About Benjamin

Ben Butler, president and CEO of gentlebim.com, is a professional web content and print media copywriter with over five years experience. In addition to writing, he works part time at a local veterinary practice. He is an uber geek who loves video games, anime, transformers, and generally anything that can be classified as "dorky."

5 Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids

5 Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids

Spring is here! The icy Hell that was the winter of 2014 is on its way out, and that means it's time for Spring arts and crafts activities. For a day filled with laughs and quality time, you can't beat making something with the kids. Post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. Spring Arts and Crafts Activities for Kids of all Ages Paper Plate Anything When it comes to getting … [Read more...]

UPS My Choice Membership – I’m in Love

UPS My Choice Membership - I'm in Love

UPS My Choice membership options help me keep track of my shipping, and that's important to me. As a blogger, I have various packages coming to my home on a regular basis, and it can be difficult to keep up with all of it. It's especially important when I'm on a deadline, so it pays to be able to see the progress of all of my packages. Post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my … [Read more...]

The Best Fantasy Novels for Young Adults

The Best Fantasy Novels for Young Adults

I've put together my picks for the best fantasy novels for young adults because, well... I'm a geek. I love all things geeky, and that includes fantasy novels. Although, I love my video games, I think reading is an awesome way to spend time, and I think more people should be doing it. That's why I've compiled my top picks in this article for the best fantasy novels for young adults. This post … [Read more...]

5 Tips on How to Use Minecraft for Learning

5 Tips on How to Use Minecraft for Learning

My niece and nephew are straight up addicted to Minecraft, so I thought to myself, "Self, what are your thoughts on how to use Minecraft for learning?" Good news, everybody! I answered my self this time! This post contains affiliate links, all opinions are my own. How to Use Minecraft for Learning? It's Easy. Believe it or not, the pixelated cube world of Minecraft is one that's chock full … [Read more...]

5 Educational Activities for Kids to get Their Brains Humming

5 Educational Activities for Kids to get Their Brains Humming

Playtime is important for kids. Studies have shown that adequate play time increases learning, concentration, and mental acuity. When allocating play time, why not make a portion of it mental play time? Here's a list of 5 educational activities for kids that can make learning more than a boring chore. Affiliate links in this post, all opinions are my own. Educational Activities for Kids Don't … [Read more...]

5 Books for Entrepreneurs – Make it Happen

5 Books for Entrepreneurs - Make it Happen

If you're starting your own business, you should invest in books for entrepreneurs. Nobody knows everything, and that's especially true for the businessman or woman just starting out. Books like this are great tools to help you in all aspects of your budding business. I know. I've read a ton of them! This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are my own. 5 Books for Entrepreneurs … [Read more...]

Spring Fitness – 5 Tools to Help you do it Right

Spring Fitness - 5 Tools to Help you do it Right

After this Hellish, icy, sub-arctic tundra of a winter, you might be setting your sights on spring fitness. After all, bathing suit season is just around the corner, and I don't know about you but I didn't do much except curl up under a blanket for the entire season. I've put together a list of 5 things that can help you meet your spring fitness goals this season. This post contains affiliate … [Read more...]

Easy Apple Pie Oatmeal (But I used Raisins)

Easy Apple Pie Oatmeal (But I used Raisins)

Continuing on with my manly recipes, I bring to you apple pie oatmeal. This is a recipe that I thought I invented until a friend told me that it's been around forever. That makes sense, because it's extremely easy to make, and it's pretty darn tasty. Apple Pie Oatmeal - the Easiest Breakfast Ever Apple pie oatmeal is every man's dream recipe. It's fast, it's easy, it's delicious, and its name is … [Read more...]

What I’m Playing – Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham

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Hello all. Last week, I posted a man food recipe, One Pot Pepper Steak. This week I'm going to be talking about Lego Batman 3 Beyond Gotham. Next week, I'll be doing a post on Apple Pie Oatmeal. If you haven't noticed the trend, I'll just give it to you straight. Blogs need more posts about guy AND geek stuff. Since I am both a guy and a geek, I feel it's my responsibility to get some more of that … [Read more...]

One Pot Pepper Steak the Man Way

Pepper Steak the Man Way

Pepper steak. It's delicious. It's hot, hearty, and perfect for winter days. I've seen lots of different ways to prepare it, but today, I'm approaching in a way that anyone can do and that all men will appreciate. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you pepper steak the man way. What is the Man Way Of course, the literal take on this would be "any way a man would do it". That's not so. The … [Read more...]

Get Great Gifts for Geeks this Holiday Season

Get Great Gifts for Geeks this Holiday Season

Geek. It used to be a name that mean kids taunted other kids with. Now it's a badge of honor. Geeks are the new cool, and gifts for geeks are the all the rage this year, but if you're not a geek, it can be daunting trying to figure out what to get for the nerdy guy or girl in your life. I was able to find some great gifts for the geeky season, and I'd love to share them with you. Shopular has … [Read more...]

Applebee’s eGift Cards Make the Holidays Bright

Applebee's eGift Cards Make the Holidays Bright

The holidays are here, and if you're like me, you've got at least one difficult to shop for person on your Christmas list. You know, that person that seems to either have everything they want or they have such a wide range of interests that pinning your gift down to one awesome thing is next to impossible. Yeah, that person. Never fear, I've got something to make your holiday gifting woes a thing … [Read more...]

Gifts for Guys Who Like to Make a Statement

Gifts for Guys Who Like to Make a Statement

Gifts for guys - when did they become a standard multiple choice answer? It never fails. Every year, we guys get a minimum of one tie, another pair of pajama pants, and another socket set to add to our collections. Ladies, we love our socket sets, and we love you. But at this point, I couldn't run out of sockets if I tried, and I'm sure other boyfriends and husbands out there have a similarly huge … [Read more...]

Black Friday Deals are Deal-icious #BlackFridayGiveaway

Black Friday Deals are Deal-icious #BlackFridayGiveaway

Yeah, yeah. It’s a cheesy title, I know, but it’s so true. Black Friday deals ARE deal-icious. This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons.com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. As always, all opinions are my own. Black Friday Deals Make a Happy Holiday At least they do for me. I don’t do Black Friday very often, … [Read more...]

Baymax is Awesome – Big Hero 6 Rocks


I got the chance to see an advanced screening of Big Hero 6, and it was awesome! I was able to view the movie free of charge, but as always, I speak the truth. All opinions are my own. It's All About Soul Big Hero 6 is one of those rare family movies that really does have something for everyone. It's a classic story of good vs. evil. It's also a classic story of friendship, loss, love, and … [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 Comic Comes to the Big Screen

Big Hero 6 Comic Comes to the Big Screen

The Big Hero 6 comic book series is making its big screen debut, in the new Big Hero 6 movie, and I am so totally stoked about it. I'm an uber geek with strong comic book hoarding tendencies and a love of movies based on those comic books, so this is my dream come true. Get Into the Big Hero 6 Mood with Some Great Activities The Big Hero 6 comic has been one of my favorites for a long time, so … [Read more...]

LG Televisions are Game Changers

LG Televisions are Game Changers

I recently had the opportunity to take a look at the new LG televisions coming onto the market this season, and they are amazing. Their new OLED technology is amazing. It's going to change television forever. I participated in this event through Cooperatize and am being compensated for this post. As always, I speak the truth, and all opinions are 100% my own. I want to also give a quick shout out … [Read more...]

Family Time – Every Moment Counts Sweepstakes

family-timeFamily Time From Mrs. Fields

Family time is the most important time. Between after school activities, work, and the general craziness of life, family time often gets pushed to the side. That's why I'm so excited to tell you all about the "Mrs. Fields Family Moments" campaign which builds on the USO's "Every Moment Counts" campaign. I am participating in this campaign as a member of The Niche Parent Network & Conference in … [Read more...]

My No Good Very Bad Day

My No Good Very Bad Day

Have you ever had a no good very bad day? Has it ever seemed like everything was stacked against you? I certainly have. In fact I've had a slew of them this past week. A No Good Very Bad Day - Or Days Suck As I sit here writing this, weak, fatigued, still recovering from the flu while simultaneously attempting to remain upright, I SHOULD be getting ready for an advanced screening of … [Read more...]

Manwich Time is Any Time

Manwich Time is Any Time

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We all know how hard it can be to get the kids out of high gear for meal time. One of my favorite quick and easy meals for my hectic lifestyle is Manwich. It's the perfect choice for Easy Weeknight Meals. I love Manwich Orginal for straight up sloppy joes. Manwich Bold is … [Read more...]

The New Left Behind Movie is Coming


The new Left Behind movie is almost upon us, and I couldn't be more excited! The subject matter makes for a great flick, and I've never seen a bad Nicolas Cage movie. I recently had the chance to participate in a teleconference about the new Left Behind movie, and what I heard really excited me. Before we get to that, here's a look at the trailer. The Left Behind Movie Isn't What You … [Read more...]

Coupon Codes and More with Zoupons

Zoupons Coupon Codes

Coupon codes. Those are the magic words these days. If you love coupon codes, I invite you to give Zoupons a try. They're pretty great. I have received compensation for this post, but as always, all opinions are my own. If you've read anything else I've written, you also know that I speak the truth. Now that that's out of the way. Coupon Codes, Deal Cards, and Gift Cards, Oh My Coupon codes … [Read more...]

Nextbook 8 Has You Covered for Back to School

Nextbook 8 Has You Covered for Back to School

Nextbook 8 is here, and it's ready to make school both fun and productive in three special edition back to school colors - red, blue, and silver. If you're a fan of simplicity, the classic black version is available, as well. I received this Nextbook 8 as compensation for review, but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Nextbook 8 - Form and Functionality... And the Price Ain't Bad, … [Read more...]

Pollen Count Got You Down? Try Rootology

Pollen Count Down for the Count!

If you're anything like me, you live your life by the pollen count, because as any allergy sufferer knows, the pollen count is a cruel, hateful, flower scented beast. It will grip your head in its pastel colored claws and squeeze it until you think its going to pop. Ahh... Summer. Blech. That's how I used to feel, until I tried Rootology's all natural herbal supplement, Breathe Free. Pollen Count … [Read more...]

Collagen Protein – Awesome in a Can

Collagen Protein

Collagen Protein. Unless you're extremely into fitness, you've probably never heard of it.. I'd certainly never heard of it when I picked it up, but after four weeks of using it, I'm glad I discovered it. This stuff is great. It's legit great. Not Home Shopping Network great. Collagen Protein - What is It? That's exactly what I said when I picked up that green and white container. What the heck … [Read more...]

The Weirdness about Weight Loss

My Weight Loss

Weight loss.  We all want it.  Many of us need it.  Speaking from personal experience, achieving your weight loss goals can be difficult to one degree or another, but anyone setting out to shrink themselves expects that.  What we don't expect is what happens after we manage to get the weight off. Two Enormous Weight Loss Myths I recently shed about 35 pounds.  Along the way, I learned quite a … [Read more...]

Being a Vet Tech: It’s Not all Belly Rubs

Tech Tagalong

Most people think being a vet tech is all belly rubs and ear scratches, and it is - occasionally.  There's also quite a bit of dodging teeth and claws, wrangling crazy cats, and trying to keep bodily excretions out of your mouth.  The best way to describe being a vet tech is with this picture.   The Cuteness of Vet Tech Work In my opinion, nothing's better than a dopey golden … [Read more...]

Veterinary Care and the Importance of Heartworm Testing

A Poster Like This is in Every Exam Room at my Veterinary Practice

Veterinary care is an important part of keeping pets healthy.  I work for a veterinarian, and in our practice we constantly stress the importance of heartworm testing and heartworm prevention for dogs and cats. Follow Veterinary Advice for Your Pet's Health The process of treating a pet - most commonly dogs - for heartworm disease is intensely painful, and in some cases, deadly.  The tragic … [Read more...]

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Book

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When I sat down to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I did not know what to expect. The cover was engaging; as was the synopsis, however I have read books of this ilk before and was not impressed. So, settling into my reading chair, I opened the book. From the first sentence, I was hooked. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor From her rich yet succinct writing style to her quirky … [Read more...]

Garlic Gold Oil Recipe


I was recently asked to review a bottle of Garlic Gold Oil, a garlic-infused olive oil.  Before I actually used it, I imagined what it might taste like and hoped against hope that it wouldn’t be one of those garlic infused products that tasted like spicy feet. There’s nothing worse than the taste of fake garlic. Garlic Gold Oil When I opened the Garlic Gold Oil bottle, my imagined worries … [Read more...]

Review ~ Lavender Scented Space Bags


Lavender Scented Space Bags  If you’re like me, your closets and storage areas are overflowing with items that you either can’t or won’t get rid of.  From clothes that we’re sure will come back into style or the extra heavy blanket we love so much to the knick knack that our Great Aunt so-and-so left us, our closets are filled to capacity.  Some of this stuff is useful, and some not so much.  But … [Read more...]

Learn about investment opportunities with Compound Stock Earnings.


The stock market is a complicated beast filled with intricate strategies that can make or break an investor. Because of this, most investors play it safe, and simply buy and sell stocks for investment. Most portfolios have a decent amount of stock investment in them to take advantage of the stock market’s ability to generate wealth if invested in properly. There is another group of investors … [Read more...]

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