Internet Cats Need to Relax Too, Feline Hot Tubbing

What do stars of the internet do after work? They jump in the hot tub of course.

It’s no secret that the internet is pretty much owned by cats. As we know, this fact is due to the propensity of cats to do all kinds of amazing things online. Cats and cat-related content has been shown to account for roughly 92% of all web page visits from librarians and lonely people named Claire or Clarence.

Feline internet stars and the battle for better workplaces

It’s obviously hard work being a feline internet sensation clawing your way to the top. Add to this that the working conditions have historically been sketchy at best, and you’ll see why some internet cats have just one to three of their original nine lives remaining.

Some of these precarious feline work environments include: small boxes, food containers with tiny spaces a head can fit through in one direction only, canines, precariously laying on one’s back waving cute little paws, being coerced into endlessly chasing tape affixed to tails, tops of trees only a trained firefighter can reach, and falls where everyone just assumes the talent actually lands on their feet. These overworked and underpaid felines need and deserve their down time.

Here are some examples of cats owning the internets, while surviving (we assume they survived) poor working conditions.

They make viral videos:

They star in memes:

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They stalk:

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They work as film critics:

Finally, a solution to a hard day at work on the webs

Online-sensation work is difficult for the modern feline. I mean, historically the expectations for most 8 pound domesticated animals have been sleeping, eating, shedding, purring and cuddling. Most of these require minimal effort if you’re indeed say, a cat. Times are a changin’ and internet cat stars are now bearing the heavy burden of the insatiable need for a continuous stream of more and more hilariously cute online cat entertainment.

“It’s purrfectly exhausting,” mewed Mr. Squeakers, a cuddly and rare male calico currently working primarily for I Can Has Cheeseburgers.

So, what do today’s internet cats do to relax after a long day? They do what any fun-loving internet star would. They go hot tubbing of course.

Mr. Squeakers confirmed the appeal of this recent trend. “A lot of my friends, mostly tigers you know, had really taken to using hot tubs after work.” He continued, “I, of course, had to overcome my terrifying and nearly debilitating instinctual fear of getting wet. But you know, once you do, it’s pretty relaxing way to unwind after a long day of chasing your tail or sneaking up on other cats.”

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Who knows what the future holds for cats online. We can only hope the for the best, more safe on-their-feet landings, a greater reliance on canine content, and for more kitty hot tubs to help these fantastic felines to preserve their health, sanity, and remaining lives.

Of Olympics, Rainbows, Tchaicovsky, and a Feeling Like Chocolate Kittens

Olympics, Proof I Care

Normally I write helpful stuff about hot tubs and such, but, if you’re anything like me, you have been essentially glued to the TV during the Olympics in a fascination trance. I started thinking about this and, I admit, I was a little troubled. Last night I caught myself gritting my teeth during the women’s downhill, having been wallowing unproductively on the couch for hours, and I started thinking; this Olympic obsession of mine is a strange phenomenon. I mean when else do I care about short-track speed skating, luge, ice dancing (shudder), biathalon or, yes, that media darling of a “sport,” curling? Yet, for about 2 weeks every 4 years I care. I really care.

Over the last oh hour or so I’ve done some deep thinking, soul searching, and consulted my Facebook newsfeed and then watched some Vine (short attention span). I think I may have come up with some great excuses for my strange Olympic-time enthusiasm.

Bob-Costas-pink-eye-Olympics-2014My highly-scientific (aka. purely speculative and anecdotal) take on my fanatical Olympic fascination is this: the key motivators for it, patriotism, curiosity, and a desire for international goodwill, all in the tone of Bob Costas’ authoritatively smooth timbre, are actually positive influences on me. These are much different influencers from the usual snarky sarcasm and social network potty humor that generally fill my day to day media. When the Winter Olympics are on I find I don’t even care about memes, unless of course, they are Olympic memes and not mean (check out the picture I included, whaaaat? Not even mean.). Holy crap, did I just say I don’t like mean memes?

Yes, unlike almost every other media, Olympic telecasts actually seem to have a positive influence on my world outlook. It’s a strange feeling, almost like a nice RedBull buzz but with red,white, and blue butterflies and Tchaikovsky ice skating music. And this feeling could not be more unexpected or weirdly awesome, sort of like chocolate kittens waving cute little sparkly paws in the air like they just don’t care.

People all over the place are loving the 2014 Sochi Games, and not just hoteliers trying to get ideas for new and exciting trends in interior design and engineering. I hear people around my office almost giggle-talking about the Mormon girl Beyonce-dancing as she’s mentally getting ready for the luge and I saw that the other USA luge girl took third and Bode Miller just tied for third. This is a lot of excitement for a third place these days, I mean think of this in terms of the Windows Phone. Yes, third place, and people are all happy crying. In fact, I seriously get the feeling that I’m not the only one who hopes Bob Costas’ pink eye actually gets better so we can hear more of his melifluously-toned Olympic commentary (usually I would hope for a really gnarly and grotesque pink-eye flair up, you know, for memes).

For once in our cynical lives, Olympic spirit is an energy we can all feel, all warm and fuzzyrific. I think it’s because the Olympics are about all that is great – sportsmanship, triumph of will, physical and mental excellence, healthy competition, national pride, peace, and tight body suits. Skiiers hug their fellow competitors, snowboarders knuckle knock each other for landing that sick 1440 double-corked triple-wedgied Japan-grab trick (pretty sure I made this up), and the hockey games don’t even really have fights. Anyone else emotional here?

All of this awesomnasity makes the Olympics an incredible, even life-changing, event that simply demands our attention. So, don’t text, send Instas or Tweet at me tonight, I’ll be enjoying the warm double rainbow winds of international sporting love that are taking a unicorn courier from the Olympics, to an NBC satellite, and then shooting right out of my TV and straight to my heart.

 

Which Hot Tub is Your Pick?

Super Bowl Hot Tubs, which is your pick?With the Super Bowl just a day away, we decided, because we can, to make 2 very special big game hot tubs. One is blue with a gray cabinet and neon green JetPaks, colors you may love if you’re from Seattle or the great Northwest and the other is blue with a white cabinet and bright orange JetPaks, definitely preferred in Denver and the Rocky Mountains.

Only Bullfrog Spas can offer interchangeable JetPaks that you can choose to customize and completely personalize your hot tub. Each JetPak gives you a unique massage that addresses a specific area of your back, neck, or shoulders or provides a specific relaxing feel. Whichever is your preference between these 2 spas or any of the other thousands of combinations available, you are sure to get a hot tub that is perfectly suited to your lifestyle and preferences.

So, which hot tub is your pick?

Awkward Family Photo – The Hot Tub Christmas Card

Ok, so we love hot tubs. We do. A lot, especially Bullfrog Spas. Hot tubs are perfect for unwinding after a hard day, great when you need to get away, fantastic for entertaining, and hot tubs make a perfect evening family activity.

This said, please, please don’t take your family Christmas card photos in your hot tub. It just doesn’t work out well.

This will be an awkward Christmas in the hot tub

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Think Big and Plan Even Bigger: How to Plan for Large Group Events

Think Big and Plan Even Bigger How to Plan for Group Events

Thinking of having a big Holiday party for a large group? Are you trying to ditch the mainstream, and go with something bigger and better? Well fear not, because we have a plethora of ideas available on how to plan a successful event which is as amazing, as it is big.

Budget

First and foremost make a fixed budget. Since you are planning for a huge amount of people, keeping the budget in mind will eliminate any unexpected problems, and reduce the chance of overspending on a huge event. Planning for a large party with a lot of people can be overwhelming, and you could make the mistake of overspending while you plan. Instead, start your planning off with a well-organized and thought-out budget.

Map Out a Timeline

Since the event is large scale, start your planning a couple of months before the big day. Don’t leave every task until the last minute, as that would only increase the hassle. Plan everything from the catering, to the theme, to babysitters. If you’re worried you won’t have anything left to do in the last month, you’re wrong. After you start, the problems and worries could just keep on multiplying, so planning well in advance of the event will at least ensure that you don’t forget to get your best dress ironed before the party.

Theme – Be Creative

If you want something fun and exciting to kick off your party with, then pick a creative theme relevant to the event. The key is to think outside of the box. Try to steer clear of the mundane, and find a theme that will not only be meaningful to you, but to your large group of guests as well. Pick up color schemes and clues from the season and add to it, to develop your theme.

Venue Selection

Selecting a venue for a small group of people is relatively easier than selecting one for a bigger group. Since you are planning an event for a large group, you definitely might want to give the venue some thought. Venues that cater to larger groups are usually booked solid through holidays and weekends, so make sure your name is on the booking list well in advance of your event. Choose a place that won’t go outside of the budget while still maintaining a fun feel for everyone.

Make Careful Catering Considerations

Select a caterer that will offer a wide enough selection of food so all of your guests can find a favorite item on the menu, while not going outside of the budget. With a big group, there are many food considerations, especially in regards to food allergies. Make sure you find about any possible food allergies well in advance of your event so that you can pass them on to your caterer. In addition, consider vegetarians and other special food requests that you guest may have.

Hot Tubs

With a hot tub or even several hot tubs your party will be a success. It sets the mood for a good time almost immediately. Make sure your outdoor space can hold all the people in the tub as well as anyone not swimming. Select a hot tub that will hold as many of your group as possible. Remember, the more the merrier is the rule of thumb with selecting a hot tub.

These tips will ensure that your event is bigger and better than the rest. The biggest tip, of course, is not to forget to have fun. This is your party after all, and you have put in a great deal of time towards its planning so you are entitled to have fun.

Peyton Manning Knows How to Hot Tub

Who doesn’t love Peyton Manning? Ok, there are probably some of you, mostly Chiefs fans, who really don’t even like him a little bit. But, you have to give it to the guy. When almost everyone thought he was done with football he made the move to Denver and kicked off a fantastic final chapter in his already storied career.

We think we’ve found his secret – hot tubs, iPads, and always wearing your helmet.

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This picture surfaced on the interwebs this week of Peyton Manning soaking his right ankle and foot in a hot tub, on an iPad, with his helmet on. It’s weird, but also weirdly appropriate for this guy.

My guess: The dude is a true student of the game, so he’s probably dissecting film on the defense of his upcoming opponent while helping his aging body recover and he is so into it he just forgot that he’s wearing his helmet or he just keeps it on 24/7 as a precaution. A little awkward on dinner dates but worth it for another Super Bowl Ring.

Good for you Peyton Manning and good luck in the upcoming playoffs.

Fun Family Games to Play With Young Kids

Fun Family Games to Play With Young KidsNothing beats an afternoon playing classic family games with your children. Playing family games keeps your kids out of trouble when there’s nothing to do, and playing regularly with your children, is a superb way to strengthen the parent-child bond. The perfect family game has to be challenging for older children, yet simple enough for younger players to understand. If you’re having trouble picking the right game for your family, check out this list of awesome family games:

Monopoly

This board game is hands down the most popular family game to ever hit store shelves in the history of board games. Monopoly comes in different versions like Barbie Monopoly, or Aquarium Monopoly, but the classic is still the most played. In this game, the goal is to control every single square inch of property on the board. Although it takes a while to win the game, it will still cause some fierce competition amongst the players.

Chutes and Ladders

This game is ideal for younger children because it’s easy to play, but even older children will love the game. This game requires both luck and strategy, and the goal is to make it to the finish line before the other players. It is the perfect game for a rainy day.

Hedbanz

This game is perfect for families that are silly and want to laugh. In this game, players wear a headband that holds a card. The players are not allowed to look at the card when they put it on the headband. Then, they have to ask the other players questions so they can figure out what’s on the card. Basically, the game is like charades except instead of guessing what the other person is, you have to guess what you are

Life

One of the most fun board games to date, Life requires players to use a spinning wheel to earn points. Throughout the game, players get cards that have good or bad news like winning the lottery or losing your job. At the end, the player with the most money and future planning skills wins.

Marco Polo

Family time in a hot tub by Bullfrog SpasNamed for the famous explorer, this game is fun not just in the hot tub or pool, but out at a park or even just the backyard. Blindfold one family member and see if they can find others through just the sounds of their voices. This classic games can be played by all.

The Logo Board Game

This board game challenges your knowledge about popular brands and logos. First, the players looks at a piece of a popular logo and try to guess what it is. This game is great for all ages and is a really fun way to spend time together.

A family that plays together, stays together, and these games will surely put a smile on everyone’s face. All the games in this article are great for children and grownups alike.

Leisure Products: The True Cost of Ownership

Have you ever wondered how much you’re spending on leisure? Well so have we. Leisure can be anything from relaxing in the hot tub after a long day’s work or taking a boat out to the local lake. When it comes to relaxing in style with high-end leisure equipment, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. We thought we’d give a quick breakdown of nine different leisure products and their true cost to help you make the right decision when it comes to how to spend your leisure money.

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When it comes to the five year cost of owning leisure products, an RV is easily the most expensive. If your family takes a lot of trips and enjoys camping, RV’s can be a great option, but make sure you’re aware of the end cost before you invest. If you’re looking for something that will get your family outdoors that won’t cost a fortune in the long run, ATV’s are a great option. They can be a fun addition for when your family is camping or up at the family cabin. Over a five year period, they will only cost you around $15,000 on average, as compared to $146,000 for an RV. Go ahead and sleep in a tent when your family is camping to save money instead of using an RV.

On the other hand, hot tubs provide the lowest cost of ownership over a 5 year period. Because there is little upkeep cost for hot tubs, they are a great investment for families who are looking for a leisure product the whole family can enjoy at home together for years to come. Pools are a great investment for families who can afford them, as they provide lasting fun for every member of the family and can host a large amount of people. But if pools prove to be too expensive, hot tubs are a great alternative that can still involve the whole family and be the center of fun at any party or get together.

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Leisure Products: The True Cost of Ownership

Making Memories: Tips for Keeping Family Time a Priority

Making Memories Tips for Keeping Family Time a PrioritySpending time with family is one of the most important parts of life, but can easily be neglected with busy schedules, and an overload of responsibilities. By establishing a few habits through simple steps you can begin to bond with each family member now and create stronger long-term relationships.

Plan Fun Activities

Although the living room is often the most common place for the family to congregate, it can often make for too much routine and repetitive time spent together, for a family that needs some variety. Try to plan a few fun nights each month for the family to go out, whether to a favorite restaurant, or to the local fair. By having fun together, it will be easier to bond and you will form true friendships within the family unit. Have each family member take a turn to plan the family activity each week and opt for activities that include going out for ice cream, spending time riding bikes, or enjoying time together in hot tubs, all activities that are low-stress and involve minimal planning and cost.

Forget About The Chores

According to The Quarterly Journal of Economics, having more time for leisure activities has risen since 1965 from four to eight hours a week, due to less time spent cooking and cleaning. By hiring a professional cleaning service once or twice a month, and cooking more simple and convenient meals, it will provide less stress when it comes to approaching family time for peace of mind.

Make Family Vacations a Tradition

Make it a rule to take a family trip together each year, which will make for valuable memories and intentional time where the family spends several days exploring a new place without interruption. Plan the vacation each year, and vote on what destination will be visited, along with the planned activities on the excursion. For kids, a trip to Disneyland or Disney World is appropriate, along with camping in Yosemite, taking a cruise to the Bahamas, or experiencing the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It will require time spent together planning the trip, and will help each family member to truly value and appreciate the tradition.

Eat Dinner Together

Make it a habit to always sit down for dinner together, whether over pizza, or a four-course meal. Schedule dinner for the same time every night, and ask each child to help with the cooking or setting of the table. It will provide a good amount of time each day of the week to practice communication and continue to get to know one another.

Physics Defied

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This was just too delightful not to share with the world. This rather large man somehow fits through the tube. The more I watch, the less I know about how he made this happen.

Lot’s of Crisco rubbed all over his body? Camera trick? Stretchy inner tube?

You decide. Click on the image to view.