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Quit Coddling Your Kids

Need To Lose Some Weight? Put Some Money On It!

By Xin LuRecently I wrote about the incentive my husband gave me to lose some weight . Basically he is willing to forgo half of his entertainment budget if I lose the fat I gained post college. A commenter pointed me at a website called stickK.com which lets you put money on your goals, and I thought it was a pretty interesting concept.

Great Ebook: Learn More, Study Less (With a Special Offer)

Are you a student who dreads studying, has problems getting great grades despite loads of studying, or just has a hard time memorizing facts and formulas and concepts?

5 Mistakes That Will Cost You Your Client (and How to Avoid Them)

Most new freelancers make one vital error: we catch ourselves acting like employees. But even as we become more seasoned, even the best of us can fall into the ‘employee’ mindset trap that is at the foundation of virtually every major freelance mistake: “As long as I do the specific job I was hired to do, and I do it well, everything will be fine.”

Check out The Manival #6 At Building Camelot

This week’s Manival is being hosted at Building Camelot. Make sure to stop by and see all the fantasitic submissions. Give it a stumble as well. Here are a few of my favorites from this week’s Manival: The Importance of Fathers at a Dad of Divas Pick-up after yourself. It’s that simple at Persistent Illusion Don’t Bash Your Wife at A Good Husband

How to Save Money, Express a Wonderful Sentiment, and Defeat the Greeting Card Companies All at Once!

One thing that always frustrates me is when someone gives me a Hallmark greeting card along with a gift. Not only does one generally cost $3 to $4, the sentiment inside is often rather impersonal, merely the best fit of the choices one might find in the card aisle at a Hallmark store.

Bargain Summer Vacation Destinations

My recent series of interviews with author Tim Ferriss has given me the travel bug. I find myself plotting grand vacations (or mini-retirements). But I don’t have the money to spend on a trip to London or a cruise to Alaska. My sights are set a little lower.

Happiness interview with Vital Juice Daily's Amanda Freeman.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness.

How Much Do Designers Get Paid?

Wanna know how much dough designers make? Check out the AIGA Survey of Design Salaries. Results for 2008 are out. It’s dubbed “definitive,” but take it all with a grain of salt. You can view the results on their site or download the PDF.

double up your work space

dan and erin needed to fill their guest room cum office with some thing that...1) wasn't expensive and2) looked goodso with a tape measure in hand, they spent 4 hours at the college park, maryland ikea and left with 2 vika amon 4' 11" table tops, 4 vika curry legs, 1 malm 2-drawer chest, and 1 set of 6" capita legs.and here's what they constructed."we put the two vika table tops end to end, and in

Thoughts on Bridge

How to Take a Mini-Retirement: Tips and Tricks from Timothy Ferriss

In his book, The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss proposes that we shift our focus from end-of-life “macro” retirements to more frequent mini-retirements, which might be spaced throughout a working career. Though similar to a vacation or a sabbatical, mini-retirements differ in some key ways: A sabbatical is a one-time event. Mini-retirements are meant to recur throughout a lifetime.

Up in the air!

This month’s Dwell magazine includes an article titled “Mission Statement” that discusses a rehabilitated home by architecture firm David Baker + Partners. One of the home’s interesting features is a custom rope-and-pulley system Baker installed in the main room to hold bicycles up off of the floor:

Baby toy alternatives (part 2)

Cutting back the influx of toys is an ongoing issue for my wife and me. Last summer, I wrote about everyday items that could serve as toys for your little one. While my daughter grows, she’s now two years old, and her taste in toys changes daily I figured I would update the list that I posted last summer.

The 5 Most Common Obstacles That Keep You From Reaching Your Goals

Written on 6/03/2008 by David B. Bohl, the author of Slow Down Fast.Most people have goals, but lack a good strategy to reach them. They may have their goals loosely decided in their head, or they may have them formally written out on paper or the computer.