Can’t Pick a Favorite Season? You Don’t Have to!

Your favorite season says a lot about you. If, like me, you prefer the cold, dreariness of winter, you might be a homebody that prefers the comfort of a blanket and a fire and a good book. A summer person might be active and energetic, ready to go out and play in the sunshine. Spring and autumn people are the most easygoing, accepting all types of weather, with spring folk seeming optimistic and ready for fresh beginnings and autumn people seeming productive as it’s the start of the school year and the end of the vacation months.

But if you just can’t decide between the warmth of a sunny day, the crispness of freshly fallen orange leaves, the thrill of the first snowfall of the season, or the cleansing feeling of rainy afternoons, then check out these puzzles: all four seasons with all their best qualities wrapped up into one puzzle! They could keep you busy the whole year long!

4 Seasons by Clementoni. 3000 pieces. 32.” x 44.85 inches.

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The Seasons by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 16 x 24 inches.

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The Four Seasons by Clementoni. 1000 pieces. 26.5 x 18.75 inches.

Three Seasons by Ceaco. 750 pieces. 18 x 24 inches.

Ecological Seasons by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces. 32 x 16 inches.

Change of Seasons by Buffalo Games. 750 pieces.

The New Yorker – Seasonal Scenes by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces. 20 x 27 inches.

3D Pyramid – Four Seasons by Master Pieces. 300 pieces. 9.25 x 9.25 x 7 inches.

The Four Seasons by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 19 x 30 inches.

 

NFL Football Puzzles

Today we have a guest post from Elizabeth Eckhart. Eckhart is a freelance entertainment and pop culture blogger, an avid puzzler, and has a completed 3,000 piece work hanging in her home in her living room.

NFL Football Puzzles

Football preseason is upon us, and as a truly dedicated fan you’ve likely done everything to prepare. You’ve tested the delivery times of the six closest pizza companies and you’ve ensured the garage fridge has been successfully transitioned into The Snack Fridge. Now you’re killing time until training camp is finished. There’s only so many times you can possibly check for team news—plus, knowing you, the updates are instantly streamlined to your smartphone.

So what’s a fan to do? Luckily for you, Puzzle Warehouse has NFL team themed puzzles to keep your brain active while you wait (also, while browsing, you’ll notice some great collegiate football team puzzles if that’s more your style). With the 150 NFL team piece puzzles, the framed version will make an excellent addition to your screening room, man cave, or basement-turned-entertainment center. The puzzles, though not extravagant in the sheer number of pieces, are attractive and have pieces large enough to easily include any youngsters—also NFL fans, of course— to help. The official NFL New Orleans Saints puzzle also has the logo and a Saints helmet. When finished, grab the Smart Puzzle Glue and hang the image near the TV.  All puzzles have a dual purpose: first you build it, then you get to frame it to display your impressive work.

Check out some of these 150 piece team puzzles.

Official NFL Dallas Cowboys by Wincraft Sports. 150 pieces. 17″ x 11″

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Official NFL Green Bay Packers by Wincraft Sports. 150 pieces. 17″ x 11″

Official NFL San Francisco 49ers by Wincraft Sports. 150 pieces. 17″ x 11″

If you’re looking for a more challenging puzzle that might last throughout the season, give the NFL Team Map a try. Now you’re not only showing your support and passion for football, you’re also throwing in a healthy dose of patriotism. When you’re done, circle your home state and vandalize the state of your team’s biggest rival, or leave the puzzle intact—it’s up to you. No matter what you choose to do, the Team Map will provide a colorful and aesthetically pleasing addition to your wall (and I say the United States of Football image is much better than the animal or flower puzzle your neighbor’s doing, although that may just be me!)

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NFL Team Map by Promotional Partners Worldwide. 500 pieces.

Some, though few, may be able to stomach purchasing another team’s puzzle. If you can, purchase your own respective team’s puzzle and a friend’s. Sit down with your pal, start the clock, and see who finishes the puzzle first. That way, no matter whose team comes out on top, you might still have the bragging rights to another type of game. Put that competitive spirit to good use. When your puzzles are complete, grab a cold beverage and a NFL Sunday Ticket (available at www.direct.tv) and enjoy the best season of the year!

Check out some more NFL puzzles in this “highlight reel”:

Official NFL New York Jets by Wincraft Spots. 500 pieces. Finished size: 20.5″ round

Baltimore Ravens – 2012 Super Bowl Champions by White Mountain. 550 pieces. 18″ x 24″

Cowboys Stadium by White Mountain. 550 pieces. 18″ x 24″

 

 

Get Your Daily Dosage of Fruits and Veggies!

Are you getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet? Today I read an article on how to get your daily dosage of these health foods and how easy it actually is!

Garden Delights by Springbok. 1000 pieces. Size: 24″ x 30″

Before, it was recommended that 5 to 8 servings a day of fruits and veggies. But a “serving” is kind of vague, and so it’s since been updated to 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables every day.

Remember that these foods count in every form, including

  • 100% juice
  • Raw
  • Cooked
  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Canned
  • Dried
  • Whole
  • Chopped
  • Puréed

Then there’s a whole list of examples for how fruits translate into a cup so you can get 2 cups daily :

  • 1 small apple
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 medium grapefruit
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 medium pear
  • 1 small wedge watermelon
  • 2 large or 3 medium plums
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 32 grapes

Fruit Market by Springbok. 500 pieces. Size: 18″ x 23.5″

For 2 cups of veggies try:

  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 large stalks of celery
  • 1 cup of cooked greens or 2 cups of raw greens (spinach, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens)
  • 12 baby carrots (or 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 large ear of corn
  • 10 broccoli florets

Canned Veggies by Springbok. 500 pieces. Size: 18″ x 23.5″

Science tells us that healthy foods like fruits and veggies reduce our risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes. They are also full of vitamins and minerals that help our bodies stay in tip top shape!

One Step Up from 3D: Astonishingly Interactive 4D Puzzles

3D puzzles take the traditional flat-lying jigsaw puzzle and amp it up by adding the dimension of space—you can construct Fenway Park, the Leaning Power of Pisa, or the Brooklyn Bridge. So what do 4D Cityscape Puzzles do, you ask? They add the dimension of time. These puzzles are interactive on an entirely new level, teaching you about other cities through the reconstruction of specific periods of that city’s history.

First, for example you will build the city from the ground up in 1812, then you’ll jump forward to 1910, then leap to 1970, finally settling in with the modern look of today. Each puzzle actually has a completely unique timeline that fits that city’s history.

The 4D Cityscape Puzzles come with multiple layers. The first part is what you’re familiar with: you’ll create a landscape puzzle. The second layer will help form that geographical map of the city. It’s the final layer, the skyscrapers and the buildings, that will take you back to a different time. Each puzzle also includes a Time Poster to aid you.

These educational puzzles have many benefits. They will help you

  • Learn how a city develops and evolves
  • Explore historic buildings and architectural styles
  • Get to know the geography of an area
  • Discover the defining moments in history

As an added bonus, they’re great for group play and make great souvenirs from your visits to some of the best skyline places on earth!

Berlin. 1000+ pieces. Assembled size: 24″L x 16″W x 3″H.

With the 4D Cityscape of Berlin, you will span over 700 years of architecture history. In 1961 you’ll build the Berlin Wall using 60 replica pieces. In 1989, you remove the wall as you re-join East and West Berlin together.

Famous landmarks include the Marienkirche, Friedrichstrasse, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Kollhoff Tower.

Hong Kong. 950+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 20″L x 16″W x 4″H.

You’ll see 98 years of architectural history up to 2010 with the 4D Hong Kong puzzle and learn about Hong Kong’s neighborhoods, streets, and ports.

Famous landmarks include the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, the Hong Kong Convention Center, the Bank of China Tower, and the International Finance Centre.

New York. 700+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 28″ L x 12″ W x 4″ H.

Go back 200 years in Manhattan’s history from 1812 all the way to the Freedom Tower completed this year in 2013.

Famous landmarks include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the United Nations, and the World Trade Center.

Las Vegas. 930+ pieces. Assembled Dimensions: 27″ L x 17″ W x 3″ H.

Viva Las Vegas! Go back 70 years in the city’s history with this 4D Cityscape which won the Gift of the Year prize back in 2010

Famous landmarks include casinos such as The Tropicana, Stratosphere, MGM Grand, Caesar’s Palace and The Wynn.

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4D Cityscape Puzzles is a great brand that won Toy of the Year awards in 2012 from both Japan and Holland.

Still need some help understanding the concept or just want to see it with your own eyes? Check out Youtube for a nice and brief play-by-play video of construction.

Unique Wedding Guestbook Idea: Custom Jigsaw Puzzle

For a unique wedding guestbook idea, try a custom made jigsaw puzzle! Added bonus? You and your spouse can then recreate your wedding day over and over again!

Jon and Kaley loved each other, and they loved to do jigsaw puzzles.They incorporated bits of their relationship into their wedding, and what they got was something unique, priceless, and very much theirs.

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Have each of your guests sign a puzzle piece from a custom made puzzle!

Kaley and Jon’s wedding even incorporated more puzzles—each table also had a little jigsaw puzzle for the guests to work on. Kaley said, “I really enjoyed thinking outside of the box and incorporating things that Jon and I like to do together … It was a blast to see everyone enjoying an activity that Jon and I did together when we first started dating. Sure, it may have been dorky, but it was us!”

There are several options for making your own jigsaw puzzle, including cardboard and wooden photo print puzzles, blank jigsaws, and fun shapes like circles.

99 Piece Custom Blank Jigsaw Puzzle – 16 x 20

This all-white puzzle is perfect for wedding guest books (or decorations, or craft projects, or whatever!) Each piece is 1 to 2 inches in size, perfect for a small message, and has an easy write surface that dries quickly.

Custom 10 x 12, Piece Count Varies

Or you could have an image on one side of your puzzle, and have guests sign the back. Recreate your puzzle on your anniversary, reading the lovely messages your guests left you as you sort through the pieces!

Custom Puzzle Tin with Custom Image on Box

Don’t forget to top it off a custom puzzle tin for storage. Even if you go with the blank puzzle, you can have the perfect image on your tin that encompasses the essence of your big day!