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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mosquitno BandZzz Really Work To Keep Mosquitoes Away!!

Getting Ready to go outside with his Mosquitno Spotz.
These have got to be the best item that I have ever tried. They really do keep the mosquitoes away!! They last a long time also. Mosquitno BandZzz are a really ingenious way to keep the pest away.They are a silicone rubber that is infused with an all-natural and pleasant smelling citronella oil. It will keep the mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other flying insects away from you without being a bad thing to put on your children. Great for adults, too.

The Mosquitno Bandz last for a long time! You take it off when you come in and seal them back up in their baggie. They last up to 150 hours. The Spotz last up to 72 hours and you can also reuse them to if you seal them up in an air tight baggie. I love this idea. I have always hated the idea of spraying poison on us all to be able to go out at night. We usually would just end up never going out at night during the summer. With these we have been going out at night. Had a ton of fun setting off fireworks on the 4th of July and we have filled a few jars with lightning bugs! It is great knowing that we are using something that is safe for all of us. The citronella oil is safe for children to use.
Hunting Lightning Bugs With Glow In The dark Mosquitno Bandz!

These are a great thing to have if you love the outdoors. Go camping and have these to make your camping experience a lot more enjoyable. No nasty and itchy bites making you miserable.  Great for the whole family. Safe for you and works awesome. I know that we will be buying more of these and want to add a few to our bug-out bags. It would even be a good idea to keep some in the car to always have them on hand when you need them. You never know when you might be out somewhere are night in the summer and don't want to fight the nasty bugs! Anyone that enjoys the outdoors has to get some Mosquitno Bandz or Spotz!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received Mosquitno BandZzz for free from Mosquitno BandZzz as coordinated by Deep Creek PR an Outdoor Industry Public Relations Company in consideration for review publication.

Map Reading & Land Navigation

Map Reading and Land Navigation was a free kindle book when I wrote this post. It is a must-have book for your survival book list!! Learn how to read a map and do land navigation as the army and other military does.
This old book does not show you the latest tools and equipment, but how to read maps and navigate with much less.

Wise Food Storage Premier Kit

Wise Food Storage Premier Kit - 360 serving food kit (One Month Supply)

 + Free Water Filtration Bottle

 + Free Emergency Cooking Kit

+ Free Shipping.

 Get prepared with a kit that has everything in it. Great starting point. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Post-Apocalyptic Homeschool

Post-Apocalyptic Homeschool

Just found this blog. On Pinterest of course.

I am busy getting items printed and things ready for the school year to start and found this. Really like it. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - Baking Powder Biscuits

I think that my families favorite breakfast has got to be biscuits and gravy.  I have refused to buy any package biscuits in a while since they have raised the price to over a dollar for one pack of them. Ridiculous!! Food prices are just going crazy. So, here is an easy and frugal recipe for making your own biscuits.

Baking Powder Biscuits

2 cups of flour

3 teaspoons of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoon of oil

2/3 cup of milk

Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add the oil and mix this until it is crumbly. Add the milk and mix until it is mixed together well. Put on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about a half inch thick. Cut them out with a round cookie cutter or glass - I had to use my heart cookie cutter because I couldn't find my biscuit one. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees for about 12 - 15 minutes. 

We just ate ours with one of those package country mixes this time. Hubby is the master of making sausage and gravy and he wasn't home. 


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cooking with Edible Flowers

Cooking with Edible Flowers: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-223 is a much needed book. We all need to learn how to cook with and eat edible flowers. You never know when you might be in a situation where that is all that you have to eat!

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Been So Busy

We have been so busy this past 2 weeks getting everything prepared and ready for homschooling this year. Have the extra bedroom all cleaned out to get it all set up. Have chalkboards, magnet boards, white boards, and bulletin boards ready to be hung. Books bought. Art supplies. Games. And tons of paper. My printer has been running non-stop printing out worksheets! So busy, but almost ready to start. The actual public school year starts on about August 11th here so I want to start around that time.

Anyone else homeschool and getting busy with all of the preps???

Monday, July 15, 2013

Prepper Beginner's Guide: How To Prep Your Ultimate Bug Out Bag for Disaster Survival was free when I wrote this post.

 How safe do you consider yourself in this ever changing world? With our limited understanding of how things work, whether in the natural world OR in human society alike, we can only predict a limited amount of disasters. But that does not mean we have to face them unprepared.

This guide was created to help you put together the ultimate survival bag or Bug out Bag (BOB) for when events get out of hand and you need to make your escape to a safer area (OR you just want to try your hand at survival camping for a few days).

The booklet is based on the personal experiences of a climbing and survival expert, and it is designed to help both first time preppers and more experienced ones in optimizing the content of their BOB.

The guide contains not only a list of necessary items and their characteristics but also survival tips on packing the bag, setting up camp, getting a fire started and much more.

To keep the bag as light as possible, all the items were considered based on their weight, functionality and durability. Both the items included and the methods described have been tested and put into practice numerous times and across different types of terrain.

Disasters can strike at any time so be prepared and have your Bug out Bag on the ready.

National Hammock Day - July 22nd!!

National Hammock day is coming up quick. Grand Trunk Goods is having a National Hammock Day Photo Contest. You could win some great prizes. Including your own Grand Trunk Hammock.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Prepared For Survival Cook Book

I put all of my recipes from this blog into a Kindle ebook - Prepared For Survival - Frugal Food Storage Recipes- it is only 99 cents and you can have all of the recipes in a convenient place. Frugal food storage recipes that will use your food storage in a way that will give your family variety without costing a lot. Food storage does not have to break your bank. You can do it frugally and eat well. I have added some recipes to the blog since I posted that book to Kindle , but I will update it soon with the new recipes.

Learn About Solar Power With This Free Book...

Free Solar BookBeen wondering what types of backup energy would be the best to have on hand. I seriously think that having a couple of different types is a good way to go. Have wood for heat , kerosene for heat, maybe a small wind mill, etc. Get this Free Solar Book to find out more information about solar power. It is a free book so you don't have to spend any money to find out anything.

The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster Ultimate Family Preparedness Pak

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Shutting Off Natural Gas In An Emergency

I have been thinking about this a lot lately. We have natural gas at our house and I have been worried for the last 2 weeks about what I would do if hubby wasn't home and there was an emergency. I found this great video on Youtube that helped a lot. There are a lot of videos on youtube that show how to turn it off.

Friday, July 12, 2013

How I Built My Deck - Free Kindle Book

How I Built My Deck was a free Kindle book when I wrote this blog post. A great DIY project to save yourself some money.

From the Description: "This is the Story of how I built a deck in my garden. It is a pictorial account of how I went about it. It details the Materials and Tools used and some of the Methodology of getting the job done. Anyone who likes gardening projects will find this an interesting little book."

Emergency Preparedness Checklist

No one knows when disaster might strike or where they will be when an emergency situation happens. It could occur while you're at home, traveling in your car, at work, while on vacation, or while exploring the great outdoors. It could be something that lasts a few hours or a few days. To cope with any type of crisis situation, emergency preparedness is essential.
There are several key components of a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. How well are you prepared? Below is a checklist that addresses emergency preparedness. See how prepared you are to face any type of catastrophe. Give yourself a point for every "Yes" answer.
1. When you go hiking, mountain climbing, boating, fishing, cross country skiing, canoeing, or take part in any other outdoor activity, do you have a survival kit in case you get lost, injured, or separated from the group?
2. Do you have an emergency preparedness plan so that all family members know where to go and how to get in touch in case a disaster occurs when everyone's away from home, such as at work and at school?
3. Do you have an emergency preparedness disaster supplies kit for your home? For your office? For your car?
4. Does your survival kit include the basics of a three-day supply per person of food and water; a battery powered radio; a flashlight; a first aid kit; an emergency blanket; matches in a waterproof container or a fire starter kit; hygiene and sanitation items; a rescue signal, such as a whistle; extra clothing; a manually operated can opener; extra batteries; copies of identification; cash and change; and other items that you and your family require on a daily basis, such as prescriptions, eye glasses and hearing aid batteries?
5. Do you maintain your disaster supplies kit by changing food and water supplies every six months; storing canned and packaged foods in a cool, dry place; replacing expired items; and updating the contents each year or as your family's needs change?
6. Are you aware of the risk level in your community for possible hazards or emergency situations? These can include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and lighting, winter storms, earthquakes, extreme heat, volcanoes, landslides, fires, tsunamis, hazardous material leaks, nuclear power plant incidents, terrorism, explosions, chemical threats, biological threats and nuclear blasts.
7. Does your emergency preparedness plan include an evacuation route for you and your family in the event you have to leave your home, work, or school?
8. Do you know how to shut off utility services to your home, such as natural gas, the main water valve and electricity?
9. Have you established an emergency preparedness plan for your pets?
10. Are you prepared to shelter-in-place at home, work, school, or in between, and to seal off a room from outside air in the event of chemical or radiological contaminants?
While preparing for an emergency or natural disaster can be overwhelming, taking emergency preparedness steps will help you and your family better cope with a stressful situation. Emergency preparedness also ensures that you and your loved ones will all make it through the crisis situation just fine. has survival kits and gear suited to help you prepare for the unexpected. Their emergency preparedness packs are stocked with high quality survival items you can count on when you need it.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bug Out Bag Checklist for Preppers and Survivalists

A bug out bag (BOB), also referred to as a Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOOD Bag), is a pack that has all the necessary items for any survival situation for 72 hours or longer. Below I'll provide a detailed checklist that will give you a good understanding of what you should have in your bag. Remember that when you pack to think about the weight of each item and ask if it will be worth carrying it. Most times more gear will be better, but just keep weight in mind.
The most important thing about a bug out bag is the QUALITY of the bag itself. You will be entrusting this bag with your life, so try to get a good quality. The best ones have a place for a water bladder, straps and good amount of outside pockets.
Remember the four 3's:
3 minutes without Oxygen, 3 hours in harsh weather, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.
Shelter- Shelter is the most important (3 hours in bad weather). If you know how to pitch a tent correctly then all this may mean to you is packing a tarp and equipment to set it up. If you don't then remember to pack something you know how to setup. Also remember to pack a sleeping bag and anything else you might need to keep you dry and warm.
Water- Water is behind shelter (3 days without water). Pack a few water bladders and remember to keep your water bladder filled with clean water (this may mean dumping the water in it and refilling it every now and again to make sure the water is nice and clean if the situation arises where you need to use it). Also, a water filter can save your life if you run out of water. Never drink water in the wild without boiling/treating it. Recommended amount of water intake is different for everyone but a good way to think about is half your weight in fluid ounces. So if your weight 150 pounds, 75oz a day is your recommended amount. 128 fluid ounces is a gallon so that would mean you need to drink a little more than half a gallon a day.
Food-Food is in last at 3 weeks (that's assuming you have water). Freeze dried food and MRE's are recommended for survival because they are high calorie food rations that will provide your body with the energy it needs. Trail mix also has a lot of calories so you may want to consider packing some to eat while you're traveling. Like water, the recommended amount of calories differs from person to person depending on height, weight, gender and more but try to eat 3,000 calories a day. Never eat below 1,200 calories a day.
Here is a simple checklist for your bag (This is not set in stone, everyone has difference skills and this is just to give you an idea):
A good survival knife
Tape (Duct Tape/Gorilla Tape)
MRE's or freeze dried food
Sewing kit
Some form of getting your hands clean if needed (dish soap, bar soap, etc.....)
Bottles of Water (Water Bladder that's filled would be good too. Water purification tablets and a water filter would be good as well)
Multi-tools are very good to have because they take up less room
Radio (Hand Crank/Solar would be best but battery operated is fine)
Rechargeable batteries for your equipment that needs them.
Camp stove (try to find one that uses multiple fuels)
A copy of emergency and important contacts (include addresses and phone numbers)
First Aid Kit
Money (If you have to leave your city for a few days
Maybe an extra copy of your I.D.
Para cord (preferred) or very strong rope
Map of the area
Hygiene necessities (comb, toothbrush, small can of shaving cream, razor, toothpaste)
A waterproof way of starting fire (flint/waterproof matches/etc...)
Extra change of clothes (include socks and underwear)
Can opener (small one)
A list for defensive purposes:
100+ extra rounds for each of your firearms
a form of night vision sight (Sighting scope, a rifle scope that functions in daylight and night, etc...)
Remember to camouflage all of your equipment (including your bug out bag itself)
This is Jeff from Survival Hour we are dedicated to informing the public how to survive almost any situation and providing the best gear to help. Be sure to check out our Survival Hour blog as well for even more in-depth information.
Check here for some good stock bags to start with(you should add a lot more stuff to them though): Bug Out Bags

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Grandmother's Critter Ridder (Grandmother's Kitchen Wisdom) Book is a Must-Have

Grandmother's Critter Ridder (Grandmother's Kitchen Wisdom) is such a great book. I am so glad that I found it that I had to share it with all of my readers.It is full of timeless ways to get  rid of bugs in the house, around the house, in the garden, and more. Tons of all-natural ways to rid the pest out of your life. Just go to your kitchen the next time you have a pest problem.

What if the sun doesn't shine??

It has rained here or has had a chance of rain here for the last 3 weeks! No sun at all. Monday was the first day that we had any sun for any length of time. I hurried up and took all of my solar powered items outside. But, it wasn't enough. My lights and radios are all dead! I can't use the cell phone charger either. What do we do when we have no sunlight to charge our solar powered gadgets??? I even tried leaving the light on over the stove with the stuff under it and it didn't charge them. I don't like this at all. No sun all winter and now no sun in the summer time. Blah - this year is not turning out to be very good at all.

Bug Out Bag Practical Guide (Through a Prepper Fiction Survivalist Story): An L.A. Asteroid Impact

When I wrote this post , Bug Out Bag Practical Guide (Through a Prepper Fiction Survivalist Story): An L.A. Asteroid Impact, was a free Kindle book. This is a fictional love and adventure short story about a married couple named Jake and Tina. Tina gets (what she thinks is) the surprise of her life when the pregnancy test she just took turns out to be positive. Thrilled and a little scared, she starts to formulate how she might tell her husband the news – would he be happy about it?

But before she even gets a chance to tell him, they are flabbergasted at a television news bulletin that a previously undetected asteroid is within a half hour of impacting somewhere near their home in Southern California.

With absolutely no time to waste - and no time for Tina to tell Jake her news - they grab their Bug Out Bag, get into their SUV, and high-tail it the hell out of there, even while neighbors are still frantically trying to pack up a few essentials into their cars. Tina wonders while driving passed them if her neighbors will get out in time, and thanking God that Jake had their own bug out survival bag (which he actually prepared in the event of an earthquake) was always on the ready.

But Tina and Jake are far from getting away safely themselves. Fragments of the asteroid strike all around the Los Angeles area, and while they themselves are not hit directly, the freeway system becomes a huge free-for-all as millions of panicked drivers hit the roads trying to get the hell out of dodge – but quickly get nowhere because of the clogged roads. Dust, smoke, fire and devastation blind and choke the area from the thunderous impacts of the fiery rain of asteroid fragments.

Read on to find out what happens, how their Bug Out Bag is their only friend, and see whether Tina ever gets the chance to tell her husband about their unborn child!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - Hobo Fish Dinner

These are so good. I love the foil cooking bags. Makes it so easy to cook up good food.

Hobo Fish Dinner

Vegetable cooking spray

1 teaspoon salt free lemon pepper seasoning

half teaspoon salt

half teaspoon dried dillweed

4 small baking potatoes...thinly sliced

2 medium thinly sliced onions

2 medium thinly sliced carrots

4 halibut fillets

Coat the inside of the foil bags with the cooking spray.

Combine all of the seasonings.  Arrange the potato slices in the center of thw bags.  Sprinle a bit of the seasoning on them and then layer the onions over them. Put some of the seasoning over the onion and layer the carrots. Sprinkle with the remaining seasoning mix. Place the fish over the vegetables. Fold the cooking bag up tight. Do this four times with each fish. Seperate the vegetables evening among the four bags.

Place the foil bags in your preheated oven or grill them outside.

My Little Man Can Grow Anything!!

He is only 6 and has such a green thumb. He has been able to just throw seeds into the ground anywhere and it grow!! Now he has 3 lemon trees growing from seeds that he took from a lemon a while back! So cool. He is going to be the one to garden for us all of the time!!He is wanting to try oranges and apples now.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - Cappuccino Crispies

I woke up at 3 this morning and just could not go back to sleep. So, I am going to need all of the coffee and things made with coffee that I can get my hands on today!

Cappuccino Crispies

1 tablespoon instant coffee

1 tablespoon hot water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 10 ounce package of marshmallows

5 cups of crisp rice cereal

vegetable cooking spray

Combine the first 3 ingredients and stir until the coffee is dissolved.

Put the marshmallows in a bowl and melt them in the microwave or melt them on the stove top. Remove from the heat stirring until smooth. Add the coffee mixture to the melted marshmallows and stir together. Working fast - add the crisp cereal and stir it until it is lightly coated. Press the mixture into a 13X9 pan that was coated with the vegetable cooking spray.  Let this cool completely and then cut into bars. Should get about 24.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Food Storage Recipe - Peanut Butter Crunch No-Bake Cookies

Great treat when it is hot! Make some no-bake cookies.

Peanut Butter Crunch No-Bake Cookies

3 cups corn flake cereal

1/2 cup of light corn syrup

1 tablespoon of sugar

1/3 cup of peanut butter

Put the cereal in a large bowl and set it aside. Combine the syrup and sugar in a saucepan and bring  it to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter.

Work real quick - Pour the mixture over the cereal. Toss it lightly to coat all of the cereal and then drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand at room temperature until it sets up firmly. Store in an air tight container.

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