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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm


One of the basic guidelines that I try to live my life by is the Golden Rule. It’s a simple statement that pops up in almost every world religion and many significant works of philosophy. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

Dog Diner

Materials: Lack side table, Dremel, Dog bowls Description: We first purchased the Lack side table for $7, but really didn't have a spot for it. It was just a great deal! I then realized it's purpose. My husband used a dremel to cut the properly sized holes in which to place our dog's food and water bowls. That's it! ~ Ashley Stroud, Somerset, KY

Linkswitch #97, Analytic Tricks, Fun Website Design, Your Path

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics.

Reader Story: Re-Evaluating the Rat Race

This guest post from Joe is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure.

Best(a) Island for kitchen

Materials: Numerär kitchen counter, small Besta shelves, Besta bottle rack, Capita stand, Vinna handles Description: Background - Always wanted to have a kitchen island that matches the overall kitchen style - Needed more space for cooking books that were stored on window ledge (can be seen on the first picture background) - Wanted to accommodate dustbin and waste-paper as well as empty glas

Trofast Frame into Concealed Lego Storage Table

Materials: Trofast Frame and Tub, Paint, Fabric, Velcro Description: I used a Trofast frame and tubs, which start out looking like children's toy storage. I painted the frame, then designed and sewed fabric flaps that are attached to the frame with concealed velcro. They conceal the Legos and turn the Trofast into a pretty coffee table that coordinates with the rest of the room.

Focus on Buying Open-Ended Toys (69/365)

Yesterday, I wrote about the advantages of buying fewer toys, but focusing on higher-quality toys.

Free-Standing Brimnes Headboard for Renters

Materials: Brimnes headboard, 2 Vika Furusund solid wood table legs, hand saw, tape measurer, pencil, screwdriver, shorter screws or a Drimmel Description: Unfortunately it seems too many of Ikea's headboards are designed to be wall-mounted. That complicates things for renters like myself (my landlords LOVE the wallpaper in the house).

Five Surefire Ways to Kill Your Marriage

I don’t have to tell you that marriages and lifelong partnerships are tricky and unfortunately, many fail. However, most of us dream of the one woman or man to spend the rest of our days with, blissfully happy until we take our last breath.Why is it then that there such a huge gap between this wish and the implementation of it? Why do so many marriages end in broken hearts and shattered souls?

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #63

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. I spent some time this week planning a family trip this summer to Yellowstone.

Why Videos Go Viral – Video

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Why Videos Go Viral by Kevin Allocca. He is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.

"Bonde" with glass shelves

Materials: Bonde Description: When we wanted to buy glass shelves to the bookcase, this you could not buy! We contacted the local glazier and asked them to do two pieces of glass, the size of the shelf that we had with us. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Sandwich paper Regolit lamp

Materials: Regolit shade, hot glue, sandwich paper Description: As many other hackers before me, I wanted to turn my cheap but boring Regolit shade into something special (and if my idea comes close to some other hack, that did not happen willfully!). Click to read the rest of the post >>

What Happens When the Sad Clown Finds a Mirror?

There is a common phrase amongst people with a relatively pessimistic or self-destructive outlook. You’ll have probably heard it several times in your life, if not perhaps even said it yourself.

Bright built-in office nook from reused Ikea pieces

Materials: Billy bookcase, Expedit desk top, old Ikea desk Description: We started with an old beech Ikea desk, 2 white Billy bookcases that were providing storage in the basement, and some loose pieces from the As-Is section - and ended with a bright and welcoming workspace. Click to read the rest of the post >>