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Manly cupcakes, cheap chic and resisting cravings


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The weekly roundup of recommended reads about money, health, family, working life and retirement:

How to make your home look great for less
Being frugal doesn’t mean being dowdy – and that applies to your home décor, too. Commoncentsmom shares some useful tips such as following the three Rs and trusting your gut.
6 rules for getting frugal chic
Health How to say “no” to sweets
Just because it’s ice cream season doesn’t mean you have to give in every time you have a craving for two scoops of mint chocolate chip on a sugar cone. Daniela Payne from the Canadian Living test kitchen shares her secrets for resisting sweet temptations.
4 simple ways to kill your cravings
Family Gift ideas for dear old Dad
Tired of giving your Dad golf shirts for Father’s Day? (Hint: He’s probably tired of getting them.) How about an extreme beanbag chair, a BBQ smoker box or some manly cupcakes? With these ideas from The Hip and Urban Girl’s Guide, you may never have to give your father the same old same old again.
Father’s Day gift guide
Working life Take the clutter out of your career
We know about the benefits of uncluttering homes – what about uncluttering your career? According to the Unclutterer, the wrong job can junk up your life with frustration, disappointment and unproductive stress. She recommends reading The $100 Startup for help creating a job that supports an uncluttered life.
Are you ready for an uncluttered career?
Retirement Are you ready to retire?
How you approach retirement depends a lot on the kind of job you have. Donna McCaw on retirehappyblog notes that farmers, artists and entrepreneurs all have reasons to delay or even avoid retirement, but the rest of us need to deal with it the best way we can.
Making the transition to retirement

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