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By Mark Shead

Out With The Old, In With The New: Turn Off the Distractions for a Day

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. 25. Turn off the distractions for a day. It’s Christmas day.

How to Make People Love You When You’re Not Around – Be A VIP!

What do people say about you when you’re not around? A couple of years ago, when I first started blogging, I met this guy, David Fowler. He had started a parenting blog shortly after I did and we struck up a friendship. He’s a talented writer with a razor-sharp wit.

Merry Christmas from The Simple Dollar

Here’s hoping that your Christmas is a great one. Kick back, recharge with your family and loved ones, and enjoy the holiday season.

Happy Holidays from Envato!

I hope you all have an amazing time with family and friends this holiday season. 2010 was truly an incredible year full of all sorts of growth and learning… and from the way things are lookin’, 2011 is gonna be even better! Thank you for reading FreelanceSwitch and being a part of our community.


(Photo: Garland Cannon) It was just past 5pm EST in Manhattan, and I’d been on pins and needles all day. The report was coming in any minute. All attempts to nap earlier, despite two hours of sleep, had failed.

IkeaPad stand

Before I dive into the hack, I wanted to take this chance to wish you all a very merry Christmas. I won't be posting any hacks over the weekend, as I will be busy stuffing my face and opening presents. Hope you will be getting some great gifts too. Should you receive one off Steve Jobs' production line, you may want to hack this stand for it and save a bundle.

Vintage lamp base hack

Materials: Lyster candle dish, Tallvik table lamp, Florera candle dish Description: It took quite a bit of work to get the look I wanted and I'd like to share it with the Ikeahacker world. I bought a vintage ceramic lamp and was determined to replace the brass hardware with brushed stainless steel or nickel to blend into my decor (I have no brass by choice).

Out With The Old, In With The New: Give to a Charity

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. 24. Give to a charity. When you look at your own life, do you believe that you have all that you need and then some?

Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously (It’s Making You Miserable!)

Imagine that you’re dead. There you are, in the coffin, or in an urn, your body reduced to a husk of meant-to-be’s. Everything you hoped and dreamed, all gone. Over. Pretty grim, eh? Now think about how you spent your time on Earth. Did you live life to its fullest or did you die before you really had a chance to live? Many of us die before we’re ready.

Happy holidays from Unclutterer!

Like a good chunk of the western world, Unclutterer’s offices are closed today and tomorrow. We wish everyone who celebrates Christmas a merry one, and the rest of you we wish a joyful couple days off from work! Don’t forget, you can always jump into the Forums and join the conversation there. We’ll return after the holiday to share more Uncluttering insights. Like this site?

FIGGJO starburst clock

Materials: Figgjo mirror Description: Needed a "different" wall clock for my granddaughter's first apartment, but everything at IKEA was ho-hum.  My wife spotted the Figgjo mirror and suggested making it into a clock.  Genius! A glass shop drilled the hole and I simply added a quartz movement - done. Figgjo - $20.  Hole - $10.  Movement - $4 Not bad. ~ David

2011 Resolution #1: Get Fit

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. As many of you remember, I set a weight loss goal for 2010 that I exactly halfway achieved.

Business Card Tricks to Delight and Annoy Clients

Remember when you were a kid and your Uncle kept making a quarter disappear and then he pulled it out of your ear?

Fiction Or Nonfiction: Who Cares?

The world of books, it seems, is divided at the top into two categories, fiction and nonfictionBut, as both a reader and an author, I don’t experience books that way and I don’t separate what I desire to write that way.I do, however, have my own divide.

New-ish dining room table

Materials: Capita Description: Finally got around to "remaking" the dining room table. The top is from the old table...the cart was bought on Craigslist. The Capita braces are from IKEA. Here is the link to the project. ~ Wan Chi Lau