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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Revealed! Book Club Choices for April. Happy Reading.

Because nothing boosts happiness more than a great book, each month, I suggest: · one outstanding book about happiness or habits · one outstanding work of children’s or young-adult literature–I have a crazy passion for kidlit · one eccentric pick–a widely admired and excellent book that I love, yes, but one that may not appeal to everyone I’ll post these recommendations here, or to mak

4 Ways to Minimize Your Home Energy Bill This Spring

This post first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. Winter is over! Spring is here! Spring offers many opportunities to save money. Spring makes it much easier to go outside and get some exercise. You can start a vegetable garden.

Expedit Coffee Bar

Materials: CAPITA, EXPEDIT This is a simple mod to create a small coffee bar out of an Ikea Expedit rack. I covered the desk with an 1 mm aluminium sheet, also the border is enhanced with an rectangular aluminium stripe.

Solfint Ribba

Materials: RIBBA frame, SOLFINT straws For some cheap, quick and bright ‘art’, take one pack of Solfint drinking straws and put them inside a 25cmx25cm Ribba frame. No cutting required. You need to put in three layers, (you’ll still have some straws left over) and it works best if you alternate the direction of layers.

Knivig Jansjo LED holder

Materials: JANSJÖ(602.137.82), Knivig (9502.360.48) I wanted to make a bedside reading lamp, mounted to the wall. I found that the Knivig candle holder / vase matched pretty well to the Jansjo LED lamp, and merged them! I took the Jansjo desk light because it has the longest gooseneck. Luckily, the base of the Jansjo lamp is packed separately, so I did not even need to remove it.

An April Fools’ Day reminder: backup your digital data

World Backup Day was yesterday, and the day’s motto is: “Don’t be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31.” This is good advice, but, of course, you should back up your files all year round, not just on March 31. Hard drives fail. Computers (and smartphones and tablets) get stolen. Phones get dropped into water and become unusable.

Personal Finance 101: What Is Rebalancing?

One topic I see referenced quite often in personal finance books – especially books focused on retirement – is the idea of rebalancing.

Are You Willing to Do What it Takes to Be Happy?

I was a happy kid for the most part, a bit shy—which is a form of self-centeredness, but that’s a whole different story. Growing up on a farm in the Midwest, I had an ideal childhood.

Office workstation from two Hemnes bookcases and large Hemnes chest of drawers.

This workstation setup is comprised of two Hemnes bookcases, one Hemnes bedroom chest of drawers, three clocks, four frames, two work station lamps, various boards, paint and all that. I cut off the dresser legs to make it more desk height. I notched out the dresser top to allow the bookcases to fit snugly against it, appearing to be one unit.

How will the new Small Business Capital Act affect you?

This article is by staff writer William Cowie. Amid the hubbub of stock-market activity last week, the House of Representatives quietly approved a new law giving Wall Street an exclusive monopoly on funding for smaller businesses – including even your little side hustle.

3 Growth-Crushing Lies You Probably Told Yourself Today

What if the only thing between you and everything you ever wanted… was you? As a coach helping people climb out of the ruts they’ve put themselves in, and take action to create lives they absolutely love, I see it unfold time and time again: We set big goals for ourselves, and have huge ideas about the way we want to be living, working, and playing.

How to Get Cheap Life Insurance in 2014

Finding a cheap life insurance policy that offers the right amount of coverage is at the forefront of any first-time buyer’s mind. The same goes for someone who’s simply looking for a better rate. If you want to get the most affordable life insurance, there are several things you can do to minimize costs.

The 3 P’s of Manhood: A Review

Are men everywhere alike in their concern (and desire) for being manly? Is the concept of manliness meaningless and entirely culturally relative? For the last several weeks we have been exploring the answers to these questions by discussing the findings contained in Dr. David D. Gilmore’s Manhood in the Making.

The Days Are Long, But the Years Are Short.

A thoughtful reader sent me the link to a conversation between Arianna Huffington and Sheryl Sandberg, about Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive.  (To see an interview I did with Arianna Huffington, look here). In the email, the reader said, “They talked about your story! 26 minutes in.

The 3 Spectacularly Simple Questions to Ask for Planning Anything & Everything

When Team Danielle jams on long-term vision, we use these 3 spectacularly simple questions to get the planning party started. “Long term” for us is 12 to 18 months out. Planning much beyond that feels silly.