12 Volley-Days of Give-A-Ways

12 Volleydays Song

Sung to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas”.  Check out our music video too!

On the first volley-day, my true love gave to me
A Molten MS500 Volleyball Bee

On the second volley-day, my true love gave to me
Two pairs of Crew Socks (Asics ZK1105 Black)

On the third volley-day, my true love gave to me
Three Braided Headbands

On the fourth volley-day, my true love gave to me
Four Inflatable Beach Volleyballs

On the fifth volley-day, my true love gave to me
Five Volleyball Necklaces

On the sixth volley-day, my true love gave to me
6 Team Bags-for-packing (Asics ZR1125 Black)

On the seventh volley-day, my true love gave to me
7 Whistles-a-blowing (Fox 40 Classic – Color TBD)

On the eighth volley-day, my true love gave to me
8 Bag Tags-a-tagging

On the ninth volley-day, my true love gave to me
9 Volleyball Lanyards (I Love Volleyball Lanyards)

On the tenth volley-day, my true love gave to me
10 Dudes-a-dancing (Volleyball Dude)

On the eleventh volley-day, my true love gave to me
11 Hitters hitting (Volleyball Stick Girl – Hitter)

On the twelfth volley-day, my true love gave to me
12 Hand Sanitizers sanitizing (VB Hand Sanitizers)

Happy Volleydays to all, and to all, a good night!

Tasty Tuesday: More Christmas Cookies (REBLOG)

 

Found another FANTASTIC recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.  Click here or on the picture to go to her blog!!  Great recipe to give as a “thank you” to coaches and team parents to show how much their time and dedication is appreciated.

Yummy!

“Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup (160g)all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (190g) yellow or vanilla boxed cake mix (I typically use vanilla cake mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (180g) chocolate chips (I used a blend of white and semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 cup (80g) sprinkles

Directions:

In a large bowl, sift together flour, cake mix, and baking soda. Set aside.

Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and beat on high until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until just combined. Add the chocolate chips and sprinkles. Mix on low until the add-ins are evenly disbursed.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or up to 3-4 days. This step is mandatory. The dough is fairly sticky, so chilling the dough is required in order to avoid the cookies from spreading too much. If you chill longer than 2 hours, make sure you roll the cookie dough into balls after the 2 hour mark. Place dough balls on a plate, cover tightly, and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake. You may also freeze the balls at this point for up to 3 months. (Then bake as directed adding 1 minute to the bake time without thawing.)

Once dough has been chilled, preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

Scoop rounded balls of the cold dough onto an ungreased baking sheet, use about 1.5 Tablespoons of cookie dough per cookie. Shape your cookie dough balls to be “taller” than they are wide, as pictured above. Press a few chocolate chips into the tops of the cookie dough balls, if desired. That makes a pretty cookie. Make sure to keep dough chilled when working in batches.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Mine took 10 minutes exactly. The centers will still appear very soft, but the cookies will set as they cool. You may also press a few more chips into the tops of the cookies at this point (the chips will melt down and stick from the warm cookies).

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days; baked cookies may be frozen up to 3 months. They won’t last that long!”

Source:

Pinterest and © SALLY’S BAKING ADDICTION.

Tasty Tuesday: Christmas Cookies

It is that time of year again to fire up the oven and fill the kitchen will the sweet smell of backing cookies!  Whip up a batch and take it to your volleyball holiday party or bring it to your team to eat – after practice of course!

File this recipe under YUM!

File this recipe under YUM!

Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  7 mins

Serves: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients
48 Hershey’s Kisses chocolate candies
½ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
¾ cup Peanut Butter
⅓ cup sugar
⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ sugar, for rolling
green frosting
red, green, & white holiday sprinkles
disposable piping bag fitted with a Wilton #4 piping tip

Instructions
Cookies
1.  Preheat oven to 375°F and line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2.  Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended.
3.  Add ⅓ cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.
4.  Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.
5.  Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
6.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet.
7.  Bake 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
8.  Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Assembly
NOTE: Cookies must be completely cooled & chocolate hardened before decorating.
1.  Fill the prepared piping bag with green frosting.
2.  Starting at the base of the Hershey Kiss, pipe a line of frosting that swirls up & around to the top of the kiss.
3.  Immediately sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.

Source:  Pinterest & http://javacupcake.com

PINK PRIDE: Thank You 2014!

To our followers and customers:

The month of October has come and gone. But before you put away your PINK PRIDE jerseys and headbands, we want to take a moment to say THANK YOU for all your help!!

Together, we donated over $5,000 to the The Side-Out Foundation!!

We couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to our new followers – those who followed us on Google+Facebook, Twitter, InstaGram, Pinterest, and our Blog – each one of you represents $1.00 of our donation. Through just one small click or touch on your phone, you potentially made a HUGE positive impact in the lives of those fighting breast cancer and their friends and families.

And a BIG thank you to our existing followers who shared, re-blogged, re-tweeted, re-gramed and re-pinned our efforts to spread the word of our PINK PRIDE push and reach others that we might not have otherwise.

Finally, to all of our much-loved customers, who purchased PINK PRIDE items, thank you!  5% of sales of PINK PRIDE items went directly to The Side-Out Foundation.  We know you have a lot of options when shopping and we are very grateful that you chose us and become part of our team in the fight against breast cancer.

From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate each and every one of you!

To all those fighting,

To all those who are survivors,

To the 1 woman in every 8 who will be diagnosed,

I’ve got your back.

This year, next year, and in all the years to come, until there is a cure, we pledge to show our PINK PRIDE and do what we can to support this worthy cause. Thank you again for your help!

Sincerely,

The All Volleyball, Inc. Team

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for your support!

10 Things I Learned About Life By Playing Volleyball

allvolleyballinc:

Love this gem of a blog post I found. Great advice and very relatable! To those still in their volleyball careers, read closely and pay attention!

Originally posted on TALLMAN happens:

I am 100% positive I hit that angle inside the block, while facing line, with horrific bangs, skinny legs and giant knee pads. 100%.

I am 100% positive I hit that ball angle inside the block, while facing line, with horrific bangs, skinny legs and giant knee pads. 100%.

Oh goody! A listicle!!

What started off as an effort to mock the listicle (a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure), blossomed into the fruits of my volleyball career slash psychology degrees slash six years experience as a mom. You can hate it or you can love it, but I’m not looking over at the bench on this one. In no particular order here are 10 things I learned by playing volleyball:

1. Clean Aces are Money – There are times in life that you get an ace. No one is ready for what you have coming and you get a point – just like that. You may get a string of aces or you may just get…

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Product Spotlight: Spirit Volleyball Jersey – Teal

Thanks to all who purchased our new Spirit Volleyball Jersey – Teal!!  The 7-hour sale is now over!

Fall is in the air which means new, fun and sporty pieces exclusively from All Volleyball are here!  Check out our newest obsession:

NEW AVB EXCLUSIVE Spirit Volleyball Jersey – Teal

With a comfy, slouchy fit, the Spirit Volleyball Jersey – Teal is perfect for keeping toasty this fall and winter.

It has an oversized fit so be prepared to wear it loose and proud to show your volleyball spirit!

Big enough to layer underneath it, pair it with a pair of yoga pants or leggings, slip on your boots and you are good to go with a super cute volleyball outfit for school or the weekend!

Pull it on after volleyball practice, freshen up and add a cute scarf and gloves and you are all ready to meet your friends!

The possibilities are endless…and endlessly adorable!

Psst…listen up, the Spirit Volleyball Jersey – Teal is on sale RIGHT NOW!  Better hurry, the sale only lasts for 7-hours…from 9am-4pm CST today only!

SALE FROM 9AM-4PM CST TODAY ONLY!