pen pal + piggy bank =

piggy bank

the pal bank

Q. what is the point of having a pen pal if you aren’t going to write them letters?
…you want to keep in touch with someone far away 

Q. and what is the point of having a piggy bank if you aren’t going to save money?
…you want to invest or save for something

A. there is no point to having either if you’re not going to commit to sticking stamps and collecting coins. but if you’re a type a (the adventure type) maybe you’re able to think outside the box.
…make a pal bank!

do it yourself- the pal bank

  • widen the coin slot on an old piggy bank or give an old shoe box new purpose. cut it a hole.
  • instead of mailing letters to a faraway friend, deposit something (anything!) in the pal bank everyday.
  • when the bank is full- deposit it:
    -send the bank to your pail in the mail!
    – present the bank to your pal in person when you visit each other next!
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blank canvas final. by- adventureclubviral

 

the adventureclubinteractive blank canvas assignment gave me some unexpected perspective this week. although it seemed a simple assignment- choose a work, start from scratch and work on it everyday- i came to realize that a blank canvas is like a blank mind.

blank can be a beautiful thing: a nothing that turns into a something, the endlessness of possibilities, the spaciousness for retention, the potential for imagination…
blank can also be frustrating: nothing that could be anything, endless choices, decisions without direction, the potential for failure…

for my first blank canvas i wanted to paint. i wanted to commit to working on it for at least half an hour each day. for the first two days i ended up pacing around, poking around for random materials that might (but never did) have anything to do with the project. i didn’t have any goal in mind. not a single idea or vision or thought. and it’s funny the way the mind tends to wander when faced with a deadline or an obligation to work. the only applause i give myself for the first two days was that my intention was there. i wanted to work. i wanted to do something brilliant. but i wanted the idea to just occur to me. i wanted a masterpiece to just arrive. i admit- i wanted to be told how to do it. because then- of course-i would do the specific work required to make a brilliant masterpiece each half hour of each day. this perspective is of the passive. work doesn’t create itself. art doesn’t have instructions.

 

without using a brush, i painted a castle onto canvas with acrylics, cardboard strips and a sharpie pen. it’s not a masterpiece but it was fun and the colors pleased me. the above pictures show my daily progress after the first two days of being passive. and the perspective thereafter was this: just do it.

for my garden project, of hiding the hole under the fence, i was a little more ambitious at the outset. i bravely moved the cinder blocks around and actually threw some soil and sunflower seeds into the holes. my challenge in completing this work was not one of passiveness. instead it was the challenge of the uncontrollable and the external. on day three, the landscapers showed up and did their own work of trimming and pruning all the trees in the yard, making huge piles everywhere in the way of getting anything done. hence the final picture which shows little next to anything of a masterpiece. the perspective is this: even when you take the initiative to do your work, sometimes unexpected things get in the way.

blank canvas assignment

do you believe that inspiration is a fickle being that strikes a lucky few and teases the remainder of the artistic community?  if you’ve been waiting around for this magical creature to visit you, it may be time to alter your approach…

this week, adventureclubinteractive challenges you to to take control of your artistic situation and manage your creative output by sticking to a specific schedule and making a personal commitment to yourself to do your “work” each and every day this week.

what is your work?  you tell us! take this opportunity to brush dust off your canvas and find a clean slate. gather the materials that your work demands. clean paint brushes, untangle yo-yos, unroll yoga mats, suspend slack lines, fire up pottery wheels, hydrate clay, shuffle cards, charge batteries, tune instruments… feel free to write, photograph, dance, video or compose. and if you are already an accomplished writer, photographer, dancer, videographer or composer- perhaps you find the adventure in the work instead– working at something new and different. perhaps you trade composition for prose, kickboxing for kiteboarding, photography for cooking, designing video games for planting garden flowers…

choose your own work. and work everyday.

the keys to this assignment are consistency and progress.  as you’ve most certainly heard before, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  we recommend picking a specific time every day to do your work.  keeping a regular schedule will make it easier to stay on track and stay committed working everyday. maybe you set a timer: 20min-60min. maybe you designate a room with a door to close.

eliminate all distractions.  focus on your work.

schedule

document your progress. take a daily photo of your work and record your feelings and experiences in a journal entry / blog post. we will all be proud of ourselves when this week is over and hopefully these habits will continue on after the assignment expires!

please share your your work in progress via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com

do it yourself- build a board game

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why should you build a board game?

because you can write your own rules!

the following step by step instructions will guide you to building a better board game- classic Battleship becomes a bit more interactive when if turns into Battleshots!

the rules are essentially the same but getting hit has greater (perhaps more glorious) consequences. each hit that your ship takes earns you a sip from the boat. tailor the game to your tastes, your level of enthusiasm, or your tolerance. Battleshots is a great way to sample a variety of beers or different varietals of wine if you have stock on hand. Battleshots may be ultimately punishing- filling the boats with unsavory flavors and concoctions. Battleshots can be fun for all ages- fill the boats with vegetables the kids don’t eat- and let the rules of the game nourish them accordingly!

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materials necessary:

  • 2 peg boards with enough squares to create a desired grid (shown is a 9×9 grid)
  • 2 plain boards the same size as peg boardsImage
  • 2 cork boards of smaller size than plain boards
  • 2 sheets foam paper

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  • paint and paintbrushes (suggested- blue, red, black, gray)

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  • ruler or measuring stick

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  • scissors

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  • permanent markers

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  • wire cutters

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  • hinges with hardware

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  • epoxy glue or other strong adhesive

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  • 100-150 each of 2 colors- push pins

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  • plastic glassware

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  • 2 ice cube trays of 2 colors (cut into boats)

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get started:

  • paint the pegboards. blue is classic- not to mention this board will be water for the boats!
  • measure out a grid for both pegboards and draw in with permanent marker. keep in mind the boats must fit neatly on top of the grid. squares drawn as shown are 2 pegs x 2 pegs.

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  • finalize grids with foam squares labeled A-I and 1-9 (for a 9×9 grid as shown)
  • affix foam squares with epoxy glue or other strong adhesive

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  • draw corresponding grids onto cork boards
  • optional- paint a border around grid

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  • hinge together the 2 plain boards so they support each other back to back and upright
  • affix completed cork boards center to plain boards with epoxy glue.

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  • cut apart the ice cube trays with wire cutters. for a 9×9 grid consider creating: 2 boats of 3 / 1 boat of 4 / 1 boat of 2. remember you will be creating 2 sets of boats in 2 different colors.

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  • set it up. peg board lies flat and hinged plain boards with cork board should rest upright and behind pegboards creating privacy. fill your plastic glassware with your choice of cargo. provide each player with 2 boxes of tacks each (hit tacks / miss tacks)

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play Battleshots!

do it yourself- make shampoo to quench thirsty hair

why make your own shampoo?

it is truly organic-

so much attention is paid to what we ingest into our bodies. so little attention is paid to what we put on our bodies… and the reality is that it matters all the same.

furthermore, we tend to believe quality hair care comes at a price. do you ever compare the labels of mimic drug store brands to their name brand model? chances are the ingredients are mostly the same, if not exactly- masked uninterpretable by confusing chemical compounds or other scientific pseudonyms. consumer shampoos promise to leave hair shiny, stronger and more manageable, and once you find the right one for your hair- they always deliver these satisfactions. unfortunately the chemical ingredients in many shampoos are harmful, from side effects ranging from skin irritation to systemic illness and cancer.

the big hitters are diethanolamine (DEA), momoethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) which are added to shampoos and other personal care products like bubble bath and facial cleansers to create the sensation of a rich foamy lather. they are usually translated on labels as Cocomide DEA or Lauramide DEA. after repeated use, these chemicals are absorbed through the skin where they form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines.  these three are but a sample of many alarming ingredients that penetrate your scalp. don’t take it from us- do your own research. everything we put on our bodies gets absorbed just like everything we put in our bodies!

and cost effective-

the following recipe calls for the finest, basic, purest ingredients. once these ingredients are acquired (with ease- as they are all readily available at health food stores or grocery stores) you will be able to make dozens of batches of shampoo. the ingredients are generic enough for plenty of other purposes in your medicine cabinet or store cleaning supplies.

materials necessary:

  1. empty vessel for shampoo (recycle your old shampoo container!)
  2. strainer, measuring cups and spoons, stir stick, funnel (optional)
  3. 1/2 cup liquid castile soap (of any fragrance)
  4. 1/2 cup 100% aloe vera gel
  5. 1 tsp. avocado oil (or substitute oils of almond, walnut, sunflower, safflower, olive)
  6. 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
  7. 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  8. 1 cup water
  9. essential oils (suggestions- rosemary, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, geranium, rose)
  • remove rosemary leaves from stems and add to 1 cup water.
  • simmer for 30 minutes, covered,  stirring occasionally. do not allow water to boil.
  • this creates a decoction – or – rosemary infused water
  • measure 1/2 cup castile soap and pour into empty vessel.
  • measure 1/2 cup aloe vera gel and add to vessel (funnel may be helpful).
  • stir vigorously.
  • add 10 drops essential oil of your choice.
  • or add 10-20 drops any combination of essential oils.
  • stir while adding oils drop by drop.

  • add 2 tsp. vegetable glycerine.
  • add 1 tsp avocado oil.

  • add  1/2 cup rosemary water once cooled. strain leaves while pouring.

shake well before each use. apply generously. be creative with essential oils. blend to your liking. email adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com to learn more about the purest of essential oils for hair care, other health issues and so much more.

do it yourself- unstick the sticky- make goo gone. organically.

whoever you are, whatever the sticky situation you may be trying to remedy… chances are trademark labels such as Goo Gone and Goof Off are probably under your kitchen sink or in your bathroom cabinet. MSDS regulations require that these products are flagged hazardous on their website for the hazardous materials they contain. did the label make it to the bottle in your home? check it out- or take it from us- no.

adventureclubinteractive as your middleman of information-

Goo Gone may cause:

  • eye irritation
  • when in contact with skin- irritation; prolonged or repeated contact with skin may cause drying or cracking
  • when ingested or inhaled can cause headache, nausea, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, convulsions and loss of consciousness.
  • harm or death if aspirated into lungs.
  • flames- it is extremely flammable

adventureclubinteractive is proud to share the very best organic alternative recipe:

1 part organic, pure pressed coconut oil —-> 10 parts lemon essential oil.

  • coconut oil is solid at room temperature. soften in a double boiler and stir in pure lemon essential oil drop by drop.
  • store in glass container. lemon essential oil- when stored in plastic (even when diluted), for example, it will slowly- then quickly- completely deteriorate the container!
  •  a little goes a long way. apply to absolutely any surface or body area affected by something sticky…

a note on other recommendations…

classic do it yourself recipes typically call for:

2 parts baking soda —> 1 part coconut oil.

  • this works as effectively but not as efficiently. replacing lemon essential oil for baking soda saves a generous amount of coconut oil. try both or a combination of the two.

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