April — The Month For Laughter!

April is the official National Comedy Month and what better way to shake off the cold and dreary winter blues than with a month full of activities and ideas focused on laughter. The holiday was founded in 1976 by author and comedian Larry Wilde, who advocated extensively for how laughter can have therapeutic value, which can improve one’s quality of life.

 

“Since April is often bleak and grim and taxes are due on the 15th, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year,” says Wilde. ”Besides, it’s the only month that begins with All Fool’s Day – a day which has sanctioned frivolity and pranks ever since the 1500’s.”

 

So how can you celebrate the month dedicated to laughter and comedy? There are several ways to do so, and not all of them include a comedy club. Start the month off small and get a group of friends and family together for a game night. Play games that foster teamwork and laughter, such as Scattegories or Charades. If you are playing with a more mature crowd break out the Cards Against Humanity and let the fun ensue!

 

Another night you could bring back some of your favorite classic comedies, be it stand up or movies, and curl up on your couch with some popcorn to revisit old laughs. It might be an old Monty Python movie or it might be your favorite stand up special. You would be surprised how your favorites can go unwatched when life gets busy, but taking time to get reacquainted with them can bring you happiness.

 

Finally, the most obvious of options for National Comedy Month is to go to a comedy show. There is nothing quite like going with friends and loved ones to a comedy club, sitting back, and enjoying live comedy. If you’ve never been than you truly have never experienced stand up like it should be. What is funny viewed on TV is so much richer and hilarious when you are there in the crowd. If you’ve never been to a live stand up show, this is the perfect month to try it out for the first time!

 

However you celebrate, try to take some time this month to enjoy happiness and laughter. It will brighten your spring and your life as well.

How To make DIY Glitter Light Switch Covers

It’s the details that really bring a room together! If you’re in the process of decorating a super glamorous room or a room for kids, don’t call the project done until you’ve added glittery light switch plates. This project is cheap and easy, but it has a big impact.

Supplies:

  • Flathead screw driver
  • Tacky glue
  • Craft glitter
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Clear acrylic spray coat
  • Paper plates or newspaper

Glitter is messy so lay down something to protect the surface you’re working on. Newspaper is a common favorite, but paper plates work much better. They will catch all of the loose glitter and keep it within the rim of the plate. They also make it easy move the finished project to a different place while it dries, so you can clear your workspace for your next project. They prevent glitter mixing, too, if you are going to create more than one switch plate and use different colors on each.

Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. Using a foam paint brush, start by coating the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Next, sprinkle generously with glitter. One color will be sparkly but also understated. If you want more excitement, get creative and try using more than one color. You can mix them in light layers, or you can create designs by sprinkling them separately in various areas around the switch-plate.

Once the plate is completely covered in glitter lightly pat the glitter to ensure it sticks. Pack it toward the edges and sides as well. Slide the screwdriver gently under the edges of the switch plate to ensure it doesn’t dry stuck to the paper plate. Allow it to dry completely – refer to the back of the glue bottle for times. We recommend at least three hours. Once it’s dry, pick it up and shake vigorously to ensure that any loose glitter falls away. You might want to tap off the bulk of it into the plate, then step outside to wave it around a bit and get rid of the rest. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.

Kitchen Design Idea: Appliances on Islands

Appliances for Kitchen Islands

It's surprising how many kitchen islands are nothing more than tables or counters, occasionally also serving as workspaces.

Basic Kitchen Island

While this is certainly inexpensive, it almost appears to be an afterthought, as if to say, “We've got this extra space in the middle of the kitchen, so we need to fill the space.” Well, why not get some functionality out of it?

kitchen island with appliances

Appliances on Islands for Universal Design

There is much discussion these days about Universal Design. One of the challenges is finding lower cabinet space for moving microwaves from over-the-range and in general making appliances more accessible. The kitchen island is ideal for a microwave drawer as well as for an undercounter refrigerator or beverage center, or even refrigerator or freezer drawers. Also, moving appliances to a kitchen island frees up more cabinet space along the wall.

Entertaining Around a Kitchen Island

A strong rationale for an “open kitchen” design is for entertaining. Guests gather in the kitchen for a glass of wine and watch, if not participate in the final stages, of the meal preparation. Yet, with appliances lined up against a wall, for much of this time the host is standing at the range with his or her back facing the guests. If we would only move that range or cooktop to the island, the preparation would be the center of activity, and the host and group would be much more engaged.

Kitchen Entertaining

Of course, it's more work planning for gas for a cooktop, ventilation, etc. but that's why we need designers. Anybody can stick a box in the middle of the kitchen.

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7 things to do this weekend

Have Fun This Weekend. Phoenix – Scottsdale – Mesa

 

 

1. Mesa Pow Wow. The powwow draws hundreds of dancers from across the United States and some from Canada. Up to 80 Native American artisans attend, offering traditional jewelry and other items for sale. Several food vendors will be on hand, serving such Native fare.

The powwow begins at 6 p.m. Friday with a free concert featuring the Native American musical group Clan/Destine II. Saturday’s and Sunday’s events begin with a gourd dance at 11 a.m. The grand entry, during which all the dancers perform together, occurs at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a second grand entry at 7 p.m. Saturday.

2. Carn-Evil. The sleek W Scottsdale turns into a nightmarish carnival for one night. Encounter possessed carnies, looking stilt walkers, freaky performers as you make your way through the WET Deck. Guests are invited to play carnival games, drink spooky creations and hear chilling tunes.

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. W Scottsdale Hotel and Residences, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. $25. 602-405-0099, wscottsdaletickets.com.

3. Zombie-Walk. When the zombie apocalypse comes, most of us won’t be ready. Check out Zombie Walk 4 in downtown Phoenix Oct. 27, 2012

4. Harvest Festival Original Arts and Craft Show at Phoenix Convention Center. The largest indoor art and craft show returns to Phoenix after a short break. Shop 24,000 handmade American products of jewelry, turned wood, ceramics, pottery, original art, clothing and much more.

Enjoy all-day stage and strolling entertainment along with a kids activity center. There's something for everyone so you won't want to miss it.

5. Heard Museum Annual Fall Sale. Get a jump on holiday shopping – and check out the bargains – at the Heard Museum Shops Annual Fall Sale.This twice-yearly shopping event offers discounts on the finest authentic American Indian artwork.

6. The Great Pumpkin Festival at the Desert Botanical Garden. This fall, visit the Desert Botanical Garden for four days of pumpkin fun where children and adults alike can experience a weekend festival that brings the true feel of autumn to the desert.

7. Shop for Appliances On-line at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Arizona Wholesale Supply will be open On-line so you can find all the major appliances you're looking for right from the comfort of your home. Then call or visit us Monday through Friday for the best prices.

Click below for the activities that interest you to be directed to their website for more information.

Roy Track Memorial Mesa Pow Wow

Carn-Evil

Zombie-Walk 4

Harvest Festival

Heard Museum Annual Fall Sale.

The Great Pumpkin Festival

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Thing to do this Weekend in Tucson and S. Ariz.

5 Things to do in Tucson and Southern AZ this weekend.

 

Pumpkins

 

1. Apple Annie's Arizona Centennial Corn Maze. Apple Annie's Produce and Pumpkins opens 15 acres of corn and more than six miles of pathways for this maze with three levels of difficulty.

Apple Annie's Corn Maze

2. Old Tucson. Does your average haunted house leave you wanting? Come to the only ONE REAL HAUNTED TOWN… NIGHTFALL! Bury yourself in a totally terrifying town with 3 outrageous live shows, 3 disturbing haunts, and the super-cool KRQ Demon’s Den presided over by DJ DU! PLUS the Ringmaster, Pappy Scrap, hideous live characters, and the Gargoyles. Indulge your senses with lethal libations like the new “snot shot”, monstrous munchies like turkey legs, and searing souvenirs.

 

3. Nightmare on Congress. 5 BANDS, 2 STAGES, DJ'S, FREE ZOMBIE FACE PAINT, BIG MONEY COSTUME CONTEST AND OUR FIRST EVER HAUNTED HOUSE! (8PM/21+/$8 ADV $10 DOS).

 

4. Not-so-Spooky Halloween. The Children's Museum Tucson hosts trick-or-treating stations, Halloween craft projects and games, a costume contest and other not-so-spooky Halloween fun for the little ones.

 

5. Shop for Appliances On-line at Arizona Wholesale Supply. Arizona Wholesale Supply will be open On-line so you can find all the major appliances you're looking for right from the comfort of your home. Then call or visit us Monday through Friday for the best prices.

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Apple Annie's

Real Haunted Town

Nightmare

Not-so-Spooky

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