We Love These Home Upgrades!

You should always be thinking about the different ways that you can upgrade your home in our opinion. There’s just so much you can do to try and improve it on a day to day basis, but we bet you’re put off the idea purely down to the fact you feel like it’s a hell of a lot of effort. We think this is without a doubt the main reason why people don’t do anything to their home for so long, yet there are so many wonderful home upgrades that you can actually do. All you have to do is have a little bit of motivation to want to do them, and a little bit of a DIY head on you. But if you’re not sure what type of home upgrades you’ll going to need, or even where to start, you’re reading the right article. We love DIY and what it can do to your home, and even if you don’t do it yourself, there are still some fab home upgrades below that we think you should try and put in your home!

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The Simpler Things

There are some simple things that you can do to your home that will really make a difference. For one, you can think about all of the accessories and fun things that your home might be lacking, that will definitely add a bit of character. One we bet you haven’t thought of before, is a real life games machine like you would find in the arcades. They’re so much fun to have in your home, and even bring that vintage sort of vibe that you might have been missing up until now. Pinball is just one machine that you could get, and we guarantee it’ll transport you back to your younger years, and give you endless hours of fun in your home. Of course, there are plenty of other lovely home accessories that we think you’ll benefit from, and you can find plenty inspiration for those if you visit websites such as Pinterest.

The Bigger Projects

If you know your home needs something a little more substantial, then it is time to don your scruffs and get to work. A substantial change that you can make to your home without having to bring in professional, is a complete redecorate of a room, and we think it’s about time your bedroom had some TLC. Take down the wallpaper, or sand off the paint, and think about the colour scheme that you would like. White and grey is all the rage still, and it’s so easy to make a bedroom look super sophisticated by using it. It’s easy enough to decorate, you just have to take your time to make sure you’re doing it properly.

Making Sure You DIY Properly

Now.. we just said to make sure you’re doing it properly, and if you’ve never done it before, you might not know what properly is. Our best advice would be to watch some Youtube tutorials, or bring in family help to guide you. There will no doubt be an experiences decorator in your home that can guide you, but if not Youtube should do a fantastic job.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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The Most Comical, Incredible, Worrying Car Crashes In Movie History

While there’s nothing amusing about car crashes in the real world, if choreographed in an intense, insane manner on the big screen, they do have a certain explosive charm. Of course, in an intense drama, a car crash is a much different affair than a car crash in a movie featuring Jason Statham or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Movie car crashes can be entertaining because they often punctuate a car chase, and thus all the cathartic, intense energy is released through that intense twisting of metal, and often a fiery explosion. We enjoy seeing things on the silver screen, because we know in real life events like that would have a very different subtext.

However, this is all blindingly obvious. Instead of further exploring obvious statements, let us get to the meat of the article. If you’re looking for some high-octane and thrilling viewing pleasure this weekend.

The Matrix Reloaded

Any car crash that happens in the Matrix is relatively worry-free, because we know it as a synthetic world of no real consequence. However, the stakes our much different for Trinity, as she bounds from car roof to car roof whilst flipping off her motorcycle. This scene is of course punctuated by a fight on the top of a semi truck. Another is commandeered by an Agent, the villains of the piece, and is driven headlong in the opposite direction, effectively bring the most bombastic game of ‘chicken’ we’ve ever seen in theatres. As the two trucks collide, a sonic boom explodes, and debris flies everywhere. Certainly one for the movie history books.

Mad Max – Fury Road

Perhaps the most engaging part of Max Max’s bombastic road-terror is that it’s hard to imagine ourselves in that situation. That means the movie can be as insane as it likes without asking an audience to swallow the hardship of seeing themselves in that environment. In this movie, Tom Hardy drives through tornado winds in order to lose the procession of chasing vehicles behind him. The large, monster-truck like vehicles grind and knock into each other with abandon, but as some enter the hurricane level winds, they fly into the air, in a crazy kaleidoscope of churning metal. It’s this image that was perhaps one of the most memorable of 2015.

Die Hard 4

Die Hard isn’t known for its heavy realism either, but it’s perhaps the most believable world in this list (and that’s saying something.) As Bruce Willis attempts to cross the city in search of his goal, and with the entire corrupt police force on him, he decides to drive a police vehicle in the middle of an underground tunnel tolling booth, effectively using the raised barrier metal tracks to launch the vehicle in the air (but not before bailing out,) into the unwelcome reception of a search helicopter. Even the best road accident lawyers such as Gray And White Law might have trouble defending him for that one, but they’d certainly give it a try. It was a bold move, and it seemed to pay off. Thank goodness for our Bruce.

We hope this list has inspired you to watch a range of entertaining movies guilt-free this weekend.

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An Evening with the Cardinals

This one is a quick one but it is definitely worth the short notice!

Are you looking for ways to support charities based in St. Louis? Well, here is your chance.

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) will host its 7th annual An Evening with the Cardinals event on Saturday, January 26 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. This special event is a dinner and program focused on raising awareness for the NCCS’ work supporting families facing the reality of childhood cancer.

This year’s featured guests include Cardinals Hall of Famers Jim Edmonds and Chris Carpenter, along with emcee and voice of the Cardinals, Dan McLaughlin. You can join these esteemed players as they talk, laugh and reminisce about their careers with the Cardinals.

In the past six years, the event has raised more than $1.3 million for families battling childhood cancer. You can see highlights from last year’s event here.

Tickets are on sale NOW, so be sure to grab them while you can. If you can’t make it to the event but still would like to help out in some way, you can always send in a donation!

Donations will help the NCCS continue supporting families like Rhyan’s.

Soon after Rhyan started kindergarten, her parents noticed she had developed a small limp. And, this typically upbeat little girl was suddenly very moody. After several tests, Rhyan was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma.

After local treatment in Missouri, Rhyan needed her care transferred to a premier treatment facility in New York. The NCCS began assisting Rhyan’s family in June 2017 and has since funded 36 roundtrip flights and 18 cab rides, and will continue supporting Rhyan to ensure that she gets the best treatment possible – no matter what.

Now, Rhyan is 8 years old, in third grade and is her “loving, bubbly, sassy self,” says her mom, Jen.

About The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS): The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a not-for-profit organization providing support to families making their way through the daunting world of childhood cancer and survivorship. With over 30 years of experience serving more than 43,000 children, the NCCS is able to take a “no matter what” approach to help families stay strong, stay positive and stay together. The NCCS has been recognized as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and earned a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information call 314-241-1600, visit theNCCS.org, or on Facebook and Twitter.

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How Your Home Can Affect Your Health

Your home is supposed to be a reprieve from the outdoor world. It’s a place to relax, make memories, and all-around build up the energy we need to be an active part of the world. Alas, while that’s the plan, it’s not always how it goes. If we’re not careful, our homes can become detrimental to our health. Some of these issues can be handled easily; others, you’ll have more difficulty fixing, because they’re more of a permanent feature of the property. We take a look at a few of the big ones below.

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Quality of Sleep

 

In an ideal world, we’d all get a solid six to eight hours of sleep each night. But of course, this isn’t an ideal world. While some of the issues we have with getting a good night’s sleep of our own making – such as too much screen time, for instance – others we can lay squarely at the home. For example, if the property is too loud or too bright, then you can’t expect too many perfect nights in the land of nod. And that can lead to issues that include high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. If this is the case, invest in blackout curtains, and soundproof your home. It’s not as difficult as you might think.

 

Damp Issues

 

It wouldn’t be pleasant to live in a home that’s damp, but the consequences can be greater than simply “uncomfortable,” if that damp turns into mold. If you’re sensitive to molds, then you can expect to have throat and nose irritations, and other reactions. It can also exacerbate problems for those people who lung illnesses. You can prevent mold by cutting off any water leaks as soon as you notice them. If you already have mold, have it professionally removed.

 

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs

 

It’s possible that there are creatures living in your home that are making you sick, and we’re not talking about your kids, who often bring whatever bug is going around the playground back to your home. We’re talking about insects such as cockroaches and bed bugs, who can live in our homes undetected. If you suspect that you’ve got unwanted guests in your home, then it’s important that you call a pest control company as soon as possible. They won’t go away by themselves if they consider your house to be the perfect environment for living.

 

Mental Health

 

We’re understanding more and more about the things we need to be happy, and the things that can make our mental health plummet. Sometimes, people are living in homes that are compromising their state of mind, and don’t even know it. If your home is too dark, or too cramped, for instance, then you may struggle. It’s all about thinking about what you need and making sure that your home has it.

 

Where You Live

 

Alas, some things are beyond your control. If you live near a busy road, then you might heart troubles. Conversely, if you live by the coast, you may be given better all-around health.

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