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By John Wesley

Summer Meal Series #1: Honey Mustard Chicken Strips

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. I have a four year old and a two year old at home.

Are You The Hardest Working Person in America?

I’m always on the lookout for innovative marketing campaigns that leverage user-generated content to build a compelling story that not only engages, but inspires people to share the content, the campaign and, often riding along, the brand.

Side table redux

Materials: EINA nightstand Description: Prior to HACK it was in our daughters room. We wanted something to keep her stuff in and neat! The door is 1/8" Acrylic. I used the L shaped hinges for the door. I screwed them into the table and on the door I used a 2 part epoxy. I also used the epoxy to fix the handle and the metal piece for the magnetic door latch. The magnetic part is screwed in.

Ask Unclutterer: Feeling guilty about parting with sentimental items

Reader Laura submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: While helping my sister unclutter for her move, I came across some dolls in dresses she’d worn as a baby and a huge (unfortunately not her style) afghan a great aunt had crocheted.

Getting Things Done: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow

This is the second entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. Last time, we talked about why an effective time management system is useful and also the basic ideas behind what a successful one would be.

The end of busy

“Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” ~Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Stop being busy and your job is half done. Think about how busy we are, and how it has become a way of bragging: I’m so busy, I must be important. “I have a million things to do! I never have time for anything!

8 Legal Issues for Bloggers: Part 2

Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we learned about the most common legal issues you can encounter when running a blog. As part of their trade, many freelancers maintain their own industry blog or contribute to other publications. Read 8 Legal Issues for Bloggers: Part 1 for a discussion on basic blogging concerns.

Workspace of the Week: A warm and welcoming office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is C. Monsees’ comfortable home office: I chose this office because it has so many wonderful things going for it — a vast amount of clear workspace, convenient storage, wonderful cable control, and it really looks like someone could be productive in this space. The office’s owner, C.

The Calculus of Cats and Dogs

The other day, I made a passing comment in my article about judging (or not judging) others. I mentioned that although my friend Michael is in dire financial straits, he’s still making life decisions based around the fact that his family has two dogs.

Chic Rast chest of drawers

Materials: Rast Description: I was inspired to do this hack after I had seen a similar one here.I ordered ring pulls from Ebay and decided to only paint the front most portion of the drawers white. I left everything else the Dark Walnut stain color from Minwax. 1. Assemble the outside of the chest 2. Stain all pieces except the drawer fronts 3. Tape off and paint the drawer fronts 4.

11 Inspiring Life Lessons from Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was an actor, philosopher, film director, producer, screenwriter and martial artist. He was born in November 1940 and died July 1973 from a mysterious brain hemorrhage.Many consider Bruce Lee to be one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century.

6 Tips for When You’re Not in the Mood to Work

“Daydreamer” courtesy of Nelsonius We all have times when we’re just not in the mood to get on with work. Perhaps we’re feeling tired or apathetic, or weeks of stress have finally caught up with us.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Here in the U.S, the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day is coming up in just two weeks. For about 50 of those 100 years, dads across America could expect to receive a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug or a tie. But why not think outside the box this Father’s Day and surprise your Pops with something different?

Simple kitchen island

Materials: 2 Udden and 1 Pragel Description: With 2 Udden and 1 Pragel we made an island for our kitchen! Very cheap and very beautiful! ~ Francesca Romana, Roma

How to Handle Pets When You Can’t Afford Them Any More

Hey, look, today I’m going to wade into something that’s bound to get hundreds of angry comments! Yesterday, I read an article over at Get Rich Slowly where J.D. wrote the following (with my own emphasis added): “Thanks for finding that place,” Michael told me as he took a bite of mashed potatoes and gravy. “But we’ve decided to rent someplace else.