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By Mark Shead

This week in April '07

A chair with a walking stick: A unique twist to an otherwise boring Stefan chair. Playful combo of old and new. A sleek stolmen media unit: I love this one. Classy thing with miles and miles of storage for DVDs and what nots. Turtle power! A "sun" bathing den for turtles. Cowabunga!

How to Grow Your First Garden

This guest post is from Jane Sanders of DebtManagement, a writer whose two biggest passions are gardening and personal finance. Starting a vegetable garden can be one of the most rewarding hobbies you ever pursue. Gardening is a source of relaxation and exercise, while yielding hundreds of dollars worth of fresh and delicious produce.

The Importance of Drinking Water

My two-year-old daughter doesn’t balk at all the water I give her to drink. But when I told my 7-year-old son to drink a glass of water, he said, “But I’m not thirsty. Can I have root beer instead?” Suddenly I got a flashback to my early years. There was never a dull moment with my family growing up, but I didn’t learn the importance of drinking water.

How to Simplify a Complicated Decision

You make decisions every day, all day long. With all of that practice, why is it so easy to get hung up on the biggies? Snooze button or wake right up? Shower or bath? Coffee or tea? Button down shirt, or pull-over?Cereal or fruit?That's a lot to think about all before breakfast. Those are not examples of complicated decisions.

31 Life Lessons in 31 Years

Photo by Simon Pais & Vero Monaco By Tina Su “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment …” ~Thich Nhat Hanh Today, I turn 31. When I was little, I used to think people in their 30s were really old.

Getting Real TV: Barbara Corcoran On Sharks, Empires And Family

What would you want to ask the only female shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank?Well, I recently had the chance to sit down with Shark Tank star, Barbara Corcoran, who’s also the founder of a multibillion real estate empire and author of the new book, Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business.We covered a lot of ground in our nearly hour-long jaunt through her incr

True or False? "When We Are Happy We Are Always Good."

The relationship between virtue and happiness is one of the most complicated issues within the larger subject of happiness. I often think about what Oscar Wilde wrote: "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." Do you think it's generally true that "When we are happy we are always good"?

Dinner With My Family #14: Kung Pao Shrimp Skillet Meal

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. When I was a college student, one of the meals I consistently ate was ramen noodles. I could often pick up twelve packages of it for $1.

Billy desk

Materials: Billy bookshelf, board (76x75cm), 2 table-legs (Vika Kaj), screws, 4 screwing angles, edge tape Description: 1. Fix up Billy without the back board and without the middle shelf 2. Install "middle shelf" not in the middle but at an appropriate height for your desktop (I chose 75cm). Use screws and 4 L brackets to fix the self. 3. Align the edge flush to the edge of the board 4.

Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #37: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football with John Miller

While it’s now arguably America’s favorite pastime, football came close to extinction only a short time after it started. Severe injuries and even death were common in the early days of football as players used little or no protection and the rules of the game encouraged ruthless play.

Gåsgrunda Pengel Stove

Materials: Trashbasket + Toothbrush Gasket Description: This is my Gåsgrunda Pengel Stove, Its made out of 2 products from IKEA.  The Gåsgrunda Trashbasket The Gåsgrunda Toothbrush Gasket This one is very handy and reliable for all the Hackers out there.

Ask Unclutterer: Photographing sentimental objects

Reader Mary submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’ve noticed that one of the main pieces of advice you give to people looking to reduce or corral sentimental clutter is to photograph it and then toss the original item. I have to admit I am baffled by this.

Do Extreme Savers Even Need to Worry About Retirement?

I got a wonderful email from Alison about extreme saving practices and how they impact retirement. I originally intended to include it in yesterday’s mailbag, but my response grew so long that I felt it needed a post of its own. Take it away, Alison: I’ve recently read Your Money or Your Life and wanted to ask you a question about some of their unstated implications.

Do The Work. Or It’ll Do You

In 2003, author Steve Pressfield released a little book called The War of Art that went on to sell a zillion copies.But more importanty, it gave a name to what so many writers and creators of all ilk feel—Resistance—when striving to birth something worthy of a pulse. That nagging, at times snarling internal push back against the work.

Workspace of the Week: Mint condition modern

This week’s Workspace of the Week is John Megadeth’s home office: Organized is not synonymous with new, and this week’s workspace is a perfect example of how older furniture can continue to work perfectly in the present.