Monthly Archives: January 2017

Harrison Blake Apparel- February 2017 Review

Harrison Blake Apparel sent me their Feburary 2017 package. I am really impressed with the contents in the package! This month they offer:
*Winter Beanie (Retail $25)
*Cotten Pocket Square- (Retail $20)
*Block Pattern Necktie- (Retail $25)
*Navy Blue Tie Bar- (Retail $15)
*Soapstone Whiskey Rocks- ($8)
**Total Value: $93.00
This package can be purchased for $25.00 through Harrison Blake Apparel website.

This package can be found http://www.harrisonblakeapparel.com/w…

You can use the coupon code: NEWYR60 to recieve 60% off your purchase over $20.00

Learning from Tough Situations with John

learning through tough situationsLife has a way of throwing tough situations at you, and it is up to you to solve the problem.  My guest today has done just that.  He has been in situations that has required him to be tough and make divisions in a quick fashion.  With what he was taught as a child and his want to make sure that his family was unharmed, he got through these tough scenarios unscathed.  More importantly though is that he learned from these.

Today we are going to be discussing how he handled these situations.  It is up to you to make your own decisions on how you would handle these tough scenarios.  John is a long time listener to the show.  He reached out to me through facebook to talk about these stories.  If you have some stories that you have learned from, please contact me either by email or through social media.


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What should I learn from these tough situations?

  • Possible car jacking
    • What caused the aggressors to do this?
    • Were they armed?
    • How did you and your wife handle the aftermath?
    • Did you involve the police?
  • Wreck
    • Did you think about your own safety?
    • Why did you act?
    • Where did you learn about seizure patient care?

There were no resourced used the the show.

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4 Dad Projects for Spring

4 dad projects for springBeing a dad is one of the best jobs in the world.  I know this because my dad and my grandfather done such a great job teaching me life skills throughout my childhood.  With spring just around the corner, it is a great time to get prepared for some projects to teach your children from.  Understand that there is a golden window that last a few years that a child wants to learn from you.  They want to be around you and will learn anything you teach them.  This is the best time to do these projects with them.  They will not only learn from you but they will keep that knowledge for the rest of their lives.

I am going to talk about 4 different projects that you can include your children in this spring.  Projects that will teach them about construction, vehicles, and self sufficiency.  While doing these projects, please be safe.  Teaching them the ability to do something is just as important as keeping them alive.  I included in the podcast what I would use for building materials but if you feel that you should use something different, please do so.  I have no formal education about construction, just a lot of projects under my belt.



What are the projects that a dad can do this spring?

  • The basics of building a swingset
  • Planting a garden
  • Rebuilding a vehicle
  • Vehicle maintenance

Resources used in the show today:

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Preparing for next Winter Storm- Weekend Manly Motivation

winter stormWinter storms are no joke.  Your family is in real danger when the winter storm strikes.  With icy roads, power outages, and temperatures that drop below freezing you are faced with a force that can kill you.  With a little bit of preparation and some forward thinking, you can not only survive this but thrive during the next winter storm that strikes.  Yesterday we enjoyed a nice 70 degree day with birds singing and sun shining.  Just like every single year, mid February we are going to get the last winter storm for the year.  Don’t let this one sneak up on you.


This is your Weekend Manly Motivation.  A podcast designed to give you a quick shot of motivation so that you are ready to crush your weekend activities.  Lasting anywhere between 5-10 minutes per episode, you are able to get a quick kick in the butt to make sure that your weekend is both productive and relaxing.


How should you prepare for the next winter storm?

  • Gathering up the materials to provide your family with
    • Water
    • Food
    • Warmth
  • Preparing a vehicle for emergencies
  • General Emergency preparations you should consider
  • Advanced lighting
  • Providing entertainment for the family

For more information, check out one of the first podcast that I did called “Preparing for the Winter Vortex”  I go into great detail concerning your family and surviving a cold winter storm.

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Building a Profitable Homestead

how to build a profitable homesteadEvery man should have some form of homestead.  I have mentioned this in past podcasts ad nauseum.  However, if you were to take a few extra steps you could make the homestead or farm profitable.  This could afford to pay off some of your extra expenses or even so far as to be your full time income.  Even if you do not have land to farm on, there are ways that you can develop and profit from other’s land.  This is not rocket surgery, just laborious and backbreaking work.  However, think about the possibilities it could afford you if you could quit your full time job.

Today I am going to give you the resources to build a homestead that is profitable.  You can take this information and run with it to build the best business you can or just build a really nice landscape.


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How do you build a homestead that is profitable?

  • What you should be learning now in the winter
  • Finding some land to grow on
  • Learning your market
  • Getting creative with your products
  • Looking into longer term projects
  • Building this business even if you work a 9-5
  • Im going to give you a way to learn how I am building my business

I mentioned at the end of the podcast about my open source homestead.  You can use all of the information that I provide to build your own profitable homesteading business by checking out the Big Oak Homestead website.  You can also check out the social media accounts.

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

How Resilient are You?

how resilient are youOne of the hallmarks of a Gentleman is being resilient.  Being able to bounce back from a hard situation is something that not many people are able to do.  I do believe that is a big reason why people are as depressed and sad today.  The good news is that resiliency is not something that you are born with.  Being resilient is a skill that is developed over time.  Developed through hard times and coming out on the other end of it being a better person.

Today I am going to give you the tools to be a more resilient person in your own life.  There are seven ways that you can develop your own resiliency in this podcast.  That does not mean that this is it.  I would encourage you to find your own way to be a more optimistic person in your own way.  It is the greats among people that are resilient enough to take a setback and come out the other end better than what they were before.


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How can we be more resilient in our lives?

  • Why I feel that society has lost a lot of their resiliency 
  • Find a purpose in your life
  • Embrace change
  • Be more optimistic
  • Learn to find humor
  • Manage your emotions
  • Prepare
  • Turn hardship into opportunity

I mentioned in the show that there are a few podcasts that you can go back and listen to.  The links can be found here.

how to crush your morning routinebeacon of positivityPreparing for a job loss living a disaster

Resources used in the show:

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Homemade Herbal Teas- Interview with Red Dragon Herbs

homemade herbal teaWe all know that herbal tea is healthy for us.  It is not any secret because there is so much data that we are exposed to on a regular basis.  However, some of the teas are not that great tasting and some have names that have to be explained.  Growing your own herbal tea is not that difficult.  As a matter of fact, once you get the peppermint established, it is one of the hardiest plants that you will ever come across.

I brought on Ryan from Red Dragon Herbs and Tea to help us understand how easy it is to grow our own tea.  Not only is he going to give us instructions on how to grow it but he is going to give us 4 different recipes on how to use it.


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Homemade Herbal Tea

  • What are the benefits of herbal tea
  • How do you grow mint
  • What are the benefits of mint on the property
  • Peppermint tea recipe
  • How do you harvest and dry
  • Best practices for brewing

Recipes for herbal tea as mentioned in the episode:

Rest and Relax

  • 2 parts peppermint
  • 2 parts camomile
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1 part catnip

Sore Throat

  • 2 part mint
  • 1 part camomile
  • 1 part eckanatia
  • Rosehip

Simple Tea

  • 1 part peppermint
  • 1 part raspberry leaf

Balm Tea

  • 1 part bee balm
  • 1 part lemon balm
  • 1 part peppermint

Mentioned in the show today were a few products that you can find on amazon.  Please consider using our amazon store portal.

Red Dragon Herbs can be found:

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How To Crush Your Morning Routine

how to crush your morning routineEvery day of your life you make millions of decisions when we wake up.  We start our morning just like millions of regular men do.  Why not step up and design a morning routine like some of the most successful Gentlemen in America?  All men have  a way that they start their day off.  Some of us run around and try to play catch up because we hit the snooze button too many times.  Some of us do wake up but the whole morning is spent in a stooper.  Then there are the Gentlemen that have a way that their day is supposed to start.

You want to be that Gentleman that starts his day off the right way.  By the end of the podcast you are going to be prepared to absolutely crush your morning routine.  You will have no excuses to do so.  My challenge to you is to just try it for 30 days and see where it gets you in life.


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How do you crush your morning routine?

  • Why should you even considering having a daily routine
  • We dive into the morning routines of some of the greatest people in business
  • I discuss my morning routine
    • depending on the day

At the end of the podcast I play a clip from Eric Thomas.  The link to the youtube video can be found here (http://bit.ly/2iSEUmg)

Resources used in the show today:

 

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How to make Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew is a really simple recipe that any man can put together. This particular recipe style is perfect for a slow cooker which means that you are able to wake up early, get everything put in the pot, go to work, and come home to an amazing smelling house.

Recipe:
1 can of cream corn
1 can of whole kernel corn
2 can diced tomatoes
bag of Lima beans
however much meat you want finely chopped
few dashes of worcestershire sauce
few dashes of hot sauce
1/2 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of bbq sauce
any other vegetable you want to add

You put this in the slow cooker for however long you want. Just make sure that you have moisture in the pot so it does not burn.

This traditional dish is meant for when there are extra vegetables and meat left on the farm before winter hits. You cant store the vegetables because there is not enough but you don’t want to get rid of them. So you put them in a pot and slow cook them so the flavors mix and you get a mouth watering Brunswick stew.

In my house, we typically cook this right before the first snow storm. That is on its way here! One disaster that is common for snow storms is the loss of power. If you were to take the leftover Brunswick stew and freeze it you can have a meal that is ready to go if the power does go out.

Mentioned in the 4:05 mark of the Brunswick stew video, I mention the dutch oven (http://amzn.to/2iTRod7). When you buy this you can take your frozen Brunswick stew and cook it over an open flame. This can be from a camp stove or a fire pit. Check it out!

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Don’t Be Lazy – Weekend Manly Motivation

dont be lazyBeing lazy is a real quick way to loose the respect and admiration of your family.  Your family relies on you to hold your end of the chores and duties.  You cannot use excuses to get out of doing your work.  Excuses are a very quick way to show how unreliable you are.  I am going to go through a few tips to make sure that you have no reasons to not get your tasks finished.  Once you are finished listening to this episode of Weekend Manly Motivation, you will be ready to take on all your tasks that is needed to get done for the weekend.


This is your Weekend Manly Motivation.  A short podcast designed to give you a quick shot of motivation so that you are ready to crush your weekend activities.  Lasting anywhere between 5-10 minutes per episode, you are able to get a quick kick in the butt to make sure that your weekend is both productive and relaxing.


How do I keep from being lazy?

  • Do the tasks you hate first
  • Reserve the tasks you enjoy for last
  • Write down everything you need to get done for the day
    • I use a write in the rain pad
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  • Use Google Docs Spreadsheet to prioritize your tasks
  • Make time for your duties and chores

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