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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Benno TV bench add-on

Photo courtesy of IKEA Materials: Benno TV bench, white shelves, dowels, drill Description: I wanted to place my stereo next to the TV but I didn't want it to look messy with all the cables. So i built this add-on for my TV bench. I connected the shelves with some dowels without using screws or angle brackets.

Mega Menorahs using waste bins

Materials: Fniss Description: Massive lawn menorahs constructed from Ikea FNISS. We drilled holes in bottom and stacked on pvc poles that were driven into the ground. We filled with lights and topped with candles and sparkly wrappings. Viola! Festive Hanukkah lawn decor to keep up with the Joneses 7ft Santas and mechanized reindeer. See more of the giant menorah.

How to Have A Difficult Conversation

Just recently, I did what I thought was near impossible. I dropped a bomb on my parents. In their mid-60s, both my parents are in the comfort zone of an alarming (or if it isn’t, it should be) statistic of the population that is overweight, which contributes to their being diabetic (Type 2), have high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Billy to built in (again!)

Materials: Billy bookcases, Billy extension units, molding, paint, vast amounts of construction-grade adhesive and caulk Description: We have a lot of books--over eight full-size Billy bookcases worth.

Dim & Dash: Shoveling Snow

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HappIKEA Xmas

Materials: IKEA Malma photo frame Description: IKEA photo frame Black and red permanent markers. Stars adhesive. See more of the HappIKEA Xmas frame. ~ Bypils, Barcelona

FedEx Delivery and Your Career

If you’ve been watching the news the past few days, you’ve probably seen the infamous video of the FedEx deliveryman who just tosses a computer monitor delivery over a fence.

Protecting Yourself Financially: Types of Insurance a Man Needs

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jeff Rose.  The day we were issued our IBA’s (Interceptor Body Armor or Flak Jacket), I could feel my knees and lower back aching already.

Aneboda goes Mosaic

Materials: Aneboda 3-drawer Dressers (white), Black Sanded Grout, mixed color glass mosaic tiles, rags, grout tool, tile adhesive, assembly tools (screw driver, etc.) Description: After finding an adorable yellow vintage cabinet/dresser at a thrift store, I needed to find a way to work in additional colors to my bedroom's color scheme.

The Balancing Act of Working Two Jobs: Case Study

According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, nearly 5% of the workforce in the U.S. held multiple jobs in November, up slightly from the same time last year. For some, working two jobs has become the only practical way to get by. Some who take on extra work do it to pay off debt, cushion their savings or provide a fallback in case they lose their primary job.

Unclutter stress from your holiday season

With Christmas just a few days away, Hanukkah already in full swing, and New Year’s Eve a little more than a week away, this time of year can be stressful for everyone. A simple trip to the grocery store to buy milk and bread can easily become an hour-long affair as you navigate your way through hordes of turkey buyers. Need a new shirt?

Japanese inspired shoji lamp

Materials: Ikea TEXTUR floor lamp Description: My initial goal was to get a shoji type lamp to light up my living room, but because none that fit my taste were available in my country at reasonable pricing, I resorted to the next best thing: Making it myself. Click to read the rest of the post >>

It's Holiday Time.

It's holiday time, so I'm taking a week off. One of my resolutions is to Take a vacation (which can be surprisingly challenging). Back soon! * Are you thinking, "But, oh, Gretchen, what will I do without reading a daily post about happiness?" Fear not!

Reader Mailbag: Lack of Snow

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. Credit card limits 2. Pest control option 3. Returning to work 4. Watching football without television 5. Hint of identity theft 6. Daytime heating and cooling 7. Value of a Kindle? 8. First budgeting steps 9.

Is Social Media Marketing Worth All the Effort?

Social media marketing is one area of marketing that some organizations question, especially since the true impact of social media marketing can be elusive. With all the changes to the way social media marketing takes place, businesses are reasonably concerned with whether or not social media marketing is worth the hassle? To be fair, we all know social media can work.