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4 Tips For Having Fun at Home

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Whether you are trying to scale back your expenses, simplify your lifestyle, or make the most of your property, it is likely that you are spending a lot of your time at home. This shouldn’t feel like a compromise. Instead, it should feel like a fabulous opportunity to try out new experiences, have fun with your loved ones, and embrace a positive mindset. If you are struggling to see the joys in spending your time at home, you will need to work your way through the following four tips. They will help you to get the most out of your living space and will save you from looking back in regret.

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Try Something New

The first tip is to experience something new, such as the joys of vaping. This is a fun, easy, and cost-effective way for you to spend some quality time at home. Even if you have never vaped before, it shouldn’t take you too long to find your feet. All you need to do is visit Mt Baker Vapor. This online store is the perfect place for you to purchase the vaping equipment you require. You will also have the chance to choose from a wide range of flavors that are sure to spice up your experience.

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Set Up a Home Cinema

The next tip is to set up a home cinema. Have no fear, this doesn’t have to involve a lengthy renovation project. In fact, you can switch up your living space in under an hour. First, you will need to tidy up your home, so that it is free from chaos and clutter. Then, you will need to organize your DVDs, so that they are easily accessible. Next, you will need to move around your seating, your lights, and your technology, so that you have the perfect view. Finally, you will need to plug in a speaker system, as this will ensure your audio is impeccable.

Backyard Chessboard

Play Games in Your Backyard

Another great tip is to play games in your backyard. There are no age restrictions on having fun, so you can do this long after your kids have gone to bed. From Giant Chess to Capture the Flag, there are so many options for you to choose from. Why not write down all of the suggestions and place them in a bowl? Then, you can carry out a lucky dip to find out what your next activity is going to be. This will add an element of surprise to your time at home and will give you something to get excited about!

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Set Up a Craft Area

The final tip is to set up a craft area in your home. This is a brilliant way for you to take your hobbies to the next level. It could be that you enjoy baking, or it might be that you dabble in origami. Either way, it makes sense for your crafts to have a space of their own. Perhaps there is a spare bedroom that you could transform. Or, maybe you have a nook that is just big enough for a small desk, a fold-out table, or a storage unit.

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Pink Thing Of The Day: Pink Flamingo Pool Statue

Flamingo Pool Statue
All Photos By Gail

Ah, California at Christmastime is a singular experience, filled with visions of kidney-shaped swimming pools expertly re-created by the pool replastering Orange County company and of course, oversized Pink Flamingo statues.

Swimming Pool and Famingo

Because, why not?

Swimming Pool and Famingo

Swimming Pool and Famingo

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GoldenBoy By Jeff Bark at Hasted Kraeutler

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Let the Homoeroticism Begin! (All Photos By Gail)

Jeff Bark’s newest body of work, an exhibition of new photographs he calls GOLDENBOY (now at Hasted Kraeutler), instantly appealed to both Geoffrey and me, but for entirely different reasons. Geoffrey was wildly smitten by the bare-chested hottie who is the subject of half of the photos in the exhibit. But I was more intrigued by the moody, lost-weekend vibe of the yellow-hued still life scenes, and the recreation of what I correctly took to be a southern California backyard – mostly because it reminded me so much of the backyard of my own childhood home located in Orange County.

GoldenBoy Backyard Set
GoldenBoy Backyard Set

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This backyard (which was recreated for the project inside Bark’s NYC apartment!) provides the setting for many of the photos. When you couple the erotically charged images of a handsome young man with what looks like an environment of leisurely suburban decay, to say that these photos encourage imaginative extrapolation is a huge understatement.

GoldenBoy Ice Pop

As the exhibit’s Press Release details: “GOLDENBOY is sited inside and around the young man’s California abode, offering a glimpse into the spaces and routines of his seemingly idyllic daily life. But something is always awry: near-appealing symbols of his languid existence are juxtaposed with disturbing, even macabre details. As he sits in a chaise lounge eating popsicles, a dead plant studded by sharp spikes hovers ominously behind him.

GoldenBoy Roses

An elegant arrangement of yellow roses is corrupted by the remains of a keg-party, their roots flooded by empty plastic cups. It’s a disturbing clash of idyll and decay, the indulgent and the morbid. The question persists: will he live up to and embrace his own potential for greatness? Or perhaps he will turn away from it, choosing instead to pursue a darker destiny.”

GoldenBoy Bird in Cage

That passage describes a lot of guys I knew when I was living in California, especially right after college, in the 80s, which is the timeframe that Bark aims to capture in GOLDENBOY. Although the theme of GOLDENBOY seems tightly focused, I think this is an exhibit with which viewers can have a highly personal experience, depending on individual tastes and backgrounds. Highly recommended.

GoldenBoy Daisies

GoldenBoy by Jeff Bark will be on Exhibit through June 14th, 2014 at Hasted Kraeutler, Located at 537 West 24th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.

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