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By Mark Shead

"To Hear Complaints Is Wearisome Alike To The Wretched And The Happy."

“To hear complaints is wearisome alike to the wretched and the happy.” -- Samuel Johnson * A brilliant one-line post from Seth Godin's blog: "Once the water is deep enough that you must swim to stay afloat, does it really matter how deep the pool is?" Very thought-provoking. * My next book, Happier at Home, is inching its way toward completion.

5 Ways to Encourage Responsible, Productive Behavior in Your Kids

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” – The Dalai Lama Responsibility is one of the most important skills your child can learn.

Numerar/Byske Standing Work-Bar

Materials: Numerar countertop in Beech, Vyka Byske legs, generic shelf supports, drill, screws, saw, etc. Description: With standing work stations becoming more and more popular, we took matters into our own hands to make ourselves a simple, attractive, and modern solution. And durable to boot! Click to read the rest of the post >>

Reader Story: A Frugal, Happy Life

This guest post from Clara is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

On Criticism, Cynicism & Sharpening Your Gut Instinct

Criticism is valuable. Cynicism is toxic. Can you trust your gut to tell the difference?

RATIONELL drawer mat Lampshade

Materials: Rationell Variera drawer mat, cable stoppers, clothes rope, metal ring Description: I made a 2 mm hole on each corner of the PP mat and joined two corners with a metal ring (the ones on the simple edged side of the mat). I attached each end of a 120 cm clothes rope to the remaining corners using cables stoppers to secure it (the ones used in bicycle brakes).

Tertial Chandelier

Materials: Tertial lamps, aluminum square tube, electric connectors, 1,5 mm wire Description: I started by reversing the lamp holder position of 6 Tertial lamps so that they could rotate down when the chandelier was in the ceiling. To do that I had to remove de lamp holders, turn them around and reconnect them. The plugs were cut off. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Don’t Use the Stove when the Microwave Will Do (20/365)

Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. For the specific task microwaves excel at, they’re much more efficient than stove tops and ovens. The basic stats on energy use prove this to be the case. However, the savings are relatively small.

As-is goldmine, Part 2: doors are not just for cabinets

Materials: drill, screwdriver, level, patience Description: While hunting in the as-is room for materials for another project my boyfriend/handyman and I found these extra tall cabinet doors that we determined would be a great fit for the small utility closet we built at the top of our basement steps.

Girly Kura Bed Hack

Materials: KURA bed, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, wood primer and high gloss black spray paint. Description: I love the look and functionality of the Kura bed but wanted to make it a little more girly to fit in with my daughter's Paris themed room. I purchased the Kura bed from Craigslist, primed the wood with spray primer, and spray painted it black with high gloss paint.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #56

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding A few days ago, I overheard Otis Redding singing from the speakers of a car near me, and just as suddenly, it dissolved into a rap.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, January

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.

Lack Grundtal kid's kitchen

Materials: Lack, Grundtal Description: Deb spotted an Ikea hack on Apartment Therapy. Submitted by Kirstin, this play kitchen can be played with on all four sides. It's kinda like a kitchen island for kids. Also, more than one kid can play at a time. Nice. Yes, cooking (even pretend cooking) should be a social activity. See more of Kirstin's play kitchen.

Setting Your Mind for a Winter Weight Loss

Every single year most people get stuck in the same cycle regarding fitness. As the days grow shorter and colder we exercise less.

Hacking a bed into the back of a station wagon

Materials: Dodge Magnum (or other station wagon of your choice), Dalselv twin bed, Sultan Lillaker slats, station wagon, saw, drill, optional strap hinges and paint stick Description: Building a bed into the back of a station wagon to sleep on during camping/road trips. The Sultan Lillaker slats fit perfectly into the back of the Dodge Magnum, but the bed frame will need some adjustment.