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Meet Mark McGuinness: Biz Coach To Creative Pros and Artists

This is the third post in my BS-Free Business Masters series, where I introduce you to a small gathering of people who specialize in getting you and your business where you want to go.It bears repeating, one of my key criteria in selecting and sharing each of these people is that they’ve succeed, often many times over, at creating their businesses, before turning to the business of helping o

How to Keep a Conversation Going

It happens to the best of us: we’re talking to someone we’ve just met, and the conversation is stalling. We don’t know where to take it, how to keep it going and the silence is making us feel awkward.

SimpliFried round-up

It’s difficult for me to believe, but our sister site SimpliFried has been live for two weeks now.

Savings Under the Kitchen Sink

Yep, under the kitchen sink. Like a lot of people, the cupboard under our kitchen sink is chock full of all sorts of household items. A few days ago, I was searching for a replacement water filter, as we have an under-the-sink water filtration system and the filter was due to be replaced.

Accelerated Design: Streamline Your Workflow

Credit: Gamma-Ray Productions/Flickr Two weeks ago, in Part One of this article were tips on how to assess a rush job and when it might be a good idea to turn one down. Some of this season’s Layer Tennis contestants also shared thoughts about how they work under the strain of a tight deadline.

Cheap Vika Glasholm Bathroom hack

Materials: Vika glasholm (2X) glass clamp fittings for wall/floor Description: So here's the problem, bathroom shower cabins are expensive (very expensive) And most of the time too small for my taste, so i went looking for a walk in shower system only to discover these were ABSURDLY expensive. So the next best idea was to make something myself and just go DIY.

Creating a home paper management system

Reader Steve sent us a great solution for keeping mail off his family’s kitchen counter tops and dining table: Our problem was that every piece of mail, receipt, kids artwork, etc. lands in our kitchen and ends up in endless piles. With everything from tax forms to our 4-year old’s “masterpieces” piled together, we never know where anything is.

Caring for Aging Parents

As more of my friends enter middle age, they’re talking less about how to care for their kids and more about how to care for their parents.

Resolutions With A Reason: 10 Things That Should Be On Your List But Probably Aren’t

Presented before you is a list unlike others. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, a list of decidedly different goals you might have missed or have never considered. The affinity for resolve and bettering our lives leaves many with high hopes, unattainable and good intentions, forgotten. We promise to get work-out more, floss more, fight less or kick fear to the curb.

12 Ways to Jumpstart Your Life

Sometimes we get a little stuck in life -- we set New Year's resolutions and they peter out after a month, we want to exercise but can never get our butts in gear, we want to make positive changes but don't have the time or energy.If that describes you in any way, don't worry: you're not alone. Not even close.In fact, I would say it describes most of us.

Ikea's Kvartal - A super-easy bike rack

Materials: Kvartal Wall Fitting Description: I love Ikea's Stolmen for building a bike rack, yet my current apartment required a different approach to store my roadbike. I needed a vertical rack. I found my solution in Ikea's Kvartal. I bought two wall fittings for $4.99 each.

When Everything Stops

This past weekend, our infant son fell quite ill. He got a very high fever that kept spiking up to a worryingly high number, then falling a bit, then spiking again. He was completely lethargic.

Turning Vacations into Adventures-Part II

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Erik D. Kennedy. In Part I, we covered the first two principles of turning vacations into adventures: stay with residents and go easy on the planning.

Upholstered IKEA Fjellse

Materials: Fjellse bed, staple gun, mattress pad topper, fabric Description: I wanted to create a substantial guest bed on a major budget. I began with the IKEA Fjellse bed, cut up an inexpensive foam mattress pad topper, stapled it to the backside of the frame, and stapled fabric over it. The fabric I used was an IKEA curtain panel that was leftover from another room.

How to Be Flexible (Even if You’re Not) or How I Learned To Pull The Stick From My Butt

Do you like to be in control? Do you hate being in unfamiliar positions? Do your friends laugh at you and say you’re too uptight? Or are you too intense to have friends? Don’t worry, you’re not alone – I used to be that guy. I had to be in control of my situation at all times. I didn’t try new things. I never stepped out of my comfort level.