6 Tips for Making the Perfect Snowball

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‘Tis the season for spreading joy, spending time with loved ones, and vanquishing your opponents in a fierce snowball fight. The ground might not be slick with snow in most parts of the country just yet, but it's never too early to start preparing for battle. Here are a few tips for stepping up your snowball game and crafting the perfect wintry weapon.

1. Wait for the right kind of snow.

As Popular Science points out, the perfect snowball requires snow with just the right amount of moisture in it. As you’re packing a snowball, check to see how much water you can squeeze out of it. If it drips, you may end up hurting other players by hurling an icy object at their heads. If it crumbles, it probably won't hit your target at all. Wait for snow with a medium amount of moisture in it.

2. If the snow is dry, try lying on top of it.

If you aren’t willing to wait for the next blizzard, you can add moisture to snow by lying on the ground for a few minutes and warming it up. You can also take snow from sunny spots or patches surrounding buildings, which tend to give off heat.

3. Dig deeper.

Snow that’s buried a few inches below the surface is better for snowball-making because it’s already slightly packed.

4. Rotate your hands while forming a snowball.

Scoop up a pile of snow, then bring your hands together while rotating them. Gradually increase the pressure as you pack it to help you achieve that perfectly round shape.

5. Make a bunch, then set them aside.

The warmth from your hands will cause the snowballs to release moisture, thereby making them softer. But if you set them aside for a little while, the moisture will freeze again and firm them up. Having a stockpile of the wintry projectiles also means that you'll be prepared for rapid-fire snowball-hurling (should the need occur).

6. Duke it out in freezing temperatures.

You’ll probably want to bundle up first (and please, wear gloves), but temperatures around 32 degrees Fahrenheit are perfect for forming snowballs. The snow won’t be frozen or slushy, and you'll be able to pack it into a ball more easily.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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KFC's Fried Chicken-Scented Firelogs Are Available at Walmart This Year

Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
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The famous 11 herbs and spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) remains a closely guarded secret. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take home a firelog that will crackle with the aroma of a fresh bucket of fried chicken this holiday season.

All the smell, none of the calories.Walmart

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog ($16) has been a popular novelty purchase for the past two years, and this year, it’s available exclusively at Walmart. Made in partnership with Enviro-Log, the flammable product releases a scent reminiscent of KFC’s distinctive seasoning combination, which the company promises will last around two and a half hours while burning.

KFC originally sold the log directly through their website in 2018 and 2019, but now it's available at Walmart ($16), either on the company’s website or in select stores while supplies last (if it's sold out, Amazon or eBay may be your only other options). Considering KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, which also operates Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, perhaps a Crunch Wrap firelog is in our future.

[h/t MarketWatch]