11 Homemade, Frugal, Non-Sugary, Neighbor Gift Ideas

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I am busy, busy, busy working with vendors and preparedness companies to find you the best Black Friday deals I can (You should be VERY excited!  I’ve got great stuff coming so make sure you get my newsletter!).  But…..that means I've had less time to write posts for you. However, because you are wonderful and support me so well, I still want to provide some valuable information for you before I inundate you with sales and deals! Luckily I have a great network of online friends who Continue Reading …

A Homemade Space Heater That Works!

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I'd seen a few ideas for a homemade space heater floating around pinterest and facebook.  I'd heard mixed reports from various people and I wanted to find out if they actually worked. So, I tried a few different methods and options. The slow cooker method did not work well for me. Using just one terra cotta pot did not work well for me. But I ended up combining a few different methods and I found something that did work!  The main idea came from this youtube video though I found it Continue Reading …

Learn how to turn off utilities – A 10 min Prep Project

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* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thanks for supporting this blog, me and my family in this way!  You can find my full disclosure policy here. Time for another quick 10 min preparedness project!  Remember, you can find all the 10 min preparedness project here. Today's project is something that many home owners think they know how to do.  But you may not be Continue Reading …

Copycat Cambell’s Tomato Soup

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* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thanks for supporting this blog, me and my family in this way!  You can find my full disclosure policy here. I am SO excited about this copycat Campbell's tomato soup recipe!  It took me forever to perfect it, so I'm just thrilled to finally be able to post it! I have a son who absolutely loves Campbell's tomato soup.  I've Continue Reading …

Keep your power out supplies together: A 10 min prep project

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* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thanks for supporting me and my family in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here. Here is a little fictional story that may seem familiar to some of you... You come home after dark (around 5:30 pm in the winter) to find the power is out. Darn!  WHERE did you put those flashlights? No problem, you'll just use the Continue Reading …

10 Simple Tasks to Get Ready for Winter

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Winter is COMING!  What is the weather like where you are at?  We enjoyed warm (70+ degree) weather until just about a week ago.  The days before Halloween were a bit cooler, then Halloween warmed back up!  (Yay!)  But this last week has been below freezing at night and we finally turned on our heater. Here are 10 simple things you can do to get ready for winter:   1.  Make sure you have food, water, and blankets in your car.  If you get stranded, you want to be sure to have Continue Reading …

4 Thanksgiving Dishes You Can Make in Half the Time With Food Storage

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* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thanks for supporting me and my family in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here. Thanksgiving dinner is a lot of work! But by using shelf stable foods, you can save yourself some time, dirty dishes and money PLUS rotate your food storage at the same time! I hope you have a "home store" full of healthy shelf stable Continue Reading …

Thrive Food November Specials

* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thanks  for supporting me and my family in this way! November Thrive specials are here!  Remember, if you shop on my online store, you save off retail!  If you've been to my online store, your computer will "remember" that and you will always receive my online pricing when shopping at Thrive Life. If you'd like to save Continue Reading …

Garlic & Asparagus Soup

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* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thanks for supporting this blog, me and my family in this way! Asparagus is a favorite vegetable in our house.  My husband and I LOVE it, three of our four kids enjoy it, and one tolerates it.  That is a win in my book!  This Creamy Garlic and Asparagus soup recipe was a hit.  The original recipe can be found on page 26 of Our Continue Reading …

Plan to help elderly neighbors in winter: A 10 min Prep Project

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In my opinion, part of being prepared is helping others.  Dave Ramsey said "Getting out of debt isn't just about you.  It's about being able to see beyond yourself and give generously."  I AGREE!  But I would also include "being prepared" with "getting out of debt."  We may not all face a huge disaster in our lifetimes, but we will all interact with those that need a helping hand and being prepared ourselves allows us to see beyond ourselves and assist others. Winter is fast approaching Continue Reading …