Improve Your Photography…

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…with this incredible offer!

Ultimate Photography Bundle

 

You’re probably like me, an ok photographer. But I want to – no, need to – learn more. I realized this when I attempted to photograph a friend for her business brochure a few weeks ago. I have the right equipment, and most of my past photos have turned out well. But this time I bombed big time. I had a new camera, and out of 50 or so photos, I was only able to use one. I don’t mind telling you, this shook me.

I don’t just need to learn more about taking photos. I’ve been processing them in Photoshop, but without Lightroom. I quickly downloaded a free trial of Adobe Lightroom, and I am so happy with this software, but I really need to learn about all its capabilities. And quickly. My younger brother has a head start on me in this department, and I simply must catch up. You know how it is with siblings.

Also, as an amateur genealogist, I have tons of old family photos that I want to process digitally. I don’t want to just scan and save – I want to enhance these old photos so that they look their best.

I thought about taking a photography class at my local community college, but I don’t have the time right now. I’m going to get this amazing offer and start working on my education and skills right now.

Click on the photo above and see what is being offered. I think you’ll be impressed.

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Photography Resources – Free!

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Photography

 

 

Improve your photography with these free downloads

Photography is so easy these days with digital cameras. No costly film to develop. Take as many photos as you want, then pick from the best without having to print them all. Whether you use a phone camera, a small auto-focus, or a top of the line camera, there is always room for improvement.

Everyone would like to take better pictures. Yet fitting photography courses into a busy schedule is not always possible. Plus it is expensive. But there is so much to learn. Great photos are not as simple as point and click.

Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced photographer, here two free downloads I think you will like.


At the Beginner level, you will get a free chapter on composition from Katie Evans’ The Key to Taking Pictures Like a Professional Photographer.

At the Intermediate or Business level, you can download Andrew Gibson’s Mastering Lightroom: Book Two—The Develop Module.

Enjoy, and let me know how you liked them.

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Moringa Seedling Giveaway

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Moringa Oleifera Seedling

Spring is the perfect time to plant Moringa. It will love the heat that is about to come and take off… Moringa can grow up to 20 feet in one season if given enough heat, water and nutrients. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of vitamins B, C, A, K, manganese, and protein, among other essential nutrients.

It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but prefers a neutral to slightly acidic (pH 6.3 to 7.0), well-drained sandy or loamy soil. It is a sun- and heat-loving plant, and does not tolerate freezing or frost. Moringa is particularly suitable for dry regions, as it can be grown using rainwater without expensive irrigation

The leaves are the most widely used parts of this plant. They contain three times more iron than spinach. They also have antibacterial properties and hence can be used as a purifier and as a natural detoxifier. Moringa seeds mixed in impure water can help in absorbing all the impurities.

The leaves can be cooked and used like spinach. They are also commonly dried and crushed into a powder to be used in soups, sauces and smoothies. As with most foods, heating moringa above 140 °F destroys some of the nutritional value.

2 Winners Will Receive 4 Moringa Oleifera Seedlings

…and seeds each.

When

May 17 – May 2oth – 12 am EST

Value

$37.50 each winner plus free shipping

Sponsor

Blue Yonder Urban Farms
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Who Can Enter

Anyone who is 18 years or older and resides in the continental US only… No Alaska or Hawaii shipping.

Winner Notification

Winner will be notified by email, and has 24 hours to respond. If winner does not respond within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen.

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Kevin’s Clothespin Giveaway

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Kevin's Clothes Pin Giveaway

Spring is almost here, and there is nothing like the smell of fresh sheets hung on the clothesline. Not only does your laundry smell wonderful, you save energy too by not running the dryer!

My blogging friends and I have discovered the best handmade clothes pins ever made. They are hand crafted by a real wood worker, and they are made with real hardwood maple and a heavy duty, fully wound stainless steel spring mechanism that makes them sturdy and strong… So Strong that one blogger hung a 5 pound weight with one of them.

Only the best handmade clothes pins could make one friend give up on the cheap imported ones and invest in 200 of Kevin’s Quality Clothes Pins… She will never go back

Kevin’s Quality Clothes Pin, has a wider opening allowing for more and bulkier materials to be pinned… I think you will say that Kevin’s Quality Clothes Pins are the most beautiful clothes pin you will probably ever find…

…and they are Made in the USA!

What:

30 Clothespins – Handmade, heavy duty, made of left over hard wood end pieces from the manufacturing of guitars.

Perks – 10% Off New Orders

Also, as a special for our readers, you can get a 10% discount through March 23rd. Just go to their store and enter this code at checkout:   BYG10TOTAL3

How Many Winners:

Three Winners Of 30 Clothespins Each…

When:

March 12th 12am EST
March 21st 12am EST

Who Can Enter

Anyone 18 of years or older, and residents of the USA…

Giveaway Terms & Conditions

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Winner Notification

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent.

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This giveaway is being sponsored by:
Hilary & Kevin Jones of The Frabjus Lady and the Screwy Carpenter.

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KickStarter

Hilary and Kevin have a Kickstarter going on this month. Check out their video

 

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Pickled Carrots

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It’s the last day of the calendar year. I enjoyed lunch and saw a movie with my son. What a treat!

Then I did something I haven’t done for a long time. I began a fermenting project. Actually, I began one of my New Year resolutions a day early. Eating more fermented foods in your diet provides probiotics, which helps to provide the good bacteria  your stomach needs. I plan to eat more fermented food in 2015. And of course I plan to make my own.

Pickled CarrotsBack in the day I used to use a crock for fermenting, but now it is a simple thing to use a mason jar. There wasn’t anything hard about this project at all. I used an air-lock system from Fermentools, and the thing that took the longest was peeling and cutting the carrots, which didn’t take long at all.  Add a few cloves of garlic to the carrots, and cover them with a salt-water brine. Then just follow the directions that come with the air-lock system, which are incredibly easy, and voilà! C’est fini!

I couldn’t be happier with this new equipment. In about a week I’ll be sampling the carrots, and I’ll let you know how they turn out. What should I ferment next? I might make pickles, ferment garlic for storage, or maybe make some apple cider vinegar. Probably I’ll do all three, and then some. Stay tuned.

If you are interested in the “recipe” for the carrots, here it is:

Ingredients:

  • 1-1½ pounds of carrots, peeled and cut (I used heirloom carrots)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (you can add more or less to taste)
  • Ancient Himalayan Salt (high in trace minerals)
  • Distilled water
  • Quart Wide-Mouth Mason Jar
  • Airlock system (includes a glass weight to keep the items you are fermenting below the surface of the brine)

Directions:

Sterilize your mason jar and glass weight. Place the vegetables (carrots and garlic) in the jar. Using a 2% solution*, add brine to about 1″ below the top of the jar. Add the glass weight, then install the gasket and lid, and use the existing “ring” from the original mason jar lid to fasten the Fermentools lid to the jar. Then install the stopper on the airlock and install it on the lid. Fill the air lock about ½ full of water and you are done.

The minimum fermenting time for this is 1 week. Keep it on the counter covered with a towel or paper sack, or in a dark cupboard, so that light won’t kill the bacteria.

After the ferment period is done you can enjoy the carrots, but they will improve over time in a cool place (50°-70°). The refrigerator is a bit too cold. The  carrots should last up to 6 months.

If you want to add other things, like celery seed, mustard, dill or coriander, you can.


*Fermentools sells this fine-grain salt, with measurements on the package for 2%, 3.5% and 10% solutions.


Wishing you all a healthy and happy new year!

HappyNewYear

 

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Win a Prescott Fire Resistant Bag for your Important Documents

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How To Store Important Documents-Giveaway-Dec.5th-12th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com
ZquaredAway is kindly sponsoring this giveaway for the Prescott Fire Resistant Bag.

ZquaredAway manufactures and sells a line of protective covers for home archival use. These patent pending bags have triple layered covers that will protect against flame, smoke, heat and the water application used to mitigate most house fires. Their motto “Fire Fighter Gear For What You Hold Dear” serves to protect many archival items and keepsakes to include wedding albums, emergency binders with important documents such as passports and birth certificates, scrapbooks, collections such as baseball cards, thumb drives, family home movies, baby books, genealogy documents, and much more. The Prescott Fire Resistant Bag, their largest cover is an ideal carrier for any prepper’s “grab and go” binder. These covers are manufactured in the U.S. and are currently sold on Amazon.com. Today’s giveaway includes The Prescott Fire Resistant Bag and the Outer Bank Thumb Drive Cover.

This Prescott Fire Resistant Bag and the Outer Banks Thumb Drive Cover is a sponsored giveaway and open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Dec.5th at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Friday, Dec.12th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!
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Black Friday Berkey Light Giveaway

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Black Friday Berkey Light Giveaway-Nov.28th-Dec.5th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com
Berkey Light Water Purifier Giveaway

We are excited to share this Berkey Light Water Purifier Giveaway that sponsored by our friends at LPC Survival. The Berkey Light Water Purifier is an deal water filtration system for everyday use at home, travel, outdoors or during emergencies. Includes one set of Black Berkey Elements. Includes:

  • 2 Black Berkey Elements
  • Serves 1 – 5 People
  • Holds aprox 2.75 Gallons

The Berkey Light is easy to set up and install. It measures: Height x Diameter (inches) 26.5 x 9.25 (base included); The system can also be used without the base and stands 21″; Empty Weight 5(lbs); Holding capacity: Aprox. 2.75 Gallon
Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system can purify over 4 Gallons per hour. The containers consist of shatter-resistant, non BPA, copolyester material.

If you have always wanted to own one, now’s your chance! Submit your entries below.

This Berkey Light System is a sponsored giveaway and open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Nov. 28th at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Friday, Dec.5th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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Food Brick and Water Brick Giveaway!

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Eartheasy.com has graciously agreed to sponsor a pre-Thanksgiving Giveaway to one of our loyal readers so they can get their food and water storage off the ground! Today you get the opportunity to win FOUR water bricks and FOUR food bricks! The Water Bricks can hold up to 3.5 Gallons of water, and are sturdy enough to stack up to 4 feet tall. They are small enough to slide under a bed, and light enough (even when full) to be easily carried with their handy handle. The Food Bricks are the same size as the water brick, but they are specifically designed to pack, stack, and store food. They interlock and stack perfectly with the waterbricks. Both bricks are made of heavy, durable, BPA-free food grade plastic. Food and Water Bricks are perfect for preparedness, disaster relief, or any outdoor activity like boating, rafting, camping, tailgating, and more, and you can enter to win your very own set of EIGHT food and water bricks (4 of each) today!

Meet the Bloggers Involved

The Busy B Homemaker
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Prepared Housewives
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The Rural Economist
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Are We Crazy or What?
The 7 P’s Survival Blog
Prepared in Every Way
Preparedness Mama
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The Tattooed Homestead
Apartment Prepper
Homestead Lady
Trailer Park Homesteader
The Easy Homestead
Fabulous Farm Girl

Terms and Conditions

This Food Brick and Water Brick Giveaway is sponsored by Eartheasy.com, and is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Nov. 17th at 6:00 am (CST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 23th, 2014 at 6:00 pm (CST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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GameSaver Titanium Giveaway

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The NEW FoodSaver® GameSaver® Titanium New
 

This GameSaver® Titanium Vacuum Sealer w/Bonus Offer is a sponsored post/giveaway from our friends @ FoodSaver®.com. We are happy to be able to offer you a chance to win one!

A vacuum sealer is the perfect tool to preserve your hard won game, to stretch your family’s food budget, and it will also extend the life of your food staples. It is easy to use and will save you money!

Michael at The Backyard Pioneer did a full review on this fantastic GameSaver® Titanium Vacuum Sealer w/Bonus Offer! If you are a hunter, this is the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer you will want for sure! It’s sturdy and heavy duty. Please enter today for your chance to win one…Good luck to everyone!

This FoodSaver® GameSaver® Titanium Vacuum Sealer w/Bonus Offer is a sponsored giveaway and is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Nov. 17th at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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It’s a Wrap!

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It's a WrapWith the holiday season fast approaching, if you plan to make your gifts now is the time to start. It is also a good time to start thinking about how to package those gifts. Have you thought about handmade wrapping for handmade gifts? Or any gifts, for that matter?

Did you know that Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year? The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week! And it is not just the paper wrapping either. Cards, ribbon, and fancy embellishments all get thrown away.

Why Wrap Gifts?

There is a psychological component to wrapping a gift. The anticipation of unwrapping it, the guessing what is in it, and the visual delight suggesting “something of value within” all build excitement.  They add to the experience of both the giver and the person receiving the gift.

But who has money to throw away these days? You can easily spend over $15 just to present a gift with a card. It can be lifestyle-driven too. If you are in a hurry, you rush into the store to buy the gift bag, a bow or ribbon enhancement, the tissue paper to hide the gift inside, and a nice card. When we are in a hurry we are tempted to trade our money for our time. Unless we plan ahead, this often happens. That is, if we have the money to spend.

Admit It

Sometimes you want the wrapping to convey something about you. To convey that you give lavishly. That you have good taste. All too often society and the media shape our expectations and that leads to habits that become “normal” in our culture. But sometimes “normal” is just not good. Not good for our environment. Not good for our pocketbooks. Not good for our stress levels.

While I love a beautifully wrapped gift, I am trying to discover new ways to present a visual delight when wrapping a gift – ways that don’t include throwing the wrapping away. Here are some ideas that you might want to use this year. These wrapping alternatives can be quite elegant or as plain as can be (think rustic), but they can be reused! And valued! Just use your imagination to make your wrapping uniquely you!

Alternatives to buying and using wrapping paper:

Cloth wrappings

  • Leather or cloth used as furoshiki bag.  Japanese furoshiki is a traditional japanese wrapping cloth, used to wrap everything. Furoshiki can be used for gift wrapping, grocey shopping or even as clothing. Just click here for a delightful visual display, then watch the DIY tutorial video below.

  • Use an infinity scarf or a regular scarf, either as the wrapping or as the “tissue” lining for the present.
  • Make your own food wrap (like they did in pioneer days) using cotton cloth and beeswax, and use these as both a gift and the wrapping for small items, especially kitchen related gifts, or food gifts. Perhaps consider securing them with a food clip. This is an excellent DIY article on making these simple cloths using your oven. Here is another method of making this wrap, using an iron.
  • Use warm woolen socks (perhaps you too have some unmatched socks!) to “wrap” bottles, and secure them with ribbon or twine. Perfect for that holiday hostess gift! Or use a pair as an extra gift when wrapping a wine or oil bottle, as shown in the video below.

Papercraft – make your own reusable boxes to enclose a gift (this is also an excellent project for children.

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Use the pattern to cut out your cardstock, then score along the dotted lines. If you don’t have a scoring tool, or if you’re like me and have misplaced yours, you can use a closed ballpoint pen instead. I like score the cardstock on the ironing board. Use tacky glue or double sided tape to secure the main seam. Fold the end pieces in along the score lines, folding the piece with the cutout in first. Embellish as desired. You can tie these with ribbons or string as well.

Plain cardboard box as wrappingSimple-Box – purchase very inexpensively at a craft store. Use twine or string.

  • Give a child a gift in a plain box with supplies to decorate it to make a special box for their treasures. Or let a child decorate one of these boxes to enclose a gift to someone.
  • Use this to wrap an exquisite gift, and let the contrast make a statement.

Practical boxes to wrap a giftPractical boxes to wrap a giftBuy a nice gift box or file box to “wrap” your present. They are relatively inexpensive. Or if you are creative you can make your own by using a plain box you buy at a craft store. Add a meaninful photo to the boxes that feature photos, and then use twine or ribbon to finish it off.

Make or buy drawstring bags to BurlapBagspresent your gifts – ones that can and will be reused. These can be as elegant (silk) or simple and plain (burlap) as you wish. With just rudimentary sewing skills you can sew a rectangle and fold over the edges to create a space for inserting a ribbon or cord for the drawstring.

You can also buy pre-made organza or satin gift bags very inexpensively that look fabulous and are sure to be re-used. Try putting some pot-pouri or fragrance beads in the little organza bags to freshen up drawers. Or give jewelry in a fancy bag like the one shown. You may be able to get these locally, but if not you can order them from Creative Castle at (805) 499-1377 (just ask for Carole) or by emailing ctripp@creativecastle.com. (I get no compensation by recommending them, I just want you to be able to find them somewhere if you want them and cannot find them locally.)

Drawstring-BagsDrawstring-Bags

 

Also interesting is a little “purse” that you can use to enclose jewelry or a small gift. These are perfect for little girls. They would make a nice “surprise present” hidden as a Christmas tree ornament. The ones I purchased were $0.99 each. Again, if you can’t find these locally you can contact Creative Castle and they will be happy to ship them to you.

Purses

 

No wrapping – find a Bucketsbucket, basket or clay pot at your craft or 99 cent store to use as the container, and use burlap or other fabric to cushion the gift. Believe me, this type of “wrapping” can be much cheaper than just one fancy gift card. Around the holidays choose a festive Christmas or Hanukkah tea towel to line a basket.

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As shown in the photos above, you can buy cotton cloth squares at your local fabric stores for $2.00 or less. You will find these in the quilting section. After ironing and cutting edges with pinking shears, you can create a no-sew liner for a basket you find in the dollar store or craft store. Total cost – $5-7 for a “wrapping’ that can be used over and over! I would rather give an additional gift (the lined basket) than purchase wrapping and a card that will just be thrown away.

Take it a step further and wrap another gift with a contrasting color cloth and insert into the basket. These cotton squares are perfect for making cling wrap that can be used and washed and reused. Just tuck a plastic bag with grated beeswax and directions to make re-usable cling wrap into the basket. Or you might want to line your baskets with cling wrap that you have already made from these fabric squares.

Another idea is to buy or make a gift to wrap a gift – placemats, dishcloths, scarf, length of cloth or soft leather to reuse as furoshiki bag for groceries or for a nice tote/carry-all. Of course if you choose the cloth for furoshiki, type out the directions or include the URL for an online tutorial.

Alternatives to buying fancy ribbon, tissue, and specialty tags:

Use twine, string, paracord, cloth ribbon (especially a beautiful grosgrain ribbon), raffia, a belt, an elastic bracelet, a necklace, hair scrungies. You could even use a narrow scarf to tie up a cloth-wrapped gift, and add a pin to finish it off. Use your imagination.

Use a piece of cloth, a handkerchief, or a scarf as the “liner” in a box instead of tissue to present a nice gift.

Tags

Buy “chalkboard” tags, or buy the wooden tags and use chalkboard paint to make your own. Then suggest using these to label the mason jars in the pantry after the present is opened. Include a set of chalks. These would be perfect to give to kids beforehand so they can use these on the gifts they give. These can also be reused as a family tradition each year.

Make your own tags. These will probably get thrown away, but it will save money and they are fun to design. While this is not a reusable suggestion, you can save money by printing out your tags on the back of a 8×11 scrapbook paper of your choice. Cut them out, and you will have a beautiful design of your choosing on one side and a place to write on the other. If you prefer them to be a little stiffer, choose scrapbook cardstock.

Downloads:     Red Tags    Blue Tags


GiftSo here is a recent gift I presented to a friend. It incorporates some of these ideas listed above. She liked the box just as well as the gifts inside. I bought the scarf and the box, and the rest was handmade, including the pin for the scarf. I had fun making the tags and label too. I would have rather used red ribbon or cord, but  raffia is what I had on hand.

Use your imagination – the combinations are infinite! And you can’t loose by giving an extra gift (as the wrapping). See how creative you can get.

 

If you enjoy these articles and find them helpful, I would appreciate your using the Amazon links on the right to do your Amazon shopping. You cost stays the same, but I get a small commission, and this helps me to fund this blog. Thank you for considering this!

 

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How to Whip Shea Butter – plus a giveaway!

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Using whipped Shea butter is wonderful for adding moisture to hair and skin.

If you use it, or if you want to use it, here is:

  • a tutorial on how to make it yourself
  • a giveaway, and
  • a trusted source for obtaining Shea butter, whipped or otherwise.

Giveaway

You have a good chance of winning this one! If you have watched the video you will have seen the two 8oz jars of Whipped Shea Butter that we filled in the video, we are giving these jars to you our readers…

Starts & Ends

Starts – November 13th 12:00 AM EST 2014 Ends – November 22nd 12:00 PM EST 2014

Two Winners

Since we have two jars of Whipped Shea Butter we will picking two winners… One Jar Each a $32.00 Value…

Winners Notification

Winners will be notified by email at the end of the giveaway, and will have 48 hours to respond, if a winner does not respond within the 48 hour time frame they will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen, the new winner will have 48 hours to respond or be disqualified for a new choice, until we get a proper winning response.

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Foodsaver Giveaway!

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FoodSaver Tips And Giveaway-Nov.10th-16th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com
We have some FoodSaver tips and giveaway today! Have you been wanting a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer? Well, today is a sponsored post by FoodSaver® and we are so grateful to be able to share this giveaway with our readers! You can use FoodSaver bags, FoodSaver containers and mason jars to preserve your food for the pantry or freezer. This FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer FM2000 comes complete with the following:

Included In Offer:
3 – Quart Bags
2 – Gallon Bags
1 – 11” x 10′ Roll
1 – Accessory Hose

 
We quote from the FoodSaver website “The FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk, on sale and preventing waste. Form and function combine with a sleek, compact design and easy-to-use manual operation to preserve a variety of foods.”

Tips

Use mason jars to make your breakfast meals, salads for a week, buy food in bulk and put in smaller FoodSaver bags or mason jars to store and save $$$$! Please share how you would use this awesome giveaway if your name is chosen as the winner.

Terms & Conditions:

This FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer FM2000 Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Nov. 10th at 5:00 am (MST) and ends on Sunday, Nov. 16th, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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NATURAL SPA GIFT BAG GIVEAWAY

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Natural Spa Giveaway

$60.00 Value

  • 4 – lbs Sonoma Sea Salt
  • 1 – Sisal Sponge
  • 2 – 8oz Jars Cocoa Butter
  • 1 – Cocoa Butter Bar w/case
  • 2 – 1oz Jars Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 3 – 3.5oz Bars Organic Coconut Oil Soap
  • 3 – Fragrance & Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizers

Natural Spa Gift Bag Nov. 8th 12:00AM EST – Nov. 14th 12:00PM EST 2014

Blue Yonder Urban Farms – Unscented Handmade Soaps & Body Butters. Are made with the finest unrefined Shea Butter, organic unrefined food grade Cocoa butter and organic Coconut oil. The Cocoa butter still smells of Chocolate.

Natural Spa Gift Bag Giveaway is sponsored by Blue Yonder Urban Farms you can visit the website here:http://blueyonderurbanfarms.com

Natural Spa Gift Bag Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. Alaska & Hawaii are excluded due to shipping costs. This giveaway starts on Saturday, Nov. 8th at 12:00 AM (EST) and ends on Friday, Nov. 14th, 2014 at 12:00 PM (EST). The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 48 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 48 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

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Urban Emergency Survival Plan – A Book Review

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Book-CoverI consider myself fairly well prepared for emergencies. I know I need to do more, but at least I’ve had some experience and training. As a ham radio operator, in the late 80’s I worked as a volunteer with local firemen and other agencies in response to large fires in San Jose and Santa Cruz, California. Our ARES group (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) also helped with search and rescue.

I moved to southern California in the early 90’s, where I headed up my work department’s emergency response team. Because it was a very large company, they provided some excellent training for us. This was good, it turned out, as we were subsequently affected by the 1994 Northridge quake.  I’ve also attended Red Cross and CERT training to serve as a local first-responder until the professionals can arrive.

From the personal side of things, I’ve had to evacuate due to fire, and have dealt with both earthquake and flood damage at home.

So it was with great interest that I recently read Jim Cobb’s new book, Urban Emergency Survival Plan,* wondering both what it might offer me in the way of new things to consider, and also what it might offer a person who is new to this whole “prepping”, or preparedness, business.


It is often said that preppers and survivalists are all about the ‘doom and gloom,’ but the reality is that they are planning for the future, a future they are convinced will unfold after a disaster strikes. That, my friend, is optimistic thinking, not being a doomsayer.” — J. Cobb


To begin with, I was pleased to see that Cobb did not approach preparedness from a fear-based point of view. He simply listed examples we are all familiar with of past emergency situations around the globe. In a very matter-of-fact way he showed the types of things one might need to be prepared for in today’s world. He also wrote about some specific things that people faced during some very well-publicized emergencies, things I hadn’t heard about. It made me wonder if I might need to be prepared for similar situations.

The disaster examples he shared all have been reported in the news, but something about reading about them all in one sitting helped me to see the bigger picture and get a handle on the types of things I need to be prepared for in my corner of the world.

Putting together helpful items for emergency situations – being prepared for the unexpected – is a really good idea. Most people keep an emergency bag at home, in case they have to evacuate on a moment’s notice. Do you have a separate bag for work emergencies, in case you are forced to stay there for a night or two? Have you considered that you might need a vehicle emergency kit (a get-home bag)? Government disaster plans often involve restriction of travel. Should you need to get home, you might need to do so on foot. What is different about the contents of these 3 separate types of bags? Cobb not only covers various situations you might need to be prepared for in detail, but has put together some great checklists for you in the Appendix. He also lists helpful resources.

In any emergency situation there are many things to consider: food, water, communications, sanitation, first aid, shelter, security, whether to stay at home or leave. Cobb’s book lays out the issues and the options, and provides a thorough foundation for developing an emergency plan that suits your particular situation. He pulls together different ways to approach the same problem, and offers tips for people with differing needs. As a result of reading this book I am re-evaluating my own preparations.

If you are looking for a comprehensive, practical resource to guide in your plans to prepare for the unexpected, or if you simply want to reassess your existing plans, I highly recommend this book.  

Jim-CobbJim Cobb is a freelance writer and owner of Disaster Prep Consultants. You can follow his blog on Facebook at Survival Weekly.


* I asked to review this book and Jim’s publisher sent me a complementary copy. That has in no way influenced my opinions or this review.

 

Backpack


Just one more day left to enter to win the Maxpedition Vulture-II Backpack!

Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway!

Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous Christmas or Hanukkah present for someone special!

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

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Holiday Honey!

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Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah — Cox’s Honey Giveaway

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The holidays are right around the corner so what better way than to have Cox’s Honey involved in a giveaway again!

This giveaway is a little different. We will have one winner chosen through our Rafflecopter system. Then that winner will give the names and addresses to Cox’s Honey for FIVE of their friends to receive the giftpack shown above! Or FOUR of your friends and yourself! We won’t blame you if you include yourself. Who can resist?

This is a sponsored group giveaway and we thank Cox’s Honey for these awesome prizes. Have you tried their creamed honey? …fabulous! Check out Cox’s Honey Website?

Honey2This Cox’s Honey Gift Pack Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 27th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Nov.2nd, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

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A Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

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Trayer Wilderness Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

Trayer Wilderness Handcrafted Christmas Giveaway

Trayer Wilderness is offering

(1) $75.00 gift certificate

usable on their website towards any combination of their handcrafted items!

Who is Trayer Wilderness?

Welcome To Trayer Wilderness

Trayer Wilderness is a family of three homesteading traditionally off-grid in northern Idaho with 100% solar power. Their family consists of the Mountain Man, Glen Trayer, his Mountain Woman, Tammy Trayer and their Mountain Boy Austin. They utilize the land and their God given talents to earn an income while living their dream. All their items are handcrafted on their homestead offering a little bit of something for everyone with their girly homemade goats milk soaps, candles and melting bricks by the Mountain Woman, the elk hide leather moccasins and paracord survival items such as gun slings, belts, bracelets and more made by the Mountain Boy and the Mountain Man’s hand forged tools, survival fire tools, paracord items, decorative metal art and decorative metal horse shoe art. The Mountain Man also invented and fabricated three different tools for fire making called the Trayer Fire Tool, the MultiFlame Tool and the MultiFlame Mini Tool for the outdoor enthusiasts and survivalists. The Mountain Woman also has several e-books soon to be released at their website TrayerWilderness.com which will educate on solar living, building a traditional cabin, building a traditional smokehouse and more. Additionally, they will be adding e-courses in the new year offering more in depth education and training on blacksmithing, brain tanning, canning, soap making, etc. They offer a weekly newsletter that will keep you well informed on all they offer.

Here are some reviews on the Mountain Man’s Fire Tools:

Trayer Fire Tool

MultiFlame Mini Tool

MultiFlame Tool

They not only handcraft items in the wilderness, but they also educate on homesteading, natural health, healing and essential oils, wilderness survival, traditional and primitive skills, autism, whole foods and a gluten free and casein free diet, living off the land, off-grid and solar living and so much more. The Mountain Woman has a weekly radio podcast on the Survival Mom Radio Network and they share their information on many social media platforms and on YouTube. The Mountain Woman also writes for the New Pioneer Magazine, American Frontiersman, Prepare Magazine, Self Reliance Illustrated, Backwoodsman Magazine and Cabin Life Magazine. Be sure to connect with them below and check out their website to see what items you would purchase if you were the winner of their $75.00 gift certificate!

#TrayerWilderness

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Meet the Participating Bloggers

The bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter form below have come together to purchase this prize for one lucky contestant. As you click “Like” on the form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page. We all appreciate you so much.

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 27th to 12:00 am MST November 3rd. Winner will be drawn November 3rd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

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Slow Cooker that Needs No Electricity!

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My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com

My Wonder Oven is an awesome energy-saving, non-electric slow cooker. You use a minimum amount of fuel to get the process rolling. In order to slow cook food, all you do is use a pan with a lid and bring the food to a rolling boil for about 10-15 minutes. Quickly place the lid on your pan and place it in the Wonder Oven.

Perfect for camping or at home. Keeps the house cool on hot days.  You can finish cooking your dish in the car on the way to dinner at grandmas! Or keep food cold while traveling! Check them out here.

By entering the giveaway below, you will have a chance to win one of these awesome My Wonder Ovens! Good luck!

My Wonder Oven — Top Ten Features:

1. 100% Cotton

We promise the fabric won’t melt!

2. Double Stitched

We want to make sure those beads stay right where we put them!

3. Filled with 3 mm polystyrene beads

Smaller beads conduct the heat better because there is less air space around them. Bigger is NOT always better.

4. VIRGIN beads

My Wonder Oven beads have not not been recycled from someone else’s bean bag.

5. Floppy rather than overstuffed

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This feature makes it easier to store, and allows you to fit it into a container (which is great when you’re cooking on the go) or wrap it around your food. Go freestyle, baby.

6. Washable

If My Wonder Oven gets soiled, simply wash that area with soap and water and allow to air dry. It’s a good idea to wrap your pot with a towel to avoid spills. A solar blanket also works great to catch spills and reduce condensation.

7. Cook on the road!

Think of it as a non-electric slow cooker.

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8. Refrigerate on the road

Great for keeping groceries cool, or even frozen, on the ride home.

9. Made is the USA

Even better, made in TEXAS.

10. Affordable pricing

Because I can purchase the fabric and those 3 mm VIRGIN beads here locally, I can keep the costs down.

Terms & Conditions:

The My Wonder Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Oct. 24th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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Why You Need a Backpack—and not just for school or camping!

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WhyYouNeedABackpack

 

For me, part of living an abundant life is being ready for the curves life throws at you. Or as ready as you can be. That means being flexible and prepared for the unexpected. When stressful events occur, being organized and prepared can really help maintain a peaceful, calm outlook, even in the midst of chaos. This is so important in these situations. So can you grab all of your important papers quickly? Your priceless photos? Your daily mediciations? Clothes, food and water for 3 days? How about a way to cook your meals, a plate and utensils, a way to filter water, or a knife and multi-tool? These are just some of the things you will need to have with you when you  evacuate your home, or if you are caught away from home in your vehicle during an emergency.

Living in southern California, I have Fire2experienced many natural disasters: earthquakes, including the ’94 Northridge quake, floods and fires. One year we had all three of these within a one month period. I know, what’s up with that? Thankfully we’ve had no hurricanes, although some storms seemed mighty close. Power outages have at times been frequent with hot summers and Santa Ana winds. Last year I had to evacuate my home for a few days due to fire threat. So I am trying to be better prepared for these unexpected events. Here’s where the backpack becomes an extremely handy place to store items for when you need to grab it and go.

Choosing a Backpack

cars-in-snowChoosing the right backpack really depends on how you are going to use it. If you want it for camping and hiking, or situations where you might be on foot for any period of time, you will be looking for different features than if you just want something ready that you can throw in the car and go. Or keep in the car, for that matter. If you are in an urban setting and want to be inconspicuous during possible civil unrest (like we’ve seen recently in Ferguson, MO), you won’t want to draw attention to yourself and will be looking for something that blends in and does not look military.

Choosing a backpack also depends on the funds you have available. The prices range from quite reasonable to very expensive (from my point of view). What is right for you will not be right for others. I’ve got my eye on several backpacks, and wanted to share them with you. If you are new to the whole 72-hour go bag thing, it is really a good idea to prepare one, whether you live in an urban or rural area.

MaxVultureII

Maxpedition Vulture-II Backpack

 

Paratus 3-DayParatus 3 Day Operator’s Pack 

 

EDC

Every Day Carry Ultimate 3 Day Tactical Backpack 

 

Or, if you are looking for something already packed for you and really budget friendly, check this out:

ReadyAmericaReady America 70280 Grab-‘n-Go Emergency Kit, 2-Person, 3-Day Backpack

Here are some resource articles that will give you an idea what to pack. I really wish I could win the giveaway below, but since that is not possible I will continue to save for one of the above.

Emergency Car Kits

Go Bags (aka Bug-Out Bags) and EDC (Everyday Carry) Bags

Military Grade Backpacks

In the meantime, enter the contest below. One lucky winner will receive an amazing back-pack, courtesy of the group of bloggers listed in the Rafflecopter. As you click “Like” on the form, visit their pages and get to know them. Every time you like, comment on or share one of their posts, you are supporting their page. We all appreciate you so much.

Backpack

 

Maxpedition Vulture II Backpack Giveaway!

Whether you use this backpack for camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, or as an emergency pack, you are sure to love it. On the off-chance that you already have too many quality backpacks, this would make a fabulous Christmas or Hanukkah present for someone special!

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from 12:00 am MST October 25th to 12:00 am MST November 2nd. Winner will be drawn November 2nd and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen, so check your spam folders too!

Good luck!

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Sun Oven for Cooking and Dehydrating

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Win An All American Sun Oven!

The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start of the reasons why you should enter to try and win this oven.

Sun Oven Giveaway

Using a sun oven can help you be more frugal by cutting your utility bills. Wouldn’t it be great to have that bill lowered. Cooking in a sun oven is just as easy as using a conventional oven and really only takes a few minutes longer in the cooking cycle. Prepare your recipe using a little less liquid in casseroles, soups and stews. For baked goods use the same amounts of liquids as the recipe calls for. Find the optimal direction of the sun and get cooking. Of course, using a sun oven does require the sun to be available. However, it is possible to obtain good results even on a partly cloudy day.

The All American Sun Oven is manufactured right here in the USA. The company stands behind their product. Globally, Sun Oven has worked to bring this off grid cooking solution suitcaseto many undeveloped parts of the world, allowing people to eat healthier, cooked foods. I am happy to work with a company that has a giving mission.

With all the benefits of lower utility bills, being prepared to cook without fuel or electricity, and supporting a wonderful company, who wouldn’t want to own a Sun Oven! So lets get to the giveaway.

The Terms

(otherwise known as the small print)

The All American Sun Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 20th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 26th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

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Not Your Grandmother’s Pressure Cooker!

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 Pressure Cooker/Canner

Why Use A Pressure Cooker/Canner?

A good quality, stainless steel pressure cooker is an investment that will last for 25-30 years, or longer. 

  • Pressure cookers can use much less liquid than the amount required for boiling or steaming in an ordinary saucepan. It is not necessary to cover food with water. The minimum amount of water or liquid used in the recipe itself will keep the pressure cooker filled with steam.
  • All low acid (alkaline) foods must be processed in a pressure canner, not a boiling water bath. If you want to can meats or unpickled vegetables, you need a pressure canner to do it.

Is It Safe?

Today’s modern pressure cookers cannot be compared with the old models used by your grandmother. The new pressure cookers are 100 percent safe and reliable. Totally fool-proof. The new valve mechanisms are precision engineered.

How To Use A Pressure Canner

What

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What

One All American 15-1/2 Quart Pressure Cooker Canner valued at $336.00

How Many Winners

There will be just one winner.

When

  • Begins – October 19th at 5am MDT
  • Ends – October 25th at 5pm MDT

Who

To enter you must be at least 18 years old, and are a resident of the United States of America.

Winner Notification

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

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Fall Colds

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Easy, Natural Cough and Cold Remedy, plus a bonus
Fall-Cold-Buster

 

Staying healthy in the fall and winter is not always easy. I take Elderberry Tincture and use essential oils to build my immune system. Chicken stock and bone broth help too. In addition, I have relied upon a simple yet effective natural remedy for colds and coughs for many years, and I wanted to share it with you.

This is so easy to make, and it really packs a punch. You probably already have all the necessary items in your pantry. One nice feature about this recipe is that you can make it up quickly, and scale the quantity up or down easily, according to your needs.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper*
  • 1 tsp. minced or powdered* ginger root
  • 1 tsp. minced, juiced or powdered* garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (if possible, use an organic brand like Braggs, with the “mother”)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey (local, raw and unfiltered, if possible)
  • 1 Tbsp. filtered water if you feel you need it

Directions

  1. Dissolve the cayenne, ginger and garlic in the apple cider vinegar.
  2. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough or cold. Always shake before using.

You can leave this mixture out on the counter if you make small batches, or you can keep it in the refrigerator indefinitely.

*Spices do not spoil but they do lose their strength  over time. If your cayenne, ginger or garlic powder is over a year old, it should be replaced, and it is quite inexpensive to do so. Be sure to always buy non-irradiated spices, since irradiation negates the health benefits of spices. I recommend buying from Mountain Rose Herbs or The Bulk Herb Store.

Properties of Ingredients

Cayenne Pepper (capsicum) – Cayenne stimulates digestion as well as circulation and blood flow to the peripheral areas of the body. In addition, it helps regulate blood sugar and has anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxifying propertiesBecause it stimulates digestion and circulation, cayenne is often added to a wide variety of herbal remedies; it improves the absorption and circulation of the other herbs throughout the body.

Ginger – As a stimulant, ginger increases peripheral circulation. It is used for nausea and motion sickness, and as an aid in gastric and intestinal pain, It also has anti-spasmotic, diaphoretic, immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties.

Before taking ginger it is important to talk with your doctor if you suffer from a bleeding disorder or take blood-thinning medications (such as warfarin or aspirin).

Garlic – Garlic is antibacterialantiviral and anti-fungal – in other words, a powerhouse. It works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria and viruses in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up against it.

Here is what Dr. Joseph Alton has to say about garlic in a 2012 article on the medicinal uses of garlic:

“Unlike most herbs, studies have shown garlic to have a direct effectiveness against viruses. There are no known antibiotics that will destroy a viral infection. Colds and influenzas can cause miserable symptoms, and some flu cases can be fatal. Garlic probably works in a two-pronged attack on viruses, both directly and by stimulating your own immune defenses to fight harder. Ingesting fresh garlic may decrease the duration of a viral illness. It is thought that taking garlic before exposure to a virus will lessen your chance of getting the infection in the first place. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Apple Cider Vinegar – Acetic acid is the main active compound in vinegar. This is a powerful antimicrobial, and can kill some types of bacteria. Vinegar is known to promote the secretions of the respiratory mucous membranes. The potassium in it thins mucus, and the acetic acid prevents bacteria growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.

Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains something called the “mother,” which consists of strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the vinegar a murky, cobweb-like appearance. This is a good thing – it means that your ACV is all natural, and full of healthy amino acids, acetic acid and potassium.

Raw Honey – Raw honey means that the honey has not been pasteurized or heated, which kills off the healthy nutrients. It is full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, and is lauded as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

Why buy local honey? There are lots of good reasons. Buying local supports local farmers and thus the local economy. When you buy local, you are actually getting real honey. Have you read lately that most of the “honey” on the store shelves is not acutally honey? Finally, it is possible that local honey can help combat seasonal allergies.

BONUS
GROSCHE MONACO Glass Teapot with infuser

I drink a lot of herbal teas, and I have begun to use nettle and mullein a lot in the fall and winter. However, here is a simple tea I make when I have respiratory issues, such as wheezing or a moist, productive cough. It has worked very well for me over the years.

Ginger Pepper Tea: Pour boiling water over black tea (either loose tea or a teabag will work fine), and add a thick slice of fresh ginger root and about 1/8 -1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and sip.

→ Get a pdf downloadable version of these recipes here.


Please note that I am not a doctor or a health practitioner. Please do your own research and due diligence before deciding what is right for you, and consult with your doctor if you have questions.


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Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator Giveaway!

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dehydrator-giveaway-landscapeAn Excalibur dehydrator is on every homesteader, gardener and prepper’s wishlist. It is the elite when it comes to dehydrators!

Several of our members have come together to purchase one of these great machines and give you the opportunity to win an Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator with a 26 hour timer. This model sells for $349. It’s basic black and with its 9 trays, adjustable thermostat and 7″ 600 watt fan it means business!

What Can You Use the Excalibur For?

How about Dehydrating Radishes? Learn How To Dehydrate Blueberries or How to Dehydrate Potatoes To Make Your Own Potato Granules/Flakes. Have you ever tried to dry pineapplefor your own homemade trail mix? These 23 Practical Ideas to Get More Out of Your Dehydrator will get you excited for sure!

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Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to residents of the contiguous United States. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from October 15th – 22nd. Winner will be drawn October 23rd and emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen.

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Thermal Cooker – Alternative to Slow Cooker Uses No Energy

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Thermal Cooker Giveaway

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We are really excited today about our thermal cooker giveaway! We are a group of bloggers who like to show our readers how to use different preparedness items. This Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker works very much like a slow cooker. It comes with two stainless steel pans with one lid that fits right inside the thermal cooker. You can use this for either hot foods or cold foods. Just a note, frozen meat or frozen foods will not work in this, just so you know. The meat must be totally thawed.

1. Bring To A Full Boil

The first thing you do when you decide what you are going to make is decide if you will use one or both of the inside pans. Let’s say you are making soup. First, you brown the meat, add the broth, vegetables and bring it to a full rolling boil. You need to make sure the liquid in the cooker is within one inch of the top. If you use both pans you will add enough liquid to be level with the bottom of the upper pan. In order for this thermal cooker to work it must be full.

2. Boil Four Minutes

Next, boil the liquid, vegetables and meat for four full minutes. At the end of four minutes, quickly put the lid on and set the pan with the lid inside the thermal cooker. Put the thermal cooker on the counter top or in your car. These work great for ballgames, sporting events, family reunions or everyday meals. It uses zero electricity after the four minutes of boiling. You can “cook” your meal for 5-6 hours while on the kitchen counter, in your car or on vacation trips.

3. Use It To Keep Salads Cold

Another awesome feature about a thermal cooker is the fact that it will keep foods cold for four to six hours. This is what you do, make your salad the night before you need it. Place the salad inside the stainless steel pan with the lid. Place the pan with the lid in your refrigerator overnight. I would leave the liquid salad dressing off or the salad will be soggy. In the morning, quickly put the pan with the lid inside the thermal cooker. Now it is a refrigerator/cooler.

Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker (great ideas, recipes and so much information)

This Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 19th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone!

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Sweet Surprise – A Second Chance!

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Cox’s Honey – Shelley, Idaho

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Are you a fan of using honey in your nightly tea, in baking or in cooking?

If so, you don’t want to miss this post. Read on…

We’re giving away an incredible amount of honey to one lucky reader for the second time this month! I’m big on second chances! We’re not just giving away any honey – Cox’s Honey is pure, unfiltered, raw honey; so rest assured, you will be receiving a premium product of the highest quality.

Cox’s Honey has graciously offered to sponsor this group giveaway. If you missed the opportunity to enter our last Cox’s Honey giveaway, be sure to enter for your chance to win a total of 30 lbs. of honey: 15 lbs. of liquid honey, and 15 lbs. of creamed honey – perfect for the family that wants the best of both worlds. And remember, honey lasts basically forever!

You will want to check out Cox’s Honey Website! Premium Honey!

And stay tuned to hear about more incredible items to win coming up in the next two weeks.

This Cox’s Honey Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Saturday, Oct. 11th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Oct. 18th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone!

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Feeding the Spirit: Nature’s Beauty

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This evening I watched a flock of geese fly overhead on their way south. Not sure if I would have seen them if they hadn’t been making so much noise. Some things are dependable. The rising and setting of the sun. The changing seasons. Not only are they comforting, they are beautiful. I am learning to slow down and appreciate the beauty all around. To look for it. It feeds my spirit.

I live in the suburbs, just north of Los Angeles, in the midst of the urban spread that goes from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and I am constantly looking for off-the-beaten-path routes that feed my spirit. The freeways just don’t do it for me.

I feel so blessed each time I visit my friend Lynne to be able to take the back way through a beautiful valley that most people are not even aware of. So much better than the freeway. Thought I would share some of the sights with you tonight.

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Along the Way

 

More of the Back Route

 

Fall in the NeighborhoodThen driving back home tonight, it was clear that our neighborhood is beginning to show signs of fall. Give it a couple weeks, and this area will be ablaze with beautiful color. It is the only place in our area where the season really shows. Luckily for me, it is nearby.

I am especially grateful for the richness I find in my surroundings each day. I love art, but no painting can compare to the ever-changing views just outside. God’s handiwork is amazing.

To finish the evening off, a friend posted a beautiful photo of tonight’s sunset, and graciously allowed me to share it here with you.

I hope you enjoyed the beauty of your day, living the abundant life.

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Tonight’s Sunset, courtesy Linda Steen

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MEGA GIVEAWAY WINNERS

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Here are the winners for our mega giveaway. Stay tuned for a few more giveaways yet this year. Some nice ones coming up!

1. Berkey–Lola B.

2. Sun Oven–Mikki O.

3.Kelly Kettle–Kathy B.

4. WonderMill–Leslie D.

5. Propur–Alice F.

6.1 Seventy Two Hour Kit–Ron D.

7. 1 Seventy Two Hour Kit–Jeff C.

8. Honey–Christy M.

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Save $$ with a FoodSaver, plus Giveaway

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Save $$ With A FoodSaver 
Sometimes you have to spend money to save money. I hate this concept, being the frugal person I am, but sometimes the benefit outweighs the initial pain.

Hidden Costs of Food:

Food waste is a huge problem around the world. Stats show that 1/3 of all food is wasted globally. If that is true in your home, that means for every $100 spent on groceries you are wasting $33! I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to waste $33. That would amount to $132 each month on a $400 grocery bill! The problem is, we don’t easily recognize the money we are losing because that loss doesn’t happen at the checkout stand. Or all at once, as we throw out leftovers and spoiled food.

If you could save between $50-130 each month, it wouldn’t take long for a foodsaver to pay for itself. Even if you waste less than 1/3 of your food, using a foodsaver would add up to huge savings in the long term.

What can you do with a foodsaver?

 
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  • Use your foodsaver for freezing meats. This allows you to buy in bulk and split into single meal portions. When you vacuum seal, removing all the air, your meat will last up to 6 months!
  • Vacuum seal your lettuce and it will keep up to 3 weeks without wilting in the fridge.
  • Seal cheese to last longer in the refrigerator.
  • Preserve freezer meals
  • Preserve leftovers.
  • Freeze fruit and vegetables. (Tip: Freeze berries first individually on a cookie sheet, then place in bag to vacuum seal.)
  • Seal shredded zuchinni for use in baking and soups and stews.
  • Freeze bread loaves.
  • Seal homemade soups and freeze.
  • Seal turkey leftovers at Thanksgiving and Christmas!
  • Seal snacks for traveling.
  • Seal grains to freeze for long term storage.
  • Vacuum seal the contents of mason jars with the foodsaver attachment.

Other uses:

  • Create homemade icepacks.
  • Waterproof matches for camping.
  • Vacuum seal your important documents and or photos
  • Seal your flashdrives for your get-home bags.

I’m sure you can think of many more uses for this versatile tool. And if you would like to win one, just enter the contest below!

FoodSaver Group Giveaway

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We are having a FoodSaver Group Giveaway today! WooHoo! This is a great way to preserve your food for an extended amount of time. You can make mason jar salads, package your cheese in smaller bags, the list is endless.

We are all thinking about how to be prepared for the unexpected times in our lives. This FoodSaver will help you save money by not wasting any of your precious grocery dollars.

This FoodSaver Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. It starts on Monday, Oct. 6th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 pm (MDT).

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

*****Please note: We may have to exchange this exact FoodSaver with a comparable or more expensive FoodSaver should this item sell out or not be available when our giveaway ends. Thank you so much for your understanding. Good luck!

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Natural Cures Summit Starts Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the first day of the Natural Cures Summit. Sign up for free!

They are starting off with some powerful speakers and important topics.

Take charge of your health – learn all that you can.

Start now by registering here.

Sign Up Now for this FREE online seminar

Natural remedies and treatment protocols for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Join The Natural Cures Movement led by Dr. Josh Axe, October 6-13. Free and online! 

Learn how to naturally heal your body!

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“Honey, Honey, Honey,” said Pooh!

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Cox’s Honey Group Giveaway

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Today we are hosting another Cox’s Honey Group Giveaway so our readers will have a chance to win some raw, unfiltered, pure honey. Cox’s Honey is sponsoring this giveaway today and we want to thank them for giving us this opportunity.

30 Pounds of Honey to One Lucky Winner!

 
Cox’s honey is raw and unfiltered honey. The company was started back in 1880 in Orderville, Utah by Delaun Mills Cox. Mr. Cox produced enough sweet honey for the entire city before moving the operations to Shelley, Idaho. Delaun kept his beehives going more like a hobby. But after World War I he began making more money as a hobbyist than his previous holdings.

During the following years honey prices became depressed and in 1925 his son, Orville S. Cox took over his bee business. Orville made the bee business his tool of trade for his livelihood and raising his family. He produced, packaged and sold clover honey.

You can check out the Cox’s Honey website here and their Facebook page here.

This Cox’s Honey Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States.

To enter, simply scroll down to the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post and follow the instructions.

This giveaway starts on Wednesday, Oct. 1st at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Monday, Oct. 6th at 5:00 pm (MDT).

The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders.

Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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Natural Remedies for Health Concerns

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Restoring and maintaining health is a huge part of the abundant life! I am a big proponent of taking charge of your own health and of natural remedies, including food! Consider this seminar. It starts soon. Can’t beat the price!

Sign Up Now for this FREE online seminar

30 secret cures to naturally heal your body! Natural remedies and treatment protocols for specific conditions like hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. Join The Natural Cures Movement led by Dr. Josh Axe, October 6-13. Free and online! 

Hypothyroidism? Autoimmune disease? Arthritis? Inflammatory bowel disease? Join Dr. Josh Axe at The Natural Cures Movement to learn natural remedies for these conditions, and many others! Online for free from October 6-13! 

Learn how to naturally heal your body at The Natural Cures Movement, free and online October 6-13! Register today and watch the first 2 talks of the summit today! 

 

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