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Sep 13, 2017

Perfect Fall Project: How to Wax Canvas Pieces for Better Weather Resistance

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In summer, light breathable cotton works wonders to keep you cool, but as fall and winter weather approaches, it's time to turn to more heavy duty fabrics to keep the wind and water out - wool, leather, synthetics, and canvas.   

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Mar 07, 2017

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Winter to Spring

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The winter to spring is a time of contrasts: the days can be bright and sunny, but the air and wind still cool and bitter. Or the air warms up, but the fog and drizzle moves in, so that it feels like early summer but the trees are all still barren branches. 

So, it's the still the season of layers, but lighter ones; flexible systems that breathe, look sharp, and still keep you warm and dry during days that span lions and lambs and showers and flowers and those sorts of things. Here are five staples to invest in now (or pull out from the back of your closet) that will still be useful as the season develops, and you can snatch again come fall.    

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Jan 12, 2017

Make This: DIY Health Tonic to Help You Feel Better During Cold and Flu Season

I'm a big fan of a glass of DIY fire cider to help keep your system in prime fighting condition during the winter months. It's the single best way to keep your immunity up as best can be. (We love you, too, flu shot!)

But, still, sometimes you get sick. And you feel terrible. And all the OTC bottles in your medicine cabinet just don't seem to be doing anything.    

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Jan 11, 2017

How to Shine Your Shoes in 1 Minute

You know those tasks. The ones that you know won't actually consume that much time, but you imagine will take *just* long enough that you just can't motivate yourself to just step up and get it done.

Shining your shoes doesn't have to be one of them. True story. Provided you've got the right gear and a little technique, you can bring your leather shoes and boots back into shape in less than sixty seconds.    

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Jan 09, 2017

10 DIY Ideas to Stay Occupied While You're Snowed In

10 man-made snow day projects

This week they're predicting record-breaking winter storms in my area which means, aside from braving my drive to and from work, I'll be stuck inside. So, instead of heading to the grocery store for bread and milk I'm headed to the hardware store to get some supplies to keep myself busy under the snowpack.

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Dec 20, 2016

Make It Count: 6 Ways To Own This Holiday Season

This is the week. This is when we get to take a break, surround ourselves with friends and family, and eat plenty of great food. There really isn't much about this season I don't look forward to, and that's partly because I've learned to take a few steps to make sure it's a time we'll file away as a great memory for years to come.   

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Dec 13, 2016

The Connoisseur’s Guide to Making S’mores - Perfected

I love s'mores. I hate getting sticky.* Which I mention only to point out how much I truly love s'mores since they nearly always get your hands/face/everything sticky. It's the perfect smoky and sweet desert to finish off any night's worth of camping and hiking or simply sitting around the campfire with friends. But here's a suggestion that takes the s'mores game to a whole new level...   

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Dec 06, 2016

How to: Care for Your Leather Goods (and Keep Them Looking Sharp)

The best part of investing in quality leather goods is how well they age. But how your leather ages really depends on how well you treat it. Treat them poorly and they’ll fall apart, but if you’re sure to take care of them and give them a quick clean up about every 6 months, not only will they age beautifully, they’ll also last you a life time.

But before we jump in and talk about the right way to care for your leather goods, it’s important to know a few basic things about leather.

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Dec 05, 2016

Take a Walk: What a Day in the Woods Does to Me

I recently read an exceptional book by John Muir, father of our modern wanderlust and grand adventurer in a time where the great outdoors was truly an untamed place. His descriptions of a first look at the Sierras, of the sprawling views of Yosemite, and the way the woods filled his soul like nothing else could. While the wild is a bit more domesticated now with established trails, cell coverage, and guidebooks, it still holds in an important key to the overall sanity of humankind.

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Nov 29, 2016

You Need to Know About Yerba Mate: Your Next Morning Pick-Me-Up

Looking for a warm drink that will give you energy without the jitters? You need to try this brewed South American tea.  

For years, coffee has been my go-to AM brew, and I've been dedicated to grabbing a cuppa joe to get me through the morning. Sure, I mix it up with an espresso drink every now and then, but for the most part it's a few milligrams of caffeine that powers me through the mid-morning slump.

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Nov 17, 2016

How to: Make Smoked Cocktail Garnishes for Extra Flavorful Drinks

created at: 12/03/2014

Looking to add a little of the "roasting on open fire" flavor to some of your seasonal libations? Check out this cool technique for making smoked cocktail garnishes to add some toasty, earthy notes to your drinks.    

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Nov 02, 2016

How to: Build This Simple Coat Rack for $20 (and Other Winter Storage Contraptions)

Halloween is over which means we're officially heading into the colder months of the year. And if you live in a place where people have an accent that sounds anything like this wonderful woodworker, you'll likely be in need of a quality coat storage this winter.   

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Oct 24, 2016

How to Make: Crazy Tasty Spiced Pumpkin Butter in Your Slow Cooker

created at: 10/19/2015

You know those little pumpkins you practically trip over in the supermarket this time of year? It turns out: they're good for more than just Instagram props. With, like, no work, they make a really tasty pumpkin butter you’ll want to have in the fridge all year long. I’m talking about pumpkin butter with the magical spice flavor of pumpkin pie, but simple, less sweet and much more, well, pumpkin-y.

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Oct 12, 2016

8 Seriously Tasty Reasons to Bust Out Your Slow Cooker This Week

I did not grow up in a "crock pot" family. We had one, an old avocado green job my parents got from their wedding registry. And, though I'm sure it got used, it wasn't something that characterized the food in our house. My wife's parents, on the other hand, were both doctors working day shifts, and according to her, nearly every thing her mom cooked came from the slow cooker. And, says my wife, protein + a mix of canned foods = dinners, all which tasted basically the same... like "crock pot food."

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Oct 07, 2016

How to: Make a Swedish Flame

created at: 01/21/2016

What's a Swedish flame? Something you can buy at IKEA? No sir.

If you haven't seen one of these Swedish Flame logs lately, they definitely need to be the star of your next outdoor fire. Its genius design allows the fire to burn from the inside out which means little to no tending from you! 

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Feb 16, 2016

How to: Drive On Ice and Snow Like a Pro

Mazda recently held their inaugural Mazda Ice Academy in Crested Butte, Colorado. What's that, you ask? Apparently Mazda invited a bunch of journalists to the snowy mountains to have them test out their newest models in blizzard and bizarre conditions. Part of this particular boot camp however included extended training on how to drive in snowy conditions.   

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Feb 10, 2016

This is the Cocktail Every Couple Should be Drinking on Valentine's Day

created at: 02/12/2015

To be honest, we're firmly in the "don't make dinner reservations for Valentine's Day" camp. Especially on a year like this, when the date falls on a weekend. Save the special evenings for anniversaries, celebrations of achievements or special events, or heck, any random Friday night. Those are guaranteed to be more "romantic," memorable, and special.  

So, if you wanna do something fun on the 14th, spend the day outside - go for a snow hike, a bike ride, or visit a museum. Then, come 5:00pm, head home and either cook together, or snag some takeout and allow the time to make the day special, not the prix fixe menu. 

Oh, and since you're home and not driving, you've totally gotta make this cocktail.    

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Jan 19, 2016

How to: Get Started Ice Fishing

Ice-fishing is a big part of winter culture in Minnesota where I grew up, and essentially a good excuse for adults to build a fort and hangout. There's something heartening and cozy yet simultaneously adventurous about being in a little shack on the ice, usually fairly warm, but knowing all the while that the harsh elements are waiting just outside, whooshing on the walls.   

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Jan 14, 2016

On Jumping into A Frozen Lake with Your Five-Year-Old Daughter

Frozen lake

The cold nylon of my swimming trunks crackles beneath snow-pants. My wool socks are damp, pooled around my ankles, snow finding its way down the top of my untied boots. My daughter and I are looking for the sauna. It's 8pm in a far-northern latitude; moonless and black. The snow is gray and luminescent as we puff through drifts, crunch over ice. 

She's giddy. And terrified. Her first time, in a new swimsuit her mom packed, with questions about how it will all work. 

"Will it hurt, Dad? Is it dangerous?"

I tell her it won't, and it isn't, even though I don't really know (being a first-timer myself).

And finally we find it. A hundred years

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Jan 13, 2016

Your Answer to Winter: Warm Up with this Rosemary Vanilla and Honey Coffee Syrup

Homemade Rosemary vanilla honey simple syrup

Rosemary is one my favorite cold-weather herbs. It really adds extra warmth to whatever you use it with. I love it in breads, soups, libations and even coffee! Here's a simple recipe with warming ingredients that is sure to brush off that winter chill in the air.    

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