College Football Spirit with Dr Pepper® + DIY Photo Booth Tutorial

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Saturdays in the fall is football day at our house.  Each week you’ll find us wearing our favorite sports apparel, chowing down on some yummy football food, and of course, watching football and showing our team spirit.  As the season grows near, I’m getting my shopping list ready so I can buy all the food and supplies we’ll need for a little homegating.  A few items we could not live without include Dr Pepper®, Kingsford® Original Charcoal, and Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Dressing!  Today I’m here to show you how we do football, and I’ve also got a tutorial for DIY Photo Booth that can help make your football party fun and unique!

I’ve always been a huge fan of Dr Pepper and am happy that it is the official drink of college football fans and has been part of college football for over 25 years.

And apart from drinking the Dr Pepper, you can also use it as a marinade for your favorite meat or serve it up in some delicious Dr Pepper Floats.

You can purchase Dr Pepper in the can drink aisle at your local Walmart.  Be on the look out for special college football packaging!

The grill is a staple in our home.  We use it at least once a week, and it’s great for making some of our favorite football foods like pulled pork, grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot wings.

My husband is our resident grill master! I can always count on him to grill up some delicious meats for game day. He loves the Kingsford brand and says it is the only thing he will use on a charcoal grill. The product is made in the USA with 100% natural North American ingredients.

We purchase our Kingsford Original Charcoal at Walmart.  Look for it in the lawn and garden department, along with other Kingsford varieties like Kingsford Charcoal with Applewood as well as varieties with Hickory, Pecan, Cherrywood, and Mesquite. Check your local store to see if grocery pick up is available for your convenience.

Hidden Valley Ranch is the perfect addition to salads, veggies, meats, crackers, and even pizza!

 

Of course, it’s not a party or even a regular day at my house unless I am taking pictures!  I’m the Queen of Picture Taking and I’m always walking around taking pictures of people, animals, or just random every day things!

To make more professional photos of our son, I have a very simple DIY photo booth, and this set up works great at parties for a little decoration and for a spot where your guests can take their own fun photos!  I like to place ours in our kitchen because it has the best natural light.

Supplies / Tools

32 ft of 3/4″ wide PVC pipe

(4) 3/4″ PVC T Pieces (slip on, not threaded)

(2) 3/4″ PVC Elbow Pieces (slip on, not threaded)

PVC Pipe cutters

Additional Supplies:

Clasps / Clips to hang backdrop

Backdrop and photo props – You can purchase cheap or expensive backdrops, but I usually use every day items like blankets, tablecloths, curtains, and shower curtains.

Note: The measurements in this tutorial will give you a backdrop that is 4 foot across.  The small booth set up is 40 inches high, and the large booth is 70 inches high.  If you need for your booth to accommodate taller people, you will obviously need to adjust the lengths you cut on the pipe.

Directions:

Use your PVC Pipe Cutters to cut your pipe into pieces as follows:

6 – 30 inch pieces

2 – 4 ft pieces

2 – 40 inch pieces

To assemble, take 2 of the 30 inch pieces and place them in either side of a T-joint.  Repeat with 2 other 30 inch pieces.  These will be the bottom of the base.  Next take a 40 inch piece and place it in the other side of the T joint.  Repeat with other 40 inch piece.  This gives you the bottom and the lower half of the sides.  Next add another T joint to the top of each 40 inch piece.  Take one of your 4 foot pieces and use it to connect your two sides.  This will give you the small assembly seen above.

If you are just doing a photo booth for small kids, you can hang a backdrop from this and you are ready to go.  (It can also accommodate teens and adults who are seated.)

To complete the large set up, take your other two 30 inch pieces and add them to either side.  Then add an elbow joint to either side.  Next use your other 4 ft piece to connect the two

sides.  This will complete the large assembly.  Now you are ready to hang up a backdrop, get out your props, and have some fun.

With a photo booth like this your friends and family can take professional looking photos in front of a fun scene.  It will help them commemorate the day, and it is a lot of fun for one and all!

Are you ready for football? Get fired up with more football fan ideas. I’d also love to hear your tailgating tips, traditions, and ideas. Please join us in the comments or on social media. 

How To Profit From DIY Upcycling

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The trend of upcycling looks like it’s here to stay, and presuming you’re even a little bit handy when it comes to DIY, upcycling offers a creative, cheap and environmentally friendly way to add a personal touch of character and depth to your home.

There are significant environmental benefits to upcycling, as it minimises the volume of waste being sent to landfill whilst also reducing the need for raw materials (such as wood) which leads to a reduction in air and water pollution, less deforestation, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The social benefits of producing your own items are significant, as upcycling creates a sense of accomplishment and pride whilst being a fantastic channel for self-expression and creativity; the end result being a world away from the mass produced machine made products you would find in most modern homes.  Upcycled products add a layer of depth and character that machine made products rarely contribute toward.

Okay, so we know that upcycling is a cool trend that clearly adds value to one’s home, but is there any money to be made in upcycling from a commercial perspective, and if so, what do you need to get started?

Well, in short, the answer is yes.  With sites like etsy boasting over 30 million items for sale that are hand crafted (some of which upcycled) by people just like you – the time to make money from upcycling has never been better!  This article is going to sum up the five fundamental aspects you require to profit from upcycling.

RAW MATERIALS

To upcycle, you need to start with something.  This can become a fun scavenger hunt whether that’s roaming around the beach, through thrift stores, or even dumpster diving!  

DIY TOOLS

The first thing you’re going to need are some tools, as there’s a limit to what anyone can achieve without the correct tools, particularly a decent saw.  In a recent article, Total Nerds compared the latest circular saws looking at the contrast between circular saws and table saws.  In addition, a decent sewing machine can come in very handy if you are working with fabric.

DIGITAL PRESENCE

The majority of things you are going to sell will be sold via the internet – in particular sites like etsy.com offer a wonderful opportunity for makers to tout their wares, eBay is a huge marketplace, Amazon has some exceptional technology to connect you with the right buyers, and shopify makes selling anything super simple.

CAPTIVATING PHOTOGRAPHS

You’ll want to capture your item in the best light, and one of the most effective ways to do that is to frame it within a suitable context that makes people want to buy – in particular, this context should be one of aspiration and luxury.

A NICHE

Having a niche that you become known for is a great way to position yourself as a boutique leader within a particular subsection of the market; as an example, perhaps your theme is focused on driftwood.  You could take that one step further and focus solely on driftwood mirrors, but the point is, the more well known you become for producing top quality items within a particular category the more recommendations you will get; meaning the more money you will make.

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 398 – With Table Decor

Hello everyone! Welcome to this week’s linky party.  And Happy Veteran’s Day to all of our men and women in uniform, past and present.  We appreciate your service!

We’re going to be doing things a little differently for a few weeks. As some of you may know I am currently pregnant. Actually as of this Friday, I am 39 weeks along, so things could happen at any time!  That being said, I wanted to make sure that the party goes on every week without a hitch, so for the next few weeks, each party hostess will be sharing their own party post with JUST their feature pick(s).  Normally we compile all of our feature choices together in to one big post, but I wanted to make things as easy as possible on the hostesses.

When you link up your post it will still be part of a linky party that will be shared on ALL of our blogs, so there’s no change there.  Anyway, I just wanted to make a note of that, so that you guys wouldn’t wonder about the sudden change in format.  Alright, let’s get to it!  This week I’ve selected 3 tables to feature.  Two of these are Thanksgiving tablescapes, and one is a DIY project that I thought looked just awesome!  Hope you enjoy!

Please support and follow our lovely blog party hostesses:

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Sheree at Stage PresentsTwitter | FB | Pin | Inst | Inst

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Amy at A Day of Small ThingsPin

Penny at Penny’s PassionTwitter | FB | G+ | Pin | Inst

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Instant Savings on Huggies® at Sam’s Club + Baby Changing Supplies Organizer

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As many of you know, my Simply Sweet Home will be even sweeter about a month from now, as we welcome our newest member, Baby Thaxton!  I am currently 35 weeks pregnant. As you can imagine, I am in the middle of final baby preparations: cleaning house, packing hospital bags, purchasing last minute supplies, and getting everything organized.  Phew!  One thing I don’t have to worry about right away is diapers and wipes.  Thanks to Sam’s Club, we have stocked up on plenty of those for a while!

Sam’s Club is THE place to stock up on must-have supplies for your family or small business.  In the past, I’ve saved a lot of money on health and beauty supplies, pet items, office supplies, and cleaning products.  Now that I’m pregnant, I get to take a peek at the must-have items for baby!  Sam’s Club has everything from baby toys and clothes, to essentials like diapers, wipes, and formula!  Today I’m going to talk about why Sam’s Club is a great place to shop for baby essentials. I also have information on an instant savings deal with Huggies® at Sam’s Club and a tutorial to help you organize your baby changing supplies! [Read more…]

4 Handy Plumbing Tips for Homeowners

Being a homeowner can be a great joy but also quite a headache. You never know when a problem will surface which is why it is a good idea to identify professionals before you need them. This way, you can have them on speed dial in case a problem was to arise. However, sometimes the problem is not that easy or there is not extra room in the budget to hire someone to come over and fix the issue. There are times that as a homeowner, you have to get your hands dirty and do the work yourself. This article will provide some handy plumbing tips for new homeowners.

Turn off the water. If you notice a leak and you want to explore the problem, be sure to turn the water off to the area. This can save you from adding to the problem with additional leakage. This will also allow you to look for the leak without worrying about getting soaking wet or wasting additional water.

Fix the running toilet. We have all been there, whether you have lived in an apartment or in your own home, it is inevitable that you will experience a running toilet at one time or another. Before trying to fix the toilet, make sure that it is not clogged with debris, toilet paper, or waste. Once you have confirmed that the toilet is clear, lift the lid off of the tank. Check the flapper to make sure that it is still intact and in good condition. Believe it or not, they do wear out from time to time and need to be replaced. Another thing to look for is if the water is very high in the tank. If the water is high, turn the valve off that is below the tank and take off the rubber flapper. Dry the area and install a new flapper.

De-clogging drains. A clogged drain can happen to anyone. Over time soap builds up in a drain along with hair, lint, or other debris. A clogged drain can be easily remedied by purchasing a plastic snake-like tool from your local hardware store. Simply place the snake in the drain and dig out the contents that are causing the clog. It may be tempting to dump drain-o or other plumbing solutions down the drain but try to avoid doing this as it can have a negative effect on your plumbing.

Take good care of your garbage disposal. It may sound strange but your garbage disposal can malfunction or quit working at any moment. Take care of your disposal by cleaning it often with garbage disposal cleaning solutions that can be found at your local hardware or grocery store. In addition, keep silverware, bottle caps, and other metal objects out of the drain as they can damage the blades or cause the disposal to not work at all.

If you have tried all of these tips are you are still having trouble, we recommend this plumber that can help you out.