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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Bed Bugs: Prevention and Treatment

Is there anything in the world that can give you the creepy-crawlies as well as the mere thought of having bed bugs? And then, if it really did happen, how would you handle it? They can go months without feeding, if necessary. They can just chill in the seams of your mattress or in the wallpaper or in the furniture. How do you get rid of them?

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

42 Recipes for Leftover Oatmeal

By Amanda Furbeck

Yes, you can reheat leftover oatmeal. It’s one of the easiest ways to use up the leftovers and a quick means of making breakfast.

But if reheated, oatmeal doesn’t get your tastebuds all excited, you might want to try some of these amazing recipes to use up those extra already-cooked oats.


Using up leftover cooked oatmeal is a great way to save money and make do with what you have, so get creative and try out some of these great recipes for leftover oatmeal.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

An EMP Has Struck. What Is Your First Reaction?

by RICH M.

One of the big problems in dealing with any potential disaster is knowledge. Can you imagine living in Florida in the 1800s, when the only warning you’d get of a pending hurricane were the clouds on the horizon? By then, you’d have mere hours of warning before the wrath of that storm fell upon you. Not exactly much time to get ready is it?

Monday, September 27, 2021

Alternative Medicinal Uses of Coconut Oil

We've previously discussed the value of coconut oil in baking as an excellent substitute for butter. And coconut oil is all the rage for everything health and beauty oriented, but most of those uses are outside the interests of this blog's audience. That's not to totally dismiss coconut oil's value in making lotions and soaps, nor to suggest that it shouldn't be stored for those purposes. Some coconut oil should definitely be stockpiled for caring for our skin. However, making those products is a whole field of study and research unto itself, and there are lots of other people with more experience writing about it, so I'll defer writing of the health and beauty uses of coconut oil to them.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Essential Homesteading Supplies

By: Lauren Dibble

While homesteading is a lot of work, having the right tool can make it easier. These homesteading supplies are essential for every homesteader.

Homesteading is an art. It’s not easy, but it’s satisfying.

Our Forever Farm (Dream Homestead)

Shunning modern convenience and doing things the old school way, can be challenging at the start, but this can be a great way to cut bills.

Homesteading takes a lot of hard work, and new homesteaders can run into problems along the way.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Basic First Aid skills everybody should know in times of danger


By Jennifer Monroe

As a result of the occurrence and development of any emergency, there may be injured or human casualties. In addition, the nature of the crisis does not allow to prepare in advance the resources necessary to provide first aid (medical personnel, medicines, medical institutions, specialized transport).

In this regard, the question arises of giving first aid to victims.

First aid is a set of measures aimed at restoring or preserving the life and health of the victim. It should be provided by the one next to the victim, or the victim himself, before the arrival of medical personnel. NCLEX RN will help you assess the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities required for safe and effective nursing practice.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Bay Leaf – Fresh or Dry, It’s a Plant with Many Uses

Bay leaf is a common spice, but what's the best way to use it, and what does it do? We'll cover uses for food, medicine, and pest control. Once you're done reading, you may want to buy in bulk, or grow your own plant.

Bay Leaf - Fresh or Dry, It's a Plant with Many Uses

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Threat Of Cashless Societies


Cash is the king.

So the old adage goes anyway, and for the prepper – the one who’s keeping abreast of current events – cash is one of the last man-made means of protection that he or she has against governments that have grown to a degree of power that they never had before.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

9 SHTF Cooking Methods That Are Stealth

Cooking during a SHTF event is a very tricky proposition. If proper sight, sound, and smell OPSEC is not observed, everyone within a one mile radius could know you and your family not only still have food, but also have the means to prepare it.

During a brief disaster, like the power going out due to a seasonal storm, using the backyard grill will likely not be problematic.

boiling water on small backpacking stove

But, during a long-term disaster of a more serious nature allowing the tantalizing scent of grilled meat to waft onto neighboring properties and nearby roads could be a deadly mistake.

The REAL Shelf Life of Food

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

DIY Baking Powder

Baking powder is one of those baking essentials that, unfortunately, has a pretty short shelf-life once it's been opened. If you don't use it often, your baking powder may deteriorate before it's used up. So if it's been awhile since you've done some baking with it, it's a good idea to check it prior to adding it to your recipe. It's a total drag when you're making some quick bread, or biscuits, or muffins and they don't rise because your baking powder has lost its punch.

Monday, September 20, 2021

The 9 D's of Defense | ON Three

Bugging Out: Learning from Old West Cowboys

 Original Article


By Bill White

There’s a lot to be learned about survival by looking at those who went before us. I’m not talking about people who lived in the 1950s, but people who lived in the 1700s and 1800s.

For most of those people, every day was about survival. They lived a lifestyle considerably different than the one that you and I enjoy. But because it was about survival, the knowledge those distant ancestors commonly held is in many cases superior to what you and I know today.

On the flip side of that coin, those people survived without any of our fancy survival gear. Instead, they used what they had and what they had wasn’t always the best, most perfect gear for survival. Yet they made it work. They made it work because they had to; there wasn’t any online seller who could offer them something better, and the stores they shopped in usually had a limited inventory. But what they did have was creativity, the creativity to take what they had and find ways of turning it into what they needed it to be.

Take the cowboy as an example. The American cowboy supposedly first started in Pleasanton, Texas, a little town near San Antonio. It was there that the Mexican vaqueros taught their American cousins how to handle cattle on the range. That was new, as cattle in the east aren’t raised anywhere near the way they were in the Wild West, especially in Texas.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

10 Things Homesteaders Always Get Wrong

By Di-Anne Seebregts

Homesteading is not the idealistic, blissful lifestyle that magazines and news articles make it out to be, at least, not all the time.

Realistically, it requires a lot of good planning, researching, preparation and maintenance of land, finances, resources, crops (big or small), and livestock.

group of people mulching a home garden

Before you take the plunge into homesteading on a large scale, you need to carefully research what your dream entails and work out a plan to attain and maintain the dream.

We, as homesteaders, always need to pool our knowledge base because no one is an island and because sharing knowledge gives us the opportunities to socialize, the opportunity to learn and grow as humans and on our homestead, and because sharing by ‘trade’ is a more efficient way to provide for ourselves and our communities.

There is a saying that a fool learns from his own mistakes, while a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. This is something that you can take to heart.

Learn from other homesteaders what worked for them, and what didn’t work for them, so that you, in your own endeavor, can be successful right from the start.

With that, here are ten of the biggest mistakes that homesteaders make and what you can do to avoid these pitfalls.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Just a brief recommendation that you visit

Top 100 Survival Blogs

for more great articles by other bloggers like myself.

Happy Weekend!

60 Ways to Save Money NOW (Without Too Much Effort) For Saving, Investing or Buying More Preps

 Original Article

Save Money Now

Everyone can always use extra money.  Having more money tops the list of every New Year’s Resolutions.  Most people don’t realize the extra money they need may already be within what they already earn.  It’s just a matter of re-thinking how you spend it.  If you want to save money now, here are 60 ways to help you find more money for saving, investing or buying more preps.

Top 100 Preps to Buy at THE HOME DEPOT

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Fire Starting with a Battery | ON Three

Is It Infected? How Do I Treat It?

Last week, in a comment on the article on removing sutures, Michael asked about how to determine whether a wound is infected. It’s definitely a topic that merits coverage.

Many years ago, during the period when the History Channel was evolving from a really great source of entertainment and information to the aliens, Vikings, and Hitler channel, they had a show on about what would happen in America following an EMP. (I think it was an EMP. Could have been an economic collapse or something else. It’s been a while.) Anyway, life’s rough, people are losing weight, and one of the main characters cuts himself while working outside, I believe. It gets infected. He has no antibiotics. He dies.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Starting a Fire with Wet Wood

How To Make Maple Syrup Step by Step (With Pictures)

How To Make Maple Syrup Step by Step (With Pictures)

If You Have Maple Trees You Can Make Your Own Maple Syrup.

Many people are intimidated by the idea of making maple syrup from scratch. The whole process seems a bit complicated and often looks like a real mess, but it’s not. It’s actually pretty easy and the most work is a day outside watching the sap boil in a big pot over an open fire or gas fired turkey fryer setup.

Jar of Homemade Maple Syrup

The point is, if you have maple trees, you have syrup. The result surprises many people and there’s something particularly rewarding about a breakfast of pancakes made with your own homemade maple syrup. It’s also 100% natural and if you’ve ever bought real maple syrup at the store, you know how precious the real stuff can be. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Building Squirrel Snares

8 Types of Foods You Should Keep in Your Survival Shelter


By Martin Banks

Whether you’re turning your home into a survival shelter, stocking an underground bunker, or building a bug-out cabin in the woods, there are a few things you’ll always need. First, of course, you won’t make it without the basics, including food, water, medicine, and weaponry.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to food. What edible items should you keep in your survival shelter? How should you store them to maximize shelf life?

Monday, September 13, 2021

Surviving Starvation during the Great Depression | ON Three

How to Grow Garlic in Your Vegetable Garden

by: Jodi Torpey

Garlic is indispensable for almost every cook, so it is the perfect addition to your garden. Garlic is a member of the lily family and counts leeks, chives, onions, and shallots as its relatives.

If you enjoy savory herbs, you might also want to grow chives at home.

Contributed by Jodi Torpey

Garlic Bulbs

Introduction to Growing Garlic at Home (Allium species)

Garlic is an edible herb that began as a wild plant in Central Asia and then spread throughout the world. Every type of cuisine depends on garlic in one form or another to add flavor and bite to dishes. Fortunately, garlic is adaptable and an easy-to-grow herb for home gardens.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

How to defend your suburban home in SHTF

DIY Gunshot Wound Kit For When SHTF


In a grid down or an SHTF situation, the possibility of there being exchanges of gunfire becomes increasingly probable.

While it is preferable to avoid getting into a gunfight, there may come a time when your life or the lives of your group members depend on the use of firearms. The reality of combat is that if you are shooting at someone, they will be shooting back.

Being prepared to deal with a gunshot wound is as important as your proficiency with firearms or any other prep that you will make.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Shelves Emptying, Prices Skyrocketing: Prepare Before it Hits

Getting Your Ham Radio License Step by Step

By A. Pittman

Ham radio is a useful resource for your survival toolbox if things go south with the communications network. Cell towers can fail, or in the case of emergencies, could become jammed with usage. Service could go down during a civil uprising or natural disasters, and you will need a way to communicate with your family, friends, and your survival group.

Unlike other forms of communication, Ham radio requires a license to operate equipment, and there are a few steps you’ll need to take to get yours. There is an exception to this, though.

baofeng ham radio

Friday, September 10, 2021

Well Installation: How Much Will It Cost to Do It Yourself?

By Tom Marlowe

As anybody who is living far outside city limits knows, wells are an essential resource for securing your access to clean, copious water.

Wells have been used for thousands and thousands of years for exactly that purpose and aside from a handful of differences, installation and the technology to operate them, they work on the same principles now as way back when.

man digging a well

Also now as then wells represent a significant investment of money, time and often backbreaking labor. With everything getting more and more expensive in our modern era, you might wonder how much money you can save by digging a well yourself.

As it turns out, quite a bit but you had better have the skills and the know-how to pull it off or you will be literally throwing your money in a hole in the ground.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

DIY Portable Toilet (Emergency Use Bucket Toilet)

I wish our first experience with a DIY portable toilet had been somewhere fun like a camping trip, but unfortunately when we needed an “Emergency Relief System” (ERS), it really was an emergency. Our toilet would not flush and there was nowhere else to go.

I'll share how to build a simple DIY portable toilet, plus tips to get rid of the smell.

Our family was trapped at home during the 2015 South Carolina 1000 Year Flood. (See 20 Things I Wish I Had Before the Flood from a “1000 Year Storm” Survivor for more of that story.)

With very little notice, we received almost 2 feet of rain in less than 48 hours. To add insult to injury, we were already flooded from the recent Super Harvest Blood Moon.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

How To Make A Torch (In The Woods)

Whether you’re Bear Grylls or a stay-at-home mom, your recipe for survival requires the same basic ingredients.

If you’ve got access to food, water, air, and shelter, you can survive almost anything, but fire is nearly as important.

Not only does it provide warmth and light, but it also gives you a way to sterilize water, cook food, signal for help and keep predators at bay.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Knife Informer


Hello my Awesome Readers!

I just wanted to give a shout out to a website I was recently introduced to.

Knife Informer brings together a group of true Knife enthusiasts who are committed to providing you with in-depth and unbiased opinions on all things Knife related.

I highly recommend you check out their site.

Where to Bug Out: A Survival Guide

Boosting Immunity

By Joseph Alton MD

In good times or bad, there are always issues that can impact your health. Black clouds might be on the horizon, but you can still weather the storm if you have a good immune system.

The immune system is your mechanism to protect against diseases by identifying and eliminating disease-causing germs called “pathogens”; It’s an expert at defending you against viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Most of the time, It works well, but sometimes a microbe will escape detection and cause sickness. Of these, viruses are the most problematic due to their tendency to mutate. Mutations in viral DNA or RNA might have very little effect in some cases, but, in others, can turn an average viral infection into a pandemic.

Monday, September 6, 2021

10 Tips to Stay Warm During a Blackout

 By Bob Rodgers

The failure of the power grid in Texas that happened this year showed us how much our modern technology is vulnerable. Even more, not having a preparedness plan for blackouts can end up costing lives, as we’ve all seen on the news.

As preppers, we learned that we should never take things for granted and we shouldn’t count on technology too much since we can’t predict when it may fail us.

Perhaps you’ve already thought about what you and your families will do during a blackout. You might have implemented specific measures to make sure you and yours will be safe when the proverbial brown stuff hits the fan. Nevertheless, the following tips are some of the best preventive measures you should consider, and there’s still time to implement them if you haven’t done so already.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Open Fire Cooking 101

By Linda Loosli
    I want you to imagine a world where an open fire produces something much more than simply roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Because a campfire for cooking was never intended to be only for the Boy Scouts and individuals who love the outdoors. It was also never meant to keep you from enjoying meals that were packed full of flavor while sleeping underneath the stars. Let’s talk about open fire cooking 101.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Herbs and Spices in Your Food Storage Plan

We've all heard the tales of someone somewhere being snowed in a cabin in the mountains and having only a sack of beans to survive on. And then of getting so tired of eating those beans day in and day out that drastic measures were taken to flavor the beans. And the seasonings they used that stuck in my mind were shoe leather and wallpaper paste. My husband has an uncle somewhere along the line that purportedly experienced one of those nothing-but-beans-to-eat-type winters.

It has never sounded like much fun to me.

If I'm eating a lot of beans, and our plan does involve at least a few beans, I've got to have a wide variety of seasonings for them. You can never have too much in the way of herbs and spices, right?

Friday, September 3, 2021

Modern Survival – Being a Prepper in 2021

modern survival feature image
The modern survivalist takes advantage of present-day technology for life when/if the grid goes down.

by Aden Tate

We are living in the modern world where technology both simplifies and complicates life. In a SHTF situation, will we have to revert to primitive survival or can we still rely on some of modern technology? Let’s look at prepping from the view of modern survival.

What does modern survival even look like?

To answer that question, we first have to look at what the opposite – primitive survival – looks like. Once we do that, we can begin to better understand just how we go about being a successful modern survivalist, modern day Minute Man, etc.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Harvesting wild medicinal plants for profit

A wide variety of native herbs and medicinal plants flourish across North America, and there is a ready market for many of these wild botanicals. A few are easily found and just as easy to harvest, including mayapple, goldenseal, bloodroot, black cohosh, and common boneset.

Harvest seasons vary, with mayapple ready to dig as early as June, black cohosh as late as November. But because of the way the plants grow, it may be easier to identify a good stand earlier in the season and mark the location for later harvest. Bloodroot should be located and marked early because the plant tops almost always die back before the best time to dig the roots.

medicinal plant and herb field guide can help you identify plants in the field. Good guides are available in bookstores and at most public libraries. A variety of sites on the web may also help you with plant identification.

The first plant to consider is goldenseal, if only because it is the most golden as far as selling price goes. Yes, wild ginseng is worth considerably more. But years of heavy harvest have made it difficult to find good stands and have also resulted in ever-tighter restrictions on when and where it may be dug and sold.