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As-Is Mood Light Headboard

Materials: As-Is Dioder Lights ($8), As-Is Frosted Glass panes (2 of them, $5 each) Description: 1. Place 2 frosted glass panes up against the wall with a Brimnes bed frame 2. Attach the dioder lights to the edge of the Brimnes bed frame facing up behind the pillows That's it! Selection of several colors, great for mood lighting :) ~ Sisi, New York, NY

5 Ways To Make Your Weight Loss Journey Suck A Little Less

The concept of losing weight is easy: just eat less.You know what's also easy:Not touching the statue in the museum even though there's a "Do not touch sign."Not procrastinating until till the very last day to study for a final exam.Not checking out that hot girl when you're with your girlfriend.Just like the above 3 scenarios, losing weight is something that's incredibly easy to understand, yet

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, July

Advertise here with BSA Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Thirteen tips for giving a well-organized and informative speech

Being organized can make a positive impact when giving a speech. If you’re disorganized and ill-prepared, your audience is likely to not pay attention and get very little from the information you provide.

Reader Mailbag: Camping on My Mind

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. Stock broker help 2. Handling large private party transactions 3. Building a cottage 4. Is deferrment a good idea? 5. Unrealistic investing advice 6. Staying motivated while self-employed 7.

Freelance Freedom #216: Could You Just

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Kvartal Shower Curtain for Dormered Bathroom

Materials: 2 Ikea Kvartal Corner fixtures, 2 Kvartal Wall hardware, 1 Kvartal rod, 1 DEKA Curtain wire, Saltgrund Shower curtain, Riktig hooks and gliders Description: I used the great Ikea Kvartal 3 track system to solve the difficult problem of putting a shower enclosure in a dormered bathroom. First I installed a waterproof granite wall and shower panel on the side of the tub.

Crammed! A Shocking Utility Tale

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. My cell phone is billed directly to a rewards credit card, so I usually just give it a quick glance. Bad consumer! Bad!

Wean it and Weep?

Each of us begins in total dependence: the womb. From the moment of ‘delivery’ into the awesome beauty and terror of the world we struggle to come to grips with separateness and the emotions that go with it. In this piece I raise questions and discuss what is not a frivolous question.

How To Break Through Bureaucracy To Keep Projects Moving

Want to break through the bureaucracy that's stifling innovation at your company? Start by asking the right questions - and lots of them.

The Law of Sacrifice

Last month, James “Jimmer” Fredette was selected in the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. It was a moment that capped off a breakout season for Jimmer.

Review: On My Own Two Feet

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

How to Bulletproof (or Unf*ck) Your Mac

(Photo: Small Dog Electronics) Macs are easy to use. Intuitive! Viruses? Never heard of ‘em! Well, perhaps. But problems do crop up, even with the venerated Macintosh. Not long ago, I went to use Spotlight (cmd + spacebar) and, well, it looked a little off.

Previously on Ikeahackers: The week of the weird

The cam creature: It's weird but in a cute way. Brum bear's skeleton makes a good prop for the cam. Handsfree PSP stand: Another way to prop up your toys that does not require skinning anything - an ET look-a-like PSP holder. No tumble on the stairs: Light unto your path. LED unto your feet.

Essential Parenting Books

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.