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By Mark Shead

Best Style Websites for Men

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various websites to contribute different articles on tech-related themes. I occasionally do a guest column there. My latest is a rundown on the best style websites out there for men (besides this one of course!). Thought you guys would enjoy it. You can check out the whole article here.

Southern Charm Mason Jar Chandelier

Materials: Kroken-ceiling mounted utensil rack, Hemma-black cord set, Mason Jars Description: We hand-crafted this chandelier comprised of twelve (12) wide mouth Mason jars lit from within by compact fluorescent bulbs. The design is a reflection of old-school Southern hospitality repositioned in a contemporary artistic framework. We began by drilling holes into the tops of each jar.

Trent Hamm on Haircuts and Frugality

I don’t really think it’s “cool” to go to a salon or a barbershop and wait for long periods.

Nyttja frame becomes a notice board

Materials: Nyttja wooden frame Description: Before, to note to buy or to do list, I used a piece of durable plastic (right). It wasn't pretty to look at. So I was looking for another and cheap way to write my list on. I had two Ikea wooden frames, the inset at the back was damaged, I couldn't use it as a frame anymore.

Reader Mailbag: Sad Child

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Spouse with large savings 2. Split payment offer 3. Late taxes and debts 4. Elizabeth Warren 5. Timing of Roth IRA contributions 6. Funeral budgeting 7. Orange Loan from ING 8. Escrow account question 9.

Collecting What’s Due to You

credit: Robert S. Donovan/Flickr It’s enough to drive a freelancer over the edge: you work for hours and hours on a project, putting together something that you hope will knock the socks off of your client. Then, when the project is complete, suddenly something happens. The client doesn’t pay you.

Evil Plans: Success Is More Complex Than Failure

Evil Plans is Hugh MacLeod’s crazy-hot new book of thoughts and drawings on the topic of bringing cool things…like your life…to life.One part motivation, one part entrepreneurship, one part marketing, one part fun, all parts provocative raconteur, the book not only shares great ideas and insights, it entertains and engages along the way.What Makes it Different?

Storing bed sheets

If your linen closet is cluttered and overflowing with bed sheets, it might be time to unclutter and organize your collection. Start by sorting through your sheets and pulling out any that don’t match, are stained, damaged, or shouldn’t be in circulation.

Alex Cooling

Materials: Vika Alex, Revoltec PC-fans, ruler, jigsaw, Codegen 350w PSU Description: 1. Mod the PSU by short-circuiting it so you don't have to make an on/off-switch. Then cut away all of the cables that you don't need and make it look somewhat more beautiful by using regular electrical tape. 2. Check the fans are working. Check! 3.

Dolly bunkbed

Materials: gorm shelves Description: I decided to make a dolly bunkbed for my daughter's dollies by using two sets of Ikea gorm height extension posts and two short three plank gorm shelves. Simply made two mattresses out of fabric scraps bound with the Ikea iron-on hemming tape and filled with polyfill. The blankies were cut from an old Ikea fleece blanket.

An 11-Year-Old’s First Budget

This is a guest post from Andrea Deckard, who publishes Savings Lifestyle, a website that helps people save on what they need so they can spend on what they want. Growing up, my parents taught me very little about financial responsibility. It wasn’t until college, when my parents expected me to pay my own car insurance, that I was forced to learn the basics of budgeting.

Extreme Makeover - Resume Edition

Do you have a resume? Is it a little out of date?If you are one of the 13.9 million Americans who are currently unemployed and looking for work, I'm sure you'd be the first to tell us that finding a job is down right difficult right now. It's arguable that there's never been a more important time to polish up your resume and portray yourself in the best light possible.

How to Make Life Work in Your Favor

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How to Make Companies Beg to be Your Client

This is the third in a weekly series showing freelancers and business owners ways to spend an hour per week building a basic marketing program. Last week we showed you how to identify your best customers and prospects. This week we show you how tell your story in a way that makes customers want to work with you.

8 Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism. Which I Find Very, Very Challenging.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for dealing calmly with criticism. I have a very hard time being criticized, corrected, or accused – even of the smallest mistakes – and I react very angrily.