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By Trent Hamm

Nine Financial Questions to Discuss When Your First Child Is on the Way

In February 2005, Sarah and I were handed a completely unexpected piece of information. Sarah was pregnant and our first child was going to arrive late in the year. It was a life-changing moment. Sarah and I had several months to prepare, of course.

10 Great Books that Will Boost Your Creativity

Becoming more creative can be challenging, especially if you have no idea where to start. You’ve probably already scoured Google for the answers to all your creative problems and whether if you’ve found answers or not, you walked away from the search engine not feeling like you found what would get you over the hump.

Are You Guilty of Financial Infidelity?

Finances and cheating are amount the most common reasons for divorce. And what happens when you merge the two?

MIFFY Lamp from FADO

Materials: FADO lamp Very quick hack to make a Miffy lamp! Just cut out two large ears from a white cardboard and glue them on the Ikea Fado lamp. Then just draw two dots and a cross with a black sharpie. See more of the Miffy Lamp.

How not to approach rising home prices

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. My wife and I took the dog for a walk the other day in our neighborhood. About half a block up the street we met Heather and George as they were unloading one of those moving PODS thingies. We introduced ourselves and asked their life’s story, or at least the part about buying the house they were moving into.

17 Habits To Create Long-Term Happiness Within You

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of articles on happiness online. They mostly talk about the things we can do to become happy. But the thing is, what we should aim for is long-term happiness. We want that happiness to stick. And how do we do that?

7 Super Productive Time Management Strategies for Bloggers

Time management is a huge problem for many bloggers. But it doesn’t have to be. With some simple but very effective organization strategies put in place, any blogger can confidently be carrying out all their blogging tasks on time and in an organized manner. Here are seven super productive time management strategies bloggers can implement and start using today. #1 Use a Blog Post Plann

How to Make a Cigar Box Guitar

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Luke Brown, creator of Cedar Horse Workshop. Learning a brief history of the cigar box guitar should give you some serious inspiration to build one of your own. The cigar box guitar was originally a homemade instrument for individuals who couldn’t afford to buy an actual instrument.

MOLGER laundry hamper

Materials: MOLGER (older shelving unit), VECKELN (302.859.40) One shelf move into the middle and others remove.

How to Find the Best CD Rates in 2014

If you’re frustrated with the low interest rates of savings accounts but wary of high-risk investment strategies, Certificates of Deposit (CDs) might be your ideal middle ground.

The Smart Way to Stick to Habits

By Leo Babauta Sticking to a new habit isn’t easy — but if you set up your habit change smartly, you can make it stick. Starting a new habit isn’t too hard — we often get excited about starting an exercise plan or diet or waking up early, for example.

Samtid mood-light upgrade

Materials: SAMTID My 2nd attempt at building a reasonable mood-light using the IKEA Samtid lamp as the base. The previous attempts involved building a custom lamp shade, which didn’t look very polished at all. This one is different. It doesn’t need any irreversible modifications to the lamp part (upper body + shade) at all, it is just added to it.

Schedule a Little Jobs Day to get lingering items off your to-do list

There are many ways to make a to-do list. Tasks can be sorted in order of priority: repairing a broken handrail (safety) would be completed before repainting the bathroom (cosmetic). Some people choose to sort tasks by context or by time and energy available. I use On Top of Everything to create my to-do list. This system allows me to easily sort by priority.

Halloween Pumpkin Candles

A simple idea, decorating a set of Ikea Autumn candles for Halloween! Create and cut simple eye and mouth shapes from black stickers [colour plain stickers with a sharpie if you don't have them] and stick to the front of the glass votive to create pumpkin faces.

Questions on Golf, Price Books, Magazines, Cast Iron, and More!

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. Tracking grocery expenses 2. Price book advice 3. Letting go of old business 4. Credit cards and international travel 5. Compromise and financial goals 6. Enameled cast iron advice 7. Job change advice 8.