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Preparing Kids for Life

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Today we are THRILLED to be sending our newsletter subscribers something we have been working on for months. We couldn't have pulled this off without all your help, so THANK YOU!  If you're not subscribed you can subscribe here. Since we started this blog almost 10 years ago we have added 5 kids to our families and now have 4 kids each. And those kids are getting bigger! Preparing our kids to face the real world is something we spend a lot of time thinking about. A few months ago we asked YOU what are some things you wished you would have known before becoming adults? You came through with some fantastic ideas and answers. ​​​​​​​ We compiled all the feedback into a workbook you can print for each kid, grand-kid, niece,…
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How to cook without power – need to know info!

How to cook without power – need to know info!

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It's a question we get all the time. "How would you cook without power?"  With the recent natural disasters, we have been getting asked that question more and more frequently.   In today's post we wanted to summarize a lot of important powerless cooking info so you can make your powerless cooking plan come together.  Make sure you read the whole thing because through out the text there are links handouts, tutorials, videos and more! FIRST: The short answer... We would use our Sun Oven as much as we possibly could and then rely on our other options that require fuel when we can't use our Sun Oven. Why is that? With a Sun Oven you have free, renewable energy. You can even use it in the winter. As long as there…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 7: PROCEED

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 7: PROCEED

7 Day Challenge
Monday, September 25 Welcome to the LAST day of the 7 Day Challenge! We hope you have enjoyed your experience and learned new things. We have prepared, practiced, and prioritized ... and now we are ready to PROCEED. We've come up with some resources you can use as you proceed on your preparedness cycle. Here are some things to do, to learn, and to buy. Lots of these items may be on your priority lists you worked on yesterday. TO DO Fill out or update emergency preparedness plan Make or rotate 72 hour kits Fill or refill water containers Make or update emergency binder Update/Inventory your three month supply plan Update/Inventory your long term food supply plan Create a sanitation kit Build a powerless stove, grill, oven, or pizza box…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

7 Day Challenge
Sunday September 24 Well aren't you glad THAT'S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you "practice" preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans. To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off. COPY 1: BRAINSTORM- The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don't worry about the order. COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST- After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 5: PRACTICE

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 5: PRACTICE

7 Day Challenge
Saturday, September 23 Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are "PRACTICING" our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons "WHY" we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. War. We are under attack and we are attacking. It's scary out there! All the uncertainty has caused an economic meltdown. The country is in turmoil, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available. With stores being emptied out for weeks we…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 4: PRACTICE

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 4: PRACTICE

7 Day Challenge
Friday September 22 Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are "PRACTICING" our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons "WHY" we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation. No one likes talking about it, but it happens. The main bread winner in the family has suffered a serious accident. They have been in a coma in the hospital for weeks and it doesn't look good. You're not sure where money will come from if they can't get back to work,…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 3: PRACTICE

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 3: PRACTICE

7 Day Challenge
Thursday, September 21 Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For the next 3 days, we are "PRACTICING" our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency or situation that will test at least one of the reasons "WHY" we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, gas station, or spending any money for the next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.   There have been a series of TORNADOS all over your town. Maybe tornados don’t typically happen where you live but things are crazy these days with the weather ... so just imagine. Some of the tornados have taken out your power and water facilities. Thus you have no water or…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 1-2: PREPARE

7 DAY CHALLENGE 2017- DAY 1-2: PREPARE

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Tuesday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 20 Alright folks! YOU HAVE 2 DAYS TO PREPARE For the next two days you have time to get your preps in order. If you want a true test of whether or not you would be ready for an emergency of some kind, ignore this portion of the challenge and start on day 3. We have found however, the best motivator for "GETTING THINGS DONE" is knowing that something is probably coming. So here we go! Here are some things we have for you to do over the next 2 days. These are things you may have been putting off so we're giving you 2 days to "prepare". Feel free to buy some of these things or locate them if you have them already.…
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2017 7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

2017 7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

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The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month in September. Over the years we have done things a little differently each time. However the main concept has always been the same. The challenge is made up of practicing and analyzing your preparedness skills and storage for 7 days. Concepts covered in the PREPAREDNESS CYCLE are covered and we always have a great time! JOIN US THIS YEAR Make sure you're signed up for our checklists email list so we can notify you of the daily challenges: We will email you during the week to tell you what you will be doing that day, updating the blog daily, and discussing on our facebook group. Facebook Group for the 2017 Challenge Having friends join you will make…
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Back to Basics Living Summit

Back to Basics Living Summit

Events
Every September we love to celebrate National Preparedness Month here on the blog. We do things like our annual 7 Day Challenge (more details on that coming up later this week), offer sales and specials (our book and WonderMills are currently on sale), and try to get everyone involved in working together to learn and practice to be more prepared. This year we are extra excited to be part of an amazing online event called the Back to Basics Living Summit which is also being held this month. Be prepared for some wonderful interviews, video content, slideshow tutorials and more! This is a gathering of some of the top influencers in the back to basics movement, covering topics from gardening, preserving, backyard livestock, urban homesteading, and more! If you want…
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