TJ Carter

TJ Carter

TJ Carter wears many hats, both figuratively and literally. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a degree in English and a Creative Writing minor. TJ has written and edited thousands of blog articles for businesses of all sizes, and has dabbled in podcasting, poetry, fiction, cartooning, and news satire. He now focuses on writing “how to” guides and other lifestyle articles for The Manual. TJ is a native to the Portland area, and it shows—he loves biking, drinking craft beer, and growing facial hair. Follow TJ on Twitter: @TJudsonCarter
Articles
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: THX Donates 100% of Profits to Nonprofits

The THX Co. -- a Miami-based social enterprise -- gives 100% of its profits to non-profit organizations.
Food & Drink

The Definitive Guide to Seasoning and Caring for Cast Iron

A good cast iron skillet can be a reliable and long-lasting kitchen friend. If you know how to season cast iron, your cookware might just outlast you.
Fashion & Style

Feel Good Friday: FREY Laundry Detergent for Men

FREY is ideally suited to cleaning classy men’s garments without inflicting damage. And instead of imbuing clothing with a vaguely chemical scent, FREY leaves a classically masculine oak and musk scent.
Fashion & Style

Feel Good Friday: The 30-Year Sweatshirt

Have you had enough of cheaply made garments? The 30-Year Sweatshirt is guaranteed to keep its owner warm and stylish for at least 30 years.
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: AVIV and the Power of Good Thoughts

In addition to making a delicious vodka, which is always enjoyable at get-togethers, AVIV has pledged to donate 10% of their profits to charity.
Living

The Huckberry-Manual Shop: Bold Goods for Bold Gentlemen

Whether you're in the mood for some holiday shopping or are just looking to treat yourself, consider stopping by The Manual Shop
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: Maker’s Mark Gets Cozy

By virtue of a partnership with One Warm Coat, Maker’s Mark is poised to collect new and used coats for anyone in need.
Living

The Pen Is Merrier: Gifts for Writers and Creative Types

Though your broke-ass writer friend will probably just write you a poem for the holidays, you might consider getting one of the following items anyway.
Fashion & Style

Feel Good Friday: Bono and Revo Have a Vision

The $10 million Buy Vision, Give Sight campaign has set its sights on providing eye care to 5 million children and adults by 2020
Living

The Ultimate Cigar Book: The Ultimate Gift for Cigar Lovers

If someone you know considers himself a cigar aficionado, or else would like to become one, then we have the perfect gift: The Ultimate Cigar Book by Richard Carleton Hacker.
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: Gifts that Give Back

Instead of throwing your money into some mega-corporation’s mega-coffers, consider purchasing gifts from one of the following brands -- all of which give back in some capacity.
Living

5 Outstanding Holiday Pop-Up Shops from Around the Country

For help finding gifts this holiday season, we thought we’d present five excellent pop-ups shops from around the country. Gentlemen, if you see a shop you like, feel free to share with your friends and family.
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: Head High Wines and Sustainable Surf

Head High Wines is a sustainably operated winery located along California’s North Coast. They've partnered with Sustainable Surf, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the waves.
Living

The Manual’s Made in America Gift Guide

If you’re looking to go above and beyond this holiday season, take a quick look at these fine products -- all of which are made in America.
Living

Find New Roads: The 2016 Chevy Camaro’s Excellent Adventure

In celebration of the 2016 Camaro and the nameplate’s 48th year on the road, Chevy has embarked on what will surely go down as one of the most epic American road trips of all time.
Living

Get Your Indoor Grill On With the Revolution Grill Giveaway

Kenyon and The Manual are partnering for a Revolution Grill giveaway. How would you like to do a little indoor grilling this holiday season?
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday: Beyond Type 1 and National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, which makes now the perfect time to learn about the disease and the 371 million people affected by it worldwide.
Fashion & Style

Tecovas Western Boots: Stylish, Handmade, and Affordable to Boot

If you’re curious about how well you fill a pair of cowboy boots, then allow us to recommend a classic western pair from Tecovas.
Fashion & Style

Nike Auctions Air Jordans to Benefit Children’s Health

Nike will auction 12 Nike Air Jordan XIIs on eBay. 100% of the proceeds will go to child health care at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Food & Drink

I.W. Harper: Bourbon So Delicious You’ll Forgive it For Leaving

After 20 years abroad, I.W. Harper Kentucky Bourbon is stateside. If you ever wondered what redemption tastes like, try a glass of I.W. Harper neat.
Fashion & Style

Feel Good Friday: Timepieces Forged From the Leather of Rock Gods

Nixon is taking leather donated by rock legends, repurposing it to create one-of-a-kind timepieces, and donating the proceeds to a substance addiction recovery charity for troubled musicians.
Living

Hello, Darkness: Interesting Facts About Daylight Saving Time

Love it or hate it, daylight saving time will be ending this Sunday between the hours of 2am and 3am. Here are some DST facts courtesy of luxury watch retailer Tourneau.
Fashion & Style

The Manual’s Best Fall Bags 2015

Whether you’re the outdoorsy type or a desk jockey, a daytripper or a world traveler, at least one of these bags should hold your attention (and your stuff).