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By Brett Kelly

Cooking and freezing: Ideas for getting past mealtime stress

Since our son surprisingly joined our family two months ago, my husband and I have had weird eating routines. Gone were the days of sitting down and eating a well-balanced meal at the table, and in were sandwiches gobbled over the sink in a groggy, sleep-deprived daze.

The Anti-Fast Food Diet

“There is a meditation exercise in which you place a raisin in your mouth. You do not eat the raisin. You meditate and allow it to sit in your mouth unmolested. The raisin plumps up and becomes a juicy fruitness in your mouth, tempting you to bite it.

Reader Mailbag #86

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. Can you tell me a little more about how banks like ING work?

Movable laptop desk

Linda hacks together a mobile laptop desk. She didn't provide the names but I think the base is a Besta height extension unit. The shelf is supported by Capita legs. Linda says, "I have a laptop computer with a battery out of order, a subwoofer and external hard disk. I wanted a piece of furniture that could hold all of them.

Walt Disney Offers Refunds for Baby Einstein DVDs

By Xin Lu A few months ago I wrote that I thought that "educational" DVDs for babies such as Baby Einstein were a waste of money because their educational benefits were quite dubious.

Unclutterer nominated for Los Angeles Organizing Award

Each year, the Los Angeles Organizing Awards literally roll out the red carpet to honor individuals and companies in the professional organizing world.

Freelance Freedom #128

Small Amounts Matter

This article is the fifth of a thirteen-part series that explores the core tenets of Get Rich Slowly. Getting started with smart personal finance isn’t always easy. It’s one thing to read about the steps you should take, but it’s another thing to actually do them.

How to Be More Decisive

Do you struggle to make decisions? Do you sometimes find yourself dithering for ages, weighing up multiple options, or trying to second-guess what other people might want you to do? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Many people have trouble being decisive – but it’s an important trait to have, both in life and in business.Is it possible to become more decisive?

Where Did My Day Go Contest

Matthew Cornell has a great little PDF out called Where the !@#% did my day go? He has offered to let me give a copy away here on Productivity501.  See below for information about the contest. “Where the !@#% did my day go?” is designed to help you adopt a daily planning routine. It assumes that you have some type of task management and calendar system in place, already.

Michael Bierut: 5 Secrets from 86 Notebooks

About This PresentationRenowned graphic designer Michael Bierut claims that he's not creative.

Tim Brown on Creativity and Play

Tim Brown's TED talk touches on the importance of trust, visual stimulation, and diversions in creating a great creative environment.

On Manly Loyalty

In Dante’s Inferno, Dante takes an allegorical journey through the nine levels of Hell. With Virgil as his guide, he ventures through nine concentric circles, each level inhabited by successively worse sinners.

How to Breakdance 101

An impromptu b-boying lesson at home after some Bulleit bourbon. Don’t drink and dance. Breakin’ 2 did it. It was 1984 and I was convinced I would be a professional breakdancer.

Review: The Bogleheads’ Guide to Retirement Planning

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Ever since I first gave it a sincere read-through in late 2006, The Bogleheads’ Guide to Investing has been my go-to guide for investment advice, the first place I turn when I have a question about investing.