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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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By Sonya McDaniel
Sept. 6, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Labor Day has come and gone!  Now it is the season for footballing and tailgate parties.  Whether it is for a Friday night high school game or a Saturday College event there are some must haves for a great tail gate experience.
 
Since this is essentially a “party in a parking lot” you need to know the guidelines for where your tailgating will take place.  Some may have restrictions on grills, adult beverages and the amount of space you can reasonably take up.  For many college football games it is an all-day, and sometimes into the night party with tables, tents, TVs, food and drinks.  For High School games it could be snacks and sodas before heading into the game. 
 
Whatever your occasion may be, there are two must haves.  Folding chairs for your guests and ice chests for your food and drinks.  Other very helpful items are napkins, hand sanitizer and wipes, and paper towels.  The most successful and low stress parties serve food and drinks that don’t require a lot of utensils or paper goods.  Although food is the BEST, and most important part of a good tail gate it should be simple and easy to eat. 
 
Of course any great party needs decorations.  Tailgates are no different, however the easiest decorations are those that include your team colors on the items you need for the party.  Since this blog comes from your OSU Extension Service, I will use orange and black to prove this point!  Orange ice chests, orange and black chairs, OSU flags on your car, and don’t forget to use yourself as decoration too.  Wearing your school colors, and for those “die hards” face paint is a must. 
 
What makes tailgating so much fun is the energy and excitement you provide topped off with some super food.  So with a little bit of planning you can have a great time this fall while supporting your team.  And, GO POKES!

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