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The Danger of the Rich Act

Dinner With My Family will return next week. Right now, I am in (arguably) the best financial shape of my life. I’ve paid off all of my debts except for my mortgage and I’ve got a healthy amount in savings as well. Each month, I’m bringing in more than I’m spending. Many families in this situation might find themselves eyeing more expensive things.

Feeling Angry, Resentful, or Self-Critical? Make the Positive Argument.

I've discovered an almost uncannily effective strategy to keep myself from going into downward spirals of resentment, blame, and self-accusation -- when, for instance, I find myself brooding over thoughts like, "I'm not getting enough work done" or "My daughters don't get along very well." When I realize I'm having thoughts like this (and I'll admit, just realizing that I'm having this kind o

EFFEKTIV standing desk

Materials: EFFEKTIV filing cabinet, wood boards, table legs Description: The base of this hack is an EFFEKTIV filing cabinet with castors. I added some table legs and wooden boards to create a standing desk with a monitor support to get it up to eye height. The height of the table legs depends on how tall you are.

How We Shop for Children’s Clothes

It’s the middle of spring. We’ve seen our first 90 degree day in central Iowa. That means, of course, that it’s time to take stock of our clothing.

Workspace of the Week: Purrrrfect setup

This week’s Workspace of the Week is LauraCone’s workspace at home: This is one of the most adorable little offices I have ever seen. First of all, the artwork makes me smile immensely. The addition of what appears to be the cat’s paw print in plaster hanging below the kitty painting made me even more happy.

Good Pain. Bad Pain. How Do You Know?

Two years ago, I was trail-running and snapped a bone in my foot. I hobbled home and hauled myself over to the orthopedist. Well, okay, my wife actually hauled me over, I couldn’t stand.It was a clean break, which means the bone was completely separated and there was a risk that the piece would heal out of position if I continued to walk on it.

Ask the Readers: But What If I *AM* Materialistic?

I’ve received a lot of interesting out-of-the-ordinary questions from GRS readers recently. Two weeks ago, for instance, Rita asked about the moral implications of spending. This week, Crystal wants to know: What if she is materialistic? Is that wrong?

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Freelancing as a Student

Advertise here with BSA In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at getting ahead as a student and transitioning from student to freelancer. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

How to Turn Your Dream Into a Plan In Five Simple Steps

I’m sure you have plenty of dreams for your life. They might bubble away at the back of your mind. They might loom in your thoughts all day. They might even keep you awake at night.Dreams can be powerful, encouraging and even a bit scary.

6 Expert Ways to Maximize Your Social Capital

In most industries and professions, there are plenty of other people who do what you do. You need social capital in order to get recognized, remembered, recommended … and hired. Social capital is generated when you invest in your relationships, by being as valuable as you possibly can be in your network.

Be Gretchen. Make Strange Lists, For Fun.

One of my idiosyncrasies is my love of taking notes, copying quotations, making odd lists, gathering examples in various categories, and the like.

On Graduation Day

Today, I’m pretty busy with family events. My son is graduating from his preschool today. We take him to a private preschool that has a great blend of academics and constructive play time that we just love, but this is his final day there. In August, he’ll be moving on to kindergarten.

7 Simple Tips To Deal With Negative People

“The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most.” ~Peaceful Warrior Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Celestine Chua of The Personal Excellence Blog. Have you ever dealt with negative people before? If you have, you will know that the experience can be quite a downer. I used to have an ex-colleague who was very negative.


Materials: 1 x MALM super king size bed; 2 x ALSARP single size; usual tools; 2 piece of wide elastic band or strong ribbonde Description: This is not my idea (I read about it here and was featured on Ikeahackers here), and it has been done before, but it is so useful and relatively easy that I thought I'd share.

If your home were burning …

California-based professional organizer Jeri Dansky tipped us off to the fantastic website The Burning House. From the website’s “About Us” section: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities.