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By Mark Shead

Blanda Matt serving bowl to ceiling light canopy hack

Materials: BLANDA MATT serving bowl Most ceiling light canopies are made out of plastic and really look boring, so walking around in IKEA and seeing the small 12cm Blanda Matt serving bowl made out of bamboo, I got the idea to hack into a cool light canopy. I simply flipped the bowl, marked the center with a screwdriver, and drilled a hole the same width as the cord I was planning to go throug

Should cash be part of your emergency fund?

This post is by staff writer Honey Smith. When I was in college, one of my co-workers at my part-time, on-campus job gave me a funny little gift that I use to this day. What was it?

How to Accept Yourself Fully

I’ve been going through life feeling like a fraud. Every time a friend expressed awe over my seemingly perfect life, I gulped a big one and prayed they would never realize what my banal day-to-day existence was really like. When I was in school, at every exam I hoped that this wouldn’t be the first one I would fail miserably, starting a chain reaction of terrible grades, follow

7 Ways To Stop Feeling Like Shit

Sometimes the changing of seasons can weigh you down and knock you out, leaving you grumpy, tired and all-in-all: shitty. Lucky for us, there are steps we can take to help reverse these less-than-desirable feelings. Everything is attainable and at the end of the day, [at the risk of sounding cliché], the only thing stopping you from feeling your best is YOU.

Small Business Insurance Basics

There are about 45 million businesses in the United States of which more than 99 percent are considered small businesses. More than 40 million of those small businesses have fewer than 20 employees. All businesses, small and large share a common need for protection against the unexpected, and small business insurance satisfies that need.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Breakfast Sandwich Maker This week’s unitasker is one of the more convoluted contraptions we’ve ever featured.

Trip update Part 2: Entering the heart of IKEA

Read Part 1 here. After a good night’s rest, I was ready to be wowed by IKEA of Sweden (IoS). I was told that this is where IKEA is most IKEA. The DNA thickest. The heart. And indeed it is. The new extension of IoS opened not that many weeks ago and there were still many unsettled corners in the building. Spots of chaos aside, it was new and shiny. It has an amazing expansiveness about it.

“Have You Heard It? Can You Remember?”

“The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and sea weed, and the smell of the sea, and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking forever and ever on the beach. And, oh, the cry of the sea gulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember?” — C. S.

How to Split Wood [VIDEO]

Winter is coming. If you’ve got a fireplace or a wood burning stove, you’ll need to start splitting wood so those logs will fit in your respective stove or fireplace. Plus it makes for a heck of a workout; as Henry Ford said, “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” Though with all due respect to Mr. Ford, you don’t chop logs, you split them.

Best Credit Report Site of 2014

The Simple Dollar team and I dedicated an extensive amount of time researching credit reporting agencies, credit sites, consumer reviews, national surveys, and other published research to determine the best credit report sites that suit a variety of individual needs and life circumstances. When you’re choosing which credit monitoring company is the best fit for you, there are several factors tha

Art of Manliness Store Giveaway

If you didn’t know, we have a store where we sell our books and some Art of Manliness inspired tees, posters, and accessories like our famous coffee mug and pocket knife. We’ve recently added some kid’s tees for your little men in the making, as well as a sharp looking lapel pin and tie bar. They make great gifts for the men in your life or for yourself.

Hacking Six Normal Life Routines to Save Time and Money

In my experience, many of the truly useful frugal tactics come about from little tweaks to one’s daily routine. If you can look at something that you do almost every day and find some little way to shave a minute off of it, you’ve saved more than six hours over the course of a year.

Art of Manliness Podcast #85: Situational Awareness With Patrick Van Horne

The Marine Combat Hunter Program was developed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to give soldiers tools on how to detect threats before they happen. The goal is to make Marines as situationally aware as possible so they can not just survive, but also win lethal encounters. In their new book, Left of Bang, Patrick Van Horne and Jason A.

Outfitted & Equipped: Working in My Blacksmith Shop

This post is brought to you by Steam Horse Dry Goods. Check out their line of durable,long-lasting workwear inspired by vintage patterns. All Steam Horse Dry Goods clothing is sewn in the USA. What’s this? How does Outfitted & Equipped work? The FAQ. Blacksmithing demands specific qualities and characteristics of clothing.

Weekend Project: Rope Jar Lanterns

Materials: BURKEN glass jar Ikea storage jars can be easily transformed with rope and fabric detailing to create lantern jars for a coastal look. With jute rope and strong glue, I wrapped the bottom third of the jar and then added a round of the rope to the top: with further rope, I created a handle with fabric detail: …and added loops to the handle to attach to the top with metal hoops