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How Modern Life Destroys Survival Instinct

Our world today would seem magical to our ancestors. Our needs are met almost immediately, we have clean water at the turn of a knob, heat at the push of a button, and light with the flip of a switch.  Food is purchased in a box, ready to heat, and a person can prepare a meal in under 6 minutes using the microwave oven that's a fixture in most modern kitchens. Our world is [...]

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Numanna Food Storage Review: Pasta Primavera

One of the most difficult things about tying together my passion for real food with my need for preparedness is finding emergency food that tastes reasonably good, has fewer additives, and isn't loaded with genetically modified ingredients from a country with low food standards. I have buckets of emergency food from several different companies, but there was nothing I felt [...]

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Join the Once a Month Shopping Challenge

What would happen if you only went shopping once a month? Would you become more organized? Would you become more creative? Would you become more mindful of waste? Would you save a ton of money? That's what I want to find out with the Once a Month Shopping Challenge For the next 6 months, my family and I are doing one shopping trip per month of each type. So, the feed s [...]

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Friday Farm Blog - Oct. 9, 2015

Fall is here, and it's my favorite time of the year. The weather is just a little bit cooler, the days are a little bit shorter, and the beautiful change of scenery is welcome after a hot dry summer. Today's Friday Farm Blog is all about fall. I heard from the publisher this week and was delighted to hear that the first run of my book, Prepper's Water Survival Guide, sold ou [...]

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The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did as Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today

With all of the ridiculous new regulations, coddling, and societal mores that seem to be the norm these days, it's a miracle those of us over 30 survived our childhoods. Here's the problem with all of this babying: it creates a society of weenies. There won't be more more rebels because this generation has been frightened into submission and apathy through a deliberately [...]

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Two Ridiculously Easy Ways to Make Homemade Yogurt

Yogurt is full of good bacteria, and it's delicious too!  But those little six-packs touting "active cultures" are also filled with other ingredients that you probably don't want to add to your diet if the purpose of eating yogurt is good health. Here are the ingredients in Yoplait's plain yogurt: Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Nonfat Milk. Contains Less Than 2% of: Corn S [...]

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25 Homemade Coffee Creamers and Syrups (without the nasty additives)

Do you love coffee or know someone who does? 'Tis the season for the fanciest possible version of everything, and your hot beverage is no exception. Places like Starbucks have taken flavored coffees to  whole new level. At my local grocery store, there's an entire refrigerated unit dedicated to decadent flavored creamers. Unfortunately, those creamers are rife with chemical [...]

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Elderberry Extract for the Flu: Nature's "Tamiflu"

The most important weapon against influenza that you can add to your herbal arsenal is elderberry extract. Whether you are concerned with the seasonal flu or the potential of a deadly strain of influenza becoming pandemic, elderberry extract is a vital addition to your vault of flu remedies. Unlike the highly touted flu shot, black elderberry has actually been conclusive [...]

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Five Reasons Why I'll Never Get a Flu Shot

If you're looking for a deeply scientific treatise on the flu shot, this isn't it. I'm not a chemist, a physician or someone with an advanced degree in biology.  I'm just a mom with an internet connection.  I'm a person who has researched and compiled an assortment of worrisome facts that point in one direction: the flu shot is NOT beneficial. Some of these reasons ar [...]

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The EPA Takes an Ax to Self-Sufficiency: Most Woodburning Stoves Will Soon Be Illegal

When you think of that little dream homestead in the woods, what does it include?  Probably a well and septic system, a little stream bubbling nearby, a chicken coop, a sunroom for winter growing, and a cozy fire to curl up next to. When my daughter and I spent a year living in a cabin in the Northwoods of Canada, our woodstove was our lifeline. It was the only source of [...]

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Brown Bag Ban: Fed Gov Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor's Note

It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend's ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch for her pre-school age child. (source: Dear Parents, I have received wor [...]

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Tyler Smith of Doomsday Preppers: Apex Predator or Apex Punk?

If there was ever a case study on why preppers should be prepared to defend their supplies, the upcoming episode of National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers would provide a perfect example. “We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming. [...]

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