Thursday, July 28, 2022

Top Reasons to Make Your Own Clothing

People have been making their own clothes for a longer period in history than they’ve been able to buy them in stores, and it is something that a lot of people are starting to take up again. There are many different reasons why making your own clothing may prove to be a great idea. There is no doubt that it has become a whole lot more popular over recent months and years. The following blog post will check out just a few of the major advantages that are worth discussing. 

Options for All Abilities 

There are all sorts of different options available, ranging from those who are beginners in the field to those who are more advanced. For example, you could simply try making some jean shorts out of an old pair of jeans. If you are looking for a stage-up, you could check out somebody who says I made a cute pinafore dress for my toddler girl by using some simple PDF sewing pattern instructions. Ultimately, you can work out what fits your ability levels the best.

Ensure a Perfect Fit 

When you are buying clothes that are off the rack, there will always be certain size imperfections that you will have to deal with. On the other hand, when making your own clothes, you can ensure a perfect fit by tailoring them to your body. When clothes fit exactly as they should, there is no doubt that they look at their very best, so this is another major factor to bear in mind.

Save Yourself Some Money 

Next up on the list is the financial factor, which is what drives many people to make their own clothes in the first place. Everyone certainly lives in a world where the cost of living is biting hard on many families, and money-saving options will always seem appealing. Rather than paying to have the whole clothes made, you save a lot by simply investing in the fabrics, the thread, sewing equipment, etc. 

You Will Be Wearing Unique Items 

You also know that when making your own clothing, you will wear one-of-a-kind items. We live in a world where chain stores have a high level of dominance, which inevitably means that many people will always wear the same thing. However, when you are making your own clothes, you can put your own individual spin on them and create them exactly as you would like rather than following along with the rest of the herd. 

A Creative Pursuit 

One of the major areas in life that can do wonders for people’s mental health is the opportunity to engage in creative pursuits. Making your own clothing is one option you can take advantage of. Plus, you will have something you can regularly use at the end.

These are just a few of the major reasons that you should consider, if you’ve been on the fence about making your own clothes, but there’s no better time to start a new hobby than now.

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Wicked Ones - Official Poster & Trailer


From Wild Eye Releasing and director Tory Jones, and starring Halloween’s Dale Miller, beware Wicked Ones this September!

Evil multiplies in this follow up to 2017's sleeper hit The Wicked One. Set a decade after the events in the first film, survivors Adam and Alex return to Carpenter Falls with their three children - only to be thrust into another confrontation with The Wicked One and two crazed copy cat killers.

Morgan Pyle, Chris Hahn and Lucas Dunaway star in a frighteningly fun mesh of Friday the 13th and The Strangers, Wicked Ones premiering on VOD 9/13 followed be a Special Edition Blu-ray on 11/8/22.




Sunday, July 24, 2022









A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary roleplaying game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.


Paramount Pictures Presents

In Association with eOne

A Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley Film


 Directed by:


Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley


Screenplay by:


Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Michael Gilio


Story by:


Chris McKay & Michael Gilio




Produced by:


Jeremy Latcham, p.g.a., Brian Goldner, Nick Meyer


Executive Producers:


Denis L. Stewart, Jonathan Goldstein,

John Francis Daley, Chris Pine, Zev Foreman, Greg Mooradian



 Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant





How to Help Your Preschooler Transition to Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and frightening for your child, and parents are often just as anxiety-ridden as their preschoolers when it comes to this major milestone. To ease the anxiety, there are a variety of things you can do to help make your preschooler’s transition to kindergarten a smooth one.

Do a Dry Run

One of the easiest ways to help ease your child into attending kindergarten is to do a dry run. Visit the school ahead of the first day—even when the school is closed—just to familiarize your child with the location. If there is a designated day before the official first day of school to meet teachers and faculty, be sure to bring your child along to participate. If your child’s school does not offer a “meet the teacher” day, contact school administrators to see if you can schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher and other faculty before school begins.

Also, a week or two ahead of the first day of school, begin to adjust your daily and nightly routines to get your child familiarized with what will be expected of them during the school year. Adjust bedtimes, mealtimes, and daily routines to get your child accustomed to their new schedule.

Beat First-Day Jitters

It is natural for children as well as parents to be nervous the first day, so using strategies to beat first-day jitters is critical. Always remain positive, because you will be leaving your child for the day and this is likely to cause some nervousness. Refrain from getting overly emotional when saying goodbye at the bus stop or the school and reassure your child that you will see them at the end of the day. Also, be sure to describe school in a positive way and reiterate that this will be a great experience.

To further cut down on first-day jitters, avoid any behaviors that could trigger anxiety or upset your child such as crying, being argumentative with teachers or bus drivers, or disagreeing with your child over meals or fashion choices. Encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast on the first day of school but do not fret if their appetite is not as hearty as normal.

Get to Know the Teachers

Aside from doing a dry run, you will want to remain in regular contact with your child’s teacher, especially during the first few weeks of school. At the beginning of the school year and throughout, teachers will likely send home a lot of information in your child’s backpack, which will include important school events, meetings, and other information. Be sure to check your child’s backpack daily and review with your child the information you receive.

Keep the lines of communication open with teachers, and if any issues come up, be sure you have their contact information on hand. If any concerns arise, do not hesitate to set up a meeting with the principal or teacher to discuss and resolve issues.

Keep Communication Open

One of the best ways to ease the transition to kindergarten is to discuss any fears or insecurities your child may have about starting school. Talking to your child provides good insight into how your child feels and allows you to help them manage their stress. After each school day, always ask how your child’s day went—if they are having a hard time, try to get to the bottom of the problem.

A lot of children are very vocal about their dislikes about the school, but others may take some prodding to get them to open up. Always let your child express what is frustrating them and try not to project any of your fears onto them. Let your child talk openly about things so you can help them come up with practical solutions. Your child may be prone to ask more questions in the first few weeks of school, so answer them as best you can.

Ask them what they’ve learned and how they feel the school is helping them, if they’ve made any new friends, or if there are any activities they particularly enjoy at school. Keeping communication open can help ease the stress of transitioning to kindergarten.

Making Kindergarten an Exciting Time

Kindergarten is undoubtedly a big change for many children, and for those who did not attend a pre-kindergarten program, it will be their first experience in a structured learning environment.

Transitioning to kindergarten can be especially stressful for children who have no other school experiences as they will be expected to develop social skills, as well as practical skills like reading and writing, all while being expected to follow classroom rules. Always express excitement when discussing the type of things that they can expect in the kindergarten classroom, as this will help your child mentally prepare for one of the most exciting and educational times of their life.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Property Buying: 5 Tips to Save Stress

Buying a property rarely comes without some kind of stress. It’s not a straightforward process, after all, what with all the documents to sign and insurance to cover. Plus, there’s the obstacle of actually finding a property you love enough to spend money on in the first place! 

Luckily, there are some ways to save yourself some stress while searching for your perfect home (or project!). Whether it’s your first time buying a house or you’re an experienced buyer wanting an easier ride the next time around, here are five tips for reducing stress when buying a property. 

1: Give Yourself Plenty of Time

One of the quickest ways to feel stressed while property buying is being inflexible with time. Telling yourself that you will be settling into a new home in a month might be pushing it – you want to give yourself enough time and space to choose a property that is right for you. Plus, many underestimate how long things like packing a home might take! Instead of setting a time limit, set a goal of choosing the right property, even if that takes a little longer. 

2: Get an Inspection

When initially looking around a property, it’s crucial to take note of common problem areas and to ask as many questions as you can. You want to ensure that the property is in excellent condition and won’t cause problems down the road. That isn’t enough, though – to know everything about a property, building inspections are essential. By getting it done by a professional, you will know for sure whether a property has major issues or not, and then you can decide whether it’s worth the asking price. 

3: Set a Realistic Budget and Stick to it 

Everyone needs a budget when buying a new property. It gives you a sense of what kind of property you can buy while ensuring you don’t overspend. So, before you start browsing listings or booking tons of viewings, set a budget. Be thorough when setting it, making sure to include things like moving vans and new furniture. There is so much to pay for, so be realistic when setting a budget and stick to it as diligently as possible. 

4: Ask Friends and Family for Help 

Buying a new property is always challenging, especially if you’re moving yourself, your family, and all your belongings into it. One way to make it less stressful is by asking friends and family for their help. Whether they have a moving van or they can look after your child for a day or two, their assistance can make the difference between a stressful and smooth property buying experience. 

5: Leave the Idea of Perfection Behind 

One of the biggest obstacles when buying a property is searching for perfection – and not finding it. The truth is, there is likely no property out there that meets every single one of your requirements and falls into your budget. So, instead of being disappointed by every property, leave the idea of perfection behind and keep an open mind.

Home owner photo created by tirachardz -

Friday, July 22, 2022

The Five Things Seniors Should Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life in the Post-Pandemic Era:

After decades of seeing the average life expectancy of Americans increase, we saw a dip last year due to COVID-19. The pandemic hit hardest among older adults.  So, what can be done in this post-pandemic era, for seniors to live longer and healthier?

The healthcare team at Carmel Valley Manor has doubled down on their commitment to using technology and cutting-edge programs to help its senior residents and staff live longer and healthier and setting new standards for geriatric healthcare.  Dr. Pablo Veliz, Medical Director at Carmel Valley Manor, provides his top 5 tips for staying healthy into your nineties:

The Five Things Seniors Should Do to Live a Longer, Healthier Life in the Post-Pandemic Era: 

1. Diet – We continue to see data that indicates a balanced diet with a focus on plant-based nutrition is important as we age. Seek out fresh, seasonal ingredients wherever possible.2.

2. Hydration – It is simple, but important to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Eight glasses a day are recommended.3.

3. Keep Moving – Staying active and exercising helps counteract the aging process. Whether you join a walking group like we have at the Manor, have a personal trainer, frequent a gym, or have a favorite walking circuit, it is important to do it regularly.4.

4. Mental Wellness – One of the big negatives of the pandemic has been isolation and reduced human interaction. This lack of social comradery has resulted in isolation and cognitive atrophy for many. We need to re-engage with friends, family and get out into the community again.

5. Alcohol – Another side effect of the past couple years has been increased alcohol consumption. Enjoy them in moderation.

About Dr. Pablo Veliz: 

Dr. Veliz, a Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, serves on the staff of the acclaimed Montage Health. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, after earning a bachelor's degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and completed his residency in family medicine at Abrazo Health Network in Phoenix, Arizona. With his clinical areas of interest in preventive, integrative, and geriatric medicine, he is a vital part of the Carmel Valley Manor Wellness Team, aiding its residents to age well. 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Pre-Order The Nightmare Before Christmas Oogie Boogie Plush With Bugs


“You better pay attention now because I’m the Boogeyman!” Kidrobot brings to life your favorite characters from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" movie. The bug-hungry, burlap sack-wearing, gambling monster known as Oogie Boogie is ready to haunt your dreams in 16” tall interactive plush form, complete with removable bugs. Yum!


About Kidrobot
Kidrobot is acknowledged worldwide as the premier creator and dealer of limited-edition art toys, signature apparel and lifestyle accessories. Kidrobot is a collective of dreamers who want to create a space where art, design and surprise meet. The element of surprise – the nod, the magic – finds its way into everything Kidrobot does, creating a point of differentiation. Kidrobot is an innovative cross between sculpture and conceptual art, offering not only a powerful medium for today's international fashion designers, illustrators and artists, but also the creative canvas for emerging street trends and pop art. Kidrobot figures retail anywhere from $5 to $25,000, and many appreciate in value over time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022



Netflix has unveiled the cast and some brand new images from Timeless Films and director Stephen Donnelly’s reinterpretation of the upcoming animated feature Scrooge: A Christmas Carol. The film stars Luke Evans (voices Scrooge), Olivia Colman (voices Past), Jessie Buckley (voices Isabel Fezziwig), Johnny Flynn (voices Bob Cratchit), Fra Fee (voices Harry Huffam), Giles Terera (voices Tom Jenkins), Trevor Dion Nicholas (voices Present), James Cosmo (voices Mr Fezziwig), and Jonathan Pryce (voices Jacob Marley), and will come to Netflix this December.
  • Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. Produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios, and released by Netflix.
  • The CG animated spectacular features re-imagined songs from the legendary and two-time Academy Award® and Grammy award-winner Leslie Bricusse (Doctor Dolittle, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Superman, Home Alone).
  • Directed by: Stephen Donnelly (Lost in Oz).
  • Producers: Ralph Kamp p.g.a., Leslie Bricusse and Andrew Pearce.
  • Co-Producers: Rebecca Kamp and Gareth Kamp.
  • Music & Lyrics: Two-time Academy Award® and Grammy award-winner Leslie Bricusse OBE.
  • Songs Arranged, Produced & Original Score: Jeremy Holland-Smith.
  • Synopsis: Produced by Timeless Films in association with Axis Studios and directed by Stephen Donnelly, Charles Dickens' ageless legend is reborn in this supernatural, time-travelling, musical adaptation of the definitive Christmas story. With his very soul on the line, Scrooge has but one Christmas Eve left to face his past and build a better future. Featuring re-imagined songs from the legendary and two-time Academy Award® winner Leslie Bricusse OBE, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is one for a new generation to sing.
  • Filmmaker Quote: Director Stephen Donnelly said, “It’s been a fascinating challenge to adapt such a beloved and often-told story. I think this version will give those who know A Christmas Carol all the things they expect, but not as they’ve experienced them before. There are more than enough psychedelic, time-travelling and musical surprises to keep those familiar with the story on the edge of their seats, while the authentic essence of Dickens has been retained for those coming completely fresh to the classic tale. I can’t wait to share this new version of A Christmas Carol with the world and sincerely hope audiences embrace it this year and for many to come.”
  • Scrooge: A Christmas Carol is part of Netflix’s wide variety of original animated feature films which includes Academy Award nominated The Mitchells vs the Machines, Aardman's Robin Robin, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, Oscar winner Glen Keane’s Over the Moon; as well as Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10 ½: A Space Age Childhood, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant, Nick Bruno and Troy Quane’s Nimona, Jared and Jerusha Hess’ Thelma the Unicorn, Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima’s Ultraman, and Aardman sequel Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Lost in Space: The Story of Tom Walker - 12-year-old

Temidire Owolabi’s Lost in Space introduces Tom Walker, son of Tim Walker, a respected astronaut who mysteriously disappears whilst on a journey into space.  Determined to find his father and aided by his siblings, Tom ventures deep into outer space to find their missing dad.


In a glimpse of a far future, 11-year-old Tom Walker ventures through the vast world of space to find his father, a famous and respectable astronaut who disappeared mysteriously during a space exploration journey. 

 With his brother and sisters by his side, and only a small amount of resources to start with, will Tom be able to surmount the challenges ahead of him and find his missing father, or will he go missing too?


Receiving editorial praise, reviews include:

“Temi’s amazing creative talent shines through with his debut novel and I had the absolute pleasure of coaching him to write this book. Apart from his writing flair, his work ethic and perseverance have made this book possible. It is a pleasure to be able to share this with the world. Lost in Space has a setting and plot that gives children the courage to believe that anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Well done, Temi, I am so proud of what you have achieved. Keep soaring high!” – Sophia Ovonlen, Creative Writing Coach,

“What a classic book Temi has written. I was captivated by the emotive and thrilling start, and held on by the suspense towards finding Astronaut, Tim Walker.  This book reminds us of the importance of the fundamental family unit, family values, love, compassion and empathy as this world speeds u towards automation where humans foundational ethics and moral conscience.  I strongly recommend this book for family time, and to be converted to a BBC or Hollywood movie.  Well done Temi. Keep up the great work!” – Dr Urenna V Adegbotolu, NextGen programme coordinator and executive board member, AFBE-UK Home - Association For BME Engineers (AFBE-UK)

“I am hugely impressed with the story; Temi has an incredible imagination and massive potential to become a bestselling author. As well as an astronaut, of course! His imagery is excellently executed; some of it is written better than some of my most experienced authors!” – Kathryn Hall, author and editor –


“This is an engrossing story about a young boy named Tom and his siblings searching for their father who they

thought was dead. It is written in the style that each of the children have their own autobiography talking

about their experiences. Tom, the main character of the story, is a curious kind 11-year-old boy who is eager

to know the truth about where his father is. Jake, Tom’s older brother is a geeky 12-year-old boy who loves to

create new machines and gadgets to inspire the world, and finally, Alice and Jane, who are Tom and Jakes’

twin sisters. Together, with the help of their mom and a NASA astronaut they go in search of their father in

space.” - Charles McIntyreYear 8 Papplewick student. 


Published by Maple Publishers, Lost in Space is available in paperback (£9.99) and Kindle format (£4.29) on Amazon at and

The book is available in all major book stores Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Target, Blackwell, Foyles, Waterstones, Okada books etc.


About the author:

Lost In Space: The Adventure of Tom Walker, is Temi Owolabi’s debut novel. He is a 12-year-old boy who lives with his family in Yorkshire. His love for space inspired him to write this book. He also has a passion for charity and has committed himself to supporting charities whose mission is to help vulnerable children. This would go a long way to make the world a better place for all children in the future. He hopes this book will inspire people to dream.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Baffler Meal Complete Collection - New Release Date



Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Baffler Meal Complete Collection


Own the Complete Collection September 20, 2002



Includes ALL 138 Episodes from the Epic Series, Plus the First Theatrical Film, and All the Enhanced Content in a 20-Disc DVD Set!


Hey Aqua Teen Fam! Everyone’s favorite fast-food trio from Adult Swim creators Dave Willis (“Squidbillies,” “Space Ghost Coast to Coast”) and Matt Maiellaro (“Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” “12 oz. Mouse”) are coming together for the first time on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment with a complete collection including all 138 episodes from the hit series 11 season run, as well as the first theatrical film titled Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, plus hours over 30 hours of bonus content. 



Three unique detectives, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, share a rental house in New Jersey. This mystery-solving trio is comprised of human-sized food products: Master Shake, the big-mouthed, self-appointed team leader with a short attention span and no work ethic; Frylock, the only reasonable member of the group, who happens to be a box of French-fried potatoes--spuds with power; and Meatwad, a talented round mound of meat who can take the shape of a hot dog or an igloo. Together, this triple threat tackles unusual cases from the luxury of a neighbor's swimming pool--unless they're confronted by danger. Then, of course, the three run like hell.


Release Date: September 20, 2022

Audio: English (5.1)

Subtitles: Eng SDH, French, Spanish

Rated: TV-14 (DLSV)

DVD Price: $112.99 SRP ($129.99 in Canada)


About Warner Bros. Discovery 

Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ: WBD) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes the world’s most differentiated and complete portfolio of content and brands across television, film and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery inspires, informs and entertains audiences worldwide through its iconic brands and products including: Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, OWN, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Magnolia Network, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Television, WB Games, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV and others. For more information, please visit

About Adult Swim

Adult Swim (, launched in 2001, is WarnerMedia’s #1 brand for young adults offering original and acquired animated and live-action series. Airing nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET/PT) on its linear channel, and also available through HBO Max, Adult Swim is basic cable's #1 network with persons 18-34 and 18-49, and is seen in 94 million U.S. homes, reaching over 40 million viewers via HBO Max.


Saturday, July 09, 2022

Drink! Drink! Pee! Pee! You Don't Want A Damn IV!

Ever since I did the AVON 3 Day Walk I chant Drink! Drink! Pee! Pee! You Don't Want A Damn IV when I am thirsty. It was what we chanted every time we got to a resting area during the walk. Hydration is key to good health and one of the most important things to do for your body and mind. It is good for your organs, your skin and YOU!

Since I have a constant, chronic nasal drip, I am always thirsty. It is an annoyance and without water I struggle with dry mouth. Water is something I never leave the house without until I was sent my newest addition ¡CACTUS! Organic Cactus Water.  

Founded by Napa Valley-based farmer Sarita Lopez, ¡CACTUS! Organic Cactus Water was launched after Sarita began personally experiencing some of the health benefits of juicing with the cactus leaves that grew on her family farm.  Sarita set out on a mission to get more people to experience the hydration benefits of cactus paddles and soon ¡CACTUS! Organic Cactus Water was conceived.  

After much experimenting with the recipe, Sarita produced a refreshing low-calorie drink full of electrolytes and Vitamin C in lime, watermelon and papaya flavors.  ¡CACTUS! is an ideal hydrator for runners and people who do cardio and an excellent.

I have tried the watermelon and the lime. They are delicious!