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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kindergarten Edition

Rather than spending the day at daycare or at preschool until his mother picked him up after school, our son now comes home on the school bus. For a good hour, the only two people in our home are me and him. We have a snack together. We talk about our respective days for a little bit.

Tackling Stress with the “Breathe and Reboot” Method

Credit: Elenathewise on Photodune. “Breathe and reboot.” I say this to myself a lot; heck, today it was my status message on Facebook. It’s one of my mantras…when something has me really irritated, frustrated, stressed, or angry. I know better than to let those emotions overcome me.

Engineer Your Retirement

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He also has a blog, Twittering thing, and other things that are supposed to be important but he often forgets about, such as hygiene.

Ceiling kitteh's new hideout

Materials: 3 Lack Shelves, 1 Gosa Slan Pillow, 8 Ekby Valter Brackets, 1 Galant desk extension top, 3 Neda Chair Pads, Drawer liner, screws, wall anchors, 1 old pillow caseDescription: We've had issues over the past year with our 2 cats wanting to climb anything and everything in our bedroom (including our leather headboard that is now destroyed).

8 Inspiration Lessons from an 8 Month Old Baby

A baby is a gift which enriches your feelings and emotions, but a baby can also be an inspiring teacher as well. How? In fact, she can be your biggest motivator if you pay close attention to her activities. Let me share with you some interesting observations that I believe serve as great motivational lessons. 1. Innocence Just look at the innocent activities the baby does.

Upholstered Hack-a-Lack With Nailhead Trim

Materials: Lack side tableDescription: I needed an upholstered ottoman for my den and hacking a LACK side table was the way to go. It was inexpensive and easy and took about an hour. I bought some foam and batting at a local mega-store, and I purchased about a yard of fabric for the top of the LACK. I had some nailhead trim on hand from a prior project (which I had purchased on eBay).

Blessing in Disguise – Finding the Light

Photo by Federico Erra By Nadia Ballas-Ruta About two weeks ago, I uttered a sentence that I never thought I would hear myself say.

4 Creative Ways to Attract More Visitors to Your Website

It's hard to get ahead if no one sees the incredible work you're making. We break down how to get people to your website, and get on their radar.

Stolmen Bed

Materials: Stolmen Cabinet, Stolmen Shelvs, some planks, some metal brackets and a lot of screws Description: So, what do you do if you have a huge Stolmen Shelve but don't like it any more and also want to have an "easy-entry" bed? Hack em.. I recently moved into a smaller Condo and did not like my Stolmen any more. Selling it would be one idea but I found a better one.

Preparing for Your Next Act

A few days ago, I was standing by the bus stop waiting for my oldest child to arrive home from one of his first days in kindergarten. There were a few other parents of kindergarteners there and I struck up a conversation with one of them.

Strategies for letting go of your uncluttering fears

Continuing on the theme of letting go of fear from yesterday’s post, I wanted to provide some strategies for how to let go of your uncluttering fears. Most of us have them — I certainly do — but they shouldn’t keep us from achieving our uncluttering and organizing goals. The fear that you’re making a mistake.

The Four Archetypes of Mature Masculinity: The Boyhood Archetypes (Part I)

This is the second part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Magician, Warrior, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep People Stuck, Unsuccessful, and Mediocre For Life

Is it just me, or is the whole “fitting in” thing highly overrated? Yes, there’s a certain comfort in going with the flow, being one of many, and following the same path as millions before you. Yes, it’s easier to not be stupid and put yourself way out on a ledge and risk your predictable and stable life.

LACK Nightstand

Materials: 1 LACK Table Description: So I needed 2 night stands that matches my MALM bed, saw so many LACK table hacks, so I decided to make a simple nightstand using Lack table... 1. Saw the LACK in half or desired length. One panel for top, and one panel for the backing (height) 2. Saw the 2 legs to match the height of the back panel. 3.

Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil

I just received an email from a concerned friend of mine who had never read The Simple Dollar before. I asked for permission to share this part of the email with you (with just a touch of editing). I can’t believe you’re actually using your life and your energy and your mind talking about money and encouraging other people to accumulate money. Money is the root of all evil.