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By Jules

Mirror, mirror Malma on the wall

Materials: Malma x 32, 4 cm wide double sided carpet tape, tape measure, carpenter's square, spirit level, marker Description: In the dining room of our new apartment we had a very special decorating challenge. On the back wall (facing the whole living area) was a large 1970s smoked glass mirror. And it was glued to the wall.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Cool ConesIs eating store-bought ice cream bringing you down? Well, let Cool Cones turn that around! Exercise and focusA neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, Arthur Kramer, in “Ageing, Fitness and Neurocognitive Function” in Nature magazine, reports on another way to improve your ability to focus and brain cognition.

Extra Costs of Moving: Financial, Cultural, and Spiritual Restrictions

Abbie writes in: My family is considering a move to a smaller town for professional purposes. The only problem with this move is that we’re Orthodox and thus we follow the dietary laws. This means that the food our family eats must be kosher.

Linkswitch #88, Note Taking, Long-Term Clients, Super Fans

Top 10 Note Taking Apps for Freelancers A typical freelancer is an idea generating engine. New ideas spring up all the time. Suddenly, you may realize you have a perfect solution to a problem or get inspiration on the go. To record your precious ideas there are handy note taking apps. These tools usually contain features like notes and web clippings.

Tolsby jewelry stand

Materials: Tolsby, scissors, fabric with small holes Description: I made this movie to show you how to make this super easy hack. Link to the video on youtube. ~ Astrid, Holland If it looked familiar, you're right. Jen posted this one some time back. ~ Jules

Reader Story: The High Cost of Kids Sports

This guest post from Kay Lynn Akers 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. Kay Lynn writes about money and life at Bucksome Boomer. More and more children are participating on travel or elite sport teams.

How To Prevent Alzheimer’s by Learning Another Language

Wrinkles, gray hair, failing eyesight, brittle bones. As the saying goes, getting old is not for sissies. Most of the bodily changes that come with aging have remedies. They can’t be completely avoided or cured, but they can be compensated for to a degree. You can get stronger glasses, or bifocals. You can color your hair, if vanity demands it.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Grinding Your Own Flour

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.

Lack-ed Painting

Materials: Lack end and coffee table tops, spray paint, acrylic paint, brushes, design inspiration, mounting hardware Description: After watching too many home decorating shows and realizing that there was no way that my teeny-tiny decor budget would cover all the walls in our new apartment with the large scale art I had in mind (to hide the stark white apartment walls we aren't allowed to

Bringing the Kitchen into the Bedroom

Materials: Akurum/Adel with Komplement wire baskets Description: The beautiful warm wood finish of the ADEL kitchen door and drawer fronts suited our master bedroom decor better than any of the finishes in the PAX closet line. So we decided to make our bedroom closet out of kitchen cabinets.

"We Shape Our Buildings, and Afterwards Out Buildings Shape Us."

“We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” -- Winston Churchill I've been thinking a lot lately about how the environment of my home shapes my happiness, and Churchill has an observation on this subject, as he does on every subject. Ah, I wrote a biography of Churchill; what a joy it was to write that book!

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #39

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. 1. Epicetus on blame It’s easy to get angry at others. It’s much harder to look at ourselves for solutions. “When we are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings.

WordPress 101 Video Training Part 1: The Dashboard

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at WP101 Video Training Part 1: The Dashboard by Shawn Hesketh. In this video he reviews the WordPress Dashboard, in the backend administration area. This is part of a 16 part series over on our WPtuts+ site.

IKEA Expedit workspace

Materials: IKEA Expedit bookcase (2x2), Ecpedit bookcase (2x4), Lack wall shelf 75.25" long, 1 - 3/4"x4'x8' sheet MDF Description: The area under my basement stairs always seemed to attract unwanted clutter and I was in need of a larger work area for my computer(s).

The GRS Garden Project: September 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for September 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009.