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Just Breathe…

     
 

Halloween is officially behind us and now we have a little bit of time to just breathe before the holiday season begins. I know that local stores would have you believe that the holidays are right on top of us, but let’s not rush things. Right now is the perfect time of year to just be.
  The weather is getting colder, the leaves are just about finished turning, and we have a few weeks until Thanksgiving, let’s all just make a collective decision to relax a little bit.
  Enjoy a night in with a movie or Netflix, spend the evening with a blanket on your porch, or hang out around a bonfire with friends. Keep it simple. Because we all know that once Thanksgiving hits, the majority of us will be on the run until New Year’s, so take a little time for you while you can.
  Speaking of relaxing, ladies, I’ve got your back.
  A little birdie (and by birdie, I clearly mean the interwebz) told me that the first Thursday in November is ‘National Men Make Dinner Day’. Now, this sounds like a fantastic way to get a little relaxation in!
  National Men Make Dinner Day was created for two reasons. First, it is to give the ladies a break from the cooking chores. Secondly, it seeks to encourage men who do not cook, to learn to cook, beginning by making a meal on this day. Of course, even men who do cook should celebrate this day by making a meal. For the experienced male cook, we encourage you to make something challenging.
  So dudes, listen up – this is how this should go down. Get your woman prepared – and by that I mean, yoga pants and a glass of wine. Then plant her with a super soft blanket in her fav chair or couch. Now, get cooking!
Here are a few Dos and Don'ts for making the meal:
• The Golden Rule: Women cannot assist in the meal. Rookie male cooks need to do it all by themselves, to gain a sense of accomplishment.
• No take out or prepared foods are allowed.
• No grilling. After all, you've been telling yourself for years, that grilling is Man's turf.
• If you've never cooked before, make it simple. If you like to cook, do something challenging.
• Prepare something that the ladies will like.
• The meal must include a dessert.
• You must clean up all the pots, pans and mixing bowls used in preparing the meal.
Why Should Men Cook Today?
• Because you love your wife or partner.
• To broaden your horizon and skill set.
• To score points!

#NoShaveNovember
  Every November men across the country grow seemingly more hairy. They do this in the name of No-Shave November. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing the hair many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. Just remember gentlemen, much like the ALS ‘Bucket Challenge’, participation in events like this only works if you follow through with a donation. You can donate at no-shave.org, or your favorite cancer charity.