Grilling for Pleasure and for Profit

71QrTpwmSwL._SL1000_It’s almost Father’s Day in the US. It is also almost summer. It is that time of year when man longs to be outdoors, preferably along with fire, beer, and meat.

All Hail Grilling

Grilling is a fantastic hobby. It gets you out in the fresh air. It connects you with friends and family. It turns you into a good cook, a great conversationalist, a host, and a master of the flame.

Getting into outdoor grilling is actually very easy. There are 5 easy steps. Let’s check them out!

Step 1: Choose your Grill

First you need a grill. Start with something moderately-sized at the beginning. If you wind up loving the hobby, you can upgrade in the future. Here are some great entry-level options to consider which won’t break the bank.

Step 2: Choose your Tools

Next up you’ll want to get a few accessories to make the job easier and keep you looking cool while you grill.

I recommend this set.

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Beautiful, inexpensive, and the complete package of what you’ll need to get started.

Step 3: Choose your Fuel

All grills need an energy source to generate heat. The 3 most common methods are electricity, gas, and charcoal. Depending on what you selected in Step 1, you’ll have different needs here in step 3.

 

My grill uses charcoal. If yours does too, consider using my favorite charcoal. It burns hotter than most and is the go-to choice for many restaurants.

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Step 4: Choose your Recipe

OK, time to choose what you are going to cook. Great choices include burgers, steaks, and hot dogs. Also don’t forget to grill some veggies. You may have vegetarian guests and, let’s face it, properly grilled vegetables are downright awesome.

To find a recipe, browse some online recipes or even better, ask an older relative to share one of theirs. After all, one of the great things about grilling is it encourages bonding and the passing down of traditions and advice.

Step 5: Choose your Event

Now you are all set. Invite some people over to your place and show off your new skills. It is a great chance to reconnect with family, to bond with coworkers, to meet people in your neighborhood, and to make new friends!

Happy Grilling!

Jamie

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How to Instantly Improve Your Friendships

cheers-839865_960_720Today’s post is short and sweet.

Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

So if you want to improve your relationships with friends or family, make a point of offering sincere compliments. Few things feel as good as being noticed and commended by someone.

Find something about each person you meet today that you find noteworthy and tell them! Make it a habit and watch your relationships blossom!

Jamie

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Creative Gift Ideas for Father’s Day Guide

silhouette-1082129_960_720Father’s Day 2016 is June 19th. Many people struggle to choose a great gift for their dad on Father’s Day. Don’t settle for a novelty product that says #1 Dad. Instead, try to find the product that will show your dad how grateful you are for all his support and something that he’ll actually use and love.

This website is all about self-improvement and becoming the best version of yourself. So this Father’s Day, let’s improve our gift-giving skills and get a memorable gift for the most important man in our lives.

So without further ado, here are some creative and cool gift ideas for Dad. I hope these give you a glimpse of some of the possibilities out there.

For The Dad Who Enjoys Wine 

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Uncork a worldwide adventure in wine with handcrafted wines from small artisan wineries across the world!

Each month features a different winery from heralded wine making countries like France, Germany, Australia, Argentina and South Africa to name a few! For examples of recently featured International Series selections please browse our Recently Featured Winery section to the right.

Wine selections are hand-selected and imported directly by our club. Each month features a different winery and includes two different handcrafted wines accompanied by Uncorked, our beautiful guide to the winery, details and tasting notes on the wines plus insight to the featured country’s winemaking scene.

Memberships also include a Personal Wine Consultant and discounts when you reorder your favorites!

No hidden fees and all wines are 100% guaranteed. Join for yourself and pay-as-you-go or send a prepaid gift of any length to someone special.

For the Dad Who Loves a Strong Cup of Coffee

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The best selling Keurig coffee maker. The Keurig K55 brews over 500 different K-Cup pod varieties from 75 brands including Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, Lipton, and more. Enjoy coffee, tea & hot cocoa at the push of a button with the quality you expect from Keurig.

For the Dad Who Loves A Healthy Breakfast

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700-watt electric juicer with large feed chute and 2-speed setting

Stainless steel permanent mesh filter and filter basket; safety interlock switch

Chrome-plated housing; see-through lid; removable pulp container; non-skid rubber feet

3/4-quart juice jug and filter cleaning brush included; dishwasher-safe parts

Measures approximately 14-1/2 by 10 by 18 inches

For the Dad with Wanderlust

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Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns. The company’s proprietary language-learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta Stone offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age.

For the Dad Who Loves to Be Healthy

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Stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and get credit for your workouts with SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition. At night, track your sleep and set a silent alarm to wake better and get your best rest. No matter where you’re headed, the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps your goals in focus with stats, time, and call or text notifications on display. And with accessory wristbands in metal, leather and sport, help you find the right style for every occasion.

For the Dad with a Pet

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Petcube is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch, talk to and play with your pets from your smartphone when you’re away from home. Beautifully designed with an interactive laser toy, your pets will enjoy regular playtime and exercise. No more sad goodbyes! Now your furry friends are just one tap away.

I hope these 6 Father’s Day gift ideas give you a great starting point for finding a great gift for your dad this year.

How to Be a Cool Uncle

Congratulations man, you’re an uncle! Now what? Do you know how to master this role? Fear not, it’s actually not too hard. Let’s see how you can be the coolest uncle out there.

When I first began teaching at a university, I was a bit nervous. How would I be seen by my students? Would I be a popular instructor or would I be that guy – you know, the one whose class you absolutely hated but had to take? I loved my field and had plenty of experience making classes interactive and fun, but beyond that, how would they see me as a person? I sat down for coffee with another new instructor the day before classes began and we started discussing this question.

We concluded that the way to be seen as a “cool” instructor that was likeable was to have what we termed, “a crazy professorial affectation.” In other words, we needed to have something unique that we played up, something that made us different that others, and that became the thing that you instantly thought of when you saw us. My fellow instructor was a New Zealander, so he decided to make that his thing. Me? As silly as it sounds, I chose to have an obsession with American fast food, particularly burgers.

What happened? The students loved it. Within a few weeks, students were emailing me tips on local restaurants serving American-style burgers, asking me for tips on how to prepare authentic American burgers, and touchingly, created a giant poster at the end of my first semester, covered with thank you messages scrawled all over, you guessed it, a large drawing of a cheeseburger.

Back to your new role as uncle. You need to choose your crazy (in a good way) uncle category. They’ll come to identify you strongly in connection with this thing and you’ll have the power to shape their lives in a really cool way. Music? Travel? Food? Sports? Choose one thing and talk about it with them, take them to events related to it, give gifts connected to it, etc.

Do you love music? Play the drums? Get your nephew or niece a drum set and teach them to how to jam! Look at this one. It shouts cool uncle!

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Sports?

Look at this complete badminton and volleyball set.

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Science?

Look at this amazing telescope.

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Don’t worry about whether or not you’ll be a cool uncle. Just choose your topic, make it your thing, and teach, talk, and gift around that topic. Good luck, you cool uncle you!

Jamie

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas Guide

Mother’s Day 2016 is May 8th. I don’t know about you, but one of the hardest things for me is selecting great gifts, especially for my mom. This website is all about self-improvement and becoming the best version of yourself. So this Mother’s Day, I resolved to improve my gift-giving abilities. I did a lot of research to discover the best gifts for Mom. I’ve now made my purchases and it feels great to know that she’ll love what she gets this year.

Then I figured that if gift-giving is a challenge for me, many of my readers also probably struggle with it from time to time. So I have decided to share my research with you! So here, for my readers, is a guide containing some great gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Enjoy these gift ideas that Mom is sure to love.

For the Mom Who Loves Coffee

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The best selling Keurig coffee maker. The Keurig K55 brews over 500 different K-Cup pod varieties from 75 brands including Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, Lipton, and more. Enjoy coffee, tea & hot cocoa at the push of a button with the quality you expect from Keurig.

For the Mom Who Loves Fresh Juice

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  • 700-watt electric juicer with large feed chute and 2-speed settings
  • Stainless steel permanent mesh filter and filter basket; safety interlock switch
  • Chrome-plated housing; see-through lid; removable pulp container; non-skid rubber feet
  • 3/4-quart juice jug and filter cleaning brush included; dishwasher-safe parts
  • Measures approximately 14-1/2 by 10 by 18 inches

For the Mom Who Loves Foreign Languages and Travel

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Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns. The company’s proprietary language-learning techniques—acclaimed for their power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone—are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Rosetta Stone offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (like English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). The company was founded in 1992 on the core beliefs that learning to speak a language should be a natural and instinctive process, and that interactive technology can activate the language immersion method powerfully for learners of any age.

For the Mom Who Loves to Be Healthy

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Stay motivated by tracking all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes, and get credit for your workouts with SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition. At night, track your sleep and set a silent alarm to wake better and get your best rest. No matter where you’re headed, the easy-to-read OLED screen keeps your goals in focus with stats, time, and call or text notifications on display. And with accessory wristbands in metal, leather and sport, help you find the right style for every occasion.

For the Mom Who Loves Her Pet

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Petcube is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch, talk to and play with your pets from your smartphone when you’re away from home. Beautifully designed with an interactive laser toy, your pets will enjoy regular playtime and exercise. No more sad goodbyes! Now your furry friends are just one tap away.

For The Mom Who Loves Wine

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Naked Winery put together some of their best selling wines  – a light, crisp fruit-forward chardonnay and pinot gris, food-friendly pinot noir and three big reds merlot, a cabernet and a solid blend. Enjoy!

I hope these 6 Mother’s Day gift ideas give you a great starting point for finding a great gift for your mom this year.