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Get The Right Set: Check These Features Before Buying That Blu-Ray Set

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get The Right Set: Check These Features Before Buying That Blu-Ray Set

Finding your favorite TV series on Blu-Ray is exciting, but it can quickly fall flat if you find you’ve gotten the wrong type of box set. Blu-Ray discs, like DVDs, are not all alike, and you have to be sure the set you get has the features you need. This is about more than just having extras or noting region codes — these features can make it easier or harder for you to finally watch the show. Access Features Always check the package to see what access features are included, even if you yourself don’t need them. If you have friends one day who do need them, those friends are going to be very happy to find you have discs that have those features. Captioning is available on most discs (and if there are no captions through a closed-caption feature, you can substitute English subtitles), and many now have audio description features for the visually impaired. Note that box sets for TV series, specifically, may be less likely to have audio description, though the service is becoming more common. DVD Combo Pack If you still have a DVD player in addition to your Blu-Ray player, look for combo packs that provide both the Blu-Ray and the DVD versions. That way you can leave the Blu-Ray with your Blu-Ray player but move the DVD to the rooms that have DVD players. Many minivans, for example, have DVD players as part of their entertainment system, so a Blu-Ray disc wouldn’t work there. But that extra DVD would. “D” Capability With the increasing number of 3D movies coming out, and the introduction of 3D TVs, you have to be sure that your TV box set — likely in 2D — will play on your equipment if you’ve moved on to owning a 3D TV. Some are actually hybrids; even if the show was just 2D (as most would be), a hybrid disc ensures you can still watch it on your 3D TV. And if you’re also looking at movie Blu-Ray discs, the opposite is necessary as well — if you have a 2D TV, don’t pick up the 3D DVD by mistake. Ensure it’s at least a hybrid. Blu-Ray is increasingly popular, with disc releases heralded by fans. The quality is fantastic, too. But you need to be able to watch the disc without being thwarted by versions, accessibility, or machine type. Checking the package carefully to ensure you get the right version is...

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3 Great Reasons To Send Funny, Personalized Potatoes

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Great Reasons To Send Funny, Personalized Potatoes

Whether it’s family, friends, or office co-workers, giving gag gifts is a time-honored tradition in many circles. And for those who are looking to take their awkward gift giving to the next level, there’s a hilarious new option: potatoes. That’s right, you can now send a personalized potato anonymously (or not, if you’d rather be identified as the culprit) to anyone you know. This might seem more than a bit ridiculous, but that’s half the fun. So take a look below at three great reasons to mail a prank tater. Customized Messages One of the simplest but funniest uses of a potato-as-gag-gift is to have a personalized message written on it. Online companies that specialize in personalized potato delivery can usually write a message the length of the average tweet, given it’s not too offensive. The possibilities are endless: you can confuse a younger family member by having “Happy Birthday!” written on it, and see their smile suddenly turn to disappointment; you can have one with a corny love poem sent to a significant other as an ironic anniversary present; you can even send one to a friend for no reason at all and include an inside joke.  Potato Postcards Another amusing way to use a potato messaging service is to upload a travel picture online and have it plastered on a regular spud. You can then send it to a family member or friend just like you would a postcard, except that you’re guaranteed to get more than a few laughs. Travelers to places such as Idaho — famed for their potatoes — will take particular glee in sending home a memento that is, one the one hand, completely out of the ordinary, and yet also a stereotypical representation of their vacation spot. Potato Face Yet another unique way you can “gift” a potato is by putting a familiar face on it, whether it’s yours, the face of the recipient’s, or someone else’s face entirely. This is done in the same way as the potato postcard above — by simply uploading a picture of someone’s face, sending it off, and waiting for the hilariously confused response from someone who may (or may not) appreciate an oddball sense of humor. Of course, there’s little practical use for a potato with a face, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good laugh with friends or family before cooking up a delicious batch of hash browns.  For more information on sending personalized anonymous potatoes, contact a company like Sweet Potato...

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Two Desserts For An Adult Halloween Party

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Desserts For An Adult Halloween Party

Autumn brings falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and arguably, one of the most fun holidays for both children and adults: Halloween. While adults may not go out trick-or-treating, many still enjoy dressing up in costumes and heading to their local haunted house. You may not be going door-to-door, but you’re never too old for treats. If you’re planning on having a get-together for grown ups, here are two ideas for the perfect upscale dessert with a boozy Halloween theme to serve at your party. Bread Pudding With Whiskey Ice Cream And Spider Web Cola Syrup This tasty dessert is perfect for cold autumn nights, and it is best made ahead, which means you’ll have more time for fun at your Halloween party. Buy day-old bread from your local bakery or grocery store or, clean out your freezer of the stray odds and ends leftover from the holidays. Using your preferred bread pudding recipe, add milk, sugar, eggs, butter, cinnamon, and real vanilla to your stale bread pieces. Use your ice cream maker to make the whiskey ice cream. Follow the directions for vanilla flavored, adding one-third cup whiskey to the mix. When the ice cream is set, scoop it onto a piece of parchment paper and carefully roll it to form a cylinder. Place in the freezer to continue hardening. While the bread pudding is baking and the ice cream solidifying, carefully boil in a saucepan a 2-liter bottle of your favorite cola until it reduced by 75 percent, and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour it into an empty squeeze bottle. When you’re ready to serve, top each piece of bread pudding with a slice of whiskey ice cream, and carefully drizzled with the cola syrup to form a spider web. Top with a plastic toy spider, found at party and discount dollar stores. Rum-Soaked Carrot Cake With Candy Corn Cream Cheese Frosting Carrot cake can be a favorite among adults, and it’s even better when the raisins are doused with dark rum. In a small dish, measure one cup of raisins and ¾ cup of dark rum. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dried fruit to absorb the alcohol overnight until they are nice and plump. For the cake, mix two cups of all-purpose flour with 2 teaspoons each of baking soda and baking powder. Add 2 cups white sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon allspice. Mix the dry ingredients together, and then add ¾ cup vegetable oil, ¾ cup buttermilk, 4 large eggs, 1 tablespoon real vanilla, the drunken raisins, and one pound of peeled, shredded carrots. Stir thoroughly until well mixed. Divide batter into two buttered 9-inch round cake pans and bake for one hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. While the cakes are baking, make your cream cheese frosting using two sticks of softened butter, 3 8-ounce packages of softened cream cheese, and 2 cups of powdered sugar. When you’re done beating until smooth, divide ½ of the frosting into to two other bowls. Use food coloring to dye one bowl yellow and the other orange. Leave the remaining ½ white. After the cake has cooled, frost the between the layers. Looking at the top of the cake, frost the center circle with the white frosting, the next circle with the...

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3 Great Types of Wedding Entertainment

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Great Types of Wedding Entertainment

Your wedding day is a wonderful and exciting day for you and your new spouse and is meant to be a day of celebration. Because of this, it is a great idea to include different kinds of entertainment at your wedding. This will provide joy and fun for you and your spouse as well as for all your friends and family who attend your wedding. While there are several different kinds of entertainment that you can choose from, some are more suited to your interests than others. This article will discuss three great types of wedding entertainment that you can consider.  Live DJ or Band If you are really into music and dancing, then hiring either a live DJ or a band can be an awesome idea. A live DJ is great because they can play all sorts of different songs for you, and they will sound amazing thanks to the DJ’s skills. A band, on the other hand, is also amazing because they are going to be playing all of the music live, and you can choose a band that you and your spouse absolutely love. Also, because bands can generally cover different songs, you will be able to hear other songs from them that you normally wouldn’t if you were playing their album. You, your spouse, and all of your guests can enjoy listening and dancing to the music, all while enjoying your amazing wedding day.   Bounce Houses If you want your wedding day to be a bit more lighthearted and fun, you can rent a few different bounce houses for your guests to enjoy. You can get some regular bounce houses, some that have slides, and others that even include obstacle courses. This gives your guests some variety and provide enough bounce houses for everyone to use. Whether there are kids at your wedding or not, these are going to be a hit with many of your guests. Also, because most bounce-house services that you rent from are going to provide setup and take-down services for you, you won’t have to worry about much of anything.  Carnival Games Another fun idea is to have several different carnival games set up at your wedding for your guests to participate in. This can include things like a ball and bucket toss, dart games, throw the ring on the bottle, bean-bag toss, bobbing for apples, and other fun yet simple games that everyone will be able to enjoy. Your guests will love having something to do before and after your wedding ceremony as well as during your reception. And you can even have prizes for the different carnival games to make things even more fun for all of your guests who play...

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Fundraisers That Can Help Your Local Swim Club

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fundraisers That Can Help Your Local Swim Club

If your son or daughter is involved in the local swim club, either during the summer months or throughout of the year, you want to be sure that the club is alive and thriving. One way that you can contribute, other than encouraging your child’s friends to also join up, is to meet with the club’s management and suggest a few fundraisers. These events can help to earn funds for the club, as well as raise awareness of its important role in the community. Here are some simple fundraisers that can benefit the club. Swim-A-Thon A swim-a-thon event is perfectly suited to a swim club, given the level of endurance of its members. In this fundraisers, swimmers canvass their neighborhoods and seek sponsors who will provide a monetary incentive for each lap that is swum during the event, which may take place for two hours. Generally, a potential donor will ask the child how many laps he or she expects to swim, and then make a pledge per lap. For example, if the young swimmer thinks that he or she will manage 50 laps in two hours, the donor may pledge 50 cents per lap, for a total donation of $25. The swimmer follows up with the donor afterward to collect the money, which could be a little more or a little less, depending on how many laps that swimmer actually achieves. Healthy Food Drive Healthy eating is something that is important for young swimmers, and a healthy food drive can be an effective fundraiser — but with a twist. Swimmers will circulate through the neighborhood or, with permission, set up booths outside local grocery stores. The premise is that people will donate healthy, non-perishable food items — canned vegetables, whole-grain pasta, etc., that the swim club can then donate to a local charity. This donation will earn a charitable receipt, which the club can use as a deductible to save money at tax time. Summer Pool Party If the swim club has an outdoor pool, which is common at many aquatic centers, a summer pool party can be an effective way to raise money. Organize swimming-related games, seek donations from local food providers and maybe even consider having a live band playing. People from the community can pay a fee for tickets, giving them a chance to enjoy the games, do some swimming and also know that they’re supporting a worthwhile cause in the...

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3 Ways A Groom Can Help A Nervous Bride Look Her Best In Photos

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways A Groom Can Help A Nervous Bride Look Her Best In Photos

Wedding photos are one way for you and your spouse to remember your special day. Unfortunately, some individuals feel uncomfortable or shy about having their picture taken. If you feel confident while you are having your photo taken or rarely notice when a camera is around and your fiance is nervous about having her picture taken, there are several things you can do to help put her at ease and allow your wedding photographer to get the best pictures possible on your wedding day.  Practice Posing Together  If you know that your fiance is shy about having her picture taken, you may want to spend some time posing together before your big day. You may go to your wedding  photographer to have engagement photos taken or simply for a practice photo shoot. Alternatively, you can have a friend snap some pictures of you two together. Either way, this will allow you and your fiance to determine ahead of time which poses look good. This will give you a few poses that you can fall back on during the wedding if you get nervous in front of friends, family, and the cameras.  Tell Her She Looks Beautiful  Both of you will go through a lot of effort to look your best on your wedding day, so it should not be a problem to tell your fiance that she looks beautiful. However, you may want to remind her several times throughout the day. If you notice that her smile is forced or she looks nervous, simply lean over and whisper to her that you think she looks fantastic. This can put her at ease and help create a natural smile as well as a sweet, intimate moment to capture on film.  Distract Her From the Camera  Another way to make your fiance feel more comfortable is to help take her mind off of the camera. You may want to flirt with her or tease her. For example, you can surprise her by picking her up or by sweeping her off of her feet onto the dance floor. All of this will help distract her from the camera and allow her natural beauty and your relationship to shine through the photos.  If you have a photo-shy bride-to-be, the best way for you to support her is to ask her how she would like you to handle photos before your wedding. This way, you can have several ideas on the day of the...

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Traveling Can Be Such A Pain In The Neck: Four Important Steps To Take When Flying With A Guitar

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Traveling Can Be Such A Pain In The Neck: Four Important Steps To Take When Flying With A Guitar

Traveling with your guitar is simple, right? You just throw it in the case and away you go. Wrong! Flying with your guitar can potentially ruin it if you don’t know what your doing. Not only can the pressure from the flight break the neck of your guitar, if it slips too hard against something, you may land only to find your instrument in pieces. Below is a list of important precautions you need to take in order to ensure your guitar is in the same condition when you touch down as it was before you left. Loosen The Strings The thought of loosening your guitars strings may induce a small panic attack, but it is necessary to do when traveling by plane. While flying, the pressure and temperatures are likely to change drastically. The changes will cause stress on the neck of your guitar, which will cause it to become warped or even snap altogether. Before you pack it for travel, de-tune the strings in order to relieve some tension from the neck of the guitar. Remove All Tools Every musician carries around necessary instrument tools in their guitar cases. Before you travel, it is important to remove these tools so that your guitar doesn’t get damaged during the flight. For instance, if you have string cutters in your case, chances are high that your guitar will be scratched during the flight. Similarly, if you have polishing liquids stored in your case, they could spill in the case and damage your guitar. Pack The Case Airplanes are known to have a bit of turbulence while flying. With your guitar below in the storage deck, you won’t know if it’s sliding around and bumping into other hard objects. Use newspaper, bubble wrap or even old t-shirts to secure the guitar in place inside of your carrying case. Add support to the neck and headstock because these two points are the easiest and most common parts on a guitar to break. You will also want to stabilize the body of the guitar. If there is any extra room in the case, stuff it. You should plan for falls, drops and throws because it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Use TSA Approved Locks TSA officials won’t know as much about guitars as you do, so it is best to use TSA approved locks just in case there is any reason they need to take a closer look at your equipment. If you don’t use a TSA lock, then your latches could be damaged if an official needs to get into your case. For added measure, tape simple and easy-to-follow instructions on your guitar case for TSA officials to follow in the event they do need to get into your guitar case. You need to include instructions on how to handle and repackage your guitar so that there are no accidents or mishaps with your instrument. There is so much more that goes into traveling with your guitar than you may realize. If you do not know what needs to be done in order to travel with your instrument, you may find yourself needing a new guitar when you land. By following the simple instructions listed above, you will have an easier and less stressful time traveling with your guitar....

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How To Implement Team Building Games At A Party

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Implement Team Building Games At A Party

When you are trying to decide what type of entertainment you want for a party, you might think about music or some sort of performance. However, these tend to be passive forms of entertainment that may not make your guests enthusiastic about getting to know each other and talking. An interesting alternative that you can try is to prepare some team-building games for your party. Team-building games help people get to know each other and often give them many topics to talk about. Additionally, they create a common goal for participants that can help your party guests bond, creating lasting friendships.  Because most parties do not involve team building games, here are some tips that can help get you started.  Let People Know About the Games Before They Arrive Unless you often host parties with unusual themes, consider letting your guests know that you will be running a few team-building games. This can allow people to prepare for extra interaction. Also, you can get support from some of your more enthusiastic guests if a few of your guests do not want to participate.   Carefully Select Games Based on the People Who Will Be There Team-building games come in many different styles. They can be as simple as sitting in a circle and talking or as complex as building something together. You should pick a few games based on the number of people who will be at your party and they type of personality they have. For example, if you have a small group of reserved guests, consider a game that involves sharing and discussing rather than moving around and being silly.  Consider Outside Help  Professional team building consultants are used to running team building games and getting people to participate. You can hire one to come to your party and lead more involved games that involve props and more complicated personality assessments. However, it is important that you choose someone who has experience hosting team building games at parties and not simply for corporate events.  Make Sure You Have All Necessary Materials  If you are trying to get people interested in a team building game, stopping to look for extra supplies can make you lose your momentum. For that reason, it is important to make sure that you have everything you will need on hand, including plenty of pens and paper if necessary.  Although team building games might seem like a strange idea for a party at first, you may find that your friends become closer and your parties are more enjoyable with a few games that break the ice. Contact a company like Houdini’s Room Escape for more...

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Simple Etiquette Rules To Remember On Your Next Bus Tour

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Etiquette Rules To Remember On Your Next Bus Tour

Taking a bus tour is an ideal way to see a new city that you’re visiting or even have a relaxing afternoon checking out the sights in your own city. Without having to worry about traffic, directions or parking, you’ll be able to truly relax and enjoy the scenery as it passes. Whether you’ve booked a tour bus for a large group of family and friends or you’re with a few loved ones in the company of other like-minded individuals, it’s important to make sure that your behavior doesn’t interfere with other peoples’ enjoyment of the day. Here are some etiquette tips to keep in mind. Memorize The Travel Schedule One of the joys of taking a tour bus is that it will often stop at specified locations for you to check out for short intervals. If this is part of the itinerary, make sure that you’re acutely aware of the travel schedule so that you’re not late in returning to the bus. As a passenger, there’s nothing worse than having your tour put on hold because a member didn’t return to the bus at the right time. Make sure that you know the length of each stop and where the bus will be picking you up. Be Conscientious About Your Lunch If some of your stops give you the opportunity to grab a to-go lunch and carry it on board with you, make sure that you make a meal choice that is respectful of those around you. Meals and snacks loaded with common allergens aren’t very conscientious — for example, skip the peanut butter sandwich or the bag of peanuts, as someone around you might have an allergy. Additionally, it’s polite to avoid buying something that is overly fragrant smelling out of respect for those seated near you. Take Off What You Take On It’s important to also be respectful of the driver, and this means keeping your seat and the area around it as tidy as possible. The rule to remember is to take off what you take on — if you carry a bag of chips onto the bus at one stop, make sure you carry the empty bag off the bus to dispose of it at the next stop. Wait Until The Vehicle Stops To Stand Up Sure, you’re excited to see the next destination, but no one likes someone who walks down the aisle and stands at the front of the vehicle for five minutes leading up to the next stop. You’ll keep in the good graces of your fellow travelers by waiting until the vehicle stops, and then standing up and taking your place in line to disembark. For more tips, talk to a bus tour professional like Open Loop New...

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3 Tips For Making Your Money Go Further On A Slot Machine

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Making Your Money Go Further On A Slot Machine

There are so many things to love about a slot machine — the glitz, the glamour, the lights and the excitement. However, one thing that you probably don’t love is how fast one of these machines can eat your cash. Luckily, it is possible to make your money go further on a slot machine. These aren’t secrets for winning on slots; instead, they are secrets for enjoying the money that you put in for as long as possible, regardless of the outcome. 1. Join the Players’ Club No matter what casino you might be gambling at, such as, there should be a players’ club that you can join for free. Signing up for the players’ club typically involves providing some basic information about yourself and being offered a card that you can insert into the machine. Joining the club at many casinos can come with various perks that can help you make the most out of your gambling dollars, such as by receiving a certain amount of free play when you join. Plus, the casino might send you promotional offers for things like lower-priced rooms after you spend a bit of time gambling with your players’ card. 2. Don’t Rush Things Slot machines in themselves can be pretty exciting and fun to watch. Even though today’s modern slot machines typically allow you to skip past the lights and graphics so that you can hurry up and spin, there is really no need to do so. Skipping constantly can cause your money to go that much faster and can take away a lot of fun of the machine. Consider slowing things down so that you can enjoy every moment. 3. Enjoy a Tasty Beverage Many casinos offer complimentary or affordable beverages — alcoholic or non — to patrons who are playing on their slot machines. When the cocktail waitress stops at your machine, don’t hesitate to order a drink. Having something tasty to sip on while playing the slots — and people-watching and otherwise enjoying the casino vibe — can make things that much more fun. Even though you might wish that you had the secret to hitting it big on the slot machine, the real key is to have as much fun as possible while you are playing. Luckily, following these three tips can help you maximize your experience and have as much fun as possible, regardless of how much or how little you are looking to feed through the...

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