Articles by " Kacy"
20 Apr
2016

420 dude

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."

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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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