So Thankful Sunset Clients Are Enjoying Their Elevated Outdoor Living!
Wow! How great are these home videos showcasing families enjoying their Sunset Staycation!? We are touched to see so many smiles and fun times captured. Our Sunset Clients are a Family to us and we appreciate providing years of enjoyment to each of our clients.
Experimenting with cocktails during a StayCation and be fun.
I’ve been trying to utilize ingredients that I have or in this case Nate’s neighbor gave me. White grapefruit is amazing with full grapefruit flavor and less sweet than a Ruby Grapefruit. Vodka and some Soda Water make this a winner on a warm afternoon!!!
In quarantine there are things my wife Alyson and I really miss. A favorite is dressing up, going Ballroom dancing and sipping on a Martini.
We had a lot of fun filming this and hope you get a kick out of it. Funny thing is our kids never saw Wayne’s World so that part went over their heads!!! Did you get the throwback?
Dress up, Dance away and Drink a Martini!!!
“In 1901, New York bartender John O’Connor found inspiration for the Dirty Martini in the classic Martini’s famous olive garnish. First made by muddling the olive into the drink, and later by adding a splash of olive brine, the Dirty Martini took decades to reach a wide fan base. Today, it’s the go-to sipper for salt-craving drinkers.”~liquor.com
Have you made/tried a dirty martini? Now is the time?
Watch JZ share his simple and tasty cocktail and a saute lunch recipe.
In this edition, JZ pours a “Tanhito” which is a sweet & sour homegrown Kumquat muddled with Mint on ice floated with White Rum and Club Soda. Simple and refreshing! Don’t worry about the “5-Second Rule,” right?
JZ also makes a simple StayCation lunch with Spicy Cilantro Kraut with Red Onion and Canadian Bacon. Season with Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder and a squirt of Spicy Dijon Mustard. Thanks to Fermentation Farm in Costa Mesa for the Cilantro Spicy Kraut! Healthy Gut is a Healthy Life!
For our last three posts, we discussed fun Virtual Games, Board & Card Games, and Outdoor Games. This time we want to focus on our favorite Pool Games! Pool Games are great for a party of children, but we tried to tailor these games to a smaller crowd for quarantine. Check them out below.
Invisi-Bottle — First, take a clear bottle, remove the wrapper and fill it with pool water. Then, toss the bottle into the pool and when they hear the splash, the players turn around and try to find the bottle. Once the bottle is found, simply line the players up and repeat. It sounds like an easy task, but you will be surprised at how hard it is to find the bottle!
Pirates — Pirates is the perfect game for 2 players. First, grab an odd number of “sticks,” which can be any item from around the house. Then, line the players up on opposite ends of the pool and toss the sticks in the middle. When someone says go, the players race to find the sticks, and the player with the majority of sticks wins. Kids love the competitive nature of this game and will likely want to keep playing for many rounds!
Categories — Categories is a classic game that is best played with more players, but you could still make 2 players work. The person that is “it” stands on the outside of the pool with their back to the pool. This person selects a category, such as favorite color, and begins to guess items, like red, blue, etc. If the player in the pools selection is said then they must swim to the other side of the pool without getting tagged. The best part of the game is when you trick the person who is “it” and make them turn around thinking one player went!
Air Ninja — With one player on the side of the pool, count down and choose an object for them to mimic. It is a great way to get kids to act silly and will surely have everyone laughing. Some of our favorites are choosing various animals and inanimate objects, but the more creative the better!
Cannon Ball or Belly Flop Competition — This one is pretty self-explanatory and can be played with players of all ages. Cannon ball competitions are our personal preference, but if you have the guts to do a belly flop then more power to you. Just make sure someone has the camera out, so you can go viral!
Submarine Races — Many of you have probably played Submarine Races, but never knew the name. This involves seeing which player can swim furthest off a push off the wall while remaining underwater. The key to success is a strong push paired with smooth flutter kicks.
F-I-S-H — F-I-S-H is essentially H-O-R-S-E for pool basketball, so a poolside hoop is required for this one. However, since this is in the pool, players can get more creative and make up shots that require jumping in the pool.You will be amazed at what awesome shots your kids can think of and also how long they can keep playing this game!
For our last two posts, we discussed fun Virtual Gamesand Board & Card Gamesthat can be played with your family and friends in quarantine. In this post, we wanted to shift towards Outdoor Games, as the warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to utilize your ‘Outdoor Living’ space! Even if you do not have a big yard or pool there are still tons of options that can fit whatever space you have. Check out some of our favorites below.
Quarantine Olympics — Quarantine Olympics is a new trend that brings together families to compete in various fun activities. The events can be as creative as anything you think of, but some funny games were Toilet Paper Dodgeball, Egg Toss, and the 6 Ft Challenge, where family members tried to guess the closest to 6 feet with a measuring tape. You can even have an awards ceremony at the end just like they did in a classic episode of The Office.
Virtual Cornhole — Even if you are separated from your family and friends, you can still play cornhole. If you set up your phone or computer with a view of the opposite board then the other players can see your toss and keep score. No worries if a friend does not own a Cornhole set — you can sanitize the other half of yours and some bags, leave them outside your house, and have a friend pick them up to play virtually. The American Cornhole League even transitioned one of their national events to virtual!
Other Yard Games to Make Virtual — Cornhole is likely not the only game you can play virtually with friends, so we added a few other ideas we had below.
Horse Shoes — Setting up Virtual Horse Shoes would be similar to Cornhole, with a camera positioned near the pin to keep teams honest.Just be sure to place it far enough away that you don’t hit your camera with a horse shoe!
Ladder Ball — Ladder Ball, also known as Redneck Golf, is a less popular, but equally fun game as Cornhole. It has a similar scoring system, but you score points by landing your bolas (two balls connected by a string) on the ladder (3 horizontal poles). Set up a camera, find a friend with another set, and you will be ready to go!
leisure, holidays, people and sport concept – happy friends playing badminton or shuttlecock at summer garden party
Fun Yard Games to Buy — The games below are newer, less traditional games but have become some of our recent favorites. There may be a slight delay ordering these on Amazon or another site due to the surge in demand, but they are all a great summer addition that you can use for years!
Spikeball — At this point, you have probably heard of Spikeball, but we wanted to include just how incredibly popular it has become. Within a matter of years, Spikeball went from a new, obscure game to hosting a highly competitive league that thousands enjoy watching. This game is a favorite amongst kids, and we highly recommend it for anyone with young ones of any age.
Bucket Ball (aka Giant Beer Pong) — Bucket ball is essentially giant beer pong with volleyballs and trash cans. This game is a favorite for all ages, letting young kids try their first shot at beer pong and letting adults relive their glorious college days. I know what you’re thinking though — don’t worry it’s not like beer pong, you won’t have to drink an entire trash can of beer after each made shot!
Giant Jenga — Giant Jenga is another simple concept: it’s Jenga but with giant pieces! If you think the moments waiting for a normal Jenga stack to fall are exhilarating then you have never played with a 5 foot tower of blocks! Playing with a group is the best, as you can all help build the stack then laugh together when it comes crashing down.
Kan Jam — Kan Jam is another new game that involves teams of two, a frisbee, and two trash cans. The two ways to score points are to throw the frisbee through the slit in the trash can or have your opponent jam it into the top of the trash can. As simple as it may sound, this game is a fun competitive team sport and is a great twist for any frisbee fans.
What are your family’s favorite Outdoor Games? Respond and let us know!
Also, don’t forget to look out for next installment of “The Best StayCation Games” with the best Pool Games!
Last week, we offered some examples of virtual games you could play with family and friends to stay in contact during quarantine — you can find that post here.
This week we wanted to discuss some of our favorite Board & Card Games! These Board & Card games are physical, so, unfortunately, most of these require you to be with your “Quarantine Crew.” However, there are some fun ways to adapt these for virtual situations which you can check out in the video later.
First off, if you are serious about playing Board & Card Games then first off you need to organize a Game Night. Game Nights are a great way to bring the family or friends together and create a fun spirit of competition. Game Nights can also satisfy a group of all ages — young children can have a blast while parents have a cocktail! We put some or our favorite board and card games below.
Liar’s Dice — Liar’s Dice is one of my family’s favorite games. We call it by its proper name, BULLSH*T! You can play single hands where each player gets a set of dice, all players roll once, and the bids relate to the dice each player can see plus all the concealed dice. You can also play common hand games where there is one set of dice passed from player to player. The bids relate to the dice as they are in front of the bidder after selected dice have been re-rolled. You can check out the rules in more detail here.
Cards Against Humanity — Cards Against Humanity has become a modern classic and known as “the game for horrible people.” This game is essentially a dirty version of “Apples to Apples” and involves pairing words to complete a fill-in-the-blank — the funniest pair wins! You can even make your own deck online here — it’ll only take about an hour and cost $10! If you already have it and have gone through the deck too many times then you can buy extension packs to mix things up.
Aggravation — The goal of Aggravation is exactly what it sounds like: to aggravate your opponent by capturing their pieces.The game involves two to six racing around the board, with the first to reach home winning. However, there are twists and shortcuts along the way that spice up the game!
Cribbage — Cribbage is a classic two-hand game and has been around since the 17th Century! The game involves 2-3 people with a pack of cards and the “Crib” that is a 121 piece cribbage board — the first to 21 wins. You can read more about the rules here, or you can play online through your computer or phone!
Other Old Card / Board Games — If you are like us then your board game collection has likely been sitting on the shelf gathering dust for a few years, but this is the perfect opportunity to break them out. Go digging through that collection, and you may just be surprised what you find!
What are some of your family’s favorite Board & Card Games?
Respond and let us know! Also, don’t forget to look out for our next installment of “The Best StayCation Games” with the best Outdoor Games
If you are anything like us, then you have found yourself left with a lot of free time during your StayCation. Weekend nights out on the town have been replaced by board games and movies. Playing classic games, like Monopoly, Yahtzee, or working on a jigsaw puzzle can be fun for a while, but we are all reaching a point of boredom.
This is why we wanted to take the next few posts to share some of our favorite StayCation activities and hopefully expose our readers to new, fun games.
This week, we are kicking it off with Virtual Games, so you can still keep in contact and play fun games with family and friends, even if you are separated!
Zoom has personally become our family’s new favorite tool to talk and play some of the games below. If you find you are running over Zoom’s free group call 40-minute time frame then you may consider upgrading to Zoom Pro, as we recently did, to get longer and faster video calls for only $150 a year. You may even get a 30% discount if you use the coupon: “KUMON-ZOOM”…
Psych — Psych is a fun, free mobile app that was first designed by Ellen DeGeneres in 2016, but it has gained popularity in quarantine. This hilarious game involves players filling in prompts generated about the other players, followed by all players voting for their favorite prompt. You can find out more about it and download on the App Store or Google Play here.
Zoom Charades — Charades, the classic dinner party game, can easily be played over Zoom, with family and friends. You can play two ways — the first being classic charades where one player acts and the other guesses. Another option, is to play the game similar to Catchphrase, writing a list of words on small pieces of paper that one player then has to go through and explain to the other without saying the actual word, with every correct word counting as a point.
Virtual Board Games — While stuck in quarantine, it seems like everyone is trying to break out the old board game collection only to realize they don’t have the quantity of games they thought they had. One alternative is to play the app version of the game, which can often be faster and more efficient — we put a list of some popular mobile apps you can play with family and friends below. All of the games below have an app that you can download on the App Store or Google Play.
Yahtzee, Monopoly, Life, Catan, Risk, and Scrabble aka Words With Friends…
What are some of your family’s favorite games you have been playing virtually?