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St. Patty's Day

1.) Plant something! - Give your green thumb some exercise before (or while) you start drinking today. Spring officially begins this Friday and it needs some color! Get your garden or raised beds ready for the growing season while enjoying the temperate-ish weather. Check out a March seed calendar to see what plants can withstand the last of the cold before the warmth comes to stay.

2.) Recycle those beer bottles! - If you're having a house party tonight, it's likely you'll have a decent number of empty beer bottles to clean up in the morning. Collect them all neatly and take them to your nearest recycling location. If you live in a state that gives monetary refunds, you'll be surprised at how quickly those five and ten cent deposits add up. An alternative option is to upcycle bottles into candles, lamps, or even xylophones (see here).


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It's mid-March, and the NCAA madness has begun. Even though you're probably getting excited to root on your alma mater, as John Oliver notes, the games are so full of product placement and branding that the only thing left to be sponsored are the sponsorships themselves.

Despite college coaches getting paid millions while the hard-working athletes are getting paid nothing, the games are undeniably exciting, especially if you bet money on them. For more upcoming events to get the spring season rolling (only five more days!), check out the following tickets going on sale this week:

Mayweather vs PacquiaoDespite the unprecedented demand for Mayweather vs Pacquiao tickets, the $6,072 the average ticket price could end up being lower than for the 2014 World Cup Final in Brazil.

The upcoming Mayweather vs. Pacquiao megafight has been labeled the fight of the decade and looks to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in recent memory, expected to generate approximately $400 million total. But as sought-after as fight tickets have been, it could still end up being the second-most expensive sporting event ticket of the past decade. The average price fans have been willing to spend has been neck and neck with the 2014 World Cup Final.

based on what has sold so far, the average ticket price for Mayweather vs Pacquiao on Ticket Liquidator's exchange is $6,072, based on more than 150 orders, compared with $6,035 for the 2014 World Cup Final in Brazil. There is still a month left, so the average ticket price will fluctuate. This is based on ticket sales as of March 13; as the fight gets closer and demand ratchets up, we're expecting the average ticket price paid to increase. We'll have to wait until fight night to see if the final average ticket price ends up being the most expensive ever.


South By Southwest is one of the most dynamic and overwhelming festivals around. With a seemingly infinite number of events to choose from, planning can take a lot of time and effort. We've narrowed down some of the best Austin has to offer over the next week, so make sure to check out the following fun activities if you're braving the 2015 SXSW crowd:


1.) Flying cars – Companies like Ford, Hyundai, and Chrysler will be promoting their latest technology at the Connected Car Council pavilion on Sunday, 3/15. More interesting, however, will be Aeromobil’s presentation, a Slovakian automaker who will elaborate on their flying car prototypes. The session will include discussions on the future of transportation, challenging attendees to re-think modes of travel.

2.) Robot petting zoo – This new exhibit showcases and allows spectators to interact with new robotic technology, much of which is being used to help disaster spots around the world. These tech-gadgets include drones that can 3D print whilst flying, human-like robots, and prototypes of a new Ebola-fighting suit that will better protect healthcare workers. SXSW-goers will be able to operate and learn more about these state-of-the-art tools from Sunday, 3/15 – Tuesday, 3/17.


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Top 7 Baseball Parks To Experience

March 11, 2015

Top 7 Baseball Parks To Experience

Spring has sprung (well, in the baseball sense...), and it's almost baseball season. Opening Night at Wrigley Field will be here before you know it, and we'll start the 2015 season with Jon Lester pitching to Matt Carpenter -- a treat, and also a throwback to the 2013 World Series.

If you're a baseball fan, the chances are high that you'll get out to at least one game this season. If you are a baseball fan and you don't go to a game, well, it may be time for you to turn in your fancard.

There's 30 stadiums in baseball, but some stand out above the rest. Here are the top seven you need to catch a game at this season.


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Sleepy? Me too. Daylight Savings was this weekend, setting us all an hour forward in time, but an hour back mentally, and as John Oliver notes, the struggle to change the clock on your microwave is real.

We can only hope that such outdated practices will be eliminated in due time, but until then, check out the following event tickets to upcoming shows in your area that are sure to make you and your family a little less cranky:

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Disney on Ice
  • Monster Jam

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    Rock Stars Puking

    No one likes to puke, but almost everyone loves to catch someone famous doing something embarrassing. Perhaps it makes us feel like they are more human; it's a chance for the celebrity elite to show us some of their flaws, ones that their publicists can’t shield them from. We might empathize if we're a fan, or laugh hysterically if we don’t care about them at all -- either way it’s still entertaining when people are caught in the act for the same reason we watch FAIL videos when we're bored. But let’s put the shoe on the other foot for just a minute and imagine this unfortunate chain of events happening to you:

    1.) You have one of the greatest jobs in the world according to everyone around you; you love what you do, get paid amazingly well, and fans adore your work. There you are, just beginning to perform, and then...


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    Kid Rock

    I want to hate Kid Rock.

    There's so much to dislike about him, from his politics to his lack of respect for other artists. It seems like every time I turn around, he's saying something obnoxious. I despise his wife-beater undershirt, his well-chewed cigar, and his backwards gimme cap (although I kinda like the narrow-brimmed fedora). I'm pretty sure if you put the two of us in a room together, we'd be ready to kill each other inside of a half hour.

    But, the thing is, I like his songs. Which ones? Well, pretty much all of them.

    Now, this is one heck of an admission for someone who listens to Coltrane when I'm feeling mellow and Tower of Power when I want to perk up. (And, if I'm being honest, more NPR than the two combined.)


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