Friday, January 16, 2015

Why I Chose Lisa Bedford & Crystal Godfrey's Books to Giveaway

I am so thankful for the internet.  The internet has helped me find so many valuable tools to start on our family preparedness journey.  The first sites I found were Jodi & Julie at Food Storage Made Easy, Crystal at Everyday Food Storage, and Lisa Bedford at The Survival Mom.  These three sites were the best motivation and encouragement.  No scare tactics, no fear mongering, just good, useful information about family preparedness.  

Crystal's book is a wonderful book for beginners.  This book is done in a different format, taking you through food storage by ingredients, verses total food storage recipes that your family may or may not like.  Her focus is primarily on food storage from the Latter Day Saints' Canneries, which is also an amazing resource an place to start.  Powdered milk, dried carrots, dried onions, dried beans, wheat flour, etc.  The basics.  I love her format!  It helped me so much, and I still use the 30 Minute breadsticks or Pizza Dough recipe.  My family LOVES it (and my church family does too!).  

Lisa's book is also a favorite of mine because she looks at preparedness from a very practical perspective.  The first thing she encourages the reader to do is to make a list of reasons you personally should be prepared.  Live in tornado alley?  You should probably be prepared for that.  Live in an earthquake prone zone?  Definitely should be prepared for that!   Making a list of real life emergencies takes the fear out of preparedness and makes it realistic.  Her whole book is approached just like this!  There are lots of sites out there that talk about economic collapse, EMPs, and great depressions (all of which are important to think about, but you shouldn't dwell there everyday), but realistic things like job loss, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes are everyday occurrences that should be thought of first. If you are prepared for those things, you are prepared for the big things too! 

These books are invaluable to my family, and can't wait to give these to someone else as well!  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Why I Chose to giveaway- The Food Storage Made Easy e-book

When I first began the journey into food storage, I went in search of a book.  At the time, I was seriously just looking for a check list.  Buy this now, that next, and those later.  What had the most amazing impact on me was the emphasis they put on cooking with what you have stored so you know how to use it.  What a blessing that has been.  Jodi & Julie have been a wealth of information!  I am so thankful their book took me down a better road to food storage!

They continue to learn, grow and share on their food storage journey over at Food Storage Made Easy.  Right now, they are encouraging their readers through a great series called- Food Storage Do Over.  How encouraging and what an undertaking to go on a 17 week process to go through with their readers!  This week, they are working on 72 hour kits.  I love that they are constantly looking for new ways to work with their readers in emergency preparedness.  Speaking of emergency preparedness, every September (Emergency Preparedness Month) they host a whole week of preparedness drills that they call the Seven Day Challenge.  Every day, you log in, and they have a scenario you have to respond to, and at the end of the day, you fill out the report card and talk about what that particular challenge brought to your family and what you would need to do to be better prepared for it.  One year, there was a scenario with a trucker strike.  I had 4 rolls of toilet paper to last me 2 months.  That could be a problem folks!  It is a great exercise every year, and I look forward to it!

This book has baby steps to take you through acquiring what you need, it also has check lists, a food storage calculator excel spreadsheet, and the best part- a recipe index!

If you are just starting out, been doing food storage awhile and haven't added to your larder and need direction- or if you just need great storage ideas and recipes.  You can't go wrong with their book!  And I am giving away a free copy at the end of the month!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Why I Chose- The Healthy Living Bundle

I love love love this bundle!  I am so excited to be able to give away this amazing bundle as a part of my Get Your Preparedness Year In Gear giveaway going on through the month of July!!  This bundle contains probably the most important preparedness tool- knowledge!  When things are at their worst, if you have the mental tools- you are ahead of the game!

This bundle contains books from:

Shaye Elliott- Blogger and author at The Elliott Homestead
Her book, From Scratch, has been on my wish list for a long time! I am excited!
Jan Berry- Blogger and author at The Nerdy Farm Wife
I am so excited to start a new skill next month- soap making! Her book is amazing in this bundle, as well as her blog!
Jill Winger- Blogger and author at The Prairie Homestead
I followed Jill's blog for a long time, and as we move beyond preparedness into more of a healthy living and homesteading mindset, I find her blog is one I read alot!
Rachel Ramey- Blogger and author at Titus 2 Homemaker
Rachel blogs about natural living alot- and I like how much emphasis she puts on essential oils!
Angi Schneider- blogger and author at SneiderPeeps- 
This is my first exploration in Angi's work- but I am excited to have her notebook!  I am so hoping that having this tool will make our garden much more organized, and prosperous this year!!

But, by far, this best thing in this bundle (to me) is the Vintage Remedies Essential Oils and Natural Health eCourse.  I have been working through this class, and I am about 60% completed.  This class is AMAZING!! I am not affiliated with Vintage Remedies in any way, but I believe in the product they are selling-education.  This class has taught me so much.  It is a $95 value.  With these amazing books (I didn't even begin to list the books, the ones above are just a few) and this eCourse- this bundle will educate you so much!

If you want to enter the giveaway, there is still time!! Go to this post, and scroll through the fabulous prizes and get prepared to get your year in gear!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Get Your Preparedness Year In Gear!

Not only am I doing a giveaway, I decided to customize it a little bit and run it differently than most giveaways.  Each prize is going to have it's own rafflecopter, because you might already have some of the more basic items (books) on the giveaway, but want some more of the other goodies.  This way, you get to choose and I can not only review why I wanted to give it away, but also put them together instead of a long rambling post with a giveaway at the bottom.

First on my giveaway list is Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios by Lisa Bedford.  Her website The Survival Mom was one of the first pages I came across when my husband and I first began our preparedness journey.  Her sight was invaluable to us, as was her book.  Full of first hand accounts, checklists, how-to's and why-to's, I think her books is packed full of practical, useful information that any beginner (or advanced!) preparedness minded family would find invaluable.  For that reason, I want to give a lucky family a copy of her book!

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Next up, I have one of the first food storage geared cookbooks I purchase. I Can't Believe It's Food Storage by Crystal Godfrey of Everyday Food Storage has a unique approach to food storage.  Instead of putting total food storage meals in front of your family and praying they will eat it, Crystal shows you how to integrate food storage one ingredient at a time, fooling your family and helping your pocketbook!  I love that each chapter in her cookbook helps your focus on one specific ingredient.  It has been and still is a great addition to my cookbook collection.

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If canning is on your to do list this year, then At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond by Kendra Lynne is totally on your needs list.  If you have ever visited Kendra on her website New Life On A Homestead then you know how thorough her tutorials are for canning!  Now, you can can right along side Kendra in this fabulous DVD that takes you step by step through water bath canning, pressure canning, and outdoor canning as well.  Let Kendra take the scary out of a process that will take you back to a simpler way of life!

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The first actual tool I purchased in my food storage journey (circa 2009) was the Food Storage Made Easy Ebook from Jodi & Julie at Food Storage Made Easy.  I thought I was knocking it out of the park until I downloaded their book and started really seeing what our family was going to need if we were serious about long term storage.  I still reference their website and book often to keep me up to date on what's going on in my food storage.  So, I am giving away one free!  I love the ease of their process, and the great information that goes with it!

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If you follow many homesteading or homemaker facebook pages, you might have heard mention of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.  This originally was for sale in September, and I kicked myself for days for now getting around to purchasing it. Well, I clicked on a link a few days ago, and they  were selling it again for just two days!  I immediately purchased it,went through the list of fantastic ebooks (Shaye Elliott, Jill Winger, Jan Berry, Crystal Paine just to name a few) and saw the Vintage Remedies Essential Oils class ($95 deal,HELLO!) and decided that this was DEFINITELY something I needed to share!

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Shhhh I have a secret.  I sell Thrive Life Foods! I know I know... no secret.  But no giveaway would be complete without Thrive Life Products here!  I love Thrive!  We have such security in knowing that if something were to happen tomorrow, we would be able to eat (like my husband losing his job last year- We were so thankful we had Thrive Life to live on!), and focus that money on other bills.  It is such a peace of mind, I promise  you!  This give away is a collection of pantry cans of our favorite Thrive life products!

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My new obsession interest is essential oils.  I love them!  I love all  essential oils, but I do need to disclose I am a wholesale member of Young Living.  I know, everyone has their preference and reasons why, and I am not here to talk about which is better and all that, but I am excited to give away a small package of amazing oils! A few weeks ago, my family passed around the stomach bug.  Now, my six year old was only sick a couple of hours, while this particular bug was lasting way longer. I used Digize to support her digestive system and it worked great!  Not only that, I use thieves oil to support our immune systems, and several others to help with concentration!  We are loving our essential oils,and I hope the winner of this raffle loves them too!

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Sneak Peak for Monday!

Come Back Monday!! The giveaway featuring these great products is going to live!  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Why What I've Been Doing Was More Important Than Blogging...

I made some promises at the start of September that I wasn't able to live up to.  I hate it when that happens, because I started emergency preparedness month with the best of intentions.  I really did!  Life had a different change of events, and I am so sorry about that!

Normally, when I see a blog that has several spaces in blog time, I pass it by.  I am asking you guys to not pass me by!  I assure you, when things get to normal around here, I will be getting back to the grind!

We undertook a huge project this summer, and it has continued to spill over into Fall (ie hunting season).  We own our home with no mortgage, and for a couple of years felt like we wouldn't be staying here, so we didn't put any money into it.  My husband lost his job back in the fall of last year, and we quickly realized that we would be staying put. For Awhile.  So the only thing left to do was to put money into this house, to make it more energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing.  Plus, my kitchen got an upgrade!  For me, this was huge.  In my kitchen, if someone is loading or unloading the dishwasher, nothing else can be done because there was no room to walk.  For someone that cooks three meals a day, and loves to can and bake, this was problematic.

So, in the summer, we started in one of the kids' rooms, and then moved to my boys' room, and started making it more wheelchair accessible (for my disabled boys), and putting some life into our home.  I also got a nice storage room in the garage out of the deal.  My husband has been so hard working, and I have been busy helping, because in the realm of preparedness, we really felt like this was the biggest thing we could do for ourselves and our family.  There is still a long list of projects yet to do, but we are weeks from a stopping point.  We can't wait to take a break, because let's face it, remodeling is stressful, and even more stressful when you are living in the area you are building/remodeling.  The old saying "twice as long and twice the cost" is more like three times as long and three times the cost of what we thought this project was going to cost and take.  And we aren't even done!  The visual progress of our home has been amazing!  I am thankful we have done it, but I am ready for it to be over!

All that being shared and said, with moving kids and stuff from one room to another, my office space in my bedroom has been taken over by laundry, and random stuff that needed a new place to lay around because nothing had a real home.  I would lay on my bed and look at the TV because I couldn't see the floor and freak out.  Definitely ready for that to be over.  Almost there.

So with nowhere to blog, and my computer usually buried, I spent a lot of time on my phone on Facebook, on my personal page.  I have learned so much about human behavior in crisis mode.  Observing people, just on Facebook, makes me wonder if things got really bad, how bad would human nature be.  Differing opinions on disease processes and contraction of said disease split a whole group of ladies I was a part of.  That's just opinion on one thing!  It makes me sad to think that when push came to shove, there is a good chance a significant percentage of people would not play well with others.  I love Facebook groups.  If used in the right spirit, they can be used to glean so much from one another.  We are supposed to be supporting one another.  We are supposed to be encouraging one another.  I have figured out the preparedness world is so full of cliques.  My nature is one to appease, and desire to be accepted.  That has made it really hard when I observe what I have in the blogging world, but I have to realize that my content should speak for itself.    

In a couple of weeks, my kitchen will be done (yay!!) and I can't wait to get started on being able to give you content you aren't going to get anywhere else.  I want to take food storage tutorials to the next level.  I want to learn new things, more frugal things, and share them!  So, if you will have a little patience with me, I look forward to sharing great information with you to help you in your food storage and preparedness journey.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Specials!!

Welcome to September!  With September comes lots of things, namely National Preparedness Month!  I hope to share many many new and awesome things! Lots of articles, tips, tricks, maybe some printables, and I will also be blogging about the 7 Day Challenge from Jodi and Julie at Every Day Food Storage!  This is a great, short challenge to help you evaluate your levels of preparedness, and see where you need to be working more.  I love it!  There are TONS of great giveaways that will be going on as well.

Also with the first of the month comes the specials flyer! Yay!!


Also this month, Food Rotation systems are on SALE!!! HOORAY!!!

And also some great prices on Emergency Supplies!