• Why add on when you can add under...or over? When these homeowners felt crunched for space in their houses, they rolled up their sleeves and converted underused spaces into ideal ones -The Editors of This Old House

    Attic Becomes A Suite Retreat Upstairs
    Attic suite
    Sometimes in the search for more living space there's no place to look but up. When Alan Koch bought this 1933 cottage in Portland, Oregon, he knew he'd be finishing the 600-square-foot attic sooner rather than later. And as a work-at-home educational and marketing consultant, Alan hankered for a light, bright office where he could spread out. By tapping the upstairs, he figured he could carve out just such a space, as well as a comfortable master suite, reserving downstairs bedrooms for guests and TV viewing.

    Working with designer Kevin Fischer, he expanded the attic space by 100 square feet with a gabled dormer and, serving as his own general contractor, hired out HVAC and roof work while tackling demo and finish details himself.

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  • TrashcanTrashcan

    Self-esteem is a topic that has generated a fair amount of controversy over the last few decades, but one thing seems clear: you don't get healthy self-esteem from constantly telling yourself how great you are, or even from other people telling you how great you are. You get healthy self-esteem from behaving in ways that you yourself find estimable.

    For instance, you feel better about yourself when you keep a difficult resolution, meet a challenge, solve a problem, learn a skill, or cross something unpleasant off your to-do list. And one of the best ways to feel better about yourself is to help someone else. Do good, feel good.

    I had a friend who went through a period of tremendous rejection: she was fired from her job, she didn't get into the graduate program to which she'd applied, and her boyfriend broke up with her. Everything worked out fine, and I asked her how she got through such a tough time. She said, "I was practically addicted to doing good deeds for other

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  • By: Alison Green

    Job search advice that worked in the past isn't always advice you should follow today. In fact, some of it can actually hurt your chances of getting interviews and job offers.

    [See our Best Jobs of 2012.]

    Here are 10 job search rules that you should go ahead and break:

    1. Limit your resume to one page. You might have heard the one-page resume rule, but times have changed and two-page resumes are common now. If you only have a few years of experience, you should still stick to one page, but two are fine for everyone else.

    2. Write in formal language. The most compelling resumes are written in real language, without jargon or stiffness. Write your resume in normal language, like the way you would describe your achievements to a friend. Don't suck the life out of it with stuffy corporate-speak.

    3. Include an objective. Hiring managers don't really care about your objective; they care about what you can do for them. Resume objectives never

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  • #truthbetold

    questions and answers- spill em.

  • 5 frigid-cool ways to organize your refrigerator and freezer5 frigid-cool ways to organize your refrigerator and freezerAre you buying groceries, but still finding it hard to use all of them? It might have something to do with your refrigerator and freezer organization. Without smart storge, it's easy to lose track of quickly expiring perishables, available ingredients, and what you're about to run out of. Here are 5 cool (ha!) ways to organize your refrigerator and freezer.

    Fridge Baskets Fridge Baskets
    1. Fridge Baskets
    Plastic baskets are an inexpensive purchase and easy to clean. You can use them to sort food groups within the refrigerator.

    Related: 10 creative ways to de-clutter your kitchen

    Food Labels Food Labels
    2. Food Labels
    I love these free downloadable freezer labels! They make it easy to keep track of which foods should be used first!
    Get these labels

    Pre-Made Snacks Pre-Made Snacks
    3. Pre-Made Snacks
    Make sure food gets eaten in a timely manner by prepackaging it into grab and go snack pouches!

    Freezer Meal Library Freezer Meal Library
    4. Freezer Meal Library
    Make meals ahead of time. label them, and store them in flat zipper baggies to save space. Oh how I long for a stocked freezer like this!

    Related: 15

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  • The Eastern Red bud tree is a beautiful welcomed sight in early Spring.

    In the south it is apparent that Spring is on it's way. While we may still get that one last frost in April as per usual, a gardener can't help but get a little enthusiastic nonetheless. One tree that will bring a beautiful boost of color to your spring garden is the Eastern Red Bud tree also known as the Judas Tree. This is the state tree of Oklahoma and with good reason. It is a beautiful and welcome site that let's us know Spring is on the way. A showy, flowering tree with lovely bright purple flowers and beautiful, large, heart shaped leaves.

    Continue reading here: How to grow and care for the eastern Red bud tree

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  • Jessica Alba Launches Honest.com
    By Julia Boorstin, CNBC

    Jessica Alba's not just a movie and TV star - now she's also an Internet entrepreneur, testing out her new role at the Montgomery Tech Conference where she pitched her business model to investors and the other 190 start-ups here.

    She co-founded The Honest Company, (honest.com) a subscription service for non-toxic baby supplies, like diapers, wipes, bubble bath and detergent, which launched in January.

    Alba decided she wanted to create a new line of baby products when she discovered that many of the supposedly kid-friendly products she used on her now four-year-old were full of dangerous chemicals. She told me she couldn't believe how expensive truly non-toxic products are, and how hard it is to find them.

    She teamed with serial entrepreneur Brian Lee, co-founder of LegalZoom, who suggested making it a subscription service. That allows the company to avoid the hassle of dealing with retailers, while making it easier to manage inventory. Alba liked the fact

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Take back power over your time. You could spend your whole life reading and deleting what has been called 'great time suck' e-mails. Plan a block or two of time each day to answer them so they are not running your life.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Personal Astrology Profile

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Wood matches wood. Do not fret if your beech bookshelves do not match your oak coffee table and your mahogany entertainment center. Be grateful for the sturdiness of your furniture. You have come a long way from yard sale chic!

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karmic Love Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    The six extra granny squares do not mean you can't count. They mean that you need to tie them together with a ribbon and give them to a friend who is feeling blue as coaster.
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  • Grow these spring and summer bloomers to make your garden irresistible to the nectar lovers you need.

    Aster x frikartii
    Aster x frikartii
    In early summer to fall, butterflies often sun as they sip on these daisylike blooms. Perennial; full sun.
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    Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii)
    Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii)
    Slender cones of flowers in spring and summer. Evergreen or deciduous; sun to light shade.
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    Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
    Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
    Slender cones of flowers in spring and summer. Evergreen or deciduous; sun to light shade.
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    Airy umbrellas of yellow florets in summer also attract bees. Annual or perennial; full sun.
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    Tiny flowers in tight clusters all year in mild climates. Evergreen shrub (annual in colder climate); full sun.
    > More: All about lantana

    Bee balm (Monarda)
    Bee balm (Monarda)
    Clusters of long-tubed flowers in summer also attract hummingbirds. Perennial; sun, or light shade in hottest climates.

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  • Meko and Lily

    My new cat Meko adsf


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