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By Mark Shead

Frugality Advice from Millionaires

This is a guest post from Jaime Tardy of Eventual Millionaire. After paying off $70,000 and quitting a six-figure job, Jaime became a business coach. She also interviews millionaires every week for tips and advice.

Frame your earrings

Materials: Ribba picture frame Description: Do you want to find easily all your earrings? This is what I got from my mom, with the help of my father. You need to: 1. Buy a Ribba picture frame and some rounded iron sticks. 2. Remove the glass and the back of the frame. 3. Create some holes inside the frame as big as the sticks. 4. Measure the length of the frame and cut the sticks. 5.

The Top 10 Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been used for hundreds of years by individuals seeking inner peace, enlightenment and a break from the everyday stressers of life. The practice is thought to benefit the mind, body and spirit in a multitude of ways.

Beginner’s Guide to Long Distance Running

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matt Frazier. For the past few decades, running hasn’t seemed so cool. For most guys, the thought of running–not for another sport or because you’re being chased, but for its own sake–conjures up images of high school gym class. Or maybe a skinny guy in short shorts. But that’s all changing.

Starry LAIVA TV Stand

Materials: LAIVA TV Stand, Spray paint in 100% Cyan and 100% Yellow, Newsprint paper, Martha Stewart hole puncher, Painter's tape, Drop cloth Description: 1. Place LAIVA TV stand over the drop cloth and spray paint the entire item with the 100% Cyan. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Keep Track of Your Progress (8/365)

One of the best personal finance tasks I ever took on was building a personal net worth calculator. It was a simple little thing (in fact, I wrote a tutorial on how to build one in any spreadsheet program you have, very little knowledge required).

Clearing Your Life for a New Year

Post written by Leo Babauta. Every January, people rush out and get a gym membership, set a list of goals or resolutions, and get ready to take on a new year of frenetic activity. Unfortunately, we don’t often clear space to make room for all this new stuff. The beginning of the year is a great time for renewal of energy and taking on the things we’ve always wanted to tackle — cl

Trofast Drawer for Lack Coffee Table

Materials: Lack Coffee Table, Trofast Drawer, Strecket Rails Description: My husband and I recently replaced an old, tiny sofa with the Ikea Karlstad corner sofa. It's huge. So huge, that we realized there was a hidden cost: We had to replace our old coffee table as well. For flexibility's sake, we decided to get two of the ~30" square tables.

Mirror with building blocks decoration

Materials: Malma mirror, building blocks, glue Description: This is a very simple hack. We have two little children, so we've many building blocks toys. Put in the Malma mirror the blocks and when you are content glue them. ~ Vintage Bazaar.hu Neuvirth Judit, Hungary, Budapest

Ways to Engage Your Clients

We’ve been talking a lot about engagement lately, so when I saw this post on Mashable about 10 easy customer engagement ideas I was intrigued. Engagement with your clients doesn’t happen overnight or all at once. It is something that needs to be worked on consistently over time.

What an Ethan Hawke Movie Reminded Me About Happiness.

Assay: It has been years since I saw the movie Before Sunrise, but I often find myself thinking about a snippet of conversation from the movie. I finally went back to look up the exact words. The movie is about two twenty-somethings (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) who meet on a train in Europe and the one night they spend hanging out together.

Hoarding as art, in miniature

St. Louis-based artist Carrie Becker made internet fame last week when images of her hoarding-project in miniature “Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse” started being circulated on MetaFilter. The following image is one of Becker’s photographs of the home’s Laundry Room.

Neon Lace Billy Bookshelf

Materials: Billy Bookshelf, Lace Material, Spray paint in 100% Yellow and 100% Magenta, Painter's Tape, Newsprint paper, Drop Cloth Description: 1. Cover the front facing side of the bookshelf with newsprint paper and painter's tape. 2. Lay the bookshelf on it's side over a drop cloth. 3. Cover the side of the bookshelf with lace material. 4.

Are You Using Gmail to Your Best Advantage as a Freelancer?

Many freelancers use Gmail but have you considered sprucing up your settings so that each email looks more professional? Wouldn’t you prefer to have your customers and clients receive emails from your name @ your domain name dot com instead?

Reader Mailbag: Winter Wonderland?

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. Trading cars before a move 2. Handling an old retirement account 3. State income tax after leaving 4. Student loan repayment plan 5. Unexpected job offer 6. Job change and unfinished mortgage 7. Reconnecting 8.