How to Buy a Guy a Present

July 22, 2008 by  
Filed under Relationships

how to buy a guy a presentBoys complain about buying present for girls, but men are often very difficult to shop for. There is always the boring tie, or the useless gadget, but what kind of gift shows a guy you care? That, of course, depends on the guy! Here’s how to buy your guy a present.

Determine the Occasion

There are certain gift-giving occasions such as Christmas and birthdays where we feel obligated to give gifts. Even if you truly want to find a gift, there is an extra pressure of finding just the right thing. Other times, you want to give a gift simply because you were inspired to do so by something you saw on the store shelf of because it just seems like fun.

The occasion can make a difference in the kind of gift you buy. Formal occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas and birthdays seem to demand larger, more expensive presents. Gifts given on a whim are often more of a token or in fun making them less expensive and less serious.

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Look for Clues

Some men are thoughtful enough to leave clues or hints as to what they would like. Even if your guy is unaware of it, he may be leaving plenty of clues. A broken watch sitting on the counter is a bold sign. So are the shoes that have holes in the soles from lack of use and the dead plant on the counter. Look around his home to see what he needs, and listen to him talk to other friends to get clues as to what he would like to have.

Consider His Personality

You must also consider the personality of your guy. Is he the type of guy who would love beer stein and chia pets for Valentine’s Day, or is someone who would rather have a home cooked meal and candle light? Guys with a sense of humor are often easier to shop for than those who are more seriously romantic. There are simply more fun gifts than romantic ones for men.

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Buy With Your Heart

Finally, buy a gift with your heart more so than with your head. You may have every indication that he wants a new golf club. You can buy him the golf club, but be sure you are enjoying the gift giving. If that means buying a humorous golf club cover to go with that club, by all means, knock yourself out. A gift is not an obligation, it is an item freely given by your heart, so be sure you select it with that same organ.

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How to Tell a Girl You Like Her

July 22, 2008 by  
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how do I tell a girl I like herFrom the earliest days of primary school, boys and men have been faced with an age-old quandary: how to tell a girl that you like her. While there are plenty of options ranging from chasing her down on the playground at recess to showering her with gifts, there is no way to guarantee that a particular choice will produce the optimal result of her returning your affections. However you decide to tell her, the most important thing is that you actually tell her, rather than living in a state of uncertainty or constantly wondering what could have been.

From the earliest days of primary school, boys and men have been faced with an age-old quandary: how to tell a girl that you like her. While there are plenty of options ranging from chasing her down on the playground at recess to showering her with gifts, there is no way to guarantee that a particular choice will produce the optimal result of her returning your affections. However you decide to tell her, the most important thing is that you actually tell her, rather than living in a state of uncertainty or constantly wondering what could have been.

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Custom-Made

Just like your girl is one-of-a-kind, you need to be sure your confession matches her personality. What works for one girl may not work for another. Keep this in mind if, when offering you advice, your buddy swears that his way is the only way. Most girls will appreciate your attempt to appeal to their unique preferences and your efforts to treat them like an individual.

Basic Choices

While no method of revealing your feelings can be labeled as easy, these choices are fairly basic and will allow you to save some money for those dates that will hopefully follow. A well-thought out verbal confession uncluttered by gifts or gimmicks is the most basic, yet for some, the most nerve-wracking option. For a sentimental-type, a handmade or store-bought card delivered in either a unique personal delivery or the conventional method (if you have the patience and trust the postal service with such a special delivery) can do the trick.

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Gift Ideas

Depending on what type of girl you’re after, a gift may catch her attention and indicate that you are serious. Sending her a gift at her home or work may be easier for you and may allow her time to process your revelation. Traditional gifts include items such as flowers, jewelry, teddy bears, and chocolate covered-strawberries or other chocolates. Non-traditional gifts may show her that you know more about her than the average guy.

For instance, buying her the newest CD of her favorite artist shows that you care about the details of her life. Think about things that she is passionate about, like a pet or a hobby, or some piece of personal history that you share and buy a gift along those lines. Remember, though, you don’t want her to go out with you out of a sense of obligation because of your gift. Don’t go overboard. Save that for later.

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How to Make a Black Currant Liqueur

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Food & Drink

how to make a black currant liqueurSpecialized liqueurs are a treat, and the price tag on a bottle can be high. But there is another solution. You can make your very own liqueurs to be given as gifts or to be enjoyed with a fine dessert or alone.

How to Make a Black Currant Liqueur

Black currants have an earthy rich flavor that is perfect for liqueurs or sauces. This special flavor and the ease of the recipe make black currants perfect for our homemade liqueur.

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Assemble the Ingredients

To make black current liqueur, you will need the following ingredients, although some you won’t need for a long time after beginning the recipe.

  • 3 pounds of clean black currants
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 clove
  • 2-3 black currant leaves
  • 1 quart of Brandy
  • 1 pound of sugar
  • 1 cup of raspberries (optional)

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Make the Liqueur

In a large bowl that you do not use frequently in the kitchen, combine all ingredients except the sugar. Cover the bowl tightly and keep refrigerated or otherwise chilled for forty-five (45) days.

At the end of the forty-five days, remove the bowl and drain the contents to separate the fruit. Discard the fruit.

Add one cup of water and the pound of sugar the remaining liquid. Stir thoroughly to dissolve the sugar.

Pour the juice into waiting bottles and seal or close the lids of the bottles very tightly. The bottles should be stored for at least two months before serving.

Liqueur is a very sweet spirit that is served in small portions in a brandy snifter or cordial glass. The black currant liqueur can be chilled to bring out the fruit flavor or at room temperature to enjoy the aroma and sweetness. It is best served with dessert or in lieu of a dessert following a meal.

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How To Encourage Good Grades

July 11, 2008 by  
Filed under Education & Reading / Writing

how to encourage good gradesThere is an old adage that says you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. This metaphor is applicable to may things, including your child’s grades. You can attempt to force your child to get good grades, but that will eventually backfire when your child openly rebels or begins to suffer from intimidation tactics. Rather, you should encourage your child to strive for good grades and help her develop her own motivation to do well.

There are two ways to encourage any behavior. The first is a system of external rewards, or extrinsic motivation. These external rewards can be money, gifts or simple praise and enthusiasm. The other method is internal rewards on the part of the child. These are called intrinsic, and can only be brought about by the child herself. The best motivation for good grades combines a system of both.

Positive Reinforcement:

The most important thing to remember when encouraging good grades is that you are seeking to motivate – not intimidate. Threats and negativity might produce results, but they will cost you in the long run. At the very least you will be damaging a relationship, but can also drive a wedge between you and your child affecting respect levels and communication. To be sure that you are sending the right message, reward the behavior you are seeking and avoid punishing the behaviors you’re not.

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Reward System:

Good grades should be rewarded. Even if you fully expect nothing less from your child, you should still celebrate each time she brings home a great report card. Some parents give their children money or gifts for good grades, which is a personal decision. Others, however, avoid doing this.

Rewards for bringing home good grades do not need to be large. In fact simple rewards may be more meaningful than sums of money. Lavish praise and obvious pride can go a long way toward making your child feel special. Even teenagers in the throes of rebellion still feel good knowing they’ve made their parents proud.

Communicate with your child to let them know how important their homework is and offer to check over it with them. Sit down and help your child study for tests. Quiz them. Education is important, not just the grades. Your actions and intentions will be very clear, so throw your entire being into supporting your child and her education.

Developing a Drive:

Over time, especially if you started young, your child will develop an internal drive to make good grades. Your praise and enthusiasm will rub off on her and she will begin to feel her own sense of pride for a job well done. Continue with your reward system to constantly bolster her own. Soon you will be working together toward a common goal.

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Be Reasonable:

A final note on good grades is to set reasonable expectations. If your child struggles in a subject, her best effort might only produce a C. It is important to remember that working to do her best often means working harder than those to whom the subject comes easily. Her efforts should be doubly rewarded, and you should encourage her and work with her to repair any deficiencies she may have in the subject area.

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