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By Chanpory Rith

With a spoon full of creativity

Materials: Cutlery (BONUS) just the spoons, screwsDescription: As I have already said before: the cheap and cheap-looking cutlery BONUS attracted me to define it again. With two sets of cutlery (24 pieces for 2.99 euro ) I made several hacks. The second hack only affects a supplement.

The Future of Self-Improvement, Part II: The Dilemma of Coaching Yourself

Outstanding achievements don't just fall from the sky, they come from the relentless cultivation of learning and expertise. But how do we go about it?

Fork or not a fork, that's the question

Materials: Cutlery (BONUS), peace of wood, screwsDescription: The cheap and cheap-looking cutlery BONUS attracted me to define it again. With two sets of cutlery (24 pieces for 2.99 euro each set) I made several hacks. Here comes the first: Carefully bend forks with pliers. Drill hole and screw to a piece of wood. Tadaaa! A unique piece for the kitchen or as a coat hook.

Breakfast Basics: How to Make Better Eggs

In my opinion, eggs are one of your best resources in the morning.  Full of quality protein, virtually carb-free, and packed with vitamins and minerals, they make the ultimate breakfast food.  Don’t be too swayed by the cholesterol scares of the 1980s; eating the whole egg–not just the whites–has actually been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and to improve good choleste

Hug More, Kiss More, Touch More.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is the Five Senses, and last week’s resolution was to Cultivate good smells. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Playing the “What If?” Game

The “what if?” game is a scary game to play, but it’s an important one. What if I lose my job? What if I get seriously ill? What if I pass away suddenly? What if one of my children has a condition that requires constant care? What if my spouse suddenly passes away? There was a time not too long ago in my life where I dreaded the “what if?” game.

The Rules of Effortless Parenting

Post written by Leo Babauta. I often get asked how I can do so much while having six kids. My short answer, and all you really need to know, is my wife Eva is awesome. I couldn’t do half what I do without her. She is the reason Zen Habits is able to exist. And so if you want parenting advice, you’d be smart to ask her. She doesn’t, however, have a blog.

Product Review and $1200 Squarespace Giveaway

If you’ve ever needed to build a website on a quick deadline, then you know how difficult it is to make one from scratch. If you’re anything like me and don’t keep your web design skills sharp, or you don’t have a web design background at all, then you’ll be scrambling for help. Fortunately, there are systems that take much of the workload off your hands.

The Secret Ingredient to Financial and Career Success

There actually is a single secret ingredient to financial success. It’s extremely similar to the secret ingredient for career success, too. Yet so many people overlook it or, even worse, look down upon it. The secret is hard work. I’ll give you a few examples of what I’m talking about. I’ll start off with someone you might not expect: Kim Kardashian.

Don’t procrastinate — create an “In case of …” file today

A little over a week ago, my paternal grandmother had a stroke and sadly passed away a few nights later. She was 102 and had an awe-inspiring life, so mixed with our family’s sorrow was a celebration of a spectacular woman.

Beating the Single-Shopper Penalty

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Single and/or living in a small space? Bet you’re good and sick of the Song of the Palletizers – that self-satisfied croon from folks who belong to warehouse clubs.

Keys to Setting Your Rate Based on Experience

Credit: Suljo on Photodune There is no one set strategy for setting your rates, which is why the process can be so confusing for freelancers.

10 Ways To Be Happy, On Purpose

“He who depends on himself will attain the greatest happiness” ~Chinese Proverb I was at a Women’s Leadership Conference about a year ago and had an “ah-ha moment”. We were all introducing ourselves and asked to share a few things to help with the process.

From Lennart to bedside table

Materials: Lennart drawer unit, Sätta knobs (those bolts are too long, so you need shorter ones or something to put between), fabric, Rationell shelf, screwdriver, glue, stapling gun, screwsDescription: I needed two bedside tables, but didn't have that much money. So I decided to make something out of Lennart. I stapled fabric to rationell shelf and then screwed it to the top of the lennart.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Salsa

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.