Friday, November 30, 2012

Sarah Reviews Calendars

I normally use my iCal for everything. I love it because I can set alarms for myself, and let's be honest here, the alerts that pop up on my iPhone are really the only reason I remember anything these days. That being said, when I got the winter basketball schedules for both of my kids last week I almost passed out. I needed a real calendar.

Sometimes you just need to see everything written out in grid form.

I am not going to lie to you and say that being a parent of twins is easy, but I can't say it doesn't have its advantages. For the first seven years of their lives I was able to keep them on the same t-ball/soccer/baseball team and it was glorious because it mean one practice and one game. Now that they are in 3rd grade the boys and girls no longer play on the same teams. Take into consideration that each child has two practices (rotating schedule to be fair) and one game each week, plus piano, swimming, choir, scouts and regular life events like birthday parties, sleepovers, Christmas etc., I really, really need some organizational tools to figure out when I am supposed to be where.

Seriously, how do you people with more than two children do this?

So here is the good news. All of this crazy schedule nonsense coincided perfectly with an opportunity from my friends at the Clever Girls. They asked if I wanted to do a piece about a sports themed calendar.

DO I? Are you kidding? This is perfect. First of all, I just redid my office and it doesn't have nearly enough Buccaneers paraphernalia and second of all, as you can see, I really, really, really am in need of a calendar.

The lovely people at SportsFreak365 sent me three.

A wall calendar.

I adore Gerald McCoy.

A daily trivia calendar.

And a desk blotter.

You don't have to have Tampa Bay stuff (although I can't imagine why you would root for any other team). You don't even have to choose football, the SportsFreak365 site has NHL, MLB, NBA and NCAA gear in addition to the NFL calendars.

And the holidays are right around the corner.

I moved to Tampa in 1984. The Bucs were terrible. TERRIBLE. They also wore that creamsicle orange color. Remember?

We watched the Buccaneers play on TV when the games weren't blacked out locally for poor attendance, but I didn't learn to truly love football until college when somebody finally explained downs to me.

It is funny how knowing the rules of a game make it vastly more interesting to watch.

I remember telling my friends that as soon as the Buccaneers changed their colors I would buy a jersey. How could a team possible feel tough wearing light orange with Bucco Bruce on their helmet? Plus I look terrible in orange.

In 1997 my dreams came true and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers changed their colors to garnet and pewter and you know what? Just a few years later they won a Super Bowl.

I now own seven Tampa Bay Buccaneer jerseys.

I no longer live in Tampa, but I still love my Buccaneers.

Showing off your team spirit has never been easier! Whatever team you root for and whatever sport they play, find the gear you need at Just in time for the holidays, you can get 30% off  any purchase using the code “Clever30.” And while you’re there, be sure to enter to win $500 toward team gear in Ditka’s SportsFreak of the Week Contest!
I was compensated for my work but these words and opinions are my own.
I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective. 

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