For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 3

Here we are…the home stretch. You’ve learned about the essential mixers. Started collecting the key liqueurs. Now it’s time to educate yourself on the last, but certainly not least finishing touch – garnishes. Here goes…

For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 3

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Like the cherry on top, cocktail garnishes are that small but important finishing touch that makes every cocktail unique and adds that last bit of essential flavour to each and every one of your most favourite mixed drinks.

It’s one thing if you can churn out a proper drink at home with friends/guest over – it’s another thing if you can make the drinks feel like their favourite bar tender made it.

Going the whole 9 yards when it comes to making great drinks is the baby step into the world of mixology. So don’t think for a second that you’re getting all “fancy” just because you throw some salt rimmed glasses into the mix.

Creating the perfect drink is sacred as much as it is an art – something you should take pride in every time you do it – very similar to that of making spice tea (shit gets serious when I make spice tea).

So here’s a very short but important list of the absolutely essential garnishes:

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Along with another list of garnishes that I consider great to keep in stock, starting with my favorites:

  • Cinnamon
  • Olives
  • Sugar
  • Mint
  • Nutmeg
  • Whipped Cream
  • Salt
  • Celery
  • Cocktail Onions

Paired with great liquors, vital mixers, and tasty liqueurs, all that remains is a few great bar tendering tricks and you’ve got yourself a night in with friends turned epic.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Just a little mid-week inspiration. 😉 No matter what people tell you to do – go with what YOU feel is right to do FIRST and foremost.

Remember that.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 61: Transitions…

Hope everyone’s having a great weekend and extended Memorial Day weekend – yesterday was super chill for me so figured I’d write something low key.

So if you yourself are in a low key kind of mood this one will appeal to you – if not, don’t hesitate to check out the archives of the site. 😉 Let’s get started…

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Transitions can range from a variety of scenarios. It could be a situation, a state, even a frame of mind. The funny thing about transitions is, no matter what reason, how you think about them, react to them, and move with them, can greatly affect how they have an impact on your life.

They can be great opportunities or absolute nightmares depending on how you allow your thought process to run.

I have to be honest and say lately I’ve been going through a transitional period myself. How I’ve been dealing with it has been in a sort of grey area. Not bad – but not great either.

Sometimes it can be a real struggle.

Other times you’ve just gotta hone in on all the positive things and mute all the negativity.

This is where I say improving your lifestyle all boils down to YOU – no matter what training is provided. The tools are like that of a mechanic’s – just because they’re in the garage, doesn’t mean they’re gonna fix/tune the car themselves.

I remember about a month or so back someone unsubscribed from the mailing list over at Rego’s Life Official Site. In the box where they could put why they were unsubscribing, they said this: “Did not improve life.

I smiled reading the unscubscribe letter. “That’s cute,” I thought. Not to be sarcastic – but to be honest, it was cute.

As I’ve said time and time again, to every single subscriber and reader on here, while I may provide you with the tools, there’s no “magic potion” that’ll get you living life like a millionaire a week from now.

The “magic potion” is within yourself.

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Within your own mind.

Your own thoughts.

Your own ambitions.

Your own heart.

It boils down to the desire, determination, and persistence that you have within YOURSELF, in order to see your life transition from its current state to the one you desire.

Yes, it’s a process.

Did anyone say it was going to be easy?

Not all the time.

Will it be worth it?

Absolutely.

But to just take the transitions in your life as they come, without any focus, any game plan, any goal – that’s being reckless.

That’s being irresponsible.

You can’t stick your head in the sand and say, “woe is me” – you just can’t.

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If you’re reading this right now, you’re obviously a human being.

You’re the most intelligent being on the face of this earth.

Albeit not every time you act like it (in fact, many act the opposite).

You’ve gotta take that power and harness it.

Don’t wait for transitions to happen to you.

Don’t let negative transitions happen.

Create and direct your own transitions, control your own future, and fess up to the fact when you know you’re being lazy.

I know sometimes the fight can be tiring.

I know sometimes LIFE, can be tiring…but the way you look at it, can all depend on just HOW tiring you let it seem.

You’ve fought the good fight, and you can fight a few more.

A hundred more.

A thousand more.

And when you get tired of fighting – is when you realize there’s really no need to fight – but instead, simply PLAN.

Plan, improvise, and plan some more. (Wanna know how? Check out this week’s Make it Mondays: Create a Plan of Action – Don’t Let Your Story Write Itself)

You’ll eventually realize that transitions don’t happen to you, but in fact you can create transitions.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Sun Tzu…

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As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 2

Apologies for the delay ladies and gents, been a busy week for me but alas, here I am making sure your weekly fix of For The Weekenders is delivered to you fresh out of the oven.

Continuing on from last week’s For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 1, this week will be along the same lines except less focus on the mixers, and more on the liqueurs. Liqueurs are extremely important to have stocked in your home bar at all times, and the best bit is they last a long time, so can be acquired gradually and for a decent price, compared to your base liquors. Enjoy.

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Let’s start with the most common liqueurs that are, and should be stocked in every home bar. If you don’t have these, you’re missing out on an opportunity to make those great drinks you overpay for whenever heading out for a night on the town. So hit up your local liquor store and start with…

As I said earlier, liqueurs last quite a long time, so buying these isn’t so much of a rush as it is like mixers. Whichever ones you like the most you can begin acquiring, and go from there.

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If you really feel like getting crafty or have a specific drinking taste, there’s also some more liqueurs that can be added to your inventory other than the ones above. They’re not as “essential” as the list above, but should still be stocked if you’re interested in a good variety.

The last list really does depend on your taste, but if you’re just looking to stock your bar for entertaining friends and the occasional drink, start with the first list. Hope everyone’s had a great weekend and look out for part 3 next week. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Just a little mid-week inspiration. It’s always good to practice these two, at the very least. The main thing is – don’t be a dick.

Hope everyone’s having a great Wednesday. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 60: Cognitive Empathy…

It’s been a pretty rough day for me. Last week I was wavering on this week’s episodic musing, whether or not it’d be too negative or if I should keep things light – but I think it’s best to go ahead as planned and write what I really wanna write about.

Empathy. It’s something that’s made up of many factors – but it’s also something that’s commonly misunderstood in the sense of its own meaning.

I wanna write about that…raw, unedited. Just pure, straight forward thoughts.

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Empathy is one of those things that people usually peg up against sympathy, trying to figure out where the dividing line or clear cut differences are.

It’s one of those things people don’t really exercise, unless they’re consciously aware – both of themselves and their fellow man.

It’s one of those things that has a lot to do with cooperation.

There’s two major types of empathy – emotional and cognitive. While the latter is pretty cut and dry – being able to emotionally understand where a person is coming from – the latter not many people know how to exercise.

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Emotion is easy – it’s something that can change like the ocean’s tide. It’s where the fight or flight mechanism kicks in, and where people can cry when they hear something that pulls at their heart strings.

But cognitive behaviour – when applied to empathy – is a whole different ball game. Cognitive empathy, is when a person actively takes the steps to imagine themselves in the confiding person’s EXACT situation. Not just imagine casually either – but to the point where they actually FEEL that person’s feelings, and understand that person’s thought process.

It’s a task within itself – but only if one isn’t used to doing it.

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I’m a relatively serious person. Easy to get along with. Straight shooter. Don’t take bullshit.

A lot of people say I don’t always smile enough – but that’s okay…because at least when I DO smile at someone, they know it’s genuine.

Now although I may look serious – I’ve got a pretty big heart – that I keep behind a pretty big door. You’ve gotta knock to be let in.

But one thing I have learned, is understanding people.

Understanding situations – looking at both sides of the story.

One thing I HAVE learned is that empathy, is both directly and intricately linked with compassion.

Compassion and empathy are two different things – but compassion can’t really be exercised without empathy, first.

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The main difference between empathy and compassion is, in empathy while someone puts themselves into the frame of mind emotionally and imaginatively, COMPASSION is what makes them actively seek helping the other person to find a solution, even if it means being a part of that solution.

Empathy is the beginning of relating to another human being.

Empathy is the beginning of taking the time out to sit down and listen to your fellow man.

Empathy is the beginning of UNDERSTANDING, your fellow man.

Compassion is what humanity must learn – and the focal point, the true starting point to understanding how to exercise compassion? Will be explained in tomorrow’s Make it Mondays post…

Hope everyone’s had a great weekend.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 1

Was out celebrating a friend’s birthday last night and it got me thinking…

The key to a good house party is an even better, proper stocked home bar. Often I enjoy having good friends over rather than heading out all the time. It’s a bit more of a personal experience, and really saves the headache of making sure everyone sobers up and gets home alright. Plus – you can make drinks the bar tender may have never even heard of – and not have to concern yourself with paying top dollar for them.

…because clearly, he thinks that anything original has to be worth more than your first born – either that, or he doesn’t know what to price this masterpiece you just invented on the fly.

So I thought over the next few weeks I’d do a series, starting with the first batch of essentials that are easiest to get your hands on. Ready? Let’s go.

For The Weekenders: Bar Essentials Part 1

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First thing’s first – in the drinking world, soda matters. But what type of soda you use matters more….not everything can be mixed with cola. So these are what I have stocked at all times:

  • Ginger Beer – Great for mixing with absinthe.
  • Tonic – Excellent for when you want that “low-calorie” drink for a strict fitness regime.
  • Lemon Lime Soda – Adds a good amount of zest.
  • Club Soda – For when you wanna keep things really light – but I hardly use this one.
  • Cola – Skip the diet junk…it does more harm than good.
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This is the real deal here lads.

Next thing – juice is your friend. It doesn’t always have to be used for “fruity” or “feminine” drinks either. Juice is a really great mixer and if you know what you’re doing, can have you hitting the sauce harder than you’d expected without even realizing you’re drinking an “adult” drink. Here’s what I like to keep stocked…

  • Orange Juice – Chock full of that “vitamin C.”
  • Grapefruit Juice – Rim the glass with sugar and you’ve got a nice sweet/sour combination.
  • Cranberry Juice – A standard for the classic “Cape Codder.”
  • Tomato Juice – When you’re in the mood for a Bloody Mary.
  • Pineapple Juice – Tangy. Sweet.
  • Lemon Juice. – Common essential.
  • Lime Juice – Other common essential.

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Last thing – The seemingly unconventional but vital others go here. These are the ones that make all the difference in those drinks you like to take off the beaten path of your typical assembly line. Stock your home bar with these and you’ll start to earn your stars…

  • Water – Yes, water…and not to sober up.
  • Simple Syrup – If you haven’t already, get yourself a bar tending 101 book – this mixer is more important than you think.
  • Sour Mix – For when you don’t always want things sweet.
  • Bitters – More bitters the better.
  • Coffee – For when you want the charge with the alcohol “high”…okay I lied – for when you can’t make up your damn mind.
  • Grenadine – For when you wanna get fancy – or when you really start paying attention on how to make real drinks.
  • Half & Half – Pretty obvious.
  • Milk – For the non-lactose intolerant.
  • Tabasco Sauce – Spice things up.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Goes beyond food.
  • Tea – Now you know how grandma stayed so young.

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….and that’s all there is to it. Keep your home bar stocked with these, and before you know it a good night in will revolve around more than just vodka, jagermeister, and Pepsi. A great way to make sure your best buddies or new guests have awesome drinks, and an even better way to impress that date you invited over while giving her a brief but fascinating history lesson during the process of making his/her drink.

Hope everyone’s having an awesome weekend.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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Just a little mid-week food for thought. This doesn’t just apply to guys, so ladies don’t think I’m excluding here – but this can actually be applied to anyone who has a dominant personality.

I’ve been called alpha a few times in my life and many have been threatened by it – little do they know though that just like anyone else, I understand vulnerability just as much as the next person.

Hope everyone’s having a great week. 😉

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

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Musings Episode 59: Vulnerability…

This weekend I subjected myself to watching “Fading Gigolo” per request as a mother’s day gift – albeit ever so badly wanting to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

But alas, head held high, vomit bag on the ready I went to go watch some old people have sex (no offence).

Okay I lied – to my surprise when I got there it were like, a few, maybe the most ridiculous was one BRIEF visible sex scene in the entirety of the film, and really it was just some woman swearing her husband’s name while the gigalo was standing behind her. So all in all, not too bad.

The soundtrack was pretty great – one song in particuler where Fioravante (the gigolo, played by John Turturro) and Selima (Sofia Vergara) are dancing tango – a song which I actually have in my music collection.

…and might I add, putting Sharon Stone up against Sofia Vergara was wrong in every sense. Sofia was JESUS FUCK while making Stone look…”meh.” (keep up the good work, Vergara).

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Back to the main point I’m blabbering on about though – the movie, contrary to its name was actually really flipping good. It had a pretty great point to it, and past all the sexual bullshit focused on one thing – human connection. Curious what I mean? Read on…

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Loneliness.

Vulnerability.

Closeness.

As people, everyday we walk around and for the most part, our characters displayed outside are merely skin deep.

Sure, the typical “hello, how are you, thank you, please, no problem, you’re welcome, have a good one” etc is still in play. Even the “fuck you, watch where you’re going arsehole” is there.

But the part where a person genuinely shows themselves, is few and far between – near non-existent.

Outside of closed doors, for some people life is almost like a play, and in that play the characters mainly focus on one thing – being neutral.

Abrasiveness has a tendency to be abundant. Sadness no one really likes to talk about – and that’s fine, why focus on negativity anyway – but happiness – GENUINE sunshine in your pocket rainbows and shit happiness – that’s kind of frowned upon too.

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Not to sound cynical – don’t let your thoughts run rampant just yet…but expressing genuine happiness without fear of criticism, that’s a rarity.

Many people have a scar of some sort within them. Some wound that was inflicted and healed over time.

Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, wants happiness – even sick sods who thrive off of misery somehow get happiness from that.

But for those that pursue constructive happiness, that’s where it gets…funky.

There’s another interesting thing I noticed going to the movie – the previews.

There was a time when movies were made to inspire, uplift, and looked on at the future as something where humanity would develop, progress, grow, THRIVE.

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Now so many movies are being made focused around death, decay – dysotopian futures. Just…fucking depressing.

and these movies, they don’t teach unity, but fear. Fear that immobilizes.

It’s almost as if humanity has become so problem oriented they’re afraid of solutions. It’s as if now we have all this modern technology and medicine, and everyone’s bored – at least in developed countries (I won’t call any specific names).

This isn’t the same thing as vulnerability.

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A bit of vulnerability can be good at times.

In fact, vulnerability is what allows humans to connect, but only if you understand what vulnerability is.

This is kind of what the movie was getting at.

Human connection. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to feel a human connection with another person.

…and so lies the irony – while fear is encouraged, opening yourself up to another person is not. In fact, it’s deemed odd.

Be HAPPY?

Show my REAL SELF?

Tell that girl/guy I really LIKE them?

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Are you fucking CRAZY? No thanks mate, I’ll have to pass on that one.

True, while being vulnerable can open you up to a whole world of hurt, allow yourself to do it with the RIGHT people, and it actually becomes a strength.

By the way – to those who do take advantage of people showing their vulnerabilities – you’re all assholes. Grow up.

There was a scene in the film where a widow starts crying while getting a massage due to the fact it’s been so long since anyone’s touched her – touched her in the sense of embracing her. The vulnerability shown wasn’t taken advantage of, but empathized with, understood, and worked through.

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It created a bond of some sort, without many words and without many actions.

Vulnerability is an emotion, it creates connections – and those connections can be beneficial to the entirety of humanity, if utilized positively and without ulterior motives.

I read an interesting article on vulnerability on TheNeeds a few days ago, which I’ll link to in tomorrow’s Make it Mondays post, which I’ll further elaborate on in regards to vulnerability, and the power behind it.

Until then, never thought I’d say this but don’t hesitate to check out Fading Gigolo – it’s a pretty good watch.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and I’ll catch you guys tomorrow.

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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For The Weekenders: Top 3 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Rego Style…

It’s that time of the year again….Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and many of you are still probably trying to figure out the best gifts to get for your mums (obviously), wives, and mother-in-laws. Let me give you some sound advice from experience – if you’re thinking of flowers and chocolates – don’t. You’d only be begging for a slap. It’s time to get original.

Time to think outside the box.

Which is why I’m here to help you.

Pay attention, yeah? This is gonna go quick.

For The Weekenders: Top 3 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Rego Style…

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Let’s start with the most important…your own mum.

By now, unless you’re a teenager reading this well, you’re mum – she’s pretty up there. In age that is. So you wanna get her something special…and I don’t mean something she can get at discount during Senior Citizen Sundays, either.

She’s a special lady – so you’ve gotta get her a special gift. Something timeless, something that breathes emotion – something that she’ll still use or talk about (in a good way) five years from now. After all – she housed you rent free for 9 months, changed her diet completely to absurd tastes, and went through ungodly things a female human being experiences that are only mentioned in hushed whispers. So…*shrugs* she’s kind of a big deal.

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I had a very big head.

So you kind of wanna get her a big gift. I don’t mean in the literal size sense – but something that really has a sparkle and a bang to it. Something that says “I’m sorry for those times you wanted to pull your hair out with me, but look what a great functioning adult your kid turned out to be!”

That’s what mum’s wanna hear.

At least you’d hope they do.

Which is why if anything, you’ll want to get her and Eternity Circle Necklace – with an epic quote card.

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Nothing says “thanks” like quoting George Washington – apparently, that man really knew his shit when it came to charming family members.

The necklace is handmade to order, and comprised entirely of sterling silver, but they also have gold if she’s more into the yellow stuff. Pair it with a gift tag that says “with love,” and a wise-crack card chock-full of humour, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a Mothers Day gift idea. If this isn’t a great way to say “thanks” to her for all she’s done well – I don’t know what is.

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Present it to her during Mother’s Day Dinner gathering at that one fine restaurant you picked, and prepare to be showered with embarrassing hugs and kisses.

(If single, be prepared to be showered with attractive waitresses/waiters that think you’re just the sweetest thing ever for doing all that for your mother. Have that dialing finger ready – phone numbers will be abundant.)

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In saying that – like yours, other people’s mums want to be appreciated, too.

If you’re married, the general assumption is you’ve got a mother-in-law.

You may love her, you may hate her, you may want to give her the best gift ever, or possibly throw darts at her…but dammit man/woman, if there’s one thing that’ll score you huge brownie points with the missus/mister, it’s remembering to get a gift for THEIR mom too.

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So the best move here is to be thoughtful, but practical. You wanna shoot for a gift that’s functional, not classic hum-drum, and most of all useful. What could be something that’s useful? Well think about it….

For the most part, parents get old. And I mean like…..OLD (too much?). Which is why you should help them in every way possible to make their day to day lives easier – they did it for you kids – time to return the favor, wouldn’t you say?

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One big factor of getting older can be misplacing things.

Car keys.

Phone.

Glasses (my mum’s fucking famous for this – like a modern day Velma from Scooby Doo).

Children.

…joke on that last one.

So wouldn’t it make it easier if you could like, call out to things and they just answer you?

Yeah.

I thought so too.

Which is why I recommend getting the Kensington Proximo.

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With this baby, you’ll never again have to be distracted from an intimate moment with your S.O. due to his/her mother ringing saying she needs help with something then turning that inquiry into an hour long gossip session.

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Proximo keeps track of your phone and up to four other items with the “tags” provided, so long as you can attach said tags to the things you wanna keep track of.

So if mother-in-law “accidentally forgets” her purse, keys, phone, or any other conceivable thing, she’ll be alerted via her smartphone with a soft alarm that triggers the minute the tag is too far away.

It’s a really beneficial gift for the mother-in-laws that you actually like, too, as this means they’ll spend a lot less of their day trying to track down their phone from the coffee shop they left it behind at while catching up with their friends, and a lot more of their day on more important things – like enjoying their lives.

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Now it all boils down to the wife. Dangerous territory here…but with enough thought, you’ll be sure to get the perfect gift for her.

You always wanna think carefully when getting a gift for the woman who bore your children. It’s like stepping into a mine field – be too conventional and you’ll get the disappointed look, fake smile, and shitty reciprocal gift come Father’s Day. Step outside the box too much and you’ll get a slap and that highly inappropriate card with those tacky lingerie selections thrown in your face.

Yep, it boils down to some real Sun Tzu’s Art of War type shiz.

I’ll give you a word of advice – think safe, and classy.

…and safe and classy is what you’ll get with a Michael Kors Slim Silver Case Runway Bracelet Watch.

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If it’s one thing your wife’s learned to be, it’s time-management savvy. Between the kids, dinner, housework, and even their own jobs, they’re constantly multi-tasking making sure the ship they run is in, well…ship-shape. I don’t know how the fuck they do it – but all I’ve gotta say is bravo, and keep up the good work…because God knows humanity would be lost without you.

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This Michael Kors watch not only helps your lovely lady keep track of little Timmy’s soccer game at 4 or keeping track of that pot roast so the house doesn’t go up in flames, but also adds elegance and grace to both of those activities.

It’ll show you put real thought into a gift because it’s a piece that’s timeless, unique, and versatile – meaning it can be worn by her in a casual and classy environment. Water resistant to 5 ATM and stainless steel, the Michael Kors Slim Silver Case Runway Bracelet Watch can take the everyday abuse of a dedicated mother, while still having her look like she takes care of herself first.

All in all, it’s a great way to let her know that you appreciate her, and always have – even after many years passed.

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What’s not to love…? 😉

Happy pre-Mother’s Day mum (and all you other mothers out there!).

As always…

Stay awesome.

– Rego

Improve Your Lifestyle. Improve Yourself. This is Life. This is Rego’s Life.™

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