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Travelling is good for the soul, they say. Not only does it provide an opportunity to visit new places, it also allows you to get away from the stresses of life. While travel is often associated with fun and relaxation, it can also be exhausting and stress-inducing. Worse, people tend to forget about their healthy habits when they travel. This can take a toll on your body. If this is you, you may be in need of some travel tips to help keep your health in tip-top shape.

With a little planning and some travel tips, you can minimize the negative effects of travelling, as well as stay happy and healthy during your trip. Here are some essential travel tips to help you stay happy and healthy while travelling.

Travel tips to stay healthy

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Eat breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy you need and kick-starts your metabolism. It can also make a big difference on your mood and overall health. You may be in a hurry to get to your destination, but never miss out your morning meal. This is one of the most important travel tips you should take note of.

You want to aim for a healthy breakfast that combines some protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. Berries, oatmeal, eggs, Greek yogurt, and protein shake are some of the best foods to eat for breakfast.

Squeeze in exercise into your daily routine

When we talk of exercise, most people conjure an image of someone running on the treadmill or torturing themselves in the gym with gym weights. But exercise doesaying healthy means staying active. Just because you’re on vacation, it doesn’t mean that you won’t exercise. You may not have access to the gym, but there are some forms of exercise that doesn’t require any gear or equipment. You can do cardio exercises in your hotel room or even in a park nearby. Or better yet, go hiking, biking, swimming or walk as much as you can. The more activity you engage in, the more you get your heart pumping. Start your day with a mini workout and you are sure to feel better the entire day.

Maintain your normal diet as much as possible

Vacations provide a great opportunity to indulge. Often, people would splurge and eat out on a fancy restaurant. While there is nothing wrong with that, it is best if you maintain your normal diet as much as possible.

If you travel to abroad, you may find a street lined with restaurants, cafe or street foods. Trying new food is a part of the adventure. It might be tempting to try as much food as you can, but resist the urge to do so.  Overeating is not only bad for your health, it can also add a few inches to your waist. Wherever possible, try to cut down on sweets, processed foods, and alcoholic beverages. It is important to observe travel tips like this one, especially if you want to stay fit and healthy during your trip.

Increase your fluid intake

Staying hydrated is important to helping your body function optimally. Every organ, tissue, and cell in your body needs water to work properly. But sometimes, it can be easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re out on a walking tour or drinking with your best buddies. Aim to drink 8 to 15 glasses of water a day.

Make your own meal

Part of travelling means trying out new restaurants and local delicacies. But eating out for every meal can be expensive, especially since it’s difficult to find an affordable restaurant that serves good food. In an attempt to save money, some travellers opt for fastfood chains, where there is a general lack of healthy, satisfying options.

If you want to save on food, stay in a place with a kitchen. Also check out local grocery stores and look for food items that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare. Whenever possible, try to pack your own snacks, so you have something to munch on when you get hungry. Not only will it help you stay on budget during your trip, you’ll also be eating healthier meal on most days.

Get enough rest

Travelling can be physically and mentally exhausting. This is especially true for those who will be crossing one or more time zones during their travel. You’ll be travelling by plane, bus, train or another type of transport. You will also be walking from destination to destination. Some even carry their backpacks while going around. Listen to your body. If you’re tired, then sit down and take a break.

Find a comfortable place to stay in. Sleep early, especially if you’ll be heading out early the next day. Give your body enough time to rest. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it.

Make new friends

Some people prefer to travel in groups; while others prefer to travel solo. Although travelling alone has its benefits, wouldn’t it be better if you have someone to hang out with?  Try to interact with locals or other travellers during your trip. Smile and say hello. Try to learn as much as you can about their cultures and traditions. Remember, people enrich your travels more than sights do.

Have some alone time

We live in a world of constant contact. We mentioned above that travelling with friends can be a lot of fun, but it is also a good idea to spend time alone from time to time. Even the most extrovert person needs some time alone. Some alone time can help you clear your mind and is soothing for the soul. Spend time alone and celebrate you.

The Nike Roshe offers a lightweight shoe that is simple, versatile-and oozes style.  This casual-wear shoe is perfect for wearing to and from the gym, after the game, or before practice. It is not a performance shoe though, as one might expect from the sports shoe juggernaut, Nike, but rather a part of their lifestyle lineup of footwear.

The Roshe is the result of a Nike designer ’s interpretation of what Zen would look like if it was a shoe. Stripping away any unnecessary elements, the Nike Roshe is the epitope of meditation, with few embellishments, a simple lace-up structure, breathable synthetic mesh, and a soft, flexible polymer sole for maximum shock absorption and comfort.


Nike Roshe: Pros & Cons


PROS 

  • comfortable and lightweight shoes ever made
  • retro minimalist design is both stylish and understated
  • affordable than many other shoes in the Nike product line

 CONS

  • some customers even noticed the insoles bunching up inside of the shoe
  •  shoe lacked in matters of construction and durability
  • the white outsole picked up dirt quickly and was hard to clean

Nike Roshe


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Nike is a Shoe God, err Goddess

If you are awake and facing the right way, you already know that Nike, Inc. is a multi-billion dollar athletic shoe and apparel company that is headquartered in Oregon. But maybe you did not know that the company was actually founded by a University of Oregon track star and his coach.

Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, student and coach, respectively, founded Nike in 1964, and Bowerman began to market his running shoes (some say pressed in a waffle iron) at competitions, rallies, and practices as the Blue Ribbon Sports (BRS) athletic shoe.

Two years later, the two opened their first shop in Santa Monica, CA, and by 1971, the ubiquitous Nike Swoosh had been invented by Portland State University graphic design student, Carolyn Davidson. It wasn’t until 1974 that the symbol would be trademarked and patented, however.

The New Nike

Regardless, by 1980, the newly branded Nike, Inc had already bagged 50 percent of the US market shoe market. And in 1988, Dan Wieden of the ad agency, Wieden and Kennedy had coined the catchphrase “Just Do It!” It is worth noting that that particular campaign was so infectious and so successful that is currently ranked as one of the top five all times ad catchphrases by the Smithsonian Institute.

Nike’s key acquisitions both came in 2017 with their purchase of Convese, Inc and Hurley International, one a rival shoe company and the other a surfboard and surfing apparel manufacturer. Although its best-selling product line continues to come in Air Jordan's variation, high-performance basketball shoes named after Hall of Fame basketball legend, Micheal Jordan.

And for anyone who is wondering, yes, the shoemaker takes its name from the Greek goddess, Nike, who was, evidently, a close companion of Zeus’ and a friend of Athena’s.  She was also the goddess of strength, speed, and victory, and often rewarded victors in battles with both fame and riches.

What’s So Great About the Nike Roshe, Anyhow?

Nowadays, Nike sells more than shoes, though, as they have promotional deals on the table with football, basketball, running, combat sports, tennis, and golf associations, including deals with pro and college sports organizations. So, out of all of those product lines, what makes the Roshe so special?

Pros

Well, for one, according to one review site, the Roshe truly one of Nike’s most comfortable and lightweight shoes ever made. In fact, many reviewers agree that the retro minimalist design is both stylish and understated.

Also, at 7 ounces, it is kind of like wearing baby clouds on your feet, and the synthetic-mesh combo is both breathable and durable. Moreover, the suede insole and foam sole combine for supreme shock absorption and comfort, as the foam conforms to the wearer’s feet. Plus, at around $80, they are more affordable than many other shoes in the Nike product line.

Cons

Of course, not everyone loves the Roshe, and many runners from the same review complained that the Roshe felt flimsy on their feet. Also, they noted narrow sizes, and some customers even noticed the insoles bunching up inside of the shoe. A minor complaint was that the white outsole picked up dirt quickly and was hard to clean.

As the dust settled on the Roshe Run the shoe raked up a final score of 89 out of one hundred, with those in the pro camp citing the lightweight comfortable design and those of the con persuasion insisting that the shoe lacked in matters of construction and durability.

You say Potato, I Say Patato: Nike Roshe Run, One, Two

Nike Rosche Run

The Roshe Run was indeed a hit. But there is a fair bit of confusion that comes about when one is pricing out and researching the Nike Roshe series. In an attempt to distinguish the iterations of this lightweight shoe, we will begin with the Nike Roshe Run.  Released in 2012, the Roshe Run took the active walking/runner shoe community by storm.

This new, innovative shoe was like nothing anyone had seen before. And though some questions about the quality of materials used in its making, it was generally viewed as a resounding success by all. Then, in 2015, Nike quietly renamed the "Nike Roshe Run" to "Nike Roshe One". This in anticipation of the shoes the second iteration due to come out later in the year.

Nike Roshe One

It is worth noting that the term Roshe is actually a nod to the Japanese word for Zen Master, “Roshi,”. And that, in terms of inner peace and comfort, the Roshe 2 was a far superior shoe. The Roshe 2 had an even lower price point than the One. And it featured many improvements over its predecessor, namely in the stretchable and breathable neoprene mesh now found on its upper.

Also called PC-rubber. Neoprene promised to be far more durable than the previously used hard abs plastic-polymer mesh on the Roshe One. Neoprene is known for its elasticity and is used in the making of wetsuits, diving gear, floor mats, and even clothing. Plus, due to its insulating nature, the Roshe again gained in popularity. As it could now be worn in warm and cold weather.

Nike Roshe Two

The Roshe 2 also kept its original silhouetted look, which led to is marketing as an athletic and semi-formal shoes. The Two also featured a new sock-liner. As well as added memory foam cushioning and soft padding for a luxurious feel and heightened comfort.

Plus, pull loops found on the tongue and heels meant you could easily slip the shoes on and off. A padded collar, rubber outsole, and slightly diminished branding all lead to a shoe that was more versatile, comfortable, and flexible than its predecessor.

The Nike Roshe 2 and 2 SE

Released shortly after to the Roshe 2 the Roshe 2 SE featured a new and improved lacing system with upgraded perforations for better ventilation. And it features a combination of flexible textile material and a woven mesh construction on the upper.

Despite these “upgrades,” however, the 2 SE scored lower than both the Roshe One and Two. And bagged an 86 out of one 100 by Run Repeat. People did not like that the shoe was not true to size, that it was difficult to put on and take off. And that it, again, lacked in upper foot support.

After the improvements to the Roshe 2, you would have thought that support for the SE would have been higher. Nevertheless, let's have another look at what folks liked about the regular Nike Roshe 2.

They like:

  • Many color options
  • Affordable price point.
  • Improved durability.
  • Improved comfort.
  • The sneaker runs true to size.
  • Sock-like fit is comfortable and easy.
  • The shoe is lightweight.
  • Improved versatility for light activity and low impact sports.
  • Available NikeiD technology offers enhanced personalization.
  • Memory foam-like insole.
  • Breathable flexible neoprene upper
  • Most of them revealed that they will recommend this pair to their friends.
  • Easy to put on and take off.

The only thing really holding back the two was its reportedly narrow sizing. Yet, despite this criticism, the Roshe 2 soared to a rank of 90 out of 100. And rated as Nike’s 58th best sneaker of all time.

From Humble Roots Comes a New Shoe Champion

Originally designed to be a simple, inexpensive, and even minimalistic, the Roshe is a shoe line for everyday wear. It started its climb to greatness with no celebrity endorsements and hardly any technology. It had two goals: to be lightweight and to be comfortable.

Dylan Raasch, the designer of the line, even admitted the idea for the shoe was completely stripped down from any other shoe that Nike had done. “The simpler I could make it, the more profound it would become," he recently revealed.

Hitting that nail squarely on the head, Raasch again got the nod for the second iteration of the Roshe. With which he chose solely to concentrate on comfort. And, the Nike Roshe Two did not disappoint. The sneaker gained in the areas of durability and comfort exponentially, and yet, it did not sacrifice that understated style.

Lacing System

It did upgrade its lacing system, though, and it also added a supplemental foam layer for extra cushioning. The shoe also got an upgrade to the foot-collar, along with an added sock-like fit. It cemented the shoe’s place in Nike history as one of the most comfortable shoes ever invented.

Then, as if more changes were necessary, the Nike Roshe Two was announced at the next shoe to receive Nike highly regarded Flyknit treatment. It features everything you love about the original Roshe two and adds Nike's signature Flyknit mesh technology. This transformed the shoe into something that was even more flexible and breathable.

Yet all of that new technology came at a price and the new total for the shoe that was supposed to be stripped down rose to  100 bucks or more. It definitely pushed the limits of this minimalistic sneaker with humble intentions.

Nike Roshe Wrap-up

The Roshe Run (one) was one of Nike’s most popular shoes to date. Its sleek, minimalistic design and lightweight feel made it a perfect casual shoe. But it was not recommended for sports and high-impact activities, as many users soon found out.

The Roshe Two, however, featured many technology upgrades that brought increases in comfort and durability. Plus a minor tweak to the sole of the Nike Roshe Two brought a dual-density memory foam insole to sit on top of the existent EVA foam midsole. It created the improved performance triple density sole of the Roshes second iteration.

Nike Upgrades

The new technology molded around the runner's foot to record precise compression points in specific areas, resulting in long-lasting comfort. The outsole, too, had been tinkered and independent waffle flaps allow for "improved flexibility” and grip.  So which one is the best? Well, that depends on what kind of shoe you are after.

The more athletically inclined Roshe 2 received some much-needed upgrades to bring it to performance level. But the Run was extremely trim and lightweight and hard to resist.

The Roshe 2 SE and Flyknit also have their pros and cons. But ultimately, in this review, the Original Roshe 2 seems to be the best multitasker for the price point.  At around $60,  the Roshe 2 is the perfect blend of affordability, technology, comfort, and durability.  That is, until the next round of updates from the Greek Goddess of running comes along.

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Growing a beard is one of the things that will give you fulfillment as a man. Often, too many men tend to think that the beard will develop into a thick and lush mane all by itself. There are grooming mistakes that you will make in your attempt to grow the most notable facial mane. However, there are tasks you need to carry out to care and maintain your beard if you expect to be the envy of the men and women folk alike.

For your beard to grow neat and admirable, you have to know some beard grooming tips, and how and when to trim it. Those runaway and straggly strands need to go, you need the beard to look smart and smell fresh. You need to know what products to use and mainly how and when to clean it. There are many beard care mistakes you can make, so you need to know how to avoid the following.

1. Ignoring Beard Oil

If you want your beard to come out looking smooth, you need to invest in quality beard oil. Beard oil is one of the essential products you cannot afford to skip in your grooming kit. If you avoid it, your beard may as well turn into one rough mess. With proper application, you moisturize the skin underneath, and you turn your messy mane into a shiny and healthy looking beard. You don’t want to mess that look just because you ignored the beard oil that makes your beard easy to comb, you don’t have to worry about itchy and sore skin underneath your mane.

2. Not Brushing

A good number of beard lovers don’t know the importance of beard brushing. This means daily brushing isn’t a priority to them. You don’t want to ignore such a simple practice only to end up looking dirty and shaggy. Brushing will help distribute any oil you have applied, and it trains your beard to grow in one direction, instead of all over the place. Your facial hair is prone to dandruff, but constant brushing will get rid of such. Even if you have a short beard, it’s no excuse for skipping the brush, you can start with a fine comb and get a brush as it grows out.

3. Giving Up Easily

The say beard grooming is an art. Apparently, it’s a complicated one. In your quest for a thick and fuller beard, you need to practice tons of patience. Your mane won’t grow in a fortnight. Don’t make the mistake of giving up and cutting it even before two weeks have passed. You need to wait out for at least 7 weeks and see how it turns out. Even if your beard is patchy, leaving it out to grow will give you better results. After a period of free growth, you will be amazed at how those patches get filled up.

4. Believing Beard Myths

Many beard myths are being bandied around, and believing them blindly is a bane to your beard health and looks. You can try and do your own digging to find out whether any myth out there has some truth in it. There is something wrong in believing an outrageous assumption regarding beards. Some people will go wrong by thinking that a patchy beard will never fully grow out. Others will err by worshiping the assumption that by shaving the mane, you are likely to grow it back albeit faster and thicker. Don’t believe those who say that your beard must be cut down completely if you expect to fit a corporate setting.

5. Trimming Too Much, Too Soon

Trimming your beard right is one tricky task. You may not achieve it until you try it over and over again. Often, many beard lovers get their trimmers way ahead of time. Avoid trimming it before it’s due. You are likely to make a mistake meaning you could go back to doing it fresh from scratch. At the same time, you will avoid those beard care mistakes if you have a set of rules to work with.

You need to know your face shape and start trimming according to the features of your face and jawline. If you are itching to trim, take out small bits at a time. You cannot re-grow a huge tuft you have cut out accidentally. Your beard oil should be your friend, and you cannot forget brushing the beard, it’s the easiest task of all.

 

Are you single in the country? Are you a lonely farmer or rancher? If you are a cowgirl, cowboy, or just a regular old country bumkin, Farmers Only is a dating site that can help match you with the love of your life.

If you are struggling to find the partner of your dreams but would never consider of leaving the countryside to join them on your quest to find true love, with this online dating site, you may not have to. FarmersOnly is a dating an matching site that caters specifically to those who are interested in Rural Dating, Christian Dating, Small Town Dating, and just plain old Country Values.


Farmers Only Dating Site : Pros & Cons


PROS 

  • 4-question registration process
  • Send flirts for free
  • Discovery “hot or not” game
  • Advanced search filters
  • FarmPhone secure texting service
  • Profile display offers appropriate and important info
  • Zero tolerance policy for catfishing schemes.

 CONS

  • Only paid members can communicate via email
  • Full search only available to paid members.
  • The site is outdated with no matching algorithm.
  • Private Messages not free
  • If a paying member sends a non-paying member a message, he/she won’t be able to respond unless the account is upgraded.
  • Membership fees renew unless payment is canceled by the user.

Farmers Only Dating Site 


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Farmers Only History and Mission

Brought into the national spotlight by launching a series of YouTube videos in 2007, Farmers Only was launched by Jerry Miller, an agricultural marketing agent in 2005. Jerry lived in the country and saw many of his friends struggle like square pegs in round hole to find love through city singles parties and mainstream dating sites with little to no success.

National media considered the site, at first, to be little more than a hoax, and the ubiquitous country living jokes soon ensued. Now, however, it is estimated that the farmers dating service has over a million users and has seen paid endorsements from celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, and even basketball superstar, Carmello Anthony.

City and Rural Folks

Nevertheless, the contest between city folks and rural “folks” continues, and in fact, it had been a well-documented feud throughout history. The educated, “refined” city dweller scoff at the country lifestyle, and the countryman wants nothing to do with the ridiculous city ways. It is an ongoing disagreement that had endured since at least the time of the Greeks, and it has been documented in fables, like The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, one of the more popular tales from Aesop's Fables.

Farmers Only plays on this juxtaposition to attract like-minded clientele to their website and sign up for their dating services. Their member numbers are relatively low compared to Zoosk and other dating sites, but that works in the site’s favor. There really is no need for a fancy matching algorithm and member profiles to feature a pretty plain-jane cockpit with access to a secure online chat room and a hot-or-not style “Discovery” game and phone texting services.

City Folks Just Don’t Get it: Farming is Hard

Other than that, Farmers Only relies entirely on like-minded people performing manual searches to find relationship naturally. In fact, the company’s ads are simple, the services are simple, and heck, even the registration process is simple, offering only a 4-question sign up form so that users are up and running in less than a minute.

Once logged in, the users get an editable username and the option to add more details about themselves, like an avatar, likes and dislike, and other biographical information. And all that simplicity is good, according to Jerry Miller, because farmers and ranchers don’t have a lot of free time, they work long hours, and they work on weekends. So simple is kind of a necessity.

LifeStyle

Further, Miller adds in this online article by The Guardian, that many people refer to the area where he lives (America’s grain belt) as “flyover country” as they traverse their way from L.A. to New York or Boston and back again. Miller witnessed many friends who were lacking in love struggle with loneliness because they had chosen the “simpler” lifestyle.

Admittedly, a farmer’s day is not exactly conducive to dating: get up at the crack of day, feed animals, do barn chores, fix stuff, clear fields, have lunch, plant field, work well into the evening, have a late supper, go to bed early. This may not be true every day, but, you get the general gist of it.

Dating Mobile Apps

That said, though, country folks are just as tech-savvy as the rest of us, and Farmers Only knew that they had to develop a mobile dating platform for both Android and Apple. And it is a good thing that they did, as the mobile apps account for around 2.5 million visitors each month.

Still, the full computer website is true to its roots and still accounts for about 50 percent of logins. And the site itself offers a blog with allegorical and whimsical stories, recipes, farming tips and tricks, and a link to the Farmers Only online store, which features hand gadgets and tools.

The Farmers Only Process: Quick and Simple

The process is really is quite easy, as reported in this article. When you come to the Farmers Only website, you will be approached by four questions in order to register: what are your email address, your zip code, age, and sexual orientation of you and the person you want to meet?

After filling out that info, you will be assigned a username and a profile. You may change the profile name or leave it, and you may also you upload a picture and fill out as much information as you are comfortable providing.

Matching Process

As discussed, there is no enhanced matching algorithm. But instead, the site uses a process that is decidedly more granular and manual in nature. The “discovery” feature offers a like-dislike (hot or not) game. This is where you choose to form a basic set of personality traits, and mark them as like or dislike.

From here, your profile is pretty much set up. And you can perform a standard search using a limited set of filters to narrow down your potential matches. The standard search allows you to search by age range and a few other criteria. But filters like marital status, ethnicity, body type, and relationship desired can only be unlocked with a paid account.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Search results are, evidently, displayed in groups of 15. And all you have to do is click on a profile to connect with a person you like. (Beware though, if you come on too strong you can be blocked.) Secure online chat also offers a convenient venue for protected conversations online. And a convenient “who’s online” menu allows you to monitor your favorite connections.

Advantages

From your console, you can also keep track of likes, dislike, and passes, and other sections include an email inbox. Also, a list of who has been checking out your profile online, a link to the Farmers Only store, and a link to the FarmPhone service. It transforms site messages into phone texts for a monthly service fee.

Everything on the Farmers Only website is laid out in a simple and easy-to-read manner. And registration is quick and easy (though some reviewers claim it is a little too easy). The site has a lot going for it, which helps to explain its longevity. 

The Cost of Farmer Online Romance

A Premium FarmersOnly.com membership has a going rate of $21.95 per month. But, if you pay for three months upfront you’ll save 10%, for a total cost of $39.95. Moreover, 6 months in advance costs just $65.95, according to one reviewer’s website.

One thing to watch out for, however, is that regardless of your membership option the site will automatically bill the credit card on file unless access is canceled in advance of the renewal date. Farmers Only offers no refunds for missed cancellations, and once membership is canceled, your account stays intact but reverts to the free version.

It is worth noting as well that Farmers Only claims to enforce a strict privacy policy and uses industry-standard hardware and software to ensure the privacy of its users, their personal information, and their correspondence. Indeed, Ask Men online gives them an 8 out of ten for safety in their review.

Don’t City Folks get It, Though?

But, for one reviewer, safety also translates to the big burly arms of a farmer. According to Carolyn Castiglia, a self-admitted city girl, and blogger, there is a real and universal appeal to the thought of having a meaningful relationship with a rugged farmer of high moral fiber.

In her article on Your Tango, she relays her thoughts the romanticized notion of living the simple life. That is plowing the fields, planting his crops, tending herds, and putting family first. In fact, this glossy view of farming has been popularized by TV shows like Green Acres, the Ranch, and Heartland.

What She Did

And, even though Farmers Only boasts that “city folk just don’t get it,” she thought she clearly did. So much did she get it that she decided to set up an account. And right away she found guys on that she thought “were legit hard-working blue-collar guys who like ridin' four-wheelers and fixin' busted cars.”

Carolyn goes on to say that, by and far, most profiles that were matched to her profile talked about emotional intimacy. And she was particularly enamored with one young man who spoke being able to shoe one’s softer side in public.

Not Everyone Loves a Farmer

But not everyone is so accepting of the profiles they have found on Farmers Only. And one site even all but condemns the dating service based on its poor web traffic, and “non-existent security measures.”

Best Company sites a lack of profile verification, bot profiles, and catfishing scheme as an epidemic on Farmers Only. And review site further maintains that the internal interface “looks like it hasn’t been updated in 15 years.” Moreover, they claim that the mobile app keeps crashing and is all but useless.

Below, their list of faults leaves little room for praise. And in fact, the only praise received was that the site had successfully narrowed the dating pool to make it easier for farmers to find farmers.

  • Poorly designed site
  • No messaging with a free account
  • Expensive for limited features
  • No matching algorithm
  • Low traffic volume
  • Low user volume
  • Poor safety features
  • No verification
  • Negative mobile app reviews
  • No iOS app

While these findings are in sharp contrast to most reviews we have seen, it is not out of the realm of possibilities, especially when dealing with an antiquated site and potentially aging technologies.

Other Reviews

The realities of using any dating site or social site, for that matter, is that the person you are talking to on the other end is not who they claim to be. We strongly encourage you to do your due diligence and ask a lot of questions online. Also, on the phone, and even in person before you commit to a relationship. If you are initially skeptical or feel some unexplained apprehension about something, it may be for good reason.

Dating is hard. And an online dating site may make it more convenient, but dating sites are not magic pills for successful relationships. They are tools to help you form connections. Farmers Only has seen some success, but that doesn't mean you don’t still have to protect yourself. You wouldn’t go into a crowded grocery store and shout you a physical address to everyone there. So don’t feel obligated to do it in a chatroom.

Farmers Only Wrap-up

Since FarmersOnly success, many competitors have popped up around the web as rival dating sites. ChristianMingle, Zoosk, Farmers Meet, Farmers Only Dating, Redneck and Single, and Hillbilly Dating are just a few of the competitors.

However, farmers and country folk alike are, admittedly, creatures of habit. And Miller’s rural dating site and its cheeky back-country-centric Youtube videos are unlikely to be dethroned by these other niche competitors.

Although Farmers Only doesn’t have deep pockets or a fancy matching algorithm like Zoosk, the site has been connecting rural folks. For over a decade with the easy-to-use, simple, intuitive matching website.

And that, no doubt, is exactly what Jerry Miller intended.

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With a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and wildly creative marketing efforts, Purple has made a name for itself in the direct-to-customer mattress industry. Made with a completely unique material, the Purple Bed is one of the most interesting mattresses available on the market. Read on to learn more all about Purple Bed mattresses and what innovations they offer to sleepy consumers.


Purple The Bed: Pros & Cons


PROS 

  • best for side sleepers
  • slightly warmer than the conventional spring mattress
  • great customer service

 CONS

  • expensive
  • bed is too firm

Purple The Bed

purple bed featuring  Air Flow technology with breathable channels neutralizes temperatures and won’t trap heat like memory foam or latex.

What is the Purple Bed?

Purple Bed is an independent mattress company founded by two engineer brothers on Kickstarter in 2015. Proficient in aerospace materials and manufacturing, brothers Tony and Terry used their expert skills to design a better cushioning material for wheelchairs and sporting goods. Using their breakthrough patented hyper-elastic polymer material the Pearce Brothers realized they could create high-quality mattresses at a fraction of the normal cost.

What is the Purple Bed Made Of?

purple bed featuring  Air Flow technology with breathable channels neutralizes temperatures and won’t trap heat like memory foam or latex.

Purple Bed mattresses are made of a unique material known as a hyper-elastic polymer that the Pearce brothers invented in 1996. It is a soft yet strong material that is able to stretch up to 15 times its resting size and is often compared to latex. Before used to make mattresses, the Pearce brothers filed over 30 patents for their polymer material. The material can be found in a diverse list of products, including medical beds, backpack straps, shoe insoles, toy balls, and wheelchair cushions.

What are the Benefits of a Purple Bed Mattress?

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One of the major benefits found in the Purple Bed is the relief of pressure that comes from the unique top comfort layer. The hyper-elastic polymer layer adapts to your body’s pressure points, allowing you to lay comfortably on the surface. The company also claims their unique material will properly align your spine no matter what position you fall asleep in.

What Sizes Does the Purple Bed Come In?

One of the greatest features of Purple Bed is the ability to customize your mattress to find the right size and comfort level for your best nights sleep. Besides carrying mattress sizes from a Twin XL to a Cali King, customers ordering the New Purple Bed can also choose the size of the Smart Comfort Grid layer for maximum comfort. Currently, the company offers mattresses with 2, 3, and 4-inch layers of hyper-elastic polymer.

How Does the Purple Bed Feel?

Users who have tried the product agree that the mattress has a very unique feel unlike any mattress on the market. The combination of foam and hyper-elastic polymer material makes for a more responsive support. This allows you to rest comfortably on the top of the mattress without sinking in too deep. Most reviewers that have tried the Purple Bed rate it as medium-firm, and note that the hyper-elastic polymer has a certain amount of bounce to it.

How Many Layers Does the Mattress Have?

The Original Purple Bed comprises 4 different layers: a stretch cover, a 2” comfort layer, and a final two layers of high-density foam base. The top layer is made of hyper-elastic polymer for maximum pressure relief, referred to as the Smart Comfort Grid. Beneath that is a double-layer base of high-density support foam.

The New Purple Mattress adds a thicker layer of the hyper-elastic polymer material and replaces the foam base with more responsive, individually wrapped support coils. The New Purple Bed consists of a total of 5 layers: a premium stretch cover, 2”, 3”, or 4” of hyper-elastic polymer material, 7.5” comfort coils, and two sheets of foam to keep the layers separate.

How is the Motion Transfer on the Mattress?

Like most foam-based mattresses, the Purple Bed is able to easily absorb motion. This means that you will be able to move around in your bed without causing any disruption to your partner.

Does the Mattress Have Edge Support?

Edge support is important in a mattress, as it can be one of the only things keeping you from rolling onto the floor. This is especially significant if you are larger or sharing your bed with a partner. Reviewers state that while the Purple Bed has adequate edge support, you should try to avoid the sides as much as possible while sleeping.

Does the Mattress Sleep Hot?

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One of the major complaints that customers have about foam mattresses is their tendency to store heat. This can make a mattress uncomfortable to sleep on, especially on a hot night. To combat this, the Pearce brothers designed their Smart Comfort Grid with air pockets. This ensures that any heat will pass through, keeping the surface of the mattress much cooler.

Will the Mattress Give Off a Weird Smell?

Many memory foam mattresses give off a distinct odor after initial set up. This is known as off-gassing and can be caused by the release of chemicals. To avoid any off-gassing in their products, Purple uses a non-memory foam base on all their mattresses. While there may be a faint ‘new mattress’ smell after it’s initial set up, the smell will fade away within a few days.

Does the Purple Mattress Raw Egg Test Actually Work?

When the Purple Bed brand first came into the spotlight, the brand distinguished itself by using a unique test to prove how pressures relieving their mattresses are. Purple began posting videos of people placing raw eggs on their mattresses and then laying themselves directly on top of the egg. The egg sinks into the mattress and stays intact, despite having the weight of a human being on top of it. Videos posted by fans and mattress reviewers show that, surprisingly, this test typically seems to work. This shows just how pressure relieving the hyper-elastic polymer material is

What Kind of Foundation Does the Mattress Need?

You will not need a box spring, as the springs can break down over time and cause the mattress to sag in certain areas. Purple Bed recommends using a platform base, slats, box foundation, or any flat, sturdy surface. You can even put a Purple Bed mattress directly onto a floor.

How Does the Purple Bed Compare?

Purple Bed mattresses are just one of the many independent bed-in-a-box mattress solutions available on the market. Other notable direct-to-customer retailers include Casper, Ghostbed, and Leesa.

Casper is an all foam mattress broken down into four different layers: responsive polyfoam, memory foam, polyfoam, and support foam. Not unlike the Purple Bed, Casper mattresses are firm enough to support your body while distributing your weight to alleviate pressure points.

Ghostbed

Ghostbed stands a bit thicker than the Original Purple Mattress with 11” of comfort materials. The Ghostbed mattress consists of three layers: aerated latex foam, gel memory foam, and a base of support foam. Both latex and gel memory foam materials are well known for their pressure-relieving abilities, along with their ability to dispel excess heat.

Leesa has been a leader of the bed-in-a-box industry for quite some time and is much more established that the Purple Bed brand. The Leesa mattress consists of three layers of foam, including a top layer of Avena foam, a middle layer of memory foam, and a base support foam layer. Avena foam is known for its quick response, cooling effects, and bounce. It is often compared to latex, not unlike the hyper-elastic polymer found in Purple Bed mattresses.

How Can I Buy a Purple Bed?

Purple Bed mattresses are only available online through the company itself. You can also purchase one through the Purple retailer on Amazon. At this time, Purple Beds are not sold in stores.

How Much Does the Purple Bed Cost?

The price of the Original Purple Bed ranges based on what size mattress you need:

  • Twin XL: $699
  • Full: $899
  • Queen: $999
  • King: $1,299
  • Cali King: $1,299

Pricing on the New Purple Bed ranges based on the mattress size and the thickness of the top comfort layer:

  • Purple 2” Smart Comfort Grid

    • Twin XL: $1,299
    • Full: $1,499
    • Queen: $1,599
    • King: $1,899
    • Cali King: $1,899
  • Purple 3” Smart Comfort Grid

    • Twin XL: $1,899
    • Full: $2,099
    • Queen: $2,199
    • King: $2,699
    • Cali King: $2,699
  • Purple 4” Smart Comfort Grid

    • Twin XL: $2,499
    • Full: $2,699
    • Queen: $2,799
    • King: $3,499
    • Cali King: $3,499

Purple Bed also offers financing programs to allow customers to pay for their mattress over the course of 3, 6, or 12 months.

Does the Mattress Come With a Warranty?

All Purple Bed mattresses come with a 10 Year Warranty that covers any manufacturing errors. This includes a visible indentation greater than one inch, or a failing of any of the mattress materials. Purple Beds will only be under warranty if they are used on a firm, flat surface that can uphold the weight of the mattress. Warranties will also become void if there are any signs of damage, abuse, or neglect. Purple suggests covering the mattress with a stretchy mattress protector to avoid any damage.

Is There a Trial Period for the Mattress?

Since Purple Bed mattresses are not available in stores, it can be difficult to test whether a Purple Bed is right for you. To ensure absolute satisfaction, Purple offers a 100 Night No Pressure Guarantee. This is a trial period that allows you to try a Purple Bed mattress in your home for 100 nights. If you find you are unsatisfied with the Purple Bed for any reason, you can contact the company to come to pick it back up at no cost to you.

How Does the Purple Bed Ship?

Purple offers free shipping on all orders of the Purple Bed. When buying directly from the Purple website, it can take up to 4 weeks for your mattress to arrive, depending on how many orders Purple has to fill. You can buy an Original Purple Bed from Amazon and utilize their 2 Day Prime Shipping, but be warned that you won’t be able to take advantage of their 100-night sleep trial.

The Original Purple Mattress is delivered directly to your house in a large purple tube. It is the customer’s responsibility to set up the mattress in their bedroom. The New Purple Mattress cannot be shipped the same way, due to the addition of coils. Purple offers customers who buy the New Purple Mattress free in-home set up, along with old mattress removal.

How Do I Set Up the Mattress?

If you purchased an Original Purple Mattress, it is your responsibility to set the mattress up in your home. Here are the steps you will need to take in order to

  1. Grab a Friend. Purple suggests that you have at least one person help you set up your mattress to avoid any strain or injury.
  2. Lift Mattress Onto Bed. With your assistant on the opposite side, lift the mattress onto the bed at the same time.
  3. Cut Open Outer Tube. Once the mattress is on the foundation, unzip the tube to retrieve a small cutting tool. Use this tool to cut down the length of the outer tube.
  4. Remove Plastic Layers. Purple Bed mattresses are covered with thin plastic layers to ensure there is no damage during the shipping process. Remove all the plastic layers before moving on to the last step.
  5. Unroll The Mattress. The final step is to unroll the mattress completely to lay it flat on your bed. Make sure that the mattress is fully secure on your foundation, and there are no gaps that can cause sagging.

Is the Purple Bed Right for Me?

If you’re looking for a highly supportive mattress at a low price range, a Purple Bed might be the right choice for you. With benefits such as pressure relief, cool sleeping, and reduced motion transfer, the Purple Bed stands up to the top mattresses at a fraction of the price. If you’re still unsure that the Purple Bed is right for you, you can always take advantage of their 100 Night No Pressure Guarantee to try it out for yourself.

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Plenty of Fish Review

The Dude —  June 14, 2018

Plenty of Fish is one of the original pioneers of online dating services. Today, the company now boasts a membership of over 150 million users worldwide. But the quality of an Internet dating site doesn’t rely on the amount of users alone. Read on for our review of Plenty of Fish to discover what services they offer, how they stack up to the competition and a step-by-step guide on how to sign up and make new connections.


Plenty of Fish:Pros & Cons


Every online dating service, including Plenty of Fish, has it’s own set of pros and cons that can impact your decision to sign up. Keep both sides in mind when making a decision about whether Plenty of Fish is right for you.

PROS 

  • You can create a profile and message other users for free
  • One of the largest databases of user profiles to search through
  • Over 4 million active daily users
  • Highly in-depth search feature with over 14 variables

 CONS

  • Free service can attract fake or illegitimate profiles
  • No identification confirmation or background checks

Plenty of Fish

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Online Dating: A Step Away From the Traditional

Before the Internet, singles looking to make connections had to take the ‘traditional’ dating routine. This involved going out to social events intending to meet other people who might become dates. After getting to know a person, you would then decide whether they fit as a potential partner.

Many singles in the world that have trouble finding time to meet new people after their day-to-day activities. Others find plenty of people to talk to but aren’t able to make lasting connections. As technology has advanced and the Internet connected the world, new services formed to help solve the issues with ‘traditional’ dating.

What is Plenty of Fish?

Plenty of Fish is a free online dating service that allows singles to connect with other singles to get the conversation started. Since established in Vancouver in 2008, the company has strived to help millions of users around the world connect and create a lasting relationship.

Plenty of Fish has grown to a membership base of 150 million registered users worldwide, with 4 million users active every day. The company claims responsibility for over 1 million relationships every year, and that a couple meets on the service once every 2 minutes.

Along with their website user face, POF is also available in over 20 countries on iOS and Android devices in 11 different languages. This allows users from all over the world to connect at anytime, anywhere on their mobile devices.

Plenty of Fish offers a variety of other services to help hopeful singles connect with the right partners. Popular features include their Chemistry Test, that base matches off of your emotional wants and need, and Relationship Needs, which look at past relationships create a custom relationship action plan for any future connections made.

How Plenty of Fish Works

Plenty of Fish strives to simplify the dating by helping singles form meaningful connections and start conversations with potential partners. By using in-depth assessments and customizable advanced search fields, POF helps you find the best profile matches so you can start those meaningful conversations and make true connections.

How to Join Plenty of Fish

Download the App 

To join Plenty of Fish you can download the app on Google Play or the Apple Store. There is also a web browser version available.

Register

Plenty of Fish asks you to enter a few details in order to set up your free account. Create a username and password, and then enter your email address to ensure your account can be validated.

Setting Up Your Profile.

Once registered, you are guided through a lengthy profile set up to get a better understanding of the kind of person you are, and the kind of person that you want to meet. This can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on how in-depth you want your profile to be.

The questions range in a variety of topics, including appearance, personality, lifestyle, partner preferences, and more. Your profile starts with a quick introductory headline, followed by a longer profile description. This is what other users will use to gauge whether they are interested in you.

Along with a basic description, you will be able to display your ideals and interests, along with ‘Conversation Starters’ that give potential mates an idea of the kind of conversations you’re looking to have.

Assessment Quizzes

After your profile is complete, you will then be prompted to take a variety of personality tests that Plenty of Fish created specifically for their members in order to get a clear understanding of what they are looking for in a relationship. This includes their Relationship Chemistry test, which focuses on mapping our your personality, and a Relationship Needs test, which gives insight into the kind of relationship you are looking for.

Search for Matches

After the assessment tests are finish, you will then able to explore Plenty of Fishes’ database of singles looking to connect. You can search for users by using the ‘Meet Me’ feature, Ultra Match, users that are currently online, or by using their highly advanced search engine tool with 14 variables to hone in your search.

Once you find someone you want to know more about, you can send him or her a direct message or ‘flirt’ to show your interest.

Key Features of Plenty of Fish

Relationship Chemistry Test

This is an assessment test that breaks your personality and compatibility into five factors: family-orientation, easygoingness, social dependency, self-confidence, and self-control.

Relationship Needs Test. Another assessment test with over 50 multiple choice questions that help you recognize what you want in a relationship. This test identifies your compatibility based on nine elements of relationships: self-efficacy, interdependence, intimacy, communication, relationship readiness, conflict resolution, attitudes towards love, sexuality and preferred expressions of affection.

Advanced Search Variables

Plenty of Fish has one of the most comprehensive search options with over 14 variables to filter your search result. POF’s basic search includes filters such as gender, age, commitment intent, body type, education, ethnicity, and location. Their advanced search option allows you to hone in on individual details, including appearance, whether they drink, what type of job they work, and more. There is also an option to search by username if you are looking for someone specific.

Ultra Match

This feature uses Plenty of Fish’s Behavioral Matching System to find the singles that best fit what you are looking for in a partner. POF will dictate a profile as an Ultra Match based on your answers to the Relationship Chemistry Test and the Relationship Needs Test. This narrows down the profiles to the top 70 profiles whose answers are the most compatible to yours.

Meet Me

The Meet Me feature lets you rapidly search through the Plenty of Fish user database by letting you pick whether you are interested one profile at a time. You will be presented with a photo and prompted to ask whether you would like to meet this person based on their photo. You can choose either ‘Yes,’ ‘No,’ or ‘Maybe.’ Users will get a notification if someone chooses ‘Yes’ on your profile, but only paid members are able to see the profiles of those who said yes.

Keeper Test

This 28-question test is design to help you figure out whether your potential love interest is a ‘keeper.’ The questions deal with how your potential match interacts with you and those around them and creates a personality type similar to the Myers-Briggs evaluation based on a few variables: Connected-Aloof, Buoyant-Temperamental, Virtuous-Indifferent, and Expressive-Guarded. They then provide tips for how to deal with the particular partner type and how to proceed with a relationship.

Seduction Style Guide

This is a test that allows you to better understand your ideal seduction methods. The test is broken into a few sections, including flirting, communication references, and date preferences. You are then sent a comprehensive report to send to potential mates with a step-by-step approach on how to seduce you.

Google Home Access

 Plenty of Fish is the first online dating service that allows you to connect to a Google Home smart home device. By utilizing the Google Assistant, you can use your Google Home to read and reply to your POF messages.

Plenty of Fish Plan Pricing

The basic Plenty of Fish plan is free, and allows users to create a profile, take the assessments, search their database, and message other members for no cost. Plenty of Fish also offers their users the ability to upgrade their account for access to more features.

Upgraded accounts allow users to show up first on the ‘Meet Me’ section. This allows new singles to see you within minutes of signing up, and increases the amount of messages from users who are interested.

Along with higher exposure, upgrading a Plenty of Fish account allows users to unlock Extended Profiles of matches they’re interested, check to see if their messages were read or ignored, and can see the date and time of when someone viewed their profile.

Premium members will have a gold star presented on their profile and every message. According to their site, upgrading more than doubles a user’s chance of meeting someone.

Users can upgrade their profile through three different plans:

  • 8 months for $79.92
  • 4 months for $51.00
  • 2 months for $38.70

Plenty of Fish also offers tokens, which allow you to send a Super Yes, highlight your profile, or send a priority message. A ‘Super Yes’ will show a user you really liked their profile, while a highlight will mark you as ‘Today’s Catch’ in the Meet Me section.

Tokens can be purchased in three different packages:

  • 1 token for $1.99
  • 5 tokens for $8.95
  • 10 tokens for $1.69

Public Perception (Other Plenty of Fish Reviews)

Currently, the Plenty of Fish app ranks as one of the top 20 social networking apps, and has a ranking of 3.7 stars with over 135 thousand reviews. On Google Play, the app ranks at 4.2 stars with over 1.14 million reviews. Reviewers seem to agree that the service is a great opportunity to meet potential partners for no cost, though some complain there are too many ‘fake’ profiles, sometimes making it difficult to connect with real people.

How Does Plenty of Fish Compare to Other Dating Sites?

Plenty of Fish is one of the most popular online dating services due to its large user database and low cost. There are other dating sites, such as Match.com, Tinder, or OkCupid that offer different features and opportunities for singles looking to connect.

For a paid membership, Match.com adds additional functions and features to help their users find the right match. For example, Match.com allows their paid users to delete members you aren’t interested in from search results.

Tinder also offers a free dating service that allows you to see other people looking to connect who are nearby. Tinder is a popular option with younger users as it is well integrated with social media platforms like Facebook.

OkCupid offers a similar free option that allows you to search and interact with other members without having to pull out your credit card. One unique feature they offer is a compatibility percentage for both potential matches to look into and potential enemies to avoid.

Is Plenty of Fish the Right Fit?

With over 4 million daily active users, Plenty of Fish is one of the largest online dating services on the market. As a free service, POF is an easy, non-committal way to explore the online dating scene without having to open up your wallet. With a variety of advanced features at little to no cost, POF is a great way for singles to connect to form strong, long-lasting relationships.

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OkCupid Review

The Dude —  June 8, 2018

Jumping into the world of online dating can be an intimidating feat with so many sites to choose from. If you’re looking to ease into the online dating scene, then OkCupid may be the right site for you. With its simple design and unique profile questions, OkCupid is one of the easiest dating sites to get started on.

Read this review to get an in-depth look what services OkCupid provides, how they stack up to the competition, a step-by-step guide on how to sign up, and more.


OkCupid: Pros & Cons


Each online dating service is unique, and strive to serve specific problems their customers face in today’s dating world. OkCupid, like any other online dating site, has its own pros and cons to weigh when making a decision to sign up.

Here are a few areas where OkCupid succeeds, and a few areas where they can improve.

PROS 

  • No cost to browse, search for matches, or message other users
  • Easy-to-navigate design that makes it easy to get set up quickly
  • Low cost A-List subscription gives access to valuable features
  • Search feature allows you to discover matches based on unique variables such as interests, attractiveness, vices, and more

 CONS

  • Not as large a database as other online dating sites
  • A lot of fake accounts due to no-cost registration

OkCupid Dating Site

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Dating and Technology: A Perfect Match

We often think of combining technology and dating as something that only took off in recent years. The truth is that humans have been using technology to search for potential mates for hundreds of years. The first iteration of online dating can be traced all the way back to the late 1600s when the first use of personal ads began appearing in newspapers. Hopeful singles would place ads in the paper with information about their likes, dislikes, and what they are looking for in a relationship. Similar to the online dating profile of today, these ads were placed in hopes that eligible singles would reach out to make a connection.

It wasn’t until the explosion of the Internet in the late 1990s that the modern iteration of online dating profiles began to form. The first online dating site, Match.com, was launched in 1995. Since then, online dating services have become one of the highest paid industries on the Internet. Today, there are hundreds of dating services that offer users a chance to connect with singles based on a variety of different preferences.

What is OkCupid?

OkCupid is a sleek, easy-to-use online dating service that aims to help users make meaningful connections. With over 30 million members registered and over 1 million users logging in daily, OkCupid is one of the largest online dating services on the market. Its interface is sleek and simple, making it one of the most user-friendly applications in the online dating services industry.

Though headquartered in America, OkCupid is operating internationally and offers services in a variety of different languages. This allows you to talk to other users around the world that you may not have otherwise had the opportunity to connect with.

OkCupid has no cost to sign up, and a free profile gives you access to their database of members looking to connect. Along with their free messaging service, OkCupid offers a diverse number of premium features with their A-List program to help you get the most out of your dating profile. Popular features include more comprehensive search options, profile-boosting, and an incognito mode.

How OkCupid Works

OkCupid’s goal is to let you show off who you really are by creating rich profiles that go beyond just a photo. The profile process is one of the most in-depth in the industry and works to get to know you through a selection of randomly selected open-ended and multiple-choice questions. These questions range from the simple (“Would you date someone with children?”) to the abstract (“Would you ever eat anything out of the trash?”).

Once you answer enough questions, OkCupid will use your answers to find the profiles that best match your own. As you continue to answer more questions and interact with more profiles, OkCupid’s advanced algorithms will adapt to find the right people to make connections with. In addition to potential match percentages, OkCupid also warns you of profiles to avoid with an enemy compatibility percentage.

How to Join OkCupid

  1. Download the App. You can download the OkCupid Dating app on Google Play or the Apple Store. There is also a web browser version available for desktop or mobile use.

  2. Register. You can register on OkCupid using either your email or by connecting your Facebook account. Be prepared to go through a CAPTCHA verification process to prove you aren’t a fake profile.

  3. Setting Up Your Profile. Once you have created a password, OkCupid prompts you to set up your profile ‘About Me’ section. Here you will provide them with basic information such as your name, gender, age, and location.

The next section of your profile revolves around the kind of person you’re looking for. Here you can show other users what kinds of connections you are open to, such as hookups, friendships, short-term or long-term relationships. This is also the section that indicates your ideal partners’ gender and age range.

Photos

The last step in setting up your OkCupid profile is to add some photos of yourself. To start, OkCupid allows you to upload 6 pictures. Make sure to only use recent photos of yourself that you think best represent who you are.

  1. Answering Questions. After your profile has been created, you will be presented with a selection of yes or no questions. OkCupid has a vast collection of thousands of questions for their users to answer and will select 15 at random to start your profile off. You can answer more of these questions at any time to create a more complete profile that will attract the right people.

  2. Search for Matches. With your profile complete, OkCupid will show you a variety of local singles they believe may be a match. They ask you to pick three singles that you may be interested in. Not only does this connect you with local singles, but it also allows OkCupid’s algorithms to get an idea of your ideal type. Once this process is finished, you are free to browse and interact with other active members.

Key Features of OkCupid

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Match and Enemy Percentages. One of the most unique features offered by OkCupid is their match and enemy percentages, which are calculated for every profile you view. These percentages give you insight into whether or not the person whose profile you are looking at is compatible based on OkCupid’s algorithms.

DoubleTake. DoubleTake is a feature that shows you a deeper look at the profile of your matches one at a time. Also, DoubleTake highlights a user’s personality and interests, letting you take a deeper look into their individuality. If a profile interests you, you can swipe left to match, or right to pass.

Profile Boosts. Exclusive to OkCupid, the Incognito Mode allows you to browse the site or app completely hidden. No one will see you were online, and users whose profiles you look at will not get a notification stating you viewed their profile. This feature can be included for a low monthly fee.

Incognito Mode. Exclusive to OkCupid, the Incognito Mode allows you to browse the site or app completely hidden. No one will see you were online, and users whose profiles you look at will not get a notification stating you viewed their profile. This feature can be included for a low monthly fee.

OkCupid Plan Pricing

OkCupid’s free signup gives you the ability to create a comprehensive profile and allows you to access their database of over 30 million users. Features included with their free account are the ability to like and message profiles, match/enemy percentages, and profound search filter options that let you narrow down the right people.

A-List Basic

OkCupid also has a paid service which they call A-List. Becoming an A-List Member opens your account up to new features. The most popular feature with A-List is the ability to see which profiles have ‘liked’ you. This helps you narrow down people who are already interested in you, and shows you what kind of people your profile attract. A-List enables you to check to your messages were read or ignored, and browse profiles without notifying the user.

Purchasing an A-List membership unlocks better search optimization options, including new filters that will allow you to search by attractiveness, body type, personality, and more. Recently, OkCupid has updated their search function so you can search for profiles based on how they answered certain questions.

A-List has three basic pricing tiers:

  • 1 month for $9.95/month
  • 3 months for $7.95/month
  • 6 months for $4.95/month

A-List Premium

Users looking to upgrade their experience even further have the option of purchasing A-List Premium. Along with everything the A-List Basic plan has to offer, A-List Premium provides users with a daily 15-minute profile boost that allows them to be seen by more people during peak hours. A-List Premium also increases how often you can see and be seen by attractive matches. In addition, A-List Premium members can see the answers to a user’s question before they answer the question themselves. This allows you to see a potential matches’ preferences and answer accordingly.

If you want the added features of A-List Premium the price will go up:

  • 1 month for $24.90/month
  • 3 months for $22.90/month
  • 6 months for $19.90/month

Incognito Mode

A new subscription-based feature offered by OkCupid is Incognito Mode that provides users with ultimate privacy. When in Incognito Mode, your profile will be invisible to anyone that you haven’t liked or sent messages to. Incognito Mode lets you browse OkCupid’s database freely without appearing online, and gives you the option to ‘block’ or ‘pass’ a profile you’re uninterested in.

Similar to A-List, Incognito Mode has three pricing tiers:

  • 1 month for $4.99/month
  • 3 months for $7.99/month
  • 6 months for $4.99/month

Profile Boosts

For members interested in a profile boost without a monthly subscription, you can purchase individual boosts for $1.99. You can also buy them in packs of 5 for $1.89 each, or in packs of 10 for $1.69 each.

Public Perception (Other OkCupid Reviews)

Presently, the OkCupid Dating app ranks number 57 in social networking apps in the Apple App Store. And has a ranking of 4.2 stars with more 59 thousand reviews. On Google Play, the app rates as the number one Top Grossing Dating app at 4.1 stars. It has over 280 thousand reviews.

Users seem to agree that the service is easy to navigate. And has a lot to offer for little to no cost. Reviewers seem to like their unique questionnaire process, though some find some of the questions irrelevant to their partner search.

According to the Google Play store, OkCupid’s top features with users are its secure privacy controls and simplified profile management. Also, in-depth questionnaires, and location sharing services.

How Does OkCupid Compare to Other Dating Sites?

OkCupid is one of the top online dating services due to its low-cost memberships and simple design. While OkCupid offers a variety of features, there are other dating services such as eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, or Match.com that plenty to offer.

eHarmony is a dating service that focuses more on long-term relationships. Also, eHarmony’s registration process involves a variety of questionnaires that you need to fill out in order to find matches. While these questionnaires take time, they result in more qualified matches that will likely lead to better connections.

Plenty of Fish (POF) offers a similar free option. It allows you to search and interact with other singles looking to connect. While their profile customization is not quite as streamlined and inclusive as OkCupid, POF boasts one of the largest member databases with a total of over 150 million users worldwide.

Match.com is the oldest online dating service sites, making it a leader in the industry. With their tried-and-true methods, Match.com continues to provide their users with innovative features such as live chat rooms and international dating options.

Is OkCupid the Right Fit?

Whether it’s a hookup or a long-term relationship, OkCupid will help you make the connections you’ve been looking for. If you’re on the lookout for a sleek, easy-to-use dating site that allows you to meet singles wherever you go, OkCupid might be the solution for you.

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Looking to have a lads weekend in Europe, but want to experience something different from endless nights of drinking and debauchery? Consider visiting Italy. On the surface, it might not seem like an ideal spot to visit with your mates, but dig a little deeper and find a whole range of activities to keep you occupied. Whether you want to go rafting at Marmore Falls and stay in one of the villas in Umbria with a private pool or head to the bigger cities, Italy makes a surprisingly good destination for a weekend away.

The Weather is Always Good

Visit in the summer and expect to be bathed in sunshine and balmy temperatures. Days often hover in the low 30s, and you’re almost guaranteed a sunny day. If you’re planning a getaway later in the year, head to Southern Italy where the weather remains warm and pleasant in the winter. It doesn’t matter what you want to get up to on your lads getaway, having good weather is always an advantage.

Watch a Game of Football

Ask anyone to name a football team from Italy, and most will give you an answer. Head to South America and Asia and find the youth sporting Italian football shirts and discussing AC Milan’s latest result. The country is a huge footballing nation with extremely passionate fans. Rather than watch the big game in the pub back at home, why not get a ticket and cheer on from the stands?

Italy is Easy to Reach

If you’re in Europe, you can fly to cities in Italy for next to nothing on one of the many budget airlines. Passengers can reach the country on a direct flight that takes less than two hours from most European destinations with ultra-cheap trips available from the UK, Ireland, Germany, and France. Some of you might want to spend a little bit longer than a weekend and have plans to visit other spots on the continent. No problem; hop online, and you’ll probably be able to get a last minute flight for less than a train ticket back at home.

Classy Nights Out

Italians are known for their style, elegance, and class. And pretty much every city and most towns have bars and lounges to suit the patrons. Rather than DJs and 20-something-year-olds drinking and vomiting all over the place, you can expect a higher level of sophistication when you hit the town. Not everyone wants to spend every second of their trip drinking as much as they can humanly hold.

Milan’s Nightclubs

But if you do want to hit the clubs and party the night away, you’ll find Milan to be a haven for exclusivity. The city is known for its fashion, and there’s a massive presence of the world’s rich and famous. Many of these will spend their nights in one of the hundreds of clubs in the city. Instead of being crammed inside a dark and crowded club like back at home, you might be rubbing shoulders with celebrities and football players.

A Night Out on Italian Beer

We’ve all had a bottle or Peroni or Birra Moretti at some point, and most of us enjoy drinking it. Italian beer might not be as famous as other nations, but they do offer an excellent selection of local brews. You can order a glass or bottle from the bar and unwind on a warm sunny evening. Or head to one of the growing numbers of bars selling craft beer. Anyone looking to enjoy a few will appreciate the selection that’s on offer.

Italian Food

While coming to Italy for the food can be a reason for anyone to visit the country, it deserves a special mention. Nothing can be better than a pizza straight out the oven with a bottle of Peroni. You don’t have to go out and pay for fine dining. Leave that for when you come back with your girlfriend or wife. Instead, head to the smaller spots along the streets that cook up fast meals at decent prices. And almost every place will have a fridge full of Italian beer.

Italy is a Perfect Destination for a Road Trip

Look at the map of Italy, and you’ll immediately understand why it makes an ideal place for a road trip. The country stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from the northern border with Switzerland to the southern tip of its ‘boot.’ Several towns and cities can be easily reached by driving or taking the train from one spot to the next. Or, if you’re looking for a real adventure, why not get your bikes out and cycle along the Eurovelo to Brindisi  

Fight Like a Gladiator in Rome

And finally, one of the more unique experiences you can have in Italy is to take a gladiator class in Rome at the Colosseum. You can learn from a pro the different techniques and moves before giving a go for yourself. Nothing can compare to the fun most have when they spend a few hours learning to fight. Expect lots of laughs, adrenaline, and testosterone. If you’re planning your weekend away as part of a stag do, this will make the perfect activity.

Italy Makes a Great Spot for a Lad’s Weekend

Forget the candlelit dinners, strolling along Venice’s canals or visiting churches in Florence, come to Italy with your mates for the beer, adrenaline, and laughs. Not only will you have the time of your lives but you’ll also be able to have a getaway with a little less chaos than some of Europe’s others spots.

 

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. If you have transitioned from college into the working world, then you’ve most likely heard these famous words before. First impressions can make or break an interview, and the time frame for making that first impression is a mere seven seconds. Dressing for the job you want is a great way to show that you are serious about being successful. If you take the time to take care of yourself, it shows self-respect, which, in turn, helps people respect you as a professional. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind to make sure you are on the right track:

 

  1. Make the stubble subtle. Whether you prefer a clean-cut goatee or a burly and bushy mane, it’s important to keep both looking fresh and controlled. By establishing a proper grooming routine, it can indicate to your employer that you are proactive and responsible. Show your current or potential employer that you can be taken seriously by cleaning up that five o’clock shadow. The great thing about facial hair is that maintenance can be easy and inexpensive. Having a quality razor, like Harry’s, should be a staple in your arsenal of grooming accessories. 
  2. The suit makes the man. Let’s face it – you’ve probably got “the suit” hanging in your closet right now. You know, the one that you only pull out for certain occasions: like weddings, graduations, and funerals. And let’s be honest, it’s probably three sizes too big (or small) by now. If you are looking for a job promotion, you ought to give your wardrobe a promotion too. The best thing you can do to showcase your new professional image is to seek out an essential suit. Bonobos offer a unique variety of all-purpose suits. For a surefire outfit, consider a solid color such as dark grey or navy. You can always make a statement by adding a bold tie to the look. Most importantly, having your suit tailored to achieve the perfect fit can make you a cut above the rest. Nothing can ruin a suit of exceptional quality like an oversized jacket or baggy trousers. The way you wear a suit speaks wonders about who you are and what it is that you’re trying to accomplish. 
  3. Be armed with the right accessories. Accessories aren’t just for women – they are an excellent way for men to set themselves apart too. Instead of checking your cell phone, a simple yet chic wrist watch, much like the ones offered by Fossil, provides an advantageous way to tell time while also highlighting your sense of style. Another fundamental component of your new workplace presence should be a briefcase. A briefcase can serve as a dual purpose extension to your professional image by showcasing remarkable style, all while characterizing you as prepared and organized. It’s okay to play around with materials, sizes, and shapes, but just make sure your briefcase doesn’t become a dumping ground for loose papers and other personal belongings. Search for a briefcase that comes with built-in organizational compartments. Briefcases can be a fashion-forward way to give the illusion that you are well put together.

 

Not only does being well put together affect first impressions, but appearance and behavior go hand-in-hand. When you look better, you feel better, and you are more likely to perform better. Whether you are looking for a new job or trying to enhance your current workplace persona, these tips will help you dress for success to confidently and professionally portray the best you.

 

Just like there are some qualities in a woman that attracts you, women also have their own list of qualities they want in a guy. Often, these criteria are based on our experiences and relationships. You think you may have it all. But if you still haven’t found the woman of your dreams, you may be wondering what you’re doing wrong.

In this age of online dating apps, hook-ups, hangouts, and swiping left and right, there are still a lot of people who are yearning for a long-term commitment or marriage. Unfortunately, in today’s world, most people are having trouble finding love.

Most people tend to fall in love with a person who meets their criteria. If you’re wondering what traits will make you attractive in the eyes of a woman, then we urge you to read on.

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Here are 8 important qualities women are looking for in a partner.

Intelligence

According to a survey, women do want smarter men. In fact, they find intelligent, knowledgeable men attractive. Women are turned on by men who can hold quality conversations and intimate talks. Give her quality conversations and you can potentially win a woman over. You’ll be the sexiest, most handsome man in her eyes. After all, having an intelligent mind is admirable. Women get attracted to men who they can admire.

Confidence

Confident men are sure of themselves. They are determined to get what they want and won’t stop unless they reach their goals. They can also handle themselves in an unfamiliar situation or mingle with unfamiliar people. A man who is secure in his own skin gives women the assurance that she is secure with him.

Most men think that it is money women want. That’s not entirely true. The truth is that they are attracted to men who are confident, open, and direct. Women find confident and direct men so seductive. They know what they want and they are not afraid to go after what he wants. That includes women. If he wants a woman, he will pursue her. This is why women find the alpha male type seductive.

Sensitivity

Studies suggest that 1 out of 5 men are highly sensitive. They know how to value their feelings, as well as the feelings of others. Sensitive men do not just consider what they want; they also take into account their partner’s interest when making social plans.

Growing up, most men are told that “big boys don’t cry”. Most people see sensitivity as a form of weakness or being too feminine. This prevents them from showing their sensitive side. Sensitive guys make the best partners.

Dependability

Three out of four women say they want a man who is honest and dependable. They are in search of a man who is responsible enough to make a commitment and keep their promises.

A dependable man doesn’t leave her woman hanging. He is always there for his girlfriend or wife in times of need. He doesn’t leave her hanging. If your partner told you she’ll be making dinner, do not let her down. Make sure you make it home in time for dinner. You need to be reliable and dependable if you want your partner to stick with you for the long term.

Honesty

A lot of women are complaining about men saying one thing and then doing another. If you are planning on entering into a serious relationship, you need to be honest with your partner. Communicate with her openly and honestly. If you are honest with her, she will have no reason to doubt you. Plus, women have strong instincts. They can always tell when you’re lying, so it is best to always be upfront.

Sense of humor

Physical appearance may help you capture the attention of women. But if you want to keep a woman’s attention, a sense of humor is a must.

Women like men who are fun to be with – someone who can make them laugh every now and then. Even if you don’t have the looks, as long as you have a good sense of humor, you are a winner in a woman’s eyes. Having a great sense of humor, there will be no dull moment between you two. Plus, it’s nice to have someone who can make you laugh after a long, stressful day at work.

Faithfulness

Faithfulness is usually on top of the list of individuals who are interested in entering into a long-term relationship. In fact, 8 out of 10 women included faithfulness on their top 10 list of attributes they find sexy in a man.

Nothing is more frustrating than investing your time and effort in a relationship, only to find out that your partner is seeing someone else the whole time.

Sense of style

Jeans and shirts are the go-to outfits for most men. They are versatile and comfortable, so we can’t blame them for wanting to wear them on most days. But if you want to capture the attention of women, then you need to up your sense of style.

We’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, but let’s not deny the fact that we tend to notice people who look great and carry themselves well. Women appreciate men who have a good sense of style. They like it when you dress to impress, especially for special occasions. Plus points go to men with good grooming habits.

When it comes to marketing and managing your business, there are different types of strategies that you can rely on. There are new and innovative ways in which you can promote your business, and you can make the most of these strategies to ensure that your business requirements are fulfilled. Some new technologies associated and ran by the internet can help you with managing your business and ensuring consistent profit for your business. There are different types of business, and more and more people are opting for promotion through the internet since you can get some new clients from across the world through the internet. The social media platforms are some of the best potential options for business promotion. If you are new to the world of social media promotion, then you can always seek professional help from the experts.

Instagram is one of the top social media platforms which you can rely on for managing business needs. There are six million people across the world using the Instagram account actively every month for a significant amount of time. The various features of Instagram account are such that you can use it for promotional work efficiently. Here are certain tips which would help you ensure that your reputation as a brand is maintained well online and you can make sure that more and more clients keep coming back to your brand for your service. When you strategically use the Instagram features you can make sure that your requirements for building your brand reputation are thoroughly fulfilled. Here are some tips which you can make the most of when you are looking for ways in which you can make Instagram the perfect ground for building the foundation of the company’s marketing.

Scrutiny all the posts thoroughly that you share

Before you share any position through your Instagram page for business, go through them repeatedly and consider all the factors that you must avoid to make the most of the Instagram uploads. Make sure the images that you are uploading do not hurt any community and religious beliefs, do not indicate regarding any controversial topic and similar issues must be avoided. When you are sharing the posts, there are specific factors that you must keep in mind and make sure that the posts are relevant to your brand and business and do not indicate any controversy and biased opinion. Such opinions can be expressed in your account but not on your business account since your followers who do not share the same opinion may feel offended. Plan the posts well in advance and then upload them so that there is no mistake in your post that can be offensive to your viewers in any way.

Likes and comments

When your followers for Instagram view the images, they often like and comment on them. Some people may even leave a negative comment which is completely uncalled for, and there is no reason for doing so. But as a brand, you cannot react in any offensive manner to such reactions. You must be very diplomatic about what you are saying on your social media pages. There are different kinds of comments which you would come across, and you must be prepared for handling them well. If needed, you can even approach a client through direct message regarding any kind of negative comment that they have left under your posts and asked about their grievances. There are different types of comments and issues that you may come across, and the key to handling all such troubles and maintaining a reputation is diplomatic about your standpoint.

You can like and comment on your follower’s uploads provided they are relevant and even on general personal ones as well. Be subtle and do not leave any promotional comment on such photos. This would show that you are interested in the lives of your client and not just trying to promote your business to them.

Why should you be careful about your reputation?

If your reputation on Instagram or any other social platform is affected, there is a high chance that it would get viral in no time which in turn would have a very big negative impact on your business. Hence it is imperative that you make sure that your comments and activities on Instagram are such that you cannot be questioned about them in a negative light. There are various issues that a company can face from time to time when they are not concerned about the public relation codes. Some professionals can help you out with maintaining the public relation through your social media account, and you can opt for these services efficiently. There are different types of packages for providing such services to the businesses, and hence you can always get in touch with them and seek the services. To make sure that your troubles with maintaining the public relation are smoothly solved, you can still get such professional help.

Wrapping Up

There are different types of marketing strategies, and you can always ensure that your company is at the top consistently when you value public relation. It is crucial that you maintain the public relationship well and ensure that your company officials are behaving such that the clients do not have any complaints about your company. It can be concluded that the Instagram account and its features are helpful for promotion and if you make the most of the features, then you can always make sure that the reputation of your company is maintained well.

In this bold, fitness driven world, most men strive to get leaner and fitter. They want to lose the fat and bulk up. This is why many of them spend countless hours in the gym. If you are one of them, you probably get to the gym and spend at least an hour doing a few sets of curls, fast-walking on the treadmill, and lifting weights. You do the same workout every single day. Rinse and repeat. But despite your effort and commitment to men’s fitness, you’re not seeing the results you want. What seems to be the problem?

Increase your strength and endurance with these men’s fitness tips. Use these tips to start maximizing the benefits of your gym time.

Set a goal

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There are several reasons why men decide to hit the gym and workout. Perhaps they notice that they tire easily. Or maybe they gained weight and wanted to shed those extra pounds. No matter what the reason is, most of them would start running feverishly on the treadmill or start attacking the weights. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, that’s not how it’s supposed to be.

Before you start with your workout routine, it is important that you set clear, concise goals for yourself. Why? Because goal setting is necessary to achieve success. In fact, recent studies show that setting a goal could be the trick to a transformation.

Make a list of the things you want to achieve – both short and long-term goals. Do you want to increase endurance, strength, flexibility, or do you want a combination of those areas?  It doesn’t have to be a long list. Just a short list will suffice, but make sure they’re specific and attainable.  Setting your goals from the start will give you the motivation to achieve them. Plus, it will be easier for you to monitor and track your progress.

Hire a personal trainer

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Now that you have determined your goals, you need a workout routine that will help you achieve those goals. You can’t just lift some weights or do cardio exercises and expect great results. Rather, you need a personal trainer, who can provide creative, effective workouts that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. He will create a personalized program that fits your goals, schedule, and budget and makes you accountable to it.

According to a study that was published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, working out with a personal trainer increases your fitness-goal success by up to 30%. You may have to shell out about $75 to $400 an hour, but if you are serious about achieving your men’s fitness goals, then hiring a trainer is the way to go.

Healthy, balanced diet

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Working out isn’t enough if you want to achieve your ideal physique. In order to build lean muscles and slash unwanted fats, you also need to focus on the foods you eat.

If you are serious about losing weight and building muscles, you should prepare to end your relationship with the pizza delivery guy and start to opt for healthy, nutritious foods instead. A well-balanced diet is important, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or tone your body. The right balance of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats is the key to getting in shape.

Most people eliminate carbohydrates from their diet, thinking that it would cause them to gain weight. Considering how many calories you’re burning during your workout, you need carbohydrates to fuel your body throughout the day and support your exercise regimen. According to Mayo Clinic, 45% to 65% of your total calories should come from carbohydrates. But that doesn’t mean that you can gobble up on just about any type of carbohydrate-rich foods you can find. You need to choose the right types of carbohydrates. Complex carbs that are found in beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are ideal. This simple change will help you shed some pounds while maintaining your muscle.

It is also best to plan your snacks ahead of time. It can be tempting to reach for a bag of chips or head to the nearest fast food chain when you get hungry. But by preparing your snacks ahead of time, you know that there are some healthy alternatives that you can munch on anytime. Nuts, berries, grapes, bananas, eggs, jerky, and yogurt are excellent snack options. Not only are they delicious, they are also filling but low in calories.

Have fun

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Starting a rigorous exercise routine is a key part of achieving your fitness goals. Most men would hit the gym, eager to get their workout routine started. But by the second or third week, they lose the enthusiasm and have totally forgotten about their goals of getting in shape. Make men’s fitness fun and rewarding to make the workout seem as quick and painless as possible.

You can have a good time while working up a sweat. Pump up the music to make exercise more fun and exciting. Load up your ipod, MP3 or smartphone with upbeat music and try to synchronize your workout to the beat of the music.

Some people prefer working out solo, and it’s totally fine. But if you find yourself dragging yourself to the gym or you’re lacking the motivation to exercise, try working out with a friend. To make working out a positive experience, make sure that you choose someone who will push you and motivate you to intensify your workout. With a supportive friend cheering you on, you’ll be able to reach your men’s fitness goals in no time.

Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym. If you are the adventurous type, try engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, running or cycling. These activities will not only help you burn some calories, they also provide opportunities to get in touch with nature. Spending time with nature can enhance your mood and alleviate stress. If this doesn’t convince you go outdoors, I don’t know what will.

You mustered the courage to ask that gorgeous woman out on a date. Luckily, she said yes. That’s great! Now that the hard part is over, all you need to do is to plan out the perfect first date. Going out for dinner and watching a movie are the first things that come to mind when planning a date. While these are great first date ideas, wouldn’t it be great to add a little spice?

A first date should be casual and low-key. The entire point of going out on a date is to get to know the person. You can’t learn a lot from the person you’re interested in if you take her to the movies. Think about it. You won’t even have the opportunity to talk to her. Plus, it’s so dark you can’t even get a good look at her.

First dates can make or break a potential relationship. We’re assuming that you like this woman, so you’re hoping to land a second date. To help ensure that your date is an ultimate success, we have compiled a list of fun and unique first date ideas. In this round-up, you’ll find some amazing ideas that are sure to wow your date.

Here are the top 5 first date ideas that are sure to make a winning impression.

Theme parks

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Theme parks appeal to just about everyone. If there is an amusement park within easy driving range, we recommend that you take your date there.

You’re already nervous about a multitude of things going into a first date. The last thing you want is to worry about your wardrobe for the day. By taking your date on a theme park, there is no pressure in finding the perfect outfit. You can just chuck on some shirt, jeans, and trainers, and you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need to take her to a fancy restaurant.

Queues are inevitable, especially in theme parks. In some rides, you may even have to wait for about an hour. It may seem boring, but it provides the perfect opportunity to talk to your date. You have nothing else to do, so you might as well take this as an opportunity to get to know the person better. If you run out of things to talk about, then chat about the ride you’ve just been on.

Even if your chemistry isn’t as strong as you hoped, it is still a good excuse to have fun and let your inner kid out.

Sporting event

Sporting event

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Nearly everyone feels nervous when going on a first date. Often, we experience a racing pulse and sweaty hands. A fancy dinner date will only make you feel nervous and awkward. A sporting event provides a more casual, relaxed environment. You don’t have to work too hard to impress your date.

Even if she’s not a sports fan, we think it would be a blast to hit up a sporting event on your first date. It’s hard not to have fun while doing the wave. You’ll also have ample time to talk. If there are any lulls in the conversation, the game makes a great fall back discussion topic. Plus, food and drinks won’t cost you an arm and leg, which is especially great if you find out that she isn’t the woman of your dreams.

Haunted house

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Not everyone is into the darker side of life. But if you’re both looking for something out of the ordinary, you can visit a haunted house.

First dates can be quite awkward. You don’t know each other that much, so you try to think of something to talk about. After about 10 minutes, you run out of things to say and you’re stuck staring at each other over dinner. If you want your first date to be memorable, we suggest that you take her to a haunted house. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to her while waiting in line.

Although it’s one of the most unconventional first date ideas, it can be surprisingly romantic. You get to hold her hand when she gets scared. Don’t be another dinner and movie date that blends in with the rest.

Get ice cream

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First dates don’t always mean going out for dinner. It can be as simple as getting dessert. Take your date to an ice cream parlor. Order a humungous portion of ice cream and watch as a huge smile spreads across her face. Go ahead and keep the conversation rolling as you enjoy this dessert.

You may also be surprised at how much you can learn about the person based on her favorite flavor or topping choices. Does she love strawberry ice cream? If so, then she’s fiercely loyal and energetic. Individuals who love chocolate ice cream are open to exploring new ideas and experiences. Vanilla ice cream lovers enjoy living in the moment. They also appreciate good quality and minimalism.

Bike ride

Bike ride

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If you’re looking for fun and unique first date ideas, try asking her out for a bike ride. If she agrees, that means you share a common interest, which is great. A riding date allows you to explore new places while spending time with each other.

Start the day by planning where you want to go. While most cyclists love the spontaneity of pedaling without a specific destination in mind, it’s not a good idea if you’re going on a bike ride with someone. You may also want to take a short break for a quick meal and take this opportunity to chat.

Dating a cyclist gives you something exciting to talk about. You can talk about your experiences on long bike rides. Who knows, you may even have her agree to come with you next time.

Gifting flowers is traditionally one of the best practices followed by humanity for many centuries. This tradition has a long history, even dating back to BC times. Not just on Valentines’ Day or Mothers’ Day, but we do gift flowers affectionately on any given occasions as a universally accepted gifting standard.

Going a step ahead, now there are many flower gifting services too, which makes it easier for the users to send a handful of beautiful and scented flowers to a loving person at a different location or country. When it comes to gifting flowers; however, you need to be a bit careful and knowledgeable about the symbolization of various types of gifting flowers and needs to do it properly for the desired impact. For those who are new to the idea of gifting flowers to your parents, lover or anyone else at random, here we will discuss a few insights to be gained on this.

 

Common Gifting Flowers

Even though roses are the most accepted and admired variety in the bunch, there are many other classic gifting flowers too out there as;

 

  • White Zantedeschia
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Solidago
  • Calla Lily
  • Alstroemeria
  • White Carnations
  • Wheat
  • Carnations
  • White Lilies
  • Gerbera Daisies
  • Lime green Euphorbia Robbiae.
  • Monte Casino
  • Marigolds 

 

In fact, most of the times, there are given in combination to share a definite message or emotion to match to the mood of the situation ranging from a casual ‘hi’ to expression of true love from within. Ideal gifting flowers to UK services will help you do it efficiently.

 

Things to Know When Gifting Flowers

On someone’s birthday, you may find the below five a perfect choice to see the special one with that extraordinary smile.

  • Lilies
  • Orchids
  • Roses
  • Gladiolus
  • Gerberas

Roses

No doubt that rose depicts a unique appeal and personalised message for all occasions. For an extraordinary birth wishes, there is nothing but a bouquet of yellow roses or assorted multi-colour roses will be ideal. When the gifting is done to parents, you think of majority white and if to your loving spouse, no doubt about red in abundance.

 

Gifts for Moms

Roses were considered to be sacred to the Greek goddess of Isis, who was considered to be an ideal month. Roses also have symbolization about Virgin Mary. All these make a rose bouquet an ideal gift for parents, especially moms. Pink roses signify grace and appreciation, and yellow roses symbolise joy and friendship. So, both these colours are perfect when you think of gifting rose bouquets to moms.

 

Anniversary Gifting

Red roses are deemed to be ideal for gifting on the anniversary. As you know well by now, red roses symbolise pure love. White is also fair to be considered for special occasions, which represents purity, humility, and innocence. What white rose is usually referred to as bridal rose is rightly associated with pure love. It is also ideal to think of gifting yellow, pink, orange, purple roses too for similar occasions.

Let it be any of those loving flowers gifting in a beautifully set bouquet; it ideally symbolises a new beginning or feeling or care and emotion-filled feelings. An ideal flower gifting service you hire will make all such need fulfilled.

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Winter brings with it chilly winds and sub-zero temperatures. With shorter days and cold weather, most people experience a lull in their motivation to stay active. Many of them are tempted to skip the gym in exchange for warm nights spent indoors. Weekend bike rides and afternoon runs are also sacrificed because of the bone-chilling weather. Since winter coincides with the holiday season, most people focus their attention on preparing for gift giving, holiday parties, and family dinners.

Given all these distractions, most people let diet and exercise fall by the wayside during the winter. By the end of the holiday season, many of them have already gained a few pounds and begin to experience feelings of anxiousness or depression.

Don’t let the cold weather and holiday throw your fitness off track. You have worked so hard to achieve that body, so don’t let all your efforts go down the drain. Read on for tips on how to stay fit and healthy during the winter season.

Mindful eating

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According to studies, the average American gains about one to two pounds over the holidays. It’s not surprising given that most people attend festive events during this time of the year. Many of them are centered on foods.

Since most of our favorite foods are served in front of us, this makes it even more difficult for us to stop eating. While there is nothing wrong in indulging in your favorite foods, you may want to take a healthier approach to what you eat during the holiday season.

Choose your foods wisely. Limit the number of high-calorie foods on your plate and fill it with vegetable dishes, leafy green salads, and lean proteins. Concentrate on your meal while eating. We know you’re eager to catch up with your family, but you are more likely to lose track of how much you’ve eaten if your attention is somewhere else.

Go outdoors

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Most people feel less inclined to venture outdoors during the winter months. However, staying cooped up inside the house isn’t good for your health. Later on, you may find yourself depressed and blue. Going outside can help you feel better. Adding an outdoor workout to your routine will do your body good and instantly improve your mood. Not only will you burn more calories, you’ll also be able to put an end to SAD.

Before you walk out the door, make sure that you wear enough layers to keep you warm and comfortable. Dress in easy-to-remove layers to allow for changes in temperature. Never attempt to exercise without a sufficient warm up. Otherwise, it can lead to shock in joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Our body takes a longer time to warm up in winter, so make sure that you invest more time in your warm up.

Use the stairs

 

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Most people go on vacation during the holiday weekend. We bet the last thing you want to do is to put on your joggers and go out for a run while on vacation. To help you burn some calories, you may want to take the stairs at your hotel rather than taking the elevator. You can also do this at the office, subway station and other places.

Don’t think of climbing stairs as a consolation workout. It may not feel like a workout, but it actually is. In fact, it can help you burn more calories, tone and sculpt your body, increase core muscle strength, and maximize your cardio efforts. Most importantly, it’s free. Just about all of us can get access to stairs.

Shovel snow

Shovel snow

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Your walkway and driveway are likely topped with a lovely coat of white snow during this time of the year. If you allow snow to build in your driveway, this can cause potential danger to your family, your, car, and your home. So go get that shovel and start clearing the driveway.

Shovelling snow can be a very intense activity. In fact, 30 minutes of shoveling is the exercise equivalent of hitting the gym for about an hour. It is actually a great workout that engages all of your major muscles, including your triceps, biceps, glutes, quadriceps, back, and abdominals.

Most people tend to underestimate how hard shoveling snow is. This activity is almost comparable to lifting weights. Lifting heavy snow plus the cold winter air makes it even more challenging. Do not attempt to do this on your own if you have a history of heart problems. You don’t want to be rushed to the hospital while clearing snow.

Get a flu shot

Get a flu shot

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Most people spend most of their time inside the house during the winter. Viruses are more likely to thrive indoors since the doors and windows stay shut 24/7. This makes you more susceptible to colds and flu.

Anyone who has a suppressed immune system may contract the flu. Just because you did not develop symptoms, doesn’t mean that you’re immune to it. You’re still carrying the virus and may have passed it on to someone else already. This is why we think it’s important that everyone gets the flu vaccine this winter.

Ice skating

 

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If you’re looking for a fun activity that can also double as a form of workout, try ice skating. Most cities will have an ice skating rink.

Ice skating is a great way to get some exercise and embrace the winter weather at the same time. In fact, skating is said to be more beneficial than running. The joints and muscles of the legs get a great workout through gliding and synchronized movement of the legs. It also targets almost every muscle group in the body. What’s great about ice skating is that it provides a great aerobic workout without even knowing it because you’re actually having fun. The best part is you can share this activity with the rest of the family. Skip the gym and hit the ice this winter. With ice skating, you can stay in shape and have fun while you’re at it.