Articles by " Kacy"
20 Apr
2016

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Hap­py 420 dudes!!  Today ston­ers across the Unit­ed States will unite by fir­ing up a joint in sup­port for mar­i­jua­na.  Flocks will gath­er at large meet ups in cities where mar­i­jua­na is legal­ized.  Med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­jua­na stores will sell out of their spe­cial baked goods.  Fast food loca­tions will be crowd­ed with hun­gry, enthu­si­as­tic cit­i­zens.  Cel­e­bra­tion for this crop will be seen every­where!

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Let’s take a peek about the orig­in of 4/20.  Dur­ing the 1970s, a group of young-ins in Cal­i­for­ni­awant­ed to estab­lish a way to score cannabis crops.  This group, also known as the Wal­dos, meet at 4:20PM in front of the Louis Pas­teur stat­ue to dis­cuss the where­abouts of this rumored aban­doned crop.  After many failed attempts to find the crop, 4:20 stuck as a code word for mar­i­jua­na.  The spread of the code word has been attrib­ut­ed to Dead­heads that attend­ed neigh­bor­ing schools.

Nowa­days, more and more peo­ple are embrac­ing the mar­i­jua­na cul­ture.  In Col­orado, the mar­i­jua­na mar­ket gen­er­at­ed over $63 mil­lion in tax rev­enue with an addi­tion­al $13 mil­lion in licens­es and fees.  As states con­tin­ue to fight for mar­i­jua­na legal­iza­tion, the future is look­ing green.

Inter­est­ing­ly enough, the traf­fic sign “420” is rou­tine­ly stolen across the Unit­ed States.  The Col­orado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion was so fed up with the thiev­ery that they replaced the sign with one read­ing “419.99.”  You will find this trend in oth­er states too!

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27 Mar
2016

Happy Easter!

 

 

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East­er serves as an amaz­ing time to reunite with your dys­func­tion­al fam­i­ly over choco­late, bun­nies, and eggs.  May­be you will spend your Sun­day knock­ing down mimosas at a local brunch or hunt­ing eggs in your back­yard.  I per­son­al­ly will be spend­ing East­er tak­ing bun­ny themed Insta­gram pics while I eat my dai­ly calo­rie intake worth of choco­late. Either way, please enjoy the qual­i­ty fam­i­ly time.  We hope you have a won­der­ful hol­i­day with your loved ones. Attachment-1

In hon­or of the hol­i­day, we will be clos­ing our doors today.   Stop by tomor­row if you missed the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase a card for a friend or fam­i­ly mem­ber.  We will have a wide selec­tion of cards still avail­able for a short time frame.  Belat­ed East­er wish­es are always nice :)

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Plus you could always blame the mail car­ri­er for the late card.

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25 Mar
2016

Easter Bunny Edition

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At Kards Unlim­it­ed, we are obsessed with bun­ny mer­chan­dise espe­cial­ly around East­er time.  We seize any oppor­tu­ni­ty to fea­ture rab­bits in our mer­chan­dise because, well, BUNNIES ARE ADORABLE!!

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This bun­ny is clap­ping because he is excit­ed for East­er!

In the Unit­ed States, rab­bits are heav­i­ly asso­ci­at­ed with East­er.  Some sources believe this tra­di­tion came from Ger­man immi­grants that set­tled down in Penn­syl­va­nia (hey, that’s us!).  Regard­less, bun­nies deserve the recog­ni­tion!

This East­er incor­po­rate your gifts with bun­ny themed prod­ucts.  Con­sid­er buy­ing books relat­ed to rab­bits.  We have a large selec­tion of chil­dren books rang­ing from adven­ture to spooky hor­ror nov­els.  Remem­ber to grab some stick­ers for the young ones as an activ­i­ty for East­er Sun­day.  They will be dis­tract­ed play­ing while you can take a few moments to rest!

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If you are feel­ing more gra­cious, pur­chase our stuffed ani­mal rab­bits.  Our stuffed ani­mals are cud­dly and soft.  So, it’s just like the real thing minus all of the mess!

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Plus, we even have an unof­fi­cial bun­ny mas­cot at Kards Unlim­it­ed…

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Meet Nymeria!!  She’s a one year old rab­bit who loves to hop and bink.  Her favorite foods are car­rots, kale, and straw­ber­ries.

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20 Mar
2016

Cooking with Kards: Pi Edition

On Pi Day (March 14th), I decid­ed to make an amaz­ing pie as trib­ute to Pi Day.  Well, I cer­tain­ly ran into some prob­lems but the fin­ished pro­duct was deli­cious and sub­tle.  My room­mates and I have a blast get­ting the left­overs for the rest of the week.  I hard­core cheat­ed on my diet and prob­a­bly gained a pound.  Nev­er­the­less, this week Bak­ing with Kards edi­tion was a blast!
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I decid­ed to use a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Com­fort Food: The Ulti­mate Week­end Cook­book.  Com­fort food is lit­er­al­ly my favorite type of food so my soul was instant­ly drawn to the recipe.  The entire recipe book is user friend­ly with help­ful hints and advice.  As I skimmed through the book, I found myself almost sali­vat­ing over the­se cre­ations.   I found myself in the dessert por­tion and fell in love with the apple pie recipe.  I decid­ed I would cel­e­brate Pi day with a sim­ple home­made apple pie.

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But trou­ble ensued.  I did not have a cir­cu­lar pie pan so I had to use a square pie pan (oops).  Also, my pie fill­ing did not look as scrump­tious and creamy as the pic­ture.  Plus, I acci­den­tal­ly burned it on the sides. Regard­less of the tiny mis­takes, it was deli­cious and I had a fab­u­lous time mak­ing it.  Dur­ing the time I made the pie, I watched videos about the his­to­ry of pi and learned a ton!!

Amazing Apple Pie

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Ingredients:

Pie Pas­try: 

  • 1 cup + 1 table­spoon of cold unsalt­ed but­ter
  • 2 1/2 cups of all-pur­pose flour
  • 1 table­spoon sug­ar

Fill­ing: 

  • 4 1/2 lbs apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup unsalt­ed but­ter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sug­ar
  • 1 good pinch of cin­na­mon (I added a ton because I love cin­na­mon fla­vor)

Top­ping: 

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 table­spoons demer­ara sug­ar (I used reg­u­lar sug­ar)

Directions:

Chop but­ter into 1/2 table­spoons and then place in the freez­er.  Put all ingre­di­ents in a food proces­sor and pulse until tex­ture is a lit­tle chunky. Pour 2/3 cups of cold ice water and mix until it forms a rough dough.  Use your hands to bring the dough into two flat  equal rounds and place rounds into the freez­er for at least an hour.

Peel, cut, and core the apples. Squeeze lemon juice over the apples to pre­vent them from brown­ing.  Melt but­ter and pow­dered sug­ar in a saucepan over heat.  Let sim­mer for five min­utes and add apples.  Cook for around 10 min­utes. After 10 min­utes, remove mix­ture from heat.  Let cool com­plete­ly.

Pre­heat the oven at 375 degrees Fahren­heit.  On a flour-dust­ed sur­face, roll dough out with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick.  Unroll the dough onto a pie pan prefer­ably. Put the fill­ing into the pie pan.  Whisk the egg and brush along the sides of pie pas­try.  Roll the remain­ing pie dough and place it on top of pan cov­er­ing fill­ing.  Trim off excess pie and use fork to indent the sides.  Make an egg­wash and brush it on top of pie.  Sprin­kle sug­ar on top of pie.  Cut cross in the mid­dle then bake for 50 min­utes to an hour.  Serve with amaz­ing ice cream.

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20 Mar
2016

Hype for the Penguins!

This Sun­day the Pen­guins plays the Cap­i­tals in an epic jour­ney to the Stan­ley Cup.  This match will marked the last time the two teams will play each oth­er in the sea­son.  So far the Cap­i­tals have beat­en the Pen­guins this sea­son but may­be it will change tomor­row.  This may not be an impor­tant game but it will be enter­tain­ing.  Get ready for fights, dra­ma, and twists.

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This clas­sic rival­ry dates back to the 80s but recent­ly heat­ed up with the bat­tle between hock­ey super­stars Alex Ovechk­in and Sid­ney Cros­by (oh, I mean Crys­by).  It all start­ed in 1991 where they met in play­offs for the very first time.  The Pen­guins beat the Cap­i­tals in five games to move onto win­ning the Stan­ley Cup.  Every since the play­off face-off, the Caps and Pens have been far from friends. 

The Pen­guins are pick­ing up some wins in the past week and this week­end is a big one.  First they play their arch neme­sis the Philadel­phia Fly­ers dur­ing an after­noon game on Sat­ur­day and then they head home to face off the Caps. 

With the Capital’s win again­st Car­oli­na, the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals have offi­cial­ly clinched a spot in the play­offs.  Stand­ing as the num­ber one team in the league, the Caps are bring­ing some heat to Pitts­burgh this Sun­day.  As a diehard Cap­i­tals raised in Mary­land, I am rout­ing for anoth­er W in Pitts­burgh.  

With play­off sea­son insight, come to Kards Unlim­it­ed to snag gifts sup­port­ing the worst team in the NHL.  We have every­thing from shot­glass to excel­lent t-shirts fea­tur­ing mem­bers of a pee­wee hock­ey team.  We have SO much to chose from we decid­ed to com­pile a list for you! 

Top Gifts for a Pen­guins Fan

Pen­guin Play­er T-shirts — Rep your favorite team by wear­ing a shirt with the best play­ers fea­tured on it.  You have the choic­es of Malk­in or Cros­by.  Both play­ers have earned the rep­u­ta­tion of being one of the best play­ers in the NHL.  Triv­ia fact: Geno made his inter­na­tion­al debut for Rus­sia at the 2003 U-18 World Cham­pi­onships.  He skat­ed on the top line alongside Alex Ovechk­in.

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Cheers to Pitts­burgh! — Are you a beer drinker?  Love tak­ing shots?  Or may­be you just appre­ci­ate a nice tall glass of orange juice?  You can drink in style with the­se Pen­guin brand­ed bev­er­age con­tain­ers.  Be the hero IMG_8980of your par­ty by pur­chas­ing a Pen­guins inspired bot­tle open­er.

Li’l Pen­guin Fan-  Start the hock­ey obses­sion ear­lier in the next gen­er­a­tion with the­se adorable bibs.  The­se bibs will pre­vent mess­es in the morn­ing and you can qui­et­ly sip your cof­fee out of your Pen­guins mug.  What a per­fect start to a game day! IMG_8986

For the true yinz­ers– Rock this fan­tas­tic bracelet made straight from a hock­ey puck.  Every per­son who sees you wear­ing this gem will be envi­ous.  Remem­ber to keep up the Pitts­burgh spir­it with the­se magnets/stickers.  Yinz­ers will love it, oth­ers might not get it.  But that’s the fun!

IMG_8989Pitts­burgh Spir­it– Dress up your refrig­er­a­tor with mag­nets.  Bring the­se play­ing cards next time to pok­er night.  Your hock­ey bud­dies will adore the­se out­ra­geous­ly illus­trat­ed cards

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18 Mar
2016

Little Prince the Movie: NOT ACTUALLY HAPPENING??? Yet??

UPDATE: Net­flix picked up the film.  HAIL TO NETFLIX

I wait­ed and wait­ed for the release of favorite child­hood book for ages.  I fol­lowed every update for this movie since it was first sug­gest­ed.  I fol­lowed the cast­ing process and even re-read the book twice in prepa­ra­tion (once in French).  I read the reviews and became more excit­ed to see the pos­i­tive feed­back. I watched the trail­er numer­ous times in antic­i­pa­tion for Jamie Caliri’s exquis­ite work in stop-motion ani­ma­tion.

Then, March 14th rolled around and…
IT’S POSTPONED?!?!
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While we con­tin­ue to antic­i­pate, re-read the clas­sic and it’s com­pan­ion.

My child­hood dreams were crushed.  Lit­tle Prince fans, we must now wait until lat­er this year until it hits your local the­aters. Para­mount Pic­tures decid­ed they will not han­dle the U.S. release of the film so they are wait­ing on anoth­er dis­trib­u­tor.  With a dis­ap­point­ing release of “Anom­al­isa,” Para­mount decid­ed not to risk the stakes going again­st Disney’s dom­i­nat­ing block­buster “Zootopia”. Espe­cial­ly after Dis­ney just took home an Oscar for the bril­liant “Inside Out.”

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Intro­duce the next gen­er­a­tion to the French mas­ter­piece by gift­ing an adorable one­sie along with some bath sup­plies!

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May­be it’s time to make a trip to Canada?  The Lit­tle Prince will open in a wide release this week­end.  Remem­ber to bring your favorite store some maple syrup and donuts :)
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14 Mar
2016

To mathematics and delicious pies!

To all my fel­low nerds out there, Hap­py Pi Day!!

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Today marks the cel­e­bra­tion of pi (3.141592653)!  Yay, pi!!!  Some peo­ple might be ask­ing why pi has its own hol­i­day?  Well, pie appears in math­e­mat­i­cal for­mu­las all over the place.  You can find it woven into the fab­ric of the Uni­verse or in the shape of an actu­al pie. One physi­cist decid­ed that its so spe­cial it deserves its own hol­i­day and we agree!!

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Our famous sci­en­tists fin­ger pup­pets-many of the research con­duct­ed by this crew would not have been pos­si­ble with­out Pi.

Pi Day serves as an awe­some day to make numer­ous math and food relat­ed puns!  Impress your friends by try­ing to say as many puns as pos­si­ble or show off your math knowl­edge by recit­ing the num­ber of dig­its of Pi you know.

Pi Day Fun Fact:  Pi Day offi­cial­ly starts at 1:59 PM on March 14th.  The com­bined date and time results in 3.14159.

March 14th is known as the birth­day of Albert Ein­stein (physics god).  Ein­stein is known for his influ­en­tial work on rel­a­tiv­i­ty and his famous equa­tion, E=mc2. In 1921, Ein­stein was award­ed the Nobel Prize in physics in recog­ni­tion for his work in the sci­ences.  Ein­stein was a pas­sion­ate music lover and once said “If I were not a physi­cist, I would prob­a­bly be a musi­cian.  I often think in music.”

PI Day


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Cel­e­brate Einstein’s birth­day by pur­chas­ing our col­lec­tion of Ein­stein mer­chan­dise.  Try pur­chas­ing our Ein­stein inspired mug so you can pon­der physics every morn­ing.  Then pur­chase our pun­ny mints to fresh­en your breath in a nerdy way!

Math not your thing?  No wor­ries!  Cel­e­brate Pi Day by cre­at­ing a scrump­tious pie treat?   While mak­ing the pie, pay close atten­tion to the geom­e­try of the dessert. At Kards Unlim­it­ed, we sell a vari­ety of cook­books with fan­tas­tic pie recipes.  I will be cre­at­ing a pie today and detail­ing my jour­ney in this week’s spe­cial edi­tion of Bak­ing with Kards!  Also, pick up KU’s Pi Day themed card to send to all of your nerdy/pie enthu­si­as­tic friends!

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Math­e­mat­ics is a won­der­ful tool that helps us explore the phys­i­cal world around us.  I invite you to reflect on all objects cir­cu­lar and the num­ber Pi today.  Or you can just send this awe­some Pi Day Pun meme to all of your friends.

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10 Mar
2016

Let it Go, Let it Go

So, yes, it’s been almost two years since Elsa has cap­ti­vat­ed our hearts and our souls. We sang, we cried, and have fal­l­en in love with the cast of Frozen. With the talks of a sequel in the makes, Frozen is still as rel­e­vant as ever.  I bare­ly go a day before see­ing some­one walk­ing down the street rep­ping Frozen mer­chan­dise.  Dis­ney decid­ed to cap­i­tal­ize on this momen­tum by return­ing Frozen to our hearts on ice. Ladies and gen­tle­man, I give you Disney’s Frozen On Ice!
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Now I have heard fan­tas­tic things about the Dis­ney on Ice per­for­mances every year.  The Frozen edi­tion is no dif­fer­ent.  One news­pa­per bold­ly com­pared Elsa to show­shop­per Elvis Pres­ley. That’s a pret­ty Frozen on Ice picbig deal.  Get ready to be daz­zled with an elec­tri­fy­ing show filled with light blue decor and com­pelling vocals.  You will be embrac­ing the win­ter feels by the end of the show.

From March 10–13th, Pitts­burgh will be given a glimpse of the mag­ic!  Come meet Olaf, Elsa, Kristoff, and Anna at the Con­sol Ener­gy Cen­ter.  The peo­ple of Pitts­burgh will have the chance to revis­it the mag­i­cal land of Aren­delle by attend­ing the Frozen Dis­ney on Ice show.  Make sure you snatch your tick­ets before they sell out.  Come to the store for prepa­ra­tion for this mag­nif­i­cent event. We have every­thing from Olaf mugs to Frozen chil­dren books.
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Frozen inspired salt and pep­per shak­ers


How about start the day off on a charm­ing note by pur­chas­ing our Olaf inspired mug?  You’ll be the talk of the office with this mug.  Or spice up a meal with the help of Olaf’s head as a pep­per shak­er?1457464509681 (1)
The fun doesn’t stay lim­it­ed to the adults.  We have a wider selec­tion of mugs fea­tur­ing the Frozen duo.  We car­ry glow tat­toos for the kids, or adults, so every­one can rock the Frozen spir­it.  If tem­po­rary tat­toos aren’t your style, we also car­ry Frozen stick­er books.  Rock Frozen tattoos/stickers at the big event to prove you are a true fan!
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Want to sur­prise your fel­low Frozen fan by gift­ing some­thing even more spe­cial? Our Frozen carousel can serve as a remem­brance of the night you met your Frozen pals. This fan­tas­ti­cal carousel is the per­fect present for any aged fan.  Press the “try me” but­ton to hear Elsa belt out her anthem.  I promise you’ll be
singing “Let it Go” over and over again until you are on the verge of a melt­down.  But, let’s be real, can you ever get sick of that song?  Stay tuned…IMG_9059 (1)
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