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By The Wise Bread Team

7 Ways to Simplify Your Life

‘Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.’ Henry David Thoreau It is my habit to rise amidst the burgeoning daylight of each day before even the kookaburras let forth a recognizable burst of uncanny laughter from their bushy perch that is my backyard. I even beat the chickens that let forth their egg laying cackle.

Lessons in Manliness from Friday Night Lights

There aren’t too many television shows out there that portray men in a positive light these days. Men on sitcoms are usually dimwitted doofuses or cartoonishly macho. It’s not much better on TV dramas.

Motivational Jiu-Jitsu: Staying Positive in the Face of Negativity & Indifference

Negativity is a creativity killer. We look at how to identify the negative people - and feedback loops - that are holding you back and turn them into positive inputs.

Review: The Finish Rich Workbook

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I’ll be the first to admit that personal finance workbooks never really clicked for me.

"Failure After Long Perseverance Is Much Grander..."

“Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” --George Eliot, Middlemarch * I'm putting the finishing edits on my next book, Happier at Home. If you'd like to be notified when the book becomes available, sign up here. It's exciting to have a new book coming out.

Ring Display

Materials: PLASTIS ice tray (€1,50) and FLORERA decorative sand (€1,79) Description: 1) Fill decorative sand (I used IKEAS's Florera in purple, but you can use any sand you like) into the ice tray 2) Put your rings into the sand - done :)) ~ Lisa

Bold painted rug

Materials: Erlsev rug, latex paint, painters tape Description: I wanted to add a bold graphic rug to my craft room without breaking the bank. I bought an inexpensive Erlsev rug and painted a graphic pattern on it. I just used painters tape to create a design, and used regular wall paint diluted with a bit of water to paint on the pattern.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Never lose your lens cap againIt might seem obvious, but it often makes sense for loss-prone items to be physically secured so they won’t end up missing when needed. Review: Real Simple’s 869 New Uses for Old ThingsThe editors at Real Simple magazine have put together a hardcover collection of multi-tasking equipment and suggestions to honor their 10th anniversary.

Online Financial Tools and Security

A long while back (was it really 2008), I wrote an overview of the web-based personal finance tools available at that time. I didn’t really give a strong recommendation to any of them, though I did end up serving as an advisor for a time with Wesabe. Today, Mint.com is clearly the frontrunner in this field, but there are many other services that offer similar financial tools via the web.

Hacker help: Any Ideas on how to replace utby structure?

Materials: Utby Description: Hi, I really need your assistance! I made a project for my kitchen, I have an old marble table 120cm*60cm (weight 60kg) and I wanted to use it over an utby structure to do a "bar zone" with stools in my kitchen.

Ikea hacked coffee table turned upholstered ottoman

Materials: Klubbo coffee table Description: When I first moved into my place, I purchased an inexpensive coffee table from IKEA. It was the right length and height for my sofa, although I was not crazy about the hard laminate top. So I decided to turn it into a ottoman I could put my feet up on. First, I purchased my supplies (which totaled around $60).

Reader Story: Long-Term Thinking Pays Off

This guest post from Heather Roth 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

3 Steps towards Positive Thinking as a Way of Life

The phrase “positive thinking” has become somewhat of a buzzword in a lot of ways in our culture today. So many books and experts suggest “positive thinking” as a solution to low self esteem and confidence issues without ever really exploring what the phrase means. Positive thinking involves much more than just deciding one day that you will change the way you think.

Some Thoughts about Holiday Cards

As November rolls forward, one end-of-year task that starts floating in my mind is holiday cards. This is usually a fairly time-consuming project for us, but I consider it to be a very worthwhile one.

Lack-based wall mounted speakers

Materials: Lack wall shelf - smallDescription: I was looking for some new speakers for my PC, but didn't want to spend a huge amount of money. I already had some old car speakers in the garage and decided to try a cheap Ikea based hack before shelling out on new audio equipment... Because I already had most of the materials required this hack cost me £15 in total.