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By Trent Hamm

Review: The Power of Full Engagement

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. As many long-time readers of The Simple Dollar know, I’m quite focused on time management practices.

Inverted SEPTIM

Materials: SEPTIM pendant light, lamp shade of your choice, pliers, small saw, 3-prong plug Description: When you move so much, you tend to acquire a lot of IKEA stuff. Although most if it can easily be integrated into the new space due to the adaptive nature of their design, some have no place to go.

Ombre Expedit

Materials: Expedit TV Storage Unit and 5 Lekman Boxes Description: In addition to the IKEA items, I used the following: -5 pieces of plywood cut to 13" x 13" squares -5 inexpensive wooden drawer knobs (purchased on ebay for about $0.50 each) -5 small cans of wood stain in varying shades -1 can of varnish to seal the stain - several tubes of heavy duty expoxy Required tools (bey

Savings Account as Investment

Quite often, I’ll get emails from readers saying that they’re looking to invest their money and that the money they want to invest is currently sitting in a savings account.

Linkswitch #93, Productivity Apps, Simplifying, Content Cycles

Every other week we roundup some of the highest quality articles and resources that benefit freelancers from across the web. We present these articles here on various helpful topics.

"We Are Never So Much Disposed To Quarrel With Others..."

“We are never so much disposed to quarrel with others as when we are dissatisfied with ourselves.” -- William Hazlitt, "Characteristics" This is one of the reasons I started my Happiness Project in the first place. I figured that if I felt happier, I'd behave myself better. * I enjoy visiting Orangette. It's a very peaceful site. * Do you love happiness quotes as much as I do?

Revamp your HEMNES Chest of drawers

Photo courtesy of IKEA Materials: HEMNES and IKEA Fabric Description: I have a white HEMNES Chest of drawers that I was bored with. I bought some Ikea fabric, some Spray Mount Glue, AND I GOT NEW FURNITURE! The fabrics I chose were ANNAMOA blue, ANNAMOA green and LILLIVI. About 28cm of each. It is very easy, clean the surface. Spray the glue on the drawer and stick the fabric on it.

Reader Story: Finding Financial Balance

This guest post from George is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Back in 2007, I was in a financial funk.

How To Overcome Your Inferiority Complex

We all fall in the trap of comparison wherein we inevitably compare ourselves with others.  This comparison does more harm to us than good. This does not mean we stop looking up to others. But there is a difference between learning from others and simply comparing yourself with them and then feeling, ‘Oh! Wish I was like her!’ This comparison is the main cause of inferiority complex.

Manvotional: The Bull’s-Eye Lantern

In coming across Robert Louis Stevenson’s essay, “The Lantern-Bearers,” a few months ago, I discovered an image that has stuck with me like few things I have ever read.

Ikea Lack bench extension with Lack table

Materials: 1 Lack bench + 1 Lack table Description: I was wondering about how to get extra space on my lack bench for my big Marantz amp. The solution was to cut two legs from a Lack small table (cut about 35cm so it will remain 5cm of legs) and nest this table on your Lack tv bench. This mod can upgrade your bench from 150cm to 200cm! ~ Fishbone2K, France

Wrapping Paper Alternatives

One common theme in the emails I get this time of year is the cost of wrapping paper. Many people find it difficult to swallow that they’re investing $15 to $20 into paper that’s simply there to cover a box and will be torn to shreds on Christmas morning – and, frankly, I don’t blame them.

Salad bowl light

Materials: BLANDA BLANK, HEMMA cord set black, sparsam Description: 1 - Make a hole in the bowl with a hole saw. 2 - Unscrew the cord set and use the drilled bowl as a shade ~ Gaelle Le Dez, France

Lace on Blanken

Materials: Blanken shower caddy, lace oilcloth, scissors, glue Description: I thought that Blanken caddy shower wasn't very cute and didn't match with the other stuff in my bathroom, such as Skurar plant pot hanger, so I had the idea to add some fake lace oilcoth. ~ Myla, Italia

Awesome EXPEDIT Drinks Bar

Materials: EXPEDIT, CAPITA, DIODER Description: Step 1: Two Expedit units, one 2x2 and one 2x4 in an L-shaped formation. Step 2: In the 2x2 Unit put expedit drawers facing into the bartender area and two Expedit cabinets opening outwards to give the side of the bar a solid look. Click to read the rest of the post >>