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Gone are the dark days where a small, boxy TV in the corner of the basement boiler room constituted as your man cave. These days, it has become a stylish addition to every contemporary home and consists of some major features that are awesome for both entertaining friends and spending some quality alone time.

However, it can be challenging to furnish and tailor your man cave in a way that leans away from the frou-frou and remains as classy and masculine as possible. You might be looking at a few gadget and furniture choices to upgrade your existing digs, but there’s a little bit more to the details then simply picking the comfiest looking couch and craziest looking gadget. So here are 5 awesome ways you can upgrade your man cave.

  1. Hidden Doorways

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    First and foremost, you need to ensure the privacy of your sacred space – no wives, no kids, just zero unauthorized personnel. So what’s the best way to do that? It’s by camouflaging the door into a shelf that may constitute as a hidden entrance.These in-built shelves can be a life-saver when you simply want to enjoy some downtime in your personal space without someone nagging or screaming at you. This unique entrance idea ensures an exclusive vibe to your man cave that could be a contemporary imitation of your very own personal gentleman’s club. There’d be no need to stow away your video game controllers if someone rudely comes barging in without knocking – the perfect upgrade!
  2. The Next-Generation Lazy Boys

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    Before you go ahead and buy a boring old couch, we’d like to stop you right here. There are definitely tons of classy seating options that you can find all over the internet, but nothing can quite beat the masculine appeal of the Lazy Boy chairs! These are definitely a must-have when you’re upgrading your man cave and we’ve got the perfect selection ready and waiting for you!The Divo from Palliser is the next generation of Lazy Boy and would be the perfect, comfortable and manly addition to your home theater system. Its theatrical arrangement comes with cup holders, fixed end chaises and center recliners. Like all Lazy Boys inspired furnishings, it comes with the ‘kick-back’ option and its modular design ensures that it can be flexibly arranged around your space!
  3. IMAX at Home

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    When it comes to upgrading your man cave, you can never compromise on the quality of your entertainment. We’d definitely recommend that you splurge on a stunning, state-of-the-art television so you can enjoy game and movie nights with your best buds to the fullest.The Samsung Curved 78-Inch 4K Smart LED TV is an awesome choice. Resembling an IMAX screen with its curved physique, this TV is powered by the Quantum Dot Color Drive, which basically takes HD to a whole new level because it fires off a billion more colors than a typical TV. This will let you experience the full vibrancy of whatever you’re watching and this is only just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more fantastic specs that you’ll simply have to see for yourself!
  4. R2-D2 Refridgerator


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    While you’re investing on upgrades, here’s something you should definitely take a look at! The R2-D2 14 liter refrigerator is straight out of every Star Wars fan’s fantasy, but best of all? It keeps food and drinks both cool and warm!So if you want to keep your lasagna hot till the game starts, put the container in there! Or if you want to keep your beers ice-cool, this is the perfect gadget for you! Aside from the retractable handle on the top for portable carrying, this fridge comes with a number of other cool features that’ll definitely take your man cave to a whole new level!
  5. A New-Age Foosball Table
    Tired of all the space-age paraphernalia? Want to go back to the roots to spruce up your man cave? You can simply opt for a foosball table and set it up smack in front of your theater seats. Whenever you or your buddies get bored, you can simply lean forward to play an epic match on the table.

    ThegreenheadIf you’re short on space and don’t know whether you’ll be able to fit one in, you can simply go for the coffee table version of this accessory! You can even litter comfy bean bags and floor cushions around it for maximum comfort!

    These 5 ideas are sure to make your man cave the best one on the block – from fun games to food and even furniture, you’ll have covered all bases for the best effect!

 

 

Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state Colorado and plays in women’s amateur rugby league.

 

 

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Most people enjoy receiving presents, especially when the gifts are unique, instead of cliché. You can always go for the relatively easier choices, but why not make it more special for your beloved?

In addition to your budget and her preference, you also should consider the occasion when selecting a gift. For some men, answers to questions like the period of time that they have known their partner can matter. The ground rule for selecting the right gift, however, is simple: While a birthday gift should be personal, an anniversary gift can be picked from the expensive label stores.

When it comes to preferences, by now you should be well aware of what your special lady likes. Some women love jewelry, while others are passionate about new cuisines. A lot of women enjoy owning the latest gadgets in town, while some cannot get enough of knitting or handicrafts. With a multitude of preferences to factor in, finding that perfect gift for your wife/girlfriend can take a lot of time. You’ll have to analyze what your partner is inclined towards: a perfectly cooked, romantic meal, a movie-marathon, or a beautiful gold necklace?

Here’s a list of items that can make for useful gifts for your romantic partner:

Pop-Up Photo Strip Box

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Whether it is a Polaroid camera, a camera reel, or digitized snapshots, photography has come a long way since the past century. We have reached a point where we can now capture and print photos instantaneously.

Search old photo albums to pick out some of the best photographs of the two of you. They deserve to be displayed in a special manner. Get creative and arrange for a pop-up photo strip box. This gifting option will work for all occasions.

So, buy or make a special photo strip box for your loved one. The photo box is certainly something that attracts attention to the special moments in your life together. If you’re short of time, you can always buy a ready-made photo strip box and paste the photos in the space provided.

 

Fish Hotel Aquarium

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Numerous people are fond of pets, but are unable to bring them home due to certain reasons. Pet fish can make for a wonderful gift for your pet-loving partner. You can purchase a fish hotel aquarium that can double up as a home décor piece. These ‘fish condos’ are based on modernist concepts of designing, and can be used as standalone pieces, or stacked into towers to house multiple fish.

The fish hotel aquarium is easy to manage structurally and it comes with a detachable outer cover that can also be painted. You can work with your partner to decorate the aquarium for a quirky look. You can even use one to house Siamese fighting fish (betta fish), so that they are unable to see other fish and get agitated.

Huggable Body Pillow

 

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Most of us live stressful lifestyles and have extremely strenuous days, which lead to tired nights. If your special lady is looking for some relaxation and peaceful sleep, a soft, soothing body pillow is the perfect pampering present you can give her. At the end of a long day, she can hold on to it for comfort and rest.

Buy one that is made of plush fleece with an organic wheat insert and an anti-hypoallergenic cover. This material keeps the pillow in shape even when a person twists and turns it when sleeping.

This long pillow is famous for its orthopedic benefits in the Eastern and the Western cultures. The Japanese have introduced several cover designs that are inspired by anime culture, including the genji body pillow. Search for these covers online and pick one that works well with your partner’s choice.

 

Infuser Water Bottle

 

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Wishing for your partner’s good health is certainly among the top gifting themes. Bearing this in mind, you can buy her an infuser water bottle that helps her stay hydrated throughout the day. Studies have shown that drinking infused water encourages people to stay hydrated. One can include fresh produce like cucumbers that are full of antioxidants, vitamin K and electrolytes to make water healthier.

With a fruit infuser bottle, your partner can refill the water multiple times and the flavor of the fruits and herbs will be intact. This gift is undeniably worth the investment towards her health!

 

 

A Pair of Alpaca Wool

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Planning to go all out on her gift this year? Consider getting her a pair of Alpaca mittens. They are great for women who live in cold climates and like to keep their fingers warm in mittens when indulging in daily activities like reading a book, using her phone, and the like.

Gloves made from Alpaca and sheep’s wool are extremely soft on the skin and light on the hands. Invest in a pair which is handmade and feature a mitten flap that can be opened or closed. Take things a notch higher and buy her a matching hat and scarf to add to her kitty. She’ll definitely be showing off the whole ensemble and thanking you in no time.

To Summarize

Pampering your special woman with outstanding gifts on a special occasion is always a great idea. The challenge lies in selecting the best from a long list of options. Going with your instinct may not work in your favor all the time. That’s why spend some time and think through your choices before investing in any of them.

Your garage has the potential for much more than a place to park your car. In all honesty, it holds an opportunity to create a space to do the things you love and gain a little private sanctuary from the pressure and anxiety of everyday life. King products are manufactured in the USA by King Electrical Manufacturing Co., an electric heat manufacturing company based in Seattle, WA since 1958, offers a unique solution with the KB ECO2S Garage Heater. More information about King Electrical Manufacturing Co. is available at www.king-electric.com.

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Due to the fact that most garages aren’t connected to a houses’ central heating system, spending time in your garage in the winter months is never fun. By simply adding a garage heater sized to properly heat your space, a world of warm opportunities is opened up to you!

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King’s KB ECO2S Garage Heater with Remote is not only good looking, but smart enough to save you energy. It has energy efficient 2-stage heating that automatically uses the lowest wattage needed to heat the room. It also includes “Summer Fan Only” and “Timer” modes, as well as a remote control for simple operation. Designed for use as primary heat source for large garages spaces. Learn more at here.

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What puts this unit apart from all the others you could buy?
• It’s SMART. The electronic smart thermostat is highly accurate and automatically adjusts the heat output to use the least amount needed to heat the room or it can be run on a
• It has a fan only mode (great for Summer months)
• REMOTE CONTROL: It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
• It heats a garage perfectly!
• It looks cool. One look at the KB ECO2S and your friends will be impressed.
• It hangs out of the way on the ceiling or wall.
• It’s an easy retrofit to any space. No expensive furnace upgrades or storage of propane is needed
• Great for a permanent solution over a space heater.
• It has adjustable louvers to direct air flow.
• It’s built really well.
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Follow these basic steps and start enjoying your garage this Winter.

Step 1: To Insulate or Not to Insulate
Heating a space without insulation can be very inefficient. Without retaining the heat generated, the only way you’ll get that garage to warm up is by cranking up the heater to overwhelm the offsetting heat loss. The best long-term solution is to insulate your garage.

There is a bright side to this, however! The KingKB ECO2S heater automatically adjusts heat output depending on the rooms heat loss, if insulation isn’t in your budget today, you can insulate over time and improve the efficiency of your space.

The easiest and least expensive way to make your garage more energy efficient is filling the walls with a fluffy layer of fiberglass. All it takes is a utility knife, a straightedge, and a little patience to make sure the insulation completely fills the stud cavity, side to side and top to bottom, without being overly compressed.

Also consider adding an insulated garage door, with polyurethane insulation and a steel layer on the back to offer the best R value. Additionally, you may want to think about a garage door screen that would open up your man cave to give you access to driveway grilling and that summer breeze.

Step 2: The Floor
If you plan on spending a lot of time in your man cave, you may want to consider changing the floor. Applying stone epoxy flooring directly over your concrete, instantly transforms the look and feel of your man cave. Stone epoxy is easy to clean, durable, slip-resistant, and great looking all at the same time.

At the very least lay down a large rug to provide you and your buddies a supportive, forgiving flooring that doesn’t make your knees ache.
Step 3: The Ceiling
If you prefer the rustic look of open rafters in your man cave, then skip this section. However, if you’re planning on adding some lighting over your new pool table you’ll want to finish the ceiling with drywall and paint.
Step 4: Heat the space with King’s KB ECO2S smart garage heater.
It’s simple. Just follow this chart to pick the correct size heater and maximize the comfort in your garage.

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Step 5: Pick a Theme
The best man caves focus on a single subject. This is chance to build the room of your dreams so make a plan, repurpose what you already have and purchase the rest. To keep costs low, use items you already have such as memorabilia, furniture, and that spare big screen TV you have in storage from your bachelor days.
Now go forth and plan, build and create the man cave of your dreams. Here are some ideas to get you started

  • Car Collector’s Dream Escape If you’re using your man cave as a place to rebuild muscle car then you need a sturdy and durable heater to keep your space warm. The KB ECO2S is rugged and can hold up to anything wrench you can throw at it.
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  • Game Room Whether you prefer playing pool or watching the big game without distractions, make your garage a place comfortable enough to invite the crew over.
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  • Woodworking Shop For the avid DIYer or part-time carpenter, creating a comfortable working environment is key for spending long hours working on your next build or home remodel project.
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  • Sports Bar If you love sports, decorate the space in a sports bar theme, complete with a kegerator and enjoy. The KB ECO2S is looks great and the remote makes it easy to adjust from the bar.
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Now that you’ve got some ideas for a heating unit for you man cave, are you ready to spruce up its decor next? Or maybe set the mood with this manly lights.

Fair warning, this post contains pictures of boobs and stuff. They are made out of cake, but some are pretty realistic.

 

 

So, you’re getting hitched. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the journey to the best day of your life, hopefully filled with joy, laughter, and love between you and your honey. Quite possibly, this time will be one of the most stressful for you, as there are buckets of money to be spent, and your wife, her mother, and your mother are going to fold themselves into wedding-planning machines until they’re satisfied…which could possibly be doing the impossible.

But, what about you? You’re getting married too. Apart from all the planning, you get your final day of being a bachelor. with all of your closest friends, and that one weird second cousin your soon-to-be wife probably made you invite.

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Don’t let the goon squad take away from your bachelor party experience. It’s time to go all out and treat yourself! Go clubbing, get sloshed, do whatever you probably won’t be able to do when you get married. For starters, you could get, I dunno, a cake shaped like a massive set of boobs? How about Barbie on a stripper pole? Cupcakes shaped like beer steins? The possibilities are literally endless. Nothing is off limits when you’re coming up with an idea for a bachelor party, and I’m not exaggerating when I say nothing. If I were a baker that specialized in bachelor’s party cakes, I’d see more boobs and butts made of cake than real ones in my life, hands down. So, without further ado, here are some awesome, striking ideas for bachelor party cakes that maybe will inspire you to ask your mom to make you a cake shaped like a gigantic penis.

  1. This workout cake that will do the exact opposite to your waistline, by Amaranto’s Cakes.amaranto cakes  Check out more cakes at http://www.amarantoscakes.com.au/.
  2. This stripper cake from Cakes by Ane that looks like the real deal from a distance.
    cakes by ane   Check out more cakes at http://cakesbyane.com/.
  3. This xBox cake for the gamer that finally unlocked the most valued achievement in the game.
    centralfloridacatering Check out more cakes at http://www.cakecentral.com/forum/t/636363/cake-beginner-xbox-360-cake-fondant-s, with tips and tricks for making your own xBox cake! Save money and get loads of credit!
  4. This slot machine cake that was made at home, that looks good enough to bet your wedding bands on…okay, maybe not. But still.
    novie   Check out more cakes at http://ideas.coolest-birthday-cakes.com/2014/07/12/coolest-party-slot-machine-cake/!
  5. This delicious final resting place for all the drunken, half naked memories that will be cherished from now only in your mind…and a photo album kept private on your phone.
    Sublime Cake Design   Check out their website at http://www.sublimecakedesign.com/
  6. This homemade lumberjack cake that makes a manly man feel at his manly home with his manly friends.
    sugargeekshow See the full story at https://sugargeekshow.com/news/this-lumberjack-tree-trunk-cake-looks-cozy-on-the-inside.
  7. This super realistic set of knockers made out of pure cake that will make your mom disappointed, your wife jealous, and all of your friends super happy. Make it even more fun by taking bets as to who will call dibs on the nips.
    The Little Cupcake Kitchen   Check out The Little Cupcake Kitchen for more cakes. Pretty innocent name for a bakery making cake boobs, ammiright?
  8. This G-rated fun cake that reminds you that your freedom has ended. But your married life is beginning.
    heathers cakes and confections   Check out more of her work at http://heatherscakesandconfections.blogspot.com/. The website hasn’t been updated for a while, but if you read reviews on wedding websites, you won’t be disappointed!
  9. Last but not least, my personal favorite, this booty-ful cake. Hah. Booty.
    valentine street bakery   Check out more of their works at https://www.weddingwire.com/biz/valentine-street-bakery-surprise/434a4ddeb22892b6.html. I couldn’t find their actual website, but this does provide some contact information!

 

Hopefully this post has inspired you, made you laugh, or made you drool (quite possibly in more than just hunger). Share this post with all your soon-to-be groomsmen and show them all the possibilities. Who knows what can happen!

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The Craft Beer Cookbook

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