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Jun 19, 2017

How to Make Your Bed in 30 Seconds

I wasn't always a bedmaker. It wasn't until I was living in the dorms in college, and my bed also had to serve as the sofa, chair, desk, laundry-folding area, and dining table that I got in the habit of the daily bedclothes readjusting. And my bed needs it, cause I sleep like a freaking tornado and things end up in impossible places.

It's a habit I'm glad I've held onto. Research shows that people who make their bed are actually happier. And because

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Jan 03, 2017

How to Win the Argument..Without Losing the Friend

I love to connect with others to hear about the gems they've mined out of life lately. But, sharing ideas and experiences isn't always easy, especially when we don't agree. When we all meet at the collective table, whether it's a family get-together or coffee with friends, some disagreement is inevitable. But just because they're missing something or making a logical leap doesn't mean you have to fight. Here are a few tips to remember the next time a conversation steers down that road.  

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May 02, 2016

5 Commandments of Making Great Sandwiches

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You've heard the worn-out phrase "the greatest thing since sliced bread." But, really, this overused comment only highlights a deeper observation: why sliced bread is such a great invention in the first place.

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It is, of course, because sliced bread leads to sandwiches. They are, perhaps, Western culture's greatest culinary achievement, named after an aristocratic gambler, John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who requested that his valet bring him his meat tucked between two slices of bread so that he could continue to eat while playing cards, without getting his cards greasy or put them down to dine.

Whether that story is true or not, no one can deny the magic of combining baked grains with other food stuffs to create a portable, all-in-one-bite package. Nearly every Western culture has its variation: the pizza, the taco, the flatbread wrap, so one thing's for sure: the combo of a grain-based dough, some meat and veggies, a little sauce, maybe a bit of cheese, is better than simply sliced bread. It's the greatest thing in the world.      

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Aug 21, 2012

Why You Should Buy Good Things: The Case for Spending a Little More Sometimes

On ManMade, we've always made the argument to buy high-quality goods made with reliable materials, even if it means you ultimately end up being able to afford less. This applies to men's clothing and style items, which will last longer and be more versatile, and all kinds of quality goods created by skilled workers and artists. 

But beyond the ethical and aesthetic reasons, spending a little mre also makes financial sense as well, and will most often end up saving you money in

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Aug 20, 2012

How to: Iron a Button-Down Dress Shirt Like a Pro

Ironing. One or two rare guys can get away with the dishelved look, but nearly everyone else should embrace that combo of steam and heat that somehow make fabric flat. And while a quick run over a pair of pants or polo comes easy enough to most of us, the button-down is a whole 'nother beast entirely. It's got at least seven components going on, each requiring a special setup on the

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Aug 14, 2012

How to: Make the Ultimate Old Fashioned...The Old-Fashioned Way

Two years ago, I posted a basic recipe for making classic cocktail, the Old Fashioned, during ManMade's inaugural Cocktail Month festivities.

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And two years ago, I was wrong. Quite wrong, in fact. I was just learning about cocktails, and was operating with the notion of the Old Fashioned I'd had in bars and restaurants,

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Apr 04, 2012

How to: Sharpen a Pencil...Like a Champ!

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"Just because something makes you smile or laugh ... doesn't mean it's a joke."

Word to the skeptical: don't be. Artisinal pencil sharpening is a very real thing. You may have heard of David Rees, a political cartoonist who also runs ArtisinalPencilSharpening.com, a site where you can send in a pencil (or David can provide one) and he'll sharpen it by hand, for $15.00.

Now, David has released a book How To Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants (with a forward by John Hodgman), and is currently on tour with workshops and sharpening services, often on the same bill as some awesome comedians.

If you get the idea of a hand sharpened pencil, but aren't quite down to pay $15.00 for the service, David has graciously provided his technique. For free.

It's the kind of thing you simply gotta see.  

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Mar 27, 2012

How to Tie a Bow Tie: A Gentleman's Guide

Unless you're Orville Redenbacher, you're more of an occasional bow tie wearer rather than a daily guy. 

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Or perhaps you've never worn one, and have no idea what you'd look like in a real, hand tied deal rather than that ribbon-y thing from the tuxedo rental place.

Either way - you likely don't remember exactly how to tie

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Feb 29, 2012

10 Easy-to-Remember Classic Cocktail Recipes that Every Man Should Know

There are drinks that are fairly easy to serve, such as beer and wine, as you simply need to open and pour. Many spirits can be enjoyed in nearly the same way: whiskey neat, brandy in a glass, sake warmed. There are the highballs that are fairly easy to figure out: the vodka cranberry, rum and Coke, gin and tonic. There are the drinks that are so open to interpretation, you'll likely never make them the same way twice: the Bloody Mary comes to mind, as does any number of adverturous use-what-you-have mixes. created at: 02/29/2012

But then, there are the classic cocktails, those time-proven combinations that have proven themselves for decades. Besides being tasty, these have emerged as the standards for a reason: they're made from typical ingredients that you can find easily, at any store, and probably should be keeping in your own home bar.

They're so essential, I'm making the claim that every man should have these recipes memorized so he can shake one up at a moment's notice. Trust me, you want to be that guy that knows how to mix drinks: at a get together, after a date, at a work function or meeting. None of these are particularly difficult to commit to memory, and once you've got 'em, you've got 'em, and they'll never go out of style.

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