Friday, July 21, 2017

The July Things Men Buy Update

It’s been a wild and crazy Summer! I hope all of the loyal readers are doing well!  I’ve got some big updates for you all that hopefully get you amped about the direction of the website and where our journalism is headed!

First off, you probably noticed the new look of!  It’s a big upgrade and we’re still working out kinks, but overall we felt we needed a massive overhaul to keep up with the other trendy male blogs that aid in buying cool stuff.  There are MANY out there that we aspire to join in the big leagues of places men get their news.  As we aim to not only give shopping reviews for stuff guys want, we’re also in the business of entertaining our audience with random facts men would like to know about, but never really thought of searching up on Google.

Here are some recent updates to the library of completely useful information you can cite next time you want to settle a dumb bar bet with your buddies.

This fall, we are welcoming a highly respected online dating legend to write on occasion to share his insight on the best websites you can use to meet women of all kinds.  Oh, and how could I forget, we have two very exciting additions to our content.

#1:  The Things Men Buy Review Studio.

Our official studio has been set up and launched.  You’ll be able to enjoy new content in the form of product reviews coming to you from our very own branded studio.  It’s quaint, but it’s a studio.  Equipped with DJ equipment and all!

#2:  Interview Series

We’re setting up interviews with A, B, and hopefully D list celebrities!   We’ll launch questions about their buying habits and get their general bro tips so you can see how the A listers shop and live.  Sure, we probably won’t land Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt, but we’re entirely happy with the likes of Joey Chestnutt and Marlins Man.

With all of that out there, it’s been a very busy Summer, hence the lack of updates.  With the re-launch, Summer break, 5 trips across the country to Sin City, Opening Day at Del Mar, two weekends in Minnesota, coupled with being a single parent, it’s been hectic.  However, know that as July wraps up, August will be the start of the best Season of all:  Football Season!

I’ll be starting up all new sections of the blog, including a football handicapping section.

With that said, I hope each and every one of you enjoy the content as much as we enjoy living it!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Boosting Pheromones Through Increased Testosterone

I’ve been hearing a lot about pheromones lately, and more so, the science behind them.  While I’ve been working out quite a bit and am never shy to add supplements to my diet, I’ve always had an open mind to trying new things to boost energy, testosterone, and performance.  Today I’m going to provide some details about pheromones as well as share with you the research behind them.

What Exactly is a Pheromone?

Pheromones are natural odors.  Yes, you heard me properly. Natural.  Odor.

Simply put, these are a byproduct of what’s already inside your body – HORMONES.  Actually, when you boil down the research, a pheromone is a hormone.  However, they are a sub-set of hormones that work externally while normal hormones work on the interior.

You’ll also notice that the strongest pheromones often start with “Andro.”

So if you’ve ever heard of stuff like “androstane” and other similar sounding words, you probably have some relative facts about what exactly is a pheromone, you just didn’t know it yet.

What I’ve learned lately is that these can actually be modified.  Yes, you have the ability to influence the natural odors that are inside your body.

Doing this is easiest if you increase your natural testosterone levels.  When you do this, you boost your natural pheromone production.

Related:  How Did Carrot Top Get So big?

Ways to Increase Testosterone Naturally

When you boil it down, the highest up on the food chain of testosterone is androgen hormones.  When you lift weights, you build it naturally.  This is by far the best way to boost up your testosterone in a natural manner.

When you build up your “T,” you will give off a healthier testosterone signal.

Here are the best ways to speed up growth in your muscles as well as boost that testosterone naturally.

First off, focus on movements that work on multiple joints…..

Instead of trying to sculpt those guns, work on full body type of lifts where your body has to go out and recruit help from other muscle groups on every exercise.  When you work your entire body, you get much more out of the lift.

You can focus on bench press, shoulder presses, pull ups, and lats.  Make sure you stretch.

If you are looking for lower body mass, try deadlifts and squats. 

HIIT training (high intensity interval training) is also a great way to shed fat and get things ripped up in your midsection as well.  Don’t forget to add some HIIT routines to your workout.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Shampoos For Hair Loss

We all lose many strands of hair without even realizing. In fact, naturally, we lose around 50 to 100 hair strands daily. However, when the hair fall exceeds beyond the normal level, it becomes an issue. Hair loss is an issue that both men and women deal with for many different reasons. The reason could vary from being simple and temporary to complex and long-lasting. Just like the reason, the treatment of the hair loss also depends on the reasons behind it. If you are someone who is dealing with hair loss, then you might want to look into various hair treatments that are helpful in preventing as well as curing the issue.

Listen up, fellas.  There are many hair loss treatments available in the market such as hair loss products, hair loss shampoos, hair loss vitamins, etc. There are many amazing hair loss treatments to look into, and effective hair loss shampoos are one of the effective ways to treat hair loss. The hair loss shampoos include various minerals, vitamins, and other effective ingredients that will help in stimulating the hair growth.

Benefits of using shampoos for hair loss

Using hair loss shampoo avails many benefits to the hair. Some of these benefits include:

  • Many hair loss shampoos come with niacin. Niacin is a vital ingredient as it is known to stimulate blood in the scalp. When the scalp gets enough blood flow, it helps in stimulating the hair growth.
  • Another popular ingredient in the hair loss shampoos is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an effective ingredient for hair loss as it helps in thoroughly cleaning out the pores on the scalp. When the pores are clogged, the hair growth is reduced. Tea tree oil helps in cleaning those clogged pores thus allowing the hair to grow.
  • Caffeine is another strong ingredient which is used in shampoos made for treating hair loss. Caffeine energizes the scalp cells and thus stimulates the hair growth.

Hair Loss Treatment Shampoo

  • Art Natural Organic Argon Oil Hair Loss Shampoo for Hair Regrowth:

Argon oil shampoo is one of the popular shampoos used for treating hair loss. The shampoo is a perfect combination of natural ingredients such as argon oil, white willow bark, rosemary, burdock root, thyme and many other natural ingredients to promote hair growth. It also helps in revitalizing hair follicles. The shampoo has multiple DHT blockers which prevent hair loss and hair damage. Usage of this shampoo will add shine and texture to your hair.



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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Under Armour Baywatch Apparel Has Arrived

For all of you who know I have a love for Under Armour, you won’t be surprised that I was shopping once again.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, (who ironically lives not too far from me in Florida) and while I’ve been repping his Project Rock gear for quite a while, it’s his latest gear that literally just dropped on the Under Armour website that I’ll tell you about today.

Before you buy, please visit this page to scoop up the latest UA coupons.

Baywatch Under Armour Gear

If you didn’t know, the hit move of the Summer is going to be featuring The Rock and Zac Efron.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the awesome UA gear you can buy with Baywatch designs.

Baywatch apparel

As always, you can count on me to bring you the latest news on men’s fashion and apparel, especially when it pertains to Under Armour.

If you like edgy clothing, you may also like Start Up Drugz motivational t-shirts.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How to Make 1000 Island Steak (aka Heart Attack Special)

So this is something that has been in my family for a very long time. It’s a recipe for a mouth-watering burger that can only be described as pure manliness. When I was in high school my buddies would come over every time we had this because they could never get enough. One of my best friends appropriately dubbed it the “Heart Attack Special” and you will see why in a moment. But the name “1000 Island Steak” is actually what we call it.

We are from Upstate New York (in other words we live in the state of New York, not the city) and my grandmother first had this when she was visiting a friend in the 1000 Islands. I’m not really sure if it is really called “1000 Island Steak” or if that is just what my grandmother called it, but it has stuck with the family ever since. In fact, it has become a staple for whenever the boys come over for a big game or some good fights on PPV. They always request the “1000 Island”.

So without further ado, here we go.

No this really isn’t all that complicated to make. It’s only a few ingredients. But it is something that you have to watch as you cook very carefully. When I was in college I used to try to do this on the mini propane grill that we had at our lacrosse house and I would end up completely burning the entire thing. So you have to be careful!

The ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 lbs hamburger meat. I go with the 80/20 because this sandwich is not where you want to start thinking about your waste.
  • 2 packages of bacon. Regular slice is fine here.
  • 1/2 brick of cheese. This depends on your taste. I like pepper jack. But I have used cheddar, mozzarella, and provolone.
  • Pepper
  • Onion Powder

And that’s it.

Now the other key ingredient that is absolutely essential to making this is the grilling basket. You really can’t do it without it. You can buy them at Home Depot or anywhere that sells grilling supplies or equipment.

thingsmenbuy grilling basket

First thing you do is spray the basket with grilling Pam. This will help in the end! Then what you do is lay down a layer of bacon. You want all of the pieces to be connected and overlapping. You want to cover the bottom of the basket with bacon.

Once you have done that, take out half of the ground beef and make a giant patty as thin as you can. It is important that you connect the beef together and it is on big patty. You can’t have any holes!  You lay that on top of the bacon, leaving about an inch or two of bacon on all sides.

You then grate the cheese and lay it on top of the ground beef, again, leaving about an inch of ground beef on the sides. Sprinkle a little onion powder on top of that.

Then you take the rest of the beef and make another patty. Again, you have to make sure there are no holes. You lay this patty on top of the cheese and connect the been on the sides. This makes one giant “Juice Lucy” hamburger.

Once you have it all connected and no holes, you fold the excess bacon from the bottom layer over the top. Then you take the rest of your bacon and you layer the top just like you did before. Each piece is connected and overlapping. You cover the entire burger.

Once there is no more burger showing you put the top of the grilling basket on, making sure it is tight. Sprinkle the outside with pepper.

Now go to the grill and cook it on low for about 10-15 minutes per side. Your grill will flame up from the fat so you have to be extremely careful. Keep an eye on the grill at all times. This is very easy to go up in flames and become a big piece of charcoal.

Once you’re done, take it off and slice it into individual burgers.

You will be the king of the tailgate with this one!

Craig Tuttle's 1000 Island Steak

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

21 Manly Things to Own

This is a list of 21 things that every man above the age of 30 should own. Most of these are common sense, but I will give explanations for each item. These are in no particular order and are solely based on my opinions of what every guy should own!

So with that here are the “21 Manly Things to Own”


Every guy needs to own a grill. You need to have some form of cooking a steak on your own if you are a man. If you live in the city where proper space for an outside grill cannot be afforded to you, I know of a portly former boxing champion who has an inside grill that can come in handy in a pinch. But you really should own a grill if you have a pair. And owning is half the battle. You are the only one who knows how to use your grill and you guard that privilege with your life, if necessary.

manly things to own - grill

Tool Kit

Ok, so I have to come clean a little bit. I’m about as handy as a back pocket on a shirt, but I do have a tool kit. I may not be able to accurately identify every piece of equipment in said tool kit, but I sure as hell have it. And you should to. You never know when those plyer thingy’s are going to be necessary.

Decent Pair of Sunglasses

It gets sunny outside. You need to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are a necessity. But there are a few rules here. Do not buy a pair from the local pharmacy or grocery store for $5. They look as cheap as they are. “Grow up Peter Pan…Count Chocula!” The other rule is that if I see you wearing sunglasses at night I am going to assume that you are covering up a shiner because there is absolutely no sensible reason for you to don sunglasses in the dark unless you’re in the UFC and you’re hiding your black eye at the post fight press conference. Again, sunglasses are a necessity but don’t abuse them.

manly things to own - sunglasses


Now a lot of guys love watches. I do too. But I also have really gotten into the fitness trackers lately. So I am going to lump them into this category as well. You need something on your wrist that tells time. This is also an excellent opportunity to show off your taste and sophistication so let’s leave the Garfield watch in the drawer. It’s not funny. It’s not cute.

Grooming Kit

Ok, so there has been a big resurgence in facial hair recently and frankly I’m all about it. I despise shaving and would love to be able to get away with not ever doing it. But there are limits. Trim that thing up. I know if I let myself go for more than a few days without grooming my facial hair I end up looking something like Michael J Fox in Teen Wolf. The cheek bone facial hair is not a good look. Trim it up. And while we’re at it, the grooming kit can also be used elsewhere. I’m not going to get too graphic here, but think logically. What you like on her, she probably likes on you. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you may not need to read on as you are probably not old enough to be worrying about what a man should own anyway.

Bottle Opener (Church Key)

There is nothing worse than offering a cold one to a friend and then having them have to use their keys in some MacGyver-esque move to take off the cap. A bottle opener is something that every guy should have at the ready. You never know when you will need one.

Cards/Poker Table and Chips

If you are a guy, you should enjoy poker with your buddies. It’s only natural. But don’t be the guy that plays with old soggy cards and pennies and nickels. You need a decent set in order to host, so pony up and get a few decks of good playing cards and enough chips to cover the boys.

manly things to own - poker table and chips

Gym Membership

Do not become the prototypical slouch of a man with a beer gut hanging out and not enough wind to make it past second base (take that however you want it). If you have a beer gut, do something about it! Every man should fit exercise into their daily routine.


It’s funny how I fit this right after the gym membership, but every guy should have some booze in the house. Even if you don’t drink, that doesn’t mean your company doesn’t as well. Even if you don’t want to have bottles of booze at the house, you could at least have a couple of cold ones on hand at all times for when your buddies come over.


Every guy should have a few nice cigars on hand. There is no better way to celebrate a win in life than smoking a nice cigar with your feet up, relishing in victory. It’s also a very cool thing to offer your buddies. A cold one and a cigar and you’re good to go!

Sports Equipment/Balls

You should have a football, basketball, soccer ball in your possession and be able to find it. It should also be able to be inflated and used. You’re a guy. You are expected to have these things. There is nothing worse than your boys wanting to toss around the pigskin and you having to sheepishly admit that you don’t have one. Immediate review of your Man Card.


You should own a nice leather wallet. Even if you carry your money in a money clip. You need a place to store your other pertinent information. I’m not saying you have to be George Costanza and have a wallet that resembles a Big Mac. But you should have something!

Chef’s Knife

There is nothing worse than seeing a man try to cut something up with a simple steak knife. Get yourself a decent Chef’s knife and you’ll be amazed at the things it can do! You’ll be like Bobby Flay in no time!


Let’s face it…you need a way to get to your favorite site…!

manly things to own - computer

Duct Tape

Essential. This is beyond a must have. It is perhaps the most important item in this list. You should also know where the duct tape is at all times as well. There is nothing worse than knowing that you can finally solve a problem that has the rest of the room stumped but not being able to find the one ingredient that you know will do the trick. The duct tape!

Power Tools

Again, I’m no Bob Villa, but I do have a few power tools. How emasculating is it when a buddy is over helping you fix something and asks for your drill and you have to look him in the eye and tell him you don’t have one. Again….Man Card review.

Protein Bars

Nothing says man more than a good protein bar after a hard workout. You should have some on hand for those days when you bust your ass in the gym and you just don’t feel like making a solid meal afterwards.

manly things to own - protein bars

Good Headphones

Every guy needs to be able to get away. Noise cancelling headphones are essential. I could not perform without them. I have a lot of noise going on around me. Pretty much my whole life. I would not be able to function if I didn’t have my noise cancelling headphones.

Movie Collection

Every guy should have a respectable collection of movies. Essentials in comedy, action, and horror. Don’t rely on Netflix. You should own your favorites…and be able to recite them word for word!


Yes…books. You should have books that you have read and intend to read. You should read a book a week. That’s my goal at least. Expand your mind. Exercise your brain.


Every guy should have their own recipes. Your own specials that you will never allow any other guy to know because it’s just that damn good and you don’t want them getting credit for your creation. Those recipes! If you don’t have at least one dish that you’re known for, even if it’s in your own mind, then you need to get to the kitchen and get to work! Every guy needs their own secret recipes!


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Ways to Order a Steak for Rookies

I think we have established in previous posts that there is no more manly meal than a big, juicy steak cooked to perfection. No matter what cut or type of steak we are talking about, it’s absolutely imperative that you know how you really like it. You probably always order your steak a certain way every time you go out to eat at a restaurant, but do you really know what you’re asking for?

Probably not.

The fact is that most guys don’t even know what a rare steak truly is supposed to be. When you order a rare steak, do you know what you are telling the cook? Or do you just know that you like your meat with a little red in the middle? This is not your backyard grill where you get to make the rules. There are really specifications to the degree of doneness when you order a steak. Especially at a steakhouse. I made this mistake myself when I was in my rookie season. So I decided to put this little guide together for all you rookies out there.

ways to order steak


I bet you didn’t even know this was an option, did you? I definitely didn’t when I first saw it. This is more rare than rare (if that makes any sense). A blue steak is just warmed on the outside and the inside is still cool. The center is bright red and the steak almost feels raw. It’s only cooked for a minute or two on each side.


This is cooked slightly more than a blue steak. It is seared on the outside for a couple of minutes per site but it is still cool on the inside. Up to 120 degrees. It is still soft to the touch and almost feels raw on the inside.

Medium Rare

This is the most popular way to order a steak. You get the best of both worlds. You don’t feel like you’re necessarily eating a raw piece of meat, but you still get that red middle. The outside is seared a little bit longer giving it a thicker crust and locking in those succulent juices. The middle is cooked from 130 to 145 degrees.


This is just what it says, right in the middle. If you don’t want too much pink in your steak, but you don’t want to be chewing on leather, this is what you order. This is cooked to about 160 degrees.

Medium Well

These steaks are for those who want absolutely no pink in their meat. This steak has a very thick crust and is cooked all the way through.

Well Done

This is shoe leather. This steak looks like it’s been left on and forgotten about for half the night. I don’t know of anyone that prefers their meat this way, but I am thinking about doing a post on beef jerky and that may be right up your alley if you like your steak well done!

So there you have it, rookies. Now you know that when you go to a steakhouse, this is what you’re asking for. So what you thought was a perfect medium rare on your grill in your backyard is most likely at least a medium. And probably creeps up to a medium well once it sits for 5 minutes.


Have any horror stories about ordering steaks? Let me know in the comments below!


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