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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

Upholstered Malm Console Table

Materials: Malm Console Table, staple gun, 4 yards of fabric, fabric glue, tack strip Description: Cut fabric in half length-wise (so it is half of the 54-inch wide fabric). 27-inches perfectly covers the top and sides of the Malm table. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Chores, Allowance, and “Above and Beyond” Tasks

I’m often asked about our allowance and chore policies for our children. Recently, some snow on our driveway made us carefully think about these policies and decide exactly how we wanted to handle them. About two weeks ago, we had a snowstorm that covered our driveway with about two inches of snow.

Five Easiest Ways to Save Money

This post is by staff writer Sarah Gilbert. This is America Saves Week, and I am writing to you sitting next to a jar. This jar is stuffed full (okay, imagine it gently filled — it’s a small jar) of five dollar bills.

10 Evergreen Strategies To Boost Your Freelance Writing Career

Are you a freelance writer? Then you’re very important in today’s web marketing. Every business that’s done online revolves around content marketing. In fact, the web is powered mostly by written words. Your ability to combine common words into concise sentences could lead to income opportunities for you. But writing in itself cannot make you money as such.

NYTTJA on a rope

Materials: 3 Nyttja, jute rope, shoot machine stitches,drill Description: I love the orange and finally I found this color! I used 3 frames, about 3 feet of rope. Make 4 holes be drilled to the same height on both sides (you can also use horizontally is also nice). Place the rope and secure it with the shot points, add on top with a knot. Simple!! ~ mcm, Italy

How to Turn Your Ideas into Life Changing Actions

If you’re like me (and most people on the planet), you have plenty of ideas that could potentially change your life dramatically. Perhaps you’re thinking about losing weight, or starting your own business, or writing a novel: you might even have several great ideas jostling around in your head.The problem comes, though, in the gap between idea and action.

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood, Right Now

We all feel a bit down at times. Perhaps you’ve had a stressful day at work, or you’re juggling a lot of different tasks at home.

99% Music Mix - Make Your Own Luck

Need to get into a work groove? Our latest 99% productivity mix creates a cocoon of focus with a steady 4/4 beat.

Lagra & Sugru

Materials: Lagra Lamp, Sugru, SatNav stand Description: I have put together with black Sugru, a piece of the Ikea lamp Lagra and a satellite navigation stand that I didn't use anymore. And now I can stick the lamp on mirrors, glass, tiles, tables.... and it is directionable! :) Click to read the rest of the post >>

9 Ways to Overcome Negative Emotions

Photo by MAJ Aaron Haney By TSN Contributor Daniel Wong “All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke My teenage years were difficult ones because I got bullied all the time. The bullies called me names. They made fun of me. They spread rumors about me.

Expedit in boys room gets country look

Materials: Expedit, wood boards, driftwood stain. Description: We have Cowboy/country theme in our children's bedroom. Now the rest of the room has been updated. We have Expedit shelves, and placed boards around. I stained it with driftwood colour. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Don’t Tolerate These Four Fees (50/365)

One of the surest signs that it’s time to switch to a new bank comes when you examine your monthly statement and see a lot of unnecessary fees. About a decade and a half ago, I was a customer of a large bank chain (Firstar) that was later swallowed up by an even larger bank chain (US Bank).

The Finalists for the Art of Manliness Manvotionals Recitation Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!

So we’ve finished watching all the entries to the Manvotionals Recitation Contest, and had such a good time doing it. Thank you to everyone who entered! As it always is with these contests, picking the five finalists was like choosing our favorite children.

How NOT to Write a Headline for Your Press Release

Do you have to write a press release? It’s not as easy as you think. Writing headlines for anything—be it a press release or a story—is one of the hardest things to do. The thing with a headline is that you have to create something that signifies what you are writing about while being clever, concise, and exciting.

DRÄLLA lamellar armour

Materials: DRÄLLA cutting boards, GUNSTIG apron Description: I made a brigantine style lamellar armour based on armour type "n° 17" excavated from the site of the battle of Visby. The DRÄLLA cutting boards were cut with heavy duty scissors and the holes were made with a drill.