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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Spa Bath Mat from IKEA outdoor decking

Materials: Platta Outdoor Decking Description: I used IKEA's Platta Outdoor Decking to create a Spa Bath Mat. The Spa Bath Mat originally started as IKEA outdoor decking. To make the bath mat all you need are 6 squares of the pre-assembled outdoor decking. (They come in sets of 9.) Just snap them together then use a saw to remove the extra tabs around the outside of your new mat.

Orman Clark and the Business of Free, Video Interview

Advertise here with BSA View awesome conference lectures, engaging how to discussions, and high quality freelance business advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at Orman Clark and the Business of Free by Freelancejam. Can you give great stuff away and expect to make any money?

Reinventing Your Life with Education: The Larry Crowne Effect

Just like Tom Hanks’ character in the new movie, Larry Crowne, thousands of middle-age Americans each year reinvent themselves by going back to college.  They do it for multiple reasons:  they lost their job, got looked over for a promotion, or just want to start over. But whatever the reason, getting the best possible education has never been more important than it is righ

Dinner With My Family #22: Cooking Out with Healthy Options

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. This past weekend, we had several houseguests over for dinner.

How Is Your Happiness Challenge Going? (Asking Again.)

Last month, I posed the question: "If you're doing the 2011 Happiness Challenge, how is it going, now that we've reached the halfway point of the year?" Several people kindly pointed out that, although June is month 6 of the 12 months of the year, the year isn't halfway over until July 1.

Sleek Console Table

Materials: 3 ECKBY JARPEN Shelves size 46 7/8", 8 2" coarse pocket screws, table saw Description: I had been looking for a console table to fit in a nook behind my sofa so I went to Ikea to see what might work.

Maskros XL

Materials: Maskros, Plain white paper coffee cups, Glue gun Description: Looking for a reasonably priced pendant lamp for a restaurant in Sarajevo, we stumbled across the Maskros. Actually, we already had one hanging in our office but we sort of needed to re-discover it as a candidate for this project.

Becoming a Man of the World: How to Learn Another Language

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Benny the Irish polyglot who writes at Fluent in 3 Months. Imagine being able to blend in undetected in another country. Imagine exchanging inside jokes at a foreign restaurant in another language. Imagine being invited to a festival in the countryside on the other side of the planet, eating with a local family and having no need for an interpreter. So

Ask Unclutterer: Prioritizing family, education, and career

Reader Viktoria submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My question has to do with the fact that my top priority (my husband and son) fight over me with my top necessity (finishing my dissertation [by December]). I believe this is a situation that most of us go through at some point of our lives, but we have run out of solutions, and still, it is not working out.

How to Reduce the Startup Costs of a Food Garden

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

Workspace of the Week: Cable free, clutter free

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Breez110′s streamlined setup: As is apparent in this week’s office, wireless touch pads, keyboards, and mice can make a significant difference in uncluttering a desk. Then, having speakers and monitors toward the back of the desk, makes it easy to hide the cables that are part of your setup.

Use Your Whole Mind to Get to Greatness

‘Abraham Lincoln’s principle for greatness can be adopted by nearly all. This was his rule; whatsoever he had to do at all, he put his whole mind into it, and held it all there until that was all done. That makes man great almost anywhere.’ – Dr. Russell H. Conwell I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t born to simply melt into the mass called humanity.

Candle stand? Bird stand!

Materials: Väghult candle holder Description: 1. The first thing to do is to get a wood branch that fits best for the candle stand. Go for a walk in the countryside where you have infinite options. Wash the branch, let it dry then sand it smooth. 2.

Best Savings Accounts for 2011

After a year or two of quiet, the mammoth online savings account comment thread has come to life again. I conducted that savings account round-up in March 2007, back when banks were offering interest rates as high as 5% for their online savings accounts.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Firing Clients and Providing Hosting

Advertise here with BSA In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at firing clients and providing hosting. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.