Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Baywatch Review & Giveaway!

  “Hysterical.  Delivers huge laughs!” –Shawn Edwards, FOX-TV

“Straight-up hilarious fun!”
–Matthew Jussim, Men’s Fitness


DWAYNE JOHNSON AND ZAC EFRON GO BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY IN THE OUTRAGEOUS, ACTION-PACKED COMEDY 
Raucous Extended Version Hits the Beach August 29, 2017 on 4K Ultra HD™ and
Blu-ray™ Combo Packs

Digital HD Available Two Weeks Early on August 15
  The “bawdy, sexy” (Neil Pond, Parade) and “ridiculously fun” (Rachel Smith, FOX-TV) comedy BAYWATCH makes waves with a new extended version, featuring outrageous footage not seen in theaters, on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack August 29, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Fans can dive in two weeks early on Digital HD August 15.

When a dangerous crime wave hits the beach, legendary Lt. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson, The Fate of the Furious) leads his elite squad of badass lifeguards on a mission to prove you don’t have to wear a badge to save the bay. Joined by a trio of hot-shot recruits including former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), they’ll ditch the surf and go deep undercover to take down a ruthless businesswoman (Priyanka Chopra, TV’s “Quantico”), whose devious plans threaten the future of the bay.

The BAYWATCH 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs include both the extended and theatrical versions of the film and are loaded with special features, including interviews with the sensational cast, a look at the “Baywatch” legacy, behind-the-scenes footage of the spectacular stunts, as well as deleted and extended scenes.  The film also boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack* remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. 

BAYWATCH Blu-ray Combo Pack

The BAYWATCH Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The DVD in the combo pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the theatrical version of the film as well as the following:   Blu-ray


  • Extended Version of the film in high definition
  • Theatrical Version of the film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
            o   Meet the Lifeguards
            o   Continuing the Legacy
            o   Stunts & Training
            o   Deleted & Extended Scenes

DVD

  • Theatrical Version of the film in standard definition


BAYWATCH 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack

Fans can enjoy the ultimate viewing experience with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes the Blu-ray detailed above, as well as an Ultra HD Disc presented in 4K Ultra HD with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack also includes access to a Digital HD copy of the theatrical version of the film.
BAYWATCH Single-Disc DVD


The single-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The disc includes the theatrical version of the film in standard definition. 

Paramount Pictures and Uncharted present a Montecito Picture Company/FlynnPictureCo./Fremantle Productions production of a Seth Gordon film.  Dwayne Johnson  Zac Efron “Baywatch”  Alexandra Daddario and David Hasselhoff.  Music supervisor Dana Sano.  Music by Christopher Lennertz.  Costume designer Dayna Pink. Edited by Peter S. Elliot, A.C.E. Production designer Shepherd Frankel.  Director of photography Eric Steelberg, A.S.C. Executive producers Michele Berk, Louise Rosner-Meyer, Tom Pollock, Ali Bell, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger.  Produced by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann, Beau Flynn, p.g.a., Ivan Reitman.  Based on the series “Baywatch” created by Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz and Gregory J. Bonann.  Story by Jay Scherick & David Ronn and Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant.  Screenplay by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift.  Directed by Seth Gordon.

About Paramount Home Media Distribution
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, consumer products, and digital content for audiences in 180 countries and territories.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies. 

About Dolby Atmos
Dolby Atmos delivers moving audio—sound that can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead. It brings entertainment alive all around the audience in a powerfully immersive and emotive experience. To learn more about Dolby Atmos, visit dolby.com/Atmos.


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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Budget-Friendly Bathroom Updates

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Updating your tired old bathroom and giving it a new lease of life really doesn’t have to mean a costly renovation. There are a number of budget-friendly updates that can and do leave your bathroom looking as good as new, and possibly even like a completely different space.

Here are some of the most frugal bathroom updates for you to try:

Update the Fixtures

A very frugal way to give your bathroom a new lease of life is by changing the fixtures like the faucets, cabinet handles and shower head. You can buy some really pretty fixtures, which have a more ‘designer’ look than standard, and they really do make your bathroom look more expensive, more modern and a lot fresher.

Update the Lighting

If your bathroom’s lighting fixture is old and tired, just replacing it with one of the many low-cost chandeliers you can purchase now will make a big difference. Replacing fluorescent lighting or old bulbs that give the room an unpleasant yellow glow, will also help to improve the look and feel of your bathroom

Create Your Own Vanity
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If your vanity is in need of being replaced, but you don’t have the money to buy an impressively modern new one, why not turn an existing piece of furniture that you no longer need into one. You might need the help of a plumber to install it, but once that’s done, you’ll have a unique piece. If you don’t have any unwanted furniture, sites like Craigslist are eBay are a great place to source them on a budget.

Declutter

If you don’t want to spend any money at all, the simple act of decluttering your bathroom can work wonders. Once you’ve thrown out all those old shampoo bottles, hidden your lotions and potions away in cabinets and on shelves, and given the room a good clean, it will look just like new.

Don’t Underestimate Accents

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference, and this is especially true in the bathroom, where a new set of colorful towels, a pretty soap dish and a handful of feature tiles can make your bathroom look like it’s been interior designed by a professional.

Give Your Tiles Some Attention
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If you can stretch to buying new tiles and hiring a tiler, tiling the bathroom is probably the best way to update it to your style. If you can’t do that, then respraying your tiles a new color, or even just redoing the grout, will give the place a big lift.

A New Shower Curtain

Shower curtains cost very little, but replacing them can work wonders because, as you will probably know, they get dirty pretty quickly, and because they take up a fair amount of space in the bedroom, replacing them with a new one, with a different design can be quite transformative.

Frame Your Mirror

Adding an elegant frame to your mirror will make it look more expensive and as a result, elevate the resto the bathroom too.

Even just doing one of these things will make a major difference to the appearance of your bathroom, do them all and your bathroom will look brand new without you breaking the budget!

Easy Ways To Earn Extra Cash For Your Family Vacation

When you’re budgeting for a family, there isn’t always much room for manoeuvre. If there isn’t any extra cash in your budget, a family vacation is hard to save for. If you’re very strict with yourself all year round, you can probably manage it, but the best way to easily save for a vacation is to earn a little extra money on top of your existing income. There are plenty of different ways that you can bring in some cash to add to your vacation fund without eating into your daily routine too much.

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Cashback Credit Cards

If you’re using a credit card regularly, you could be making it work for you. There are loads of credit card deals that offer cash back on some purchases. If yours doesn’t, then you’re missing out for no reason. Some of the best deals offer you 5% back on everything that you spend but you won’t always get a rate that good. Lots of them are limited time only offers as well so if you want to get the best deals, you’ll need to shop around regularly and change to another deal if necessary.

Online Games

It’s not the safest way to earn money, but if you’re careful, games such as the lotto could make you a lot of cash. Your chances of winning aren’t great but it’s also cheap to enter so the risks balance themselves out. You don’t have to win the jackpot to get enough money together for a holiday so it’s always worth playing. As long as you are only playing occasionally, it’s a good way to get some quick money together for a vacation.

Sell Old Clothes

Everybody’s got a closet full of old clothes that they’ll never wear again. They’re just taking up space so you might as well turn them into something useful. Cash for clothes companies will pay you by the kilo for all of your unused clothes. They don’t give you that much for them but if you aren’t going to wear them anyway, you might as well kill two birds with one stone and get rid of them, and make a bit of money for your family vacation fund at the same time. Some people have been scammed by online sites that haven’t paid for the clothes that they’ve been sent so always be wary, and try to use a company with a physical premises if possible.

Focus Groups

When companies are developing new products, they always need feedback from the public, and they’re willing to pay for it. Being a member of a focus group is a really easy way to get some extra money, without having to do much at all. Most of the time, they’ll invite you in and have you try a new product, then ask you a few questions about it. Most agencies only let you do one or two every year but they pay well so it’s worth doing.

Most of these things only bring in a small amount of cash but combine them all and you’ll soon have enough saved up for a great family vacation.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Searching For Old Navy Discount Codes?

This is one of the worst feelings, when you reach the checkout with an online cart full of terrific finds only to find that the discount code you entered is invalid. This is such a bummer. Most of us either checkout without saving money using a great discount code or simply walk away from the computer. I am here to tell you there is a better way, Dealspotr has come up with a great new coupon and deal finding platform.

We all love the amazing back to school finds at Old Navy, cheap, adorable styles that will give your little one great confidence on that first day. But it is also very challenging to get discounts and coupons for Old Navy online. When using Dealspotr you can find numerous codes that will help you save some hard earned cash. In case you have your doubts why don't we take a little wander on the world wide web and see what deals are lurking about.


By checking out Retailmenot.com I was able to see all the sales that Old Navy is currently having which doesn't help solve my dilemma but is good to know. Also if your not already subscribed to their newsletter you can earn 30% off by becoming a subscriber.


Next I cruised on over to Bradsdeals.com to see what they had to offer and once again I was directed to the current sales at Old Navy which is something we already discovered and wasn't entirely what I am looking for. These sites are helpful in their own ways and provide great information regarding the stores your looking for but they do not provide you with discount codes on the products you truly want.



Our last stop was Dealspotr and I was pleased that the first thing I saw was a 40% off any one item discount coupon. And if that wasn't enough if you scroll down a little bit further you will see that there are even more codes to be discovered. Dealspotr offers expert tips to help you out if codes are letting you down and they also let you know what the odds are of these codes working. They aren't pulling the wool over your eyes and saying it is a for sure thing but they are showing you codes that have been used by others previously and may or may not work for you.

Dealspotr is looking out for your best interest by giving you options of what your looking for instead of telling you what is on sale. This is one of the best ways to save money while shopping online and actually buying what you wanted and not only shopping for what they have on sale that day.

To give you an idea of how this shopping trip will look I will test one of these codes for you and show you how easy it really is. First I will find something awesome to buy at Old Navy!



Friday, 11 August 2017

Swag Luau Team Challenge


Put on your lei, enjoy some Slack-key guitar, and get ready to eat some Kalua Pork, because Swagbucks is holding a Luau Team Challenge to help you earn free gift cards! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! The challenge, begins Monday, August 14th at 8am PT, but you can pre-register starting on Friday, August 11th!

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team.
2. Starting August 14th at 8am PDT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 600 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 
Not only that, but if you sign up under me this month and earn 300 SB before September 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 100 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, and members of the 3rd place team will receive a 30 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, August 18th at 2pm PT and will expire on Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm PT.

Activity: Make Geometry Creatures!

What You Need:

  • One set of geometry shapes-- either store-bought or drawn and cut out of paper. Common shapes in the fourth grade curriculum are: circles, squares, rectangles, cones, cylinders, cubes, pyramids, spheres, octagons, hexagons, and triangles.
  • Drawing paper
  • Notebook paper

What You Do:

  1. Start out by giving your child ample time to play with the geometric shapes. Review any shapes he doesn't recognize.
  2. Now, bring some art into the mix. It's time for your child to create a geometric creature using as many different shapes as he can find. He can make a funny shaped monster face, make a nonsense shape, or put two shapes together to create one big shape (like three equilateral triangles to create a trapezoid). When your child has finished his monster, ask him to trace it onto a piece of drawing paper. Parents: don't peek!
  3. Ask your child to write down the steps required to make his creature, including the specific geometric shapes he used (this will help them become a natural part of his vocabulary.) Explain that the object of this activity is to write clear, detailed directions so the other player (you!) can recreate the creature on another piece of paper.
  4. Using your child’s written directions and nothing else, try to draw his geometric creature.
  5. Now switch roles and give him a whirl. This time, you do the inventing, and let him use the directions you write to try to create your creature. Not only will this game solidify his recollection of the geometric shapes, it will also hone his writing skills and his ability to sequence directions. In other words, it all adds up to great math practice, plus a little extra!

Top 5 Back to School Stressors and How to Bust Them

While the start of a new school year comes with excitement for kids, it also comes with stress. It’s common for kids to feel overwhelmed this time of year especially as they navigate the challenges that crop up with a new school year. This stress can manifest itself in stomach aches, headaches, loss of appetite, even depression. Here are 5 common top back to school stressors and how parents can help their kids to bust them.

1. Facing the bully.
For kids who are bullied, summer break also means a break from the relentless verbal and at times physical abuse that can be crushing to a kid’s self-worth. Oftentimes kids won’t tell parents that they are being bullied because they are embarrassed or fear telling school administrators will only escalate the bullying. As the school start date approaches, pay attention to your kid’s anxiety level. Communicate and ask them what they are looking forward to this school year. Ask them who are they most excited to see when they return to school. Listen for any negativity and seek to understand where it comes from. Ask if they ever witnessed bullying and what they would do if they did. If your child reveals that they don’t want to see a certain group of kids ask why and get as much information as you can. You want to show your kid that they have your support without judgement.

2. Extra work!
Kids who once did great may enter the new year and feel overwhelmed with the additional school work. Perhaps they aren’t grasping the material as quickly as they once did. This is common especially in math at the junior high level. Once parents can no longer help kids with homework, they may want to invest in tutoring. Before selecting a tutor it’s wise to have your child be evaluated to get clarity on how they learn best. Some kids are visual learners making a math tutor who helps the student to “see” how the equations play out in visual analogy are tremendously helpful. Another solution that can benefit the whole family is hiring a time management or accountability coach to help the entire family to manage schedules effectively.

3. Tuition bills.
With the skyrocketing cost of education, many kids listen to parents discussing the stress they feel about college tuition and then take on that stress themselves. Money is a stressful topic because it is usually never spoken about openly and honestly. Some students may wonder if college is even a right option for them but fear voicing this opinion. Many feel that higher education leaves them ill prepared for “the real world.” Many parents and kids question the value of the six-figure tuition price tag. There has been a slow shift away from traditional education in favor of entrepreneurship. Perhaps an internship at a small business a few days per week after school can provide them with more hands-on experience on a path that truly interests them and can be even more lucrative. Showing your kids there are many ways to achieve success, presents options they may not have ever known existed. 

4. The unknown.
Whether your child is starting school for the first time or entering junior high, high school or even college; anxiety is common when we are uncertain. Anxiety doesn’t discriminate and older kids get anxious about the unknown just the same as the younger kids do. It’s common for small children to have separation anxiety at the start of school and for homesickness to strike college freshman living away for the first time. Touring the school, getting to know teachers in advance, and getting as much information beforehand helps kids to mentally prepare for what they can expect.

5.  Social status and drama.
The return to school comes with the return to more kids and more social drama. Usually in the summer, kids stick to their immediate group of best friends. During the school year, they are forced to get along with everyone. The gossip and constant pressure to fit in can cause anxiety. Simple things like choosing clothing, hairstyle and over all appearance can cause a lot of pressure. Teens especially are trying to get a handle on body image and are often feel anxious about being judged by other kids. It’s important to be supportive and understanding while reaffirming your child’s strengths and larger goals. When your kids are busy focused on what they want to achieve and what they enjoy doing, they’re less likely to have time to concern themselves with the opinions of others.

About the expert:
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Regular HVAC Maintenance Is Crucial


Your HVAC unit is one of the most important devices in your home. It allows your home to be a comfortable place to live when it is very hot or cold outside. Therefore, it is vitally important that it is always in working in order. Of course, machines are going to break down eventually. This is a basic fact of life. However, you can minimize the chances of this happening to your HVAC unit by having regular maintenance performed on it. Here are a few of the biggest reasons why paying a professional technician to look at your HVAC unit regularly is a good investment.

1. Smaller problems will be detected before they get out of hand.

This is the biggest reason why you should invest in having your HVAC system looked at regularly. Your goal should be to find problems while they are very small. This means that they will not cost a lot to repair if these problems are still in their very early stages. However, neglecting these problems by not having your HVAC unit checked regularly will most likely result in repair bills that are quite large. You would be wise to hire a person who works for a company that does AC repair Hampton VA to look at your HVAC unit at least twice each year.

2. It will be less likely that your HVAC unit will break down when you are depending on it the most.

There are several times each year when there are extreme temperatures outside. These are the times that you need your HVAC unit to function flawlessly so you and your family can remain comfortable. There is no way to guarantee that an HVAC unit will always run perfectly. However, having it serviced on a regular basis will mike it highly unlikely that your HVAC unit will encounter a serious problem.

3. Ducts that are not cleaned regularly can become clogged.

The mechanical part of your HVAC unit is not the only thing that you will need to pay attention to. It is also very important to have the ducts cleaned a couple of times each year. This is because dust and other debris can build up inside your ducts and begin to cut off the airflow. This will prevent the hot and cold air from getting where it needs to go. It can also cause your fan to work too hard and break down.

Problems that can easily ruin your backyard

   
 We usually consider backyard renovation in terms of aesthetics. There is a certain look we wish to create that will be relaxing for us and our family. What we do not realize is that this aesthetics can be costly.
    I am not talking about money in this case; I’m talking about different items, objects and plants that can ruin your backyard and bring more problems than solutions.
Here is the list with 5 common issues that may happen after you create a certain type of exterior design.

  1. Palm trees
Palm trees are common for tropical paradises. If you love summer, you probably thought about using them to create such paradise atmosphere in your backyard.
Unfortunately, these trees can be very troublesome.
First thing that needs to be mentioned is that they are growing all over the place. Unlike common trees that are mostly going upwards, palms tend to go sideways and can grow really big. This is often disregarded as people often presume that palms will be exactly as those seen on postcards and reality is a bit different.
They are also very susceptible to diseases and storms. They can easily be ravaged and lose their charming look which is the main reason why people take them in the first place.
When something like that happens people would call experts for palm tree removal. Although removal will save the plant, you will still be forced to relinquish it.

  1. Hedges
There is a good reason why people simply put wooden wall or fence around their property – it is much easier than having hedges.
Hedges look nice but only in the movies. The fact is they require a lot of work. Unlike flowers that need some basic maintenance, hedges require trimming all the time. Albeit you can do something great with them, gardening is required.
There are also some other issues with plant itself. A lot of leaves can drop from the hedge affecting its appearance. When these holes start popping up, hedge loses its appeal and it very hard to remove it completely.

  1. Gravel
Gravel is a really popular construction material which is most commonly seen in backyards. It is usually used for patios or pathways around the backyard. Although it is something that fits well with almost any design, there is a big issue with it.
Gravel is really hard to walk on.
Seniors are the ones that will first notice this as it can be something that easily leads to an injury especially during winter when everything is frozen over. It can also pose a problem to women due to their high heels. If you’re having guests in your backyard, this will be quickly noticed.
This material can also pose some issues for people who are barefooted. Due to its structure (and especially if there are rough pieces) it can be troublesome to walk on it. If you have a pool in addition, it is easy to see how it can cause injuries.
It is also problematic for furniture pieces and it isn’t best surface.

  1. Huge concrete areas
Although I mentioned that gravel can be an issue, the same can be said for bigger concrete areas.
Concrete erodes after some time and holes start appearing. This is rather normal but the issue is what comes next.
During winter, these holes will start filling with water. Water will then turn to ice due to low temperature. This ice will widen the holes and slowly but surely, the damage will increase. Ultimately, part of concrete will fall down and create holes.
This can of course be prevented if you patch the holes as soon as you see them. Bigger concrete areas are much more susceptible in this case.

JOHN WAYNE DOUBLE FEATURE BLU-RAY


  John Wayne Double Feature Blu-ray combo pack is available on August 8 2017!



No name is more synonymous with westerns than John Wayne, and now you can bring home two of “The Duke’s” most legendary performances with the John Wayne Double Feature. In Rio Lobo John Wayne headlines a star-studded cast (including Jorge Rivero, Jack Elam, and Victor French) as a Civil War colonel on the hunt for the men who betrayed his unit. In Big Jake, “The Duke” teams up with his real-life son Patrick Wayne and the incomparable Maureen O’Hara in a film about an aging gunfighter who must rescue his grandson from the ruthless outlaw John Fain (played by screen legend Richard Boone).

DVD Specifications:

Widescreen Format

English 5.1 Surround
English 2.0 Surround
English Subtitles
                 
Blu-ray Specifications:
           
1080p High Definition
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
English Stereo Surround
French, Castilian, German, Latin American Spanish and Japanese Mono (“Rio Lobo”
& “Big Jake”)
Brazilian Portuguese Mono (“Big Jake”)
English SDH Subtitles


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Last Minute Moving: Little Ways To Make The Process A Little Smoother

For one reason or another, you’ve ended up in a bit of a sticky situation - you have to move house, and you have to do it soon. Perhaps you’ve been offered a job in a new town and need to move closer to the office? Maybe you’ve got a new addition on the way and need a home that offers more space? Or, could it be that your home is too expensive to run and if you don’t move soon you will end up in debt?

Whatever the reason for your need to move house quickly, the chances are that it’s put a lot of pressure on you and your family. There’s no getting away from the fact that moving so quickly is going to be exhausting, time-consuming, and stressful, but if it means you will have a better future, then it’s worth it, isn’t it?

Last minute moving might be a nightmare but if you take note of the steps below you can make the process slightly smoother.

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Be willing to compromise on your new home

When you are shopping around at the last minute for a new home, the fact is you have to be willing to compromise. You may not want to, but if you are serious about finding a new home quickly, then you have to be willing to compromise on certain things. Write two lists, one that states what your new home must have and one that says what you would like it to have. Just remember, even if you have to compromise on certain things, it doesn’t mean you won’t love your new home. You can always make changes to it, so there is no need to stress about having to pick somewhere that isn’t as perfect as you hoped it would be.

Get your old home sold quickly

Once you’ve found somewhere new to live - or during the time you’re searching for somewhere - focus on getting your old home sold. For a quick sale, which is what you need when you’re planning a last minute move, and are thinking ‘I need to sell my house now’, it could be worth contacting local companies that buy houses, to see what price they can offer you. It could take months to find an independent buyer, which is why using a specialist company could be a good option.

Hire help

Obviously, you will want help on moving day, that’s a given, but what about with your packing? Did you know that there are companies that provide home packing assistance? You may not like the idea of paying someone to help pack your home, but if you have a tight time frame, it could be worthwhile. Remember, you want to take advantage of anything that will help to make moving house quickly easier and less stressful. If hiring help will do that, then it’s worth it, isn’t it?

Moving at the last minute is never going to be easy, but if you take note of the tips and advice above, you can make the process that little bit smoother.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Vital Home Measures For The Fall

One thing that the change of seasons brings with it is the need to look at your home and see what needs fixing up. More often than not, there is plenty that you need to do in order to get your home in the right position for the next season. When it comes to the summer to fall switchover, you need to focus in particular on keeping the weather out, and reducing any damage which it might be liable to cause in your home. Fortunately, there is plenty that you can do towards that end. Let’s have a look at some of the most essential things to consider.

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Weather

Something that really does become important fast is that you keep your home interior protected against the cold weather. Although the weather will probably not be freezing until winter, it is still always surprising how cold it can suddenly get around September and October time. With that in mind, you will want to make sure that you are checking your home for draughts and sealing any that you might come across. Focus primarily on windows and doors here, as well as checking the roof for any possible fractions which might be causing the problem. Keeping the weather out will soon become an absolute essential, so be sure not to overlook this.


Cheap Fixes

There are certain times of year when homekeepers become especially concerned with the financial side of things, and this is usually one of them. Even in October, you will need to start thinking about the colder months, when higher energy bills and the onset of Christmas means that your wallet can suddenly be a little strained. You have a number of solutions available to you here. First of all, be sure to find the proper funding for any major fixes which you might need to make. No matter what your financial history is, you can probably find the help you need. There is always a short term loan bad credit sufferers can even make use of, so never say never. You might also want to think about fixing up the smaller problems in the home first, as these will usually be cheaper to do, and are still vital.

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Garden Preparation

Another common activity around that time is to begin prepping the garden for the colder months. This is the kind of thing that can cause a huge concern if you forget about it or leave it until the last minute, so make sure that you do not make that vital mistake. Start thinking now about what you intend to do for your garden to get ready for the fall. It might be that you want to check your trees for any loose hanging branches, for example. These can fall off in the wind and cause damage to your lawn, or even something much more serious. You should also look into protecting your smaller plants, perhaps by potting them up and bringing them indoors or into a greenhouse. This will ensure that they can survive the colder months much more easily.

5 Useful things to do with a large backyard


Not all homes are blessed with a large backyard. When you live in the city, real estate is an expensive commodity, and for people who live in apartments and condominiums, having a backyard is considered a luxury.

For those blessed with a large backyard, there are endless possibilities that they can use the backyard for. It would be unfortunate if such a large space would be unused and just left with grass and nothing else. If you are one of those who has a large backyard and you want to do something to it but you have no idea what you can do, check out some of these projects that you can undertake to make your backyard more useful.

1. Build a pool – this might seem like the most expensive of the choices, but it would be so worth it. If you have the cash to spare, don’t hesitate to have a pool built in your backyard. With your very own pool, you don’t need to go to private pools where you might encounter long lines, unsanitary public shower areas, and if worse comes to worse, some kind of disease if the pools are not cleaned properly.

2. Create a playground/play area for children – if you have children or grandchildren, the backyard would be the perfect area for them to play on. Install some slides, obstacle courses or a sandbox where they can enjoy. You can even put a treehouse or a life-sized dollhouse if you are able to do simple carpentry.

3. Install a patio with a backyard fire pit  - if you like entertaining guests, use your backyard as an extension of your house by building a fire pit where your guests can enjoy. This is a perfect place to enjoy, especially during the colder months. Just remember to check the building codes in your city so you know the proper rules and regulations. There are many designs to choose from so do your research before you start planning.

4. Enjoy a game of basketball – if you’re an active person and enjoy a game of hoop with your friends, why not build a half-court in your very own backyard? Imagine being able to enjoy playing your favorite sport with your kids, grandkids or your friends. You can even schedule a competition to make it more interesting.

5. Build a beautiful garden  - if the previous projects seem too complicated for you, then why not go for a simple but beautiful garden? Imagine your backyard filled with flowers and trees. You can even choose a theme for your garden. You can go for the classic and elegant, or you can go for something a little more whimsical. Landscaping your backyard is a great way of utilizing the space that you have. While some garden projects do not require a lot of tools, if you have larger lot area, you may need to get some heavy equipment to meet your garden needs. Check out some of the equipment that you can rent at Rent1 USA to get started on your backyard project today.