Saturday, March 8, 2014

New favorite thing

You know we all really enjoy our five gallon buckets for storage.  Come on, we use them for absolutely everything ~ in our gardens as self watering containers, to carry stuff, store bulk items, endless uses for a good five gallon bucket right? Right. So I feel like I'm stepping out on my buckets - I have a new favorite storage container.

The 18 gallon Rubbermaid Rough Neck Storage Tub.  I bought a couple to store ... strategic preps and found they really are neat.  I liked them so much I ended up with 24 of them!  They stack better than other totes, and frankly make good sense because you can't see through them.  Now it's real easy to pack them too heavy, so I'm not suggesting anyone put can goods in them but for anything that is bulky and light weight or won't fit in a bucket try these totes.  Cardboard is a food source for bugs - so please get rid of your brown cardboard boxes.

Pic: Rubbermaid 18-Gallon Roughneck Storage Box

Don't advertise to the whole world what you have (or don't have) in supply. A good label system would be to number the totes and keep a list in your planner or prepping notebook.  Put these totes anywhere because they can take it! They work well inside or under extreme conditions.  from hot, to cold ~ Attics, basements, garages or sheds...nice neat stacks keep things looking good, away from prying eyes, and organized!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Children and a sideways world

Children, and their well being during and after a major event is important.  we have and have prepped for my wonderful children.  we have actual board games, decks and decks of cards, sidewalk chalk, crayons coloring paper etc.. you name it we stocked it.  Including their favorite foods.  Why?  Because when the whole world goes sideways the thing a child needs most is stability.  blocks, cars, crayons, games, stuff my kids play with now including board games and books, will be here after an event. My kids idea of survival items are crayons, UNO, fruit cocktail, Spaghetti O's with Meatballs and mac n cheese. We watch television and movies, we have cable and internet but that isn't the whole world to our children. Whatever soothes your kids, you should have stockpiled.

Recently I was asked why I don't have detailed info on giving birth in a sideways world.  Truth be told, its because I won't be having more children and I'm not a medical person.  I know first aid and cpr my fabulous husband is a certified Wilderness First Responder but I don't personally feel qualified to teach someone how to deliver a baby in a post collapse/sideways world. There are some wonderful sources out there to help.  One of our medical books on hand is the: Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook has detailed instructions for everything conceivable (pardon the pun)

Children however I know all about.  Key things you should be doing if you don't have children yet but anticipate having some is prepare to clothe, feed, and homeschool them.  You need to get basics together to teach reading, writing, math and such.

Consider having on hand: 
children's music on CDs
CD player
headphones, (how many sets have you killed over the years? multiple that by # of people in your preps and store)
CD Speakers
chalk and chalk board
pencils (lots of them)
pencil sharpeners
crayons, pens, water color paints ($ tree)
McGuffeys Eclectic Readers Series (found on Amazon)
Core Knowledge Series (found on Amazon)
Set of REAL encyclopedias (pre1980 look at yard sales)
dictionary ($ tree)
student dictionary ($ tree)
books - real books (not digital)

I have no affiliation with Dollar Tree - but I have to say I have gotten a TON of great kid preps there. workbooks, paints, chalk, all kinds of good stuff... to tuck away.   Also - my local one carries a nice King James Bible so we get some every now and then to add to the stock pile. Why? Because in a sideways world everyone will need hope. Those that don't know God, may want to get to know him. I'd like to help them.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Online Survival Summit 2014

A group named The Prepper Project is hosting a free online Survival Summit. With 29 confirmed speakers this looks to be an awesome event. Each day 5~6 speakers will be have in-depth interviews (presentations) posted. YOU have 24 hours to watch them, the next day another set of speakers will be posted, with the set before removed and so on.... it seems to be a week packed of great info and you can go for free, in your jammies and bunny slippers from your comfy chair in your off grid bunker. To register click HERE

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Pride goeth before the fall

Proverbs 16:18 King James Version (KJV) 18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

But what does it mean?  

In my humble opinion it's important for us to teach and learn, but when folks get self righteous, and over confident it is my humble opinion you're asking for trouble.  It's all too easy to become over confident in THINGS, the groovy gear know what I mean?  I get asked what I think about terms like survivalist, prepper etc...  putting labels on yourself (or others) is a very slippery slope because at the end of the day we are more than a label  We are flesh, blood, and spirit.  We have responsibilities to our families, especially our children.  It doesn't matter if there is a storm, one of us gets sick or laid off or whatever, our children will still look to us to feed them, love them, and provide for them. Children will expect us to keep them dry, warm and safe....  The next time someone asks you what you are, stop and consider your response carefully.  Is the label you seek really that important? I'm many things including a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, mentor. I'm a woman God put on this Earth and I'm doing the best I can with the skills and abilities I have. I also am, a prepper's wife.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Prepper Fatigue

Many Preppers go through "Prepper Fatigue" at some point.   What is it? Well similar to battle fatigue it is  characterized by anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation, caused by the ongoing stress of active prepping. 

We all go through cycles in our prepping. Once you've been a prepper long enough, you will experience it.  At first you may feel guilty for wanting to back off from prepping in order to catch your breath, however it is actually wise to step back and assess where you are with your preps and take a deep breath. Take an inventory.  What new skills have you learned?  What do your durable preps look like? How many days/weeks/months of food storage do you have? is it lopsided (lots of a single item?)  Just slow down - take a deep breath, relish what you've learned and stored and take a moment for a really deep EXHALE.   Breathe in deep and exhale again. Look at how far along you are everything you've learned, how much more prepared you are now than you were before you started.

Wanna know a secret? Even I have had a 'bout of Prepper Fatigue.  (BTW So has my husband and I consider him the super duper prepper.)  It's normal.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded to live and enjoy today.  Be here, now. Yes something is on the horizon, but when whatever it is happens, we're in it together and we have a leg up on the sheeple...

If you feel like you've hit the wall emotionally, remember to live and laugh and have some fun.  Some of us are wound a little too tight on getting it all together and waiting for the other shoe to drop. Here's the real secret, it's okay to be happy and enjoy today.  You can be a happy prepper because in reality prepping isn't something we do, it's a way of living. 

Take a deep breath, EXHALE
Enjoy a beautiful day
Go for a walk
Smile at your kids

oh yeah and rotate your food storage!  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Prep your own notebook:

Are you "all set" well good for you!  Light a cigar sit on the porch and speculate about the rest of us working hard to build our family inventories up :)  These are some things you need to be working on/reviewing:

We have a Survival 101 Handbook DO you have one? You do? Great! Oh you don't?  Well I could share my table of contents with you... Oh ok since you don't have one you can peek at our personal table of contents:

1.  Water List ~ How much, Where its stored, Where to find it if we need to search out more

2.  Food Storage List ~ Shelf life list, On hand inventory, list of what we'd still like to get

3.  Food Preparation List What can we make with what we have?

4.  Family members personal lists for each with current physical, current prescriptions, latests test results, and what each member's special needs are.We have a quick reference with everyone's daily schedules but then we have a "Book of Life" that has Birth Certificates, Vaccinations, Social Security cards etc for each person.

5.  Chem~Nuke Defenses what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

6.  Biological Warfare~Pandemic Defenses  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

7.  Gardening List seeds and tools on hand, germination tests, garden maps, how to save seeds from our own grown veggies and fruits, details on each fruit and veggie in our garden as well as future plants we'll grow.

8.  Hygiene~Sanitation List  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

9.  Hunting~Fishing~Trapping Lists what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

10. Power~Lighting~Alt Power~ Battery lists  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

11. Fuels  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

12. Firefighting  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

13. Tactical Living  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

14. Security ~ General  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

15. Security~ Firearms  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

16. Communications & Monitoring  How will we reach each other if need be and what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

17. Tools  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

18  Sundries  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

19. Survival Bookshelf  What books do we have in our library that cover this subject?

20. Barter & Charity Inventory  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need

21. First Aid Complement  what preps do we have that cover this, where are the kits and extra supplies kept along with a list ofwhat we still need

22. Little Livestock List  what preps do we have that cover this what we still need (We currently have chickens)
23. Maps ~ of your house, yard, neighborhood, area of town, entire town.  Maps to "Bug Out" location with more than one route marked.  I would mark areas that could help find supplies in the event of a total collapse.  Know your area, mark friends and potential foes, assets etc.

All this should be in one binder.  Don't have this all in one place yet?  Might I suggest you get it all together before you forget where you've put it :)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Prepping for free? Really?

Yes, REALLY!  In fact, our favorite thing to do is to prep for free.
Yes, I said FREE. We have 10 folks we count in our preps and whenever I can prep for free I get excited. I know many of you don't believe this, but right now there are things you can get for free at Walmart.  HUH?  Well it takes some effort but this is what I do... First I look at: Walmart Deals on WeUseCoupons
and see the coupon match ups.. and here's 4 things you could get for free right now:

  1. Lance XtraFul Toaschee Crackers shelf price: $2.58 (yep there's a coupon for $2.58 for these!)
  2. Tena Pads $4.97/pk  (there's currently a coupon for $5/1 pack makes them FREE and a money maker)
  3. Reynolds baking cups (paper liners) Shelf price .92 (there's a coupon for $1/1 makes this a moneymaker!)
  4. Neutrogena Acne Soap .97/each (current coupon $3.50/2 Neutrogena Acne makes this a serious moneymaker!)
If you aren't prepping with coupons, you're wasting money on things that you could be adding to your strategic supplies for FREE!  We put in bulk orders, used all coupons, and walked out owing just tax, or nothing at all.  If you aren't coupon savvy you can be very quickly.  Just visit: and you'll be prepping for free too!