Zombies Run


Hi readers! I found a really great app I wanted to share with everyone who is fighting for  motivation to get out of the house. It’s called Zombie Run! The app teams up with the music on your phone taking you on a ‘real’ survival mission through zombie infested streets in the fictional town, Abel Township and has an interactive storyline. It is a bit on the steep side at $8 but can you really put a price on a fun workout?   I can’t wait to give this a try!

Mens Interest ~ How to tie a tie.


This will be by first post in my Men’s Interest segment of The Shanty Town. I am very excited to finally be expanding in this direction. I promise to keep this section entirely devoted to Men and the things that interest you. If there is a topic you would like to read about contact me through comments, on Facebook or twitter and I’ll get right on it.  Enjoy.

I’m going to kick off Men’s Interests with a question I get all the time and only one person in the crowd ever seems to know the answer to. How do you tie a tie? Below I’ve provided step by step instructions on two types of knots to cover each mans height and girth.  If you’ve mastered the basics and would like to try more intricate looks click here.

First I’m going to be showing you a tie called The Four in Hand. This is probably the most common way I’ve seen men wearing their ties and it’s also very simple. I recommend this look for tall or medium height men because it is an elongated look and can make a shorter man look dwarfish.

 

A good tie for shorter men would be The Double Windsor. It has a larger knot so it draws up the length of the tie making your torso seem longer.  It is however a more difficult knot to master but with a little practice you should be tying it with ease.

 

That’s it really not much to it other than a little practice. Now you will be able to impress your wives and friends with your knowledge of how to properly tie a tie.  I plan to make one Men’s Interest article per week so keep in touch. You can sign up for our newsletter or connect via twitter and Facebook to get updates when new posts are published.   

Find a Donor. On Facebook!


Opening my browser this morning the headlining story was that Mark Zuckerburg has revealed a new Facebook option that allows you to search for Organ Donors.  112 – 113 million people in the United States alone are in need of a transplant. For them and their families the potential of this app to connect them with donors is an answered prayer. Others are more reserved about sharing their medical information so publicly and question the security of their records.

 

 

Myself? I am wondering if  similar applications will soon be functioning through social media. Adoption?

A Shanty Town Collage.


I’ve got a great post for you today that is definitely on its way to becoming a Shanty Town Classic. Staying true to our motto todays post is a collection of odds and ends with a few bits and pieces!

                The first thing I am sharing caught my attention I wrote a similar article about reusing plastic earlier this year.  This is a really good but simple idea and is a great way to repurpose your old plastic bottles. It is called Bottle Dip Irrigation and uses plastic jugs to irrigate your garden and apply water directly to the roots. I am definitely going to give this method a try when I get my vegetable garden started next month. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

 

Spring has begun! Time to break out the cute summer wear! Here are three great articles essential for spring and summer months!

The summer can really take a toll on your hair especially if yours is colored. Luckily you can protect your strands and look great. Grab a silk scarf and head over to 1 Foulard 3 Possibilities for some of this season’s go to hair styles.

Just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean you can’t imitate the just stepped of the sand look. Click here for a quick tutorial on cheap and easy beach waves that work great on all hair types.

 

 

 

 

Everyone is worried about looking their best in their swimsuits. Not only does it feel good to be fit it’s also good for your health and mood.  Learn how to get and stay in shape easily without the gym or expensive trainers at Great List.

 

How to get your content shared.


Social media is a fickle mistress that all content writers must woo.

Let’s face it most people don’t want to write a blog if no one is sharing or at the least looking at the content. The web has us under the impression that “If content is any good someone would have already shared it.” Making life for the startup writer like myself that much more difficult.

I like to put myself in the shoes of my visitors. If I look at my blog and see it has over 300 shares I’m much more likely to share what I see as “social proof” than what might be a better article if it only has 60 shares.  My point is no one wants to recommend a post that isn’t popular because they might lose face from their contacts. Finding a page with tons of popular content makes the decision to share that much easier.

This is part one of a series of posts where I will show you how to write captivating articles guaranteed to squeeze shares out of your visitors and transform them into loyal readers.

DO – Keep it short.  People have a very short attention span and many of them prefer to skim a short paragraph and not a page full of text. If you have a lot to say you may want to break your post into a couple different segments. This will engage readers and keep them coming back to your site.

DO – Proof read. Often times if I like an article I will scroll down to see the comments. You can glean valuable information about your readers there.  I’ve found that no matter how good your post is if you have misspelled words or bad grammar it automatically discredits you to your readers.

DON’T – Use the same format in every post. This is something I am guilty of and am working to improve.  I’ve found that people get bored easily so it’s important to switch up the way you display your writing. Some might incorporate lists, while others might be more narrative. Some posts might include a lot of images, while others will be more copy-heavy. Don’t do the same thing every time.

 

Be sure to check back for more writing tips and ways to captivate your readers!

Beach Bodies Workouts


Oldies but goodies. I’ve got a lot of hits on an earlier article Beach Bodies Workouts so I decided to give it a face lift and bring it to the front of the line.  If you want to see more of my early articles you can use the search bar at the top of the page and I’ve also added an archives tab to the right.  Happy Reading.

 

 

1. The Spartacus Challenge.  This routine has really proved its place at the top.  I have completed the workout shown countless times  and can attest to is effectiveness. Be sure to stretch out those muscles while your cooling down or your legs will hate you for a few days!

2. Body Rock.  From every workout available this is still my favorite. While zuzana has stepped to  the side allowing another buff energetic gal to take you through the workouts the quality of the site has remained the same and will always be my go to site. It is perfect for any level and offers recipes and other helpful advice.

3.  All about the six-pack .This is a routine I recently ran across while playing online that I thought was really fun and easy enough even for beginners. This is a quick 12 minute workout all you need is a couch and the will power. This is the routine I have used all along with The Spartacus Challenge and some of Zuzanas routines. Enjoy. 

Sex Education – The New Taboo.


Sex.

Now that I have your attention I’d like to talk about a recent online article that caught my eye.  Amid cries of triumph and in some cases outrage Utah has passed a bill banning sex education in schools. Many concerned parents and faculty members are speculating how this will affect the students and what if anything can be done about it.  Today I would like to delve a little deeper into Sex – The New Taboo.

Will this solve the problem?

 

It’s been joked about in movies for years but is The Talk still a part of growing up? If Utah lawmakers have their way it will have to be if you want your children educated about safe sex.  In a vote that passed 19-10 it stated that: “Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs may not include instruction in, or the advocacy of, the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; homosexuality; the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or sexual activity outside of marriage,” reads the bill, HB 363.

Sex it seems is something lawmakers believe should be addressed at home. I cannot say that I disagree with that view but I can also see huge problems.  According to the CDC one in every ten mothers is a teenager more than nine times that of teens in other developed nations. Pregnancy isn’t the only concern for sexually active teenagers.  More research shows that one in four teenage girls has an STD and girls aren’t the only ones at risk. The rate of boys aged 15-19 diagnosed with AIDs has doubled in the last 10 years with syphilis on the rise as well.  With statistics like this it’s hard not to question the effectiveness of Sex Education and Parent to child communication.

What can you do?

 No matter what your standpoint is on sex education  I think everyone can agree that we want what is best for our children. A major part of educating teenagers about safe sex is to give them information they will use to make potentially life changing decisions.  Just that you are willing to take the time to answer their questions can make a huge impact.

Don't forget to listen!

Ultimately the decision on whether or not to have the talk with your children and how you go about it is up to you.  I urge you to at least let your kids know that they can come to you with questions or concerns. It never hurts to have good communication with your loved ones.

How do you feel about the ban on Sex Education in schools? Will you talk to your children about safe sex and abstinence? Leave a comment below!

 

You can find more information about sex education and prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/