How Men Can Pick the Fancy Apple Watch Band for Them

Apple Watch is a fashionable device that any classic man can wear when matched with the right band. A fancy Apple Watch band can help him make a bold statement of style and taste. That’s why choosing the right band according to personal taste and style is crucial. While some prefer the classic platinum and gold, others are more into colorful bands to match different clothes.

So how can a man pick the fancy Apple Watch band? Let’s take a look at some tips.

fancy apple watch bands for men

Personal taste and style

One of the biggest mistakes men make when buying a fancy band is forgetting their personal style and taste. They might want to go with something that will make them look stylish and cool, but if it’s not the right fit for their style and taste, they won’t be able to pull it off.

To make a great first impression on others, you need to find something that matches your style and taste perfectly; this way, it will look natural. You’ll be the most stylish guy in the room if you wear something that complements your style and looks natural, even if it’s simple and not fancy.

High-quality materials

The Apple Watch band’s materials make it unique, so don’t go for something that looks cheap and doesn’t offer good quality. Sure, having a fancy band that offers you a great look and style is important, but it’s also important to have high quality to ensure long use. You want something that will last you more than just a couple of weeks, so be sure to look for high-quality materials. The good news is, the top selections of fancy Apple Watch bands 2022 are made of high-quality materials.

If you want a classic and elegant look, a leather band is the best option. If you want a more modern and stylish look, a stainless steel band is the best option. A silicone band is the best option for you if you want a casual and sporty look. Some might prefer a combination of materials, such as a stainless steel case with a leather band.

Color

The next step is to decide what color you want. The most popular colors for Apple Watch bands are black, white, and pink. You can also find bands in other colors, such as blue, green, and red. Most men choose a band based on the color of their Apple Watch or opt for a neutral color like black or white that will go with any style. For a bolder look, you may opt for a band in a brighter color, like red or green.

Band Style

Up next is to decide what style you want. The most popular styles for Apple Watch bands are the link bracelet, the sport band, and the leather loop. While some men may prefer a more classic or sporty look, others might prefer a more stylish band that complements their personal style. Whatever your preferences are, there is sure to be an Apple Watch band that fits your style and meets your needs.

Conclusion

Getting fancy and buying the right Apple Watch band can help you make a bold statement of style and look, so don’t get caught up in buying something that doesn’t match your personal style and taste. Remember that to be the most stylish person in the room; you need to get a band that fits your style perfectly. Also, stick with high-quality materials and go for neutral colors that match any outfit.…

How to Fix a Leaking Shower Faucet Set

A dripping shower is mostly caused by worn rubber washers, gaskets, or seals and corrosion/clogging of the inner parts in the valve. You may be tempted to crank hard or tighten the handle to stop leaking. Well, it will work temporarily, but unfortunately, it only makes things worse because over-tightening the handle will damage the valve. Nonetheless, you will end up spending more money replacing the shower faucet instead of fixing the worn-out part.

If you have a leaking shower is advisable to fix it immediately because it increases your water and electricity bill especially for those who are using compression faucets. In addition, continuous leaking into the wall can damage the wall structure which also adds to the expense of repairing the faulty bathtub faucet set. To avoid unnecessary expenses in the long run, you can DIY to fix a leaking bathtub faucet set by following the step-by-step guide below.

Leaking Shower Faucet Set

 

Required Materials and Tools

  • Pocketknife• Handle puller/Needle nose pliers
  • Adjustable wrench/A deep well socket wrench
  • Cartridge
  • Plumber seal/grease
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver

How to Fix a Single-Handle Shower Faucet

In case you have a single-handle shower faucet set that has been dripping for a while it is high time or advisable to fix it. You need to replace the old cartridge with an identical new one. While shopping for a new one don’t confuse it with the compression cartridge or take the old cartridge to your local hardware store to find the right model or match.

Step 1: Turn off your water valve

First, before you begin to repair the leaking bathtub faucet, turn off your water valve for an easy time while working and eliminate the hazard. The shut-off valve is mostly in the bathroom or near the shower. Or you may shut it off from the basement or in the room next to your bathroom if it is not near the bathtub.

Step 2: Remove your shower handle

After turning off the water valve, pry off the handle cap using the small pocket knife to expose the internal handle screw. With the 4-in-1 screwdriver, choose the screwdriver that perfectly fits into the screw head and then carefully turn the screw counter-clockwise to loosen it. Pull out it and set it aside. If it has more than one screw, ensure you remove all of them. Or heat the handle with a hairdryer set to high heat to remove the handle in case it does not come off after unscrewing it.

Step 3: Remove the faceplate

The metal behind the handle is the faceplate. Unscrew the screws that secure the faceplate, pull it off and set it aside.

Step 4: Pull the Shower Valve

The shower valve is the part that connects to the shower handle with a metal sleeve that covers the end of the valve. The sleeve is known as the escutcheon. If the escutcheon is screwed, unscrew it. When you are done twist it counterclockwise to stem loose and pull it out carefully.

Step 5: Remove the Locking Clip

Some valves may lack or have a locking clip. Locking clips is a metal rod located on the top of the valve. If yours has a locking clip, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull it out and set it aside.

Step 6: Drive the Deep Well Socket Wrench to slide over the Cartridge inside

A cartridge is a long cylinder with a metal rod sticking out of the top if you do not know how it looks like. Then, use the adjustable wrench and slide it over the cartridge inside the valve. Ensure it grips the …

10 tips for creating a unique bathroom experience

unique bathroom experience

The most critical decisions are undertaken on the shower, with the sleekness of the duscharmatur regendusche watching you as the water flows. While many people tend to decorate the bathroom last, a luxurious and fresh bathroom will offer you renewed energy and a seamless getaway. Today, it is more about enhancing the visual appeal and how you feel when you get into the bathroom.

Fortunately, some smart design choices can help overhaul and bring life to your boring bathroom. If you are searching for ideas and tips that help your bathroom look unique, stand out, and unconventional, you are at the right place. This article has tips on how to create a unique bathroom experience. Tag along!

bathroom experience

1. Upgrade Your Shower Faucet

When you have no time to loll in the bathtub, the right shower head will leave you feeling pampered in a few minutes. A Shower faucet controls the water flow. But more importantly, they are the face of your bathroom. While several faucets are available in the market with high workability and comfort, you should consider the material and sleek elements.

The most stylish and durable material is the stainless-steel faucets, and they are visually appealing. Copper and brass faucets are also classy and functional where corrosion is an issue. You can find a shower faucet that is programable to automatically change water temperature and pressure when showering.

2. Incorporate Natural Décor

There is a reason why the most luxurious spas are established in mountains, beaches, and other natural wonderlands. Having plants in the bathroom is one of the easiest tricks to make your bathroom experience unique. You can place the potted houseplants on the countertop, floor, and other bathroom surfaces or try and hang a potted plant from the ceiling. Ensure to select plants that thrive well in a humid bathroom environment and the kind of light the bathroom receives. If the live plants are not ideal for your skills or space, set a vase filled with fresh flowers on a countertop or shelf, or decorate with faux plants.

3. Create A Calm Experience with Colors

A suitable color scheme can enhance tranquility. Choose muted, soft colors to create a serene environment. When choosing your bathroom color scheme, you should avoid high-contrast color pairings such as orange and blue or white and black that often seem to energize and bold instead of calming. Instead, go with soft shades such as light blue, creamy white, dusty lilac, and sand beige. You can finish the scene with complementary hardware.

4. Declutter The Bathroom

Bathroom countertops covered in cosmetics, toiletries, and styling tools can prevent serenity. Jam-packed countertops and cluttered bathroom cabinets are not conducive to your relaxation. To establish a serene experience, you should clean and keep the surroundings uncluttered, meaning your bathroom should provide ample drawers and cabinets. Begin by eliminating any expired or unused products. Keep the items you don’t regularly use inside drawers, cabinets, or baskets when restocking. For the few essential products, you use daily, neatly tuck them away on counter space and open storage.

5. Incorporate More Storage

Incorporating more storage in your bathroom will make it easy to keep an uncluttered and clean look. In addition to drawers and bathroom cabinets, you can include baskets, shelves, and mount hooks to boost organization and storage.

6. Introduce Calming Scents

Indulging the sense of smell is a top spa secret that you can easily engage in your personal space. You can do this by placing a diffuser on the countertop or setting the scented candles around your tub. You can choose vanilla, jasmine, lavender, and …

PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET, YOU’VE BEEN HAD

People of Internet,

You’ve been had.

In the past couple years we’ve borne witness to an interesting set of trends. Various hashtags started gaining popularity that claimed to be celebrating the #authenticlife, but they were unusually ripe with photos of farm to table feasts on custom built farmhouse tables, cleverly staged journals with pristine latte art, and gorgeous minimalist home decor without a trace of evidence that real live people actually inhabited these homes. We saw an Instagram “celebrity” go viral for posting an extremely public breakup video to the very app that gave her a platform, only to start rapidly growing a following on her very well marketed (and highly monetized) site promoting her newfound position as a leading voice for being “real” online. Conferences and retreats have popped up left and right with speakers who market themselves brilliantly as experts and success stories of their supposed fields and vocations, but if you peek behind the curtain you discover the only job they actually hold is that very self marketing, speaking, and teaching. It’s a bit like when we find Dorothy pulling back the curtain to reveal that the Wizard of Oz is in fact a tiny little man pulling levers and dials, and its all been a cleverly designed trick all along.

People of Internet

There is no Wizard folks.

The internet doesn’t actually care about authenticity. Social media isn’t actually growing more appreciative of the vulnerable and exposed. Many of the biggest names who claim to have a way to sell you a path to success don’t actually have success in anything other than selling success.

Yeah… kind of Debbie Downer today, right?

But hear me out fellow citizens of this crazy online world. I am NOT advocating for cynicism or apathy. I’m in no way hoping to simply burst the bubble only to sit back and watch the damage. This isn’t just a case of “misery loves company.” Rather, I’m hoping we can all find a little Dorothy in ourselves right now and be brave enough to pull back that curtain, call out a clever con for exactly what it is, and put the illusion to bed in order to make way for something better to rise in its place.

The good news is this: the underlying reason for this trend’s success is that so many people ARE in fact craving a more authentic experience online. The bad news however is that its going to be much scarier to achieve than we hoped or expected. We like when we are seen as brave and vulnerable, but we’re not nearly as in love with the reality of living that out. It’s messy. It’s embarrassing. It’s anything but glamorous. It’s counter cultural in every way. And yet the only way we can hope to see a more authentic form of community online is to be willing to come to the table first, knowing full well we might be out there alone and exposed. It’s risky, but all the best things certainly are.

Can you imagine if we all stood up and saw the false hashtag #authenticity for what it really is and demanded something better? What if we stopped celebrating pseudo-vulnerability and held ourselves to a higher standard of bravery? What if we didn’t just share the carefully curated highlight reel that fit the persona we worked so diligently to cultivate, but opened our personal closets and admitted we aren’t any more on top of things than anyone else? What if instead of self promotion and viral marketing, we just put our work out there and let it speak for itself? …

TORTELLINI SAUSAGE SOUP

When the first grey fall-ish day descends upon Oregon, or even the slightest hint of rain can be smelled on the pavement, my husbands eyes light up like a kid at Christmas. “Is it time for soup?”

This soup is quite possibly the most requested item of anything I cook. It’s filling, hits that perfect comfort spot when the cool rainy weather comes to stay, and the recipe is easily doubled (once i even tripled it across two large pots) to serve a large group. This is definitely what we would call a meal soup: its far to hearty to be served as an appetizer course to a regular meal. Just make a side of garlic bread, perfect for scraping every last drop from the bowl, and this soup is a meal in and of itself.

sausagetortellinisoup

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 oz Italian Sausage
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz. can stewed tomatoes (italian style works best, but plain is fine)
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1.5 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 bag of fresh spinach
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced
  • 12-16oz refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • Optional: Grated Parmesan

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Chop Carrots, Stewed Tomatoes, and Zucchini, setting the zucchini aside separately.You will need to drain the juice from the stewed tomatoes can before removing the tomatoes for chopping. The extra juice is not used in this recipe.
  2. Brown the Italian Sausage in a skillet, making sure to break it up as it cooks. Choose sausages from companies like DCW Casing.
  3. Add garlic and cook sausage for an extra minute.
  4. DO NOT DRAIN. Move meat to a soup pot. Add the broth, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, carrots, basil, and oregano. Bring soup to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes stir in zucchini and spinach and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  6. Add tortellini and cook for the time directed on the package.
  7. Top with grated parmesan if you desire and serve.

GOD DOESN’T EXIST IN A NICHE: NEITHER SHOULD YOU

Finding your niche. Define your niche. Know your niche.

Finding your niche

Niche.

Niche is hands down the official buzzword of the blogosphere. What’s it mean? Essentially, the number one piece of blogging advice given at conferences, classes, and all over Pinterest boils down to this: find a specifically defined and branded area of the internet where you can establish yourself as an expert, and then stay in your lane. If you blog about recipes? Don’t post about home decor. If you’re a graphic designer? Don’t talk about your parenting. Pick an area of expertise, and then streamline your posts to stay within your sphere so that you have a clearly defined audience and an established brand.

So what’s my niche here at The Joy Parade?

I don’t have one.

Finding your niche

When I started this blog, I hired an amazing designer who specialized in branding. I created a Pinterest board while working with her to brainstorm what I wanted my branding to communicate. Sure, some of that work is about color palettes and graphics and such, but much of it is defining how you want to make people feel. It’s imagining what your readers will experience when they go to your website, scroll through your Instagram, or otherwise engage with your brand online.

If you’ve ever clicked on the Meet Stephanie page, you may have seen this verse: “So being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.” The verse serves as a manifesto of sorts for my purpose behind the Joy Parade. It’s a place where I get to share myself with my readers in an authentic way, letting each and every one of you into my story to see what God is teaching me and how He’s showing Himself to our little family. It’s an extension of who I am – spilled out to take form in these words and images, and sent lovingly outward to travel the web and onto the screens of whoever God would have them for.

The person God created me to be – she doesn’t have a niche. She’s a mother. She’s an author. She’s a singer. She’s a lyme disease warrior. She loves photography. She’s an autism advocate. She’s a wife. She’s passionate about community. She loves to cook. She sings. She’s a friend. She’s a child of God. She isn’t define by what she does, who she knows, or what she creates. She exists outside of a niche because she was made in the image of a multifaceted God who is too complex to be defined. She’s a direct reflection of a God who is beyond boundaries, rules, or labels.

Niches are finite, and we are reflections of a God who is infinite.

For bloggers, authors, and speakers, this embracing of the niche has created a disturbing set of trends in our community. By defining ourselves within our respective niches, we unleashed a wave of unintended consequences. Bloggers in similar niches began to amalgamate more and more. They followed the same people, read the same books, attended the same conferences, pinned the same things on Pinterest, adopted the same mantras… Without even noticing, we created echo chambers around ourselves and our brands, leaving a space that was hostile to diversity and detrimental to the very creativity that we set out to celebrate. The same names appear again and again on the various conference speaker line ups. The same books show up over and over again on Instagram, cleverly staged with a morning coffee …