Great Giveaway from APN!!!

American Preppers Network (APN) has a great giveaway going on.  There are only a few hours left so head on over and check it out.  It’s a bug out bag from Emergency and Camping Essentials.  Click here to go check it out and enter to win.
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You don’t have to be a prepper to make use of a bug out bag.  Here in hurricane country it a must have for when you have to head to higher ground.  We have had a bug out bag long before we even knew what a bug out bag was, just due to where we live.

Good luck to those that enter!

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Rough Start to a New Year

Well our household has had a very rough start to 2014.  Three of us have been stricken with the flu and its a downright nasty one too.  This time I was more prepared than last time but still not prepared enough.  I had most of what I needed on hand to make natural remedies, however I didn’t have the strength or the stamina to do it!  Lesson learned before flu season gets underway have all the necessary items made and ready to go.  Fortunately I have a 20 year old son that when mom is sick the caretaker in him kicks in.

Once I got to feeling better I was able to make cough syrup and some “just like vicks” shower pucks.  The cough syrup does take some getting used to but it is so worth it and does wonders!


Honey & Onion Cough Syrup

1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup Honey

Optional:1tsp Cloves (ground or whole)
1-2 Tbsp Ginger, Fresh chopped or 1tsp ground

Put onions in a sauce pan then cover with honey( add more honey if needed).  Simmer on low for 20 minutes.  Strain the onions out and keep the remaining honey in a glass jar.  Keep refrigerated.

Over age of 10:  1 Tbsp every 1/2 hour as needed.

Under age of 10: 1 tsp every 1/2 hour as needed.


This cough syrup at first is very sweet then the onion hits you.  However it does a great job if you can get past the onion.  I have found when using cloves it does cut down on the oniony taste somewhat.  I didn’t have any cloves on hand since the holidays so we had to just deal with the onions.  Now that I’m feeling better hindsight tells me I should have had my camera ready each time someone took it.  Those faces were priceless!


The one item I was able to make while being so sick was a sore throat tea which is super easy to make.  That’s probably why I was able to make it!

Sore Throat Tea

2 Tbsp Raw Honey2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Dash of Cinnamon
Hot Water

Put all the ingredients into a cup and pour the hot water over and stir.  Make and drink as often as needed for sore throat.

I will definitely be more prepared next time I have a house full of sickies!

Are you prepared for the flu to strike your house?  What do you have already on hand?


Happy New Year!


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Kids and Basic Preparedness

While scanning through Facebook this morning I came across a blog post that was shared from Modern Homesteaders, Five Things Every 12 Year Old Should Know.  The first point made me think about my 15 year old son and his lack of knowing where he is.  I can get him in the car drive 1 mile, let him out and tell him to walk home, and I’m sure the response would be “Which way do I go?”.  He has his eyes glued to his phone or he is flapping his gums and not paying attention.  What about giving him or one of my older two a map and have them find their way somewhere.  Their response would be to pull out their phone and go to their GPS app.  Yes I’ve been guilty of using my phone GPS too but I know how to read a map!  I feel as though I have really done my children a disservice by not making sure they know these simple little things.


The other four items in the post we have covered for the most part but they can use some work.  Item 2, basic first aid, they know how to take care of cuts, scrapes, sprains, and the like, but would they know how to contact someone if they didn’t have their handy dandy smart phone?  I was very skeptical on this one so I asked all three of them “What is your grandma’s phone number”…yep you guessed it…they each pulled out their phone.  UGH!  They all know about 911 so getting emergency services isn’t a problem.  I think however I will follow the advise given in the post to role play injuries.

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The last three items they’ve got down.  They all three know how to cook, they all three know how to handle weapons and know basic self defense and they can swim.  These areas I’ve very comfortable with their knowledge and skills.

How do your children stack up?  Can they find their way home, perform basic first aid, get/cook food, defend themselves and swim?  At the end of the day these are basic things that they need to know just in case of a event like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, a major earthquake or any emergency situation.


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