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Big Game Series - Chicago Bears @ Cincinnati Bengals August 28, 2015 09:00

Preseason Week 3: Chicago Bears @ Cincinnati Bengals

Time - 7:30 pm EST
Cincinnati local broadcast - CBS
Chicago local broadcast - FOX

Tag #BundleUpBGS on social media! We want to see how you are supporting your teams this weekend!

The Match-up

This week features two quarterbacks who much has been expected, and not much has been delivered. The Bengals have reached the playoffs the first 4 years Andy Dalton has been at the helm, whereas the Bears have struggled in the Jay Cutler era, missing the playoffs each of the last 4 years. Funny enough, Jay Cutler and the Bears have won more playoff games in that time period than the Bengals! 

Enough about the past though, this Week 3 preseason match-up traditionally means the starters will play at least the entire first half, and gives fans the best preview of the team they will be cheering on hopefully into 2016. The Bears are coming into this game 2-0 in the preseason and playing better than expected at this point. The Bengals are 1-1 and really struggled against a young Buccaneers squad in Week 2. The Bengals are definitely the more talented team in this match-up and should be able to dominate on both sides of the ball throughout the whole contest.

The Prediction
Chicago Bears - 12
Cincinnati Bengals - 33

Cute Guy Watch
I couldn't find anyone cute on either team to feature this week. This adorable bear and tiger friendship will just have to do!

Source: Eonline
Mascot Match-up

Lions, tigers, and bears – Oh my! We aren’t featuring the Lions this week but we will see the other two! The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Chicago Bears on Saturday for their last Preseason game. Massive in size, sharp teeth, and claws that could surely scratch their way to the end zone are all important traits they have in common. Both animals are fierce and the cities are two of my favorites, which makes it pretty tough to choose who will dominate. Having lived in Cincinnati for a few years now and hearing A.J. Green's name pop up everywhere, I feel like I have to cheer for the Bengals for this win. I like your colors too Bears, but it isn't easy competing with a hometown team!

Tailgate and Cheer in Style

The main colors for the Cincinnati Bengals are orange, black and white. We offer several variations for this team's colors! This is what we recommend for the Bengals:


The main colors for the Chicago Bears are navy blue, burnt orange and white. These are the product offerings we recommend for the Bears:


Don't forget to tag #BundleUpBGS on social media this weekend for a chance to have your picture featured on the blog next week!


Who will you be cheering for? Are you planning to watch any other games this weekend? Comment below to let us know!!

Get to Know Us + How to Subscribe to the Blog August 24, 2015 09:00

How to Subscribe
If you've ever wondered how to subscribe to a blog or just want to know how to subscribe to THIS blog, you've come to the right place. Over on the far right of this page, under a picture of Maryanne, is an icon which you can click on to subscribe. The link will take you to FeedBurner.com where you can select the RSS feed reader of your choice or sign up for one. I suggest Feedly.com as a blog RSS feed reader, it is very easy to use and keeps all of your blogs in an easy to read format.

Get to Know Us!
So by now you know that Bundle Up Crochet sells a variety of scarves and earwarmers, but who are the people behind this handmade business? Alec and I (Maryanne) met at the University of Dayton in December 2010 and were married in Cincinnati on August 9, 2014.

Popsicles from Street Pops in Cincinnati, wedding photo by Frame805 at Glenwood Gardens in Cincinnati


Do you both crochet?

A: Maryanne is the crocheter. I taught myself how to knit in the fall of 2014, and successfully made myself a knit hat and scarf to keep me warm all winter long!
M: I crochet all items. I tried to teach Alec how and learned I'm really not a good crochet teacher!

Is Bundle Up Crochet your full time job?

A: It is not. I work full-time at Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati, OH where I am a Business Analyst in our Payments division. I basically make reports in Excel and provide other analysis to management.

M: I work full time as an Analyst at Kroger. I crochet at night after work during the week and all through the weekends. I try to work on blog posts and newsletters at lunch during the week.

Do you have any pets?

A: We have two cats, Izzy and Neo. Izzy is a female tortie and Neo is a male black cat. They are brother and sister who we rescued in October 2014.
M: I think Izzy likes Alec more than me, and Neo likes each of us at his own time. Neo does like to sit with me more often than Alec though. I don't think I have a favorite and really enjoy having both of them around our house even when they are meowing at us for no reason.

Izzy on the left, Neo on the right


What is your favorite drink?

A: Anything with bourbon in it. I’ll take it straight, on the rocks, in a Manhattan, with Coke, and also my dad’s favorite drink, the Billy D, a mix of lemonade and bourbon over ice.

M: Can I have multiple? Cabernet Sauvignon for wine, whiskey and coke for a mixed drink, Blue Moon for draft beer... Non-alcoholic drinks? Coffee with way too much Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream from International Delight.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: I could easily eat pizza for every meal for the rest of my life. The wonderful thing about pizza too is that it’s so versatile! There are so many different toppings and flavors one can make a pizza with.
M: Potatoes. They're so versatile! Baked potato, french fries (steak fries, crinkly fries, curly fries, shoestring fries...), potato chips, loaded potato skins, cubed and fried potatoes, hashbrowns, mashed potatoes... My mouth is watering.

Homemade pizza made my Alec. Don't you love the pepperoni smiley!?

Since you're starting the Big Game Series, who is your favorite football team?

A: This is a complicated question…Growing up in Chicago, I was a Chicago Bears fan. But once Mike Vick joined the league in 2001 with the Atlanta Falcons, my loyalties switched. When he was forced to leave football for a couple of years (rough time in my life) I was left teamless. Now that I live in Cincinnati, I have embraced the Cincinnati Bengals as my favorite NFL team.

M: I was hoping you wouldn't ask that. I pick based on what's on tv that day or weekend, and then choose a team based on which mascot I like better. I have a Bengals jersey and a couple of shirts, so if you saw me in Cincinnati during a weekend you might think I'm a fan!

What do you like to do for fun?

A: When I’m not taking Bundle Up photographs or managing bundleupcrochet.com, I like to run, play video games, binge watch TV series with Maryanne, sample different wines and beers, and go on adventures with Maryanne.

M: We have a pool table and darts in our basement so I love beating Alec at those two games. I also love crafting with my girlfriends and trying new restaurants and bars in the area.

Picture taken at the Lackman Bar in Cincinnati, Ohio

What is your favorite movie or tv show?

A: My favorite TV show of all time is The Office. My favorite movie is The Matrix.

M: Grease is my all time favorite movie. I have to keep it classic and say that Friends is my favorite tv show... Although our Breaking Bad binge is a very close second.

What's your favorite thing to cook?

A: My favorite cuisine to cook is Italian. Chicken marsala, lasagna, and chicken parmesan are a few of my favorites.

M: Alec is the chef in our house. I can usually make a pretty mean grilled cheese sandwich or Kraft macaroni and cheese. Are those my favorite things? Not really. They're pretty much the only things.

Alec's homemade lasagna on the left, and Maryanne's Kraft Mac & Cheese on the right


Are you a night owl or an early riser?

A: Can I choose both? I like to stay up late watching TV or playing video games, and then I like to get up early to start the day!

M: Neither. I think there should be a new category called Sleeper. I can fall asleep anywhere and pretty much at any time, and have a really hard time waking up and getting out of bed (or wherever I happen to fall asleep).

What other questions do you have for us? What are you still wondering about? Leave us a comment below!

Introducing the Bundle Up Big Game Series! August 21, 2015 09:00

Before you know it our weekends will be spent tailgating, eating more chips and dip than we can keep track of, and cheering so loud that we lose our voices. Our Big Game Series will keep you excited throughout the whole season and provide another game to watch, especially if your team isn't playing that weekend!

What is the Big Game Series?

The BGS (Big Game Series) is a weekly series that will feature one college football or NFL game. The games will be played anytime from the Friday feature through the following Monday night. Alec will write about his thoughts on both teams and predict the score, while I (Maryanne) will list the colors for the teams, any cute guys to keep an eye out for, and evaluate the mascot matchup. Additionally, we will list the items and color combinations that will work best for the teams which will eliminate the guesswork and ensure you pick the right colors!

Feature Pictures from Social Media - #BundleUpBGS

We want YOU to show us how you're supporting your team! We all know how unpredictable the weather is so regardless if it's 70 degrees or snowing and frigid cold, we want to see how you dress to impress your favorite team. Post your pictures on social media and use the hashtag #BundleUpBGS to be featured in our recap the following week.

Did you say recap?

Of course! Every week before the BGS featured game, we will post a short recap complete with any must see highlights. We will also include our favorite photos from YOU on social media!

How do you get your favorite team featured?

Let us know! Leave a comment, send us a note on the Contact Us page, post on social media... Use any means to tell us your favorite team and why you want them featured.

You might be thinking, "I'm not really into sports - Will I enjoy this series?"

Absolutely! This series is meant to be fun for everyone. Alec's game insights will interest those with a passion for sports, and my mascot overview aims to entertain all of our followers. You will also be able to see how different color combinations and items pair together with one another.

So when is the first BGS post?

Because we're local to Cincinnati and are way too excited to wait until the first regular season game, we are starting the BGS NEXT WEEK! Check back next Friday morning (the 28th) to read our first BGS post:

Chicago Bears @ Cincinnati Bengals 

Who are you hoping to see featured on the BGS? Comment below!

This blog, series, and our items are in no way affiliated directly with the NFL or NCAA.

Our first post! August 17, 2015 09:00 1 Comment

Thanks for checking out the brand new BundleUpCrochet.com! We hope you will find a beautiful handcrafted piece that will keep you warm through all of the cold weather months. For our first ever blog post, I thought I could give you a little history of how we got here.

My nana taught me to crochet when I was a child. Growing up, I handmade numerous potholders for my family. After college I struggled to find a hobby I enjoyed outside of work, and when I picked up my crochet hook I fell in love with it all over again! In the beginning, my handmade items were gifted to close friends and family members. The following year, I sold my items through word of mouth to coworkers, family, and friends. Finally in 2014, my husband encouraged me to start my own business and officially sell my handmade items. My original Etsy Shop launched in September 2014 and provided an avenue to share my craft with a broad audience. On August 1, 2015, www.BundleUpCrochet.com went live, and a new chapter in the business began, being able to sell direct to our customers.

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