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By Trent Hamm

Lobbo Floor Lamp

Materials: Lobbo shades, Hemma cord set, metal electrical conduit Description: I saw a floor lamp at my apartment's model furniture sale that extended out that I really liked and wanted to make something similar without spending a lot of money. Naturally, I took a trip to my local IKEA!

Turning a Ikea coffee table into a beyblade arena

Materials: a Lack table 55x55cm Description: First I sanded off the original color of the Ikea parts. The table has been laying around in the cellar for quite some time and there were lots of scratches in the black finish. Then I made a wooden frame the same size as the table. The frame got glued and screwed to the table-top. Then I painted the whole.

To Boost Your Self-Control, Ask Yourself Whether You're an "Abstainer" or a "Moderator."

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 Self-control. Last week’s resolution was To increase your self-control, boost your energy level. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Hanging Candle Tray

Materials: Florera 29cm a keyring and some chain Description: For this hack we're gonna use the boring dish candle tray Florera and transform it into a ceiling hanging candle tray Let's start by getting the following items 1x Florera candle tray 2x Keyrings (1 is optional) 1x about 2-3 meters of decoration chain (found at local hardware store / järnia) For my design im gonna make a 3 lin

International Freelancers Day — It’s About Time!

Have you ever noticed that every group, activity and product on the face of the earth seems to have its own “day”? There’s National Boss Day, National Teachers Day, National Bowling Day, National Puppy Day. Even National Pancake Day! Yet freelancers, independent professionals and contingent workers, who in the U.S.

Frugality Won’t Make You Rich

Instead, it makes it possible for you to get rich. Lately, I’ve read statements in personal finance books where people claim that “frugality won’t make you rich.” They make the valid point that if you cut out some small thing – say, a $5 daily expense – you wind up with less than $20,000 after ten years.

Try the Tag-It Approach For Increased Daily Productivity

Being stressed and overwhelmed with a lot of work is quite common. Whether it's real work or a perception of "I'm so swamped", it is difficult to think straight and fast. To help, we often talk about prioritization, creating SMART goals, etc. Today, let's look at a hybrid model.The Tag-It Approach is about setting an order of importance and time to your task list.

Digital books: Reducing physical clutter and overtaking the market

On September 10, The Economist published the article “Great digital expectations” discussing the consumer shift from print to digital books: In the first five months of this year sales of consumer e-books in America overtook those from adult hardback books.

Financing Freelance Writing – It Can Be Costlier Than You Think

Credit: Elenathewise on Photodune Compared to other businesses, freelance writing seems a lot less costly. It’s relatively much easier and considerably less expensive than opening a brick-and-mortar store, or running a restaurant. After all, you basically need your laptop and a fast internet connection (stuff you probably had anyway), and a quality printer/fax/scanner combination.

How to Handle Competitors Asking for Inside Information

Picture this:  You own your own catering business.  Long days of persistent marketing and hard work have paid off and you have a steady stream of corporate clients.  At a networking luncheon, you’re seated next to another caterer new to the area.  She seems pleasant and you’re enjoying her conversation.

Drugstore Price Comparison: Online vs. In-store

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about her desperate attempt to find authentic tacos al pastor in Austin, Texas. I used to buy most of my drugstore items online. One reason was convenience — I typically have to go to two or three stores to find everything I use, especially since I favor earth- and people-friendly personal care items.

5 Steps to Get Back on Top of Things When Life is Busy

Do you feel like you’ve got way too much to do, and not enough time to do it in? Perhaps you find yourself getting upset, angry or despondent at times, feeling as though life is spiraling out of your control. It’s not a good state to be in – and you know that.

Engineering a “Muse” – Volume 4: Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses

The Square36 yoga mat earns $10,000-$25,000 per month for Bob Maydonik. One common challenge for readers of The 4-Hour Workweek is the creation of a “muse”: a low-maintenance business that generates significant income.

Setting Boundaries & Saying No… Nicely

Do you have trouble saying NO? A few simple strategies for protecting your priorities and avoiding over-commitment at work.

How to Live a Happy Life

Photo by Shandi-lee By John Hollandsworth “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” ~Howard Thurman I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. No, I haven’t won the lottery– haven’t even got a raise.