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How to Build an Outdoor Movie Theater for Your Backyard

outdoor movieWhether you’re chillin’ at the drive-in or sprawled out on a picnic blanket at a local park, there’s something truly magical about watching an outdoor movie. So why not bring that experience a bit closer to home—say, right in your own backyard?

 

With just a few key purchases and a little prep work, you can cozy up at home and watch an outdoor movie with your loved ones.

 

To help you build an excellent outdoor movie theater for your backyard here’s our list of some of the things you’ll need.

 

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Prepare for the Worst, Expect the Best: Observing National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness MonthWe’re in the business of preservation, so when National Preparedness Month rolls around each September, we take it very seriously. Disaster can strike anywhere, at any time, and for no reason whatsoever—but we can make sure we’re prepared.


Sponsored by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month was started to encourage everyone to be proactive in our approach to disasters. In fact, each week of September has its own theme:



  • September 1-5: Flood
  • September 6-12: Wildfire
  • September 13-19: Hurricane
  • September 20-26: Power outage
  • September 27-30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th)

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Are Your Family Photos Prepared For Any Disaster?

If your house caught fire tomorrow, what’s the one thing you would save? Before you decide on that difficult answer, you should know that by participating in National Preparedness Month this September, you might be able to save a lot more than just one thing.



 

<p>The logo for National Preparedness Month 2016 with space to customize for regions/states logos.</p>

 

Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month was created to encourage everyone in our nation to prepare for emergencies—whether it’s a terrorist attack, fire, earthquake or flood. Our intrepid CEO, Mitch Goldstone, is a big believer in being prepared, and it is something he has ingrained in all of us here at ScanMyPhotos. To make sure you are fully prepared, head over to Ready.gov, where you will find plenty of resources.


A logo that reads National Preparedness Month 2017. Disasters don't plan ahead. You can. Around the text there are green icons depicting a first aid kit, a flash light, a battery, a piggy bank, and a radio.


In addition to survival preparation, let’s take a step back to that fire question—are all of the irreplaceable items in your home safe? Most material items can be replaced, but any item with an emotional attachment could be lost forever if a disaster occurs. These items often include those old boxes and albums of family photos—it’s impossible to replace those moments in time once they’re lost.



<p>A graphic promoting National Preparedness Month that has been formatted for Facebook.</p>

 

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6 Must-Read Articles to Help You Keep Photos in Top Shape

Keep Photos in Top ShapeBest Ways to Protect Your Photographs


The world is a dangerous place for photos. Light, temperature, humidity, skin oils, glue—all of this can all cause serious damage to photos over time. In the digital age, this is no big deal; photos can be reprinted from our computers or devices with the click of a button. But for our older photos, which are our most treasured, the results of neglect can be tragic.



The following six articles provide tips, tricks, and services that will help keep photos in top shape.

 

1. The Best Ways to Store Printed Photos

 

“Archival quality photo albums use plastic and paper materials that will not damage or deteriorate photos over the long-term.”

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Disintegrating Family Photo Albums Transform into Touching Gifts

family photo albums

Lee’s family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner 1958.

After digitizing pictures, here is how to better enjoy your photos


Years ago, photo albums were meant to organize our photos and keep them safe for future generations. However, unless archival-quality albums were used to store your treasured pictures, the acidic paper of a photo album can deteriorate printed photos over time.


This is the dilemma that ScanMyPhotos customer Lee Jackto is currently facing with her parents’ photo albums.


“My mom has about 25+ albums that are decaying rapidly—the pictures are turning yellow and are stuck in that acid-type folder paper. These albums contain pictures of me growing up, starting with my baby photos, and pictures of my parent’s wedding—overall there are about 50 years worth of photos in them.”


Lee did some online research to find a company that could scan her photos and restore some of the quality. She discovered ScanMyPhotos from a CNET recommendation and decided to move forward.


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