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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Hit Thrift Shops and Secondhand Shops in Upscale Neighborhoods (86/365)

One of my best resources for finding new clothes comes from going to the nicest neighborhoods in a metro area (in my case, usually Des Moines) and finding the nearest Goodwill or other secondhand clothing shop. That’s where I begin almost all of my clothes shopping. Why do it this way?

LACK Shoe Unit

Materials: LACK TV Unit, brackets, screws, anchor bolts, buzz or jig saw Description: I had two black LACK TV units in my living room for a couple of years, when I decided to go for a completely new media rack.

Contingency planning for botched work days and deadlines

Anyone who has stepped foot in a corporate work environment in the past 10 years is familiar with the phrase contingency plan. It’s the piece of your project where you try to determine ahead of time what you and/or your team will do when things go wrong. What will you do if a vendor doesn’t provide the quality of product you expected?

Everything but the kitchen sink desk

Materials: Vika Kaj adjustable legs, Ikea hollow core desktop Description: I moved in to an old storefront and I needed a kitchen sink counter surround fast and cheap. I ran out to Ikea just before closing to buy a counter top and when I got there I was told ikea had no counter tops left. A fire had destroyed a warehouse and there were none available for love or money.

Huge Expedit Wall

Materials: Expedit 4x4. Expedit 4x2, Expedit 5x5 (chopped up), you need normal assembly tools, a drill, hammer, circular saw and some guts Description: We decided on a big storage wall for our children's play-room (and guestroom). After putting two Expedits (4x4 and 4x2) on top of each other we still had a lot of "lost space" on top and on the sides of the case.

What You Should Know About the Facebook Pages Upgrade

It’s coming—the Facebook pages update. March 30th is almost here, and if you haven’t updated your page yet (like me) you’re in for some big changes. Mari Smith, a social media speaker and author, has a great marked up screen shot on her blog you should check out. I’ve complained about this upgrade before, and I’m still reluctant about it even though I have no choice.

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Successful Freelance Marketer

Freelance marketers have one of the best jobs on the planet. There’s a never-ending stream of exciting new projects to work on and clients to work with, and at the end of the day, your work is about helping business grow, which means a better livelihood for everyone involved.

The Vegetable Train: Six Ways We Save Money with Fresh Produce

For the last twenty months or so, I’ve been switching back and forth between a vegan and vegetarian diet for health reasons (also occasionally eating fish). Sarah has more or less adopted the same diet, although we do often make vegetarian and non-vegetarian variations of the same meal. The result of all this is produce – lots of produce.

Pricing Ecommerce Web Design Projects

 I would like an e-commerce site just like someothershop.com – how much would that cost me? It’s a common enough question, and one that always leads your average freelance web designer to take a deep breath and sigh ‘Well, let me see …’.

Ikea Skurar plant pots as lamp shades

Materials: 3 Skurar plant pots, old lamp, power drill Description: One day coming home I spotted a lamp next to garbage containers. I saw potential in it so I brought it home to see if it actually functioned. It did, so I started thinking what to do with it. The glass shades were broken and ugly so I needed to find something else to replace them.

What is a Roth IRA? A Short and Simple Guide

Note: This post is part of the Roth IRA Movement event organized by Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents. Today, dozens of financial bloggers are posting articles about Roth IRAs. This is mine. Most of us know we should save for retirement, but sometimes it’s tough to get started.

How to Lighten the Load and Cope With Stress

Where in your life is stress a noticeable concern? Maybe you get stressed out from work, family responsibilities, or financial concerns. Whatever leads to stress in your life, even with your best efforts to manage it, if you have too much going on it can catch up with you. When stress catches up... Read more at PickTheBrain.com

Photo Essay: The Straight Razor Shave

Here on AoM we’ve talked a lot about the glory of getting a straight razor shave at a barber shop. It’s the man equivalent of getting a facial at a spa. It’s a super relaxing ritual that involves a lot of hot towels and plenty of manly smelling shaving cream and face lotions to soften up the old beard.

NORDEN becames industrial bathroom

Materials: NORDEN side table Description: 1. Buy NORDEN IKEA side table Click to read the rest of the post >>

Focus on Clothes That Match Well (85/365)

The vast majority of my wardrobe is made up of items that simply go well together. I can grab almost any shirt and any pair of pants and they’ll simply work for a typical day. (That’s not to say I don’t have clothes for particularly nice occasions, of course, but we’re looking at typical days.) This isn’t just luck or happenstance.