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Killing Manly Odors with American Made Products

I know that when I come in from a long bike ride or an afternoon doing yard work, I am not at my most…let’s say “fragrant.” A quick shower and a load of laundry tackles most of the problem, but there is that occasional lingering odor that needs to be dealt with. Typically, I will use a candle, but I also like this spray from Sydney and Hale which can clear the air, so to speak, for my loved ones.

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The Room Spray is made from organic sugar cane alcohol. With a range of manly scents (Wood Smoke and Amber; Bourbon and Brown Sugar; Eucalyptus and Sage), you can feel pretty comfortable giving your closet, man cave or bathroom a spritz without it smelling sickly sweet.
If you think your space needs something a little more long-lasting, you can try one of their soy-based candles. They feature two wicks and an estimated 50 hours of burn time.



60+ American-Made Gifts for Men from Huckberry

I like the online men’s shop Huckberry because of the wide range of products that speak to me and suit my lifestyle. Their Made in USA page has so many things I’d love to own, from clothing and accessories to home goods and travel items. Here are a few of my favorites:gihf3xecxb_north_coast_shirt_jacket_2-0_5_originalouterwearHaving just walked the dog in 20-something degree weather, I figured I would start off with this North Coast Shirt Jacket 2.0 (top) from Edgevale. Made of polyester, wool and  acrylic, it s both wind and water-resistant. Other outerwear options are shown.iklppeu0co_steel_firepit-large_6_originaloutdoorsThe 3/4″ steel Fire Pit from Stahl adds a bit of artistry to the act of hanging out with friends and staying warm.  And there are other products on the page for the outdoor adventurer.otwi1yuxxo_the_chapter_knife-serrated_5_originalSpeaking of the outdoors, this drop point serrated Charter Knife from the James Brand is made from stainless and titanium.bge6w4bfle_6_service_boot_2_originalbootsMotorcycles and boots, perfect together. These are  6″ Service Boots from Chippewa but you can also find classics from Red Wing and Danner on the site as wellnpwplhlb6o_g-i-_joe_duffel_0_originalbagsGotta go somewhere? You’ll find a nice selection of bags and duffles, I can easily see throwing the canvas and leather GI Joe duffle from Hudson Sutler on the back of my bike. izgftzu4ib_travel_kit_2_originaldoppsThe Travel Kit above is from General Knot and features a subtle pattern on the water resistant canvas.
rcrjxrihwc_three_strikes_bat-flamethrower_5_originalDo you need something to claim the space as yours? these bats from Pillbox Bat Co. are too good looking to actually swing at a ball but will look great in your man cave. The Three Strikes-Flamethrower is featured above.06gm2hcunk_quad_wallet-_limited_edition_5_originalwalletsFinally, there is a very broad range of leather goods available on the site: The Quad Wallet is from Tanner Goods and is made from English Bridle Leather.

The above is just a sample of what Huckberry has to offer in American made goods. Once you’re on the site, you’ll see that Made-in-USA items have an American flag designating country of origin, so check it out.



10 Gifts for His Man Cave: Made in USA

I have two favorite places in the house. The garage, where my bicycles are stored (and soon my first motorcycle) and my man cave. Lucky for me that my wife has no interest in either space but I do have to admit that she has chosen some of my favorite items for the room.

If you want to buy a man a gift for his man cave, try to choose items that have meaning, evoke a memory or provoke a smile. These are the kinds of things I like:mancaveEvery mancave needs a sign to help set the boundaries. The sign above seems to me to be a gentle suggestion to loved ones to respect my space, but there are other options here.wrrmnhcrsi_tobacco_sandalwood_candle_1_originalBelieve it or not, guys, candles today don’t have to be all sweet and flowery.  The Sydney Hale candle above features scents of Tobacco and Sandalwood. The best part is, once the candle burns out, you can use the glass for drinking.

photo_gallery_eames_lounge_chair_ottoman_2Every man cave needs a statement piece of furniture and in my case it is an Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. It might take years to afford it (it did for me), but if you have some cash, it’s on sale right now and it will last for life.

BarrelTrayRecycled and repurposed items like this tray made from a wine barrel, look great in a guy’s space. You can get this and other  items from Top Shelf Barrel Furniture.stcxiial3w_the_original_bell_jar_table_lamp_1_originalThe lighting in a mancave typically needs to be low level to evoke a mood. Wiith LED’s you can get a wide range of lighting options and rarely have to change a bulb. We just featured Southern Lights Electric a few weeks ago and feel it would be a great addition to a man cave.FlagI don’t know why but it was very important for me to have an American Flag in my space, When not in use I typically drape it over my chair. I especially like the embroidered cotton flags from American Flag.quservyipu_the_max_multipurpose_axe_kit_4_originalI don’t know why but when I am not working outside my axe always seems to end up leaning against my mancave wall. The Max Multi Purpose Axe Kit above even features a number of attachments that convert your axe to a shovel, pick axe or rake.sxwurdvakd_soapstone_whiskey_glass_6_originalI am not a big drinker but I do like having a unique collection on hand for the times I want to have a whiskey, hard cider or martini, shaken not stirred. The soapstone whiskey glass above is made by American Stoneware.81pw1ubuozl-_sl1500_While my wife doesn’t typically come down into my space, the dog is always welcome and I want her to have a comfortable bed for her to stretch out in. This bed from Majestic Pet is machine washable.BlueprintArtWhether your personal taste is Dogs Playing Poker or Steve McQueen from The Great Escape, the walls of your space need something to liven them up. Click these links to browse large collections of patent-type prints and blueprint-type prints.aechangetrayFinally, I need a valet for my change, keys and other miscellaneous stuff. I like the classic style of the Allen Edmonds design above and you can find it and others in a recent post here.

Outfit your space your way and enjoy!






Texas Rover Company: Made in USA

The Texas Rover Company only offers a few products… two to be exact, but they are both really spectacular: the Humphrey Chair and the Balmorhea Bag.

The Texas Rover Company was founded in 2011 by John Humphrey. The idea behind the company is to create quality heirloom products for the explorer/traveler.1449269932254Now if I were going to head out on a safari I would love to have the Humphrey Chair. Actually, I wish I had this for all those softball and soccer games I spent sitting on those cold steel bleachers watching my daughter. The chair is made in Texas from pecan wood, full grain leather, brass and carbon steel hardware.

TRC-010716-1When I saw this photo I couldn’t help but think of my own man cave, which isn’t quite as rustic, but gives me the same feeling of guy-centric space!Joshua Anderson for the Texas Rover CompanyI think the Balmorhea bag is just beautiful. I’d love to have my denim and boots packed away in this rich looking duffel for a long weekend getaway to Boston or the Cape.Joshua Anderson for the Texas Rover CompanyMade from full grain leather and a canvas lining, the bag also features a storage pocket and a patriotic red, white and blue  zipper.

The company also offers a few apothecary items from Manready Mercantile.  The soy-based candles burn clean and, with scents like bergamot-teak or cedar-sage, you can find one that speaks to you.



How to Find American-Made Goods at Macy’s Friends & Family Sale (Hint: It’s Not Easy)

Macy’s Friends & Family sale, which gives you 25% off most items with the code FRIEND through 12/10/15, is eagerly awaited by smart shoppers. But if you’re looking for Made-in-USA products, the hunt for bargains becomes close to impossible. Here’s what we mean:Jessica_SimpsonTowelsMacy’s has hundreds, maybe even thousand of American made items, but try the search terms, “Made-in-USA” or “made in America,” and Macy’s search engine brings up ONE item: The Jessica Simpson Towel Collection, which is made here from American cotton.The search terms “Made in the U.S.A” and “American made” give zero results. Yet, if you’re familiar with some of the domestic brand names, you find that Macy’s actually carries many of them! For example:


The Lodge Cast Iron Company of Pittsburg, Tennessee, was founded in 1896 and is still going strong. All of the “seasoned cast iron” and “carbon steel” cookware is made in Tennessee. The products coated in colorful enamel, however, are produced in China. Macy’s has a good selection of Lodge products

fiestaMacy’s also carries Fiestaware...
nordicware…and Nordicware
USAPansand USA Pans too.2221707_fpx.tifThe much-loved Lenox brand of fine China is Made in the USA of imported materials. Six presidents have dined on it in the White House.KateSpadeChina

Kate Spade’s cute and quirky china patterns are also American-made.2941372_fpx.tifAnd check out Woodwick’s candles and diffusers.
pendletonWhat else can you find at Macy’s?  Washable Wool blankets from Pendleton in multiple patterns.zxxThough I don’t always like the styling on Shaw’s Abstract Rug Lines – some are a little loud – I really appreciate the  versatility of these three styles above. All three have elements that mesh with both modern and traditional design and, with their muted colors, would work in all sorts of settings. In fact, you could use all the rugs in this grouping in one home to help tie the look together.  Left: Shaw Living Area Rug, Neo Abstracts 28500 Baywood Grey 7’9″ x 10’3″  Right: Shaw Living Area Rug, Neo Abstracts 02100 Atrium Linen 7’9″ x 10’3” Center: Shaw Living Area Rug, Neo Abstracts 17500 San Gabriel Grey 7’9″ x 10’3″

452788_fpx.tifDial sofas are also made in America.

3235994_fpx.tifAs is the serene Victoria Bed.

Regards, Kathy