Tuesday, August 4, 2020

NQC Announcement



PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 4, 2020) – The NQC Board of Directors announced today plans for NQC 2020, and provisional plans if NQC 2020 is not allowed to take place as scheduled due to state and government orders. 
 
If state orders allow, NQC 2020 will occur as scheduled. However, if state orders for September include any kind of social distancing, it will mean that NQC 2020 will have to be suspended.
 
If NQC 2020 is suspended, due to state orders, NQC will move forward with an alternative event on the same dates. This event will be the NQC Fall Festival.  
 
Further information about the event and logistics are as follows:
  • The NQC Fall Festival will take place September 27 – October 3, 2020 if social distancing orders prevent NQC 2020 from occurring
  • The LeConte Center will be set with 1,500 chairs socially distanced 6’ apart by pairs
  • The main stage of the Fall Festival will be set up at one end instead of in the round.
  • Admission for the NQC Fall Festival will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. The event is currently on sale and will be a general admission event. 
  • NQC recommends people who know they will be in Pigeon Forge for NQC week to purchase Fall Festival tickets now. If state orders allow NQC, all NQC Fall Festival admissions will be refunded.
  • If the NQC Fall Festival occurs, NQC customers will either have their admission refunded or applied to next year.  It will be each customer’s choice.
  • Artists who perform in the Fall Festival will have displays set up in the Greenbriar ballroom, and the displays will be sufficiently distanced apart.  There is plentiful space in the Greenbriar to allow for distancing between and in front of the displays.
  • The NQC Fan Festival will feature around 10 artists per night.
  • For either NQC or NQC Fall Festival, a live only webcast will be made available to subscribers.
“We did not want to preemptively suspend NQC in advance of the state orders being issued for September,” states Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Vice President. "However, if state orders prevents NQC from occuring as planned, we wanted to have an alternative ready to go that would be in compliance with all existing state orders for the benefit of NQC attendees as well as the NQC artists.”
 
A complete schedule of the NQC Fall Festival option is available on www.nqconline.com.
 
ABOUT NQC:
NQC - the National Quartet Convention - was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.
 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Top 3 Tips for New Dog Owners




If you’re about to become a dog owner for the first time, you’re likely excited to meet your new furry friend but may be wondering what you should do to prepare for the extra responsibility. Whether you’re planning to breed a dog Augusta GA or adopt a puppy from a friend, there are a few things you should know before starting on your journey as a dog owner. Check out these three important tips to keep in mind for when your new friend finally arrives.


1. Get Supplies Together
While it might seem like a water bowl and a doghouse are enough to welcome your new dog into your home, you’ll actually need more supplies than you might have thought at first. For instance, a collar and leash are essential for walking your dog in public spaces, as is an identification tag. You’ll also want to keep a steady supply of dog food and maybe get your pooch a few toys, too.


2. Dog-Proof Parts of Your Home
Before your dog comes home, take some time to dog-proof risky areas of your house. For instance, block off areas that you want to keep off-limits, as well as access to plants that could be toxic if ingested. Consider moving breakable items to out-of-reach spaces, and be sure to hide electrical cords so they won’t be chewed or pawed through.


3. Find a Quality Veterinarian
Finally, be sure to find a quality, trustworthy veterinarian. Besides initial vaccinations, it’s good to have a vet you can rely on for regular check-ups and potential emergencies.

Having a dog can add tremendous joy and value to your everyday life, but for new dog owners, the extra responsibility can seem challenging or even confusing. Thankfully, being prepared before your new pooch arrives can help you navigate dog ownership smoothly. Keep these top tips in mind and you can look forward to years of enjoyment with your new furry friend.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

How to Decorate Your First Home



Decorating your first home is a big deal because it’s a way to announce to the world who you are as an adult. It’s time to sweep aside posters of your favorite bands and corsages from school dances, but where do you look for artwork that reflects your personal style?

Shop for Art
Big box stores sell lots of art. They have aisles of decorative objects, matted pictures of cute animals or folksy sayings. When a store sells to the masses, it’s likely you’re going to find that cute llama print at your neighbor’s house too. Buyers for big box stores decide what the style will be for the year, and that shapes what you can choose from. A more personalized approach to decoration is to look for one of a kind artwork that you find at galleries or individually owned shops. Look around for a consortium that features several artists. That way you’re sure to get a unique piece that actually appeals to you rather than a style that someone else chooses for everyone.

Enlarge Photographs
If you’re a decent photographer, you might discover that some of your own pictures make really nice decorations once they’re blown-up and nicely printed. As a kid, you probably had lots of pictures of your friends hung around your room. As an adult, consider some landscape shots or close-ups of flowers or architectural details. Chances are if you found the plant, animal, or object interesting enough to take a picture of, it would look great hanging on your wall.

Take an Art Class
Consider taking a watercolor or other art class at the local recreation center. It’s a great way to create art for your home. You might not want to display everything you make, but it’s likely, you’ll paint with colors that appeal to you innately (rather than with colors that are in style that year). Plus, anything you make will be a great conversation starter with guests.

Decorating your home with artwork is an ongoing activity as tastes change as you age. How will your new home reflect the adult you?

Benefits Offered by Renting Furnished Apartments


When you begin searching for an apartment, you will like find several options. From different layouts and styles, to all the related jargon, you may find this search is rather daunting. However, when you know what you want, you can narrow down the options and find the perfect place to live.

If you are like many, choosing furnished apartments New Braunfels TX is something that makes sense. However, if you are still on the fence about this, get to know some of the benefits offered by this rental.


Reduced Upfront Costs
One of the most appealing parts of renting a furnished apartment is that you don’t have to worry about spending money on furniture. You also don’t have to move in these items.
Easier to Move In
Moving into a new place is hard work. If you have to move heavy furniture, it will likely be daunting. It is also expensive to move large items from one location to another. When you choose a furnished apartment, you don’t have to worry about any of this. You can move your personal belongings in and call it a day. The process is faster and easier.

You Can Decorate
You may think that if you rent a furnished apartment, you don’t get to add your personal touches. This isn’t the case. You can still use your own personal style and elements to show off your personality in the space.

As you can see from the information above, renting a furnished apartment offers an array of benefits. Knowing what these benefits are can help you decide if this is the right living arrangement for you. Remember, the rent may be slightly higher, but it is usually well-worth it in the long run, and will help you get moved in faster and usually without as much hassle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Blaze and The Monster Trucks and Shimmer and Shine New Releases!!



Hey neighbors!!

Today Blaze and The Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure released on DVD!!  Aren't you excited!!

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure episodes:
Race for the Golden Treasure
Treasure Track
The Island of Lost Treasure
Wishing Wheel
Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure synopsis:
Arrrgggh you ready for high-speed, high seas, treasure hunting? Set sail with Blaze and Pegwheel the Pirate-Truck to search for three keys to unlock the golden treasure. Then, use a treasure map to find the most amazing treasure, race to The Island of Lost Treasure for more riches and speed through an ancient racetrack in search of a magical Wishing Wheel.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure fast facts:
Street Date: July 28, 2020
Catalog: 59211292000 (US), 59211293000 (CN)
Running Time: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Give healthy snacks a green light with these adorable Blaze-inspired sandwiches! BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES: RACE FOR THE GOLDEN TREASURE is available on DVD today! https://bit.ly/BlazeSnacks




One neighbor will receive a a DVD combo of:
Blaze and The Monster Machines: Race for the Golden Treasure and Shimmer and Shine: Glitter Magic!

Be sure to enter and keep an eye out for our post on Shimmer and Shine: Glitter Magic that releases Aug. 4th.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Planning A Camping Trip



Those who enjoy spending time outdoors should consider going camping for their next trip or family vacation. It’s a great way to get close to nature and see all that it has to offer. If you are planning your first trip, here are a few things you should think about before you go.

Lodging
One of the most important things you will need on a camping trip is a place to stay. You could go out in the middle of the woods or find a nice campground that has several amenities for you to enjoy. Once you find a place, you’ll need to decide how you want to camp. There are several different options you can choose for this. Some like to sleep under the stars with just a tent, while others prefer a modern camper or RV.

Food
No trip is complete without the right food, and camping is no exception. There are several styles and types of food that are a known must when going on this type of trip. The supplies for smores should always be on hand, and hot dogs are another essential most campers bring on every trip. When you plan your meals, remember that you will not have all the amenities of a full kitchen. Do things that are quick, easy and don’t require a lot of cleanup.

Activities
Going camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend some quality time together. Board games, fishing equipment, and hiking gear are just a few things that can help ensure this happens on your trip. Take the time to make memories and do things together. If you are going camping by yourself, it’s a good way to unplug from the daily grind of life and refresh yourself. You could bring a book to read or just relax in the quiet nature brings.


Supplies
No matter your destination, there are some things that should always be brought on a camping trip. Matches should be brought so you can always start a fire and having plenty of flashlights could be the difference in you knowing where you are or not. First aid kits should always be brought in case of emergency, and you may want to add some extra things like bug bite treatment, allergy medicine, and pain relievers.

While some may be scared to go stay outside, there is something fun and exciting about it. If you find that you really enjoy it, you could even plan trips with your extended family and friends to make your next one even more of an adventure.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Fun Games for Families - Quarantine and Beyond

Hey neighbors!

We were supposed to do a whole month of craft posts, but majorly got sidetracked with the Covid-19 quarantines.  We have had to change several things that were planned this month.  I am not complaining, it has not been overly difficult, but we had a pup that was supposed to fly out to Oregon and the flight was cancelled, indefinitely. Two of our daughters were heading out to work at the Creation Museum, and that has been put on hold.  Overall though, we are doing well and making adjustments to our schedules.  One thing we have been doing is finding activities to fill up extra time.

We have been having a game night or afternoon several days a week.  We received a few games from PlayMonster.  We LOVE them!  We have played Relative Insanity.  The entire family enjoyed this game.  I did pull some cards we felt were not necessary in a family game, which is easy to do.  Otherwise a hysterical game to play!!  I think we all decided the more outrageous the answer sounded the better.  Below is an example of some of the cards.  One player reads the Red card and the other players choose from the cards they have been dealt an "appropriate" answer.  They turn them in and the original player reads them out loud and chooses a winner.  Next turn another player reads the question and so on.  The answer can get really silly.







We also pulled out our older game from PlayMonster, called the Logo Game.  My daughters became frustrated because I new more of the answers than they did.  Mainly because I remember old commercial jingles and such....but, when it came to more modern logos they definitely had me beat.  Below is the game board. First one in the Winning Zone wins. Each card has a subject on the front, many of which are just Potluck, while others focus on one company or niche.  On the opposite side of the card are four questions each with one of the four colors on the board.  When you answer correctly you move to the next available spot on the board matching that color.


A couple examples are, "What two colors appear twice in the Google logo?" And "What does the D in DC Comics stand for?"  The game really gets hopping at times.






Any one of these games would be a good choice for a family evening with young teens to adult ages.

PlayMonster has exciting games for the younger generation as well.  Orangutwang is one of the fun games for the younger crew.  I have to admit I jumped a few times when it went off.  Basically you roll the die and slowly hang fruit and friends on the orangutan until he pops in the air and sends everything flying.  A simple yet fun game to play and no batteries required.  This game is designed for ages 4 and up.


So while you and your family are spending more time at home, pick up a couple of fun games to play together.  Let's make this a time of drawing closer to our families.



3 Ways to Prepare Children for Rewarding Lives



As a parent, you want the best for your children. A positive, loving start in life sets the groundwork for a happy future. Like many parents, though, you may wonder exactly what that means. While every child is an individual and each situation is unique, here are three ways you can prepare your children for rewarding lives.


Give Them Chores
When children have regular household duties, whether it be washing dishes or picking up sticks before you mow the lawn, children learn key life values. They learn the importance of working hard. They learn the need for responsibility. They learn how to work with others to finish tasks, and they see first-hand how each task contributes to the betterment of the common good.

Give Them Good Surroundings
Choose a great neighborhood to live in, which does not mean the wealthiest or fanciest one that boosts your ego. Take time to get the feel for specific neighborhoods in the area where you want to live, and choose one you feel will give your children a great place to grow and have adventures. Consider multiple factors, including:
Proximity to green spaces and parks
Crime rate
Lifestyle, including proximity to businesses
General attitudes, especially toward children

Good surroundings also mean good schools. You may want to consider enrolling your children in a private high school in Florida to give them a quality education.

Make Them Read Each Day
Require your children to read each day. Turn off games and distractions, but make reading a fun time rather than something they dread. Perhaps even set a specific quota of books they must read each month. Reading sets the stage for a rich life.

In addition to loving children for who they are, you can take specific actions to give them a good start in life. When children have positive, well-rounded lives and feel supported, they can go far. You can plant the seeds now for their brighter tomorrows.

Make the Most of Your Backyard



If you want to spend more time in your backyard this summer enjoying the warm weather, there are a few things that you should consider doing to enhance your space. Here are three ideas on how you can make the most of your backyard.


1. Treat Pests Proactively
During the summer months, insect populations can boom. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and fleas can be a plague in your backyard that sends you running inside for cover as soon as the sun starts to set. You may also notice that they come out mid-day during humid weather or just after a rainfall. Bug spray can only do so much, and your dog’s flea treatment may not fend off every little bloodsucker. Ongoing treatment can help you reclaim your backyard from these irritating pests. To find a good outdoor flea control price Cary NC, work with a company that specializes in outdoor extermination and has extensive experience serving customers in your area.

2. Install a Refuge From the Sun
An awning will create an awesome space to hang out and enjoy your time outside for longer. You’ll feel a lot cooler when you’re under shade, so you can relax comfortably or sit down for a meal outside. Ideally, you should get a retractable awning so it will be easy to take down when you’re not using it, and it won’t be at risk of getting damaged in high winds or heavy rain.
3. Get a Great Grill
No great backyard setup is complete without a great grill. Decide on the features that are most important to you, pick a size that’s big enough for the meals that you’d like to be preparing, and then start shopping. Look online for competitive pricing from retailers in your area who can deliver a grill directly to your home.

How To Find the Perfect Home for Your Family



Every family deserves to live in a home that serves both its needs and its desired comforts. Whether you are looking for your first home or upgrading from your current house, the steps that get you ready to move are the same. Here are a few tasks to complete to get you started.


Find a Realtor
Everyone around you is likely to have an opinion about the house you buy. Many people have strong preferences over the neighborhood you choose and the amenities you need. Just because something worked well for another family doesn't mean it will serve yours. REPYYCrecommends that you hire a realtor to help you navigate the buying process. A qualified realtor has the knowledge and experience you need to make decisions that are right for you.
Decide What You Want
You may have a grand picture in mind about your ideal house, but it's important to make sure that what you actually look for is practical. Before you start looking at homes, separate fantasy from reality. Have a conversation with your partner and your realtor to discuss features that are necessary as well as a few that would be nice to have if possible. What are you missing in your current living space that you want to have in the new one? Having a clear idea about what you need in a new home helps you narrow your search and saves you time.

Analyze Your Finances
The state of your finances plays a huge role in buying a house. Set a clear budget for your house. As a general rule, the price range should be no larger than 2-3 times your gross family income. While that may seem incredibly limiting, having this expectation helps you make reasonable requests when you are applying for preapproval for a mortgage loan. Before you take on a home loan, it's advisable to pay off as much debt as possible and cut back expenses. Finally, the larger a down payment you can make, the less you will pay in interest in the long run, so take some time to save up if you can.

Set a Reasonable Timeline
Most people can't run out and buy a new home as soon as they get the urge to do so. Take your financial status and the housing market into consideration. Then plan out your tasks and give yourself a deadline for each of them.

Buying a home can be complicated but it's worth it in the long run if you get what you want. Plan ahead to find the house that's perfect for your family.