Monthly Archives: November 2012

Wrist Rest

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Anyone who’s ever sat at a computer all day knows how uncomfortable your wrists and back can feel after a while. Proper posture and support are necessary to prevent painful repetitive stress injuries.

The project below quickly solves the problem of sore wrists while typing. Thanks to my friend and fellow office employee, Rebecca Hoetger, for the guest post!

You’ll need a foam mouse pad, scissors, and super glue for this project.

Fold the mouse pad in half, and trim it to fit the area on your desk where you’ll use the mouse.

Seal the edges of the folded mouse pad using the super glue, and allow it to completely dry. For a thicker wrist pad, add an extra piece of foam inside for more support. Once dry, the wrist pad is ready to use.

For less practical, more devious ways to reuse office supplies, check out “Extreme Office Crafts”available here: http://books.google.com/books/about/Extreme_Office_Crafts.html?id=YnOJFoJ_akIC

How to Party without Parting with Your Cash

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In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to go into celebration overdrive. Stores and shopping malls are decked out in elaborate displays (some places since October) and the air is filled with goodwill and the scent of sweet treats.

If you’re planning to host a party, you can save a lot of money by decorating with objects you already have.

Fill varying shapes and sizes of jars and vases with items  that reflect your party’s theme. Below are a few suggestions and photos:

Party Theme: Items to Fill Vases/Jars:
Christmas Various ornaments, pine cones, homemade paper snowflakes
Kid’s Party Leggos, marbles, Matchbox cars, party favors/noisemakers
Birthday Curled ribbon, confetti, small balloons, small wrapped candy, Pixie Stix, marshmallows, Twizzlers, or M
Dinner Party Lemons, apples, dry pasta
Thanksgiving Mini pumpkins or gourds, fall vegetables

Birthday party

Italian-themed dinner party

Children’s birthday party

Need more table space for your guests? A door laid across two smaller tables (or other sturdy objects) instantly expands your seating capacity. Cover the table with brown craft paper (large rolls are available at most home improvement stores) and set out markers or crayons for an inexpensive yet entertaining party.

When it comes to planning a menu, don’t feel you need to break your budget to impress your friends. Breakfast staples like pancakes, waffles, and crepes make for fun yet budget-friendly dinner parties. Invite guests to bring their favorite toppings, fruits, or vegetables (for savory crepes) and let everyone make their own custom creation. The same method works for pizza or pasta parties, too. Just prepare a large batch of pizza dough or cooked pasta, and have guests add their own toppings.

What are your go-to tricks for hosting a party on a budget?