Tag Archives: Skills

Upgrading Your Home for Cheap

home projects for cheapYour home is your castle.  What happens when your home becomes boring to you?  Springtime is here and it is the time of year that projects start.  Why not spend some time and some money on your house.  You can increase the value and the way that you feel.  Not only that but your children can learn how to do some of these skills through your projects.  Some of my fondest memories were doing projects with my father and grandfather.  I learned a lot from their work.

I have gone through and found a verity of different projects that you can do.  No second mortgage or technical skills required to finish any of these projects.  As men we should be able to complete the smaller projects of this list.  As gentlemen we should be excited to learn how these are done.


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What projects can we do up upgrade our home for cheap?

  • The projects with the highest return on investment for resale value
  • How to sell your home quick and for asking
  • Getting upgrade inspiration
  • My dire warning to you hearted guys out there
  • Changing light fixtures
  • Adding Souround Sound
  • Altering the front yard
  • Chaning up the Family Room
  • Plants for the house
  • Kitchen Remodel
  • Wall art for everyone’s taste
  • How to save money with these projects

I put together a list of items that you can purchase from the amazon store that I have partnered with Bob Mayne from Today’s Survival Show.  Make sure that when you are purchasing your Amazon items you use our links.  This will help us out greatly without you spending any more money.


The book that you should consider buying when selling your home.  Get what you are asking for or even more!


Connectors for your surround sound system.


Wall Art Designs for your to hang up everywhere and show your Start Wars fandom!


Plants for the house that will purify your air for you while giving you something green to look at year round.


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Run Your Kitchen Like A Master Chef

master chefIt is no secret that food brings people together.  For centuries we have come together with food.  It makes sense that a Gentleman needs to be able to put something together that tastes good.  A chef is someone that can make cheap invariance taste like an expensive meal.  This means that you can do the same thing that a master chef does to make a great meal for your family.

I am going to give you a few secrets and ways to run your kitchen like a master chef.  Completely redoing the way that your family does meal time is hard to do.  You have to make the effort to do this because it does matter.  You have to be willing to sacrifice your time in an effort to bring the family together.  Being a chef is one way to slow the family down and get them away from their screens.  Take these skills and these suggestions to be that element of change in your own families life.  It is not hard.


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How do I run my kitchen like a master chef?

  • Use everything you buy
    • Can what you don’t use
  • Crockpots save the day
  • Plan your meals
  • Grow your own spices
  • Cook more than you need and save the rest
  • Stay away from junk
  • 10 affordable ways to make your food taste more expensive

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Drowning- Spotting it and Stopping it – Throwback

drowningMemorial Day is close and to most of us this means that we are going to crank up the grill and destroy some burgers and hot dogs.  For a lot more of us this means that swimming pools are opening up for the summer and this means that people of all ages go for a swim.  Growing up we have all learned that drowning meant looking a certain way and we were to always call the lifeguard to help.  What if I told you drowning didn’t look like the way we were supposed to see it look like.  What if I told you to save a drowning person wont be as easy as we see on TV.  There are a lot of reasons why people don’t necessarily drown like they are supposed to.  This is where I am stepping in today.

As gentlemen we should be prepared to step in and act when someone is in trouble.  I urge you to find a way to get trained and taught how to stop someone from drowning.


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How can I stop someone from drowning?

  • The short version of the article Drowning Does Not Look Like Drowning
  • My background in lifeguarding
  • My rescues while lifeguarding
  • Reach, Throw, and Go
  • What does it look like
  • How to approach a victim
  • Differences between victims
  • How to escape the grasp of an active victim
  • What to do at shore

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Caring For Your Knife

caring for your knifeA knife is one of the most well known tool that a gentleman can either use to cut down a sapling to saving their life in a disaster situation.  Every gentleman will wake up and put a knife in their pocket because things need to be cut during the day from a net to cover their flock of birds to defending themselves from a yeti attack.  There are a particular set of rules that everyone needs to know and understand about knifes before purchasing one and then caring for one when it is in their possession.  

That is what we are discussing today.  This topic was brought to you from the Facebook page, so if you have any ideas for shows, please comment in the Facebook page!  Understand that this is as much information that I could gather.  I would hope that if you have any other suggestions about this topic, take it to the forum.  We can always use expertise in this kind of topic.


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What should I be doing to care for my knife?

  • Different types of knifes and their purposes
  • How to clean and store knifes
  • Which knifes are tougher than others
  • What does it mean to “daily carry” a knife
  • Purposes of daily carry knifes
  • What kind does a firefighter carry in his pockets

During the show I talked about the coolest cutting board you have ever seen.  Check out this video!

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How to be a Smart Gentleman

smart gentlemanBeing smart is something that most want to be.  Not only is it attractive to others but it affords you opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t get.  By employing the tips that I have pulled from around the internet, you can start working your way to be a smarter individual.  There is no way for me to measure how being smart will impact your future life.  However, I can say that being a smart person is a more fulfilling life with better experiences and opportunities.  Ones that many would not have enjoined if they had not took the time to work on their intelligence level.

I used not just a group of great resources online, but my own experiences in how I have developed myself.  Be the Gentleman that can hold a conversation with someone and it not be about yourself.  You will quickly realize that there is a big world out there with really smart people in it.  Those conversations that you have with someone about their experiences and their life can change your opinions.  I know they have for me.


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How can you do to be a smart gentleman?

  • Managing online time through podcasts and articles
  • Write everything down
  • Surround yourself with smart people
  • Learn random knowledge
  • Travel
  • Foster creativity
  • Detox from an online life
  • Keep your mouth shut and listen

Links I talked about in the show today:

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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.

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18 Things A Father Should Teach His Son

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When your son is born, you have just signed up for a job you will be working for the next 18 years of your life.  There are no breaks, there are no days off and you will be responsible for finishing this job rather you like it or not.  Regardless of what has been said, a young man first looks up to his father for guidance.  As a father, you have to step up and be that Gentleman that he needs in his life before he starts to outsource his inspiration to someone else.  That might be someone else that you dont want this outsourced to.  By thinking about this ahead of time and planning out what you want to teach, you will be able to make sure that he knows exactly what you want him to know to succeed in life.

I am not saying that I am an expert on raising children, however I was raised as a child.  I am bringing the experiences and the information that my mentors bestowed upon me as a child.  If you have other ideas about this, please comment and let me know what you taught or would teach your son.


 

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What should a father teach his son

    • Why splitting wood is important
    • Taking care of another animal
    • Iron a shirt
    • Be a man of your word
    • Honesty over feelings to a degree
    • Be a gentleman
    • Change your own oil
    • Lean on your spouse 
    • You make your life better
    • Take responsibility for your actions
    • How to cook
    • Finances
    • How to fight
    • When to laugh at himself
    • Shooting  a gun and care for a knife
    • How to compassionately dispatch an animalfather teach son

The only resources used in this show was my own experiences and lessons taught to me by my mentors growing up.

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6 Things Solo Backpacking Beginners Need To Know

6 things solo backpacking beginners need to knowBeing a solo backpacker means that you are one that ventures out into the back woods alone to enjoy nature in its silent and raw bliss.  There is not anyone that you can rely on but yourself and your dog that you take with you.  The grit of the trail and the silence of the back country are the only elements that keep your mind from wondering.  Solo backpacking is a wonderful way for gentlemen to be pushed into a whole different mindset that allows you to reset your problems and to really see what you are made of.

I just finished up my first solo backpacking trip a few days ago.  To say that I had a wonderful time is an understatement.  I learned a lot about myself and pushed myself to my limits.  All men should take this opportunity to go out and pick up this hobby for themselves.  It is a great way to learn about yourself.


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What do solo backpacking beginners need to know?

  • What kind of protection should you be concerned with on the trail
  • How to control how much weight you are going to carry
  • What is your mindset, can you handle it
  • Think five steps ahead of yourself
  • Who can find you, let someone know where you plan to be
  • What should you take with you

I mentioned this event in a past episode linked below:

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Surviving a Riot- An Interview with Speaking Apes Pt 2

surviving a riotRecently there was a riot that came really close to myself and more importantly, my family.  I had the opportunity to sit down with a very enlightened podcast and speak about the situation that our nation is in currently.  We can all agree that there needs to be some changes.  Our nation cannot begin to heal it’s wounds before we have a very real and very organic conversation about what is happening.  It is the same effect of putting hydrogen peroxide on a cut.  It is going to hurt and you might not like it, but it is the beginning of the healing process.

Fred and Harlin from the Speaking Apes Podcast sat down with me and discussed surviving a riot.  No matter what opinion you have about the subject, you should know how to extract yourself from a rioting situation.  We dove into the subject in great detail and a little about the philosophy of it all.

SPEAKING APES PODCAST INFORMATION

You can find Speaking Apes Podcast in various ways.


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How do you survive a riot?

  • How can you soothe people before a riot occurs
  • What has to happen to heal a community after an incident
  • How to prepare ahead of time
  • What I use to stay up to date on possible riots
  • The use of Facebook live as a tool for staying informed
  • How to get out of a riot and why

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Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew

pumpkin spice porterI just finished my pumpkin spice porter beer.  Last night I opened it and it had an the most intoxicating smell.  The smell has a stronger pumpkin smell with the traditional hint of cinnamon.  The taste is even better.  It almost makes you want to get your ugg boots and your yoga pants on.  This is the perfect beer of the fall season.  The only downside is that I only brewed a 5 gallon batch!

As I have always said, if you can cook a box of rice you can brew a batch of beer.  The steps are simple and you will be able to brew your own by watching my YouTube video where I walk through the steps that I took to brew my batch of Pumpkin Spice Porter.


Thank you to Hop Goblin for making this process possible!  Visit their website and purchase your own ingredient kit.

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The Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew video

Yes, this video is pretty long, however it takes your through EVERYTHING you need to know about brewing this beer.  No steps are removed and all explanations are spelled out for you.  While you are watching the video you can pick up your Pumpkin Spice Porter 5 Gallon Extract Kit from HopGoblin.com.  Hurry up though, you need to act fast because it is a seasonal item.

Do you need a more “broken down” view of the brew process?

I took the time to make sure that I made different videos from different parts of the brew process.  Brewing is really easy and a lot of fun to do.  If you are looking for a new hobby or skill, you have found a very rewarding one.  Follow these really easy steps and you can have your own batch of beer.

The beer brewed with this past process was a Red Ale.  This is one of the simpler kinds of beer to brew.  Great for the fall or spring.