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By Brett McKay

"Built-in" Play kitchen

Materials: Albert shelving units, some Duktig stuff Description: We made this for our daughter and she loves it! :) We have a very small kitchen and I really didn't wanted to buy any expensive plastic pink play kitchen. So we made this one from first two levels of Albert shelving units. I think it's really easy, money and time saving. ~ Jana K. Kudrnova, Czech rep.

Lack hiding light switches

Materials: Lack side table Description: In our hall the lights switch was ugly, big and 8 cm thick, so I spent a lot of time thinking about a solution to cover that area and make it decorative at the same time. I bought a Lack side table, I cut out a square at the back and I placed two hooks on the wall to be able to hang it.

Reader Mailbag: School Lunch

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. Saving for multiple housing goals 2. Children sharing bedrooms 3. Staying positive in volatile markets 4. Early childhoold illnesses 5. Board games as gifts 6. Student loan payoffs or savings? 7.

How Your Best Idea Is Holding You Back

Ideas are fantastic things. No book gets written, no business gets started, and no adventures get off the ground without someone having a great idea first.

Uncertainty Book: Live-Stream Launch Party Today

It’s launch day, woooohoooooo!!! The book is out, the book is out, the book is out! Can you tell I’m excited? And, I’m celebrating with an online live-streaming launch party today with special guests stopping by, super-cool giveaways, ridiculous readings, maybe even costumes, 3-straight hours of fun, questions, chats. And you can join in from anywhere in the world.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Clients with Bigger Problems

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at clients with underlying problems. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com. Question Schizophrenics may not know they’re schizophrenic.

Revived Lack TV table

Materials: 1/4" poplar planks and pine lattice, miter box, saw, liquid nails, finishing nails, onyx stain, tung oil finish Description: My TV dug a huge gouge in my Lack TV table. Rather than throw it away or replace the top slab, I opted to cover it with poplar. Since I don't have a huge array of woodworking tools, I had to pick board sizes that required minimal cutting.

The Spectacle of Financial Difficulty

This post is from new staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Both my husband and I have spent some periods of unemployment over the past decade, and we have become intimately familiar with financial humiliation.

Rejuvenating the Heart of a Success-Oriented Woman

When you’re a hard working woman in today’s culture chances are you give a lot more than you receive, you often put your self-care secondary and you are exhausted. I feel for you as rejuvenating oneself is an ongoing challenge I have been managing for years. When I was in the corporate world during my lunch break I would often go to the nearest luxury hotel or a local park.

Being a Gentleman at the Office: The Dos and Don’ts of Business Etiquette

The rules of business etiquette are very similar to the rules of social etiquette. But there is a difference between the two sets of manners. In the social sphere, the assumption is that you and your associates are equals, with some allowances made for age and sex. The business world, on the other hand, is a hierarchy.

Elizabeth Streb: On Taking Big Risks & The Power of Action

We talk to daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb about how to get out of our heads, thrive on limitations, and take extreme action.

Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Alchemy of Fear

Great creative inventions don't come from betting on a "sure thing." They come from facing our fears and working with uncertainty. Here's how to train up.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Electric and Gas Lawnmowing

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

9 Questions To Ask About Someone's Big, Life-Changing Trip.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 9 questions to ask about someone's big, life-changing trip. One of my resolutions is to Enter into the interests of other people's lives. When you think of people getting along harmoniously – whether in a family, or among friends, or in an office – people make an effort to enter into the interests of each other’s lives.

Lack and Irma Footstool

Materials: 1 Lack side table, 4 Irma pillows, Fabric, stapler, saw Description: Pick a Lack side table and 4 Irma pillows. Staple the pillows to the table so that it creates a fluffy pillow look. Take a piece of fabric and put it over the pillows. Stretch it really well and staple it to the bottom side of the table.