The Practical Prepper and Ricocheting

I finally found it. I'm going to let you into my brain just a little, but be careful because things tend to ricochet around in there quite a bit.  I read a lot, mostly non-fiction,  and so my brain is quite the repository of random bits of knowledge.   Sometimes it's organized and other times there is no rhyme or reason to how all those bits are filed. If you've read my blog for any amount … [Read more...]

How to Survive in Extreme Cold and Live to Tell about it.

Two adults and 4 small children are alive today because once they found themselves in a survival situation, they did everything right. This past week, Two adults, two of their own children and a niece and nephew were out for a day of playing in the snow. What they didn't know was that they'd be spending the night in sub-zero temps, down to 20 below, two nights actually. They are alive today … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffer Alert

I love a good stocking stuffer and I just found one on Amazon.com. This Leatherman multi-tool will work great in any emergency kit. One thing I love about this one is the key-ring attachment, not necessarily because I want it on my key ring (you might) but because of all the other attachment possibilities like tying a glow-in-the-dark paracord strap on it or attaching it to a zipper on a duffel … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas to Help You Get Ready

Disclosure: Many of the links in this article are affiliate links and if you purchase, I receive a small portion of that sale...at no additional cost to you.  Please know that I own and use each of these products and wouldn't highlight them here if I didn't love them. Those of us who want to get ready for anything and become a little more self-reliant can sometimes be hard to buy for.  We tend … [Read more...]

I pray we never have to deal with this…a warning

It's a parents worse nightmare, something that will stay with us forever.   Seeing a child, your child suffer when you feel powerless to stop it. Recently I came across a photography blog that detailed a harrowing experience of a mother watching her 5 year-old nearly strangle to death,  I was riveted by the tale and horrified that they had to experience this.  This event has shaped them both … [Read more...]

12 ways to prepare for a storm (and a giveaway)

  If you've been watching the news in the last little bit, you'll know that there is a BIG NASTY storm headed to the East Coast of the US.   I know what you're probably thinking, "Phew, I live in the West (South, Europe, insert non-east coast location here) and I don't have to worry about that." I would venture a guess, however, that you probably know someone in the storm's path that … [Read more...]

Drip, Drip, Drip – how to get your freezer ready for a power outage

Today started out like any other day that has nothing on the calendar. (Note: nothing on the calendar DOES NOT mean that there is nothing to do, it just means I don't have to leave the house unless I choose to, the kids actually think that any blank day is water park day for them...ummm.  NOPE) So, after fighting off the kids I pondered which one of the myriad things on my list I would tackle … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home 101- Box 9 – The Kitchen box

The Kitchen Box Container Suggestions: Rubbermaid tote, wooden box (If you jumped into this series on this post, you’ll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) The possibilities for this box are wide open.  It can be as simple and cheap as a couple of plastic bins (remember that these … [Read more...]

Evacuating your home 101 – Box 7- Family First-Aid Kit

Box # 7 - Family First- Aid Kit Container suggestions: Fishing tackle box, soft sided bag with lots of compartments, Paramedic bag (this would be for the someone who needed lots of volume or intended to care for lots of people.  Like an EMT or other first responder)   (If you jumped into this series on this post, you'll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first … [Read more...]

Evacuating your Home – Box # 6 – The Camping Box

Box # 6 - The Camping Box Container:  A wooden box would be the most durable.   (If you jumped into this series on this post, you'll want to head back to the beginning so it makes sense.  The first post in the series is here, then follow the links for the rest of the series.) Of all the boxes so far, this one will need to take the most beating so make sure it's durable.  It will … [Read more...]