6 Things A Man Can Learn From The Stars

1392349_red_bridgeFashion has evolved throughout the last few years.  In fact, today fashion is just as important for men as it is for women.  If you are a man, take a cue from the latest celeb fashions.  Here are 6 things you might learn.


A Suit Always Shines


When in doubt, go with the suit.  Obviously, you will look overdressed wearing a suit to your son’s soccer game.  However, when you need to dress to impress, go with a suit.


Alterations Matter


It’s easy to buy off the rack today and assume it fits ok.  This is true with most men.  And it is nice on the budget to escape alterations.  However, alterations matter.  They will make a difference in your clothes. 


Rethink Oversized


Next, when you are considering investing in another oversized t-shirt, think again.  There is no need to purchase something huge.  Instead, get clothes that enhance your figure.  They don’t need to be as tight as a woman’s t-shirt.


Tame That Beard


When it comes to facial hair, make sure to tame what you’ve got.  If you want scruff, that is great.  However, shave what’s unnecessary.  This will help you to look cleaner, more polished, and presentable wherever you go.


Buy New Shoes


When it comes to your shoes, you might be in the market for a new pair.  Many men hold on to their shoes for too long.  You don’t need to hold on to your shoes longer than necessary.  Instead, get new ones that will look good and fashionable.


Limit The Athletic Gear


Finally, make sure to limit the athletic gear.  We get it – you’re a guy who likes sports.  However, we don’t need to see you in sports gear daily.  Wear it to the gym and when you are lounging around the house.  Put it away for a nice dinner. 


Have fun with these tips.  You will shine like your favorite star.

There is An Art to Getting Good Seats

1380002_auditorium_2Going to the Gorge Amphitheater is a trip of a lifetime; the music is sensational and the memories will last a lifetime. This outdoor concert venue is the place to go to catch your favorite bands, so take your whole family or all your friends and make sure you don’t miss a moment.  The itinerary is being posted online right now, so find out when your favorite bands will arrive at the Gorge and get your tickets early. Also make sure you get good seats. This is a little tricky to do, but not impossible. There is simply a bit of an art to getting good seats.  Take a look at the Gorge seating chart when you are online and figure out which section would be the best for you and your group. The seating in the back on the hill, also known as lawn seating, is for general admissions. The triangular-shaped seating closer to the stage is for reserved seating. Check it out online and reserve your seats before the best ones are all gone. Also make sure you take into consideration the hot sun, the amazing views of the Columbia River, and being able to get a good view of the stage from where you are sitting.

The Perfect Seats Await You

When you want to take in a spectacular show, the best seats are the ones where you can be comfortable, and that includes how much sun exposure you are getting and how well you can hear the music.  Looking at a seating chart online can’t tell you how these things rate in each section, but it does tell you how far from the stage you are, so keep that in mind when you select your seats online. Don’t underestimate the sun and the number of attendants at the concert; this is all something to remember before picking your seats. Also keep in mind how many people are with you, and how many seats you’re going to need when you reserve seating.

It doesn’t have to be difficult to get good seats for your concert experience; you just need to factor in what you can afford, the summer sun, and the amount of people that will be in front of you at the concert. It is exciting to take in your favorite bands, so reserve your perfect seats now.

Offensive Bath Towels?

1244485_take_a_showerChildren’s bath towels fall in a class all their own; these some of the most disgustingly dirty, filthy, stained, torn and abused household items imaginable. Kids don’t actually wash when they wash up after all. They rinse and then depend on the towel to not only dry them, but clean them as well. Now you get to clean the towel.

Don’t Let Your Kids Decide When It’s Time To Do The Laundry

Remember way back in school when you walked into that locker room and it was the most god awful odiferous assault on your sense of smell that you had ever encountered? The smell of those shower towels was enough to grow hair on the head of Telly Savalas. This is the one, singular reason that you don’t let your child tell you when it’s time to wash their bath towel. If you don’t do it on your own the entire house is going to take on the scent of your old high school shower room. All because one or two towels stashed under your kids’ bed have actually started to creep out by themselves in search of a wash machine and are spreading their noxious, toxic fumes throughout your household.    

A Whole Different Kind Of Offensive

Of course there is an entirely different kind of offensiveness to bath towels these days; at least according to some. Nude imagery. Unless you’ve got this thing wide open across your shower curtain bar with the picture hanging there for god and everyone to view when they step into your washroom… I’m really not sure what the problem as. I don’t care what you have on your bath towel personally; I shouldn’t be around when you’re using it! Now if I see it hanging in your bathroom, I may be curious. But I highly doubt that I will be curious enough to actually touch it since its—Your Bath Towel! Eew!

The bath towels I’m referring to were recently in the news. Again, they may have a problem displaying them in the stores; but I’m all for it. Then again I’ve always liked to rock the boat a little.

Do You Have The Chops to Enter the Games?

1128783_freestyle_skiing_and_boarding_3The 2013 Winter Teva Mountain Games are coming up in Februrary; are you in? For those competing, there is a wide variety of sports to choose from. You could compete in mountain, Big Air, or dual slalom biking, Nordic and telemark skiing, ski mountaineering, and more. These sports are not for the faint of heart; so do you have the chops to enter the games? You can go on the website and learn all you can about these games and see if you’ve got what it takes to compete as a professional or amateur athlete. You could win $60,000 in prize money; so why not register on the website now if you think you’ve got what it takes.

Art, Music, and More

If you don’t think you’ve got what it takes to compete, you could come watch the other athletes and root for your favorites. It is an awesome event because they also have music, art, and, of course, the great outdoors. So grab your whole family, your hot chocolate, and come watch Vail CO’s annual winter event. But if you do have what it takes, then get your training on and register now on the website. All you have to do is click Register at the top of the home page and you’re in. And if that isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing, then click Results and find out how others did last year. Think you can beat those scores? Let’s find out at the 2013 Teva Mountain Games Vail has in February!

It’s going to be a wild ride, so everyone hopes to see you there. But you first have to ask yourself the question: do you have the chops to enter the games?

Making a Friendly Bet

1129097_pokerPoliticians may be the first thing you think of when you hear "friendly wager" (where opponents in a political race bet on a lighthearted pastime, usually a sporting event, to show voters their fun side), but close friends, family members and co-workers have been placing friendly bets amongst one another for nearly just as long.  When placing bets among friends, there are sites that can help keep track of the wager from start to finish. Here are our favorites.

Site we love: DozenHoles.com

The purpose of a friendly bet is to show your friends or family why you are superior in something, and it‘s fun.  Whether you're betting on who can run to the trashcan the fastest or who can eat the most pizza slices, a little healthy competition is fun.  That's why we love DozenHoles.com, an online betting site made for friendly wagers between friends.  This website got its name after its founder, who commonly placed bets with friends on donuts, decided a site that could keep track of their wagers would be helpful.  This site is free to join and is operated by the buddy groups, where you create a buddy group and invite your friends to join, and start sending official challenges.  Another component of the friendly wager is traditionally unconventional stakes.  Maybe the loser will have to wash your car or bake you cookies, either way this website will keep track of all of the bets you’ve had made friends in your past.  DozenHoles.com also lets you throw down a bet at your friends’ feet and they can decide whether they want to accept it or not.  The site also comes with a handy balance sheet to keep track of what you and your friends owe each other.

Another site: BetCoffee.com

If you're overseas, there is another site catering to the friendly wager and it is called BetCoffee.com.  This site offers an online community for these types of wagers and will let you get in on other friendly wagers worldwide.

Friendly wagers have been going on for thousands of years and the Internet can help support this popular pastime.

Football Season Kicks Off In September, Are You Ready?

photo_13170_20090815smallOf course anyone that has a major love for the NFL is going to be extremely excited because it is another great year of football with nothing but excitement and twists and turns that makes the ball so exciting. If you are excited for football season then you need to be sure that you are ready to go and have everything situated so that you know exactly where your favorite team stands.

Will Your Team Make It To The Super Bowl? Everyone always wants their favorite team to make it to the Super Bowl but unfortunately that is not the case. Only the top two teams will make it to the Super Bowl after a grueling season of hard-core NFL football. As the season progresses you can start looking forward to reading about all of the football teams that will be heading towards the Super Bowl. 2013 Super Bowl props will start coming out and you also start seeing Super Bowl websites all over the Internet. In time you will find your favorite Super Bowl site for all of the information that you will be seeking.

Reading About Your Favorite Team Another great way to learn more about your team is to use wiki. Wikipedia is a wonderful site that is full of information and can give you almost any answer you might be looking for or a can give you a link to additional information. Any time you need information about something whether it be football or another topic Wikipedia is going to be the best resource for you.

Getting ready for football season can be very exciting so take your time and figure out what games you plan on attending. You can also host some wonderful football parties on Sundays.

Your Wedding Planning Responsibilities

1337577_wine_swirlThere are so many things to do, and so little time to do them in. That is where wedding planners come in; they can handle the heavy stuff while you fret about the important things, like fitting into your wedding dress. There are DIY wedding invitations to send, even if you have hired a wedding planner. Some bridal responsibilities might be to fill out and mail the wedding invitations, pick out and try on your dress, and choose the guest list. Luckily, online resources are making some of these easier to manage.

The Internet Saves You Time

There are free wedding and event planning software programs that a bride can download and this helps design the floor plan, manage the guest list, assign seating, and generate reports. That is great, because it takes a lot of the guesswork and stress out of the guest list. For the table arrangements at the reception, there is software for that too. A bride can decide with this free software who should sit with who; alleviating even more guesswork. All that is left to is pick out the dress. And when it comes to gorgeous, affordable dresses, you can’t beat going online. This helps give a bride an idea of what she likes and dislikes before she even tries a dress on. She may even be able to choose a store for her dress simply by looking at dresses online.  There are even gorgeous used wedding dresses available online, so if a bride is on a really tight budget, she should look into those as well. Some of the dresses are so beautiful; no one will know it is used.

The groom’s responsibilities include supporting the bride, reserving the honeymoon venue, and picking out the invitations for the bride. He has more say in the wedding than one might think! After all, he is the man of honor on the big day! His number one responsibility, of course, is to comfort and support the bride when she is getting really stressed out.

Moving with Man’s Best Friend

1388996_tibetan_terrier_dog_4 Moving is a stressful situation to all involved, including your canine companion. Dogs pick up on human emotions and the more stressed you are, the most stressed he will be. There are ways to ease the stress on your dog.


The first thing to consider is your new location. Across the country, from New York to San Francisco pet friendly apartments are widely available. However, depending on the size of your dog, this may not be the best idea. If a place with a nice yard is not within your budget, try to find a home near a park or two. Making sure that your dog has plenty of legroom is essential for its happiness.


When its owner is moving, it is easy for a dog to feel neglected. A dog craving attention is not very conducive to a successful move as it will constantly be underfoot. While he may not be the biggest fan of containment, a pet carrier or kennel may be a better idea. It will allow you to move what you need to without worrying about hurting your dog or yourself by tripping over him. If possible, take your dog to visit the new home before you move in. That will give it a chance to familiarize itself to its new home before the move is even made.

Of course there are many other ways to make this a successful move for you and your dog. Remember, moving is the start of a new adventure! You should start it on the right paw!

The Effects of Unemployment on Your Self Esteem

844752_number_oneFor those who find themselves unemployed, it can do a number on their self-esteem.  Whether you were working at the same job for 20 years and you're worried what your family and friends might think or you've only been working for a job for 1 year and you're afraid to let down your parents, losing a job very rarely makes anybody feel good and to be one of the most stressful things to go through.  And while losing a job certainly causes stress more than anything, from when it happens to throughout the duration, the effect it can have on your self-esteem can be detrimental.

The research says it all

It should come as no surprise that being unemployed is not a good thing for the self-esteem.  Being unemployed can cause anxiety, depression, hostility, paranoia, a loss of motivation, psychosomatic problems, fear, but the havoc it can do to the self-esteem is unyielding.  Additionally, the longer one remains unemployed, the more damage it can do to one's self-esteem (especially among males).  Many people place their value by the job that they have, so when they lose their job their self worth is on the line.  Many people also see their self-esteem affected when they lose their jobs because they lose the community that they felt they were part of, which can lead to loneliness and isolation.

Focus on the positive

While it can be difficult remaining positive when you're unemployed, it is the best thing you can do to keep your self-esteem afloat.  Try to remind yourself on a daily basis that your self worth is not tied to how you make money, as on our deathbeds that won't make a difference.  It is also good to start looking for work right away, despite it sometimes leading to more self-esteem blows when you find further rejection down the line. A good place to start is, http://startwire.com/unemployment, one of the most popular job search engines around.

For those who are unemployed, remember to stay as upbeat as possible and to know that what you're feeling is normal.