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EcoZoom Stove Review and Giveaway!

March 7, 2014 – 9:58 am
Versa-EcoZoom

EcoZoom Stoves are an extremely efficient and versatile way to cook food without electricity. Enter for your chance to win your very own Zoom Versa. **This Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Jimmy!!

Dried Soup Recipes For Emergencies, Hard Times, Or Even Camping {Plus Shopping List}

October 7, 2013 – 1:02 pm
Thrive Foods

Here’s a good variety of soups you can make using only shelf stable ingredients, for those times when you might not be able to get to the store.

Why “Prepping” Is Like A Diaper Bag

September 8, 2013 – 8:34 pm
Basic One Person 72-hr Emergency Kit

It’s hard to argue with the wisdom in having a well stocked diaper bag!

Where To Store Emergency Supplies

June 25, 2013 – 7:05 am
Where To Store Emergency Supplies

Ever wonder where you’re supposed to put all of these emergency supplies I keep telling you to have on hand? Here’s a list of some creative places to find storage space in your home, so you have no excuse to stash at least a few essentials!

Top 13 Preparedness Items To Look For At Yard Sales

June 21, 2013 – 2:29 pm
Top 13 Preparedness Items To Look For At Yard Sales

Here’s a list of the things I always keep an eye out for at garage and yard sales, which might come in really handy in an emergency situation.

Smart Meter Controversy *UPDATE*

February 14, 2013 – 5:00 am

Too many people know nothing of the dangers of this new technology that is quietly being installed in every home across the United States. Get informed! *Update* How we refused the Smart Meter.

Saponins. Plants That Lather: Amole Lily, Soapwort, and Yucca

January 31, 2013 – 9:41 pm
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Here are three awesome plants full of saponins that make a rich, soapy lather. Each would make a great addition to a self-sufficient homestead.

What To Put In An Emergency Car Kit- PLUS Printable Checklist!

November 29, 2012 – 8:14 am
printable emergency car kit checklist

Here’s your kick in the pants to get that emergency car kit built if you haven’t already!

Protect Your Home From Intruders

November 24, 2012 – 7:05 am
The Door Sentinel

Think you are safe just because you lock your doors and windows at night? Watch how an intruder can be standing in your home in a matter of seconds. You might be surprised!

The Best Hand Pump For An Existing (Deep) Well

August 27, 2012 – 7:33 pm
hand pump

Not all hand pumps are created equally. Some are only for shallow wells. Some cannot be used alongside a submersible pump. And some have a lot more options than others. I’ve done my homework, and have decided upon my favorite hand pump for emergency back-up…

Droughts, Food Shortages & Price Hikes. What You Need To Know.

August 14, 2012 – 7:23 am
Droughts, Food Shortages & Price Hikes. What You Need To Know.

Get ready to see higher prices in corn, meat, dairy, eggs, and more in 2013.

Food Storage Mistake: Why You Should Not Stack Buckets On Buckets

July 30, 2012 – 10:49 am
bucketshelf

This could have been an extremely expensive mistake…

Shelf Reliance THRIVE Freeze Dried Foods Review & Discounts For You!

July 12, 2012 – 7:25 pm
thrive products

I was so curious to see what my kids especially would think of eating freeze dried foods. I decided that video taping their reactions would give the most honest review possible. I also took lots of close ups so you can see exactly what freeze dried foods look like dried and rehydrated.

What We Can Learn From The East Coast Power Outages

July 10, 2012 – 7:07 pm

After taking some time to read over various news articles, I’ve compiled a list of lessons that can be learned from other people’s lack of preparedness. Here are my thoughts.

Food Storage, Bulk Spices, And My Must Haves

April 19, 2012 – 4:59 am
food storage bulk spices

A well stocked spice rack is crucial to a happy food storage pantry. Here are my absolute must-haves, and a list of all the condiments and other things I can make with these handy herbs and seasonings!

How To Make A Candle From Leftover Fat Drippings

February 10, 2012 – 6:43 am
fat drippings candle

Create an emergency candle using the leftover grease from your frying pan! Here are my observations…