20 things you dont give your wife on valentines day…

Why am I telling you guys what to get your wives for Valentine’s Day on the day before Valentine’s Day? Because I’m like you and I know how you think and operate. You, because you’re a guy, you do everything at the last minute. I get it.

First, let me save you some possible grief and misery. Sometimes a married guy gets a crazy notion in his head that goes something like this: “My wife knows I love her. She’s also smart enough to know that Valentine’s Day is just another slick and cynical marketing ploy thought up by the people who make greeting cards and cheap drugstore candy to unload their inventory every 14th of February.”

Maybe your wife does know you love her. Maybe she does realize that Valentine’s Day is little more than a marketing scam. Does that get you off the hook for buying her a little something special for tomorrow?


Do you need to know why? You are required to get her something so she can laughingly tell her women friends that, “Oh, yeah, he got me the usual flowers and candy, the big lug.” It’s just a thing they need to be able to say to save face in the highly competitive world of women. It’s not about the gift. It’s about the effort. You took the time and trouble to show you care. Like the Hokey Pokey, that’s what it’s all about.

Second, while it’s a terrible thing not to give this issue a thought, it can be just as bad to overthink this occasion and give the wrong thing; no matter how well intentioned these gifts may be. Between the lame drugstore box of waxy, chocolate candy and the two-week vacation in Hawaii lies a minefield of potentially fatal (to you) gifts that must be avoided at all cost.


Never give your wife a membership to a gym.

Never give your wife a home exercise device of any kind.

Never give your wife a home-cleaning appliance. A vacuum cleaner? Perish the thought.

Never give your wife a self-help book. “Controlling Your Moods and Emotions” is an example of one title to avoid.

Do not buy your wife a flat-screen television.

Do not buy your wife season tickets to anything other than the ballet.

Don’t buy your wife a new hunting knife.

Don’t buy your wife the complete “Godfather” movie series.

Don’t buy your wife a new snow shovel. Not even one with ergonomically correct handle.

Do not buy your wife a fifth of really expensive handcrafted bourbon.

Why Fashion Repeats Itself

Every year we always have a new fashion trend, those in the fashion industry don’t seem to run out of ideas. Every year, we clean out our closets to make room for the new trends in fashion. We don’t want to be outdated in fashion right? However, throwing away your old clothes is a big no no because fashion trends always make their come back.

Sooner or later, those clothes will be in season and you would regret ever throwing them away. Though, we might think, when would we expect these clothes to make a comeback?
Why do these fashion trends from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s come back?

Well everything is about money. These trends must change or make a comeback because if they don’t, no one would have a reason to continually shop. There would be no outdated fashion and everything will go well. A fashion trend will repeat itself in about 20, 30 or even after 40 years..

There is really no specific time frame that is being followed here, it will depend on the economy, the people’s attitude and will even coincide with the music and film industry.
Surprisingly, even the worse fashion mistakes before are now being considered the latest in the fashion world. The old clothes of our parents in the 1970’s are now making a huge comeback this year, like those **** jumpsuits, casual denims, bold pants and boho headbands. They say that history repeats

The Super Bowl is coming up, make it fun for everybody

So I am a wee bit envious of people who look forward to Super Bowl Sunday. Especially women who know what a touchback is and who not only own but proudly wear their favorite team’s jersey. Who are they, and how did they get that way? Why aren’t they spending the entire game on their laptops having emotional affairs on Facebook, flinching every time someone scores a touchdown?

I know, you could always just leave the house if you don’t like the Super Bowl — the streets are empty! It’s the perfect time to go to Target! Fortunately, there are a lot of good reasons to stick around for the game.

1. Super Bowl crafts! Why not knit, embroider, decorate a cake, or glue some toothpicks together into the shape of your favorite mascot? This year the Seahawks are playing the Broncos. Use the colors of your significant other’s favorite team!

2. Get crazy with the snacks. I know what you’re thinking: you want to make colorful fruit kebabs, but all those berries are out of season. That’s why God invented food coloring! And cupcakes, God definitely invented cupcakes. And guacamole, and three-layer bean dip, and 25 different colors of M&Ms.

3. Puppybowl! For the last eight years, Animal Planet has hosted the cutest alternative to the Super Bowl ever invented, and this year should be no exception! This year’s starting lineup is so adorable that it should carry a disclaimer: WARNING: IF YOU’RE WATCHING THE PUPPYBOWL BECAUSE IT SEEMS SAFER THAN THE SUPER BOWL, HEART-ATTACK WISE, YOU MAY STILL DIE BECAUSE OF THE CUTENESS, OMG.  

4. Hang on until half-time. What’s happening this year, is Prince coming back? No, but we’ve got Bruno Mars on the line. Love her or hate her, she’s bringing the hits and the opinions will be flying. Twitter will be on fire for 15 minutes, at least.

5. Wake up for the commercials. For some of us the commercials are the best part of the whole ordeal. Every 60-second storyline is a chance to revive the part of your soul that died during half-time.

6. Make a bet. Nothing focuses you like having money on the line. How much should you bet? How much is just inconvenient enough? For me, $5 would make me sort of pay attention, but $20 would make me start yelling at the TV. (Sorry, dad.)

6. Pay attention to the game. Or you could just watch the game for once and try to learn something about the most popular sport in America.

7. Go do something else. Sure, Target will be empty, but you can buy toilet paper any time. If you’ve ever fantasized about rollerskating down the street wearing nothing but mittens and a smile, now’s your chance.

Allergies running rampant! Try a neti-pot???

We’ve all heard about the supernatural benefits of the neti pot. For those of you not familiar with this contraption, it is not a kitchen appliance used for roasting organic vegetables; rather, it is a small pot with a long spout that you use to shove up your nose as you tilt your head sideways and proceed to pour warm salt water down your nose.

Let me just go on the record to say that I do not willingly pour water down my nose. I detest getting water up my nose, and, in particular, if I recall all those visits to the beach, salt water up the nose really sucks.

This whole concept was extremely vexing to me. How could using a neti pot be logiccal? Why the heck was this supposedly something that would become one of my most satisfying practices? As I sat watching the demonstration on how to use the neti pot, I thought to myself, There is no way I’m subjecting myself to this torturous nasal wash.

If the neti pot could magically help improve my eyesight, get rid of graying hair and wrinkles… oh AND HELP ME WITH THESE AWFUL ALLERGIES, I’m in. I went to my local pharmacy and proceeded to purchase my very own blue plastic neti pot. I went home, anxious to start my miracle youth-defying transformation, and fired up my own batch of salt water and got ready to take the pot for a test-drive. Like many things in life, the first time was not a pleasant experience. The warm water going through my nasal passages felt creepy, and I’m sure I was not in the proper position, because the water started to go down my throat, I gagged, jerked upright, and had that disgusting feeling of salt water down my nose. Not one to quit, I waited a few minutes and tried again on the other side, sure that if I got my body positioned properly, I would be successful. Unfortunately, the left side results were equally disastrous, and I spent the remainder of the day trying to get my ears to stop popping from what must have been the residual effects of the water that did not flow properly through my nasal passages.

Despite continuing to hear the benefits of the neti pot and the endorsements from my friends, I still, to this day, have never had another tryst with my neti pot. So, that is my neti pot confession. I guess I’m doomed to have unclean nasal passages and none of the spiritual and antiaging benefits the neti pot ritual brings.

I would really love to hear from all of you about your neti pot experiences. Do you use it regularly? How did you overcome the fear of sucking water down your nose? What do you put in your water? Is there a special posture or tip you can share to make it all better? Do you seriously feel like it is improving your health and helping with the aging process? Bring it on; I want the truth. Please help me get the courage up again to dust off my neti pot and give it a go one more time.

We already know that Stella Blue can make you look good on the outside, but how can you feel good on the inside?

Many of the actions we need to take to grow spiritually are challenging or even painfully difficult. But they don’t all have to be. And sadly, when actions feel difficult for too long, we tend to give up. Following are some every day actions we can engage in that will help us feel better spiritually and some of them are actually fun. Most of them do not cost any money and the ones that do, are reasonable. If you remain open-minded and willing and actually try some of these, you will notice a positive difference…particularly with your serenity.

  • Smile and say HI to three strangers today. It might feel awkward at first, but pay close attention to the reactions. You will be rewarded.
  • While out walking, even if it is just to your car, pick up any trash you see and dispose of it properly. And then, to lift your spirit a bit more, imagine if even 10% of people did this every day.
  • Call a relative you haven’t spoken to in awhile just to say hello and ask how he/she is doing. This might even be a relative you don’t particularly like. Then notice how you feel inside afterwards.
  • Listen attentively when people talk to you today. Refrain from interrupting, judging, dominating the conversation or trying to solve their problems. If this sounds a bit too challenging, stop and think about you feel when someone truly listens to you.
  • If someone at the bus or coffee shop is short of money, pay the difference.
  • In the middle of performing tasks and taking care of responsibilities, stop and say thank you to your Higher Power, and if you believe to not have one, just thank yourself.
  • The next time you find yourself negatively judging someone, gently invite yourself to stop.
  • Make a home made meal from scratch and invite a friend over to share it with you.
  • If an opportunity to impart a genuine compliment arises…give it.
  • Make a donation to a charity of your choice without taking the receipt for tax purposes or telling anyone.

See, these aren’t so bad! Think of all the REALLY challenging actions you have taken in your recovery and these suggestions are a snap. Each day we strive for spiritual growth and the results are amazing. Enjoy your recovery and start this new year off the right way.

Happy New Years! What kind of resolutions should you make?

“Lose weight” is one of the top New Year’s resolutions every year. You’ve probably made it once or twice yourself, and we commend you for accomplishing such an ambitious goal.

Oh, you didn’t?

Don’t worry, the majority of your fellow resolutioners didn’t either.

They tend to become empty promises to ourselves.

The good news is that losing weight isn’t the only path to well-being in 2014.

Good health happens when the physical, emotional and social or environmental parts of our lives are in balance, When people resolve to ‘lose weight,’ they are actually saying, ‘I want to feel and look better.’

So this year, we challenge you to make a new kind of New Year’s resolution. We asked a few of our favorite experts for recommendations, and their answers may surprise you.

Pick one, or several, from the list below. Then make a deal with yourself: This year, “lose weight” isn’t going to be your main goal, just a nice side benefit to being happy and healthy.

Get some fresh air

Simply being in nature can have a big effect on an overloaded mind,

When the body’s sympathetic nervous system mobilizes our fight-or-flight response, it can’t tell the difference between stress caused by a bear attack and stress caused by a meeting with the boss.

In other words, it’s always on. Though we might not feel it directly, our bodies do,

Find a place in nature that speaks to you, whether it’s a spot in your backyard or a bench at a local park. Visit there regularly, even if it’s only for a short time.

Then make an effort to get some fresh air every day. Park your car a little farther from the door in parking lots, take a quick walk around your office building at lunch, or wake up 15 minutes earlier and jog around your neighborhood.

You’ll be surprised by how much you missed the great outdoors.

Sleep more

If you want a major life overhaul without much effort, getting more shut-eye is the way to go. Sleeping helps you burn fat, decreases stress, improves your immune system and boosts your mood and mental clarity.

“Slowly change your routine to add 15 minutes a night until you get to eight hours,” she said.

Add something

Instead of subtracting soda, sugar or fat from your diet, make a resolution to add something. Add a serving of vegetables to every meal. Add protein to your snacks. Add two glasses of water to your daily routine. You’ll find over time that these additions will leave no room for unhealthy habits.

The same resolution can be used for other areas of your life, too. Add 15 minutes of meditation to your bedtime routine or 15 minutes of classical music to your commute to help you destress. Add some organization time to your daily schedule. Add a book on financial planning to your reading list.

Get the point? Good, add this one to your New Year’s resolutions.

Stop multitasking

Take time to breathe

When was the last time you inhaled deeply, feeling your ribcage lift and your chest expand?

Most people take only shallow breaths throughout the day. This limits the oxygen circulating throughout the body, leading to increased anxiety and higher blood pressure.