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Get Rich Slowly

By J.D. Roth

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!

How To Cope When You're Feeling Exhausted

We all have days (and in some cases, weeks or months) when we just feel exhausted. Just getting out of bed feels like a huge effort, and by the time we’ve stumbled to work, downed a grande-sized triple-strength latte, and switched on the computer, we just want to go back to sleep.

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Brand

Trademarks are often some of the most valuable assets of a business – legend has it that Coke® is the second most well known word in the world after “hello.” The Google® brand is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion. A trademark is a brand name, logo, or slogan that distinguishes your business’ products or services from those of competitors.

How To Be Happier – in Four Easy Lessons.

I realized that I’ve never done a post about my Four Splendid Truths, although I think about them all the time. I named these realizations the “Four Splendid Truths” because I was reading a lot about Buddhism when I started to come up with the list.

Cost of a New Computer

It is very easy to underestimate the cost of a new computer. The cost of purchasing a computer is relatively straightforward. You pay the price that on the sticker. However, there are two other areas of cost that are often overlooked. Let’s briefly look at each of them. Maintenance costs Computers are like cars.

One for fat candles

Clive makes a few modifications to the Skimmer candlestick to allow it to hold large stubby candles. He says, "I've just hacked an Ikea Skimmer candlestick, to complement an existing candle stick I'd made from scratch (the tall one). Skimmer hacked for spike-style candles Stage 1, with the top bezel sprayed black, and with a screw fixed in upside down to act as a spike to hold the candle in pl