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By Chanpory Rith

Look Out for Changes to Your Bank Accounts

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last year Congress passed the massive Dodd-Frank bill as a response to the reckless actions of Wall Street and to establish protections for consumers.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #11

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Ralph Waldo Emerson on the “good old days” Unemployment is at 9% or so and the media bemoans financial apocalypse. A few years ago, unemployment was at 5% or 6% and everyone talked about prosperity.

Spotlight on Dean Wilson, winner of the Ikea Hack of 2010

I recently finished painting the Campbell's Soup mural in our kitchen using the same method as the Reservoir Dogs design, a projector, pencils, posca pens and paint. We've seen the winning hack. Let's get to know Dean, aka thedesignguy behind the gorgeous Pax sliding doors room divider.

Socker Lamps

Materials: SOCKER zink flower pot, HEMMA cord set Description: We needed some cheap lamps for our upstairs hall and stairs.

Dinner With My Family #10: Curry Pumpkin Soup and Sandwiches

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. I’ll be the first to admit that when I heard of the idea of curry pumpkin soup, I thought it sounded dreadful. Pumpkin soup?

Why You Should Keep Watching TV

I’m guessing you’ve read a fair few blog posts which warn you about the evils of TV. You might even have tried stopping watching TV altogether – perhaps checking out Steve’s post, The 5 Step Process to Complete TV Elimination. Now, I’m all in favor of productivity.

Blinding!

Materials: Lindmon wooden blind, wood glue Description: Put the blind into the shut position so that all of the slats are lying flat, and lay this on the floor. Decide the size you would like your notice board to be: I opted for the easy size which is a square the same dimensions as the width of the blind, meaning no cutting or sawing needed.

Conduct a "Pre-Mortem."

When I was at the SXSW Interactive conference last week, I had the chance to meet Guy Kawasaki. I'm a big fan of his work, and I'd interviewed him, but I'd never met him in person. Guy has worn many hats – entrepreneur, investment banker, venture capitalist, and general visionary. He’s written eight books and founded an extremely useful website, Alltop.

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta. Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living? I did this for many years. It was as if life were just passing by, and I was waiting for something to happen. I always felt like I was preparing for something later. But today isn’t preparation for tomorrow.

The 10 Commandments of the At-Home Dinner Date

  Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mike Fisher,  a classically trained chef and consummate bachelor. Few dates are better than having dinner at home. Without the distractions of a restaurant, all of the focus can be on you and your date.  You’ll find that the conversation will be more comfortable and honest.

Fear.less, SXSW and Inc.com

It’s been an incredible whirlwind of a week.I’m deep into the final edits on my next book (hoping to be able to reveal the name and cover at some point soon). Busy plotting and scheming a few new and re-envisioned ventures and recently returned from Austin, Texas, where the internet was on spring break.And, I wanted to share a few cool things with you.1.

Ask Unclutterer: Conversation topics to discuss before moving in with someone

Reader Kristen submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My fiancee and I will marry on May 1, and although we both currently room with VERY messy and disorganized roomies, we both agree on keeping our future home clean and organized.

Some Thoughts on Balancing “Fun” Spending and Planning for the Future

One of my biggest splurges each year comes in August, when I travel to Indianapolis with a few friends and attend GenCon, a gaming convention. During a given year, my wife usually goes on some sort of trip by herself as well, often to visit family in the Pacific Northwest. I usually pick up a new game and a new book about once a month, on average.

Workspace of the Week: Inherited desk

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Agaetis’ home recording studio: I really enjoyed the description that went with Agetis’ office images: This is my little home studio. I do mostly audio but have dabbled a bit with video. The desk is actually my great uncles who was an author, even had a few movies made out of his books.

Freelancing On-the-go: Wi-Fi Wireless Woes

Credit: @Saigon on Flickr As I sit here in the Melbourne Airport, it’s starting to dawn on me that I’ve been looking at travel and freelancing with decidedly rose-colored glasses. Up to this point I have always thought that working while on the move was a relatively simple thing.