Cass the Assembler of Things

Cass had too much free time at home since there was no online class and piano last week (Deepavali holiday week). To kill boredom, she yanked off all the keys on her keyboard to do a thorough cleaning of the inside. I thought she’d have a hard time putting the keys back but this Lego and puzzle whizz assembled everything back in under an hour, effortlessly and commented that it’s fun. The cleaning part took a long time though. She used cotton buds, wet wipes and alcohol swab to disinfect her keyboard ūüėÜ

My go-to person whenever I buy clothes racks and cupboards that need assembling as I just suck at assembling things.  I have zero patience for such things but will still do it if none of the girls are free to help me.

Cordless keyboard re-assembled in no time. Thankfully it’s still working!

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Perfect Backdrops For Photography

If you’re a photography enthusiast, I’m sure you must be obsessed with photography backdrops. I love photography and¬† I’ve always wanted to get a beige brick wall backdrop like the one below or a vintage brick wall backdrop for my food photography.¬†An effective background will help to dramatically enhance the photo.¬†¬†Also, nice backdrops serve to cover unsightly and messy sights in our house¬†ūüė¨.

I often have plenty of images from a shoot but I usually discard many acceptable images just because the messy or inappropriate background rendered the photo useless.¬† A messy or unattractive background can quickly ruin your shot. If you’re a blogger like yours truly, or a¬† home-based entrepreneur selling homemade bakes and food or anything that’s homemade, getting a suitable backdrop for shooting can do wonders to the sale of your products.

There are many essential parts of a photograph and the parts are lighting, depth, scale, composition … the list goes on, but what about the background? If a strong picture is a complete picture, then the background matters.

A great photo requires a great backdrop. The background is of fundamental importance in the composition of the image emphasizing the subject, improving the photograph.  One of the best places to shop for photography backdrops is at Star Backdrop.  All the beautiful backdrops you see in this post are from Star Backdrop.

An impressive backdrop will add to the story, providing valuable information about your setting, and helping to dramatically enhance your photo. You should focus on the background as much as you do the subject being photographed.  After all, the background is part of your picture, and is often what will make the difference between a regular snapshot and a powerful composition.

This Princess White Wall Balloon Baby Show Backdrop is the perfect backdrop for a baby shower party or a little girl’s birthday party.

You don’t even need to throw an expensive beachside wedding party on your big day. Since border-crossing is now prohibited in most countries, no thanks to the nasty pandemic, couples planning a wedding can have a low-key make-do beach side wedding reception with this¬†Beautiful Orange Curtain Pavilion Floral Decoration Backdrop for Seaside Wedding Ceremony backdrop for your photo booth.

A sweet¬†Floral backdrop for a newborn baby shoot is simply irresistible. Looking at this super duper adorable newborn baby in this photo shoot makes me feel broody now¬†ūüėĀ

Professional images with an appropriate backdrop capture authenticity. Photographs not only show your customers or website readers what you offer, but can also make them want to act on it.  A restaurant website filled with tantalizing and photos of their various food make one want to try everything and in turn order a lot!  High quality images with proper backgrounds speak of the quality of the product.

The backdrop behind your subject can make or break your image.  Cluttered backgrounds are distracting and draw attention away from your subject. If you’re attempting to sell products online, a cluttered image may not help you get the sales you aspire to have.  Good quality photos play such a pivotal role in the success of the sale of a product.

For example, my hubby plans to include Christmas food boxes in his food delivery menu.  With a pretty Kitchen Wooden Christmas Photo Studio Backdrop like the one below coupled with the proper lighting, the Christmas box photos will look highly professional and attractive.   Most people judge the food by its appearance, thus if the photography is impeccable, this will surely entice people to order.

Christmas is coming soon and I do fancy having a Christmas backdrop, like a huge Christmas Brick Fireplace  or a Stone Fireplace Christmas backdrop in our living room to create a Christmassy atmosphere since we will most likely not be having any Christmas party this year caused by the pandemic and restriction on gatherings.


Cass will be needing this Class of 2020 Graduation backdrop with her standing next to it as I doubt there will be any graduation for Year 6 pupils this year unless the CMCO is lifted.  Even if there was a graduation, I think it will be a low-key ceremony where parents may not be invited as part of the SOP.

If borders remain closed for another half a year, I will need a Blue Sky Sandy Beach backdrop at home to help me de-stress. I miss having holidays and really miss going to the beach!

It’s easy to overlook the background and forget that it is a vital and prominent part of your photo.  By taking the time to pay attention to the details in the background, this can open the door for new photographic opportunities; and will help you to take your photography or your online business to the next level.  To browse the best backdrops for photography, do check out Star Backdrop. They have really wonderful and pretty backdrops for every occasion and need.  Some of the categories that you can find at Star Backdrop include retro backdrops, Christmas backdrops, custom photo backdrops, white wood background, school photo background and many more.

Most of the backdrops at Star Backdrop start from USD23 each for the smallest size and biggest is priced at USD215 each. There are 8 standard sizes and custom sizes are available too.  The dimension of the standard size backdrops ranges from 3ft wide all the way to 20ft wide.  The backdrops are made from durable microfiber, which is soft and seamless.  They can be washed and dried in the dryer if the backdrop is dirty. To remove wrinkles, the backdrop can be ironed.  The images are digital printed onto the backdrops and look realistic and vivid.  Reviews by previous customers are positive with comments such as excellent material quality, fast and safe shipping, vibrant colors and excellent price.

Backgrounds or backdrops are highly recommended to be used to highlight your subject in a context that helps them to stand out, without being overwhelming. Fortunately, finding the right background for your images isn’t hard with the availability of online backdrop specialists like Star Backdrop. With a bit of practice you will soon be a professional at using the right backdrop, and identifying backgrounds that work with the composition at hand.

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Traveling for the Holidays РDon’t Forget to Practice Good Dental Hygiene

With the holidays quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking about the travel time and spending time with family and friends. As much as the holidays are about to be thankful and spending time with loved ones, it’s also important to have a plan in place that will help you maintain a healthy smile. Indulging in great food, including sweets is expected and something you should not avoid, but between the traveling, the snacking during football, and the delicious holiday dinners, your teeth and gums may be exposed to a variety of harmful elements. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the holidays while protecting your teeth.

Before Traveling

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your healthy smile when traveling during the holidays is to visit Westminster Dental for an end of the year cleaning and examination. So, before loading the family in the car and heading off to spend the holidays with family, remember to schedule an appointment with the dentist. This will help to ensure your oral health is prepared for more than your usual encounter with the acidic foods and sweets that are a typical part of the holiday meals. Remember to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and flossers so you can brush after meals. Keep in mind that it’s best to drink plenty of water, especially with meals and before brushing.

Eat Foods that are Healthy for Teeth

Holiday traditions often center around eating bountiful meals with family and loved ones. Not only is sharing a meal a great way to spend time with family but when you sit down to a holiday dinner, it may also be healthy for your teeth and gums. Many of the traditional holiday foods include vitamins and other nutrients that are important for good oral health.  Some of the foods that you should be sure to include in your holiday meals that will help keep teeth strong and healthy may include:

  • Cranberries, which contain flavonoids that may help prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth and causing plague
  • Turkey, which is extremely high in phosphorus and it can help to re-mineralize teeth and the jawbones
  • Leafy greens, which are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, both of which are essential for reducing the risk of periodontal disease
  • Pumpkin pie, which is loaded with Vitamin C and calcium, both of which are necessary for bone maintenance, gum health, and developing teeth


Have a safe and happy holiday season and do not forget to keep up with your healthy mouth practices. Brush teeth at least twice each day and floss at least once a day, and rinse your teeth with water after snacks and meals.

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