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By Brett Kelly

Liatorp refreshment

Materials: Liatorp Skjenk Description: We bought a used sideboard online, actually an IKEA furniture called Liatorp Skjenk. The sideboard was nice, but we needed a sideboard for the bedroom, and the original one wasn't really fitting in. So I decided to do something about it.

Do the Research (11/365)

A friend of mine told me that for every $100 he spends on buying an item, he devotes an hour of research to the purchase before making a move. That seems like a good rule of thumb. In fact, I’d go even further: for every $100 I spend on an item over the item’s lifetime, I try to devote an hour to researching the purchase before making a move. What do I mean by that?

Lego Table - for the big kids

Materials: Vika Amon Tabletop with Moliden underframe - along with several lego plates Description: In addition to the table you will need 10 large Lego plates - and 4 Lego roadtop pieces. We used a circular saw to cut some of the plates in order to fit the table top. Click to read the rest of the post >>

5 Tips to Avoid Being a New Year Resolution Dropout

Every New Year, it never fails: people get a new spark of enthusiasm for embarking on a healthy course for the year.

Organizing inspiration from around the web

Thanks to the website Pinterest, I’ve recently come upon some inspiring home organizing solutions that I wanted to share with you. MarthaStewart.com has a wonderful tutorial for making a mini office in a chest that is uncluttered and organized and perfect for a teenager or someone with little paperwork: I don’t have a custom-built closet, but if I did, I would want pants storage like

Catch-all corkboard calendar

Materials: Malma mirror, Tyst cork placemats, fibreboard, ruban, nails, glue, thumbtacks, screw-in hooks, staple gun, picture hooks Description: This piece of hallway decoration features a perpetual calendar, a coarkboard for storing notes, a mirror for checking yourself before you leave, and a storage space for jewellery and keys.

Four Tips for Improving Your SEO

Search Engine Optimization—three words that can make or break your website. If you haven’t been paying attention on how to up your SEO by now, it’s time to start listening. Search Engine Optimization is the process of improving the visibility of your website in search engines. Go ahead and look your business up on Google. Does it appear at the top? On the first page? Second page?

Annual Report 2011: Serve | Aspire | Transcend

Every December, I reflect upon what went right, what went wrong, what took me by surprise, what I can learn from these awakenings, and how I’ll change what I’m doing next year. I do this by writing an annual review. The process of spinning thoughts into logic and language is incredibly illuminating.

Lights from coffeemugs

Materials: FÄRGRIK Description: We've used an old light which already was hanging above our dinner table.... We just removed the old lamps and replaced the coffee mugs. Before we put the coffee mugs on, we had to make a hole in the bottom of each mug. ~ Maaike, the Netherlands

"My Focus? The Overlap Between Things I Can Control and Things That Matter."

Happiness interview: Carl Richards. I initially got to know Carl Richards's work because he and I share the same literary agent, which creates a fellow-feeling akin to having gone to the the same high school.

Reader Mailbag: Sickness and Timing

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. Helping partner build credit score 2. Rechargeable batteries 3. Job and heavy course load 4. Renting a mailbox 5. Reading time 6. Thrift clothes for tall folks 7. To sell or not? 8. Car search in new location 9.

My Hopen is Hopping !!!

Materials: Hopen 6 drawer Chest Description: This is a fairly easy hack that can be tailored to your own taste and style. The Hopen Chest has drawers that are partially see through. I wanted to create a pattern that would create some privacy for my son's unmentionables. I simply created a diamond pattern on my computer and printed it on several sheets of card stock.

What Really Makes Your Retirement Accounts Grow

This is a post from staff writer 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 contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. As far as investing goes, 2011 won’t be a particularly memorable year.

What Do I Do When My Client Will Not Pay Up?

Speaking from experience, I have written for a number of sites over 22 years as a freelance contractor and can happily say 95 percent of those bosses paid me on time. That being said, there is always that one individual or company that goes about hanging you out to dry, saying in essence the check is in the mail.

How to Climb a Rope Like a Navy SEAL

Editor’s note: This post was written by Bryan Black and originally ran on ITS Tactical. So why should you climb rope? First of all, if you’re not including rope climbing in your workout routines, you’re missing out on one of the best forearm and grip workouts around. Climbing rope is also a core component of building functional strength.