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7 Beard Grooming Tips: How To Maintain Your Beard



Beard grooming is a critical part of growing, maintaining and styling the best beard. Fortunately, good beard care has never been easier. With the right knowledge, tools, and routine, learning how to maintain your beard can become second-nature.

Follow these top beard grooming tips to figure out exactly how to maintain your facial hair and keep it looking healthy and trendy.

Clean and Moisturize Your Beard

Rule number one is to keep the hairs clean and moisturized. Because of the coarse structure of beard hair, it is prone to dry out more quickly than the hair on your head. If you wash your beard on a daily basis, you will strip the oils from your beard, leaving you with a mess of dry and damaged facial whiskers.

As a rule, it’s recommended to wash your beard twice a week. For those guys who work outside or engage in sweaty sports, you may want to increase this number. After washing your beard, lather up with a hydrating conditioner to lock in moisture and reduce the dreaded beard itch.

Trim Your Beard

It may seem counterintuitive to trim your beard after you’ve worked so hard to grow it to it’s glorious length, but this step is crucial in maintaining your facial hair. Believe it or not, trimming your beard makes it look fuller and healthier by eliminating dry, damaged, and split-ends while promoting the growth of healthy new hair.

Plus, the easiest thing you can do to give your beard a refreshing update is to cut loose the stray hairs, giving your beard a fresh, sleek look. Don’t fret, your beard will grow just as fast between trims, and you will reap a boatload of beard benefits as it grows. And you get to experiment with several different looks.

Invest In A Good Beard Trimmer 

Speaking of trimming your beard, one of the best contributions you can make for your beard’s future is investing in a good beard trimmer. Going to the barbershop for a trim can be time-consuming and expensive, so learning how to trim your own beard will save you both time and money.

According to reviews by MHT, when choosing a beard trimmer, look for features like attachments, multiple length settings, wet and dry use, and dual edged blades. Cordless trimmers provide maximum versatility, allowing you to use them pretty much anywhere. Corded trimmers are for those looking for a little more power and a guarantee that the battery won’t run out mid-trim.

Since no two guys have the same needs, the answer won’t be the same for everyone. Whatever you decide on, make sure it’s easy to use, quick to clean, and sharper than a two edged sword.

Use Beard Oil

When it comes to the top complaints about beards, itchiness is at the top of the list. Beard hair is known for its coarse texture and the scratchiness that comes as a result. As your whiskers grow, their sharp edges have a tendency to scratch and irritate the skin, causing the ever-annoying itchy beard sensation.

As your beard gets longer, the sebaceous glands on your face have a harder time keeping up with producing oil, which creates dry skin under your beard, along with a case of the itches. A remedy for both of these problems is a magical formula known as beard oil.

This mighty beard agent, made of essential and carrier oils, is hydrating to the skin, helps tame unruly beard hairs, and softens the texture of coarse hair. 

Brush Your Beard Regularly

An essential tool in every beardsman’s toolbox is undoubtedly the boar’s hair bristle brush. Not just any brush, this powerhouse of a styling tool is made from natural boar’s hair and has the ability to tame the most unruly of beards.

Some of the boar’s hair brush claims to fame are distributing oils through the beard, promoting healthy hair growth by increasing blood flow to the face, and naturally conditioning the hair. Add a daily brush to your evening or morning routine to see a vast improvement in your beard hair.

Daily brushing helps remove dirt, dead skin, and anything you may have dropped in your beard during the day. Because, who wants to see that Dorito from yesterday’s lunch in your beard?

Experiment with Different Beard Styles

Not all beards are created equal. Some styles are just a simple result of not shaving for a few months combined with good genetics, and others are painstakingly mapped out, groomed and maintained to get the desired effect.

The beauty of the beard is that you have the option to style it in all sorts of ways. Current styles trend toward shorter, closely cropped beards, but other styles, like the ‘yeard,’ break trend by encouraging one full year of uninterrupted growth. Buzz worthy styles are always changing, which means there are tons of options for experimenting with new styles.

Depending on your face shape and hairstyle, there are likely several styles that would look good on you; so don’t be afraid to try something new.

Grow A Healthy Beard

While there is no magic potion that will help you grow a better beard, some simple lifestyle changes can help promote healthier hair follicles. Exercise is known to increase testosterone production and boost metabolism, both precursors to hair growth.

A well-balanced, healthy diet plays a big part in growing your beard. Eating foods high in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene in the form of spinach, eggs, carrots and kale help repair skin cells. Foods high in Vitamin E and C like citrus fruits, almonds, and peanut butter encourage sebum production, which is essential for moisturized hair.

Stress reduction is a major component to reducing testosterone levels. Because you need testosterone to trigger beard growth, try to incorporate a stress reducing activity like meditation, exercise, getting outside, or journaling to curtail anxiety and promote a lustrous beard.


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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