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By Mark Shead

How to cover a brick glass wall with SNÖVITA gift wrap rolls

Materials: SNÖVITA gift wrap rolls, aluminium rolls, double-sided tape Description: I changed (temporary) apartment... and I had the problem to cover a brick glass wall which separates my little bedroom from another one. I didn't want to use paints or wallpaper but something smart and low cost. A friend gave me the idea to cover first the wall with aluminium rolls to block the light.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Little Changes Edition

Over the next week, I’m going to be making several tiny changes to the site. There’s a good chance you won’t notice them at all, but if you see something that looks completely wrong, don’t be afraid to let me know. Why the changes?

Useful Resources and Tips for Managing Your Virtual Staff

Credit: Eliffio on Flickr If you are a typical freelancer, you probably started your business as a one person show, working from home, and spending much of the first year performing every aspect of your operation.

Nine Lessons in Wealth-Building from The Millionaire Next Door

This is a guest post from 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. Want to become a millionaire? Then perhaps you should start by studying the behaviors of people who have done it.

How to Read More Books

Do you have shelves full of unread books? Does it seem like you never have the time – or the energy – to read? A lot of us want to read more – whether that’s for work, education or pleasure.

What's Your Back-Up Plan?

Do you backup your creative work in a haphazard manner? Crossing your fingers and hoping for the best? It's time to get smart about data redundancy, or pay the price.

Video: Self-knowledge -- Imitate a spiritual master.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Self-knowledge. Last week’s resolution was to Ask yourself: what did you do for fun when you were 10 years old? Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Does Home Photo Printing Really Save Money?

During the fall of 2010, I posted a series of articles on homemade Christmas gifts. Among these were personalized photo cards and stationery and photo cubes, both of which required a pretty solid supply of photographs. Thus, I had the opportunity to print off quite a few photos at home in order to make these projects happen.

The "Bed Above Your Head" Pot Rack

Materials: MELDAL DAYBED Description: This hack is so simple I am surprised I hadn't thought of it during the past 2 years I've been trying to store the IKEA MELDAL DAYBED in my tiny NYC apartment. The steps are as follows: 1- Disassemble bed 2- Using the back piece, CAREFULLY suspend it across your upper cabinetry.

In Praise of Thrift: An Old Idea for a New Economy

This is a guest post by Lori Blatzheim, a writer living in Chanhassen, Minnesota. For more information about National Thrift Week, visit NewThrift.org. If there was a coat of arms for my family, it would display a golden lion standing on his back legs on a field of dark olive green.

Eat Like Leo:The First Steps To A Healthier Diet

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jules Clancy of Stonesoup. Growing up on a sheep farm, eating meat was a big part of life. It was just what we did. The first time I heard about vegetarians, I struggled to understand why someone would be crazy enough to stop eating meat. So you can imagine how my first encounter with the concept of veganism left me more than perplexed. No cheese?

Happy Hour Hensvik

Materials: Hensvik Cabinet w/Shelf Unit and Hacksaw Description: I came across this shelf when looking for things for the baby's room. In the kids/babies department of Ikea was a treasure trove of undiscovered things that could be hacked for adults.

Craft the Life You Want: Creating a Blueprint for Your Future

The Wear the Pants™ Project Content Series is sponsored by Dockers. Win $100K to finally do what you love. Enter now.    What’s this? The craftsman is an archetype of manliness that has been with us for millenia. We admire his independence, his work ethic, and his unwavering sense of purpose.

The Power of Balanced Thinking

When I first started writing this article, it had a much more challenging title. I originally titled it The Power of Negative Thinking The problem with that title is that negative thinking, just like positive thinking, is unbalanced on its own. Let me explain what I mean. I’m a huge believer in using positive thinking as fuel in your own life.

Learning to Love (or Survive) Speaking Events

credit: Daniel E/Flickr Many freelancers enjoy the solitary aspect of their work style.  Working long stretches uninterrupted by co-workers, controlling when you’ll be called into a meeting, and donning your best-loved sweatshirts are all benefits of the lifestyle.  But that same solitary lifestyle can have some adverse affects.  With less reason to use them, many freelancers let their public