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By John Wesley

How To Start Living Gracefully

It's 8pm. I’ve just shoved my kids in their room. They continue to fight over whose turn it is to turn off the lights. I crawl into my own bed a little later, dejected and lost and feel the pangs of guilt building up. I know their constant bickering brings out the worst in me.

Hacking with your kids: “Lampan” mushroom lamp

Today I would like to show you a little Ikea Hack which is perfect for the nursery. And best of all: you can do it together with your little ones. Like most of us, children love crafting. So in the following I will show you an ‘IKEA-HACK FOR CHILDREN’. First you would need to buy a white and a red IKEA LAMPAN, replace the red lamp shades and use it for the other lamp.

Bygel Basket Turned Into Earring Holder

Materials: Ikea Bygel Basket I used the base of the Ikea Bygel basket (the plate with holes in it) and used it to hang earrings on the wall. I hung both the plate with the holes (for earrings) and the basket (for accessories) using nails, and rested the lip of the plate with holes on the nail– no hanging bracket necessary.

Questions About Insulation, Meal Tickets, Temptations, Kitchen Startup, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Two incomes, one strategy 2. Interesting tip about department stores 3. Insulation issues in apartment 4. “Debt up to our eyeballs” 5. Sandwich press 6. Nearby temptations 7.

Recruiting an Army of Allies: Essay for “Making Your Mark”

I’m a big fan of 99U, an offshoot of Behance that exists to help people implement their great ideas instead of just brainstorming more and more ideas.

Coffee table for me and my dog!

2 coffee table LACK, Size : 35x22x18″ 2 GURLI Cushion cover, red, 20″x20″ 2 ULLKAKTUS Cushion, white, 20″x20″ Photo credit for LACK coffee table & pillows: IKEA.com

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Be Grateful

The holidays are coming. This is the time of year when we’re reminded to be kind and good and most of all, grateful. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably like most of us; you have a lot to be grateful for. We hear all the time about the power of gratitude and how it contributes to a happy, healthy and purposeful life.

Saving Money While You Travel, Part 2

You’ll find affordable lodging at a hostel — and probably some new friends, too. Photo: Barnacles Budget Accommodations After sifting through the matrix of flight options, it always feels like a winning a hand in Texas Hold’em when I finally find the flight I’m looking for, click purchase, and shine the smile that says, “YES, I just saved a couple hundred bucks

How to Raise Your Prices Without Losing Customers

For billionaire investor Warren Buffett, the most important thing he looks for in a business is pricing power.“If you’ve got the power to raise prices without losing business to a competitor, you’ve got a very good business,” he says.

Preparing financially for a job search

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. Looking for a new job is a multi-faceted process. Many of the aspects of career-building that I have been discussing recently are applicable even if you are just trying to keep a job you already have. But laying the groundwork for a successful job search is about more than just your reputation.

5 Ways to Stop Worrying

I woke up excited about the day ahead. It was a year after I’d left my job and a promising new way of life was taking shape. I wrote for an hour at my big wooden desk in the morning light. With rich Castro coffee and a cat curled near my feet, I felt expansive and loved. The promise of breakfast wafted through the house as I headed for the shower.

Why You Should Never Give Up

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe Think like a Billionaire I am fascinated by billionaires.

The Art of Manliness Guide to Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is this week here in the United States. Over the years we’ve published a myriad of articles on how to make your Thanksgiving a holiday truly worth celebrating. We thought it would be helpful to put all that content in one place. Consider this your ultimate guide to the best, most enjoyable, most meaningful, most manly, and of course, most delicious Thanksgiving ever.

Introducing the Art of Manliness Line of Shaving Supplies

The very first article I wrote and published on Art of Manliness nearly six years ago was “How to Shave Like Your Grandpa.” It’s a primer on traditional wet shaving using a safety razor and badger brush. It’s consistently been one of the most popular posts on the site year in and year out.

6 Discoveries from Near and Far: Volume XX

I. Around the World Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter. The Man Who Wrote 1,547 Books — Brazil’s most prolific author produces a new book every few days Ridiculously Clever Halloween Costume Ideas by Jean Jullien — My favorite is the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” costume.