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Why Go Natural?

Why put toxins in your body?

Our skin absorbs some of what gets put on it. How much actually gets absorbed is a topic for another day. Either way, I don’t want to put chemicals on my skin.

We also ingest products through the mouth – as with lip balms. Sprays and powders can be inhaled. Hand creams can be ingested when we eat with our hands.

Sticking to plant-based, natural products will reduce your toxic chemical intake.

 We are Exposed to so Many Chemicals Everyday

Men are exposed to less chemicals daily, but on average men use 6 products a day, possibly exposing them  up to 80 chemicals a day.

We would be so much better off if we could lower this number significantly.

 These Chemicals are Reeking Havoc on your Endocrine System

Phtalates and Parabens are known endocrine disruptors. Over-consumption can lead to reproductive troubles.

Many chemicals in personal care products have been shown to increase the risk of cancer. . Formaldehyde – a know carcinogen is lurking in many personal care products. Remember the smell of the frogs you dissected in science class? They were sealed in formaldehyde. Why would you put that on your skin?

No skin allergies

If you have allergies, recurring skin rashes (or eczema), itchy or dry skin, or even very oily skin, then you might be worsening the problem by using products with certain chemicals and additives. Organic skin care provides a natural way for you to cleanse your skin and hair.  If you have very sensitive skin, natural hair care and skin care products might even help prevent outbreaks of rashes or skin redness and irritation.

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Which one are you?

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Om Knom Knom

No, I didn't spell it wrong! I'm talking about Knom Bars!  Have you tried these? 

I have a terrible relationship with breakfast foods. I just don't like them, so I'm always on the search for something to eat in the morning that is not stuffed with eggs or meat of some sort. In fact, I often just eat my dinner leftovers from the night before. But I think I many have found something close to perfect in the Knom Bar.

This little sucker is packed with all kinds of "good for you" things and it tastes great! Unlike most granola or power bars that I have tried in the past, this one isn't sticky-sweet. You know the kind I'm talking about... the kind that you can roll into a giant ball of what just about amounts to candy.


Finally, this thing fills you up. Most convenience/grab'n go foods leave you searching for more--either right away or in a couple of hours. 

I picked this beauty up at my favorite coffee spot, Black Dog Coffee. If you're in the area stop by and grab a cup 'a joe and a Knom Bar. You won't be sorry.


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Effective Tips for Eating and Drinking With a Beard

Effective Tips for Eating and Drinking With a Beard

Written by: Zack from Beardoholic

Having a beard and mustache are simply part of the man-code, it causes men to want to be you and women to want to be with you. Those positive attributes aside, there is one beard issue that can make even the manliest of guys cower in fear. Being able to eat a plate of nachos with hot cheese or drink steaming hot bowl of soup without getting half the ingredients stuck in the beard is definitely an issue. Fear not, if you take heart and follow a few of these effective tips to eat with a beard, you should be able to escape debris free at the end of the meal.

Credit: @Increadibeard

Keeping Food Out of the Beard

As a general rule, when using a fork or spoon to eat your food, if you want to eat with a beard, just don't overload your utensil. The less food on your spoon and fork, the better chance it will go straight in your mouth and not get hung-up on your facial hair. Better yet, before you even take a bite of any food, use your forefinger and your thumb and brush aside any hair near your mouth.

If you can remember to roll the upper lip upward as you drop your lower lip when you eat with a beard, your teeth will be more exposed and angle the mustache from the mouth and increase the area of space for you to feed yourself. If you are going to be eating messy food like chili, cheese nachos, or soup, be sure to have a wet facecloth nearby to easily clean away any mess. This is a much better option than using the entire stack of napkins at the table. Using a damp cloth or handkerchief will help to avid any paper particles getting hung up in your facial hair like that of a paper napkin.

Another way to keep eat with a beard, bring along some unscented baby wipes. If they are good enough for the delicate bottom of a baby, then they will be able to surely keep your face clean no matter how messy the meal may be. What about when you are eating foods with your hands that are too big for your mouth, for example a large hoagie sandwich. So here you have to be a little creative if you want to keep the beard clean. The trick here is to rotate the food up and below the mustache, then just open your mouth a little wider than normal. Avoid using any mustache or beard wax near your mouth. The food will tend to stick to these regions and be more difficult to clean.

Keeping Drinks Out of the Beard

Keeping the beverages you drink out of your beard is a much easier task than trying to keep foods from getting in your facial hair. The simple fix is drinking more with a straw or from a water bottle. This can be problematic however for the manly man who loves his beer from an icy cold mug. Travel mugs funnel the beverage to a smaller opening to cut down on anything coming in contact with your beard and mustache. Try to remember to drink from your bottom lip, although it may feel strange, it is a breeze after you get the hang of it.

Regardless what you drink or eat with a beard, keep a handkerchief nearby and you can dab off any food or liquid easily. Once you get into a routine, it will become easier to keep your facial hair sparkling clean.


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Thoughtful Gift Giving

One of the most joyous part of the Holiday season is the gift giving. I will admit that I like to receive gifts too, but not all gifts are created equal; ugly Christmas sweaters and ties are at the very bottom of everyone's list.

Thoughtful gifts are always welcome--not mater the size or cost; it really is the careful thought, and sometimes planning, that went into purchasing/making the gift that is the real treasure. The year I started fly fishing, my brother and his kids researched and made me several of the most perfect lures I have ever seen.

Each one had a special significance to me or to the family. Now that was a great gift. This year, vow with me to be thoughtful in gift giving. I'll even get you started: WiseBread has a list of 20 thoughtful gifts for him that won't break the bank, and Money Crashers has a great list of gifts for her.

Happy holiday shopping and don't forget to put your heart into it. Check out our gift giving guide for fabulous savings Friday through Monday.
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