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By Gretchen Rubin

The Five-Year Road Trip: Two Adults and Two Teenagers Live Full-Time in an RV

This is a traveler case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.) Dissatisfied with the typical suburban lifestyle, the Boyinks packed up their teenagers and hit the road.

Comic Book Storage Solution

Materials: 2 RAST Dressers While comic long boxes do have a certain level of appeal, I wanted to do something for my husband’s birthday that displayed and organized his comic collection (or at least a relatively small part of it) in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

Real-life case study: Should I save money or pay off debt?

This article is by staff writer Honey Smith. An issue was raised in the comments of my recent post, Celebrating One Year of Homeownership. In that post, I mentioned that we currently have over $30,000 in liquid savings. At least one reader felt that, with our level of debt (currently over $390,000), that this was an excessive amount and instead we should pay down some of our debt.

12 Signs You Care Too Much About What Others Think of You (and what to do about it.)

Years ago, I missed the bus. On purpose. And even though I could do a quick sprint and catch the bus on time - I chose not to. Because I could already picture the bus doors closing right in front of me. I could already picture everyone on the bus making fun of me for missing the bus. So I chose the cool route - pretending that I was just casually strolling on the sidewalk.

Getting Out There: My 8-Week Microadventure Challenge

Image from Alastair Humphreys “[Adventure] is a state of mind, a spirit of trying something new and leaving your comfort zone.

Why We Shouldn’t Reward Ourselves for Good Habits–With One Exception.

Once a week, I have Tips Day or List Day or Quiz Day. Today: 5 reasons why rewards can be very dangerous for habit-formation. Of the 21 strategies that I identify, that we can use to make or break our habits, the Strategy of Reward was one of the most difficult for me to understand. In large part, because the lesson is: be very wary of using rewards to master habits! Why?

Variera modern speaker stands

Materials: VARIERA pot holder We couldn’t find a low profile unobtrusive stand for our speakers. So we searched our local IKEA store for something that was a bit different but functional. While in the kitchen department we found the Variera pot holders to be just what we were searching for. Standing them upright and open to the fullest extent they perfectly support our little powerful speak

How To Save Up Enough Willpower To Crush Your Junk Food Cravings With Ease

You tried cutting back on fattening foods so many times in your past. You really did make an honest effort to eat healthier. Every single time. But the truth is, staying away from all that deliciousness can be incredibly tough. Sometimes, it even strikes you as completely impossible. And to make things worse, you feel fully confident when you decide to make some changes to your diet.

Productivity with Henry Miller

I’m always eager to learn new ways to stay organized and productive. Often I’ll do what many of you do: read blog posts, listen to podcasts, and read books. Many people are doing great work in these areas today, which I appreciate.

Desire Map Evergreen Day Planners are 50% off!

  We are super excited to announce that the Desire Map Day Planners – Evergreen are now 50% off! The evergreen edition is a DIY planner — there are 12 months of undated pages that you fill in. So you can start using it any time of year. We’ve got limited stock, so grab ’em while you can.

Creative Ways to Succeed in the Knowledge Economy

Reading: How One Woman Makes $1 Million a Year on Etsy How to Make $225/hr Writing Poetry The Uber Driver Who Makes $250,000 a Year *** I enjoyed each of these stories that have been floating around. If you want to be negative, there’s at least one major point you could critique about each of them.

Glass bowls with animals faces

Materials: ÖPPEN, glass bowls How to motivate children to finish their soup to the bottom? Let them seek a picture on the bottom. For this craft are great glass bowls – you can draw the picture underneath – colors are not in contact with food. I used felt-tip pens for porcelain for their easy use. FInally I baked finished pictures in the oven according to the instructions.

11 ways to entertain your kids this summer for free (with stuff you already have!)

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. Are you frantically trying to smother the “I’m bored”s at your house too? Most of the country is knee-deep in their kids’ summer vacation now, and our house is no exception. Keeping our children entertained and out of mischief is a full-time (and, if I’m honest, a little overwhelming too) job.

The Maverick of Brain Optimization

“My lab is interested in pursuing how we can enhance cognition to improve quality of life.” – Adam Gazzaley Dr. Adam Gazzaley (@adamgazz) obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, then postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

How to Succeed Through Acceptance

I’ve spent a great deal of my life trying to figure out what I should do next, determining where I stand in relation to those around me, creating a harsh comparison between where I am and where I should be. In these moments of contemplation, I’ve always found a way to diminish the beauty of where I stand today.