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“Think of Pasta Like a Crouton, Not a Main Dish”

“Think of Pasta Like a Crouton, Not a Main Dish”

A big bowl of pasta might be a satisfying meal, but it’s a calorie bomb. Instead of making pasta the focus of a dish, make it an accent to another meal. Food blog The Kitchn explains that if you think of pasta like a crouton, you’re less like to make it a main course. A […]

Keep Your Relationship Strong by Avoiding "Bargaining Theory" Thinking

Keep Your Relationship Strong by Avoiding "Bargaining Theory" Thinking

You’re probably aware that a solid relationship is comprised of both give and take, but a recent study demonstrates how easy it is to take too much—especially when you think your partner is happier than they really are. The study—published in the journal International Economic Review and conducted by University of Virginia professors Leora Friedberg […]

Quickly Remove Snow from Your Roof with a Homemade Avalanche Tool

For areas with heavy snowfall, the Avalanche! roof snow removal tool can be a lifesaver. They can be expensive, though, so here’s how you can save yourself some serious cash by building one with parts you can find at your local hardware store. The based Avalanche! model is about $130, but this build by YouTuber […]

The Toilet Paper That Gives You the Most Bang for Your Buck

The Toilet Paper That Gives You the Most Bang for Your Buck

When you’re taking care of business, it’s comforting to know you’ve got the best toilet paper for the best price. After extensive research and testing, these were found to be the best sheets for your behind. The keys to good toilet paper is that it’s comfortable to use, durable, doesn’t clog up the plumbing, and […]

How to Install Free, Effective Antivirus Software (for Beginners)

How to Install Free, Effective Antivirus Software (for Beginners)

Anyone running a Windows computer knows how important it is to have good anti-virus software—but you don’t need to pay for good protection! If someone you know still doesn’t have anti-virus software running, here’s a quick guide you can send them to help them set it up. This guide was originally published in 2011, but […]

What Creative Professionals Do That Separates Them from Amateurs

What Creative Professionals Do That Separates Them from Amateurs

All too often, the creative work we most value, the stuff that brings the greatest meaning and satisfaction to our lives, gets shoved aside for other priorities. No matter the creative work you’re doing—writing, designing, composing, coding, or just brainstorming ideas—if you want to make real progress, it’s essential you treat your work not as […]

Cut a Perfect Slice of Cake with a Hot Knife

Cut a Perfect Slice of Cake with a Hot Knife

There’s nothing like the delicious draw of a perfect looking slice of cake. Resting your knife in a jug of hot water in between slices can make sure every slice looks as amazing as it tastes. When you cut a cake, knives can sometimes stick to the frosting or cake layers, causing it to tear. […]

Keep Your Personal Finances in Check with Weekly "Money Dates"

Keep Your Personal Finances in Check with Weekly "Money Dates"

Unless you can afford a personal financial planner, the only person that can get your money in order is you. By setting weekly “money dates,” you can build a healthy financial habit by making budgeting a little more fun. Going over money isn’t usually very exciting, even if it’s an important part of ensuring your […]

Make Your Own Magnetic Parts Tray Out of a Plastic Bowl and a Magnet

When you’re dealing with a lot of tiny metal pieces, a magnetic tray can be a lifesaver. No need to go buy one, though, if you have a cheap plastic bowl and a magnet lying around. Magnetic trays are great for screws, nuts, bolts, and even bobby pins and sewing needles. They’re not exactly expensive […]

The Controller Home Screen

The Controller Home Screen

The most elegant designs are the ones that can convey the most information in the simplest ways. Today’s home screen features a clock, battery meter, and several popup launcher categories in a single circle. To get this design on your home screen, you’ll need Themer, plus a couple of extra tools. The source files even […]

Most Popular Personal Finance Book: Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover

Most Popular Personal Finance Book: Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover

Money advice is easy to find, but good money advice—advice you can use and take to heart—is trickier. Sure, budgeting and managing money seems easy, but if it were, everyone would have it down pat. This week, we’re looking at some of the best personal finance books to help get your accounts in order, based […]

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