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Summer Meal Series #5: Chicken-Broccoli Crepes

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Hey, look, homemade crepes! OK, before we get going, it should be noted that this meal is pretty much as easy to prepare as you want it to be – and at almost every turn, we chose the more difficult route. Actually, to be more specific, Sarah

Top 5 Famous Quotes of the Week: Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde and More

Last week, we asked for your favorite quotes. Due to all the amazing quotes and responses we received, it was impossible to feature them all and difficult to choose the best! So I’ve gathered 5 more of the best quotes from our awesome readers and added one of my all time favorites. It’s your thinking that decides whether you´re going to succeed or fail.

Beware Self-Inflicted Complexity

Are we hiding behind "complexity" as an explanation for the world's problems?

Productive Sleep: 5 Things You Should Know

#4: Sleeping after learning something new will help you commit it to memory.

Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love

Internet junkie Adam Pennenberg gives himself up to "neuroeconomics" specialists to find out how our brains react to social networking.

Ask Unclutterer: What to do with diplomas

Reader Kathy submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: What do people do with their diplomas? I have my high school, undergraduate, and graduate diplomas. They’re sitting in my closet because I don’t know what to do with them. I could frame them and put them in my cube, but no one else at work has done that.

Getting Things Done: Getting Projects Under Control

This is the tenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One of the biggest difficulties in modern life is dealing with projects.

How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom. Simplicity.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #14: How Safe Is Freelance Moonlighting?

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at whether to tell your boss about your freelancing and what’s a good conference to attend to find clients. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Workspace of the Week: Home base

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Double|B’s work surface wonderland: In sharp contrast to last week’s small, living room office, this week we have a large, full-room space. The storage in this room is incredible, and the work surface of the desk makes me swoon.

Misconceptions of the Work-from-Anywhere Lifestyle

Today launches my Summer Festival of Guest Posts…aka…my way of slacking off while I’m in Bali and pleading with friends who have amazing voices and insights to share their genius with you. Kicking off this new “every Friday” feature is my friend, Chris Guillebeau.


Materials: 30" Akurum horizontal wall cabinet, reclaimed Douglas fir, MDF panels Description: I have a custom furniture/cabinetry company in LA, Handmade, that has just launched a line of custom doors, panels and drawer faces for frameless kitchen and bathroom cabinets - anything from the big-box lines, IKEA, you name it. We call the line SEMIhandmade.

Ask the Readers: Should I Invest or Prepay My Mortgage?

Kelley wrote recently with the sort of dilemma I get asked about all of the time: Is it better to invest or to prepay a mortgage? We’ve covered this topic in the distant past, but it’s time to review the debate for current readers. First, let’s look at Kelley’s e-mail: My husband and I are on the right track. At age 25, our only debt lies in our home mortgage.

14 Ways to Expand Your Influence

Before we try to expand it, we need to first define it. What is influence?

Money Myths That Keep You From Making Big Money: Myth 6

“Buy Now, Pay Later!” This is a huge money myth that seems true, because it is so big and pervasive. The real truth about this belief system is that it is designed to create perpetual consumers! The truth is really pay now and pay later.