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It’s Hauntingly Fun! 4 Tricks To Create The Perfect Haunted House

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s Hauntingly Fun! 4 Tricks To Create The Perfect Haunted House

When Halloween rolls around, thoughts turn to haunted houses. If you’re tired of the same old haunted houses, using the same old scare tactics, it’s time to take things up a notch. Even if this is your first time creating a haunted house, you can still create a masterpiece of horror and fright. In fact, with a little bit of planning, the neighbors will be talking about your haunted house for years to come. Here are four simple tricks to creating the perfect haunted house. Make Them Jump When people go through a haunted house, they intend to be scared. In fact, they want to jump with fright. So, make them jump. To create the perfect haunted house, make sure there’s something to make your visitors jump at every turn. Some things that make people jump include loud noises, scary sights, and touch. Something as simple as an air horn sounding at the same time as a door opens, will leave them trembling. Add a hand coming out and grabbing them as they pass by and your guests will be jumping out of their skin. Aim High and Low When you’re planning your haunted house, don’t stick to one level. You want fright to come your guests from every angle. Have a zombie clown crawling across the floor, as a decapitated head drops from the ceiling. Your guests won’t know which way to look as they’re walking through your haunted house. Think Real Organs If you want to scare your guests, don’t use fake organs in your haunted house. Instead, contact the local butcher and pick up some real organs. When you set up your brain-eating zombies, have them dining on a cow’s brain or heart. Don’t forget to douse the organs in blood. You can make your own “blood” using Karo syrup and some food coloring. Pour a bottle of Karo syrup into a plastic bowl and add red food coloring. Mix well to create the perfect Halloween “blood.” Hit Them from Every Angle When people walk through a haunted house, they expect sights and sounds to come from the same location. Add a new dimension to your haunted house by going for the element of surprise. Create a haunted house that has horrifying sounds coming from one side of the room, while killer clowns jump out at them from the opposite side. If you want a haunted house that will put all the rest to shame, start planning now. Use the tips provided here to ensure your guests are frightened out of their...

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Learn How To Create A Custom Picture Frame As A Gift For Your Child’s Teacher

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn How To Create A Custom Picture Frame As A Gift For Your Child’s Teacher

Finding the perfect gift to give your child’s teacher to show him or her how much you appreciate all of the effort that they put forth to teach your child throughout the year is important. Creating a unique gift to give your child’s teacher can be a great way to show your appreciation. Use the guide below to learn how to create a custom picture frame for your child’s teacher as a gift. Purchase a Wooden Frame Visit a local craft store and purchase a plain wooden frame. You want to be sure that the frame is made of unfinished wood so that you can easily attach things to it to customize it. While you are there, you need to also get a glue gun, glue sticks, a box of crayons, and a wooden ruler. Create the Wording Determine how wide the frame is using the ruler. Use a small saw to cut the ruler down to the same size as the width of the frame. Use wood glue to attach the ruler to the bottom portion of the front of the frame. On the ruler, write a phrase that lets the teacher know they are great with permanent marker. Consider writing “World’s Greatest Teacher”, “A+ Teacher”, or something else encouraging. Add the Crayons Around the edges of the frame, add a few dots of glue using the glue gun and then attach the crayons one-by-one onto the frame. Consider if you want to create a pattern or want the crayons to be randomly placed on the frame before you start gluing them to ensure that you create the look you want. You do not want to remove the crayons once they are stuck because it could break the crayons or the damage the frame. Add a Unique Picture to the Frame Finally, you need to print out a picture of your child with your teacher. If you do not have one, you could always ask your teacher to pose for one or ask him or her to send you one through email. Do not let them know what it is for so that they will be surprised when they get it. Place the frame in a gift bag and tell your child to be very careful with it when he or she takes it to school. Your child’s teacher is sure to love receiving a gift that has been custom made just for...

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Planing A Big Reception Or Event? What Services To Outsource

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planing A Big Reception Or Event? What Services To Outsource

If you are hosting an outdoor event like a reception or party, and you want to do as much as you can on your own, there are some tasks you want to avoid and services you want obtain. There is a lot that goes into the setup and takedown of an outdoor event, and often hiring the professionals can be easier than trying to do it on your own. Making your decorations, bringing in your own balloons, creating the centerpieces, and adding lighting are all things that you can easily do on your own, but other things are a hassle. Here are a few things that you want to get quotes for when planning the event. Linens and Table Settings Outsource the linens and table settings, so you aren’t forced trying to set all the tables and clean all the dishes after the event. Here are a few things you want included in your rental package: Tablecloths Silverware Plates Glassware Napkins Chair covers The company sets everything up, launders it and then stores it, and you don’t have to do anything on the day of the event. You can also get colors to match all of your decorations or your theme. Paying experts is more practical than buying everything and then paying to have everything cleaned. Tent, Tables and Chairs It doesn’t matter if you have some plastic tables and chairs, or if you think you can rent a tent and do it on your own, the setup will take hours. A professional service will have the tent, tables and chairs set up quickly. Also, heavy duty wood tables are a better option opposed to plastic pop up tables. If you are having chair covers and linens delivered, make sure that they arrive after the setup of the chairs and tables has been completed, or you may get stuck setting the tables on your own. If you choose to cater the event, have food trucks, or make the food on your own is up to you, but you want to take into consideration the amount of people that will be coming and how much time you have. Hosting a large event takes a lot of organization and planning, but letting the professionals (like Party People Rentals & Sales) handle the fine details and having them do the setup and takedown is going to take a lot of the pressure off your shoulders for the big...

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Tips To Try If Your Child Doesn’t Like To Practice The Piano

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Try If Your Child Doesn’t Like To Practice The Piano

Your child might have been excited about the idea of taking piano lessons, but when it comes to practicing during the week, you might feel like there is always an argument. If your child wants to sharpen his or her skills and become truly proficient and confident when playing the piano, practice is necessary. However, it can be easy to throw your hands up when encouraging your child to practice feels impossible. Luckily, these three tips can help.   Try it at a Different Time of Day Instead of insisting on your child practicing right after he or she finishes his or her homework, consider switching up the routine and having your child play at a different time. Your son or daughter might prefer to play first thing in the morning after waking up, for instance, or right before bed. Try Different Music If your child does not like the music that he or she is playing, it’s going to be hard for him or her to get excited about practicing. Consider talking to your child about the music that he or she likes, and try different music books and different styles of music. Once your child finds songs that he or she really likes, practicing might start seeming like less of a chore.  Offer Practicing as an Alternative to Chores Speaking of chores, one good option is to allow your child to choose between performing household chores or practicing the piano. You just might find that your child is more excited about getting in front of the piano than he or she has ever been, and you might find that you are able to get more done around the house yourself if your child is occupied and out of the way for a little while. Provide Incentives Consider providing incentives for practicing for a certain length of time or for a certain number of days in a row, such as a trip to the symphony or a new music book. If your child has something to look forward to, sticking to it might be a whole lot easier. Even adults often provide themselves with incentives and treats for things like sticking to an exercise plan, so it makes sense that this could be helpful for children who are trying to develop a new habit, too.  You don’t have to give up on your child practicing and playing the piano just because it has been an issue in the past. If you follow these tips, you can help encourage your son or daughter to get into practicing, which can encourage his or her talent and skills.  For further assistance, contact a local outlet, such as Las Vegas...

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2 Reasons to Hire a Wedding DJ

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Reasons to Hire a Wedding DJ

One of the hardest parts about planning a wedding is deciding on the entertainment. Picking the right entertainment can make all the difference between all of your guests having a memorable night or taking off as soon as they can. Listed below are two reasons to consider utilizing a DJ for your wedding. They Provide the Proper Equipment A wedding DJ can provide you with the best possible equipment for your chosen venue. For example, if you are having your reception in a small venue then the DJ will avoid bringing a lot of extremely powerful equipment and speakers as those pieces of equipment can take up a lot of room and overwhelm the small space with their power.  If your reception is taking place in a very large hall, then you don’t want sound equipment that forces your guests to strain to hear the music. In that situation, the DJ will be able to provide larger and more powerful pieces of equipment that can reach every corner of the hall with ease.  Maintaining the Right Mood One of the reasons to utilize a wedding DJ is that he or she will be able to maintain the right mood throughout the entire reception. For example, you can provide the wedding DJ with a full song list that you will want him or her to play throughout the night in order to maintain the mood that you are looking for. However, do not expect the DJ to completely stick to your playlist because that will greatly hamper your DJ’s ability to keep your guests entertained. The DJ will have a lot of experience reading a crowd and determining exactly what needs to be done in order to keep them happy. For example, if your guests are beginning to look bored or ready to leave, the DJ will consider playing more upbeat and exciting music to get people up and dancing. At the end of the night, if your guests are looking rather tired and worn out, then the DJ will likely go with more relaxed and slower music. This will serve to relax your guests and help them unwind before they leave for the night. Contact your local wedding DJ today in order to discuss the many services he or she can provide. A DJ is a fantastic resource that can provide the proper equipment and maintain the desired mood during your wedding...

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Tiresome And Dated Wedding Photography Tricks You Should Avoid

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tiresome And Dated Wedding Photography Tricks You Should Avoid

When you look back at your wedding photos, you want to feel like you were a trendsetter. The last thing you want to think is that you were following outdated cliches from several decades ago. There are certain wedding photography mistakes, from terrible poses to silly gimmicks, that are no longer in style.  Overuse of Photoshop When selecting a photographer, look at the pictures that the photographer most proudly displays. If the photos seem to rely too much on image editing and special effects, while relying less on naturally capturing your relationship, your photos will likely seem dated in the future. For example, a black and white photograph with a single item colorized, such as an orange flower, is now dated. Misuse of Special Effects Avoid using special camera effects unless they serve a specific practical purpose. One example is where a feature is not used as it was originally intended, but is instead used to achieve an artistic effect. The white vignette effect is designed to solve vignette issues, not to arbitrarily remove portions of the wedding photo as a way to crop unnecessary elements out of your shot. Taking You and Your Partner Out of Focus Make sure that you and your partner are not blurred out while something else is in focus. For example, you might hold your wedding rings toward the camera, while having your faces blurred in the background. Don’t forget that you are the highlight of the wedding. Separating You and Your Partner Separating you and your partner in any way can send the wrong signal and can also make the photo seem creepy. For example, if one partner appears to be sneaking behind the other, very few subjects can behave this way without appearing like a stalker. It is better to be in each others arms. Overly Creative Poses Do not try to strike unnatural poses. The poses that will be the most meaningful and authentic will be those in which you appear relaxed and comfortable with the love of your life. Elaborate shots that seem creative can later seem silly. Also, to keep the shot natural, try to avoid looking up at the camera.  In the end, the best results are the ones you are happy with. If you aren’t sure about whether you can communicate what you do not want in your wedding photos, provide the wedding photographer with examples of pictures you do not like. This will reduce the risk that you will cringe at what should be happy...

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Important Questions To Ask Before Signing Your Child Up For A Swim Club

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Questions To Ask Before Signing Your Child Up For A Swim Club

Enrolling your child in a swim club can be a great way to develop his or her swimming skills and allow your child to be part of a team. Being in a swim club can be an excellent experience, but you’ll want to make sure you do your fair share of research before choosing one for your child. Specifically, there are some questions you’ll need to ask the swim club staff or coach before you decide on one. What Are the Financial Obligations? Swim clubs can be expensive because most clubs have to pay to rent out pool time. Furthermore, many prestigious swim clubs hire professional coaches, so the costs associated with that may very well be passed on to members. You’ll want to find out exactly how much you’ll need to pay and how the payments will be broken down. For example, some clubs may charge on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, whereas others may charge per session or meet. Of course, you’ll also need to factor in the costs of equipment and transportation, especially if your child will be competing in meets across the state or region. What to Expect From Meets? Some swim clubs handle meets differently than others, so you should find out what to expect from a particular swim club when speaking to the coach. Specifically, you may want to find out how often your child will be expected to compete, where they’re going to be held, and who is responsible for providing transportation to the meets. If you want to help out, you might also want to inquire as to what parents can do at meets or in preparation for them, such as making sure all swimmers are registered on time. Who Will Be the Coach? Last but not least, getting to know the coach or coaches of your child’s swim club is a must. Start by finding out what kind of experience the coaches have in working with children of different age groups, along with any accolades the coach may have received in his or her career (awards, championships, etc.). Don’t hesitate to ask parents of children already in the swim club for their opinions on the coach, including his or her communication abilities, coaching style, and training principles. By taking the time to do your research as a parent, you’ll ultimately be able to select the right swim club for your child. Some swim clubs, like the Jersey Wahoos Swim Club, provide general membership for adults that allows them to swim laps at various times during the day as long as the pool isn’t being used for the swim...

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3 Reasons To Read The Books Your Favorite TV Shows Are Based On

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s a common theory that TV shows based off books are much worse than the books. According to these theorists, no one in Hollywood can match the artistry of good novel writing. Or can they? Contrary to this belief, there are actually some excellent TV shows that are based off books. In some cases, the TV shows are just as good as the books. The books are often just as enjoyable to read, especially since many things are different. Whether you agree with the theorists or not, here’s a list of three reasons why it’s worth reading the books your favorite TV shows are based on: 1. Books and TV Shows Often Do Things Different Television producers often use a lot of creative freedom when it comes to creating a show based off a book. Oftentimes the show requires certain differences due to technical limitations, etc., but in other cases the producers just wish to change up how a book was written. This can make reading the book and watching the show quite enjoyable, especially if the show is current and you’re reading the book at the same time. It’s fun comparing and contrasting the many differences you’ll see. 2. Time Matters When it comes to books that were written a long time ago, it can be wise for producers and developers to change up the TV show to ensure that it makes sense for today’s audience. This results in many of the changes we see in TV adaptations including casting changes, character changes, setting changes, and time period changes. It’s often interesting to read the older book the show is based on to see those original decisions. 3. Backstory is Fun Reading the book a TV show is based on lets you learn more about each of your favorite characters. Books tend to include a lot more backstory about each character through internal thoughts and additional dialogue. TV shows often have to skip certain scenes due to time constraints. By reading the book, you’ll undoubtedly gain additional knowledge about what makes each character tick and why. This can help you understand the TV show better and even appreciate it more. There are so many great books for TV lovers because the two entertainment forms go hand in hand at times. If you’ve ever wanted to get into the habit of picking up more novels, reading books that were turned into your favorite TV shows is a great way to...

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Making A Costume For Comic Con? 3 Clever Shortcuts That Will Make It Easier

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What’s the best part of going to Atlanta Comic Con? Well, you get to dress up, of course. If you’ve ever been to one of these conventions before, you know that people go all out when it comes to costume design. If you want to dress to impress this year, you have two options. You can either purchase a pre-made costume or make your own. If you want points for originality, the latter is your best option, but it can be overwhelming to make a costume from scratch if you can’t sew. If you want to make your own costume, but are overwhelmed by the prospect, try these shortcuts.  Scavenge for Pre-Made Items Once you have your design in mind, look for all sorts of pre-made items that you can use to piece together your costume. This may include a T-shirt from your closet or a pair of your friend’s gloves. You can also try to find key items at your local thrift store. The goal is to simplify as much of your costume as possible. If the bottom of your costume consists of black pants, there’s no reason to sew pants. Just pick out a pair of black leggings and forget it.  Use Fasteners and No-Sew Options Where Possible If you don’t know how to sew, don’t worry about it. There are a lot of no-sew fasteners and options out there, such as fusible tape, metal fasteners, hook-and-loop fasteners and so on. Many of these options are super easy to apply. All you do is remove the backing and press the product into place. You can use these options for closures, seams, to create pleats and anything else you can think of.  Use Forms and Molds If Possible If you’re making a mask or some sort of armor or plating, use molds and forms. For example, if you’re making a mask, build your mask around a helmet so you can get the size and shape right. You can even take plaster molds of your body parts and use these as the starting point for your creations.  There are numerous ways you can simplify the costume making process. In addition to taking shortcuts, don’t be afraid to ask for help. After all, you want your costume to be noticed at Comic Con this year for all the right reasons and not for the fact that it is falling off of...

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You Can Make Music On Your Home Computer! 5 Tips For Getting Started

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have always dreamed of making your own music but thought you needed expensive equipment to record and mix it, you are in luck! Times have changed, and you no longer need a studio full of equipment. There are so many ways to make music with just your home computer! Here are some things that can help you get started: Get A Sequencer: A sequencer is a software application that allows you to record and edit your own music.  Your sequencer is the first building block for your home recording setup, and by learning how to use it, you will learn what other pieces of equipment you need to create your own specific sound. Invest in Good Quality Monitor Speakers: Once you have figured out how to use your sequencer, you are ready to add to your setup. In order to create music that sounds good when played on any system, it is important to hear your music through a good set of monitor speakers. Monitor speakers do not distort or balance the sound at all (the way hi-fi music systems do), so you are able to hear the details of the music you are making. Through monitor speakers, you can hear exactly what is going on in your music. If your music sounds good through the monitor speakers, you can be sure it will sound good when played through car stereos, home speaker systems, or any other kind of sound system. Purchase Rap Beats: If you are interested in making rap music, you can purchase beats online. This is a great option for beginners because it allows you to focus on just your lyrics without having to worry about the beat itself. It also helps with writers block by giving you inspiration and new ideas. Buying beats online is convenient because you can take the beats in their digital form and import them to your sequencer, where you can mix them with your recorded lyrics and make your own song! Websites for purchasing beats, like Three P Beats, allow you to listen to samples, so you will know what you are getting and can choose the beats that excited you the most. Be sure to purchase beats from sites that have full licensing rights so you can use them in any way you choose in your original music. Know How To Use Forums: For general advice (like what kind of equipment to buy) or artistic advice (how your music should sound) forums are a good place to get bad advice. For those questions it is better to find people you trust or who have expertise. However, if you have a specific question (how to get two specific pieces of equipment to sync) a forum is a great place to find your answer. No matter what your technical difficulty, there is someone who has had, and solved, the same problem before. Experiment: When you are just starting making music at home, it is the perfect time to experiment with your equipment and your music. Don’t be afraid to try all kinds of different sounds, or to use all of the different settings on your equipment. Only by trying new things will you be able to find a sound that is uniquely...

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