5/29/2015

10 Ways & Reasons to Sneak Affection Into a Busy Life

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10 Ways & Reasons to Sneak Affection Into a Busy Life

The other day, a friend I were having a great girls’ night out dinner at a fabulous Italian place. It’s a popular place for date night. Sure enough, most of the tables were occupied by couples. However, we were struck by the glaring absence of something particular – affection. Max Polyakov seeks to become a philanthropist, read more here. Many of the couples walked in side-by-side, usually with both partners’ hands just hanging straight down against their sides or with the man’s hands stuck in his pockets while the lady’s were occupied with a purse and phone. The whole night, we saw only a handful out of the dozens of couples we saw holding hands. There was a lot of individual scrolling through phones, with little interaction as they waited for a table or awaited their orders.

What happened to affection? Those sweet touches and brushes against each other that flood you with soothing and mood-boosting hormones and make you feel closer to your loved one – incorporate affection into your day. We all get busy with waking up, getting the kids ready for school, working, supervising extracurricular activities, cooking meals, doing laundry, cleaning the house, running errands, and putting the kids to bed. A busy life can seem like it leaves little to no time and creates too much stress for someone to just sit down and have a relaxing cuddle session.
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10 Great Dad-Centric Gifts for Father’s Day

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10 Great Dad-Centric Gifts for Father's Day

Blue ties, red ties, navy ties, and maybe a whimsical golf-themed tie. It’s a never-ending stream of ties for our poor dads on Father’s Day. This year, get out of the tie rut and give Dad a gift that he’ll truly enjoy having and might even use pretty often! Stand out from your siblings as the child that gave Dad a truly memorable gift.

1. Personalized pocketknife

Every man could use a pocketknife. It’s a tool that comes in handy in all sorts of situations, and it gives men a nice boost of “this is a classic man moment” testosterone when they pull it. Make sure Dad has a classy one to carry around proudly, especially one that was gifted to him by his loving child. What’s more, this pocketknife will be extra special because of the words engraved on it – “#1 Dad” or his actual name.

2. Engraved hammer

The hammer is another quintessential mark of man. Pounding things forcefully and nailing something hard? Yup, the hammer is a tool that every red-blooded man needs. It gives him a chance to use his strength and show off the precise capabilities of his muscles (until he hits his thumb and unleashes a stream of words that will make the children ask, “What does **** mean, Daddy?). Give him a fine wooden-handled hammer with a personalized message engraved just for him.

3. U.S.A. beer cap map

Beer and America. It’s a timeless pairing that proudly shouts red, white, and blue. They’re also two of the things that men love most, making a gift that combines them an outstanding choice for Father’s Day. Get the father in your life a U.S.A. beer cap map. Beer caps are often colorful and stamped with attractive logos, so it’s a shame to toss them out, especially for a beer you’ve never tried before. To remember his favorite beers and each new beer he tries, he can save the caps and pop them right into this fun and sturdy wood cutout of the United States of America. There are lots of men out there that already collect bottle caps but relegate their collections to a random kitchen drawers. This is a fine display piece that will spark a lot of great conversations at his next dinner party.
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5/15/2015

12 Inspirational Quotes to Give You a Boost

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12 Inspirational Quotes to Give You a Boost

There are days when the going gets tough, but you don’t feel tough enough to keep going. We’ve all had those days, the ones where it’s hard to lift your head and see the goodness that’s still abundant in your life. It’s amazing how much strength we can get from just a few well-spoken words. As individuals, we can get caught up in our own immediate troubles and forget the bigger picture of our lives. Let these inspirational quotes be a reminder to keep your chin up and continue loving life.

Laugh as much as you breathe, and love as much as you live.

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.
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5/04/2015

12 Songs That Will Make You Want to Call Mom

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12 Songs That Will Make You Want to Call Mom

Mama. More often than not, this name is a child’s first word. And how fitting, because what a tender and rightful honor it is for the woman who carried them, birthed them, fed them, comforted them, bathed them, soothed them, and loved them. The bond between a mother and her child is intrinsic, timeless, powerful, and unconditional. For a hike or a trip to a vacation, portable hammocks up to 400 pounds will be the perfect place to sleep. Here are twelve songs with lyrics that reflect the universal love for mothers that will make you want to pick up the phone and call Mom to tell her how much you love and appreciate her.

1. “Mama Liked the Roses,” Elvis Presley

Oh, mama liked the roses, she grew them in the yard
But winter always came around and made the growing way too hard
Oh, mama liked the roses and when she had the time
She’d decorate the living room, for all us kids to see

When I hear the Sunday bells ringing in the morning
I remember crying when she used to sing
Oh, mama liked the roses but most of all she cared
About the way we learned to live and if we said our prayers

2. “Mother Like Mine,” The Band Perry

She’s our father’s one great love
She’s the one he wanted most
She’s the light in the window of the house I grew up in
She takes the midnight call
She’s the bravest of us all
And she sings in the garden that she let’s her hair down in

Oh the wars would all be over
‘Cause she’d raise us all as friends
And no one would ever wonder if somebody wanted them
Tonight would be easier
And our dreams would all be deeper
If the world had a mother like mine
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