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9 Top Fashion Tips for Men

For many men, fashion isn't really something that they think about. They own a suit which they wear for job interviews and formal get-togethers, and the rest of the time they wear comfy jeans, baggy t-shirts, or their old-favorite "slightly-smart" shirt. The whole functional-casual thing might work while you're at university, but once you start going to conferences, dinner parties, and formal events, you'll need to figure out your sense of style. Here's a few tips to help you stay looking sharp without becoming a slave to fashion.
1. Buy Things that Fit This might sound really obvious, but most guys buy clothes that are too big for them. This ruins the point of carefully selecting different cuts and styles of unique menswear. Clothes should follow the line of your physique, not just hang there. Next time you go shopping, try on the next size down to what you normally buy - you might be surprised how well it fits.
2. You Need More Than One Suit Consider inve…

Watermelon & Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This past week, they were having a Teacher Appreciation Lunch in the theme of a Luau at my son’s school, and I was kind of at a loss of what to make. I remembered having a Watermelon Salsa at a House Party Event, and thought this would be something fun and tropical for the teachers to enjoy. I went to and found a recipe for Watermelon Salsa but as I usually do, I like to experiment and make things my own so I amended the recipe for my tastes. CLICK HERE - Watermelon Salsa to see the original recipe and for proper credit.
Here is what I used in my Watermelon and Pineapple Salsa Recipe: 3 cups of Chopped Seedless Watermelon, small pieces 1 20oz can of Crushed Pineapple Drained (Drain it Well!) 1 Large Vildalia Onion Chopped into Small pieces 1/2 cup of fresh chopped Cilantro 1/4 cup of Orange Juice 1 tsp of Hot Sauce
FYI, I picked up Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips to serve with it. Directions are below:
First I washed and chopped the Cilantro and plac…

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Why Instagram is Great for Your Business

The key to a successful marketing campaign is to connect with your audience. This means that if your customers enjoy a particular activity you should be putting your message in front of them – in a manner that they are happy to receive. Instagram is the mobile phone photography application that demystifies photo editing and is fastest growing (and the most fun) of the social networks available. Originally launched in October 2010, it was for iPhone users only, more recently, in April of this year 2012, Android phones were already able to make use of it as well. Indeed its popularity has grown tremendously since it was first introduced to the public because of its amazing fusion of photography and social media via the utilization of mobile phones. Thus, such fusion has greatly influenced how business is done today. Is it worth it for a business though? Well a lot obviously depends on your niche, and the product that you are selling. If you are looking for brand awareness then it’s a…

Backyard Design From The 22nd Century

The elusive American dream of owning a comfortable home is well and alive. Among other things, comfort means a livable modern backyard ideal for relaxing and entertaining guests. The modern backyard design is a luxury outdoor landscape featuring fully equipped kitchens, bars, television, music systems and fire places. It is in effect an extension of the living spaces inside the house.
The Patio The typical modern patio or terrace is relatively bigger than its earlier counterparts because of the growing preference of family members for the lively outdoor ambiance. For instance, enjoying barbecues, dining alfresco, swimming in the pool, listening to music, or simply lounging over some refreshing drinks in the patio provides pleasurable relaxation after a stressful day. The outdoor kitchen is such a hot issue it has become even more detailed than the inner kitchen to include a bar, built-in or portable barbecues, grills, gas-fed stoves and ovens, a refrigerator and wine coolers. The pa…

Online Poker Tournaments

Face Up Gaming was founded by two regular guys who love playing poker and other games on line but were pissed off and mad as hell that they were unable to see, talk, and listen to their opponents during the game. The proverbial poker face was missing; hence they spent the last three years holed up while developing a brand new experience. Face Up Gaming is the first and only online interactive subscription based gaming site where players can see, hear, and talk to each other, play for, and compete for cash and prizes. The first offering is Poker where for a set monthly subscription; subscriber member players can legally play this game of skill, enter online poker tournaments, and be eligible for huge payouts. Face Up Gaming offers a wide variety of poker games including No Limit, Pot Limit, and Fixed Limit Hold'em, as well as varieties of Omaha, Stud, and Razz. Face Up Gaming has ring games, Sit & Go tournaments, and multi-table tournaments. This particular site is NOT a gamb…

Gavin's Wish

Gavin was first diagnosed with leukemia at 7 months old. Gavin continued to battle cancer until he was 4 when he finally found a matching donor for a bone marrow transplant. His wish was to meet this extraordinary stranger who saved his life, and City of Hope made it happen. There is a life-saving impact of people willing to donate their bone marrow and continue to make stories like this possible. Please watch this video. Finding an exact bone marrow match is often times an up hill battle but there is strength in numbers if we can continue to encourage others to sign up for a registry.

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The First Day of School – Preparing Mommy

The first day of school. All kinds of pictures flash through our minds when we hear that. We think of freshly sharpened pencils and new backpacks and suddenly we’re in tears. What? Tears? Yep, tears. When our babies suddenly become old enough to go to kindergarten, all kinds of feelings rise up and sadness is definitely one of them. Yes, there is an air of excitement and the shopping is fun, but we realize that another milestone in our baby’s childhood has just been reached and we can’t help but look at it through misty eyes.
Just like we get our kids ready, a little preparation can go a long way to making the first day of school a joyful event for Mommy, too. Here are a few things I’ve learned that just might get you off on the right foot:
If possible, arrange for a tour of the school. Knowing what it looks like, meeting the principal, and getting a feel for this place that your child will spend a great deal of time in will go a long way to settling your fears. There’s a …

An Angel Among Us


2nd Annual Boot Ride & Rally Event Features Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Blu-ray, Released Today Aug. 28

On Aug. 26, FX’s Sons of Anarchy cast led the morning motorcycle charity ride with 450 riders/300 passengers following behind as they traveled from Route 66 Classic Grill in Santa Clarita to Happy Endings bar in Hollywood. Proceeds from the ride and rally tickets purchased as well as on-site merchandise benefits The Boot Campaign, which looks to raise funds for military personnel returning home from combat. All ride and rally tickets were completely sold out by the Thursday prior to the event as the venue was already sold to complete capacity (1,400 rally attendees) – a huge leap from last year’s inaugural event. The event celebrated Sons of Anarchy Season 4 on Blu-ray & DVD with a giant DVD promotional stand prominently placed on the red carpet and press line and the riders/passengers received the Blu-ray in their VIP rider packs. After the ride and the VIP meet and greet, the cast of Sons of Anarchy walked the red carpet chatting with press and posing for photos for promotions a…

2012 Sports Parent Of The Year Contest

For the first time ever, Sports Illustrated Kids will recognize a SportsParent of the Year. This parent is dedicated to family and community, and includes sports as a part of an active, healthy lifestyle. She or he exemplifies the qualities that SI Kids aims to impart to children through a shared passion for sports, including: fun, dedication, healthy living, and the value of community and team. The SportsParent of the Year will win a $1,000 gift card to use for their child's sports needs and may appear in a future issue of Sports Illustrated Kids. The contest is now open here:
HOW TO ENTER: This contest begins at 12:00 P.M. EST on August 1, 2012 and ends 12:00 P.M. EST on September 24, 2012. To enter, go to and follow instructions to submit your nomination. Limit one nomination per person or e-mail account. Sponsor is not responsible for entries not received for any reason. Entries become sole property of Sponsor an…


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Military Milestones

Military Milestones offers custom military rings of the utmost quality as gifts to honor our soldiers. The company is proud to help individuals and families that serve our country receive an excellent gift that will be cherished for a lifetime. The rings represent all branches of the military, are hand crafted, and manufactured by Balfour, based in Austin, TX. Military Milestone was born with Jerry and Janet Pryor. Jerry served as an Army Chaplin for 32 years, and retired in 2005 after many great milestones in his career. Jerry and Janet love the military, and being a part of military people’s lives. They launched Military Milestones to help support themselves as they travel the world, training people and families as life coaches and marriage counselors. In 2009 Jerry and Janet asked a close friend, Eric Sztanyo to join their team. Eric himself has not served in the military, but his grandfather was a WWII fighter pilot of the Bristol Beaufighter. Eric also has a brother…

Overdressed: The truth about ‘fast fashion’

We all love a bargain but at what cost? If it means the wide-spread pollution of rivers and the illness of workers, would cheap clothing still be worth it? Well, it's time to consider those issues, because as it turns out, cheap clothing is an eco fashion nightmare. That's the verdict of the new book by author Elizabeth L. Cline called Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. Elizabeth spent three years investigating what's now being dubbed the fast fashion trend. And what she uncovered will change your shopping habits. In the US, around 20 billion clothing items are bough each year, which works out at around 64 garments per person every year. And the recession has meant that cheaper fashion chains have thrived as people, rather than cut back on their clothes shopping, have simply bought cheaper clothes. Technology has also meant that as mass market labels such as H&M and Zara can produce clothing, faster and cheaper than ever before, releasing more goo…


If you were a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo recently flying southeast out of Bangkok, Thailand, you would, in all likelihood, come across a poor specimen of the expat breed in the town of Ban Phe on the Gulf of Thailand. That particular expat would be muttering to himself, trying to work up the courage to eat a piece of fresh durian. By a remarkable coincidence that would floor a Kipling or a Conrad, that miserable expat is me. I spent several years in Thailand thirty-some years ago, as a volunteer missionary for my church, then came back in 2003 to take a TESOL course at TEFL International, in Ban Phe, so I could teach English in Thailand. I stayed a year and a half to teach English. But in all that time, I’m ashamed to admit, I couldn’t bring myself to eat a single slice of durian – a fruit so entwined with Thai culture and cuisine that to refuse its embrace is tantamount to blasphemy.
I left Thailand in disgrace, a traitor, in my own mind, to all things Thai and wonderful. Last Mar…

A Ton Of Guest Bloggers

You're going to see a ton of guest bloggers here in the next week or so, since today marks the day the accident happened that took our Mason away from us forever. I might schedule other stuff around this time as well.....but I have asked other bloggers and friends to post on my blog for me, as I want content on here to keep the blog going.....but I will not be around - mentally or physically. We are checking out for awhile, and going to surround ourselves with family and friends. THANK YOU a million times over for those who are filling the spots for me. It means a ton! The first anniversary of my baby's death will be harder than any of others to come...and your support is amazing. Thank you.

Life In Balance Contest

How do you create Balance in your life? That's what Natural Vitality, Manitoba Harvest, Happy Belly Bags and Ashley Koff RD, celebrity dietitian & author of Mom Energy want to know! Do you plant a garden, recycle or shop locally? Inspire others, join the conversation and tell us how you find balance in life! No matter what obstacles stand in the way of life's journey, they want to know how you overcome these adversities to find balance.
This contest is designed to uplift those around us and to inspire a well-balanced change! Tell them how you create balance in your life and you have the chance to win up to 9 prizes worth a total of $1900. Ashley Koff RD, celebrity dietitian & author of Mom Energy, believes that we've all heard the recommendation before - "try to achieve balance for a healthier lifestyle." Truth be told, though, the idea of balance can seem tricky, even downright challenging for many of us, even herself. Why is that? Often, the concept an…