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Escaping The “ZONE”, 🚷THE FRIEND ZONE🚷

By Guest Blogger, Cy Bryon

Escaping The “ZONE”



So you have this friend, you’re both attracted to one another, you decide to start messing with each other, but what use to be so simple, now all of a sudden, begins to become confusing and awkward. Then you realize, “oh shit” I stepped in feelings!

Life suddenly begins to change.

You two find yourself out and about, with what was once a friendly introduction of one another, now requires thought and a possible label. And now in the day of social media, they have still yet to invent this emoji to describe your current relationship status! (So I’ll go with 😡 lol.)

You have no easy answer without explaining the entire situation. “Yeah, I’m single but I’m dating X. I mean we’re not in a relationship yet but…..” or “I guess I am seeing someone right now but we’re not exclusive so….

It happens more and more frequently everywhere you go. It never fails, someone seems to always ask, or assumes that the other party is your “girlfriend” or “boyfriend” and its directed at one of you. The terrible awkward silence that will inevitably follow for a few seconds after is seriously like a personal version of the ball drop on Y2K. (If you’re old enough to understand that metaphor haha…)

Once again, something once so simple, now is like your very breath depends upon the answer that is to come. For example, you’re out with other friends, and in passing, you see each other. You internally freak out, not sure what level of acknowledgement should suffice in this scenario. Do you just say hello without any physical contact? Do you hug? Do you share an appropriate intimate gesture? Hell, you don’t even know what is considered appropriate anymore because you now are so cautious, like a child with their favorite toy. You don’t want to risk breaking it because you’ve had it so long and you know if anything happened to it nothing from that point in life would ever be the same again.

Oh, and not to add to all the confusion and awkwardness that exists already, we’ve forgot the most fun part. Yep, that moment you run into an ex, yeah, that one you had to explain to numerous times that there was never anything between you and your best ‘friend’, who ironically is, yep, your new romantic interest. Enjoy trying to explain the ‘it just sorta happened’ story. This is where hope for oblivion becomes your new best friend .

Anyway, as time begins to pass and you’ve become accustom to your newfound awkwardness, you’ll begin to see that you unintentionally begin to subconsciously include them more and more in your future. And when making plans, you begin to plan for two. On the flipside, you become hesitant about bringing them to an event or situation that involves a plus one. I mean you want to bring them, but you don’t want to face the barrage of questions you get before you decide you are official. You know the whole official “What are we” conversation. (AHHHHHHHH not a Label…)

You may notice yourself getting (secretly) jealous when other people are hitting on the person you’re with. You’re not at that point where you are in a secure relationship yet, so it worries you a little bit, although you don’t want to worry. In fact, you may begin to worry about why your worrying! You might begin to question everything and making sense of nothing.

Uggggh, why is it so difficult to do something that seems like it should be so simple?

You find yourself hanging out with a bunch of friends who are in relationships, and all of a sudden, you realize that you’re both the only ones who are technically not in a full-blown out relationship.

You are not alone.

I’ve heard so many times in life that those in the best relationships are often best friends. However, I have noticed that a majority of those relationships started as complete strangers and over time they grew into best friends. It is a difficult road to take when you’re already good friends and want to venture into a relationship. So many things become involved that normally wouldn’t be questioned when entering this form of relationship. You often know so much more about the person and there are the risk of losing the friendship forever if things go south between the two of you.

It can be one of the most difficult decisions you may ever make. Then again, it could be one of the most beautiful relationships you could ever have.

How do you get to the next level?

My advice is after you step back and weigh the risk, be open to conversation about it. One of the worst feelings in the world is living with regret of your true feelings never being revealed. Like Garth Brooks says, and I quote, “ Tell that someone that you love, just what you’re thinking of, if tomorrow never comes.”

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What To Do When You Want Her To Feel Special

What To Do When You Want Her To Feel Special

An important tip for the guys out there: whoever your lady is, she wants to feel special. In fact, everyone, in one way or another, wants to feel special. It’s all about finding out the differences in what makes them feel that way. Between guys and girls, there are similarities, but there are also common traits they share that they might not understand about one another. So, what can you do that’s certain to make her feel special, loved, and lucky to have you?


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Dress to impress

Men tend to be more visual creatures than women but that doesn’t mean that women don’t pay attention to how a man looks. They see the underlying value of that appearance as well as the appearance itself. If you take care of your grooming, if you accessorize your clothes, and put some effort in, she will see that. She’ll like that you’re putting the effort into how you appear when you go out with her. But she will also appreciate the fact that you’re publicly appearing as you are. Humans are very social creatures after all, and women prove to usually be a bit more adept at reading a social scene better than a man. They will appreciate being with someone who isn’t embarrassing to be seen with.

Appreciation and acknowledgment

Treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen does not work in a relationship. Yes, there’s a certain excitement to dates with tension. But that tension doesn’t work for a long time. You don’t have to agree with her on absolutely everything and trying to do so will just appear desperate. But when she accomplishes something, when she looks good, when she smells good, show you appreciate it. Make her feel good for the things that she does. Don’t feel like withholding praise is only going to make her more desperate to get it. That’s a short-sighted tactic that just makes you look like a bit of a jerk at the end of it.


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Make your mark

Women love gifts. In fact, everyone loves gifts. But there’s a certain kind of gift that is destined to have the impact of really making her feel special. It’s when you get her something that she can display and wear as a sign of your relationship. Now, you should be careful when it comes to getting her gifts that she can wear. There are a lot of missteps to go when picking out clothes, for instance. That’s why traditionally jewelry makes for a great go-to gift. So long as you don’t pick something too scarce or too garish and you know her size, a 3 carat diamond ring speaks volumes to how much you value her. If she’s into you, she’ll be proud to wear it on her finger afterward. That can also serve as a sign of how much she appreciates that you value her.

Little touches

Now, this doesn’t mean you should take free reign to start feeling however you like. When you’re spending time with her in a casual setting, such as a date, then keep touches appropriate. However, little touches like on her wrist, her elbow, or brushing her hair back can work wonders. You have to make sure she’s comfortable with it, of course. Test the waters to see how she reacts. A lot of women love little touches because of the tactile bond that builds. But it also makes them feel desirable. It shows that you want to touch them, which is just as important as the touch itself. It’s a classy way to show you want them.


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Remember what she says

This shouldn’t really be a tip, but it’s a very consistent complaint by women that guys they date tend to be pretty bad at remembering what they might consider important details. For instance, what she likes, what she dislikes, and what her values are. Pay attention to her when she talks. But not only her. If she’s introducing you to friends and family, it’s because she wants to welcome you into her life. If you then go on to forget the names of every single person she introduces you to, it doesn’t just reflect on how you consider those people. It reflects on how you consider anyone close to her and, in response, her.

No-one wants to be in a relationship where they don’t feel valued or that the details of their life aren’t that important to their partner. If you want to keep her sweet, then make her feel special. If you’re lucky, she’ll make you feel the same way.

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6 Ways To Be The Most Handsome Version Of You

6 Ways To Be The Most Handsome Version Of You

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Men, everyone is different. This is a good thing because every woman has different tastes and preferences; they don’t all fancy David Beckham. That isn’t the only reason you should try and stop modeling yourself on Becks, though. The other reason you need to stop and look for style inspiration elsewhere is simply that you may not be suited for his designer stubble and groomed locks.

Like we said, everyone is different; different face shapes and different body build, and choosing styles that suit what we were given is the only way to accentuate your most handsome of features. That’s where we come in because we’ve got some top tips and tricks to help you look like the best you that there has ever been.

  1. Face Shape

Before you pop into a clothing store or barber’s, your first stop needs to be the mirror. This is because you need to know what face shape you are rocking. Are you oval? Round? Heart shaped? Diamond? Oblong? Or even square? If your eyes are flicking between this and the mirror and you haven’t got the foggiest, then check out this flowchart by for a better idea.

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  1. Hair For Your Face

How you rock your hair is going to have the biggest impact on your face, which is why getting your haircut absolutely spot on is going to be so influential on how handsome you look. The wrong cut can make you look a little, well, off, while these sexy hair tips can make you more sexy. If you’ve got a roundish face, then square it off with a style that is short at the sides and long on top. If you’re facing is more oblong, then a shortcut with the same length on top as on the sides will work wonders. Forget Beckham, it is all about you.

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  1. Best Beard Advice

Beards are in. That’s a fact. But knowing which beard-type is best for you isn’t as easy as just growing some facial fur. Royale beard, circle beard, goatee, Van Dyke, Balbo, and anchor; these are just a few of the different style that you can choose from. Luckily, by knowing your face shape, you can use the ULTIMATE beard maintenance guide from to get the perfect look to suit you. What you are aiming to do is create a graduated, oval shape for your face.

  1. Get The Glasses Right

Summer is here and that means sunglasses can be added to your hot, hot, hot arsenal. But getting the style of glasses is right is going to have just as much an impact on your face shape as hair or beard. If you’re willing to spend a bit more or sturdy, designer glasses then places like Sunglasses Hut will be able to match a style to you. If you’re like us and just want to get something cool but cheap, then offset what you have. If it is a round face, go with large and square glasses. If you have a squarer face, then a light frame will work better.

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  1. Smart Shirts For Smart Looks

Way too many handsome gents don’t realize how much their shirt collars affect their look and accentuate their shape. Yeah, there are different collar shapes and, yeah, which shirt collar you pick matters. Basically, the wider your face is the closer together, more pointed and narrower your collar should be. If you have a more angular face, however, like a Robert Pattinson, then a wider spread collar is going to work better for you.

  1. An Instagram That Suits You

We all use Instagram and Facebook, and we all want to look our best in the photos we upload and share. Luckily you can trick the camera into making you look like that demi-God you have always wanted to be. Slimmer, taller, shorter wider; these are all things you can alter with angles, backgrounds and the clothes you wear. If you want to look slimmer, turn forty-five degrees so that the camera sees that little bit less of you. If you want to look taller, then make sure the camera lens is pointed up at you from waist height or lower. Alternatively, sit down – apparently, the brain doesn’t look for height when people are sat down. When it comes to looking younger, your best bet is to have a subdued background and colorful clothing will help you stand out while also allowing your clothes to be a little distraction. Oh, and you can’t go wrong with black and white can you, let’s be honest.

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Protecting the Roof Over Your Head

Protecting the Roof Over Your Head

Most people know that our roof protects us. It shields us from things like bad weather, rodents and insects, and it keeps us warm at night when we’re sleeping in bed. However, there are times when we also need to give our roof a bit of love and care as well in order to keep it in top condition to protect us. As much as we need our roof, it needs us too.


But how can you protect your roof? There are plenty of ways to clean it, renovate it and even repair it without needing the help of a contractor. However, specialised roof services like Anderson Contractors are invaluable if you need some serious help with the roof over your head. Many roof repairs and renovations require at least two people to perform safely. It’s not recommended to tackle these on your own because it can be incredibly dangerous to climb up a roof on your own unless you have scaffolding set up, which is both expensive and time-consuming.




Roof repairs can be expensive, but it’s worth the money


DIY roof repairs can save you a lot of money if you’re willing to put some time and effort into learning how to do them. Luckily for you, most roof repairs are easy to carry out assuming you have a bit of help from friends or family. Most of the cost comes down to expertise and experience, which is something you can guarantee your contracting has. When you carry out your own repairs, the majority of the cost will come down to the materials and equipment you need. Thankfully, roof repair and maintenance doesn’t need much equipment besides a few tools to remove shingles and tiles.


Don’t use a pressure cleaner


One of the worst things you can do to your roof is blast it with a pressure cleaner. The strength of the water can lead to many problems in the future, such as loosening tiles or even cracking them under the immense pressure of a specialised cleaning machine. If you want to clean off dirt and grime from your roof with a pressure cleaner, then use the lowest possible setting so that it doesn’t damage your roof. Alternatively, simply use a cloth and a brush to scrape off dirt and grime, or consider using a chemical roof cleaner to get rid of moss.


If your roof is noticeably aged, such as having lots of stains, missing tiles and the shingles are curved or cracked, then it might be time to have your entire roof replaced. Regular roof maintenance can keep its appearances up and help prolong its life, but no roof is sturdy enough to last more than 15 years without a replacement. If you’re going to replace your entire roof, then dedicated lots of days to it in a row so you can finish it in a timely manner. If you can’t make the time, then consider hiring a contractor instead. An ageing roof is susceptible to leaks, letting in rodents and insect infestations, and could even collapse depending on the structural integrity.

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Hiking Tips for Beginners

By  Guest Blogger Scott M.

Hiking Tips for Beginners


The fresh air, the cool breeze during a hot summer day, and a shady spot to watch the sun´s shadows dance in the valley below you: this is what most of us dream about when we imagine a day of hiking through Nature. However, without the right preparation, your hiking trip might be better defined by swollen knees, clouds of mosquitoes, and soggy hiking boots.

For those people who are new to the world of hiking, it is important to understand that enjoying a quality hike takes much more preparation than simply lacing up the old hiking boots and driving to the nearest trailhead. Below you´ll find four simple tips to help you find ways to motivate yourself to get into the wilderness and enjoy a perfect hike.

Why Should You Hike?

Everyone knows that our bodies need exercise. The sedentary lives that we live have led to several dangerous health conditions ranging from obesity to diabetes. Hiking offers an opportunity not only to exercise, but also to enjoy moments of physical exertion. Recent evidence has shown that people find exercise while being in Nature as more enjoyable and less physically draining.

In addition, taking regular hikes offers an opportunity to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall mental health. When you go to the gym for a quick workout, chances are that you´re carrying a load of problems with you as you simply try to make it to your goal on the treadmill. When you´re hiking through the woods, however, it´s much easier to allow your problems to temporarily disappear as you regain perspective of the most important things of life.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, hiking allows us to regain contact with the natural world of which we are a part. In our industrial and consumer culture, meaningful contact with Nature has become a rarity at best. Our lives are lived within the confines of manufactured housing, cement streets, and air conditioned offices. Escaping from these man-made environments for a short hike into the wilderness allows us to rediscover our ultimate belonging to the natural world which holds us.

Four Tips to Motivate You to Get Off the Couch and Into the Wild

If you are ready to start enjoying the benefits of hiking, it is important to plan ahead. One disastrous hiking trip can turn you off to hiking for years to come. Just as you wouldn’t try to scale Everest on your first outdoors trip, so should you also take the necessary time to ease yourself into the world of hiking so that it becomes an enjoyable, lifelong pursuit.

Start Slow

This first bit of advice, should be common sense. If you aren´t a proficient hiker, don’t try to complete a 20 mile day hike on your first go. Even for people who are in fairly decent shape, a 3 to 4 mile round trip hike will make you feel the physical exertion. Also, be sure to trust the trail ratings that describe a particular hike. If the hike is listed as strenuous, you might want to opt for a shorter “moderate” hike or a slightly longer hike that has been rated as “easy.”

Find a Place that You´ll Love

If you hate the heat and the burning sun, your first hike probably shouldn’t be in Death Valley National Park. Similarly, if you dislike the wind and cold, you should probably avoid trying to hike to some bald knob or mountain top. Think about what type of natural environment you most enjoy, and search for a hike that will take you through that natural setting. This will make your initial experience with hiking enjoyable and gratifying.

Couple Hiking with Some Other Activity You Love

One of the best parts of hiking is that you can combine a hike with some other activity that you enjoy. If, for example, you enjoy photography, there is no better place to practice your photography skills than while hiking through some beautiful, natural area. If you enjoy writing poetry, take a pen and paper along with you in your backpack and hike until you find the perfect spot to give you the inspiration you need.

Don´t Go Alone

While the ability to find deep peace and solace while hiking alone through the woods is definitely one of the privileges of hiking, you should probably invite other people along during your first couple of hikes. Having other people near you can help to alleviate some of the potential drawbacks and difficulties that a hiking trip might unexpectedly bring. Save the solo trips for when you feel more comfortable and proficient with hiking.

The Transformation that Hiking Will Bring into Your Life

After a couple positive hiking trips, you most likely will begin to feel healthier, more relaxed, and more centered on the important things in life. You will also find that every weekend you´ll be searching for new places to explore and discover. To help plan another great hiking trip, check out, which has quality complete guides to some of the best national parks our country has to offer.

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Things to Know Before Getting Tatted Up

Things to Know Before Getting Tatted Up

Every tattoo has a story. Stories can be why you got the piece, who or what it represents or how you got the tattoo.

Some tattoos represent priceless memories created or getting inked up can be a priceless memory all in itself.

That’s all good, but don’t let it be a lesson after the fact.

Things you should know before permanently branding your body

First, it’s permanent.

Picking a tattoo should be something you can live with for the rest of your life.

Have you ever met someone with a tattoo they regret? It’s too common of a story.

Eric Amicone of Everlasting Tattoos in Philadelphia, recommends printing out a picture of what you think you want. Carry it in you pocket or wallet. Take a look at it daily. If you’re not sick of it in three months, then that’s your tattoo.

If it’s a symbol you want, double check the meaning for contradictions.

If it’s words, triple check the spelling, remember, ‘No regerts’ should actually say, ‘No REGRETS’

When picking a tattoo parlor

Make sure the artist is state certified and has city credentials.

Check the internet for reviews.

The place should be clean.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s your body. You have the right to know.

Be polite. They are working hard to give you magnificent art that will last you a lifetime.

And a great tip, talented artists will take your idea and redraw it to make it personal for you. Use your voice to give your input. Building a relationship with your tattoo artist can be a great thing.

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The Handyman Can: How To Become Helpful Around The Home

The Handyman Can: How To Become Helpful Around The Home

It’s amazing how many problems occur in your home at all times. You have small problems, such as a door handle breaking, and bigger problems, such as a toilet that won’t stop running.

Either way, a problem is a problem, and that means it needs to be fixed. When you live alone, you can usually get away with leaving some non-essential problems for as long as possible. However, when you’re living with a partner, they tend to want things fixed as soon as possible. Which, when you think about it, is probably the smart thing to do.

The problem is, getting things fixed usually means hiring a professional and spending time figuring out when they can come over and sort out the problem. Not only is this an inconvenience as one of you needs to stay home, but it also costs money.

Granted, when there are really big problems, it pays to get someone in to help you as you have no other option. But, for the small to medium-sized problems, you could save a lot of money if you learned how to handle them yourself. Every time your other half tells you there’s a little problem, you can get on it right away and fix it within the next few minutes. You become more helpful around the house, and your other half will be so appreciative, as will your bank balance!

Bearing that in mind, this guide has been put together to show you how to become more helpful around the home and unlock your inner handyman. Check out all the advice below to find out more:


Buy Some Tools

If you want to be handy around the house, you need to have some tools to help you. Generally speaking, every guy up and down the country should have a little toolkit in the home. You never know when you might need a hammer or screwdriver to take something apart or fix it back together again.

But, your toolkit needs to go above and beyond this if you want to be truly helpful in the home. You should consider the different areas of your house where problems are likely to occur. If you have generic tools like hammers, spanners, and so on, then this equips you to be able to handle a lot of the general physical problems in your home. For example, screws coming loose and making a chair feel wobbly, or a door handle breaking and needing to be replaced, all of this type of work.

Then, think about getting tools to help you with electrical faults in your home. Problems happen with the electrics all the time. Most of the time, you can fix them safely by yourself, and don’t need to call in an electrician. But, this means you need the right tools and equipment. For example, get yourself a multimeter so you can test the voltage of things and check if batteries are broken or not. This is a tool electrician use themselves, and, as you can see on the Tool Nerds website, you can get some that are affordable for everyday people like yourself. Then, think about getting wire cutters in case you need to strip or trim a wire. Of course, you can’t forget to have a huge backup supply of fuses and light bulbs – a blown fuse or broken light bulb are two of the most common electrical problems in your house.

Thirdly, consider getting some tools to help you with any plumbing problems in the home. It’s no secret that there are plenty of plumbing issues that occur, most of which can be fixed by yourself. For example, if you have a wrench, you can tighten bolts on a pipe to stop it from leaking. Likewise, you could have some sealant that’s used to fill up cracks in baths or sinks that are causing leaks too.

Finally, think about outside your home too and get some handyman tools to help with exterior issues as well. We’re talking about gardening tools to cut down overgrown weeds, etc.

If you have a full array of tools for all different situations, then you’re a lot closer to being a proper handyman in your home. You’ll have everything you need to tackle all the small and medium-sized tasks.


Watch Video Tutorials

Generally speaking, a handyman is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. If you ever hire a handyman, it’s rare they’ll be fully qualified in all the different areas of work that they claim to be able to do. Most of the time, they just pick up on skills throughout life and get better and better as they practice.

Bearing that in mind, you can become a handyman for your family purely by learning how to fix things. To do this, you should watch video tutorials online. Basically, if your house has an issue, you can search how to fix this issue and be greeted with tons of videos showing you exactly what to do. You can follow along and fix the problem while watching the video at the same time.

In essence, you’re teaching yourself how to become good at fixing things. Now, if that same problem happens again, you’ll know how to fix it. It seems like such a simple piece of advice, but that’s because it is. There’s really no better way of fixing something that watching a video that shows you the steps to take. In fact, if you’re ever bored, you can spend time watching tutorials to prepare you for common home problems when they happen.

That’s really all there is to it, being helpful around the home is much easier than you think. If you’ve got your full selection of tools at the ready, then you’re already halfway to being a handyman. The only other thing you need is the knowledge to use your tools, which can be presented to you in the tutorial videos!

You’ll be surprised at how many of the problems in your home can be solved when you’ve got tools at the ready and can know how to fix the issue. This will save you so much money, and will also keep your partner happy as you’re finally helpful around the house!

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The Significance of STI Screening

By Guest Blogger, Union Quay Medical

The Significance of STI Screening

Sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) are frighteningly common in America, with one person out of every 208 in the country diagnosed with chlamydia alone. STIs can lead to complications such as infertility, swollen joints and possible inflammation of the heart, brain or spinal cord, and yet these can be relieved so easily through early screening. Sadly, many people don’t even realize that they could have contracted an STI through mere skin-on-skin contact, so the infection develops unbeknownst to them until it results in one or more of the medical complications stated above.

You may think that, because you haven’t had sex in a while (if ever), you couldn’t have an STI. However, they spread so readily that if you have even the slightest inkling that you could be infected, you should go for screening straight away. Indeed, everyone should avail of STI screening as soon as they can, because early detection gives you the best possible chance of finding an STI and eliminating it. If you go for screening and the test comes back negative, any worries over possibly being infected can disappear.

This infographic from Union Quay Medical in Cork, Ireland provides useful starter information on STI screening, such as the scenarios where screening is most vital, the periods of incubation and the screening process step-by-step. Consider for a moment that 20 million STIs are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Don’t let one of them be yours; get yourself screened without delay.

1 in 208 Americans diagnosed with chlamydia

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Turn Metal Into Gold With Smart Home Improvement Projects

Turn Metal Into Gold With Smart Home Improvement Projects

Most people don’t know how much stuff they own. But there is a consensus that we probably own too much stuff that irremediably turns into clutter. Indeed, the average US household owns over 300,000 items. Most of these are unused, untouched, or even broken. They are only cluttering your home. More importantly, with nearly half of American households being unable to save money, it becomes important to find ways of improving your home with targeting decluttering and recycling. 12% of the world population lives in North America and Western Europe, yet they account for 60% of global private consumption expenses. Over the half of the objects you don’t use in your home consists of a metal arrangement, from your cutlery to your old plumbing system. So wouldn’t it be nice to turn some of your metal clutter into a way of making you financially, emotionally, and creatively rich?

scrap_metal_pelicansScrap metal pelican sculptures, Brisbane River

Give Your Old Metal Bits A New Life

Just because an object is old and has been unused for a period of time, it doesn’t mean that it is good for the bin. Indeed, with a little bit of DIY savviness, you can give a new life to old favorites. For example, an old bed spring can be transformed into a trellis, using the wire frame to help climbing fruits and vegetables to grow. All you need is to prime the metal and to spray paint it. Don’t forget a sealing coat to protect it from rusting. There are many ways to repurpose your old items into something new and useful. All you need is a little imagination and the desire to craft a better world.

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Sell Old Metal Pieces

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you might find that there is nothing to do to save old metal scraps. From old water taps to the ancient electric copper system, it can be difficult to find a new purpose to these, unless you are inhabited by a creative spirit – if this is the case, please refer to the next paragraph. Before you consider binning your old metal pots and other items, check with professional scrap places that can offer scrap metal prices per pound. More importantly, they can find a new way of using your old metal, so it’s worthy exchange not only for your budget but also for the planet.

Metal Scrap Industry Brass Iron Waste Steel
Metal Scrap Industry Brass Iron Waste Steel

Collection of scrap brass and iron

How About Metal Art?

Metal art is not a new concept, and more and more crafters have embraced the idea of creating jewelry, sculptures, and other decorative items by recycling metal. If you enjoy the world of crafting, you will love making your own jewelry out of unused metal, such as making a bracelet with cans of soda or small bolts. For the most confident crafters, you can take inspiration from metal stick men sculptures to make your own reclaimed metal creation. Remember to use a sealing coat to protect your masterpiece from rust. Embracing your creative side may seem like a bold move, but you will soon love the decorative versatility of your old metal clutter!

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Put The Spark Back Into Your Marriage

Put The Spark Back Into Your Marriage

When couples first get together, the excitement is non-stop. Everything seems possible – and to be fair, it is. However, the so-called “honeymoon period” never lasts longer than a few months, and once it’s over the hard work of the relationship begins.

For many married couples, a time when their relationship was exciting was a distant memory. Those first few weeks which were so much fun slowly faded away and married life became the routine. At the start, everything felt so easy. Now high points (and low points) are few and far between.

The good news is that no law of physics says that your marriage has to remain dull. In fact, many couples successfully manage to put the spark back in their relationships. Here are some ideas to consider.

Revisit A Special Place


Often the problem in relationships isn’t the relationship itself, it’s the context. When you’re living in a small house on a bland residential estate, life can feel a little boring. It’s unlikely, however, that a particular residential estate is where you and your spouse first got together. In fact, when you were dating, you probably went to all sorts of places, some of which hold special meaning for you to this day. Perhaps you could return to the spot where you first your spouse “I love you” and inject a bit of romance back into the relationship.

Plan A Weekend

One of the reasons married couples end up in divorce mediation is because they’ve stopped focusing on the future and improving their lot in life. A lack of focus on better things down the road can lead to feelings of stagnation and hopelessness. But there’s no reason why nothing fun can happen in your life, even if you’ve got kids. If the kids are going away on a school trip, book a couple of nights in a hotel somewhere exciting and have an adventure – just the two of you.

Wear Something Different

Believe it or not, what you wear can have a big impact on your relationship, even if you’re ten years in. Try putting on something bold and a little bit revealing and see whether this gets his attention or not.

Listen As Well As Talk

Talking is all well and good, but if there’s no listening to go with it, then it can be a massive waste of time and a missed opportunity. The reason so many marriages fail isn’t because people are just “bad.” It’s because they don’t effectively communicate about their needs and fail to express them in a way that is healthy and productive. This can lead to tension between partners and eventually cause arguments. Listen to what your spouse is actually saying and try to get to the bottom of the problem.

Play A Song

Was there a song that you used to sing and dance to when you were younger? Try playing it on your hi-fi (or your gramophone if you’re really old). It’ll immediately take you back to what life was like when you were younger.

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