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What’s Your “Pigeon of Discontent”? Please Say!

Each week this year, I’m posting a video about some Pigeon of Discontent that a reader has raised in the comments.

Pop-Up Hidden Work Station

Materials: Vika Veine Table Top($99), Laiva Desk($20), Small amount of hot glue or rubber feet, electrical tape. Also shown in images: Basisk Floor lamp ($24.99), Ekby Tony/Ekby Bjarnum (Floating night stand) Description: Needed "unnoticeable" workstation in bedroom.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent"? Please Say!

Each week this year, I'm posting a video about some Pigeon of Discontent that a reader has raised in the comments. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we're also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent.

Build Your Business on a Budget

In this economy, creating and sticking to a budget is more important than ever.

You've Got One Change Left. What Do You Do?

Something extraordinary happened while you slept last night. Your world has changed forever, because today you woke up being able to make just one more change before you die. You get to make a single change before you buy the farm, pop your clogs and kick the bucket. One last thing you can implement. One last thing you can transform.

Julia wanted a credenza. Julia got a monster.

Materials: 3 Akurum kitchen cabinets with Avsikt frosted doors, 8 capita legs and, yellowpine and moulding cut to length. Description: After finding out just what the hell a "credenza" was, I realized I liked the idea of one but am not a fan of the modern/midcentury aesthetic.

Overwhelmed? Eight steps to help you regain control of your time

It is easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious when you have too many responsibilities, too many things on your to-do list, and/or too many emotionally-draining situations going on in your life.

Parallel Screen Play: Are You Cheating In Plain View?

I wonder if we’re regressing… Any parent has witnessed the stage, it happens with every kid. Your little one has her first play date. The kids get along swimmingly, playing with toys, giggling, yammering.

Reader Mailbag: Mowing

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. Dried versus fresh produce 2. Gencon 3. Emergency fund planning 4. Figuring out primary focus 5. Baseball on the cheap 6. Spending excess savings 7. Major lifestyle change 8. Boys or girls night out 9.

Good Cooks and Good Writers Use Good Recipes

It must be a wonderful thing to be one of those chefs in the TV cooking competitions, able to take a stack of surprise ingredients and instantly whip up beautiful, tasty dishes from them. For most of us, if that’s what we had to do every day, it would just be overwhelming.

Freelance Freedom #254: The Process

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

LACK TV "wall mount" without drilling

Materials: LACK shelves Description: I've been using a LACK shelf unit for my entertainment centre for a while now. I moved one shelf to make room for the receiver and BluRay player. The left and right speakers are bolted on. The normal TV base didn't really allow the centre speaker location.

Just One Thing: A Simple Way to Make Changes to Your Life

As part of my recent vow to do what I love, I’ve been spending a lot more time with friends. Lately, for example, my friend Castle and I have been meeting once per week to hike though Portland’s Forest Park. One bond that Castle and I share is a desire to improve our lives.

3 Ways to Tame the Critical Voice Within

If you’re like a lot of people, you probably drag your feet when faced with the prospect of doing something bold and daring, yet risky. Or maybe you make excuses and hesitate when it’s time to get busy accomplishing a worthwhile, but challenging goal. So why is that we so often engage in acts of... Read more at PickTheBrain.com

What your IKEA manual should really look like

Materials: Any IKEA product with more than one part, beer. Description: Let the image speak to itself. ~ M&N&T&T&T, Mattby