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By The FLS Team

Spring forward and tackle a few quick chores

In the wee early hours of this coming Sunday morning, most of the US will spring forward an hour to begin Daylight Savings Time. This change in the clock is also a great time to take on a few quick spring chores. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. In addition to replacing their batteries and testing their alarms, be sure to also check the units’ expiration dates.

Vanity/Dressing Table

Materials: 2 Ekby Jarpen wall shelves w/ brackets, 3 Branas baskets, and 1 Ingolf stool Description: We mounted the 2 Ekby Jarpen wall shelves just far enough apart so that the 3 Branas baskets could move in an out freely and that was all. Mounted a mirror over them and made a cushion for the Ingolf stool...

7 Steps to Learning Freelance Web Development

So you want to become a freelance web developer. Maybe you’re already a front-end developer and want to dig deeper into web applications, or maybe you’re a copy wiz and are eyeing the countless developer positions out there. Either way, it’s an entirely new skill you’ll be picking up.

Reader Mailbag: Paper Search

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. Refinancing into extremely low ARM 2. Over the Roth cap 3. Dealing with well-meaning family 4. Value of supporting local businesses 5. Walking away from great employer 6. Investing fluctuating income 7.

Freelance Freedom #248: Memory Memories

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

A pair of Norbo drop-leaf tables become an art table and a dinner table for toddlers

Materials: Norbo wall-mounted drop-leaf table Description: Not much explanation needed here. We have two toddlers in a small place and a bar/counter that wasn't getting much use. So we grabbed a couple of Norbo drop-leaf table ($30 each) and hung them under the counter at the lowest possible height.

Class Consciousness and Social Mobility

Kris and I have returned from three weeks traveling in Argentina and Chile with a group from our university alumni association. My favorite parts of these trips are when we get to interact with the locals, not just because I can use my Spanish, but also because it’s a chance to see how they live their lives. I did get to do some of that on this trip, but not as much as I would have liked.

How to Let Your Emotions Guide You to Happiness

For some, we find ourselves in certain situations where our emotions take over. Many people believe that nothing that can be done about it. Often, they just let their emotions run its course, leaving it at that. But there is more to your emotions than just feelings that need to be released. An emotion is an instinctive response to your circumstance and an illustration of your feelings.

How to Ignite Personal Change

Photo by Vanessa Paxton By Kayla Albert “The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” ~James Allen The first step to create personal change is to recognize the reoccurring patterns in our life that no longer serve us.

On The Road: How To Produce Great Work While Traveling The World

"Travel more" is on almost everyone's bucket list. So why don't we act on it? Three veteran world travelers tell us how to take the plunge & still produce great work.

Stamped Ikea chair

Materials: Ikea Poang chair, handcarved stamps, textile paint Description: I carved some cloudstamps and decorated my white Poang chair with it. ~ Judith Tops, The Netherlands

Utensil holder becomes exterior light

Materials: Ikea Ordning metal utensil holder, spray paint, jb weld, tin snips, jelly jar light kit from big box store Description: We are doing a huge remodel and I had been sent to pick exterior lights numerous times. I just could not justify the price for just kind of liking them... This whole thing cost me less than $30 for 2!!!

Start Saving for College as Early as Possible (63/365)

Let’s say you have a child today. You’re estimating that their college education will cost $25K a year, so that child is going to need $100K in eighteen years in order to pay for college.

Deluxe Gorm Pedalboard

Materials: Gorm shelf, Dioder LED bar Description: This might seem a little decadent, but aside from its practical use it is excellent musicians living room decoration. All in all I have three "Gorm Boards", all made from the same Ikea product: the Gorm shelf.

Leaf-shaped Place Mats for round Dining Table

Materials: 6 PANNA Place Mats, DRALLA Chopping Mats (set of 2), Xacto Knife Description: Most place mats are rectangular or round, and therefore don't go well with round dining table. The former simply have the wrong shape, while the latter tend to be too big. A few years ago, I brought a two leaf shaped felt mats and 6 matching felt coasters from Germany.