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Lessons in Family Happiness -- from Disneyland.

Last week, my family and I went to Disneyland – our first time. We had a wonderful visit, and I was reminded, once again, that when thinking about family happiness, the simplest and most obvious truths are the most important to remember: Less is more. Start early if you can. Don’t let anyone get too hungry.

Frugality and Fear of Health Care

Jennifer writes in: My husband had been complaining about sharp pains in his side for several weeks. A few days ago I had to take him to the emergency room. He stayed overnight for observation and was released the next day with a ton of medications to take. It turns out he has a liver inflammation caused by a bacteria. He’s going to be fine. Here’s the whole problem with this.

Domestic Bliss Thanks to Varde/Domsjo Sink Hack

Materials: Varde workbench, Domsjo sink, scrap pieces of white melamine, scrap pieces of birch veneer, jigsaw, silicone sealant Description: When it came time to sort out the kitchen for the new house, it seemed there'd be no cause for argument - we both loved the chunky trad/modern good looks of Ikea's Varde freestanding kitchen. That said, there was a wee bit of tension brewing over sinks.


Materials: FJELLSE Description: Have you guys seen this amazing hack? Not mine, wish it were.  before  after See more of the upholstered bed. ~ Lauren, Austin, TX

Are You Giving Back to Your Community?

You’ve been working like crazy all summer long, but you don’t have the time or the means to take the kind of vacation where you get to sit on a beach while someone regularly brings you ice cubes swimming in tequila. Thursday has written how you can create an excellent experience by volunteering your skills for a local non-profit or charity. Sure, you could put your mad coding skills to good u

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Unclutterer interviews host of Clean Sweep, Niecy Nash

I had the amazing pleasure to interview the beautiful, funny, and Emmy-award-winning Niecy Nash on Friday about the latest season of Clean House and the work she’s doing with Clorox and the World Toilet Organization’s Ode to the Commode campaign.

For Jessica

"You might define happiness as the experience of being fully alive." (Note: Heartbreaking story)

Reader Mailbag: Birthday Celebration

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. Starting a garden from seed 2. Losing my job next summer 3. Splitting rent and utilities 4. Dealing with a challenging year 5. Time to have a child? 6. Double disabilities: what now? 7. Budgeting and taxes 8.

Under Pressure: The Search for a Stress Vaccine

7 ways to deal with stress, from Wired Magazine (scroll down).

The Science Behind "Having a Bad Day" (and How to Solve It)

It's all in your head! To turn your day around, be cognizant about the reality of your day.

Bali Dispatch #5: Aussies, Freak-fests, Train-rides and Truths

I’m writing this final dispatch from NYC, after very deliberating missing last week’s dispatch. There’s a reason for that… A while back I wrote post about how an increasing number of bands were getting pissed off at fans using their cell-phones to record and share their concerts in real-time.

New month a good time to start new routines

As a child, I looked forward to August more than any other month of the year. It’s my birthday month and it’s back to school month — a duo of perfection in my world. August was, and still is for me, the month of new beginnings. As an adult, I’ve tried to use August as my month to start new habits and routines (or as a time to improve old ones).

Cookie stand for children

Materials: Duktig (plastic glasses), Kalas (plastic plates), Pyssla Description: This is a colourful cakestand for children party. You need: 1 set duktig plastic glasses, 1 set kalas colourfull plastic plates, and strong plastic glue. First place the 3 selected plates upside down. Glue the Pyssla beads to the plates, all along the border.