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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

5 Vital Tips to Become Successful

People tend to forget that no man is ever born successful; rather success is the fruit of a man’s (or woman’s!) work. So if you want success you are going to have to work for it, and you are going to have to bring some changes in your life. These 5 tips will guide you in the right direction to mold yourself into the person you want to be.1.

Announcing the Re-Launch of the AoM Barbershop Locator

A couple of years ago I started a custom Google Map that allowed people to find and add their favorite barbershops from all over the world, so that their fellow AoMers could check them out too.


Materials: 30 IRMA pillows and one KARLSTAD slipcover Description: A simple beanbag like couch, made out of 30 small Irma pillows stuffed into a Karlstad couch slipcover. ~ Boaz Saragossi, Milano

Wearing Things Out

Dinner with My Family is taking a one week hiatus this week. On the shelf in my office sits a well-worn copy of the board game Settlers of Catan. By well-worn, I mean well-worn. Fraying edges. Ink starting to wear off of the cards. A few home-brewed replacement pieces. A bit of moisture damage causing some warped pieces. The game has moved with me at least four times.

Clutterfree, Finally

Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s just you, and the life you love.

Cork Mat Knife Block

Materials: Materials: 2 packages of Heat, utility knife, wood glue Description: We wanted a knife block. We only have three knives, but we keep them sharp and we like them. Thought they needed some love and protection. Most knife blocks have lots of space for knives (go figure) and cost a lot of money. So, our answer was Heat.

Ask Unclutterer: What to do with a wedding dress?

Reader Allie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’ve been enjoying (and learning from) Unclutterer for quite some time, and am now downsizing from 1800 sq ft in a big city to 1000 sq ft on a lake in the country. Of the few things that I am not ready to unclutter, my wedding dress is one of them.

Make a serving tray from an IKEA buillding blocks wagon

Materials: Ikea toy wagon, decorative paper, water spritzer, mod podge, brayer Description: We love IKEA toys and love playing with them, but this pulley with building blocks we got as a gift just wasn't working for us. The blocks were always scattered around the apartment and besides a few failed attempts to use the wagon as a riding toy we really didn't know what to do with it.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Restaurant Discounts

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Workspace of the Week: Contained collections

This week’s Workspace of the Week is BirdDog10′s “lab”: I like this week’s selection because it reminds me of many workspaces I’ve seen in homes over the years. They’re not spartan, but they’re very good at containing the items the owner has chosen to keep.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Too Much Work and Portfolios

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at having too much work and bulking up your portfolio. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

*bling* Coat Rack for Girls

Materials: Billy Extra Shelf, Satta Knobs Description: We just moved and one thing I wanted was a coat rack for my two little girls. I couldn't find one that I liked and was within our price range. So I decided to make one myself. I took an old extra Billy shelf and got Satta knobs. I drilled holes into the board to put on the knobs.

Ask the Readers: How Much Money Do You Need Before You Have Kids?

For the most part, this site reflects my values and my experiences. That’s natural. One of the first rules of writing is to “write what you know”.

3 Paths to Self-Improvement

Self-improvement, or personal development, is a topic I think about a lot. And not just because I blog about it, but because I have always wanted to become more than I am. As an idealistic teenager, I taught myself Esperanto and read large swathes of the Great Books. As a devout youth, I copied out practically the whole Bible by hand, with my reflections, into a series of notebooks.

A Grip Like a Vice: Grip Strength Training Tips

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jedd Johnson. In this day and age, we all know (or should know) how important it is to maintain a healthy level of physical fitness in order to live a good quality life, maintain our cardiovascular system, and keep our bodies strong in order to thrive into our later years.