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By Gretchen Rubin

Make it Personal: The Best Kind of Valentine

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, lovers around the world are trying to figure out just the right words for that special card or letter.  Probably many of them are cringing at the pressure of romance and expectations of the most romantic day of the year.

Get More Bang for Your Happiness Buck: Revel in Anticipation.

My younger daughter got me thinking about the importance of anticipation to happiness. She is so very excited about her birthday tomorrow -- she was literally jumping up and down with excitement at the prospect of her school celebration today.

Dinner With My Family #6: “Anything” Soup

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. We live in Iowa. This winter has been a long one and, for the past week or two, incredibly cold.

Lessons in Manliness from the Egyptian Revolution

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Yasser El Hadari, an AoM reader from Egypt. If you’ve been watching the news, I’m sure you know that the Egyptian people have rocked the Middle East in their effort for self-rule and democracy.

Ask Unclutterer: Displaying a collection

Reader Star submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My husband [and I] like to collect restaurant menus where we have had memorable meals. As you can imagine these are all shapes, sizes, colors and quality. Right now they are sitting in a plastic box awaiting some action from us. Can you please offer some suggestions as to how best to display/store/organize them? What a fun collection!

Sales Fail: Moron Tours

Ever tried to join a gym, rent an apartment or buy a house?If so, at some point, you’ve probably been a victim of the dreaded moron tour.In gyms, it follows a scripted greeting, then follows a standardized path through the gym revealing every section, every piece of equipment every, class and service and ends up with “should I put you down for month-to-month or would you rather save 25

Workspace of the Week: For all to see

This week’s Workspace of the Week is JeffreyAbbott’s open cubicle: Working in a cubicle presents a number of challenges, especially when it comes to clutter control and organization. An open cubicle, like today’s selection, magnifies these challenges. Everything must be contained, and the work surface kept as clean as possible even when in the middle of an assignment.

Does Cutting Meat, Eggs, or Dairy from Your Diet Save Money?

In October, due to some medical results and the encouragement of a dietitian, I made the choice to switch to a vegan diet (with the minor exception of occasional fish consumption) for the time being. A vegan diet simply means that I avoid meat and all animal products, which would include milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, and so forth.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Blogging and Coworking

Credit: kennymatic on flickr In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at blogging and coworking. 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.

Bygel Hanging Shower Rack Hack

Materials: Bygel Rail, Blanken Shower Shelf, Bygel metal "S" hooks Description: Not really a hack, more of a Hackea, I used to have one of those cool shelves in the corner of my shower on an extension pole. But it was getting rusty. Leaving rust on the soap. Not wanting to replace it with something that would rust out again in 5-6 years, I started searching for a replacement.

Measuring Light

Materials: Lindmon venetian blinds, Ikea measuring tape Description: I love going to the as-is section to find things I can use for school projects and I picked up some Lindmon venetian blinds to use as title blocks for a presentation. They didn't work out the way I wanted them to and put them aside.

Ask the Readers: Should I Sell My Car?

The Friday “Ask the Readers” column generally follows a set format: I introduce the topic, share a reader e-mail, give my best advice, and then ask for your feedback. Today’s column is a little different. Sarah sent me a 1000-word question, and rather than write any sort of response, I’m just going to let her have the entire space.

10 Things You Forgot You Learned in College

Sometimes you can learn really valuable things—information, examples, and guiding principles, for instance—without knowing it at the time.

Take Her Around the World for Valentine’s Day…Without Ever Leaving the Kitchen

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Sasha Martin. While dinner and a movie are fine for a typical Friday night, Valentine’s Day should be different–a cut above. Looking back over the years, the dates that stand out in my memory are the ones that prompted good conversation, created memorable experiences, and were filled with the unexpected.

99% Music Mix - Auto-Tune Your Productivity

Does your productivity have perfect pitch today? Press play on our latest music mix to tune up your focus and tune into the creative zone.