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Estate Planning Essentials: Preparing for the Unpleasantly Possible

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 also has a blog, Twittering thing, and other things that are supposed to be important but he often forgets about, such as hygiene.

13 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes That Transformed My Life

It was well over a decade ago, and a time in my life where I desperately wanted to discover the very purpose I had been planted on planet earth. I knew that I had something of significance to offer others, but yet didn’t know what it was.I had an inkling that it had something to do with my natural ability to create words.

Dressing and Style Tips for the Working Man

The term “blue collar” has its origins in the blue colored shirts of the working class. Unlike “gentlemen” who wore white shirts, the blue collared man labored with his hands and didn’t wear white cuffs or collars as they were impractical.

Renting a House as a Vacation Option

Last week, my wife and family and I departed for the Seattle/Tacoma area in order to be present for the wedding of my wife’s younger sister. While we were in the area, we did some wedding setup, but we also visited a lot of sights in the area, including Mount Rainier, Olympia National Forest, and a day trip out to the coast to the ocean. Naturally, such a trip is an expensive proposition.

Drift Wood Mirror

Materials: Ikea KOLJA mirror, drift wood, 1/4" thick plywood, jig saw, construction adhesive glue, glue gun, nail gun and nails*optional Description: I found an amazing mirror that I was lusting for in the Domino book, but after a long time of searching I found it too pricey so I decided to make one myself!

Anything You Want – Book Review

Anything You Want is a short book by Derek Sivers.  Derek started CD Baby and eventually sold it to Disc Makers.

The Buddhist Kitchen

Materials: Akurum/Ramsjo Kitchen Description: Because of it popularity and affordability IKEA kitchens are everywhere and, frankly, one can recognize it right away. In this kitchen we decided to make it unrecognizable by adding bamboo counters and non-IKEA handles. Then we pained wall into non-traditional "fun" colors and added spots of red everywhere!

BILLY Bookcase overhead

Materials: BILLY Bookcase, BILLY extent units, saw, drill, ruler, level Description: Afterwards we decide to installed a BILLY in a dead space in the rooms lobby; we bought a BILLY bookcase (200 cm x 80 cm x 28 cm) and 2 extended units, but the bookcase was 4 cm larger and 1,5 cm deeper that the space available to put it on; so the skillful husband cut the extra cm of the all bookcase, turned

Turning the Corner with a Side Business

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

Make Something By Hand.

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 Creativity, and last week’s resolution was to Take time for projects. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Clutter and Newton’s First Law of Motion

When uncluttering your home and office, chances are you’ll come across many objects you’ve thought about getting rid of dozens (maybe hundreds) of times, but never did. For example, I’m allergic to Neosporin, yet I found six tubes of it when we were packing up for our move.

David Blair: Soul Embodied, Gone Too Soon

My good freind, Erik Proulx, is on a mission to tell stories on film about people and places coming back from the brink.

BJURSTA cabinet with cutlery drawer

Materials: BJURSTA Cabinet, saw, drill, ruler, level Description: The customized closet is not the first IKEA hack made in our home, the first hack was a BJURSTA cabinet that we reduced the feet so it look more proportional and installed dividers for cutlery and the drawer was reinforced to withstand the weight of the silverware. ~ Marcia Silva, Lisbon, Portugal

The Financial Cost of Obesity

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Weight and finances have been discussed at length on personal finance blogs, but mostly the similarities between money and weight management.

Increase Productivity, Escape to a Quiet Place

Credit: elenathewise on Photodune Freelancing, by definition, is a solitary existence. You probably sit at a computer most of the day, writing, designing, drawing, networking, and have little face to face interaction with peers who work in your industry. I don’t know how you write, but I need it to be quiet to be productive. Deathly quiet.