Impressing a girl may be easier than you think.

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There’s many ways to a woman’s heart, some as simple as listening, laughing, and a sweet gesture. Some of these are from personal experience, others from female I’ve conversed with.

A guy that takes action

It’s not that often you hear about a guy planning a night out or an elaborate dinner for his lady, Women absolutely love and are extremely touched when men take the time to think up a great adventure for the two of them.

He Listens

This was a unanimous, across-the-board comment from the women I’ve talked with. A guy who truly listens and remembers things they say or things they care about is a gem in their eyes.

Straight-Shooter

He doesn’t adhere to the 2-day “No text, No call” rule. He tells you how he feels and what he is looking for. He may have game, but doesn’t play it with her or in his dating life.

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The small stuff

He knows you’ve had a stressful day, so he brings over your favorite tea latte. Or he goes around the neighborhood and collects flowers, putting them in a lovely vase for you when you get home. It’s not about elaborate gifts for most women, but the thought that counts.

Guy’s ability to let go

EVERY couple has their arguments, and a guy who can say,”Hey, lets move forward and not hold onto this,” is one that they are especially enamored with. It’s not easy for anyone to let go of anger or pain and truly move on, but women appreciate a guy who can.

He takes care of himself

A guy who cares about all aspects of his stature, including emotional health and physical ( and understands that those are important areas to tend to) is truly impressive.

Just for Fun, Agree with criticism Directed Toward You (Then Watch It Go Away)

Im Back everyone from my long break. Here we go.

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So often we are immobilized by the slightest criticism. We treat it like an emergency, and defend ourselves as if we were in a battle. In truth, however, criticism is nothing more than an observation by another person about us, our actions, or the way we think about something, that doesn’t match the vision we have of ourselves. Big deal!

When we react to critisicm with a knee-jerk, defensive response, it hurts. We feel attacked, and we need to defend or to offer a counter for criticism. We fill our minds with angry or hurtful thoughts directed at ourselves or at the person who is being critical. All this reaction takes an enormous amount of mental energy.

An incredibly useful exercise is to agree with criticism directed toward you. I’m not talking about turning into a doormat or ruining your self-esteem by believing all negativity that comes in your direction. I’m only suggesting that there are many times when simply agreeing with critisicm defususes the situation, satisfies a person’s need to express a point of view, offers you a chance to learn something about yourself by seeing a grain of truth in another position, and, perhaps most important, provides you an opportunity to remain calm.

One of the first times I consciously agreed with critiscm directed toward me was many years ago when my girlfriend said to me, “Sometimes you talk too much.” I remember feeling momentarily hurt before deciding to agree. I responded by saying, “You’re right, I do talk too much sometimes.” I discovered something that changed my life. In agreeing with her, I was able to see that she had a good point. I often do talk too much! What’s more, my nondefensive reaction helped her to relax. A few minutes later she said, ” You know, you’re easy to talk to.” I doubt she would have said that had I become angry at her observation. Since then, i’ve learned that reacting to criticism never makes it go away. In fact, reacting with negative energy makes the person think they are accurate in their profile of you.

Give this strategy a try. I think you’ll discover that agreeing with an occasional criticism has more value than it costs.

-Signed with love,
Brandon Robinson

Nintendo Wii Mini Has A U.S. Release Date Of Dec. 7th!

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We hope Apple didn’t think they would get away with selling a mini version of their iPad without a lil’ competition. Nintendo has yet another treat baking in the oven that’ll get lots of play under the X-mas tree this holiday season. With a crazy low price of $99, cherry-crimson red housing, and a U.S. release date of  December 7th, 2012, how could you not want to throw a Wii Mini under your Christmas tree?

The only con with this new kid on the block is the lack of Wifi and internet connection. Additionally, older Nintendo GameCube games aren’t compatible with the Wii mini. I think this console was designed specifically with young children in mind that are just focused on playing games, pun intended. Find out more about the Wii Mini here: Wii Mini info

19 Days til’ CHRISTMAS : Santa Hat Cupcakes

This is one of these cupcakes that you look at and say, “How cute and how simple! How did I not think of this?” Well, I’m certainly glad that Diane at Created by Diane dreamed these up AND showed us how to do it!  Serve these at your next party and they’ll be sure to be a favorite, then be sure to tell Santa to put Diane at the top of his list!

Santa Hat Cupcakes

1 box chocolate cake mix (plus required eggs, oil)
1 batch buttercream frosting (many recipes listed here)
Red food coloring (I cannot recommend AmeriColor’s Super Red gel coloring enough — buy a bottle, it’s well worth it!)
A large round pastry tip and a small star tip

1. Bake cupcakes according to box directions.
2. Tint a portion of the buttercream frosting red. Pipe large “blobs” of red frosting onto each cupcake using a large round tip.
3. Pipe white frosting around each hat using a star tip. Also pipe a bit of white frosting at the top of each hat.

That’s it! Simple, right?

P.S. You actually have to put some holiday spirit into to get the best out of this project.

Best iPhone Christmas Apps to Get into The Christmas Spirit!

Best iPhone Christmas Apps to Get into The Christmas Spirit

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It’s almost here. This Christmas is going to be special (if you remember 2012, the movie) because we’d have outlived that misjudged Mayan prediction of doomsday. Anyway, Christmas is a time for gifts, gift ideas and of course, the best Christmas apps for iPhone.

Having been into iPhones and iPads, I’ve seen how the iOS ecosystem actually gels so beautifully well with this season. There are countless apps build around Christmas – ranging from simple little apps that play carols to highly interactive fun apps where you get to be Santa Claus.

With over several hundred thousand apps, it’s tough to find the right app but if you’re a little adventurous, you’ll find loads of amazing iPhone apps for Christmas.

Here’s our list of top 5 Christmas iPhone apps. This is just the beginning though. We’re sure we’ll find a lot more and post about it too! Be sure to check out the blog often(or better, follow!)

1. Christmas Sticker Book!

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Price: Free for a limited time!
This amazing little app lets you create your own Christmas sticker book with about 40+ stickers to use and a lot many customization options. This is a perfect app for kids what with options like crayons to color the pictures, add text, share on social media, and a very simple interface to begin with.
The app is currently free for a limited time so grab it right away!

Download Christmas Sticker Book!

2. Best Christmas Stories

Best Christmas Stories iPhone App

Price: Free
What’s a Christmas night without stories before bedtime? But then, where do you go for stories? That’s where the Best Christmas Stories app comes in. It’s a full-feature app with a lot of stories around Christmas. You can search for phrases too with the advanced text search function. Even though the app is old, we think the developers might update the app with more stories this season. Nevertheless, a great resource for a ton of stories.

Download Best Christmas Stories

3. Thoughtful Gift Finder

Thoughtful Gift Finder iPhone App

Price: Free
This app is not really built specifically for Christmas but it will give you the best ideas for Christmas gifts and then link you directly to where you can find these gifts so you can buy them instantly. The app is really useful if you’re running short of time and would want to do some really quick shopping for gifts. The app is also particularly useful if you don’t know where to start with gift ideas this Christmas.

Download Thoughtful Gift Finder

4. Christmas 5

Christmas 5 iPhone App

Price: $1.99
Christmas 5 is a visual treat for someone who’s totally into the spirit of X-mas. The app is all about wallpapers, slideshows and pictures in HD. With an optimized app like this, you can turn your iPhone 5 into a Christmas gadget with all the colorful HD wallpapers that come in the app. We also hope that the developers will make this app free for a limited time!

Download Christmas 5

5. Merry Christmas Around the World

Merry Christmas Around The World iPhone App

Price: Free
How does “Merry Christmas” sound in different countries across the globe? Learn to say that in a 100 different ways using the Merry Christmas Around the World app. Links to YouTube videos make the app even more authentic, fun and entertaining.

Download Merry Christmas Around the World

Believe it or Not, Gentle, Relaxed People Can Still Be Superachievers

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One of the major reasons so many of us remain hurried, frightened, and competitive, and continue to live life as if it were one giant emergency, is our fear that if we were to become more peaceful and loving, we would suddenly stop achieving our goals. We would become lazy and apathetic.

      You can put this fear to rest by realizing that the opposite is actually true. Fearful, frantic thinking takes an enormous amount of energy and drains the creativity and motivation from our lies. When you are fearful or frantic, you literally immobilize yourself from your greatest potential, not to mention enjoyment. Any success that you do have is despite your fear, not because of it.

        I have had good fortune to surround myself with some very relaxed, peaceful, and loving people. All of them are fulfilled in what they do and are very proficients at their given skills.

        I have learned the important lesson: When you have what you want ( inner peace), you are less distracted by your wants, needs, desires, and concerns. It’s easier to concentrate. focus, achieve your goals, and to give back to others.

 

With Heart & Soul,

       -Brandon Robinson