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August 31, 2018

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Celebrate National College Colors Day in Style

 

Happy National College Colors Day! One of the best experiences of my life was going to school at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Their white and navy blue colors of BYU have an extraordinary place in my heart. These colors represent a significant part of my life where I discovered who I wanted to be and what I wanted to do in my life.

I started MyNiceTie the summer before I started school at BYU. I convinced a friend into funding a trip to Korea where I planned to buy 1,000 ties. I knew very little about neckties at the time, in fact, I actually learned the word Tariff and Quota from someone who only spoke Korean in a low lit market near Dongdaemun in Seoul Korea. Miraculously, I was able to get the ties for half price and ended up getting 2,000 of them back to the states.

I sold the ties every way I could think. I sold them to local stores. I sold them door-to-door. I even built my own website to sell them. So many wonderful lessons about life and business came from selling those ties, not to mention they helped me graduate debt free.

MyNiceTie continued to grow and also helped me make ends meet through my Master's Degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder with it's Gold, Black, and Grey colors flying proudly.

I had no idea that MyNiceTie would be so helpful when it started. Like I mentioned before, I knew very little when I began, but I kept pushing forward, problem-solving and looking for opportunities. Many of the opportunities failed;  but some of them were successful, like our world famous MyNiceTie YouTube Channel, that can teach you how to tie a tie.

The same is right for you and your future. Just do the best you can, look for your next best opportunity and seize it. Not every prospect will bear fruit but some of them will.

At Mynicetie.com, education and entrepreneurship remains important to our business. Mynicetie takes 20% of its revenue and loans it to entrepreneurs in third world countries at zero interest. Check out on the mynicetie website of those people whom we have helped so far. We sacrifice some profit until the loans are paid back, and ambitious entrepreneurs in Third World Countries are given a chance not otherwise possible.

We hope you'll celebrate with us this upcoming National College Colors Day. Wear your college colors proudly.

We have so many great selections of bright, colorful ties to help you match those colors of your alma mater. Check out our collection of neckties, bow ties, and zipper ties. And if your school colors are blue and gold, like mine, then enjoy 10% off our Blue Cougars tie (for September only) using the code GOBYU18 or follow this link for automatic application: https://www.mynicetie.com/discount/GOBYU18?redirect=%2Fproducts%2Fdark-blue-striped-necktie-with-gold-stripes.

I hope all of you have a fantastic September.

God Bless!

August 02, 2018

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Color Yourself in this Month

 

 

MyNiceTie.com wants to celebrate this upcoming National Coloring Book Day (yes, coloring in a coloring book is an official, recognized holiday).

Be it superheros, alphabet letters, or simply scribbling all over the page and calling it modern art, coloring has significant mental health benefits, not just for children but yes, adults; yes, that means you; especially those adults who have to deal with the day-to-day Corporate Kool Aid or the personal anxiety, depression, and stress we so often experience on a daily basis.

But to fight the ongoing epidemic of depressed people and overly stressed, burnt out working professionals, we want to help celebrate National Coloring Book day with you this month.

Enter, if you dare, our upcoming:

MYNICETIE.COM COLORING CONTEST.

Come on! Give in to your inner child, join the coloring craze, and scribble yourself a picture.

We would love to see if you have the guts to enter our coloring contest. Design and color in the best tie your creative genius can come up with. Who knows, coloring tends to bring out the brilliance in people.  We will have two categories, an adult and a kid category. The winner will win… ready for it…

A BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW TIE.

Use the template below to design and color! The deadline is August 31st. Send it to Fans@mynicetie.com. Please include the artist’s name and age with your entries. We will showcase the winners in next month’s post!

We also are giving 10% off for anyone who uses the promo code COLOR18 for the month of August. We have a lot of great colors to choose from this month.

Now, back to my very important and world changing article about coloring. Women are catching onto the popular trend of coloring more and more but do men? I don’t think so. A lot of men don’t even know how to tie a tie, let alone color. Some grown men wouldn’t be caught dead with a coloring book in their hands unless their child or fiancee threatened them with a razor sharp crayon.

The biggest benefit of coloring is how it reduces anxiety and depression, helping our brains enter a meditative state while detracting the focus from ourselves and applying our attention to the present moment. Coloring allows us to use our left and right brain at the same time, helping us relax, which is when we think our best. Even the great Carl Jung suggested coloring to help treat his patients with mental disorders way before his time.

Coloring  brings out the vibrant part of our life, the colors we see in nature and in space; and that maybe one of the very reasons why we love nature so much- the vibrant green, the Earth-tone brown, sky blue, the flowery pink. Pierre Auguste Renoir said that even “Black is the Queen of all colors.”

Coloring brings out the inner child in us, that creative being that seems to fade away each day we get older. That one time, those few special years, when we didn’t have worries or expectations. That one time when we could dream and imagine.

If you have seen our beautiful, colorful, and tasteful array of ties, you’ll see we love lots of colors here at MyNiceTie.com. Having vibrant colors in your life and in your wardrobe, studies have shown, have many positive health benefits.

Don’t ever feel you are too old to color or feel like you are out of place or look weird coloring. After all, “Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.” Al Hirschfeld, the famous American caricaturist, said. On this National Coloring Day, let coloring be a spark to light a creative fire within you. “Life is about using the whole box of crayons,” Ru Paul said. This year pick up a crayon and color in with every type of color the limitless opportunities ahead of you.

 













July 17, 2018

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July Newsletter - Ties & Dogs

 
     
Ah, Summer. July brings one of my favorite times of year; the smells of barbeques, the sounds of kids splashing in the pool, and the plethora of flavors that all resonate summer. With another successful Independence Day under our belt, I thought we could celebrate another July holiday a little early: July 19th - National Hotdog Day.

A lot like America, the hotdog is reminiscent of opportunity: toppings and cookings styles are endless and even kids can make them. Whether you bake, grill, or even microwave these symbols of summer, they’re delicious, versatile, and widely available.
To celebrate this important pastime and cornerstone of American history we are sharing some fun hot dog facts, and some of our favorite weiner recipes.
         

 

  • On a good day, I can eat three hot dogs if I don’t go crazy on the toppings. In 2017, competitive eater Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes!
  • The world’s most expensive hot dog can be purchased for a cool $169 at Seattle’s food truck, Tokyo Dog. The footlong masterpiece is topped with Teriyaki grilled onions, Maitake mushrooms, Wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffles, caviar and Japanese mayonnaise! I think I still prefer just mustard on mine.
  • The most popular hot dog topping in the United States is mustard, followed by ketchup, and chili takes third place.
  • According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council, 7 billion hot dogs eaten between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 150 million of those will be consumed during the Fourth of July holiday!



Remember that no matter how you top these delectable treats, if you’re grilling them, you should use tongs or you’ll lose those tasty juices if pierced with a fork!

Jalapeno Popper Hot Dogs (or as I call them “Hot Diggity Dogs”)
Ingredients

12 extra large jalapeños
8 slices American cheese
4 thin hot dogs, halved lengthwise
Favorite toppings such as onion, salsa, bacon, avocado, etc.

Directions

Heat grill to high. Create a hollow tube with your jalapenos by slicing off the tops and bottoms, and digging out the seeds with a paring knife. I like to cute where the jalapeno starts to narrow.

Take your halved hot dog pieces and place rectangles of cheese between them. The cheese should be the same width of your dogs.

Stuff hot dogs into jalapeño tubes. I find that 2 or 3 jalapenos should fit around each hot dogs

Grill until jalapenos are nice and charred, but be careful with how much cheese spills out!

Serve on a bun with your favorite toppings like, grilled onions, salsa, and avocado chunks!


BLT Dogs
Ingredients

4 slices bacon
4 hot dogs
1/2 cup mayo
4 hot dog buns
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup thinly sliced tomatoes

Directions

Preheat oven to 425°. Wrap a slice of bacon around each hot dog.

Use a few toothpicks to secure bacon on the dog. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the bacon is crispy.

Spread a bit of mayonnaise onto each hot dog bun, then lettuce and tomatoes inside.

Top with bacon-wrapped hot dog and serve while hot!


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However you decide to enjoy hot dogs this summer, we here at MyNiceTie.com hope you do so safely and surrounded by friends and family. Can we make a suggestion? Our Patriot tie would be the perfect accompaniment to your favorite hotdog; it is a vibrant red, white, and blue gingham masterpiece which comes in a variety of styles and sizes, including kids! For the entire month of July, we are offering a 10% discount on any of our Patriot ties! Just use the code PATRIOT18 when checking out, or follow this link where your discount will be automatically applied at checkout: https://www.mynicetie.com/discount/Patriot18

October 26, 2017

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Top 5 Scare Worthy Halloween Pranks

Halloween pranks for necktie lovers


The autumn leaves falling, the crisp, cold air filling your nostrils. Don’t forget football, basketball, and playoff baseball. Hockey too! Fall is here. This is the time where you yearn for some hot apple cider and eggnog and my personal favorite: Witches brew (non-alcholoic at my house).

October, the time when the festivities begin: the Halloween costume parties, kids trick or treating, carving pumpkins (smashing them if you’re into that kind of thing), and passing out candy (you better do full-size candy bars this year). The haunted houses, corn mazes, Harry Potter movie marathons, and lastly my favorite, scaring people! 

Here are five best ways you can scare someone this month. Wear a tie, snap a picture, and tag it #mynicetie on instagram to share your Halloween shenanigans:

5. The Classic Pop Out Surprise



Nothing is easier and more fun than popping out from a corner or underneath a desk to scare someone. If you are brave, do this to someone you don’t know. And then laugh it off with them, or run away as fast as you can. Everyone likes a good scare.  

4. Head in the Jar.



Get a photo of your face and make it look squishy. Fill the jar with some awful looking food coloring. Put the photo of you in the jar and then put in the pantry. That is bound to scare someone. 
 
3. Writing on the Mirror

The mirrors are foggy and what better way to scare them then to write something scary on the mirror like “I’ve been watching you” or even better “I know where you live.”
 
2. Spiders and Bugs Oh My

Dropping a real life, fake spider from the ceiling while that special someone is watching a movie is terrifying for some people, if not all people. To add the cherry on top, put some fake bugs under a cover and a snake in the bathroom.  

1. The Ghost in Town



Have a friend dress up as a ghost and have them visit places. Then with your friends, start talking about the ghost and joke with them that on a certain date this ghost will appear. Then on that day, have the person come and scare them. To make it even better, go to a place where people think it is really haunted and then have the ghost meet you there to scare the living daylights out of them. 

Hope you enjoy our list and let us know your favorite ways to scare people. Just don’t scare people with your wardrobe. Check out our very non-scary ties at MyNiceTie.com!

 

P.S. Another great Halloween prank is to make take a bunch of onions and dip them in caramel like you would for caramel apples. It’s not scary but it’s an awesome Halloween prank.

August 10, 2017

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Happy National S’more Day

We are big time s’more enthusiasts here at MyNiceTie and there is nothing more fun to write about this month than National S’more Day happening on August 10th. There is no treat tastier than eating, as Buzz Lightyear says, “a delicious hot smoe.” S’mores are a Summer necessity; and a great activity to do with the kids before they go back to school (just make sure they are not wearing their new school clothes).

Remember the movie Sandlot, the best s’more moment in movie history:



Ham Porter: Hey, you want a s'more?

Smalls: Some more of what?

Ham Porter: No, do you want a s'more?

Smalls: I haven't had anything yet...so how can I have some more of nothing?

Ham Porter: You're killing me, Smalls! These are s'mores stuff. Okay, pay attention. First you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When mallow's flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then, you cover it with the other end. Then, you stuff.

Here is our own secret s’more recipe for you to enjoy stuffing in your mouth just like Ham:

THE TRIPLE STACK 

Ingredients:

  • Three Graham Crackers
  • Three Marshmallows
  • Three Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Preparation:
  • Toast marshmallows (preferably on a camp fire)
  • Place marshmallow on graham cracker
  • Place Peanut Butter Cup on top of marshmallow.
  • Repeat process.
  • Pour chocolate syrup on top.

We hope you enjoy every second of it on National S'more Day!
June 15, 2017

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Make Your Dad Look Spiffy This Father's Day

Are you having a hard time picking out a Father’s Day Gift for your Dad? I think most of us know that Dads are hard to shop for. I’ll admit it because I am a Dad. But one gift you can never go wrong with is a nice tie. A new tie is the perfect compliment to show how much you care for your Dad, along with some beef jerky and a Diet Coke. And don’t forget to give him a back massage as well.

Being a Dad myself of four, beautiful kids, I always appreciate a nice-looking tie to complement my wardrobe. Plus, when I’m not wearing it at work I can wear it around my head, playing Cowboys and Indians after Church; that is with my kids of course.

Wearing a tie to work gives me confidence and helps me work harder for my family. Oscar Wilde said, “A Well-Tied Tie is the first serious step in life.” Wearing a nice, new tie one of the biggest ways of getting respect, increasing productivity, and boosting confidence at work.

So why not make your Dad look spiffy for Father’s Day? He needs it.

Valentine's Day traditions around the world

Happy Valentine's Day from Mynicetie.com

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, a day dedicated to LOVE. We celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing chocolates, candy hearts, flowers and cards with that special someone to show them how much they mean to us. Did you ever ask yourself, how did Valentine’s Day come about? How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in other parts of the world?

The story of Valentine originates in Rome during and under the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius II. A Roman priest named Valentine (or St. Valentine) performed Christian weddings for the Roman soldiers forbidden to marry. Under Emperor Claudius II, in an effort to grow his army, he forbade his Roman soldiers to marry. The Emperor believed that married men did not make good soldiers. In secret, the Roman priest, Valentine, married the soldiers and as a way for the soldiers to remember their wedding vows, St. Valentine cut out hearts made of parchment paper to serve as a reminder of their vows.  It is also said, that St. Valentine wore a purple amethyst ring with the image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognized symbol associated with love. The Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask St. Valentine to perform a wedding. This priest became a Saint as he was martyred for performing these Christian marriages in pagan society.

Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated all around the world. Each country celebrates Valentine’s Day differently. For instance, in South Africa Valentine’s Day is celebrated with festivals, flowers and other tokens of love. It’s also customary for women in South Africa to wear their hearts on their sleeves on February 14th; women pin the names of their love interest on their shirtsleeves, an ancient Roman tradition known as Lupercalia. In some cases, this is how South African men learn of their secret admirers. (Valentine's Day traditions from around the world)

It is believed that the first Valentine’s Day card originated in Paris, France. Charles, the Duke of Orleans, sent love letters to his wife while imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. And signed the letters off “Your Valentine,” Today, Valentine’s Day cards remain a popular tradition in France and around the world.

Check out 10 ways other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day here:

Valentine's Day traditions around the world

9 Ways Love Is Celebrated Around the World

10 Valentine's Day traditions all around the world

Did you know that buying your significant other a tie on Valentine’s Day is also a very sweet gesture? The simple act of helping your loved one tie a tie is a very tender moment.  And P.S. it looks great on both genders! Get yours today

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

As always, it’s great to hear from you and I look forward to connecting with you soon.