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By Trent Hamm

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: New Years Resolutions Edition

Over the past week, I’ve done a lot of reading and thinking about the art of the successful New Year’s resolution. I thought I’d share some of the best with you this week. What to Do When Your Fire Runs Out I wrote this article for OPEN Forum as a look at how to handle any life situation where your fire to move forward is gone.

Books for Freelance Mobile Application Developers

Credit: Johan Larsson/Flickr Developing applications, especially for mobile devices, is hot right now: there are tons of companies that want to create an app that’s usable on the iPhone or another mobile platform. But it’s a specialized area of development and you may need some resources to make sure that you’re able to give your clients exactly what they want.

Upholstered Ikea Besta

Materials: Besta, hammer, upholstery nails, pen, ruler, paper Description: We used Besta cabinets for this project. 1. Cut a piece of paper in a pattern that you like and trace it on the doors. 2. I then marked, with a pencil, where I wanted the nails to be. 3. Hammer down an upholstery nail on each marking 4. Enjoy!

Pet Insurance: Is It Worth the Cost?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. My cat, Monster, died two weeks ago after a struggle with cancer. Monster followed me home one day when I was 17; he was with me through every heartbreak, every move, job, boyfriend, and roommate.

5 Smart Nutrition Tips To Deal With Holiday Excess

It’s the HOLIDAYS! Isn’t it just brilliant?! If you’re anything like me then you’re rapt that finally, you have time away from your normal routine and the chance to engage with family and friends.


Because of the blizzard that hit New York City, we ended up staying an extra day in Kansas City (and were extremely lucky to get tickets with such a short delay). The city is digging out from the snow, and I'm digging out from the backlog on my desk. I'm running late!

Being Present

Note: This article was extracted from the daily emails. By Tina Su Monday, last week was a crazy ride of a day. First, it was my son’s one year old birthday, and we were planning a big party – 24 adults and 8 babies.

GRS Blogger Profile: April Dykman

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. This week, each of the authors will share a brief bio to give readers a little background. Enjoy! I’ve been writing for GRS for a little more than a year now, but I’ve been a writer since I was seven years old.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Plan for the Resolution

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 28. Create a plan to achieve that resolution. Yesterday, we discussed the usefulness of coming up with a single specific resolution for the coming year.

Hang it up

Materials: Ung Drill Frame, Anno Sanela Panel Fabric, Hot Glue, Cork, Pins Description: 1. Remove backside of Ung frame 2. Cut a roll of cork to fit in the backside of your frame 3. Hot glue cotton batting to cork 4. Wrap batting and cork with fabric. I happened to have leftovers from my Anno Sanela Panels and used this to upholster my cork/batting. 5. Place into frame and secure 6.

Find Your Inner Child: 10 Ideas That Work

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity.” ~T.H. Huxley Was your childhood tragic enough to murder your inner child? Unfortunately, as an adult survivor, you may have blocked bad memories enough to deny your inner child their opportunity to thrive. Your inner child has been hiding for too long.

Buffet Expedit

Materials: EXPEDIT / EXPEDIT ACCESSORY / GLIRA Description: I took a "16 boxes EXPEDIT", and turned it to a buffet. I didn't put the 2 top racks on their places but I replaced them in other boxes (photo #1) with cleats (#2) to create smaller compartments where I can arrange CD or other stuff. On the top, the left large place became a bar (#3).

Unclutter Your Life in One Week released in paperback

Today is the official release of Unclutter Your Life in One Week in paperback. I’m extremely excited about today and this event for many reasons: Not all books printed as hardcovers ever make it to paperback. Making it to paperback is a sign that the publisher continues to believe the content of the book is worth staying in publication.

Custom lamp from 2 Ikea items

Materials: Old Ikea Lamp, Ikea Anno Inez curtain panel Description: I had an old, discontinued Ikea floor lamp with a paper shade (predecessor to the DUDERO). The paper became shabby and torn after a few years with kids, so I decided to create a new lampshade. First, I cut off as much paper as possible from the metal rings that held the shade, then soaked the rest off with water.

2011 Resolution #2: Play Music

In an effort to talk about the power of goal-setting along with some methods of setting and achieving goals, I’m going to discuss my three resolutions for 2011 this week. Another of my 2010 resolutions was to learn to play the piano, which is something I feel is coming along very well.