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Happiness Project

By Gretchen Rubin

More kitchen drawers!

Materials: Rationell Variera, Wood sticks, glue gun Description: Since my knife drawer was such a sucess... I decided to complete my custom Ikea kitchen drawers to include a silverware and cooking utensil drawer! Just sketch on paper, ask your local home-store to cut pieces of wood to size, take them home and glue them on! More photos on my blog post. ~ Laura Pazzaglia, Anzio, Italy

Musings on children’s birthday parties

Next week is my son’s first birthday. To celebrate this event, I’m making him a Dinosaur Train cake and some homemade orange popsicle flavored ice cream, both treats my husband and I plan to consume in significantly larger quantities than what my son will.

Reader Mailbag: Rain

What’s inside? Here are summaries of the included questions in five words or less. 1. Downgrading a car for e-fund 2. Handling an increase in income 3. Dealing with financially unsound parents 4. Starting out with a Roth IRA 5. Quicken or GnuCash? 6. Preparing for a second baby 7. Buy CD or pay debt? 8. Minimizing impact of car payment 9. Getting a detailed insurance policy 10.

5 Reasons You May Not Be Ready to Student Freelance

Debating on whether or not you should venture into the world of freelancing while going to school? Wondering if you have what it takes to make it as a student freelancer? Well, below are five reasons why you may not be ready to start that venture after all.

7 Pieces of Wisdom from Socrates

Socrates is considered one of the chief founders of Western philosophy. We know Socrates primarily from the accounts of other writers: from his student, Plato, from Xenophon, the historian, as well as from the plays of Aristophanes.Through Plato’s writing (primarily) we’ve come to comprehend the depth of Socrates’ wisdom.

Organized Jewelry

Materials: Inreda DVD holder, Ice cube trays Description: More of a repurpose than a hack.. ~ Laura Pazzaglia, Anzio, Italy

The Papervore Coffee Table

I fell in love with the Papervore Coffee Table by Pigeontail Design the moment I spotted it on Design*Sponge last week. I’m now plotting “accidents” my current coffee table could suffer so I can replace it with this: Simple, modern, multipurpose design — the Papervore Coffee Table makes my heart go pitter patter.

Ask the Readers: Methods for Effective Money Management?

On Monday I confessed that since I stopped tracking my spending, I’ve actually had some trouble paying my bills. It’s not that I don’t have the money — I have plenty! — but that I no longer have a system in place to remind myself to take care of routine financial tasks.

Change Takes Passion

‘Intensity’ courtesy of of Julie Pflanzer/FineArtAmerica It’s not enough to desire to change. Even shutting your eyes, gritting your teeth and repeating “I will change, I WILL change, I WILL CHANGE” won’t do the trick. Some people say “just make a decision” to change.

Boxing Basics-Part I: How to Wrap Your Hands

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who will be doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. Thanks Chad! Boxing has been around for thousands of years in some form or another.

Upside down Billy bookcase

Materials: Billy Bookcase Description: I needed storage on my very deep, very large fireplace. I took a half height billy bookcase flipped it upside down and attached basic crown molding to the top. I know it's nothing spectacular but it works well for us. ~ Ashli M, Vancouver, BC

The 10 Best Web Apps for Freelancers

Web based applications are overflowing the internet these days, but to short down the humongous list of several thousands – I thought it would be best to showcase 10 of the Best Web Based applications a freelancer needs. These are all great apps, some might work for you, some might not. It all depends on who you ask, me for one, have found these to be the best for what I need.

Buying Things You Wish You Had Time For

Not too long ago, I traded in my Nintendo DS and the games I had accumulated for it for a Playstation 3 and a handful of used games. I did this for two reasons, mostly. One, I don’t play the DS much at all since I’m not traveling (when I am out and about, I usually use my iPod Touch).

Bathroom to Computer room using Kitchen Cupboards

Materials: Adel (cabinets) and Lagan (countertops) Description: Our computer room started it's life as a first floor powder room. We used an Ikea upper corner cabinet for a lower cabinet because we didn't have room for the depth of a lower cabinet. We used Ikea uppers for the two upper cabinets with adel glass panel doors.

10 Extremely Simple Tips To Eliminate Stress in Your Day.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Ten extremely simple and easy tips to take stress out of your day. When I was little, I was always puzzled by the maxim, "A stitch in time saves nine." I couldn't figure out what that meant. Finally, light dawned: a single stitch, made in good time, saves the trouble of making nine stitches later.