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Quick and Dirty Vacation Planning

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. As I write this, I’m in New York City on a trip I spent about two hours planning. Normally, I like to do my research.

Are Your Systems Letting You Down?

You always lose your keys. You rarely get any exercise. There never seem to be any clean mugs. You keep forgetting to put that letter in the mailbox.

Who Do You Want To Be? Create A Character Study For Your Ideal Self

“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.” ~Cary Grant Who do you want to be? I’m not asking who you are now or what kind of life you want to have, but what kind of person do you want to be? One of my favorite literary characters of all time is Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird.

The 4-Hour Body – Sample Chapter and Full Table of Contents

A taste of things to come… (Photo: Blackbox Cases) I’m excited to present the full table of contents from The 4-Hour Body, as well as the first chapter. Enjoy! … Table of Contents Sample Chapter Table of Contents Start Here Thinner, Bigger, Faster, Stronger?

10 Holiday Date Ideas

Not to toot my own horn, but I think I’m pretty good at a lot of relationship stuff. According to Kate, I’m very supportive, respectful, and trustworthy, am able to be the rock in a crisis, and have achieved the tricky balance between being nice and being a wiener.  But, as Kate can also attest, I struggle with a few things, and one of them is being romantic.

Love Your Credit Card? Vote for It!

In July, I asked Get Rich Slowly readers to share which credit cards they use and why. I promised to compile the over 200 responses to see if there are any patterns from you money-savvy folks. I still haven’t made time to do so. (Even though it stays at the top of my list every week.) In the interim, the folks over at Card Ratings dropped a line to say they’re doing something similar.

Love Notes XOXO Chalkboard Cookbook Cabinet Organizer

Materials: Ikea Grevback shoe shelf, chalkboard spraypaint, heart knobs, rhinestone letters Description: The Grevback shoe holder from Ikea was nice, but I have way more shoes than this cabinet can hold. I decided to make a cookbook holder instead for the kitchen, modeled after this $124.77 one I saw on a different website.

Creating Perfect Solitude for Creative Focus

"Alone time" unlocks our creativity. Five simple steps for carving out the headspace to focus and do your best work.

Explore the "Prompts" at Reverb 10 -- and Identify a Prompt for Yourself.

Last week’s suggested resolution was to Choose one word to set the tone for next year. If you’re intrigued with this approach, check out the fabulous site of Reverb 10 – the annual initiative to inspire people to reflect on the past year, and to decide how to approach the next year. You can follow along, or you can sign up to join officially.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Debt Repayment Plan

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. 6. Create a debt repayment plan. Yesterday, we talked about the usefulness of cleaning up your debts.

Customised Kritter Table

Materials: 1 x Kritter table, oilcloth (or fabric + pvc table liner) and staple gun Description: For my niece's 2nd birthday, I customised a Kritter table by stapling fabric and pvc table liner to the top. This could also be done with oilcloth.

Why You Should Play Hooky (And How to Keep From Getting Caught!)

Hooky Verb1.play hooky – play truant from work or school; “The boy often plays hooky”  source: The Free Dictionary Ferris Bueller was right, we all need a break every now and then. Whether we’re catching up on needed rest, recharging our batteries with some alone time, or sneaking off to enjoy a Bueller-ish day of fun-filled activities, sometimes we’ve gotta blow

Unexpected advent calendar

Materials: Expedit, Kraft paper, Scotch tape, red paper Description: This is an advent calendar unexpected (25 days) we did in our agency for our audience/clients. Find below the instructions to make it.

On the Forums: signed books, unflattering vs. frugality, and the minimum number of condiments

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Minimum Condiments List? What to do with Signed, Personalized Books Uncluttering vs. Frugality Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Reader Mailbag: Charity

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. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus organics 7. Which debt first? 8.