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How to Impress a Date, Geek-Style

When it comes to dating, love and impressing the opposite sex, the local Casanovas and the sports enthusiasts are considered the most confident and successful. They are the ones who are perceived to have the way with words, and with the looks and confidence to seal the deal. Although they are known for their romances, bookworms and geeks can also stake their claim to being the best lovers. Bookworms and geeks are cultured, they are excellent communicators, and they are widely-read, thus can take on any topic. And if you can throw off some trivia and literary quotes, then you can easily impress and get her attention.

According to a survey made by Match.com, men who mentioned or include Shakespeare in their social media profiles are 27 percent more likely to generate positive responses from women. The common thinking is that men who love and read literature are considered more sexy, thus will get the attention. So if you have a crush on a geek or an avid reader, you need to come up with creative ways on how to get his or her attention. The usual dating approaches and techniques will no longer cut it, so it’s best to pay attention to new dating approaches, like the ones listed below.

Visit a local bookstore, or check out a contemporary art museum

Whether you are from a big city, or a rural area in the Southern regions, browsing a small local bookstore is always a great option to spend time and get to know a geek or a bookworm. The shelves of books, the smell of coffee and the great conversations about the book’s characters, themes and contexts serve as a background for a productive and different kind of date. Another option is to discover a contemporary art museum in your area. Check out the latest art works, and comment on the contemporary art shown on the museum. Your different takes on the theme and messages of each art work can provide a basis for great conversations that can run for hours.

Host a movie marathon, prepare a memorable meal

Geeks and bookworms will love a movie marathon, or even a Netflix marathon. Just make sure that that the movies are based on books, or adaptation of classic books and works of famed writers. Movies like ‘Lord of the Rings’ by JRR Tolkien can set the tone for a wonderful night. To complete the dating experience, you may want to prepare snack items that can serve during the night. You can prepare fresh juices by using the basic blenders or even an immersion blender, and stock up on fruits, sandwiches or chips.

Remember, there are different ways on how to impress your date. And even if you are planning to impress a certified bookworm or geek, keep in mind that there are tried and tested approaches that you try to impress the opposite sex. What you can do is to visit a bookstore, check out a museum, or even host a movie marathon and get the results you want.

Working hard to achieve career success has left my life in a mess

My work life balance is pathetic. Like many people, most of my time is devoted towards my work. I am a sales manager in my company and I have achieved the success in my career due to a lot of hard work and determination. However, my life, apart from my work life, has suffered a great deal due to the zeal I have for my work.

My social life is almost non-existent. Apart from my workmates and a few relatives, I have very few friends. It is not that I am not a sociable person but the thing is that I do not have time to meet people and socialize. This can be seen in the fact that I am now thirty five years and I do not have any man that I am seeing let alone having as a fiancé or as a husband.

I would love to have a husband and I would love to have a family but my work has always seemed to take first place. Ever since when I was employed I have targeted the next promotion as my ultimate goal but when I attained it I wanted more. Being a go getter has helped me climb the career ladder but it has not helped me get the social and personal life that I would like.

The responsibilities of the work place are usually very many especially for someone in a managerial position in a company such as I am working for. Many times I cannot even have a free Saturday. I often find myself all alone in the office while the other workmates are out enjoying their free time. At times I feel sorry for myself especially when I realize that I do not have a way out.

Every day I work until late such that when I go home I am so tired that even cooking my diner is too much of a hassle. Many times I opt to buy my diner rather than go home and cook. I bought an automatic electric rice cooker that promised to help me cook rice faster and more conveniently but after using it a few times I went back to buying my meals.

As a woman, there are also other pleasures that I am missing out on. Apart from the dating life, I am also missing out on experiencing the life of hanging out with girlfriends. Soon I will be too old to have such a life. I am also missing out on shopping and spoiling myself with all kinds of fancy dresses and shoes. I cannot remember the last time when I wore leggings, easy jeans, running shoes, a t shirt, or some other informal cool clothing. The only informal clothing I wear are the clothes I wear while in the house.

I usually take very little days off for vacation and most of this time I spend it visiting my parents and my two sisters. This is hardly enough time for me to get a work and life balance. I need to style up!

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Kayaks to Take You Places

Choosing the right kayak can be challenging if you are not sure where to start. Kayaking can be a fun way to enjoy being on the open water can enjoying outdoor life. There are a lot of different kayaks to choose from, some which are very reasonably priced and have a lot of great features. Keep reading to learn more about these amazing kayaks.

Envision impacting down a white water stream – with splash flying all around and your heart pulsating like a drum- – or quietly paddling down a mirror-smooth lake at day break. A wonderful dream? Certainly, additionally a cut of feasible reality with the Sea Eagle 330 inflatable kayak. Intended to hold up to 500 pounds yet weighing just 26 pounds itself, the 330 can up to two grown-ups and equip, however just needs one grown-up to convey it to the water. It’s even sufficiently extreme to withstand puppy paws on account of the 33 mm polykrylar frame, I-shaft development, and high-recurrence welded creases. Your four-legged companion can along these lines stand tall while you do all the work.

Old Town Vapor

The Vapor 10XT is one of Old Town’s newest get-in-and-go kayaks. This sporty kayak offer a stable efficient, and comfortable ride and is designed to cover a wide variety of paddling activities. Ideal for lakes, estuaries and protected coastal waters, The Vapor 10XT goes way beyond the basics with features. With the adjustable Comfort Flex seat with a padded seat and seatback, adjustable foot braces, and thigh pads, you get a secure and comfortable paddling position. The molded-in paddle rest with bungee securing strap gives you a place for your paddle while you’re eating of shooting photographs of your friends. The cockpit dash offers a cup holder and storage for small items and a cockpit edge.

E-pad with a bungee cinch gives you a spot for your favorite portable electronic device. Like other Vapor series models, the truly revolutionary design feature is the stern Day Well. The outer edges of the Day Well are higher than the cockpit rim and well above the water; your lunch and other items stay dry above the waves and out of the dripped-in and tracked-in mud and water in the bilge of the kayak. The Vapor 10XT, 12XT and 12XTS models include a cover on the Day Well to keep your belongings out of the sun and rain. Built in sturdy grab handles makes loading and unloading a breeze. The Old Town Vapor 10XT is also available in a base level model, the Vapor 10.

Choosing the right kayak for you can be both fun and exciting. There are many great ones that you could choose from.

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Kayaks Built to Win

The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is sporty and fun with a streamlined design for easy paddling. The bright yellow color and sporty graphics makes the kayak highly visible in the water. Great for experiencing lakes and mild rivers with a friend, this Sports Series kayak is perfect for two adults. Lightweight and compact, this kayak is a snap to assemble, and allows you to take the fun of kayaking wherever you go. Made with rugged vinyl construction, this sturdy kayak has an inflatable I-beam floor for comfort and rigidity.

A removable skeg provides directional stability, while two adjustable, inflatable seats with backrests are included for comfort. Quick inflating or deflating is a breeze with a Boston valve on each side. A grab line and grab handle at each end is provided for your convenience, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard I.D., and a repair patch kit. The Explorer K2 Kayak provides added accessories including: two 86” aluminum oars and an Intex high-output pump for easy inflation and deflation.

  • Low-profile for lakes and mild rivers
  • Sporty graphics for high visibility
  • Adjustable inflatable seat with backrest
  • Removable skeg for directional stability
  • US Coast Guard I.D

The Sea Eagle 370 sport inflatable kayak is virtually identical to the Sea Eagle 330 (see Sea Eagle 330 Review) except that it is slightly larger, weighs 6 pounds more and can hold an extra 150 pounds.

It has a self-bailing drain valve that allows you to quickly rid the kayak of excess water if needed. The 370 is quite versatile and great for all different water types but is truly an entry level kayak. It is affordable and stable and a great option for beginners that are just starting out in the sport of kayaking or novice paddlers. One thing you can be sure of is that Sea Eagle kayaks are sturdy and extremely hard to puncture. They can literally be dragged over anything and take a huge beating. They are tough and have earned the reputation as being some of the best. This is not a high end model, however it is still good quality and ideal for recreational fun, fishing and paddling adventures.

I think that one of the biggest selling features of this inflatable kayak is that you really get a lot for your money. The price on the Sea Eagle sport kayaks is quite low and it includes the kayak, the paddle(s), the inflatable seat(s), the carry bag, the pump and the repair kit. The only other thing you need to get started is a lifejacket. The Sea Eagle 370 is extremely light weight for a tandem kayak which makes it a breeze to bring anywhere you want to go.

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Get to Know Your Kayaks

Finding a good kayak may take some effort. But if you take the time to learn about the different types of kayaks that are available, you may find it is worth your while.

In the world of recreational kayaks, the Eddyline Skylark is on the higher-end of the spectrum in terms of initial quality and weight. Built in Washington State, the Skylark is a great recreational kayak for those willing to pay a little more for a lightweight, stable companion during day trips. Ideal for exploring lakes, ponds, rivers, and protected coastal environments, the Skylark provides stable and predictable performance all day long. We find the Skyline to be very stable and a great fit for those who are new to the sport.

The Old Town Herron 11XT is one of the newest additions to the Old Town family. Designed for budget conscious consumers, the Herron 11XT provides a great compromise between affordable, initial quality, and performance. Outfitted with a rear bulkhead and hatch sets the Herron XT above its competition within this price range. Great for those just starting out, the Herron 11XT is stable and is perfect for exploring inland ponds and lakes.

Although the seating area is spacious and provides extra volume at the cockpit, the cockpit opening is smaller than average in this class. In terms of durability, like all Old Town kayaks, the Herron is constructed of polyethylene which is forgiving to bumps and bruises. With minimal moving parts, the Herron is an easy maintenance kayak which will require minimal upkeep other than routine washing and protecting.

Take a friend and go kayaking for the day with the Explorer K2. With an inflatable floor, seats, and adjustable backrests, you can ride in comfort. While this kayak is extremely comfortable, it’s also incredibly durable because it’s made up of 30 gauge vinyl. (Fix any small mishaps with the repair patch that comes included.) The two 84 inch oars are made of aluminum, and are built to last. While this kayak is sturdy, you can also inflate it quickly through both of the Boston valves that are attached to the main hull chamber. Get your adventure going quickly and make it last all summer. This inflatable kayak features three separate air chambers; one in the floor and two in the main hull. This set includes: a hand pump for quick inflation, quick-fill/fast-deflate Boston valve, grab line on both ends, repair patch kit, and a storage duffle bag.

Finding a good kayak doesn’t have to be a pain. There are a lot of them available that are reasonably priced and also good quality. Regardless of which one you choose, you will have a great time kayaking.

Garmin Echo 551DV

Fishing Accessories Worth Investing in

There is a huge variety of fish finder brands, their models and types. All this can make it quite complicated and time consuming to find the right one for your needs.  To help you in your search, we have compiled this best fish finder reviews of the models that are popular and top rated in 2015. With our reviews you can find the right fish finder for your style of fishing. To make sure that you get the right features for your needs, it’s important to do prior research. So read our reviews and comparisons to decide which model you need.

The Garmin Echo 551DV is one of the newer and more advanced models in the Garmin line of fish finders and it’s the top fish finder under 300. It’s one of my top choices and I really think that it’s the best fish finder for the money. It offers the best fishing sonar and a large clear display. The transducer has 500 watts of power, which allows the wave to go as deep as 2300 feet. It comes from the echo fish finder series that are known for their great accuracy.

The dual beam transducer uses the 77/200 kHz frequency and 50/200 kHz dual frequency. Additionally, it has DownVu capabilities that allow to nearly photographically view the structure and fish underneath the boat. The 5-inch high resolution display offers zoom, horizontal and vertical viewing, and a split screen mode for viewing the broadband sonar and down image side by side.

Quick History: Although grubs have been around for a very long time, it wasn’t until Mr. Twister added the animated tail in the early 1970s that the bait gained crazy popularity. Soon, millions of Curly Tail Grubs were being sold and many manufacturers embraced the design. The effectiveness of this bait likely rests on its simplicity. It has a baitfish profile that, depending on the size you choose, could mimic forage ranging from shad fry to full-grown mullet. When matched to the proper-size jig head, it can be fished effectively for virtually all species in a variety of water conditions, from fast-­moving rivers to small ponds.

Construction: Once a fish bites this bait, it generally hangs on. The lure’s soft-plastic body feels much like the real thing, allowing anglers a little more time to set the hook.

Fish-fooling Feature: Although it looks a little dull in hand, once that tail is pulled through the water, it comes to life, seeming to propel the lure forward. Size: To target pinfish, use the tiny 1-inch version with a 1/32-ounce jig head. When jigging for cobia, opt for an 8-inch grub with an 8-ounce head.

Best Color: Chartreuse Tip: This bait is not only great on its own, but it also can enhance other lures. Add it to spinnerbaits and chatter baits to improve effectiveness.

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Best Wine Coolers for You

If you enjoy wine it is best to have a great place to keep it cool. Wine bottles can take up quite a bit of room in the fridge when they could be put somewhere else in order to save some space. In order to find the right wine coolers you will have to do some digging. Well, not really…we kind of did it for you. Here are some of the best wine coolers on the market.

Whynter 20 Bottle Thermoelectric Wine Cooler

This wine cooler is under $200 and has the ability to hold up to 12 bottles of wine. It comes equipped with a black tinted mirror class door with a sleek black cabinets and a recessed handle in order to help you save space. The stainless steel trimmed chrome shelves can be removed, washed, and put right back in. It has an adjustable thermostat and soft LED lighting with a soft-touch digital control and on/off switch.

Haier 12-Bottle Smoked Glass Wine Cooler

This is one of the best wine coolers on the market because it has room for 12 bottles of wine and less than $150. It is ultra-quiet, with no vibrations, and is perfect for both red and white wines. It is equipped with a curved smoked glass door with a black trim and cabinet. It has 6 full width chrome storage racks for plenty of space to keep large bottles of wine.

Is Hummus good for you?

Chickpeas contain a significant amount of fiber and protein. Both fiber and protein have a high satiety value, meaning they can keep you feeling full for longer. While the protein and fiber keep you full, the carbohydrates in hummus can provide you with the energy you need until your next meal. Since hummus contains, on average, only 25 calories per tablespoon, it can be particularly useful for curbing your appetite when trying to lose or maintain weight.

One tablespoon of hummus provides you with 6 percent of your daily fiber needs, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. This fiber primarily comes from the chickpeas in hummus, which contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. A balance of both types of fiber is the key to digestive health. Consume hummus as a regular part of your daily diet to help meet your daily fiber needs as well as ensure you are getting both types of dietary fiber.

Conclusion

Wine and hummus go very well together and can be very healthy for you in moderation. Make sure you check out the wine coolers above so you can keep your wine cold all year long. Enjoy your hummus and enjoy your wine, anytime you are in the mood.

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Shoes to Run For

Finding the right shoes to run in can be a challenge if you do not know where to start. Regardless of what sport you play or physical activity you take part in, in it is crucial that you have the right shoe to support your feet. Whether you enjoy running or lifting weights, you should look for the right shoe so you can increase your endurance and become a better athlete. Here are some of those shoes right now.

Weightlifting Shoes

What you wear when you go to the gym to weightlift can make a big difference in regards to your work out. Here are some of the best lifting shoes available.

  • VS Athletics makes an excellent weightlifting shoe. It is quite affordable and has two straps made with leather that are able to handle heavy pressure and loads. They aren’t the prettiest things to look at but they are a weightlifting shoe after all.
  • Nike Romaleo 2.0 is another good choice for weightlifting. They are not heavy or very light but they are very durable and strong and will last quite a long time.

Nike Women’s Flex Running Shoe

Nike makes a great running shoe for women in all different types of styles and price ranges. The Nike Women’s Flex 2014 Running Shoe is constructed with mesh and has a rubber sole for added comfort and style. It is made with a lightweight mesh upper for ultimate breathable levels of comfort. It has a midfoot webbing system that wraps from the mid-sole and integrates with the laces for a supportive and adaptive fit. It has a partial mesh inner sleeve that wraps the fore foot for a plush and comfortable feel.

K-Swiss Women’s Tubes 130 Running Shoe

This is a great running shoe if you need a shoe for flat feet. It is both reasonably priced and comfortable and comes in a variety of styles and colors. It is made with textile materials, a rubber sole, and it is imported. A breathable mesh upper combined with a molded foam insole keeps your feet both cool and comfortable during those morning runs. This makes it one of the best possible shoes for individuals who have a flat arch.

Champion Women’s Gusto Runner

The Champion Women’s Gusto Runner is another great running shoe for women with small arches that comes in a number of different colors and styles. You can purchase these shoes for less than $30 and they are made with a memory foam insole for added comfort and have a breathable mesh upper so your feet will stay cool and dry.

  • These are all great running shoe options for women. There is literally something for everyone when it comes to the running shoe. It is important that you have optimum comfort and your feet stay as dry as possible during your run.
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Kitchen Gadgets for the Pros

Having the right kitchen gadgets to help you prepare the best possible meals makes all of the difference in the world. Being able to create fast meals that you can enjoy with your family can really bring your family together. Having a great electric skillet and ice cream maker will make dinner delicious and fun. Keep reading to learn more about these amazing products.

Electric Skillets

The Presto 07061 22 inch Electric Griddle with Removable Handles is one of the best skillets on the market. It is reasonably priced and has a lot of benefits:

  • Premium nonstick surface provides stick-free cooking and easy cleaning. slide-out drip tray removes and cleans easily.
  • Control master heat control maintains the desired cooking temperature automatically. heavy cast aluminum base is virtually warp-proof.
  • Griddle is fully immersible with the heat control removed.
  • Simply open latch clips to detach handles from griddle base. No tools needed.
  • With handles removed, base stores in most standard 18-inch kitchen cabinets.

The Oster 16 inch electric skillet is also an excellent choice. Here are some of its benefits.

  • Large 16-Inch by 12-Inch cooking surface
  • Temperature probe for easy temperature setting and adjustment
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Cool touch handles
  • Tempered glass lid

Ice Cream Makers

Hamilton Beach makes a 4 quart automatic ice cream maker that is reasonably priced and easy to use.

  • Ice-cream maker produces up to 4 quarts in 20 to 40 minutes
  • Fully automatic operation–no labor-intensive stirring required
  • Makes homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, custard, sherbet, and gelato
  • Easy-lock lid; hand wash; user manual with 20 recipes included
  • Measures approximately 15.3 x 12.5 x 11.1 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Another great ice cream maker is the Cuisinart Ice that makes frozen yogurt, ice cream, as well as sorbet. Here are some other benefits to this awesome ice cream maker.

  • Fully automatic frozen yogurt, sorbet, and ice cream maker
  • Brushed stainless-steel housing; heavy-duty motor
  • Large ingredient spout for easily adding favorite mix-ins
  • Double-insulated 2-quart freezer bowl; instruction book and recipes included
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

The Cuisinart ICE 100 is another great ice cream maker with a number of benefits.

  • Fully automatic with a commercial quality compressor
  • 1-1/2-quart ice cream bowl capacity
  • 2 paddles – a gelato paddle for authentic gelato and an ice cream paddle for creamy ice cream
  • 60-minute countdown timer with touchpad controls and a blue LCD readout
  • 10-minute keep cool feature keeps your ice cream or gelato cool after timer has gone off

Regardless of which product you choose they will all help you prepare for the best dinner possible for you and your family. Read online reviews to find out more about these terrific kitchen gadgets for your home.

Juicing

Best Juicing Recipes

If you want to stay healthy you are going to need to have the best of everything. If you want to drink a lot of juice to stay healthy, you will need to purchase a high quality juicer. Some people who work out prefer to drink protein drinks, but most of those protein powders taste bad. You can stay healthy without having to spend a lot of money or leave a bad taste in your mouth. Keep reading to learn more about these amazing products that will keep you healthy.

Ninja Master Prep

The Ninja Master Prep is the best blender for making smoothies. It comes equipped with quad blade functioning and has an amazing processing system to cut as well as chop ice. It comes with a 48 ounce pitcher and has an easy to pour spout and a no slip bottom. This two cup processor has the ability to mince, dice, chop, puree, and blend. It has an interchangeable 400 watt power pod that is powerful enough to chop anything smoothie-related.

Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender

This is another great blender meant just for making smoothies. The Oster My Blend is less than $20 and blends a smoothie right there for you in a blue sports bottle. It has a powerful 250-watt motor and one touch blending. It is dishwasher save and it comes with a 20 ounce bottle that is BPA free. It comes with a book of recipes and has a fuse that resets if it overheats.

Juicing Recipes

There are a number of different juicing recipes available for you to choose from. Greens over Ice is a good choice if you want to lose weight and a boost of energy. Ingredients: 1 Green Apple, 1 Red Apple, 3 large handfuls of spinach, 2 large stalks of Kale and 1/2 cucumber.

Directions: Prepare your ingredients to meet your juicer’s specs. Spinach and Kale should be added first followed by the apples and cucumber.

If you are looking for a juicing recipe that provides ample antioxidants and a boost of energy Tropical Berry Medley is an excellent choice. Ingredients: 1 cucumber, 1 mango, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup raspberries and 2–3 sprigs of mint.

Directions: Prepare your ingredients to meet your juicer’s specs. Peel the mango keeping only the meat part. Start by putting the mint in first followed by strawberries, raspberries, mango and cucumber in that order.

If you want to take excellent care of yourself it is best that you have the right equipment and have the right diet. There are a number of different juicing recipes that can not only give you the energy you need, but protect you from various other illnesses.