Don’t Let Your Home Become a Clutter Zone

Do you ever stop and look at your home, only being left to shake your head in disgust?
If you find yourself in such a situation, are you fed up enough where you are ready to retake control of your residence?

Whether it was many years of accumulating items or you just do not have enough space for everything, the time may be now to do something about it.

While there are different options on the table, some may be more popular than others. That said deciding which one is best for you and/or your family’s needs could prove challenging.
Take the time now to decide what to do about it, relieving you of one less stress as the holidays approach.

Storage Proves a Great Option
In your challenge to get control of the space around your residence, where will you start first?

One of the more popular options many individuals (and families for that matter) opt for is renting a storage unit.

If self storage is high at the top of your list, be sure to research the different storage center options near where you live.

Among the questions to be answered:
Is the center’s location safe? You can review local crime reports to see if there is an above-average number of criminal incidents in the area

2.    How much space can I get? Most storage facilities have various sizes available, so opt for the unit best suited to your needs. Always best to have a little extra room to avoid overcrowding

3.    Will the costs be more than I expected? In today’s digital age, many storage facilities have websites, so you can oftentimes answer the pricing issue relatively quickly. Look to see what you would get for your money’s worth. In some cases, you might get a month free of rent, so take advantage of that if possible. That said make sure there are no strings attached on the back end of such a deal.

Is It Time to Clean Out?

Even if you opt to put various things in storage, the time may very well have come for a sizable cleaning out project.

As all too many people know, it doesn’t take long to accumulate many items. When this happens, the stress and anxiety can quickly set in. What should you keep? Can you sell any of the items or should you just give them away to others?

One of the other advantages to a storage unit (mentioned above) is putting that undecided stuff in storage for a period of time. This way, you are not rushed into a decision on whether or not to keep the stuff. Keep in mind that you are paying to store these items, so you do not want to spend money for items you could easily get rid of.
In cleaning out, make sure to avoid getting rid of anything that is valuable both sentimentally and financially. It should come as no surprise that many people have gotten rid of items, only to regret such decisions later.

Safe Homes Are Happy Homes
Finally, no one wants to be living in a home or apartment where clutter is the name of the game. Not only is this an unsightly problem, but one could very easily fall over stuff or hurt their back etc. trying to move it.

Between the storage center and cleaning out options, you reduce the odds of having one or more accidents in your residence. Less stuff also means for a healthier home, leading to less dust and dirt.

If you have a big family at home, keeping it relatively neat and free of clutter zones can prove challenging, but it is worth it.

In the event you do not take control of your residence over time, it can control you before you know it.

When this happens, you might as well consider yourself and those around you as hoarders.

A Comprehensive Cornhole Game Guide

Cornhole is a popular American tossing game that is believed to have originated on the West side of Cincinnati. Since its inception, it has grown to become a popular sport across the United States. While simply constructed, the game still provides a fun, wholesome challenge, and has now become an official sport followed by ESPN.


While called by a variety of names, such as Baggo or Bean Bag Toss, the official Cornhole game has standardized rules. Cornhole matches involve from 2 to 4 people, and are played with two platforms and two sets of bags.

Each set has 4 bags filled with dried corn kernels,that are distinguishable by color. Official Cornhole rules require that bags measure 6" x 6", and that they be double seamed. Each bag should weigh no more than 16 ounces, although this may vary by 1 or 2 ounces, according to the fabric used to construct it.

Two 2' x 4' wooden platforms are placed opposite one another at an angle. A 9" hole appears on the far end of each platform. The top edge of each playing surface should be 1' above the ground. The bottom edge should be from 3" to 4" above ground.

Each pitcher is required to maintain constant contact with a designated pitcher's box while holding and releasing the corn bag. His or her opponent is required to stand behind the platform at least 2' behind the person who is pitching

Cornhole matches are played in frames or innings. In order for a player to gain points,
the bags must be tossed into the 9" hole or land on the board itself. It can be knocked into the hole by another bag, slid into the hole or tossed directly into it. When a player achieves the ultimate goal of passing the bag through the hole, he or she attains 3 points. When a bag lands on the board and remains there at the end of the frame, the player receives a single point. A toss is worth 2 points if it lands on the board and hangs over the hole without falling through it. The match is played until the first team or individual player reaches 21 points at the end of a frame.

Doubles Play

Cornhole can be played one on one, or in doubles, where each team consists of two opponents. During this version of the game, one person on each team pitches from one platform and the other pitches from the other.

The Piano Guys New Album Drops October 28th

I am a huge fan of The Piano Guys. If you have never heard Taylor Swift's Begin Again or Philip Philips Home by The Piano Guys you NEED to. I have them on my phone for car play. They are so incredibly good!

This week I got a chance to review the album and it does not disappoint!

The Fight Song/Amazing Grace Mash Up is stunning with Scottish Drums and Coldplay's A Sky Full of Stars perfect with the gorgeous Cello accompaniment so full of energy. Be sure to check out the video below.

You seriously need to hear the mash up of Adel's Hello and Mozart's Lacrimosa. Cello heaven!

Another of my favorite's Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop The Feeling! WOW!



Album Available October 28
On Tour Now

With over a billion YouTube views of their more than 50 music videos, The Piano Guys announce the release of their new album Uncharted (Portrait). Set to release on October 28, it includes the upbeat new song “Okay” written by hit-makers Andy Grammer and Dave Bassett. The “Okay” music video is on YouTube now – check it out here

Uncharted literally charts new territory for The Piano Guys. Continuing their “Wonders of the World” quest, they’ve shot three of their recent hit videos far afield – Scotland, Mexico, Jordan – while “Okay” shows them in the recording studio where they create their inspirational music, and in front of a cheering crowd of 20,000 at the USANA Amphitheatre in their home state of Utah.

Uncharted features all their recent hits, including “Fight Song/Amazing Grace” (video filmed in Scotland), “A Sky Full of Stars,” “Hello/Lacrimosa,” “Jungle Book/Sarabande” (video shot in Chichén Itzá, Mexico), and “Indiana Jones and the Arabian Nights” (video filmed in Petra, Jordan), all available for the first time on CD. The Deluxe Edition includes a DVD featuring all of those recent hit music videos.

The Piano Guys weave their magic from a cornucopia of musical sources. Fusing pop hits from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Adele, Coldplay and Rachel Platten with Hollywood scores from legendary masters like John Williams and Hans Zimmer; timeless classical pieces from Mozart, Händel and Rimsky-Korsakov; and their own original compositions, emerging with a tapestry of inventive, inspiring songs with multigenerational appeal.

“We’ve now ventured deeper into “uncharted” territory than we could have ever dreamed of traversing,” says Steven Sharp Nelson, the group’s cellist, explaining both the album’s title and the band’s ongoing fan-fueled journey. It’s not just the far-flung video locations; the music itself isn’t limited to any one genre or chart. “We hope it transcends conventional classification and instead reaches beyond boundaries, finding audiences from all walks of life that want positive content and fresh takes on old and new music,” Nelson says. “Also, it’s actually very difficult to accurately ‘chart’ our music into sheet music since it features so many unprecedented and untranscribable sounds. Combine all of these elements with more of our signature fusion of film score, classical music, pop and original music, our first vocal single, and even more groundbreaking textures and sounds, we believe this to be our best record yet. We can’t wait for people to hear it!”

The Piano Guys – Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson – became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos, which recently surpassed 1 billion views and garnered over 5 million subscribers on YouTube. The band has played sold-out concerts around the world, accrued a massive social media following, topped the Billboard charts, and made over 50 music videos since 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful,” and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen. Uncharted is the four Utah dads’ sixth major label album on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks. It follows Wonders, The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, a holiday album called A Family Christmas, and most recently The Piano Guys – Live!  -featuring live music from their sold out Red Rocks and Carnegie Hall concerts. Uncharted is available physically and digitally on October 28.

Sony Music Masterworks comprises Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway and Flying Buddha imprints. For email updates and information please visit

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Nov. 30                        Westminster College              New Wilmington, PA               Tickets
Dec. 1                          PPAC                                        Providence, RI                         Tickets
Dec. 2                          Kupferberg CPA                      Queens, NY                             Tickets
Dec. 3                          Shea’s PAC                              Buffalo, NY                              Tickets
Dec. 6                          DPAC                                       Durham, NC                            Tickets
Dec. 7                          Lyric Opera                             Baltimore, MD                        Tickets
Dec. 8                          State Theatre                          Easton, Pa                               Tickets
Dec. 9                          Newark Prudential Hall          Newark, NJ                              Tickets
Dec. 10                        Hershey PAC (Matinee)          Hershey, PA                             Tickets
Dec. 10                        Hershey PAC   (Evening)         Hershey, PA                             Tickets
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Feb. 17                        Florida Theatre                       Jacksonville, FL                        Tickets
Feb. 18                        Ruth Eckerd Hall                     Clearwater, FL                        Tickets
Feb. 21                        Thomas Wolfe Auditorium     Asheville, NC                           Tickets Soon
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Who Does Get The Dog After A Divorce?


Watch the hilarity ensue in this romantic comedy out on DVD and Digital HD

Who Gets the Dog
Olive (Alicia Silverstone) is a top doctor with high hopes of starting a family, but her out-of-work husband, Clay (Ryan Kwanten), is too busy concentrating on his dream to be a big league hockey star. On the brink of divorce, the couple can’t agree on who will take custody of their beloved dog, Wesley. Things go from bad to worse as they battle it out in court. Resorting to cheap tactics and dirty tricks, Olive and Clay pull out all the stops to win back Wesley, with hilariously disastrous consequences.

Who Gets the Dog
Street Date:                 Sept. 27, 2016
MPAA Rating:            NR
Screen Format:            Widescreen 16:9
Audio:                         English Dolby Digital 5.1      
Subtitles:                     English SDH, Spanish
Total Run Time:          95 mins

The 411:

I loved this movie. Not only have I always been an Alicia Silverstone fan since her Aerosmith Video days but hello True Blood to the Max fan here and Ryan Kwanten is perfect as Clay.

This adorable movie about two very different people who separate but have a dog they both adore. Olive is a doctor and Clay a hockey player but neither want to part with their baby boy Wesley a large lab with an adorable face.

This is the perfect dog lover movie but even if you are a parent there are parts of this movie you will be able to identify with. How can two people who both love the same dog but can't make a relationship work both be happy?

It was cute watching Clay try to be the perfect dog owner who deserved to be able to have custody of his dog.  I bawled my eyes out when Clay sent his friend Red to read something he wrote to Olive. I truly prayed this family would make it work as I have prayed for real families I know going through separations to make it work for the sake of all involved.

My favorite scenes were when they were trying to get Wesley to decide who he wanted to be with.

Adorable movie about second chances, new beginnings, small doses of comedy and a whole lot of heart and who much we all love our pets.


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