Guidance For Those of Us Without A Clue

That’s what is to be found at the “Tips for Guys” section of the Bella True site. Frankly, I really wish that I’d run into something like this a little over 13 years ago. It would have saved me a whole lot of trouble.

You see, when I first got married, my wife knew that I tended to be a little bit clueless at times but it wasn’t long before she found out just exactly HOW clueless I could be.

We were married in late October. I managed to get through that first Christmas without much trouble since we didn’t have much money at the time and both of use knew better than to expect anything major. Then came new years and Valentine’s day and again I squeaked by. I thought I was doing ok with this getting gifts for that special someone thing. Little did I know how little I knew.

That April her birthday was coming up. There was something (I don’t even remember what anymore now but it was some household thing) that she’d been talking about getting. I knew that she really wanted this thing badly. So, being the utter genius that I was, I managed to go out and get it for her birthday.

That’s when I learned that if you’re going to give a woman something like that, you DO NOT give it to her for a birthday, valentine’s day, Mother’s day, or any other significant holiday. That’s the kind of thing you spring on her simply because it’s Tuesday or something like that.

The “important” days like birthdays & such have to be reserved for gifts that have nothing to do with usefulness or practicality. This is the time to go all out on something with no useful value at all other than the fact that she likes it. A new vacuum? NO! earrings or any kind of jewelry. A perfume she really likes (especially if she has trouble finding it)

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If, on that ill-fated birthday I had gotten her something like this instead of the thing that I did, That whole day would have been a lot better.

All I can say at this end of history is:

Guys, if you don’t have a clue, admit it to yourself and talk to friends, check that site. You don’t have any idea how long you have with her so make every occasion count. I wasted several opportunities and now the time is past and there won’t be any more ever again on this earth.

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Inviting Home: More than just a decor supplier

Most people don’t really give a lot of thought to their home’s decor. In many cases people have the feeling that there isn’t much they can to improve the look and feel of their home because they have the idea that this means an overall redesign that might even involve rebuilding it from scratch.

Most people don’t really give a lot of thought to their home’s decor. In many cases people have the feeling that there isn’t much they can to improve the look and feel of their home because they have the idea that this means an overall redesign that might even involve rebuilding it from scratch.

This is an idea that’s gotten even more momentum because of certain television programs that feature destroying old homes to create a new ones. A tour of the Inviting Home website will show you that this misconception isn’t true. You can indeed do a lot with almost any home without having to destroy it first.

Inviting HomeInviting Home’s website, invitinghome.com, approaches home decor with the idea that there is an unlimited potential in the design of any home, all that’s needed is some thought, a bit of the right advise and a wide inventory of everything from hand carved Corbels to all the touches needed to make an ordinary fireplace the focal point of a room.

While the structure and exterior of a home is often (sometimes literally) carved in stone, there’s a lot that can be done with the interior. Sometimes all you need is to add a detail here and there to add a touch of depth to what may have originally been a flat, featureless wall. Things like a carved crown molding, corbels and wood brackets will add a touch of elegance and refinement to a room without the need for major structural changes.

Inviting Home fireplaceI think that when first faced with such a project, most people can be kinda overwhelmed but by taking things one bit at a time it’s easier to see how just the right changes can accomplish a lot.

Something that I appreciate about Inviting Home’s site is that rather than just slam product in your face until you buy, they’re also about being informative and helpful. Their “Decorating Ideas” section is loaded with page after page after page of inspiring material covering everything from “ceiling decor” to “Green Design”. There is another invaluable resource in their Home Improvement Blog with timely articles about every aspect of home decor.

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On The Topshelf

Are you a Christian looking for good inspirational Christian based writings then Topshelf is a great place to go. You’ll find a variety of Christian videos from GodTube and YouTube and Bible study / devotional entries that each focus on some aspect of God’s word, how it relates to our lives and what we should do with it.

On Topshelf you find posts like “Forgiveness, Is It An Option?” that talk about the concept of forgiveness and why we must forgive if we want to be forgiven. and “Does God Care?: When Is Prayer The Answer?” that answers a question that a lot of people ask, particularly when they’re facing difficult times and how prayer answers our needs.

Posts like these and more serve as an inspiration to help remind us of things like God does indeed care and also remind and guide us in daily life.

Move Over YouTube, GodTube is Here to Stay

I think it’s starting to become a trend, a healthy trend at that, where popular things in modern society find themselves competing against Christian based versions of themselves. For example, in order to provide a Christian friendly online equivalent to MySpace, MyChurch.org was created. In spite of the extreme popularity of it’s secular counterpart, MyChurch.org can boast over 77,000 members with over 51,000 blogs and growing.

These days one of the biggest things around is YouTube. You see videos all over the Internet that are hosted there. Now there is GodTube.com, a Christian equivalent of YouTube that is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s got over 25,000 videos already and more are being added every day.

It’s kind of refreshing really, to have a site like that where you can find Christian oriented material without having to sift through YouTube looking for it.