Too Busy for the Gym?

If you want to improve your life this year, the first thing you need to banish is your list of excuses. Then again, sometimes our excuses are pretty legitimate.

Good example – you might be working overtime, filling your spare moments studying a foreign language or working on your side business. So you aren’t just belly-aching when you say you are too busy or tired for the gym.

I hear you, but don’t give up so easily. Oftentimes with a touch of creativity, we can explode our excuses and find a way toward our goals. Here is one of my favorite shortcuts to success.

Too busy for the gym? Too tired? Here’s the routine. Order a pull-up bar for a doorway you pace through frequently in your home. Everytime you pass, do a pull-up. Boom, that’s your workout. Too easy? Do two pull-ups. Or two pull-ups and a couple pushups.

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Cost? A few bucks for a pull-up bar. Time? 30 seconds here and there throughout the day. Results? You’ll work your shoulders, upper arms, back, and core.

So how about you? Taking this same principle of finding simple hacks around common excuses, what ideas do you have? Share yours in the comment section below!

 

 

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 Have a Great Morning: 4 Steps to the Perfect Morning Routine

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4 Rules for a Great Morning… Every Day!

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Drink Water Right After Waking Up

Your body needs water to, well, to survive. But you don’t want to just survive, you want to thrive. Check our post on how to get enough water throughout the day and watch your skin, energy, and brain power improve!


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Make a Simple, Fresh, Healthy Breakfast

You don’t have to get fancy here. A homemade smoothie is so easy, so delicious, and best of all, so good for your body. Check out our post on how to make smoothies part of your morning routine.


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Do Easy but Effective Body Weight Exercises Right in Your Own Home

Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for you going to the gym. But if you are pressed for time or money, there is really nothing better for your morning routine than a quick run through some body weight exercises. Check out our post on how to use these effectively right in your own home for great results!


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Do Something You Enjoy in the Morning

The secret to getting up easily in the morning is having something you want to get up for. Set aside a little time each morning for something you love to do. Need ideas? Here are a few!

Read something you love.

Keep a journal.

Start a blog!

Go for a run!


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How to Never Run out of Something Again

We’ve all been there. You just finished a tube of toothpaste, so you reach into your medicine cabinet for a new bottle only to realize you don’t have anymore. Or God forbid you have a guest over at your house and then you find out you’ve run out of toilet paper. Maybe it’s finals week and you are studying like a demon. Around 3 am you go to the fridge to grab a Red Bull, but you’re all out.

Running out of the things you need around your home is annoying, can be embarrassing, and if you are an entrepreneur, can be costly. So today I’m going to introduce a simple way to not run out of something at home. Never again. Really.

It’s 2016, and although we don’t quite have flying hover-boards yet, and though the Chicago Cubs still yearn to be World Series champions, Amazon.com has created a pretty futuristic service. It’s the Dash Button. Basically, you get a Dash Button for a specific product. It looks like this.

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You attach to a convenient spot in your home. For example, the Starbucks DoubleShot Dash Button can go on your refrigerator door. The Tide Dash Button can go on your washing machine, like this.

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It’s crazy easy to use. You set it up. When you are running low, you just press the button, and your product is instantly ordered. It won’t make multiple orders at once unless you give it permission to do so, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally ordering more product that you need. You can keep tabs on orders through the Amazon App.

I love tools like this because they help to automate life. That saves time and headaches, and it’s just fun to do. You feel like you are living in the future. While you wait for flying cars and the rest of the gadgetry we were promised in Back to the Future, get Dash Buttons for your favorite products.

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To your daily growth!

Jamie

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How to Shine Your Shoes the Easiest Way

Stop reading for just a moment and look down. How do your shoes look? Don’t say they look ok. They should look amazing. The truth is this – people are judging you by the shoes you wear. Don’t believe me? Ask some of your female friends and they’ll tell the same thing – your shoes matter. Well-shined shoes are the mark of a man who has his life put together. In fact, I’ll go a step further, making a point of taking good care of your shoes is a great way to start getting your life in order. Why? It is due to what I like to call spillover effects. When you start exhibiting self-discipline and attention to detail in one area of your life, you’ll start to notice ways to improve other areas of your life as well.

So today we are going to shine our shoes. First, others will be impressed when they see us, and second, the habit can be a launchpad for improvements across our life.

How do we do it well? Behold, the Kiwi Select Shoe Shine Care Kit Valet II Wooden Box. There are other shoe shine kits out there, but honestly, this one has everything you really need without the unnecessary extras that bump up the price. Here’s what you get.

  1. An elegant wooden box. This holds all your shoe shine materials and also serves as a footrest for your shoe as you shine it. Using the box to hold your shoes keeps your hands clean while shining and also allows you to apply more pressure to the shoe. That leads to a better shine.
  2. Two KIWI Select Premium Paste Tins. Again, you can go for higher end shines than Kiwi, but Kiwi gives the best bang for your buck.
  3. Two Sponge Daubers. Use these to apply the shoe shine to your shoes.
  4. Two soft and durable Shine Cloths. You will use these to work the shine into the shoes. Use some muscle here to get the most impressive results.
  5. Two KIWI Shoe Shine Brushes, 100% Horsehair. Use these after you applied and rubbed the shoe shine into the shoe thoroughly. These brushes will leave your shoes with a fantastic shine.
  6. One Shoe Horn. You’ll wind up with ugly damage to the backs of your shoes if you repeatedly put them on without a shoehorn. Trust me, use it every time, and you’ll be amazed how much longer your shoes last.

Shoes are the most important element of your overall style. You can get away with a 15 dollar t-shirt; as long as the size and color fit you, you can look damn good in it. But skimp on shoes and it will seriously subtract points from your style. If you are going to spend a couple hundred dollars on shoes, don’t shorten their lifespan or damage their appearance by skipping basic maintenance. Just a quick shine periodically will keep those shoes looking great and make sure that cute girl you noticed in the coffee shop notices you too.

To your daily growth!

Jamie

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How to Stock Your Bar: Getting Started Guide

After a long hard day at work, few things are as satisfying as coming home to a stylish and perfectly stocked bar for a well-earned, relaxing drink. On weekends, your guy friends will envy your set-up and women will quickly see the difference between you and the average dude with nothing more than a few Bud Ice languishing in his fridge. I would go so far as to say that a properly stocked bar is a marker of achievement. It says you’ve graduated into that select group of men who knows how to take care of himself and others, and knows how to do it with a bit a panache.

How to Set Up a Home Bar – Select Home Bar Furniture

The first step is to get the proper bar furniture. What  you select here will come down to how much space you have and what your budget can handle. I absolutely love this Traditional Cherry Finish Bar Unit w/Wine Rack Sink Drawers. 

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If space or price happens to constrain you a bit, fear not. A fantastic 2nd choice is this Black Oak Vietti Bar Cabinet with Bottle and Glass Storage. It’s smaller and more affordable, making it perfect for younger men with smaller apartments.

 

How to Set Up a Home Bar – Select Essential Alcohols

Now that we have selected a great piece of furniture, we get to the fun part – choosing booze! This is one part science, one part art. There are a few essential alcohols for your home bar that you will need to have on hand. However, this is YOUR bar, so you can and should stock it with your favorites as well. Feel free to experiment and have fun building your collection. I’ll leave that to you. But what are the essentials for a home bar? Here’s my recommended list of 7 basics to start with.

Gin

Rum

Tequila

Bourbon Whiskey

Rye Whiskey

Vermouth

Vodka

You can stock all of these for under 200 dollars, or you can drop $200 a bottle easily. It really comes down to how much quality you are willing and able to pay for. The best way to go about this is to write up a list of what you want and set a specific budget. Then head down to a few local liquor stores and ask for some advice. I always manage to find someone who loves their work a lot who’ll consult me and help me find exactly what I need. Grab this book too if you want more advice on choosing specific bottles for your bar.

How to Set Up a Home Bar – Select Cool Accessories

Allright. We have the furniture. We have the alcohol. The final step is to get the right drinking accessories. I file these under 3 categories. 1) Things to Drink. 2) Things to Drink From. 3) Things to Drink By. Let’s take these one-by-one.

  1. Things to Drink – Here’s where we need to think of mixers. To the easiest way to start out is with a a great starter kit. Limited budgets should consider this cocktail variety pack from Skinny Mixes. If you have a bit more money to invest, try this set from Bittermilk.
  2. Things to Drink From – I suppose you can drink a martini from a coffee cup. You can also wear your pajamas to a job interview, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Instead, begin building a collection of drink-ware that you can be proud of. A starter kit like this will get you going. And part of the fun of having your own home bar is adding to your collection over time.71EKQTY44eL._SL1500_
  3. Things to Drink By – This is the final step. Get some cool items to set the atmosphere of your home bar. This last step is highly personal and will come down to the specific ambiance you seek to create. Do want it to feel old-fashioned and traditional? Trendy and modern? Playful or serious? Once you choose your style goal, select individual items that will help you create it. For example, this LED Bar Display is amazing if you often entertain guests after dark.71m4G7R8SiL._SL1500_

I hope today’s post inspires you to start your very own home bar. Enjoy!

Jamie

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How to Clean Up Around the House Easier than Ever

I am always on the lookout for a new book to read. Today I found a real treat, so I have to share it with everyone. It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Here’s the review of it on Amazon, to whet your appetite.

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list).

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.

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Basically Marie Kondo walks you through how to radically clean up you home, and in the process, simplify your mind and improve your life. What more could you ask for? Her key principle is to clean topically by category, rather than from room-to-room. Room-to-room cleaning generally leads us to just move crap around rather than eliminate it. She also emphasizes the idea that you should only keep things that bring joy to your life? If you are life me, lots of clothes are in your closet due to guilt or nostalgia. But if you aren’t actually wearing them now, why do you still have them? She packs in tons more tips and shows you point-by-point how to pull off a transformation of your home.

Get this book. Practice her revolutionary ideas. And enjoy the new physical space (and psychological space as well!) that are freed up once you finally get a clean home you are proud to live in.

Good luck!

Jamie

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