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Survivalist Book Shelf: Top 5 Books of 2017

June 26, 2017 - By 
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With rising temperatures, political unrest, and infrastructure collapsing, it pays to be prepared. While the odds of a societal collapse aren’t likely, you’ll want to have a good set of survival skills at the ready.

A strong set of practical skills can get you out of a sticky situation. From creating a bug-out bag to learning wilderness skills, the right skills at the right moment are important.

We all know that knowledge is power, so arm yourself accordingly. Here are the top 5 books that should be on every survivalist’s bookshelf.

1. SAS Survival Guide

Written in 1986 by John Wiseman, The SAS Survival Guide is the gold standard in survivalist lit. Wiseman, a former SAS soldier, served in the British military for over 2 decades where he honed his skills.

Now, he’s passing the knowledge onto a brand new generation. Readers can expect Wiseman to walk them through everything from first-aid to climate.

Some survivalists may already have a copy on their bookshelf, but they may not know about a modern twist. The guide is now more accessible than ever thanks to Wiseman’s new app. Now you can learn survival techniques wherever you go.

2. The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook

You may remember the Worst-Case Scenario series from your childhood. The series has been in publication for decades, but now you can get all 11 guides in one collection.

Admittedly, this is a lighter read. With topics like dating and driving, it takes a light-hearted approach to preparedness.

That isn’t to say you shouldn’t expect to learn a thing or two about genuine survival, however. On the contrary, the book is full of fascinating and useful tidbits of information.

Even a survivalist needs a humorous outlet every now and then.

3. How to Stay Alive in the Woods

How to Stay Alive in the Woods is a favorite amongst wilderness enthusiasts. Bradford Angier’s classic guide contains everything you’d ever need to know about the woods.

From scavenging and cooking food, to building a fire and shelter, you’ll learn it all.

4. How to Survive the End of the World as we Know It: Tactics, Technology, and Techniques for Uncertain Times

With a title like that, you know you’re in for some hardcore survival techniques. This book will fully prepare you for when disaster strikes.

Learn practical tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe during tough times. Rawles details food and shelter, but also useful tips like how to shoot the best recurve bow.

Despite its apocalyptic title, How to Survive is a realistic and excellent resource.

5. Bushcraft 101

Dave Canterbury’s classic Bushcraft 101 is an absolute must-have. Even if you’re only headed into the woods for the weekend, this field guide can teach you how to make the most of your time in the wild.

Our favorite thing about Bushcraft is its minimalist approach. Canterbury set out to create a resource guide for those with as few resources as possible.

Learn to survive with just your wits and a few twigs!

There’s something on this list for everyone from novice to expert. So take a minute to crack open a book. It could even save your life.


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5 Game Day Party Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

June 13, 2017 - By 

It’s game day and you’re hosting. Even though it’s a simple gathering, you’re feeling a bit lost on what to do, what to buy, and how to make your turn to host the best.

We put together a list of five game day party hacks to make your turn to host easier and infinitely more fun. Check these hacks out!

Five Game Day Party Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

You want to spend game day relaxing and enjoying some good Celtic banter and football-appropriate snacks. These hacks will get you from prepping the party to enjoying the party quickly.

5. Get ready the night before.

Prepping makes everything run smoothly in many aspects of life. Spend an hour or two the night before the big game cleaning.

You don’t have to go nuts, but it’s helpful to get the following out of the way ahead of time:

  • Wiping down surfaces.
  • Vacuuming and sweeping.
  • Cleaning your couch and sitting surfaces.

You’ll find that preparing everything the following day before your pals arrive will go much faster without the need to hastily clean.

4. Go with disposable serving items.

If you’re hosting a medium to large party, are you really going to want to do all those dishes at the end?

Opt for disposable versions of the following items:

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Knives, forks, and spoons
  • Cups
  • Paper towels

If you’re not a fan of wasting things and harming the environment, set up recycling bins that are clearly recognizable around the dining area. There are also eco-friendly disposable items you can purchase as well.

Be sure to stock up on toilet paper as well.

3. Get creative with team colors.

Let’s be honest– popping over to the party store for flimsy team-themed party decor and disposables is very costly.

You can easily work team colors into your party supplies without purchasing team-specific items. This is a great way to save money while still making your game day party more festive.

Everything from your paper products to tablecloths can be found in your team’s colors for cheaper. You can easily make some felt flags with a pair of scissors, glue, felt, yarn, and a bit of creativity.

2. Post your Wi-Fi password.

If you’re hosting a big party and expect some guests who aren’t frequently over, it would be wise to post your wi-fi password inside your home where guests can easily see it. Save yourself the trouble of repeating the same password to fifty different people by getting fun and creative with an eye-catching sign.

1. Keep the kids busy.

If you have children or have invited guests that will probably bring them over, do them (and you) a favor by keeping them occupied.

Pick up some cheap foam balls, set up a game outside, pop on the sprinkler– do everything within your means to keep the kids from being bored out of their minds while your guests enjoy the game.

How was our list of game day party hacks? Tell us which ones you loved in the comments below!


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Beating the Odds: Finding the Casino for You

May 16, 2017 - By 
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There’s no doubt about it: gambling is exciting.

Whether you love to play games of chance or bet on sports, playing for money will give you an adrenaline thrill like no other. That’s why the global casino industry will bring in an estimated 120 billion dollars this year.

Getting started can be overwhelming. How do you make sure you are treated fairly and not subjected to cheating or fraud?

Whether you’re a first-timer or returning to gambling after taking a break these tips will help you choose the right casino for you.

Types of casinos

What comes to your mind when you think of the word “casino”?

Is it the luxurious atmosphere of a Las Vegas establishment?  A humble bingo hall? Or maybe a flashy website pops into your head.

Think about the type of casino that makes you feel comfortable. You’re more likely to make winning decisions in the right environment for you.

Land based casinos

Traditionally the word “casino” refers to a building used for social amusements, specifically gambling. This means you have to go in person to the casino in order to play.

A casino could be a large, stand-alone establishment, or one part of a larger entertainment complex like a hotel or theme park.

To use a land based casino you will have to choose a casino near where you live or in a place you can easily travel to.

Benefits of land based casinos

  • Social atmosphere
  • See in person that the establishment is properly licensed
  • Payment options include cash
  • Offers entertainment, food, and drink

Online Casinos

With an internet connection, we also have the option of using online casinos.

Online casinos come in several forms. Some run “virtual” versions of casino games through websites. Others require the user to download software onto their computer in order to play.

Some sites are dedicated to sports betting.

Online casino games are made fair by using special software to generate random results. Many online casinos also offer live dealer games, where users can watch the game through video and text their choices to the dealer.

Benefits of online casinos

  • Convenient – you don’t have to leave your house
  • Immediate – you can put those sports betting tips you just received to use the minute you get them
  • Choices of games are unlimited
  • Many payment options

Do your research

If you want to keep the odds in your favor it’s always important to do some research. You wouldn’t bet on a game you know nothing about; the same goes for choosing a casino.

Licensing

This is by far the most important thing to know before you begin a gambling activity. Is the casino you’ve chosen properly licensed? If not you may inadvertently end up participating in something illegal.

Be aware of the laws in your area and make sure that the casino you’ve chosen complies with them.

This is especially important with online casinos – make sure you are connecting with a casino which operates under a regulatory body. Otherwise, it’s easy to become the victim of internet fraud.

Read reviews

People love to share their experiences, good or bad, online.

For land based casinos, travel websites can be a good source. For online sites find reputable reviews from news stories or non-profit websites.

Other questions to ask about online casinos

  • Does the casino offer the type of betting you want?
  • How does the casino payout wins?
  • Does the casino offer bonuses?
  • Does the website/software work with the computer you have?

Don’t leave it to luck

Much of the fun of gaming is based on luck. Choosing a good casino with care instead of leaving it to chance will ensure the odds are in your favor.


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How to Become a Better Gambler: 5 Simple Steps

May 15, 2017 - By 

Did you know that the online sports gambling industry is currently worth $37.9 billion?

Sports fans spend money in many ways: tickets, apparel, memorabilia, and more. The average sports fan spends $725 a year fueling his or her passion.

Rather than just spending money on your love of the game, what if you could make money? Do you have a gut feeling that you’ve got what it takes? Know where to find the best free betting picks?

If betting on sports is new to you and you feel a little overwhelmed, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 simple steps to becoming a better gambler!

1. Manage Your Money and Set a Budget

This tip is the simplest from our list. The last thing you want to do is run out of money.

Set yourself up for success by setting a realistic budget for each of your sports gambling outings.

Having sufficient bankroll is the name of the game when betting on sports. You want to ensure your ability to continue betting, in case you encounter a losing streak.

A good figure to start with is having a bankroll that is equal to 100 times your starting bet. Be conservative.

Remember that you are in this for the long tail, not the short term. Manage your money based on a long-term strategy. Sports gambling is not a “get rich quick” scheme.

2. Do Your Research

It’s best to start out by picking a sport that you are very familiar with and then become an expert.

It’s not enough to be following a team’s record. Learn how each team is playing. Pay attention to offense and defense. Is a basketball team shooting 3 point shots all game? Did a team keep possession of the ball longer than their opponents?

Pay attention to gameplay in both offense and defense.

Is a basketball team shooting 3 point shots all game? Did a team keep possession of the ball longer than their opponents?

Did a team keep possession of the ball longer than their opponents?

Ask yourself questions like these in your chosen sport to sharpen your bets.

When you’ve mastered your sport, then you can move on to other markets.

3. Learn About the Industry

Familiarize yourself with the terminology of sports betting.

Search for a bookmaker to place bets. Don’t rush to choose.

Read reviews and ask around.

Be sure you feel comfortable and safe with your sportsbook.

Consider having multiple books to make bets with, so that you can always choose the best line possible.

4. Follow the Picks – Start with Free Betting Picks

No matter what sport you choose to gamble on, following the picks each week is crucial. You can start by using free betting picks or pay for picks.

Let your research and knowledge of the sport inform your betting as you review the picks each week.

You can search online to find the picks for leagues like the NBA, NFL, MLB, and even horse racing!

Here is a word of caution: the pick favored to win does not always win!

Bet carefully and be selective on the number of bets you place. Remember the long game, not the short term.

5. Bet with Your Heart and You’ll Be Heartbroken

This piece of advice may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning.

Everyone wants to see their hometown team win.

Don’t make a mistake of placing reckless future bets on your hometown team.

If you do your research and are carefully following the odds, you will steer clear of this fatal mistake.

With these 5 simple steps, some free betting picks, and solid research in your arsenal, you will be on your way to becoming a better gambler and profiting from your passion for sports!


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The Top Golf Betting Tips to Earn You Some Cash

May 3, 2017 - By 
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You love golf, and, as it turns out, you also love money. Your love of both has made golf betting a godsend to you.

Loving both golf and money, however, is not enough to guarantee any returns. Gambling is, after all, a huge risk to take.

Fortunately, there are ways to make gambling less risky. You just have to look at the odds, rely on reputable tipsters, and keep yourself updated.

That said, follow along as we expand on these tips to make golf betting worth your while.

Look at the Odds

As we said before, gambling is risky. We can’t deny, though, that there are some solid mathematic approaches to it.

The “odds” are one of those approaches.

If you’re not great at math, you don’t have to worry. Odds are usually calculated for you, presumably by someone who has a great handle on mathematic concepts.

While odds are great, we do have some words of caution.

For starters, odds aren’t the only numbers that matter. Good odds can signal a good bet. They can’t, however completely reflect the chances of an event occurring.

As a result, we recommend that you pair this tip with the ones that follow this one.

Choose a Good Tipster (Or Two)

Taking a good look at the odds of an event isn’t enough. You need someone who can interpret the data better than you can by your side.

This is where golf tipsters come in. Professionals who are familiar with the math behind a good gamble, they help people place good bets.

Of course, you can’t trust just any tipster. The tipsters you rely on should specialize in golf betting.

Good tipsters also meet a host of other criteria. As Casual Gambler notes, they are, first and foremost, transparent and professional. They also have a proven track record of getting clients good results.

So how do you verify that your tipster meets those criteria?

Our advice is to consult with past clients. Ask them about the tipster’s professionalism and transparency. You should also ask them about your tipster’s general character.

You should also ask them about your tipster’s general character. Did the tipster have the clients’ best interests at heart? Was the tipster off-putting in any way?

If your tipster meets none of those criteria, you should probably find a new one.

Keep Yourself Updated

You’ve looked at the odds, and you’ve just employed a great tipster. Why, then, would you need to keep yourself updated?

After all, you’re essentially paying someone to be updated for you, right?

Sort of.

At the end of the day, you can’t make the bet that’s right for you if you don’t know what’s happening in the golf world.

That article in Golf Monthly about Tiger Woods’s back surgery? You need to know about that.

The last winner of the Volvo China Open? That’s also something you need to know.

You get the point.

Conclusion

Golf betting, like all betting, is never a sure thing.

Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose.

Lucky for you, you have a sea of resources that can help you win big. From Betting Gods golf betting tips to good old Wikipedia, you’re never alone.

With help like that, we’d definitely say that the odds are ever in your favor.


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The 5 Essential Pieces of Bike Safety Equipment All Bikers Need

March 31, 2017 - By 
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It’s an unfortunate fact that bicycling can be dangerous. In 2015, 818 bicyclists were killed in crashes with motor vehicles. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself when you’re biking.

Having the right safety equipment can go a long way to preventing serious injury. Bicycle helmets and other safety equipment reduce crash-related injuries and deaths, especially among children.

Here are five essential pieces of bike safety equipment that you need to prevent harm on the road.

A Bicycle Helmet

A helmet is one of the best ways to prevent injury when riding a bike. It’s important to choose a helmet that fits properly and to wear it every time you bike.

The foam in a helmet gets crushed when the helmet protects your head. This cushions the blow and protects your brain. The outside of the helmet is made to slide on the ground instead of gripping it, which can protect your neck. Of course, the damage to the foam means that you should never reuse a helmet that has been in a bad crash.

Visibility Lights

Many bike riders understand the need for visibility lights when it’s dark outside, but they are also important near dusk and even during the day. Lights catch drivers’ attention and cause them to notice you at every time of day.

There are a lot of options available, including Fenix lights which can help your bike be more visible. Lights can also help you see at night; the way headlights do on a car.

A Loud Bike Horn

Although drivers are piloting a 4,000-pound machine, they aren’t always paying attention. They may be eating, talking to passengers, listening to music, or simply daydreaming.

Also, a bicycle doesn’t fit the visual profile of a vehicle that drivers watch for. One of the reasons that there are so many accidents with bikes is that drivers aren’t used to seeing them on the road. As a result, a loud bike horn can make a big difference. You can use it to signal alarm and to let drivers know you’re there.

A Wireless Turn Signal

While you as a bicyclist may know how to signal turns with your arm, it’s likely that drivers won’t quite know what you’re trying to say. Instead, choose a safety device that everyone is already familiar with: digital turn signals.

You can easily purchase wireless devices that allow you to indicate a right or left turn using lighted arrows that are similar to vehicle turn signals. You can use buttons to signal turns without taking your hands off the handlebars, which increases your safety as well.

A Camera on Your Bicycle

Hopefully you’re never in an accident with a car, but if you are, you may need documentation of what happened. A discreet easily-mounted rear camera attached to your bike can be the help you need.

Some models have a variety of functions. They can serve as a taillight, records what’s going on behind you, and can capture the license plate number of an aggressive or careless driver.

Being safe on the road isn’t hard when you have the right equipment. By using these five essential pieces of bike safety gear, you’ll help prevent accidents and injuries to both you and the drivers around you.


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How to Pick the Best Crossbow for You

February 3, 2017 - By 
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Have a keen interest in sport shooting? Looking to take it up as a hobby? Or are you like thousands of other Americans who are looking to become part of the current hunting movement sweeping the nation?

From the novice to the pro, and all things in between, the chances are if you interested in hunting or shooting, at some point you’ll want to add something special into the mix.

For that, we have a solution.

Enter the crossbow.

The good news is that crossbows are not what they used to be. The humble crossbow has truly come a long way.

With technology in the field constantly changing the game, modern crossbows can add some robust firepower and accuracy to your shot.

But, where do you even start when you’re trying to pick a crossbow that’s closest to your needs?

In this article, we’re sharing some awesome tips to help you choose the right crossbow for you.

Ready? Great!

Let’s get to it.

How to Pick the Best Crossbow for You

1. Price Range

One of the most important factors that will influence your choice, is the amount of money you are willing and capable of spending.

Crossbows vary in price. They start out at a couple of hundred dollars and go right up to a couple of thousand.

An important consideration here is the precise nature of your crossbow needs. If you’re just starting out, what you’ll look for in a crossbow might be different to someone who has been hunting for forty years.

Do your homework here. Have a look at what each crossbow has to offer and weigh that offering up against the price.

Can you get a great crossbow at a reasonable price? Yes, you can!

Can you get an even better one for a bigger cost? Of course!

What matters most is the exact nature of your current needs. Based on those needs, always opt for the best crossbow that you can afford.

2. Draw Weight

While regulatory minimums for draw weight varies across states, overall, the average runs from 75 up to 125 pounds. For most crossbow users, a draw weight in these ranges should be more than adequate to kill a whitetail at a moderate range.

Bear in mind that the faster the crossbow, the higher the draw weight. If you’re a serious hunter who has been doing this for years, you might want to opt for specific hunting crossbows. In these cases, the draw weight will range from 150 to 200 pounds.

3. Model and Style

Once you have decided your price range, and after you’ve considered what kind of draw weight will meet your needs, the next thing to consider is the model and style that most appeals to you.

Do you want a recurve crossbow or a compound? What sort of sighting system will you need?

Will you be able to cock it by hand or do you need a cocking device? Do you want to go for a wooden crossbow or a modern synthetic finish?

These are all important considerations. As always, do your homework first.

Have a look at the best crossbows available in the market today and you’ll be able to figure out the best caters to your needs.

The Best Crossbow For You

So, there you have it.

Follow these essential tips when you’re trying to choose the best crossbow and you won’t go wrong.

And, remember that the perfect crossbow does not have to be to everyone’s taste.

Heck, no! The best kind of crossbow is one that meets your needs in the here and now.

The best kind of crossbow is the crossbow that is perfect for you.