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By Tony Clark

Ten Useful & Interesting Google Docs Hacks

It's true that Google Docs isn't perfect. It's true that it cannot be compared to Microsoft Office. Not yet. But the fact of the matter is that it is the best web office tool available and millions of users use it everyday.Google Docs, since its inception has been rising steadily in popularity.

How To Write When You Think You Can’t

When you have to write something and you feel as if a family of butterflies has taken up residence in your stomach, you aren’t alone. Many people become anxious when they attempt to write. Some get panicky at the sight of the blank page and say they have a writing phobia.No one is born with a writing gene. With a little work and effort, anyone can write.

Recover your armchair

Jill B got sorta sick of the outdated fabric. She says, "Ikea makes such nice fabric by the yard. Why don't they use it on the furniture?" So she updated it with a new cover she sewed herself.  Via designspongeonline.

How to Get In Shape When You’re Over 40 and Injured

In part 1 of this series, I revealed what I called my Freedom Framework, a 7-phase approach to reclaiming your body, health and mindset.

How Do You Remember to Count to Ten?

I'm quick-tempered, and one of my greatest happiness-project challenges is to bite my tongue; an excellent way to boost my happiness is to keep my resolution to "Leave things unsaid." In the end, I'm always happier when I don't make some angry or snarky comment. But easier said than done. This is particularly difficult with my husband.

Ikea blue shopping bag into messenger bag

My local Ikea has just started to turn green. (Yeah, we're slow.) So no more free plastic bags. Everyone is encouraged to buy one of the blue Frakta bags and bring them along whenever they shop. I think it's great and I love my blue Frakta bags. Sturdy. Roomy. You can sling it or carry it. I keep one in the car to haul groceries and whatever I buy.

Monday fun!

It's Monday! And I figured we could all use a laugh or two. Here's a video a friend sent me and it features some pretty great hacking. (I heard that this commercial is banned!)

3 Ways to Maintain Your Weight While Working Behind a Desk

If you have ever changed jobs you know the transition can often mean big changes to your daily schedule and habits. Due to the advancement of technology, many people are finding themselves behind a desk rather than out in a field or on the go.

Eight Reasons to Read Fiction

When did you last read a novel, or a collection of short stories? There’s a good chance it was at least a few weeks ago: many of us lead busy lives and focus on reading books related to our career aspirations, if we read at all.I studied English as an undergraduate, and I’m taking a creative writing post-graduate course now ...

Desk for IKEA Lo bed

Bart makes a desk for her daughter's loft bed. He says, "I made this desk for my daughter’s Ikea Lo loft bed. It was her idea to make the desk under the bed, as she likes sleeping high. It also makes good use of the space in the small room. Actually most of the work was figuring out the design and the dimensions.

Living Your Best Life: It’s the One You Feed

I recently heard about this legend of a conversation between an old Cherokee Indian and his grandson. The message is great but the storytelling is even better.One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. 

He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil - It is anger, envy, jealousy, greed, and arrogance.

Bonde sideboard

Oscar Cederwall from Bålsta, Sweden converts the Bonde TV Add-on into a handsome sideboard. Oscar says, "I did this hack a couple of years ago. The color of my Bonde side board is not available any more as far as I know. The main reason for why I decided to build my own side board from Bonde is because I liked the frosted glass doors and I really like the CD drawers for the Bonde series.

Cijaye gets the Perfekt scrapbooking room

The hacking is minor but the idea is a nice one. Instead of plates, the Perfekt Plate Racks houses her papers and books. Two of them form the legs for her craft table. Cijaye says, "I had a small extra room (previously used as a spare bed/craft/toy room) that needed to be converted to an organized scrapbooking room.

Leksvik craft table

Frida hacks a stand-up-and-craft table. She says, "It is the Leksvik bar table that I have altered with a shelf and painted, also shortened the legs." The legs are shortened about 4 inches from the top. And Frida fitted a glulam shelf at the base for her sewing machines and other crafty things. Finally, a coat of paint. See more of Frida's craft table.

How to Plan a Kick-Butt Road Trip

Do you have a bad road trip story? Join the club. Almost everyone I meet has one, and the ones that don’t have a bad story haven’t been on a road trip, so they don’t count. How do these vacations go wrong? The idea of the open road seemed so inviting when you said to your family or friends, “Hey, I know!