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Friday, October 10, 2014

Painted Swim Team Keds

Painted Swim Team Keds

So this Saturday is the State Meet for James Island Charter High school. I am the assistant swim coach and decided I needed some cool shoes to wear to the meet.  I found these "Ked" like shoes at
Walmart for only $5ish and thought they would be perfect to paint. 

I used acrylic paint and painted over where I had drawn in pencil the design I wanted.  I used the design from our tank tops we got a while back as my inspiration for the logo and font.  The word "HONK" on the back is something the swimmers yell at meet when cheering.  It's from a motivational speech the coach reads every year at practice. 

After letting them dry, I sprayed them with Modge Podge glossy sealant.  For the laces, I took the white laces out and added ribbon that was the same length in blue and orange. Total cost for this project was less than $10.  So excited to wear them to the meet!


If you are interested in the Lessons from Geese Speech, here it is, author is unknown, but feel free to use!

Lesson 1 - The Importance of Achieving Goals
As each goose flaps its wings it creates an UPLIFT for the birds that follow. By flying in a 'V' formation the whole flock adds 71 percent extra to the flying range.

Outcome
When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals.

Lesson 2 - The Importance of Team Work

When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front.
Outcome
If we had as much sense as geese we would stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

Lesson 3 - The Importance of Sharing
When a goose tires of flying up front it drops back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Outcome

It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. We should respect and protect each other's unique arrangement of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.

Lesson 4 - The Importance of Empathy and Understanding

When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to the ground to help and protect it.

Outcome

If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times, as well as when we are strong.

Lesson 5 - The Importance of Encouragement
Geese flying in formation 'HONK' to encourage those up front to keep up with their speed.
Outcome
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups and teams where there is encouragement, production is much greater. 'Individual empowerment results from quality honking'












Thursday, October 9, 2014

Swim Team Pre-Meet Treats




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Swim Team Pre-Meet Treats


It's almost time for State Meet for my high school swimmers and to celebrate, I have been making treats for them everyday.  I have found some sayings from Pinterest and some I had to make up depending on what I found on sale. If you like these, be sure to check out this season's post on swim meet treats here!

Day 1: I didn't take a picture of day one's treat, but it was Blow Pops, Bubble Gum, and a note that read "JI Swimmers will BLOW away the competition at State Meet!"



Day 2: Tuesday's treat had a Frozen theme since Gatorade was on sale at Bi Lo.  For this one, I picked out Frozen fruit gummies, and blue Glacier Freeze Gatorade.  Some of the fruit gummies ended up having Disney Princesses instead of Frozen stuff so I printed out pictures of Elsa and Ana to put on them instead.  The note on these read, "JI swimmers will FREEZE out the competition at State Meet!".  They drank the Gatorade hot when I gave it to them like most kids would and made sure to mention it was not frozen...


Day 3: Wednesday's treat was bags of popcorn I popped at home the night before. It was super hard to come up with a phrase for popcorn since everything on Pinterest was baby shower or wedding shower related, so I had to come up with my own.  The saying I went with on these was "POP, lock, and rock it...out at state!".  They loved the saying on these and the popcorn held up well in the bags in my car all day.


Day 4: Thursday's treat was a pair of fun socks for each of them with a tag tied on that said "Knock the SOCKS off the competition at State!". These socks were fun because I found large packs at Big Lots that were mix match socks but I bought two packs so they all had matches.  The boys got plain socks.



Day 5: Friday the 5th and final day of treats, I got them a basket of shaving supplies.  They are having a shaving party at one house so I loaded the basket with girls and guys shaving cream, razors, and blue and orange nail polish.  They can bring the whole basket with them to whoever's house.  The saying for that day is "SHAVE off lots of time at State Meet!"
I will post the picture after I give it to them tomorrow!



Hope this gives you ideas for any team events coming up! Have you done a spirit week for a team before? What kind of treats did you make and what sayings did you use? If you like this post, be sure to check out the 2015 season post on more treats! The link is here: http://annaslifetravels.blogspot.com/2015/10/swim-meet-treats-round-2.html









Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mini Jar Candle Giveaway!



Mini Jar Candle Giveaway!


It's the first day of Spring and its time to celebrate! Since my Pinterest pin and my blog post on these jar candles got so many likes and repins, I thought it would be fun to give a few away! I have three of these mini seashell jar candles to give away to readers! Its super easy to enter, leave a comment on this blog post! If you want to see how to make your own candle and mason jar twine and shell accessories to match, head over to my blog post on Katie's Beach Themed Bridal Shower! Let me know if you have any questions on anything on the site, or love any of the craft projects you have tried or love! Thanks, and have fun!



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