5 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Emergency Preparedness

Essential Oils
I have been slow to embrace essential oils because I always felt like they were a little bit voodoo-ish. Don't laugh, they just don't seem to be the "cure-all" that lots of people like to tout them to be. However, I recently have been going through some massage therapy for various injuries and my therapist uses Young Living Oils and recommend a few for me to try at home and they have made a world of difference in my recovery. She also has taught me many other uses for them and I realized they are brilliant for preparedness purposes as well as just handy to keep around for everyday use. I'm definitely not an expert but I'm excited to learn about the possibilities with using oils to better round out…
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Emergency Kit for Kids at School

Disaster Kits, Emergency Preparedness
Valentine's Day is one of those funny holidays that everyone celebrates in vastly different ways. We both feel like the most important thing is showing your loved ones that you LOVE them in whatever way works for you. Jodi likes to make heart pancakes and pink milk for breakfast, decorating the table in red and pink with little goodies. Julie pins hearts up on the wall and her boys get to take one down each hour and read the backs which are full of reasons that she loves them. We've posted in the past about a Valentine's gift idea for your spouse that works in an office. It's a thoughtful gift that can be put together fairly inexpensively but really shows that you care about them. Well this year we…
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8 Ways to Practice Preparedness This Summer

Emergency Preparedness
We hope you are having a great summer so far and haven't forgotten about food storage and preparednesstoo much with all the fun going on :) We actually have found summer to be a perfect time of year to practice different aspects of your preparedness and have a little fun while doing it. Here are eight ideas that you can use if you are looking to bolster your preps a little over the next few months. CAMPING: If you are camping with your family, grab your 72 hour kits and use those foods for meals. Practice cooking with your camping stoves, try different foods rather than sticking with hot dogs and s’mores. Use different fuels since you are cooking outdoors anyway. Use your Dutch Oven to make gourmet foods for your campout! 72 Hour Kit Overview Fuel…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 17: Protection/Self Defense

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Protection/Self Defense
We are excited to be starting week 17 (the FINAL week) of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about emergency shelter, heating, and cooling you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! Emergency preparedness is a…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 16: Shelter/Heating/Cooling

Alternate heating/cooling, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
We are excited to be starting week 16 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about Powerless Cooking you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 15: Powerless Cooking

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Powerless Cooking
We are excited to be starting week 15 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! We are getting close to the end of this adventure. If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about Sanitation and First Aid you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 14: Sanitation/First Aid

First Aid, Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Sanitation
We are excited to be starting week 14 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about non-food items you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! Emergency preparedness is a very broad topic. This week we are going to be working on evaluating our sanitation and…
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Helius Rocket Stove

Powerless Cooking, Recommended Products
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the Helius Rocket Stove, but be sure to check out the HERC tea light ovens and Hydrant Water Storage Systems as well. FSME DISCOUNT: Click here to shop and enter coupon code FSME10 to save 10% on your Helius Rocket Stove order. This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers! We've seen a lot of rocket stoves around but this is the first one we have seen that we've been really excited to use.…
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HERC Tea Light Candle Ovens

Powerless Cooking, Recommended Products
We recently had the opportunity to meet with Kris from Titan Ready USA and he showed us some of his products that we are excited to share with you. These products are simple but efficient solutions to some preparedness dilemmas we know we have faced and you may have as well. This post covers the HERC tea light ovens, but be sure to check out the Helius Rocket Stove and Hydrant Water Storage Towers as well. Click here to shop and enter coupon code FSME10 to save 10% on your HERC Oven order. This deal is exclusively for Food Storage Made Easy readers! While butane stoves are great for stove-top cooking indoors, we have yet to find a good solution for oven cooking indoors. Having a diversified preparedness plan is…
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Car Emergency Kit Do-Over

Car Kits, Food Storage Do-Over 2015
This week we are working on updating our car kits and our evacuation plans as part of the Food Storage Do-Over 2015. I have been working a lot on trying to figure out the best car kit situation for my family. I put together a small kit for my husband to keep in the car that he drives because we don't usually have the children if we are driving that car. I have a much more intensive kit that we keep in the van that includes items for the entire family. I'll show you details of each kit below. Family Car Kit For the basics I bought an Auto Emergency Kit from Thrive Life. Here's everything that was included in the kit: The basic kit comes with a little bit…
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