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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Using the Reality of the Moment

Yesterday, I read a wonderful article by Leo Babauta at Zen Habits entitled The Reality of This Moment. The article encourages people to think about how we’re okay in the moment: As we go through our day, we’re often stressed because of all the things we have to do, the things we’re not doing.

4-in-1 Ottoman

Materials: Kallax shelving unit, Rekarne coffee tabl Using the Kallax shelving unit and the Rekarne coffee table I built a 4-in-1 Ottoman. It can be used to store toys and games, the flat surface can be used to play games or can be drawn on with chalk, and it can be used as a seat. 1. Build the shelving unit according to IKEA’s directions. 2.

Home Office Standing Desk

Materials: Capita, EKBY AMUND, EKBY VALTER, EKY TORE, EXBY HEMNES, expedit, LINNMON For the basic design I used a desk by Thibaut Colar as a template. The main difference is that instead of gluing two smaller square EXPEDIT bookcases together it was easier to simply purchase a single wider bookcase of basically the same overall dimensions.

Expedit/Ekby Mudroom Locker

Materials: 10x Drona boxes, 2x Expedit 1×5 units, 4x Ekby Laiva shelves, 5x Ekby Amund shelves I wanted a built in locker look without the pricetag. After a bit of measuring and some surfing on the Ikea website I found my answer with some Expedit units and a few Ekby shelves. The bottom unit is set up on a 2×4 base to create a toe kick, which we covered with molding.

The Habit Action List

By Leo Babauta There are a ton of people who read self-improvement blogs and books, but never but them into action. They engage in what’s sometimes called “self-improvement porn”. I’ve done this myself in the past — it was a form of fantasizing about how I was going to make my life better, get my shit together. But I didn’t take action because: I was too busy r

Fight to Win!

‘Deep within all of us there is a fight, so powerful so strong, it can overcome any fear, any obstacle, any challenge.

Unitasker Wednesday: Potato Express

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Have you ever wondered how adorable a potato would look in a sleeping bag? Wonder no longer! Introducing the cutie-patootie Potato Express: They look precious, don’t they? They are all snuggled up, ready for a night out under the stars.

New audio: Trust Is Crucial. (aka, the whole effing gorgeous point of Desire Mapping)

Here’s a personal story for you about a mid-course correction with myself and my goals, my core desired feelings, and intentions. Basically, here’s how I slipped off my own track.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 New products to help you stay organized at home Deb discusses four products that can help you stay organized at home that she discovered while at the 2013 National Association of Professional Organizers’ annual conference. Marking up your to-do lists for increased productivity Dave describes four systems that help categorize and prioritize items on your to-do list so you can be more pr

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Child Medical Issues Edition

At almost the exact same time, our youngest child got a large facial rash and our daughter got an extremely sore baby tooth. This led to medications. Doctor’s appointments. Worry. Being a parent would be far easier if you could simply rely on perfect health from your children.

Sauna Hack / Re-Vamp Using Mandal Bedheads

Materials: 4 Mandal Bedheads We recently had a sauna put in the cellar but were unhappy with the “rustic” look of the traditional wooden cladding because it didn’t really fit in with the rest of the house which is very modern.

Get Rich Slowly: The Course

This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money. Here it is, 2:22 on a Tuesday afternoon. I’ve been up for more than 48 hours straight with only brief naps snatched here and there. I’m exhausted — but I’m happy. What’s the deal? Am I a proud new papa?

5 Things You Can Do to Kickstart Your Day

Have you ever had days where you just don't feel like doing anything? At the end of the day, you look back and you realize you've accomplished nothing. These are called zero days. Zero productivity, zero accomplishments, zero wins. It's alright to relax and unwind once in a while, but if it happens too often, you need to change something.

Your Grandpa’s Jeans: A Beginner’s Guide to Raw and Selvedge Denim

While denim jeans have been a clothing staple for men since the 19th century, the jeans you’re probably wearing right now are a lot different from the denim jeans that your grandpa or even your dad wore. Before the 1950s, most denim jeans were crafted from raw and selvedge denim that was made in the United States.

7 Excuses People Use to Avoid Financial Responsibility – And Why They’re Useless

This article first appeared in U.S. News and World Report Money. The recipe for finding financial success is an easy one. Spend less than you earn and do something sensible with the difference. If you do that over and over, you will see financial success. The challenge is actually making that happen.