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Non-Electric Appliances

Posted: September 14, 2015 in Ideas

Started thinking of the non electric appliances I’ll be needing. Of course I already have a few; can-openers and such are ones that a lot of people already have. But I’ve been looking into a few more and found some REAL gems!

Bean pots are basically an over the fire/cook-stove/barbecue grill crock-pot or slow-cooker. You dump your beans and water in (or meat and vegges for a nice stew) and let it simmer all day.

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Another thing a lot of people might not think of is flour. What I never realized is how cheap some of these grain grinders are! I found a few for under $20.00! Aside from just grinding corn, wheat, oats and barley, they can also be used for nuts if you’re not allergic.

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No need to go back to the old wash boards either, there are very reasonably priced options for washing machines these days with no electric needs.

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Meat is going to be an important source of protein, but will likely be from hunted game, no need to give up awesome things like ground meat and sausages though…

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Clothes Dryers will be a bit different, but most of us will manage. Just put out the damp clothes near a drying source such as an oven or heater.

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Children’s toys might change… but in my opinion, not at all for the worse… their learning will revert back to common sense and respect. Something that’s been lacking for quite some time.

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That’s all I have for now, but I’m still researching tons of amazing products from dozens of companies… I realize a lot of my posts are via amazon, but with free shipping on a lot of orders (plus all orders shipped via amazon prime) their prices are hard to beat! Plus you can try Amazon Prime free for 30 days and still get the shipping free!

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Feeling Uneasy Recently

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Ideas

Watching the news these days is incredibly disheartening. It makes me even more determined to make sure my stocks are full of everything I’d need in the event of mass chaos. I have a few of my favorites listed; let me know what you think about them.

Finger Print Safe…. I love it. Though, if you die… how does your family open it?
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LifeStraw – Family size. This wonderful invention can filter up to two liters at a time!
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Two Person Bug-Out Tent… I love this; it sets up in 1 minute!
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Six Person Bug-Out Tent… this one is good if your party is a bit bigger.
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Double Sleeping-bag… if you’re alone you can double wrap in it; if you have a family, two adults will be comfortable in one bag, and two to four kids in the other (depending on child sizes of course)
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Aqua Defender Tarp – Camo… a little extra protection for your camp.
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Foraging for Beginners… Definitely gonna need this one.
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Trusty Compound Bow… these can get expensive, but in the end having one (expensive or not) is better than having none. Protection and Food source… also reuse-able ammo. Can’t beat it.
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What items are you packing for survival?

Q: What’s a good app for identifying plants in the wild?

A: Might wanna look… elsewhere.

Q: I’m in the wilderness with no tools… How do I build a lean-to?

A: Like this.

Q: I’m in the wilderness and I gotta GO…. what’s the safest form of TP?

A: Well, there are several options.

Q: I’m close to some pines that are oozing sap, is there a use for this goo?

A: Collect that stuff NOW! It has SO MANY USES!

Q: CreteGirl, what’s one of your favorite survival blogs?

A: StoragePrepper… it’s super informative.

Q: How can I create a semi-permanent shelter with the few tools I have?

A: This is a wonderful thatched hut tutorial. It reminds me of the wigwams I learned about in second grade.

Q: With my family, camping up north can be bitter and harsh, I hate to think of the misery that would come from having to live this way long term. Using heating “indoors” in our tent or cooking can cause CO2. Other than the obvious, how can we prevent this?

A: Good question. Here are a couple of good resources for casual campers and survivalists alike, but the quick answer? Grab a plug in AND battery powered CO2 monitor and alarm. Use with generator or on batteries alone! $30.00 bucks on Amazon!

Q: I’ve been collecting altoid/mint tins for the better part of a year. I intend to build most of my B.O.B. with them. Any suggestions on what I can put in them?

A: This thread has some good suggestions.

Thanks for reading our first Q & A session! If you like it let me know and we’ll have more! Have a great week everyone!

This is a GREAT idea!

Posted: July 21, 2015 in Ideas

I know lately my posts have been less than stellar. I’m going through a few medical issues that really impair my thinking and organizing skills, but I can still read. I saw this the other day and thought how awesome it would be to make one and also how easily overlooked it would be.

Even more so if you have a little girl traveling with you. 🙂

Check out the Survival Doll.

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Review – Meal Kit Supply MRE’s

Posted: July 16, 2015 in Ideas
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It’s taken me a little while to get back to these. I’ve had some ongoing medical issues and I wanted to save this until I really felt better.

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At first I was a little worried, the meals seemed kinda small compared to the ones I had Meal_Kit_Supply_MRE_Explosiontried before and I was not sure if they would be filling. I am proud to announce I was SO wrong! These little babies pack a mean punch! I always feel completely satisfied (if not a  bit over satisfied) after eating one of these!

I’ve tried out the spaghetti, ratatouille, and the ravioli… all AMAZING. But I’m gonna be completely honest…those were not my favorite part of the meal. These things come with a cookie that is to DIE for!  I have on occasion eaten the cookie as I wait for the flameless heater to warm up my meal… dessert first is always in good taste. My grandma couldn’t do cookies this good.

There are also vegetarian options for you non-meat eaters out there and the prices for these are also very competitive! The website for Meal Kit Supply is packed with tons of info on everything from their meals and how many people they will feed, but also the history on MRE development in the military (for nerds like me)

I would highly rate this pack a 9 of 10 (I have a teeny bit trouble using the heaters, but that could be user error)

Head on over and stock up on some!

Now if you look at my ads and read my Facebook likes and posts, you’ll probably agree I’m totally anti-gun control. But in the even our crazy government actually decides to enforce such a ludicrous law as taking our protection from us, we are certainly not helpless.

In this post I’ve decided to list some of the how-tos and demonstrations of making your own weapons. After all, weaponry started long before our modern fire-sticks. Here are a few below.

A Monkey Fist with a pool ball embedded in the knot is a vital component to your hunting and self-defense survival collection.

With it, you give yourself a very solid 6 ounces to fell small game or to use in a close-quarter confrontation.

Below are simple instructions to get you started on constructing your

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Supplies you need:
• pool ball
• 18ft 550 paracord in a color that you want to be the main color
• 10ft 550 Paracord in a color that you want to be the compliment color
• 8ft 550 paracord in a color that you want for your lanyard and handle
• Monkey Fist Jig
• scissors
• lighter or matches

Monkey Fist Instructions

Step 1: How to Connect Paracord

To get started, we will need to connect both pieces of paracord at the ends so we have one 

single strand to make our monkey fist:

Take the ends of both your major and minor paracord. In this case, we are using black 

550 paracord as our major color and grey 550 paracord as our minor color.

Cut the ends.

Step 2: Melting Ends of Paracord

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Take both ends, melt them using your lighter and press them together.

Step 3: How to Make A Monkey Fist: Starting

Now, let’s get started weaving the monkey fist!
Grab your jig and line up your paracord so the the merged part is lined up in the center on the

 inside of the two pegs closest to you.

You will want your major color on the right and your minor color on the left.

Step 4: How to Weave A Monkey Fist

Start the weave with your minor color. Holding the black strand in you right hand so it’s kept in place, 

use your left hand to wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.

This counts as one loop.

You will repeat this 9 more times until you have completed 11 loops.

Wrap the grey strand out and around the four pegs in a counter-clockwise fashion.

This is how it should look once you’ve completed wrapping 11 times.

Make a single loop around the peg in order to keep the grey strand in it’s place.

Step 5: Wrapping Monkey Fist Loops

Keeping those loops in tact, place the pool ball in the center and hold it in place with your hand.

Place the pool ball in the center. Start to wrap the black cord up and over the grey loops.

Step 6: Wrapping Alternate Monkey Fist Loops

Repeat Step 4 with the black strand (your major color). You will wrap it clockwise, 

making sure it goes on the outside of the grey(minor color) cord. Once you’ve wrapped it around

 11 times, your ball should be able to sit in the middle without you holding it.

Helpful Hint: As you wrap your paracord to make your monkey fist knot, do your best to 

keep each loop next to each other and not overlapping any other loops. This will make it easier 

for you when you start to tighten your monkey fist.

Loop the black paracord counter-clockwise around the outside of the grey paracord.

Keep wrapping like this, going around the pool ball in the center.

Wrap until you have gone around 11 times.

Step 7: Complete the Monkey Fist Loops

Now we are going to complete the last set of loops, continuing with the black strand. This time, we will 

weave the strand so it is on the inside of the grey loops but around the black loops we just made.
Be sure to use this series of loops to contain the pool ball. Just like the previous steps, you will wrap

 it around 11 times.

Grab the end of your black paracord.

Thread it up and inside the grey loops.

Thread it over the black loops then back down on the inside of the grey. 

These loops will be hugging the pool ball.

Thread it back under the pool ball.

Bring it behind the pool ball and inside the grey loops.

Repeat until you’ve made 11 loops.

Ideally, you will never find yourself in a situation where you need a Monkey Fist.

In these wild times, however, you never know. Having a Monkey Fist as a weapon is

essential to help you in a survival situation protect yourself or hunt.

Plus, once finished, this Weighted Monkey Fist looks Awesome! To see the entire set

of instructions, head on over to diy ready.

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Myriad YouTube videos show how to make a retina-melting, flesh-burning portable laser from a discarded DVD burner and Maglite flashlight. If you remove the laser diode from the burner, then swap it out for the bulb of the Maglite, you essentially turn the flashlight into a handheld, intensely concentrated laser. It takes some soldering skills, but you wind up with a tool that there are just so many reasons you shouldn’t own.

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Real Vietnam War-era napalm was made by mixing of benzene, gasoline, and polystyrene. The stuff was a hellish mixture that clung to surfaces while it burned, and it was practically inextinguishable.

It’s possible to come up with something pretty darn close to the vintage napalm by simply dunking Styrofoam in a bucket of gasoline, mixing it around for a while and reserving the leftover goo. Once that goo is lit, good luck trying to put it out.

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Build your own AK-47 (Legal and Untraceable)AK_630_A

Since this is quite a LONG post, I’m just going to direct you to the original link. Here.

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Here’s another long post with pictures. Enjoy.

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Disguised as a wooden crucifix;found in an inmate’s cell in Wolfenbüttel prison, Germany, sometime around 1994; intended for use in an escape or as a general weapon. At that time a lot of crucifixes were fashioned in prison woodshops until jailers finally figured out their true purpose.

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This instrument was found in 1997 in the metal workshop of ‘Santa Fu’ prison in Hamburg, Germany, where an unknown inmate manufactured and hid it. It is either a weapon, or, attached to a pole, might have been designed to push away barbed wire from the top of a wall during an escape.

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It’s from the Dartmoor Prison in the UK, a 200 year old facility, and is stored in their museum. That’s right, they have their own museum. Just from looking at it, you can tell it’s a wooden shaft with four metal nails pounded through it, and a string grip. Held with the spikes between the fingers, it would make your punches considerably more deadly.

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This thing looks pretty plain, right? What makes it so special? Because it’s made out of paper. Wait, what? This is only a demonstration shiv, and wasn’t as sharp as the real things, but what it is is 25 pages of National Geographic rolled extremely, extremely tightly. It was then soaped and salted, making it excruciatingly hard, and able to punch through skin like metal. The main advantage to having a weapon like this is that it could be unrolled and destroyed very easily, simply by flushing it down the john.

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A chainlock (also known as “smiley”) is as simple as an improvised weapon can get. It has precisely two parts: One heavy piece of metal (usually a large padlock) and a length of cloth or chain it is tied to. The weapon is operated by swinging it at the enemy like a medieval morning star (a club with a spiked ball attached on a chain). Although it is technically classified as a non-lethal weapon, a properly constructed chainlock can easily break bones and crack skulls. Because it’s very cheap and easy to assemble, the chainlock has been adopted by gang members and, sadly, even some school kids.

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Video Tutorial.

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A $2 Zip gun.

What you need?

  • Rubber dishwashing gloves
  • A 3/8ths inch female to female coupling
  • A 2″ 3/8ths inch pipe
  • A 3/8ths to 1/4-inch adapter
  • A drill bit wrapped in duct tape (a 10- to 16-penny nail or similar will suffice in lieu of the drill bit)
  • A round of 9mm ammo, with the case wrapped in duct tape.

Want to know the best part?

If you make this for your personal use only, it’s completely legal.  You can’t sell it or give it away, because that would be “manufacturing” according to ATF rules and regs.

You shouldn’t even “turn it in” at the next gun buyback, wink wink.

Having said that, we would STRONGLY recommend not carrying one around with the cartridge loaded in the ZIP gun as it may go off unexpectedly if you bump the nail/drill bit at the wrong time.

Here’s the how-to video for the $7.00 Shotgun.  Printable PDF Here: ZipGun.

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    Here are some free printables for various explosives and chemicals. Very easy to make!

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DISCLAIMER: I take NO responsibility for anyone who makes or uses a weapon, manufactured or home-made improperly or illegally, be it a gun, a knife or other homemade device. To cover my butt, this blog post is intended for education and information purposes only.

Word on the news is that there are FBI warnings that terrorists groups have threatened attack on July 4th.  Not sure, as I can’t find anything like that on the FBI’s website, but it never hurts to be prepared.

In light of the upcoming Independence Day Celebrations, here are some wonderful Fireworks Targets…. have a great holiday!

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Preppin in Style

Posted: June 20, 2015 in Ideas
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As preppers we are focused on getting ourselves and our families ready for whatever may come. But 9 times out of 10 we are ready and willing to talk about (and sometimes defend) what we do and why we do it.

I’m of the opinion that the more people who know the truth, and realize the situations that could happen so easily, the better. I’m all in favor of a well informed public.

I’ve created a line of AWESOME clothing and accessories to help those conversations start just a little bit easier. At the very least, it allows you to show pride and belief in what you do.

Always adding more to the collection, so keep checking back!

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Okay.. I’m gonna be brutally honest.

I’m trying to figure out a way to score like 50 more of these. OMg.

I can’t even begin to describe HOW impressed I am on these. I’ve had a lot of different brands of MRE type meals. So far, I haven’t had any complaints, they’ve all been pretty good.

Honestly, these blow everything I’ve tried thus far out of the water.

Different from your standard military type MRE, it’s not a full meal pack (like with a cookie and an entree and then maybe a drink mix or something) it’s a meal in a bag. So far I’ve tried the Italian Beefsteak, the Chicken Fried Rice and the Biscuit and Gravy. It’s honestly like eating the homemade versions of each.

Everything is ready and perfectly seasoned in the pouch, you just add boiling water. (I improvised and ran a clear cycle on my work coffee pot, which worked perfectly) Seal it up (it has a resealable thing like a zipper bag) and wait a few minutes.

Open it up when done and ENJOY! I’m kind of ashamed to admit that I ate the entire 2 serving pouches all by myself. So if you have a hearty appetite, consider these pouches serving size. All other “normal” portion size eaters, 1 pouch should serve 2 adults just fine.

The flavors I had are JUST the beginning!

The site also offers the following flavors:

BREAKFAST

Breakfast Skillet

Granola w/milk & blueberries

Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs with bacon

Scrambled eggs with peppers

Biscuits & Gravy

LUNCH/DINNER

Beef Stew

Beef Stroganoff

Chicken A La King

Chicken & White bean Chili

Chicken & mashed potatoes

and many more…

DESSERTS

and even

SIDES

But wait… there’s more!  Mountain House offers canned food as well as Family sized pouches and buckets or kits! And if you want a special diet type of foods, they also offer Vegetarian, Low Sodium & Gluten Free options!

First let me just say, OMG, this stuff is awesome!

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I have one of those skin types that are insanely hard to find soap and cleansers for. Bar soaps usually dry my skin out REALLY bad. Yes, even stuff like Dove and Aveeno. Body wash breaks me out… cleansers (like Neutrogena and Clearasil) break me out REALLY bad.

I was SO impressed the first time I used VVS Soap. I was scared, but I used it on my face as well… the next morning, my skin was still clear and extremely soft and not dry or oily… I thought, okay, well let’s try this again. Same results!

I’m beyond thrilled, but even if you don’t have sensitive skin, this soap is the bomb!

It’s 100% Vegan and cruelty free! Using natural oils and cold press process to get those oils!

I’m used to “natural” soaps so I wasn’t surprised that this didn’t lather much, but bubbles don’t equal clean. My skin is SO soft now.

Also an upside, the bar is fragrance-free, which makes it great for any of us who are sensitive to perfumes or scents, or who just want to be clean without smelling like a perfume shop.

Now I know what you might be thinking, what does this soap have to do with survival? Well I, for one would still like to be clean and hygienic if the SHTF.  If and when something like that does happen, we will be using a heck of a lot more of soaps similar to these as they are made by real people and not in a factory somewhere.

Secondly, we wont be able to find things like baby soap and gels that are great for the young ‘uns so this type of soap would benefit the whole family and comes in a nice little wax paper package that is great for storing and stocking up. Keeping it in a cool, dry place like a storm shelter or bunker is ideal for the shelf life and since it’s all vegan and all natural, it should keep for decades.

With it being unscented, you don’t have to worry about the fragrance smelling “off” fifteen to twenty years down the road.

Trust me when I say, if you intend to stock up on cleansers, head over to Vermont Vegan Supply and check out what they have to offer!

Did I also mention that it’s super great for any new tattoos out there? It’s an extremely gentle soap and is perfect for cleaning those new pieces of art that are so sensitive during the first few days.

If you have questions that my post doesn’t cover, jog on over to Facebook and ask whatever’s on your mind!

You can find their Etsy shop here!