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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Reader Mailbag: Post-Christmas Thoughts

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. Adding another credit card user 2. Re-selling debt 3. Figuring out life insurance 4. What makes people negative? 5. Babies and emergency funds 6. Paying for pet medical expenses 7. Unwanted gifts 8.

How to Use Great Testimonials, Once You Get Them

As freelancers, we’re told to collect as many testimonials as possible — but what do we do with all those great descriptions of how amazing we are to work with? There are some people who believe that testimonials should be plastered over everything, from business cards on.

Singlar to Display Case

Materials: Singlar changing table Description: Transforming a Changing Table Into a Display Case. The former table consisted of two frames, each one with an MDF board, held by a groove into the frame. So it was mostly a matter of replacing one board by a glass plate, and putting the frames together. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Planning for My Financial Future

I’ve been fortunate over the past few years. I’ve managed to get out of debt, quit my day job to write full time, built substantial savings, and am now able to do what I want when I want. I still work hard, of course, but I do so on my own terms. I’m a lucky man. Next year, though, is going to be a year of changes. For one thing, my income might actually decrease.

What to Change in 2012

It’s fair to say that most people reading this will want 2012 to be better than 2011. This isn’t necessarily negative nor am I talking recession, gloom and downturn.

Yves Béhar : Why Designers Should Be In Love With The Process

"Start with questions, not answers," says visionary designer Yves Béhar in this in-depth 99% talk on his seven principles for "holistic making."

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from PickTheBrain

To our friends all around the world, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I look forward to continuing our journey to ‘grow ourselves’ in the New Year to come! All the best and be well, Erin

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas today, celebrating another winter holiday with your family, or find this simply to be another day on your calendar, the best of wishes to you.

Merry Christmas IKEA Hackers!

Hello there and Merry Christmas, if you are celebrating this special occasion. I am taking a break and will not be posting hacks today. I'll be making a two-hour trip home to be with family for the weekend. I hope you are too. Enjoy the holidays, eat, drink and be merry! I leave you with warm fuzzy feelings from this series of IKEA Christmas ads.

The Night That Mama Cried While Angels Sang

This is a guest-post from my cousin, Tammy. I first posted this in 2006. Mrs. Darling has also shared information on how to raise a family on one income (part two). This story is set ten years after my aunt’s six-dollar Christmas and involves the same family. It was the year 1968. That year was an exceptionally hard year in every way. Pop was laid off due to too much snow in the woods.

Lack tables turn into a Train Table!

Materials: 2 Lack side tables, 1 activity rug Description: My husband and I took two Lack tables, one activity rug and a wooden train set. We connected the two tables with brackets, then place two pieces of plywood cut to fit the tops of the tables. We wrapped the activity rug around and stapled underneath. We then placed the train track where we wanted and then screwed the track in place.

Grundtal garden

Materials: Grundtal magnetic spice jar Description: Saw this via apartment therapy and thought it was too cute not to share... See more of the Grundtal terrarium [via Apartment Therapy]. ~ Shel, London

Dealing with Holiday Leftovers

If your family holidays are anything like mine, you’re left with piles of remnants: torn-up wrapping paper, empty boxes, and extra food litter the house. It might be tempting to throw it all away, but there’s a lot of value in those leftover items. Here are some of the things I’ve done with leftover Christmas items. Wrapping Paper 1.

Ordning Wake-up Light

Materials: Ordning, Lobbo, Hemma Description: I like waking up with a dawn simulator alarm clock, but unfortunately the one I have has controls that are less than user-friendly. What I'd really want is a wake-up light that lets me program different wake-up times for each day of the week. Since I couldn't find anything like that, I decided to build one.

Railing desk

Materials: Vika Annefors - Numerar - Capita - Glenn Description: I replace the existing railings which threatened to collapse, a structure formed by Ikea elements to create an office. ~ Pasquier Nicholas, Nantes - France