Gifts for Pittsburgh Steeler Fans

Gifts for Pittsburgh Steeler Fans

Our family is now on the fourth generation of Steeler fans. And, we sure do have our fair share of Pittsburgh Steelers fan merchandise. In the photo are our son Sammy and his wife Tricia having fun at a Steeler game.

We grew up in a small town just about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. This is a photo of our fourth generation of Steeler fans. Aren't they all just so cute?

I remember like it was yesterday the first Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl win in 1975. We defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. And, I say "We" like I was playing the game!

 From there the Steelers went on to win five more super bowls in 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006, and 2009. Overall the Steelers have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times and have a 6-2 record.

Known as the "City of Champions" in the 1970s for championships won by the Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates (Baseball), and the University of Pitt football team the Pitt Panthers.

The famous black and gold colors of Pittsburgh were adopted by the owner of the Steelers Art Rooney in 1933, the Pirates in 1948, and then the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL Hockey Team) in 1979.

Did you know? This makes Pittsburgh the only city in the United States where all three professional sports teams wear the same colors.

Some Pittsburgh Football Facts: Did you know that these famous NFL quarterbacks all came from the Pittsburgh area?

Johnny Unitas       Baltimore Colts
Joe Namath           New York Jets
George Blanda      Oakland Raiders
Joe Montana         San Francisco 49's
Jim Kelly               Buffalo Bills
Dan Marino           Miami Dolphins

Well, that's enough about the history of Pittsburgh sports. As you might have guessed we are huge fans. If you live in this area I'm sure you're a fan, and even if you don't you may be a Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic.

Pittsburgh Steeler fan apparel makes great gifts for anybody on your list. Whatever the occasion sports gear seems to be a go-to gift.

And, if Pittsburgh isn't your team I won't hold that against you. Just click the banner below to find your teams' fan gear in any sport they have.

Fanatics NFL gear has you covered with brand names such as Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, and so many more.   Fanatics is an official partner with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, NASCAR, and more.

Me Reader Book Sets

me reader book sets
In my opinion, it is never too early for kids to start reading.

As parents and grandparents, we all want to see our children learn as much as they can.

Our grandson Tyler got this Star Wars Me Reader as a gift. 

 The Me Reader story reader comes with 8 books and a reader pad. Choose which book you want to read along both sides of the pad.

 The icons in the middle of the electronic pad are displayed on each page. Just press the corresponding icon and it reads that page. 

Tyler was so excited to show me his new gift. He opened one of the books and pushed the icon for that page. The e-reader read the page then he looked at me and said: "Is that what it says, grandpa".

I don't believe that this is a substitute for reading to your children. I just think that this is a great way for kids to enjoy books.

These children's e-readers make great gifts and are perfect for traveling and summertime reading.  

Reading over the summer can keep the kids in tune with what they learned in school and help prepare them for the next school year.

Is this the best e-reader to buy? I really don't know all I can tell you is that our grandson loves this one. And, there are so many other Me Reader books sets to choose from. 

I've read many of the reviews and like all products, there are some bad and good. I can say that most are good reviews on the Me Reader Book Sets.

Choose your favorite Me Reader Story

Salamander Dance Children's Book Review

yellow spotted salamander facts

Salamander Dance is a great and fun way to introduce your children to nature. We picked this book up last year at a local nature reserve Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

We read it to our youngest grandson Tyler over and over again. He just can't seem to get enough of it, he learns something new every time we read it, I also learned some things reading Salamander Dance.

The book is well-illustrated and well-written. Teaching us the life cycle of the spotted salamander. 

From the time they leave their woodland homes and travel to the early springtime vernal pools. This is where they perform their annual Salamander Dance at the bottom of the pools.

Vernal pools fill with water from the melting snow and the early spring rains and then dry up in the summer. 

Within three days the females lay their eggs attaching them to twigs and branches at to bottom of the pools. Young salamanders are born with gills so they can breathe underwater.

When spring moves into summer the vernal pools begin to dry up. The young salamanders lose their gills and grow lungs so they can breathe on land. They can now leave the dried-up pools and find their woodland homes.

spotted salamander fun facts

Almost every page has spotted salamander pictures in their natural habitat.

I learned so much from this book. And, I highly recommend Salamander Dance for the kids.

Can't wait? Buy it Now: Salamander Dance 

About the Author:

Salamander Dance was written by David FitzSimmons. He is a freelance writer and photographer. And, has written award-winning children's books about Curious Critters. His books have sold over 100,000 copies:

The Illustrator is Michael DiGiorgio who is nationally recognized as a nature artist.

More Children's books from David FitzSimmons

Humidors Why You Need One

top cigar humidors

Just like you keep your fine jewelry in a jewelry box, and other valuables in a safe place, you need to keep your cigars safe.

 Enter the Humidor, if you're a serious cigar smoker then I'm sure that you have a fine humidor to keep your beauties safe.

Temperature humidity controlled humidor:

This means keeping your cigars in a controlled dark environment, an environment that controls the climate. You need to keep your cigars in the same humid tropical environment that the tobacco plants grew in.

Some people believe that keeping cigars in a refrigerator will keep them fresh, this is a huge misconception, as the refrigerator will actually draw the moisture out of your cigars.

Humidity in a humidor:

Cigars are best stored at temperatures between 68-70 degrees, and 70-72 percent humidity this mirrors the climate that the tobacco was grown in.

 This environment will keep the cigars from becoming dry and brittle. So if you're new to the pleasure of smoking fine cigars you'll want to invest in a humidor.

Take your time and do some research. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a humidor. Your new humidor will probably come with a humidifying system to keep the air moist, and a hygrometer to measure the humidity. 

personalized cigar humidor
This picture is my personal humidor. Some of these cigars I've had for years in my humidor.

I prefer to unwrap my cigars before I put them in my humidor.

 In my opinion, the flavors of the different tobaccos seem to meld together.

Here are some great choices for beginners or serious cigar smokers. These make great gifts for any occasion.

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