Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Gameday Solution: HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays

*I received free product in exchange for my honest review

I love football season.

Do you know what I don't love? Worrying about food while I watch those football games that I love so much.

In the past I have always gone out to a sports bar to watch games. It's fun! But as of late, the idea of going to a crowded bar only to fight my way to a seat and hope that the game I want to watch is on the TV I'm closest to has lost its appeal. So I've been watching the games at home, there's just one set-back: the food. And more than that, cleaning up the food when I'm done.

Courtesy of Hormel, I tried out one of their HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays. Party trays make me a little nervous because they're so hit-or-miss. Either the cheese is disgusting, or there's something else in there I don't like. But I went out and got the HORMEL GATHERINGS party tray with the salami. Here's what I thought:

Pretty tasty

It was pretty good! To be fair, it's not your top-of-the-line party tray, but it's also not priced that way. The cheese is good (obviously, the most important factor for me), the salami was tasty, and the crackers are just normal crackers.

I brought a tray to my family Thanksgiving get-together and it made for the perfect appetizer while the meal was cooking. We worked hard at snacking while watching the Vikings work hard to beat the Lions. The family approved of my appetizer choice.


Like I said before, the only thing worse than cooking the gameday food is cleaning up the gameday food. Between the party tray, a few paper plates and napkins, all I needed was a trash can (and maybe a vacuum) to clean up. Finger foods are so great in that way. Not to mention the ZERO amount of preparation it took. Easy appetizer.


As far as meat and cheese trays go, you get a little bit of variety. No matter which tray you choose, you're going to get a couple of options. Here are your choices:

  • Hard salami and pepperoni
  • Honey ham and turkey
  • Supreme (which has meat, cheese, crackers and olives)
Every tray has two different kinds of meat and two different kinds of cheese. Crackers come standard-issue.

All-in, the party trays worked out well for me. I think they're a great, easy solution when you need snacks. Be it a football game, or another get-together, the HORMEL GATHERINGS Party Trays are easy and enjoyable. They're pretty big, though. I'd only recommend getting a tray if you plan on having at least 3-4 guests over, even though the tray can definitely feed more.

Would you like to try one? Email me or leave a comment for a chance to win a free HORMEL GATHERINGS party tray. U.S. only.

Reebok Floatride Running Shoes Review

Summer is over and the holidays are right around the corner. I know that you spent ages working on getting a summer bod you're happy showing at the pool, but winter is no excuse to slow down.

With the cold weather come holiday cookies, loads of mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie (mmm...pumpkin pie), and a lot of other heavy food we've done such a good job of avoiding.

My favorite way of balancing out those carbs is by maintaining a solid running routine. Thanks to Reebok, who provided me with a free pair of their new Floatride running shoes, I've been able to keep up that routine. As every runner knows, shoes can make or break your training...and shins...and feet...and knees. Here's what I thought about Reebok's new kicks:


The shoes run a little big. Since your feet swell when you run, you may have gotten into the habit of buying shoes 1/2 size big, don't do that with these shoes. I wear a 7 or 7.5, depending on the brand and purpose of the shoe, but running and soccer shoes are always an 8. My Reebok Floatrides were a 7.5 and the perfect fit. They're a little big when I just put them on or when I'm just walking and that's exactly what you want in a running shoe. During and after my run, they fit just how I needed them to. The ultraknit upper probably plays a big part in that.

So buy your true shoe size, not your running shoe size.


The first thing I noticed was the support. My arch and heel felt really good right off the bat. That ultraknit upper that I had mentioned before played a big part in the comfort. The fabric stretched and eased the immediate discomfort on the outer part of my foot that I usually feel in a running shoe. If you have thin feet, the laces will tighten you up in the middle part and arch of your foot, but I can't speak to the front of the shoes (balls of feet and toes).

The most noticeable thing after putting them on was the weight. They're very lightweight, but still provide a soft cushion to absorb the impact of running. This has always been a problem area for me because when it comes to running shoes, I feel like I have to decide between light and less-supportive shoes or bulky, but supportive.


The shoes have been very breathable, which is important to me. As far as comfort when running, I had pretty high hopes, but still felt some pain on the outer part of my foot when I ran long distances. As a reference point, I've gone on long runs with some other shoes and had to stop because the pain on the outside of my foot was so bad.

The discomfort that I often feel when doing long runs was definitely not as bad as many other shoes feel, but also wasn't the painless run I was hoping for after my initial, short-run experiences in the shoe were.


I don't have enough miles on the shoes to give a fair opinion on the long-term durability.

My one concern in terms of durability is with weather. If you're running outside in the elements, the fabric is so light and breathable that your feet will be soaked if you run in the rain and snow. Yes, I know that running shoes aren't a replacement for snow boots and these guys will definitely require some protection.


Alright, alright, you want to feel comfortable, run for miles and miles and look good. That's a lot to ask, people!

They're cute, for running shoes. You're not going to wear these things to the club, and you shouldn't! If I can give you one piece of advice, it's to save your running shoes for running. You can find flashier shoes and my brother did ask me if they were orthopedic shoes, but I'd rather have a comfortable run than make a fashion statement.

Side note: My brother and I take every opportunity we can to tease each other, so take his comment with a grain of salt.

My Overall Conclusion

Running shirt courtesy of Reebok
Do it. I understand that we all become loyal to certain brands, or certain shoes. But times are a-changin' and if you're brave enough to try something new, the Reebok Floatrides are a safe bet. At worst you'll have a shorter-distance running shoe that isn't going to give you shin splints. At best, you'll #FeelTheFloatRide right across the finish line of your next big race.

Sports Etiquette: Is it Okay to Wear an Old Jersey to a Sports Game?

September is the best month of the year.

Baseball teams are in a race to the playoffs, football season is kicking off, and we even get a three-day weekend in there. The weather is still warm enough for night games, and not too hot for day games. So as you sports lovers are undoubtedly looking at your busy calendars deciding which games to watch, you've also got to consider your attire.

If you come from a big sports town, you know what I'm talking about. Take Denver, for example. If you've ever been to a Broncos game, you've probably noticed that wearing your team's gear is practically a requirement. The fans need to know: Are you for us, or against us? But at the price of tickets, not to mention the cost of your gear, jerseys aren't something most of us can buy every year. So the question is: Is it okay for me to wear an old jersey?

I don't mean old in terms of years, I mean old in terms of the player whose jersey you're sporting. Here are some hard and fast rules to go by when it comes to jersey etiquette:

WARNING: All references are to Denver sports figures.

  • Do they still play for the team? (Think Von Miller)

    • If yes, wear the jersey.
    • If no, continue to next question.

  • Are they still a part of the organization? (Think John Elway)

    • If yes, wear the jersey.
    • If no, continue to next question

  • Is their name on the jersey, or just number?

    • If number, wear it.
    • If name and number, continue to next question.

  • Do they play for another team? (Think Troy Tulowitzki)

    • If yes, trash the jersey.
    • If no, continue to next question.

  • Did they spend their entire career with the team? (Think Todd Helton)

    • If yes, wear it.
    • If no, continue.

  • Did they win your team a championship and then retire? (Think Peyton Manning)

    • If yes...duh, wear the jersey proud!
    • If no, next question?

  • Did they leave a legacy? (Think Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey, Blake Street Bombers)

    • If most cases I'd say wear it. There are a few exceptions to that rule. (Think Carmelo Anthony)
    • If no, just get a new jersey, c'mon!

  • Last, but not least: ARE YOU EVEN WATCHING THE TEAM WHOSE JERSEY YOU'RE WEARING?! (Think Nuggets jersey at a Rockies game)

    • If no, under absolutely no circumstances should you be wearing that jersey. Not one.
Do you agree? Tell me what you think about old jerseys.