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A Hard Day’s Night (56 years ago)

A Hard Day's Night is the third studio album by the Beatles, released on 10 July 1964 by Parlophone, with side one containing songs from the soundtrack to their film of the same name. The American version of the album was released two weeks earlier, on 26 June 1964 by United Artists Records, with a different track listing. In contrast to the Beatles' first two albums, all 13 tracks on A Hard Day's Night were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, showcasing the development of their songwriting partnership.
A Hard Day's Night: Studio album by the Beatle
Released: 10 July 1964
Recorded: 29 January – 2 June 1964
Label: Parlophone
Studio: EMI, London
        Pathé Marconi, Paris
Length: 30:10
Producer: George Martin

The Beatles chronology:

With the Beatles - (1963)
A Hard Day's Night - (1964)
Beatles for Sale - (1964)

Singles from A Hard Day's Night

 1 "Can't Buy Me Love"
   Released: 20 March 1964

 2 "A Hard Day's Night"
   Released: 10 July 1964

The album includes the song "A Hard Day's Night", with its distinctive opening chord, and "Can't Buy Me Love", both transatlantic number-one singles for the band. Several of the songs feature George Harrison playing a Rickenbacker 12-string electric guitar, a sound that was influential on the Byrds and other groups in the folk rock movement
How To Take Great Product Pictures

How To Take Great Product Pictures

Want to know how to take great product pictures?

In order to convey the awesomeness of your creations, you need great pictures. This peost will share tips on how to take great product pictures.

1. Be sure to set aside enough time to get the job done.

Any job that is rushed is probably not going to be your best work. It makes sense that if you want to get great results, you have to put some time into it.  Try to make this time uninterrupted. Pets and children should be otherwise occupied!

2. Gather all your products to be photographed well in advance.

You’ve worked so hard to set this time apart, make the most of it! Gather all products, cameras and props well in advance of your start time. This will ensure you don’t have to waste precious time.

3. Take multiple pictures of each item.

You may think you are getting great pictures. The truth is that you won’t really know until you sit down to edit them. Take multiple pictures and from different angles. This way, when you finally get ready to edit you won’t have to settle for “good enough” because you’ve already put all your materials away.  Make sure to get a really good close up!

4. Edit your pictures!

Even basic editing, such as cropping, can make a huge difference. If you’re taking pictures with your smartphone, it probably comes with built in editing. If not, consider downloading an app such as Instagram. It’s free and you will not be disappointed!

5. Use natural light.

Take your pictures near a window if possible. Avoid using artificial light and never use the flash on your camera as it will not convey the true colors of your item.  If your schedule precludes taking pictures during the day consider buying or making a light box. Check our “Sellers Tutorial” page for how to make a light box of your own!

From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com

Valentine’s Day Origins

St. Valentine’s Day Origins

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is a holiday observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it is not a holiday in most of them.

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.” The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. The Valentines honored on February 14 are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred about AD 496 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. The relics of Saint Valentine were kept in the Church and Catacombs of San Valentino in Rome, which “remained an important pilgrim site throughout the Middle Ages until the relics of St. Valentine were transferred to the church of Santa Prassede during the pontificate of Nicholas IV”

February 14 is celebrated as St. Valentine’s Day in various Christian denominations; it has, for example, the rank of ‘commemoration’ in the calendar of saints in the Anglican Communion. In addition, the feast day of Saint Valentine is also given in the calendar of saints of the Lutheran Church. However, in the 1969 revision of the Roman Catholic Calendar of Saints, the feast day of Saint Valentine on February 14 was removed from the General Roman Calendar and relegated to particular (local or even national) calendars for the following reason: “Though the memorial of Saint Valentine is ancient, it is left to particular calendars, since, apart from his name, nothing is known of Saint Valentine except that he was buried on the Via Flaminia on February 14.”

On this special day share unique, romantic gifts and cards with loved ones and try to make Valentine’s Day memorable & romantic.
 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, honoring the memory of the late civil rights leader who would have turned 90 this past Friday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia (the Albany Movement), and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam”.

In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities.

King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. federal holiday in 1986. Hundreds of streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also renamed for him. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.

Has New Year’s Day Always Been January 1?

The story of the calendar used in the U.S. and across the Western world begins in 45 B.C.E., when Caesar ordered up a 12-month calendar starting on January 1 based on one complete rotation around the sun, with three cycles of 365 days followed by one leap year of 366 days to compensate for small discrepancies in the man-made calendar and the way the earth actually moves around the sun.

The Julian Calendar was in wide use until the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century C.E., after which the European calendar fell into a bit of disarray. Dates were shifted to coincide with Christian holidays. In some places the year was moved back to start at Christmas, in others moved up to start in March to coincide with the Incarnation of Jesus.

(We still have a vestige of the old March-start calendars hidden with us in plain sight: September, the ninth month of our year, is Latin for seventh month; October for eight month; November for ninth, December for tenth.)

via Why We Celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1 | TIME.

131st ROSE PARADE – NBC

January 1, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Orange Grove Blvd. & Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA

The 131st Rose Parade begins at 8 AM on January 1, 2020, and will feature floral floats, spirited marching bands and high-stepping equestrian units along the 5 1/2 mile route down Colorado Blvd. Experience—in person—the magic of New Year’s Day in an unrivaled celebration, exclusive to the streets of Pasadena.

About the Show

Featuring lavish floral floats, high-stepping equestrian teams, marching bands from across the globe, a star-studded lineup of talent, hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the streets and millions more watching the telecast worldwide, “The Tournament of Roses Parade” is the most popular New Year’s Day celebration in the world. A grand tradition in every sense of the word and nicknamed “The Granddaddy of Them All,” NBC has been broadcasting this spectacular New Year’s Day parade for 92 years, beginning on radio in 1927 and then televising the event beginning in 1954. Enjoyed for generations and celebrated by audiences young and old, “The Tournament of Roses Parade” is the perfect for way for you and your family to ring in the New Year.

Two-hour LIVE special.

THE ROSE PARADE – AN ICONIC TRADITION

For millions of people around the world, the Rose Parade is an iconic New Year’s Day tradition.

The Rose Parade travels 5 ½ miles down Colorado Blvd. and features four types of entries: floral-decorated floats entered by a participating corporation, non-profit organization or municipality, equestrian units, bands, and Tournament Entries. Rose Parade participants have long histories with the Tournament of Roses and keep the traditions alive.

The earliest Tournament of Roses welcomed 3,000 spectators to its first parade filled with beautiful, horse-drawn carriages covered in flowers. More than a century later, the parade floats are a marvel of state of the art technology, all tucked away beneath flowers and other all-natural materials.

ROSE PARADE HISTORY

PARTICIPANTS

Each year more than 80,000 hours of combined service are supplied by 935 volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses Association. Nicknamed “White Suiters” because of the distinctive white suits every volunteer wears, these community-spirited men and women give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to ensure the success of the Rose Parade® and Rose Bowl Game®.

2020 ROSE PARADE THEME – THE POWER OF HOPE

The 2020 theme, “The Power of Hope,” celebrates the influence of optimism and hope.

The belief that what is wanted can be attained. From the struggles of those who came before us to dreams yet fulfilled, hope is more than simply the possibility of fulfillment. Hope is dignity and respect, joy and happiness, aspiration and achievement. Hope never, ever quits. Through hope, we can aspire to be our best and in turn inspire those around us to reach higher.

With hope – anything, in fact, everything is possible.

Float Design

This category showcases attractive, visually well-balanced floats that over a creative treatment of the designer’s idea. The floats are in line with the parade’s theme and include the use of animation.

Floral Presentation

This category provides a visual balance and cohesive mix of floral and non-floral materials. The floats are predominantly floral in appearance and display an abundance of flowers.

Entertainment Value

This category creates a dramatic impact by creatively using additional elements to advance the design concept. Additions may include, but are not limited to, float riders, outwalkers, pyrotechnics, and showmanship.

391 South Orange Grove Boulevard • Pasadena, California 91184 • (626) 449-4100 • © 2019 Tournament of Roses.  

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (Wednesday, Dec. 25, on ABC)

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (Wednesday, Dec. 25, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST, 9:00-11:00 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on The ABC Television Network and on the ABC app) – This Christmas, Disney Parks celebrates the joy of the season as hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share this magical holiday tradition with families around the globe. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the Christmas Day celebration will be merrier than ever before, bringing together the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Joining the festivities as parade correspondents are Freeform’s “grown-ish” actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series “Good Trouble,” Cierra Ramirez. Musical performances include the following:

Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”

Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”

Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”

Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, “Christmas Funk,” out Nov. 9.

Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.

American Idol winner Maddie Poppe celebrates the season with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”

Disney’s dynamic a cappella group DCappella performs the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”

Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, “A Why Don’t We Christmas.”

shopping for men

Christmas Gifts for the Men in Your Life

This curated Christmas list will have you checking the men in your life off your gift list! There are a ton of great ideas! Click through for the full article and to see all the picks!

For all the men in your life who do so much for you, why not show a little appreciation this holiday season with a thoughtful, useful, mindful gift? Whether you’re shopping for your new-to-yoga nephew or your dad who just realized he’s into foraging, we’ve got something for everyone. Now get to shopping!

https://www.giftadvisor.com/men/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA6IHwBRCJARIsALNjViV9k_dyxK6Xd-ijWu5hSqXKWqZ9bt7gfCD5rU0dvZyOYK9yyBJBg4gaAsqGEALw_wcB

Deck the Halls!

The rustic Christmas scene that she pulled off is amazing! This is the sort of vignette that inspires me to “Deck the Halls”! Beautiful!

 

Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m usually a get my Christmas decor up December 23 type of girl. I don’t know why the holidays always seem to sneak up on me. But this year is entirely different! Not only is the Loft fully decked out {on December 1st no less}, but this year I did my very best to create the ultimate yuletide feeling. Though I did have a bit of an incentive!

via Apartment 34 – Your ultimate source for style, fashion, living and beauty.

veterans day

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday

Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). 

The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran’s or Veterans’).

Here’s a list of what will be open and closed for Veterans Day on Wednesday.

•    Banks: Closed.
•    Financial markets: Closed.
•    Government offices: City, county, state and federal offices are closed.
•    Libraries: The County’s central library and all city branches are closed. Suburban branches vary. 
•    Mail: No mail. Post offices are closed.
•    Parking: Parking at city meters is free.
•    Trash collection: City trash pickup will be on schedule. Other municipal and private haulers may work on a different schedule.

 

The Beach Boys single “California Girls” was released on this day, July 12th, 1965.

The Beach Boys single “California Girls” was released on this day, July 12th, 1965.
 
The single “California Girls” was released on this day (July 12th, 1965. The song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Wilson conceived the song during his first acid trip. Except for 12 string guitar by Carl Wilson, the other music was performed not by members of the band; mostly by the Wrecking Crew, (Hal Blaine, Leon Russell & Carole King).
 
"Upon its release as a single, "California Girls" reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
 
Single by: The Beach Boys
from the album Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)
Released: July 12, 1965
Recorded: April 6 – June 4, 1965
Studio: United Western Recorders and CBS Columbia Square, Hollywood
Label: Capitol
Songwriter(s): Brian Wilson Mike Love
Producer: Brian Wilson
 
The song is considered emblematic of the 1960s California Sound. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included it as one of "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll". In 2010, the Beach Boys' recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
 

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box 

If you've read the post on how to take great product pictures, you've read about the importance of light in your pictures.  When using natural light isn’t possible or just doesn’t work for your particular needs, a light box is often the next best alternative. This post will demonstrate how to make a DIY Light Box. No need for any fancy materials or supplies. Many of the items are probably things you have at home already!

List of Supplies:
1. Cardboard box
2. Box cutter or X-acto Knife
3. White printer paper or White Tissue Paper (the type found in the gift wrap section)
4. White poster board
5. Portable lamp
6. 100 watt white light bulb
7. Double sided tape (or regular tape that you roll up on itself)

Directions

About the cardboard box. It should be large enough to hold the items you are photographing but not so huge that you can’t store or transport it easily. After assembly, remove the top flaps of the box. You want this part to be open. Next, using your box cutter or X-acto Knife, cut the sides out of the box leaving a small border around the edges. You are going for a “picture frame” look on all sides. Do not cut out the bottom!

Once all your sides are cut out, apply double sided tape to the inside of each “frame”. This is where you will be applying the white paper. The goal is to (as seamlessly as possible) cover the inside of the box with your paper. We are trying to make an environment as free from color and shadows as possible.

Voila, you’ve made a light box! Now get busy taking pictures and posting your stuff. I find it works best if you go into a dark room and put the lamp as close to your box as possible. If you are not getting the desired lighting, add more lamps. I’ve seen examples online using up to 3 lamps at a time.

 

From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com

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Unclogging a Blocked Toilet Trap Without a Plunger

Unclogging a Blocked Toilet Trap Without a Plunger

If you find yourself in a predicament to have a blocked toilet and no plunger nearby here’s what you need to know. Try this simple solution to unclog your toilet with dish soap, a container of hot water, a little patience and that’s it.

Stage one: Pour dishwashing soap into the toilet. Since the dish soap density (– 1.06) is great than water it will sink to the bottom of the toilet bowl.

dish soap toilet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 2: Allow 15+ minutes for the soap to be absorbed into the blockage acting as a pipe lubricant. 

Pouring dish soap into toilet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 3: Pour a container of really hot water into the toilet bowl making its way through the trap pushing the blockage out.

15+ Minute Wait Pouring Very Hot Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 4: Flush the toilet and watch as the obstruction vanishes!

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small business holiday season

Your Small Business and the Holiday Season

Small business owners know that sales from the Holiday Season can be a defining factor in the overall success of your business. Make this the year that you get a "leg up" on next year's business! We've curated several excellent articles to act as a resource for your Holiday Season planning and hope you find them encouraging and helpful! Let us know if any of the resources made the difference for you this season!

1) 30 Unique Holiday Promotions for Your Small Business. Kabbage.com

The holidays will be here before you know it. But instead of panicking about how much there is to do before then, get excited! There’s still plenty of time to plan a creative holiday promotions calendar and make an impact on this year’s profits. Tons of little (and big) holiday promotion ideas are out there to leverage in your brand’s marketing efforts as the end of the year approaches. So here are some of the most fun ways to create buzz around your company:

2) Keep Your Employees Focused this Holiday Season! BusinessKnowHow.com

 Between shopping, decorating, and readying for visits with family, it's no surprise that many employees are less than focused on work during the holidays. So how can an employer keep distractions down and productivity up? Here are five tips that can help.

3) How to get your business ready for the holiday season. SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

 Whether you run storefront business, or or strictly sell ecommerce, it’s time to create a holiday sales strategy. If you make the bulk of your profits between November 15 and January 15th as in Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or the day after Christmas, it time to make sure that your business is ready for the holiday sales rush. 

4) 6 Tips To Slay Sales This Holiday Season. p2Bi.com

 Now is a great time to do a quick audit of your website to make sure that everything is working as it should be. The importance of omnichannel retailing has grown exponentially and you want to make sure that your customer can find your products not only on the shelves of your store or your retailers’, but also online and more specifically from any smartphone. Stats show that in 2014 mobile accounted for over half of all holiday shopping traffic. Make sure your website is compatible with laptops, smartphones, and tablets alike. Also, you can use a tool like Google PageSpeed Insights to quickly test and solve for any issues on your website that could be slowing down its performance.

free printable advent calendar

Free Printable Advent Calendar from Ella Claire

Free Printable Advent Calendar

This adorable free printable Advent Calendar is amazingly charming. With endless options to customize, you can definitely make this project fit any decor! Please visit EllaClaireInspired.com for more beautiful pics and the full tutorial! 

I have been wanting to create an advent calendar for a couple of years now, and I finally got to it this year! When I was a kid, I loved those little ones with the candy in all of the slots. I wanted my babies to have something fun to be excited about each day too. It is no secret that I love vintage typography and that is the direction I went with these. I love vintage Christmas!

Source: Free Printable Vintage Christmas Advent Calendar – Ella Claire

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts – 50th Annual!

Tempe Festival of the Arts – Fall Event!

50th Anniversary!
 
November 30 – December 2  | 10AM – 5:30PM

www.tempefestivalofthearts.com

The Tempe Festival of the Arts spring and fall events each attract nearly 250,000 visitors to the Downtown Tempe over the course of a 3-day weekend.

Quality artists are fundamental to the success of the event. Each year, the Festival receives more than 1,000 applications from artists across the country. From these applicants, a jury comprised of members of the local art community. They select the top artisans in each category to participate in the Festival. During the Festival, a new jury then selects the best overall artist and the top artist in each category.

Participants are separated into 18 different artistic categories for judging. They range from woodwork to photography to ceramics and even wearable art. More than 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience.

While the Tempe Festival of the Arts primarily focuses on art and the artists that create it. There are also a wide variety of other activities for guests to enjoy. Live entertainment stages provide musical entertainment for festival-goers. Performances by a number of well-known local musicians keep audiences in high spirits throughout the day. Past performers have included the Gin Blossoms, Walt Richardson, Margo Reed, and Hello Swindon. In addition to the scheduled entertainment, street performers, vendors, sponsor exhibits and entertainment booths are set up for the amusement of Festival visitors. In addition to arts and entertainment, the Tempe Festival of the Arts offers support to the Tempe community. A portion of the proceeds raised at the Festival benefits local charities.

 

Lessen the Effects of Thanksgiving Dinner!

While I would never suggest that you skip your favorite  Thanksgiving goodies, this article shares some sensible tips to make the festivities a happy memory rather than a regret! 
 
We're not suggesting you roll up on your sofa, here are a few suggestions.
 
Prevent the desire to lie down:
 
We all know after an over-stuffed dinner is to lie down and rest. Instead take a short walk after your meal helps your digestion over drinking coffee.
 
Digestif Bitter:
 
Drink some digestif bitter which is produced in Rheinberg in Germany by Underberg AG, made from aromatic herbs from 43 countries.
 
Most European counties create a bitter herbal digestive liqueur that's sipped after meals. (Italy produces hundreds of different types of Amari.
 
Try Digestive Enzymes:
 
Keep on hand a natural digestive enzyme for after the feast. 
 
Aloe Vera Juice:
 
We suggest drinking 2-3 ounces of certified pure aloe juice immediately after your Thanksgiving feast. Aloe juice is found at natural foods stores
 
Chew Some Ginger:
 
There are reasons ginger is often used to for stomach upset: It works! 
 
Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and family, indulgence and indigestion. Embrace the former while ditching the latter with these actionable ways to limit your belly-bulging binge at this month’s high-calorie celebration of appreciation and appetite.

Thanksgiving Salad

Arugula and red onions and cashews and dried cranberries and wild rice and lemon dressing, comin in hot. ♡

I mean, wow! Already? Tis the season!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there are two types: the type who makes a turkey, and the type who brings a salad. Do I even need to tell you which type I am? Bjork’s aunt called us yesterday and asked if I would rather bring a salad or a vegetable side. umm, HELLO. How could I ever NOT bring a salad? It is my Thanksgiving destiny. I have a feeling that so many of us are twinning on this issue.

via Thanksgiving Salad with Wild Rice and Lemon Dressing – Pinch of Yum.