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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Unboxing the 2015 IKEA Catalog

The morning after I touched down from the trip, still groggy from jet lag I heard my doorbell chime ding-dong. I slinked out of bed and answered the door, only to have the delivery guy shove this huge box to my face. I was expecting some materials from the IKEA Malaysia’s Social Media Agency but this … this was heavy!

Simplified Financial Help For All Of Us

We are all looking for financial help in one way or another. Whether it’s getting out of debt, cutting back on expenses, saving more or making more money, the surprise is that the general rules that govern sound financial management are fairly simple. The difficulty lies in getting ourselves to do what is necessary to implement the solution.

Before & After: “Odd Days, I Do Everything I Can for Mom. Even Days, for Me.”

I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other.

Why Barbells Are Better Than Machines

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mark Rippetoe. When a man walks into a gym, he may be confused about where to spend his time — in the section full of gleaming, easy-to-figure-out machines, or over by the barbells, where he might be more intimidated both by how to use them, and the kind of guys who are gathered there. Let’s just clear it up right here: barbell training i

Introducing the AoM Tie Bar + Store Giveaway

The tie clip is the perfect example of an accessory that serves a true purpose. It adds pizzazz to your outfit, while also keeping your necktie from flying in the wind, swinging into your soup bowl, or otherwise flailing around.

Bekväm Baby changing fitness center

Materials: 1 Grundtal rail, 2 Bekväm step stools When our baby became really mobile at about 7 months, we could no longer change his diapers on the changing table. He crawls, turns and stands up – too dangerous, he could fall down and hurt himself severely. So we created a changing place on the floor. Screw a 59cm Grundtal rail onto the upper boards of two Bekväm step stools.

How to Breathe

By Leo Babauta Your day is getting hectic, and you’re tired, or anxious, or distracted, or full of doubt. You’re a bit lost, feeling without direction. Take a breath. Turn the spotlight of your attention from all the worries of your day to your breath, as it comes in and then goes out. Breathe normally, not more slowly or deeply than usual — the only thing that has changes is you

Ask the Readers: Planning a Trip to Japan

This series poses questions from readers. You’re invited to answer! You can also send in a question for a future post. Today’s question comes from Jenny, who’s wondering about planning a trip to Japan: My son Lorenzo wants to go to Japan for his 14th Birthday.

GORM or IVAR for freestanding shelf???

The GORM GORM vs IVAR? The IVAR Hello, I am trying to build a room divider that will add storage space to my apartment. I can attach it to the wall on oone side only but it will otherwise have to standalone. I want to use the cheapest materials that will do the job. Gorm is cheap but seems to rickety (esp side to side) to do the job.

Using Paprika for Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

Most of the time, I prefer to talk about free computer programs and smartphone apps that are useful for me financially, but today I’m going to make an exception and talk about a paid program – Paprika. (It costs $4.99 for smartphones and tablets and has a $19.99 desktop version for Mac (with a Windows version coming shortly).

How to Keep Long-term Focus When You’re Putting Out Fires

Life moves forward, whether you’re on board with the direction or not. If you’re like me, your 20’s was predicated by a lot of fun, a lot of procrastinated growing up and living paycheck to paycheck. When I was 28, I opted for the “lighting round” and met and married my wife within 6 months (which was all well and good), but then had a kid on the way 6 months after that.

Ask the Readers: Are you reaching your goals?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Remember when 2014 was new? I’d rather not think about it, but more than half the year is behind us already and we’re moving into fall fairly quickly. For me, that’s a good time to start thinking about whether I’m reaching my goals for the year and what I need to do to correct my course.

12 Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep

There are SO MANY tips on how to get better sleep. Mattresses, light exposure, daytime activities, the food we eat, exercise, sleep position, supplements - you get the picture. We know sleep is important, but it's confusing. Sleep too little and concentration and brain function decreases. Sleep too much and you’ll encounter a different host of health issues.

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Your Life

One of the tenets of the “lifestyle design” movement that has emerged over the past decade is the desirability of “outsourcing” one’s life. Once a term used in the context of economics and industry to denote the shifting of jobs from first to third-world countries, it has come to be applied to the off-loading of one’s personal tasks and chores to other people.

Concrete Coffee Table

This is best done with 2 people.