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By Brett Kelly

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2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Wax Vacuum This week’s unitasker is a product that doesn’t do what it claims to do (suck wax out of your ears) and doesn’t do what I wish it did (erase embarrassing memories) and is only “Similar” to an As-Seen-on-TV product.

How To Order Wine [VIDEO]

Do you always feel confused and a bit intimidated when ordering wine at a restaurant? Well, in this week’s video Sommelier Gerald Morgan Jr. of Simplified Wine gives viewers easy tips for how to order wine without looking like an idiot. If you have any follow-up questions about ordering wine, ask them at YouTube. Gerald is answering questions there.

Duke Ellington: A Life On the Road

Duke Ellington spent forty years traveling, composing, and performing. Ellington composed as he lived, on the road and on the fly. He wrote his pieces in hotel rooms, Pullman cars, and chartered buses, then rehearsed them in the recording studio the next afternoon or on the bandstand the same night.

Choosing Income-Positive Hobbies and Projects – And Fifteen Examples to Get You Started

Like almost everyone in America, I fill my spare time with a number of projects and a handful of hobbies.

5 Secrets of People Who Follow Through with their Creative Aspirations

"The starting point of all success is desire" ~Napoleon Hill We are busy. Time flies. We have routines and habits that guide us through our days and to-do lists. However, there is another part of us that runs parallel to this experience. Next to our to-do list is another list that we keep close to our heart. This is the list of things we hope to someday accomplish.

What Are People REALLY Saying About WDS 2014?

After spending hundreds of hours in preparation and then hosting a week-long adventure for thousands of awesome people, I don’t actually say much about it afterward, at least not on the blog.

Outfitted & Equipped: Urban Exploration

This post is brought to you by New Balance. Make excellent happen. Editor’s note: This gallery was curated by urban explorer Pete Gyftakis. Urban exploration (also known as urbex) is the exploration of structures, usually abandoned buildings/ruins or areas not typically seen by man. I got into urban exploration a little over 3 years ago.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: July 25, 2014

Last week’s winner was…still to be determined. Check your email folks! My Picks This Week The Explorer’s Shirt (made for Huckberry by San Francisco company Taylor Stitch) is the ultimate adventurer’s wear.

Tarva Dresser all dressed up in 3 easy steps

Materials: TARVA 3-drawer chest I wanted to submit my hack for the Ikea Tarva 3-drawer dresser. 1. I painted the pine Tarva dresser in Sherwin Williams Grayish (satin finish), 2. and then added O’verlays (Pippa Tarva 2), 3. and lastly, new knobs, and a stained pine topper. ~ Kristin

Farewell, I’m Off for a Week.

I’m off for a week’s family vacation, in my hometown of Kansas City (Missouri, for those of you in the know). Each year we visit my parents, and do all our favorite KC things: eat at Winstead’s and The Mixx; visit the library; shop on the Plaza; go to Worlds of Fun; walk through the Kauffman Gardens and the Nelson-Atkins Museum; go to the playground in Loose Park; etc.

Laundry organizer: fitting the washer’s drum!

IKEA items used: TROFAST Fed up of never knowing if you will fill the washer drum? Just use the TROFAST System for: Dark, low temp. Bright, low temp. Dark high temp Bright, high temp And you will never waste time again in front of the washing machine… ~ ByCycle

Giveaway: Free Website Hosting for a Year

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! For the past few months, I’ve recommended the hosting company InMotion to anyone who asks for help setting up a new website.


IKEA item used: MYDAL Bunk Bed Frame Cut my unused bunk bed in half and took the top bunk and flipped it over. Now it’s a cosy day bed and doubles as a cat house for my pets. ~ Stephanie

Are you Future Ready? My most revealing, cosmic, girlfriend interview ever.

CLICK HERE to watch my interview with Navjit!   What do I really think about the “Goddess movement”? (Not a total fan, actually.) And the New Age spin on “being present?” (Bit of a racket, you know). And bringing in The Beloved (all in), and being “Future Ready” (are YOU ready?).