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By Gretchen Rubin

Custom Lampshade

Materials: LÖBBO shade & SAMTID lamp Description: I loved the simple diffused light the SAMTID lamp & shade shed. But I'm a designer and I wanted it to have more personality. 1. Using InDesign, planned out the shapes I wanted on the shade. 2. Printed out the design and using double stick tape adhered it to the shade. Since there is a protective film on the shade it's not harmed.

What Makes for a Rich Life?

One theme you’ll see pop up time and time again in personal finance and personal growth writing is the idea of a “rich life.” Usually, if that idea is expanded on at all, the “rich life” idea tends to involve a few ideas of what the writer thinks everyone should have in their life, like time with their family or a full social calendar. The idea of what makes a “

Find Gratitude Cues in Everyday Life.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Gratitude, and last week’s resolution was to Make the positive argument. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Why Freelance Writers Should Self-Publish

If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a writer. And it’s probably occurred to you that since writing is what you do so well, you might as well turn your writing into a book, and get all the credibility, fame, and fortune that comes with it. Well, credibility, anyways.

Spend on the Things You Do Every Day

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I used to be guilty of spending money on the life I thought I lived, rather than the life I was actually living. To illustrate what I mean, consider the following past expenditures: Snowboarding apparel, for my first and only snowboarding trip to date. Evening dressings from Bluefly.com.

Cat bed

Materials: MYSA GRÄS, GOSA SLÅN, polarvide Description: Cut MYSA GRÄS in half. You now have a piece of 100*150 cm. Fold it twice and stitch the ends together. This forms a ring of 25*150 cm. Cut a piece of Polarvide to fit the ring. I have used a second piece of fabric as a contrast. You need about 50*150 cm fabric to cover the ring.

6 Tips to Writing a Successful Life Plan

Most of us who have been in the world of business know that a well-thought out business plan is the key to running a successful business.

Op-Ed: In The Particular Lies The Universal

When we truly connect with our inner voice, when we abandon all fear and shout at the top of our lungs, that's when we create the work that really resonates.

Shoe Care 101: An Illustrated Guide

Illustration by Ted Slampyak This illustrated guide is brought to you by Johnston and Murphy.  Related posts:The Art of Shining Shoes: An Illustrated Guide A Manly Handshake: An Illustrated Guide How to Break Down a Door: An Illustrated Guide The Art of Manliness Mustache Style Guide

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Christmas Lights

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Do You Dread To Go Home?

Assay: In a novel, a mark of greatness is that a reader can return, over and over, and find something new. I've read Anna Karenina four times, and each time, it has been a different experience. As I am able to bring more to the novel, I take more from it. This is a mark of greatness even in children's books.

Clean and organize your refrigerator

Tomorrow, November 15, is Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day in the U.S. I’m not really sure who decided to declare such a day, but my guess is a refrigerator manufacturer or food producer had something to do with it. I only know about it because of Hallmark’s Ultimate Holiday Site, which tracks the most absurd holidays.

Why I Abandoned My Blog (and ended up ahead)

I did a bit of an experiment over the last 2 ½ weeks.Something most “experts” will tell you is death to any blog.I stopped posting. For 2 ½ weeks. Not a peep.Without explanation. Without notice.

The 3 T’s of Social Media Time Management

Whether you are on social media to have fun, do business, or make career connections, there’s a way to get more out of it in less time. The key is to step back and take a look at what you’re doing. Are you using the best social media time management tools and tactics?

Reader Mailbag: Dress Up

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. Heating and cooling issues 2. Tax problems 3. Student loan debt juggling 4. Daylight Savings Time switch problems 5. Joint accounts with aging parents 6. Potential book selling scam 7. Multilingual children 8.