lightweight and well-made garment that can be machine washed. Sure to be a favorite for whoever you gift it to! They are going to love it.

Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel

Yogitoes Yoga Mat Towel - Non Slip, Sweat Wicking with Patented...
  • Standard: 68" x 24"
  • Newly updated for improved absorption, enhanced grip + better sweat wicking.
  • Grips mat with patented Skidless Technology that uses 100% silicone nubs.

The Yogitoes towel is made to give you a layer between your mat and your body. It is slip-free and absorbent, so there are no worries about sweat hitting your mat. This is a great gift for anyone who does hot yoga. Just wash and go, you won’t even have to rinse off your mat after a session.

My Zen Home Organic Kapok Filled Dhyana Meditation Cushion

Brentwood Home Crystal Cove Meditation Cushion, Buckwheat Zafu Oval...
  • Great for meditators and yogis of all skill levels and styles, or simply sitting and relaxing
  • Meditation pillow with modern, round design with removable outer cover for easy washing
  • A GOTS Certified organic cotton inner liner holds the buckwheat pillow fill, making it easy to remove and replace to...

The Dhyana cushion is intended to be used during meditation sessions. It supports your ankles, knees, and lower back with its unique design. This one comes with a bright cover that is available in many different colors. It gives you perfect posture for long meditation sessions. It is a great product to help someone get more regular with his or her yoga and meditation practices.

Up Circle Seven Yoga Wheel

UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel - Strongest & Most Comfortable Dharma Yoga...
  • STRONGEST WHEEL ON THE MARKET: Able to withstand a WHOPPING 550lbs! Lower quality yoga wheels are made of PVC – which...
  • ULTIMATE COMFORT: Surpassing competitive products in both quality and thickness, the UpCircleSeven Yoga Wheel features...
  • SWEAT-RESISTANT: Free of moisture accumulation, thanks to its superior padding, you can use your new prop during the...

The yoga wheel is used to perfect your poses and add balance to your yoga. This wheel is the strongest available and is made to last. It has a layer of comfortable padding that cushions you where you need it most. In addition to that, it is resistant to sweat and eco-friendly. It also comes with a 100% quality guarantee. If your favorite yogi does not like it, you can send it back. Help your friend spice up their yoga sessions and improve their flexibility, whether they are new to yoga or a professional.

Blessed Yogi: A Coloring Book by Shades for the Soul

Blessed Yogi: A Coloring Book by Shades for the Soul
  • Trivedi, Anna (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 66 Pages - 09/15/2015 (Publication Date) - Shades for the Soul (Publisher)

The new craze is adult coloring, and that goes for yogis and others. This coloring book; however, is great for those who love yoga. It includes nature and spirituality into its artistic illustrations. These designs vary in detail and will be great for yogis of all ages. Relax with a pack of crayons and Blessed Yogi and your creativity will be given a chance to roam for a while.

Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer

Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer (Blue)
  • FIND STRENGTH THROUGH BALANCE: Drastically improve your balance skill, coordination and stability, all while getting a...
  • BUILT TO LAST: Both the 101 board and roller feature a lightweight yet heavy duty composite construction, and are built...
  • DURASOFT GRIP: The top of the 101 is cushioned and comfortable to use with or without shoes. Doesn’t scratch you or...

The Revolution Balance Board Trainer is perfect for anyone who plays sports. It offers a strong construction, sleek finish, and great design. It makes it fun to improve your balance and control while you strengthen core muscle groups like stomach, waist, legs, and hips. The board is ideal for all body sizes and provides a smooth rolling sensation that is comfortable with or without shoes.

Infuser Water Bottle

Live Infinitely 32 oz. Infuser Water Bottles - Featuring a Full Length...
  • FREE RECIPES INCLUDED –Enjoy our free infused water recipe eBook with 20 delicious & refreshing ideas
  • RESPONSIBLE- Our Fruit Infusers saved over 128 MILLION bottles from landfills last year alone!
  • BOOSTED WATER INTAKE- Industry first full length infuser ensures every drop is deliciously fruity

Make drinking water fun with an infuser water bottle. This is perfect for anyone who cares about their health and fitness. This bottle allows the addition of fruits, vegetables, or tea to your water. This allows you to get hydrated while enjoying a nice taste while you do so. It is perfect for bringing with you to yoga class. The bottle is leakproof and has a lifetime guarantee which makes it a bargain at its price. Grab one of these for your favorite health and fitness buff.

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga

Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga
  • Anchor Books
  • Gates, Rolf (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Rolf Gates brings us Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections. This book includes reflections for every day of a full year. Each day includes a quote and information about a particular aspect of yoga and its philosophy. These daily reflections pull from real-life to show what meditation can do for someone who keeps up with it. A great gift for someone who is into yoga and interested in trying meditation.

Sivan Health and Fitness Six Piece Yoga Set

Sivan 6-Piece Yoga Set- Includes 1/2" Ultra Thick NBR Exercise Mat, 2...
  • Package includes: 1/2" NBR Yoga Mat/ 2 Yoga Blocks/ 1 - 68”x24” Yoga Mat Towel/ 1 – 30”x20” Yoga Hand Towel/ 1...
  • 1/2" ultra thick yoga mat with specially designed memory foam – Ribbed surface on one side with a smooth surface on...
  • Provide support and balance with our durable foam yoga blocks and deepen your stretch with our 6.5ft yoga strap that...

The Sivan Yoga Set comes with six different items to make your yoga easier and more comfortable. It includes a memory foam yoga mat that has a ribbed surface to grasp the floor and a smooth surface for your postures. It also includes a yoga mat towel which will soak up sweat and bacteria, rather than letting it ruin your mat. It is soft to the touch and easy to wash. In addition to these items, the set comes with a yoga strap which can aid in poses and stretch exercises. The last two items included are a hand towel and a pair of yoga blocks. These can make many activities easier and more comfortable.

InnoGear 200ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

InnoGear 200ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Wood Grain...
  • Natural Wood Grain Look: This aroma diffuser is a great addition to your workspace or home. It's natural and classy look...
  • Perfect size with Adjustable Mist Output: This essential oil diffuser holds up to 200ml of water, neither too big nor...
  • 7 Colors Mood Lighting: The diffuser comes with 7 colors of lighting. You can keep them rotating or fix one of your...

This gift from Innogear is enjoyable for anyone who likes aromatherapy. This diffuser can be filled with any essential oils that the receiver enjoys. The design of the diffuser is sleek and modern, with a subtle wood grain pattern that makes it fit nearly anywhere. This diffuser has four different options for timers as well as two mist options. You can choose to have a weak or heavy mist depending on your preference. This diffuser also has seven mood lights which can be left on or turned off. The product is silent and relaxing, and the great scents only complement that.

Entryways Namaste Hand Woven Coconut Fiber Doormat

Entryways 1077S Namaste Handmade/Hand-Stenciled/All-Natural Coconut...
  • Entryways' “Namaste” doormat lets you welcome all of your visitors with the customary and respectful Hindu greeting...
  • Greet your visitors with this eye-catching door mat
  • Handcrafted of 100% all natural coir with fade resistant dyes.

This doormat is hand made with the word ‘namaste’ and a lotus flower graphic. The mat itself is made from all-natural coconut fiber which is great for trapping dirt and debris. It will make a great entrance piece that will have visitors talking. This is a lovely gift for the yogi who has everything.

Om Symbol Upcycled Vintage Dictionary Art Print

This piece of wall art is meant for the artistic yogi. It features an Om symbol and is adapted from an upcycled dictionary. Each print is handmade and high-quality so you can be sure you are giving a gift that will be loved. A great unique gift for that yogi who likes to frame and display artwork.

Yoga Journal Magazine Subscription

If you have looked at all the other options and still aren’t sure, consider a magazine subscription. Yoga Journal is well-known and will keep your favorite yogi busy for a long time. It has great information and articles to keep your giftee up on the newest techniques and products. Excellent gift for a modern yogi.

This should give you some great options for gifts that a yoga lover will enjoy. Enjoy browsing the products and choosing something that will be perfect for your loved one. We hope that the perfect gift is just around the corner.

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Lawn Games for the Entire Family

Summer can pose a problem for families in search for new and fun things to do. So much free time can lead to boredom. Finding fun, inexpensive, and innovative ideas that keep everyone interested is hard to do. Lawn games are a perfect way to get the family outside and to spend time together. With so many options, there is a lawn game for everyone to enjoy.

Lawn Twister

To set up this easy game, begin by painting a “twister board” onto the lawn. It is best to cut a template of a circle out of some leftover cardboard. Use ground marking spray paint on the grass because it washes off easily.

Tug- of-War​

This classic game includes the entire family as well as friends or neighbors. Get a long and sturdy rope, and either some colored tape or marker to mark the center of the rope. Split into two teams and begin pulling. One fun twist to the game is extending the rope across either a stream or water sprinkler. Tug-of-War is not only about strength, but it is also a lot of fun, and there are many variations of the game that can be played.

Frozen T-Shirt Race​

This game is easy to set up and even more fun to play. To start, grab a single t-shirt for each player and soak it in water. Once it is thoroughly wet, squeeze out any extra water and fold it up. Place all t-shirts in a plastic bag with wax paper in between the different shirts. When they are completely frozen, distribute the shirts. The winner is the first person who can completely unfold their t-shirt and put it on.

Badminton​

This is a traditional lawn game that the whole family can play together. The net can be set up in any open space. The only materials needed are the net, racquets for each player, and a shuttlecock.

Water Balloon Toss

Grab five different buckets. Set them up in a line on the driveway or pavement. If different sized buckets are used, place the larger ones closer to the start and the smaller ones at the end. Label the closest bucket 25, then the next 50, 75, 100, and 500. Use filled water balloons to toss into the buckets. The winner is the one that can score the most points.

bucket of green water balloons next to legs of small child wearing shark shorts and crocs

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Bean Bag Ladder Toss​

For this game, all that is needed is a step lapper and some bean bags to toss. To start, label each rung of a step ladder with different points. Normally, the top rung will be the highest number. Throw the bags between the rungs to score points.

BAGGO

BAGGO is a classic lawn game that is loved by the whole family. Design a BAGGO board that has a theme that represents the interests of the family. To start, set up the boards opposite from each other. Split the players up into teams of two and give each team four bags. The opponents will alternate the tosses until all of the eight bags are thrown. The team that reaches 21 points first wins the game. Ask friends and neighbors to bring their portable BAGGO boards and set up a BAGGO tournament in your yard.

Jenga

This game requires a little more preparation, but it will last for many summers to come. Buy several 2x4 boards that can be cut into 48 ½ inch pieces. The boards can be cut by hand or at a local lumber yard. After the pieces are cut, sand the edges so each piece is smooth and can be easily slid across the other pieces. To add some creativity and color, paint the ends in different colors. There is no need to seal the wood because it may cause the wood to stick and the pieces will not slide as easily. Once the project is complete, you can begin playing the game. Store the pieces in a garage during wet weather to prevent warping.

Glow-in-the-Dark Capture the Flag​

For fun after the sun goes down, try a different take on a classic game. Divide up family and friends into two teams. Use different glow stick colors as the flags for each team. Give each player two glow bracelets which match the color of their flag. The objective is to find the opposite team's “flag” and bring it back to their side. The winner is the team who successfully captures all of the other team’s flags.

Outdoor Bowling​

Fill 2-liter soda bottles with water or sand, and use a rubber ball as the bowling ball. Adjust the length of the lane according to the ability and age of the players.

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Slide and Toss

Slip and Slide is a yard activity the whole family has enjoyed for many years. To make it into a game that involves scoring points, gather a tarp, duct tape, and Frisbees. To set up the game, cut different shapes into the tarp and reinforce the shapes with the duct tape. Give different point values to the shapes and then hang the tarp at the end of the slip-n-slide. To play, slide down the slide, stand up, spin around four times and throw Frisbees to gain points. The winner is the person or team with the most points at the end of the game.

Blanket Run​

This easy and fun game only requires blankets to play. Simply have one person sit on the blanket while the other stands and holds the other end. The winner is the one that can pull their partner across the lawn to the finish line first.

Playground Games​

Playground games such as jump rope and hopscotch are fun, too! They can provide hours of outdoor family entertainment and require very few materials.

Final Thoughts

Summer is an exciting time for creating lifelong memories. Summer entertainment does not have to be expensive and should include the entire family. It can be as simple as making bubbles and hula hooping, to creating competitive games. Whichever activities your family chooses to participate in should be fun!

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Lacrosse Nets

Lacrosse is an exhilarating sport that is become more popular each year in the USA.  Not only is it a fantastic way to increase your fitness, it is incredibly fun to play and a great way to make new friends.

If you are interested in competitive play or want to play lacrosse more often, buying your own lacrosse goal and lacrosse net is a great idea. Having your own lacrosse net will allow you to practice shooting, defending, and winning 1-on-1 matches in your own backyard.  You can also organize games with your friends or neighbors — providing you with hours of lacrosse fun!

You might already have a lacrosse goal, but the net is starting to fall apart and needs to be replaced.  If you are sick of chasing your lacrosse balls around the yard, it might be time to upgrade your net!

This article will share some tips for purchasing a lacrosse goal and a lacrosse net, then share some of the lacrosse drills that you can use to improve your game.  After that, we’ll highlight a few of the best lacrosse nets on the market!

Choosing a Lacrosse Goal or Lacrosse Net

Here are a few of the factors you should consider before buying a lacrosse goal or net.

Are the lacrosse goal and net the correct size?

If you are purchasing a lacrosse goal with the goal of improving your game, you should make sure its size matches the official lacrosse specifications.  Some of the lacrosse goals and nets on the market are slightly smaller because they are designed for indoor play.  An official lacrosse goal should be 6 feet wide, 6 feet high and the net should extend back 7 feet.  Indoor lacrosse nets are 4 feet by 4 feet.

​Brand names aren’t that important

When shopping for a lacrosse goal or net, remember that brand names aren’t that important.  Instead of looking at the branding of the product, look at the quality of the materials.

If you are buying a goal — Is the frame solid metal?  What diameter are the tubes?  Is it a steel alloy or aluminum?  Are the welds high-quality?  Official lacrosse goals must use 1.5 inch frames (outside diameter 1.90 inches) that are made from metal.  They must also be painted orange.  If you are getting serious about lacrosse, consider choosing a goal that matches these specifications.

If you are just shopping for a lacrosse net — what diameter is the netting?  Lacrosse most often uses 2.5 mm or 3 mm netting that is made from polyester or cotton.  Does the netting look durable?  You will usually get better value-for-money by looking at the quality of the product instead of the branding.

Rounded corners or square corners?

Official lacrosse goals used in tournament play will have square welded corners on the top of the goal, thicker frames (up to 2-inches in diameter) and are usually very heavy.  Practice goals will have rounded corners, thinner frames and be much lighter.  Because of the different shape of the goal, can require different nets.  Make sure you buy the appropriate net for your goal. 

Where will you store the lacrosse goal?

If storage space is an issue, consider getting a foldable lacrosse goal.  You will be able to keep it in the garage when it is not in use, which will extend its lifespan.  If you know you will be moving the goal regularly, considering purchasing one that is also lightweight.

Useful Lacrosse Drills

Once you have your own lacrosse goal and net, you can begin to practice some drills at home.  Some of the best drills include:

Midfielders shooting drill

Set up a row of lacrosse balls (10 or more balls) approximately 25 yards away from the goal.  Run at full speed, pick up a ball, run to the left or right of the goal and take the shot.  Concentrate on landing all of the balls in the same part of the goal.  For example, do a run where you land all balls in the bottom right of the goal.  Perform the drill quickly, using all of the balls — you are trying to shoot accurately while moving at high speeds and breathing hard.

One vs one shooting drill

This one requires a friend.  They are defending the goal while you try and attack.  You must be past them before you can shoot — testing your evasiveness and speed.

Net Targets

Place cones or other objects in the net.  Shoot from the 25 yard mark while moving and attempt to hit the targets in a specific order.

Run, Fake, Shoot

Run from the goal to a ball 25 yards away, then turn, fake a shot, then take a shot.  You can also set up some cones or obstacles that you must run around before taking the shot.

4 of The Best Lacrosse Nets

These 5 nets are all well-made, durable and guaranteed to provide you with many years of lacrosse fun.

Gladiator Lacrosse 6 mm Heavy Duty Replacement Lacrosse Net

6mm Heavy Duty Replacement Lacrosse Goal Net (Round Corners) 6'x6x6''...
  • Heavy duty, collegiate level 6.0 mm lacrosse net
  • Fits 6’x6’x7′ standard sized backyard goals and collegiate level goals (please note this net is made for rounded...
  • Durable square polyester netting

Color: 

White


Material:

90% Polyester / 10% Cotton


Thickness:

​5 mm

This 90% polyester and 10% cotton lacrosse net is classified as “high school grade”.  It is designed for practice goals and has rounded-corners.  It uses thick 5 mm string and includes lace cording for attacking to lacrosse goal posts.

Predator 5mm Black Lacrosse Replacement Goal Net

Predator Sports 3mm White Lacrosse Replacement Net
  • Predator 3mm White net
  • triple stiched welting
  • includes lacing cord

Color:

Black


Material:

Polyester


Thickness: 

5 mm

This is another lacrosse net from Predator sports.  This net is made from thicker 5 mm polyester, with triple-stitched bindings and a generous amount of lacing cord.  The netting material is highly durable, UV resistant and weather proof.

Predator Sports 3mm White Lacrosse Replacement Net

Predator Sports 7mm White Lacrosse Replacement Net 6 Feet x 6 Feet
  • Predator Sports 7mm Lacrosse Goal Replacement Net
  • Fits goals thats are 6 Feet Wide x 6 Feet Tall x 7 Feet DeepTriple stiched welting
  • Triple stiched welting for stronger seams

Color:

White


Material:

Polyester


Thickness: 

3 mm

This is a very affordable, lightweight net for backyard practice goals.  It features triple stitched welting and includes a lacing cord for the goal.  A great choice if you are on a budget!

CrankShooter 4 mm 1000d White Replacement Net

CrankShooter 4mm 1000d White Replacement Net for 6'x6'x7' Goal - New...
  • Netting is 4mm UV/Weather proof 1000d hi-strength Polyester
  • Triple stitched reinforced edge binder to make an already strong net, stronger
  • 4 quick ties to secure key points of the net while lacing the net to the goal

Color:

White


Material:

Polyester


Thickness: 

4 mm

This lacrosse net is made from a high strength polyester string that is both UV resistant and weather proof.  The net has a triple stitched edge binding with 4 quick ties to easily secure key points of the net to your practice goal.  It is a durable net that is great value-for-money!

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Funny Golf Trophies

It’s that time of year again when you have to organize the annual year end rewards banquet for your golf league.

Knowing that you play with fun people who are not really into competition like some, there is no doubt that you have to make the evening as much fun as you have while you are on the course.

While you sit and try to form an agenda, you scratch your head wondering how you were elected to be in charge of this event in the first place.

You have so much to plan, and the only thing you are absolutely sure about is the venue, because of course, the club house was reserved long before you were even in charge of this shindig.

Now you remember why you were chosen, the easiest part was already complete and nobody else wanted the responsibility of planning the rest of the event.

Well, knowing you have the venue is a good thing, but now you need to plan everything else from catering to the entertainment.

Not to forget about the awards, you know you will need to get those ordered in plenty of time, so you should probably do that part first.

Keeping in mind that your group likes to have fun means that, unlike traditional trophies, you will want to find some funny golf trophies to hand out for the awards part of the night.

Here is a list of some of the best funny golf trophies that can help you to get the ball rolling:

In the Water Comic Resin Trophy/ Golf Award

Decade Awards Longest Drive Comic Golf Trophy - Golf Award - 7 Inch...
  • Before you ADD TO CART, make sure that the trophy is Sold by DECADE AWARDSto receive your free engraved plate. If not,...
  • TROPHY DETAILS; 7” tall, poly-resin award; a gold tone plate with up to 3 engraving lines; each line can contain up to...
  • HOW TO ORDER THE FREE PLATE; Send request to the email address in our Frequently Asked Questions picture OR (on a...

For the golfer who is always fishing his ball out of the water, this is the perfect trophy choice for him.

Offered from Decade Awards, this trophy is 2 inches tall, 4 inches wide and replicates a golfer sitting in the water.

When requested directly from Decade, you will receive a free engraved gold plate with up to three lines of text.

What better trophy to hand to the one that everyone laughs at all season long?

The next time he is wading in the pond chasing his ball, he will never forget the trophy he earned, that describes him well.

In the Rough Comic Resin Trophy/ Golf Award

Decade Awards in The Rough Comic Resin Trophy | Golf Award | 7 Inch...
  • Before you ADD TO CART, make sure that the trophy is Sold by DECADE AWARDSto receive your free engraved plate. If not,...
  • TROPHY DETAILS; 7” tall, poly-resin award; a gold tone plate with up to 3 engraving lines; each line can contain up to...
  • HOW TO ORDER THE FREE PLATE; Send request to the email address in our Frequently Asked Questions picture OR (on a...

In the rough again? Another great trophy offered by Decades Awards, this is the best one for “that guy.”

A 7-inch-tall, poly-resin trophy that replicates a man hitting the ball from under a tree.

When requested directly from Decades, this trophy can be engraved up to the three lines on a separate gold plate.

Make everyone in the room happy when they realize they are not “that guy.”

The next time the recipient of this trophy hits it out of bounds, keep up the sense of humor by reminding him of his token trophy.

In the Bunker Comic Resin Trophy/ Golf Award

Decade Awards in The Bunker Comic Golf Trophy - Golf Award - 2.75 Inch...
  • This trophy will be sent directly from Amazon WITHOUT a PLATE attached; the plate will ARRIVE SEPARATELY in a RED...
  • TROPHY & PLATE Details; 2.75” tall by 4" wide; 2.125" x .875" gold finish plate; 3 engraving lines; up to 30...
  • HOW TO ORDER THE FREE PLATE from a desktop or tablet; in your AMAZON account > ORDERS, click on the ASK SELLER link....

This is the best trophy choice for the one that makes a habit of getting the ball to land on the bunker more than he gets it to land on the green.

Also offered from Decade Awards, this trophy will have the room roaring with laughter when it is presented to the recipient.

Made from poly-resin, this replica of a golfer in the sand is 2.75 inches tall, and 4 inches wide.

The gold plate can be engraved for free, up to three lines, when a request is made directly to Decade Awards, and it will be mailed separately.

Make the room poke fun at the winner of this award as he heads back to putting at the driving range.

The next time this trophy recipient forgets where the greens are, he will have a laugh while remembering that he is living up to his trophy.

Golf Monster Trophy with 3 Lines of Custom Text

Golf Monster Trophy with 3 lines of custom text
  • 6.75" Golf "Monster" Trophy
  • This golf award is perfect for "longest drive", best score, lowest round or best golfer
  • Made of brass

This is the ultimate trophy for the best golfer, or for the golfer that held the best score throughout the season.

Offered from Trophy Partner, this gold colored Golf Monster trophy is 6.75 inches tall and includes an attached gold metal plate that can be customized with up to three lines of text.

The monster replicates the look of the “Hulk” and stands behind a colorful circular disc displaying a picture of golf clubs and a flag that is placed on the green.

Make the winning golfer feel strong and proud to have earned this special trophy.

Every time he wins from here on out, he will forever feel like a comic book hero.

Funny Comic Golfer Duffer Trophy with 3 Lines of Custom Text

Funny Comic Golfer Duffer Trophy with 3 lines of custom text
  • 4" Funny Comic Golfer Duffer Trophy
  • Great golf trophy for highest score, closest to the pin or worst golfer
  • Made of resin

Perfect for the worst golfer is this trophy offered from Trophy Partner.

This 4-inch trophy made of resin is made to replicate a golfer on the ground examining his distance.

Included with this trophy is a gold metal plate that can be customized with up to three lines of text.

As everyone laughs at the recipient of this award, he will have the incentive to win the title of best golfer next year.

Closest to the Pin Comic Resin Trophy/ Golf Award

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This trophy offered from Decade Awards is another perfect choice to award the winner that could never quite find the hole, but it was always oh so close.

The 7.25-inch-tall, poly-resin trophy replicates a golfer with a blind fold standing near the hole where the ball was, oh so close.

After making a direct request to Decades Awards, a separate engraved gold plate, with up to three lines of text will be mailed to the buyer.

This trophy will be sure to have the crowd in stitches, and they will continue to taunt the recipient long after the banquet is over.

Every time this golfer hits the ball, oh so close, he will remember how perfectly his trophy does represent his game.

Longest Drive Comic Resin Trophy/ Golf Award

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Another excellent trophy choice offered from Decades Awards, is the one that can be awarded to the player with the longest drive.

This 7-inch-tall colorful trophy is made from poly-resin, and it replicates the golfer swinging the club behind his back.

Reward the player who is most deserving of this award, and make the other golfers work hard to win this trophy next year.

This recipient will forever continue to overdrive his ball just to live up to the pose on his trophy.

All the preparation of this year’s banquet will pay off when everyone goes home happy, carrying one of these funny golf trophies. With your great job of planning, rest assured that the night will be filled with much laughter and many jokes.

Good luck and happy golfing!

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Human Knot Icebreaker Game

The human knot icebreaker game is a great one to play when you are thinking of ways to make friends at a meeting or a party. There are people who have never done this before, or they might have only seen a description of it. You have to get in your mind how much fun it is going to be to play, and then you are going to be able to get to know people while you are playing. You might see some people say that you can do this with a really large group, but you are going to get better results by breaking up your group into chunks of about ten people.

Starting Out

Starting out is a very simple process, but you have to be willing to break people up into groups. The groups that you make for all the people around you are going to be helpful because they will have just a few people together that can learn each other's name as they go. Make sure that everyone has a name tag on, and then make your own human knot.

Holding Hands

Everyone needs to be holding hands, and you need to make a knot that connects people in a twister sort of fashion. The twister setup that you do for the game is going to be easy to untie, but you have to make sure that you have done all that you can to make the knot complex. Everyone is going to keep holding hands, and they will need to untie themselves. This is where everyone has to get to know each other because they have no choice.

The first step for making the knot is to make sure that you do not turn anybody around while you are doing it. They might have to twist and turn when they are untying the knot, but they kind of need to be facing each other as you start the game.

Starting the Game

You are going to ask everyone to start to untie the knot, but they are not going to be untie the knot unless they keep holding hands. Holding hands is going to be hard for everyone to do when they do not know all the names around them, but they are going to share their names when they are untying the knot. This might be kind of hard for some of the people in the group, but it is hard to keep untying the knot when people do not know names.

Waiting

You have to remember that they are going to wait sometimes when they do not know how they are going to be able to get the job done. They have more time to talk because this game can get kind of complicated. These people know that they are going to have to work hard at it to get it done, but they might take a break just to talk. This can be kind of helpful, but everyone is going to learn names as they go.

Pushing the Group

There will come a time when you need to push the group because you know that they are going to have to actually finish. It might be funny to leave everyone in knots, but you might need to have them to keep working on the knot. You can actually show them what to do, and then you can let them keep going on their own to get done. This means that they can get the knot finished with some help, but these people already know each other's names.

A group that moves really fast is going to have a chance to go back and try a harder knot, and that could be really fun because it is your first chance to get them to do something that is even harder. You might not have an idea if they can do the bigger knot, but it will be fun to try. People are going to learn names, and they are going to have a chance to work out their brains on something that is really complex.

Doing it Blindfolded

You cannot do the whole game blindfolded, but you can blindfold every other person or even just one person in the group. This means that the people who can see have to give direction to the people that are blindfolded, and you also need to remember that it is going to be easier for these people to learn names because they have no choice.

You are going to have a lot of fun playing the human knot icebreaker game at every meeting, and it is still going to work when you are trying to get your team to work together. The person that is going to be the best at this is going to be good at problem solving, but the people that like to socialize will enjoy it just the same.

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Best Catchers Mitts

Choosing a new catcher’s mitt can seem like a daunting process considering how many mitts there are to choose from. You have to take into consideration the size of the mitt, the padding, how comfortable it is to wear, how easy it is to break-in, and the price. Keep in mind that while there are plenty of affordable catcher’s mitts available on the market, you do not necessarily want to choose the cheapest mitt.

Your mitt is what enables to catch incoming balls and scoop them up off the ground to stop the opposing team from scoring a run. Therefore, you want the best mitt possible, which means spending the money to get it. Fortunately, the list below provides you with some of the best catcher’s mitts available on the market that best suit a variety of budgets, and each provides its own list of potential advantages and drawbacks. However, you should find your purchase decision far easier thanks to this comprehensive review.

1. Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher’s Mitt

RAWLINGS Heart of The Hide Yadier Molina Gameday Model Catcher's...
  • DESIGNED FOR CATCHERS, this Heart of the Hide 34 inch one-piece solid web catcher's glove was made to maximize...
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  • OFFICIAL YADIER MOLINA GAMEDAY MODEL BASEBALL CATCHER'S MITT

The Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher's Solid Web Mitt tops this list for many reasons. Not only is it made by one of the most recognized brands in the sports world, the glove itself is regularly used by professional baseball catchers, most notably Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, which means it must be a reliable mitt that performs well behind the plate.

Available in black/black mesh, you can also order the glove in a variety of color options as part of the Heart of the Hide line, the catcher's mitt of which features:

  • A 34-inch one piece solid hide web
  • Pro Grade leather laces and padded thumb sleeve
  • Deer tanned cowhide palm lining for a comfortable feel
  • 40 percent factory break-in, meaning less time the user has to break it in themselves

The Rawlings Heart of the Hide Catcher's Solid Web Mitt is available in a 33-inch and a 34-inch size for high school players all the way to the professional leagues. Made to the standards expected by MLB players like Yadier Molina and other catchers, you can bet that your hand will be in one of the best mitts possible.

2. All Star CM3000SBT Catcher’s Mitt

The All Star CM3000SBT Catchers Mitt is certainly the priciest mitt on this list, but considering that it is crafted to perfection, it is certainly worth it, especially if you want a long-lasting, high-quality glove. The thing is, you can either purchase a cheap mitt that you will end up having to replace perhaps several times throughout the year, or you can buy an expensive mitt that is sure to last for years to come.

This mitt provides the following features and benefits:

  • Japanese tanned steerhide leather
  • Fast, easy break-in
  • Extended life
  • Soft leather pocket that provides comfort and reduced sting when catching the ball
  • Extended pocket to ensure easier ball pickup and catching

Visually speaking, this glove is a sight to behold. Its blonde and block coloration make it look just as good if not better than something a pro baseball player would be proud to wear. In fact, this particular mitt is a go-to mitt for many professional baseball players. The fact that this mitt comes nearly ready to use straight out of the box is just one of the reasons why its design accommodates more serious ball players.

3. Mizuno World Win 34” Catcher’s Mitt

Mizuno World Win GXC75 Catcher's Mitt, 34-Inch, Right Handed Throw
  • Pro-sized catcher's mitt constructed of tanned retro leather
  • Soft, supple feel for easy break-in and immediate in-game performance
  • Made from top quality leather and utilizing cutting edge innovations

If you are looking for something that is a little easier on your wallet, look no further than that Mizuno World Win 34” Catcher’s Mitt. This particular mitt does not require you to take out a second mortgage, amputate a limb, or sell your soul. It is a quality mitt for the price and offers several benefits for any baseball lover. Whether you consider yourself entry-level or a seasoned pro, this mitt is nothing to bat an eye at.

This mitt offers the following benefits:

  • Tanned retro leather for durability and strength
  • Easy break in thanks to softer material
  • ParaShock finger channels to help absorb shock of catching the ball to reduce stress on the hand

This pro-sized mitt is available in a 34-inch size and features a blonde and black look that is visually stunning. The palm pad ensures that your hand does not take the brunt of the ball’s impact when performing your duties as a catcher. Since this mitt comes out of the box in near game-ready condition, you can enjoy the benefits and overall performance of this glove immediately rather than having to take the time to focus on breaking it in.

4. Rawlings Renegade Series Catchers Mitt

Rawlings Renegade Series Catchers Mitt, Right Hand Throw, 32.5-Inch
  • Conventional back features a wide opening above the wrist
  • 20% player break-in
  • 1-piece Closed web forms a deep pocket for catcher's to control and scoop the ball

The Rawlings Renegade Series Catchers Mitt is yet another budget-friendly mitt with several benefits. In fact, it is the most budget-friendly on this list. This glove is available in a 31.5-inch and a 32.5-inch size, which means it is certainly for an adult with a bit smaller of a hand compared to some of the other gloves. However, it is within the range of standard sized catcher’s mitts. One benefit of this glove is that you can purchase it for either right-handed throw or left-handed throw. Keep in mind that you will pay a little more if you opt for a left-handed throw.

This particular mitt offers the following benefits:

  • Visually appealing black features
  • Roomy opening above the wrist for added comfort
  • Palm and finger pads to reduce the sting of ball impact
  • Closed web and a deep pocket to allow for better ball control, catch, and scoop
  • 20% player break-in

If you are looking for a glove that you can play from the minute it arrives on your doorstep, this is the glove for you. The full-grain leather material provides this mitt with the durability needed to withstand several hours, days, weeks, months, and perhaps even years of gameplay.

5. Akadema AGC98 Prodigy Series Glove

Akadema AGC98 Prodigy Series Glove,32-Inch-RT
  • 32" circumference Praying Mantis pattern
  • Spiral lock web
  • Open back

Yet another mitt available at the lower end of the budget spectrum, you can purchase the Akadema AGC98 Prodigy Series Glove. The price listed is for a right-handed throw mitt. If you wish to purchase the left-handed throw mitt, it too is available. 

This glove offers a wide range of features including:

  • Deep pocket to help you capture the ball
  • Spiral web lock for better ball control
  • Open back for breathability to keep your hand cool
  • Praying Mantis style with two additional “finger hammocks” for firmer positioning of the hand
  • Shock absorption to reduce the sting of ball impact

This mitt also features a Grasp-Clasp wrist that ensures a comfortable and secure fit, which is of the utmost importance out of a quality glove. Part of what makes this mitt so incredible is that it was designed by MLB hall of famer, Gary Carter. If you are going to play with a quality mitt, why not play with one designed by a player that knows a thing or two about the overall design of a good mitt?

Final Thoughts

Each of the mitts featured on this list provide you with incredible benefits. They each accommodate varying budgets, which helps make your purchase decision that much easier. Whether you are looking to spend less for a quality mitt that might require a bit of break-in work or you are willing to spend a high-end price for a glove that is sure to last and game ready, you are sure to find what it is you need. Make sure you check out the youth catcher’s mitt reviews as well as our fastpitch catcher’s mitt reviews.

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