Thursday, April 3, 2014

Water the essence of life

How do you obtain water? Are you on a public utility or well? Does it require electricity or is it gravity fed? Where is it sourced from? 

Water is such an important aspect of our lives. We often take for granted that if we turn a faucet ,we have water. What happens though if something affects our supply? Do you keep bottled water on hand? If so how much? The average adult needs 64-96 ounces of water per day to maintain adequate hydration. The average disaster response time is 72 hours. Water can be easily stored in bottles. Keeping a few cases on hand in a closet may just be the difference between a "happy you and a very sick or dead you."  In the event of a major storm or other disaster do you know where to obtain water if you run out of a supply  and that faucet doesn't work? Do you know how to purify water with limited resources? Here is a nice article explaining what you can do.

Some areas we may not think of looking for water is the back of a toilet.  Most toilets hold 2-8 gallons of water in the reservoir. In an urban environment there are a lot of toilets! Maybe you have a waterway near you. A simple charcoal fish tank filter cartridge, I like these Whisper Biobags ( can be used to help filter water and if you can boil it or add a drop of bleach that will go a long way to keeping you from becoming ill. A few basic and inexpensive supplies like a clorox pen, a filter pad and a lighter can mean the difference between safe and unsafe water. 

Remember often times official aide will take several days to arrive. Be prepared and be safe.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy Soaping Folks!

SO the cost of just about every item you need to live is increasing. Often times our salary does not! Let's talk about laundry soap!
I just made 6+ months of soap for a family of 9 for about a total cost of 2$. The cost will vary some depending on where you live but not by much.
I got his nifty recipe from . I doubled it and I add a few teaspoons of essential oil. If you are concerned about clothes becoming "grey" a tablespoon of vinegar will take care of that. If you want to make your own vinegar here is a recipe.

What about the dishwasher?

One more item. Soapnuts. These are a natural "fruits" containing the chemical saponis. They are part of the Lychee tree family. My kids lucked upon a tree last Fall and we spent several weeks experimenting with these cool little "soapballs!"

Money saved is money earned. :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Here come the quackers and cluckers!

Talk about a sustainable food source. Ducks and chickens! Egg laying, bug eating and meat producing. All very inexpensively too. The backyard chicken movement is moving across Americas urban landscape. More and more folks are discovering the joy of having chickens as pets and food producers.
Well fed chickens can keep you well fed. Ducks are also great egg layers and fun companions to have around. We are anticipating our arrival of both over the next several weeks. Bring on the EGGS!

Look up your local farms and feed stores and farm swaps. Buy local if you can to help support your local economy and small farms!  Many will be having hatchings soon if not already. I will leave you to your egging. farewell my fellow Earthlings.

Monday, January 6, 2014


Yes it is cold right now, but are you planning a garden, for Spring? There are a lot of deals to be had at this time, to get you started on self sustaining gardening. I have recently posted how to create container gardens in small areas. We have also gone over supporting independent businesses and growing organic. Well here is a guy who has a wonderful and inexpensive starter pack of garden seed.
For a mere 50$ :

For every 55 Variety Heirloom Seed package you buy (Home-Grown, Non GMO, 22,000 Seeds, Fresh from 2013--Price $50)..

You'll get a FREE 10 Variety Heirloom Herb Seed package...As our Bonus to you ( Non GMO, Fresh from 2013, and 4000 Seeds)

Great for You, Family members, or Friends that love to Garden..and runs thru January 2014. You can email me at, and I will email you a Paypal link to pay thru, and then mail out your Seed package and bonus right away. Or you can go to our website at Thank you and God Bless You.

Get your ordering on folks! :) 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

The three R's.

I know a lot of posts lately have been just CCP articles. I think it is important to note, that I am posting articles from multiple news sources. Left, Right and bipartisan alike. We live in a time fraught with uncertainty in our global economic stance. Things wont get better over night but if we each do little things we can make it better and leave hope for our children and grandchildren. My kids are learning the Reduce Reuse Recycle motto in school. I think it is something we all need to adopt and utilize. This goes beyond sorting our trash bins properly. Do you really need that brand new phone, name brand shoes, new car? Can you afford it? Would that money be better spent elsewhere or put away for future uses? Am I saying to deprive yourself of all luxury? No. I am just saying be thrifty spend wisely and save. Invest in hard goods like gold and silver. Have a financial back up plan. Start taking small steps to build a better future!