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Friday, January 31, 2014

Food Storage Recipe - Crock Pot Apple Cobbler

his is so easy to make.
pour a 20 ounce can of apple pie filling into a crock pot. pour a cake mix over that evenly. put pats of real butter over the cake mix. do not stir it up.
cook in crock pot for 4 hours. 

top with whipped topping.
make coffee and enjoy.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

These DIY Colored Beads Are Going to Knock Your Montessori Socks Off

These DIY Colored Beads Are Going to Knock Your Montessori Socks Off

posting this on here so I can find it easy. Want to make some of these. 

Unclog A Toilet!

Had a long night and morning. Our toilet was clogged up! Started last night at about 6 pm and I finally got it unclogged this morning at about 10 am. Whew.

I started out just using the plunger and that was doing NOTHING! So , I got onto google and found a easy way to unclog a toilet , but it still took all night and finally got unclogged this morning.


Bring a big pot of water to a boil.

Take it to the toilet and put some dish soap into the toilet, then pour the water into the toilet. This should work the soap down into the pipes and "move" the clog.

It took me about 12 pots of water total to get it unclogged, but it did work. Even after the first pour , the water was slowly going down. Finally this morning I poured a pot of boiling water in and it made a funny noise, Little Man said it sounded like a burp, and down it went. Flushed it to make sure and now it is working great again. Like it should.

I am so glad that I got this done without hubby here and without having to call a plumber!!

The End Boxset: Postapocalyptic Visions of an Unstoppable Collapse

The End Boxset: Postapocalyptic Visions of an Unstoppable Collapse was a free kindle book at the time of this posting.

 The End Boxset: Postapocalyptic Visions of an Unstoppable Collapse 

Free Today Only! $10 Value! Join the crowd and download now! 

"A very chilling story that keeps you glued to the pages. I thought the author's writing was reminiscent of some of Isaac Asimov's early writings so I felt compelled to see the story through to the end. I really enjoyed this story and hope to read further works by this author."
Book 1 rating 5/5 Stars 

This is a boxset of three best selling Post-Apocalyptic books: 

In the near future, society has reached its breaking point. Even in the U.S. (the last best hope for the world), economic collapse seems unavoidable along with war and civil strife. In such troubling times there are those prepared for the worst and those who are not. Then there are also are too young to notice what is happening around them. Brian is an average teenager just starting high school in a Pittsburgh suburb he moved to only three years before. Struggling to fit in at school and dealing with his mother--who continues to make wild plans to flee the country--all Brian wants to do is get through another day. But on one seemingly normal Wednesday afternoon at school, the collapse begins, creating a new and dangerous world. Through these unexplained events, Brian will discover that the craziest day of his life is only the beginning...of the end. 

Book 2: 

In this second installment of the three-part story, trouble has come to an unsuspecting Pittsburgh suburb. In the near future, society has reached its breaking point. A strange and mysterious occurrence follows one seemingly normal Wednesday afternoon that leads to chaos and pandemonium. All power in the town has gone out, vehicles have stopped dead in their tracks, and cell phones aren't functional. Could this be a freak accident or some part of a larger attack on the nation's power grids? Alice, a strong-willed mother of two, races to get her children from school before things get worse. Brian, her son, has fled the high school with his friend, Tobias, as they attempt to get home. And Kiya, her daughter, is trapped in her middle school as the vigilant Principal, Mr. Wright, has sealed the school from outside intruders. Through all of this, the citizens of the town can stand together or they can fall, as a full-fledged collapse is right around the corner.  This is...the end. 

Book 3 

In this third and final installment of the series, the people of a Pittsburgh suburb must come to grip with their troubling dilemma. Cut off from the world through a collapsed power grid, there are no easy answers, and as chaos grows people start to turn on one another when they should be coming together. But nothing will stop Alice from finding her children and getting them to safety, despite the odds.  Her daughter, Kiya, is trapped inside a middle school that's been placed on lockdown by a fanatical principal who fears the end of days. Her son,Brian, wants nothing more than to find his friend Tobias. And finally, Jeremy, a loner from town, has traveled far to escape the calamity, but finds that the problem extends far beyond state lines. All of their tales merge into a discovery of where society is headed. Could there be hope? Or is this simply...the end?

Prep Freeze Serve: Freezer Meals: Easy Freezer Meals: Great Tasting, Great Value Meals You Can Create in Advance (A Home Life Book)

Prep Freeze Serve: Freezer Meals: Easy Freezer Meals: Great Tasting, Great Value Meals You Can Create in Advance (A Home Life Book) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

In today’s busy world, it is not easy to find the time to prepare home cooked meals for your family. Meal planning can be a daunting task. But there is a solution. It’s called “Prep, Freeze, Serve” A simple and inexpensive way for you to make sure there is a delicious, inexpensive and more importantly, a healthy home cooked meal each and every evening.

For many busy parents, Eating out or buying take-out is often the choice they make for the family evening meal. This is a very expensive option unless you chose fast food, which as we all know is extremely unhealthy and consists of low or no) nutritional value.

By buying your groceries ahead of time in bulk, you can save hundreds of dollars over time. Shopping at stores such as Costco, Sam’s Club and other warehouse type places, can help your grocery bills start to diminish very quickly. But we also know that buying in bulk is not cost effective if those foods are left in the fridge too long and end up getting thrown away.

This freezer meals recipe book will show you how to
• Buy your groceries in bulk ahead of time
• Fix delicious healthy freezer meals
• Freeze them until you need them
• Reheat and serve

With scrumptious recipes such as:
Chicken Pot Pie
Brown Sugar Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes
Crusted Tilapia with Lemon Beurre Blanc
Black Bean and Sweet Potato ………...and many more, you will delight your family and friends with a fabulous and nutritious home cooked freezer meal for every occasion.

Get this book today and you will be on your way to preparing nutritious, healthy and delicious freezer meals for your whole family. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Always Find Cool Stuff At Thrift Stores

Went to Goodwill today to look for some fabric and found these neat playing cards tied together for fifty cents. They are vintage from 1973. But , the real cool thing is that one deck is edible flowers and the other one is poisonous plants. Perfect size for keeping in bug-out bag. Be good for playing with my son and he will learn good and bad flowers! I didn't find any fabric, but these were worth the trip.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wonderbag - Portable Slow Cooker

Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker is a simple but revolutionary portable slow cooker. It continues to cook food, which has been brought to a boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours, without the additional use of fuel. No plugs. No Fuss.

Woodfire cooking is the source of major social, economic and environmental issues in Africa. Families in Africa that use Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker can reduce their fuel usage by up to 30% representing a significant cost savings that eases the burden of poverty. For every Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker purchased in the US, one is donated to a family in need in Africa.

 Wonderbag is a simple but revolutionary portable slow cooker. It continues to cook food, which has been brought to a boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours, without the additional use of fuel. No plugs. No Fuss.

 To slow cook, simply bring food in a short handled pot with lid to a boil on a stove, let simmer long enough to heat the food through (5 minutes for rice and grains, 15 minutes for bite-sized root vegetables or meat or presoaked beans), then put the pot with lid into your Wonderbag, put the pillow top on top of the pot, close tightly, and slow cook to perfection up to 8 hours. Because it is not on direct heat, it will never burn. Wonderbag is perfect for bringing delicious home cooked meals to potlucks, dinner parties, tailgating, or camping. It’s perfect for holidays when stove and counter-space is at a premium.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Homeschool Minute - Animal Tracks

We have been having fun with the animal tracks in the snow around our house. We followed some deer tracks until they got into the quarry the other day. A lot of fun. So, I decided to set up animal tracks learning at the kitchen table today. He did some matchups with animal track cards and used finger paint with some of his toy animals and mad tracks on paper. He had fun learning how tracks were made and how many different types there are. We watched some videos on youtube about them and identifying them. I even learned a lot.

Earthquakes in Paducah, Kentucky, United States - Most Recent

Earthquakes in Paducah, Kentucky, United States - Most Recent

there was a 2.6 magnitude earthquake yesterday not too far from me. Always makes me think of the New Madrid fault line. Probably about time for a "big" one in that fault line. Better be prepared.

A Beginners Guide to Breeding Rabbits: What to expect when your rabbit is expecting

A Beginners Guide to Breeding Rabbits: What to expect when your rabbit is expecting was a free book for kindle when this post was written.


This no fluff 50+ page ebook is packed with all the information you need to start breeding rabbits. Whether you are just thinking about breeding rabbits, or have already started, this is the book for you!

Some things you will learn:

- How to choose your breeding stock

- What equipment you will need

- Recordkeeping

- All about breeding, pregnancy, and beyond

- Problems during birth (kindling)

- Caring for the kits (baby rabbits)

- Making pedigrees

- Tattooing rabbits

You will also find the answers to common breeding questions such as:

- Why won't my rabbits breed?

- How can I tell if my rabbit is pregnant?

- What do I do when she's giving birth?

- What do I do if she has problems giving birth?

- Is it ok to handle the kits?

- How do I raise orphan kits?

- And so much more!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chickens: Raising Chickens, Choosing The Best Chickens, Chicken Feeding & Care

Chickens: Raising Chickens, Choosing The Best Chickens, Chicken Feeding & Care Was a free kindle book when this post was written.


Raising your own chickens, whether raising chickens for eggs or for the meat, is something that more and more people are getting involved in, and with good reason. Food straight from the source, whether that be vegetables or eggs, is always preferable to anything that has been lying on a supermarket shelf for who knows how long. Keeping chickens healthy and productive is the aim of this information book, and through my own and others experiences in keeping poultry of many kinds, I hope the information contained here will be invaluable to your own chicken keeping ambitions.

What you will find in this publication:

Information on some of the best chickens to keep for a bumper egg harvest.

How to build a coop that is vermin free, and all about vermin and predator control.

How to spot signs of ill health in your chickens and how to keep them healthy and productive.

How to keep chickens over the winter so you they will still lay eggs - no matter how harsh the conditions.

General feeding and care of your poultry.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

When The Grid Goes Down: Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear For Making Your Home Self-Reliant

When The Grid Goes Down: Disaster Preparations and Survival Gear For Making Your Home Self-Reliant is a must have in your survival book shelf on your kindle.

Disasters come and go each year. It is through developing a self-reliant mindset, having essential survival gear and a handful of critical skills, that you and your family will be able to prevail in an urban crisis. Jammed with field-tested information from real-world applications, survival instructor Tony Nester covers how to prepare for both short-term survival ranging from 24-72 hours as well as long-term situations resulting from a grid-down emergency or pandemic. When the Grid Goes Down will show you how to make your home and lifestyle more self-sufficient and the critical gear needed along the way. Topics include: The 6 Key Areas for Creating a Self-Reliant Home, Water Storage and Purification Methods, Alternative Water Sources At Home, Creating a Water Map for Your Region, The 3 Essential Food Types to Stock Up On, Designing an Off-Grid Medical Kit, Home Security and Personal Defense Measures, Safeguarding the Exterior and Interior of Your Home, Heating, Cooling and Lighting When the Power Goes Out, and Alternative Sanitation and Hygiene Methods.

Recipes: Best Rolls Ever

Recipes: Best Rolls Ever

I have to try this sometime!! 

5 Tips on How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

I woke up to frozen pipes this morning in my kitchen. Luckily , the sun came up and it worked it self out on its own. The winter season can be long and dreary enough. The last thing you need is the stress and expense of hiring a plumber to deal with frozen pipes.

Before the cold strikes, it is best to get your pipes ready for winter. Here are five easy tips on how to prevent frozen pipes:

1. Insulate Pipes

One of the most basic things that can be done to prevent your pipes from freezing is to put some insulation on them even before the cold season comes. You can use either of these two methods to insulate your pipes:
Heat Tape. Using heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables on your pipes is one of the most effective ways to protect your pipes from the freezing cold. Heat tape actually resembles an extension cord more than a tape. Wind the tape in a spiral pattern around the pipes, closely observing the manufacturer's installation and operating instructions. Some heat tapes are best used with additional insulation.
Fiberglass or Foam Jackets. Insulation by itself is also a good way of keeping your pipes from freezing. You may use fiberglass insulation or polyethylene foam jackets. Keep in mind that the more insulation used, the better protection your pipes will have.

2. Use a Heat Lamp

Heat from a light bulb can also help prevent frozen pipes. A 100-watt bulb should be able to do the job. Attach the bulb to an extension cord and hang it by your pipes. This is especially effective if most of your pipes are located in one enclosed area.

3. Prevent Cold Winter Drafts

Seal all openings in your crawl spaces and windows to keep the frigid air out and the heat in. Air leaks may also be found around electrical wiring or dryer vents. Any cracks in the house's foundations should be caulked as well.

4. Allow Heat to Circulate

When winter does come, it is important to create heat circulation. You can easily do this by keeping closet doors open to allow the heat to get to pipes located under the sinks or on the other side of the walls.

5. Keep the Faucets Dripping

Sometimes, a steady small trickle of water is all it takes to prevent frozen pipes. The continuous movement of water can keep them from freezing. Let the water drip continuously throughout the night preferably from a faucet connected to a wall outside.

With these tips on how to prevent frozen pipes, you won't have to worry about an expensive plumbing emergency due to a burst pipe ever again.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Sewing To Save Money

Yes, I am already sewing for spring and summer! I have cabin fever and tons of fabric. I am starting with some tshirts for my Little Man. I have enough fabric to make him , maybe, 10 in different patterns. He is going to need all new shorts also. He has gotten so tall. With what I spent on " fabric " and the patterns, I would have him all new clothes for spring and most of summer for about $10.00! That is a great savings!

I get all of my fabric from thrift stores. Repurpose sheets etc. I love those " tshirt" fabric sheets! I can make so much out of those. $1.50 a sheet! Vintage sheets with the cool prints make great skirts.

I get most of my patterns from thrift stores. You can find some great ones. Usually about 50 cents a piece or box lots for a couple of dollars.

I taught myself how to sew on a singer sewing machine that I got at a flea market for $25.00. I still am using it. Ten years later.

Sewing can be a real way to save money.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Food Storage Recipe - Homemade Taquitos (easy)

So easy!

I couldn't wrap them up very tight though.

Precooked grilled chicken strips - I always keep a big bag of them in freezer for quick meals.

Taco seasoning

4 ounces of cream cheese

Shredded colby jack cheese

1 can black beans - you won't use whole can.

Tortillas - I used wheat ones this time

Slowly soften the cream cheese. Heat up the black beans.

Put some of the frozen chicken in pan. Let cook and then shred it up. Add some water and taco seasoning. Let cook for a few minutes, until it thickens.

Take a tortilla and put some of the cream cheese on it. Put the chicken and black beans and top with cheese.

Roll them up as tight as you can. I was able to make 7 with mine. Place them on a lightly greased pan and put some vegetable oil on top of them , tiny bit. Put in oven at 375 degrees and bake til golden brown.

Serve with salsa to dip them into.

Homeschool Minute - Make Hand Cast

We are starting to get cabin feaver! Super cold weather has us stuck in the house. I mixed up some of this simple dough for my Little Man to make a cast of his hand for daddy!


12 tablespoons of flour

9 tablespoons of salt

9 tablespoons of water

Let kids mix it up than put on a cookie sheet. They use a rolling pin to roll it out. Press their hands into it to make a good handprint. Use something to make name and date. Stick in oven at 200 degrees for about 4 hours. Bring out and let cool. They can decorate them anyway they want.

Dough is not edible.

Get Your Teeth Fixed Before SHTF!

I have been dealing with a broken tooth for years and broke a second tooth a while back on some easter candy. Horrible pain. Had no insurance until last summer for some reason we had dental so I went in and couldn't have any dental work done because of my heart murmur and Mitral Valve Prolapse. Without any health insurance no doctor in our small town would even think of seeing me until I paid for it all , test, etc up front. Couldn't be done. I suffered for months with toothaches that no amount of oragel or tylenol would help. I was at my wits end. Nothing was getting done at home because I could barely get off the couch. No sleep! No food. FINALLY first of the year , my hubby gets health insurance. I was into a doctor the day after I got the card and The past Monday I had the 2 teeth pulled. I feel so much better. I was so full of infection that I was so sick from it. Now I am actually up and moving. Been up since 5 am doing much needed housework.

 Make sure that you take care of your teeth. The pain can lay you out for a while. Don't put it off! What if there was a disaster or something that kept you from being able to get to a dentist. Don't take any chances - get the work done ASAP and if you can't get to the dentist make sure you have some good books on hand , like Where There Is No Dentist! I seriously thought that I was going to die. That is how much pain I was in. The no sleep was getting to me. My hubby said my eyes looked wild! Yeah pain will do that to you.

The Basics 4 Survival (A Wilderness Survival Topic)

The Basics 4 Survival (A Wilderness Survival Topic) was a free kindle book when this post was written. The topic of wilderness survival is quickly gaining a huge interest in today's society, as more people than ever before are becoming both aware of, and concerned toward, world events, weather, and dangerous natural phenomena. This awareness has led to a boom in survivalism, prepping,bushcraft, and interest in wilderness survival. "The Basics 4Wilderness Survival, Volume 2" provides an overview of the basics of wilderness survival. Included is the necessary information concerning the concepts, attitudes, mindset, and gear necessary for the beginning prospective survivalist. My goal is to provide a rock solid basis of understanding concerning basic wilderness survival knowledge to the reader, granting a stable knowledge platform to further build upon. If you are wanting to learn wilderness survival, this book is the place to start.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide 2nd Edition (100 TIPS) #1 Favorite of Walking Dead Fans (Zombie Survival PRO)

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide 2nd Edition (100 TIPS) #1 Favorite of Walking Dead Fans (Zombie Survival PRO) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Now with 200% MORE TIPS!

100 top-rated professional rules that will help you stay alive in the zombie apocalypse!

While everyone else is hiding in their house, being eaten alive, and waiting for it to all blow over,
you'll be high on the streets kicking undead ass & having a gold ol' time!

This is more than just a funny book with rules about the zombie apocalypse... this might actually save your life and the lives of your friends & family!

The Cordyceps Brain Infection (real-life disease) is already working its way through insects and will soon hit on humans, creating the dreaded zombie apocalypse.
Grab this guide now & be prepared!

~ Sven Van Dijk & Temper Thompson
(Zombie Apocalypse Ass-Kicking Experts)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Way to wash small loads

I have been saving my laundry soap bottles. They are perfect for small loads, like unmentionables. There is just enough soap left in them for this.  Fill the bottle about three quarters of the way with really hot water. Stuff your items in and shake it up for a couple of minutes. Empty and rinse a few times. I then hang them up on my clothes dryer that I have in the kitchen. Clean and dry in no time! Plus save money by not wasting water and power running washing machine and dryer.

So, start saving your " empty " bottles of laundry soap.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Reality Check: W. Va. chemical spill's plume and Ky.

Reality Check: W. Va. chemical spill's plume and Ky.

This is a story that I have been following. Really makes you think about being prepared for any kind of water disaster. You have to have clean water to use and drink. Something like this would be awful. 

The Nomad Prepper: A Guide to Mobile Survival

The Nomad Prepper: A Guide to Mobile Survival was a free book for the kindle or kindle reading app when this post was written.

 The Nomad Prepper: A Guide to Mobile Survival is an excellent resource and foundational guide that covers many topics of going mobile in a survival situation. Especially helpful for the seeker and the new-to-prepping, there are also many great ideas for even the seasoned prepper.

The reasons why you prep really don’t matter. What matters is how long you’re prepping for, and the means you go about doing it. This guide will show you how to determine if going mobile is the best prepping strategy for you, and many tips and tricks for surviving on the road.

Do you worry what would happen to your family in an emergency?

With The Nomad Prepper, you'll learn the following:
- Discover if mobile survival is the best path for you and your family;
- Learn which items you should pack for your travels and the things you should avoid bringing with;
- Decide which tools you will need, depending on your location and how many people you are traveling and surviving with;
- Come to grips with the what, where, when and how mobile survival and nomad prepping can work for you and your family;
- Understand food and water safety, self-survival, and how to survive on the road for long periods of time, including how to start a fire, how to hunt and gather food, how to find or construct a shelter, and so much more!

You'll learn all of this, and so much more, with The Nomad Prepper: A Guide to Mobile Survival!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Survival Pantry: The Prepper's Guide To Food Storage, Water Storage, Canning And Preserving

Survival Pantry: The Prepper's Guide To Food Storage, Water Storage, Canning And Preserving was a free book for kindle or kindle app on computer or tablet.

Survival Pantry

The Prepper's Guide To Food Storage, Water Storage, Canning And Preserving

* Over 5500 copies downloaded! Join the crowd and download now!

Our world is becoming more volatile each and everyday.  Large scale natural disasters, economic collapse, and terrorism are real world situations that threaten our way of life.  Preppers are prepared for any type of disaster, ranging from common natural disasters to unlikely large scale events. By being prepared to survive in an environment where our every necessity is scarce, preppers understand how to take action. How much you decide to prep is up to you, but having an understanding of this information and being able to utilize these techniques could mean the difference between life and death. This book covers food storage and techniques that could determine you or your family's survival should a disaster occur.
This Book Will Cover:
  • Why everyone should have a food storage system in place
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Different ways to store survival food
  • Comprehensive list of food you should stockpile
  • The pros and cons of different survival foods
  • Water storage and filtration
  • Food storage for those who lack space
Download this crucial guide today and learn how you can start your own food storage system even if you are on a budget or lacking space.  Join the crowd and download now!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

5 Advantages Of Homeschooling

What makes homeschooling better than traditional schooling? Lately, there is a rising trend in families choosing to homeschool their child than send their child to a traditional educational institution.
Let's look at some of the benefits of homeschooling over traditional schooling:

1. Flexible Schedule

Homeschooling enables a flexible schedule. For example, the child does not need to wake up at 7 every morning. With homeschooling, your child can start homeschooling at 9am or later depending on your preferred schedule. You can schedule your child's homeschooling education as you see fit with materials or subjects that may be not available in a traditional school.
You can tailor the homeschool curriculum to suit the needs and interest of your child.

2. Individual attention

In a traditional school setting, thirty to forty students are assigned to a teacher in class. Therefore usually, the teacher cannot devote 100 percent attention to any child since it will not be fair to the other children. Plus, it is quite impossible to provide individual attention to all students.
With homeschooling, your child gets all the individual attention he/she needs. For example, if your child is weak in mathematics, you could devote more time and energy into teaching mathematics.
Your child's homeschooling schedule can be adjusted to crater for that. For example, if your child is better at science than at mathematics, simple devote more homeschooling hours to mathematics and cut back on science. With homeschooling, the choice is yours. Traditional schools can't do that.

3. Family Activity

The schooling of the child can become an extended family activity. Examples are field trips and experiments. Plus, the child also receives more quality time with his/her parents. There is more time for family bonding. The child is also free of any negative peer pressure or influences.

4. No peer pressure

With homeschooling, the child does not need to prove his/her abilities to other children. Parents are able to deeply understand their child better with homeschooling and therefore are able to plan the learning program according to his strengths and weakness.
Parents can also change the curriculum to suit the learning style of the child. For example, some children learn better from reading while others need to write. Some children even learn better from experiencing or seeing things in action.

5. Religion Learning

Religious learning is a sensitive issue hence most traditional schools shunned it. However, with homeschooling, parents can take control over the moral and religious learning of the child. Parents can impart their ideologies and deep beliefs into the child rather than let the school dictate what moral and religious education the child will be receiving.
Homeschooling is the best way to educate a child as you can see from the advantages listed below. If you have the time, the interest and the ability, why not give it a try?

Ricky Lim is the founder of [] where he regularly write homeschooling articles [] to help educators and parents. Visit his site for more Homeschooling [] Resources, Tips and Information

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Flu - A Novel Of The Outbreak

The Flu (A Novel of the Outbreak) was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Throughout history there have been several thousand different strains of influenza. Each year hundreds are active. Chances are, this year, you will catch one of those strains. You will cough, sneeze, and your body will ache. Without a second thought, you’ll take a double dose of green liquid, go to bed, and swear you’ll feel better in the morning.

Not this time.

In 1918 forty million people succumbed to a particular strain of swine flu. It appeared out of nowhere, and just as quickly as it surfaced, the Spanish Flu vanished. Gone for good. Or so we thought. Though mankind has anticipated its resurfacing for some time, mankind is ill prepared. Mutated and with a vengeance, the Spanish Flu returns.

In a world blackened with plague, a glimmer of light exists in the small town of Lodi, Ohio. They shine as a sanctuary because they are ‘flu-free.’ In the wake of the reality that they are spared, the spirit and strength of Lodi is tested. It becomes a fight against what is morally right or wrong in an increasingly difficult battle to stay healthy and alive until the flu has run its course. and GoodReads reader praise for THE FLU:

"Another excellent apocalyptic story..."

"One of the BEST pandemic novels I've read!"

"I highly recommend THE FLU!"

Start Homeschooling

Start Homeschooling - Great Education with Your Child at Homewas a free kindle book when this post was written.

If you are thinking of homeschooling, or have recently started, then this is the book you should read. After homeschooling her four children for 16 years, Tina Razzell answers all the questions people new to homeschooling ask. “How do I get started?” “What if I fail?” “What about socialization?”

With chapters on what to expect during your first year, how to keep records and how to deal with relatives who don’t agree with your homeschooling decision, the book is all you need to know to get you started or inspire you to start the homeschool journey with your own children.

There are many people today who live the homeschooling lifestyle and Tina Razzell introduces you to those who teach their own children without them attending public schools, and weaves in some experiences from her own homeschooling life.

Extracts from the book

“Homeschooling is a journey not a destination, always seek to improve what you are doing and teach with a mind that is open to new possibilities and experiences.”

“That is my ideal environment, where children learn love first and book work second.”

“Yes, my children moved dishes! No, I didn’t use expensive china, and yes, things got dropped. I reasoned that plates could always be replaced, but learning experiences are invaluable.”

Chapter Titles:

1. Homeschool – Who? - Me?
2. Homeschool as an Extension of Parenting
3. Anyone can Homeschool
4. What if I Fail at Educating Them?
5. What about Socialization?
6. Curriculum
7. How Do I Know What to Teach Them?
8. Teaching Your Child to Learn for Himself
9. Working With the Child
10. Planning Your School Year
11. Organizing Your Day
12. Organizing Your Books and Papers
13. Organizing Your Life
14. Not Being Supermom
15. Chores
16. Getting Outside Help
17. Working With the Local School
18. Making the Transition
19. What to Expect During Your First Year
20. Keeping Records and Transcripts
21. Testing
22. What Do I Do With My Preschooler?
23. Learning Styles
24. P.E.
25. A Special Word About Math
26. Support Groups and Co-ops
27. Field Trips
28. The Cost of Homeschooling
29. The Homeschool Year
30. Sickness, Jury Duty and Homeschooling
31. Mixing School With Homeschool in Your Family
32. Wanting to be Normal
33. Special Needs Children
34. What About High School? And College
35. When to Enter the Educational System
36. When Life Gets in the Way
37. Protect Yourself and Your Marriage
38. What is the Definition of Success?
39. When Relatives Don’t Agree With the Homeschooling Decision
40. Homeschool Conventions
41. The Legalities of Homeschooling
42. The Computer and Videos in Education
43. The Journey of Homeschooling
44. Home Businesses and Homeschooling
45. The Future of Homeschooling
A. Curriculum Written by Homeschoolers
B. Favorite Resources
C. DVDs to Use When Sickness Occurs
D. My Favorite Living Books

What are people saying?
- The voice of experience
- A Home School Believer
- This book is a great tool!
- I was very excited to read Tina's book
- I appreciated her honesty
- I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering the option of homeschooling
- If anyone needs someone's real life account of what works and doesn't, grab this book.
- She definitely takes a lot of the worry out of homeschooling!
- Clearly, she's passionate about homeschooling
- I got a few great tips about chores and routines
- The list of resources in the appendix is as valuable as the content of the ebook
- Chock full of practical advice and wisdom
- I am very glad I read this book
- Definitely worth the time and money.

The Vegetable Container Gardening Guide: How to Grow Food in a Container Garden

The Vegetable Container Gardening Guide: How to Grow Food in a Container Garden was a free kindle book when this post was written.

Are you limited on space, but still find yourself yearning to grow vegetables?

If so, vegetable container gardening may be the answer. As long as you have room for a container or two (or twenty), you can grow vegetables pretty much anywhere you want. They can be grown on your porch, your balcony or even on a fire escape. Container gardening allows you to quickly and easily set up a small garden that will provide you with vegetables for years to come.

The following topics are covered in this handy guide:
  • What container gardening is.
  • The benefits of vegetable container gardening and why it's a good choice for aspiring gardeners.
  • The 4 simple and inexpensive items you need to get started.
  • Designing your vegetable container garden.
  • Choosing a location for your containers.
  • Choosing a container.
  • A quick rundown of the pros and cons of the various materials containers are made of.
  • What raised beds are and why they are a better choice than traditional gardens.
  • How self-watering containers can save you from over- or under-watering your plants.
  • What you need to know about soil.
  • How to determine the pH of your soil.
  • Mulching.
  • Good vegetables and herbs for container gardening.
  • Growing vegetables in a shaded area.
  • Reading a seed catalog.
  • Starting seeds and transplanting seedlings.
  • Fertilizing your plants.
  • Integrated pest control.
  • How to bring root bound plants back to life.
  • Helpful tips for beginners.

This book is perfect for those new to the world of vegetable container gardening. It has all the information you'll need to start your own vegetable garden at home using containers of your choice. In addition to general information about vegetable container gardening, the author discusses 16 common vegetables and gives you the information you need to successfully grow them in containers.

Buy The Vegetable Container Gardening Guide today and learn what you need to know to start growing your own vegetables in containers

Beginner Soap Making: Simple Homemade Recipes

Beginner Soap Making: Simple Homemade Recipes was a free kindle book when this post was written.

 Why Make Your Own Soap?
My first reaction to this question is: "Why not make your own soap?"
  • Soap making has never been easier than it is today. 
  • Making your own soap is cost effective. 
  • You can determine exactly what quality of ingredients to use. If you have particular needs, you can address those in your ingredients. Love the scent of lilac? Add lilac oil to your soap.
  • Handmade soaps make great gifts. 
  • You can compensate for any allergic reactions you may have to the ingredients in commercially prepared soaps.
  • You can overcome dry skin ailments with the proper soap.
  • Cold pressed and hot pressed soap information and recipes
You will find all the information you need to get started with your soap making including:
  • Cold pressed and hot pressed soap information and recipes
  • Milled, milk and liquid soap information and recipes
  • Trouble shooting and tips and tricks
  • Along with additional information on additives such as essential oils plus loads more

We have designed this book so that all or our recipes are palm oil free as well.
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