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By Trent Hamm

Ikea Brada iPad stand

Materials: BRADA Description: An iPad stand hacked from the Brada is featured on Pappasappar.se. This improves on the one Ikeahackers featured previously, with a cut-out notch for the charging dock and dampers to keep the iPad firmly in place. See more of the Brada iPad stand. (View the site in Google translated English) ~ Pappa Daniel, Sweden

Getting Ready for Next Year–Now

While the end of the year is likely not in the minds of many, it’s closer than you may think. So before the ball drops and that tax deadline gets even closer, it’s a good time to think about the many things you can do to prepare for the end of the year–and the promising year ahead. Here are 4 tips to get you started. 1.

Lack coffee table makeover with wallpaper

Materials: Lack coffee table, wallpaper, scissors, decoupage glue, brush Description: On my Lack coffee table from IKEA stains had come by drinks and coffee, which I couldn't clean anymore. Therefore I provided it with another layer. I cut the wallpaper first to size. Then coated decoupage glue to the table. Press the wallpaper firmly to the table, particularly the edges.

Lovely lace jewelry holder

Materials: IKEA SÖNDRUM 26x35 cm frame, IKEA ALVINE SPETS curtain, liquid starch, pliers, scissors Description: It's a lovely variation of the picture frame style - earring holders. First of all I pulled the frame to pieces, as I only needed the frame. I pulled out the small metal items with pliers and I cut out a large piece of a curtain.

Think Different: Teaching Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

This article is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. I remember when my parents gave me a raise in my allowance. I was seven and I went from $2 a week to $5 a week because I started doing my own laundry and washing my own dishes. I was so excited to be a model employee.

How to Stay Motivated on Big Projects

When you’re working on something big, you often start off with great intentions … only to find your motivation gradually slipping away. Whether you’re studying for a qualification, tackling a mammoth project at work, or writing a book in your spare time, you’re only going to succeed if you can stay motivated.

Venturing Beyond the Playpen: How to Take a Baby Camping

The very idea of camping with infants causes the shivers in some parents, mostly those who have been taught that babies are fragile creatures who are not adaptable to any environment except a sterilized one.

What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While.

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while. I’ve been surprised how often this “secret” comes in handy. Exercising -- I have a friend who thinks she’s a regular exerciser because every several weeks, she goes to the gym for two hours.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Going Below Speed Limit

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Noresund bed goes modern

Materials: Noresund bed, iron saw, fabric for cover Description: My Noresund bed was a little too romantic for me, so I decided to make it more modern. 1. Saw extra pieces away. That was hard! It took me about 3-4 hours, I wish I had had some powertools... 2. A lot of measuring and then cutting the fabric 3.

"Rustic" Lazy Susan

Materials: Snudda lazy susan, stain, permanent marker, paint Description: I started out with the shiny, birch Snudda lazy susan that was around $7 at Ikea. After sanding off the clear coat, I stained it a dark color using Ebony Minwax. This gave the item a rustic, multi-toned effect. I then used the silhouette of a tree and outlined it with a permanent marker.

Why Temporary Defeat Is Not Permanent Failure

Life has taught me this one thing – that just because you lose today, it doesn’t mean that you’re destined to lose tomorrow.

Billy Standing Desk

Materials: Ikea Materials (all wood products in black-brown): 2 - Billy bookcase (41 3/4" x 15 3/4" x 11") 1 - Vika Amon Table Top (47 1/4" x 23 5/8") 2 - Ekby Jarpen Shelf (1 - 31 1/8" x 7 1/2"; 1 - 46 7/8" x 11") 1 - 8" Capita Brackets 29" Franklin Barstool Other Materials: 4 - L-brackets 16 - 1" wood screws 6 - 1/4 bolts, washers and nuts 25' Roll 3/4" Black Melamine tape Description: I l

30 Top Facebook Apps for Business

Facebook is a good place to communicate with friends and get new job offers. Freelancers should not miss an employment opportunity on Facebook. The social network app section is a real treasure box with multiple handy applications.

Reader Mailbag: Clock Confusion

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. The price of tea 2. Preemptive computer replacement 3. Retirement account confusion 4. Secret Santa thoughts 5. Infrared heaters 6. Investing in I-bonds 7. Children and television 8.