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Jun 07, 2016

5 Essential Shoes Every Man Needs This Summer

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Newsflash, ManMakers: It's hot out. Like, super hot... the kind of hot where you can't quite pretend you're not roasting and just wear your standard uniform from the rest of the year. It's easy to dress well in the fall and winter. Every man looks great in boots and sweaters and layers and patterned button-downs. But, in summer, it's just too hot for those things, and you simply gotta embrace the shorts.  And with the shorts comes the question: well, what shoes do I wear with them?    

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Jun 01, 2016

Your New Favorite Sunglasses: An Under $10 Pair that Fits Every Man, Every Time (and How to Make Them Better)

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There's definitely a case to be made for the investment pair of sunglasses. That classic, quality pair that works with everything from a tuxedo to swim trunks and sandals. That pair that you're a little hesitant to spend the money on at first because you're used to losing your gas station glasses all the time, but find, once you own them, that you actually seem to keep track and take care of them at all times

We love that pair of sunglasses. But we also know that summer brings a lot of real adventures. Like, if you're doing these long days and warm temps right, there are actually dozens of times where a high-end pair doesn't make sense. Like any time you're in the woods, a mountain, the desert, on a bicycle or other human-powered transportation, or any time you're moving about near, on, or in a large body of water.

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May 31, 2016

The 100 Greatest American Films

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I think lists like these are always worth a look. Not because they offer a whole bunch of new ideas, of course. You already know what number one is, you can easily name the filmmakers whose work occurs the most, and you'll certainly get a passing score on what makes the top twenty-five.

But it's fascinating to see how the rest of the list shakes out. What order are
Vertigo, Psycho, North by Northwest, and Marnie? Does Taxi Driver rank higher than Raging Bull and how far ahead are they from Mean Streets? And how many Billy Wilder movies did make the cut?

This list comes from the BBC, and the opinions come from critics around the world, so it's interesting to see how international criticism weighs in on the ranking.    

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May 31, 2016

One Simple Super Trick to Turn Your Grill Into a Top-Notch Smoker

Last weekend I grilled in a public park for a friend's birthday and my buddy remembered all of the necessary ingredients... except for the grill. Someone dashed out to pick up a cheap grill from Target ($16!) and I began scouring the internet for cool ways to good meat on a cheap grill. And that's how I learned about the Snake Method...   

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May 26, 2016

How to: Plan the Best RV / Tiny Home Road Trip

I once was hired to write a series of brochures for a product line of mobile homes and found myself becoming incredibly drawn to them. They're just so cool! So streamlined and efficient for living (though not for the environment), not to mention the whole, pick and go anywhere at any time you want thing.   

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May 20, 2016

Please Stop Making Margaritas Wrong - Here's How to Do It Right, Just in Time for Summer

How to make a really good margarita.

Have you hit 90 degrees yet where you live? We have (yep - 92 on May 6 in Minneapolis, crazy), and I loved it. After months of snow and cold and slush and sweaters, I absolutely revel in the warmth. Maybe later in the summer I'll be crouched down inside next to the air conditioner, but not now. Right now, when it's warm out, I want to soak my bones in it. 

Summer warmth

The warm weather also means a change in the beverage seasons. Out with the heavy, comforting drinks of winter, and in with the light, bright, refreshing stuff. As part of our series of posts celebrating tequila (one, two), we've teamed up with Olmeca Altos to show you how to perfect the perfect drink for summer: the margarita.

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May 18, 2016

Two DIY Outdoor Chair Projects for Your Yard or Patio

ChairsFinding a comfortable outdoor chair is a pain, so why not make one you'll love? Here are two chairs you can make this weekend.  

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May 17, 2016

Roundup: 9 DIY Hammock Projects to Help You Enjoy Your Summer

Maybe I'm getting old. Maybe I've been overly influenced by those images of the dad in Calvin and Hobbes or Homer Simpson. Perhaps it's those memorable times I've spent in Latin America, where they really know how to use 'em. Or maybe - hopefully not, but maybe - it's all those completely and horribly generic Father's Day cards I have to pick through each June to find the right one for my dad.

But, I think a hammock is a damn fine way to spend a summer evening, and every man should have one.        

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May 11, 2016

Make This: 5 Outdoor Showers You Can Make Today

Shower SignSummer is a time to be outside, to enjoy the sun, and a dip in whatever water you can find. But tracking that outdoor fun back into your house is a no-go, why not build an outdoor shower to keep the dirt where it belongs.  

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Apr 25, 2016

17 Landscaping Ideas For A Low-Maintenance Yard

Dads sure do seem to have a love/hate relationship with their yard work. If you find yourself falling further on the 'hate' end of the spectrum with how much effort you're having to put in, check out these 17 Ideas to save you time and keep you enjoying your yard instead of working for it.   

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Apr 21, 2016

How to: Grow these 8 Herbs for an Amazing Cocktail Garden

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Oh, Summertime. The best time of year for delicious drinks made with fresh ingredients. In doing my research for this piece, I had a hard time not wanting to just make up a drink for each herb! 

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Apr 21, 2016

Make This: DIY Outdoor Coffee Table

x tableAs we start spending more evenings on the porch, it's time to make it a more comfortable place to entertain. Here's a great outdoor coffee table to hold your drinks while enjoying the night.  

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Apr 15, 2016

Make It: The Perfect Tequila Cocktail to Help Celebrate Spring

Orange tequila cocktail and chili-lime popcorn

Regular ManMade readers know we love a good cocktail. Whether it's a simple highball, a classic gin and tonic, a bright and fresh French 75, or a smokey Swedish Flame, we think knowing how to make and enjoy a high-quality drink at home is part and parcel of the ManMade ethos. So when Olmeca Altos Tequila reached out to us to celebrate this awesome time of year — late spring and early summer — we were pretty excited about the chance to team up and create some tasty cocktail and food recipes.

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Apr 05, 2016

How to: Make a DIY Beach/Camp Lounge Chair

created at: 07/09/2014

There's no such thing as "too many camping chairs" or outdoor seating. Seriously, the more the merrier, particularly if they fold flat for storage and especially in the summer.

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Mar 03, 2016

Upgrade: You Need a Quality Set of Shades

created at: 02/29/2016With spring around the corner, and plenty of sunlight in our future it’s time to take about those glasses. Sure, cheapo glasses served us well in our 20s, but now we’re responsible enough to get a bit more sophisticated. Here are a few reasons to upgrade those shades.  

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Dec 07, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Rum under $25?

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There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      

Throughout the next few months, ManMade is seeking out the best affordable bottles of a variety of spirits that work well in your home bar, but know you can grab at the store the next time you head to a friend's house or a party.   

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Aug 28, 2015

Weekend Project: Make These DIY Copper Tiki Torches (with Some Mid-Century Modern Pizzazz)

Tiki torches are hit or miss for me. They can be tacky and, but if done right they can class up the aesthetic of your summer barbecue  in a whole new way. The design is as simple to make as the aesthetic is clean.

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Aug 19, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Tequila under $20?

created at: 08/19/2015

There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time.      

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Aug 18, 2015

DIY Inspiration: Make a Custom Stand Up Paddleboard

Clearwood PaddleboardAs summer gives us just a few more weeks of dependable warmth, I’ve been hitting the water as much as life will allow. But soon enough it will be much too cold for getting wet and so here’s a project to get on now so when spring comes back around, we’ll be ready to once again enjoy a day on the water.  

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Aug 13, 2015

8 Men's Essentials under $25 to Help You Finish Up Summer with Style

created at: 08/13/2015

Don't let all the back-to-school sales fool you. We've still got weeks of summer left, and plenty of late evenings and warm weather to embrace. Keep the spirit going well into early autumn with these picks to prolong the season.    

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