If you are a dog owner you know that your pet is as much a part of your family as are you or your children. In many homes, a pet is more or less a type of child substitute, as it were. Let’s face it, you don’t have to put them through 12 years of school then college, they don’t grow up to hate you, they’re happy to see you every time you walk through the door – unlike most teenagers – and though vet bills these days can rival hospital bills, you will probably have to put up with fewer of them than with a child that lives with you for 18 years (or more, ugh). So it’s no wonder that pet owners usually make a pretty big deal out of Christmas gifts for their beloved, fuzzy,four-legged family members.
Hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain. Many men are skeptical of the symptoms women experiencing menopause complain about. Just like menstruation and childbearing, this only pertains to women. Conventional wisdom tells us men don’t experience menopause, or do they? When a woman gives birth to a girl she dreams about the short-term issues like hair bows, dresses, and braids. Someday she will have a soul mate to accompany her to the mall. She will give her tips on makeup and help pick prom dresses.
It is funny how we only think of the pleasant aspects of being a girl and woman, when giving birth to a female child. All the unpleasant aspects of womanhood like menstruation and menopause are glossed over. For many women the thought of not having periods is a glorious one. Some women are thrown into menopause suddenly after having a laparoscopic hysterectomy because of health issues requiring uterus removal. Here are facts men should realize about women experiencing menopause:
Now, some people, both men and women, believe male menopause is simply a myth to compete with the many changes women have to endure, but health professionals disagree. Although the phenomenon is not as intense as women’s symptoms, the decreased levels of the hormone testosterone are real as men age. Doctors refer to this as andropause. By age 70 men have at least 50% less testosterone than when young. The most common symptoms include less sexual function, insomnia or increased sleepiness, more body fat, a decreased bone density, loss of body hair, lowered self confidence, and depression.
Some doctor’s treat with testosterone replacement therapy, but this is controversial. Most monitor and recommend common sense approaches. When it comes down to it, men and women are not as different as once thought. Aging brings all sorts of changes to the human body no matter the gender. So, mabybe it's just a matter of taking care of each other, which can go a long way in understanding both female and male health changes.
When it comes to clutter in the home, no area is more susceptible to becoming a huge mess than the garage. It just comes with the territory- the garage is often where the bulk of our belongings are stored. Add a whole family into the mix, and the clutter just starts stacking up. So, here's a few tips to help you with your organizing. Just be sure that if you're going to be doing any constructing, make things easy with a coupling nut for good measure, and peace of mind.
How about creating recycle bin hangers? This also makes each one easy to access, as opposed to having them stacked on top of each other. You'd be amazed by how much space common items like these can take up within the confines of your garage space. The easiest way to organize your garage is with shelves held up with inexpensive metal brackets. Buy hardwood boards or shelving to fit the length of your garage wall, then suspend the shelves on metal shelf brackets at a distance of three feet between each bracket. For especially heavy dusty shelving, just add another shelf bracket at the center. And if you choose a shelf bracket that includes a closet rod hook, you'll be able to suspend rods under your garage organizing shelves, for hanging tools or a tier of hanging metal bins.
Make Your Garage Functional Again
Lastly, consider adding a bit of color to your garage storage. Paint squares on a pegboard to designate spots for specific items. Hang the pegboard on wall stud and equip it with bins for an innovative storage system. The sideways bins stow often used accessories that are not easily hung from hooks, such as gardening gloves and hose nozzles. Mount a large bucket to the pegboard for a modern take on a hose reel to boost function.
Society sends a clear message. Thick hair is equated with beauty. You don’t have to go far to find models in print ads and television commercials with long, thick locks flowing in the breeze. Can a thin-haired girl get some love?
Polycystic ovarian syndrome is another condition that leads to hair loss. When shampoos and conditioners contain toxic chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), the immune system is affected, including hair follicles. Permanents and relaxers containing lye chemicals burn scalps causing hair breakage. Scientists discovered stress can play havoc with hair, making it fall out with every stroke of the brush.
Other popular solutions to hair loss are simpler. There are so many wigs options now in every style, color, and length you can imagine. Weave extensions are also very popular options. Ethnic people are heavy consumers of the weave market. Many of them have stopped using relaxers and gone back to wearing their natural hair or braids made with synthetic or natural hair. They alternate wearing wigs and weaves for alternate looks in straightened styles.
Hair restoration centers have sprung up around the country that match your hair texture and color, surgically implanting them into the scalp. Initially these centers only dealt with male pattern baldness, but in recent years have expanded their practices to include women.
If you prefer a permanent solution to thinning hair this could be the answer. Patients report being very pleased with the results. So why settle for convincing people to accept your thin hair when you can permanently solve this problem? Beautiful thick hair could be right over the horizon.
When a big competition is right around the corner, the pressure and stress can really start to build. This goes for US competitions, UK competitions, and everywhere else the world over. You want to come out on top- you want to do your best. As the day gets closer and closer, it's all you can focus on. You stress and fret to the point of losing sleep and the ability to focus on your other responsibilities in life. Understand that this is completely natural, and part of the process. However, at a certain point, your rational brain has to kick in, and you have to admit to yourself that win or lose, it's not the end of the world. Here's some advice about the entire process of competing...
If that still isn't giving you peace of mind, just go ahead and do something that has nothing to do with the competition. At a certain point you reach a level of saturation where there's no more info or physical training you can do. Your mind and/or your body is as prepared as possible. Anything you do from here isn't going to improve your chances on the big day. So, if you can't stop stressing out, just put the competition out of your mind. Enjoy a few days out with loved ones. Catch up on a show you really enjoy. Read that book you've been putting off. You'd be surprised how this can calm you, and leave you craving the competition instead of fearing it.
After many years of marriage it can be hard for a husband to know what to buy his wife as a birthday or Christmas present. Most women are very clear they do not want to receive another pan or kitchen appliance. There is nothing that can guarantee a sour look more than to give your wife a toaster or blender as a gift. One choice you can never go wrong on is to buy her a new dress.
Another positive aspect of shopping for women’s clothes through online stores is the opportunity to open several windows with websites and compare prices immediately. At the mall this requires walking to one store and looking at prices, then walking to another store very far from there. If you find the first store has the lower prices you must then trounce all the way back there to buy the cheaper dress.
Arguably the most valuable item you have in your home is not the flat screen TV, not your bed, or even the kitchen with every imaginable gadget you could own (even though most of the stuff you don’t even use and don’t even know what it is). No, the most valuable item is your sofa. Think about it!
When you come home after a hard day of work, you crash on the sofa. When you have guests over, most entertaining centers around the sofa. When your best friend breaks up with their boyfriend or girlfriend, they come over and stay on your sofa (unless you have a guest bedroom of course). For that matter when you have a fight with your spouse or significant other, where do you sleep…oh, yeah, there it is again….the sofa.
So, when it’s time to start looking at what to do with your back yard and you begin thinking of putting in an outdoor kitchen (or at the very least a grill), a pool (in ground or above ground), perhaps a hot tub, and you want to add modern outdoor furniture, which will of course contain a sofa.
Think of all the activities you do outside, during the warm summer months. Lawn parties, activities with the kids, mowing the lawn, pool parties, hot tub parties, celebrating your best friend breaking up with a really bad boyfriend or girlfriend, celebrating your own relationship breakup, because you were always there for you friends and forgot about your relationship. Luckily, you got to keep the house.
And, no matter if you are entertaining inside or outside, the focus is on the comfort of your guests and just like entertaining inside a great outdoor sofa will ensure your guests are relaxed and having a good time. Even through the hard times.
Dive #1-You’ve been swimming around in your pool that consumes your back yard. You decide to go off the diving board, because you have seen so many divers in the Olympics do it and it looks easy. You spent thousands of dollars installing the diving board and you haven’t even used it yet. The kids have, and even they make it look easy.
So, now it’s your turn. No one is around. You get up on the board, take your obligatory deep breaths, take your three step approach and as you go into your final bounce your foot slips off the board, you land hard on your butt launching you into the air and spinning you into every possible known and unknown direction like a gyroscope. Somehow you manage to reach the water without further injury. You climb out, make yourself a double drink and recline on the couch. Your work has finished and you just want to calm your nerves.
Dive #2-You and your friends head to a bar that you heard is fun. You get there and it is one of the sleeziest places you have ever seen. Dentures (for those lucky enough to even have them) are the uniform of the day, because fights have been known to break out on a regular basis over which song will be played on the juke box. The stage where the band plays has chicken wire around it. There is a huge bat behind the bar that says “Board of Education” and you see a tooth deeply lodged into the wood.
The bartender is named Irene and she looks like she wrestles professionally. Not for money, however, but because she enjoys it, and she’s giving you the eye as if she wants to use your body this time. You quickly leave, go home, make yourself a double drink, relax on your outdoor sofa and call it a day.
Ahh, the sofa, your refuge against the world, both inside and outside.
We hear it on the news all the time. A family sits down to have their evening meal together. They have just said grace. Mom is about to serve up the meatloaf, mash potatoes and corn (and gravy, gravy is good on the meatloaf and the potatoes). Suddenly there is a banging at the front door. (Not knocks mind you, banging, maybe some scratching too. Scratching usually follows the banging.) Dad might say “I wonder who that could be at this time?” Before another word can be spoken little Joshua, 8 years old, who Dad had just taught that afternoon to properly throw a football, runs to the front door.
Little Joshua throws the door open and outside is Old Man Pierceson, the kindly old widower neighbor next door, who gives the family apples from his trees is standing in the doorway. But he has looked better. His head is tilted to one side, an eyeball hangs from its stem from the socket, an ear is missing, part of his lower jaw has been torn away. (Oh yeah, and blood on his shirt, lots of blood on his shirt and maybe even a bit of human flesh is still caught in his teeth.) He shuffles forward. Behind him are many others is a similar state. Moving forward, arms outstretched. They now have the scent of human flesh and brains and within this house they have found their very own living dead happy meal.
It’s not that difficult. Parents, you already teach your children not to talk to strangers. Just how difficult is it to teach them not to go near a zombie? Don’t poke them with sticks, don’t throw rocks at them. DON’T AGITATE THE ZOMBIES!!! If a mysterious knock comes to the door (or any knock for that matter) teach them the proper use of firearms, preferably a .380 or 9mm caliber handgun or a well-made Hungarian FEG AK-47. If they do not have the ability of the one shot one kill tactic, the semi-automatic firepower will allow little Muffy and Buffy the chance to escape by laying down a suppressing fire.
When all else fails and the ammo has been exhausted, children need to know how to handle bladed weapons. A nice sharp hand ax or Bowie knife is always a reliable weapon, when it comes to decapitation of the walking dead, or at the very least stabbing them in the brain. And most importantly, always teach them they must stop brain function, in order to keep the flesh munchers from gnawing on your femur.
With a few simple lessons, your family will be able to enjoy your family dinners, and be prepared for those creepy knocks that come in the evening.
Not many men enjoy being asked a question that they don’t know the answer to. Personally, if someone asks me a question that I don’t necessarily know the answer to, I just make it up as I go along but I say it with such confidence that the person listening tends to believe I actually know what I’m talking about. For the most part, this works out well. Other times, though, it can lead to problems that could have been avoided. Now that so many people know that they can unlock their iPhone, it may be a good idea to get acquainted with the process just in case you are asked.
If you aren’t aware of what the term “unlocking” means, when it comes to the iPhone, it isn’t a great idea to pretend that you do. The truth is that if you try to give advice when you don’t even understand the term, you are going to come off looking silly. I don’t know about you but, personally, I hate looking silly. All “unlocking” really means is giving the phone the ability to use any carrier that the owner wants to use rather than being stuck with the carrier that you bought the phone through. It really is that simple.
Now that you know what it, you need to know how to unlock the iPhone. Other than buying an unlocked phone directly from Apple, once your contract has expired with your current carrier and your bills are all up to date, you can contact the carrier directly and ask that it be unlocked. Most carriers have no problem with this. If they do have a problem with it, there are websites like unlockexperts.net that are more than happy to unlock your phone for you.
When people ask you for advice, most of the time they are looking for a starting point. By suggesting that they use a website to unlock their phone, you are providing them with that advice. You enjoy being the guy that knows everything, so keep being that guy.
While traditionally, it is the bride-to-be who takes the lead in planning the wedding that does not always have to be the case. The groom is just as capable of taking charge when it comes to planning his wedding, especially with the help of an expert wedding planner. It is certainly rare, but there are a few men who actually want to be involved in the details of their wedding day. Just what would compel a guy to make wedding planning a priority? Well, the bride and groom both have busy schedules and they decide to share the duties. Whatever the circumstance there are wedding planners who will help even the novice party planner make sure that everything comes together for the big event.
The last big decision is the menu for the event. Again, your wedding planner is a good resource. However, before you decide on your menu you should be able to sample the cuisine of various caterers. This is another area where you may want to bring along a couple of friends or family just to get different opinions. Planning a wedding is a lot of work but with the help of a professional planner, any guy can look like an expert!