Homesteading and self-reliance

How To Stay Warm This Winter (Without Breaking the Bank)

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Do It Yourself, Emergency Preparedness, Heat Sources, Power Outage, Winter Preparedness 1 Comment

Nothing says ‘Happy New Year!’ like a high electricity bill. (Kidding! But seriously…) When the winter temps start going down, electric bills naturally start going up.  Thanks to the advancement of green technology, we can now invest in LED lights …

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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Do It Yourself, Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Vehicle Preparedness, Winter Preparedness 1 Comment

It’s that time of the year again- winter is here. At this moment, from the comfort of my office window, I’m watching my town get covered up in a blanket of snow. I can’t help but think about the beginning …

First Aid Kit

The Ultimate Family First Aid Kit + Printable Checklist

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First aid kits are a critical piece of equipment to have in the home, the car, at school, and in the workplace. These kits are important because they contain the necessary items to help treat minor ailments and reduce the …

Best food for a bug out bag

40+ Highly Nutritious Foods to Keep in Your Bug Out Bag

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Food is fuel to the body. During an emergency situation you may be faced with the difficult decision to bug out or evacuate your home at a moment’s notice. Having a hearty 72-hour food supply in your bug out kit …

The 23 Best Alternatives to Toilet Paper

The 23 Best Alternatives to Toilet Paper

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Bug Out Bags, Camping, Do It Yourself, Emergency Preparedness, Hygiene, Water, Wilderness Survival 1 Comment

There may come a time when toilet paper becomes a luxury item. For those of us living in the Western part of the world, a shortage of TP probably sounds like a disaster. But have no fear! Many people have …

Items to barter when SHTF

55+ Indispensable Items to Barter When SHTF

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The term barter is defined by Merriam-Webster as the exchange of goods, services, or commodities. Bartering dates back thousands of years and was the primary form of trade until currency was implemented. When we think of it, it sounds like …

Quarantine Skills to Have or Learn

22 Useful Skills to Learn if You’re Quarantined

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This is a very sensitive time for the world— from the news of the pandemic to the shutting down of most public buildings and businesses, people are panicked, out of work (or working from home), and learning to cope with …

How to Motivate Younger Generations to Become Prepared

How to Motivate Younger Generations to Become Prepared

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Being a female emergency preparedness enthusiast in my late twenties definitely sets me apart from many of the people in my age group. I was born in a volatile country where your financial savings and assets were never safe in …

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A Guide to Emergency Preparedness for Senior Citizens

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It seems that every day, somewhere in the world, a natural disaster (or man-made disaster) has occurred. Events such as storms, floods, earthquakes, mass shootings, blackouts and much more seem to fill our newscasts daily. Being prepared is an important …

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How to Evacuate Without a Vehicle: Alternatives and Resources

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Home evacuation plans are usually set to include the members of your family, your pets, all your basic needs, some special memorabilia, and of course, your car. Unfortunately, this is not the case for a large percentage of the population …

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49 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

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Heat waves are known for being dangerously deadly! How is it possible to stay cool? High heat and humidity may be tolerable for a moment but do you know the dangers that prolonged heat exposure pose? In 2003, approximately 15,000 …

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What To Do During a Hurricane to Stay Safe

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Although it seems early to be talking about this, we’ve already entered into hurricane season. It’s vital that we begin to gear up for the next few months since there’s really no accurate way to predict what the future has …

Homesteading and self-reliance

10 Effective Ways to Mouse-Proof Your Food Storage

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It’s such a relief to have a storage of food supplies that are guaranteed to last you the next 20 plus years. It takes away so much pressure knowing that if a major disaster were to disrupt the delivery of …

Homesteading and self-reliance

Baking in a Post-Crisis Scenario + FREE Printable Recipe!

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Do It Yourself, Emergency Food, Emergency Preparedness, Homesteading, Winter Preparedness 3 Comments

Last weekend I visited a nearby apple orchard and couldn’t leave without first trying a slice of their bakery’s pie. I ended up buying a mini pie because it was Sunday, my cheat day… and with the help of my …

Long-term food storage

A Vegan Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Camping, Do It Yourself, Earthquake Preparedness, Emergency Food, Emergency Preparedness, Homesteading, Winter Preparedness 7 Comments

The vegan diet is becoming very popular these days. Veganism includes only plant-based ingredients and no animal products nor by-products. If you pay close attention to product labels, you have probably noticed that most of the ingredients in long-term food …

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15 Hearty Meals You Can Prepare During a Power Outage

Nadia Tamara Camping, Do It Yourself, Emergency Food, Emergency Preparedness, Power Outage, Winter Preparedness 2 Comments

When we say preparedness, many people think of the end of the world and how they might have to survive with little to no supplies. In reality though, preparing is more likely to be for a temporary disaster. A small-scale …

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13 Ways You Can Prepare Today for the Next Government Shutdown

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I was in a state of shock last month as I watched the news of the government shutdown that felt like it would never end. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one! Indeed it was the longest shutdown in American …

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18 DIY Fire Starters for Under a Dollar

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Staying warm during winter months is vital to your survival, whether you’re indoors or out in the wild. Hypothermia can be deadly yet preventable. A fire isn’t only important for keeping warm but is also used for signaling for help. …

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25 Preparedness Goals to Add to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Do It Yourself, Emergency Preparedness 6 Comments

With the new year comes the expectation that changes will take place for the better. Many people reflect on the past year and choose new goals to be accomplished during the following one. It’s a great time to determine what …

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Protect These Important Documents Before a Disaster Hits

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Do It Yourself, Earthquake Preparedness, Emergency Preparedness, Evacuation 9 Comments

Do you remember the Camp Fire in Northern California? Fires are not at all uncommon in California (and many other parts of the world) but the intensity of this fire was very unique. During this horrific event, the residents of …

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21 Easy Ways to Start an Emergency Fund Even if You’re Broke

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As adults (and even young adults), it’s our responsibility to prepare ourselves and our families for the future. We cannot control the circumstances that occur around us which should be a good enough reason to store emergency supplies, including money. …

Long-term food storage

The Complete List of Long-Lasting Survival Foods + FREE Printable

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In a prosperous country like the United States, it’s difficult to imagine what “lack” looks like. Walk into any Costco, Walmart or local store and you’ll notice the shelves are practically overflowing with stuff…all kinds of stuff! Oftentimes multiple brands …

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How to Keep Fruits & Veggies Fresh Without Refrigeration

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I foresee a moment in the future when there will be a major power outage, leaving us in the dark for hours or even days at a time. Everyone is susceptible to long-term outages even if a solar panel is …

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53 Must-Have Car Winter Essentials

Nadia Tamara A Little Bit of Everything, Camping, Do It Yourself, Emergency Preparedness, Vehicle Preparedness, Winter Preparedness 4 Comments

Winter can be a scary season for drivers. For me, winter means becoming more of a hermit. I live in a mountain town and I avoid driving when the roads are slick. I have been in several accidents due to …

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41 Ways to Secure Your Home Before an Evacuation

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It’s scary to think that the place we call home can at some point become threatened by a natural disaster. One of the most important parts of emergency preparedness is learning to protect our living spaces and possessions that we …

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50 Essential Crops to Grow in Your Survival Garden

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No crops are off limits when growing a survival garden, but some are better than others in terms of: how easy they are to grow (in different climates) how quickly they produce a harvest how nutritious and calorie dense they …

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50 Brilliant Uses for Baking Soda in an Emergency

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Baking soda is one of the most versatile households items. While we most commonly use it in baking breads and other recipes, there are countless uses for this kitchen staple. In an emergency situation, baking soda will become very handy, …

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Can You Heat a Room With a Candle?

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There are one too many videos and articles on the internet discussing the idea of an upside-down flowerpot space heater. Sounds like magic, right!? And if it worked as well as many companies advertise it, I’m sure more people would …

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Is it Okay to Use Non-Potable Water?

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The issue of non potable water is rather complex. Water can be contaminated due to a wide range of circumstances. While there are many sources of water, not all the sources are reliable, that is why precautions must be taken …

Long-term food storage

The Best Foods To Store in Your Car for Emergencies

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There’s a high probability of facing an emergency or becoming stranded while driving because so much of our time is spent in our cars. Preparedness efforts shouldn’t be limited to the preparedness of our homes. Instead, we should be prepared …

Water storage

The Best Ways to Store Water in Your Car

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The wonderful thing about having a car is that you don’t have to worry about the issue of weight, so you should always be able to carry a few extra water bottles. A few adjustments to your vehicle’s emergency kit …

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Is Rain Water Safe to Drink?

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At some point in time, our world was blessed with 100% clean natural resources that could be freely used without the worry of contaminants. Water was one of these resources. Unfortunately, due to an increase in development, pollution and industrialization, …

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The Simplest Guide to Building a DIY Bug Out Bag

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“Bug Out Bags are a waste of time and money!” I heard this said a few times and I see where people are coming from. Many companies out there try to sell an “end of the world” theory but their …