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Where Did The Practice Of New Year's Resolutions Begin?

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

New Years

Celebrating the start of a New Year began some 4,000 years ago with the Babylonians who rang in their new year with a festival in March that spanned 11-days.  Ancient Egyptians celebrated their New Year during the annual rise of the Nile River.  By 46 B.C., Roman emperor Julius Caesar, in honor of the Roman god of beginnings – Janus – moved the start of the New Year to January 1st

The Babylonians are credited with creating the practice of making New Year’s resolutions.  Babylonians reportedly made promises to the gods hoping this would bring them good favor in the year to come. 

As Roman history unfolded, the switch from celebrating the New Year during March – which is associated with Mars, the god of war, to celebrating in January – which is associated with Janus, a god of home and hearth, seems to follow the Roman society’s progression as they gradually shifted away from a more warlike society.  In Rome, the first half of New Year’s Day would have been filled with public ceremonies, oath-taking by government officials and temple sacrifices while the second half of the day was filled with social activities.  Romans would bring each other gifts for a “sweet new year” like honey, pears or other sweets.

Today, one in three people will make a New Year’s resolution.  Below is a list of the top 10 resolutions made for 2015.

Top 10 New Years Resolutions in 2015

1-    Lose Weight

2-    Get Organized

3-    Spend Less & Save More

4-    Enjoy Life To The Fullest

5-    Stay Fit & Healthy

6-    Learn Something New

7-    Quit Smoking

8-    Help Others

9-    Fall In Love

10-Spend More Time With Family

Are you among those looking to press a reset button in one of the above areas?  If so, we toast to your success & would like to edit the above list in a light-hearted way to the following:

Top 10 New Years Resolutions Poolside

1-    Lose Weight – swimming can burn 600 calories an hour!

2-    Get Organized – everything in its place inside & outside the house.

3-    Spend Less & Save More – pool owners can make upgrades with new technology that offers big savings.

4-    Enjoy Life To The Fullest – life by the pool – enough said!

5-    Stay Fit & Healthy – an active lifestyle in & around the pool.

6-    Learn Something New – build an outdoor kitchen & master those new cooking skills!

7-    Quit Smoking – do it!

8-    Help Others – teach a child to swim or donate to an organization that does.

9-    Fall In Love – romantic dinners poolside (use those new skills from #6).

10-Spend More Time With Family – again, life by the pool with the ones you love!

So here’s to all of us who are making New Year’s resolutions this year and our sincere best wishes to all for a happy & healthy New Year from your friends at the Master Pools Guild.

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Food For Thought...And Weekends Spent Living Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 22, 2015

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Many of us are busy planning for a holiday weekend and excited at the thought of possibly having an extra day to spend poolside.  Here are a few ideas that may help you simplify your planning while still adding a splash of holiday feel to your weekend: 


Keeping It Simple

Grilling or a BBQ by the pool has become more than a summer/holiday tradition, for many of us, it is a way of life.   Hamburgers (beef, turkey or veggie) and hotdogs with the fixings are a simple, fast & easy way to feed family & friends.  Gather & prepare fixings in advance (slice tomatoes, onions, lettuce) and store in plastic containers.  Tackling this task in advance will have your fixings ready to go and keep you enjoying the fun.  Plastic cups in holiday colors are an easy and inexpensive way to add a festive splash of color. 

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Ice cream Sundaes make the perfect desert, again, plan ahead and have your toppings ready to go - letting guests create their own masterpiece.  

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Have a little fun with this and include red &/or blue berries and sprinkles and of course, no sundae is complete without chocolate syrup! 

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Layers of Fun  Kids of all ages can have fun making layered iced beverages.   The process is simple, just remember that the liquid with the highest sugar content goes on the bottom.  Follow the directions below and make sure to chill the beverages you will be using in advance!


Red White & Blue Beverages 

POUR EACH LAYER IN SLOWLY 

Step by Step

  1. Refrigerate the drinks before starting so the ice doesn’t melt as you pour.

  2. Fill glass with ice to the top.

  3. Pour the highest sugar content drink first (FYI, this is also the heaviest)

  4. Carefully pour the next highest sugar content drink. You can pour it into the ice or along the side of the glass to reduce splashing/mixing.

  5. Pour the lightest or lowest sugar content drink on top.

  6. Enjoy! 

Red = Cran-Apple juice = 40 grams of sugar this goes in first

White = Pina Colada SoBe  = 25 grams of sugar this goes second

Blue = Cool Blue Gatorade = 21 grams of sugar this goes in third

A little planning & you can keep your weekend festive but fun for everyone!   Here’s to a many weekends spent #LivingPoolside!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poolside Brunch: Fabulous French Toast Souffle'

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 09, 2014

Whether you are celebrating Mother's Day, a birthday or any other special event, this recipe for Fabulous French Toast Souffle will quickly become a favorite.  Prepare this souffle the day before & then sit back & enjoy!

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Fabulous French Toast Souffle'

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups (1-inch cubes) firm white bread (approx.16 slices)
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 (8-ounce) block reduced-fat-cream cheese, softened
  • 8 large eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% milk 
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half 
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Coat 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place bread cubes in baking dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese at medium speed of mixer until smooth.
  4. Next add eggs to the bowl, 1 at a time, mix well after each addition.
  5. Now add the milk, half-and-half, vanilla and the 1/2 cup maple syrup, and mix until smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture over top of bread and cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°.
  8. Remove casserole from refrigerator; let stand for 30 minutes.
  9. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until set.
  10. Sprinke with powdered sugar & serve with maple syrup - ENJOY!

 

 

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Kids Summer Fun Series Week 2: Fourth of July Poolside

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Jul 03, 2013

The Master Pools Guild Living Poolside’s Kids Summer Fun Series! Where we share a fun activity & a great poolside snack each week.

Summer Fun Week # 2 Celebrating Independence Day

Even if you don’t reside in the USA, you can have a splashing good time with this set of games & poolside fun.

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Games:

Crossing the Potomac Race:

Putting a new spin on a pool time favorite – the raft race, Crossing the Potomac can be performed solo or by teams.  Each team needs a raft.  Teams begin at one end of the pool & race to the other end.  One team member pushes the raft while the remainder of the team members are on the raft either laying across or sitting..  Team members on the raft can help push along or not.  Make your own rules & change this up.  For example, let the raft riders only use their legs to help.

Cannon Ball Splash Contest:

Nothing brings everyone together more than a cannon ball contest.  Get your contestants, find a prize for the winner & have the audience judge by applause. ALWAYS exercise caution when jumping off the side of a pool. 

Cannon Ball Run Relay Race:

Divide into teams.  Each team needs a beach ball which will be the cannon ball.  The object of the game is for each swimmer to move the cannon ball from one end of the pool to the other but only using their nose! Another great race for a relay!

Star Spangled Splash Dance:

Divide into teams (or individuals can complete).  Have teams choreograph an Independence Day themed water ballet (use pool noodles/floats etc. for props).  Then invite family, friends & neighbors to watch the premiere.  Great to have in the evening with pool lights adding that dramatic flair to the presentation.  Have multiple “awards” so each team is a winner (i.e most original, most patriotic, most “red,white & blue”).

Star Spangle the Food & Beverages:

Cup Station:

Avoid the mix up of cups (which typically happens at parties) by providing guests with a cup station.  Set up a table that has plastic cups (solid color), markers, in black, blue, silver & star stickers in patriotic colors & have everyone decorate & place their names on their cups.  The kids can help decorate cups for their parents too.  This not only avoids cup confusion but will also help reduce the overall number of cups you use.

Frozen Stars:

We loved the star shaped ice cube trays we found (at Wal-Mart for .98 Cents!)

We used them to make red, star shaped ice cubes (we used Crystal Light

Pomegranate Sugar Free) which will be kid fun & friendly served poolside in lemonade.

Fruity Stars:

Next, grab a star shaped cookie cutter (or hand it off to a kid helper) & dive into the watermelon.

Add blueberries & a few strawberries for a super star fruit salad! Another possibility would be to skewer the fruit & put those star shapes on the top of the skewer.

Whatever you do to celebrate, here’s to celebrating your holiday & Living Poolside!

 

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