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By Chanpory Rith

What If Congress Was More Than 13% Women?

I rarely ever get political here…And truth is, while this post references the recent inanity going on in Washington, D.C., it’s not about politics. It’s about how men often operate in very different ways than women when under pressure, under the public eye and in the presence of women.

Islands aren't just for kitchens!

Materials: Ikea Groland Kitchen Island Description: We are experienced do-it-yourselfers, and in a down-to-the studs bath remodel, we searched all over for unique vanities until we saw the Groland Islands at Ikea in Frisco, TX. We had a less than 8' wall to use and purchased two islands.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #30

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1.

Web Development from Scratch Video: Helpful Dev Web Apps

View awesome conference lectures, engaging how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Web Development from Scratch Video: Helpful Dev Web Apps by Jeffrey Way of Nettuts+.

Counter height built in desk

Materials: Ikea Door and Shelf brackets Description: I was looking to install a counter height desk in the odd space in my sunroom. I looked into the price of wood and paint and brackets and it seems to be a bit much for what I wanted. I ended up at Ikea and found a cabinet door, covered in white veneer (perfect for a desk-top) that was even the perfect measurement.

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: July 2011

It was a strange, strange month for me. After an amazing June — a month in which everything seemed to go right — things fell apart in July. For much of the month, I felt like I was simply trying keep my head above water. If I were still tracking my sleep every night, I’d expect to see I was averaging less than six hours a night (possibly much less).

Are you really unhappy? Check yourself out here

  Some people think that they are always unlucky, stressed out and unhappy. No matter what the day is, no matter what the season is, when you meet them, they start out with their problems (I will define what’s a problem and an activity, later in this post) and magnify every little point to larger than life extent. If not their personal problems, they start blaming others, government, p

My Unusual $20,000 Birthday Gift (Plus: Free Roundtrip Anywhere in the World)

(Photo: Sanctuary Photography) 34. I’m turning a glorious 34 this year, right about now. It’s going to be a great natal year–-I can already feel it.

When Remakes Attack

I was in a Chinese buffet last week, and found myself humming along with the oriental muzak. In fact, I couldn’t stop. Why was I humming along to music I’ve never heard before? A Coke poster redone It turns out I had heard these songs before, as they were Chinese takes on American melodies.

Dinner With My Family #26: Feta and Chickpea Pita Sandwiches

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. I love pita bread. Pita bread makes it easily possible to really experiment with almost anything as a sandwich filling.

Follow a Threshold Ritual.

Gratitude is a key element for a happy life. People who cultivate gratitude get a boost in happiness and optimism, feel more connected to other people, are better-liked and have more friends, are more likely to help others—they even sleep better and have fewer headaches. Nevertheless, I find it...challenging to cultivate a grateful frame of mind.

Oleby airing your clothes

Materials: Oleby shoe rack, wood glue, saw, small clamps Description: I decided that I wanted to create a simple set of shelves to air my clothes in the boiler cupboard. Suitably polished wood of the right size size is surprisingly expensive so I decided to take the IKEA Hacker route and bash a flatpack into my designs.

Front Hallway Bench - work in progress

Materials: Benno television bench, Vippa hooks Description: My children would come home from school and dump their book bags and jackets on the floor in the entrance way. I tried setting up a wardrobe, but they simply dumped their items in front of the wardrobe. (BTW, I have good kids. They're just happy to be home from school.) Our local IKEA had Benno t.v.

When Willpower is Trumped by Bad Habits

‘Conscience whispers, but interest screams aloud.’ ~J.

Was Mom Wrong? Maybe You Should Play with your Food

If your mom was anything like mine, there were always lots of rules when it came to meal times.