Category Archives: FOR THE GUYS

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

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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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Show Your Man He’s Worth It

Show Your Man He’s Worth It

If you want to show a guy how much he means to you, make sure you choose correctly when buying him presents. Now, I know what you’re thinking, guys, are seriously difficult to buy for. You’re right, but this guide should help you avoid the typical mistakes girls make buying for men and ensure you get a gift he truly loves.

Go Practical

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You know how you would hate to get a gift that has been bought purely for practical purposes? Yeah, guys aren’t like that at all. They would love to get a gift that they can use around the house or find useful. For instance, don’t be surprised to see a guy light up with joy when you give him a thingy bob for the car or a new tool for the garden shed. It might seem weird, but guys eat up gifts like this because they know it’s something they’ll use for years.

The problem here, of course, is trying to make sure they don’t get something they already have. So, if you are going to buy a tool of some sort make sure you have a nosy around the garage to check they don’t already have one that’s still working.

Men Like Looking Good Too

There’s a stereotype that guys don’t pay any attention to the way they look. Oh, how wrong this is, there are lots of guys that spend just as much attention on their looks as girls. An example would be any guy who has a beard. Beards don’t grow and look great overnight. They need to be maintained, cut, trimmed and cleaned. So, if you have a guy who loves his facial hair, you can get him a kit to help him keep it looking great. According to Manly Matters, there are plenty of different facial hair kits including beard oils that will make it look awesome.

All Guys Are Geeks

You probably think you’ve got a good one. He’s not a Trekkie, he’s not obsessed with Star Wars, and you don’t have to shake your head in embarrassment every time he drags you to see the new Marvel film. Even if all this is true, he will belong to some sort of Geek fandom. It could be anime, he could be a Whovian, or perhaps he’s a horror fanatic. Once you know what his favorite fandom is, buying a gift becomes the easiest thing in the world.

You’ll find lots of merch online for every geeky love from Harry Potter to James Bond.

If All Else Fails…

Send him on a trip. At the very least, this means you’ll be able to get rid of him for a day or two, and there are lots of options here. You can book a race day where he’ll be able to drive his dream car, send him to jump out of a plane with a parachute. Or maybe just break the mold and get him a spa weekend. You might be surprised just how much a stressed working man would appreciate this as a gift.

Do you think your partner would like any of these cool gift ideas? Or did you really marry a Rubix cube with pants?

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The Fashion of Wood

The Fashion of Wood

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Wooden fashion accessories have hit the mainstream for men and women alike. This isn’t a new rage concept of accessories, completely. Some women’s jewelry has been made of wood since the dawning of accessorizing. But the expansion of wooden accessories has taken a new height.

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Konifer offers a fabulous selection of men’s and women’s wooden accessories and their watches are lightweight and beautiful in their craftsmanship. Offering men’s, women’s or unisex, anyone can know the time in high fashion.

So Why Choose Wood Accessories?

Believe it or not, they just don’t look awesome, but actually help the environment in several ways.

It takes less energy to produce wooden accessories than their alternatives.

Wood absorbs chemicals in the air. Wearing wood absorbs excess carbon in the air around you.

Wood accessories are hypoallergenic.

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And unlike other accessories that become worn out or broken and end up taking up space in a landfill, wood is biodegradable. It will eventually breakdown and help grow more trees.

So, remember next time you think how can I look cool helping the environment?  Get yourself a wood watch like the Sequoia Zebra and a wooden pair of MILANO BLACK Sunglasses and go reduce emissions.

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Habits Of The Highly Healthy Guys

Habits Of The Highly Healthy Guys

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When it comes to achieving something in life, a lot of men like to seek the advice of industry leaders, they like to know what highly successful people did to get to where they got. What were their habits? Things like, what were the writing habits of highly successful authors like JK Rowling? What were the approach habits of highly successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs?

But what about when it comes to your health?

It is something we recently overheard a wonderfully healthy elderly man talking about. He was questioning the habits of highly healthy people and using that as his inspiration to stay wonderfully youthful, and here are the highlights of what he was saying.

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Get Into the Habit Of Exercising

Physical exercise is undisputedly important, but making everyday exercise a habit is no easy feet. What highly healthy people do is find an exercise that they enjoy – really enjoy – one that will make you smile, one that you will want to get up and do every day for no less than 30 minutes. It could be walking, running, surfing or anything. Just do something you love.

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Get into The Habit of Forgiveness

Highly healthy people forgive because they understand the negative repercussions of holding onto something and letting it eat away at their health; their mind, body, and soul. Everyone has been stung by the actions or words of other people, but highly healthy people don’t let the resentment get to them. They forgive because if they don’t they will be the ones that suffer.

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Get Into The Habit of Screening

Highly healthy people know and embrace the fact it is better to prevent than aid. They see the importance of getting checked and getting checked regularly. They see the importance of asking questions about their health and asking questions in general. How can they change their diet, what is HIFU used for, how can they get a better night’s sleep; all of these will help because the more they know the less stress there is to affect them.

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Get Into The Habit Of Smaller Portion

Far too many people eat far more than they need to, which is partly the fault of the restaurant industry that has grown its plate sizes over the years. What’s more, anything we can’t finish we get put into a doggy bag. But not highly healthy people. They prefer quality over quantity knowing that what they put in their mouth is what keeps their engine running, and the better the fuel is the better they will operate; head through to the heart.

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Get Into The Habit of Doing Something New

The thing with highly healthy people is they all know the shortness of life and the importance of new experiences. They understand how new experiences challenge their mind and body to keep them healthy by optimizing their mental and physical well-being. It doesn’t have to mean you do different extreme sports every day, but simply doing the same tasks at work in a slightly different way each time. All of this will fight of tedium and the state of comfort our bodies don’t thrive from.

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Manscaping

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When someone thinks of Manscaping they typically think of shaving below the belt. While that is definitely a part of the process, manscaping has a lot to do with good hygiene, confidence, and putting your best foot forward.
You may already manscape and not even know it. Have you ever shaved your chest or back? That’s a form of manscaping and taking care of your appearance based on your body hair. Any trimming or removing of hair on a man’s body for cosmetic effect fits the definition.
Take a look at the infographic below to see some of the benefits a little manscaping could do for you. I’m sure there’s probably some you would not have thought of!

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The Ideal Floor For Any Room

The Ideal Floor For Any Room

If you’re looking at renovating your home, or you simply want to improve some of the rooms in your home without going too far, one way to do it is to replace the floor. However, finding the ideal floor for any room is crucial. If you select the wrong type of flooring, not only will you have wasted money, you’ll ruin the ‘vibe’ of the room. Let’s take a look at how you can find the right kind of flooring for any room.

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Asking The Right Questions

To find the ideal floor for any room, you need to ask yourself a number of questions. It isn’t just about your budget and how you want the floor to look. If you just picked a pretty floor, then you could end up encountering a number of problems along the way.

How much foot traffic do you expect the room to get? The more you expect, the sturdier the floor needs to be. Rooms that are used by everybody most of the time should have high quality flooring installed.

Do you have pets? Getting pet hairs out of the carpet can be murder! It can also make allergies worse. Wooden floors or even laminate floors are easier to remove pet hairs from. However, they can make it difficult for your pet to walk. You need to consider both sides of the argument and find something reasonable.

If you expect a room to have a lot of moisture, like the bathroom, then the floor needs to be able to withstand this.

How much time do you have to dedicate to cleaning? If it isn’t a lot, then you’re not going to want to get a floor that requires lots of scrubbing, or shows off marks easily.

Finally, how long do you want your new floor to last? The durability of your floor will depend largely on the material, and the people who install it. The floor needs to be installed properly, explain GC Flooring Pros. This can be difficult to do, so having a professional do it for you will ensure the best looking, longest lasting floor.

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Floor Suggestions Room By Room

Certain rooms are known for having certain types of materials on the floor. Here are some room by room flooring suggestions that could help you to make your decision:

  • The hall – engineered wood flooring is a great choice for the hall. The hall tends to get lots of foot traffic and needs to be as durable as possible.
  • The bathroom – if you don’t select a floor that can withstand moisture, your bathroom floor won’t last very long at all. Laminate or vinyl flooring is popular for a bathroom.
  • The living room – solid wood or hardwood flooring can add character to a living room. There are many finishes you can choose from, and adding a rug will add an element of comfort.
  • The bedroom – wood and laminate are good choices for a bedroom, however, carpet is also popular depending on the look you’re going for.

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Ending A Relationship When Kids Are Involved

The Dos And Don’ts Of Ending A Relationship When Kids Are Involved

Bringing a relationship to an end is always very difficult. But it is made even harder when the two of you have children. Even though young children always seem to take everything in their stride, they might find this a very distressing experience. After all, no one wants their parents to split up! Thankfully, there are some things to ensure that the separation is a lot easier on your children. You just need to follow these dos and dont’s.

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Do Be As Civil As Possible

You and your partner may not be in each other’s good books any longer, but that is no reason to fight and argue whenever you see each other. Especially when the kids are around. No child wants to see their parents constantly argue so you should both endeavor to be as civil as possible when in each other’s company. If you find that too difficult to manage, you will be better off using a mediator to contact one another.

Don’t Start A Legal Battle

Ending a relationship is one thing but ending a marriage is another. For this, you will both need a divorce attorney. Once you start the legal proceedings, things can go one of two ways. Either you can both come to an agreement, and the divorce will be done and dusted before you even know it. Or you can fight things out until the bitter end in a lengthy legal battle. This second option will take it out on you both, but it can also have a very negative impact on your children. It will be in everyone’s best interest if you try and get all the legal side over and done with, with as little stress as possible.

Don’t Make Your Kids Pick A Side

Some parents try and get their kids on their side to try and get one over on their ex. But the end of your relationship shouldn’t turn into a contest of who can get all the kids on their side. Just because you and your ex no longer love each other, doesn’t mean that your kids need to stop loving your partner just because you say so. Again, this is only going to cause unnecessary stress and hurt for your children.

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Do Avoid Overcompensating

Parents often worry about their kids as they work through the end of a relationship. As a result, they often try and overcompensate for the situation by spoiling them. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse for your kids to get anything that they want. At the end of the day, no amount of new material things will make for the emotional stress that the breakup will put them through. Rather than simply buying them meaningless things, you should be there emotionally for them, and offer them all the love and support that they need.

Divorce and a breakups are hard on anyone. But you shouldn’t forget about your kids in this situation. Don’t forget to offer them a shoulder to cry on during this difficult time.

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Real Men Dating “Lesson 3”

Guest Blogger and Musician, Cy Bryon

“Lesson 3”
So often attractions are so commonly physical nowadays that getting to know someone has become a lost art. You think just because you’ve seen her with her clothes off, you think you’ve seen her naked.

Ok, so, tell me her dreams. Tell me what breaks her heart. Tell me what she’s passionate about, what makes her cry? Tell me about her childhood. Even better yet tell me one, just one memorable story in her life that doesn’t include you…….. I’ll wait ??????????????

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You need to look at her as if she is art.

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Learn her curves, her lines, where they begin and end. Discover her depth. Interpret her as her creator sculpted her. See her with imagination. She’s not just beautiful, she’s art and art makes you feel something .

Of course, she accepts your compliments on her face, her hair, her body, etc. graciously; and she is, indeed, beautiful. But not like just a girl in a magazine. She was beautiful for the way she thought, the way her eyes sparkled when she talked about something she loved, for her ability to make other people smile even though she was sad. She was beautiful because she fearlessly wore her scars with pride. She wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks.

You can compliment her over and over and she will smile when she hears it, for she has that beauty that eyes can’t deny. Just Remember, if she’s amazing she won’t be easy, if she’s easy she won’t be amazing. If she’s worth it you won’t give up and if you give up, you are not worthy. Yes, she is beautiful, yet strong enough to only be moved once you see her for the beauty that is her spirit.

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The Five Crucial Stages Of A Romantic Relationship, And How To Know You Are Ready For Them

The Five Crucial Stages Of A Romantic Relationship, And How To Know You Are Ready For Them

Romantic relationships are amazing and stressful. But wonderful, yet can be confusing. In fact, they can have you thinking that up is down and chasing around in circles. But romantic relationships don’t have to be so confusing. Especially if you use the guide below to work out which stage you are at, and whether you are ready to move on to the next one. Then you will be able to move forward with confidence and truly enjoy your life as part of a couple.

You are ready to date

How do you know when you are ready to date someone? Well, most people think it’s when they are lonely. But this isn’t actually the best reason to start a relationship. In fact, a lot of advice now, is that you have to learn who you are first. Before getting tied down with someone else.

This is because if you get into a relationship too early is easy to start to take on some of the other person’s personality before yours is fully formed. In fact, this can happen at any age if you haven’t first taken the time to get to know yourself and what you want out of life.

But what does getting to know yourself look like? Well, it can be anything from exploring the things that you are interested in. Such as art, literature, exercise or any other hobbies. Or it can involve traveling the world and have new experiences on you own. Which is not only tons of fun but will show you that you can cope when thing get tough, without being codependent on another person. Or if could be that you give yourself some time to pursue your career goals. So you can dedicate your focus and energy to that and having some fun, before you decide to settle down.

Most importantly getting to know yourself is about not letting being single define you, and learning to deal with emotions of aloneness is a constructive way. By doing this, you know that any relationship you do decide to get into will be for the right reason. That is that you have a true connection with that person, rather than the fact that you feel uncomfortable being on your own.

You are ready to ‘go steady.’

OK, so this isn’t the 1950’s! So maybe ‘going steady’ isn’t the best term to use. But you know what I mean! I mean dating someone exclusively, making a commitment to them as your significant other, and working towards bringing your lives together as a couple.

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But how can you tell that you are ready for this stage of your relationship? Well, despite the lovely notion of a whirlwind romance, for most folks it takes a little time to know if you want to invest your emotion in another person or not. Yes, it’s easy to mistake the first flushes of a relationship for something more lasting. But in reality it’s best to wait for a little and see how things work out in the longer term.

That is partly because it takes a while for you to really get to know the other person and what make them tick. As well as how this fits in with you and your goals in life.

Generally, you know that you are ready to go steady in a relationship if other potential suitors start to lose their appeal. Maybe you are thinking about the person all of the time? Or perhaps you have started imagining what your future together would look like? If this is the case, then it’s probably a good idea to have the exclusivity talk and make it official.

You are ready to move in

Now, back in the old days, it used to be that folks would date for a while and then get married. But that isn’t always the case now. For a lot of people, there is a stage in between where they cohabit or move in together.

But how do you know that you are ready for this momentous step? Well, if you are spending an inordinate amount of time looking at houses for rent online and in the paper, that might be your first clue. You are obviously thinking about how it would be to further integrate your lives.

Or it might be that you are sick and tired of living out of a suitcase. As you and your other half spend so much time together, one or other of you is always at the others place.

But moving in together is a big decision and shouldn’t just be based on convenience. You have to think about the longer term effect that it could have on you as a couple as well.

For instance, it can be a lot harder to break up if you live together. As you not only have to stop seeing that person, but you have to deal with the financial and material issues of splitting one household back into two.

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You are ready to get engaged

So some people might take this step without living together first, perhaps for religious reasons? While others will do this after they have lived together for a while. But how do you know that it is the right time to pop the question, or say yes when it’s asked?

Well, first of all, if you are dreaming of diamond rings, and your other half getting down on one knee, you need to come back to reality, first. Yes, it’s super fun getting engaged and celebrating your love and commitment with your friends and family.

But getting engaged is a promise to marry, and spend the rest of your life with that person. If you can’t see that happening, then it might be better to not take this step in the first place.

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Secondly, your decision needs to be based on the amount of emotional intimacy that you share as a couple. With the general idea being that you see each other as soul mates. Meaning that you feel that this person gets you in a way that no one else has, and that you have an unshakable connection and respect for one another.

If you worry that you will break up every time you have an argument, then maybe you are not quite at the getting engaged stage. As you need to be able to weather the bad times as well as the good times to make it succeed.

Having said that, it is unlikely that you won’t have any doubts as to whether you are doing the right. In fact, it would be worrisome if you didn’t, as then you obviously weren’t thinking about things deeply enough. Which you should be doing when making a true, life long commitment.

In fact, that is why having the time of being engaged before you actually get married is so useful. This is because it allows you to work out any remaining issues in the relationship, while you prepare for the wedding.

You are ready to get married

It’s funny, but if you are an anxious person, you can know down deep inside that you are ready to get married. But still, worry from time to time in the lead up to the wedding whether you are doing the right thing.

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But sometimes instead of looking for a huge thunderbolt moment, it’s the little things that can convince you that you have made the right choice for your life partner. For example, if you are calmer when you are with them than when you aren’t, it’s a good sign.

Or the small fact that they take the time and effort every day to make you smile can help reassure you that you have truly found the one you are meant to marry.

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Real Men Dating “Lesson 2”

Guest Blogger and Musician, Cy Bryon

“Lesson 2”
A few months ago a friend asked what my opinion of a real relationship should be!

Well here ya go lesson #2 ? It’s when naked means unveiling your walls ,your fears, and emotions.

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It’s when a kiss can make you weak and tremble. It’s when there are no secrets only raw truths. It’s feeling safe and comfortable and never questioning. It’s having a person so close to you that undressing their mind and thoughts is the sexiest thing you can do. It’s loving without fear and jumping without regret ! It’s leaving for work and rushing home just bc you crave that person. Finding that a night in can be 10x the amount of fun as any bar. It’s little notes randomly placed to be found later just saying i love you or your beautiful . Just cooking dinner while they tell you about their day over a drink . It’s never wondering how you’ll feel tomorrow bc you know you just know that they desire you with the same intense passion that intoxicates you every second. It’s sleeping every night with nothing but their name on your lips.

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