Archive for February, 2012

February 29th, 2012

Spring Cleaning Tips, Make your own household cleaning supplies and a Note from the Universe

Japanese Magnolia Tree

Make your own household cleaning supplies

Buying eco-friendly cleaning supplies is a good start, but for a truly green clean, make your own cleaners. You’ll bypass the resources that go into production, shipping, and purchasing–from making that plastic spray bottle to getting the product to your local supermarket–and you’ll save a ton of money. Most of your home can be cleaned with recipes that are a combination of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda or washing soda; add a few drops of essential oil for scent if you prefer. Since you’re only making what you need as you need it, you’re cutting back on waste, and you won’t have any worries about what kind of toxins you may be spraying around your kids and pets.

A Note from the Universe

The presumption, Pama, at all times and under all circumstances, should always be that you are good enough, worthy enough, and lovable enough. And that you are exactly the right kind of person, in the right place, at the right time. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have been instilled with such dreams in the first place.

Love you,
The Universe

February 28th, 2012

Spring Cleaning Tips, Organization and A Note from the Universe

Justine and Pama drumming in the park

Get the right home organization tools

Now that you’ve managed to weed out the useless from the useful, you need to find a system for organizing what you’ve got left–because if you can’t find something when you need it, you’d might as well not have it at all. For this, you’ll need storage containers, but that doesn’t mean you need to stock up on (non biodegradable) plastic bins; instead, try cardboard boxes wrapped in pretty paper, bamboo baskets, or cloth bags made from old t-shirts. Raise your storage with eco-friendly shelving to free up floorspace and make your rooms look bigger. And note: if, while you’re organizing, you find items that don’t seem to fit with anything else, those are likely goods you could add to the “donate” pile.

A Note from the Universe

Oh, we’re busy all right. We’re absolutely slammed; everywhere, always. Aligning planets, churning waterfalls, guiding sparrows, and raising more suns for more planets in more galaxies than a rocket scientist on caffeine could ever count.

Yet still, Pama, never a moment goes by when there aren’t angels here, working their little hearts out for you.

Of this you can be sure.

The Universe

February 27th, 2012

Spring Cleaning Tips: Recycle and a Note from the Universe

Nicoles creation for Adrian's Birthday


Once you’ve exhausted all the other options, it’s time to hit the recycling bucket. Of course you’re already recycling newspapers, magazines, and any glass that isn’t salvageable, but take a second look at the rest of your trash, too: did you clean out the fridge? Find a compost pile. Get rid of old electronics, from cell phones to VCRs to ancient computers, by passing them off to retailers with a recycling program or to a specialized electronics recycling company. Check anything plastic to make sure it’s recyclable, and make sure to safely dispose of anything that’s not recyclable or trash-friendly, like old paint or batteries.

Note from the Universe!

However safe you might think you are right now, Pama, you are even safer.

However much you might think you are loved and guided right now, you are loved and guided even more.

And however likely you feel your future happiness is to blossom, let me assure you, it is, in fact, inevitable. Eternally.

It’s simply that from within the jungles of time and space none of what I just shared is obvious, even as I hold you in the palm of my hand, because you’ve accepted what is unquestionably the single most daunting challenge I’ve ever imagined: to forget that we are one.

Good on you,
The Universe

February 24th, 2012

Spring Cleaning? Donate and The Note from the Universe

Me and my friend Bobbie are dancing at one of the many pow-wow's that I attend. This one was celebrating mother's on Mother's Day.


Once you’ve taken stock of what you can use, separate out items that someone else might need. This includes dishes, kitchen gadgets, clothes, books, magazines, toys, home decor–all of these items could find a second life with someone else. If you need instant gratification, just drop it all off at your local Goodwill or Salvation Army; if you’re slightly more patient, try offering items for sale or barter on Craigslist, turning your goods over to an artist, donating through Freecycle, or seeing what you can get for that collection of comic books on eBay. Your house will be less cluttered; someone else can skip buying new; and the landfills will be that much emptier.

Note from the Universe

Pama, you don’t even have to ask.

I know, I’m there, and I’m already busy.

The Universe

February 23rd, 2012

Spring Cleaning? Reuse!! and a Note from the Universe

Butterflies eating fruit at the Chatanooga Aquarium


Now you have a pile that you’re ready to get rid of–but wait: don’t just trash it. First, go through and see if any of those items could serve a purpose you haven’t thought of before: Do you have enough books to stack up and use as a side table? Can you take the frames off those ugly paintings and use them elsewhere? We know of ways to reuse everything from single mittens and broken guitar strings to holiday greeting cards and ceramic tiles–so while we aren’t suggesting you keep all this around just in case, see if any of what you have can save you from buying something else.

A Note from the Universe

When just starting out on a new journey, Pama, it’s only natural to feel vulnerable. After all, it may seem that you have much to lose. But may I remind you that never again, at any other point in your journey, will you have so much to gain as you will if you start today?

I’ll take that as a “Yes.”

The Universe

February 22nd, 2012

Spring, It’s Getting That Time of Year! Comments from the Universe!

Oriental Pear Tree in Bloom

Spring Cleaning Tip:

ReduceThe first step to fighting messes and keeping your home spic-and-span is getting rid of all that stuff you never use. Go through all the places where it accumulates–try closets, junk drawers, out-of-reach shelves, attics and basements, and any other place where you’re inclined to toss stuff as you say, “I’ll deal with this later”and be diligent about– separating out what you really will use someday from what you never will. Be honest: you may say you like that sweater your aunt gave you for Christmas in 2004, but if it still has the tags on it, you aren’t ever going to wear it. And be practical: do you really need that quesadilla maker? We’re not suggesting that you trim down to an uber-minimalist lifestyle, but the quickest way to cut your cleaning time is to simply have less stuff to clean.

Note from the Universe:

It may seem a bit backwards for some, Pama, but the first step one might take towards rearranging the present circumstances of their life is to stop dwelling upon the present circumstances of their life.

But for you it’s probably a no-brainer.

The Universe

February 21st, 2012

Try this for Dandruff and a Note from the Universe

This is our oldest Dogwood tree.

Cure Dandruff

I found this to be very interesting. Cure dandruff with a crushed aspirin in shampoo. Give this a try. Sounds so simple. The simplest things in life are usually what works best.

A note from the Universe

Just because someone may find fault, cast stones, or disagree with you, Pama, doesn’t mean they don’t adore you.

Actually, Pama, it’s these same folks who usually do.

The Universe