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How to Make “Magic Mix” for Homemade “Cream of” Soups, Puddings, Sauces, and More!

Aug 18, 2014 magic-mix-4My wife and I decided that we’d really like to make an effort to make more of our own foods from scratch which reminded me of this Magic Mix video that I saw a while back. Apparently, it’s great for use as a base in all sorts of foods, including “cream of” soups, puddings, sauces, and more. Magic Mix is super easy to make and will only take you 5-10 minutes to make a batch. What to do with it AFTER that, well, ... continue reading...

The Survival Medicine Handbook 2nd Edition, Revised, Expanded… and Awesome!

Aug 17, 2014 survival-medicine-handbook To be clear, I’m a HUGE fan of the Alton’s. Joe and Amy have done a wonderful service to the prepping community over the years and I can’t say enough good things about anything and everything they’ve ever done. Really! They know their stuff and it certainly shows with their revised an expanded edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook. I actually purchased, read, and reviewed their first edition quite a while ago and couldn’t have been happier. Amazingly, they did even more with ... continue reading...

Smoke Alarms “Go Bad” and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Programmed to Fail: Safety Saturdays

Aug 16, 2014 Image SourceSmoke alarms are a vital part of your home safety plan. I firmly believe that nearly every room in the house should have one, from the bedrooms to the kitchen and the hallways in-between, smoke alarms should be everywhere! When every second counts you want all the warning you can get. Smoke alarms “go bad” Purchase a good dual-sensor model (there are both ionization and photoelectric types) which is battery-operated, such as this First Alert dual-sensor model: Yeah, I know the dual-sensor models tend to ... continue reading...

Maximizing the Use of Local Library Resources

Aug 15, 2014 SourceThis week we made a trip to the local library in preparation for the upcoming start of school. Now, I know the library may seem like an antiquated resource these days, you know, with the advent of the Internet and all, but I think it’s still a wonderful resource we should make use of, especially when trying to continue to be more frugal in our lives. More importantly, I’d like my children to have an eventual appreciation for the building when ... continue reading...

This Threat from Above Could Stop Your Bug Out Before it Even Gets Started!

Aug 13, 2014 Image CreditI’m still getting used to where we live in the Pacific Northwest… things are just a bit different than where I moved from in the Midwest. There are so many tall trees and the layout of roads and homes is a bit different. While there are large expanses of land with sprawling subdivisions and plenty of roads in the Midwest, here they tend to cut out a path for a two lane road and do the same for a few houses off the ... continue reading...

New Water Dosing Guidelines for “More Concentraded” Bleach

Aug 11, 2014 concentrated-bleach-1I was at Walmart the other day and remembered that I needed a new bottle of bleach and apparently it’s been a while because every bottle I looked at said “More Concentrated” on the label. I mean EVERY bottle, even the generic bleach! Here’s what they say: Granted, I didn’t thoroughly scour every bottle on the shelf because my better half was in a slight hurry but I swear they all said “more concentrated.” I thought to myself: What the heck!? ... continue reading...

Champ Bodyguard Battery: Power Bank, Flashlight, Siren

Aug 10, 2014 Source It seems that small portable power banks are all the rage these days and to an extent they should be. After all, they can be used to recharge one of your most useful assets during an emergency: the cell phone. Now, I know there are people who say you shouldn’t rely on a cell phone and that’s true, assuming it’s the ONLY tool you have to perform the functions it can do. IMO, a cell phone should be one of many tools in ... continue reading...

The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness Book Review

Aug 9, 2014 Image Source If you know who Practical Preppers are then you’ll want to pay attention. If you don’t know who they are, Practical Preppers are two well-known YouTube personalities, Scott Hunt (aka. Engineer775) and David Kobler (aka., SouthernPrepper1), who are two wonderful people you should be paying attention to in the preparedness community. Recently, I was contacted to review Scott Hunt’s new book, The Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness (there’s also a Kindle edition if interested), and I can say I was delighted ... continue reading...

Why You Should Make a List and NEVER Buy for 30 Days: Frugal Fridays

Aug 8, 2014 SourceThere’s an obvious difference between needs and wants. There are very few items we NEED in life but with the advent of “easy money” via credit cards and debit cards, wants have surely become equivalent to needs. I’ll admit it, there are plenty of items I felt I needed, especially when it comes to my preps. These days since we’re super tight on money that “wants turned needs” list has all but evaporated! For the rest of you fine folks out there ... continue reading...

Champ Survival Skybox Multi-Function Emergency Weather Radio

Aug 6, 2014 Source Once upon a time I had purchased an Eton Emergency Radio (similar to this one) and I wasn’t very impressed for the $50 I spent. Sure it had all the bells and whistles but there was something about it that I didn’t like… perhaps the hand crank, I don’t know. Seems I got rid of it –probably gave it to somebody–and so I haven’t had a true emergency radio in my possession until now. Let’s talk about the Champ Survival Skybox ... continue reading...

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