Top 10 Blog Posts for 2016
The first 6 months of blogging in 2016 has been exciting and has flown by so fast. And you, the reader, have been along for the ride.
We have covered a variety of topics, issues, and even recipes. Issues that tug at your heart strings from Polio, and Dental Dilemmas, to shortage of beds for people. Discussions of Basic Budgeting, How to Spend Your Food Dollars, and determining Needs vs Wants. Poverty issues of Donors who donate with strings attached, to over duplication of community services and even a discussion about the reasons why Raising Minimum Wage doesn’t seem to really work to alleviate poverty.
And Faith Matters of Earthbound Angels, the Gift of Longsuffering and more. So let’s get on with looking at your Top 10 picks of the articles posted for 2016.
This post addresses the issue of how to help people having money struggles. Can you look around your own circumstances and relationships and identify either a family member, friend, or even an acquaintance who is struggling financially?
Especially in January when the busy and exciting holiday season is over and the bills are coming in. Read more here on how in simple ways you can help lift their life couch.
Making #9 on the list is a Christmas Cookie recipe. Mmm, the smell of cinnamon just rings of the holidays. Did you know that the aroma of Cinnamon actually helps to battle depression? It does! To whip up your own batch of Cinnamon Swirl Cookies click here.
This is a guest blogging post from local Muskoka blogger and historian, Ted Currie of Currie’s Music and Antiques. He and his family happened to stop by one of our Annual Christmas Giveaways and upon returning home, he wrote this review. Check it out.
Everyone loves cookies and Christmas! And what a better way that to combine the 2 in this inexpensive Cookbook featuring 10 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes. For only $5 and available on PDF, it makes a great addition to your Cookbook collection.
After the death of a beloved elderly woman in our community, the topic of “Earthbound Angels” arose. She had impacted our community hugely, and we were all shocked to see her sudden removal from our midst. Within a few weeks of being diagnosed with cancer, she was gone.
As we looked back on her life, we were all left with the thought provoking notion of “are we earthbound angels” too? How can you and I make an impact on the lives of others around us. How can you help to EMPOWER another person towards a HOPE and a FUTURE?
Every year, Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs receives requests from struggling families for beds. We were able to assist 87 people in 2016 to be able to now sleep in a bed. From newborn infants to the elderly. Read more about the top 10 reasons why people may be in need of a bed.
Also check out Ashley Furniture and their beds to the needy program too. Read the full article.
First published in paperback in 2012, our Anti-Poverty Cookbook continues to be a much sought out resource. This cookbook is over 200 pages and is jammed pack of tips and recipes that will EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. Copies that are sold help fund the Cookbook Project to put FREE copies in the hands of people who need them. Places such as shelters, Food Banks, and more. Over 1,700 copies have been distributed FREE.
These are easy recipes to make, using inexpensive ingredients, and even utilizing Food Bank food items. There are also useful tips such as:
- Canada’s Food Guide
- budgeting basics
- what kitchen staples do you need
- the kitchen tools and equipment most needed
- how to read a meat label
- rice cooking instructions
- pasta cooking instructions
To celebrate it’s 5th year, a new color photo format was implemented and the Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Cookbook is now available in PDF format here. To read more and see some actual user comments, go to: review
A great place to start in EMPOWERING you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE is tackling your finances. Making it to #3 on the list is this very topic. We look at budgeting from the bare bones basics. Not so concerned with getting a savings account started or even with immediate debt reduction. This article looks at issues like:
- acceptable housing costs
- what you should be spending on groceries based on your income
- and making sure you count your income from ALL SOURCES. Don’t cheat yourself on what you really have to work with.
Making it to number 2 on the list is the issue of Minimum Wage and what it should be. In October, 2016 the minimum wage was raised once again. It is now $11.40/hour for general work.
But with that pay raise comes the inevitable rise in cost of everything. So does one really get ahead? Or only further behind? Read more in the entire article and see some unique perspectives.
And the number one post of 2016 is our newly released Muskoka/Parry Sound Community Assistance Directory. Over 120 pages jammed full of great local resources to EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
Resources such as:
- 11 Food Banks
- Thrift Stores
- FREE resources
- Habitat for Humanity
- Addiction issues
- Alzheimer Concerns
- Mental Health Help
- Health Unit
- Pregnancy Resources
- Supper Clubs
- Shelters–Men and Women
- Sexual Assault Counselling
- and much, much more.
This is a FREE resource that you can download here today in PDF format. By the middle of January, 2017 over 300 copies have been distributed among several local community organizations. This resource is sure to make a huge impact on our local community as people become EMPOWERED in their own decision making of their lives and situations as they move towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.
Looking Forward to 2017
As we finish gathering up all of the statistical data of 2016, we turn our eyes towards 2017. What new topics will make the list next year?
Leave us a comment as to what you would like to see us discuss and explore more in 2017. Let us know which is your favorite 2016 post too.