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By The Wise Bread Team

Manly Rules for Naming Man’s Best Friend

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jon Finkel. Presidents are notorious for giving their dogs politically correct names (See: Bill Clinton re: Buddy or Gerald Ford re: Liberty). Lyndon Johnson even had a pair of beagles he simply named Him and Her. But our manliest president, Teddy Roosevelt, would have none of that.

Sitting and Watching

Post written by Leo Babauta. Have you ever felt that we are rushing through life, that we get so caught up in busy-ness that life is passing us almost without notice? I get this feeling all the time. The antidote is simple: sitting and watching. Take a minute out of your busy day to sit with me, and talk.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Revisions and Branding

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at handling revisions and branding yourself as a company. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Dioder - from cold to warm white LED light

Materials: Dioder (4 round spots), yellow plastic cover, screwdriver and scissors Description: My wife an I puzzled over on how to get some light into our winter garden (conservatory). We didn't want to ruin our new winter garden by drilling screws into the metal construction. So we searched for an alternative, that is small, easy to attach and casts a nice warm light.

Respond To The Spirit Of A Gift.

December is the month of gift-giving, and my birthday falls in December, so I get practically all my gifts during this month. Often when I read, I’m struck by a particular passage without understanding why it has caught my attention, then over time, its significance becomes clear. I’ve read Story of a Soul, the spiritual memoir of St.

Reinforced Ribba

Materials: Ribba Description: I use a lot of Ribba fames at home, because their 'oak' variant matches very well with my oak doorframes. I also appreciate that they come with a pre-cut professional-grade matte that would cost more than the frame to have it done at a shop.

Workspace of the Week: Way up high, in the sky

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Frederik’s lofted home office: On Unclutterer, we write a great deal about taking advantage of vertical space when organizing. Usually we’re referring to using walls for shelving or bulletin boards or creating cubbies. In this example, however, the vertical space in the home has been transformed into a small office.

Have Internet, Will Travel: A Freelancer Case Study

Melissa Antonelli spent five weeks this year living and freelancing in Italy. Melissa Antonelli didn’t start out wanting a freelancing life—but she found it suited her adventurous spirit. I met Melissa in 2005 when we were both studying journalism as graduate students at New York University.


In 2002, I started a blog about dreams and dream science. It eventually failed. In 2004, I started a blog about sports. It eventually failed. In 2005, I started a blog about parenting. It eventually failed. In 2006, I started a blog about personal finance.

Improve your User Experience - Hire a Professional

Besides setting up my own business, more on that later, I freelance an make my experience available for others. This mainly is with software companies that are seeking the next phase in their product development, this might be technology oriented, but quite often is also user oriented.

Ikea Rast turned into industrial dresser

Materials: Ikea Rast 3 drawer dresser, jig saw, sander, annie sloan chalk paint, minwax grey water based stain, stencils Description: 1. Assemble Rast dresser Click to read the rest of the post >>

Ask the Readers: How Much Do You Spend on Health Insurance?

Behind the scenes, the GRS elves and I have been working to streamline the process for submitting reader stories, guest posts, and financial questions. As part of this, I’ve been reading through every question submitted over the past year. I’ve noticed some patterns. One topic I’m seeing over and over again is health insurance.

Feeling Stuck? 7 Ways To Make More Space in Your Life and Get Moving Again

Has it ever crossed your mind that you have no more room in your life? I mean, for anything – the good, the bad…nothing. Stick a fork in you.

Aqua Kristaller

Materials: Kristaller Chandelier, paints, Aqua prisms - beads and French cuts Description: The Ikea Kristaller is not extremely good-looking, and can be steely cold. I stripped off all the glass prisms, sprayed a layer of primer and painted over it with Folk Art 'Coastal Blue' acrylic paint. Click to read the rest of the post >>

How to Lose Weight... By Snacking

Many people make this mistake of thinking that they can't snack at all if they're trying to eat healthily or lose weight. But it's not only okay to snack – it's beneficial.Snacking keeps the cravings down. You don't get over-hungry – so you don't eat as much at mealtimes.