Family Bucket List Must-Haves with Coleman
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Family Bucket List Must-Haves with Coleman
Anyone who knows me knows that I approach life with a “Go Big Or Go Home” perspective. And when it comes to family, it’s no different. So, it should come as no surprise that when I visit my hometown of NYC during the festive fall season, we’re going big with a family outing to MetLife Stadium to see the New York Giants take on the Washington Redskins. When it comes to football, Bobby and I are both huge fans, but we live in a house divided. Bobby roots for the 49’ers and mama is J-E-T-S all the way. However, since we happened to be visiting while the NY Giants were playing, we obviously were thrilled to support the home team and kicked off the only way we knew how—with a rocking Schaffer tailgate party, sponsored by my brand partner Coleman.
Our kids are pretty used to our “grab life by the horns” way of living, so the older ones were pretty comfortable at their first NFL game tailgate. And with a supersized family like ours, to make this work, you’ve got to be prepared with the essentials—chairs, a shade shelter, a cooler, a table and a grill for starters. Thankfully, Coleman products were made for this. Here’s a quick low down on four key products that made tailgating seamless for a family of six who doesn’t do this every weekend:
Space For the Whole Family
After wheeling it to our spot, I took all of three minutes to set up the Coleman® 10 x 10 Instant Sun Shelter and it provided 100 sq. ft. of shade—which is necessary for a family our size. The shelter’s poles were easy to extend into place thanks to the pinch-free Comfort Grip™ technology. And the large feet were big enough to stand on while we set up the shelter. Plus, once it’s up, the UVGuard™ material offers 50+ UPF protection with a vented roof that releases heat, so it’s also perfect for a day at the beach! It was great for keeping the cold winds at bay and providing some shelter from the chill.
Football was essentially rugby until 1882, when new rules were established that gave each team three tries to advance the ball five yards.
A Place to Sit and Relax
As much as kids want to run around, they’re going to want a comfy chair for those much-needed breaks and a bite to eat. The Coleman®Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler is perfect since everyone can use it for relaxing and holding their drinks! And for the adults, the attached armrest cooler holds up to four cans at a time—genius!
President Teddy Roosevelt threatened to ban football unless new rules were established to ensure player safety. The revised rules introduced the forward pass.
The Best Tailgating Equipment
Coleman®55 Quart Rugged 55 A/T Wheeled Cooler is a cooler, seat, footrest and cup holder all in one. This handy dandy “do-it-all” on-the-go cooler is large enough to hold 84 cans! Plus, it has plenty of space for other refreshments and stays cold for up to five days. Not that anything would even last that long with our four growing kiddos.
The first professional football player was William “Pudge” Heffelfinger. In 1892, he was paid $500 to play in a football game.
The Perfect Tailgating Grill
The Coleman Roadtrip 225 Portable Tabletop Propane Grill, aside from this being the easiest grill to light (with Instastart push-button matchless lighting) and clean (with removable water pan to catch grease), arrives fully assembled. Hallelujah, because who has time for that?! It’s perfectly portable, and so are the one-pound propane cylinders. (Sold separately). And the food came out pretty amazing too! The kids ate it right up!
The first televised professional football game took place in 1939. It wasn’t quite the huge spectacle that pro football has become—that first broadcast only appeared on approximately 500 TV sets.
A Tailgate Party To Remember
When you’re a family of six, tailgating before the game is a must for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s an American tradition. Because I believe every kid should experience this at least once in their lifetime. The chill in the air, the energy of the fans, the smell of hot dogs and burgers on the grill. Nothing compares! And our Coleman grill was super easy to transport, provided amazing flavors and the nostalgia that only football season family tailgates can bring.
Secondly, NFL games are not cheap! (Especially with a family of six!) Feed the brood before entering, and save yourself some dough by purchasing halftime snacks instead. Plus, they’re also going to want souvenirs—hats, jerseys and the like—so if you can save on lunch, those extras become a little more realistic, and make great keepsakes the kids will always remember.
Mathematically, the shape of a football is best described as a prolate spheroid. But everyone will know what you’re talking about if you just say football-shaped.
Why Coleman Gear Is Superior
Watching the day unfold through the eyes of my kids made it all the more awesome. Roman, our future star quarterback, was stoked to see and experience his first NFL game equipped with the perfect tailgate party. Our two oldest, Jackson and Dylan couldn’t get enough of the burgers and hotdogs. And our little Boss Baby Brody surprisingly enjoyed sitting with mommy in the oversized quad chairs. And there’s nothing better than watching your kids enjoy the day together!
In this incredible game we call life, we’re in it to win it! And the more we get to experience together as a family, the more memories we’ll get to share. Perhaps we’ll start new traditions for our kids for generations to come. From future tailgates, camping trips, beach days and even backyard barbeques, being equipped with our Coleman gear makes it a no brainer to go out and experience it all. Now that we’ve crossed an NYC NFL experience off our family bucket list, what’s next? I’m thinking we’ll take this tailgate party with Coleman on the road!