Getting serious with your lady friend? If you’re considering whether to ask her to move in, or whether you’d just like to encourage her to spend more time at your place, here are a few tips for making your bachelor pad more female friendly!
As complicated as women can be, their demands are not so outrageous when it comes to the interior of your home. It’s simple – girls like things to be clean, tidy, and to smell nice. Below is a room-by-room guide to getting your home to not only to make a good first impression with the ladies, but also to keep them interested.
- Get ultra-soft and plush towels (and lots of them!) and bath rugs in bright, fresh colors.
- Use a shower curtain that has a bold, geometric print for the most modern and masculine look. For a varied look, get towels and rugs that contrast your shower curtain (a cold, steel gray shower curtain would look best with bold, red or orange towels and rugs).
- Place several large candles around your bathroom in the same colors as your towels and rugs.
- Girls love and appreciate storage. If you only have under-the-sink storage, try using large wicker baskets so she can organize her things. If you have a stand-alone sink, get a standing tower storage cabinet for her.
- Pro tip: Get a good hair dryer. Trust me, it’s a simple trick but is very much appreciated when staying over at a guy’s house. Keep a good stock of her favorite shower gels, shampoos and conditioners – just because you may not use conditioner it doesn’t mean she will choose to live without it! If you really want to earn bonus points, get a selection of hand creams and make-up removers.
- Soft lighting is a big must, whether you achieve this with lamps or candles is up to you.
- Have some reading material lying around – books or magazines can be great conversation starters.
- Choose a dark, solid color for your couch, like a dark gray, brown, or black. Then add some color by choosing contrasting, bright throw pillows, rugs, and curtains.
- Music – make a collection of play-lists to suit every occasion.
- Store your computer games out of sight – if you’re in denial about growing up, at least have the decency to hide it. And while you’re at it, organize your movies and entertainment area.
- Clean, clean, clean! Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink or piled up on the kitchen table. You may not be a master chef but she doesn’t need to know that. There’s something very sexy about a man cooking you a romantic meal, so invest in a few healthy cookbooks and start practicing. One way to take the edge off this, if it seems like a chore, is to consider kitchen utensils as kinds of gadgets – they can totally pass as ‘boys toys’!
- If there are items in your fridge growing new life it’s time to throw them out! Check the best before dates regularly and always keep a nice bottle of cold Prosecco on hand for those impromptu romantic moments.
- If you’re totally out of cabinet space, install a ceiling pot rack to hang all of your pots from.
- If your kitchen is small, paint the walls with a light and fresh color.
- Always keep fresh, bright dish-towels on hand.
Last but certainly not least, the all-important show down area! If you’re going to take heed of anything in this article, listen up now!
- Gentleman, I hate to have to tell you this, but dirty socks and underwear go in the laundry basket, not on the floor!
- Comfort is number one when snuggling up together to watch a good movie. Invest in a soft set of sheets (jersey sheets are the softest), and a bed spread with a masculine geometric print. You can brighten up dark a bead spread with brightly colored sheets and throw pillows.
- Adjust the lighting so it’s soft and welcoming – get an array of lamps instead of one main light or even try soft fairy lights around the window frame.
- Get some candles – nothing too potent. Try a fresh linen candle which smells amazing but isn’t at all girly – it really does make your whole room smell like freshly washed sheets!
- Be color conscious. Psychologists have found that the color of your room can have big effects on your mood and even your thoughts. Green is known to have a calming effect and will help you to relax after those long days at work.
Written by Alyssa Ennis, a blogger in the Seattle area. You can keep up with her on Twitter.
Get Ready To Make Some Waves With The Mako Slingshot Jetboard
Surfboards are great for some fun in the sun and riding the waves, but that’s just not extreme enough for some of us. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you want something faster and crazier. Something like the Mako Slingshot. This this is essentially a surfboard with some serious jet power, and it looks like a ton of fun.
Naturally, the Slingshot doesn’t use electricity because water and electricity don’t mix unless you are an electric eel. Instead, it uses jet power, with a fuel-efficient Rotron XT100 100cc 2-stroke engine that produces 15 horsepower. That’s good enough to reach a top speed of 34 miles per hour, and keep this speed up for 40 minutes. Not bad. Not bad at all.
The Slingshot’s tank holds 2.8 liters (0.74 gallons) of fuel, and the engine is fastened to easily accessed mounting points. Apparently, you’re supposed to ride this thing like it is an electric skateboard, controlling the throttle using a remote and pushing a button to start the engine. There’s no revving it up. So it’s easy to use.
Thanks to carbon fiber construction, the Slingshot weighs just 42 pounds and it has a weight limit of 220 pounds. It measures 74 inches long and 23.5 inches wide, so you can easily toss it in the back of your car and take it with you anywhere.
It looks like a lot of fun. You’ll be running circles around all of those people on surfboards. Try not to rub it in their face too hard that your ride is cooler. Obviously, this kind of fun doesn’t come cheap. The Slingshot starts at $9,800 and goes up from there depending on which extras you buy for it.
5 Reasons Why You Can’t Poop
While the majority of us have no trouble openly talking with our friends, family members and coworkers about health issues concerning our cholesterol, heart issues, or other sensitive things. But one topic that is usually off limits is talking about poop. Yes, it’s probably not something you want to bring up at the dinner table, but something like constipation is an essential issue that concerns our health.
Constipation happens to all of us at some point, and it’s a shame that most people fail to open up and discuss about it when it is happening to them. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons did a research study and found out that 80% of Americans have had trouble pooping at some point or another. If you’ve ever experienced this for yourself and wanted to understand why it happened, fear not, as we’ve compiled a list for you providing you with 5 reasons why you can’t poop:
1. You Don’t Consuming Enough Fiber
A report from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons showed that from the 80% of Americans who suffer from constipation, a third of them have constipation caused by low fiber. Nutritionists’ advice that you consume fruits at least one fruit every day. They also recommend that you include vegetables in every meal you have. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber which reduces constipation hence; you will not have any more pooping problems.
2. You May Be Suffering From Dehydration
Dehydration is another reason why you might be having pooping problems. When you are dehydrated, you don’t have enough quantity of water in your body. Water is necessary for pooping since it helps the stool to move easily via the colon. Doctors and nutritionists gave their recommendation in a new blogpost that you take at least 8 glasses of water every day. Therefore, if you are having a pooping problem, try and increase the amount of water intake and you should hopefully see some changes.
3. You’re Not Moving Around Enough
If you do not engage your body in activities often, you are likely to experience some pooping problems. When your body is active and in motion, the colon also moves. When the colon moves, it becomes easy to move the stool too. Therefore, it is recommended that you become active, preferably working out regularly. If you are having poop problems, start working out and see if this helps unbind you.
4. You Are Using Narcotics
There are medicines that lead to constipation. Narcotics are one of those medicines. Narcotics are mostly pain relievers. They include codeine, Morphine, Percocet, Oxycontin, Demerol amongst others. In case your doctor has prescribed any of the narcotics and you notice that you are having problems when pooping, you need to inform them so that they can advise on what you are supposed to do, to solve the problem. If you are using narcotic drugs illegally, you should stop with immediate effect since it could not only lead to pooping problems, but it could be dangerous for your health and your well being.
5. You May Have A Health Condition
One of the reasons why you could be experiencing pooping problems is that there is a possibility you have a health condition such as thyroid disorder or even diabetes. These are some of the conditions that can lead to transit constipation, which involves your colon moving more slowly than it should be. Therefore, if you have tried all the tips above and they have not worked for you, you need to seek medical attention. Get tested for these conditions as early as you can for early treatment.
At the end of the day, pooping is a part of the biological process that happens in a human body. Therefore, if you do not poop, you are interfering with your body’s system. There are even people who hold it in especially when they are at the wrong places and time. This could lead to muscle confusions and constipation in return.
So make sure you do the right things to make sure your body is functioning as it should be, and pooping is one of them!
Seven Rules You Should Remember For Gun Safety
Across the United States on a daily basis, careless gun accidents happen. A preventable accident with a gun is often because of poor education of safe firearm handling, and these incidents tarnish the gun and ammo industries and gun owners alike.
By learning and obeying the following seven gun safety rules, the safety and well-being of yourself, loved ones, friends, or strangers can be ensured. And with everyone safely following the rules, our sporting and gun-owning heritage can better be preserved for our future generations.
Treat Every Gun as If It Were Loaded
No matter where the gun is located, whether in the field, in the vehicle, or in your home, treat every gun as if it were loaded even if you are sure it is not.
This includes keeping the muzzle of the gun pointed in a safe direction at all times in case the gun should fire. Empty firearms should be at rest with their action open to ensure that no cartridge is chambered and ready to fire.
Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger Until Ready to Shoot
In the field, it is important that the last step taken in firing your weapon is to put your finger on the trigger. If the trigger finger is kept inside the trigger guard while maneuvering around or walking, a simple slip can lead to the discharge of the gun.
Be Sure of Your Target and What Is Beyond It
When taking aim at your intended target, you can easily take heed of what is between you and your intended target. But it is what lies beyond the target that is equally important. The high-powered guns and ammunition of today, even as small as the 22lr ammo, can reach out great distances well beyond the target.
Learn the Gun That You Are Shooting
It is very important for you as the shooter to know both the makeup of your weapon and the characteristics of it. Guns are all manufactured differently, from how the safety function operates, how the action works, and how much recoil the gun has. Becoming familiar with these things can help prevent an accident with the gun.
Always Use Proper Ammunition
Each gun has a very specific caliber cartridge that it fires, and using the wrong ammunition in a gun can have devastating results. Be sure to check and recheck your ammo box and organize it as best as you can to prevent loading, for example, 22lr ammo into a .223-caliber rifle.
Don’t Rely on the Gun’s Safety to Prevent It from Firing
Like any mechanical piece of equipment, the safety on a gun can fail, so that should never be the sole factor in preventing the gun from firing at an unintended target.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings When Handling Your Gun
Whether in the field or in your home, be aware of your surroundings when you have your gun in hand to prevent a trip or fall that can cause the gun to be fired.
Ultimate firearm safety can be achieved by following these seven gun safety rules. All it takes is for you to make gun safety a priority to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.