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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Cooking Around the Campfire: 9 Easy and Delicious Foil Packet Recipes

In the quest to streamline your camping trips, foil packet meals can be one of your greatest allies. It’s cooking at its simple best; you take some ingredients, wrap them up in a foil parcel, and place the pouch in a campfire’s coals to cook. You can prepare these foil packets before you head out into Mother Nature, and they require no pots and pans, no plates, and no clean up.

Letter From The Editor: Design Changes!

Hello Everyone, I am very excited to announce that as of next week PickTheBrain will be getting a design polish. Thank you so much for all of your emails and suggestions in regards to the sight – we have taken them all into consideration and have come up with what we think is a great new look. BUT…we still need your last bit of input.

A Simple Question to Jump-Start Your Finances

This video post by staff writer Adam Baker is the last of a four-part series.

Some Thoughts on Inexpensive Vacations

This past weekend, my family and I travelled to Chicago to visit one of my first cousins and her two children. We stayed at their house and enjoyed a few activities in the Chicagoland area. I had originally planned on doing a Chicago-themed follow up to last year’s article, Frugal Vacation Notes: Great Free Things to Do in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

Video: Be Happier -- Put Your Values into Action in Your Everyday Life.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Eternity. Last week’s theme was Do good, feel good. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Do You Mark-up Your Expenses?

Sometimes it’s necessary to pay for items that you will need to complete a project.  Whether it’s stock photography, written articles, cab rides, or the services of another freelancer, you might have to rack up some expenses in order to complete the job.  Sometimes these expenses come out of your own pocket, but sometimes they are covered in an agreement you made with the client. If you are

Are You a Netsetter?

We’re very proud to announce the re-launch of our sister site, The Netsetter. As Joel describes in The Netsetter relaunch post, The Netsetter was a blog started by Envato’s CEO, Collis Ta’eed in 2009 as a place to discuss start ups. Today, we’re rebooting The Netsetter with the exciting new design and taking it in a new direction.

Are Negative Emotions More Important than Positive Emotions?

"Even though English contains more words with positive than negative connotations, the reverse is rue of words describing the emotions."

Does Your Job Title Get the Job Done?

A nod to offbeat job titles, & how they may help us love what we do.

A Thing a Day Challenge

In the Unclutterer Forum, there is an amazing challenge going on that I’ve greatly enjoyed following.

Ten Big Mistakes #2: Career Choices Based Solely on Earnings

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes.

Manage Your Life One Domain at a Time

Whether it’s ourselves, family, friends, or a child, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching someone we care about compromise their potential because of a lack of self-control.Whether it’s a matter of not enough time, not feeling like it, or being too tired, we all run into situations where we try and fit too much in at once, or make habitual excuses for why we can’t do it.Fortunate

The 5 Most Annoying Questions Freelance Writers Get Asked

People are in awe of freelancers.  That’s the only way to explain the strange questions that we get.  At holiday parties, family gatherings, the bus stop, people freely make inquiries they wouldn’t dream of asking people in other professions.  For example, would you ask your neighbor the mechanic to just quickly look at your seized engine? Probably not. Don’t despair.


Over the years of writing about organizing and working with clients, I continue to be baffled by how to neatly organize a small number of items. Whenever I see these items or hear about them, I cringe. Organizing them successfully is a complete mystery to me.

SEC Proposes New Rules for Target Date Funds

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. During the 2008 financial crisis, target date, or life-cycle, funds were hit hard.