Thursday, November 26, 2015

Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation Need Our Help Now

You are a mother of five living on the Pine Ridge Reservation with your elderly parents and assorted in-laws (fifteen people in a small dilapidated house), with no job or even the opportunity for one, and you can't even afford toothpaste, laundry soup or other basic hygiene items needed by the members of your family.

Not to mention that everyone in the family is hungry because, while you do get food stamps, they never last through the month. What do you do?

If you're very lucky you get put on the One Spirit Okini list and someone chooses to help by sending you not only food but much needed hygiene items, kitchen items, blankets and clothes.

One Spirit does tremendous work on the Pine Ridge reservation, but there are limits to how much they can help. Without sponsors or donations to the programs, including the Okini program, they are helpless to help the people of Pine Ridge.

People on the Okini list ask for so little, things you and I take for granted. People ask for food, dishes, clothing, toothpaste and laundry soap for example. There are children on the Okini list who can't go to school because they don't have clothes or shoes for goodness sake!

Please open your heart today and become a donor at One Spirit. The Okini list has many desperate families who need your help right now.

Click now to help.

The Okini List It'll Break Your Heart

January 2013. It's cold on Pine Ridge

How the Okini Program Works

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Declutter Your House For Less Stress

For some reason I have been in a decluttering frenzy for awhile now. It's as if I sense that I am going to need to be really clear going into the new year and with the new energies that are here. (Maybe you do too?)

Numerous studies have shown that:
Clutter can make you tired.
Clutter can make you stressed.
Clutter can cause disharmony.
Clutter can mean less abundance in your life.
Clutter can make you anxious and depressed.

And studies have also shown that getting rid of clutter can bring peace, harmony, more energy, and even better relationships into your life.
Decluttering makes room for so much more (and so much better), in your life.

When you can't even relax at home; then where is the peace in your life?

For this article, I'll just focus on decluttering your physical space; your house, your office & work space, and your car. However, more serious decluttering efforts involve cleaning up and decluttering EVERY aspect of your life from your beliefs to your relationships, your Internet and online clutter, and your emotional, mental, and spiritual clutter.
This is what I have been doing this year, working on decluttering every aspect of my life. Whew!

As for the physical, there's more to that than just getting rid of excess "stuff" in your life as well.
For example, how's your diet?
Aren't junk food and poor quality food physical clutter too?

Check out these great articles on decluttering by clicking the link:
Declutter: The Huffington Post Articles on Decluttering

Clutter Quotes:

110 year old Huichol shaman Don Jose Matsuwa says that having too many possessions around us can detract from inner peace and balance. And he's not alone, most of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders advocated "The Simple Life."

"Clutter is stuck energy."
-Karen Kingston

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
-William Morris

"The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are."
-Mother Teresa

"Clutter is a physical manifestation of fear that cripples our ability to grow."
-H.G. Chissell

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
-Leonardo Da Vinci

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Click Now to Donate Food to the Hungry

Click here to donate food:

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 Imagine if your child had to eat from the garbage like this poor baby

Click here to donate food to hungry children and families. Click to donate food

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Prayers For Beirut and the People of Lebanon

A Day Before the Paris Attack, Suicide Bombers Killed 43 in Beirut

A day before the Paris attacks that left at least 120 dead and the country in lockdown, suicide bombings in Beirut on Thursday left 43 dead and 239 wounded. According to a terrorist who survived, the attack was reportedly carried out by an ISIS cell sent to Lebanon from the group's stronghold in Syria. 
The explosions took place in the southern part of the city near a busy open-air market in the Bourj al-Barajneh district. A number of ISIS-linked Twitter accounts have claimed responsibility for the attack, though nothing could be independently confirmed, according to CNN

Prayers Today For Paris and the People of France

The tragedy in Paris last night is so horrific and continues the hate and terrorism that is currently so widespread around our world. Please don't blame refugees for the attacks in Paris, as they are being blamed for the very terrorism that they are fleeing from.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

One Month in a Box Easy Food Storage Preparedness

Honey is a good start

canned salmon makes some tasty meals

I am reposting this blog post because it is such an easy way for anyone to get started in storing food for their own family, and to have at least a months worth of food storage in a handy box.
And remember any food storage is better than none.

I modified the month in the box idea to fit my needs and likes, and you can do that too but at least this will give you an idea and get you started.
In my opinion everyone should have some food storage, so I hope this will help at least one family out there to get started with their food storage.

Easy One Month in a Box Preparedness 

With much thanks to Robert Waldrop who's idea this was originally!

You can get everything for your one months food storage right in your local grocery store.

ONE MONTH IN A BOX, submitted by Robert Waldrop

One 20 quart size powdered milk (4 pounds)
One 10 lb bag rice
Two 4 lb bags beans
Two 3 lb bags of macaroni
Three 13 ounce quick oats
Two 5 lb bags flour
One 8 ounce baking cocoa
One 4 lb bag of sugar
One 10 oz baking powder
One 8 oz baking soda
One 4 lb jar of peanut butter
One 1 qt bottle of syrup
30 miscellaneous cans (soups, vegetables, chili, etc.)
One bottle hot sauce
One bottle soy sauce
9 miscellaneous spice bottles
2 vitamin bottles
One 4 ounce bottle of vanilla extract
One 4 ounce bottle of yeast
One 16 oz bottle of jalapeno peppers
One copy Better Times Cookbook and Almanac of Useful Information for Poor People

I found a 23 inches by 21 inches by 10 inches computer box, and all of above food fit into the box, with the lid folding flat and would fit underneath a bed or table. . The above would provide the following daily servings: (for one person)
2-1/2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups cooked rice
1-1/2 cups cooked beans
1-1/2 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup cooked oats
1 cup flour
4 Tbs. peanut butter
1 miscellaneous can of food
Plus daily sugar and spice

I am not in the business of giving nutritional advice, but it seems that if a half gallon or so of cooking oil, another can per day and a serving of fruit juice (equivalent of another can) are added, which wouldn't fit in this space, you'd be all right for a month. Depending on the assortment of cans, a variety of stuff can be made from these ingredients, including cinnamon rolls, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies, tuna casserole, etc.

This box would fit under my bed.-----------Robert Waldrop


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

168 Tips For Frugal Living

A great article about ways to live more frugally from Here's the link to the article:

And here's the tips on how to save on utilities. Click on the link above to see all the other tips for living frugally.

Save Money on Utilities

Including tips by No More Spending, Damsel, Susan, Paulasouthernseven, Looby, Fresch, My Dollar Plan, and several more.

  • Turn off every electrical item at the plug every night. Putting everything on power stripsmakes this easier.
  • Keep the lights off during the day.
  • Line dry clothes outside when it’s warm and sunny.
  • Line dry clothes by setting dryer racks over heater vents. Use your shower rod if you need even more room.
  • Let dishes air dry after running them through the dishwasher.
  • Cancel the cable.
  • Don’t use hot water in the summer.
  • Consider a family plan for cell phones.
  • Use CFL bulbs.
  • Turn down the thermostat (or turn it off). Use candles in the room to raise the temperature. A set of little tea candles goes a long way.
  • Don’t run the heater at night.
  • Open windows on summer nights to cool down the house.
  • Use a fan.
  • Get rid of your land line and use your cell phone.
  • Take short showers.
  • Insulate your water pipes.
  • Install low flow showerheads and aerators on all faucets.
  • If you’re going to be in and out all day, park on the street, rather than using the electric garage door opener multiple times.
  • If you live in an apartment, see if you can split the cost of a wireless connection with your neighbors. But make sure it’s legal first.
  • Turn off the PC if you won’t be using it for an hour or more.
  • Use nightlights that only come on when it’s dark.
  • Use nightlights in the bathroom, so if you have to use the bathroom at night, you don’t have to turn on the light.
  • Keep the freezer full. If you have to, put milk jugs filled with water in the freezer. It’s less expensive to keep a full freezer cold than an empty one.
  • Never leave the water running when rinsing dishes, brushing teeth, etc. Only use the water you need.