Added marigolds and lettuce greens

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The leaf lettuce is not doing great so I got some of the last lettuce plants at the home improvement and planted them in a large 18 gallon plastic “party bucket” that I have under a bit of shade on the cool side of the house. The plants were very root bound. In fact I had to break off and cut a lot of roots that matted up via the pot’s drainage holes.  Sorry to say I paid full price for these less than stellar starter plants, but beggars can’t be choosers. I got a few plants a a great price so it all sort of balances out in the long run.

I found a great little 6 pack of marigolds for $2.98 that finishes up planting those flowers that may help some of the bugs attacking my squash and melons.  Mom’s Lima bush beans were hit hard by insects and we are not sure if those beans will make it. It’s early days yet but it looks like the 3 sisters garden is doing well, though we are adding a little bit of soil to the mounds and some wood mulch once the pole beans get a bit more growth.

I have all kinds of plans for the front yard beds, but that is a lot of work and just keeping things weeded and trimmed back takes a lot of my energy. I planted 6 plants of mossy rose/ Potaluca as a replacement to the morning glory and weeds I’m trying to eliminate in my rose beds. I weeded but I’m pretty sure I will need to weed again as I did not get at the root of the problem.  It is a start and planting the mossy rose is a start on controlling the weeds. Rome was not built in a day and no gardener eschewed chemicals for a more natural approach to gardening saw results fast. It is slower but I want to build good soil and make a “perma-culture”/ food forest. Container gardening and raised beds do sort of work with that concept.  It ain’t easy or cheap but is doable if you have a bit of land and time.

If you are like me and planted your garden sort of late and you feel like you cheated buying plants.  Now is the time to start your succession plantings from seed. Start thinking about planting root crops that can last into late fall or need a bit of a nip of frost to set the sugars and sweetness of root crops.  What is the worst that can happen?  The plants don’t grow for some reason.  Keep trying to grow stuff and learn what works and what does not work for you.

You and I know that gardening is simple that does not mean that gardening is easy. Any moron that thinks they can throw out a few seeds on bare ground / dirt and get veggies or fruit is in for a rude awakening.


How To Build A Preppers Pantry Bed

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How To Build A Preppers Pantry Bed Food will be worth more than gold and silver if SHTF. So, knowing that, wouldn’t you think it be a wise move to hide some food in case looters and neighbors try and break into your house and take all of it? There are hidden pantry tutorials on …

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Turtleback Trailer Feeds, Cleans and Shelters You Off Grid

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Turtleback Trailer Feeds, Cleans and Shelters You Off Grid If you have no bug out location or shelter, this turtleback trailer feeds, cleans and shelters you off grid with no problem. I will start out by saying I never really even considered a trailer like this to bug out with but the more I look …

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Food Storage With Buckets 101

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Food Storage With Buckets 101 Something that anyone who is serious about getting food storage needs to think about, because if you’re investing your time and money into food, you want to make sure you’re storing it properly. I found this great article that gives you all the information you could ever need on storing food in buckets. This …

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Back To The Basics: Water For Survival 101

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Back To The Basics: Water For Survival 101 Clean water is something that we all take for granted.  We turn on the faucet and there it is.  It is plentiful, it is clean and it is drinkable.  Yes, it may have some undesirable chemical additions (fluorides come to mind) but that is a subject for …

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How To Make A Simple Beehive

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How To Make A Simple Beehive Having bees is an awesome way to help the species survive. In the wild they will most likely perish because of all the chemicals and crap farmers and people are using now. This simple beehive is easy to build and best of all, cheap to build. In fact, if …

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How To & Why You Should Fertilize Garden Soil With Eggshells

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How To & Why You Should Fertilize Garden Soil With Eggshells I honestly never thought about this before… I know you can throw egg shells on your compost pile but never in a million years would I have ever thought about the egg shells on there own and used in the garden to produce fabulous …

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The Most Scarce Commodity in the Apocalypse

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

It is the contention of this article that the one commodity that will be in the shortest supply, and one that people will most likely be short on from day one is…

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22 June 2016, AD
We Americans have enough to do trying to keep track of all the things going on in our own country. But the British Exit (Brexit) vote tomorrow has my attention, especially after watching Brexit The Movie.

The movie does an excellent job of explaining how an unelected body of technocrats, known as the European Union, has come to dominate and subjugate the United Kingdom (and 27 other European countries).

What I find so fascinating about this movie is that it gives us Americans a peek into what lies ahead of us if the Globalist agenda to subjugate America to a centralized world authority is successful. 

But it is only a peek. Before long, the inevitable horrors of pure totalitarianism would begin to emerge.

The 4 OTHER Maps Your Survival Cache Needs

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The 4 OTHER Maps Your Survival Cache Needs

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Many of us own at least three detailed maps at home: local, state and regional. Whether we keep them as travel references, or store them in survival kits as preps for a disaster, there’s no question that road maps are invaluable for land navigation.

We also often rely on GPS, yet in a long-term blackout, a grid-down scenario or very poor weather, it may not always work.

Paper maps and atlases, though, always will be reliable. Besides giving us a visual image of where we’re going, they are hard, tangible copies that we can actually hold with our hands and keep inside our pockets.

While road maps are indeed imperative, there are a few other maps worth obtaining. These are detailed references to not only paved roads but also to less-travelled, ignored and possibly unused passageways you can use if you want to avoid crowds and bypass checkpoints, and move in stealth. Many of these maps are available online, for free or at reasonable prices.

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1. Topo map. Topographic maps show you the terrain of any given area. They have contour lines or squiggles that curve around hills and mountains, signifying their shape and elevation. Lines drawn closer together show steeper slopes, and those spaced far apart show gradual ones. Topo maps also identify key terrain features like peaks, valleys, ridges, cliffs, drainage areas like brooks and rivers, as well as sinkholes. You’ll find those details helpful in plotting your route when hiking, cycling or off-road driving. Most topo maps also show bodies of water, forest cover and major towns and settlements. The US Geological Survey has topo maps for free here. If you’d like specifications made according to specific scale, grid lines, shading and print size, makes custom topographic maps using the military grid reference system.

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2. Google Earth map. Get a recent photo of your desired area from Google Earth, which shows satellite imagery of the terrain and its surroundings as they are, street-level, in 3D. Update every year and you’ll be able to see what changes have taken place over recent months. Perhaps a water source has dried up, a road has been closed off, or some new structures have sprung up.

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Google Earth maps also show details you won’t be able to see on any other map, like trees, power plants, layout of buildings, a windmill, etc. If the file ends up too big for printing, download it to a USB, an then take it to a local print shop and have it printed on a pen plotter.

3. Wildlife management area map. There are highly detailed Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management maps that show campgrounds, hiking and off-road vehicle trails, lakes and streams, first-aid and supply stations, and even logging and fire routes. DeLorme and Thomas Guide publishers make excellent hybrid atlases with equally detailed info on trails, campsites, fishing spots and boat ramps.

4. County map. Some counties keep detailed maps of secondary roads, including back country gravel roads. These can come in handy if hurricanes or flooding hit a nearby city, necessitating evacuation. While freeways and major roads could be jammed with traffic, back roads will remain passable. County maps also will show railroad track routes, which can provide a safer, less conspicuous alternative if you find yourself having to go on foot. Check with your county assessor or county highway department. Keep an eye out, too, for old maps at libraries, yard sales and antique shops. These might show old roads that don’t exist anymore, or ghost towns and structures that have long been forgotten. Old abandoned buildings, though untended, might still be intact and be made livable during a worst-case scenario — at least temporarily.

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Laminate your maps. You could use Ziploc or map/chart bags to protect your maps from moisture, dirt and general wear-and-tear, but lamination would make them a lot more durable. Plus, it’ll allow you to mark your route and underscore landmarks with highlighters or dry-erase markers.

If you’re planning to bug out, do a recon. See if what you see on your map is actually what’s there when you get your boots on the ground. Plan your routes from your home and place of work to a pre-arranged meeting place with your family or group. Make sure each member has maps and knows how to use them.

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If you need help with map reading and compass use, get in touch with your local Boy Scout troop. They might allow you to sit in during orienteering sessions, and participate during field practice. Local search-and-rescue (SAR) teams might offer similar training, as might hunter safety courses.

Get a couple of the above maps. They could save your life.

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By the case? Buy the case.

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I’m still slightly amused when I walk into a supermarket, find a good deal on something, and the checker’s response is one of confusion when i tell them I’ll take several cases of whatever it is.

Today’s example…….

Me, I love pasta. It’s bad for me in the sense that it’s pretty much just straight up carbs, but I’ve been moderating my intake for the last couple months and am being sparing about the use of rice and pasta. ‘magic number’ is $1/# on pasta. I have magic numbers for lots of things. The Magic Number is the price at which I will go deep on purchasing something. For eample, a can of Coke is about $0.29-31 each when I go to CostCo and get a case. But, if they have a sale or someplace is selling it for, say, $.20/can, I’ll buy several cases. Glocks? At $300  for a used Glock, I’ll take all you have. (Some things, however, you do not buy at a discount. For example, I will not buy ‘bargain’ condoms.)

Anyway, less than a buck a pound for pasta is my magic number. Turns out my local grocery was selling it for $0.50/#. Turn around, walk back to the front of the store, put back the basket and get a cart instead. “I’ll take five cases of the rigatoni, please.” The confused look starts to creep across their face. Look, I know what a case is, I know how many are in a case, I know how much they cost…now go get me five cases. Yes, I know what I’m talking about.

Once in a blue moon, when I’m sales-raping their inventory, they’ll ask why I’m buying so much stuff. I’m not going to say “I’m one of those paranoid survivalists”, so instead I tell them I either cook for a day care or nursing home, or, more often, I tell them I’m buying for a food bank. (This last one is a very good cover since the items are on sale at blowout prices….seems reasonable a food bank would jump at it.)

So, off to the basement to stock the wire shelves with food. As an aside, pasta and rice are my favorite staples. They keep well, are amazingly versatile, and can be used to stretch other foods or are just good by themselves. Some butter, olive oil, garlic, crushed red peppers, and salt, sauteed for a few minutes and then stirred into hot pasta makes a fast, hearty, and amazingly cheap meal. Drop in some canned chicken or tuna and you’re set.

So, today’s bright spot in a world of suckage: food security.


Ham Radio Saved My Butt

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So there I was…stranded on the side of the highway with a dead cellphone and a blown radiator!  Now these days I can tell you just how many people will see a broken down vehicle on the side of the road and stop to help…ZERO!  You got it…even standing there waving both my arms in the air, no one stopped to help.  Society really has gone to the dogs, but that’s a different blog post all together.
Being a ham radio operator, I had the foresight to grab my Baofeng UV5R before I left.  Fully charged, I didn’t need the battery eliminator, but the mag mount antenna sure came in handy.  After only a few minutes of calling mayday on my local repeater, I got a reply.  
Once I gave my location and a description of my truck, I was assured that help would be on the way.  Sure enough, about 10 minutes later, a provincial police officer pulled up behind me and called in for a towtruck…who took a little longer than that to get there, but still!  Having a ham radio, and the training to know how to use it got me out of a jam.  Sure, it’s no replacement in everyday situations for a fully charged cell phone (lesson learned), but it sure was a welcome alternative. 

You can also bet that the next time I see someone stranded on the side of the road, I’m gonna stop and do whatever I can…because society doesn’t have to go to the dogs.

5 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill this Summer

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For most families, summer is a time of the year when they see their electric bills spike. Of course, the air conditioner is one of the biggest culprits of this increase in energy usage. Just a few degrees higher in temperature outside means that your air conditioner is working harder to keep the indoors comfortable; next thing you know, you get a (not-so) nice surprise in your electric bill.

There are, however, ways to save money on your electric bill this summer.

  1. Keep your air cooling system in top shape – Be sure to have your air conditioner and/or cooling system inspected before the hot temperatures arrive. This will ensure that it will be operating at peak efficiency. Be sure to check your air conditioner’s filter and change it regularly throughout the summer. The unit has to work extra hard when the filter is dirty.

You may need to install a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to constantly mess with the temperature in your residence. There are even self-regulating models that learn your home and away patterns and adjust the temperature accordingly.

  1. Install air conditioners in the warmest rooms – This may seem like a no-brainer, but individual air conditioning units in the warmest rooms of the house can help save money. Older homes especially have one or two rooms that don’t cool off as well as the rest of the house. Use the unit when you’re in the room and turn it off when you leave again.
  2. Take advantage of ceiling fans – Ceiling fans can go a long way in keeping your cooling costs lower this summer. When used properly, ceiling fans can save you as much as 40 percent! Make sure the ceiling fan is running in a counterclockwise direction in the summer to keep the cool air circulating. Only use it when in the room, and turn it off when you leave.
  3. Check around your windows – Windows can be a major outlet of cool air in the summer. In order to minimize your loss, make sure to check for leaks and cracks around windows and doors. Caulk or insulating foam can be used to fill the gaps. Also consider keeping blinds and curtains closed to minimize sunlight coming in through windows.
  1. Cut down on using appliances – Appliances around the house have a tendency to make the temperature inside creep up. Two popular culprits are the oven and clothes dryer. You might want to hang your clothes outside to dry during the summer and plan your meals so that you don’t have to use the oven as much.

Although it takes some effort, cutting down on energy costs in the summer means extra money for other things. You can use your savings to splurge on an exciting family activity or road trip!

3 Survival Skills You Will Need If Society Collapses

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Obviously the more survival skills you have, the better. But there are three in particular that will especially useful if society collapses. In a total societal collapse, you would find yourself right back in the 19th century. And if it gets that bad, then even the best preppers will eventually need something from someone else. […]

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15 Helpful Hints that Will Make Your Food Storage Taste Better

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food storageHere are some helpful hints on food storage that may help some new preppers and hopefully some seasoned ones.  We all need to learn how to make our food not only look good but it needs to be appetizing.  Try and keep your food storage as close to what you normally eat as possible.  This will help you rotate your foods and be easier on your family when they have to live off of the food storage.

Helpful Hints on Food Storage

  1. Store the best quality foods you can afford.
  2. Use foods that you are used to cooking and your family will eat. It can take up to 3 months for your body to adjust to new foods.
  3. Storing herbs and spices is easy, but you do have to rotate them to keep them fresh. Growing what you use and dehydrating them every year is work but think of the flavor you add to your cooking.
  4. Make sure you have a hand grinder and know how to use it.
  5. Cooking oil is very important. It gives you calories and flavor.
  6. Think of cooking beans and combining them with rice, wheat or corn for a complete protein.
  7. Add a little sugar to dehydrated veggies to improve the flavor.
  8. Add a little vanilla to powered milk and then chill.
  9. Store a variety of grains like rye, millet, barley and spelt. Allergies to wheat are getting more common.
  10. Store canned or freeze-dried meats and fish. You can use them to flavor your food if they are in short supply.
  11. Stored water may taste flat when you use it, aerate it by pouring in another container and back again. Keep flavor packs like Tang, Kool-Aid, Gatorade powder, etc in your storage to improve the taste of water.
  12. Sprouting seeds are also very valuable. Keep a good variety for fresh food.
  13. Store bouillon, packages of taco mix, beef and chicken flavors, tomato powder, butter powder and cheese powder.
  14. You’re most important items for baking are soda/baking powder, powdered eggs, yeast, powdered milk and salt.
  15. Store garlic and dried onion for flavor.

I know some of the men in particular say that they can survive on just about anything.  But you have your kids, wife’s and people with food allergies to consider.  Plus a variety of different foods will keep you healthier and happier


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Why Preppers Should Consider Homeschooling

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preppers homeschoolI don’t remember when I first became convinced that homeschooling was the only type of education I wanted for our children. I do know it was long before I ever became pregnant. Now that we’ve finished our eleventh year of homeschooling, I’m more glad than ever of our choice. Homeschooling has been the perfect fit for our prepping family.

The foremost benefit for preppers like us is that homeschooling provides a continuous flow of education in spite of changing circumstances. Any event that would normally disrupt the school year doesn’t have nearly the same impact on homeschoolers. During a time of intense stress and change, a homeschooling family is together, along with the reassurance and the anchor that only parents can provide. This family survival manual will set you up with everything necessary for getting ready for emergencies.

Experienced homeschoolers know that you can “do school” at any time of the day or night. You can fill a backpack and a Kindle with all the curriculum you need and hit the road. School can happen in the waiting room of a hospital, in a Red Cross emergency shelter, or at Grandma’s house for an extended stay.

READ MORE: What if you were forced to homeschool? Could you do it? What might you need to do now to prepare?

It’s the versatility of homeschooling that lured us to this way of life and should everything hit the fan, for whatever reason, it may disrupt our homeschooling for a time, but at least we have the curriculum, supplies, and confidence to continue, even through the high school years.

No relocation trauma

If a family decides to move to another location or has to evacuate for a time, other than losing some time in the moving process, kids can pick up their schooling right where they left off. When we moved from Arizona to Texas, it did take a bit of catching up and a few hours with a math tutor to get my daughter back on track with Algebra, but within weeks, it was as if we’d always lived here and our schooling just continued in spite of the rather large blip.

(Our move didn’t go exactly smoothly, and I wrote about it here.)

The trauma of leaving one school and starting over in another is a non-issue. Our kids didn’t have to face walking into a classroom of strangers and when we landed in our little corner of Texas, little by little, they found their place among homeschoolers. We joined a large group of homeschooling families, which offered a Girls Book Club, a Boys Book Club, papercrafting classes, a homeschool baseball team, horseback riding lessons, a homeschool archery club, a rowing team, rugby, lacrosse,  you name it. Within a short time, it was as if my kids had always lived here.

In case a pandemic hits, homeschooled kids will already be at home, along with their textbooks, computers, and everything else they need for learning. School closings and quarantines will be one less thing to worry about.

Will they be isolated and weird?

If you’re worried about socialization, that homeschooled kids will turn out “weird” and unable to order a cheeseburger at McDonald’s,  I present to you my two children.

My daughter is now a senior in high school and, gasp!, she’s been homeschooled since kindergarten and throughout her high school years. She has taken sewing classes, been on swim teams and in a year-round swim club. She’s tried out cheerleading, took piano lessons, has been in Toastmasters for 3 years, a homeschool drama class, has dissected just about everything a Biology student can dissect and is handy with both a rifle and a handgun. She cooks from scratch, can make her own homemade beauty products, knows how to dehydrate food and can use a Sun Oven.

When she left for church camp this summer, she packed a small emergency kit with her: an emergency blanket, her Swedish fire knife, a Sawyer mini water filter, a multitool and a flashlight. She is confident and in so many ways already ready for college and beyond.

So proud.

My son is now 14. He’s in Civil Air Patrol and focused like a laser on moving up in the ranks. He’s on a rowing team, plays on a homeschool baseball team, and can talk with anyone about anything, anywhere, anytime. In the past, he’s been on an archery team, gone to a shooting skills summer camp, taken horseback riding lessons, and has even made his own forge. I’ve seen him stay calm in situations where I was near panic and have come to rely on him as a strong and steady member of our family.

Just from these bits and pieces of my kids’ homeschooling activities over the years, you can see they’ve had plenty of time to learn practical skills and spend time with people of all ages. They aren’t unique. They are very much typical homeschoolers and ours is the typical homeschool experience.

The false argument, “But what about socialization?”, isn’t an issue, and it never really was. (I don’t happen to think that putting a gaggle of kids who just happen to be the same age in a room together for 9 months is the ultimate in developing well-rounded kids, but maybe that’s just me.)

Both social and practical skills

Our homeschooling has given them the time to develop practical skills, like canning and gardening, that would otherwise be limited by public school hours and homework. For preppers, this is the ideal educational setting: kids are able to learn academic subjects and still have time to explore their own interests and learn skills of self-reliance.

When I was in elementary and high school, decades ago, there were practical skills classes beginning in 7th grade. I learned how to iron, how to bake and cook, and how to use basic hand tools. Hunting, fishing, foraging, gardening, and canning were once a part of everyday life for the majority of Americans. Now, if parents do not teach these skills to their kids, who will? Certainly not the public school system.

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If you want your kids, to learn practical, life-long skills, it’s up to you. This is where grandparents and extended family can play a huge role. Certainly, among the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others in you family circle, there’s an abundance of knowledge and skills that could die out with that generation. Just yesterday, I was wishing that I had thought to ask my own great-aunts about growing up during the Great Depression.

Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge right in your own backyard and prepare your kids for a future of self-reliance by learning those skills now. Homeschooling helps make this possible because the “school day” is generally much, much shorter than the 7-8 hours spent in public schools, Monday through Friday.

Homeschooling for the tightest budgets

Another reason that preppers should consider homeschooling is because it’s many advantages come with a tiny price tag. In fact, there is a multitude of resources online that are absolutely free.

The curriculum that our family has thoroughly enjoyed over the years is AmblesideOnline. This challenging, 36-week curriculum is completely free and follows the educational philosophy and principles of Charlotte Mason, a British educator who established several schools in the late 1800’s. The website, SimplyCharlotteMason, explains:

The Charlotte Mason method is based on Charlotte’s firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. So a Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”

AmblesideOnline provides the curriculum, book lists, and dozens of resources — the only expense is the actual books, and many of those are free online and can be found in used bookstores. For many reasons, this curriculum worked out perfectly for my family. When I saw my 11-12 year old daughter reading the original Mary Poppins, the original Peter Pan, and Oliver Twist and then discussing with me the themes of the novels without the need of a textbook or workbook guiding her thoughts and conclusions, well, I was impressed, especially coming from a public school background as a teacher, where so much literature for kids is “bottom of the barrel.” (Captain Underpants, anyone? The mindset of the public school system is that kids just aren’t bright enough to comprehend “hard” books.)

There are dozens of other curricula, though, and if you’re a beginner, you can read through my articles of advice for beginners. The main point is that homeschooling doesn’t have to cost much money at all. In fact, since so many homeschooling families are single-income with mom staying home, you’ll find yourself right at home with families who are also budget-minded and prefer to live simply in order to provide this education for their kids.

A multitude of free homeschooling resources on the web can take the place of more expensive curriculum if need be.

Self-reliant families in homeschool circles

I have found that homeschooling parents are generally eager to share their experiences and offer advice and suggestions, and chances are, there are homeschooling activity groups and co-ops in your area. However, beyond that help, you will find that homeschooling families tend toward self-reliance, and you will likely find other prepper families in these groups.

We’re used to swimming against the flow and are just a little bit rebels at heart, so prepping and homeschooling are a natural fit.

READ MORE: Here is a list of all the homeschooling articles that have appeared here on The Survival Mom.

“Follow your heart”, isn’t always the best advice, but when it comes to homeschooling, I think it’s an excellent guide. If your heart is telling you to, at least, consider homeschooling, there’s no better time to do that than right now.

This article was originally published in June, 2009, and has been updated.

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Homestead Blog Hop #88

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!


What are you starting to plan for winter prep? I know it is just now summer. We are thinking about how much wood we will need and canning stuff.

Now on to the hop…
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet and Follow Your Hosts!

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Bonnie – The Not So Modern Housewife (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

Danielle – The Rustic Elk (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Gregg – The Rural Economist (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+ | Instagram)

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Katey – Mama Kautz (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter)

Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | G+)

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Garlic Parmesan Asparagus - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

1. Garlic Parmesan Asparagus from April Tells All

Helpful Herbs Lamb Quarters - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

2. Helpful Herbs: Lamb’s Quarters from Hostile Valley Living

What About the Goats - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop

 3. What About the Goats? from Oak Hill Homestead

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

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Homestead Blog Hop every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Guidelines for this Get-Together:
  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog!
  2. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!
  3. Please link back to the Homestead Blog Hop somehow (a text link is ok). This is one thing we look for when choosing who to feature. We will share on multiple social media if you are featured!
  4. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.

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An AirBow Maybe It Is Time You Looked At One

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Many call it a hybrid-hunting weapon, which can generate more speed and power than a traditional crossbow while at the same time being safer and easier to operate.

An AirBow, of course, uses compressed air to fire bolts, or arrows if you prefer to call them that. At 3,000 PSI an AirBow can fire, eight full sized arrows before refilling, at 450 FPS. It only requires two pounds of pressure to cock an AirBow, so essentially anyone can cock it even those with disabilities that might have rendered a traditional longbow or crossbow useless.

What makes an airbow ideal for grid down situations and other disasters is that you can buy a recharging system which consists of a “High-Pressure Hand Pump” and a 4500 PSI Charging System. As stated earlier once fully charged, you can fire up to eight full sized arrows at 450 FPS. You can bring down any North American big game with an AirBow. With a good supply of arrows and a charging system, you are always assured of having what you need to hunt with or even use for defensive purposes.

You can retrieve your arrows and reuse of course if they are not damaged, so this is another plus to using an AirBow, crossbow, or longbow.

Stealth Hunting

You can hunt and target practice in relative silence so as not to give away your position to others, or scare away game.

An AirBow can easily be fitted with a scope, sling, and certain models come standard with a Picatinny rail system for adding more accessories. The silhouette is similar to that of a long gun, so it can be easily maneuvered through heavy brush, whereas a longbow or crossbow can be difficult to bring to bear in some instances in heavy brush or when in a prone position.

Once cocked it can be decocked easily so it is safe for tree stand use or in other areas, in which a crossbow or longbow could not be used safely or effectively.

An AirBow broadens your opportunities, and of course, those who for whatever reason cannot use a traditional crossbow or longbow can use an AirBow because it really is as simple as pulling the trigger to fire.

As with anything, you need to practice to hone your skills, and you have to choose your arrows carefully because skill and materials do make a difference.

An AirBow is another tool for the toolbox that you should consider for when the SHTF. You need a variety of options available to you during a crisis and if you can, then you should include as many as possible to ensure you can hunt and protect yourself under all conditions, and that always have access to ammunition.


  • Silent Hunting
  • Can Be Cocked and Fired By Virtually Anyone
  • Can Be Decocked For Climbing Into a Tree Stand
  • Arrows Can Be Reused
  • Can Be used To Hunt Any Game
  • Highly Accurate
  • No Bow Strings to Break


  • Can Only Fire Up To Eight Arrows Before Recharging
  • Must Carry Recharging Gear With You When Hunting

This article is not a review of an AirBow, but is rather an article about choices. An AirBow will not necessarily replace a firearm and you should not assume it would. It may have a place in your preps, however, and it is an ideal hunting weapon regardless of the situation.

Prepping is about options, and being able to adapt to the situation so you can overcome the problem, and to do so, you do need as many options as possible.

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What Items Do You Or Would You Store In Your Own Faraday Cage?

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Some of you (including me) know of the vulnerability that we face with regards to the risk of ‘natural’ or ‘man-made’ EMP (electromagnetic pulse), which has the potential to destroy our electronic components and electronic infrastructure – and maybe even bring down the grid. As a precaution, some of you (including me) may stash some […]

Frightening: California Faces 14-Day Blackout Because ONE Power Plant Is Down

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Frightening: California Faces 14-Day Blackout Because ONE Power Plant Is Down

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Many Californians face up to 14 days of blackouts this summer because a single natural gas storage facility is unavailable.

The Los Angeles Times reported that there is not enough natural gas to make the electricity needed to keep Southern California, including L.A., cool during an anticipated heatwave.

The grid is so low on electricity that Southern Californians are being urged not to run dishwashers or washing machines during day hours, The Times revealed. Temperatures often soar above 100 degrees, causing a major strain on the grid due to the use of air conditioners which rarely shut off during such extreme conditions. Residents have been asked by utility companies to keep their thermostats no lower than 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Homes, businesses, airports and even hospitals could lose power any time this summer, Reuters reported. Electricity supplies are low because of a leak at Aliso Canyon, an underground natural gas storage plant in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles.

In April, millions of Southern Californians were told to expect as many as 14 days without electricity this summer because of problems at the plant.

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Aliso Canyon is used to store natural gas burned in L.A.-area power plants. The facility is currently shut down for repairs, so there is simply not enough fuel for the grid that powers Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. It serves 21 million customers.

Natural Gas Powers California

A plurality (45 percent) of California’s power comes from natural gas, because it is far cheaper and less polluting than coal. Aliso Canyon normally contains 86.2 billion cubic feet (BCF) of natural gas, but the level has been reduced to 15 billion BCF. Aliso Canyon is the largest natural gas provider in the state, The Times reported.

Frightening: California Faces 14-Day Blackout Because ONE Power Plant Is Down

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Natural gas is in such short supply that regulators are letting the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power burn diesel fuel in its power plants to prevent blackouts. Air pollution regulations normally restrict the plants to cleaner natural gas.

Rotating Power Outages

Up to 21 million people could face rotating power outages, or rolling blackouts, under a plan prepared by the California Independent System Operator or ISO, the organization that runs the region’s grid.

“We’re doing everything we can to reduce the load,” Ronald Nichols, the president of the utility Southern California Edison, told the newspaper. “It’s something that we’re closely monitoring.”

Southern California Edison is so worried about shortages it is literally paying some of its customers to use less power. Under a program called demand response, people who cut electricity use get a discount on their next utility bill.

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Northern California could be next.

“We are certainly watching temperatures,” Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) spokeswoman Lynsey Paulo told The Times. “We are encouraging our customers in Northern California … to prepare for the heat now.”

PG&E is the main electricity provider in Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area.

California’s electricity shortage could get worse in the near feature because PG&E wants to close the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025. Diablo Canyon generates 2,160 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1.7 million homes. Another nuclear power plant at San Onofre in San Diego County closed in 2013.

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Brexit, The “Establishment” Pulling Out All The Stops, Even Murdering, To Further Their Power and Privledge

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The European Union was created, along with the Euro, to enable the super rich powers that be, to gain even more control, via an “Equivalent One World Government”.    aka the NWO.

If Britian does vote to leave the “Union”, it will be a step in the right direction.

More and more people are getting it.   Drop a comment folks.

Downloading your cameras data made easy!

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I have and use three cameras. The two I use most often are a Nikon Coolpix S9200 point and shoot with video, the other is a Sony HDR-CX220 Video camera. The Sony is an entry level video camera but does a very good job. The only thing I wish the Sony had would be a plug-in port for a remote mic, corded or wireless for uniform audio volume control regardless of the distance from the camera.
The Nikon has great software, just plug the cord into the camera then into the computer, it tells you what it’s doing and it downloads the pics to the correct folder every time automatically. No messing around.

The Sony is a different matter. The Sony software is complicated and was not written for people who technically challenged. The biggest issue I have with it is it does not use a pop up windows to show you it’s transferring data or when it’s completed, just leaves you guessing. To make things even worse it goes through Windows 8.1, what a pain, nothing automatic about it and no easy way I can figure out how to send the files directly to my video or picture folders like I can with the Nikon.

So, after some brain cramps I remembered I could buy a card reader (I don’t have one in my laptop) and simply slip the camera’s card into it and download the vid’s or pic’s right to the folder I want, then erase the card and put it back into the camera and I’m good to go! Blood pressure is finally coming down especially after deleting the Sony junk software!

A simple little USB device with 4 ports for four different sized cards and was only $10.00 at Wal-Mart. Now, no matter what camera I use or borrow it’s easy to download without any complicated camera software and dedicated camera cables plus I avoid my Windows 8.1 and download directly to my preferred picture/video file folder.

The Chip Reader Adapter:

‘Living Fences’: The Way Smart Homesteaders Get Extra Food, Fodder & Fuel

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A quick drive through the countryside provides a glimpse at perfect fields, some still outlined with old growth trees. While the sight is common, more and more of these fence rows are being uprooted for modern fencing and big agricultural endeavors.

Living fences, made up of many types of trees, bushes and vines, have been utilized for centuries as an effective way to separate livestock, protect gardens and orchards and designate borders and public spaces. Although seemingly outdated, these fences are very efficient and provide many additional benefits.

Though not a quick solution to your fencing needs today, investing time and effort into growing and maintaining a living fence is rewarding for many homesteaders. Living fences, also known as hedgerows, involve a dense grouping of trees, shrubs and other plant life that form a barrier between areas on the homestead. These living fences take a few years to establish, but they can be sustained for hundreds of years with proper planning and ongoing maintenance.

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Army Surplus Gear For Survival Episode 106

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Army Surplus Store

Army Surplus Store


Army Surplus Gear For Survival

This week I talk all about Army Surplus Gear For Survival. Why should you choose surplus over the newest gear you can find? There are many reasons. The first one to me is the toughness of the gear. Army surplus is some of the toughest stuff you can find.

It was made to be beat to hell and back. I have seen gear still in great shape from WWI and II. Not much made now could hope to accomplish that. Anything even close to matching army surplus gear in very expensive. I saw a review on a super tough hiking pants. They cost almost $300. No pair of trousers is worth that much to me.

Speaking of price Army Surplus gear can be cheap. Some of the gear will be a great bargain. Much less than their hiking/ camping counterparts. Sometimes though you will need to haggle with the shop owner to get that great price though.

Make sure when looking for A real surplus store to not be deceived by fake ones. A good army surplus store will not be a chain store. It will not have barcodes on things. It will be dark. They are always dark. They are messy. You will have to dig through bins of stuff.  Hell most wont even have a price.

Sometimes the “Fake” ones will have a few good deals. Check both. But The best deals come from real ones.



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Things You Should Be Doing Toward Preparation Which Require Little or No Money

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  When we consider preparing for natural disasters, job losses or other trials, we often consider the items which are high dollar.  A lot of us think about freeze dried food, medical supplies, evacuation bags or luggage, etc. Many of us have emptied savings accounts in order to get our preps up to snuff.   Prepping isn’t just an activity, it is a mindset. Some of the most important things we can do toward preparation, don’t cost much money, or they don’t cost money at all.   Of course, I listed many of these things in my book:

    Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness

which incidentally, isn’t a lot of money itself.

            Many times, once we’ve shelled out savings for a generator, or perhaps a fully outfitted EMT kit this leaves quite a bit of time while you are saving again for additional preps.

Here are some things you can do toward preparedness during those frugal times:

1.  Inventory and organize the emergency and preparedness items you do have.
   I made the mistake recently of ordering a case of vinyl medical gloves for animal care without realizing that I already owned a case of vinyl gloves that was so large it had to be stored somewhere other than the medical supplies.  Make sure you have notebooks with inventory. It’s alright to have inventories on your computer, but there should be a hard copy as well.    

2. Put some time in on training that dog you adopted for family protection or as a watch dog or an alert dog.
  Get a couple of library books on dog training, and use this time to connect with and train your dog.  Most of my dogs are rescues and 100% of them were trainable.

3. Get a library book or two on hair cutting
  Carefully cut a family members hair.  This is a skill that can be learned. I have been cutting my family’s hair for years, and I am much better at it than in those first few times. Wal-Mart actually sells quite good hair cutting scissors.

4. Read a couple of library books on Canning.    
  Be clear on which book works best for you before spending money on a canning book.
 This is my favorite book on canning, but you might like another book more.
Mrs Wage’s Home Canning Book

5. Actually write out your family evacuation plan and make a family evacuation notebook.
 Review and update this plan with your family members every year.   List out what emergencies would trigger a preemptive evacuation on your family’s part.  List out a family evacuation procedure which includes your pets.  Remember to list locking of certain doors including exteriors before your departure.  Find your local maps and place them in your family evacuation notebook.  In a variety of emergencies GPS may not be effective, and often Google maps are quite incorrect in rural areas.  Make sure that your family knows the name and number of an out of state contact you could use, should you become separated and need to contact a person to shuffle messages should communication in your own area become difficult.

6..  Write out each of your family’s medical issues and medications they are taking, and put the pages in your evacuation notebook.  
  For the families who had to leave New Orleans in a hurry, this helped them renew prescriptions through doctors and pharmacists in emergency shelters.

7. Xerox copies of your dogs and cats immunization records especially rabies.
 Place these in your evacuation notebook.  Proof of rabies and other immunizations would allow them more boarding options should you need to leave your area in an emergency.

8. Locate a handy place to store your evacuation notebook.  
It should be accessible but not easily picked up, read or moved by others who aren’t in your family..

9. Go through your family first aid kits.
   You should have a first aid kit that is prepared and used for family evacuation, and you should have one which remains in your home for use there.   If kept in a cool, dry and dark place a lot of the items are useful beyond their expiration date, however, everything in the kits needs to be looked at and repacked annually. This is done so that you can replace anything truly expired, and also so that you are truly familiar with the items in your kit.

10. Photograph each room of your home and your possessions.
       Whether you have homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, neither of them will pay to replace lost items, regardless of the amount of insurance you pay, without proof.  A room by room series of photographs of your home’s interior and more detailed photos of more valuable possessions should be taken.  Then make a couple of discs with the photographs on them, mark it with black magic marker, and also put the photos on a flash drive.  Put one copy of the disc in your evacuation notebook, one in your safe, and give one to a trusted friend out of the area.  You might want to make a copy of the declarations page of your homeowner’s insurance along with the company name, agent name and all contact information including e-mail, fax, phone, and address.  I have known several families who have lost everything to home fire or forest fire in the last few years. This is not a costly endeavor yet it could save you a fortune.

11. Research metal roofing. 
     See if the next time you need to roof your home whether this is an intelligent or viable alternative. For many people, it is.

  There are many things that you can do until you once again have money for prepping. Some of these things are just as, if not more important than some of the high dollar items.

Ideas on things to consider when buying country land for off the grid living.

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Hello my friend and welcome back.  I apologize for the lateness of this post, but I think you might really enjoy it!  Many Preppers want to get a place to go when they bug out.  Here is some really good information on how to chose and purchase land of this type.  I hope you find …

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Preparing your bug out bunker or shelter

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You’ve probably bought or built the building you will live in if you are forced to evacuate due to economic problems or natural disasters. The next step, which requires a lot of planning, would be to stock your bug out bunker or shelter with what you and your family will need to survive. Preparedness means … Read more…

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8 Natural Remedies For Gingivitis

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Survivopedia gingivitis

Gingivitis, also known as swollen gums, has a few different causes. The main cause is poor dental hygiene, but it can also be caused by an infection in your gums.

If that’s the case, take care of it quickly, especially in a survival situation where you may not have access to a dentist.

Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen, sometimes-painful gums, mouth odor, bleeding when you brush or floss, pain when you chew, and a bad taste in your mouth. Symptoms of advanced gingivitis include all of the above, plus possibly loose teeth, receding gums, and even tooth and bone loss.

What Causes Gingivitis?

There are two different kinds of gingivitis – chronic and acute. Both are usually caused by a bacterial infection. Chronic gingivitis is most often a result of long-term poor dental hygiene that leads to plaque build-up but can be caused by many different conditions including:

  • Poor diet
  • Certain medications including some birth control and phenytoin.
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy an menopause
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Malnutrition/vitamin deficiencies – see our article on growing a nutritional survival garden
  • Viral infections such as the herpes virus
  • Genetics

Acute gingivitis is swelling of the gums that occurs rapidly, usually as a result of gum injury. The good thing about acute gingivitis is that it usually has a source that’s easily identifiable and usually fairly easy to fix. Also, if you fix the cause, the gingivitis will go away. Some things that can cause trauma to your gums include:

  • Brushing or flossing too aggressively
  • Eating hard foods that poke your gums
  • Food particles becoming lodged between your gum and tooth (think popcorn)
  • Dental work
  • Ill-fitting dentures (this can become chronic, so get them adjusted ASAP)

Obviously, the best cure here is prevention and most of those are no-brainers if you look at the list above. Brush your teeth, floss, eat properly, stop using tobacco products, and get your dentures adjusted. Plaque begins to accumulate within 24 hours after you brush your teeth, just FYI.


Regardless of how hard you try, you may still end up with gingivitis. Though it sounds like a small thing, gingivitis can become quite serious; the capillaries in your mouth are delicate and if the infection reaches your bloodstream it can be deadly.

Fortunately, there are several successful natural treatments for gingivitis.


Rinsing your mouth with salt water is an old wives’ tale that’s stood the test of time for a reason. Salt is an excellent bacterial, which is one of the reasons it’s a must-have stockpile item. In addition, the swishing helps to dislodge anything that may be stuck in your gums. Because your teeth may be sensitive, use luke warm water.

A good ratio is about 8 ounces of water to a teaspoon of salt. Swish well so that you get the salt down into your gums.

Baking Soda

We’ve discussed so many uses of baking soda that it seems like I should just automatically include it on every list. Baking soda is mildly abrasive and helps keep plaque from building up. It’s also alkaline so it helps reduce the acids in your mouth that eat away tooth enamel. You can use it alone or make a toothpaste with it.

If you have gingivitis, you can make a paste of baking soda and apply it directly  to your gums a few times per week. Leave it alone for a few minutes and brush it off. Using coconut oil to make the paste may add some antibacterial properties.


The curcumin in turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant. Surprisingly (or not), turmeric has been shown to be just as effective as OTC mouthwash at controlling plaque and gingivitis.

Combine it with salt for a double whammy. Make a paste with 1 teaspoon turmeric and a half-teaspoon of salt. Use a little water or coconut oil to make a thick paste. Apply to your gums daily and leave it on for several minutes before rinsing with warm water.

You could also add turmeric to your toothpaste, or just dip your toothbrush in some turmeric and brush your teeth with it.

Lemon Juice

This may be counter-intuitive to what you’ve heard about citrus being bad for your teeth. As with everything, it’s a matter of technique and moderation. Because most bacteria thrive in alkaline environments, lemon juice is a great antibacterial because of its acidity. This is why it’s used in canning and other purposes.

Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice in water and swish it around for a minute or so in your mouth twice daily to treat active gingivitis. To use proactively, do it a couple of times per week. Make sure that you rinse well with clear water afterwards so that the acid doesn’t remain and damage your enamel.

Aloe Vera

This is a simple plant to grow because it doesn’t need hardly any care or water. Aloe is a natural disinfectant and antifungal that helps with the infection and it’s also an anti-inflammatory, so it’s soothing.

Just peel the plant back and smear some of the gel onto your gums. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse your mouth with water. You can also make a paste with salt.


Sage is well-known for its antimicrobial properties and many people add it to their toothpaste for exactly this reason. You can swish with oil or you can make a decoction from the leaves. You can also make a paste, place it on your gums, and leave it for a few minutes before rinsing.

Sage is one of those ingredients that can be used directly, or eaten for both medicinal and seasoning purposes, so grow some!

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Veggies

In addition to providing the nutrients that your teeth and gums need to stay healthy, fruits and veggies naturally help to clean your teeth and keep plaque at bay so that it doesn’t build up. Remember to brush afterwards if the fruit is acidic, so that you don’t damage the enamel on your teeth.


It’s good for everything! Garlic is a powerful microbial and is great for treating gingivitis and for keeping your mouth healthy in general. Eat it for prevention, or to treat gingivitis, chew a garlic clove well, swishing the juice through your mouth.

Garlic is another one of those plants that you need to have on hand for both health and deliciousness.

To get rid of the garlic taste, suck on a lemon (double whammy again – yay!) or drink peppermint or green tea.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep up with good oral hygiene and eat nutritiously especially in a survival situation. Tooth and gum issues can quickly turn into much bigger issues, and even on their own are miserable problems to deal with.

In a nutshell, avoid gingivitis if at all possible. Eat well, brush your teeth, floss, and use some form of antibacterial wash at least every couple of days.


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Herb and Essential Oil Education at your Fingertips!

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Raise your hand if you’ve been let down by the conventional medical system. Me too!

While we originally started using essential oils for preparedness reasons we quickly learned that we NEEDED them in our daily lives. From sleep support to mental challenges that come with an empty nest. We also started using them to clean with and make our own green products. It is night and day comparison to how we feel now compared to BO or Before Oils.

It was that first taste of success that encouraged me to keep going, keep learning, and keep using these natural methods to promote both wellness and healing for my own family.

Fast forward years later and we’re still using them, now more than ever. Our natural medicine chest is brimming with herbal remedies and essential oils (among other things) that really do work. My kids know that when someone’s sick or hurt, that’s where I’ll head first.

I love this shift that’s taken place. Though I didn’t know anything about this stuff when I started, it’s honestly been easier than I expected to learn and really grow confident in using natural remedies to care for my health and my family’s health. 

Maybe you’re ready for that next step, too. Maybe you’ve been dabbling a bit, but you want to get serious and learn more advanced information.

Or maybe you’re more of a beginner and just need some step-by-step tutorials, recipes and safety information to help you feel good about moving forward.

Regardless of where you’re at, I’m so excited to introduce you to something created just for you, to equip you with more confidence, skills and know-how as you use herbs and essential oils in your own home. 

It’s called the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle.

It’s a collection of 20 eCourses, eBooks and printables that bring together science-backed, time-honored remedies and information, in one comprehensive package, at a price that’s too good to miss.

Here are 5 titlesWith these resources at your fingertips, you’ll be able to:

  • Separate fact from fiction as you choose quality herbs and essential oils.
  • Confidently prepare salves, syrups, tinctures, and teas.
  • Properly dilute oils for topical use.
  • Learn blending principals for aromatic use.
  • Incorporate essential oils into easy and effective herbal remedies.
  • Know which herbs are safe for pregnancy, babies and children.
  • Use printables to organize your essential oils for safety and ease of use.
  • Create beauty products, herbal baths, and even gifts for friends and family.

You can get this entire herbs and essential oils library, worth over $400, for less than $30. That’s 92% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

(Not to mention, it’s the price of one doctor or hospital copay, or filling a prescription or two.)

Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary is a full-service apothecary and clinic offering small batch hand-made herbal products to enhance your health and wellbeing. With your bundle, you’ll also receive a special coupon for 50% off bulk herbs and essential oils!

The bundle is available for just 6 days, from now until Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.

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  • 5 Multi-Use Herbs (And What to Do with Them) by Sarah Josey of Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary & Clinic ($17.00)
  • Best Herbs & Essential Oils For Labor & Delivery-Audio Class & Transcript by Jenni Wilson of Natural Oil Mom ($19.95)
  • Cold & Flu Season: Are You Ready? by Carol Little   ($9.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Head, Throat & Chest by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Skin Troubles by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Tummy Troubles by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • DIY Lavender Creations by Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home ($5.99)
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  • Essential Oils: The Herbalist’s Toolkit by Amber Meyers of Herbal Academy of New England ($4.99)
  • Handbook of Home Remedies by Wellness Mama ($24.00)
  • Herbs & Oils: Beyond the Basics by Jessie Hawkins of Vintage Remedies ($197.00)
  • Homegrown Healing, from Seed to Apothecary by Chris Dalziel of Joybilee Farm ($9.97)
  • How to Create Healing Herbal Baths by Kami McBride of Living Awareness ($19.99)
  • Mama and Baby Herbal Wisdom by Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama ($7.95)
  • Safe EO Labels – Set A by Lea Harris of Using EOs Safely ($19.99)
  • The Beginner’s Guide to Adaptogens by Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus ($14.99)
  • The Essential Oils Course by Edie Wadsworth of Living Life in Grace ($39.00)
  • The Healing Foods: Nature’s Pharmacy for Better Health by Dr. Karen Lee of ($9.99)
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A Match Made In Hell

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     Last week reported that the Satanic Temple had launched a pro-abortion crusade to come to the aid of America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.  That really doesn’t come as any big surprise to me.  In the fall of last year, I wrote an article titled Is There A Connection Between Abortion and Satanism?  In the blog post I referenced the testimony of Zachary King, an imposing figure, and an ex-Satanist and former High Wizard of a satanic coven.  Mr. King gave a riveting account of his association with the occult and a “large abortion provider” in pushing satan’s agenda, including ritualistic abortions.
     Mr. King, who is now an avowed follower of Jesus Christ, reported that, as a satanist, “when trying to get satan’s approval to give you something that you want, killing something (or someone) is the best way to go. Killing something is the ultimate offering to satan, and if you can kill an unborn, that is his ultimate goal.”

     This kind of horrific child sacrifice is nothing new … the Bible records the detestable practice among the Ammonites to their false god, Molech.  And satan’s ability to seduce man to make such an abhorrent blood sacrifice has not been limited to ordinary lost men, such as Zachary King once was.  Israelite kings such as Solomon, Manassah, and Ahaz were persuaded to sacrifice children and do “evil in the eyes of the Lord”.  Manassah and Ahaz even sacrificed their own sons!
      It is so difficult for me to imagine the power behind the lie that satan whispers in a person’s ear to convince them that this practice is acceptable or desirable.  What did Manassah, Ahaz, or Zachary King hear that told them it was alright to become part of a ritual in which a baby’s blood is offered to the devil?  And how does satan convince Margaret Sanger, the founder and revered “mother” of Planned Parenthood (that’s ironic, isn’t it?) to  become involved in Rosicrucianism, a combination of occultism and mysticism, in which members believe they possess secret wisdom that was handed down to them from ancient times. (The same “wisdom” that Solomon, Manassah and Ahaz thought they received?).
     I started this post by saying it doesn’t surprise me that there is a modern link between the Satanic Temple and Planned Parenthood.  I think that link has been there from the beginning!  Sanger, who lost her five-year-old daughter to pneumonia, attempted to connect to her dead child through séances and occultic rituals.  Combined with her Gnostic spirituality and an extramarital affair with author H.G. Wells, the devil found, in Sanger, a useful servant to help continue his ritual of child sacrifice.  Her belief that it is human knowledge that enables the redemption of the spirit, not God; and his belief in Social Darwinism and racial dominance, provided the perfect merger for demonic reasoning.
     When one disavows God, it opens up fertile ground for satan to put down roots.  The Enemy convinces men that they possess a mind that is capable of determining their own eternal destiny, and that Science can light the way to all the knowledge necessary to one’s life.  Consider the early writings of H.G. Wells:  “Science is a match that man has just set alight. He thought he was in a room in moments of devotion; a temple, and that his light would be reflected and display walls inscribed with wonderful secrets and pillars carved with philosophical systems wrought in harmony. It is a curious sensation, now that the preliminary sputter is over and the flame burns up clear, to see his hands lit and just a glimpse of himself and the patch he stands on visible, and around him, in place of all that human comfort and beauty he had anticipated … darkness still.”  To me, this sounds like a man who was unable to see beyond his own existence, and to see a Light that shines in, and overcomes, that darkness.
     Somehow, satan was able to infect Margaret Sanger with his darkness; an evil that would result in quotes like these:  “The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it”;  and “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population”.  She believed in an American Baby Code which would result in selective births.  She believed in population control, sterilization, and social planning via quotas.  And perhaps worst of all, she would become an inspiration to another of satan’s emissaries, Adolph Hitler, who was a student of Sanger’s eugenics policies.
     Together Planned Parenthood and the devil have made a diabolical duo.  Their legacy has led to satanic rituals in abortion clinics, such as described by Zachary King; to the selling of aborted baby  body parts for profit, as revealed in videos by the Center for Medical Progress; and to this video of a demonic exchange between an abortion doctor and a pro-life advocate.  The exchange occurs less than a minute into the video and shows the doctor growling and speaking in a clearly demonic voice, denouncing Christ and proclaiming his love of killing babies.  The devil isn’t even trying to hide his influence over humans any longer.  But why should he?  As the Christian Church, we haven’t done much to hinder his killing of over 1.4 billion babies worldwide since Roe v. Wade (over 59 million in the U.S. since 1972, and over 2,000 just today).  He can afford to put a display on before the cameras.  He has no need to hide his agenda or his partners in crime.
     As I sit here, in utter despair for the grief that mankind’s unrepentant actions have caused God, I give thanks for those mothers in my life who could have chosen to listen to the lies of satan, but instead walked in the Light of God and gave birth to the children who have graced my life and filled it with such joy and love.  Abortion is just one of the ways in which the devil fights his spiritual war against God’s creation.   When the Bible says he came to kill, steal, and destroy, this is what it looks like.  And his battle wages on, more in the open than ever before, as the Satanic Temple joins forces with Planned Parenthood.  Perhaps they sense that Jesus, the Righteous Judge is coming soon, and this is their last stand.  As we wait on the Lord, let us renew our strength and be just as bold as the Enemy … let us declare that Victory is ours, and his final defeat is near!

Psalm 139:12    “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

How To Make Great Smelling Anti-Mosquito Incense

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How To Make Great Smelling Anti-Mosquito Incense Mosquitoes are everywhere right now and are only going to get worse as the heat and humidity continue to build. I recently came across the recipe for an all-natural loose incense which is not only not toxic or harmful, but also effective! It may be a little more involved than using citronella, but this incense can be used indoors and around your deck / patio in the evenings while having cookouts too. This is a little known way to deter the mosquitoes and biting bugs this summer. Give it a go and let me

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How To Make The Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

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I’m showing you how to make the best peanut butter cookies ever today! It’s my sister-in-law Pat’s peanut butter cookie recipe with Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses. Now they make dark chocolate kisses! Love it! This is really a tribute to her for being an awesome Aunt to my girl’s when they were growing up in Utah, and into their adult life as well. Pat turned 77 this year, she would always have a treat for them when we would go visit her. I still remember her using her apron to wipe their noses because they had fallen outside and came in crying. She always had her arms open to love everyone. I have a PRINTABLE recipe for you below.

As I looked for this recipe in my recipe book, I could see that it makes several cookies. Of course, it depends on the size of the cookie scoop, but I usually get 48 cookies from this recipe. This must be why we always looked forward to her bringing them to the family reunions each year because we could each have one or two or more!!. Thanks to Aunt Pat for the wonderful memories, and this yummy peanut butter cookie recipe!

I use a 1/8 cup cookie scoop to make these yummy cookies. Norpro 703 Grip-EZ 2-Tablespoon Stainless Scoop and my favorite cookie spatula: OXO Good Grips Silicone Cookie Spatula

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Softest Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 5 cups flour (I use white bread flour)
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups soft butter
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 bag chocolate kisses-unwrapped (this is optional-cookies are yummy plain)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, soda, salt, peanut butter and vanilla. Gradually add the flour until blended well. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of balls you make. After baking immediately add an unwrapped chocolate kiss in the center of each cookie. (This is optional)

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This is how they look with Hershey’s kisses (unwrapped):

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Let me know if you love peanut butter cookies as much as I do! Do you put chocolate kisses, chips or nuts in yours? I would love to hear. May God bless you for being prepared for the unexpected.

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5 Ways To Grow More Vegetables In The Space You Have (No. 2 Is Crazy — But Works!)

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5 Ways To Grow More Vegetables In The Space You Have (No. 2 Is Crazy -- But Works!)

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You don’t have to invest in a large hobby farm to enjoy the benefits of gardening. Whether you’re limited by a small lot size, an abundance of shade, or apartment dwelling, you may be surprised at how many vegetables can actually be coaxed out of even relatively small amounts of space given the right planning. In this post, we’ll take a look at five specific techniques to maximize your harvest, regardless of how much room you have to work with.

1. Nurture the soil

You may have heard the expression “no deposit, no return,” and it’s a principle that’s eminently important when it comes to gardening. Anything coming out of the garden can only be as good as the ground it’s grown in, and if you’re going to expect more from the dirt, it’s imperative to put more in to begin with. Many of the other strategies listed below rely on high-density strategies which can push soil to the limit. If there aren’t adequate nutrients in the ground, these approaches can be a disaster. And even if you aren’t planning to implement high-yield techniques, simply improving your soil will still result in a noticeably improved harvest.

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While there are many soil improvements available for purchase, creating your own compost remains one of the best, most cost-efficient, ways to keep your garden happy. Compost naturally returns nutrients to the soil while simultaneously improving its water-retention abilities, making it the secret weapon when it comes to improving yields.

2. Get rid of rows

Unless you own several acres and a tractor, there’s no reason to stick with conventional rows. When space is at a premium, opting for less linear arrangements ensures that every inch of the garden is put to good use by eliminating walkway areas and other wasted space. Two of the most common routes to row-less growing include square foot gardening, which involves raised beds divided into individual square foot sections, and bio-intensive gardening, which relies on a tight hexagonal planting pattern.

Banishing the idea that true gardening only takes place when there’s room for long straight rows can also be liberating for apartment dwellers. Even a modest patio can provide room for a handful of carefully planned planters, bringing the goodness of home-grown vegetables literally to your doorstep.

3. Go vertical

Another way to increase how much you get from a home garden is to stop living in two dimensions and start looking up. Trade in traditional tomato cages for tall-growing stakes, and train indeterminate varieties to climb as tall as you can pick — you’ll be amazed at how many tomatoes a single vine can grow given the opportunity to move up rather than out. You can also set up a sturdy trellis on one edge of your garden and encourage small melons, gourds, squash, and pumpkins to reach for the sky rather than rambling all over.

Adding hanging planters that allow tomatoes and other vegetables to grow down is another way to capitalize on unused vertical space that not only increases your opportunities to grow, but adds a touch of beauty to enjoy from a deck or porch.

4. Interplant

Once you’ve embraced a non-linear growing strategy, it’s time to take things to the next level by exploring interplanting — the practice of placing different kinds of plants in practically the same growing space.

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Successful interplanting requires some experimentation and extremely healthy soil, but when it’s done right the result is a delightfully dense harvest from even a small space. Looking for some go-to combinations? Consider planting lettuce, basil, parsley or carrots under tomatoes — the shade won’t be prohibitive and tomato roots are generally hardy enough to handle the invasion. You also may want to plant spring crops, such as lettuce and peas, near large sprawling summer plants such as zucchini and pumpkins to get the most out of that space before the bigger plants take over. And, of course, there’s always the old standby “Three Sisters” — corn, beans and squash interplanted for mutual benefit.

5. Embrace rapid succession planting

Finally, if you’re serious about maximizing your yield, it’s time to stop thinking about sowing as a “one-and-done” activity. In most places, gardening easily be divided into three separate (though not necessarily distinct) growing seasons — spring, summer and fall. Careful planning means you can take advantage of all three seasons, resulting in multiple harvests.

For example, as cool weather crops begin to slow down, replace them immediately with summer seedlings. When your neighbors are kicking back, ready to settle for simply gathering the end of the tomatoes and late-season squashes until winter arrives, stay in the game by putting down another round of cool-weather crops. As long as you continue to amend the soil throughout the season, there’s no reason to waste even an inch of garden at any point during the growing months.

Whether you’re on a tiny plot in suburbia, a heavily wooded country acre with too much shade, or trying to crowd everything you can onto an urban balcony, it’s still possible to enjoy the benefits of home-grown food. Take advantage of these five tips to start getting more out of your garden, regardless of its size.

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77-Year-Old Vet Faces 15 Years In Jail For BUILDING PONDS

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77-Year-Old Vet Faces 15 Years In Jail For BUILDING PONDS

Robertson, standing in front of one of the ponds.

A 77-year old Montana resident is facing 15 years in federal prison for building ponds on and hear his own property, charged by the federal government for discharging dredged and fill material.

The man, disabled veteran Joseph Robertson, also could be fined around $750,000.

“I’m facing 15 years and three-quarters of a million in fines,” Robertson told the Billings Gazette. “What they’re doing to me, the feds, they shouldn’t have the ability to.”

Robertson is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on July 20, charged with polluting “waters of the United States” and for violating the Clean Water Act.

He says he built the ponds — nine total — to water his horses and protect his property from fire.

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The EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers contend Robertson violated the Act by building the ponds, which sit near a wetland. The government argues that the water should be regulated because it flows into Cataract Creek, and then into the Boulder River, and finally into the Jefferson River, which is about 60 miles away from his property.

A federal jury, upon hearing from EPA and Corps experts, found Robertson guilty on April 7, the newspaper reported.

“This verdict sends a message that the United States will not stand by and allow streams and wetlands of the United States to be polluted, or National Forest lands to be injured,” Mike Cotter, the US Attorney for the District of Montana, said.

Robertson’s land borders a national forest.

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“The ponds resulted in the discharge of dredged and fill material into a tributary stream and adjacent wetlands and caused widespread damage to both properties,” a press release from the US attorney’s office says.

Robertson’s troubles began in 2013, when special agents from the EPA and the US Forest Service visited his property.

What Is EPA’s Motive?

The agents told Robertson he had no legal right to build the ponds. They also said he didn’t own the land. When he ignored them, he was charged with polluting headwaters and wetlands.

The jury heard from experts on both sides.

“In our opinion, there were no measurable or quantitative adverse impacts to the aquatic ecosystem,” Ray Kagel Jr., a former wetlands regulator for the Corps of Engineer, said on Robertson’s behalf. Kagel spent 12 years with the Corps and now runs Kagel Environmental in Rigby, Idaho. Kagel also worked as a project manager for the EPA.

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Kagel believes the EPA and the US attorney are simply trying to make an example of Robertson to justify their enforcement efforts.

“It’s kind of like a feather in the cap showing, ‘Wow, what a great job we are doing as an agency based on all these enforcement actions we’ve taken,’” Kagel said, according to The Gazette.

Kagel contends that Robertson did not violate the act because water flows underground for a mile from the ponds to Cataract Creek.

Robertson is only one of a number of property owners who have faced fines and charges because of the Clean Water Act. Beaver, Wyoming, rancher Andy Johnson faced up to $16 million in fines for building a stock pond without a permit. The EPA eventually settled with Johnson, allowing to keep his pond.

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Survival Shelters!

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Survival Shelters Handbook Book Review Josh “7P’s of Survival” I received The Complete Survival Shelter Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Building Lifesaving Structures for Every Climate and Wilderness Situation. The author (Anthonio Aakkermans) is in Europe making it very impractical for him to be on this live program. Instead, this show we go through the book chapter … Continue reading Survival Shelters!

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