What Is The Best Way To Make Money At Home?

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What is the best way to make money at home? For those of you who have chosen to move away from the big smoke and live self sufficiently, and for those of you who have not, you may find yourself asking this question. You may be a long way from a place where you can find work easily, or isolated somewhat, have a disability that stops you from working, or simply hoping to avoid the need for a lot of money. Perhaps you just need some extra cash to help you through a rough patch, or Christmas, or would like to take a holiday.


What Can You Do To Make Money From Home?


How can you increase your income from your home, allowing you to remain on your property to do what is necessary to maintain your choice of living sustainably or work within your limitations? Remember that this article is not only exclusive to the people who are choosing sustainable lifestyles, in fact, these ideas are for everyone and anyone who wants to learn how to make money from home. Did you know your own skills and knowledge are ripe for the picking and the internet has made earning an income from home a viable opportunity for so many more people to unlock their potential? YOU are the key, YOU are your own best way to make money at home. Allow me to elaborate.


The Possibilities Are Endless!



The Thinker by Rodin. Brainstorm yur way to success.


Many people find themselves at a loss about the possibilities, but believe me, there are many. I’ll touch on a few ideas here to help get you started.


There Is No Such Thing As Having “No Need For Money”


Let’s face it, even in a self-sufficient home, whether you like it or not, you may find yourself needing money at some stage and will need to plan for such an occasion. The world is no longer free no matter how much we wish it were otherwise. But you can still continue to work within your belief systems to earn a living or gain those few extra dollars needed.


There Is A Way Without Compromising What You Believe In


There is something for everyone if you just stop, take a breath in this hectic world, relax your mind and allow your thoughts to turn in the direction of what YOU can use to increase your income. Might I suggest that you take a good, long look at yourself, because the first way to start working out what you can do to earn more money, can be found at your own feet.


The First Step Is To Have A Brainstorming Session.


Sit down with a pen and paper and start writing things down. To earn a living from yourself, you must first get to know yourself. Pay particular attention to the following questions and how you answer them. I have a very long list of questions to ask yourself to enable you to dig really deep that will be available shortly, but here are a few examples to give you a general idea.


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    Are You A Farmer Or Do You Tend Animals?

    What are you good at?

  2. What do you do or have done as a job?
  3. What hobbies do you have?
  4. What are you passionate about?
  5. What holds your interest?
  6. What kinds of roles do you perform day after day? You may think the following as too simple; mother, father, teacher, sibling, human, caring, cook, cleaner, gardener, vegetable grower, livestock rearer, pet owner, nursing sick children, carer of the elderly, etc. But believe me, they are all important.
  7. What were your favourite subjects at school?
  8. What skills do you have?
  9. How do you spend your free time?
  10. What are your pet hates?
  11. Do you have a particular talent or skill that is unusual or hard to come by?
  12. Can you play music or write songs?
  13. Can you draw?
  14. Do you like craft?
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    Is Writing What You Are Passionate About?

    Can you sew or knit?

  16. Can you build things?
  17. Do you have items that you don’t need anymore?
  18. Are you practical or inventive?
  19. Can you use a video recorder or smart phone?
  20. Where do you like to holiday?
  21. Are events such as Christmas special to you?
  22. Do you enjoy writing, whether it be stories, poems, articles etc?
  23. Do you have food allergies?
  24. Are you following a particular method of eating?
  25. Are you healthy?
  26. Do you exercise and keep fit?
  27. Do you prefer a minimalist lifestyle?
  28. Do you have a disability?
  29. Do you have DIY skills?
  30. Do you have a computer and the internet? (To live sustainably, while not ideal to continue using some technology, I believe it is not a good idea to cut yourself off from the rest of the world. There are also forms of technology that you will most likely be relying upon, such as solar panels and cooking facilities etc).


As I’ve said, these are only a small representation of the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself.


So You’ve Written Down Your Answers, What Now?


The majority of the topics can be grouped into 3 categories, ‘products’, ‘services’ and ‘information/education’. The next step is to think about which category each of your answers to the above questions fall into. You may like to write them down on a sheet of paper or in a word document or excel spread sheet. I plan to elaborate more on each individual item listed above, plus many more, in an eBook and an extended version of this list that should be available for access soon, but for now I will pick out a few of them and discuss how you can turn them into cash flow.


Category 1 Homemade Items – Use Your Creative Skills And Sell At Markets or Online.

Art and Crafts



Did You Know That Making Knitted Items, Or Making Patterns For Them, Can Earn You Money?

From the list, here are just some of the ideas that can be turned into money machines by making things at home. For example, if you are crafty, if you sew, knit, are artistic in terms of drawing and painting or other forms of media, you can turn these into a form of income. You may not feel confident, or you simply may not have thought about it, but there are a lot of people willing to pay good money for hand made items.


Example 1 – My Friend The Knitter


I know of a lady who knits little items for the children to play with at the child care center she works at. She has written her own patterns for each item. There is money to be made not just on one category, but across several.


She Could Be Making Money Several Ways!


She has already made more and started to sell them at markets. What she hadn’t considered was that other people may like to buy those patterns to learn how to knit them for themselves. She could sell her items or her patterns, or both, on a website such as Etsy. Expanding on that, she could make up little kits containing the patterns, a set of needles and the yarns of wool required. Better yet, she could build her own website very simply (see at the end) and use it to sell her patterns directly to customers rather than go through a middle man, she gets worldwide exposure included. There is room for future creations and even series of patterns. What about creating a pattern book with a few designs including step by step instructions? There is also room for more growth and expansion. There is a market out there. More on this topic soon as we cover each category.





A Group Of Buskers Happily Playing Their Music

If you can play music or write songs, your talent may be appreciated at local cafes, markets, street celebrations or other events. Busking enables you to get yourself noticed locally where you may be asked to perform. If you video record yourself and upload it onto YouTube or Vimeo, you are putting yourself in front of an audience that will like and share you on the various forms of social media. Music scouts are often scouring the internet for unknown artists.


Example 2 – My Friend Earns A Good Income From His Passion


I have a friend who has a degree in Law but chose music over this to pursue his passion for music. He is already a professional musician but also enjoys making videos for his music and uploading to You Tube. He is very talented at this as well as an excellent performer. He now earns a very lucrative living from his music and hasn’t needed to be known far and wide. There are ways for him to earn money by allowing advertising on his video clips, and there is the potential for earning money in other ways too which I will speak of soon.


Can You Sing or Write Songs? What About Writing Songs For Others Or Becoming A Professional Singer?


Sell the songs you write. Yes, you can. There are ways to pitch your song to a music producer and even to a particular artist that you think would suit your song. If you like the work of a specific artist you can approach them to hear your song. Google is your friend, a simple search will give you the answers you need, but remember to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” when it comes to safeguarding your work. Playing a musical instrument as well as singing, opens up more doors of opportunity. This is only scratching the surface on just one of the ideas, there are more ways you can build an income from music which will be discussed a little more later or in my book.


DIY – Do It Yourself


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Table made from a barrel

If you are great at DIY projects with furniture, look for old furniture at garage sales and dumps and spruce them up with fresh new paint etc. Many people are interested in purchasing rustic items that have been revamped. You can create totally new and modern looks, or restore back to the original, or even change it from one thing to something else.


Example 3 – A Simple Wine Barrel Can Become So Much More


Take a look at this table made from an old wine barrel. Just off the top of my head I can think of 13 more uses for this barrel. A storage trunk using both halves of the barrel and a couple of hinges, a bookshelf, a display cabinet, a sand pit, a garden bed, a pond, a baby cradle, a work bench, a seat, a child’s play boat or water tray, a livestock trough. What about building walls with them? You would have ready made alcoves for shelving or put doors on them and turn them into cupboards.

When you create something, Take it to sell at markets, roadside stalls, car boot sales. Use signage on your property to attract passers-by, advertise your products on a website, Etsy, or Amazon. As with any of the items mentioned above, search for Google Images, or on Pinterest and Etsy and you will find plenty of ideas. Building a website is easy, I will tell you how shortly.


Category 2 – Services You Can Provide

Are you beginning to see just how many opportunities there are to earn money through making things yourself and selling them? Did you realise that there are also many things you can do that provide a service to others? Let’s take a look at the list again. You will notice that some of the questions on the list naturally flow into the providing services category.


Use Your Job Or Skills To Increase Your Income



Sewing Is An Art

If you have or had a job where you provided a service, there will most likely be opportunities for you to earn money doing the same. Do you repair computers for a living? Do you work for someone else? Could you start doing jobs on the side to build up clientele for extra income? What roles do you perform on a daily basis? Could you turn your hand to providing a day care service? Are you capable of providing home care for an elderly or disabled neighbour? Cleaning and/or ironing, for people who are time constrained, can be quite lucrative. Do you like shopping? There are people who have a need to have someone shop for them.

Going back to the topic of sewing, do you sew your own clothes? Start a service making clothing alterations or as a dress maker. If you knit, there are many people who don’t know how to knit but love knitted clothing or scarves, etc. Fill their need by providing a knitting service. Gardeners most likely own a lawn mower and other garden equipment. Busy people need their lawns mowed and gardens cared for. If you are a painter by trade, now or in the past, you can provide a service to paint people’s homes. The same can be said for someone who does pest control, mechanical work, window repair, and almost any other job that offers a service.


Animals And Pets Can Earn You An Income!



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If you own horses, rent them out, or rent yourself and your horse out to someone who has need of one. People love trail rides, set up a trail and take people for rides.

Spare land? Provide an agistment service for horses for people who do not have the space to keep a horse. Build a cattery or dog kennel and house pets while people are away. Extend that to pet transportation when people need to get to the airport but cabs may not allow pets. Walking or washing dogs, or even cars for that matter, is another opportunity to earn extra cash. Some of these can be offered at the one place.


What Do Fitness Buffs, Handymen, Energy Healers and Tarot Readers Have In Common?


Nothing much, except that they all fit into the category of providing a service. Do you exercise regularly? Would you consider hiring yourself out as a personal motivator to work and exercise alongside another person who is trying to become fit but needs the support? If you can build things, chances are you are also a bit of a handyman. Let people know that you are available to do odd jobs for them.  If you are into natural or energy healing, your skills in this area becomes your income by providing a service to those in need. Tarot readers are popular and often don’t even need to have any reputation to begin their career.


Category 3 – When In Doubt, Ask A Teacher


That’s what we all do. If we don’t know how to do something, we look to a person who does and learn from them. We’ve looked at items to sell and services you can provide, but there is also a market in education. Use what you know how to do and teach, tutor or educate others on your topic of interest or in how to do what you do. Teaching comes in many forms; a classroom setting, webinars or video tutorials, books, articles and courses, online or physical, workshops, hands on learning, Skype.


What Could YOU Teach?


Nearly everything that I’ve discussed thus far can also be placed in this category. If you knit, sew, or do craft, you can just sell it or go to  another level and teach others, like I discussed about my friend with her patterns for knitting. She could teach how to knit the items, but she could also set up a beginner’s, intermediate and advanced knitters course. Most likely a video course would work, but a book may just as easily do the trick. She could teach by way of demonstrating how to make each item from start to finish. She could also go into advanced knitting or even teach others how to write their own patterns, she could hold workshops or one on one training.

Depending on what she wanted to do, she could set up YouTube videos and get paid for advertising on her videos as a secondary income. Or she could sell individual videos for each item. She might make a course of videos to sell. Teaching by demonstration is a great way to help others learn, you don’t necessarily have to be an actual teacher, or have any experience in it, as long as it is thorough and teaches what needs to be taught by making sure you are not missing anything, and what you teach is understandable. I find that if you are knowledgeable about something, you find it very easy to teach others.

If you don’t know how to make videos, get someone to help you, or better yet, teach you. Which leads me to another service that could be offered. People who have experience making and editing videos, can offer their services to do this for people for a fee, and they can also offer a service to teach other people how to do this as well. I could use a service like that at the moment because I haven’t a clue how to do this myself, but I would like to learn. Once again, this could be physical teaching, but it could also be done by video tutorial, book, article series to name just a few.


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My Father With Several Other Members Of The Military Band He Performed In

Example 4 – Sell Your Passion To Others By Teaching Them


My father was a musician in the military. He was a member of the brass section of a military band. He is a classic example of how his passion for music took him to a secondary income opportunity.


Single Income Family? No Problem, Music Has Got You Covered


We were a single income family while I was growing up and my Dad had to find a way to make ends meet. When he wasn’t performing in an orchestra somewhere, or at a football grand final, or military tattoo, he taught music at several private schools.

My Dad was not a qualified teacher, but he was so good at what he did, they hired him to teach music classes to a small group of students. He earned an income by putting himself out there and asking around, and found 3 different schools who were interested in hiring him.

Nowadays, you can build a website (see further down) and use it to advertise yourself and your teaching course, among other things. Teaching music online or by video, live or recorded, is much easier than being required to physically be present in a classroom environment, and some of it can be done at any time of the day or night.

But there is also the option of becoming a music tutor. Of putting yourself out there, like my Dad did, and giving private music lessons.




Have I Used This Technique?


You may be wondering if I have used this question process myself to find my own ways of earning money. The answer is a very emphatic YES! I would not be here today telling you that you need to look into yourself if I had not at first done so myself. I asked myself these questions to learn more about me, who I am and what I know and I found quite a lot to work with. I realised;

  • I am a carer
  • I have a Bachelor of Health Science degree
  • I studied some Naturopathy
  • I am an energy healer
  • I do body work in Raindrop Technique and Vitaflex.
  • I am passionate about essential oils and aromatherapy
  • I prefer avoiding chemicals
  • I am beginning my journey to sustainable living and clean eating
  • I am a little crafty
  • I like scrapbooking
  • I loved Art at school
  • I am keen to teach others about self care and personal development.
  • I like writing
  • My goal is to teach others about things that relate to the knowledge that I have in all of these areas. I do this in my articles
  • I am writing a couple of books an am a blogger.
  • I love Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit
  • I love reading.

I know there is much more to add, but I have basically described to you in a small nutshell, ME, and each of the ways I am working with to increase my income.  Your skills will vary and align with very different areas to mine, but all are equally valuable enough to teach them to others. The key is in finding out who you are and this will lead to what you can offer. How you offer it is up to you, whether you choose to go down the path of producing your own items to sell, providing a service, or educating others, or all three. For myself, I’m doing a bit of everything because I believe that you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in the one basket. Building multiple streams of income makes a lot of sense to me.


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Something I am really enjoying right now, combined with my love for writing, is blogging. It has allowed me to build one or more websites and write about what really interests me or topics that I am familiar with and earn an income on the side. But I didn’t know how to go about it, nor could I follow a lot of the information out there. What I did find was very disjointed and nothing made any sense.


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If you want to know what is the best way to make money at home, I hope that I have given you an abundance of ideas here for you to consider. You’ll be amazed at your own untapped potential if you spend the time and take action on the questions and learn more about what YOU have to offer.

I would really appreciate some feedback on this article as I have never written quite such a long one before. Please comment in the section below. Thank you for reading and please sit down and go over the information I have left you with to determine who you are and how you can contribute to your own adventure into working from home.


Warm Wishes


How To Give Thanks On Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming around once again. Many people may be looking for new ideas on how to give thanks on Thanksgiving. I think it’s time to spruce up the standard matters that we often give thanks for, but do so in a way that helps us recognise the value our planet brings to the table, if you’ll pardon the pun.


Choose Wisely


We can easily choose to be more resourceful and caring in what we do and use on Thanksgiving. We can learn what changes to make or alternatives to use when we are in the act of giving thanks. We can opt to do across every aspect of the day, from the decorations, the feast, the traditions, what activities we partake in, and even how we can perform random acts of kindness or volunteering of our time.

I have already touched upon what to give thanks for on Thanksgiving in a previous article, this post follows on and brings it all together to give you the best Thanksgiving ideas in through the entertainment, the celebrations and in keeping with your ideals.


New Thanksgiving Traditions To Embrace


Let’s Begin With How We Can Give Our Usual Traditions A Fresh New Approach With Some Of  These Ideas.


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    I Am Thankful For The Choices I Can Make To Live A Sustainable Life

    Start a new tradition by painting pebbles and writing the things you are thankful for each year. Each year, add more and use them to line your footpaths or surround rockeries or gardens. You might even like to stick them to the sides of plant pots or decorative walls to serve as a reminder each year of the things you have been grateful for in each particular year. Have each member of the family participate in this tradition.


  • Decorate a mason jar with some simple raffia and Autumn leaves, place some ice cream sticks and a pen on the table, and get everyone to write down on the sticks what they are grateful for and place them in the jar. They could be read out as part of your prayer or discussion about what you are giving thanks for this year.


  • Gratitude jars have become quite popular. It was originally something that was suggested for a person to start for themselves about feeling gratitude and learning to look for the joy in everyday life. The idea is to write down on note paper what you are grateful for at the time of an event. Each year on New Year’s Eve, the person would open the jar and read all of the positive messages they had written to themselves throughout the year and reflect on the good things in life. You could extend this to create a family gratitude jar and instead of New Year, read them out at Thanksgiving, for all the family to see what their blessings truly are. If you are not inclined to make the jar, why not start a gratitude journal?


  • If you’d prefer something a little more decorative than a Grateful Jar, you could create a Thankful Tree. This is so simple, all you need is a glass jar or vase with a bit of ribbon or raffia around the top for effect. Then collect some thin branches of similar but varied diameters and lengths with plenty of little twigs jutting out from them. An ideal diameter for the twigs would be slightly smaller than the hole made from a hole punch. Place them in the jar in a bunch, like you would flowers. Tie them together if needed. Buy or make some paper tags or card, you might try using some scrapbooking tags or labels. You could even use scraps of material and a special pen that can write on fabric. Punch a hole in the top of each with a hole punch and leave them with a pen or marker of some kind next to them.Every time something good happens, or there is something to be thankful for, write it down on the card and place it over one of the twigs to keep for Thanksgiving. It would double as a lovely table decoration too, or take pride of place on a mantle in the lounge or even in the hallway entrance. You may wish to do a new one each year, or add to it each year. It’s your tradition, so it’s your decision.


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    Create a Thankful Tree like this Wishing Tree at Crystal Castle

    I saw a whole tree dedicated to people putting their wishes on to it at a gardens I visited a while back, which leaves you with another idea of how to express your thankfulness. Use a tree in your own garden and created a proper ‘Thankful Tree’. Gather around it for your prayer, offerings of Thanks, your family games, anything really.


  • Take the time to thank a different person each day for being a part of your life. Maybe even do it for the whole month of November leading up to Thanksgiving. Verbal, written, creatively presented, however you decide to show your thanks to the person, it all counts, it all brings joy to them.


  • Pressed for time? Give each of your guests little hand notes and a pen so that they can write down what they are thankful for this year while enjoying their thanksgiving feast.


  • Create a family tradition where each person writes a thank you note for their other family members everyday of November until Thanksgiving, telling them one thing each day why they are grateful for them.


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    Use Homemade Props And An Instant Camera To Take Photos Every Thanksgiving

  • Everyone has heard of “Warm Fuzzies” right? The act of writing down nice things about other people and giving it to them. Adapt this to Thanksgiving where each person writes down something they are thankful for about each person gathered there, or something positive, or even a happy memory they have shared with them, and everyone gets to feel very loved and blessed on a very special day. In fact, it could even be a great way to start the day and have everyone feeling good at the first.


  • A popular trend at the moment is taking photos with props to commemorate special occasions. It would be very easy to make your own props with a Thanksgiving theme to do this yourself. Different styles of moustaches are always popular, the various styles of pilgrim hats would go well with this theme, and there are always the standard props such as beards, glasses, monocles, lips, bow ties. You can make other styles such as frowns, pipes, cigars, various Thanksgiving feast items, and make up captions for photos too. If you prefer to get the photograph instantly to place in a special commemorative scrapbook or other album you could buy an Instant camera. Then you can have a great old get together with some precious memories and family photos. If you make it a tradition you can get them out and share them next year and every year. Don’t forget Christmas is just around the corner too. You could extend this tradition into Christmas very easily.


Bring On Christmas Traditions At Thanksgiving!


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    Decorate the Christmas Tree on Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving heralds Christmas so it is a perfect time to put some of your Christmas traditions into action and warm up your Christmas spirit. Make it a tradition to set up and decorate your Christmas Tree at the end of the day.


  • Have a Christmas movie marathon. I love Christmas movies, I just can’t get enough of them. It’s one of my warm fuzzies that I give to myself.


  • Use thanksgiving to draw names out of a hat for your Secret Santa or Kris Kringle Christmas gifts. For those of you who aren’t aware what a Kris Kringle is, it’s where everyone’s name who will be sharing Christmas day together goes into a hat. Each person draws a name from the hat and that person becomes the one that they buy a gift for. Everyone gets a gift and it cuts down the cost of Christmas for those on a budget. It also allows people to have a slightly more expensive gift bought for them as only one gift is being bought rather than many small gifts.


Choose Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving Crafts That Double As Decorations



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    Non-Toxic Flour Based Paint Recipe. You may choose to use a plant based dye, or different home made paint.

    Make some planet safe paint and use it to create a Thanksgiving tablecloth. Here are a couple of ways you can do this. To make the profile of a turkey, you can paint the base of the hand with brown paint including the thumb, and then paint each finger a different color, such as yellow and red or orange and purple for example. Then stamp the hand down and add eyes, beak, snood, wattle, legs, etc. The thumb part of the print becomes the turkey’s neck and head. To print a frontal image of a turkey, you can paint the entire hand, including fingers with one color such as yellow, then stamp it down. Next paint the entire hand red and stamp down next to the first one, partially overlapping the first hand, then repeat with another color. This should produce the turkey’s traditional fan tail. Then paint a body and head at the front and add the eyes, etc.


  • Make little turkeys from autumn leaves, whole walnuts in the shell, hazelnuts. googly eyes and a bit of felt. Glue the hazelnut on to the top of the walnut. This becomes the head and body. Glue a medium sized autumn leaf to the front of a large orange or red autumn leaf, making sure the bottoms are lined up together. This is your turkey tail. Glue the tail to the body, add googly eyes or draw them on, and use felt to stick on to make a beak, snood and wattle. If the turkey does not sit up properly, you may need to glue something to the base to help it. Use these cute little turkeys for a wide range of things. They could be used as simple table decorations, props, write guests names on them and use as place setting guides, write what you are thankful for on them, or give the guests a pen to write their own, games prizes, little gifts to give away to guests, you might even use them as invitations. I’m sure you can think of many more uses.


  • Use orange or onion netting bags and fill it with a gift or treat, tie it at the top, lean it slightly to the side, allowing for enough net to use it as a tail. Make a turkey neck and head from a brown pipe cleaner by rolling the pipe cleaner into a head shape leaving some length to form the neck. Add a beak made from orange or red pipe cleaner and a googly eye each side. Using the netting bag you have made, stick the pipe cleaner down into the bag through the netting, or use glue to stick the neck and head to the bag. You now have a cute turkey gift for someone, or a delightful way to wrap a gift.


Random Acts Of Kindness At Thanksgiving Embodies The True Meaning Of Thanksgiving


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    Pull a name from the hat

    You could do a name draw where each member of the family have their names put into a hat to be drawn out. Each person draws a name and must do a random act of kindness for the person they drew from the hat that day. This could be a daily event or if doing this everyday is a bit too difficult, perhaps do it on the weekends, or draw names at the start of each week and at some time during the week, the act of kindness must be carried out before the next draw. There are many ways to incorporate something like this into your household. Not only does this mean that people get treated nicely, but it is a great way to cement the family relationship and encourage unconditional love for each other, as well as fostering respect as well.


  • A popular tradition that isn’t necessarily new to some people, but may be to others, is the volunteer aspect of Thanksgiving. Helping out at soup kitchens are a great way to share the love for your fellow humans. As a family, deliver a hamper to another family in need, or provide one for an organisation that give them away. If this is not easy or makes you uncomfortable, choose to donate to food banks or other organisations, where your kindness can be anonymous.


  • Following on from the volunteering side of things, have a big clean out of your unwanted scarves, jumpers, jackets, gloves, hats, blankets and give them to a charity or shelter for the homeless. You are contributing to protecting the environment by recycling, while helping another person in need. If you don’t have anything to give, set about performing random acts of kindness in your neighborhood, or the next one over, if you prefer anonymity.


  • When you start talking about what you are grateful for, think of a way to pay it forward to other people. For example if you are grateful for food, give food to the needy. Use your own thanks as a way to help others, it will help give you ideas for how to pay it forward. Here’s a couple of easy ones to do. If thankful for your toys, give old toys away to charity. If you are thankful for a warm fire, deliver firewood to an area where you know people may need it. If you are thankful for money, find a way to provide a means for a person in need to earn a few dollars from you by doing an odd job for you, or simply put money in their hands.


  • Invite Thanksgiving ‘orphans’ over for dinner, those people who have no family to spend it with. We have done this before at Christmas as well, where we knew families with only one parent and invited them to come for dinner with us, likewise for our single friends, or people who were not at home to be with their own families. Sometimes our single friends were feeling a little lonely at this time of year and they were very appreciative that we included them and made them feel welcome in our home.


  • You could also go slightly different and throw and ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner where you invite friends over to share your family Thanksgiving celebrations together as an expression of how you are thankful for them to be in your life.


Don’t Forget The Thanksgiving Feast –  You Can Give Thanks By Choosing Eco-Wise Food And Methods


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    A Guide To Raising Turkeys If You Want To Keep Your Own

    Have you ever considered raising your own turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner? I know this idea is not for everyone, especially if you have a soft spot for animals and tend to make them pets. For those of you who are able to immerse yourselves more fully into living sustainably, raising livestock for food goes with the territory. Many of you may even choose to supplement your income with raising a few extra birds along with your own to sell to others come Thanksgiving.  Sustainable living doesn’t have to mean that your income is less than other people, in fact, in can mean a whole plethora of extra income ideas for many people in terms of selling produce, creating clothing and crafts, and even sharing your knowledge with others.


  • Getting everyone involved in the preparation and cooking of the meal contributes a wonderful sharing experience for the whole family and/or guests and gives people a chance to have a catch up and chat while enjoying each others company. Every one helps and therefore no one feels as if they haven’t given something to the day.


  • As a Thanksgiving craft that doubles as a food item, melt chocolate and pour onto small flat plates and let set. There are many ways in which you can use this, write a comment on them for each person to show them that you are grateful for them, or an inspirational or motivational word, perhaps draw a cute picture, or make it a family activity to share. You could also use them as place markers by writing names on them with icing or white chocolate colored with a natural food coloring if you so choose.


  • If changing over to a cleaner eating style or using greener food choices is a bit much to begin with at Thanksgiving, try replacing one traditional dish by one new clean food dish every year until you are comfortable with the change. I realise that Thanksgiving has very deeply inground traditions that make it difficult to completely turn away all in one hit so go easy on yourself, take it slow and enjoy the journey.


  • Create a thanksgiving cook book from the recipes to share between each other every few years. Creations like these often become family heirlooms by scrapbooking the cookbook and passing it down through the years to the grandchildren and beyond. Everyone loves old recipes and they will be treasured for many years to come if they are made with the love and commitment that goes into creating a scrapbook style cooking book.


  • Create a new tradition of sharing your family’s recipes on specially made cards with other members of your family or neighbors. How many times have you been asked how to make that wonderful meal you served up one time they visited?


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    A Paleo Style Thanksgiving Dinner Is A Good Way To Minimise Processed Foods And Eat More Healthily.

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    Clean Eating Is Possibly The Most Effective Method of Continuing to Live Sustainably

    When thinking about what to cook, using a more natural style of recipe, try looking at a Paleo version of Thanksgiving.

If Paleo is not your thing, then the option of Clean Eating will give you great healthy recipes, or help you to learn ways to adapt any meal, including your Thanksgiving meal to using all clean ingredients.

What better way to save the environment than beginning a clean eating program where you do not use processed foods at all, instead, let nature provide as nature intended and avoid processed goods. Eating clean allows you to continue a sustainable living lifestyle by choosing to eat foods whose processing has not caused harm to the environment, or shows you how to make everything from scratch?



Wow, I surprised even myself when thinking on suggestions for you on how to give thanks on Thanksgiving. These are really only scratching the surface of what is possible. We live in a world where so much is becoming more easily available to us to give us a choice in how we live on this planet. We can do it, we can bring about change in even the smallest of adjustments we make in our lives. Keep up the good work you are doing so far.

Thank you for reading this rather long article and I hope you have been shown that even Thanksgiving can be altered to suit your ideals and the planet. If I have missed anything, or you would like me to look into anything else, please leave a comment and include how you make your own changes to Thanksgiving. I love hearing from my readers.

Warm Wishes and Happy Thanksgiving.


What To Give Thanks For On Thanksgiving Day

What To Give Thanks For On Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving

If you are wondering what to give thanks for on Thanksgiving Day this year, you could think about all of the many reasons that most people tell each other they are grateful for, such as their health, their family, a roof over their head, food on the table, a job, money in the bank, your parents, good friends, opportunity, having all of your senses, a good harvest, etc, all of which are genuine and honest.


You could be a bit different than everybody else and add in something new by sparing a thought for our planet as well. Give thanks to our planet, the Earth, our home, the roof over all of our heads, that which provides all that we need to survive, all things in nature. Show thanks by acting the part of being grateful for all it has to offer and give back to it by adopting a sustainable approach to living your life.


When ‘Giving’ For Thanksgiving Means Giving To The Planet


Many people spend Thanksgiving, or a part of it, giving to others. Make sure you also give to the planet as well. Start your new intention to live a greener lifestyle by choosing greener options with everything you use, eat and do on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t just make it a new tradition for your family, make it a way of life.


Being Thankful Is Easy When You Know What To Be Thankful For


Here is how you can emanate thankfulness, live sustainably and still enjoy Thanksgiving Day. Think about how you can adapt what you already know and make your day a greener experience, or try these great alternatives to old traditional methods of celebration. You will love it, and the planet will be thanking you in return. There is a saying, “be the change you wish to see in this world”. Instead, be the “Thanks” that you wish to see in this world.


Decorate With Style – Make Old Traditions Fashionable Again


Back in the times of the pilgrims, they didn’t have the access we have nowadays to ready made decorations and fancy, but disposable ornamental table ware. They made do with what they had, taking inspiration from their natural surroundings.  This is probably the best way to hold Thanksgiving with the intent of maintaining the sustainability choice you have made. Do the same, use natural materials, make your own adornments for the table, and avoid using disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery, by using your own finery. If you want to think even greener, lean toward using recyclable glassware and include in that, all of the serving plates and platters, and use stainless steel cutlery. Give thanks by being grateful for your natural surroundings.


Here are some simple decorating ideas using nature:


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    Pine Cones Make Gorgeous Table Decorations

    Use pine cones. They are so versatile. Try surrounding a large glass candle holder with a soy, vegetable or bees wax candle within it with pine cones at the base to create a lovely warm, inviting atmosphere to your table. It is simple yet elegant. Of course there are many other ways to use pine cones in decorating. You can scatter them across the table in amongst decorated mason jar candle holders or steel buckets, or make place card holders out of them.


  • Make a vase or plant pot holder from a carved out pumpkin and place a pot plant or freshly cut seasonal flowers or herbs inside.


  • Use upside down, long-stemmed glasses and place soy or vegetable candles on top. You can add additional decorative effect by placing something underneath the glass such as mini pumpkins, leaves, nuts, etc. These make very elegant decorations and you can use them for many occasions, not just Thanksgiving, simply by changing the color of the candles and what you place underneath.


  • Use maple leaves or other familiar fall leaves as place cards.


  • Make garlands for the landing, walls or table using string and attaching leaves. Write a letter on each leaf and spell out words like gratitude, thankfulness, Happy Thanksgiving, etc. These truly are natural, especially if you choose to write using a vegetable ink or something similar to either write or stamp the letters onto the leaves.


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    Thanksgiving is about appreciating the bountiful harvest and being thankful for the food

    Sprinkle dried legumes, peas and corn kernels in clumps over the table here and there. Or place them in layers in glass bowls or bottles.


  • Place 3 or 4 pumpkins in a row down the center of the table and place sprigs of berries around them


  • Make a leaf wreath, or use wheat or flexible branches with berries dotted throughout. Maybe even try making a flower wreath.


  • Paint small wooden posts, such as those you might find on an old staircase, or perhaps find some wooden off-cuts, orange and decorate with white paint, bows and raffia and use them as inviting ornaments at the entrance to your home. They don’t need to look like anything specific, just the colors will be enough to generate the feel of Thanksgiving.


  • Gather a pile of acorns and paint the bases all different colors, use them in bowls or scattered on tables etc. You might attach them to a card for place settings for your guests


  • Baskets of fruit, vegetables and bushels of wheat, look lovely on the table and remind feast attendees what the real reasons behind Thanksgiving are. Bountiful food from a good harvest season.


  • Use apples, small pumpkins and other fruit or vegetables and scoop or cut out a portion of them out to turn them into tea light candle holders. If you prefer not to use open flame, you may be able to find LED candles, but personally I prefer not to use them due to being made from plastic and not necessarily in the best interests of the planet.


If Choosing Bought Items You Can Still Ensure They Remain As Natural As Possible


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    Dress up as Pilgrims for Thanksgiving

    Go to a thrift store and try to find some old style clothing that might suit, and create your own pilgrim or Indian costumes to celebrate Thanksgiving in true pilgrim style. You will already be creating a setting that would be very similar to the days of old, so why not spruce up your setting a little more and re-create the first Thanksgiving? It could become a tradition for your family. There are places you can buy costumes and provided you pay attention to what they are made from, you may still feel confident that you are maintaining your sustainable choices.


  • Find some burlap, some vegetable or soy based ink and something to use to stamp letters on to the burlap and make your own place mats and place cards. You could write messages of thanks, or individual names of guest, or simply say Happy Thanksgiving. If you are only planning on using them for this year, a safe paint could be used, such as a flour based paint, (see below for a recipe).


  • Instead of writing messages such as those listed in the previous subject, you might choose to write a gratitude quote on each one to serve as a reminder of the reasons Thanksgiving is celebrated each year. If you follow a religion in your household, pop a note that relates in some way to it on each place mat.



What Activities Can You Do While Maintaining Your Beliefs?


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    Our Home Made Dinosaur Game

    Think up, create and make your own family game and turn it into a family Thanksgiving tradition. For example, use pegs and attach colorful feathers and make up a Turkey Tag game to be played at each Thanksgiving. Each person starts with a peg or two attached to their clothing, like a tail. Blow a whistle to start the game. Everyone runs around to try to steal each others feathers until one turkey is left with all of them, declaring themselves the winner. As each person loses all of their feathers before replacing them with any more, they are out. The game is a great way to burn off some of the excess food or work up an appetite. You can think up other games of your own.


  • Try painting gourds left over from Halloween and have a go at playing Pilgrim Skittles by making your own set. Pinterest has plenty of ideas of how to create skittles or bowling pins for all kinds of occasions and design styles, all you need to do is choose items to use that are from a recyclable or sustainable source.


  • My granddaughter and I made up our own board game about Dinosaurs (see image on the right) and used six A4 sheets of paper and glued them on to cardboard and each piece attached to each other to form a giant board. While dinosaurs are not exactly a Thanksgiving theme, it is still a game we love to get out and play. I already have other games in mind to make for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I’m sure the other holidays will eventually have a game dedicated to them. It doesn’t only add an element of fun, you also get to spend quality time together both making it and playing it, and to create something as a joint venture, which you can play for many years of enjoyment to come.


  • Why not create a family play or puppet show each year? You can keep it simple by using socks and making puppets, or purchasing proper hand puppets or marionettes. Start with a recreation of the first Thanksgiving. Have it that a different person each year has a chance to create something and include all or some of the guests. Or if the person whose turn it is one of the years is not as creative as other people, they can always create something else as long as it includes the rest of the guests. It shouldn’t really matter as long as everyone gets involved.


  • My family love games, as you can probably guess, especially board games. There are the usual standard games for a smaller group such as Monopoly, Clue, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Uno, Skipbo, and many more. Sometimes we choose one of our theme games such as Star Wars Monopoly or Clue for example, yes, we love Star Wars in my family.


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    Star Wars Game of Clue

    We also love to adapt games that you might normally play on a board, and make it a game for playing in a large group. Games such as Trivial Pursuit, Catch Phrase, Scattergories, Pictionary, can all be adapted for larger groups. You don’t need to use the game board. For example, with Trivial Pursuit the group simply take turns at asking questions from a card and the rest of the group try to answer. You can keep score if you like, but we just prefer to jump in with an answer. We like to give weird clues to ‘help’ each other when it’s a tricky one. With everybody taking turns to ask questions, nobody misses out on the fun. We have the normal Trivial Pursuit, but I also have Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings versions (are you surprised?) of the game as well. So we can vary our theme each year.

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Catch Phrase is a great family game

  • Catch Phrase works like a hot potato in your hands if you like to use the buzzer and create teams, or you can just take turns giving the clues for everyone to guess. These games are popular with us because we like to think we are clever.  Although Catch Phrase has plastic in its manufacturing, I like to think it is not as bad because it is a once off purchase and gets used over and over again, making it something that isn’t just thrown away easily to mess up our environment. Often only one member of a whole family needs to buy one game and everyone can share it, and as the case with my family, it is years old, and that way we are still trying to minimise environmental impact. You can help by selecting games made in the most sustainable ways, but if that is not possible, make sure you are holding on to them for many years and traditions to come. Funnily enough, there is also a Star Wars version of Catch Phrase too.


  • Make your own popular game using more sustainable materials to construct it. For example, you can make large scrabble pieces from thin, flat, wooden squares. Not only are you creating something to play but you are using alternative means to construct your game not using plastic etc that you might get if you buy the same game from a store. Then there is the added bonus of getting everyone outside in the fresh air to enjoy nature and some quality time together.


  • You can do almost anything as long as you remember that what ever you use needs to be made from sustainable, renewable, natural or recyclable materials. Why not make a giant Yahtzee game by using large blocks of wood for the dice and painting the numbers on them? You could keep score using the old style blackboard slates like they used to use at school. Or simply paint wooden boards with black board paint and write with chalk.


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    Call Someone You Love Who Is Away From Home

    Last but not least, take the time to get in touch with family members or friends who are not present on the day, such as those who live far away, or their job takes them a long way from home, and even those who are working on Thanksgiving who may appreciate a quick phone call from those who care about them. You could Skype them, call, or if you can’t speak to them directly, make sure you email or fax them to let them know you are thinking of them at your time of giving thanks.


Does This Help?


I hope that I’ve helped you think of a few ideas for what to give thanks for on Thanksgiving Day. It doesn’t have to be difficult to give thanks by choosing to keep the planet green. As you can see there are many ways in which to opt for the more Earth friendly celebratory parts of the day and lead up, many of which are cheap and readily available. Be thankful that the Earth is what she is and gives us everything we could ever need.


I’ve written another article giving suggestions on how you can give thanks on Thanksgiving that follows on nicely from this one. If you think of anything else, please add to this post by placing it within the comments section below and help a fellow man to be wise about his choices too. Anything that can be used to make this planet a better place for our future would be accepted with gusto. Likewise, please share with us how you have chosen to give thanks for your own Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving to you all, keep safe and enjoy every minute of it.


Warm Wishes