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By John Wesley

Clothing Fit: Dealing with Weight Loss and Gain

This holiday season many of us will be eating large meals and spending time with family watching our favorite sporting events.  Another portion of us will start our New Year’s resolutions and make exercise and healthy eating a part of our daily lives.  Either way, quite a few of us will discover over the next few months that our clothing doesn’t fit the way it used to.

Eight Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives over the Holidays.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for dealing with difficult relatives over the holidays. For many people, the holidays are a joyous time; for many people, the holidays are a dreaded holiday. One factor that can make it tough is spending time with difficult relatives. Here are some strategies for keeping family dinners pleasant: 1.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Kits

For high school graduation, my uncle bought me an emergency kit for my car. At the time, I thought it was the most boring gift ever.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Is ‘user-friendly’ and ‘intuitive’ software really simpler?Should software developers expect more from end-users? Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2009 Gift Giving Guide: All the small thingsWe’re starting off Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide talking about stocking stuffers. How to maximize coupon savingsFind out how Kathy Spe

achieving, without goals

Post written by Leo Babauta. It was only a couple years ago that I was completely focused on goals … and I accomplished a lot by setting and working on goals. I ran several marathons, lost a lot of weight, got out of debt, started a fairly successful blog … the list of goals I achieved is long.

The dreaded Kids Train Table with a new twist

Materials: Lack Shelving Unit, Casters, Interior Door Description: We had used the Lack shelving unit as a playtable (on it's side) for our 2 year old twins, because it had the perfect height and lots of storage underneath.

Day 32: Would You Do This For 10 Minutes A Day To Retire 10 Years Early?

Is retiring early one of your life’s dreams? Do you long to be able to take off a few years while you are still young and healthy and travel, spend time on your hobbies or doing something else you love?

IKEA shelf-evators

Materials: Capita legs, Ekby Viktor shelves, Ekby Joxa bracket rail Description: I recently took a job teaching online in which I work from home, meaning I needed to convert part of my living/dining room into a home office. My biggest problems were accommodating my extensive library of academic books, and finding space for easily-accessed office supplies.

Ten Life Lessons from Richard Branson

Richard Branson clearly knows a thing or two about success. At 20, he started a mail order shop, and opened a recording studio a short while later.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Turkey Day Edition

For this week’s roundup, I dug deep into my own site archives as well as the archives of other sites for some great articles about the upcoming holiday – saving money on it, utilizing resources effectively, and making the day as valuable to all involved as possible. Enjoy, and have fun tomorrow. 5 Ways to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner Besides Going Potluck A nice little collection

Position Yourself as a Marketing Expert: Interview with Mistina Picciano

Before starting her copywriting firm, Market It Write, Mistina Picciano worked as Vice President of Communications at Guardsmark, a $500-million security services firm.

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!