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Five Christmas Games you HAVE to try!

In all the Christmas mahem it’s easy to forget to plan stuff to do to keep all the family entertained (especially when it’s day 4 and Uncle Geoff’s outstayed his welcome and the kids are beginning to get a bit annoying.)

 

So we’ve come up with a few alternative games, for when the sixth game of Monopoly is just one too many…

 

Candy Canes

Remember the good old days when Bowie was rocking and Bob Dylan was rolling? Well, if so you’ll have tried part of this game before. Take a Candy cane, perch it on your nose and see who can hold it the longest!

 

 

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Christmas A-Z

Note the alphabet from A to Z down a sheet of paper. Ask everyone to fill in each letter with a Christmas themed word! Quickest to finish wins! Simple, but cheap and effective.

(You could maybe do with having a judge in case dad tries to cheat.)

 

 

Guess the Gift

Tell all your guests to bring a gift they would like to receive. Ideally keep the cost under a tenner. When everyone’s there, place the presents into a bag, mix them up and open them one by one. Now, let everyone guess who brought which gift.

 

 

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Dunk the Bells

Don’t be surprised if this energetic holiday game vaguely reminds you of your teenage years. To play Jingle Bell Toss, you simply throw tiny jingle bells (or sweets) into your opponent’s plastic cups. You could even decorate the cups with marker pens and cotton wool to make your own mini Santa cups!

If you’re all adults, why not add a splash of eggnog…to add to the entertainment if nothing else.

 

 

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Get Three in a Row

Those old wine corks can get the Frozen makeover for this wintry version of three in a row. The secret Frozen fan in all of us can enjoy this guilty pleasure!

 

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The Simple Recipe For A Sizzling Summer Barbeque…

Joe’s back again with the BBQ tips!

 

We’re all about the fun in the sun and it would be a crime not to take advantage of this wonderful weather we’ve had of late! So we’ve put together the music, the food and the gear to get this barbie started!

 

Joe’s Perfect Playlist

Summertime – Will Smith & Jazzy Jeff,
Sweet Like Cola – Lou Bega
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People,
You Get What You Give – New Radicals
Sing – Travis
Air Balloon – Lilly Allen
Start – The Jam
Golden Brown – The Stranglers
Two Fingers – Jake Bugg
Living For The Weekend – Hard-Fi

 

Which songs would you add to our playlist?

 

 

What To Wear

 

Fellas…here’s our perfect barbie look.

 

The Laid Back Corded Trilby £11.95 (was £19.95) is perfect for the summer sunshine! Whilst the pattern on the All Over Me tee £7.95 (was £16.95) is inspired by some of our favourite pin-ups of all time!

 

Combine these with the Crazy Cargo Shorts £29.95 (was £49.95) and you’ll have as many pockets as you need to keep the tinnies, tongs and anything else you may need in!

 

Finish off the look with these timeless Enjoy The Ride blue suede shoes £19.95 (were £29.95). You’re already onto a winner!

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Don’t worry ladies, we’ve got you covered too!

 

Smoulder in our Sexy Senorita Dress, compete with a flattering pleated waist and floral pattern that will wow all your guests! You’ll be surprised yourself, with the dress coming in at £21.95 (was £44.95).

 

Team it with the Laid Back Wedges, which will suit almost any outfit! Bargain buy at just £21.95, down from £34.95!

 

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Joe’s Potential Party Games

Lawn Twister – Twister…but on your lawn!

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Beer Pong – A classic for all to enjoy – take your drink of your choice and throw your way to glory!

 

 

Catch the balloon – Spread out in a circle, and throw a water balloon around the group, if it bursts on you, you lose! (At least you’ll still be cool!)

 

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Food – Perfect Peppers

Ingredients

4 peppers halved lengthways through the stalk and deseeded

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced

2 tbsp black olive, chopped

1 tbsp chopped oregano

2 garlic clove, crushed

Recipe Sweet peppers

 

Instructions

 

Heat the barbecue to hot. Rub the outside of the peppers all over with the olive oil.

 

Stuff the peppers with the mozzarella, olives, oregano and garlic, and drizzle with a touch more olive oil, if you like.

 

Wack on the barbecue, stuffed-side up for 12-15 mins until the pepper is nicely charred

 

Joe’s Top Tip – If you want that extra BBQ taste cover the pepper’s with a roasting tin!

 

 

Cheers!

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Joe’s Chocolate Cherry Treat

Hey there folks!

 

Here at Joe Browns we’re all about tempting treats and cool concoctions. That’s why this week we’re bringing you our latest foodie find. Chocolate Cherry Flapjack.

 

They’re perfect to share with your family, co-workers, your kids…or even keep them as your own little secret.

 

Big thanks to Chris Mosler from Thinly Spread for sharing his recipe!

Chocolate Cherry FlapJack

Ingredients

180 grams of butter

180 grams of soft brown sugar

4 tablespoons of Golden Syrup

375 grams of porridge oats

2 handfuls of bran flakes

2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

75 grams of dried cherries

50 grams of 70% dark chocolate

16 fresh cherries

Baking tin and parchment

 

Instructions

 

Preheat your oven to 170C/325F/Gas Mark 3.

 

Grease and line your baking tin.

 

Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar together in a large saucepan.

 

Mix together the oats, cocoa and bran flakes and add to the pan.

 

Stir well to combine thoroughly.

 

Add the dried cherries and stir again so that they are evenly distributed. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes until the flapjack is brown.

 

Leave to cool in the tin for ten minutes, cut the flapjack into as many squares as you want and leave to cool completely in the tin.

 

Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl standing over a pan of hot water.Drizzle the top of the cooled flapjack with chocolate and leave to set.

 

Dip the cherries into the remaining chocolate and leave to set on a piece of baking parchment. Top each flapjack with a chocolate cherry!

 

Tuck in and enjoy! Let us know just how much you enjoyed Tuesday’s treat!

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Ridiculously fun outdoor games for any age

If you’re lucky enough to get a.) a sunny day B.) a free afternoon and C.) everyone together then you’d be insane not to embrace it and do something fun!

 

We’ve put together our favourite outdoor games that anyone can enjoy whether you’re 5 or 105. Enjoy…

 

Blanket Run

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Grab a blanket and pull your partner across the finish line as fast as you can. This works well if your partner is under 4ft tall.

 

 

Sponge Launch

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Who doesn’t love playing with a sling shot? It just doesn’t fade with age does it? In this game you fire your wet sponge at your team mates who have to catch it and wring it out. The first team to fill their bucket wins!

 

 

Giant Scrabble

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If you’re not one to be running around getting sweaty, this one’s for you. You just need loads of big bits of paper or cardboard. Write your letters on them and you’re away.

 

 

Cup Races

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Use a load of water guns to propel a cup along a rope track.

 

 

Glow in the dark bowling

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Put glow-sticks in 10 empty water bottles so you can continue the fun into the night.

 

 

Outdoor Pictionary 

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If you haven’t got an easel, you can always use the garden fence to put your paper up against.

 

 

 Fishing for Marbles 

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If you’ve got long toes these could come in handy here! Fill a paddling pool with freezing water and marbles and see who can get the most out in 2 minutes.

 

 

Giant Beer pong

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Like the origional game, but with bins or buckets and a volley ball!

 

 

Lawn Twister 

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Just check with whoever owns the lawn before you spray paint it.

 

 

Water balloon dodge ball 

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Pretty self explanatory really! Just don’t aim for the face.

 

 

Have you got any more we can add to our list?

 

 

 

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The Best Outdoor Activities for this summer!

Over in the states they’re calling June the ‘Great Outdoors Month’. Yeah, we know there’s always a month and a day for literally everything, but we rather liked this one!

 

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So we came up with, what we thought, were the funnest ways to get out and about in what WILL BE the best British summer ever!

 

Which one takes your fancy?

 

 

1.) Caving

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If a claustrophobic journey down the dark gullet of the unfortunately named Giant’s Hole sounds like your cup of tea, then you should check out the Peak District’s Acclimbatize, a caving expedition service run by subterranean enthusiasts Duncan and Daryl.

 

 

2.) Wakeboarding

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It may not have suffered the crippling overexposure of surfing or skateboarding, but wakeboarding (a cross between freestyle snowboarding and waterskiing) is a big deal – popular enough to claim over three million participants globally. There’s places all over the UK to give this a go.

 

 

3.)  Quad biking

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A bike ride may be healthier, a stroll may be more romantic, but nothing matches a quad biking session for sheer adrenaline-fuelled elation. The boisterous four-wheelers can be rented all across the British countryside, but one that is highly recommended is Dulais Valley in Wales.

 

 

4. Rock climbing

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A two-and-a-half-mile stretch of gritstone crags, set amid the rolling hills of the Peak District, Stanage Edge is legendary among the climbing community.

 

 

5.) Horseriding on the beach

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There’s nothing like a ride on horseback along the sands to blow away the cobwebs – and the gorgeous Silecroft Beach, stretching for miles along the edge of the Lake District, is an idyllic spot.

 

6.) Flying and gliding

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Find inspiration for an airborne adventure on the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association’s website.

 

 

7.) Clay shooting

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As opposed to its more bellicose American counterpart, the NRA (National Rifle Association) of the United Kingdom is no more than a motley bunch of benign enthusiasts, whose clay shooting centre at Bisley is steeped in 120 years of sporting history.

 

 

8.) River tubing

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River tubers are strapped into an inflatable seat and must manoeuvre through a series of cascading ‘staircase’ rapids and pools, using only their hands – Go on, dare you!

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Have we forgotten how to be silly?

Have we forgotten how to be silly?

 

Being a grown up can feel so serious at times.

 

We think the world could use a big dose of belly laughs – like the ones you see kids have daily.

 

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So why not amaze yourself this week and just act silly.  Leap into life with a let’s-be-goofy-and-ridiculous kind of swagger.

 

Here’s some tips to help remember how and put a little silly back into your life…

 

  • Spontaneously break out into song/dance
  • Try out a new walk
  • Paint your face for no reason
  • Make a stupidly extravagant breakfast
  • Skip instead of walk
  • Start a food fight
  • Conduct a messy experiment
  • Embrace fancy dress – the more homemade the better
  • Have a lip-sink battle
  • Do Mr napkin head! (picture above)
  • Make something out of Lego
  • Roll down a hill
  • Blow on someone’s belly
  • Climb a tree
  • Jump in a massive puddle
  • Build a fort
  • Give someone a piggyback
  • Laugh hysterically until it hurts

 

Just be silly.

 

 

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Pain vs Pleasure

OK, by no means are we even remotely qualified in personal training/nutrition or what you should or shouldn’t be doing in relation to your health. So please don’t take this literally!

 

We just know that after a long day of making cool clothes, we like to unwind with a drink and if you’re on a health kick this Jan – this will either put you off ever drinking again OR help justify that glass of wine you just can’t live without.

 

We’re most definitely not recommending you do a shot at your desk every half an hour – what an office that would be!

 

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We’re intrigued – does this make you want to work out then drink, not drink at all or just kick back with a drink and not give a damn?

 

 

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10 fun ways to get fit

10 fun ways to get fit that don’t involve going to the gym

After binging on all the good stuff over Christmas, loads of us are now struggling to get into our awesome Joe Browns clobber.

 

But if you don’t fancy elbowing your way through the crowded gym to get on the treadmill, we’ve come up with a few fun alternatives…

 

 

Hula hooping

Great things about this:

1) You can pick one up from the pound shop.

2) You can do it in the privacy of your own home and

3) Would you believe you can burn 600 calories an hour!

OK, no one could probably hula hoop that long, but you can combine it with other stuff and whack the music right up to get you going.

 

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Skating

Something we all loved doing as kids, despite falling flat on our faces. Re-kindle the love – it’s apparently good for your heart, strengthening your muscles and if you’re doing it with friends – crying with laughter.

 

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Frisbee

All you need is a Frisbee, park and either a friend or dog. All the throwing, catching and running could burn 100 calories in half an hour. Or if you’re taking it as seriously as this guy – loads more!

 

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Cycle karaoke

Love singing? Rubbish at it? Even better. The more out of breath and out of tune you are – the harder you’re working. Just take your bike out with friends or family and start singing at the top of your lungs. Everyone you pass will think you’re mental, but you’ll make them smile.

 

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Turn chores into a workout

Kill two birds with one stone. Okay you’re going to have to be really positive to see this as ‘fun’ but crank the music right up and get dancing and scrubbing and you’re on your way!

 

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Belly dancing

Just have a laugh with it and you’ll be burning belly fat and strengthening your abs at the same time. Win, win.

 

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Backwards running

Apparently this is a thing in Japan and it is exactly what it sounds like. One major benefit is that you can do it even if you’re injured, so you don’t have to wait for your ankle sprain to heal – well, kind of. You also burn loads more calories compared to running like a normal person. It’s completely crazy – therefore we love it.

 

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Take a walking tour of your city

Walking’s one of the easiest ways to keep in shape. We all do tours when we’re on our hols – so you know all about that random little village in Spain’s history, but there’s probably loads of stuff on your doorstep you didn’t even know about, so explore!

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Take a hike

Take the walking up a gear. Lace up your walking boots, grab some friends and get out there!

 

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Offer your services

Volunteering for a community-service project, like cleaning up a park is an amazing way to help other people out that live near you and you can get a right sweat on in the process.

 

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Have you got any you could add to our list?

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Fun Time Friday!

It’s a Friday afternoon at Joe Browns HQ and there’s 8 doughnuts lying around. So obviously, the most logical thing to do is to tie them all to a long piece of string, dangle it in the air and get 8 members of staff to race how quickly they can eat them!

 

Well done Leigh (the blonde pulling the epic face in the bottom left pic) who was our champion after some questionable shoving tactics.

 

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Amusement Parks From Around The World

We’re all familiar with a good-old traditional fun fair, so we thought we’d try and find some a little different from the typical family day out. Check out these three unusual amusement parks from around the world…

 

1. Thrill Rides at The Stratosphere – Las Vegas, USA

 

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At first glance the activities at this Vegas attraction might appear like pretty standard rides – that’s before you realise that they are positioned at the top of The Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observational tower in the USA. The tower boasts all three of the highest thrill rides in the world, hanging you over the edge at 866ft, spinning you 900ft above the ground and shooting you over 1,000ft into the air! And as if that wasn’t enough, they also offer a scream-inducing leap off the tower from 829ft – good god.

 

2. Love Land – Jeju Island, South Korea

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After the end of the Korean War, Jeju Island became an incredibly popular destination for young Korean honeymooners with one of the most popular attractions on the Island being Love Land – Korea’s erotic amusement park! Many of these young couples were in arranged marriages, with little or no knowledge about ‘intimate relations’ and the park became something of a sex education tool. Featuring over 140 erotic statues and running sex-ed films, this is one theme park where you quite literally get a bang for your buck! (sorry we couldn’t resist!)

 

3. Wunderland Kalkar – Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

 

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In 1973 construction began on a nuclear power plant just outside Dusseldorf, however due to protests it never got finished and following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 was abandoned completely. When in was sold off in 1991 a Dutch entrepreneur saw an opportunity and converted the site into an amusement park! The complex features more than 40 rides including a climbing wall and 190ft high swing ride both built inside the imposing and iconic cooling tower. An area they now call ‘echoland’ – shout in there and it’s obvious why.

 

 

What crazy attractions have you been to?

 

 

 

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