Super Bowl Sunday

Hey sports fans, the big day is coming. For the few of you that don’t know, the Atlanta Falcons are facing the New England Patriots in Houston! 

Tom Brady has been to the big show 6 other times, won it 4 times, and was awarded the Super Bowl MVP 3 times.  It seems like it doesn’t really matter who Brady is surrounded by, he’ll find his way to success. 

The Falcons on the other hand have only been to this level one other time beating my beloved Vikings in 1998. Gary Anderson missed a go ahead Field Goal which was his first miss of the entire year. Side note: we were possibly the best team in the history of the NFL! Anyways, they have a top tier gun Slinger in ‘Matty Ice’ Ryan. Julio Jones, who is probably the best reciever in the league, and a variable defense that had a field day with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. 

I guess the game is ideally the primary purpose of this coming Sunday. Unfortunately, that is far from the case! It’s become more similar to New Years  in that a bunch of friends get together, eat,  drink, and play games while a select few are antisocial and watch a screen the whole time. Then after a couple hours, everyone flocks to the TV for a couple minutes in anticipation of the big event whether it’s the ball dropping and Mariah Carey ending her career publicly or Lady… GaGa…, however that relates to football. Then people start to leave.

I’m pretty excited about this game though. I’m kind of a fan of both teams, the game should be pretty close, and we bought our first house this last summer and will be able to have people over for the game if it all works out. I can’t decide if it’s going to be a small group of something bigger. 

I’ve always viewed the game as an excuse to get together; the guys can watch the game, laugh at commercials and ignore the halftime show while eating junk food and cool appetizer recipes everyone loves. At the same time most of the ladies hang out and talk about life while the kids run around and get away with just about anything.  

So, my prediction is Falcons win 31-27. I’m gonna eat pizza and buffalo and barbeque something. All the typical stuff will happen and I’ll love every moment. 

What are you guys doing?

I could use some recommendations for hosting!
Alright buds, be awesome, and keep #ManHandlingLife 

#dadlife #superbowl #football #manly #ladygaga

Manly Product: Philips Norelco OneBlade

Facial hair is something on the mind of men pretty much every day. It makes a lot of sense to simplify the process. I have bought razors that are manual, and electric (both rotary and foil). They all have their highlights. 
Most manual ones do a great job at getting a close shave and exemplify that “clean shaved look”, with the drawbacks being cuts and potential ingrown hairs. Electric shavers get you a pretty close shave but good ones cost a lot and they have a lot of parts that can break and in my opinion, they take extra time and attention at the bathroom mirror.

A couple weeks ago I found an option that was a little different at Target. I had just broken my electric foil shaver and my trimmer was out of battery, which made it no longer cordless. 

The Philips Norelco Oneblade was intriguing. A few things that caught my eye were that the blade only gets replaced every 4-5 months and it doesn’t cut you. It has 3 attachments for trimming my beard. I’m sure this could be used with any hair you want to trim/shave on your body. 

I bought it and tried it out right away. My expectations were moderate; I figured it would be nice but wasn’t sure about the “OneBlade” claim. At first I trimmed my beard with the ‘3’ attachment. The trimming isn’t super fast but it did the job  with a few passes. I’d give it a 7.5/10 for trimming.  (Higher if it was quicker)

I then shaved my neck with no attachment. At first, I went at it at an angle that wasn’t great but did okay (I scraped the end of the blade against my face). After a minute or so, I realized I literally couldn’t cut myself (amazing feature). I then tried different angles and found that using it kinda like an electric haircut trimmer (flat against my skin) it cut closer and more efficiently. The shaving part is better than the trimmer. I’d give it an 8.5 out of 10. Not very close but even and no cuts or ingrown hairs. 

Overall, it is absolutely amazing for my needs. I trim my beard a couple times a week and shave my neck every day or 2. It lines up my jaw line and cheeks well and I can’t get over the simplicity of it. Overall, it’s a 9.5 for me (this is because of the simplicity and both shave and trim being so seamlessly intertwined). I love it!!! Unless you are a “close shave kind of guy, there isn’t a better option. 

I’ve shaved the beard off a couple times for job interviews and it works great, no razor burn or uneven shave. I’d for sure give it a shot if you are in the market for a new facial hair remover. This thing could totally take care of ANY face/body hair. I bet it would even do agreat job shaving your head. I keep a manual razor in your drawer just in case. 
It cost me $34.99 and comes with the waterproof handheld shaver, 1 blade, 3 trimming combs (1mm, 3mm, and 5mm), a wall plug in for charging, and a clip on blade protector (for travel). 

Blade replacements are a bit spendy but when you consider the longevity of each blade, it’s actually quite cheap. 2 blades for $24.99. (that’s 8-10 months of shaving)

Let me know what you think if you decide to try it out.

BTW, this review is unsolicited and literally just me sharing something I’ve tried out and my opinion. I’ll attach a link to the Philips page so you can check it out. 

http://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-pe/oneblade-face-style-shave
Thanks guys, have an excellent week and keep #Manhandlinglife

Fading resolutions


Hey all!

Ya know, I live in MinneSNOWta and January is usually filled with chaotic and frigid weather (-15 degrees Fahrenheit). This year we are lucky enough to enjoy temperatures above freezing with snow flurries every week to remind us how cool winter can be. 

All that being said, another thing that many of us see with the end of January is all of those New Years resolutions fading away due to life being too busy, a lack of conviction or poor planning. This normally has me written all over it but this year I skipped the resolution because I fall into that same trap putting everything I have into losing weight, starting a new hobby, cutting out a habit, or whatever pulls at me after the Christmas season. I don’t know what your resolutions are/were but I hope you are killing it. If not, let’s try and find some hope.

It has been refreshing to say the least to be doing something braided I want to and not because of some symbolic BS of new beginnings. Things have been different, I made several healthy changes toward a healthier lifestyle in December and am starting this blog in late January. My conviction has been stigma-free. I hope you can share in this new-found peace I’m enjoying.

I really just want to encourage you to stop worrying about the resolution and truly find out what convicts you.  If it’s saying yes to spending more quality time with your family, losing that extra 15 lbs or stopping a habit that eventually will take your life; whatever it is, my encouragement is to take stock in what matters and make these “I really should ______ ” thoughts and make decisions on ALL OF THEM based entirely on principal and not on fear.  Example: don’t quit smoking because you area afraid it’s gonna kill you. Quit because you want to see your grandchildren grow up and because you’d really like to be able to climb more than 5 stairs without being out of breath.

Men are stubborn generically speaking. So, what I’m saying is to be stubborn… But do it in ways that help you, not that tears you down and apart from the things and people you love.

Good luck, I’m psyched to hear about what convicts you the most.

#Manhandlinglife

What is Manliness?

BEARDS, PLAID, CIGARS, and SCOTCH!!!! That’s it, Short post huh?

Just kidding! I think we all have different perspectives on what manliness is and many of those are skewed for whatever reason (whether other’s opinion or the media). I would contest that manliness isn’t all that easy to define. I’m willing to talk it out a bit to get a more optimistic view of how all of us can be manly without too much stigma.

I believe one of the most manly things we can do as men is be a leader.  That is a huge responsibility and isn’t well defined. Many see Leadership as an assigned role (CEO, Manager, or Coach). These are not roles that entitle people to be a leader, they are opportunities to lead. Many people who step into these positions use it as a pedestal for running things and telling people what to do.  A leader can wear any number of hats, they could be someone who rallies the troops toward a unified outcome or vision, some men lead by example, others lead by teaching, while some lead by FOLLOWING (yes following). Have you ever met someone that just makes everything easier at work, in your extended family, church, neighborhood, etc.? Oftentimes, these people don’t have a position of power. But instead they dive in with a servant’s mentality for the better good of whatever is going on. I have a lot of these people in my life and they teach me more about life, leadership, and contentment than most people I know. They tend to make difficult things easier or less of a burden because of their desire to help with no apparent benefit to them.

I try to lead in all of these ways though I fall short all of the time. You too can lead in whatever arena you are in. I want to challenge you to take 1 or 2 steps out of your comfort zone in the ways you lead. If you lead by example, try being more vocal with a teaching heart (this could breed trust, connected-ness, and maybe attract people that want to lead by following) to see what happens. If you lead by creating this grand vision for the people who trust you, I challenge you to get your hands dirty a bit and see the process through as a person who leads by following so you can align with the other stages of the unified goal. If you follow, I’m convicted to push you to find a vision you can proactively share with others who can follow your plan.  Lets see what happens guys.

Fathers, your sons and daughters need an example of what a good man and leader is. This starts by respecting and loving their Mother. I know what some of you divorced dads are thinking (Just stop). Love has many faces, it isn’t a feeling, its a decision. I love my friends, my sisters, cousins, and my Wife’s closest friends but it has nothing to do with the type of love I feel for my wife.  You would be amazed at how much better a mate your sons will be with that example and how much better the men your daughters will choose will be. They are watching!

Husbands, my advice is no matter how you lead your family, empowering your wife might be the best way to lead. She needs to hear how smart, strong, sexy, resilient, and how nice the(ir) _____ looks/smells/tastes/feels/etc. (yes, that last one applies in the bedroom too 😉  )

Son’s. Pay attention, ask questions, Listen and pay attention whether you want to or not, find out where you fit best in this world.  Leadership will no doubt be a part of your life, make sure you figure it out earlier than later.

We all see leadership connect with our lives all the time, I hope you can try something new and better your relationships. I’m pretty sure its worth it Fellas!

I am going to start a Hashtag for us to use when things in our social media circle relate well to being a man, please feel free to use it!

#ManHandlingLife

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Men!

Hey guys I’m Chad, Welcome to ManHandling Life.  I am excited to get started sharing things with you all related to all of the things that make us MEN.  I also want to make sure we have a bunch of fun being guys whether we are Fathers, Husbands, or Sons learning about cool manly things. Some of the ideas I have for this blog is to cover topics like Self-Improvement, Style, Tips and Tricks that relate to being a Dude/Dad/Husband, Fixing Stuff, Manly Products, Sports, Health, Fitness, and Food.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to engage in conversations about all of these things and I hope we can build something really great that can speak into the lives of men and show the world what it means to ManHandle Life. Lets get to it fellas!