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May 26, 2015

5 Apartment Improvements You Can Do in an Hour

Presented by Apartments.com

When looking for a new apartment, it's hard not to notice the improvements (on large and small scale) needed prior to moving in. While your landlord may be taking care of new carpeting, cleaning the central air vents, and fresh paint on the walls, there may be some additional improvements on your list that you can take care of on your own. Here are five quick improvements you can check off your list before the big move.  Apartments.com

1) Slap on Those Switch Plates

With no furniture in your new apartment, it’s way easier to spot any and all inconsistencies around electrical outlets.  

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May 19, 2015

How to: Make Your Own Custom "Ex Libris" Bookplate Stamp

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Ever wish there were a better way to lay claim to the books in your library than just scribbling your name on the inside cover? Which, let's admit it, ends up being so non-descript that it doesn't even register to loanee, who will inevitably just shelve the book as his own.

What you need is an custom Ex Libris stamp they'll forever recognize. Like, with a bear on it.  

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May 13, 2015

Make 'Em: DIY Graphic Tequila Bottle Bookends

Graphic faceted bookends DIY

We took a current trend in graphic design as inspiration and we turned it into a super easy DIY project to create these lively bookends. Read on to make your very own!

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May 04, 2015

David's DIY Kitchen Upgrade: Inspiration and Planning

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Like most people, my family spends a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s where we start our day (coffee, papers, kids), and where we inevitably land every evening for dinner. Despite its small size and builder-grade cabinetry and appliances, it’s a space that works for us. But my wife and I have long been looking for simple kitchen upgrades to bring more personality into the space, and allow us to really expand on our passion for cooking.

We’ve grown tired of cooking on our wonky electric range, and we’re constantly exasperated by our tiny, hard-to-keep-organized refrigerator. After enjoying a meal with friends in their very functional kitchen, we decided that the time was nigh - we were ready to do a mini overhaul. 

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Apr 24, 2015

30 Reasons Your Thirties are Better than Your Twenties

They say a fine wine only gets better as it ages. Guess what? So do you. Being a young adult is awesome. It's all about setting yourself up for success, and forming yourself into the kind of man you want to be. 

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But, at some point, you actually get to live out those commitments and really embrace the kind of grown-up you want to be. Whoever said "never trust anybody over thirty" must have never gotten there, cause being in your thirties, if you do it right, is freaking awesome.

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Apr 13, 2015

How to: Give Your Photos a Vintage Tintype Effect

DIY Tintype Photos
There's a certain cool factor that comes from a grungy, well-worn photograph. Last year, the tintype made a short resurgence when photographer, Victoria Will shot celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival with an antique tintype camera. I have always wanted to have a tintype photo of my wife and I, but unfortunately, I don't own such a contraption. So we're going to have to make do with technology that costs ten times more than the tintype camera ever did. Oh the irony!

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Apr 08, 2015

How to: Make a Modern, Space-Saving Vertical Vegetable Garden

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This modern, modular garden project works well in any space. Because it uses wood containers, you don't have to worry about the quality of your existing soil, and they can sit on any surface: grass, concrete, gravel or even a wooden deck. The garden's vertical orientation lets you grow a whole bunch of veggies, herbs, and flowers in a tiny footprint.

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Mar 31, 2015

Want to Learn How to Make this Awesome Vertical Garden Project? Join Us For a Free Workshop!

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There's nothing like being able to walk out your own door and grab a big handful of fresh vegetables and herbs and make a tasty meal. This vertical planter project allows you to grow a lot of produce in a small amount of space, so there's always a fresh batch of lettuce or mint ready to go when you need it.     

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Mar 26, 2015

Snack Smarter for Lasting Energy in the Office

Brought to you by V8
A busy day at the office can mean skipping a meal or having an exceptionally long gap in between balanced meals, which is why snacking smarter is the key to keeping you on your A­game with lasting energy. But, let’s be honest – we don’t always pick out the best snacks from the office kitchen to nourish our bodies and brains throughout the day. Don’t fall victim to snacks with harmful ingredients that you can’t even pronounce.

V8 satisfies your caloric cravings ­ whether you’re in need of a snack or a small meal. With protein from peas, soy, milk, and brown rice, blended with vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes, V8 Protein shakes and bars give you an extra boost of energy to get you through that important meeting or big project.

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Snack smarter and treat your body the right way with all of the delicious flavors and protein you need, from ingredients you know and trust. Learn more about V8 Protein you need, from ingredients you know and trust. Learn more about V8 Protein shakes and bars by visiting http://www.v8protein.com

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Turn a Boring Photo into a Sweet DIY Block Printed Poster

Editor's Note: this post kicks off our 2015 partnership with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We're excited to be working with them again (remember our rustic wooden ornaments?) , because creating digital images is a part of our daily routine. We'll be sharing tips, tricks, and full-blown DIY projects for the next few months, so make sure to follow along!

They say a dog is a man's best friend. Like most pet owners, I have an unhealthy fondness for my hound, a full-blooded beagle. Is there anything better than a man and his dog? How about a cool, rustic-framed print of said dog? To do it, I dusted off my Art 101 skills and tried my hand again at block printing. Here's how I used Photoshop Elements 13 to turn my photo of Bailey into a timeless piece of art.    

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Mar 16, 2015

Visit Walmart and Enter the “Old Spice Getaway” for a Chance to Win a Trip to the Lumberjack World Championships (and smell good doing it)

Win a trip to the Lumberjacks World Championships from Old Spice
What? Yes! The Lumberjack World Championships is a real thing, and it looks kind of amazing. In celebration of National Flannel Day and Old Spice’s new nature-inspired Fresher Collection, Old Spice is launching their “Old Spice Getaway” promotion - and you can enter to win a trip to see all the log rolling, pole climbing, ax swinging and hot sawing your little hearts can handle. 


Old Spice prize package

Available now at Walmart, the Old Spice Fresher Collection harnesses nature’s power to help guys smell manlier and fresher than the great outdoors. With three new masculine scents - Timber, Citron and Amber, the Fresher Collection helps guys get that fresh outdoor

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Feb 23, 2015

The Essential Things Every Man Should Own by the Time He's 30

30 Things Guys Should Own by Age 30

With age comes maturity, and usually a little wisdom. By the time a man hits thirty, that wisdom should be apparent in the company he keeps, the deeds he does, and the things he owns. ManMade advocates for those that are built to last; we oppose the culture of disposability. Here's our list of things worth owning.

This post is brought to you by Murphy-Goode Winery, a California winemaker that has supported us in creating great original content, like last summer's outdoor entertaining guideour holiday gift guide and our guide to simple gift wrapping techniques any guy can use. This year they're celebrating their 30-year anniversary, and they asked us to come up with 30 things guys should try to own by the time they're thirty.  

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Jan 23, 2015

How Great I Am [Sponsored]

Amy Purdy triumphs to the iconic words of Muhammad Ali. To save her life, her dad had to make some life changing decisions. She then went on to win a medal in Sochi and dance in front of millions. Nothing can stop Amy Purdy. #OneBoldChoice

Check out the video above then share photos of your dad on Twitter using #OneBoldChoice to join our big game celebration.

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Jan 12, 2015

Stay Organized to Accomplish More This Year [Sponsored]

Brought to you by Brother International Corporation

Labeling to stay organized

Every project has to start somewhere. Whether you’re starting a new job, preparing to expand your family, renovating your home or planning your next travel adventure, the Brother P­-Touch Electronic Labeling System can help keep you organized. The Brother P­Touch creates sharp, adhesive-­backed, laminated labels for everything from food containers and airplane parts to fuse boxes and medical records. Even more, P­-Touch offers a variety of colors and styles to choose from so you can put your own touch on every project.

For more information on how to make your life more identifiable and easier to organize, visit: www.brother.com

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Dec 19, 2014

How to Simplify Your Wardrobe [Sponsored Post]

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This sponsored post is brought to you by the Quicksilver® Card from Capital One®

We are all busy – but knowing how to maximize your time where it counts will put you ahead of the game. Gain valuable minutes in the morning by creating a closet that's as organized as all of the toys in your garage. Here are four ways you can simplify your wardrobe right now:

 

1. Invest in Closet Organizers

Spend your next Saturday building out your closet with shelving and other organizing models to make room for all of your clothes. Be sure to build enough shelving to properly fit all your sweaters and more delicate fabric pieces that may stretch out if

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Dec 01, 2014

Protect your Home from Mice This Winter without Breaking the Bank [Sponsored]

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Brought to you by Tomcat

You'd do almost anything to keep your home rodent­free... short of renovating it. Don't worry about pulling out the big bucks to get rid of unwanted critters. Check out this list of cheap and effective tips to mice­proof your home this winter.

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Nov 13, 2014

Giveaway: Win a Free Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer from The Home Depot ($1000+ value)

created at: 11/12/2014This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

I use a lot of sharp things in my projects ... and I have the scars on my hands to prove it. See, most of my creative work involves taking some raw material, cutting it, shaping it, and then putting it in relation to other cut and shaped materials. A piece of hardwood through the table saw, paper cut by scissors, a carrot chopped by a chef's knife, a linoleum carving block sliced away for printmaking. Each uses different techniques, but are all, at their core, intentional material manipulation.   

Hey, don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to learn how you can win your very own Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer!


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Oct 20, 2014

Is Your Tailgate Ready for #Techgating Season?


Football is back in season. For some of us, it's the all-consuming, stark-raving crazy best time of the year. For others, it's time to make some random fantasy league picks and hope we don't get embarrassed too badly.

But whether you're a rabid fan or rueful bystander, I think everyone can agree on the merits of tailgating. Eating good food, getting outdoors, and hanging out with friends should be on every guy's list of things to do this weekend. 

Recently, AT&T got in touch with us to let us know about their #Techgating tour. They're stopping at select games around the country with the AT&T Fan Zone Tour Truck, which is decked out with

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Feb 19, 2014

Cheer On Your Favorite Olympic Athletes with the #ItsOurTime App [Sponsored]

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In 1980, the U.S. men's ice hockey team was made up of a collection of amateur and collegiate athletes hardly known for its hockey prowess in any region south of the Great Lakes. In a medal round match against the Soviet Union - an ice hockey powerhouse and then Cold War-era antagonist - the U.S. team managed to beat the CCCP in what became known as the "Miracle on Ice," and the moment that Sports Illustrated dubbed the Top Sports Moment of the entire 20th century.    

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Dec 12, 2013

Holiday Entertaining 101: A Guy's Guide to Celebrating the Season

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Even with all the commercialism, the chaos, and the over-sentimentality, this season really is the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays provide an opportunity to get intentional - to reach out to others, to make gifts and special food, to wish "Season's Greetings" to a stranger that you'd have otherwise ignored.   

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