12 Prepper Gifts for Father’s Day

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12 Prepper Gifts for Father’s Day As father’s day draws closer, you may be finding yourself wondering what to get for your prepper dad. Luckily for you, a prepper dad has shared exactly what he would want this father’s day from prices ranging from $5 to $100. If you are looking to spend a little …

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The End of the End?

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I’ve had a few good folks reach out to check on me, make sure I had not been abducted by aliens and generally to see what’s up with the blog. There’s been not much noise out of me since January; I went AWOL without advanced notice, yet again. I apologize for that.

Over the past year, I’ve taken several long, unplanned breaks. Priorities in life moved T-Blog to the back of the line. I’ve tried many times to jumpstart with regular updates again, but end up staring at the blinking cursor for a while, perpetually re-writing a paragraph and then moving onto something else.

T-Blog has been rewarding and vastly educational for me, and I’ve been able to interact with a bunch of very cool, like-minded, good people. It’s humbling to know that the blog has been viewed almost 10 million times, and that literally hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of people have been helped or educated by the blog in some small way. I had absolutely zero plan for any of that when I started writing way back in the day; T-Blog took a life of its own and I have been happy to be there for the ride.

At this point, though, it’s a ride that I am going to get off.

Probably not a huge surprise, given no updates for 5 months, but I owe an announcement to the few of you out there checking T-Blog occasionally to see if there are any updates or wondering where I am.

At this point, there are no plans to re-start active updates to T-Blog. The site and its years of archives will continue as-is for the foreseeable future.

I am considering launching a new, quasi-related project that will require a more minimal time investment to keep updated, but no promises there.

Thanks to all for your readership, commentary and support over the years. Stay safe.

10 Clever Ways to Reduce Energy and Save Money on Utilities

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10 Clever Ways to Reduce Energy and Save Money on Utilities See how these clever ideas can save you money right now and get you in good standing if you have to live off the grid one day! We all know that that our bills are going up and up every year and they probably …

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5 Natural Remedies For Pink Eye

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5 Natural Remedies For Pink Eye These fast and easy home remedies for Pink Eye may just help you out in an emergency situation. As with all of my medical posts, please check with a trained medical practitioner. I am not one so this is for information purposes.  Pink Eye, also called conjunctivitis, is an extremely …

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14 Ways To Light A Campfire Without A Match

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14 Ways To Light A Campfire Without A Match Being able to stay warm, cook food and purify water is paramount to surviving any situation. This means you have to be able to start a fire, this is not so easy without a lighter or matches! I can testify and tell you from personal experience …

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How to make Solar Powered Water Pump for Water Barrels

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How To Make A Solar Powered Water Pump For Water Barrels You can buy these from Amazon… but why buy one when you can make one 🙂 This project is pretty easy and a lot of the time more powerful than the store brought ones. If you have any rain barrels you should consider this project …

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How To Make The Best Monkey Butter Recipe Ever

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How To Make The Best Monkey Butter Recipe Ever! I have seen monkey butter recipes floating around the web for years so I decided to make a batch and see what all the commotion was about. This spread is a delightful combination of bananas, pineapple, coconut, and citrus that I’m finding irresistible (my favorite so …

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The Family Who Dropped Out of Society for 42 Years — Without ANYONE Knowing

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The Family Who Dropped Out of Society for 42 Years -- Without ANYONE Knowing

A modern movement toward self-reliance has inspired people to unplug from society and to live more simply, removed from the trappings of modern life. But how off-grid are they really? How long could they last completely isolated? Time itself can reveal any weakness or flaw in a person’s self-reliance.

There is a tale from the other side of the world that illustrates the concept of true off-grid living. It includes all of the important concepts for a true off-grid experience: wilderness, isolation, material scarcity, wild abundance and time.

No Hollywood movie would have to change a thing in the story of a remote family – the Lykovs — who cut the bonds of society and lived truly off the grid.

The story of the Lykov family begins in post-Bolshevik revolution Russia. As many studious historians are aware, Vladimir Lenin and his bloody band of Bolsheviks took command of Russia in November of 1917. Looking to fulfill the “dream” of a communist state, the Bolsheviks implemented all aspects of a planned government in what became known as the Soviet Union. One aspect of communism the Bolsheviks energetically pursued was the spreading of their atheist beliefs across the new nation. Religions of all kinds were harassed and persecuted, and religious practitioners were even murdered.

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It was in this setting a young man named Karp Lykov found himself. Karp was a member of the Old-Believers, a sect of Christianity that had been popular in Russia. Although Christians had a history of oppression in Russia, Karp had never experienced anything like Lenin’s reign of terror. One day while Karp was working on a government-controlled farm, a member of the new state’s armed police force executed his brother in front of his eyes. It was then that Karp committed himself to flee the oppressive government, at all costs.

The Family Who Dropped Out of Society for 42 Years -- Without ANYONE KnowingLeaving would not be easy. For one thing, Karp had a young wife and two children under the age of ten. For another, the Lykovs would face serious punishment for an attempted escape if captured by authorities. Finally, the area Karp would take his family, the Taiga, was some of the wildest land in the world. As one of the largest forests in the world, the Taiga had been known to swallow up people whole. It was the type of place you sent someone you wanted to get rid of. This immense forest was home to numerous creatures, but the main opponent of the Lykovs would be something less foreboding: cold. For nine full months a year, much of the Taiga is at risk of frost. It would challenge them in their attempt to raise crops from year to year.

With the deck stacked against them, Karp and his young family dove headlong into their escape in 1936, fleeing to the forest to save their lives and religious beliefs. They were loaded down with what little they could carry: the clothes on their back, a handful of pots and pans, seeds for crops, a family Bible, and, strangely enough, the components of a spinning loom. Over time the family would build several shelters, each time pulling up roots and moving deeper into the reclusive wilderness. Eventually, they made their home in a remote mountaintop more than 150 miles from the nearest settlement.

As the family retreated ever deeper into the Taiga, they added more children to the mix. Soon, there would be two more Lykov kids — two who would now know the outside world until well into their lives. More children meant more mouths to feed, a problem constantly present.

The Lykovs survived mainly on the crops they raised which included rye, potatoes and seeds of hemp. The area proved to be a difficult place for cultivation, and one year the family lost all of their crops to a June frost. They then turned to the forest for their food. With an abundance of berries and nuts to gather, they were able to eat well during the summer and fall months, but as winter clenched the isolated family in its icy grip, things got bad — very bad.

Before the end of one particularly bad winter, the family was reduced to eating leather and bark to survive. This was the year Karp’s wife, Akulina, would choose to see her children fed rather than herself, and would die of starvation.

Of course, the Taiga did offer up countless varieties of creatures the Lykovs would have been able to eat. Reindeer, moose, beavers and a plethora of smaller creatures appeared to be ripe for the taking. But when they fled to the Taiga, the family had failed to take any sort of weapon with them. Not only had they not taken anything with them, but they also had never built weapons, such as a bow and arrow. Although the family did eat meat occasionally, their means of obtaining it were rather crude.

The Family Who Dropped Out of Society for 42 Years -- Without ANYONE KnowingFor most of their time living in isolation, the family would get meat by setting primitive traps — mainly pitfalls. Once their son Dmitry, who was born in the forest, reached maturity, he actually practiced an ancient hunting strategy called persistence hunting. When hunting, Dmitry would chase animals in the forest until they simply collapsed from exhaustion. Although not easy, this method has been proven to be a realistic way to obtain meat. However, meat would always be considered a luxury at the Lykov residence. In reality, their diet was a monotonous repetition of the same dishes.

Life continued much the same for the Lykov family each year they lived in isolation. They would do their best to store up food in the summer months, reach a point of near starvation in late winter, and, if they were lucky, they would repeat the process the next year. The family claimed to hold a meeting each year and vote to either eat up all the seed, or leave some for planting. In addition to their farming, the family would do their best to support their collapsing cabin, repair their tattered clothing with forest material, and try to find a way to replace their slowly deteriorating metal cookware.

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Then, one day, life would forever change for the Lykov family. In 1978, a group of geologists employed by an oil company were scouting new lands by helicopter. As the group flew close over the treetops, they were astonished when they saw a settlement high on the mountainside. With no place to land the chopper, the team retreated back to the nearest town and prepared for an overland expedition. After days of walking through the thick brush, the team of geologists eventually relocated the site. They stumbled upon the Lykov family home and were greeted by the surprised Karp with a gruff: “Well, since you have come this far you might as well come in.” It had been 42 years since the family had fled into the forest.

Over the course of time, the geologists would come to learn the story of this isolated family. The two youngest family members, Dmitry and Agafia, would for the first time in their lives meet someone other than a family member. The Lykovs would hear of the world events they had missed, including World War II. Eventually, the Lykovs would learn of the technological advancements that had been made over the past four decades. As the family began their reconnection with the outside world, they struggled to incorporate new innovations into their strict religious beliefs. Many times they would marvel from a distance but not allow themselves the opportunity to partake fully in the conveniences.

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Today, all but the youngest family member, Agafia, have passed on. Well into her 70s, Agafia continues to live in her forest home. She has sporadic contact with the modern world and even ventures to town now and again. She prefers the clear water and clean air of the mountains, and spends much of her time as she was raised.

The story of the Lykov family is an amazing off-grid tale. Completely dependent only upon themselves, the family could not have been further from modernity. Their life was a mix of extreme hardship, self-reliance, and the freedom such a life affords. For someone looking to move off grid, it offers multiple lessons, and it can teach us much about living in isolation. Like so many people of the past, the Lykovs were able to pass the real test of self-reliance: the test of time.

What is your reaction to this story? Could you do what they did? Share it in the section below:

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Dash, M. (2013, January 28). For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II . Retrieved May 31, 2016, from Smithsonianmag.com: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/for-40-years-this-russian-family-was-cut-off-from-all-human-contact-unaware-of-world-war-ii-7354256/?no-ist

Eniscuola. (2016, May 31). Taiga biome. Retrieved May 31, 2016, from Eniscuola: http://www.eniscuola.net/en/argomento/taiga/taiga-biome/animals-of-the-taiga/

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Abandoning Reagan: A Stool With No Legs Cannot Stand

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Ronald Reagan reinvigorated this county with optimism, principles and vision.  His policies directly led to Best Presidentthe greatest economic expansion in history (1982- 1987).  His leadership re-engaged a generation of disenfranchised people and he led us to victory in the cold war.  He is revered by right-thinking members of both parties, and leaves a legacy that few could hope to match.  Yet in 2016, he’s likely spinning in his grave.  The current Republican Party of today is quite simply his antithesis.  The Great Communicator governed based on a set of core principles and was successful despite a gridlocked DC.  He did this by connecting policy with people and working around congress by making his case directly to citizens.

By Professor Liberty Mize, a contributing author of SHTFBlog

Today’s party could do the same, but is content with symbolic obstructionism.  Taking meaningless procedural votes to provide cover, but only truly “winning” the few small moral victories that Emperor Barry allows.  There is no vision and no connection with ordinary citizens, only enough posturing to ensure re-election.  And so we see the rise of a narcissist nationalist as the party’s standard bearer.  Not because he’s a strong candidate, but because he’s not a politician, and he promises to tackle some of the serious issues the others have ignored.

But is he the answer to revive this country?  The answer is no, surprisingly the answer hasn’t changed.  Reagan’s map is just as valid and relevant as it was back then.  Reagan was able to ascend to the presidency because he articulated the values that made America great along with his plan to revisit the recipe.  While he had many cross-over voters from the Democratic Party, his campaign’s success in national elections hinged on uniting disparate groups in his own party.  It is a recipe politicos have been struggling to reinvent ever since.

Also Read: 5 Things I Learned From The Progressive Media

The Reagan three-legged stool united national defense advocates with fiscal and social conservatives and won.   Only by bringing these three together, was he able to paint the electoral map red and make Carter and Mondale laughable footnotes in history.  He knew a stool with two-legs simply cannot stand, but a three-legged stool was formidable. Today all three legs of the stool have been summarily dismantled.  Additionally the principles that sat at the center of that metaphorical stool have been cut out.  A legless stool with a hole?  That looks a lot like a toilet seat.  How can we Make America Great again?  Not by electing a modern-day PT Barnum, but by re-visiting the stool.

Leg One- National Security/Defense

It isn’t surprising that as a nation we’ve grown weary of wars and nation-building.  We are fed up with Official_Portrait_of_President_Reagan_1981American soldiers dying in deserts battling zealots who don’t play by our rules or value their own lives.  Yet along with our disdain for foreign conflict, we’ve somehow gotten away from a strong foreign policy and national defense.  Neither candidate for president has a deep understanding of our enemies, their motivations or a plan to keep us safe.  It seems the era of isolationism is upon us.  In an increasingly global economy with many nuclear nations and the specter of radical Islam, this is simply not viable.

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We must re-invigorate our use of technology and human intelligence capabilities and go on offense around the globe.  The current president’s goal is to be liked, I’d rather be safe.  That means aggressive investment in our armed forces and intelligence.  And most importantly the testicular fortitude to use both.

Leg Two- Fiscal Conservatism

Republicans aren’t for smaller government, they are for incremental growth slightly slower than Democrats.    Our entitlement system is a house of cards and must be addressed. George W Bush was far from a fiscal hawk, but he’s the last president to put a serious entitlement reform proposal together.
Any serious candidate for president needs to back-burner tax reform and get our house in order.  This means an increase to the retirement age, ending pensions for public workers today (keeping the promises made to date) and a two-year budget freeze on all discretionary spending (excluding defense).  And those are the easy ones.

Leg Three- Social Conservatism

This is perhaps the leg least likely to be resuscitated.  Progressives have stacked the judicial bench for decades and that strategy is now bearing fruit. Yet, this is an area where we must re-double efforts.  Does anyone really thing legalized marijuana is in anyone’s best interest?  Is a drug that makes people lazier truly in our nation’s best interest?  Are we content with 40% of our kids are born out of wedlock and 25% of raised without fathers?   A focus on the family was at the heart of the Reagan legacy and is vital for any effort to reclaim it.

The Bottom Line

While attempting to recreate the Reagan Revolution thirty years later may seem backwards and outdated, but so did a former actor with a 50’s haircut running for president back in 1979.  Yet, here we are.  What we are doing clearly isn’t working and the nomination of Trump indicates we are out of ideas.  Only by returning to principled leadership can we hope to capture our former glory.  That starts with reviving Reagan’s three-legged stool.  It’s morning in America, let’s hope we wake the f up.

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Re-Post Of “IIITrust” By Sparks

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November 29, 2015 Here’s some thoughts from Sparks on this very important topic. _____________________________________________________ I only trust (on a personal level) three public figures in the so-called “3%” scene. The first I’ve known almost 20 years, and was introduced to me by a friend whom I’ve known even longer than that, back when I lived […]

12 Ways to Stay Cool During Hot Summers

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Old brick home with high ceilings and double hung windows

The other day we had lunch in Grass Valley in a building that was constructed in the 1860’s.  Now it was a fairly hot day but the building was cool even with the windows open and no air conditioning.  This got me to thinking about what people did to stay cool in hot weather in the past.  After all air conditioning has only been available to most people for the last 50 years or so.

I have spent some time in Arizona and Nevada and one thing that I have noticed is that many of the newer homes and other buildings are so dependent on air conditioning you would have to break the windows to get outside ventilation.  If the power is out there is no cross ventilation, the buildings would become a hot box.

So you are a prepper and you live in a climate that gets hot in the summer what do you do to stay cool without electricity?

If you are looking to design a home, buy one or even rent take a good look at the home and see if you will be able to stay cool in the summers.

  1. Take a look at the way in which the home is oriented. More windows should face south than east or west.  During the summer months, more sunlight enters a house through east- or west-facing windows than through south- or north-facing windows.  Also, take into consideration what direction the prevailing breeze comes from.

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    Old brick home with high ceilings and double hung windows

  1. Shade your windows. This is why so many homes used to have awnings or large wrap around porches.  In the summer, the sun is higher in the sky and you can shade your south facing windows and still have the sun heat them in the winter when it is lower in the sky.  When designed correctly the overhangs will allow full winter sun to enter the house and completely shade the windows from the hot summer sun.  The size and design of the overhang will depend on your climate.  In general, shading windows on the exterior is better than using interior blinds, as it keeps out more unwanted heat.  Shading devices can include trellises, shutters, roof overhangs and shade trees.
  1. If you are designing a home from scratch, go with high ceilings. In older homes, you will notice that in hot areas they often had 10 or 12 foot or even higher ceilings.  High ceiling combined with tall double hung windows provided good ventilation.

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    Double hung windows

  1. Everyone knows that heat rises, so if you have high windows and open them when it hot inside, the hot air will vent out. Now if you have high ceilings double hung windows, here’s what happens.  When air passes over your home, it works the same way as it does over an airplane wing: the Bernoulli Effect causes the air on top and on the downwind side of the house to be at a lower pressure than on the upwind side.  So if you have double hung windows, you can open the bottom section of the upwind side of the house and the upper section of the downwind side and the low pressure will suck the air through your house.  Make the outlet openings larger than the inlet opening.  This increases the draft.  When we were on the fire department, we were taught to do this to help remove the smoke from a building faster.
  1. Insulate your home well. Many of the older buildings in the hotter climates were made of adobe or brick with the walls a foot or more in thickness.  Often a foot or two of dirt was placed in the attic for insulation.  Today it is a lot easier to insulate your homes with the new products that are available.  Unwanted heat gain enters a house not only through windows, but also through the walls and roof of a house.  Don’t forget to use double pane windows.  In the older homes the brick or adobe would cool at night and help keep you cool during the day.
  1. Provide a reflective roof. A light-colored, reflective roof may help to keep your home cool by reflecting the hot sun.  The best such roof should not only be reflective, but also have high emissivity.  Look for roof materials certified by the Cool Roof Rating Council or the Energy Star Roof program.
  1. You need a home with effective cross ventilation. It amazes me how many homes and other buildings today are not designed to provide cross ventilation.  You need windows that will open on all sides of your home to allow for good airflow.  Opening the windows at night can cool your home and if you combine that with good insulation, by closing the windows during the day stay cool all day.

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    Transoms, be sure and get the kind that open

  1. Transoms: Installing these mini windows above doors is something that you never see anymore. But they work to help keep you cool.  Operable transoms allow natural light and vent to flow from bedrooms to areas that typically don’t have access to natural light and vent, such as hallways, closets and other rooms without windows.  Transoms also provide this benefit of exhausting hot rising air while allowing doors to stay closed for privacy and sound control.
  1. Planting Trees. By planting shade trees in proximity to your home, particularly on the west side you can shade your home.  If you use deciduous trees, they will let the sun in during the winter when you need the heat.
  1. Cook outside In the past many people cooked outside during hot weather. They would build permanent stoves outside under covers that were open sided.  This allowed for breezes to help keep the cooks cool and keep the cooking heat out of the house.
  1. Roof vents – make sure that you have good roof vents to take the heat out of your attic.
  1. Screen porches in the past many homes had screen porches and if it became too hot would sleep in them.

Whether you are looking to buy a new home, building one or looking to improve your current one, take these ideas in consideration.  As you implement these steps, you will see that they work.  While they may never be quite as good as modern air conditioning, they will help you stay cool.

Howard

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Violent Leftist Mobs Planning Summer of Attacks on Trump Supporters: Supported by Media

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Dozens of people were attacked by left-wing radicals in San Jose, as police stood by and watched Trump supporters being viciously beaten. […]

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3 Tips to Plan Your Summer and Save Your Sanity

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It’s that time of year that kids love and parents fear: summer vacation! Study after study has shown that kids need unstructured playtime (be that outside exploring or playing with imaginative toys like these). In my household we take a break from extracurricular classes and sports during the summer months and we find ways to make our own fun (for as little money as possible).

Self-guided play guarantees that kids are resilient, resourceful, and never, ever bored, but how can you let your kids play freely without finding them still in PJs, eating cereal and watching TV at 5pm? A little planning on the parent-side of things will keep your days running smooth all summer long.

Full disclosure: Much of this article is inspired by the book and concept of TinkerLab—I highly recommend this resource for parents/caregivers.**

Make a Schedule

Budgeting time is like budgeting money—if you don’t do it, you’ll wind up feeling like you’ve wasted the day without anything to show for it. Creating a schedule you can post somewhere in your home (we have a “base station” where we keep our calendar and other important information) sets the tone for the day. This isn’t meant to be strictly adhered to; instead, this schedule sets intentions for the day. We try to keep our bigger activities to two per day—one in the morning and in the afternoon.

A sample schedule might look something like this:

Start of day-10am Wake up, breakfast, get dressed

Hint: Getting dressed soon after wake up is super important for setting the tone to a fun, productive day.

10-11 Outdoor activity (free play, Summer Mural, etc.)

In the case of the Summer Mural Activity, kids gather outdoor materials (shells, sand, leaves, feathers, etc.) from the backyard to add to a seasonal mural that they work on slowly over many days, but you can plan any type of outdoor activity. The point is to get them in the fresh air and guide them into their own play.

Hint: having kids collect particular things gives them a goal and will keep them busy and outside longer. They might also be given a directive to look for a specific plant or animal/insect to observe.

11-12 Self-guided Crafting Time

In this example the main activity would be to add collected materials to the summer mural with glue, but I also make sure to have lots of paper/crayons/paints set up to entice a variety of independent crafts.

Hint: We buy butcher paper and spread it over our dining table every morning to keep cleanup easier. I make sure to provide crafts that avoid glitter, beads or other tiny, messy items that require a ton of clean up.

12-1 Lunch followed by quiet time (reading or resting)

Hint: I continue to pack/plan lunches for my kids the night before, even when they’re out of school. It’s so much easier to just hand them their lunch bags instead of planning/preparing in the moment and we can always bring our lunches with us if we decide to stay outside.

1-2 Self-directed playroom time (board games, blocks, toy of choice.)

Hint: set up a few stations at the dining room table to entice kids who have trouble getting started with self-guided play.

2-4:00 Field trip! (rotates between several activities: library, swimming, park, movie in a theatre, farmer’s market, library, museum, etc.

Hint: We try to only pay for 1-2 activities per week—the rest are free in our community.

4:00-5:30 Quiet time reading/resting/TV/helping while I make dinner

Hint: use crockpot recipes while kids are doing their “wake up” routine to have dinner cooking as you’re enjoying your day. I try to cook enough so that I’m heating leftovers every other night. We also stick to simple salads with chicken or salmon to make prep easier.

Hint: I’m not opposed, nor do I feel guilty about letting my kids watch a little bit of television at the end of a fun, active day. I think downtime is great and my kids tend to get cranky/whiney in the early evening, so I like to keep them absorbed in something (be it in a book, TV, or helping me make dinner). Do what’s best for your family!

5:30-End of Day Dinner, bath, story, bedtime

Again, this schedule isn’t meant to be confining—you might discover that your kids don’t have the attention span to craft for an hour, or you might find that they’re content to stay outside running around all day. The point is to have a plan you can refer to if necessary.

Stock up on Supplies

 In order to keep the summer machine running smoothly, you need to plan it out well in advance. Have an idea of dates for local day camps, kid’s day at the movies, activities at local restaurants where kids eat free, etc. As well, stock up on crafting supplies, books, games and toys. I like to use trips to the craft store as one of the field trips we take in the afternoons. I let the kids pick out an assortment of things they want to try working with. Try to purchase crafting items that are open-ended and multi-use so you can get the most bang for your buck.

Keep the activities age appropriate. If your kiddos like to walk, take them on a small hike, but make sure the hike isn’t too much for them. Pay attention their cues of when they are tired and ready for a break.

The Mother of Invention

I try to make the things that can sometimes be a parental drag (grocery shopping, cooking, doing laundry) into activities for the kids. Organizing a trip to the farmer’s market for a field trip serves as an activity as well as a necessary errand. Washing the car can be lots of fun and even emptying the dishwasher can be turned into something exciting for little kids.

I want to be clear that I’m not a hyper-organized, helicopter mother by any means. I plan my days out to ensure that my kids have fun but also to make things as easy as possible for me. I think independence is crucial and I also want my kids to see me enjoying my summer right alongside them (whether I’m engaged with them or just reading a book or sipping my coffee while they do their activities). Once the kids are off and running on their own play or crafts, take that time to relax a little and have your own fun.

Pamela Bofferding is a native Texan who now lives with her husband and sons in New York City. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with her dogs.

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Faith and Freedom Friday- Remembering a Once-Great Nation

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Pastor Cooley reads from 1 Corinthians 11 for today’s message. He reminds us of the ultimate sacrifice made by the American patriots who shaped this country and our duty to stand against the evil which is destroying it.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15

In an effort to help redeem the time in these evil days, Faith and Freedom Fridays, is available as a podcast to stream or download featuring recent messages from Pastor Clifton Cooley of  Calvary Baptist Church, Sebastian, FL.

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Best bushcraft knife? We review the American Knife Company Forest Knife

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Check out this bushcraft knife.

by Leon Pantenburg
Mors Kochanski needs no introduction to hardcore wilderness survival practitioners. He’s a Canadian bushcraft and wilderness survival instructor, naturalist and author, and his established skills and experience in boral forest survival helped set the standard.

The American Knife Company Forest knife is based on a tried and tested pattern.

The American Knife Company Forest knife is based on a tried and tested pattern.

Kochanski’s preferences in survival blades is very specific, and I think he’d like the Forest Knife from American Knife Company.

“The knife, in my opinion, should be unbreakable,” Kochanski writes in Bushcraft. “Therefore, it should have a full tang, and the handle should be made of something that will be unbreakable, and the blade should be of a thickness that you feel would take a lot of abuse … I would say it’s a serious disaster if your knife breaks while you’re using it… You should be able to try hard to abuse it, and it should serve to do all the things you need to do in survival … a knife that is very heavy to the feel and a continuous curvature, definitely almost all the way, and no real hint of a guard.”

Echoing Kochanski’s points, I’ve noticed that Cody Lundin prefers the Mora Classic (also 4.25” blade, 2/25” thick!), and Ray Mears prefers his custom knife with a 4.33” blade (4/25” thick).

I had just finished re-reading Bushcraft when the Forest Knife came out a few months ago, and noticed how it seemed to be built to Kochanski’s specifications. Curious, I ordered and tried it out.

Here are the specs:

  • Overall Length: 8.975 inches
  • Blade length: 4.250 Inches
  • Cutting Edge Length: 4 Inches
  • Blade Steel: A-2 Tool Steel @ 58-60RC
  • Blade Thickness: .140 Inch
  • Weight: 5.875 Ounces

Here are some of Kochanski’s blade requirements, and how the Forest Knife shapes up to them.

Unbreakable: I’d have to deliberately abuse this knife to the point of  breaking to test this, and that seems really counter intuitive. After testing at least a dozen blades with A2 steel,  I’ve found the material to be virtually unbreakable.

The same with micarta. It is my handle material of choice for user knives that will not have an easy life. Micarta gets almost tacky when wet, such as when the knife is being used to clean fish or gut game animals.

The combination of an A2 steel blade, with a micarta handle makes a near ideal combination for durability.

No real hint of a guard: Kochanski comments that in his 50 years of teaching, he has never seen a knife injury due to the lack of a guard on a knife.

The Forest knife handle doesn't have a guard, and it doesn't need one.

The Forest knife handle doesn’t have a guard, and it doesn’t need one.

A well-designed handle doesn’t need a guard, IMO, and a guard or hilt could affect how handy the knife is to use. For a fighting knife, a hand guard of some sort is probably a good idea. But really, knife fighting  is probably the last thing you’ll ever use a blade for (pun intended).

The Forest Knife has a well-designed, 4.72-inch-long smooth micarta handle that fits my (glove size) large hand well.

Continuous blade curvature: Check.

Point: The upswept point makes the knife handy to skin and drill holes in wood. It’s a good choice for a knife designed primarily for bushcraft.

Grind: The scandi grind is designed to be good for woodworking and all-around use. I find the grind easy to sharpen, and recommend it for beginners.

Easy to Sharpen: Use a knife and it will get dull. The better the steel, the longer this takes. A2 has great edge-holding ability, but at some point you’ll have to sharpen it.

The A2 and scandi grind are easy to work with. Basically, you use the angle grind for the guide, then either scrape or strop the edge on a stone. (Here’s more about sharpening.)

Full tang: Yep. The blade steel runs all the way through the handle, making it the strongest possible combination.

Lanyard for long tail: I like the option of adding a lanyard. In deep snow, which I’m in frequently during the winter, dropping your knife means it will probably be lost. And if your fingers are cold, you are more liable to fumble any tasks that requires fine motor skills.

Also, a bright lanyard may help you find that knife if it’s dropped in the brush. Use a lanyard to tie your knife to you and it won’t be lost.

The thicker blade and scandi grind don't make this the best knife for slicing.

The thicker blade and scandi grind don’t make this the best knife for slicing.

Thickness of blade: The 1/8-inch thickness is a good compromise between thin and too chunky. I wish the blade was a little thinner, because I think that makes a more effective blade that slices better.

Good steel is not fragile. In nearly 50 years of woods and wilderness rambling, I’ve never broken a blade, and I generally carry a thin blade.

Given that, I think a bushcraft blade should be a little thicker, just because of the tasks it might be called upon to do.

Should be able to shave wood and debark sticks: The Forest Knife is a good woodworking tool. The grind and ergonomic handle make it comfortable to use for long whittling sessions.

Pommel for hammering: The Forest knife has a solid pommel and it should take hard use with no problems. Personally, I won’t hammer with the end of a knife unless there is no other option. I generally have a hatchet or axe handy that can do any pounding or hammering job.

But if you are stuck in a crashed car or airplane and need to break a window to get out, you’ll use whatever you have. Hopefully, your knife can take the abuse.

The sheath has magnets in it, and holds the blade securely.

The sheath has magnets in it, and holds the blade safely and securely.

Sturdy sheath: A knife designed for constant carry should have a comfortable, sturdy sheath that protects the edge and the user. The Forest Knife sheath is superb, with magnets in the leather for secure carry. But the knife is still easy to remove to use.

The sheath can be carried horizontally or vertically. I like the squared end. To the casual observer the end may look like a pliers case when the end peeks out from under your shirt tail.

The good stuff:

I’ve carried this knife off and on for several months now, and I like it a lot. It was my knife of choice when I went camping in January in about four feet of snow. It was used frequently, and often when I was wearing gloves.

The generous handle always felt safe and secure in my hand. Incidentally, those of us who wear size large gloves appreciate a larger handle –  one too short or too thin is not safe to use in the cold.

I don’t like the Forest Knife for kitchen use, but then again, that’s not what it was designed for. The scandi grind and thick blade don’t make a good slicer, and it is not the best for cutting meat or cleaning fish.

But, it does more stuff well than the average knife that gets taken out into the woods.

Do you need a Forest Knife?

That depends on what you intend to use a knife for. It’s an OK knife for food preparation, and as a fishing knife. It would work fine as a hunting knife, and would be a passable skinner.

But the Forest Knife is outstanding as a tool for processing wood, tinder and related survival tasks. It excels in stripping bark off willows or poplar branches for making snowshoes, fish traps etc. The design makes it handy for drilling holes. The knife carries comfortably in its secure sheath.

The Forest Knife retails for about $250, more or less, depending on the handle. If you’re looking for a dedicated bushcraft knife, this would be a good choice.

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The Easiest Way To Transfer VHS Tapes To Your Computer

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The Easiest Way To Transfer VHS Tapes To Your Computer I have no idea why but I have a whole bookshelf stacked to the brim with old VCR tapes. I keep them because well, I grew up with them and maybe one day in the future they may be worth a bob or two. Knowing how to transfer VCR to the PC is great if you have a lot of family events on VCR. The last thing you want is to lose all those memories. Did you know that something as simple as a magnet to close to the tape can

5 Deadly Canning Mistakes Even Smart People Make (No. 1 Is Where Most Goes Wrong)

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5 Deadly Canning Mistakes That Even Smart People Make (No. 1 Is Where Most People Goes Wrong)

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Canning is an annual task for all homesteaders, ensuring a long-lasting stockpile of meals to eat.

And while most people may think of staples such as relish, pickles, tomatoes and olives, canning actually can include foods such as meatloaf, ground beef and chicken.

But if canning is not done properly, the food can quickly go bad, leading to illness or even death due to Botulism.

Stay safe this year when canning by avoiding these five mistakes:

1. Not property sterilizing

Cleaning the jars, bands and lids is essential to ensuring that no bacteria can grow. The method to follow when sterilizing the jars is to first wash them in the sink with hot soapy water. Then put them in hot, boiling water for 10 minutes. For the bands and lids, it is appropriate to just wash them in hot soapy water.

Prepare now for surging food costs and empty grocery store shelves…

Ball actually discourages the boiling of lids, due to the fact that it could damage the rubber gasket. Ball’s recommendation is to simmer (180 degrees Fahrenheit) and not boil (212) the lids.

2. Not following the recipe

Everything that is stated in a recipe is there for a reason. From preparing the food to how much headspace is needed – it is all required. Most importantly, make sure to pay attention to the various times in the recipe. Additionally, choose a recipe from a credited source. You may be placing these jars in storage for months or even years, and it’s no time to cut corners.

3. Not property sealing

5 Deadly Canning Mistakes That Even Smart People Make (No. 1 Is Where Most People Goes Wrong)

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This is the whole magic behind canning. To hear that “pop” is music to a homesteader’s ears. When putting the food into the jar, it is a great idea to use a funnel. This will help ensure that any food chunks do not get on the rim of the jar. Then, have a warm and clean towel ready to wipe off the tops. Next, when placing the band and lid on, hold the lid with one finger while twisting the band on. This should allow for proper sealing.

4. Now allowing the pressure canner to cool down by itself

After letting the pressure out of the canner, as directed by a recipe, you can simply leave it alone. Speeding up the process by putting the canner under cool water can lead to problems, such as the cracking of jars or the food being under-processed. These extra few minutes actually are critical to the canning process.

5. Not using the correct method of canning (hot water bath or pressure)

The rule of thumb is to put non-acid foods such as peas or chicken into a pressure canner and acidic foods such a pickles or jam into a hot water bath. The reason is simple: The potentially deadly Clostridium botulinum spores don’t grow in acidic foods.

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The Prepper Family’s Summer Bucket List

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Summer is upon us, and that usually means more time spent together as a family as kids are out of school. Even homeschool moms take a few breaks in the summer. This time of year is a great time to hone your family’s survival skills. I’ve put together a summer bucket list for the prepper family. See how many things your family can check off this summer. Have fun with it and get your family involved!

Food

  • Identify and forage for wild edibles in your yard. (Have any dandelions?)
  • Garden but be sure to grow at least one new-to-your-family plant.
  • Cook a meal over a fire.
  • Give your food storage a once over for expiration dates and damage. Restock to desired supply levels.
  • Have children cook a meal by themselves in the house, with supervision.
  • Have children cook a meal by themselves on the grill. Supervise!
  • Have children cook a meal by themselves over the fire with plenty of adult supervision.
  • Make and eat your own MREs (Meals-Ready-to-Eat) from food storage (Freeze-dried food is great for this.)
  • Use your personal water filters at a local park.
  • Visit several local farmer’s markets to find local food sources.
  • When you start to get low on groceries, wait an extra day before shopping and eat from what is on hand.
  • Start a compost bin.
  • Put in a rain barrel.
  • Dehydrate a fruit, a vegetable, an herb, and some meat.
  • Can a fruit, vegetable, herb and some meat. Zaycon Foods delivers fresh chicken and other products around the country, making it easy to buy in bulk for a major day of canning.
  • Visit a local u-pick farm.
  • Have a day with zero food waste.
  • Grind wheat and make your own bread from it. (Extra points if you cook it over a fire.)
  • Rotate your water storage.
  • Only cook with cast iron for a week.
  • Sprout seeds

Emergency drills

  • Tornado drill
  • Fire drill (Check the batteries in smoke and CO detectors.)
  • Evacuation drill (Do 1-hour, 30-minute and 15-minute notice evacuation drills.)
  • No power for a full day and night.
  • Only use generator power for 6 hours.
  • “There’s no toilet paper!” (Cloth wipes, anyone?)
  • No running water for a full day and night. (Do not skip bathing or washing dishes!)
  • Minimize water down the drain for a day – reuse dish/bath/pool water in garden or for plants
  • Robbery/home invasion drill (Do several with the intruder coming in different doors/windows.)
  • Spend a day unplugged from electronic devices (no internet connection).

Put your supplies to work

  • Update your emergency binder. (Ask kids what important papers or pictures they might want to put in the binder.)
  • Check clothing and shoe sizes in vehicles, bug-out-bags and tornado/storm shelter.
  • Review your home library.
  • Add money to your cash stash by holding a yard sale.
  • Buy a tarp if you don’t have one, and then brainstorm all they ways they could be useful.
  • Rotate any gas/diesel you have stored and refill right away.
  • Check expiration dates on any bleach/sanitation supplies and restock.
  • Reorganize garden tools.

Learn or improve upon skills

  • Go camping. (Can your family live together for long in one tent? Reorganize the gear when you get home.)
  • Go hiking. (Figure out what weight each family member can comfortably carry in a backpack.)
  • Go fishing. (Try finding your own bait rather than buying any.)
  • Go biking. (Do your children know how to patch a bike tire?)
  • Have children start a fire from scratch.
  • Wash clothes by hand.
  • Go geocaching.
  • Have the kids use a paper map to get from point A to point B. (If you’re ambitious, create your own family Amazing Race.)
  • Build something functional from scratch with wood, a handsaw, nails and a hammer.
  • Make your own bug spray.
  • Make your own sunscreen.
  • Make homemade laundry soap.
  • Hone shooting skills at the range (Make sure to keep ammo stocked up.)
  • Sew something simple without using a sewing machine. (Learn a new stitch if you already know how to sew.)
  • Buy a new piece of cast iron and learn how to season it.
  • Identify 10 local birds.
  • Identify 10 local insects or small animals.
  • Identify at least 10 different trees that grow in your area.
  • Sharpen tools and knives.
  • Earn certifications in first aid and CPR. (Discuss defibrillators and epi pens, too.)
  • Have everyone try out a fire extinguisher.
  • Try starting a fire without a lighter or match.
  • Learn to tie 5 different knots.
  • Plan evacuation routes on a map and then actually drive those routes to become familiar with them.

Practice skills in different scenarios

  • Spend a day living out of your car. (Take notes on what you wish you had.)
  • Walk home from work. Bonus points if you can ably carry your emergency kit/bug out bag.
  • Show the kids how to walk home from school safely.
  • Do some summer school. (If you don’t homeschool, consider it a practice run if you should ever need to.)
  • Play the “What If …” game.
  • Discuss social media safety rules.

Fun and educational activities for your family summer bucket list

  • Go scavenging for supplies at garage sales (Among other things, look for reference books, camping gear, cast iron.)
  • Play board games, so you know the rules before you lose power and those games become a major form of entertainment.
  • Learn new card games. (Is there a deck of cards in your vehicle or bug-out-bag?)
  • Work on a family history tree and talk about family medical history.
  • Learn to play chess.
  • Do craft time using supplies from the recycle bin.
  • Read classic literature.
  • Make paracord bracelets.
  • See how many ways you can use a kiddie pool.
  • Find a local history or reenactment group and attend one of their events. (Get tips from the actors on how life was lived before electricity.)
  • Visit a local history museum or county historical society to see how people grew food by hand in your area.
  • Practice memorization with children — stories, emergency addresses and numbers, directions, songs.
  • Relax and go on a day trip or vacation. Discuss how you would handle some emergency situations en route and at your destination.
  • Write letters. Can your children read and write in cursive? Can they address an envelope and put a stamp in the correct corner?
  • Start learning a foreign language as a family. DuoLingo and Mango Languages are 2 free websites that teach foreign languages. Get their apps on your phones, too!
  • Get to know your neighbors. Take them cookies or host a neighborhood cookout.
  • Perform random acts of kindness.

After you check each item off your list, make sure to talk about what you learned as a family. Take notes on what worked, lessons learned, things to do better next time, and if there is anything to add to your survival supplies. Take pictures and create a photo book of the summer adventures as something you can look back on as a family. Creating a summer bucket list could be the start of a new family tradition. Don’t forget to add your own items to the list.

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Anti-Trump Thugs Lighting The Fuse To Social Chaos

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(This is what happens if you’re a Trump supporter or carry an American Flag)   Many of you may have been paying attention and have been seeing in the alternative-news (and even in the mainstream) the violent upheavals that are taking place all around the country by ‘anti-Trump’ protestors of the ‘far left’ who are […]

15+ Ways to Use Ginger Syrup and How to Make it

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Candied ginger is one of my favorite treats. It’s sweet and spicy, and a just little piece satisfies my usual afternoon sugar craving. Ginger is very good for you, packing a punch of anti-inflammatory benefits and is known to alleviate indigestion, general nausea, upset tummy, morning sickness, motion sickness, and stomach flu. I ran out of […]

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Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

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     If you are still sticking with me on this new direction of my blog, then I’m assuming that you agree with me that we are engaged in spiritual warfare.  I also figure that you believe we are battling unseen, spiritual enemies that seek to rob us of our peace in this world and our eternal security in the next — both of which are found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
     I assure you that if you identify with me on these points, we are among the minority of those who share our Christian faith.  But knowing these principles doesn’t make us exempt from attacks or necessarily free of bondage.  We know that ultimate victory will be ours when Jesus returns, but we still have to learn battle strategies to defeat the enemy in the conflicts and assaults we will find ourselves in on this side of Glory.  I’d like to take the time to talk about one of these strategies today.
     As I have shared with you in the past, my husband and I, through Divine inspiration, have been introduced to a ministry concept that involves us partnering with Jesus to help accomplish deliverance from spiritual wounds.  That word, “Deliverance”, is not a widely understood or accepted idea in the Modern Church, and I find that rather peculiar, to be honest with you.  First of all, the prophets of the Old Testament declared that the Lord was their Deliverer (from slavery and bondage in Egypt) and foretold of a Deliverer who would come forth from Zion to set them free for all time.  All four Gospels of the Bible were written with different audiences in mind, and give slightly different details about geography and people.  But all four are vital to the New Testament’s purpose of proving that Jesus is the Messiah, is the Savior, is the Redeemer God who came to save His people from their sins … He is the Divine Deliverer for all who seek Him.

     But remember, Jesus is all about relationship, and He needs us to partner with Him; to learn how to interact with Him on a spiritual level (since He is no longer present on the earth).  He isn’t interested in waving a magic wand and handling all our problems for us, while we sit like robots, waiting for the hurt to go away… not that He couldn’t do that if He so desired.  But He’s all about relationship!  If we are to defeat the attacks launched against us, we must work with Him and incorporate Him into our strategy.  So how do we learn to do that?  One of the techniques that I have learned to help myself (and others), in our spiritual battles, has its roots deep in Scripture.
     How many times throughout the Bible does Jesus refer to “eyes that see” and “ears that hear”?  In fact, He often extends an invitation … “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”!  “He who has eyes to see, let him see”!  On one level, Jesus is definitely talking to those who had the opportunity to discern who He was because He stood before them in the flesh, declaring the words of the prophets who had described the Deliverer who was to come.  He was challenging them to put their knowledge and their faith to work and to recognize that their Deliverer was present.
    As often as not, Jesus also referred to unseeing eyes and unhearing ears to give warning of the spiritual blindness of those who could not — or would not — recognize Him.  They refused to see His miracles as evidence of the Father who had sent Him; or to see that He fit the description of the Messiah, the Deliverer that had been prophesied.  Additionally, they rejected His message from God; would not hear Him, and their hearts were hardened and they could not understand who He was.   These are valid and true interpretations of Scripture and Jesus warns that those who have “eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear, dwell in the midst of a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 12:2).  Is it possible that, like the rebellious House of Israel, the modern Church has eyes, but refuses to see; and ears, but refuses to hear?
     This simple supposition — that God made us with eyes to see Him, and ears to hear Him — lies at the heart of what He wants to accomplish as our Deliverer … to set us free from satan’s bondage, and to heal us.  And, as the Holy Spirit has shown me, it is our ability to see Him and hear Him in that invisible, spiritual realm that can effectively deliver us out of the clutches of the enemy.   You see, His ability to deliver us is not confined to a single event at our conversion, or His return at the End of Days.  And it is most certainly not confined to this physical realm.  As Christians, we believe that He is with us at all times.  He said so … “I will never leave you, nor forsake you”.  That means He won’t ever abandon us, or leave us stranded or alone to deal with the enemy’s attacks.  That means He is available to us, in the here and now, to help us wage war in the invisible realm, and against the invisible spirits satan sends against us.
     You see, I have experienced and seen the power of Jesus to Deliver and Heal when Christians are able to surrender to Him, and see Him and hear Him.  I have witnessed Christians who recognize they are under spiritual attack, and who are able to suspend the doubt and unbelief fostered by the Church.  They are willing to invite Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be present, and to allow their own spirit to interact with the Divine.  They are able to “see” Jesus in the events of their lives that have generated fertile ground upon which the Enemy can wage war and enslave them.  I have witnessed a person being able to “see” that Jesus was present during physical abuse, or an abandonment, or any act that wounded their spirit.  And they have been able to “hear” Him say that He not only took the abuse with them, but washed them clean by the power of His blood, and hear Him say He loves them.  It all happens in the spiritual realm, where our spirit communes with Jesus and the Holy Spirit — our spirit can actually “picture” or “see” Jesus and hear Him as He heals us.  It’s no different than the experiences the writers in the Bible describe.  Jesus is the same today as He was then, and He can be seen and heard the same today as He was then — all it takes is for us to believe!
     Now, I understand that many in the Church cannot accept that this concept is Scriptural.  But He clearly says in Matthew 13:15:  For the hearts of this people have grown dull.  Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.  Doesn’t that describe a “rebellious house”; a Church and Body of Christ who have dulled their hearts and minds and spirits to the possibility of a supernatural and invisible spiritual realm in which Jesus can commune with our spirits and heal us?
     He asks us to “understand” and “turn” to Him so He can heal us.  We Christians talk about “turning” to Him, but I think we have limited ourselves to reaching for Him in our minds and our hearts, and how we live our lives in the physical world.  Why do we restrict ourselves from reaching for Him in the spiritual realm?  Isn’t that where He resides?  Why are we limiting ourselves?
     All I can tell you is that I have seen lives changed … when a person who has been in bondage since childhood is able to experience the presence of Jesus and hear Him set her free from all the lies and deception the devil has heaped upon her; when the Holy Spirit serves as Guide and Comforter and shows that person how Jesus sees her — washed white and in His embrace.  There is a weight lifted off souls and spirits that can only come from interacting with our Deliverer; through seeing Him and hearing Him in our spirits.   I truly believe that this is another dimension of what the Word is telling us; another example of the immensity and magnitude of Jesus’s ability to deliver us and heal us.  It is not to be dismissed lightly or carelessly, and He and His Power to deliver are not to be restricted by our limited understanding.

Ephesians 3:20-21    “Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

   

Natural First Aid For Kids That Preppers Should Know

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Do you have an alternative medicine cabinet ready for your kids? Would you be able to fix up their wounds and heal their common sicknesses if you couldn’t make it to the doctor?

If you have kids, this is an essential area for emergency preparedness. The day may come when you can’t just head to the store and pick up another bottle of acetaminophen.

You’ll have to have a plan in place, because kids get hurt frequently. They’re also prone to sickness. To help them feel better, there are plenty of natural remedies to use.

But first, let’s take care of some precautionary information:

A Child’s Dosage

Unlike those bottles at the pharmacy, natural remedies don’t always feature a dosage chart for children. Overdosing on any medication, even a natural one, can be dangerous. Don’t give your child an adult-sized dose.

Instead, you’ll need to calculate the percentage of the adult dose to give to your child. It’s based on age. Here’s a simple way to do the calculations using long division and multiplication:

  1. How old will your child be at his next birthday?
  2. Divide that number by 24.
  3. Round to the first decimal place
  4. Multiply that number by the adult dose.

Here’s an example:

  1. 7
  2. 7/24=.291
  3. .291 rounded to the first decimal place is .3
  4. That means a 7 year old would get 30% of an adult dose. If the adult dose was 5ml (1 tsp) this child would need 1.5ml.

The older your child is, the closer to an adult dose he’ll need. If you’re treating a baby and you’re breastfeeding, you can take the remedy yourself and pass it through your milk.

Storage of Natural Remedies

Light and heat should be kept away from your remedy supply. A dark glass bottle, stored in a cool part of the home is a great storage solution.

You’ll also want to make sure your remedies are inaccessible to children. If you don’t have a high shelf ready, consider using a lock-box. That way curious little hands can’t accidentally overdose.

Honey & Babies

Some of these remedies use honey. Honey isn’t appropriate to give to a child younger than a year old, so avoid these treatments with babies.

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Natural First Aid for Children: Wound Care

Since they’re bodies are constantly growing and changing, children tend to be a bit clumsy. They bang into things and fall frequently. Bruises, cuts, and scrapes are common wounds you’ll have to tend.

With open wounds, infection is a primary concern. Keep the wound clean and dry. Bandages or strips of cloth help. Rather than using store-bought antibiotic ointment, try these natural alternatives before you cover the wound.

Witch Hazel

Take time to stock up on witch hazel. It’s typically found by the hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol at the store. Store-bought witch hazel contains isoproply alcohol, helping it to clean wounds completely.

It also forms a protective barrier, which promotes healing. It will sting though, so you might want to warn your little one before you squirt it on.

Sage Honey

Raw honey has antibacterial properties. It’s beneficial all on its own, but when combined with sage and left to age, you’ll have an even stronger antibacterial ointment. This treatment is also simple to prepare, especially if you grow your own sage. It’ll also last in your cupboard for a long time.

To prepare the sage honey:

  • Take a small glass canning jar, and loosely add chopped sage leaves. You want to fill the jar, but not pack the leaves down.
  • Next, pour raw honey over the top. It’ll cover the leaves and fill up the jar completely.
  • Then, put a lid on the jar and leave it to rest. You’ll want it to sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours before you use it. Over time, it’ll become even stronger.

If desired, you can remove the leaves in 4 weeks. It’ll make it a bit easier to rub onto wounds, and a bit more child friendly.

Sage honey is easy to use, and safe for children. You just apply a small amount to the top of the wound.

Lavender Oil Rub

Lavender oil helps reduce pain and prevent infection, making it the perfect go-to flower for small cuts. If you already have essential oil, you’ll want to dilute it with a carrier oil. Olive oil and coconut oil both work well. If you need to make the oil, this Survivopedia article can help.

A ratio of 10 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil is appropriate. For children, it’s important to ensure essential oils are properly diluted before use. Never apply them full-strength.

To prepare the lavender oil rub:

  • Measure your carrier oil into a dark container.
  • Add your essential oil.
  • Mix thoroughly.

You can either rub a small amount of the lavender oil rub directly onto the wound, or you can soak a cloth in the prepared oil. You can then use the soaked cloth as a compress, wrapping it around the sore.
Plantain

Plantain is common in many parts of the world. It’s also an astringent, which helps slow and stop bleeding. If you’re out in the woods and need an immediate remedy, chew on a few plantain leaves. Then, use those chewed leaves to cover the wound.

It’ll help the bleeding stop while you get back to the rest of your medical supplies. Teach your children to recognize this important plant, and how to chew it. If they’re on their own and injured, it’s a safe first-aid remedy they can use on their own.

Arnica

Arnica helps reduce swelling. It’s a helpful herb for bruises and bumps. If you’re able to stock up on homeopathic arnica pellets, you’ll help get your natural first-aid kit ready. You can also create your own cream to use topically.

This is how to make an arnica cream:

  • After harvesting arnica, you’ll want to dry the plant completely.  Then, it’s time to turn it into an infused oil.
  • You’ll need a carrier oil to use for your base. Coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are common base oils.
  • Fill a clean jar loosely with chopped, dried arnica. Then, cover the arnica with carrier oil, and put a lid on the jar.
  • You’ll want this oil to sit in a warm, sunny spot for two weeks. After the time passes, strain out the arnica using cheese cloth. Throw out the used herbs.
  • Your oil isn’t yet ready to turn into cream. It needs another batch of dried arnica added. Just add it directly to the oil in the jar. Leave this covered for another two weeks, and then strain out the herbs for a second time.
  • Once you’ve finished the oil, you can measure it into a sauce pan. For every cup of oil, you’ll want to add ¼ cup of grated beeswax.
  • Heat this mixture over low heat until the beeswax completely melts. Take it off the heat, and transfer it to a small jar for storage.

Rub a small amount on bumps and bruises to promote healing.

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Natural Remedies for Coughs & Colds & Earaches

In addition to bumps and bruises, children are prone to colds and upper respiratory infections. Ear infections are also common. There are natural remedies for all of these ailments.

Peppermint Tea

A cup of hot tea helps loosen congestion. The peppermint also contains menthol, which helps decongest the sinuses. If your child is too young for tea, simply smelling the steam from a cup of your tea will provide some relief.

Warm Honey Lemonade

Honey and lemon both help soothe the throat. This is an excellent treatment for a child with a cough.

This is how to prepare the honey lemonade:

  • Place ½ cup of honey and ½ cup of lemon juice in a saucepan, and gently stir as you warm over low heat.
  • Once the honey and lemon have completely combined, add ½ gallon of warm water.
  • Continue stirring until the lemonade is as warm as you’d like it to be. Then, remove from heat.

Encourage your child to drink a mug of the hot lemonade every few hours. Not only will this help with a cough, it’ll also keep your little one hydrated.

Garlic

Garlic is a powerful medicinal herb with many health benefits. If your child is getting a cough or a cold, chop up a clove of garlic finely. Your child can either eat this plain, add it to a glass of water, or you can mix it with butter and spread it on toast. My kids prefer that method, as the butter and bread help cut some of the garlicy taste.

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You can also make garlic oil that helps with earaches. Garlic oil doesn’t last long without refrigeration, which means you might not want to mix up large quantities all at once. The good news is it’s simple to prepare, so you can make a fresh batch each day you need it.

Here is how to make garlic oil.

  • Crush a clove of fresh garlic and add it to a saucepan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Slowly heat the oil over low heat for twenty minutes.
  • Strain out the garlic.

Add 2-3 drops of oil to the hurting ear. You can repeat this treatment every few hours to provide maximum pain relief.

However, if your child has a perforated ear drum, this is not an appropriate treatment. If you aren’t sure if the ear drum has ruptured, use a garlic compress instead.

To make a garlic compress, soak a small piece of cloth in your garlic oil. Squeeze out the excess liquid before use. Have your child hold the garlic compress to her ear. This will provide relief, though not as quickly as the garlic oil.

In addition to earaches, you can also use a garlic compress on top of a wound to help prevent infection.

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There are many other natural treatments for common ailments. Share your favorite natural remedies for kids with the rest of our readers in the comments below, and click on the banner for more knowledge about surviving where is no doctor around!

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The Cattail Plant and how to use every part of it in a survival situation.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post we are going to look at the many uses of the Cattail Plant and how to process them.  This plant grows wild in almost every part of America where there is standing water, and is a great survival food source.  Grab yourself a cup of coffee …

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How To Create A Beautiful, Inexpensive Backyard Fire Pit

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Nothing can quite match the ambiance and beauty of a backyard fire pit. Not only are they perfect for gathering around with friends and family  for great conversation – they can also be used to create outstanding open-fire meals that are

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Here Comes Random Audits For Homeschoolers

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Here Comes Random Audits For Homeschoolers

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A school district in one US state is preparing to conduct random audits of homeschool families in what one nationwide homeschool organization says is an unconstitutional move.

The audits by the Clinton County (Kentucky) school district will examine both academic and attendance records of homeschool families.

“As the number of homeschooled children in our county continues to increase, so does the need for the (school) district to ensure that all children in our county are getting a rigorous and effective education,” Julie York, the director of pupil personnel for the school district, was quoted as saying in the Clinton County News.

While families have “a Constitutional right” to homeschool, York said, “it is still the school district’s responsibility to make sure the student is educated.”

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The school board, in fact, has requested that York and the district conduct random audits. Each family will receive a letter.

“During the summer, Clinton County home schools will be audited to ensure that all children in Clinton County have access to the best education possible,” a verification letter obtained by the News states.

The Home School Legal Defense Association said it opposes “any such audits as unconstitutional.”

“We are also troubled by what appears to be the underlying motivation for this proposed meddling by school officials: money,” HSLA said.

Clinton County schools are losing around $300,000 a year in funding from the state due to the homeschool students not being in public school, district Finance Director Mike Reeves told the board. HSLDA said that figure is likely closer to $435,000.

“It is obvious that Clinton County sees the increase of homeschoolers as taking money away from the district, and this is likely a significant reason in officials’ desire to increase scrutiny of homeschool families,” HSLDA said.

Around 85 children are homeschooled in Clinton County, and the number is increasing.

HSLDA attorney TJ Schmidt sent a letter to York, arguing that under state law “school officials cannot simply show up at a homeschool family’s home and demand records as they might of a more traditional private school.”

“No records should be demanded unless the school district has evidence that parents are not educating their children,” HSLDA said in a news release.

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Growing Vegetables in the Balcony

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com To become more self sufficient, a common piece of advice is to grow your own vegetables.   Ideally, you would have a nice sized backyard to start your garden, but apartment dwellers have very limited space.  So we decided to try growing some vegetables in the balcony.   I don’t have a lot of plants:  just a few tomatoes, peppers, mint, rosemary, basil, green onions, parsley and cilantro. Here are some ideas to […]

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Benefits of Organic Gardening

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If you are concerned about the quality of the food you are feeding your family, and tired of reading reports about food poisoning from fruits and vegetables, it is time to look into organic gardening. Grow your own food, in your own back yard, and eliminate the worry about what you are eating.
If you have not switched your garden to organic, non-chemical methods, here are some solid reasons to do so.
When we moved to our property, friend gave me a lot of old gardening books. One of them detailed how to get rid of pests in the garden. I was pretty excited to find out how our grandfathers dealt with weeds and pests.
Arsenic. 
Sevin. 
Paraquat. 
Lead. 
Mostly, though, arsenic.

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For every insect or weed, there was a poison. One entry acknowledged that pigs were traditionally used to root up and eliminate a certain type of weed – but arsenic worked faster and was therefore the better choice.
My faith in the wisdom of our grandparents took a real hit that day.
We now know just how dangerous all of those chemicals that we spray plants on can be. Many chemicals have been banned because they were shown to cause cancer! But some of these dangerous chemicals have not yet been banned (depending on where you live), and there may be plenty of hidden dangers that haven’t yet been discovered.

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When you garden organically, you can feel safer about the food you eat – and for good reason. You’ll know that the food you’re feeding your family is safer and healthier than the questionable stuff you find in the grocery store. 
Unfortunately, unless you have seen the food grown and picked, you can not guarantee that the seller is telling the truth about it. The mister worked for a while at a “family fruit farm” that heavily promoted itself as providing local, organic food. His job was to take apples out of the shipping crates (because Michigan isn’t ‘local’ when you live in Canada) and put them through the machines that coated them with fruit wax.
You and your family deserve to eat safe and healthy food!
There are some solid reasons why you should be switching your garden to organic, non-chemical methods.

Organic gardening is also extremely beneficial to the environment for several reasons. For one thing, every time you spray your plants with chemicals, those chemicals wash off of your plants and onto the ground. From there, those chemicals wash down into the ground, and eventually make it into the groundwater!

Insects that have been poisoned do not simply disappear. Often they eaten by birds or other animals. These animals can then become sick and die. If the toxicity was high enough, any animals that eat those animals might also perish. Unfortunately, as I have often said, there is no such thing as a “pesti”-cide – all of the ‘cides are poison, plain and simple.
By killing too many of a certain species of insect, you can also cause an imbalance in the local wildlife. If you and your neighbors kill off a large portion of the population of one insect, then anything that depends on that insect for food might also start to die off.
Unfortunately this creates a situation in which the predator insects and animals, which naturally keep pest levels under control, can not be found. It is very important to realize that only 1% of insects are actual pests. The other 99% play vital roles in our ecosystem and often directly benefit our gardens.
Organic produce is also known for its superior flavor – even if proponents of garden chemicals poo-poo the very idea.

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For example, organic carrots are widely known for being much sweeter than traditionally-grown carrots. They don’t have the same bitterness that other carrots can have. This is a very good reason to grow your produce organically, even if you aren’t worried about the chemical effects to your body and the environment.
There are obviously a few drawbacks to gardening organically, too. You have to deal with pests differently, and it can be a longer and more complex process to rid your plants of certain pests. Instead of picking up some chemicals, you have to pick off insects by hand and drop them into soapy water.
You have to spray your plants with solutions made of things like hot peppers and garlic to prevent some bugs from eating them. It can be difficult. You also have to stick to organic fertilizers like manure, rather than using easy chemical fertilizers.
But organic fertilizers can actually be cheaper, because you can make them yourself. Fish emulsion is a common organic fertilizer. It’s a sort of tea made from dead fish. Seaweed fertilizer is another tea-like fertilizer that many organic gardeners swear by. We buy composted manure by the dump truck load for about $32 per ton – that’s a lot of value for the dollar – to supplement what our goats and chickens provide.
And of course there’s natural compost that can help you make use of your kitchen waste! The benefits of organic gardening far outweigh the few drawbacks.

Future Dan!

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Future Dan: Experienced Prepper and Founder of FutureDanger.com Bobby Akart “Preparing For Tomorrow” On this week’s episode of the Prepping for Tomorrow program with Author Bobby Akart, Future Dan, founder of the preparedness-oriented website—FutureDanger.com, will join us. Future Dan has created a valuable resource for both new and seasoned preppers. Their motto is relentlessly pursuing … Continue reading Future Dan!

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