Why Too Much Jealousy Can Ruin Your Relationship

Your Girlfriend Is Jealous
Your Girlfriend Is Jealous

A lot of men think that a jealous woman is pretty cute. These men clearly do not have jealous girlfriends. Jealous girlfriends make for miserable boyfriends, which makes for a miserable relationship. A certain touch of jealousy can keep things hot in a relationship, but it’s easy to cross that line into the jealousy getting creepy. Don’t let it get creepy. Don’t let it ruin your relationship. Follow these steps and make sure the jealousy stays cute.

How Much is Too Much?

Obviously, it’s too much when she’s outside your window with binoculars, but come on. That’s just unreasonable, right? Wrong. Some women have even gone so far as to stalk their boyfriends if they get too jealous, so watch out. It’s too much when she starts wanting to look through your phone. It’s probably also too much when she has to know the specific details of every time you go out. Odds are you don’t ask her about every time she goes out with her friends, so there’s no need for her to demand the details from you. When she starts butting into things that are personal or private without your knowledge or without you wanting it, then things have gone too far. This can happen when you start out a relationship thinking the jealousy thing is cute. When a woman is jealous at the start of a relationship, then that only means it’s going to get worse. If you let her act like that, she’ll think it’s okay and won’t ever stop. Have fun looking over your shoulder and walking on eggshells.

Trust Issues

She Clearly Has Trust Issues
She Clearly Has Trust Issues

A woman who’s jealous of everything you do and has to know every detail clearly has trust issues. You can see why this would ruin a relationship. When she’s rifling through your phone and email history to see who you’re talking to and why, it sends a horrible message. It tells you that she doesn’t trust you at all, and thinks you’re going to cheat on her. This may be a remnant of a bad relationship, but it’s wrong of her to take that out on you. Let her know that she shouldn’t assume that all men are the same, and tell her that you’re sorry she doesn’t have enough faith in you. It’s important to never act like this is okay behavior. Having a girlfriend who acts like this will put so much stress on the relationship that it’s bound to end eventually.

Ruining Friendships

Jelousy Can Be Ruining Friendships
Jealousy Can Be Ruining Your Friendships

On top of making you feel like crap about yourself because she doesn’t trust you, her jealousy will also ruin your friendships. If she doesn’t think she can trust you to text people, she definitely won’t trust you to hang out with them. Especially if you have friends who are girls, she’ll go nuts. You can kiss those friends goodbye. In a world where more and more men and women are becoming just friends, this is insane. Any girlfriend who forces her boyfriend to get rid of his close friends just because she’s jealous is not anyone worth staying with. Instead, invite her to hang out with your friends. Seeing that they’re harmless and allowing her to be part of the group will help. When you don’t, she feels excluded and like you’re leaving her out for a reason. Whether or not this is true, it’s still pretty annoying.

Three Great Uses for Avocado

Dip Tortilla Chips In The Guacamole
Dip Tortilla Chips In The Guacamole
There are a thousand and one super foods out there, but all of them pale in comparison to the avocado. It’s been rising in popularity lately, and it’s really no wonder why. With a great taste and even better benefits, it’s hard to say no! They’re a great source of natural, healthy fats, and go great with just about every meal you can think up. On top of all that, they’re cheap at the grocery store and a little bit goes a long way. These are only three ideas for what to do with them, but everyone who’s on a diet or even trying to lose weight should give them a try.

Guacamole

A lot of people avoid guacamole because they either don’t like the texture or they don’t like the color. Don’t run from it, though! Avocadoes actually taste infinitely better than they look and making guacamole is an easy and cheap way to whip up a great snack that’s loaded with healthy goodness. The ideal guacamole is made using avocado, tomato, onion, and a squirt of lime juice as well as a dash of salt. Obviously you can feel free to add more to it, though don’t go crazy or you’ll end up ruining the whole “healthy” part of this little snack. You can dip tortilla chips in there, or you can even use vegetables like carrots and celery. There are also low fat chips you can use, if you’re really being health conscious. The best part is that you can eat a big serving of guacamole without ruining your diet, and it tastes great.

Garnishes

Try Some Delicious Garnishes
Try Some Delicious Garnishes
If you’re cooking up a salmon steak or some chicken, consider topping it with some sliced avocado. It adds a whole new dimension to the meal, and takes you to a more Mexican spectrum of cooking. Include some tomato and onions, and you have a regular fresco meal on your hands. Adding avocado is a great way to make a sophisticated looking and healthy dish that you and your guests or family are sure to love. You can also use it in salads instead of a hard-boiled egg. It has a similar texture, and won’t overload you on protein.

Facemasks

Give Yourself A Spa Night
Give Yourself A Spa Night
That’s right, avocadoes are even good for pampering yourself! Their richness in fat makes for a great facemask, and it’ll help smooth your pores out faster than you can blink. Give yourself a spa night with some avocadoes. Take a nice, hot bath, relax in a fluffy bathrobe, then mash up some avocado and spread that baby all over your face. The silky texture will feel great, and you can just let the worries slip away. The only issue with avocadoes, though, is that they go bad quickly once they’re peeled. Be sure to use them fast, or else they’ll start getting nasty. It’s a lot like how bananas will brown over a short period of time. If you make dishes with avocado, be prepared to finish it off in a hurry. This is why it’s best to not use more than one avocado at a time if you’re only entertaining yourself.

7 Tips to Keep Your Coupons Flowing in and Saving You Money

Extreme Couponing
Extreme Couponing
Couponing is the single best way to slash prices and cut costs around. If you’re having a little trouble getting into the habit, here’s some times that will keep bringing fresh coupons to your door. If you can’t save money doing this then you simply can’t save money.

Have Your Own Email Just for Coupons

The first thing you should do is make sure that you don’t go crazy waiting for those coupons to come in. Once they start coming in it’s easy to be overwhelmed. You should set up a special email account just for that. This way you don’t get alerts about new emails and you can just go in and check it before you go out and go shopping.

Join Every Rewards Program You Can

It might be hard to take two minutes out of your day to sign up, but rewards are always good. At the very least there’s a small discount that you can use that time. It’s not enough that you have to fiddle around with rewards points and other strange things. You can get the basic discount, and that usually comes with coupons sent right to your email or doorstep.

Write to the Manufacturer

Keep Coupons Organized
Keep Coupons Organized
Sometimes you can get coupons just by asking for them. Try writing to the manufacturer. A small note is all you really need to have. Just say that you love the product and would like to keep giving it a good review. Then ask for coupons. The manufacturer can give you really great discounts, so keep asking. Ask everyone you can for a little money off. It’s the easiest way to get a little extra cash.

Keep Your Subscriptions Active Through Occasional Purchases

Some circulars will stop coming to your door if you don’t buy anything within a certain length of time. Keep track of what that could be expiring soon and make a small token purchase from them. This will renew your subscription and allow you to keep track of when their good coupons come out. Even if one circular only has a usable coupon every other issue you should try to keep it.

Join Couponing Forums

The Internet is a great place. You never have to feel like you’re the only one who feels a certain way ever again. No matter what you’re into, there’s a forum for that. This means that there are even couponing forums. Even couponing forums for young, tough men. You should join these and keep an eye on the discussion boards. There are those who have elevated couponing to an art form. We’re not saying that you have to make your entire life about clipping coupons, but you should be actively involved in the shopping process. This gives you more free time and means that you won’t be totally trapped into

Get Every Store’s Circular

Just like the rewards cards, you should always pick up as many different in house coupon books as possible. While they’re highlighting how cheap their fried chicken is, you can find an even healthier and tastier alternative. The circulars show you what’s in stock, what’s going to be flying off the shelves, and what’s not. You can spread them all out on the table on Sunday and focus your plan of attack. You need a coherent plan before you go after the biggest ticket items out there.

Always Compare Coupons to Online Prices

Compare Coupons To Online Prices
Compare Coupons To Online Prices
No matter how great and tempting a specific coupon is, you should always check the prices online before you buy. Sometimes those coupons are issued to get people to buy up their product and then automatically use up the extra stock so that they can replace it with something else. Maybe it’s all just to drive up the demand for the item so that they can bring it back.

Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean that it’s the cheapest. Before you rush into anything, always check the coupons online. You might be able to either compound the coupon or just buy the item online cheaper than you could have done in stored even with a whole pile of coupons to keep using.

The Best Photo Editing Apps

Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express
Because taking photos is one of the things we use our smartphones for the most, it’s only natural to want to make the photos we take look as good as possible. Sometimes you’re lucky and you get good lighting and you get a perfect smartphone camera shot, but other times you’re not so lucky and you end up with photos with bad lighting, or photos where all of your friends have red eye, or photos where that weird guy in the background is ruining the photo and you’d just love it if you could edit him out. That’s where the photo editing apps come in. Some do a little, some do a lot, and there are hundreds out there on iOS, Android, or the Windows phone and although most of them are pretty good, there are a few that stand out above the rest.

Photoshop Express

What would our list of photo editing apps be without a Photoshop app? There are a couple that are made specifically by Adobe but Photoshop Express is one of the best. It’s available on iOS, Android and Windows Phones in addition to an app optimized for Windows 8 so you can edit from a mobile device or on your computer itself. The app is free in all of its incarnations, so you don’t have to worry about having to pay to get one of the best apps there is for editing photos. This app offers lots of easy touch-ups like cropping, rotating, removing red eye and tweaking subtle colors in the photo, so it’s worth checking out if you want to edit your photos on your phone!

Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch - The Phoblographer
Photoshop Touch – The Phoblographer
Unlike its more simple sister app, Photoshop Touch lets you do a little more than just a few quick color tweaks, and it’ll set you back $9.99. The app is designed for tablets, but if your phone has the processing power then you can run it on there if you want to. Just know it’s probably going to work better if you have a stylus or a big screen so you can really get down to the little details. Don’t let the price of the app deter you, though – you’re getting a lot of features for that price. Unlike the Express version, this one offers things like working on different layers, adjusting certain areas of a photo with selection tools, and adding filters that are a little more than your standard Instagram color tweaks.

Popkick

Popkick
Popkick Is Another Great App
Popkick can only be enjoyed by those with an iPhone, which is a shame since it’s actually a really fun little app. It costs $2.99 from the App Store and can turn any picture you take into a piece of pop art. Maybe you’ve wanted to be like Lichtenstein or hey, maybe you’ve even gone so far as to think of yourself like some sort of nouveau Warhol. If you’ve ever wanted to turn the photos you snap really quick into pop art to share on social media sites or send directly to friends, this is the app for you. It even has support for high-res photos so if you’re really proud of one of your artworks, why not frame it on the wall? It sounds like a waste of time but it’s actually much more fun than it sounds. The photo filters are more advanced than you would expect and it’s worth the money it costs.

Snapspeed

This one’s only available on the Google Play store and the iOS App store, so sorry to all of you Windows Phone users out there. The best part is that it’s free, so if you want a simple editing app without the heavy connotation of the Adobe Photoshop name and you don’t want to pay, this might be a great one for you. It has an auto correct option that will fix all of the problems with the photo, but then it also has more ways on top of that to fine-tune the image. The fun thing about this app is that it has a lot of filters with fun names as well as a pre-loaded set of frames so you can really personalize your photos before you upload them.

4 Marketing Methods You Should Never Use

Get People Talking About Your Business
Get People Talking About Your Business
Marketing your business can be a tricky game to play, and figuring out the difference between what’s working and earning you business, and what’s losing you money and wasting your time, can be very difficult. There’s no end to the parade of books, self-help tapes, and motivational speakers who all claim to have some surefire new way to market your business that will have you rolling in cash in no time. While it can be thrilling to try out a new method and find that it actually works, you might also find that some attempts you’ve made at marketing yourself have ended in disaster. In order to avoid throwing your money away on things that aren’t going to work, or which are going to harm your reputation, you should become familiar with these four marketing methods your business should not be using. Stick to safer, more reliable methods.

1. Telemarketing Will Poison Your Brand

Pretty much any form of mass marketing is going to be a bad idea for your business these days, whether that’s doing a mass mailing so that everyone in the entire city gets a flyer about your business tucked between their phone bill and their mortgage statement, or if it’s good old fashioned telemarketing. Don’t ever enlist a telemarketing firm to advertise your business, either by conducting a survey or calling to attempt to sell a product of yours. Not only is it going to be difficult to obtain phone numbers due to Do Not Call registries which prevent people from receiving telephone marketing, those who actually do receive your calls aren’t going to be happy that you’re wasting their time on a business proposition. People will remember that it was your company that cold-called them, and they’re likely to tell their friends to avoid you as well because of your telemarketing practices. You never have a reason to get your customers on the phone like this; avoid this method and spare your business the bad reputation.

2. Who’s Even Listening to Radio Ads?

Using Mass Media As A Marketing Platform
Using Mass Media As A Marketing Platform
Advertising on the big local radio stations used to seem like a great idea, and in the past it might have even driven more customers to your business. It was great back then, but how many people do you really think are going to come patronize your company because they heard a radio ad? There are so many ads on radio stations these days that most people simply tune them out, turn them down, or change the station. The likelihood that your ad is even being heard is low even compared to the chance that it’s going to bring you new business. Stop wasting your time and money on creating radio spots when you could be refocusing that cash elsewhere, such as for creating an online video ad campaign that many more people will see.

3. You Don’t Need a Press Release For Everything You Do

It used to be a common method for getting the name of your company out there and noticed more rapidly: issuing several press releases a month about your business, whether or not you had a sale, new product or service, or even anything of note to report on. This is a marketing method that simply doesn’t work at all. Not only are you pumping out content that has no value to anyone, but you’re probably releasing it to a readership of zero. Even if you manage to get connected with a local media company or TV station, why would they want to share your press release about nothing in particular other than how great your business is? Avoid this common mistake and save your money for something more productive than paying a writer to craft your releases.

4. False Testimonials Undermine the Integrity of Your Business

Protect The Integrity Of Your Business
Protect The Integrity Of Your Business
The quickest way to sabotage your company in the pursuit of marketing success is to get caught lying. It can be very tempting to craft fake testimonials about your services and post them on your website, or even onto online review websites. Giving yourself some good word of mouth to start will surely encourage others to say positive things, right? Wrong. What if someone finds out that your testimonials aren’t real? Your trustworthiness will be in the garbage, and you likely won’t even have anything to show for it. Instead of fluffing up the reputation of your company with false testimonials, find real satisfied customers who are willing to write a review for you. The authenticity of their words will shine through, and real customer satisfaction is what brings in more business.