1 August 2019

August – National Family Fun Month


Did you know that August is National Family Fun Month?  And while there are a lot of ways to have fun as a family, we are promoting the You’re Fired experience with a Family Fun Guarantee. Bring your whole family to our Studio this month, (everybody has to come!),  and if you don’t have MORE fun than you expected to have, we will return your families studio fees. 

BUT if you do have MORE fun than expected, drop us an email and tell us about your experience, and we will email you free studio fees for your families next visit! You win either way! All you have to do, is get your entire family together, and try to  have fun.

Want more information, Email us now.

1 June 2019

The School Year to Summer Transition

Keeping children’s minds stimulated throughout the summer months.

As the school year winds down, teachers say they’re often approached by worried parents seeking a road map to get through the summer. Their advice is quite simple: Chill out. Make the summer fun and find ways to incorporate educational themes into the activities children choose to participate in.

“Have fun, explore, just don’t let them sit inside and watch TV all summer,” said one Chicago area teacher at Whitney Young High School and also the mother of two young children.

What makes summer so valuable is that children have the time and freedom to learn on their own terms, she said, so they can see what interests and excites them.

Ricci Allard, Owner of You’re Fired Pottery Studios in New Hampshire, a former teacher and mother herself, adds that “Even more valuable, the summer represents time in which parents, grandparents, and children find overlapping free time.  Find activities that you both can participate in, side by side, rather than the “watching from the sideline” activities that dominate the school year.

New Hampshire offers ample qualifying activities, both indoor and out, that are fun and educational.  State parks offer beaches, lakes and mountain activities, there are animal parks, biking and walking trails, and many picnic areas.  In addition to You’re Fired’s Studios, there are lots of other indoor arts and craft activities that families can participate in together.

One Studio customer recently posted “My ‘bestest ever friend’ and I come in often to share time and bonding along with my 9-yr old grand-daughter. It gives us all a common theme to share while the 9-yr old shares time with the two of us. AND now the 9-yr old puts in requests for all of us to spend some time there.”

“The important thing is to make sure that your children’s brains stays stimulated during the summer months,” Allard said. “Encourage them to try new things, and participate with them whenever possible”.

“Summer is a fantastic time to get to know your children better, and to strengthen the family bonds”.




1 January 2019

Painting Pottery Can Help You Lose Weight

Let’s face it, stress is part of our lives. Unfortunately, it can also contribute to poor eating and other habits that keep us from feeling our best. “Even if you usually eat well and exercise, chronic high stress can prevent you from losing weight—or even add pounds,” explains Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women.

Lose WeightAs it turns out, our bodies respond to all types of stress in exactly the same way.  Every time we have a stressful day, our brain instructs our cells to release potent hormones. We then get a burst of adrenaline, which taps stored energy so we can fight or flee. At the same time, we get a surge of cortisol, which tells our body to replenish that energy even though we haven’t burned many calories.  This makes us hungry, and we eat.  Typical stress-eating choices such as sweet, salty and high-fat foods stimulate our brains, which releases pleasure chemicals and reduces our tension. We continue to repeat this cycle over time, increasing the production of cortisol. This interferes with our muscle building hormones, and we burn even fewer calories. It doesn’t take long for our bodies to start storing fat. Even worse, it loves to store visceral fat. (You do NOT want visceral fat. Yuck!)

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2 December 2018

Ten tips to handle the holiday hustle and bustle

Isn’t this time of year supposed to be fun and relaxing? Instead, for many of us, it’s hectic and crazy. If you’re a college student, you’re probably preparing to take your final exams. If you’re in sales, you’re giving it one last push to meet your goals. If you work in health care, everybody’s coming in with what ever happens to be going around.

On top of what’s going on in our work lives, we also have decorations to put up, Christmas cards to send, and cookies to bake.

Here’s a list of tips to hopefully make this time of year more enjoyable and stress free.

  1. Create a “to-do” list. Write this list on a piece of paper or put the info in your smartphone. Then prioritize it. By making a list, you’re able to clear your mind and focus on things that need to be done now. Crossing things off a list can also create a sense of accomplishment.
  2. Chose your holiday events wisely. If you have kids, the annual Christmas concert is a must. Everything after that should be chosen carefully. It’s impossible to attend every event so select the ones that will be the most meaningful and enjoyable for you and your family.
  3. Exercise, exercise, exercise. For many of us, cutting out exercise during this busy time of year seems like an obvious way to free up some time. On the contrary, exercise is the last thing you should eliminate from your daily routine. Exercise produces endorphins which can help you relax and cope during this time of year.
  4. Breathe. Do you ever pay attention to how you breathe? Many of us are shallow breathers which means we don’t completely inhale or exhale. Deep breathing is beneficial because it sends a message to our brain telling it to “chill out.” When stressed, deep breathing can help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure.
  5. Rally the troops. Ask your family or friends for help. It’s not possible to do everything yourself. For the past several years, I’ve been responsible for putting up and taking down the Christmas tree with my daughters. This is a nice opportunity for us to bond and it frees up a good two to four hours for my wife.
  6. Budget for holiday spending. My bank has a holiday program that withdraws a specified amount of money out of our paychecks. The caveat is that we’re only allowed to withdraw the money when the holiday season arrives. This helps eliminate some of the financial worry of the holiday season.
  7. Make time for yourself. Don’t eliminate things from your life that help you relax or that you enjoy. If you like to read a good book by the fire with a glass of wine, read it. If you like to play racket or basketball with your friends, play. If you’d like to get a massage, do it. Don’t forget about your well being during this busy time of year.
  8. Turn off your Smartphone. How can you enjoy a holiday party or dinner with friends if you’re constantly looking at text and email messages? Enjoy the people you’re with. The messages will be there later.
  9. Look for new traditions. If you’ve experienced a significant change in your life, such as the loss of a family member or pet, look at creating new traditions instead of dwelling on those of the past. Old traditions make nice memories, but so do new ones.
  10. Get plenty of sleep. Like exercise, now is not the time to skimp on sleep. A lack of sleep and increased stress can lead to illness. If you have trouble falling asleep, try listing to soothing music or background noise. I have an app on my iPhone called “White Noise.” This app has a variety of soothing sounds, like waves on the beach and bird song. You can even create your own sound list.

Source: Scott Stueber, posted on West Bend Insurance Companys website

15 November 2018

Kids Holiday Parties at You’re Fired

Having FunMark your Calendars! Our Annual Kids Holiday Parties will be held Monday, December 10th and Wednesday, December 12th from 3pm – 8pm at all Studios.

Children 12 and under will not be charged a Studio Fee, and they can paint a free ornament (while supplies last) with any other purchase. We will supply hot cocoa, juice, and Holiday Treats.

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