Living the Mobile Home Lifestyle

Mobile homes are fast becoming a choice for people from all walks of life. Buying this kind of investment can draw in a few critical notions about the pros and cons of living in such a house. Considering the current value of homes with yards and the potential mortgage you have to pay every month, the flexibility of living in mobile homes has become very appealing for many. With a mobile house, you have lesser worries on the repairs and upkeep compared with having a brick and mortar house that you still have to pay for its mortgage.

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Retirees are looking at living a mobile home lifestyle so that they can move from place to place in comfort. Others prefer a home set in a good park because of the amenities and security it also offers. For small families with one or two kids, setting up a mobile home within a school bus route is ideal especially with school-age kids.

One of the biggest attractions offered by mobile or manufactured home living is the savings it offers to its owners. You pay a lot less than a traditional house and the price already includes new appliance, carpeting and utilities. Living in mobile home gives you the opportunity to choose a home park too. Some of these areas can even be more luxurious and offer more perks such as recreational centers, swimming pools and others. 

Lovingly written by Joy

Halloween is coming – Party ideas for everyone

Everyone’s favorite holiday is almost here, and there are several ideas you can use to create an awesome party for your friends and family. Any of the items needed for these party ideas can be purchased at Shindigz or on Amazon. Don’t forget to look up for Shindigz special promo codes to save you some extra cash.

Here are some party ideas for you

Walking Haunted House Tour 

Everyone loves a good haunted house; you can really have fun with this and create something that is really memorable. There is no limit as to what you can do here, and you can have friends and family plus any other volunteers participate and come up with ideas to make your haunted house stand out from the rest and give everyone a good fun scare.

Investigation Ghost Hunts 

This is great for kids and is basically like a treasure hunt or clue style game in the real world, it can include ghost and zombies as well murders or anything else Halloween related. Any item you need to make an authentic scary treasure hunt or detective case can be found at Amazon.

Halloween Charades 

This is fun for everyone, you can brainstorm on different idea that are related to Halloween like guillotine beheadings, vampires sleeping in their coffin, the creature of the black lagoon, Frankenstein and so on. The possibility is endless and is great for children and adults of all ages.

Best Costume Contest 

The classic contest that makes Halloween so fun, you can give prizes and other trophies. Anything from free pizzas to movie tickets and Halloween style home made trophies and other cool ideas all get people more engaged in the contest. Whatever you decide, make sure you inform people about it from the beginning so they can prepare and make awesome costumes.

Halloween Baking Contest 

Having a bake off is a great way to get to see some awesome cakes and baked goods and then to get to eat some tasty treats. You’ll be amazed by how good some bakers really are. There are some truly talented people out there.

Halloween Talent Show 

Offering a talent show related to the holiday is a great way to get people excited and to have a good laugh as most talent shows consist of some pretty funny antics.

These are just some ideas for Halloween parties and all of the items and gags you need for your party.

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Avoiding Bad Guitar Playing Habits – Nip Them in the Bud Early On

The earlier bad guitar playing habits are nipped in the bud the better for beginner guitarists – it’s all too easy for mistakes to become ingrained in one’s playing techniques which makes them extremely difficult to break out of later on.

Some bad guitar playing habits are caused by laziness, for instance failing to tune the guitar before playing, whilst others are the result of simply not knowing that one is going about things the wrong way, like incorrectly positioning one’s left hand thumb on the back of the guitar neck.

It’s advantageous to understand that playing the guitar is a physical activity, and like any physical activity, you need to get the fundamentals down pat before you move onto something more complex.

  1. Adopting the wrong attitude to practice
This is the number one bad habit of beginner guitarists, particularly those raised on ‘Guitar Hero’ for some reason – too much rocking out before learning the fundamentals perhaps?

Adopting the wrong attitude to practice could be adopting the ‘mañana’ attitude to practicing, i.e. ‘I’ll get around to it tomorrow’, or it could be failing to strike the right balance between learning something new and perfecting something you’ve already learned.

The best balance is one between learning something new and challenging, and practicing something you’ve learned in the past and want to keep working at perfecting.

  1. Trying to play beyond one’s ability
The saying ‘crawl before you walk’ is particularly relevant to guitar playing and it’s obvious that every guitarist needs to master the basics before they start playing complex chord progressions.

This is a particular problem amongst beginner guitarists who want to play along to thrash metal bands like Metallica or Pantera because they often lack an interest in slower rock.

However, they must bear in mind that they’re no Kirk Hammett or Dimebag Darrell just yet, and that they need to start off slowly, literally, before moving on to something faster.   

  1. Not perfecting chords before moving on to the next
Playing chords cleanly and correctly is extremely important and one of the most crucial fundamental aspects of guitar playing. A mistake many beginner guitarists are guilty of is failing to learn how to play chords clearly before moving onto the next.  

It won’t be denied that playing the same chords over and over again can prove tiresome, though before moving onto the next chord, they should be able to get that particular note to come out cleanly at least 75 percent of the time.

  1. Incorrectly positioning their hands
The way a guitar is held in one’s hand is crucially important and this is one of the most common mistakes that beginner guitarists make, one that’s particularly common among guitarists who learn from online tutorials rather than with a teacher.

This could entail an incorrect left hand thumb position, the way they place their hands when forming the regular first position F-chord, or the way they place the guitar in their lap that forces them to hold the guitar at the wrong angle altogether and places the wrist at a rather unconventional angle.  

  1. Not learning to play in time
As with any musical instrument, playing in time is one of the most crucial fundamentals of guitar playing, whether one plans on playing with other musicians or not, which they should because it’s inherently rewarding.

A metronome is a worthy investment, though if it’s a bit boring for you then consider buying a cheap keyboard with a built-in drum machine to play along with. It’s kind of like playing with a drummer in many ways, and a great way to learn how to keep time.  

You may have an ingrained love of music, the willingness to practice for hours every day, and have purchased one of the best guitars from an online store, but if you don’t break out of your bad guitar playing habits early on you’ll never improve and see the results you want to see.

Playing guitar can be an immensely rewarding experience and a skill that you’ll derive pleasure from for the rest of your days – understand what constitutes a bad habit, break out of them early on and live life through your guitar.

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When Novelty Gifts are at their Best

Finding the right gift for a friend or co-worker – or even a family member, for that matter – can be a lot more difficult than it ought to be. Ideally, you want the gift to be something that the person is going be able to use, or at least appreciate. However, this can put a lot of pressure on the giver.

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There is plenty of published data out there lending credence to the difficulty of selecting the right gifts. In the lead-up to Christmas a couple of years ago, The Telegraph published an article about the worst gifts that men buy for the women in their lives. These were a few of the stand-out items:

·         Cabbage
·         Salt
·         Sack of potatoes
·         Beard trimmers
·         Windscreen wipers

There’s a definite lack of creativity at work in the above list. Apparently, the men in this survey were satisfied to buy women things that they wouldn’t mind receiving themselves. Either that or they were just hungry when they went shopping.

The fact remains that choosing the right gift for a person is downright difficult. This is particularly true when buying for people that you don’t know that well – such as for a colleague. In a survey of Australians, one in five admitted to receiving a gift that they simply did not like. Of those, 30 percent either kept the gift or threw it away; another 20 percent had the audacity to re-gift the unwanted item.

Give a Gift that Will Make Them Smile

This is where a novelty item can swoop in and save the day. If you are shopping for someone that you really don’t know – be it for birthday or Christmas gifts or something else entirely – steer away from a soulless gift card or charitable donation on their behalf. Instead, purchase something that’s universally enjoyable. Something that will make them smile.

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You see, when you purchase a novelty item for someone, you are essentially foregoing the pretence of knowing anything about their personal preferences. Rather than putting yourself in a position in which you would have to try and determine what it is that they really want, you can instead buy them something to make them smile. The smile itself is the gift; and the novelty item is just a means to an end.

Of course, not all novelty items are manufactured equally, and some certainly are not going to go over as well as others. While you probably don’t want to give your boss a poo-shaped key ring (which actually made the list on the above-mentioned Telegraph article), there are plenty of tasteful items to consider. Finding them just requires a little bit of shopping around.

Fortunately, the Internet has made the prospect of shopping for novelty items much easier than it used to be. There is no longer any need to drive across town to visit a speciality shop in the mall. Instead, you can cut straight to the heart of the matter on your own computer or tablet from the privacy of your own home. A few clicks and you can finish all of your seasonal shopping for your co-workers in just a few minutes. 

Just remember: the best novelty items are those that actually serve a small but significant purpose. Remember ‘Big Mouth Bill Bass’, the singing robotic fish that it’s intended to be mounted over the mantelpiece? That may get a few laughs at the gift-giving party, but relatively few people would actually use the gift or leave on the mantel for more than a couple days.

A fish-shaped egg yolk separator, on the other hand, actually has a bit of utility – at least for someone that does any baking at home. Give them a gift like this, and they’ll crack a smile at the party. However, they are also liable to use that gift back home. That’s when your gift has really served its purpose.  

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