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By Jules

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Winter and Summer Edition

One of the most challenging parts of having three children of different ages is that they seem to pick up sicknesses then pass them to each other, and just as they finally all get well it seems like another one gets a cold of some sort. I just want this season to be over with. It’s funny. In the late stages of winter (right now), I look forward to summer.

The state of your desk likely influences perceptions of your professionalism

One of the columnists who writes with me over on RealSimple.com tipped me off to an interesting survey produced by the staffing firm OfficeTeam.

Animal Stroller Chain

Materials: Söt Barnslig Description: I put the four small stuffed animals on an elastic chord and attached them to my babys stroller. Use a needle and some nylon thread to make a hoop in the little fellas. ~ Louise, Copenhagen

5 Music Tips for Building a Core Repertoire

Credit: Zvone Lavric on sxc.hu Continuing with the theme of time efficiency in practice sessions, in this post we look at the best ways of tackling new repertoire. If you’re following a balanced musical diet in the percentages that I suggested last month i.e., warm up, scales and arpeggios, study and pieces, it might be that you only have a half hour a day available to prepare for performance, a

The Lottery: An “Investment” for Fools (with Bonus Lottery Simulator!)

Over the years, I’ve done some foolish things with my finances. I’ve squandered money on comic books. I’ve speculated on risky stocks, hoping to make a quick fortune. I’ve paid a gazillion dollars — or something close to it — in credit-card interest and bank fees.

Top 12 Android Apps That'll Increase Your Productivity

So, as promised in my previous article on iPhone apps that make you more productive, here I am with a similar list for Android users.There are no two opinions on the fact that if there's any other mobile operating system that can surpass the mighty iOS, it is Android. It has surely come a long way since it was first introduced 2 years ago.

Are You Guilty of Procrastination (Without Even Realizing It)?

We all know what procrastination is. And perhaps you think it’s not something you struggle with at all. I certainly used to feel that way. As a student, I had no problem getting my essays in on time.

Do-It-Yourself Project Management (And How Behance Does It)

Great project management isn't about finding a silver bullet. It's about getting DIY. Here's an inside look at the tools and processes we use at Behance.

Spare Change: Marketplace Money Edition

Just a reminder that the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is under way. As last year, entries have begun to trickle in. If 2010 is any indication, these will turn into a torrent by the time the contest ends on April 15th. But you’ll make my life easier — and yours! — if you submit your videos sooner. Make an awesome two-minute video, and you could win $500.

Little Steps for Teaching Young Ones Frugality

This morning, as my children were waking up, I was inspecting their dresser drawers looking for clothes. I pulled out clean underwear and socks for both of them, but rather than continuing through the drawers, I started digging through their clothes hamper, inspecting the clothes right in front of them. I’d examine one garment, say “This is dirty,” and throw it in one pile.

That's a wrap - coffee table

Materials: Lack coffee table, Mod Podge, gift wrap, 1-2" foam brush, high density foam roller, polyurethane Description: The finish on this coffee table had a way of collecting and showing off dust, fingerprints, and crumbs like you wouldn't believe. It was driving me nuts so I decided to decoupage the top to add color, texture, and dimension to an otherwise boring table. 1.

Hero Training: The Carry a Person to Safety Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

How to Perform the Fireman’s Carry

So you’ve built the strength to carry someone to safety…but do you know how to do it right? Every man should know how to perform what is called the “fireman’s carry.” It’s an effective way to distribute someone’s weight, allowing you to haul them over long distances with minimal strain. Here’s how it’s done: 1.

Spring Has Sprung IKEA Stool

Materials: Stool Description: This was a boring blue stool that I bought at IKEA around 2000 (sorry don't remember the name). It didn't match anything in my current house, so I painted it a bright turquoise to match my dining room chairs. I took the seat off, attached some foam, and then upholstered with a bright orange and white laminate fabric.

How to Start

‘There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.’ ~Buddha Post written by Leo Babauta. How do you start something new? Whether it’s beginning an exercise program, getting going with a task you want to complete, or creating a new business or product from scratch — how do you get started? It’s one of the most in