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Make New Friends ~ It’s Good for You!

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

According to scientific studies having friends is good for you. Pals are always there to share laughs and even tears with and does wonders for your overall mental health – of course, we already knew that!

However, making new friends isn’t always easy, especially if you’re years past the good ole days of college. Meeting new people can frightening and very difficult, so here are a few tips to help you find some awesome new folks to add to your life.

Look at Acquaintances in a New Light

We all know people from work or other social gatherings that aren’t quite considered friends, but perhaps they could be? It can be scary taking the acquaintance relationship to the next level – and nobody wants to do the ‘walk of shame’ if you get rejected. So what is the solution? Researchers have developed what they call the “Fast Friends” protocol. This is a specific set of questions for both people to answer, and claim they can turn strangers into friends in 45 minutes. Check them out and see if you’re game;

~ Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
~ Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
~ If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
~ If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Say “Yes”

We all get into slumps and routines in life, but in order to make lasting friendships we have to get out there and this can be as simple as saying one little word – “Yes!”
If a co-worker, neighbour or just an acquaintance invites you out, accept the invitation. It’s not only a great way to break dull, boring routines, but the time spent with this person may just lead to more and before you know it you have a new friend.

More Than Just a Hobby

Hobbies are a wonderful way to meet new people, plus you already know you have something in common. If you’re a avid book reader, book clubs are the perfect way to meet new people. If you’re into dancing, running or yoga, try a new style with lessons, join a gym that offers yoga classes or run a marathon. There’s no better way to get to know people than with shared common interests.

Try these ideas or some of your own and you may just find you have a whole new group or even just one individual person in your life that went from stranger/acquaintance to BFF. Leave me a comment if you try any of these suggestions or have one of your own – I ‘d love to hear from you!

Duck Dynasty Dynamic Dynamos

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

If you’re looking for some Louisiana Bayou reality then Duck Dynasty (Wed.10/9C) may be your show. Going into their third season this A&E reality program focuses on the Robertson family that took their handmade duck calls, the Duck Commander, and turned it into a multi-million dollar business. The show isn’t only a reflection of how the family works together in business, but also a way of backwoods-livin’ that the normal tv watcher may find comedic as well slightly disturbing.

The show centers around the entire Robertson family; however for the most part the men are at the forefront. Phil Robertson is the patriarch of the clan and turned down the NFL in his junior year of college because it interfered with duck hunting. Phil was quoted saying that he was, “not interested in having large, violent men chasing me trying to stomp me in the dirt.” Ironic, as now he totes a gun and will shoot most anything that moves.

The other characters include Phil’s younger brother Silas (Si), and Phil’s sons, Willy (CEO of Duck Commander Co.) and Jason (Jase), along with their wives and the grandchildren.

As you would least expect from a family that has more money than duck meat, the guys all look like they just walked out of the underbrush of the bayou. They dress for work in camouflage and each sport long, unkempt beards and hair.

Duck Dynasty is filled with all things wild, like fishing, frogging and shooting the local wildlife, including ducks, for food and sport. The program does get a bit graphic at times and probably wouldn’t make a positive impression on the squeamish or an animal-lover.

In fact, British musician and animal activist, Morrissey, refused to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Feb. 26 episode) because the fellas of Duck Dynasty were scheduled to appear as well. Morrissey stood up for his principles, making this statement on Facebook; “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away.”

If you’re one of these people who can’t get enough of this wacky show, then why not duck yourself away in your man cave? What!? You don’t have your very own man cave yet? Then start planning for your own cool space, today. The Executive Gift Shoppe has a wide variety of cool, unique man cave accessories to get you started. Check us out for these and other stylish gifts.

Spring Clean Your Relationship

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

With the warmer weather and the smell of Spring in the air, it’s a good time to get off the sofa and get outside. And a perfect time to play with your mate. Check out these outdoor options for some fun in the sun and quality time together.

Tour Around

It’s amazing how much stuff we have in our own hometowns that tourists go wild for, but we simply take for granted. Grab your honey and act like someone new to the area. Check out a fun restaurant or attraction. It’s a great way to bond and get a new appreciation for your city.

Have a BBQ

Most parks allow for BBQ’s as long as you clean up after yourself, so grab a portable BBQ, some of your favorite grillin’ foods and make an afternoon of it. Nothing beats good food and quality time together.

Get a New Activity

Sharing new adventures doesn’t have to be just for vacations. Find something you both would like to try, like golfing, jogging or even just walking and training a new puppy together. Any new activity can turn into an exciting time and will give those endorphins some needed stimulation.

Get a Different Prospective

If your area provides helicopter rides or hot air ballooning, why not take a spin above and see what the birds see? This can be fascinating and a fun way to spend some quality time while building fond memories.

Plant a Garden

Why not give your green thumbs a work out and plant something this Spring? It doesn’t have to be a huge garden, flower boxes and individual pots make planting fun and easy. Plus, you can grow a variety of flowers or things like tomatoes, chives or herbs.

Plan a Party and Do the Catering Yourself

Parties are a great way to get friends and family together, so take on the challenge together. Planning and shopping for menu items, beverages and entertainment are all things that can be made easier (and a lot more fun) if you do it as a couple. Once the party is over chat about the day/evening and think ahead to your next event while you clean it all up.

These are just a few things that can be done to give your relationship a good spring cleaning. Even though this list may leave you wondering what I was thinking, the important thing to remember is to share your time and new things with each other. It will leave you both with a new spring in your step and a warm glow in your hearts.

Have you done or have an idea of a fun Springtime activity you want to share with us? Leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

Wax Paper Is More Than Just For Cooling Your Cookies

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

We’ve all used wax paper for cooling cookies on, but there are far more uses for this handy dandy item then most of us are actually taking advantage of. Check out the following tips for this under appreciated product.

In the kitchen you can use wax paper to clean the gears on a can opener. Just run a piece through it to loosen up the dirt and grime. Wax paper can also be used as a quick cleaning-fix for the top of the refrigerator or to use inside your drawers.

To super-sanitize a wooden cutting board, just lay a piece of wax paper across it before you cut the meat. The wax paper keeps the juices from soaking into the wood.

For the wine and cheese connoisseur, try using wax paper on the cork of the wine bottle. Just rub the end, then watch how easily the cork slides back into the bottle.

To keep cheese fresh, take it out of the plastic wrap it comes in and wrap it in wax paper, then rewrap it in tinfoil. This keeps the moisture where it belongs, in your cheese.

For cleaning around the house try replacing your Swiffer sheet with a piece of wax paper – it’s cheaper and just as effective. In the closet you can rub wax paper along the rods to stop them from squeaking against the hangers.

If you love your candles, stop the colors from bleeding together when you store them by wrapping them each in wax paper. You can also polish up your chrome and prevent water stains. The wax paper helps to make a barrier between the chrome and any liquid.

Wax paper is also good for outdoor items as well. Try rubbing the wax paper on garden tools to prevent them from rusting and to loosen up the grime. If you have a lot of snow, rub the blade with wax paper before you use it. This prevents the annoying white stuff from sticking.

If you’ve got a wedding dress or other precious articles of clothing you want to save for decades to come, wrap it in wax paper to prevent the light from yellowing and damaging the fabric.

Now that you have all these awesome tips for this common household product, your chores will go a lot faster, leaving you plenty of time to check out the Executive Gift Shoppe – including a wide variety of chrome items.

We also offer a large selection of unique, quality items perfect for every occasion. Plus, check out our FREE engraving and the ‘love it or replace it’ guarantee. We’re on the web at; http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com

World’s Biggest Egg!

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

It’s Easter Weekend so let’s have some fun!

Eggs are a huge part of Easter celebrations. They can be decorated, hunted down and eaten has a chocolaty treat, but I can guarantee you’ve never seen one this BIG!

The world’s largest egg is up for auction in London on April 24th. It’s from the now extinct Elephant Bird that is estimated to have been around 11 feet tall and was native to Madagascar – and probably not has lovable as Big Bird from Sesame Street.

This pre-17th century mammoth-egg is expected to sell for around 30,000 to 45,000 US dollars. But what exactly would someone do with this enormous egg? It’s not like you can crack it open and make an omelete big enough to feed 100 people. However, it would be a conversation starter and a huge piece of pre-historic memorbilia. Just don’t drop it!

If you’re looking for something a little more practical than a gigantic Easter egg, then check out The Executive Gift Shoppe’s complete line of gifts. We offer everything from Accessories to Zippos and back our items with a ‘love it or replace it’ guarantee. Plus, most items can be personalized for that added touch.

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Don’t Whine Over Bad Wine, Put It to Use!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

If you’re one of those people who love a bottle of wine when you first pop the cork, but not so much after its been open awhile, then there’s good news. Leftover wine doesn’t have to be dumped down the drain or pawned off onto the homeless guy on the corner, it actually has several great uses.

Soften Your Skin

The same antioxidants that make red wine healthy to drink, has also been known to be a great skin toner. When applied directly to your skin, the acidity, which is similar to that of vinegar, will soften and brighten your skin. In fact, actress Teri Hatcher reportedly pours a glass of red wine into her bath water. In India, wine is used in spa treatments.

Fabric Dye

Most folks freak out if they spill red wine on fabric, that’s because it stains, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. If you have a dull piece of clothing and are open to some experimentation, use red wine to give the item a ‘make over.’ Heat the wine to simmering in a big soup pot on the stove top, add your fabric, stir with a wooden spoon for 10 minutes, then allow to cool. Rinse the fabric well. Don’t be surprised if the fabric changes anywhere from pale pink to deep mauve or even gray.

Kitchen Disinfectant

If you’ve run out of cleaning products, why not give this a try. The alcohol in wine can efficiently remove countertop stains and disinfect kitchen surfaces. White wine is recommended over red (to prevent staining), they both will kill several types of foodborne pathogens, like salmonella and E. coli.

Warning – don’t try this tip on granite, as acids will eat away at the surface. And drinking the wine will not get rid of foodborne pathogens once they are in your system.

Freeze It

Freezing left over wine is a convenient way to add extra flavor to soups, stews and sauces. Or, you can just suck on one as a pleasant change from popsicles.

Glass Cleaner

If you have spoiled white wine, the compounds turns vinegarish, which is perfect for cleaning glass. Just add a few tablespoons to a spray bottle of water, squirt it on the dirty window or mirror, then wipe with a newspaper.

Catch Fruit Flies

If you have pesky fruit flies invading you kitchen, then wine can be of help here, too. Just pour a half-inch of red wine into a glass and cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Now poke a few small holes in the wrap. The flies are attracted to the rich sweetness and will squeeze themselves through the holes, once in, they can’t get out. Just be sure no one drinks this bug-embalmed fluid.

Heal Bruises

If you have a few too many and end up falling down and getting a nasty bruise, just leave yourself some wine. Stopping the consumption of anymore alcohol will certainly help you sober up, plus you can use the rest of the wine for some faster relief. Just soak a piece of bread in wine and then apply it to the bruise. This will help it heal faster. Why? Wine is rich in flavonoids, which are antioxidants that will soothe inflamed tissue.

Now that you know all the wonderful things you can do with leftover wine, be sure to pop over to the Executive Gift Shoppe for all our Wine Lovers Gift items. We offer unique, quality items that is backed by our ‘love it or replace’ FREE guarantee. We’re your one-stop-shop for everything you need to impress your gift recipient. The Executive Gift Shoppe on the web at; http://www.executivegiftshoppe.com

Want a Man Cave? Think Before You Start!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Every man wants a space to call his own. One that doesn’t have the stylish influence of a female and can be loaded up with all things guy. A place he can go and feel free to burp, scratch and be flatulent, alone or with his friends. Thus, the Man Cave was born.

It’s a dream for any guy to have his own personal space, a place that he can use his decorating skills (or lack thereof) to bring together everything he loves in life. The concept of a man cave isn’t new, workshops, garages and basements have all been turned into a place for the man to get away to, but its only recently that the term “man cave” was coined. If you’ve been thinking of designing your own space, there are some things to keep in mind;

Choosing the Space

The great thing about a man cave is it can be located pretty much anywhere in the house or even backyard. Spare bedrooms, attics, basements, sheds and garages are all wonderful places to begin your journey into fun and solitude. However, be prepared to negotiate with your significant other. Most man-friendly caves won’t be appealing to the fairer sex, so if you’re thinking of turning the sitting room into a cave, you will probably have to think again – unless she’s a REALLY good sport.

Picking a Theme

Once you have your space secure, the next thing you will want to figure out is what the theme is going to be. Do you have a pinball machine, pool table, big screen television? These all make great focal points for the man cave. Also, don’t forget to think ahead to what you may like to add (ensuring there is room). This is where the fun begins and you’re only limited by your imagination (and perhaps a budget). Sports, hobbies and interests can play a major role in bringing your man cave together, so take some time to think and design out what you envision it to be like.


Of course, your budget for the man cave will be a huge factor in what you can and cannot do. But once the space itself is finished you can slowly add to your overall look as money comes available. However, be realistic, don’t set yourself up for failure by dreaming of the ultimate theatre-look if your budget is leaning towards nice drapes and microwave popcorn. This is also a great time to look to talented friends, family and colleagues to help out with the construction. Once they know what you have in mind, they are sure to want to help – with the promise of fun times ahead when its finished.


The man cave is a place of relaxation and fun, so have comfortable seating and lighting for your guests. Also, be sure to have smaller items lying around, like magazines, games, videos and even weird gadgets. It’s a place to kick-back so have a variety of options available.

Personalize It

The last touch you need to add to your own man cave space is a Personalized Sign. These come in a variety of styles and colors to suit every man cave imaginable. This is the perfect finishing touch and lets everyone know this is a place you call your own.

We’ve covered the very basics you will want to work out before you start building your man cave, but planning now will save a lot of extra time, hassle and money moving forward. This stage may seem boring, but once you have everything set, you’ll be glad you did.

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Beer ~ It’s More Than Just a Beverage

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

It’s no secret that beer has been a favorite at many occasions. It’s consumed in large quantities and is a social go-to for breaking the ice on awkward encounters. However, did you know that left-over beer can be used for many household chores, other than getting a buzz on? Before you throw away all that flat beer you have accumulated in the bottom of bottles, glasses and cans, check out the many uses it has, other than stinking up your sink drain.

Boost for Plant Growth

The yeast in beer has been known to cultivate the soil in your plants. Just take a few tablespoons of beer and mix it into the earth around your plants. You should notice them growing healthier and flourishing.

Furniture Polish

If you have hardwood furniture, stop yelling at your husband for spilling beer on it and throw him a rag. Flat beer has been used to bring out the color and add some shine to dull wood.

Lighten Hair

If your hair is lacking in luster, forget about the chemical coloring and grab a bottle of beer instead. Just soak your hair in left-over beer and lay in the sun. The beer will not only make you thrist for a fresh cold one, but will also pull those natural highlights from your dull-do.

Stain Remover

Beer has been said to work in the same way as club soda when it comes to stains on clothing – and is probably handier, especially if you’re eating out when it occurs. Just dab the stain with beer and rinse the clothing with water. Voila! No more stain.

Polish Jewelry

This eco-friendly alternative to harsh, chemical cleaners for jewelry is worth a try. Just drop your dull gold into a dish of beer, soak for a few minutes, then polish with a dry rag. You should notice a significant difference in the sheen and glimmer.

Take a Soak

If you love the smell of beer, then pour some into your bath water. The yeast and other ingredients found in beer will leave your skin soft and smooth. Just don’t drink the bath water, grab a fresh one instead and relax.

Put out a Grill Fire

Although not as recommended as a real fire extinguisher, beer will douse a flare-up on the grill. Just shake the beer and spray onto the flames. Plus, the food on the grill will still be edible, if not more tasty.

Foot Soak

If you have sore, tired feet than a beer foot soak will do wonders. Fill a basin with warm water and add a half a bottle of beer. Soak your feet in this brew-bath for 10 to 15 minutes. The yeast softens the feet and the alcohol acts as a natural antiseptic.

Beer is versatile and goes with anything, so once you’re finished drinking it, put the rest to use for everyday tasks. In fact, why not check out the Executive Gift Shoppe for many wonderful and unique, quality items geared towards the beer enthusiast? Gift buying has never been more easy or affordable.

Replenish Your Debt

Monday, March 18th, 2013

As much as we hate the thought of replenishing our debts, it happens to all of us. So why not have some fun with it with these Drowning in Debt Salt and Pepper Shakers? The two hard-working, briefcase-carrying guys are firmly placed inside two shakers – one salt, the other pepper. Once filled, you can slowly “shake” away your symbolic debts. If only real debt was this easy to dispose of. Read more…

Grab Your Wine Like a Man

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Love the taste of wine, but hate those spindly, dainty wine glasses? Then this Winestein glass will give you a reason to grab a bottle of your favorite vino and drink like a man. This durable-walled glass is a beer mug on the outside with a wine glass on the inside. Perfect for the mans man who is too clumsy to handle the stem of a wine glass, yet still enjoys the flavour and delicate taste of a good wine. Read more…