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By Mark Shead

Bonus cutlery light

Materials: Bonus and perforated steel tape Description: I made holes in the Bonus cutlery and hung them in a frame of perforated steel tape and installed electric. ~ Peter Van Zoetendaal, Netherlands

Out With The Old, In With The New: Calculate Your Money Change

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 29.

5 Questions To Help You Make Effective New Year's Resolutions.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day -- or List Day, or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: Five questions to help you make effective New Year's resolutions. Forty-four percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and I know I always do.

6 Tips To Looking Better In Photos, Even If You Have A Face For Radio

Do you avoid the camera like some celebrities dodge the paparazzi? Are you about as photogenic as a plate full of Brussels Sprouts? Is the thought of sending out a Holiday Greeting Photo Card about as appealing as burying yourself naked in a pile full of dirty snow? If so, don’t despair.

Eiffel lamp

Materials: Hyllis and perforated steel tape Description: I used the 4 legs of HYLLIS in combination with screws, nuts and perforated steel tape like meccano for creating a floor lamp. ~ Peter Van Zoetendaal, Netherlands

Unitasker Wednesday: The Flour Wand

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I’ve recently been looking for a magic wand to handle all those pesky tasks I don’t enjoy doing — laundry, scrubbing toilets, changing dirty diapers.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Creating a plan to achieve your 2010 resolutionsNow that you have brainstormed resolutions for 2010, it’s time to formulate your plan for achieving these resolutions in the new year.

How to Turn Up The Heat On Your Hot Button

Have you ever shaken hands with someone and their handshake resembled the very nature of a cold fish? Lifeless. Powerless. Unimpressive. Well the life at the end of that cold fish handshake is probably cold as well.But I have great news for you. We weren’t born to be cold. We were born to be molten hot.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Years Resolutions Edition

Over the past week, I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about the art of the successful New Year’s resolution. I thought I’d share some of the best with you this week. What to Do When Your Fire Runs Out I wrote this article for OPEN Forum as a look at how to handle any life situation where your fire to move forward is gone.

Books for Freelance Mobile Application Developers

Credit: Johan Larsson/Flickr Developing applications, especially for mobile devices, is hot right now: there are tons of companies that want to create an app that’s usable on the iPhone or another mobile platform. But it’s a specialized area of development and you may need some resources to make sure that you’re able to give your clients exactly what they want.

Upholstered Ikea Besta

Materials: Besta, hammer, upholstery nails, pen, ruler, paper Description: We used Besta cabinets for this project. 1. Cut a piece of paper in a pattern that you like and trace it on the doors. 2. I then marked, with a pencil, where I wanted the nails to be. 3. Hammer down an upholstery nail on each marking 4. Enjoy!

Pet Insurance: Is It Worth the Cost?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. My cat, Monster, died two weeks ago after a struggle with cancer. Monster followed me home one day when I was 17; he was with me through every heartbreak, every move, job, boyfriend, and roommate.

5 Smart Nutrition Tips To Deal With Holiday Excess

It’s the HOLIDAYS! Isn’t it just brilliant?! If you’re anything like me then you’re rapt that finally, you have time away from your normal routine and the chance to engage with family and friends.


Because of the blizzard that hit New York City, we ended up staying an extra day in Kansas City (and were extremely lucky to get tickets with such a short delay). The city is digging out from the snow, and I'm digging out from the backlog on my desk. I'm running late!

Being Present

Note: This article was extracted from the daily emails. By Tina Su Monday, last week was a crazy ride of a day. First, it was my son’s one year old birthday, and we were planning a big party – 24 adults and 8 babies.