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By Chanpory Rith

Do You Really Need it Every Day?

Two bloggers meet in a smoky bar… They’ve both been at it for years. Veterans. Each growing giant readerships, respected and renowned by their peers. Both writing on similar topics. One, however, seems burnt and harried, while the other is kicking back enjoying life.

Some Thoughts on Moods and Spending

For me, September is the unhappiest month of the year. Sarah, after being off all summer, returns to work at the end of August, leaving me alone at home many days with my thoughts and my work. This also means that the children’s daycare attendance increases as well. The house goes from noisy and happy to empty and quiet.

Tips for encouraging children’s chores

On the continued topic of inspiring children to establish organized routines, the HGTV website has a helpful article on motivating and prompting kids to clean up their rooms. From the article “Cleaning Children’s Rooms“: Make a cleaning map for a child’s room, showing where everything is to be stored.

Your Credit Report Card

Mark Frauenfelder is the co-founder of my favorite sites, Boing Boing (which is a “directory of wonderful things”). Mark’s also a GRS reader. He dropped me a line the other day to tell me about a new project he’s been following. Today, Credit.com is launching a free new online financial tool called Credit Report Card.

Dealing with Difficulties

I was reading a biography of Albert Einstein and was struck by his determination and persistence.  It wasn’t the way that he developed his theory of relativity that was impressive.  I was impressed with the way he approached difficult reading materials when he was young. Einstein had been given a book by Maxwell about electromagnetic.  He started reading and made it about 10 pages into

You Are Neglecting Your Most Important Relationship

There’s one crucial relationship in your life that I’m pretty sure you’re neglecting. And if you’re one of those people who gives a lot of themselves to others and always drops everything to give a friend a hand, you’re definitely neglecting it. Nope, it’s not your relationship with your partner, your mom, or even your kids.

Some Thoughts on a Cultural Shift Towards Frugality

Jenna writes in: Do you think frugality is more socially acceptable now than it was a few years ago? Many of my friends are spending less money than they used to and we swap tips on how to save money all the time. This is a new thing for us. I’ve been asked questions along the same lines by reporters many, many times over the last year. “People are now acting frugal. Why is this?

Shaky no more Billy

Andrew adds some stability to the Billy bookcases. "My wife and I just purchased 6 Billy bookcases to go in our dining room. Having read some people complain that they could be a bit wobbly, I did the following.

Linkswitch #9

Breathtaking Typographic Posters: “You can’t design without type. However, yon can use only type (or mostly only type) to create breath-taking designs. In fact, many graphic designers and artists take exactly this route to communicate their ideas through their works.

Investing 101: How Diversification Reduces Risk

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Quick!

Routine cards to help kids organize their schedule

Website LivingLocurto has a wonderful set of cards to help young children establish a morning routine. The Kid’s Morning Routine free printable cards are a simple way to help organized habits get started early: There is also free for download on the site a beautiful After School Routine Poster. Check out more back-to-school printables from Living Locurto. (Image from Living Locurto.

Francis Ford Coppola's Insight About Sin.

A smart friend told me that I had to read The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje. Even though this wasn’t a topic in which I had much interest, he spoke so highly of it that I decided to read it. He was right. It's a fascinating book, on many levels.

Lekman cover up

Genna who is one of the Kitchen and Dining co-workers at Ikea Houston (hello to all you guys out there!) glams up the Lekman box. Nice touch. "This one is pretty straight forward. I have an Expedit tv unit but needed closed storage. I didn't want to spend a lot and so the Lekman box was the best price. Although, the Lekman by itself is not the best looking thing.

The Best Sounds for Getting Work Done

Lifehacker runs down the classical-music-as-productivity-booster debate, and then recommends several sources for work-boosting sounds.

To Stop Swine Flu, Skip Office Meetings

Great excuse, or true virus-stopper?