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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

How to Save a Marriage: 5 Steps

Photo by Shannon By Leigh Harris “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~ Theodore Hesburgh In the past month I found out that three marriages of close friends are in trouble. When I heard about the first one, a husband who recently left his marriage, I cried. It seemed worse than death. With death there is love.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Reusing Ziploc Bags

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Become a God of Learning Your Trade

Post written by Leo Babauta. A lot of you are like me — trying to do what you love, and figuring out the best way to do that. It’s not always easy to do what you love, because: You aren’t sure you’re good at it. You don’t know if it will work. You don’t know if people will like it. You don’t know how to get better. You doubt your ability to succeed. You m

Lampan lamp as tulip-shaped speaker stand

Materials: 2 Lampan lamps $1, one 16 oz tub of lightweight spackling $9 Description: I had been looking forever for a vase or some sort of tulip-shaped base to elevate my shelf speakers and give them a mod look, and it didn't have to be white, because I could paint whatever I found. When I walked into Ikea and saw the Lampan lamp base for $7.99, in white, I bought 2 and gave it a shot.

Unitasker Wednesday: Wheelmate Laptop Steering Wheel Desk

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have to confess — this week’s unitasker has more than one purpose.

Lack Table Upgrade

Materials: Ikea Lack Table, two straight hinges with screws, fabric, teddy bear stuffing, staple gun. Description: Using the two straight hinges connect the two tables together. You can place the hinges on the bottoms of the tables, but for a stronger support-place them on the sides of the table.

Doing it Every Day

I’ll be the first to tell you I’m a blunt object. I don’t get things right the first time, or even the 23rd. I’ve been writing in a journal every morning, and today I realized that I’ve almost made it exactly a year with this habit. Now, this is nothing earth-shattering for many. Many people have been journaling for years. But for me, it’s big.

Top 10 PDF Tools to Improve Your Document Workflow

Every freelancer works with tons of documents daily. We receive detailed business proposals, technical requirements, data sheets, specifications, portfolios, etc. The majority of these documents are PDF files. The popularity of the PDF format is easy to understand: it is readable on various devices, has pure content structure, and has limited editing options.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Quiet Edition

As I write this, I’m in a quiet room with all the lights off. I’ve been rocking my youngest child for more than an hour to get him to take a much-needed nap. He’s had an intestinal bug for the last three days and hasn’t slept comfortably during any of it. The room is so quiet that my fingers sound like drums on the keyboard. I can hear the hum of the fan on my laptop.

If The World Ended Tomorrow, What Would You Do Tonight?

The world is gone. Everything you’ve ever known has disappeared. Time is now an echo, with few to record it and fewer to care. Could this ever really happen? Millions of people, from the Discovery Channel to big-time Hollywood directors, to you and me, have been asking this question forever. Of course it could. The planet was here for 4 1/2 billion years before us.

7 Tips to Know If You're Boring Someone.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Seven tips for knowing if you’re being boring. In a movie I love, a quirky documentary called Sherman's March, the documentary maker’s former high school teacher tells him, “As people get older, they get more like themselves.

Turn Paranoia Into Plan B (Because Things Might Get Worse)

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool.

6 Steps To Scaling Your Freelance Business

Credit: Pressmaster on Photodune Isn’t it about time you got a raise? As freelancers, it can be difficult to make that happen. Sure, we might be making a comfortable living today, but what about tomorrow? If you’re supporting a growing family or if you’re looking to upgrade your lifestyle, you’d better start thinking beyond just your next project.

Plant Pot turned Sand Pail!

Materials: SOCKER plant pot, drill, metal file, sisial rope Description: We couldn't find pink metal sand pails for our beach party, so we decided to "hack" the IKEA socker plant pots! We simply drilled holes in the sides, and filed them down with a round metal file. Then we used some sisal rope, that fit the hole quite snuggly to create the handle.

5 Ways to Stay Positive Every Day

What do bestselling self-help authors Maxwell Maltz, Tony Robbins and Rhonda Byrne have in common? Their works, though published decades apart, all promote positive thinking as a fundamental aspect of personal growth. It makes sense: optimism keeps you happy, provides the energy to overcome challenges and is attractive to others.