Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Survival Mom Q & A, Candlemaking.

Got another bit of great info for you, gathered from various trusted sources.  :-)

From LisaBedford at,

And you're going to need a light/heat source...

I think she was starting to hear Sandy knocking on her door even as she recorded this.  Hope she's ok.  Might have to try this one myself at some point... I wonder what my local wal-mart has for candle making supplies....

I'm also thinking of checking out the various DIY sites to find out about making various things (hygiene items & what not) and maybe doing a "Skill of the Month" thing like over at  What do you think?  Please leave me comments and let me know what if any skills would be interesting and useful for a person to learn so that they can be better prepared in the event of another natural disaster or even a man made one.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Year round gardening & easy to make rocket stoves.

Check this out... this is in Chicago of all places...

And check out this easy to make rocket stove idea...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Prepping lists (A Must Read), Asparagus & Organic vs Non-Organic.

Another great post that I found from a guest author on Survival ....

I also got this in an email and I thought that I'd better pass it along for all of you asparagus lovers out there.....

Foods like this would really come in handy if one was in the kind of disaster listed above.  And check out this video!

I so didn't realize you could make this at home to can & store!  YUMMY!  Guess what's going on my next grocery list?  ;-)

And I found this video to be interesting too....

Organic vs Non-organic.

And I found so many other options that I can hardly wait to check out here: Container gardening in condos or apartments.  I think this would be useful to everyone because even if you have a regular house, maybe you can maximize your growing space by utilizing your deck and or patio.  :-)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Strawberry freezer jam and some great emergency prep supplies!

Found a great post from my aunt's blog that I think you ladies might want to check out... looks sooo yummy!  :-)

Also... Check out the great deals from Shelf Reliance!  When you think of it in terms of how much food you buy in a year, the prices aren't bad at all.  :-)

Check it out here!

And check out these matches!  Wow!  Definitely a must have!

This blender is awesome too... totally craving that peach smoothie right now!  :-)

Definitely check out my on-line store (listed above) for these great products and much more! And tell your friends too!  Can you really ever be too prepared?  I think your family being able to survive and even thrive after some form of hardship (which, let's be honest... how far away is that hardship for any of us?) is well worth the price.  :-)

Wheat, Guns and Zombies.

A great couple of post from Lisa Bedford that I thought I'd share with you in case you don't get much chance to visit her awesome blog....

I know that many of you are trying to avoid wheat in your diet for any number of reasons. Most of the wheat we consume today is not the same wheat that our great-grandparents grew and ate.
Here is a list of alternatives to wheat that will still allow you to make dozens and dozens of different recipes, and you may end up not missing wheat at all. Some can be used to create breads and others are great to have on hand as meal-stretchers.

And last, but not least ... ZOMBIES!!  

Monday, October 15, 2012

Everyday Carry Medical Pack & New information on drug expiration dates.

There's a lot of wind noise, but if you can manage to decipher what they're saying, it'll be well worth it.

(2) 5x9 Trauma Dressings
(5) 4x4 Gauze Sponges
(5) Butterfly Bandages
(2) Band aids
(1) Quik Clot Sponge
(2) Triangle Bandages w/ safety pins
(2) Rolls of 3 inch cling
(5) Alcohol Pads
(2) Triple Antibiotic Ointment
(1) One inch roll cloth tape
(1) Blue EMT Scissors
(4) Large non-latex gloves
(1) Aspirin 325mg - 2 tablets
(1) Ibuprofen 200mg - 2 tablets
(1) Tylenol Extra Strength 1000mg - 2 tablets
(1) Benadryl 25mg
(1) Bee Sting Relief

Also I wanted to include this great article that I found, of course, on

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Some common sense about food storage.

I found these links on one of my favorite preparedness minded blogs... and I thought that in case I have more than say 3 or so readers, this might be something those 3 (hopefully more than 3) people might want to read....

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Webinars from The Survival Mom!

These are great sources of survival knowledge & I highly recommend checking them out! :-)


This month's webinar schedule: New canning class and 3 experts!

NEW! Thursday, October 11, 8 p.m. CT: "Basic Food Canning" This class covers the basics of safe food canning practices, what equipment you'll need, and more.

Sunday, October 14, 3 p.m. CT: "Healthy Food Storage with Enerhealth's Darren Craddock" Darren will be sharing with us information about the healthiest types of food to store, foods that are nutrient dense rather than empty calories. Insure your family's long-term health with this valuable information.

Thursday, October 18, 8 p.m. CT: Special guest, Mike Phillips of Next Level Training. Mike was in the second season of Top Shot and now owns a firearms training facility. He'll be talking about firearm selections, good training practices, and will be answering your questions.

Tuesday, October 23, 8 p.m. CT: "EMP Preparedness" Join Rob Hanus and me for an informative evening of fundamental information about the dangers of EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) and CME (Coronal Mass Ejection), how they will affect your life and how you can prepare for either event. Rob is the host of The Preparedness Podcast and has done extensive research on EMP and has done multiple experiments to find the most effective Faraday containers.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Homemade Faraday Cages, DIY Goodness & Honey Crystals!

Another great post from Lisa @

I'm  bit behind though Lisa, I'm still working on the crocheting and haven't even gotten to quilting yet.  Might stick to tie quilts when I do get to it though.  ;-)

Also from Lisa....

Also thought I'd share this DIY post on how to make your own homemade laundry soap (not laundry detergent and yes, there is a difference)...

Soap recipe
Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load).
  • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (IvoryZOTEFels-Naptha)
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 1 cup of boraxThoroughly stir together for 5 minutes and enjoy the results!                              That’s it folks…seems too good to be true, but it is true indeed!
All sorts of great DIY stuff that is so simple I wonder why I didn't find it sooner!  Even DIY Natural Toothpaste!

Also Check out this post from Becky Powell on Shelf Reliance's new Honey Crystals 

... also available on my Shelf Reliance Consultant Site.  :-)

Violence Tax & Gardening in Bottles.

Going to make things much harder for responsible gun owners.

And check out this fun idea

Monday, October 8, 2012

More great tips gathered for you. :-)

Part 3 in the How to choose a Survival Seed Bank...

Also, check out the video posted below.  Pretty simple, but you'd be surprised how many people don't think of this.....

It might even me a good idea to do some research on the wild edibles available in your area.  Because you're going to need to know that information to supplement your existing food storage or for when that food storage eventually runs out.
And last, but not least ...... From Lisa Bedford at

Friday, October 5, 2012

3 great videos you NEED to watch!

There's an idea... form a co-op with your neighbors... :-)

Top 5 excuses why some people don't prepare at all...
Going to need a way to wash your clothes too!  :-)  It might seem trivial, but it's a morale booster in my opinion so it's still important to know.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Shelf Reliance: THRIVE White Chili

Looks sooo yummy!  :-) 

Some great info & great deals on stuff you need to be prepared for pretty much anything.

I got this one in an email & I thought that since I know that Kurt sells some premium stuff that has already started helping out my own family....I'd better pass it along.  :-)

And check this out!

I often get the pantry can (at least to start out trying something new) for 2 reasons... one: it's cheaper & 2: if you like it, you've got enough to see you through till you can get the #10 can size but if you don't like it, at least you're not stuck with a #10 can of something you really don't like.  :-)  And check out some of the other great deals at Shelf Reliance!

This month Shelf Reliance is going vegetarian! Try some of our protein-packed meat alternatives like beans and TVP, or get in your daily dose of vegetables with favorites like Broccoli and Mushroom Pieces. Don’t forget to take a look at our FRS and emergency sale items, and this month we have some great fruit and veggie packages on sale as well! Chef Todd has put together an amazing array of vegetarian recipes for THRIVE Live on October 10th, so take a sneak peek at his recipes below and order October specials to save up to 32% on your own vegetarian masterpiece!