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The Simplest Productivity System + $250 Giveaway!

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel. By Tina Su For the past few months, I’ve been catching myself constantly mumbling “I’m busy”. And it’s true. I’m a mom, I operate this lovely personal happiness blog called Think Simple Now, and I run a weddin photography business.

Christmas Gifts That Make a Difference

This the first post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality, intentional living and lifeitsownself at Surviving And Thriving. Grandma probably doesn’t want another scented candle, but she could very well use a ride to the store.

The Short Guide to Finding Fulfillment

If you would ask me what is the one thing most people in our society need, I would say fulfillment. One of the most complex human emotions and in my perspective, one of the noblest things to aim for in life.

Redesign an Outdated 90s Website – Winner Announced!

We were so excited to see the number of great entries we received in our ‘Redesign an Outdated 90s Website‘ challenge. To everyone who participated, well done!

Happiness Is...Platform 9 and 3/4 in New York City's Union Square Station.

A friend sent me this photo. It made me so happy. I love New York City! And, of course, I love Harry Potter. * On Twitter? Follow me @gretchenrubin.

90 iPhone and iPad Apps for Freelancers

When you think of iOS apps for freelancing you probably think of Time Tracking and Invoicing right? That’s what I think of, and while there are a lot of great apps for doing precisely those two chores, there are in fact a lot of apps to help you do a lot of other things too. Like what? How about an app for scanning in business cards for filing?

Handling the “Estate Meeting”

Sometime during this week, I’m planning on sitting down with my siblings and my parents and hashing out the specific details of their estate – who will be the executor, how it will be split up, and so on. My parents don’t have a large estate, but they do have a number of personal items that different individuals are going to want. Some of these items have significant value.

Day 31: Why You Need To Stop Spanking This Starting Today

No matter who you are, there’s one person who never cuts you any slack, who is with you 24/7, who believes you can always do better, and somehow finds a way to make you feel bad about yourself – no matter how hard you try. It’s no wonder your confidence is so low, with the daily butt spanking and beat down you endure minute by minute by this uncaring, demanding, perfection driven person

Lack gone oriental

Materials: Lack table, decoupage paper, thin metal plate, decoupage glue, decoupage lacquer, pencil, all-purpose glue Description: We had this Lack table for ages and wanted something fresh without investing a lot of money or having to throw out something that is still good. So I decided to spice up our Lack table to match our colorful living room. Step by step: 1.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Pampered grooming gifts for him

There aren’t many gifts more practical than grooming items. All of these items are utilitarian and functional, but are luxurious enough that they’re likely not something a man in your life will routinely buy for himself.

How to Start a Cozy Fireplace Fire

script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://thirdparty.fmpub.net/placement/363117?fleur_de_sel=[timestamp]“>This post is brought to you by Goodyear. Click here to learn more about Winter Reactive Technology from Goodyear. What's this? One of my favorite things about winter is spending time next to a warm and cozy fireplace fire.

IKEA Play Supermarket

Materials: Babord Shoe Racks, IKEA fabric Description: The original idea was to purchase a play kitchen/supermarket for my daughter's birthday. We looked around in stores, but everything we saw, was either too small, too expensive or too plasticky.

Making It All Work – Getting Perspective at Thirty Thousand Feet: Goals and Objectives

This is the fifteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. “What do I want to achieve?” Allen opens the chapter with this question and it really underlines everything that this chapter is about.

Client Presentation Tips for Designers

credit: Spence Photo/flickr Presenting designs to clients is a tricky part of the project cycle. You need to convince the client that your vision is worth following, and there’s a lot at stake. On one side of the outcome spectrum lies helpful feedback and renewed motivation; on the other side there are endless design iterations and versioning nightmares.

Review: Five Books

Over drinks the other night, my friend looked over both of her shoulders, giggled nervously, and then very quietly confessed to me that she doesn’t read fiction. I patted my friend on the shoulder, told her it would be okay, and then shared with her one of my favorite new sites for discovering non-fiction works.