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7 Things You Need To Get Ready For World Cup

7 Things You Need To Get Ready For World Cup

The most intensive and exciting World Sporting Event is happening on June 12th with the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening in Brazil. It’s a spectacular fast-action experience you don’t want to miss out on seeing, so we’re offering some great tips of Things You Need To Do To Get Ready!

1. Set Up Your Devices

If your cable or satellite subscription service includes high-definition, then check that the output on the box is set to 720p to match what ESPN and ABC (ESPN’s parent company) will be using. Also, check to make sure that you are using an HDMI cable. This combination will deliver the sharpest detail for the high-def versions of the broadcasts, especially when you’re ‘helping’ the referees with those close calls.

Your boss isn’t going to let you work from home or you’re going to be away on business travel? Don’t worry that you might miss any of the great actions.We’ve got you covered for streaming through your top mobile and gaming devices.

WatchESPNwill get you connected on Android, iOS, Windows 8, Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire TV, Windows 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Google Chromecast. You will need an existing cable subscription, but maybe this is a good time to ask for that early birthday present!

If you’re looking for coverage in Spanish (and also English), Univision will keep you tuned in with the Univision Deportes App. It will be available for theAndroid,iOS, andXbox Live. Unfortunately, there is no support on this app for Windows 8, Amazon Kindle Fire, orGoogle Chromecast. Good news for diehard fans without a cable subscription is that they will be able to stream the first 56 matches of the tournament. If you want to get the last 8 matches (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championship), you will need a Univision subscription.

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Road warriors will still be able to hear all the play-by-play action through SiriusXM Radio or with the SiriusXM Internet Radio App. It is availablefor the Android, iOS, Kindle Fire. Xbox and Google Chromecast fans will need to check out the other options as neither will be supported for this app.

For those that don’t have a subscription to SiriusXM Radio, you can still listen in with the ESPN Radio App. Multiple device support is the same as the SiriusXm Internet Radio App above.

2. Food Prep For Game Days

If you haven’t tasted traditional Brazilian fare, this is the best time to hone your culinary skills and get into the spirit of the game.

Check out the spread and get the recipes for such delectable items like Feijoada (black bean stew with beef and sausage) or Moqueca de Camarao (shrimp stew). Compliment these with Pao de Queijo (cheese balls) or Coxinhas (cheese balls with chicken), then finish off with some great sweets such as Brigadeiro (chocolate truffles) or go fancy with Mousse de Maracuja (mousse made with passion fruit juice).

Now you’ll need something to wash all that food down with so, check out the next item on the list.

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3. Brazilian Beverages

To really feel like you’re in Brazil and to help keep up your energy, go to the Spanish or Latin American section of your grocery store (unless you’re lucky enough to have a Brazilian market nearby) and pick up several bottles of Guarana. Derived from the seeds of a plant in the maple family (Sapindaceae) which grows, of course, in the Amazon, it contains about twice the concentration of caffeine as found in coffee beans, but has a delicious and refreshing flavor when served cold.

Also, look for Brazilian coffee to bring home and brew. It has a nutty, sweet taste which is low in acidity and is roasted darker (though not bitter) than beans for American coffee. If you find a brand that says ‘Extra Forte’ on the label, be prepared. That means “Extra Strong” in Portuguese.

Brazilian wines and beers are hard to find in the U.S. though a few areas are starting to carry them. If you have the chance to try them out, you won’t be disappointed.

4. Brush-Up On World Cup History

If this is your first World Cup or you’re a bit behind on the teams and all the previous tournaments, it’s time to pick up some books on World Cup history. Three recommendations that won’t be quick reads, but will give you impressive info and stats to hit your friends with on game nights:

The Complete History of the World Cupby Robert Fielder[available on Kindle]
One of the most detailed and comprehensive volumes on anything and everything you wanted to know about the World Cup.

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A History of the World Cup: 1930-2010by Clemente A. Lisi
Definitive reference for the diehard fan and those who ‘love the numbers, this paperback will give you a glossary of terms, stats for each competition, as well as profiles of the well-known players and photos.

The World Cup: The Complete Historyby Terry Croucha and James Corbett
Definitely a book for those who are data hounds, containing comprehensive stats for every tournament, venues, players, referees and scores.

5. World Cup Apparel

Surely you’re not planning to wear just any T-shirt or American football jersey when you park yourself in front of the TV, are you?!

You can look the part of an international futbol player or show your support for the American team by checking out all the World Cup Soccer apparel by going online toThe Official FIFA Online Storeand pick out your favorite team jersey or one that commemorates a past tournament. You can also findan official soccer ball to kick around your living room during commercial time (watch out for the vases and other breakables!)or to practice with afterwards and show off your knee bouncing technique like the pros!

6. House Cleaning

If you have your friends over for several games, you’re going to need some serious housecleaning afterwards to cleanup all the hidden crumbs in the carpet and stains on the couch and furniture. Ask around at work or in your neighborhood for recommendations of housecleaning services. Points to keep in mind when hiring:

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  1. Ask for an initial walk-through and estimate of services.
  2. Know ahead of time what they will or won’t take care of (including any moving of furniture).
  3. Understand their rates and the length of time for cleaning.
  4. Find out through your contacts or the BBB on their reliability and reputation.
  5. Understand the details of any contract or agreement you sign including when they will show.
  6. Ask what type of cleansers or chemicals they will use in case you have allergies.

Others may also be having their recreation or living rooms cleaned, so schedule this ahead of time to beat the crowds.

7. Final Party Setup

It’s finally here. All the weeks of edge-of-the-seat excitement has come down to the last match and you certainly don’t want to be behind the eight ball for this. This is where you can relax (depending whether your team got to the finals or not) and have fun.

Check out your local party store for some decorations, themed paper plates and napkins to show your friends that you’re in the spirit and on top of the game. Download from iTunes or your favorite music source some popular and familiar Brazilian tunes from artists such as Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto (‘Girl From Ipanema’ composer), Tom Jobim or Marisa Monte. You’ll find various background music styles including bossa nova, which is a must if you want to get authentic.

Congratulations! With these pointers, you’re ready to have a great time, great food, great beverage and possibly some new friends as you watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer Championship! Set-Ready-Enjoy!

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How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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