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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Lego table from IKEA kitchen cabinet door

Materials: Ikea kitchen cabinet door, VIKA legs, Trofast bin, LEGO base boards Description: Last month IKEA in Florida were discontinuing a lot of kitchen cabinet doors for $3 a piece. I bought a bunch of them to my Playstation 3 Racing cockpits (for this see p.83 post #1650).

How To Unleash Your Inner Power

“Mom, my brother called me a baby!” This scene plays out in my house a dozen times a day; inevitably I’ll get exasperated and say “Ignore him, if he called you a kangaroo, would you grow a pouch and start hopping?” It sounds like child’s play, but if we think about it, how many of us are struggling because we allow other people to define us? When you realize that you

Preparing for the unexpected

For the second winter in a row, I have found myself with a cast on my leg. This time, I became cast-worthy after tripping on the hem of my jeans (I was wearing heel-length jeans with flats) and falling down a flight of stairs. I didn’t break anything, but my podiatrist said I tore the muscles off the bones in my foot and something else awful to do with my ankle.

Delegation: Counting the Hours

In the opening post of my Delegation Experiment last week, I spent my time lamenting the stress and difficulty in handing the reigns to my business over to someone. It’s frightening to think about. But in the end the conclusion needs to be one of resolve and determination.

Kura bed hack

Materials: Kura bed Description: I found inspiring images on your site as well as Ohdeedoh for this bed. I bought it from Craig's list, painted it, added tiles from inhabitliving.com, a la another post and removed a few side panels. I am so pleased with the results, it's not the Uffizi bunk bed of my dreams, but my two year old daughter loves her new big girl bed.

Reader Mailbag: Baby Steps to Music

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. Retiring (very) early 2. Pessimism and thriftiness 3. Checking account cushion 4. Cash advance questions 5. Cutting term insurance 6. Handling a lemon 7. Why no political commentary? 8. Frugality or hoarding? 9.

Meet Alexis Neely: Bohemian Entrepreneur Savant

This post is the second in my month-long series, introducing you to a small gathering of what I call BS-Free Business and Lifestyle Mastery Guides, designed to help kick off the year not just with ideas and dopey resolutions that always evaporate with time, but with insights, access and the opportunity for action.I personally know and trust this very short list of serious thinkers, actors and

Effective action: Advice from Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat and writer. He lived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, a time when Italy consisted of a large number of independent cities, all in a virtually perpetual state of war. As Machiavelli navigated through this complex and dangerous environment, he learned the skills needed to survive and thrive.

What’s a Credit Score? An Intro to Credit Reports and Credit Scores

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. A good friend of mine recently asked me what a credit report is and how he could get his hands on his. My friend has a PhD. He’s a smart guy, and generally savvy about life.

A Practical Guide To Meditation

In this article I’m going to show you the way I learned to meditate, based on research and the teachings of different gurus. Meditation is a pretty common subject these days As with many things that fall into popular use, its true meaning and purpose can become distorted.

iPod Giveaway

We haven’t given anything away for awhile, so I thought it is about time we did another contest.

Email Etiquette for the Super-Busy

It's time to take a leaner, meaner approach to email. We lay out 10 simple tips for making email more efficient, and more actionable.

"If You Think About Yourself, That Very Fact Changes You."

“If you look at a thing, the very fact of your looking changes it…if you think about yourself, that very fact changes you.” -- Robert Penn Warren * A challenge for people who, like me, love to read is figuring out what books to read next. So many books, so little time! I was very happy to discover the New York Journal of Books -- an online resource of book reviews.

Review: Lighten Up

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. No, this isn’t a weight loss book.