We all know you like to see Christmas lights. So, what is the next best thing? Apple pie, baseball, and "fireworks on the Fourth of July," you can not get more American than that!

Few cities do "Fourth of July" fireworks such as Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. In actuality, we do it well here in Southwestern, Pennsylvania, it is challenging to choose which 4th of July activities to participate in and where to go to watch July fireworks! If only we could be in many places at once...

Saturday, 01 February 2020 08:12

Best Ways To Store Your Christmas Lights

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There's no denying it: this time of the year can be a little bit sad. Another fantastic holiday year has come to an end. All that left is the cleanup - and for a number of us a bit of personal recovery period time, too!

But though putting your lights away at the end of the season might not be as happy as putting them up in the season's start, it's a job that's worth doing right. Follow these 13 tips and suggestions listed below to help maintain your Christmas lights for years to come. or at least they will be kept safely for next year.

If you're an expert Christmas Fanatic, then you already know precisely what you will plan for this year's Christmas light display. You've likely thought about the lights you'll be installing, and where you'll be installing them.

But if you are a newbie Christmas Fanatic, you likely do not have all the lights planned out. You probably do not know which lights to buy, or where to put them. Or perhaps even how to install them.

No need to worry, though!  Because now is the most suitable time to do your preparation and planning for the Christmas light display later this year.

Here are 3 action steps for Christmas Fans to follow and this will take you through the process of preparing this year's Christmas light display for your home:

1. Figure Out Your Spending Limit

Yes, it's the most important thing. Christmas is a 'spendy' time of year. Household budgets typically become somewhat strained during the holiday season. So, before you begin spending on Christmas lights and décor, it would be smart to find out how much you can comfortably manage to spend and set a budget.  The best time to buy is during Christmas clearance sales and use next year.

Once you have made your budget decision, set that amount of cash aside and start with Christmas light buying spree up to your budgeted limits.

Based on where you live, you have possibly viewed a house with crazy glowing Christmas lights that change color and dance to music. Almost every neighborhood or city has "that one home" that goes all out for the holidays annually. In my area, that house is mine. If you have ever wondered how those screens work and what you will need to create your own, this is going to be an overview of all the elements and how everything works together.

Three key things make up a Christmas lighting show: the sequencing, the control circuitry, as well as the lights.

The lights are organized to form different props like leaping arches, snowflakes, stars, legatees, and much more. You couple those lights with power supplies and controllers to make them function as expected.

Are you searching for the best locations in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas to see the best Holiday light displays?

If so, then our yearly Pittsburgh Holiday Lights events guide we will give you all the updates and maintain your holiday spirits bright all-season long.  If you love to be in Christmas lights, Pittsburgh is a beautiful destination. Through the downtown area, there are lots of fantastic spots to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.

Starting on Light up Night on the Friday before Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year's Day, there are lots of excellent opportunities to enjoy beautiful displays of Christmas Lights in Pittsburgh.

Listed below are a few of the people’s favorite places in and around downtown Pittsburgh to enjoy terrific lights and decorations during the holiday season.

Places You Must Visit to See Holiday Lights in the Pittsburgh Area

It is a known fact that Pittsburghers love Christmas and Holiday light displays nearly as much as the Steelers. So with the holiday quickly approaching it is time for a vacation lights road trip. Here's a list of some of the larger more popular destinations in the region.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 19:23

Celebrate Christmas in July in Pittsburgh

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The mere mention of the word Christmas brings fond memories of various events that usually take place on this particular day. Apart from the gifts and other goodies we often receive on Christmas, this day symbolizes love, and many people use it to reunite with family members and friends alike.

Nothing is exciting as celebrating Christmas early given that it comes only once every calendar year in different places across the globe where it is recognized. However, in Pittsburgh area residents can celebrate the holiday twice, this is possible because Pittsburgh celebrates  "Christmas in July".

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership - Market Place hosted a children's event organized by KidsPlay for all local children that wanted to see Santa Claus and was filled with fun, and other exhilarating activities reminiscent of the actual Christmas day.  In other parts of town additional Christmas in July, events were being held, like the East Shore "Christmas in July" Flea Market sponsored by Swissvale Farmers Market. Another event was organized by the Cultural District.

The idea of owning a robot maid or butler is within closer reach than ever before. Recent advancements in tech and designs mean that there are all kinds of clever creatures, robots, and household gadgets on the market. Providing the perfect gift idea for all sorts of friends and family members this Christmas.

There are different types of smart systems, actual robots, and robotic cleaning devices, like the well-known Roomba, which are now available for the everyday consumer. Get the best Roomba model you can afford. I recommend either the 880 (cheaper) or the 980 (top of the line) read more below. Basically, for robotic items, it all comes down to continued development, accessibility, and affordability.

There is a higher demand for smart appliances and robotic help. This means more manufacturers are working on developing more and more items. The good news for consumers is that this means great choice. Greater demand creates more variety and tends to bring the prices down.

This guide shows some of the best robotic household items and toys for 2017 across different categories


Monday, 16 October 2017 05:04

DIY Flash To Music Christmas Lights

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It has become quite popular for people to synchronize Christmas videos to music especially since Gangnam Style (by PSY) became an anthem that made it to the Christmas light extravaganza.

The fun of it all is that you are free to choose your favorite videos and tunes to synchronize for your next Christmas adventure.

Although it takes a lot of planning, light stocking, and connection work, it is something you can easily achieve if you are serious about impressing your friends and family on this festive season. Nonetheless, it is not going to be an easy task particularly for those who have never taken on such projects.

Saturday, 02 September 2017 08:34

5 Best Toy Drones for Kids Christmas Gifts

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Who said that your child must own one of the powerful high-flying drones available in the market today so that he or she can have fun?

There are plenty of good toy drones that have a design which is ideal for recreational purposes that they can fly.

They are good because of their relatively inexpensive and their small convenient sizes so that your child can operate it in the living room or even the backyard of your house for several minutes before it inevitably gets stuck in a tree or crashes.  When it comes to children buying a beginner drone for training is the best advice or you will be paying for it. 

While the animals are asleep, zoos all over America come alive over the holiday period with dazzling light shows designed to captivate the young and the young at heart.

Zoo light displays can be one of the highlights of the festive season. For a growing number of families, a trip to the zoo to see the light display has become an essential part of their holiday tradition.

Each year zoos around America have teams working all year to come up with ideas to transform their zoo into a winter wonderland of light that will delight children and their parents.

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