Man Up: 5 Skills Every Man Should Have

Manliness is an acquired skill. Being a man is more than being born with a Y chromosomeit’s utilizing your time to educate yourself on the fundamentals of masculinity. Every male must burgeon from a boy to a fully-functional man throughout life. Among the critical array of skills every man should possess, here are five of the manliest.

Know How to Fix a Vehicle

The automobile is a complex machine with a complicated anatomy that takes years to master. The more repairs you can make yourself when fixing your automobile, the respectable your manliness. If you have a motorcycle, you should know how standard Honda motorcycle parts function and what to do with them. For all but the toughest repairs, mechanics should be used for convenience, not out of necessity. With that being said, don’t jeopardize your life and the lives of others by attempting to fix your car without the proper experience just for the sake of manliness. In addition to repairs, knowing how to replace a flat tire and jump start a car are essential skills for roadside emergencies.

Know How to Dress to Impress

It isn’t necessary to dress at the height of fashion everyday, but when you show up at a job interview or cocktail party, a man should know to formally dress in imposing attire. Every man’s wardrobe must contain a tailored suit, ironed dress shirt, vest and an assortment of ties. While we’re at it, add know how to tie a tie to this list.

If you can’t color coordinate, it’s never a bad idea to resort to the classic and timeless black suit, black shoes and white dress shirt.

Know How to Fire a Handgun

Learning how to fire a weapon is the easy part. It’s adhering to the rules and taking proper precautions that truly entitles a man to earn his firearm privileges. Know how to wield it with respect, care and safety. Always treat the firearm as if it were loaded and be mindful of the deadly weapon it is. Before you go shooting, ensure that the sight is aligned. Properly grip the weapon, assume the correct stance and place your finger on the trigger only when you are prepared to fire.

Know How to Cook

Cooking is not your spouse’s responsibility. Never leave her to toil away in the kitchen preparing your meal when you acquire two more than capable hands. A man must know how to cook, and cook well. The culinary arts are indeed an artit entails everything from proper cutting techniques, judicious use of seasonings and cooking that Porterhouse steak to an ideal medium rare.

Know How to Shine Your Shoes

Gather a tin of wax-based polish, horsehair buffing brush, polishing cloth and welt brush. Purchasing a shone shining kit will also do for beginners. Lay down a tarp or old towel for your work area. Begin by removing any surface dirt by using a damp cloth to wipe the exterior of your shoes. Rub down the welt strip with a damp welt brush. With a polishing cloth (an old T-shirt or sock will do), scrub in a liberal amount of polish with tight, circular motions. To achieve a spit-shine of sorts, lightly wet the polishing cloth beforehand. Allow a dry time of about ten minutes. The longest, most vigorous step is buffing your shoes. Use the horsehair buffing brush or soft cloth, and buff those shoes to a lustrous shine until your face peers back at you.

 

Woody Rivera

Woody is a writer who is fluent in Spanish and English and just picked up Rosetta Stone’s beginner French edition.

4 Ways to Easily Handle Difficult People

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In life, we will always come across difficult people. We can’t always expect people to be essentially rational and to know that human nature makes them irrational will help in your social interactions. Most people are capable of fulfilling their social obligations in a normal way, despite being ruled by their emotions. But the ability to maintain a job, raise your children in a healthy environment, obey the law, and be responsible for your actions can often depend on your mental and social development, and most people act the way they were taught. Therefore, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle difficult people.

1. No Judgment

Regardless of how you feel about the person or situation, keeping judgment out of the interaction will assist in keeping it pleasant. We are often forced to interact with people of different moral stature, different lifestyle choices, or of different social status. During these interactions, keeping your judgment to yourself and overlooking the differences between you will allow you to concentrate on the subject of the conversation rather than the person.

2. Learn to Listen

We often like to believe we are right, regardless of whether it is true or not. When we believe we are right, we seldom listen to opposing sides. By listening to the other person and taking their views into consideration, you can bridge the gap and come to a better resolution. Listening and compromising is not the same as losing, but is rather a method to dilute a difficult situation.

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3. Be Firm

As important as it is to be compassionate and non-judgmental, it is also important to not let people manipulate you. Being firm doesn’t always mean losing your temper and yelling. Most difficult people will try to manipulate you to bring you to their side of thinking and drag you into a confrontation. Not allowing these people to bully you while keeping your cool is a vital way to get your point across. Treat people with kindness, but don’t let them control you.

4. Discover what Matters

There is a reason you are involved in the confrontation. Whether it is work related, personal, or you are trying to get information, keeping your focus on what you’re working towards will help you get through many different difficult confrontations. Regardless of how you feel about the person or the situation, do your best to keep on track and get what you need from it. You don’t have to feel strongly for everyone you meet in the course of your life, you just have to feel strongly about your values and beliefs.

There is always a chance you will run into a difficult person as part of your everyday routine. How you handle these confrontations not only affect the outcome but will also help define the type of person you are. Engaging in heated arguments, applying judgment, and losing your temper will shadow the real reason you are there in the first place. Human beings can be ruled by emotions, but in social interactions, this doesn’t have to be a total disadvantage. Realize the emotional state of everyone you come in contact with and offer the empathy needed to help them feel at ease. This will prove your best weapon in dealing with difficult people.

Brent Davis is a writer for various sites on topics related to psychology and human behavior. If you have a knack for diffusing difficult situations, perhaps a degree in social work from socialwork.une.edu or nyu.edu is the right career path for you.

Getting Ripped: Starting Things Up, Keeping the Momentum

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Men have nice bodies for a number of reasons: They have a body that is nice enough for themselves and their significant intimate others. They have a job that makes it. Maybe they are blessed with genes that just make it so – though doing nothing only rarely results in a nice body. Or, they work at it. Working at it usually has one of two goals – getting large or getting ripped.

These are not mutually exclusive, a bulky guy can get ripped, and a ripped guy can go for more bulk. Bulk is usually caused by fluid in the muscle; being ripped usually requires muscles trained to achieve high density. This dense growth is called myofibrillar hypertrophy. The focus is on building decent muscle size (not ridiculously huge) and then shaping and defining that muscle.

Getting Started on Getting Ripped
For whatever reason (You don’t like what you see in the mirror?) you’ve decided your body needs some work. You decide against going for the bulk, like most traditional body builders, but you do want decent muscles that look good and work well. So you start cruising the web.
Choose a Program
– You know your lifestyle and what changes YOU can accommodate. You find some programs that have an exercise frequency, equipment requirements, and a diet plan that could work for you. Pick the best, remembering that you can always switch.
– Most getting-ripped programs go through three phases: quick muscular gains, hardening those gains, and then defining those muscles.
– Training for getting-ripped builds denser muscle. This requires lower repetitions of lifts and other muscle toning exercises while training. Rest is an important factor too.
Get a Coach
Will your program require a coach? Some websites offer virtual coaches. For some, this is an adequate way to train, at least in the beginning. If you would feel more comfortable or more empowered with a personal trainer, that could lead you to the next step.
Get Your Equipment or Join a Gym
Joining a gym could be the right move for you, especially if you want access to a personal trainer. The expense of equipment might nudge you in the direction of joining a gym as well. Room available at home for training can be an incentive.
Get Some Buddies
Joining a gym, you will have the exhortations of a personal trainer to pull you through. You’ll also have the opportunity of developing some friendships that could be helpful during training, and also helpful for keeping you motivated when discipline starts to lag. However, online buddies and virtual coaches can provide this incentive as well.
Set Your Goals
This hearkens back to choosing a program. Before you start training, virtual web coaches will help you determine your present condition and what you need to do to reach a certain level. A personal trainer will do this on your first or second trip to the gym. This requires scales and a tape measure. You might want to get some pix of guys you’d like to emulate.

Focus on Two Big Issues for Getting Ripped
To grow anything, from a field of corn to nicely rounded biceps, you need the proper nutrients. You also need the discipline to check your farm, or your arms, on a daily basis, and supply each with the proper amount of work and upkeep to keep them flourishing. Nutrition and motivation are the two of the greatest necessary elements in a getting-ripped body building program.
Focus on Nutrition
– Since you are seeking to grow your body, many trainers contend that the success of your diet will play the largest part in your body-building success.
– You will need to find foods that fit your schedule. You need foods that you can get a hold of on a regular and sustainable basis. You will want to choose natural or organic foods as much as possible. You may need to start eating every three or four hours.
– You will need to track your nutrition. You must be precise in measuring the portion sizes and the calories consumed. Most programs require a regimen of calories requiring 50% from protein, 30% from carbohydrates, 20% from fats.
– You will have to become concerned with your resting metabolic rate (breathing, pumping blood, etc.), active burn metabolic rate (walking, cleaning, etc.), and exercise burn metabolic rate (after a strenuous workout). These will help determine your nutrition requirements.
– Understanding calorie deficits and surpluses and how they work will be essential. Did you know that sometimes eating more can actually help you lose weight?
– Getting ripped means getting a very low body-fat ratio.
Focus on Motivation
– Document everything. Seeing your progress is so important to staying motivated. You need to keep charts recording pounds and inches. Take pictures of yourself on a regular basis. This helps you measure your success and see where you need work. Success and looking to higher goals are both great motivators.
– Have a mirror. Gyms have mirrored walls for good reason. They help you check your training and see your progress. Mirrors aren’t a matter of narcissism, they are a matter of success. Have a couple around if you train at home.
– Share your successes. This is especially easy in a gym environment, especially with a personal trainer. However, many virtual gyms have forums wherein members can share their pictures and their successes with other members and their virtual coaches. This exchange works quite well for many training to get ripped.

Even More Motivation
A research study at UCLA not too long ago suggests that gals are attracted to muscular guys. The study quantified an association between muscularity and “success” with women. A first impression regarding muscularity in selecting short-term and long-term partners is very important to women. Muscularity in a male demonstrates testosterone and a strong immune system, which tells women that the guy is in good condition.

Make a Commitment
No matter your reason for contemplating a getting-ripped exercise plan, understand that it will require much discipline and an exacting attention to detail regarding diet and nutrition. The results, both in health and looks, is very much worth the effort. Right there you have enough incentive to make a commitment to a successful getting-ripped program. You can change your life, and there you have your motivation.

About the Author:

Aileen Pablo and Joyce Del Rosario are part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of Nutrition Courses and Personal Training Courses.

5 Sensual Fragrances For Men

Some fragrances are of the ‘love/hate’ variety, a personal choice, liked by some but pungent to others. Women have a very keen nose and know exactly what they want when it comes to the scent of their dream man. Men (usually) find something THEY like and stick with it, not aware it’s either not suited to them or is too musky or too sweet. After much research, I narrowed it down to these five brands – the best potion out there to attract a lady from ten paces away.

1.
ck IN2UCK IN2U For Him – Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein launched this fragrance in 2007, aimed at the younger generation. It’s a sweet aromatic fragrance with lemon and tomato leaf top notes. Cacao pod makes up the single middle note, followed by vetiver, cedar and white musk bass notes. This was one of the popular fragrances liked by women, and although aimed at the younger market, there was a fair share of twenty-somethings loving this scent on a man.

2.
1 Million – Paco Rabanne
This fragrance also received great feedback from the ladies. There is a range of 1 Million for both sexes, but it’s the male scent that outsells the female version due to its effeminate quality – some women even claim to wear it over the female version. That doesn’t necessarily mean this is girly perfume for men – if women have stated they think it makes a man smell very sexy then it must be good, right? Blood orange, grapefruit, mint, cinnamon, rose and light leather make up the top notes, whilst white wood, patchouli and amber make up the heart and bass notes, a concoction sure to make a girl swoon.

3.
PradaAmber Pour Homme Intense – Prada
Prada’s latest fragrance to leave their house is a more intense version of their first male fragrance. This is a warmer and more velvety offering, its woody scents combined with hot and spicy middle notes resembling a gingerbread man taking a stroll through a forest (that’s my thought, anyway). Tying the whole fragrance together, Patchouli and white vanilla add heat, whilst bergamot and the spicy hot resin of myrrh rise above all in a rich aroma sure to melt the heart of any lady.

4.

212 men212 Men – Caroline Herrera
This fragrance is extremely versatile and can be worn by all ages. It’s warm base notes and spices make this a sophisticated and masculine fragrance. The bass notes are a mix of labdanum, sandalwood, musk, guaiac wood, vetiver and incense. Middle notes are a concoction of ginger, green pepper, gardenia, violet and sage. The top notes are a fresh mix of spices, petit grain, lavender, grapefruit and bergamot, finishing this sensual fragrance off with a hint of sweetness. If you want a girl to think you’re on the up and up, this will make them weak at the knees.

5.
hugo-boss-baldessariniBaldessarini – Hugo Boss
Hugo Boss’ slogan for this fragrance is, “Separates the men from the boys.” Baldessarini is a sensual concoction of metal, which blends fresh, spicy compositions into an exotic fragrance. The first notes to hit your senses are of oranges, mandarins and mint leaf. At the heart, patchouli flower, cumin and cloves inject spicy notes, whilst the warmth comes from sandalwood, spruce, patchouli leaves, tobacco, ambergris and musk bass notes. Be a man and give this a go – the girls will come running!

I hope these five fragrances inspire experimentation in your quest for the perfect potion. My number one was Calvin Klein’s aftershave CK IN2U as it came up the most as a favourite among the ladies, and it’s also relatively cheap. Go and woo the ladies and find that scent that works for you AND the girls.

How to Configure DNS

A stand alone server running Windows Server 2003 is actually a DNS server for your network. Here I am going to teach you how to configure DNS for your server. In the first step, you will assign this server a static IP address. DNS servers cannot use dynamically assigned IP addresses ,because a sudden change of the IP address could cause contact with the DNS server to be interrupted.

• Configure TCP/IP

First click Start and highlight Control Panel, then highlight Network Connections, and then click Local Area Connection. Next, click Properties, then click Internet Protocol, then Properties. Now click the General tab, then click Use the following IP address, provide the correct IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway address in the appropriate boxes. Click Advanced, and then click the DNS tab. Click Append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes. Click the Append parent suffixes of the primary DNS suffix check box. Click Register this connection’s addresses in the DNS check box. Finally, Click OK three times.
NOTE: DNS servers running Windows Server 2003 must point to themselves for DNS. If this server needs to resolve names from its Internet service provider, then you must configure a forwarder.
NOTE: If you receive a warning from the DNS Caching Resolver service, click OK to dismiss the warning. The caching resolver is trying to contact the DNS server, but you have not finished configuring the server.

• Install Microsoft DNS Server

First click Start and highlight Control Panel, then click Add or Remove Programs. Next click Add or Remove Windows Components. Under the Components list select Networking Services (don’t clear the check box though). Now click Details. Select the Domain Name System check box, and then click OK. Now click Next and when you are prompted to insert the Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM into the computer’s CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, do so. When you see the Completing the Windows Components Wizard page, click Finish once the Setup is complete. Finally, click Close to close the Add or Remove Programs window.

• Configure the DNS Server

In order to configure DNS using the DNS snap-in in Microsoft Management Console, follow these steps: Click Start and highlight Programs, then highlight Administrative Tools and click DNS. Right-click Forward lookup zones, and then click New Zone. After the New zone Wizard starts click Next.
When you are prompted for a zone type accept the default name for the new zone file, click Next
NOTE: If you are an experienced DNS administrator then you may want to create a reverse lookup zone, and are encouraged to explore this branch of the wizard. A DNS server can resolve two basic requests: a forward lookup and a reverse lookup. A forward lookup is more common. A forward lookup resolves a host name to an IP address with an “A” or Host Resource record. A reverse lookup resolves an IP address to a host name with a PTR or Pointer Resource record. If you have your reverse DNS zones configured, you can automatically create associated reverse records when you create your original forward record.

• Configuring DNS Behind a Firewall –

The following exceptions may cause conflicts to occur between your firewall and the DNS during configuration:
Proxy and Network Address Translation devices may restrict access to ports. DNS uses UDP port 53 and TCP port 53. The DNS Service Management console also uses RCP. RCP uses port 135.

Midrange Home Theater Gear

When I was a kid, there was no better source of entertainment for me than the movie theater. And honestly, this is still the case. Movies have been a lifelong passion of mine, thanks in large part I’m sure to the fact that both my mother and father took me to the cinema on such a regular basis. In my opinion, watching a film in the theaters as opposed to watching the DVD or Blu-Ray at home is a vastly different experience. At home, you don’t get the communal atmosphere that the hoard of fellow cinemagoers provides, nor you do have the wildly overpriced concessions. However, tech companies are doing whatever it is they can to simulate the theater experience at home. There’s not much they can do about acquiring an audience, but what they do do is they produce home theater equipment that, depending on the product, can provide a picture and a sound remarkably similar to that provided by the multiplex. Is this gear costly? Yes, it certainly can be. But there are products on the market that won’t completely break the bank and will still give your home theater the movie theater feel.

The Television

Of course, the first thing to consider is the television, the item that actually screens the movie. You want to go big here. Obviously you can’t totally rival the size of the gargantuan silver screen at your local multiplex, but you should definitely think big. Investing in a 3D television is not a bad idea these days either, given the amount of films that are being shot in the third dimension these days. The LG 55LX6500 55 inch 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED plus LCD HDTV is the recommended model. The makers of this model have improved it from the last one, thanks to the addition of the 3D technology, internet capabilities and a higher contrast ratio. This TV will provide a crisp, clear picture on a large enough screen. At $1527.99, it’s a real bargain.

The Receiver

In order to simplify the wiring and enhance the sound, any good home theater setup is going to need a solid receiver. The Onkyo HT-RC160 7.2-Channel A/V Surround Home Theater Receiver is the product to go with here. It’s a remarkable reliable brand, and when you look at consumer reviews, it receives the most glowing by far. Plus, having a Surround Sound 7.2 system will give you room to grow. At $499.95, it may be a little on the higher end, but it’s not as pricey as a lot of other, inferior models.

The Blu-Ray Device

Now, what do you play the movie in? DVD players, while still good, are becoming increasingly obsolete. Blu-Ray is where it’s at now. The average cost of a Blu-Ray player is floating around $130 these days. You should consider getting one that does more than a standard player however. The PlayStation 3 Slim 160 GB Edition runs at $299.99, and is one marvelous device. Not only is it a premiere video game console for graphics, but unlike Xbox 360, it will play Blu-Rays. At most locations, you will also typically receive a select video game and movie with the purchase of this model.

The Speakers

Finally, you need to consider speakers. If you thought that, say, “Iron Man” was made to be heard in anything other than surround sound, you’re dead wrong. For your speaker setup, you’re going to want two back-side speakers and two front-side speakers. At $199.99 a piece, the Polk Audio Monitor 70 3-way floor-standing speaker provides astonishing sound quality for its price. You’re also going to need a center speaker. The Polk Audio CS20 Center Channel Speaker is as big as it is high quality, and runs at $169.99. Last but not least, you need a subwoofer. Once again, Polk has the best midrange one available, called the Polk Audio PSW 10 10-inch monitor series powered subwoofer. This one only runs $79.99 as well.

These products will help you setup the ultimate home theater that will impress your friends, and will do so without completely obliterating your bank account. If you want to simulate the movie going experience to the fullest, you’re going to have to invite a couple hundred people and cook up a lot of unhealthy, salty foods. These devices won’t help with that, but they are a good start to be sure.

Zack Mandell is a movie enthusiast and owner of www.movieroomreviews.com and writer of movie reviews. He writes extensively about the movie industry for sites such as Gossip Center, Yahoo, NowPublic, and Helium.

Why Choose Men’s Gold Wedding Rings?

With so many precious and contemporary materials currently available for men’s wedding bands, it can be easy to lose sight of the original standard: gold. Why choose gold when there are less expensive and more durable materials on the market? It turns out that there are plenty of reasons why gold remains a relevant and smart choice for men’s wedding bands. Here are five major benefits of men’s gold wedding rings.

An incomparable luxury look

Why is gold so highly sought after? It turns out there is at least one very good reason. Gold is the only naturally occurring yellow metal, a trait that has been recognized as something unusual and special for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians prized gold over all other metals for use in their opulent jewelry, believing its distinct yellow hue was symbolically linked to the sun. Gold has historically been the choice of royalty all over the world, and even to modern peoples it still has an undeniably regal look.

A timeless value

Largely due to its unique exclusivity, gold has retained a high value throughout most of human existence, and has even served as a form of currency. While ancient monies were actually made out of gold or a gold alloy, gold has even helped establish some more modern forms of paper currency via the gold standard. This monetary system ensured the value and thus affirmed the validity of certain types of money by backing them with a pre-determined equivalent amount of gold.
Unlike other precious metals like platinum, which can experience significant dips in price with market fluctuations, gold tends to hold fast to its high value. In recent years gold prices have steadily (and at times dramatically) climbed, making shoppers and investors alike seek it out even more fervently.

Versatility in design

Though many people know gold to be a naturally soft material, they might not realize that it is in fact the most ductile and malleable metal known to man. Gold can be beaten into a sheet so thin that it becomes see-through. This incredible malleability means that gold can be rendered into a number of intricate designs in a way that virtually no other material can. Gold men’s wedding rings can range from ultra modern and contemporary in style to opulent decorative designs.

A rainbow of color options

Gold’s inherent softness means that most men’s gold wedding rings employ an alloy to make them durable enough for everyday wear. While gold is naturally yellow in color, the necessity to alloy gold has in turn yielded a number of possible color options. After yellow gold, the most popular color seen in men’s gold wedding rings is white gold, which is often chosen as a less expensive alternative to platinum. White gold commonly uses silver, nickel or palladium (for higher end alloys) as alloying agents.
Rose gold has an antique look that has recently become very sought after. This gold color is created by alloying pure gold with copper or copper and silver. While not as commonly seen as rose gold, other striking choices for men’s gold wedding rings include green gold and grey gold. Green gold offers more of an olivine color, and is alloyed with silver (with sometimes a little cadmium for even more of a true green). Grey gold uses a specific formulation of copper, silver and manganese, resulting in a warm taupe-like shade.

Affordable choices

Men’s gold wedding rings are available in a variety of different karat purities, which reflect the percentage of pure gold utilized versus alloying material. While higher purities like 18K or 20K can become quite costly, commonly seen 10K gold is quite cost-effective. This allows even those with more humble budgets to buy these coveted rings.

Other materials may come and go, but gold has held fast throughout history. Gold has been the standard for men’s wedding rings for thousands of years, and it will doubtlessly continue to be the apex of wedding bands for many more years to come.

Author Name/Pen Name: Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Author Bio: Tanya is editor for Just Men’s Ring She is interested to write Men’s Wedding Ring  as well as men’s fashionable trends like to share her words on the same.

Grill These Foods for a Healthy BBQ

Backyard party! Who can resist that? Backyard party means a lot of Fs. This includes family, friends, fun and of course, FOOD! Speaking of food, it can be very hard to say no, most especially if you are in a middle of a great conversation. Munching plus great conversation are 2 things that are hard to separate. That means, you might be eating more than what you should have. And we all know that it will ruin your entire dietary plan.

So, what’s the best solution for that?

Are you going to say no to delicious grilled foods? (Not a chance)

Are you going to leave the party? (Are you crazy?)

Or, are you going to have grilled foods that are healthy? (This might be an answered prayer.)

Obviously, the third option is the best. Some people might think that it is impossible. Well, they are going to eat their words. Listed below are healthy foods which you can grill. Munch up on those and you won’t have to worry about your weight.

Corn. I’m sure that you know this one. Corns are very popular on BBQ parties! This is a real treat because it’s healthy and it’s very easy to do. To get that perfect grilled cob, you can wrap it in a foil first. To make it tastier, you can add your favorite herbs as well.

Nutritional Value: Rich in phosphorus, iron, zinc and has Vitamin B. Also, it has small amounts of Vitamin A, E and potassium.

Tofu. Since tofu sticks quickly, I would suggest that you spray your grill with non – stick cooking spray. You can marinate it in a barbeque sauce, soy sauce or vinaigrette. Use whatever your tongue pleases.

Nutritional Value: Tofu has protein, calcium, and Iron.

Eggplant. Why don’t you create an eggplant kebab? Remember, don’t cut it thinly. I would advise you to put the eggplants in salted water for 10 – 15 minutes before grilling it. This is to remove the bitterness of the vegetable.

Nutritional Value: Eggplants are known to be a great source of dietary fiber. And do you know that it contains very less calories.

Salmon. You can make your very own Grilled Rosemary – Salmon Skewers. Use rosemary branches as skewers. Isn’t that smart? Ensure that you will properly oil your grill. You wouldn’t want your salmon to stick there. The taste of minced rosemary is to die for!

Nutritional Value: It is a good source of Omega 3. Apart from that, it’s also a source of low calorie Vitamin A, B Complex, selenium and protein.

Chicken. Before grilling your chicken, you might want to marinate it in onions, peppers and olive oil. It would be very delicious. For sure, your friends would go crazy for your chicken BBQ.

Nutritional Value: It is a fine source of protein. You can also get calcium and potassium from it.

Who says that healthy food should be tasteless? The above options proved that wrong. You can still enjoy your BBQ party even without the fattening steaks and greasy meals. Start a new trend of having a very healthy BBQ party with your family and friends.

Tommy is a content contributor and freelance writer for edrugstore.

Player Profiles for U.S. Open

Even though there are no games being played right now, NFL fans just experienced one of their most exciting weekends of the year. In late April, the NFL held its annual draft, in which the 32 teams pick the best players out of the NCAA over the course of seven rounds. The general managers of these teams make their picks using a lot of information available to them. Many of the players who choose to enter the draft are invited to participate in the NFL combine, a weeklong extravaganza in February where general managers, coaches, scouts and other interested NFL personnel put these players through an exorbitant amount of exercises and drills.

Other than watching NCAA games on television, this is the best way for a scout to see what a young player is all about. After this combine, and even beforehand, scouts usually compile player profiles for these individual draft prospects. A player profile is a succinct guide to an athlete’s strengths, weaknesses, habits and, in rare cases, vices. This kind of player profile is found in a majority of team sports that use a draft, including basketball and baseball as well. An individual sport like tennis does not have this same kind of formal player profiles. There is simply no need for them. But it is fun for many sports writers to write a sort of profile for these athletes as well though. Why not do so for players looking to compete at this year’s forthcoming US Open?

Novak Djokovic
Last year’s US Open champion, Novak Djokovic, is an exceptional athlete. There are some, including former tennis titan Pete Sampras, who claim that Djokovic is currently playing the best tennis anyone has seen since the beginning of the Open era in 1968. Djokovic’s style of exemplary play derives from his phenomenal power, especially on the baseline. His backhand, even from deep in the court, is known to be fateful, due to his unrivaled precision. While many players with such offensive ability tend to sacrifice defensive skills, Djokovic is not such a player. Thanks to superior agility and a startling ability to read the court, his defensive skills are stellar. Djokovic’s x-factor is his passion for the game. He never slacks. His hustle is enough to keep him in any game.

Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur won the US Open last year on the women’s side. She is currently ranked number five in the world. She has become such an accomplished player thanks to on the net play that frightens even the best opponents. Unlike most players in today’s game, she rushes the net after her serve, a style most players are not accustomed to. She has a lethal forehand ground-stroke. She is also very versatile in the way she serves. All in all, she is one of the more unpredictable forces on the tour. Her backhand, and her inability to perform in clutch scenarios, have been her weaknesses throughout her career.

Roger Federer
Roger Federer was once named the best tennis player of all-time by the Tennis Channel. It’s hard to argue with this. While most players specialize on certain types of surfaces, Federer is known for his superb ability to adapt to any surface he is playing on. He is as good on the baseline as he is on the net. He is one of the fastest players in the game, which makes his ability to cover all parts of the court nearly impossible for opposing players to deliver lethal blows. Many have stated that his unbelievably powerful forehand motion may be the best shot any player currently possesses in the game of tennis. Djokovic and Federer have played 24 times, and Federer has won 14 of these matches. Their head-to-head matches are defined by powerful shots and a fast-paced tempo.

Victoria Azarenka
Djokovic’s female counterpart as the number one ranked player in the world is Victoria Azarenka. Like Djokovic, Azarenka is known for power that shakes her opponents. She is powerful no matter the type of shot. No matter where opponents put the ball, Azarenka has the ability to send it back like a rocket. Her speed, while solid, is her main weakness. She is by no means slow, but there are faster plays on the tennis circuit to be sure. In the five matches that Azarenka and Samantha Stosur have played, Azarenka has won all of them. As good as Stosur is, she has simply yet not found a way to combat Azarenka’s wicked force.

With all the players currently making the rounds in the tennis game, it would take hours to compile accurate profiles for all of them. But these players are certain to make a big splash at the US Open come the fall. It’s nice to know what to expect from them.

Author bio: Jerome Manson is a sports enthusiast who enjoys both watching games and writing about them. When he is not cheering on his team from the stands, Jerome is blogging about 2012 US Open tennis for selectaticket.com.

How to stop cheating for loved ones

Cheating is a popular game. It is a popular game to be with someone else emotionally and sexually when you have already established that you are serious about one main person. It has become so popular that it is seen as the norm in the western culture. It is nothing “˜new under the sun’ and it is not something alarming or surprising if someone finds out that you have been cheating. It is as common as the air we breathe. What is not so common is how to stop cheating. However, if we know how to stop it, then it would help to create a lot of happy and fulfilling relationships.

  • Observe what triggers off your cheating. It is not enough to know why you cheat. When you make a mental note of what triggers you off or how you cheat, then you can control yourself better by avoiding certain things. It can be your guide to stop cheating.
  • Write down the things that are valuable to you. When you put your values into focus, you may realize that cheating is destroying what you stand for and transforming you into a weak, pathetic individual with no strong character of upright morals and values.
  • After you write down your values, it is significantly important to examine why you cheat. Write down all your reasons for cheating, and ask yourself this question “is it worth it?” Is it worth it to treat your partner with disrespect, neglect, hurt and selfishness?


  • Afterwards, scrutinize your relationship. Look at the areas that could have been improved with a little more intimacy, affection and care. Look deeply into your relationships and try to find out the needs that were not met. After this assessment, you can be true about your emotions about the relationship and now you can think clearly about what you need to do to move forward.
  • When you think about your values, think about your reasons for doing things and assess what your relationship is about. You can now have a new drawing board of choices . . . what are you going to do now? If you come to the conclusion that the relationship is still valuable to you then, it is best break off all ties from outside the main relationship. Determine within yourself that you will stay faithful in the relationship.
  • If your main relationship is no longer important to you, then you need to be honest with your partner and leave instead of hurting each other.

Some tips and warnings..

  • Trying to change bad habits may be difficult; therefore, you may need professional help. A counsellor or therapist may be useful to you and help you get over some of your bad behaviours.
  • If you are cheating out of revenge, remember that two wrongs do not make a right.
  • Remember that cheating is very hurtful emotionally as well as physically. It can be risky behaviour. One of you might contract a sexually transmitted disease outside of the relationship and then you infect each other. This further compounds the problem and makes the situation sour. It is best to go your separate ways if cheating is difficult to stop. There is no sense in destroying each other.

Bob is a free lancer writer and content builder of many sites. Apart from writing he understands Love, carrying, relationship and he knows how to maintain it.