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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Could you wear just six pieces of clothing for a month?

The New York Times article “Shoppers on a ‘Diet’ Tame the Urge to Buy” looks into two fashion diets that encourage folks to creatively exercise restraint in buying new clothes. The first challenge, called Six Items or Less, required a pledge to only wear six items of clothing for an entire month.

Ikea bikini + summer clothing line!

Materials: Frakta shopping bag Description: It's summer and I made a Frakta bikini! And then developed a whole line of Ikea inspired swimwear. It is also a hack of the H&M summer swim line. So it's a double Swedish hack! And those are ovenmitts as bikini tops! Too hot to handle, we hope! Enjoy + Lots of Sun! See more at BetterThanLiving.com. ~ Adriana

Summer Meal Series #8: Chicken, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Calzones

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Homemade pizza is a big hit at our house (here’s a picture-filled post about our homemade pizzas).

Re-Consider the Rules of Thumb You Use in Everyday Life.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. My adventures in the lands of happiness research led me to the concept of heuristics.

Workstation from Pax wardrobe

Materials: Pax wardrobe, Valter brackets Description: This is my closet office that is composed almost entirely from Ikea components (to include the JULES swivel chair not pictured). Basically I took an old PAX wardrobe and cut it to fit the ends of my closet.

When Do You Say No to Clients?

We’ve covered firing a client, making a “not to do” list, and coping with client fall out, but what do you do if you just can’t say no? As a new freelancer, I am still loathe to say that I cannot complete a clients request.  My answer right now is “Yes!” – regardless of what they need.  Requests like “Can you do websites?” or “Can you create a 10 page, long

Ask Unclutterer: Best methods for recycling?

Reader Lynne submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I still love the feel of paper in my hands … real books or magazines. I cycle through my magazines relatively quickly. But yesterday as I was ripping off the address labels so I could pass them along (Purple Heart takes magazines), I had another thought. I recycle almost everything.

How Do You Censor Your Online Activity?

The internet doesn't forget. What do you do to protect yourself from the effects of "the internet's photographic memory?

Bill Murray Is Ready To See You Now

"Last time doesn't exist. It's only this time & everything is going to be different this time."

12 Ways To Build Your Business While Keeping Your Family First

Trying to raise a family the best way you know how is really hard work. It takes a lifetime of loving, understanding, forgiving, supporting, and caring; and there's no real guarantee of anything.Building a business is also incredibly hard work. It takes hours and hours of planning, stressing, working, reevaluating, fear squashing, and focus; (once again) there's no real guarantee of anything.

Ten Big Mistakes #5: Worrying About What Others Think

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes.

Freelance Business Recovery Planning: Breaking a Slump

Business slumps. Sometimes they come on suddenly. Like when your biggest client decides to stop using your services, and you’re left high and dry. Or they sneak up on you through a series of unfortunate events. For example, you just submitted a big proposal, but you didn’t get the job. Then there’s that project you were hoping to promote so you could gain more business.

Letting Go of Paper

I’ve been surprised at how difficult it is to let go of my paper. As I move more and more of my paper to a digital format I keep finding myself hesitating when I get ready to shred a document. We are trained so very well to keep our paper records. Has anyone else experienced this? I think part of the issue is that most people have suffered some type of data loss with their computer.

BESTÅ Bench Home Theater Hack

Materials: BESTÅ Bench, BESTÅ Tofta, Integral Hinge, Integral Damper, BESTÅ Legs Description: I recently won a new Panasonic 50" VT25 and Panasonic DMP-BD350 3D Blu-ray player through Panasonic. Well, with the newly added TV I decided to change my Ikea Benno Black/Brown stand and go with something cleaner and simpler to conceal my components.

Too Smart For Your Business?

This week’s guest contributor is my friend, Alexis Neely. On the outside, Alexis is a driven mom entrepreneur who has built two million dollar plus businesses, trains lawyers, and appears frequently on television.