Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Eggshells Uses Around the Homestead - A Renewable And Valuable Prepping Resource!

To regular folks, eggshells are merely trash. But to homesteading families, preppers, and survivalists, they offer a bounty of essentials uses around the farm. Even a small flock of chickens or ducks will produce an incredibly large amount of eggshells to use on and around the homestead – saving you money now and providing a renewable resource after a SHTF scenario happens.
There are about 750 to 800 milligrams of calcium in every medium-sized eggshell. The easily accessible shells are simply too valuable of a resource to be carelessly tossed into the trash! When eggshells are used for edible human remedies, they must at least be cleaned thoroughly. Pasteurizing the eggshells is the best way to prevent the possibility of salmonella being spread – and the process is actually quite easy. Put the eggshells onto a baking sheet – no need to crush them up, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Read the rest of my report on Homesteading - the best place to go on the web for homesteading tips, resources, and how-to guides!

What Are The Best Handguns For Women, And How To Teach A Lady To Shoot Like An Expert!

A rapidly growing number of American women are learning how to shoot and getting their concealed carry permit. Being intimidated by the sounds and recoil of handguns is still deterring far too many potential female shooters from taking the final steps necessary to embark upon firearms training.
I was once one of the ladies who allowed my natural, yet unfounded fears of gun-handling to impact my personal safety – and the safety of our children and grandchildren. That was two years ago, today, I can out-shoot my husband with any handgun we own and thoroughly enjoy shooting my very own AR-15 semi-automatic rifle!
Many women who have expressed an interest, or who are being urged, to learn how to shoot, receive their first handgun from their spouse or boyfriend. While there are exceptions to the rule, of course, this loving and costly purchase often enhances instead of decreases, the anxiety the newbie female shooter has about firing a gun.
Read the rest of my report at Expert Survival Skill. This new website has a whole lot to offer preppers, survivalists, and homesteaders of all ages and abilities!

The 5-Day Prepper Challenge - Learn Survival Skills That Could Save Your Life After The SHTF!

Trying to learn everything there is to know about prepping and buying all of the survival gear you and your family could possibly ever need is an extremely daunting proposition. Most folks come to embrace the concept or preparedness after becoming worried about national/world events or after living through some type of natural disaster.
The rush to prep after having one’s eyes opened about the plethora of SHTF scenarios which could soon unfold understandably sparks a frenzied “have to do everything at once…and right now” mindset. Newbie preppers must pause after their moment of enlightenment and create a prepping plan which can be fully mastered at a realistic and budget-friendly pace.
The 5-day challenge can serve as a valuable survival refresher and cross-training endeavor for seasoned preppers as well. As with most things in life, repetition of sound habits leads to success!
Read the rest of my detailed and step-by-step report on Survival Sullivan. How do you practice your preps and hone your survival skills each week?

The Best Dogs To Have Around The Homestead: Livestock Guardian Dogs vs Herd Dogs

Do you want a livestock guardian dog or a herd dog as a work dog for your homestead? Didn’t know there was a difference? There is, a huge on actually. In fact, in all likelihood, you need both types of traditional farm working dogs on your homestead or survival retreat.

Work Dog On The Homestead: The Best In What They Do

Livestock guard dogs (LGDs) protect your livestock and by extension, your homestead, from predators. These dogs are typically very large and very protective of just not the livestock, but the entire family – but do NOT live with the humans inside the home.
Herd dogs work the land and animals by day but tend to live with the family at night. These breeds are high energy and commonly have only two speeds – 100 MPH or zero – and snoozing, after putting in many hours doing necessary work around the homestead.

Read the rest of my report on Homesteading. The website is filled to the brim with detailed tips, advice, and resources for prepping, homesteading, bushcraft, and survival!

Why You Shouldn't Depend On The Government When The SHTF!

There is only a 50/50 chance the government will know about a doomsday disaster for a mere 24 hours before it strikes. How long it will take governmental agencies to fully inform the public about a SHTF scenario, remains largely unknown.
Sure, the 24/7 mainstream news media will drone on and on about a potentially disastrous hurricane approaching, complete with journalists struggling to hold onto their microphone while reporting from the scene, but few natural or man-made disasters will come with a warning.
FEMA’s motto is, “Serving Communities When Needed.” Almost every single person, if not all, who has been impacted by a natural disaster over the past two decades will inform you, the actual service provided by FEMA is tardy, insufficient, and unorganized. You don’t honestly expect efficiency from anything coming out of Washington, D.C. -do you?
Go to Survival Sullivan to read the rest of my detailed report. The no-fluff website offers a bounty of detailed and actionable resources for prepping, survival, homesteading, and bushcraft!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bugout Bags And Prepping With Kids: Power Grid Down Chapter 7 Excerpt

Chapter 7
Get Me Home Bags, INCH Bags, and Bugout Bags

I was playing the Conflicted card game with our daughter and son-in-law  (almost had to wrestle the deck back from Brea, she loved it) and one of the questions asked what you would do if you were 1,200 mile away from home on vacation when the SHTF and you had darn few supplies in your car. The question asked if you would just stay put, since you were so far away and were lacking gear, or would you embark on the very lengthy and likely dangerous, trek home.

Well, I snickered a bit at the question, I would never find myself 1,200 miles away from home without essential emergency gear. Ammo, long term storage food, and first aid items would definitely take precedence over a few extra pairs of cute wedge heels and funky headbands, in my suitcases. 


Brea and James readily agreed with both the preparedness disclaimer I uttered before answering the Conflicted game question, and my decision to start the long hard journey home on foot immediately – a proud prepper momma moment right there!

The Conflicted card game questions are very good discussion starters to use with your family and your tribe (AKA mutual assistance group) this particular one would be an eye-opener for a newbie prepper or a non-prepper you are attempting to educate, it just made me utter a chuckle of superiority because “me and mine” would never find ourselves in such dire straits due to a lack of gear on board.


Although prepping is now second nature to me and I consider it a form of insurance that brings peace and reassurance to my life, once upon a time I did not keep a get me home bag in my SUV and did not possess a concealed carry permit. Thinking back to the time when I left myself so vulnerable makes me cringe and leaves me grateful that I was never left huddling along the side of the road in fear after disaster struck. 

Bugout bags, INCH bags, and get me home bags, should be compiled for everyone in the family. The bugout bags should contain enough food, sheltering items, water filtration equipment, fire starters, and a first aid kit for the carrier to survive for 72 hours after leaving the home. An INCH bag is a more serious version of a bugout bag. These will be heavier and contain more in-depth survival gear, since the carrier does not expect to ever return.

A get me home bag is a version of the bugout bag that is packed with items designed to get the carrier back home from about an hour or two away on foot. Disasters both regional and national can strike at any time. The get me home bag in your trunk will come in quite handy when hoofing it home from an evening out to do dinner and a movie 35 miles away from home.

Although determining every item that should be included in a get-home bag will differ from person to person, the basic tools and gear needed are the same. When planning a bag supply list, carefully consider the types of natural disasters which are common in your region and address those needs first when budgeting for bag contents. A power grid down scenario, terrorist attack, or civil unrest can occur everywhere, but severe winter storms, tornados, and earthquakes are more prone to specific regions of the country and should be among the primary concerns when determining how preparedness funds will be spent.


Child Preparedness

 If you do not homeschool your children, include a basic first aid kit, a map with the route home highlighted, directions to survival caches along the route, several nutritional bars and a survival straw in their school backpack. The child, regardless of age, must be taught how to respond if at school or on a field trip when disaster strikes. A teacher will not allow a student to simply ignore the shelter in place and wait for help rules that the district likely has in place. 

Children cannot even take toy guns to play with at recess like we could as youngsters, so placing any type of self-defense item in a backpack is not an option. Survival caches buried between home and school offer not only additional food, water, and first aid supplies, but age appropriate self-defense items as well. Several bottles of mace and a knife will not offer much help when faced with an armed individual, but possessing such items would at least give your child some small way to defend himself. 

What Are The Absolute Basics Of Survival?

The basics of survival remain the same no matter type of short-term or long-term disaster a person is preparing for - food, water, and shelter. But, "numbers," medical preps, and skills are almost equally important.

Medical preparedness, advanced first aid - and beyond, natural remedy alternatives to prescription medications and treatments, will either increase or vastly decrease the chances of survival during either a disaster or outdoor medical emergency during a backwoods excursion when you cannot call 911.

The "lone wolf" approach to prepping has its benefits, namely OPSEC, but it will take numbers for the vast majority of people to survive long-term during and after a doomsday disaster. If you cannot hold onto the food you are growing (in a camo manner) and the other essentials of survival, all the time and money spent stockpiling them will have been nothing more than an exercise in futility.

Skills will trump gear during a disaster. Knowing how to use and repair what you have - adapting and overcoming situations by making use of available items is essential to survival. Cross-training is significantly important as well. If the only person who knows how to reload ammo or splint a leg, parishes, the chances of the family or mutual assistance group surviving the disaster just dropped to nearly zero.

What are you best survival tips for newbie preppers?

Are You Prepared For A Societal Collapse? Learn How To Survive A World WROL!

When society collapses, it will happen quickly. The time to prepare your family AND organize your neighbors is now!
No matter how prepared you are for the SHTF inciting incident, both you and your loved ones will still suddenly find yourselves thrust into the middle of a disaster with copious amounts of people who are wholly unprepared for any doomsday scenario.
Approximately 3.7 million Americans identify themselves as being “preppers” at least in some capacity. While that statistic may sound like a huge number of people, it actually only amounts to about 1 percent of the population of the United States. Willful ignorance will likely end up killing approximately 80 percent of our fellow citizens.
After a societal collapse there will be zero time to network with neighbors to instill in them the benefits of preparedness or to craft a town or neighborhood response and defense plan to stave off the marauding hordes.
Visit Survival Sullivan to read my entire detailed report on how to prepare both your family and your community for a SHTF doomsday disaster and prevent complete civil unrest, martial law, and societal collapse from taking over in your neck of the woods - and on your prepper retreat!

How To Stop Top Livestock Predators Around The Homestead Or On The Survival Retreat

Your livestock is your livelihood… Are you doing everything to protect your homestead from these 8 top predators that prowl your homestead?
No work day around the homestead is ever complete without checking for signs farm predators have been nearby. Most predators attack between dusk and dawn, making a late afternoon check of all pens and enclosures mandatory for any farming household that does not want to lose their animals or crop to eager and hungry wild animals both large and small. But What should you be on the lookout for?

The Top Predators Prowling Your Homestead

Livestock protection is a never-ending job on any homestead. The one day you decide you’re too tired to do a pen or fence perimeter check – after all, the critters have been present and accounted for every morning for months – is exactly when you will wake up and find feathers and bloody remains.
Visit Survival Life to read the rest of my detailed report and learn how to deter predators and rid your prepper retreat or homestead of livestock killers!

Get in the habit of checking the exterior of the chicken coop and chicken run every night and each morning for signs of vulnerability and attempted entry. Check inside the coop to make sure no predators are hiding inside before putting a free range flock up for the night.

How To Design A Shipping Container Home

Shipping Container architecture is “taking the world by storm,” according to Popular Mechanics. Tiny homes are extremely popular with off the grid enthusiasts and folks seeking an affordable way to construct a vacation or retirement oasis. Recycling (or upcycling) shipping containers into energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes is also a very affordable way to create your dream home.
Standard shipping containers are about 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall and come in both 20- and 40-foot long styles. The average price of a long container is between $2,500 and $3,500. 
The containers can be cut apart and welded back together to form rooms or a home two or three containers wide – or simply left together to form a single container home.
Excerpt from the interview with shipping container home builder Ryan Naylor:
You are recycling, re-using, and upcycling a wide variety of materials for your container home. Such a plan helps keep the cost down and is extremely environmentally friendly. What are some of your favorite finds and how will they be incorporated into you home?
"Obviously the two 10-year-old containers. We have already used the 100 cement blocks we found on the land we bought buried under brush for our foundation. Just filled them with concrete last week. We used seconds from a local cement company for the rest. We will be using a spiral staircase we found in an empty lot that was given to us. We also have used a claw-foot tub that we bought off of Craigslist and we are using a bunch of huge window panes that were misordered when they renovated the Asheville city court house which were in the garage on our land and came with the property."
Visit the Inquisitr to read the entire interview and to learn more about building a shipping container tiny house - or a large one, to turn into an amazing prepper retreat, survival structure, or off grid dwelling for homesteading!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Survival Retreat Guide: What You Need To Know BEFORE Buying A Prepper Retreat!

Browsing for the ideal property to turn into a prepper retreat or bugout location is an exciting step along the journey to self-reliance. Once you have a loan pre-approval letter in your pocket, things suddenly get very real. Finally, it’s time to sign a contract on a piece of land. This is a new and extremely important stage of your life.

Top 10  Real Estate Tips For Your “Prepper Retreat”

It can be extremely easy to fall in love with a beautiful piece of land. This is especially true when walking the property and knowing it’s within your budget range. But give yourself a hard reality check before ever tossing out an offer. All land is not created equal. Simply because the acreage has been used as a homestead or farm does not necessarily mean it can be turned into a fully-functional survival retreat.
Visit Survival Life to read my full Prepper Retreat buying guide - what you learn won't just help save you money, the tips might just save the lives of you and your family after the SHTF!

How To Make The Ultimate Life-Saving Bugout Plan!

All preppers must have a quality bugout plan if they want to survive a doomsday disaster (not just an emergency). Even if you live on an amazing survival retreat and envision bugging in after the SHTF, a day could come when remaining on your homestead would no longer be an option.
There are three very important things you will need when developing a bugout plan – pen, paper, and time.
Spending just an hour or two conducting an inventory of your preps, and mapping out a TEOTWAWKI escape route simply will not suffice. Realistically, it will take not only multiple planning sessions but practice runs to find out if the bugout plan suits all the family’s needs and actually works when enacted in a real-world disaster scenario.
Go to Survival Sullivan to read my step-by-step detailed report to guide you through making the ultimate and most comprehensible, bugout plan for your family! 

So, You Are Going To Bug Out To The Forest After The SHTF, Better Read This Report First!

How many times have you heard someone say, “When the SHTF I am just going to bugout to the woods,” and think that such a “plan” is a simp...