National Read a Book Day is September 6th!

Tomorrow is National Read a Book Day, so it will be a great day to unplug and unwind in a cozy chair.

There are some overlapping benefits between reading and puzzling. Both improve concentration and memory and lower stress and keep your brain active. Additionally benefits of reading are a more expansive vocabulary and glimpses to other times, places, and cultures.

Need some book recommendations? Goodreads is fantastic for every type of recommendation you may ever need, including books you should read and others you should avoid, with lists such as:

Pick up something new, reread something old, or try out something that’s been sitting on your shelves for ages. Whatever you do, read!

We’ve previously highlighted puzzles with a post on 5 Reasons You Should be Reading Game of Thrones and Book-Related Puzzles. Today here’s all of the Classic Book Puzzles we have, which come in a collectible packaging that looks just like a book on your shelf! It even has a magnetic closing.

Jack and the Beanstalk by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

The Queen’s Croquet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Romeo and Juliet by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Huck Finn by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Wizard of Oz by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces.

Gone with the Wind by Master Pieces. 1000 pieces. 

National Pet Memorial Day

The second Sunday of September (the 8th this year) has been set aside as National Pet Memorial Day. There are many ways to honor and celebrate a pet that you have lost, such as dedicating time to an animal shelter or creating a memorial garden in your pet’s honor. We also think a great way to celebrate a pet is by creating a personalized puzzle—maybe your favorite picture of him or her, or the two of you together. It would be a lovely keepsake and you could either glue it and frame it in your home or redo it every year on Pet Memorial Day or your pet’s birthday.

13″ Round Custom Puzzle by Peaceful Wooden Puzzles, Various Piece Counts

I recently just saw an adorable post on the Internet of people posing with their animals as puppies and years later:

Of course there’s alway the option of finding a puzzle that already has an image that reminds you of your pet! We have cat puzzles, dog puzzles, and horse puzzles, among others.

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!