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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4 Reasons Why Gaming Isn’t A Wasted Hobby

We are living in a time when gaming no longer has the stigma it used to. Sure, there are still media reports blaming video games for crime and corruption in our country. There will still be parents telling their children to get outside for some fresh air and into a more useful hobby. And you may have people in your life telling you to stop wasting time playing games on your laptop or console. But as a rule, and to the relief of many a gamer, gaming now has a more respectable image than it used to. In short, gaming is not the wasted hobby it was once thought to be.

As a gamer, you will know the value of playing video games. Sure, you may need to put down that gamepad occasionally – there are other ways to spend your time – but we’re not here to nag. We are gamers too, and in this article, we will remind you of some of the some of the reasons why playing video games is okay. Use these reasons to convince any skeptics in your life.

#1: Gaming is wonderfully escapist

Not many of us have the opportunity to drive a high-end racing car. Very few of us have the chance to live out life as an action hero. We are never going to be part of an interstellar space battle. And unless we are really really good at sport, we aren’t going to get to play for an NFL or NBA sports team. It sucks! But this is where games come in. We can lift ourselves from the mundanity of our everyday lives, and engage in all kinds of game experiences. We can get behind the racing wheel playing driving games. We can engage in action heroics playing games such as the latest Spider-man title. And we can pick up the annual sporting release and play for our team of choice. We can do all of these things because gaming allows us too!

#2: Gaming is a fun way to make money

The next time somebody tells you to “go and get a job,” remind them that gaming can make you a sizeable income. From starting your own YouTube channel to taking part in gaming tournaments, there are a number of ways to make an income. This is great news if you are looking to make money from the hobby you love, as you won’t need to spend a lot of time away from your gaming passion if you take up one of the opportunities available to you. And if you commit to gaming, you can make the big bucks. It is predicted those who take part in eSports will soon be earning more money than our top athletes! That’s something to throw in the face of your old gym teacher who berated you on your lack of sporting prowess or motivation!

#3: Gaming can bring people together

A common argument against gaming is that it is anti-social. And this is true to a degree, or at least it used to be. Thanks to the popularity of online gaming, this is no longer a solitary hobby. Whether you play games with people you know or with those from another country entirely, you can engage in conversations, have a laugh, and play games in the company of others. Sure, they may not be sat with you in your living room, but thanks to the power of online games, they don’t need to be. And unlike those friends you have in your ‘real life,’ you don’t have to kick them out of the house when you’re tired of them. You need only say goodbye and unplug from the game. Still, if you prefer the physical company of others, you can play games together in your living room. With games such as Mario Kart on the Switch and Rock Band (across a range of consoles), you can have fun with both friends and family, and bond together as a result.

#4: Gaming offers stress relief

Sure, there are those times when you are tempted to throw your joypad through the television screen, especially when playing mega-difficult games such as Dark Souls (game developers can be so cruel), but according to studies, gaming is a guaranteed way to relieve stress! This flies in the face of the detractors who claim gaming can cause aggression and violence. Of course, you, as the gamer already know the de-stressing power of video games, but have a read of the linked article to help you back up this argument should anybody criticize you for choosing to play games in your downtime. Of course, if you have just been ‘killed’ for the 1000th time playing any of the Dark Souls titles, you might want to calm down first before engaging in a discussion!

Thanks for reading, and happy gaming!

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

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The Inner Image: Taking The Best Family Pictures

Do you find that family outings are not visually captured as well as you’d like them to be? If you’re an amateur photographer, or you like a selfie or two with your kids, taking a good family photo is a fine art. After all, people have dedicated their entire lives to the endeavor of the perfect photograph. And while you don’t need to be Robert Capa, are there any fundamentals you can take on board to ensure that you don’t, at the very least, have your thumb over the lens?

Get The Focus Locked

Either you need to have the steadiest of arms, or you can go for the simpler option and get a tripod. You might consider this to be a bit bulky, but when you’re looking at capturing the perfect family photo, what have all the great portraits got in common? The camera has focus, and the subjects are still. So, making sure that the focus on the camera is locked, either by using the back button focus or manual focus, it will take a lot of the guesswork out of it.

Getting Action Shots

It all depends on the subject, but it’s much easier when you’ve got kids that are more than willing to mess around for the camera. You can get an abundance of action shots, but don’t feel that you’ve got to be static in these situations. In fact, if you’re looking to get various types of family photos, not just the still portraits, you may want to go a bit left-field and get a drone. On myrctopia.com there is a list of the best selfie drones, which adds another angle to your experience. And, if you want to get those really fantastic aerial shots of you and the family running on a massive beach, a drone is the best way to do it.

Get The Light Right

One of the most difficult tasks for any photographer is to get the light right because we can’t control it. And if you can’t drag piles of lighting equipment around with you, the simplest approach is to choose the right time to take these photos. Lighting is such an expansive topic, but the golden rule when getting a family portrait is that you get light into the subject’s eyes.

Undertake Your Own Education

Who are your favorite photographers? Do you admire anyone at all? For any budding photographer, getting into the work of one specific artist, whether it’s Pulitzer prize winner Kevin Carter or Vivian Maier, finding the right people to inspire your work and to go beyond the usual family portraits means you can create some amazing photographs that remain true to the subject. Your own education can begin right now, and sites like creativelive.com show some of the most common photography terms, so this can get you started.

We can all take a photograph, but the greatest photographs take the subject and show them in an honest and human light. When taking pictures of your family, you may know them inside out, but you can always benefit from learning how to get the camera to reveal their inner self.

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

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