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Dec 23, 2014

Prepare your Garden to Produce!



How To Prep Your Garden for ProDuce

 Source:http://www.foodstoragemoms.com/prepare-garden/

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
We all want to know how to prepare our garden so next year we can produce a great deal of fruit and vegetables for ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when we need  to clean out the garden, the flower beds, prune the trees, and fertilize. I will miss my fresh tomatoes, lettuce, basil and cucumbers. I didn’t get a lot of squash this year, it usually goes gang busters. Not this year though. I have a really small yard but it still takes time to clean out the garden and cut back shrubs that are overgrown. I have a few flower pots with perennials that I enjoy in the spring and summer. There is something amazing when you see those flower buds just about to bloom. Gotta love it! Do you love watching for the vegetable seeds to start peeking out of the soil? Life is good!

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
In case you are wondering, I live in the desert and therefore I chose to buy raised garden boxes. I used to have large gardens with a tiller and rows and rows of vegetables. I still grow enough vegetables for my family and a few neighbors. I would like to add some more raised garden boxes next year to grow even more vegetables. Let’s get started with what to do with your garden spots, etc. I love to “put my garden to bed” for the winter, so to speak. I believe if you take care of your yard you have respect for your neighbors. It is our responsibility to keep the neighborhood clean and weed free where we live. It helps with the values of our properties as well.
The first thing we need to do is remove the plants that are finished producing the vegetables we enjoyed through this last season. Add some extra soil, manure or compost to make your soil more productive next year. Till or cultivate the new products into your soil. You will notice I have coffee grinds shown below from a local coffee shop. They are FREE and you can pick them up all year round. They give the garden some extra nitrogen, but they also keep the neighbor cats out of my flower and raised garden beds. I sprinkled the coffee grinds on the top of the soil so the cats will stay out of my flower pots and garden areas.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Free Coffee Grinds

This picture below shows the clumps of the coffee grinds. They worked great for the entire summer to ward off the local cats from using them as a litter box. Yay!
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Fresh Soil Then Coffee Grinds

Here I added some fresh soil to my flower pots and sprinkled the local coffee shop coffee grinds over the soil to keep the local cats out of my flowers. Coffee grinds keep the cats from using your soil as a litter box. I wanted to use something safe because I love animals. Just not in my garden and flower beds.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Cut Back Perennials-Prune Trees-Weed

It’s always sad to cut back my perennials, but if I cut them back now they will bloom and and have beautiful flowers to enjoy next year.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com

Take Care Of Garden Tools

Lastly, take care of your garden tools and they will last for years. Wash and dry them all before storing them for the winter.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by FoodStorageMoms.com
Have you cleaned up your yard, pruned or weeded your yard yet? Its just starting to get really cold here….share some tips and I will add them to my list. Check out the garden areas of your local stores, this is a perfect time to pick up garden gloves half price.
Please visit Prepared-Housewives there is an article about Kohlrabi written by Mike the Gardener

Dec 15, 2014

Teaching Kids to Survive

"Prepping isn’t about talking… It’s about doing. It’s about learning."

Turning Your Child into a Survivor


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As preppers and modern survivalists we’re all concerned about what we can do to ensure that we can survive any disaster, weather any storm and being ready for all of the SHTF moments and scenarios life can throw at us. I think it’s important sometimes to take a step back from this stuff and remember the big picture. It doesn’t really matter how prepared you are, how much food you have stockpiled or how many guns and bullets you have. One day you will die.


It’s kind of dark and even depressing to think about but it’s important to remember. We are all finite beings. There is no prep out there that will keep the grim reaper away indefinitely. With this in mind, we need to start looking at things that we can do now to prepare for that reality. Who are you going to leave behind? You might be prepared for anything, but what about your children? Have you instilled a prepper mindset into your kids? Are they ready to face a of life’s disasters head on and thrive?

How to talk to your kids about prepping
It’s hard enough to talk to adults about the importance of prepping. Most people simply aren’t ready for their illusion of modern society to be broken. Teaching children about prepping can sometimes be even harder. Most kids are blissfully unaware of the realities of the world around them. And yes, while it is our job as parents to protect them and take care of the big stuff for them, we’re not going to be around forever…and in a SHTF disaster scenario, the chances that you may not actually be one of the survivors, despite your preparations is higher than most of us are willing to admit.
So with that in mind, what can we do now to start teaching our kids about preparedness? You don’t need to have the “prepper talk” with your kids. They’re unlikely to understand it, they’ll probably be ridiculed by their peers as soon as word gets out that Jimmy or Sally is a “doomsday prepper” and in reality you don’t need to have that talk.
Prepping isn’t about talking… It’s about doing. It’s about learning.

Teach your kids basic survival skills – The basic skills our grandparents and their grandparents used on a daily basis are sadly becoming extinct thanks to modern conveniences. We need to teach our children these basic survival skills so that they can be ready if the time comes to use them.

  • How to build a fire without matches
  • How to hunt
  • How to  tie basic knots
  • How to purify water
  • How to cook without power and running water
  • How to make a shelter
  • How to do basic first aid on themselves and others
  • How to defend themselves

Teach your kids how fragile their world really is – Most children today have really no idea how fragile things like our food supply, governments and economy are. If we don’t teach them about these things no one will. Teach them about…
  • The real meaning of money – how it’s made, what money really is, why the economy is in the state it’s in.
  • Liberty – Why this country was founded, the principles it was founded on and why no man/women should be a slave to anyone, including their government
  • Financial responsibility – Teach them about saving money, insurance, how debt works and how it really is cancer.
  • Work Ethic – How there’s really no such thing a free lunch and that it’s their job to work for the things they want in life.
  • Food and water storage – Explain the real reasons why you store food and water. Not because the zombies or pandemics are coming, but because stored food is insurance. It’s an investment in your future survival no matter what kind of disaster you might face.

Today’s children have a tough road ahead of them. Even if the big SHTF disaster never comes, they’re likely to face continued economic troubles, oppressive governments and they’ll continue to be inundated with the unsustainable ideals from the “entitlement” generations and THEIR kids. They’ll face adults who think it’s their job to undo the lessons of self-reliance you’ve instilled in them. They’ll also face all the same day to day disaster threats that we all do like personal security and financial security. There may come a time that (god forbid) they will need to rely on basic survival skills to get them out of a serious jam.
It’s our responsibility as parents to not only prepare ourselves for disaster but to prepare our children as well. Far too many parents of years past failed in their parental responsibilities and have created a convenience-centered, fragile society in the hopes of sheltering their kids from the world around them. Well… take a look around. Take a look at all the modern disaster threats we face today whether people want to admit to them or not and how blissfully unprepared most of the world is. How’d that work out? Not well would be my answer.
We need to break that cycle of what I’m calling “ignorance-education”. We need to teach our children that the world isn’t perfect, that they’re not entitled to whatever they want without working for it and we need to teach them to pass on these lessons to future generations so that one day we can hopefully re-educate our society and reclaim the liberty and responsibility that this country was founded on.

great Prepper content at Source:  http://ready4itall.org/turning-your-child-into-a-prepper/

Feb 20, 2014

ObamaCide effects

Getting Ready for the Barack-alypse

Obama's second term is very bad news for survivalists. It's also very good news for the industry catering to their worst fears.

Article—By Tim Murphy

Its our opinion that this Author has a severe “Ostrich” Out?look on the state of the union. 
He needs your pity, However, the links and information in the article are very useful.

WITH HIS LOAFERS, KHAKIS, and polo shirt, James Talmage Stevens isn't exactly dressed for the end of the world. When I run into the 73-year-old Texan 10 days before the November election, America's most celebrated self-reliance guru seems better suited for an early bird special than a black swan event. The only hint of his notoriety is a patch over his left breast depicting his professional alter ego—"Doctor Prepper."
Stevens' book, Making the Best of Basics, may be the closest thing the survival industry has to a bible (aside from the actual Bible). It has sold more than 800,000 copies since hitting the shelves at Kmart during the gas crisis in 1974. Stevens is not actually a doctor, and, come to think of it, he'd rather you not call him a "prepper," which he considers a slur meant to impugn self-reliant folks like himself as paranoid loons. But it's become part of the lexicon, and Stevens is somewhat paranoid about where the United States is headed (he foresees a borderline tyrannical second Obama term that begins with massive gun confiscation and ends who-knows-where), so he's rolling with it. As he puts it, "I don't really like cuss words, but I know how to use them and I know what they mean." Besides, it's good for business.
I met Stevens at the Self Reliance Expo in Mesa, Arizona, one of the nation's leading "readiness" trade shows, where attendees (about 5,000 over two days) shop for bulletproof vests and dehydrated peas or practice suturing an open wound on a severed pig's foot. Stevens' cosponsorship amounts to a sort of papal blessing for the event. "He's the bomb, he's the godfather," says Tony Tangalos, the Phoenix-based host of The Prepper Patch, an AM radio show. "He's like the Elvis Presley."



Over the past four years, Stevens has witnessed something of a renaissance, coming out of retirement to hawk an expanded edition of Basics and a water-filtering system that's so efficient, he tells me, it could make urine taste like bottled water. The product has netted Stevens and his partner $1.5 million in profits in just over a year. And he's far from the only one making a living off the coming collapse of civilization. Sites like Revolutionary Realty and Survival Realty list rugged properties with amenities such as a "defensible hillside location." There are no fewer than three prepper dating sites—Survivalist Singles ("Don't Face the Future Alone") boasts 4,000 members, mostly male. Both the National Geographic Channel and Glenn Beck TV have gotten into the game with their reality shows Doomsday Preppers and Independence USA. The preserved food company Shelf Reliance reported a 708 percent explosion in revenues over the past three years. Overall, the size of the market for Americans expecting major disruptions caused by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorism, pandemics, price shocks, gas shortages, civil unrest, martial law, nuclear disasters, and/or the Rapture is estimated to be $500 million.
"If the economy falls apart, people don't have food. People who are looking for food, they're gonna have their guns with them. People want body armor so they can protect themselves."
Welcome to the doom boom.
Humans have been preparing for the worst for millennia, but modern Americans have turned it into an art form. At the dawn of the Atomic Age, suburbanites scrambled to build backyard shelters and the government stockpiled food in anticipation of the day after. The spiraling inflation of the 1970s brought with it a spike in gold sales and backwoods land purchases. During the Clinton years, camo-clad survivalists prepared for the black-helicopter invasion, and Y2K briefly made prepperism mainstream. But perhaps the best salesman for the notion that we're on the verge of financial, technological, and political collapse has been the current occupant of the Oval Office. Stevens says of the president, "He is the leading promoter of this without even knowing it."
At the Self Reliance Expo, the prospect of a second Obama term is seen as both a catastrophe and an opportunity. "There's a lot of people I talk to who say, 'Depending on what happens in the election, I'm going to buy some body armor,'" says Derek Williams, president of the Salt Lake City-based company Amendment II. Its Centurian children's tactical vest costs $499. "If the economy falls apart, people don't have food. People who are looking for food, they're gonna have their guns with them. People want body armor so they can protect themselves."

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Tangalos, the talk show host, believes Obama is expediting the arrival of the Islamic Antichrist. He's planning on establishing "Christian Transition Villages" in western Arizona "for people who believe that we may be close to experiencing some dramatic man-made or naturally occurring changes in our world."
Robert Wiedemer, whose 2006 America's Bubble Economy foresaw the collapse of the housing market, warns that government debt will lead to hyperinflation. "Does anyone here remember 15 percent inflation?" he asks during a presentation before pulling out a Zimbabwean $100 trillion bill. Several attendees ask him what will happen if, God forbid, Obama gets a second term. Short answer: We're screwed. Also: Buy my book Getting ready for the day when TSHTF (prepper shorthand for "the shit hits the fan") isn't cheap. Shelf Reliance hawks the "Netflix for food," a monthly shipment of freeze-dried products that will come as long as the post office still delivers. A cache of 8,671 servings of its gluten-free, vegetarian emergency rations goes for $1,799.99 at Costco.
For $72,000, you can get a 40-foot-long underground steel tube that comfortably houses a family of six, provided there's no fighting over the queen-size bed and no one has ever watched The Shining. An after-market fake tree or rock to mask the air vent costs extra. Buy now and they'll throw in 10 acres at a "secret prepper community" near Kingman, Arizona, complete with a sign that warns, "We Will Blow Your Ass Away!" "Underground this far, it's basically EMP-proof," says Kaden Atwood, who's offering tours of a model outside the convention center. He's referring to an electromagnetic pulse, a burst of radiation triggered by a nuclear device that could theoretically shut down the electrical grid—one of Newt Gingrich's pet preoccupations. (The former speaker of the House has warned that an EMP set off by America's enemies could "throw all of our lives back to an existence equal to that of the Middle Ages.")
Video: Watch Tim Murphy taste-test survival-food selections, from freeze-dried eggs to the Candwich ("the Sandwich in a Can").
Amid all the eagerness to equip for the coming upheaval, Stevens tells me he's wary of his colleagues who are motivated less by a desire to help than by the bottom line. "Now, everybody and his twin brother who's spastic and is able to cut and paste have become preppers," he laments. Many prepper websites feel like they could be gone tomorrow. A Mesa wholesaler founded 2012supplies.com to serve people who believed that the Mayan apocalypse was coming on December 21; in the meantime, he's appeared everywhere from Doomsday Preppers to the New York Times. The makers of the NukAlert nuclear radiation counter brag that their product has been "verified by National Radiological Laboratory," an institution that seems to exist only in the product description. And that's to say nothing of celebrity doomsayers like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, who endorse shady gold dealers and pricey freeze-dried food. (Food Insurance's Hannity Ultimate 80-day supply goes for $989.99.)
The industry's leading lights clearly see the need to battle the notion that they're a bunch of hucksters and kooks. "We really are normal people," insists Amy Alton, a registered nurse who is one half of the prepper power couple Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. They are the authors of The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook ("Keep your loved ones healthy in every disaster, from wildfires to a complete societal collapse"), one of the best-selling prepper guidebooks on Amazon.com. She later approaches me to emphasize that she's selling insurance, not fear. "I just want you to know," she says, pointing out the Doom and Bloom logo, "that that tree is the tree of life." (Technically, it's a tree of life overlaid on a mushroom cloud.)
Perhaps the best salesman for the preppers has been the current occupant of the Oval Office: "He is the leading promoter of this without even knowing it."
Though doomsday evangelists fantasize about reaching mainstream consumers, hardcore prepping attracts a fairly limited demographic. Stevens pegs the market at about 4 million people, and he has his theories on why it's not for everyone. "It's the upper-middle white class that shows up here," he says. "I've seen two or three black people and that's about it. They never show up to these places. They don't get it. Culturally. It's not brainpower, it's not color, it's cultural. They've never lived this lifestyle. More important is the car with thin tires and the beautiful finish and nice clothes and rings. I'm sorry, that's just the way it is!"
As I browsed the aisles of portable solar generators and freeze-dried beef Stroganoff, the irony seemed inescapable. Two thousand miles away, New Yorkers were emptying grocery stores of everything from Fiji water to baby food in preparation for a storm that would leave thousands without power for weeks. Viewed in that light, the preppers kind of had a point: Shouldn't we all buy a few cases of OvaEasy powdered eggs, just in case?
Even before climate change, events like hurricanes and drought and pestilence and the plague were constants throughout history. Yet most of the cataclysms preoccupying the preppers are unlikely at best. After the election was over, I called Stevens at his home, a stone house tucked in the woods with a water pump and a cache of freeze-dry—about as close to off-the-grid and self-reliant as you can get in the San Antonio metro area. Doctor Prepper told me he'd seen copies of the draconian executive orders the president was about to unveil and it wasn't pretty.
"They're getting worse," he said, his voice dropping. In the meantime, he'd been going to gun shows and making sure to get the message out. "I just came back from one last weekend and my partner's going to one this week. I couldn't because I knew you were going to call and I wanted to be here."

—By Tim Murphy 
Its our opinion that this Author has a severe “Ostrich” Out?look on the state of the union.
He needs your pity, However, the links and information in the article are useful.

Nov 11, 2013

Fire Starter Trick




Light a fire!

Written by Lisa. Posted in CampingTips and Tricks

Last year I talked all about camping and shared my favorite fire starter ever – laundry lint! Camping season is upon us and I have improved my little lint system. The biggest complaint I had about lint is that its messy. I usually keep it in a baggie. But then I saw on Pinterest how someone put lint in a toilet paper tube. I loved the idea so that you had paper too but the problem was it still was messy. So I decided to wrap it in the weekly ads that come in my mail when I’m done with them.
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Just stuff the lint in the roll, and then roll it up in newspaper, and tuck the ends in. It makes a really tight roll that doesn’t let any of the messy lint out! If you want more paper to light fires just wrap more layers around the toilet paper roll.
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Someone wrote us a note that said that laundry lint is not recommended for starting fires anymore. I did a little research and actually found that is not entirely accurate. It seems (Do not use)the fabrics that would be toxic tend to be synthetic and synthetic fabrics don’t tend to shed. Regardless, we are pretty much a cotton family around here so I am not too worried. If you wear a lot of synthetic fabrics this is the recommendation he gave:
Scouts now recommended to use saw dust from natural wood and mix it with wax and put in into a cardboard egg container. Break off a section and you have more natural fire starter without all of those toxins.
I think that is great but the only problem is those are not easily accessible materials for me. One of the things I like about the lint, toilet paper rolls, and newspaper is that I am recycling things I usually just throw away into something I actually use. Laundry lint is so flammable and works great for fire starting. With the newspaper and added paper from the toilet paper roll it gives you just the right amount of paper.
Happy camping!
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