Putting The PPX To The Test!

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June 27th, 2016

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This week Rich Murphy, a regular writer for Off The Grid News, shares with us some tips on how he uses his new Pocket Power X in his day to day life and also when in an “Off Grid” situation. Over the next few weeks Rich will be sharing with us just a few of the many uses of the Pocket Power X!

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New Food Storage Calculator

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You are in for a special treat today! We created a brand new food storage calculator that expands on the more traditional calculators by adding in fruits, vegetables, meats, and other often-omitted foods to give more variety and flavor to the meals you will actually be preparing. We published this over on our Thrive blog specifically for our Thrive customers but we felt like it was such a great tool that ANYONE can use it, regardless of what brand of food they want to store.

This FREE calculator is a simple 3 page handout plus instructions that you can print and fill out based on how many people you are storing for. It can even be customized based on the exact variety of foods you actually want to store. We are so excited to share this with you and hope that you will pass it on to others who you feel may benefit from it.

Here are a few highlights on what the handout contains.

– Easy to fill out
– Removes uncommon items
– Calorie based for 2000+ calories a day
– Customizable without being complicated
– Three printable charts (one for each category of foods)


– Best ways to buy each of the food groups
– Secrets for buying 6-packs at heavily discounted prices
– Tips for buying gradually at a budget you can afford

We hope enjoy this new way at looking at a food storage calculator. It will be especially helpful as you are planning your purchases to fill in your food storage gaps. We initially launched it as a PDF handout but received numerous requests for an excel version so both are now available!


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6 Natural Remedies for Sunburn That Aren’t Aloe Vera

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sunburnAs proactive as some of us are at trying to mitigate the harmful effects of the sun, sometimes those warm rays are just too much for our skin, and sunburns occur. While aloe vera is our first go-to product to start the healing process, there are a few other remedies to consider.

The best defense against sunburned skin is prevention—try to avoid being outdoors between the hours of 10am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Make sure you wear at least an SPF 30 sunscreen and a large hat for shading your face. But when it’s too late and you come home looking like a lobster, there are some home remedies beyond aloe vera that you might want to try.

6 Natural Remedies for Sunburn

  1. Oatmeal: soaking in an oatmeal bath (whole oatmeal, not instant) can take the sting out of sunburned skin. Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a skin soother. Run a cool bath and add a couple handfuls of oats to the water. Soak for 30 minutes or until your skin feels cool to the touch. Pat yourself to dry off, making sure not to rub your skin too vigorously with your towel.
  1. Black Tea: soak a few teabags of black tea in a pitcher or bowl of warm water and then apply to your skin with gauze or a wash cloth. The tea will ease the itch of the sunburn and should provide immediate relief. Make sure to use a washcloth that you don’t care about and you might want to do this in the nude (black tea will stain your clothing).
  1. Witch Hazel: witch hazel provides an instant burst of cool to your skin and has been shown to prevent peeling and flaking while speeding up healing time. Simply saturate a few cotton balls with a 1:1 solution of witch hazel and water and apply to your sunburn.
  1. Yogurt: For sunburns on your face, the solution might be in your refrigerator. Applying yogurt to your skin like a facial mask for a few minutes can ease the sting and hydrate to prevent peeling. After a few minutes, rinse off with cool water.
  1. Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is another one that soothes and prevents blistering and peeling. Be sure to mix 1 part vinegar with 2 parts cold water because vinegar is highly acidic. Soak a washcloth or towel in the mixture and swab over your sunburn. There’s no need to rinse it off.
  1. Coconut oil: You’ve no doubt heard about the myriad uses of coconut oil—well, now you can add sunburn soother to the list! Coconut oil is tremendously moisturizing and when mixed with a few drops of essential peppermint oil, it will cool burned skin. Slather on as much as possible and continue to do so for several days after sun exposure. It will help heal and relieve discomfort.

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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Mangos are one of the most popular and nutritionally rich fruits in the world and are often referred to as “The King of the Fruits”. Mangos are an amazing source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex as well as health promoting flavonoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Mangos are a powerful anti-cancer food and are specifically known to help prevent lung, breast, colon, prostate, blood, and oral cancers.

They are also highly beneficial in the prevention of strokes, heart disease, arthritis, cognitive disorders, respiratory diseases, and kidney disease. Mangos can help to alkalinize the whole body by helping to flush out toxic acids and rebuild the alkali reserves in the body. Mangos are packed with enzymes and are a prebiotic food, meaning they contain compounds that stimulate and feed the good bacteria in the intestines which greatly aids in digestion and assimilation.

Mangoes contain a significant amount of pyridoxine (B-6) which is vital for the synthesis of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. Pyridoxine is also essential in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function as well as for helping the body break down sugars, fats and proteins. Mangos are thought to help prevent insomnia and provide for a better nights sleep. In some countries mangos are eaten right before bed as a natural sleep aid.

Mangos are known to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol due to its significant fiber, pectin, and vitamin C content. Mangos are also excellent for promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes. They are also wonderful for skin health and can be used both internally and externally to help clear clogged pores, eliminate pimples, and add a natural glow to the skin. Mangos are one of the worlds most versatile fruits and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.

Consider using mango in your smoothie, salads, salsa, avocado, and vegetable dishes. Spices also pair well with mango and try experimenting with cinnamon, curry, cloves, and chili pepper to boost the flavor and nutrition of your meals. Start or end your day with a simple but delicious mango pudding. Blend 2-4 ripe mangos (peel and pit removed) in a blender or food processor until creamy and smooth.

Pour into a bowl and top with fresh berries. There are several varieties available in supermarkets throughout the year including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Yellow, Ataulfo, Keitt, and Champagne. Some are sweet and creamy while others are juicy and bright. Experiment with finding new ways to add mangos into your diet. Your body will love you for it.

Thanks to our friends at: http://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/mango

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“Mors tells the best stories…” (pic heavy)

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My son Duncan and I took a holiday to Canada this summer. The last half of our trip was full of adventure in Jasper, Banff, and Yoho National Parks. We visited Jasper Lake, Medicine Lake, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Lake Louise, took a dip in Banff Upper Hot Springs, drove the Icefields Parkway, and were […]

Dreams, Visions, Lukewarmness and Apostasy-Eve Gonzales-Pt2

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Eve Gonzales of Trading Post in the Woods joins me on the show today for the second half of our interview. We discuss dreams and visions about the end times and the apostasy that has infected so much of the church.

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The Most Efficient Use of Water in the Garden

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The Most Efficient Use of Water in the Garden A properly watered garden is one step closer to being a healthy garden. However, there are many ways to water a garden and some will not only save you time and labor, but will also help conserve water. The following is a comprehensive list of irrigation …

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18 Alternative Uses for Old Milk Jugs

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18 Alternative Uses for Old Milk Jugs Everyday thousands of perfectly good plastic milk jugs get thrown into the trash. It’s a shame because there are many practical uses for them. Milk jugs can be used as plant containers, mini-greenhouses, watering cans, fishing bobbers, and more. And if you know how, you can turn them …

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The Brexit Vote: A British “Paul Revere” to Prep

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brexitHey there, Ready Nutrition Readers!  A tremendous amount of things have been happening in the news, and most of them are important.  The people of Great Britain just voted last week in a special referendum: they voted in favor of Britain leaving the EU (European Union).  That is huge news, and if you missed it, you certainly will not miss the effects of the vote that will surface this coming week.  On Friday, the Dow-Jones Industrial Average plummeted 611 points, and the world markets were thrown into a tailspin.  Yes, the Dow is a lagging, not a leading economic indicator, but there’s a great significance to it: a precursor of things to come that have direct effects on you.

One of the pitfalls that we have as a community of prepper-survivalists is that we tend to develop a sort of “tunnel vision” at times that focuses all of our attentions upon what we are doing.  We oftentimes tend to discount the significance of day-to-day events that are outside of our daily routines or our geographical spheres of influence: our biomes, so to speak.  I wish to stress this very important point before we proceed:

Do not concentrate so much on the “micro” that the “macro” picture slips out of focus

What this means is that it is critical for you to be aware of the news and what is happening around you.  Returning to our topic, there will be ripple effects from this Brexit – the British Exit – from the EU, and here are some of the immediate ones:

  1. The Dow will continue to see losses with a large volatility of trading and speculation
  2. The foreign markets – European and Asian – will continue to be thrown into a tailspin
  3. The military and political alliances in the world will be redefined and restructured
  4. Commerce will see sharp monetary fluctuations and devaluations (as in the British pound), as well as major changes in shipping and contracts down to the retail level

It is this last point – the effects on commerce on a global scale – that should particularly alarm and concern us.  The Baltic Dry Index measures contracts for raw materials such as oil and ores that are shipped by freighter and container.  The Index is (as I’ve mentioned in previous articles) a very sound indicator as to what is happening in terms of commerce.  Remember: 75% of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending.  One tie-in that you need to read comes from Mac Slavo of SHTFplan.com posted on April 2, 2012, entitled Just In Time: When the Trucks Stop, America Will Stop (With Immediate and Catastrophic Consequences).”

Mac’s article cuts to the chase and is one of the finest pieces ever produced that explains the intricacy and fragility of our nation’s dependence upon trucking contracts to keep our economy rolling (no pun intended!).

I also wrote one for SHTFplan.com on January 29, 2016 entitled  Report: Store Inventory Levels Reduced Nationwide: “Stock Up Now While You Can!” that you can refer to as a complement to this article.  This piece referred to shortages occurring from a retail perspective as the contracts for shipping and trucking are unfulfilled and as the economy collapses.  Venezuela and the events happening there are a harbinger of things to come.  We are going to see these things here, in our own backyard.

The Brexit vote is akin to a British “Paul Revere” for preppers

Look at the volatility and the fragile state of nations, of alliances of nations, and their interdependent economies.  As a prepper and survivalist you are obligated to keep this in mind to enable you to protect and provide for you and your family.

Prices are on the rise, the money supply is not stable, the shipping contracts and transportation contracts are wildly fluctuant, and businesses are shutting their doors or downsizing their staffs by the hundreds per month.  This coming week promises a “wild ride” economically, and you will have to make a lot of decisions in a short period of time.  As I advocated in articles past, you still have to make sure your bills are paid and you are taking care of financial obligations while society is intact.

Be Vigilant in your prepping

It would behoove you, however, to actively add to your emergency fund, allocate a portion of what you can spend after all of your necessities are taken care of – your “disposable income” – and putting it into the supplies and preps that you need, into (even small scale) some precious metals or things that have intrinsic value that can be bartered for when the SHTF.

Keep your eyes on what is happening.  You guys and gals read this site and have access to the internet.  Keep abreast of what is going on.  When things go south, you will know it, and guess what?  They are going south: on a daily basis we see the situation with the domestic and the world economy growing worse and worse.  It’s just a matter of time before the fiat currency is transformed into completely worthless pieces of paper and inflation returns to the levels found during the Great Depression.

Figure out what percentage you can put into supplies, into medical equipment, into tools, and into things that hold their value that can be bartered.  I close with this: in order to heed a warning, you have to recognize it as a warning, and one that has value.  Keep up the prepping and stockpiling, and always have an eye on the situation so that you can plan accordingly and when the time comes, act decisively.  Britain’s exit from the EU was a “Paul Revere” warning of a Europe that is about to come unglued, along with the respective European economies.  Keep that warning in mind, and keep fighting that good fight.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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5 Things You Need For Urban Navigation

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You might not think urban navigation is a very important skill, but you’ll change your mind quickly if a disaster happens while you’re away from home. Picture it: You and your best friends are packed into a shiny new car you just bought with your summer bonus, headed to the beach for your dream vacation […]

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The Shower that Fits in your Bug Out Bag

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The Shower that Fits in your Bug Out Bag Designed as a lightweight alternative to the much heavier solar showers, the Simple Shower weighs in at under an ounce and is a great addition to the bug out bag where every ounce matters. The Simple Shower is a little device that turns just about any …

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How To Turn Any Bike Into An Electric Bike

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How To Turn Any Bike Into An Electric Bike This is a cool project for anyone to undertake. It’s pretty simple once you read over the instructable and has many great informative photos and instructions showing and telling you what to do. I would take this once step further tho and make a full size …

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15 Dishwashing Mistakes You Are Probably Making Every Day

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15 Dishwashing Mistakes You Are Probably Making Every Day I have to be honest and hold my hands up and tell you I am guilty of pretty much all of these mistakes listed on the article. I have been especially guilty of washing my dishes by hand with warm water but did you know that …

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How Much Gear Should You Put In Your Bug Out Bag?

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How Much Gear Should You Put In Your Bug Out Bag? The question of how much gear should be in a bug out bag has always been a contentious one. You can’t carry everything, and you’d have a hard time surviving if you didn’t carry anything (unless you’re Les Stroud or something). The answer as to how …

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So Brexit’s Really Happening – What Should UK Preppers Do?

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So Brexit’s Really Happening – What Should UK Preppers Do?

Thomas asked me if he should be writing up a post about Brexit on this blog the morning after we found out the votes for the referendum had come out in favour of a UK Brexit. He stayed up late that night and woke me up to tell me when the point of no return… Read More

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Alpha Bravo Creations: Tactical Hand Signals & Phonetic Alphabet Flash Cards

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I’m to review Flashcards teaching Army Hand signals & the Phonetic Alphabet?

When I received this assignment, I was skeptical. Certainly, communications modes are a specialty I’m familiar with, but I’m no Platoon Leader, and my days of playing Army Man is a bit behind me. Besides, this is a review of kids flashcards, my last dealing with was in learning math in grade school.

But I was surprised when I examined the deck of cards of the Phonetic Alphabet, I immediately got the concept & it’s potential. Then, when I tried out the deck of Army Hand signals & American Sign Language, it struck me that these flashcards are invaluable for not just kids, but for adults too.

Communication in it’s purest sense is simply transferring information from one place to another by any means necessary, either verbally, or non-verbally. So while from the standpoint of preparedness, the ability to convey information clearly & accurately is paramount, the ability to also do so silently can be vital.
So here’s where these flashcards come in handy, (pardon the pun).
Use of hand signals offers clear communication totally unspoken, as any misbehaving youngster frozen in mid-frolic by Mom & Dad pointing at them can attest. Message CLEARLY conveyed.

Each flashcard offers a term or statement with an illustration of it’s accompanying hand gesture. There’s also directions on how to do the gesture.  By learning to recognize the gestures and connect it to the word or statement, standard terms & gestures can be strung together to make whole sentences or concepts. By repetition of using these cards anyone can become proficient in using hand signals.
Like I said… very handy.
It didn’t take long at all for this old dog to learn some new tricks, not long at all.
Hand gestures are useful…(bet you thought I’d say HANDY again), if ever I’d be in a situation where I NEED to communicate without speaking a word. Serious stuff, like  HURRY! THIS WAY to the RALLY POINT.

While Alpha Bravo’s Hand Signals for Kids helps kids add realism to their playacting, what you can learn from them can be a vital aid for anyone in a disaster to emergency.


Next came the deck of flashcards teaching the Phonetic Alphabet.

If you’ve ever seen a Cop show on TV or a Hollywood Blockbuster War Movie, someone is always talking over a mic saying stuff like”Foxtrot Uniform Bravo Alpha Romeo“…or some sort of drivel. It’s not heatstroke that’s got the actor talking gibberish, it’s the PHONETIC ALPHABET, used to verbalize individual letters using spoken words. Tango is the letter “T”, India the letter “I”, Charlie the letter “C”, and so on.

Using phonetics is handy when noise conditions make it hard to discern single letters. Sounds like “Eee” & “Tee” &”Cee” can often be misheard in a noisy location. So by attributing a word starting with the letter, it’s easier to understand, because you’re more likely to hear parts of a word and mentally fill in the blanks.
With the Phonetic Alphabet Flashcards,  Alpha Delta Creations has presented each letter with a picture symbol depiction of the word, as well as it’s corresponding Morse Code symbol.

HUH! What? Morse Code? Hams do Morse code! Heck, even Rambo tapped out Morse code to send a message in one of his movies! Morse Code is HANDY!

While not a requirement any longer to know Morse Code, it’s still a widely popular mode of communication in Ham Radio, the dots & dashes able to be heard & deciphered, when signal conditions are so poor that vocal speech is “in the mud” & unrecognizable.

I know very well the phonetic alphabet, but I never acquired Morse Code. So now, armed with a set of flash cards depicting them, I’ll bet picking up the code could be just as easy as picking up these cards.

Dare say it… it’ll be CHILD’S PLAY.

My review started out skeptical, but I quickly came around. I seriously suggest getting your kids these flashcards & using them yourself. Who says kids get to do all the fun? In fact, make learning how to do Tactical Hand Signaling AND the Phonetic Alphabet & Morse Code a family fun project. One that may pay SERIOUS dividends later.
(I almost forgot… did anybody catch the reference of “Foxtrot, Uniform, Bravo, Alpha, Romeo”? Learn the Phonetic Alphabet & watch Saving Private Ryan till you do. )
LEARN MORE or ORDER a set of flashcards, visit Alpha Bravo Creations Website. www.alphabravocreations.com

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A Perspective on Brexit

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With its sovereignty back, I look for Britain to do better in the future.


       In prior posts I have lobbied in favor of Brexit.  Before you rail at me for being an American with an opinion on Brexit, let me say that my mother died a British subject and  that our family lived in England for stretches of my youth and for parts of my education.  Until fairly recently, we had relatives there who frequently discussed the ongoing politics, problems and the geopolitical landscape there.  I am an American, but I still care for the home of some of my ancestors.

            I was very pleased to hear that the British people had voted to exit the European Union.   How could one possibly be pleased about receiving 40% of one’s laws from Brussels ?   Britain had sold its sovereignty and the quality of life in Britain has been deteriorating significantly for some time.

            As for the fears that Brexit will adversely impact everything from the world economy to intelligence gathering, I will say this.

1. Britain never abandoned the British pound sterling.  The fifth largest economy in the world still has its own currency, and still has its own banks.  After a period of adjustment which will include a transitory decrease in the value of the pound against other currencies, there will be a recovery.  Britain will go on to steer its own ship for the betterment of its people.

2. Britain’s intelligence services is legendary.  Information on terrorism will still be obtained and shuttled to the correct authorities. They will still communicate with Interpol and Europol. Why wouldn’t they ?  Terrorism adversely impacts everyone.

3. With 340 million pounds a year staying home rather than going to the EU in taxes, perhaps the failing National Health Service will see some of that money.

     Scotland’s leaders are now seeking an additional referendum so that their citizens have an opportunity to consider remaining in the EU.  They should think again.  It might not be there long.

        This could indeed start the death knell for the European Union.  Yesterday, Marine LePen, of the far right party was calling for a referendum in order to give the French the option of departing from the EU.   There are groups in the Netherlands and in Germany who also wish to abandon the EU.

        The reality is that the world’s people’s dislike receiving directions from a central body.  They dislike their money going to unseen groups, particularly in large sums to refugees who are seeking better economic pastures, often at their own expense.

        Perhaps after a period of adjustment, the end of both the European Union and the European Central Bank will benefit the people.

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13 Ways To Fight Aging Naturally

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Survivopedia 13 agains aging

We all hate the bodily changes that come with age. How is it that we all feel 20 in our minds, yet are betrayed by those wrinkles on the face in the mirror? You can’t stop the clock, but there are plenty of steps that you can take to look and feel great as the hands keep moving!

You may think that this is going to be a fluff piece about getting rid of wrinkles, but you’re wrong.

Aging is more than just getting a few lines around your eyes; it affects the way you move and the way you think. Being able to move well and think quickly may be two of your greatest tools in a survival situation. Looking young while you’re using those tools is just a bonus!


It’s true that if you don’t move it, you lose it. You need to be doing at least 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training at least 3 days per week in order to maintain endurance and muscle mass.

The immediate benefits of being physically fit in a survival situation are obvious, but exercising also helps keep your bones healthy. Oh, and you know those saggy areas? It gets rid of those, too.

Exercise doesn’t necessarily have to take place at a gym; you can walk or jog around the neighborhood, do lawn work or housework, or play a sport. Hiking is a great way to get your exercise and to teach your kids survival skills at the same time.

Stop Smoking

Smoking cigarettes ages your body at an astounding rate. It creates wrinkles around your mouth and creates oxidation in your body that leads to other forms of aging such as wrinkles and mental decline. Obviously, it inhibits your ability to breathe, too.

Smoking is the antithesis to physical fitness and youth and will make you look and feel old way before your time. Quit.

Eat Well

Yes, eating well is the solution to everything, it seems, but it’s true. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables fight aging at the cellular level by attaching to free radicals that contribute to disease and the signs of aging. Proper nutrition is your first step in looking and feeling younger naturally.

We’ll talk a bit more about good anti-aging foods in the coming paragraphs.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil was a fad five years ago. Now it’s a staple in many pantries and medicine cabinets because it works. Coconut oil has been used for centuries by Mediterranean and Caribbean women as moisturizers, and the results are amazing. Those women look young forever.

It’s a natural sunscreen and moisturizer, both of which contribute to young, healthy skin. Coconut oil is great as a moisturizer, but its anti-aging properties extend well beyond that.

Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride, which means that it’s processed by your body more as a sugar than as a fat so it’s a good source of quick energy. It also doesn’t raise your bad cholesterol, so it helps keep your cardiovascular system healthy. Oh, and it’s obviously vegetarian, of that’s a concern for you.

Make your own soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, and skin care items using coconut oil as a base to save money, avoid chemicals, and look great!


Yogurt helps you stay young in a couple of ways. It provides good bacteria, known as probiotics, that keep your gut healthy and your digestive tract functioning smoothly. It’s also a good source of protein, which helps keep your skin and hair looking great.

Yogurt can be used on your skin, too. The lactic acid in it acts as a mild acid peel that sloughs off old, gray skin and lets new skin shine through. You can even make yogurt at home, so it will be available as long as you have access to cow or goat milk in a survival situation.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, especially in the form of citrus fruits, is a great tool to have in your anti-aging arsenal.

First, vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, one of the two proteins that are most associated with aging. Collagen helps to hold your skin in place, for lack of a better explanation, so that it doesn’t begin to sag.

Next, vitamin C helps in the production of elastin, the other anti-aging protein. Elastin is what keeps your skin stretchy and pliable so that it bounces back instead of just hanging there loosely.

Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that helps fight those free radicals that we talked about earlier.

Foods rich in vitamin c include berries, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, red, yellow and orange peppers, tomatoes and citrus fruits. Include plenty of these in your survival garden to help you stay young and healthy.

Vitamins B and E promote collagen production, too. Shoot for plenty of green leafy veggies, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, nuts, and seeds.

Citrus Fruits

Yes, I realize that I already discussed citrus fruits in terms of vitamin C. What I didn’t mention is that citrus juice is acidic and makes a great facial peel. Mix it with honey and milk or yogurt and it makes one heck of a wrinkle-fighting mask.

Lemon juice also helps fade age spots. Since lemon juice is also great for canning, healing, and even making invisible ink, it’s earned a spot on your uncommon survival items list.

Bone Broth

Gelatin is a protein that is formed when collagen breaks down, and it can also help rebuild it. Commercially, you can find it in gelatin desserts. It’s sourced from animals, including cows, pigs, fish, and poultry and is that clear layer that congeals on top of the broth when you cook it.

All of this time, you scraped that off when it could have been making you look younger!

You can also extract  gelatin from cooking meat and bones until the marrow, connective tissue (aka gristle) breaks down. There are a ton of other health benefits to bone broth or beef broth besides anti-aging.
antiagingAloe Vera

This stuff is practically magical. In addition to being a soothing agent for burns, it has many health benefits. It’s a common ingredient in many alternative remedies because it’s so versatile but when it comes to aging, it’s a must-have.

Aloe promotes collagen production and the malic acid in it improves skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles and fine lines. The zinc present in aloe shrinks pores so that your skin looks younger and there are long-chain sugar molecules called mucopolysaccharides that promote collagen production and keep your skin moist.

If you think about it, these traits are probably what make aloe so great for burns and healing, too.


Seriously, when it comes to skin aging, the monkeys have it right. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamins B, C, and E, which all contribute to great skin. Since they’re packed with antioxidants that stop aging from the inside, feel free to eat even more bananas than you smear on your face.


Drinking a glass of red wine daily can help you stay young. The antioxidants, particularly resveratrol, have been shown to reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles, and it also promotes heart health and fights wrinkles from the inside.

Personally, I agree with the research that says the relaxing effect of a glass of red wine helps fight aging and disease. Cheers. Relax, have a glass of wine, and feel yourself getting younger. Want to have some real fun? Make your own wine.


This little green gem isn’t called a superfood for nothin’. It’s packed with healthy fats that promote brain health and antioxidants that fight wrinkle-causing free radicals.

Avocados are also rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B, C, E, K, selenium, zinc, folate, and beta-carotene that nourish and repair damaged cells while promoting the growth of new cells.

They’re great for you internally and externally. Incorporate them into your diet and use them in your facial masks.

Omega 3s

Brain health is a huge part of remaining young and sharp. It’s also what may keep you alive in a survival situation. Your brain quite literally functions on Omega 3 fatty acids, and it’s estimated that at least 70 percent of Americans are deficient.

Omega 3s build brain cell membranes, promote new brain cell production, reduce brain inflammation, and actively work to prevent dementia and the chemical disruptions that cause depression and other mood disorders.

Physically, omega 3s help prevent such diseases as arthritis and also help keep your skin looking great. I could go on and on about how necessary omega 3s are to your health and longevity but that’s a completely different article. Some good sources of omega 3s include fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, flax seeds, eggs, and even some legumes.


We all want to look marvelously youthful but more importantly, we want to remain healthy, mobile, and alert. There are many great foods that contribute to overall health, but remember that there are things to avoid, too.

Fast food, processed foods, fried foods and fatty foods (unless it’s good fat) cause free radicals that contribute to disease and wrinkles. These garbage foods work as hard to make you look and feel old as the good foods do to make you young and healthy.

Skip the drive-thru and grab a bag of black cherries (which should also definitely be on your list!) on your way home or to play some baseball. Move it, don’t lose it!

If you have any other great ideas for staying young naturally, tell us about it in the comments section below!


This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

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The Farmhouse Build In 19 Seconds – A Simple House Rises At The Farm

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After a tremendous amount of dreaming, planning, and preparation – the walls and roof line of our farmhouse finally went up this week at the farm!  Around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, after a powerful set of overnight storms, the building crew from Weaver Barns rolled

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Mark 4:13

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Then He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand and grasp the meaning of all the parables? 

     This last week my husband and I attended a potluck dinner at the local church for a young couple who will be moving from the community to Italy, as the husband fulfills part of his military service.  Although I am not a member of this church, I love so many of the people who are, and recognize them as faithful and obedient Christians.  
     I overheard my husband, who is continually challenging himself and fellow Christians to understand their Bibles at a deeper level, ask a young woman, “Tell me, do you think there is a difference between the Gospel of Jesus and the Gospel of the Kingdom”?  This young woman loves a good challenge and promised to get back to him after studying the matter.  But that got me to thinking … How many Christians have even considered this question, or better yet, care enough to determine an answer for themselves?  
     Although I believe there is a difference and could give a pretty good apologetics argument for my opinion, I am never satisfied with my level of knowledge. So I decided to dig a little deeper to try to understand these two concepts and found that the Parable of the Sower is at the foundation of understanding the Gospel of the Kingdom.  In fact, the questions Jesus poses in the title of this blog are questions He asked after He taught His disciples this parable, and He makes it pretty clear that if we don’t understand the parable of the Sower, then we will have trouble understanding all the rest of the parables.  Wow! I had never grasped that concept before!  Understanding this teaching is something worth pursuing.
     I want to begin by saying that I spend a lot of time in my Bible, studying for myself, but there are also good teachers in this day that I admire and respect; teachers who are following in the footsteps of teachers down through the centuries:  Origen, Matthew Henry, Dwight Moody, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Billy Graham.  These historical figures are flawed men, and you may not completely agree with their theology, but you cannot deny their passion for the Gospel.  The same is true of men that I admire today:  Justin Faull, Russ Dizdar, Michael Heiser, and Dan Duval.  In fact, it was a podcast of a sermon Duval delivered for his online ministry, The Fire Place Church, that helped me come to a new level of understanding regarding the Parable of the Sower and the Gospel of the Kingdom.
     We are all familiar with this parable … chronologically, it is the 11th of 49 parables that Jesus taught.  It is important to understand the order in which Jesus taught them, and what came before this parable if it, indeed, is the one that understanding all the other parables rests upon.  Parables 1-10  focus on the fact that there’s a new story being told, that it’s not to be hidden, and it serves as a foundation for what’s coming next. These are the parables which involve new cloth, new wine, a lamp on a stand, wise & foolish builders, the moneylender who forgives unequal debts, a lamp on a stand (2nd time), a rich man who builds bigger barns, servants who must remain watchful, wise and foolish servants, and an unfruitful fig tree.  
     The 11th Parable, the one about the Sower of the Seed, teaches us to understand the foundation of what’s coming next … the Kingdom of God.  The parable relates the familiar story of a sower who sowed seed on four types of soil:  the wayside (or the hard road), where it failed to take root and the birds ate it up; on rocks where there was not much soil, although a plant sprang up and was quickly scorched by the sun because the roots had no depth; among thorns, where the seed took root, but the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit; and the good soil, where the plants grew, and increased, and yielded 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown.  
     How many of us have been taught that the primary purpose of this parable is to point out that it was only the good soil where the seed grew and yielded fruit; that this parable is all about the salvation of those people who occupy the good ground and their response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Yes, Jesus goes on to explain that the Sower “sows the word [of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation]”.  But if you re-read the parable, you will notice that all the types of soil but one received the Word and had an initial experience of salvation.  
     Jesus tells us that the seed that fell on the rocks represent those who “receive it (the Word that brings salvation; the Gospel of Jesus Christ) with joy [but accept it only superficially] — but accept it they did! — and they have no real root in themselves, so they endure only for a little while; then, when trouble or persecution comes because of the Word, immediately they [are offended and displeased at being associated with Me and] stumble and fall away”.
     He tells us that the seed that fell on the thorns are “the ones who have heard the word, but the worries and cares of the world [the distractions of this age with its worldly pleasures], and the deceitfulness [and the false security or glamour] of wealth [or fame], and the passionate desires for all the other things creep in and choke out the word, and it becomes unfruitful”. They were still saved, but they fall away and are unfruitful!  Lastly, He tells us that the seed that fell on good soil represents “the ones who hear the word [of God, the good news regarding the way of salvation] and accept it and bear fruit—thirty, sixty, and a hundred times as much [as was sown].” 
     I can just hear all my Baptist friends!  “Only the seed that fell on the good ground represents the truly saved!  The seed on the rocky and thorny ground represents those were were never really saved!”  I will agree to a point … they experienced salvation, but did not keep it.  But stick with me — I do not believe this is the point of the parable.
     We all understand what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is; Gospel means “good news”, and the “good news” of Jesus Christ is that He died for our sins to save us from the hell we deserve.  BUT, is that what He is preaching in this parable?  Jesus hasn’t died yet, so how could He be preaching how His death, burial, and resurrection would lead to eternal life?  No!  When asked to explain the parable of the Sower by the disciples, Jesus said, ““The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables…”.  He did not say, “the mystery of the Gospel of Me has been given to you.”
     Can you see that He is trying to tell them (and us!) that the good news is more than the Gospel about Him; it is about the good news of God’s kingdom!  This parable is not only about the salvation experience of hearers of the Word — it’s more than that!  Our salvation experience is just the beginning of our purpose here on earth.  This parable is about understanding the mystery of the kingdom of God — if we have teachable hearts like the disciples!  Jesus wasn’t preaching his death, burial and resurrection with this parable.  He was preaching something else, something bigger than Himself.  He was preaching about the coming of the kingdom of God, the Gospel of the Kingdom.  But what is that? 
     The kingdom of God is the realm in which God exists; it is wherever God is.  And what does a King do?  He governs His subjects and servants.  The Gospel of the Kingdom is the good news of God’s government.  It is the good news that God governs out of His realm, which is now dimensionally separated from the earth, and that He intends to govern the earth through us; to interact with us in order to transform the planet to His will in accordance with the faith and belief of His people.  
     Up to this point, God’s government has been a spiritual government.  But when God became incarnate, in the figure of Jesus, His government was now interacting through a man on earth, and He was taking territory from the Enemy.  That is “the mystery” of how God would now govern the earth, and it was good news for mankind!
     Can you see that the Gospel of the Kingdom goes so much further than the Gospel of Jesus Christ?  Please understand — I am not diminishing the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  It is the key to the salvation message by which all men can avoid eternal damnation.  It is the necessary first step!  But let’s not stop mid-sentence!  Let us not diminish the Gospel of the Kingdom which tells us the good news that God can now interface with saved men through dimensions, and can work with us to begin bringing heaven and earth back into alignment!  
     At the heart of the Gospel of the Kingdom is the knowledge that Jesus was the first man to manifest this interface, and then He turned around and gave that ability to us … whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  He is telling us that the Father gave Him authority to help govern the earth (to do God’s will), and now we can, too, because He is going back to the Father and will be personally interceding for us; interfacing through the dimensions with those who believe in Him.  
     Can you see that when we stop at the salvation message of the Gospel of Jesus, we lose out on a bigger revelation?  It is through the revelation of the death and resurrection of Jesus that we gain access to the dimension and realm where God is King.  
     So to bring it full circle, I believe this is what we need to understand about this parable:  Three out of four of the types of ground, or soil, received the seed; they were saved.  But not all experienced the same thing over the long haul.  It had to do with the state of the ground upon which the seed fell.  So what does the ground represent?  Remember, when asked by the disciples what the parable meant, He told them the mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to those who have teachable hearts
     Can you accept that perhaps that the ground represents the condition of our hearts; our belief system and where our faith is anchored?  Can the different types of ground represent our willingness to connect to the realm of God, and to becoming partners with Him to govern the earth.  The Kingdom of God (where God resides and governs from) works with our human hearts (belief system and depth of our faith).  But when the world challenges us through its problems — bills that are due, family issues, health threats — we choose fear instead of faith.  And fear closes that inter-dimensional connection.  
     Once we have received salvation, we are each responsible for our own heart condition.  Jesus is sowing Himself into our hearts.  How hard will we work to grow our roots deep; how hard will we fight to keep our roots from being choked out by the world? How teachable is your heart, and how much do you want to work with God to help govern His earth?  The extent of your ability to do that, as a saved Christian, depends on the condition of your heart — is it hard, rocky, thorny, or good?  Think about it.