• A Salute to the 4th of July

    Let’s talk a little bit about the 4th of July and why we are so proud to be Americans.

    Here are some brief facts about the holiday’s growth. It’s been 239 years since the historic signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. A year later the residents of Philadelphia rightfully celebrated the occasion for the first time. By 1783 the holiday began to take shape and gain momentum as the war of independence was all but wrapped up.  Even though it was celebrated nationally for many, many years, it wasn’t until 1941 that Congress declared it a federal holiday.

    Fast forward to 2015 and bust out the burgers, hotdogs, apple pie, beer, and of course fireworks. It goes without saying that Americans today love celebrating the 4th of July. What used to be a simple nod to the nation’s forefathers has grown into something much grander.

    With the progress that time has provided, we’ve invented unbelievable things and have ushered in an era of unprecedented technology and innovation. Yet, with all these wonderful technologies, prolonged health, and theoretically improved living conditions – we’ve never lost sight of where we came from or how we got here. The 4th of July is one of the precious moments where we take the time to remember, and truly appreciate all that this nation has been through for our betterment. Our independence and freedom to live happily in a wonderful country, is nothing short of amazing. It’s constantly tested, but we have never forgotten or lost our legacy of fighting for our independence.

    So here’s to our day of independence, celebrate it like you mean it and make time for some Serious Face Time!
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  • All Things Sports - Spring Training 2015

    It’s February and that means one thing - - pitchers, catchers and eventually position players report to training. Can you smell the hot dogs and beer? Every year baseball fans get a glimpse of what the season will look like as ‘Spring Training’ commences. Here are the top stories surrounding the start of the season you’ll want to know so you can bond with the boss.

    Matt Harvey is expected to return to the Met’s roster this season after an elbow surgery that benched him for the entire 2014 season. Eager to get back into shape, Harvey arrived at camp about two weeks earlier than requested. Coaches and fans are anxiously waiting to see if Harvey will be able to perform at full capacity this season.

    The spotlight will also be on Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton who signed the largest contract in both length and total value ever in not only baseball but in the history of sports at $325 million for 13 years. That comes out to $25 million a year, yes $25 million. The question on everyone’s mind is, will he be worth it? Even if Stanton is able to deliver this season, it doesn’t guarantee his performance for the remaining 12 years. His worth and salary will be one story that will continue throughout his career. Which leads us to the former record holder for largest contract – Alex Rodriguez.

    Rodriguez will be returning to the Yankees (and their famous no facial hair policy) this season after his yearlong suspension for performance enhancing drug use. Not only will fans be wondering if the 39 year old will be up to par physically, but where will he play? Back in December, third baseman Chase Headley was signed to a four-year, $52 million contract by the Yankees. So what does that mean for Rodriguez? Looks like he’ll be a DH for a while, if he’s lucky. Either way, he still gets paid.
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  • Tips for your Basketball Bracket

    Forget Cyber Monday, March Basketball tournaments cost about $1.2 billion for every unproductive hour according to stats from 2014. That is a ridiculous number, but let’s be honest – you’re probably reading this blog at work right now. So, if you’re going to be distracted with the craziness from all the upsets, you might as well have your facts straight.

    As you prepare your brackets and scrutinize over every matchup, keep these few key things in mind.

    Common Results:

    • A number one seed has never lost to a 16 seed.
    • First round matchups of #5 and #12 seeds often result in upsets.
    • The National Champion typically comes from one of the six power conferences – the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, SEC, or Pac 12.
    • It’s a safe bet that all four number one seeds will NOT be in the Final Four.

     

    Three keys to winning in March:

    1. Great guard play
    2. Three point shooting
    3. Defense

     

    Teams that could make a deep run:

    • Villanova has one of the best 3 point scoring teams.
    • Arizona is a top three team in scoring margin and is very underrated defensively.
    • Notre Dame – no one talks about them but they are the third best team in a highly competitive ACC and they’re also a top 10 team in scoring.

     

    Teams that could be upset early:

    • Virginia – they play tough defense but they don’t score enough to make a deep run.
    • University of North Carolina Tar Heels – With a strong showing in the ACC tournament, the Tar Heels should be ready to make a statement. But when physically matched by another big physical team, they lose a crucial advantage.

     

    Remington’s Pick – Wisconsin Badgers. 

    Why:

    • The Badgers finished the regular season on an 11-3 run that included some very impressive back-to-back double-digit wins at Minnesota and Ohio State, and they pulled out a spectacular win over MSU in the Big Ten tourney.
    • The combination of experience, size and power that Kaminsky, Dekker and Hayes bring to the court, along with the guidance of veteran coach Bo Ryan, creating a strong tactic for shots to be more easily contested on defense; gives the Badgers a distinctive lineup.
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  • Business Etiquette

    An important attribute of being a good man is etiquette. In every aspect of our lives we should always represent our best selves, especially in professional settings. Your wife or best friend might be able to handle the more relaxed, chicken wing eating, couch version of you, but colleagues and business contacts should not be exposed to that.

    The below rules will ensure you never make small etiquette mistakes that could cost you big.

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  • Dadtime Giveaway

    Family is important. It’s probably the one thing in life your dad loves more than free stuff.

    Come on, you can’t blame him for caring about a good value!

    That’s why we created the Remington #DadTime Giveaway! It’s the perfect way to show dad you care this Father’s Day—with free stuff!

    Here’s what you’ve gotta do:

    1. Find your favorite picture of dad being dad. It can be a quiet moment, a fun moment, or a huge, happy, life-changing moment.

    2. Post your picture to Twitter or Instagram with #DadTime

    OR

    2. Upload your picture on the contest entry page

    3. Sit back and see if you made dad proud! We’ll select 10 random winners to receive a $100 Visa gift card. You know your dad will love that.

    4. Win or lose, wish your dad a happy Father’s Day. He deserves it.

    Full details here.
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  • Digital Cleanses

    We’ve all heard about various nutrition cleanses, maybe even tried one or two, but what about Digital Cleanses. A digital cleanse is when you take a break from smartphones, computers, tablets, television, video games, and yes the internet for a designated time period. That means no ESPN or binge watching the last season of The Walking Dead.

    The point is to refocus your attention on the things in your life that aren’t virtual or work related. Yes, it’s ok to take a break from work; in fact it will help you do your job better. Now you’re probably wondering how you’re going to entertain yourself without the screens. Don’t worry, we have your back. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

      • Go outside – grab the guys and get a game of pick-up basketball going.
      • Family game night – Dads, the quality time you’ll get with your little ones will be better than the Heat/Cavs game, we promise. You know you miss playing Monopoly!
      • Cook – Yes guys, we can cook too! Learn a new recipe, help out at meal time, or cook with a friend.
      • DIY projects –Put down the remote and pick up the hammer. Hang those shelves. Duct tape something. Finish your man cave!
      • Read – Hooked on Game of Thrones? Did you know it started as a book – try reading the series.
      • Play on – call the guys for an impromptu jam session.

    Guys, stay tuned for: Activities that help you connect without breaking the bank.
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  • Get Your Red Carpet Look

    Sunday’s Academy Awards gave us a look at the world’s most look-at-able people. They all looked great, right? Right. So let’s figure out how you can look that great every day, whether you’re wearing a tux or not.

    Wash and Moisturize
    Stay young by treating your skin right. A recent poll showed that half of American men don’t wash their face, and that’s the half you’ll never see anywhere near a red carpet.

    Regularly washing your face helps renew skin and keep it looking fresh. Just as important is the moisturizer. A daily face lotion will hydrate skin, protect it from the elements, and maybe even make you smell nice.

    We like this moisturizer from Bulldog Natural Skincare. It’s creamy without weighing you down, it has a manly scent, and it’s pretty cheap. Wins all around.

    Accessorize
    Beards and glasses have been called “makeup for men”. These face accessories can cover up a lot of flaws, giving you a put-together, well-rounded look. You may even look “classy”, which is good.

    Find some frames that fit your face shape. LensCrafters has a handy online tool for helping you find your best look. While you’re at it, pick up a couple different pairs to add a little variety to your style. People will notice.

    For a red carpet-worthy beard, it’s best to keep it tight. Evenly trimmed, tactfully defined, and clean—that’s the way to go.

    The Remington Crafter is the ideal tool for creating an exact look that will turn heads. Powerful blades and length-adjusting combs give you total control over every aspect of your glorious man makeup.
     
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  • If Beard Bosses were Tournament Teams

    It’s March and the big annual basketball tournament that shall go unnamed is underway. We’re excited.

    In the spirit of this College Basketball Bonanza, we decided to compare our four awesome Beard Bosses to teams in the tournament.

    Enjoy!

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  • Meet the Boss - James McMahon

    Beard Boss James McMahon has a one-of-a-kind mustache that’s evolved over the years. “It keeps asking for more face territory every day,” says James.

    As James’s mustache grows, so does his wisdom. He’s picked up tips and tricks from decades of bearding experience and he’s more than willing to share his secrets. Check out the Q&A below to meet the man and his beard (he calls it Guillermo). 

    Where are you from and what do you do for a living?

    "I’m from Milwaukee. I am a restaurateur, “mustachepreneur”, and musician."

    How does your beard impact your daily life?

    "It is a great icebreaker on certain occasions, and can also deter people from talking to you when you don’t want to small talk."

    Are you superstitious about your beard? How so?  

    "Yes, I’m very superstitious.  Before competitions there is a very certain sage smudging process that has proven successful.  When we were on the Beard Boss tour in Portland I couldn’t do it because we were running behind because Chris had to pick up some socks.  That was the first time that I have not been in the top three since I started competing."

    What all goes into styling and grooming your beard?

    "I’m all about the “Big Sexy” (hairspray).  The superhold is my go to.  As far as length of time, it seems as though I need to put an hour limit on myself or then I start to stress out about a hair out of place."

    What would it take for you to shave off your beard? A million dollars? A date with a super model? Will you ever shave it? 

    "I don’t think I have specifics, it’s my hair and if I want to change it up then so be it.  I think that is what being a Beard Boss is all about.  Do what you feel is good for you."

    Are you clean-shaven on your driver’s license or other photo ID? If so, have you ever been accused of using a fake?
    "I am more clean-shaven on my license than I am now.  I have never been accused of using a fake, but when I was traveling internationally they called me Jamie (MythBusters), not James."

    What’s the best part about being a Beard Boss?

    "The best part is just being around great people that share common beard interests. The Beard bosses have met so many great people from all over the nation and world because of the Beard Boss campaign."

    What tips or advice do you have for someone just starting to grow out a beard?

    "Just keep growing it.  You will get beyond the itching quickly."

    Where do you see bearding going in the next 10 years? Will the trend continue to grow?

    "I think that as long as the trend of society supporting more local-scale economies such as local farmers, artists, chefs, musicians, brewers, and artisans, keeps going, the beard trend will continue as well.  I hope that trend does continue, but if I had grown up in the 70s I probably would have said that everyone would continue having mustaches, and listening to disco for many years to come. You never know for sure."


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August 2016
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