3 Women’s Self Defense Tools and How to Use Them

3 Women's Self-Defense Tools and How to Use Them

Ladies, what do you do for self defense? Do you carry any self defense tools on you? Do you have a plan for when you are walking to your car at night? My friend, James Williams has a plan to share with us.  You may remember James from my article, 7 Reasons Why You Should Carry a Tactical Flashlight for Self-Defense, but if you don't, let me introduce him.  James Williams is a personal defense expert.  He teaches close quarter combat to the police and military, personal safety to civilians, and he designs self defense tools for CRKT. He's definitely [Read More...]

Win an All American Pressure Canner and More!

Win an All American Pressure Canner and More!

You got your garden started. (Hopefully.) Now, let's get you ready to preserve that bountiful harvest!   A few blogger friends and I got together to bring you this giveaway.  I think it's a good one and I hope you do, too. :)   One lucky winner will receive 1 All American Pressure Canner (#921) plus 1 Stainless Steel 21qt Ball Waterbath Canner! (APV $300)   And that's not all! The same winner will also receive a 6 month membership to Self Reliant School! (APV $60)   SelfReliantSchool.com is run by my good friend, Jennifer Osuch and she's been [Read More...]

DIY Garden Soil Testing

DIY Garden Soil Testing

April 15th is more than just tax day at my house. It’s also the last average spring frost date for my area. In other words, it’s full steam ahead into the gardening season, baby!! :) Now, before we get to planting, we need to make sure our soil is up to snuff.  Good healthy plants come from good, healthy soil, so knowing the composition or structure of your soil is a good place to start.  Once you know what you're dealing with, you'll know how to amend it. Simple, DIY garden soil testing will help you figure out what type of soil composition you [Read More...]

Beekeeping 101: 5 Things to Do Before Your Bees Arrive

Beekeeping 101: 5 Things To Do Before Your Bees Arrive

 Note: Beekeeping 101: 5 Things to Do Before Your Bees Arrive is part of the 30 Ways of Homesteading series. You can read more about the series at the end of this article. Thinking about getting bees? Awesome!! At the time of this post, I've just finished installing the last of three packages of bees. There are two hives at our mountain house and one at the community garden in town. Here are my girls down at the garden... It's exciting!!  I just know you're going to love beekeeping, too. However, to get to this point, there are some important steps you [Read More...]

Book Review: Prepper’s Financial Guide by Jim Cobb

Book Review: Prepper's Financial Guide

Once you know the hidden secrets of money, you’ll realize how easily things can go bad with the U.S. economy. And once you realize that, you, like me, will wonder how you can protect your family’s financial wealth.  Good news! I’ve found something that can help us come up with a plan.  Author, Jim Cobb just released a new book called Prepper’s Financial Guide. Now, those of you who know me, know that I’m not a fan of the “P” word you see in the book’s title. Having that word on the front cover of a book makes it difficult to read on the [Read More...]

Raising Chickens 101: Chick Growth and Development

Raising Chickens 101: Chick Growth and Development

Hi! Janet of Timber Creek Farm, here. Welcome back to my series for Home Ready Home on raising chickens.  In my last post, we talked about how to purchase chicks and what to look for when ordering or choosing chicks at the feed store. If you decided to go ahead and start your chick raising, I'm sure you've noticed a huge rate of growth since you first brought the chicks home.  Today, let's talk about the growth and development of the chicks.  Not many days after the chicks have  hatched, you will notice feathers already developing on the tiny wings.  [Read More...]

Introducing My New Book! Survival Savvy Family

Introducing My New Book! Survival Savvy Family

My first book, Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During The Absolute Worst was released (Officially.) by F&W Media today. It's been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to finally be able to share it with you!!! My wish was to create a valuable guide for you—a book you can use to make a solid family emergency plan without feeling overwhelmed. Because once the plan's in place, your family will be ready for whatever comes your way.   I put my heart and soul into this book and I hope you'll find it helpful. Here it is... The Cover The [Read More...]

5 Container Gardening Tips for Beginners

5 Container Gardening Tips for Beginners

Think you can't grow your own food because you lack space? Think again. If you have a small yard—or even no yard at all—you can still grow fruits and veggies. Container gardening is a great option for those of us who don't have the "ideal" garden plot. Before I scored two raised beds in my town's community garden, I did 99% of my gardening in flower pots and other containers in my backyard. One, I had plenty of pots from my days of flower gardening. And two, with all the trees and drainage issues, my backyard is not ideal for in-ground or raised bed [Read More...]

How to Start Raising Chickens at Home

How to Start Raising Chickens at Home

Raising chickens is on my to-do list, however due to the circumstances in my life (a.k.a. 2 bird-eating dogs) I've decided to hold off getting started. The good news is you don't have to wait for me to give you all the backyard chicken tips. I've asked Janet Garman, author of Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond to share her experience raising chickens with us. Expect to learn a lot from her about chickens over the next month. I know I will. Take it away, Janet...   Let me begin with a question for the [Read More...]

Garden Giveaway: Win a Composter!

Garden Giveaway: Win a Composter!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED. Enough of winter already! Are you ready to start your garden?  I sure am! So how about we have a get-ready-for-gardening giveaway?! This week I teamed up with Eartheasy.com and some of my blogger friends to give you a chance to win a Jora Drum-style composter, valued at $319.00! You can view more details about the composter HERE at Eartheasy.com. Eartheasy has graciously provided this composter as a prize so that YOU can get a jump start on your gardening this season! (Thank you Eartheasy!!) The [Read More...]

Win a 1 Month Food Supply!

Win a 1 Month Food Supply!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! If you read my recent post, Do You Make These 10 Food Storage Mistakes?, you'll remember that I said a smart food storage plan includes variety.  If you're missing freeze-dried food in your food storage, here's your chance to win some. One lucky winner will receive Food for Health's 1 Month Food Supply Kit for 1 adult. The kit contains the following items: Vegetable Stew, 20 servings Cheddar Broccoli Soup, 20 servings Cheesy Rice Casserole, 16 servings Veggie Alfredo, 16 servings Creamy Potato Soup, [Read More...]

3 Evacuation Lessons Learned From Aftermath

3 Evacuation Lessons Learned from Aftermath

Recently, I was given a copy of Aftermath: A Story of Survival by LeAnn Edmondson. I’m not a huge reader of the post apocalyptic genre. I’ve only read a few books in this category—One Second After, The Road, The Jakarta Pandemic, and the Hunger Games series, to name a few. But each one that I’ve read has left a lasting impression on me and Aftermath is no different. Even though Aftermath is a fictional survival story, it gives you plenty to think about and makes you evaluate your family's emergency plans.  In fact, right in the beginning pages, you learn some valuable evacuation [Read More...]

Do You Make These 10 Food Storage Mistakes?

Do You Make These 10 Food Storage Mistakes?

When we think about all the things we need to be ready for an emergency, food storage usually tops the list. Obviously, food is necessary for survival so it’s really a no-brainer. Whether your planning for a natural disaster, a job loss or just “Mom’s down with the flu”, stocking up on food is the smart thing to do.  However, as you get started, the process seems overwhelming. You're full of questions. What do I buy? How much should I buy? And what do I do with it once I buy it? You're not feeling confident and what you really want to know [Read More...]

7 Tips for Seed Starting Success

7 Tips for Seed Starting Success

Are you impatiently waiting to get your spring garden started? I sure am. This month, we had a few warm teaser days and all I could think about was getting out in the garden and playing in the dirt. Well, guess what? Even though spring is 32 days away, we don't have to sit idle any more!  Seed starting is a great way to get a jump start on spring planting, save some money and get your gardening fix! Starting seeds indoors isn't all that difficult but, there are a few tricks that can ensure an abundance of healthy plants. Here [Read More...]

How to Make Vanilla Extract

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is one of those kitchen staples that is used in just about every baking dish. It’s often the “secret” ingredient that will really pull out all of the flavors in a sweet treat and enhance it. It’s a definite staple of cooking from scratch, but PURE vanilla extract, (not the imitation stuff) is actually kind of hard to find in the US. And if you are able to find it, it’s typically outrageously priced considering how cheap and easy it is to make. That’s why I’m going to show you how to make vanilla extract. Trust me, once you taste this wonderful deliciousness, you’ll never buy [Read More...]