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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Privacy Glass Wall for Studio Space (PAX)

Materials: Pax Description: This hack helped divide an upstairs loft from downstairs living room. It provides privacy, also it is somewhat temporary and not a huge install like that of putting in a full stud framed wall with drywall, plus this looks much more appealing and can be used for any kind of room divider.

Why You Can't Buy Creativity

What motivates us to invent incredible products, create great art, and build revolutionary companies? Clue: The answer isn't money.

Why Are Savings Account Rates So Low?

When I first started The Simple Dollar in late 2006, it was pretty easy to find a savings account that offered a 4% annual return on your deposits. Some banks, such as HSBC Direct, were offering introductory rates as high as 6% annually.

Lessons in Manliness from The Old Man and the Sea

“Que va,” the boy said, “It is what a man must do.” “Success” is all too often assumed to be the indicator of the value of a man. But success, in and of itself, merely speaks to a particular status and may have nothing to do with the journey that the man took to get there, or whether or not he retained his integrity along the way.

Force Yourself To Wander.

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 Creativity, and last week’s resolution was to Do something every day. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

10 Apps for More Efficient Tweeting

Advertise here with BSAAs Twitter continues to grow at an incredible pace each day, the importance of the platform grows with it. Developing a strong social media presence and growing your network of followers demands being active on Twitter. Fortunately, there exist many tools out there that assist us in making our life easier and more efficient on Twitter.

How to Investigate a Charity

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. Via a private message, Colleen said “I have been thinking about donating to [Charity X].

Now back to your regularly scheduled appointments

As much as I dislike going to see my dentist and doctors, I go for all of my preventative care appointments (every six months or once a year or whenever is recommended) to keep my medical costs low. I know from experience that regular checkups are less expensive than emergency care, which sincerely plays the largest part in all of it.

Successful Facebook Marketing – Book Review

Advertise here with BSA I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a skeptical person when it comes to the value of most forms of social networking.

Frugal Beauty: How to Look Good on a Budget

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Pinching pennies doesn’t mean you can’t make yourself pretty. Yes, it’s true that personal-care products and services can take a big bite out of your budget.

Happy Now, Happy Next Year: Balancing Short-Term and Long-Term Happiness

How happy are you?Happiness is becoming a huge area in psychological research and even in government policy, with the UK government exploring a “happiness index”.

Building Self Esteem With Writing Therapy

One of the most common techniques used for building self esteem is the use of affirmations. Affirmations are things you tell yourself on a regular basis to “affirm” your personal strength, beauty and value. Affirmations are great, but unless there is a real belief in what the words represent, they will do nothing for your true self esteem.

Standing Corner Desk

Materials: 2x Vika Amon Corner Table Top, 5x Vika Byske Leg, 2x (4 Total) Capita BracketDescription: My office is small and a regular desk didn't do anything to improve the situation. So, feeling inspired by a post i saw a few months back (Wide Standing Desk posted January 19th 2011), I decided I needed to try my hand at ikea-hacking a solution.

Why I'm Sometimes Tempted to Fight My New Passion--And Why I'm Embracing It, Instead.

Assay: For the last month or so, I’ve been possessed with a passionate interest in the sense of smell.

Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously.  Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun.  This article highlights one of those projects. I’m fortunate in that I’ve been able to turn my passion into my